YMMV / Tangled

  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • There's this.
    Rapunzel: I've got a person in my closet!
    • This.
    Flynn: This is kind of an off day, this doesn't usually happen..
    • And this.
    Flynn: You broke my smoulder...
    • 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:
    • No 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.
    Gothel: Rapunzel, look in that mirror. You know what I see? I see a strong, confident, beautiful young lady.
    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.
  • 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".
  • 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 it.
  • 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), she's nevertheless consistently portrayed throughout the movie as vain and selfish, a child abductor, an emotional abuser towards that child, at one point chaining her up, as well as clearly willing to commit murder in her desire to keep that child all 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.
  • Fanon:
    • 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.
    • Fanfic writers almost always refer to Rapunzel's father as "Thomas" while her mother is "Primrose", though this has now been Jossed by Tangled Before Ever After, 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.
  • 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 MisÚrables (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.
  • 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!
      Rapunzel: No!
      Gothel: '''Yes!
    • "Surrounded by enormous piles of moneeeeeyyyy!"
    • The Smoulder
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Gothel apologists are claiming all the problems in the movie were the fault of the king and queen for destroying the flower in the first place, even though they didn't know that it could be used without consuming it, and Gothel, who they didn't know existed because she herself never came forward, was the only one who could have told them how.
    • 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.
    • 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".
  • So Cool, It's Awesome: Largely considered one of Disney's best films of all time. Arguably the best since Beauty and the Beast. It was both a critical and a box office success and managed to Win Back the Crowd after the "almost-but-not-quite-there-yet" attempt with The Princess and the Frog.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • 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.
    Mother Gothel: The world is dark, and selfish, and cruel. If it finds even the slightest ray of sunshine, it destroys it.
    • 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: Gothel has been called into question as a negative Jewish stereotype due to her facial features and curly black hair.
  • 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. Not justified, mind you (controlling and destroying others' lives just to preserve your own is horrible), but nevertheless worthy of some pity. As noted above, this is a matter of intense debate in the fandom, which many raising the question of whether it is so much fear of dying that Gothel suffers from, or the rather-less-sympathetic fear of simply 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.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Flynn Rider has a big does of Protagonist Centred Morality - early on in the film he betrays his two partners, leaving them to get captured by the authorities. While they do get out, it's a pretty bad move on Flynn's part, as we see that the death penalty does exist in this world, so he could well have been leaving them for dead. The Stabbington Brothers later turn him over to the authorities for capture, but you could easily see this as them getting revenge on him, rather than them just trying to get him killed for a big score. The movie never really calls him out for this, and we're supposed to like Flynn (in the early scenes at least) just because he's funny and charming.
  • What an Idiot: Flynn cutting off Rapunzel's hair before she can save him near the climax. To be fair, he was sacrificing himself to save Rapunzel and defeat Gothel, but it's still kind of stupid of him to do so before she could quickly sing the song to revive him.
  • 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.
  • The Woobie: Rapunzel. By the end she's an Iron Woobie.