Eugene Fitzherbert (better known as Flynn Rider) is the deuteragonist of the animated 2010 Disney feature film, Tangled and it's 2017 television series of the same name. He is a former thief and the owner of the horse, Maximus. He is also the main love interest and later husband of Rapunzel.
Flynn's of average height with a slender but muscular build, longish dark brown hair with fair skin and brown eyes, and has a scruffy goatee. He's shown to be shown kind of vain when it comes to his looks, such as describing them as "superhuman good looks."
His age is never actually said in the movie, but the creators of Tangled have stated that he's 26-years-old, making him at least eight years older than Rapunzel.
At first Flynn comes off as sarcastic. He is overly concerned about money, wealth and the tiara he wishes to regain from Rapunzel. However, when one gets to know him, he is sensitive, laid back and good-hearted. As an experienced thief, he is skilled in escaping the authorities, hiding out and stealing right from under people's noses. Thus, he is agile, strong and quick-witted.
Flynn's talents also include fencing, horseback riding, scaling and maneuvering over high walls and towers and "superhuman good looks", which unfortunately have no effect on Rapunzel. For the first part of the film, he is solely focused on thieving and increasing his personal bank, aspiring to bask in his wealth one day on his own private island. However, as he begins to fall in love with Rapunzel, he transforms into a more compassionate, chivalrous and trustworthy person, and changes his priorities. He even willingly gives the tiara to the Stabbington Brothers to keep them off their back (although he never quite loses his initial cockiness and tendency to cause mischief). Flynn loses sight of the importance of becoming rich as he fights to be with Rapunzel.
By the end of the film, Flynn's love for her has grown to the point where he is willing to die so that she can be free. In the ending narration, he claims to have given up thieving.
Eugene Fitzherbert seemingly never knew his parents and grew up in an orphanage. The younger orphan children looked up to him greatly and he was something of an older brother to them. Every night, Eugene would read them "The Tales of Flynnigan Rider", stories of a rich and dashing swashbuckler who had an abundance of thrilling adventures wherever he went. The more Eugene read it, the more he dreamed of a more audacious lifestyle and decided to break out of his orphan upbringing. Eugene eventually ventured out on his own and grew up into a dashing swashbuckler and gifted horseman and took the name of his childhood hero, going by the alias Flynn Rider. Flynn became one of the most infamous thieves in all of Corona despite the fact that the original Flynn Rider was not a thief. Being drawn in more and more by his new ambition and becoming more and more aloof from the people around him, Flynn sought a solitary life of money and freedom, far far away. He eventually became close to having everything he ever wanted, despite being on the run from almost every person in the valley.
Everything he ever wanted, however, quickly lost its appeal in the days he met Rapunzel. When Flynn met the lonesome girl in a remote tower, he was quite irritated to be coerced into taking her to see the Festival of Lights at the kingdom so that he could get back a valuable stolen tiara she had hidden from him. As he spent time with her, he gained a respect for the headstrong young lady that became strong affection and caring. As Flynn cast aside his cares for treasure and solitude he realized his old dream had been replaced by a new one. Flynn fell completely in love with the lost princess and helped her reunite with her parents and reclaim her throne.
Eugene went back to his birth name, stopped thieving, and married Rapunzel a few years later. The two are currently living happily ever after
Stealing the CrownEdit
Flynn serves as the opening narrator for the story, where he initially jokes, "This is a story of how I died", before giving a brief recount of the circumstances surrounding Rapunzel's birth to the kingdom's King and Queen, and Rapunzel's subsequent kidnapping by Mother Gothel. Many years later, Flynn is on the run from the law after stealing the crown of the lost princess and deserting his former partners, the Stabbington Brothers. Flynn is chased by the Captain of the Guard's horse Maximus whom he has unsuccessfully tried to commandeer. Flynn stumbles upon Rapunzel's tower and climbs it to escape the horse, only to be knocked out by Rapunzel. When Flynn awakens, he finds himself tied to a chair with Rapunzel's hair. He is struck by her beauty, but when he fails to woo his way out of the predicament, Flynn is eventually forced to agree to consent to Rapunzel's request to take her to see the yearly Festival of Lights in the Kingdom, in exchange for the return of his satchel and the crown inside.
Journeying with RapunzelEdit
The pair then sets out toward the Kingdom. Flynn tries to take advantage of Rapunzel's obvious ambivalence about leaving the tower by suggesting, with the pretense of good-natured compromise, that they give up on the entire endeavor. When Rapunzel sees through his ploy, he tries another method to dissuade her by taking her to the Snuggly Duckling, where she will be sure to encounter the "ruffians" and "thugs" he hopes she will fear. Flynn's plans are foiled again, however, when he is recognized and the Pub Thugs fight over who will receive the reward for his capture. Rapunzel manages to distract the thugs by inspiring the "I've Got a Dream" song, during which Flynn reveals his dream to own an island, where he can relax alone with his money. However, after the Palace guards arrive, they quickly go into hiding.
Flynn and Rapunzel are able to escape through a tunnel and share a brief conversation in which he refuses to give her any of his "backstory" but asks a little bit about hers. The conversation is cut short when they discover that the guards have pursued them into the passage. The pair flee, but are cornered atop a cliff in a canyon made from a dammed river, hotly pursued by Flynn's two enemies: the guards and the Stabbington brothers. Flynn is able to fight off the guards by using Rapunzel's frying pan, but is bested in a sword duel with Maximus the horse. Rapunzel uses her hair to help him escape the cliff and the horse, but when Maximus damages the dam in order to reach them, the two are trapped in a cave, which begins filling rapidly with water. Panicking, Flynn tries desperately to find an escape under the water, injuring his hand in the process. However, unable to see anything in the darkness, he admits defeat and the two huddle together in the rising water, believing that they are about to die. As Rapunzel weeps, he tries to cheer her a little by revealing his real name: Eugene Fitzherbert. Rapunzel manages to save them both by causing her hair to glow, which lights up the cave, allowing them see an escape, and Eugene digs their way out.
