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Prince James is a character on ABC's fantasy television series Once Upon a Time. Originally born to a family of shepherds, James was adopted by the evil King George in a deal with Rumplestiltskin. He is a supporting antagonist in Season 5. He serves as a secondary antagonist in the season five episode "Sisters."
He is portrayed by Josh Dallas, and is based on Prince Edward from the novel The Prince and the Pauper.
As the son of King George, James was a cruel and arrogant prince who cared only for himself. At some point, the Prince engaged in relationship with a woman named Jack, to the chagrin of his father. Due to the bankruptcy of his kingdom, James and Jack pretended to befriend the giant Anton, only to betray him and rob his family of their treasure. However, after Jack was struck down by the giant Arlo, James selfishly turned his back on her and left her to die.
Some time later, James was struck down by the Behemoth, just days before a merger between his kingdom and King Midas's could be finalized. In the aftermath of his death, James was replaced by his brother David, who would later become the hero Prince Charming.
In Isaac Heller's alternate reality, James was the true love of Snow White, rather than his brother. In this reality, James's death was brought about due to Snow's stepdaughter Regina revealing a secret to the wrong person. In the aftermath of his death, the Queen took David's heart to compensate for the loss, but he was merely "a pale imitation of his brother."
After his death, James became the sheriff in the Underworld, the same position his brother held in Storybrooke. After the death of Merlin's apprentice, James confiscated the Author's quill. At some point after the death of Cruella de Vil, James engaged in a romantic relationship with her. When his family arrives in the Underworld to rescue Captain Hook, James seeks David out to punish his brother for stealing his life. In the resulting conflict, James fell into the River of Lost Souls and was given a fate worse than death.
- Cruella nicknames James "Jimmy."
- Prince James is similar to Zelena, since they both have a sibling (David, Regina Mills) whom they blame for stealing their life.