This article focuses on the Storybrooke character, Henry Mills. For the Evil Queen's father, Henry, see Valet.
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Henry Mills
Land Without Magic Character
Biographical Information
Status: Alive
Home: Regina's House
Affiliation: Hero
Occupation: Student
Physical Description
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Hazel
Current Allies:
Current Enemies:
Current enemies:
Show Information
Portrayed by: Jared Gilmore
First appearance: "Pilot"

Henry Mills is used by me - HarryPotterRules1 - in my Fanfiction story: Curse of an Imp. I own nothing.

Henry Mills is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the first episode of the first season. He is portrayed by starring cast member Jared S. Gilmore, and does not have an Enchanted Forest counterpart.


During First Curse

Three weeks after his birth, Henry is procured by Mr. Gold and adopted by the mayor of Storybrooke, Maine, Regina Mills.

Henry hates putting up with Regina, grows distant from her and grows rather pudgy through indulging on food to deal with his feelings. Regina goes as far as to put him into therapy and on a strict diet, which makes thing worse between them. He becomes lonely and depressed, so Mary Margaret Nolan, his teacher, gives him a storybook.

From reading the book, he realizes the stories in the book are real and that every person living in Storybrooke is a fairy tale character. Henry finds out that he is a part of the story through his biological mother, who is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. Henry secretly steals Mary Margaret's credit card out of her purse, and uses it to find Emma's address.

Henry takes a bus to Boston, and carries with him his storybook. An older lady asks him if it is a good book, and he replies, "It's more than just a book"; stressing its deep importance. He gets a ride from a taxi to Emma's apartment. He rings the doorbell, and when she opens the door, he asks if she gave up a baby ten years ago, and tells her he is her son.

He invites himself in, and wants Emma to come back to his home, Storybrooke, with him. She does not like the idea, and almost calls the police, but Henry insists if she does, he will say she kidnapped him as she is his biological mother. Emma is not convinced, and uses her "super power" to figure out he is lying, and begins to make the call, but Henry stops her. He pleas for her to come home with him, and she reluctantly has no choice but to agree. On the drive home, he pulls out the book and tells her that all of it is true. She does not believe him and tells him that she can tell when anyone is lying. She tries it on him, and she can tell he is not, and says, "Just because you believe in something does not make it true."

When they enter Storybrooke, they meet Archie Hopper, Henry's therapist, who he claims is Jiminy Cricket. Through Emma conversing with Archie, she finds out he is the mayor's kid. Henry tells Emma that everyone in this town is a fairy tale character under the Evil Queen's curse. Emma takes him back to his house, where a worried and anxious Regina opens the front door and rushes to hug him. He runs past her into the house, and Regina meets Emma for the first time. After a short invitation into the house, Emma leaves to get back to her car, and sees Henry watching from his bedroom window. As Emma is driving out of town, she realizes Henry's storybook is still in her car, and in a split second she crashes her car into the town border sign.

The next day, Emma wakes up in the Sheriff's department jail cell. Regina comes looking for Henry, who has disappeared again, and thinks Emma might know where he went. Emma hacks into Henry's home computer, and they finally learn how he tracked her down in Boston. Regina and Emma head to the school to speak to Mary Margaret, who has no idea Henry took her credit card. With no leads in Henry's whereabouts, Regina leaves the classroom agitated. Emma and Mary Margaret chat about Henry for a bit, and she advises to try finding him at his castle playhouse.

Emma finds him there, and gives him back the book. Henry talks about the book and how it is Emma's destiny to be here. He speaks about his adoption, and how he knows she gave him up so he could have the best chance in life, which brings tears to Emma's eyes, as he begs for her not to go back. They hold hands as they make their way for her car. Once again, Emma brings him back home.

