"I know not who you are, nor how you came to find me, but can I just say...Hi. How ya doing? The name's Flynn Rider. Maybe you've heard of me? No? Nothing of my swashbuckling adventures, dashing good looks, or the fact that I'm not bad with the ladies
...Nothing? Huh. Well, I don't do backstory, so you're on your own."
Wanting to distance himself from his past, he creates an alternate identity for himself, pulling his name, Flynn Rider, from a story he read to the other children at his orphanage. "The Tales of Flynnigan Rider"
Flynn is a young adult, roughly twenty three or four, depending on who you ask.
(According to an official statement he's 26 years old. Going to refer to this age whenever it matters.)
Although deep down, he's a good person, caring and sensitive to the needs of others, he tries to come off as a self-centered thief. His fake reputation often gets him into trouble with the law, but all he wants, is the freedom to do whatever he wants, be whatever he wants. Or at least, up until he meets a young woman who's spent her entire life inside of a tower. It was then, when everything changed for him.
At first meeting, Flynn can come off as cocky, arrogant and a little bit self-centered. He is overly concerned about money, and wealth, and would rather spend the rest of his life on a private island, surrounded by money, rather than loved ones. He's a ladies-man, charming and flirtatious, and he’s used his famous “smoulder” to get himself out of many sticky situations. However, behind this facade, when one gets to know him, he is sensitive, laid back and good-hearted. Meeting Rapunzel, was the first nick, in his reputation. On his journey with the girl, he transforms into a more compassionate, chivalrous and trustworthy person, and changes his priorities. He's even willingly give up his chances at wealth to keep the Stabbington Brothers off their back. Although he never quite loses his initial cockiness and tendency to cause mischief, Flynn loses sight of the importance of becoming rich as he fights to be with Rapunzel, to the point where he's willing to die for the ones he loves.
As an experienced thief, Flynn is skilled in escaping the authorities, hiding out and stealing right from under people's noses. Thus, he is agile, strong and quick-witted, often out-thinking his opponents before going toe to toe with them. Flynn's talents also include fencing, horseback riding, scaling and maneuvering over high walls and towers with ease as well as his "superhuman good looks", which unfortunately have no effect on Rapunzel.
Like any wanted criminal, Flynn has a downside for every possible upside. Outside of the mere fact that he's been reduced to theft, an end to a means, rather than something he particularly enjoys doing, he is hardly trusting of others. Due to his background, his experience with the orphanage system, he finds it difficult to place trust in anyone, especially when his life hangs in the balance. He is also incredibly vein, cocky, egotistical, and flirtatious, often coming to the conclusion that the world revolves around him. Or at least, that it should.
Friends and Family:
Growing up within an orphanage, he never really got the opportunity to meet his parents. Outside of the fact that they gave him up, he knows little to nothing of who they were, or even what they looked like. As far as he's concerned, they died a long time ago. Being one of the older kids within said orphanage, many of the young ones looked up to him as something of a role model. Of course, he enjoyed this position in the spotlight, but he never felt connected to anyone there, often preferring to spend his time alone. He grew up with nobody by his side, and this tradition carried on into adulthood, his only desire to spend the rest of his life on a private island. Of course, once he met
, he saw the light, and realized that what he had been missing, was someone to spend his life with. That his crimes, were simply an attempt to fill the void.
Post-Movie before the wedding
Aquaintances:(Met them once or merely exchanged names.)
Frenemies:Rapunzels cousin. But also the queen of Arendelle. The two of them met under not-so-pleasant circumstances. Flynn is only slowly starting to comprehend her personal abilities and retreats from generally fearing them as another form of magic and possible source of trouble.A guy who works directly for the queen and is Annas boyfriend. They've met while both of them were transformed into sparrow men. Since he implied he would deliver Flynn to the queen and used his ice talent on him he's still not "sympatico" with him.Flynn has gotten to know her better due to an unlucky event with poisonous Loonyberries, which sent both of them tripping in the forest. Ever since they shared this experience he thinks of her as reliable in times of need. Regardless of that often one of the two will succumb to tease the other, which leads to a doom loop.
Relations: Flynn (un)fortunately ran into her inside of a high tower, where she had spent every single day of her life. By threatening him with a cooking utensil she could confince him to bring her to Corona at his own risk. Escaping death together has established a strong bond between him and her. Thus he gave up his old ideals and puts her first ever since.Rapunzels cousin and princess of Arendelle. Overall a very positive person to be around. To Flynn she seems to be almost as curious about her environment as Rapunzel. Flynn has got to know him as a poor kid, much like himself when he was his age. He feels that he owes him a tiny bit of justice. Arthurs mentor. He told Flynn, that Arthur had a destiny to await him, but didn't go into detail about it. He is not fond of Merlin (or magic in general). So he behaves rather careful around him.As much as Flynn adores this fuzzy fella he doesen't trust his naiveness and his ability to speak. He sees a potential danger in him regarding his own well-being.Much like Rapunzel, the little snow man appears to be curious about just about everything going on around him. Running into dangers he didn't know yet included, sadly.The eagle is a friend of Arthur and has readily taken all the risks of being slain at the spot to protect him from a shadows ambush. Flynn owes him no less than his life.
Enemies:Rapunzels "mother" - or at least she claimed to be for the longest time. Flynn only ever briefly met her, but he can't forget that the whole misery his future wife had to go through was her fault.The person who is responsible for the near destruction of Corona. He hasn't met her face-to-face yet.The ghost bride has hurt Arthur, because she wanted to kill Flynn and her shadow minions injured him pretty badly. Who would befriend someone like that, honestly. The soldier held Flynn hostage in order to blackmail Rapunzel and her parents and worked through an entire list of torture methods, with him as his victim.(The Stabbington Brothers)