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  • Abandon Shipping:
    • 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, as well as the events of "Cassandra's Revenge" and "Once a Handmaiden...", sunk the ship more than ever.
    • Cassandra and Rapunzel, likewise, had a lot of people jump ship after the events of Season 3 due to Cassandra's turn to evil, The Reveal that she was Gothel's biological daughter, meaning the two are sisters, and Cassandra attempting to murder Rapunzel multiple times and Rapunzel repeatedly not giving up on her in spite of this. Even for those who can wrap their heads around Rapunzel Easily Forgiving Cassandra, it's hard to keep shipping them given the latter two points.
  • Adorkable: Varian. It's one of his defining characteristics.
    • Attempts a dramatic entrance when Rapunzel and Cassandra come to see him, and he's also a fan of the books that inspired Flynn's name.
    • In "Great Expotations", his Precocious Crush on Cassandra is shown to be positively endearing.
    • In "Queen for a Day", he breaks into a little Happy Dance when his father agrees to let him come along to see King Frederic.
    • Even while manipulating Rapunzel, he still has time to be fascinated over the automaton (the guardian of Corona castle's vault, located in Der Soone's tunnels) and marvel over it.
    • In Season 3, the goatee Varian supposedly grew out when he was in prison is actually drawn on, likely since he thought he would look cooler. Lance easily rubs it off when he and Rapunzel are rescued.
    • In "Be Very Afraid", he fawns over the Demanitus Chamber and Lord Demanitus himself.
    • In "Cassandra's Revenge", while alone with Ruddiger in the Demanitus Chamber, he hosts a "metal contest" and becomes stuck over steel and iron, all while doing an over-the-top performance and a drumroll.
    • In "Plus Est en Vous", when Rapunzel solves Demanitus' riddle and uses fire to open a gateway at his tomb, Varian displays what is possibly the most adorable smile that has ever existed in the universe.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • 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? Season 3 heavily implies it was the latter.
    • 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? 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. Or was it a bit of both?
    • 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 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.
      • There are some who have questioned the sincerity of Cassandra's supposed Heel–Face Turn in the series finale. While she does have a My God, What Have I Done? moment, breaks down into Tears of Remorse, and even defeats Zhan Tiri alongside Rapunzel, this only happens after Zhan Tiri had already depowered her, given her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, and imprisoned her alongside Rapunzel. In other words, had this not happened, Cassandra would've stolen the Sundrop as she had wanted and taken over Corona for good, putting her "epiphany" in an unpleasant light. What's also worth mentioning is that, if Zhan Tiri destroys Corona then she'll be dead, but if Rapunzel defeats Zhan Tiri then she'll likely be locked up in the dungeon, meaning that Cassandra owning up to her mistakes in front of Rapunzel is the only way she can ensure she gets off scot-free for everything. In Cassandra's defense, she does look guilty when Rapunzel and Eugene are hugging, as though she feels she doesn't deserve to be a part of it. Like the above point, both have a lot of evidence.
      • Was Cassandra's Heel–Face Turn in "Plus Est En Vous merely based on losing the moonstone or was it because Zhan Tiri told her she was no better than her abusive mother?
      • Cassandra's decision to leave the kingdom. Was it because she wanted to find her own destiny, or because the people (minus Rapunzel, Eugene, and the Captain) didn't forgive her for her actions? Or both?
    • 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 infant 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?
    • Gothel gets retroactive Alternative Character Interpretation. Some speculate that before the movie's events, she could have uprooted the Sundrop flower to hide it from everyone, but she knew the consequences of removing the flower from the ground and wouldn't put the land at risk.
    • Zhan Tiri introduces herself to Cassandra and Varian with the same phrase: "A friend... or at least I'd like to be". However, she does it to Cassandra in a soothing, friendly manner, whereas with Varian she does it in an insane, creepy manner. Is it just because she sees them differently and has differing uses for them? Or is it because Cassandra reminds her of herself, yet Varian reminds her of her old friend Demanitus (especially with them both being skilled inventors), which in turn influences the way she presents herself to them?
      • Furthermore, considering "Race to the Spire" reveals that she was the blizzard from "Queen for a Day", this makes it likely she knew about Varian's desire to make his father proud. With this in mind, was part of the reason she chose to mind control the Brotherhood because she wanted to tear apart Varian and Quirin, in hopes of making the former suffer?
  • 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".
  • Angst? What Angst?: In the series finale, the characters are clearly quite fine despite the sheer amount of destruction brought to Corona (which, to be fair, had likely been repaired), not to mention Zhan Tiri nearly succeeding in killing everyone in the kingdom. Additionally, Cassandra being allowed to leave and find her destiny was seen by a lot of people as her being an Easily Forgiven Karma Houdini.
  • 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.
    • A common complaint that's lodged at the third season is that the arc involving Cassandra's Face–Heel Turn is simultaneously rushed and overly drawn out. The season premiere, "Rapunzel's Return", sets her up to be the main antagonist of the season after she's fallen to the dark side. Then it takes the next twelve episodes, until the season is already over halfway over, for her to start moving against Rapunzel and doing especially evil deeds. The following episodes each double down on how heinous and murderous Cassandra has become (to the point where quite a few people find her Unintentionally Unsympathetic), lost in her own misplaced wrath and vengeance, while the show still insists through Rapunzel that she can be redeemed somehow. A few of them even tease the idea of Cassandra seeing reason and pulling a Heel–Face Turn, before they rather cruelly Yank the Dog's Chain and have her commit to her new evil path with even greater strength than she did before. Naturally, this led a lot of fans to worry about Cassandra's potential redemption arc being pushed off until the series finale, "Plus Est En Vous", and feeling very rushed and unearned as a result, whereas Varian had months to think about how terrible his actions were and repeatedly struggled with forgiving himself even after his redemption.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • 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. Frederic continues to be a more likable character in Season 3, having learned from the mistakes he made in Season 1, giving Rapunzel all the space she needs to grow into her own as a future ruler.
