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* GoThroughMe: At ''"Cassandra's revenge"'' Varian tries to stop Cassandra to CrushTheKeepsake with the picture of Rapunzel and the lanterns. This is the last straw and Cassandra uses violence against him.


** At ''Secret of the Sundrop'' Varian as TheChessmaster manages to implement the EvilPlan, only to find that it was AllForNothing because [[DidntSeeThatComing circumstances completely out of his control]]. Then, while Varian sees her father still imprisoned in Amber, he sees that OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding when Rapunzel is reunited with his parents. ''Then'' he invokes his LastVillainStand.

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** At ''Secret In "Secret of the Sundrop'' Varian Sundrop" Varian, as TheChessmaster TheChessmaster, manages to implement the his EvilPlan, only to find that it was AllForNothing because of [[DidntSeeThatComing circumstances completely out of his control]]. Then, while Varian sees her his father still imprisoned in Amber, he sees that OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding when Rapunzel is reunited with his her parents. ''Then'' he invokes his LastVillainStand.

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** At ''Secret of the Sundrop'' Varian as TheChessmaster manages to implement the EvilPlan, only to find that it was AllForNothing because [[DidntSeeThatComing circumstances completely out of his control]]. Then, while Varian sees her father still imprisoned in Amber, he sees that OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding when Rapunzel is reunited with his parents. ''Then'' he invokes his LastVillainStand.


* NotSoDifferent: In a way, he and Cassandra are similar, despite their [[BrainsAndBrawn contrasting methods]] of approach. Both of them are driven to earn the respect of others, especially their fathers. But in being so obsessed with their desire to prove themselves, they end up causing more harm than good. Things take a darker turn when they both end up [[FaceHeelTurn betraying Rapunzel]] in order to pursue their own goals.

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* NotSoDifferent: In a way, he and Cassandra are similar, despite their [[BrainsAndBrawn contrasting methods]] of approach. Both of them are driven to earn the respect of others, especially their fathers. But in being so obsessed with their desire to prove themselves, they end up causing more harm than good. Things take a darker turn when they both end up [[FaceHeelTurn betraying Rapunzel]] in order to pursue their own goals. The similarities between them are finally acknowledged in-universe during their duet in "Nothing Left To Lose", where Varian comes closer than most characters to talking some sense into her but still fails to manage it - partly because Varian's downfall was brought about by his hubris, while Cassandra's main character flaw has always been her envy.


** In "Cassandra's Revenge", Varian is subjected to several of his crimes and misdeeds from Season 1, courtesy of Cassandra, when she kidnaps him, drugs him and uses him as bait for Rapunzel in "Cassandra's Revenge". That being said, he proves ''far'' more instrumental in saving himself and the others than Queen Arianna did as ''[[DamselInDistress his]]'' captive.

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** In "Cassandra's Revenge", Varian is subjected to several of his crimes and misdeeds from Season 1, courtesy of Cassandra, when she kidnaps him, drugs him and uses him as bait for Rapunzel in "Cassandra's Revenge".Rapunzel. That being said, he proves ''far'' more instrumental in saving himself and the others than Queen Arianna did as ''[[DamselInDistress his]]'' captive.


* BeingGoodSucks: Part of his motivation for [[FaceHeelTurn villainy]] is that Corona and the royal family turned their backs on him, which resulted in him being left alone for months, in spite of him being willing to help the kingdom beforehand.

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* BeingGoodSucks: Part BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Gender-inverted and downplayed. Varian spends months all alone in his house, followed almost immediately by months in the ''dungeon'', without a hair out of place. Still, falling off Cassandra's tower before being caught by Lance, and taking the blunt of the explosion of one of his motivation for [[FaceHeelTurn villainy]] is that Corona and the royal family turned their backs inventions, ''does'' do a number on him, which resulted in him being left alone for months, in spite of him being willing to help the kingdom beforehand.his appearance.


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* DidntThinkThisThrough: It's made clear that Varian hadn't considered what his father would think of his misdeeds once he's freed from the amber, at least until "Rapunzel's Return".


** In "Cassandra's Revenge", Varian is subjected to several of his crimes and misdeeds from Season 1, courtesy of Cassandra, when she kidnaps him, drugs him and uses him as bait for Rapunzel in "Cassandra's Revenge". That being said, he proves ''far'' more instrumental in saving himself and the others than Queen Arianna did as ''his'' captive.

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** In "Cassandra's Revenge", Varian is subjected to several of his crimes and misdeeds from Season 1, courtesy of Cassandra, when she kidnaps him, drugs him and uses him as bait for Rapunzel in "Cassandra's Revenge". That being said, he proves ''far'' more instrumental in saving himself and the others than Queen Arianna did as ''his'' ''[[DamselInDistress his]]'' captive.


* ChildishPillowFight: "Day of the Animals" has him attempting to throw a pillow back at Angry/Kiera with a mischievous grin on his face after she had thrown it at him, then ''scowling'' when Rapunzel takes the pillow from him.



* KarmicJackpot: The more Varian seeks to [[TheAtoner make up for his misdeeds]], the more fortunate he becomes.

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* KarmicJackpot: The more As Varian seeks to [[TheAtoner make up for his misdeeds]], the more fortunate he becomes.becomes increasingly fortunate.



** Minor example in "The King and Queen of Hearts", where Rapunzel assures him he did his best after he tries and fails to restore her parents' memories.



--->'''Arianna''': And after you've freed you father?\\

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--->'''Arianna''': And after you've freed you your father?\\



** As the final part of his SanitySlippage and VillainousBreakdown, Varian completely snaps once his last-ditch plan to free Quirin fails. He decides to kill Rapunzel's loved ones - starting with her mom and her best friend - so she can suffer and neither of them will have what they want.
--->'''Rapunzel''': That's enough, Varian.\\

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** As the final part of his SanitySlippage and VillainousBreakdown, Varian completely snaps once his last-ditch plan to free Quirin fails. He decides to kill Rapunzel's loved ones - starting with her mom and her best friend - so she can suffer and neither of them will can have what they want.
--->'''Rapunzel''': That's enough, ''enough'', Varian.\\


* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After he's been left to stew in his inner demons for months on end, Varian has gone insane by the Season 1 finale, "Secret Of The Sundrop", and is driven by spite, resentment and revenge as much as his desire to save his father. He strongly implies to Arianna that once he's gotten what he wanted from the royal family, he will terrorize the people of Corona anyway.
-->'''Arianna''': And after you've freed you father?\\

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After he's been left to stew in his inner demons for months on end, Varian has gone insane by the Season 1 finale, "Secret Of The Sundrop", and is driven by spite, resentment and revenge as much as his desire to save his father. He strongly implies to Arianna that once he's gotten what he wanted from the royal family, he will terrorize the people of Corona anyway.
-->'''Arianna''': --->'''Arianna''': And after you've freed you father?\\


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** As the final part of his SanitySlippage and VillainousBreakdown, Varian completely snaps once his last-ditch plan to free Quirin fails. He decides to kill Rapunzel's loved ones - starting with her mom and her best friend - so she can suffer and neither of them will have what they want.
--->'''Rapunzel''': That's enough, Varian.\\
'''Varian''': It's not enough until you endure the same amount of ''pain and agony I have!''


* ExtremelyProtectiveChild: After his father becomes trapped in the amber, Varian does whatever it takes to free him and [[TheDeterminator clearly won't rest until he's free]]. He also swears {{Revenge}} on Rapunzel and the kingdom of Corona because he blames them for his father's imprisonment. When he himself [[TheNeedsOfTheMany has to]] harm his father, he's devastated.

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** He also does this over... hot cocoa.
* ExtremelyProtectiveChild: After his father becomes trapped in the amber, Varian does whatever it takes to free him and [[TheDeterminator clearly won't rest until he's free]]. He also swears {{Revenge}} on Rapunzel and the kingdom of Corona because [[KnightTemplarParent he blames them for his father's imprisonment.imprisonment]]. When he himself [[TheNeedsOfTheMany has to]] harm his father, he's devastated.


** In "Once a Handmaiden...", he builds an amber firearm to encase Cassandra to protect himself and the others from her in case she attacks. However, Zhan Tiri uses this as a tactic to get Cassandra to ''destroy'' Corona, forcing everyone out.

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** In "Once a Handmaiden...", he builds an amber firearm to encase Cassandra to protect Cassandra, protecting himself and the others from her in case she attacks. However, Zhan Tiri uses this as a tactic to get Cassandra to ''destroy'' Corona, forcing everyone out.



* TragicHero: Varian is an aspiring alchemist and inventor, who wants to help his kingdom by any means. Yet his [[FaceHeelTurn downfall]] was a result of his own impulsiveness, ChronicHeroSyndrome, and lack of caution.

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* TragicHero: Varian is was an aspiring alchemist and inventor, who wants wanted to help his kingdom by any means. Yet his [[FaceHeelTurn downfall]] was a result of his own impulsiveness, ChronicHeroSyndrome, and lack of caution.


** In "Queen for a Day", he manages to travel a long distance from Old Corona to the castle in the middle of an extremely dangerous life-threatening blizzard, in spite of just being a 14-year-old and having no-one accompanying him, with noting but his courage and inventions.

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** In "Queen for a Day", he manages to travel a long distance from Old Corona to the castle in the middle of an [[BravingTheBlizzard extremely dangerous life-threatening blizzard, blizzard]], in spite of just being a 14-year-old and having no-one accompanying him, with noting but his courage and inventions.



* BeingGoodSucks: Part of his motivation for [[FaceHeelTurn villainy]] is that Corona and the royal family turned their backs on him, which resulted in him being left alone for months, in spite of him being willing to help the kingdom beforehand.



* ChronicHeroSyndrome: No matter what, Varian will stop to help someone in need. Unfortunately, Angry uses this against Varian in "The Lost Treasure of Herz Der Sonne" by setting up a dummy of a Royal Guard in distress to hijack his balloon.

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* ChronicHeroSyndrome: No matter what, Varian will stop to help someone in need.
** In "What the Hair?!", he risks his life to save his fellow villagers from his exploding inventions, despite that it could've gotten him killed.
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Unfortunately, Angry uses this against Varian in "The Lost Treasure of Herz Der Sonne" by setting up a dummy of a Royal Guard in distress to hijack his balloon.balloon.
** In "Cassandra's Revenge", he ''[[DefiantCaptive refuses]]'' to tell Cassandra the third incantation to protect Corona, despite the fact that she could've tortured him for the information.



* DrivenToSuicide: In the third season premiere, he tries to have the Saporians' air balloon explode with him in it, due to wanting to [[RedemptionEqualsDeath clean his own mess]] [[HeroicSacrifice by saving Corona]], and because he now thinks there's truly no way to save his father. Rapunzel isn't having any of it and doesn't let him do it.



* DumbassNoMore: Varian was never ''stupid'', but he becomes far wiser and less impulsive in Season 3, even if he can still make shortsighted decisions. He's also gotten much better with his inventions.



* LaserGuidedKarma: After his HeelFaceTurn, Varian is subjected to several of his crimes and misdeeds from Season 1, courtesy of Cassandra, when she kidnaps him, drugs him and uses him as bait for Rapunzel in "Cassandra's Revenge".

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* LaserGuidedKarma: After his HeelFaceTurn, Played with.
** In "The Lost Treasure Of Herz Der Sonne", he now knows how it feels like to be on the receiving end of the "dummy trick". Of course, this was only part of a race.
** In "Cassandra's Revenge",
Varian is subjected to several of his crimes and misdeeds from Season 1, courtesy of Cassandra, when she kidnaps him, drugs him and uses him as bait for Rapunzel in "Cassandra's Revenge".Revenge". That being said, he proves ''far'' more instrumental in saving himself and the others than Queen Arianna did as ''his'' captive.



* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: It doesn't always happen, but Varian's good deeds will backfire for himself and others more often than not.
** In "What the Hair!?", his attempt to bring his village hot running water results in his inventions exploding and causing ''destruction'' to said village, disappointing his father.
** In "Queen for a Day", he winds up accidentally encasing his father in amber while trying to ''stop'' the black rocks from reaching the castle. Is it any ''wonder'' he [[NeverMyFault refused to take responsibility?]]
** PlayedForLaughs in "Flynnpostor". Varian wanted to built a machine that will alert everyone in Corona if threats like Cassandra invade. Too bad Lance, Kiera, and Catalina wound up tampering with it.
** In "Once a Handmaiden...", he builds an amber firearm to encase Cassandra to protect himself and the others from her in case she attacks. However, Zhan Tiri uses this as a tactic to get Cassandra to ''destroy'' Corona, forcing everyone out.



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After he's been left to stew in his inner demons for months on end, Varian has gone completely insane by the Season 1 finale, "Secret Of The Sundrop", and is driven by spite, resentment and revenge as much as his desire to save his father. He strongly implies to Arianna that once he's gotten what he wanted from the royal family, he will raze Corona to the ground anyway and go on a killing spree, because he's still furious Rapunzel prioritized helping her subjects over him. Once his plan to save Quirin fails and he sees Rapunzel reunite her parents, this is exactly what Varian tries to do. He tries to hunt down and kill everyone and everything Rapunzel cares about - starting with her mom and her best friend - so neither of them can have what they want.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After he's been left to stew in his inner demons for months on end, Varian has gone completely insane by the Season 1 finale, "Secret Of The Sundrop", and is driven by spite, resentment and revenge as much as his desire to save his father. He strongly implies to Arianna that once he's gotten what he wanted from the royal family, he will raze terrorize the people of Corona to the ground anyway and go on a killing spree, because he's still furious Rapunzel prioritized helping her subjects over him. Once his plan to save Quirin fails and he sees Rapunzel reunite her parents, this is exactly what Varian tries to do. He tries to hunt down and kill everyone and everything Rapunzel cares about - starting with her mom and her best friend - so neither of them can have what they want.anyway.



'''Varian''': (''laughs'') After? Oh, well I'm afraid Corona will pay for turning their backs on me, and that's when you should start worrying, ''your majesty''.
* SanitySlippage: This trope hits Varian ''hard'' during the last third of Season 1. Varian's hubris winds up getting his father petrified in amber, with no way of knowing if he's alive or dead inside it. A person thinking that they might have killed their own father would already crush an adult man, and the psychological effects would be even worse on teenage boy. Rapunzel basically betrays him, turning down his cries for help when he needs her the most due to the circumstances, planting a seed of anger and resentment in his heart. No one goes to check on him at all, leaving him to stew in his rage and vengeful thoughts for months, with no one around to keep him company except his pet raccoon and his frozen father (serving as a constant reminder of his predicament). His aforementioned hubris forbids him from taking any accountability about what his actions have done to his father or himself, choosing to blame it all on Rapunzel and the royal family instead. All these different factors combine to twist Varian into a vicious, hateful, murderous person by the climax of Season 1, who poses a real threat to everyone in Corona. After his HeelFaceTurn in Season 3, Varian realizes Cassandra is undergoing her own nasty case of SanitySlippage, recognizing the signs from experience, and tries to warn her away from her dark path before it's too late for her.

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'''Varian''': (''laughs'') After? Oh, well I'm afraid Corona will pay ''pay'' for turning their backs on me, and that's when you should start worrying, ''your majesty''.
* SanitySlippage: This trope hits Varian ''hard'' during the last third of Season 1. Varian's hubris winds up getting his father petrified in amber, with no way of knowing if he's alive or dead inside it. A person thinking that they might have killed their own father would already crush an adult man, and the psychological effects would be even worse on teenage boy. Rapunzel basically betrays him, turning down his cries for help when he needs her the most due to the circumstances, planting a seed of anger and resentment in his heart. No one goes to check on him at all, leaving him to stew in his rage and vengeful thoughts for months, with no one around to keep him company except his pet raccoon and his frozen father (serving as a constant reminder of his predicament). His aforementioned hubris forbids him from taking any accountability about what his actions have done to his father or himself, choosing to blame it all on Rapunzel and the royal family instead. All these different factors combine to twist Varian into a vicious, hateful, murderous vicious and ruthless person by the climax of Season 1, who poses a real threat to everyone in Corona. After his HeelFaceTurn in Season 3, Varian realizes Cassandra is undergoing her own nasty case of SanitySlippage, recognizing the signs from experience, and tries to warn her away from her dark path before it's too late for her.



* TragicVillain: His father was encased in amber, and he vows {{Revenge}} on Rapunzel and Corona because he blames them for what happened to him.

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* TragicVillain: His father TragicHero: Varian is an aspiring alchemist and inventor, who wants to help his kingdom by any means. Yet his [[FaceHeelTurn downfall]] was encased in amber, a result of his own impulsiveness, ChronicHeroSyndrome, and he vows {{Revenge}} on Rapunzel and Corona because he blames them for what happened to him.lack of caution.



* UnluckilyLucky: His father is encased in amber as a result of his mistakes? Rapunzel manages to free him with an incantation she discovered on her journey to the Dark Kingdom. He himself is imprisoned for his crimes against Corona and comes to believe [[IveComeTooFar he doesn't deserve redemption]]? Rapunzel convinces him he ''can'' [[HeelFaceTurn redeem himself]] and doesn't let him [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrifice his life]]. Cassandra's red rocks make him see his worst fears that have ''already happened''? He succeeds in tackling his fear and saves Corona. He's kidnapped by Cassandra for the third incantation? He has Rapunzel defeat her with the fourth incantation not long after, rescuing himself. Corona gets taken over by Cassandra and Zhan Tiri, with his father getting mind controlled in the process? They are quickly defeated and he is made the Royal Engineer, being the youngest to hold this position. Besides, these traumatic events have taught Varian [[AnAesop important life lessons]], increasing his wisdom.

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* UnluckilyLucky: His father is encased in amber as a result of his mistakes? Rapunzel manages to free him with an incantation she discovered on her journey to the Dark Kingdom. He himself is imprisoned for his crimes against Corona and comes to believe [[IveComeTooFar he doesn't deserve redemption]]? Rapunzel convinces him he ''can'' [[HeelFaceTurn redeem himself]] and doesn't let him [[RedemptionEqualsDeath [[DrivenToSuicide sacrifice his life]]. Cassandra's red rocks make him see his worst fears that have ''already happened''? He succeeds in tackling his fear and saves Corona. He's kidnapped by Cassandra for the third incantation? He has Rapunzel defeat her with the fourth incantation not long after, rescuing himself. Corona gets taken over by Cassandra and Zhan Tiri, with his father getting mind controlled in the process? They are quickly defeated and he is made the Royal Engineer, being the youngest to hold this position. Besides, these traumatic events have taught Varian [[AnAesop important life lessons]], increasing his wisdom.


* FatalFlaw: Essentially the same flaw as Icarus--Overambition; Varian has been so obsessed with proving himself, but it's caused him to be very stubborn and he ends up disregarding others' advice, not even [[KnowWhenToFoldEm knowing when to fold 'em]], and like Icarus, he metaphorically flew too close to the sun by touching the black rocks. Even worse, when the inevitable backlash happens, he [[NeverMyFault refuses to accept responsibility for what went wrong]], and even shifting blame onto others whom he takes his anguish out on. He appears to be fixing these flaws by the time of Season 3.

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* FatalFlaw: Essentially the same flaw as Icarus--Overambition; Pride and hubris. Varian is more intelligent than a lot of adult characters in the series, but he still has been so obsessed the emotional maturity of a teenager. Starting with proving himself, his debut episode, he's shown to enjoy making big scientific breakthroughs as his passion, but it's caused him to be very stubborn and he ends up disregarding others' advice, not even [[KnowWhenToFoldEm knowing when to fold 'em]], and like Icarus, he metaphorically flew too close it comes to the sun by touching the black rocks. Even worse, when dangerous side effects and consequences that can ensue, he often doesn't consider them at all or he's so confident in his own genius and foresight that he doesn't believe anything can go wrong - charging ahead recklessly despite several other characters voicing their concern. In "Queen For A Day", the inevitable backlash happens, happens: Varian bites off more than he can chew and gets burned, with his father Quirin paying the price. Due to a two-way combo of his grief and his hubris - that refusal to believe he could be wrong that continues to be his downfall - Varian chooses [[NeverMyFault refuses not to accept take responsibility]] for his predicament and shifts all of the blame onto Rapunzel, making her a scapegoat after she betrays him. In "Secret Of The Sundrop", he seems to be desperately clinging to the idea that everything about his wrecked life is all Rapunzel's fault, to avoid facing some ugly truths about himself. Varian doesn't start to grow as a person until Season 3, when he finally starts to own up to his actions in the past and in the present and starts taking responsibility for what went wrong]], them. He also seems to have learned his lesson about how science can be dangerous and even shifting blame onto unpredictable, and is usually the first one to warn the others whom he takes his anguish out on. He appears to be fixing these flaws by the time of Season 3.more careful with his inventions.

