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This article focuses on Ursula, the Goddess of the Sea.
For the Sea Witch, see Ursula (Sea Witch).

Next time you claim to be me, you'll find out just how real I am.
—Ursula to the Evil Queen src

Ursula, also known as the Goddess of the Sea, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts, with her only appearance, in the sixth episode of the third season and is voiced by guest star Yvette Nicole Brown.

Ursula is based on the Sea Witch from the fairytale, "The Little Mermaid"; and on the character of the same name from the Disney film, The Little Mermaid.


Before First Curse

In the Enchanted Forest, Ursula is a famed mythical figure worshipped by mermaids and humans alike as a goddess of the sea. As legend has it, Ursula grants mermaids the gift of walking on land for twelve hours from high tide until the next high tide once a year. Around that time, a seafaring kingdom throws a ball in her honor. In an act of trickery, the Evil Queen impersonates Ursula in order to lure a mermaid, Ariel, with an offer to remain human permanently, but the cost is someone else must take her place. Ariel follows suit by clasping a magical bracelet on a human friend, Snow White, which causes her legs to turn into a mermaid tail. Eventually, Ariel discovers the truth and distracts the Evil Queen so she and Snow White can escape. However, the Evil Queen gets back at Ariel by stealing her voice, and later returns to her palace. In one of the mirrors, Ursula makes herself known and plunges out her tentacles to entrap the Evil Queen. Deeply offended at the masquerading ploy, she threatens if it happens again, the Evil Queen will find out exactly how real Ursula is. ("Ariel")

Magical Abilities

  • Shapeshifting - Ability to alter the appearance of oneself or others.


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