He debuts in Episode Six, as the titular main antagonist who later reforms. From then on, he became a recurring character in Season 1, the tritagonist of Season 2, and the tetartagonist of Season 3.
He has dark skin and wears a golden earring on his left ear and a golden necklace. He's quite bald, but pretends he has hair to show off.
He is arrogant and easygoing, He is usually shown with a smile on his face and enjoys telling tales of his adventures, often stretching them. He is a kleptomaniac, tending to steal things such as when he first goes to Rapunzel's castle (though Eugene has him return the items). He tends to lie, cheat, steal, and scam people. He has a friendly attitude that makes him approachable, though his boastfulness makes him less than charming. He tends to not know when he isn't wanted and will often do things without regard to people's feelings. While he is used to lying and stealing due to his upbringing and even uses Eugene's trust and friendship to force him to be an accomplice for a theft, he genuinely values his friendship with him, enough to the point that he tells Rapunzel to put all the blame on him for their actions in stealing. He has shown to reform by the end of the episode though it is a slow process as he donates most of the goods he had stolen (but keeps one chalice) and eats all of the dinner Pascal prepared for him and Rapunzel.
In Queen for a Day, even, Lance joins the rescue mission led by Eugene to save Rapunzel's parents after they were lost in a raging blizzard. To Lance (and the Pub Thugs), risking his life for the king and queen was a way of thanking the monarchs for giving him a second chance despite his controversial past.
He also tends to get himself and/or his friends into trouble one form or another. Some of which were when he got mind-controlled by Sugarby because of his greediness, got himself, Kiera, Catalina, and Maximus lost in Cassandra's castle; accidentally destroyed Varian's invention by adding too much Flynnoelum, and caused chaos by playing with Demanitus' mind-switching machine.
- The Return of Strongbow (debut appearance)
- Pascal's Story
- Big Brothers of Corona
- Max's Enemy
- The Way of the Willow
- Queen for a Day
- Painter's Block
- Secret of the Sun Drop
- Beyond the Walls of Corona
- The Return of Quaid
- Goodbye and Goodwill
- Forest of No Return
- Keeper of the Spire
- King Pascal
- There's Something About Hook Foot
- Happiness Is...
- Max and Eugene in Peril on the High Seas
- The Eye of Pincosta
- Rapunzel and the Great Tree
- The Brothers Hook
- Rapunzel: Day One
- Mirror, Mirror
- You're Kidding Me!
- Lost and Found
- Destinies Collide
- Rapunzel's Return
- Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?
- The Lost Treasure of Herz Der Soone
- No Time Like the Past (Adult and past teenage self)
- The King and Queen of Hearts
- Be Very Afraid
- Islands Apart (mentioned)
- Cassandra's Revenge
- Once a Handmaiden...
- Plus Est En Vous (final appearance)
Arnwaldo Schnitz was orphaned at a young age. In his youth, his only friend was another small boy in the orphanage named Eugene Fitzherbert. The two were as close as brothers, and considered themselves family. Once they grew older and left the orphanage, Arnwaldo and Eugene turned to a life of crime under the aliases Lance Strongbow and Flynn Rider, respectively. The duo were also accompanied by an even more crooked thief called the Baron, who betrayed them during a robbery involving two nobles and Queen Arianna of Corona. At some point, however, Lance and Eugene were separated, the former having been arrested and sent to prison. The two would not see or hear from one another for eight years.
Role in the Show
In Episode Six, which bears his borrowed last name, where he visits Corona in hopes of recruiting Eugene in a heist to get revenge on the Baron. When Eugene proves to be reluctant, Lance claims that the treasure's owner bestowed the wealth upon him. Eugene eventually agrees, only to scold Lance for lying to him after learning the truth. The duo nevertheless make off with the treasure, one of the items being a ring that previously belonged to Queen Arianna.
Eugene stole the ring in the past, and fears that Arianna will discover it, remember the robbery, and banish him. Unfortunately, the ring fell into Rapunzel's possessions, forcing Lance and Eugene to try and steal it back, though they're caught. Lance comes clean and apologizes of both Eugene and Rapunzel, and earns their forgiveness. Afterward, Lance, under his real name, selflessly donates the Baron's treasure to Corona's orphanage (though he did manage to keep a small bit for himself).
