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Emma Swan
Emma-Swan-promo-ABC
Status Alive
Gender Female
Hair Colour N/A
Eye Color N/A
Species N/A
Family David Nolan/Prince Charming (father)
Mary Margaret Blanchard/Snow White (mother)
Neal Nolan (brother)
Henry Mills (son)
Ruth (paternal grandmother [deceased])
Robert (paternal grandfather [deceased])
Albert Spencer (paternal adoptive grandfather)
Prince James (paternal uncle [deceased])
King Leopold (maternal grandfather [deceased])
Queen Eva (maternal grandmother [deceased])
Brennan Jones (father-in-law [deceased])
Liam Jones (brother-in-law [deceased])
Liam Jones II (half-brother-in-law)
Lucy (granddaughter)
Relationships Killian Jones (husband)
Neal Cassidy (ex-boyfriend, deceased)
Graham Humbert (brief love interest, deceased)
Walsh (ex-boyfriend, deceased)
Origin N/A
Abilities Light Magic
Dark Magic (Season 5)
Lie detection (self-proclaimed)
Aliases Princess Leia
Princess Emma (alternate reality)
First Appearance Pilot
Last Appearance N/A
Portrayer Jennifer Morrison
Abby Ross (teenager)
Mckenna Grace (child)
Centric Episodes Tallahassee
The Heart of the Truest Believer
Going Home
Snow Drifts
There's No Place Like Home
Breaking Glass
Shattered Sight
Lily
The Dark Swan
Dreamcatcher
Birth
Broken Heart
Firebird
The Savior
Wish You Were Here
Tougher Than the Rest
Emma Swan is a fictional character in ABC's television series Once Upon a Time. She is portrayed by Jennifer Morrison, by Abby Ross as a teenager, and Mckenna Grace as a child. Emma first appeared in the series's pilot as a bail bond agent in Boston, Massachusetts until she meets her biological son Henry, whom she gave up for adoption 10 years before, and learns she is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. Henry urges Emma to go to the fictional town of Storybrooke, Maine, to break a curse enacted by the Evil Queen and to restore the fairy tale characters' happy endings.

The daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, an ex-bail bonds collector, and Henry Mills' biological mother. Morrison described her character at the beginning of the first season as "broken, damaged and worldly". During the fourth season finale, "Operation Mongoose", Emma absorbs the power of the Dark One into herself to save Storybrooke. In order to successfully create a dark version of Emma, Morrison explained that "In order to build Dark Emma, I've been doing a bunch of research there with some of their mythology books and old fairy tale books and just looking back through the history of swans and the etymology of 'Swan'" and explained that Emma's rate of evolution "challenged [her] on a daily basis".

Morrison's portrayal of Emma has received praise, with some reviewers noting a feminist twist in the depiction of fairy tales and a strong female lead. She is loosely based on the title character of the fairy tale "The Ugly Duckling", a swan which was lost and raised by ducks, before finding its birth family and recognizing its true nature.

View the Emma Swan Gallery.

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