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This article focuses on the Oz character.
For the Season One character, see Woodcutter.
For the Season Six character known as the "Woodcutter", see Gabriel.

No matter how you feel on the inside, Zelena, remember to always put on a good face.
—The Woodcutter to Zelena src

The Woodcutter is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the sixteenth episode of the third season and is portrayed by guest star Adrian Hough.


Before First Curse

Travelling to the Emerald City, the Woodcutter and his wife notice a cyclone passing through the region, which drops a baby girl in a basket. Both are instantly taken by the child's beauty, but the woodcutter becomes uneasy about the infant after seeing her exhibit magic by felling a tree. He attempts to warn his wife, who remains completely oblivious, believing the tree fell because of the wind. Set on keeping the child, she names her Zelena. After his wife dies, the woodcutter becomes a drunkard and brings up Zelena alone. ("It's Not Easy Being Green")

Some years after, outside his cottage home, the Woodcutter catches a young Zelena harnessing magic to lift and chuck whole wood piles into place on a shelf. He scolds her for doing it so openly where anyone could have seen her, and she apologizes, promising it'll never happen again. The Woodcutter agrees with her assessment and then grabs a whip, intending to give her the punishment he believes she deserves. He reminds her that her mother is no longer here to protect her, before raising the whip to strike her, when a purplish glow freezes him in place. Zelena, at first, doesn't understand what happened, but she soon finds a witch, Cora, is responsible for her father's state. Cora offers Zelena a way to prove to her father that her magic is good, by helping her save someone with it, which Zelena accepts. ("Sisters")

Years later, while Zelena shaves her father's neck, he harps on her to always put on her best face to hide the ugliness inside. Accidentally cutting him with the razor, she conjures a rag, but her use of magic angers and frightens him. He reveals the truth, that she is not his biological daughter, and spitefully calls her "wicked" because of her magic abilities. Hurt, she leaves home to go to the Wizard of Oz to find out the truth about her past. ("It's Not Easy Being Green")


Robin Hood
Robin Hood


  • Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationship
  • Dashed lines denote marriage, adoption and relationships that result in offspring
  • denotes the deceased
  • Zelena and Robin Hood have never married


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