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Chief Bromden is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He is portrayed by Peter Marcin.



During the first Dark Curse, Chief becomes a patient in the secret underground asylum ward beneath Storybrooke General Hospital.

Season 1

Regina pays no attention to Chief, who silently watches her while mopping the floor. He is also present when Jefferson frees Belle from her cell.

Season 4

Chief witnesses the imprisonment of Regina's half-sister Zelena.

Season 5

Despite appearing to be mute, Chief speaks with Zelena and gossips with her about how Emma Swan ripped out Violet's heart.

Season 6

Chief is present when Regina goes to the asylum ward to confront Mr. Hyde and Isaac.


  • None known (family)

Status: Alive


  • He appears to be based on Chief Bromden from the story One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
  • Despite being a patient, Chief is not confined to a cell, instead he just sweeps the floors. This suggests that he works of Nurse Ratched or he is not considered as dangerous as other patients.


  • S1, E12: "Skin Deep"
  • S1, E22: "A Land Without Magic"

  • S4, E20: "Mother"

  • S5, E01: "The Dark Swan"
  • S5, E10: "Broken Heart"

  • S6, E03: "The Other Shoe"
  • S6, E16: "Mother's Little Helper"

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