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** Mother Gothel's abusive behavior has gotten her frequently compared to Disney's most heinous villain, [[WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Judge Claude Frollo]]. Both characters emotionally abused their younger charges into staying locked up in a high tower away from the rest of civilization and human contact. However, Frollo's wicked nature [[ObviouslyEvil could be seen from a mile away,]] and he did nothing to sugarcoat his cruel rebukes to Quasimodo. Gothel, however, [[FauxAffablyEvil rarely drops her chipper demeanor when manipulating Rapunzel into doing her bidding]]. At first glance, she's warm, friendly, and many of the put-downs she throws Rapunzel's way can be misconstrued as good-natured ribbing, [[JustJokingJustification which she's very quick to assure Rapunzel is the case]]. It's much harder to [[CallingTheOldManOut call her out]] when her cruelties are cleverly hidden in what, on the surface, seem like well-meaning ground rules. Quasimodo, at least could eventually see Frollo for the monster he was and pick a fight with him. At the end, Rapunzel agrees to go quietly with Gothel if allowed to save Flynn's life. She's finally saved, not by her own initiative, but by Flynn pulling a HeroicSacrifice to ensure Rapunzel could escape from Gothel for good. That's right, Gothel is [[UpToEleven an even more effective abuser than]] ''Claude Frollo''. [[note]]Well, at least Gothel wasn't a genocidal sociopath like Frollo was.[[/note]]

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** Mother Gothel's abusive behavior has gotten her frequently compared to Disney's most heinous villain, [[WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Judge Claude Frollo]]. Both characters emotionally abused their younger charges into staying locked up in a high tower away from the rest of civilization and human contact. However, Frollo's wicked nature [[ObviouslyEvil could be seen from a mile away,]] (except by Frollo himself) and he did nothing to sugarcoat his cruel rebukes to Quasimodo. Gothel, however, [[FauxAffablyEvil rarely drops her chipper demeanor when manipulating Rapunzel into doing her bidding]]. At first glance, she's warm, friendly, and many of the put-downs she throws Rapunzel's way can be misconstrued as good-natured ribbing, [[JustJokingJustification which she's very quick to assure Rapunzel is the case]]. It's much harder to [[CallingTheOldManOut call her out]] when her cruelties are cleverly hidden in what, on the surface, seem like well-meaning ground rules. Quasimodo, at least could eventually see Frollo for the monster he was and pick a fight with him. At the end, Rapunzel agrees to go quietly with Gothel if allowed to save Flynn's life. She's finally saved, not by her own initiative, but by Flynn pulling a HeroicSacrifice to ensure Rapunzel could escape from Gothel for good. That's right, Gothel is [[UpToEleven an even more effective abuser than]] ''Claude Frollo''. [[note]]Well, at least Gothel wasn't a deluded genocidal sociopath like Frollo was.[[/note]]


** The scene where Gothel panics over Rapunzel missing. It's one of the few moments where Gothel is relatable, which makes her scarier that she's capable of compassion. Maximus startles her, mistaking her for Flynn, and she notes, it's just, "A palace horse...[[ExplainExplainOhCrap where's your rider? [[ProperlyParanoid Rapunzel]]!" She runs back to the tower, calling for her daughter, and [[AdultFear hears no answer]]. After using a secret entrance, she searches through the darkened rooms, fearing the worst when noticing how desolate everything is and tearing down a curtain. Gothel even looks in places where she knows her daughter won't be, such as beneath her bedsheets. Gothel doesn't know what happened: if someone took Rapunzel from the tower -- which would explain the palace horse-- or if she left and is out there in the world, far from her "mother". The stage musical has her outright say that she thinks Flynn Rider kidnapped her daughter given that she heard he has a reputation for seducing impressionable young girls.

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** The scene where Gothel panics over Rapunzel missing. It's one of the few moments where Gothel is relatable, which makes her scarier that she's capable of compassion. Maximus startles her, mistaking her for Flynn, and she notes, it's just, "A palace horse...[[ExplainExplainOhCrap where's your rider? rider]]? [[ProperlyParanoid Rapunzel]]!" She runs back to the tower, calling for her daughter, and [[AdultFear hears no answer]]. After using a secret entrance, she searches through the darkened rooms, fearing the worst when noticing how desolate everything is and tearing down a curtain. Gothel even looks in places where she knows her daughter won't be, such as beneath her bedsheets. Gothel doesn't know what happened: if someone took Rapunzel from the tower -- which would explain the palace horse-- or if she left and is out there in the world, far from her "mother". When it sinks in, she starts panicking and rummages through a satchel with a glinting tiara, which Rapunzel had hidden from Flynn, for any hint about what happened. She then gets a murderous DeathGlare and pulls a knife from her drawer. The stage musical has her outright say that she thinks Flynn Rider kidnapped her daughter given that she heard he has a reputation for seducing impressionable young girls.


