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Debuted in Tangled (the 2010 movie)

    Rapunzel 
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"When will my life begin?"
Voiced by: Mandy Moore, Delaney Rose Stein (as a child, film), Ivy George (as a child, TV show), Kelsey Lansdowne (Kingdom Hearts III) (English)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Romina Marroquín-Payró (trailer and The Series), Danna Paola and Sara Paula Gómez Arias (as a child)
Voiced by (Japanese): Shoko Nakagawa
Voiced by (Korean): Park Sae-byeol
Appearances: Tangled | The Series | Ever After | Frozennote  | Sofia the Firstnote 
Appearances in alternate continuities: Disney Infinity | Ralph Breaks the Internet | Kingdom Heartsnote 

Born to a queen who needed the power of a magic flower to come to term with her, she was stolen by the witch Gothel who had been previously using the flower to remain forever youthful. The witch discovers that Rapunzel's hair now holds the power of the flower unless it is cut, and so keeps her locked in a hidden tower and unaware of her heritage, until the thief Flynn Rider (Eugene Fitzherbert) tries to make her tower a hideaway spot. She strikes a deal for him to bring her to see the floating lanterns that have appeared every year on her birthday, in exchange for the object he stole: the Princess' crown.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: She almost has this among the citizens of Corona. When Monty boos her, she initially doesn't know what being booed means, having never heard it before.
  • The Ace:
    • She's good at everything, as seen in the first song "When Will My Life Begin". Her talents include cooking, painting, chess, pottery, candle making, sewing, ballet, ventriloquy, playing the guitar and many more. Not to mention that she's brave, strong, a Badass Adorable, able to befriend everyone she meets, and of course, like every Disney Princess, has a beautiful singing voice. Somewhat of a Deconstruction, as it's heavily implied the reason she's so good at so many different things is because she's been locked in a tower bored out of her skull all her life, and her mastery of most of her many, many skills came out of her desperation to find hobbies to pass the time.
    • In the series, she joins a competition on a whim, seeing it as a fun way to spend a Saturday, and ends up outperforming everyone who'd spent time training and preparing for the event.
  • Action Girl: The first sign of her, in the original trailers, is her beating someone up with Prehensile Hair. Although this didn't make it into the film, she remains a pretty mean hand with a frying pan and saves Flynn's bacon on more than one occasion. Cranked Up to Eleven in the series where she suddenly becomes a fearless combatant on par with any warrior.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In Rapunzel, while Rapunzel being kicked out of the tower isn't very pleasant, it still isn't emphasized as being the worst thing ever. In this adaptation, Rapunzel has to deal with discovering that her "mother" actually kidnapped her in infancy and intends to imprison her for as long as she lives. And when Rapunzel fights back, it ends with watching Mother Gothel die in front of her and Flynn nearly dying. She doesn't react nearly as much as expected but still has more trauma than in the fairy tale.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • In the original fairy tale, the heroine is a Damsel in Distress and not much else. Here, she's an Action Girl who's quite handy with a frying pan.
    • Happens once again in the series where she's inexplicably portrayed as a fearless and capable fighter against even the toughest opponent, unlike her movie self who barely escaped danger most of the time.
  • Adorkable: Rapunzel has a bit of an overbite, she lisps when she talks at times, hides in her hair like a cocoon during the song "Mother Knows Best" when afraid, Genki Girl, she's overall naive, very pretty, and downright adorably Moe.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Eugene calls her "blondie", while Cassandra calls her "Raps".
  • Age-Gap Romance: With Eugene. Rapunzel is clearly stated as being 18-years-old but Eugene's age is more complicated. In short, his age is somewhere between 18 and 26.
  • Agony of the Feet: The first time she wears shoes (high heels, no less) in Tangled: Before Ever After, it does not go well.
  • All-Loving Hero: Rapunzel is a caring and sweet person who wants to be friends with everyone.
  • Almost Kiss: Twice — The first time is in the rowboat before the Mood Whiplash where Flynn sees the Stabbington brothers, and the second is right before he cuts her hair off. Taken to Running Gag levels in Before Ever After.
  • Art Shift: As Disney's first princess to appear in a 3D computer-animated film, Rapunzel is given a 2D makeover in promotional material for the line to match with the other princesses.
  • Badass Adorable: Cute as a button, but not even the least afraid to talk down angry thugs and angry horses.
  • Bad Dreams: In the series, Rapunzel has nightmares with Mother Gothel returning and the magic rocks chasing her, trying to force her to return to her imprisonment in the tower. Subsequent ones have Varian haunting her.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: In the series, the reverse incantation makes everything wither and decay around her. She is still unambiguously good and uses the incantation to fight evil forces and to free Varian's father from the ember.
  • Barefoot Captives: Played with. She's kept barefoot as a prisoner in Gothel's tower, but once she escapes, she continues going barefoot throughout the movie and all its sequels, implying that she Does Not Like Shoes.
  • Battle Couple: With Eugene. They help each other fight off the guards chasing him and save each other several times as they fall in love with each other. The pilot movie for The Series shows that the two of them have lost none of their stride. When Lady Kane attempts to kidnap the royals, a few eye gestures between Eugene, Rapunzel, and hand maid Cassandra are all they need before they leap into action to save the day. Rapunzel even tosses Eugene a frying pan, at which point the tide of battle really begins to turn in their favor.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Rapunzel runs off to adventure with 70 feet of hair and bare feet. She gets wet but dries off quickly, and at no point are her hair and feet ever seen to get dirty. The hair is justified because it's magical. The feet have no excuse.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She may be an adorable and sweet if not naive young girl but she is capable of kicking your butt either with her hair or a frying pan.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • Rapunzel briefly alludes to the difficulties of having 70-foot long hair during her "I Want" Song.
      And then I'll brush and brush and brush and brush my hair!
    • Gothel has also made Rapunzel believe that she would be in constant danger outside the tower because selfish people would want her healing power for themselves. Along with the actual truth in that statement and the resulting tower imprisonment as well.
  • Blithe Spirit: Her cheerful, genuine nature is what brings out the good side of the thugs at the Snuggly Duckling and saves Flynn's life.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: She suffers this at the hands of Cassandra, who had taken the role of protector for a long time.
  • Bound and Gagged: Mother Gothel ties up Rapunzel for wanting to save Flynn from execution and to lure Flynn into a trap later on.
  • Brainy Brunette: Zigzagged. Rapunzel is a smart girl, and a natural brunette, as shown at the end of the movie and in Tangled Ever After, but during most of the movie and series she appears as a blonde since the magic in her makes her hair blond.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After Flynn cuts her hair. It kills Mother Gothel and turns her into a brunette. However, it's implied to not be the case in the short Tangled Ever After, where her kiss with Eugene makes the sun shine brighter. In fact, the series further confirms she herself is magical.
  • Building Swing: Using her hair as a rope, she can swing.
  • Casting a Shadow: Thanks to her powers being derived from the moonstone in the series, Rapunzel gets basically all in-universe dark powers, from controlling moon rocks to decaying incantations that turn her eyes and hair black.
  • Calling the Old Woman Out: Gives Mother Gothel a spiteful earful near the climax of the movie when she realizes the truth of their relationship (i.e. kidnapping and exploitation).
  • Cavalier Competitor: In the series, she treats every competition she participates in as a game and just wants to have fun, contrasting Cassandra who fights tooth and nail to win.
  • Character Development: Rapunzel loses her fear of the outside world and learns to stand up to her abusive adoptive mother.
  • Character Tics: Rapunzel tends to run her finger through her hair when nervous or excited.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Rapunzel's complete, non-negotiable unwillingness to break her promises greatly informs the film's climax, when she promises to Mother Gothel that, if she lets Rapunzel heal Flynn, Rapunzel will stay with her forever and offer no resistance. Needless to say, it makes the scene pretty tense.
    • The fact that her hair glows helps her and Flynn escape a watery death.
    • Her passion for painting bright, colorful patterns and flowers on the walls of her tower proves essential to her realizing her true identity.
    • The handkerchief of the kingdom's sun emblem is what she uses (as well as her paintings) to realize that she is the lost princess.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: With her using a frying pan as a weapon and walking barefoot through towns, bars, and forests, you've gonna admit she definitely looks the part. Not to mention the fact that she doesn't know much about the outside world because she has been locked in a tower her entire life. Flynn's blatant flirting with her when they first meet in her tower also totally flies over her head and has no effect on her whatsoever (shocking to him: "This doesn't normally happen...", "You broke my smoulder!"), showing her lack of experience in social interactions.
  • Compressed Hair:
    • While touring the kingdom, her 70 feet of hair is compressed into one floor-length braid.
    • When her hair first grows back in Tangled: Before Ever After, she tries to hide it by wrapping it in fabric in one giant mass on top of her head.
  • Cute Bookworm: When living in the isolated tower, she liked to spend some of her free time reading books.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Thanks to her hair, she is endearingly klutzy. Even beyond this, she seems to have a bit of klutziness in general; witness her attempts to get Flynn into her cupboard, the way she accidentally clonks herself with her own frying pan, and so forth.
  • The Cutie: She's more cute than beautiful, and her mannerisms and personality make her the one of the most adorable Disney Princesses.
  • Dance Battler: In a brief sequence during a tournament in the series, she manages to knock several of her opponents out of the ring by using dancing moves.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Rapunzel has been emotionally and psychologically abused by the woman who kidnapped her as a baby.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Throught the series she gains lots of dark based powers, like controlling moon rocks and getting an incantation where her hair and eyes turn black and she rots things, but she remains a good, kind-hearted person. In fact her powers in the series are derived from a fragment of the moonstone's powers rather than the sundrop's.
  • Ditzy Genius: She's incredibly multi-talented and capable of great insights, but also has her moments of (perfectly understandable) naive idiocy.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Rapunzel is of the youthful innocence variety, plus she's just never needed shoes due to never leaving her tower. Interestingly, no one in the entire film comments on it, aside from Mother Gothel pointing a mirror down at Rapunzel's bare feet and commenting that she's "underdressed" — causing Rapunzel to immediately pull her dress down over her feet. (There's considerably more lampshading in Tangled: The Series.) In the storybook version of Tangled Ever After, she's still barefoot, even at her wedding. (In the short film, her dress is too long to tell.) The later storybook Ghosts of Christmas Past then shows that while she'll shun shoes most of the time, she'll renege to them if it calls for walking in snow. At least one bit of early concept art shows Rapunzel with shoes... however, in the artwork, she's shown kicking them off her feet. In Ralph Breaks the Internet her comfy outfit includes sneakers.
  • Dumb Blonde: Zigzagged. Rapunzel may be naive and a bit ditzy, but she's proven to be quite intelligent. And while she has sun-gold hair, it becomes brunette after Eugene cuts it.
  • Earthy Barefoot Character: Her lack of shoes reflects her free-spirited and energetic nature, her way with animals, and her healing powers. She gets mocked for this in Before Ever After, mostly by villains and other nobles.
  • Empathic Weapon: In the series, Rapunzel's regrown hair now reacts to her mental state, such as flying wildly all across the room when she's suffering a nightmare and forming a protective sphere around her and Eugene when they think they're going to die together under a collapsing building.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change:
    • Rapunzel has her hair braided and decorated with flowers when she finally reaches Corona. On a practical level, she couldn't really run around with 70 feet of hair dragging behind her. On a symbolic level, it's a sign that she's finally able to let loose and have fun, without her Magic Hair being the centre of her very being. This is contrasted with when she is convinced to go back to the tower with Gothel; the braid is undone, and the flowers taken away, with Gothel off-handedly commenting "There... like it never even happened."
    • At the end of the movie, Rapunzel's hair is cut off and reverts to its likely natural brown color. This severs her past as a living magical item and the next scene shows her reunite with her brown-haired birth mother.
  • Eye Color Change:
    • In "Happiness Is...", her eyes become a more sickly vivid green when she sees her heart's desire with the Idol of Vershaftsbezeigungengien. When she sees a bad vision from it, her eyes turn a fiery red.
    • In "Rapunzel and The Great Tree", while she uses the hurt incantation, her sclera turns black and her pupils glow green.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: She has the same eyes as her birth mother, which is helpful in the first film's epilogue.
  • Fantastic Light Source: Rapunzel uses her magic hair to find the way out of a flooded cave.
  • Fearless Fool: In the series, she's mostly overcome the fearful nature Mother Gothel instilled in her, but seems to be taking it a little too far in the other direction; she's developed a definite reckless streak and repeatedly throws herself into danger without hesitation or fear.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Escaping the guards chasing after them and nearly drowning together help Rapunzel and Flynn begin to trust each other and become closer.
  • Flowers In Her Hair: Once she enters the kingdom, little girls braid her hair to make it easier to move around. They also add a plethora of flowers as festive decoration. She is the image on the trope page.
  • Fluffy Tamer:
    • She converts Maximus, a badass war horse, to her side with petting and baby talk.
    • In the series, she effortlessly tames a wild wolf and has him rolling on the ground like a contented puppy before Cassandra can bring her sword to bear on him.
  • Fountain of Youth: Her hair is the key to Mother Gothel's immortality after her mother ate the magic flower during pregnancy.
  • A Friend in Need: To Pascal, as evidenced when she gets furious at Cassandra for suggesting they call off their search for him in "Pascal's Story".
  • Friend to All Living Things: From militant horses, to human thugs and thieves, and beyond.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Her rather dynamic weapon is a cast iron version.
  • Genki Girl: The most energetic of all of the Princesses (only matched by Ariel in her first days as a human and by Anna).
  • Girl in the Tower: Lived in there all her life. Unlike the standard trope, she could physically leave whenever she wanted, but her "mom" didn't allow her to.
  • Girly Bruiser: Rapunzel spends all day cooking, painting, reading, sewing, and brushing her hair. She doesn't discover that she's a badass until she leaves her tower at age 18. To make the example even more pronounced, her weapons of choice are her 70 feet of hair and a frying pan.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She has a very bubbly and sweet personality, normally wears very feminine dresses, and has hobbies such as cooking and sewing. But she also doesn't mind getting rough when in a fight and has an unwavering love for adventure.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her main outfit is a purple and lavender dress and she is quite agile in a pinch despite her 70 feet of hair. Social grace is a little more difficult.
  • Grew a Spine: From her adventures outside the tower with Eugene, Rapunzel gets over her fears of the outside world and begins to realize she can take care of herself without having to depend on Mother Gothel. She goes from acting as an Extreme Doormat to Gothel to being able to give the woman a scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Although the hair is gold by magic, she is still kind enough to stir the hearts of the thugs at the Snuggly Duckling.
  • Hair Reboot: In the series' pilot episode, Rapunzel gets into contact with a magic rock that causes her to regain her long blonde locks again.
  • The Heart: She is able to bring people together for a common goal and even inspire people who despise each other to work together. One instance of this is when, in the movie proper, she manages to get Maximus, who is hunting Eugene down, and Eugene, to work together.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Tries to do this at the end of the movie by sacrificing her freedom for Eugene's life. He beats her to it by sacrificing his life for her freedom.
    • In "Freebird", she uses the last egg to turn Cassandra back into human, thus making her own transformation irreversible. Of course, a few minutes later, they find out there are more eggs after all.
  • I Gave My Word: Whenever Rapunzel makes a promise, she intends to keep it, from promising to return Flynn the satchel that has the tiara he stole to promising Mother Gothel that she will go with her willingly only if Eugene can be healed first. In fact, if she breaks a promise, it ends up really costing her.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Although initially her wish is simply to leave her tower once, when she discovers the joys of freedom, she doesn't want to give it up.
