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Background information
Feature films Tangled
Frozen
(cameo)
Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy
Descendants
(upcoming)
Short films Tangled Ever After
Television programs A Poem Is...
Once Upon a Time
Sofia the First
Tangled
(upcoming)
Video games Tangled
Disney Princess Enchanting Storybooks
Disney Universe
Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion

Disney INFINITY series
Hidden Worlds
Park attractions Mickey's Soundsational Parade
World of Color
Disney Dreams!
Celebrate the Magic
The Golden Mickeys
Mickey and the Magical Map
Princess Fairytale Hall
Celebrate A Dreams Come True Parade
Festival of Fantasy Parade
Paint the Night Parade
Portrayed by
Portrayed by Alexandra Metz (in Once Upon a Time)
Elisha Ainsley (musical)
Animators Glen Keane
Tony Smeed
Voice Mandy Moore
Delaney Rose Stein (as a child)
Performance model Taylor Swift (in the Disney Dream Portrait Series)
Designer Glen Keane
Inspiration Rapunzel from the fairy tale of the same name by the Brothers Grimm
Claire Keane
Honors and awards 9th Place in WatchMojo.com's Top 10 Modern Disney Animated Characters
Character information
Full name Princess Rapunzel of Corona
Other names Blondie
Flower
Personality Feisty, defiant, kind, sweet, shy, energetic, adventurous, confident, courageous, curious, innocent, rightful, funny, child-like, creative, clever, determined, jumpy, warm, lovable, romantic, a dreamer
Appearance Slender, fair skin, light freckles, rosy cheeks, pink lips, long silky golden blonde hair (later short brunette pixie cut), green eyes
Occupation Princess of Corona
Alignment Good
Affiliations Disney Princesses
Alignment
Goal To see the floating lanterns on her 18th birthday and see the world (succeeded)
To reunite with her long lost family and marry Eugene (succeeded)
Home Her prison tower (formerly)
Castle in the kingdom of Corona
Relatives The King (father)
The Queen (mother)
Mother Gothel (foster mother; deceased)
Flynn Rider (husband)
Pets Pascal (chameleon)
Allies Mother Gothel (formerly), Pascal, Flynn Rider, Maximus, Pub Thugs, the Four Sisters, the Stabbington Brothers
Minions
Enemies Mother Gothel, the Stabbington Brothers (formerly), the Captain of the Guards (formerly), Maximus (briefly)
Likes Adventures, painting, songs, dancing, floating lanterns, ducklings, playing her guitar, books, sewing, knitting, climbing, stretching, hair-brushing, astronomy, chess, sketching, puzzles, darts, baking, paper mache, ballet, ventriloquism, candle making, her friends and family, hazelnut soup
Dislikes Mother Gothel's lies, Flynn's tricks, being cooped up in the tower, not being able to see the lanterns
Powers and abilities Healing abilties
Aging control
Super agility and adaptability to environments and situations

Glow-in-the-dark hair
Prehensile hair
Hair-like grabbing hooks and ropes
Hair elongation and control
Magic tears
Weapons Her hair (formerly)
Her frying pan
Fate Reunites with her birth parents, and marries Eugene
Quote "I have magic hair that glows when I sing."
"I promise. And when I promise something, I never ever break that promise. Ever!"
"Did I mumble, mother? Or should I even call you that?!"
"When will my life begin?"
I am the lost princess... aren't I?!
―Rapunzel to Gothel

Rapunzel is the protagonist of Disney's 2010 animated feature film, Tangled. Rapunzel is loosely based on the classic German fairy tale "Rapunzel" by the Brothers Grimm. She is a very beautiful princess with long hair who, with the aid of a handsome thief, Flynn Rider, leaves her secluded tower to explore the outside world.

She is voiced by Mandy Moore and is the 10th official member of the Disney Princess Royal Court.

Background

Rapunzel is not a typical Disney Princess; she carries her blonde hair, which is 70-feet-long, and has the magical ability to both heal and reverse aging when she sings a special Healing Incantation song. Kidnapped by Mother Gothel when she was still an infant, Rapunzel had been raised and locked away in a tall tower up until her 18th birthday, when she is 'rescued' by Flynn Rider. However, she does view Mother Gothel as her maternal mother despite being kidnapped. Rapunzel spends her time painting, cooking, candle-making, reading, brushing her hair, playing with Pascal, observing the outside world from within the tower, singing, and interacting with Mother Gothel. Being immensely fascinated by the floating lanterns that took place on her birthday every year, Rapunzel begins to develop a sense of curiosity and seeks to fulfill the dream of seeing those "lights in the sky" one day. However, she does not overcome Mother Gothel's strict guardianship and thus has been staying in the tower, longing for the day when her life "begins."

Personality

Rapunzel is a spirited, smart, clever, kind, playful, and a very adventurous young woman, though a bit naive. However, she is not afraid to stand up for herself or others when the situation calls for bravery. Having spent all of her life isolated in a tower with little else to do, she is proficiently educated in literature, and talented in almost all areas such as music and baking and even more advanced subjects like astronomy, as illustrated by her completely charted astronomical patterns. Her greatest passion is art, as indicated by the pervasive amount of painting on the walls inside the tower. While she longs to see the world beyond her window, she is very obedient to Mother Gothel. Despite having ambivalent feelings after leaving her tower in excitement to finally see the world, she confronts and rebels against Mother Gothel's wish of her returning to the tower after a short journey with Flynn Rider. She is quite daring; leaping from tall cliffs and swinging great lengths. She is completely immune to Flynn's so-called charms and has little tolerance for his antics, which usually results in her utilizing the pan against Flynn. She is also very charismatic; able to influence a group of pub thugs to share their dreams and convince Maximus, the palace steed of the Captain, to postpone his pursuit of Flynn until she fulfills her dream on her birthday (which is heavily emphasized). Rapunzel is also known, particularly by Pascal, to be quite trustworthy and never ever breaks the promises she makes.

She is very determined to accomplish her dream of seeing the floating lights, even strong-arming Flynn into going along with her plan and passing any other obstacle along the way, as well as tricking Gothel into making her beloved mother travel for three days to get a white paint for her birthday (of course, to buy some time). Although she initially feared that the dream of seeing those lights may not meet her expectation and that there would be no other means to pursue in life after that dream has been fulfilled, Rapunzel is able to overcome those fears by having Flynn's support and belief that a new dream will emerge in place of the fulfilled one. Rapunzel is also rebellious, tough, and courageous, as seen with the thugs.

Physical appearance

Rapunzel is 18 years old during the film, and is considered a beauty. She has fair skin with a light tint of blush to it and is mostly known for her golden blonde hair which in length is around 70 feet, though her hair is naturally brown, like her parents'. The hair is noticeably shiny, like satin. Rapunzel also has light freckles, mostly around her nose, as well as large, bright green eyes, and a playful smile.

Rapunzel's dress is a traditional German dress called the "Dirndl", with longer skirt than a normal Dirndl dress would sport, and her dress also has a purple theme, with a pink accent. The dress itself consists of a lavender corset top laced with a pink ribbon. The skirt is purple and decorated with swirl designs, in pink, dark purple and white. She also wears a white petticoat underneath. The skirt's hemline is above her ankles, but well below her calves. Her sleeves, at the top, are puffed and striped, pink and lavender, and the rest, is a pale, baby pink, with white lace at the end. Rapunzel does not wear shoes, preferring to go barefoot. Sometimes, she wears her hair in a thick braid with smaller braids woven in, decorated with flowers.

Rapunzel's homecoming dress has white lacing on the neckline and the sleeves, and has a pink bodice that has swirly patterns on it and a corset lacing at the back. The skirt is purplish-pink with similar patterns that are found on her old dress.

Powers and Abilities

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Rapunzel's magical hair.

  • Healing Abilities: Supposedly channeling the power of sun itself, Rapunzel's hair could reverse damages done to humans including a complete regeneration of damaged tissues and organs as well as reverse aging to a certain degree. The subject must physically be in contact with the hair in order for the magic to work when the special song begins; her hair also emits a glowing golden yellow light when the magic activates. Her tears are also revealed to have powers as well.
  • Superhuman Prehensile Hair: Rapunzel's hair also possesses a limited prehensile ability: grappling and grabbing objects that easily outweigh herself without straining or hurting in any way. She revealed that her hair would turn brown should it be cut, and such an act also warrants immediate loss of magic. However, as mentioned above, the powers remain in her tears.
  • Superhuman Strength: Rapunzel also has superhuman strength to a lesser degree; swinging from one cliff to another and suspending herself in the air using leverage of her hair as well as hoisting Gothel up into the tower day after day, to her amazement. Additionally, her hair appeared almost weightless whenever she carried it; needless to say, a normal person cannot, by any means, perform any of the stunts done by Rapunzel with this much hair. Considering the extraordinary amount of hair, she had shown a great deal of agility and dexterity with her hair, such as climbing to high altitudes, jumping off such without much effort, and running just as fast as Flynn, who was a professional thief and does not possess the same amount of hair as Rapunzel did.
  • Superhuman Adaption: Like Ariel, Rapunzel has shown high adaptability; she took roughly two seconds to adjust to the environment of the world. Additionally, she was once trapped in an underwater cave and seemingly was able to swim, which is humanly impossible because she was never taught to. It is observed that her power could still be channeled through her tears even after her hair has seemingly completely lost the magic. It may be that the actual source of energy is in her heart, and as such will only activate and supply when love is involved. However, another interpretation is that channeling her power through her tears was actually releasing the drop of sunlight that created the magical flower which gave Rapunzel her astounding abilities of healing and life. Viewed in this light, such an effort was a once-off ability.

