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mother and daughter
from Disney's Tangled

I'm fascinated by Mother Gothel.
Even if she loved only to control Rapunzel, I want to believe she was surely mother.
I think Mother knows best reprise is the best song in this movie. So cool
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Oceancitrus97 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I cry while looking at this
I feel their warmth
They are touching me
They look so happy..
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EllexaArt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mother gothel and rapunzel look suspiciously like my mother and me
And rapunzel was my favourite fairytale as a child...
O.O
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HoneyBeeGirl94 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
I love Mother Gothel, too! She's the best villain. Mother knows best!
Of course none of this will justify her actions. 
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denebtenoh Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
her intentions were not pure, but you have to admit mother Gothel gave Rapunzel so much love during all her life!! She didn´t have to, how many step mothers just don´t show love to the children? but mother Gothel did, and for that, Rapunzel loved her so much! and all through the movie, Rapunzel was filled with caresses and considerations (she noticed the hidden motifs until the very end of the story, so she was, practically, a happy girl all her life, thanks to mother G, right?)
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AlonDarsSister Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015   Traditional Artist
It was probably so that Rapunzel wouldn't want to leave, if you were treated badly you'd want to get away more (Rapunzel only wanted to leave at first because of the lights and being curious, but didn't want to get away from mother Gothel) but it is better that she treated her good rather than bad.
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denebtenoh Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
well, there are a lot of children mistreated that never leave, so no, mother Gothel didn´t HAVE TO treat her badly to make her stay. I think, in her own, weird and twisted way, she cared for Rapunzel. 
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AlonDarsSister Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015   Traditional Artist
True, I guess she just didn't have a completely black heart. There was a small spark of love in there, just not one big enough for her to get over her selfish reasons for keeping Rapunzel close.
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chris7clason Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Writer
I love this picture...I think the ending of tangled lost the fact that there was some motherly bond between them, blood relations/magical hair or no blood relations/magical hair
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gkvfflowergirl Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. I really want to believe that Mother Gothel truly did love Rapunzel apart from the whole flower thing and Rapunzel the same thinking of Gothel as a true mother. Plus, when Gothel falls, Rapunzel reaches out her ams as if to grab her or stop her. This is a really adorable picture.
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LoLaLoNgThEWoRlD Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist
I totally agree, they made the character pretty awesome... It's rare to see a Disney villian be...well..not only naturally evil..

she had some sort of love for Rapunzel, or more for the Flower-reincarnation in her..but it's actually a pretty complex situation...
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NumberTheStars12 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student General Artist
I really think she does love her in some way-she had to to have taken care of her all those years.
I love this drawing, really. ITs cute and happy :3
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iamSketchH Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
If it makes you feel better, the REAL witch from the real Rapunzel story was actually way over protective of Rapunzel, and not because of her hair. I use to love this story when I was little--long before the movie came out. I loved it so much that--in the 90's--at my 1st grade costume parade, I requested my mother make me a Rapunzel costume.

Here's how the original story went.  When Rapunzel's parents were expecting her, her mother had food cravings and her father would sneak into the witch's garden and steal from the witch. One day, he was caught stealing the plant called "rapunzel." I forget some of the details, but ultimately the price is that since the witch wanted a child and could not have one, the couple had to give up their child to her. The baby was named "Rapunzel" because that was what the father had been stealing when he was caught.

As the girl grew up, she became very beautiful and had amazingly long, beautiful hair. The witch, seeing how beautiful she was now becoming and afraid that someone would someday take her away, hid her up in a tall tower where no one could see her. The girl's hair was so long that she climbed it like rope to reach her. One day, however, a prince discovered Rapunzel and the two fell in love. When the witch found out, she cut off Rapunzel's hair so no one could climb up without her knowing. When the prince next came, it was a trap.  The witch blinded him. It was Rapunzel's tears that cured his blindness, and she was carried off by the prince to his castle to become his bride.

So...the original witch to me always sounded like a lonely, crazy, and really overprotective mother, if you think about it. But the Disney spin on the story is interesting, too. I like both versions, to be honest.

:giggle: 
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HikariMichi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student General Artist
When she's being affectionate with Rapunzel, she's always touching her hair, as someone pointed out. Even here O__O
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obscurepairing Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Her death upset me..She still could have gotten up and caught her.  I have am own AU two really.

1) Still dies, but Rap does more then, just reaching out. That was so hmm! >_<!  You see her jump up, and reach for her, grabbing her wrist.  And the cam zooms up. She's all. "..I got you, mother..." Then she slips shes all "NO!!!"

