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|~ Peter Pan's famous quote.|
Peter Pan, born Malcolm, is one of the main antagonists of the ABC series Once Upon a Time. He serves as the unseen overarching antagonist of the second half of Season 2, the main antagonist of the first half of Season 3, a supporting antagonist of the second half of Season 5, and a minor antagonist in the flashbacks Season 6.
Unlike his Disney fairytale counterpart who is slightly pompous but is otherwise heroic, this version of Peter Pan is totally evil and heartless (relating to a role thought by J.M. Barrie in the early drafts of the original book).
- Unknown Father
- Wife: Fiona the Black Fairy (deceased)
- Son: Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold/Weaver (deceased)
- Daughters-in-law: Milah (deceased), Belle (deceased)
- Grandsons: Baelfire/Neal Cassidy (deceased), Gideon
- (Unofficial) Granddaughter-in-law: Emma Swan
- Great-Grandson: Henry Mills
- Great-Granddaughter-in-law: Cinderella/Jacinda Vidrio
- Great-Great Granddaughter: Lucy Mills/Vidrio
|“||Careful. He may look like a boy, but he's a bloody demon.||„|
|“||Henry's trapped in Neverland with Peter Pan -- who is, hands down, the nastiest person I've ever met.||„|
As Malcolm, Peter Pan was a sneaky and childish slacker, wanting nothing more than to gain freedom and a life of no responsibilities by flying. After granted youth, he was sadistic, self-centered, arrogant and twisted. He had a fearsome reputation; Captain Hook calls him the most treacherous villain he's ever encountered and a demon (labeling the stories of him in our land false and cautioning Emma, Snow, David and Regina not to take him lightly) along with his grandson Baelfire labeling him the nastiest person he ever met, despite their respective experiences with Rumplestiltskin. The Dark One even admits Pan is formidable and a figure to be feared. He is also a very intelligent schemer and manipulator, prying on Henry's desire to follow in his maternal family's footsteps and be a hero.
These traits make Peter Pan one of the most evil villains in Once Upon a Time alongside Cora (before her death), Jafar, Cruella De Vil, Nimue, Hades, the Black Fairy, Isla, Mother Gothel, and Rumplestiltskin from the Wish Realm. In contrast to other major villains like Regina Mills, Rumplestiltskin, Greg Mendell, Ingrid, Maleficent, Ursula, and Rapunzel Tremaine, he clearly showed no love for his family, seeing them nothing more than a burden. He gave up his son Rumplestiltskin for the youth he coveted (cruelly teasing the latter about it at certain points) and showed no remorse for sacrificing his great-grandson Henry just to keep it, nearly killing the boy out of desperation. While he seemed to care for Rumple when he was Malcolm, he revealed to Felix he never loved him. In confrontation with Rumple, who gave him a last chance to self-reflect on his vile actions, he fully expressed how he always saw him:
|“||I remember looking at you -- the littlest babe, helpless and all mine. Those big, big eyes just full of tears, pulling at me, pulling away my name, my money, my time. Pulling away any hope of making my life into something better for myself. This pink, naked, squirming little larva, that wanted to eat my dreams alive and never stop. ...Can't I be free of you?||„|
|~ Pan tells his true feelings towards his son.|
While Pan did offer Rumple a chance to join him in Neverland for a fresh start like the latter wanted when he came to save Henry, this only led to him imprisoning Rumple in Pandora's Box. To spite his son, he tried to kill Belle and Baelfire.
Like his lack of value in family, he also showed no care for the Lost Boys, whom he forcefully brought to Neverland and punished cruelly if they so much thought of leaving Neverland, and summoned his Shadow to gruesomely murder them by removing their shadows if they tried escaping. While he claimed that he considered them as friends, he had no problem convincing Henry to show no mercy while attacking Devin, and even crushed the heart of his most loyal Lost Boy, Felix, to activate the Dark Curse. After Greg and Tamara had successfully brought him Henry from his false claim of means to eradicating magic from our world, he authorizes his Shadow and the Lost Boys to kill them in gruesome manners, casually passing off their fates.