    • 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.
    • In Season 1, there was a complaint regarding how Rapunzel, Eugene, and Cassandra weren't good friends towards Varian and unwittingly contributed to his Start of Darkness. Case in point: Rapunzel never checked on Varian after the blizzard was over, apparently forgot about him begging for the help she had promised him for the next couple of months, and acts surprised when Varian mentions how he had to lie low due to the people of Corona believing he attacked Rapunzel despite knowing about the false rumor. Eugene and Cassandra, meanwhile, didn't check on Varian either and were quick to turn on Varian because of that same false rumor even though they supposedly had faith in him. In Season 3, they (or at least Rapunzel and Eugene) are much more compassionate, kind, and caring towards Varian following his Heel–Face Turn. Rapunzel forgives him for the terrible things he's done, refuses to give up on him, gives encouragement towards him, and saves him several times. On his part, Eugene held Varian close when he was scared, supported him heartwarmingly, and helped him with the fourth incantation. Even Cassandra was reluctant to harm or kill Varian, despite taking him prisoner.
  • Awesome Art: The art-style is absolutely beautiful, with fluid animation, a unique set of colors, and lots of attention to detail.
    • Of particular note is the Orbital Shot when the clashing duet between Varian and Cassandra kicks in during "Nothing Left to Lose." The shot would have necessitated the character modelers and animators to have created angles and poses to cover three entire fluid 360-degree rotations of both characters.
  • 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", "Crossing the Line", and "Nothing Left to Lose", due to them being extremely nice to listen to and showing off a wide range of emotions.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Cassandra. 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 off 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.
      • Cassandra's characterization, portrayal, and actions throughout Season 3 as the Arc Villain also proved to be highly divisive, with many fans feeling that her being revealed as Gothel's daughter was contrived and implausible. Fans were also divided over whether she was a complex and relatable Tragic Villain, or a petty, selfish antagonist who fell HARD into Unintentionally Unsympathetic. Her eventual redemption helped a bit, but many critics found it rushed, with some questioning the sincerity of her Heel–Face Turn.
    • King Frederic started exemplifying this trope in later episodes of the first season. When Rapunzel confronts him on keeping the black rocks a secret from others, he then proceeds to give her even more restrictions, mainly locking her in her bedroom, to make sure that she's protected. You either think that he's genuinely looking out for Rapunzel and is just too stubborn to trust her and give her freedom, or you think that he's a borderline dictator who's no better than Gothel. The fact that both Rapunzel and Eugene point out the latter in universe doesn't help one bit. There's also his questionable actions regarding the black rocks, and how he ignored the issue, as well as Varian.
    • The Lorbs - the Germanic leaf-type creatures who inhabit Terapi Island - are either funny and quirky, or annoying and a hindrance to the plot.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Many fans had already figured out that the Enchanted Girl was Zhan Tiri as early as when she was first introduced.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • Rapunzel hitting Mother Gothel with a frying pan is cathartic for Rapunzel herself and for those who Love to Hate the woman.
    • After several murder attempts on not only Rapunzel's life but all of her friends' lives in "Cassandra's Revenge", there's something very satisfying about Rapunzel finally, for once, kicking Cassandra's ass with the Sundrop's final incantation - especially since that fight also leads to some Laser-Guided Karma for Cassandra when her last attempt to kill her old friends backfires horribly on her.
      • In the series finale those who disliked Cassandra's behaviour in Season 3 got an even greater catharsis when Zhan Tiri steals the Moonstone from her seconds before she can cement her victory over Rapunzel. After doing this and assuming her true form, Zhan Tiri gives a scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech calling Cassandra out on her ego. This has the effect of ending Cassandra's villainy for good.
    • Even more, after everything she pulled throughout the season, or rather, the entirety of the Tangled timeline as the Greater-Scope Villain, such as being responsible for the breaking of Rapunzel and Cassandra's bond and attempting to destroy Corona, seeing Zhan Tiri get utterly obliterated when Rapunzel and Cassandra themselves merge the Moonstone and Sundrop, the two elements she sought for centuries, is also incredibly satisfying.
  • Complete Monster: Zhan Tiri is a former friend of Lord Demanitus who betrayed him during their search for the Sundrop and Moonstone to claim the power of both artifacts for herself. Freed by her followers, Zhan Tiri corrupted the Great Tree to use its powers to kill any who opposed her, and when resealed, her followers took her teachings to commit monstrous acts in her name, such as Mother Gothel's abuse of Rapunzel; and a curse of Zhan Tiri's on the land of Corona leads to another character's descent into villainy. Playing as Cassandra's confidant, the "Enchanted Girl", Zhan Tiri manipulates her into betraying Rapunzel, pitting them against one another while she takes the Moonstone for herself and escaping her prison. Free at last, Zhan Tiri eventually betrays Cassandra to steal the two artifacts and with her newfound power attempts to painfully drain the lives of the people of Corona.
  • Contested Sequel: The series is either seen as a great continuation from where the film had left off, or an unnecessary sequel considering that the film had already wrapped up the characters' arcs fairly well. Fans enjoyed it for its world-building and Character Development, while critics took issue with the return of Rapunzel's hair, the dragged-on plot with the black rocks and the series' controversial Cerebus Syndrome.
    • 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 the absence of Varian, for some of the characters being downright mean-spirited and unlikeable, and for the cliffhanger Downer Ending.
