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Characters page for Tangled, Tangled Ever After, and Tangled: The Series.
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Voiced by: Mandy Moore, Delaney Rose Stein (as a child)
Appears in: Tangled | The Series | Ever After | Frozennote  | Sofia the Firstnote 

Born to a queen who needed the power of a magic flower to come to term with her, she was stolen by the witch Gothel who had been previously using the flower to remain forever youthful. The witch discovers that Rapunzel's hair now holds the power of the flower unless it is cut, and so keeps her locked in a hidden tower and unaware of her heritage, until the thief Flynn Rider (Eugene Fitzherbert) tries to make her tower a hideaway spot. She strikes a deal for him to bring her to see the floating lanterns that have appeared every year on her birthday, in exchange for the item he stole: the Princess' crown.
  • The Ace: She's good at everything, as seen in the first song "When Will My Life Begin". Her talents include cooking, painting, chess, pottery, candle making, sewing, ballet, ventriloquy, playing the guitar and many more. Not to mention that she's brave, strong, Badass Adorable, able to befriend everyone she meets, and of course, like every Disney Princess, has a beautiful singing voice. Somewhat of a Deconstruction, as it's heavily implied the reason she's so good at so many different things is because she's been locked in a tower bored out of her skull all her life, and her mastery of most of her many, many skills came out of her desperation to find hobbies to pass the time.
  • Action Girl: The first sign of her, in the original trailers, is her beating someone up with Prehensile Hair. Although this didn't make it into the film, she remains a pretty mean hand with a frying pan and saves Flynn's bacon on more than one occasion.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In Rapunzel, while Rapunzel being kicked out of the tower isn't very pleasant, it still isn't emphasized as being the worst thing ever. In this adaptation, Rapunzel has to deal with discovering that her "mother" actually kidnapped her in infancy and intends to imprison her for as long as she lives. And when Rapunzel fights back, it ends with watching Mother Gothel die in front of her and Flynn nearly dying. She doesn't react nearly as much as expected but still has more trauma than in the fairy tale.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the original fairy tale, the heroine is a Damsel in Distress and not much else. Here, she's an Action Girl who's quite handy with a frying pan.
  • Adorkable: Rapunzel has a bit of an overbite, she lisps when she talks at times, hides in her hair like a cocoon during the song "Mother Knows Best" when afraid, Genki Girl, she's overall naive, very pretty and downright adorably Moe.
  • Agony of the Feet: The first time she wears shoes (high heels, no less) in "Tangled: Before Ever After," it does not go well.
  • Almost Kiss: Twice — The first time was in the rowboat before the Mood Whiplash where Flynn sees the Stabbington brothers, and the second was right before he cuts her hair off.
  • Art Shift: As Disney's first princess to appear in a 3D computer-animated film, Rapunzel is given a 2D makeover in promotional material for the line to match with the other princesses.
  • Badass Adorable: Cute as a button, but not even the least afraid to talk down angry thugs and angry horses.
  • Badass Princess: She is a princess, though not knowing it, but as the above states she is an incredibly resourceful young lady.
  • Battle Couple: With Flynn. They help each other fight off the guards chasing him and save each other several times as they fall in love with each other.
    • The pilot movie for The Series show that the two of them have lost none of their stride. When Lady Kane attempts to kidnap the royals, a few eye gestures between Eugene, Rapunzel, and Hand Maid Cassandra are all they need before they leap into action to save the day. Rapunzel even tosses Eugene a frying pan, at which point, the tide of battle really begins to turn in their favor.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Rapunzel runs off to adventure with 70 feet of hair and bare feet. She gets wet but dries off quickly, and at no point are her hair and feet ever seen to get dirty. The hair is justified because it's magical. The feet have no excuse.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She may be an adorable and sweet if not naive young girl but she is capable of kicking your butt either with her hair or a frying pan.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • Rapunzel briefly alludes to the difficulties of having 70-foot long hair during her "I Want" Song.
    And then I'll brush and brush and brush and brush my hair!
    • Gothel has also made Rapunzel believe that she would be in constant danger outside the tower because selfish people want her healing power for themselves. Along with the actual truth in that statement and the resulting tower imprisonment as well.
  • Blithe Spirit: Her cheerful, genuine nature is what brings out the good side of the thugs at the Snuggly Duckling and saves Flynn's life.
  • Bound and Gagged: Mother Gothel ties up Rapunzel for wanting to save Flynn from execution and to lure Flynn into a trap later on.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After Flynn cuts her hair. It kills Mother Gothel and turns her into a brunette. However, it's implied to not be the case in the short Tangled Ever After, where her kiss with Eugene makes the sun shine brighter.
  • Building Swing: Using her hair as a rope, she can swing.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: Does this to Mother Gothel near the climax of the movie.
  • Character Development: Rapunzel loses her fear of the outside world and learns to stand up to her abusive adoptive mother.
  • Character Tics: Rapunzel tends to run her finger through her hair when nervous or excited.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Rapunzel's complete, non-negotiable unwillingness to break her promises greatly informs the film's climax, when she promises to Mother Gothel that, if she lets Rapunzel heal Flynn, Rapunzel will stay with her forever and offer no resistance. Needless to say, it makes the scene pretty tense.
    • The fact that her hair glows helps her and Flynn escape a watery death.
    • Her passion for painting bright, colorful patterns and flowers on the walls of her tower proves essential to her realizing her true identity.
    • The hankerchief of the kingdom's sun emblem is what she uses (as well as her paintings) to realize that she is the lost princess.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: With her using a frying pan as a weapon and walking barefoot through towns, bars, and forests, you've gonna admit she definitely looks the part. Not to mention the fact that she doesn't know much about the outside world because she has been locked in a tower her entire life. And Flynn's blatant flirting with her when they first meet in her tower totally flies over her head and has no effect on her whatsoever (shocking to him: "This doesn't normally happen..", "You broke my smoulder!"), showing her lack of experience in social interactions.
  • Compressed Hair: While touring the kingdom, her 70 feet of hair is compressed into one floor-length braid.
  • Cute Bookworm: When living in the isolated tower, she liked to spend some of her free time reading books.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Thanks to her hair, she is endearingly klutzy. Even beyond this, she seems to have a bit of klutziness in general; witness her attempts to get Flynn into her cupboard, the way she accidentally clonks herself with her own frying pan, and so forth.
  • The Cutie: She's more cute than beautiful, and her mannerisms and personality make her the one of the most adorable Disney Princesses.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Rapunzel has been emotionally and psychologically abused by the woman who kidnapped her as a baby.
  • Ditzy Genius: She's incredibly multi-talented and capable of great insights, but also has her moments of (perfectly understandable) naive idiocy.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Rapunzel is of the youthful innocence variety, plus she's just never needed shoes due to never leaving her tower. Interestingly, no one in the entire film comments on it, aside from Mother Gothel pointing a mirror down at Rapunzel's bare feet and commenting that she's "underdressed" — causing Rapunzel to immediately pull her dress down over her feet. In the storybook version of Tangled Ever After, she's still barefoot, even at her wedding. (In the short film, her dress is too long to tell.) The later storybook Ghosts of Christmas Past then shows that while she'll shun shoes most of the time, she'll renege to them if it calls for walking in snow.
    • At least one bit of early concept art shows Rapunzel with shoes... however, in the artwork, she's shown kicking them off her feet.
  • Earthy Barefoot Character: Her lack of shoes reflects her free-spirited and energetic nature, her way with animals, and her healing powers. She gets mocked for this in Before Ever After, mostly by villains and other nobles.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change:
    • Rapunzel has her hair braided and decorated with flowers when she finally reaches Corona. On a practical level, she couldn't really run around with 70 feet of hair dragging behind her. On a symbolic level, it's a sign that she's finally able to let loose and have fun, without her Magic Hair being the centre of her very being. This is contrasted with when she is convinced to go back to the tower with Gothel; the braid is undone, and the flowers taken away, with Gothel off-handedly commenting "There... like it never even happened."
    • At the end of the movie, Rapunzel's hair is cut off and reverts to its likely natural brown color.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: In the follow-up short that focuses on her wedding.
  • Fantastic Light Source: Rapunzel uses her magic hair to find the way out of a flooded cave.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Escaping the guards chasing after them and nearly drowning together help Rapunzel and Flynn begin to trust each other and become closer.
  • Flowers In Her Hair: Once she enters the kingdom, little girls braid her hair to make it easier to move around. They added a plethora of flowers. She is the image on the trope page.
  • Fluffy Tamer: She converted Maximus, a badass war horse to her side with petting and baby talk.
    • And in the series, she effortlessly tames a wild wolf and has him rolling on the ground like a contented puppy before Cassandra can bring her sword to bear on him.
  • Fountain of Youth: Her hair is the key to Mother Gothel's immortality after her mother ate the magic flower during pregnancy.
  • Friend to All Living Things: From horses to thugs to thieves and beyond.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Her rather dynamic weapon is a cast iron version.
  • Genki Girl: The most energetic of all of the Princesses (only matched by Ariel in her first days as a human).
  • Girl in the Tower: Lived in there all her life. Unlike the standard trope, she could physically leave whenever she wanted but her "mom" said she couldn't.