  • Important Haircut: Granted, it's done to her hair by Eugene, but it's to stop Gothel from using Rapunzel anymore.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Rapunzel gives us a two-fer. First of all she has over 70-feet of her long golden hair, but it's justified since the hair is magic. When she reaches the kingdom capitol, she gets a more convenient style when three girls compress that huge mass of hair into a fiendishly-complex mass of ankle-length braids. Then she gets her hair cut off into a perfectly styled and layered pixie cut. The hair was cut off in one go with a pane of glass.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Rapunzel favors using frying pans. In the series, she can also use her hair as a weapon as well as a shield since it somehow became denser than steel. An axe fails to cut through it.
  • The Ingenue: Her naivete and innocence are two of her biggest traits, and end up being strengths for her on occasion.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Once her hair's cut off, she resembles a younger version of her voice actress Mandy Moore.
  • Kidnapped While Sleeping: She was kidnapped by Gothel as a baby while she was still fast asleep in her crib, leading her to grow up thinking she was her mother.
  • Kubrick Stare: Near the end of the movie, as she calls Gothel out, Rapunzel gives her a Death Glare from beneath her eyebrows.
  • Laugh of Love: She giggles briefly after Flynn responds to her compliment before going to get some firewood, and she later admits to Gothel that she thinks he likes her.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Inverted, as in Rapunzel's case, it's actually when her normally loose (70 feet) hair is braided up that she first is happy and finds herself. Later her abusive adoptive mother pointedly unbraids her hair while rubbing salt in her wounds by saying "There... Like it never happened." about the most beautiful experience of her life.
  • Light Is Good: She has bright blonde hair, wears pastel-colored clothing, and is heavily associated with the sun. Naturally, she's the heroine.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: The series reveals that Rapunzel inherited more from her real mother than her looks; Rapunzel's wanderlust and sense of adventure also comes from the Queen, who traveled the world in her younger days. They both also had an amazing variety of hobbies, as shown in her royal portrait. Furthermore, their reaction to being unexpectedly confronted by a thief (the same thief, no less!) is to whack them on the head with a blunt object.
  • Limited Wardrobe: She always wears her signature purplish-pink dress, in both the movie and the series. The only exceptions (justifiably) are scenes in the series where she's woken up at night and wearing pajamas, and flash-backs to her as a child/baby.
  • Lost Orphaned Royalty: Was stolen by Mother Gothel shortly after her birth and isolated in a tower away from the outside world, so Gothel could preserve her immortality.
  • Lunacy: In the first season finale of The Series, she temporarily gains the power to control the black rocks, which are the lunar counterpart to the sun flower. Later it is revealed that her powers in the series are at least in part derived from the moonstone.
  • Make Them Rot: In the series, the reverse incantation makes everything wither and decay around her.
  • MacGuffin Super Person: Her hair, which can heal any wound and sickness and grant someone everlasting youth, is why she's locked in a tower. Then we later find out it's not just her hair, she is the sundrop child.
  • Made of Iron: In the series, she falls off great heights, takes a brutal beating, and never spots a scratch afterwards.
  • Magical Barefooter: Rapunzel has 70-feet of Magic Hair with healing and age-reversing powers. She also goes around barefoot throughout the entire film as a result of being cloistered for said magic hair.
  • Magical Incantation:
    • In the film, she needs a spell to activate her magic hair:
    Flower gleam and glow,
    Let your power shine,
    Let the clock reverse,
    bring back to me what once was mine.
    • In "Rapunzel and the Great Tree", she reads an ominous reverse incantation after which she becomes possessed by dark powers:
    Wither and decay, end this destiny,
    Break these earthly chains, and set the spirit free...
  • Magic Hair: It can heal injuries as well as sickness, glows in the dark, and can reverse aging. The climax and Tangled Ever After imply there's magic in her main body as well. Her new hair in the series trades magical healing with Made of Indestructium.
  • Magnetic Hero: Rapunzel's infectiously cheerful presence visibly affects the seemingly hostile Pub Thugs, Eugene Fitzherbert, Maximus, and all of the Corona citizens she meets.
  • Make Them Rot: In the second season of the series she discovers a counterpart incantation to her former healing powers that goes with her new Moonstone-empowered hair. It makes her eyes and hair black as life is drained from the things around her, withering them into dust.
  • Meaningful Name: Rapunzel's name derives from the magical rampion of the beginning prologue.
  • Mood-Swinger: In one memorable scene when she goes out to the world for the first time in 18 years. She even provides the image for the trope.
  • Morality Pet:
    • To Flynn/Eugene. His nicer side doesn't show until he's forced to help her and he falls in love with her.
    • The thugs at Snuggly Ducklings also help out her and Flynn, because of her influence. Had she not been there, they probably would've turned Flynn in to the authorities.
  • Motifs: Of the sun. She was born after her mother drank a potion made from the flower that was imbued with sun's power. Her hair is as blonde as the sun. She has an energetic personality and is a magnetic person.
  • Motor Mouth: When she's nervous, Rapunzel tends to start babbling rapidly. Exploited by her emotionally abusive (adoptive) Mother Gothel, who picks out her "mumbling" as something to put her down for.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Rapunzel has a slim build but is able to pull up a grown woman with her hair, knock out Eugene, and effortlessly lift up a woman with a Bear Hug.
  • Nature Lover: Frolicking in the woods is fun enough to distract her from her guilt about deceiving her mother.
  • Nice Girl: Rapunzel is helpful, sweet, kind, and will never break a promise.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: In the "Before Ever After" movie and subsequent series, after her hair regrows it becomes this, even breaking a pair of scissors Cassandra tries to cut it with.
  • No Infantile Amnesia: Downplayed as it is more of a subconscious resonance. Despite the fact that she was an infant, she remembers the layout of her room and has been painting signs of it her whole life unknowingly.
  • Official Couple: With Eugene. They become a couple towards the end of the movie and then get married in the sequel short.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • She gets a few of these, though one of her biggest ones is when she realizes she's the missing princess. She gets a minor one when she sees Gothel fall out the window to her death.
    • She has these moments in the series as well.
    • Two early ones are in the premiere when she notices her hair glowing after coming into contact with the black rocks, and when she notices her hair suddenly grew back.
    • Her biggest one up to date is in "The Alchemist Returns" when she finds out Varian betrayed her.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: The last third of Season 1 has her up against 14-year old alchemist Varian, who has undergone a Start of Darkness after his father being frozen in crystal.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite being 18, Rapunzel could be mistaken for 16, or even 14.
  • One of the Boys: She fits right in with the Snuggly Duckling thugs, mainly due to what kind of boys the thugs are.
  • One-Track-Minded Artist: All of her paintings have the sun on them somewhere. This could have something to do with either the lanterns that get sent up on her birthday, the fact that she was the lost princess of a kingdom who use a sun as their symbol, the fact that her powers come from a flower that was powered with "a drop of sun", or a combination.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In the Season 2 premiere for the series, after Eugene is blackmailed into marrying his evil ex Stalyan (Rapunzel not knowing about the blackmail), Rapunzel gets very jealous of Stalyan, to the point of making multiple petty comments that even she notes are really unlike her. She calms down once it's made clear Eugene isn't marrying Stalyan of his own free will.
  • Opposites Attract: With Eugene. She's a spirited, innocent princess, he's a jaded, worldly-wise thief.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: She holds Eugene in this manner after his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Plucky Girl: She's quite determined to see the "stars" from her birthday, even though her mother is constantly gas-lighting and deriding her, and she definitely takes some initiative in fulfilling her dreams.
  • Politically Active Princess: The first season of the series shows her getting increasingly involved in the duties of a princess, culminating in her being temporary ruler while her parents are away and holding audiences and making decisions just as they would.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair:
    • She was born with her hair dyed by the power of the sun. When cut, her hair loses its magic powers and returns to its natural brown color.
    • In "Rapunzel and The Great Tree", while she uses the hurt incantation, her hair turns black with glowing green streaks.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: In the series, Rapunzel touches some magic rocks that make her hair grow back to its original length.
  • The Power of the Sun: It lets her heal, and at first sun magic seems to be imbued in her hair because of the sun flower potion her mother drank when she was pregnant with Rapunzel. However, we later find out that she herself is a product of of it.
  • Prehensile Hair: To varying degrees throughout her appearances. In the initial trailers it appeared fully prehensile and capable of fighting Eugene and flinging him about the room. This trait is absent in the movie, save perhaps for the hair's uncanny ability to wrap around anything Rapunzel throws it at and to just as easily untangle itself when she wants it free. In the cartoon series, it can move freely but reacts to her emotions and mental state instead of being controlled directly by her will.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: Her signature outfit is a pretty purple dress and, of course, she has very long and beautiful blonde hair. She's not a royal guard but very few people, like Gothel, have outright overpowered her. Otherwise she's very capable in a fight, and will only lose when worn down or outnumbered.
  • Princess Classic: She's on the active end of this trope, but still very kind and sweet. She manages to talk down a determinator like Maximus.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: At the end of the movie, after she remembers that she is a princess, she wears a rosy-pink dress.
  • Rags to Royalty: A Goose Girl type; kidnapped as a baby so Mother Gothel can make use of her Magic Hair and ignoring that she's a long-lost princess.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has over 70-feet of hair! Being a retelling of the Trope Namer, she couldn't do without it, but some magic justifies it here. It's stated in an official "fact book" of Tangled facts that it takes Rapunzel three hours to brush her hair, and six hours to wash it. She hangs it out of the tower to let it dry.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The energetic and emotional Red Oni to Eugene's laid-back and snarky Blue Oni.
  • Relative Button: Cassandra quickly finds out that leaving someone Rapunzel cares about behind, is a safe way to get on her bad side real quick. She is furious at Cassandra's suggestion to call off the search for Pascal, and Rapunzel's livid expression when she was about to suggest they should stop looking for Eugene and come back with the guards was enough to scare Cassandra.
  • Remembered I Could Fly: In the scene where Rapunzel and Flynn are trapped in a sealed cave while it gets flooded, Flynn fails to find an underwater exit since the cave is pitch-black. It takes a little while for Rapunzel to realize she can get some light with her hair.
    Rapunzel: I have magic hair that glows when I sing.
    Flynn: What?!
    Rapunzel: I have... MAGIC HAIR THAT GLOWS WHEN I SING!
  • Renaissance Man: She's very skilled in many areas, such as literature, music, baking, astronomy, and art. She actually learned to do all of these things on her own when living isolated in a tower.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Rapunzel's magic hair must also include immunity to split ends and other problems that would plague normal hair that hasn't been cut for 18 years.
  • Royal Blood: In a switch from the fairy tale, where she isn't a blood-born princess, and he is, now she is and he isn't. It's also a small part of the story since her non-royal magic hair is more important.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Eugene. She's excitedly running to and fro while he stands there and snarks at her naivety.
  • Secret Keeper: To spare Cassandra from facing severe consequences, Rapunzel is forced to promise to not tell anyone that Cassandra got her out of the kingdom and is responsible for her hair growing back. This briefly troubles her relationship with Eugene.
  • Series Goal: In the TV series, to find out why her hair has grown back after coming into contact with mysterious sharp rock spires.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Her princess dress and wedding dress are both subtly royal.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Rapunzel doesn't start falling for Eugene until she sees his softer and nobler side.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Downplayed. She suffers Amusing Injuries occasionally but Eugene gets it much worse when it comes to physical comedy.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Rapunzel gets along well with others, but as seen in the pilot movie Tangled Before Ever After her sheltered upbringing leaves her unaware of what is and isn't socially appropriate.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Rapunzel may be a princess, but she is cheerful, friendly and very easy going.
  • Stepford Smiler: Rapunzel has a habit of acting like everything's fine when it isn't. Case in point, when Cassandra turns evil.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Between Rapunzel and her real mother, the queen. Especially at the end, when they're both brunette and the camera frames them reuniting, right down to the huge green eyes. Rapunzel and the Queen look so alike that she does not need to do anything else to show that she's the lost princess, despite having a completely different hair color when she was a baby. It's common enough for babies' and toddlers' natural hair colors to slowly change as they grow up.
  • Supreme Chef: Baking is one of her many talents.
  • Swiss Army Tears: She heals Eugene with her tears, which is also in the source material.
  • Tears of Remorse: When she thinks they are going to drown, and it's all her fault, she's crying.
  • Teens Are Short: Despite being 18, Rapunzel is shorter than most adults, including her real parents.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Among other activities, she knits and does laundry to distract herself when alone in the tower.
  • They Do: Only in the narration, but Rapunzel and Eugene let us know they do get married some years after the movie. We see their wedding in the short Tangled Ever After.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: The events throught the series have made her a lot more impatient and less optimistic than she was in the movie. For example compare how movie!Rapunzel would have reacted to Calliope versus her series counterpart.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Cute, bubbly Rapunzel is the Girly Girl to tough, sword-wielding Cassandra's Tomboy. Rapunzel enjoys feminine activities like painting and sewing and wears light, pastel-colored dresses.
  • Tranquil Fury: When the all loving princess gets royally pissed off...
    • In the movie, after she realises that she is the kidnapped princess, she is furious and restrained as she gives Gothel a piece of her mind.
      Rapunzel: I am the lost princess. Aren't I? Did I mumble, mother? Or should I even call you that?
    • In the season 1 finale, after Varian kidnaps her mother and nearly kills her family and friends, she goes to fight him with a determined but calm expression, contrasting his growing Villainous Breakdown.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Not only does she get the hair she's been growing out her whole life chopped off, losing it means she can't save Eugene's life.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: You'd think a girl with 70 feet of hair would get a bit more notice when she first strolls into town.
  • Uptown Girl: Rapunzel, the lost princess, and Flynn Rider a.k.a. Eugene Fitzherbert, an orphan turned thief. Neither of them know she's the princess for quite some time, though. Subverted by the series, which reveals that Eugene is actually the lost Prince of the Dark Kingdom.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: In the series, one of Rapunzel's main concerns is to not make her father feel disappointed and live up to his expectations of her as a princess. It doesn't help her free-spirited nature clashes with his strict and overprotective personality.
  • Womanchild: Well, she was abducted as a baby and grew up around an abusive mother figure, who selfishly used her hair's healing power and never raised her properly, so it's not much of a surprise that in some regards, she's not very mature. This is further expanded on in the series; it's part of what worries her father more.
  • You Are Grounded:
    • In the film, Rapunzel has been grounded in the tower her whole life and when she asks to go outside, Mother Gothel snaps and yells "You are not leaving this tower! EVER!"
    • In the series she is locked up in her room by her father. Unlike Mother Gothel, he's not abusive, but just overprotective.
  • Youthful Freckles: She has light freckles, mostly around her nose, to go with her youthful naivety and energy.
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    Eugene Fitzherbert, a.k.a. Flynn Rider 
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"They just can't get my nose right!"
Voiced by: Zachary Levi, Sean Giambrone (teenage in The Series);
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): José Gilberto Vilchis (trailer and The Series), Elmer Figueroa Arce aka Chayanne (film)
Voiced by (Korean): We Hoon
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroshi Hatanaka
Voiced by (Swedish): Måns Zelmerlöw (Swedish)
Appearances: Tangled | The Series | Ever After | Frozennote 
Appearances in alternate continuities: Kingdom Heartsnote 

