YMMV / Rapunzel

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The witch is sometimes portrayed as not so much being maliciously evil, but instead incredibly over protective of Rapunzel.
    • Her motivation varies with each version, in some versions, she wants the girl as a servant or an apprentice, in others it is implied that she believes the girl to be equal payment to her stolen herbs (the fact that she names the girl after said herbs helps this notion.) In others, the witch simply wants a daughter. Heck, there are versions where she intentionally creates the garden hoping it will give her the bargain.
    • One has to wonder if Rapunzel's parents would have really been much of a better alternative considering they were willing to trade her off for some veggies.
  • Ass Pull: Rapunzel's tears magically cure the prince's blindness. Not once is it said in the tale that Rapunzel has any magic of her own. Naturally adaptations that leave this in often run into a problem with explaining it.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The witch cutting off Rapunzel's hair makes more sense in the original - where she finds out Rapunzel is pregnant. Cutting off the hair was a common punishment for women deemed corrupt in medieval society. It obviously also served as a way to prevent Rapunzel and her prince meeting ever again.
  • Fridge Logic: If climbing Rapunzel's hair is the only way in or out of the tower, then how did the Witch get Rapunzel in there in the first place? If it isn't, then why does the witch go through all that trouble rather than use a presumably much less difficult means of entry?
    • Another one is why didn't the husband offer to buy some of the Witch's plants vs stealing them.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: According to pollings, the story is very popular with American children, even if it is rarely adapted into movies or shows.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "The pretty bird is not sitting in the nest anymore, and it isn't singing either. The cat fetched it. And now it (the cat) will scratch your eyes out!!" *throws prince into thorn bushes*.
  • Padding: The Faerie Tale Theatre adaptation of it gives some pretty blatant padding. Half the episode deals with Rapunzel's parents and their craving for the lettuce.
  • Science Marches On: Well these days science has proved that human hair can't grow after a certain length - certainly not long enough to span an entire tower. So most adaptations will give some magical reason for the hair's length. The exception is Barbie As Rapunzel - where her hair is only floor-length (which is possible in real life). Oddly enough MythBusters showed that climbing up the hair is possible too.
  • Values Dissonance: The behaviour of the parents is more understandable if one is familiar with medieval superstition. It was considered incredibly bad luck to deny a pregnant woman any food she was craving - which does take the edge off her husband from stealing the witch's vegetables.