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Villain Overview
I'm fulfilling my destiny!
~ Cassandra betraying Rapunzel.
I tried to warn you, Rapunzel. You have to be careful who you trust.
~ Cassandra, after her betrayal.

Cassandra is a major antagonist in Tangled: The Series. She initially starts off as the tritagonist and a hero, serving as Rapunzel's Lady-in-Waiting and one of her closest friends in season 1 and season 2, but by the near end of season 2, she eventually betrays Rapunzel by taking the Moon Stone for herself so she could fulfill her own "destiny" and is now the main antagonist for the first half of the third season and the secondary antagonist for the second half. In the first episode of the third season, after her betrayal, she is revealed to be the daughter of the late Mother Gothel, the main antagonist of the original Tangled film. 

She was voiced by Eden Espinosa as a young adult who is best known as Elphaba Thropp for the Broadway, Los Angeles, and San Francisco productions of the musical Wicked, and Cassie Glow & Hudson D'Andrea as a child in "You're Kidding Me!", "Rapunzel's Return", and "Islands Apart".

Appearance

Cassandra is a pale-skinned medium height young woman with dark pink lips, hazel eyes and chin-length black hair with gray highlights.

When Cassandra is wearing her handmaiden outfit. it's a blue and white dress with yellow stripes across the middle and two in between her legs. and also with a white headdress with a yellow ring on the top.

When she is wearing her signature warrior outfit she wears a grayish-brown shirt with a reddish one underneath, she also wears black leather gloves, a dark brown belt with a purse and a dagger inside her belt, and she also wears dark and striped leggings with many colors, and she also wears brown boots.

When she is on the Lorbs Island she wears a brown shirt similar to the one she usually wears but without the red one under it. she also wears brown and blue cufflinks, and a brown and light brown slit with brown pants.

After Cassandra's right arm is burnt when she touches Rapunzel while she performs the Decaying Incantation, to cover her hand she wears some knights armor with a red cape.

After Cassandra is corrupted by the moonstone her appearance changes drastically her hair and eyes both turn turquoise and her clothes turn black with blue stripes around her occasionally and also she wears a blue glove on her right arm with spikes similar to the Black Rocks. Also, The Moonstone Opal itself becomes embedded in her chest and it is constantly glowing as well.

Throughout Season 3 her skin tone becomes paler, but it's unknown, for now, why this is happening.

Personality

Cassandra is described as being "tough-as-nails", a fitting description for someone who wishes to join the royal guard. She is snarky, sarcastic and has a somewhat dry sense of humor. Despite this, she is extremely supportive and protective toward Rapunzel, her polar opposite — so much so, that she openly holds animosity for Eugene, believing him to be selfish and undeserving of Rapunzel's love and friendship. One of the reasons for this belief is because she feels that Eugene puts his own desires before Rapunzel's.

Although loyal to King Frederic and Queen Arianna, Cassandra is willing to break their rules (and risk her job) for the sake of Rapunzel's happiness; this is seen when Cassandra offered to take Rapunzel beyond the kingdom's wall to explore some of the outside world and escape the pressures of royalty. Doing so required much stealth and cunning, traits Cassandra revealed herself to have that night.

Aside from her no-nonsense persona, Cassandra is also shown to be a free spirit, not unlike Rapunzel. Though she has a more cynical way of going about life, Cassandra also finds joy in adventure, living life to the fullest, and experiencing new things. This is most notably seen during "Wind in My Hair", where Cassandra is seen enjoying herself almost as much as Princess Rapunzel.

In "Challenge of the Brave", it is revealed that Cassandra has insecurities about how she is seen just as a girl/handmaiden instead of a strong, skilled, and capable warrior who deserves as much respect as anyone in the royal guard, this would later contribute to her fall to villainy. these things can at times cause her to act selfishly and make her unable to be able to ask for help sometimes.

Cassandra also holds a strong belief that strangers can't be trusted, like for example when the group first meat Adira she immediately didn't trust her and still didn't even when she proved herself and saved her life and even after she traveled everything to them

She also shares a strong rivalry with Eugene due to his past as a thief tying into her trust issues but over the course of the series, she becomes a lot nicer to him as well, at least for a while.

Through Season 2 her insecurities and feeling of constantly feeling outshined by Rapunzel cause their relationship to become strained. This only got worse when she discovered her true backstory in the house of yes the House of Yesterday's Tomorrow and that Gothel chooses Rapunzel over her making her steal the moonstone and become a full-fledged villain.

Despite all of this, Cassandra is still shown to have some good in her as she repeatedly reconsiders her path but is constantly turned back to darkness by the Enchanted Girl. This is especially shown in the episode "Be Very Afraid" where it established the only reason the red rocks form is due to her fear of the idea of destroying Rapunzel, as they are connected to her emotions. By the end of the episode and the special "Cassandra's Revenge", Cassandra ignores all reconsideration and accepts the darkness.

Powers and Abilities

Cassandra is a skilled swordswoman and fighter, having trained in the ways of the Corona Royal Guard since she was six years old. She is adept with many types of weapons, as shown through her collection of them in Before Ever After. She can handle her own in most fights, easily taking down Lance Strongbow, a world-renowned thief, as well as some of the Seven Kingdom's toughest fighters, as seen in Challenge of the Brave. However, she is not unbeatable, as she is overwhelmed by warriors who have trained longer than she herself has been alive, such as Adira and King Edmund of the Dark Kingdom. Following her bonding with the Moonstone, she has most likely gained the life-draining abilities that it possesses, as shown through its power coursing through her hair.