The film's Deuteragonist, a career thief on the run for stealing the missing princess's tiara, who finds himself trying to hide out in her tower. Rapunzel, with no previous knowledge of the outside world, convinces him to accompany her to see the lanterns.


  • #1 Dime: He carries a small hair comb, which he claims is the first thing he ever stole. He even went so far as to have it personalized with his alias's name.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the original tale, "the prince" (whom Flynn is based on) apparently had no sort of troubles given his royal status. Here, he grew up in an orphanage with a desire to make money.
  • Adaptational Badass: In a fighting sense. The prince from the original doesn't do much aside from climbing Rapunzel's hair. Here, he is an excellent fighter when he needs to be.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the original tale, "the prince" (whom Flynn is based on) is the stereotypical heroic character. Here, he is a selfish anti-heroic thief, but becomes less selfish after spending time with Rapunzel and steps up to true blue heroism.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. Not in a fighting sense, but his original version is royalty, not a peasant. That is, until Season 2 of the series reveals that he was royalty all along.
  • Age-Gap Romance: With Rapunzel. She is clearly stated as being 18-years-old but his age is more complicated. In short, his age is somewhere between 18 and 26.
  • Amazon Chaser: He meets Rapunzel in a Love at First Punch nature. He compliments her gutsy nature when confronting the Pub Thugs. During their escape from the royal guards and Maximus, a quick moment shows Eugene looking in admiration at Rapunzel using her hair as a means to escape. And throughout the series, he frequently comments on her Action Girlness.
  • Anti-Hero: He's a greedy and self-centered thief; he's shown early in the movie to be perfectly fine with leaving his fellow thieves behind to keep all the goods for himself. He starts out helping Rapunzel for his personal gain, but as the story goes on, Flynn reveals that he's not really a bad person deep down, and his growing love for Rapunzel is enough for him to change his ways and stop stealing.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: When he first meets Rapunzel. "I know not who you are..."
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Subverted; his real name is Eugene Fitzherbert (At least as far as he remembers). "Flynn Rider" is just an alias taken from the name of the swashbuckling hero of a series of adventure books he read as a child.
  • Back from the Dead: Rapunzel's tear brings him back to life.
  • Badass Beard: Flynn has a rather swashbuckling goatee.
  • Battle Couple: With Rapunzel. They help each other fight off the guards chasing him and save each other several times as they fall in love with each other. The pilot movie for The Series shows that the two of them have lost none of their stride. When Lady Kane attempts to kidnap the royals, a few eye gestures between Eugene, Rapunzel, and handmaid Cassandra are all they need before they leap into action to save the day. Rapunzel even tosses Eugene a frying pan, at which point, the tide of battle really begins to turn in their favor.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Eugene mentions Rapunzel is the first person to like his real self better than whom he pretends to be, which is why he falls in love with her.
  • Berserk Button: While Eugene doesn't completely fly off the handle, he really doesn't like having his abilities as a thief questioned. He reacts deeply insulted when Angry suggests he was just bad at thievery, and shows only disdain towards people labeled a "master thief", dryly refusing to call the Silent Swiper by that name.
  • Be Yourself: His character development is kicked off with Rapunzel saying she prefers "Eugene" to "Flynn".
  • Bilingual Bonus: Eugene speaks fluent Italian and this is what tips him off when a fake Italian arrives at the castle. Eugene notices that the impostor fails at basic Italian grammar/sentence structure and thus can't be who he claims he is.
  • Book Dumb: The series notes that as an orphan, Eugene has had very minimal schooling (he claims three days) and so he's actually quite bad at math. He's street smart to make up for it, thankfully.
  • Brainy Brunet: Eugene is very quick-witted and has dark brown hair but this is a minor point since his blond girlfriend is also very smart and his black haired "friend" is no mental slouch either.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Considering he was a selfish thief, he wouldn't really remember half the things he did:
    • He doesn't recall having robbed the Queen eight years prior, because for him back in the day, she was just another noblewoman victim to his routine business. But, since he wants to marry her daughter, he has reason to care.
    • Years ago, he left his then-fianceé Stalyan stranded at the altar when they were supposed to marry. Now, she's still very pissed about it, while he acts nonchalant about it.
    • Lampshaded in "Rapunzel and the Great Tree" when he is being pursued by Hector and rescued by Rapunzel, and he's more accustomed to events that would have fazed him in the past:
      Eugene: Two years ago, I'd call fighting jackal monsters on the back of a speeding carriage whilst a rhinoceros chases the woman I love absolutely bonkers. Now I call it Tuesday.
  • Butt-Monkey: He takes a lot of comedic abuse in the movie and the series as well.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Eugene isn't very good at keeping secrets. This is one of the reasons why Cassandra didn't want to trust him with her and Rapunzel's secret.
  • Character Development: He stops caring only about himself and learns to love, as well as to just be himself. While he still maintains his aloof and narcissistic facade in company, he proves to be very insightful whenever Rapunzel's having trouble.
  • Character Name Alias: His real name is Eugene Fitzherbert. "Flynn Rider" is the name of the hero of "The Tales of Flynnigan Rider", a story he loved as a child. He starts going by Eugene again later in the movie. However, it led some people like Varian to believe he's the real deal.
  • The Charmer: Played with. Flynn tries and fails to be this when first meeting Rapunzel, using his smolder, which he even attempted on her mom in the past. However, it's implied outside of the movie that he really was a successful charmer, as he really got around prior to meeting Rapunzel. On one occasion, Rapunzel orders Eugene to charm everybody out of a room. He succeeds within seconds. Later on in the series, we finally get to see the smolder to its full effect. The conclusion seems to be that rather than him simply being bad at it, Rapunzel has no experience or understanding of seduction of any kind, so she's completely immune to his moves (including said smolder).
  • Childhood Friends: He has known Lance Strongbow/Arnwaldo Schnitz since his childhood at the orphanage. They're very close friends, though their relationship went a bit rocky for a while when Eugene gave up his life as a thief.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Flynn, at least at the start of the film, cares more about what will work out best for him than keeping alliances. Right at the beginning, he betrays the Stabbington brothers by taking the tiara for himself and leaving them to get caught by the royal guards. After "agreeing" to take Rapunzel to the lights, he at first attempts to manipulate her and scare her off.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Part of his backstory is being an orphan to simplify his character in the movie. Though he does hint that there was an Orphan's Ordeal back there.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He grew up in an orphanage and somehow became a criminal.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He takes every opportunity to snark about his current situation.
  • Death by Adaptation: Subverted. His counterpart in the source material suffers a nasty Eye Scream instead of dying. The problem is still sorted by Rapunzel's tears, though.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The trailers made it seem like Flynn was the star, even though he is very much the deuteragonist. In-movie, Flynn is the leading narrator, but he quickly denounces himself from being the main character and goes on to tell that yes, this is the story of Rapunzel.
  • Defrosting Ice King: At first, Flynn comes across as a self-centered jerk who doesn't really care about Rapunzel and her dreams, only helping her so he can get the princess's tiara he stole back. He eventually warms up as he falls in love with Rapunzel and she convinces him to just be himself.
  • Deuteragonist: He's the second main character after Rapunzel.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Rapunzel's arms, albeit temporarily, as he's revived later.
  • Distressed Dude: Rapunzel's interventions save Flynn on a few occasions, most notably during the Snuggly Duckling scene. That said, he is able to hold his ground against the palace guards and he kind of repays the favor by performing a Heroic Sacrifice, thereby freeing Rapunzel from Gothel.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": After his Meaningful Rename, he insists that his name is Eugene. In the series, he corrects Stalyan who calls him "Flynn" and his father king Edmund who calls him "Horace".
  • The Dreaded: There's a reason why Flynn Rider was one of the most feared thieves—he's evaded capture quite easily, having at least once invaded one of the most impenetrable and heavily guarded castles in another kingdom, and no prison can hold him.
  • The Drifter: This was very much his life before meeting Rapunzel, living a solitary life on the run, never forming attachments to people he meets.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: He confesses his love to Rapunzel right before he (temporarily) dies.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Between the start of the movie and the epilogue, Flynn goes from being wanted for grand theft, to presumably becoming Prince or Prince Consort, and eventually King of the same country. Wow. Well, given that he did bring back their daughter who had been missing for 18 years, you can see the King and Queen issuing a pardon there.
    • Downplayed in the series. The fact that he's just the princess's unemployed former thief almost-fiancé leaves him without much of a place in the castle, the guards still don't trust him much (especially the Captain), past transgressions sometimes pop up to make things rough for him, and Rapunzel's dad takes a while to give him any respect while Cassandra, Rapunzel's new best friend, initially sees him as a Gold Digger.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Believes this of his real name, Eugene Fitzherbert. Rapunzel doesn't think so. By the end of the movie, Eugene has embraced his real name.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Twice.
    • The first, when the Captain of the Guard is leading him away to be executed. Though a bit unnerved and scared at first while putting his hand on his neck, Flynn doesn't resist, struggle, or cry, just marches along with them quietly... until he sees the Stabbington Bros. in a cell and realizes that Rapunzel is in danger.
    • The second is when he performs his Heroic Sacrifice, knowing he will die, but saving Rapunzel instead. He even attempts to smile and comfort her as he passes.
  • Facial Composite Failure: A running gag is that the "Wanted" posters he's on don't correctly portray his nose. Each time he spots such a poster, it is worse.
    Eugene: They just can't get my nose right!
  • Family Eye Resemblance: He and King Edmund have the same eyes.
  • Fingore: He isn't awake when it happens, but Rapunzel accidentally slams his fingers in the doors of her closet.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He and Rapunzel start to become more friendly with each other after escaping the guards chasing after them and nearly drowning together.
  • First-Person Peripheral Narrator: He claims, when narrating the opening, that it's not his story, it's Rapunzel's. Which in important respects is only technically true.
  • Flynning: Besides the obvious Pun, he engages in some of this with Maximus when he's wielding a Frying Pan of Doom and the horse is dueling him with a sword. He even lampshades the absurdity of it.
    Eugene: You should know that this is the strangest thing I have ever done!
  • Freudian Excuse: In the pilot movie for the series, he proposes to Rapunzel, unaware of how stressed she is about being a princess, and the fact that he's putting her on the spot in a royal banquet doesn't help matters. It leads to her temporarily rejecting it. Cass calls him out for this, and he explains later to Rapunzel (actually Pascal in disguise) that the reason why he proposed is because he grew up in an environment where he had nothing and he wants their future family to have everything.
  • Gentleman Thief: He exhibits some traits of this trope. The two times we see him actively stealing, it's from the king and queen of Corona, who wouldn't exactly be financially ruined by the loss of a tiara and a ring. Given his background as an orphan and his desire to be as rich as possible, it's likely Eugene was always after bigger fish. Furthermore he uses violence as a last resort, preferring to either charm his victim, make a run for it, or otherwise outsmart his opponent. And he's very snarky, too. What doesn't fit is his betrayal of the Stabbington Brothers (and given their distrust of him, it's probably not the first time he tried it), seeing how it could have gotten them hanged.
  • Given Name Reveal: Twice.
  • Gold Digger: Subverted. Initially seen as one by Cass in the series, due to his unemployment and shady past. She comes to respect him more as he starts training the guards to better catch crooks.
  • Good Feels Good: Is a staunch believer of this after putting aside his criminal ways, especially in the TV show. This is the lesson he tries to - and ultimately succeeds in - teach Red and Angry when they first meet, and whenever he meets anyone else at the cusp of changing sides he'll always say something about how being and doing good feels better and makes one happier than the alternative.
  • Greed: His original motive is to be "surrounded by enormous piles of money".
  • Has a Type: He tells Rapunzel at one point that he has a thing for brunettes. Of course, he could be saying it just to let her know he loves her regardless of her new hair color.
  • Heroic Bastard: Heavily implied by his last name of Fitzherbert. Traditionally, the Fitz- prefix designates the bearer as the illegitimate child of the man with the unaltered name. So Eugene's full name spells out that he was born out of wedlock, which explains a lot about his backstory and why he preferred to use an alias. Subverted, as the series reveals that he is the legitimate son of King Edmund.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices his life for Rapunzel's freedom at the end. He gets better.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He casually mentions reading to the other orphans in the orphanage, and how he wants money to be able to do things and go places like a character he read to them about.
    • He correctly suspects that the supposed painter from "Fitzherbert P.I." is not whom he claims to be because he can speak Italian.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: "You can't tell anyone about [his real name]. It could ruin my whole reputation." This, of course, is toned down afterwards. While he remains aloof and sarcastic in company, especially towards Cassandra, he provides important insight for Rapunzel in a moment of quiet. Interestingly, whenever his Rapunzel is having trouble understanding her best friend, Eugene usually knows what makes Cassandra tick.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Snuggly Duckling backfired badly on him.
  • Hot Consort: Through his marriage to Rapunzel, Eugene is currently Prince Consort of Corona. However, since his father is King Edmund, this means that Eugene could possibly end up as King of the Dark Kingdom, and therefore hold the title of King Consort of Corona.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: In the cartoon series, it's shown that Eugene's history as a successful career thief means he knows how thieves think and therefore how to catch them. He ends up being assigned to teach the Royal Guard how better to anticipate and catch thieves.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Insists he is the "only guy allowed to annoy Cass" and will leap to her defense if another man causes her misery.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: He's a thief in the first place because he wants to emulate swashbuckling adventurers.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He does pretty good at fencing with a frying pan. Better, in fact, than with an actual sword.
    Flynn: I have GOT to get me one of these!
