Gideon is a character on the ABC series Once Upon a Time. He is first mentioned in "Devil's Due", when Mr. Gold learns of Belle's pregnancy, and is first shown in "The Savior". Gideon is the son of Belle and Mr. Gold.
Powers and Abilities
- True Love: While in Belle's dream world, he was able to wake his mother from the Sleeping Curse with true love's kiss.
- Conjuration: Gideon has the ability to magically summon objects. He displayed this ability while in Belle's dream
- Telekinesis: Gideon is capable of manipulating objects or people without physically touching them. This was shown when he threw the Evil Queen to the other side of the street.
- Transfiguration: Gideon is able to transform something into something else. This was shown when he turned the Evil Queen into a snake.
- Teleportation: Gideon has the ability to move from one location to another, through a cloud of smoke. This ability extends through objects too.
- Immobilisation: Gideon was able to freeze multiple people at once, stopping them from moving.
- Shapeshifting: The ability to change one's appearance.
- Sword-fighting: As shown in Emma's vision, Gideon is a skilled swordsman, shown to be able to best her in a sword-fight.
- Memory Potion Immunity: While being raised by the Black Fairy, Gideon was able to build an immunity against memory potions, so that they have no effect on him.
- Laws of Magic: Like any magic user, Gideon is subject to the laws of magic, as a result he is unable to raise the dead, create love and time travel.
- Leave Storybrooke/Land without magic: Gideon is unable to use magic if her were to leave Storybrooke, unless he brings a magic item along with him.
- Squid Ink: Like all magical beings, he can be immobilized by squid ink.
While trapped within the Underworld, Mr. Gold creates a crystal ball through a few select ingredients to look for his deceased son, Baelfire, whom he believes is trapped their. The spell is enacted in the crystal ball with the intention of finding his son, though instead it shows Belle to him. Initially confused and thinking the crystal ball isn't working, Mr. Gold learns that it showed Belle to him because the spell did work, as its aim was to find his child, and Belle is seen in the ball because she is pregnant and carrying their child. Upon learning this, Hades blackmails Gold into doing his bidding.
When Belle is transported to the Underworld, she learns of her pregnancy from Mr. Gold and how Hades plans to take her baby. Fearing her pregnancy will be sped up like it was with Zelena's, she places herself under a sleeping curse so that her child is safe from him.
After Hades is defeated, Gold is unable to wake Belle up as she no longer loves him. To awaken her from the curse, he takes her to the temple of Morpheus where he sprinkles magical sand on her, transporting him to Belle's dream world. Unbeknownst to him however, the magical sand affects the unborn baby, who appears before Gold as a grown man, under the alias of Morpheus. He leads Gold to the dream world version of his old castle and explains that in Belle's mind, she is still a servant and Gold is still a beast. He warns that if Belle is not awoken within one hour, she will return to the Netherworld, where she will remain forever. Upon seeing his father trying and failing to romance his mother, he reveals his identity to his parents and warns Belle to make sure that he doesn't destroy them like he did with his last family. He then kisses her on the forehead with True Love's Kiss, awakening her from the Sleeping Curse.
Gideon awaits for Belle when she falls asleep and is transported into the Dream World where the two meet and hug. He warns her of how he is in danger from Gold who plans to cut the string of his fate with the Fates' Shears, and tells her that she has the answer in saving him, but she needs to be willing to see it. After Belle's pregnancy is sped up, Gideon comes to her in another vision of the Dream World and tells her she knows what she must do to keep him safe. In the real world, Belle gives birth to her son and names him Gideon. She asks Mother Superior to be his fairy godmother and has him taken away from Storybrooke, where he will safe from Gold.
While travelling to keep him in a safe location, Mother Superior is ambushed by the Black Fairy who kidnaps Gideon and takes him to her home, the Dark Realm - a world where time runs differently. He lives under her ruthless dictatorship and has a suffering childhood as she tries to turn him to the dark side, though throughout his years he remembers the values his mother tried to impart onto him and tries to be good.
As a child, Gideon finds a copy of Her Handsome Hero amongst the Black Fairy's belongings - the books his mother sent him away with. He kept it beneath the mattress in his cell and was the only thing to get him through the nights. One night the Black Fairy catches him reading it and questions whether he wants to be like the hero of the book he was named after, and he replies that he does. Later that night, Gideon hears the Black Fairy in her tower, whipping the boy in the cell across him. She left his cell door unlocked in order to prove his cowardice.
28 years later, Gideon arrives through a portal, now an adult. Wearing a hooded black cloak, he sees the Evil Queen and turns her into a snake, and heads to his parents' pawnshop. He enters the building and removes his hood to reveal his face and greets his parents with a grim expression.
He explains to them that he is there to kill the Savior, so he can take her powers and become the new Savior, so he can rid the Dark Realm of the cruel reign of the Black Fairy. The following morning, Gold locates his son and Gideon speaks of his determination to kill Emma, thinking he is there to stop him. He arrives on the contrary, insistent on helping him, however Gideon declines his offer and leaves. Later that night, Emma arrives from the Wish Realm and is confronted by Gideon. The two meet each other and begin sword-fighting, though are interrupted by their respective families. He freezes both parties in attempt to to stop them from interfering and gets ready to kill Emma, before her hand begins trembling. He is ready to kill the Savior, but is blasted by her magic, breaking the sword in the process. Emma holds a piece of the blade to Gideon's throat and he warns her that he will still kill her before teleporting away.
Gideon breaks into the sheriffs station and unlocks the safe to retrieve the damaged blade, but before he can leave, he is confronted by Mr. Gold, who renders him unconscious. He wakes up to find he is bound to a chair with a cuff preventing him from performing magic, and trapped in the clocktower with his father. Gideon expresses his fear of the Black Fairy, and talks of his determination to defeat her, but Gold warns him that his dark path will only lead to heartbreak. Gideon convinces Gold to let him free, and recalls a childhood incident in which the Black Fairy was hurting a boy and Gideon chose not to do anything about it out of his fear. Gold concocts a memory potion in order to help him forget his past ordeals and they hug. Gideon however, takes the dagger from Gold and tells him that a memory potion is ineffective on him, having been raised by the Black Fairy. Learning that the sword needs the blood of its forger in order to be repaired, Gideon uses the dagger to force Gold into making him the Blue Fairy created Hrunting - his fairy godmother. Although he is conflicted, he sets of to leave, believing he is doing the right thing. That night, he finds Mother Superior who apologises for not being able to protect him. He immobilises her so that he can take her blood, which will remove her magic and reforge the broken blade, but before he can do so, Gold arrives, and volunteers to do so instead, so that Gideon doesn't darken his heart. Fazed by what his father did for him, Gideon thanks his father and gives him back the dagger.
While Hook is abroad the Nautilus, Gideon orders for the vessel to be submerged in order to keep Hook away from Emma
Going under the alias of Aesop, Gideon disguises himself as a bartender. Comforting an upset Emma, he pretends to have been a citizen of the Land of Untold Stories, and gives Emma a tissue to wipe away her tears, as she talks of her troubles with Hook. Later that night, while Emma comes into contact with Hook through a magical conch shell, his voice is suddenly silenced. Gideon arrives and reveals his true form to Emma, and blackmails her into doing his bidding by using the tissue he gave her, which contain the tears of a Savior, powerful enough to prevent any portals from being created. If she ever wishes to see Hook again, she must do what he says and he orders Emma to do what he never could - kill the Black Fairy.