part 1/2: I love the Captain Beauty friendship, too, but there is one thing I read an Anti-Hooker point out that I can't quite disagree with. When Killian found out that Rumple had given Belle a fake dagger he didn't tell her but used the knowledge to blackmail Rumple into giving him back his hand. That seemed to be more important to him than Belle's wellfare.
part 2/2: It’s similar with the whole hero team actually. They’ve been working together on several occasions and they always come to her when something needs to be researched and I can see why they distance themselves a bit when she’s with Rumple (once again) but they don’t seem too concerned about her when they know Rumple’s up to no good again.
When Hook blackmailed Rumple to help Anna find her sister and then to get his hand back he wasn’t really friends with Belle yet though. Their interaction, at that point, was limited to him helping her with research (a situation Emma forced them into) and agreeing to protect her from Rumple (something Belle felt was unnecessary).
Could he have told her his suspicions that the dagger was fake? Sure. But why would he do that at that point in time? It’s not like they were close friends. And he had no reason (at that point), to believe Rumple would hurt Belle and honestly - she CHOOSE to marry The Dark One - knowing that darkness and deceit were part of the package.
Had he told her his suspicions what would her reaction have been? Would she have believed him? Would she have tried to use the dagger to test Rumple’s honestly? And if he had been right what would have been the result? She confronts Rumple about his dishonestly, they break up possibly, and the end result is that the leash she has Rumple on exists no longer - she’s the only reason he’s behaving himself!!!
With Belle by Rumple’s side the town is safer. And in the midst of snow monsters and ice walls I think Hook felt desperate enough to take advantage of Rumple’s desire to maintain his marriage. When he pushed it further by forcing Rumple to give him his hand back - that’s where I have issue. Because at that point he wasn’t acting to protect the town but behaving selfishly - and he almost lost his life because of it.
Things are different now. After 4A I think they actually DID become friends. They worked together on a daily basis, they’ve had heart to heart chats. Commiserated over drinks. And they CARE about one another. So if Hook kept secrets from her about Rumple NOW, for selfish reasons, I would side-eye him pretty hard and say that he wasn’t, in fact, a true friend to her.
As far as the rest of Team Hero goes…I think it’s complicated. They aren’t really friends with her. I think they are sort of awkward family members at best and allies as heroes more than anything else. So Emma used Belle as leverage when she needed Rumple to open the portal to Hell and to help save Hook. Should she have let Hook rot in Hell just to tell Belle “hey, your husband is the Dark One again” when in reality it’s something she would DEFINITELY have found out at some point in the future anyway?
Should Team Hero really be concerned with running to tell Belle every time Rumple screws her over? I mean at this point it’s clear he is a villain. And she has chosen to be with him. She has chosen him again and again. So what is the point in telling her he’s bad? She ALREADY knows.
I think from their perspective she’s never going to really leave him. She will always take him back. Rumple believes this too at this point. For a while he tried to hide his evil doing and desire for power from her - he tried to keep her ignorant so they could have a happy marriage (even if it was based on lies). But now even Rumple is telling her - this is the man I am, you love me and you should just accept me. It has to be HER choice if she wants to be with him.
She has all the information now, and sort of an ultimatum. She can’t hide behind the stance of “I didn’t know what he was up to”. So we’ll see what she does.
But I think it’s important to note that “Team Hero” has NEVER held it against Belle that she’s chosen to be in a relationship with a man that has screwed them over and tried to murder them again and again and again.
And I think THAT speaks more to their relationship with her than the fact that they don’t go tattling on Rumple to her every five minutes about things that, in all honestly, she’s choosen NOT to see.