Henry Mills

Henry Mills

    Once Upon a Time
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew up…  as the adopted child of Regina Mills, mayor of Storybrooke. His birth mother gave him up for adoption because she was arrested after his birth father left her.

Living… among fairytale characters who don’t know who they really are because of his adopted mother’s curse. He lives with Regina, aka the Evil Queen, though he’d much prefer to be with his newly returned birth mother, Emma Swan, even if she is skeptical that the curse is real.

Visiting… wherever he wants. Because he was born in the Land Without Magic (specifically, a prison in Arizona), the curse doesn’t apply to him, and he’s able to leave Storybrooke as he pleases. This is how he’s able to run away and find Emma, bringing her back to Storybrooke with him so that she can (hopefully) break the curse.

Profession… elementary school student, and eternal optimist. Once he’s figured out that the town is cursed, Henry has to find a way to convince everyone else – starting with Emma, whose difficult life has hardened her. Without Henry’s persistence and unwavering belief, Emma would never become the Savior she was meant to be.

Interests… fairytales and hot cocoa with cinnamon. His teacher, Mary Margaret, gave him a book of fairytales, and that’s how he realizes that he’s reading about the residents of Storybrooke.

Relationship Status… single. He’s way too young to be thinking about that! Right now his happy ending involves reuniting his family despite the Evil Queen’s curse.

Challenge… spending time with Emma even though Regina doesn’t want him to. Not only does he want to get to know his birth mother, he needs to guide Emma as she navigates the town’s secrets and convince her that she can beak the curse. That’s not easy when the Evil Queen decides to ground him. 

Personality… idealistic; he gets that from his maternal grandparents, Snow White and Prince Charming. (Snow White is also his teacher in Storybrooke, Mary Margaret.) No problem is too difficult to solve in Henry’s eyes, at least not when his mom is on the case. He’s more observant than the adults – particularly Regina – realize, but he’s still innocent and naïve. 


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