  • Girly Bruiser: Rapunzel spends all day cooking, painting, reading, sewing, and brushing her hair. She doesn't discover that she's a badass until she leaves her tower at age 18. To make the example even more pronounced, her weapons of choice are her 70 feet of hair and a frying pan.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her main outfit is a purple and lavender dress.
  • Grew a Spine: From her adventures outside the tower with Flynn, Rapunzel gets over her fears of the outside world and begins to realize she can take care of herself without having to depend on Mother Gothel. And once she grows it, Gothel starts to show her true colors.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Although the hair is gold by magic, she is still kind enough to stir the hearts of the thugs at the Snuggly Duckling.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to do this at the end by sacrificing her freedom for Flynn's life. He beats her to it by sacrificing his life for her freedom.
  • I Gave My Word: Whenever Rapunzel makes a promise, she intends to keep it, from promising to return Flynn the satchel that has the tiara he stole to promising Mother Gothel that she will go with her willingly only if Flynn can be healed first.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Although initially her wish is simply to leave her tower once, when she discovers the joys of freedom, she doesn't want to give it up.
  • Important Haircut: Granted, it's done to her hair by Flynn, but it's to stop Gothel from using Rapunzel anymore.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Rapunzel gives us a two-fer. First of all she has over 70-feet of her long golden hair, but it's justified since the hair is magic. When she reaches the kingdom capitol, she gets a more convenient style when three girls compress that huge mass of hair into a fiendishly-complex mass of ankle-length braids. Then she gets her hair cut off into a perfectly styled and layered pixie cut. The hair was cut off in one go with a pane of glass.
  • The Ingenue: Her naivete and innocence are two of her biggest traits, and end up being strengths for her on occasion.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Inverted, as in Rapunzel's case, it's actually when her normally loose (70 feet) hair is braided up, that she first is happy and finds herself. Later her abusive adoptive mother pointedly UNbraids her hair while rubbing salt in her wounds by saying "There... Like it never happened." about the most beautiful experience of her life.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: Her hair, which can heal any wound and sickness, and grant someone everlasting youth is why she's locked in a tower.
  • Magical Barefooter: Rapunzel has 70-feet of Magic Hair with healing and age-reversing powers. She also goes around barefoot throughout the entire film.
  • Magic Hair: It can heal injuries as well as sickness, glows in the dark, and can reverse aging. The climax and Tangled Ever After imply there's magic in her main body as well. Her new hair in the series trades magical healing with Made of Indestructium.
  • Magnetic Hero: Rapunzel's infectiously cheerful presence visibly affects the seemingly hostile Pub Thugs, Eugene Fitzherbert, Maximus, and all of the Corona citizens she meets.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: From Flynn's perspective, her energy and good-heartedness cause him to change his ways and his life.
  • Meaningful Name: Rapunzel's name derives from the magical rampion of the beginning prologue.
  • Mood-Swinger: In one memorable scene when she goes out to the world for the first time in 18 years. She even provides the image for the trope.
  • Morality Pet:
    • To Flynn. His nicer side doesn't show until he's forced to help her and he falls in love with her.
    • The thugs at Snuggly Ducklings also help out her and Flynn, because of her influence. Had she not been there, they probably would've turned Flynn in to the authorities.
  • Motifs: Of the sun. She drank from the flower that was imbued with sun's power. Her hair is as blonde as the sun. She has an energetic personality and is a magnetic person.
  • Motor Mouth: When she's nervous, Rapunzel tends to start babbling rapidly. Exploited by her emotionally abusive (adoptive) Mother Gothel, who picks out her "mumbling" as something to put her down for.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Rapunzel has a slim build but is able to pull up a grown woman with her hair, knock out Eugene, and effortlessly lift up a woman with a Bear Hug.
  • Nature Lover: It's even enough to distract her from her guilt about deceiving her mother.
  • Nice Girl: Rapunzel is helpful, sweet, kind, and will never break a promise.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: In the "Before Ever After" movie and subsequent series, after her hair regrows it becomes this, even breaking a pair of scissors Cassandra tries to cut it with.
  • No Infantile Amnesia: Downplayed as it is more of a subconscious resonance. Despite the fact she was an infant, she remembers the layout of her room and has been painting signs of it her whole life unknowingly.
  • Official Couple: With Flynn/Eugene. They become a couple towards the end of the movie and then get married in the sequel short.
  • One of the Boys: For the Snuggly Duckling thugs, mainly due to what kind of boys the thugs are.
  • Opposites Attract: With Flynn. She's a spirited, innocent princess, he's a jaded, worldly-wise thief.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: While she holds Eugene after his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Plucky Girl: She's quite determined to see the "stars" from her birthday, even though her mother is constantly gas-lighting and deriding her, and she definitely takes some initiative in fulfilling her dreams.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: She was born with her hair dyed by the power of the sun. When cut, her hair loses its magic powers and returns to it's natural brown color.
  • The Power of the Sun: It's imbued in her hair because of the flower, and it lets her heal.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: At the end of the movie, after she remembers that she is a princess, she wears a rosy-pink dress.
  • Rags to Royalty: A Goose Girl type; kidnapped as a baby so Mother Gothel can make use of her Magic Hair and ignoring that she's a long-lost princess.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has over 70-feet of hair! Being a retelling of the Trope Namer, she couldn't do without it, but some magic justifies it here. It's stated in an official "fact book" of Tangled facts that it takes Rapunzel three hours to brush her hair, and six hours to wash it. She hangs it out of the tower to let it dry.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The energetic and emotional Red Oni to Flynn's laid-back and snarky Blue Oni.
  • Remembered I Could Fly: In the scene where Rapunzel and Flynn are trapped in a sealed cave while it gets flooded, Flynn fails to find an underwater exit since the cave is pitch-black. It takes a little while for Rapunzel to realize she can get some light with her hair.
    Rapunzel: I have magic hair that glows when I sing.
    Flynn: What?!
    Rapunzel: I have... MAGIC HAIR THAT GLOWS WHEN I SING!
  • Renaissance Man: She's very skilled in many areas, such as literature, music, baking, astronomy, and art. She actually learned to do all of these things on her own when living isolated in a tower.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Rapunzel's magic hair must also include immunity to split ends and other problems that would plague normal hair that hasn't been cut for 18 years.
  • Romance Genre Heroines: Rapunzel is an interesting mix between The Spunky Kid and The Free Spirit.
  • Royal Blood: In a switch from the fairy tale, where she isn't, and he is. It also a small part of the story since her non-royal magic hair is more important.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Flynn. She's excitedly running to and fro while he stands there and snarks at her naivety.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Her princess dress and wedding dress are both subtly royal.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Rapunzel doesn't start falling for Flynn until she sees his softer and nobler side.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Of the Disney Princesses, she suffers more Amusing Injuries than any other.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Rapunzel gets along well with others, but as seen in the pilot movie Tangled Before Ever After her sheltered upbringing leaves her unaware of what is and isn't socially appropriate.
  • Spirited Young Lady: She doesn't want to disobey Mother Gothel, but she's determined to get what she wants.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Between Rapunzel and her real mother, the queen. Especially at the end, when they're both brunette and the camera frames them reuniting, right down to the huge green eyes. Rapunzel and the Queen look so alike that she does not need to do anything else to show that she's the lost princess, despite having a completely different hair color when she was a baby.
  • Supreme Chef: Baking is one of her many talents.
  • Swiss Army Tears: She heals Flynn with her tears, which was also in the source material.
  • Tears of Remorse: When she thinks they are going to drown, and it's all her fault, she's crying.
  • Teens Are Short: Despite being 18, Rapunzel is shorter than most adults, including her real parents.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Among other activities, she knits and does laundry to distract herself when alone in the tower.
  • They Do: Only in the narration, but Rapunzel and Flynn/Eugene let us know they do get married some years after the movie. We see their wedding in the short.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Cute, bubbly Rapunzel is the Girly Girl to tough, sword-wielding Cassandra's Tomboy. Rapunzel enjoys feminine activities like painting and sewing and wears light, pastel-colored dresses.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She went from acting as an Extreme Doormat to Gothel to being able to give the woman a scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Not only does she get the hair she's been growing out her whole life chopped off, losing it means she can't save Flynn's life.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: You'd think a girl with 70 feet of hair would get a bit more notice when she first strolls into town.
  • Uptown Girl: Rapunzel, the lost princess, and Flynn Rider a.k.a. Eugene Fitzherbert, an orphan turned thief. Neither of them know she's the princess for quite some time, though.
  • Woman Child: Well, she was abducted as a baby and grew up around an abusive mother figure, who selfishly used her hair's healing power and never raised her properly, so it's not much of a surprise that in some regards, she's not very mature. This is further expanded on in the series, it's part of what worries her father more.
  • You Are Grounded: Rapunzel has been grounded into the tower her whole life and when she asks to go outside, Mother Gothel snaps and yells "You are not leaving this tower! EVER!"
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite being 18, Rapunzel could be mistaken for 16, or even, 14.
  • Youthful Freckles: She has light freckles, mostly around her nose.

    Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert
Voiced by: Zachary Levi
Appears in: Tangled | The Series | Ever After | Frozennote 

The film's Deuteragonist, a career thief on the run for stealing the missing princess' prized tiara who finds himself trying to hide out in her tower. Rapunzel, with no previous knowledge of the outside world, convinces him to accompany her to see the lanterns.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the original tale, "the prince" (who Flynn is based on) was the stereotypic heroic character. Here, he is a selfish anti-heroic thief, but becomes less selfish after spending time with Rapunzel and steps up to true blue heroism.
  • Almost Kiss: See Rapunzel's entry.
  • Anti-Hero: He's a greedy and self-centered thief; he's shown early in the movie to be perfectly fine with leaving his fellow thieves behind to keep all the goods for himself. He starts out helping Rapunzel for his personal gain, but as the story goes on, Flynn reveals he's not really a bad person deep down and his growing love for Rapunzel is enough for him to change his ways and stop stealing.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: When he first meets Rapunzel. "I know not who you are..."
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Subverted; his real name is Eugene Fitzherbert. "Flynn Rider" is just an alias taken from the name of the swashbuckling hero of a series of adventure books he had read as a child.
  • Back from the Dead: Rapunzel's tear brought him back to life.
  • Badass Beard: Flynn has a rather swashbuckling goatee.
  • Battle Couple: With Rapunzel. They help each other fight off the guards chasing him and save each other several times as they fall in love with each other.
    • The pilot movie for The Series show that the two of them have lost none of their stride. When Lady Kane attempts to kidnap the royals, a few eye gestures between Eugene, Rapunzel, and Hand Maid Cassandra are all they need before they leap into action to save the day. Rapunzel even tosses Eugene a frying pan, at which point, the tide of battle really begins to turn in their favor.
  • Be Yourself: His character development is kicked off with this from Rapunzel.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Flynn mentions Rapunzel is the first person to like his real self better than who he pretends to be, which is why he falls in love with her.
  • Butt Monkey: His second most prominent trait.
  • Character Development: He stops caring only about himself and learns to love, as well as to just be himself.
  • The Charmer: Flynn tries to be this. Smolder, anyone? Unfortunately for him, since Rapunzel has no experience or understanding of seduction of any kind, she's completely immune to his moves (including said Smoulder).
    • In German, the word is "Schwachmacher", which basically means "weak-maker". As in, "thing that makes you weak at the knees". Oh, Flynn.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Part of his backstory. Though he does hint that there was an Orphan's Ordeal back there.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and brown eyes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He grew up in an orphanage and somehow became a criminal.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He takes every opportunity to snark about his current situation.
  • Death by Adaptation: Subverted. His counterpart in the source material suffered a nasty Eye Scream instead of dying. The problem is still sorted by Rapunzel's tears, though.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The trailers made it seem like Flynn was the star, even though he is very much the deuteragonist. In-movie, Flynn is the leading narrator, but he quickly denounces himself from being the main character and goes on to tell that yes, this is the story of Rapunzel.
  • Defrosting Ice King: At first, Flynn comes across as a self-centered jerk who doesn't really care about Rapunzel and her dreams, only helping her so he can get the princess' tiara he stole back. He eventually warms up as he falls in love with Rapunzel and she convinces him to just be himself.
  • Deuteragonist: He's the second main focus after Rapunzel.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Rapunzel's arms, albeit temporarily, as he's revived later.
  • Distressed Dude: It's always Flynn who has to be rescued by Rapunzel, not the other way around! Even when Rapunzel gets Bound and Gagged toward the end of the film, she's able to save Flynn from his mortal knife wound by working off her gag and begging Mother Gothel to let her heal him, which gives Flynn a chance to pull off his would-be Heroic Sacrifice.
  • The Drifter: This was very much his life before meeting Rapunzel, living a solitary life on the run, never forming attachments to people he meets.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: He confesses to to Rapunzel right before he (temporarily) dies.
  • Easily Forgiven: Between the start of the movie and the Epilogue, Flynn goes from being wanted for grand theft, to presumably becoming Prince or Prince Consort, and eventually King of the same country. Wow. (Well, given that he did bring back their daughter who had been missing for 18 years, you can see the King and Queen issuing a pardon there.)
  • Embarrassing First Name: Believes this of his real name, Eugene Fitzherbert. Rapunzel doesn't think so.
  • Expy: Of Errol Flynn, if his name didn't give it away.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Twice. The first, when the Captain of the Guard is leading him away to be executed. Flynn doesn't resist, struggle, or cry, just marches along with them quietly... until he sees the Stabbington Bros. in a cell and realizes that Rapunzel is in danger. The second is when he performs his Heroic Sacrifice, knowing he will die, but saving Rapunzel instead. He even attempts to smile and comfort her as he passes.
  • Facial Composite Failure:
    They just can't get my nose right!
  • Fingore: He isn't awake when it happens, but Rapunzel accidentally slams his fingers in the doors of her closet.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He and Rapunzel start to become more friendly with each other after escaping the guards chasing after them and nearly drowning together.
  • First-Person Peripheral Narrator: He claims, when narrating the opening, that it's not his story, it's Rapunzel's. Which in important respects is only technically true.
  • Flynning: Besides the obvious Pun, he engages in some of this with Maximus when he's wielding a Frying Pan of Doom and the horse is dueling him with a sword. He even lampshades the absurdity of it.
    You should know that this is the strangest thing I have ever done!
  • Freudian Excuse: In the pilot movie, he proposes to Rapunzel, unaware of how stressed she is about being a princess and the fact that he's putting her on the spot in a royal banquet doesn't help matters. It leads to her temporarily rejecting it. Cass calls him out for this, and he explains later to Rapunzel actually Pascal in disguise that the reason why he proposed is because he grew up in an environment where he had nothing and he wants their future family to have everything.
  • Greed: His original motive.
  • Has a Type: He tells Rapunzel at one point he has a thing for brunettes. Or he could be saying it just to let her know he loves her regardless of her new hair color.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices his life for Rapunzel's freedom at the end. He gets better.
  • Hidden Depths: He casually mentions reading to the other orphans in the orphanage, and how he wants money to be able to do things and go places like a character he read to them about.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: "You can't tell anyone about this (his real name). My reputation would be totally ruined."
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Snuggly Duckling backfired badly on him.
  • Hot Consort: Through marriage to Rapunzel.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Why he's a thief in the first place.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He did pretty good at fencing with a frying pan. Better, in fact, than with an actual sword.
    Flynn: I have GOT to get me one of these!
  • Iron Buttmonkey: He seems to be Made of Iron when it comes to physical comedy. Not so resistant to stabbing, though.
