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"When will my life begin?"
Clickhere  to see her with her hair cut.
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 (French): Maeva Méline
Voiced by (Japanese): Shoko Nakagawa
Voiced by (Korean): Park Ji-yun, Park Sae-byeol (singing), Kim Mi-rang (as a child)
Appearances: Tangled | The Series | Ever After | Frozen (2013)note  | Sofia the Firstnote 
Appearances in alternate continuities: Disney Infinity | Ralph Breaks the Internet | Kingdom Hearts IIInote 

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.

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  • 100% Adoration Rating: She almost has this among the citizens of Corona. In the movie, it's said she's "beloved by all." In the TV series, when Monty boos her, she initially doesn't know what being booed means, having never heard it before due to her previously being overly sheltered.
  • The Ace:
    • She's good at everything, as seen in the song "When Will My Life Begin" in the movie. 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 many different things is because she was locked in a tower for 18 years of her life and had to keep busy to basically keep her own sanity and find ways to pass the time, year after year.
    • In the series, she joins a competition on a whim, seeing it as a fun way to spend a Saturday. She ends up outperforming everyone who'd spent much time heavily training for the event... without even extending much effort. In fact she's very rarely legitimately challenged by anything except for overwhelming odds, and most of the conflict comes from struggling with moral questions, her naivety when it comes to dishonesty, and the depressing frequency with which she's manipulated and let down by those close to her.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the traditional version of 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 (just to use her unique abilities to maintain her youth). And when Rapunzel fights back, it ends with Mother Gothel nearly killing Eugene to keep her presence a secret from her true parents and being forced to watch Gothel die in front of her from falling out of the tower. 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 a Girly Bruiser who's quite handy with a frying pan. Even Eugene notes that Rapunzel doesn't need anyone to take care of her and she's the one who "normally does the saving".
    • The series takes this even further: 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.
  • Aesop Amnesia: She has a very hard time understanding Cassandra's issues. For example, she does not take her lesson from "Big Brothers of Corona" to respect Cassandra's wishes to heart.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Eugene calls her "blondie" and "sunshine", 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. The series reveals he is 26 during Season 3, giving them a 5 year age gap.
  • Agony of the Feet: The first time she wears shoes (high heels, no less) in Tangled: Before Ever After, it does not go well since she has literally never worn shoes before.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Rapunzel is a caring and sweet person who wants to be friends with everyone. She was even disturbed to see Gothel fall to her death after Rapunzel found out that she was an manipulative abuser.
  • 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 to save her from Gothel. Taken to Running Gag levels in Before Ever After.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While Rapunzel is in a relationship with Eugene, there's quite a bit of subtext between Rapunzel and Cassandra, at times getting too close for comfort. In fact, when Rapunzel lost her memory, Cassandra decides to show Rapunzel the world like Eugene did in the movie, and there are hints she would’ve fallen in love with Cassandra if it were her instead of Eugene,
  • 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 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.
  • Ballet: Just one of many things she became good at in her captivity.
  • 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. In the TV series, it's stated 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. Even Cassandra can get unnerved when Rapunzel gets genuinely angry up until her Face–Heel Turn that is.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She becomes a surrogate one towards Varian, protecting him from Cassandra when she attacks the group.
  • 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.
  • Broken Pedestal: Varian loses all respect for her when she refuses to help him free his father, though it becomes a Rebuilt Pedestal in Season 3.
  • 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.
  • …But He Sounds Handsome: Princess Rapunzel is using a Paper-Thin Disguise trying to discover why Uncle Monty does not like her.
    Uncle Monty: I got that thing as a gift and I'm trying to find some use for it but let me tell you, it's not even useful as a doorstoop.
    Rapunzel: Yeah, dumb and totally useless thing. I surely hope the foolish but clearly well-intentioned person who made it regrets it.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Cassandra's Cain. Though Season 3 reveals that Rapunzel and Cassandra are adoptive sisters, Cassandra also tries to murder Rapunzel several times.
  • 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.
  • Cosmic Motifs: Of the sun. She was born after her mother drank a potion made from the flower that was imbued with the sun's power. Her hair is as blonde as the sun. She has an energetic personality and is a magnetic person.
  • Create Your Own Villain: She does this to Varian in the latter half of Season 1. It was her being forced to turn him down when he begs her to save his father when she has far more important matters at hand regarding her kingdom, as well as never checking on him afterwards, that makes him undergo a Face–Heel Turn and vow Revenge against Corona and its royal family. In Rapunzel's defense, however, she couldn't help him during the blizzard, and Varian ignored his own role in his father's imprisonment.
  • 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. Unfortunately, using this incantation more will make it harder to snap out of, and touching her will either kill you or lose you a limb.
  • Determinator: As she makes clear to Zhan Tiri, "I'm not big on giving up!"
  • 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 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 the bottom of her dress down over her feet. (There's considerably more lampshading in Tangled: The Series since she's a royal princess who spends time outside and yet never wears proper shoes.) 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.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After all the pain she goes through throughout the movie and series, including the betrayals of two of her closest friends, Rapunzel finally obtains her happily ever after by defeating Zhan Tiri and marrying Eugene.
  • 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.
  • Even the Loving Hero Has Hated Ones: Calliope is so annoying that Eugene was freaked out that Rapunzel could hate someone.
  • 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 center 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.
  • Family of Choice: She essentially sees Cassandra as the older sister she never had. Made even more notable when she finds out that Cassandra is Gothel's biological daughter, making them in a way sisters and claiming the only good thing she ever did was bring them together.
  • 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 of Femininity: Rapunzel is a beautiful, kind-hearted, and innocent princess who for convenience, keeps her hair tied in a long braid decorated by flowers.
  • 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.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The saguine. The cheerful, friendly Genki Girl.
  • 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.
  • Full-Contact Magic: In the series, she directs her light with hand gestures.
  • Genki Girl: One of 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. The first sign of her, in the original trailers, is also 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 in the series where she suddenly becomes a fearless combatant on par with any warrior.
  • 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.
    • She goes through something similar during the series, becoming increasingly willing to call out those who lie to or try to manipulate her, and a lot less patient with dealing with bad behavior from those close to her.
  • 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. In "Beginnings", this was because of some of the Moonstone's magic from the rocks being transferred to her hair when she touched them, making it grow back and become indestructible like them to protect her on her journey to the Dark Kingdom.
  • 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:
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She lamently admits she doesn't know what Cassandra is going through, despite the fact that it was Cassandra's choice to turn against her and attempt to kill her, not to mention she suffered far more under Gothel's abuse yet still remained unambiguously kind, whereas Cassandra was at least taken in by a loving adoptive father but still undergoed a Start of Darkness.

