Characters: Tangled

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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.

Voiced by: Mandy Moore

  • 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.
  • Action Duo: With Flynn. Later on they become more of a Battle Couple.
  • 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 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 during the song "Mother Knows Best" when afraid, Genki Girl, she's overall naive, very pretty and downright adorably Moe.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Pulling up Mother Gothel from the top of the tower everyday has made her stronger than she looks. She can effortlessly wield a frying pan one-handed.
  • 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.
  • Compressed Hair: While touring the kingdom, her 70 feet of hair is compressed into one floor-length braid. Justified as it was braids that were braided to create one big braid.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Thanks to her hair, she is endearing 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 cup her fingers over her toes. 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.
  • Earthy Barefoot Character: Her lack of shoes reflects her free-spirited and energetic nature, her way with animals, and her healing powers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 their all her life. Unlike the standard trope, she could physically leave whenever she wanted but her "mom" said she couldn't.
  • Girly Bruiser: Though 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.
  • 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.
  • Held Gaze: With Flynn during their song of romance "Now I See The Light".
  • 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.
  • "I Want" Song: "When Will My Life Begin?"
  • 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.
  • Living MacGuffin: Her hair, which can heal any wound and sickness, and grant someone everlasting youth is why she's locked in a tower.
  • 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.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: From Flynn's perspective, her energy and good-heartedness cause him to change his ways and his life.
  • Mood-Swinger: In one memorable scene when she goes out to the world for the first time in 18 years.
  • Morality Pet:
    • To Flynn. His nicer side doesn't show until he's forced to help 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.
  • Motor Mouth: When she's nervous, Rapunzel tends to start babbling rapidly.
  • 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.
  • No Infantile Amnesia: 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 Eugene. They're in the sequel short.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: While she holds Flynn 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: 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.
  • 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 to 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!
  • 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.
  • Rescue Romance: Rapunzel and Flynn save each other several times and fall in love in between them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 then, she cuts in to Flynn's narration for the first time.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Not that she was a wimp before, but after she meets Flynn, she just keeps on going from there. To go into great detail, Rapunzel starts out as a sweet but incredibly naive girl who lives in fear of breaking her darling "mother's" rules. At the end of the movie, when she confronts Mother Gothel about kidnapping her as a baby, Rapunzel stands up for herself and coldly says that Mother Gothel will never take advantage of her again, shoving Gothel away when she tries to rein Rapunzel in. And when Gothel stabs Flynn and tries to kidnap Rapunzel away again, Rapunzel sets up a huge resistance, saying that she will never stop trying to escape unless Gothel lets her heal Flynn.
  • 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.
  • 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!"

