''Barbie as Rapunzel'' is a 2002 DirectToVideo Franchise/{{Barbie}} film directed by Owen Hurley. It is the second in the film series of computer animated films, adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name.

Long, long ago, in a time of magic and dragons, there lived a girl named Rapunzel, who had the most beautiful, radiant hair the world had ever seen. But Rapunzel's life was far from wonderful. She lived as a servant of Gothel, a jealous, scheming witch who kept her hidden deep in a forbidding forest, guarded by the enormous dragon Hugo and surrounded by an enchanted glass wall.

Rapunzel's discovery of a magic paintbrush leads her on a journey that will unravel a web of deception, bring peace to two feuding kingdoms, and ultimately lead her to love with the handsome Prince Stefan.
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!!The film has examples of:
* AbusiveParents: Gothel fits the emotionally abusive type to a T. She's not even so lenient as to let Rapunzel address her as anything but "milady."
* AcrophobicBird: Penelope, still being a young dragon, is a little rusty at very high heights. [[spoiler:She gets better.]]
* AristocratsAreEvil: Gothel. The German dub makes her a [[TheBaroness baroness]].
* ArtifactTitle: The plot has very little to do with the original tale of Rapunzel and the plot of that only appears as a dream sequence.
* AttackReflector: Stefan uses a plate to reflect Gothel's magic back at her, but she just absorbs it.
* AwardBaitSong: "Wish Upon A Star."
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Katrina, Melody, and Lorena.
* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth: Rapunzel paints living blue butterflies as she discovers the power of the paintbrush. [[spoiler:One of those butterflies alerts Gothel to the painting's presence]].
* CinderellaCircumstances: Rapunzel is raised as Gothel's servant. Gothel is borderline abusive towards her, reminding her daily that nobody loved or wanted her. It is later revealed [[spoiler: that she is actually a princess, and Gothel kidnapped her as to get revenge on her father]].
* CoolBigSis: Barbie at the beginning, who tells this version of Rapunzel to motivate Kelly out of an artist's block.
* CoolCrown: Rapunzel gets an ornate one, of gold molded in lots of curls.
* {{Disneyfication}}: Even before ''Disney'' made their [[Disney/{{Tangled}} version]].
* {{Dojikko}}: Penelope, whose big tail and [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength untrained fire and strength]] can jump up at the worst times (and yet often conveniently work out for the plot).
* TheDragon: Gothel has Otto, a nasty talking ferret.
* EvilIsPetty: [[spoiler:Gothel kidnapped baby Rapunzel for no other reason than out of spite for her ex marrying and having a child with another woman. Oh, and she doesn't care that it started a whole feud.]]
* EvilSorceress: Gothel.
* ExactWords: [[spoiler: "Never release your prisoner with a ''lying heart''!" is the spell Gothel chants to trap Rapunzel in the tower. But the way Gothel chose to word the spell screws her over: Rapunzel doesn't ''have'' a "lying heart" so she manages to escape the tower, but Gothel herself is a pathological liar and is eventually trapped in the tower herself.]]
* FallenPrincess: [[spoiler: Rapunzel]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Averted. Why does the climax focus on the importance of honesty so much? This is meant to fix the moral found in the original story, in that Rapunzel is punished after accidentally confessing the truth to the witch about the prince visiting her, implying that it is good to lie.[[invoked]]
* FurryConfusion: Talking dragons, ferrets, rabbits... and a completely normal palace horse.
* GirlInTheTower: Subverted. Gothel keeps Rapunzel as a servant in a pretty spacey manor concealed by a magic wall. It's only when she starts to falsely suspect Rapunzel's dishonesty that she turns Rapunzel's room into a tower.
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Rapunzel at the masquerade.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Hugo, at the end]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: See KarmicDeath.
* ImplacableMan: Gothel's magic makes her pretty much unstoppable, and turns the final battle into just her chasing everyone.
* InNameOnly: This film bears little resemblance the Brothers Grimm fairy tale by the same name. All it has in common is Rapunzel, a witch, and a tower. The focus is instead on a magic paintbrush.
