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I got the wind in my hair and a fire within
'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!
Opening Theme
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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.

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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. The 3rd season premiered October 7, 2019.

On October 31, 2018, it was confirmed that the series will be ending after three seasons. Production officially wrapped on May 10, 2019 and the series finale aired March 1, 2020.

Trailers here and here.

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  • 100% Adoration Rating: Criminals and villains aside, almost everyone in Corona adores Rapunzel. Almost.
    • This also applies to Uncle Monty. Again, almost.
  • Acid-Trip Dimension: The Lost Realm definitely counts as this.
  • Adaptational Badass: As mentioned below under Xenafication, Rapunzel is inexplicably portrayed as a fearless and capable fighter against even the toughest opponent, unlike her movie self who barely escaped danger most of the time.
  • Adaptational Expansion: We are told that Eugene proposed to Rapunzel several times before she said yes, throughout this series we actually see Eugene try to propose to her several times and we see the reasons why she turned him down before finally saying yes.
    • There's also more details on the magical flower, now properly named as the Sundrop. The mythos they created around the flower's legend drives the main plot of the entire show.
  • 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", as well as "Sunshine". Rapunzel tries to come up with one for Eugene in the series finale, but it winds up as something close to an Aborted Arc, if one can exist within the confines of a single triple-length episode.
  • 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 in Season 1 on through to the first episode of Season 3. That's at least a whole year in-universe, possibly two.
  • 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 her 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.
    • Season 3 has Varian again, this time for real as he gets more character focus out of all the secondary recurring characters.
  • Arc Villain:
    • Season 1: Varian
    • Season 2: The Order of the Dark Kingdom.
    • Season 3: Cassandra, but it turns out that the she's just The Dragon for Zhan Tiri.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Rapunzel's biological parents and Pascal 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 epilogue, 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.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason behind Stalyan's Heel–Face Turn is that Rapunzel treats her with kindness and is willing to see the good in her despite all she'd done, and this feels good enough for her to want to measure up to what Rapunzel believes she can be.
  • 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 series likewise ends on this note. Zhan Tiri is beaten, the kingdom saved and Rapunzel and Cassandra finally patch things up and come to an understanding about their respective pasts with Gothel. But Cassandra, still feeling ashamed of her actions, feels she needs to go on a journey to discover herself and leaves the kingdom, though parts on good terms. That said Rapunzel accepts Flynn's proposal and they eventually wed as seen in Tangled Ever After.
  • Bloodless Carnage: The series shows considerable amount of action and not a single drop of blood.
  • Book-Ends:
    • 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".
    • The first song of the series is "Happily Ever After After All". The last song is a reprise of it.
    • In the movie, the villain was defeated when Eugene cut Rapunzel's hair. In the series finale, Rapunzel defeats Zhan Tiri by cutting her hair, and to the same length Eugene had cut it to boot.
  • Bonding Over Missing Parents: In the episode Tangled: The Series S1E05 "Cassandra v. Eugene" of the first season, Rapunzel tries to get Eugene and Cassandra to bond by locking them in a cell together for a day. Eventually, the two get into a discussion about Cassandra's father, the Captain of the Royal Guard, and Cassandra reveals that he is her adoptive father and she has never met her real parents. Eugene also reveals that he was an orphan as well, having never met his parents either. Then Eugene tries to invoke this trope to bond with Cassandra, asking her what she did fantasize her parents were, but Cassandra tells him she doesn't want to discuss this with Eugene. Eugene feels very offended and accuses Cassandra of defying this trope, but the audience will discover in the third season that Cassandra did this not to deny Eugene of bonding, but because she is repressing the painful memory of being abandoned by his mother the day she kidnapped a baby Rapunzel.
  • 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, 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.
  • Braving the Blizzard:
    • When Arianna and Frederic get lost during Zhan Tiri's blizzard curse in "Queen For a Day", Eugene, Lance and the Snuggly Duckling thugs form a search party to find them and save them, even if it means facing possible death themselves.