Appearances

Tangled

The Lost Princess

Eighteen years before the events of Tangled, Rapunzel's parents, the beloved King and Queen of Corona, desperately wish for a child. When the queen becomes pregnant, the entire kingdom celebrates the arrival of the soon to be royal child. One night, very late in her pregnancy, the Queen fell ill with a fatal illness that would surely result in her death and the child's. Fearing the death of his love, the King dispatches multitudes of soldiers alongside the populace to search for a rumored legendary flower, created by a single drop of sunlight, with the potential to heal illnesses.

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The king and queen commemorate Rapunzel's birth with a floating lantern.

After much searching, the flower, long hoarded by a woman named Mother Gothel, who has kept herself young by singing a song to it, is miraculously located and boiled into a medicine to cure the queen of her ailment. With the help of the flower, the queen makes a full recovery and soon gives birth to a healthy baby girl, named Rapunzel, who unlike her parents has beautiful gold hair. To celebrate her birth, a floating lantern with the emblem of the sun was released into the sky amongst the people of Corona. The peace did not last long, however. Determined to retrieve the flower that has kept her young for hundreds or years, Mother Gothel broke into the castle late one night, and recited the song to Rapunzel. Discovering the child's hair retained the flower's healing powers. Gothel attempted to cut a piece off, only to find that the hair lost its magic and became brunette. Frustrated and desperate, Gothel resolved to kidnap the princess and fled to her tower, hidden within an alcove in the woods. To protect Rapunzel's hair, Gothel raised the child as her own daughter and taught her to sing the flower's song. Although Rapunzel wished to leave the tower, Gothel warned her of a dangerous world beyond the tower full of selfish people that desired to steal her hair.

Meanwhile, the kingdom searched far and wide for their missing princess, but to no avail. As a result, each year on Rapunzel's birthday, the King, Queen, and the entire kingdom release thousands of lanterns into the night sky, in hopes that, one day, their lost princess will return.

When Will My Life Begin

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Rapunzel beginning her chores with Pascal.

Almost eighteen years later, Rapunzel, now a young woman with 70 feet of hair, plays a quick game of hide-and-seek with her pet chameleon, Pascal, and begins her daily seven AM routine of chores inside of the tower, while Mother Gothel (whom she views as her mother) is away. Through the morning, Rapunzel does many tasks, including sweeping, shining, candle making, baking, and brushing her hair, but after living in the tower all of her life, the tasks and time seem to pass by quickly for her. As a result of the constant down time, Rapunzel has numerous creative ways to entertain herself such as reading books, painting, chess, darts, ballet, ventriloquy, climbing, puzzles, and multiple activities with Pascal. Though she is happy with her life in the tower, Rapunzel longs to someday explore the outside world. Since childhood, she has become fascinated by an annual event that seems to happen only on her birthday. That night, every year, she witnesses thousands of beautiful floating lights in the sky, brighter than the stars, rise over the tops of the alcove and into view of the tower's largest window. Wanting to know the meaning behind this phenomenon, Rapunzel develops a dream to see these lanterns in person, and she even draws a picture of herself watching the lanterns on a tower wall. The day before her eighteenth birthday, she decides with Pascal that she will finally ask Mother Gothel to see the lights.

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Rapunzel pleads with Mother Gothel to leave the tower and see the floating lanterns.

Soon after, Mother Gothel finally arrives at the base of the tower and calls for Rapunzel to let down her long hair. Rapunzel complies, and uses her hair and a lantern holder as a rope and pulley to bring Gothel to the window. Tired from her journey Gothel cruelly teases Rapunzel for her slowness and mocks herself confidence in a mirror, before saying she loves her, as usual, and asking her to sing the incantation to her hair. Instinctively, Rapunzel pulls up a chair and sings the incantation at an almost inaudible speed, causing Gothel to become younger almost instantly. With her eighteenth birthday arriving, Rapunzel gains the courage to reveal her drawing to Mother Gothel and asks her if she can see the floating lanterns because she believes they are somehow connected to her. Gothel spurns her request, however, informing Rapunzel through song that the world is much too dangerous for someone as naïve and gullible as her. She proceeds to warn and frighten her of men with sharp teeth, ruffians, poison ivy, snakes, cannibals, and even the plague and harshly request that she never ask her to leave the tower again. Her previous courage shattered, Rapunzel solemnly promises not to ask to leave the tower again and helps Gothel depart from the tower.

Meeting Flynn

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Rapunzel "meets" Flynn Rider.

Back at the tower, a young thief by the name of Flynn Rider has just completed a daring daylight robbery at Corona Castle, successfully stealing the crown of the lost princess, betraying his partners, and alluding the palace guards, as well as a fierce military horse named Maximus. Seeking refuge from his combatants, the bandit accidentally stumbles into the clearing where Rapunzel's tower resides. Deciding too hide within the tower, he proceeds to scale the the wall of the tower with arrows, and enters into what turns out to be Rapunzel's room. Seemingly alone, Flynn pulls the crown from his satchel to admire his successful stolen prize, but is instantly knocked out cold by Rapunzel's frying pan. Shocked by her own actions, Rapunzel cowers behind a dress form, before stepping forward to investigate the intruder with Pascal. Pascal advises Rapunzel to be wary of the young man since Gothel has often told stories of men bearing sharp teeth, and they both fear he is a monster from the outside. However, Rapunzel finds nothing outwardly menacing about Flynn.

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Rapunzel tries on the crown of the lost princess.

Concluding that he is just another person, she decides to hide him in her wardrobe, before Mother Gothel returns. It takes the poor girl many times to cram the thief into her wardrobe, but after multiple attempts, she manages to stuff him inside the closet by propping up a chair. After she finally gets him stuffed inside, she finds his satchel containing the crown. Although she has never seen a crown before and doesn't know what one is, she tries to wear it in a few different ways and sets it on her head, before being interrupted by Gothel calling to her from outside. She swiftly hides the crown and satchel, and brings Gothel up the tower once more.

Invigorated by all that has transpired, Rapunzel decides she will show her mother the young man she has captured, proving that she can take care of herself, and again hopes that she will be let out of the tower for her approaching 18th birthday. Unfortunately for Rapunzel, Gothel becomes enraged when she brings up the subject of leaving again and shouts that she will never leave the tower as long as she lives. Rapunzel is crushed by her words, as her dreams of exploring outside the tower and watching the lanterns are dashed to the ground. Realizing that Gothel will never let her see the world, she keeps from telling her that she has a stranger locked away in her closet. She instead informs her that she has changed her mind about what she wants for her birthday, and asks for paint made from special white seashells as a gift instead. Although Gothel is hesitant at first and bemoans the fact that the paint requires a three day journey, she agrees to retrieve the paint to appease her and bids her disappointed daughter farewell.

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Rapunzel interrogates Flynn and makes a deal with him to see the lanterns.

Once out of sight, Rapunzel takes Flynn out of her closet and uses her hair to tie him up to a chair. Pascal wakes him up by sticking his tongue in his ear, and Flynn, not seeing Rapunzel at first, is frightened by his current predicament. When she steps into view, however, he realizes that she is just a beautiful young girl and starts hitting on her, much to her confusion. She immediately assumes he's there to kidnap her and steal her hair and interrogates him, but he has no knowledge what she's talking about. When she realizes he's telling the truth, Rapunzel decide that she has found her chance to see the lanterns. Knowing that he wants his satchel, she strikes him over the head, hides his satchel with in the tower, and proposes a deal. The two of them will leave the tower together and he will take her to see the floating lights the next night. He will then bring her back to the tower the following day before Gothel returns. In exchange for his efforts, she promises to give him back the crown and let him leave. Flynn reluctantly agrees, simply to retrieve his loot.

The Snuggly Duckling

For like the first time ever, I'm completely free!
―An excitable Rapunzel, after leaving the tower
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Rapunzel is overjoyed to be free at last.

Outside the tower, Rapunzel nervously digs her toes into grass for the first time and runs about the forest in bursts of elation and panic, like a child, while Flynn can only watch. While excited to be out in the world for the first time, Rapunzel feels equally ashamed for having defied her mother. She thinks she is a terrible daughter for disobeying her mother's directions, and worries that her misbehavior will break her mother's heart. Flynn attempts to discourage her from traveling away from the tower by guaranteeing that her rebellious actions will break her mother's heart and crush her soul. He suggest she should simply give him the satchel back and return to the tower, but Rapunzel's desire to see the lanterns sees through his ploy. Despite her guilt and confusion, she assures Flynn that she is fine enough to continue the journey.

