Rapunzel: I've been looking out of a window for eighteen years, dreaming about what it might feel like when those lights rise in the sky. What if it's not everything I dreamed it would be? Disney
Flynn Rider: It will be.
Rapunzel: And what if it is? What do I do then?
Flynn Rider: Well, that's the good part, I guess. You get to go find a new dream.
's 50th animated feature film in its Disney Animated Canon
, released in November 2010.Originally called Rapunzel
(and released in Asia and parts of Europe with said name instead, while earning the subtitle
"A Tangled Tale"), it is still based on the classic fairy tale
and is also still a straight-up fairy tale film, despite what that new title might indicate. It introduces the first CG Disney Princess
. She was supposed to be the last Disney Princess
of the franchise, until Anna and Elsa
Long ago, a single drop of sunlight fell to Earth from the heavens, and from that droplet sprang a magical flower with the power to heal all ills
. A woman named Gothel used this power for centuries to keep herself eternally youthful and attempted to hide it for herself. A small, very prosperous kingdom cropped up nearby in the meantime. But one day, the kingdom's pregnant queen fell deathly ill. The kingdom sought out the legendary flower, and found it, thanks to a slip-up in Gothel's vigilance. Once given an infusion of the plant, the queen was fully healed. Her daughter was born with a full head of luxurious blonde locks with the same healing powers as the flower
Wanting her flower back, Gothel steals into the castle and cuts a lock of the princess's hair... only for it to go brown, dead and useless. So she kidnaps the princess, hides her in a far-off tower, and raises her as her own. The king and queen mourn their lost daughter, and begin a tradition of releasing flying lanterns into the night sky every year on their daughter's birthday, with the hope that one day she will return. The young Rapunzel never leaves the tower, but as her 18th birthday approaches, she grows increasingly eager to head outside, especially to see the "strange lights" that appear on her birthday each year. As it happens, a thief named Flynn Rider
stumbles into their tower soon before her birthday. Holding his stolen loot hostage, she coerces him into taking her to the outside world, and their wild adventure to see the flying lanterns begins... with Mother Gothel hot on their trail, of course.
Formerly directed by legendary animator Glen Keane, who wanted a new look that required new CG technology, but it took too long to perfect
, and the tone and plot details changed many
times: the total production time of this movie is nine years. Disney initially wanted to cash in on the pop-culture-heavy Shrek
humor from 2002, only to change the concept of the film again when the story and technology failed their expectations, and turned it into a more straight-forward fairy tale drama. When management changed, John Lasseter altered its development a third time, and we now have a romantic comedy that balanced the two, with a modern attitude. In this time, Keane developed health issues and he had to leave the project for a while. He came back to executive produce and supervise the animation instead and was replaced by Nathan Greno and Bryon Howard, one of the directors of Bolt
. It ended up having the second-largest budget of any movie, ever ($260 million
, behind only Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
), but is also Walt Disney Animation Studio's third highest-grossing animated film without inflation adjustment (only The Lion King
made more in the worldwide box office). In addition to its financial success, it was also acclaimed by critics.
titled Tangled Ever After
continues the story through Rapunzel's and Flynn's wedding. It premiered attached to the 3-D version
of Beauty and the Beast
, and was put on Blu-Ray and DVD with the Cinderella
Diamond Edition release.
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- Metawise: Rule Number One of 3D animation is to avoid hair. Tangled features 70 feet of it. First it's just looped up. Then used as rope and as a lasso. Then it gets wet. Then braided full of flowers. Then it lights up from root to tail with the power of the sun.
- Be Yourself: Never explicitly said, but definitely implied, particularly with Flynn/Eugene.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Being a Disney movie, this was pretty much a given. Although this time it develops a little bit differently. Rapunzel kisses Flynn on the mouth much as Mother Gothel kissed her. Flynn promptly pulls her closer and starts to demonstrate the differences before the cut.
- Big Fancy Castle: Flynn is quite taken with it.
- Big "NO!": From Gothel; followed by several Little Nos when Rapunzel's hair is cut.
- Black Cloak/In the Hood: Mother Gothel.
- Blah Blah Blah: Mother Gothel's opinion of Rapunzel's "mumbling".
- Blessed with Suck:
- Bloodless Carnage:
- There should've been at least a bit of blood on the knife after Gothel stabs Eugene. What makes this weird is that we are shown blood when Rapunzel peeks at the wound. There's also when Flynn/Eugene grabs a broken piece of glass to cut off Rapunzel's hair, and somehow manages to not cut himself on it.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: it is actually possible to stab someone and not get blood on the weapon if you do it fast enough. It is a bit of a stretch, though, considering how deep she stabbed him.
- Also, a justified one when Gothel falls out the window. In real life, that kind of death would be accompanied by lots of blood, smashed skulls, etc., but the accelerated aging has turned her to dust by the time she hits the ground.
- Bluebird of Happiness: Bluebirds flit about Rapunzel when she first reaches the ground.
- Bound and Gagged:
- Mother Gothel ties up Rapunzel for wanting to save Flynn from execution and to lure Flynn into a trap later on.
- When Rapunzel first meets Flynn, she knocks him unconscious and binds him to a chair with her hair for an impromptu interrogation. Later on he's tied to a boat and sent out towards the castle by the Stabbington Brothers.
- Boy Meets Girl/Meet Cute
- Break Up Make Up Scenario
- Brick Joke:
- Brought Down to Normal: Rapunzel. Her hair is cut off, it kills the Big Bad and turns her into a brunette.
- Building Swing: Rapunzel, using her hair.
- Bullet Time: When Rapunzel swings away from Maximus at the dam, and he tries to catch her with his teeth. The score even gives a brass fanfare.
- Butt Monkey: Flynn Rider's second most prominent trait. Helps that he seems to be Made of Iron when it comes to physical comedy. Not so resistant to stabbing, though.
- Calling the Old Bag Out
- Cape Swish: Mothel Gothel is very good at this: it's one of her attributes that implies she is a witch and appears most prominently after "Mother Knows Best (Reprise)".
- Cardboard Prison: Not the actual prison, but the soldier who is left to watch the Stabbington Brothers in the tavern. He is literally taken out and escaped from less than five seconds after the rest of the soldiers leave.
