Top 10 Once Upon a Time Villains

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The T.V. series Once Upon A Time has had a myriad of bad villains, most of them skilled in magic. Ultimately, they are defeated, but they just keep on coming back. Some turn to good, while others seem stuck in the bad ways. Here are the baddest of the bad of fairy tales, myths, and legends.

The Top Ten

1 Peter Pan

A master manipulator and reportedly even more powerful than Rumpelstiltskin himself, Pan turned out to be Rumpelstiltskin's father. He used Emma and the other good guys as pawns in his nefarious game to gain the heart of the truest believer to extend his never-ending youth. Pan is ruthless and ripped out his best friend's heart to cast the Dark Curse. He even switched bodies with Henry so that Henry got trapped in Pandora's box. Pan proved to be one of the most cunning villains that the good guys ever faced, to defeat them, they had to win his mind games. Pan was reportedly killed after Rumpelstiltskin sacrificed himself, but the catchphrase "Peter Pan never fails" is too deadly to ignore. - bzjeung

Peter Pan is one of the most mischief and manipulative villains who almost always knows about people, who they are, their secrets, their weaknesses, and what they will do. He knows the card you will play and he already has his plan set and waiting. He was one of the most well developed characters in the series with the most interesting back story and the biggest shock that once upon a time has ever seen. Unlike the rest of the villains, he has power that is not needed, it is just wanted. He could get people to do as he please with out ripping their hearts out or torching in them, if he wanted.

Everyone says that Rumplestilskin or Regina is the most evil villain, but personally I believe it is Pan. He abandoned his own son for youth, then, causing Rumplestilskin to go off and start his journey down the dark road, which would not have happened if pan had not abandoned him. Pan then manipulated some of the most loved characters on the show to see darkness, to see what they got out of something, to see their side, to get it their way by doing as pan says. Pan can see things in people that they cannot see in themselves, he shows them what is preventing them from getting what they want, he shows them what is in the way of their happy ending then, digs a hole In their head that will torment them for years to come.

I agree one hundred percent!

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2 Rumpelstiltskin

Easily the baddest of the bunch, the Dark One has remained a step ahead of most villains and has the luxury of foresight. He is described as the most powerful sorcerer in all the realms (though a lot of people come close to him). He has swayed between good and evil so many times, it's hard to tell which side he'll pick in the end. While he is incredibly powerful, he has been defeated and is currently working with the Queens of Darkness in Season 4 to regain his power which seems to be his true love. His power is quite good though, he has defeated Pan, Cora, Zelena, survived the Snow Queen's curse, and even overpowered the Queens of Darkness (Maleficent, Ursula, and Cruella de Vil) - bzjeung

He is the dark one he is the best he is the baddest and he is very cunning

My sis and I are obsessed with when he says "Magic" - AnonymousChick

Rumple is pure evil and smart so he should win

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3 Regina the Evil Queen

The Evil Queen may not be the worst villain on the list; she is an example of how evil is made and not born. She is easily the most charismatic villain on the list, someone who seems to enjoy her badness so much, that you just have to love her, even when she's destroying people left and right. The Evil Queen is a formidable sorceress who has survived multiple villains, so she's quite powerful, having been tutored by Rumpelstiltskin himself. She is a master of dark magic, not to mention being also skilled in light magic. - bzjeung

Best character on the show. In season one and two you just loved to see her evil acts and even in 3,4,5 where she is no longer a villain she still has that sass and evil edge which no other character has on the show. Plus she's the only one (apart from Dark Swan in 5x05... ugh&alternate Rumple) who has used both light and dark magic which makes her even more dangerous.

Didn't vote for her because she's not a villain anymore.

Long Live the Evil QUEEN 👑

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4 Zelena, the Wicked Witch of the West

Turns out wicked doesn't always win. Zelena may have not been the worst villain the good guys ever fought, she seemed too much of a green copycat of Regina. The Wicked Witch wind points for enslaving Rumpelstiltskin himself, something Cora couldn't even do. Zelena was reported to be even more powerful than Regina and one of the most skilled witches Rumpelstiltskin had ever seen. She even managed to break the laws of magic and turn numerous people into flying monkeys. - bzjeung

Zelena is by far the best character on the show. She is clearly one of the most powerful sorceresses that have every lived, surpassed by only Rumpelstiltskin and maybe Cora and Pan. She has cheated death twice, and has ruled an entire realm, something Regina can't say. And she is so deliciously wicked! Who else has her own army of winged monsters?

