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. Under the Black Fairy's curse, Chief continues mopping at the mental hospital that Emma is confined to.


  • 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"
  • S6, E21: "The Final Battle, Part One"