    • Season 3 proved polarising, due to its focus on Cassandra's incredibly divisive villain arc, and many prominent side characters going underused (The fact that there were less episodes compared to the first two seasons did not help). However, the season managed to avoid Seasonal Rot due to the Awesome Art, strong material for Rapunzel and Eugene, and larger roles for Ensemble Dark Horse characters such as Varian and Red and Angry.
  • Creator's Pet: Cassandra is often accused of being one in the fandom by people who dislike her, partly because showrunner Chris Sonnenburg has always spoken fondly of her and what she brings to the series, and partly because she ticks the boxes of several negative tropes associated with original characters in fanfiction. She's a newcomer in an established cast of characters who's given more focus and development than some of the other franchise veterans. She's given a tragic backstory late in the game that reveals she was the offspring of the franchise's main villain all along, giving her even greater narrative importance. She crosses over to the dark side herself for self-serving reasons; throughout the final season, her former friends try their best to save her at every turn despite her escalating abuse towards them; and she's ultimately forgiven pretty easily for all her wrongdoings by the series' end - despite the fact that she endangers the lives of Rapunzel and her friends several times, devastates Corona with the black rocks and unleashes Zhan Tiri. Fans of Varian also accuse the show of having a Double Standard due to the fact Rapunzel refused to give up on Cassandra, but allowed Varian to go to jail for similar offences at the end of season 1, despite the fact he had more sympathetic motives for his misdeeds.
    • Cassandra is a Base-Breaking Character who has a lot of passionate, sympathetic fans of her own, so the argument about whether or not she was given special treatment from the writers can be a pretty sore topic in the fandom. It can also be argued that many issues with her villain arc (such as her weak motives and rushed redemption) stem from the fact that Cassadra's perspective is mostly left underdeveloped.
  • Crossover Ship:
    • It's quite common for Cassandra to be paired up with Elsa in various fanfics where the two meet.
    • There's a lot who would pair Cassandra with Catra due to both of them having the issue of being The Unfavorite to an abusive parental figure they shared with a blonde female protagonist, and feel like that protagonist is always blessed with everything while they end up being second best, and both have similar demeanor as well.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Many people who disliked Cassandra's villain arc in the third season had this reaction. Almost every episode ended with her descending further into villainy, and her increasingly dangerous and destructive behaviour made it hard to root for her to be saved. Detractors even felt that this undermined the overarching message that people deserve a second chance as they instead felt that Rapunzel should cut her losses and stop trying to save her fallen friend.
  • Designated Hero: King Frederic is meant to be The Good King whose Knight Templar Parent issues are understandable, considering his only child was missing for nearly two decades, and someone who learned his lesson by the end of Season 1, but considering he makes crackdown on crime overly harsh following Rapunzel's disappearance, which caused Lady Caine to become fatherless and Eugene to nearly get hanged for a nonviolent crime, persecutes teenagers for petty theft in the same vein as adults, locks his royal tailor in a stockade for accidentally tearing one of his many robes, locks away the Sundrop Flower, attempts to steal King Trevor's pet seal as a prank, fails to acknowledge the danger of the Black Rocks, which puts his own innocent subjects in danger, sends guards to hunt down a poor orphaned young teenager, which caused him to be chased out of his own home, attempts to have Cassandra sent to a convent just for sneaking Rapunzel out the night before her coronation, reads his daughter's private journal, makes his daughter experience the same abuse she suffered under the hands of her abductor by locking her up, and never apologizes for his actions, it's not hard to see him as an oppressive tyrant instead.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: In Season 3, Cassandra gets this treatment. Her fall to the dark side is written to be a sympathetic one, since she spent the first two seasons feeling like she was living in Rapunzel's shadow as a servant girl standing next to royalty, and she has a depressing backstory where she was abandoned by Gothel as a toddler. As such, you'll find plenty of people excusing her actions and arguing that she isn't really a villain, her choices are everyone else's fault for not being better friends to her, and she should have zero repercussions for her actions if she ever reforms. These claims usually ignore that Cassandra chose to turn her back on everyone she's ever known and throw away her entire life to put her trust in someone she knows literally nothing about, simply because they promised her the power and status she craves. She tries to murder Rapunzel and the rest of her former friends many times over to get them out of her way. She has zero problems magically enslaving people to use them as her pawns, despite having a complex about feeling used herself, making her a major hypocrite. And she constantly insists it's Rapunzel's fault for stealing her mother's 'love' when she was kidnapped by Gothel as a baby, repeatedly victim-blaming Rapunzel for the eighteen years of abuse she suffered at Gothel's hands out of jealousy. Cassandra herself acknowledges in "Nothing Left To Lose" that she'll do anything to get what she wants, up to the point of murdering people, and that her choices to be this way were her own to make.
    • Interestingly, Rapunzel has this view of Cassandra In-Universe as well, repeatedly insisting she is still her friend and a good person deep down, as well as defending her motives, despite Cassandra's numerous attempts to kill her, and her plan to take over Corona, to the point of being reluctant to approve of Varian and Eugene's weapon that is meant to encase her in amber (only for the safety of Corona).
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Mood-Inverted Rapunzel. Despite only appearing in one episode, she has already gained massive popularity due to her Deadpan Snarker tendencies, and her Peek-a-Bangs actually make her strangely more attractive in an aloof way.
    • 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 Face–Heel 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 Heel–Face Turn in Season 3 and gains a larger role.
    • 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 two reasons, while fans also appreciate the Hidden Depths that are suggested with him, particularly in regards to his relationship with Adira.
