Many fans who shipped Varian and Cassandra jumped ship following the Season 1 finale where he outright tries to murder her, all the while making a sick joke about it. The prevalent age gap between the two doesn't help matters either. The ship almost revived again given Cassandra's betrayal at the end of "Destinies Collide", this time in the hopes the two would become a villain couple opposing Rapunzel, but Varian reforming quickly into Season 3 sunk the ship for a second time.
After Cassandra betrays Rapunzel in the Season 2 finale, Rapunzel x Cassandra, which was a popular Les Yay ship within the fandom took a subsequent nosedive. Granted, it was a bit of Foregone Conclusion since Rapunzel will marry Eugene anyway, but still, it was definitely surprising.
For the same reasons as Rapunzel x Cassandra, the popular polyamorous ship of Cassandra/Rapunzel/Eugene has been on the decline, with some shippers switching to Lance/Rapunzel/Eugene.
Does Varian actually have a case of Never My Fault, or does he know it's his fault, but blames it on Rapunzel in order to cope with his pain?
Why did Eugene ditch Stalyan at the wedding? Was it because of Stalyan being controlling of him? Or was it due to Flynn Rider's usual selfishness? If anyone remembers, at the time he was in a relationship with her, he never cared about others' feelings and he's betrayed a lot of people like it was nobody's business.
Cassandra is definitely an interesting individual for a multitude of reasons:
Given Cassandra's song "Waiting In The Wings", from "Rapunzel And The Great Tree", one has to wonder her true intentions of hanging out with Rapunzel and being seen as a hero. Is it out of genuine altruism and kindness, or is it all about inflating her ego so that she can be seen as superior? Both have a lot of evidence.
Speaking of the above, why did Cassandra betray Rapunzel? While her character did undergo a turn for the worse after her experience in the mysterious door in "Rapunzeltopia", there have been various hints throughout the series that Cassandra was not as altruistic in her intentions even back in Season 1. Her actions such as sabotaging Rapunzel's chances in winning in "Challenge of the Brave" even though it could put her in danger, and her willingness to murder the collectors when it seemed like Rapunzel's transformation was permanent, all showcase a darker side in Cassandra's intentions. Plus, when she grabs the moonstone, she says "This is my destiny" . Did the her experiences behind the door really change her, or was it merely a push over the edge?
Is Cassandra a lesbian, or at least bisexual? Does she have romantic feelings for Rapunzel? Anytime she's involved with romance, whether for laughs or for story reasons, she generally turns down the guys, and has a lot of touchy feely moments with Rapunzel that are laced with romantic subtext, particularly in "Freebird". One of her lines in "Crossing the Line" also declares she and Rapunzel "over" as if they were a couple. This would cast her dislike of Eugene in a slightly different light as well.
Following the flashback at the premiere of Season 3, some fans have wondered at the exact motivation behind Gothel's actions in abandoning Cassandra. Did she go back to the cottage intending to pick up Cassandra, only to realize that doing so would get her caught by the guards right on her tail? Or did she intentionally lead the guards to her cottage, hence hiding and allowing them to reach it before her? If it was intentional, was it purely so she could trap them and cover her escape? Or did she want them to discover her daughter, knowing they would take care of her in her own absence? Gothel's behavior as a mother to Cassandra makes the latter unlikely, but not impossible to read in the ambiguity of the scene.
What makes Gothel's intentions and feelings murkier is that for a moment, she seemed to hesitate as she looked across the bridge and at Cassandra, before looking down at the baby Rapunzel and seemingly hardening her resolve. And even then, she didn't even cut down the bridge until Cassandra had unwittingly alerted her position. Is it possible, that despite her selfishness outweighing whatever she may feel for her daughter, that she was feeling guilt in that moment?
Angst Aversion: The more bleak scenarios presented have made things a bit too hard to watch due to the sheer amount of torture the characters go through, or with how swift the rug is pulled from under our main characters, particularly in "The Quest For Varian", "The Alchemist Returns", "Rapunzel and the Great Tree", and the last few minutes of "Queen For A Day" and "Destinies Collide".
Anti-Climax Boss: Varian was a formidable opponent at the end of season 1, so throughout all of season 2 the fandom was running wild with theories and scenarios where he was a cynical, terrifying, badass, possibly irredeemable villain and a major threat in his next appearance (only encouraged by the fact that Rapunzel has a nightmare about him at one point). When he finally reappeared in the season 3 premier, he was helping Andrew and the separatists take over Corona - but he's also still as clumsy and dorky as ever, he admits that he feels guilty about how he acted before, and Rapunzel is able to convince him to make a HeelFace Turn and they work together to save the day.
Arc Fatigue: The entire plot with the black rocks, which had dragged on since the start of Season 1, has begun to grate on some fans. It only took until the season finale for some resolution to the mystery of the black rocks to be unveiled only for it to continue on in Season 2. Not helping matters is that Season 2 becomes bogged down by the gang being stranded on an island, and then went on a lengthy hiatus immediately afterward. This is another Broken Base issue, as other fans argue that the black rocks plot is the entire show's Myth Arc as opposed to a simple story arc, and that expecting it to be over quickly is a tad nonsensical.