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* SanitySlippage: This trope hits Varian ''hard'' during the last third of Season 1. Varian's hubris winds up getting his father petrified in amber, with no way of knowing if he's alive or dead inside it. A person thinking that they might have killed their own father would already crush an adult man, and the psychological effects would be even worse on teenage boy. Rapunzel basically betrays him, turning down his cries for help when he needs her the most due to the circumstances, planting a seed of anger and resentment in his heart. No one goes to check on him at all, leaving him to stew in his rage and vengeful thoughts for months, with no one around to keep him company except his pet raccoon and his frozen father (serving as a constant reminder of his predicament). His aforementioned hubris forbids him from taking any accountability about what his actions have done to his father or himself, choosing to blame it all on Rapunzel and the royal family instead. All these different factors combine to twist Varian into a vicious, hateful, murderous person by the climax of Season 1, who poses a real threat to everyone in Corona. After his HeelFaceTurn in Season 3, Varian realizes Cassandra is undergoing her own nasty case of SanitySlippage, recognizing the signs from experience, and tries to warn her away from her dark path before it's too late for her.


* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After he's been left to stew in his inner demons for months on end, Varian goes completely insane by the Season 1 finale, "Secret Of The Sundrop", and is driven by spite, resentment and revenge as much as his desire to save his father. He strongly implies to Arianna that once he's gotten what he wanted from the royal family, he will raze Corona to the ground anyway and go on a killing spree, because he's still furious Rapunzel prioritized helping her subjects over him. Once his plan to save Quirin fails and he sees Rapunzel reunite her parents, this is exactly what Varian tries to do. He tries to hunt down and kill everyone and everything Rapunzel cares about - starting with her mom and her best friend - so neither of them can have what they want.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After he's been left to stew in his inner demons for months on end, Varian goes has gone completely insane by the Season 1 finale, "Secret Of The Sundrop", and is driven by spite, resentment and revenge as much as his desire to save his father. He strongly implies to Arianna that once he's gotten what he wanted from the royal family, he will raze Corona to the ground anyway and go on a killing spree, because he's still furious Rapunzel prioritized helping her subjects over him. Once his plan to save Quirin fails and he sees Rapunzel reunite her parents, this is exactly what Varian tries to do. He tries to hunt down and kill everyone and everything Rapunzel cares about - starting with her mom and her best friend - so neither of them can have what they want.


* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After being left to stew in his inner demons for months on end, Varian has gone completely insane by the Season 1 finale, "Secret Of The Sundrop", and is driven by spite, resentment and revenge as much as his desire to save his father. He strongly implies to Arianna that once he's gotten what he wanted from the royal family, he will raze Corona to the ground anyway, because he's still furious Rapunzel prioritized helping her subjects over him. Once his plan to save Quirin fails and he sees Rapunzel reunite her parents, this is exactly what Varian tries to do. He tries to hunt down and kill everyone and everything Rapunzel cares about - starting with her mom and her best friend - so neither of them can have what they want.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After being he's been left to stew in his inner demons for months on end, Varian has gone goes completely insane by the Season 1 finale, "Secret Of The Sundrop", and is driven by spite, resentment and revenge as much as his desire to save his father. He strongly implies to Arianna that once he's gotten what he wanted from the royal family, he will raze Corona to the ground anyway, anyway and go on a killing spree, because he's still furious Rapunzel prioritized helping her subjects over him. Once his plan to save Quirin fails and he sees Rapunzel reunite her parents, this is exactly what Varian tries to do. He tries to hunt down and kill everyone and everything Rapunzel cares about - starting with her mom and her best friend - so neither of them can have what they want.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: After his HeelFaceTurn, Varian is subjected to several of his crimes and misdeeds from Season 1, courtesy of Cassandra, when she kidnaps him, drugs him and uses him as bait for Rapunzel in "Cassandra's Revenge".


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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After being left to stew in his inner demons for months on end, Varian has gone completely insane by the Season 1 finale, "Secret Of The Sundrop", and is driven by spite, resentment and revenge as much as his desire to save his father. He strongly implies to Arianna that once he's gotten what he wanted from the royal family, he will raze Corona to the ground anyway, because he's still furious Rapunzel prioritized helping her subjects over him. Once his plan to save Quirin fails and he sees Rapunzel reunite her parents, this is exactly what Varian tries to do. He tries to hunt down and kill everyone and everything Rapunzel cares about - starting with her mom and her best friend - so neither of them can have what they want.
-->'''Arianna''': And after you've freed you father?\\
'''Varian''': (''laughs'') After? Oh, well I'm afraid Corona will pay for turning their backs on me, and that's when you should start worrying, ''your majesty''.


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* {{Irony}}: In "Secret of the Sundrop", he briefly holds Cassandra hostage during his time as Season 1's ArcVillain. Fast forward to "Cassandra's Revenge", and ''[[FaceHeelTurn she]]'' is the one who holds ''him'' hostage.

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* {{Irony}}: In "Secret of the Sundrop", he briefly holds Cassandra hostage during his time as Season 1's ArcVillain. Fast forward to "Cassandra's Revenge", and ''[[FaceHeelTurn she]]'' is the one who holds ''him'' ''[[HeelFaceTurn him]]'' hostage.

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* {{Irony}}: In "Secret of the Sundrop", he briefly holds Cassandra hostage during his time as Season 1's ArcVillain. Fast forward to "Cassandra's Revenge", and ''[[FaceHeelTurn she]]'' is the one who holds ''him'' hostage.


* ApologeticAttacker: A [[{{Pun}} variant]]. While he doesn't apologize, he feels ''clear'' gulit over attacking his former friends in the Season 3 premiere.



* ApologeticAttacker: A [[{{Pun}} variant]]. While he doesn't apologize, he feels ''clear'' gulit over attacking his former friends in the Season 3 premiere.

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* ApologeticAttacker: A [[{{Pun}} variant]]. While he doesn't apologize, he feels ''clear'' gulit over attacking his former friends in the Season 3 premiere.


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* EmotionallyToungTied: In "Rapunzel's Return", he finds himself unable to express his remorse to Rapunzel for what he did to her ''verbally'', but his expressions and actions speak for themselves.

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* EmotionallyToungTied: In "Rapunzel's Return", he finds himself unable to express his remorse to Rapunzel for what he did to her ''verbally'', but his expressions and actions speak for themselves.
* EtTuBrute: On both sides of the coin. While he ''did'' commit a ruthless betrayal against Rapunzel in "The Alchemist Returns", ''she'' was the one who betrayed his trust first by not checking on him and his father after Zhan Tiri's blizzard was over.


* PositiveFriendInfluence: He tries to help [[WeUsedToBeFriends Cassandra]] give up her newfound path of anger and darkness, claiming [[NotSoDifferent he went through the same]] and therefore understands her.

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* PositiveFriendInfluence: He tries to help [[WeUsedToBeFriends Cassandra]] give up her newfound path of anger and darkness, claiming [[NotSoDifferent he went through the same]] same thing]] and therefore understands her.


* EarnYourHappyEnding: After the TraumaCongaLine he, a teenager, had to suffer through throughout the series, Varian is finally able to make his father proud, gains a circle of friends, ''finally'' manages to genuinely help Corona with his inventions, and becomes the royal alchemist.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: After the TraumaCongaLine he, a teenager, had to suffer through throughout the series, Varian is finally able to make his father proud, gains a devoted and protective circle of friends, ''finally'' manages to genuinely help Corona with his inventions, and becomes the royal alchemist.



* MoralityPet: To Moon!Cassandra in Season 3, and a DownplayedTrope. Despite everything she did to him, she didn't actually physically harm Varian, and stated she didn't want to hurt him. Even when she knocked Varian down with the rocks, they were dull edged instead of sharp. It was also clear that even though it failed in the end, Varian was getting through to her about her actions being wrong. Which is more than what any other character in the show can say.


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* PositiveFriendInfluence: He tries to help [[WeUsedToBeFriends Cassandra]] give up her newfound path of anger and darkness, claiming [[NotSoDifferent he went through the same]] and therefore understands her.


** Denial. His father gets stuck in a crystal after one of Varian's experiments with the rocks goes awry so he goes to Corona for help and gets nothing as Rapunzel is busy trying to sort out a county-wide crisis. As he trudges home though the snow, he sings a reprise of "Let me make you proud," though he has no idea about how to save his father and there is no guarantee that he is still alive. After finding his father [[TakenForGranite fully encased in the ember]], Varian denies his hand in that, [[NeverMyFault shifting the blame to Rapunzel, her friends, family, and kingdom]].
** Bargaining. He becomes hell-bent on getting his father out of the ember, [[TheUnfettered at any cost]]. If he does, everything will go back to normal, right? Right?
** Anger. He vows revenge on everyone who turned their back on him. Later, as he fails to save Qurin in "Secret of the Sundrop", he declares, "If I can't have a happy ending, then neither can you!", and attempts to murder Ariana, Cassandra, and Rapunzel.

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** Denial. His father gets stuck in a crystal after one of Varian's experiments with the rocks goes awry so he goes to Corona for help and gets nothing as Rapunzel is busy trying to sort out a county-wide crisis. As he trudges home though the snow, he sings a reprise of "Let me make you proud," though he has no idea about how to save his father and there is no guarantee that he is still alive. After finding his father [[TakenForGranite fully encased in the ember]], amber]], Varian denies his hand in that, [[NeverMyFault shifting the blame to Rapunzel, Rapunzel and her friends, family, and kingdom]].
** Bargaining. He becomes hell-bent on getting his father out of the ember, [[TheUnfettered amber, [[ImplacableMan at any cost]]. If he does, everything will go back to normal, right? Right?
** Anger. He vows revenge on everyone who turned their back on him. Later, as he fails to save Qurin Quirin in "Secret of the Sundrop", he declares, "If I can't have a happy ending, then neither can you!", and attempts to murder Ariana, Arianna, Cassandra, and Rapunzel.

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* IntergenerationalFriendship: He's good friends with Rapunzel's gang, who are adults years older than him.

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Insecure yet gifted, Varian sought to make his father [[WellDoneSonGuy proud of him and his inventions]]. Starting off as an emotional and reclusive young teenager, Varian would go through numerous adventures, for better or worse, that ultimately [[CharacterDevelopment teach him more and more lessons]] and change his life forever.


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* HumbleHero: Despite being TheAce and a brilliant inventor, Varian treats his fellow villagers like equals, and addresses the royal family with respect.


** Becomes one for Cassandra as of "Rapunzel's Return" - they're both friends of Rapunzel that ended up losing faith in and betraying her for reasons beyond her control, and she feels like she failed them. But unlike Cassandra earlier in the episode, Rapunzel is able to talk Varian down this time and convince him that [[HeelFaceTurn he can redeem himself]]. Their motives also contrast, as Varian became evil [[WellIntentionedExtremist in order to save his father]], while Cassandra [[IJustWantToBeSpecial sought validation and envied Rapunzel]]. They both fall from Cassandra's tower near the end of "Cassandra's Revenge", but while Varian has his friends to save him, Cassandra has no one left and is forced to save herself, [[RuleOfSymbolism reflecting]] what redemption has done for Varian in contrast to what pursuing hatred has done for Cassandra. Additionally, Varian is the son of an important and respected figure in Corona, but Cassandra is the daughter of the witch who kidnapped Princess Rapunzel for 18 years. Their [[HeelFaceTurn Heel-Face Turns]] also differ, as while both voiced their remorse to Rapunzel while imprisoned with her, Varian already turned back to the side of good beforehand, whereas Cassandra only had her MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment after being BroughtDownToNormal and imprisoned alongside Rapunzel. In other words, unlike Varian, Cassandra only switched sides when she lost and it was convenient for her.

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** Becomes one for Cassandra as of "Rapunzel's Return" - they're both friends of Rapunzel that ended up losing faith in and betraying her for reasons beyond her control, her, and she feels like she failed them. But unlike Cassandra earlier in the episode, Rapunzel is able to talk Varian down this time and convince him that [[HeelFaceTurn he can redeem himself]]. Their motives also contrast, as Varian became evil [[WellIntentionedExtremist in order to save his father]], while Cassandra [[IJustWantToBeSpecial sought validation and envied Rapunzel]]. They both fall from Cassandra's tower near the end of "Cassandra's Revenge", but while Varian has his friends to save him, Cassandra has no one left and is forced to save herself, [[RuleOfSymbolism reflecting]] what redemption has done for Varian in contrast to what pursuing hatred has done for Cassandra. Additionally, Varian is the son of an important and respected figure in Corona, but Cassandra is the daughter of the witch who kidnapped Princess Rapunzel for 18 years. Their [[HeelFaceTurn Heel-Face Turns]] also differ, as while both voiced their remorse to Rapunzel while imprisoned with her, Varian already turned back to the side of good beforehand, whereas Cassandra only had her MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment after being BroughtDownToNormal and imprisoned alongside Rapunzel. In other words, Therefore, unlike Varian, Cassandra only switched sides when she lost and it was convenient for her.


** Becomes one for Cassandra as of "Rapunzel's Return" - they're both friends of Rapunzel that ended up losing faith in and betraying her for reasons beyond her control, and she feels like she failed them. But unlike Cassandra earlier in the episode, Rapunzel is able to talk Varian down this time and convince him that [[HeelFaceTurn he can redeem himself]]. Their motives also contrast, as Varian became evil [[WellIntentionedExtremist in order to save his father]], while Cassandra [[IJustWantToBeSpecial sought validation and envied Rapunzel]]. They both fall from Cassandra's tower near the end of "Cassandra's Revenge", but while Varian has his friends to save him, Cassandra has no one left and is forced to save herself, [[RuleOfSymbolism reflecting]] what redemption has done for Varian in contrast to what pursuing hatred has done for Cassandra. Additionally, Varian is the son of an important and respected figure in Corona, but Cassandra is the daughter of the witch who kidnapped Princess Rapunzel for 18 years.

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** Becomes one for Cassandra as of "Rapunzel's Return" - they're both friends of Rapunzel that ended up losing faith in and betraying her for reasons beyond her control, and she feels like she failed them. But unlike Cassandra earlier in the episode, Rapunzel is able to talk Varian down this time and convince him that [[HeelFaceTurn he can redeem himself]]. Their motives also contrast, as Varian became evil [[WellIntentionedExtremist in order to save his father]], while Cassandra [[IJustWantToBeSpecial sought validation and envied Rapunzel]]. They both fall from Cassandra's tower near the end of "Cassandra's Revenge", but while Varian has his friends to save him, Cassandra has no one left and is forced to save herself, [[RuleOfSymbolism reflecting]] what redemption has done for Varian in contrast to what pursuing hatred has done for Cassandra. Additionally, Varian is the son of an important and respected figure in Corona, but Cassandra is the daughter of the witch who kidnapped Princess Rapunzel for 18 years. Their [[HeelFaceTurn Heel-Face Turns]] also differ, as while both voiced their remorse to Rapunzel while imprisoned with her, Varian already turned back to the side of good beforehand, whereas Cassandra only had her MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment after being BroughtDownToNormal and imprisoned alongside Rapunzel. In other words, unlike Varian, Cassandra only switched sides when she lost and it was convenient for her.


* UnluckilyLucky: His father is encased in amber as a result of his mistakes? Rapunzel manages to free him with an incantation she discovered on her journey to the Dark Kingdom. He himself is imprisoned for his crimes against Corona and comes to believe [[IveComeTooFar he doesn't deserve redemption]]? Rapunzel convinces him he ''can'' [[HeelFaceTurn redeem himself]] and doesn't let him [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrifice his life]]. Cassandra's red rocks make him see his worst fears that have ''already happened''? He succeeds in tackling his fear and saves Corona. He's kidnapped by Cassandra for the third incantation? He has Rapunzel defeat her with the fourth incantation not long after, rescuing himself. Corona gets taken over by Cassandra and Zhan Tiri, with his father getting mind controlled in the process? They are quickly defeated and he is made the Royal Engineer, being the youngest to hold this position.

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* UnluckilyLucky: His father is encased in amber as a result of his mistakes? Rapunzel manages to free him with an incantation she discovered on her journey to the Dark Kingdom. He himself is imprisoned for his crimes against Corona and comes to believe [[IveComeTooFar he doesn't deserve redemption]]? Rapunzel convinces him he ''can'' [[HeelFaceTurn redeem himself]] and doesn't let him [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrifice his life]]. Cassandra's red rocks make him see his worst fears that have ''already happened''? He succeeds in tackling his fear and saves Corona. He's kidnapped by Cassandra for the third incantation? He has Rapunzel defeat her with the fourth incantation not long after, rescuing himself. Corona gets taken over by Cassandra and Zhan Tiri, with his father getting mind controlled in the process? They are quickly defeated and he is made the Royal Engineer, being the youngest to hold this position. Besides, these traumatic events have taught Varian [[AnAesop important life lessons]], increasing his wisdom.


* TheDogBitesBack: After being denied assistance by everyone in Corona (including Rapunzel) when he seeks their help in freeing his father, Quirin, the bitterness at being snubbed motivates his FaceHeelTurn and plotting of {{Revenge}}.



* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: After being denied assistance by everyone in Corona (including Rapunzel) when he seeks their help in freeing his father, Quirin, the bitterness at being snubbed motivates his FaceHeelTurn.


* UnluckilyLucky: His father is encased in amber as a result of his mistakes? Rapunzel manages to free him with an incantation she discovered on her journey to the Dark Kingdom. He himself is imprisoned for his crimes against Corona and comes to believe [[IveComeTooFar he doesn't deserve redemption]]? Rapunzel convinces him he ''can'' [[HeelFaceTurn redeem himself]] and doesn't let him [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrifice his life]]. Cassandra's red rocks make him see his worst fears that have ''already happened''? He succeeds in tackling his fear and saves Corona. He's kidnapped by Cassandra for the third incantation? He has Rapunzel defeat her with the fourth incantation not long after, rescuing himself. Corona gets taken over by Cassandra and Zhan Tiri? They are quickly defeated and he is made the Royal Engineer, being the youngest to hold this position.

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* UnluckilyLucky: His father is encased in amber as a result of his mistakes? Rapunzel manages to free him with an incantation she discovered on her journey to the Dark Kingdom. He himself is imprisoned for his crimes against Corona and comes to believe [[IveComeTooFar he doesn't deserve redemption]]? Rapunzel convinces him he ''can'' [[HeelFaceTurn redeem himself]] and doesn't let him [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrifice his life]]. Cassandra's red rocks make him see his worst fears that have ''already happened''? He succeeds in tackling his fear and saves Corona. He's kidnapped by Cassandra for the third incantation? He has Rapunzel defeat her with the fourth incantation not long after, rescuing himself. Corona gets taken over by Cassandra and Zhan Tiri? Tiri, with his father getting mind controlled in the process? They are quickly defeated and he is made the Royal Engineer, being the youngest to hold this position.

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* UnluckilyLucky: His father is encased in amber as a result of his mistakes? Rapunzel manages to free him with an incantation she discovered on her journey to the Dark Kingdom. He himself is imprisoned for his crimes against Corona and comes to believe [[IveComeTooFar he doesn't deserve redemption]]? Rapunzel convinces him he ''can'' [[HeelFaceTurn redeem himself]] and doesn't let him [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrifice his life]]. Cassandra's red rocks make him see his worst fears that have ''already happened''? He succeeds in tackling his fear and saves Corona. He's kidnapped by Cassandra for the third incantation? He has Rapunzel defeat her with the fourth incantation not long after, rescuing himself. Corona gets taken over by Cassandra and Zhan Tiri? They are quickly defeated and he is made the Royal Engineer, being the youngest to hold this position.


