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Varian is a teenage alchemist who appears as a recurring character in Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure but became a major one in the third season. He serves as the main antagonist for the second half of the first season but later redeems himself in the third season.

Background

Varian is the son of Quirin, member of the Brotherhood, and an unnamed mother.

Personality

Varian is an intelligent scientist, inventor, and alchemist. He does not believe in magic and tends to solve problems through scientific means. However, his experiments were confused as magic, which makes others believe that he is some kind of wizard. He has good intentions and wanted to make his father proud of him for his creations. He has heard about the princess's hair along with his father and the villagers and also shows respect to the royal family, as he bows to Rapunzel and calls her "Your Highness" until he was told to just call her Rapunzel. Despite his intellect, he is pretty naive and sometimes overlooks his plans and inventions. While he has a gift of inventing and alchemy, his creations usually backfire and cause more chaos than good.

Besides inventing and alchemy, he enjoys reading about the adventures of Flynn Rider. He became Flynn's biggest fan for his bravery and combat skills, but the excitement of his hero had him confuse Eugene Fitzherbert as Flynn Rider when Eugene used the name in his life of crime. He quickly trusts Eugene with his secret hot water machines and tries to assure him that it's under control when Eugene expresses his concerns about how unstable the machines really are. When the machines start to cause mayhem, he did try to turn them down but nearly got hurt in the process. After his home and village fell to the ground and the machines got destroyed, he shows regret for his actions and for letting his father down.

Varian is shown to be very kind, supportive, and understanding. He is also constantly willing to help others in need, attempting to find a solution to the black rocks before they reach the castle, and rushing to aid when he apparently sees Stan in danger of drowning in "The Lost Treasure of Herz Der Sonne".

The events of "Queen for a Day", however, have left Varian hurt after his father was encased in an amber he accidentally formed out of the black rocks. His heart is then filled with rage and an obsession for revenge after feeling betrayed by Rapunzel for turning her back on him during his time of need; as well an urge to save his father. Varian's dark turn left him a much more bitter and unreasonable person, focused on proving himself able to save his father, even at the expense of others. Despite Rapunzel's attempts to make amends with Varian by aiding him to get the Sundrop Flower, Varian betrays Rapunzel as soon as he gets what he wants from her. Even when Rapunzel tried to heal Varian's heart with her apology and promising to help him save his father, the barriers that Varian placed around him, so he wouldn't get hurt the same way again, prevented him from listening to reason.

Varian also proves himself to be capable of being ruthless in achieving his goals, manipulating and attacking people if necessary. After stealing the sun drop failed, Varian sets out to force Rapunzel into helping him free his father by means of assaulting the kingdom, only to fail. It should, however, be noted that Varian had spent months in complete isolation prior to committing crimes against Corona, which very likely had a deteriorating effect on his mental health.

Even after learning that not even Rapunzel's hair could help him free his father, Varian remains committed to making his father proud of him, no matter what it takes.

In his anger, Varian has shown his abusive side by transforming his pet raccoon, Ruddiger, into a monster against his will.

After about a year later though, Varian showed deep remorse and shame for his past deeds and believed that he could never be forgiven, which was why he teamed up with the Separatists of Saporia to erase everyone's memories so that he could have a fresh start and be friends with Rapunzel again. However, by Rapunzel's compassion and the Separatists' change of plans, Varian turned over a new leaf and helped the princess and her friends save Corona. His rekindled friendship with Rapunzel gave him back his father.

Via Cassandra's red rocks, it has been shown that Varian's greatest fear is his father being encased in amber again and the people of Corona declaring him a traitor and telling him he deserves to be unable to free Quirin for his past crimes. It is also revealed that Varian still harbors guilt over everything he has done and still believes that the citizens of Corona will hate him more than ever. He also considers himself ordinary in comparison to Rapunzel. With Rapunzel's help, however, Varian manages to tackle his fear and save the kingdom from the red rocks, being hailed as a hero by Rapunzel and the citizens of Corona. Even after being abducted by Cassandra, Varian expresses sympathy for what she went through and attempts to get through to her, which is ironically what Queen Arianna attempted with him after he had captured her. He even relates to her, admitting that the path of hatred may feel good at first but will slowly lead to the person losing their mind and conscience, having evidently went through the same thing. Aside from this, Varian's bravery manifests again, with him refusing to tell Cassandra the third incantation despite not knowing what she will do to him if he does not comply. He is also revealed to have an extremely good memory and is capable of fully memorizing The Scroll. Additionally, Varian is implied to be a bit mischievous, tricking Eugene into thinking that him touching a part of the hot air balloon he built will cause it to explode in "Race to the Spire".

As he matures, Varian takes on a more responsible approach in regards to his inventions, telling others not to touch them and scolding Lance for ignoring his warnings and causing the explosion of his "rooster" invention.

In Once a Handmaiden..., he seems to have given up hope that Cassandra could relinquish her vengeful desires, even starting a project alongside Eugene that involves destroying her by encasing her in amber if she attacks again. However, at Rapunzel's urge, he agrees to show restraint, and attempts to reach out to her once more later on. Varian also seems to be somewhat skilled at shooting and horseback riding.

In "Plus Est En Vous", Varian does everything he can to banish Zhan Tiri back to Limbo, including rebuilding the machine used by Demanitus to do so, even taking somewhat of a leadership role when Rapunzel and Eugene are not around. Additionally, he expresses denial and anger over Eugene's concerns that his father, like Adira and Hector was mind -controlled by Cassandra but is nonetheless willing to take precautions just in case, putting the welfare of Corona first. After she gains possession of the Sundrop and Moonstone, Varian battles Zhan Tiri head-on along with the rest of Corona, yet again showing his bravery and is made the Royal Engineer following Zhan Tiri's destruction, showing the royal family has trust and faith in him even though he conspired against them. He is also shown to have become closer with his father, as Quirin helps him with his machines, and when one of them explodes, both of them simply laugh it off.

Appearances

Season One

Season Two

Season Three

Physical Appearance

At fourteen years of age (in season 1), Varian is a slender teen with fair skin, shaggy black hair with brown highlights and one teal streak, freckles, two front buck teeth, and light blue eyes. He wears a blue-gray shirt with a teal patch sewn on to it, brown pants, dark maroon apron, black gloves, dark brown shoes, and brown-and-gold goggles. In The Alchemist Returns, he is carrying a brown shoulder bag that he wore with his winter outfit. Also, in The Alchemist Returns and Secret of the Sun Drop, he has the branch that he tied his alchemies to during the song Let Me Make You Proud.

When Rapunzel and Cassandra first met him, he was wearing a black and gray coat and a gray bauta, which makes his eyes appear to be glowing a yellow-green colour and makes his voice sound intimidating.

During a blizzard in "Queen for a Day," he wore a brown coat with a two grayish-brown coloured cloak with a white fur-lined hoodie, a black belt, a red scarf and a brown shoulder bag to carry his alchemies.

In "Rapunzel's Return," he donned a bad boy outfit, consisting of a black coat with red outlines, a red bandanna with sharp teeth design, gray vest, brown belt and straps that could carry his chemical balls, red gloves with metal straps, tan pants, gray-and-black boots.

