Rapunzel is a spirited, clever, kind and playful young woman, though a bit naive, but not afraid to stand up for herself or others. Having spent all of her life in a tower with little else to do, she is very well read and talented in almost all areas such as music and baking, and even more advanced subjects like astronomy, having charted star patterns. But her greatest passion is art, turning the walls of her tower into a mural. While she longs to see the world beyond her window, she is very obedient to Mother Gothel, having major conflicting feelings after leaving her tower of excitement to finally see the world, and guilt for disobeying her mother's orders. Yet due to her experiences, she developes a strong sense of independence, refusing when Mother Gothel orders her to come home.
She is quite daring, leaping from tall cliffs and swinging great lengths with her hair. She is completely immune to Flynn's so-called "charms" and has little tolerance for his antics. She also seems to be very charismatic, able to get a group of hardened thugs to confess their dreams and convince Maximus, the captain of the guards horse, to postpone his pursuit of Flynn until the end of the festival.
She has great determination to live out her dream of seeing the floating lanterns, ignoring all plots by Flynn to get her to return to her tower, but shows a little regret before actually fulfilling it, in fear of either it not living up to her expectations or losing the one thing she's yearned for all of her life. But with help from Flynn she realizes that once one dream is fulfilled, another one will take its place.