* BigBadSlippage: Varian initially is a geeky ally of Rapunzel, but his obsession to impress his father ends up leading him to unintentionally freeze his father in amber during an argument. Since Rapunzel is unable to help him due to [[spoiler:Zhan Tiri's]] blizzard curse on Corona, Varian is unfairly ejected and returns home, blaming those who turned their backs on him when it was really his own fault which he refuses to believe. Come the last few episodes of season 1, he's become a full-fledged bad guy and won't let anything stand in his way, even going all out to abduct Arianna as revenge.
* BigBadWannabe: At the end of the day, Varian doesn't have what it takes to be at the top of the baddie chain; at his core, Varian is an emotionally unstable, clumsy nerd. A dead-on indication that he's a wannabe is that he overdid his new look by wearing a black longcoat, wearing his cheap goggles, and a bandana with teeth bigger than his face, and then he ''draws'' a goatee on his chin. Plus, his whole plan was to take over the kingdom by wiping everyone's memories so that no one will remember the bad things he did. On the other hand, Andrew had ''bigger'' ambitions and thought Varian's goals were too weak and small-minded.

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* BigBadSlippage: Varian initially is a geeky ally of Rapunzel, but his obsession to impress his father ends up leading him to unintentionally freeze his father in amber during an argument. Since Rapunzel is unable to help him due to [[spoiler:Zhan Tiri's]] Zhan Tiri's blizzard curse on Corona, Varian is unfairly ejected and returns home, blaming those who turned their backs on him when it was really his own fault which he refuses to believe. Come the last few episodes of season 1, he's become a full-fledged bad guy and won't let anything stand in his way, even going all out to abduct Arianna as revenge.
* BigBadWannabe: At the end of the day, Varian doesn't have what it takes to be at the top of the baddie chain; at his core, Varian is an emotionally unstable, clumsy nerd. A dead-on indication that he's a wannabe is that he overdid his new look by wearing a black longcoat, wearing his cheap goggles, and a bandana with teeth bigger than his face, and then he ''draws'' a goatee on his chin. Plus, his whole plan was to take over the kingdom by wiping everyone's memories so that no one will remember the bad things he did. On the other hand, Andrew had ''bigger'' ambitions and thought Varian's goals were too weak and small-minded.
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* BigBadSlippage: Varian initially is a geeky ally of Rapunzel, but his obsession to impress his father ends up leading him to unintentionally freeze his father in amber during an argument. Since Rapunzel is unable to help him due to [[spoiler:tZhan Tiri's]] blizzard curse on Corona, Varian is unfairly ejected and returns home, blaming those who turned their backs on him when it was really his own fault which he refuses to believe. Come the last few episodes of season 1, he's become a full-fledged bad guy and won't let anything stand in his way, even going all out to abduct Arianna as revenge.

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* BigBadSlippage: Varian initially is a geeky ally of Rapunzel, but his obsession to impress his father ends up leading him to unintentionally freeze his father in amber during an argument. Since Rapunzel is unable to help him due to [[spoiler:tZhan [[spoiler:Zhan Tiri's]] blizzard curse on Corona, Varian is unfairly ejected and returns home, blaming those who turned their backs on him when it was really his own fault which he refuses to believe. Come the last few episodes of season 1, he's become a full-fledged bad guy and won't let anything stand in his way, even going all out to abduct Arianna as revenge.


* BigBadSlippage: [[spoiler:Varian initially is a geeky ally]] of Rapunzel, but his obsession to [[spoiler:impress his father ends up leading him to unintentionally freeze his father in amber]] during an argument. Since Rapunzel is unable to help him [[spoiler:due to Zhan Tiri's blizzard curse on Corona, Varian is unfairly ejected and returns home, blaming those who turned their backs on him when it was really his own fault which he refuses to believe]]. Come the last few episodes of season 1, he's become a full-fledged bad guy and won't let anything stand in his way, even going all out to [[spoiler:abduct Arianna as revenge.]]

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* BigBadSlippage: [[spoiler:Varian Varian initially is a geeky ally]] ally of Rapunzel, but his obsession to [[spoiler:impress impress his father ends up leading him to unintentionally freeze his father in amber]] amber during an argument. Since Rapunzel is unable to help him [[spoiler:due due to Zhan Tiri's [[spoiler:tZhan Tiri's]] blizzard curse on Corona, Varian is unfairly ejected and returns home, blaming those who turned their backs on him when it was really his own fault which he refuses to believe]]. believe. Come the last few episodes of season 1, he's become a full-fledged bad guy and won't let anything stand in his way, even going all out to [[spoiler:abduct abduct Arianna as revenge.]]

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* BigBadWannabe: At the end of the day, Varian doesn't have what it takes to be at the top of the baddie chain; at his core, Varian is an emotionally unstable, clumsy nerd. A dead-on indication that he's a wannabe is that he overdid his new look by wearing a black longcoat, wearing his cheap goggles, and a bandana with teeth bigger than his face, and then he ''draws'' a goatee on his chin. Plus, his whole plan was to take over the kingdom by wiping everyone's memories so that no one will remember the bad things he did. On the other hand, Andrew had ''bigger'' ambitions and thought Varian's goals were too weak and small-minded.

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* BigBadSlippage: [[spoiler:Varian initially is a geeky ally]] of Rapunzel, but his obsession to [[spoiler:impress his father ends up leading him to unintentionally freeze his father in amber]] during an argument. Since Rapunzel is unable to help him [[spoiler:due to Zhan Tiri's blizzard curse on Corona, Varian is unfairly ejected and returns home, blaming those who turned their backs on him when it was really his own fault which he refuses to believe]]. Come the last few episodes of season 1, he's become a full-fledged bad guy and won't let anything stand in his way, even going all out to [[spoiler:abduct Arianna as revenge.]]


->'''Voiced by''': Creator/JeremyJordan; Julien Crampon (French), Michael Lelong (singing, season 1), Sébastien Valter (singing, season 3); Yasuaki Takumi (Japanese); Jeong Jae-heon (Korean, speaking), We Hoon (singing)\\

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->'''Voiced by''': Creator/JeremyJordan; Julien Crampon (French), Michael Lelong (singing, season 1), Sébastien Valter (singing, season 3); Yasuaki Takumi (Japanese); Jeong Jae-heon (Korean, speaking), (Korean), We Hoon (singing)\\


->'''Voiced by''': Creator/JeremyJordan; Julien Crampon (French), Michael Lelong (singing, season 1), Sébastien Valter (singing, season 3); Yasuaki Takumi (Japanese); Jeong Jae-heon (Korean)\\

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->'''Voiced by''': Creator/JeremyJordan; Julien Crampon (French), Michael Lelong (singing, season 1), Sébastien Valter (singing, season 3); Yasuaki Takumi (Japanese); Jeong Jae-heon (Korean)\\(Korean, speaking), We Hoon (singing)\\


->'''Voiced by''': Jeremy Jordan; Julien Crampon (French), Michael Lelong (singing, season 1), Sébastien Valter (singing, season 3); Yasuaki Takumi (Japanese); Jeong Jae-heon (Korean)\\

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->'''Voiced by''': Jeremy Jordan; Creator/JeremyJordan; Julien Crampon (French), Michael Lelong (singing, season 1), Sébastien Valter (singing, season 3); Yasuaki Takumi (Japanese); Jeong Jae-heon (Korean)\\


->'''Voiced by''': Jeremy Jordan, Yasuaki Takumi (Japanese), Jeong Jae-heon (Korean)\\

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* KidHasAPoint: As Eugene can attest to, even though Varian's inventions have a tendency to cause disaster, he still has good intentions.


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* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Spending the next few months ''in complete isolation'' following the events of "Queen for a Day" caused the already vengeful Varian to [[SanitySlippage become even more insane]].



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* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Spending the next few months ''in complete isolation'' following the events of "Queen for a Day" caused the already vengeful Varian to [[SanitySlippage become even more insane]].

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* AffectionateNickname:
** Eugene has called him "Hairstripe", "Kid", "Buddy", and "Goggles".
** Angry/Kiera calls him simply by "V".


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* TheStoolPigeon: In "Once a Handmaiden...", he freely admits to Rapunzel that Project Obsidian is meant to trap Cassandra in amber, then quickly flees while she chastises Eugene.


* StrongerThanTheyLook: While Varian doesn't look too fit and is much more interested in alchemical and scientific pursuits, he has shown on quite a few occasions to have skills in physical confrontation as well. He shows himself to be ''very'' good in combat in "Secret of the Sundrop", "Once a Handmaiden...", and "Plus Est en Vous", and is also implied to be athletic, such as by being MadeOfIron, demonstrating flexibility, and jumping from a high distance in "Flynnpostor". Varian likely [[LikeFatherLikeSon takes it from his father]], who was a member of the Brotherhood of the Dark Kingdom.

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* StrongerThanTheyLook: While Varian doesn't look too fit and is much more interested in alchemical and scientific pursuits, he has shown on quite a few occasions to have skills in physical confrontation as well. He shows himself to be ''very'' good in combat in "Secret of the Sundrop", "Once a Handmaiden...", and "Plus Est en Vous", and is also implied to be athletic, such as by being MadeOfIron, demonstrating flexibility, pushing a grown man, and jumping from a high distance in "Flynnpostor". Varian likely [[LikeFatherLikeSon takes it from his father]], who was a member of the Brotherhood of the Dark Kingdom.

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* StoryBreakerPower: A BadassNormal example in "Plus Est en Vous". Varian is able to rebuild the machine that Demanitus used to trap Zhan Tiri in the Lost Realm. However, the writers want it to be Rapunzel and Cassandra who team up and defeat Zhan Tiri. This is their story, after all. So naturally, the machine gets destroyed.


** Finally, in "Plus Est en Vous", he rebuilds the machine used by Demanitus to banish Zhan Tiri, and his plan to reimprison her would've legitimately worked under different circumstances. His precaution mecanism also manages to stun the effects of a mind controlling artifact.

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** Finally, in "Plus Est en Vous", he rebuilds the machine used by Demanitus to banish Zhan Tiri, and his plan to reimprison her would've legitimately worked under different circumstances. His Also, his precaution mecanism also manages to stun the effects of a mind controlling artifact.


** Finally, in "Plus Est en Vous", he rebuilds the machine used by Demanitus to banish Zhan Tiri, and his plan to reimprison her would've legitimately worked under different circumstances.

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** Finally, in "Plus Est en Vous", he rebuilds the machine used by Demanitus to banish Zhan Tiri, and his plan to reimprison her would've legitimately worked under different circumstances. His precaution mecanism also manages to stun the effects of a mind controlling artifact.

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* AdultFear: {{Inverted}}. [[ExtremelyProtectiveChild Varian]] is very worried over the prospect of something bad happening to his dad again after the amber incident, to the point where he reacts badly to Eugene's concern that Quirin had been mind controlled in "Plus Est en Vous".


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* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: After everything he went through during the series, the traumatic events that happen to him in the third season do little to faze him.


** At the end of the day, Varian doesn't have what it takes to be at the top of the baddie chain; at his core, Varian is an emotionally unstable, clumsy nerd. A dead-on indication that he's a wannabe is that he overdid his new look by wearing a black longcoat, wearing his cheap goggles, and a bandana with teeth bigger than his face, and then he ''draws'' a goatee on his chin. Plus, his whole plan was to take over the kingdom by wiping everyone's memories so that no one will remember the bad things he did. On the other hand, Andrew had ''[[EvilerThanThou bigger]]'' ambitions and thought Varian's goals were too weak and small-minded.

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** At the end of the day, Varian doesn't have what it takes to be at the top of the baddie chain; at his core, Varian is an emotionally unstable, clumsy nerd. A dead-on indication that he's a wannabe is that he overdid his new look by wearing a black longcoat, wearing his cheap goggles, and a bandana with teeth bigger than his face, and then he ''draws'' a goatee on his chin. Plus, his whole plan was to take over the kingdom by wiping everyone's memories so that no one will remember the bad things he did. On the other hand, Andrew had ''[[EvilerThanThou bigger]]'' ''bigger'' ambitions and thought Varian's goals were too weak and small-minded.


** At the end of the day, Varian doesn't have what it takes to be at the top of the baddie chain; at his core, Varian is an emotionally unstable, clumsy nerd. A dead-on indication that he's a wannabe is that he overdid his new look by wearing a black longcoat, wearing his cheap goggles, and a bandana with teeth bigger than his face, and then he ''draws'' a goatee on his chin. Plus, his whole plan was to take over the kingdom by wiping everyone's memories so that no one will remember the bad things he did. On the other hand, Andrew had ''bigger'' ambitions and thought Varian's goals were too weak and small-minded.

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** At the end of the day, Varian doesn't have what it takes to be at the top of the baddie chain; at his core, Varian is an emotionally unstable, clumsy nerd. A dead-on indication that he's a wannabe is that he overdid his new look by wearing a black longcoat, wearing his cheap goggles, and a bandana with teeth bigger than his face, and then he ''draws'' a goatee on his chin. Plus, his whole plan was to take over the kingdom by wiping everyone's memories so that no one will remember the bad things he did. On the other hand, Andrew had ''bigger'' ''[[EvilerThanThou bigger]]'' ambitions and thought Varian's goals were too weak and small-minded.


* BigBadWannabe: At the end of the day, Varian doesn't have what it takes to be at the top of the baddie chain; at his core, Varian is an emotionally unstable, clumsy nerd. A dead-on indication that he's a wannabe is that he overdid his new look by wearing a black longcoat, wearing his cheap goggles, and a bandana with teeth bigger than his face, and then he ''draws'' a goatee on his chin. Plus, his whole plan was to take over the kingdom by wiping everyone's memories so that no one will remember the bad things he did. On the other hand, Andrew had ''bigger'' ambitions and thought Varian's goals were too weak and small-minded.



* SmallNameBigEgo: While he's a brilliant inventor and an exceptionally clever thinker, his impetuousness and emotional instability often gets in the way of his success, driving him to start completely losing his cool when things aren't going the way he wants them to go, contrasting with the overconfidence he'd have displayed beforehand.

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While he's a brilliant inventor and an exceptionally clever thinker, his impetuousness and emotional instability often gets in the way of his success, driving him to start completely losing his cool when things aren't going the way he wants them to go, contrasting with the overconfidence he'd have displayed beforehand.beforehand.
** At the end of the day, Varian doesn't have what it takes to be at the top of the baddie chain; at his core, Varian is an emotionally unstable, clumsy nerd. A dead-on indication that he's a wannabe is that he overdid his new look by wearing a black longcoat, wearing his cheap goggles, and a bandana with teeth bigger than his face, and then he ''draws'' a goatee on his chin. Plus, his whole plan was to take over the kingdom by wiping everyone's memories so that no one will remember the bad things he did. On the other hand, Andrew had ''bigger'' ambitions and thought Varian's goals were too weak and small-minded.


* RescueRomance: Develops a crush on Cassandra after she rescues him in his first appearance, lasting into ''Great Expotations.'' But ultimately subverted in the end: [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope after his descent into villainy, he tries to kill her the same as Rapunzel and her family]] (then again, she did charge at him with a sword).

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* RescueRomance: Develops a crush on Cassandra after she rescues him in his first appearance, lasting into ''Great Expotations.'' But ultimately subverted in the end: [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope after his descent into villainy, he tries to kill her the same as Rapunzel and her family]] mother]] (then again, she did charge at him with a sword).


* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''[[InexplicablyAwesome anything]]''. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, steering, inventing, building, farming, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing various instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''. This is the reason Rapunzel often looks to him for assistance.

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* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''[[InexplicablyAwesome anything]]''. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, steering, inventing, building, farming, fighting, shooting, swordfighting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing various instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''. This is the reason Rapunzel often looks to him for assistance.



* RescueRomance: Develops a crush on Cassandra after she rescues him in his first appearance, lasting into ''Great Expotations.'' But ultimately subverted in the end: [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope after his descent into villainy, he tries to kill her the same as everybody else]] (then again, she did charge at him with a sword).

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* RescueRomance: Develops a crush on Cassandra after she rescues him in his first appearance, lasting into ''Great Expotations.'' But ultimately subverted in the end: [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope after his descent into villainy, he tries to kill her the same as everybody else]] Rapunzel and her family]] (then again, she did charge at him with a sword).



* {{Tsundere}}: Type B. For example, in "Day of the Animals", he gives Rapunzel looks of anger and exasperation behind her back, and in "Once a Handmaiden...", he disguises his desire to destroy Cassandra with an empathetic feeling towards Rapunzel.



* VillainousBreakdown: When Rapunzel's hair fails to free his father and Rapunzel promptly frees both of her own parents, Varian snaps and tries to kill everyone in a vindictive rage.

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* VillainousBreakdown: When Rapunzel's hair fails to free his father and Rapunzel promptly frees both of her own parents, Varian snaps and tries to kill everyone Rapunzel and her family in a vindictive rage.


* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''[[InexplicablyAwesome anything]]''. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, steering, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing various instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''. This is the reason Rapunzel often looks to him for assistance.

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* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''[[InexplicablyAwesome anything]]''. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, steering, inventing, building, farming, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing various instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''. This is the reason Rapunzel often looks to him for assistance.


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* DistressedDude: {{Subverted}} in "Cassandra's Revenge". Though Varian ''[[KidnappedScientist is]]'' the one Cassandra abducts in order to obtain the Moonstone incantation and to lure Rapunzel, he ends up [[UnwantedRescue holding off Rapunzel and Eugene when they come to rescue him]] due to having solved the fourth incantation, and it was ''him'' solving it that led to his liberation [[NiceJobBreakingItHero (and Zhan Tiri's)]].


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* OhCrap: He tends to freeze in fright whenever confronted by life-threatening danger.

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* BrutalHonesty: He ''certainly'' isn't afraid to speak his mind.


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* PintSizedPowerhouse: Varian isn't particularly tall, but his physical feats and durability are remarkable.

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* DarkIsEvil: After his FaceHeelTurn, his dull-colored clothing matches his newfound sinister and ruthless intentions well.
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** As dark and dull as his clothing is, he's a [[NiceGuy compassionate and helpful]] young scientist who is nothing short of {{Adorkable}}. Up until his FaceHeelTurn, that is, where it becomes more of a case of DarkIsEvil.
** Not long after his HeelFaceTurn, he dons a new outfit that, while not as dark as his previous one, isn't exactly light-colored either. Regardless, he actually becomes quite heroic.


* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''[[InexplicablyAwesome anything]]''. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing various instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''. This is the reason Rapunzel often looks to him for assistance.

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* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''[[InexplicablyAwesome anything]]''. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, steering, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing various instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''. This is the reason Rapunzel often looks to him for assistance.


* ExtremelyProtectiveChild: After his father becomes trapped in the amber, Varian does whatever it takes to free him and [[TheDeterminator clearly won't rest until he's free]]. He also swears {{Revenge}} on Rapunzel and the kingdom of Corona because he blames them for his father's imprisonment.

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* ExtremelyProtectiveChild: After his father becomes trapped in the amber, Varian does whatever it takes to free him and [[TheDeterminator clearly won't rest until he's free]]. He also swears {{Revenge}} on Rapunzel and the kingdom of Corona because he blames them for his father's imprisonment. When he himself [[TheNeedsOfTheMany has to]] harm his father, he's devastated.


* {{Hypocrite}}: Varian makes it clear he will do ''anything'' to save his father and seek justice. Apparently, he didn't factor himself in the equation, abducting the queen to lure the princess because the queen is the weak link of the Royal Family who wouldn't be able to fight back. Plus, he wanted to emotionally hurt Rapunzel rather than fight her himself. Clearly, the only cost he is unwilling to pay is his own life. However...
* HypocrisyNod: He shows shades of this when telling Rapunzel why he sided with the Saporians, and then when he learns the Saporians' plan to use the quirineons to destroy Corona, to the point of volunteering a HeroicSacrifice.


