Do you think Eugene always liked Rapunzel, or was he just protecting his own interests in the beginning?
ooc; I don’t think he liked her until they were walking together in the tunnel, right after escaping the guards at the Snuggly Duckling. I do think though, that he always found her attractive. I mean, look at his face when he first sees her.
Flynn Rider wasn’t ever one to not have the right thing to say, but when she comes into the light for the first time, she renders him speechless. But I mean come on, who wouldn’t be by her? But then after being hit over the head with a frying pan, he must have thought she was crazy. After all, she was some girl with suuuper long hair, had never been outside, and didn’t know that the floating lights were lanterns, and what they even symbolized. So yeah, at first, he was definitely only looking out for himself. He even tried to get out of their deal countless times, and probably more times that they showed in the movie.
But then after their encounter with the thugs, something changes. It may be because he noticed how bad she dreamed of seeing the lanterns, or it may be because how sweet she was to all those men when they could have so easily just snapped her like a twig. He begins to realize that she’s not just some freak, she’s a normal, selfless girl with a dream. And I think because she’s the total opposite of him, he starts to fall for that. Sure, she’s way too sheltered and innocent, but there’s something about that that brings out his Eugene side. I just think it appeals to him because that’s who he was when he was little. He was sheltered and innocent, but being an orphan forced him to grow up way too quickly, and Rapunzel makes him realize that it’s not too late to go back and change things around for the better.
SOOO YEAH enough rambling, but I think the first time he thinks, “Oh hey, this girl isn’t that bad,” is when they’re walking in the tunnel and she freaks out because of how exciting that was and she just gives her that little smirk just as he turns around.
Yeah, that one. Then a few minutes later when he thinks they’re caught for good, but nope, Rapunzel whips her hair
back and forth and tries to help them get away, and he just goes, “…holy crap okay this chick is actually pretty badass.”
AND THEN OBVIOUSLY with the whole “Eugene” thing and alskdj when he moves her hair out of her face. I don’t think he necessarily likes her there though, probably just more as a friend than romantically. But when he finally goes, “Okay damn I freaking like this girl,” is when she turns around after getting her hair braided. Then he just knows it’s all downhill from there, but in the best possible way. Then the whole kingdom dance happens and he’s seriously head over heels for this girl, then the lanterns and he just knows he’s seriously falling for her because seriously, his attitude is completely different. I mean, [and this is Liz’s favorite xD] he freaking sits there and holds flowers for her to put in the water. He holds flowers!
And it’s not like he was conned into it or anything, no, he’s sitting there and smiling at her. At this point he can’t even keep his eyes off her. And you can tell he knows just how special of a day this is for her, because later he brings out two lanterns so they can participate as well, and—backtracking a bit—he gets a boat for her too and he rows her out there, and then the flowers and the lanterns, AND THEN HE’S ABOUT TO KISS HER OKAY LIKE OH MAN HE’S FALLING IN LOVE BIG TIME OKAY AND THEN— kissing ADHD. It’s not his fault though. Okay, well technically it was. I mean, he could have kissed her anyway, but I don’t think he would have enjoyed it as much, knowing in the back of his head that the people he screwed over are just waiting there on the beach to practically strangle his neck. It wouldn’t be fair to Rapunzel either, seeing as how it’s her first kiss and everything. So they go to shore and he has every intention of just giving up what he initially came over, and that really shows how much he’s changed. He went from doing everything he could to get away from Rapunzel, to sacrificing fortune and glory to be with this girl he just met.
And after everything goes wrong, it’s apparent how pissed off he is. At first he’s upset that that happened, but when he runs into the Stabbingtons in prison, oh god alskdjjlaksd. It’s at that point where, even though all hope seems lost and he’s being sent to his death, Eugene begins to form a plan. He doesn’t realize that he’s going to have help getting away, but I just know that he would have struggled as much as he could and done everything in his power to escape and find Rapunzel and make things right. Even not knowing that this was her mother’s fault, he would just want to find her again and apologize and tell her everything’s okay and that he loves her.
When he finally reaches the tower, he doesn’t even call her Blondie, he calls her by her name, and that means he is serious. And when he’s laying here on the ground, in pain, his death drawing nearer and nearer, he does the most selfless thing a man could ever do for anyone: he gives up his life for her own. He would rather die than live knowing how much pain and suffering Rapunzel was going through, and he knew that in his death she’d have freedom, and that just makes me want to bawl my eyes out right now. And on top of all this, he knows how important dreaming is to her and tells her that she was his new dream. That also shows how much he paid attention to everything she said on their journey, and I think that little whimper she has before responding, was in response to that right there. Gothel never paid much attention to her; she really only half listened to the things she had to say because although I think she did love her daughter, she valued her youth and longevity more.
…okay so this post has literally taken me half an hour to write up and I think I more than answered the initial question and I’m being ridiculous because this is what happens when your RP partner is gone for a day, even though you’ve still been texting. WELP. XD