- The Cavalry: The thugs from The Snuggly Duckling busting Flynn/Eugene out of prison.
- Cerebus Callback: As Flynn lies dying, he whispers to Rapunzel "you were my new dream", referencing both the lighthearted song "I've Got a Dream" from earlier in the film and their conversation while waiting for the lanterns (when Rapunzel asked what would happen to her after her dream of seeing the lanterns was fulfilled, Flynn answered, "Well, that's the good part, I guess. You get to go find a new dream.")
- Changeling Fantasy: The woman whom Rapunzel calls "Mother", who raised her—and who keeps her cooped up in a tower, makes demands of her, and insults her—isn't her real mother. Her real parents are a kindly king and queen who love her unconditionally and still celebrate her birthday every year as they wait for her to find them again.
- Character Development:
- Chekhov's Gun: So many, many things. Among them:
- The hilarious song "I've Got A Dream", performed by the Pub Thugs, illustrates all their most cherished dreams. Later, these dreams come in handy when they band together to rescue Flynn from execution, thanks in part to Maximus. Combined with Chekhov's Skill, especially in the case of the mime.
- The broken mirror, as Flynn uses a shard of the glass to cut Rapunzel's hair.
- 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/Eugene, Rapunzel will stay with her forever and offer no resistance. Needless to say, it makes the scene pretty tense.
- Rapunzel's hair glows when its magic is invoked. This comes in handy when she and Flynn/Eugene need light to escape a watery death.
- Rapunzel's painted walls and the hankie from the marketplace are what cause her realize that she is the missing princess.
- The piece of cloth that Rapunzel kept after the festival. It's what causes her to notice the suns she's been subliminally drawing because of her heritage.
- Also subverted with Rapunzel's many skills demonstrated during the "When Will My Life Begin?" song: candle-making? Ventriloquism? She doesn't use any of them in the rest of the movie, and only her painted walls are of any importance.
- That's more to explain what she's been doing for all those years by herself in the tower. She has nothing to do except learn new skills/hobbies.
- Chiaroscuro: Extensively used in the scene when Gothel refuses Rapunzel's request to go out, in which she cuts off all the natural light sources in the tower.
- Chirping Crickets: Flynn gets this when he comments to his lackeys "I can't believe after all we've been through together, you still don't trust me?"
- 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.
- Cloak & Dagger: Mother Gothel.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience:
- Rapunzel wears a purple and lavender dress when she lives with Gothel. This is a hint to her true identity, as purple is the color of royalty.
- Also, in the lantern scene, the warmth of pink and orange lanterns are a sign of love. This contrasts with Gothel's green lantern, which is creepy and cold. Helps with the Mood Whiplash.
- At the end of the film, Rapunzel wears a pink dress during the kingdom celebration. Guess what color princesses love?
- At the end of the film Flynn's outfit has changed from blue to black, making the whole thing look vaguely tuxedo-ish.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Rapunzel's violence toward Flynn when she first meets him.
- Comically Missing the Point: Finding his own wanted poster - which reads "DEAD OR ALIVE" at the top in bright red lettering - Flynn's only comment is "They just can't get my nose right!".
- Commonality Connection: Central to the "I Have A Dream" Crowd Song.
- Compressed Hair: The children in the kingdom braid Rapunzel's hair so that she doesn't have to carry it around or worry about people stepping on it.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Part of Flynn Rider's backstory. He started his life of crime because of wanting to change his fortunes after growing up poor.
- Cool Crown: A royal tiara acts as a bit of a MacGuffin, in that Flynn steals it, and Rapunzel takes it, meaning he has to help her to get it back.
- Cool Horse: Maximus.
- Costume Porn: Since the movie is CG, the clothes can be decorated and detailed as much as anyone wants to, and the filmmakers took advantage of this. The amount of detail that has gone into each character's costume in this movie is unbelievable. You can see fabric texture, weathering, tarnish on metals, seams (in strategic places) and the list goes on. Analysis on Rapunzel's outfit here, Flynn Rider's outfit here, and Mother Gothel's outfit here. And despite not technically being part of her costume, Rapunzel's hair falls into this category as well, especially after Flynn gets the little girls to braid it. Rapunzel isn't the only character who has apparently had a lot of effort put into her hair, as Gothel's hair is also incredibly detailed - every little curl is in place, the shading gets greyer in different places depending on how long she's gone without making herself look young again, and her hair even bounces when she moves in certain ways.
- Creative Closing Credits: Hand-drawn animated scenes of Rapunzel and Flynn's adventure serve as a backdrop for the credits, which were animated by Shiyoon Kim.
- Crowd Song: "I've Got A Dream". Played with in that Flynn spends most of it staring in disbelief, then has to be forced into participating at swordpoint.
- Curtains Match the Window: Flynn.
- Cutlass Between the Teeth: Maximus (hey, it's not like he has thumbs) when fighting Flynn, whose weapon of choice at that moment is a frying pan.
Flynn: This is the strangest thing I've ever done!
- Cut Song: Originally, "When Will My Life Begin?" had an earlier reprise where Rapunzel sings about how she should be thankful for what she's got, but still wants to leave her tower. It can be heard on the Tangled OST, though.
- Dance Line: During the Falling in Love Montage inside the kingdom, Rapunzel initiates one.
- Dance of Romance: Averted; Rapunzel and Flynn actively try for this, but when they finally get to each other the song's over. Played with during the lantern sequence, when the two lanterns they release together swirl around in a seeming dance.
- Dark Is Evil: Gothel shuts all the windows and then keeps on quenching the candles Rapunzel lights.
- Dark Reprise: "Mother Knows Best". "Healing Incantation", "Return to Mother", and "The Tear Heals", all having somber elements from the "Prologue".
- Deadpan Snarker: Flynn.
Ya smell that? It's part man-smell and the other part is REALLY BAD
man-smell, but overall it just smells like the color brown. Your thoughts?
Flynn: Is that blood in your mustache? Goldie, look at this! Look at all the blood in his mustache! Good sir, that's a lot of blood!
- All of Flynn's facial expressions as the Pub Thugs break out into song and dance are the definition of a good Deadpan Snark.
