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For YMMV on Tangled: The Series, see here.

  • Accidental Innuendo: There's this.
    Rapunzel: I've got a person in my closet!
  • Adorkable: Rapunzel has a bit of an overbite, crossed eyes, turned in feet, and she lisps when she talks at times, hides in her hair like a cocoon during the song "Mother Knows Best" when afraid. She's a Genki Girl, overall naive, very pretty, and downright adorably Moe.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Mother Gothel gets a lot of this.
      • Did she only care about Rapunzel's hair and just pretended to be a doting mother, or did she come to genuinely love her in the 18 years she raised her? Rapunzel's hair is more important in the end, but Gothel does small things that make one think twice like her "I love you" "I love you more" "I love you most" game and her surprising Rapunzel by cooking her favorite food. Fans are still debating. However if you pay attention, when she says "I love you most" she kisses her forehead. This could be taken that she loves her hair most. Or she's just that good of an actress to fool the audience with a rather convincing performance. It helps that she happens to have a lot of very subtle hints.
      • Some believe that Gothel's actions are motivated by her fear of dying and not just vanity, even though she's never shown being afraid of dying per se, merely aging. She's shown to be obsessed with youth, constantly checking the mirror for any signs of age or imperfection, has Rapunzel sing for her even when she's the least bit "run-down," and even puts Rapunzel down to compliment her own looks. Even when Eugene cuts Rapunzel's hair, Gothel seems most upset by the irreversible appearance of wrinkles. First thing she does after realizing the hair is gone is to check her reflection in the mirror, and then pull her hood over her face in shame and horror at her withered appearance. While fear of aging is also a very relatable motive, Gothel's complete obsession with it can come across as... a bit petty and shallow.
        Gothel: Rapunzel, look in that mirror. You know what I see? I see a strong, confident, beautiful young lady.
        Rapunzel: [swells with confidence]
        Gothel: Oh look, you're here too! [laughs] I'm just teasing! Stop taking everything so seriously. [leans forward to examine her own features more closely in the mirror]
      • Flynn's opening narration says that Gothel is a witch. Other than activating the magic in the flower, and later Rapunzel's hair, she displays no obvious signs of having powers. She accomplishes lots of her villainy through quick thinking and deception, so it's left open whether she is a witch with milder magic (she had to have figured out how to activate the flower somehow) or just a well-accomplished Badass Normal.
      • In the prologue, Gothel only sneaks into the nursery with the intention of taking Rapunzel's hair, hoping to get the magic that way. It's only when she realizes the hair won't work if it's cut off that she kidnaps the child. A case of Even Evil Has Standards? But on the other hand, it would have been much easier to steal a lock of hair as opposed to kidnapping a princess, not to mention having to raise and care for her so maybe this is just Pragmatic Villainy. In the novelization, she came with a knife to kill the baby in revenge for losing her flower and only thought of cutting the hair on seeing the golden locks.
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    • Why didn't Gothel share the flower's magic with the king and queen? Even if the queen was in no state to walk, Gothel could have sung the incantation with the golden flower in a pot, and she would have won their favor for eternity while keeping her eternal youth. Is she that selfish from years of being alone that she didn't consider being an Opportunistic Bastard?
    • Near the end, after Rapunzel's hair turns brown, Eugene tells her he has a thing for brunettes. Maybe it's true, or maybe he's being an Unreliable Narrator again and says so to reassure her.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Rapunzel is emotionally abused for 18 years, and the consequences seem to be over in a few days. At the end of the film, she has realized that her life is a lie, found out that her maternal figure was exploiting her and possibly never loved her at all, and witnessed the Family Unfriendly Deaths of two people close to her (though one of them at least got better). None of this trauma is even mentioned in the epilogue. In an earlier version of the script this was more averted as Rapunzel clearly had fears about the outside world, however eventually she was reworked into a Plucky Girl. The TV show amends this a little by showing Rapunzel, while still a generally positive person, does have occasional nightmares about Mother Gothel, and when The "Pascal's Story" episode finds her having to return to the tower she lived in with Gothel for 18 years, she is quite shaken.