    • Varian also does this by himself to reach the palace and ask Rapunzel for help saving his dad.
  • 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.
    • In the Season 3 episode "No Time Like the Past," Rapunzel references ''When will my life begin", saying "I'm used to getting a lot done by 7:15".
    • Later in the same episode, Lance finds Cassandra's shooting target with Eugene's face on it and remarks, "For once they even got your nose right."
      • No one getting Eugene's nose right is brought up across the entire series, both in his wanted posters and any other image of himself. Near the end of Season 3, he actually winds up confronting the artist responsible for the posters, only to find a kindly old man with cracked glasses, so now we know why the posters were so off. Eugene immediately excuses himself, citing that the man is clearly busy and trying his best.
    • "Rapunzel: Day One" and "Flynnposter" are chock full of movie call backs. Specifically to what Rapunzel and Eugene, respectively, were like before they met.
  • 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.
    • Eugene does this himself to Rapunzel's dad after he locks her in her room to keep her safe, pointing out that he's doing exactly the same thing to Rapunzel that Gothel did.
    • 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. And to his credit, he keeps that promise; the king only finds out when he snoops in Rapunzel's journal.
  • Canon Foreigner: The most prominent ones are Cassandra, Rapunzel's lady-in-waiting and the daughter of the captain of the guards, and Varian, an alchemist from Old Corona who becomes a recurring ally of Rapunzel. Others include Eugene's former partner-in-crime Lance Strongbow, Xavier the blacksmith, Monty the sweet shoppe owner, Feldspar the cobbler, Varian's father Quirin, Old Lady Crowley and Hook Hand's brother, Hook Foot, as well as Eugune's biological father, King Edmund of the Dark Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • Cassandra Truth: A prophecy that one of Rapunzel's companions will betray her is not taken very seriously by Rapunzel until it happens. In this case it literally applies to a person named Cassandra.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The series starts out as a "slice-of-life" work, but starting with "Queen for a Day" halfway through Season 1 and Varian's Face–Heel Turn, the series gets much darker than it was before. Season 2 then even gets more serious, with the main characters leaving Corona to solve the mystery of the black rocks. And in Season 3, they explicitly acknowledge that the fate of the world is at stake.
  • 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 and Cassandra often ride Fidella, a horse on whom Maximus (himself a badass horse) is shown to have a crush. Fidella is a loyal ally to Rapunzel.
    • There's Axel, though it turns out he's evil.
  • Connected All Along: "Rapunzel's Return" reveals Cassandra is Mother Gothel's daughter, which makes Rapunzel and Cassandra (adoptive) sisters.
  • Cycle of Revenge: The King demanding for a tighter leash on crime in Corona after Rapunzel's abduction leads to the imprisonment (where we assumed he died in captivity) 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, and to get revenge on those who have.
  • Decapitated Army: Averted. Even when the Baron was taken out, the next episode shows that his men still remain a threat to the town of Varderos, with his Dragon Weasel taking charge.
  • Demoted to Extra: Maximus has a much less prominent role in the series than in either the movie or Ever After, especially in the first season. He's still considered part of the main cast and gets A Day in the Limelight every so often, but he's not the major scene-stealer that he was in the movie.
  • 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: In Season 1, what caused those indestructible black rocks 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.
  • Dwindling Party: By the end of Season 2, Hook Foot leaves with his brother, Cassandra betrays Rapunzel, so Rapunzel, Eugene, Lance, and Shorty are the only ones who make it back to Corona.
  • 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.
  • Either "World Domination", or Something About Bananas: Played straight as a line in season 3 episode The Lost Treasure of Herz der Sonne when Feldspar translates the inscription of the treasure map.
    Feldspar: "All who claim the treasure shall be made to banana."
    Rapunzel: Made to banana?
    Feldspar: Oh, what am I thinking? "Zarothay" is banana. "Zarotho" means [Beat] "suffer an eternity of doom".