He put on a charming facade to manipulate Henry and earn his trust. He also seems to enjoy playing mind games with his victims such as offering Hook a way off the island with Emma if he killed Charming before the poison did, causing a brief fight to occur between them until Hook saved Charming's life. He also was shown to be very cruel to Wendy and keeping her in a cage, threatening her life as leverage over her brothers, and only letting her out to manipulate Henry.
Powers and Abilities
Peter Pan was one of the most powerful villains ever faced, so powerful that even his son, Rumplestiltskin, the dark one was scared of him (although he may have just feared him so much because he was his father). He was even able to freeze several people, including Regina and Emma (the evil queen and the savior) in place, and may have been able to remove Zelena's heart despite the powerful sorceress placing an protection spell on it. In fact, he was so powerful that the only known way of killing him was the Dark One using the Dark One dagger to kill him, at the cost of his own life.
- Nigh-Immortality: Pan never ages and cannot die by any normal means. The only weapon powerful enough to kill him is the Dark One Dagger (which ironically ends up in the hands of his son Rumple). His immortality and youth, however, can only last so long before the magic fueling them runs out. But, this can be made permanent with the heart of the truest believer (that of his great-grandson Henry), which Pan proves he will do anything to get.
- Accelerated Healing Factor: It has been stated that he is virtually indestructible, thereby implying that he always rapidly regenerates from fatal wounds, as after dying & coming back, he shows no scars.
- Omniscience: Pan is acutely aware of everyone and everything in Neverland in precise detail.
- Flight: By using pixie dust combined with the heart of the truest believer, Pan can fly anytime for as long as he desires.
- Magic: Pan is an immensely powerful sorcerer whose power and knowledge of magic is only matched and exceeded by that of his son Rumple, the Dark One, and the Sorcerer Merlin. His power originates from Neverland itself and is rooted in belief and imagination. This affords him a wide range of magical abilities such as:
- While in Neverland or indeed any area infused with magic, Pan is more powerful than any other being; however he is clearly surpassed in all areas by his wife Fiona the Black Fairy, their son Rumplestiltskin (once he gains the powers of all the previous Dark Ones after Season 5's first half) and the god Hades.
|“||Peter Pan never fails.||„|
|~ Peter Pan's second famous quote.|
|“||Rumple, please. You can stop this. Remove the dagger. We can start over. We can have a happy ending.||„|
|~ Pan (as Malcolm) to Rumple before the latter kills them both.|
- The name "Peter" is of Greek origin rooted in the word "petros", meaning "stone". Since this incarnation of Peter Pan is stony-hearted, it is quite fitting.
- The name "Pan" is of Greek origin derived from the same word meaning "shepherd" and it is the name of the half-goat/half man god Pan in classical Greek mythology.
- In the episode "Lost Girl", Hook remarks, "On this island, I am not the bad guy", and Emma says that "Pan is not supposed to be one either". Peter Pan was in fact the villain in the first draft of J.M. Barrie's play; Captain Hook was only introduced later as a theatrical device to help stagehands change scenery.
- The casting call describes him as "in his teens, and is a mischievous and devious Lost Boy".
- The casting call name for him was "Rufio", a name of a protagonist character in the 1991 fantasy adventure Hook.
- He has often been compared to Joffrey Baratheon from Game of Thrones, except Pan is infinitely more dangerous as a solo threat and has power to back up his words and threats.
- It has been stated many times in Season 3 that Rumple cannot kill Pan unless he (Rumple) dies as well, elaborating how powerful Pan is.
- Peter Pan is the Bigger Bad towards Rumplestiltskin, not just because he's his father, but because his abandonment of his son in exchange for eternal youth led to Rumple becoming the Dark One in the first place. This makes him a Bigger Bad to the series as a whole.
- He is the unseen Bigger Bad in the second half of Season 2 because he was using Greg and Tamara to lead the heroes to him so that he could enact his sinister plot to turn Storybrooke into the new Never Land.
- It was believed that Pan was incapable of love until the sixth season, when he proclaimed the Black Fairy as the "love of [his] life" and was shown a loving father in her titular episode. Thus, he became who he is from her disappearance. However, he may no longer love her after he became Peter Pan.
- Given this fact, it is ironic that Fiona's wand played a role in Pan's undoing.