Kingdom Hearts III
Flynn flees from several Heartless in a forest, but is rescued by Sora, Donald, and Goofy. After his rescue, he slinks away and enters a nearby tower where he meets Rapunzel and Pascal. Using a tiara he stole, Rapunzel blackmails him to help her embark on a journey to see the flying lanterns. Wary of the Heartless prowling about, Flynn recruits Sora and his friends to ward them off, convincing them to act as his "sidekicks". Later, Flynn is persuaded by Rapunzel to let Maximus come along.
At Corona, Flynn and Rapunzel are ready to watch the lanterns. Although Rapunzel is concerned it will not be like her imagination, Flynn tells her that she can find a new dream anyway. Flynn and Rapunzel have a nice time watching the lanterns fly. However, he mysteriously leaves with his crown on a boat, which breaks her heart. Unknown to Rapunzel, he has been knocked unconscious and tied-up by Marluxia. Eventually, Flynn is caught by the guards and is sentenced to death for his crimes by hanging.
The next day however, he manages to escape his death sentence with Maximus. While fleeing Corona, he sees Sora, Donald, and Goofy, and has the three of them ride on Maximus with him to rescue Rapunzel. The group returns to the tower, although Flynn gets there first. Inside, Flynn finds Rapunzel bound and gagged by Mother Gothel. As he enters, Gothel stabs him from behind, leaving him to die on the floor.
Rapunzel begs Gothel that if she lets her heal Flynn with the powers of her hair, Rapunzel will do whatever Gothel asks, even sacrificing her freedom for the rest of her life. Gothel accepts, and while Rapunzel tries to help Flynn, he tells her that if she heals him, she will die. Having realized that Gothel has used Rapunzel for her hair's healing properties, he chops off her hair with a mirror shard, causing her blonde hair to become brunette and destroying its power, which causes Gothel to die.
Rapunzel holds Flynn as he dies and they reveal to each other that their new dream was being together. As Rapunzel, Sora and the others mourn for Flynn, Rapunzel's tears allow her remaining power to revive Flynn. Flynn takes Rapunzel back to the Kingdom to see her real family, after revealing his real name Eugene Fitzherbert to Sora and his friends.
Sometime after Xehanort's defeat, Rapunzel and Eugene embrace in the town of Corona.
Flynn is a young man with brown hair, brown eyes and a goatee. He wears a long-sleeved white shirt rolled up to his forearms, with a turquoise vest on top. He has a small satchel belted around his waist on the left side, brown pants and boots.
Flynn has a somewhat selfish and narcissistic personality, although this gradually changes during his adventure with Rapunzel, whom he falls in love with. He was a cunning man who seeks to trick Rapunzel into escorting her back to her tower, forgetting about the journey to the kingdom due to him thinking this is all just a liability. Rapunzel's stubborn nature persists and she drags Flynn along with her. He is also seen slightly manipulative when he addresses Sora, Donald, and Goofy as his side kicks. His initial personality melts down and he shows a lighter and silly side after arriving in the Kingdom when he participated in the kingdom dance, only for him to be paired with Rapunzel at the last second.
Flynn is shown to be courageous, marching with Maximus by passing through a horde of Nobodies and Heartless that stands in his way to reach Rapunzel's tower. In his last breath, he cuts off Rapunzel's hair and confessed that she was his dream before dying, which shows the short adventure they had was enough to make him fall for her.
Flynn equips himself using a Frying Pan as a weapon. He specializes in dueling Heartless one at a time rather than in groups, which could be a disadvantage for him. His skills are mainly offense-oriented just like Rapunzel and the two have a joint attack with Sora by wrapping the latter along with Donald and Goofy in Rapunzel's hair, spinning them around as Rapunzel's hair glows and hurling the three to different areas on the battlefield to deal explosive light damage.
Flynn also uses a barrel he conjured out of nowhere to ram and harm Heartless quickly.
Flynn first appeared in the 2010 Disney animated film Tangled in 2010, voiced by Zachary Levi. He is the deuteragonist of the film, which is why the creators decided against naming the film Rapunzel as they wanted to convey the story is also Flynn's story instead of merely Rapunzel's.
In Tangled, Flynn is introduced as a young man who rescues Rapunzel from imprisonment. He rides a horse named Maximus, although Flynn does not own Maximus and they start out with a hostile relationship. His birth name is Eugene Fitzherbert. He changed his name to Flynn Rider, stemming from his "sob story" orphaned childhood upbringing and being enamored by a book called "The Tales of Flynnigan Rider" about a legendary and powerful adventurer. His past experiences have led him to becoming a notorious thief.
Flynn is inspired by the Prince from the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale.
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