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You were never after the bottles... you were after the people inside them.

Amara is a minor supporting character on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. She was a powerful sorceress living in Agrabah, who took Jafar under her wing when he was a young man and taught him the arts of dark magic. As he grew into an adult, he and Amara developed a sexual relationship, as they went about fulfilling a plan of theirs: collecting three genies bottles to forever change the laws of magic. However, Jafar's feelings for Amara were feigned, and he eventually turned on her, giving her a potion that stripped her of her magical essence, which became his to use, and turned her into a serpent, which he then transformed into his staff.


Before the Curse

Congratulations, Amara... you are reborn.
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Amara begs Nyx to spare her sons. ("Dirty Little Secrets")

One day, Cyrus and his two brothers are gambling in a bar. Cyrus wins the game. That night, the three brothers arrive home and see the card player and his friend riding away from their house. A fire spreads through the building and they run to help their mother. The brothers bring a healer for their dying mother. While they wait, the three brothers decide yo go to the Well of Wonders to find a cure for their mother. At the Well, the guardian Nyx knows of their mother and how she has been harmed, and says that her waters can only heal those whose destinies have not yet been written. The Guardian says that their mother will die. Cyrus asks why she must die for a mistake his made, but Nyx simply tells him to return the water or pay the price, and then retreats into the well. Despite that, the brothers decide to take the water. Cyrus and his brothers return to their home and give their mother the water. She finally recovers and the healer removes the bandages. Their mother's face has healed and the healer tells Amara that her sons have healed her. Amara thanks her three brave sons and they explain that she was badly burned. As they talk, the healer gathers the water skin, spilling some of the water in the process. Rafi says that magic saved her and Cyrus says that they didn't have a choice. When Amara realizes that they took the water from the Well, she says that they must leave immediately because Nyx is coming for them. Nyx materializes out of the water spilled on the floor and Amara begs he for mercy. The Guardian ignores her and tells them that they let their desires override their fate. She curses them to serve the desires of others and traps them in three lamps on a nearby table, and the lamps disappear. ("Dirty Little Secrets")

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Amara sheds her skin. ("The Serpent")

One day, in the market of Agrabah, everyone runs in terror or cows in the corners. Jafar is the only one who looks out as Amara enters the market and conjures a coin to pay for her food. Jafar stares at the woman. She looks back for a moment and then goes on her way. That night, Jafar goes to Amara's cottage. She demands to know why he's there and Jafar asks her to teach him dark magic so that people will fear him as they fear her. Amara refuses, warning that magic isn't for fighting off bullies. Jafar says that he wants revenge his father. Amara congratulates him on his honesty that they will see what he can do. Years later, Amara is studying a tome of spells but says that Jafar is not ready yet. The sorcerer says that they can study the masking spell now that they have a human liver. When Jafar wonders how they will obtain it, Amara tells him that the wine, given by Jafar to Akil, has poison. As Akil starts choking, Amara gives Jafar the antidote but warns that if he gives it to Akil then he can't learn the spell. Amara tells him that she must show him that he can do whatever it takes for power. After a moment, Jafar sets the antidote down and Amara congratulates him and kisses him. That night, Amara finally shows Jafar the book and tells him that it contains everything known about a spell that can only be cast by the three genies. Amara believes that with Jafar's help she will have the power to cast the spell and change the laws of magic. Finally, the two lovers find the second bottle, and that night, Jafar offers Amara a drink and tells her that he's heard a rumor that the third genie bottle is in Agrabah. Amara starts to feel weak and Jafar tells her that he has given her a potion to steal her magical essence.The sorceress warns that no one person can cast the spell alone, but Jafar says that he will have her and her magic. He then transforms her into a serpent and picks her up, and she solidifies into a snake staff. From that day, Jafar usually carries his staff with him, evoking its magic to perform all sorts of spells when necessary. ("The Serpent")

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Jafar threatens his family. ("Bad Blood")