  • Endless Winter: What sets up the problem for "Queen For a Day". Zhan Tiri casts an endless blizzard on Corona which destroys anything in its path, but Lord Demanitus built the Demanitus Device which blew the blizzard out to sea and imprisoned Zhan Tiri within. But the curse still lives on and will strike again once Corona is at its weakest, and will last until the whole kingdom is destroyed.
  • Extra Digits: Robin the 11th, a past Corona king, had 11 fingers.
  • Extra-Long Episode: Each season had three: one for the premiere, one marking the midseason, and one for the finale.
    • Season 1 has "Before Ever After" (the movie-length premiere), "Queen for a Day", and "Secret of the Sun Drop".
    • Season 2 has "Beyond the Corona Walls," "Rapunzel and the Great Tree," and "Destinies Collide."
    • Season 3 has "Rapunzel's Return," "Cassandra's Revenge," and "Plus Est en Vous."
  • Face–Heel Turn:
    • In "Queen for a Day", Varian, after being turned away by Rapunzel in his time of need, vows revenge against Rapunzel and the Kingdom of Corona.
    • In the Season 2 finale, Cassandra grabs the Moonstone for herself, turning against Rapunzel and Eugene. The Season 3 premiere reveals she did this because her mother, Gothel, abandoned her in favor of Rapunzel and was always in her shadow, thus she claimed Rapunzel's destiny as her own.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: It's the 18th century, and yet, they all only use swords (or frying pans). Near the end of Season 3, only Varian has a gun he just invented, although it is more Steampunk shooting gas than bullets.
  • 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.
    • Possibly subverted, as we learn in Season Three that Gothel is Cassandra's biological mother.
  • 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. This is indeed explained in the series finale.
    • 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 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.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The black rocks sprout from the ground wherever Rapunzel goes, and whenever she is near them, her hair glows. This is a clue that the rocks are not dangerous and they're telling Rapunzel to follow her destiny with them.
    • There are several hints toward Cassandra's betrayal:
      • In "Challenge of the Brave", Cass participates in the event to prove she's more than just a sweet face, and is jealous when Rapunzel joins in.
      • In "Secret of the Sundrop" during the "Ready As I'll Ever Be" sequence, Cassandra says, "Prove they can trust me."
      • Her song, "Waiting in the Wings" from "Rapunzel and the Great Tree", is about her always being shunted in the background and wants to be noticed. It turns out that she's jealous of Rapunzel overshadowing her.
      • At the very end of "Lost and Found" when Eugene receives a warning that one of Rapunzel's party will turn against her, he spots Cassandra, who looks at Rapunzel with a Slasher Smile on her face.
      • The song "With You by My Side" includes this line from Cassandra (after she had already made her decision):
        Cassandra: ♪♫ Maybe tomorrow, we'll find to our sorrow, our story has come to an ending. ♫♪
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • 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 Return of Strongbow":
      • Lance 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:
        Rapunzel: Oh, come on, Eugene. I may have grown up in a tower, but give me a little credit.
      • Strongbow is also a kind of alcoholic cider.
    • "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.
  • 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.
  • Gray-and-Grey Morality:
    • The conflict with Varian during his time as Season 1's Arc Villain. While Varian's crimes against Rapunzel, the royal family, and the rest of Corona were terrible and out of line, they were as a result of Rapunzel breaking a promise to him and never checking on him after Zhan Tiri's blizzard was over, King Frederic allowing a cruel rumor about him to spread and sending guards after him simply because he had the Demanitus Scroll, his father Quirin hiding things from him, Eugene and Cassandra not encouraging Rapunzel to make sure he's okay, and all of Corona rejecting his pleas for help. While Varian expresses Never My Fault behavior in regards to the whole situation he's in, it admittedly can't be denied that there were bigger factors that lead him to villainy, which is not helped by the fact that he is a young teenager who had just lost the only family he's ever known.
