Case Studies in the Art of Prince Charming: H

HENRY MILLS

Don't worry. Gramps will make the list, too.

Don’t worry. Gramps will make the list, too.

I do have to insert a quick disclaimer. I’m only at episode four of the second season now. I asked a few friends if Henry did anything stupid later in the season, anything that would make him not Prince Charming-like. I got mixed answers.

But he’s adorable and Prince Charming’s grandson so whatever, let’s do this!

Series/Book/Movie: Once Upon a Time

Who He Loves: His family.

“No matter what you do, Snow White will have her happy ending. She and Prince Charming will be together. The curse will end. Good will win. And I’m not transferring classes.”

Henry is the cute, doe-eyed, precocious catalyst to pretty much everything that happens in Storybrooke, Maine. I spend most episodes flipping between admiration for how gutsy this kid is and sitting upon pins and needles because, really, can he just stop making trouble already? It doesn’t matter what the danger is. If you tell Henry to just, for pete’s sake, “stay home while the mine is dangerous/I look for Regina/we figure out who murdered so-and-so/I come up with a strategy/the world freaking ENDS,” you’re pretty much guaranteeing that he’s going to try to get himself killed.

You think your job’s hard? Try being Jiminy Cricket for ten minutes, knowing that Henry partially your responsibility. Do crickets get stress ulcers? I bet they do.

But here’s the thing. If true love is unwavering faith, Henry’s got the market cornered. He believes with his whole heart that good will win. When he says otherwise, you know he doesn’t mean it. The amount of faith that he has in Emma is staggering. The caring and love that he feels for all the displaced fairy tale characters is overwhelming. If not for him, Emma probably would have let her 28th birthday come and go, with no reason to go and rescue the people of Storybrooke. They would have been trapped forever. So in a way, if you really think about it, the real hero of the story is little Henry Mills.

And that makes him an adorable mini-knight in shining armor.

xo – Meli

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6 thoughts on “Case Studies in the Art of Prince Charming: H

  1. Absolutely! My wife and I are hooked on this show, and Henry always does what he thinks is right (though unfortunately, this causes others to take advantage of him)…great post!

    • Thank you! Henry is one little bundle of resolve and devotion. If only most grown-ups could be that dedicated to what they want, eh?

      OUAT is so full of wonderful examples of male heroic leads done right. I just started watching it about two weeks ago and have been marathoning the series between a ridiculously high volume of blog posts. It’s been fun.

  2. Ohhh I haven’t started OUAT yet, but this post definitely makes me want to jump in. Henry sounds absolutely gorgeous – I love it when kids are seriously explored in a show/film in a way that makes them more than just a plot device. Imagine when he grows up! Look out! :D

    • I must encourage you to immediately get to Netflix and start this journey. I’ve got friends who don’t really care for him too much, mostly because he really is that precocious kid character, but he’s got so much heart. He’s not a plot device – he’s pretty much the whole enchilada. It’s refreshing.

      Thanks for the visit!!

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