  • Ironic Echo: In the trailer, Flynn calling for Rapunzel to let down her hair was humorous. Less so for the single time he uses it in the movie.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Flynn's last moments of life (as far as he knows), Rapunzel makes a promise to never resist Mother Gothel again so long as she is allowed to save his life. Rather than allow her to save him, Flynn decides to use the last of his strength to cut Rapunzel's hair with a shard of glass, causing it to lose its power and depriving Gothel of the reason Rapunzel was so important to her. In a way, this is a case of this trope going both ways.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not exactly malicious, he just gets himself in a lot of trouble thanks to his thieving and he's greedy, self-centered, and really sassy. He gets better.
  • Karma Houdini: Justified. Since he helped Rapunzel return to her birth parents, he was pardoned from stealing the princess's tiara.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Gothel stabs him to keep Rapunzel's existence a secret. Or so she says.
  • Land in the Saddle: Flynn is catapulted over a high wall as part of his prison breakout and lands in Maximus' saddle. Thanks to Rule of Cool, nobody gets hurt. He's just as surprised as anyone else about that.
  • Le Parkour: Flynn and the Stabbington brothers use this at times, perhaps most noticeably while climbing on the palace roof in their first scene.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Complete with the usual aesop. Flynn even admits that his dream involves him being alone and has to be forced into participating in the Crowd Song and the Dance Line.
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: He briefly loses a boot when he's used as a human tug-of-war rope between Rapunzel and Maximus.
  • Lovable Rogue: Invoked. He tries to cultivate this image, but his Wanted posters just can't get the nose right.
  • Love at First Punch: Rapunzel and Flynn's relationship kicks off with her knocking him out with a frying pan after he breaks into her tower.
  • Love Redeems: Rapunzel's love for Flynn causes him to change his thieving ways and return to bearing his old name Eugene Fitzherbert.
  • Made of Iron: Flynn should at least be bruised from head to toe with many broken bones and concussions from all the abuse he goes through in this movie, but most of it doesn't leave a scratch on him. Though, he's still vulnerable to daggers and pointy rocks.
  • Man Child: Well, he was an orphan who had to take care of himself. His entire schtick is trying way too hard to embody a grade-schooler's idea of a badass, swashbuckling hero.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    • When Flynn and Rapunzel are about to see the lights appear, Rapunzel is worried about what to do with her life after she realizes her dream of seeing the lanterns. He consoles her by telling her, "Well, that's the good part I guess. You get to go find a new dream." This turns up again later when Eugene has returned to the tower in an attempt to free Rapunzel. Dying, he says, "You were my new dream." Rapunzel responds, in a tear-filled voice, "And you were mine."
    • The first and last times Flynn sees Rapunzel's long hair emerge from her tower are nearly identical, with her golden hair forming a loop as it flies out of the window into the sunlit air as he clings to the wall of the tower. The second time, it's not Rapunzel.
  • Meaningful Name: Eugene is Greek for "well born", so it's only fitting that he later marries the princess.
  • Meaningful Rename: He reveals in the epilogue that he goes back to his birth name.
  • Motor Mouth: Anytime he's freaking out.
  • Mr. Fanservice: According to an interview, Flynn's design came from the artists having the female staff members writing down all of the celebrities they thought were most good-looking and borrowing from that. Word of God called the gathering of female staff members "The Hot Man Meeting".
  • Named by the Adaptation: He was only ever referred to as "the prince" in the original tale.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: He betrays his original partners in the opening.
  • Official Couple: With Rapunzel. They become a couple towards the end of the movie and then get married in the sequel short.
  • Oh, and X Dies: The opening narration starts off with Flynn stating, "This is the story of how I died." By the time it comes up in the story, odds are good you've forgotten about that line. Additionally, the first-time viewer, after observing his personality, would think he was exaggerating for drama.
  • Oh, Crap!: He gets a lot of these reactions. It's played for laughs during his encounters with Maximus. It's played for drama when the guards reveal he's going to be hanged for stealing the crown.
    • Subverted anytime he sees one of his "Wanted" posters — which would cause most people an "Oh, Crap!", but he only fusses about how his nose is drawn.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Eugene Fitzherbert. "Flynn Rider" is the name of the hero of "The Tales of Flynnigan Rider", a story he loved as a child. He starts going by Eugene again later in the movie.
  • Only Sane Man: Just check out his expressions during the "I've Got A Dream" song.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Flynn is being escorted out of the prison to his death sentence, he encounters the Stabbington Brothers again. Rather than being intimidated by them, as he has every other time, Flynn is furious. He breaks free of the guards and cows two men twice his size and ten times as vicious into answering his questions.
  • Opposites Attract: With Rapunzel. He's a jaded, worldly-wise thief, she's a spirited, innocent princess.
  • Parental Abandonment: He's an orphan.
  • Pretty Boy: Intentionally invoked, his design is a composite of many men the women in the studio deemed attractive.
  • Protector Behind Bars: His imminent execution doesn't bother him as much as when he realizes that Rapunzel is Mother Gothel's captive.
  • Rags to Royalty: He is an orphan and a thief who marries a princess (though he didn't know that she was royalty when he fell in love with her).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The laid-back and snarky Blue Oni to Rapunzel's energetic and emotional Red Oni.
  • Reverse Psychology: Flynn uses this, trying to get rid of Rapunzel by using her fear of disobeying her mother, by encouraging her to do it:
    Flynn: Overprotecting mother, forbidden road trip... But let me ease your conscience: this is part of growing up. A little rebellion, a little adventure. That's good, healthy even. [...] Does your mother deserve it? No. Would this break her heart and crush her soul? Of course. But you've just got to do it.
  • Reformed Criminal: By the end of the movie, Eugene turns his life around and stops thieving.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Rapunzel. He just stands there and snarks at her naivety as she's excitedly running around and exploring the world.
  • The Southpaw: He fights against Maximus wielding the frying pan with his left hand.
  • Spanner in the Works: Flynn entering her tower to escape the guards with the stolen tiara is what leads Rapunzel to discovering her true identity.
  • Sticky Fingers: Lifts the loot from his partners early in the film and Rapunzel's tiara in the epilogue.
  • Swashbuckler: Albeit a bit more anti-heroic and snarky than usual for this kind of character.
  • That Man Is Dead: Flynn Rider dies as he begins embracing his true name and personality. So the Tonight, Someone Dies warning at the beginning is very true; it is the story of Flynn's death and his rebirth as Eugene.
  • They Do: In the narration, Flynn/Eugene and Rapunzel assure us it is so. We see their wedding in the short.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Flynn gets angry, his voice gets more intense, but he doesn't devolve into shouting or a mindless rage. He's basically still himself, but suddenly a lot more willing to get physical.
  • Unreliable Narrator: He announces that the story isn't about him, but rather Rapunzel. It's actually about both of them.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Courtesy of Rapunzel: Flynn really starts to grow after Rapunzel tells him that she likes Eugene better. She also takes to calling him by that name as well, a gesture of respect that greatly fosters Flynn's later Character Development.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: The only appropriate response to seeing your not-quite girlfriend making friends with the hell-beast of a horse that's been chasing you all over the place.

