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Voiced by: Mandy Moore, Delaney Rose Stein (as a child, film), Ivy George (as a child, TV show) (English); Romina Marroquín-Payró (trailer and The Series), Danna Paola and Sara Paula Gómez Arias (as a child) (film, Latin American Spanish)
- 100% Adoration Rating: She almost has this among the citizens of Corona. When Monty boos her, she initially doesn't know what being booed means, having never heard it before.
- 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, a 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.
- In the series, she joins a competition on a whim, seeing it as a fun way to spend a Saturday, and ends up outperforming everyone who'd spent time training and preparing for the event.
- 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. Cranked Up to Eleven in The Series where she suddenly becomes a fearless combatant on par with any warrior.
- 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.
- Happens one again in The Series where she's inexplicably portrayed as a fearless and capable fighter against even the toughest opponent, unlike her movie self who barely escaped danger most of the time.
- 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.
- Affectionate Nickname: Eugene calls her "blondie", while Cassandra calls her "Raps".
- Agony of the Feet: The first time she wears shoes (high heels, no less) in "Tangled: Before Ever After," it does not go well.
- All-Loving Hero: Rapunzel is a caring and sweet person who wants to be friends with everyone.
- 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.
- Taken to Running Gag levels in Before Ever After.
- 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.
- Bad Dreams: In the series, Rapunzel has nightmares with Mother Gothel returning and the magic rocks chasing her, trying to force her to return to her imprisonment in the tower. Subsequent ones have Varian haunting her.
- Barefoot Captives: Played with. She's kept barefoot as a prisoner in Gothel's tower, but once she escapes, she continues going barefoot throughout the movie and all its sequels, implying that she Does Not Like Shoes.
- Battle Couple: With Eugene. 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 shows 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:
And then I'll brush and brush and brush and brush my hair!
- Rapunzel briefly alludes to the difficulties of having 70-foot long hair during her "I Want" Song.
- 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.
- Brainy Brunette: Zigzagged. There's little doubt that Rapunzel is a smart girl, but she was born with blonde hair before it turned brown after Eugene cut it.
- 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. In fact, the series further confirms she herself is magical.
- 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 handkerchief 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.
- Dance Battler: In a brief sequence during a tournament in the series, she manages to knock several of her opponents out of the ring by using dancing moves.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Rapunzel has been emotionally and psychologically abused by the woman who kidnapped her as a baby.
- Dark Is Not Evil: See Lunacy below.
- 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. (There's considerably more lampshading in "Tangled: The Series.") 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.
- Dumb Blonde: Zigzagged. Rapunzel may be naive, but she's proven to be quite intelligent. And while she has sun-gold hair, it becomes brunette after Eugene cuts it.
- 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.
- Empathic Weapon: In the series, Rapunzel's regrown hair now reacts to her mental state, such as flying wildly all across the room when she's suffering a nightmare and forming a protective sphere around her and Eugene when they think they're going to die together under a collapsing building.
- 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.
- 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 militant horses, to human thugs and 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.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She has a very bubbly and sweet personality who normally wears very feminine dresses and has hobbies such as cooking and sewing. But she also doesn't mind getting rough when in a fight and has an unwavering love for adventure.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her main outfit is a purple and lavender dress.
- Grew a Spine: From her adventures outside the tower with Eugene, 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. She went from acting as an Extreme Doormat to Gothel to being able to give the woman a scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- 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.
- Hair Reboot: In the series' pilot episode, Rapunzel gets into contact with a magic rock that causes her to regain her long blonde locks again.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to do this at the end of the movie by sacrificing her freedom for Eugene'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 Eugene can be healed first. In fact, if she breaks a promise, it ends up really costing her.
- 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 Eugene, 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.
- Improbable Weapon User: Rapunzel favors using frying pans. In the series, she can also use her hair as a weapon as well as a shield since it somehow became denser than steel. An AXE couldn't cut through it.
- The Ingenue: Her naivete and innocence are two of her biggest traits, and end up being strengths for her on occasion.
- Laugh of Love: She giggles briefly after Flynn responds to her compliment before going to get some firewood, and she later admits to Gothel that she thinks he likes her.
- 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.
- Light Is Good: She has bright blonde hair, wears pastel-colored clothing, and is heavily associated with the Sun. Naturally, she's the heroine.
- Like Mother, Like Daughter: The series reveals that Rapunzel inherited more from her real mother than her looks; Rapunzel's wanderlust and sense of adventure also comes from the Queen, who traveled the world in her younger days. They both also had an amazing variety of hobbies, as shown in her royal portrait. And furthermore, their reaction to being unexpectedly confronted by a thief (the same thief, no less!) is to whack them on the head with a blunt object.
- Limited Wardrobe: She always wears her signature purplish-pink dress, in both the movie and the series. The only exceptions (justifiably) are scenes in the series where she's woken up at night and wearing pajamas, and flash-backs to her as a child/baby.
- Lost Orphaned Royalty: Was stolen by Mother Gothel shortly after her birth and isolated in a tower away from the outside world, so Gothel can preserve her immortality.
- Lunacy: After the season finale she can now control the black rocks, which are the lunar counterpart to the sun flower.
- 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. Then we later find out it's not just her hair, she is the sundrop child.
- 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.
- Mama Bear: To Pascal, as evidence when she gets furious at Cassandra for suggesting they call off their search for him in "Pascal's Story".
- 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:
- 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 Eugene. They become a couple towards the end of the movie and then get married in the sequel short.
- Oh, Crap!:
- She gets a few of these, though one of her biggest ones is when she realizes she's the missing princess. She gets a minor one when she sees Gothel fall out the window to her death.
- She has these moments in the series as well, two early ones done by her in the premiere when she notices her hair glowing after coming into contact with the black rocks, and when she notices her hair suddenly grew back. Her biggest one up to date is in "The Alchemist Returns" when she finds out Varian betrayed her.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: The last third of Season 1 has her up against 14-year old alchemist Varian, who has underwent a Start of Darkness after his father is frozen in crystal.
- Older Than She Looks: Despite being 18, Rapunzel could be mistaken for 16, or even, 14.
- One of the Boys: For the Snuggly Duckling thugs, mainly due to what kind of boys the thugs are.
- Opposites Attract: With Eugene. She's a spirited, innocent princess, he's a jaded, worldly-wise thief.
- Pietŕ 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.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: In the series, Rapunzel touches some magic rocks that make her hair grow back to its original length.
- The Power of the Sun: It's imbued in her hair because of the flower, and it lets her heal. But we later find out she is a product of of it.
- Prehensile Hair: To varying degrees throughout her appearances. In the initial trailers it appeared fully prehensile and capable of fighting Eugene and flinging him about the room. This trait is absent in the movie, save perhaps for the hair's uncanny ability to wrap around anything Rapunzel throws it at and to just as easily untangle itself when she wants it free. In the cartoon series, it can move freely but reacts to her emotions and mental state instead of being controlled directly by her will.
- Pretty Princess Powerhouse: Very few people, like Gothel, have outright overpowered her. Otherwise she's very capable in a fight, and will only lose when worn down or outnumbered.
- Princess Classic: She's on the active end of this trope, but still very kind and sweet. She manages to talk down a determinator like Maximus.
- 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 Eugene'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.
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.
- 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 Eugene. She's excitedly running to and fro while he stands there and snarks at her naivety.
- Secret Keeper: To spare Cassandra from facing severe consequences, Rapunzel is forced to promise to not tell anyone that Cassandra got her out of the kingdom and is responsible for her hair growing back. This briefly troubles her relationship with Eugene.
- Series Goal: In the TV series, to find out why her hair has grown back after coming into contact with mysterious sharp rock spires.
- Simple, yet Opulent: Her princess dress and wedding dress are both subtly royal.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Rapunzel doesn't start falling for Eugene 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.
- Spoiled Sweet: Rapunzel may be a princess, but she is cheerful, friendly and very easy going.
- 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. It's common enough for babies' and toddlers' natural hair colors to slowly change as they grow up.
- Supreme Chef: Baking is one of her many talents.
- Swiss Army Tears: She heals Eugene 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 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.
- 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 Eugene'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.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: In the series, one of Rapunzel's main concerns is to not make her father feel disappointed and live up to his expectations of her as a princess. It doesn't help her free-spirited nature clashes with his strict and overprotective personality.
- 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!"
- Youthful Freckles: She has light freckles, mostly around her nose.
Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert
Voiced by: Zachary Levi (English); José Gilberto Vilchis (trailer and The Series), Elmer Figueroa Arce aka Chayanne (film, Latin American Spanish)
Appearances in alternate continuities: Kingdom HeartsnoteThe 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 Angst Upgrade: In the original tale, "the prince" (who Flynn is based on) apparently had no sort of troubles given his royal status. Here, Eugene grew up in an orphanage with a desire to make money.
- Adaptational Jerkass: In the original tale, "the prince" (who Flynn is based on) was the stereotypical 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.