* InsaneTrollLogic: [[spoiler:Gothel kidnapped Rapunzel because she would have been her daughter if Wilhelm had married her]].
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: In no way are there dragons in the original fairy tale, but Penelope and her father Hugo serve to advance the story rather than act as distractions.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Penelope's father is extremely stern, but really does love his daughter.
* KarmicDeath: Gothel curses the tower so that no one with a lying heart can ever escape. Rapunzel was honest the whole time, so she is able to leave. [[spoiler: When Gothel is tricked into returning to the tower, she is stuck there forever, as she had been lying to everyone throughout the entire movie (for instance, telling Rapunzel that she was abandoned by her parents, when she had in fact kidnapped her, or her lies that started the feud.), and had made the spell unbreakable. It is implied she soon starves to death.]]
* KickTheDog: Gothel destroying Rapunzel's paintings, and later brush (which was the only thing Rapunzel had left of her parents), as well as reminding her how worthless she is.
* LoopholeAbuse: See ExactWords above.
* LovableCoward: Hobie.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Played striaght and lampshaded.
-->'''Rapunzel''' He was the most handsome man I've ever seen!\\
'''Hobie:''' And you've seen ''how'' many men before?
* MasqueradeBall: The film's climax.
* NeverSayDie: Averted.
-->'''Otto:''' Zap him! Fry him! Kill him!
* NotSoStoic: Gothel rages when she reads the ball invitation.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Rapunzel's paintbrush is the only thing Rapunzel has left of her parents, and Gothel destroys it in a KickTheDog moment. Somewhat subverted in that [[spoiler: her parents are alive and well, and she reunites with them in the end.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:Averted.]]
* PimpedOutDress: Both Rapunzel's pink and lavender dresses.
* PoorCommunicationKills: The whole feud between the two kingdoms could've been solved rather easily were it not for this trope.
* PortalPicture: Is used in place of the hair as the way Rapunzel escapes her tower, and [[spoiler: tricks Gothel into trapping herself]].
* PowerOfLove: Presumably what gives Rapunzel's paintings their magic.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Rapunzel wears a pink dress as her regular ensemble, though her fancier dress for the masquerade is lavender.
** Though it is a tad strange that someone raised as a servant is dressed better than the village peasants.
* RapunzelHair: [[CaptainObvious Yes]], but it's subverted in that her hair is floor-length; certainly long but not enough to reach the bottom of a tower.
** Pretty much played straight when Rapunzel has a dream of Prince Stefan visiting her, as she does have tower-length hair. But then it's over.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Prince Stefan, who knows that the kingdoms' feud is very petty and shows kindness to even his more incompetent soldiers.
* RedemptionRejection: Gothel refuses to seek redemption even after Rapunzel tells her that she forgives her for what she has done.
* RescueRomance: Rapunzel first meets the prince when she almost falls into a pit trying to save his little sister.
* SternChase: Gothel's magic makes her pretty much unstoppable, and turns the final battle into just her chasing everyone.
* StockSoundEffects: While two of Stefan's guards are looking for Rapunzel's tower in the forest,the growling of a Tyrannosaurus Rex from {{Franchise/JurassicPark}} can be heard, most likely uttered by Hugo, Penelope's father. Another one is heard at the very beginning, when the camera passes through the forest.
* TraumaticHaircut: Well duh. But not that severe as Gothel magics the hair away so she can disguise herself as Rapunzel at the ball. Rapunzel's remaining hair is still well past her shoulders and it's grown completely back by the end.
* [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done, Daughter" Girl]]: Hugo is hardly the nicest father, and has high expectations for Penelope to grow into a mighty dragon.
-->'''Hoby''': Does he ''ever'' smile?
-->'''Penelope''': Not around me.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Penelope ''hates'' bugs.
* WickedWitch: Gothel, albeit a more glamorous one.
* WomanScorned: [[spoiler: Gothel]].
* WouldHurtAChild: Gothel scares away the princesses with her magic, and tries to kill Tommy.
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