In Big Brothers of Corona, Eugene tries to get Lance a job as a guard instructor in the palace, but the Captain of the Guards is reluctant to hand over the position. After apprehending two young thieves that had been terrorizing the kingdom, King Frederic tasks Lance and Eugene with reforming them. Though reluctant at first, the Captain suggests that, should the two succeed, he'd be willing to give Lance the guard instructor position. By the end, Angry and Red refuse to quit thieving, but they form a loving relationship with Lance and Eugene and return the stolen riches before leaving Corona. Lance, meanwhile, is offered the job but turns it down, and instead chooses to work as the Snuggly Duckling's new chef, replacing Attila.
In Queen for a Day, Lance repays the king for his kindness by joining Eugene and the Pub Thugs on their mission to save the king and queen after the two became stranded in the mountains, further strengthening the bond between Lance and the royal family.
In the season finale, "Secret of the Sundrop", Lance becomes involved in Rapunzel's plan to break herself out of the castle. His part involved showing up at Rapunzel's door with a series of gifts, in which Stan and Pete the guards refuse him entry, the former insinuating Lance's obvious attempt to break Rapunzel out. Lance distracts the pair by inviting them to inspect the gifts, one of them being an accordion, which he encouraged Pete to play, creating enough noise so Eugene and Hook Foot could tear off the window bars from the outside without being discovered. He later joins Eugene, Cassandra and other Corona denizens in the final battle against Varian and his army, playing a role in the rescuing of Queen Arianna.
In Beyond the Corona Walls, it is shown that Lance has joined Rapunzel on the mission to leave Corona and follow the path created by mysterious black rocks that have plagued the world — along with Eugene, Cassandra and Hook Foot. Like Eugene and Rapunzel, Lance views the journey as a fun road trip, though he is less pleased to find that a gluttonous Shorty stowed away and ate all the food while doing so. Unfortunately for Lance and Eugene, a globetrotting adventure also means running into familiar faces, such as the vengeful Baron and his goons.
He opens the door to the Moonstone Chamber, only to be silenced by Eugene who says that his antics must not be said at this time. After witnessing an incredible display of dark power from Cassandra's newfound Moonstone abilities to attack Adira, he runs to her and tells her to "breathe easy" that he is here for her.
- Lance has arachnophobia and coulrophobia.
- Despite reforming, he still prefers to go by his alias.
- Lance can read lips.
- He is a bit of a braggart.
- As a boy, he was quite the animal-lover as revealed in You're Kidding Me!.
- He is quite a flirt and showoff.
- He has an unrequited crush on Adira as revealed at the end of Beyond the Corona Walls and his crush on her continues in Forest of No Return, Rapunzel and the Great Tree, Destinies Collide, Rapunzel's Return and Once a Handmaiden...
- He became temporarily deaf after pouring the whole barrel of Flynnoelum into "the Rooster" in Flynnpostor despite Varian's warning.
- He doesn't know directions in Cassandra's Revenge.
- Lance is one of the characters that say Pascal for only episode of the series. The other characters that say Pascal for one episode are Xavier, Alfons, Varian, Catalina and Dwayne.
- He is one of the three main characters to have a crush on a female character. The first was Varian in Great Expotations who had a crush on Cassandra until Secret of the Sun Drop and when he redeems himself during the second half of Rapunzel's Return and the third is Hook Foot who has a crush on Seraphina in There's Something About Hook Foot.
- He can play the guitar during the episode The King and Queen of Hearts and the piano during the episode Plus Est En Vous. He is one of the characters that are shown to ride on horses. The other characters are Rapunzel, Pascal, Ruddiger, Eugene, Cassandra, Varian, Kiera, Catalina, Queen Arianna, Willow, Captain of the Guard, Stalyan, Anthony the Weasel and Dwayne.
- "What up?"
- "If the rest of the world had its way, most of us would either be on the run or locked up somewhere."
- "That is one determined horse."
- "Maybe Rapunzel was wrong and we overestimated the little guy."
- "You actually buy all this destiny stuff?"
- "Adria, catch me!!"
- "Love hurts."
- "Okay, Lance. If we learned anything, it's that everyone's got a destiny. Not sure what that fate is, but we are not going to meet it today!!"
- "So what did we miss?"
- "Oh, sorry."
- "Breathe easy. Your Lance is here."
- "The only message I see is good luck climbing this"
- "You wanna climb all this like this?"
- "What's more more trustworthy, his nose or my intuition?"
- "See? And I led us right to him."
- "Somebody forgot to eat their birthday cake!!"