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Disney: Tangled
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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?
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.

Disney'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.

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 and Frozen made more in the worldwide box office). In addition to its financial success, it was also acclaimed by critics.

A special 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.

Now has a character sheet and a Shout Out page.


This film provides examples of:

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  • Action Duo: Flynn and Rapunzel, although the original cover makes'em look like a Battle Couple.
  • Action Girl: Rapunzel. All the gear she needs to be made of this trope is her hair and a cast-iron frying pan.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Rapunzel's parents in this version. They don't steal from the witch's garden or offer their daughter as payment. Instead they unknowingly take a flower that Gothel happened to be using as well. What's more is that it was stolen because the Queen was dying.
  • Adjective Animal Alehouse: The Snuggly Duckling.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Rapunzel being kidnapped as a baby is a pretty good example. In between some silliness ("Go ahead, get trampled by a rhino"?), Gothel uses this as a tactic to keep Rapunzel in the tower.
    • The scene of Gothel freaking out after finding Rapunzel missing without a trace has the potential to strike right to the hearts of parents whose kid has ever wandered out of their vision at a playground, even if in reality Gothel's an abusive kidnapper.
    • Rapunzel, incredibly small and naive, seeing a supposedly comforting silhouette split into two strangers, who then proceed to push themselves into her personal space as they take out a sack to blind her. Terrifying to any assault victim.
    • Gothel isn't like other wicked stepmothers where she banishes the heroine to the kitchen or sends her to the forest to be murdered. She doesn't use magic to keep Rapunzel locked up, but rather uses love like a poisoned apple or witch's curse as a tool for her own ends, preying on Rapunzel's innocence, affection, and vulnerability like a real abusive parent, which is disturbingly accurate to boot.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head:
    • Mother Gothel pats Rapunzel "sweetly" on the head as a gesture of "affection" but also to remind her that she's dumb, helpless, naive, ditzy, etc. What's telling is how Rapunzel flinches whenever she does it. It is a sign that Rapunzel has grown up that she blocks the gesture and grabs Gothel's wrist once Rapunzel realizes who she is.
    • She has a second one that's actually a subversion. When they exchange their "I love you", "I love you more", "I love you most" lines, Gothel always ends it by kissing Rapunzel on the top of her head. That's right, the "I love you most" is actually addressing her hair. When explaining why Rapunzel has to stay in the tower for the first time, she also strokes Rapunzel's hair as she speaks. It's worth listening closely at this point:
      Gothel: That's right, it's to keep you safe (murmured) hair.
  • After-Action Healing Drama: In the tower, at the end.
  • After-Action Patchup: Rapunzel to Flynn, right after they escape from drowning.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Maximus the horse. For example, he tracks Flynn by his scent and thumps his tail like a Labrador when Rapunzel scratches him, for which horses simply lack the tail bones. Flynn doesn't believe it. The filmmakers even admit it.
  • Almost Kiss: Twice. First, on the rowboat, before being interrupted by Flynn/Eugene seeing the Stabbington Brothers. Second, in the climax, before Flynn cuts off Rapunzel's hair with a shard of glass.
  • Alto Villainess: Mother Gothel
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Maximus and Pascal. Especially Maximus, who seems more skilled with a sword than any of the palace guards, despite lacking fingers. Maximus is basically 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.
  • And Then What?: Invoked in the lantern scene. Rapunzel says it's been her dream to see them close up; now that she's about to, what does she do after?
  • Animal Reaction Shot: Basically Pascal's character.
  • Animated Musical
  • Ankle Drag: Played for Laughs. When Maximus finally catches up to Flynn, he begins to drag him away by his boot, a possible variant of this.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Flynn, when he first meets Rapunzel. "I know not who you are..."
  • Applied Phlebotinum: In the movie, the rampion from the original Fairy Tale is now a magic plant, grown from a drop of liquid sunlight. After the Queen ingests it, its abilities get transferred to her unborn daughter, Rapunzel. Which is why Mother Gothel kidnaps her (singing a certain song activates the hair's magic and keeps her young) and why her hair is so long (if you cut it, it loses its powers).
  • Arc Symbol: The kingdom's sun insignia. Finding it hidden in her artwork is what leads Rapunzel to realize she's really the long-lost princess.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Some of the hazards of the outside world, according to Mother Gothel, are monsters, men with pointy teeth, plagues, and...large bugs.
  • Artistic License - Biology: Pascal and specially Maximus embody just too many to count.
  • Art Shift: A traditionally animated closing credits sequence, in what's become a recent tradition for Disney (and Pixar) computer animated films.
  • Audible Sharpness: When Mother Gothel picks up her dagger.
  • Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: The film is rated PG for "Brief Mild Violence" at the end. Interestingly enough, Tangled is the first Disney Princess film to ever have a PG rating, and also the 7th Disney animated feature to have that rating (the first 6 were The Black Cauldron, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet, Home on the Range and Bolt).
  • Award Bait Song: "I See The Light".
  • Awesome McCoolname: Flynn Rider. His real name is much less impressive. Maximus also qualifies.
  • Back from the Dead: Eugene, thanks to Rapunzel's tears.. This is a Shout-Out to the original tale, in which Rapunzel healed her beloved's eyesight in the same manner.
  • Badass: Maximus.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: Double Subverted with the Snuggly Duckling, as we're not initially told it has bad guys in it, especially with a name like that. Zig-zagged when it turns out that all the thugs want to do better things.
  • Bag of Kidnapping: After learning that Rapunzel's hair can be used to heal people and therefore could be worth a lot of money, the Stabbington brothers try to capture her with this method, they would've succeeded if Mother Gothel hadn't knocked them out from behind.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Near the start of the movie, Flynn notices himself on a Wanted poster. His reaction is:
    Oh, no, this is bad... they just can't get my nose right!
  • Bar Brawl: Oh yeah. With a side order of song and a Shout-Out to Monty Python.
  • 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 can be handwaved as being magical but there's no excuse for her feet.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Rapunzel's first argument for Flynn.
  • 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. It seems all the people at The Snuggly Duckling are wearing masks of their own at first and Flynn's daring, swashbuckling personality is a mask as well.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Pascal tripping Gothel out the window during the climax.
    • Hilariously inverted then played straight with The Snuggly Duckling Pub Thugs.
  • Beyond the Impossible: The hair; two examples:
    • Storywise: The hair is established early on to lose its power if it's cut. It's even demonstrated in the prologue. Also, at the end, Flynn cuts off all of Rapunzel's hair to free her from Gothel. This would normally mean she can't heal his fatal injury but breaks the supernatural rule and is able to heal him with her tears.
  • 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:
    • Rapunzel briefly alludes to the difficulties of having 70-foot long hair during her "I Want" Song.
      Rapunzel: And then I'll brush and brush, and brush and brush my hair!
    • Gothel has also made Rapunzel believe that she would be in constant danger outside the tower because selfish people want her healing power for themselves. Along with the actual truth in that statement and the resulting tower imprisonment as well.
  • 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:
    • When Flynn sees the wanted poster of himself he remarks "They never get my nose right." Later, when he brings Rapunzel into the tavern, there's another poster of him with an even larger nose.
      Flynn: Now they're just being mean.
    • Extended in Tangled Ever After, with the banners of him and Rapunzel for their wedding. His nose in them is, yet again, overly large and comical.
      Flynn: Oh, come on!
    • Also, the copious use of frying pans as weapons. They prove so effective that at the end of the film, they become the official weapon of the kingdom's military.
    • Another one is the man with ridiculously pointy teeth and lots of rats in the Snuggly Duckling, which is what Mother Gothel warned Rapunzel men would have
  • 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:
    • Rapunzel loses her fear of the outside world and learns to stand up to her abusive adoptive mother.
    • Flynn stops caring only about himself and learns to love, as well as to just be himself.
    • Maximus, who was in the beginning 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.
      (Previous owner) Head Guard: (stunned) Maximus?
  • 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.
    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?