I've got a dream

"I've Got a Dream"

Hoping to dissuade her, Flynn takes her to the nearby Snuggly Duckling: a local tavern which is frequented by an assortment of ruffians and thugs like the ones Gothel warned of. Flynn's plan to scare Rapunzel into going back to the tower backfires when the thugs recognize him from wanted posters and attempt to hold him for a reward while one of their associates goes to tip off the guards. With the ruffians ready to tear Flynn apart, Rapunzel pleads with them to release him because she needs him to fulfill her dreams of seeing the lanterns, and asks if they've ever had a dream. Their leader Hook Hand approaches as if he will strike her, but Rapunzel's innocence melts his heart and he admits he has a dream to become a pianist. The entire pub soon begins to come alive as the other members confess their dreams alongside Rapunzel, who is know jubilant that she left her tower.

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Flynn and Rapunzel escape the tavern through the cellar.

Unknown to Rapunzel, however, Mother Gothel has discovered she is missing and overhears the events within the pub. Although furious at her daughter, she does nothing as the associate returns with the guards and the Stabbington Brothers. Having become bonded with Rapunzel, the thugs stage a distraction to help Rapunzel and Flynn escape through a secret cellar tunnel and encourage Rapunzel to live her dream. As they traverse the cavern, Rapunzel curiously asks Flynn where he has come from, but Flynn casually refuses to answer. While he acknowledges that she too has secrets she doesn't want to tell, he can't help but ask her why she hasn't gone to see the lanterns before. She hesitates, but just then, they realize they are being rapidly pursued by the palace guards.

Eugene Fitzherbert

Eugene Fitzherbert, huh?
―Rapunzel to Eugene
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Rapunzel and Flynn trapped within a watery prison.

Heading outside the tunnel, the Rapunzel and Flynn find themselves on a ledge overlooking a quarry created below a massive dam. Rapunzel is very surprised to find that besides the palace guards, the Stabbington twins are also giving chase, having escaped their chains, and the horse, Maximus, is also on their path. Appearing to be cornered, Rapunzel uses her hair to swing to an opposing ledge and leaves Flynn her frying pan, enabling him to fend off the guards and sword fight with Maximus. As Maximus disarms Flynn and corners him, Rapunzel lassos him with her hair and pulls him to safety. Unable to reach him, the furious horse unhinges a large wooden beam from the dam in an attempt to reach them but renders the dam overlooking the quarry unstable. It soon collapses and a wave of water surges into the quarry, quickly flooding it. The pair narrowly outruns the massive wave, but become trapped inside a small dead end tunnel, as a massive pillar of stone collapses and blocks the entrance.

Water rapidly begins to flood into the cave and, realizing their doom, they try to pull at the rocks to no avail, and Flynn only manages to cut his hand. They both try to look for an escape under the rapidly-rising water, but there's no light in the cave and they can barely see each other above it. As they think they're about to die, Rapunzel cries and apologizes to Flynn for dragging him into this, and Flynn admits that his real name is Eugene Fitzherbert, because he thought someone should know before he died. Rapunzel tries to make him feel better by admitting that she has magic hair that glows, only to realize that they can use her hair to search for escape in the dark water. She sings the magic song just as their air pocket disappears, and they end up underwater, where Rapunzel's hair illuminates the cave. In the lit water, Flynn discovers a break in the rocks where water flows out and manages to dislodge them, releasing them out the other side.

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Rapunzel and Eugene bonding over the campfire.

That night at the campfire, Rapunzel heals Eugene's hand with her hair. The dumbstruck thief just manages to keep his cool, and Rapunzel explains everything to him, including her lifelong imprisonment by Gothel to protect her magic hair, and that if the hair is ever cut, it will turn brown and lose its power. Flynn is empathetic toward her ambiguous feelings over returning to the tower. When questioned about his real name, Flynn tells his childhood story of growing up as an orphan and reading a book called "The Tales of Flynnagan Rider", the escapades of a daring adventurer with every benefit to an exciting life full of dangers, riches, and ladies. Flynn has chosen to adopt the name and lifestyle, even though the real Flynn Rider wasn't a thief, and feeling anything would be a better option than being a helpless orphan. Rapunzel tells him that she likes the name Eugene Fitzherbert much better than his adopted name, and the pair form a close bond. When Eugene leaves to collect more firewood, Gothel appears and tells Rapunzel they are going home. Rapunzel refuses, believing that Eugene is beginning to like her. Gothel presents Rapunzel with Eugene's satchel and challenges her to return it to him, warning her that he will simply abandon her as he only wants the satchel back. Gothel then disappears, leaving Rapunzel feeling doubtful about her new romance.

The Kingdom

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Rapunzel and Eugene's intimacy during the Festival of Lights.

The next morning, Rapunzel wakes to find that they have been discovered by Maximus, a high-ranking palace horse on a personal mission to bring Eugene to justice. Rapunzel calms and befriends the frenzied horse, and requests that he refrain from arresting Eugene for the next 24 hours so that they can see the lanterns. Maximus and Eugene make a reluctant truce and journey into the kingdom with Rapunzel and Pascal. Eugene and Rapunzel enjoy each others' company greatly as they spend the day touring the kingdom and indulging in everything it has to offer. Along with that, Rapunzel makes a wondrous impression on the villagers, bringing whimsy and excitement to their already enjoyable festival, winning their hearts instantly. She also learns of the Lost Princess, though she doesn't recognize it's her in the mural of the royal family, and before she has time to ponder further, she engages in more fun-filled activities with the villagers and Eugene. During the day, their feelings for each other become strong. At dusk, Eugene and Rapunzel row out onto the lake to watch the lanterns rise into the sky. As they wait for the lanterns to appear, Eugene notices that Rapunzel is not too happy; in fact she's terrified. She confesses that after all of the excitement that has built up inside her about seeing the floating lights, she is worried that they may not be everything that she expected. Eugene assures her they will be, and if they are, she gets to go find herself a new dream afterwards.

I See the Light

All at once, everything is different... Now that I see you.
―Rapunzel and Eugene
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Rapunzel finally realizes her new dream.

That night, Rapunzel is overjoyed to finally be living her dream as she enchantingly watches the lanterns float from the streets of the kingdom to the boats on the lake. When Eugene presents her with a pair of their own lanterns, Rapunzel shows him his satchel, saying she was scared to give it to him before. Eugene refuses the satchel and says he knows how she feels. As Rapunzel watches the lanterns, Eugene unexpectedly takes her hand, much to her delight, and they finish singing "I See the Light" together. They are just about to kiss, when Eugene pulls back apprehensively as he sees the Stabbington Brothers on the other side of the lake, unbeknownst to Rapunzel. He assures her everything is fine and quickly takes the boat ashore. He then takes the satchel and walks off into the fog, promising to return. Rapunzel becomes worried as Eugene leaves, and she ruminates on Gothel's warnings.

Gothel Takes Charge

No! You were wrong about the world, and you were wrong about me! And I will never let you use my hair again!
―Rapunzel to Gothel
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Rapunzel's realization.

After a moment of waiting, she sees a figure returning to her through the fog. She sighs with relief that Eugene did not take the crown and leave her. But the figure actually turns out to be two tall and brutal thugs whom she recognizes as two of the men from the dam. They inform her that Eugene did actually leave her. At first she doesn't believe them, but they show her a boat sailing across the lake towards the kingdom with Eugene's silhouette at the helm. Rapunzel has little time to grieve as the two men show interest in her magical hair. They scheme to kidnap her and use her powers to earn them money, but Gothel appears and rescues her. Believing that she has been deserted by the man she thought loved her, a heartbroken Rapunzel goes with Gothel back to the tower.

Back at the tower, as she mourns over losing Eugene, Rapunzel discovers that the emblem of the kingdom of Corona has been unwittingly sketched into all of the pictures she has painted over the years in her room. A sudden wave of memories and emotions from lying in her royal crib to trying on her tiara floods her mind, causing her to realize that she is the lost princess of Corona. Rapunzel then confronts Gothel, expressing her repulsion at everything Gothel has done and that she has been hiding with the person she should have been hiding from all along. Gothel says that she only wanted to protect Rapunzel and informs her that Eugene is scheduled to be hanged. Rapunzel becomes even angrier and states that she will never let Gothel use her hair again, but before she can leave, an enraged Gothel gags her and chains her to the wall.

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Rapunzel resisting Gothel's abuse.