The Story of EugeneEdit
When the two emerge onto the banks of a river in the forest, Eugene is clearly unsettled and even alarmed by Rapunzel's glowing hair. Later that night, when the two are sitting beside their campfire, Rapunzel uses her hair to heal Eugene's injured hand. Eugene is evidently frightened by the magic, to the point of near-hysteria, but he quickly calms himself down when Rapunzel begs him to not "freak out." He learns Rapunzel's history, and the nature of her magical gift, which is lost if the hair is cut. Eugene begins to understand her feelings, and begins to show more compassion and affection towards her as a result. He at last reveals some of his "backstory" by confessing that he was an orphan as a kid and he was inspired by the main character of his favorite children's book, who was a rich, free-spirited, "swashbuckling rogue" named Flynnigan Rider, which has prompted his life of crime in order to become rich and adventurous too. Slightly embarrassed, he asks Rapunzel not to tell anyone because it could ruin his reputation, and jokes that "a fake reputation is all a man has."
Finding a New DreamEdit
Eugene is nearly captured again by Maximus, but Rapunzel—with the help of Pascal—is able to befriend the horse and makes the two forge a reluctant alliance for the next twenty-four hours, during which Maximus will not get Eugene arrested. Now accompanied by Maximus, the group arrive at the Kingdom for the festival. Eugene accompanies Rapunzel as she delightedly explores the Kingdom, enjoying various activities with her, such as reading at the library, eating, and even dancing (at Maximus's prompting). That night, Eugene takes Rapunzel out on the water in a rowboat to see the lights. While they wait for the lights, Rapunzel expresses her apprehension about finally living her dream, and Eugene reassures her and encourages her to find a new dream afterward. During the lantern festival, Rapunzel returns his satchel, but he pushes it aside, openly revealing that he has found something more important than his old dream, and the couple release their own two lanterns. Eugene and Rapunzel finally realize their love for one another, and nearly kiss.
The Stabbington BrothersEdit
A moment before kissing Rapunzel, Eugene is distracted by the sight of the Stabbington Brothers on the shore, and appears to come to a conclusion about his satchel. He brings the boat to shore, and assures Rapunzel that he will return momentarily. He attempts to make peace with the Stabbington Brothers by giving them the satchel and the crown inside and tries to leave. However, they reveal that they know about Rapunzel and her hair, and express their desire to use her for money. He is knocked unconscious and tied to a boat, which is set to sail toward the Kingdom. When Rapunzel sees his silhouette steering the boat away from her, she is tricked into believing Eugene abandoned her and returns with Mother Gothel to the tower.
Later, Eugene's boat crashes into the guard tower near the jail, jolting him back to consciousness, but as he realizes that Rapunzel is in trouble and calls out for her, he is captured by the guards. The next day, as he is taken to be hanged, he notices the Stabbington Brothers in their own cell. Breaking free from the guards momentarily, he confronts them, forcing them to reveal that Mother Gothel has told them about Rapunzel and her hair. The Pub Thugs and Maximus arrive and help Eugene escape prison, and he and Maximus rush off to save Rapunzel.
Flynn to the RescueEdit
After arriving at the tower, he becomes worried when Rapunzel does not answer his calls, but her hair soon comes down to let him climb up. However, when he climbs jubilantly through the tower window, he finds Rapunzel chained and gagged. Without warning, he is then mortally stabbed by Mother Gothel. Mother Gothel attempts to flee with the captive Rapunzel, leaving him there to die. Rapunzel resists her and refuses to go willingly, but then promises to submit completely to Mother Gothel if she will only let her heal Eugene. Mother Gothel agrees and chains the wounded Eugene instead. Rapunzel rushes to his side, but Eugene pleads with her not go through with it, preferring to die rather than let Rapunzel forever submit to Mother Gothel. When his attempts to dissuade her fail, he uses a shard of a shattered mirror to cut Rapunzel's hair, which causes it to lose its power and turn brown. Mother Gothel rapidly ages and dies without the magic from Rapunzel's hair. Rapunzel tries desperately to save the dying Eugene by singing the healing incantation. Eugene stops her and, with his last breaths, tells Rapunzel that she was his new dream, to which she tells him, in reply, that he had been hers. Eugene smiles and dies, leaving a heartbroken Rapunzel to hopelessly finish the healing incantation. She begins to sob, letting a single tear fall onto his cheek.
Revival and RomanceEdit
The tear, which is the original drop of sunshine which created the Magic Flower that healed her mother, shines as it dissolves into the skin and heals Eugene's chest wound, reviving him. He regains conciousness, and jokingly asks Rapunzel, "Did I ever tell you I have a thing for brunettes?" which overjoys her to the point she embraces him in a tight hug, and the two kiss at last.
Eugene accompanies Rapunzel during her return to the Kingdom, as she has discovered that she has been its lost princess, and witnesses her reunion with her parents. He appears to have been graciously accepted by the King and Queen. During his closing narration, Eugene implies that Rapunzel eventually ruled the Kingdom. As the kingdom celebrates the return of the lost princess, the two are shown together, both wearing nicer clothing and clearly still in love. After stating that he has readopted his original name and stopped thieving, Eugene then claims that he accepted Rapunzel's proposal of marriage after years and years of asking, only to be corrected by Rapunzel. He then amends by saying that he asked her, to which she states in support that the two are living happily ever after, which presumes that they have wed.
Tangled Ever AfterEdit
Eugene, along with Rapunzel, appears in this short sequel to the film, in which the two are preparing themselves for the biggest wedding day to ever hit the kingdom for ever. As the short opens, Flynn starts off the story by joking "This is the story of the day my life ended" as a nod to the original film's opening. Rapunzel corrects him, and he reaffirms that it is the happiest day of both their lives, their wedding day. He claims everything is perfect except for the fact that his nose is still incorrectly drawn.
Eugene is first shown standing at the altar of the wedding hall, awaiting his bride. He is awestruck at the sight of Rapunzel in her wedding attire as her father, the King, walks her down the center aisle. She joins Eugene at the altar as the priest starts his speech, but Maximus sneezes and accidentally loses their wedding rings. Eugene and Rapunzel appear in a vision of Maximus and Pascal where everyone in attendance becomes upset at the loss of the rings.