Jafar enters the palace, using his magic to cast away anyone in his path. He confronts the Sultan — now an old man — and tells him to look in his face and remember who he is. Jafar says that his anger kept him alive and calls him father, and the Sultan insists that he isn't his father. An adult Mirza comes in and Jafar holds a knife to the Sultan's throat. The sorcerer say that they can fight him, both of them without magic, and Jafar will spare their father's life if Mirza wins. Mirza runs and Jafar kills him with magic, and tells the Sultan that he would have died for him. When the Sultan wonders what he wants, Jafar tells him to call him "Son." The old man refuses and Jafar tells him that he will... someday. ("Bad Blood")

Jafar pays Aladdin a visit. ("The Savior")

A messenger visits a weakened Aladdin, who has taken refuge in a desert hideout after becoming a Savior and developing hand tremors, for help, but Jafar arrives with his serpent staff and kills him. Jafar knocks Aladdin's carer unconscious and goes on to confront Aladdin, taunting him in his weak state. Aladdin asks Jafar to kill him and get it over with, but he refuses, leaving the savior in his current pain. The sorcerer recalls how they met and how this left him with the impression of Aladdin's honor, which he now finds ironic considering his current role requires him to be continuously selfless, to the point of exhaustion. Aladdin remains silent, so Jafar reminds him of the inevitable outcome for all saviors, in that they never end up with happy endings. Jafar exits the shack, snidely telling Aladdin to "take care" on his way out. Aladdin's hand tremor begins shaking even more violently. ("The Savior")

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Jafar searches for a genie. ("Trust Me")

Some time later, Jafar visits a merchant, having noticed all the good fortune that has come his way recently, such as that he earns very little income but his home is very well acquainted, that he has a garden of fresh vegetables out back and two camels outside where most men in the market place can barely afford either. The merchant tries to argue that he has merely been very fortunate and Jafar comments that he has everything a man could possibly wish for, suggesting that he has perhaps met someone who can grant them. Pretending that his good fortune merely comes from family investments, the merchant makes his way into a back room, telling Jafar that he wants to turn off his stove, when in actuality he wishes to alert his genie, Cyrus, that the man with the serpent staff is there, referring to Jafar. Cyrus, worried, tells the man to leave, but instead, the merchant wishes for Cyrus to be gone; to be as far away as possible. Jafar bursts into the backroom, outraged that he was unable to steel Cyrus, and the genie's bottle is meanwhile transported to Wonderland with him in it, resting in the foot of the hedges of the maze. ("Trust Me")

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Jafar catches Cyrus. ("Down the Rabbit Hole")

A young girl by the name of Alice is led to Wonderland by the powerful White Rabbit, and when she finally comes home after her adventures in that wondrous place, her father is surprised to find her back, alive and well, as he thought she'd died, claiming she'd been gone a long time. Alice's stories about Wonderland fail to be bought by the people around her, and a psych professional even claims that she's lying and perhaps unstable. Alice, determined to prove the truth, returns to Wonderland as a young woman to bring evidence of her stay there, and meets a genie by the name of Cyrus, who grants her three wishes. Alice and Cyrus share many adventures in Wonderland and fall in love, eventually leading to him proposing to her. However, their proposal is cut short when the villainous Red Queen - who is in cahoots with the equally nefarious Jafar - shows up and throws Cyrus into the Boiling Sea. Alice believes he's fallen to his death, but in truth he lands on Jafar's magic carpet, all part of a plan he and the Queen came up with. Jafar then traps Cyrus in a giant cage in his palace, up in the clouds that soar over Wonderland. ("Down the Rabbit Hole")

After the Curse

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

If my mother's in there, the water rests with her.
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Jafar deems the Red Queen useless. ("Down the Rabbit Hole")