    Pub Thug: That's a loooooot of hair...
    Flynn: She's growing it out.

    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.
  • Determinator:
    • 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 got 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.
  • Disney Animated Canon: The 50th one.
  • 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!"
  • 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.

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  • 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; the ruffian who wants to be a mime gets some very disturbed looks from the people he's performing in front of at the end.
  • 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 [1] 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 Flynn 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".
  • 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...
    • The old guy thug 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 "Someone give me a glass, cause I've just found me a tall drink of water."
    • During "I have a Dream" one of the lines is "Killer sews"...as he's sewing up 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 Rap's parents are good rulers. However, when they meet Rap 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].
  • 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:
    • In the trailer, Flynn calling for Rapunzel to let down her hair was humorous. The single time he uses it in the movie? Not so much.
    • Twice in the movie, Gothel imperiously tells Rapunzel not to mumble, forcing Rapunzel to repeat herself. The first time is because Rapunzel is nervously working up the courage to ask that Gothel take her out of the tower to see the lanterns. The second time is because Rapunzel is dazedly coming to the realization that she is the long-lost princess of the kingdom, Gothel kidnapped her and her entire life is based on a lie. Judging by her expression, Gothel is deeply regretting calling out Rapunzel on her mumbling the second time.
      Rapunzel: I am the lost princess. Aren't I? (Gothel freezes; darkly) Did I mumble, Mother...? Or should I even call you that?
  • Irony:
    • 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:
    • "When Will My Life Begin?"
    • "I've Got A Dream".
    • The ending theme, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals' "Something That I Want", is about as vague and self-aware as an "I Want" Song gets.
      She said, "I want something that I want
      "Something that I tell myself I need
      "Something that I want
      "I need everything I see"
  • 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 Chameleon: Across the room and into the wall where he falls and makes a squeaking sound.
  • Knight In Shining Armour: Eugene gallantly races on the white Maximus to rescue Princess Rapunzel.
  • 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.

