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Tropes of the cast of Disney's Frozen and Frozen Fever.

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Note: The characters on this page would later appear in a season-long crossover between Frozen and the universe of Once Upon a Time. For tropes relating to the characters as shown in the live-action crossover, see Once Upon a Time: Magical Lands.

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Arendelle Royal Family

    Princess Anna of Arendelle
"I'm not leaving without you, Elsa."

Voiced by: Kristen Bell
(Child Anna) Voiced by: Livvy Stubenrauch (speaking) and Katie Lopez (singing)
(9-year old Anna) Voiced by: Agatha Lee Monn

The main protagonist of the film and the younger sister to Elsa.
  • Action Girl: Downplayed. She's shown to be able to hold her own well against a pack of wolves, an ice golem, and can pack a mean punch when she wants to, but the story places more focus on her plucky aspects than her action ones.
  • Adorkable:
    • She is not exactly the royal type of person, is she?
    • Her dancing even more so. Given everything before that point has shown Anna to be extremely energetic, you'd expect her dancing to be the same. Not so. She just sort of jigs in place in a very restrained fashion.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of other Disney Princesses such as the whole true love aspect, wanting to marry Hans when she barely knows him with Elsa and Kristoff criticizing her.
  • All-Loving Heroine: All she wants is to reconnect with her big sister, and she believes in The Power of Love.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Played for Laughs when she and Elsa are still kids, as demonstrated when Anna climbs into Elsa's bed and begs her to wake up and play with her, rolls around in mock angst when Elsa doesn't want to join in, only to give in when Anna asks "Do you want to build a snowman?". After the accident, Anna's relentless efforts to reach out to Elsa, who in turn continuously shrugs her off in order to protect her, are depicted in a very heartbreaking way.
  • Badass Adorable: Hikes through a mountain, fights off wolves and still looks so cute throughout the movie.
  • Badass in Distress: Saves herself from her curse as well as saving Elsa and stopping Hans all at the same time.
  • Badass Princess: This princess, who has been locked up in her home for 13 years, was able to help Kristoff take on a pack of wolves, stand up to an ice golem, and punch Hans in the face with enough force to knock him off a boat. Heck, she didn't even need a knight-in-shining-armor to finish the job.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Gets angry enough at Marshmallow to throw a snowball at him. At the end, she punches Hans in the face so hard that he falls off a ship into the harbor.
  • Big Damn Heroine: Saves Elsa's life by taking a sword slash for her just as her body totally freezes, which counts as the act of true love that in turn saves her life.
  • Big Eater:
    • If the first word to come out of her mouth after "We finish each other's — " is sandwiches, she clearly loves food.
    • "I wanna stuff some chocolate in my face!"
  • Big "NO!": As she jumps in front of Elsa just as Hans is about to strike her with his sword.
  • Birds of a Feather: What initially draws her to Hans is her belief that they are the same; looking for love, overlooked by their siblings, etc.
  • Body Horror: What she goes through after Elsa accidentally freezes her heart. Her hair slowly turns white, frostbite forms on her fingers and face, and she eventually turns into a solid ice statue.
  • Braids of Action: Twin plaits for hiking through a magic winter and a mountain.
  • Break the Cutie: Goes through a lot over the course of the film. If Elsa pushing her away and (accidentally) freezing her heart wasn't enough, Hans's reveal that he never truly loved her pushes her to the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Brutal Honesty: She rarely sugarcoats her feelings.
  • Buffy Speak: "Beautifuller", "good different", etc.
  • Bullying a Dragon: After Marshmallow literally throws her out of Elsa's ice palace, Anna loses her temper and throws a snowball at him... which does absolutely nothing but piss him off enough to chase after her.
  • Catch Phrase: "... Wait, what?", which was improvised by Kristen Bell.
  • Character Tic: Anna tucks a lock of hair behind her ear when she's embarrassed by something she's done or said, and often bites her bottom lip when thinking.
  • Cheerful Child: As a little girl she is non-stop cheer and smiles.
  • Color Motif: Green: every single one of her outfits has a green element to it, even her iconic "winter dress", which has green leaves and stems as part of the floral motif.
  • Cute Bruiser: An Adorkable Badass Princess mixed with her being a Pint-Sized Powerhouse.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: That incident with the statue and cake is endearing. Apparently, all that time she spent in the castle has made her this.
  • The Cutie: Her cheerful attitude and endearing quirks make her rather lovable.
  • Damsel in Distress: Believed herself to be this because of the ice curse but in the end it was she who performed the act of true love to save herself, Elsa and the kingdom.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Anna is an extremely extroverted person forced to be nearly alone for all of her childhood. To make matters worse, she doesn't know why it happened, and from her perspective, her older sister suddenly cut off their friendship and then ignored her. Her parents died when she was fifteen, and again she had no emotional support. It's obviously left some scars on her.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After Hans' betrayal, but quickly gets over it thanks to Olaf.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: She grows up isolated from everyone except her parents and a few trusted servants, which leaves her starved for both attention and affection. Anna is so in need of both that she agrees to marry Hans on the day she meets him. Given what Hans turns out to be, this is an even worse idea than it already sounds.
  • Determinator: In regards to tracking down Elsa and getting her to return. She sees her sister manifest ice powers, set off a global winter, and then run off into the mountains. Her response is basically 'Wait here. I'll be right back'.
    • This trait especially shows in the scene where she climbs the ice wall, which is as scary as it is funny. The look on Kristoffs face is mostly "You're crazy!", but with a hint of admiration.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Falls victim to this more than once.
    Anna: [after Hans falls on top of her in a rowboat] This is awkward. I mean, not that you're awkward - we're-I'm awkward - you're gorgeous. Wait, what?
  • Didn't Think This Through: Aside from trying to marry a man she met that day, she: runs off after Elsa in only her summer gown and a cape, her plan in terms of confronting Elsa amounts to 1) Find Elsa, 2) Talk to Elsa 3) ?????? 4) Elsa defrosts Arendelle, provokes Marshmallow even after it began walking away...Coincides with the Fearless Fool entry below.
  • Disney Death: Towards the end when she's frozen solid, before the act of true love defrosts her.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Throws a snowball at Marshmallow, despite Kristoff telling her to leave him be. Needless to say, it doesn't go well.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After years of suffering and depression, finally feels truly happy at the end.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Non-sexual, but she spends a lot more time staring goofily at Hans than she really needs to during his intro.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: She has been said to have the personality traits of Ariel, Mulan, and Rapunzel all rolled into one.
  • Fearless Fool: Anna's greatest strength and biggest weakness is that she is completely fearless; she will go boldly where others would hesitate, but also tends to be impulsive, and these impulses tend to lead her into trouble.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has strawberry-blonde hair, and can be pretty fiery when provoked.
  • Flat "What.": Her Catch Phrase at several points in the film. She even does it to herself early on.
  • Flower Motifs: Sunflowers. They really start to show in "Frozen Fever": her dress has sunflower patterns, she carries a bouquet of them, and her birthday cake has sunflowers as part of the decorations.
  • Foil: She's energetic and goofy in contrast to her serious older sister, Elsa.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Elsa's Responsible. Anna wants to marry Hans, but Elsa refuses to let them get married because they've only just met that day.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's not for villainy, but the reason why Anna is willing to marry Hans when they've just met is because she's a very extroverted person who was starved of friendship for most of her childhood, which left her desperate for any kind of affection at all.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Anna seems to show this trope where Elsa can't, since she 1). Makes friends with baby ducks in "For the First Time in Forever", 2). manages to charm Hans's horse, Sitron, 3). waves at Sven when the latter is sitting outside Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Sauna.
  • Friendless Background: Anna was raised in seclusion her whole life without any close friends and little to no contact with her sister, which may be the reason why she's so naive and willing to marry Hans, a guy she just met.
  • Genki Girl: Due to being cooped up in a castle for most of her life, Anna reacts to everything outside with enthusiasm and boundless energy. To the point that she's One of Us.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Had these when she was little. Eventually she wore braids instead.
  • Girly Bruiser: She may seem girly, but that doesn't mean she can't pack a punch!
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Falls in love with Hans at first sight. Subverted after it turns out he's a villain she has a love epiphany that she's in love with the blonde Kristoff.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Was this with Elsa when they were little; a good portion of the movie's drama is Anna wanting to become close to Elsa like they were as kids and not understanding why Elsa shuts her out.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: After learning of Hans's betrayal, she sadly tells Olaf that she doesn't know what love is.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ends up dodging in front of a sword strike meant for her sister even as she's turning to solid ice. Luckily, the Curse Escape Clause involving "an act of true love" kicks in.
  • Hikikomori: Thanks to her parents closing off the castle and raising her and Elsa in virtual isolation.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: When it comes to Hans. It's downplayed, since Hans wasn't Obviously Evil like other Disney Villains, and was actually pretty good at pretending to be a Nice Guy.
  • Hot-Blooded: She's free-spirited, feisty, adventurous, and easily excitable. Other than that, it's Played for Laughs.
  • Idiot Hero: She agrees to marry a guy after spending only a couple of hours with him. She goes off to find Elsa up a mountain without a map, suitable clothing, or provisions, and her only plan is to talk her down.
  • In Love with Love: She's far more interested in having a romance so she doesn't have to be alone anymore than in Hans himself. She even goes as far as to accept his proposal after knowing him for only one day, claiming he's her true love.
  • The Ingenue: She's been locked up at home all her life, making her very naive about the real world. It's a Deconstruction and Reconstruction of the trope in a Disney movie. Anna's naivety and her status as the heir apparent after Elsa becomes queen leads to Hans hatching his plot to take over the throne. However, once Hans had been neutralised, Anna gains some wisdom without becoming cynical or losing any of her warmth and sweetness.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Anna has a strong resemblance to Kristen Bell, even having Bell's lazy eye.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Anna's eyes represent her kind-hearted and naive personality. Since Elsa's eyes are also blue, one assumes that blue eyes is a genetic trait runs in the family.
  • Innocently Insensitive: During Do You Want to Build a Snowman? in which she begs Elsa to build a snowman with her, not knowing that the last time they built a snowman together, it almost killed her, but there's a reason why she doesn't know better.
  • Ironic Echo: Elsa's "What do you know about true love?" is answered after Hans leaves her to die by freezing.
    Anna: I don't even know what love is.
  • Ironic Name: "Anna" means "grace", but she's hardly a graceful individual.
  • "I Want" Song:
    • "Do You Want To Build a Snowman", in which Anna wants the close bond she and Elsa shared before Elsa shut herself off to protect Anna.
    • "For The First Time In Forever", in which Anna is excited at the prospect of meeting new people, and possibly finding true love (also the reprise, in which she wants to help Elsa and bring her back to Arendelle).
  • Kill the Cutie: Subverted. Though she is left to die by Hans, she gets better.
  • Large Ham: Quite possibly the hammiest princess in Disney, especially when she was a child. "Do you wanna build a snowman?!" while biking in the castlehallways and sliding down banisters.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Pabbie modifies her memory after Elsa's initial blast hits her as a child, letting her keep the memories of the fun times she had with her sister, but removing all knowledge of Elsa's powers as a precaution.
  • Le Parkour: Even as a child, she leaps high and has no trouble vaulting around the castle either. Ironically, she really sucks at climbing.
  • Little Sister Instinct:
    • When Elsa runs off after accidentally freezing the castle, Anna immediately sets out in search of her, despite the inherent danger of traveling alone through a blizzard.
    • In Frozen Fever, she was quick enough to stop her sister from falling off the top of a clock tower.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Implied. If Anna wasn't around, Elsa would have probably remained in her own self-imposed exile within Arendelle's castle, struggling to keep her powers hidden.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Developed a a couple of platinum blonde hairs after Elsa accidentally struck her in the head with her ice powers (though due to the trolls altering Anna's memory, she is made to believe she had it from childbirth). Later, her hair begins to turn silvery-white after Elsa accidentally freezes her heart, but it turns back to normal after the curse is broken.
  • Locked Up and Left Behind: Hans locks her in a room and leaves her to die from Elsa's curse.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: A big reason for her agreeing to marry Hans so quickly is that her castle is big and there are few people staffing it.
