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This page focuses on Will Scarlet, the Knave of Hearts.
For the Wonderland character also known as the Knave of Hearts, see Knave of Hearts (Hat Trick).

Give a man the proper motivation, you never know what he might be willing to do.

—Will to Alice src

Will Scarlet, also known as the Knave of Hearts and later as the White King, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the first episode of the spin-off series and is portrayed by starring cast member Michael Socha.

Will Scarlet is based on the character of the same name from the Robin Hood ballads. He is also based on the Knave of Hearts from the novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the animated Disney film Alice in Wonderland; and the Knave of Hearts from the live-action Disney film Alice in Wonderland. He also takes the place of the White King from Through the Looking-Glass, and is an allusion to the Baker from the direct-to-video Disney sequel Cinderella II: Dreams Come True.


Before First Curse

Will and his younger sister, Penelope, grow up close, but after she dies from drowning, he is unable to move on from her death. On the outskirts of the Emerald City of Oz, he ends up restrained by a guard, who is knocked out once a portal door lands on him. From the door, Robin Hood steps out and frees Will. Robin Hood explains his intentions of stealing an elixir of the wounded heart from the Wicked Witch, which he needs to secure his as well as his wife's future. Wishing to use the elixir to alleviate his heartbreak over Penelope's death, Will asks Robin Hood to fetch him some in exchange for not telling the guard about him breaking into the Emerald Palace. Since Robin Hood also requires a disguise to get into the Emerald Palace, Will helps strip the uniform from the unconscious guard. Later, Robin Hood returns, having only gotten one vial of elixir, but he lies about not acquiring any of it. Believing he failed in his mission, Will praises his courage for making the effort and assures him that his wife will understand even if he didn't succeed. Akin to Robin Hood and his wife, he relates how his own sister was once the person who understood him best, but that ended when she died. Realizing Will needs the elixir more than him, Robin Hood hugs him in farewell and secretly slips the vial in the latter's pocket. Only after Robin Hood has left through the portal, Will finds the elixir, much to his surprise. ("Heart of Gold")

In the Enchanted Forest, Will and his love, Anastasia, want to find a way to another world. After helping Robin Hood's band of Merry Men steal riches from a wealthy man on the road, he is accepted into the group. He suggests the next looting location in Maleficent's castle, which has enough gold to feed the entire kingdom. Robin Hood refuses, but is tempted into accepting due to the gold they will receive to help the poor as well as Maleficent's current absence from the castle. With the plan is set into motion, Will rushes back home to Anastasia to inform her everything went smoothly and they will be getting what they need from the castle. At some point before or after this, Will meets Robin Hood's love, Marian. He inquiries why she gave up everything to be with Robin Hood, and Marian states her belief in the good in his heart and that true love is worth fighting for. In the castle, although Robin Hood warns they'll only take the gold, Will secretly takes a looking glass. After the gold is procured, the Merry Men celebrate at camp, but Maleficent's voice demands they return a stolen item or face the consequences. Robin Hood calls the culprit out, but Will guiltily remains silent. At night, he tries slipping away when Robin Hood confronts him about his theft. Robin Hood allows him to go as he believes the worst punishment for Will's actions will come in the near future. Returning home, Will and Anastasia open a portal with the looking glass. On Anastasia's decision to go to Wonderland, they prepare to jump in. ("Forget Me Not", "The Snow Queen")

Seconds later, their leave is delayed by Anastasia's mother, who is strongly against her daughter throwing away a life of privilege for Will, a noted thief, and choosing him as her partner. Knave interjects to say he's not a thief anymore. To her mother, Anastasia is a failure and states if she were to come home, it'd be by taking on cleaning of the chamber pots. Will comforts a hurt Anastasia and affirms he will build a life for the both of them because of his love for her, and not because he wishes her to be different. Anastasia promptly leaves with him into the portal to Wonderland, but they end up poor and scourging for berries. A wagon passes on the road with an abundance of fresh baked goods for the royal ball, to which they both attend by stealing clothes and forging invitations into the castle. Will steals food, hiding it in his clothes, when he is thrown out by the guards for a forged invitation, as Anastasia is hauled out as well for wearing a stolen gown. Some time passes, and they are at another pitfall. Will is uneasy at Anastasia's suggestion that they steal the castle's crown jewels, but she insists they are poor and need the money. Anastasia intends to grab the jewels and drop them down to him, and then they will return home via the looking glass to sell the goods. Later, while Will is waiting for her to finish nabbing the jewels, he sees the Red King announce his new Queen. Stunned, he watches as Anastasia herself, garbed in fine clothes and a red crown, walks onto the balcony to greet the public. Will briefly catches her eye, but then she pretends not to see him. ("Heart of Stone")