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* The fact that Gothel sold out her own adopted daughter to the Stabbington brothers so they could get revenge on Flynn Rider, she would "rescue" Rapunzel and prove to her that the world is cruel to innocent girls, and all the loose ends would be tied up. That she never intended for Rapunzel to get physically hurt makes it even worse; it was all {{Gaslighting}} so Rapunzel would lose faith in the first person who was nice to her, and traumatize her for life.


** The scene where Gothel panics over Rapunzel missing.

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** The scene where Gothel panics over Rapunzel missing. It's one of the few moments where Gothel is relatable, which makes her scarier that she's capable of compassion. Maximus startles her, mistaking her for Flynn, and she notes, it's just, "A palace horse...[[ExplainExplainOhCrap where's your rider? [[ProperlyParanoid Rapunzel]]!" She runs back to the tower, calling for her daughter, and [[AdultFear hears no answer]]. After using a secret entrance, she searches through the darkened rooms, fearing the worst when noticing how desolate everything is and tearing down a curtain. Gothel even looks in places where she knows her daughter won't be, such as beneath her bedsheets. Gothel doesn't know what happened: if someone took Rapunzel from the tower -- which would explain the palace horse-- or if she left and is out there in the world, far from her "mother". The stage musical has her outright say that she thinks Flynn Rider kidnapped her daughter given that she heard he has a reputation for seducing impressionable young girls.
** Though some NightmareRetardant is that she fails to cover the secret entrance to the tower, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain unwittingly allowing Maximus to find it when he transports Flynn there to rescue the Lost Princess]].


* Trapped inside a small, dark cave with no way out is terrifying enough, but trapped inside a small, dark cave with no way out while you're ''drowning in water'' isn't a pretty sight. Had Rapunzel not used her powers, she and Flynn most likely would have drowned to death.
* Mother Gothel's a witch. She's used the flower and her own magic to remain alive for hundreds of years, and likely if she chose, she could force Rapunzel to use her healing powers on herself so that she, too, would be essentially immortal. So when Rapunzel promises to stay with Mother Gothel forever and never try to leave again if only she'll let her heal Flynn, she's essentially condemning herself to [[FateWorseThanDeath an eternity in the service of her abuser with no possibility of escape--not even through ''death'']].

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* Trapped inside a small, dark cave with no way out is terrifying enough, but trapped inside a small, dark cave with no way out while you're ''drowning in rapidly-rising water'' isn't a pretty sight. Had Rapunzel not used her powers, she and Flynn most likely would have drowned to death.
* Mother Gothel's a witch. She's used the flower and her own magic to remain alive for hundreds of years, and likely if she chose, she could force Rapunzel to use her healing powers on herself so that she, too, would be essentially immortal. So when Rapunzel promises to stay with Mother Gothel forever and never try to leave again if only she'll let her heal Flynn, she's essentially condemning herself to [[FateWorseThanDeath an eternity in the service of her abuser with no possibility of escape--not even through ''death'']].through]] ''[[FateWorseThanDeath death]]''.

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** Even the [[WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar penguins]] and [[WesternAnimation/EdEddnEddy Ed]] were freaked out in the crossover of ''WebVideo/TheUltimateEdChronicles'', ''All Tangled Up''!

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** What about the music that plays during this scene?


