History Literature / Rapunzel

22nd Mar '17 7:45:50 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ImprobableHairstyle: Needless to say, human hair probably can't grow that long, certainly not while remaining healthy, shiny and beautiful. Since she's living with a witch, AWizardDidIt could come into play -- suggesting that the witch enchanted the hair. In ''{{Disney/Tangled}}'' it's justified because the hair is a result of magic. Subverted in ''Barbie As Rapunzel'' where the hair is only floor-length - which is possible in real life, depending on the person's genes - and the maintenance is believable because she's only locked in the tower for one day.

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* ImprobableHairstyle: Needless to say, human hair probably can't grow that long, certainly not while remaining healthy, shiny and beautiful. Since she's living with a witch, AWizardDidIt could come into play -- suggesting that the witch enchanted the hair. In ''{{Disney/Tangled}}'' it's justified because the hair is a result of magic. Subverted in ''Barbie As Rapunzel'' ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAsRapunzel'' where the hair is only floor-length - which is possible in real life, depending on the person's genes - and the maintenance is believable because she's only locked in the tower for one day.
22nd Mar '17 7:34:20 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* RapidHairGrowth: In some versions of the story, Rapunzel's hair miraculously grows back to its original length (or maybe even longer) after the Prince touches it during their reunion.
27th Feb '17 7:35:03 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* IdiotBall: Creator/TheBrothersGrimm gave Rapunzel this in their {{Bowdlerise}}d version when they have her, unprompted, mention the Prince to the witch. The first edition at least makes sense -- Rapunzel wonders aloud why her clothing no longer fits. Unsurprisingly, considering how the girl lived her life, she didn't know she was pregnant. The ''Faerie Tale Theatre'' adaptation removes the IdiotBall by giving Rapunzel a pet parrot who mimics the prince one day when the Witch comes to visit.

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* IdiotBall: Creator/TheBrothersGrimm gave Rapunzel this in their {{Bowdlerise}}d version when they have her, unprompted, mention the Prince to the witch. The first edition at least makes sense -- Rapunzel wonders aloud why her clothing no longer fits. Unsurprisingly, considering how the girl lived her life, she didn't know she was pregnant. The ''Faerie Tale Theatre'' ''Series/FaerieTaleTheatre'' adaptation removes the IdiotBall by giving Rapunzel a pet parrot who mimics the prince one day when the Witch comes to visit.
26th Feb '17 6:19:40 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* SecretRelationship: Rapunzel and her Prince, of course.
25th Feb '17 6:22:26 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* TextileWorkIsFeminine: It's implied that Rapunzel is a skilled weaver, since most versions have her ask the Prince to bring her skeins of silk which she'll use to make a ladder to escape the tower with.
25th Feb '17 6:19:43 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AmbiguouslyEvil: It's not clear whether Mother Gothel can be truly called malevolent. She did force her neighbors to give up their newborn child, but on the other hand, they did wrong her by stealing from her. Moreover, considering how willingly they seem to have handed her over, it's entirely possible that their daughter was better off with her. There's no mention of her abusing, exploiting or even neglecting Rapunzel. She did lock her adoptive daughter into a tower, but it's implied this was done out of an overblown protective instinct, rather than possessiveness. It's also noteworthy that, in some versions, she doesn't actually do anything to the Prince. So, is she evil or not? Numerous retellings and adaptations try to answer this question, one way or another, with modern ones being ''far'' less charitable to her.

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: It's not clear whether Mother Gothel can be truly called malevolent. She did force her neighbors to give up their newborn child, but on the other hand, they did wrong her by stealing from her. Moreover, considering how willingly they seem to have handed her over, it's entirely possible that their daughter was better off with her. There's no mention of her abusing, exploiting or even neglecting Rapunzel. She did lock her adoptive daughter into a tower, but it's implied this was done out of an overblown protective instinct, rather than possessiveness. It's also noteworthy that, in some versions, she doesn't actually do anything to the Prince. So, is she evil or not? Numerous retellings and adaptations try to answer this question, one way or another, with modern ones either giving her a sympathetic portrayal, or being ''far'' less charitable to her.
24th Feb '17 12:23:23 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HandicappedBadass: After he's blinded, the Prince ''[[IWillFindyou still searches for Rapunzel on foot.]]''

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* HandicappedBadass: After he's blinded, the Prince ''[[IWillFindyou ''[[IWillFindYou still searches for Rapunzel on foot.]]''
24th Feb '17 6:27:51 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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The [[StarCrossedLovers unlucky couple]] wandered the wasteland for some time (during which Rapunzel [[TeenPregnancy bore either a single child or twin]], according to some versions) before running into one another. Rapunzel immediately embraced him, weeping, and her [[SwissArmyTears tears fell on his eyes and healed them]]. He took her back to his kingdom, and they lived HappilyEverAfter.