The night prior to royal wedding ceremony, he hops into the castle from the balcony to get answers from Anastasia for her previous actions. Though he has hopes it's a con to gain the throne and riches before she leaves for home with him, Anastasia claims to be doing what is best for him as well as herself. While reminding her of all the good times they had together, the guards burst in to apprehend him. Before escaping down the balcony, Will requests Anastasia to come to their old wagon and run away with him. The next morning, instead of Anastasia, the Queen of Hearts shows up at the wagon to inform him that his former flame will not be arriving. Crushed, Will asks her to take out his heart, desperate to alleviate the heartache, even though he won't ever be able to love again. After the request is fulfilled, he leaves the wagon with his belongings as she pockets his heart. ("Heart of the Matter")

Soon after, Will begins working in service to the Queen of Hearts as the Knave of Hearts. He has little choice in disobeying her since she possesses his heart and thus has full command over him. Out on patrol in the woods, he and the other soldiers are hunting down the "most dangerous criminal in Wonderland". As Knave is chasing the suspect, he is caught at sword-point. The criminal turns out to be a young girl, Alice, though she claims the wanted charges against her are false. He lets her walk away, but promises they will meet again. Knave tracks her down, but lands into Alice's net trap. Alice insists that her only offense is attempted thievery of a weeping willow flower from the Queen of Hearts' garden, which he believes. However, due to the Queen's control on his heart, he still wants to kill her. When he admits his lack of free-will, Alice goes to steal his heart from the Queen's vault and later uses it to command him to stop trying to harm her. As a favor, Knave agrees to help her find proof of Wonderland and they have a drinking contest at a tavern. Their friendship deepens when he tells her about his sister, Penelope, who died young. Feeling guilty about using him, Alice returns his heart; deciding to find proof alone. Knave accepts her decision, but he helps anyway and procures the White Rabbit for her. In the Queen's maze, he stays behind to distract incoming guards while Alice flees, home-bound, with the White Rabbit in a bag. ("To Catch a Thief")

Despite regaining his heart, Knave cannot bring himself to put it back in as he fears re-experiencing the pain of Anastasia's betrayal. Now freed from the Queen of Hearts, he befriends a homeless girl named Elizabeth and shelters her from the streets. They find work under the Caterpillar as his Collectors. Will eventually trusts her enough to open up about Anastasia, and Elizabeth secretly falls in love with him. Over the course of his employment, Will accumulates many monetary debts that he owes the Caterpillar, which are not repaid. ("The Serpent", "Nothing to Fear")

When the Evil Queen of the Enchanted Forest casts a curse, Will is engulfed by it and taken away to another realm.[3]

During First Curse

As a victim of the Evil Queen's curse,[3] the Knave of Hearts is transported away to the created town of Storybrooke where he gains false memories in a new life.

After First Curse

Following the breaking of the curse in Storybrooke, Knave regains memories of his life in Wonderland. During a storm, he shows up at the diner just as Ashley and Leroy are leaving. Secretly, he swipes the diner key from Ashley and breaks in to have a cup of coffee. A portal explodes open from the floor as the White Rabbit pops out and informs him that Alice's love, Cyrus, is alive in Wonderland. Knave breaks into an asylum to haul Alice back to Wonderland in order to rescue Cyrus. After meeting up with the White Rabbit, a portal to Wonderland is opened in an alley, but Knave refuses to go since he left that world on bad terms, but Alice emphasizes she once helped get his heart back, so he should do the same. They land in the Mallow Marsh. The White Rabbit admits he hasn't actually seen Cyrus and the Dormouse actually said the genie is alive and at the Mad Hatter's abandoned house. As Knave and Alice begin sinking into the marsh, the White Rabbit runs off to get help. Alice gets both of them out by using a dragonfly to toast the sticky marsh into a solid form. Knave wishes to leave Wonderland as soon as possible so his past doesn't come back to haunt him, but he is convinced to stay when Alice offers him one of the three wishes Cyrus gave her. They go to Tulgey Woods where Alice takes off her shoes and climbs into a tree to get a better view of the Mad Hatter's house. Tempted, he snatches the shoes containing the wishes and runs away, but returns to rescue Alice from a hungry Cheshire Cat by throwing a piece of shrinking mushroom in the feline's mouth. Alice is upset at his betrayal, but Knave finds it redeemable that he came back to save her. Continuing on, Knave and Alice eventually meet up again with the White Rabbit and head to the Mad Hatter's house, but Cyrus is not inside. Upon exiting the house, Alice finds Cyrus' glowing necklace; indicating he is alive. Knave has doubts, but Alice professes that when you truly love someone, proof is not necessary. The three begin travelling together. ("Down the Rabbit Hole")

