Emma is the realist to her son’s idealism. She thinks it’s absurd that he believes everyone in his town has a connection to a fairy tale realm and has been thrust into Storybrook beneath a curse, but she is also unwilling to stand by and not take an interest in his theory. So she comes to town intent on leaving him there, becomes a bit suspicious of Regina’s behavior, and decides to stick around and keep an eye on them. The more questions she asks, the more she remains skeptical, but also the more drawn into everything she becomes. She notices the actual physical changes to the town and its citizens after her arrival. She becomes a police officer in order to have a reason to stick around (previously, she earned a living as a bounty hunter who tracked down people who skipped out on their bail terms). Emma often makes a mistake by judging situations and people based on their appearances; she will reach the wrong conclusion about someone’s motives or believe what the evidence suggests, such as when she confronts Regina in public over embezzling city funds to build herself a second home only to discover Regina purchased the land to build a safe place for Storybrook’s children to play. Emma fails to realize for a long time that Regina has planted the journalist who is helping her expose Regina’s corruption, and doesn’t understand how Regina knows things until she finds a bug in her office (after she throws a vase in a rage). When Henry winds up trapped in the bottom of a collapsed mill, Emma volunteers to climb down the shaft and get him, because as she points out, Regina is emotional about it and has experience in doing dangerous things. She trusts what her body can do, but also what her instincts tell her; Emma translates this into “knowing when people are lying,” but it’s really her unconscious intuition telling her when there’s a problem. She is objective in her analysis of Mary Margaret’s affections for a married man, pointing out the problems in feeling that way and suggesting she start breaking the cycle by not running out to the café to watch him order coffee each morning (“So you are his stalker?”). It’s only when visible proof starts to confirm the fantastical that Emma believes she is the “chosen one” who will break the curse.

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Emma distrusts and questions everyone and everything, but also makes sure she needs no one else. Her being left “at the side of a road” as a child has made her distrustful of other people and unwilling to be emotionally vulnerable with them. Though she treats all of Henry’s wild stories with skepticism, she also is worried about his welfare and sticks around town just to make sure he is “safe” with his adopted mother. The more Regina tries to put her off, the more Emma doesn’t like or trust her and finds ways to prove that she cannot be intimidated. She will submit to her authority up to a point, but also push back against it as Sheriff in her refusal to leave town or adopt blind obedience. Though rational and objective, Emma also has a warm side to her personality. She easily gets people to like her, especially Mary Margaret. And she cares about their welfare, such as when she wants to help Hansel and Gretel find and reunite with their father.