- Pascal and Maximus manage to do this without ever saying a word.
- 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 say that yes, this is the story of Rapunzel.
- Once she recovers her memories of her royal parents and her abduction, Rapunzel finally decides that enough is enough and that she'll never help Gothel maintain her youth again.
- Flynn. Once he realizes that Rapunzel has been taken by Gothel, not even the fact that he's being dragged to the gallows will stop him from trying to get away. Sure he needs the thugs to bust him out, but he sure as hell didn't sit there and take it.
- Maximus is also an example. When hunting Flynn, he's not gonna stop for anything. Except for Rapunzel calling him a good boy.
- And then he becomes this again by putting his grudge against Flynn aside and somehow getting the Snuggly Duckling thugs to help Flynn rescue Rapunzel.
- Deus ex Machina: The healing tears at the very end. While the movie is different in many ways from the original fairy tale, this detail comes straight from the source material. The fact that her healing powers were rather mysterious to begin with may also be a factor. However, nothing in the movie itself foreshadows it in any way.
- Unless you believe the theory that the drop of sun from the intro IS the tear that saved Flynn.
- Development Gag: One of the drawings during the end credits shows Rapunzel and Flynn consulting a fortune-telling monkey, in reference to a deleted scene in which Rapunzel and Flynn hitch a ride to the kingdom with a gypsy and her pet monkey.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Eugene. He gets better.
- Discretion Shot:
- When Gothel goes through her Rapid Aging, the cloak conveniently keeps the viewer from seeing her pull a Donovan. What we do get to see of her hand and jaw, as well as the dust which spills out of her cloak when it hits the ground, makes it very clear what happened. May be another reason for the higher rating.
- Actually for a split second as she looks in the mirror shards, (which is kind of tricky to notice because the image is scattered) you can see a vaguely zombie-ish face. But not to the point where she looks scary.
- We never actually see Rapunzel hit Flynn with the frying pan.
- Dismissing a Compliment: Flynn's first comment when Rapunzel tells him she likes Eugene Fitzherbert is to dismiss it; and Mother Gothel tells Shorty, "You big lunk" when he calls her a Statuesque Stunner.
- Disneyfication: Like Sleeping Beauty, this was going to be a case of using an already Lighter and Softer version of a pre-existing story. The original Grimm's Rapunzel myth involved Eye Scream and Teen Pregnancy. Plus, just as in practically every adaption of this story, the "witch" is made much less sympathetic.
- Disney Villain Death: Sort of. It's not what kills her, but Gothel falls out of the tower.
- Distressed Dude: It's always Flynn who has to be rescued by Rapunzel, not the other way round. Even when Rapunzel gets Bound and Gagged toward the end of the film, she's able to save Flynn from his mortal knife wound by working off her gag and begging Mother Gothel to let her heal him, which gives Flynn a chance to pull off his would-be Heroic Sacrifice.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- The lyrics of "Mother Knows Best (reprise)" make it sound like the stolen tiara is a metaphor for Rapunzel's virginity. "This is why he's here, don't let him deceive you! Give it to him, watch, you'll see! Trust me my dear, that's how fast he'll leave you, I won't say I told you so!"
- Let's see, a character who may be a magic user, kidnaps a baby of a royal family, and keeps said child isolated inside their home not allowed to explore the countryside, and forces said child to do everything they say without question, manipulates the child into thinking the outside world is cruel and evil, and punishes the child if he or she disobeys them, as well as said child figures out his/her real identity on their 18th Birthday and fights back
- Except for the magic and royalty, that sounds a lot like Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
- The Dog Bites Back: Pascal improvises a tripline that sends the villain out the high window.
- Domestic Abuse: Several of the more subtle emotional and psychological varieties are employed by Gothel to manipulate Rapunzel into staying with her in the tower. According to viewers familiar with the subject, it's portrayed very accurately.
- Don't Explain the Joke: Gothel's teasing may be mostly Stealth Insults, but she does have some validity in telling Rapunzel to "stop taking everything so seriously." After Rapunzel reminds Gothel that the next day will be her birthday, Gothel responds with "No no no, can't be. I distinctly remember, your birthday was last year." From her face and the tone of her voice, you can tell she's teasing again. Rapunzel's response is "That's the funny thing about birthdays, they're kind of an annual thing." Gothel just stares.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Rapunzel whacks Flynn several times with the iconic frying pan and it's Played for Laughs.
- Dramatic Irony: Once she gets to the kingdom, Rapunzel becomes the center of attention during the celebrations, with nobody but the audience knowing that the celebrations are actually all for her anyway.
- Dreamworks Face: See the picture above. The poster actually got a lot of people worried that the film was Disney's attempt to copy Dreamworks, though this was cleared up when it was actually released.
- Drowning Pit: Our heroes get trapped in a cave as it fills with water.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: Not only is Rapunzel's hair magical, but also her tears.
- Embarrassing First Name: Flynn's real name is Eugene Fitzherbert. He named himself after a swashbuckling hero he was a fan of as a kid.
- Enter Stage Window: The main entrance to Rapunzel's tower is through a window with the aid of her hair.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In the prologue, Gothel only sneaks into the nursery with the intention of taking a lock of Rapunzel's hair, hoping to get the magic that way. It's only when she realises the hair won't work if it's cut off that she kidnaps the child.
- This may have been more of a case of Pragmatic Villainy as it would have been much easier to steal a lock of hair as opposed to kidnapping a princess.
- Everyone Hates Mimes: Alluded to; Ulf, who wants to be a mime, gets some very disturbed looks from the people he's performing in front of at the end. It's all a distraction for one group of guards so they are standing perfectly still while Vladimir charges them from the side and plows them over.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Rapunzel in the original tale is not a princess. She's just an ordinary peasant girl. The film upgrades her to a long-lost princess. Also, showing how prevalent this trope is, the prince from the tale was turned into a peasant thief.
- Exact Words: Part of why Rapunzel's complete and utter devotion to keeping her promises didn't keep her from leaving the tower in the first place. The promise she agrees to at the end of "Mother Knows Best" is "Promise me you'll never ask to leave this tower again".