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* MoralMyopia: Varian makes it clear he will do ''anything'' to save his father and seek justice. Apparently, he didn't factor himself in the equation, abducting the queen to lure the princess because the queen is the weak link of the Royal Family who wouldn't be able to fight back.


* FatalFlaw: Essentially the same flaw as Icarus--Overambition; Varian has been so obsessed with proving himself, but it's caused him to be very stubborn and he ends up disregarding others' advice, not even [[KnowWhenToFoldEm knowing when to fold 'em]], and like Icarus, he metaphorically flew too close to the sun by touching the black rocks. Even worse, when the inevitable backlash happens, he [[NeverMyFault refuses to accept responsibility for what went wrong]], and even shifting blame onto others whom he takes his anguish out on. He appears to be improving on this by the time of Season 3.

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* FatalFlaw: Essentially the same flaw as Icarus--Overambition; Varian has been so obsessed with proving himself, but it's caused him to be very stubborn and he ends up disregarding others' advice, not even [[KnowWhenToFoldEm knowing when to fold 'em]], and like Icarus, he metaphorically flew too close to the sun by touching the black rocks. Even worse, when the inevitable backlash happens, he [[NeverMyFault refuses to accept responsibility for what went wrong]], and even shifting blame onto others whom he takes his anguish out on. He appears to be improving on this fixing these flaws by the time of Season 3.



* ManipulativeBastard: He personally manipulates Rapunzel in "The Alchemist Returns", and then is able to manipulate her father and his guards from a distance in "Secret of the Sundrop".

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* ManipulativeBastard: He personally manipulates Rapunzel in "The Alchemist Returns", Returns" for an attempt to save his father, and then is able to manipulate her father and his guards from a distance in "Secret of the Sundrop".



* ThePowerOfFriendship: It was his refusal to give up on Rapunzel when she was using the Hurt Incantation to free his father that snapped her out of it.

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* ThePowerOfFriendship: It was his refusal to give up on Rapunzel when she was using the Hurt Decay Incantation to free his father that snapped her out of it.


* AmbiguouslyBi: He had a crush on Cassandra in the first season, but "Be Very Afraid" shows that he's got a Flynn Rider wanted poster right next to his bed. Although this might be a case of dopwnplayed HeroWorship.

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* AmbiguouslyBi: He had a crush on Cassandra in the first season, but "Be Very Afraid" shows that he's got a Flynn Rider wanted poster right next to his bed. Although this might be a case of dopwnplayed downplayed HeroWorship.


* AmbiguouslyBi: He had a crush on Cassandra in the first season, but "Be Very Afraid" shows that he's got a Flynn Rider wanted poster right next to his bed.

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* AmbiguouslyBi: He had a crush on Cassandra in the first season, but "Be Very Afraid" shows that he's got a Flynn Rider wanted poster right next to his bed. Although this might be a case of dopwnplayed HeroWorship.


** In "Plus Est en Vous", when Rapunzel solves Demanitus' riddle and uses fire to open a gateway at his tomb, Varian displays what is possibly the most adorable smile that has ever existed in the universe.

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** In "Plus Est en Vous", when Rapunzel solves Demanitus' riddle and uses fire to open a gateway at his tomb, [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/disney/images/8/82/Plus_Est_En_Vous_-_Varian_01.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20200306040008 Varian displays what is possibly the most adorable smile that has ever existed in the universe.universe]].


* ClothingReflectsPersonality: Varianís choice of wardrobe is noticeably darker and duller than the rest of the cast, considering heís always messing things up and wants to impress his father, but also reflects his eventual FaceHeelTurn when he vows revenge on Corona after being turned away during the blizzard. The new outfit he dons in Season 3 has several shades of brown and red, and his new apron is khaki instead of black, to reflect his change of heart.

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* ClothingReflectsPersonality: Varianís choice of wardrobe is noticeably darker and duller than the rest of the cast, considering heís always messing things up and wants to impress his father, but also reflects his eventual FaceHeelTurn when he vows revenge on Corona after being turned away during the blizzard. The new outfit he dons in Season 3 has several shades of brown and red, and his new apron is khaki instead of black, [[GoodCostumeSwitch to reflect his change of heart.heart]].

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* RedemptionRejection: In "Secret of the Sundrop", he rejects Queen Arianna's attempts to get through to him. Thankfully, this is subverted when he does end up pulling a HeelFaceTurn.


* DitzyGenius: Many of his inventions and plans have been known to be questionable, and have a chance of causing trouble.

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* DitzyGenius: Many of his inventions and plans have been known to be questionable, and have a chance of causing trouble. Following his FaceHeelTurn, he ''wants'' them to cause trouble.



* TheDreaded: In "Happiness Is...", Rapunzel hallucinates him [[FauxAffablyEvil greeting her evilly]] and [[RevengeByProxy trying to harm her father]].

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* TheDreaded: In "Happiness Is...", Rapunzel hallucinates him [[FauxAffablyEvil greeting her evilly]] evilly and [[RevengeByProxy trying to harm her father]].


* ReformedButNotTamed: PlayedWith. While Varian has ''definitely'' changed for the better following his HeelFaceTurn, on top of having had [[AntiVillain understandable]] motivations for his villainy, he still displays villainous mannerisms on occasion, though mostly as a gag.

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* ReformedButNotTamed: PlayedWith.Played with. While Varian has ''definitely'' changed for the better following his HeelFaceTurn, on top of having had [[AntiVillain understandable]] motivations for his villainy, he still displays villainous mannerisms on occasion, though mostly as a gag.


* NeverMyFault: PlayedWith. The reason for his FaceHeelTurn at the end of "Queen for a Day" is because he blames Rapunzel and the entire Kingdom for letting him down. But really, he brought it on himself by tampering with the spikes, especially after being repeatedly warned by his father not to, although this is more his dad's fault than his own for never explaining ''why'', and Rapunzel didn't exactly check on him after the blizzard was over. This flaw of his grows worse in the season finale, where he blames the King for "villifying him" as a result of his own villainous actions (although not without justification, as Frederic scapegoated him for "attacking the princess" in "Queen for a Day" so as to keep him quiet and sent guards after him because he had the scroll), and then blames Rapunzel for his failure to use her hair to free his father, while she herself is able to reunite with both her parents.

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* NeverMyFault: PlayedWith. The reason for his FaceHeelTurn at the end of "Queen for a Day" is because he blames Rapunzel and the entire Kingdom for letting him down. But really, he brought it on himself by tampering with the spikes, especially after being repeatedly warned by his father not to, although this is more his dad's fault than his own for never explaining ''why'', and Rapunzel didn't exactly check on him after the blizzard was over. Plus, him refusing to take the blame for his father's imprisonment in amber is understandable, considering how badly it'd affect him if he had to admit he was responsible for the loss of his only remaining family member, especially with him being a young teenager.
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This flaw of his grows worse in the season finale, where he blames the King for "villifying him" as a result of his own villainous actions (although not without justification, as Frederic scapegoated him for "attacking the princess" in "Queen for a Day" so as to keep him quiet and sent guards after him because he had the scroll), and then blames Rapunzel for his failure to use her hair to free his father, while she herself is able to reunite with both her parents.


* HeelRealization: Even though he did a FaceHeelTurn and became the ArcVillain of Season 1, as shown in "Rapunzel Returns", he's become self-aware enough to realize how he took things too far with trying to save his father. He wanted to erase everyone's minds to rid himself of the guilt, but ends up [[HeelFaceTurn truly making amends with Rapunzel to stop the Saporians from destroying Corona.]]



* TookALevelInKindness: Even though he did a FaceHeelTurn and became the ArcVillain of Season 1, as shown in "Rapunzel Returns", he's become self-aware enough to realize how he took things too far with trying to save his father. He wanted to erase everyone's minds to rid himself of the guilt, but ends up [[HeelFaceTurn truly making amends with Rapunzel to stop the Saporians from destroying Corona.]]


* HypercompetentSidekick: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] towards Rapunzel as of Season 3. In both "Be Very Afraid" and "Cassandra's Revenge" (two of the most action-oriented episodes of the season), both Rapunzel and Varian are the heroes of the episode, but while Rapunzel plays a ''huge'' part in saving the day in both episodes, Varian is ultimately the key to the problem being resolved, from pouring the amber solution on the black rocks to giving Rapunzel the fourth incantation.

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* HypercompetentSidekick: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] {{Downplayed}} towards Rapunzel as of Season 3. In both "Be Very Afraid" and "Cassandra's Revenge" (two of the most action-oriented episodes of the season), both Rapunzel and Varian are the heroes of the episode, but while Rapunzel plays a ''huge'' part in saving the day in both episodes, Varian is ultimately the key to the problem being resolved, from pouring the amber solution on the black rocks to giving Rapunzel the fourth incantation.


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* ReformedButNotTamed: PlayedWith. While Varian has ''definitely'' changed for the better following his HeelFaceTurn, on top of having had [[AntiVillain understandable]] motivations for his villainy, he still displays villainous mannerisms on occasion, though mostly as a gag.


* EasilyForgiven: {{Averted}}. Varian's motivation for wanting to erase the kingdom's memories is because he believes the people of Corona can never forgive him for the things he's done, with even Rapunzel and Eugene being initially hesitant to trust him. He's done quite a bit of things to make up for his past misdeeds, such as helping Rapunzel save Corona or attempting to restore King Frederic and Queen Arianna's memories. Even following his HeelFaceTurn, the citizens of Corona seemed to still have lingering distrust for Varian, that is until he saves all of them from the red rocks.

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* EasilyForgiven: {{Averted}}.Downplayed and justified. Varian's motivation for wanting to erase the kingdom's memories is because he believes the people of Corona can never forgive him for the things he's done, with even Rapunzel and Eugene being initially hesitant to trust him. He's done quite a bit of things to make up for his past misdeeds, such as helping Rapunzel save Corona or attempting to restore King Frederic and Queen Arianna's memories. Even following his HeelFaceTurn, the citizens of Corona seemed to still have lingering distrust for Varian, that is until he saves all of them from the red rocks.


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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: In "Once a Handmaiden...", he, Eugene, and the rest of Corona flee the castle when it's made clear they won't be stopping Cassandra.


** In "Great Expotations", his PrecociousCrush on Cassandra is shown to be positively endearing.
** In "Queen for a Day", he breaks into a little HappyDance when his father agrees to let him come along to see King Frederic.



** In "Be Very Afraid", [[{{Fanboy}} he fawns over the Demanitus Chamber and Lord Demanitus himself.]]



* TookALevelInJerkass: Ends up undergoing this in the epilogue of "Queen For A Day". Later becomes fully realized in the climax of "The Alchemist Returns".
* TookALevelInKindness: As shown in "Rapunzel Returns", he's become self-aware enough to realize how he took things too far with trying to save his father. He wanted to erase everyone's minds to rid himself of the guilt, but ends up truly making amends with Rapunzel to stop the Saporians from destroying Corona.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: Ends up undergoing this in the epilogue of "Queen For A Day". Later becomes fully realized in the climax of "The Alchemist Returns".
* TookALevelInKindness: As Even though he did a FaceHeelTurn and became the ArcVillain of Season 1, as shown in "Rapunzel Returns", he's become self-aware enough to realize how he took things too far with trying to save his father. He wanted to erase everyone's minds to rid himself of the guilt, but ends up [[HeelFaceTurn truly making amends with Rapunzel to stop the Saporians from destroying Corona.]]


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* CutLexLuthorACheck: He could've made a lot of money with all his inventions and chemicals, but gold means nothing to him when he wants justice.



* FriendToAllLivingThings: Might count as this, as he's invented a chemical compound to keep out vermin humanely. It says something about Varian's kindness when his pet raccoon is [[UndyingLoyalty undyingly loyal]] to him.

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* FriendToAllLivingThings: Might count as this, as he's invented a chemical compound to keep out vermin humanely. It says something about Varian's kindness when his pet raccoon is [[UndyingLoyalty undyingly loyal]] to him. He also helps out Owl in "Great Expotations", is friends with Pascal, and rides Fidella in the final two episodes.


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* MysteriousPast: {{Downplayed}}. Varian's past isn't particularly "mysterious", at least in the sense that it isn't important, and we know his father. But we have little information about Varian's life prior to the events of the series, and it's left unknown why his mother isn't in his life.


* AlmightyJanitor: Varian may be a commoner, but come Season 3 he's the one developing means to better defend Corona, especially since the kingdom is in no shape to defend against the Moonstone.



* ArcHero: Most of his appearances are relegated to the arc-related episodes, because he's ''essential'' to helping Rapunzel solve the mystery of the indestructible spikes that make up a big part of the season. However, as of the end of "Queen for a Day", he makes his transition into the ArcVillain. He becomes this again in Season 3 after his HeelFaceTurn, as he's ''again'' essential in helping Rapunzel and plays a heroic role in the episodes he's in, and his help is invaluable to defeat Cassandra, who has stolen the Moonstone.

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* ArcHero: Most of his appearances are relegated to the arc-related episodes, because he's ''essential'' to helping Rapunzel solve the mystery of the indestructible spikes that make up a big part of the season. However, as of the end of "Queen for a Day", he makes his transition into the ArcVillain. He becomes this again in Season 3 after his HeelFaceTurn, as he's ''again'' essential in helping Rapunzel and plays a heroic role in the episodes he's in, attempting to solve two of Rapunzel's biggest issues of the season, namely her parents' memory loss and his help is invaluable to defeat defeating Cassandra, who has stolen the Moonstone.



* AristocratsAreEvil: {{Inverted}}. He gets made the Royal Engineer in the series finale, but by then he's already done a HeelFaceTurn for a while and had helped save Corona quite a few times.

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* AristocratsAreEvil: {{Inverted}}. He gets made the Royal Engineer in the series finale, but by then he's already done a HeelFaceTurn for a while and had helped save Corona quite a few times. Of course, he lived in a manor, since his father is a high-ranking village leader.


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* AristocratsAreEvil: {{Inverted}}. He gets made the Royal Engineer in the series finale, but by then he's already done a HeelFaceTurn for a while and had taken on a BigGood role when it comes to defeating Zhan Tiri, which is probably what got him this position.

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* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''anything''. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing various instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''. This is the reason Rapunzel often looks to him for assistance.

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* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''anything''.''[[InexplicablyAwesome anything]]''. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing various instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''. This is the reason Rapunzel often looks to him for assistance.


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** After his HeelFaceTurn, he is shown to still be heavily affected by his past misdeeds and events, to the point where he expresses moments of sadness and anger over them at certain intervals and is certainly haunted by the prospect of them happening again, indicating he has (or had at the time) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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** After his HeelFaceTurn, he is shown to still be heavily affected by his past misdeeds and events, to the point where he expresses moments of sadness and anger over them at certain intervals and is certainly haunted by the prospect of them happening again, indicating he has (or had at the time) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


** After his HeelFaceTurn, he is shown to still be heavily affected by his past misdeeds and events, to the point where he expresses moments of sadness and anger over them at random intervals, indicating he has (or had at the time) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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** After his HeelFaceTurn, he is shown to still be heavily affected by his past misdeeds and events, to the point where he expresses moments of sadness and anger over them at random intervals, certain intervals and is certainly haunted by the prospect of them happening again, indicating he has (or had at the time) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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* AmbiguousDisorder:
** Varian does ''not'' reek of good mental health following his FaceHeelTurn, and his abandonment and betrayal issues have lead him to become openly calculating and vengeful, resorting to hostility and severe crimes to get what he wants. To a lesser extent, his [[NeverMyFault inability to acknowledge his wrongdoings]] imply a sense of self-importance. Even King Frederic has to admit Varian needs help.
** After his HeelFaceTurn, he is shown to still be heavily affected by his past misdeeds and events, to the point where he expresses moments of sadness and anger over them at random intervals, indicating he has (or had at the time) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


* VitriolicBestBuds: With Lance. Lance's carelessness and disobedience ''infuriates'' Varian, who tends to remind him ''not'' to mess with his inventions, [[DontTouchThatYouIdiot and scolding him when he does]]. Lance, in turn, gets irritated by Varian's bossiness. However, the two are ''very'' close friends and care deeply about each other, to the point where Varian is overjoyed to see Lance when he catches him in "Cassandra's Revenge", and they are also shown to work well together in the final episodes.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: With Lance. Lance's carelessness and disobedience ''infuriates'' Varian, who tends to remind him ''not'' to mess with his inventions, [[DontTouchThatYouIdiot and scolding him when he does]]. Lance, in turn, gets irritated by Varian's bossiness. However, the two are ''very'' close friends and care deeply about each other, to the point where Varian is overjoyed to see Lance when he [[PapaWolf catches him him]] in "Cassandra's Revenge", and they are also shown to work well together in the final episodes.


* ControlFreak: As of Season 3, Varian seems to have developed this attitude in regards to his inventions due to their tendency to backfire/explode, often having to tell others not to touch them, and becoming ''enraged'' when they are tampered with.

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* ControlFreak: As of Season 3, Varian seems to have developed this attitude in regards to his inventions due to their tendency to backfire/explode, [[DontTouchThatYouIdiot often having to tell others not to touch them, them]], and becoming ''enraged'' when they are tampered with.


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* VitriolicBestBuds: With Lance. Lance's carelessness and disobedience ''infuriates'' Varian, who tends to remind him ''not'' to mess with his inventions, [[DontTouchThatYouIdiot and scolding him when he does]]. Lance, in turn, gets irritated by Varian's bossiness. However, the two are ''very'' close friends and care deeply about each other, to the point where Varian is overjoyed to see Lance when he catches him in "Cassandra's Revenge", and they are also shown to work well together in the final episodes.

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* SanityStrengthening: Being surrounded by family and friends once more in Season 3 (not to mention having a better life) has ''absolutely'' helped Varian with his emotional ''and'' mental health.


* DisproportionateRetribution: While Cassandra practices major MisplacedRetribution, Varian ''does'' have his anger directed at the right people, but his actions still go too far. Case in point, he is willing to make all of Corona ''pay'' for turning him down at a time of need, and his response to Rapunzel breaking a promise to him and being able to reunite with ''her'' loved ones is to try and kill her mother and best friend. Unfortunately, Varian was too blinded by anger, and [[GoMadFromTheIsolation is clearly unwell due to being alone for months]].

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* DisproportionateRetribution: While Cassandra practices major MisplacedRetribution, Varian ''does'' have his anger directed at the right people, but his actions still go too far. Case in point, he is willing to make all of Corona ''pay'' for turning him down at a time of need, and his response to Rapunzel breaking a promise to him and being able to reunite with ''her'' loved ones is to try and kill her mother and best friend. Unfortunately, Varian was too blinded by anger, and had been [[GoMadFromTheIsolation is clearly unwell due to being having been alone for months]].


* DisproportionateRetribution: While Cassandra practices major MisplacedRetribution, Varian ''does'' have his anger directed at the right people, but his actions still go too far. Case in point, he is willing to make all of Corona ''pay'' for turning him down at a time of need, and his response to Rapunzel breaking a promise to him and being able to reunite with ''her'' loved ones is to try and kill her mother and best friend.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: While Cassandra practices major MisplacedRetribution, Varian ''does'' have his anger directed at the right people, but his actions still go too far. Case in point, he is willing to make all of Corona ''pay'' for turning him down at a time of need, and his response to Rapunzel breaking a promise to him and being able to reunite with ''her'' loved ones is to try and kill her mother and best friend. Unfortunately, Varian was too blinded by anger, and [[GoMadFromTheIsolation is clearly unwell due to being alone for months]].

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* ButtMonkey: Poor Varian. One way or another, his inventions keep exploding, whether it be his fault or not.