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The [[StarCrossedLovers unlucky couple]] wandered the wasteland for some time (during which Rapunzel [[TeenPregnancy bore either a single child or twin]], twins]], according to some versions) before running into one another. Rapunzel immediately embraced him, weeping, and her [[SwissArmyTears tears fell on his eyes and healed them]]. He took her back to his kingdom, and they lived HappilyEverAfter.



* DumbBlonde: Rapunzel can come off as this in the revised Grimm version, where she carries an IdiotBall in her moment of forgetfulness to ask the witch why she is heavier to bring up the side of the tower with her hair than the prince.

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* DumbBlonde: Rapunzel can come off as this in the revised Grimm version, where she carries an IdiotBall in her moment of forgetfulness to ask the witch why she is heavier to bring up the side of the tower with her hair than the prince. Not so much in the original version, where she innocently wonders aloud why [[TeenPregnancy her clothes keep getting tighter]], which makes her seem merely ignorant (understandable, considering she almost certainly never learned the birds and the bees) rather than outright scatterbrained.
16th Feb '17 4:07:27 PM GlitteringFlowers
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The [[StarCrossedLovers unlucky couple]] wandered the wasteland for some time (during which Rapunzel [[TeenPregnancy bore twins]], according to some versions) before running into one another. Rapunzel immediately embraced him, weeping, and her [[SwissArmyTears tears fell on his eyes and healed them]]. He took her back to his kingdom, and they lived HappilyEverAfter.

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The [[StarCrossedLovers unlucky couple]] wandered the wasteland for some time (during which Rapunzel [[TeenPregnancy bore twins]], either a single child or twin]], according to some versions) before running into one another. Rapunzel immediately embraced him, weeping, and her [[SwissArmyTears tears fell on his eyes and healed them]]. He took her back to his kingdom, and they lived HappilyEverAfter.



In 1988, ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'' dedicated a whole episode to this tale.



** In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' she verbally abuses Rapunzel and contantly plays with her feelings, scares her into believing the world is horrible so she'll stay with her forever for her own purposes, etc.
** In the [[Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics anime version]] she keeps Rapunzel locked away, and when she finds out about the Prince, she forcibly cuts the girl's hair and beats her (which could've potentially made her miscarry) before throwing her out.

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** In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' she verbally abuses Rapunzel and contantly plays with her feelings, scares her into believing the world is horrible so she'll stay with her forever for her own purposes, preys on her self-esteem to make her vulnerable and completely reliant on her, etc.
** In the [[Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics anime version]] she keeps Rapunzel locked away, away pretty much from infancy rather than from her twelfth birthday, and when she finds out about the Prince, Prince... she forcibly cuts the girl's hair and beats her (which could've potentially made her miscarry) miscarry the child she was already pregnant with) before throwing her out.out and then confronting the prince.



* AmbiguouslyEvil: It's not clear whether Mother Gothel can be truly called malevolent. She did force her neighbors to give up their newborn child, but on the other hand, they did wrong her by stealing from her. Moreover, considering how willingly they seem to have handed her over, it's entirely possible that their daughter was better off with her. There's no mention of her abusing, exploiting or even neglecting Rapunzel. She did lock her adoptive daughter into a tower, but it's implied this was done out of an overblown protective instinct, rather than possessiveness. It's also noteworthy that she doesn't actually do anything to the Prince. So, is she evil or not? Numerous retellings and adaptations try to answer this question, one way or another:

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: It's not clear whether Mother Gothel can be truly called malevolent. She did force her neighbors to give up their newborn child, but on the other hand, they did wrong her by stealing from her. Moreover, considering how willingly they seem to have handed her over, it's entirely possible that their daughter was better off with her. There's no mention of her abusing, exploiting or even neglecting Rapunzel. She did lock her adoptive daughter into a tower, but it's implied this was done out of an overblown protective instinct, rather than possessiveness. It's also noteworthy that that, in some versions, she doesn't actually do anything to the Prince. So, is she evil or not? Numerous retellings and adaptations try to answer this question, one way or another: another, with modern ones being ''far'' less charitable to her.



* TheHedgeOfThorns: In many versions, there's one at the base of the tower.

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* TheHedgeOfThorns: In many versions, there's one at the base of the tower.tower and the Prince is blinded as he falls on it.



* LoveAtFirstNote: The prince for Rapunzel.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Rapunzel for the prince.

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* LoveAtFirstNote: The prince for Rapunzel.
Rapunzel, as he first hears her songs and then sees her.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Rapunzel for the prince.prince, in return.



* ParentalAbandonment: Her father was pretty quick to accept the witch's deal of some rapunzel lettuce in exchange for his unborn child. Maybe she really was better off with the witch.
* PregnantBadass: Rapunzel. Living alone in the desert isn't easy at the best of times, especially for a pregnant woman who has no survival skills.

