'Cause there's something beginning
I got a mystery to solve and excitement to spare
The beautiful breeze blowing through
I'm ready to follow it who knows where
And I'll get there, I swear...
With the wind in my hair!
Tangled: The Series is an American animated series created for Disney Channel and executive produced by Shane Prigmore & Chris Sonnenburg. The series is based on the animated film of the same name, making it the first animated series based on a Disney movie in over a decade (following The Emperor's New School in 2006), and the first based on a Disney Princess-affiliated property since Aladdin: The Series in 1994.
Set between the events of the film and the short film Tangled Ever After, the show follows Rapunzel's efforts to learn about the world and reacquaint herself with her long-lost parents. However, during an outing before an important royal event, she ventures outside the castle walls and comes across a strange black tablet. When she touches it, not only does her hair transform back to its 70-feet long, blonde state (now indestructible), but strange stones start cropping up across the kingdom. Now alongside Eugene, Pascal, Maximus, the Pub Thugs, and her new handmaiden/confidante Cassandra, Rapunzel must adapt to life outside the tower while figuring out the mystery behind the black stones.
The series premiered on March 10, 2017 with a one-hour Pilot Movie entitled Tangled: Before Ever After. The second season premiered on June 24, 2018 under the new title Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure. On October 31, 2018, it was confirmed that the series will be ending after three seasons.
This show provides examples of:
- 100% Adoration Rating: Criminals and villains aside, almost everyone in Corona adores Rapunzel. Almost.
- Adult Fear:
- The King still has flashbacks to when Gothel stole his baby girl, and he could only call the guards for help.
- Rapunzel thinks she has finally earned her happy ending, only to find that her parents, specifically her father, are overprotective and forcing her into the princess role by necessity, and that she isn't ready to accept Eugene's proposal.
- The opening scene from "Pascal's Story": Pascal's mother, in order to save Pascal's life from a snake threatening them, makes sure Pascal can escape safely—but she basically sacrifices herself doing so.
- Red and Angry are two orphaned kids (looking no older than 8) forced into a life of crime, and they are being hunted down by a group of older bandits.
- Affectionate Nickname: Rapunzel calls Cassandra "Cass," Cassandra calls Rapunzel "Raps," and, just like in the movie, Eugene calls Rapunzel "Blondie."
- Alchemy Is Magic: Varian is often assumed to be a wizard, but he insists it's only alchemy.
- Almost Kiss: Rapunzel and Eugene are interrupted quite a few times before getting a moment all to themselves in the pilot movie.
- Always Save the Girl: It's revealed that when Frederic used the Sundrop to save a pregnant Arianna that he was warned it would have devastating consequences for the kingdom. Frederic ordered his men to uproot the Sundrop anyway, though to be fair the consequences only appeared decades later.
- And I Must Scream: Quirin, Varian's father, becomes imprisoned alive in amber from halfway Season 1 on.
- An Aesop:
- Everyone has their own issues to deal with, but just because they can't help you at the moment, it doesn't necessarily mean they don't want to.
- Vengeance feels empty and is a lonely miserable road to walk, with the only company sometimes being people who encourage you to continue acting toxic. It's okay to be angry, but don't take it out on the people who genuinely want to help you get better.
- Animesque: Heavily borrows a few elements of anime, such as large eyes and speed lines.
- Arc Hero:
- Season 1 had Varian, who was essential in helping Rapunzel make breakthroughs in the mystery surrounding the black rocks and about her mysterious new hair, but it becomes subverted when Rapunzel is unable to help him free his father during Zhan Tiri's storm, and turns into the Arc Villain.
- Season 2 has Adira, a warrior from the Dark Kingdom who goes against King Edmund's wishes to help Rapunzel make her way there, believing that the Sundrop is the only thing that can neutralize the threat of the Moonstone, the source of the Black Rocks.
- Ascended Extra:
- Pascal and especially Rapunzel's biological parents were bit characters in the film but are being expanded upon. Notably, the King and Queen were The Voiceless during the film, but have speaking roles in the series.
- Shorty even moves up from the role of cameo character to comic relief.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: In "King Pascal", the Lorbs, a tribe of miniature talking leaves, say such ersatz German- or Dutch-sounding words as "kloopenhogen" to refer to their king, "freinfloofer" for servants, and "schmoovenvizens" for cheeks.
- Art Shifted Sequel: Rather than CGI as in the film and its sequel, the series is 2D animated.
- Bait-and-Switch: No, Lady Caine didn't want to target Rapunzel; her target was the King, who locked away her father.
- Big Bad Slippage: Varian initially is a geeky ally of Rapunzel, but his obsession to impress his father ends up leading him to unintentionally freeze his father in amber during an argument. Since Rapunzel is unable to help him due to Zhan Tiri's blizzard curse on Corona, Varian is unfairly ejected and returns home, blaming those who turned their backs on him when it was really his own fault which he refuses to believe. Come the last few episodes of season 1, he's become a full-fledged bad guy and won't let anything stand in his way, even going all out to abduct Arianna as revenge.
- Bittersweet Ending: In the pilot movie, Lady Caine is defeated and Eugene agrees to wait until Rapunzel is ready to tie the knot, but the King forbids her from leaving the kingdom without his permission. Arianna seems to promise, however, that she'll work on the King and Rapunzel strengthens her resolve to find out the secret to why the magic in her hair returned.
- The season 1 premiere involves a villain trying to kidnap the King. The season 1 finale involves a villain succeeding in kidnapping the Queen.
- The mysterious black rocks in the "What the Hair?" premiere episode that made Rapunzel's hair magically grow extra long, start sprouting up again in Old Corona and play a crucial part of the episodes "Queen For a Day", "The Quest for Varian", "The Alchemist Returns", and "Secret of the Sun Drop".