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Hinted at. In full "Eugene-mode" he is very sensitive and understanding, but he only shows that side around Rapunzel, whom he loves and trusts deeply. Even now that he's going under his birth name again, he acts more like Flynn Rider, uncaring, aloof and superior, especially around Cassandra, around whom he feels quite unsure.
  • Iron Butt-Monkey: He seems to be Made of Iron when it comes to physical comedy. Not so resistant to stabbing, though.
  • Ironic Echo: In the trailer, Eugene calling for Rapunzel to let down her hair is humorous. Less so for the single time he uses it in the movie.
  • It's All About Me: Heavily accused of that by Cassandra. She's a little late, though, since Character Development already heavily kicked in.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Due to growing up an orphan and becoming a thief, Eugene is a great deal more cynical in the world, and became somewhat of a jerk before meeting Rapunzel.
    Teenage!Eugene: Yeah, well, being a selfish jerk is how you get ahead in this world!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not exactly malicious, he just gets himself in a lot of trouble thanks to his thieving and he's greedy, self-centered, and really sassy. He gets better.
  • Karma Houdini: Justified. Since he helped Rapunzel return to her birth parents, he's pardoned from stealing the princess's tiara. However he's worried about some of his other past crimes, such as robbing the queen eight years ago (he thought she was a random noble), and tries to not get into any more trouble these days.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Gothel stabs him to keep Rapunzel's existence a secret. Or so she says.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Implied. When first meeting Rapunzel, he tries to flirt his way out and remarks how it's an "off-day" for him when his smoulder fails. In the TV series, Lance mentions Eugene having had relationships with twins, and then there's his standing up Stalyan at their wedding. However, ever since meeting Rapunzel, he's only been devoted to her.
  • Land in the Saddle: Eugene is catapulted over a high wall as part of his prison breakout and lands in Maximus's saddle. Thanks to Rule of Cool, nobody gets hurt. He's just as surprised as anyone else about that.
  • Le Parkour: Flynn and the Stabbington brothers use this at times in the movie, perhaps most noticeably while climbing on the palace roof in their first scene. He uses it more often in the series.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Complete with the usual aesop. Flynn even admits that his dream involves him being alone and has to be forced into participating in the Crowd Song and the Dance Line at sword point.
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: He briefly loses a boot when he's used as a human tug-of-war rope between Rapunzel and Maximus.
  • Lost Orphaned Royalty: He was orphaned as a baby, but it is later revealed in the Season 2 finale of the show that he's really King Edmund's lost son.
  • Lovable Rogue: Invoked. He tries to cultivate this image, but his wanted posters just can't get the nose right.
  • Love at First Punch: Rapunzel and Eugene's relationship kicks off with her knocking him out with a frying pan after he breaks into her tower.
    Eugene: Rapunzel, from the moment I first met you and you knocked me out with that frying pan, I knew it was love.
  • Love Redeems: Rapunzel's love for Flynn causes him to change his thieving ways and return to bearing his old name Eugene Fitzherbert.
  • Made of Iron: Flynn should at least be bruised from head to toe with many broken bones and concussions from all the abuse he goes through in this movie, but most of it doesn't leave a scratch on him. Though, he's still vulnerable to daggers and pointy rocks.
  • Manchild: Well, he was an orphan who had to take care of himself. His entire schtick is trying way too hard to embody a grade-schooler's idea of a badass, swashbuckling hero.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    • When Flynn and Rapunzel are about to see the lights appear, Rapunzel is worried about what to do with her life after she realizes her dream of seeing the lanterns. He consoles her by telling her, "Well, that's the good part I guess. You get to go find a new dream." This turns up again later when Eugene has returned to the tower in an attempt to free Rapunzel. Dying, he says, "You were my new dream." Rapunzel responds, in a tear-filled voice, "And you were mine."
    • The first and last times Flynn sees Rapunzel's long hair emerge from her tower are nearly identical, with her golden hair forming a loop as it flies out of the window into the sunlit air as he clings to the wall of the tower. The second time, it's not Rapunzel.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Eugene is Greek for "well born", so it's only fitting that he later marries the princess. In "Destinies Collide", Eugene learns that his father is King Edmund, who sent him away to avoid being corrupted by the Moonstone opal's power, with his ancestors serving as mystical guardians to protect the world from the opal's power.
    • Subverted. Fitzherbert is a patronymic surname that means "son of Herbert", but he neither knows who his biological parents are nor is his father named Herbert anyways. It turns out that his father's name is Edmund.
  • Meaningful Rename: He reveals in the epilogue that he goes back to his birth name, which we see happen in the series. After all, Rapunzel says she likes "Eugene" better.
  • Money Fetish: He admits his dream is to be "surrounded by enormous piles of money".
  • Motor Mouth: Anytime he's freaking out.
    Eugene: I'm-not-freaking-out-are-you-freaking-out-no-I'm-just-very-interested-in-your-hair-and-the-magical-qualities-that-it-possesses-how-long-has-it-been-doing-that-exactly?
  • Mr. Fanservice: According to an interview, Flynn's design came from the artists having the female staff members writing down all of the celebrities they thought were most good-looking and borrowing from that. Word of God called the gathering of female staff members "The Hot Man Meeting".
  • Named by the Adaptation: He's only ever referred to as "the prince" in the original tale.
  • No Honor Among Thieves:
    • He betrays his original partners in the film's opening.
    • Averted in his relationship with Lance Strongbow. They're like brothers and help each other out often.
  • Not with Them for the Money: He falls in love with Rapunzel without knowing she was the lost princess. He surely appreciates the incomes of living in a castle with her, but he makes clear all he really wants is to be with Rapunzel and make her happy. If he wants money, he prefers to get it from somewhere else.
  • Official Couple: With Rapunzel. They become a couple towards the end of the movie and then get married in the sequel short. The series takes place between them, with a pre-engagement but still very serious couple.
  • Oh, and X Dies: The opening narration starts off with Flynn stating, "This is the story of how I died." By the time it comes up in the story, odds are good you've forgotten about that line. Additionally, the first-time viewer, after observing his personality, would think he was exaggerating for drama.
  • Oh, Crap!: He gets a lot of these reactions.
    • It's played for laughs during his encounters with Maximus.
    • It's played for drama when the guards reveal he's going to be hanged for stealing the crown.
    • Subverted anytime he sees one of his "Wanted" posters — which would cause most people an "Oh, Crap!", but he only fusses about how his nose is drawn.
    • He also has some of these reactions throughout the series.
      • In "Cassandra vs. Eugene" when he and Cassandra are confronted by the Stabbington brothers.
      • In "The Return Of Strongbow" when he realizes that the ring he stole eight years earlier belongs to Rapunzel's mother, Queen Arianna.
      • In "In Like Flynn" when he and King Frederic are surrounded by King Trevor's guards.
      • At the end of "Lost and Found", Eugene receives a fortune slip from Vigor the Visionary that warns him of impending betrayal once Rapunzel reaches the end of her journey in the Dark Kingdom. He ganders at Cassandra, who bears a sinister smile. Eugene is so shocked his eyes widen. He begins to suspect that Cassandra will turn against Rapunzel.
  • Omniglot: Quite possibly. Eugene states that he's been all around the world, and the series reveals that he speaks Italian, adding some credibility to his claim and making it possible that he knows more languages. He sometimes drops in some Spanish words, so he likely knows Spanish, too.
  • Only Sane Man: Just check out his expressions during the "I've Got A Dream" song. He's the only Disney character (along with Robert from Enchanted) to question why everyone is randomly singing during a Crowd Song.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Eugene is being escorted out of the prison to his death sentence, he encounters the Stabbington Brothers again. Rather than being intimidated by them, as he has been every other time, Eugene is furious. He breaks free of the guards and cows two men twice his size and ten times as vicious into answering his questions.
  • Opposites Attract: With Rapunzel. He's a jaded, worldly-wise thief, she's a spirited, innocent princess.
  • Parental Abandonment: He's an orphan, and he never really knew his parents. He eventually gets to meet his father, King Edmund, who is the guardian of the Moonstone.
  • Pretty Boy: Intentionally invoked; his design is a composite of many men the women in the studio deemed attractive.
  • Prince Charming: Back in the day, Flynn Rider was a lying, cheating jerkass, but as Eugene, he proves he doesn't need to be a prince to embody the spirit of this trope, taking it even further than other Disney Princes by going as far willing to die out of love for Rapunzel. That said, the animated series reveals that he actually is one.
  • Protector Behind Bars: His imminent execution doesn't bother him as much as when he realizes that Rapunzel is Mother Gothel's captive.
  • Rags to Royalty: He is an orphan and a thief who marries a princess (though he didn't know that she was royalty when he fell in love with her). Though it turns out that he was royalty all along.
  • Really Gets Around: It's quite implied he had quite a number of ex-girlfriends that he dumped back in his days as a thief, if Lance's account of a warlord's twin daughters was of any indication, and the fact that he got with a crime boss's daughter only increases the implication.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: The show's Season 2 finale reveals that he is the lost son of King Edmund of the Dark Kingdom, making him a prince.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Due to growing up as a thief, Eugene doesn't get along with rules, procedures, or any kind of authority. This shows in "Fitzherbert P.I.", where he can't keep a job because he keeps refusing to do things by the book.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The laid-back and snarky Blue Oni to Rapunzel's energetic and emotional Red Oni.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: After the movie, Eugene puts his skills as a former thief to use by eventually getting a job as a consultant for the Royal Guards.
  • Reformed Criminal: By the end of the movie, Eugene turns his life around and stops thieving.
  • Reverse Psychology: Flynn uses this, trying to get rid of Rapunzel by using her fear of disobeying her mother by encouraging her to do it:
    Flynn: Overprotecting mother, forbidden road trip... But let me ease your conscience: this is part of growing up. A little rebellion, a little adventure. That's good, healthy even. [...] Does your mother deserve it? No. Would this break her heart and crush her soul? Of course. But you've just got to do it.
  • Runaway Bride: Male example. He ran away from the altar when he was set to marry Stalyan.
  • Running Gag: In the movie, whenever he encounters a wanted poster, they never can draw his nose right.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Rapunzel. He just stands there and snarks at her naivety as she's excitedly running around and exploring the world.
  • Secret Keeper: Rapunzel lets Eugene know her secret that Cassandra sneaked her out of the kingdom the night she got her hair back. Eugene would love to see Cassandra getting in trouble for this, but he promises Rapunzel to keep the secret.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: While he does have a fair amount of wit and charm, it pales in comparison to how witty and charming he thinks he is.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: His antagonism with Cassandra leads to much verbal snipping at each other.
  • The Southpaw: He fights against Maximus wielding the frying pan with his left hand.
  • Spanner in the Works: Flynn entering her tower to escape the guards with the stolen tiara is what leads Rapunzel to discovering her true identity.
  • Sticky Fingers: Lifts the loot from his partners early in the film and Rapunzel's tiara in the epilogue.
  • Street Smart: Eugene knows any criminal trick to run from the law, mostly because he invented some of them. This proves helpful to catch some criminals and eventually, he's assigned to teach the royal guards how to think like a thief.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: The quick-witted and crafty Smart Guy to Cassandra's Strong Girl. While Eugene is capable of impressive athletic feats and skilled in combat, it's more of a last resort, as he usually prefers to make a run for it or outsmart his opponents, as opposed to Cassandra, whose go-to move is a direct confrontation likely involving violence.
  • Swashbuckler: He wants to be one of these so much he called himself "Flynn Rider" after a swashbuckling hero in a story he read. Thus, his initial portrayal is one of a dashing thief who uses trickery and "the smolder" to charm his way through adventures. Albeit a bit more anti-heroic and snarky than usual for this kind of character.
  • That Man Is Dead: Flynn Rider dies as Eugene begins embracing his true name and personality. So the Tonight, Someone Dies warning at the beginning is very true; it is the story of Flynn's death and his rebirth as Eugene. However, everyone he's ever met in the past will still refer to him by his previous name. In "Beyond the Corona Walls", after Stalyan attempts to persuade him to marry her, only to be stopped by Rapunzel and Pascal saving him, he embraces his future with Rapunzel as Eugene Fitzherbert.
  • They Do: In the narration, Eugene and Rapunzel assure us it is so. We see their wedding in the short.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Thanks to Rapunzel. As a career thief, he used to say, "Every man for himself," and leave his partners in crime behind without a second thought, and that included not only the likes of the Stabbingtons but even his best friend Lance. In "Return Of The King," he decides to save the Stabbingtons because thanks to Rapunzel he now believes in second chances.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • When Flynn gets angry, his voice gets more intense, but he doesn't devolve into shouting or a mindless rage. He's basically still himself, but suddenly a lot more willing to get physical.
    • He doesn't have this in the film when he's confronting the Stabbingtons in prison, due to his anger there being fueled by fear and anxiety, but he still maintains enough control to get the information he needs.
  • Unreliable Narrator: He announces that the story isn't about him, but rather Rapunzel. It's actually about both of them.
  • Vague Age: One rumour that spread and became popular was that Eugene was supposed to be 26 years old, meaning that there was an eight year age gap between Rapunzel and him. However this is jossed by the fact that Directors Bryan Howard and Nathan Greno stated that they personally believe that Eugene is 24 years old at his oldest and that the story writers see him as being younger than that. Basically Eugene's age is between 18 at his youngest and 24 years old at his oldest. As a flashback from "The Return of Strongbow" shows, 8 years prior to the present events, Eugene is still an adult while Rapunzel is at least 10 that time around. "Destinies Collide" reveals that he was a newborn child 25 years before that episode, which itself takes place about two years after the movie.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Played for laughs. "What The Hair" finally has a wanted poster where they got his nose right, only for it to be destroyed in Varian's lab, much to Eugene's chagrin.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Courtesy of Rapunzel: Flynn really starts to grow after Rapunzel tells him that she likes Eugene better. She also takes to calling him by that name as well, a gesture of respect that greatly fosters Flynn's later Character Development.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: The only appropriate response to seeing your not-quite girlfriend making friends with the hell-beast of a horse that's been chasing you all over the place.

