Best Once Upon a Time Characters

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1 Regina Mills

She's powerful and nobody should mess with her. Regina has had it bad from the start everybody should feel bad for her because for one she stared out as a nice character but her mother had to come in and mess it all up by killing the one person she loves and setting her on a evil path. Second, in story brook even when she wanted to change and did a good job of it everyone shut her out I mean come on all she wants is her sun.

I love how she has two sides of her and how family will always come first no matter what and that she is trying so hard to find her happy ending but she just needs to open her eyes and notice that she has already found hers and also no matter how much people doubt her she always proves them wrong and shows that she deserves to be happy and be noticed for all the good she can achieve no matter what situation she will face

Regina is the best character on once upon a time she is brave and wont let her feelings cloud her judgement if she thinks something is necessary it probably is and it is nit that easy to be one of the worst villains and turn good and have people doubt you but keep trying any ways

Regina is the best character by a MILE - she has come so so far throughout the series! She has so much sass as well and is by far the best character to watch! I LOVE HER.

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2 Rumpelstiltskin

He is completely misunderstood. Bell is the only one he gets him. Okay, so from the beginning. He became the dark one to stop a horrible war and save his son. He never meant to let his son go and he spent around 200 years trying to get him back. That's a long time, he cared a lot. He might have done some bad things but he was trying to get back to his son. When he meets Bell he loves her so much, even if he messed up by making her leave. But, that's the thing, for someone to be my favorite character, and I thinks it's the same for a lot of people, based on the first three. They have to do some bad things. A character who is good at heart but does some bad things makes their character deep, and makes them awesome. That's why I hate Neal/ Baelfire, even though Rumpelstiltskin spent about 200 years looking for him, he couldn't forgive him. Even if he was just a villain( which he's not) with no good heart, he is would still awesome because he is funny, so manipulative and great with ...more

I love this guy! he's the most powerful character in the whole show (still alive that is because of hades and I'm not counting zeus because it was less than a minute of screen time) he's the funniest and the smartest. His style is classy as all hell, and his personality and attitude are just amazing! Also love Robert Carlyle. And its true what he says in season 4, he always wins. In the end, I dare anyone to say in any instance where rumple did not win.

First of all he's played by Scottish legend Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, The Full Monty) His character from the beginning has been the most nuanced, complex, morally grey character to ever grace my T.V./ computer screen. Recently however Rumplestiltskin has been at the brunt of a viscous hate campaign by the very writers who created him! The show runners have deliberately been sabotaging his character lately to prop up bland fan favorites the Evil Queen and Captain Hook. It started with killing his son; his whole motivation for the curse and everything he did as The Dark One. They completely negated his beautiful redemption arc by bringing him back to life, then subjecting him to torture, pain, and rejection, over and over. The writers have ruined a character that Robert worked hard (and still works hard) to be three demensional by painting him in the most unsympathetic light possible. All this because they wanted the young teen demographic to drool over Hook and woobify Regina.

Rumpelstilskin is amazing characters, because he backstorie's make me feel bad about him and no wonder he become evil. Now he become more like anti-hero than villain and that so amazing.

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3 Captain Hook Captain Hook Captain James Hook is a fictional character, the antagonist of J. M. Barrie's play Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up and its various adaptations, in which he is Peter Pan's archenemy.

I really liked him in season 2 and even season 3. But after that he became more or less a lapdog puppy totally infatuated with Emma Swan. Which I find very strange because he used to be a really witty and layered character. Now he is just twisting himself into bizar situations in which he must and shall proof himself to be worthy to Emma Swan by being good. Captain Hook shouldn't care how he is labelled. He is a bloody rapscallion pirate and he only cares about living life and living by his code. That's all.

Well, Hook is the best character to have ever existed on Once Upon a Time, but I disagree with that first paragraph. As much as I loved him in seasons two and three, I loved him even more since he began dating Emma Swan and redeeming himself. He and Emma bring out the best in each other. Along with Regina and Snowing, in my opinion, they are the reason why this show is so good.

His sarcastic humor makes him really special. Unlike other pirates, he has a heart and also, he is hot - BlueDiamondFromNowhere

He is my favourite character!

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4 Emma Swan

Emma Swan is by far the best character I've ever encountered. She's a real badass, but she's also relatable in so many ways. She's so nicely developed and Jennifer Morrison does a wonderful job portraying her. Of course Emma Swan the savior is great. Of course she's awesome being all fearless and dauntless and stuff. But what is even more beautiful is the way she puts on walls, and how broken she is. Emma Swan is a masterpiece.

Emma Swan obviously has to be a strong character with a great background and character development, she is the main character. But also her sarcasm and overall badass is just literally perfect. Jennifer Morrison does an amazing job portraying her character, the Savior.

The main character had to be on here at some point. I felt awful for her in the episode Neal left her because August blackmailed him. She's had to be so strong all the time because she never had a family.

Emma is a great character. Her goodness just makes her perfect. She even became the Dark One to protect Regina, she is really the Savior.

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5 Red Riding Hood/Ruby

Ruby was one of my favorites since the beginning, she has a heartbreaking back story. But she is a strong female character that is absolutely gorgeous.

Not only is she Red Riding Hood, but the Big Bad Wolf, too! She's so sweet and pretty!

Red is such an awesome and strong character, I love the twist in the story!

She's the absolute best

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6 Belle

It's amazing how she could love Rumplestiltskin even after all he's done. I love how she sees the light in everyone and always is the better woman. She never wants revenge, but she still knows how to stand up for herself. Plus, she's gorgeous and really smart.