** Mother Gothel's abusive behavior has gotten her frequently compared to Disney's most heinous villain, [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Judge Claude Frollo]]. Both characters emotionally abused their younger charges into staying locked up in a high tower away from the rest of civilization and human contact. However, Frollo's wicked nature [[ObviouslyEvil could be seen from a mile away,]] and he did nothing to sugarcoat his cruel rebukes to Quasimodo. Gothel, however, [[FauxAffablyEvil rarely drops her chipper demeanor when manipulating Rapunzel into doing her bidding]]. At first glance, she's warm, friendly, and many of the put-downs she throws Rapunzel's way can be misconstrued as good-natured ribbing, [[JustJokingJustification which she's very quick to assure Rapunzel is the case]]. It's much harder to [[CallingTheOldManOut call her out]] when her cruelties are cleverly hidden in what, on the surface, seem like well-meaning ground rules. Quasimodo, at least could eventually see Frollo for the monster he was and pick a fight with him. At the end, Rapunzel agrees to go quietly with Gothel if allowed to save Flynn's life. She's finally saved, not by her own initiative, but by Flynn pulling a HeroicSacrifice to ensure Rapunzel could escape from Gothel for good. That's right, Gothel is [[UpToEleven an even more effective abuser than]] ''Claude Frollo''. [[note]]Well, at least Gothel wasn't a genocidal sociopath like Frollo was.[[/note]]

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** Mother Gothel's abusive behavior has gotten her frequently compared to Disney's most heinous villain, [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame [[WesternAnimation/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Judge Claude Frollo]]. Both characters emotionally abused their younger charges into staying locked up in a high tower away from the rest of civilization and human contact. However, Frollo's wicked nature [[ObviouslyEvil could be seen from a mile away,]] and he did nothing to sugarcoat his cruel rebukes to Quasimodo. Gothel, however, [[FauxAffablyEvil rarely drops her chipper demeanor when manipulating Rapunzel into doing her bidding]]. At first glance, she's warm, friendly, and many of the put-downs she throws Rapunzel's way can be misconstrued as good-natured ribbing, [[JustJokingJustification which she's very quick to assure Rapunzel is the case]]. It's much harder to [[CallingTheOldManOut call her out]] when her cruelties are cleverly hidden in what, on the surface, seem like well-meaning ground rules. Quasimodo, at least could eventually see Frollo for the monster he was and pick a fight with him. At the end, Rapunzel agrees to go quietly with Gothel if allowed to save Flynn's life. She's finally saved, not by her own initiative, but by Flynn pulling a HeroicSacrifice to ensure Rapunzel could escape from Gothel for good. That's right, Gothel is [[UpToEleven an even more effective abuser than]] ''Claude Frollo''. [[note]]Well, at least Gothel wasn't a genocidal sociopath like Frollo was.[[/note]]


** Mother Gothel's abusive behavior has gotten her frequently compared to Disney's most heinous villain, [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Judge Claude Frollo]]. Both characters emotionally abused their younger charges into staying locked up in a high tower away from the rest of civilization and human contact. However, Frollo's wicked nature [[ObviouslyEvil could be seen from a mile away,]] and he did nothing to sugarcoat his cruel rebukes to Quasimodo. Gothel, however, [[FauxAffablyEvil rarely drops her chipper demeanor when manipulating Rapunzel into doing her bidding]]. At first glance, she's warm, friendly, and many of the put-downs she throws Rapunzel's way can be misconstrued as good-natured ribbing, [[JustJokingJustification which she's very quick to assure Rapunzel is the case]]. It's much harder to [[CallingTheOldManOut call her out]] when her cruelties are cleverly hidden in what, on the surface, seem like well-meaning ground rules. Quasimodo, at least could eventually see Frollo for the monster he was and pick a fight with him. At the end, Rapunzel agrees to go quietly with Gothel if she allows her to save Flynn's life, and is only saved not by any of her own initiative, but by Flynn pulling a HeroicSacrifice to ensure Rapunzel could escape from her. That's right, Gothel is [[UpToEleven an even more effective abuser than]] ''Claude Frollo''. [[note]]Well, at least Gothel wasn't a genocidal sociopath like Frollo was.[[/note]]

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** Mother Gothel's abusive behavior has gotten her frequently compared to Disney's most heinous villain, [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Judge Claude Frollo]]. Both characters emotionally abused their younger charges into staying locked up in a high tower away from the rest of civilization and human contact. However, Frollo's wicked nature [[ObviouslyEvil could be seen from a mile away,]] and he did nothing to sugarcoat his cruel rebukes to Quasimodo. Gothel, however, [[FauxAffablyEvil rarely drops her chipper demeanor when manipulating Rapunzel into doing her bidding]]. At first glance, she's warm, friendly, and many of the put-downs she throws Rapunzel's way can be misconstrued as good-natured ribbing, [[JustJokingJustification which she's very quick to assure Rapunzel is the case]]. It's much harder to [[CallingTheOldManOut call her out]] when her cruelties are cleverly hidden in what, on the surface, seem like well-meaning ground rules. Quasimodo, at least could eventually see Frollo for the monster he was and pick a fight with him. At the end, Rapunzel agrees to go quietly with Gothel if she allows her allowed to save Flynn's life, and is only saved life. She's finally saved, not by any of her own initiative, but by Flynn pulling a HeroicSacrifice to ensure Rapunzel could escape from her.Gothel for good. That's right, Gothel is [[UpToEleven an even more effective abuser than]] ''Claude Frollo''. [[note]]Well, at least Gothel wasn't a genocidal sociopath like Frollo was.[[/note]]