Zelena is wicked because she had a sorrowful past. She was abandoned by her birth mother Cora, she was jealous of Regina because she couldn't enjoy the luxuries which Regina had and she was not allowed to cast the curse by Rumplestiltskin. She is only Regina and everyone was on Regina's side now so they made her the next big bad

OH MY GOD YESS! She only wanted revenge... And she waaas pretty jealous - Snowy

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5 Cruella De Vil Cruella De Vil Cruella de Vil is a fictional character who appeared in Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Disney's animated film adaptations 101 Dalmatians and 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure, and Disney's live-action film adaptations 101 Dalmatians and 102 Dalmatians as the main ...read more.

While Maleficent and Ursula have good goals and softer sides at times, Cruella is always evil. She even recommended killing Regina and quickly turned on her BFF Ursula a few minutes after she left.

The dogsnatcher may not be as scary in a cartoon, but it is reported that Cruella does have magic of her own. She herself kidnapped Belle from Rumpelstiltskin. She edges out of Ursula for sassing Rumpelstiltskin, so she's clearly not afraid of the Dark One. She ordered Ursula around and seems to be the brains of the Queens of Darkness. - bzjeung

Out of the three Disney female villains she has to be the best. Wither it be visually, physically, or emotionally, Victoria Smurfit nailed the original, iconic, Disney vilian. I simply love how they kept the character so close to the original cartoon character. They even nailed her car! I only wish they gave her the iconic long cigar, like she had in the cartoon, to give her power a better connection to her. Never the less she has to be my favorite villain in the series.

If only if they would bring her back to life, because the show is lost without her.

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6 Ingrid, the Snow Queen

Man, it isn't fair. She would've been there for Elsa in the movie, Frozen back then before so Elsa wouldn't be lonely nor alone nor isolated nor even think she's the only one in the royal family of Aren-delle born with magic at all. She also would've been the real snow queen of either Aren-delle or better yet, the ice palace in the movie, Frozen back then before. She would've been there to meet her niece during Elsa's childbirth back then before in the movie, Frozen. Furthermore, she would've been there to raise Elsa in either the kingdom of Aren-delle or better yet, the ice palace in the movie, Frozen back then before. She especially would've been there to train Elsa how to control her powers in the movie, Frozen back then before so Elsa wouldn't have to have any trouble controlling her powers at all. She even would've been portrayed as a mother figure to Elsa in the movie, Frozen back then before. She would've been there to comfort Elsa in the movie, Frozen back then before. She ...more

Man, it isn't fair. She would've been there for Elsa in the movie, Frozen back then before so Elsa wouldn't be lonely nor alone nor isolated nor even think she's the only one in the royal family of Aren-delle born with magic at all. She also would've been the real snow queen of either Aren-delle or better yet, the ice palace in the movie, Frozen back then before. She would've been there to meet her niece during Elsa's childbirth back then before in the movie, Frozen. Furthermore, she would've been there to raise Elsa in either the kingdom of Aren-delle or better yet, the ice palace in the movie, Frozen back then before. She especially would've been there to train Elsa how to control her powers in the movie, Frozen back then before so Elsa wouldn't have to have any trouble controlling her powers at all. She even would've been portrayed as a mother figure to Elsa in the movie, Frozen back then before. She would've been there to comfort Elsa in the movie, Frozen back then before. She ...more

It's not fair nor right that Ingrid never ever even got any magical trainers nor any other magical trainers to train her how to control her powers at all in the fourth season of the show, Once Upon A Time like she deserves to get so far. It's also not fair nor right that Ingrid never ever even found out the real key to controlling powers either at all like she deserves to so far.

She deserves to meet her past younger self. Her past younger self deserves to know the key to controlling powers also.

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7 Cora, Queen of Hearts

When it comes down to ruthlessness, no one seems to match Cora, the Queen of Hearts and mother of Regina and Zelena. Her title literally came from her penchant for ripping out other peoples' hearts and controlling them, then disposing of them when they ceased to be of use to her. Regina and Rumpelstiltskin both feared her as Cora seemed to be one of Rumpelstiltskin's most skilled students in magic. Cora manipulated everyone around her in order to feed her ambition for power and came incredibly close to becoming the Dark One herself. She didn't even truly love her own daughter until she died, a result of Snow manipulating Regina. - bzjeung

Cora is being dramatically underrated. Let us not forget that she ripped out her own heart so that she wouldn't be able to feel love, not even for her own daughters, both of whom she used regularly. She was actually the cause for both of her daughters becoming evil. She managed to best Rumplestiltskin more than once, despite his power being far greater than her own. She was banished to Wonderland due to the combined efforts of Regina and Rumple, then managed to take power there, becoming the infamous Queen of Hearts. She then found multiple ways back to the Enchanted Forest (not an easy task, mind you) and then into Storybrooke (a very difficult task). She committed atrocities far greater than any other villain on the show, and still managed to look good while doing it.