Sorry but after you pushed rumple over the line, you are not even in my top 100 goodbye

She's beautiful, clever, feminist and can forgive and forget easily. She has faith in everyone and wants to see the best in everyone no matter the circumstances. She forgives Regina even after Regina went all mother gothel on her for 28 years. And she has a killer wardrobe

So strong and compassionate. But will cut a bitch if you disrespect her or Rumplestiltskin!

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7 Mary Margeret

Snow White's the best, always and forever will be :D

Okay, Snow White/ Mary Margaret is my absolute favorite and always will be. She is the fairest of them all, obviously. I love her relationship with Charming and Emma, and she would die to protect her family.

Snow white ain't no woman that's a damn man and I hope the snowman dies! When it happens it will be my favorite episode!

She is awesome

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8 Peter Pan

I totally disagree that he is the worst Peter Pan is one of the best characters on the show I was so upset hen he died LONG LIVE PETER PAN plus robbie kay the actor who plays him is HOT

I loved Peter Pan on the show. It was nice to see a iconic character such as him be twisted and become evil. Pan was one of the only villains I found was pure evil and not had a good reason for being so, which is what I liked about him. Robbie played him so well, he is my favourite character for sure.

He is psychotic, ruthless and an even worse villain than Hook ever was in any of the stories and also the only villain with no motivation to being evil. He just wants to cause chaos for the sake of chaos. He is also hot! - Daviddv0601

His character was really well made and season 3 was by far the best season, I got really bored afterwards - pjo

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9 Baelfire/Neal Cassidy

He is dependable smart and courageous, he was perfect for Emma, and when he was in his teen years, he was kinda cute, like peter pan

Yes! He is one of my favorite characters. After all the ships/romances Emma has gone through, he is my favorite.

Neal is so good it was so sad when gophers died I wish Emma and Neal got back together

Who even is this guy? I watched all the seasons and I don't even remember him

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10 Prince Charming/David Nolan

David is the best he is so so so cool and really good at fighting

David/ Prince Charming makes the perfect ship when put up next to Snow White/Mary Margaret. He, like Snow, wants to do anything to protect him family, but tries to go about the right way of doing it. He is courageous, and may I mention...hot!

I really don't like him. Always trying to act like a hero but in fact he seems just stupid and childish to me.

He sucks at playing hero. He acts like a 5 year old in a grown mans body.

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The Contenders

11 Henry Mills

It's good to have some younger characters in shows and he fits that role perfectly

Henry has not much space there, but thought he is great. Little Hero!

The truest believer, author and probably the first hero in storybrooke sadly he outshined with older more present characters but he is the only reason why the events of Once Upon A Time ever happened

My favorite

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12 Evil Queen/Regina Mills

I loved her in season one because that's when she tried to do her best to get rid of Emma, it was so awesome and sweet at the same time because she was trying to keep Emma from her son, who she cared about so much, and thanks to Cora, Regina was not able to have kids, which is why this is so sweet. It's awesome because I love when Regina goes all dark because she is so cool when she does, you can see how much she doesn't care. It shows that she would do anything to get what she wants, it shows how much effort she puts into what she wants. - Dearies

In season one, I really didn't like Regina all that much. Then I saw her episode with Daniel. My heart broke. Plus, she's much prettier than Snow could ever dream to be. She's had to go through so much, and she's stayed strong the whole time. Even if she did stray to the dark side, she's still in actuality just a broken teenage girl who lost the love of her life.

The Evil Queen is interesting but I think that being good is a better path for her. If she does go evil again then she will lose Henry forever

She is fine ass hell!

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13 The Hunter

I felt awful for him when he died! It was sad because Emma was finally opening up to him, and then he died. :(

Everybody loves him. Is death was sad but not as much as what people say. He was a nice character but I think Neal and Killian are hotter. #SorryNotSorry

14 Mulan Mulan Fa Mulan, a character inspired by an actual historic figure is a character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures' 36th animated feature film Mulan, as well as its sequel Mulan II.

The part where it was revealed that she is in love with Aurora shocks me. It broke my heart when I saw the heartbroken look on her face when Aurora told her that she is pregnant, I loved her right there!

I love the character of Mulan!

She's so underrated.

15 The Mad Hatter The Mad Hatter

Sebastian Stan is my all time favourite actor. He's been amazing in everything I've seen him in (most of his rolls) and I think that he played Jefferson perfectly. You can feel the pain he feels and see the pain in his eyes. I think the thing that made Jefferson the perfect character was how he says he's not crazy until the end where he freaks when Emma and Snow escape. It shows us how easily some metal patients can act. Perfectly calm at one moment and out the next. They need to bring Jefferson back. Plus Sebastian is an adorable puppy and everyone loves puppies.

Sebastian stan is an amazing actor and he plays jefferson very very very well! He is so talented. That's why I love his roles.

His insanity is what makes him awesome, and his love for his daughter Grace.

The mad hatter is the BEST character EVER!

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16 Zelena/Wicked Witch of the West

Zelena is absolutely the best character on the show! She is so well written, and the first villain who I genuinely love, not love to hate. I feel so bad for her, Regina is such a hypocrite for preaching all this "everyone gets a happy ending" stuff yet not letting her sister have a chance at it!

Zelena is one of my favorite characters in once! She's so well at making everyone think she's sad, happy, angry, And I just really love her WICKED personality!

She is one of the best characters with her powerful magic and strong ambition. In my opinion, she was the highlight of season 3.

Zelena is amazing!

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17 Hades

An absolutely twisted mastermind of a character, Hades knows just how to break anyone who gets in his way, from Hook all the way to Rumplestiltskin. - WonkeyDude98

18 Robin Hood

(! ) SPOILERS(! ) Robin Hood was one of my favorite characters, sooo sad he died though, he was perfect for Regina

19 Tinker Bell
20 Lily

I love Lily because she is the daughter of Maleficent. I like that because it means that the generation of dragons is not over. - Dearies

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