* Just the idea of [[AdultFear an infant being abducted]]... ''[[AdultFear with her parents only a few feet away from her and being able to do ''nothing'' to save their child.]]''

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* Just the idea of [[AdultFear an infant being abducted]]... abducted straight from their own home]]... ''[[AdultFear with her parents only a few feet away from her and being able to do ''nothing'' nothing to save their child.]]''


* Flynn being stabbed InTheBack with pretty much no warning.
** Even worse, Rapunzel is helpless to warn him, because she's chained up and gagged. All she can do is give a muffled scream of name as she watches him be stabbed in horror.

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* Flynn being stabbed InTheBack with pretty much no warning.
''no warning''.
** Even worse, Rapunzel is helpless to warn him, because she's chained up and gagged. All she can do is give a muffled scream of his name as she watches him be stabbed in horror.horror as he's stabbed.


** Even worse, Rapunzel is helpless to warn him, because she's chained up and gagged, and all she can do is scream his name before and after he's stabbed.

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** Even worse, Rapunzel is helpless to warn him, because she's chained up and gagged, and all gagged. All she can do is give a muffled scream his of name before and after he's stabbed.as she watches him be stabbed in horror.



* The whole idea of psychological and emotional manipulation of Mother Gothel. For example, merely setting a foot outside causes Rapunzel to freak out and consider herself a "bad daughter" and an "ungrateful monster" (when she doesn't dance around happily anyway). The idea of a treatment that reduces an otherwise sunny and upbeat girl into a ball of neurosis and fear is nightmare fuel at its best.

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* The whole idea of psychological and emotional manipulation of Mother Gothel. For example, merely setting a foot outside causes Rapunzel to freak out and consider herself a "bad daughter" and an "ungrateful monster" (when she doesn't dance around happily at her new freedom anyway). The idea of a treatment that reduces an otherwise sunny and upbeat girl into a ball of neurosis and fear is nightmare fuel (and solid emotional manipulation) at its best.



** It's made even worse that whenever Gothel expresses genuine affection or motherly instinct ''it's directed at the hair, not Rapunzel.''
** Mother Gothel's abusive behavior has gotten her frequently compared to Disney's most heinous villain, [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Judge Claude Frollo]]. Both characters emotionally abused their younger charges into staying locked up in a high tower away from the rest of civilization and human contact. However, Frollo's wicked nature [[ObviouslyEvil could be seen from a mile away,]] and he did nothing to sugarcoat his cruel rebukes to Quasimodo. Gothel, however, [[FauxAffablyEvil rarely drops her chipper demeanor when manipulating Rapunzel into doing her bidding]]. At first glance, she's warm, friendly, and many of the putdowns she throws Rapunzel's way can be misconstrued as good-natured ribbing, [[JustJokingJustification which she's very quick to assure Rapunzel is the case]]. It's much harder to [[CallingTheOldManOut call her out]] when her cruelties are cleverly hidden in what, on the surface, seem like well-meaning ground rules. Quasimodo, at least could eventually see Frollo for the monster he was and pick a fight with him. At the end, Rapunzel agrees to go quietly with Gothel if she allows her to save Flynn's life, and is only saved not by any of her own initiative, but by Flynn pulling a HeroicSacrifice. That's right, Gothel is [[UpToEleven an even more effective abuser than]] ''Claude Frollo''. [[note]]Well, at least Gothel wasn't a genocidal sociopath like Frollo was.[[/note]]