A little while later, she hears Eugene calling to her from outside, but can say or do nothing as Gothel throws Rapunzel's hair out the window for him to climb up. As Eugene gets to the top, Rapunzel attempts to warn him through her gag, but Eugene is fatally stabbed in the stomach by Gothel before he can do anything. Rapunzel's attempts to reach him are in vain as Gothel leaves Eugene clutching his chest on the floor and prepares to make her escape with the captive Rapunzel and leave Eugene to die in the tower. Rapunzel, with the help of a lot of struggling and fighting, manages to get the gag off and declares that she will never stop fighting Gothel as long as she lives, but makes a promise to submit to her if only she is allowed to heal Eugene. Gothel, knowing Rapunzel never broke her promises, agrees and chains Eugene down to prevent him from following them. Eugene begs Rapunzel leave him and escape, but Rapunzel refuses, saying she won't let Eugene die and promises him that everything will be alright. Eugene, however, chooses to die rather than let Rapunzel be a prisoner again, so he cuts her hair before she can heal him. Rapunzel reacts in shock and watches in despair as the endless lengths of golden hair turn brown and lose their magic.

My New Dream

Rapunzel... You were my new dream.
―Eugene
And you were mine.
―Rapunzel
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Rapunzel witnesses Eugene's revival.

With her source of magic gone, Gothel begins to rapidly age, losing her youth and beauty in a matter of seconds. Seeing her true form revealed, Gothel falls into a fit of hysteria, shrouding her face with her hood as she does so, and failing to realize Pascal tugging on a length of Rapunzel's dead hair, which she immediately trips over, falling out of the tower's entrance and plummeting to the ground. By the time she hits the surface, all that's left of the witch is her cloak and piles of dust. After a brief moment of shock over the death of her false mother, Rapunzel rushes to the side of a dying Eugene, in hopes of saving him.

Rapunzel desperately cradles the dying Eugene and sings the healing incantation, but Eugene interrupts her as he weakly tells her, with his dying breaths, that she was his new dream. Rapunzel, in reply, says that he was hers as well. Eugene then dies in her arms, leaving a heartbroken Rapunzel to hopelessly finish singing the incantation. She begins to cry over his body, letting a single teardrop fall onto his cheek, which is revealed as the original drop of sunshine which grew into the magic flower, as it glows as it sinks into Eugene's body and heals his chest wound, reviving him. An overjoyed Rapunzel jubilantly embraces him, and the two then share their first kiss, finally proclaiming their love.

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Rapunzel returns to her birth parents with her new, cut hair.

Eugene accompanies Rapunzel back to the kingdom, Though the King and Queen fail to recognize her, at first, the Queen takes a closer look and takes note of the striking resemblance; realizing her daughter has finally returned. It wasn't long before the King learns the truth, as well, and the family is reunited for the first time in several years. In in celebration of Rapunzel's return, the kingdom rejoiced with a party lasting an entire week. In the closing narration, it is said Rapunzel became a beloved ruler and governed her land with grace and wisdom. Meanwhile, Eugene is accepted into the royal family and pardoned for his crimes. According to the former thief, after "years of asking, and asking, and asking", he finally accepted Rapunzel's proposal, only to be corrected by his bride. Eugene then amends that he asked her, which Rapunzel supports by stating that they are living happily ever after.

Tangled Ever After

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Rapunzel with Eugene in Tangled Ever After.

Rapunzel, along with Eugene, appears in this short sequel to the first film. In the story, Rapunzel and Eugene are getting married while Pascal and Maximus struggle to retrieve the rings. Rapunzel joins Eugene in the opening narration of the short as they narrate the biggest wedding that is about to hit the kingdom for ever.

She first appears, in her wedding attire and standing at the entrance of the wedding hall, attracting the attention of everyone in attendance. Her father, the King, then walks her down the center aisle, so that she can join her groom at the altar. The priest starts his speech, but Maximus sneezes and accidentally loses their wedding rings. The two appear in a vision of Maximus and Pascal where everyone in attendance becomes upset at the loss of the rings.

Rapunzel and Eugene are shown later after Maximus and Pascal manage to get the rings back, but the couple (and everyone else) are shocked at the grotesque-looking Maximus and Pascal, both covered with tar, who offer the rings. Eugene takes the rings and gives one to his bride. The two exchange their rings as the priest pronounce the couple husband and wife. Eugene and Rapunzel kiss, and everyone in attendance rejoice.

Sofia the First

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Rapunzel in Sofia the First.

Rapunzel appears in the special Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy as part of a Disney Junior movie event. She is the first non-traditional animated princess to appear on the show and has her 70 feet long, mystical golden blonde instead of her short natural brown hair, including her tiara, and lavender flat shoes on her feet.

When Sofia and Amber are unable to stop Princess Ivy from taking over their kingdom, Rapunzel gives them a helping hand and a plan that will help them save the day. She tells Amber as they fly to Enchancia that Flynn Rider had to make up for his bad deeds during the song "Dare to Risk it All". Rapunzel then tells Amber that if she really loves Sofia as a sister, she will know what to do when the time comes and then magically disappears.

Tangled: The Animated Series

Rapunzel is set to appear in the animated TV series[1]

Cameos and other appearances

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Rapunzel and Eugene's cameo.

In Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, Grace Goodwin wears a Disney Princess shirt that has a picture of Rapunzel, Snow White and Cinderella.

Rapunzel makes a cameo appearance with Eugene in Frozen. They are seen entering the castle of Arendelle for Elsa's coronation and pass by Anna, when Anna is singing "For the First Time in Forever".

Rapunzel was also set to appear in the cancelled short, Princess Academy. In concept art for the project, she can be seen sailing on a boat whilst listening to a story being told by Alice's sister.

Live-action appearances

Once Upon a Time

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Alexandra Metz as Rapunzel in Once Upon a Time.

Rapunzel appeared in the 14th episode of Season 3 titled "The Tower" and was played by Alexandra Metz.

Before the Dark Curse was cast, Rapunzel was born as the second child to her parents, the King and Queen of an unnamed kingdom, and lives an unworried life knowing that her elder brother, instead of herself, will ascend the throne in the future. Though her parents warn Rapunzel against swimming in the stream, she disobeys them, becoming entrapped in the river, and is later saved by her brother. Tragically, her brother dies as a result, leaving Rapunzel as the next heir to the royal seat. Many years later, Rapunzel, afraid she won't live up to her parents' names as a ruler, digs up and ingests a plant called night root, which is rumored to rid the user of their fears, but it has no effect. Before leaving for home, she is chased up a tower by a cloaked witch, who refuses to allow her to ever leave. Unbeknownst to Rapunzel, the witch is a manifestation of herself as her own greatest fear as a consequence of consuming the night root. After the curse was undone, Rapunzel notices from her tower window a man digging up night root. Since he is the first person she's seen in a long time, the princess calls to him for help. The man, Prince Charming, climbs up the tower using her long, braided hair as a scaling rope. After she tells him of her past, he promises to rescue her. When the cloaked witch climbs up the tower, she is finally unmasked as Rapunzel herself due to the effects of the night root. While Prince Charming pushes Rapunzel to fight this manifestation of her own fear, the witch throws him out of the tower. As he is clinging onto a vine, the witch begins ascending up using Rapunzel's hair. Advised by Prince Charming to fend off the fear or risk dying alone, she severs the length of her hair; causing the witch to fall and dissipate. Prince Charming helps Rapunzel out of the tower, bringing the princess to her parents, who she happily reunites with.

Descendants

Rapunzel has been confirmed to appear in the upcoming Disney Channel film in 2015.

Printed media

New Adventures of Disney's Beauty and the Beast

About a decade before the release of Tangled, Rapunzel was given her first mention in the first issue of New Adventures of Disney's Beauty and the Beast by Disney Comics, where Belle compared her current situation of being trapped in a cellar with a bear outside to Rapunzel's situation in the story.

Celebration of the Lost Princess

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Illustration of Rapunzel and Pascal in Celebration of the Lost Princess.

After being freed from the tower and Gothel, Rapunzel, Pascal, Eugene, and Maximus begin returning to Corona to reunite with the King and Queen. However, anxiety begins overcoming the princess as she fears the life of royalty, believing it to be overbearing. As Eugene explains what palace life is like, Rapunzel's imagination gets the better of her, making the simplest of things seem too much to handle.

She also learned of the royal tiara, and the symbolism its crystals held. The tiara's white crystals stood for a strong, adventurous spirit; green represented gentleness and kindness; red stood for courage; and the round golden crown itself stood for leadership. Eugene further explained that the crystals perfectly represent Rapuznel, reminiscing the heroic deeds she performed during their adventure together during the original journey from the tower to the kingdom. Even so, Rapunzel felt those actions couldn't have been done without her long, magical hair, and just then, the group was attacked by bandits, who were after Maximus. Using her quick wit and physical strength, along with Maximus' assistance, the bandits were defeated, and it was revealed their leader merely needed a horse to rush his son to the doctor.

With that said, the group returned to the lead bandit's home, where Rapunzel tended to the boy's injuries. And afterwards, Maximus escorted him to the medics. The entire event showed Rapunzel Eugene's words were correct, and in the end, she was finally crowned.

New Year's Party

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An illustration of Rapunzel, Eugene and the royals in New Year's Party.

On the night of New Year's Eve, Rapunzel and Eugene joined the royal family for a New Year Eve's party. However, as midnight approached, the couple realized they have yet to make a New Year's resolution. Rapunzel quickly decided on learning to sing, and Eugene decided on learning how to cook. However, on both ends, they were abysmal.