From "The Lost Treasure of Herz Der Sonne" and onward in Season 3, he wears a more adventurous steampunk style outfit, consisting of a collared beige long-sleeved shirt, maroon vest, dark brown gloves with brown straps, brown pants, dark brown utility belt, tan apron, dark maroon-and-khaki boots and a dark brown backpack to carry his belongings.

Abilities

Varian possesses no magical abilities. However, he displays a wide range of skill and talents, far beyond what is normally expected from a village boy. 

Alchemy and Engineering: His knowledge on alchemy and engineering skills allow him to build and make his creations and ideas, like machines, gadgets, and chemical mixtures, come to life. Even when his inventions don't always work and sometimes lead to nearly killing people, he still tries to overcome and fix his mistakes and to become the alchemist that he can be. Varian was also able to use his alchemy to modify the mood potion into a truth serum, as well as replicating it, while his engineering allowed him to build an army of Reverse-engineered copies of the Automaton he encountered in the underground tunnel system. He also used his engineering to build a hot air balloon in The Lost Treasure of Herz Der Soone.

History

Season One

In "What the Hair?!," Cassandra advises Rapunzel to enlist Varian's help in solving the mystery of Rapunzel's hair. At first, they think he is a wizard with magical abilities, but learn that Varian is actually an alchemist; he doesn't believe in magic, but is a man of science (specifically alchemy). At the same time, he reveals that he's a huge fan of Flynnigan Rider, confusing the fictional character with Eugene, and willingly tells Eugene that he constructed on five machines throughout the caverns to supply his village hot running water. However, Varian fails to realize that these creations are unstable and cause numerous earthquakes underneath his village and eventually explosions that destroy all his work.

In "Great Expotations," he comes to the "Exposition of Sciences" event with his latest invention. The way he asks Rapunzel and Eugene if Cassandra is going to be at the event suggests he has a crush on her. . He considers Cassandra (whom he calls "Cassie") his friend and is willing to help with her Lady-in-waiting's duties in exchange for her assistance with his invention, using alchemy to help her clean up the castle and set up the event. He also shows Rapunzel and Cassandra the black, spiky rocks which had grown near Old Corona and react when Rapunzel stands near them. Rapunzel asks Varian to help them figure the mystery of the rocks and keep it a secret, to which he agrees.

In "Queen for a Day," the black rocks start growing and destroying everything in Old Corona. Varian wants to find a way to stop them from destroying anything else, but Quirin tells him to stay away from them. Varian then goes with his father to see the King and inform him of the situation. Upset when his father openly lies to the king about the rocks, Varian tells Rapunzel the truth. He then decides to take matters into his own hands and works on finding a way to remove the rocks with alchemy. When Quirin finds out what Varian is doing, Varian admonishes his father for trying to run away from their problems; during this altercation, Varian spills a chemical on the rocks which cause amber crystals to burgeon forth from them. Quirin pushes Varian away from being trapped in the glowing amber but is caught himself. Desperate to keep his father from being encased in the amber, Varian runs to Rapunzel to get her help, but, with her people in the crisis of the upcoming snowstorm, she reluctantly turns her back on him and lets him be dragged out by Pete and Stan. Varian returns home and finds his father completely encased in solid amber. In tears and feeling Rapunzel's apparent betrayal bitterly, he vows to find a way to save his father and to make everyone who had turned their backs on him pay.

In "The Alchemist Returns," he pretends to have forgiven her and convinces Rapunzel to help him steal the Magical Golden Flower. Rapunzel agrees to help him only because he says it is for Corona. He later confesses that he used Rapunzel merely to get to the flower it was to save his dad and not the kingdom, as part of his revenge on everyone who had turned their backs on him. Rapunzel pleads with him, promising to free his father, but he knows firsthand how well she keeps promises then he escapes the castle after hearing the door being opened. Later, in his alchemist's lab, Varian tries to free his father from the rocks with the flower, but it does not work, much to his anger and frustration. Remembering back from his conversations about the black rocks and the flower, he then realizes the heart-rending truth: the flower is not the Sun Drop any more, Rapunzel is.

In "Secret of the Sun Drop," Varian launches an assault on the castle with an automaton hidden among Rapunzel's birthday gifts. Rapunzel, Cassandra, and Eugene quickly find out how to deactivate the automaton, but the surprise assault leaves King Frederic fearing for Rapunzel's safety, ordering her to be placed under maximum security. The same night, Varian launches another assault on the kingdom, this time a giant and aggressive Ruddiger under influence of a serum.

The guards successfully protect Rapunzel (who had broken out of the castle) from harm, and Rapunzel in hand assists the guards to eventually capture Ruddiger, who returns to his normal size after being captured in Rapunzel's hair. Unfortunately, the attack turned out to be a distraction, letting Varian easily infiltrate the castle and kidnap Queen Arianna, but not before leaving half of the guards (including the captain) wounded after the attack and the kingdom terrified over the black rocks growing all over the kingdom. After the kingdom realizes what had happened, a full-scale counterattack on Old Corona, now surrounded in black rocks, is organized.

Rapunzel and King Frederic decide to sneak into Varian's home separate from the kingdom army to sneak out the Queen. Unfortunately, he had planned ahead, and traps Rapunzel and the King, while launching an army of automatons on the kingdom's forces. Varian reveals his plot of kidnapping the Queen as simple bait to lure Rapunzel to him. Varian threatens to encase Queen Arianna in the same amber his father was trapped in if Rapunzel didn't give him her hair to free his father.

Much to his heartbreak, Rapunzel's hair doesn't work against the amber, and the kingdom's forces defeat the automatons, the plan failed. Varian is devastated that he no longer knows how to save his father anymore, so he lashes out his anger on Rapunzel by controlling a giant robot, bent on still having revenge on Rapunzel. He grabs Cassandra in the robot's metal hands and sadistically taunts her on his former crush on her. When Queen Arianna orders him to stop, he grabs her too and starts to crush them both. In a moment of revelation, Rapunzel realizes how her sun drop energy can control the black rocks. Varian violently charges toward Rapunzel in anger, only to get his robot destroyed by Rapunzel through the black rocks, much to his fury. Defeated, Varian is arrested by the castle guard. Varian, as he and Ruddiger are sent to prison, he swears that he will still make his father proud. However, under Rapunzel's urge, the king assures Varian will get the help he needs.

Season Two

He made a cameo appearance in "Happiness Is..." as a hallucination created by the Idol of Vershaftsbezeigungengien, threatening to use Frederic for experiments. He was also mentioned by Adira as "the son of Quirin" in "Rapunzel and the Great Tree."

Season Three

At some point after Rapunzel and her team left to follow the Black Rocks, Varian has revealed himself to have allied with Andrew and the Separatists of Saporia, using the Saporian Wand of Oblivium on King Frederic and Queen Arianna to erase their memories. He reveals his plan to use the same wand to create a synthetic gas that will erase everyone's memories in Corona, dubbing it Quirineon in honor of his father. It is later revealed that Varian pretended that he still wanted vengeance and that the real reason he created the gas was to make everyone forget about his mistakes and win back their trust. But when he learned that the Separatists were planning to destroy Corona with his Quirineon, Varian teamed up with Rapunzel to stop them. After saving Corona, he and Rapunzel managed to free Quirin with a Reverse Incantation. When he asked about the note, his father told him that it only said that he is proud of him and he always has been. Varian and Quirin later joined Rapunzel and the others in a celebration. Since then, he did everything he could to make up for his past deeds, The Lost Treasure of Herz Der Sonne, which includes rebuilding the throne room and trying to help King Frederic and Queen Arianna restore their memories from "The King and Queen of Hearts". He was also tasked to translate the text of Demanitus' newly reassembled scroll, burning both ends of the candle doing so.