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* DisproportionateRetribution: While Cassandra practices major MisplacedRetribution, Varian ''does'' have his anger directed at the right people, but his actions still go too far. Case in point, he is willing to make all of Corona ''pay'' for turning him down at a time of need, and his response to Rapunzel breaking a promise to him and being able to reunite with ''her'' loved ones is to try and kill her mother and best friend.


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* CharacterDevelopment: His experiences have definitely rendered him a stronger individual.


* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''anything''. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing various instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''. This is the reason Rapunzel often looks to him for guidance.

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* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''anything''. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing various instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''. This is the reason Rapunzel often looks to him for guidance.assistance.


* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''anything''. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing various instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''. This is often the reason Rapunzel looks to him for guidance.

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* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''anything''. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing various instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''. This is often the reason Rapunzel often looks to him for guidance.


* HisOwnWorstEnemy: Not as extreme as Cassandra, but Varian's personal issues stem from his impulsiveness, recklessness, insecurities, HeroicSelfDeprecation, and in Season 1, [[NeverMyFault willingness to blame others for his somewhat self-inflicted tragedy, and even his misdeeds]]. Part of Varian's CharacterDevelopment is him learning to ''overcome'' these issues and faults.

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* HisOwnWorstEnemy: Not as extreme as Cassandra, [[PsychopathicWomanchild Cassandra]], but Varian's personal issues stem from his impulsiveness, recklessness, insecurities, HeroicSelfDeprecation, and in Season 1, [[NeverMyFault willingness to blame others for his somewhat self-inflicted tragedy, and even his misdeeds]]. Part of Varian's CharacterDevelopment is him learning to ''overcome'' these issues and faults.


** In "Plus Est en Vous", when Rapunzel solves Demanitus' riddle and uses fire to open a gateway at his tomb, Varian displays what is possibly the most adorable smile that has ever existed in the universe.



** Also, while Varian was originally haunted by his past misdeeds, shown in "Rapunzel's Return" and "Be Very Afraid", he eventually manages to make peace with them and forgive ''himself'', shrugging off a joke by Eugene in relation to the threat he once posed to Corona.



* HisOwnWorstEnemy: Not as extreme as Cassandra, but Varian's personal issues stem from his impulsiveness, recklessness, insecurities, HeroicSelfDeprecation, and in Season 1, [[NeverMyFault willingness to blame others for his somewhat self-inflicted tragedy, and even his misdeeds]]. Part of Varian's CharacterDevelopment is him learning to ''overcome'' these issues and faults.



* ReformedButRejected: "Be Very Afraid" reveals Varian believes everyone in Corona except Rapunzel and his father hate him for the terrible things he's done. {{Subverted}}, however, as the citizens actually ''admire'' him for his heroic accomplishments, including saving Corona from the red rocks.

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* ReformedButRejected: "Be Very Afraid" reveals Varian believes everyone in Corona except Rapunzel and his father hate him for the terrible things he's done. {{Subverted}}, however, as the citizens actually ''admire'' him for his heroic accomplishments, including saving Corona from the red rocks. Of course, he still had to prove his change of heart.


* EasilyForgiven: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Varian's motivation for wanting to erase the kingdom's memories is because he believes the people of Corona can never forgive him for the things he's done, with even Rapunzel and Eugene being initially hesitant to trust him. He's done quite a bit of things to make up for his past misdeeds, such as helping Rapunzel save Corona or attempting to restore King Frederic and Queen Arianna's memories. Even following his HeelFaceTurn, the citizens of Corona seemed to still have lingering distrust for Varian, that is until he saves all of them from the red rocks.

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* EasilyForgiven: [[AvertedTrope Averted]].{{Averted}}. Varian's motivation for wanting to erase the kingdom's memories is because he believes the people of Corona can never forgive him for the things he's done, with even Rapunzel and Eugene being initially hesitant to trust him. He's done quite a bit of things to make up for his past misdeeds, such as helping Rapunzel save Corona or attempting to restore King Frederic and Queen Arianna's memories. Even following his HeelFaceTurn, the citizens of Corona seemed to still have lingering distrust for Varian, that is until he saves all of them from the red rocks.

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* NotAfraidToDie: In the series finale, Varian is unsure whether he and the others will make it out of the battle against Cassandra and Zhan Tiri alive, but doesn't appear to be bothered.


* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''anything'' he puts his mind into. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''.

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* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''anything'' he puts his mind into. ''anything''. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing various instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''.''skateboarding''. This is often the reason Rapunzel looks to him for guidance.


* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''anything'' he puts his mind into. He's skilled at singing, climbing, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''.

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* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''anything'' he puts his mind into. He's skilled at singing, drawing, climbing, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient scroll, playing instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, ''skateboarding''.


* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''anything'' he puts his mind into. He's skilled at singing, climbing, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of ancient language, playing instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, skateboarding.

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* TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''anything'' he puts his mind into. He's skilled at singing, climbing, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of an ancient language, scroll, playing instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" is any indication, skateboarding.''skateboarding''.


** Even while manipulating Rapunzel, he still has time to be fascinated over the automaton and marvel over it.

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** Even while manipulating Rapunzel, he still has time to be fascinated over the automaton (the guardian of Corona castle's vault, located in Der Soone's tunnels) and marvel over it.


* ZeroPercentApprovalRating:
** Though he already had a [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer bad reputation]] due to his inventions that often backfire, towards the end of Season 1, he is forced to lie low due to everyone thinking he attacked Rapunzel.
** "Be Very Afraid" reveals Varian believes everyone in Corona except Rapunzel and his father hate him for the terrible things he's done. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], however, as the citizens actually ''admire'' him for his heroic accomplishments, including saving Corona from the red rocks.

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TheAce: Varian seems to just be able to perfect ''anything'' he already had a [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer bad reputation]] due to puts his inventions that often backfire, towards the end mind into. He's skilled at singing, climbing, inventing, building, fighting, shooting, horseback riding, translation of Season 1, he is forced to lie low due to everyone thinking he attacked Rapunzel.
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ancient language, playing instruments, and if a deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" reveals Varian believes everyone in Corona except Rapunzel and his father hate him for the terrible things he's done. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], however, as the citizens actually ''admire'' him for his heroic accomplishments, including saving Corona from the red rocks.is any indication, skateboarding.



* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Though he already had a bad reputation due to his inventions that often backfire, towards the end of Season 1, he is forced to lie low due to everyone thinking he attacked Rapunzel.



* HiddenDepths:
** A deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" reveals that Varian owns a guitar and a skateboard in his bedroom. "Plus Est en Vous" shows that he can play the piano.
** When Cassandra is attacking Corona with the black rocks in "Once a Handmaiden...", he shows quite a bit of competence in shooting and horseback riding.


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* ReformedButRejected: "Be Very Afraid" reveals Varian believes everyone in Corona except Rapunzel and his father hate him for the terrible things he's done. {{Subverted}}, however, as the citizens actually ''admire'' him for his heroic accomplishments, including saving Corona from the red rocks.


* StrongerThanYouLook: While Varian doesn't look too fit and is much more interested in alchemical and scientific pursuits, he has shown on quite a few occasions to have skills in physical confrontation as well. He shows himself to be ''very'' good in combat in "Secret of the Sundrop", "Once a Handmaiden...", and "Plus Est en Vous", and is also implied to be athletic, such as by being MadeOfIron, demonstrating flexibility, and jumping from a high distance in "Flynnpostor". Varian likely [[LikeFatherLikeSon takes it from his father]], who was a member of the Brotherhood of the Dark Kingdom.

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* StrongerThanYouLook: StrongerThanTheyLook: While Varian doesn't look too fit and is much more interested in alchemical and scientific pursuits, he has shown on quite a few occasions to have skills in physical confrontation as well. He shows himself to be ''very'' good in combat in "Secret of the Sundrop", "Once a Handmaiden...", and "Plus Est en Vous", and is also implied to be athletic, such as by being MadeOfIron, demonstrating flexibility, and jumping from a high distance in "Flynnpostor". Varian likely [[LikeFatherLikeSon takes it from his father]], who was a member of the Brotherhood of the Dark Kingdom.

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* StrongerThanYouLook: While Varian doesn't look too fit and is much more interested in alchemical and scientific pursuits, he has shown on quite a few occasions to have skills in physical confrontation as well. He shows himself to be ''very'' good in combat in "Secret of the Sundrop", "Once a Handmaiden...", and "Plus Est en Vous", and is also implied to be athletic, such as by being MadeOfIron, demonstrating flexibility, and jumping from a high distance in "Flynnpostor". Varian likely [[LikeFatherLikeSon takes it from his father]], who was a member of the Brotherhood of the Dark Kingdom.

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* AmbiguouslyBi: He had a crush on Cassandra in the first season, but "Be Very Afraid" shows that he's got a Flynn Rider wanted poster right next to his bed.

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* StepfordSmiler: In "Plus Est en Vous", he is at one point forced to fake a smile to his dad, since he secretly took precautions and rigged his helmet in case Quirin was mind controlled, and has to hide this.


* YoungAndInCharge: Varian is the first Royal Engineer of Corona as of the finale, meaning he spearheads all the Kingdom's scientific and technological advances, and he's the youngest to hold this position.

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* YoungAndInCharge: Varian takes on a BigGood role in the finale, coming up with the plan to reimprison Zhan Tiri. Once all is said and done, he becomes the first Royal Engineer of Corona as of the finale, Corona, meaning he spearheads all the Kingdom's scientific and technological advances, and he's the youngest to hold this position.


* BewareTheNiceOnes: Varian actually ''blows up'' (not literally) whenever his warnings are ignored, or when his inventions and alchemy are tampered with.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Varian actually ''blows up'' (not literally) whenever his warnings are ignored, or when his inventions and alchemy are tampered with. In "Plus Est en Vous", he becomes visibly angry and upset over Eugene's suspicion that his father had been mind controlled.


* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:Though it's shown why Cassandra isn't at Rapunzel's wedding, we never get confirmation on [[TheUnreveal where Varian was during the entire wedding]] in WesternAnimation/TangledEverAfter.]]

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* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:Though it's shown why Cassandra isn't at Rapunzel's wedding, we never get confirmation on [[TheUnreveal where Varian was during the entire wedding]] in WesternAnimation/TangledEverAfter.]]

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** Finally, in "Plus Est en Vous", he rebuilds the machine used by Demanitus to banish Zhan Tiri, and his plan to reimprison her would've legitimately worked under different circumstances.


* BigGood: In the finale, Varian comes up with the plan to banish Zhan Tiri back to where the demon came from, but that gets shot.

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* BigGood: In the finale, Varian comes up with the plan to banish Zhan Tiri back to where the demon came from, was imprisoned, but that gets shot.


* DoingInTheWizard: Played with. For all his strange reputation, Varian's "alchemy" is clearly regular chemistry and engineering, albeit with some [[MadScientist mad science]] thrown in, and he doesn't believe in magic (at first) [[FlatEarthAtheist despite being friends with a princess with magic hair.]] However, when he attempts to apply it to something that is explicitly magical in origin, he fails miserably at every turn: when he doesn't get no reaction at all, he at best gets undesired reactions for reasons repeatedly fails to understand.

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* DoingInTheWizard: Played with. For all his strange reputation, Varian's "alchemy" is clearly regular chemistry and engineering, albeit with some [[MadScientist mad science]] thrown in, and he doesn't believe in magic (at first) [[FlatEarthAtheist despite being friends with a princess with magic hair.]] However, when he attempts to apply it to something that is explicitly magical in origin, he fails miserably at every turn: when he doesn't get no reaction at all, he at best gets undesired reactions for reasons that he repeatedly fails to understand.



* HeelFaceTurn: Ultimately turns back to the side of good when learning the Saporians reveal they're not using the quirineons to erase the kingdom's memory, but to destroy it. Rapunzel also apologizes for turning her back on him during the blizzard, and promises that he can change and find forgiveness. Since then, he's even been trying to find a cure for the King and Queen's memory loss.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Ultimately turns back to the side of good when learning that the Saporians reveal they're lied to him and are not using the quirineons to erase the kingdom's memory, but to destroy it. Rapunzel also apologizes for turning her back on him during the blizzard, and promises that he can change and find forgiveness. Since then, he's even been trying to find a cure for the King and Queen's memory loss.


** A deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" reveals that Varian owns a guitar and a skateboard in his bedroom.

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** A deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" reveals that Varian owns a guitar and a skateboard in his bedroom. "Plus Est en Vous" shows that he can play the piano.


* ArcHero: Most of his appearances are relegated to the arc-related episodes, because he's ''essential'' to helping Rapunzel solve the mystery of the indestructible spikes that make up a big part of the season. However, as of the end of "Queen for a Day", he makes his transition into the ArcVillain. He becomes this again in Season 3 after his HeelFaceTurn, as he's ''again'' essential in helping Rapunzel and plays a heroic role in the episodes he's in, and his help is invaluable to defeat Cassandra, who has stolen the Moonstone. It all comes to a head in the finale, where Varian comes up with the plan to banish Zhan Tiri back to where the demon came from, but that gets shot.

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* ArcHero: Most of his appearances are relegated to the arc-related episodes, because he's ''essential'' to helping Rapunzel solve the mystery of the indestructible spikes that make up a big part of the season. However, as of the end of "Queen for a Day", he makes his transition into the ArcVillain. He becomes this again in Season 3 after his HeelFaceTurn, as he's ''again'' essential in helping Rapunzel and plays a heroic role in the episodes he's in, and his help is invaluable to defeat Cassandra, who has stolen the Moonstone. It all comes to a head in the finale, where Varian comes up with the plan to banish Zhan Tiri back to where the demon came from, but that gets shot.


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* BigGood: In the finale, Varian comes up with the plan to banish Zhan Tiri back to where the demon came from, but that gets shot.


** He is forced to harm his father when the situation arises, is briefly banished to Limbo, and is aldo almost killed by Zhan Tiri's genocide attempt on Corona before being just narrowly rescued by Rapunzel and Cassandra.

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** He is forced to harm his father when the situation arises, is briefly banished to Limbo, and is aldo also almost killed by Zhan Tiri's genocide attempt on Corona before being just narrowly rescued by Rapunzel and Cassandra.


* ArcHero: Most of his appearances are relegated to the arc-related episodes, because he's ''essential'' to helping Rapunzel solve the mystery of the indestructible spikes that make up a big part of the season. However, as of the end of "Queen for a Day", he makes his transition into the ArcVillain. He becomes this again in Season 3 after his HeelFaceTurn, as he's ''again'' essential in helping Rapunzel and plays a heroic role in the episodes he's in, and his help is invaluable to defeat Cassandra, who has stolen the Moonstone.

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* ArcHero: Most of his appearances are relegated to the arc-related episodes, because he's ''essential'' to helping Rapunzel solve the mystery of the indestructible spikes that make up a big part of the season. However, as of the end of "Queen for a Day", he makes his transition into the ArcVillain. He becomes this again in Season 3 after his HeelFaceTurn, as he's ''again'' essential in helping Rapunzel and plays a heroic role in the episodes he's in, and his help is invaluable to defeat Cassandra, who has stolen the Moonstone. It all comes to a head in the finale, where Varian comes up with the plan to banish Zhan Tiri back to where the demon came from, but that gets shot.


* EarnYourHappyEnding: After the TraumaCongaLine he, a teenager, had to suffer through throughout the series, Varian is finally able to make his father proud, gains a circle of friends, is ''finally'' able to genuinely help Corona with his inventions, and becomes the royal alchemist.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: After the TraumaCongaLine he, a teenager, had to suffer through throughout the series, Varian is finally able to make his father proud, gains a circle of friends, is ''finally'' able manages to genuinely help Corona with his inventions, and becomes the royal alchemist.



** He is forced to harm his father when the situation arises, is briefly banished to Limbo, and is almost killed by Zhan Tiri's genocide attempt on Corona before being just narrowly rescued by Rapunzel and Cassandra.

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** In the first season, Varian put his own desire to free his father over the safety of Corona, even vowing to make the people ''pay'' for turning their backs on him. In the series finale, Varian has taken to [[IDidWhatIHadToDo willingly harming his father]] as a result of the risky possibility that he's been mind controlled, [[TheNeedsOfTheMany knowing full well the danger him being controlled would pose]].


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* EarnYourHappyEnding: After the TraumaCongaLine he, a teenager, had to suffer through throughout the series, Varian is finally able to make his father proud, gains a circle of friends, is ''finally'' able to genuinely help Corona with his inventions, and becomes the royal alchemist.


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* KarmicJackpot: The more Varian seeks to [[TheAtoner make up for his misdeeds]], the more fortunate he becomes.
** In "Rapunzel's Return", he pulls a HeelFaceTurn and helps Rapunzel save Corona. Soon after, Rapunzel is able to free his father from the amber, reuniting them.
** In "Be Very Afraid", he tackles his fears and saves Corona from the red rocks. This leads to him gaining more trust and praise from the people of Corona.
** "Cassandra's Revenge" shows that pursuing redemption and friendship has enabled him to fall in the arms of friends after being blasted off of Cassandra's stronghold, unlike Cassandra (who had to save herself).
** In "Plus Est en Vous", he makes a ''big'' effort to save Corona from Zhan Tiri. Following her destruction and Cassandra's own redemption, Varian is made the royal alchemist, working for the same family he ruthlessly conspired against. He also gets to work with his dad (and Ruddiger), who is clearly ''much'' more supportive and patient with him and his inventions.


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* RedHerring: The series dropped various hints that Varian is connected to the Moonstone, though this is debunked in the series finale.


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** He is forced to harm his father when the situation arises, is briefly banished to Limbo, and is almost killed by Zhan Tiri's genocide attempt on Corona before being just narrowly rescued by Rapunzel and Cassandra.

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* BalefulPolymorph: When trapped in Limbo in the series finale, his hairstripe turns into a ''snake''.


* YoungAndInCharge: Varian is the first Royal Engineer of Corona, meaning he spearheads all the Kingdom's scientific and technological advances, and he's the youngest to hold this position.

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* YoungAndInCharge: Varian is the first Royal Engineer of Corona, Corona as of the finale, meaning he spearheads all the Kingdom's scientific and technological advances, and he's the youngest to hold this position.


* ReedRichardsIsUseless: {{Justified|Trope}}. Varian has a good number of inventions that are very effective, and he tries to avert this trope. The problem is, some of his inventions destroyed his village more than once, and another nearly leveled the castle, so it's no wonder no one can trust their lives with him or his inventions. This is darkly played with in "Rapunzel's Return", as he wants to create the substance to erase memories, but it just explodes. And that's good enough for Andrew and his cronies: hey, they can level Corona! Averted later on, where once the threat of Cassandra becomes too great, he has spearheaded several projects to help and defend the kingdom from such threats.

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* ReedRichardsIsUseless: {{Justified|Trope}}. Varian has a good number of inventions that are very effective, and he tries to avert this trope. The problem is, some of his inventions destroyed his village more than once, and another nearly leveled the castle, so it's no wonder no one can trust their lives with him or his inventions. This is darkly played with in "Rapunzel's Return", as he wants to create the substance to erase memories, but it just explodes. And that's good enough for Andrew and his cronies: hey, they can level Corona! Averted later on, where once the threat of Cassandra becomes too great, he has spearheaded several projects to help and defend the kingdom from such threats. And fully averted after the finale, where he's the Royal Engineer who has started the development of advances to Corona's infrastructure, one of which is running hot water.


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* YoungAndInCharge: Varian is the first Royal Engineer of Corona, meaning he spearheads all the Kingdom's scientific and technological advances, and he's the youngest to hold this position.


* ItsAllMyFault: In the Season 3 premiere, it's revealed that he's finally come to this conclusion, and is only still a villain because he believes he can never make up for what he's done unless everyone else loses their memories of it. This attitude is carried further in "Be Very Afraid", where we see his greatest fear is causing another disaster like what happened to his father before... and feeling like it would be a well-deserved punishment for the bad things he has done. And then we have his duet with Cassandra, "Nothing Left to Lose", where he makes it even more clear that his attempts to dodge responsibility for them only made everything worse in the long run.