The next morning, Alice proposes they find the genie bottle and use up the three wishes. Then, Knave will rub the bottle to draw Cyrus back into it. After that, she'll devise a method to free Cyrus permanently. She decides to trust Knave when he becomes Cyrus' new master. They head to the bottle's burial site in Mimsy Meadows under the Tum Tum Tree. As they go, they leave a slumbering White Rabbit behind. On the journey there, Knave scrutinizes Alice over the possibilities that Cyrus either knows where she is and isn't coming or has moved on from her. She shuts down the conversation by snipping that Knave would never understand their love. A riverbed blocks their path, but since Knave can't swim, Alice suggests calling the fairy to take them across. The fairy, Silvermist, gets into a dispute with Knave over their past romantic relationship. Silvermist agrees to help them over the river, but drops Knave after he makes an indecent comment towards her. He is saved and pulled onto a floating island by Alice, who then berates him for breaking Silvermist's heart and messing up their journey. She perceives something in the past caused him to be so cold about love, but he changes the subject to warn her that Cyrus may not the same as in the past. After discovering the floating island is actually a Mock Turtle shell, Alice forces the creature to take them to the other side of the river. At shore, Silvermist threatens to turn Knave into the Caterpillar. Knave tries to patch up things with Silvermist, but she takes a jab at him about Anastasia. Finally, Knave offers a sincere apology and asks her not to hinder Alice's quest due to his terrible deeds, to which Silvermist allows them to go. He avoids giving an answer when Alice asks him about Anastasia. They arrive at the Tum Tum Tree to see Jafar trying to unearth the bottle. Alice reveals the location is fake and takes Knave to the real burial site at a pasture near a dandy-lion shaped tree, however, the bottle has already been removed by someone else. That night, Knave consoles her about Cyrus since someone who truly loves another can never move on. She is saddened until a flying paper crane carrying a message from Cyrus lands in her palm. Though Cyrus wants her to leave for safety reasons, Alice writes back to affirm she'll be rescuing him. ("Trust Me")

Seeking knowledge about who dug up Cyrus' bottle, Knave suggests fetching a special item the Caterpillar called the forget me knot, which allows the user to see a past event when placed in a specific spot. The Caterpillar states that Grendel of the Whispering Woods now possesses the item. Additionally, he promises to forgive all of Knave's debts if they get the knot for him. The two fall into a pit hole outside Grendel's house and awaken bound up in a kitchen. Grendel, a hideously disfigured man, begins to prepare his dinner, which will include Knave and Alice. Knave sees the knot hanging over the kitchen table as an image of a happily married man and woman interact. From this, Knave gathers that was Grendel's old life and attempts to convince him the only way to move on from the past is to let go of it, but he is not interested. While he is away, they escape from their constraints and open the front door just as Grendel comes back, but an angry Bandersnatch awaits them outside. Alice closes the door, but the beast tears right into the house. After the Bandersnatch is tricked into charging into the forget me knot's loop, Alice pulls the rope to secure the creature as Knave kills the Bandersnatch with a knife. In sheer gratitude for saving his life, Grendel gives them the knot. The two go back to the pasture near the dandy-lion tree and use the forget me knot to see their culprit is the White Rabbit, who in turn, handed the bottle over to the Red Queen. Knave changes his mind about giving the knot back to the Caterpillar, as it is a stolen object, and returning it will make himself a thief. On the other hand, letting Alice keep the knot will be helpful, but he chooses to burn it out of existence. ("Forget Me Not")

When Alice suspects the Red Queen has the bottle and perhaps Cyrus as well, she intends to face off with her, but Knave thinks it'd be a better idea to force answers out of the White Rabbit. They are alerted to nearby shouts of the Caterpillar's henchmen, the Collectors, looking for Knave. Though they run, Knave splits up from Alice with the promise to meet her at Tugley Woods. He witnesses the Collectors being taken out by someone, who he thinks is Alice until the Red Queen kidnaps him to her castle. She belittles Knave for coming back to Wonderland and thinks whatever Alice, dubbing her his "girlfriend", offered him must have been worth the risk. The two proceed to throw personal insults at each other. He is satisfied to know that despite her exterior as queen, he knows the real person hiding underneath. A short while later, the Red Queen returns with an escape plan for Knave to leave Wonderland with the White Rabbit. Knave suspects she is faking it and only wants to catch him while he's leaving as a reason for capital punishment. She, however, wants an excuse not to kill him as it is also a way of making up her betrayal to him. He refuses to comply and blames her for making him a fool because she has committed inexcusable, terrible deeds. The one thing he thinks she can't do is kill him, and dares her to try. She assumes the challenge and goes ahead to order his public execution. Knave is put on the chopping block, but Alice disguises herself as the executioner to save him. They escape by launching themselves into the catapult and land in a maze. Lizard, Knave's longtime friend, regroups with them and leads the way to the exit. They are swiftly cut off by the appearance of Jafar and the Red Queen. With Lizard knocked out, Knave is strangled by Jafar and only let go when Alice makes a wish; asking for her own death if he were to die as well. Next, Jafar exerts physical pain on Alice to force her to make another wish, but she refuses. After she is dropped, Jafar turns Knave into stone as punishment for Alice's stubbornness. ("The Serpent")

