Someone bribed Disney into making a show about their characters in a twisted and demented way that kind of made sense for two seasons and then got weird.
Sadly the show is pretty much known for queerbaiting. There’s sexual tension between Emma Swan and Regina Mills that is incredibly powerful, but it’s clear they’ll never go anywhere. Meanwhile, the show kept promising to throw a queer bone and the best they came up with was Mulan who had a crush on Aurora.
It’s was worst drunken princess mashup ever. The worst part is Mulan has never actually said a thing about it, it’s all implied.
Finally they gave the ship “Ruby Slippers” – Little Red Riding Hood (Ruby) and Dorothy Gale. Yes. Of the Silver Slippers fame. They’re silver in the book, just go with it.
When they kissed, a rainbow broke out. I don’t even know.
Not long after that, the show was rebooted (seriously do not ask me to explain this) and Robin Hood’s daughter hooked up with Alice. Yes as of In-Wonderland Alice. And Robin Hood as in Merry-Men. That turned out to be the death note for this show, and it ended in 2018.
Queer Plotline Timeline
While the show teases that Mulan is gay (to the point that everyone is sure she is, and is in love with Aurora), it’s not until season 5 that we discover it’s Ruby and Dorothy who are in love.
In season 7, they did a soft-reboot of everything with a new curse and new identities. In that season, it was broadly hinted that there would be an LGBT character. This time they got down to it as the midseason finale.
Notable Queer-Centric Episodes
- Season 5, Episode 18 – “Ruby Slippers” – Yeah, you can guess what happens here.
- Season 7, Episode 10 “The Eight Witch” – Robin and Alice are revealed to be each other’s true love.