- Both Sides Have a Point:
- As to whether or not Rapunzel should have the freedom to do as she pleases. From Rapunzel's point of view, she understands why her parents are worried, but she's been locked away for eighteen years with an abusive woman that stole her. She just wants a bit more freedom to explore and live. Meanwhile, Frederic is worried that with his daughter restored, she's a walking target for criminals and she has to learn to act like royalty so that she can be queen when they are gone. Arianna tries to provide a buffer between the two, but Rapunzel feels stifled with the endless lessons and guard retinue, while Frederic gets more frantic.
- At the end of the pilot movie, Rapunzel's freedom is still in question. Frederic is less than thrilled to find out his daughter sneaked out at night, past the wall, without his permission. He points out that not only did she disobey him, and is hiding an accomplice, but her actions led to her long golden hair, the thing that led to Gothel stealing her, returning. Thus, while she can move as she likes within the Corona walls, she can only leave the kingdom with his permission. Rapunzel before running off in tears points out that she's just proven she can protect herself by stopping Lady Caine, and that her father is underestimating her.
- Initially, as to whether or not Eugene should know how Rapunzel's hair has grown back. Rapunzel thinks that she trusts Eugene with her life, and they've saved each other. Cassandra has pointed out that she doesn't trust Eugene because she doesn't know him, her job could be in peril, and Eugene Cannot Keep a Secret. Eugene eventually does find out, but he promises to keep his mouth shut for Rapunzel's sake.
- Regarding the black rocks, how they should have been handled and if it was worth saving the queen and her baby. Frederic knew that uprooting the Sundrop Flower to save Arianna and baby Rapunzel would bring about debilitating consequences, as he was strictly warned by Quirin about it. He even said himself that he tried to suppress the reality of these black rocks threatening the kingdom. Varian takes offense with this when he finds out, because people's lives are getting threatened, including his father's. One could also make the case that Frederic did all of this to save his wife, and that it was Varian's doing, despite good intentions, that caused his father to become trapped.
- In "You're Kidding Me!", when Cass, Lance and Shorty are turned into younger versions of themselves, Rapunzel believes there's nothing wrong with indulging children once in a while, and that they should be allowed to speak about their feelings and takes a sensitive "kids will be kids" approach where each voice matters, while Eugene believes in a bit of firm assertiveness by setting boundaries. Later, when time is running short, Eugene takes a more sensitive approach when dealing with young Lance and decides to take time to listen lest he should lose his cool; meanwhile, after young Cass says that Rapunzel sucks at being a parent because she lacks assertiveness, Rapunzel puts her foot down and firmly orders young Cass to leave the kennel. At the end, after Lance, Cass and Shorty are restored to their natural ages, Rapunzel and Eugene have admiration for each other's personality styles and resolve to take a more emotionally balanced approach if and when they should ever become parents, with the right blend of assertiveness, compassion, and love.
- Brutal Honesty: Rapunzel is ignorant of what it means to be booed by someone, so Cassandra explains:Cassandra: It means someone hates you.
Eugene: Way to sugarcoat it, Cass.
- The Bus Came Back: Rapunzel and company run into Hookhand on his tour in "The Hook Brothers".
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Lampshaded by Eugene in "Rapunzel and the Great Tree" after they elude Hector and are saved by Rapunzel's hair:Eugene: Two years ago, I'd call fighting jackal monsters on the back of a speeding carriage whilst a rhinoceros chases the woman I love absolutely bonkers. Now I call it Tuesday.
- Call-Back: As a sequel series to Tangled, the cartoon contains more than a few references to the movie:
- Eugene continues the Running Gag of opening the narration by claiming that this is the story of how he died.
- The opening song of "Life After Happily Ever After" is thematically similar to "When Will My Life Begin?", a song that has a catchy and upbeat tune but with lyrics that reveal Rapunzel isn't as happy as she claims she is. The last verse in both songs is slowed down and takes a more contemplative and melancholy tone.
- During both openings, Pascal indicates his desire to go beyond the boundaries of their home.Rapunzel in Tangled: Yeah, I don't think so. I like it in here, and so do you.
Rapunzel in Tangled: Before Ever After: I know, Pascal. We'll get out there soon.
- During both opening (song)s, Pascal gets covered with a dusty substance: in the movie, with dust Rapunzel is sweeping from the floor; in the series, with make-up (presumably powder foundation) that court ladies are applying on Rapunzel.
- Rapunzel and Eugene end up together on a boat, discussing whether their dreams lived up the reality after all.
- Rapunzel pausing at the Corona Wall, taking a glance back at her home and then jumping down is reminiscent of her glancing back before steeling her resolve to leave the tower for the first time.
- Rapunzel's weapon of choice, when not using her long hair, is a frying pan.
- The series also has a lot of callbacks to itself. For example in the "Wrath of Ruthless Ruth," the plot is kicked off by King Frederic flipping through some of Rapunzel's illustrations of adventures she had in past episodes.
- Calling the Old Man Out:
- Subverted; Rapunzel is annoyed and sad about being protected and watched constantly, but keeps quiet about it. She almost does it after returning to the castle in "The Wrath of Ruthless Ruth", but her father's overjoyed reaction to her returning and blatant showing of how much he fears losing her again makes her decide against it. Then she hits her Rage Breaking Point after her father sends mercenaries to fetch an important item from her, and the ensuing struggle destroys her old home and nearly kills her friends. His lack of an answer or argument implies he didn't put much thought into the whole problem and is literally unable to explain what he is trying to hide from her even if he wanted to.
- Varian, after his father Quirin lied to King Frederic about the state of his village, thought that his father was avoiding responsibility when he had promised the Old Corona residents that he would tell the King of their predicament.
- In the Season 2 episode "The Return of Quaid", Rapunzel goes to great lengths to get the former sheriff of Vardaros to come out of retirement.
- The Cameo: At Rapunzel's coronation, one of the attendees wears the uniform of a Weselton ambassador. Considering Rapunzel's and Eugene's previous cameo in Frozen, this further hints of a Shared Universe.