  • Love at First Sight: When she meets Hans she's awed by him and by the end of the night she agrees to marry him. We learn that Hans exploited this trope by faking being in love with Anna so he could marry into the throne.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: Olaf tells her Kristoff loves her. This, coupled with Hans's betrayal, makes her realize she's in love with him.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She plays this part to Kristoff, being a spunky and cheeful girl to enliven the gruff, asocial ice harvester.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Grace' can mean "kindness and caring," which Anna has in spades.
  • Messianic Archetype: Even after Elsa was called a monster by everyone else, had unintentionally caused an Endless Winter, and had rejected and even nearly killed her by accident... she never gave up on her fallen sister, believing in the inherent goodness in Elsa's heart. In the end, the concept of true love came in the form of a Heroic Sacrifice, which allowed Elsa to finally redeem herself and brought Anna back from the dead.
  • Missing Steps Plan: Her plan to save Arendelle is basically 1. Find Elsa 2. Talk to Elsa 3.??? 4.Elsa thaws Arendelle. Lampshaded by Kristoff.
  • Motifs: Fire. She's a Fiery Redhead, she uses fire as a weapon against the wolves, and the moment where Hans betrays her and leaves her to die is punctuated by him extinguishing all sources of fire in the immediate area.
  • Motor Mouth: When she enters her Adorkable mode, she talks much faster.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Has a lot of strength for her size: in "For the First Time in Forever," Anna accidentally hammer tosses a statue bust across a room. She later sucker punches Hans hard enough to send him over the railing of a ship.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When she gets betrayed by Hans, she realized Elsa and Kristoff were right about their objection of her getting engaged to him.
  • Mystical White Hair: Has a streak of hair which turned platinum blonde after Elsa accidentally struck her in the head as a child. When Elsa accidentally freezes her heart, her hair slowly turns white as she nears death. By the time she unfreezes thanks to her Heroic Sacrifice, the streak is gone.
  • Naïve Everygirl: A romantic naive young girl who dreams of finding true love.
  • Nice Girl: Always sweet, cheerful, and kind, though she has her limits.
  • Not a Morning Person: She has a lot of trouble waking up, both on Elsa's coronation day in the movie and on her own birthday in the Frozen Fever short.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Serves as this for Elsa to help her defrost. Ultimately, it's her act of saving Elsa that creates the act of true love: the bond between the sisters.
  • Oblivious to Love: Has no clue Kristoff has fallen for her until Olaf points it out.
  • Oblivious Younger Sibling: Justified since Anna's memories of magic are taken away (not out of malice) by the trolls after Elsa's magic almost killed her. As a result, she is unaware of the reasons for Elsa's isolation.
  • Official Couple: With Kristoff, although they are not married by the movie's end.note 
  • Oh Crap!: She has a rather huge one while discovering Hans' true self.
  • One Head Taller: Or perhaps one head shorter. With Kristoff, who is taller than her by a head and is also built much larger, adding a bit of Huge Guy, Tiny Girl into the mix.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The moment Elsa runs off and Anna prepares to make chase, there is a very distinct difference in how she speaks when she says "Bring me my horse, please," and her tone when placing Hans in charge during her absence. It is a remarkable difference from her normal demeanor and shows just how important Elsa is to her. Compare and contrast her slightly less commanding tone and request when she solicits Kristoff for help the following night.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: At the end of 'Do You Want To Build a Snowman', after her parents' death, she collapses against her sister's bedroom door, sobbing and begging Elsa for company.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Her cut song More Than Just The Spare helped shape her character even if it didn't make it into the movie. Elsa is simply better at everything than her and the one who will inherit the throne.
  • Pimped-Out Dress:
    • Her dress during the coronation is several shades of green, has large pleats all around the billowy skirt, and is covered with intricate rosemaling.
    • Her winter outfit, which she acquires during her search for Elsa, is less flamboyant but still quite detailed and beautiful with its shades of purple and blue.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She punches out Hans with one punch despite her small stature.
  • Plucky Girl: Overlaps with hints of Action Girl, as she shows incredible moxie and always tries to help. The most action-y instances are when she and Kristoff fight off a wolf pack, when they evade Marshmallow, and when she sucker punches Hans into the fjord.
  • The Pollyanna: Promotional material lists her defining trait as optimism.
  • The Power of Love: Her love for her sister allowed her to brave driving snow in little more than a ballgown, climb a mountain and cross a frozen lake in order to throw herself in front of Hans' sword to save Elsa despite being half-dead at the time.
  • Pretty in Mink: When she gets winter clothes from Oaken, she gets a cape and cap lined with white fur.
  • Princess Classic: Anna grows up to be an archetypal "sweet-natured, innocent, friend to all living things, romantic" princess.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Her winter cape and cap are magenta and her room is pink.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In her hurt and anger at being forbidden Elsa's blessing to marry Hans, she gives a short one to her sister.
  • Rebellious Princess: The theme behind the deleted song "We Know Better". It's about Elsa and Anna as little girls complaining about all the things princesses are expected to do, claiming they "know better."
  • Reconstruction: Of The Heart. Much like The Chick of old, Anna's main strength isn't so much her smarts, experience or power, but her care for the people around her and her determination to save them from their darker sides. However, this doesn't mean she has to be completely useless, completely based around those she cares about, or that she can't have agency in the plot. Stupid Good naiveté and any ideas about dudes solving all your problems are treated as a teenage girl thing she gets to grow out of without having to turn all cynical or lose any of her warmth and sweetness.
  • Redhead In Green: Nearly every outfit she's seen in is green, excepting the mourning dress and the winter dress bought from Oaken's.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • The red to Elsa's blue. Anna is very energetic in contrast to her sister's calmness.
    • Reversed in Frozen Fever, where Elsa was more energetic than her.
  • Sadistic Choice: Once Anna realizes that Kristoff does love her and went back for her, she hopes she can get a kiss from him to save her life. On the other hand, she sees her emotionally-broken sister about to be killed by her traitorous ex-fiancé. It was her life or her sister's. She chooses the latter and it turned out to be a better choice.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Kristoff. Anna wants to marry Hans while Kristoff seems to have Elsa's perspective on marrying a guy she just met.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Her extreme naivete and awkwardness are a result of spending most of her life locked up in the royal palace with little to no companionship.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: She's energetic, outspoken, and extroverted while Elsa is calm, reserved, and introverted.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Anna was initially smitten with Hans because of his princely and nice guy demeanor, but it turned out he was just playing her. Thankfully, she becomes an Official Couple with the surly, but brave and heroic Kristoff who would do anything to protect her and their loved ones.
  • Skunk Stripe: Because of the accident with Elsa's powers in her childhood, she has a single platinum blonde streak in her otherwise strawberry-blonde hair. It goes away after her curse is broken.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Like Rapunzel, she is more prone to suffering Amusing Injuries than the previous Disney Princesses. Anna is subjected to about the same amount of slapstick that Kristoff is subjected to, though significantly less than what Olaf is subjected to.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Falls in love with Hans and agrees to marry him the first day they meet.
  • Spare to the Throne: When the King was still alive, she was this. When Elsa became queen, she got bumped up to heir apparent. This was exploited by Hans.
  • Stepford Smiler: Implied. While she was energetic and happy even as a child, it seems like staying that way through adulthood was Anna's way of dealing with Elsa's emotional distance, especially after the deaths of their parents.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Anna has similar features to both of her parents, especially to her mother. Specifically, she has her mother's facial features but has her father's hair and eye colors.
  • Stylish Protection Gear: The only winter clothes available at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Sauna not only conveniently fit her, but also look quite nice.
  • Sunny Sunflower Disposition: In Frozen Fever, sunflowers are the theme of her birthday party and dress, fitting Anna's cheerful and sunny personality.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Both Anna's green princess dress and her blue winter dress have flowers on them.
  • Taken for Granite: When one of Elsa's blasts strikes her in the heart, her body slowly begins to turn into really hard ice. (Instead of the Literally Shattered Lives you'd expect from her being struck by a sword, it's the sword that shatters.)
  • Taking the Bullet: Takes a sword slash meant for her sister just as her body turns to ice.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Though unintentional, Anna throwing herself in front of Hans just as she began to expire earns Hans the ire and disgust of the Duke and many others who saw. After Anna thaws out, they cheer when she punches Hans off the boat, meaning that not only did her sacrifice help her sister end the winter, but it also gave them the opportunity to see what a traitor Hans really is.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Being from a Fairy Tale, and being a Disney Princess, it's not surprising that Anna believes in "True love", wants to meet "The One" in a single day, and bumps into Hans right afterwards. Turns out that Kristoff is actually The One, but their first encounter was a lot less idealized. Coming from Disney, it looks like a self-parody, as evidenced by Elsa's disapproval of the attempted marriage proposal.
  • This Loser Is You: Part of what makes her a character to relate to (for girls) is because of her awkward and quirky personality.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Elsa's Girly Girl. Although both dress femininely, Anna is the one to stuff her face with food, punch out a prince, rescue her sister in the place of choosing to kiss Kristoff, act awkwardly, is Not a Morning Person with the hairstyle and drool to match, and ride a bicycle indoors.
  • Tomboy Princess: She spends her childhood climbing around the castle and badgering her sister into going outside and building snowmen.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: While she's a Tomboy Princess compared to Elsa, she's still a loving, romantic Naïve Everygirl and her "I Want" Song was all about finding romance and falling in love.
  • Too Much Information: Her response to one of the trolls mentioning that Kristoff "only likes to tinkle in the woods" during the "Fixer Upper" number:
    Anna: I did not need to know that.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Has a fondness for chocolate. Also loves sandwiches, soup, roast, and ice cream.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Wow, does she go through tragedy!
    • She gets accidentally hit in the head with ice by Elsa as kids and gets her memories wiped clean to not remember her sister's powers.
    • Then, Anna is separated by Elsa and doesn't know why, tries desperately to reconnect with her.
    • Cut to a few years later, her parents are dead and Anna tries again to reconnect with Elsa with no avail.
    • Another three years go by and she finds someone she thinks is true love, Hans, then has an argument with Elsa about her quick engagement, which reveals Elsa's powers, culminating with her running away.
    • Anna tries to get her to come back but only gets her heart frozen by her accidentally.
    • She tries to get Hans to kiss her, and reveals himself to be a manipulative sociopath who leaves her to die and plans to kill Elsa, crushing her idea of what love is, while freezing to death.
    • And finally, saves Elsa at the cost of her own life. It's a good thing she comes back to life and things get better for her, but someone give her a hug and that someone was Elsa.
  • Undying Loyalty: Anna seems to always believe Elsa is not someone to fear, but is someone who is just really scared and frightened of herself. When Elsa's powers are revealed, and she runs away, Anna doesn't hesitate to go after her. "She's my sister - she would never hurt me." The fact that she is later dying because of Elsa's magic, and still doesn't hesitate to save her, really proves this trope.
  • Uptown Girl: For Kristoff at the end; princess and ice salesman and all.
  • Wakeup Makeup: Averted. Anna wakes up on coronation day with what must be the world's worst case of bedhead.
    • The bedhead returns in Frozen Fever, where the occasion was her own birthday.
    • In the Frozen fan-comic Cinema Snob Reviews Frozen, the Snob describes her as being a bassist for an 80s Hair Metal band.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She and Elsa were insperable as children. Then, the accident happened.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Anna calls Elsa out on shutting her out during the coronation party.
  • Woman Child: Anna's only 18, but she can be quite immature and childish. The price of being isolated in the castle for 13 years and no contact with the outside world does take its toll.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: She's convinced that her Love at First Sight with Hans is true love. She learns otherwise the hard way when Hans reveals he only pretended to love her to get to the throne.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Twice, both for the same reason: she's unintentionally blasted by Elsa's magic, which begins to freeze her from the inside. The king and queen appeal to the trolls to reverse it the first time, though they're unable to do anything the second time, due to the damage being done to the heart instead of the head (the heart can only be melted by an act of true love, the head can be easily persuaded by memory surgery).
  • Youthful Freckles: On her face and shoulders. Serves to highlight her immaturity and naivete compared to her more regal older sister and world-wise love interests.