Eugene and Rapunzel 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. Nevertheless, Eugene nervously takes the rings and gives one to his bride. The two then exchange their rings as the priest pronounces the couple husband and wife. Eugene and Rapunzel kiss, and everyone in attendance rejoice. The short closes with Eugene proclaiming, "So, who wants a piece of cake?" as the cart carrying the wedding cake, accidentally bumped by an exhausted Maximus, rolls out the door.
Taking place six months after the events of Tangled and sometime before the events of Tangled Ever After, Rapunzel and Eugene are revealed to be living in the castle together still in a strong, serious and committed relationship. Rapunzel is getting ready for her coronation to officially become princess of Corona, but finds difficulty in adjusting to life as a princess and life inside the palace. Eugene enjoys the life of luxury inside the palace and assures Rapunzel of her worries while at the same time, he is secretly planning to propose to Rapunzel. However, he also has issues with Rapunzel's Lady-in-Waiting Cassandra as she openly expresses her disapproval of Eugene and Rapunzel's relationship, even purposely interrupting them whenever they try to kiss.
During a royal banquet the night before Rapunzel's coronation, Eugene gathers everyone's attention and proposes to Rapunzel, declaring his true love and the hope of long life with her inside the palace and the kingdom of Corona. However, although Rapunzel loves Eugene with all her heart, upon hearing his words of their future of immediately settling down and never leaving the kingdom to explore the world and already being highly pressured by her duties as a princess and issues with her overprotective father, Rapunzel declines Eugene's proposal. Rapunzel quickly runs out of the banquet room, much to the shock of everyone and leaving a deeply saddened Eugene behind.
Later after the banquet, Eugene goes to Rapunzel's room to speak with her, unaware that she and Cassandra have secretly sneaked out of the castle. When Eugene enters Rapunzel's bedroom, Pascal creates an illusion of Rapunzel, pretending to be her. Eugene begins to apologize, realizing he it was wrong of him put to put her on the spot and may have rushed things in their relationship, but again declares his love and hopes of a future with her. However, he soon discovers Pascal's trick, learning Rapunzel has left the castle and goes off to search for her. However, he soon meets Rapunzel's father, King Fredric wanting to speak with Rapunzel of the recent events, but Eugene manages to prevent him from entering her room and discovering her absence, claiming she is still upset and needs time alone. King Fredric understands and leaves and while Eugene attempts to apologize for the failed attempt of his proposal earlier, King Fredric sternly replies they will speak of the matter later, leaving Eugene and Pascal to resume their search for Rapunzel.
The next morning, Eugene and Pascal arrive at Rapunzel's room, discovering she has returned and request to speak with her while unknown to them, Rapunzel's long blonde hair has returned and she is trying to hide it along with Cassandra and Maximus. Worried for Rapunzel's safety upon hearing her scream, Eugene kicks the doors open and discovers the shocking sight of the return of her hair. In shock over the return of Rapunzel's hair and while hurt Rapunzel wanted to hide this from him, Eugene tries to be supportive, assuring she can reveal the details when she is ready. However, when Rapunzel still refuses to reveal what happened, Eugene becomes upset that Rapunzel apparently doesn't trust him, but reveals she shouldn't be afraid to hide anything from him. However, they are interrupted hearing the arrival of Rapunzel's mother, Queen Arianna and quickly Eugene begins to help hide Rapunzel's hair.
Later, Eugene goes to visit Cassandra, attempting to learn why Rapunzel is suddenly starting to keep secrets from him, specifically regarding the return of her hair, but Cassandra refuses to listen or tell him anything. Eugene starts to become angry and reveals his knowledge that Cassandra doesn't approve of him being with Rapunzel, but tries to assure he only wants what's best for her. Cassandra soon leaves the room, but not before revealing her personal opinion that it appears that Eugene is only caring about what he wants and isn't really thinking about Rapunzel's best interests. During the coronation, Eugene is in attendance and watches as Rapunzel is about to be crowned. However, they are attacked by Lady Kaine and her criminal minions, wanting revenge on King Fredric for unfairly putting petty criminals to jail, including Lady Kaine's father. King Fredric along with the guests are being captured, but Rapunzel reveals her hair to everyone and with the help of Eugene and Cassandra manages to rescue everyone and stop Lady Kaine and her criminal minions.
Late at night in Rapunzel's bedroom, Eugene arrives and cheers her up and they finally begin to speak about his proposal. Rapunzel begins to apologize, but he stops her and reveals that although he doesn't understand her reasoning for refusing him earlier, he will do everything he can to understand her decision and promises to take their relationship slow. Rapunzel is grateful, but asks Eugene to promise to be patient with her, Eugene promises and he and Rapunzel share a kiss goodnight and part ways.
In the television series, Eugene is a main character, living inside the castle of Corona and continuing his romantic relationship with Rapunzel. Eugene and Rapunzel share a strong, loving, loyal, honest, supportive and committed love between them as Eugene is always there for Rapunzel, helping her to learn more about the world and advises her whenever she is facing a new problem. Aside from his and Rapunzel's relationship, the series also focuses on Eugene finding a place and job for himself since he stopped stealing and bonding and growing closer towards his future parents in law, King Fredric and Queen Arianna. However, Eugene still faces difficulties between himself and Rapunzel's Lady-in-Waiting and the Captain of the Guards daughter, Cassandra. Eugene and Cassandra display a frenemy/rivalry relationship between them, but despite their differences with one another, they gradually begin to grow closer and soon find a common ground between them.
Episodes focusing on Eugene Fitzherbert.
- What's the Hair?!
It's been one week since the events of Tangled: Before Ever After and Rapunzel still has not reveal the truth to Eugene as to how her hair returned.
- Fitzherbert P.I.
Since ending his career as a thief, Eugene tries to find a new job for himself and attempts to become a Royal guard.
- Cassandra v. Eugene
This episode focuses on the tense and antagonistic relationship between Eugene and Cassandra.
