Villain Overview
Since when do I care about anyone's happiness but mine?
~ Regina Mills
I shall destroy your happiness... if it is the last thing I do.
~ Regina Mills to Snow White and David.
My life was never just one story. It was many stories. To some, a villain. I hurt people... in ways I can never make up for. To others, I'm... a hero. They've seen my strength, my ability to do the hard things, even when I thought I couldn't. I want to start a new story. One where the Evil Queen doesn't get a part.
~ Regina Mills to Snow.

Regina Mills, also known as the "Evil Queen", is a central character and the main antagonist-turned-protagonist of the ABC fairytale drama Once Upon a Time. She serves as the main antagonist of Season 1, the secondary antagonist of Season 2 (along with Captain Hook), one of the secondary protagonists/anti-heroine in Seasons 3-6 and the main protagonist in season 7.

Regina is the Evil Queen of the Enchanted Forest, who casts a dark curse that transports everyone to the real world in a town called Storybrooke. From Season 2 on, Regina works to redeem herself for her adoptive son Henry's sake and eventually because she no longer wants to be a villain anymore. Before the breaking of the first Dark Curse, she was the Mayor of the town of Storybrooke, but her former identity in the fairy tale world is Snow White's evil stepmother.

She is portrayed by Lana Parrilla.


In many of her flashbacks, Regina was murderous, wrathful, merciless, and a downright evil sociopath. At first innocent and kind in spite of her harsh and strict upbringing by her controlling mother Cora, Regina went down a dark path when young Snow White's betrayal of her trust caused her true love Daniel to be murdered and forced her into a loveless marriage with the king (even though Cora manipulated the child and caused these events). Though she managed to break free of Cora with Rumplestiltskin's help, the Dark One's influence would further her vengeance on Snow White. Despite Tinker Bell's offer for another chance at happiness and true love, Regina refused out of fear of a life without anger and hatred. After murdering Leopold, Regina terrorized the kingdom with her cruelty. Regina's grudge even made her deluded that Snow was dark and villainous and she would be known for her kindness once her stepdaughter was dead. Having had her own happiness taken from her, she subjected her subjects to the miseries she had. She also took pleasure in tearing apart others' romance, such Snow and Charming, Rumple and Belle, and Ariel and Eric, and used the the Genie's feelings for her as a way to rid her of Leopold. However, she wasn't completely heartless and possessed genuine love for her father Henry, though it didn't stop from killing him to cast the Dark Curse. After overpowering Maleficent, she spared her, stating she considered the more moral sorceress as her sole friend.  As mayor of Storybrooke, Regina used her position to influence and intimidate the residents while keeping their good favor. Despite her corruption, she truly cared and loved her adoptive son Henry (named after her father), even though his biological mother is Emma, the one who can break her curse, and his grandparents are her sworn enemies, Snow White and Prince Charming.

From the second season, she has been a complex character, trying to redeem herself for Henry's sake and eventually became neutral. We then saw that she had (or gained) a sense of standards. This was shown when she was visibly shocked her mother killed Snow's so she could become the Queen and had uneasiness, not to mention suspicion, with her mother's plan to take Rumplestiltskin's power just to become a family with Henry.

At start of the third season, she is starts off as the sarastic and vitriolic, constantly disagreeing with how to save Henry from Peter Pan. In the second half of the season, her dynamic character increases, teaching Emma magic and showing to have gained a gentle attitude with children. After seeing their mothers' history together, Regina officially moves on from her grudge on Snow White, actively helping in saving the latter's unborn child from the former's envious half-sister Zelena. Dawning on Tinker Bell and Zelena's words of not appreciating and missing out on what she has, she opens her heart to true love with her Robin Hood. With love from him and Henry, Regina evolves greatly; utilzing light magic to defeat Zelena and showing the vile witch mercy out of belief she can change. Unfortunately, at the finale, she became bitter towards Emma for accidentally ruining her cultivating love with Robin by bringing his late wife Marian back from the past.

For a time she resentful of Emma for what she did, criticizing her perfomances at the following crises. She contemplated getting Marian out of the picture by using Magic Mirror to go back in time and do so. But after reliving the monstrosities she commited, she had a change of heart and saved Marian from a snow monster (even though it would be a perfect way to easily get rid of her). She also was willing to save Marian's life when the Snow Queen freezed her. In this time, she wanted to change the rules so that villains like herself could get a happy ending, but did not lose ant-heroine role. After impatiently reprimanding an amnesiac Pinocchio, she learns that she must be patient and shows humility by apologizing. When asked by Snow to keep a secret of her own (that she and Charming exiled Maleficent's child through a portal after placing Emma's dark potential in it), Regina held no ill will about it. When it turned out Zelena had been impersonating Marian and was now with Robin's child, Regina attempted to use the Author to write her out of existence. When compared to her mother, she decides to focus more on her happiness instead of being self-destructive.