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  • MacGuffin: The crown, although only for part of the film.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Not to mention the fact that he (Maximus) falls off a cliff, lands on his back and springs to his feet completely uninjured.
  • Magic Hair: Rapunzel's hair has magic healing powers and serves as a Fountain of Youth.
  • Manly Tears: It's always the King shown crying, never the Queen. However, for that reason, his tears just seem all the more heartbreaking.
  • Market-Based Title: The film is called "Rapunzel", or at least contains the name Rapunzel, in some countries.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Mother Gothel does this a couple of times...or manipulates Rapunzel into running into it, which is basically the same.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Flynn really doesn't think it's destiny.
    • Mother Gothel is never actually seen to use any magic of her own. While her costume suggests that she is a witch, and she worked out how to get the flower (and Rapunzel's hair) to restore her youth, she never states that she can use magic, and we don't see her use anything which couldn't be achieved by sleight of hand (albeit very cunning, but she's had a long time to practice...) She uses a mundane solution even when magic would clearly be easier, like sidling over to the wall and knocking it surruptitiously at the start of the Mother Knows Best song to start the "special effects".
  • Meaningful Echo:
    • Mother Gothel wearily proclaims 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.
    • Mother Gothel and Rapunzel have a "playful" mother/daughter game: Mother Gothel tells Rapunzel "I love you" Rapunzel replies "I love you more" and Gothel concludes with "I love you most" while kissing Rapunzel on the top of the head. This takes on some sinister connotations when you realize that Gothel appears to be saying this last line to Rapunzel's hair, rather than to Rapunzel herself—implying that she sees Rapunzel as nothing more than a life-support system to the magic hair.
    • "The Healing Incantation" starts as a symbol of Gothel's greed ("make the clock reverse, bring back what once was mine.") When Rapunzel heals Flynn's hand, the emphasis is on "heal what has been hurt." After Flynn dies and Rapunzel tried to sing him back, it's sadder and echoes the entire movie — "change the fate's design" and "bring back what once was mine", referring to Rapunzel's belief in destiny and her love for Flynn.
    • When Flynn and Rapunzel are about to see the lights appear, Rapunzel is worried about what she'll do with her life after living her dream. 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 throwing it down.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Rapunzel's name derives from the magical rampion of the beginning prologue. Eugene is Greek for "well born", so it's only fitting that he later marries the princess.
      • And the "Fitz-" prefix on a surname was used in ye olde days of Britain to indicate an illegitimate but acknowledged child. But I guess that's material for a sequel.
    • The Stabbington Brothers are a little more obvious.
    • The kingdom's name is Corona which means "Crown" and is usually used to refer to the halo around the sun.
  • Meet Cute: During the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, the pub thug who dreams of meeting a girl does, thanks to a flying hook and a dislodged helmet.
  • Milestone Celebration: The Walt Disney Animation Studios Vanity Plate has a Logo Joke proclamation that Tangled is the 50th movie in the Disney Animated Canon.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: When Maximus recruits the Pub Thugs to help Flynn escape execution.
  • "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop: How Flynn steals the crown.
  • Mood-Swinger: Provides the trope's page image. Upon escaping the tower, Rapunzel rapidly lurches backwards and forwards between delight over being free ("THIS IS SOOOO FUUUUUN!") and guilt over disobeying Mother Gothel ("I am a despicable human being.")
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • The thugs at the Snuggly Duckling look ready to pulverize Flynn and Rapunzel, right up until she asks if they've ever had a dream.
      Hook-hand Thug: I... had a dream once.
    • After the gorgeous love duet that is "I See The Light" and Rapunzel and Flynn Almost Kiss, the atmosphere immediately darkens — Gothel is afoot and intent on getting her "daughter" back by any means possible.
    • In-story, there's Rapunzel running around yelling "I'm free!"/"Mother is going to kill me..."/"This is the best day of my life!"/"I'm the worst daughter ever!" Flynn points out, "You seem a little at war with yourself here."
    • To the townspeople, the Lantern Festival is a fun celebration full of music and dancing. Inside the castle, the King and Queen are very somber, nearly crying, trying to compose themselves to go out before the people and release the first lantern.
  • Moody Mount: Maximus won't let Flynn Rider ride him. Perhaps it has something to do with him being the Captain of the Guard's horse and Flynn being a wanted criminal.
  • More Hero Than Thou: Rapunzel and Flynn, at the climax. They both try to use force. He wins.
  • Morning Routine: The song "When Will My Life Begin?" details Rapunzel's rather full morning.