    Pascal 
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Voiced by: Frank Welker [uncredited in Tangled and in Tangled Ever After]; Dee Bradley Baker [in Tangled: Before Ever After and Tangled: the Series]
Appearances: Tangled | The Series | Ever After
Appearances in alternate continuities: Kingdom Heartsnote 

Rapunzel's pet chameleon and constant companion.


  • Animal Reaction Shot:
  • Ascended Extra: While he was definitely there in the original movie, he tends to play a notably more substantial role in the series, with season 1 and season 2 each having an episode centering on him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Pascal is a friendly lizard but he tripped Gothel out the window during the climax.
  • Butt-Monkey: Pascal and Maximus are subjected to many hijinks and embarrassment as they try to keep the royal wedding on track in Tangled Ever After.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a little chameleon, Pascal's mother sent him down a river to escape a snake, losing her life in the process (and little Pascal witnessing it). Pascal ended up washing up near Rapunzel's tower and decided to check things out, deciding to stay with Rapunzel after she saves him from the same snake.
  • Disney Death: In "Queen For a Day" when he willingly jumps into the Demanitus Device to remove a stone jamming the gears and almost dies from such, but survives albeit severely injured.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Almost sacrifices his life in "Queen For a Day" when he jumps into the Demanitus Device and gets injured when he removes the stone jamming the gears.
  • Hero Secret Service: Played for laughs, as Pascal seems to view himself as a guardian for Rapunzel, often acting as her protector and defender... which gets a bit tricky, seeing as he's a very small chameleon. Although he does manage to stare down Flynn and Maximus. He's the one ultimately responsible for Gothel falling out of the tower at the end.
  • Hollywood Chameleons: Zig-zagged trope. At the beginning of the movie, his body's colours match a pattern on a flower vase (which isn't how chameleons work in real life), but later he does change color with mood, like real chameleons, just with a different code.
  • I Am Not Weasel:
    • Flynn initially keeps referring to him as a "frog", probably not out of genuine mistake but more to annoy Pascal, as Flynn didn't like him at first.
    • In the novelisation Rapunzel and the Lost Lagoon, Cassandra refers to him as a "lizard"note .
  • Lovable Lizard: A cute and feisty chameleon who is Rapunzel's loyal (if sometimes snarky) pet.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: To Rapunzel. Despite his small size and not having much strength, he always supports and helps Rapunzel. Especially in the series, where he saves Rapunzel's life a few times. Rapunzel refers to him as her best friend.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is related to the Hebrew word "pesach", which means "Passover." This ties directly back to his Backstory of being floated downstream by his mother to escape an attacker, eventually finding his way into the care of a princess; just like Moses.
    • "Pascal" is the French form of "Pascha", which is Latin for "Easter"; Pascal is Rapunzel's close companion, and Rapunzel's healing tears resurrect Flynn from the dead, which can be considered as a resurrection experience for Flynn, who is reborn anew as Eugene Fitzherbert.
  • Only Friend: He was Rapunzel's only companion for the years she lived in the tower.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Inverted, as he's a good friend to Rapunzel that's a positive influence on her, and is just adorable. One exception plays it straight though: he sticks his tongue in Flynn's ear, to Flynn's horror, twice.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: A cute and small chameleon.
  • Shipper on Deck: He's happy at the thought of Rapunzel and Flynn getting together.
  • Spanner in the Works: Often plays this role in the series. Being so small, he's not much of a physical threat, but he's really good at being in just the right place in just the right time.
  • Silent Snarker: He manages to be a Deadpan Snarker, without ever saying a word.
  • Stock Sound Effect: He makes little squeaky toy sounds when he's abused.

