- Accidental Innuendo:
Rapunzel: I've got a person in my closet!
- There's this.
Flynn: This is kind of an off day, this doesn't usually happen..
Flynn: You broke my smoulder...
- And this.
- The "Mother Knows Best" reprise has a boatload of this, especially when not given the context of video. It's not that hard to think that Flynn wanted something else besides the tiara.
Mother Gothel: Give it to him, once you'll see... Trust me my dear, [snaps] that's how fast he'll leave you, I won't say "I told you so!"
- What the song is implying may or may not be accidental - see Tangled - Analysis for how it could be interpreted.
- Alternative Character Interpretation:
Gothel: Rapunzel, look in that mirror. You know what I see? I see a strong, confident, beautiful young lady.
- No prior Disney villain evokes this more than Mother Gothel. Did she only care about Rapunzel's hair and just pretended to be a doting mother, or did she come to genuinely love her in the 18 years she raised her? Rapunzel's hair is more important in the end, but Gothel does small things that make one think twice like her "I love you" "I love you more" "I love you most" game and her surprising Rapunzel by cooking her favorite food. Fans are still debating. However if you pay attention, when she says "I love you most" she kisses her forehead. This could be taken that she loves her hair most. Or she's just that good of an actress to fool the audience with a rather convincing performance. It helps that she happens to have a lot of very subtle hints.
- It can also be interpreted that Gothel also wanted to take Rapunzel away forever because she was afraid Eugene would, since her plan to get Eugene to dump her failed. Still though, it's mostly for the hair.
- Some believe that Gothel's actions are motivated by her fear of dying and not just vanity, even though she's never shown being afraid of dying per se, merely aging. She's shown to be obsessed with youth, constantly checking the mirror for any signs of age or imperfection, has Rapunzel sing for her even when she's the least bit "run-down," and even puts Rapunzel down to compliment her own looks. Even when Eugene cuts Rapunzel's hair, Gothel seems most upset by the irreversible appearance of wrinkles. First thing she does after realizing the hair is gone is to check her reflection in the mirror, and then pull her hood over her face in shame and horror at her withered appearance. While fear of aging is also a very relatable motive, Gothel's complete obsession with it can come across as... a bit petty and shallow.
Rapunzel: [swells with confidence]
Gothel: Oh look, you're here too! [laughs] I'm just teasing! Stop taking everything so seriously. [leans forward to examine her own features more closely in the mirror]
- More cynical viewers can interpret Rider's interest in Rapunzel as purely sexual. Just look at the lyrics to the "Mother Knows Best" reprise above.
- Angst? What Angst?: Rapunzel is emotionally abused for 18 years, and the consequences seem to be over in a few days. At the end of the film, she has realized that her life is a lie, found out that her maternal figure was exploiting her and possibly never loved her at all, and witnessed the Family Unfriendly Deaths of two people close to her (though one of them at least got better). None of this trauma is even mentioned in the epilogue. In an earlier version of the script this was more averted as Rapunzel clearly had fears about the outside world, however eventually she was reworked into a Plucky Girl. The TV show amends this a little by showing Rapunzel, while still a generally positive person, does have occasional nightmares about Mother Gothel, and when one episode finds her having to return to the tower she lived in with Gothel for 18 years, she is quite shaken.
- Award Snub: It lost a Golden Globe to Cher!. And why did this film have to come out in the same year as Toy Story 3? It wasn't even nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
- Awesome Music:
- Alan Menken composed the score for this film; the songs may not be up to a Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid caliber, but they're still great. "When Will My Life Begin" and its reprise in particular are awesome.
- The Pub Thugs get a Funny Moments song with "I've Got A Dream".
- "I See The Light" is absolutely beautiful.
- Mother Gothel's reprise of "Mother Knows Best" deserves an honorable mention. That song is EPIC. And the first, longer version has a Broadway feel to it. Heck, the quality of every song in this movie could allow the movie to be made into a Broadway play.
- "Kingdom Dance".
- Base-Breaking Character: Mother Gothel. With the exception of apologist fans, few will deny that she is a great villain and an uncomfortably accurate depiction of an emotional abuser, but it's that accuracy that turns off some fans who prefer Disney's Affably Evil villains over ones who're more realistically (and therefore less entertainingly) evil.