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  • Applicability: Without context, the reprise of Mother Knows Best could easily be taken as a domestic between Gothel and Rapunzel, the cynical mother warning her virginal daughter about the dangers of giving yourself to an unsavoury stranger who, likely as not, only wants one thing from you. Rapunzel's rebellious comeback during the song really drives this home, as does their tearful reconciliation after Flynn breaks her heart. Of course, nothing is as it seems, but the metaphor is a strong one.
  • Ass Pull: Even with the Hand Wave of magic hair, Rapunzel suddenly realizing her identity as the lost princess comes dangerously close to being a genuine Deus ex Machina, seeing as her confrontation with Gothel that ends with Eugene being stabbed wouldn't have happened if not for the revelation. It would've been significantly less contrived if she'd stumbled upon at least a few small hints as to who she really was while she was with Eugene, which would've allowed her to piece the clues together when she had time to reflect on them later on, but all we get is her briefly studying a mosaic of the infant princess before being distracted by some of the other festivities.
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  • Award Snub: It lost a Golden Globe to Cher!. And why did this film have to come out in the same year as Toy Story 3? It wasn't even nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Alan Menken composed the score for this film; the songs may not be up to a Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid (1989) caliber, but they're still great. "When Will My Life Begin" and its reprise in particular are awesome.
    • The Pub Thugs get a Funny Moments song with "I've Got A Dream".
    • "I See The Light" is absolutely beautiful.
    • Mother Gothel's reprise of "Mother Knows Best" deserves an honorable mention. That song is EPIC. And the first, longer version has a Broadway feel to it. Heck, the quality of every song in this movie could allow the movie to be made into a Broadway play.
    • "Kingdom Dance". This score and the scene that it accompanies is simply wonderful. No dialogue, but the sense of wonder and excitement as Rapunzel and Eugene spend time together in Corona and the dance is amazing.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Mother Gothel. With the exception of apologist fans, few will deny that she is a great villain and an uncomfortably accurate depiction of an emotional abuser, but it's that accuracy that turns off some fans who prefer Disney's over-the-top villains over ones who're more realistically (and therefore less entertainingly) evil. Disney having even less entertaining villains in some of their following movies made Gothel better liked by some fans in retrospect since she is not a twist villain to the audience and acts more like a traditional Disney villain than her successors, though it also made other fans blame her for setting a precedent for said successors due to her realism.
  • Catharsis Factor: After seeing Gothel psychologically torture Rapunzel for years on end, both Rapunzel chewing her out for her abuse and her own death are nothing short of satisfaction. This is especially helpful for abuse victims themselves.
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Mother Gothel has quite a committed fanbase, which can get rather over-enthusiastic in either downplaying or defending her actions throughout the movie and even giving her sympathetic origins or motives that are based on fan theorising and guesswork rather than what's presented in the movie proper. Even if those motives were true, this is still a character who kidnaps a child, spends 18 years gaslighting and emotionally crippling her and later chains her up and tries to kill her boyfriend, all in a vain and selfish effort to keep the child and her healing powers to herself.
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  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: The movie's story has many aspects of a solar myth.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Mother Gothel without all of the wrinkles and age.
  • Fanon:
    • Fanfic writers have started a trend where Rapunzel calls Eugene by his former assumed name of Flynn Rider affectionately, instead of using his real name, in fics. Tangled: The Series seems to debunk this fanon as Rapunzel just uses "Eugene".
    • Fanfic writers almost always refer to Rapunzel's father as "Thomas" while her mother is "Primrose", though this has now been Jossed by Tangled: The Series, revealing them to be Frederic and Arianna.
    • Elsa and Anna from Frozen being Rapunzel's younger cousins is popular with both fandoms. Fans differ on whether Anna's and Elsa's father or their mother is related to Rapunzel's mother, though most lean on their mother. There's further support for this in the fact that as revealed in Tangled: The Series, Rapunzel's mother's name is Arianna. Frozen II debunked the latter part, revealing that Anna and Elsa's mother was in fact a tribeswoman of the Northuldra people rather than of royal blood.
    • Gothel has a fear of aging and dying. This is despite, as mentioned above, the movie implies her fears are instead due to vanity.
