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Marilyn Manson Joins the Cast of Once Upon a Time. Really.

I did a little bit of a head tilt when I read that rocker Marilyn Manson will be popping up in season three of Once Upon a Time, but after reading who he’s playing… yeah, I see it. I definitely see it.

Manson will provide the vocal stylings of Shadow, “a character whose voice will give life to the very essence of Neverland,” according to Rolling Stone. Shadow was first introduced in the Peter Pan-themed episode of Once‘s second season and has so far popped up as one of the primary antagonists of the third season, which sees Our Heroes cavorting around Neverland.

In true Once fashion there are some differences between Shadow and the way he was envisioned in the Disney movie he was pulled from. (Yes, yes, I know the Disney movie’s not the original source. But Once pulls from the Mouse House. Let’s keep going.) In Peter Pan the Shadow is mischievous and a bit of a jerk but all in all is, like Peter, a good person. Well, shadow. But in the show Peter a big bad and the Shadow’s an evil monster who likes to steal souls.

Say showrunners Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz:

“We’ve always been enormous fans of Marilyn Manson. We wanted to cast someone with the vocal ability to make our skin crawl.”

It seems a weird career move for Manson, but hey, he’s a smart dude and can do whatever the heck he wants. As for me, I might have to catch up on Once‘s first season in time to hear the Shadow speak. I heard Aurora/Mulan—or at least Mulan’s love of Aurora—is canon now? What have I been missing?!

(via: Rolling Stone, picture by Daigo Oliva)

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  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    A. This is awesome. So very, very awesome.
    B. Totally canon. And it’s spectacular.

  • Emily Neenan

    So…. if Shadow is a real character, with a separate consciousness from Peter Pan, does that mean Rumple’s shadow is too? Is everyone’s? Do they become “people” when they’re separated? How does this work?!

  • Adam Cross

    this is great, though I was looking forward to him having a physical presence on screen but a vocal one is ok i guess :P

  • Laura Truxillo

    Maybe it’s more like Dr. Facilier’s? Or Nicodemus from Dresden Files? He’s a bad guy–sometimes their shadows are evil too.

  • Adam Cross

    and they all come together for shadow parties when we’re all busy sleeping

  • Anonymous

    Agree. First time in ages that I feel compelled to watch this show!

  • Anonymous

    God, no. “Skin crawl” is a good way of putting it. Hoping they keep his presence to a minimum. Or better yet, rethink the whole idea. Like the idea of seperate shadow personalities, though.

  • Anonymous

    If you go out to Neverland today,
    you better go in disguise,
    If you go out to Neverland today,
    you’ll be in for a big surprise,
    for beneath the trees,
    where nobody sees,
    they’ll terrorize as much as they please,
    because that’s the way,
    the shadows have their pic-nic.

  • Anonymous

    Ooh, forgot all about Nicodemus. That would be an interesting cue to follow.

  • kevin

    just as Nancy replied I’m shocked that anybody can earn $6331 in 4 weeks on the internet. try this out


  • David

    I recognize that Once is not a Fables knock-off, which is why I’m so amused that this season revolves around a rejected storyline Willingham had.

  • Anonymous


    I’ve always felt the Teddy Bear’s Picnic was creepy as F***

  • Anonymous

    Mulan/Aurora? WHY AM I MISSING THIS????

  • Teri Beige

    He’s a perfect addition to the cast!

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  • Marian Librarian

    I wouldn’t get too excited, they will probably do more with it later but for now it’s just been alluded to and immediately squashed.

  • brightmushroom

    OH yes my lovely Mulan/Aurora ship that was mercilessly sunk as soon as it sailed and now floats the seven seas as a ghost ship – a horror story to all other femslash OTPs.