  • Mundane Utility: Rapunzel's 70 feet of hair has magic that can heal grievous wounds and reverse aging. It also serves as a handy blanket to wrap around herself with when she's sleeping outdoors. It even serves as the world's longest flashlight when she and Flynn need to find a way out of the cave-in.
  • Mural Gallery Bedroom: Heck, the whole interior of the tower is done up in murals.
  • My Art, My Memory: After visiting the kingdom, Rapunzel realizes that she has subconsciously incorporated their distinctive sun motif into all of her paintings, because it was on the mobile above her crib. The connection causes her to remember that she is the missing princess.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg:
    Gothel: 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.
  • Mythology Gag: Rapunzel's tears restoring Eugene to life at the end follows the actual ending of the fairytale where Rapunzel's tears caused her prince of the original tale to "see the light" again by curing his blindness. There's also Flynn yelling out "Rapunzel! Rapunzel, let down your hair!" to let her hair down again, like in the original fairytale. The line in "Mother Knows Best" about Rapunzel's weight ("Plus, I believe / Gettin' kinda chubby...") also references the original tale, in which the witch discovers Rapunzel's secret visitor due to the fact that he's made her pregnant and she's putting on weight as a result.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Stabbington Brothers are a parody.
  • The Need For Mead: The Snuggly Duckling.
  • Never Say "Die": Played straight when it is only implied by Flynn touching his neck that he's being taken to the gallows and then nicely subverted when Mother Gothel says point blank that Flynn will hang while a clear shot of a noose is on-screen. Later, she says the secret will die with him, shortly before Rapunzel and Flynn both say they don't want the other to die. Amusingly, in Flynn's case, instead of using a metaphor for death, he's using death as a metaphor... which completes the hat trick by also making this trope inverted. The subversion really ramps up the tension.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • Half the scenes in this trailer aren't in the movie. Particularly the bit where Flynn fights Rapunzel's hair, and the part where she throws him out of the tower. Revealed during a Q&A of the screening, they had planned on making scenes specifically for the trailer.
    • And in this one, the bit where Flynn asks the guard whether he was guarding what Flynn was about to steal. In the movie, there was totally different dialogue for that scene.
    • In a few trailers, when Rapunzel shouts out Flynn's name while running in the grass, the scene in the movie is entirely different. In the movie, the scene displayed is when Rapunzel is singing her Triumphant Reprise.
    • The trailers in general tend to make the movie look like a poor imitation of the Shrek formula. This is one of the best examples of a film that looks a million times better than its trailer lets on, rather than the reverse.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Most obviously Maximus and the dam.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Rapunzel will only let her hair be touched by her "mother", although this may be a case of having being told that people would use her healing locks for their personal gain. She also does not want to talk about her hair much, to the point she neglects to mention its powers ("I have magic hair that glows when I sing") at a time when they may be needed.
  • No Immortal Inertia: The immortality granted by Rapunzel's hair is immediately revoked if her hair is cut, causing anyone surviving in such a way to age rapidly if they touch the hair while it is losing its powers.
  • No Infantile Amnesia: Near the end of the film Rapunzel has an epiphany and realizes that she's been subconsciously painting the symbol of her city-state — a sun — because of dormant memories from infancy. Somehow she is able to vividly recall lying in her crib, gazing up at the mobile depicting said symbol. Considering she was almost certainly less than a year old — possibly even a newborn — if you think about it too much it certainly strains suspension of disbelief that she could remember that.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Rapunzel has a chameleon named Pascal as a sidekick, and their group is later joined by Maximus the horse.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Snuggly Duckling, a Bad-Guy Bar. Subverted when it's revealed that all those bad guys have rather touchy-feely hobbies and aspirations.
  • No Ontological Inertia: This trope is demonstrated to the viewer when Mother Gothel cops a youth-charge off a lock of baby Rapunzel's hair. As soon as said lock is cut, witch gets old again. It's surprising that anything sharp was left in the tower. And again, later. Cut the hair, snuff the witch, it's just that easy.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Flynn tries to woo his way out of being Rapunzel's guide, but unfortunately for him she has absolutely no experience with or understanding of seduction of any kind, and so has absolutely no idea what he's even doing. When she's not amused, he reluctantly agrees.
    Flynn: (In mid-Smoulder) This is kind of an off-day for me, this doesn't normally happen.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: It's the Rapid Aging.
  • Oh, and X Dies: The opening narration starts off with Flynn stating, "This is the story of how I died." It's pretty easy to miss or forget, if you aren't paying attention. Additionally the first-time viewer, after observing his personality, would think he was exaggerating for drama.