- Extremely Short Timespan: Excepting the prologue, the whole thing is over before the end of the third day.
- Facial Composite Failure:
Flynn: They just can't get my nose right!
- Fairy Tale
- Falling in Love Montage: Flynn and Rapunzel exploring the kingdom during the Flying Lanterns festival.
- False Friend: Mother Gothel nearly leads Rapunzel into thinking this of Flynn, but fails when Rapunzel remembers her true royal heritage and Mother Gothel kidnapping her, and learns that Flynn is about to be executed.
- Family-Unfriendly Death:
- At the end, Gothel ends up crumbling into a pile of dust due to Rapunzel's hair being cut.
- Flynn being stabbed to death should qualify. Granted, he got better, but that doesn't change the violent death scene.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: Fatal stabbing; Rapid Aging Disney Villain Death.
- Fantastic Light Source:
- "I have magic hair that glows when I sing." They then use its light to find a way out of a flooding cave.
- It's never explicitly stated to be magic, but Mother Gothel's eerie green lantern.
- Fashion Dissonance: Mother Gothel looks decidedly more medieval (Word of God says about 400 years behind in fact) compared to the pseudo-Victorian looks most everyone else wear. This is a plot point.
- Feet-First Introduction: In the trailer Rapunzel is introduced this way.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Mostly of the "other danger" type, but from the Snuggly Duckling to when they escape drowning brings them much closer together.
- First Time in the Sun: Rapunzel. Kind of sad when you realize that she's almost literally an embodiment of sunshine.
- Five Second Foreshadowing: A tiny unicorn figurine appears just before the ruffians show up and rescue Eugene.
- Flower in Her Hair: Rapunzel wears as many flowers as her hair can handle when she visits town.
- 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.
- Flynning: Well, his name is Flynn...not.
- Foregone Conclusion: This is the story of how I died. He does die, but Rapunzel's magic tear brings him back to life afterwards.
- The Foreign Subtitle: The title of the movie was retained as "Rapunzel" in Asia and certain parts of Europe while being changed to Tangled elsewhere. Disney slapped on the subtitle A Tangled Tale in countries where the movie was released under Rapunzel to make it easily differentiable from the original fairy tale and its other adaptations.
- Foreshadowing: At the very start, when Flynn is introducing the story, you see Rapunzel's mobile from when she was a child. On the mobile? A White Horse, a Chameleon, a Small Yellow Duck and a Cupid. To clarify, Maximus, Pascal, The Snuggly Ducking inn and that creepy old dude with the wings.
"Don't ever ask to leave this tower again..."
"Don't forget it,
You'll regret it.
Mother knows best!"
- Fountain of Youth: The magic flower which Mother Gothel was originally using. After that Rapunzel's hair was being used as this.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: Not as much of a parody as Shrek, but it still is one of these.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Look carefully and you'll find Pinocchio during "I've Got A Dream", resting on top of a column.
- Also, if you have sharp eyes during the Kingdom Dance sequence, you might notice that the atlas Rapunzel and Flynn/Eugene look through spells Brazil with period-appropriate ſ. No, that's not an f. That's the long s  that was common before the widespread use of printing. The aforementioned similarity to f eventually led to its replacement by the s we know today.
- Friendship Moment: Almost parodied with Flynn and Maximus.
- Frying Pan of Doom: "I have got to get me one of these!" By the end, the entire Guard gets into the action.
- Gambit Roulette: Gothel's manipulation of Rapunzel, though impressively cunning, relies on Eugene going to the Stabbington brothers to freely give the crown back to them, something Gothel had no way or reason to believe he would do.
- Actually, it's a win-win-win situation: If Flynn just left her without giving the Stabbington brothers the crown, then Rapunzel would be heart-broken enough to run back to Gothel and not chase after him again. If Flynn gives them the crown, then he can be tied to the boat and made to look like he ran away. If Flynn stays with Rapunzel (and does nothing with the crown), he would know that they would be chased by the Stabbington brothers (he saw them on the shore, which is why he hurried off to hand them the crown, and knows how ruthless they could be). The worst case for Gothel would be a continued chase scene, which works in her advantage since Flynn is a wanted criminal (would have to avoid most open areas) and Gothel appears to quite good at hunting her prey.
- GASP!: The girls upon seeing Rapunzel's hair.
- Gesundheit: Flynn's reaction when Rapunzel tells him her name. He spends the majority of the movie calling her "Goldie" and "Blondie".
- "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Flynn starts out stealing treasures from the kingdom, but in the end brings back the kingdom's greatest treasure, which gets him a full pardon, in the form of the royal family dragging him into their group hug.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
Flynn: This is kind of an off day for me... This doesn't usually happen.
Flynn: The party lasted an entire week, and, honestly, I don't remember most of it.
- When he agrees to take Rapunzel to the castle and she lets go of the chair, he falls forward and states "You broke my smoulder." Given the "off day" statement...
- Shorty at the end of the "I've Got a Dream" number is clearly drunk, and he attempts to hit on Gothel while he is drunk with "Somebody get me a glass, cause I've just found me a tall drink of water!"
- During "I've Got a Dream" one of the lines is "Killer sews"...as Killer's sewing up a cut on Bruiser's arm. It's not a sleeve rip, it's his bare arm with a red, open cut (you really only notice when you realize he has no sleeves and pause the scene. Since we didn't see any blood when Flynn was stabbed, one must assume it was snuck past the censors.
- Gilded Cage: Rapunzel's tower, sorta.
- Gilligan Cut: During the "I've Got A Dream" sequence:
Flynn: No, no, no, sorry, boys. I don't sing.
[everyone in the inn points their swords at Flynn]
Flynn: [singing] I have dreams like you - no, really! Just much less touchy-feely...
- Girl in the Tower: Obviously.
- The Glomp: Rapunzel does this to Flynn after he comes back to life.
- Going to See the Elephant: Going to See the Lanterns.
- The Good King: By the way the common people celebrate, it is implied that Rapunzel's parents are good rulers. However, when they meet Rapunzel and Eugene for the first time, they are both not wearing their crowns. They are just being parents at the time.
- Good Weapon, Evil Weapon: Only protagonists use frying pans. Antagonists prefer knives.