    • A fan theory is that Gothel suffered Death By Rapid Aging because she was touching the hair as it lost its powers - thereby suffering the opposite effect of touching it while it's healing.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Hans from Frozen is usually cited as the start of Disney's twist villains, but many detractors of the trend cite Mother Gothel as the original. She's clearly not a completely good person, but it's not clear if she is genuinely overprotective of Rapunzel or not until the tail end of the film. Many Disney fans and critics dislike the toned-down twist villains commonplace in the 2010s and prefer the campy, Obviously Evil villains of previous films. However, unlike Hans whose twist comes out of left field, Gothel is made more Obviously Evil and it’s more for Rapunzel rather than the audience to see her true nature.
  • Genius Bonus: Hook Hand dreams of becoming a concert pianist even though he is missing a hand. Silly, right? Tell that to the one-armed concert pianists Paul Wittgenstein and Siegfried Rapp.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This movie was very popular with people of all ages in India, of all places, due to the uncanny coincidence that Rapunzel's "See The Light" song reminds many Indian people of Diwali (the Hindu festival of lights).
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Mother Gothel's abusive treatment of Rapunzel becomes even harsher in the third season of Tangled: The Series. Turns out that Gothel had a biological daughter of her own whom she treated like a slave, only to abandon her in favour of Rapunzel. It's even more harsh if you believe that Gothel started to genuinely care for Rapunzel like a daughter, once you realise that she had tossed aside her actual daughter. Ouch.
    • In-Universe, Eugene tried to manipulate Rapunzel into ending her "forbidden road trip" and going back home to her "overprotective mother" so he could claim his satchel. One can imagine what was going through his mind when he realized the context of Rapunzel being in that tower her entire life, and he almost convinced her to go back to what was essentially her prison. And even worse much later when he realizes her mother, "the old lady," sold her out to the Stabbington brothers and must have taken her back.
    • Gothel's emotionally abusive treatment of Rapunzel might be even more uncomfortable to watch when you read about how Mandy Moore's marriage to Ryan Adams deteriorated.
    • After Jeffery Tambor was fired from Transparent for sexual harassment, his thug character singing about making a "love connection" comes off as a lot skeevier.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • See 'Award Snub' above, then think a bit about who Mother Gothel looks like.
    • There was a Running Gag in the fandom that Flynn looked like Ezio Auditore (not to mention he also likes running on rooftops and trying to seduce women). Flynn's voice actor, Zachary Levi, dressed as Ezio during the intro to the 2011 VGA's.
    • Another is that Rapunzel is essentially Hungary with a wig. Must be her Frying Pan of Doom.
    • Zachary Levi is Darrining the role of another Errol Flynn Expy... Fandral. He was even the first choice for Fandral in the first movie...which went to Josh Dallas who also played a composite of Rapunzel's prince in Once Upon a Time.
    • Vladimir, a big buff man, having a collection of ceramic unicorns will likely make people think of Bronies. note 
    • The symbol of the kingdom Corona also looks quite a bit like Princess Celestia's cutie mark.
    • Amanda Seyfried is commonly cited as the actress who most matches Rapunzel in real life. Later, when Les Misérables (2012) came out, Seyfried's first song has her with her hair in a plait, singing about how her life's begun and how she's been kept away from the outside world by her single parent.
    • A girl with magical blonde hair and a dark-haired villainess wanting to keep that power all to herself. Are we talking about Tangled or Lady Lovely Locks?
    • Mother Gothel is said to be an Expy of the Witch of Into the Woods. Now that her voice actor, Donna Murphy, has starred as the Witch in a 2012 production of the musical, it appears that it's come full circle!
    • Zachary Levi said part of the reason why he voiced Flynn/Eugene is so that he could appear in a Kingdom Hearts game. He eventually got his wish in Kingdom Hearts III.
    • For Latin America, when Flynn refuses to sing (and then, sings but it's a little bit out of tune), it gets funnier since his VA in Spanish is the famous singer Chayanne. And the last time that Chayanne worked for a Disney movie before Tangled, he also sang about chasing your dreams.
    • With the release of SHAZAM! (2019), Zachary Levi finally got super strength from magic.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Some kids think the Rapunzel's name is "Tangled".
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • This piece of dialogue and the facial expressions Gothel makes during "Mother Knows Best" seem to be turning into one:
      Gothel: The plague!
      Rapunzel: No!
      Gothel: Yes!
    • The "I Have A Dream" song. Rapunzel and the thugs are all singing about self-realization, whereas Flynn's is just to be "Surrounded by enormous piles of moneeeeeyyyy!"