In season 5, Regina had doubt in herself, believing others didn't see her as anymore than a former villain despite forgiveness. Her character evolves even more; learning to own up on her own actions and take responsibilty instead of blaming others. When Robin is threatened by a Fury because of her failure to pay the price to save him (her life in exchange), she sacrifices herself, which in turn inspires the others to join her, thus driving off the Fury. Regaining her confidence, she is able to use the wand of the Apprentice to banish her sister. In the Underworld, she and Zelena learn to get along better and form trust in each other after learning more of their past. Unfortunately, when Robin is tragically killed and obliterated, Regina is in grief. She confides to Emma her struggle to suppress her inner demons. Wanting to be rid of them, she takes a serum from Dr. Jekyll and separates herself from her Evil Queen persona to destroy her.

Powers and Abilities

As the Evil Queen and being taught magic by Rumpelstiltskin Regina became a very powerful and evil female sorceress, with a magical power sufficient to provoke terror not only against ordinary people, but even against some of her evil colleagues..

She hoped that learning magic could teach her how to bring back her lover Daniel, who was killed by Cora, from the grave. This however ultimately fails and causes her to transform from sweet, innocent Regina into the vengful and murderous Evil Queen.

  • Magic: Regina is a very powerful witch with many magical powers.
    • Teleportation: Regina can transport herself and other from one place to another in an instant usually in a cloud of purple smoke,in addition to purple smoke Regina is also able to teleport without it
      • Conjuring: Regina can conjure anything she wants out of thin air
      • Apportation: Regina can transport any thing she wants in an instant
    • Telekineses: Regina can move any object with just her mind usually through hand movements,she also has the abilty to telekineticly choke someone by focusing on there neck
    • Ripping out hearts: Like her mother Regina can rip out the heart of anyone and magically control them or crush it to ash followed by them dying
    • Shape-shifting: Regina can take the form of anything she wants (as seen when she disguised herself in to Ursula, a Fisherman,and a rat
      • Wood trasformation: Regina can turn any object into wood as she did with a mermaids
      • Stone transformation: As seen is season one Regina can turn anyone to stone
    • Increased Physical Abilities: Regina has increased physical abilities as seen when she caught an arrow shot at her
    • Elemental manipulation: Regina can control elements as seen when caused an earthquake at townhall
      • Pyrokineses Regina can control fire with her mind usually in the form of a fireball
    • Spell-casting: Regina has the power to cast spells via her mother's spell book
    • Weakened Sleeping Curse: Regina can put anyone to sleep with a wave of her hand
    • Accelerating healing factor: Regina can heal any cuts or wounds
    • Voice extraction: Regina can take the voice of anyone as seen when she takes Ariel and events voice
    • Potion craftcraft: Regina can brew potions as she did a sleeping curse
    • Forgetting spell: Regina make people forget anything she wants
    • Enchanting: Like many dark sorceresses Regina can enchant objects
    • Paraylizing: Regina has the ability to freeze any moving thing
    • Tracking Spell: as seen is season two Regina can touch the tracks of a car or truck and it will reveal how far the car went and where it is going
    • Revealing: with a wave of Regina's hand she can reveal any thing that has been hidden by magic
    • Mind switching: Regina has the power to put her mind in another person as seen when she put her mind in Mary Margaret
    • Locater Spell: by pouring a potion on an object belonging to the person Regina can locate anyone
    • Advanced horse-back riding: Regina has the ability to horse back ride on an advanced stage
    • Portal creation: Regina has the power to open and close portals
  • Mirror magic: Regina can spy on anyone and communicate through mirrors
  • Advanced Intelligence: Regina has a very high level of mind and intelligence


† = deceased

  • Evil Queen (other half; formerly)
  • Cora Mills † (mother)
  • Prince Henry † (father)
  • Zelena (maternal half-sister)
  • King Leopold † (husband)
  • Snow White (stepdaughter)
  • Robin (niece)
  • Henry Mills (adoptive son; step-great-grandson)
  • Lucy (adoptive granddaughter; step-great-great-granddaughter)
  • David Nolan (stepson-in-law)
  • Emma Swan (step-granddaughter)
  • Prince Neal (step-grandson)
  • King Xavier (paternal grandfather)
  • The Miller (maternal grandfather)
  • Prince Henry's Brothers (paternal uncles)
  • Daniel Colter † (fiance)
  • Robin Hood † (boyfriend)
  • Dr. Facilier † (lover or boyfriend)

Evil Acts

Being the Evil Queen, Regina has committed numerous horrifying acts:

Before First Curse

  • Tried turning the entire kingdom against her stepdaughter Snow White as revenge for her telling her mother about her love for the stable boy Daniel. However, as her father kept trying to tell her, Snow actually wasn't to be held responsible, as it was Cora who killed Daniel (in fact, Cora manipulated the young girl).
  • Kidnapped Belle and told Rumple, whom she discovered she had feelings for, that she had committed suicide. ("Skin Deep")
  • Kidnapped an innocent lumberjack and got his children, Hansel and Gretel, to sneak into the home of the Blind Witch, steal a magic apple with the Sleeping Curse put on it and come out with it. She also reveals that they weren't the first children she sent inside the gingerbread house. To add salt to the wound, as she liked to do back then, she banished Hansel and Gretel (who refused her offer to live with her) to the Infinite Forest, never to reunite with their father until 28 years later, when the Dark Curse is cast. ("True North")
  • Manipulated Jefferson, who possessed a magic hat that could transport people to other realms of magic (except the Land Without Magic), into taking her to Wonderland and rescue her father from her captivity. While at first seeming like a redeeming quality, she remembers Jefferson's statement about the hat's rule; two people go in, two people go out, no more and no less. As such, she abandons Jefferson in Wonderland and leaves with her father. He remained separated from his daughter for years on end as he slowly went insane in a mansion trying to make another magic hat, with the words "get it to work" taking over his brain and making him the Mad Hatter. ("Hat Trick")
  • Tries to execute Maid Marian. However, she is rescued by the time-traveling Emma Swan and Captain Hook, only to be killed later by Regina's half-sister Zelena. ("There's No Place Like Home")
  • Used the aforementioned Sleeping Curse apple on Snow White, causing her to go into a coma. ("The Cricket Game")
  • Perhaps the most-despicable act of all was that she resorted to casting the Dark Curse to acquire the happy ending she didn't realize she didn't deserve. Despite knowing that there were hundreds, perhaps thousands, of side-effects to using the Dark Curse that would scar all the lands of magic (particularly the Enchanted Forest), she didn't care. This was mostly-caused by how Rumple had manipulated events in her life so that she would cast the Curse and reunite with his lost son Baelfire ("Pilot", "The Thing You Love Most"):
    • Sacrificed her father to do this, the one she loved most and the only one who saw the good in her.
    • Raids Snow and Charming's castle looking to kill their just-now-born daughter, intending to stop the Curse from being broken in the future. ("Pilot")
    • Banished almost everyone in the Enchanted Forest to her own new town Storybrooke in the Land Without Magic, their happiness stolen and past lives and memories gone. Time was frozen, preventing anyone from aging.
    • Made Jefferson/Mad Hatter remember his past life, which he believed to be the worst punishment the Curse could've given, as he was forced to watch as his daughter is raised by people who aren't her parents.
    • Left David Nolan/Prince Charming in a coma, preventing him from rekindling his love with Snow White/Mary Margret Blanchard.
    • She imprisoned her only friend in the underground galleries under the city library, forcing her to protect with her life the mechanism of destruction of Storybrooke assuming the appearance of whatever form it was most congenial to; her Dragon's form and the undead's form (after she was killed by Emma in the first season).

Season 1

  • Attempts pushing Emma Swan out of town through various means, both due to how Henry will never be hers unless she gets rid of Emma and that she'll break the Dark Curse if she begins to believe in Storybrooke's magic, which Henry was trying to do. This "political" battle goes on for most of the season.
  • Has Belle imprisoned for no good reason.
  • Talks Henry's therapist Dr. Hopper into believing his fairytale theories are crazy, which would distance him from Emma. However, this decision ended up putting him in further danger, as he would venture into a mine later on to prove he's not crazy. ("That Still Small Voice")
  • Kills Sheriff Graham/Huntsman by crushing his heart into dust, then tried sabotaging Emma's attempt to become Sheriff with Sidney Glass, manipulating him into thinking she loves him when she doesn't. ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter")
  • Tries destroying the love between David and Mary Margaret by making David's "wife" Kathryn, who admitted that she may have wanted them together, aware of their love. This led to Kathryn leaving town for Boston. To add salt to the wound, Regina found Kathryn's letter to David saying that he should be with Mary Margaret, threw it into a fire and smiled evilly. ("What Happened To Fredrick")
  • Got Moe French to steal numerous items from Mr. Gold's home, including the chipped cup that he values so much, his only item from his previous "lover" Belle. ("Skin Deep")
  • Got Mr. Gold to kill Kathryn and frame Mary Margaret, as she would have to be taken out of town for her incarceration; due to bad things happening to people who try to leave town, she hoped that she would die in a car crash as a result. Though she wanted Gold to kill Kathryn, he actually decided to kidnap her instead, as murder is taken much more seriously in the Land Without Magic than their world.
  • Tries to put Emma under the Sleeping Curse using the same apple she used on Snow White. However, Henry ingests it instead. ("An Apple Red as Blood")

Season 2

  • Lying about the Enchanted Forest's fate after the curse.
  • Goes down to Maleficent's cave prison in search of the Trigger, which could destroy Storybrooke and kill everyone not born in the Land Without Magic. She intended to escape by using a magic bean, taking Henry with her. ("The Evil Queen")
  • Assisted her mother Cora in killing Snow's former maid, Johanna. ("The Queen Is Dead")

Season 4

  • Tried to kill "Marian" ("A Tale of Two Sisters")


  • Regina started Season 2 out as an anti-hero, became the secondary antagonist for a brief time when she become Cora's helper, and then returned to an anti-hero when the new antagonists arose. It is also notable that she shared the role of the secondary antagonist with Captain Hook.