    Queen Elsa of Arendelle
"The cold never bothered me anyway..."

Voiced by: Idina Menzel
(Child Elsa) Voiced by: Eva Bella
(12-year old Elsa) Voiced by: Spencer Lacey Ganus

The Snow Queen herself. Elsa had her ice powers from birth, but tried to suppress and hide them (even from her sister Anna) in fear of the harm they might do.note 
  • 13 Is Unlucky: She was isolated for 13 years and she will be the 13th princess in the Disney Princess line. She's also a lot more unlucky than the other Disney Princesses, with her entire life from childhood being one long Trauma Conga Line that only ends after the climax of the movie. It extends beyond that. Elsa originally wore the braid as a child - before the accident that caused her to fear her powers - before sporting the bun once she grew older and became more emotionally restrained.
  • Above Good and Evil: Played with. After running away to be alone, she resolves to discard concepts like "right" and "wrong," and simply live by her own rules, no longer caring what the rest of the world will think of her actions. Nonetheless, when she finds out she has unknowingly frozen the entire kingdom of Arendelle, she is deeply horrified.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The Snow Queen was a neutral entity in the original tale, open to interpretation as either good or evil. While Elsa fears she's the latter, she's really the former.
  • Adorkable: She's so excited about Anna's birthday celebration in Frozen Fever that she squeals with excitement at several points.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Ever since she was a child, she has obsessively tried to suppress her ice powers and stay as far away from people as possible since she is afraid that she will hurt others like she did with Anna.
  • Aloof Big Sister: To Anna. Significantly justified as she's like this because she's afraid of hurting Anna again.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: It's been confirmed by Jennifer Lee that Elsa suffers from depression and anxiety issues. Given her story, it's not really a surprise.
  • The Atoner:
    • Played with. When she learns that she caused an Endless Winter in Arendelle, she would like to fix it, but she doesn't know how, and is too scared of making things worse to try.
    • Her desire to make Anna happy in Frozen Fever is driven by guilt over how much her sister suffered because of her powers. "For everything you are to me, and all you've been through..."
  • Badass Adorable: She may not be as Adorkable as Anna, but when she lets emotion show on her face, you can see the family resemblance to Anna.
  • Badass Boast:
    • "Here I'll stand, and here I'll stay" from "Let It Go" is a boast to the world that it won't be making any more demands of her identity.
    • In the same song: "I am one with the wind and sky."
  • Badass Bookworm: Her powers make her considerably badass. It is also stated in the book A Sister More Like Me that Elsa loves geometry. Note her mention of fractals during "Let it Go".
  • Badass Cape: She casts off her royal cape as a prelude to her costume switch, where she creates an absolutely stunning replacement woven from ice.
  • Badass In Charge: The Queen of Arendelle, and also a powerful ice mage.
  • Badass in Distress: As she's not an aggressive person, she's vulnerable whenever her state of mind is affected (in the original movie) or when she's sick (in Frozen Fever).
  • Beneath the Mask: Anna has only seen her distant attitude for years on end, so she's both surprised and a little relieved to see Elsa having fun talking about chocolate and teasing her by making her dance with the duke. When her cover is blown, it also turns out that she really hated having to always repress her emotions, showing a playful and creative side with a lot of artistic sense. Unfortunately, there's also a lot of anxiety bubbling away beneath the surface.
  • Beware the Superman: Played with. Elsa is generally good at heart, but she is so afraid of accidentally hurting someone she cares about that she has to shut everyone out of her life, including Anna. The show of her powers made her someone to fear. Once she runs away, she decides "screw this, I'm going to run away and let loose", yet it causes an Endless Winter. Hans exploits this trope to justify killing Elsa.
  • Benevolent Mage Ruler: The movie is basically the story of how she becomes one, and the hard road to mastering both her magical talent and the responsibilities of a Queen (with help from the most adorable little sister ever).
  • Big Sister Instinct: Elsa loves her little sister, Anna, dearly. When she accidentally struck her with her ice powers when they were little, she locked herself in her room and didn't play with or speak to Anna anymore. Elsa shut her out because she was terrified of hurting her sister or anyone else with her powers again. She continues to have this attitude throughout the majority of the film's events.
  • Blessed with Suck: She was born with magical powers, but started to fear them after her accident with Anna. She actually loves making ice and snow, but can never do so for fear of hurting everyone.
  • Breakout Character: As a result of her popularity, other media that involves Frozen characters often gives Elsa a more prominent role, such as Once Upon a Time.
  • Break the Cutie: The trauma the movie deals her exceeds even that dealt to Anna.
  • Broken Ace: Brilliant, beautiful, artistic, intense magical power, excells at everything, graceful and even a very kind person. However, she has a lot of emotional issues because the graceful perfect act is a misguided attempt to keep her magic in check.
  • Broken Bird: After many years of isolating herself in fear that her powers might hurt someone, Elsa has become more cynical and more detached from Anna.
  • Byronic Heroine: She is an Ice Queen who not only is brooding about her powers, but also exiles herself after her powers are exposed at the coronation. Though, unlike most byronic heroes, this is less due to selfish whining and more because she feels she must detach herself emotionally for her little sister's safety.
  • Celibate Heroine: Not clear if it's a direct result of her not wanting to get close to anyone out of fear of hurting them, or if she's asexual, or if it's something else entirely, but regardless of the reason, Elsa never shows romantic interest in anyone. When Hans was explaining his plans to Anna, he noted that his original plan to take the throne of Arendelle was simply to woo and marry Elsa, but he had to abandon that plan since "nobody was getting anywhere with her".
  • The Chains of Commanding: Between becoming queen and keeping her ice magic in check at the beginning of the film, Elsa certainly suffered from this, at least until she gleefully broke those chains in "Let it Go".
  • Character Development: Following her return to power as Arendelle's reigning monarch, Elsa's original personality, not dominate since childhood, makes a return. With a warm, welcoming aura, Elsa rules her kingdom with a genuine smile, and spends most of her spare time using her abilities for the pleasure of herself, her sister, and the entire kingdom. As seen in Frozen Fever, this aspect of Elsa's personality has not only remained, but strengthened, as the short heavily showcased Elsa's lighter side as fun-loving, and extremely devoted to her sister, yet retained her sense of elegance, vibrancy, and compassion.
  • Character Tics:
    • Elsa crosses her arms when she feels stressed. Notably happening when her powers are exposed at the coronation (especially since it was to hide her uncovered left hand).
    • She also tends to put her left fingers over her lips when she laughs.
    • Elsa rolls her eyes when she's impatient.
  • Cheerful Child: In the beginning of the film, before she accidentally hurt Anna, she was just as cheerful as Anna.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: She is very unsure of herself and always afraid of hurting others.
  • Composite Character: Elsa takes the role of both the Snow Queen and Kai.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: Hoping to constrain her powers, Elsa is never without her gloves. Anna later comments that she thought the gloves were due to Elsa being Terrified of Germs.
  • Cool Big Sis:
    • Pun intended, but she used to be this for Anna when they were younger. In the ending, she becomes it again.
    • In Frozen Fever, this trope is definitely on her mind as she forces herself to go through Anna's birthday celebrations, even while suffering a bad cold.
  • Cool Crown: She initially wore a small tiara but she discards it when she abandons Arendelle. The Stinger reveals that her minion Marshmallow found it.
  • Costume Porn: Par for the course for Disney, but Elsa's sky-blue snow queen dress deserves a special mention. It's breathtaking, and detailed to the stitch.
  • Covers Always Lie: A lot of promotional art depicts her as confidently smug, while in the movie proper she's anything but... save for the moments when she's being herself instead of "the good girl you always have to be".
  • Creating Life Is Unforeseen: When she recreates Olaf during "Let It Go," she has no idea that he's alive until he shows up with Anna. Taken Up to Eleven in Frozen Fever, where she spawns the Snowgies by just sneezing.
  • Cultured Badass: The "cultured" part is more prominent in A Sister More Like Me which shows her many talents. The "badass" part comes from her powers, and it's implied that she's holding back. "Let It Go" unites them when she uses math to create her ice palace.
  • Daddy's Girl: During the growing up montage, it's implied that she is closer to her father than to her mother.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a child, hit Anna in the head with her powers. This essentially drives the entire plot and is the reason why Elsa is so detached from her sister.
  • Dark Magical Girl: She's a good person at heart who was isolated from everyone due to her powers, leading to her becoming an (unintentional) antagonist. As with most Dark Magical Girls, she's eventually saved through the Power of Love by her heroic Foil.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Surprisingly enough, considering her overall personality and circumstances, she shows signs of this when Anna and Hans propose their marriage to her. It is gone as fast as it appears but this could be what lies Beneath the Mask.
    • This aspect gets a bit more screen time in Frozen Fever. When she chooses the ideal ice figurine to grace the top of the birthday cake:
      (creates a lone figurine of Anna):...Too lonely.
      (creates the sisters as how they were introduced at the ball in Frozen): ...Stiff
      (creates the scene of the sisters during Anna's Heroic Sacrifice in Frozen): ... I can't do that!
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Again, pun intended, but it is Anna's love for her that ultimately frees her from her fears and unlocks the ability to thaw out the winter.
  • Deuteragonist: The story starts from her perspective and we see what she's doing almost as much as Anna. She's also the one actually driving the plot.
  • Dreamworks Face: She not only does this in the posters, but also In-Universe at the final line in "Let it Go".
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Finally conquers her crippling fear.
  • Emotional Powers: Her powers are connected to her emotions. When she's feeling better she creates happier things like Olaf, but when she wants to hide away from the world she creates the massive Marshmallow. Negative emotions like fear or worry tend to give her Power Incontinence, while positive ones allow her more control of her powers. Embracing her love for others is what allows her to lift the Endless Winter from Arendelle.
  • Emotion Suppression: For many years, Elsa had to constantly suppress her emotions in fear she would lose control of her powers.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Her ice dress is pretty glittery, which becomes particularly evident when she steps into the sunlight at the end of "Let It Go". There are also sparkles in her hair, as her braid is adorned with tiny sparkling snowflakes.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: After "Let it Go", Elsa drops her Prim and Proper Bun in favor of a French braid.
  • Fisher King: The weather changes according to her mood.
  • Foil: She is serious in contrast to her energetic sister, Anna.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible Sibling to Anna's Foolish Sibling. Anna wants to marry Hans, but Elsa refuses to let them get married because they've only just met that day.
    • The roles get reversed in Frozen Fever, as Elsa insists on going through the birthday celebrations despite being rather sick, while Anna realises that her sister desperately needs rest.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Her coronation dress, and especially her ice dress, are tailored enough to perfectly highlight her curves.
  • Friendless Background: Like her sister, she was raised in seclusion and she doesn't have any friends her age.
  • Full-Contact Magic: Whenever she uses her powers intentionally, she always makes grand gestures with her hands or dancing. When she creates her ice palace, it's more like she's actually lifting it out of the mountain than anything.
  • Glass Cannon: She's very powerful, but still ultimately a young woman susceptible to conventional harm if one bypasses her icy defenses. When a crossbow knocks down the ice chandelier, it knocks her out.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Inverted. Instead of involuntary isolation giving someone mental/emotional issues, she isolates herself on purpose because of her emotional issues.
  • Gorgeous Garment Generation: Her sparkly blue Snow Queen dress was woven from ice and snow.
  • Hair Decorations: Elsa's is subtly adorned with snowflakes. As a kid, she has a blue headband.
  • Hates Being Touched: She won't let other people touch her, out of fear of losing control of her powers. Not knowing the truth leads Anna to think she's a neat freak. Once Elsa has her powers in check, she's freer with physical contact.
  • Hero Antagonist: She unintentionally drives the conflict, creating an Endless Winter in the middle of summer when she runs away to the mountains to isolate herself in an attempt to protect everyone else from her powers. Her sister, Anna, has to seek her out so that they could find a way to stop the winter she unknowingly caused.
  • Hero with a Unique Name: The main characters follow a trend of filling in parts of the original novel's author's name except for the deuteragonist Elsa, (Hans, Kristoff, Anna, Sven = "Hans Christian Andersen").
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Things were going somewhat okay for her during her coronation and the ball. Then Anna accidentally screws things up and 13 years of hiding Elsa's powers comes to an end. This also causes her to flee the kingdom due to not being able to keep it under control despite her attempts to. More sinister characters attempt to use this to usurp power for their own benefit, such as the Duke of Weselton, and later, Hans.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: When Hans tells her that Anna's dead. When Elsa goes through these, the snow tends to freeze outside (also happened when she learned that her parents were dead).
  • The Hermit: She tries this lifestyle for a while, as she thinks she can escape her problems by living alone in an ice castle on the side of a mountain. She ultimately learns otherwise, however.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • She demonstrates a sly sense of humor during the coronation, when she tricks Anna into dancing with the Duke of Weselton and barely suppresses a laugh at her sister's expense. One of the cut songs, "We Know Better" expands on this, indicating in the lyrics that as a child Elsa would occasionally "freeze her nanny's big behind" or "freeze her tutor's tea".
    • Although she is passive compared to Anna, it is implied that she ironically enjoys more thrilling activities than her sister. Immediately after thawing Arendelle, she creates an ice rink for everyone to enjoy without hesitation. While Anna is somewhat hesitant, she skates without fear, even encouraging her to join in.
    • Frozen Fever reveals that she's game enough to dance at the top of a clock tower, despite being delirious from a cold.
  • High Class Gloves: Though her gloves were to contain her power, they are still items fit for royalty. Even her coronation gloves match her dress.
  • Hot Witch: Once she's finally able to be herself and embrace her powers, her beauty really shines.
  • Hypocrite: Elsa is right that Anna is too sheltered to understand what love is. But Elsa herself is also very sheltered having never set foot outside the castle in 13 years. Anna even calls her out on this.
    Anna: What do you know about love? All you know how to do is shut people out.
  • An Ice Person: Has the ability to create ice and snow, which also extends to creating sentient snowmen and even a dress made of ice for herself. The origin of these powers is a case of All There in the Manual from Jennifer Lee (about a third down the page) revealed the explanation: a child is born with ice magic 1000 years after Saturn is in an alignment with something. This makes sense because, you know, Saturn has both rings of ice and rock and a moon covered in ice note . It was left out of the final film because the more you explain about magic, the more you want to know about its rules, and more importantly it would have detracted from the plot, seeing as planetary alignment is not a major point unlike another Disney film. See also When the Planets Align below.
  • Ice Queen: Both literally and figuratively! Though she was rather cheerful as a child, when Elsa's powers accidentally hurt Anna, she felt a need to tightly control her emotions so that no one would find out or be hurt. In particular, Anna feels shut out and disliked by her sister for no reason she can understand, though the party at the beginning of the movie makes it clear even to her that Elsa does care about her. In any case, her own mask didn't work and when her cover was blown she just gave up on it entirely, leading into her song Let It Go. Sure, she might have to isolate herself from humanity from the rest of her life, but hey, look at the bright side! At least she doesn't have to bottle her emotions up anymore.
  • An Ice Suit: A variation; her slinky blue gown seems much better suited for warm weather. The cold never bothered her anyway (presumably because being one who can make ice makes it possible for her to tolerate subzero temperatures more easily).
  • Iconic Outfit: Her silky blue gown is more recognizable and is printed on more merchandise than her coronation outfit.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Not evil, but since her element is ice, this fits.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Cutting off Anna when they were kids.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: While she was going to kill the Weselton guards in self-defense (who didn't stop their assassination attempt even after she eased her icy death traps), Hans pleas with Elsa not to do it, because it would only end up painting her as a monster to everyone. Considering she had already accidentally plunged the country into an eternal winter a short while ago, as evil as Hans turns out to be, he does have a point.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: She can make ice constructs of anything, even a whole palace.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Her new outfit was woven from ice crystals.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Downplayed, as her figure is still unrealistic, but not to the proportions typical of the trope.