- Grimmification: Changing being blinded to death by stabbing. Notable because they managed to Grimmify a Grimm story. Granted, the original story's blinding came about from Eye Scream, so a stabbing, while surprisingly violent for a Disney movie, is much less disturbing.
- Groin Attack: Subverted with Eugene. When he is catapulted out of the castle, he lands on his groin and he looks like he's in pain, only for the screen to reveal that he landed on the horse seat, and Eugene looking unharmed.
- 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. They're unable to prevent a massive rescue operation from the pub thugs, and to top it off it was laughably easy for Flynn to swipe the tiara in the first place.
- Hair Decorations: Rapunzel is made of sheer adorableness all along, what with her Genki Girl Blithe Spirit nature, her big Puppy-Dog Eyes and her cute overbite - and of course her pretty, pretty hair. But multibraid that hair and decorate it over and over with flowers - and you just made sure the audience needs a second to recover from that cuteness overload.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Played with, in that while Rapunzel is good and innocent, she uses said hair as a badass weapon. Flynn even nicknames her "Goldie". However, at the end she's revealed to be a natural brunette, which is actually foreshadowed by the fact that her eyebrows and eyelashes are brown and both of her parents are brown-haired, but most obviously, the fact that her blonde hair lock turned brown when Gothel cut it.
- Happily Ever After: A serious case of You Should Know This Already. Rapunzel quotes this word-for-word about her and Eugene being married in the epilogue.
- Happy Dance: Rapunzel right after her hair is braided.
- Hard Head: Flynn is knocked unconscious several times in a very short time span with no repercussions. The worst that ever happens throughout the movie is he's knocked out for, at the most, a few hours, and then wakes with no permanent damage. Discounting the fatal stabbing.
- Hazy Feel Turn: Maximus, after he realizes that Eugene truly cares about Rapunzel, and assembles the Pub Thugs to help him escape execution.
- Healing Hair: And a healing tear.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Rapunzel's hair.
- Heel-Face Turn: The crew of the Snuggly Duckling were ready to kill Flynn until Rapunzel turned them to her side with "I've Got a Dream".
- Held Gaze: Flynn and Rapunzel share one before their Almost Kiss after they have watched the lanterns rise into the sky.
- Hero Antagonist: Maximus until his Heel-Face Turn.
- Heroic Bastard: Implied in a rather clever bit of Genius Bonus/Getting Crap Past the Radar: the surname Fitz[blank] originally designated the bearer as the bastard son of Mr. [Blank]. So Eugene is the illegitimate son of Mr. Herbert.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Done twice at the end. Flynn has been mortally wounded, and Rapunzel agrees to willingly spend the rest of her life alone with Mother Gothel if she is allowed to heal Flynn first. Before she can save him, Flynn cuts Rapunzel's hair, destroying its enchantment and freeing her from Gothel's enslavement, even though it seemed like his only hope of survival. Essentially, she tried to sacrifice her freedom for his life, and he sacrificed his life for her freedom.
- 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 as a very small chameleon. Although he does manage to stare down Flynn and Maximus. And he's the one ultimately responsible for Gothel falling out of the tower at the end.
- Hidden Depths: The pub bad guys. See Real Men Wear Pink.
- Hikikomori: Rapunzel, as she has never gone out of the tower. Of course, it was not entirely voluntary. She even wraps up in her hair during "Mother Knows Best". If that wasn't an homage to Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, it's still reminiscent.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Rapunzel and Mother Gothel's relationship has shades of this.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Flynn's plan to scare Rapunzel back to the tower by taking her to the Snuggly Duckling backfires tremendously on him when the ruffians, recognizing him from his wanted poster, turn on him.
- Hollywood Chameleons: Pascal, especially with the flower vase. However, he does change color with mood, like real chameleons, just with a different code.
- Homage: Glen Keane said in interviews that the look of the movie was inspired by the French Rococo painting "The Swing◊". Lisa Keane did a painting featured in the "Art of" Book with Rapunzel in this famous image◊. Considering the original painting features a man looking up a woman's skirt, you have to wonder how that flew past during the pitch.
- What physical event is used to symbolize Rapunzel deciding to leave the tower forever for the love of a man? A mirror cracked from side to side, just like in the Alfred, Lord Tennyson poem "The Lady of Shallott" ... about a woman trapped in a tower deciding to leave forever for the love of a man. Fortunately the stories don't end the same way.
- Hook Hand: The pub thug who dreams of being a concert pianist.
- Horsing Around: Being the Captain of the Guard's horse, Maximus does his best to capture Flynn. He has much better luck than his rider.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: One of Flynn's earlier designs◊ (back when he was called "Bastian") was supposed to invoke this.
- Humans Are Bastards: This is what Mother Gothel raises Rapunzel to believe, claiming that they are (to paraphrase) "selfish, cruel, and destroy any sunshine they find." Fittingly, Mother Gothel herself is the best example. Her dialog is full of Exact Words and double meanings.
- Hypocritical Humor: During the first "Mother Knows Best" song, Mother Gothel advises Rapunzel to "skip the drama." This, coming from the extremely over-dramatic witch as she strolls down a flight of stairs lined in candles. Several more from that sequence are on the Fridge page.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: The Stabbington twins.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Flynn Rider.
- I Just Want to Be Beautiful: The Big Bad.
- I Just Want To Be Free: Rapunzel.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Inverted with Rapunzel; played straight with Big Nose Thug.
- Immortal Immaturity: Mother Gothel acts immature for how old she looks, let alone her actual age.
- Immortality Inducer: The sun flower and, later, Rapunzel's hair.
- Important Haircut: And it's not just symbolic.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Using a cart as an improvised catapult, the Snuggly Duckling thugs are able to launch Flynn from ground level to the ramparts of a castle and onto the back of a horse.
- Improbable Weapon User:
- Rapunzel and her cast-iron frying pan. Flynn uses it at one point (to great effect) and muses, "I have got to get me one of these!" In the end, Maximus trains an entire squad of frying-pan wielding guards.
- Also Rapunzel's hair. While the trailer exaggerated it, Rapunzel's hair is as good as any whip or lasso.