- Amazon Chaser: He met Rapunzel in a Love at First Punch nature. He complimented her gutsy nature when confronting the Pub Thugs. During their escape from the royal guards and Maximus, a quick moment shows Eugene looking in admiration at Rapunzel using her hair as a means to escape. And throughout the series, he frequently comments on her Action Girlness.
- 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 McCool" Name: 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 shows 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.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Eugene 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.
- Berserk Button: While Eugene doesn't completely fly off the handle, he really doesn't like having his abilities as a thief questioned. He reacts deeply insulted when Angry suggests he was just bad at thievery, and shows only disdain towards people labeled a "masterthief", drily refusing to call the Silent Swiper by that name.
- Be Yourself: His character development is kicked off with this from Rapunzel.
- Book Dumb: The series notes that as an orphan, Eugene has had very minimal schooling (he claims three days) and so he's actually quite bad at math. He's street smart to make up for it, thankfully.
- Brainy Brunet: Eugene is very quick-witted and has dark brown hair.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He doesn't recall having robbed the Queen eight years prior, because for him back in the day, she was just another noblewoman victim to his routine business. But, since he wants to marry her daughter, he has reason to care.
- Butt-Monkey: His second most prominent trait.
- Cannot Keep a Secret: Eugene isn't very good at keeping secrets. This is one of the reasons why Cassandra didn't want to trust him with her and Rapunzel's secret.
- Character Development: He stops caring only about himself and learns to love, as well as to just be himself.
- Character Name Alias: 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. However, it led some people like Varian to believe he's the real deal.
- 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). He even attempted this on her mom in the past.
- In German, the word is "Schwachmacher", which basically means "weak-maker". As in, "thing that makes you weak at the knees". Oh, Flynn.
- Childhood Friends: He has known Lance Strongbow/Arnwaldo Schnitz since his childhood at the orphanage. They were very close friends, but their relationship is a bit rocky now that Eugene gave up his life as a thief.
- 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: Rapunzel's interventions did save Flynn on a few occasions, most notably during the Snuggly Duckling scene. That said, he is able to hold his ground against the palace guards and he kind of repaid the favor, by performing a Heroic Sacrifice, thereby freeing Rapunzel from Gothel.
- The Dreaded: There's a reason why Flynn Rider was one of the most feared thieves—he's evaded capture quite easily, having at least once invaded one of the most impenetrable and heavily guarded castles in another kingdom, and no prison can hold him.
- 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 his love 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.
- Downplayed in the series. The fact that he's just the princess' unemployed former-thief almost-fiance laves him without much of a place in the castle, the guards still don't trust him much (especially the Captain), past transgressions sometimes pop up to make things rough for him, and Rapunzel's dad takes a while to give him any respect while Cassandra, Rapunzel's new best friend, initially sees him as a Gold Digger.
- Embarrassing First Name: Believes this of his real name, Eugene Fitzherbert. Rapunzel doesn't think so. By the end of the movie, Eugene embraces his real name.
- 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: A running gag is that the "Wanted" posters he's on don't correctly portray his nose. Each time he spots such a poster, it is worse.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 for the series, 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.
- Gentleman Thief: He exhibits some traits of this trope. The two times we see him actively stealing, it's from the king and queen of Corona, who wouldn't exactly be financially ruined by the loss of a tiara and a ring. Given his background as an orphan and his desire to be as rich as possible, it's likely Eugene was always after bigger fish. Furthermore he uses violence as a last resort, preferring to either charm his victim, make a run for it or otherwise outsmart his opponent. And he's very snarky, too. What doesn't fit is his betrayal of the Stabbington Brothers (and given their distrust of him, it's probably not the first time he tried it), seeing how it could have gotten them hanged.
- Gold Digger: Initially seen as one by Cass in the series, due to his unemployment and shady past. She comes to respect him more as he starts training the guards to better catch crooks.
- 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 Bastard: Heavily implied by his last name of Fitzherbert. Traditionally, the Fitz- prefix designates the bearer as the illegitimate child of the man with the unaltered name. So Eugene's full name spells out that he was born out of wedlock, which explains a lot about his backstory and why he preferred to use an alias.
- 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). It could ruin my whole reputation."
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Snuggly Duckling backfired badly on him.
- Hot Consort: Through marriage to Rapunzel.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: In the cartoon series, it's shown that Eugene's history as a successful career thief means he knows how thieves think and therefore how to catch them. He ends up being assigned to teach the Royal Guard how better to anticipate and catch thieves.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: Insists he is the "only guy allowed to annoy Cass" and will leap to her defense if another man causes her misery.
- 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!
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Hinted at. In full 'Eugene-mode' he is very sensitive and understanding, but he only shows that side around Rapunzel, whom he loves and trusts deeply. Even now that he's going under his birthname again, he acts more like Flynn Rider, uncaring, aloof and superior, especially around Cassandra, around whom he feels quite unsure.
- Iron Butt-Monkey: He seems to be Made of Iron when it comes to physical comedy. Not so resistant to stabbing, though.
- Ironic Echo: In the trailer, Eugene calling for Rapunzel to let down her hair was humorous. Less so for the single time he uses it in the movie.
- It's All About Me: Heavily accused of that by Cassandra. She's a little late, though, since Character Developement already heavily kicked in.
- 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. However he's worried about some of his other past crimes, such as robbing the queen eight years ago (he thought she was a random noble) and tries to not get into any more trouble these days.
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Gothel stabs him to keep Rapunzel's existence a secret. Or so she says.
- Land in the Saddle: Eugene 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 in the movie, perhaps most noticeably while climbing on the palace roof in their first scene. He uses it more often in the series.
- 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 Eugene's relationship kicks off with her knocking him out with a frying pan after he breaks into her tower.Eugene: Rapunzel, from the moment I first met you and you knocked me out with that frying pan, I knew it was love.
- 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.
- Manchild: 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."I'm-not-freaking-out-are-you-freaking-out-no-I'm-just-very-interested-in-your-hair-and-the-magical-qualities-that-it-possesses-how-long-has-it-been-doing-that-exactly?"
- 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.
- Averted in his relationship with Lance Strongbow. They're like brothers and help each other out often.
- Not with Them for the Money: He fell in love with Rapunzel without knowing she was the lost princess. He surely appreciates the incomes of living in a castle with her, but he makes clear all he really wants is to be with Rapunzel and make her happy. If he wants money, he prefers to get it from somewhere else.
- #1 Dime: He carries a small hair comb, which he claims is the first thing he ever stole. He even went so far as to have it personalized with his alias's name.
- Official Couple: With Rapunzel. They become a couple towards the end of the movie and then get married in the sequel short. The series takes place between them, with a pre-engagement but still very serious couple.
- 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.
- Omniglot: Quite possibly. Eugene states that he's been all around the world, and the series reveals that he speaks Italian, adding some credibility to his claim, making it possible that he knows more languages. He sometimes drops in some spanish words, so he likely knows Spanish, too.
- Only Sane Man: Just check out his expressions during the "I've Got A Dream" song.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Eugene 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, Eugene 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, and he never really knew his parents.
- Pretty Boy: Intentionally invoked; his design is a composite of many men the women in the studio deemed attractive.
- Prince Charming: As Flynn Rider, not so much, but as Eugene, he proves he doesn't need to be a prince to embody the spirit of this trope, even going as far willing to die out of love for Rapunzel.
- 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).
- Rebellious Spirit: Due to growing up as a thief, Eugene doesn't get along with rules, procedures or any kind of authority. This shows in "Fitzherbert P.I." where he can't keep a job because he keeps refusing to do things by the book.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The laid-back and snarky Blue Oni to Rapunzel's energetic and emotional Red Oni.
- Recruiting the Criminal: After the movie, Eugene puts his skills as a former thief to use by eventually getting a job as a consultant for the Royal Guards.
- Reformed Criminal: By the end of the movie, Eugene turns his life around and stops thieving.
- 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.
- 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.
- Secret Keeper: Rapunzel lets Eugene know her secret that Cassandra sneaked her out of the kingdom the night she got her hair back. Eugene would love to see Cassandra getting in trouble for this, but he promises Rapunzel to keep the secret.
- Small Name, Big Ego: While he does have a fair amount of wit and charm... it pales in comparison to how witty and charming he thinks he is.
- 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.
- Street Smart: Eugene knows any criminal trick to run from the law, mostly because he invented some of them. This proves helpful to catch some criminals and eventually, he's assigned to teach the royal guards how to think like a thief.
- Strong Girl, Smart Guy: The quick-witted and crafty Smart Guy to Cassandra's Strong Girl. While Eugene is capable of impressive athletic feats and skilled in combat, it's more of a last resort, as he usually prefers to make a run for it or outsmart his opponents, as opposed to Cassandra whose go-to move is a direct confrontation likely involving violence.
- Swashbuckler: Albeit a bit more anti-heroic and snarky than usual for this kind of character.
- That Man Is Dead: Flynn Rider dies as Eugene 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. However, everyone he's ever met in the past will still refer to him by his previous name.
