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Recap / Tangled The Series S03E03 "Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?"

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Angry and Red return to Corona, with Angry announcing how excited she is to be moving into the rebuilt Old Corona. Red seems less then thrilled though. Unfortunately before the girls can move in it looks like a monster, a werewolf, may be stalking the town at night.

Tropes in this episode:

  • An Aesop: It's okay to feel anger and frustration about something, but what's not okay is bottling up that anger or using it to hurt others. Good friends work through their feelings and try to find a compromise.
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  • Art Shift: The backstory of the werewolf is told in an inky comic book style.
  • Berserk Button: Whatever you do, don't accuse Red of being a monster.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Though she's normally meek and sweet, Red proves fierce when she invokes her werewolf form. She even scares heck out of Creighton when she's at the werewolf's mercy.
  • Brick Joke: Back in "Big Brothers of Corona", Eugene warned Lance not to nickname the girls because one shouldn't go around naming people. In this episode, it comes to a head when Red admits she hates her nickname, to which Lance says to Eugene "Told you not to give them nicknames". While Eugene doesn't respond, his facial expression shows he isn't amused.
  • Bullying the Dragon: Creighton tells Rapunzel there's nothing she can do to stop her from hunting the werewolf (even if it's an innocent citizen of Corona). She forgets she's basically talking to the current Regent of Corona who has command over the guards, and there's plenty they can do to kick her out of the castle.
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  • Chekhov's Gun: Red's necklace acts as a dead giveaway to Rapunzel of the werewolf's identity.
  • Continuity Nod: Old Corona is being repaired since the battle against Varian in the Season 1 finale.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Monty gives a peace offering to Rapunzel, but when she sees what looks to be the Mark of the Wolf on his neck, she claims she doesn't like licorice and shoves him into his shop so as to protect him from Creighton.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Played with. While werewolf Red isn't evil so much as she is struggling with her frustration at not being heard, she is nonetheless violent and causes havoc in Corona. Towards the end, after Angry promises to listen to her more, she embodies this trope fully. She even gives her friends a big hug whilst she's a werewolf.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Creighton has a tendency of angering the wrong people at the wrong time. First, she tells Rapunzel, the acting Queen of Corona, that she can do nothing to stop her from hunting the werewolf, resulting in Rapunzel calling her guards and kicking her out of the castle. Later, she calls Red a monster in front of her, which causes Red to turn into the werewolf and run into the forest, leading to a fight that almost gets her killed.
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  • Dirty Coward: Creighton is a mad hunter who's highly bent on killing the werewolf no matter who it is. Her cowardice is hinted when she runs from Eugene after he disarms during their fight. When the werewolf gets the drop on her, Creighton begs for mercy. When the werewolf finally lets her go, she runs for her life.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Rapunzel accidentally cuts herself off when expelling Creighton from the palace.
    Creighton: Oh, you're making a huge mistake!
    Rapunzel: I will take that ch-(slams door) I didn't time that right! I wanted to slam it after "chance".
    Eugene: We knew what you were going for, cupcake.
  • Family of Choice: Even Rapunzel sees Red and Angry as sisters, not by blood, but by their bond.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Despite every outlandish thing she's experienced so far (her hair growing back long and indestructible, black rocks invading Corona, Cassandra claiming the moonstone, etc.), Rapunzel never imagined she would ever be hunting for werewolves.
    Rapunzel: In the meantime, we've got to figure out how to find this werewolf. Wow, that's something I never imagined myself saying.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Angry's nightmare about everyone turning into werewolves has Red among them, almost as though prophetically hinting she's the werewolf.
    • Earlier, when Creighton reveals that the werewolf could be anyone in the kingdom, we're shown everyone's reaction... except Red (the only one who wouldn't be shocked as the others are), who is just offscreen.
    • Creighton's Dirty Coward tendencies were hinted as far back as her earlier sword fight with Eugene. Once he had her disarmed of her crossbow, her first instinct was to run off in fear.
  • Gentle Giant: Once werewolf Red/Catalina calms down and gains better control over her rage, she's a sweet enough creature to give Angry/Kiera and everyone a group hug.
  • Given Name Reveal: Angry calls out to a werewolf Red by her real name.
    Angry: Catalina! It's me, Kiera.
  • Halloween Episode: An episode featuring a werewolf, and werewolf hunter, that aired in October.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: A variation. Red reveals she doesn't even like her nickname, even if she didn't say so.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Red's werewolf mark was hidden right under her face paint markings the entire time.