After a while of constant lessons, Rapunzel was prepared to perform her "newfound singing skills" for Eugene, just as much as Euegene was prepared to serve Rapunzel a meal he specially cooked. However, despite their eagerness, Rapunzel found Eugene's cooking terrible, and nearly choked taking a bite, whilst Eugene's reaction to her singing eventually informed her that her singing wasn't all that fantastic, and she vocally acknowledged the enlightenment. Fortunately, the two were able to see pass their flaws, passing them off anyway.

Rapunzel the Princess

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An illustration of Rapunzel with a butler in Rapunzel the Princess.

After returning to the palace, Rapunzel has a difficult time adjusting to the life of a princess. For instance, she's forced to wear shoes for the first time (though she eventually becomes accustomed to it), as well as being told she no longer has to sweep and clean, like she did in the tower. Eugene and the Pub Thugs also had a difficult time fitting in, using thieving mechanisms to visit Rapunzel in the castle, much to the guards' distress. She also discovers people aren't too fond of Pascal, and that painting on the wall (as she did in the tower) is considered disgraceful. However, despite her apparent mishaps, the King and Queen confess that the habits of their daughter make her special and more than desirable, believing she's the greatest princess they could ask for, no matter what.

Video games

Like other iconic Disney characters, Rapunzel continues to make numerous appearances in various video games including ones centering around the Disney Princess franchise such as Disney Princess Enchanting Storybooks. Aside from that genre, Rapunzel has also appeared in the game based off her film, in Disney Universe as an add-on costume character, and more.

Disney INFINITY

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Rapunzel appears as a playable character in Disney INFINITY, playable in the Toy Box mode of the game. She was released as a stand alone character on November 22nd 2013, and was released in the UK in the "Girl Power" pack alongside Violet and Vanellope von Schweetz on April 4th 2014.

Quests featuring Rapunzel as a playable character include the following:

  • Rapunzel's Rumble - Rapunzel must defeat and numerous ruffians and thugs with items within the level and get back to her tower.
  • Hidden Worlds - Rapunzel must find a flamingo, golden flower, tiki statue, and plush hearts in this Tangled-themed hidden object game.
  • Tangled Adventure - Rapunzel has long journey through obstacles to get to Cinderella's castle.
  • Tangled Hair - Ride up and down leftover strands of Rapunzel's hair to get to the top of her tower.
  • A Tangled Race - Race around the kingdom and visit Rapunzel's Tower.
  • Maximus Speed - Rapunzel wants to see the lanterns, but they've already started! Get her and bring her to see them before they're over!

Rapunzel's exclusive adventure in the first game is called "Rapunzel's Rail Ride", which has her competing in a timed event to gather floating lanterns. The board features multiple lengths of piping with some of the floating lanterns on them, resulting in Rapunzel having to jump from pipe to pipe so to retrieve them.

Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure

In this story, taking place during the time of the film, Rapunzel is on her way to Corona to live her dream, but various obstacles prove to make the journey difficult, such as Flynn's wanted posters being plastered throughout the forest, Pascal going missing, and evil imps causing havoc. However, with the help of the game's heroine, Rapunzel and Pascal are able to overcome the challenges, eventually making it to the kingdom and rewarding the heroine by helping her find a magic crystal.

Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion

In the game, Rapunzel and Pascal have been kidnapped to the World of Illusion by an evil witch known as Mizrabel, as part of a dark scheme to steal the essence of beloved Disney characters for her own selfish purposes. Fortunately, however, they are soon rescued by Mickey Mouse and remain within a sanctuary with the other rescued Disney characters until Mizrabel's eventual defeat, allowing the characters to return back to their homes.

Disney Parks

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Rapunzel in Disneyland's Fantasy Fair.

Rapunzel is a face character in various Disney parks around the world. Retaining long blonde hair as opposed to the short brown cut at the end of the film, the official explanation for her park appearance is remnants of the magic within her after healing Flynn gradually allowed her to grow some hair back (down to her ankles it seems). She is barefoot in the film, but she is seen wearing lavender flat shoes in the Disney parks. She appears with her husband Flynn sometimes.

She, along with Flynn Rider, made appearances ahead of the movie's release at Disney theme parks. At Disneyland, both Rapunzel and Flynn had been in the Fantasyland section in their own little chalet with a facade incorporating Rapunzel's Tower. In 2013, she became part of the new Fantasy Faire meet-and-greet at the former Carnation Gardens Plaza site, working in an interactive version of her story with Flynn and Messers. Smythe and Jones at the Royal Theatre along with Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Rapunzel also appears in "Mickey's Soundsational Parade" with Snow White, Cinderella, Princess Aurora and Belle on The Princess Float, and is part of the "Mickey and the Magical Map" show at Fantasyland Theater, as well as being in World of Color during the So Close sequence.

At Walt Disney World, she can be found in the Magic Kingdom at the Princess Fairytale Hall, which replaced Snow White's Scary Adventures and at Epcot in the Germany section. Flynn left in July 2011 as a permanent character, however he does make appearances in the "Festival of Fantasy Parade " as well as the park's Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day events.

At the Disneyland Resort in Paris, Rapunzel and Flynn make appearances at the Disneyland park. Rapunzel and Flynn also made a special entrance near the finale of Mickey's Magical Celebration. Rapunzel and Flynn are seen in the nighttime show Disney Dreams!.

As of January 2011, Rapunzel have made appearances at Hong Kong Disneyland, as part of the festivities celebrating the park's 5th anniversary.

As of August 2012, Rapunzel and Flynn have made appearances at Tokyo Disneyland. Rapunzel and Pascal appearances in the Happiness is Here Parade.

Aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships, Rapunzel and Flynn have been added to the long-running show "The Golden Mickeys" and are featured on the Disney Fantasy cruise show "Wishes". She is also set to star in a stage adaptation of Tangled in 2015.

Disney Princess

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Upon the release of Tangled, Rapunzel instantly became one of the most popular Disney characters of all time, especially amongst fans of the Disney Princess franchise.

On October 2, 2011, an official coronation ceremony for Rapunzel's induction into the line-up was held in London at the Kensington Palace. Among the other guests included thousands of fans, the other (then nine) official members of the Disney Princess Royal Court, and Flynn Rider, who had the honor of crowning Rapunzel.

Redesign

Rapunzel received very few changes for the "deluxe princess" redesign. Her dress simply had glittery floral designs added onto the them. The dress is also a little longer, extending to floor length and the colors seem to be a brightened. Rapunzel's hair is long and blonde, reaching floor length despite the fact that it was cut in the film. Rapunzel has also been given shoes for her redesign, something that differs greatly from the film, where she is persistently seen to be barefoot.

Palace Pets

Rapunzel's Palace Pets are Blondie, Summer, Meadow, Daisy, Gleam and Sundrop.

Differences from the source material

Although Rapunzel is based on the character from the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm , she is altered quite a bit in order to develop a more adventurous and outgoing personality, and further complicate the romantic relationship between her and her love interest.

  • In the original tale, Rapunzel is named for the Rapunzel (German) plant, known as corn salad or lamb's lettuce in English. Her mother had craved them during the pregnancy and her father had stolen them from Gothel's garden, which is why she claimed ownership of Rapunzel in the fairy tale.
  • In the Grimm story, Rapunzel's hair is cut by Gothel when she finds out about the prince.
  • In the fairy tale, Rapunzel was not of royal birth, but born a commoner.
  • Rapunzel was far less rebellious in the fairy tale.
  • Rapunzel did not own a chameleon in the story.
  • The parents are never mentioned after Gothel comes to take the baby girl away as agreed upon.
  • Her love interest was not a thief, but a prince who is never given a name and was stereotypically simply referred to as "the prince."
  • In the story, there is no mention of Rapunzel using frying pans as a weapon.
  • Her hair did not possess any powers nor did it glow at all.
  • In the fairy tale, Rapunzel is cast away. The Prince must find her even when he's blind from thorns that results from escaping from Gothel lurking in the tower. After some years he finally finds her and he can see again.
  • In the original story Rapunzel's tears restore her lover's sight.
  • At birth in the source material, Rapunzel's father agreed to give her to Gothel after stealing her rampion for the second time to help his wife.
  • In the source material, Rapunzel becomes pregnant and given birth to twins, a boy and a girl.
  • Rapunzel was a natural blonde in the original fairy tale.
  • In the original story, Rapunzel was 12 when she was shut in the tower. In the film, she was only a baby when locked in.
  • In some versions of the story, her hair grows back after the prince touches it.
  • The fairy tale character never leaves her tower, not until she is send far away from it to the desert by Gothel.
  • Rapunzel was impregnated by the prince, and Gothel only found out when Rapunzel's clothing could no longer fit.
    • This is from the first edition, 1812. The 1857 edition is changed. In that version, Rapunzel unwittingly asks Frau Gothel why it took so long for her to climb up, but not so with the prince.

