I love you. I love you more than anything in the world.
Gideon is a supporting character on Once Upon a Time. Through sharing a dream world with his mother, Belle, he was able to communicate with her prior to his birth and guide her into rescuing his endangered future by hiding him away from his potentially dangerous father, Rumplestiltskin. However, this made him vulnerable to his even more dangerous grandmother, the Black Fairy, who darkened his heart in a realm where time works differently. When at last he returns to Storybrooke, far from the hero his mother hoped he would be, it appears he is destined to be the one to kill the savior Emma Swan.
Before the Curse
I signed a paper promising him my second born child.
Rumplestiltskin makes an ill-advised deal. ("Devil's Due")
When Rumplestiltskin's first born child Baelfire gets bitten by a snake and his health starts declining, Rumple and his wife Milah go to a healer named Fendrake for a cure. However, he tries to extort money from them, and so Milah orders her husband to return later and kill the healer so that he can steal the antidote for their ailing child. Rumple goes to kill Fendrake, but he can't do it, instead taking the offer of a deal. He ends up signing a contract that entitles Fendrake to Rumple's second born child, which he sees as a steal since he plans on having no more children anyway. Milah is distraught at this because what he's done is decide her future for her, and years later when he's the Dark One Rumple kills Fendrake to ensure any babies he might make with Cora don't get taken away. He doesn't have any babies with Cora though, and Fendrake ends up in the Underworld where he's able to sign over the rights to Rumple's second born... to Hades, its evil ruler. ("Devil's Due")
After the Third Curse
So, just to be super, extra clear, at any time, I can cash in the debt... and take your baby.
Belle and Rumple, oblivious to the baby they've made. ("Swan Song")
Centuries pass, and on the day Rumple reunites with his wife, Belle, they re-consummate their marriage, and unknowingly get pregnant. ("Swan Song") Unaware of her pregnancy, Belle finds Rumple abruptly leaving for a trip to the Underworld. ("Souls of the Departed") In the Underworld, Rumple uses a crystal ball to find his deceased child, but it instead guides him to his unborn child. Rumple learns that Belle is pregnant, as does Hades, who obtains the contract Rumple signed centuries prior and uses it as leverage to make the Dark One do his bidding. ("Devil's Due") Rumple is forced by Hades to open a portal to Storybrooke which accidentally brings Belle to the Underworld. Rumple reveals to his true love that she is pregnant, but also that he signed away their child years ago. ("Our Decay") Belle and Rumple work together to find a way to free themselves of Hades' contract, but this is put on pause when trouble irrupts with Belle's ex-fiancé. ("Her Handsome Hero") Belle realizes that Hades could simply accelerate her pregnancy and take her baby whenever he wanted to, so in order to prevent this, she takes a sleeping curse, putting her pregnancy on pause. ("Ruby Slippers") As Belle sleeps, Rumple takes matters into his own hands. ("Sisters") His plan works, and Hades tears up the contract. From there, Rumple puts Belle in Pandora's Box and carries her home to Storybrooke. ("Firebird") After Belle's father refuses to wake her up, Rumple takes remains of the Olympian Crystal to acquire the magic needed to do it himself. ("Last Rites") His plan fails when Belle is sucked into a portal and winds up in Mr. Hyde's possession, but Hyde provides Rumple with a way of waking Belle in exchange for Storybrooke's ownership. ("Only You", "An Untold Story")
Well, you heard our son. I fear if we fail... war is coming to Storybrooke.