Unknown to Knave, the Red Queen, after tricking Alice into helping her get magic dust, uses it to free him from stone. Recovering from his ordeal, he gets a bottle of water from a peddler to alleviate side effects and then meets two camp-goers who direct him to Alice in the Black Forest. Assuming Alice saved his life, he chases her down to repay the debt. Knave makes it through the Black Forest into the Boro Grove to discover Alice has completely forgotten anything of importance to her. He is disturbed by the sight of the only other person there, a Carpenter, and believes the man harmed her. After some interrogating, Knave realizes the man is turning into a tree, which is the same fate Alice will have if she doesn't leave. She even starts to forget her own name, which is all the more reason he presses her to depart with him. Annoyed, she swings the sword at him as Cyrus' necklace drops to the floor, and refuses to go anywhere as vines and branches flourish to trap her in place. Knave almost confesses something relating to when Alice helped him get his heart back, which she ignores. At one point, he shows her the necklace, but loses his grip as vines trap him in place, to which it lands in Alice's hands. The necklace helps her to remember and she cuts both herself and Knave free. They make it outside as Knave mentions owing her since she unfroze him from stone, though Alice attests that she did no such thing and guesses it must have been Anastasia. This leads her to recall what he said earlier about a confession, and Knave's full disclosure that he never put his heart back in to avoid feeling heartbreak over Anastasia. ("Heart of Stone", "Who's Alice")

He and Alice approach Jafar's floating lair and begin making a basket out of bird bark branches to carry themselves up to the island. While doing so, Alice's father, Edwin, stumbles out of the forest. Despite that Edwin went to great lengths to find Wonderland and now believes everything Alice once spoke of, she can't forgive him for having treated her like an obligation, and not a daughter, for years. Edwin consults Knave for advice on how to gain Alice's forgiveness. Knave thinks Alice needs a good father, so Edwin can start by helping her find the man she loves, Cyrus. Though Alice herself is unsure whether or not to forgive her father, Knave believes she eventually will because it's the right thing to do. In an surprise attack, a dragon spits out fire as Knave and Alice use the branch slants to shield themselves. All three attempt to flee, though Edwin is nearly swiped away by the dragon until Alice kills the beast. Following a father and daughter reconciliation, the trio share a meal out of the slain dragon's meat. After supper, Knave goes with Alice to fetch wood, but once they are alone, she relates her suspicions that the man claiming to be her father is not him. The pair leave camp to walk up a mountain cliff when Jafar flies by on a magic carpet and dangles Edwin as a threat. Alice sees right through Jafar's plan of using an impostor of her father. However, this person proves to be the real Edwin, and he makes amends with Alice as well as revealing Cyrus escaped the prison before being dropped into the sea. Alice saves Edwin by wishing him home. Afterwards, Knave comforts her over being forced to use another wish. Instead, she is grateful since it gave her knowledge her father understands her, and that Cyrus is free. ("Bad Blood")

As they make their way to a place Alice is certain Cyrus would go, a stop is made at the White Rabbit's house. They learn that the White Rabbit has only been obeying the Red Queen's orders because she kidnapped his family. Knave and Alice both sympathize with his plight and decide to rescue them. Knave has an idea of where the Red Queen might have taken them, and they arrive at an abandoned wagon, which he and Anastasia once lived in. Inside, he finds an empty box that once contained Cyrus' genie bottle and comes out with the White Rabbit's wife and two children. While the White Rabbit's family venture to a secure place to stay, Knave follows Alice to the Outlands and enters into an invisible hideout. Before joining her, he warns the White Rabbit against trying anything sneaky. Inside, Alice is disappointed again to see Cyrus is not there. Knave reluctantly suggests they should leave Wonderland, but Alice refuse to accept a life without Cyrus. A moment later, she runs out to reunite with Cyrus. Knave is dismayed to see the Red Queen tagged along as well. The Red Queen proceeds to urge everyone to leave Wonderland before a dangerous storm cloud Jafar summoned reaches them all. Alice refuses to go without an explanation for the Red Queen's actions thus far, including her reasons for taking away Cyrus and desiring the bottle. In an emotional outburst, the Red Queen admits to Knave that she wants him back. He stoically recalls a time when she did have his whole heart, but threw it away. She pleads that by breaking the laws of magic, they can go back to the past and resume their relationship, but he wants nothing more to do with her. Even to this, Alice doesn't believe the Red Queen, but Cyrus does, so she asks the White Rabbit to dig a hole to someplace safe for them. As the storm cloud closes in, the Red Queen uses the bottle as a shield against a lightning bolt, which then bounces off and fatally wounds Knave. As he is near death, Alice, too, begins to die as her first wish comes into full effect. Knave is given the third remaining wish by Cyrus and uses it to "end Alice's suffering". Cyrus is freed of servitude as Alice is revived, but Knave pays the price by becoming trapped in the bottle as a genie. ("Home")

