'Once Upon a Time' Showrunners Reveal Potential Future Characters


'Once Upon a Time' is broadening its horizons. 

Set in the town of Storybrooke, where fairy tale creatures and characters come to life, 'Once Upon a Time's second season is set to introduce many more familiar faces outside of the traditional fairy-tale fare. 

Once Upon a Time title card


The new characters being added to the motley crew in the upcoming season include literary classics (such as Captain Hook and Sir Lancelot) and historical myths (including Mulan). Entertainment Weekly sat down with showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and rapid-fired some famous characters in their direction, asking what the chances are that they would consider having them make an appearance in Storybrooke. 

Here's what they had to say!

Errol Flynn Robin Hood


Kitsis: “Absolutely.”

Horowitz: “Definitely in-bounds.”





Tarzan cartoon



Kitsis: “Never talked about Tarzan. But in a world where The Jungle Book exists, I don’t know why Tarzan couldn’t either.”

Mickey Mouse


 Kitsis: “He’s been on the show — in phone form. I can’t ever see how he’d get on and feel real.”

Genghis Khan


Kitsis: “Probably not. Too historical.”

Jack Sparrow


Kitsis: “We loved 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' so much. But unless we get Johnny Depp, how could we do Jack Sparrow?”

Horowitz: “We can’t do it. He’s Jack Sparrow.” Kitsis: “Unless Johnny Depp [wants to appear on] 'Once Upon a Time,' then we will write Jack Sparrow all day!”

Tom Sawyer sketch




Kitsis: “You never know.”

Horowitz: “That’s an interesting one.”

Disney Little Mermaid


Kitsis: “Absolutely. We’re waiting for the right moment. You don’t want it to be just one episode.”

Horowitz: “It’s already woven into the fabric of what we’re doing; the only question is when.”



Horowitz: “He’s on the border. Possible.”








Wizard of Oz



Kitsis: “We’ve been talking about Oz since Day 1. Look at the pilot. One of the pages of Henry’s book shows flying monkeys. And in Jefferson’s hat there seemed to be an emerald curtain.” Adam: “Oz is another ‘when,’ not ‘if.’”

Captain Ahab


Horowitz: “I like Ahab.”

Kitsis: “You never know.”

Sherlock Holmes


Kitsis: “Here’s something interesting. Originally the sheriff was Sherlock Holmes. He was going to be a detective and his curse was he was in a town with no mystery. So he was this bored sheriff. And there was a rights issue so we could not get it. But now we’re so in love with the BBC’s Sherlock, I don’t want to even play in that arena. We’ll never have Sherlock unless Benedict Cumberbatch wants to come on.”

Tron Evolution


Kitsis: “I could see Alan Bradley being the IT guy in Storybrooke.”

Mary Poppins


Kitsis: “In-bounds, but it won’t be this year.”


Kitsis: “Are we doing 'Fifty Shades of Grey?' Yes!”

Stay tuned to 'Once Upon a Time' and TVRage for more fairy tale character appearances!

- Once Upon a Time

Written by: bad_subject
Oct 22nd, 2012, 7:07 am


Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2013, 5:35 am
you realize the fifty shades of grey thing was a joke right?

Message Posted On Feb 12th, 2013, 8:45 pm
I love the idea of having Ariel on the show, but i dont know about 50 shades of grey. What does tht even have to do with fairytales??? Other than Ariel, the only other good additions are Oz and Robbin Hood, in my opinion. Maybe Tarzan would be good to. Looking forward to whats in store- as long as Belle eventually regains her memory I will keep watching:)

Message Posted On Feb 11th, 2013, 10:33 am
No offense but fifty shades of grey isn't even in the same realm of fairy tales. Sherlock Holmes was a bit of a stretch, so is Mary Poppins. While Poppins is a children's book and a Disney character, it's not a 'classic' fairy tale. Fifty shades of Grey is just a bad depiction of BDSM and it would severely cheapen the show for all of the ladies (like me) that wanted to find our Prince Charming. I'd never want a Prince like Christian Grey. He's not even Prince material. I'm sorry to sound harsh, but he's a man that you wouldn't admit to knowing. Hopefully Mr. Kitsis had said that in jest and was not serious.

Message Posted On Oct 24th, 2012, 8:12 am
Please not Fifty Shades of Gray. It might ruin the series for those that enjoy fairy tales.
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