Appearances

Appearances

Movie

  • Before Ever After

Season 1

  • What the Hair?!
  • Rapunzel's Enemy
  • Fitzherbert P.I.
  • Challenge of the Brave
  • Cassandra v. Eugene
  • The Return of Strongbow
  • Great Expotations
  • Under Raps
  • One Angry Princess
  • Pascal's Story
  • Big Brothers of Corona
  • Queen for a Day
  • Painter's Block
  • Not in the Mood
  • The Quest for Varian
  • The Alchemist Returns
  • Secret of the Sundrop

Season 2

  • Beyond the Walls of Corona
  • The Return of Quaid
  • Goodbye and Goodwill
  • Forest of No Return
  • Freebird
  • Keeper of the Spire
  • King Pascal
  • There's Something About Hook Foot
  • Happiness Is...
  • Peril on the High Seas
  • Curses!
  • The Eye of Pincosta
  • Rapunzel and the Great Tree
  • The Brothers Hook
  • Rapunzel: Day One
  • Mirror, Mirror
  • You're Kidding Me!
  • Rapunzeltopia
  • Lost and Found (no lines)
  • Destinies Collide

Season 3

  • Rapunzel's Return
  • Return of the King
  • Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?
  • No Time Like the Past (picture)
  • Beginnings
  • Be Very Afraid!
  • Islands Apart
  • Cassandra's Revenge
  • Race to the Spire
  • A Tale of Two Sisters
  • Flynnpostor
  • Once a Handmaiden...
  • Plus Est En Vous

Quotes

A friend wouldn't be so oblivious, Rapunzel!! You have no idea what this contest means to me!! I mean, you're a princess, you got nothing to prove!! To you, this was just a fun way to blow of a Saturday!! But to me, it was a way to show everyone that I am more than just your lady's maid!! And just when I've hoped I earned even the slightest bit of respect! Never mind
~ Cassandra angry at Rapunzel in "Challenge of the Brave"
At the end of Rapunzel's journey, one of her party shall turn against her
~ Demanitus' prophecy, foreshadowing Cassandra's betrayal.
I believe everybody's got a destiny
~ A line foreshadowing her betrayal
Rapunzel: You saw all of this in the House of Yesterday's Tomorrow?
Cassandra: I saw everything Rapunzel.
Rapunzel: Cass, if what your saying is true, then it means.
Cassandra: It means that I'm Gothel's daughter and your destiny belongs to me.
~ Cassandra after her betrayal.
Sisters?! My own mother chose you over me! My whole life I've been cast aside, for you. No more
~ Cassandra when Rapunzel mentions that they are sisters
I thought by taking the Moonstone my destiny would become clear. But, what if I don't even have a destiny
~ Cassandra showing some doubt
How dare you ask me that! You knew all along how much what was taken from me? You knew who my mother was, and you kept it from me. [...] You only did what was best for yourself. That's all anyone in my life has ever done. Well now... that's what I'm doing, this is my... THIS IS MY DESTINY!
~ Cassandra to her father, the captain of the royal guard
Huh. Looks like our next stop is Corona
~ Cassandra planning to attack Corona
Swell party. I'm guessing my invitation got lost in the mail
~ Cassandra showing up to Eugene's party
Yeah, we both have things the other wants. Which brings me to why I'm here. I want you to give me the scroll.
~ Cassandra giving her demand
Give me the scroll and I'll leave Corona in peace.
~ Cassandra threatening Rapunzel
Cassandra:Oh sure, let's have another chat about how my mother chose you over me.
Rapunzel: Cass, Gothel took me and held me against my will it wasn't my decision you know that.
Cassandra: Well was it your decision to push her out a window?
~ Cassandra and Rapunzel.
Look, I know none of this is your fault and I don't want to hurt you so when Rapunzel comes for you, don't try anything foolish.
~ Cassandra talking to Varian
You'll stay in that cage until this is done. And just in case you think of escaping...
~ Cassandra locking Varian up
You can't have a war without soldiers, Princess.
~ Cassandra explaining why she wants the mind-trap

Trivia

  • Cassandra had been training to join the Royal Guard since she was 6.
  • She is 4 years older than Rapunzel.
  • An extremely popular fan theory is that she is Mother Gothel's daughter. It's confirmed to be true in the first episode of Season 3.
  • Despite claiming that she and Varian aren't the same, she shares similarities with Varian as both are lost their parents for reasons (such as Cassandra lost her mother after she kidnapped Rapunzel and Varian lost his father as he got trapped inside the amber) and used to be Rapunzel's allies, but they turned against her because they wanted to get revenge on her (such as Cassandra wanted to get revenge on Rapunzel for being chosen by mother over her while Varian wanted to get revenge on Rapunzel for refusing to help him free his father). However, while Varian managed to redeem himself in the third season premiere and got his father freed from the amber, Cassandra refused to get over with her vengeance towards Rapunzel and didn't reunite with her mother due to her being deceased.
  • The way that Cassandra holds her pet owl is similar to how Shan Yu holds his pet Falcon.
  • Her backstory is similar to Lotso's. Both lost their loved ones because they chose someone else over them, like Cassandra was left alone after Mother Gothel kidnapped Rapunzel while Lotso turned evil after seeing Daisy having a new Lotso. However, while Cassandra loved her mother so much, Lotso only wanted to get Daisy's attention.
  • During the episode "Islands Apart", Cassandra's skin seems to be getting paler. It's been suspected by fans that the Moonstone Opal is slowly consuming and possibly killing her.

See also

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Movie
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Television
Lady Caine | Pocket | Mother Gothel | Dale | Stabbington Brothers | Anthony the Weasel | Andrew | Dwayne | Axel | Zhan Tiri | Sugracha the Eternal | Varian | King Edmund | Stalyan | Baron | Collector | Mother & Father | William & Petuina | Hector | Tromus | Cassandra | Clementine

Groups
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