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.
Rumplestiltskin is a whimsical yet sinister sorcerer who delights in making deals with desperate people. Rumplestiltskin is also "The Dark One", "The Beast" and "The Ticking Crocodile" that cost Captain Hook his left hand. He is the true love of Belle, father to Neal Cassidy (Baelfire), and grandfather to Emma Swan's biological son Henry.
Rumplestiltskin was originally a poor spinner who deserted from the Ogre Wars. His wife Milah is disgusted by this and leaves him for a pirate named Killian Jones (Captain Hook). His son Baelfire is to join the Ogre Wars, but Rumplestiltskin gains the power of "The Dark One" and prevents it. Baelfire wants him to get rid of his powers, creating a portal to transport them to a world without magic. Rumplestiltskin is too afraid to lose his powers, leaving Baelfire to cross over alone. Rumplestiltskin vows that he will create a curse to reunite with his son.
Rumplestiltskin becomes the most powerful being in the Enchanted Forest, entering a power struggle with his former student, (The Evil Queen) Regina, and making deals with other characters from the forest, constantly warning them that "magic always comes at a price." He later meets Killian Jones again and learns that Milah willingly went with him. In the ensuing fight, he kills Milah and cuts off Jones' hand, leading Jones to become Captain Hook. As part of a deal to save her town, Belle becomes the caretaker of his estate. The pair form a romantic bond until Belle learns from The Evil Queen that true love's kiss will break any curse, kissing him.
Rumplestiltskin believes that Belle is working for the Queen and forces her to leave forever, telling her that his power is more important to him than she is. Later, the Queen visits him and claims that Belle has committed suicide. Soon after, he is made powerless and placed into a custom made cell. The Evil Queen takes possession of his curse, asking that she give him a place of comfort and respect in the "new world" the curse will send them to, in exchange for telling her how to set the curse in motion.
In Storybrooke, he is Mr. Gold, the owner of a pawn shop and the town's wealthiest resident. He remembers his true identity, having helped build the town and owning most of it. He finds a boy named Henry after Regina feels lonely, only for her to later learn that he is Emma Swan's biological son. He assists Emma to get elected as Sheriff after Graham Humbert's death, and offers his legal services to Mary Margaret Blanchard (Snow White) as she is accused of the murder of Kathryn Nolan (Princess Abigail).
It is later revealed that Gold kidnapped Kathryn in a deal with Regina, after she is found alive. When Henry consumes an apple turnover made by Regina for Emma, he tricks Emma into retrieving a bottle of true love and giving it to him. Gold is then reunited with Belle, who is finally released from the hospital asylum by Jefferson. He uses the bottle of true love to bring magic back to Storybrooke. Gold promises Belle that he will not kill Regina for abducting her, though he summons a wraith into the town to kill her. Heartbroken that he betrayed her, Belle leaves him. When Gold's plan fails, Belle returns and they reconcile.
Gold is later enraged upon learning that anyone who attempts to leave Storybrooke will have their magical memories erased, as he had planned to leave town to search for Baelfire. Gold begins to experiment with magic, eventually finding a way to cross the magic barrier. As he prepares to leave the town, Captain Hook shoots Belle causing her to fall over the town line and lose her memory. Upon realizing his son is in Manhattan, he asks Emma Swan to be his guide outside of Storybrooke, along with Henry. Emma and Gold track him down only to find that he is Neal Cassidy, Henry's father. Gold also discovers that Henry is his grandson.
He attempts to make amends with his son but Neal declines his offers, saying that magic won't fix their problems. After the group are forced to return to Storybrooke when Gold is attacked by Hook, Gold begins to die. He is healed when Cora's poisoned heart is returned to her body by Regina before she manages to stab him with "The Dark One's" dagger. Gold later obtains a potion to restore Belle's memories.
After Henry is captured by Greg Mendell and Tamara and taken through a portal, Mr. Gold uses his globe to track them to Neverland. He makes a temporary truce with Hook, agreeing to take him, Emma, Mary Margaret, David, and Regina to Neverland, to rescue him from his father's plot to steal Henry's heart. Returning to Storybrooke, Pan attempts to kill his loved ones, though Gold uses his dagger to sacrifice both himself and his father. However, Pan's curse is enacted and takes the majority of the inhabitants back to the Enchanted Forest.
Neal and Belle travel to Rumplestiltskin's castle and are located to the Dark One's vault where Neal resurrects Rumplestiltskin but kills himself. Before he dies, Rumplestiltskin merges Neal's body with his own. When Snow White and Prince Charming enact a curse to stop Zelena, Mr. Gold is returned to Storybrooke under Zelena's control. Emma later finds him, only to find that Neal is trapped within him, thus causing Gold to lose his mind. Neal asks for Emma to free Gold to defeat Zelena, though he will die; she reluctantly agrees. Mr. Gold proposes to Belle, also giving her his dagger. Unknown to her, it is a fake, and Gold uses the original to kill Zelena. He later marries Belle with her father's blessing.
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