- The Return of Strongbow
This episode reveals a certain part of Eugene's past several years before the events of the Disney movie, Tangled. Ever since childhood, Eugene has been best friends with Arnwaldo Schnitz since his days in the orphanage. Years later when they were older and left the orphanage, Eugene and Arnwaldo became partners in stealing and both became well known thieves, adopting the names of Flynn Rider and Lance Strongbow and at one point, partnered with another criminal thief known as the Baron. Eight years prior to the film and television series, Flynn, Lance and the Baron raided a royal carriage, stealing several valuables, but shortly after they were double crossed by the Baron, taking all the riches and wealth with him, leaving Flynn and Lance to handle the guards themselves. Flynn and Lance managed to escape, but were later separated when Lance was thrown in jail for his crimes.
In the present day, Eugene and Rapunzel are in town collecting donations to give to the orphanage, but unknown to Rapunzel, Eugene notices a mysterious figure in the crowd following them. During a brief stop back to the castle, Eugene notices the cloaked figure again, believing he is a criminal intending to kidnap Rapunzel. Eugene and Rapunzel attempt to escape, but find the figure blocking every exit. Eugene urges Rapunzel to hide while he confronts the figure, only to discover much to his surprise that it's none other than his childhood best friend and former partner in crime, Lance Strongbow who is quickly knocked unconscious when Rapunzel attacks him from behind. Returning to the castle, Lance is properly introduced to Rapunzel and Cassandra and reacquaints himself with Eugene after years apart. Lance and Eugene reveal their close friendship, revealing themselves as best friends growing up together and considers themselves the only family each other has ever had.
However, Cassandra reveals her suspicions of Lance, believing he has not reformed. While Eugene and Rapunzel defend Lance, Eugene has already realized Lance is up to no good and confronts him regarding his intentions. Lance confesses he needs Eugene's help. Lance reveals that his former cellmate, Oldie stole a great amount of treasure and hidden it away in an underground cave in Corona, but since he will be spending the remaining part of his life in jail, gave Lance a map to directions where the treasure is hidden and have it for himself. Eugene refuses to help, informing Lance he no longer steals and has gone back to his birth name. However, Lance manages to convince Eugene to help, claiming that getting the treasure is his chance to reform and start anew and assures no one will be a victim since the treasure doesn't belong to anyone. Reluctantly, Eugene decides to help Lance, but on the strict condition that Lance doesn't inform anyone of their plan, especially Cassandra.
In his bedroom, Eugene is making his preparations to help Lance, but quickly hides his belongings away when Rapunzel enters his room. Nervously, Eugene manages to hide the truth from Rapunzel when she reveals Cassandra's suspicions of Lance. Rapunzel is relieved and assures she trusts Eugene, but admits her growing worries and doubts of Lance. Eugene assures Rapunzel and they share a kiss goodnight, but shortly after she leaves, Lance appears outside the window, secretly calling out to Eugene. Lance and Eugene leave to retrieve the treasure, but Eugene shows a great amount of guilt and remorse for lying to Rapunzel.
Later, Eugene and Lance arrive at the underground cave and after breaking into the entrance, Eugene discovers much to his shock it's actually a basement filled with a variety amount of treasure. Eugene is angered of Lance lying to him who confesses he lied to Eugene, knowing he'd never come along otherwise and further confesses the owner of the basement is revealed to be none other than their former criminal partner, the Baron. Overall it's revealed that Lance's true motive for the heist was to seek revenge against the Baron for double-crossing him and Eugene all those years ago and wants to settle the score by taking his own treasure from him. Lance and Eugene prepare to leave, only to find the Baron's henchmen having found their exit. Eugene and Lance manage to sneak out of the Baron's home without being spotted or captured and run off into the woods.
In the forest, Lance is delighted of the amount of treasure they managed to steal from the Baron. However, Eugene is greatly angered by Lance's actions, seeing not only Lance lied to him, but took advantage of his loyalty and decides to end their friendship after Lance's deceitful and dishonest actions. Lance is surprised as to how money has truly changed him. Eugene confesses he truly is now a better person, but corrects Lance that money had nothing to do with the change him, showcasing Eugene sees that Rapunzel was the person responsible in helping to change into a better person. However, they are interrupted when Eugene hears Rapunzel and upon noticing her and Cassandra nearby, hides away the stolen treasure.
Rapunzel and Cassandra question Eugene and Lance about their actions and while Eugene attempts to hide the truth, Cassandra becomes even more suspicious, discovering a ring from the stolen loot. Rapunzel confronts Eugene about the ring's origins, but Lance steps in and lies to Rapunzel and Cassandra, claiming it belonged to their former mother figure nanny from the orphanage they grew up. Lance further lies, claiming they hidden the ring away in an Oak tree and promised whoever found true love first would give the ring to their special someone. Rapunzel is touched and flattered, but Eugene continues to feel even more guilt of his actions and lying to Rapunzel. Returning to the castle, Rapunzel notices the crest of Corona on the ring and believes the owner must have originated from Corona. However, upon closer inspection of the ring, Eugene finally remembers the identity of it's true owner, recalling it originally belonged to Rapunzel's mother and his future mother in law, Queen Arianna.
Back at the castle in his bedroom, Eugene is summarising the events and possibilities of the recent events regarding the ring, realising once Queen Arianna sees Rapunzel wearing the ring, she will immediately learn he was responsible for the carriage robbery. Eugene also realizes that if he attempts to request Rapunzel to return the ring, she will also realize the truth that he previously lied to her. Overall, Eugene realizes that no matter the outcome, the truth will be revealed and both Rapunzel and Queen Arianna will be devastated and disappointed with him. Ultimately, Eugene decides the only option left is to steal back the ring, before Rapunzel and Queen Arianna learn the truth. However, Lance refuses to help Eugene steal back the ring as well as refusing to acknowledge or accept his own responsibilities, seeing he is truly at fault for everything that's happened. Eugene manages to convince Lance to help, threatening to confess the truth and turn themselves in for their past and present crimes.