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* ItsAllMyFault: In the Season 3 premiere, it's revealed that he's finally come to this conclusion, and is only still a villain because he believes he can never make up for what he's done unless everyone else loses their memories of it. This attitude is carried further in "Be Very Afraid", where we see his greatest fear is causing another disaster like what happened to his father before... and feeling like it would be a well-deserved punishment for the bad things he has done. And then we have his duet with Cassandra, "Nothing Left to Lose", where he makes it even more clear that his attempts to dodge responsibility for them the bad things he did only made everything worse in the long run.


* ItsAllMyFault: In the Season 3 premiere, it's revealed that he's finally come to this conclusion, and is only still a villain because he believes he can never make up for what he's done unless everyone else loses their memories of it. This attitude is carried further in "Be Very Afraid", where we see his greatest fear is causing another disaster like what happened to his father before... and feeling like it would be a well-deserved punishment for the bad things he has done. And then we have his duet with Cassandra, "Nothing Left to Lose", where he makes it even more clear that he was never justified in any of the bad things he did and that his attempts to dodge responsibility for them only made everything worse in the long run.

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* ItsAllMyFault: In the Season 3 premiere, it's revealed that he's finally come to this conclusion, and is only still a villain because he believes he can never make up for what he's done unless everyone else loses their memories of it. This attitude is carried further in "Be Very Afraid", where we see his greatest fear is causing another disaster like what happened to his father before... and feeling like it would be a well-deserved punishment for the bad things he has done. And then we have his duet with Cassandra, "Nothing Left to Lose", where he makes it even more clear that he was never justified in any of the bad things he did and that his attempts to dodge responsibility for them only made everything worse in the long run.



* VileVillainSaccharineShow: After his FaceHeelTurn, Varian really stands out as a disturbingly dark villain in this series, which is comparatively more lighthearted than the film. Taking into account his actions (extortion, abduction of a royal consort, attempted cold-blooded murder of a royal consort and Crown Princess), he makes even ''Mother Gothel'' (whose crimes are abduction of baby Rapunzel, DomesticAbuse, and attempted murder of a convicted thief) chump-change.


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* BadassNormal:BadassNormal: In a world where magic is ''highly'' involved, Varian '''stands out''' in terms of skill and effectiveness.


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* NervousWreck: {{Downplayed}}. Varian is sometimes unable to let out full sentences, especially when flustered, and has stuttered on few occasions. It's part of what makes him {{Adorkable}}.

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** His efforts to protect the kingdom from Cassandra fail as she takes over Corona and destroys the city with her black rocks, which also forces Varian (who is nearly impaled) to flee to the village.


* ArcHero: Most of his appearances are relegated to the arc-related episodes, because he's ''essential'' to helping Rapunzel solve the mystery of the indestructible spikes that make up a big part of the season. However, as of the end of "Queen for a Day", he makes his transition into the ArcVillain. He becomes this again in Season 3 after his HeelFaceTurn, as he's ''again'' essential in helping Rapunzel and plays a heroic role in the episodes he's in, and his help will be invaluable now that Cassandra has the Moonstone and is controlling the Black Rocks.

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* ArcHero: Most of his appearances are relegated to the arc-related episodes, because he's ''essential'' to helping Rapunzel solve the mystery of the indestructible spikes that make up a big part of the season. However, as of the end of "Queen for a Day", he makes his transition into the ArcVillain. He becomes this again in Season 3 after his HeelFaceTurn, as he's ''again'' essential in helping Rapunzel and plays a heroic role in the episodes he's in, and his help will be is invaluable now that Cassandra to defeat Cassandra, who has stolen the Moonstone and is controlling the Black Rocks.Moonstone.



* ReedRichardsIsUseless: {{Justified|Trope}}. Varian has a good number of inventions that are very effective, and he tries to avert this trope. The problem is, some of his inventions destroyed his village more than once, and his latest one nearly leveled the castle, so it's no wonder no one can trust their lives with him or his inventions. This is darkly played with in "Rapunzel's Return", as he wants to create the substance to erase memories, but it just explodes. And that's good enough for Andrew and his cronies: hey, they can level Corona!

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* ReedRichardsIsUseless: {{Justified|Trope}}. Varian has a good number of inventions that are very effective, and he tries to avert this trope. The problem is, some of his inventions destroyed his village more than once, and his latest one another nearly leveled the castle, so it's no wonder no one can trust their lives with him or his inventions. This is darkly played with in "Rapunzel's Return", as he wants to create the substance to erase memories, but it just explodes. And that's good enough for Andrew and his cronies: hey, they can level Corona! Averted later on, where once the threat of Cassandra becomes too great, he has spearheaded several projects to help and defend the kingdom from such threats.

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** Even while manipulating Rapunzel, he still has time to be fascinated over the automaton and marvel over it.


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** In "Cassandra's Revenge", while alone with Ruddiger in the Demanitus Chamber, he hosts a "metal contest" and becomes stuck over steel and iron, all while doing an over-the-top performance and a drumroll.


* TookALevelInBadass: In "Flynnpostor", he is shown to be quite responsible and cautious with his inventions; the only reason his machine blew up was because Lance tampered with it. In "Once a Handmaiden...", his self-constructed firearm manages to ''destroy the black rocks'' and he puts it to good use, nearly managing to defeat Cassandra. Contrast both of these cases with his portrayal in Season 1, in which he was considerably younger and more ineffective.

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* TookALevelInBadass: In "Flynnpostor", he is shown to be quite responsible He starts off as a somewhat irresponsible TeenGenius whose substances and inventions backfire more often than not. In season 3, he [[CharacterDevelopment grows more cautious with and responsible]]. As a result, his inventions; the only reason his machine blew up was because Lance tampered with it.inventions become much more stable and useful and make him a formidable BadassNormal. In "Once a Handmaiden...", his self-constructed firearm manages to ''destroy he constructs a [[{{BFG}} huge firearm]] that ''destroys the black rocks'' and he puts it comes very close to good use, nearly managing to defeat Cassandra. Contrast both of these cases with defeating [[PersonOfMassDestruction Cassandra]] on his portrayal in Season 1, in which he was considerably younger and more ineffective.own.


* BadassNormal: In "Queen for a Day", he manages to travel a long distance from Old Corona to the castle in the middle of an extremely dangerous life-threatening blizzard, in spite of just being a 14-year-old and having no-one accompanying him, with noting but his courage and inventions. In "Be Very Afraid", he is the one who personally saves Corona from Cassandra's red rocks, which includes climbing a ''very'' long height, facing his worst fear, and tossing the substance needed to encase the red rocks back into his hand when it falls on his ''foot''.

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In "Be Very Afraid", he is the one who personally saves Corona from Cassandra's red rocks, which includes climbing a ''very'' long height, facing his worst fear, and tossing the substance needed to encase the red rocks back into his hand when it falls on his ''foot''.''foot''.
** In "Once a Handmaiden...", he constructs a [[{{BFG}} huge firearm]] that ''destroys the black rocks'' and comes very close to defeating [[PersonOfMassDestruction Cassandra]] on his own.


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* {{BFG}}: In "Once a Handmaiden...", he constructs a huge firearm that ''destroys the black rocks'' and comes very close to defeating [[PersonOfMassDestruction Cassandra]] on his own.

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* ComplexityAddiction: In "Day of the Animals", he mistakens upside-down English language for more complicated ones, before being corrected by Rapunzel.


* {{Blackmail}}: In "Secret of the Sundrop", he threatens to encase Queen Arianna in the same amber his father is imprisoned in if Rapunzel doesn't let him use her hair as a drill to free him.


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* IHaveYourWife: In "Secret of the Sundrop", he threatens to encase Queen Arianna in the same amber his father is imprisoned in if Rapunzel doesn't let him use her hair as a drill to free him.


* TookALevelInBadass: In "Flynnpostor", he is shown to be quite responsible and cautious with his inventions; the only reason his machine blew up was because Lance tampered with it. In "Once a Handmaiden...", his self-constructed firearm manages to ''destroy the black rocks'' and he puts it to good use, nearly managing to defeat Cassandra. Contrast both of these cases with how much he tended to screw up in Season 1.

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* TookALevelInBadass: In "Flynnpostor", he is shown to be quite responsible and cautious with his inventions; the only reason his machine blew up was because Lance tampered with it. In "Once a Handmaiden...", his self-constructed firearm manages to ''destroy the black rocks'' and he puts it to good use, nearly managing to defeat Cassandra. Contrast both of these cases with how much he tended to screw up his portrayal in Season 1.1, in which he was considerably younger and more ineffective.


* TheSmartGuy: Is the most intellectual one out of Rapunzel's group of friends, especially with him being science-oriented and all.

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* TheSmartGuy: Is the most intellectual one out of Rapunzel's group of friends, especially with him being science-oriented and all.

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* TheSmartGuy: Is the most intellectual one out of Rapunzel's group of friends, especially with him being science-oriented and all.


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* TookALevelInBadass: In "Flynnpostor", he is shown to be quite responsible and cautious with his inventions; the only reason his machine blew up was because Lance tampered with it. In "Once a Handmaiden...", his self-constructed firearm manages to ''destroy the black rocks'' and he puts it to good use, nearly managing to defeat Cassandra. Contrast both of these cases with how much he tended to screw up in Season 1.


* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: By the end of Season 1, Varian has become ruthless and violent in his demeanor. As he later points out in his post HeelFaceTurn song, "Nothing Left to Lose", he dug himself deeper and deeper into villainy because it felt good to him, but that once this feeling wore off he became fully aware that it had left him empty and alone.

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* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: By the end of Season 1, Varian has become ruthless and violent vengeful in his demeanor. As he later points out in his post HeelFaceTurn song, "Nothing Left to Lose", he dug himself deeper and deeper into villainy because it felt good to him, but that once this feeling wore off he became fully aware that it had left him empty and alone.


** When Cassandra is attacking Corona with the black rocks, he shows quite a bit of competence in shooting and horseback riding.

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** When Cassandra is attacking Corona with the black rocks, rocks in "Once a Handmaiden...", he shows quite a bit of competence in shooting and horseback riding.


* HiddenDepths: A deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" reveals that Varian owns a guitar and a skateboard in his bedroom.

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A deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" reveals that Varian owns a guitar and a skateboard in his bedroom.bedroom.
** When Cassandra is attacking Corona with the black rocks, he shows quite a bit of competence in shooting and horseback riding.


* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: By the end of Season 1, Varian has become flat-out ''maniacal'' in his demeanor. As he later points out in his post HeelFaceTurn song, "Nothing Left to Lose", he dug himself deeper and deeper into villainy because it felt good to him, but that once this feeling wore off he became fully aware that it had left him empty and alone.

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* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: By the end of Season 1, Varian has become flat-out ''maniacal'' ruthless and violent in his demeanor. As he later points out in his post HeelFaceTurn song, "Nothing Left to Lose", he dug himself deeper and deeper into villainy because it felt good to him, but that once this feeling wore off he became fully aware that it had left him empty and alone.


* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: As he points out in his post HeelFaceTurn song, "Nothing Left to Lose", he dug himself deeper and deeper into villainy because it felt right to him, but that once this feeling wore off he became fully aware that it had left him empty and alone.

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* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: By the end of Season 1, Varian has become flat-out ''maniacal'' in his demeanor. As he later points out in his post HeelFaceTurn song, "Nothing Left to Lose", he dug himself deeper and deeper into villainy because it felt right good to him, but that once this feeling wore off he became fully aware that it had left him empty and alone.


* TheConscience: Varian tries and fails to act as Cassandra's external conscience during their duet in "Nothing Left To Lose", drawing on his own past experiences with losing his mind and telling her everything she does not want to hear about her current life choices.

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* TheConscience: Varian tries and fails to act as Cassandra's external conscience during their duet in "Nothing Left To to Lose", drawing on his own past experiences with losing his mind and telling her everything she does not want to hear about her current life choices.


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* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: As he points out in his post HeelFaceTurn song, "Nothing Left to Lose", he dug himself deeper and deeper into villainy because it felt right to him, but that once this feeling wore off he became fully aware that it had left him empty and alone.


* ItsAllMyFault: In the Season 3 premiere, it's revealed that he's finally come to this conclusion, and is only still a villain because he believes he can never make up for what he's done unless everyone else loses their memories of it. This attitude is carried further in "Be Very Afraid", where we see his greatest fear is causing another disaster like what happened to his father before... and feeling like it would be a well-deserved punishment for the bad things he has done.

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* ItsAllMyFault: In the Season 3 premiere, it's revealed that he's finally come to this conclusion, and is only still a villain because he believes he can never make up for what he's done unless everyone else loses their memories of it. This attitude is carried further in "Be Very Afraid", where we see his greatest fear is causing another disaster like what happened to his father before... and feeling like it would be a well-deserved punishment for the bad things he has done. And then we have his duet with Cassandra, "Nothing Left to Lose", where he makes it even more clear that he was never justified in any of the bad things he did and that his attempts to dodge responsibility for them only made everything worse in the long run.


** In Season 3, the goatee Varian supposedly grew out when he was in prison is actually drawn on, [[IJustWantToBeARealMan likely since he thought he would look cooler]]. Lance easily rubs it off when he and Rapunzel are rescued.

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** In Season 3, the goatee Varian supposedly grew out when he was in prison is actually drawn on, [[IJustWantToBeARealMan [[IWantToBeARealMan likely since he thought he would look cooler]]. Lance easily rubs it off when he and Rapunzel are rescued.


** In Season 3, the goatee Varian supposedly grew out when he was in prison is actually drawn on, likely since he thought he would look cooler. Lance easily rubs it off when he and Rapunzel are rescued.

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** In Season 3, the goatee Varian supposedly grew out when he was in prison is actually drawn on, [[IJustWantToBeARealMan likely since he thought he would look cooler.cooler]]. Lance easily rubs it off when he and Rapunzel are rescued.


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* CoolLoser: Despite being an intelligent, kind, and brilliant mind who builds technologically advanced inventions on a regular basis, Varian is regarded with fear by the people of Corona, who regard him as an ill-intentioned and dangerous wizard, to the point where he's an outcast. Justified (somewhat), as his inventions tend to backfire and cause destruction or harm, plus he later undergoes a FaceHeelTurn and conspires against the kingdom of Corona, along with its royal family and citizens.

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* FreeRangeChildren: Implied. "No Time Like the Past" has a much younger version of him walking throughout Corona (and licking a lollipop while being a SilentSnarker) without supervision.


** As of "Flynnpostor", he finally understands why limits need to be placed and why one needs to listen and not ask questions when dealing with something potentially dangerous, and Lance is the one who disobeys him.

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** In Season 3, Varian understands that just because you ''can'' do something doesn't mean you ''should''. As of "Flynnpostor", he finally understands why limits need to be placed and why one needs to listen and not ask questions when dealing with something potentially dangerous, and Lance is the one who disobeys him.



* FatalFlaw: Varian has been so obsessed with proving himself, but it's caused him to be very stubborn and he ends up disregarding others' advice, not even [[KnowWhenToFoldEm knowing when to fold 'em]]. Even worse, when the inevitable backlash happens, he [[NeverMyFault refuses to accept responsibility for what went wrong]], and even shifting blame onto others whom he takes his anguish out on. He appears to be improving on this by the time of Season 3.

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* FatalFlaw: Essentially the same flaw as Icarus--Overambition; Varian has been so obsessed with proving himself, but it's caused him to be very stubborn and he ends up disregarding others' advice, not even [[KnowWhenToFoldEm knowing when to fold 'em]].'em]], and like Icarus, he metaphorically flew too close to the sun by touching the black rocks. Even worse, when the inevitable backlash happens, he [[NeverMyFault refuses to accept responsibility for what went wrong]], and even shifting blame onto others whom he takes his anguish out on. He appears to be improving on this by the time of Season 3.

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* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: He gets this reaction twice in "Flynnpostor". First, he does a FacePalm when Lance makes his invention look like an ''actual'' rooster. Later, Lance adding too much Flynnoleum to the same invention and causing it to explode results in Varian angrily yelling at him.


* MadeOfIron: On more than one occasion, Varian has brushed off disasters or attacks that should have ''seriously'' injured him, such as standing right to an explosion felt throughout Corona in "Flynnpostor".

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* ShorterMeansSmarter: Is younger and shorter than his group of friends, yet is also the most intellectual and (as of Season 3) one of the most mature.


* NeverBareheaded: Prior to "Cassandra's Revenge", not once do we see him without the antique goggles he wears, not even when we see him as a little kid in "No Time Like the Past".

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* NeverBareheaded: Prior to "Cassandra's Revenge", not once do we see him without the antique goggles he wears, not wears (not even when we see him as a little kid in "No Time Like the Past".Past").


* MadeOfIron: On more than one occasion, Varian has brushed off disasters or attacks that should have ''seriously'' injured him, such as in "Flynnpostor".

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* MadeOfIron: On more than one occasion, Varian has brushed off disasters or attacks that should have ''seriously'' injured him, such as standing right to an explosion felt throughout Corona in "Flynnpostor".


* MadeOfIron: On more than one occasion, Varian has brushed off disasters or attacks that should have ''seriously'' injured him, such as in "Flynnpostor".



* WiseBeyondHisYears: Downplayed. While Varian ''isn't'' emotionally mature, he's extremely creative, not to mention his numerous experiences have rendered him wise enough to almost get through to Cassandra.

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* WiseBeyondHisYears: Downplayed. While Varian ''isn't'' emotionally mature, he's extremely creative, not to mention his numerous experiences have rendered him wise enough to almost get through to Cassandra. "Flynnpostor" shows that he's far more mature than Lance, an adult.


** As of "Flynnposter", he finally understands why limits need to be placed and why one needs to listen and not ask questions when dealing with something potentially dangerous, and Lance is the one who disobeys him.

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** As of "Flynnposter", "Flynnpostor", he finally understands why limits need to be placed and why one needs to listen and not ask questions when dealing with something potentially dangerous, and Lance is the one who disobeys him.



* ControlFreak: As of Season 3, Varian seems to have developed this attitude in regards to their inventions due to their tendency to backfire/explode, often having to tell others not to touch them, and becoming ''enraged'' when they are tampered with.

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* ControlFreak: As of Season 3, Varian seems to have developed this attitude in regards to their his inventions due to their tendency to backfire/explode, often having to tell others not to touch them, and becoming ''enraged'' when they are tampered with.


* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' mess with Varian's inventions, or even ''touch'' them without his permission. Lance ignoring Varian's warnings, which results in Varian's machine exploding, prompts Varian to yell at him.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Varian actually ''blows up'' (not literally) whenever his warnings are ignored, or when his inventions and alchemy are tampered with.



* CharacterDevelopment: He undergoes this by the time of Season 3. He [[HeelRealization realizes the error of his ways]], [[ItsAllMyFault takes responsibility for his actions and downfall]] (perhaps a bit ''too'' much this time around), becomes more emotionally mature and stable, and [[TheAtoner tries to fix his mistakes]]. He even dons a new outfit and becomes noticably taller, as a way to reflect this.

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** As of "Flynnposter", he finally understands why limits need to be placed and why one needs to listen and not ask questions when dealing with something potentially dangerous, and Lance is the one who disobeys him.


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* OnlySaneMan: In Season 3, he and Rapunzel are the most mature and sensible out of their group of friends. They strive to keep the others in check and have a tendency to tell them what to do.


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* SurroundedByIdiots: In "Flynnpostor", he should not have trusted his invention near Lance, Kiera, and Catalina. When Lance disobeys him and adds more flynnoleum, he's had it. Anyone with acute hearing or is skilled at lip-reading would've picked up him saying: "I said one lousy drop! ONE DROP! ALCHEMY IS VERY DELICATE, LANCE!!!"


** Though he already had a bad reputation due to his inventions that often backfire, towards the end of Season 1, he is forced to lie low due to everyone thinking he attacked Rapunzel.

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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: When he comes to Rapunzel seeking help for his father, Quirian, only to be turned away during the blizzard in "Queen For a Day", the bitterness at being snubbed motivates his FaceHeelTurn.