- A sword wouldn't normally count as an improbable weapon, but when the one wielding it is a horse...
- Indy Frying Pan Roll: Just before the falling rock closes the cave entrance, Flynn reaches back and saves the frying pan.
- The Ingenue: While Rapunzel shares some of these traits (being locked in a tower all her life), Mother Gothel constantly belittles Rapunzel that she's naive, vulnerable, and helpless without her.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Vladimir (the ceramic unicorn collecting thug) was designed to look like Richard Kiel.
- At the end of the movie, when her hair is short and brown instead of incredibly long and blond, Rapunzel bears a more-than-passing resemblance to Mandy Moore.
- Instant Knots: Rapunzel can do this with her hair.
- Interesting Situation Duel: Flynn with a frying pan dueling a horse with a sword. "You should know this is the strangest thing I've ever done!"
- 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.
- Ironic Echo:
- Read "Award Snub" in the YMMV section. Which celebrity does Mother Gothel resemble?
- In-story: Flynn is on the run after stealing the lost princess' crown. His escape leads him to where the lost princess herself has been hidden. Then, he and the crown are turned in by Mother Gothel, who is the one who kidnapped the princess.
- It's All About Me: Mother Gothel, to the point that poor Rapunzel can barely get a word in edgewise.
- It Was a Gift: In the love montage.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Free: In Flynn's last moments of life (as far as he knows), Rapunzel makes a promise to never resist Mother Gothel again so long as she is allowed to save his life. Rather than allow her to save him, Flynn decides to use the last of his strength to cut Rapunzel's hair with a shard of glass, causing it to lose its power and depriving Gothel of the reason Rapunzel was so important to her. In a way, this is a case of this trope going both ways.
- "I Want" Song:
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Mother Gothel. At some points, especially when Rapunzel vanishes, you suspect that after all these years she has become fond of her despite kidnapping her and being a little chilly towards her sometimes. But as the movie progresses, you realise that yes, she's only in it for the hair.
- Kick the Dog: Gothel punts Pascal across the room, where he bounces off furniture and falls to the floor.
- Knight In Shining Armour: Eugene gallantly races on the white Maximus to rescue Princess Rapunzel.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: In the comercials during the Latin American TV premiere, the music video of the song "You'are the glow" was shown, who contained shots of sun rays coming from Flynn's body and a short-haired Rapunzel kissing Flynn.
- Land in the Saddle: Flynn is catapulted over a high wall as part of his prison breakout and lands in Maximus' saddle. Thanks to Rule of Cool, nobody gets hurt.
- Large Ham: Mother Gothel, most notably in the reprise of "Mother Knows Best".
- Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: Pascal covers his eyes when Rapunzel and Flynn Almost Kiss during the lantern ceremony. He does it again when they actually do kiss at the end of the film.
- Leonine Contract: Rapunzel had Flynn tied up and threatened him with force while making their bargain.
- Let's Duet: "I See The Light".
- Light Is Good:
- Exaggerated. Rapunzel, a gentle, caring girl who is a Friend to All Living Things, loves daylight (as well as starlight) and has shining golden hair because her mother ingested a flower that had grown from a drop of liquid sunlight. In the scene where Gothel refuses to let her go, she keeps on lighting candles that Gothel quenches.
- Inverted at the end, when Rapunzel's hair is cut and reverts to its natural brown color, while at the same time Gothel's hair turns grey then white due to rapid aging.
- Symbolically wise, yellow/golden light is good, while green light is cold and threatening.
- Living MacGuffin/MacGuffin Girl: Rapunzel, to at least half the cast.
- The Load: Flynn regards Rapunzel as this at first, mainly because he just wants the crown back.
- Longing Look: Flynn gives one to Rapunzel when they're on the boat and she's gazing at the floating lanterns.
- Love at First Punch: Rapunzel's first encounter with Flynn involves her hitting him with a frying pan. Twice. And then a third time during her interrogation.
- Love Epiphany: Rapunzel and Flynn realize they love each other during the song "I See The Light". In a bit of a twist, they never say "I love you" but instead admit that they are each other's new dreams.
- Love Hurts: When Rapunzel is led to believe that Flynn betrayed her, the look on her face is heartbreaking.
- Love Redeems: Rapunzel's love for Flynn causes him to change his thieving ways and return to bearing his old name Eugene Fitzherbert.
- Love Theme: As Rapunzel and Flynn watch the floating lanterns they sing "I See the Light".
- Loyal Animal Companion: Pascal.
- Rapid Aging: Gothel has only kept herself young by using the magic flower for several hundreds of years, and later by using Rapunzel's hair. It's clear that by the time Rapunzel is eighteen, Gothel will age dramatically within just a few days if she doesn't 'top up'. When Rapunzel's hair is cut at the end of the movie, the magic is undone. Gothel ages extremely fast, and is reduced to nothing but dust within a matter of minutes.
- Rapunzel Hair: Exaggerated, with Rapunzel's hair being 70 feet long. In this case it is explicitly magical hair, which both explains how it was able to grow that long to begin with and how she can move about without it weighing more than she does.
- Real Commercial, Fake Product: To promote the film, several commercials based on certain aspects of it were made, including one for a frying pan that focuses more on its conking capabilities than its cooking capabilities, a fake perfume called "Smoulder" by Flynn, and news coverage of the opening as if it were a high-speed chase ("Speeds in excess of 24 mph").
- Really 700 Years Old: Mother Gothel. In the opening narration it's even said that she predates Rapunzel's kingdom by several centuries.
- 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.
- Real Song Theme Tune: The ending theme is "Something That I Want" by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with rewritten lyrics.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Naive, energetic Rapunzel is the Red Oni to Flynn's somewhat grumpy and laid-back Blue Oni.
- Refrain from Assuming: The Tear Heals/Healing Spell/Spell Song gets the most.
- Releasing from the Promise: Flynn is quite ingenious in his attempts to get Rapunzel to do this. Somewhat later, Mother Gothel tells her to do it and find out what really held him. Later, once they are in love, she does.