  • 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 her initial wish was to simply leave her tower just once for her birthday, when she discovers the joys of freedom, she doesn't want to give it up and wants a new life.
  • Important Haircut: Granted, it's done to her hair by Eugene, but it's to stop Gothel from enslaving Rapunzel for the rest of her life.
  • 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Toward the end of Season 1, Rapunzel never bothers to check on Varian during the months following Zhan Tiri's blizzard, nor does she send someone to do so. It comes back to bite her when he betrays her and manipulates her to get the Sundrop Flower, she's locked by her father inside a tower on her birthday due to his overprotectiveness, and her mother gets abducted by Varian as well.
  • 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.
    • Also inverted in the series where she usually wears her hair in a braid but, since it's her improbable weapon, she lets it down to kick ass.
  • Light Is Good: She's heavily associated with the sun and she's the heroine.
  • Light 'em Up: In "Cassandra's Revenge," the 4th incantation allows her to wield light that makes the indestructible black rocks crumble into dust.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: She is the Light Feminine (sweet, innocent, and Obliviously Beautiful) to Mother Gothel's Dark Feminine (a cold and ruthless Proud Beauty). Fittingly, Mother Gothel is dark-haired in contrast to Rapunzel's Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold.
  • 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 mostly wears her signature purplish-pink dress, in both the movie and the first season of 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. After season 2 of the series, she gains a new adventure fitted outfit that features darker colors and leather, but only switches between that and her old dress. In season 3, she almost only wears a dress that is dark purple and that features the Kingdom of Corona's motifs as a sort of temporary Queen outfit.
  • Lost Orphaned Royalty: Was stolen by Mother Gothel shortly after her birth and isolated in a tower away from the outside world, all so Gothel could preserve her immortality.
  • Love Martyr: In Season 3, platonically, towards Cassandra. Rapunzel never gives up on her and keeps on reaching out to her, while Cassandra attempts to murder Rapunzel and her loved ones multiple times, allies with the Big Bad, and nearly destroys Corona.
  • 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 the healing magic of her 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.
  • Magic Knight: In the series, she turns into a fearless athlete and also learns Magical Incantations to Make Them Rot and Light 'em Up.
  • 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.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Rapunzel has had no formal combat training, and tends to leave physical confrontation to others and use diplomacy as a first resort. She is however physically exceptional in every aspect, and when she does get involved often outperforms the trained fighters in the cast.
  • 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 in the process.
    • The thugs at Snuggly Ducklings also help out her and Flynn because of her positive influence. Had she not been there, they probably would've turned Flynn in to the authorities for payment.
  • 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.
  • Nervous Tics: She often runs her fingers through her hair when she's anxious or excited.
  • Never My Fault: In "The Alchemist Returns", she states "I don't even know what he is anymore!" in regards to Varian's betrayal and theft of the Sundrop Flower, even though she brought it upon herself by not checking on him after Zhan Tiri's blizzard was over.
  • Nice Girl: Rapunzel is helpful, sweet, kind, and will never break a promise.
  • Nice to the Waiter: She is kind to those lower-ranked than her as well, including handmaidens, and becomes Cassandra's First Friend.
  • 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, Eugene is blackmailed into (almost) marrying his evil ex-girlfriend Stalyan. Rapunzel, not knowing about the blackmail, gets very jealous of Stalyan, to the point of making petty and rude comments about her that she (and everyone else) notes is very unlike her. She calms down once it's made clear Eugene isn't marrying Stalyan of his own free will and is determined to get him back.
  • Opposites Attract: With Eugene. She's a spirited, innocent princess, he's a jaded, worldly-wise thief.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: When Varian is thrown out into an intense magical snowstorm, she never bothers organizing a search party for him, which is quite jarring for her.
  • Parental Favoritism: Cassandra accuses Rapunzel of being this to Gothel, saying Gothel chose Rapunzel over her. Even Rapunzel knows this is not true as Gothel didn't care about either of them and was a selfish person.
  • The Pawn: Rapunzel is a Girl in the Tower with Fountain of Youth powers who is convinced she has been protected by her selfless caring mother from a Crapsack World who would abuse her powers because Rapunzel is The Ingenue. Then Rapunzel discovers at her 18th birthday that she really is the kidnapped princess of her Kingdom, that the woman he has called Mother all this time is her kidnapper putting on a Wise Old Folk Façade, who has been Gaslighting Rapunzel all her life so she can use Rapunzel as her personal Fountain of Youth, and that The World Is Just Awesome and Rapunzel is a Determinator.
