'Once Upon a Time' Season 3: Which New Villain Is Coming?
'Once Upon a Time' Season 3: Which New Villain Is Coming?
Linda Martindale
Linda Martindale
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Once Upon a Time, without a good villain, would be a boring place. Rumple/Gold is a character we love to hate. But since it was announced he was Henry's grandfather and he has fell in love with Belle he's no longer the foe we've come to know. 

Regina has also been mellowing over this past season. As Henry's adopted mom, she's part of the Charming clan now. The executives of Once Upon a Time have stated that they always meant for this show to revolve around Snow White and her Prince.

So, if these two are living in peace (at least for now), Once Upon a Time needs a new villain. This person needs to be someone who audiences can see as a foe to the core family of the show. Maleficent of Sleeping Beauty has been defeated (twice) so who can it be? 

We have learned that a new villain has been cast and may appear during the season 3 mid-season finale. Rebecca Mader has played villains before but which character does she best suit. The executives gave EOnline some clues: 

  • She will be one of the best villains of fairy tales of all time.
  • She will have a history with Regina.
  • She will have her own theme music!

While we've debated this at work and in endless lunches since Sunday, there is no clear cut decision on who Mader will play. Here are the top four choices and the reason why they fit the bill. Are they correct? For that we'll have to wait and see.

Cruella De Vil, 101 Dalmatians

The first choice, Cruella, has been circulating on Facebook, Twitter and the web. While Cruella is definitely a possibility since we've turned our attention to British literature, she doesn't quite seem to be a match for Regina because of a lack of magic. Of course, Regina could lose her magic in the mid-season finale but let's face it! Regina without magic would be boring. Regina's magic gives her the added touch of menace that Parrilla can pull off so well. And, as of yet, there are no dogs (except Pongo) for Cruella to chase for a coat in either the Enchanted Forest or Storybrooke. While a good villain, she's not a history making type and already has her own theme music.

Ursula, The Little Mermaid

Ursula, from The Little Mermaid is another obvious choice. The character has already been established in the Once Upon a Time realm with a history existing between Regina and Ursula. The threat Ursula made regarding Ariel was very real and it did scare Regina. Regina has already violated the restriction Ursula put down by granting Ariel her legs and maybe a happy ever after on shore. It would seem logical that Ursula would feel the need to have a heart to heart with Regina. And if Regina could grant Ariel legs, I'm sure Ursula could have them too. Is she one of the best villains of all time? Truthfully, I don't even remember her in the original story so I would answer that question with a big no. But she is memorable.

The Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard of Oz

One that readily came to my mind (and a few others) is as the Wicked Witch of the West. I admit that I've heard rumors during the summer from San Diego's Comic-Con that Once Upon a Time would love to visit Oz, but I was under the impression that it would be at least a year away.

The Wicked Witch of the West has scared children for years. I even hated the movie when I was young. So, the character is memorable. Does she have a history with Regina? It's not readily visible and while we have seen no connection with Oz, we didn't see it with Wonderland either until Regina sent her mother there. That's not a big issue where the writers are concerned? Yet, she's already has her own theme music so would new music confuse the issue or would Once Upon a Time develop their theme around that? Also, I would hate to see Mader in green face paint.


My personal favorite, Medusa, seems to be the wild card. Medusa actually appeared in the opening credits last week's "The New Neverland," as a small character in the lower left hand of the title card for the program.

While Medusa appeared to be turned to stone and defeated last week, do we really know how the curse affected her? We do know she was in the Enchanted Forest realm. She's a known villain from classical Greek/Roman mythology and appeared in numerous television sci-fi programs. Why couldn't she appear as a normal person who suddenly has mystifying eyes and snakes for hair? We know that Snow knew of her existence. Since Regina could appear in the shield Snow used to defeat Medusa, Regina has knowledge of Medusa also. Plus I can easily see Mader making the character both sexy and diabolical to the point that she would be a worthy foe for Regina (if she manages to keep her powers).

So, of the four of these, which makes the most sense? I can see Mader as any of the them but am strongly hoping for Medusa. Do you have other suggestions?

The Once Upon a Time mid-season finale, "Going Home," airs Sunday December 15 at 8pm

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