    • Angry and Red, two Street Urchins who Eugene and Lance meet, are absolutely adorable even with their rougher edges. Them becoming recurring characters in season 3 was more than welcome.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • 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.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Cassandra. Cool earthbending-like powers, glowing blue hair, a snazzy Form-Fitting Wardrobe (which is black) and a BFS? What more needs to be said? Granted, perhaps having a built-in fanbase from her good-guy days could have something to do with it.
    • Hector has quite a few fans who find him cool, which isn't surprising given his striking golden eyes, Ax-Crazy personality and the fact that he has a pet rhino. That he rides on. He's also the first antagonistic member of the Dark Brotherhood that the heroes encounter.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • 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.
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  • Fanfic Fuel: The series finale sets up interesting thoughts to ponder.
    • What adventures is Cassandra going to have after leaving Corona?
    • What is Varian being the royal alchemist going to look like?
    • How are Kiera and Catalina going to be as Lance's adoptive children?
    • What will the interactions between characters be like after the series' end?
    • How will the characters address The Captain of the Guard now that he has retired?
    • Will Maximus and Fidella ever be together? Or will there be No Romantic Resolution? In the last episode, Maximus stays in Corona while Fidella is taken away by Cassandra, who leaves Corona.
  • 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 "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, though "Emo Raps" is more commonly used for Rapunzel's grumpy Peek-a-Bangs-having self from Not in the Mood.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot:
    • 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)surprisingly 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.
    • Fans who disliked the idea of Cassandra being Mother Gothel's biological daughter and blamed this for many of the problems with her villain arc often came up with different backstories for Cassandra, making it more understandable why she would blame Rapunzel for her childhood traumas and giving her a more coherent agenda as a villain. Occasionally this involves taking one of the writers' scrapped ideas for her and making her a Big Bad Friend from the beginning.
    • Due to Varian's status as the breakout character of the show, "Varian and the Seven Kingdoms", the proposed spin-off rejected by the Disney Channel, has become a popular basis for fan stories.
    • There are many fics exploring what happens to Cassandra after the series finale, where she's shown heading off to parts unknown. Several of them have her going to Arendelle, since there's obvious story potential in having Cass react to her and Elsa's similar circumstances, or seeing Anna as a Replacement Goldfish for Rapunzel.
  • 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 Heel–Face Turn , it's now Les Yay.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With Elena of Avalor for both being shows about a heroic Disney princess airing around 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 motivation for 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • 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.
    • In retrospect, a lot of Cassandra's Jerkass tendencies such as in "Challenge of the Brave" end up foreshadowing her eventual Face–Heel Turn at the end of Season 2.
    • 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.
    • The "Caution: Wet Hair" story has a moment that becomes very sad in light of Season 3's events. Cass asks Rapunzel to keep herself presentable because of her busy princess schedule, but Raps' Samaritan Syndrome gets in the way. She asks Cass to not be mad and holds up her hand as though she's afraid Cass might give her Corporal Punishment, but Cass reassures her by saying "Hey, it's okay. You're not coming home to Mother Gothel anymore. You're right, Cass. But not for the reasons you think.
    • In " Happiness Is", 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.
    • Rapunzel reveals to Cassandra in "Freebird" that the reason why she's not taking the journey of following the black rocks seriously is because she's afraid of what they will lead her to. The season finale "Destines Collide" validates her fears as what the black rocks would ultimately lead her to was being brutally backstabed by Cassandra.
  • 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 ends happily ever after.
    • Cassandra's song "Waiting in the Wings" was about her wanting to be recognized for her talents instead of forgotten. Cut to a year later, and the song has won an Emmy. Many people have celebrated it by saying Cassandra is no longer waiting in the wings.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • Or, he really can sing, to be precise. Clancy Brown as King Frederic sings a couple of verses in the pilot episode. Then again, he does have vocals as Mr. Krabs...
    • Similarly, the Captain sings a verse or two in "The Wrath of Ruthless Ruth".
    • Just listen to Varian's sorrow and passion and rage in his reprise of "Let Me Make You Proud" Jeremy Jordan gives the finest performance in the series thus far. And that's just season 1. His desperation in "Nothing Less to Lose" is incredible.
    • You can feel the anguish that Cassandra goes through during her downfall into performing a Face Heel Turn, and subsequently finding out she's the daughter of Gothel. Eden Espinosa just nails the performance.
    • Having played Naïve Everygirl Cloudcuckoolander Ally in Wicked World, Jennifer Veal's performance as the Ax-Crazy and sadistic Big Bad Zhan Tiri was very entertaining, especially combined with her facial expressions.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • 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 "Buddy" 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.
  • Inferred Holocaust: In "Once a Handmaiden...", Cassandra goes on a rampage, covering Corona's castle and city with black rocks. It is unlikely that everyone was able to flee on time, and we don't even get to see all of the Corona citizens who've escaped being impaled by the rocks on time. This heavily implies there were people, including children, who were killed by Cassandra's actions, but this never gets addressed.
  • Informed Wrongness:
    • 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.
    • Eugene falls into this in "No Time Like The Past". He actually supports the castle staff taking out Cassandra's stuff from the castle due to her betraying Rapunzel. She objects to this, saying that real friends don't leave each other. Eugene brings up a great point in that if Cassandra was a real friend, she wouldn't have betrayed them, yet he's supposedly in the wrong. The fact that Rapunzel altered time a little and made him more optimistic of helping her, essentially by force, doesn't help.
  • It Was His Sled: Varian is a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds. Given the popularity of "Ready As I'll Ever Be", it's practically mandatory to know this before watching the show.
  • Jerkass Woobie: 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 Face–Heel 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.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • 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.
      • Speaking of such, the episode "No Time Like The Past" is a treat for fans of Youtuber, Voice impressionist and Disney fan Brian Hull as one of the Stabbington Brothers, Teenage Sideburns.
