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Recap / Tangled The Series S 3 E 15 Flynnpostor

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Eugene must track down and confront a thief who has stolen his former identity, Flynn Rider.

Tropes in this episode:

  • Adult Fear: The Captain is horrified at the idea, due to his position, it is his duty to take out his daughter. Because of this understandable fear, he steps down as Captain.
  • Awesome McCoolname: The new Flynn Rider's real name is Brock Thunderstrike. Upon hearing this, Eugene is naturally perplexed as to why exactly this lucky bastard ever wanted to change his name to start with.
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  • Berserk Button: Varian does not like his inventions being tampered with, scolding Lance for adding too much Flynnoleum and causing his machine to blow up in a rant that wouldn't have seemed out of place during his Face Heel Turned days.
  • Breather Episode: Though it contains quite a bit of action and a Nothing Is the Same Anymore element, this episode is fairly light and has nothing to do with the serious plot surrounding Cassandra and Zhan Tiri (save for Cassandra appearing in the Captain's nightmare).
  • The Bus Came Back: The Baron is back for his revenge after his first appearance in "Beyond the Corona Walls."
  • Confronting Your Imposter: Once Eugene comes across the fake Flynn Rider, he openly interrogates him.
  • Control Freak: Varian is exasperated whenever his invention is merely touched. Justified, since the equipment and chemicals are as volatile as Varian's alchemy experiments tend to be.
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  • Costume Evolution: Eugene has another one in this episode. As the new captain of the royal guard, Eugene wears a red jacket and white gloves symbolizing his new authority.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: A majority of the episode's plot is based on the Tangled movie.
    • The plot starts with Flynn Rider stealing the royal crown through the ceiling.
    • Then they're chased through the forest by the captain and Maximus only to be knocked out by a frying pan and then tied up by Rapunzel's hair and woken up by a chameleon tongue to the ear. They even begin to have the same similar fashion conversation.
    • They are then taken to the Snuggly Duckling to meet the patrons and escape using the hidden passageway. Eugene admits to taking people there when they annoy him and want to make them uncomfortable; like in the movie, the new Flynn quickly charms the thugs with his stories.
    • Rapunzel tells the Baron that Stalyan "has moved on," referencing the latter's Heel–Face Turn in "The Eye of Pincosta."
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  • Didn't Think This Through: Lance. In spite of Varian's warnings, he tampers with his inventions time and again, causing more and more havoc.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Varian does not take Lance causing the destruction of his machine by ignoring his warnings well.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The Captain retires from the Royal Guard, explaining why he isn't present in Rapunzel and Eugene's wedding.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Eugene isn't the original Flynn Rider and yet accuses the new one of stealing the persona. The new Flynn calls him out for this.
  • Identical Stranger: The new Flynn Rider inexplicably looks identical to Eugene, with the only difference being that he has a goatee mustache. It's constantly pointed out In-Universe, much to Eugene's chagrin, and the reason why the Baron first mistakes him for Eugene.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: In the prologue, the Captain shatters the Moonstone on Cassandra's chest with a well-aimed sword throw. Probably justified by the whole scene being a dream.
  • Insistent Terminology: When the new Flynn Rider points out Eugene stole that persona first, Eugene says he "adopted" the persona.
  • Irony:
    • At the beginning of the series, Cassandra, the castle handmaiden who wanted to join the royal guard, disliked and was distrustful of Eugene due to him being a former thief. Now, Eugene is captain of the Royal Guard, while Cassandra has not only become a criminal, but Corona's most dangerous threat.
    • In the first season, things went wrong for Varian when he disobeyed his father by touching the rocks, which got his father trapped in amber. Now, Varian finally understands why limits need to be placed and why one needs to listen and not ask questions when dealing with something potentially dangerous, and Lance is the one who disobeys him.
    • Normally, a rooster is expected to signal a sunrise. Varian's "rooster" invention is meant to warn Corona if the kingdom is confronted with a threat like Cassandra, who possesses the Moonstone.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After years and years of being a powerful crime boss who could get away with his evil deeds, the Baron is left physically scarred, homeless and penniless before failing to take his revenge on Eugene and finally seeing the inside of a prison cell.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Lance points out the Royal Guards don't have the best track record when it comes to actually guarding anything and don't always live up their expected duties.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Lance gets what he deserves for not listening to Varian...because after that he really can’t listen.
  • Made of Iron: Despite having been right next to his exploding invention, which caused a huge shock wave and numerous fireworks, Varian merely suffers comical clothing damage and is almost entirely unharmed. And Lance...gets temporary hearing loss.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In the grand scheme of things, the Baron counts as this. It turns out he put up Eugene to steal the crown of the then-missing princess, setting off the events of the movie. If it weren't for him, it wouldn't have lead to Eugene finding the tower (and Rapunzel), and Rapunzel would still be stuck there thinking mean old Mother Gothel was her mom and neither one of them would have the complicated, but happy life they have now.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: The Captain retires from the Royal Guard, giving his title to Eugene.
  • Passing the Torch: The Captain of the Guards retires from his position due to not wanting to fight his daughter Cassandra, formally passing his title to Eugene.
  • The Reveal:
    • We find out why Eugene wanted to steal the crown in the original film—it was for the Baron.
    • We also see exactly why Eugene's wanted posters always had his nose drawn the wrong way: The artist for the posters being a very old man with his glasses badly cracked, thus distorting his vision while drawing.
  • Running Gagged: Varian’s inventions blowing up were once a source of comedy in this series, but by this time even Varian himself makes it clear he doesn’t want this happening anymore, so when the whole thing blows up, he yells at Lance for disobeying him.
  • Shell-Shock Silence: After the rooster blows up, all shots from Lance's perspective have whoever is speaking to him being heavily muffled with a ringing sound playing over them.
  • Spit Take: Eugene’s reaction when the Captain announces him as his successor after announcing his decision to retire.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: In "Cassandra's Revenge," Rapunzel's hair protects her and she doesn't even seem fazed by Cassandra attacking her with the black rocks. Here, the Baron throws ordinary rocks at her, and she is supposed to be in danger.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: When Eugene discovers the imposter, he starts making angry compliments of how good-looking the imposter is. Of course, considering that the imposter is a dead-ringer of Eugene bar the mustache, it may overlap with …But He Sounds Handsome.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Being a legendary thief isn't something to be proud of as you have hurt a lot of people along the way.
    • Taking a name to get instant legacy also means you get that person's enemies.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Varian should not have trusted his invention near Lance and the girls. When Lance disobeys him and adds more flynnoleum, he’s had it. Anyone with acute hearing or is skilled at lip-reading would’ve picked up Varian saying: "I said no more than a drop! ONE DROP! ALCHEMY IS ALL ABOUT PRECISION, LANCE!!!"
  • Temporary Deafness: Because of the explosion, Lance is stuck hearing nothing a loud ringing noise every time someone opens their mouth.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: In the prologue, the Captain shatters the Moonstone on Cassandra's chest with a well-aimed sword throw. Probably justified by the whole scene being a dream.
  • Title Drop: Rapunzel calls Brock "Flynnpostor" when they catch him.
  • Two-Faced: The Baron, after surviving a poisonous spider bite, has the right side of his face and his right arm greened-up.

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