    Maximus 
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Voiced by: Frank Welker [uncredited in Tangled]; Nathan Greno [in Tangled: Ever After]; Dee Bradley Baker [in Tangled: The Series and Tangled: Before Ever After]
Appearances: Tangled | The Series | Ever After
Appearances in alternate continuities: Kingdom Heartsnote 

"That is one determined horse!"
Lance, summing up Maximus' character

The Captain of the Guard's horse, who is unfortunately more competent than the captain himself. At the beginning of the movie, he dedicates himself to hunting Flynn down for getting the tiara. He later serves as the Royal Guard's mascot.


  • All Animals Are Dogs: Maximus hunts things by following their scent, sits on the ground with his front legs extended, and wags his tail out of joy. note  All in the name of Rule of Funny. Also, Rapunzel pets him and speaks to him in the same way you would to a dog.
    • This is toned down for the series, where he generally acts more like an actual horse... though his doglike traits have in no way been done away with altogether.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Maximus is the most badass character in the entire movie: if he had been around when Rapunzel was a baby, he would have tracked down the missing princess before the sunrise. He's also more skilled with a sword than his rider.
  • Animal Reaction Shot: Gets a few of these, although the job is mainly Pascal's.
  • Badass Adorable: Don't let the fact that he's a cute horse (that has dog mannerisms) deceive you, he is miles more competent than the soldiers he fights alongside. Taken Up to Eleven in the series episode "No Time Like The Past", where we get to see him as a foal: He's twice as adorable and just as unstoppably badass.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Part of his modus operandi, especially in the series. When the heroes are imprisoned, or just about to get overpowered... guess who's coming rushing in to save the day?
  • Butt-Monkey: Pascal and Maximus are subjected to many hijinks and embarrassment as they try to keep the royal wedding on track in Tangled Ever After.
  • Character Development: Maximus in the beginning was all about protocol and rules and regulations, going so far as to track down the lawbreaker even after his rider, the head guard, had fallen off. Later, it turns out he's a real softie for cute young girls and their dreams, and even gives the aforementioned lawbreaker some leeway for the sake of their love, lending his super-horse strength and fighting skills to break Eugene out of prison and the gallows.
  • Cool Horse: Not only is he a massive Determinator, he's a master fencer despite not having hands.
  • Cutlass Between the Teeth: When fighting Flynn. Hey, it's not like he has thumbs.
  • Demoted to Extra: He has a much smaller role in Tangled: the Series, particularly in the first season where he's Out of Focus for most of it. He's featured a lot more in the second season, though he's still not quite the main character he was in the movie.
  • Determinator: When hunting Flynn, he's not gonna stop for anything. Except for Rapunzel calling him a good boy.
  • Expy:
  • Hazy Feel Turn: After he realizes that Eugene truly cares about Rapunzel, and assembles the Pub Thugs to help him escape execution. From a certain point of view, this could also be considered a Face–Heel Turn. Or it could be that Maximus felt he had an obligation since he'd promised to cut Flynn slack for 24 hours as a favor to Rapunzel (it was her birthday). Maximus has a funny Animal Reaction Shot when Flynn starts acting heartfelt about being rescued.
  • Horsing Around: Being the Captain of the Guard's horse, Maximus does his best to capture Flynn.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: More competent and effective than the entire royal guard put together.
  • Improbable Weapon User: A sword normally isn't the world's most improbable weapon, but when a horse is wielding it, it could count. In the end, Maximus trains an entire squad of frying-pan wielding guards.
  • Inspector Javert: Towards Flynn, at first, because he's a thief and must be punished no matter how difficult it will be to catch him. Doug Walker compared him to the actual Javert.
  • Le Parkour: While Flynn's riding him as part of his prison break, he makes jumps that tournament bred horses would envy.
  • Made of Iron: The abuse that Maximus' legs put up with would cripple a normal horse a dozen times over. But thanks to Toon Physics, they do fine.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: Maximus recruits the Pub Thugs to help Flynn escape execution, which brings all of Rapunzel's allies together for a heroic moment.
  • The Nose Knows: Snuffles along the ground like any blood hound. This trait is almost his trademark in the movie, but only shows up on a very rare occasion in the series.
  • Shipper on Deck: Eventually, he starts shipping Rapunzel and Flynn, including pushing the latter into the Falling-in-Love Montage. Literally.
  • Silent Snarker: He manages to be a Deadpan Snarker, without ever saying a word.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Ruddiger the raccoon in the series. From their first meeting in "What The Hair?" they took an instant dislike to each other, and whenever they share an episode they tend to fight... usually over apples. They do have an Enemy Mine episode in Season 3's "Day of the Animals."
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: A royal mount that got separated from his rider but still kept trying to bring Flynn in. He eventually warms up to him.
  • Team Pet: By the series, Maximus goes from being the Captain's personal steed to being the Royal Guard's mascot. Just like any military mascot, he has ranking status.
  • They Have the Scent!: He whinnies rather than bays, of course.
  • Think Nothing of It: In an eloquent whinny when Eugene thanks him for the rescue. Just doing his duty, you know.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Letting Eugene be hanged for theft is the lawful part. Freeing him so he can do good by Rapunzel and redeem himself is good. Surprisingly, he chooses good. Doubles as Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!.
  • White Stallion: Originally the horse of the captain of the guard, now friends with Flynn Rider who becomes Rapunzel's hero.

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    Cassandra (SPOILERS AFTER SEASON 2) 

Cassandra

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"I show up with heart ablazing / Ready to achieve amazing things / But I'm left waiting in the wings."
Click to see her corrupted form (SPOILER) 

Voiced by: Eden Espinosa, Cassie Glow (kid), Hudson D'Andrea (toddler) (English); Erika Ugalde (Latin-American Spanish); Mie Sonozaki (Japanese); Kim Oh-kyeong (Korean)
Appearances: The Series

Rapunzel's former handmaiden and the adoptive daughter of the captain of the Royal Guard.


