In the world where fairy tales and the modern-day are about to collide, nothing will be the same again. A 10-year-old boy, Henry, found his mother Emma Swan, who abandoned him when he was a baby, and believes that she comes from an alternate world. According to his book, the epic battle for the future of both worlds is beginning and they need her help.
Belle is a kind heated woman stuck in a loveless engagement. She is willing to do whatever may be necessary to protect the people she loves even is it means putting herself in harms way. She sees the good in people no matter who they are or what they've done. Her heart is pure giving her a deep understanding of what is right. She has a deep love for stories and greatly enjoys reading, making her seem strange in her land as many woman do not even know how to read. The knowledge she gains from books comes in handy many times.
Belle is the daughter of Sir Maurice who rules a realm threatened by the Ogre Wars. When Rumplestiltskin offers to protect Maurice's realm, his condition is that Belle becomes the caretaker of his estate. Belle accepts the deal and over time, the pair form a bond until Belle learns from (The Evil Queen) Regina that true love's kiss will break any curse. She kisses him, but he mistakenly believes that she is working for the Queen and forces Belle to leave forever. The Queen later visits Rumplestiltskin, telling him that Belle committed suicide upon becoming an outcast in her own town.
In Storybrooke, Belle is hidden by Regina underneath the town's hospital for 28 years. She is later released by Jefferson and finds Mr. Gold (Rumplestiltskin), later professing her love for him when the curse is broken. Belle stands beside him as he brings magic to Storybrooke. In retaliation to her imprisonment, Belle begs Rumplestiltskin not to kill Regina, which he agrees to. However, she is left heartbroken when she learns that he has unleashed a wraith to exact his revenge on Regina, leaving him. Later, she returns after Regina is left unharmed.
When Gold finds a way to cross the barrier out of Storybrooke without losing his memories, Belle is shot by Captain Hook before they part, causing her to fall across the border and lose her memory again. Gold attempts to help Belle remember herself, but she is confused and admitted to the hospital following the attack. Belle later "remembers" her cursed self as a scantily-clad barfly named Lacey, with assistance from Regina. Unlike Belle (who brought out the best in Mr. Gold), Lacey encourages the darker urges in him. Gold later finds a potion that regains her identity as Belle.
As Gold (Rumplestiltskin), along with Emma Swan, Mary Margaret Blanchard (Snow White), David Nolan (Prince Charming), Regina (The Evil Queen), and Captain Hook travel to retrieve Henry from Neverland, Gold gives Belle a protection spell to cast around Storybrooke to make it invisible again. He tells her that he may not be returning to her but loves her. However, he encounters Belle once again in the jungle of Neverland as an illusion to act as a crutch to his cowardliness; she is later revealed as his father Peter Pan's shadow in disguise. The two are reunited when the group return to Storybrooke after retrieving Henry, though Gold sacrifices himself to kill his father.
However, Pan's curse remains and Belle, along with the other inhabitants are sent back to their original worlds. In the Enchanted Forest, Belle and Neal travel to Rumplestiltskin's castle and are directed to the Dark One's vault. To the disapproval of Belle, Neal unlocks the vault, resurrecting Rumplestiltskin but sacrificing himself. Belle is returned to Storybrooke when Snow and Charming enact a new curse to stop Zelena from taking their baby. Upon his freedom, Mr. Gold proposes to Belle after trusting her with his dagger (unknown to her, it is a replica) and the two are married.
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