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Before Ever After, The Movie

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  • Much of the pilot movie is about Rapunzel and her parents adjusting to living as a family after so many years of never getting the chance to do so. It's clear that they love each other dearly, the queen in particular being a source of encouragement to her daughter.
  • Rapunzel and Cassandra's friendship is nice, it's good to see that Rapunzel has someone she can trust and be open with besides Eugene. Or Pascal.
  • Most of Rapunzel and Eugene's interactions as well, even after Eugene's sincere but unsuccessful marriage proposal. He still makes it unwaveringly clear that he'll stand by her and be patient with her, knowing that she needs time to figure things out.
    • Rapunzel's initial glee at Eugene's proposal.

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Season 1

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Proof that Rapunzel and Pascal have always been great friends.
What the Hair?!
  • When Rapunzel is trapped in the collapsing workshop due to Varian's experiments gone wrong, Eugene refuses to leave her and stays behind even though it means he'll probably be killed as well. Rapunzel uses their final moments together to tell him she loves him "more than you will ever know."
  • Varian's father instantly coming to check on him after the accident. He doesn't even think it could be his fault, like dads of similar stock, and doesn't become disappointed until he's told so and Varian is okay.

Rapunzel's Enemy

  • The episode's ending casts ambiguity onto how much Uncle Monty supposedly still dislikes Rapunzel as he claims, as he's shown putting the picture of the Gopher Grab contest that Rapunzel helped him win on his wall and looking at it with a fond smile on his face.
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  • Not only is Cassandra actually nice to Eugene but when it becomes obvious that her father is actively trying to get Eugene to quit and even breaking rules to do so, she gives Eugene a pep talk and some advice. Later when he thinks an art thief has stolen a royal painting she is the only one to both believe him and help.
  • Pascal and Rapunzel are so in time with one another that Rapunzel can hold a tennis racket behind her, not concentrating on making sure she doesn't drop it, while Pascal bounces on it and changes colour with every bounce as if they did it every day. Although, given their past life, maybe they did.
  • After spending the episode agonizing over how to appear in her royal portrait, Rapunzel does her own painting with her and her mother. (After Arianna told her it wasn't what she did that mattered but who she was and who she loved). It really shows how close she and her birth mother have become; growing up, the only mother Rapunzel ever knew was the one who kidnapped her as a baby. Rapunzel may have only known her birth mother for a short amount of time, but she takes comfort knowing Arianna is a mother she can love and trust.

Challenge of the Brave

  • Cassandra technically loses the challenge she'd wanted so badly to win by stepping just a bit over the line in the final round, making Rapunzel the winner. Rather than be upset, Cassandra accepts her loss and helps declare her friend's victory. In response, when Rapunzel is handed the winner's trophy, she gives it to Cassandra since she too showed the spirit of a true winner. The two even share a mutual hug after Rapunzel's one-sided hugs had been a Running Gag in the episode beforehand.

Cassandra V. Eugene

  • It's made very clear that Cassandra's father cares for her, as he backs off to keep the Stabbington Brothers from hurting her.
  • Cassandra and Eugene's semi-heart to heart talk while resting on their prison cell beds, where Eugene talks about his childhood as an orphan to Cassandra and admits that he always imagined what his real parents were like and yearned for them to come back for him, and Cassandra reveals she too is an orphan who can't recall having any other parent but her adoptive father. Eugene and Cassandra are shown to be Not So Different in how they've coped with not having a family, but their differences are big enough to get in the way of them seeing each other's similarities.
  • When Cassandra and Eugene help each other out, and how Cassandra glued the king's priceless, one of a kind vase back together after Eugene had accidentally shattered it so that Eugene doesn't have to get in trouble for it.