While in the bottle, Knave is found and brought out by Lizard. He attempts to leave, but is forced to stay on Lizard's command since she has become his master and must be granted three wishes. In town, Lizard asks for one wish only before allowing him to go. Before she voices the wish, he tells her one of the laws of magic, which prohibit using a wish to make someone fall in love. Lizard changes her mind and instead offers to let him have the first wish, which he then uses to give beer to everyone in the town. Later, after having a drinking contest, Knave finds Lizard sitting alone in an inn room. From the starry-eyed look on her eyes, he easily guesses that she is in love with someone. She refuses to state the man's name and instead asks him what kind of qualities he finds desirable in a woman. After he lists them, Lizard eagerly demands to be granted the same traits, and the second wish is used to transform her into a feminine and lavishly dressed young lady. Knave pushes her to strike up conversation with her dream guy, but she balks until admitting the man she loves is him. Knave apologizes, stating he is very fond of her, but love is no longer possible for him. She insists that what he feels for her doesn't have to be love, but wishes for it to be at least something; anything. Having used the word "wish", Lizard inevitably uses her last and third wish, which causes her untimely death as a helpless Knave is forced back into the bottle. Afterwards, the Red Queen picks up the bottle and summons him out; making her his next master. Cyrus discovers that the two other bottles in Jafar's possession contain his brothers and wants to save them. Since Knave is bound to the Red Queen, he believes that this is where they part from Alice and Cyrus since she is only invested in her own desires. Instead, the Red Queen opts to stay and help rescue Cyrus' brothers. ("Nothing to Fear")

Knave remains skeptical of the Red Queen's motives, though she fully admits her desire to take back Wonderland from Jafar for the people's sake and not her own. The two head to the White Rabbit's house where she tries to convince him to help her gain the citizens' trust, but then they learn Jafar has released the Jabberwocky. While on the move in the woods, Knave is ordered into the bottle by the Red Queen. Both are captured by the Jabberwocky and later strapped down to chairs in the castle jail cell. On Jafar's command, the Jabberwocky mentally breaks down the Red Queen by taunting her about having lost her mother's love as well as Knave's. The Red Queen is coerced into making two wishes for frivolous reasons, though Knave tries to intervene, and the third is used to make the Jabberwocky stop torturing her. Directly after, Knave is forced into the bottle, which Jafar now possesses. ("Dirty Little Secrets")

While attempting to get some shut-eye in the bottle, Knave is brought out by Jafar after the sorcerer failed to break the laws of magic and believes he is somehow resisting the spell. The Jabberwocky tries reading Knave's fears, but strangely, is unable to. After Jafar interrogates the Red Queen, the Jabberwocky inadvertently discovers, from reading Alice's fears, that Knave is without a heart. Then, Knave himself is locked in a cell while being questioned about the location of his heart, but he refuses to say until Jafar threatens to slit the Red Queen's throat. Despite the Red Queen's pleas for him not to reveal anything, Knave complies since his heart has caused him enough suffering and no one needs to die because of it. He asks about her intent to change the past had she broken the laws of magic, which she admits was to keep herself and Will from crossing realms to Wonderland. She apologizes for resorting to magic to win him back, as the laws weren't meant to be broken, and asks for his forgiveness, which he accepts. Jafar reenters the dungeon, shoving the heart into Knave, who collapses in shock. While overwhelmed by the return of his own heart, the Red Queen tells him to look at her. In the instant their eyes meet, they share a kiss until Jafar separates them. Knave is locked up, while he fearfully watches Jafar force the Red Queen out, and witnesses him kill his beloved Anastasia. ("Heart of the Matter")