- Broken Base:
- The prerelease to this movie was notoriously full of Disney fans arguing due to developmental changes. Bastion being replaced with Flynn to this day is controversial, as Bastion is often seen being more Disney-esque while Flynn is more Dreamworks-esque as well as many people just thinking Bastion was more attractive. Changing the name from "Rapunzel" to "Tangled" is still a huge Fandom Berserk Button for people, especially those who don't approve of Disney's post-90s material, and is seen as a Franchise Original Sin to many, while others prefer the finalized name.
- The topic of whether Gothel loved Rapunzel pops up constantly and is met by debating on both sides, though most fans think she only loved her hair.
- It's not uncommon to see fans argue whether they like Rapunzel better as a blonde or her natural brunette.
- Whether the film is good as a musical or not is a base breaker. Some think it's a good movie but falls short as a musical while others think its songs are few and far between however the movie wouldn't be the same without them.
- Counterpart Comparison: An unintentional case, but even though there was a Rapunzel in Once Upon a Time, the fanbase finds a more direct correlation with Emma and Hook. Emma being a blonde, the lost princess angle, the magic, Emma's childhood spent being shuffled from one abusive foster home to the next, and Hook being a Tall, Dark, and Snarky type who started as a villain, ended up making a Heel–Face Turn, and hooked up with the princess.
- Maximus and Altivo from The Road to El Dorado. Like Altivo, Maximus starts out as the horse of an official, with his mane fashioned in a similar way, gets stuck with a Lovable Rogue, only one instead of two, and undergoes a similar Heel–Face Turn where he's finally on the side of said rogue who has already redeemed himself.
- Crossover Ship:
- Mother Gothel x Frollo for similar motives, while Rapunzel and Quasimodo get paired up as platonic BFF's.
- If you go to Fanfiction.net and look up Tangled in the crossovers section, you will find 3 Tangled/Megamind crossovers. All three of them ship Megamind/Rapunzel (or Megapunzel).
- Not to mention the amount of shipping Rapunzel has with Hiccup or Young!Once-ler.
- Possibly helped by the Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons fandom, she is also often shipped with Jack from Rise of the Guardians, Elsa (and Anna) from Frozen, and Merida from Brave.
- Flynn and everyone. Sometimes during the film, it seems Flynn and Maximus have more chemistry and Unresolved Sexual Tension between them than Flynn and Rapunzel do.
- Pairing Merida from Brave with Rapunzel is the most popular Ho Yay Shipping in the fandom.
- Hans (from Frozen) and Gothel have their fans together. Gothel being at least (physically) in her forties while Hans is in his early twenties might squick some however others enjoy their similarities as Faux Affably Evil villains.
- Draco in Leather Pants: Mother Gothel has quite a committed fanbase, which can get rather over-enthusiastic in either downplaying or defending her actions throughout the movie. While she may have sympathetic motives and/or backstory (and that tends to depend more on fan theorising or guesswork rather than what's presented in the movie proper), this is still a character who kidnaps a child, spends 18 years gaslighting and emotionally crippling her and later chains her up and tries to kill her boyfriend, all in a vain and selfish effort to keep the child and her healing powers to herself.
- Ear Worm:
- Most, if not all, of the songs.
- In-Universe: "I've Got a Dream, I've Got a Dream..." to Shorty Thug — he's singing it to himself after the song itself is over (just before he runs into Mother Gothel outside the pub).
- Ensemble Darkhorse:
- Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: The movie's story has many aspects of a solar myth.
- Evil is Sexy: Mother Gothel without all of the wrinkles and age.
- Fanfic writers have started a trend where Rapunzel calls Eugene by his former assumed name of Flynn Rider affectionately, instead of using his real name, in fics. Tangled: The Series seems to debunk this fanon as Rapunzel just uses "Eugene".
- Fanfic writers almost always refer to Rapunzel's father as "Thomas" while her mother is "Primrose", though this has now been Jossed by Tangled: The Series, revealing them to be Frederic and Arianna.
- Elsa and Anna from Frozen being Rapunzel's younger cousins is popular with both fandoms. Fans differ on whether Anna's and Elsa's father or their mother is related to Rapunzel's mother, though most lean on their mother. There's further support for this in the fact that as revealed in the Tangled series, Rapunzel's mother's name is Arianna.
- Gothel has a fear of aging and dying. This is despite, as mentioned above, the movie implies her fears are instead due to vanity.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This movie was very popular with people of all ages in India, of all places, due to the uncanny coincidence that Rapunzel's "See The Light" song reminds many Indian people of Diwali.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- See 'Award Snub' above, then think a bit about who Mother Gothel looks like.