- Cannot Keep a Secret: Eugene is terrible at keeping secrets, which is just one more reason why Cassandra doesn't want Rapunzel to share the details of how her hair grew back. Rapunzel ends up telling him, and he promises not to reveal it.
- Canon Foreigner: One of the new characters is Cassandra, Rapunzel's lady-in-waiting and the daughter of the captain of the guards. Others include Eugene's former partner-in-crime Lance Strongbow, Xavier the blacksmith, Monty the sweet shoppe owner, Feldspar the cobbler, Varian and Quirin, Old Lady Crowley and Hook Hand's brother, Hook Foot.
- Captured on Purpose: Lady Caine has her cronies purposely commit crimes and be captured for them so she could then free them from inside the cells inside the palace later.
- Cerebus Syndrome: Starting with "Queen for a Day", the series has gotten much darker than it was before, especially in regards to everything involving Varian.
- Character Title: A season 1 episode is named "Fitzherbert P.I.", after one of the main characters.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The Duchess of Quintonia is one of the guests Rapunzel has to greet at the beginning of the pilot movie, and leaves after making a snide remark. She returns in the narrative much later, because she's the infamous Lady Caine in disguise, who was spoken of a lot but never seen until this moment.
- Compressed Hair:
- After her hair reverts back, Rapunzel tries to hide it under a giant wig and has difficulty balancing because of it.
- As in the film, Rapunzel eventually goes for the massive braid to keep her hair manageable, which still reaches down to her heels.
- She tops herself in "Rapunzel's Enemy" where she somehow manages to hide her hair in a small brunette wig, though it's implied from the hoop dress she's wearing that she's stuffed most of it below her waist.
- Cool Horse: Rapunzel has her own horse named Fidella, on whom Maximus is shown to have a crush.
- Cycle of Revenge: The King demanding for a tighter leash on crime in Corona after Rapunzel's abduction leads to the death of a petty thief, whose daughter — Lady Caine — grows up to be a powerful criminal that holds a grudge against the kingdom and blames Rapunzel for starting the mess in the first place.
- Dark Reprise: "Queen for a Day" seems to end with one for Varian, who after losing his father in crystal, vows not to let anyone stand in his way.
- Demoted to Extra: Maximus has a much less prominent role in the series than in either the movie or Ever After.
- Designated Girl Fight: Lady Caine with fans versus Cassandra with a candleholder. Caine manages to disarm Cassandra at one point, but Cassandra still wins the fight.
- Discard and Draw: The healing properties of Rapunzel's hair don't seem to have reappeared with it, but it's now Nigh Invulnerable, with nothing so far being able to even come close to cutting it.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Ever since Rapunzel disappeared, the King cracked down on all vice and crime in the kingdom, even petty crooks. This was a tad overkill, and became Lady Caine's motivation for revenge when her father was arrested.
- Does Not Like Shoes:
- Rapunzel still doesn't, and it gets a lot more lampshading here than it did in the movie. She's forced to wear them sometimes, much to her displeasure, and she willingly wore them when she was trying to disguise herself, but that's it.
- Rapunzel's aunt Willow also doesn't wear shoes. This is just one of the traits the two have in common.
- A Dog Named "Dog":
- To Rapunzel's surprise, Cassandra's owl is named "Owl". It could be because he is more of a tool for scouting than a pet.
- The Door Slams You: Lady Caine decides to make her exit once Rapunzel, Eugene, and Cassandra take out her thugs, and chooses to exit through the door the soldiers are currently trying to bash open. Cue said door being knocked down right on top of her.
- Driving Question: What caused those indestructible spikes to form, and why did they make Rapunzel's hair grow back? Who's the figure that's taken an interest in them? The mystery deepens.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Eugene's comb, the first thing he ever stole, appears in "Eugene vs. Cassandra" before being properly introduced as a plot point in "Big Brothers of Corona."
- Easily Forgiven: Poked at with Eugene's relationship with Cassandra. While he's respected in the castle as Rapunzel's trusted companion, Cassandra doesn't let him live down the fact that he was a criminal, and calls him out on how he's looking at his relationship with Rapunzel from a more selfish perspective than he realizes.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Lady Caine, the villain of the opening film, is this toward Rapunzel; her own father was taken from her as a result of Frederic cracking down on criminals, mirroring how Rapunzel herself was left without her father (or any of her parents) for a majority of her life, being a free spirit, and relies on the same tactic Rapunzel had in the pilot to avoid letting her parents know about her hair to disguise herself, covering her own hair with a huge wig.
- As of the Season 2 finale, Cassandra of all people serves as one to Rapunzel, having committed a FaceHeel Turn to become the personification of the Moonstone as Rapunzel is to the Sundrop.
- Eviler Than Thou: In a surprising twist, Axel, a horse, proves to be this to Lady Caine, betraying her just as she did to her minion and in a more potentially lethal way.
- Extra Digits: Robin the 11th, a past Corona king, had 11 fingers.
- Extra Long Episode: Confirmed to have at least two a season (one for the midseason, and one for the season finale); Season 1's were "Before Ever After" (the movie-length premiere), "Queen for a Day", and "Secret of the Sun Drop".
- Fauxshadow: Mother Gothel's appearance in Rapunzel's nightmares seem to imply she holds some kind of relevance, but her single appearance was but a Red Herring. In all subsequent nightmares, it is Varian who haunts them, providing a grim warning that Varian will betray her, but the audience already knew that.
- FaceHeel Turn:
- Varian, after being turned away by Rapunzel in his time of need, vows revenge against Rapunzel and Queen Arianna.
- In the season 2 finale, Cassandra grabs the Moonstone for herself, turning against Rapunzel and Eugene. Why it happened is not known yet, but no doubt what happened in the previous two episodes caused this to happen.
- Femme Fatale: Lady Caine, the Big Bad of the opening movie.