  • 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! Her face — wide eyes and dropped jaw — certainly says it.
    • Flynn has quite a few of these.
    • Anyone who's ever been caught by their parents sneaking out or sneaking back in at night knows exactly how Rapunzel feels.
  • Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date: The date didn't start out this way, just ended up being so. Flynn took Rapunzel on a boat to see the lanterns she had always wanted to see, and their talk in this moment turned it into a date.
    • Also brought up by the Big-Nosed Thug during the "I've Got a Dream" number. "Can't you see me with a special little lady/Rowing in a rowboat down the stream?"
  • Ominous Fog: A sudden fog appears during the Dark Reprise of "Mother Knows Best" and disappears when Gothel leaves.
  • One Head Taller: Flynn and Rapunzel. Despite the height difference Rapunzel easily succeeds in capturing Flynn. Mother Gothel is also one head taller than Rapunzel.
  • One of the Boys: Rapunzel for the Snuggly Duckling thugs, mainly due to what kind of boys the thugs are.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Rapunzel. Made more noticeable by the fact that her parents are hereditary monarchs and, even given Rapunzel's disappearance, would thus presumably need a child to keep the lineage going. Although considering the first pregnancy almost killed mother and child...
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Flynn Rider. However, as the Character Development goes on, he starts going by his real name, Eugene, more often. Also The Stabbington brothers, Hook-Hand Thug, Big Nose Thug...
  • Only the Knowledgable May Pass: The guards are tweaked with a demand for a password in the escape.
  • Opposites Attract: The jaded, worldly-wise thief and the spirited, innocent princess. Truly a perfect match.
  • The Outside World: Rapunzel has lived her whole life in her tower and desperately wants to get out and see what's outside, an opportunity that comes when a thief gets into her tower looking for a place to hide some loot and she knocks him out with a frying pan and forces him to take her along.
  • Panacea: Rapunzel's hair, and the flower that she got her magic from.
  • The Pardon: Implicit in the ending, for Flynn and all the thugs.
  • Parental Abandonment: Inverted, as Rapunzel is kidnapped from them as a baby. Otherwise averted in her case, as in a shocking twist for a Disney movie, the girl has two loving parents to return home to at the end. Flynn was an orphan, though.
  • Parental Bonus: To adults familiar with the techniques of emotional abuse and blackmail, Gothel is even creepier than she would be otherwise.
  • Parental Love Song: Subverted. Gothel wants Rapunzel to think it's about her love for Rapunzel. It is actually meant to ruin Rapunzel's self-esteem and keep her emotionally dependent on Gothel and afraid of the outside world.
  • Le Parkour:
    • Flynn and the Stabbington brothers use this at times, perhaps most noticeably while climbing on the palace roof in their first scene.
    • Maximus does this while Flynn is riding him.
  • 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.
  • Photo Doodle Recognition: Flynn is easily recognized from his wanted poster after a character uses their hand to cover the ridiculous and inaccurate Cleopatra Nose.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: When Rapunzel is holding Flynn/Eugene after his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Invoked by Rapunzel to Eugene, while he is dying in her arms.
  • Plucky Girl: Hmmm, who could that be?
  • Posthumous Narration: Flynn starts the movie by saying he dies at the end. Subverted when it turns out that he did die, but didn't stay dead.
  • Power Glows: Flynn and Rapunzel exploit this trope when they use her Magic Hair to find a way out of a flooding cave.
  • The Power of the Sun: See Light is Good above. Besides the titular character's solar-derived healing powers, the kingdom is stuffed fit to burst with solar symbolism. Fitting, as the original story is overflowing with fragments of ancient Sun Goddess myths.
  • Power of Trust: Despite Flynn's attempt to dissuade her, Rapunzel's trust in Flynn panned out.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Would you really want the Eye Scream element of the story in a Walt Disney animated film? For those unfamiliar with the fairytale, the love interest got his eyes gouged out with thorns.
  • Prehensile Hair: Unlike the trailers, this film mostly averts this trope. Rapunzel's hair is certainly much stronger than most and she's quite deft in how she uses it, but it never moves on its own. There's one scene where she uses it as grappling hook and the hair does seem to cling to the rock or knot itself, but that may be just the way it was drawn.
  • Primal Fear: Two in one shot — claustrophobia and drowning.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink
  • The Promise: 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.
  • Proper Lady: The Queen. She is more emotionally resilient, or at least better at looking the part. She's also the one who literally pulls Eugene into the group hug at the end, when he hesitates.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • BEST! DAY! EVER!
    • Also: "Stop! Fighting! Me!" and "Just. Let me. Heal him."
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Rapunzel is in permanant puppy-dog eye mode.