  • Action Girl: She's a tough-as-nails handmaiden who knows her way around a sword.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Her friends call her "Cass". Varian calls her "Cassie", a name she doesn't like at first, but eventually warms up to.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Added to the series so that Rapunzel could have a female friend.
  • Almighty Janitor: Cassandra may be a handmaiden, but her father is Captain of the Royal Guard, and her own talent and knowledge exceeds her standing.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Cass sports black hair and can be quite dismissive of anyone who doesn't meet her standard (read: Eugene).
  • Always Second Best: She envies Rapunzel for besting her in the tournament, and is revealed to have been jealous of Rapunzel for quite some time for having been born with incredible power while Cassandra has trained hard her whole life and yet is still stuck in Rapunzel's shadow. And then it turns out that Gothel, her own mother, abandoned her for Rapunzel. She even lampshades this in "Rapunzel's Return" when she blows up at Rapunzel following her betrayal of Rapunzel and Eugene and her taking the Moonstone.
    Cassandra: My whole life, I've been cast aside for you!
  • Ambiguously Evil: Her Face–Heel Turn brings a lot of Cassandra's actions into question in light of her recent behavior. While her experiences in "Rapunzeltopia" behind the mysterious door did mark a change in her character, there have been signs of her darker nature throughout the series such as in "Challenge of the Brave" and "Rapunzel and the Great Tree". Even after taking the moonstone, she doesn't do anything that bad. All she does is defensively and non-fatally knock the other characters out of the way as she runs, even though with the power she has she could probably kill them if that was what she wanted. It's not clear what exactly her plan even is, who would be threatened by it, or if she has one at all beyond getting out of Rapunzel's shadow.
  • Ambiguously Gay: She doesn't express any interest in romance, with her secret relationship with Andrew being a ruse. At the same time, her various interactions with Rapunzel seems to be close beyond best friends, which is even deliberately invoked by story revisionist Amber Leigh.
  • Ambition Is Evil: In her "I Want" Song, she longs to be a hero and laments about living under Rapunzel's shadow. In the end of season 2, Cassandra pulls a Face–Heel Turn to "fulfill her destiny".
  • Arc Words: "Waiting"/"Wait". Her song in Season 2 and its reprise in three is titled "Waiting in the Wings", she's Rapunzel's lady-in-waiting, and much of her struggles in the first two seasons is her waiting to be given the opportunity to prove herself and receive the recognition she thinks she deserves. Her past shows that she was always waiting for her mother's love, but never got it. And when Rapunzel tries to get through to her, she accidentally presses her Berserk Button by telling her to "wait". Safe to say, Cassandra is done waiting.
  • Arc Villain: Following her merge with the moonstone and becoming corrupted by its power, she becomes the main antagonist of the third and final season.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Twice; she gets turned into a bird in "Freebird" and into a younger version of herself in "You're Kidding Me."
  • Because Destiny Says So: Her betrayal of Rapunzel and bonding with the moonstone is she, by her own words, " fulfillling my destiny!"
  • Beneath the Mask: The ending of "Lost and Found" reveals that someone in Rapunzel's group will turn on her once they reach the Dark Kingdom. As Eugene scans the group by the fire, his eyes fall on Cassandra, who turns to look at him briefly with what seems to be a genuine smile. However, as she turns away from him, her smile becomes noticeably more sinister and devious, which Eugene realizes. Things go even souther in the next episode.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Cassandra was taught from a young age (probably too young) to pull her own weight and now has less than zero tolerance for moochers and people who succeed without hard work.
    • In "Rapunzel's Return". Rapunzel seems to be getting through to Cassandra... until she tells her to "wait". Cassandra has been "waiting" her entire life, only for nothing to come of it, so she's done "waiting". This drives her to turn her back on her former friend completely.
  • Big Bad: Of Season 3, after taking the Moonstone and is seeking to master its powers before heading out for revenge against Rapunzel.
  • Blade on a Stick: During the later part of "Rapunzel and the Great Tree," Cassandra wields a magic spear in order to try destroy the tree with it. Rapunzel has a different plan...
  • Blood Knight: A good fight is her idea of fun.
    Rapunzel: (fending off a guy with a sword) Sorry, Cass, you were so right about being on the road: it is not all fun and games!
    Cassandra: (smiling like a maniac) Are you kidding? This is fun! (punches a guy in the face)
  • Blue Is Heroic: Inverted. Blue becomes one of her main colors, the other being black, after she merges with the Moonstone, but prior to touching it, she has gone through a Face–Heel Turn and turned into a villain.
  • Body Horror:
    • In "Rapunzel and the Great Tree", while trying to get Rapunzel to stop using the hurt spell, she reaches for her shoulder, only to pull it back in pain when the spell backlashes onto her, shriveling and corrupting her right arm.
    • Her Painful Transformation in "Destinies Collide" one-ups this by having the black rocks spread through her body as they create her new armor.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Cass' other duty as Rapunzel's lady-in-waiting is to keep her safe. "Rapunzel and the Great Tree" deconstructs this, as Cass reveals she doesn't want Rapunzel to be able to take care of herself as this would take away Cass' opportunity to be her hero. She kinda evens the field when she merges with the moonstone.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has short hair to show her tomboyish and assertive personality. She had longer hair as a child.
  • Brainy Brunette: Cassandra has black hair and is quite intelligent.
  • Cain and Abel: After learning of her past and relation to Rapunzel, she becomes the Cain to Rapunzel's Abel.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: She's quite shocked on learning her father led a group of Elite Mooks that nearly got her, Rapunzel, Eugene and Maximus killed in retrieving an important MacGuffin. Unlike Rapunzel, who hits a Rage Breaking Point with her father, Cass handles it better.
  • Celibate Hero: Outside of a secret relationship that that was actually a trap for both parties, Cassandra doesn't pay attention to romance.
  • Childhood Home Rediscovery: She's forgotten
  • The Confidant: Rapunzel confides in her about things like why she doesn't want to marry Eugene yet, her princess issues, and is the first person she trusts with things like sneaking out of the castle and the sudden regrowth of her magic hair.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: She's utterly terrified that if her dad finds out that she sneaked out Rapunzel to see the black rock spikes, she'd be sent to a convent. This fear turns out to be justified; the Captain after he finds out sends her to the convent in the first season finale.
  • Connected All Along: She turns out to be the actual daughter of Mother Gothel, as revealed in the Season 3 opener.
  • The Corruption: Her arm goes through this in "Rapunzel and the Great Tree" when she tries to stop Rapunzel from making the moonstone incantation. Later on, Cassandra's whole body ends up corrupted after she grabs the moonstone and bonds with it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has quite the witty sense of humor.
  • Disappeared Dad: While we eventually learn that her biological mother was Gothel, the identity of her biological father is currently unknown.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point:
    • While she is correct that Eugene benefits from being Rapunzel's almost-fiance, she completely ignores that Eugene sacrificed his life to give Rapunzel her freedom and having "Blondie" in his life, happy and safe, is more important than any financial or social reward.
    • Her motivation for turning to evil is that her own mother abandoned her in favor of Rapunzel, which she interprets as Rapunzel living a charmed life and always getting what's been denied to her. However, Mother Gothel was abusive, while the adoptive father Cass gained genuinely cared about her, meaning that Cass had a far better upbringing than Rapunzel did.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: She strives to get people to respect her as a warrior. It's hard when most people brush her off as a mere handmaiden, and when your best friend decides to ignore your advice.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She dislikes Eugene, but even she thinks her dad shouldn't be making up rules to keep the former thief from becoming a Royal Guard.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After bonding with the Moonstone, her full body armor is completely discarded, in favor of a mostly black, full-body outfit, with dark blue highlights, and glowing blue eyes and hair.
  • Evil Former Friend: Betrays Rapunzel and Eugene at the end of "Destinies Collide". When Rapunzel tries to appeal to her in the following episode that they're friends and technically sisters, Cassandra rejects it all.
  • Evil Makeover: Bonding with the moonstone causes Cassandra to gain a new outfit, as the trope above elaborates.
  • Evil Wears Black: Merging with the moonstone causes her armor to be destroyed and replaced by a bodysuit made of the black rocks themselves, with only a spiraling blue pattern accompanying it.
  • Face–Heel Turn: She turns against Rapunzel and uses her for her own goals in the Season 2 finale, to the point of even becoming the princess's counterpart as the Moonstone. We learn in the Season 3 premiere that it was out of shock and anger towards Rapunzel for replacing her in the eyes of their mother, Gothel. However, she has yet to do anything evil and has currently just run off to have some time alone.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Her leggings have different colors near the boots. After gaining the power of the Moonstone, this instead changes to her right arm turning into a blue glove and with a blue spiraling pattern down her otherwise pure black spike armor.
  • Foil:
    • To Rapunzel — Rapunzel is a bubbly, naive girl who wears light clothing and comes from a wealthy family; Cassandra is a serious, smart girl whose main outfits are dark clothing and her family isn't from royalty, they work for royalty (her father is the Captain of the Guards). This becomes even more pronounced once Cassandra merges with the Moonstone, essentially becoming the destructive counterpart to Rapunzel's solar healing, and then we learn that Gothel was Cassandra's biological mother, but abandoned her for Rapunzel.
    • To Eugene — Both are the sarcastic, cynical loved ones to Rapunzel. However, while Eugene is a former criminal, Cassandra is a servant for the royal family. And while Eugene cares about Rapunzel enough to sacrifice his life for her, Cassandra has no problem with stabbing Rapunzel in the back.
    • To Varian — Both were allies of Rapunzel before they both betrayed her, but while Varian was a Nice Guy who loved alchemy and science, Cassandra was a snarky, no-nonsense Jerk with a Heart of Gold who wanted to join the Royal Guard. While Varian turns evil of his own volition due to what happened to his father, Cassandra turned evil just before she touched the Moonstone and made sure to keep it hidden until then.
      • This is even more pronounced in "Rapunzel's Return": when Rapunzel tried to get through to Cassandra, the latter attacks her in response, wrongly perceived Rapunzel as being condescending to her all her life, and was alright with rejecting their friendship. Varian, however, did still want to be friends despite his Face–Heel Turn and became much more self-aware of how low he sank in season 1. When Rapunzel later offers him another way to free his father, he jumps at it and reconciles with both Rapunzel and his father.
  • Fountain of Youth: She, along with Shorty and Lance, are turned into children during the episode "You're Kidding Me".
  • Freudian Excuse: Cassandra's mother, Gothel, treated her like a maid when she was a toddler, then abandoned her entirely. She is adopted by a man who, while loving, rarely showed his emotional side and taught her to earn her keep. To make her father proud, she wants to follow in his footsteps, only to constantly be pushed to the sidelines. Deep down, Cass only wants to be loved, but her experiences have convinced her it doesn't come unconditionally.
  • Fusion Dance: Does a power booster type, with an Evil Makeover, with the moonstone.
  • Goal in Life: Cassandra is single-mindedly dedicated to becoming a royal guard like her father. This is subtlety deconstructed, as her devotion to this goal has made her neglect other important aspects of life, such as having fun and making friends.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: "Rapunzel's Return" reveals that she has been jealous of Rapunzel for a long time, hating the fact that Rapunzel was "born for greatness", while she had to work to achieve her goals.
  • Happily Adopted: "Cassandra v. Eugene" reveals that the Captain of the Guard is not her biological father, further proving that she and Eugene are Not So Different.
  • Headbutting Heroes:
    • To Eugene, but when the time calls for it, they do work together without any major problems.
    • To Rapunzel, especially in the second season after Rapunzel has become more and more self-reliant and independent.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Most of her collections are swords and she carries around a rapier. She pretty much no longer needs it after gaining control of the black rocks.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • She didn't like Eugene at all at first, believing he wasn't worthy of Rapunzel, and that as a former thief, he didn't belong in the castle, completely disregarding his more noble qualities.
    • In "Rapunzel's Return", she claims that Rapunzel has always condescended to her, and never let her forget about her being a princess.
  • Hypocrite: She's quick to call Eugene self-centered, but Cassandra herself can be very selfish; she almost jeopardized Eugene and Rapunzel's relationship due to not wanting to face consequences for sneaking Rapunzel out of the castle in the pilot for the series, tries to sabotage Rapunzel in "Challenge of the Brave" due to being upstaged, and "Rapunzel and the Great Tree" suggests she's afraid of Rapunzel becoming independent because she'll stop having to rely on her. And then there's of course the second season's finale, where she takes the Moonstone's powers for herself. In the season 3 premiere, she makes it very clear that she's going to use its power to achieve the greatness she believes she deserves.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: She reveals in "Rapunzel and the Great Tree" that she hopes Rapunzel doesn't become independent so that she can be her hero. She gets to become "special" by the time of "Destinies Collide"
  • Ignored Epiphany: Rapunzel tries to force Cass and Eugene to bond by locking them in a jail cell together and requiring them to solve a puzzle to escape. The two immediately forget whatever bonding time they had, as prisoners and then as hostages, by the end of the episode. It gets averted later on when they all try to work together to handle the spike problem.
  • It's All About Me: Cassandra has a bad habit of placing her own goals and desires above everything else.
    • In the Before Ever After movie, she insists that Rapunzel tell no-one about their trip outside the kingdom that restored Rapunzel's hair, not even Eugene, because she's afraid it will cost her her job.
    • In "Challenge of the Brave", she resents Rapunzel for joining the eponymous contest. Cassandra sees the contest as a chance to prove herself to the entire kingdom, but Rapunzel has no real interest in competing, only seeing it as a fun way to spend her Saturday. This doesn't stop Cassandra from acting cold and insulting to Rapunzel throughout the event, without even telling her why it's so important to her. She even sabotages Rapunzel's chances in the final round so she could have a better chance of winning. Rapunzel says that if Cass had just told her, she would have gladly backed out of the contest.
    • In "Great Expotations", she goes back on the deal she made with Varian (being his assistant in showing off his new invention at an upcoming contest in exchange for him helping her with her duties) when the opportunity for her to be the official guard to the judge of the contest presents itself.
    • This comes to a head in "Destinies Collide", where Cassandra steals the Moonstone and takes its power for herself, with the only explanation she gives before the transformation being how she's "fulfilling her destiny." The Season 3 premiere reveals that she is doing this chiefly to finally get out of Rapunzel's shadow, and attain the greatness she believes she deserves.
  • Ironic Echo: "Be careful with who you trust." The first time it's said, Cassandra warns Rapunzel to not be so trusting to people of the outside world, as they're venturing into unknown territory. Cue "Destinies Collide", Cassandra says this mockingly as she finishes being corrupted by the moonstone, and reveals herself to be evil.
  • Jerkass Ball: Picks it up in "Challenge of the Brave," becoming so annoyed with Rapunzel for stealing the spotlight from her during the titular challenge that she tries to sabotage her by hiding Rapunzel's chosen weapon, a frying pan, for the Circle of Death match. Cassandra never once considers that her actions could have gotten Rapunzel seriously hurt at the very least, all out of petty pride.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cassandra is snide and dismissive towards Eugene, but shows her soft and protective side to Rapunzel. It turns out that her heart isn't so golden after all. This still may quailfy as of "Be Very Afraid", as according to Rapunzel, she wasn't trying to attack. In fact, the very idea of destroying Rapunzel horrified her so much she activated the fear rocks by accident. To Rapunzel, there's still a glimmer of goodness in her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Even after everything they've been through, and after Rapunzel tried to help her, Cassandra still betrays Rapunzel by taking the moonstone for herself.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Cassandra isn't exactly the most optimistic person around, and she clashes with Rapunzel's idealism more than once, but she still has her heart in the right place. Until "Destinies Collide," that is.
  • Lady-in-Waiting: She's supposed to fill this role regarding Rapunzel, as the daughter of a royal retainer who is tasked with keeping company to the local Princess. "Destinies Collide" makes that a little bit more difficult.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A minor bit; Cassandra gets comeuppance if she's an utter hypocrite about things. She loses the Challenge of the Brave by default after Rapunzel attempts to throw the challenge on learning why Cass is being resentful, even though as Rapunzel says, if Cass had just told her then she wouldn't have participated. Cass also tried to get Eugene evicted from the castle earlier as part of their petty bickering, and views him as an opportunistic rulebreaker despite her having broken the rules to make Rapunzel happy. In the season finale, for breaking the royal decree by sneaking Rapunzel out the night before her coronation, the Captain sends Cass off to a convent, long after she and Eugene have grown to respect each other.
  • Like Parent, Like Child:
    • Cassandra shares the Captain's self-righteous sense of right and wrong. It may be her intentionally emulating her father's behaviour however, as it's her greatest dream to be like him.
    • She also has her mother's self-centredness.
  • Living a Double Life: She is the princess' Lady-In-Waiting by day, but she dabbles in combat when she has the time. However, she does not go around advertising her abilities because what she does will draw attention to Rapunzel, and such news might reach the King. Later on, she has to juggle being the Lady-In-Waiting and a Guard-In-Training.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Being Gothel's biological daughter, that makes her and Rapunzel adoptive sisters.
  • Lunacy: After stealing the Moonstone, she gains its powers to control the black rocks. And she's absolutely crazy.
  • Meaningful Name: "Cassandra" means "to shine upon men". This makes sense because she wants to join the Royal Guard, and hopes to excel amongst the male-dominated legion.
  • Misplaced Retribution: The retribution is still in the works, but Cassandra blames Rapunzel for the pain over being abandoned by her mother, when it should directed at Gothel, who valued Rapunzel's youth-grating magic over her biological daughter. Unfortunately, Cass is blinded by preexisting insecurities and jealousy of Rapunzel, and likely more than a little Drunk with Power after taking the Moon Stone.
  • Morphic Resonance: She retains her black-gray hair after turning into a bird in "Freebird."
  • Multicolored Hair: Her hair is mainly black but has numerous greyish/silver streaks. Once she merges with the Moonstone, her hair is mainly sea blue with light blue streaks.
  • Never My Fault: While Cassandra is quick to point out everyone else's flaws, she doesn't take it well if hers are brought up. She will usually shift the blame to someone else or just react deeply insulted.
  • No Social Skills: It's unclear if it's genuine ineptitude or a lack of interest, but Cassandra shows lacking in how to interact with people. She is strictly a loner, is bluntly honest to the point of hurtful, and treats everything like a battle to win. She does mention that she dislikes talking about her feelings, and it takes her a lot to open up to even Rapunzel. Besides, it appears that she didn't have any friends before the uber social Rapunzel came into her life.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite her serious, tomboyish attitude, she can't help but squeall over Pascal's grass skirt.
    Cass: Cute's not really my thing, but I gotta admit, that's INSANELY CUTE!!!
  • Not So Different:
    • She and Eugene actually have a lot more in common than just their love for Rapunzel. Both were orphaned at a young age and while their paths went different ways they both find themselves constantly trying to prove to others they are more than what everyone thinks they are.
    • In a way, Cassandra and Varian are similar, despite their 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 betraying Rapunzel in order to pursue their own goals.
    • You could even say she and Mother Gothel share something in common in that they both use Rapunzel for their own means: Mother Gothel used her magical hair to retain her youth, while Cassandra uses her position as Rapunzel's handmaiden to feel special and, eventually, she uses her to get to the Moonstone. Like Mother, Like Daughter...
  • Not So Stoic: Cassandra might be stone-faced most of the time, but even she can crack every once in a while.
    • In "Freebird," as they fly, Cassandra eventually gets as exited as Rapunzel.
    • In "Freebird," she actually cries when she thinks Rapunzel may turn into a bird for good.
    • In "Rapunzel and the Great Tree," she's visibly furious at Rapunzel when she tries to check on her after her arm gets burnt and the tree is destroyed.
    • "Rapunzeltopia" has her show some bitter anger at Rapunzel as she sees if she's okay.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Eugene enlists in Royal Guard training, he ends up being the butt of her father -- the Captain's beatings. Despite mocking the idea of Eugene being a guard and betting that he wouldn't even make it past basic training, she and Maximus cringe during his failings, noticeably doesn't look happy with her father picking on him, and she talks to Eugene later about how he should bend the rules if her father does.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: After bonding with the moonstone, her eyes, like her hair, turn into a light shade of blue.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Takes advantage of Rapunzel's hesitation to snatch the moonstone for herself.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her biological parents are nowhere to be seen, leaving the Captain of the Guard to serve as her parental replacement. We learn in the Season 3 premiere that her mother was Gothel, who abandoned her to run away with Rapunzel after the royal guards reached her cottage with Cassandra inside. This discovery leads to Cassandra making a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Painful Transformation:
    • In "Rapunzel and the Great Tree", after Hector comes back from being pushed off the ledge, possessed by the heart of Zhan Tiri's tree, Rapunzel decides to use the reverse incantation. When the spell becomes too powerful for Rapunzel to handle, Cassandra intervenes, touching Rapunzel's arm, and Cass' own right arm is severely burned and turns pitch black; she wears a glove to hide her damaged right arm from this point afterwards.
    • She goes through another one in the Season 2 finale after bonding with the Moonstone. The stone destroys her armor and replaces it with attire that includes the black rocks jutting out from all over her body. Her hair turns blue when she seizes the power of the Moonstone for herself.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Getting the power of the Moonstone dyes her hair light blue.
  • The Promise: The reason she tags along with Rapunzel's group in Season 2 is because she made one of these with King Frederic, Rapunzel's father, in order to keep her safe. With the events of "Destinies Collide," however, this promise is bound to be broken, if it hasn't already.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Gives one shortly before her Face–Heel Turn, which causes Eugene to become suspicious of her.
  • Raised by Dudes: Cassandra credits her daredevil attitude and proficiency with weapons to having the Captain of the Royal Guards for a father (and she has no mother in sight). For that matter, her upbringing is probably why Eugene's status as a Reformed Criminal marks him as undesirable in Cassandra's eyes as well.
  • The Resenter: She does consider Rapunzel her friend, but Cassandra resents her for unintentionally making her live under her shadow and easily earning people's respect and admiration. "Crossing the Line" shows just how much Cassandra resents Rapunzel, hating the fact that Rapunzel was literally born for greatness, while she had to work to achieve her goals.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She chooses to take the Moonstone and run away just to spite Rapunzel, ignoring that this will put the fate of the world at risk.
  • The Rival: While Eugene has problems trusting a lot of new people in the castle, such as various guards, Cassandra is openly hostile toward him (in her words, she doesn't like him for anyone), and the two are constantly arguing and insulting each other.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Cassandra mostly follows the rules set by the royal family, unless it involves Rapunzel's happiness, in which case she'll break them in order to make her happy.
  • Secretly Selfish: While Cassandra's self-interest has always been evident, her "I Want" Song in "Rapunzel and the Great Tree" portrays Cassandra despairing at the idea of Rapunzel becoming self-reliant. Not because she's worried Rapunzel might be misled or that she will get left behind by her best friend, but because Cass' hopes of heroism moving further and further away without a princess to guide and guard. Comes to a full head at the end of season 2, when she reveals her selfishness by betraying Rapunzel and Eugene.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Tons of it with Eugene.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: She suffers from this as she has been assigned the job of handmaiden when she really wants to be a woman of action. Her dad keeps her in line by threatening to send her to a convent.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks very much like Gothel did in her youth minus the eye color, and her hair is a bit shorter.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Although smart in her own right, Cassandra's immediate response to a problem will usually involve brute force and feats of athleticism, making her the Strong Girl to Eugene's Smart Guy.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Cassandra is the Tomboy to Rapunzel's Girly Girl. Cassandra has an entire armory of swords, is more comfortable in a tunic and pants according to the junior novelization, and has short hair.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: More and more after "Rapunzel and The Great Tree", to the point where she becomes more distant with Rapunzel after she doesn't listen to her. This comes to a full head by season 3, where Cassandra becomes a full-blown villain.
  • Tranquil Fury: After Rapunzel's seemingly permanent transformation into a bird, she goes after Father in ice-cold fury. Threatening him with a sword, she demands more eggs to turn Rapunzel back and when he tells her that there are no more and begs for mercy, she shatters his teapot.
    Father: No! I'll never be able to make my tea again! (disappears)
    Cassandra: That's what I was counting on.
  • True Blue Femininity: Subverted. Cassandra's handmaiden dress is blueish-white and her hair later becomes blue, but she's a tough-as-nails tomboy.
  • Symbolic Mutilation: Cassandra, a character who insists on helping Rapunzel herself and who refuses to get help from others, has her hand burnt while trying, futilessly, to get Rapunzel to stop chanting the moonstone incantation.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If Cassandra hadn't taken Rapunzel out to see the spikes, the spikes wouldn't have grown and endangered the kingdom, leading to the rest of Season 1. Ironically, Cassandra also sets up the events leading to her own Face–Heel Turn.
  • Villain Song: "Crossing The Line", sung in the season 3 premiere. Also the Dark Reprise of "Waiting in the Wings".
  • Walking Spoiler:
    • It's hard to talk about her in detail without mentioning she betrays Rapunzel and Eugene and merges with the Moonstone.
    • Cass is Gothel's biological daughter, and is jealous of Rapunzel for overshadowing her because she was abandoned in favor of her.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Cassandra's goal of proving herself and joining the royal guard are rooted from a dream of making her father proud of her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: After getting her right arm subjected to Body Horror by Rapunzel using the hurt spell, Cassandra displays little bitterness towards Rapunzel for this, although "Rapunzeltopia" shows that Rapunzel certainly believes that she does indeed blame her when she hallucinates Cassandra giving her this trope. The Season 2 finale shows that she is angry at Rapunzel, but more because she believes Rapunzel is constantly overshadowing her and condescending to her over their respective roles than because of the incident with her hand. She is still angry about her hand though, as seen when the spirit teaching her how to channel the Moonstone's power via anger and hatred tells her to remember everything she's suffered because of Rapunzel — while lifting up Cassandra's injured hand.
  • The Worf Effect: In order to show how dangerous or competent a character is, Cassandra would more than often be the first person to be taken out.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair glows blue after taking on the powers of the Moonstone in the Season 2 finale.