Quite a few questions about the original film—that Rapunzel seems to have good social skills despite growing up in isolation, her readiness to be queen, how her relationship with her parents would work after 18 years apart—are explored in the series. Although Rapunzel is friendly, she struggles with social niceties (like bear hugging guests), and her parents have to balance reconnecting with their daughter and teaching her how to be royalty.
We are shown that Rapunzel hasn't quite forgotten about the past 18 years of her life (as the movie's ending seemed to indicate), as she is shown to occasionally have nightmares about Mother Gothel and is quite apprehensive about returning to her tower when one episode's plot involves her and Eugene returning to it.
Some fans took issue with how at the end of the movie, Eugene was Easily Forgiven by just about everyone despite being a former thief who stole the princess's tiara, a crime that warranted him a death sentence. The series goes to show that he is still not forgiven by everyone for this, especially by Cassandra and her father.
A frequent complaint about the show's pilot movie was King Frederic's demeanor seemed too strict and overbearing, no matter how justified it might be from his point of view. The first episode of the show has Frederic openly admitting to his wife that he acted out of line and feels guilty about it. As a result, the rest of the show has him loosening up and frequently showing that he's Not So Above It All while still keeping his personal failings and the overprotective measures he takes to keep Rapunzel safe from harm a major part of the first season's plot, with only the last couple of episodes unfortunately veering him back towards Unintentionally Unsympathetic territory before he finally wises up and allows Rapunzel to choose her own course for her life.
Rapunzel's nightmare vision of Varian in "Happiness Is...." can be seen as a way for the show to say "We haven't forgotten about him, but we're still saving him up for something bigger in Season 3", since if it wasn't for this scene Varian wouldn't have any presence in Season 2 at all beyond a throwaway mention by Adira in relation to Quirin in "Rapunzel and the Great Tree".
For people upset with the original film's liberties with the original fairy tale, the twist that Eugene is really a long-lost prince, the son of the Dark King, which had been a deleted concept from the original film can be this.
Awesome Art: The art-style is absolutely beautiful, with fluid animation, a unique set of colors, and lots of attention to detail.
Awesome Music: Many of the songs, particularly "The Wind in My Hair", "Listen Up", "Let Me Make You Proud", "Set Yourself Free," "Ready As I'll Ever Be," "Waiting in the Wings", and "Crossing the Line."
Cassandra is quite divisive. Some fans like her because of her kindness towards Rapunzel and her fighting prowess and general badassery. Others utterly despise her because she's a bitch towards Eugene, and makes Rapunzel promise not to tell anyone how her hair grew back, not caring how it could've hurt her and Eugene's relationship or what consequences it could bring for everyone in favor of her own problems. Not to mention she acts like a Know-Nothing Know-It-All, saying that Eugene isn't good enough for Rapunzel, never mind the fact he was the reason why Rapunzel was brought back home and rescued in the first place. Later episodes attempt to make her more likable by giving her and Eugene more Vitriolic Best Buds development, and having her even support Eugene when he tries to become a Royal Guard. Unfortunately, the Great Tree episode makes her a divisive character once more after her "I Want" Song. Her fans felt that it made it was a good way to have her undergo proper Character Development, but her detractors felt she came of as Unintentionally Unsympathetic whose more concerned with becoming a hero than genuinely caring for Rapunzel's well-being. Detracted even further as of "Destinies Collide" when Cassandra backstabs the whole team by taking the Moonstone for herself and taunting Rapunzel for being too trusting.
Varian, both before and after his FaceHeel Turn into villainy, really exemplifies this trope. Pre-FaceHeel Turn, his dorkiness and clumsy demeanor were either annoying and unfunny, or endearing and adorable. Post-FaceHeel Turn, where he swears revenge for his father being imprisoned in amber (despite it being his fault for meddling with the rocks), there's a three way split between those who think that he's gone too far off the deep end to be truly sympathetic, those who believe he shouldn't be blamed at all for his actions, and the middle ground who believe the balance of both makes him a compelling Anti-Villain. He has even in cases been given blame for the show's Cerebus Syndrome, citing Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy.
Catharsis Factor: Rapunzel hitting Mother Gothel with a frying pan is cathartic for Rapunzel herself and for those who Love to Hate the woman.
Season 2 has also generated similar feelings amongst fans. Some found it an improvement over Season 1, it having a more cohesive storyline and showing a bigger world beyond Corona with new locations and characters. Others however criticise Season 2 for its use of Padding that ends up bogging down the story's pacing, for some of the characters being downright mean-spirited and unlikeable, and for the cliffhanger Downer Ending.
Crossover Ship: It's quite common for Cassandra to be paired up with Elsa in various fanfics where the two meet.
Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: As a number of the examples on this very page will attest to, the sheer amount of times that the actions of Rapunzel and/or Eugene have resulted in trouble for either themselves or the kingdom as well as (directly or indirectly) the respective Face-Heel Turns of two of their closest allies and the show's frequent Downer Endings in story driven episodes has left some (though certainly not all) fans feeling that the show's Cerebus Syndrome is overstaying its welcome and is making things far too unpleasant and bleak, even with the knowledge that things will get better for Rapunzel and company by the events of Tangled Ever After.
Designated Hero: Despite Cassandra being Rapunzel's hand maiden, confidant, and best friend, she has quite a few actions that paint her in a less than sympathetic light. The moments that stand out are her petty jealousy over Rapunzel in "Challenge Of The Brave" that could've gotten her hurt or even killed , her constant snarking at Eugene that's more malicious and hurtful than lighthearted ribbing despite him literally dying to save Rapunzel in the movie, and her "I Want" Song in "Rapunzel And The Great Tree" showing that she's more concerned about being seen as a hero rather then the safety of others. Given her FaceHeel Turn in the season 2 finale, it's most likely intentional. This is confirmed by character designer Brigette Barrager, who explained Cass's betrayal was planned as far back as 2014.
Draco in Leather Pants: Varian gained a large fangirl following from the start, so when he started Jumping Off the Slippery Slope and became a full-fledged villain by the end of the first season, many excuses began being made for him, with many refusing to call him a truly bad guy because "he just wants to free his father", ignoring the fact that it was due to his own mistakes that his father got sealed in amber in the first place, he had a seriously bad case of Never My Fault, had become cold and cruel in addition to doing unethical things, and he'd committed many serious offenses either that his end goal cannot justify or for petty, hateful, vengeance-seeking reasons against people who'd meant him no harm the entire time but who he blames for his suffering. Even in his reappearance in the premiere of Season 3, it's clear that in-universe Varian himself does not see his past actions as excusable or forgivable, hence trying to literally wipe the slate clean with everyone.
Varian has really grown on the fans over the first half of Season 1. His being a nut-job in an Adorkable way plus his strong desire to make his father proud of him have made him endearing to the viewers. However, after he has a FaceHeel Turn and becomes an enemy to Rapunzel instead of a friend he turns more into a Base-Breaking Character. However, fans were incredibly happy when he performs a HeelFace Turn in Season 3, therefore earning back his former place as an Ensemble Dark Horse.
Lance Strongbow, Eugene's old friend and fellow thief is another fan-favorite. Fans enjoyed him for his sly, eccentric personality and for being a perfect comedic Foil to Eugene. It also helps that he is played by James Monroe Inglehart, who played Genie in Aladdin the Musical. This popularity might've helped him get promoted to being a regular character by the second season.
Vex and Quaid from Vardaros. The former is well-liked for one-upping Cassandra in the Deadpan Snarker department, while the latter is popular for being a badass in general. It helps that they come off as more likeable compared to the rest of their townspeople.
Adira, the mysterious woman appearing in the Season One finale, has won over many people. Fans like her for being a badass Cloudcuckoolander whose eccentricities provide a lot of the series humorous moments in Season Two. Being voiced by Kelly Hu helps out.
Lady Caine also gets a lot of fan attention for a character who has only appeared in two episodes besides the pilot movie.
"Rapunzel and the Great Tree" brought us Hector, who immediately got positive reception basically for tworeasons, while fans also appreciate the Hidden Depths that are suggested with him, particularly in regards to his relationship with Adira.
There have been many theories surrounding the identity of Cassandra's parents, the most common being that she may be Mother Gothel's daughter. This particular theory was proven true by Season 3.
Despite what some fans might believe, the overall situation of Cassandra's betrayal and the speculation before it didn't started with the end of season 2 but actually goes all the way back to the start of the series and only noticed by more sharp eye viewers. In the tv movie pilot "Before Ever After" there was the whole speculation of who was Lady Caine during the infiltration of the ceremony, a fade cutaway leading to then Lady-in-waiting Cassandra lead to very early speculation of her doing a betrayal way before it became a subject in the season 2 finale. Most older viewers who saw this subtle edit easily saw Cassandra's betrayal from miles away before it was hinted by Vigor the visionary.
Lady Caine is both ruthless and rather attractive.
Varian almost seems to try and invoke this by drawing a goatee on his chin during his Season 3 appearance while he is pretending to still be evil so he can wipe everyone's memories, making himself look more mature in addition to sporting a darker, cooler villain outfit. Once he reforms the goatee gets rubbed off and he loses the outfit.
There's a good chunk of people who think evil Cassandra looks pretty hot compared to before her villainous nature was revealed, thanks to the blue hair and black rock armor she has.
