In my time I have granted a thousand and one wishes, and I have seen them end poorly a thousand and one times. Making a wish comes with a price and that is why I will never use this wish.
The Genie of Agrabah is a supporting character on Once Upon a Time. A magic genie from the exotic land of Agrabah, in the fairytale world, he was forced by magic to grant three wishes to whoever found and rubbed the magic lamp in which he lived. The Genie is saved from his curse by the kind King Leopold, and they become trusted friends, but the Genie's feelings for the scheming Queen Regina prove to be harmful to him and to the King. The Genie later becomes trapped as the queen's Magic Mirror, and after the Dark Curse is set in motion, he becomes trapped in Storybrooke as Sidney Glass, the head of the local newspaper and Mayor Mills' confidant.
Before the Curse
You gave me my freedom. You gave me a chance to find love, and for that I'm forever in your debt. But just as you freed me, so must I now free your Queen.
The Genie of Agrabah appears before King Leopold. ("Fruit of the Poisonous Tree")
King Leopold, on a morning walk through a local beach, finds a magic lamp washed ashore. He picks it up and rubs it, causing the Genie of Agrabah to appear. The Genie, rather unceremoniously, tells the King that he can ask for three wishes, with some terms and conditions. The King, already satisfied with everything he has, wishes merely for the happiness of everyone who sets foot in his kingdom, and, upon hearing of the Genie's miserable life, requests for him to be set free. The Genie is therefore released from his curse, and the King gives him the final wish in the lamp. At the castle, the Genie meets Snow White, the beautiful young daughter of King Leopold, and the saddened Queen Regina. The Genie grows fond of the Queen, and notices her depression. The Queen tells him that she knows the King will never love her as much as he loved his first wife, so she feels trapped in a rather loveless marriage. The Genie, to lift up her spirits, offers the Queen a small mirror, so she can see herself the way he sees her: as the fairest in all the land. The King, from reading his spouse's diary, learns that she is smitten with another man, and requests that the Genie find the identity of the person who gave her the mirror. The King then locks her up in a tower, and Henry, the Queen's father, brings his daughter a chest with two deadly vipers from the land of Agrabah. Regina tells the Genie that they are her way out, but he stops her from committing suicide, planning to use the snakes to kill the King instead. He does just this, and tells the King, in his death bed, that he is forever grateful to Leopold for having set him free, but now it is his duty to set the Queen free. The King shows repent in helping the Genie, and passes away. Later, however, the Genie learns he was set up to take the fall by the scheming Queen. It was her plan all along that the Genie be blamed for the King's death, seeing as how the guards now know he is behind everything because the snakes were from his land. The Genie claims to be unable to live on without the woman he loves, so, in order to both stay by her side and punish her, he uses up his last wish to never leave her side. However, this backfires as he is magically turned into the Queen's reflection, forever trapped in her mirrors. ("Fruit of the Poisonous Tree")
The Queen and the Genie plan the next phase of their deadly plan. ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")
Following the death of her father, Snow White seeks comfort in her stepmother, all the while unbeknownst to the fact that she was the one responsible for his passing. The Magic Mirror congratulates Regina, because her plan is moving along smoothly. Regina tells the Mirror that they must be delicate in the next phase, because Snow's death needs to be handled with care. The Mirror suggests that one of her knights kill her, but Regina claims that it has to be someone with no heart. "Well, in that case...", the Mirror says, "You need a huntsman." Regina is delighted with this idea, and she then hires the Huntsman to kill Snow. ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")
The Mirror has bad news for his Queen. ("Lost Girl")
After Prince Charming wakes Snow White up from the sleeping curse inflicted upon her by the Evil Queen, the Magic Mirror is anxious to tell his beloved Queen the news, and has a black knight rush him over to her. In the meantime, he tells the knight that, should he drop the mirror, the Genie will make sure he gets fourteen years of bad luck for that. They interrupt the Queen's apple-picking activities and she isn't pleased. He shows her images of the prince and princess reunited, and the former asking the latter in marriage. The Mirror provokes the Queen by saying it will be quite the wedding, leaving no dry eye in the audience. Snow is then heard saying to Charming that they take back the kingdom, and Regina says, "We'll see about that..." ("Lost Girl")
