This article focuses on the Land Without Color. For a similarly named world, see the Land Without Magic.
Land Without Color
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First appearance: "The Doctor"
Latest appearance: "In the Name of the Brother"
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"This must be quite a land you hail from if you think your abilities are more powerful."
Rumplestiltskin to Victor Frankenstein.[src]

The Land Without Color[1] is a world featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the fifth episode of the second season.


Before First CurseEdit

In the Land Without Color, two brothers, Gerhardt and Victor Frankenstein, celebrate Christmas with their father Alphonse. To each son, he gifts a present. While Gerhardt is bestowed with their mother's watch, Victor is given a commission to become an army physician. Alphonse wishes for Victor to abandon his scientific work and forces his son to do so by refusing to fund his exploits any longer or allow him to conduct experiments in the summer home. Victor angrily storms out, and Gerhardt follows, attempting to console his brother by giving him the watch, which the latter refuses to take. From behind the bushes, Rumplestiltskin, who traveled to the Land Without Color from the Enchanted Forest, watches Victor with interest and later pays the doctor a visit in his lab while he is packing up. Rumplestiltskin will allow him a way to continue scientific experiments if Victor gives him knowledge about how life is restored after death. When Victor accepts, Rumplestiltskin conjures a large pile of gold and then disappears before the doctor can introduce him to his assistant, Igor. Later that night, Victor is digging up a body in the cemetery, which he wants to use in the name of science, when Gerhardt sees him. They are both forced to flee when a graveyard guard fires at them. After seeking safety in a carriage, Victor realizes too late that Gerhardt has been shot, and his brother dies shortly after. He tries to bring him back, but Gerhardt's heart burns to a blackened crisp under the experimental strain. Alphonse walks in and upon noticing the corpse is his eldest son's, he is furious. Victor tries to explain his intentions, but Alphonse angrily proclaims that now he has no sons. ("In the Name of the Brother")

In order to obtain a stronger, more powerful heart to save Gerhardt, Victor follows Rumplestiltskin's request to come to the Enchanted Forest via the Mad Hatter's hat and fake a failed resurrection of a man who a Queen named Regina loves. Once he succeeds in the task as Rumplestiltskin wanted, Victor receives the heart as a reward. When he returns to the Land Without Color, the doctor is greeted by Igor. With the heart he procured from the Enchanted Forest, Victor is now able to revive his brother. In awe, he states that this is not an act of magic, but of science. ("The Doctor")

As Gerhardt is recovering, Victor shows him to Alphonse. After a brief look, his father realizes this shell of Gerhardt, who is moving and reacting strangely, is not his son at all. He once again blames Victor and goes as far as attacking him to the point Gerhardt reacts violently to the commotion by killing their father. Following the outburst, Victor locks Gerhardt in a tower room until coming to the decision he must put his resurrected brother out of his misery. Gerhardt willingly pushes the end of the barrel at his own head, but at the last moment, Victor is unable to pull the trigger and doesn't kill him. ("In the Name of the Brother")


For detailed location information, please see the list of Land Without Color locations.


  • Everything originating in this world appears to be filtered in black-and-white, referencing the original Frankenstein movies. However, when travelling to other realms, such as the Enchanted Forest, Victor Frankenstein gains colors. ("The Doctor")
  • When Rumplestiltskin visits the Land Without Color, he retains his normal coloring.
  • Show writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz stated in an interview that while writing the script they referred to Frankenstein’s world as “a land without color”.[1]
  • Since we see the Frankenstein estate celebrating Christmas and Victor told Gerhardt "(his) cross to bear" when describing his military-metal, it can be assumed that Christianity or something extremely similar is present in this world.
  • Consistent with Christianity's apparent presence, Dr. Frankenstein's commission letter refers to Austria, more specifically Carinthia and its capital Klagenfurt. These facts imply that this world, much like Alice's world, is a variation of the Land Without Magic, albeit somewhat earlier in the timeline.
  • Rumplestiltskin states that there is magic in the Land Without Color, in the form of witchcraft, but it is not nearly as strong as the magic in the Enchanted Forest.
  • It can be assumed that there's a door in the Mad Hatter's hat because Rumplestiltskin sends the Mad Hatter to bring Victor from one land to another.


"Archive" denotes archive footage.