Fan Nickname: Rapunzel's transformation when using the hurt incantation has earned the nickname "Dark Rapunzel" by older fans who have pointed out how her design looks very similar to fanarts of a evil Rapunzel. Others have jokingly called her a much better "Emo Raps" due to all the bad emo fanarts and designs by fangirls in various fan pages who would often just badly color Raps hair black.
The Moon Powers!Varian AU, in which Varian is born with moon-based destruction powers to contrast with Rapunzel's sun-based healing powers. How it goes from there depends on one's preferences. To a lesser extent, this is also used for Cassandra and Eugene. Hilariously enough, Cassandra becomes the closest to this AU in the Season 2 finale.
The theory/AU that Eugene or Varian is the Prince of the Dark Kingdom and the son of King Edmund, also known as the Dark Prince Eugene/Varian theory/AU. Also funnily enough, this theory ended up being true in regards to Eugene in the Season 2 finale.
Stories involving Varian redeeming himself or never turning evil in the first place are becoming (un)surprising popular.
The reveal in "Rapunzel's Return" that Cassandra is Gothel's biological daughter spawned some theories about how things may have turned out if Gothel raised both Rapunzel and Cassandra together.
Foe Yay: Stalyan definitely takes quite a bit of delight in messing with Rapunzel, and she's not hesitant to reciprocate. With the "Eye Of Pincosta", where she makes a HeelFace Turn , it's now Les Yay.
With Elena of Avalor for both being shows about a heroic Disney princess on Disney Channel at the same time as each other. More so when their respective Season 3's aired at the same time, especially with Cassandra and Esteban's betrayals and why they did it, in addition to both Esteban and Varian feeling that they've come too far, while both Varian and Carla have had their fathers be Taken for Granite and becoming turncoats (with Quirin at least being freed at the beginning of the season, while Victor was petrified soon after the beginning)..
Cassandra's betrayal and her motivationfor doing it has netted her comparisons to Catra and Spinel, who also revealed their issues around the same time as she did. The other party (Rapunzel, Adora, Steven) has also garnered comparisons because of this as well, not to mention that both Rapunzel & Cassandra and Adora & Catra have plenty of Les Yay.
In the series premiere "Before Ever After", Lady Caine's thugs discuss attacking the ceremony when they are told to wait till Lady Caine arrives. It then fades to lady in waiting Cassandra misleading the audience to believe that she is the then-unseen Lady Caine and the one to betray Rapunzel's trust. Cut to "Destinies Collide" where Cassandra does betray Rapunzel but under different circumstances.
In Chuck the main characters are played by Zachary Levi (Chuck Bartowski) and Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah Walker), and throughout the course of the series, they become a couple, and get married. However, Sarah loses her memories of all the times they had together, putting their relationship on a somewhat tragic end. Come the Season 2 premiere, they portray Eugene/Flynn and Stalyan as exes, and their interactions really bring back sad memories to Chuck fans who remember the ending.
In the Season 1 finale during the "Ready As I'll Ever Be" song, Cassandra sings about her desire for others to trust her. The Season 2 finale has her betray her friends' trust and steal the moon opal's power for herself.
Also, in "Rapunzeltopia", Rapunzel cites things being better with Cassandra as one of her reasons for not wanting to leave the ideal world in which she's been caught. She leaves it anyway, and promptly gets kicked in the teeth when Cassandra betrays her and steals the Moonstone.
The very first song of the second season "Next Stop Anywhere," shows how excited Rapunzel is for her journey outside of Corona. She revels in the fact that she gets to share this journey with Eugene and Cassandra. Flash forward to the end of the season, with Cassandra's betrayal and fall from grace, one might wonder if Rapunzel is thinking that she made the wrong choice ever leaving Corona if it ended up costing her so much.
Cassandra's absence at Rapunzel and Eugene's wedding in Tangled Ever After, given what happens in "Destinies Collide".
In one issue of the spinoff comic, Cassandra turns into a Clingy Jealous Girl when Rapunzel befriends someone who is much more similar to herself and she apologizes for her behavior at the end, confessing that she's scared that this means she won't have a place in Rapunzel's life. Season 2 would then reveal that Cassandra is Secretly Selfish about her relationship with Rapunzel.
In season 2, Varian makes a cameo as a hallucination. Rapunzel watches in horror as he holds her father captive, claiming to need him for a "little experiment" all while he pours a potion down the fake Frederic's throat. Come season 3, King Frederic has amnesia and thinks Varian is his most trusted advisor.
Heartwarming in Hindsight: Even with Rapunzel and Eugene's show-spanning trouble about proposing marriage, you already know that thanks to Tangled Ever After, they'll be happily married and it goes happily ever after.
This is not the first time Clancy Brown has voiced a leader of a kingdom with a (somewhat) rebellious daughter, as he had voiced Baron Praxis in Jak II: Renegade. However, unlike King Frederic, Praxis had overthrown the monarchy and exiled its real king Damas, and has a terrible relationship with his daughter Ashelin.