    • Some people will come just for the Alan Menken-produced songs.
    • Taken to the extreme with Varian, who stands tall as the show's most admired and beloved character, surpassing even the parent film's original characters, as well as Cassandra, to the point where it is very difficult to find a discussion regarding the series on any site that doesn't include Varian as a topic. There are quite a few people who watch the show exclusively for him, to the point where his near-absence from Season 2 was decried by many. His return in Season 3 was one of the highlights of the season, especially as he had one of the most acclaimed songs ("Nothing Left to Lose") and a strong character arc which allowed him redeem himself and to deal with the flaws and insecurities which had caused his slide into villainy.
  • Les Yay:
    • 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.
    • Even in Season 3, the Les Yay remains strong, in spite of - or perhaps because of - Cass having done a Face–Heel Turn. Their whole relationship now reads like a breakup gone bad.
    • 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 Ingvarr 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.
    • Continuing with the "breakup" vibe of their relationship, "Once a Handmaiden..." has the two participate in a play by Feldspar where they play each other. It quickly devolves into an AdLibbed heart-to-heart about how they both made mistakes in their relationship and should have paid more attention to each other's feelings (No, this isn't an exaggeration, it's actually what happens.) When Monty confusedly asks who the bad guy is supposed to be, they both shout in unison "IT'S COMPLICATED!"
    • The finale is filled with more Cass/Raps lesbian goodness, from Rapunzel bringing Cassandra back to life with her tears like she did with Eugene in Tangled to the two women outright telling each other "I love you" at the end.
    • Also from the finale, we have the song "I'd Give Anything", which is about how much Rapunzel wishes she and Cassandra could go back to the way they were.
      Rapunzel: I know we've grown apart. It breaks my heart in two/I miss your company, the closeness we once knew/I won't pretend to know just what you're going through/But I'd give anything for you.
      Yes, I'd give anything to relive everything with you.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The show has gained quite a following from them due to the popular fan theory that Cassandra is lesbian, as she has not shown attraction to any male characters whatsoever, and the amount of Les Yay she has with Rapunzel.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Ready As I'll Ever Be" has become popular animatic material on YouTube.
    • Various screencap edits of this show has been made by Constable Frozen.
    • Starting with Mother Gothel, then Varian and now Cassandra, it's become a joke with some fans that anyone with black hair will betray Rapunzel. Or that the producers really hate non-blonde people.
  • Moe:
    • Varian, who remains extra huggable even after his betrayal. It's no doubt a contributing factor to his popularity. He earns this back in season 3 when he becomes Rapunzel's ally again.
    • 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.
    • Rapunzel is still definitely this.
    • Toddler Cassandra is considered this due to how she's very sweet and loyal to her mother , who is Gothel. It's a shame Gothel didn't feel the same and abandoned her.
  • Moral Event Horizon:

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  • Narm:
    • Cassandra's "I don't follow your orders ANYMORE!" speech to Rapunzel in "Cassandra's Revenge" is supposed to be a bold Defiant to the End Badass Boast, but considering Cassandra's history of Control Freak tendencies toward Princess Rapunzel (who almost always treated her with kindness) even before her Face–Heel Turn, as well as the fact that, in this particular instance, she is defying Rapunzel's order to spare her lover's life, Cassandra just comes across as extremely pathetic, reinforcing her reputation as Unintentionally Unsympathetic.
    • In the last episode, Zhan Tiri assumes her demonic form and becomes a giant ram with tentacles. She's supposed to be terrifying but some viewers just find her ridiculous. Maybe Eugene's right to say that "she has hit a really unfortunate growth spurt."
  • Narm Charm: The overarching Big Bad of the series, Zhan Tiri spends most of her screentime in the form of a small child. Despite this, she manages to be a pretty effective villain, due to Jennifer Veal's magnificently hammy performance, and turns out to be genuinely creepy at points, due to her sadistic plans, frequent hatefulness, and some freaky facial expressions...
  • One True Threesome:
    • 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 third season returns her to being a massive Base-Breaking Character.
    • The Captain of the Guard was not very liked for being a Jerkass who often holds the Idiot Ball, but the beginning of Season 3 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. The episode "Islands Apart" also helped his case by showing him to be more of a Woobie when he discovers Cassandra, and is genuinely crushed him when she disowns him, and he grieves over losing her. "Flynnpostor" boosted his popularity further by him naming Eugene as his successor and saying that he trusts him above all others, showing just how much he's grown since Season 1. It reached the point that by the end of the series, many people were disappointed that he didn't have even more of a role.
    • In Season 1, Varian was a Base-Breaking Character both before and after his Face–Heel Turn. Prior to his descent into darkness, he was either seen as endearing or annoying, and after his turn, there was a split among fans regarding just how sympathetic (or not) he really is as the Arc Villain. Come Season 3, however, and Varian pulls a Heel–Face Turn and undergoes Character Development. The season showcases a good deal of him becoming more heroic, kind, courageous, and downright wise, giving a lot of focus onto how he retains guilt and remorse over his past actions, and having him save the day on more than one occasion. It helps a lot that Varian has become incredibly entertaining and lovable, in addition to the episodes that have him in it often being regarded as superior to those that don't. By this point, Varian has effectively become almost unanimously beloved by the fandom.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Cassandra is a curious example. As one of the most controversial and polarizing characters in the fandom with a villainous arc in the last season, she tends to get the Draco in Leather Pants treatment a lot (like Varian), but there are also some fans who swing to the opposite extreme with her character. Before writing her off as a bad egg from the start and a complete lost cause, there are two important factors in her downfall that must be taken into account that are sometimes ignored - the negative, destructive influence of the Moonstone on her mind, that causes her to become Drunk on the Dark Side the longer she has it, and Zhan Tiri’s manipulation as a Toxic Friend Influence, who’s constantly encouraging her to turn on her friends and cross brand new ethical lines, even engineering a few set-ups like “A Tale Of Two Sisters” to strengthen Cassandra’s loyalty to her. Neither of these two mitigating factors excuse or exonerate Cassandra’s cruel, selfish, power-hungry actions (like attempted murder), but they do make her a more complicated and conflicted antagonist than simply being a pure, irredeemable monster. And while it’s true that Cassandra was Easily Forgiven by her friends in the series finale, she didn’t get off entirely scot free, since Cassandra owning up to her actions and helping Rapunzel defeat Zhan Tiri actually got her killed and would have permanently cost her her life if Rapunzel hadn’t found a way to revive her.
