|The Queens of Darkness|
| Rumplestiltskin |
| Cruella De Vil |
Evil Queen (undercover)
|Heroes and Villains|
| Kristin Bauer van Straten |
The Queens of Darkness is a group featured on ABC's "Once Upon a Time".
The Queens of Darkness are a trio of villainesses assembled by Rumplestiltskin, who used them to secure the Dark Curse. Years later in Storybrooke, Rumple assembles the team again to an insidious scheme to get the villains a happy ending. They are the main antagonists of Season 4.
The Queens of Darkness kidnap Belle and bring her to Demon's bluff, where they demand a ransom from Rumplestiltskin. He shows up and a flock of crows forms into Maleficent. Rumple lifts her up into the air, but she announces that she is not alone. At this point, Ursula wraps her tentacles around Belle and comes out from behind a rock. Cruella De Vil also descends out. Rumple refuses to give them what they want, a magical gauntlet, until Cruella orders Ursula to crush Belle's heart. Ursula begins to do so, until Rumple throws Cruella the gauntlet and they reveal that they plan on getting themselves a happy ending. Maleficent orders Ursula to let Belle go and then transports them out of there.
Later, Rumple confronts the Queens and takes back his Gauntlet. They offer him the chance to join, but he refuses.
- Rumplestiltskin (boss)
- Maleficent (leader; formerly)
- Cruella De Vil (deceased)
- Ursula (formerly)
- Evil Queen (double agent; formerly)
- In the episode known as "Poor Unfortunate Soul", Ursula regained her happy ending and reformed, leaving the Queens of Darkness.
- Zelena and Isaac are allies of the Queens.
- Despite the fact that the Queens of Darkness is a female group of villains, Rumplestiltskin is the leader. Although, technically Maleficent is the leader of the actual group and Rumple is just their boss.
- Leroy referred to them as the "Trio of Terror" in "The Price".
- The trio serves as the main antagonists until "Lily", when Maleficent defects from Rumple's side, Cruella is dead, and Ursula is gone.
- It is noted by fans that Cruella seemed to be the leader of the Queens in "Heroes and Villains", as she was the one who snatched Belle, ordered Ursula to crush Belle, was the last member of the group to be revealed and the one who gave the demands to Rumple.