In Supergirl, Winn, played by Jeremy Jordan, also an Adorkable genius, feared that having the genes of his crazed mechanical genius supervillain father would one day cause him to go insane and become just like his father. In this series he voices Varian, another character with Daddy Issues, and he ends up becoming exactly what Winn feared he could become. Except here, his father isn't evil.
The moonstone and its container looks very similar to the Eye of Sin in SHAZAM! (2019), starring Zachery Levi (who voices Eugene in the series), another Artifact of Doom found in a dark cave that merges with a character corrupted by their desire for power.
The show being a sequel to Tangled that expands the film's lore, specifically giving more background to Rapunzel's magic as well as revealing there's other related magic, is also something that Frozen II does with Elsa's magic.
The reveal that Cassandra is Gothel's daughter, given that Descendants extended media also claims that Gothel has a daughter, Ginny Gothel.
Ho Yay: Just as there's Les Yay undertones between Rapunzel and Cassandra, there's quite a bit of this with Eugene and Lance. It's taken to ridiculous extremes in their Big-Lipped Alligator Moment song number in "Rapunzel And The Great Tree."
Idiot Plot: The story arc of Season 1, which go From Bad to Worse because the major parties involved don't communicate well about it. If the king had been more reasonable about Rapunzel wanting to explore and told her about the spikes in the first place, Cassandra wouldn't have taken Rapunzel to see them, which means that they wouldn't have started growing and Cassandra wouldn't have been sent to a convent when her father finds out. If Quirin had explained to Varian about secretly telling the king about them in code and he wasn't abandoning their home, Varian wouldn't have gotten his father trapped in his attempts to stop the spikes with alchemy, or become desperate enough to commit treason. Rapunzel could have avoided Varian committing treason if she had gone to him sooner once the blizzard crisis was resolved. Eugene and Arianna are the only people who comes off as completely blameless in this, precisely because they weren't given any power to decide one way or the other.
Cassandra in both "Challenge of the Brave" and "Cassandra V. Eugene" displays some of her absolute worst qualities, trying to sabotage Rapunzel's chances at victory out of jealousy in the former episode and had hoped to get Eugene in trouble with the King and possibly evicted from castle grounds over an accident in the latter episode, but in both we're shown clearly how and why she thinks and feels the way she does. We see how neglected she is by others and how little respect she gets even for things she doesn't enjoy doing but gets accomplished anyway, and we learn that like Eugene, she's an orphan who never knew her real parents and was raised by the Captain of the Guards on values such as how to "earn her keep", which might explain her constant clashing with Eugene, whom she feels always gets away with too much after putting in only the bare minimum of effort. The Jerkass part fully comes about when she undergoes a FaceHeel Turn and betrays Rapunzel.Season 3 reveals that she was Gothel's biological daughter, who treated her like a slave at worst and a nuisance at best. Then Gothel abandons her for the Sundrop Flower.
Lady Caine is a really nasty and vicious criminal, but you can't help but feel some sympathy for her after hearing her Freudian Excuse of having to live without a father thanks to King Frederic cracking down on crime, no matter how small.
Varian may have become so ruthless by "The Alchemist Returns", but it's hard not to sympathize with him. Everyone turned their backs on him, leaving a teenage boy to fend for himself and try to find a way to free his dad. It's slightly dampened by the fact that he's responsible for his father's predicament, but it's hard not to feel bad for him.
There are a number of viewers who come because this show features quite a number of fan-favorite, high profile recurring/guest stars, namely: Jeremy Jordan (who voices Varian, is more known to the fans as Toyman's son Winslow "Winn" Schott, Jr. from Supergirl, Lance Strongbow's actor James Monroe Iglehart (due to his role as the Genie in Aladdin the Musical, and "Challenge of The Brave" features Danny Trejo guest starring as Wreck Marauder.
Some people will come just for the Alan Menken-produced songs.
It's pretty easy to read this between Cassandra and Rapunzel, given that they've grown to be close friends and Cassandra serves almost a parallel role to Eugene, being an action-savvy companion with a snarky streak in contrast to the more open-hearted Rapunzel. The two of them snuck out of the castle at night, and engaged in a bit of running around together in the light of a full moon. It could be seen as a date. Cassandra also tells Rapunzel that if anyone ever finds out about her involvement in Rapunzel's hair coming back, they'd never be able to see each other again. It almost comes across as a desperate lover's plea.
Season 2 doubles down by having several episodes where Cass often takes the traditional love interest role. Especially in the episode Free Bird where Rapunzel sacrifices herself for Cass causing Cass to become g-rated murderous with rage because of it, and in the episode Rapunzel Day One, where Rapunzel's memory regresses back to how it was at the start of the movie and she has her first experiences out in the world with Cass in place of Eugene - this episode even ends with Eugene remarking to Lance about having "gotten them back together" as Rapunzel and Cassandra intimately hold hands.