However, in "Be Very Afraid!" it is revealed that Varian hadn't gotten over the guilt of his past deeds yet and was afraid of repeating his mistakes. When Corona was plagued by fear-induced rocks, he and Rapunzel went underground to encase the source in amber. However, Varian was still afraid he'll make a mistake that'll cost him the trust of Corona. But Rapunzel assures him that he could face his fears and save Corona. With Rapunzel's encouragement and empathy, he managed to tackle through his fear, used his compound to encased the rocks in amber, and gain the admiration of the entire kingdom.

In "Cassandra's Revenge", he celebrates Eugene's birthday, which is, however, cut short when Cassandra crashes the part, demanding the scroll containing the sun and moon drop incantation. Varian reveals he has almost finished translating the whole scroll and has the incantations memorized, whereupon Cassandra kidnaps him and uses his own truth serum to make him confess the incantation for full control of the Black Rocks. Varian pleads with her not to make the same mistakes as he did in the song "Nothing Left to Lose," but she refuses to listen and cages him as her prisoner. While in the cage he has a dream wherein the Enchanted Girl tells him to "use the sun to see the sun" as part of her plan to be released from her prison. When he woke up, he tried find the answers from the scroll but he gave up, until his goggles reflected sunlight onto the scroll, which revealed it to have hidden words. He wrote down the translation in time just before the scroll is destroyed for good. Then he gave the new incantation to Rapunzel, allowing her to defeat Cassandra.

In light of the threat Cassandra poses to Corona, Varian takes matters into his own hands to protect the kingdom from her. In "Race to the Spire", he provides Rapunzel and Eugene (who have received a warning from Calliope with a hot air balloon that will enable them access to the Spire before Cassandra herself does. In "Flynnposter", Varian builds another invention that will warn Corona if threats like Cassandra show up. Unfortunately, the machine gets tampered with by Lance, Kiera, and Catalina, to Varian's frustration.

In Once a Handmaiden..., he and Eugene start "Project Obsidian", which involves imprisoning Cassandra in the same amber his father was trapped in if she harms them, though Rapunzel is insistent on only using it as a last resort, still believing Cassandra is not gone. Later, Varian attempts to fight Cassandra when she brutally attacks Corona with her black rocks, and evacuates to the village once she has taken over the kingdom.

In Plus Est En Vous, Varian comes up with the plan to rebuild Demanitus' machine in order to banish Zhan Tiri back to the Lost Realm. However, gets destroyed during the chaos. He later fights Zhan Tiri head-on along with the rest of Corona, but their efforts do little to stop her. After Cassandra's redemption and Zhan Tiri's destruction, Varian is healed by Rapunzel due to having previously been weakened by Zhan Tiri's use of the Decay Incantation. Once peace is restored to Corona, he becomes the Royal Engineer and is finally able to give Corona hot running water.