- 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.
- He doesn't have this in the film when he's confronting the Stabbingtons in prison, due to his anger there being fueled by fear and anxiety, but he still maintains enough control to get the information he needs.
- 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: Frank Welker [uncredited in Tangled and in Tangled Ever After]; Dee Bradley Baker [in Tangled: Before Ever After and Tangled: the Series]
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: He's an emotive chameleon.
- Animal Reaction Shot: His entire character.
- Ascended Extra: While he was definitely there in the original movie, he tends to play a notably more substantial role in the series.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Pascal tripped Gothel out the window during the climax.
- Butt-Monkey: He and Maximus In Tangled Ever After.
- Dark and Troubled Past: As a little chameleon, Pascal's mother sent him down a river to escape a snake, losing her life in the process (and little Pascal witnessing it). Pascal ended up washing up near Rapunzel's tower and decided to check things out, deciding to stay with Rapunzel after she saves him from the same snake.
- Greek Chorus: Also silently.
- Hero Secret Service: Played for laughs, as Pascal seems to view himself as one of these for Rapunzel, often acting as her protector and defender... which gets a bit tricky, seeing as he's a very small chameleon. Although he does manage to stare down Flynn and Maximus. He's the one ultimately responsible for Gothel falling out of the tower at the end.
- Hollywood Chameleons: Zig-zagged trope. Most evident at the beginning with the flower vase, but he does change color with mood, like real chameleons, just with a different code.
- I Am Not Weasel: Flynn initially keeps referring to him as a "frog", probably not out of genuine mistake but more to annoy Pascal, as Flynn didn't like him at first.
- Loyal Animal Companion: To Rapunzel.
- Meaningful Name: His means "Passover." This ties directly back to his Backstory of being floated downstream by his mother to escape an attacker, eventually finding his way into the care of a princess; just like Moses.
- Only Friend: He was Rapunzel's only companion for the years she lived in the tower.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Inverted, as he's a good friend to Rapunzel that's a positive influence on her, and is just adorable. One exception plays it straight though: he sticks his tongue in Flynn's ear, twice.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: A cute and small chameleon.
- Shipper on Deck: He's happy at the thought of Rapunzel and Flynn getting together.
- Silent Snarker: He manages to be a Deadpan Snarker, without ever saying a word.
- Stock Sound Effect: He makes little squeaky toy sounds when he's abused.
Voiced by: Frank Welker [uncredited in Tangled]; Nathan Greno [in Tangled: Ever After]; Dee Bradley Baker [in Tangled: The Series and Tangled: Before Ever After]
Appears in: Tangled | The Series | Ever AfterThe 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.
"That is one determined horse!"
— Lance, summing up Maximus' character
- 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.
- This is toned down for the series, where he generally acts more like an actual horse... though his doglike traits have in no way been done away with altogether.
- 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.
- Caligula's Horse: Averted. While he is a horse and gets appointed as the head of the royal guard, he is actually competent.
- 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.
- Demoted to Extra: He has a much smaller role in Tangled: the Series, though he does get his moments.
- Determinator: When hunting Flynn, he's not gonna stop for anything. Except for Rapunzel calling him a good boy.
- 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. This trait is almost his trademark in the movie, but shows up very seldom in the series.
- 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.
- Team Pet: By the series, Maximus goes from being the Captain's personal steed to being the Royal Guard's mascot. Just like any military mascot, he has ranking status.
- 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.
Voiced by: Donna Murphy (original); Irasema Terrazas (film, Latin American Spanish)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: she doesn't beat up Rapunzel but preys on her emotions, isolates her from everyone else in the tower, gaslights her into believing that she's stupid and uncapable of doing anything without Gothel's guidance, etc.
- 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 (though in the original opening, done in the traditional animation style, it is implied that she is indeed magical and has Voluntary Shapeshifting as she seemingly takes the form of a crow).
- 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.
- 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: Mother 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.
- 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.
- Freudian Excuse: Possibly, if one takes her comments about the outside world as her actual views and not just manipulation.Mother Gothel: The world is dark, and selfish, and cruel. If it finds even the slightest ray of sunshine, it destroys it.
- 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.
- Moral Myopia: in spite of all the terrible things she's done in order to ensure her own youthfulness, she doesn't think she's done anything wrong. When Rapunzel finally calls her out, Gothel says "you want me to be the bad guy?"
- More Than Mind Control: Kidnapping Rapunzel as a baby? Check. Filling her head with plausible hypothetical 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. And even then she phrases it like Rapunzel is forcing her into it.
- 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, as shown in the intro.
- 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.
- Pragmatic Villainy: To her credit, her original plan wasn't to kidnap Rapunzel; she cut off a lock of golden hair to take away and realised, to her shock, that she'd need the girl it belongs to as well.
- 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 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.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: She typically wears a red dress, which she frequently complements with a Black Cloak.
- 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. After all, Gothel herself is one of those people.
- 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.
- Villainous Legacy: During the series, Rapunzel isn't quite free from Gothel's influence even though she's long dead, because Gothel has been haunting her dreams for quite some time.
- 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."
- Woman Child: She's quite immature for her age.
- 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 Days Are Numbered: The anti-aging effects of Rapunzel’s hair slowly begin to wear off after some time, so she has to find Rapunzel and sing the healing song to preserve her immortality. If she doesn’t, she’ll eventually die off.
- Your Favorite: Your favorite soup! (Surely an adequate substitute for leaving.)
The Stabbington Brothers
Voiced by: Ron Perlman (Tangled; both in The Series), John DiMaggio (Tangled only); Mario Arvizu and Idzi Dutkiewitz (film, Latin American Spanish)
- Co-Dragons: To Gothel once they start working together.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: This trope typifies 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.) They may have attempted to betray Gothel by wanting to sell Rapunzel for her healing abilities, but it's unclear as this may have been part of the deal she made with them, meaning that she betrayed them too).
- Evil Redheads: Both of them.
- Eyepatch of Power: One of the brothers.
- Identical Twin ID Tags: They are only differentiated by: sideburns, the Eyepatch of Power one of them wears, their scars, their clothes, and weapons.
- Meaningful Name: It should be kind of obvious.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Parodied. And inverted in a sense, since are backstabbed by Flynn at the beginning of the movie, instead of the other way around.
- No Name Given: Well, no first name, anyway. When they return, they're nicknamed Patchy and Sideburns.
- Revenge: Gothel gets them to help her with the promise of this.
- Sibling Team: Also Siblings in Crime.
- Single-Minded Twins: Identical twins who act alike.
- Those Two Bad Guys: A pair of thieves who appear to be twins.
- The Southpaw: The brother with the eyepatch; see image above.
- The Voiceless: The eyepatch brother never speaks, just giving intimidating glares at people.
- Unfortunate Names: Admittedly, with a name like Stabbington, you don't have a lot of viable career options.
Introduced in Tangled: The Series
Voiced by: Laura Benanti
- Bad Boss: In "Max's Enemy", she throws her accomplice from a moving carriage at Rapunzel to try to stop her.
- 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.
- Dark Action Girl: She's a good fighter, both in hand-to-hand combat and with a sword, albeit a too overconfident one.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most of her lines are either snide snark or bragging.
- 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 Frederic 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.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Mere moments after throwing Duane, her own accomplice, off their escape cart, she is herself abandoned by Axel in favor of saving his own skin.
- Moral Myopia: She shows no qualms about throwing Duane off the cart in order to speed up her escape, calling him "dead weight". But she is outraged when Axel leaves her behind.
- Pride: Going along great with her Smug Snake persona, Lady Caine can never resist to brag about herself, while being utterly disdainfull towards everyone else.
- Revenge: She desires revenge on King Frederic for imprisoning her father.
- Revenge by Proxy: Adding to the above, she also seems to blame Rapunzel herself just as much for causing the king to crack down on crime, just because she was kidnapped as a baby!
- Smug Snake: Easily her Fatal Flaw. She is smart and very capable in combat, but tends to get carried away with herself and underestimate her opponents, which gives Cassandra the opportunity to defeat her.
- Underestimating Badassery: Caine underestimates both, Rapunzel and Cassandra, wich really comes back to bite her.
- Warm-Up Boss: Lady Caine is the first to be a decent threat to Rapunzel in the series, before going into the more serious plot.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She disguised as the Duchess of Quintonia, but that raises the question of what happened to the real Duchess, if she even existed.
- You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With: She says this after her defeat to Rapunzel. Rapunzel is not impressed.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: The Baron is not someone to be trusted. His men will usually con other thieves into various heists, only to betray them and take their loot. Flynn Rider and Lance Strongbow found out the hard way.
- The Dreaded: No one has the guts to cross him. Steal from him, and you will regret it.
- The Ghost: Eugene has gotten in trouble with the Baron's men more than once, but the big boss himself has yet to show up.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He manages to get everyone (except Maximus, whom he shows his true colors to) to adore him, and his true Jerk Ass nature isn't revealed until the end.