- Foil: Rapunzel struggles with her new obligations as princess and as part of a Gilded Cage. She wants her freedom, and a chance to live. Eugene in contrast goes with the flow of royal life and enjoys the perks, while promising to respect Rapunzel's wants and needs.
- Foregone Conclusion: Tangled Ever After in Real Life was released before this series, but In Universe takes place after it. Given the state of things in Tangled Ever After, the following things are bound to turn out a certain way whatever happens in the series:
- By the end of the series (or sometime after), Rapunzel's hair will be cut and lose its magic again, since it's non-magical, short and brown by the time of Tangled Ever After.
- No matter what relationship troubles Rapunzel and Eugene might go through, at a certain point he will propose marriage to her and she will say yes (as their voice-overs at the end of Tangled reveal).
- Rapunzel, her parents, Eugene, Maximus and Pascal cannot die (or at most can have a Disney Death) since they're all alive and well in Tangled Ever After. Pascal in particular has a few near-death encounters throughout the series (e.g. in "Queen For a Day" when he seemingly sacrifices his life for Rapunzel), but he won't die.
- Something has to happen to Cassandra for her to not be present at Rapunzel's wedding. While characters like Varian, Adira, and King Edmund aren't present either, they may be indistinguishable among the crowd, whereas Cassandra, as Rapunzel's best friend and lady-in-waiting, has to be standing close to her or at least sitting in the front row. Her betraying Rapunzel in the Season 2 finale might be it.
- Foreshadowing: When Varian is about to tell Cassandra the name of his new element, a Guard interrupts him by calling out her name. At the end of the episode, it is revealed he named the element Cassandrium in tribute to her.
- Fountain of Youth: In "You're Kidding Me!", Cassandra finds an enchanted top, which turns her and Lance into young kids, while Shorty is turned into a baby with a beard.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: A ship can briefly be seen when the spikes seemingly react to Rapunzel and her hair regrows, hinting at the figure in The Stinger.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Varian. Initially introduced as geeky and honest, after his father Quirin is imprisoned inside a crystal block caused by the black rocks it causes him to completely snap, setting him up as the Arc Villain for Season 1.
- Fun with Homophones:
- Eugene thought King Frederic wanted his help to prank King Trevor by stealing a document known as the Royal Seal of Equis. It turns out to be King Trevor's pet seal instead.
- Lance tells Rapunzel that Eugene got on the Baron's bad side by stealing his prize stallion. Come Season 2, Rapunzel learns that Stalyan is actually the name of the Baron's daughter, whom Eugene dated and then left at the altar.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
Rapunzel: Oh, come on, Eugene. I may have grown up in a tower, but give me a little credit.
- In "The Return of Strongbow", Lance Strongbow recounts a story from Eugene's thief days involving Eugene and a warlord's twin daughters, which Eugene is quick to interrupt. Rapunzel's response:
- "In Like Flynn" has the opposing king declare that he'll have King Frederic be paraded around the streets in only a jester's hat.
- The series takes place in the kingdom of Corona. Innocuous on its own, but two of its neighboring kingdoms are named (Dos) Equis and Saporia (Sapporo).
- The Ghost: A mastermind known as "The Baron" has been mentioned, and Eugene and Lance have had many run-ins with his men. He makes his debut in "Beyond the Corona Walls".
- Gilded Cage: Rapunzel is feeling a little stifled at the palace. Her father's protectiveness is a significant part of this. She lampshades this at the end of the movie.
- Gilligan Cut: In "Beyond the Corona Walls", when Rapunzel, Cass and Eugene enter Vardaros, Eugene tells them the last thing Rapunzel wants to do is be recognized. As soon as he says this, one of the thieves recognizes him and spreads the word around to the others that Flynn Rider has returned.
- Godzilla Threshold: In the pilot, Cassandra actually using her fighting skills and revealing herself to be a secret warrior was seen as an absolute last resort, as this double life of hers is a threat to her position as a lady-in-waiting.
- Hair Reboot: Rapunzel's hair once again qualifies as Rapunzel Hair despite getting a haircut during the climax of Tangled, and her new hair, instead of its magnificent healing, is indestructible. Some sort of indestructible black spikes have sprouted where the flower once grew, and touching them restores her hair and gives it the same properties as the spikes. Her goal for the series is to find out why this has happened.
- Headbutting Heroes: This is the existing dynamic between Cassandra and Eugene. Cass, being the daughter of the captain of the guard, justifiably has some suspicions regarding a former rogue, especially one so close to the princess and a criminal record longer than Rapunzel's absence. Eugene of course has left that life behind and is trying to prove he doesn't care about riches anymore as long as he has Rapunzel.
- Hiccup Hijinks: One of the shorts, Hiccup Fever, has Rapunzel getting hiccups when she tries painting Eugene. All kinds of cures are tried but to no avail. She's cured when Eugene accidentally falls into a bucket of water and makes her laugh.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Inverted by Varian in "The Alchemist Returns" as a call-back to the events of "Queen for a Day" when she reluctantly turned him away. Though while he says it, he doesn't actually believe it.Rapunzel: Varian, I am so sorry, I had no id—
Varian: You had to save the kingdom, you did what you had to, but you can help me now, Rapunzel.
- I Lied: In "The Alchemist Returns", Varian convinces Rapunzel to break into the vault and obtain the sun drop flower that could save Corona and rescue Quirin from being trapped in amber. By the time he takes the sun drop flower, a flacon which contained Xavier's mood potion which Varian modified into his own formula falls out of his satchel:Rapunzel: That flacon... That had Xavier's mood potion in it! Varian, that potion is dangerous, you shouldn't be fooling with it!
Varian: There was just one drop left, but it was enough for me to replicate and modify. I had to be sure the flower was here.
Rapunzel: So you made a truth serum and gave it to everyone?
Varian: You'd be surprised what people will tell you for a cookie.