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** It's made even worse that whenever Gothel expresses genuine affection or motherly instinct ''it's directed at the hair, not Rapunzel.Rapunzel herself.''
** Mother Gothel's abusive behavior has gotten her frequently compared to Disney's most heinous villain, [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Judge Claude Frollo]]. Both characters emotionally abused their younger charges into staying locked up in a high tower away from the rest of civilization and human contact. However, Frollo's wicked nature [[ObviouslyEvil could be seen from a mile away,]] and he did nothing to sugarcoat his cruel rebukes to Quasimodo. Gothel, however, [[FauxAffablyEvil rarely drops her chipper demeanor when manipulating Rapunzel into doing her bidding]]. At first glance, she's warm, friendly, and many of the putdowns put-downs she throws Rapunzel's way can be misconstrued as good-natured ribbing, [[JustJokingJustification which she's very quick to assure Rapunzel is the case]]. It's much harder to [[CallingTheOldManOut call her out]] when her cruelties are cleverly hidden in what, on the surface, seem like well-meaning ground rules. Quasimodo, at least could eventually see Frollo for the monster he was and pick a fight with him. At the end, Rapunzel agrees to go quietly with Gothel if she allows her to save Flynn's life, and is only saved not by any of her own initiative, but by Flynn pulling a HeroicSacrifice.HeroicSacrifice to ensure Rapunzel could escape from her. That's right, Gothel is [[UpToEleven an even more effective abuser than]] ''Claude Frollo''. [[note]]Well, at least Gothel wasn't a genocidal sociopath like Frollo was.[[/note]]



* Just the idea of [[AdultFear an infant being abducted]]... ''[[AdultFear with her parents only a few feet away from her.]]''
* Also, where did Mother Gothel get those chains and more importantly how ''long did she have them''? Did she have them in the tower ''this whole time'', expecting Rapunzel to figure out her plan and rebel?

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* Just the idea of [[AdultFear an infant being abducted]]... ''[[AdultFear with her parents only a few feet away from her.her and being able to do ''nothing'' to save their child.]]''
* Also, where did Mother Gothel get those chains and more importantly how ''long did she have them''? Did she have them in the tower ''this whole time'', expecting Rapunzel to eventually figure out her plan and rebel?



* Trapped inside a small, dark cave with no way out is terrifying enough, but trapped inside a small, dark cave with no way out while you're ''drowning in water'' isn't a pretty sight. Had Rapunzel not used her powers, she and Flynn would likely have drowned to death.
* Mother Gothel's a witch. She's used the flower and her own magic to remain alive for hundreds of years, and likely if she chose, she could force Rapunzel to use her healing powers on herself so that she, too, would be essentially immortal. So when Rapunzel promises to stay with Mother Gothel forever and never try to leave again if only she'll let her heal Flynn, she's essentially condemning herself to [[FateWorseThanDeath an eternity in the service of her abuser with no possibility of escape--not even through death]].

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* Trapped inside a small, dark cave with no way out is terrifying enough, but trapped inside a small, dark cave with no way out while you're ''drowning in water'' isn't a pretty sight. Had Rapunzel not used her powers, she and Flynn would most likely would have drowned to death.
* Mother Gothel's a witch. She's used the flower and her own magic to remain alive for hundreds of years, and likely if she chose, she could force Rapunzel to use her healing powers on herself so that she, too, would be essentially immortal. So when Rapunzel promises to stay with Mother Gothel forever and never try to leave again if only she'll let her heal Flynn, she's essentially condemning herself to [[FateWorseThanDeath an eternity in the service of her abuser with no possibility of escape--not even through death]].''death'']].


* Mother Gothel's a witch. She's used the flower and her own magic to remain alive for hundreds of years, and likely if she chose, she could force Rapunzel to use her healing powers on herself so that she, too, would be essentially immortal. So when Rapunzel promises to stay with Mother Gothel forever and never try to leave again if only she'll let her heal Flynn, she's essentially condemning herself to an eternity in the service of her abuser with no possibility of escape--not even through death.

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* Mother Gothel's a witch. She's used the flower and her own magic to remain alive for hundreds of years, and likely if she chose, she could force Rapunzel to use her healing powers on herself so that she, too, would be essentially immortal. So when Rapunzel promises to stay with Mother Gothel forever and never try to leave again if only she'll let her heal Flynn, she's essentially condemning herself to [[FateWorseThanDeath an eternity in the service of her abuser with no possibility of escape--not even through death.death]].