After Alice and the Knave of Hearts return to Wonderland, having been brought there by the White Rabbit - whom, unbeknownst to them, is working under the direction of the scheming Red Queen -, with the pretext of rescuing Cyrus the genie, Jafar, who had an agreement with the Red Queen, shows up on one of her palace's balconies and she informs him that Alice is back and looking for her genie, which she implies is what they wanted. Jafar moves closer and tells her that what they want can't be accomplished without the genie's bottle, and Alice's made all her wishes. He tells her not to be so pleased with herself, and she scolds him for talking down to the Queen. He tells her power is fleeting, which she takes as a threat, but he makes it clear that he's not just threatening her... he's ready to dispose of her. Jafar starts to choke the Queen through magic, but she is able to murmur that he doesn't know where Alice is. He releases her, and the bitter Queen reminds him that he's in her turf now, and if he wants her help, their deal remains. The Queen promises to get him his wishes, and he asks what she wants in return, to which she responds, "All in due time." She then tells him to get back on his carpet and let her deal with Alice. He tells her he hopes she does, for her sake, and then his carpet appears and he steps on it and flies away. Later, Jafar goes to pay a little visit to Cyrus, whom he's got locked up in a giant cage in his palace in the clouds over Wonderland. ("Down the Rabbit Hole")

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The Red Queen has a meeting with Jafar. ("Trust Me")

When the villagers of Wonderland reunite at the Red Queen's palace to discuss their woes with her, they are frozen by Jafar's magic, for the dark wizard wishes to discuss his plans with his partner-in-crime. The Queen has agreed to find Cyrus' bottle for him, in exchange for getting her unholy desires fulfilled. She asks Jafar if he can truly change the laws of magic using the bottle's power, to make the impossible possible, and the villain confirms this. Later, Jafar realizes that the Queen knows where the bottle is hidden. She tries to maintain some leverage by imposing that Jafar proves that he can do what he claims he can do before she tells him where the bottle is, but the wizard isn't having any of this. He freezes the Queen and lets her know they are not partners and he doesn't owe her anything; he's given her his word, and that's more than most ever receive. The Queen, looking intimidated, finally tells him where the bottle is: Mimsy Meadows. Jafar flies there on his magic carpet, hoping to find it, and his presence is witnessed by Alice and Will. It turns out that Alice kept telling everyone it was there so that she could know who she was up against. Unable to find anything, Jafar demands that Cyrus tell him where the bottle is, and the Queen shows up and tells him she has it, finally gaining the leverage she wanted. ("Trust Me")

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Jafar questions the Caterpillar. ("Forget Me Not")

Cyrus is woken up to witness as the Red Queen and Jafar have dinner before him. Jafar shows him the message he sent to Alice, where she wrote back that she's coming for him. The two villains decide to send a horrid creature after Alice, hoping to scare her and force her to waste away one wish. As the Queen skims through a book of Wonderland's most terrifying inhabitants and suggests them one by one, Jafar admires the look on the genie's face each time she brings up a name. When the Queen suggests the Bandersnatch, Cyrus looks particularly worried, and Jafar picks up on this. It's settled then, the two partners decide to send a Bandersnatch after the young girl. On their way, Jafar stops to compliment the Queen, starting to acknowledge that there is more to her than her exquisite exterior. The Bandersnatch attacks Alice and Will at the Grendel's house, but Alice, having learned about such beasts because of Cyrus, is able to overpower it and have it killed. When the female Bandersnatch dies as well (for they mate for life), the Queen believes Alice must have made her wish already. However, Jafar claims that he would have known about it, and is livid once he realizes they were tricked by Cyrus. Later, the two villains visit the Grendel and ask him what happened. He says - hoping to be reunited with his deceased wife in the process - that he was saved from the beast by a man and a woman. Jafar asks him who the man was, wanting to know who's helping Alice, and Grendel recounts that Alice called him "Knave" (a name that triggers a reaction from the Queen). He then asks if he can be reunited with his wife, and Jafar confirms this... right before he jams the bottom of his staff into the Grendel's chest and kills him. ("Forget Me Not")

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Jafar has a chat with the Red Queen. ("The Serpent")

