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This article is about the character. For the episode, see "The Black Fairy".

Just, that her heart blackened and she stopped defending the children that she was meant to protect. She started stealing them instead.
―The Blue Fairy to Belle about the Black Fairy[src]

The Black Fairy is a character and antagonist who appears in the ABC series Once Upon a Time. She is the mother of Rumplestiltskin and is first referred to in "Going Home", but makes her first appearance in "Changelings".

Powers and Abilities


  • Flight: As a fairy, the Black Fairy has the ability to sprout wings and fly.
  • Size Manipulation: The Black Fairy has the ability to change her form, shrinking her size.
  • Telekinesis: The Black Fairy has the ability to move objects with her mind, as seen when she opened and closed the door to Gideon's dungeon. 
  • Immortality: Like all fairies the Black Fairy doesn't age, and can seemingly live forever, if not killed.
  • Limited Portal Creation: While in the Dark Realm, the Black Fairy was able to create portals between worlds, though this was limited to a short moment, as she was always taken back.
  • Heart-Removal: The ability to remove a persons heart, and take control of them.
  • Teleportation: The Black Fairy is able to transform herself and objects. This extends to magical items like the Dark One's Dagger.


  • Squid Ink: The Black Fairy can be immobilized by squid ink.
  • Laws of Magic: Like any magic user, the Black Fairy is subject to the laws of magic. As a result, she is unable to raise the dead, create love and time travel.
  • Entering a land without magic: Should the Black Fairy enter a Land Without Magic, she will be unable to practice her powers unless she brings a magical totem with her.


Before the First Curse

Long ago, the Black Fairy met a man named Malcolm and gave birth to a son whom she later abandoned without even naming.

Originally a defender of children, unknown circumstances caused her heart to blacken and made her steal the children she was meant to protect. She was banished to the Dark Realm and her wand was taken by the Blue Fairy. Although entrapped, she was able to rip open portals long enough to kidnap children, before she was sent back to the Dark Realm. She uses the children she steals to mine dark fairy dust for herself.

Having acquired a large enough amount of fairy dust, the Black Fairy was able to create the Dark Curse - a curse powerful enough to move between realms and wipe memories. Through unknown means it ended up in Bald Mountain, where it was guarded by the Chernabog.

Years later, her son Rumplestiltskin has grown to be the Dark One and uses the kidnapped child of Jack and Jill along with an incantation to summon her. She arrives to kidnap the infant, but is immobilized by Rumplestiltskin's squid ink, causing her to freeze. The Black Fairy recognizes Rumplestiltskin through his status as the Dark One and warns that her paralysis won't last long. Angered at his mother, he reveals his identity, much to her shock and dismay, and questions why she ever abandoned him. She taunts him over it, claiming that the two aren't so different, having both chose power over the love of children. When the effects of the squid ink wear of, she laughs as she refuses to answer any more questions, and flies off, leaving her son.

After the Third Curse

Having seen Mother Superior fly off with her grandson Gideon, the Black Fairy rips into Storybrooke and the two fairies fight for control of the infant. Mother Superior is defeated at the hands of the Black Fairy, who takes the baby to her home, the Dark Realm. Upon arriving to her realm, she orders that Gideon be looked after like he was hers and confiscates the book Belle sent sent him off with.

Years later, the Black Fairy catches Gideon reading Her Handsome Hero the book she took from him while still an infant. She asks if Gideon wants to be like the hero character he was named after, and he replies that he does, causing her to laugh. The Black Fairy then takes Roderick, the boy in the cell opposite Gideon, into her tower and whips him while keeping Gideon's cell unlocked so that he can hear the boys suffering, in order to prove his cowardice, knowing he won't do anything.

As the years go by, the Black Fairy trains Gideon in his magic abilities.

In order to test his loyalty, the Black Fairy conducts a test. Pretending to lose the the key to her vault, she orders Gideon to find which one of the miners was responsible for stealing it, and to make them pay, handing him a vile of dark fairy dust. When she realises that Gideon isn't loyal to her as previously though, and was conspiring against her, she makes herself known to him. She is angered by his betrayal and when Gideon begins to stand up for himself and fails at an attempt to throw Dark Fairy Dust on the her, she orders the guards to take ahold of Roderick, and sprinkes the dust on him, transforming him into a bug. So she can hurt Gideon, she crushes Roderick with her foot. Gideon vows to the Black Fairy that he will find the Savior, and she in return tells him of plans she has to deal with her. She then rips Gideon's heart out, and uses it to control him from then on, ordering him to kill the Savior when he finds her, and use Hrunting to free her from the Dark Realm.

Gideon arrives in Storybrooke, while being controlled by the Black Fairy. The Black Fairy uses Gideon as her pawn in order kill Emma, though fails. Using Gideon, she tries forming an alliance, so that he can betray Emma and kill her. She summons a giant spider to kill Emma, and just as her life essence begins to fade, she uses Gideon to create a portal. While the portal only lasts a few short moments, she is able to slip through, much to the dismay of Gideon.

Her arrival in Storybrooke results in the blossoming of pixie flowers, which only grow in the presence of great evil.

Entering Gold's pawnshop with Gideon, She makes herself known to her son and meets her daughter-in-law. When Belle tries to summon Gideon, he is unable to leave the Black Fairy, as she still has control over him. She then summons the Dark One's Dagger to prevent Gold from throwing squid-ink on her, only to return it to him, insisting that Gold will join her, and on his own free will when the darkness arrives, and they will be the family they were always meant to be.

Episode Appearances

Season One

Season Three

Season Six


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  • Her abandonment of her son Rumplestiltskin is the reason for his hatred of fairies.
  • She is shown to be more powerful than the Blue Fairy.
  • The Black Fairy bears a similarity to her former lover Peter Pan. Both abandoned their son Rumplestiltskin. Both later ruled over dark mysterious realms in which time works differently than in other realms. During their time ruling over these realms, both made a career of kidnapping children, among them their own grandsons (Gideon and Baelfire, respectively).
    • Ironically, it was the Black Fairy who partly helped defeat Pan, as it was her wand that Rumplestiltskin used to return Pan and Henry to their proper bodies back in Season 3.

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