When it scones down to it I understand why she did everything she did but she could have done it in a different way

Why is pan #1 it should be cora

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8 Maleficent Maleficent

The dark fairy sparred with Regina early on and it is reported that out of all the Queens of Darkness, she is the one the Evil Queen fears the most. She is capable of shapeshifting into a fearsome dragon or an undead zombie. However, her defeats are quite numerous, having been defeated by Aurora, Emma, and Regina. She ranks highest out of the Queens of Darkness for her skill in magic and the fact that she herself went up against Rumpelstiltskin first. - bzjeung

She taught Regina how to actually use fire and sleeping curses.

9 The Duke of Weselton

This guy wasn't even a villain... He was in the show for 2 minutes. - bzjeung

He did something really very wrong but it doesn't make him a villain.

Why is this dunce even on this list?

10 Hades

Hades is a powerful, devious and manipulative villain. He is good at finding someone weaknesses and use it for his own benefit. He even could threat Rumple, regardless both of them are mastermind. Plus, the way he talks to his enemy was bring such a chilling nuance.

Torturous, devious, manipulative, maniacal, almost like he and rumple are related

Able to scare even the Dark One with a smile and a laugh, Hades's reputation as the merciless God of the Underworld always precedes him, striking terror into whomever is unlucky enough to cross his path. He carries himself with an air of supreme arrogance and smugness due to his status as a god and makes full use of his terrifying presence at every opportunity.

Contrary to his terrifying reputation, Hades always greets everyone with a kindly smile and loves to make jokes in conversations with them both to throw his opponents off balance and because he literally has no reason to fear anyone as god of the Underworld. Even when he is defied he considers it more funny than irritating though he is quick to punish said defiance regardless of his outer mood.

Underneath his mocking smile however, Hades is supremely evil, cruel, sadistic and petty about the souls in his realm and has no qualms whatsoever about tricking, extorting, blackmailing or torturing (physically and/or ...more

The Contenders

11 Ursula

The Sea Witch threatened Regina when Regina impersonated her and she remains a mystery to most. Hopefully Season 4 will shed some light on her backstory as Poseidon himself is her father, which means Ursula packs some serious firepower in magic. Rumpelstiltskin contacted her first in his quest to conscript the Queens of Darkness, which means she could be potentially the one who connects the other two. - bzjeung

Ursula is the best!

12 King George

The manipulating king of one the realms in the Enchanted Forest, he proved a cunning adversary for Charming and Snow White, cursing Snow so that she could never have children. He even destroyed the Mad Hatter's hat so Charming would be without family forever, but turns out his actions were meaningless as Snow and Emma returned to Storybrooke. - bzjeung

13 The Black Fairy

"Practically Created Dark Magic".enough said

The Black Fairy must deserve to be in a top ten villains of Once Upon A Time!

She is very hot, evil and powerful!

Her actress is very hot!

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14 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.

He can be an ultimate villain. It was he who took away Milah from Rumple but later blames Rumple for everything. He should have been humble and not arrogant to Rumple in the first place. What more can we expect from this pirate now? Its wonderful that he is dead!

He is an awesome actor who is a pirate and he is nice to

He can be the worst when he wants to. He did take milah from rumple making rumple want revenge for this. But he was making Milah happy.

He's one of my all time favourite characters and villains.
Who can argue with the fact he's devilishly handsome any way

15 Prince Hans

Hans was barely in Once Upon A Time and he was constantly bullied by his brothers and then frozen by the Snow Queen. Awful villain - bzjeung

16 Emma Swan

All hail the new dark one.. While it's true she isn't evil, YET, looking at the promo, she ripped out and crushed the heart of an innocent who offered her food and asked for her name!

All hail Emma, not the dark one, not the light/savior one, but the grey one!

Why did Emma have to become the new dark one and why did she help Regina get her happy ending she's a villain

I like her better as the struggling savior

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17 Bo Peep

She's so irritating. There are certain villains that make us laugh and we love them... there are others like HER!

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18 King Arthur
19 Ruby

How dare u she's a wolf but that does not mean she is a villain. She's so nice.

She isn't a villain what are you talking about?

She might be a villain just because she is a wolf, but she can control it so she is a hero some how.

How dare someone put her as a villain? 😠 She is so good and carefree

20 The Author

He was the true antagonist of the fourth season and he was a villain more danger and powerful than Rumple and the Queens of darkness.Isaac is arguably the true main antagonist of the entire serie, as he is responsible for most if not all the events that happen in the story. He is also the one responsible for creating all of the evil villains our heroes have faced.

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