Honestly, the fact that Emma is the one with the most potential for darkness and everything doesn’t surprise me.
'But she's the savior, the product of true love, that completely goes against everything her character is!'
Yeah, I know.
But Regina has been evil. She’s been there, done that, and while I dislike her at times, she is trying to move past it and she is making an effort to put her misdeeds behind her. She wants to be a better person for Henry, and maybe herself too, so she can finally get her happy ending. She’s not going to risk that progress without it being completely degrading to her character.
Emma, on the other hand, has never really walked on the dark side. She had a terrible childhood, getting tossed from foster home to foster home. She was a petty theft, and she even went to jail. She committed a few minor crimes, but she was never evil or dark, even though she has a villain’s backstory. Emma grew up without her parents’ love, was betrayed by someone she thought was her true love, gave her baby, who she could grow to love, up for adoption…you get the gist. But she’s been the epitome of good since she got to Storybrooke.
All that potential to be evil was built up inside Emma for her entire life. She strives to do the right thing, even if it’s hard, because she’s a genuinely good person. In another universe, though, Emma could have been a villain that gave Regina and Rumple a run for their money.
Instead, she’s a wonderful person who saved her archenemy from a fire in season one, and when confronted, said that she would save her again, “because that’s what decent people do.” Emma does what’s best for the people around her, and once she lets herself love someone, she loves so deeply. She would do anything for Henry, and even if she sometimes wishes that her relationship with her parents was different, she’s just grateful to have found them. Emma has accepted Killian for everything he is and loves him and all his flaws, because she knows that she’s a little broken too. She has such great support from all the people who care about her and I think that really makes a difference.
But imagine if that support network wasn’t there for her. What then?
All the self doubt, all of those feelings of abandonment and betrayal would come rushing back to the surface. Emma’s bad experiences would come back to haunt her, causing her to shut herself off and eye everyone with mistrust. Regina grew up in similar circumstances to Emma - her mother raised her with an iron fist, her first true love was killed by that same mother…she felt isolated, trapped, and she turned to magic and darkness. Regina had no support network other than her father, who wasn’t powerful enough to protect her from Cora, and we saw how that turned out. An evil queen was born.
Emma HAS the support network and thanks to Elsa she’s learned to love herself. I highly doubt that she will walk on the dark side. This is the woman who is a firm believer in second chances, who isn’t cynical despite having every reason to be.
It’s one thing to say that Emma has the potential to be dark. It’s another for her to actually BECOME dark.
I 1000% agree that Emma, out of everyone in town, has the most potential to become evil. Doesn’t mean I think she will be.