My favorite characters so far is the obvious choice of Snow White and Prince Charming.
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I gotta go with Archie Hopper (Jiminy Cricket). He may not be the most major of characters but he's ot a great arc. I really enjoyed his backstory.
I'm hoping more major characters are introduced in the future though. There are so many storybook characters yet only seven characters are really focused on (two of which don't have fairytale counterparts).
I adore Robert Carlyle! Mr. Gold is more fun than Rumplestiltskin, because you don't know how much he knows, plus I love shops like his anyway. Rumplestiltskin is fey in the sense of crazy as the series opens, and I wondered if he had "the sight" (foreknowledge of the future- frequently prophets go nuts).
Second is the Evil Queen, actually- the protagonists couldn't get far without a fabulous villain. Lana Parilla has to walk a fine line to avoid bathos, hubris, and parody- thank you writers for helping her manage the task!
The ABC site was asking who's more dangerous- Regina or Mr. Gold- I ask only "To whom?" There's a LOT of backstory to cover...
Mr. Gold/ Rumpelstiltskin takes it for me He's the most interesting, intriguing, mysterious character. I'm drawn to him whenever he is on screen. I do also love Archie, though. He has a heart of gold
I've got two Ruby and Graham, I miss him...and back before he, y'know, I was kinda hoping he would be involved in the Red Riding Hood story, because I always saw more chemistry between him and Ruby than I did between him and Emma, even though they didn't have many scenes together.
My Gold. I like the actor from some of his past work, and his role in Storybrooke as Mr Gold is usually VERY solid. However I think he lays it on a bit thick in fairytale land. I guess it's kind ofnecessary... still his laugh and such are a bit much.
For a while I would have said Regina. After the pilot and maybe the 2nd episode the actress was doing a fantastic job as the mayor and evil queen.
But then they kind of stopped using the actress for anything more than a few random scenes.
Only recently did they start going again.
Snow / Mary Margaret is definitely up there. Between her strong portrayal in the woods, her EPIC scene where she tries to smash the bird, and her kind-hearted depiction in Storybrooke... I like the actress and character.
The stranger / writer / etc is interesting for the moment, but only because he's so mysterious