    • Flynn's failed attempt to seduce Rapunzel with The Smoulder.
    • "Look in that mirror. I see a strong, confident, beautiful young lady. Oh look, you're here too."
    • Gothel's unused Nightmare Face from a cut portion of "Mother Knows Best" is popular.
    • The following exchange between Rapunzel and Flynn:
      Rapunzel: Something brought you here, Flynn Rider. Call it what you will: fate, destiny...
      Flynn: A horse.
      Rapunzel: So I have made the decision to trust you.
      Flynn: A horrible decision, really.
    • This image of Flynn with several swords pointing at him has become a meme used for controversial opinions.
  • Moe: Rapunzel. Just look at her! Especially when she laughs. She's more cute than beautiful, and even has a little overbite and a lisp that adds to her cuteness rather than subtracts. Additionally, part of the way through Gothel's Villain Song, "Mother Knows Best" features Rapunzel huddled up in a small fort made of her own hair. It is quite possibly one of the most adorable things in the entire movie.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Depending on your view, Gothel may have crossed it when she kidnapped an infant girl to maintain her own youth. After kidnapping her, she abused her emotionally to control her. It worked so well that Rapunzel freaked out once she sat a foot outside the tower. If that isn't bad enough, she killed Rapunzel's boyfriend in front of her eyes and immediately blamed Rapunzel for his death (thankfully, he got better).
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Several elements in this franchise have first debuted in Barbie as Rapunzel, such as Rapunzel being a painter and wearing purple/gold clothes, Gothel being an emotionally abusive "parent" and Rapunzel being a kidnapped princess.
    • This was not Mandy Moore's first time voicing a heroine in an animated Disney film. That honor goes to Nita in Brother Bear 2.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Your mother doesn't love you. She spends her time breaking your spirit and disguising it as fun "teasing", pointing out You Are Fat and have no survival skills. Then you find out you can survive in the world and tell her, and she proceeds to say your friends are an Opportunistic Bastard lot that only care about what you can offer them. In fact, she's not even your real mother. She's a woman who kidnapped you as a baby and raised you to be completely dependent on her. And she's willing to break your heart and kill your friends to control you. Love you, mom!
  • Porting Disaster: For the Windows release of the video game, that is. Apparently the porting house responsible for converting the original Wii version didn't have the foresight to take children into account when it comes to the control scheme — only the second player can use the controller, leaving the little kid who so wanted to play as her favourite Disney Princess to be forced into getting acquainted with the finer points of WASD on a keyboard.
  • Realism-Induced Horror: Mother Gothel is a quite accurate depiction of real-life Abusive Parents in what is otherwise the adaptation of a classic fairytale; several of her actions wouldn't be out of place coming from a caring parent, but she also keeps Rapunzel inside the tower by making the world outside sound scary and discouraging her from thinking for herself.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Relatedly, many would argue that, "selfish" or not, the King and Queen caused the entire movie's problems by destroying the flower rather than using it as intended by singing the healing song. However, it's entirely possible that the King and Queen did not know the flower could be used that way, and some would even argue that they may not have known Gothel even existed.
    • The Captain of the Guard often falls victim to this trope. In various fanfics, he turns from a relatively well-meaning (if not very competent) soldier to a sadistic asshole who kidnaps Rapunzel solely to spite Flynn.
  • Signature Song:
    • The soundtrack overall is great, but special mention has to go to "I See The Light".
    • "Mother Knows Best" also counts due to being a Villain Song.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Love isn't enough to sustain a healthy relationship. There has to be some respect, compassion, and the willingness to put someone's needs over your own if the occasion demands it. The movie continually emphasizes this when contrasting Gothel's relationship with Rapunzel to the one she develops with Flynn Rider; Gothel will provide affectionate gestures, books, and paints but doesn't actually listen to what Rapunzel wants, to go outside and see the world. What's worse is the viewer knows that any genuine affection Gothel has for Rapunzel is marred by her Secretly Selfish desires to stay young and beautiful. In contrast, Flynn's first reaction when he accidentally gets Rapunzel in a dangerous situation is to try and protect her. He also waits until she's ready to tell him her secret about the hair, and expresses concern about her wanting to return to the tower without pushing his desires on her. In the end, he sacrifices his life for her when it seems Gothel will imprison her forever.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • Mother Gothel's condemnation of the world, for many viewers, doesn't stray too far from truth.