Rapunzel: Pete? Stan? How could you?
Varian: Oh, do you honestly expect me to be concerned about the welfare of Corona?
Rapunzel: But you said you—
Varian: Rapunzel, I used you! I begged you and this kingdom for help! Everyone turned their back on me, it has to be this way!
- Immediate Self-Contradiction: After learning that Rapunzel has her golden hair back but won't explain how that happened, Eugene urges her not to keep secrets from those she loves. Moments later:Queen Arianna: (Calling from outside Rapunzel's room) Rapunzel, honey?
Eugene: (without missing a beat) Hide. Your. Hair. Woman! You gotta hide yo' hair!
- Interquel: Takes place between Tangled and Tangled Ever After, as the name of the pilot movie indicates.
- Throughout the pilot movie, King Frederic spends time speaking about threats from outside the kingdom to his daughter, but the whole ordeal has greatly demonstrated that the real danger comes from within, and despite his best efforts to curb it, he woefully underestimated the threat that posed.
- What sets off the cause of Varian's FaceHeel Turn. He puts the blame on Rapunzel because she couldn't come help him during the blizzard and broke her promise to him in return, when really, it was his own actions that led up to his father being imprisoned in amber. Even by the season's end, he still refuses to admit it.
- It's Always Spring: Most notable during "Queen For A Day". While Rapunzel mentions she had never been outside while it had snowed, all the snow is gone the day after the storm is completed.
- "I Want" Song:
- Rapunzel has a new one called "Wind in My Hair," all about her desire to explore the world and its wonders, just as she's wanted her whole life. It serves as the opening theme.
- Varian gets a pretty epic one in "Let Me Make You Proud," which is about his desire to have his dad see him for the intelligent, capable person he is, rather than the immature, accident-prone troublemaker he believes his dad sees.
- Cassandra gets one of her own in "Waiting in the Wings" about her desire to be seen as a hero which serves as a prelude to her own FaceHeel Turn.
- Karmic Jackpot: And Eugene knows that he's earned it. After nearly dying to save the Lost Princess from Gothel and restoring her to the throne, he's been pardoned and is considered part of the royal family now. For him, though, the best part is having Rapunzel by his side.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Promos refer to Flynn by his secret birth name, Eugene and that Rapunzel had initially lost her long hair after the movie. The series proper uses the name Eugene more often than his Flynn Rider moniker, but those he's met before Rapunzel will refer to him as Flynn Rider, and the Captain only calls him that to insult him.
- Life Drain: As the power of the sun drop was to give life, the power of the moonstone is to take it. When Rapunzel learns the moonstone incantation, her hair can drain the life from everything around her.
- The Load: Shorty in season 2. He very seldom provides anything useful to Rapunzel's quest, and when he does it's usually by accident.
- Lost Technology: Coronans of days old had machinery that was way ahead of their time. Even Varian was fascinated at the sight of automatons, a technology that is primitive, yet highly more advanced than what present day Coronans are capable of. Sure enough, Varian mastered the technology within a matter of days.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In "Destinies Collide", King Edmund is revealed to be Eugene's father.
- Magic Feather: In "Curses!", just before Rapunzel's wagon is about to cross the desert on a Rope Bridge made of rock towers, Eugene gives her a "lucky moose's tooth" that he claimed brought him good luck as a counter-curse charm, warding off evil and inviting positive forces. She reluctantly accepts it as she crosses the canyon, only to discover that it really belonged to Shorty, who named it Edna. After Eugene's lie unravels, he reminds her that bad things happened when she believed she was cursed and good luck happened when she believed in the counter-curse, with Rapunzel recalling that the best way to predict the future is to create their own.
- Master of Disguise: Lady Caine cleverly disguises herself as a duchess to get into the castle and get closer to the King.
- Mauve Shirt: A couple guards are given names and serve as Recurring Extras. They're referred to as Stan the Guard and Pete the Guard.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Rapunzel implied she's been having visions and nightmares about Mother Gothel for a while since that night with the spikes. It's not explained why, but it's either a consequence of her touching the spikes or a likely sign she has PTSD from being kidnapped as a baby.
- Meaningful Rename: Flynn Rider has gone back to his birth name, Eugene. However, his reputation as Flynn Rider exceeded him that people like Varian think he's a storybook hero come to life. The captain, however, still refers to him as Flynn Rider. That goes for anyone else he's ever met before Rapunzel.
- Mirror Routine: One of these occurs at the beginning of "Rapunzeltopia", when short-haired Rapunzel meets her long-haired alter ego:Short-haired Rapunzel: Who are you, and what do you want? Ugh, whoa! [She finds herself wrapped up in her alter ego's long hair]
Short-haired Rapunzel: A frying pan? Who are you? Because, that's kind of... my thing. [The other Rapunzel lowers her hood] Okay...
Other Rapunzel: Try not to freak out.
Short-haired Rapunzel: Try not to freak out? [giggles] Oh, why would I freak out? Meeting myself is perfectly normal, right? Trust me, I am not freaking out. Okay: I'm meeting myself, I'm meeting myself. I'm meeting myself!
Other Rapunzel: Right?
Both Rapunzels [simultaneously]: So neat! You said the same thing I said! Best day... Ha! You thought I was going to say "ever", but I stopped!
- Mistaken Identity: In "King Pascal", when Rapunzel and friends are shipwrecked on the tropical island of Tarabi, Pascal is mistaken for King Lizardus whom he strongly resembles, Lizardus being a legendary hero to the Lorbs, a bunch of living, talking leaves, who give Pascal the royal treatment so he can stop the village from a firefly. Later, when Rapunzel and her friends are treated as Pascal's servants, Rapunzel learns that she had been neglecting Pascal, and promises to spend more time with him. He eventually saves the day when he learns that the fire-breathing firefly had been eating too many chili peppers and suffering from heartburn; Pascal feeds the firefly his royal cape which is made from stinky weeds, and it stops the firefly's heartburn and fiery breath.