Desperate to revive Anastasia from death, Knave agrees to fetch Jafar's stolen serpent staff from Alice and Cyrus so the laws of magic can be broken. He pleads to them that even Anastasia deserves a second chance, but they refuse his request. Alice shakes sense into him, insisting that Jafar could resurrect Anastasia, but if the laws of magic are broken, he can also kill people without question. Seemingly, Knave reluctantly accepts that there is no saving his lover. The three begin journeying to the Well of Wonders hoping to return Nyx's water, which Cyrus and his brothers stole years ago to save their ailing mother, Amara, who was later turned into Jafar's serpent staff. During a camping night, Knave knocks out Cyrus and steals the staff. While fleeing, he gets lost as Alice and Cyrus chase after him. Knave corners Alice at a cliff edge, insisting that his endeavor to reunite with Anastasia is just as worthy as her rescuing Cyrus. As he turns to walk away, she slips into the river below the cliff. Overcoming his fear of water, Knave jumps in to save her. Though Alice is sympathetic to his dilemma about Anastasia, she convinces him that it's wrong to help Jafar. After regrouping with Cyrus, they are ambushed by the Jabberwocky, whose desire to gain freedom from Jafar prompts her to strike a deal with them. While the Jabberwocky brings Cyrus into the castle as a "prisoner" and distracts Jafar, Alice and Knave sneak in through the underground tunnel. In the dungeon, Knave runs away from guards and is later summoned by Jafar for an interrogation about the staff's location. Amara, now human, arrives to magically spar with her former apprentice. Knave is thrown into his bottle, which tips over during the magic battle, allowing him a view of the room. He sees Jafar stab Cyrus and then force Amara, out of concern for her son, to help him break the laws of magic. ("To Catch a Thief")

Entrapped by Jafar in a triangular force field, Knave is surprised to learn the sorcerer kept his end of the bargain and revived Anastasia. However, his joy is short-lived, since Anastasia has been magically manipulated her into believing she and Jafar are in love. Knave watches in disgust and anger as they kiss, and later averts his eyes altogether. Alice is captured, but refuses to give up Amara's whereabouts. Jafar learns she is at the Well of Wonders and has Anastasia tell him about the location's magical nature. Once Jafar leaves, Anastasia stays to guard his captives. Noticing the White Rabbit is trying to sneak in, Knave distracts her by asking for water, but she notices anyway. Before Anastasia can tell Jafar, Knave makes a last bid attempt to convince her what she feels for the villain isn't love. To prove it, he reaches out of the force field and gives her true love's kiss; breaking Jafar's mind control. Anastasia frees Alice, allowing the White Rabbit to take her to the Well of Wonders, where Jafar is enslaved as a genie by Nyx for stealing the water that Amara was attempting to return. As a result, the laws of magic are reversed and the genie curse is lifted, but Knave loses Anastasia, who becomes deceased once more. While he is mourning, Alice and Cyrus return with a canteen of well water that Nyx gifted to them for Anastasia since it is not yet her time to die. Knave restores her to life and they are happily reunited. He and Anastasia later attend Alice and Cyrus' wedding in England and bid the couple farewell afterwards. ("And They Lived...")

After Second Curse

After an unknown period of time, Will somehow returns to Storybrooke and resumes his thievish ways. During a blackout, he breaks into a shop, Any Given Sundae, and notices the ice cream within the store is still solid despite that the town has been without electricity for hours. Upon checking the backroom, he sees the entire kitchen is frozen. ("White Out")

Will hears news of Robin Hood's wife, Marian, and her freezing affliction. For an undisclosed reason, he begins rummaging through Robin's tent in the woods. Caught by the town sheriff, Emma, he surrenders without a fight but then takes off when her guard is down only to be intercepted by the other sheriff, David. Will informs them of what he saw in the ice cream shop and helps them break in. When his method takes longer than necessary, Emma successfully opens the lock. Inside, they see nothing suspicious at the shop front until Emma notices she doesn't hear a freezer engine, which is used to keep the store goods frozen. Will then suggests they search the backroom as proof of his prior claims. While David and Emma enter the kitchen and discover the entire room is frozen, he steals money out of the cash register and flees out the door. Emma wishes to go after Will, but David insists that he is not the target now. ("Rocky Road")

During an evening at a restaurant bar, Will sees Emma dining in with a man. He attempts to slip out unnoticed, but bumps into a waiter carrying wine, which spills on Emma's dress. Her date, Hook, grabs him and demands an apology, but she brushes off the accident. When Emma recognizes Will, he promptly takes off. Later that night, Will gets drunk and, believing the library is a bar, begins lock-picking the door. As Hook passes by, he tries to persuade him to go home, but Will repeatedly pushes away the latter's hand in refusal. Set off from this response, Hook punches Will until he drops to the floor. Just when Hook nearly hits him again, a confused Will questions his actions. Regaining a semblance of calm, Hook threatens him to never speak of the incident to anyone and leaves. Following the dispute, Will breaks into the library. Inside, he finds a book, rips out a page illustrating the Red Queen and tucks it into his pocket. After falling asleep, he is discovered the next morning by the librarian, Belle, who calls Emma to apprehend him. Hauled into the sheriff's office cell, Will gives Emma information about his drunken exploits last night that caused him to mistake the library for a bar. Emma then questions him about the book and illustration page she found on him. Will stares at the image of the Red Queen, but remains silent until Emma asks if it means anything to him, to which he says it doesn't. She moves onto inquiring about his bruised cheek and the person who hurt him. Just then, Hook walks in. Will eyes his attacker, and then tells Emma that he doesn't recall. Thus, Emma decides to keep Will locked up until he remembers. ("The Apprentice")