Later that night, Eugene and Lance wear masks and sneak into Rapunzel's bedroom and managed to remove the ring, but accidentally awakens both Pascal and Rapunzel in the process. They attempt to escape until they are stopped by Cassandra who quickly defeats Lance. Eugene attempts to sneak away until Rapunzel arrives and hits him with her frying pan and upon doing so learns the thieves to be Eugene and Lance. In Rapunzel's bedroom, Eugene and Lance have finally confessed the truth about everything, leaving Rapunzel furious. Eugene begins to apologize and begins to take full responsibility until Lance speaks up and finally owns up to his mistakes. Lance admits his wrong doings in taking advantage of both Eugene and their friendship and truly and genuinely apologizes for his actions and lies.
Eugene then decides the right thing now is to confess the truth to Queen Arianna. Rapunzel begins to reprimand Eugene, revealing his actions to be deceitful and he should confess, but refuses to let him. Rapunzel assures her love and forgiveness to Eugene, but is unsure if her parents will forgive him and begins to devise a plan to return the ring. However, Eugene stops her, confessing his love for Rapunzel, but refuses to let her get involved or in trouble because of his past actions. Overall, Eugene assures he isn't going to handle the situation by using cheating, lying or deception as Flynn Rider, but as Eugene Fitzherbert and will handle the situation the right way, meaning he acccept the consequences of his actions no matter what they maybe.
The next day in the throne room, Eugene has confessed the truth to Queen Arianna about everything and returns her ring. Queen Arianna is appreciative about Eugene's honesty, but admits despite the robbery being many years ago it was still quit traumatic and is unsure if she can forgive him. Eugene understands and is ready to face the full consequences of his actions, believing he maybe banished from Corona when the king learns to the truth. However, Queen Arianna decides to not involve King Fredric, seeing that Eugene has greatly changed and is no longer the same person he was in the past and refusing to separate him and Rapunzel, Arianna forgives Eugene. Shortly after, Eugene gets a new ring for Rapunzel and once again apologizes for everything, assuring hurting her is the last thing he'd ever want to do. Rapunzel and Eugene share a heartwarming embrace as Queen Arianna watches them from afar.
- In Like Flynn
Eugene is attempting to prove himself to Rapunzel's father, King Fredric.
- Big Brothers of Corona
Eugene and Lance are training the Captain and Royal Guards who fail to find or capture either of the them. The training session is to help the guards catch a new thief known as the Silent Striker terrorising Corona while at the same time, Eugene intends to give Lance a job as fellow guard instructor. However, despite his efforts the Captain refuses to make Lance become an instructor. Eugene gains an idea, believing if they can capture the Silent Striker themselves they will be able to prove to the Captain Lance is trustworthy and give him a job. After interviewing several victims of the Silent Striker, Eugene discovers the next location where the Silent Striker intends to target next and sets a trap for them with Lance. Eugene and Lance manage to capture the thief only to learn that the Silent Striker are actually two little girls. They present the children to King Fredric and the Captain who have trouble deciding what do to since they can't send the children to prison or release them back on the streets to steal. King Fredric decides to have Eugene and Lance mentor the young girls hoping they will reform under their care. Eugene and Lance are reluctant to take on the responsibility until the Captain persuades them, assuring Lance will have earn his trust and thus will get the job as fellow instructor. Ultimately Eugene and Lance accept the job to look after the girls only to find they have escaped.
Eugene and Lance have trouble getting through to the girls whom they nickname Angry and Red respectively. They attempt to reason with Angry and Red, but they refuse to listen and continue to escape from them until they are recaptured. Eugene and Lance decide to take them to the Snuggly Duckling Pug Thugs, hoping they can scare them to stop stealing only to find the girls tormenting Hook Foot instead. Eugene becomes further annoyed, seeing they have so much potential but are throwing their lives away and doesn't know how to make them listen to reason. Angry questions Eugene would he have listened to reason at their age when he was younger. Eugene realizes Angry is right, seeing he would steal be lying and stealing until he met Rapunzel and gains an idea. Eugene and Lance bring Angry and Red to Rapunzel in hopes she will be able to reform the child thieves as she did with Eugene. During their time, Eugene sees that Rapunzel has an affect on Angry and Red and finally begins to get through to the girls. Later that night, Eugene and Lance are tucking in Angry and Red in bed. Angry is curious why are they helping them while others have only ever wanted them gone. Eugene reveals while he originally wanted to get Lance a job, their time together has made him genuinely want to help the girls start over for themselves.
However, Angry sees that starting over isn't easy while stealing is. Eugene understands Angry's feelings of being hurt by the world, but assures revealing Rapunzel showed him that when you stop stealing for yourself that's when you truly get the most in return. Angry begins to open up more to Eugene, revealing she and Red don't actually want to steal but need to in order to get away. Eugene becomes suspicious and attempts to question Angry until he sees she has fallen asleep. Eugene awakens Lance and leaves to let the girls sleep. However, the next morning Eugene and Lance discover Angry and Red are gone and have taken Rapunzel's tiara. The Captain is furious with them and as a result of their failure, fires Eugene as a guard instructor, leaving him in shock. In Rapunzel's bedroom, Eugene is disappointed and apologizes to Rapunzel for the girls taking her tiara, believing she could fix Angry and Red as she did for him. Rapunzel corrects Eugene that she didn't fix and explains you can't just make someone into a better person, explaining you can only give them a chance and if they don't want your help than you can only be there for them until they are ready to change. Eugene reveals his suspicions that Angry and Red did want help, revealing they are running away from something and wants to help them, but doesn't know where they could possibly be.
- Painter's Block
This episode slightly focuses on Eugene and Rapunzel's relationship when Eugene notices a great change affecting Rapunzel. Taking place shortly after the events of Queen for Day, King Fredric is opening an art museum and has asked Rapunzel to create a centrepiece before it's grand opening. However, Rapunzel finds herself suffering from a severe case of painter's block and the source is revealed that she still hasn't recovered from the difficult choices she had to make during the events of the blizzard that threatened Corona. Eugene attempts to help Rapunzel find inspiration for her centrepiece and does "The Smolder", but when she ignores him, he realizes her case of painter's block is worse than they originally thought.