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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: When After being denied assistance by everyone in Corona (including Rapunzel) when he comes to Rapunzel seeking seeks their help for in freeing his father, Quirian, only to be turned away during the blizzard in "Queen For a Day", Quirin, the bitterness at being snubbed motivates his FaceHeelTurn.


A young alchemist and inventor who tries to study Rapunzel's hair in the Season 1 premiere. Though initially a recurring ally, he becomes the ArcVillain of Season 1 after his father is frozen in crystal. In Season 3, he reforms and becomes Rapunzel's
closest companion besides Pascal and
Eugene.

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A young alchemist and inventor who tries to study Rapunzel's hair in the Season 1 premiere. Though initially a recurring ally, he becomes the ArcVillain of Season 1 after his father is frozen in crystal. In Season 3, he reforms and becomes Rapunzel's
Rapunzel's closest companion besides Pascal and
and Eugene.


A young alchemist and inventor who tries to study Rapunzel's hair in the Season 1 premiere. Though initially a recurring ally, he becomes the ArcVillain of Season 1 after his father is frozen in crystal. In Season 3, he reforms and becomes one of Rapunzel's sidekicks.

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A young alchemist and inventor who tries to study Rapunzel's hair in the Season 1 premiere. Though initially a recurring ally, he becomes the ArcVillain of Season 1 after his father is frozen in crystal. In Season 3, he reforms and becomes one of Rapunzel's sidekicks.Rapunzel's
closest companion besides Pascal and
Eugene.


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!Varian
!!This character is a WalkingSpoiler, and all spoilers are unmarked. Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned!
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Don't you see this path you're on leaves a permanent mark,\\
It feels good at first, then it slowly turns dark,\\
With each passing day, you're further astray from the light."]]

->'''Voiced by''': Jeremy Jordan, Yasuaki Takumi (Japanese), Jeong Jae-heon (Korean)\\
'''Appearances''': ''[[WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries The Series]]''