- There was a Running Gag in the fandom that Flynn looked like Ezio Auditore (not to mention he also likes running on rooftops and trying to seduce women). Flynn's voice actor, Zachary Levi, dressed as Ezio during the intro to the 2011 VGA's.
- Another is that Rapunzel is essentially Hungary with a wig. Must be her Frying Pan of Doom.
- Zachary Levi is Darrining the role of another Errol Flynn Expy... Fandral.
- Vladimir, a big buff man, having a collection of ceramic unicorns will likely make people think of Bronies. note
- The symbol◊ of the kingdom Corona also looks quite a bit like Princess Celestia's cutie mark◊.
- Amanda Seyfried is commonly cited as the actress who most matches Rapunzel in real life. Later, when Les Misérables (2012) came out, Seyfried's first song has her with her hair in a plait, singing about how her life's begun and how she's been kept away from the outside world by her single parent.
- A girl with magical blonde hair and a dark-haired villainess wanting to keep that power all to herself. Are we talking about Tangled or Lady Lovely Locks?
- Mother Gothel is said to be an Expy of the Witch of Into the Woods. Now that her voice actor, Donna Murphy, has starred as the Witch in a 2012 production of the musical, it appears that it's come full circle!
- Zachary Levi said part of the reason why he voiced Flynn/Eugene is so that he could appear in a Kingdom Hearts game. A world based on Tangled has been confirmed for Kingdom Hearts III.
- For Latin America, when Flynn refuses to sing (and then, sings but it's a little bit out of tune), it gets funnier since his VA on Spanish is the famous singer Chayanne. And if the viewers is old enough, the last time that Chayanne worked for a Disney movie before Tangled, he also sang about chasing your dreams.
- Magnificent Bastard: Mother Gothel upgrades from standard Manipulative Bitch to this in her dealings with the Stabbington Brothers. They're murderous brutes and this woman with no magical powers whatsoever doesn't flinch when they pull their swords out, calls them out for squabbling over a tiara and uses the right means of motivation to get them to help her.
- Memetic Mutation:
- This piece of dialogue and the facial expressions Gothel makes during "Mother Knows Best" seem to be turning into one:
Gothel: The plague!
- The "I Have A Dream" song. Rapunzel and the thugs are all singing about self-realization, whereas Flynn's is just to be "Surrounded by enormous piles of moneeeeeyyyy!"
- Flynn's failed attempt to seduce Rapunzel with The Smoulder.
- "Look in that mirror. I see a strong, confident, beautiful young lady. Oh look, you're here too."
- Gothel's unused Nightmare Face from a cut portion of "Mother Knows Best" is popular.
- This piece of dialogue and the facial expressions Gothel makes during "Mother Knows Best" seem to be turning into one:
- Moe: Rapunzel. Just look at her! Especially when she laughs. She's more cute than beautiful, and even has a little overbite and a lisp that adds to her cuteness rather than subtracts. Additionally, part of the way through Gothel's Villain Song, "Mother Knows Best" features Rapunzel huddled up in a small fort made of her own hair. It is quite possibly one of the most adorable things in the entire movie.
- Moral Event Horizon: Depending on your view, Gothel may have crossed it when she kidnapped an infant girl to maintain her own youth. After kidnapping her, she abused her emotionally to control her. It worked so well that Rapunzel freaked out once she sat a foot outside the tower. If that isn't bad enough, she killed Rapunzel's boyfriend in front of her eyes and immediately blamed Rapunzel for his death.
- Older Than They Think: Several elements in this franchise have first debuted in Barbie as Rapunzel, such as Rapunzel being a painter and wearing purple/gold clothes, Gothel being an emotionally abusive "parent" and Rapunzel being a kidnapped princess.
- Paranoia Fuel: Your mother doesn't love you. In fact, she's not even your real mother. She's a woman who kidnapped you as a baby and raised you to be completely dependent on her. And she's willing to break your heart and kill your friends to control you. Love you, mom!
- Protagonist Centred Morality: The opening narration castigates Mother Gothel but not the king. Obviously the two situations are not the same (Gothel using the flower to stay unnaturally young and beautiful, the king to save his wife and child); however, the narration doesn't identify Gothel's crime as vanity but selfishness, for hiding the flower and not sharing it. The king... destroys the flower to give all of its magic to the queen. Uh...?