Voiced by: N/A
Appears in: Tangled | The Series | Ever After

Rapunzel's pet chameleon and constant companion.

Voiced by: Nathan Greno
Appears in: Tangled | The Series | Ever After

The Captain of the Guard's horse, who is unfortunately more competent than the captain himself. At the beginning of the movie, he dedicates himself to hunting Flynn down for getting the tiara.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Maximus hunts things by following their scent, sits on the ground with his front legs extended, and wags his tail out of joy. note  All in the name of Rule of Funny. Also, Rapunzel pets him and speaks to him in the same way you would to a dog.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Maximus is the most badass character in the entire movie: if he had been around when Rapunzel was a baby, he would have tracked down the missing princess before the sunrise. He's also more skilled with a sword than his rider.
  • Animal Reaction Shot: Gets a few of these, although the job is mainly Pascal's.
  • Badass Adorable: Don't let the fact that he's a cute horse (that has dog mannerisms) deceive you, he is miles more competent than the soldiers he fights alongside.
  • Butt Monkey: He and Pascal in Tangled Ever After.
  • Character Development: Maximus in the beginning was all about protocol and rules and regulations, going so far as to track down the lawbreaker even after his rider, the head guard, had fallen off. Later, it turns out he's a real softie for cute young girls and their dreams, and even gives the aforementioned lawbreaker some leeway for the sake of their love, lending his super-horse strength and fighting skills to break Eugene out of prison and the gallows.
  • Cool Horse: Not only is he a massive Determinator, he's a master fencer despite not having hands.
  • Cutlass Between the Teeth: When fighting Flynn. Hey, it's not like he has thumbs.
  • Determinator: When hunting Flynn, he's not gonna stop for anything. Except for Rapunzel calling him a good boy.
  • Expy:
  • Hazy Feel Turn: After he realizes that Eugene truly cares about Rapunzel, and assembles the Pub Thugs to help him escape execution. From a certain point of view, this could also be considered a Face–Heel Turn. Or it could be that Maximus felt he had an obligation since he'd promised to cut Flynn slack for 24 hours as a favor to Rapunzel (it was her birthday). Maximus has a funny Animal Reaction Shot when Flynn starts acting heartfelt about being rescued.
  • Horsing Around: Being the Captain of the Guard's horse, Maximus does his best to capture Flynn.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: More competent and effective than the entire royal guard put together.
  • Improbable Weapon User: A sword normally isn't the world's most improbable weapon, but when a horse is wielding it, it could count. In the end, Maximus trains an entire squad of frying-pan wielding guards.
  • Inspector Javert: Towards Flynn, at first. Doug Walker compared him to the actual Javert.
  • Land in the Saddle: See Flynn's entry.
  • Le Parkour: While Flynn's riding him as part of his prison break.
  • Made of Iron: The abuse that Maximus' legs put up with would cripple a normal horse a dozen times over. But thanks to Toon Physics, they do fine.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: When Maximus recruits the Pub Thugs to help Flynn escape execution.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The dam, which breaks, and almost drowns a few people.
  • The Nose Knows: Snuffles along the ground like any blood hound.
  • Shipper on Deck: Eventually, he starts shipping Rapunzel and Flynn, including pushing the latter into the Falling in Love Montage. Literally.
  • Silent Snarker: He manages to be a Deadpan Snarker, without ever saying a word.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: A royal mount that got separated from his rider but still kept trying to bring Flynn in. He eventually warms up to him.
  • They Have the Scent: He whinnies rather than bays, of course.
  • Think Nothing of It: In an eloquent whinny.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Surprisingly, he chooses good. Doubles as Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!.
  • White Stallion: Originally the horse of the captain of the guard, now friends with Flynn Rider who becomes Rapunzel's hero.


    Mother Gothel

"Oh, great. Now I'm the bad guy."