A young alchemist and inventor who tries to study Rapunzel's hair in the Season 1 premiere. Though initially a recurring ally, he becomes the ArcVillain of Season 1 after his father is frozen in crystal. In Season 3, he reforms and becomes one of Rapunzel's sidekicks.
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating:
** Though he already had a bad reputation due to his inventions that often backfire, towards the end of Season 1, he is forced to lie low due to everyone thinking he attacked Rapunzel.
** "Be Very Afraid" reveals Varian believes everyone in Corona except Rapunzel and his father hate him for the terrible things he's done. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], however, as the citizens actually ''admire'' him for his heroic accomplishments, including saving Corona from the red rocks.
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Attempts a dramatic entrance when Rapunzel and Cassandra come to see him, and he's also a fan of the books that inspired Flynn's name.
** In Season 3, the goatee Varian supposedly grew out when he was in prison is actually drawn on, likely since he thought he would look cooler. Lance easily rubs it off when he and Rapunzel are rescued.
* AlchemyIsMagic: He insists it's not, but people assume he's a wizard anyways.
* AllLovingHero: Even after being captured by Cassandra, he tries to get through to her anyways and prevent her from falling down the same dark path he did.
* AntiVillain: He's a {{Woobie|DestroyerOfWorlds}} and WellIntentionedExtremist Type by the end of season 1. As of the ending of "Queen for a Day", his goal is now to find the secret behind the mysterious rocks and reverse the condition inflicted upon his father... as well as take {{Revenge}} upon Rapunzel, since he blames her, and by extension the Kingdom of Corona, for turning their backs on him when he needed help freeing his father, Quirin. After the events of "Rapunzel's Return", he gets better.
* ArcHero: Most of his appearances are relegated to the arc-related episodes, because he's ''essential'' to helping Rapunzel solve the mystery of the indestructible spikes that make up a big part of the season. However, as of the end of "Queen for a Day", he makes his transition into the ArcVillain. He becomes this again in Season 3 after his HeelFaceTurn, as he's ''again'' essential in helping Rapunzel and plays a heroic role in the episodes he's in, and his help will be invaluable now that Cassandra has the Moonstone and is controlling the Black Rocks.
* ArcVillain: The magical rocks turn out to not be evil after all, leaving Varian himself as the big threat to be dealt with in the first season finale.
* AscendedExtra: After showing up in several episodes in Season 1 and being almost entirely absent from Season 2, Varian becomes one of the characters with the largest amount of focus in Season 3.
* TheAtoner: In "Rapunzel's Return", his scheme is revealed to have traces of this - he hates himself for everything he's done and wants everything back to the way they were, but feels he's done too much to make amends and tries to get everyone to forget instead. Near the end of the episode, he even [[RedemptionEqualsDeath intends to sacrifice his life to "clean up [his] own mess"]]; thankfully, Rapunzel doesn't let him. In "The King and Queen of Hearts", he attempts to help Rapunzel bring back King Frederic and Queen Arianna's memories, but he hasn't been successful.
* BadassAdorable: Varian's exterior appearance is certainly cute and he frequently has moments of being {{Adorkable}}, though he has displayed his ''vast'' potential numerous times.
* BadassNormal: In "Queen for a Day", he manages to travel a long distance from Old Corona to the castle in the middle of an extremely dangerous life-threatening blizzard, in spite of just being a 14-year-old and having no-one accompanying him, with noting but his courage and inventions. In "Be Very Afraid", he is the one who personally saves Corona from Cassandra's red rocks, which includes climbing a ''very'' long height, facing his worst fear, and tossing the substance needed to encase the red rocks back into his hand when it falls on his ''foot''.
* BaitTheDog: Inverted; he's introduced wearing a bulky welding suit with his voice deepened by the metal helmet in a dark room, making him seem like a very intimidating presence. Then he lifts up his helmet and reveals he's very boyish and has a gentle voice.
* BeardOfEvil: Parodied; He ''draws'' a goatee on his chin in the Season 3 premiere. Lance wipes it off once Varian cements his HeelFaceTurn.
* BigBadWannabe: At the end of the day, Varian doesn't have what it takes to be at the top of the baddie chain; at his core, Varian is an emotionally unstable, clumsy nerd. A dead-on indication that he's a wannabe is that he overdid his new look by wearing a black longcoat, wearing his cheap goggles, and a bandana with teeth bigger than his face, and then he ''draws'' a goatee on his chin. Plus, his whole plan was to take over the kingdom by wiping everyone's memories so that no one will remember the bad things he did. On the other hand, Andrew had ''bigger'' ambitions and thought Varian's goals were too weak and small-minded.
* {{Blackmail}}: In "Secret of the Sundrop", he threatens to encase Queen Arianna in the same amber his father is imprisoned in if Rapunzel doesn't let him use her hair as a drill to free him.
* BrainyBrunette: Has brown hair and is a budding inventor.
* BreakoutCharacter: Being one of the most popular and frequently discussed characters of the series, Varian being almost entirely absent from the second season raised a fair amount of complaints, with the majority of the audience desiring for his story to continue on. As a result, the third season upgraded him to one of the most prominently featured characters, returns him to his ArcHero role, and gives him his own plot regarding his CharacterDevelopment, [[{{Adorkable}} adorableness]], and desire to [[TheAtoner make up for his past mistakes]].
* BreakTheCutie:
** Pretty much his ''entire subplot'' in "Queen for a Day". He loses his father to the mysterious rocks plaguing the kingdom, and Rapunzel ends up breaking her promise to help him while she's busy with her own problems.
** In "Be Very Afraid", he becomes traumatized over the red rocks making him see his worst fears: his father being encased in amber again and and the citizens of Corona hatefully proclaiming that it's what he deserves for his past treachery. However, he manages to tackle his fear and ''save Corona'' from those red rocks.
* CharacterDevelopment: He undergoes this by the time of Season 3. He [[HeelRealization realizes the error of his ways]], [[ItsAllMyFault takes responsibility for his actions and downfall]] (perhaps a bit ''too'' much this time around), becomes more emotionally mature and stable, and [[TheAtoner tries to fix his mistakes]]. He even dons a new outfit and becomes noticably taller, as a way to reflect this.
* CheatedAngle: Whenever Varian turns his head, his side-swept bangs never turn with his head, instead they flip to the other side.
* ChildishToothGap: Varian has buck teeth and while not childish, he is quite nerdy.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: No matter what, Varian will stop to help someone in need. Unfortunately, Angry uses this against Varian in "The Lost Treasure of Herz Der Sonne" by setting up a dummy of a Royal Guard in distress to hijack his balloon.
* ClarkesThirdLaw: Varian believes that magic is just a science he doesn't understand yet. In fact, he believes the Black Rocks have behaviors and properties that are observable, and he thinks he can replicate the effects of the Saporian Wand of Oblivium.
* ClothingReflectsPersonality: Varianís choice of wardrobe is noticeably darker and duller than the rest of the cast, considering heís always messing things up and wants to impress his father, but also reflects his eventual FaceHeelTurn when he vows revenge on Corona after being turned away during the blizzard. The new outfit he dons in Season 3 has several shades of brown and red, and his new apron is khaki instead of black, to reflect his change of heart.
* TheConscience: Varian tries and fails to act as Cassandra's external conscience during their duet in "Nothing Left To Lose", drawing on his own past experiences with losing his mind and telling her everything she does not want to hear about her current life choices.
* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: To Mother Gothel after his FaceHeelTurn. Both are willing to go to extreme lengths to use Rapunzel and her magic hair to achieve their goals. But Gothel was a VainSorceress who was willing to ally herself with the Stabbington Brothers to recapture Rapunzel, whereas Varian [[IWorkAlone relies on no one but himself and his raccoon]]. Additionally, their goals differ: Whereas Gothel was selfish and wanted Rapunzel to keep herself looking and feeling young forever, Varian has the much more nobler aspirations of trying to free his father from his crystal prison; [[WellIntentionedExtremist he just went too far trying to achieve them]]. Additionally, Gothel was a BitchInSheepsClothing to Rapunzel, while Varian legitimately ''[[WeUsedToBeFriends was]]'' [[WeUsedToBeFriends Rapunzel's friend]] [[EtTuBrute until she refused to help him free his father]]. Finally, Varian performed a HeelFaceTurn, whereas Gothel died as a villain and an enemy of Rapunzel's.
* CostumeEvolution: He ditches his ragged alchemy getup after his HeelFaceTurn, instead going for more adventurous steampunk appearance. Also, his apron ties at the waist instead of covering his entire torso, and his gloves feature wristbands with little pressure gauges mounted to them. The only thing he retains is his signature goggles.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: On the surface, Varian may seem like just a clumsy and dorky child who makes a lot of mistakes, but he is ''extremely'' capable.
** As a hero, he proves to be competent enough to get rid of Cassandra's red rocks, to the point of overcoming his own worst fears that ''already'' happened. If it wasn't for him tossing the substance needed to encase the red rocks back into his hand when it falls on his ''foot'', ''all of Corona'' would've been TakenForGranite. There's also him [[RedemptionEqualsDeath volunteering to stay on the ship and sacrifice his life to make up for his mistakes]] in order to stop the Separatists of Saporia (Rapunzel didn't let him, though), and being the one to give Rapunzel the 4th incantation needed to defeat Cassandra.
** As Season 1's ''ArcVillain'', by contrast, he manages to put up a strategic plan to abduct Queen Arianna, as well as outsmart and overpower ''Corona's forces and royal family'' with his inventions and substances; the ''only reason'' he was defeated was because Rapunzel's hair reacted when it did.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: He could've made a lot of money with all his inventions and chemicals, but gold means nothing to him when he wants justice.
* DarthVaderClone: For starters, he tends to wear a mask that makes him look and sound intimidating. In terms of his character, he is a gifted, aspiring individual, but not without faults, some of which causes others to lack faith in him. Said lack of faith causes him to take determined, yet questionable acts that only build up to his fall. His fall is sealed when he loses a loved one, with said loss contributed to by his own actions. And for added flavor, the weapon he fights with is red. In the Season 3 premiere, Varian attempts to take this further by adopting a black longcoat and wearing his goggles and a scary teeth mask to look threatening. But, Varian being an emotionally unstable NerdInEvilsHelmet who tried ''too'' hard to look intimidating brings to mind Kylo Ren.
* DaydreamBeliever: Thanks to Eugene using "Flynn Rider" as an alias for years, Varian seems to believe Eugene is the real-life version of the character from the Flynn Rider books.
* DeadpanSnarker: Following his FaceHeelTurn, he can occasionally be a lot more sardonic than before. He seems to retain this trait even after his HeelFaceTurn.
* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: Of the TeenGenius. Varian is very, very intelligent and knows how to make inventions that would be huge technological advances for Corona... but he's also [[ATragedyOfImpulsiveness an impulsive]] [[HotBlooded 14-year-old kid who]] [[DidntThinkThisThrough doesn't always plan things out,]] [[FailedASpotCheck and often overlooks any dangerous flaws in his agenda and inventions,]] often ruining his reputation because of it. His young age also gives him a pretty serious case of MoralMyopia, making him think he's just paying unto evil when really it's RevengeBeforeReason and his own inability to admit his fault in the tragedy of his father's encasement. It also means his ultimate goal, to use Rapunzel's unbreakable hair to free his father, doesn't work and he suffers a full on breakdown because he doesn't understand how his plan could have been based on an incorrect assumption (that Rapunzel's hair, being unbreakable, should be able to break the equally unbreakable amber). In the end, Varian's brains don't override the fact that he's a very young, emotional teenager who's not as logical as he thinks he is.
** Becomes a [[ReconstructedTrope Reconstructed]] Character Archetype as of Season 3, in which his intelligence and inventions prove essential in helping Rapunzel and he undergoes CharacterDevelopment, becoming less emotionally unstable and no longer seeming to cause trouble with his inventions. He is also shown to have become genuinely helpful towards Corona, such as saving the kingdom from the red rocks in "Be Very Afraid".
* DefiantToTheEnd: In "Cassandra's Revenge", after being drugged and abducted by her, he [[DefiantCaptive refuses to tell Cassandra what she needs to know due to knowing the danger telling her would pose]], despite having absolutely no reason to believe she won't torture or murder him otherwise.
* DissonantSerenity: In "The Alchemist Returns", he casually tells Rapunzel about how he had to be on the run due to the people of Corona believing he attacked her.
* DitzyGenius: Many of his inventions and plans have been known to be questionable, and have a chance of causing trouble.
* DoingInTheWizard: Played with. For all his strange reputation, Varian's "alchemy" is clearly regular chemistry and engineering, albeit with some [[MadScientist mad science]] thrown in, and he doesn't believe in magic (at first) [[FlatEarthAtheist despite being friends with a princess with magic hair.]] However, when he attempts to apply it to something that is explicitly magical in origin, he fails miserably at every turn: when he doesn't get no reaction at all, he at best gets undesired reactions for reasons repeatedly fails to understand.
* TheDreaded: In "Happiness Is...", Rapunzel hallucinates him [[FauxAffablyEvil greeting her evilly]] and [[RevengeByProxy trying to harm her father]].
* EasilyForgiven: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Varian's motivation for wanting to erase the kingdom's memories is because he believes the people of Corona can never forgive him for the things he's done, with even Rapunzel and Eugene being initially hesitant to trust him. He's done quite a bit of things to make up for his past misdeeds, such as helping Rapunzel save Corona or attempting to restore King Frederic and Queen Arianna's memories. Even following his HeelFaceTurn, the citizens of Corona seemed to still have lingering distrust for Varian, that is until he saves all of them from the red rocks.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Well, his reason for becoming evil is driven by a desire to free his father from the amber, after all.
* EvilChancellor: Gets to briefly be one - though mostly offscreen - when he and the Saporians take over Corona in Rapunzel's absence, addling Frederic and Adrianna's minds until they believe him to be their "most trusted advisor." He uses this to make them order the kingdom to mine materials for his experiments... which he will use to wipe everyone's memory of his atrocities.
* EvilFeelsGood: In "Nothing Left to Lose", Varian outright admits that while the path of hatred and darkness may seem wrong, it ''feels'' right.
* EvilFormerFriend: He legitimately was Rapunzel's friend until she refuses to help him free his father and he vows revenge against Rapunzel and Queen Arianna. Subverted after his HeelFaceTurn.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: He used to have a crush on Cassandra. So in the season 1 finale, he, in a giant mech suit, grabs her and says, "I always knew I could sweep you off your feet!"
* EvilLaugh:
** He lets out a few of these in "Secret of the Sundrop", though he doesn't go overboard with it.
** Subverted with him trying to restore the king and queen's memories at the beginning of "The King and Queen of Hearts". The rather devious cackle he emits was really from Ruddiger tickling him.
* ExtremelyProtectiveChild: After his father becomes trapped in the amber, Varian does whatever it takes to free him and [[TheDeterminator clearly won't rest until he's free]]. He also swears {{Revenge}} on Rapunzel and the kingdom of Corona because he blames them for his father's imprisonment.
* FaceHeelTurn: Pulls one at the end of "Queen for a Day" by swearing revenge on the kingdom and more specifically the royal family for not helping him after his father Quirin is encased in crystal. Later becomes fully realized by the climax of "The Alchemist Returns" as he betrays Rapunzel, and pushed to a new extreme in the season finale.
* FatalFlaw: Varian has been so obsessed with proving himself, but it's caused him to be very stubborn and he ends up disregarding others' advice, not even [[KnowWhenToFoldEm knowing when to fold 'em]]. Even worse, when the inevitable backlash happens, he [[NeverMyFault refuses to accept responsibility for what went wrong]], and even shifting blame onto others whom he takes his anguish out on. He appears to be improving on this by the time of Season 3.
* FiveStagesOfGrief: The pattern can be seen throughout his character arc after he loses his father.
** Denial. His father gets stuck in a crystal after one of Varian's experiments with the rocks goes awry so he goes to Corona for help and gets nothing as Rapunzel is busy trying to sort out a county-wide crisis. As he trudges home though the snow, he sings a reprise of "Let me make you proud," though he has no idea about how to save his father and there is no guarantee that he is still alive. After finding his father [[TakenForGranite fully encased in the ember]], Varian denies his hand in that, [[NeverMyFault shifting the blame to Rapunzel, her friends, family, and kingdom]].
** Bargaining. He becomes hell-bent on getting his father out of the ember, [[TheUnfettered at any cost]]. If he does, everything will go back to normal, right? Right?
** Anger. He vows revenge on everyone who turned their back on him. Later, as he fails to save Qurin in "Secret of the Sundrop", he declares, "If I can't have a happy ending, then neither can you!", and attempts to murder Ariana, Cassandra, and Rapunzel.
** Depression. In "Rapunzel's Return," he seems to have given up trying to save his father, partly because nothing he came up with worked and partly because he has realised that while he only ever wanted to make his father proud, if Quirin had witnessed what his son has done these past months, he'd be ashamed. He also believes that people of Corona will never forgive him.
** Acceptance. He finally gives in and rejoins Rapunzel's side, and helps her save the kingdom and is eventually reunited with his father at long last.
* {{Foil}}:
** Becomes one for Cassandra as of "Rapunzel's Return" - they're both friends of Rapunzel that ended up losing faith in and betraying her for reasons beyond her control, and she feels like she failed them. But unlike Cassandra earlier in the episode, Rapunzel is able to talk Varian down this time and convince him that [[HeelFaceTurn he can redeem himself]]. Their motives also contrast, as Varian became evil [[WellIntentionedExtremist in order to save his father]], while Cassandra [[IJustWantToBeSpecial sought validation and envied Rapunzel]]. They both fall from Cassandra's tower near the end of "Cassandra's Revenge", but while Varian has his friends to save him, Cassandra has no one left and is forced to save herself, [[RuleOfSymbolism reflecting]] what redemption has done for Varian in contrast to what pursuing hatred has done for Cassandra. Additionally, Varian is the son of an important and respected figure in Corona, but Cassandra is the daughter of the witch who kidnapped Princess Rapunzel for 18 years.
** To Rapunzel. Both are [[AllLovingHero kind and compassionate people]] who are somewhat isolated from the outside world, are raised by a single parent, and have a tendency to be naive, but while Rapunzel gains a status as a princess, becomes beloved by her people, and keeps finding new adventures, Varian becomes an outcast among Corona's citizens due to a false rumor, loses his father, and [[FaceHeelTurn suffers a dark descent into villainy]], eventually becoming imprisoned for his crimes.
** To Eugene. Both are former criminals who have betrayed others, discovered things about themselves, and have attempted to pull [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifices]], but while Eugene grew up as a thief, Varian grew up as an inventor seeking to help his kingdom. Also, unlike Eugene, Varian had a father to raise him.
** To King Frederic. Like him, he has undergone the loss of a loved one, which ended up impacted him mentally and emotionally. Said loss caused him to make desperate, yet questionable decisions along the way, and hoped against all odds that the things he would do would bring his family member back. It's no wonder Queen Arianna felt sorry for Varian, knowing well the pain he is going through.
** To Queen Arianna. Both of them have a knack for creativity and wisdom, not to mention their daringness has led to them getting in trouble. They've also both been captured by a villain (ironically, Varian himself in Arianna's case), and have attempted to appeal to their captors and sway them back on the right path.
* ForScience: He tends to make inventions and do experiments that have a chance of putting everyone in danger out of scientific curiosity. Case in point, one invention destroyed his village, and another almost leveled the entire kingdom.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Might count as this, as he's invented a chemical compound to keep out vermin humanely. It says something about Varian's kindness when his pet raccoon is [[UndyingLoyalty undyingly loyal]] to him.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: After his father is encased in crystal, he completely snaps, going from a geeky stranger to completely furious and hard-hearted, setting him as the ArcVillain for the remainder of the season. When Cassandra gave Rapunzel warnings that he's "dangerous" and "not good", she wasnít completely off the mark.
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* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Spending the next few months ''in complete isolation'' following the events of "Queen for a Day" caused the already vengeful Varian to [[SanitySlippage become even more insane]].
* HeelFaceTurn: Ultimately turns back to the side of good when learning the Saporians reveal they're not using the quirineons to erase the kingdom's memory, but to destroy it. Rapunzel also apologizes for turning her back on him during the blizzard, and promises that he can change and find forgiveness. Since then, he's even been trying to find a cure for the King and Queen's memory loss.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Suffers from this in "Be Very Afraid". It's revealed he considers himself ordinary [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter in comparison to Rapunzel]], in spite of having accomplished ''many'' alchemical and scientific achievements despite just being a young teenager. He also retains a large amount of guilt over his terrible actions, despite having ''already'' done [[TheAtoner everything he can]] to make up for them.
* HiddenDepths: A deleted storyboard scene from "Be Very Afraid" reveals that Varian owns a guitar and a skateboard in his bedroom.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: "Cassandra's Revenge" has Cassandra dosing him with his own Truth Serum that he used in "The Alchemist Returns", forcing him to reveal to her the third incantation that can control the Black Rocks.
* HypercompetentSidekick: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] towards Rapunzel as of Season 3. In both "Be Very Afraid" and "Cassandra's Revenge" (two of the most action-oriented episodes of the season), both Rapunzel and Varian are the heroes of the episode, but while Rapunzel plays a ''huge'' part in saving the day in both episodes, Varian is ultimately the key to the problem being resolved, from pouring the amber solution on the black rocks to giving Rapunzel the fourth incantation.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Varian makes it clear he will do ''anything'' to save his father and seek justice. Apparently, he didn't factor himself in the equation, abducting the queen to lure the princess because the queen is the weak link of the Royal Family who wouldn't be able to fight back. Plus, he wanted to emotionally hurt Rapunzel rather than fight her himself. Clearly, the only cost he is unwilling to pay is his own life. However...
* HypocrisyNod: He shows shades of this when telling Rapunzel why he sided with the Saporians, and then when he learns the Saporians' plan to use the quirineons to destroy Corona, to the point of volunteering a HeroicSacrifice.
* IfICantHaveYou: A twist on the usual trope - when he is unable to free his father, yet Rapunzel is able to free both of her parents, Varian flips his lid and declares that if he can't have a happy ending, neither can anyone else.
* InkSuitActor: He appears to be a caricature of his actor, Jeremy Jordan.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Varian is blue eyed and well meaning ([[IcyBlueEyes save for his time]] as the ArcVillain of the latter half of Season 1).
* InsistentTerminology: He's insists on telling people he's "an alchemist, not a wizard".
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Varian is the smartest guy around, but it's clear he does not have that many friends (human ones at least), and noticeably has trouble relating to others and listening to them. For starters, he spends too much time in his lab. Most of the time though, it's usually that his lack of restraint and common sense make him a danger to others.
* ItsAllMyFault: In the Season 3 premiere, it's revealed that he's finally come to this conclusion, and is only still a villain because he believes he can never make up for what he's done unless everyone else loses their memories of it. This attitude is carried further in "Be Very Afraid", where we see his greatest fear is causing another disaster like what happened to his father before... and feeling like it would be a well-deserved punishment for the bad things he has done.
* IveComeTooFar: At least he feels he has, so much that he wants to erase all of Corona's people's memories so they will forget all the things he has done. This is subverted as he later redeems himself in "Rapunzel's Return."
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: From the moment he decides to make his FaceHeelTurn, his mental state rapidly deteriorates while his villainy rapidly escalates, going from lying and manipulating to outright attempted murder. Even he is aware of this, which he states in "Ready As I'll Ever Be".
* KnightOfCerebus: When he turns to the dark side, the series goes with him for the remainder of Season 1, especially in the finale where he is a legitimately menacing threat.
* LikesOlderWomen: Varian appears to have thing for Cassandra, who is clearly older than he. He even acknowledges this in the season finale - right before attempting to murder her. It ''really'' comes back to bite him when Cassandra comes back and kidnaps him.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: His father being TakenForGranite breaks Varian's already brittle sense of restraint and drives him to plot revenge against Corona's royal family.
* MadScientist: Varian is a brilliant scientist, but he's kind of a whack-job who doesn't always think through the consequences of his inventions. He plays the part well in "The King and Queen of Hearts".
* MagicVersusScience: Out to prove the superiority of alchemy over magic, to he point where he [[ArbitrarySkepticism implies that he doesn't believe magic was involved in the series' events.]]
* ManBehindTheCurtain: Non-villainous example. He's built up and said to be a wizard who is dangerous and intimidating and wore a mask to give him that appearance, but much to Rapunzel's disappointment, he's just a whiz-kid who happens to be an alchemist. However, he turns out to be a nut-job who doesn't seem to know what he's doing, so in a way, he is dangerous and only becomes moreso later on.
* ManipulativeBastard: He personally manipulates Rapunzel in "The Alchemist Returns", and then is able to manipulate her father and his guards from a distance in "Secret of the Sundrop".
* MeaningfulName:
** The name "Varian" is French for "Variable", which means not consistent and having a fixed pattern, and liable to change.
** "Varian" is also Latin for "fiddle", which reflects on his nature of ''fiddling'' with forces beyond his understanding or control.
* MissingMom: Though we are introduced to his father Quirin, his mother hasn't been shown yet, aside from a portrait.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: When he comes to Rapunzel seeking help for his father, Quirian, only to be turned away during the blizzard in "Queen For a Day", the bitterness at being snubbed motivates his FaceHeelTurn.
* MoralityPet: To Moon!Cassandra in Season 3, and a DownplayedTrope. Despite everything she did to him, she didn't actually physically harm Varian, and stated she didn't want to hurt him. Even when she knocked Varian down with the rocks, they were dull edged instead of sharp. It was also clear that even though it failed in the end, Varian was getting through to her about her actions being wrong. Which is more than what any other character in the show can say.
* MulticoloredHair: His hair is mostly brown with a [[SkunkStripe teal-grey streak]] and lighter brown highlights.
* NeverBareheaded: Prior to "Cassandra's Revenge", not once do we see him without the antique goggles he wears, not even when we see him as a little kid in "No Time Like the Past".
* NerdInEvilsHelmet: In the Season 3 premiere, Varian ''tries'' to look more intimidating by adopting a long black coat, and wearing his goggles and a mask with razor-sharp teeth printed on it, and gets a BeardOfEvil to complete the look. Underneath all that, his beard is fake, and is still a clumsy dorky kid who can't tell the difference between bath bombs and chem orbs.
* NeverMyFault: PlayedWith. The reason for his FaceHeelTurn at the end of "Queen for a Day" is because he blames Rapunzel and the entire Kingdom for letting him down. But really, he brought it on himself by tampering with the spikes, especially after being repeatedly warned by his father not to, although this is more his dad's fault than his own for never explaining ''why'', and Rapunzel didn't exactly check on him after the blizzard was over. This flaw of his grows worse in the season finale, where he blames the King for "villifying him" as a result of his own villainous actions (although not without justification, as Frederic scapegoated him for "attacking the princess" in "Queen for a Day" so as to keep him quiet and sent guards after him because he had the scroll), and then blames Rapunzel for his failure to use her hair to free his father, while she herself is able to reunite with both her parents.
-->'''Varian''': It's not my fault! None of this is! It's ''her'' fault!
** When he's imprisoned with Rapunzel for turning against the Saporians, he later [[SubvertedTrope reveals]] this was mainly to cover ItsAllMyFault.
* NiceGuy: Varian is well-meaning, compassionate, helpful, and understanding.
* NotSoDifferent: In a way, he and Cassandra are similar, despite their [[BrainsAndBrawn contrasting methods]] of approach. Both of them are driven to earn the respect of others, especially their fathers. But in being so obsessed with their desire to prove themselves, they end up causing more harm than good. Things take a darker turn when they both end up [[FaceHeelTurn betraying Rapunzel]] in order to pursue their own goals.
* OlderHeroVersusYoungerVillain: Well, everyone's older than him, so this goes without saying.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: This is what Varian ''thinks'' he is doing with Corona, its royal family in particular - he fully acknowledges that he's "sunk pretty low", but believes that the victims of his villainous actions deserve to suffer.
* PhotographicMemory: It's implied Varian has very keen memory. Once he's able to look at and translate the Demanitus scroll, he's able to memorize it all. Once the scroll is memorized, it doesn't matter anymore now that the Scroll has been destroyed.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: It was his refusal to give up on Rapunzel when she was using the Hurt Incantation to free his father that snapped her out of it.
* ThePrankster: Varian is implied to have a light mischevious side, as he playfully tricks Eugene into thinking that him touching a part of the hot air balloon he built will cause it to explode.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: As of the second episode of Season 3, Varian makes an appearance in the theme song along with showing up as a drawing in Rapunzel's journal.
* RageBreakingPoint: Not being able to free his father as predicted but seeing Rapunzel reunited with both her parents is what pushes his anger to its highest point, and emerges in his giant automaton.
* RedIsHeroic: Varian seems to be mainly defined by the color red, and he is often tinted in red.
* RedOniBlueOni:
** The Red to his father Quirin's Blue. Varian is impulsive, emotional, and talkative, whereas Quirin is more stoic and secretive.
** The Blue to Cassandra's Red. Varian is significantly more calm and polite than Cassandra, who is a tomboyish BloodKnight. Even their actions as villains had these tendencies, as Cassandra relied on personally engaging in violence using her powers, while Varian, though he definitely didn't shy away from violence either, relied on strategic moves.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: {{Justified|Trope}}. Varian has a good number of inventions that are very effective, and he tries to avert this trope. The problem is, some of his inventions destroyed his village more than once, and his latest one nearly leveled the castle, so it's no wonder no one can trust their lives with him or his inventions. This is darkly played with in "Rapunzel's Return", as he wants to create the substance to erase memories, but it just explodes. And that's good enough for Andrew and his cronies: hey, they can level Corona!
* RescueRomance: Develops a crush on Cassandra after she rescues him in his first appearance, lasting into ''Great Expotations.'' But ultimately subverted in the end: [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope after his descent into villainy, he tries to kill her the same as everybody else]] (then again, she did charge at him with a sword).
* {{Revenge}}: "And I swear right now, that no matter what comes of me, anybody that stands or has stood in my path, they're going to pay! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis They...will...pay."]]
* SimpleStaff: Varian is usually seen carrying a staff, but all he does is use it as a walking stick and carry a few potions, some of which act as light sources.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: Has a rather raspy teenage voice that becomes deeper and more adultlike without the rasp when singing.
* SlasherSmile: Gives Rapunzel a rather frightening one in "The Alchemist Returns" as he betrays her, fully realizing his FaceHeelTurn. Then again when he confronts Rapunzel and King Frederic in "Secret of the Sundrop."
* SmallNameBigEgo: While he's a brilliant inventor and an exceptionally clever thinker, his impetuousness and emotional instability often gets in the way of his success, driving him to start completely losing his cool when things aren't going the way he wants them to go, contrasting with the overconfidence he'd have displayed beforehand.
* SoProudOfYou: Lampshaded after the Separatists seize his potions to destroy Corona, he thwarts them, and finally frees his father Quirin from the amber with Rapunzel's help:
-->'''Varian''': Dad, the note! (the note dissolves) What did it say? I need to know.\\
'''Quirin''': [[LampshadeHanging All it said was "I'm so proud of you, Varian."]] I always have been.
* StartOfDarkness: "Queen for a Day" details his. When his father is trapped in crystal after Rapunzel refused to help due to trying to stop Zhan Tiriís blizzard, Varian blames Rapunzel and swears vengeance upon her and the Kingdom of Corona. Darkness even literally falls upon him in the moment.
* StarterVillain: He along with Andrew and the Saporians serve as this for Season 3 in "Rapunzel's Return". Although by the end of the episode, he has [[HeelFaceTurn repented of his villainy.]]
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* TeenGenius: At age 14, he easily stands out as being the smartest of the cast.
* TeensAreMonsters: Varian is only ''14'', making him by far the youngest villain in any Disney Princess-based franchise. But, things were messed up for him to begin with. He's feared, castigated, and doubted by society, and they don't appreciate any of his efforts even if he failed. Plus, he cares about a problem that the King refused to acknowledge, and the tragic incident that took his father pretty much did it all. Basically, all the ill that he experiences only fed his ruthlessness, and from that, neither Rapunzel nor the Queen see him as a monster, just a child who's lost.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: He didn't see himself as evil following his vengeful turn, but eventually decides that if what he's doing makes him the bad guy, then he'll accept that label.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Ends up undergoing this in the epilogue of "Queen For A Day". Later becomes fully realized in the climax of "The Alchemist Returns".
* TookALevelInKindness: As shown in "Rapunzel Returns", he's become self-aware enough to realize how he took things too far with trying to save his father. He wanted to erase everyone's minds to rid himself of the guilt, but ends up truly making amends with Rapunzel to stop the Saporians from destroying Corona.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Subverted. His only appearance in merchandise this far is in a figurine set released by Disney Store. Since villains only tend to be released by Disney Store and not Mattel, this foreshadows his StartOfDarkness.
* TragicVillain: His father was encased in amber, and he vows {{Revenge}} on Rapunzel and Corona because he blames them for what happened to him.
* TraitorShot: The very last shot of "Queen For A Day" has him give a glowering KubrickStare [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou to the camera]] while [[DramaticSpotlight lit as a shadow by the ceiling light from behind]].
* TraumaCongaLine:
** He has to deal with unintentionally being responsible for his father's imprisonment in amber, and is rejected by everyone in Corona when he seeks their help, being thrown into Zhan Tiri's blizzard and left all alone.
** He's believed to have attacked Rapunzel and is forced to lie low, in addition to having to deal with King Frederic sending his guards after him because he had the scroll.
** After he organizes a plan to save his father that involves capturing Queen Arianna, the kingdom's forces launch an assault on his home, prompting him to use an army of automatons to ambush them. He is also unsuccessful in saving his father, and is (albeit justifiably) locked up in the castle dungeon for high treason and attempted murder.
** He's forced to live with the guilt, shame, and remorse for the terrible things he's done, and seeks to become Rapunzel's friend again.
** He has to deal with his worst fears (that have already happened) thanks to the red rocks, and needs to face them in order to save everyone in Corona.
** Cassandra drugs him unconscious and abducts him, in addition to imprisoning him inside a cage, with Varian failing to get through to her, and he nearly falls to his death before falling into Lance's arms at the last second.
* UnwantedRescue: Even when Rapunzel and Eugene arrive to free him from the cage made of black rocks Cassandra imprisoned him in, Varian holds them off due to having figured out how to master the fourth incantation.
* UnwittingPawn: In "Cassandra's Revenge", Enchanted Girl/Zhan Tiri manipulates Varian into thinking she wants to be his friend, before getting him to master the fourth incantation, which eventually allows Rapunzel to fight back against Cassandra, in a clash of Sun and Moon that releases her from her prison.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: After his FaceHeelTurn, Varian really stands out as a disturbingly dark villain in this series, which is comparatively more lighthearted than the film. Taking into account his actions (extortion, abduction of a royal consort, attempted cold-blooded murder of a royal consort and Crown Princess), he makes even ''Mother Gothel'' (whose crimes are abduction of baby Rapunzel, DomesticAbuse, and attempted murder of a convicted thief) chump-change.
* VillainHasAPoint:
** When Varian accuses King Frederic of "vilifying him", he means when Frederic scapegoated him for "attacking the princess" in "Queen for a Day" so as to keep him quiet and send guards after him because he had the scroll. It's also hard to argue with Varian when he mentions that King Frederic failed to address the danger that threatens their kingdom and kept it all a secret, while he's the only one who cared. Sure enough, the King does take this to heart, and realizes Varian isn't 100% to blame for what is happening.
** When Rapunzel tries to change his mind about using her hair to break the crystal by saying "I promise it will be all right", he answers with reminding her "what happened the last time [Rapunzel] ''promised'' that?" (referring to when she promised the same in "Queen for a Day" but couldn't come through, resulting in his father being encased in crystal.) It's an ArmorPiercingQuestion for Rapunzel, to which she can't answer; and you can't deny that Rapunzel indeed made a promise to him she couldn't keep and now is about to make the same mistake again.
* VillainSong: He has two: the DarkReprise of "Let Me Make You Proud" and his part of [[CrowdSong "Ready As I'll Ever Be"]].
* VillainousBreakdown: When Rapunzel's hair fails to free his father and Rapunzel promptly frees both of her own parents, Varian snaps and tries to kill everyone in a vindictive rage.
* VillainousUnderdog: Varian is a low-level commoner from a backwater village and has no money or power of sorts, and he knows he's at a disadvantage when he's up against the Royal Family and the Royal Guard. But, his main strengths are his intelligence and patience, allowing him to accomplish so much with so little. To this effect, he came up with an elaborate scheme to separate the King, Rapunzel, and the Royal Guard to take the weak link of the Royal Family--the Queen. In doing so, he does a ''lot'' of emotional damage to the former two.
* WalkingSpoiler: What only two episodes can end up doing for a character.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: With Rapunzel, Cassandra and Eugene. But his friendship with Rapunzel and Eugene is [[SubvertedTrope salvaged]] in the Season 3 premiere.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Really wants his inventions and alchemy to make his dad proud.
* WiseBeyondHisYears: Downplayed. While Varian ''isn't'' emotionally mature, he's extremely creative, not to mention his numerous experiences have rendered him wise enough to almost get through to Cassandra.
* WouldHitAGirl: He holds Queen Arianna prisoner, and later tries to kill both her and Cassandra.
* YouKilledMyFather: Blames Rapunzel, and by extension Corona, for not coming to him in his time of need and letting his father be trapped in crystal and swears that "they...will...pay." When really, it's his dad's own fault combined with his own personal recklessness.
* YouWillBeSpared: Implied. In "Rapunzel's Return", it's revealed he modified Frederic and Arianna's memories to make them believe he's their most trusted advisor. This raises the question of what happened to the royal family's original royal advisor Nigel, especially since Nigel was the one who had Pete and Stan drag Varian out of the castle when he came to Rapunzel for help and spread the rumor that he attacked Rapunzel (which was something he genuinely believed). However, "Be Very Afraid" shows Nigel alive and well.
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