The flashback episode in season three, Beginnings, is brimming with Les Yay as it shows how Rapunzel and Cassandra first became friends. Rapunzel really comes off as having a crush on Cass, making her gifts, gushing about her to Eugene, and even asking her to be her partner for the Contest of the Crowns. Eventually, Cass reciprocates and even gives up her chance to join the Ingarr Battalion for Rapunzel. Which makes the circumstances of their current relationship all the more heartbreaking.
Beginnings also shows Cass in awe of two strong-looking princesses, going "whoa" and looking them up and down.
Varian, who remains extra huggable even after his betrayal. No doubt a contributing factor to his popularity.
Angry and Red, two Street Urchins who Eugene and Lance meet, are absolutely adorable. Extra Squee! points are earned with their interactions with Eugene and Lance, who try to act as surrogate siblings to them.
In "Freebird", the collectors "Mother" and "Father" cross it by transforming the gang into birds and forcing them to be part of their bird collection. However, they may have already crossed it long ago when it's revealed that said bird collection is made up of their previous victims who have lost their humanity for who knows how long.
The premiere of Season 3 reveals that Mother Gothel had already crossed it long ago when she abandoned her daughter Cassandra.
Andrew and the Separatists of Sapporia crossed it when they intend to blow up all of Corona along with its innocent citizens. They crossed it even further by planning to force the amnesiac King and Queen to watch as their kingdom gets wiped out, before killing them as well.
Cassandra/Rapunzel/Eugene picked up steam pretty quickly with fans who like Cassandra. Some like to see her animosity toward Eugene as more like Belligerent Sexual Tension which when added with Cassandra and Rapunzel's Romantic Two-Girl Friendship makes for a perfect tri-relationship. Some shippers may also even feel inclined to include Lance Strongbow as a fourth wheel.
Lance/Rapunzel/Eugene has picked up steam after the Season 3 opener, with some Cassandra/Rapunzel/Eugene shippers jumping ship due to Cassandra's betrayal. The amount of Ho Yay between Lance and Eugene helps, as does the last song of the episode providing a good amount of screen-time for not just the trio altogether, but for two of them at a time.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: After being incredibly polarizing in the first half of the first season, the second half, plus the book Rapunzel and the Lost Lagoon, endeared more people to Cassandra, as she showcased more sympathetic, admirable, and relatable qualities, and became more trustful of Eugene, having a more clearly pronounced Vitriolic Best Buds dynamic with him. She was even better received in the second season, which only made the last few minutes of the season finale that much more of an emotional gut-punch.
The Captain of the Guard was not very liked for being a Jerkass who often holds the Idiot Ball, but the beginning of season three has people acknowledge him to be a good man for comforting an abandoned Cassandra and subsequently taking her in, even knowing she was the daughter of the woman who kidnapped the newborn princess.
A few hardcore Varian fans have blamed Rapunzel and/or Frederic for Varian's misery, citing Frederic daring to treat him as a dangerous threat and calling him out as such, or Rapunzel hugging her parents while Varian is having a breakdown over failing to free his father. Paradoxically, this is exactly the attitude Varian has in the show that is clearly portrayed as wrong.
Cassandra may be a divisive character, but there's not many who seem to care for her father, the Captain of the Guards, who seems to be aiming for a record for how many episodes someone can juggle the Jerkass Ball and Idiot Ball.
Uncle Monty. Many fans despise him for how irrational his dislike for Rapunzel was, all for reasons that Rapunzel has no power over given her traumatic childhood. It doesn't help that Rapunzel herself is frustrated with his Irrational Hatred as well in the episode (note: she finally decides at the end of the episode that getting him to like her wasn't worth it). Fortunately, in his reappearances his dislike for Rapunzel is drastically toned down.
The citizens of Vardaros (except for Vex and Quaid) haven't won over many fans due to the fact that they all act as very unpleasant Jerkasses towards Rapunzel, even though she sticks up for them twice against the Baron's men when she could have just abandoned them to their fate. With the exception of Vex and Quaid, not one of them shows a single iota of gratitude towards her and they suffer no consequences for how horribly they treat her. What's worse is that they are a horrible reminder of how Uncle Monty's initial characterisation was, except they come off as even worse since Monty at least has redeeming qualities, even in his divisive debut episode.
Calliope from Keeper of the Spire for being an insufferable Know-Nothing Know-It-All who keeps blaming the gang for her own screw-ups. This also seems to be gang's view of her in-universe as well, with even Rapunzel being barely able to tolerate her.
Ships That Pass in the Night: Though the two haven't met yet, some fans are shipping Varian and Vex together due to their age, dark hair, polar opposite personalities (now we're talking about pre-evil Varian) and their relationships with Rapunzel.