As night approaches, Will is still in his cell as he hollers at Emma for his dinner, though she only gives him a poptart and a bottle of water. Hook shares a sweet moment with Emma as he mentions his upcoming playdate with her son, Henry, on a sailing run. Loudly, Will comments that Hook is trying to be on good terms with the son so it'll be easier with the mother, to which an annoyed Hook warns Will to keep his opinion to himself. During the evening, Will escapes and goes looking for a bag he buried, and though there is a map pinning the location, he mistakenly interred both. Thus, he begins shoveling an area in a clearing when Mary Margaret approaches. She inquires about what he's doing and reveals herself to be the sheriff's wife. At first, he assumes she means Emma until Mary Margaret clarifies that's her daughter and David is her husband, which confuses him momentarily. Eventually, she suspects he didn't bolt out of jail and David set everything up. Despite that David actually had nothing to do with his escape, Will denies her husband's involvement until she, as mayor of Storybrooke, insists on pardoning him for breaking into the library. ("Breaking Glass")

Walking into the diner, Will sees a moody Robin playing darts and prepares to exit, but the latter stops him by hitting a dart at the wall near the door. Will approaches Robin, who has still not forgiven him for once endangering the lives of the Merry Men due to his foolish endeavor in stealing a looking glass for a woman. When questioned about where the woman is now, Will only says that he chose his path and the good comes with the bad. Robin goes into the story of how he met Marian, which Will has already heard many times before. Since only true love's kiss can save Marian, though he truly loves Regina, Robin believes he himself must remember always that his wife changed him into a thief who understood the plight of poor people and began stealing from the rich to give to the needy. Will recalls a time he asked Marian why she gave up everything to be with Robin. As he remembers, Marian stated she believed in the goodness inside Robin and that true love is something one should always fight for. Robin questions if Will still believes this even after everything he did for love. Will agrees, saying that by finding someone to love for his whole life, even by giving up everything for it, is worth the trouble. ("The Snow Queen")

After Robin asks for his help with figuring out the origin of a storybook recording everyone's lives from the Enchanted Forest, Will explains his life under the first curse when time stood still, but he believes there is magic in the tower as the clock within it began moving once the curse started weakening. Will attempts a break-in at the library until Robin, noticing the store hours sign, opens the unlocked door. Inside, they find nothing of use. Will curiously inquiries if Robin is together with Regina again, but the latter dodges the question. Moments later, Robin discovers a storybook page, in his bag, which depicts himself and Regina's would-have-been past meeting in the Enchanted Forest. ("Smash the Mirror")

Once Ingrid casts the spell of shattered sight, Robin is warned by Regina of the imminent threat. He, in turn, calls for Will and commands him to let the Merry Men know they are packing up camp. ("Fall")

Under the curse, Will begins pickpocketing from a man on the streets when he spots Hook walk by. Following him to the mayor's office, he tries to give the pirate comeuppance for previously beating him up, but Hook quickly knocks him out cold. Once Ingrid sacrifices herself to lift the curse, the spell of shattered sight comes to an end. ("Shattered Sight")

Resolving to leave town with Marian and take Roland along, Robin bids Will a final farewell near Storybrooke's border. As some of Ingrid's magic still remains on the town line, whoever departs from Storybrooke can never re-enter, so Robin and his family can never return. ("Heroes and Villains")

Six weeks after Ingrid's defeat and Mr. Gold's banishment from town, Will grabs two coffee orders from the diner before leaving. That night, as Belle is fixing a window display in the pawnshop, Mr. Gold secretly watches her from across the street. When Will approaches her inside the store, she smiles happily and kisses him, much to Mr. Gold's shock. ("Unforgiven")

During a diner date with Belle, Will is rudely knocked in the shoulder by Hook, who sits down next to him in the booth. The men exchange tense words as Belle figures out they must not be on good terms. With urgent news, Hook then requests a private chat with Belle. Later that night, Will leaves a rose for her outside the pawnshop, which she later finds and places in a vase. When Hook questions her about Will, Belle admits the relationship is new, and although she's not over Mr. Gold, he makes her happy. ("Enter the Dragon")