Songs performed by Rapunzel

Quotes

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Gallery

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Trivia

  • Two official sources set the timeframe in two mutually incompatible times:
    • According to the makers of Tangled, the film takes place in the 1780s, although the presence of books such as The Little Mermaid, and other evidence seen on-screen, implies a date closer to the 1830-40s. The King and Grand Duke's cameo appearances in the The Little Mermaid, also implies that all three films (Cinderella, The Little Mermaid and Tangled) take place sometime during the 19th century.
    • Rapunzel's cameo with Flynn in Frozen, which is set in the 1840s (confirmed in The Art of Frozen), places Tangled in or around the same era. Fashion historians point that the style of clothing worn by men and women is more compatible with an early-to mid 19th century than the late 18th century.
    • In short, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Tangled and Frozen are most likely to be set during the same century (19th century).
  • Rapunzel was originally going to be voiced by Broadway actress and singer, Kristin Chenoweth, but she was later replaced by pop singer-songwriter and former teen idol, Mandy Moore.
  • Reese Witherspoon, was at one point, considered for the role of Rapunzel.
  • It is never made clear in the film whether Rapunzel was the name given by her parents or Gothel.
  • Rapunzel is similar to Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the sense that neither are allowed to leave their homes (towers in both cases) under the strict orders of their guardians (both villains) who took them in as infants. Also they both later sneak out of their homes without their guardians knowing, meet someone who is in trouble with the law (Rapunzel meeting Flynn and Quasimodo meeting Esmeralda), had a form of emotional turmoil upon their first exposure to the outside world and they also have artistic talents (Rapunzel: drawing and painting, Quasimodo: wood carving and model making). They also dream of getting out into the real world to see and interact with society. After asking to go outside of the tower, both of their gardians break out into song about how dangerous the world is. Then after their musical number, both tell (either Rapunzel, or Quasimodo) to never ask them again to leave the tower. Finally, they confront their guardians by calling them the very thing they called evil.
  • As Aurora was also an inspiration for Rapunzel, she shares similarities with her, they both wanted to be free and meet new people, they dreamed on adventure outside their homes and they were unaware of their identities as princesses for almost all of their lives, both celebrate their birthday in their film, both are shown as infants and both are blondes and they are both seen barefoot. Yet, the ones who kept their true identity are different: Aurora's identity was kept by supporting characters while Rapunzel's identity was kept by the antagonist.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Rapunzel is actually the second Disney character to hit someone with a frying pan. Chicha, from the Emperor's New Groove is actually the first, as she at one point, hit Kuzco on the head with a frying pan, but that still makes Rapunzel the first Disney Princess and protagonist to do so and the first character to use it for a majority of the film.
  • Rapunzel is the first Disney Princess to be computer-animated. In fact she is the first Disney Princess to make her debut as a computer-animated character. Special software was used specifically to animate Rapunzel's hair because no one ever animated that much hair before.
  • Animators have said that Rapunzel's hair is approximately 70 feet long and holds about 100,000 strands. Despite having her hair cut and turn brown in the movie, Rapunzel's hair is kept long and blonde in many of the promotional images and in the Disney parks. This also makes her the first Disney Princess to have her hair change color, the second is Anna from Frozen. Anna's hair color change slowly went from its original strawberry-blonde to white, as the result of Elsa's unintentional curse.
  • Arguably, after her hair gets cut, Rapunzel became the first Disney Princess with the shortest hair, the second is Snow White.
  • The color purple is often said to be the color of royalty. During the film, Rapunzel only wears purple, which can be a reference to Rapunzel's true royal identity.
  • Rapunzel is the only Princess whose hair was not cut herself (in this case Flynn cut her hair).
  • Rapunzel is the first Disney Princess to have magic powers, the source of them initially being hair. When her hair is cut, her powers remain in her tears. She is also the first to be born with her powers especially from non-magical parents.The second Disney Princess to have magic powers is Elsa, with her control over ice and snow.
  • Rapunzel is the first Disney Princess to have a reptile (a chameleon) for an animal companion.
  • At the Disney Princess Fairytale Hall, Rapunzel will claim to have painted all of the portraits of the other Disney Princesses that guests see when they first enter the hall. This is due to her talent as an artist.
  • Rapunzel is the fifth Disney Princess to have a female as the main villain of the film, the first being Snow White, the second being Cinderella, the third being Aurora, the fourth being Ariel. She is also the first Disney Princess since Ariel to have a female as the main villain.
  • Rapunzel was "officially welcomed into the Disney Princess Royal Court" during a promotional event at Kensington Palace in London on October 2, 2011.
  • Rapunzel is the second Disney heroine to have visually artistic abilities, with the first being Jane Porter.
  • Rapunzel is the seventh Disney Princess to have her voice actress also provide her singing voice.
  • Rapunzel is similar to fellow Disney Princess Jasmine, as both feel "trapped" by being cooped up in their homes, and they also dream of being free to get out and see the real world.
  • Rapunzel's veil of her wedding dress is the longest out of the other featured married Disney Princesses/Heroines.
  • Rapunzel bears many similarities to Mattel's 2002 film version of Rapunzel (based on the Barbie doll franchise). They both have blonde hair, a purple dress, a reptilian friend, sneak out of their tower to go on a journey to another kingdom, have artistic talents, and are long-lost princesses who use a childhood belonging to figure out their secret.
  • Rapunzel is the first Disney character whose bare feet receive a significant amount of attention throughout the movie, getting their own direct shots several times as the film progresses. The second Disney character that shares this trait with her is Wreck-It Ralph. Also despite her not being barefoot at all in her movie Elsa's feet also receive their own direct shots as well.
  • Rapunzel's the second Disney Princess to be seen as an infant after Princess Aurora, but Rapunzel's much more vividly portrayed as an infant than Aurora was. Also unlike Aurora who appears motionless in all of her baby scenes, Rapunzel is vividly animated to do gestures, probably making her the first in the line-up to be animated this much as a baby.
  • Rapunzel is the last protagonist that animator Glen Keane created before his resignation from Disney. Keane was famous for animating other protagonists over the years as well, such as Ariel, Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas and Tarzan.
  • Rapunzel is the sixth Disney Princess to perform a duet with her love interest. The first is Snow White, the second is Cinderella, the third; Aurora, the fourth; Jasmine, and the fifth; Pocahontas. She's the second though, that the duet is performed offscreen, Cinderella was the first. However both sing onscreen a few times.
  • Rapunzel not only happens to have an interest in art, but also in astronomy as well, probably as a result of her trying to keep track of how long she remained in Gothel's tower since she was kidnapped by observing the nights the lanterns are released from her kingdom to signal her to come back.
  • In the original trailer, it was planned that Rapunzel's hair, in addition to healing, to be able to move on its own and act like another appendage similar to The Marvel Comics' character Medusa which Disney also owns, which they bought as Tangled film was nearing it final stages.
  • Although we never see her feet in the short, several promotional artwork made for Tangled Ever After reveal that Rapunzel is indeed barefoot underneath her wedding dress.
  • Rapunzel is the first Disney Princess to have her film rated PG, despite the earlier films The Black Cauldron and Atlantis: The Lost Empire also being rated PG as well.
  • Rapunzel has the biggest eyes (relative to the size of her face) among the other Disney Princesses. Ariel has the second biggest.
  • Rapunzel is the second Disney Princess to have a pet of her own. The first being Cinderella (Pascal the Chameleon for Rapunzel and Bruno the Bloodhound for Cinderella).
  • Rapunzel is the fifth Princess to have a distinctive meaning to her name, "Rapunzel" is a kind of German lettuce as in the original German fairy tale Rapunzel's peasant father is stealing rampion for her mother from a witch.
  • Rapunzel and Snow White both share very similar dress styles as both stories are set in Bavaria.
  • Rapunzel is the first female protagonist to be featured in a CGI movie that is included in the Disney animated feature film canon.
  • Rapunzel and Cinderella's motherly figures both prohibited them from leaving home.
  • Rapunzel is the second German princess, with the first being Snow White. Also, they both are the princesses which based from Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
  • Some Rapunzel wedding media incorrectly depict her with long blonde hair instead of short brown hair.
  • Rapunzel and Flynn are said to have the widest age gap of any Disney Princess couple (8 years; she's 18, he's 26).
  • Rapunzel is the third princess seen reading books, the first being Ariel, and the second being Belle, though books are clearly seen in Briar Rose (Aurora)'s room.
  • After Pocahontas, Rapunzel is the second female protagonist to be barefoot throughout her entire film.
  • Since 2013, Rapunzel, along with Tiana and Merida are now placed at the center of most Disney Princess promotional photos, surpassing Cinderella, Aurora and Belle.
  • Rapunzel is usually seen with Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine and Tiana more than the other princesses.
  • Some Rapunzel crown media incorrectly depict her with a purple crown instead of the typical gold, platinum and diamond type.
  • She has many girl power moments such as when she says "I will never let you use my hair again!" to Gothel and when she says "I will use this" pointing the frying pan towards Flynn.
  • Rapunzel was originally planned to have a red dress, which was changed into pink. When animation started at work, the dress was then recolored into blue. When the concept was later abandoned, the dress was finalized to a purple dress, which has become the dress color of most variations of other Rapunzel characters, since the flowers of a Rampion (Rapunzel) plant have violet hues.
  • Rapunzel is the third Disney Princess to be bound and gagged by the villain, the first being Ariel (by Morgana) and the second being Jasmine (by Aziz).
  • Rapunzel has similarities to Ariel because of her style and her strong will.
  • Rapunzel's favorite food is hazelnut soup, as alleged by Mother Gothel.
  • Rapunzel is the fourth Disney Princess to start off at odds with the male romantic lead in the movie after Belle, Mulan and Tiana.
  • While Rapunzel isn't the first Disney Princess to use a weapon, she's the first to use a cooking implement as one (in Rapunzel's case, it's a cast iron skillet).
    • It should be noted that a frying pan can actually make a decent weapon, especially if it's recently been used.
  • "Rapunzel" is actually a kind of lettuce-based salad.
  • She's the first Disney Princess who likes to play hide and seek (in this case, with Pascal).
  • Rapunzel's personality and facial features are very similar to Anna's. They also share other similarities.
    • Rapunzel wished to see the floating lanterns and, after learning of her identity, wished to be free, which eventually happened. Anna, as depicted in "For the First Time in Forever", sings about what she has never went through before and about finding true love.
    • Both are princesses, and are 18 years old.
    • Both are locked up indoors: Rapunzel in a tower, and Anna in a castle due to the gates being closed because her parents wanted to keep her sister Elsa and her ice powers hidden.
    • Both have their hair color changed. Although Anna's hair went back to it's original color at the end.
    • Both falling in love with commoners (Flynn and Kristoff).
  • Rapunzel is the seventh Disney heroine who can sew. Snow White was the first, Cinderella was the second, Wendy Darling was the third, Eilonwy was the fourth, Esmeralda was the fifth and Giselle was the sixth.
  • Rapunzel is the first Disney Princess to be an amateur ballerina, according to her line, "Paper Mache, a bit of ballet, and chess!" from "When Will My Life Begin"
  • Both Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, who voiced Anna and Elsa from Frozen, respectively, were once considered for the role of Rapunzel.
  • A character model of Rapunzel without her dress revealed that the top part of her white underdress (the bottom of the underdress is clearly shown under her skirt) resembled a white version of the bodice of her pink and purple dress, right down to the pink laces, but sported lace-trimmed straps instead of sleeves. She is also the third Disney female to be shown only in her undergarments, after Esmeralda and Mulan, but before Merida (whose underdress was also seen in a behind-the-scenes character model).
  • Rapunzel is the second princess to hit her future love interest with something. Tiana was the first with hitting Naveen with a book.

