Dark Realm
General Information
Status : Merged
Ruler : Black Fairy (Formerly)
Appearances Information
First : "Tougher Than the Rest"
Latest : N/A
Mentions Information

The Dark Realm is a world featured on Once Upon a Time.


The Dark Realm is a world in the Land With Magic universe. Unlike the other lands, time works differently here. Time is faster and age manipulation is possible in the land. Babies can be brought to the land where their growth can be accelerated within seconds or minutes. ("Wish You Were Here")

Magic plays a huge role in the Dark Realm as time and age can be manipulated. A baby or child can age up to twenty-eight years old within a day, but the aging process stops if s/he leaves the land. ("Wish You Were Here", "Tougher Than the Rest")


First Curse

When the Blue Fairy banishes the Black Fairy after becoming a dark fairy, she moves to the Dark Realm as her new domain. One day, she is summoned by Rumplestiltskin through an incarnation. Briefly, she leaves the land to seek Rumplestiltskin and returns after finding out it was a ruse. ("Changelings")

Third Curse

The Black Fairy goes to Storybrooke via unknown means after the birth of her grandson, Gideon. She battles the Blue Fairy and successfully defeats her. She takes Gideon to the Dark Realm and locks him away in a cage. Due to the land's time difference, Gideon's growth accelerates rapidly, growing into a young boy. The Black Fairy forces magic on him in order to turn him dark, but Gideon resists it by thinking of his mother. He experiences growth till he reaches twenty-eight years old. Before he further ages, Gideon is magically transported to Storybrooke after David made a wish in Storybrooke. ("Changelings", "Wish You Were Here", "Tougher Than the Rest")


  • The Dark Realm is a place of immense dark power where time runs differently and nothing makes sense. ("Wish You Were Here")
  • Due to the difference in time, growth can be accelerated in a day up to twenty-eight years. ("Tougher Than the Rest")

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