    Flynn Rider 
Voiced by: Zachary Levi

The film's Deuteragonist, a career thief on the run for stealing the missing princess's 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.
  • Action Duo: With Rapunzel. Later on they become more of a Battle Couple.
  • Almost Kiss: See Rapunzel's entry.
  • Anti-Hero: Falls somewhere in between type II and III.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: When he first meets Rapunzel. "I know not who you are..."
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Flynn Rider, which is why he changed to this name.
  • Back from the Dead: Rapunzel's tear brought him back to life. Justified, since in the original tale, Rapunzel healed her beloved's eyesight with her tear.
  • Badass Beard: Flynn has a rather swashbuckling goatee.
  • Be Yourself: His character development is kicked off with this from Rapunzel.
  • Brown Eyes: Noteworthy because of their easily recognizable symbolism: reflecting Flynn's naturally sarcastic and down-to-earth personality in contrast to the ridiculous scenarios he finds himself in. He is also one of the few male Caucasian characters in Western and Eastern animation to have brown eyes.
  • Butt Monkey: His second most prominent trait. Helps that he seems to be Made of Iron when it comes to physical comedy. Not so resistant to stabbing, though.
  • 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 "schwachmache", which basically means "weak-maker". As in, "thing that makes you weak at the knees". Oh, Flynn.
  • Chirping Crickets: Flynn gets this when he comments to his lackeys "I can't believe after all we've been through together, you still don't trust me?"
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Part of his backstory. Though he does hint that there was an Orphan's Ordeal back there.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Deadpan Snarker: He takes every opportunity to snark about his current situation. except the 'almost drowning' part, which adds to the drama.
  • 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.
  • 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 round! 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.
  • 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. Considering it means Eugene, Bastard son of Mr. Herbert who can blame him?
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Genre Savvy:
    "I don't do backstory."
  • Gilligan Cut: During the "I've Got A Dream" number:
    Flynn: No, no, no, sorry, boys. I don't sing.
    (cue swords)
    Flynn: (singing) I have dreams like you, no, really! Just much less touchy-feely...
  • Greed: His original motive.
  • Happily Married: To Rapunzel. The short shows their wedding.
  • Has a Type: Or so he tells Rapunzel at one point.
  • Heroic Bastard: Implied in a rather clever bit of Genius Bonus/Getting Crap Past the Radar: the surname Fitz[blank] originally designated the bearer as the bastard son of Mr. [Blank].
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He did pretty good at fencing with a frying pan.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Just before he (temporarily) dies. Justified — probably realistic — use of this trope, as he's dying of a deep wound in the lung area.
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The "jerk" part may be stretching it a little, though. He's not exactly malicious, he just gets himself in a lot of trouble thanks to his thieving and he's really sassy. He gets better.
  • 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: It would have been much harder for Mother Gothel to have recruited the Stabbington Brothers if he hadn't sold them down the river (figuratively speaking) at the beginning of the story.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Rename: Twice! Once in the Back Story and once in story.
  • "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop: How he steals the crown.
  • 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".
  • No Honor Among Thieves: He betrays his original partners in the opening.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • OOC 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.
  • 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: A Cinderella, as 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).
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Rapunzel.
  • The Southpaw: He fights against Maximus wielding the frying pan with his left hand.
  • 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, 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.

    Mother Gothel 

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

Voiced by: Donna Murphy

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.
  • 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 an woman with centuries of experience, including in manipulating people. This makes her no less dangerous.
  • 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)".
  • 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: Everything has to go exactly her way, or she gets loud and angry, very quickly.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • For some reason, she looks really similar to Cher.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Echo: Mother Gothel's weary proclaim 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sadist: Mother Gothel is incredibly cruel in her emotional manipulations. Shown best when she tricks Rapunzel into thinking that Eugene betrayed her so that the poor girl would be too heartbroken to ever leave the tower.
  • 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.
  • 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: "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.
  • 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.
  • Villain Song: "Mother Knows Best".
  • 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.)


Rapunzel's pet chameleon and constant companion.


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 can wag his tail. All in the name of Rule of Funny.
  • 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: Don't let the fact that he's a horse 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: This may be unintentional, but whenever Maximus is on screen, it's hard not to think of the horse Altivo from The Road to El Dorado - ESPECIALLY when together with Flynn, since he kind of looks like Tulio from the same movie.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    The Snuggly Duckling Thugs 
Voiced by: Brad Garrett (Hook Hand Thug); Jeffrey Tambor (Big-Nose Thug), Paul Tompkins (Short Thug)

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: Gunter, who's noticeably thinner and more well-groomed than his brethren, and does interior design on the side.
  • 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.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The hilarious song "I've Got A Dream", performed by the Pub Thugs, illustrates all their most cherished dreams. Later, these dreams come in handy when they band together to rescue Flynn from execution, thanks in part to Maximus. Combined with Chekhov's Skill, especially in the case of the mime. The first big clue to their later Big Damn Heroes moment was when Flynn spots a ceramic unicorn in the room.
  • 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.
  • "I Want" Song: Their commemorative musical number of the light-heart, upbeat and comically lampshading "I've Got A Dream". They're aware they're not the nicest group of fellows, but they still have dreams.
  • In Love with Love: Big-Nose.

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

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.)

    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: The Royal Guard at the end.
  • 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.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: The king and queen are implied to have this, or something very close to it.
  • Ill Girl: The Queen in the opening narration, which prompted the soldiers to search out the flower.
  • Queen On Her Deathbed: The Queen in the opening narration, as stated above.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. The sisters who braid Rapunzel's hair all look alike.
  • 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!
  • Unnamed Parent: The King and Queen.
  • The Voiceless: The King and Queen never speak on-screen. 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.

Alternative Title(s):

Tangled Ever After