NAMES actually mean A LOT.
Regina Mills pretty much means a Miller's Queen. Mary margaret Blanchard connects to the supposed name of original snow white as well as snow's bird. then you have Archie hopper and so on.
But here's where writers troll the viewers:August W.Booth is NOT a curse-given name. its the name Pinnochio took upon himself BY himself, thus the usual naming rules do not apply. we do not even know Dr.Whale's storybrooke's name - it never came up.
August thought up his real name, thus its not in anyway relevant to his real identity.
Neither Dr.Whale himself, nor characters in the show, nor show narrative, nor show writers have ever mentioned Dr.Whale's first name so we can't determine who he is by his name.
Now fans are speculating captain nemo. Never heard of him, time for google
are you fucking serious? Its one of the FIRST anti-heroes of modern fiction, created by litterary legend Jules Verne.
I can't think of a FT Character with a "god complex" so Peter/Hook is out for me.
But god-complex is exactly why people think its Peter Pan, considering the characterization of Peter Pan as a mischevious self-absorbed "victor of all conflicts" unable to coincide with reality and twisting everything into his own battlefield.
not mad, just a little bit astonished considering its litterally one of the first authors to write actual fiction, as well as to introduce the concepts like creation of dirigibles, submarines or even travel to the space, decades(and in some case centuries) before the very first actual tries happened in real world.
Captain Nemo is the lead character and anti-hero of 20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - a genius and a son of wealthy indian raja, who, after his family is killed, designs a "underwater ship" Nautilus and sails around the world destroying british empire's naval ships, assaulting their colonies, etc. He is a character who appears in more than one book of Jules Verne and is litterally one of first "contemporary" anti-heroes in modern fiction.
Various books of Jules Verne like "Mysterious Island", "20 Thousand Leagues Under The Sea" or "A Journey To the center of the earth" are pretty much mandatory reading in high-schools all over the world. I am certainly surprised that there ARE people who have not heard of him, considering without his works we would NOT have modern contemporary fantasy fiction