    • The conflict in Season 3 is also set up like this; Cassandra betrays Rapunzel and her friends for understandable reasons, such as feeling like she’s in Rapunzel’s shadow, how Rapunzel took their friendship for granted and didn’t do enough to reciprocate the sacrifices Cassandra made for their friendship, and how her adoptive father kept the truth of her parentage from her. Most of what happened is due to a lack of honest and open communication on both sides. The gray morality is lampshaded in “Once a Handmaiden...”, when Uncle Monty asks who the bad guy is of the story, with Rapunzel and a disguised Cassandra replying it’s complicated. However, due to a misunderstanding created by Zhan Tiri, Cassandra fully comes to acknowledge herself as the bad guy.
  • 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. This was because of some of the Moonstone's powers from the rocks entering her hair upon contact, so she can be protected on her journey to the Dark Kingdom.
  • 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 notorious criminal record. 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.
  • Home Sweet Home: Even though she mostly Jumped at the Call and always wanted to explore the world, Rapunzel misses her new-found home and parents while she is away from them in Season 2. "Happiness Is..." focuses on it.
  • Interquel: Takes place between Tangled and Tangled Ever After, as the name of the pilot movie indicates.
  • Irony:
    • The fact that Uncle Monty and Princess Rapunzel, the two most universally beloved people in Corona, don't like each other.
    • What sets off the cause of Varian's Face–Heel 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. It never snows again in the series.
  • "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 Face–Heel 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.
  • Kick the Dog: Stalyan calls her ex by his former alias just to insult him for what he did to her, is complicit in poisoning his best friend in order to force him into marriage, tells him that he and Rapunzel would never work out together, and insists she "always knows what's best for him", similarly to how Gothel claimed so for Rapunzel.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Clementine has a Saporian Wand of Oblivium, which can erase people's memories.
  • 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. The Captain of the guard disdainfully refers to him as Rider, because he doesn't believe he's changed.
  • 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.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Downplayed. The main trio of Rapunzel, Eugene and Cassandra have each gotten new outfits each season, plus an island makeover, while everyone else had the same outfits as usual.
  • 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 past 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 masters the technology within a matter of days.
  • Love at First Punch: During Eugene's proposal to Rapunzel, he mentions he fell in love with her after she hit him with a frying pan.
  • 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" which is listed in the superstitious book as a counter-curse charm, warding off evil and inviting positive forces. She 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.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Rapunzel implies 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 that she has PTSD from being kidnapped as a baby.
  • Misplaced Wildlife:
    • It is shown Corona has a "gopher grab" as part of the Goodwill festival. You would not find gophers of any species in Europe.
    • Raccoons pop up quite a bit, and Varian has a raccoon for a pet, but there were no raccoons in Europe during the time period this series takes place.
  • Mood Lighting: When we first meet Varian, he is usually out in the sun or lit brightly. After his Face–Heel 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 immediately cuts to the upbeat ending tune. The sole exceptions are "Queen For a Day", "Destinies Collide", "Cassandra's Revenge", and "Once a Handmaiden...", all of which feature slow, ominous themes instead.
  • 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 entire series is basically one for the Sundrop, the Moonstone, and the demon Zhan Tiri and her followers who crave their powers.
  • Mythology Gag: 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.

    N-Z 
  • The Napoleon: The Griffin of Pittsford, who has a short temper to match his height.
  • Never My Fault: Varian repeatedly after his Face–Heel 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 actions that caused 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.
  • Never Say "Die": Downplayed. Though the Enchanted Girl tries to get Cassandra to "destroy" Rapunzel, the tone in her voice while giving off this command, and her clearly malicious intentions, still manages to make it sound ominous.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Throughout the series, Rapunzel gains several new superpowers that conveniently respond to the dangers she faces.
    • At the beginning, Rapunzel's hair grows back; this time, instead of its magnificent healing, it's indestructible and right in the first episode, it saves her and Eugene when they are nearly crushed by falling rubble.
    • In the last episode of Season 1, she gains control of the black rocks, which comes in handy to defeat Varian in his giant mech suit. Season 3 reveals that it was a one-time thing and that this power is derived from a fragment of the moonstone's power in her.
    • In Season 2, as Rapunzel's party passes through the Great Tree, she learns the reverse incantation that makes things rot. She unwittingly stops a Man-Eating Plant that was about to eat Eugene and Lance, then uses the incantation to destroy the Great Tree itself.
