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The Best Once Upon a Time Characters

Updated May 7, 2020 91.8k votes 8.3k voters 56.1k views

List RulesDo not split Fairy Tale and Storybrooke identities. Please do not re-add characters already listed.

The best Once Upon a Time characters are those who, week after week, capture our imaginations and intrigue us as we watch this great show on ABC. This is a show filled with rich characters that you love - or love to hate. Who is your favorite character on Once Upon a Time? Vote them up, and vote down any OUAT characters you just don't like, for whatever reason. You can also rerank this list of characters in any order you want.

Since its debut in October of 2011, ABC's Once Upon a Time has consistently ranked among the best TV shows currently on the air, thanks in large part to this drama's outstanding cast list. From Jennifer Morrison's Emma Swan and Ginnifer Goodwin's Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard to Robert Carlyle's Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold and Lana Parrilla's The Evil Queen/Regina Mills, these characters are memorable, maddening (at times) and certainly worthy of a spot on this list.

If you love Once Upon a Time, you might also want to check out and vote on this list of which Storybrooke character should appear on the show next. And, if you believe Once Upon a Time is one of the best shows ever, consider voting for it on this list of the best current dramatic TV shows, or this list of other shows like Once Upon a Time.

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  • 1
    3,623
    910

    The Evil Queen/Regina Mills

  • 2
    2,975
    1,009

    Captain Hook/Killian Jones

  • 3
    3,019
    1,239

    Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold

  • 4
    1,324
    334

    Robin Hood

    Robin Hood, When Things Were Rotten
  • 5
    2,534
    1,069

    Emma Swan

    Once Upon a Time
  • 6
    2,034
    932

    Red Riding Hood/Ruby

  • 7
    2,043
    1,005
  • 8
    1,291
    531

    Zelena

  • 9
    1,510
    792

    Henry

  • 10
    1,585
    787

    James - Prince Charming/David Nolan

  • 11
    1,526
    810

    The Huntsman/Sheriff Graham Humbert

  • 12
    1,043
    543

    Tinkerbell

  • 13
    1,538
    853

    Pinocchio/August Wayne Booth

  • 14
    1,202
    619

    Mulan

  • 15
    1,428
    832

    Peter Pan

    The Adventures of Peter Pan
  • 16
    1,547
    982

    Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard

  • 17
    742
    389

    Ariel

    Disney's House of Mouse, The Little Mermaid
  • 18
    1,295
    799

    Neal Cassidy

    Once Upon a Time
  • 19
    365
    152

    Mulan

  • 20
    533
    250

    David Nolan

    Once Upon a Time
  • 21
    1,583
    997

    Mad Hatter/Jefferson

  • 22
    844
    513

    Widow Lucas/Granny

  • 23
    835
    457

    Elsa

    Once Upon a Time
  • 24
    1,242
    819

    Dreamy/Grumpy/Leroy

  • 25
    792
    491

    Anna