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First appearance:


Portrayed By:

Caroline Ford
Guy Fauchon

Nimue is a minor character on ABC's "Once Upon a Time". She is portrayed by Caroline Ford.

Nimue appeared to be a kind and gentle girl, whose village was ransacked by the evil warlord Vortigan. She and her true love Merlin traveled to create Excalibur, to stop the warlord once and for all. But beneath Nimue's gentle exterior was a vengeful and powerhungry girl. And after she murdered Vortigan, she became the very first Dark One. She was the main antagonist of the first-half of Season 5.


Season 5Edit


A masked Nimue is confronted by a furious Merlin, who is angry at her for becoming the Dark One. Nimue then turns Merlin into a tree.

The Bear and the Bow

Regina, Snow, Hook, and David use Henry to communicate with Merlin. They reach him using magic, but it is a recorded message. Merlin tells them that the only person who can help them now is Nimue.

Broken Heart

Nimue convinces Captain Hook to crush the heart of Merlin, the thing she loves the most, in order to start the Dark Curse. Because she lives is all Dark Ones, when Hook crushes the heart, it means she will, too. They succeed and the Dark Curse is enacted, as Merlin dies.

Later, Hook and the vision of Rumplestiltskin are at the lake, where they open the portal to the Underworld and resurrect Nimue and the other Dark Ones, who intend to snuff out the light.

Swan Song

Nimue is the leader of the Dark One invasion in Storybrooke. Part of their plan is to trade places with someone in the living world and have that person take their place in the Underworld. Nimue marks Henry. When Emma Swan tries to interfere with their plot, Nimue sends Captain Hook to stop her, and makes her way over to Granny's, where Snow, David and Henry are all having dinner. She uses her magic to transport them to the pond where the Underworld portal lays, and she and the other Dark Ones prepare to take their lives. Emma shows up and attempts to stop them, but Nimue begins to magically harm her to stop her from interfering. Upon seeing this, Hook is unable to go through with the plan and uses Excalibur to exhume the Darkness from Nimue and the others and suck them all into the sword.


Season 5


  • Nimue is based on the character of the same name from Arthurian legend.
  • Nimue is one of three main antagonists for Season 5A, along with Emma Swan and King Arthur. She is the final, and arguably true, antagonist, being the one who was manipulating most of the events.
  • It is unclear if Nimue was the person taunting Emma as Rumple and other Dark Ones, though it is implied.
  • Nimue lives inside all Dark Ones.