Enchanted Forest Location
Forbidden Fortress
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First appearance

The Thing You Love Most

Latest appearance

Forget Me Not

"There's a place that sits on top of the Forbidden Mountain. Maleficent's castle."

Will Scarlet to Robin Hood[src]

The Forbidden Fortress is an Enchanted Forest location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It first appears in the second episode of the first season of Once Upon a Time.


Before the CurseEdit

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Will begins his search. ("Forget Me Not")

After hearing about the Looking Glass that Maleficent keeps in her castle, Will Scarlet joins the Merry Men in hopes of breaking into the Forbidden Fortress to steal the mirror. Later, in the fairytale land that was, Will, Robin Hood, Little John, Friar Tuck and other Merry Men are walking through the empty main hall of Maleficent's Forbidden Fortress. Robin warns his men that Maleficent traffics in the darkest of magic and repeats not to touch anything but the gold. Will explains that the gold is hidden behind a wall panel so tells them to search for one cut a bit smaller than the rest. The men then split up and begin there search. A short while later, Will is alone down a corridor as he looks around. He looks into a jar filled with eyes and is shocked when one looks at him. He then turns his attention to a cabinet which he then opens and begins to look around. His attention is suddenly caught by a small mirror in the cabinet. He looks into it and then grabs it. He then proceeds to stare into the mirror. The Merry Men leave the Fortress, however, Maleficent discovers what Will stole from her and she sends the Merry Men a message, telling them to return it. Will doesn't listen, and he and his true love, Anastasia escape to Wonderland. ("Forget Me Not")

The beast is unleashed. ("A Land Without Magic")

Some time after, Prince Charming makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin in order to retrieve his mother's ring. He must conceal a bottle of true love encased in a protective egg inside a great beast. Maleficent enjoys a quiet moment in her home when Prince Charming suddenly appears with his sword to Maleficent's throat. Maleficent thrusts Charming back with a magical blast and reveals that she is “the beast.” She then magically blows out all of the candles in the room. Shrouded in darkness, Charming tells the witch to show herself, and slowly she reveals herself as a monstrous, fire-breathing dragon. A battle ensues, with Prince Charming finally forcing the egg down Maleficent's throat. His work done, Charming leaps through a stained glass window, diving into the waters far below. ("A Land Without Magic")

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Regina wants the curse back. ("The Thing You Love Most")

Frustrated, Queen Regina goes to Maleficent to get the Dark Curse back. Maleficent says they made a deal and the curse belongs to her now. She keeps the curse held in the orb of her staff, and when she refuses to willingly hand it over, Regina challenges her. They have a magic spar, and just as the Queen readies many enchanted weapons to throw at her pet unicorn, Maleficent jumps in front to intervene and is tied up with the metal of the chandelier, and is thrown against the wall. She believes she will be killed, but the Evil Queen states she would never do that since Maleficent is her only friend. Free to get the curse from the orb of Maleficent's staff, the Evil Queen is warned of the curse's dangers, and how it would leave a void in her, but she takes this all in stride and leaves. ("The Thing You Love Most")


  • The Forbidden Fortress resembles the one in Disney's Sleeping Beauty, where her domain is called the Forbidden Mountain.


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