    • Near the end of Season 3, a fourth incantation is discovered. It allows Rapunzel to tap into the power of the Sundrop in a new way: instead of healing, it lets her fight against the Moonstone's power.
  • 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's hoping for a proposal at the conclusion and is noticeably saddened by the fact that Eugene chooses not to ask her then and there.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: A year before the series started, unbreakable black rock spikes came out of the ground where the Sundrop flower was. When Rapunzel touched them, more shot up, and her hair regrew with the same property.
  • Night and Day Duo: Rapunzel as the Sundrop and Cassandra, as of the Season 2 finale as the Moonstone.
  • 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, it’ll 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".
  • Pet the Dog: At the end of "The Eye of Pincosta", Stalyan uses some of the money she steals from Rapunzel's group to buy a new frying pan for Rapunzel after her previous one had gotten broken, while also leaving behind a letter thanking Rapunzel for making her reconsider her life and admitting that Rapunzel and Eugene belong together since Rapunzel actually saw him as a person and not just a thief.
  • The Power of Hate: The Moonstone is powered by negative emotions such as hatred and anger.
  • 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.
  • Princess Protagonist: The show once again centers around Rapunzel as it expands on the events and lore of the film, including showing her struggle to adjust to royal life as a princess.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: The series features two characters that undergo a path of darkness and betray Rapunzel's trust: Varian, a teenage alchemist whose father she was unable to help save, and Cassandra, a Broken Ace warrior that finds out she was the daughter of Mother Gothel, who abandoned her in favor of Rapunzel's magic hair. However, Cassandra had been one of the major protagonists in the previous two seasons by the time she made her turn, while Varian had merely been in a few episodes beforehand. So naturally, Varian receives far less leniency from Rapunzel than Cassandra does, with the princess being a lot more willing to give up on him, and the show puts more emphasis on Cassandra's possible redemption, too. This is in spite of Cassandra committing a lot more crimes than Varian (and for much pettier reasons, no less), doing more damage to Corona, and being significantly older than him. It gets particularly bad in the series finale, where Cassandra is allowed to leave Corona and pursue her destiny, but Varian had to pay for his crimes by being locked up in the dungeon, and suffered through much more hardship to finally be happy in the end.
  • 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's happy and that despite everything, she seems just fine. It shows that happily ever after might not be all it's 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 the castle residents. 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 to support their families 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.
    • In "Queen for a Day", Rapunzel gambles the safety of her kingdom and all her subjects on an old legend she only heard hours before. She winds up being right, but that gamble combined with all the other hard decisions she had to make gives her some pretty serious anxiety about making any decisions for a while.
    • When King Edmund pulls a Luke, I Am Your Father on Eugene, the latter doesn't believe it for a second, brushing off resemblances as coincidence and assuming the former is just crazy.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: When Eugene was recruited into the Royal Guard, he was given the worst duty of all—dungeon 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 to be sent to a convent the next day. She didn't make it all the way there, though.
    • Varian is a Teen Genius who manages to be a One-Man Army but he knows he cannot beat a whole army and the Showy Invincible Hero by himself. As he explains to Queen Ariana, his real plan is to distract everyone, release his father from the Amber, and then execute his Last Villain Stand.
  • Rejected Marriage Proposal: The series elaborates upon the film's gag about Eugene attempting to propose to Rapunzel; it forms a minor subplot although it's played for a bit more drama here. Most noticeably, in the pilot Eugene attempts to propose to Rapunzel before her coronation in front of the whole court, but she rejects him as she isn't ready for it and is afraid that it'll lead to her being trapped once more, after she spent eighteen years locked up by Mother Gothel. Several more marriage proposals are made and rejected before the series finishes with Eugene successfully proposing.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Implied by the group shot of "Plus Est en Vous" that shows Stalyan standing next to Brock Thunderstruck, the new Flynn Ryder.
  • Revenge:
    • 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.
