This article uses content from the Underworld article on the Once Upon a Time Wiki.
General Information
Character Affiliations
Ruler: King Arthur †
Cruella De Vil † (briefly)
Hades † (formerly)
  • Belle French
  • David Nolan
  • Emma Swan
  • Henry Mills
  • Mary Margaret Blanchard
  • Regina Mills
  • Robin
  • Robin Hood †
  • Ruby
  • Zelena
  • David Nolan (formerly)
  • Emma Swan (formerly)
  • Henry Mills (formerly)
  • Mary Margaret Blanchard (formerly)
  • Regina Mills (formerly)
  • Robin Hood † (formerly)
Show Information
First appearance: "Souls of the Departed"
Latest appearance: "Tales From The Underworld"
All that matters is that all these people, in this Underworld, are dead and trapped because they have unfinished business.
Mr. Gold to Emma Swan src

Underworld, mistakenly referred to as Hell, and also known as Purgatory or Limbo, is a world featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the twelfth episode of the fifth season.


For history of Underworld, see here.


For detailed location information, please see the list of Underworld locations.


This is the list of all the former and current inhabitants of Underworld.

^: Former inhabitants
†: Deceased inhabitants
*: This inhabitant's status and/or current whereabout is unknown


  • It is possible to summon the spirit from someone in the Underworld either by getting the person's murderer to use the murder weapon to open a portal, or by using the Ale of Seonaidh brewed by the Witch from DunBroch.
  • Any souls trapped in the Underworld can be returned to any mortal world by Charon. However, they are branded with the Mark of Charon which will force them to return when the moon reaches its peak. The Mark of Charon can also be traded with another person, allowing the trapped soul to remain in the living world while the recipient of the mark takes their place.
  • Edward Kitsis describes the Underworld as "a weigh station between two other worlds". These worlds are Mount Olympus, which is above the Underworld and where dead people finishing their business are sent, and the "worst place".
  • The inscription on the gates that Hades takes Hook through, reads "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here". This is a reference to Inferno, the first part of Dante Alighieri's epic poem Divine Comedy. In the poem, Dante passes through the gate of Hell, which bears an inscription ending with the famous phrase.
  • While most of the Underbrooke shops are the same as the ones in Storybrooke, Modern Fashions and Purbeck Shoe Store have been replaced with Iletus and Sons Candlestick Makers, and Harmony Mortuary.
  • Residents of the Underworld can communicate with the living via a phone booth. However, it is a one sided method of communication, as the users are unsure whether their messages get through or not. According to the Blind Witch, the phone booth's main purpose is for haunting people, and is classified as "Level 1 haunting".
  • According to the Blind Witch, the breath of the living goes for a lot on the Underbrooke black market. Whether Hades knows of this black market is unknown.


  • The Underworld appears in the canon Season Five DVD/Blu-Ray special Bonus, "Tales From The Underworld: A Knight With Cruella".
  • Underworld appears in the Underworld storybook in "The Brothers Jones", "Our Decay" and "Last Rites".

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.