- Perhaps worth remembering that there is no evidence that the King is even aware that there is any other way of using the flower than boiling it down — ignorance is not the same as selfishness.
- Ron the Death Eater:
- There are those who decry the king's "selfishness" in taking and destroying the flower by having it made into a tea, thus destroying its ability to heal. Said 'selfishness', it should be remembered (since these people don't seem to), is prompted by nothing less than trying to prevent his wife and unborn daughter from dying.
- Relatedly, many would argue that, "selfish" or not, the King and Queen caused the entire movie's problems by destroying the flower rather than using it as intended by singing the healing song. However, it's entirely possible that the King and Queen did not know the flower could be used that way, and some would even argue that they may not have known Gothel even existed.
- The Captain of the Guard often falls victim to this trope. In various fanfics, he turns from a relatively well-meaning (if not very competent) soldier to a sadistic asshole who kidnaps Rapunzel solely to spite Flynn.
- Signature Song: The soundtrack overall is great, but special mention has to go to "I See The Light".
- Strawman Has a Point:
Mother Gothel: The world is dark, and selfish, and cruel. If it finds even the slightest ray of sunshine, it destroys it.
- Mother Gothel's condemnation of the world, for some, doesn't stray too far from truth. As with Frollo, though, it's hypocrisy since she may well be describing herself here.
- When she catches up with Rapunzel outside the tower, her words probably sound familiar to anyone who's been worried that their child was getting mixed up in the wrong crowd.
Rapunzel: ... I even met someone!
- Tainted by the Preview: When the first trailer hit theaters, many people were put off since there was so much focus on Flynn and so little on Rapunzel when the movie was clearly about her. There was also how slapstick and Shrek-like it seemed (not to mention the movie title being Tangled). The strong week-to-week holds of the film spoke volumes about the terrific word-of-mouth from those who did see it. Not to mention them continuously playing P!nk's "Trouble" through promotion, when it wasn't part of the original soundtrack to begin with.
- Ugly Cute:
- Big Nose Thug. His part in "I've Got A Dream" when he describes all his less than flattering physical attributes is a Lampshade Hanging of this trope — especially the part where he sings about a girl loving him.
- Shorty Thug. He's the only thug who doesn't look physically intimidating, due to him being, well, short/small and very old. He also wears wings in several scenes which make him seem like Cupid (coincidentally, the cap Big Nose wears on his head also reminds of Cupid's wings!), otherwise wears nothing but a loin cloth, and repeatedly blows kisses directly to the viewer.
- This is the overall aesthetic of the hand-drawn visuals in the credits sequence. Most of the characters are much less attractive than they are in the actual movie — Flynn is downgraded from roguishly handsome to just plain roguish, Rapunzel becomes freckle-faced and homely, the Snuggly Duckling thugs look even uglier than they did originally, Max is oddly hairy, and the Guards are just plain hideous — but somehow they still look quite endearing just the same.
- Unfortunate Implications: Some people believe that Mother Gothel's design follows a supposed negative Jewish stereotype due to her facial features and curly black hair. However, she was far far more likely to have been designed after her non-Jewish VA, Donna Murphy.note
- Unintentionally Sympathetic:
- Mother Gothel to an extent; if you believe that she only does the things she does in the movie because she is terrified of dying, it makes her actions seem understandable. It obviously doesn't justify kidnapping, child abuse and attempted murder, but it's a reason. As noted above, this is a matter of intense debate in the fandom, which many raising the question of whether it is so much Gothel fears dying or, more superficially, growing old and losing her looks.
- The Stabbington Brothers are crooks through and through, and just meant to be brutes, but they're obviously a team and loyal to one another.
- Win Back the Crowd: Tangled finished the job that Disney started with The Princess and the Frog for being relevant in the animation industry once again, outside of Pixar's shadow. Both critics and audiences loved it, and it became Disney's second highest grossing film ever (though it was then outclassed by Frozen).
- The Woobie:
- Rapunzel. Kidnapped from her birth parents as an infant by a woman who only cared about her because her magic hair kept her young. And during those eighteen years, Gothel emotionally and psychologically abused Rapunzel into fearing the outside world. By the end she's an Iron Woobie.
- Queen Arianna and King Frederic. After Arianna barely survived her life-threatening pregnancy, the infant daughter was kidnapped right before their eyes. They spent the next eighteen years in emotional turmoil, wondering if their only child was alive or dead.