      Mother Gothel: The world is dark, and selfish, and cruel. If it finds even the slightest ray of sunshine, it destroys it.
    • Though the above has to also be taken in consideration of the fact that, of all the characters in the movie, Mother Gothel herself is the only one who matches that particular description.
    • When she catches up with Rapunzel outside the tower, her words probably sound familiar to anyone who's been worried that their child was getting mixed up in the wrong crowd. What's more, Gothel is right that Flynn is only staying with Rapunzel until she gives him the satchel with the tiara., initially She didn't anticipate that Flynn would stop caring about it and hand the satchel over to the Stabbington Brothers as an apology for getting them arrested.
      Rapunzel: ... I even met someone!
      Mother Gothel: Yes, the wanted thief, I'm so proud.
  • Tainted by the Preview: When the first trailer hit theaters, many people were put off since there was so much focus on Flynn and so little on Rapunzel when the movie was clearly about her. There was also how slapstick and Shrek-like it seemed (not to mention the movie title being Tangled). The strong week-to-week holds of the film spoke volumes about the terrific word-of-mouth from those who did see it. Not to mention them continuously playing P!nk's "Trouble" through promotion, when it wasn't part of the original soundtrack to begin with.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Big Nose Thug. His part in "I've Got A Dream" when he describes all his less than flattering physical attributes is a Lampshade Hanging of this trope — especially the part where he sings about a girl loving him.
    • Shorty Thug. He's the only thug who doesn't look physically intimidating, due to him being, well, short/small and very old. He also wears wings in several scenes which make him seem like Cupid (coincidentally, the cap Big Nose wears on his head also reminds of Cupid's wings!), otherwise wears nothing but a loin cloth, and repeatedly blows kisses directly to the viewer.
    • This is the overall aesthetic of the hand-drawn visuals in the credits sequence. Most of the characters are much less attractive than they are in the actual movie — Flynn is downgraded from roguishly handsome to just plain roguish, Rapunzel becomes freckle-faced and homely, the Snuggly Duckling thugs look even uglier than they did originally, Max is oddly hairy, and the Guards are just plain hideous — but somehow they still look quite endearing just the same.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • Mother Gothel to an extent; if you believe that she only does the things she does in the movie because she is terrified of dying, it makes her actions seem understandable. Her moment of selfishness in hiding the flower from the royal family seems to be born of centuries of doing it, even when ignoring she could win the king and queen's favor by saving Arianna's life if she sang the healing incantation. It obviously doesn't justify kidnapping, child abuse and attempted murder, but it's a reason. This is a matter of intense debate in the fandom, which many raising the question of whether it is so much Gothel fears dying or, more superficially, growing old and losing her looks.
    • The Stabbington Brothers are crooks through and through, and just meant to be brutes, but they're obviously a team and loyal to one another. And they do get screwed over by both Flynn and Mother Gothel, making fans see them as Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains. At the least, they got a commuted sentence as opposed to execution, and were invited to the wedding.
  • Vindicated by History: Gothel's villain credentials. Though sometimes lumped in with Hans, Bellwether, and others as an example of how Disney villains have declined since the transition to CGI, in recent years she's been contrasted much more favourably against these contemporaries and held up as a classic villainess in her own right with echoes of the greats.
  • What an Idiot!: Why did Rapunzel not run away immediately after she realized that she might be the lost princess, instead of telling Mother Gothel about her revelation?
  • Win Back the Crowd: Tangled finished the job that Disney started with The Princess and the Frog for being relevant in the animation industry once again, outside of Pixar's shadow. Both critics and audiences loved it, and it became Disney's second highest grossing film ever (though it was then outclassed by Frozen).
  • The Woobie:
    • Rapunzel. Kidnapped from her birth parents as an infant by a woman who only cared about her because her magic hair kept her young. And during those eighteen years, Gothel emotionally and psychologically abused Rapunzel into fearing the outside world. By the end she's an Iron Woobie.
    • Queen Arianna and King Frederic. After Arianna barely survived her life-threatening pregnancy, the infant daughter was kidnapped right before their eyes. They spent the next eighteen years in emotional turmoil, wondering if their only child was alive or dead.


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