- Mood Lighting: When we first meet Varian, he is usually out in the sun or lit brightly. After his FaceHeel Turn, he is mostly seen in the dark or lit by a dull shade of light. Then, when he becomes furious when he's unable to free his father while Rapunzel is able to reunite with both of her parents, the inside of the giant automaton he controls is tinted a fiery red.
- Mood Whiplash:
- Whenever an episode ends darkly and with a Twist Ending, it then cuts to the cheerful, upbeat ending tune. The sole exceptions so far are "Queen For a Day" and "Destinies Collide", both of which feature slow, ominous themes instead.
- "Queen For a Day" starts out like a normal episode, then the blizzard hits and it all becomes darker from there.
- Mugging the Monster: It's a good thing Lady Caine didn't know that Rapunzel is a Pintsized Powerhouse and has experience in hand to hand combat.
- Myth Arc: Much of Season 1 consists of a broad arc where Rapunzel has to solve the mystery of the strange rock spires and the regrowth of her long blonde hair.
- The Napoleon: The Griffin of Pittsford, who has a short temper to match his height.
- Never My Fault: Varian repeatedly after his FaceHeel Turn. He blames Rapunzel (and by extension, the whole kingdom) because she couldn't come to his aid because of the blizzard getting worse and her parents are missing, when really, it was his own tampering with the rocks that causes his predicament. Even in his final moments when he fails to free his father, he still claims that this isn't his fault and that Rapunzel and the royal family should suffer.
- New Season, New Name: The show's original name was Tangled: The Series but it got renamed to Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure for the show's second season.
- Never Trust a Trailer:
- More like "Never Trust a Title Sequence" with a dash of Daydream Surprise. The revised season 2 title sequence features a scene that appears to be Eugene proposing to Rapunzel. Except it's not. In the season 2 premiere from which the scene is lifted, it's actually a fantasy sequence that accompanies a song Rapunzel sings about things she fears she'll miss out on in life. In the actual plot of the episode, Eugene never actually proposes. First he panics when Rapunzel stumbles in on his practice proposal and quickly tries to play it off as something completely different. Then by episode's end he decides not to propose for fear that marriage would be just another way to tie her down and prevent her from exploring the world, just like when she was imprisoned in the tower for the first eighteen years of her life. Further, the storybook page in the title sequence that accompanies this scene implies that Rapunzel has cold feet about marriage when in the episode she was hoping for a proposal at the conclusion and is noticeably saddened by the fact that Eugene chooses not to ask her then and there.
- The trailers and promos for "Queen For a Day" advertise it as a lighthearted special, but it's where the season becomes Darker and Edgier and a lot of horrible things happen throughout.
- Nigh Invulnerable: A year before the series started, unbreakable black rock spikes came out of the ground where the the sun flower was. When Rapunzel touched them, more shot up, and her hair regrew with the same property.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: According to Demanitus' prophecy, only the Sundrop can join with the moonstone to use for good. If in the wrong hands, itll cause evil and mass destruction. This is proven when Cassandra snatches the moonstone right before Rapunzel can touch it, and becomes corrupted as a result.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- When Rapunzel is fretting over Uncle Monty booing her, Eugene tells her to let it go and points out that if Cassandra is actually agreeing with him, then it must be worth listening to.
- During "Painter's Block", Eugene rightly freaks out when Rapunzel willingly wears shoes, indicating how much she had changed after the events during "Queen for a Day".
- Opinion-Changing Dream: In "Rapunzeltopia", Rapunzel wakes up in Corona and her hair is shortened, as if she had never touched the mysterious black rocks which caused her hair to grow back. Short-haired Rapunzel is greeted by her long-haired alter ego, who tries to persuade short-haired Rapunzel that the world of Corona is All Just a Dream, but short-haired Rapunzel is apparently content to live in the Kingdom of Corona and is about to be crowned as princess of Corona. While the short-haired Rapunzel is struggling with reconciling these thoughts, her alter ego tells her that if she doesn't make a tough choice, others will make the choices for her. When Eugene proposes marriage to Rapunzel, her alter ego that only she can see appears and tries to convince her to return to the real world, but the short-haired version is content to stay in Corona and marry Eugene. Queen Arianna gives Rapunzel a blank journal with the inscription "Sois satisfaite" (be satisfied), telling her that she doesn't have to decide anything. Rapunzel inwardly questions this when by herself, and rejects the crown, realizing that her alter ego was right. She begins to struggle and fight against the nightmare world, knowing that it isn't real, calling for help from her alter ego and even confronts Mother Gothel in her dreams and attacks her with a frying pan, realizing that she is in control of her own mind.
- Justified when Rapunzel is revealed to be trapped inside Matthews' House of Yesterday's Tomorrows, and Matthews is revealed to be Tromus, an evil apprentice who is working with Zhan Tiri, and Zhan Tiri (working through Tromus) plans to harness Rapunzel's sundrop power to trap her within a nightmare world.
- Painful Rhyme: Acknowledged in-universe as Eugene tries to sing something that rhymes with his surname of 'Fitzherbert'.
- Papa Wolf: Frederic, having just found his daughter after over a decade of fruitless searching, is a bit protective of her. He gets even worse once he discovers that Rapunzel is still having dangerous adventures within the kingdom.
- The other fathers of the heroes seem to be this as well. The five seconds we see Varian's father in the first episode, two are spent looking out for his son after an accident, and when we see him later he becomes frozen in crystal rock as a direct result of pushing Varian out of harm's way.
- Posthumous Narration: As is standard for the franchise, the pilot movie plays it for humor. Eugene declares it's the story of how he died...and went to heaven, with Rapunzel objecting to the hyperbolic description of their new life.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: Rapunzel gives Eugene a frying pan, which he uses a shield against one very large thug's sword. When two more thugs show up to surround him, he throws it Captain America style, somehow bouncing it off their heads to knock all three thugs out.