    Lance Strongbow / Arnwaldo Schnitz 
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Voiced by: James Monroe Iglehart (adult) , Blake Moore (kid), Vargus Mason (teenager) , Mioo Tanaka (Japanese)
Appearances: The Series

Eugene's friend from his time as a thief.


  • Amazon Chaser: He quickly becomes attracted to Adira the instance he sees her cutting down trees with her sword.
  • Ascended Extra: Appears in a few episodes of season 1, joins the main cast in season 2.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call him by his real name, Arnwaldo.
  • Best Served Cold: He waited years to steal a treasure from the Baron, another thief who betrayed him and Eugene. He was in jail for a while, though.
  • Big Eater: He does love his food.
  • Black Best Friend: He and Eugene considered each other to almost be family.
  • Brains and Brawn: Lance is the Brawn, who is big, tough, yet dives into situations without thinking, whereas Eugene is the smart, clever one.
  • Childhood Friends: He grew up with Eugene in the same orphanage and they became partners in crime later on.
  • Consummate Liar: He can come up with convincing lies quite quickly.
  • Cowardly Lion: In contrast to Eugene, Lance is more unwilling to get himself into dangerous situations, but nonetheless does his best to help.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": His birth name is Arnwaldo, but he wants to be called Lance, and reacts very annoyed when addressed as "Arnwaldo".
    Eugene: Let's just get out of here... Arnwaldo.
    Lance: HEY! Don't. Call me. Arnwaldo!
  • Easily Forgiven: After he enlists Eugene's help to recover some treasure from the Baron, only to discover that one of the stolen content is a ring belonging to Queen Arianna with him and Eugene being caught when they try to steal the ring back from Rapunzel, he becomes friends with Eugene and Rapunzel after apologizing to them, and donates most of the treasure to the Corona orphanage.
  • Embarrassing First Name: He doesn't like his original name of Arnwaldo.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He eventually comes clean about dragging Eugene into trouble, especially once he realizes he's jeopardizing Eugene's relationship with Rapunzel.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Clever and creative at spinning a yarn from nothing, but Lance is not good at giving people nicknames.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Bears more than a passing resemblance to his voice actor, James Monroe Iglehart.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be quite a prick at times, as shown in his second appearance, but he and Eugene are still friends like in the good old days.
  • Large Ham: He has a great time hamming it up when he plays the role of a bandit in "The Return of Quaid".
  • Literal-Minded: So much that Lance will interpret drawings as he sees them.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Lance isn't as daring as he appears to be, and tends to cower when it comes to performing death-defying acts, often hilariously exclaiming: "I'm not getting on that" or some variant.
  • Not So Above It All: It's shown Lance and Eugene have tend to have childish arguments, such as who should steer the boat.
  • Pet the Dog: He donates the treasure he stole to the Corona orphanage's charity. Most of it anyway. Makes sense when you consider that Lance was an orphan alongside Eugene and likely empathizes with orphans as a result.
    • In the season 1 finale he joins in on Eugene, Cass, and the guard's attempt to rescue the Queen.
  • The Pig Pen: Lance is rather messy, and Eugene is okay with it, just not in front of the royals.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's the Sensitive Guy to Eugene's Manly Man. While Eugene is more willing to throw himself into danger, Lance is more of the Cowardly Lion who tries to avoid danger as much as possible.
  • Ship Tease: He develops a crush on Adira as Season 2 progresses.
  • Shout-Out: His roguish personality and willingness to make things right are reminiscent of Lando Calrissian.
  • Sticky Fingers: He just can't resist snatching up riches when the opportunity is there.
  • Those Two Guys: He's best friends with Eugene.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In "Beyond the Corona Walls" and throughout Season 2, he's scared to death of spiders. Justified since he was bitten and poisoned by a toxic spider as he gets captured and brought before the Baron.
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