  • Instant Expert: During the course of "Let it Go", she gains increasing control of her powers, going from creating a few wisps of cold, to constructing a crude snowman, to a fairly large bridge, which becomes crystalline and intricate as she crosses it, to an entire palace made of ice. Also downplayed in that while she knows how to direct it, she doesn't know how to turn it off. The former is justified by one of the tie-in books, which reveals that Elsa was a fan of geometry since she was little.
  • Internalized Categorism: Thanks to some childhood trauma, she grows up fearing her own powers. This is especially bad for her since her powers can be triggered by her own emotions, so this made them even harder to control.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While she isn't being particularly understanding, she's completely right when she refuses to approve of Anna's wedding to Hans on the grounds that marrying a man you just met is ridiculous, a sentiment Kristoff agrees with. She's proven right upon the reveal that Hans was Evil All Along.
  • Jerkass Façade: Although Elsa may seem a bit aloof towards Anna, this is only her repressing her emotions in order to keep her powers in check, and she really does deeply care for her sister and her well-being, but always had to push her away, just to protect her.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Best displayed when the Duke's guards tried to kill her. She's in her ice outfit, as in the slinky dress, cape, and heels, and her powers still make her formidable against them. The only reason they even stood a chance at first was because she didn't want to hurt anyone. Their relentless attacks drove her to fight back, and they were clearly no match.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Ice-oriented variant but her magic is certainly not evil.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: After tossing away the crown, she knocks off her bun in favor of a French braid.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Isolates herself from everyone, including Anna, even though they live in the same house.
  • Mad God: Technically she's a Neurotic Overpowered-Mage, but the results are surprisingly similar: She sets off an eternal winter by having an anxiety attack, and accidentally creates life while in a good mood.
  • Madness Mantra: "Don't feel, don't feel, don't feel, don't feel!" She says this after Anna tells her that she caused an endless winter in Arendelle. To make it creepier, the icy room around her turns red and ice spikes jut forth from the walls as she says this, springing from the dread she is unable to suppress.
  • The Makeover: With no one left to worry about once she leaves Arendelle, she quickly drops her restraint, lets down her hair, and puts on something way more flattering. Even when gaining control over her powers, Elsa still keeps the look. It's just too cool to lose.
  • Malfunction Malady: In the Frozen Fever short she has a cold that gets progressively worse. Every time she sneezes, she creates a few tiny armless snowgies. At the end, Olaf and Kristoff herd hundreds of them up to the ice palace. She also sneezes right as she tries to blow on the ceremonial horn which through sheer coincidence happens to launch a massive snowball that knocks Hans into a pile of manure all the way over in the Southern Isles entirely.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Elsa and Anna's strained relationship is not helped by Elsa occasionally acting happy to see Anna (such as her coronation party and when Anna first enters her ice palace), which gets her hopes up, only to turn around and abruptly tell her they can't see each other anymore.
  • Meaningful Name: "Elsa" is German for "noble", which alludes to her high status as a princess, her ascent as queen of Arendelle, and the fact that deep down she really has such a good heart and spirit.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: When fleeing across the fjord she doesn't realize that behind her the steps across the water are expanding, causing the entire area to freeze solid. The rest of Arendelle freezes over within hours, before she manages to figure out how to actually thaw the ice she creates.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Fairly Downplayed, but after transforming into her ice dress, she is the most scantily clad character in the film (relatively speaking).
  • Most Common Superpower: Downplayed. Though it's hard to tell given the animation style, Elsa's figure qualifies as a downplayed version of the Impossible Hourglass Figure (see above). It's easy to see what contributes for Elsa's top half and she does have powers, completing the trope. Also, looking at the sisters side by side, one notices that Elsa's bust is considerably larger than Anna's.
  • Mundane Utility: At the end of the film, Elsa uses her ice powers to entertain her subjects, making an ice-skating rink in summer. She also can use magic to redesign clothing and decorate Anna's birthday cake.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She suffers this a couple of times in the film:
    • When she and Anna are first playing with snow in the beginning, Elsa hitting her sister accidentally with her ice spell is what first causes her to hate her powers.
    • She's horrified when she learns that her powers have caused an endless winter, and utters the line word-for-word when she sees it firsthand.
  • My Greatest Failure: She deeply regrets how she almost killed Anna by accident when they were kids, and still worries it might happen again (in a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, she does almost kill her again). This is the main reason she refuses to get close to her sister.
  • Neat Freak: More prominent in A Sister More Like Me. In the film itself, Anna admits that she always assumed that this was why Elsa wore gloves so much.
  • Nervous Wreck: Underneath her calm and aloof façade she's this. Word of God states that she suffers from depression and anxiety.
  • Nice Girl: She is caring, warm, protective, loving, compassionate, selfless, benevolent, emotional, sensitive, and peaceful. Even before her Character Development, her Jerkass Façade was only made so to keep her little sister safe.
  • Nice Shoes: Her ice outfit includes a pair of ice-themed kitten heels.
  • No Social Skills: Due to being shut up in her castle most of her life and only communicating with her parents and occasionally Anna. When it came time to be crowned, one can tell she feels rather awkward around everyone. And an argument with Anna certainly didn't help matters. She does manage a regal bearing, since that requires constraint and control anyway.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite her Emotionless Girl facade early in the film, she still has a (good-natured) Gadfly moment during the coronation when she manages to rope Anna into dancing with the Duke, who is a horrible dancer.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: She's the queen and Anna's sister, so Anna goes to her to ask for her blessing to her engagement with Hans, assuming it's a done deal. She says no because Anna has just met Hans and definitely has known him for no more than twelve hours. Not to mention, in real life European monarchies of the time, any member of a royal court, family members included, would need the permission of the reigning monarch to marry and have children.
  • The Perfectionist: She always tried her best to be "the perfect girl" so could keep her powers under control. Even after opening up and learning to use her powers, she still keeps this trait, as seen in Frozen Fever where Elsa is fixated on giving Anna a perfect birthday despite her cold.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: She accidentally caused a country wide eternal winter.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: She gets two in the movie.
    • Her coronation dress has gold trimming on the waist and neckline, and floral motifs on the skirt and bodice.
    • The dress she makes is loaded with small wintry things that make it glitter.
    • She creates another one with her powers in Frozen Fever.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Due to the accident she had with Anna as kids, she's afraid to even speak to her sister for years. Granted, the trolls mind-wiping Anna and her parents' decisions contributed, but a lot of the film's problems would've been solved quicker if she tried to open up more (lampshaded by Anna). She gets over it at the end.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Elsa has a platinum-blonde hair color not shared with any other members of her family, which is presumably related to her ice powers.
  • Power Incontinence: Whenever she feels negative emotions, her powers tend to manifest involuntarily, such as freezing anything she touches. When running away after the coronation ceremony she accidentally freezes the entire harbor and fjord and creates an Endless Winter without even realizing it! When Anna tells her what she's done and asks her to lift the winter, a horrified Elsa tells her she doesn't know how. The secret turns out to be love.
  • Power Limiter: Her gloves allow her to touch things without freezing them and keep her from blasting anything around her with ice on accident. The plot is kicked off when she loses one while arguing with Anna. It's implied that their effect may have been purely psychological, as later on, hand-covering manacles can't keep her powers at bay.
  • The Power of Love: How she gains control of her powers. "Love will thaw" indeed.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Elsa's coronation appearance is with her hair woven in a French-braided crown twist bun. When she realizes she can cut loose with her emotions, she tears out the braid and allows her hair to hang in relative freedom.
  • Proper Lady: In the book A Sister More Like Me, her behavior pre-freak out is established.
  • Properly Paranoid: Played with in an interesting way, with a hint of Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. As a child, she's told to never reveal her powers, causing her to seclude herself inside her room constantly up until adulthood, refusing any physical contact with her parents as well as Anna, so not to hurt them. This seems to be justified when she appears publically for the first time on her coronation day, and, by the end of it, she's set off an eternal winter. Later, Anna momentarily gets too close and confrontational to her, resulting in her accidentally freezing her sister's heart within seconds. However, since her powers are affected by emotion, her fear of what might happen if she gets near someone, is actually the main reason things go wrong when she gets near people. Once she overcomes her fears of hurting people on accident, she gains enough control over her powers to not need to be afraid of hurting people on accident.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her coronation cape is purple. Her room is also decorated in shades of lilac and violet, which is more obvious in A Sister More Like Me and concept art.
  • Rage Breaking Point: She does a fairly good job at keeping her powers in check by "concealing, not feeling" her fears... until Anna asks her a few Armor Piercing Questions and cause Elsa to snap, accidentally showing her powers.
  • Randomly Gifted: She was born with powerful ice magic, despite being born into a family of ordinary, mundane human beings. Exactly how that works isn't elaborated upon, but it's not that important to the story anyway.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When not freaking out, Elsa is a sensible, competent ruler.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Anna's Red given her stoicism.
  • Required Secondary Powers: She doesn't get cold, even on top of a frozen mountain wearing a dress made out of ice. With one exception, she's also never shown having balance issues or sliding on ice. She doesn't even have visible breath like everyone else in the cold. In Frozen Fever she tries to argue that she doesn't catch colds either, but unfortunately that's not how colds work.
    Elsa: The cold never bothered me anyway.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: She has a Cool Crown, a Staff of Authority and an orb, a Pimped-Out Dress, a pair of High Class Gloves, and a Pimped-Out Cape. She abandons most of it and changes what she does keep after reinventing her image.
  • She's Got Legs: The skirt of her ice gown has a slit in it.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the storybook app of the film, it is revealed that Elsa approved of Anna and Kristoff's love for each other.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Elsa is calm, reserved, and introverted while Anna is energetic, outspoken, and extroverted.
  • Significant Birth Date: It's All There in the Manual, but she was born on the winter solstice.
  • Solitary Sorceress: Elsa becomes one after accidentally exposing her powers as a check against accidentally hurting someone with them.
  • Spanner in the Works: Unintentional, but her denying Anna's marriage to Hans and running off wound up saving Anna, as it delayed his plans and gave Anna a lesson in trusting people so quickly while at the same time showing her the power of love.
  • Spikes of Doom: She summons sharp icicles not to hurt others but to shield herself.
  • Squishy Wizard: God-like ice powers, but human-like constitution. She's almost killed by a crossbow bolt to the face and then a falling chandelier.
  • The Stoic: Her attempt to shut down her Emotional Powers; when told "fear will be your enemy," she is determined to not be scared of her powers, which naturally leads to her being scared of her powers.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Elsa and Anna look similar to their mother, save for subtle differences in the shapes of their eyes, nose, chin, etc.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: She's reserved and tries to control her emotions, but she clearly cares for her sister and the people of Arendelle. Note her shock when Anna tells her that Arendelle has been completely frozen. In this case, the 'ice' part mostly results from her self-discipline and lonely upbringing; when the reasons for both are erased, she noticeably lightens up. She's ultimately able to control her powers and undo the Endless Winter through her love for her sister and her country.
  • Survival Mantra: "Conceal, don't feel." She casts this off later.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Her coronation dress has flowers on it, while her ice dress has snowflakes all over the cape.
  • Take Care of the Kids: When Elsa escapes the castle, she tells Hans to take care of Anna.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Anna's Tomboy. Elsa is more reserved and graceful, and strives to be a "perfect girl" as a way to control her emotions and her ice powers. She manages to be very queenly even after she runs away.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Learned to fully accept her powers and put an end to the eternal blizzard.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Shown in her trademark song, Let It Go and when she stops the eternal blizzard.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After she defrosts, she uses the Power of Love to end the eternal winter, creates a small storm over Olaf so he'll never melt, makes Kristoff the official Ice Master and Deliverer, creates an ice skating rink for Arendelle, and in the final scene, she helps Anna learn how to ice skate.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Like her sister, Elsa has a liking towards chocolate.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Elsa goes through one traumatic experience after another, and each one leaves a lasting impact, on Anna as well as herself:
    • She accidentally injures her little sister with her ice powers, making her afraid to be around people, including her sister.
    • Then her parents are killed in a shipwreck.
    • She's crowned queen but her powers are exposed to the entire kingdom, so she runs away and accidentally freezes Arendelle in the process.
    • She's tricked by Hans into thinking that she killed Anna.
    • She's heartbroken when Anna sacrifices herself to save her.
  • Troubled, but Cute: She's shown to be rather aloof and brooding.
  • True Blue Femininity: Every outfit Elsa wears in the movie is mostly made of blue, up to and including non-fabric items she wears (like the headbands she wears in her single-digit years). The only exception is her purple coronation cape, which is still over a mostly blue/cyan dress.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Until the incident with Anna, after which she became more brooding, distant, and aloof.
  • Used to Be More Social: Before the accident with Anna, Elsa was perfectly willing to play around with her sister.
  • Vapor Wear: Implied, as her stockings disappear after she forms her ice dress.
  • Villain Song: "Let It Go", during which she builds her ice kingdom after running away and gleefully allows herself to express her emotions and show off her powers. It's more of a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds doing an "I Am Becoming" Song, but it's the closest to the trope this movie has. Ironically, Word of God says it was written as a Villain Song, but ended up being what drove them to change her into an Classical Anti-Hero Deuteragonist instead.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: When Elsa and Anna first built Olaf as children, Elsa provided a funny voice for Olaf ("Hi, I'm Olaf and I love warm hugs!") to make Anna laugh.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Implied during "For the First Time In Forever", by the way she looks up at the painting of her father while she is mentally preparing herself for her coronation.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She and Elsa were insperable as children. Then, the accident happened.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Anna really knows how to call her out for the many times she shut people out, including her.
  • When She Smiles: Elsa can be absolutely gorgeous when she shows those pearly whites. It's just that it can be hard to get her in a good mood to see those a lot. It's perhaps most notable during the "Let it Go" sequence, when she first begins to experiment with her ice powers.
  • When the Planets Align: The circumstances of Elsa's birth, according to Jennifer Lee. A child is born with ice magic 1000 years after Saturn is in a certain alignment with something. It was meant to be explained in the film but was left out due to being expositiony, and its unknown what Saturn is aligned with and how often it occurs.
  • Willfully Weak: After nearly killing Anna with her powers, she spent a good chunk of her life doing everything she can to keep her powers in check.
  • Winter Royal Lady: Surprisingly Averted, as she never actually adopts the moniker of "Snow Queen" (at least, not in the final version of the movie).
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Tries to be this, but cannot keep it up; when Anna confronts her at her coronation afterparty, she loses her composure. It's abandoned completely by the end, as she entertains her subjects with a skating rink in summer, skating amongst them as well.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: She's more of a repressed loner than anything due to years and years of trying to control her emotions and powers, only to have it amount to nothing. And the "Destroyer of Worlds" part is unintentional.
  • Youthful Freckles: They're not as prominent on Elsa as they are on Anna (which can be partially explained as Elsa is a bit older than Anna), but if you look close enough, they are there.