Eugene soon begins to become increasingly worried about Rapunzel, seeing that isn't acting her normal self, first showing when he witnesses Rapunzel's change in attitude and lack of creativity in her painting from her new art class. Eugene's concerns about Rapunzel further increase when she is late arriving for their date and especially when he learns she has begun wearing shoes. Eugene confronts Rapunzel about her recent changes, confessing his knowledge and awareness she hasn't been herself since the events of the snowstorm. Eugene sees that she refuses to take chances and hasn't been living life to the fullest anymore. Overall, Rapunzel is afraid to be herself and Eugene expresses how much he misses the real Rapunzel he fell in love with.
Eugene is starting to get through to Rapunzel and confesses while he realizes the tough decisions she had to make during her parents absence, he tries to help Rapunzel understand making difficult choices is part of life. However, the spell begins taking further control of Rapunzel, causing her to snap and remind Eugene of her difficult choices of having to abandon Varian, risking Pascal's life and the entire safety of Corona to a fairytale. Angered, Rapunzel abruptly returns to the castle, leaving a saddened Eugene and Pascal behind.
- The Quest for Varian
This episode focuses on Rapunzel determined to learn the truth about the mysterious Black Rocks and their connection to her hair.
- The Alchemist Returns
This episode takes place directly after the events of the previous episode, The Quest for Varian. In her bedroom, Eugene listens as Rapunzel vents her angered feelings. Rapunzel is furious with her father when he refuses to reveal the truth behind the mystery of the Black Rocks threatening Corona, making her believe that nobody but her wants to take action to stop them. Eugene assures Rapunzel she isn't alone, assuring he is standing by her till the end. Rapunzel appreciates Eugene's support, but requests some time alone for herself to process the recent events. Eugene understands and respects Rapunzel's wishes to give her some space, but attempts to reassure Rapunzel that no matter how dark the situation is, Rapunzel can find the light to the solution and overall everything will be alright. However, Eugene and Rapunzel come across a crisis when they witness the castle guards, Stan and Pete arguing when Pete begins to insult Stan by revealing his true personal feelings about him, causing Stan to become upset.
Eugene assures Rapunzel to give herself some rest while he deals with the current situation. Later, Eugene and Cassandra quickly begin to notice everyone in the castle acting strangely, seeing everyone is constantly revealing their true personal feelings they would normally not reveal to anyone. Eugene goes to locate Rapunzel to seek her help and meets her, unaware she is secretly sneaking away with Varian after taking a book containing the maps of the underground passages of Corona to retrieve the Sundrop flower, believing it to be the solution to stopping the Black Rocks. Rapunzel manages to prevent Eugene from discovering Varian or the book and they sneak away, but cause Eugene to become suspicious of Rapunzel's sudden change of behaviour.
Later, Eugene reunites with Cassandra and finds the situation with everyone in the castle getting increasingly out of hand. Eugene realizes the possibility of the recent events, believing everyone is under the effects of a truth potion, similar to the mood potion he, Cassandra and Rapunzel were under in Not in the Mood. Eugene and Cassandra decide to interrogate Pete as he was the first person acting strangely, but find the interrogation boring as Pete isn't revealing any important information. Cassandra grows impatient and threatens Pete until Eugene intervenes and questions Pete if he previously came across anything out of the ordinary. Pete finally begins to reveal important information, confessing he across a young man who previously gave him and everyone in the castle purple cookies that everyone has been eating. Eugene and Cassandra realize the cookies contain the truth serum and further learn the young man was questioning Pete about the Sundrop flower that was used to heal Queen Arianna and originally gave Rapunzel her golden hair, learning it still exists and is kept hidden in the Castle vault.
Eugene and Cassandra realize Varian is the culprit. They realize he was responsible for the chaos, using the potion to learn more information about the flower and at the same time cause a distraction with everyone under the effects of the truth serum. Eugene also understands Rapunzel's behaviour, realizing she is unknowingly helping Varian with his plot to steal the Sundrop flower. Eugene and Cassandra go to the vault and warn the guards of the upcoming danger, but after intentionally refused entrance, Cassandra threatens them, allowing them to enter the vault to find Varian and Rapunzel. Varian manages to escape with the Sundrop flower. Later, Eugene meets with Rapunzel, informing her everyone under the affects of the truth serum will eventually wear off and attempts to assure Rapunzel everything will be alright. However, Rapunzel is incredibly disappointed with herself and her actions, blaming herself for letting Varian get away with the Sundrop flower and realizes they haven't seen the last of him.
Queen for a Day is the 16th episode and second special of the series after Tangled: Before Ever After. When Rapunzel's parents King Fredric and Queen Arianna leave for a short two day trip to celebrate their anniversary, Rapunzel is put in charge of the kingdom during their absence and thus becomes temporary Queen. Since Rapunzel becomes temporary Queen, Eugene attempts to appoint himself as temporary King due to his relationship with Rapunzel. However, despite his attempts, Eugene is not taken seriously by anyone. During this time, Eugene comforts Rapunzel when she expresses difficulty of being Queen and expresses further doubts and capabilities of her role when she will officially become Queen of Corona someday in the future. Eugene comforts Rapunzel, reminding her of how much she has accomplished since leaving the tower and advises to make the best of the situation, causing Rapunzel to decree everyone to enjoy a snow day when snow appears in Corona.
Secret of the Sundrop is the third special and the season one finale of Tangled. In the aftermath of the previous episode, The Alchemist Returns, Rapunzel is still deeply from the recent events in regards to her father's secrecy and Varian's betrayal while also disappointed with herself for unintentionally helping Varian steal the Sundrop flower. Eugene enters Rapunzel's bedroom and attempts to cheer her up, bringing her to the throne room filled with presents from the citizens of Corona for Rapunzel's 19th birthday. However, they quickly notice Cassandra's absence and go looking for her, discovering she is being punished after King Fredric and the Captain learned she was responsible for taking Rapunzel outside the walls of Corona on the night before her coronation upon reading Rapunzel's journal. Rapunzel, Eugene and Cassandra go to confront King Fredric, but find they are suddenly attacked by a giant robot machine. They fight the robot and mange to defeat it.
