True Love
Type of Magic
General Information


Usage Information

See "Uses"

Used by

See "Practitioners"

First appearance


Latest appearance

"A Curious Thing"

Latest mention

"Enter the Dragon"


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True love, Miss Swan. The only magic strong enough to transcend realms and break any curse.
      —Mr. Gold to Emma Swan

True Love is a type of magic featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It first appears in the first episode of the first season of Once Upon a Time.


True Love is the most powerful and simple form of magic with capabilities of breaking curses through the act of true love's kiss. It is also able to reverse effects of any negative witchcraft. ("Skin Deep", "Heart of Darkness")

Numerous times, true love's kiss has been used to bring someone out of a Sleeping Curse. Emma's success in using true love's kiss proves that true love can exist in parental as well as romantic relationships. ("Pilot", "A Land Without Magic", "Broken", "Queen of Hearts")

In his endeavor to capture the elusive and rare physical form of true love, Rumplestiltskin sought out to make deals with both Snow White and Prince Charming. On both occasions, he took a strand of each person's hair as payment. Combining both hairs in a bottle, he successfully created a true love potion. ("Heart of Darkness")

True Love manifests in various ways, and it doesn't necessarily have to be romantic love, but can be occur within family and friendship bonds. Simple looking objects can be infused with True Love and cause them to have some magical abilities; such as Ingrid and her sisters' ribbons. ("The Snow Queen")

As some practitioners of witchcraft can rip out another person's heart, those born as a product of true love have the power to resist such magic. ("Queen of Hearts")



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