  • The Reveal:
    • "Beginnings" reveals why Rapunzel's hair grew back indestructible when she touched the black rocks: part of the powers of the Moonstone were transferred to her hair so she can be protected during her trip to the Dark Kingdom. This is also why her hair no longer possesses the Sundrop's healing powers and instead possesses the destruction powers of the Moonstone.
    • "Cassandra's Revenge" reveals the enchanted girl that followed Cassandra around is really Zhan Tiri in another form.
  • Revenge Ballad: Varian gets one before kidnapping Queen Arianna.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • In Season 1, once you learn the black rocks are telling Rapunzel to use them to follow her destiny, it sets their appearance in a new light.
    • The fact that Cassandra was Gothel's daughter and was abandoned in favor of Rapunzel becomes more poignant in early episodes since the audience now knows her true feelings and history from the start.
  • 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 adventures 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.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Once his men are defeated, the Weasel quickly skedaddles with his tail between his legs.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: The first season is set in Corona; the second takes Rapunzel, Eugene and crew to the places outside Corona to follow the trail of black rocks to her destiny.
  • Series Goal: Rapunzel's is to figure out the mystery of the black rocks which caused her Hair Reboot, and to unlock her true destiny.
  • Ship Tease: Varian has a crush on Cassandra. He seems to have dropped it by Season 3, if not way back in Season 1 after his Face–Heel Turn. The two of them have a duet with zero romantic overtones. Cassandra does wear the necklace he made her in Season 1 when she leaves at the end of the series, but that's equally likely to be seen as a token of simple friendship at that point.
    • As Season 2 progresses, Lance develops a crush on Adira.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Despite her hair being kept in an elaborate braid that still reaches her heels tied up, she is usually able to shake it all free in a single gesture, then just as easily tie it up again when it'd be a nuisance.
  • 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. Rapunzel as well.
  • Suddenly Speaking: 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 his little brother 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.
  • There Are No Therapists: This series is a setting where characters have issues that would require therapy, which is quite justified by the fact that this series takes place during a time when therapy is still in it's infancy:
    • The fact that King Fredric has PTSD from losing his daughter and his approach to dealing with having his daughter back clearly shows he'd need professional help in having a good relationship with her. Hugs, kisses, and words from his wife are no substitute for actually learning how to deal with grief constructively.
    • Then there's the fact that after having his father encased in living amber, people have very much abandoned him, Rapunzel doesn't even check up on him when the whole thing is over, and so months later, he goes right into a fit of vindictiveness against the Royal Family. Rapunzel may have pleaded her father to get help for him, but if he didn't have any access to professional help himself, it's unlikely he'd be able to do so for Varian. This eventually proves true in the Season 3 premiere, where Varian got worse and was in the dungeon that whole time, and sunk deeper into depression until Rapunzel came.
    • After "Queen For A Day", Rapunzel was still reeling from the events of that special, and the closest she ever got to therapy was an art class, which is a known form of therapy. However, the instructor turned out to be a servant of an ancient evil demon.
    • Cassandra is particularly bad at this; Cassandra's issues are basically just left to fester and develop into full subscriptions until she goes screaming off the deep end betraying Rapunzel and taking the moonstone.
    • Apart from Varian, Rapunzel probably needs therapy more than any other character (and would probably respond the best), after being kept in isolation for 18 years and then learning that her "mother" was using her for her entire life. While her bright personality makes her seem well-adjusted, viewers and he friends can see that she has an unhealthy habit of pretending everything is fine and hiding all negative feelings under a facade of sunshine and rainbows. This is probably because Gothel found any negativity from her annoying, so she learned to repress it. Eugene finally calls her out on it after the most egregious example of this behavior, when Rapunzel pretends to be happy and chipper after Cassandra betrays her and tells her she hates her. Luckily, at the end of the episode, she does open up to Eugene about it.
    • Eugene needs some too after meeting his father, King Edmund. Sending him away from the kingdom could be understandable, but why was he put in an orphanage? Why was he not placed with one of his subjects, like the Brotherhood? And then there's the mind screw of him not realizing that he was a year older than he thought he was. Eugene does make peace with the whole thing in the end, and in a much less dramatic and destructive fashion than a lot of the other characters to boot.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Rapunzel, Eugene and Cassandra, until Lance joins.