- Eviler Than Thou: Much like how Maximus is the most competent of the Royal Guards, Axel is a lot more effective than Caine herself. During The Chase, he eventually leaves her to get arrested again to save himself, leaving the Final Battle between him and Maximus.
- Icy Blue Eyes: He has cool, light blue eyes that are in stark contrast with his black coat, and seem to symbolize his jerkiness.
- The Mole: Actually works for Lady Caine, and is planning to break her out of prison.
- The Rival: He is in fierce competition with Maximus the entire time he appears on-screen.
- Embarassing First Name: His real name is Hubert.
- 100% Adoration Rating: He and his wife 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 he and his wife go from hungry peasants to rulers of their home. He also states he received the best military training, but that's kind of an Informed Attribute, Depending on the Writer.
- 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.
- Counts as Values Dissonance because, before the Grimms wrote down the story, ignoring a pregnant woman when she was craving food was thought to make her ill, or affect her baby. It would've been perfectly reasonable for Rapunzel's father to do whatever it took to get her mother the lettuce.
- 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.
- Ascended Extra: The King and Queen have more prominently significant roles in Tangled: Before Ever After.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: The King has thick, bushy, brown eyebrows.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His 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 he and his wife don't get much screen time, they 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.
- Knight Templar Parent: 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.
- Hey, You!: As shown in the pilot movie of the series, he would offhandedly refer to Eugene as "son" because he had more important things to do than listen to him, but later on in the season, he begins mean it more affectionately.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Love for his family brings out the best and the worst in Frederic, the worst being recklessness and forsaking reason and other people for their safety. He imprisons Rapunzel, lies to her about the gravity of the black spikes, and invades her privacy by reading her journal in the name of keeping her nearby and safe. The season 1 finale reveals that this was his weakness even before Rapunzel was kidnapped by Gothel, as he uprooted the sun drop flower to save Arianna despite Quirin's warning that doing so would unleash a curse on Corona.
- 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 in prison for the remainder of the first season, 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, and one of them happens to be one of the most evil masterminds in the entire Kingdom.
- Nice Guy: King Frederic is loving and joyous.
- Papa Wolf: Frederic 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 Frederic 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 he and Arianna recognize her in the end, despite her long blonde hair having been cut and turned brown.
- The Southpaw: When he paints on the portrait of the King of Equis in "In Like Flynn", he holds the brush with his left hand to do so.
- Unnamed Parent: The King's name wasn't revealed in the movie. Their names were finally given here.
- The Voiceless: He and his wife 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.
Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren (Ever After), Julie Bowen (The Series) (English); Mariana Robles (The Series, Latin American Spanish)
- 100% Adoration Rating: She and her husband are implied to have this, or something very close to it.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the original tale, she and her husband 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 lose hope.
- Adaptational Badass: Not in the fighting sense, but she and her husband go from hungry peasants to rulers of their home. The series takes this further—the Queen defended herself by punching out Flynn Rider after he stole her ring.
- 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.
- Counts as Values Dissonance because, before the Grimms wrote down the story, ignoring a pregnant woman when she was craving food was thought to make her ill, or affect her baby. It would've been perfectly reasonable for Rapunzel's father to do whatever it took to get her mother the lettuce.
- Appropriated Appellation: As a child, her sister Willow nicknamed her "Dare-ianna" because Ari, anxious about being shown up, would do whatever Willow dared her to do. After they go on an adventure together as adults, Willow starts using the term with respect and admiration.
- Ascended Extra: She has a more prominent and significant role in Tangled: Before Ever After onward.
- Control Freak: It's shown in "Way of the Willow" that Arianna does have control issues, feeling things have to be done a certain way. She even mentions that her sister never listens to anything she tells her to.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her only child was kidnapped and missing for eighteen years, and got robbed by Flynn Rider, so that's a double whammy of trauma.
- Death by Childbirth: Almost. Arianna fell ill in the last part of her pregnancy with Rapunzel, and both she and Rapunzel would've perished if not for the magic flower.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Willow's foolish. Arianna is The High Queen, while Willow is pretty much a hippie.
- Good Parents: While she and her husband 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 though their daughter's disappearance left them heartbroken, she and her husband still provided each other comfort and support through their marriage. As the series shows, she isn't quite shy about expressing it.
- The High Queen: The beautiful, wise and kind queen of Corona, even though she's technically Queen Consort.
- 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.
- Made of Iron: You'd be surprised at what she can live through; Arianna survived a carriage plummeting a hundred feet in snowy weather and comes out with no injuries, so that's high praise indeed.
- Mama Bear: She and her husband spent the last eighteen years searching for their daughter.
- Mystical Pregnancy: Her 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 Girl: Queen Arianna is motherly, forgiving, and humble, and very fond of and supportive of her daughter.
- Older Than She Looks: 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 in between those years. As shown in the series in a flashback, the fact that Eugene attempted to charm her during a theft certainly lends more credence to the fact that she really does look that young, and could easily be taken for someone his age.
- Parents Know Their Children: Implied to be the reason she and Frederic recognize her in the end, despite her long blonde hair having been cut and turned brown.
- Proper Lady: 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.
- The Quiet One: In the series, Queen Arianna is the least talkative, highlighting how tranquil she is compared to other characters.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Willow's Red. She's quieter and more composed, while Willow is impulsive and remarkedly energetic.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Willow. Arianna is composed, refined and reliable, while Willow is easy-going, irresponsible and flamboyant.
- Strong Family Resemblance:
- The Queen pretty much has Rapunzel's face. That might explain why she was able to recognize her.
- She also looks very similar to her sister Willow.
- 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 Queen's name wasn't revealed in the movie. Their names were finally given here.
- The Voiceless: She and her husband 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.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: She says this to Rapunzel in "Before Ever After" upon giving her her journal.
Captain of the Guard
The Captain of the Guard
Voiced by: M. C. Gainey (English); Mario Díaz Mercado (film), Beto Castillo (The Series) (Latin American Spanish)
- Anger Born of Worry: Deconstructed. When Cassandra was six, he took her out to the sea and she nearly drowned after ignoring his orders to stay close. He was furious at her, but Cassandra was too young to understand why and only understood that the person she needed reassurance from, after she was already scared from nearly dying, had now turned on her and was scaring her even worse. As a result, she never learned to swim and still fears the water as an adult, because the Captain's reaction turned a frightening experience into a traumatic one.
- Amoral Attorney: Downplayed. The Captain acted as the Prosecutor for Atilla's trial and is quite biased against the defense because of his criminal history, even taking evidence at face value, especially when Rapunzel noticed other important details later on. To add insult to the injury, he wouldn't be qualified to be prosecutor, because he doesn't even know enough of his kingdom's laws, which Rapunzel even cared to read up on. However, he at least has the integrity to not allow miscarriage of justice.
- The Captain: Well duh, it is his rank and he's the head of Corona's elite.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: The captain also personally handles the new recruits, and he's definitely an unpleasant person.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": To date, no name has been given. He's only referred to as The Captain of the Guard, or just Captain even by Cassandra at times, though she does also refer to him as her father.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride. The Captain is fixed in believing that his way is always the right way and looks down on people who don't share his view.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Despite the fact that magic is real in this world, and that one of his men brought home a magic flower, he thinks ghosts are nonsense. Afterwards, he doesn't give a hoot that they are real.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has a spiteful and bitter side to him (just ask Eugene), but does have the humility to admit when he's wrong and was a good father to Cassandra.
- Kick the Dog: If your name is Flynn Rider, you're in for a nightmare. The captain makes training even more difficult for Eugene, pulls tricks that would be considered breaking the rules, all to make sure he doesn't make the cut. When Eugene passes, the captain decides to give him the job nobody wants.
- Locked Out of the Fight: He is unable to join the Final Battle in Season 1 due to sustaining severe injuries, but has Cassandra lead the assault in his stead.
- Parents as People: The Captain is a good man who raised Cassandra to be strong, independent, and the importance of earning your goals through hard work. However, his personal policy on keeping his emotions below the surface stopped him from giving her the emotional support she needed as a girl and needs now. This is why Cass turned out a "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl who thinks the only way to please her father is to become a Royal Guard.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When Eugene isn't egging him on, he shows a much more reasonable side. When Eugene was captured in the movie, he took no joy in the pending execution, treating it as an unfortunate bit of business, rather than gloating. And after Eugene caught the art thief, he noted that while Eugene was a terrible guard, he was adept at thinking like a thief, and had Eugene school the rest of the castle guards on thinking like a thief. And when the Stabbington Brothers take Cassandra hostage, he has his men back off to keep her from getting hurt.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: In "Fitzherbert P.I.", the captain can make or break the rules simply because he can, and will certainly do so to make Eugene washes out at basic training and doesn't earn his chevrons.