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* Flynn [[spoiler:being stabbed InTheBack]] with pretty much no warning.
** Even worse, [[spoiler:Rapunzel is helpless to warn him, because she's chained up and gagged, and all she can do is scream his name before and after he's stabbed.]]
* [[spoiler:Mother Gothel's death, [[NoImmortalInertia in which she rapidly ages and crumbles into a pile of dust.]]]] The concept art for that scene shows [[spoiler: her death]] in ''even more'' [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/AgeToDeath_2077.png graphic detail.]]

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* Flynn [[spoiler:being being stabbed InTheBack]] InTheBack with pretty much no warning.
** Even worse, [[spoiler:Rapunzel Rapunzel is helpless to warn him, because she's chained up and gagged, and all she can do is scream his name before and after he's stabbed.]]
stabbed.
* [[spoiler:Mother Mother Gothel's death, [[NoImmortalInertia in which she rapidly ages and crumbles into a pile of dust.]]]] ]] The concept art for that scene shows [[spoiler: her death]] death in ''even more'' [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/AgeToDeath_2077.png graphic detail.]]



** Gothel's [[spoiler:"You want me to be the bad guy? Fine. ''Now I'm the bad guy''..." is creepy because she's still being passive-aggressive and not accepting responsibility. She is not acknowledging that Rapunzel doesn't "want [her] to be the bad guy", she flat out thinks Gothel ''is'' the bad guy. And, let's face it, she's entirely right too.]]
** Near the end of the film, Gothel [[spoiler: dragging Rapunzel in chains toward a trap door in the tower as the girl kicks and screams through her gag, boyfriend dying on the floor a few feet away.]]

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** Gothel's [[spoiler:"You "You want me to be the bad guy? Fine. ''Now I'm the bad guy''..." is creepy because she's still being passive-aggressive and not accepting responsibility. She is not acknowledging that Rapunzel doesn't "want [her] to be the bad guy", she flat out thinks Gothel ''is'' the bad guy. And, let's face it, she's entirely right too.]]
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** Near the end of the film, Gothel [[spoiler: dragging Rapunzel in chains toward a trap door in the tower as the girl kicks and screams through her gag, boyfriend dying on the floor a few feet away.]]



* Trapped inside a small, dark cave with no way out is terrifying enough, but [[spoiler:trapped inside a small, dark cave with no way out while you're ''drowning in water'']] isn't a pretty sight. [[spoiler:Had Rapunzel not used her powers, she and Flynn would likely have drowned to death]].
* Mother Gothel's a witch. She's used the flower and her own magic to remain alive for hundreds of years, and likely if she chose, she could force Rapunzel to use her healing powers on herself so that she, too, would be essentially immortal. [[spoiler: So when Rapunzel promises to stay with Mother Gothel forever and never try to leave again if only she'll let her heal Flynn, she's essentially condemning herself to an eternity in the service of her abuser with no possibility of escape--not even through death.]]

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* Trapped inside a small, dark cave with no way out is terrifying enough, but [[spoiler:trapped trapped inside a small, dark cave with no way out while you're ''drowning in water'']] water'' isn't a pretty sight. [[spoiler:Had Had Rapunzel not used her powers, she and Flynn would likely have drowned to death]].
death.
* Mother Gothel's a witch. She's used the flower and her own magic to remain alive for hundreds of years, and likely if she chose, she could force Rapunzel to use her healing powers on herself so that she, too, would be essentially immortal. [[spoiler: So when Rapunzel promises to stay with Mother Gothel forever and never try to leave again if only she'll let her heal Flynn, she's essentially condemning herself to an eternity in the service of her abuser with no possibility of escape--not even through death.]]


*** ''[[Series/{{Gotham}} The best liars always tell the truth.]]''



** ''[[Series/{{Gotham}} The best liars always tell the truth.]]''


* The whole idea of psychological and emotional manipulation of Mother Gothel. For example, merely setting a foot outside causes Rapunzel to freak out and consider herself a "bad daughter" and an "ungrateful monster" (when she doesn't dance around happily anyway). The idea of a treatment that reduces an otherwise sunny and upbeat girl into a ball of neurosis and fear is a nightmare fuel at its best.

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* The whole idea of psychological and emotional manipulation of Mother Gothel. For example, merely setting a foot outside causes Rapunzel to freak out and consider herself a "bad daughter" and an "ungrateful monster" (when she doesn't dance around happily anyway). The idea of a treatment that reduces an otherwise sunny and upbeat girl into a ball of neurosis and fear is a nightmare fuel at its best.

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