Quotes

Season One

  • What do you want?
  • Magic? I do not work with magic.
  • I mean, technically, it's not magic. It's alchemy, but yeah don't don't sweat it.
  • Oh, it's it's a chemical compound of my own design.
  • I am so sorry, Your Highness.
  • Uh, how could I not? (laughs) Look at your hair! Ha! Your highness.- (clears throat)
  • Wow. Really? Okay. So, fantastical stories of your hair returning have spread throughout Corona. Yeah, people say it's magic, but personally, I don't really believe that. Now, as you have probably guessed, I am a man of science, - specifically, al--
  • See, we have a bit of a critter problem out here, and, through the miracle of modern alchemy, I have found a humane way to solve the problem.
  • Come get outta here.
  • Oh, yes, this this Ah is it's very long. Oh, no, don't worry, Your High Rapunzel.
  • I am sure that I, Varian, can unlock the mystery of your hair with the power of science! Ow! No sweat, it's just a little (babbles)
  • Oh, yeah No!
  • Well, silver lining. We acquired some critical data about your hair: it no longer possesses its legendary healing power. Progress! Now let's figure out exactly what this hair is made of.
  • This machine can analyze any substance for chemical makeup, bitopic composition, and urgu-structural integrity. I built it myself.
  • If I'm right, this should tell us all there is know about your hair.
  • Okay! Rapunzel. Now, um, this may get a little
  • Um, sure! Yeah! That's a good word for it.
  • And there we are! Done.
  • (laughs nervously) Ha! Oh, sorry. Yeah, I I meant done with the first test. But don't worry, only 86 more to go!
  • Amazing! You were right, it's absolutely unbreakable!
  • Hey! You're Flynn Rider!
  • (laughs nervously) I'm your biggest fan! See?
  • I used to see your wanted posters all the time! You're my hero!
  • I've read every single book about you!
  • Hey, hey! Remember the time you dueled that evil knight, blindfolded?
  • Tell me about how you took on the Earl of Camembert!
  • I'm Varian!
  • Hot, hot, hot, hot!
  • Trembling? I didn't notice any trembling.
  • Oh! Yeah! Almost forgot to get the spectrometric press! It's the only way I can read the results of the test!
  • Flynn Rider! Wanna come with?
  • Varian!
  • Hey! If If If you come, I can show you something really special, but, um, you've got to keep it a secret.
  • Oh, yeah. Well, okay, first, she said, "We're looking for Varian," and then I said, "I am Varian!" (laughs) And then she said, "Uh, hi, sorry to bother you, sir, but I wanna ask you about my hair." Wait, oh, I'm sorry, let me back up. I forgot to tell you about the raccoon trap. So, there was
  • Mr. Rider, when the Princess of Corona speaks directly to you, every word is important. (clattering) I know that press is here somewhere, Flynn.
  • Here it is! And, once the tests are done, it'll print the results on parchment paper
  • Flynn Rider! I believe I promised you a secret. Now, if my dad knew I was down here, he'd kill me.(laughs) Of course, if he knew what I was actually doing down here, he'd probably be impressed, or at least I hope he'd be impressed.
  • These tunnels run through my entire village, which make them perfect for my project.
  • This project.
  • Through the miracle of alchemy not magic I have found a way to heat this entire tank of water with a single drop of my newest, yet to be named compound which I'll call Flynnoelum!
  • I'm gonna surprise my village by bringing the people hot, running water! (laughs) I've constructed five of these babies all throughout the caverns.
  • No, no, no. My machines are not causing them. The chemical reactions they trigger do.
  • No! We can't! Okay? You gave me your word you'd keep this a secret. And besides, I am an expert, and this is all perfectly safe.
  • Yeah, it does Does that all the time.
  • Team Awesome is ba-aaack! Now, Rapunzel, I know my tests have been a pain in the hm-hm.
  • In a moment, this little guy he'll give us all the answers we want.
  • Of course! That's what Team Awesome does (groans)
  • Dangerous? No, they're not dangerous, I I have adjusted my calculations for every possible outcome. The margin of error is is less than .56 percent or now, wait, was it .57?
  • Ohhhh! I suppose I can turn them down a bit.
  • Okay, Varian. I I guess it was .57. Heh.
  • Oh, no the Flynnoelum!
  • No, no! (grunts) No, I've got three pumps to shut off, and I can't let this happen again!
  • Thank you, Milady.
  • Uh-oh. It's my dad.
  • Dad, I'm sorry.
  • But, Dad.
  • Who's ready for the expo?
  • Hey Cassie. Hey, you wanna see my new invention?
  • Rumor has it, it is a shoo-in for the first prize in the contest. (whispers) I started the rumor.
  • Oh, yeah, I-- I hear ya! Hey, did I tell you that my invention can create an entirely new element? I call it--
  • Please, I wouldn't miss a chance to promote the merits of alchemy. And wait until you see my invention.  I think, uh, everyone at the expo will be impressed. (chuckles)
  • Cassandra's gonna be here, right?
  • Not that I'm doing this for Cassandra! (chuckles)
  • But, yes, she's gonna be there, right?
  • There you are, Cass not Cassie. We, uh, we didn't finish our conversation from earlier. (chuckles)
  • (chuckles) Oh, you!
  • Seriously, I'm getting ready for the expo, and I think you'll be pretty impressed with my invention, yeah.
  • The only thing is, when I present it to Master Dr. St. Croix, it's gonna take two people to operate it.
  • Hey! Wanna be the assistant for my demonstration?
  • Help you? Yes! I, I mean, I'd-- I'd love to. Hey! If-- If I help you, you can help me and be my assistant! - It'll only take a minute!
  • Great! We-- We can be, uh, co-ladies-in-waiting.
  • Oh, really? You sure you wanna put a label on it?
  • Aah! Ah! Yah!
  • Oh, you're talking about getting that guard assignment from your dad. Aren't you?
  • Yeah. My dad's kind of hard to impress too. Dads. Am I right? Huh?
  • Hey! I-- I have an idea. I'll finish your chores for you, so then you can do your guard duty, and then maybe you can take a few minutes to be my assistant?
  • Yeah. No problem. It's the kind of thing friends do, right?
  • (grunting) Ugh! Hey, Princess. I'm helping Cass with her work so she can pull guard duty.
  • Oh, theoretically, but I am presenting second to last, so I figure that'll give me a few extra minutes to get ready.(chuckles)
  • Plus, I just have that one room left right there.
  • Oh, and that room. Oh, that-- that one, too. Also-- Also that one.
  • Don't worry. Cass agreed to be my assistant during my presentation, so, ya know, I got everything under control. On to the next room!
  • Oh, that's a-- (yelling) (thudding)
  • (grunts, sighs) Who? Me? No. Just fainted. Uh, I mean, fin-- I finished. Finished. 
  • Oh, it was no big deal. Now, um, if you'll excuse me, I have a contest to win. Assistant?
  • You ready? Because a certain alchemist could use his assistant.
  • A personal security detail. Must be a big deal. Don't worry about me. I am sure I can find another assistant in the next five minutes.
  • (sighs) Behold! The power of alchemy! (audience laughs)
  • Ahem.
  • I give you, the Elemental Remogrifier! (gasping) (cheers and applause) Assistant? Here we go. The rotation causes friction, which heats the sand, while the counter-centrifigual force promotes particle compression. The end result? Fifty pounds of sand turns into this. I call this new element Cassandrium.
  • Flair? What does that have to do with
  • But what does it do?
  • It doesn't matter. The truth is, all I really wanted to do was impress you. I thought if I showed you what I was capable of, you might see something in me.
  • Something special. I was just being dumb.
  • Thanks, for saying that.
  • Master St. Croix! No! No! Don't! You're You're building too much pressure!
  • Don't!
  • You chose me!
  • Oh, this is bad.
  • Introducing counter-centrifugation to the magnetism could result in... well, that! Its angular momentum is rapidly approaching critical velocity. Once that happens, it'll suck up everything in sight. Us! The castle! Everything!
  • There's only one way to stop it. I gotta get close enough to pull the hand brake! 
  • (chuckles) Whoa! Cassandra! Help! (grunting) (zapping) (grunting) I can't get close enough! The vortex has gotten too strong. We need an equally powerful wind source to counteract it!
  • He needs to create a counter-pole to the vortex's critical velocity!
  • (grunts) It's working!
  • Hold on, Cass! (grunts)
  • And, um, this was meant for you. (gives Cassandra the necklace with the Cassandrium)
  • It's It's okay, Cassandra.
  • Well, I guess I should start cleaning this mess up.
  • Wow, you turned down your dad for me?
  • I actually got the idea after seeing a cluster of strange black rocks by my village.
  • It was amazing. They just kind of sprouted up here a couple weeks ago.
  • (sighs) I have never seen anything like it.
  • Amazing. The rocks are demonstrating an actual physical response...to you. (points to Rapunzel)
  • Wh-Why?
  • "You can count on me."
  • I've been studying these rocks and I think I discovered a vulnerability in their alchemical make-up.
  • Yeah, I know, I know, I know, but something has to be done and I think I may be onto a solution!