The Snuggly Duckling Thugs
Hook Hand Thug, Big-Nose Thug, Short Thug / Shorty, Vladimir, Attila Buckethead
Voiced by: Brad Garrett (Hook Hand Thug); Jeffrey Tambor (Big-Nose Thug); Paul F. Tompkins (Shorty); Richard Kiel (Vladimir, in the film), Charles Halford (Vladimir, in The Series); Byron Howard in Tangled, Steve Blum in The Series (Attila Buckethead) (English); Beto Castillo (Big-Nose Thug, film and series); Sebastián Llapur (Hook-Hand Thug, film); Carlos Cobos (Short Thug, film); Juan Carlos Tinoco (Vladimir, flm and series) (Latin-American Spanish).until you find out what they're really like.
- Adaptational Name Change: Short Thug becomes Shorty in the series.
- 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. In fact, only Big Nose's and Short Thug's sexuality have ever been implied, and apparently they're straightnote . Although, despite Rapunzel being the only girl in the pub, using Shorty as a replacement for the "little lady" might say something.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Big Nose, who is voiced by Jeffrey Tambor.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Shorty can't remember whom he's talking to, what he talks about, and he has a very short attention span. Plus, he engages in habits that are strange even by his companions' standards, such as talking to inanimate objects. In the movie, it was easily interpreted as him just being intoxicated as he is introduced in a tavern, but he is only shown acting this way in the series outside of the pub, implying some kind of mental handicap.
- 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 all deep down want to leave the thug life to turn their hobbies (which aren't stereotypically masculine) into their work.
- Beware the Nice Ones: First they don't seem nice at all, but only scary. After we find out their hidden soft sides, they yet again kick ass at the end of the movie to free Flynn—they won't stand for an innocent man being executed.
- 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 the 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...
- Extra Digits: Big-Nose Thug has an extra toe in each foot.
- 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. The series shows they are quite well-behaved even in the castle.
- 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 Attila (the baker) has a tattoo of a pair of swords crossed over a cupcake.
- Gag Nose: Big-Nose Thug has a huge nose. He briefly points to his nose during "I've Got a Dream", mentioning how he's afraid it will turn off romantic interests of his.
- Gentle Giants: All of them!
- Subverted with Shorty, who is physically more of a gentle dwarf-like person.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: The thugs turn out to all have passions they'd rather be doing than being thugs, and free Flynn out of jail because they have a sense of justice.
- Hook Hand: One thug has a large hook hand. He's nicknamed after it.
- Hook Handed Pianist: Hook Hand's dream is to become a concert pianist. In the epilogue of the film, and in Tangled Ever After, he is shown to have succeeded, somehow.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Big-Nose Thug just wants to find true love. Which he does at the end of the film.
- Jewish Complaining: Big-Nose's verse of "I've Got a Dream" has shades of this:Big Nose Thug: I've got scars and lumps and bruises, plus something here that oozes, and let's not even mention my complexion,
But despite my extra toes, and my goiter and my nose, I really want to make a love connection.
Can't you see me with a special little lady, rowing in a row boat down the stream?
Though I'm one disgusting blighter, I'm a lover, not a fighter, 'Cause way down deep inside I got a dream.
- 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: Two of the thugs have the (nick)names of Bruiser and Killer, which sound disconcerting. "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.
- Put on a Bus: Hook Hand went on a world tour as a pianist during the series, and hasn't been seen since the movie.
- 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. As for their hobbies, Big Nose is into poetry, as shown in the series.
- Running Gag: Shorty always appears in places he's not supposed to in.
- 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...
- Smarter Than You Look: Big Nose is a lot smarter and wiser than we are led on—he's into literary arts and he knows about the history of Corona.
Introduced in Tangled: The Series
Voiced by: Eden Espinosa (English), Erika Ugalde (Latin-American Soanish)
- Action Girl: She's a tough-as-nails handmaiden who knows her way around a sword.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her friends call her "Cass". Varian calls her "Cassie", a name she doesn't like at first, but eventually warms up to.
- Affirmative Action Girl: Added to the series so that Rapunzel could have a female friend.
- Almighty Janitor: Cassandra may be a handmaiden, but her father is Captain of the Royal Guard, and her own talent and knowledge exceeds her standing.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Cass sports black hair and can be quite dismissive of anyone who doesn't meet her standard (read: Eugene).
- Berserk Button: Cassandra was taught from a young age (probably too young) to pull her own weight, and now has less than zero tolerance for moochers and people who succeed without hard work.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Cass's other duty as Rapunzel's lady-in-waiting is to keep her safe.
- Boyish Short Hair: She has short hair to show her tomboyish and assertive personality.
- Brainy Brunette: Cassandra has black hair and is quite intelligent.
- Calling the Old Man Out: She's quite shocked on learning her father led a group of Elite Mooks that nearly got her, Rapunzel, Eugene and Maximus killed in retrieving an important MacGuffin. Unlike Rapunzel, who hits a Rage Breaking Point with her father, Cass handles it better.
- The Confidant: Rapunzel confides in her about things like why she doesn't want to marry Eugene 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.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: She's utterly terrified that if her dad finds out that she sneaked out Rapunzel to see the black rock spikes, she'd be sent to a convent. This fear turns out to be justified; the Captain after he finds out sends her to the convent in the first season finale.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has quite the witty sense of humor.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: While she is correct that Eugene benefits from being Rapunzel's almost-fiance, she completely ignores that Eugene sacrificed his life to give Rapunzel her freedom, and having "Blondie" in his life, happy and safe, is more important than any financial or social reward.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: She strives to get people to respect her as a warrior. It's hard when most people brush her off as a mere handmaiden.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her leggings have different colors near the boots.
- Everyone Has Standards: She dislike Eugene, but even she thinks her dad shouldn't be making up rules to keep the former thief from becoming a Royal Guard.
- To Rapunzel — Rapunzel is a bubbly, naive girl who wears light clothing and comes from a wealthy family; Cassandra is a serious, smart girl whose main outfits 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 ones to Rapunzel. However, while Eugene is a former criminal, Cassandra is a servant for the royal family.
- Goal in Life: Cassandra is single-mindedly dedicated to becoming a royal guard like her father. This is subtlety deconstructed, as her devotion to this goal has made her neglect other important aspects of life, such as having fun and making friends.
- Happily Adopted: "Cassandra v. Eugene" reveals that the Captain of the Guard is not her biological father, further proving that she and Eugene are Not So Different.
- 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.
- Hypocrite: She calls Eugene self-centred on a regular basis, deliberately ignoring the fact that it was her own selfishness that made Rapunzel keep secrets from him in the first place. She also nearly gets Rapunzel killed during "Challenge of the Brave" while calling Eugene selfish. Not to mention she judges him for being a former criminal and rule-breaker, but she sneaked Rapunzel out against the king's orders to give her a break.
- Ignored Epiphany: Rapunzel tries to force Cass and Eugene to bond by locking them in a jail cell together and requiring them to solve a puzzle to escape. The two immediately forget whatever bonding time they had, as prisoners and then as hostages, by the end of the episode. It gets averted later on when they all try to work together to handle the spike problem.
- It's All About Me: Cassandra has a bad habit of placing her own goals and desires above everything else.
- In the Before Ever After movie, she insists that Rapunzel tell no-one about their trip outside the kingdom that restored Rapunzel's hair, not even Eugene, because she's afraid it will cost her her job.
- In "Challenge of the Brave", she resents Rapunzel for joining the eponymous contest. Cassandra sees the contest as a chance to prove herself to the entire kingdom, but Rapunzel has no real interest in competing, only seeing it as a fun way to spend her Saturday. This doesn't stop Cassandra from acting cold and insulting to Rapunzel throughout the event, without even telling her why it's so important to her. She even sabotages Rapunzel's chances in the final round so she could have a better chance of winning. Rapunzel says that if Cass had just told her, .
- In "Great Expotations", she goes back on the deal she made with Varian (being his assistant in showing off his new invention at an upcoming contest in exchange for him helping her with her duties) when the opportunity for her to be the official guard to the judge of the contest presents itself.
- Jerkass Ball: Picks it up in "Challenge of the Brave," becoming so annoyed with Rapunzel for stealing the spotlight from her during the titular challenge that she tries to sabotage her by hiding Rapunzel's chosen weapon, a frying pan, for the Circle of Death match. Cassandra never once considers that her actions could have gotten Rapunzel seriously hurt at the very least, all out of petty pride.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cassandra is snide and dismissive towards Eugene, but shows her soft and protective side to Rapunzel.
- Kick the Dog: In the royal banquet, Cassandra makes Eugene sit on a table with messy children, and rubs it in his face, though it's not much of a kick and more like another daily jab at him. It's a mutual relationship.
- Lady-in-Waiting: She's supposed to fill this role regarding Rapunzel, as the daughter of a royal retainer who is tasked with keeping company to the local Princess.