Jafar confronts the Red Queen about having brought Will to Wonderland to aid Alice without having informed him. When she tells him that the Knave of Hearts was simply a means to an end and that his purpose is now fulfilled, Jafar tells her to remove him from the playfield. Later, Tweedledee, who, unbeknownst to the Queen, is in cahoots with Jafar, informs the dark wizard that the Queen has indeed captured and locked up the Knave. Jafar meets with her and orders that Will be executed in public, to show everyone the price for helping Alice in Wonderland. The execution is set up, and the two villains are told that Alice is in the crowd, but Jafar keeps the Queen's minions from doing anything about that, showing interest in seeing what Alice is willing to do to help a friend. Indeed, Alice is able to rescue Will, and they make a run for it in the maze gardens, but Jafar shows up and intercepts them. He chokes Will through magic to try and get Alice to make a wish, and she does just this... and wishes that, if the Knave dies, so does she. Needing Alice alive in order to waste through all her wishes, Jafar lets go of the Knave and tries to torture her into making another one. However, Alice's love for Cyrus is far too strong, so she doesn't cave. Jafar lets her go, but promises to continue exploiting her weakness: her heart. Before he leaves, he turns Will into a stone statue. ("The Serpent")

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Jafar torments the White Rabbit. ("Heart of Stone")

Tweedledee captures the White Rabbit and brings it before Jafar, who claims to be intrigued by the magical creature. The dark wizard offers to help the Rabbit with his debt to the Queen, should he provide him with help instead with a little problem of his own: Alice. After all, the Rabbit has known Alice for long now. Jafar grills the Rabbit, hoping to know more about his enemy and who else in Wonderland she cares about, enough that she might wish for their survival, but the Rabbit stalls him, until the villain cuts off one of his paws with the use of his staff. He then gives the Rabbit one minute to come clean, and he says there's someone else Alice cares about, but they're not in Wonderland. Jafar is intrigued. He then reattaches the foot, and says that the Rabbit's help was actually valuable. He then shows interest in making a trip, but the Rabbit makes a run for it, trying to escape the villain. However, he runs into an escaped Cyrus, and, hoping to protect his friend, gives up his own attempt to escape and keeps the villain entertained by taking him wherever he wants to go. ("Heart of Stone")

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Jafar saves his father. ("Bad Blood")

Jafar brings Edwin to Wonderland, via the White Rabbit's portal. However, his original plans are changed once he learns that Alice's relationship with her father is strained, so Jafar has Edwin detained in his lair. He stops by the royal castle where he overhears the Red Queen's intent of having both the bottles and the genies. He also learns that Cyrus has escaped, and gets into an argument with the old prisoner over the issue. Once returning to his lair, he takes some of Edwin's blood for a potion to transform into Alice's father. He soon reunites with his "daughter", but she is not too happy to see him. He later talks with Will, wondering how to fix his relationship with Alice. Will suggests Edwin help find Cyrus, the key to Alice's happiness. Later, whilst Alice and Will are busy building a flying basket to get them to Jafar's lair, Jafar in disguise casts a spell to summon a dragon-like creature to attack them. The trio flee, but "Edwin" is nearly caught by the beast until Alice kills it. The father and daughter reconcile at long last, and the trio spend the night eating the slain creature's meat. However, once "Edwin" does not pray before eating, Alice suspects that something is up. Jafar overhears her talking about this with Will, so he finally shows his true identity. Jafar also retrieves the real Edwin, and drops him into the sea, resulting in Alice using her second wish to send him home. Satisfied, Jafar goes back to his lair where he talks with the old prisoner. He releases him from his cage, but the former Sultan still refuses to give Jafar what he wants. Instead, the old prisoner - Jafar's father - attempts suicide by falling into the lair's bottomless pit. However, Jafar prevents his father from dying, using his magic carpet to bring him up to safety. ("Bad Blood")

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Tweedledee brings what Jafar requested. ("Home")

