Did ‘Once Upon a Time’ Unveil Its First LGBT Character?


Did ‘Once Upon A Time’ Unveil Its First LGBT Character?


Talk about an unexpected twist! During last night’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ episode, titled “Quite a Common Fairy,” the show revealed its very first LGBT character.

If you have yet to view the episode, stop reading right now. Spoilers are ahead!

While Emma, Snow, Charming, Hook and Regina were dealing with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell (our first introduction with the pixie dust queen), Neal/Baelfire was busy forming a plan to get to Neverland. With help from Robin Hood and Mulan, he was successful and the creepy shadow transported him to the land that thrives on imagination.

As exciting as that was, it wasn’t until the very end -- within the last five minutes or so -- that two big twists were revealed (one being much bigger and unexpected than the other). Here we go -- not only is Aurora pregnant to Prince Phillip, but Mulan is also in love with the former sleeping beauty. Mulan vowed to tell a loved one her true feelings, who turned out to be Aurora. Before Mulan could express herself, Aurora revealed her pregnancy, which prompted Mulan to go join Robin Hood’s band of Merry Men.

For awhile now, it’s been hinted at that Mulan, played by Jamie Chung, might have feelings for Phillip,Did ‘Once Upon A Time’ Unveil Its First LGBT Character? especially since they spent so much time together. Well, Mulan has also spent quite a deal of one-on-one time with Aurora. For some fans, the chemistry between these two strong women has been relevant, but now it’s a reality on Mulan’s end.

So, the question still remains: does Mulan have feelings for both Aurora and Phillip? Whatever the answer, this still remains a huge move for the ABC drama. Whether Mulan is a lesbian or bisexual, this is the show’s first LGBT character -- which is also quite the transformation of a Disney character.

Over the summer, ‘OUAT’ creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis briefly touched on the possibility of a LGBT character. “We are absolutely open to that, and for us, it's a matter of the right time and the right story. It's something we discuss and we're open to, it's just not something we've done yet,” Kitsis said. Horowitz also added, “And it's the same as with any love story -- we'd have to do it right and give it its due.”

Well, it looks to be the right time, and even the show’s cast is thrilled with LGBT story. Yesterday before the episode aired, both Chung and Sarah Bolger (Aurora) expressed their excitement over the episode’s curveball on Twitter. Chung posted, "Really looking forward to tonight's episode," while Bolger tweeted, "ME TOO!! Fans-get ready to be surprised!!! Xx."

So, what happens now for Mulan, Aurora and Phillip? Time will only tell. In my opinion, Mulan deserves a great love, whether it’s Aurora, Phillip or another female and/or male love interest. I hope the drama follows through with the LGBT storyline and do Mulan’s story justice. It’s about time the Disney-inspired series gives fans an LGBT couple to root for, just like we already do for Snow and Charming!

‘Once Upon A Time’ airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.

- Sarah Bolger
- Jamie Chung
- Once Upon a Time

Written by: akoerner
Oct 14th, 2013, 9:38 am

Images courtesy of Bob D’Amico, ABC


Message Posted On Oct 20th, 2013, 3:48 pm
Who cares ? This is not the droid we looking for. Move along.

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Message Posted On Oct 16th, 2013, 6:24 am

lovesmykimmy said: "What's the word for when freak fans go nuts and hope for outrageous pointless relationships between characters?"

I believe you are thinking of "shippers" and/or "shipping".


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Message Posted On Oct 14th, 2013, 10:34 pm

Like some of the others, I'm amazed at this article. That it even exists makes me a little sad that we haven't come farther in society. We don't point out characters on the show who are straight and we shouldn't have to do with the LGBT community either. I'm so sick of labels, whether they're lifestyle choice or political, or racial. Let's just see what happens and let feelings fall where they may.



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Message Posted On Oct 14th, 2013, 6:50 pm

Seemed obvious to us that Mulan had a thing for Aurora, but maybe my girlfriend and I are extra observant. ;-)

I did like that a) they didn't really treat it as a big deal and b) Mulan gets to join the Unrequited Love Club along with most of the characters.  I mean, sucks for her, but it'll make for better stories.


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Message Posted On Oct 14th, 2013, 1:02 pm

You are kidding? Since when did it need celebrating? It's part of life. People stopped caring other than thosein the backwoods of the US in the 90's.


Message Posted On Oct 14th, 2013, 12:10 pm
Thanks bad_subject. The author of the article failed to tell us what the hell LGBT means. A school child would have the brains to explain an acronym, sadly not the writers on TV Rage. Gay people have always existed. Big deal (yawn) someone is gay, stop the presses. It's 2013. People are people, no need to point out sexual leanings. If it's in the story then so be it. Why not write an article pointing out hetro people?

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Message Posted On Oct 14th, 2013, 12:07 pm

@Scotsmania I wouldn't say anyone is just pointing out the existence of a gay character. This article is celebrating the increased visibility of the LGBTIQ community on network television. As wonderful as it is that we have progressed in our acceptance as a society (and we have--just look back to 1993 and look at the difference twenty years has made), our work isn't finished; when is the last time you saw a commercial depicting a gay couple, for instance? Heck, people were up in arms about that Cheerios commercial for featuring interracial parents--there's lots more ground that still needs to be covered. 


That said, I see where you're coming from and I agree with you. The existence of a gay character shouldn't be noteworthy on its own. Hopefully it will become more commonplace and, thus, unremarkable. 



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Message Posted On Oct 14th, 2013, 10:53 am

Are we still at the point where a gay character on a show needs an article pointing and saying "Look! Gay!"? I thought we were past that decades ago.




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Message Posted On Oct 14th, 2013, 10:44 am

What's the word for when freak fans go nuts and hope for outrageous pointless relationships between characters? Like the Sam and Dean ones from supernatural. Forcing that storyline would be stupid. There are/have been enough love triangles floating around on this show, especially since adding the Regina/Robin one now. This is not the right time whether or not they are the right couple. I don't want the soap opera feel of season one to come back.

If the writers take some time off the geometry lessons, they can put Henry in whatever kind of relationship they want, LATER.


They still havn't covered Peter Piper, Jack and Jill, the dwarves... plenty of loopholes and stories to do without adding another couple.


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Message Posted On Oct 14th, 2013, 10:27 am

@mike1616: LGBT stands for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transexual community. It generally stands in for the longer, more inclusive LGBTIQ. Generally, the acronym is a queer-positive catch-all term for acceptance of other lifestyles and personal identifications. 

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