Prince Henry seeks out the Mirror's assistance. ("Souls of the Departed")
With Regina now at war with Snow White, the Magic Mirror's help is seeked out by the Queen's father, Henry, who wishes to stop his daughter's quest for vengeance. With the Mirror's assistance, Henry is able to contact Regina's mother Cora in Wonderland, but when she refuses to help in the ways the Prince had wished for, the call with Wonderland's leader ends. What Henry didn't realize though, was that contacting Cora allowed her passage through the looking glass and back into the Enchanted Forest, thus allowing her to come to her daughter's aide. She soon obtains what she had believed to be Snow's heart and gives it to Regina to crush before the Magic Mirror; however, it turns out to merely be the heart of one of her knights that Henry had switched out. Regina doesn't allow her father to go unpunished for his crime though, for she shrinks him down and traps him in a box. This then backfires more so, since when using the Magic Mirror to banish Cora once more, the Queen of Hearts is able to grab a hold of the box with Henry and take him as well. Once gone, the Mirror comments that, on the bright side, Regina still has him. ("Souls of the Departed")
The old woman has a familiar friend... ("Hat Trick")
When the Queen wants Jefferson to help her with a favor, she poses as an old woman selling stuffed animals at a fair. Young Grace is enchanted by a stuffed white rabbit, and Jefferson wants to buy it for her, but he doesn't have enough money. The old woman, whilst acknowledging the fact that the man is a good father, still refuses to sell the rabbit for less than its worth. Jefferson leaves, humiliated, and when the woman reveals herself before her mirror, the reflection of the Genie tells her that she was being cruel, because she could at least had allowed the girl to keep the toy, to which the Queen replies, "Where's the fun in that, hmm?". ("Hat Trick")
The Mirror is reluctant to support his beloved Queen's new plan. ("The Thing You Love Most")
After the Queen threatens to destroy everyone's happiness at the wedding of Snow White and Prince Charming, she comes home to her castle and the Magic Mirror makes his face appear. The genie tells her that was an awfully big threat, and the Queen, with an evil smile on her face, walks up to the Mirror, and he asks her how she plans on accomplishing that. The Queen smirks as she answers with "The Dark Curse." The Mirror looks shocked. Henry, the Queen's father, walks up to his daughter, and asks her if she's sure. The Mirror reminds her that she said she'd never use it; Henry brings up the fact that she made a deal when she gave away that curse; the Mirror adds that she traded it away; and Henry comments that 'she' won't be happy to see her. The Queen turns to her father and says "Since when do I care about anyone else's happiness but mine?". She tells him to prepare the carriage, and Henry looks reluctant. "We're going to the Forbidden Fortress.", the Queen says, with a look of determination on her face. ("The Thing You Love Most")
After the Curse
The agency was a dead end, but I worked my magic with the health department, found out all about his mother. I'm faxing over the information right now; you should have it at any second.
Sidney always comes through, on and off screen. ("Save Henry")
Following the enactment of the Dark Curse, the Queen's magic mirror becomes trapped in Storybrooke, Maine as Sidney Glass, the head of the local newspaper. Still serving as a loyal minion of sorts to Regina, who made herself the Mayor of said town, Sidney always tended to unpleasant tasks she demanded that he perform. Shortly after the adoption of a baby, Regina, having been told by Dr. Whale that the child might have a genealogical condition, calls Sidney and asks him to find out what he can about Henry's birth mother, despite the fact that it was a closed adoption. Sidney wonders if that is illegal, to which she just tells him that's why she called him, because he's never afraid of going the extra mile to please her. Eventually, Sidney does access such information, and faxes it over to his boss. Regina gets it and is horrified to learn the circumstances of the birth mother's background... ("Save Henry")
Masterful job, Sidney, top to bottom. And cutting the breaks on her car - inspired. Now she trusts you; now we can have some fun. I don't know what I would do without you.
