This article uses content from the Rumplestiltskin article on the Once Upon a Time Wiki.
This article focuses Rumplestiltskin's Enchanted Forest persona. For his Storybrooke counterpart, see Mr. Gold. For a list of his deals, see Rumplestiltskin and Mr. Gold's deals..
Enchanted Forest Character
Biographical Information
Counterpart: Mr Gold
Status: Imprisoned.
Home: His house (formerly)
Dark Castle (formerly)
Dark Dungeon (prisoner)
Occupation: Wool Spinner (formerly)
Physical Description
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Amber (formerly brown)
Current Allies:
Current allies:
  • Belle
  • Evil Queen
Current Enemies:
Current enemies:
  • Blue Fairy
  • Evil Queen
Show Information
Portrayed by: Robert Carlysle
First appearance: "Pilot"

All magic comes with a price!

—Rumplestiltskin's iconic phrase

Rumplestiltskin is owned by ABC; this version of Rumplestiltskin is used by me - HarryPotterRules1 - in my Fanfiction story: Curse of an Imp. I own nothing.

Rumplestiltskin 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 Robert Carlyle, and is the Enchanted Forest counterpart of Mr. Gold.

Rumplestiltskin is based on a character of the same name from the fairytale, "Rumpelstiltskin", and the Beast from the fairytale, "Beauty and the Beast".


Rumplestiltskin works on the Dark Curse, with Belle, in the Dark Castle; the two discuss their plans for the future and whether Rumplestiltskin can give up using magic after 300 years. He vows too, both for her sake and his son's.

When Snow White becomes heavily pregnant, she also grows even more concerned about the threat of the Dark Curse from her former step-mother. Snow White and Prince Charming go to Rumplestiltskin, the only man powerful enough to counter Regina's magic. Their escort warns them not to tell him their names, because it would give him power over them, but Rumplestiltskin already knows who they are. He greets them by their names and tells them to take down their hooded robes.

Rumplestiltskin agrees to give them information in exchange for their unborn baby's name, to which Snow White agrees, in spite of the guard's earlier warning. He tells Snow White and Charming that the only thing that can save all the people in the land from the curse is "that thing growing in her belly" and that the final battle will not begin until her 28th birthday. As they turn to leave, Rumplestiltskin asks for "her" (the child's) name, seeing through Prince Charming's lie that it is a boy. After a moment of hesitation, Snow White agrees, and so Rumplestiltskin finds out that the saviour's name will be Emma Swan. As Snow White and Prince Charming leave, Rumplestiltskin asks them to tell his maid that "everything must be ready".

Rumplestiltskin knows that Emma's name will be the key to regaining his memories while under the influence of the Dark Curse. Eventually, Belle completes Rumplestiltskin's orders and visits him in his cell; they kiss and he teleports her back to the Dark Castle.

When Regina attempts to fulfil her plans to use the Dark Curse, she finds that it does not work. She visits Rumplestiltskin to find out why, and his price for the information is that he receives riches, comfort, and influence during his life in Storybrooke - and that if he comes to her for any reason, she must give him anything he asks for, provided he says "please". After the Queen agrees to this, Rumplestiltskin tells her that she must sacrifice the heart of the thing she loves most for the curse to work. ("The Thing You Love Most")

Eventually, Regina is unable to cast the curse and Rumplestiltskin does it himself; he, along with every other inhabitant of the Enchanted Forest, is consumed by the curse the night of Emma's birth. ("Pilot")

For events taking place during the curse, see Mr. Gold.