  • 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.
  • The Pollyanna: Rapunzel is a very optimistic and cheerful person who tries to see the good in others and get along with people. Even when Gothel is dismissive and emotionally abusive towards her, she never feels the need to think bad about her as she genuinely loved her as a mother.
  • 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. In Season 3, with the incapacitation of her parents, she spends much of the season as more or less de-facto Queen, making important decisions and leading much of Corona.
  • 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 the series, when she uses the hurt incantation, her hair turns black with glowing green streaks.
  • Power Glows: She has The Power of the Sun, after all.
    • Her hair glows when she sings the healing incantation.
    • In "Cassandra's Revenge," as Rapunzel uses the fourth incantation, her hair and eyes glow bright gold.
  • 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: A generous, naïve, cheerful and sweet princess with golden hair and a preference for pink dresses. Yep, she fits the bill. The most notable difference is that she marries a Reformed Criminal instead of a Prince Charming, although he turns out to be a prince after all.
  • 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.
  • 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. Swinging on it like she does would also require incredible physical strength and practical knowledge of physics... which indeed she demonstrates even outside of that specific situation.
  • 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.
  • The Scapegoat: Throughout the third season, Cassandra repeatedly victim-blames her for overshadowing her and Gothel abandoning her in favor of Rapunzel, despite her having no choice in the matter, having been kidnapped by Gothel as a baby, and almost always treated Cassandra with kindness and respect. Given the traumatic childhood they each had under Gothel, this kind of behavior is rather typical between abused siblings.
  • 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.
  • Shared Family Quirks: In "The Way of the Willow", Rapunzel meets her aunt Willow for the first time and discovers they have many things in common: they both enjoy painting, going on adventures, and running around barefoot.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Supernatural Floating Hair: In the Series, Rapunzel's magical hair sometimes moves on its own, floats, and glows, too. In the Reverse Incantation mode, it turns black and slithers.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: When she uses the fourth incantation, her eyes glow bright gold.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Rapunzel is the muscle between her and Eugene, while Eugene helps her learn more about the world.
  • 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 she and Flynn 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 realizes 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 said mother and Cassandra, she goes to fight him with a determined but calm expression, contrasting his growing Villainous Breakdown.
    • In "Cassandra's Revenge," as she uses the fourth incantation, floating above the ground and glowing with power, she gravely orders Cassandra to let Eugene go and, after Cassandra refuses, proceeds to stop and disintegrate all the black rocks Cassandra throws at her.
  • 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. Becomes humorously lampshaded in the series.
    Rapunzel: Seraphina's a mermaid?!
    Hookfoot: Yeah, so? You're a woman with seventy feet of hair.
  • 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.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: In "Cassandra's Revenge", she had repeatedly refused to fight Cassandra. This changes when Cassandra threatens to kill Eugene; Rapunzel uses the hidden fourth incantation of the Demanitus scroll to unlock the sundrop's full power, and utterly flattens Cassandra with it (and the only words Rapunzel speaks during their clash is a repeated "Let. Him. Go.").
  • "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.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Cassandra often asks this about Rapunzel with regards to Eugene. All Cassandra sees is a careless ex-thief and thinks Rapunzel can do better, but all Rapunzel sees in Eugene is her Prince Charming. If "Islands Apart" is of any indication, Cassandra doesn't understand why Rapunzel doesn't break up with him.
  • Womanchild: She's known for her naivety and childlike demeanor due to Gothel not raising her properly as she wanted to keep her young even when she turned 18.
  • 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. It gets to tragic levels when it turns out not only he's unable to fully protect her, but such measures encourage his enemies and not deter them. Sure enough, Varian endangers her anyways.
  • Youthful Freckles: She has light freckles, mostly around her nose, to go with her youthful naivety and energy.


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Rapunzel and Cassandra

Before Cassandra leaves Corona to find her own destiny, both she and her best friend (and adoptive sister) Rapunzel declare their love for one another.

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