References

  1. 'Tangled' Animated Series with Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi to Debut on Disney Channel in 2017


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Media
Films: Tangled | Tangled Ever After
Television: A Poem Is... | Once Upon a Time | Sofia the First | TV Series
Video games: Tangled (video game) | Disney INFINITY series | Kingdom Hearts III
Books: Tangled: The Essential Guide | The Art of Tangled | Little Golden Book | Sticker Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading
Music: Soundtrack

Disney Parks: World of Color | Mickey's Soundsational Parade | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic | Mickey and the Magical Map | Festival of Fantasy | Fantasyland | Musical

Characters:
Original: Rapunzel | Flynn Rider | Mother Gothel | Pascal | Maximus | The Stabbington Brothers | Hook Hand | Big Nose | Vladimir | Shorty | Ulf | Attila | Pub Thugs | Captain of the Guards | The King of Corona | The Queen of Corona | Four Sisters
TV series: Cassandra

Locations: Rapunzel's Tower | The Snuggly Duckling | Corona | Corona Castle

Songs: When Will My Life Begin | Mother Knows Best | When Will My Life Begin (Reprise) | I've Got a Dream | Mother Knows Best (Reprise) | I See the Light | Healing Incantation | Something That I Want

Objects: Rapunzel's Frying Pan | Magical Golden Flower | Rapunzel's Magic Hair

Other: Frozen | Disney Revival


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Official Disney Princesses: Snow White | Cinderella | Aurora | Ariel | Belle | Jasmine | Pocahontas | Mulan | Tiana | Rapunzel | Merida

Future Disney Princesses: Moana | Anna | Elsa

Other Princesses: Maid Marian | Leia Organa | Eilonwy | Calla | Kiara | Melody | Kida Nedakh | Ting-Ting, Su and Mei | Giselle | Kilala Reno | Atta | Dot | Kairi | Princess of Gentlehaven | Charlotte La Bouff | Vanellope von Schweetz | Sofia | Elena

Other Female Protagonists: Minnie Mouse | Daisy Duck | Faline | Alice | Wendy Darling | Tinker Bell | Shanti | Sally | Nala | Esmeralda | Megara | Jane Porter | Jane | Nita | Malina

Video Games: Disney Princess | Disney Princess: Royal Adventure | Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey | Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure | Disney Princess Enchanting Storybooks

Home Video: Disney Princess Sing Along Songs - Once Upon a Dream | Disney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 2 - Enchanted Tea Party | Disney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 3 - Perfectly Princess | Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams

See Also: Sofia the First | Disney Fairies | Princesses of Heart | Kilala Princess | Palace Pets | Princess Academy



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Shows: Once Upon a Time (Episode List) | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Books: Shadow of the Queen | Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale | Once Upon a Time - Behind the Magic

Once Upon a Time Characters: Emma Swan | Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard | Prince Charming/David Nolan | Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold | The Evil Queen/Regina Mills | Belle/Lacey French | Killian Jones/Hook | Henry Mills | Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper | Victor Frankenstein/Dr. Whale | Aurora | Prince Phillip | Fa Mulan | Blue Fairy | Widow Lucas/Granny | King George/Albert Spencer | Genie/Magic Mirror/Sidney Glass | Mad Hatter/Jefferson | Milah | Prince Henry/The Valet | Marian | Sheriff of Nottingham/Keith | Fairy Godmother | Peter Pan/Malcolm/The Pied Piper | Wendy Darling | Ariel | Zelena/The Wicked Witch of the West | Glinda/The Good Witch of the South | The Wizard of Oz/Walsh | Elsa the Snow Queen | Anna | Kristoff | Hans | Grand Pabbie | Sven | Tinker Bell | Blackbeard | Dragon Maleficent | Lumière | Abigail/Kathryn Nolan | Ursula | Red Riding Hook/The Wolf/Ruby | Huntsman/Sheriff Graham | Baelfire/Neal Cassidy | Pinocchio/August W. Booth | Frederick/Jim | Severe Nurse | Mayor Tomkins | Quinn | Anita | Hansel and Gretel/Nicholas and Ava Zimmer | The Woodcutter/Michael Tillman | Martin | Myrna | Stephen | Donna | Prince James | Jack | Blind Witch | King Xavier | Wraith | Peter | Siren | Pongo | William Smee | Dorothy Gale | The Witch of the East | Gaston | Greg Mendell | Tamara | Geppetto/Marco | Rapunzel | The King/Mitchell Herman | Rapunzel's Mother | Rapunzel's Father | Flying Monkeys | King Leopold | Queen Eva | Lost Boys | John Darling | Michael Darling | The Shadow | The Sheriff of Hamelin | King Midas | Nana | Mary Darling | George Darling | Medusa | Gus/Billy | Marshmallow | Zoso | Prince Thomas/Sean Herman | Prince Eric | Little Bo Peep | The Apprentice | Ingrid/Sarah Fisher | Lily Paige | Nova | Trish | Seer | Grace | Daniel | Lancelot | Stephen | Oaken | The King of Arendelle | Queen Gerda | Cruella De Vil | The Duke of Weselton | Han's Brothers | Isaac/The Author | Madeline | Merlin/The Sorcerer

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Characters: Alice | Cyrus | Jafar | Percy/The White Rabbit | Jabberwocky | Silvermist | The Sultan/The Old Prisoner | Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum | Mrs. Rabbit | Elisabeth/Lizard | Amara

Characters of both series: Will Scarlet/The Knave of Hearts | Anastasia/The Red Queen | Anastasia's Mother | Anastasia's Sister | Cinderella/Ashley Boyd | Robin Hood | Little John | Friar Tuck | Grumpy/Leroy | Cora/The Queen of Hearts | Caterpillar | Maleficent

Locations: Storybrooke | Maine | The Jolly Roger | Enchanted Forest | Dark Palace | Dark Castle/Rumplestiltskin's Castle | Prince Thomas' Castle | Cinderella's Chateau | Neverland | Skull Rock | Wonderland | New York | Boston, Massachusetts | Land of Oz | Emerald City | Arendelle | Agrabah | The Sultan's Palace | Sherwood Forest | Hamelin | The Mushroom

Objects: Dreamshade | Dark One's Dagger | Enchanted Candle | Pandora's Box | Vorpal Sword | The Slippers | Cruella's car | Maleficent's Staff | Jafar's Snake Staff | Sorcerer Hat | Magic Lamp | Magic Wand | Spinning Wheel