- Laser-Guided Karma: A minor bit; Cassandra gets comeuppance if she's an utter hypocrite about things. She loses the Challenge of the Brave by default after Rapunzel attempts to throw the challenge on learning why Cass is being resentful, even though as Rapunzel says, if Cass had just told her then she wouldn't have participated. Cass also tried to get Eugene evicted from the castle earlier as part of their petty bickering, and views him as an opportunistic rulebreaker despite her having broken the rules to make Rapunzel happy. In the season finale, for breaking the royal decree by sneaking Rapunzel out the night before her coronation, the Captain sends Cass off to a convent, long after she and Eugene have grown to respect each other.
- Like Parent, Like Child: Cassandra shares the Captain's self-righteous sense of right and wrong. It may be her intentionally emulating her father's behaviour however, as it's her greatest dream to be like him.
- 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. Later on, she has to juggle being the Lady-In-Waiting and a Guard-In-Training.
- Meaningful Name: "Cassandra" means "to shine upon men". This makes sense because she wants to join the Royal Guard, and hopes to excel amongst the male-dominated legion.
- Multicolored Hair: Her hair is mainly black but has numerous greyish/silver streaks.
- Never My Fault: While Cassandra is quick to point out everyone else's flaws, she doesn't take it well if hers are brought up. She will usually shift the blame to someone else or just react deeply insulted.
- No Social Skills: It's unclear if it's genuine ineptitude or a lack of interest, but Cassandra shows lacking in how to interact with people. She is strictly a loner, is bluntly honest to the point of hurtful, and treats everything like a battle to win. Besides, it appears that she didn't have any friends before the uber social Rapunzel came into her life.
- Not So Different: She and Eugene actually have a lot more in common than just their love for Rapunzel. Both were orphaned at a young age and while their paths went different ways they both find themselves constantly trying to prove to others they are more than what everyone thinks they are.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Eugene enlists in Royal Guard training, he ends up being the butt of her father -- the Captain's beatings. Despite mocking the idea of Eugene being a guard and betting that he wouldn't even make it past basic training, she and Maximus cringe during his failings, noticeably doesn't look happy with her father picking on him, and she talks to Eugene later about how he should bend the rules if her father does.
- Raised by Dudes: Cassandra credits her daredevil attitude and proficiency with weapons to having the Captain of the Royal Guards for a father (and she has no mother in sight). 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.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Keeps Eugene in his place and helps guide Rapunzel to making good choices. She also knows that her father is unnecessarily uptight at points.
- The Resenter: She does consider Rapunzel her friend, but Cassandra resents her for unintentionally making her live under her shadow and easily earning people's respect and adoration.
- The Rival: While Eugene has problems trusting a lot of new people in the castle, such as various guards, 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.
- Stay in the Kitchen: She suffers from this as she has been assigned the job of handmaiden when she really wants to be a woman of action. Her dad keeps her in line by threatening to send her to a convent.
- Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Although smart in her own right, Cassandra's immediate response to a problem will usually involve brute force and feats of athleticism, making her the Strong Girl to Eugene's Smart Guy.
- 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.
- True Blue Femininity: Subverted. Cassandra's handmaiden dress is blueish-white, but she's a tough-as-nails tomboy.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If Cassandra hadn't taken Rapunzel out to see the spikes, the spikes wouldn't have grown and endangered the kingdom, leading to the rest of season one.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Cassandra's goal of proving herself and joining the royal guard are rooted from a dream of making her father proud of her.
Pete & Stan
Voiced by: Sean Hayes (Pete) & Diedrich Bader (Stan)
- Badass Mustache: Stan, who is the older and stronger of the two.
- Epic Fail: At one point, Stan has to serve as security detail for a guest during a convention while already on a tight roster. When he gets injured by slipping on an unmarked wet floor, the Captain reassigns Stan's job to Pete... who immediately slips on the same floor and gets injured as he walks into the room.
- Fat and Skinny: Pete is the skinny guy with freckles, Stan is the buff guy with a mustache.
- Those Two Guys: They're the only royal guards that we see beyond the Captain, and they're always seen hanging around each other doing something comedic.
Voiced by: Jeremy JordanArc Villain of Season 1 after his father is frozen in crystal.
- Adorkable: Attempts a dramatic entrance when Rapunzel and Cassandra come to see him and he's also a fan of the books that inspired Flynn's name.
- Alchemy Is Magic: He insists it's not, but people assume he's a wizard anyways.
- Anti-Villain: Type II and, to an extent, Type III. As of the ending of "Queen for a Day", his goal is now to find the secret behind the mysterious rocks and reverse the condition inflicted upon his father...as well as take Revenge upon Rapunzel. He blames her, and by extension the Kingdom of Corona, for turning their backs on him when he needed help freeing his father, Quirin.
- Arc Hero: Most of his appearances are relegated to the arc-related episodes, because he's essential to helping Rapunzel solve the mystery of the indestructible spikes that make up a big part of the season. However, as of the end of "Queen for a Day", he makes his transition into the Arc Villain.
- Arc Villain: The magical rocks turn out to not be evil after all, leaving Varian himself as the big threat to be dealt with in the first season finale.
- Ax-Crazy: When he fails to free his father with Rapunzel's hair, then sees Rapunzel in an embrace with both of her parents, Varian flips his lid and tries to kill everyone with a giant mech suit.
- Bait the Dog: Inverted; he's introduced wearing a bulky welding suit with his voice deepened by the metal helmet in a dark room, making him seem like a very intimidating presence. Then he lifts up his helmet and reveals he's very boyish and has a gentle voice. Played straight after the events of "Queen for a Day", which sees him actually shift from good to villainous.
- Blue Is Heroic: Generally wears faded blue. This is subverted when he becomes a villain.
- Brainy Brunette: Has brown hair and is a budding inventor.
- Break the Cutie: Pretty much his entire subplot in "Queen for a Day". He loses his father to the mysterious rocks plaguing the kingdom, and Rapunzel ends up breaking her promise to help him while she's busy with her own problems.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Mother Gothel after his Face–Heel Turn. Both are willing to go to extreme lengths to use Rapunzel and her magic hair to achieve their goals. But Gothel was a Vain Sorceress who was willing to ally herself with the Stabbington Brothers to recapture Rapunzel, whereas Varian relies on no one but himself and his raccoon. Additionally, their goals differ: Whereas Gothel was selfish and wanted Rapunzel to keep herself looking and feeling young forever, Varian has the much more nobler aspirations of trying to free his father from his crystal prison; he just went too far trying to achieve them. Finally, Gothel was a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing to Rapunzel, while Varian legitimately was Rapunzel's friend until she refused to help him free his father.
- Childish Tooth Gap: Varian has buck teeth and while not childish, he is quite nerdy.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He could've made a lot of money with all his inventions and chemicals, but gold means nothing to him when he wants justice.
- Darth Vader Clone: For starters, he tends to wear a mask that makes him look and sound intimidating. In terms of his character, he is a gifted, aspiring individual, but not without faults, some of which causes others to lack faith in him. Said lack of faith causes him to take determined, yet questionable acts that only build up to his fall. His fall is sealed when he loses a loved one, with said loss contributed to by his own actions. And for added flavor, the weapon he fights with is red.
- Daydream Believer: Thanks to Eugene using "Flynn Rider" as an alias for years, Varian seems to believe Eugene is the real-life version of the character from the Flynn Rider books.
- Deadpan Snarker: Following his Face–Heel Turn, he can occasionally be a lot more sardonic than before.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: of the Teen Genius. Varian is very, very intelligent and knows how to make inventions that would be huge technological advances for Corona...but he's also an impulsive 14 year old kid who doesn't always plan things out, often making his inventions and plans have dangerous flaws he's overlooked, ruining his reputation. His young age also gives him a pretty serious case of Moral Myopia, making him think he's just paying unto evil when really it's Revenge Before Reason and his own inability to admit his fault in the tragedy of his father's encasement. It also means his ultimate goal, to use Rapunzel's unbreakable hair to free his father, doesn't work and he suffers a full on breakdown because he doesn't understand how his plan could have been based on an incorrect assumption (that Rapunzel's hair, being unbreakable, should be able to break the equally unbreakable amber). In the end, Varian's brains don't override the fact that he's a very young, emotional teenager who's not as logical as he thinks he is.
- Ditzy Genius: Many of his inventions and plans have been known to be questionable, and have a chance of causing trouble.
- Enfant Terrible: Varian is only 14, making him by far the youngest villain in any Disney Princess-based franchise. But, things were messed up for him to begin with. He's feared, castigated, and doubted by society, and they don't appreciate any of his efforts even if he failed. Plus, he cares about a problem that the King refused to acknowledge, and the tragic incident that took his father pretty much did it all. Basically, all the ill that he experiences only fed his ruthlessness, and from that, neither Rapunzel nor the Queen see him as a monster, just a kid who's lost.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He contines to love his father after his Face–Heel Turn, and is obsessed with freeing him.
- Evil Counterpart: A younger one to King Fredric. Like him, he has undergone the loss of a loved one, which ended up impacted him mentally and emotionally. Said loss caused him to make desperate, yet questionable decisions along the way, and hoped against all odds that the things he would do would bring his family member back. Unlike Fredric, who kept himself at bay before he crossed the line, Varian only ended up becoming more and more emotionally unstable. It's no wonder Queen Arianna felt sorry for Varian, knowing well the pain he is going through.