  • History Repeats: Just as Cassandra's betrayal was borne of repressed feelings and buried resentment towards her friend, Red's refusal to cure her werewolf curse is borne from rage towards Angry for not listening to her.
  • Hope Spot: At first, it looks like Red's going to go through with the ritual that will remove her curse. ...But then she pauses before the last syllable of the incantation. And it all goes downhill as she emotionally reveals she'd rather be the wolf.
    • Yank the Dog's Chain: Worse, turns out the ritual isn't even real. Creighton made it up and put it in the book so she could pinpoint where the werewolf would be.
  • How We Got Here: The story starts at night with a werewolf hunting Rapunzel and Pascal and then it changes to "34 Hours Earlier".
  • It's the Best Whatever, Ever!: Rapunzel's reaction to werewolf Red/Catalina's hug.
  • Mistaken Confession: When Rapunzel and co confront Monty for seemingly being the werewolf, he initially breaks down and admits that the licorice he offered her was stale from his storage room. Rapunzel is completely perplexed.
    Monty: Alright, fine! I found a buncha stale licorice in my back room! I was just trying to get rid of it! LOCK ME UP! IT'S WRONG! IT WAS WRONG!
    Rapunzel: No! Wait. WHAT?! No!
  • Mood Whiplash: Yup, they do it again with the happy closing theme "More of Me" following Cass' stinger.
  • Never My Fault: When Red snaps that she's always hated her nickname but went along with it, Lance (who was the one who named her) tells Eugene "Told you not to give them nicknames".
  • Never Say "Die": Creighton dramatically informs everyone she plans to destroy the werewolf.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Angry gets one about everyone in Corona changing into werewolves.
  • The Power of Hate: The ghost child informs Cassandra that the Moonstone's power is fueled by hate, and encourages her to use her resentment towards Rapunzel to wield it.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The Curse of the Wolf is passed on to anyone who feels so much pent up rage. What's more, those with the power don't immediately change under the full moon and and go around as human just fine - Red only changes when she loses her temper, implying that it too is linked to rage.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Red makes it clear how tired she is of everyone not listening to her, and of repressing her anger or wants.
  • Red Herring: Monty is mistaken for the monster because he seemingly had the mark of the werewolf. But it turns out, it was just paint from renovation.
  • Red Right Hand: Played with. Red's not evil so much as she is desperate and angry. She has the mark of the werewolf hidden under her face paint
    • Ironically, Creighton is the true antagonist of the episode, and she has nothing more than a scar under one eye.
  • Shadow Archetype: Cass is what Red/Catalina would be if she had gone too far into her rage and resentment to ever mend her friendship with Angry/Kiera.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: The werewolf is simply enormous, appearing building sized in some scenes. Red, as a kid, is one of the smallest characters in the series. The oddness there extends to the animation: no doubt because such an incredibly dramatic change would be difficult to frame, her switches back and forth are always either mostly or entirely offscreen.
  • Shout-Out: The title is one to Little Red Riding Hood, and who is the werewolf? The girl nicknamed Red.
  • Shrinking Violet: Deconstructed as the root of how Red has so much pent-up anger. She's gone along with what other people wanted for so long that she's grown sick of it.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: If you bad-mouth the princess that there's nothing she can do to stop you, chances are her guards are going to make you eat your words and toss you off the premise.
  • Take a Third Option:
    • After things are settled, Rapunzel and company help spruce up the treehouse so the girls don't have to move but aren't living somewhere that can barely be called shelter or home.
    • Instead of slaying the werewolf or curing it, Angry/Kiera and the group convince Red/Catalina to tame her anger and work through it rather than let her rage consume her.
  • Tempting Fate: Rapunzel was hoping to keep the werewolf issue under control. Unfortunately, the minute she opens the castle door, she is bombarded by an angry mob who know there's a wolf of sorts plaguing them.
  • Treehouse of Fun: It is revealed Angry and Red have been living in one of these in the woods. It is rather run down, so Angry wants to move to Old Corona, but Red likes it and is reluctant to move. By the end, Rapunzel and company fix the treehouse up, complete with an elevator, so both will be happy.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Bunnies?: Creighton turns out to have a very embarrassing phobia.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Creighton would gladly hunt and kill anyone who hosts the Wolf's Curse, even if it's just a little girl like Red.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are!: Angry essentially tells werewolf Red this when the latter is about to kill Creighton.
    Angry: Please don't hurt her. She may be a jerk, but you're not a monster.
  • You Monster!: A villainous one from Creighton to Red.


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