This little imp aka Rumple’s father Malcolm (!) had a bold brattiness that offset the sweetness of his closest peer, Henry. Plus, Pan also had a colorful past with Hook, among others.
Vanquished by the Dark One, in the middle of Storybrooke’s Main Street. (Then again, Rumple seemingly died during that skirmish as well, and he was ultimately resurrected….)
Though we never had a chance to see him in Storybrooke — Cora killed the noble knight back in The Enchanted Forest, prior to posing as him to dupe Snow and Emma — lord knows he could have brought some needed diversity to the Maine burg.
13. ASHLEY AKA CINDERELLA
The show could definitely use more fun “breathers” like the girls’ night out in Season 1’s “Skin Deep.” Plus as we saw much more recently, princesses can make for a most magical Mommy & Me class.
Somewhere in Storybrooke.
Upon swimming to Storybrooke as part of the plan to rescue the “Nevengers,” the little mermaid showed promise to be a swell gal pal for Belle, who surely could use some non-book friends.
Reunited, somewhere, with Eric…? (Season 3’s “The Jolly Roger,” with Zelena posing as Ariel, was quite confusing.)
As Regina’s mother, she brought to Storybrooke a nifty multigenerational aspect, representing her daughter’s potential for nastiness, if left unchecked.
Had her own life snuffed when Mary Margaret used a magic candle to save Gold.
The fallen fairy/Regina’s onetime wingman proved helpful during the heroes’ Neverland escapades, enough so that Blue awarded her wings upon everyone’s return to Storybrooke. She also has a bit of an untapped past with a certain rakish pirate….
Dr. Frankenstein’s Storybrooke alter ego has been known to get in do-right David’s face, and once (during Charming’s “marriage” to Kathryn) even indulged in a fling with Mary Margaret. Couldn’t the sleepy town use an unabashed cad?
Presumably tending to the sick at Storybrooke’s hospital — while David Anders costars on The CW’s iZombie.
8. ROBIN HOOD
He had only just begun realizing his potential with soul mate Regina when Emma lugged “dead” Marian back from the past. #HappyEndingsRuined
Left Storybrooke with Marian and their son Roland, so that his wife could escape the lingering effects of the magical spell cast on her by the Snow Queen.
Another fairytale face that has yet to surface in Storybrooke, Mulan has again and again demonstrated a bravery and fierceness that Emma and David surely could use in a deputy.
After Sleeping Beauty (unwittingly) broke her heart, she joined up with the Merry Men… though she was never seen after Robin Hood & Co. were transported to Storybrooke.
6. ALBERT SPENCER
David’s adoptive father/onetime father-in-law (it’s complicated!!!) could serve as a powerful (if powers-less) foil in Storybrooke, both avenging his daughter Kathryn’s heartbreak and seeking retaliation for his own arrest.
Presumably serving time for the murder of Billy the tow truck driver, for which he tried to frame Ruby.
5. SIDNEY GLASS
Once Regina’s most ardent admirer, Sidney in Storybrooke has on occasion proved useful as her eyes and ears, being a reporter for the Mirror.
Briefly entrapped again as Regina’s Magic Mirror, Sidney was set free by the Snow Queen, and hasn’t seen seen since.
Of all the Frozen characters that stopped by Storybrooke, the ice queen showed the greatest longer-term potential, forming a warm sisterly bond with Emma.
Returned to Arendelle to thwart a coup/rest up for Frozen 2: Arctic Boogaloo.
When Once Upon a Time first premiered, Ruby seemed to represent an edgy, contemporary personality among all these frozen-in-time characters. Plus, her tracking skills (as the Big Bad Wolf) have been known to be useful when solving crimes or hunting baddies.
Presumably in Storybrooke, somewhere.
2. SHERIFF GRAHAM
An early fan favorite, he was an immediate foil for Emma and apparently helped Mayor Mills (ahem) “take the edge off.” His death, though tragic and premature, demonstrated early on Regina’s ruthless potential.
Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) has kept busy with handcuffs and other forms of “lock up.”
Representing the greatest untapped potential in a character, the con man for so long was separated from first love Emma – first by the Dark Curse, then by circumstance and his seeming fatal plunge through a portal. Even “reunited” in Neverland, where he was at first held prisoner by Pan, their time spent together was sparse. Similarly, Baelfire and the long-distraught Rumplestiltskin never enjoyed much father/son time, until, well….
It was revealed in Season 3 that “mad” Rumple in fact had his son’s soul inside of him. Knowing that Storybrooke could best benefit from Rumple’s survival, Neal “split apart” from his dad, sacrificing his life to save others, dying in his dad and Emma’s arms. Sure, he left Henry with the memory of a hero father. But wouldn’t the lad much rather have a living Dad?