Voiced by: Donna Murphy
Appears in: Tangled | The Seriesnote 

An old woman who was, prior to the film, the only person who knew of the magic flower that could reverse her aging. When the flower is taken from her and ingested by the queen, Gothel instead kidnaps the queen's daughter, who had the essence of the flower, and raises her as her own. Eighteen years later, Gothel is content with keeping Rapunzel as her personal Fountain of Youth, which is forced to change once Rapunzel decides she wants to see the outside world.
  • Abusive Parent: She is of the emotionally abusive variety.
  • Action Mom: Well, adoptive mom, anyway.
  • Adaptational Badass: Played straight in the sense of getting her hands dirty, unlike the witch in the original Rapunzel fairytale; inverted in the sense of not being a witch.
  • Adult Fear: How she keeps Rapunzel in the tower. Also, her reaction to Rapunzel being missing, but it's a clear-cut example of being a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Implied to be this, given her Quirky Curls and black hair. Gothel also perpetuates the nagging and overprotective Jewish Mother/wife stereotype.
  • All Take and No Give: Both the Taker and the Giver manifestations at once. She lives to take care of Rapunzel, but only to use her to stay young, and keeps her locked up.
  • Alto Villainess: Voiced by Donna Murphy.
  • Audible Sharpness: When she picks up her dagger.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike in the source material, Gothel might not have any magical powers outside of knowledge of how to use the flower's magic. All of her flash and vanishings in "Mother Knows Best" could be stagecraft. Instead, she's just a woman with centuries of experience, including in manipulating people. This makes her no less dangerous.
  • Beneath the Mask: Gothel appears to be a loving, though overprotective (and emotionally abusive), mother towards Rapunzel. Even though it shows she's selfish and cares more for Rapunzel's hair and its power than the girl herself, it's only in the end, when Rapunzel discovers she'd kidnapped her as an infant, that Gothel's true nature comes about and she's revealed to be willing to do absolutely anything to keep Rapunzel's power all to herself, even outright murder.
  • Big Bad: She kidnapped Rapunzel when she was a baby, and is the main source of conflict in the film.
  • Big "NO!": Followed by several Little Nos after Flynn/Eugene cuts Rapunzel's hair.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be Rapunzel's loving mother, but in actuality, she was the woman who kidnapped Rapunzel as a baby because her hair was full of magic from the flower used to de-age Gothel that got crushed into medicine for Rapunzel's real mother, the queen.
  • Black Cloak: She wears one a lot of the time to cover up her face, especially when the age-defying effects of the spell start wearing off.
  • Blah Blah Blah: Her opinion of Rapunzel's "mumbling."
  • Cape Swish: Mothel Gothel is very good at this: it's one of her attributes that implies she is a witch and appears most prominently after "Mother Knows Best (Reprise)".
  • Cloak & Dagger: Stabs Flynn through the stomach in the climax.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She stabs Flynn through the stomach after he climbs into Rapunzel's tower at the climax of the movie.
  • Compassionate Critic: Towards Rapunzel; or at least, she wants Rapunzel to think she's compassionate.
  • Control Freak: This counts as both her Berserk Button and Fatal Flaw — everything has to go exactly her way, or she flips out.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: One of her favored justifications of the above.
  • Dark is Evil: Gothel has raven-black hair and a penchant for darker clothing (including a black cape and hood), in contrast to Rapunzel's more bright and innocent colour scheme.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Does this quite a bit in the movie.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the original, the witch was stuck in the tower she imprisoned Rapunzel in, she cannot get out after she cut off Rapunzel's hair and cut the rest just to attempt to spite and kill Rapunzel's love, but she still lived (though it won't be a happy life being imprisoned there with no way out). Mother Gothel is struck with Rapid Aging and fell to her death, but completely turned to dust before she even hit the ground.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted. Although the villain indeed falls from a great height, she dies before she hits the ground due to the Rapid Aging brought on by Rapunzel's hair being cut. The movie even shows her empty cloak striking the ground.
  • Domestic Abuser: Mother Gothel uses a variety of subtle emotional and psychological abuses to manipulate Rapunzel into staying in the tower. Authorities on Domestic Abuse say that the portrayal is remarkably accurate.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has black hair and fair skin. She's also a hundred of years old lady who kidnapped a baby and manipulated Rapunzel for 18 years so she could remain young forever.
  • Evil All Along: Rapunzel eventually discovers this about Mother Gothel; the audience knows it the whole time.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor:
    (looking in the mirror with Rapunzel) Look in that mirror. I see a strong, confident, beautiful young lady. Oh look, you're here too. (laughs)
  • Evil Is Hammy: Subverted. Gothel definitely counts as a ham in the beginning when she pretends to be a mother figure to Rapunzel, but later in the film when she decides to become "the bad guy", she's basically all evil and no ham.
  • Evil Matriarch: She's not Rapunzel's biological mother; rather, she kidnapped Rapunzel for her Fountain of Youth properties.
  • Evil Plan: Keep Rapunzel locked up in the tower forever so she can stay young forever.
  • Expy:
    • Mother Gothel looks very similar to the way Bernadette Peters portrayed the character in Into the Woods. They even have the exact same motive for locking Rapunzel in the tower (protection from the outside world). There's also the young and old forms both take, the arrogant insistence of being right, and the awesome singing voices. However, the former fills in the blanks with much darker reasons, to the point of being a Deconstruction of the latter.
    • Her eternal youth shtick might also be something of a surviving trait of the original concept of Yzma. Further evidence of this one comes from the fact that The Emperor's New Groove started life as a much more standard Disney flick under the working title Kingdom of the Sun. Note the motif of the kingdom in Tangled. The key difference here is that Proto-Yzma believed that the sun itself was what robbed her of her youth and beauty, while Mother Gothel actually gains hers from the essence of sunlight.
    • Her over-protectiveness and passive-aggressive emotional manipulation also call to mind Frollo from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The song "Mother Knows Best" and Frollo's part of "Out There" are, lyrically, uncannily similar.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Mother: Mother Gothel kept Rapunzel's desire to leave the tower she was living/prisoner in in check for most of her life by a combination of belittling her and telling terrifying tales of the outside. In this variation, however, Gothel has no interest in protecting Rapunzel's feelings or well-being, and keeping her in the tower is directly related to Gothel's own gain.
  • Faux Affably Evil: As motherly, kind, and compromising as she tries to act, the mask is prone to slipping.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Her knocking aside her own concealing basket was the only way her flower was ever found.
  • Hollywood Costuming: Deliberately done, where Mother Gothel's wardrobe is clearly several centuries out of date compared to everyone else's clothing, hinting that she's been around much longer than she appears.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: Mother Gothel wants to remain young and beautiful forever by any means necessary.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Mother Gothel acts immature for how old she looks, let alone her actual age.
  • Immortality Immorality: Gothel has lived so long in her youthful form that if she stops, death will be almost instantaneous. Hence her mania at the prospect of Rapunzel leaving her, and (when the chips are down) the claws coming out when Flynn gets in her way.
  • In the Back: Mother Gothel does this to Flynn/Eugene when she fatally stabs him in the back with her dagger, unseen, while he's trying to save Rapunzel (though, of course, Gothel may or may not be a Dirty Coward, yet she does fight dirty). Guess he should have seen that one coming.
  • It's All About Me: To the point that poor Rapunzel can barely get a word in edgewise.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: As an old woman, she can hardly be called attractive or beautiful. That is her motivation to use the healing flower and, later, abusing Rapunzel.
  • Jerkass: Mother Gothel is an explicable one to Rapunzel from beginning to end, it appears, and makes little attempts to hide it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She only cares about Rapunzel because she needs her hair to keep herself young and beautiful.
  • Jewish Mother: Implied in the second verse of "Mother Knows Best".
  • "Just Joking" Justification: "I'm teasing" is practically Mother Gothel's Catchphrase and is yet another example of her manipulation of Rapunzel.
  • Knife Nut: Gothel's preferred method of combat, when she's not using her hundreds of years of cunning. She doesn't get around to actually stabbing anyone. Until the end, where she really makes it count.
  • Lady in Red: Wears a carmine outfit.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Especially if you're eternally young and beautiful.
  • Manipulative Bitch: What she does to Rapunzel for 18 years and how she recruits the Stabbington Brothers.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Mother Gothel does this a couple of times...or tricks Rapunzel into running into it, which is basically the same.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: She's able to pull off several Stealth Hi/Bye during her Villain Song, but the movie never clarifies if she uses some kind of supernatural powers or if she's just a very good illusionist. For some reason, the uncertainty makes it even more creepy.
  • Meaningful Echo: Mother Gothel's weary proclamation that she looks like "the bad guy" after an argument with Rapunzel in the beginning of the film. The second time she says it, she decides to take the role much more literally.
  • More Than Mind Control: Kidnapping Rapunzel as a baby? Check. Filling her head with actually pretty truthful scary stories of the outside world so that she will stay in her tower forever? Check. Rapunzel feeling guilty when she finally does leave the tower? Check. Rapunzel feeling sorry for Gothel's death in the end? Check...mate.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Her love for Rapunzel's hair is a twisted and warped thing. It doesn't mean she can't kill Flynn for winning Rapunzel's actual love, leading to Rapunzel's realizing that she doesn't love her.
  • My Beloved Smother: She won't even let Rapunzel out of the tower. Though that's because she cares more about the hair than the girl it's attached to.
  • Never My Fault: Views herself as a victim rather than a villain for most of the movie, until she decides to become the bad guy.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: For some reason, she looks really similar to Cher.
  • No Immortal Inertia: The immortality granted by Rapunzel's hair is immediately revoked if her hair is cut, causing anyone surviving in such a way to age rapidly if they touch the hair while it is losing its powers.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: She promises the Stabbington brothers more wealth, and revenge. They get the latter, and an arrest.
  • Oh, Crap!: Mother Gothel when she sees Maximus; she quickly deduces Rapunzel is gone, fearing the royal guard have found her at last. And again when Mother Gothel returns Rapunzel to the tower after her adventure. As she checks up on her, Rapunzel walks out of her room in a daze and says, "I'm the lost princess." You know Gothel can't think anything but this!
  • One Bad Mother: Mother Gothel.
  • Outdated Outfit: Her clothing is centuries out of date, serving as a signifier that she's a lot older than she seems.
  • Pet the Dog: Mother Gothel's doting over Rapunzel is somewhat difficult to place motive-wise, but there are a few hints that she may actually consider her more than just a walking Fountain of Youth.
  • Quirky Curls: Her curly black hair.
  • Rapid Aging: Happens to Mother Gothel when she no longer has the power of Rapunzel's hair to maintain her longer-than-normal youth. Definitely doubles as Accidental Nightmare Fuel, as it appears to be pretty damn painful. It happens throughout the rest of the movie too, only more slowly; in only two days away from Rapunzel, she already looks pretty aged by the time they go back to the tower.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Pale skin, black hair, vain and beautiful.
  • Really 700 Years Old: In the opening narration it's even said that she predates Rapunzel's kingdom by several centuries.
  • Revenge by Proxy: How she treats Flynn before Rapunzel.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: She barely features in any of the trailers if they show her at all, while in the film proper she's a central character who even appears on-screen before Rapunzel and Flynn do.
  • Sliding Scale of Parent-Shaming in Fiction: Type III.
  • The Sociopath: If you're in the camp that believes that Mother Gothel never loved Rapunzel and only faked affection in order to better control her, then that would mean she raised a child, and one of the nicest people in the world, for eighteen years and never saw that child as anything more than a tool for her to use.
  • Statuesque Stunner: "Somebody get me a glass, 'cause I found a tall drink o' water!"
  • Terms of Endangerment: She calls Rapunzel "flower". Another sign of how Gothel only sees Rapunzel as her new magic flower.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Discussed, but Averted, as she was never really good to begin with, and instead of having a Face–Heel Turn she was just dropping the facade.
    "You want me to be the bad guy? Fine — now I'm the bad guy..."
  • Third-Person Person: Mother Gothel while singing "Mother Knows Best" and its Dark Reprise. She also uses it in speech, like "Mother's feeling a little run down my dear..."
  • Vain Sorceress: Apart from not showing any magical powers of her own, she completely embodies this trope, hoarding a magical healing flower to keep herself young and beautiful for centuries, and then kidnapping baby Rapunzel and raising her in a tower for 18 years when the flower's power is transferred to her. In addition, she often puts down Rapunzel and compliments herself. Also provides the trope image for Vain Sorceress.
  • Villain Has a Point: While she was only trying to scare Rapunzel into staying in the tower, Gothel had a point in that the world is a scary place where people can and will take advantage of her, especially if they learn about the power of her hair.
  • Villains Never Lie: Of course, Gothel does lie, but ironically telling one truth led to her undoing years later: had she told Rapunzel that her birthday was a month later, she would have saved herself a lot of trouble.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: With even more claimed passivity than usual; after she stabs Flynn, she tells Rapunzel, "Now look what you've done."
  • Yandere: For Rapunzel's hair, and by extension Rapunzel, whom she wants to stay by her side forever.
  • You Are Grounded:
    You are not leaving this tower! Ever!
  • Your Favorite: Your favorite soup! (Surely an adequate substitute for leaving.)