- Required Secondary Powers: Rapunzel's magic hair must also be magically immune to split ends and other problems that would plague normal hair that hasn't been cut for 18 years. Mother Gothel has been using the hair's magic daily, which probably also has the power to heal the hair in ways that no Real Life shampoo can achieve.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: When Gothel sees Maximus, she thinks the rider has taken Rapunzel away from the tower. It never happened, but Rapunzel is not there anyway.
- Road Trip Romance: Fits the trope to a T. Interestingly, this was also the plot of Disney's previous animated feature.
- Romance Genre Heroines: Rapunzel is an interesting mix between The Spunky Kid and The Free Spirit.
- Royal Guards 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.
- Rule of Funny/Rule of Drama:
- Rapunzel's hair gets in the way only when it's funny or dramatically convenient.
- The reason why Hook-Hand can play two handed showtunes like a virtuoso despite having, well, a hook for a hand: it's all part of the hilariously sudden absurdity — he also plays so hard at one point that he tears most of the keys off the piano, but since it's a gag it doesn't actually affect the song or his playing.
- Rule of Symbolism: The sun, the stars, light in general, and unicorns are all important motifs in the story. And not in the way you think, at least for the unicorns.
- When Rapunzel breaks free of Gothel and declares she will never let her use her hair as a Fountain of Youth again, she knocks over the mirror, a symbol of Gothel's vanity and selfishness. And this even provides the means by which Flynn cuts the hair, thus causing Gothel's own death.
- Running Gag: Flynn's wanted posters never getting his nose right, the use of frying pans as surprisingly effective combat weapons, etc.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Flynn and Rapunzel.
- Say My Name: Rapunzel shouts "Flynn!" (and later, "Eugene!") a lot. Flynn shouts "Rapunzel!" a couple times, too. The first thing Flynn does when he wakes up after being knocked out by the Stabbington brothers is shout "Rapunzel!", which shows how he's started to think about people besides himself.
- Scenery Porn:
- Big time. Even the bland rocks manage to look beautiful with the amount of detail put into them.
- If one looks closely at the lower levels of the tower, Rapunzel's paintings are actually relevant to the area that was painted—dresses on the closet, spools of thread in the sewing area, and apples in the kitchen. These get a few seconds of screentime at most. More than that it shows her aging, some of the pictures, such as the one on her dresser are of a child Rapunzel.
- Sealed with a Kiss
- Setting Off Song: The reprise of "When Will My Life Begin?"
- Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Happens to Mother Gothel at the end, as a result of Flynn finally cutting Rapunzel's hair.
- Shout-Out: So many, they have their own page.
- Sexophone: Accompanies Flynn Rider's smolder. Which increases the hilarity when it doesn't do squat.
- Simple Yet Opulent: The queen's dress, Rapunzel's princess dress, and her Fairy Tale Wedding Dress in the follow-up short.
- Shipper on Deck: Maximus, of all characters, gives Flynn and Rapunzel a little push. In the case of Flynn, literally.
- Sibling Team: The Stabbington brothers.
- Sigil Spam: Expect to see a lot of sun emblems in this movie. Special mention goes to Rapunzel's bedroom, where they're subliminally everywhere.
- Signature Item Clue: Toward the end, Flynn spots one of Vladimir's ceramic unicorns, letting him know help out of his current situation is at hand. The ruffians from the Snuggly Duckling are nearby, ready to become Big Damn Heroes.
- Silence Is Golden: Rapunzel's parents have no dialogue at all in the scenes they are in (except for narrative V.O.), and yet these scenes are some of the most dramatic and moving of the film.
- Silent Snarker: The look on Flynn's face as "I've Got A Dream" continues is hilarious. He rolls his eyes as if thinking, "You're bursting into song? Really?"
- A Simple Plan: Take the girl to see the lanterns, take her home, then get back the precious satchel. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
- Single Tear: The King before going out to release the first lantern. The Queen wipes it away.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Rapunzel's first meeting with Flynn involves knocking him unconscious with a cast-iron frying pan three times, and rather clumsily stowing him in her closet.
- The Smurfette Principle: The film is ostensibly aimed at girls, and has a female lead character, but otherwise it has a 1:3 female-to-male ratio — female lead, male Love Interest and co-lead, two male (animal) supporting characters. Then one woman in a supporting role (a villain). That said, it still manages to pass the Bechdel Test.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Flynn gets like this when he first sees Rapunzel and says, "I know not who you are, nor how I came to find you, but may I just say... Hi."
- The Southpaw: It's easy to miss because of the intensity of the scene, but in his wacky duel against Maximus, Flynn wields the frying pan with his left hand.
- Spoiler Opening: Flynn Rider announces he will die as the first line in the movie. He gets better, though.
- Spontaneous Choreography: The Kingdom Dance number. Justified, in that country dances of the era were a lot more structured than much of modern dance; it's not unreasonable that everyone could suddenly break out in a joyful and vigorous dance number at a festival or faire and not miss a step.
- Squee: Rapunzel does a lot of this. Also, Flynn squees sarcastically before he and Rapunzel enter The Snuggly Duckling.
- Stealth Insult: Mother Gothel is a master at this.
Rapunzel, do you know what I see in that mirror? I see a strong, confident, beautiful young lady. [beat
] Oh look, you're here too. [laughs
] I'm just teasing, darling. Stop taking everything so seriously.
- Stealth Pun
- See Right for the Wrong Reasons above. Gothel sees Maximus and wonders where his owner is, and upon finding the tower empty, assumes that a rider took Rapunzel. From a certain point of view, she's not wrong.
- Rapunzel's kingdom is called Corona. Because she's a princess, that would make her mother...
- Stepping-Stone Sword: Flynn uses crossbow bolts to scale the tower the first time.
- 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 does not need to do anything else to show that she's their daughter, despite having a completely different hair color when she was a baby.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: Some people do have light hair as infants and darker (even very-dark brown) hair as adults.
- Swiss Army Tears: At the very end, though you may see it coming if you're familiar with the fairy tale.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Maximus. Though once Flynn develops, this ends.
- Take a Third Option: Mother Gothel is about to forcefully take Rapunzel away, but Rapunzel promises she'll go with Mother Gothel willingly if she can heal Flynn first. Flynn invokes this trope by cutting Rapunzel's hair before she can heal him, allowing Rapunzel her freedom while denying Mother Gothel her source of eternal youth and himself the chance to be healed from his mortal injury.