- Evil Former Friend: He legitimately was Rapunzel's friend until she refuses to help him free his father and he vows revenge against Rapunzel and Queen Arianna.
- Face–Heel Turn: Pulls one at the end of "Queen for a Day" by swearing revenge on the kingdom and more specifically the royal family for not helping him after his father Quirin is encased in crystal. Later becomes fully realized by the climax of "The Alchemist Returns" as he betrays Rapunzel, and pushed to a new extreme in the season finale. Then when the thugs deemed him "not good" and "dangerous" in "What The Hair?!", they were not off the spot.
- Fatal Flaw: Varian has been so obsessed with proving himself, but it's caused him to be very stubborn and he ends up disregarding others' advice, not even knowing when to fold 'em.
- Even worse, when the inevitable backlash happens, he refuses to accept responsibility for what went wrong, and even shifting blame onto others whom he takes his anguish out on.
- For Science!: He tends to make inventions and do experiments that have a chance of putting everyone in danger out of scientific curiosity. Case in point, one invention destroyed his village, and another almost leveled the entire kingdom.
- Freudian Excuse: His father was encased in amber, and he vows Revenge on Rapunzel because he blames her for his predicament.
- Friend to All Living Things: Might count as this, as he's invented a chemical compound to keep out vermin humanely. Subverted as of the ending of "Queen for a Day", in which even a raccoon friend of his is now afraid of him.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: After his father is encased in crystal, he completely snaps, going from a geeky stranger to completely furious and hard-hearted, setting him as the Arc Villain for the remainder of the season. When the thugs gave Rapunzel warnings that he's "dangerous" and "not good", they weren't completely off the mark.
- Hypocrite: Varian makes it clear he will do anything to save his father and seek justice. Apparently, he didn't factor himself in the equation, abducting the queen to lure the princess because the queen is the weak link of the Royal Family who wouldn't be able to fight back. Plus, he wanted to emotionally hurt Rapunzel rather than fight her himself. Clearly, the only cost he is unwilling to pay is his own life.
- If I Can't Have You...: A twist on the usual trope - when he is unable to free his father, yet Rapunzel is able to free both of her parents, Varian flips his lid and declares that if he can't have a happy ending, neither can anyone else.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He appears to be a caricature of his actor, Jeremy Jordan.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Varian is blue eyed and well meaning. Or at least he starts out as well-meaning at the beginning of the series; by the end of Season 1, he seems to have made a Face–Heel Turn and to have become sinister, which turns him into more of an example of Icy Blue Eyes.
- Insistent Terminology: He's insists on telling people he's "an alchemist, not a wizard".
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Varian is the smartest guy around, but it's clear he does not have that many friends (human ones at least), and noticeably has trouble relating to others and listening to them. For starters, he spends too much time in his lab. Most of the time though, it's usually that his lack of restraint and common sense make him a danger to others.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: From the moment he decides to make his Face–Heel Turn, his mental state rapidly deteriorates while his villainy rapidly escalates, going from lying and manipulating to outright attempted murder. Even he is aware of this, which he states in "Ready As I'll Ever Be".
- Knight of Cerebus: When he turns to the dark side, the series goes with him for the remainder of Season 1, especially in the finale where he is a legitimately menacing threat.
- Kubrick Stare: The very last shot of "Queen For A Day" has him give one of these to the camera.
- Likes Older Women: Varian appears to have thing for Cassandra, who is clearly older than him. He even acknowledges this in the season finale - right before attempting to murder her.
- Love Makes You Evil: His father being Taken for Granite breaks Varian's already brittle sense of restraint and drives him to plot revenge against Corona's royal family.
- Mad Scientist: Varian is a brilliant scientist, but he's kind of a whack-job who doesn't always think through the consequences of his inventions.
- Magic Versus Science: Out to prove the superiority of alchemy over magic, to he point where he implies that he doesn't believe magic was involved in the series' events.
- Man Behind The Curtain: Non-villainous example. He's built up and said to be a wizard who is dangerous and intimidating and wore a mask to give him that appearance, but much to Rapunzel's disappointment, he's just a whiz-kid who happens to be an alchemist. However, he turns out to be a nut-job who doesn't seem to know what he's doing, so in a way, he is dangerous and only becomes moreso later on.
- Manipulative Bastard: He personally manipulates Rapunzel in "The Alchemist Returns", and then is able to manipulate her father and his guards from a distance in "Secret of the Sundrop".
- Meaningful Name: The name "Varian" is French for "Variable", which means not consistent and having a fixed pattern, and liable to change.
- Missing Mom: Though we are introduced to his father Quirin, his mother hasn't been shown yet.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: When he comes to Rapunzel seeking help for his father, Quirian, only to be turned away during the blizzard in "Queen For a Day", the bitterness at being snubbed motivates his Face–Heel Turn.
- Multicolored Hair: His hair is mostly brown with a teal-grey streak and lighter brown highlights.
- Never My Fault: The reason for his Face–Heel Turn at the end of "Queen for a Day" is because he blames Rapunzel and the entire Kingdom for letting him down. But really, he brought it on himself by tampering with the spikes, especially after being repeatedly warned by his father not to, although this is more his dad's fault than his own for never explaining why. This flaw of his grows worse in the season finale, where he blames the King for "villifying him" as a result of his own villainous actions, and then blames Rapunzel for his failure to use her hair to free his father.Varian: It's not my fault! None of this is! It's her fault!
- Nice Guy: Varian is well-meaning, compassionate, and helpful. Until he loses his father, that is.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: This is what Varian thinks he is doing with Corona, its royal family in particular - he fully acknowledges that he's "sunk pretty low", but believes that the victims of his villainous actions deserve to suffer.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Justified. Varian has a good number of inventions that are very effective, and he tries to avert this trope. The problem is, some of his inventions destroyed his village more than once, and his latest one nearly leveled the castle, so it's no wonder no one can trust their lives with him or his inventions.
- Rescue Romance: Develops a crush on Cassandra after she rescues him in his first appearance, lasting into Great Expotations. But ultimately subverted in the end: after his descent into villainy, he tries to kill her the same as everybody else.
- Revenge: "And I swear right now, that no matter what comes of me, anybody that stands or has stood in my path, they're going to pay! They. Will. Pay.”
- Simple Staff: Varian is usually seen carrying a staff, but all he does is use it as a walking stick and carry a few potions, some of which act as light sources.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Has a rather raspy teenage voice that becomes deeper and more adultlike without the rasp when singing.
- Slasher Smile: Gives Rapunzel a rather frightening one in "The Alchemist Returns" as he betrays her, fully realizing his Face–Heel Turn. Then again when he confronts Rapunzel and King Frederic in "Secret of the Sundrop."
- Smug Snake: While he's a brilliant inventor and an exceptionally clever thinker, his impetuousness and emotional instability often gets in the way of his success, driving him to start completely losing his cool when things aren't going the way he wants them to go, contrasting with the overconfidence he'd have displayed beforehand.
- Start of Darkness: "Queen For A Day" details his. When his father is trapped in crystal after Rapunzel refused to help, Varian blames Rapunzel and swears vengeance upon her and the Kingdom of Corona. Darkness even literally falls upon him in the moment.
- Teen Genius: At age 14, he easily stands out as being the smartest of the cast.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: He didn't see himself as evil following his vengeful turn, but eventually decides that if what he's doing makes him the bad guy, then he'll accept that label.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Ends up undergoing this in the epilogue of "Queen For A Day". Later becomes fully realized in the climax of "The Alchemist Returns".
- Toyless Toyline Character: Subverted. His only appearance in merchandise this far is in a figurine set released by Disney Store. Since villains only tend to be released by Disney Store and not Mattel, this foreshadows his Start of Darkness.
- Walking Spoiler: What only one episode can end up doing for a character.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Rapunzel, Cassandra and Eugene.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Really wants his inventions and alchemy to make his dad proud.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: After his Face–Heel Turn, Varian really stands out as a disturbingly dark villain in this series, which is comparatively more lighthearted than the film. Taking into account his actions (extortion, abduction of a royal consort, attempted cold-blooded murder of a royal consort and Crown Princess), he makes even Mother Gothel (whose crimes are abduction of baby Rapunzel, Domestic Abuse, and attempted murder of a convicted thief) chump-change.
- Villain Has a Point:
- Varian may be off his rocker about King Frederic vilifying him, but it's hard to argue with Varian when he mentions that King Frederic failed to address the danger that threatens their kingdom and kept it all a secret, while he's the only one who cared. Sure enough, the King does take this to heart, and realizes Varian isn't 100% to blame for what is happening.