Regina uses Sidney to try to get rid of Emma Swan. ("The Thing You Love Most")
One morning in the lovely town of Storybrooke, Mayor Mills is picking apples from her backyard tree. Behind her appears Sidney Glass, the town's local newspaper's head, holding in his hands the newest edition of the paper. He says "The Mirror strikes again." She turns to him to see what it is, and learns that it is a cover of how Emma Swan wrecked the town's historic entrance sign. She takes the newspaper from his hands and comments that it's not what she asked for. She skims through it and asks what he found out about Emma. He tells her that there wasn't much; he says that she spent a lot of time in foster homes, and she snubs this. She continues searching for the proper apples and he walks around her, saying she got into some problems when she was a teen, but everything is locked up pretty tight, and since then she's clean. She did however bounce around a lot, and it appears as though she doesn't like to sit still. He asks the Mayor if she knew that Emma had Henry while she was in Phoenix, and then he asks her how Henry wound up in Maine. The Mayor scolds him for bringing her nothing of value, and threatens to dispose of him should he fail to be valuable again. Intimidated, Sidney tells her that he'll keep looking. The Mayor takes a further look at the newspaper. ("The Thing You Love Most")
Sidney makes a bet with Graham. ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")
A dart is seen hitting a picture of a deer. Graham is the thrower of said dart, and is preparing himself to throw another, within Granny's Diner. He throws the second dart, hitting the deer picture on the dart board in a similar place as before. "Nice shot, chief. I bet you twenty bucks you can't do it again.", says Sidney Glass, sitting in one of the diner's booths. Graham downs a drink which is served to him by Ruby, and he throws the dart, precisely hitting the deer's face in the picture. Sidney is surprised. Emma walks out of the bathroom and is surprised to see Graham, "Emma, what can I get you?", Ruby asks, "Nothing.", Emma states, walking past Graham and to the diner's door. As Emma is about to leave, Graham throws a fourth dart in her direction, it hits the door frame right next to her, startling her and everyone else in the diner. ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")
Sidney gives his speech in the run for the sheriff's office. ("Desperate Souls")
Following the untimely death of Sheriff Graham, Regina stops by the station to tell Emma that she has appointed Sidney Glass to be the new sheriff, and that Emma is fired. However, Mr. Gold then stops by Emma's apartment to tell her that she has the right to run for the position of sheriff, so Emma starts her campaign, benefited by Gold. A discouraged Henry, however, tells his birth mother that Regina will always win because evil doesn't fight fair. This follows the publishing of an article by Sidney in the local newspaper about how Emma gave birth to Henry behind prison bars. Emma confronts Regina about it and learns that there will soon be a debate. Suddenly, when Regina opens a door, there is an explosion and she is injured, and thus Emma saves her from the fire. She is then applauded by the populous, who start rallying in her favor. This also lifts up Henry's spirits... but then Emma finds out that the explosion was set up by Mr. Gold, in order to boost Emma's chances. During the debate, Emma, with a guilty conscience, tells everyone the truth, and explains to them that she feels bad for letting everyone think her rescue of Regina wasn't premeditated. Everything works out right in the end when Regina and Sidney announce that Emma won the race, because people saw bravery in her when she stood up and spoke out against Mr. Gold, the most feared person in town. ("Desperate Souls")
Sidney aids Emma in bringing down Regina... or so the blonde thinks. ("Fruit of the Poisonous Tree")
Mary Margaret and Emma discuss Regina's evil ways, and Emma says she wishes everyone could see the effect Regina has on Henry. Sidney Glass, having been fired, hears this and offers to partner up with Emma to bring Regina down. When Regina orders the castle to be teared down, and the book goes missing, an irate Emma does team up with Sidney, and he tells her that he found out Regina moved thousands of the taxpayers' dollars to work on a secret project. They tap her office and learn she's meeting with someone to pay off something, and they follow her, but it turns out Emma's brakes have been cut. After they crash, they learn Mr. Gold was the person Regina was meeting with: she bought some land from him. They break into Regina's office and discover some documents that seem to indicate that she's building herself a second house. They try to shame her during a public assembly, but wind up embarrassed themselves when Regina reveals that those plans are to build a public playground for the children of Storybrooke. Later, it is revealed that Sidney was behind this all along, going as far to cut the brakes himself. He had always been working for Regina, so that they could humiliate Emma and be one step ahead of her at all times... ("Fruit of the Poisonous Tree")
Sidney shows up at the site of Kathryn Nolan's disappearance. ("Dreamy")
Emma is called to investigate the car crash and apparent disappearance of Kathryn Nolan, and Sidney, camera in tow, shows up at the site, fabricating a story around her disappearance. He offers assistance by telling Emma that he has a contact that can get them Kathryn's phone records fast, and suggests to her that David must have had something to do with his wife's sudden absence. Sidney's contact, however, turns out to be Mayor Mills, who forges some false phone records that indicate that David spoke to Kathryn last, even though the man claims to not have spoken to her that day. Emma is confused, because she was certain that David wasn't lying, but Sidney tells her not to beat herself over it, because David has lied before and is apparently good at it. ("Dreamy")
Sidney brings a lovely gift to brighten up the sheriff's office. ("The Stable Boy")
Sidney brings some flowers to the sheriff's station, claiming that they might help to brighten up the place. Emma asks him if he was able to find anything useful against Regina, but he says that he couldn't, because the Mayor is very good at covering up her tracks. However, he insists that he will continue digging for helpful info. Emma is later able to find a broken piece of a shovel in the site where the heart in a box was found, and the shovel in the Mayor's garage is a perfect match. However, when she shows up with a search warrant the following morning, the shovel has been replaced. Emma blames August for telling Regina, but she later learns that Sidney had planted a bug in the flowers that he brought her. Emma beats herself up for trusting the wrong people and apologizes to August. ("The Stable Boy")
Emma gives Sidney a choice... either help take down Regina, or go down with her. ("The Return")
Emma meets with Sidney, and she confronts him about the bug he used to spy on her to aid Regina. Emma accuses him of being in love with Regina, which would explain his loyalty to her. She gives him an ultimatum--he can either free himself from trouble by helping her or go down with Regina. Later, Mr. Gold watches August speed off on his motorcycle and follows him behind in his car. Regina meets Emma at the sheriff's station under the pretense of giving her a confession. Then she calls Sidney in, who goes into detail about everything because he had hoped he would get his job back by kidnapping Kathryn. Regina claims that Sidney has gone crazy. Emma doesn't buy his confession, but is forced to accept it anyway. ("The Return") When Jefferson sneaks into the psychiatric ward of the local hospital to get to Belle, he walks past a room with a label reading "S. Glass", indicating that the reporter is in solitary lockup. ("A Land Without Magic")
After the Second Curse
Get a warm coat... it's going to get a bit cooler around here...