  • Oh. Well, um, then can, can I come with you?
  • Really?
  • Yes! Yes! Road Trip!
  • (in singsong) Varian and Dad going to see the King! (chuckles)
  • I will pack ham sandwiches.
  • Uh, okay, but, um... that's getting harder to do by the minute.
  • Okay, Dad, what's our strategy?
  • I mean, I tried to get a sample of the rocks to show the King, but they just won't cut--
  • Dad, I think I should go in there to help explain the scientific--
  • But I, I'm not a...chi
  • What?
  • Dad! None of that was true!
  • Wha-- Old Corona's being destroyed!
  • How? How can I trust anything when my own father just lied to the King's face?
  • Yes, sir.
  • No! No, it's not.
  • Rapunzel, we came to see your dad about the rocks in Old Corona.
  • My dad lied. Things have gotten worse.
  • A lot worse.
  • (sighs) Running away isn't going to fix the problem.
  • These rocks must be stopped.
  • Okay, Rudiger, so what do we know about them?
  • They're unbreakable, they're somehow connected to the princess and... (shouting) worse yet, they are growing at an exponential rate.
  • Witin a matter of months, they will have reached the castle. (sighs deeply)
  • Now... physical force has no effect on these rocks, but they have yet to be reckon with the awesome power of alchemy!
  • Yow! Whoa! Oh! Uh...
  • Yes, Dad! Yes, yes!
  • I just dropped a book. (explosion)
  • One of my, one of my big boo-books.
  • Never give up, Ruddiger.
  • So, our last formula didn't deliver quite the reaction we'd hoped.
  • So, what?
  • The important thing is we got a reaction.
  • Oh! Oh!
  • Um, yeah, okay. I-I know what you said, but...
  • No! No, you listen to me, Dad.
  • Our village is dying.
  • You think running away from the problem is gonna fix it?
  • No! These rocks aren't going away.
  • Then why won't tell me?
  • Dad! I just, I deserve to know.
  • Oh! Dad! Dad!
  • Oh! Hold on, Dad. Hold on.
  • I'll--I'll get you out. (gasping)
  • I'm gonna go get help. (panting)
  • Princess Rapunzel!
  • Oh! (groaning)
  • Rapunzel! My dad's in danger. You, you're the only one who can help. Please! You have to come to Old Corona with me! Now.
  • Please. Please, the rocks.
  • They're, they're encasing my Dad.
  • Come! Come! See for yourself. You can help! I, I know you can! You have a connection to these rocks.
  • No! No, no, no, no.
  • Listen to me. My dad doesn't have much time.
  • You are the only one who can help.
  • Rapunzel, please!
  • No! No, no, no, please!
  • Please, Princess, you...
  • Wha--you'd promised you'd help me!
  • You promised. Rapunzel! (shouts) You promised!
  • Princess! My dad needs help!
  • Rapunzel! You promised!
  • You promised! (echoes)
  • Dad! Dad! I'm back!
  • Dad! Dad, the princess refused to help, but I... Dad?
  • Oh, no. No, no. No. No! No!
  • ”Dad! Daddy. No!
  • (sobbing) No, no, no, no. No.
  • Don't worry, Dad.
  • I will get to the bottom of this.
  • I promise.
  • I will make you proud
  • Get the answers and set you free
  • Don't you worry
  • Whatever it might take
  • I'm finding a way
  • And I swear right now
  • That no matter what comes of me
  • Anybody who stands
  • Or has stood in my path
  • They are going to pay!
  • They...will...pay.
  • Wow. What do we have here?
  • "Stop running, Rapunzel. Face your destiny, or all you hold in your heart will be in grave danger!"
  • Shh.
  • Yeah, uh, I've had to lie low.
  • A funny thing. The people of Corona aren't too keen on guys who attack their princess. (chuckles)
  • And you got to see why I needed your help.
  • You had to save the kingdom, you did what you had to, but you can help me now, Rapunzel.
  • Do you have the scroll?
  • Now, it took me a while to translate this old language, but from what I can tell: Those black rocks are some kind of-- of ancient darkness. Its destructive power can only be stopped by its counterpart... the sun-drop.
  • Rapunzel! The... the flower!
  • Hmm. Would you say your dad has been a really reliable source of information?
  • No, Rapunzel! No, it's still here. I'm sure of it. Your dad wouldn't throw something away that could wield that kind of power. A single petal from that could solve all our problems. That's all we need!
  • Oh, I know we can't, which is why we have to steal it.
  • (grunts) Princess, what are we doing here? The flower would most likely by in the royal vault, and that is on the other side-- 
  • You got what we came for. Come on, let's go! 
  • This may be my dad's only hope. This may be Corona's only hope.  Rapunzel, Corona needs our help.
  • I found the entrance! Down here!
  • Wow... Oh, oh! These tunnels despict an ancient technology of pre-Corona-era-- (screams)  Uh... yeah, this way.
  • (scoffs) As you can recall, I know a thing a two about booby traps.
  • Huh? Oh! Whoa! 
  • Well, that's one down. 
  • (grunting) Whoa! 
  • Aah! Whoa! Whoa! (grunts)
  • I think I'm gonna be sick.
  • Oh, I'm pretty sure,  they and everyone else have their hands full. (snickers) 
  • N... nothing.
  • Uh, it's just, um, they... have their hands full every day! (laughs)
  • Corona, you know?  Busiest kingdom on earth! 
  • Whoa! Whoa! Oh! Way ahead of you! What do we do?
  • It should be, but, uh, I'm not really concerned about Corona.
  • Uh, oh, I mean, of course, I'm concerned about Corona. 
  • I love Corona. I just meant, right now... I'm really concerned about how it's gonna help my dad. Corona, too!
  • Oh, it's a dead-end.
  • Yeah, how do we get it open?
  • Fascinating! I believe this is an automaton. A marvel of ancient technology, really. I've heard about them, but to see-- one in person.
  • Don't worry, princess, I've got this. (grunts) 
  • See? I told ya! I got this...
  • (screams) (thuds) (groans) Despite the excruciating pain and the fact I am about to pass out, the science at work here is spellbinding!
  • Automaton!
  • Hmm..
  • But what if one petal's not enough to harvest what I need?
  • What difference does it make? It's just sitting here, rotting, anyway!
  • There was just one drop left, but it was enough for me to replicate and modify. I had to be sure the flower was here.
  • (laughs) You’d be surprised what people will tell you for a cookie.
  • Oh, do you honestly expect me to be concerned about the welfare of Corona?
  • Rapunzel... I used you! I begged you and this kingdom for help. Everyone turned their back on me! It has to be this way
  • Sorry, Princess, but I know firsthand how well you keep promises.
  • Work! Work! Please, work!
  • No... No, no, no! No! This is useless! It's like it no longer holds the sun-drop's power!
  • The sun-drop... isn't the flower anymore. It's Rapunzel!
  • Hello, Corona.
  • Something dark is coming for you. Our king has refused to acknowledge it. In the hopes of keeping his secret, he has lied to you and vilified me.
  • In a matter of days, Corona, this island, and the castle itself, will be overcome by this growth. It has already taken over the outskirts of the kingdom. The key to stopping this destruction is Princess Rapunzel herself.
  • I have asked for help and have been ignored. I will not be ignored any longer! And to make sure I have your attention, I've developed a new serum and created something special for you all!
  • Hello, Your Majesty. Sleep.
  • Don't worry, Your Majesty. You are merely bait to lure the Princess here. Only the magic of her unbreakable hair can shatter the amber and free my father.
  • I tried asking for help in a civil manner, but was denied by everyone in Corona. 
  • So, unfortunately, this is my only remaining recourse. 
  • (chuckles) After? Oh, well, I'm afraid Corona will pay for turning their backs on me. And that's when you should start worrying, Your Majesty.
  • What a happy family reunion this will be. For both of us.
  • Welcome back... Rapunzel.
  • Your Majesty, I know it's hard for you, but for the first time in your life... ...you are in no position to demand anything. But in the spirit of compromise, how 'bout I meet ya halfway?
  • First, you're going to do something for me.
  • Oh! So now you care about what I want. (laughs) All it took was threatening the things you love the most.
  • Yeah, I'll... I'll spare you the details about the Sundrop and darkness, blah, blah, blah, and get to the good stuff. Unbreakable. Unbreakable. To put it plainly, with assistance from my drill, Rapunzel's hair should be able to shatter the amber and free my father.
  • Oh, I suppose it's as likely the amber shatters Rapunzel. I mean, the properties--
  • She's right, Dad. Oh! And I almost forgot, we're, uh, kinda on a time crunch here, so, I'm gonna need to speed things along. 
  • Well... Shall we get started?
  • I can't make any promises, Princess.
  • (screams) What? Why? 
  • I just... I, I don't understand! Why won't it... Her hair! It... it should've cut through it! Why didn't it work
  • No! No! I wasn't wrong! It's not my fault. None of it is! It's her fault.
  • Sorry, Princess! We were in this together, but if I can't have a happy ending, then neither can you! (Varian shouts)
  • Hello, Cassandra. I always knew I could sweep you off your feet.
  • It's not enough until you endure the same amount of pain and agony I have!
  • No!
  • I will make you proud of me, Dad… if it's the last thing I ever do.