On another assignment, Tweedledee is sent to the Red Queen's castle to procure Cyrus' bottle. However, what the tweedle does not realize is when he gives the box, containing the bottle, to Jafar, his brother, Tweedledum watches. Tweedledum reports to the Red Queen that he saw his brother give Jafar something, so she goes and checks and realizes that the genie bottle is missing. Meanwhile, at Jafar's lair, the powerful sorcerer discovers the bottle to be a fake. He flies to the Red Queen's castle but finds there to be no one there. He looks around and sees a box with his name on it. He opens it up and finds Tweedledee's head, "I think she's on to us," he says. This angers Jafar even more, but he soon collects a strand of hair from the Queen's hairbrush and gets an idea. The sorcerer is next seen flying away on his magic carpet, while using his magic to put the castle on fire. He is later seen back in his lair, making a storm cloud with the Queen's hair. He releases the cloud into the air to track down and kill the Red Queen. He watches with satisfaction as the storm cloud begins to close in on the Anastasia's location. However, Jafar fails to kill the Queen as she reflects the lightning that goes to strike her. Will uses his one wish given to him by Alice to end the latter's suffering, thus getting rid of the storm cloud, freeing Cyrus from being a genie, and turning Will into one himself. ("Home")

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Jafar may have got more than he bargained for. ("Nothing to Fear")

Jafar has taken over the Red Queen's former castle, and plans on starting his own reign on the throne. He argues with the former Sultan of Agrabah, who believes Jafar is not worthy of being the King of Wonderland. Additionally, the former Sultan remarks that he should've finished off Jafar all those years ago and then the world would've been a better place. An angered Jafar orders his guards to send the old prisoner out of the room. The Caterpillar soon arrives, revealing to Jafar that he has been unable to find Cyrus' bottle. Deeming the Caterpillar a failure, Jafar prepares to execute him, however, the Caterpillar shares the knowledge of an ancient creature called the Jabberwocky who may be able to procure what he desires. The Caterpillar is set free, and Jafar consults with Tweedledee about the whereabouts of this Jabberwocky. The tweedle refuses to talk until being given a new body. Once given what he wants, Tweedledee shares the creature's location, but begs for Jafar not to go after the dangerous beast. Jafar does not listen, however, and sets out to find the Jabberwocky. He soon arrives at the creature's prison, and meets this Jabberwocky. The creature agrees to help him in exchange for her own freedom. Jafar pulls out a mystical blade holding the Jabberwocky in place, but when she asks for the weapon, he insists on holding onto it. Displeased by his response, she mocks him about his greatest fear, being drowned by the Sultan. She works her way inside the sorcerer's head, showing him just how powerful she really is. After fully terrorizing him, she exits the prison, leaving a visibly shaken Jafar behind. ("Nothing to Fear")

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Jafar watches the Jabberwocky torment Anastasia. ("Dirty Little Secrets")

Now controlling over the Jabberwocky, Jafar sends the beast on a search for the bottle containing Will. The beast soon discovers the genie's deceased former master, Lizard, and gouges out her eyes and returns them to Jafar, thinking they may be of use to him. Since Lizard died with her eyes open, Jafar is able to cast a spell on the eyes to show him the last thing the girl saw after death, which gives him an image of Anastasia. He then sends the Jabberwocky after the Red Queen, who attempts at hiding the bottle containing Will in the forest and fighting off the beast herself. She fails, however, and is captured and taken back to Jafar at the castle. There, Jafar, has the Jabberwocky work her way inside the Red Queen's head, bringing out her worst fears, reminding her of her troubled past, causing a mental breakdown. Anastasia is manipulated into using her wishes, thus allowing Jafar to claim the bottle for himself. The dark sorcerer then starts preparations to use all three genie bottles to break the laws of magic. ("Dirty Little Secrets")

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Amara protects her son. ("Heart of the Matter")