  • Rooting for the Empire: A fair number of people will admit to being on Varian's side during his time as the Arc Villain of Season 1, due to his sheer popularity and the Gray-and-Grey Morality involving him being (or at least feeling) abandoned by Rapunzel and all of Corona.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Cassandra may be a divisive character, but in Season 1 you would be hard-pressed to find many who care for her father, the Captain of the Guards, who seemed to be aiming for a record for how many episodes someone can juggle the Jerkass Ball and Idiot Ball. Fortunately, he was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in Season 3, as mentioned above.
    • 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.
    • Nigel, the royal family's advisor, garnered a fair amount of ire due to him ordering for Varian, a young teenager, to be ejected into an extremely harsh blizzard at a time of need, in addition to quickly coming to the clearly incorrect conclusion that he attacked Rapunzel. Besides that, he's seen as too annoying and uptight. Like the Captain, he was somewhat Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in Season 3 with the episode "Pascal's Dragon" making it at most more understandable why he acts as uptight and strictly cautious as he does (as the last time he prioritized a friend over the well being of his home and it's people, there were disastrous consequences, so he wasn't willing to take the chance of Rapunzel doing the same in regards to Varian.)
    • 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 the 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.
  • Shocking Swerve: Cassandra's Face–Heel Turn, 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 still 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.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The "Ready As I'll Ever Be" sequence. Also serves as a Signature Song.
    • The Moonstone Incantation from "Rapunzel and the Great Tree".
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The song at the end of the season three premiere kinda sounds like "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang at some notes.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • 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.
    • The Captain of the Guards. We never even learn what his name is!
    • The Brotherhood doesn't appear much in Season 3. Despite being one of the major new characters in Season 2, Adira vanishes from the show after "Rapunzel's Return" until Cassandra enslaves her at the end of "Race to the Spire" and spends the rest of the season as a mindless henchwoman. The fan-favourite Hector, the rogue Brotherhood member from "Rapunzel and the Great Tree," receives the same treatment.
    • Many fans felt that Varian had an insufficient role in the Series Finale. Although he constructs the portal to return Zhan Tiri to the enchanted realm, he spends most of the episode trapped in it with the rest of the supporting cast, and plays a relatively minor role in the final battle with Zhan Tiri. Although Varian is ultimately less important to the story than Rapunzel, Cassandra and Eugene, his status as a fan favorite and dramatic character arc meant a lot of viewers were disappointed by his contributions to Zhan Tiri's defeat.
    • Despite the claims that Cassandra is a Creator's Pet, it is possible to argue that this trope applies as well. Many online critics felt that the Wangst over being abandoned by Gothel overshadowed many of Cassandra's stronger and more relatable motives (such as her frustration over her status as a handmaiden) and prevented these from being explored properly. In addition, the focus on Rapunzel means that Cassandra's thoughts and feelings are rarely examined in depth, leading to the common complaint that her redemption in "Plus Est En Vous" feels rushed and unearned.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The series drops various hints that Varian is connected to the Moonstone, but this is debunked by the series finale, with the only connection he has being that he's the son of someone sworn to it. The fandom, meanwhile, loves "moon powers AU."
    • As we find out in "Rapunzel's Return," Varian goes through an intense inner conflict and realizes the error of his ways by himself during season 2. It happens completely off-screen while we see rather pointless adventures Rapunzel and company have while stranded on an island.
    • In season 3, in pursuit of her own destiny, Cassandra merges with the Moonstone and gains control of the black rocks, while Rapunzel unlocks the whole potential of the Sundrop and acquires dazzling Light 'em Up powers. What grand heroic deeds they both can do now! Except Cassandra devotes herself to fighting her former friends and destroying her home, and she and Rapunzel use their powers almost exclusively to fight each other. And then, both the Sundrop and the Moonstone end up destroyed for good.
    • After Varian's Heel–Face Turn in "Rapunzel's Return", Quirin is never shown to have a reaction onscreen to his teenage son spending a year in jail, and Varian, likewise, is never shown to have a reaction to his father being a former warrior who was friends with a king when Rapunzel's friends and allies all join forces at the climax of the season - which implies that Varian and Quirin exchanged their most angsty and/or shameful secrets from Season 1 offscreen at some point during the season, which quite a few fans found disappointing.
    • The conclusion of "Islands Apart" suggests the Captain of the Guard is going to play an important role getting Cassandra back, especially after Rapunzel inspires him not to give up on his daughter. This leads to nowhere as the Captain simply disappears from the rest of the third season, only to show up at beginning of "Flynnposter" to retire and give his position to Eugene. He and Cassandra eventually do reconcile... off-screen and hug in the last closing minutes of the series finale.