Cassandra'sFaceHeel Turn is an even bigger one, as despite her anger at Rapunzel for what happened to her hand, she had resisted becoming like Varian and betraying her...only for her to decide to betray her after learning that she was Gothel's daughter, and that Gothel abandoned her for Rapunzel (something which Rapunzel was in no way responsible for, unlike the incident with Cassandra's hand.) To some viewers, this rendered a good portion of the previous episode lessons completely pointless. Some also point out that Cassandra's motivations completely gloss over the fact that Gothel "choosing Rapunzel over Cassandra" in practice resulted in Rapunzel being kidnapped, isolated and raised from infancy by an emotionally abusive mother and used for her hair, something she's still shown to have trauma from, while Cassandra at least got a father who loved her after being abandoned.
The "Ready As I'll Ever Be" sequence. Also serves as a Signature Song.
The Moonstone Incantation from "Rapunzel and the Great Tree".
Spoiled by the Format: Cassandra's FaceHeel Turn at the finale of Season 2 was hinted at by leaks of the title of Season 3's mid-season special episode, which is titled "Cassandra's Revenge". The implications of what the title meant definitely wasn't good news.
Suspiciously Similar Song: The song at the end of the season three premiere kinda sounds like "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang at some notes.
While Lady Caine is rather popular, there are those who think she could've been utilized better. The pilot movie set her up with a sympathetic motive of wanting to get revenge on the king for locking up her father. You'd think this would make her a good candidate for a recurring antagonist who could even play a big part in the season finale if she found a way to become more competent. Instead, she appears two episodes before "Queen For A Day", which isn't the season finale, and the actual season finale, "Secret Of The Sundrop", has Varian as the antagonist, which some felt to be contrived. She only suffers further Villain Decay in Season 2.
Queen Ariana could be considered this since she's less developed than her husband due to appearing less without him, and having only one focus episode in season 1. Even then, her connection with Rapunzel over shared interests such as their mutual love for adventure and similar hobbies, all of which ended up getting usurped by Willow. When Rapunzel has her vision of her parents in "Happiness Is", their first season 2 appearance, she doesn't even speak. The fact that one of the show's directors agrees with this adds to the idea.
Unintentionally Sympathetic: Rapunzel in "Goodbye and Goodwill". While forcing Corona's optimistic lifestyle on Vardaros when it's clear the people don't respond well to it is seen as wrong and pointed out as being so by Cassandra, it does not warrant how needlessly cruel Vardaros' citizens treat her such as jeering at her and pelting her with produce. This is especially so considering how much Rapunzel had helped protect the town from the Baron's men the previous episode, making the townsfolk come off as Ungrateful Bastards.
Uncle Monty from "Rapunzel's Enemy" after we learn why he doesn't like Rapunzel while liking everyone else. It's because Rapunzel isn't a traditional princess, and Monty likes traditional values. But what else is he expecting when Rapunzel was stolen from her parents and locked in a tower for eighteen years? Of course she can't be a traditional princess after suffering emotional abuse and constant isolation. It's not like the circumstances of Rapunzel's upbringing are unknown to the public; the tale of the Lost Princess spread, and the celebration of her return lasted a week according to Eugene. Uncle Monty practices Victim Blaming in judging Rapunzel for her quirks, when most of them are a result of trauma. It certainly doesn't help his case that he likes to throw tomatoes at a statue of Rapunzel for fun.
King Frederic unfortunately fell into this towards the season finale. The show tries to make us feel sorry for him when his relationship with Rapunzel begins to fall apart, and how his various actions over the course of the series was, at least from his perspective, a case of I Did What I Had to Do. However, people saw the ramifications of his actions as Laser-Guided Karma for his stubborn refusal to acknowledge the existence of the black rocks, which ends up putting his own innocent subjects in danger. He repeatedly tries to control Rapunzel's life, keeps secrets from her and his wife, and eventually resorts to actual parental abuse when he has Rapunzel locked away. His actions make him very much like Gothel. And because of the rushed end to the season finale, many fans felt that Frederic's actions were not called out nearly enough by anyone except Ariana, who does acknowledge that Frederic being motivated by genuine love and concern for his daughter doesn't make his actions right by any means.
The citizens of Vardaros (except Quaid and Vex, who have redeeming qualities and are frequent help to the main cast) fall hard into this trope. Sure, Rapunzel didn't handle the situation the best and should have taken "no" for an answer when Cassandra made it clear that Vardaros doesn't want to be made like Corona, but she was still genuinely trying to help them out, yet a few slip ups from her cause them to essentially form a lynch mob mentality against her. What's worse is that they suffer no consequences for their behavior.
Rapunzel herself falls into this starting from the end of "Queen For A Day" up until the end of "The Quest For Varian". Even though she believes turning away Varian's request to save his father in the midst of the blizzard as My Greatest Failure, she doesn't go to check up on Varian once the crisis was over and apparently forgets about the whole incident until several episodes later. Some fans felt this only reinforced Varian's bitterness towards Corona's apathy that led to his FaceHeel Turn.