- Reality Ensues:
- The first song in Tangled: Before Ever After details life for Rapunzel in Corona following her return. She has to get used to many cultural norms and traditions that she was deprived of when she was isolated in her tower. She keeps saying how she happy and that despite everything, she seems just fine. It shows that happily ever after might not be all its cracked up to be.
- While Rapunzel is a Magnetic Hero and overall nice person, she has never had proper social interactions with anyone other than Pascal and Mother Gothel for eighteen years, and six months after that, she's only interacted with her parents and Eugene. So, when she meets visiting aristocrats she does some mildly inappropriate things.
- The king and queen try to give Rapunzel constant princess lessons to make up for eighteen years of lost time. It's not enough to make her Silk Hiding Steel.
- As many a statistics expert can say, cracking down on parents that commit petty crimes will not endear people to the authorities or offer much familial stability.
- Having spent eighteen years not knowing where his daughter was or if she was even alive can do a number on someone's psyche. King Frederic's over-protectiveness may be overkill, but it's not unrealistic given the circumstances.
- Eugene may have turned over a new leaf and been formally pardoned for all the crimes he committed, but people still remember he was the most wanted thief in the kingdom. The Captain of the Guards dislikes him and attempts to sabotage his attempts to become a royal guard. While it seems the King likes him, he isn't totally on board with him marrying the Princess of Corona. Queen Arianna ends up having to be the most Reasonable Authority Figure about her future son-in-law.
- During "Queen for a Day", Rapunzel quickly solves three problems of the people of Corona during a song. In the next verse, those same people return explaining how the solutions caused new problems.
- After turning Varian away during the blizzard, Rapunzel never went to go check on him after the storm had passed, or at least sent someone to see how he was doing. This just further caused Varian to think she had abandoned him completely and that he couldn't trust her anymore, and when they meet again a month later he's willing to go against her and all of Corona in an attempt to save his father.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: When Eugene was recruited into the Royal Guard, he was given the worst duty of all—dungeon duty. He took a 10 minute break (and left the main door unlocked) while he was supposed to be patrolling the block every five minutes, and since the prisoner escaped, Eugene is dismissed for dereliction of duty.
- When the King learns Cassandra took Rapunzel beyond the walls and triggered the black rocks, she was first reassigned to work in the stables, then was sent to a convent the next day. She didn't make it all the way there, though.
- Lady Caine's father was a petty thief locked up after Frederic went to town on the kingdom's criminal element, and her attack in the opening movie is based off of revenge for that.
- Varian insists that his actions in the latter half of Season 1 are out of a sense of duty, but it's clear that he's mainly doing it because he's angry and desperate.
- Revenge Ballad Varian gets one before kidnapping Queen Arianna.
- Role Reprisal:
- Instead of using The Other Darrin, Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi are reprising their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene again.
- A press release about the show also revealed that M. C. Gainey, Jeffrey Tambor, & Paul F. Tompkins would be reprising their respective roles as the Captain of the Guards, Big Nosed Thug, and Short Thug (known as Shorty in this series).
- Donna Murphy also came back to voice Mother Gothel in Rapunzel's nightmare in the first regular episode.
- Rope Bridge: In "Curses!", Rapunzel must get the wagon across the canyon on a bridge made of ropes and rock towers by leaping from one rock to the next, using the domino effect for momentum.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Rapunzel's no less of an Action Girl since becoming a princess, and it's also revealed that her mother Arianna undertook some dangerous diplomatic ventures in her youth.
- Save the Villain: Maximus briefly stops his pursuit of Axel to save Lady Caine.
- Scooby-Dooby Doors: In "You're Kidding Me!", when Rapunzel and company try to find their way out of Matthews' house, they try several doors with one door leading to another part of the hallway a few steps ahead before they end up in a mysterious toy room with a magical top that turns Cassandra, Lance, and Shorty into children.
- Series Goal: Rapunzel's is to figure out the mystery of the black rocks which caused her Hair Reboot. Varian's is to rescue his father from a Crystal Prison after he gets frozen in such.
- Ship Tease: As Season 2 progresses, Lance develops a crush on Adira.
- One of the episode titles, "One Angry Princess", is an allusion to 12 Angry Men.
- The dress that Freidborg holds up during "Secret of the Sundrop" strongly resembles Belle's dress from the ballroom scene.
- Varian's chemical balls are similar to Honey Lemon's.
- In 'Painter's Block', Miss Sugarbee says "Life is full of tough choices, isn't it?" - which is what Ursula from Little Mermaid said to Ariel.
- In "You're Kidding Me!", Shorty finds a wooden toy duck, a reference to the Snuggly Duckling Pub, where he hung out with the other thugs.
- The Stinger:
- The pilot film ends with a first-person shot of someone going to the rock the sun flower that empowered Rapunzel originally grew from.
- Season 1's "Secret of the Sun Drop" ends with a mysterious woman with drawing a black metal sword that can slice the black rocks and a tattoo on her right hand similar to the one on Quirin's left hand.
- Stronger Than They Look: Lady Caine is noted as this.
- Suddenly Voiced: The King and Queen of Corona were completely silent during the movie, but speak during the series. At least partly due to the difficulty in them remaining silent while having to be major characters every week.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Hook Hand went on tour before the series started, so a new character named Hook Foot takes his place.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: When the royal family is in trouble, Cassandra and Eugene will team up without hesitation despite their mutual dislike of the other.
- ¡Three Amigos!: Rapunzel, Eugene and Cassandra.
- Tomboy Princess: A large portion of the plot revolves around Rapunzel's boisterous, carefree attitude driving her on adventures. Though this is somewhat subverted as she is more of a girly girl albeit with a tomboyish streak.
- Too Clever by Half: The King establishes a guard duty around Rapunzel before and during her coronation, expecting that she will attract unwanted criminal attention. It never occurs to him that he could be the target.