    King Agnarr and Queen Iduna of Arendelle
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche (King Agdar), Jennifer Lee (Queen Idun)

Elsa and Anna's parents.
Tropes that apply to both
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the Frozen book illustrations, the king has dark hair and the queen has light hair, but in the movie, it's vice-versa.
  • Good Parents: While they were alive, they make some mistakes, but they truly care about their daughters and want to help Elsa control her powers.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Agnarr" is a male form of Agða, a short form of Agatha, meaning "good" and/or "honorable". The name Agnarr means "brave" and/or "warrior" in Norse and from Greek agathos meaning "good". All of which reflect his noble intentions towards his daughters.
    • "Iduna" can be anglicized as Ithunn, or Idunn/Idun. Iðunn means "youthful", a nod to her youthful appearance.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: While their insistence that Elsa isolate herself and hide her powers was well-meaning, the reason her powers got so out of control as she grew older was because of the isolation. It's only once she opens up and accepts the love and affection of her friends and family that she regains the level of control over her powers that she had as a child. Many fans have interpreted this as An Aesop: When you have kids, don't make them feel ashamed or afraid of who they are, even if society may frown upon them. It will not end well.
  • Nice Person: In spite of their huge mistake on how they handled Elsa's powers, they both prove to be loving and well meaning people.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: After Elsa accidentally injures her sister, her parents conclude that the best thing to do is to keep her away from the world and make her fear her powers. However, this just causes her to build up a lot of emotional issues when the actual secret to controlling herself requires her to embrace her emotions and love for others, which is more like what she was already doing. Not only was this exactly the wrong way to help Elsa, but it both took away Anna's friendship with her sister and prevented her from making friends with anyone else, leaving her desperately craving affection. The moment she gets out and meets someone, she rushes into the first relationship that presents itself.
  • Older Than They Look: Both of them could be maintained in their early 30s or mid 20s, even though they have two daughters, and on closer look, Iduna appears to be a recolored version of Elsa's coronation appearance. It's totally Justified: Frozen takes place in a time period when people married and had children much earlier than they do today, and especially royalty trying to preserve the family line.
  • Parental Abandonment: Their ship sunk, leading to their death.
  • Parents as People: Though they are very loving, without meaning to, they contribute to Elsa's problem. They teach her to fear her powers instead of trying to control them, and to bottle up her emotions rather than confront them.
  • Plot Triggering Deaths: Their deaths at the beginning of the film are why Elsa has to become Queen at the young age of 21, kicking off the plot.
  • Shown Their Work: Their graves are written in Runic alphabet, and so their names were revealed as King Agdar and Queen Idun.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: They have good intentions, but isolating Elsa (and Anna) from the rest of the world for so many years causes the plot to kick off.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: They die within the first ten minutes of the film, just like most parents in Disney films.
  • Well Intentioned Extremists: Their plans to help protect people from Elsa are extreme by any standard but it was the only way they knew to keep everyone safe.

Tropes that apply to King Agnarr
  • Doting Parent: A Frozen Heart reveals the fact that Agnarr had the tendency to spoil his daughters, and had a difficult time legitimately punishing them when they misbehave.
  • Heroic Build: Agnarr has a broad, muscular body; even though the outcome of his methods of teaching Elsa to control her powers wasn't exactly right, his intentions were noble and out of love.
  • One Head Taller: King Agnarr is this to his wife.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Agnarr certainly looks the part of a king.

Tropes that apply to Queen Iduna
  • Creator Cameo: Iduna is voiced by Jennifer Lee, one of the co-directors of the film.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Iduna's Pimped-Out Dress is dark violet, just like Elsa's coronation dress.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: A Frozen Heart reveals that Iduna was then when alive. Although Agnarr is generally docile, when on the verge of losing his temper, it is Iduna who has the ability to calm his nerves. This peacekeeping aura of the queen is also carried over to other occasions, such as Elsa's training to control her powers; the queen being far more patient and accepting of momentary breaks, in hopes of preventing Elsa from becoming overwhelmed.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Iduna looks exactly like 21-year-old Elsa.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Iduna was the name of a goddess in Norse mythology from one of the most well-known myths.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Queen Iduna's hair is styled like this, in the same way that Elsa wears her hair to the coronation in.
  • Satellite Character: Queen Iduna only has one line, and she is shown to be supportive of her husband's decisions regarding their children.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Iduna looks almost identical to Elsa, with a darker hair.
  • Sweet Tooth: According to the book A Frozen Heart, Iduna has a sweet tooth.
  • Youthful Freckles: While not a child or teenager anymore, Iduna has them. She is in her twenties, which is only a little older than Elsa is during the whole...eternal winter thing, so she is only a little above the age range. (If one looks, in some of her scenes, Iduna basically bears the same physical appearance that Elsa has at the coronation party, only with brunette hair instead of platinum blonde hair).

Other Residents from Arendelle

    Kristoff Bjorgman
"I don't trust your judgment! Who marries a man she just met?"
Voiced by: Jonathan Groff
(8-year-old Kristoff) Voiced by: Tyree Brown

An ice harvester of Arendelle who spurns human companionship for animals and the Trolls. He becomes a personal wilderness guide to Anna to help her on her quest.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Olaf constantly calling him Sven is a Running Gag in the film. Anna also called him Kristoffer/Christopher once.
  • Adorkable: Such as when he subs the words for Sven, or when he falls for Anna. This is to show that he's genuinely adorkable, in private as well as around humans.
  • All There in the Manual: Kristoff is a member of the Sami people (the indigenous peoples of far northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland); perhaps not coincidentally, they are the only peoples in that region with the right to herd reindeer. Not so much hidden if you actually are Scandinavian, those pointy shoes were a dead giveaway. Same goes for his last name—it was never stated in the film, but the Essential Guide reveals that it's Bjorgman.
    • As does the Disney on Ice show, with an exchange that would have made sense to be in the film considering the Accidental Misnaming:
      Anna: I'm Princess Anna, from Arendelle.
      Kristoff: And I'm Kristoff Bjorgman, from nowhere-in-particular.
  • Amazon Chaser: After Anna hits one of the wolves chasing her and Kristoff, the latter utters a very impressed "Whoa!"
  • Becoming the Mask: Inverted - Kristoff has put on a mask of being tough and untouchable for so long that he has come to believe it and it's Anna's job to remove the mask.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: "... Wait, what?"
  • Brown Eyes: He has been described as a Nature Lover and has shown his down-to-earth attitude when calling out Anna for marrying a guy she's just met and making a lot of rational decisions in stark contrast to Anna's more impulsive ones.
  • Brutal Honesty: Has no problem telling the Princess of Arendelle that he doesn't trust her judgement because she became engaged to a guy on the first day they met.
  • Butt Monkey: Gets attacked by wolves while dragged behind a sled, tries and fails to stop Anna from angering a snow golem, is covered in ice and snow in several scenes, and he's unlucky enough to be transporting ice when Arendelle froze over (rendering his duty kinda moot).
  • Character Development: In the sequel short, Frozen Fever, Kristoff's softer side is shown to have grown, and become a more prominent side of his personality. With Elsa, he is shown to be fairly laid-back, comforting, and encouraging, looking on the brighter side of a situation, no matter the level of importance. Nevertheless, he is still shown to become flustered around Anna, as a result of his affections for her.
  • Childhood Friends: Been friends with Sven since they were kids.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. Before he was taken in by the trolls, Kristoff was apparently an orphan and only had Sven as a companion, the other humans being apparently mean to him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Kristoff's clothing is primarily black and very dark brown, and even the fur lining his clothes is a dark grey. Even the red sash and collar that punctuate his clothes are of dark shades. Dark clothing is more appropriate to wear in cold weather, since darker color clothes tend to absorb heat better. Considering where Kristoff goes most of the time, it would make sense for him to wear dark clothes to keep warm. By comparison, Hans wears dark clothing in many of his outdoor scenes in the second half of the movie, both because he's villainous and again, because it's practical for the conditions.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Example:
    Kristoff: You wanna talk to me about supply and demand problems? I sell ice for a living.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Becomes more and more comfortable around Anna. He even becomes her official boyfriend in the epilogue. In Frozen Fever, he declares his love for her come his part in Making Today A Perfect Day.
  • Emotionally Tongue Tied: He acquires a shyer, more awkward side once he falls in love with Anna.
    Kristoff: I could kiss you! I-I could. I mean, I'd like to—may I? We me? I mean, may we—wait, what?
  • Farm Boy: In the ice harvester variance. He was doing his job and just happened to bump into a princess who was on a quest and got drafted into it.
  • Foil: To Hans in every way, from start all the way to finish - even in the façades they present to the world. Their designs are also radically different, with Hans being the traditional slim and average height Disney hero and Kristoff being very tall, broad-shouldered and bulky.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Heavily ridicules Anna for wanting to marry Hans despite her having met him less than a day ago, even going so far as to say that he doesn't trust her judgement as a result. Defied between him and Anna at the end where Anna explicitly says she wants to "date" him instead of marry him.
  • Freudian Excuse: The way the ice miners treated him may well have made him a misanthrope, and while being adopted by trolls may have made him less of a Jerkass than Hans, Anna was really the first human friend he ever had.
  • Gender Flip: Kristoff is based off of the Robber Girl from the original tale.
  • Good Counterpart: To the richer and princely yet manipulative and conniving Hans, to whom Kristoff also serves as a foil.
  • Good Samaritan: Anna's "request" of him was simply to help guide her through the wilderness and reach Elsa's Ice Palace. Throughout the trip, he goes above and beyond doing just that.
  • Grumpy Bear: In the beginning. He defrosts though by the end.
  • Happily Adopted: Since the trolls adopted Kristoff and Sven, they have loved and nurtured them both.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: He was raised first by ice miners who ignored him, and then by trolls, and in one of his first scenes after the Time Skip, he sings a song about reindeer being better than people but smelling worse.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Falls in love with and becomes a couple with Anna.
  • Heroic Build: Most Disney Heroes have a build more like Hans, with a perfect embracing height of about 5'8". They all look like tennis players. Kristoff is over 6' tall with broad shoulders, and big feet and hands. His overall build is genuinely stocky. When we first see him as an adult, he's large enough that he gets slightly ominous music, having to bend down to get into Oaken's Trading Post, and clearly towering over Anna. It's a design that helps to prolong our delusions regarding Hans.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: A humorous, lighthearted example is his lullaby to Sven, in which he says that he's the only human who smells as unpleasant as a reindeer.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sven which is lampshaded by the trolls who say his "thing" is "outside of nature's laws".
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He'll always do the right thing...even if it takes some subtle (and occasionally not-so-subtle) prompting from Sven. Or Anna.
  • Homeless Hero: Implied to be this with Sven. After Kristoff is thrown out of Oaken's shop, he crashes in Oaken's barn. Aside from the trolls, Kristoff probably takes to crashing in peoples' barns.
  • Hunk: Contrasting Hans's more slim and cool appearance. Kristoff instead is modeled after the "ruggedly handsome" look (in spite of the shot at his "unmanly blondness").
  • Ineffectual Loner: Kristoff generally does not like interacting with other humans, and simply performs honest work with his reindeer companion. However, Kristoff is clearly not doing terribly well all on his own, needing to crash in random barn houses and being barely able to afford daily necessities (he's only able to get his climbing gear and carrots because Anna buys them along with her own boots and dress).
  • Interspecies Adoption: He (human) and Sven (reindeer) were both adopted by trolls.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Sort of. Kristoff seems to believe that even if it's been kind of fast, Anna can get her True Love's Kiss from Hans. He chooses to leave her at the castle, and even knowing he loves her, decides it's better that he leave her with Hans.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: No matter how rude he is, there is always a point behind his rudeness.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Openly bickers with Anna and calls her out when she doesn't think things through... yet also does everything in his power to help her when it counts. One need only look at all the "heart of gold" tropes that apply to the man. Notably, this helps enforce him being a foil to Hans as his inverse; everything Kristoff does for Anna is genuine in intent.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Sans the armor...though he probably wouldn't admit it. At heart, he bears this trope in spirit, and his daring sequence in the finale brings it to the forefront.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Does this heavily when he hears about Anna wanting to marry Hans despite just meeting him, and makes a few good points on why that may not be wise. Unfortunately, Kristoff turned out to be right.
  • Nature Lover: He has been described as a "true outdoors man".
  • Nerves of Steel: Sees that hungry, strong, adult wolves are coming? Keeps his cool while saying "Sven, go. GO!" and manages to kick one away with just his foot.
  • Nice Hat: The hat he is seen with is a standard hat for ice harvesters.
  • No Social Skills: Justified since part of his life he was raised by trolls. It was even lampshaded by a member of his adoptive troll family; "or that he's socially impaired".
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: As the rough, ill-tempered troll's kid, he appears to be the Roguish male to Hans' Noble Male. It's subverted, as Hans's true character is Machiavellian and uses the noble ruse as a tool to usurp the throne, while Kristoff's persona was implied by the trolls to have been created to protect himself from being hurt emotionally and hide his inner kindness and goodness.
  • Nose Nuggets: Claims that all guys eat their boogers.
  • Official Couple: With Anna, although they are not married by the movie's end.
  • One Head Taller: With Anna. He's taller than her by a head and is also built much larger.
  • Only Sane Man: He's more practical than Anna and Olaf, and is the only one to think to tell Olaf just what exactly happens to snow in summer. Anna won't let him. With Anna being the hopeless romantic she is, he was quite suspicious of suddenly accepting a marriage proposal from Hans. Kristoff eventually turned out to be right.
  • The Pig Pen: His lack of hygiene is a Running Gag: he eats a saliva covered carrot (it was Sven's saliva, but still, gross), only ever relieves himself in the woods, and (by his own admission) smells worse than a reindeer. The trolls say he's smelly no matter how much he washes, and Olaf describes him as "a pungent reindeer king."
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: The Rude Hero to Hans's Polite Villain. Even after The Reveal, Hans is still smooth, charming, and well-dressed in contrast to Kristoff, who is the snarky, impolite and sometimes insensitive Tritagonist of the film.
  • Raised by Wolves: He was raised by the trolls, who adopted him and Sven as children, and incidentally, he's more socially adjusted than the very sheltered Anna.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: The unglamorous, working-class poor suitor to Hans's suave, royal rich suitor.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Anna. She is a spunky princess willing to do whatever it takes to bring her sister home, he is a grumpy, rough-around-the-edges ice harvester helping her along the way.
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking: He wears a scarf around his waist and proves to be a badass.
  • Second Love: To Anna. Her first love, Hans, turned out to be a complete jerk who never loved her.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly man to Hans's sensitive guy. Switched around once it turns out Hans is anything but sensitive.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Tries to convince his adoptive family of this about Anna. They don't believe him.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Kristoff has no problems with doing his dangerous ice harvester jobs (which includes taking on wolves) or climbing down a mountain. But interacting with humans and expressing his adorkable love for Anna is the hard part.
  • Straight Man: Quite notably, midst a cast of colorful and larger-than-life characters in a world to match, Kristoff appears to be more of a straight-man, reacting to the various, mystical situations he and the other characters encounter, with a generally down-to-earth viewpoint.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: In spite of his loner nature, and dislike for society, Kristoff has a loving heart, and at his core, is rather harmless, innocent, and protective. This is first evidenced by his relationship with his reindeer and best friend, Sven, whom he treats as his pet and closest friend, and is shown to value the reindeer's life above his own several times. Kristoff's inner softness and loving aura is further emphasized by his family, the trolls, who reveal Kirstoff to be, despite his various flaws and shortcomings, sensitive and sweet when given the same treatment, which he proves through his friendship, and eventual relationship with Anna.
  • Talking to Himself: An in-universe example; Sven isn't a Talking Animal, so Kristoff sometimes provides a "voice" for him when they're alone. Hilariously, it's always Sven who "wins" any argument.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Initially, Kristoff has little love for his employer, Anna, and only assists her because he has an interest in stopping Elsa from making more and more ice. During their initial ascent, Kristoff teases her, especially regarding her rapid courtship with Hans and only begins to warm up to her after he finds she might be in mortal peril.
  • Tritagonist: Third in the protagonist line behind Anna and Elsa.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The opening showed that Kristoff wasn't always the gruff, rude jerk he grew up to be.
  • Voice for the Voiceless: He speaks for Sven in his "reindeer voice".
  • Watch the Paint Job: Kristoff chides Anna for touching the lacquer on his sled. Of course, the sled smashes to pieces later on, and then catches on fire. After he just paid it off. Thankfully, by movie's end, the crown reimburses him for the lost sleigh.