2) (think of this playing like real scene...)SHE DOES get her..and she put in jail, and on trail...but Rap seeks in to jail. Biting on her bottom lip, as she reaches for bars holding them tightly  A few mins of dead time, she just holding the bars, and you hear her breathing. She soon breaks silence by saying "...You have controlled me my whole life." pulling away from the bars, herself all pathetically, looking down at the floor. "But..You never actually hurt me.." shrugs, and does her nervous/unsure head sway back and forth, holding herself, recalling everything  all event that were tender, and loving from the past.  "..But you were all I knew, I was taught to beileve you as my mother, and can't stop believing that." Lifts eyes to a haggy Gothel, casted in shadow, by lightly cast in moonlight from one cell window   "..Not even know..after everything..."  Zoom up on Gothel, eyes (some more sobby instrumental  music box version of Mother knows best) Then jumps back to a a in profile rap,  who frees herself from her own tight embrace, slowly and does a quick nod.  Where she reviles a key to Gothel, and you see her eyes again starting form tears, as you hear cell clicking open, and you see close up of her head in frame, and long shot of her rap opening the cell. "....I.. Shouldn't " Gothel gets up, before she can finish and cups her mouth all,. "Shhhh...shhh..there comes a time when a mother has to let her daughter go...As a daughter has let her mother go..." Rap tears start to flow, as you see fall down her cheeks, down to gothel hands.

Then with a cute cafty writing its like reprise scene of ending of mother know best. (only add creaking voices, because of their tears and sobs)
"Rapunzel..?"
Pulls her hand away, as she looks up. "..Promise me, you will never come looking for me..."
She weakly nods. "...I will miss you..."
" I will miss you, the most" kisses her head...


When you hear a jail doors rattle main ones, and their fairwell is cut short...as she runs off into the night
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VanillaDrakon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone always dies in Disney movies.
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KittyBreadball101 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Stahp stahp stahp.... Too much feels, heart esploding :(
You're awesome and you should feel awesome... :,)
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obscurepairing Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
<3
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Teppa Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i just had so many feels reading this ; A; i always loved Mother Gothel T~T
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obscurepairing Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
WELCOME! Thats my cannon...AM SO IN DENILE! LOL
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MrNiceGuy4 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014

You know, seeing "Tangled" again recently, I noticed something that kind of stuck with me...

 

As evil and heartless as she was, as selfish and uncaring as Rapunzel learned she had to be, even after she had stabbed Eugene and revealed her true nature and she turned on her and said she'd spend the rest of her life trying to get away from her and that she'd never let her use her hair again...

 

After all that...when Gothel fell out the window as she was dying...Rapunzel's arms still reached for her. Just something I thought about...

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obscurepairing Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Her death upset me..She still could have gotten up and caught her.  I have am own AU two really.

1) Still dies, but Rap does more then, just reaching out. That was so hmm! >_<!  You see her jump up, and reach for her, grabbing her wrist.  And the cam zooms up. She's all. "..I got you, mother..." Then she slips shes all "NO!!!"

2) (think of this playing like real scene...)SHE DOES get her..and she put in jail, and on trail...but Rap seeks in to jail. Biting on her bottom lip, as she reaches for bars holding them tightly  A few mins of dead time, she just holding the bars, and you hear her breathing. She soon breaks silence by saying "...You have controlled me my whole life." pulling away from the bars, herself all pathetically, looking down at the floor. "But..You never actually hurt me.." shrugs, and does her nervous/unsure head sway back and forth, holding herself, recalling everything  all event that were tender, and loving from the past.  "..But you were all I knew, I was taught to beileve you as my mother, and can't stop believing that." Lifts eyes to a haggy Gothel, casted in shadow, by lightly cast in moonlight from one cell window   "..Not even know..after everything..."  Zoom up on Gothel, eyes (some more sobby instrumental  music box version of Mother knows best) Then jumps back to a a in profile rap,  who frees herself from her own tight embrace, slowly and does a quick nod.  Where she reviles a key to Gothel, and you see her eyes again starting form tears, as you hear cell clicking open, and you see close up of her head in frame, and long shot of her rap opening the cell. "....I.. Shouldn't " Gothel gets up, before she can finish and cups her mouth all,. "Shhhh...shhh..there comes a time when a mother has to let her daughter go...As a daughter has let her mother go..." Rap tears start to flow, as you see fall down her cheeks, down to gothel hands.

Then with a cute cafty writing its like reprise scene of ending of mother know best. (only add creaking voices, because of their tears and sobs)
"Rapunzel..?"
Pulls her hand away, as she looks up. "..Promise me, you will never come looking for me..."
She weakly nods. "...I will miss you..."
" I will miss you, the most" kisses her head...