Uncle Monty goading Rapunzel after she comes to ask him politely what she did wrong, and later tossing tomatoes at her statue. He gives her a lollipop that he dropped on the floor, and asks if she would toss him in the dungeon for booing at her. Rapunzel doesn't want to, but as he points out, she could have done so if she wanted. Not to mention that she's nearly engaged to a former thief who's engaged in petty behavior before reforming, and her father is an Overprotective Dad who established Disproportionate Retribution for petty crimes. Those tomatoes tossed at her statue would count as vandalism. Can anyone think of a better way to say "Arrest me now"?
Varian refusing to work smarter, not harder, with his inventions. As it's shown, no one can trust his work because it's downright dangerous, and he takes little to no safety precautions. It results in crystal encasing his father. Then, as "revenge" for Rapunzel being unable to help save Quirin, he uses her to get the Sundrop flower to save his father, when she keeps pointing out that they can work together to help everyone. The end result is that he realizes what Gothel learned eighteen years ago, that Rapunzel has all the magic, and he just alienated the only person who can help him.
Quirin planning to lie to the royal family about the spikes so as to get more land and save his family's/village's livelihood. As Cassandra had explained to Rapunzel, the spikes showed up after Rapunzel disappeared and thus would hold interest. It's hard to blame Varian for trying to get rid of the spikes. What's worse is that it's heavily implied, in both the scene and in Frederic's confession in the season finale, that Quirin isn't actually lying but speaking in code to Frederic so that neither of them have to publicly mention the spikes. In that case, there's absolutely no reason he couldn't have just told Varian this, instead letting his son think he lied and doesn't actually care about dealing with the spikes.
King Frederic sending elite mercenaries when Rapunzel finds an important MacGuffin rather than talking to her about the spikes. The end result is that Rapunzel nearly gets killed, and her childhood home gets destroyed when she, Cassandra and Eugene try to hide. She also is quite furious that he would do such a thing rather than tell the truth.
In "Queen For A Day", Rapunzel was so traumatized by turning away Varian's request to help his father, and yet she didn't send a guard or someone to check up on him after the storm blew over. Even if the efforts didn't work, at least the trauma she would've gone through would've felt more natural, and Varian could've been swayed from his Start of Darkness.
Rapunzel remains this even though her life has improved. She ends up in another Gilded Cage, so she can't explore outside Corona as she pleases, and the one time she sneaks out her hair grows back and can't be cut, which leads to further confinement after her father finds out. Then she starts suffering nightmares of Mother Gothel, can't find answers to why her hair grew back and has new powers, and suffers a bad painting. Also, thanks to her, the spikes that cause her hair to regrow end up endangering the kingdom, and ruin her friendship with Varian. It gets even worse in Season 2 after Cassandra betrays her as well, meaning she had lost two of her close friends.
King Frederic, in how he and Arianna are trying to adjust to having a daughter again. He means well, but he still has flashbacks to when Gothel stole Rapunzel and the open window. At his daughter's coronation, he finds out that she sneaked out without his permission, and a petty thief nearly kidnaps him and several Royals. This gets even more pronounced in "The Wrath of Ruthless Ruth", in which we see the extent of just how haunted he is by the fear of losing Rapunzel again. It gets worse when he doesn't think through sending Elite Mooks to fetch a MacGuffin from his daughter, which nearly gets her killed and strains their relationship.
Eugene after Rapunzel turns him down and refuses to tell him while her hair grew back. He gives her all his support and waits for her to be ready on both counts. In "Fitzherbert P.I." while trying to find an honest job, Eugene fails at a good number before eventually applying to be a Royal Guard. He's frustrated on how the Captain makes it clear he's doing all he can to sabotage Eugene's application. It's so bad that Cassandra changes her opinion of him as a Royal Guard candidate and gives him advice.
Pascal as revealed in "Pascal's Story". When he was just a hatchling, he lost his mother to a snake who nearly killed him as well had Rapunzel not saved him. Years later, he begins to feel that his relationship with his best friend is growing more and more distant. Not helping matters is how others treat him; Eugene and Cassandra unknowingly act insensitive towards him while Lance eats the meal Pascal prepared for Rapunzel and proceeds to rub it in Pascal's face by saying Rapunzel doesn't care about him anymore. This prompts him to run away back to the tower where's he's almost eaten by the same snake that killed his mother.
Just try not to feel sorry for Varian in "Queen for a Day" when he loses his father. The ending starts his turn into a Jerkass Woobie, but that doesn't make him and his situation any less pitiful.
The Un-Twist: Eugene was given a warning that one of them is going to turn on Rapunzel at the end of her journey. He looks at everyone, and realizes something is off with Cassandra, who gives a sinister glare, leading us to believe it's going to be her. Cassandra ended up looking like a Red Herring after that; she's done nothing to even suggest that she would betray Rapunzel, and Eugene ends up being the one (unwillingly) turning on Rapunzel because his long-lost father tells him not to let Rapunzel touch the Moonstone if he wants her to live. Just as Rapunzel was about to take the Moonstone, marking the literal end of her journey, Cassandra then grabs it at the last second, which means it was her who was going to turn on them all along.