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Before Ever After, The Movie

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  • King Frederic at one point remembers the night Rapunzel was taken: a baby Rapunzel was crying and Frederic let out anguished cries for the guards to come and help. Then he closes the window in a suspiciously abrupt manner. Adult Fear, anyone?
  • Remember the spot the healing flower was found that saved Arianna and Rapunzel? Well now that very same place is filled with indestructible spikes and no one knows why they came to be.
    • And when Rapunzel touches one of the spikes a powerful blast is unleashed...followed by the newer spikes rising from the ground and nearly killing Rapunzel and Cassandra.
  • Lady Caine nearly separates Frederic and his daughter once more.
  • Lady Caine telling of Frederic's harsh penalties for criminals, especially when considering how Eugene was nearly hanged, makes one wonder if any innocent people were executed in Frederic's eighteen years without Rapunzel.


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Season 1

What The Hair?!

  • Near the beginning of the episode, Rapunzel has a nightmare where Mother Gothel suddenly appears in Rapunzel's bedroom, threatening in that condescendingly-sweet voice of hers to take Rapunzel back to her old tower... whether she likes it or not.
  • Rapunzel and Eugene are nearly killed when Varian's experimental boiler system brings the lab down on top of them. They're only saved by The Power of Love somehow causing Rapunzel's hair to form a protective shell around the pair of them.
  • The episode ends with Rapunzel confiding to Eugene how she got her hair back, when it cuts to just outside the walls of Corona and one of the sinister magical spikes emerges from a flower bed.

Cassandra V. Eugene

  • Seeing as how Rapunzel was raised by Gothel, it's a bit worrying how quickly she comes up with a plan to confine her friends and engage in Evil Laughter.
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Great Expotations

  • Rapunzel invents a guillotine. She personally made it to cut food, but Eugene starts rubbing his neck, implying that it is used for execution... somewhere. This is even worse if you consider that Eugene barely avoided getting executed at the end of Tangled. The thing probably reminded him of that, too.

Under Raps

  • Cassandra almost gets chopped alive by the guy she has a crush on and who takes her on a date, when he's revealed to be evil.

Queen for a Day

Painter's Block

  • The art teacher "Mrs. Sugarby" is pretty creepy. One look at her mysterious horn-shaped hairdo tells you something is definitely wrong about this lady. Sugarby manipulates her students including Rapunzel, Lance, Ulf, Feldspar and Frieda into painting a dull, leafless tree, which places them under her hypnotic spell as the irises of their eyes turn blank white. Why is she doing this? She's actually an evil spirit named Sugracha the Eternel and she's actually rallying these unfortunate citizens to free her master Zhan Tiri imprisoned in the actual leafless tree that they painted.

The Quest For Varian

  • Rapunzel's nightmare, full stop. Her father is murdered in front of her, and Varian comes up behind her, screaming at her and blaming her for the death of his own father. Then, the black rocks pop up all around them both, until Rapunzel is nearly torn in half... and she wakes up dangling off the balcony by her hair. Holy shit.

Secret of the Sundrop

  • Varian becomes an Ax-Crazy menace here, trying to murder Rapunzel and everyone she loves with a giant mech suit. The constant shots of his psychotic expressions and yells as he sits in the cockpit, which is completely glowing red, are unnerving.
  • The monster in the fog: a mutated version of Ruddiger, Varian's raccoon.

Beyond the Corona Walls

  • We finally meet the Baron and he is just as terrifying as Eugene and Lance have implied in the past, a mountain of a man who hates Eugene for leaving his daughter at the alter years and years ago.
  • Stalyan, said daughter, is also a real piece of work who goes along with her dad's plan to force Eugene to marry her by poisoning Lance. She even makes him publicly break up with Rapunzel to do it, and refuses to call him by his name, referring to him as "Rider" no matter his correcting her.
  • How does the Baron poison people? With a rare spider he keeps in a large ring that has slow-acting venom. Lance is feverish and ill all day, slowly losing more and more touch with reality and is only saved at the last minute by Pascal swiping the antidote. Also, soon after being bitten Lance gets green boils all over his body, which is horrifying to see.
    • If the viewer happens to be as arachnophobic as Lance is, seeing that spider crawl into his shirt and bite him can send a shiver down the spine.
  • The sadistic way the Baron forces Eugene to marry Stalyan: by poisoning his best friend Lance. And the Baron could easily just have threatened to poison Lance, but no, he actually lets Lance be bitten and only promises to deliver the antidote when Eugene goes through with the marriage. Eugene has to watch his friend get sicker and sicker.
  • The Baron gets poisoned by his own ring-spider, and Stalyan has to drag him off at the end. While he's likely to have more antidote around given it's his weapon of choice, imagine how much worse Stalyan might be if he doesn't recover from it.