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* ParentalAbandonment: Her father was pretty quick to accept the witch's deal of some rapunzel lettuce in exchange for his unborn child. Maybe she really was better off with the witch.
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* PregnantBadass: Rapunzel. Rapunzel, in the versions where she bears the Prince's kid/kids. Living alone in the desert isn't easy at the best of times, especially for a pregnant young woman who has no survival skills.skills ''and'' has been isolated from the world by her ParentalSubstitute.
16th Feb '17 10:05:17 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* AbusiveParents: The Witch is a ParentalSubstitute version in some re-tellings:
** In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' she verbally abuses Rapunzel and contantly plays with her feelings, scares her into believing the world is horrible so she'll stay with her forever for her own purposes, etc.
** In the [[Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics anime version]] she keeps Rapunzel locked away, and when she finds out about the Prince, she forcibly cuts the girl's hair and beats her (which could've potentially made her miscarry) before throwing her out.



* AmbiguouslyEvil: It's not clear whether Mother Gothel can be truly called malevolent. She did force her neighbors to give up their newborn child, but on the other hand, they did wrong her by stealing from her. Moreover, considering how willingly they seem to have handed her over, it's entirely possible that their daughter was better off with her. There's no mention of her abusing, exploiting or even neglecting Rapunzel. She did lock her adoptive daughter into a tower, but it's implied this was done out of an overblown protective instinct, rather than possessiveness. It's also noteworthy that she doesn't actually do anything to the Prince. So, is she evil or not? Numerous retellings and adaptations try to answer this question, one way or another: i.e, ''Tangled'' and the [[Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics anime version]] straight-up lean towards her being [[AbusiveParents abusive]] towards Rapunzel.
* BabiesEverAfter: Almost all versions end with Rapunzel and the prince living happily ever after with their two children (even if Rapunzel's pregnancy was not mentioned earlier). In the [[Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics anime]] they only have one son, who's actually the one who finds the Prince (not knowing he's her father) and takes him to Rapunzel's presence, leading to their reunion.

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: It's not clear whether Mother Gothel can be truly called malevolent. She did force her neighbors to give up their newborn child, but on the other hand, they did wrong her by stealing from her. Moreover, considering how willingly they seem to have handed her over, it's entirely possible that their daughter was better off with her. There's no mention of her abusing, exploiting or even neglecting Rapunzel. She did lock her adoptive daughter into a tower, but it's implied this was done out of an overblown protective instinct, rather than possessiveness. It's also noteworthy that she doesn't actually do anything to the Prince. So, is she evil or not? Numerous retellings and adaptations try to answer this question, one way or another: i.e, ''Tangled'' and the [[Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics anime version]] straight-up lean towards her being [[AbusiveParents abusive]] towards Rapunzel.
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* BabiesEverAfter: Almost all versions end with Rapunzel and the prince living happily ever after with their two children (even if Rapunzel's pregnancy was not mentioned earlier). In the [[Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics anime]] they only have one son, who's actually the one who finds the Prince (not knowing he's her his father) and takes him to Rapunzel's presence, leading to their reunion.



* DefiledForever: The original version where Rapunzel gets pregnant and that's what tips off the witch. So Rapunzel is banished to a faraway desert.

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* DefiledForever: The original version version, where Rapunzel gets pregnant and that's what tips off the witch. So Rapunzel is banished to a faraway desert.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'' gets away with having Rapunzel and the Prince ''in bed'', probably because the animators had them clothed. As this version ''does'' include Rapunzel's pregnancy, the implications are very obvious.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics'' gets away with having Rapunzel and the Prince ''in bed'', bed and after what's implied to be TheirFirstTime'', probably because the animators had them clothed. As this version ''does'' include Rapunzel's pregnancy, pregnancy ''and'' [[StrongFamilyResemblance the kid looks like a mix of both parents]], the implications are very obvious.



* HandicappedBadass:After he's blinded, the Prince ''still searches for Rapunzel on foot.'' Some versions have him do this for ''[[{{Determinator}} years]]''.

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** ''Tangled'' subverts it since [[spoiler: Rapunzel is ''not'' a natural blonde, but a brunette like both of her parents. The ''magic'' in her hair is what makes her a blond.]]
* HandicappedBadass:After HandicappedBadass: After he's blinded, the Prince ''still ''[[IWillFindyou still searches for Rapunzel on foot.'' Some versions have him do this for ''[[{{Determinator}} years]]''.]]''



** In [[Disney/{{Tangled}} at least one version]], the mother is ill, and the flower is a magic cure.

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** In [[Disney/{{Tangled}} at least one version]], the mother is ill, deathly ill while still pregnant, and the flower is a magic cure.cure for her and the soon-to-be-born Rapunzel.
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