Voiced by: N/A

Kristoff's lovable pet reindeer.
  • Action Pet: His biology has made him this; capable of leaping a wide ravine, surviving frigid waters, tearing through blizzards at breakneck speed, keeping ahead of wolves while towing a large sled, and pulling Kristoff and Anna out of holes and away from trouble while only eating a bunch of carrots, his favourite snack, and probably moss.
  • Adorkable: Mix in his clumsiness, love for carrots, and facial expressions, and Sven counts.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Has the mannerisms of a dog more than a reindeer. Unlike some movies, this is deliberately pulled off for humour.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude:
    • He's clearly got a better grasp of what's going on than a normal reindeer might.
    • In Frozen Fever, he can slice a three-tiered ice cream cake into perfectly straight, equal-sized wedges... with his antlers.
  • Badass Adorable: Sven is also an adorable reindeer.
  • Brown Eyes: Like Kristoff, Sven has shown to be very trustworthy, as best shown in making Kristoff come to terms with his feelings for Anna and saving his best friend from falling into the icy sea.
  • Childhood Friends: Has known Kristoff since they were kids.
  • The Conscience: To Kristoff. Played with, as most of the time, Kristoff himself is the one actually making the argument. It's played straight near the end, though, when Sven proves he doesn't need Kristoff to speak for him to get his meaning across.
  • Cool Pet: This reindeer jumped a gorge! That's pretty awesome.
  • Cute Mute: This reindeer is silly, snarky, lovable, and yet he does not say a single word the entire movie.
  • Disney Death: It's small in comparison to everything happening when it does, but he manages to buck Kristoff off to safety during their breakneck run in the climactic blizzard when the fjord's icy surface cracks underneath them and sends him into the freezing waters below. It takes a harrowing moment, but he surfaces not long after. This is justified, since reindeer/caribou are easily capable of swimming even in icy arctic waters; the main peril comes because the audience knows if a horse or human fell inside, it would probably be fatal.
  • Expy: Sven is based on "Bae" from the original Snow Queen.
  • Happily Adopted: As a young reindeer, he and a child Kristoff were taken in, loved, and nurtured by trolls.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Almost, see Disney Death above. When he surfaces, he urges Kristoff to keep moving while he's stuck out on a small ice platform.
  • Homeless Hero: Implied to be this with Kristoff, after the latter was thrown out of Oaken's shop they go to a barn. His family lives out in the open because they are trolls.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Sven (reindeer) and Kristoff (human) have a familial bond with their family of trolls.
  • The Lancer: For Kristoff. Not only as his steadfast backup, but Sven creates a contrast with Kristoff by being the more reasonable, generous of the two.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: To Kristoff. The two have been together since childhood.
  • Morality Chain: Implied to be this for Kristoff since Word of God described Sven as "the conscience" for Kristoff.
  • Nice Guy: Sven is sweet, loyal, playful, and has a strong moral center.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To Kristoff, because he's a reindeer.
  • Only Friend: Sven has been this to Kristoff since they were kids.
  • Parental Abandonment: No idea what became of Sven's parents, any more than we know what happened to Kristoff's.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Like Olaf, he provides levity in a number of places; however he's not a magical creature and still quite vulnerable. He proves his pluckiness by taking a dive into a frozen fjord and coming out relatively none the worse for wear.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Kristoff and Anna, such as convincing him to go back to her.
  • Sidekick: To Kristoff and Olaf in market sales.
  • Silent Snarker: When he tries to convince Kristoff to admit his feelings to Anna.
  • Talking Animal: Downplayed; he cannot talk, but Kristoff likes to pretend he can, playing both sides of their conversation. Also, Sven makes appropriate gesticulations for his part of the conversation. He just can't make the sounds himself.

"Hi, I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs!"
Voiced by: Josh Gad

The first snow golem made by Elsa. He dreams of enjoying the summer.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Due to a misunderstanding, Olaf believes that Kristoff's name is 'Sven'. Olaf continues to call him that until the Trolls correct him; he does use the right name when revealing to Anna that Kristoff loves her.
  • Adorkable: Olaf runs on adorable dorky antics.
  • Advertised Extra: The trailers make it looks like the film is largely his adventure. He doesn't show up officially until the second half of the movie.
  • All-Loving Hero: Olaf just wants his friends to be safe and happy.
  • Amusing Injuries: He never feels any pain from things like "impaling" which is what keeps it amusing.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Initially believes Kristoff to be insane because he starts interacting with rocks like they're people (and, as it turns out, they are magical rock-people), when he's a sentient, animated snowman.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: He's adorable, especially compared to his Evil Counterpart Marshmallow.
  • Big "NO!": Screams this as he tries to stop Marshmallow from pursuing Anna and Kristoff. Unfortunately, his size means he's no match for the larger snowman.
    Olaf: This is not making much of a difference, isn't it?!
  • Butt Monkey: He's subject to all kinds of slapstick and Amusing Injuries throughout the film.
  • Catch Phrase: "Hi, I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs!" a Callback to when Elsa and Anna first built him.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The sisters first built him when they were children. He was later rebuilt by Elsa and becomes important for the rest of the film.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A light version, as he is always happy and doesn't seem to understand that warmth is bad for him, as his biggest dream is to see summer, but is capable of great wisdom.
    Kristoff: I'm gonna tell him.
    Anna: Don't you dare!
  • Creating Life Is Unforeseen: Elsa didn't consciously bring him to life, it just happened. His creation in general is sort of like a Freudian Slip, as Elsa unconsciously makes him while singing about how she's letting go of the past.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Can be seen smiling when Elsa creates Marshmallow to kick him, Anna, and Kristoff out. He also seems quite calm when Marshmallow forcefully tosses them all out of the ice palace. This is most likely due to his innocent, optimistic, and friendly nature; he just isn't seeing the danger.
  • Foil: Olaf is Elsa's inner desires come to life in exaggerated form. She withdrew from others for fear of hurting them. He loves physical contact even if it hurts him, many, many times.
  • Friend to All Children: Implied when we see him dancing with some of the troll children during "Fixer Upper".
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: His Snowlem nature makes him Nigh Invulnerable to any kind of damage save heat, which comes in handy due to his frequent Amusing Injuries.
  • Has Two Mommies: Elsa and Anna first built him as little girls.
  • Healing Factor: Since he's a snowman, he can't die or be truly injured unless he melts.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: A non-lethal version that is Played for Laughs when he walks into an icicle without looking. It amuses him more than anything. "Ha-ha, I've been impaled."
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Though most of his injuries are self-inflicted by his own mistakes, it doesn't stop him from being chipper.
  • Irony: He is a snowman who wants to see summer and doesn't realize he'll melt. In the finale, Elsa gives him a personal flurry that allows him to enjoy summer without melting.
  • "I Want" Song: "In Summer", in which Olaf sings of how wonderful it would be to experience Summer. The fact that he's a snowman notwithstanding.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: The classic Disney non-human companion.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Downplayed. Olaf isn't a "simpleton", but he can be childish and still retain his Nice Guy attitude.
  • Literal-Minded: When Anna tells him to "give [her and Elsa] a minute" at the ice castle, he counts to 60 before going in after her.
  • Love Informant: It's thanks to Olaf that Anna gets to know that Kristoff is in love with her.
  • Meaningful Name: Is named after St. Olaf, a founding king of Norway and its patron saint.
  • Never Learned to Read: In Frozen Fever, he points this out when asked to help with a banner for Anna's birthday. When he tries to help anyway, he rearranges the letters into a nonsense phrase.
  • Nice Guy: He always does everything he can to help his friends.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: He suffers a lot of Amusing Injuries and is always falling apart, but his components never break apart. The only thing that can actually kill him is heat, and even that's not an issue when Elsa summons a personal snow cloud for him.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To Anna, being a snowman and all.
  • The Noseless: When he first meets Anna and Kristoff. Anna gives him a carrot nose, which Sven occasionally tries to eat.
    "It's like a little baby unicorn!"
  • Our Phlebotinum Child: First built by Anna and Elsa as children, then bought to life by Elsa's magic years later.
  • Perpetual Smiler: About 99% of his screentime has him with a smile on his face.
  • Personal Raincloud: Elsa gives Olaf a personal flurry once the eternal winter ends, so he can enjoy the season without melting.
  • Person of Mass Construction: Elsa can use ice powers to construct a giant castle for herself filled with giant doors and a spiral staircase, all in the course of a single song!
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He provides a lot of the film's humor.
  • The Pollyanna: Despite all the injuries he suffers, he never loses his optimism. Even as he melts under the summer sun after Elsa restores the climate, he's cheerful (though Elsa quickly rectifies that with an endless winter in microcosm just for Olaf).
  • Purity Personified: Word of God confirmed that Olaf is the sisterly love of Elsa and Anna given a solid form.
  • Rule of Symbolism: One of the directors says he symbolizes the love between Anna and Elsa.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: During the blizzard at the climax, he's blown away by the storm and not seen again until Anna's frozen solid.
  • Simple-Minded Wisdom: A simple pep talk from the naive, oddball, silly snowlem of all things... is what snaps Anna back from Hans's betrayal.
  • Snowlem: A living mound of snow created by Elsa.
  • Spanner in the Works: If he hadn't found Anna after Hans left her for dead and led her outside, Hans's plot to kill Elsa and take the throne would have succeeded.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He loves all things warm and wants to experience summer, not realizing that heat is deadly to him.
  • Tulpa: He starts out as a funny character Elsa invents to amuse Anna when they are kids. Years later, Elsa's magic made him real without her even knowing it. Even Elsa's surprised when he shows up walking and talking in her castle, since she still remembers him.
    Olaf: ....58, 59, 60!
    Elsa: Wait. What is that?
    [Olaf comes running across the foyer]
    Olaf: HI! I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs!
    Elsa: Olaf??
    Olaf: You built me! Remember that?
    Elsa: And you're alive?
    Olaf: Yeah, um......I think so?
  • Undying Loyalty: When he starts a fire to keep Anna warm, he discovers that he'll melt if he comes into contact with heat. Despite this, he chooses to stand by Anna as her curse slowly freezes her.
    Anna:'re melting.
    Olaf: Some people are worth melting for. (Beat) Just maybe not this second.

