"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 lucks, 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.
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 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.