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. This would paint the choice to imprison Rapunzel in the tower as the witch being Love Hungry, and motivated by fear that Rapunzel would eventually leave her to get married if allowed to roam free.
    • 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. Of course, see Values Dissonance for why "my pregnant wife is craving vegetables" was such a big deal in medieval times.
    • Rapunzel's Idiot Ball moment in the Grimm's version. Maybe it's a moment of Stockholm Syndrome, not sure if she wants to leave the only home she's ever known.
      • On that note, her "bring me some silk every day so I can make a ladder" escape plan is needlessly slow and risky, and raises the question of why Rapunzel didn't just have the Prince bring a rope or something. Could it have been a sign of her having an inner conflict about leaving the tower?
  • Ass Pull: Rapunzel's Swiss Army 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, though at least Tangled manages to make it give sense since Rapunzel did have magically-infused hair that still had some bits of magic in it despite having been cut.
  • 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.
  • 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. The Disney version is up and at 'em and grossed millions of dollars.
  • Narm Charm: The Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics rendition is pretty cheesy, especially regarding the Star-Crossed Lovers' reunion and ultimately Happy Ever After deal, and yet it still has enough charm to tug at the heartstrings.
  • 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.
  • Values Dissonance: The behavior 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.

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