Remember this guy? ("A Tale of Two Sisters")
After spending several years locked away in the psychiatric ward, Sidney receives and unexpected visit from Regina, who is in need of help of getting rid of the one person who stands in the way of her happiness. Regrouping at the vault, Regina explains her current predicament with Robin Hood, and how she thinks the storybook influenced the recent events that took place. She believes that it is keeping her, a villain, from getting a happy ending, but she also believes to be more powerful than the book. Sidney is interested in Regina's plans, and comments how he always thought there was a reason why the formerly Evil Queen kept him imprisoned in the ward and hadn't forgotten about him. Regina awkwardly agrees with this, although it is far from the truth. Regina reveals she does not wish for Sidney to murder Marian, however, but instead she rewrite history by traveling to the past to kill Marian before Emma has a chance to save her. However, she does not remember capturing Marian, as she has captured and killed many in the past, so she needs her Mirror to show her the exact moment this occurred. Sidney wonders how they can accomplish that, but soon realizes it once Regina transforms him back into the Magic Mirror. He furiously begins shouting and hitting the inside of the mirror, but is soon assured that this form is only temporary. Sidney then shows Regina the moment in time where she captured Marian. After seeing the past, the formerly Evil Queen has a change of heart and does not go through with killing her true love's wife. Regina later has a different idea - she believes the book is the source of her suffering, so she suggests finding the author and force him to write her the happy ending she is entitled to. ("A Tale of Two Sisters")
Sidney betrays his Queen. ("Breaking Glass")
Having removed Marian's heart until finding a cure to unfreeze her, Regina starts doing research, but fails to find a way that will save her true love's wife. She summons Sidney, asking if he has found the Snow Queen yet, to which the magic mirror replies he did not. This does not please Regina, who pushes him to do so. Later on, he reports back to his Queen that he has found the Snow Queen's lair, but before revealing where it is, he asks to be reverted back to his human form. Regina says that that'll be decided based on whether his information is worth it. Sidney tries to have the upper-hand, but fails when the Queen threatens to have him locked back up in the psychiatric ward after he is changed back. The mirror gives in, reappearing in Regina's pocket mirror and leading her to the Snow Queen's lair. Regina hides her mirror when they are suddenly joined by Emma, who is in search of a missing Elsa. The two soon reach an ice bridge that was created by the Ice Queen, and walk across. The Snow Queen, however, uses her magic to shake the bridge, endangering Emma and Regina. The formerly Evil Queen soon realizes Sidney's trickery, seeing as he led her to the bridge, right where the Snow Queen wanted her. Regina opens the pocket mirror, confronting Sidney about being a traitor. The mirror tells his former Queen that she should look at her own reflection and think about her actions. He also reveals that the Snow Queen has a "well deserved present" for her. Moments later, Emma and Regina are forced to face an armored Ice Warrior, which the two gals defeat. Meanwhile, the Snow Queen restores Sidney to his human form. The Genie of Agrabah prepares to serve his new queen, but is instead granted his freedom, as the queen was only after the pocket mirror which is infused with dark magic. Before Sidney leaves, the Snow Queen suggests he get a warm coat as Storybrooke will soon become colder. ("Breaking Glass")
Gallery of photographic stills released to promote the character.