Freebird

  • Mother and Father introduce themselves as pretty jovial folk, but then something eerie about them is revealed. They soon turn themselves to be kidnappers who turned human beings into their pet birds - one of them a kid - and are not only obsessed but also insanely devoid of empathy. Although far from being Disney's only experiment with this type of character, the consistently bright, dissonant tone sets them up as superbly disturbing, not helped by the fact that their real nature is never disclosed.

Happiness Is...

  • The negative effects the Idol of Happiness has on everyone. Almost like the One Ring itself, after only a few hours of use all of the heroes - even sweet, virtuous Rapunzel - are consumed with obsessive need for it, scheming and attacking one another just for a few more minutes in its presence. Even after they let it go, they remain twitchy and unstable and easily fall back under its power, as if going through withdrawal.
    • Worse still is that it appears to be sentient and in order to protect itself from being destroyed, it conjures up a hallucination of Varian in front of Rapunzel, who has a Psychotic Smirk on his face and is holding a hallucination of her father captive, saying he needs him for "a little experiment" as he pours a potion down his throat. Clearly, Varian's actions and mental state in the Season 1 finale left a scar on Rapunzel's psyche.

Rapunzel and the Great Tree

  • Rapunzel learns the special power of her hair. Because of the moonstone, she can drain the life from everything her hair touches. When she first uses it, she can't turn it off and nearly kills her friends. The second time, in order to save her friends, she loses control again and only manages to stop herself when Cassandra desiccates her hand trying to get Rapunzel to stop.
    • The manifestation of that power is downright chilling: just as using the power of the Sundrop causes Rapunzel's hair to glow, the first instances of the "Hurt Incantation" drain the color from both her hair and her eyes.
    • Look closely at Cass's desiccated hand: you can see muscle and sinew exposed in places!

Lost and Found

  • After Eugene learns that someone in Rapunzel's group will betray her when they reach the Dark Kingdom, Cassandra's genuine smile changes into a Psychotic Smirk when he turns around, which he immediately notices. Whatever she's planning, whatever is motivating her, whenever it happens, Rapunzel could lose another friend to the dark side, and Cassandra is already closer to her than Varian was...
    • This is ultimately proven true in the season finale, when Cassandra takes the Moonstone for herself and bonds with its power.

Destinies Collide

  • The last two minutes is a treasure trove of Nightmare Fuel (see below)
    • As Rapunzel goes to touch the Moonstone to fulfill her destiny, Cassandra suddenly grabs it. A shocked Rapunzel asks what Cassandra is doing, and she responds by angrily saying that she is fulfilling her destiny. She takes control of the Moonstone and bonds with its power, corrupting her and changing her appearance, which consists of dark blue and black attire, and her hair is now radiating with the power of the Moonstone. It is an especially disturbing sight to see how adversely the Moonstone changes her appearance. It destroys her armor and replaces it with an outfit that has the black rocks actually jutting out from her body, including her neck, arms, and legs. The Moonstone's power also permanently changes her hair and eyes to a bright blue. And to top it all off, after it shows that she seems to be in pain during her transformation, what do you think the first thing she does after it's all over? She starts laughing. It is a truly frightening scene that shows the absolute fall from grace that she has taken.
    Cassandra: I tried to warn you Rapunzel. You should be careful of who you trust.
    • The very last shot, of a crestfallen Rapunzel and horrified Eugene looking on at the betrayal of their once good friend, is especially haunting. Losing Varian to his darkest intentions was one thing. He was somewhat close to Rapunzel and the group, and his betrayal and descent into the darkness obviously had some adverse effects on Rapunzel. But having Cassandra, someone who Rapunzel had trusted with her life on multiple occasions, was her first friend when she returned to Corona after 18 years, and had thanked less than thirty seconds prior to her betrayal for everything she had done, succumbing to her own darkest intentions is a whole different ballgame. It makes you wonder if Rapunzel will be able to trust anyone anymore if she can't even trust her best friend. Also crosses over into Tear Jerker.
    • In a particular freeze frame bonus, one might notice Rapunzel's horrified expression on her face as Cassandra takes the Moonstone. It was scary to see Rapunzel react that way once she realized that Demanitus' prediction was right, when she previously dismissed it as incorrect. Furthermore, she already thought that Eugene unwittingly fulfilled this by siding with his father earlier to keep Rapunzel from the stone. One could only imagine how she felt once she saw Cassandra steal the Moonstone, and realizing that Demanitus was right all along.

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