For a few moments, he is lying down on his bed staring at the clock tower with hope, and he shares a smile with the passing Mr. Gold as the longer minute hand moves from 8:15 to 8:16 for the first time. Henry is overjoyed; realizing that time is beginning to go forward in Storybrooke due to Emma's decision to stay in town. (Pilot)

The next morning, Henry is getting dressed. When Regina questions him in his bedroom on the missing pages in the Once Upon A Time Book, Henry skillfully avoids the subject claiming that it is an old book and that pages are missing and denies that Regina his is mother, stating that Emma is. He takes his chance to flee when the clock tower rings.

Later, Henry orders a cup of Cinnamon cocoa for Emma ay Granny's Diner - though she thinks it is Graham; when she confronts him, he denies it and Henry, finishing a slice of toast, reveals it was him. Emma asks him about the fact that he should be at school. He says he is ten and asks her to walk him.

The two discuss the curse and Emma goes to take a bite from an apple given to her by Regina. Henry tells her not too and throws it away; Henry then gives Emma the last pages of his book. He states that it doesn't matter that Emma doesn't believe - a hero never does at the beginning and it wouldn't be a good story if the hero did. Shortly after, the two arrive at the school and Henry heads into class telling Emma they can start on Operation Cobra later.

At school, Regina approaches, tells Henry that Emma has been arrested for stealing a file from Archibald Hopper and that she is a con woman. Then, she tells him she is sorry. Henry protests that she isn't sorry; Regina claims that she is and is doing it because she wants things to be better between them and that Emma's arrest will make it so. Henry returns to class, leaving Regina sad.

After school, Henry and Mary Margaret burst in on Graham who is snapping mug shots of Emma. Mary Margaret informs Emma - when Graham asks what Henry is doing there - that Regina informed Henry that she had been arrested. Emma attempts to protest, but Henry calls her a genius, says that he knows what Emma was up to - gathering intel for Operation Cobra - and that Mary Margaret is going to bail out Emma.

At five o'clock that day, Henry goes to Regina's office so that she can take him out for dinner before his therapy session. Arriving in the doorway, he hears Emma say that he "can't tell the different between fantasy and reality" and that he is just getting "fatter and fatter, or so it seems from Archie's notes, due to using food as a comfort". Hurt and upset, he calls her out on this and runs off.

Hurt and upset, with a face splattered in chocolate and rubbing a thumb up and down the handle of Archie's umbrella, Henry is sat in Archie Hopper's office for a therapy session. When Archie asks him if the umbrella is why Henry thinks he is Jiminy Cricket, the upset Henry replies that he doesn't think Archie is anyone.

Henry places Archie's umbrella onto the desk with a long, drawn out sight as Emma, holding the story book pages Henry gave her, appears in the door. Henry tells her that he doesn't want to talk to her and Emma interrupts, despite Archie's protests, to inform Henry that she stayed in Storybrooke for him, because she wants to know him.

When he calls her out on calling him fat and crazy she tells him that she doesn't think he is crazy but that the curse is and that, perhaps, the curse is true. He tries to protest, mentioning what she said to Regina; Emma informs him that she told her what she needed to hear and that she said it to throw her off. Then, she asks Henry that wasn't throwing Regina off the trail the whole point of Operation Cobra?

Instantly cheered, Henry claims it was "brilliant!" and watches as Emma informs him that she read the pages and that he is right - they are dangerous and Regina can never find out about them. She throws them on the fire and says that they have the advantage.

Henry leaps to his feet and hugs Emma tightly, stating that he knew she was here to help him. Though the hug is awkward to her, she replies that he is right and, as she wipes his chocolate splattered face clean, tells him that she isn't going anywhere and nothing, not even a curse, will change that.

The two, reunited, leave Archie's office, unaware of Mr. Gold and Isabella watching them. (The Thing You Love Most)

After First Curse
Before Second Curse
During Second Curse
After Second Curse


Queen Regina/Regina Mills
King Leopold†
Queen Eva†
Snow White/Mary Margaret Nolan
Prince Charming/David Nolan
Prince James/James Nolan
Emma Swan
Neal Cassidy
Henry Mills