While they're rarely the main characters, parents in Disney movies always serve important roles. King Triton is overprotective, provoking Ariel to make a dangerous bargain. Mother Gothel from Tangled is a literal villain, who Rapunzel must overcome. Most of the time these mothers, fathers, and guardians have pretty straightforward stories, but as fans online are pointing out, sometimes there's more going on beneath the surface. There's good reason to suspect, for example, that Mirabel's mom Julieta has known where Bruno has been for years, but kept it secret. Fans often wonder why there's a dungeon complete with magic shackles at the castle in Frozen. One logical explanation: Anna and Elsa's parents built it for their daughter. Sometimes these details simply point out the obvious. In The Incredibles, it's hard to get around the fact that Mr. Incredible is a selfish father and unsupportive husband.
Check out this list of heartbreaking details fans are sharing about Disney parents, and don't forget to vote up your favorites!
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Mother Gothel And Stockholm SyndromePhoto: Tangled / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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Elsa's Parents Built Her Dungeon And ShacklesPhoto: Frozen / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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Maurice Has Early Stage Alzheimer'sPhoto: Beauty and the Beast / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
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Mother Gothel Loves Hair, Not RapunzelPhoto: Tangled / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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Julieta Always Knew Where Bruno WasPhoto: Encanto / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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Aurora's Parents Doomed Her Because Of Trivial DisrespectPhoto: Sleeping Beauty / Buena Vista Distribution