    The Trolls
Pabbie Voiced by: Ciaran Hinds
Bulda Voiced by: Maia Wilson
Baby Troll Voiced by: Annie Lopez
Gothi the Troll Priest Voiced by: Jack Whitehall

Boulder-like magical creatures who helped the king and queen save Anna from Elsa's magic when the sisters were children. Also Kristoff's adoptive family.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Originally they were evil and selfish. Here, they may be meddlesome, but they're also kind and always willing to help.
  • All There in the Manual: Frozen: The Essential Guide says that they turn to rocks during the day, although this is never seen in the movie.
  • All Trolls Are Different: They look like moss-covered boulders when sleeping/hiding, and are very friendly towards humans, hence why they accept Kristoff as a family member.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: To Kristoff by listing all of his flaws. They're actually an entire amazingly embarrassing family Of trolls.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Some of the Troll kids behave like this towards Kristoff such as the one who says he "only likes to tinkle in the woods" (but they love him anyway).
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: They wear moss as clothing but nothing on their feet.
  • Brutal Honesty: Pabbie when he tells and shows a child what will happen if she doesn't control her powers. One of the things he shows her is presumbably being killed by an angry mob.
  • Crowd Song: "Fixer Upper", which has every other line sung by a different troll in the group.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Bulda decides to adopt Kristoff and Sven because they were "cuties".
  • Deus ex Machina: Invoked by the king to save Anna in the prologue, taking her to them after finding an old legend.
  • Exact Words: Both sets of advice handed down by Pabbie get taken for their worth at face value. The former leads to Elsa's repression (it wasn't the people's fear she needed to worry about, it was her own fear) while the latter was too open to interpretation and starts an assumption by his fellow Trolls that Anna takes to heart.
  • Expy: The trolls are based off of "The Robbers" from The Snow Queen.
  • The Fair Folk: Averted. They never act malicious towards humans.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Mainly in their song where none of them finish a line that they start.
  • Happily Married: Bulda and Cliff, Kristoff's adoptive parents. They even give Kristoff and who they think is his girlfriend advice on how to make a happy marriage.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: They appear as rocks when they aren't active. Hilariously, when Kristoff tries to introduce them to Anna and Olaf, the latter two momentarily believe he's insane.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Bulda adopts Kristoff and Sven as soon as she meets them, simply because they're cute.
  • The Leader: Pabbie is the leader of the trolls.
  • Love Freaks: Their song "Fixer Upper" which is all about the virtues of love.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Pabbie removes Anna's memories of Elsa's magic under the vague assurance that it's for the best, then shows Elsa graphic depictions of what will happen if she doesn't learn to control her powers — but never tells her how she should go about doing so. Both of these actions prove to be disastrous.
  • Only Sane Man: Pabbie is this because he's the only one not involved in "Fixer Upper".
  • Parental Substitute: Specifically, Cliff and Bulda are this to Kristoff and Sven because they adopted the pair.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The female trolls wear pink or red crystal necklaces, while male trolls wear blue or green crystal necklaces. Pabbie's the only one to wear a yellow crystal necklace, which could signify his role as the leader of the trolls.
  • Poor Communication Kills: A lot of trouble could have been avoided if they had been a little more clear. Their proclamation that fear will be Elsa's greatest enemy was accompanied by a representation of what looked like angry townspeople attacking her (an honest concern), even though they meant her fear rather than the people's (which turned out to be even more dangerous).
  • Power of Love: They firmly believe in this. Bulda says it is "powerful and strange".
  • Punny Name: Most of their names reference the fact they are rocks. In fact, Clay's name was changed in the Swedish dub to Sten — literally "Stone", and a real name in Swedish.
  • Scout Out: The troll child that earned his fire crystal is called a "Troll Scout Kid" in the script. Evidently, crystals are stand-ins for badges.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ship Anna and Kristoff quite gleefully. It's the root point of "Fixer Upper".
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: They are not in any adverts, especially before the movie came out, despite showing up in the film's prologue in a fairly important role. For a while, the only clip was of two of them dancing with Olaf, though later adverts showed clips from their song.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The female trolls have at least one flower in their hair, the males don't.

"Hoohoo! Big summer blowout!"

Voiced by: Chris Williams

The owner of Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna. Like Kristoff, his business was changed into taking advantage of the new weather once it was changed by Elsa's magic.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Beside his soft and somewhat effeminate personality, his family in the sauna notably consists of a young man and four children. However, it isn't clear if the young man is his partner or a different relative (such as a younger brother or cousin).
  • Apologetic Attacker: Sort of. After he throws Kristoff out for calling him a "crook," Oaken immediately apologizes — to Anna, because she had to witness him committing an act of violence in his store.
  • Berserk Button: He doesn't like being called a crook. What makes it funnier is that he's still nice about it. He's less angry than he is hurt when he stands up.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: "Vhat did you call me?" [cuts to Oaken hauling Kristoff to the front porch and throwing him into the snow]
  • Big Beautiful Man: Oaken is a big man and quite a cutie.
  • Catch Phrase: "HOO-hoo!"
  • Creator Cameo: He's voiced by Disney director and writer Chris Williams.
  • Funny Foreigner: He has a thick Swedish accent, and some very stereotypical mannerisms.
  • Gentle Giant: He's sweet and pleasant for the most part, but when Kristoff makes the mistake of calling him a crook, he gets up out of his chair... revealing himself to be massive, utterly towering over Kristoff (who himself is a pretty big, muscular guy). He then bodily throws Kristoff out with no effort whatsoever.
  • Honest John's Dealership: He tries to demand more money from Kristoff than Kristoff has in his pockets, and tries to justify his outrageous price gouging as a supply-and-demand problem. It's no wonder Kristoff calls him a "crook".
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: To show his pure and sweet nature.
  • Large and in Charge: Is thrice bigger and larger than his family and is the one who runs the Family Business.
  • Nice Guy: See Gentle Giant. Just don't call him a crook.
  • Nice Hat: Which totally matches his sweater.
  • No Hero Discount: Doesn't matter how his business is doing, Kristoff has to pay for those carrots, the axe, and the rope. In fact, he jacked up the prices of his winter gear quite outrageously due to "supply and demand". This is despite outright stating that nobody was out in the blizzard except Anna and Kristoff and knowing full well that anyone who needed the ice pick and rope probably wouldn't survive without them. Subverted in Frozen Fever when he gives away a cold remedy to Elsa and Anna, singing, genuinely concerned:
    Oaken: What, are you sick? How about a cold remedy, of my own invention?
  • Stout Strength: He effortlessly throws Kristoff out of his house when his Berserk Button was pushed.
  • Tranquil Fury: He eighty-sixes Kristoff without losing his happy persona at all; however, he is by no means a Stepford Smiler, as his smile briefly fades after Kristoff makes the mistake of calling him a crook.


Voiced by: Paul Briggs

A large snow golem created by Elsa to keep people out of her castle.
  • Anti-Villain: All he wants to do is make sure that both he and Elsa are left alone. However, he is a little too protective of Elsa for his own good.
  • Big Little Brother: Marshmallow was built by Elsa after she created Olaf; while the latter is small and friendly, the former is huge and intimidating. So, Marshmallow is technically Olaf's "baby" brother. This is more obvious in early concept art that originally envisioned Marshmallow as looking like Olaf if Olaf were about twenty times larger than he actually is, with giant tree trunks for arms.
  • Bouncer: It's his job to keep people out of Elsa's castle.
  • Brick Joke: Remember that tiara Elsa threw away in "Let It Go"? Well, after the credits are over, Marshmallow is revealed to have survived his fall into the chasm. He finds it lying on the floor of the castle and puts it on, smiling to himself.
  • Cain and Abel: Since he doesn't hesitate on striking his "brother" Olaf...Ironically, he's also the "good son" of the pair because he's doing exactly what his "mother" told him to do.
  • Creator Cameo: Marshmallow is voiced by Paul Briggs, who was the head of storywriting.
  • Disney Villain Death: Falls into a chasm after Hans cuts his leg off. The Stinger reveals that he survived.
  • Dub Name Change: The Spanish dub renamed him Merengue because marshmallows are not very well known in Spain.
  • Evil Counterpart: A larger, more dangerous version of Olaf. This was more explicit in early designs, where Marshmallow was essentially Olaf, but bigger and more menacing looking, with giant tree trunks for arms.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: You wouldn't expect a massive Snowlem to be named Marshmallow.
  • Gone Horribly Right: He takes his duty to protect Elsa too seriously, given how viciously he chased after Anna and her companions even after they were leaving, something that Elsa wouldn't have wanted. Although this might have been because Anna provoked him by throwing a snowball at him (as he seemed perfectly content to just walk away after tossing them out), and even then, he didn't physically harm Anna directly after pulling her back up from the cliff.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he's about to attack, they shine.
  • Healing Factor: Implied, since he survived getting his leg cut off and falling into a gorge. Being made of snow in a snow mountain helps.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Hides by the staircase leading to the ice palace disguised as a pile of snow; he reveals himself when Hans and the search party arrive looking for Anna.
  • Mighty Glacier: He's very big and strong, but lacks quick reflexes. A literal example too, as he's made of ice and snow.
  • Mook Promotion: He crowns himself the new ruler of Elsa's ice kingdom in the end.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Merely does what Elsa wants him to do.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Since his only purpose is to keep people out of Elsa's palace, he's pretty content with just yelling at them or scaring them away (making him more like a bouncer than a hitman). The only time he actively chases or threatens people is when they provoke him (Anna tossing the snowball and Hans's men shooting him).
  • The Noseless: Unlike Olaf, it's permanent.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Or rather, only given a name by an offhand comment.
  • One-Man Army: He's big, he's strong, and he kicks lots of ass! He took the whole Kingdom by himself.
  • One-Winged Angel: Marshmallow grows icicle fangs, claws, and spikes when Hans and his men arrive. Earlier, there's a downplayed example when he pursues Kristoff, Anna, and Olaf; it's easy to assume that the number of claws, fangs, and spikes he grows depends on how much of a threat his opponents are. In other words, Marshmallow doesn't grow his claws, fangs, or spikes while chasing those three because Kristoff and Anna are not armed, whereas Hans and his search team were armed with swords and crossbows.
  • Poisonous Friend: He's overprotective of Elsa for this reason.
  • Rule of Symbolism: While Olaf represents the love Elsa and Anna have, Marshmallow can be interpreted as representing how Elsa wishes to be alone; he's pretty adamant that other people should "GO AWAY!" The Stinger, while intended for humor, takes this further by having Marshmallow smile for the first time...because he's completely alone and is living in Elsa's isolated ice palace.
  • Snowlem: Of the dangerous variety.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: His only purpose is to keep people out of Elsa's castle, but he chases Anna off a cliff just for throwing a snowball at him.
  • Super Strength: Comes with being so big.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Made of icicles!
  • Taking You with Me: When Hans cuts off Marshmallow's leg, Marshmallow tries to grab at Hans and pull him into the chasm as well.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His arms and torso are massive compared to his legs.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Elsa, and he'll pursue his job with single-minded zeal, as seen when he chased Anna off cliff.
  • The Usurper: Played for Laughs. Played with as well, because he finds the tiara Elsa had tossed away in "Let it Go". And he then "crowns" himself "king" of Elsa's palace... the palace she created in the same song, and not the actual kingdom.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: Olaf being alive was a surprise to Elsa. Marshmallow was deliberate after Elsa learned about Olaf, and much more powerful. They have a one sided fight while the heroes are trying to escape.
  • When She Smiles: In the post-credits scene, he picks up Elsa's old tiara and grins so brightly that he loses his Spikes of Villainy. Also shows up in the storybook, "An Amazing Snowman", where he's initially alone but ends up smiling with his brother Olaf, and later with the rest of his family.