"Morpheus" wakes his mother with true love's kiss. ("The Savior")
Rumple is told by Mr. Hyde to seek out the Temple of Morpheus where he will find magical sands that, when sprinkled on Belle, will allow him to enter his true love's dreams and wake her from within her own consciousness. However, when Rumple puts this plan into motion, he sprinkles the sand onto his and Belle's unborn child too, meaning that he enters the dreamworld of both his wife and his son. Said son, a grown man in this world, decides to play the part of Morpheus in order to manipulate his father, wanting to make sure that his mother does right by him by not falling for more of the Dark One's tricks. He leads Rumple to the Dark Castle, where Belle dreams of being Rumple's maid, and the latter decides to make Belle love him again by dancing with her and recreating the scenario under which they fell in love. However, her memories return when they kiss and she cuts it off, refusing to go back to a life of broken promises and believing that their child will be better off waiting with her than being in debt to him. Morpheus is thrilled to hear her say that, proceeding to reveal himself and that he intends to wake Belle up with true love's kiss, now that he's certain she won't fall for her husband's tricks. Upon kissing her on the forehead, she wakes up, and she takes her son's warning to heart and goes back home only to refuse to build a home with Rumple, to his devastation. ("The Savior")
A sonogram picture of Belle and Rumple's unborn son. ("Heartless")
Now focusing on what's best for herself and her unborn son, Belle takes shelter aboard the Jolly Roger with Hook. ("A Bitter Draught") Rumple puts together a tape of reading the poem "Sleep Well" that he has David deliver to Belle. After some initial reluctance, she decides to play it for their son. ("The Other Shoe") When Belle becomes in danger, Rumple uses magic to trap her on the Jolly Roger; however, this doesn't turn out in her favor when Dr. Jekyll comes aboard the ship to kill her. After being rescued by Hook, Belle condemns Rumple for his dark ways, but he believes that necessity and the need to protect their child will make Belle love him again. ("Strange Case") Belle attends her first ultrasound without Rumple where she confides in Snow her fear of not being able to let Rumple be apart of their son's life. However, she later slips a sonogram picture of their son underneath the door of the pawn shop. ("Dark Waters") Zelena reveals to Belle that Rumple plans to use the Shears of Destiny to change their son's fate, and she later confronts him about this as he looks over the sonogram picture she sent him. ("Heartless") Belle decides to flee to the Enchanted Forest to get Rumple away from their unborn son, but he stops her before Zelena can open a portal, and slaps a tracking bracelet onto her. ("I'll Be Your Mirror")
In her dream, Belle is told by her son the sacrifice she must make once he is born. ("Changelings")
When Rumple plans to use magic to speed up Belle's pregnancy and steal their son away, the beauty begins working with Emma and Hook to find a way to stop her evil husband. She winds up falling asleep in the library when doing research and she re-enters the Dream World. Following a strand, she is led to the grown up version of her son and they embrace in a short reunion. He tells Belle that what it takes to defeat Rumple is right in front of her. Later on, Rumple corners Belle in the library, but winds up backing down last minute. He opts out of speeding the pregnancy, giving Belle her space, but a scorned Evil Queen has other ideas. The heroes are unaware of this though, believing it to be Rumple's doing when Belle's pregnancy is accelerated. While in labor, Belle goes unconscious and re-enters the Dream World a second time. Her son tells her that she knows what she must do, and so, after delivering the baby boy which she names Gideon (after the hero in her favorite book), she calls in the Blue Fairy. She requests that Blue be Gideon's fairy godmother and that she take him far away from all this madness. Blue agrees to do so, also agreeing to read Her Handsome Hero to the boy. Once Blue is gone, Rumple arrives and swears to find their son. ("Changelings")
Gideon fails to be the hero his friend needed. ("Mother's Little Helper")
Blue fails to protect Gideon for along as the Black Fairy swoops in and steals him away, bringing the infant back her own realm to raise him as her own. Growing up, Gideon lives in a cell where he befriends another young boy named Roderick. This boy winds up being severely punished when Gideon steals the book that his birth mother had left to him. Come his 28th birthday, Gideon is now hardened into a loyal apprentice of the Black Fairy, and when she realizes the key to her vault is missing she sends him to the mines to punish the one responsible. Roderick steps forward, claiming to be the culprit, but gets through to Gideon that despite not saving him all those years ago, he knows that deep down he still wants to be a hero. He reveals that the Black Fairy once used the dark fairy dust to create a powerful curse and he fears what she'll do this