Once Upon a Time: The 25 Best Characters, Ranked!

Once Upon a Time Best Characters

With all seven seasons of Once Upon a Time set to find a fitting new home on Disney+ (starting Friday, Sept. 18), what better time to conjure a ranking of the ABC series’ all-time best characters?

Of course, sifting and sorting through all of the human and other creatures to pass through Storybrooke, the Enchanted Forest and good ol’ Hyperion Heights is quite a feat. A magic wand would have come in handy! But we’re feeling pretty good about our Top 10, whereas the rest of the list is sure to be up for discussion, debate and dissection.

In revisiting Once Upon a Time’s many characters, we were reminded of just how many throwaways there were (Sonequa Martin-Green’s Tamara, we hardly knew ye!), and how many opportunities were missed (could Elsa’s storyline have been more lukewarm?). But the good memories outweigh the bad — and heck, even two “requel” season originals made our cut.

Lastly, there was some debate about ranking, for example, Mr. Gold and Rumple (and Weaver for that matter) separately. I quickly decided against that, because it gets awfully fuzzy with some “multi” characters. Instead, everyone is judged on the entirety of their existences, including wee-turned-strapping Henry.

Now get to reviewing and ranting!