While Will hangs out with Belle at the pawnshop, Hook and Ursula arrive asking for help to restore a shrunken ship to normal size. Since he's been to Wonderland before, Will gives Hook a concoction made of magic mushrooms. ("Poor Unfortunate Soul")

After Belle leaves to babysit Neal, Will remains in the pawnshop just as Mr. Gold approaches him. Mr. Gold intimidates him into fetching Belle's heart, which Regina stole and Maleficent is currently guarding. As the latter distracts Maleficent with a conversation, Will breaks into the mayor's office and takes the heart. Returning to the pawnshop, he finds Belle already waiting for him with dinner from Granny's. When Will opens the box containing her heart, Mr. Gold walks out, revealing to Belle that he wanted to return it to her. Belle isn't interested in hearing him out, but Mr. Gold expresses remorse at the many lies he told her throughout their marriage. Mr. Gold explains, that by giving back her heart, Will is now her protector, as he believes himself unworthy of the task. Mr. Gold then pushes the heart into her chest and leaves, as Will grabs Belle's hand to comfort her, though she stares longingly after the man who was once her husband. ("Lily")

After Isaac rewrites new lives for everyone, he sends Will and every former Enchanted Forest native to an alternate reality inside his book, Heroes and Villains. ("Operation Mongoose Part 1")

After Isaac creates an alternate reality for everyone in the Heroes and Villains book, Will becomes one of Robin Hood's associates. During Robin's wedding ceremony to Zelena, he is present as his best man. When the ceremony ends, everyone leaves the church, where Robin Hood sees an injured Regina outside. He rushes to be by her side, while a jealous Zelena later runs off, and Will stays behind to see Henry use the quill to undo all of Isaac's stories and return everyone to Storybrooke. ("Operation Mongoose Part 1", "Operation Mongoose Part 2")

Before Third Curse
Harnessing the quill, Henry reverts Isaac's stories and returns everyone to Storybrooke. Later that night, as a diner party is going on, Will babysits Roland so Robin can spend time with Regina. ("Operation Mongoose Part 2")

After Fourth Curse
Though unexplained, sometime after returning to Wonderland, Will reunites with Anastasia and they rule the kingdom as the White King and Queen. Alice, after having her own family, tells her daughter about her past adventures from a book illustrating Will and Anastasia as the White King and Queen of Wonderland. ("And They Lived...")

Magical Abilities

Former Magical Abilities


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  • Dashed lines denote marriage relationships
  • † denotes the deceased


Character Notes

  • Will is unable to swim due to his fear of water. ("Trust Me")

Production Notes

  • The casting call of the spinoff series describes him as, "a sardonic adventurer, a man of action, loner and heartbreaker -- the proverbial rolling stone. His swagger isn't quite enough to disguise the fact that he is unswervingly loyal and possessed of a strong moral code."[4]
  • After exiting Once Upon a Time in the fourth season, Michael Socha noted he "was quite redundant in Once Upon a Time. I wasn't really used." He also added that the writers apologized for not utilizing his character, saying "they just said that they couldn't do it".[5]


Fairytales and Folklore

  • Knave is unable to swim due to his fear of water. In the novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Knave cannot swim as well, but this is because he's a playing card made of cardboard. ("Trust Me")
  • While in jail, Will asks for his forgotten dinner order of "bangers and mash". Emma replies "You had the water and pop-tart". This is a reference to a scene in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland where the Knave stands trial for stealing tarts. ("Breaking Glass")

Set Dressing


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

See also


  1. "Fall", Once Upon a Time, ABC
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  3. 3.0 3.1 ONCE UPON A TIME SEASON FOUR PREVIEW. D23 (Autumn 2014). “Adam: He was a victim of the first curse so he had a life in Storybrooke. So there’s a connection with him to the town and to some of our characters, including the Merry Men.”
  4. Goldberg, Lesley (March 28, 2013). 'Once Upon a Time' Spinoff Enlists 'Being Human' Star as Knave of Hearts. Hollywood Reporter. “The Knave is described as a sardonic adventurer, a man of action, loner and heartbreaker -- the proverbial rolling stone. His swagger isn't quite enough to disguise the fact that he is unswervingly loyal and possessed of a strong moral code.”
  5. Jeffery, Morgan (March 7, 2016). Michael Socha confirms Once Upon a Time exit: "I was redundant - I wasn't really used". Digital Spy. “"I did the spinoff, Wonderland, which was f**king great, man - I enjoyed that, I was in it all the time," he told Digital Spy. "But I was quite redundant in Once Upon a Time. I wasn't really used." Socha revealed that the Once writers even apologised to him for not making better use of his character. "They apologised - they just said that they couldn't do it," he said.”
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  9. FlickrIconTemplate.png Lawrence Andreutti. P1100918 (October 15, 2012).  (archive copy)