    • Adira and Hector are hinted to have a complex relationship: she fights him in "Rapunzel and the Great Tree," only to stay behind to see if he's all right after he's defeated. Near the end of Season 3, both get enslaved by Cassandra, and when they are freed, they return to King Edmund's side and to the Dark Kingdom. Apparently, they reconcile... offscreen.
    • In the end, Cassandra will, presumably, find that destiny she dreams of... off-screen. Similarly, Rapunzel will marry Eugene and they will rule Corona together — after the series ends.
    • We won't see King Edmund, Adira, and Hector rebuilding the Dark Kingdom either. And now that King Edmund decided to rebuild it, he may need his only son to succeed him someday; how will this affect Rapunzel and Eugene's life?
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • A number of people had this feeling about Varian during his time as the Arc Villain of Season 1. The series paints Varian as someone who fell to the dark side and crossed the line by committing high treason against Corona, as well as assault and attempted regicide, over something that was his own fault. While it definitely cannot be denied that Varian's actions are not acceptable in any way, it should also be noted that prior to this, Varian was a young teenager who was left all alone for months (granted, he had Ruddiger) without any guardians. He even had to lie low due to the people of Corona falsely believing he attacked Rapunzel, and was chased out of his own home by King Frederic's guards simply because he had the Demanitus Scroll. Him refusing to take the blame for his father's imprisonment in amber (which wouldn't free his father anyway) is understandable, considering how badly it'd affect him if he had to admit he was responsible for the loss of his only remaining family member, not to mention it was a complete accident stemming from his desire to save Corona from the black rocks. It's also hard to blame him for resenting Rapunzel and King Frederic, given that Rapunzel didn't bother to check on him after the blizzard was over, and Frederic outright ignored the problem about the black rocks and, as mentioned above, sent guards after Varian even before he did anything against the royal family.
      • The problem unfortunately resurfaces itself in Season 3, with Varian continuously having to atone for his actions, whereas the royal family's (unintentional) part in shaping him to be villainous isn't addressed, making it seem as though Varian was the only one who messed up. Rapunzel also only brings up how she had to be there for her kingdom during the blizzard, even though she had months to check up on him. The bad things that happen to him in "Be Very Afraid" and "Cassandra's Revenge" are meant to be Laser-Guided Karma, but many found them to be highly excessive considering everything he'd already been through and how hard he's worked to make up for his actions.
    • In a similar vein to Varian, Lady Caine. When she was a child, her father, a mere petty thief, was thrown in a cage like some animal, a sight she had to experience at a young age that likely traumatized her. She never saw him again, and it's likely he was a single father given she seemingly had no mother to sway her away from the wrong path, heavily implying she had to fend for herself afterwards and made her own life choices ever since. While her blaming Rapunzel and trying to abduct nobles as an adult are terrible, her circumstances render her hatred for Corona's law and aristocracy very understandable, something the series (as well as Rapunzel) never acknowledges, instead painting her as merely a greedy and narcissistic thief.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • 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.
    • Part of why Cassandra is such a conflicting character boils down to this trope.
      • The pilot film has her vehemently tell Rapunzel to not tell Eugene about why her magic hair's grown back, not caring that it could possibly jeopardize their entire relationship, and her attitude about Eugene being selfish, which ignores how she didn't want Rapunzel to tell Eugene what happened because it'd affect her alone. Then there's the matter of her rivalry with Eugene, in which she is usually more nasty and vicious toward him than he is toward her, and her willful ignoring the fact that she wouldn't even know her best friend Rapunzel if it hadn't been for Eugene bringing her back home after temporarily dying for her sake (not to mention her being so vocal about not trusting Eugene heavily implies that she doesn't trust Rapunzel's own judgement).
      • "Challenge of the Brave" hasn't particularly helped due to her attempting to sabotage Rapunzel's chances of winning the games, which could have gotten her seriously injured at best, or killed at worst.
      • This comes full circle once again in season 2 from her rude interactions with Adira and how it seems to stem from how the older woman curbstomped her as well as having Rapunzel’s respect and trust over hers.
      • To make matters worse, it's revealed in her "I Want" Song that she's more concerned about how she won't get her time to shine as a hero rather than for Rapunzel's safety. The way it was played makes Cassandra look like an Attention Whore.
      • In Season 3, she is meant to be a tragic villain who fell to the dark side out of a mixture of her resentment, her insecurities, and her friends taking her for granted, not unlike Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader in "Star Wars". However, there are quite a few people who have no sympathy for her and have written her off entirely, because they find her to be incredibly foolish and selfish to an almost unbelievable level. Over the course of the season, Cassandra repeatedly blames Rapunzel for stealing her mother's 'love' from her, by being kidnapped and abused by Gothel for eighteen years. She knowingly puts the safety of the entire world in jeopardy by running off with the Moonstone, so she can have its power for herself. She turns her back on everyone she's ever known for years and puts her complete trust in a ghost that she knows literally nothing about, apparently never thinking to find out what the specter is actually getting out of 'helping' her until the season's end. She tries to straight-up murder her former friends in gruesome ways many times over to get ahead. She has zero ethical problems with using mind control to magically enslave people so she can use them as her pawns (which is quite hypocritical, considering her own complex about feeling used). And she eventually takes over Corona, covering the city and the royal castle in black rocks and driving everyone out - all to satisfy her jealousy and inferiority complex. Arguably, the only people she has good reason to be angry at are Gothel (who's already dead) and Zhan Tiri (whom she only rises up against in the finale). The final thing that tends to put people off her is that, in both "Once A Handmaiden" and "Plus Est En Vous", Cassandra only decides to apologize to her former friends after Zhan Tiri backstabs her.