- Varian's villainous arc shows that he was always a step ahead of Rapunzel and the King and always managed to escape, right up until his plan to use Rapunzel's hair to free his father fails.
- Toxic Friend Influence: One episode deals with an old friend of Eugene's trying to get him back to the thieving life. Although Lance ends up turning over a new leaf and living in the palace with them by the end of it.
- Training from Hell: All recruits to the Royal Guard are given this type of training, but the Captain of the Guard really has it out for Eugene, making it even harder for him in hopes that he'll wash out at basic training.
- Trojan Horse: In "Secret of the Sun Drop", as Rapunzel is celebrating her 19th birthday, she finds a timing cylinder among her presents, and when she follows the music, she discovers the timing cylinder is part of an automaton which Varian rebuilt and used to launch an assault on Corona in revenge against Rapunzel ignoring Varian's pleas to help his father Quirin who is trapped alive in amber.
- Triumphant Reprise: Following a bittersweet Dark Reprise of "Life After Happily Ever After," Rapunzel sings a determined reprise of "Wind in My Hair" at the ending of the pilot.
- Unexpectedly Dark Episode: "Queen For a Day" was advertised as a fun winter special, but ended up being the episode where Cerebus Syndrome kicked in. "Painter's Block", "The Quest for Varian" and "The Alchemist Returns" followed suit.
- Unnamed Parent: Subverted with Rapunzel's parents, who are finally given names: Frederic and Arianna.
- Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: Attempted by Varian in the season finale, using Rapunzel's hair as the tip of a drill to try and break the amber trapping Quirin, the logic being that both are unbreakable so one will have to give. However, he didn't think it through, as it's really two immovable objects meeting, and while it strains Rapunzel neither her hair nor the amber give way.
- Villainous Valor: Caine allows Cassandra to pick up the candleholder she's using as a weapon in heir fight.
- Villain Ball:
- Lady Caine shouldn't have left Rapunzel behind while trying to cart off King Frederic. This gives Rapunzel, Eugene and Cassandra time to go on the offense.
- Varian grabs it when he gloats to Rapunzel about taking the Sundrop flower and getting "revenge" for her not saving his father, when she wants to work as a team. Then he finds out what Gothel learned eighteen years ago: the flower's healing properties went into Rapunzel, who now has no reason to trust Varian.
- The Voiceless: Freidborg, the plain-looking castle maid who is often mistaken for Cassandra since they wear similar gowns, has yet to be heard from, provided she can actually speak...
- We Can Rule Together: In "Destinies Collide", King Edmund introduces Eugene to his ancestors who were sworn to guard the Moonstone from anyone who would use it for their own purposes, and expresses disapproval at Eugene, who begins to question who he really is, until Pascal arrives and reminds him of Rapunzel. When Edmund is about to criticize Eugene for failing to uphold his ancestors' legacy, Eugene tells Edmund that Rapunzel didn't come to bring destruction, but to rescue Edmund from the curse. Lance figures out that by destroying the statues using Adira's sword, the ghosts are vanquished.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Varian in "Queen for a Day" before his FaceHeel Turn, who yearns for his father's approval when he seeks to prove his worth and rescue his father Quirin from being encased in amber.
- Wham Episode:
- "Queen for a Day" marks the point Season 1 turns Darker and Edgier, and is the darkest episode of the Season (only second to "The Quest For Varian" and "Secret of the Sundrop"). Most shockingly, it ends with previously Adorkable Varian apparently making a FaceHeel Turn and swearing vengeance on Corona's royal family.
- "The Alchemist Returns" ends with Varian realizing the magical flower no longer has its magic, and that it exists inside Rapunzel, leading to the events of "Secret of the Sundrop".
- "Rapunzel and the Great Tree". Rapunzel unlocks an incredibly dangerous and destructive power from the Moon writings, Adira is heavily implied to have a far darker reason for helping the heroes, Cass and Rapunzel's friendship is severely damaged due to Rapunzel interpreting Cass breaking her out of her moon trance as her not trusting her, and Cass' right arm is crippled.
- "Destinies Collide". Eugene and Rapunzel are already on edge when the former reveals to the latter that someone in their group will turn on them. After Eugene briefly sides with his father by refusing to let Rapunzel near the Moonstone, we assume that the traitor is Eugene in a self-fulfilling prophecy. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Eugene's suspicions were proven to be true when Cassandra steals the Moonstone for herself and bonds with its power
- Wham Line: From the last scene of "The Alchemist Returns", when Varian makes a huge, shocking discovery about the flower...Varian: "The Sundrop isn't the flower anymore...it's Rapunzel!"
King Edmund: (to Eugene) You are my son.
- From Destinies Collide:
- Wham Shot: "Lost and Found," has this towards the very end, when Eugene reads a message from Vigor the Visionary (who was revealed to be Lord Demantius, creator of the scroll they've been following) saying that one person from Rapunzel's party will betray her once they reach the Dark Kingdom. As Eugene looks at the group, he notices Cassandra giving the most devious of smiles, causing him to believe that the traitor is her.
- The Worf Effect: Is a tough new character being introduced? It's a safe bet that the writers will demonstrate that toughness by having Cassandra attack them and fail miserably.
- Xenafication: Rapunzel suddenly becoming a fearless athlete capable of keeping up with the kingdom's most deadly warriors who have fought and trained for years, when in the movie it was established she is afraid when people attack her, and while capable of defending herself, she's far more likely to run away.
- Your Favourite: When Rapunzel is feeling depressed from the aftermath of the coronation and her father's edict not to leave Corona, Eugene brings her a cupcake to help cheer her up. Notably she responds to this far better than any of Gothel's offers of hazelnut soup.Eugene: I believe somebody ordered room service? (holds up the cupcake)
Rapunzel: (smiles) Eugene... how did you know?