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- A&E – the showrunners, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.
- ABO or A/B/O – refers to alpha/beta/omega dynamics, or a hierarchical system of biological characteristics derived from animal behavior (see Fanlore.org for further info). It is also referred to as “omegaverse”.
- Angst – sad or dread-invoking content in fanfiction.
- AU – alternate universe.
- Canon – anything that has been explicitly established on the show.
- Crossover – when characters, settings, events, etc from one fandom are incorporated into another.
- Drabble – traditionally refers to a short story of exactly 100 words, but may commonly denote any very brief story.
- EF – Enchanted Forest.
- Endgame – status at the completion of the show (i.e. a relationship intact when the show ends).
- Established SQ – a term commonly used to describe fanfiction where Emma and Regina are already in a preexisting relationship at the start of the story.
- Evil Regals – fans of Lana Parrilla.
- Fanon – anything that is not explicitly established on the show, but is widely accepted by the fandom.
- Fluff – cute or happy content in fanfiction.
- FTL – Fairytale Land.
- G!P – a woman with a penis, whether created by magic or present for some other reason (Note: some authors of stories with transgender or intersex characters will use this label, but many do not. For the purpose of the directory, the G!P category will be kept separate).
- Genderbend – refers to when a character in fan works is depicted as a different sex than in canon.
- “It’s porn!” – a joke that came about after Ginnifer Goodwin responded to a SQ-related tweet with the following comment: “Unfortunately ABC did not pick up the pilot of Once Upon A Time In My Pants. Check cable?” Now, Snow White is sometimes humorously depicted as responding to SQ with shock and calling it “porn”.
- Lion Tattoo – identified by Tinkerbell as belonging to Regina’s soulmate in the episode “Quite a Common Fairy”.
- M!C – when magic is utilized to give a character a temporary penis or, in some cases, magical sensation through a strap-on.
- MDLG – refers to a relationship type between consenting adults whereby one individual takes on a caregiver role (or “mommy”) and another takes on a childlike role (or “little”). This can be either a sexual or non-sexual relationship.
- OC – an original character created by the story’s author.
- OOC – out of character. When a character acts in a way that is contrary to how they act in canon.
- Pairing – denotes two characters that are in a relationship together.
- PWP – porn without plot or “plot, what plot?” Refers to a story that exists solely for the purpose of sexual content.
- SB – Storybrooke.
- Smut – sexual content in fanfiction.
- SQ – Swan Queen.
- Swan-Mills Family – the familial relationship between Emma, Regina, and Henry.
- Swan Town – refers to the joke relationship between Emma Swan and Storybrooke. It was a result of Jennifer Morrison’s comments regarding Emma sacrificing herself to become the Dark One, not for Regina, but for the town.
- Swen – the Swan Queen fandom.
- Swendgame – refers to endgame, but specifically for Swan Queen.
- TW – refers to trigger warnings. These may be included when there is sensitive content that may be triggering to certain individuals.
- Ugly Ducklings – fans of Jennifer Morrison.