The Return of Strongbow

  • When Eugene returned her ring (and told her it was he who stole it all those years ago), Arianna could've told Frederic about how she lost it in the first place. But she instead simply tells Frederic Eugene returned it, recognizing that he's come a long way from the thief he once was.
    • What's more, it may help King Frederic warm up to Eugene in the near future.
  • Turns out the real reason Lance stole from the Baron was to donate it to the same orphanage he and Eugene were raised in. Karma Houdini or not, that's incredibly sweet.

In Like Flynn

  • King Frederic addressing Eugene with "son" in this episode, especially since Frederic has up to now been pretty critical of Eugene, while Eugene really wants to win his approval. Even better, it's the first episode in which the two men bond.
  • The Royal Seal, Trevor Jr., being granted his freedom by Eugene and King Frederic. The guys may have set out to prank King Trevor, but they still decide to let Trevor Jr. swim free in the ocean like any seal.
  • All of Rapunzel's "pranks" are pretty sweet, such as giving Maximus a room full of apples, complete with an apple statue of himself.

Pascal's Story

  • Pascal runs away and, in searching for him, Rapunzel crosses the line between concerned parent and absolutely crazy mad woman as she erupts at Cassandra. Don't mess with Momma!
  • Rapunzel helping Pascal, both in the past, and the present against the snake. After, she apologizes to her buddy for how she's been neglecting him lately. When they get back to the castle of Corona, Pascal is about to go up the hanging branch, when Raps says she wants him to sleep next to her. Aw...
  • After enduring horrific emotional abuse her whole life, a quick, easy-to-miss little moment in this episode highlights how much healthier Rapunzel's new life is. Cassandra doesn't get angry or resentful over Rapunzel's outburst; she's just softly, visibly proud of her for asserting herself.
    • The fact that Rapunzel feels safe enough to put her foot down that way with no fear of being punished or rejected. She could never have done that with Gothel, but she trusts Eugene and Cassandra not to emotionally hurt her for arguing with them.

Queen for a Day

  • Eugene, Lance, and the Snuggly Duckling gang volunteering to go on a dangerous mission to rescue Frederic and Arianna. Their reason being that the king and queen gave all of them a second chance, the least they could is give them the same.
  • Pascal surviving a near-imminent death when unjamming the gears of the Demanitus Device, and Rapunzel snuggles him with Tears of Joy in return.
  • Rapunzel seeing her parents alive and well post-blizzard and embracing them.
  • Eugene’s heartfelt talk with Rapunzel in the end when she doubts becoming queen after what happened. He knows being queen is a long time away, and when the time comes, no matter what may happen, he will be right with her.

Painter's Block

  • Rapunzel's ending: Not only does she overcome her artist's block and Heroic BSoD from "Queen for a Day", but she's found her inspiration to paint the mural (of herself and Eugene). Even better, the other painters who were hypnotized by Sugarby also get their own areas to paint on the mural.

Secret of the Sundrop

  • King Frederic brings a frying pan along and Rapunzel's face lights up at the sight it.
  • In its own way, Varian's determination to save Quirin.
  • Ariana’s sympathy towards Varian and attempts to reason with him. Especially since she saw firsthand from her husband the grief and anger from losing a loved one and how it change a person.
  • Shortly after Varian is arrested, his pet raccoon Rudiger comes to console him. Even being an animal, Rudiger knows that Varian is in the wrong, as earlier he helped free a captured Pascal. Despite this and being mutated as part of Varian's scheme, he is still willing to stay with his master in prison, perhaps to serve as a Morality Pet.
    • Also, there’s Rapunzel asking her father to help Varian, showing that despite all that Varian had done, Rapunzel understood his pain and wants to give him help.

Season 2

Beyond the Corona Walls
  • Eugene finally coming to terms that, although one day Rapunzel will want to settle down, she just isn't ready yet. She still has her whole life ahead of her and still has the whole world to see. If marrying her means waiting a few more years, then he's committed. Rapunzel greatly appreciates Eugene's loyalty.
  • Rapunzel and Eugene are cooking a steak over a fire during the song Next Stop: Anywhere. Pascal has joined them, which is cute enough, but he's cooking a fly on a stick like a s'more, with a gentle smile of happiness on his face.