- Taking You with Me: Flynn's above-mentioned Take a Third Option was to do this to Mother Gothel after she stabbed him.
- Tap on the Head: As safely as it usually is — fictionally.
- Tastes Like Purple: Flynn's description of the Snuggly Duckling — "I don't know why, but overall it just smells like the color brown."
- Teens Are Short: Despite being 18, Rapunzel is shorter than most adults, including her real parents.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Flynn and Maximus. Big time.
- They Have the Scent: How Max tracks Flynn. He's a horse, by the way.
- Third-Person Person: Mother Gothel while singing "Mother Knows Best" and its Dark Reprise.
- Those Two Bad Guys: The Stabbington Brothers.
- Those Two Guys: After Rapunzel forces them to make peace, Flynn and Max's relationship has shades of this.
- Three-Month-Old Newborn: They are celebrating her birth and she can already hold up her own head.
- Title Drop: In The Foreign Subtitle in countries where the movie was released under its original Rapunzel name.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Maximus. He chooses good, surprisingly rapidly. Also an example of Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right.
- Took a Level in Badass: Rapunzel goes up a level at least once every ten minutes.
- The Tower: Rapunzel's abode.
- Traumatic Haircut: Not only does she get the hair she's been growing out her whole life chopped off, losing it means she can't save Flynn's life.
- Triumphant Reprise: "When Will My Life Begin? (Reprise 2)".
- Troperiffic: The promotional shorts on YouTube, such as the ad for Rapunzhair (Yes But What Does Zataproximetacine DO), Infomercial for the Frying Pan, an Anvilicious educational film, "Smolder" by Flynn, and more.
- Tuckerization: The thug that's sent to fetch the guards is named Greno, after co-director Nathan Greno, and the guard assigned to watch over the Stabbington brothers is named Conli, after producer Roy Conli.
- Unfortunate Names:
- Well, with a name like Stabbington, there's just not a whole lot of viable career choices.
- Not to mention Flynn Rider's real name, Eugene Fitzherbert. The poor bastard...
- Unmanly Secret: Flipped on its head in "I've Got a Dream", in which a bunch of thugs and ruffians in a bar outright admit in song that they like things like sewing, puppet shows and interior design.
- Unreliable Narrator: Flynn.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: You'd think a girl with 70 feet of hair would get a bit more notice when she first strolls into town, and that the guards would have had an easier time finding Flynn if they told people to keep an eye out for his new accomplice.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Maximus, twice—it's seeing him (a palace horse) that makes Gothel rush back to the tower in fear Rapunzel has been discovered and returned to her real home (i.e., if she hadn't seen him, she would have kept going after the white shell paint and never would have been involved in the plot at all, let alone chased after Rapunzel and done everything she could to get rid of Flynn), and it's him kicking down a support beam to make a bridge that helps bring down the dam (and nearly drowns both Flynn and Rapunzel).
- Flynn himself gets in on this a bit too—it's because he tore down a wanted poster of himself (thanks to complaining about his likeness) and stuffed it in his satchel that it's there at the tower for Gothel to find; she never would have known who had her "daughter", what he looked like, or that he was a criminal, if not for this (she still would have chased after them and probably caught up, the same as she did otherwise, but she wouldn't have been able to make her deal with the Stabbington brothers or played on Rapunzel's uncertain trust in Flynn without this knowledge).
- Verbed Title: Originally titled Rapunzel, it was specifically renamed to invoke this trope, hoping to appeal to a wider audience.
- Vertical Kidnapping: Courtesy of Hook Hand Thug.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Rapunzel calls her out, Mother Gothel switches from a selfish My Beloved Smother to a hardcore, homicidal Disney villain.
Gothel: You want me to be the bad guy? Fine — now I'm the bad guy...
- And when Flynn cuts off Rapunzel's hair, thus depriving Gothel of her source of youth before her eyes, she completely loses it while trying to cover her rapidly aging face.
- Villain Song: "Mother Knows Best", possibly Disney's cutest. Its Dark Reprise is a straighter example. Inverted with "I've Got A Dream", which is really sort of an anti-villain song.
- The Voiceless:
- The king and queen never speak on-screen. This keeps the focus more on Rapunzel, Mother Gothel, and Flynn, and their emotional scenes together are stronger because of it.
- The Stabbington brother with the eyepatch never talks.
- Wanted Poster: Except they never get the nose right.
Flynn: Okay, now they're just being mean.
- Weapon Twirling: Rapunzel is justifiably pleased with herself after dispatching an intruder.
Rapunzel: Too weak to handle myself out there, huh, Mother? Well tell that to my frying pa—[clonks herself by accident]
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Flynn explains at the end how all the Pub Thugs have their dreams come true, and how he marries Rapunzel, after many years of asking.
- White Stallion: Maximus.
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Mother Gothel to Rapunzel, though it's more along the lines of "Why did you make me stab your boyfriend?"
- Wicked Stepmother: Technically, a wicked adoptive mother.
- The World Is Just Awesome: The flying lantern scene. It's even lampshaded in the song for that scene.
And at last I see the light, and it's like the fog has lifted
And at last I see the light, and it's like the sky is new
And it's warm and real and bright, and the world has somehow shifted.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Mother Gothel is a grandmaster; her only goal is to get Rapunzel back in the tower. First, she was just going to kill Flynn and drag her back, and by the end the only three other people in on the secret are all going to be hanged for their crimes and no one in the kingdom would know she was even there.
- Both Flynn and Rapunzel do some rapid improvs in pursuit of their ends, too.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: 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 Are Grounded:
Mother Gothel: You are not leaving this tower! Ever!
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: The only appropriate response to seeing your not-quite girlfriend making friends with the hellbeast of a horse that's been chasing you all over the place.
- Your Favorite: According to Mother Gothel, Rapunzel's favorite is hazelnut soup (actually, she shows little enthusiasm for it either time it's mentioned, though that may just be that she has other things on her mind).
- Your Size May Vary: The length of Rapunzel's hair changes between shots. Drastically. This is entirely intentional.
Tropes in Tangled Ever After