      • Overall, a number of people get the impression she attacked Rapunzel and her friends with murderous intent for really stupid self-entitled reasons. Even worse, after all the crimes she committed, she gets off scot-free in the end, whereas Varian, who's considerably younger than her, committed less destructive (albeit still severe) crimes than her, and had more sympathetic and understandable motivations than she did, had to spend time in prison, among other such consequences, something that's viewed as a turn-off by many.
    • King Frederic unfortunately fell into this towards the season 1 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.
    • Queen Arianna in "Secret of the Sundrop". Despite acknowledging that her husband's actions in locking up their daughter aren't right, she doesn't do anything about it otherwise. And after Varian abducts her and explains to her what he's been through, she doesn't empathize with him even though the only things he's done to her at this point are harmlessly knocking her out with a vial and tying her wrists.
    • 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 Face–Heel Turn.
      • In "The Eye of Pincosta", she affirms her belief to Stalyan that there is good in everyone, including her, and hopes that she will make the right decision in the end, leading to Stalyan's Heel–Face Turn. However, this is undermined by how she never attempted to get through to Varian and Lady Caine despite knowing of their tragic backstories, and her needing Stalyan to get the Eye of Pincosta, making it come across as her guilt-tripping Stalyan instead.
      • It can be argued Rapunzel falls into this again in Season 3. In "No Time Like the Past", when Cassandra's belongings were getting hauled out by the staff due to her treacherous actions of stealing the Moonstone for herself, she gets angry at Eugene who sides with the staff, saying that she needs him to understand that real friends don't just leave each other. Eugene points out to Rapunzel that Cassandra was the one who left her in the first place and thus was the one who cut them all off. If Cassandra were a real friend, she wouldn't have betrayed them. Rapunzel had no counter to this, yet acts like Eugene was the one in the wrong as she refused to accept that hard fact. It just made Rapunzel come off as being self-righteous. There's also her seemingly putting Varian and Cassandra at a Double Standard, giving up on the former after he tricked her to get the Sundrop, yet repeatedly insisting the latter is still her friend following her betrayal, and attempting to force a nickname on Eugene despite his protests. But the biggest case is her saying she fears losing Cassandra as friend more than the destruction of her kingdom at Cassandra's hands. This comes off as Rapunzel having seriously Skewed Priorities, which doesn't reflect well for a future ruler as she prioritizes trying to redeem Cassandra over the safety and well-being of her kingdom, family, friends, and loved ones.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • 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"?
    • 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.
    • Cassandra meets a mysterious entity in a house rigged with various magical traps. You'd expect her to be at least suspicious of this entity and her motives but Cassandra trusts the Enchanted Girl without question, not even asking for her name. The Enchanted Girl turns out to be Zhan Tiri.
    • As "Rapunzel's Return" reveals, Cassandra finds out her mother was Gothel and she abandoned her in a really heartbreaking moment. You'd expect Cass to be upset and angry, but you'd expect her to resent Gothel, the one who abandoned her. Instead, Cassandra betrays her friends and throws away the life she had for her deceased mother who never loved her.
    • In "Plus Est en Vous", Cassandra is a Big Bad Wannabe due to Zhan Tiri's intervention, but also because of her own mistakes (again). She leaves the Mind Trap talisman at her black rock tower, which results in Edmund destroying it. While she did have Adira and Hector there beforehand, it would've been much safer to keep it with her. When she brings Rapunzel to her room, you'd expect her to check if Zhan Tiri is still in the cage she imprisoned her in, but the thought never crosses her mind. Then, when Zhan Tiri jumps on her to get the Sundrop and Moonstone, she doesn't even try using black rocks to pull the demon off her, and more or less allows Zhan Tiri to pull the Moonstone from her chest.
  • The Woobie:
    • 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 3 where Cassandra keeps trying to murder her even though all she wants is for them to make amends. Thankfully, she gets both Varian and Cassandra back (eventually).
    • 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.
    • Varian, big-time.
      • Prior to "What the Hair!?", he doesn't have any company or friends aside from his father due to others fearing him for allegedly being a dangerous and evil wizard, and yet he remains a kind and well-meaning alchemist.
      • In "Queen for a Day", he travels a long distance from Old Corona to the castle during an extremely harsh and life-threatening blizzard all alone at only the age of fourteen so Rapunzel could help his father, yet she is unable to help him due to there being more important matters at risk. He's immediately dragged back out into the bizzard, travels the same distance back home, and finds that he is too late and his father is encased in amber. He can only break down in tears and swear revenge on Corona because everyone, not just Rapunzel, turned their backs on him. Then, he's forced to spend the next few months in complete isolation, with no-one to keep him company aside from his pet racoon, due to a completely false rumor that he attacked Rapunzel during the blizzard.
      • His return in the Season 3 premiere reveals that he holds immense guilt for what he's done, to the point of being willing to sacrifice his life to save Corona and make up for his mistakes. Even after everything is resolved, "Be Very Afraid" shows that he's still haunted by the encasement of his father and the idea of citizens of Corona labelling him a traitor and saying being unable to save his father was what he deserves for his crimes, with Cassandra's red rocks making him see these fears and nearly causing him to fail at his and Rapunzel's mission of stopping the red rocks.
  • 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.
  • Wangst: Cassandra. Despite claiming that her pains are something she hides inside, some point out that her motivations for becoming a villain 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. This also makes her "but I've never got the chances you were given", "you don't know how much I've been denied", and "I lose no tears and lose no sleep" lines sound petty in hindsight, since it was Rapunzel who was denied freedom Cassandra did have. Something also worth mentioning is that, while Cassandra resents Rapunzel for obtaining the glory and reverence she thinks she deserves, who was the first person to treat her with a huge amount of respect? Rapunzel herself!

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