Keeper of the Spire

  • What drove Calliope to keep pretending she was the titular Keeper of the Spire, even to the point that she became an annoying Know-Nothing Know-It-All? Why Rapunzel! Seeing this determined girl inspired her to realize that if anyone was going to be the Keeper in the previous Keeper's absence, it would be her. In the end, the real Keeper of the Spire says his absence was a Secret Test of Character meant to test her determination, and she passed.
    • What's more, Calliope holds the Keeper of the Spire in the highest regard like a father figure. Even for someone as annoying as her, she's a very caring person deep down.

Rapunzel: Day One

  • Under an amnesia spell, Rapunzel attacks Lance and Eugene because she saw Pascal with them and thought they had her beloved chameleon held hostage. You can guess what her natural reaction was.
  • In the end, Cassandra convinces an amnesiac Rapunzel that she can trust her enough to take the antidote that will restore her memories. Rapunzel wondered why she would bother trusting Cassandra, only for the latter to point out that friends have a way of knowing.
    • The two friends finally talking about what took place at the Great Tree, Cassandra's feelings about the incident, and making up.

You're Kidding Me!

  • Kid Lance, in general. In contrast to Kid Cassandra, Kid Lance is a very nice boy, curious and sensitive.
    • While Pascal clearly isn't enjoying himself, Kid Lance's affection towards him is extremely sweet. Even Eugene is moved to recall that his friend used to love animals as a child.
  • When he accidentally makes Kid Lance cry, Eugene begs the little boy not to cry because Eugene hates to see kids cry and it'll make him cry too. It shows he's not devoid of softness, despite tending towards the firmer side.
  • Eugene deciding to try Rapunzel's approach and be open-minded as a surrogate parent.
  • The vicious attack dogs in the kennel being turned into adorable puppies by the magic toy top.
  • After the entire experience, Eugene and Rapunzel affirming that should they ever decide to start a family some day, they will have what it takes to raise them with a firm hand, compassion and love.

Destinies Collide

  • Eugene admitting that he's come to love Cassandra as an "annoying sister", which makes Cassandra's later betrayal of him and Rapunzel all the more heartbreaking.
  • Eugene meeting his father.
    • King Edmund introducing himself to Eugene:
    Eugene: (closes his eyes and braces himself) What are you waiting for?
    King Edmund: (lets go of his axe) I...I won't fight you. (unmasks) You...are my son.
  • "Everything I thought I knew" may be poignant, but it's a sweet indication of how far Eugene has come to appreciate, not just his name, but his identity as an honest man who has put distance between himself and his past as a thief. Each memory throughout the song is a milestone of rediscovering himself, and he has plenty.
    • Not to mention his major milestone as "Eugene" was falling in love with Rapunzel and having a working relationship with her.

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  • "Checkmate" is full of adorableness from Pascal, as the chameleon tries to get Maximus to play chess with him. Highlights include Pascal trying to lead Max by tugging at his reigns, and wearing an old wanted poster of Eugene to encourage the stallion to follow him.
  • Rapunzel pulling out every stop to make an infamously grumpy Miss Crowley happy in "Make Me Smile." After taking the time to talk to the old lady, Rapunzel realizes the perfect way to brighten Crowley's mood: a window shade painted with a pretty landscape and a pair of homemade noise cancelling earmuffs.
  • "Hiccup Fever" has everyone jumping at the chance to cure Rapunzel's hiccups.
    • What's more, Monty offers a cure for her hiccups, showing that even as her "not friend", he cares about her.
  • "Hairdon't" shows Rapunzel going to great lengths to make sure Eugene does't see how badly she cut his hair. While he is upset when he sees the haircut, he and Rapunzel learn the rest of Corona saw it as a great hairstyle.

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