The Idol of Vershaftsbezeigungengien is a magic idol that appears in the thirty-first episode of Tangled: The Series, "Happiness Is...". It has the power to grant whoever is holding it to experience their inner most happiness. Despite its well meaning to grant happiness, its power is consuming. The longer people are in possession of it, the more they crave for its power. In fact, once one uses the idol for the first time, using it is the only way to be happy unless it is destroyed.
The idol was created many years ago by a mystical Lorb warlock named Horb. It was his dream to eliminate sadness and the idol was the fruit of that quest. Though his intentions were noble, Horb never considered that sadness is a much-needed emotion. As a result, the idol's magic backfired and corrupted the minds of everyone he cared about. His only hope was to perform a cleansing ritual atop the temple of Torb. Before he could complete the ritual, the idol was lost during the chaos and remained hidden in the jungle for many years. Horb‘s actions doomed him to a lifetime of sadness.
Role in the series
While traversing the jungle, Rapunzel recovers the worn idol and falls under its magic. Because she was feeling homesick at the time, the idol allowed her to see her family and friends from Corona. After she shows the idol's magic to her friends on the island, Rapunzel becomes greedy over it to the point of not sharing it with her friends. The Lorbs try to help Rapunzel break free from the idol, but they too fall under the control of its magic, resulting in a riot that has everyone fighting each other. Rapunzel, who was snapped back to her senses with Pascal's help, retrieves the idol and attempts to destroy it at the top of the temple of Torb. However, hallucinations of her parents and friends urged her not to destroy the idol, but with help from Eugene and Cassandra, Rapunzel is able to destroy the idol, freeing everyone from its power for good.
- The full name of the idol is a long word gag of German. It doesn't actually translate to anything, though.
- Although unintentional, the Idol's corruption of whoever holds it and becoming obsessed with it is Similar to the One Ring from The Lord of The Rings.