Jafar attempts to cast his spell with the power of all three genies but is unable to due to something not being right with Will. He frees the Knave from his bottle and the Jabberwocky attempts to read his fears, however, she can't. They decide to pay Anastasia a visit down in the dungeon, thinking she's cast some sort of protection spell on him, but she doesn't know what's wrong with Will. The Jabberwocky soon deduces that Will doesn't have a heart, having learnt this by reading the fears of Alice, who's hiding in the dungeon with Cyrus. The two of them escape to find Will's heart before Jafar does and hide it, whilst Jafar threatens Anastasia's life in exchange for information. Not wanting her to die, Will admits that his heart is hidden in the town of Storybrooke, but Jafar is saved a trip by Alice and Cyrus, who return to Wonderland with the heart and have it stolen from them by the villainous wizard. However, Jafar's staff (Amara), who wants to protect her son, makes it impossible for him to harm the couple, and ends up causing him to flee without it. ("Heart of the Matter")

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Jafar and Amara cast the spell to break the laws of magic. ("To Catch a Thief")

Alice and Cyrus return to the Outlands where they're met by Will, much to the former's delight, however, he brings news of Anastasia's death, revealing that he wants to bring Jafar's staff back to the man himself so that the spell can be completed and the Red Queen can be resurrected when the laws of magic are broken. Alice and Cyrus are heavily against this, knowing that multiple lives will be lost is Jafar wins, but they invite Will along on their trek to the Well of Wonders for old time's sake, where they hope to break the curse of being a genie. Whilst they're sleeping, Will tries to steal the staff, waking Cyrus up. The former genie tries to appeal to the current one's better nature, but he ends up getting punched in the face, losing the staff in the process. Cyrus tracks Will using his mother's Lost and Found, but it is Alice who finds him. She tries to convince the Knave to stop what he's doing, but he refuses, leaving her. However, when she falls into the nearby river, he jumps in and saves her. Cyrus gives Will his thanks, their friendship now patched up, and the three of them continue their trek, bumping into the Jabberwocky on their way. She offers them help in exchange for her freedom, but they refuse, saying that she's be unable to help them resurrect Anastasia. Jabber admits that she can't, but Amara, who's trapped in the staff, can. Amara is soon freed whilst Cyrus is taken "prisoner" by the Jabberwocky, who presents him to Jafar. He is then taken to the room containing his brothers, whilst Jafar faces off with Amara. During the battle, Jafar realizes that Amara is Cyrus' mother, and so forces her to help him complete the spell by stabbing Cyrus in the chest with a shard of the Red Queen's mirror. Cyrus dies and is found by a devastated Alice as the spell is being cast. It is soon complete. ("To Catch a Thief")

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Amara's death causes a splash. ("And They Lived...")

With the laws of magic now broken, Amara rushes to aid her now deceased son, who Alice is already tending to. The sorceress does not resist Jafar as he goes to kill her, but the mad sorcerer is stopped by his father, the former Sultan of Agrabah. With Jafar distracted, Amara and Alice are able to carry Cyrus into the hallway where Amara summons a magic carpet to fly them to the White Rabbit's house where she magically revives her son. Once thanking Alice for protecting Cyrus, Amara suggests defeating Jafar once and for all by returning the magical water to Nyx, guardian of the Well of Wonders, which will undo the genie curse as well as the broken laws of magic. Despite that this will guarantee her own death, Amara is willing to make the sacrifice. Alice still wants to save Anastasia, however, to fulfill her promise to Will, but Amara states that it's not possible now without risking all their lives. Alice splits from Amara and Cyrus to gather soldiers with the White Rabbit so they can regroup and storm the castle together. Arriving at the well, Cyrus is still unwilling to allow his mother die, but she persuades him to let her go. As she approaches Nyx, Jafar murders her. After her death, Cyrus attempts to return the water in his mother's body to the well, but Jafar obliterates it. He meets his end at Nyx's hands; enslaved as a genie, which strips him of his former powers and reverses the laws of magic. Nyx's genie curse is lifted and frees Will, Taj, and Rafi from servitude. From Cyrus, Taj and Rafi are saddened to learn of their mother's sacrifice so the three of them can remain a family. ("And They Lived...")

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