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Games: Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition

Playable Characters
Disney INFINITY: Jack Sparrow | Mr. Incredible | Sulley | Sorcerer Mickey | Lightning McQueen | Woody | Mater | Buzz Lightyear | Mike Wazowski | Randall Boggs | Hector Barbossa | Davy Jones | Helen Parr | Dash Parr | Violet Parr | Syndrome | John Reid | Tonto | Jack Skellington | Phineas Flynn | Perry the Platypus | Jessie | Wreck-It Ralph | Vanellope | Rapunzel | Elsa | Anna | Holley Shiftwell | Francesco Bernoulli
Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition: Iron Man | Captain America | Hulk | Black Widow | Thor Odinson | Hawkeye | Nick Fury | Loki Laufeyson | Maleficent | Merida | Spider-Man | Venom | Iron Fist | Nova | Rocket Raccoon | Groot | Star-Lord | Gamora | Drax the Destroyer | Stitch | Tinker Bell | Aladdin | Jasmine | Donald Duck | Baymax | Hiro Hamada | Falcon | Yondu | Sam Flynn | Quorra
Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition: Yoda | Ultron | Luke Skywalker | Fa Mulan | Anakin Skywalker | Leia Organa | Han Solo | Ahsoka Tano | Darth Vader | Darth Maul | Obi-Wan Kenobi | Joy | Sadness | Anger | Fear | Disgust | Minnie Mouse | Olaf | Chewbacca | Hulkbuster Iron Man | Ezra Bridger | Kanan Jarrus | Garazeb Orrelios | Sabine Wren

Non-Playable Characters
Disney INFINITY: Hamm | Rex | Slinky Dog | Emperor Zurg | Joshamee Gibbs | Pintel | Ragetti | Edna Mode | Rick Dicker | Mirage | Luigi | Ramone | Flo | Chick Hicks | The King | Guido | Finn McMissile | Shu Todoroki | Carla Veloso | Tractors | Rotor Turbosky | Art | Scott "Squishy" Squibbles | Terri and Terry Perry | Don Carlton
Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition: Wasp | Captain Marvel | Ant-Man (Hank Pym) | Sif | MODOK | Frost Giants | Iron Patriot | Winter Soldier | Mysterio | Doctor Octopus | Black Cat | White Tiger | Power Man | J. Jonah Jameson | Cosmo the Spacedog | The Collector | The Witch | Pleakley | Golden Harp
Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition: R2-D2 | C-3PO | Jabba the Hutt | King Candy | Marshmallow

Objects: Cruella's car | Ratcatcher | Pumpkin Coach | Lightsaber | Darkwing Duck's gas gun | Black Pearl | Identity Disc | Plasma Cannon Mark I | Candy Kart | King Candy's Royal Racer | Pizza Planet truck | Recognizer | Light Runner | Pixar Ball | The Jolly Roger (Disney Parks version) | The Electric Mayhem Bus | Baseball Launcher


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Media: Sofia the First (Episode List) | Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess | Sofia the First: The Floating Palace | Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy | Disney Junior Storybook Collection | Disney Junior Little Golden Book Library | Songs and Story | Book Series | Videography | Sofia the First (Soundtrack) | Sofia the First: Songs From Enchancia

Characters
Season One: Princess Sofia | Queen Miranda | King Roland II | Prince James | Princess Amber | Princess Hildegard | Cedric the Sorcerer/Sea Monster Cedric | Wormwood | Baileywick | Robin | Mia | Clover | Whatnaught | Goodwin the Great | Winifred the Wise | Flora, Fauna and Merryweather | Jade | Ruby Hanshaw | Princess Clio | Princess Maya | Prince Zandar | Princess Jun | Prince Hugo | Minimus | Princess Vivian | Crackle | Queen Cecily | Gnarly | Trolls | Teeni | Ginger | Mrs. Higgins | Violet the Maid | King Magnus | Barker | Lucinda | Princess Leena | Prince Jin | Magic Carpet | Baby Griffin | Prince Khalid | Meg and Peg | Boswell | Madam Ubetcha | Prince Desmond | Miss Nettle | Sir Gillium | Professor Popov | Princess Mae | Princess Penelope | Princess Matilda | Lutiano | Princess Arsinoe | Helen Hanshaw | Oona | Queen Emmaline | Cora | Plank | Prince Frederick | Aunt Tilly | Wilbur the Wombeast | Suzette and Marcy | Prince Rupert | Admiral Hornpipe | Sven | Farley | Lulu | Emperor Quon | Empress Lin-Lin | Madame Collette
Season Two: Rex | Rosey | Prince Axel | Hugo's Father | Electra | Vaughan and Vance | Ogre | Marla | Sir Bartleby | Sir Maxwell | Sir Finnegan | Queen Anya | Gwen | Chef Andre | Sofia the Worst | Lady Joy | Lord Gilbert | Wu-Chang | Jade Jaguar | Sir Dax | Boo | Princess Lei-Lani | Mamanu | King and Queen of Hakalo | Praline | Freedo | Princess Zooey | Queen Avery | Hildegard's Sister | Slickwell | Greylock the Grand | Princess Ivy | Dragons of Enchancia | Winter | Whiskers | Glacia the Ice Witch | Hexie | Director Dove | Elliot, Amy and Kurt | Tizzy | Master Erwin | Bryce Twigley | Button, Benngee and Brody | Carol of the Arrow
Season Three: Fluke | Mazzimo | Prince Roderick | Lily | Princess Elena

Disney Princess: Cinderella | Jasmine | Belle | Ariel | Aurora | Snow White | Mulan | Rapunzel | Tiana | Merida

Songs
Season One: Theme Song | I'm Not Ready To Be A Princess | Royal Prep | A Little Bit Of Food | True Sisters | Rise and Shine | Princess Things | Anything | Perfect Slumber Party | Make Some Noise | Cedric The Great | Goldenwing Circus | All You Need | Blue Ribbon Bunny | I Belong | (You Can Always) Count On Baileywick | Picnic of the Year | Good Little Witch | The Ride of Your Lives | Bring My Best Friend Back | I'll Get My/That Amulet | The Buttercups | Make Way for Miss Nettle | Enchancia Anthem | Make It Right | Bigger Is Better | Who's That? | A Recipe for Adventure | The Simple Life | Merroway Cove | The Love We Share | Wassailia | Peace and Joy | Royal Fun
Season Two: Sisters and Brothers | Two by Two | All You Desire | Huzzah! Huzzah! | Me and My Mom | Tilly, Oh Tilly | Friendship Is The Formula | Be Your Own King | Make Your Wishes Well | Believe in Your Dream | Keeping Promises No Matter What | Mystic Meadows | Stronger Than You Know | The Ghostly Gala | A Princess True | In Your Paws | Know It All | Helping Hand | A Kingdom of My Own | Smoke, Wings and Fire | Dare to Risk it All | From the Heart | I Feel So Free | Never Forget The Sorcerer's Secret | Hoppin' Out With You | Making Dreams Come True | Play With Us | Small New World | Improvise
Season Three: The Broomstick Dance

Locations: Enchancia | Trolls' Grotto | Royal Preparatory Academy | Tangu | Merroway Cove | Wei-Ling | Mystic Meadows

Objects: Amulet of Avalor | Aunt Tilly's Carpet Bag | Enchanted Mirror | Floating Palace | Trident | Mermaid Comb of Merroway Cove | Spells and Magic | Enchanted Swing Set | Troll Clubs | Wishing Well | Emerald Key | Pin of Klutzenheimer | Flying Crown | Family Wand | Dazzleball

See Also: Elena of Avalor



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Media: Descendants | Soundtrack | Descendants: Isle of the Lost Rush | Descendants: Isle of the Lost | Disney Descendants Yearbook | Disney Descendants: Secrets of Auradon Prep: Insider's Handbook | Descendants: Mal's Spell Book | Descendants: Junior Novel | Descendants: Mal's Diary

Characters
Heroes: Ben | Anxelin | Lonnie | Audrey | Jane | Chad Charming | Doug | Belle | Beast | Rapunzel | Eugene Fitzherbert | Fa Mulan | Li Shang | Aurora | Phillip | Fairy Godmother | Cinderella | Dopey | Aziz | Aladdin | Jasmine | Snow White
Villains: Mal | Jay | Evie | Carlos De Vil | Maleficent/Dragon Maleficent | Jafar | The Evil Queen | Cruella De Vil

Objects: Magic Wand | Spinning Wheel

Songs: Rotten to the Core | Evil Like Me | Did I Mention | If Only | Be Our Guest | Set It Off | Believe | Night Is Young | Good Is the New Bad | I’m Your Girl

Locations: Isle of the Lost | Forbidden Fortress | Dragon Hall | Auradon Prep | Auradon | Auradon City | History Island | Skull Island | Winter's Keep | Camelot Heights | Neverland | Faraway | Westerly | Summerlands | North Riding | East Riding | South Riding | Olympus

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