Season Two

(In a vision)

  • Hello, Rapunzel. I need your father to help me with a little experiment.

Season Three

  • Welcome home, Rapunzel.
  • Oh, I see you've already met my new friends.
  • (laughs) No, no. They don't.
  • Oh, me? Oh-ho! No, not really.
  • Actually, as you know, I'm all about the science, but, uh, Clementine here, she added a bit of, uh, texture.
  • Yes. Today, the King and Queen. Tomorrow, Corona. I'm synthesizing the wand's power into a gas that will erase the memories of everyone in Corona! And I named it Quirineon, so no one will ever forget they turned their back on my father!
  • No, y--! So? You know what I mean!
  • Oh, I've got more tricks up my sleeves.
  • Agh! Pascal, get off me! Hey! Get back here with that!
  • Huh? Whoa!
  • Never!
  • If my calculations are correct, when the Quirineon is heated, it will convert to a gaseous state and be easily dispersed throughout the entire city, wiping the memories of everyone in Corona. Evidently, my calculations were not correct. (grunts)
  • I want you to know I wish it didn't come to this. But when someone trusts you, and you betray them, well, this is what happens.
  • That's the beauty of my plan. In the end, when your memory has been erased, we can be friends again.
  • It's not what they did to me. (voice breaking) It's what I did to them. And there-- There is no way that they will ever forgive me.
  • I took their queen prisoner, I-I threatened their princess, I helped these guys take over their kingdom! You think anyone's gonna give me a second chance? I don't think so. No, making them forget is the only way to fix what I've done.
  • But no! No! We agreed nobody would be harmed!
  • You're right. So I'm gonna have to ask you to step inside that cell. I'm getting on the right side of history.
  • (gasps) Oh... Sorry, guys, that was a... Yeah, that was a bath bomb.
  • All I ever wanted was for my father to be proud. Of course, if he were free from the amber now and saw everything I've done, well, he'd be ashamed.
  • I don't know. That's-- That's why I thought maybe if I can make you forget everything that happened, you know, we could be friends again. Learn to trust again. But I guess life doesn't really work that way.
  • Ah! Huh? Aw.
  • There's enough Quirineon on that ship to destroy Corona ten times over.
  • If you can get me on that ship, I think I can neutralize it.
  • I-- I-- Quirineon, Rapunzel. Say it with me, Quiri--
  • Ha! Not bad for an alchemist. Eh? Heh. Ha, ha!
  • Oh, my fault! Ow, that one was on me! Get Eee!
  • No! Ah!
  • That single burner cannot generate enough heat to keep this ship in the air. If it crashes, it'll destroy all of Corona!
  • Yes, yes! Using the Quirineon will increase the temperature enough for the balloons to rise. We just have to get it high enough, so that when it explodes, it doesn't destroy the city. You need to get off the ship. Rapunzel, I've gotta clean up my own mess.
  • What are you doing?
  • No! Rapunzel!
  • You can trust me, Rapunzel.
  • (gasps) It's working!
  • It's working!
  • Oh, Dad!
  • Wake up! Agh! Rapunzel! Snap out of it! Rapunzel... Rapunzel?
  • You didn't give up on me. I'm not giving up on you!
  • Are you okay? Thank you.
  • Dad! Dad, you're alive!
  • Dad, the note!
  • Well, wha...? What what did it say? I need to know.
  • I love you, Dad.
  • Right!
  • Okay!
  • Wait! The Saporians use hot air balloons. Uh, I know how to build one!
  • I feel like a bird.
  • No... Uh, well, no, but, um--
  • Hey, look! Someone needs help!
  • Hold on! We're almost there! - Huh?
  • Hey! You're playing dirty!"
  • Enough with the legends!
  • Where'd they come from?! How are they moving so fast?
  • Wait, she has a map. Hey! You're cheating!
  • Enough with the legends!
  • Yeah, that's right! I-- but you're one to talk! You stole our balloon!
  • Clarify doomed.
  • Ten on the doom scale! Ten on the doom scale!
  • "What! You know, next time. Lead with the- the high doom ratio legend!
  • Eee... Yah!
  • Yeah!
  • Good job, Xavier.
  • You know what, hey, Xaves? I-I just realized something. You, uh, you never finished The Legend of the Cheating Willows.
  • I got time.
  • Ruddiger, get outta my apron! That tickles!
  • If my new machine works the way I think it should, (chuckling) and it will, we are moments away from reversing the effects of the Saporian's memory wand.
  • I'm sorry, Rapunzel. I-I was so sure this was gonna work!
  • (sigh) I feel like tried everything. 
  • Oh, I can't wait to get my hands on a copper-plated alembic from the Neserdnian market! Do you have any idea how many poly-alchemical substration tests I'll be able to run?
  • Uh, gang, hi, hello, speaking of valuables we might wanna stow the loot. We're coming up on Deadman's Curve. Yeah, it's a hotbed of highway robbery.
  • Didn't you guys steal from tons of people?
  • Where is Max taking us?
  • Guys, look! Wow. This It appears to be some sort of ancient chirography. Yeah! Mionotion perhaps? No, no Maybe early Saporian? Oh, right. Of course.
  • Plus Ruddiger can be surprisingly resourceful.
  • Oh, yeah. Good idea. Good If you can, you might be able to squeeze through that opening.
  • (whispering) You know, something tells me he's not going to do it if we ask him nicely either.
  • Great idea, Princess! Nothing like a little alchemical pizazz to get their attention.
  • Hey!
  • No! Ruddiger!
  • Oh, we're doomed.
  • Dad! No! No, not again!
  • No! What? Uh-
  • What is it, buddy? Well this is new.
  • Ruddiger! R-Ruddiger! (groans) (sighs) W-- Ruddiger, where are you? Hey! Buddy, where you headed?
  • Oh! Sorry. Hi. Yeah Uh, you haven't seen a raccoon around, have you? Okay. Uh N-never mind.
  • Ruddiger! Hey, hey, come back here! - Ruddig - Hey! Buddy, I was looking for you! Wha What are you Hello? W-what's wrong?
  • Hey.
  • Sorry! Sorry. Just me. Hi. And, uh, and Ruddiger. Kinda.
  • Uh, I'm not quite sure, but I think it has something to do with these new rocks. I mean, I've only been able to study them for a few hours, but their effects appear to be extremely dangerous.
  • Yes well, if people remain under that fear spell for too long, it looks like they'll become frozen with terror permanently.
  • Guys, I think I might have an idea. Now, theoretically, if we sever this chain of rocks, using one of my alchemical solutions, then we can cut off the red rocks' fear power.
  • You just need a cavern that runs deep enough.
  • No problem. We got this. No problem, we got this.
  • Heh. (chuckling) That's I'm fine, really.
  • Uh, you know, just trying not to set off the 3,000 traps down here!
  • Whoa! My supplies! Oh! Ooh! Oh, thank you.
  • I'm fine. Oh, but we've only got one vial of my solution left.
  • But they are. Do you know what this is?
  • Yes, but it's also the same compound that encased my father.
  • You know, the red rocks make everybody else see hallucinations, but what I see is something that really happened.
  • This stuff ruined my life.
  • Because of this, I did I did terrible
  • If that had smashed, then Corona would've been done for, and everyone would hate me even more than they do now.
  • Not that I blame them. (sighs)
  • That's easy for you to say.
  • You're the embodiment of the Sun Drop.
  • You know, the wondrous, magical Sun Drop.
  • No, what I'm saying is for ordinary people, like me, fear is just a little bit more debilitating. Rapunzel, we really gotta hurry. (chuckle)
  • How much farther is it?
  • Whoa.
  • It it's amazing.
  • Y-you've actually s-seen this before?
  • Man, I would've loved to have met Demanitus.
  • Oh! Okay, there's the base.
  • Encasing it in amber should stop the fear from
  • What? Gah, I don't understand! This solution should encase the red rock Oh, of course! Oh, so dumb, Varian! Whatever turned these rocks red must've also changed their internal chemistry.
  • Yes.