time. Gideon agrees to help him find the Black Fairy's crystal ball in order to contact the Savior for help; however, when finding and trying to use it, it shatters. The Black Fairy arrives and reveals that she concocted the entire scheme as a way to test Gideon and is disappointed to see him betray her. She has her guards haul Roderick away, but when Gideon throws dark fairy dust at his grandmother, which she dodges, the evil sorceress in turn uses it to turn Roderick into a beetle. She crushes the innocent, killing him, to Gideon's absolute horror. She then reveals her plan of having the Savior break the curse keeping him from leaving this realm and rips out Gideon's heart in order to force him to go to Storybrooke kill the Savior hmself, thus allowing the Hrunting to free her. ("Mother's Little Helper")
Gideon returns, all grown up, and as the Savior's fated killer. ("Wish You Were Here")
All the while, Rumple keeps his word and begins his quest to find Gideon, using a magic globe to track him down; however, he sees that the boy has fallen completely off the grid. As such, he goes to Belle about this, and the two learn from an injured Mother Superior at the convent that Gideon has been stolen by Rumple's mother, the Black Fairy. Meanwhile, as the Evil Queen roams the streets of Storybrooke, a portal opens up inside of Granny's Diner. Soon enough, a hooded figure exits, and when questioned by the Queen, the figure turns her into a snake. Back at the pawn shop, Belle and Rumple fret over what has become of their son, but eventually put aside their differences to work together when Belle realizes it wasn't Rumple who sped up her pregnancy. Rumple goes on to reveal that his mother would lurk around in the shadow of realms of immense darkness, places where time works differently and nothing makes sense. Belle fears what this means for Gideon, but soon enough she and Rumple both find out. The hooded figure enters the pawn shop and draws back his hood, revealing to be none other than Gideon himself. He greets his shocked parents. ("Wish You Were Here")
Emma has accepted that she'll die at the hands of Gideon, but not today. ("Tougher Than the Rest")
Gideon explains himself to Belle and Rumple, how the Black Fairy raised him for 28 years, trying to turn him evil, but how during all those dark times he remembered Belle and tried to follow in her example. Now, however, he wishes to kill Emma Swan in order to become the savior and defeat the Black Fairy once and for all. While Belle seeks out the help of the other heroes, Rumple goes to reason with Gideon; he tests him, trying to provoke Gideon into hitting him, and when he doesn't he points out that if he can't hit the Dark One then there's no way he can kill Emma. Rumple wants to help him, but Gideon assures his father than he doesn't need his help. He later faces Emma on Main Street, upon her return from the Wish Realm, and as it seems he's about to win, Emma one-ups him just in time. She's prepared to kill him, but Rumple pleas that she doesn't, for it's his son. Gideon tells his father that he doesn't need his help, proceeding to disappear in a puff of smoke. Later in the evening, Belle and Rumple meet at the wishing well where Rumple admits to not wanting Gideon to go down a dark path like he did. He and Belle decide that it's best they work together to do whatever they can to save their son from his fate, while in the meantime Gideon roams Main Street alone and busts the clock tower. ("Tougher Than the Rest")
Rumple drains Blue of her magic, stalling Gideon from darkening his soul. ("Ill-Boding Patterns")
Gideon is found by Rumple, pilfering the broken sword from the sheriff's station, and from there he's able to knock him out and tie him up in the clock tower, magic inhibited. He tells him all about how addictive the call of the darkness can be once you've had a taste, as well as how he came to taste it himself; he did it for good reasons, to save his first son, but it didn't make him a hero, because darkness can't do that. Eventually, he tries to rid Gideon of these impulses by dosing him with some memory potion, thus making him forget all that the Black Fairy did to him as he grew up... only the potion doesn't work, and Gideon uses his father's naïveté to his advantage and manages to take hold of the Dark One's dagger. Now controlling Rumple, he has him retrieve the broken sword, then demanding to know how he can repair it. Rumple explains that he needs to imbue it with the blood of the person who forged it, but doesn't want his son spilling innocent blood for that might be enough to really start him on this dark path. Especially since the person whose blood he needs is the Blue Fairy's. Despite her being his fairy godmother, Gideon goes after her, ordering Rumple not to stop him. Rumple shows up anyway; not to stop his son, but to commit this dark act for him so that he doesn't have to. He takes some of Blue's blood and her magic is drained into the sword's reparation. Gideon then gives his father his dagger back and sets off, more powerful than ever. ("Ill-Boding Patterns")
Hook is done away with, as part of Gideon's plan. ("Page 23")