    The Stabbington Brothers
Voiced by: Ron Perlman and John DiMaggio (uncredited)
Appears in: Tangled

Flynn's partners-in-crime at the beginning of the film, whom he leaves at the mercy of the kingdom guards to save his own ass. They're clearly not happy about it, and partner up with Mother Gothel to get him.
  • Co-Dragons: To Gothel once they start working together.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: This trope typefies the relations between Flynn and the Stabbington brothers. Ironically, the Stabbington Brothers are never the ones who do the betraying. (Perhaps they aren't clever enough to manage it.)

    Lady Caine 

Voiced by: Laura Benanti
Appears in: The Series

The daughter of a petty thief that was persecuted by King Frederic and the Royal Guard during his harding down on crime after Rapunzel's abduction. Wishing for revenge for her father, Lady Caine became the leader of a pirate gang against the Kingdom of Corona.
  • Captured on Purpose: Her plan was for her cronies to intentionally get arrested, knowing that they'd be taken to the palace dungeons where Lady Caine, who's already infiltrated the palace under the guise of the Duchess of Quintonia, can let them out, allowing them to bypass the guards and strike from inside the palace.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The Duchess of Quintonia is one of the guests Rapunzel has to greet at the beginning of the pilot movie, and leaves after making a snide remark. She returns in the narrative much later and is revealed to be Lady Caine in disguise.
  • Create Your Own Villain: King Frederic's crackdown on crime is the reason she's antagonistic towards the royal family in the first place.
  • Deadpan Snarker: More so than Eugene and Cass.
  • Disk One Final Boss: She is the Big Bad of the pilot movie, but she's quickly defeated and arrested at the end of it.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Rapunzel. Her own father was taken from her as a result of Fredric cracking down on criminals, mirroring how Rapunzel herself was left without her father (or any of her parents) for a majority of her life, being a free spirit, and relies on the same tactic Rapunzel had in the pilot to avoid letting her parents know about her hair to disguise herself, covering her own hair with a huge wig.
  • Freudian Excuse: King Frederic being overly harsh with the law led to Caine's father, a petty thief, to rot in prison/be executed.
  • Revenge: She desires revenge on King Frederic for imprisoning her father.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She disguised as the Duchess of Quintonia, but that raises the question of what happened to the real Duchess.

Corona Residents

    Queen Arianna and King Frederic
Voiced by: Queen Arianna - Kari Wahlgren (Tangled Ever After), Julie Bowen (Tangled Before Ever After); King Frederic - Clancy Brown (Tangled Before Ever After)
Appears in: Tangled | The Series | Ever After

Rapunzel's biological parents and the rulers of Corona.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: The king and queen are implied to have this, or something very close to it.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the original tale, the parents didn't bother looking for their daughter after giving her up. In the film, both are obviously distraught over their daughter's kidnapping, but they almost lost hope.
  • Adaptational Badass: Not in the fighting sense, but they go from hungry peasants to rulers of their home.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The father steals lettuce from a witch's garden in the original tale, simply because his pregnant wife had a craving for them. They also disappear from the story and never seem to bother about the whereabouts of the daughter they gave up. In the film, the mother is dying. And rather than knowingly stealing from the witch, they find a golden flower that the witch had been using to make herself young. And the witch kidnaps the baby. Rapunzel is also reunited with her parents at the end — and they're implied to have been searching for her all her life.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Averted. As the pilot movie of the series shows, the King suffers from some form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, having flashbacks of Rapunzel getting kidnapped as a baby.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: The King has thick, bushy, brown eyebrows.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Their only child was kidnapped and missing for eighteen years.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After Rapunzel was abducted, the King laid down the hammer hard on all crimes, including petty thieves. Naturally, this leads to at least one villain being created out of this mess.
  • Good Parents: While they don't get much screen time, Rapunzel's parents clearly loved their daughter and, after she was kidnapped, spent the next eighteen years trying to find her, then waiting for her. As shown in the series, Rapunzel's mother is more supportive of her, and wants to make sure she's happy in her new life.
  • Happily Married: Even thought their daughter's disappearance left them heartbroken, they still provided comfort and support in their marriage.
  • Ill Girl: The Queen in the opening narration, which prompted the soldiers to search out the flower.
  • King on His Deathbed: The Queen in the opening narration, as stated above. She got better.
  • Knight Templar Parent: To some extent, the King. After Rapunzel was kidnapped, the King went hard on all crime, including petty crimes. It sounded like a good idea to him at the time, but he underestimated them.
  • Mama Bear: She and her husband spent the last eighteen years searching for their daughter.
  • Mystical Pregnancy: The Queen's pregnancy is of the "normal, supernaturally complicated" variety; she fell ill while carrying Rapunzel. The magic flower that she ingested as a cure gave Rapunzel's hair its magic powers.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The King's Disproportionate Retribution on criminals led to at least one criminal being created to avenge her father, who was a mere petty crook. While Caine has been sent to prison for now, she may return to cause more trouble than just screwing up Rapunzel's coronation and there's probably more people out for revenge on the Royal Family.
  • Nice Person: Both of them are noted to be kind people.
    • Queen Arianna is motherly, forgiving, and humble, and very fond of and supportive of her daughter.
    • King Frederic is loving and joyous.
  • Older Than They Look: Queen Arianna at the end of the movie. Note how much her husband King Frederic's appearance ages between the beginning and the 18-years-later end of the movie note  but she barely looks to have aged inbetween those years. YMMV: Could be explained by her ingestion of the magical flower at the beginning, and that having gived her the anti-aging effect Mother Gothel was using the flower for but in in one big (lasting 2 decades) boost note .
  • Papa Wolf: Fredric and his wife spent the last eighteen years searching for their daughter. And while the Queen is more laidback when Rapunzel returns to the castle, the King wants Rapunzel to be safe at all times—including putting half the royal guard around her whenever she goes out and refusing to let her go outside the walls without permission.
  • Parents as People: Although Fredric is a kind and loving person, years of fear and inexperience with actually being a parent means that he's a lot more over-protective of Rapunzel than he needs to be and he ends up stifling the freedom she's wanted for so long in an effort to keep her safe.
  • Parents Know Their Children: Implied to be the reason Rapunzel's parents recognize her in the end, despite her long blonde hair having been cut and turned brown.
  • Proper Lady: The Queen. She is more emotionally resilient, or at least better at looking the part. She's also the one who literally pulls Eugene into the group hug at the end, when he hesitates.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The Queen pretty much has Rapunzel's face. That might explain why she was able to recognize her.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The Queen says one line in Tangled Ever After. Then again, it was in an Imagine Spot.
    Those were my grandmother's wedding rings!
    • And they're both properly voiced in the series.
  • Unnamed Parent: The King and Queen's names weren't revealed in the movie. Their names were finally given here.
  • The Voiceless: The King and Queen never speak on-screen in the movie. The fact that these two characters have three of the most emotionally charged scenes in the entire movie is a testament to the animation quality of the movie.