- When Rapunzel tries to change his mind about using her hair to break the crystal by saying "I promise it will be all right", he answers with reminding her "what happened the last time [Rapunzel] promised that?" (referring to when she promised the same in "Queen for a Day" but couldn't come through, resulting in his father being encased in crystal.) It's an Armor-Piercing Question for Rapunzel, to which she can't answer; and you can't deny that Rapunzel indeed made a promise to him she couldn't keep and now is about to make the same mistake again.
- Villain Song: He has two: the Dark Reprise of "Let Me Make You Proud" and his part of "Ready as I'll Ever Be".
- Villainous Breakdown: When Rapunzel's hair fails to free his father and Rapunzel promptly frees both of her own parents, Varian snaps and tries to kill everyone in a vindictive rage.
- Villainous Underdog: Varian is a low-level commoner from a backwater village and has no money or power of sorts, and not even a Badass Normal, and he knows he's at a disadvantage when he's up against the Royal Family and the Royal Guard. But, his main strengths are his intelligence and patience, allowing him to accomplish so much with so little. To this effect, he came up with an elaborate scheme to separate the King, Rapunzel, and the Royal Guard to take the weak link of the Royal Family—the Queen. In doing so, he does a lot of emotional damage to the former two.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: See Anti-Villain and Freudian Excuse above.
- Would Hit a Girl: He captures Queen Arianna, and later tries to kill both her and Cassandra.
- You Killed My Father: Blames Rapunzel, and by extension Corona, for letting his father be trapped in crystal and swears that "they...will...pay." When really, it's his dad's own fault combined with his own personal recklessness.
Voiced by: Jonathan Banks
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He does not approve of Varian's inventions or alchemical pursuits, knowing full well how often they backfire.
- Good Parents: To Varian, despite his disapproval of Varian's inventions.
- Meaningful Name: His name means "magic spell", fitting in with the show's story being about the magic in play.
- Old Friend: Is referred to as this by King Frederic in "Queen for a Day".
- Poor Communication Kills: He is implied to know more about the black rocks than he lets on, but he doesn't share this knowledge with his son, only telling him that the rocks are dangerous, and he should keep away from. This causes Varian to continue researching the rocks in order to prove himself... with unfortunate consequences.
- Taken for Granite: He becomes encased in a form of crystal after one of Varian's experiments with the rocks goes awry.
Lance Strongbow/Arnwaldo Schnitz
Lance Strongbow/Arnwaldo Schnitz
Voiced By: James Monroe Inglehart
- Best Served Cold: He waited years to steal a treasure from the Baron, another thief who betrayed him and Eugene. He was in jail for a while, though.
- Black Best Friend: He and Eugene considered each other to almost be family.
- Brains and Brawn: Lance is the Brawn, who is big, tough, yet dives into situations without thinking, whereas Eugene is the smart, clever one.
- Childhood Friends: He grew up with Eugene in the same orphanage and they became partners in crime later on.
- Consummate Liar: He can come up with convincing lies quite quickly.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": His birth name is Arnwaldo, but he wants to be called Lance, and reacts very annoyed when addressed as "Arnwaldo".Eugene: Let's just get out of here... Arnwaldo.Lance: HEY! Don't. Call me. Arnwaldo!
- Easily Forgiven: After he enlists Eugene's help to recover some treasure from the Baron, only to discover that one of the stolen items is a ring belonging to Queen Arianna with him and Eugene being caught when they try to steal the ring back from Rapunzel, he becomes friends with Eugene and Rapunzel after apologizing to them, and donates most of the treasure to the Corona orphanage.
- Embarrassing First Name: He doesn't like his original name of Arnwaldo.
- Everyone Has Standards: He eventually comes clean about dragging Eugene into trouble, especially once he realizes he's jeopardizing Eugene's relationship with Rapunzel.
- Giver of Lame Names: Clever and creative at spinning a yarn from nothing, but Lance is not good at giving people nicknames.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Bears more than a passing resemblance to his voice actor, James Monroe Inglehart.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be quite a prick at times, as shown in his second appearance, but he and Eugene are still friends like in the good old days.
- Lovable Coward: Lance isn't as daring as he appears to be, and tends to cower when it comes to performing death-defying acts, often hilariously exclaiming: "I'm not getting on that" or some variant.
- Not So Above It All: It's shown Lance and Eugene have tend to have childish arguments, such as who should steer the boat.
- Pet the Dog: He donates the treasure he stole to the Corona orphanage's charity. Most of it anyway. Makes sense when you consider that Lance was an orphan alongside Eugene and likely empathizes with orphans as a result.
- In the season 1 finale he joins in on Eugene, Cass, and the guard's attempt to rescue the Queen.
- The Pig Pen: Lance is rather messy, and Eugene is okay with it, just not in front of the royals.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Definitely the tough Manly Man, whereas Eugene is the more romantic, Adorkable kind.
- Sticky Fingers: He just can't resist snatching up riches when the opportunity is there.
Voiced by: Richard Kind
Angry and Red
Angel and Red
Voiced by: Vivian Vencer (Angry), Ruby Jay (Red)
- Fiery Redhead: Inverted. Of the two girls, the red-haired one is the Shrinking Violet and The Quiet One while the black-haired one is brash and outspoken (she's called "Angry" for a reason...)
- Justified Criminal: Angry and Red don't really enjoy stealing, but as kids living on the streets (presumably orphans), they have to get by. They're trying to run away from The Baron, and he's the nastiest crime boss to ever exist.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Angry and Red's real names are never revealed.
- Samus Is a Girl: A wanted poster for the "Silent Striker" depicts a tall, slender man, but "he" is really two young girls.
- Street Urchin: The two girls don't have anyone to care for them and live on the streets, stealing to get by.
- The Quiet One: Red rarely talks. At least, she gives everyone in the royal palace the silent treatment while Angry does all the talking, but at the end of the episode she has a few lines talking to Angry.
Voiced by: Lil Rel Howery
- Motor Mouth: One of his defining character traits.
Voiced by: Yvonne Strahovski
Voiced by: Britt Robertson
Voiced by: Katy Mixon
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. However, the series reveals a more realistic explanation to this—they utilize predictable tactics.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: The sisters who braid Rapunzel's hair all look alike. Quite possibly, they're quadruplets.
Wilhelmina, aka "Willow"
Voiced by: Jane Krakowski
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Arianna loves her sister, but she's extremely irritated by Willow's carefree and irresponsible personality. Not helped by how Willow likes to tell Arianna's subjects about embarrassing stories of their youth.
- Cool Aunt: To Rapunzel.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Just like Rapunzel, and the two of them bond over this shared family quirk to the point that they briefly "converse" by gesturing with their toes.
- Earthy Barefoot Character: As she puts it, "How can you know where you stand in the world if you can't feel the ground beneath your feet?"
- Feet-First Introduction: The first thing we see of her is her bare feet.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Arianna's responsible. Willow is pretty much a hippie while Arianna is The High Queen.
- Fun Personified: Deconstructed. She's a friendly, flamboyant, fast-talking extrovert, but she doesn't know how or when to restrain herself, much to Arianna's consternation.
- Generation Xerox: She proves that Rapunzel isn't the first person in her family to enjoy painting, going on adventures, or running around barefoot.
- Genki Girl: An upbeat, hyperactive Perpetual Smiler.
- Innocently Insensitive: After years of absence, she reappears at Arianna's birthday party. She instantly draws attention away from her sister (which she's been doing since childhood), gives Ari a dangerous pet as a gift, and accidentally disrupts Arianna's plans to watch a meteor shower with Rapunzel. She doesn't realize how much Ari resents her for all this until receiving a "Reason You Suck" Speech. However, she means well and never hurts her sister intentionally, and the episode ends with the two women starting to repair their relationship.
- Older Than She Looks: Just as her sister does, she too looks surprisingly young for her age. It probably runs in the family.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Arianna's Blue. She's impulsive and remarkedly energetic, while Arianna is quieter and more composed.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Arianna. Willow is easy-going, irresponsible and flamboyant, while Arianna is composed, refined and reliable.
- Walking the Earth: She prefers exploring and adventuring throughout the world to settling down in Corona—or anywhere else.
The Mysterious Figure
Voiced by: Carol Kane
- Ambiguous Gender: At the moment, it's anyone's guess whether this person is a man or a woman. She is a woman.
- Cool Sword: They have a sword made of the same material that the black rocks are made of, allowing them to be able to cut through the rocks with it.
- The Faceless: The viewer can't see their face because the camera only shows them from the back. They also wear a "hoodie" over their head to hide their face from the side.
- The Stinger: Appears at the end of "Secret of the Sun Drop" wielding a sword similar to the black rocks.
- Unknown Character: We have no idea who he/she is, but he/she has the exact same marking on his/her right hand as on Quirin's left hand, so there is a connection between them.
Voiced by: Timothy Dalton
- Ascended Extra: The man himself appears in Season 2.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In "Queen for a Day", his device is used to prevent a dangerous blizzard from afflicting Corona. He later appears in person in Season 2.
- Weather-Control Machine: The Demanitus Device is used to control the wind's trajectory in the mountains to prevent Corona from being afflicted by a blizzard.