  • 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 an adventurous 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:
    • Lance begins this way, as he spends his first appearance persuading Eugene to carry out one last robbery. However, he develops as a character and by the end of the first season, has become a loyal member of Rapunzel's team.
    • Zhan Tiri becomes one for Cassandra in Season 3.
  • 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.
  • Trash the Set: In "The Quest for Varian", Rapunzel's tower is destroyed by the black rocks.
  • Trojan Horse: In "Secret of the Sun Drop", as Rapunzel is celebrating her 19th birthday, she finds a music box-like cylinder among her presents. Turns out it was a timing cylinder. As it turned, it caused the disassembled pieces hidden in present boxes to form into an automaton. It was planted there by Varian as part of his revenge plan on Corona.
  • 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.
    • Later, when Adira makes her first proper appearance, she attempts to cut Rapunzel's hair with her sword, which has already proven capable of slicing through the otherwise-indestructible black rocks. Both women are surprised by the outcome.
    Adira: It didn't cut.
    Rapunzel: It didn't break.
  • Villainous Valor: Caine allows Cassandra to pick up the candleholder she's using as a weapon in their 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.
  • 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 Face–Heel 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.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Rapunzel and Varian at the end of season one, and Rapunzel and Cassandra during season three. The former example is reversed come "Rapunzel's Return" thanks to Varian pulling a Heel–Face Turn.
  • 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"). Rapunzel is forced to make the toughest of decisions, the kingdom is almost destroyed by a deadly blizzard, the king, queen and Pascal nearly die, and most shockingly, it ends with previously Adorkable Varian making a Face–Heel 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
    • "Rapunzel's Return". Gothel is revealed to be Cassandra's biological mother, and she was abandoned in favor of Rapunzel and thus became jealous of always being in her shadow. On the good side, Varian makes a Heel–Face Turn and Quirin is finally freed from the amber.
    • "Cassandra's Revenge": The Enchanted Girl is revealed to be Zhan Tiri in a new form, and is released once Rapunzel unleashes the full power of the Sundrop against the Moonstone.
    • "Once a Handmaiden..." Cassandra now assumes full control of Corona, leading in to the Grand Finale.
  • Wham Line:
    • Varian's last line in "Queen for a Day," cementing his Face–Heel Turn.
      Varian: And I swear right now, that no matter what comes of me, anybody that stands or has stood in my path, they're going to pay! They. Will. Pay.
    • 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!
    • From “Destinies Collide”:
      King Edmund: (to Eugene) You are my son.
    • From the very last seconds of "Destinies Collide":
      Cassandra: I tried to warn you, Rapunzel. You have to be careful who you trust.
    • In "Rapunzel's Return":
      • When Varian reveals his motivations for joining Andrew.
      Rapunzel: None of these people did anything to you.
      Varian: It's not what they did to me! It's what I did to them.
      • From the same scene, after Andrew and the Sapporians reveal their intention to destroy Corona:
      Varian: Wait no! No! We agreed that no one would be harmed!
      Andrew: Relax, Varian. You don't want to end up on the wrong side of history. You understand, buddy?
      [Beat]
      Varian: You're right. So I'm going to have to ask you... to step inside that cell.
  • 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.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: This is Rapunzel's reaction upon learning that the Baron's "prize stallion" that Eugene stole was actually the Baron's daughter Stalyan, who Eugene left at the altar. At least part of it is jealousy.
    Rapunzel: Who names their kid Stalyan anyway? What's her sister's name? Bronco?
  • 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.
    • In "Destinies Collide", Adira is curb-stomped by King Edmund.
  • 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?


 
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Alternative Title(s): Tangled Before Ever After, Rapunzels Tangled Adventure

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Rapunzel's hair grows back

After coming into contact with mysterious black rocks, Rapunzel magically regains her long, golden hair.

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