Captain Hook is currently dealing with the repercussions of finding out he killed David's father years ago, and has since lost Emma not because he killed her grandfather but because he kept it a secret from her. As such, he had made plans to leave Storybrooke with Captain Nemo on the Nautilus, but a conversation with Snow later makes him change his mind. He goes back to Nemo, just as he and his crew is prepared to set off, to tell him that he'll be going back to Emma after all. This backfires, however, as Gideon appears on the Nautilus, having used his magic to set it to take off. He informs Hook that in order to succeed at his plan, he needs the pirate out of his way. As such, Hook and the rest of the Nautilus crew is sent below the waters and through a portal to another realm. Gideon, meanwhile, magics out in time to watch from afar. ("Page 23")
Gideon requires Emma's help to kill the Black Fairy. ("A Wondrous Place")
Snow and Regina trick Emma into attending a new bar that's just opened, Aesop's Tables, where they hope to help her get over her break up with Hook. There works a bartender who Emma later in the evening guesses to be Aesop himself. He claims to have failed to write a successful story, and so he left for the Land of Untold Stories in order to accomplish it there. When noting that he loved a woman who didn't love him back, Emma relates to this, believing Hook abandoned her. She's unaware that it was in fact Gideon's doing, and when she starts to cry she wipes her tears on a napkin. The bartender holds onto this napkin and later reveals himself to Emma outside her home as she tries to reconnect with Hook through an enchanted shell. He reveals himself to in fact be Gideon and refuses to allow Hook to return to Storybrooke unless Emma helps him kill the Black Fairy. ("A Wondrous Place")
Under the Black Fairy's control, Gideon is forced to leave Emma to die. ("Mother's Little Helper")
Emma is against going up against the Black Fairy, but Gideon reminds the Savior that there's no getting Hook back if she refuses to offer her assistance. Emma still chooses to be difficult, slapping the innocent, but Gideon continues to try and persuade by telling her that he's not the enemy, his grandmother is, and having dealt with the Black Fairy he knows she must be stopped. Before leaving, he asks Emma to reflect more on her decision because he's not going to change his mind or the mission. Emma proceeds to go to Belle and Rumple about this, the latter of which confirms what a threat the Black Fairy can be to them all should she break free from the realm she's been exiled to. Finally, Emma goes to Gideon in the clock tower and he hands over Hrunting and offers to make a portal to bring back Hook as a way to prove himself. However, a spider is sent through the portal to the Sorcerer's mansion to attack Emma, and Gideon continues to try to build Emma's trust as they escape the creature. This doesn't end well for Emma though as Gideon then shoves her into a web and she becomes stuck. He leaves her to die at the hands of the spider, taking Hrunting to return to the clocktower so he can kill the Black Fairy when Emma is dead. The portal opens as Emma's life begins to slip away, but Rumple saves Emma just in time. Gideon is relieved that the Black Fairy's plan failed, as this was all due to being under her control, but it turns out she made it through the portal with just enough time. She compliments him on a job well done and asks if, even though he is under her control, there is a part of him that wanted to help her, and Gideon confirms. Satisfied with his answer, she smiles and tells him they have much more to do. ("Mother's Little Helper")
Gideon continues to follow his mother, but is secretly able to pull back because of another. ("Awake")
Gideon follows the Black Fairy to the pawn shop where she reveals herself to Rumple, to his utter shock. The Dark One realizes that his son's plan of becoming the Savior was all just a ruse in order to get the Black Fairy into town, and Gideon apologizes but informs Rumple that she's his mother and hopes that one day he'll understand. This results in Belle emerging from the back room, horrified, but assures Gideon that no matter what he's done to help the Black Fairy he can always come back to her and Rumple. The Black Fairy assures Belle that Gideon won't be going anywhere though, and tells Rumple that one the darkness arrives they'll finally reunite and become the family they were meant to be. Gideon and the Black Fairy later encounter Emma and Snow in the woods as they're in need of a pixie flower to break Snow and David's shared sleeping curse. Under the Black Fairy's instructions, Gideon is forced to wipe out the woods of the flowers in order to ruin their foes' plans. Because of this, Snow and David won't be able to accompany Emma in the final battle. However, a piece of Belle remains in Gideon as he works up the ability to defy the Black Fairy and leave but a simple flower left for the women, something Rumple later discovers and revels in knowing that the Black Fairy will not have control over his son forever. ("Awake")
Gallery of photographic stills released to promote the character.