    The Snuggly Duckling Thugs
Voiced by: Brad Garrett (Hook Hand Thug); Jeffrey Tambor (Big-Nose Thug), Paul Tompkins (Short Thug)
Appears in: Tangled | The Series | Ever After

Regulars at the Snuggly Duckling Bar, these guys seem like your typical tough nuts who wouldn't hesitate to beat the living daylights out of you...until you find out what they're really like.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Gunther, who's noticeably thinner and more well-groomed than his brethren, and does interior design on the side. Not to mention what he's wearing: a fur open sleeveless vest with nothing underneath, and on his lower half something appearing to be tights.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Snuggly Duckling looks like a stereotypical one of these, being filled with scary-looking thugs.
  • Beneath the Mask: It's revealed that they've all got dreams they want to do.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hilariously inverted, then played straight.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Their busting Flynn/Eugene out of prison.
  • Butt Monkey: Big Nose is treated this way by the other thugs, especially Hook Hand. During "I've Got a Dream", Hook Hand first violently throws Big Nose away like a puppet and later delivers him a big punch into his face. Then as Big Nose sings himself, one of the thugs literally vomits from seeing his face (Big Nose is even lampshading it by singing "My face leaves people screaming").
  • Chekhov's Gunman: They sing hilarious song "I've Got A Dream", about all their most cherished dreams. Later, the skills relating to these dreams come in handy when they band together to rescue Flynn from execution, thanks in part to Maximus.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Shorty is pretty much this compared to the other thugs. He is the only character that directly looks at the viewer; seems to have a fascination for flying (roped up to the ceiling during "I've Got a Dream", and even floating up the sky on balloons at the end); says nothing during the whole movie except for one line which is blatantly hitting on Mother Gothel — remarkable in itselfnote ; is used by the other thugs to roleplay lovey-dovey things (a rowboat date, even being Cupid); wears nothing but a loincloth (which can even easily be mistaken for a diaper...); and is so much smaller, less fit, and older (not to mention not equipped with any weapons to counter that) than the other thugs, that it begs the question how he can be a thug in the first place...
  • Fluffy the Terrible: The Snuggly Duckling sounds a very fitting name for a bar whose main patrons are a bunch of scary-looking rogues. Subverted since said rogues are actually nice guys.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Pausing when the thugs are fighting over which one will claim Flynn's reward (before the musical number starts), you can see that Atilla (the baker) has a tattoo of a pair of swords crossed over a cupcake.
  • Gag Nose: Big-Nose Thug.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: See Real Men Wear Pink.
  • Hook Hand: The thug who dreams of being a pianist.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Big-Nose Thug.
  • Large Ham: Wait'll they start singing.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: When Maximus recruits them to bust Flynn out of prison.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Bruiser and Killer. "Fang" sounds pretty alarming too.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Big Nose, Hook Hand, Shorty, Bruiser, Killer, Fang. These are also all Exactly What It Says on the Tin names (well, in the case of Fang let's assume - he's never shown). The other five thugs are called by normal first names though.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: All of the pub thugs at the Snuggly Duckling. Some of their dreams include: floral arrangements, interior design, miming, baking cupcakes, knitting, puppet shows, and collecting ceramic unicorns.
  • Serious Business: Singing, apparently.
    Hook-handed Thug: [After all the thug have sung their parts] What about you?
    Flynn: I'm sorry, ME?
    Big-nosed Thug: What's your dream? [Helps him down from being suspended]
    Flynn: NO, no no, sorry boys. I don't sing. [Over two dozen swords are directed towards his face] I have dreams like you, no really! Just much less touchy-feely...

Voiced by: Eden Espinosa
Appears in: The Series

Rapunzel's handmaiden and the daughter of the captain of the Royal Guard.
  • Action Girl: She's a tough-as-nails handmaiden who knows her way around a sword.
  • Almighty Janitor: Cassandra may be a handmaiden whose father is Captain of the Royal Guard, but her own talent and knowledge exceeds her standing.
  • Brainy Brunette: Cassandra has black hair and is quite intelligent.
  • The Confidant: Rapunzel confides in her about things like why she doesn't want to marry Eugune yet, her princess issues, and is the first person she trusts with things like sneaking out of the castle and the sudden regrowth of her magic hair.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has quite the witty sense of humor.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her leggings have different colors near the boots.
  • Foil:
    • To Rapunzel — Rapunzel is a bubbly, naive girl who wears light clothing and comes from a wealth family; Cassandra is a serious, smart girl whose main outfit are dark clothing and her family isn't from royalty, they work for royalty (her father is the Captain of the Guards).
    • To Eugene — Both are the sarcastic, cynical loved one to Rapunzel. However, while Eugene is a former criminal, while Cassandra is a servant for the royal family.
  • Headbutting Heroes: To Eugene, but when the time calls for it, they do work together without any major problems.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Most of her collections are swords and she carries around a rapier.
  • Kick the Dog: In the royal banquet, Cassandra makes Eugene sit on a table with messy children, and rubs it in his face.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cassandra is snide and dismissive towards Eugene, but shows her soft and protective side to Rapunzel.
  • Living a Double Life: She is the princess's Lady-In-Waiting by day, but she dabbles in combat when she has the time. However, she does not go around advertising her abilities because what she does will draw attention to Rapunzel, and such news might reach the King.
  • Multicolored Hair: Her hair is mainly black but has numerous greyish/silver streaks.
  • Raised by Dudes: Cassandra credits her daredevil attitude and proficiency with weapons to having the Captain of the Royal Guards for a father. For that matter, her upbringing is probably why Eugene's status as a reformed criminal marks him as undesirable in Cassandra's eyes as well.
  • The Rival: While Eugene has problems trusting a lot of new people in the castle, such as various guards, but Cassandra is openly hostile toward him (in her words, she doesn't like him for anyone), and the two are constantly arguing and insulting each other.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Cassandra is the Tomboy to Rapunzel's Girly Girl. Cassandra has an entire armory of swords, is more comfortable in a tunic and pants according to the junior novelization, and has short hair.

    Other Residents of Corona 

Other people who live in The Kingdom of Corona.
  • Dance Line: Rapunzel initiates one while touring the kingdom.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: At the end, the Royal Guard seem to have adopted this as their primary weapon.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: With the exception of Maximus the horse, Corona's guards are incredibly incompetent. First they couldn't catch an old lady running and carrying a baby or find the nearby tower where she hid. Then they couldn't catch Flynn until he was literally tied up and handed to them, despite the fact that he was dancing around town in plain sight and they knew he was accompanied by a girl who really stands out in a crowd. They leave their wimpiest guy alone with two humongous brutes, and he turns out about as effective as you would expect. Finally, it was laughably easy for Flynn to swipe the tiara in the first place.
  • Police Are Useless: It says a lot that the most competent, efficient and devoted member of the guards is the guard leader's horse. Who ends up getting the guard leader's job. For his part, the Captain of the Guard has shown an incredible amount of devotion (how many guys can immediately resume chasing a thief after getting knocked unconscious?) and his heart's certainly in the right place. Unfortunately, he's let down by his poor decision-making, his men, his lack of intelligence and his tendency to get knocked out at the worst possible time.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The sisters who braid Rapunzel's hair all look alike. Quite possibly, they're quadruplets.

Alternative Title(s): Tangled Ever After, Tangled Before Ever After, Tangled The Series