  • Well, - what's left of it.
  • - (tapping) But, I I don't even see any black rocks.
  • Okay, this just got a lot harder.
  • (chuckles) You're telling me I gotta climb all the way up there? (chuckles) Nobody in their right mind would climb
  • Oh, come on!
  • - It's no use, Rapunzel! I can't do this!
  • Yeah, you said that, Princess, but you don't see what I see.
  • I had no idea.
  • I'll do it.
  • Just, uh, gimme a lift.
  • It's not real.
  • I can do this.
  • (panting) Okay.
  • Ah! Come on! Come on.
  • Ah! The vial! No!
  • Oh no, no, no! Don't! (grunt) (groaning) Fight the fear! Fight it! Come on! Come on! (groan) (groan) It's working! (laughing) Oh! Oh!
  • If it weren't for Rapunzel, I'd be - Ruddiger! H-hey! - It's good to see you, buddy.
  • Just doing my part.
  • The results are in. Who will win first prize for best metal? Will it be steel for its durabilty and themal conductivity or iron for its lustrous shine in high melting point? Brrr, pow!
  • Ah, yes! Thank you, Ruddiger. This is perfect. (laughs menacingly) Warm cocoa will really hit the spot. Thanks, bud.
  • (screams) Hi! Hi. I, uh, wasn't, uh, expecting you so soon.
  • I mean, we did agree that I'd need at least five weeks of solitude to decipher this thing so I thought I had some some privacy.
  • Hey! Please be careful, that stuff is very delicate.
  • I do. Oh, I do.
  • And it took awhile, but I composed this key to translate the text in its entirety.
  • This is the healing incantation, this is the decay incantation and this, oh-ho, is a third incantation.
  • It would allow whoever possesses the MoonStone to wield complete control over the black rocks.
  • Yes, yes, but there's more.
  • It says here that there are four incantations, not three.
  • But I can't seem to find it anywhere on this scroll.
  • Cass!
  • The-the scroll is worthless without the translation key.
  • If you wanna read that scroll, you are gonna need my translation key.
  • Ha! And now that I've destroyed it, you'll never know what the scroll says because the only translation in earthly existence is locked safely away up here.
  • Boom! (laughs) Oh, yeah.
  • (nervously) I should have not said that out loud.
  • (Varian groans weakly) Ugh.
  • Huh? Huh? Hey, where are we?
  • Never.
  • Ha! No. Ugh, yes. It's a truth serum of my own design and it compels the drinker to tell the truth and answer any question asked! Wait, but I never drank that.
  • (grunting) I, uh... (grunts) Crescent high above... evolving as you go... raise what lies beneath... and let the darkness grow.
  • What is that?
  • Who is she talking to?
  • Cassandra, you're angry. I get it. Believe me, I know what it's like but you're making a mistake.
  • Cass, trust me, becoming the villain isn't the answer!
  • Wha Wh Where am I? What the Wha Wh Where Where am I? Who are you?
  • What? No, no. There is no other incantation.
  • It's not on the scroll.
  • "Use the sun to see the sun"? Wh I don't understand.
  • Whoa! (screams) (screaming) (gasps) That was a dream. (gasps) Oh, why couldn't this be a dream? "Use the sun to see the sun"?
  • Argh! "Needs the sun to see the sun."
  • What does that even mean?
  • Sunlight.
  • The words are hidden and it needs a beam of sunlight to reveal the incantation!
  • Demanitus, you genius!
  • Not now. I found the last incantation. Obvious, right?
  • It was hidden with a photoreactive ink.
  • The problem is I need a concentrated beam of sunlight to see it. I tried using my goggles but they're too scratched up. I need something else, like a, uh, prism or a glass.
  • Hurry, the sun is setting. Eugene, come on! Come on!
  • It's working.
  • No! No, no, no, no! Uh I got it! Whew.
  • Eugene?
  • Uh-oh.
  • Rapunzel, I have the final incantation! You have to use it!
  • Rapunzel! Use it.
  • Eugene!
  • Lance? Oh!
  • I chemically treated these thrusters so the flames will burn hotter and longer than any natural flame, you're gonna fly like the wind. Don't touch that. Or that. OH MY, DON'T TOUCH THAT! IT'S GONNA BLOW! Ha, ha, gotcha, just messing with you.
  • Oh wait, this takes you over Kresten Loch. Uh, Kresten Loch, the frozen sea miles and miles of deadly wintry expanse?
  • Well, if it were anybody other than you, I'd be worried.
  • Ah! Oh! Who glued my boots to the ground?
  • Oh, hey dad.
  • Ladies and gents, I give you--
  • (clearing throat) I'll wait.
  • Thank you, I'll start again. I give you... The Rooster.
  • Or at least, it will be once we put it together.
  • Uh, it's an early warning system. If Cassandra or any other danger theatens the kingdom, this will fire a glowing mortar into the air and alert everyone in Corona.
  • Uh, uh, hate to nag, but who's gonna oversee The Rooster's installation? All military grade applications require supervision by the Captain himself.
  • Gah! Don't touch that!
  • So, before we install the internal chamber.
  • Hmm?
  • Okay, with all due respect, I'm the alchemist. Flynnoelum is very powerful.
  • Add too much of it and this thing will shoot so far and we'll end up warning another kingdom.
  • Oh, I forgot the fuses, keep an eye on this stuff and don't touch anything.
  • The Rooster's first test is a go in a-three, a-two, a-one.
  • Oh, you don't have to stand back.
  • I calculated so the blast is contained.
  • You added more Flynnoelum, didn't you?
  • I said... (speaking inaudibly)
  • All right, Team Awesome. Project Obsidian is a success.
  • Project Obsidian, it's a device that can destroy Cassandra's self-esteem.
  • Princess believe me, I don't want to hurt Cass either but we can't promise that she's not gonna try to hurt us.
  • I don't know what happened it must have malfunctioned.
  • Cassandra, please, this is your home.
  • Eh.
  • Neither was Lord Demanitus.
  • When I was researching the Scroll, I found out Demanitus banished Zhan Tiri to some kind of netherworld. But the machine he used to do it was dismantled centuries ago.
  • If I had the plans, but Demanitus took his only blueprints to his tomb.
  • Team Awesome, remember?
  • Don't worry, I'm sure we'll figure out a way to help them.
  • What are you saying? That my dad?
  • Listen, Eugene. My father is just fine.
  • It's magnificent.
  • Absolutely fascinating and I bet he used this to switch minds with a primate.
  • Genius.
  • Don't press that.
  • Huh?
  • Gotcha! Haha!
  • Lance, I told you not to
  • Wait, what happened?
  • Did you just switch me with a monkey?
  • If I'm a monkey, then, oh...
  • Lance, look what you did.
  • Oh, come on!
  • We gotta switch our minds back!
  • I cannot believe you did this!
  • Look what you've done to me!
  • Whew, I'm back! Heh, heh.
  • Lance!
  • Um, building it would be a snap.
  • It's where we have to set it up, that's gets a little tricky.
  • Yeah, it needs to be close enough to Zhan Tiri to suck her back in.
  • Because she's with Cass in the castle.
  • Ugh!
  • Hey dad, here. I found this with your old stuff. I gave it a little polish.
  • And there.
  • Okay, just pull that lever, and we've got ourselves a trans-dimensional portal. Heh, heh.
  • Okay, we've just got to make sure everyone is clear of the portal or else, you know, they'll end up in limbo right along with Zhan Tiri.
  • Dad, Dad, don't worry. You'll be okay, I promise.
  • I thought about what you said, so I took precautions. I rigged his helmet with a temporary stun mechanism.
  • Heh, yeah, Team Awesome.
  • Aah!
  • I'm not sure if I should be fascinated or terrified. And we have a winner.
  • Oh, yeah, I think, I think we're safe up here for a while, heh, heh.
  • What? Get it off! No, why?
  • I think I know what's going on here. This place, it's changing us.
  • And if we don't get out soon then these changes could be...
  • Dad, you're back.
  • Everything is up and running.
  • Alright, I'll set this and send Zhan Tiri back.
  • So am I.
  • Hey, Zhan Tiri catch.
  • Yes!