    Q-Z 
  • 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: Accompies Flynn Rider's smolder. Not that it helps.
  • 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.
  • 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 LoveInterest 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 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.
  • Stealth Insult: Mother Gothel is a master at this.
    Gothel: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Yes But What Does Zataproximetacine DO, Infomercial, an Anvilicious educational film, Perfume Commercial 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 
  • Call Back:
    Eugene: Oh c'mon! They still can't get my nose right?!
  • Church of Saint Genericus: The bishop at the wedding ceremony wears Corona's sun symbol on his mitre instead of a cross.
  • Close on Title: The title card doesn't appear until after Eugene and Rapunzel are declared husband and wife, and then Maximus and Pascal have a Here We Go Again moment.
  • Covers Always Lie: The Stabbington brothers look evil on the poster, giving the impression that they're the antagonists.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Pascal and Maximus basically destroy the town by setting off the doves.
  • Disturbed Doves: Per the above. It was part of the celebration, but got set off early.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: Rapunzel wears a slim one.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Maximus smashes into a series of "commemorative frying pans", including an oversized one being used as a sign.
  • Giant Wall of Watery Doom: Maximus and Pascal have to outrun a wave of wine (presumably, there aren't many purple liquids in barrels).
  • Here We Go Again: When Maximus sends the cake out the door as he did with the rings.
  • Imagine Spot: Maximus, upon losing the rings, briefly imagines the consequences. The castle explodes for some reason.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Rapunzel's hair is short and brown, and Flynn's going by his real name.
  • Lost Wedding Rings: The plot is about trying to get them back, and the mess it causes.
  • Manly Tears: The Stabbington brothers.
  • Posthumous Narration: Eugene does it again, this time using the phrase "when my life ended." Immediately subverted when Rapunzel admonishes his description of their wedding though obviously he's joking.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Rapunzel's wedding dress has an incredibly long train, which may both be a Shout-Out to the 25-foot train on Princess Diana's wedding dress and a Call Back to the 70-foot hair that Rapunzel no longer has.
    • The wave of wine looks a lot like the wave of blood from Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Maximus sneezing is what sets off the whole mess.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The Queen gets a line, albeit in an Imagine Spot.
  • Standard Snippet: The Hook Hand Thug plays Pachelbel's Canon on the church organ, and the ball-and-chain prisoner plays Wagner's wedding march on the accordion.
  • Tar and Feathers: Well, half of it anyway. After running into several clothing carts and ending up in drag, Maximus and Pascal crash into a tar factory. They return to the wedding covered in tar.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Maximus crashes into a series of carts that result in him wearing drag, whereupon he gets hit on by a stallion.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: Pascal gets his tongue stuck to an ice sculpture while trying to catch one of the rings.


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