Everyone realizes Varian sent the robot to attack Rapunzel and in light of the event, King Fredric decides to have Rapunzel confined to her bedroom until the matter regarding Varian is resolved. Eugene is furious with King Fredric, seeing he is imprisoning Rapunzel the same way she was imprisoned by Mother Gothal for 18 years. King Fredric attempts to defend his actions, assuring he has no choice. Eugene is angered by King Fredric's excuses and tries to convince him he can't keep Rapunzel locked up, but King Fredric refuses to listen as he'll do whatever he must to keep Rapunzel safe. Realising that King Fredric refuses to listen to reason, Eugene leaves the throne room, but quietly states that he too will do whatever he must to keep Rapunzel safe.
Later in the night, Rapunzel manages to send a message to Cassandra, Eugene, Lance and the Pug Thugs to help her escape from her bedroom. Eugene is catapulted to Rapunzel's balcony and uses Hook Foot's hook is pull away the bars on Rapunzel's window. Eugene and Rapunzel are reunited and use to her hair to climb down. However, Varian launches an attack on Corona, informing the citizens of the upcoming danger from the Black Rocks overcoming the kingdom while revealing King Fredric's secrecy and the Rocks to connection to Rapunzel. Eugene and everyone fight a giant raccoon monster and manage to stop it, only to learn is was a diversion and that Varian's true goal was capturing Queen Arianna.
Later, Rapunzel and her father devise a plan to rescue Queen Arianna. Cassandra, Eugene, Lance and the guards will continue the assault while secretly Rapunzel and King Fredric will sneak into Varian's lair and rescue Queen Arianna. However, upon arriving at Old Corona, Eugene, Cassandra and everyone are ambushed by various giant robots. Together, everyone begins fighting them with Eugene working together with Maximus and Lance and alters everyone to use the Black Rocks to destroy the robots. During the battle, Rapunzel arrives with her parents, but are attacked by Varian in his robot armour and threatens to kill both Cassandra and Queen Arianna. Shocked by the sight of Varian threatening to kill her mother and best friend, the Black Rocks begin surrounding Rapunzel, causing Eugene and King Fredrick to become worried.
However, Eugene and everyone are shocked by the sight that Rapunzel is revealed to be able to control the Black Rocks. Using her newfound ability, Rapunzel is able to destroy the various robots and Varian's own robot armour, saving Cassandra and Queen Arianna in the process. Exhausted, Rapunzel collapses and Eugene catches her in his arms. Rapunzel shortly awakens and reassures Eugene with a kiss. However, Rapunzel and Eugene notice the Black Rocks have also destroy a portion of the wall of Corona, leading to what's beyond the kingdom. After the battle, Rapunzel realizes the Black Rocks want her to follow them, realising they are leading her on an unknown journey. King Fredric understands having finally realized that Rapunzel needs to follow her own path and destiny and gives her his blessings to leave Corona and explore the world. Eugene joins Rapunzel on her journey and assures King Fredric he will take care of her. Ultimately, the first season of Tangled ends with Rapunzel beginning her new journey alongside Eugene, Pascal, Maximus and Cassandra.
Tangled: Before Ever AfterEdit
Tangled: The SeriesEdit
Queen for a DayEdit
The Secret of the Sun DropEdit
- (first lines) "This is the story of how I died. But don't worry, this is actually a fun story, and the truth is, it isn't even mine. This is the story of a girl named Rapunzel, and it starts with the sun. Now, once upon a time a singe drop of sun grew a magic golden flower. It had the ability to heal the sick and injured."
- "Gothel broke into the castle, stole the child, and just like that, gone!"
- "Can't you see me in a castle of my own, because I certainly can. All the things we've seen and it's only eight in the morning! Gentlemen, this is a very big day!"
- (looking at a Wanted dead-or-alive poster of himself) "Oh no. No, no, no, no, no. This is bad, this is very, very bad, this is REALLY bad! (pauses) They just can't get my nose right!"
- "Look,the only thing I want to do with your hair is get out of it! Literally!"
- (bushes rustle, frightening Rapunzel; a rabbit jumps out) "Stay calm, it can probably smell fear."
- "Sorry, Blondie, I don't do backstories; however, I am becoming very interested in yours. Now, I know I'm not supposed to ask about the hair, (Rapunzel-"Nope.") "or the mother." (Rapunzel (shakes head)-"Uh uh.") "Frankly, I'm too scared to ask about the frog..."
- "You smell that? Take a deep breath through the nose." (inhales) "Let that really seep in. What are you getting? Because to me, that's part man-smell, and the other part is really bad man-smell. I don't know why, but overall it just smells like the color brown. Your thoughts?"
- (looking at a Wanted dead-or-alive poster of himself at the Snuggly Duckling; disgusted) "Ugh, now they're just being mean."
- (during "I've Got a Dream, after being asked what his dream was) "Oh, no, no. Sorry boys." (quietly) "I don't sing." (crosses his arms, and a bunch of swords are pointed at him. He starts singing and dancing.)
- (barely avoided the Stabbington Brothers attack while swinging with Rapunzel's hair.) 'HA! You should see the looks on your faces because you look-" (crashes into a beam; strained) "ridiculous!"
- (after knocking out several guards with a frying pan) "Oh, mama, I have got to get me one of these!" (sword appears)
- (sword-fighting with Maximus using a frying pan) "You should know that this is the strangest thing I've ever done!" (Max flicks the frying pan from his hands) "How 'bout two outta three?"
- (to Rapunzel) "So, you're being strangely cryptic as you wrap your magic hair around my injured hand..."
- "Well, a fake reputation is all a man has."
- (to Maximus) "Well, I hope you're here to apologize."
- "Frying pans! Who knew, right?"
- (Maximus helps him break out of jail) "Max, you brought them here? Thank you." (Max whinnies) "No, really, thank you. I have a feeling that all this time we've just been misunderstanding one another and we're really just-" (Max has annoyed look) "Yeah, you're right, we should go."
- (arrives at tower in attempts to rescue Rapunzel from Gothel) "Rapunzel? Rapunzel let down your hair!"
- (upon seeing Rapunzel with short brown hair) "Did I ever tell you I've got a thing for brunettes?"
- (closing narraration) "Well...you can imagine what happened next. The kingdom rejoiced, for their lost princess has returned. The party lasted an entire week, and honestly, I don't remember most of it."