Trivia

  • According to the first book in the Tales of Rapunzel series, Secrets Unlocked, Varian was canonically fourteen years old. He is now fifteen turning sixteen as one year passes between his last appearance in Season 1 and his appearance in the Season 3 premiere.
  • In his original design by Shane Prigmore, he seems to have had red hair and a gap in his front teeth; moreover, he did not wear goggles on his head and did not have a blue streak in his hair.
  • The name Varian is French for "variable", which means something not consistent or liable to change, which could be a reference to him starting as a good guy, who later became bad until he redeemed himself, as well as a nod to his role as a scientist. It was confirmed in the episode "Great Expotations" that he had a crush on Cassandra.
  • Despite already taking off and putting on his goggles, he did not take off his gloves at any point in the first season.
  • He is a fan of Flynn Rider, about whom he has already read all the books, though he seems not to realize that the original Rider was a fictional character whose name was merely assumed by Eugene Fitzherbert.
  • There is a running gag associated with how eager Varian is to remind others not to confuse science and alchemy with magic, as characters commonly seem to do in Corona, and as Rapunzel and Cassandra themselves do in the first episode. Varian insists that he does not believe in magic, and would much rather put his faith in science at the beginning of the series.
  • He is the first major character to have a solo song, "Let Me Make You Proud," in "Queen for a Day," followed by Rapunzel with "Set Yourself Free" in "Secret of the Sundrop"; Hook Foot with "Hook Foot's Ballad in "There's Something About Hook Foot"; Cassandra with "Waiting In The Wings" in "Rapunzel and the Great Tree"; Eugene with "Everything I Ever Thought I Knew" in "Destinies Collide"; and Lance with "Bigger Than That" in "Be Very Afraid".
  • Many fans of Tangled: The Series identify Varian as the most beloved character in the show, some reporting that he was their initial reason for watching the series.
  • Along with Cassandra, both characters are the most liked by fans.
  • He has a crush on Cassandra, as shown in "Great Expotations". In addition, both characters are similar.
  • In "Cassandra's Revenge", both Cassandra and Varian fall off Cassandra's Stronghold. However, Varian fell into the arms of Lance, whereas Cassandra had to save herself using her powers. This reflects how Varian turning back to the side of good has caused him to be surrounded by friends once more, but Cassandra's path of hatred and darkness has left her with no one but herself.
  • While it may be true that Varian had become unethical in regards to his misdeeds toward the end of the first season, his grudge against Rapunzel and Corona does have genuine merit to them. Even though Rapunzel could not help him during the blizzard and being temporary queen when her parents were missing in "Queen for a Day", she does not check on him after the blizzard is over. Also, in "Secret of the Sun Drop", Varian claims that the people of Corona turned their backs on him when he needed their help, in addition to having attempted to take care of a problem King Frederic did not acknowledge (the black rocks). It should be noted that Varian had spent months in complete isolation prior to committing crimes against Corona, which very likely had a deteriorating effect on his mental health. This makes Varian more of a sympathetic anti-villain, even before his redemption.
  • On the other hand, Varian himself was responsible for his father being imprisoned in amber, given that he tampered with the black rocks despite being warned by Quirin not to, and had refused to take responsibility for it. In addition, he displayed cruelty in his attempt to crush Cassandra and Queen Arianna at the end of the first season out of envy, proving that he does have self-centeredness in spite of his understandable reasons for villainy, which he admits in the third season.
  • Zhan Tiri is equally responsible for Varian's fall to evil, as she had personally unleashed the blizzard in "Queen for a Day".
  • Varian's hair (specifically his bangs) is drawn in a way that hardly covers his face, regardless of head and camera angles. This was inspired by a similar technique that is used when animating Mickey Mouse's ears.
  • He is skilled at drawing.
  • He has been shown to faint at the sight of blood. This could mean that he has hemophobia.
  • Varian's chemical balls are the inspiration of Honey Lemon from Big Hero 6.
  • Varian is shown to be able to play piano and tambourine.
  • In Once a Handmaiden... Varian is shown to be a skilled shooter and horseback rider.
  • Varian is Corona's first Royal Engineer, and is the youngest to hold that position.
    • Throughout his character arc, Varian understandably goes through the five stages of grief. He refuses to give up on freeing his father from the amber and desperately seeks Rapunzel's aid (denial), he vows revenge on Rapunzel and Corona and eventually descends into a fit of rage (anger), he performs amoral actions in hopes of saving his dad (bargaining), he breaks down in tears and comes to believe Quirin would be ashamed of him for what he did (depression), and he redeems himself, earning his father back by helping Rapunzel save Corona (acceptance).
  • In Plus Est En Vous, when Varian and Quirin were fixing a hot water tank, Varian's teal hair streak was gone. But when he and his dad joined the other characters to sing the final part of "Happily Ever After (Reprise)", his hair streak is back. It could be an error made by the crew who made the scenes.
    • Fans have said it's understandable that Varian feels betrayed when Rapunzel could not help him during the storm and that she was temporary queen when her parents were missing in "[[Queen for a Day]]", but what Varian did is was out of his own ego since when he betrayed Rapunzel by believing his needs are more important than lives of other were threatned by a deadly blizzard. Including attacking and threatening lives of others and he became selfish.
  • Varian's design is similar to Hiro Hamada's from Big Hero 6, another Disney franchise. Both are 14-year-old inventors with reckless tendencies yet good intentions. Both experienced the loss of a family member, mutilating their hearts and bringing about a desire for vengeance against those they deem responsible, even going so far as to consciously attempt murder, Varian seeking revenge against Rapunzel for the loss of Quirin and Hiro seeking revenge on Yokai for the indirect death of Tadashi Hamada. However, while Hiro overcame his desire for vengeance with the support of his friends and family, Varian allowed his hatred to consume him and through his actions cemented his place as one of Rapunzel’s worst enemies, until his redemption.
  • Both of them coincidentally express their remorse and see the error of their ways.

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