When you hear a jail doors rattle main ones, and their fairwell is cut short...as she runs off into the night
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Rosekun25 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
I don't think you can raise a child without falling in love with them.
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SailorAutor Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
this is cute :3
yes i think that even that gothel loved punzies hair, i think that she loved her in some way
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CarmenFoolHeart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a similiar mother-daughter relationship and that is why this movie hit so painfully close to home. Maybe Gothel cared for Rapunzel... She just loved herself more.
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Fantasygerard2000 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Artist
Mother Gothel is a great villain for being a stepmother for the main protagonist even she's kind or not
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wantingtobreakfree Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Photographer
I really think that she thought she loved Rapunzel and as such did treat her as a daughter.   It's like how we want to think people are either evil or good when in reality they're always a mixture of both.  I think that's why disney did such a good job eliciting our empathy for her.  We want to like mother gothel and hope that she changes in the end.  However, her nature sadly overcomes her.  I'm sure that Rapunzel mourned her "mother" regardless of the fact that she finds her biological parents to fill that void.
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Blackrose1323 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
So very sweet, I'd like to think that at least a part of her did love Rapunzel for more than just her hair. 
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722-sero Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
The colours and expressions are beautiful. I love the overall feel of this work.

Looking at how Rapunzel grew up to be; loving, kind-hearted, outgoing and eager to meet new people, Grothel had to have done something right with being a mother. Even if her reasons were selfish, she raised Rapunzel well (although, disturbingly na´ve).
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ilovestories5 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
that's also what I think of! 
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cronasonlyfriend Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I love Mother Gothel too. I really don't believe that she was purely evil. She may not have been the best mother, but she clearly did care for Rapunzel, even if it was only a little bit.
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Kitti606 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh, I love this one. It's so sad, but I believe Mother Gothel truly loved Rap. It's hard to believe in some ways, but I think she did. She was just... mentally warped. :(
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MissStreelight Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Haha, awesome drawing. Almost painfully sweet in a "could-have-been" way.

I found the Rapunzel/Gothel relationship one of the most interesting Disney hero-villian relationships. It never really was terribly clear-cut whether Gothel actually didn't care at all for Rapunzel, unlike most other Disney villians who clearly absolutely cared nothing for the heroes of the movie.
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Nakiimushi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like mother Gothel, and i agree with you! 
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ElisetheWritingDesk Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
*sobs* *wails* I really thought...she was stilll...a mother...*wails louder* This is so b-b-beautiful...!
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wit-knee-jones Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Really?  Because she wasn't controlling Rapuzel for Rapunzel's own good.  She was abusing a child (that she stole) so that she (Gothel) could stay young and beautiful.... What's motherly about that?
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ElisetheWritingDesk Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
After she stole her away, the animator made Gothel have such motherly expressions to Rapunzel, that it made me thought; oh, maybe she changed...maybe she began to love her as a daughter? And then, BAM.
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wit-knee-jones Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist
lol. "BAM!"  

Sneaky animators. ;)
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SilverLady7 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Gothel reminds me so much my stepfather - when I first watched Tangled, I was creeped because the "jokes" Gothel did about Rapunzel being unsure, clumsy, etc, were very like many things he used to say to me.  And yet, I put up with these things because he made me feel it was my fault the way he treated me - and also cause I knew that deep down he truly cared about me.  (and later, took me a few years talking to different psychologists so I would break free from years of unsureness and self-loathing caused by him...  while Rapunzel just took a few hours ;) )  

So I really felt angry - and irritated about her behaviour - yet, rewatching the movie later I couldn┤t help but thinking that she also brought all these things so Rapunzel could paint, play and have fun inside of the tower. Of course it was to distract the girl from thinking about going outside...  but yet, none of the rest of Disney villains would have bothered themselves to do that, if you┤ll think of Frollo, or Cinderella┤s stepmother.  The scene where Gothel sees Maximus and freaks out fearing that the palace guards could have found Rapunzel, made me wonder if she was only worried about loosing her source of youth or also worried about her "daughters┤ "  welfare.

Gothel and Rapunzel┤s relationship also reminds me Regina and Henry (Once Upon a Time) a little, since Regina wanted to kill even the ones Henry loved to keep him to herself.  Some people were suggesting that Gothel should take part of OUAT cast, as new villainess, and I think it would be a great idea. 


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BonzaiRen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Adorable! >w< such a cute hug XD
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MimiSparkle Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These two's relationship is so overlooked. Very cute C:
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That was such an interesting Villain/hero relationship. I wish the end had been more complicated than it turned out to be.  It would have been more interesting if Gothel and Rapunzel had been more conflicted about their final confrontation.

This piece is beautiful.
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AmiHimawari Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i agree with this ^
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QueenLilSis Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Alas, it is a Disney movie.
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Alexxa16 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha I loved that song too, my mother said that she will dedicate it to me XD
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Blue-Demon-Hybrid Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
I know Mother Gothel may not have really cared, but this is still adorable!
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StormTheDragon Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
your art is so lovely, I love it :la:
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kizZuna Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
this is truly hearthwarming :heart:
the soft appearence goes well with the scene ^^
I also like to believe Gothel actually cared for Rapunzel ;v;)/
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AVasquezArt Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
very cute
Too bad her vanity go the better of her.
With the hair gone, you can't get any older the dirt.
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fantasyfaerie Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
I know, I know... Even though she only raised Rapunzel so she could keep her youth, I also like to believe she really loved her deep inside. And brilliant art, by the way :D
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GalindatheGiddy Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWWWWWW!
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