- Eugene is rumored to be modeled after Ezio Auditore da Firenze from Assassin's Creed series.
- Eugene is the third Disney Prince to have an additional name. The first was Prince Adam with the nickname of the Beast and the second was Aladdin with the alias Prince Ali Ababwa.
- Eugene is the second Disney Prince to be a thief after Aladdin.
- Eugene is the second Disney Prince to be stabbed, die, and then revive, the first being Prince Adam.
- Eugene is the second Disney Prince to become a royal by marriage after Aladdin.
- Eugene is the second Disney prince to become the love interest of the heroine who discovers she is a princess, but is the third to find out that the so-called peasant girl is really a princess, the first being Prince Phillip and the second being Aladdin.
- When Aladdin and Princess Jasmine first met, Jasmine had disguised herself as a peasant girl, so he didn't realize that she was a princess.
- Eugene is the third Disney prince to ride a horse, but is the first to ride one that is not his.
- Eugene is the third to tell the heroine some of his history after Aladdin and Naveen, although he is the second to tell her in his debut film behind Naveen, as Aladdin did not in his debut film.
- Eugene is the fifth Disney prince to not be of royal decent, the first being Aladdin, the second being John Smith, the third being John Rolfe, and the fourth being Li Shang.
- Zachary Levi, the voice of Flynn Rider, auditioned for the role and got it with a British accent. Later, this idea was dropped and Levi read for the role with his own American accent instead.
- Flynn Rider stopped appearing as a regular meet-and-greet character at Walt Disney World in Florida on July 2, 2011, though he continues to appear at the Halloween and Christmas parties, and on Valentine's Day as well.
- He's the second Disney Hero after Phoebus from The Hunhback of Notre Dame to have facial hair, but he's the first among the Disney Princes to have facial hair.
- Also, Rapunzel's the second Disney Heroine to have green eyes after Esmeralda, Phoebus's love interest (and later wife), but is the first among the Disney Princesses to have green eyes.
- Dan Fogler was the original choice to voice Flynn Rider.
- Eugene is similar to Nathan Drake, the main protagonist of the Uncharted series. Both go by a fake name based on someone they admire (Flynnigan Rider and Francis Drake, respectively), both have similar personalities and voice, and both are thieves.
- Every time we see a wanted poster of Flynn, his nose is drawn differently.
- Flynn shares some characteristics with Naveen from The Princess and the Frog.
- They are both easy-going individuals who want to have money. Although, Naveen wants to travel from place to place while Flynn wants to be rested and full of wealth.
- They both go on a quest with their love interests to fulfill the end of the deal. Naveen goes with Tiana to find Mama Odie and in exchange, he will give money to Tiana for her restaurant; Flynn goes with Rapunzel to assist her in her journey to see the "floating lights" and in return, she gives him back his satchel.
- They both have encounters with sidekicks who have issues with them. Lawrence is jealous of Naveen while Maximus tries to catch Flynn due to his criminal status. Although, Lawrence was Naveen's sidekicks before he became his enemy while Maximus was Flynn's enemy then becomes his sidekick near the end.
- They fall in love with girls who're immune to their charms.
- They are both chased by their enemies (Flynn by the guards and Stabbington Brothers; Naveen by Doctor Facilier).
- Flynn shares a few similarites with Tramp from Lady and the Tramp.
- Both often get into trouble.
- Call the main characters nicknames with Lady: "Pigeon" or "Pidge" and with Rapunzel: "Blondie" or "Goldie."
- Both were meant to be arrested, then later were arrested for a little while.
- Both had a romantic scene with the main character.
- Both somehow betrayed the main characters by accident.
- Both are married in the end.
- Flynn Rider shares many similarities with Aladdin:
- They both are believed to be orphans (for Aladdin only in the first two movies an the TV series).
- They both are thieves at the beginning of the movie.
- They are both first seen running away from the law.
- They both have a captain of the guard who tries to capture or execute them (for Flynn it was the Captain of the Guard, for Aladdin it was Razoul).
- When they are both about to be executed, they are saved by a former enemy turned friend:
- Aladdin was saved by Iago when he broke the glass ball that was holding Genie, and Flynn was saved by Maximus when he went and got the Pub thugs to help Flynn escape and then took him to Rapunzel.
- They're the first (Aladdin) and second (Eugene) Disney Princes to be paupers and marry princesses. The third will presmably be Kristoff from Frozen.
- They both are arrested and thrown in jail, due to the involvement of the main antagonist (Gothel for Flynn, Jafar for Aladdin).
- They both come close to being executed (Flynn by hanging, Aladdin by decapitation)
- They both go by aliases at one point. (Flynn Rider for Eugene, Ali Ababwa for Aladdin)
- They both get married to a princess of royal blood in a sequel film.
- They both are able to win the trust and blessing of their love interest's parents, despite a criminal past.
- They both become allies with a character that was originally an enemy (Maximus for Flynn, Iago for Aladdin).
- They both foreshadow a royal life in the beginning of the film (Flynn announces he would like a palace just like the one in Corona, Aladdin tells Abu everything will be different and one day they will be rich, live in a palace, and never have to worry).
- They both rescue their love interest from forced servitude from the main antagonist.
- They both become royals by marriage in the end.
- Eugene's the first Disney Prince to be an orphan, the second being Kristoff. However, Eugene grew up in an orphanage while Kristoff was raised by trolls.
- The name "Flynn" is possibly a tribute to some other Disney characters, such as Kevin and Sam Flynn from Tron and Tron: Legacy respectively, and the Flynn family from the Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb.
- Flynn Rider's the exact opposite of Mother Gothel.
- Unlike Gothel, he truly cares for Rapunzel and loves her where as Gothel only loves Rapunzel for her hair, due to it being able to heal anything or anyone. Flynn's love for Rapunzel was declared when he sacrificed himself, and freed her from Gothel's cruel and wicked ways.
- Flynn's the first, and so far only, Disney character to question and initially refuse random singing.
- One of Flynn Rider's original designs (seen in concept art) was used to help form Kristoff's current appearance.