Southern Isles

    Prince Hans Westergaard of The Southern Isles
"Oh Anna. If only there was someone out there who loved you."
Voiced by: Santino Fontana

A prince of the Southern Isles, he comes to Arendelle for Elsa's coronation and quickly makes an impression on Anna. He's actually using Anna to rule the kingdom himself.
  • Adorkable: To the same extent as Anna. However, he's evil and exploits his charm to woo Anna as part of his plan to become king.
  • Aloof Big Brother: He reveals to Anna that he was neglected by his family due to being the very last in the line of his kingdom's succession. His brothers are generally implied to have made him feel inferior. Word of God supports his stated backstory that he grew up without love and A Frozen Heart confirms this.
  • All There in the Manual: Like Kristoff, his last name is never said in the film itself. Word of God confirmed through a Twitter post that Westerguard is indeed his last name, having never changed it back when he was just called "Admiral Westerguard" in the original script.
  • Ambition Is Evil: His whole plan was to make himself king, and he's neither squeamish nor apologetic of how he empties the throne of its previous occupants.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: In a Royal family where the younger you are the less important you become, Hans was the youngest of thirteen brothers. Growing up the smallest and most forgettable of the brood wound up being the source of his issues.
  • Bad Samaritan: He's implied to be the first person outside of the (much-reduced) castle staff that Anna had truly socialized with in years. Naturally, he's also a villain.
  • Badass Longcoat: It's a greatcoat with that caped bit at the shoulders, but in principle it's this.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: This is why no one realizes Hans is a usurper until it's too late: Everyone is confused and frightened after the snow begins to fall, and it's not obvious who should have authority since Elsa just ran away and Anna left to find her- so Hans calmly takes charge on Anna's instructions. He acts like he has the whole situation under control, and people obey him as a result. Since the quickest way to become a leader in a crisis situation is usually to just behave like a leader, Hans has that down to an art. People might not even mind until later that his claims are decidedly dodgy.
  • Beauty Is Bad: His traditionally good looks play a fair part in making Anna fall for him.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Hans vows to never use violence like his brothers, thinking that it will turn him into a brute and does not want to become a dictator like his father. But by the climax of the film, Hans is perfectly willing to murder Elsa and rule Arendelle all by himself, just like his father and brothers.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Dramatically defied when he reveals his true nature and refuses to kiss Anna.
  • Birds of a Feather: Like Anna, he's used to being shut out by his siblings.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: His acts of kindness as well as his Adorkable wooing of the impressionable, happy-go-lucky princess Anna, is revealed to be part of a calculated plot to marry into Arendelle's royal family and ultimately murder Queen Elsa so he can ascend to the throne.
  • Black and White Morality: In A Frozen Heart, he literally forces his brain to think this way during his journey to take down Elsa. Whenever he begins to realize that Elsa isn't such a bad person after all or feels sorry for her, he panics and starts throwing out reasons to why Elsa must be the villain and that everything "bad" that has happened to him is completely her fault. He also quickly dehumanizes her as a "monster" so he can feel less bad when killing her.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Despite being a very clever sociopath, the guy makes the typical mistake of confessing his entire plan to Anna and then leaves her alive and unguarded before making the move to slay Elsa. Although given her magic induced hypothermia, all he really had to do was wait and watch her die painfully and then he wouldn't have to lie to anyone afterward.
  • Break Them by Talking: A wise thing to do before attacking a borderline Goddess of Winter with a sword when she knows he is coming is break her will to resist.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Wears lots of white and blue and is evil.
  • Broken Ace: He is handsome, charming, honourable and a prince! However, a desperate hunger for recognition and glory corrupted him long ago.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: His concern about not wanting harm to come to Anna basically translates to him needing Anna alive so he can become king. Though he goes out to find Anna, he also wants Elsa alive so that he can try and charm her too. Once he realizes Anna will shortly die because his kiss won't work and Elsa can't lift the curse, he decides it's time to get to killing.
  • The Charmer: In an awkward kind of charm which turns out to be an evil version of this, and thus an invoked trope.
  • Color Motif: White: every single one of his outfits has white in some shape or form, particularly in the form of his gloves.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: Not as conspicuous as Elsa's, but he's still the only character onscreen who always wears them. Fanon has a hundred explanations why.
  • Consummate Liar: Described by his animator as a 'chameleon', he's slippery to the point that fans can argue ad infinitum about what his personality actually is under all the lies.
  • Disposable Fiancé: He and Anna get engaged quickly, but then the story makes it clear that she's really supposed to be with Kristoff... good thing that Hans was Evil All Along! This is even lampshaded by one of the trolls in "Fixer Upper": "Get the fiance out of the way and then the whole thing will be fixed!"
  • Driven by Envy: His drive to come into power within a kingdom of his own — which he'll never get from his family, having twelve brothers ahead of him who regularly bully him— is his primary motivator.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: His betrayal of Anna in the climax; she thought he was her true love!
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Surprisingly, A Frozen Heart reveals that Hans does have some standards despite being more and more of a sociopath as the book goes on. Hans's family has used violence and torture to control their people for so long that Hans detests frequently using it, preferring to manipulate people or talk his way out in difficult situations, with force as a last resort. He also hates oppressing the common people and prefers to treat them with kindness, even though it is mostly to further his own goals.
  • Evil All Along: You'd be very surprised when you find out he's the true villain of the movie, considering how he looks like he is going to be a supporting character and a potential love interest for one of the protagonists (Anna or Elsa) in promo photos for the movie. Hans is that rare Disney villain whose true nature casts a very dark pallor over all of the supposedly altruistic and benevolent deeds he had done prior to The Reveal, when it becomes apparent that he had been planning to murder our heroes and usurp the kingdom right from the start. "Love is an Open Door"? Hollow lies. His charitable deeds for the people while Anna is gone? Calculated to make his rise to power easier. His drive to keep Anna safe? A mask of concern, casually discarded when he realized he can no longer use her: it was safe to let her die.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: His reaction to Anna's Heroic Sacrifice and resulting recovery from her frozen heart was one of confusion and bafflement.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Anna. Both are the youngest scion of a royal house and neglected by their own accounts, but where Anna is open and artless Hans is a skilled actor hiding his true motives. Both have issues with being overshadowed by their powerful siblings, but while Anna just wants to be close to Elsa, Hans turns out to be trying to equal and upstage his brothers.
  • Evil Redhead: Has auburn hair and he turns out to be the villain.
  • Exact Words:
    • "I would never shut you out." Now, shutting her in ...
    • A lot of the stuff he says while seducing Anna is actually true, just reliant on double meanings that do not become apparent until his true nature is revealed.
      Hans: I've been searching my whole life to find my own place...
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: In promotional photos for the film, Hans is depicted as an innocent, handsome guy, until you watch the film, and you'll see that his mind totally contrasts his appearance.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted. Hans is pretty calm and rational in any situation.
  • Foreshadowing: Oooh, boy. It seemed to come out of nowhere that Hans was Evil All Along but there were few clues that showed he's not all that he seems.
    • During the song "Love Is An Open Door", Hans sings the line "I've been searching my whole life to find my own place." He gestures towards Arendelle, not at Anna. We later find out that Hans only wanted to marry Anna to seize the throne.
    • Also, the way the song is sung has subtle hints that Hans is playing with Anna's feelings and is just leading her on, particularly when Hans sings the line about the two of them finishing each other's — only for Anna to jump in to say "sandwiches," followed by Hans's "That's what I was gonna say!" showing that he's tailoring his acting to draw her in.
    • During the song, Hans doesn't match Anna's movements, leaving the two out of sync, which at first comes across as him being charmingly awkward but shows that he is struggling to match her character to appeal to her.
    • Elsa and Kristoff both giving Anna a hard time about wanting to marry Hans shortly after they met easily foreshadows that first impressions don't mean everything.
    • When Anna decides to leave to find Elsa, Hans protests because he doesn't want her to get hurt - he thinks this is the perfect opportunity to make Anna Queen and just abandon the abdicating Elsa; they can deal with the snow after the coronation and wedding. She rapidly makes him the Steward, and then he doesn't even offer to go with her, letting her ride off alone - it's rather conspicuous even on your first viewing.
    • His personality is not consistent at all - it changes radically depending on who he's interacting with, and even on your first viewing, once again it is somewhat disconcerting.
    • Hans threatens the Duke with charging him with Treason, and he's got a very menacing expression when he does so.
    • Then there's him having one of the Duke's men shoot the chandelier down. At first, it seemed like he was trying to stop him from killing her, but after The Reveal, he might have been trying to kill her on accident.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: That's his goal with Anna. It's even lampshaded; "You can't marry someone you just met!" Then averted.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Fans have noticed that his expression often flickers through a look of bewilderment while trying to keep up the act of mimicking Anna's loopy personality.
  • Freudian Excuse: According to Word of God, one thing that wasn't a lie was his twelve older brothers' unpleasant treatment of him. The book A Frozen Heart only adds to this, showing his family outright abusing him to the point that he is heavily implied to self-harm, saying that physical pain is easier to deal with than the emotional turmoil they put him through. By the time the movie takes place, he's been abused for so long that he now thinks it's perfectly normal. He's also being forced by his father to use violence against the Southern Isles population, from beating up critics of the king to killing any villagers who don't pay their taxes on time. Once he gets his first taste of real power from controlling Arendelle in Elsa's absence, it goes right to his head and accelerates his sociopathy, driving him to start dehumanizing everyone else, manipulate others and be desperate to cling onto power at all costs. For a Disney property, that's shockingly dark.
  • Freudian Slip: Has one in the beginning. When Anna is asked if she has powers as well, Hans is quick to parrot her when she describes herself as "completely ordinary", only to back-pedal and assure her that he meant it in the most inoffensive way possible.
  • Gold Digger: He arrives in Arendelle for the purpose of wooing and ultimately marrying into the kingdom's royal family so he can rule a kingdom of his own and promptly rub it in his brothers' faces. A Frozen Heart reveals that his original goal was to court and marry Elsa, until he bumped into Anna and promptly started playing speed chess.
  • The Good King: Aspires to achieve this status among Arendelle's citizens, albeit more as a power grab than out of any care for their well-being. From his own twisted point of view, he seems to view himself as this but is willing to murder Anna and Elsa to ensure his rise to power. However, A Frozen Heart hints that his kindness appears to be somewhat genuine, as Hans's family is stated to rule using violence on their subjects, which Hans thinks is equal parts stupid and unnecessary.
  • Hypocrite: In A Frozen Heart Hans vows to never be like his brothers and willingly use violence as the chief means to an end. Yet, near the end of the book, Hans is determined to uphold their legacy and murder two innocent women for his own ends.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Heavily implied—in addition to being the youngest of thirteen boys, three of them pretended he was invisible for two years. A Frozen Heart also notes that this really is his prime ambition and he daydreams about his father recognizing him as a good son daily. However, it quickly gets override by a desire for power once he gets to try controlling Arendelle.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Redirects a crossbow someone else is holding to thread right through the ice holding a chandelier up. He does this instantly, and he's not lined up with the crossbow to actually aim it.
  • Irony: Of the Situational variety. Hans' intent was to escape from the Southern Isles forever and prove his worth to his father and brothers, and everything he did in pursuit of those goals had the exact opposite results. He also vowed to not use violence willingly and be a brute like his brothers, yet he has no problems hacking Elsa to death when everything goes to hell.
  • Jerkass: Revealed to be this at the climax of the film. He did, however show signs of this by angrily threatening to charge the Duke with treason, thus showing he is quite ruthless.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • A strange case in that we don't realize who he is at the time, but while Hans tells Elsa that if she killed the Duke's guards, she would become the monster the Duke of Weselton was calling her, he had a point (and Elsa does take it to heart, seeing how instead of having the Arendelle army execute Hans by firing squad or hanging, she has him sent back to his brothers for them to resolve the problem).
    • Regardless of how he got it, Hans does do a pretty good job running the kingdom once given the chance, diverting resources from the castle that could've gone toward digging in his own power base and instead using them to help the freezing citizens, and letting nothing stand in his way to make sure they're well cared for.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He's only in for Arendelle's throne.
  • Kick the Dog: He coldly and cruelly informs a dying Anna that he was never in love with her but rather had been exploiting her infatuation with him to seize power over her kingdom.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Telling Anna his plans to kill Elsa and telling Elsa that she killed Anna are both verbal forms of this trope. Justified in Elsa's case he's using this to force her into despair so that she will allow him to kill her.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: The people are suffering from cold? Organize the guards to pass out soup and blankets. There's a sorceress at the root of the cold? Organize a team to arrest her. All For Great Justice! It's implied that he's invoking this trope to win people over and making his takeover more stable.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • He gets punched in the face by Princess Anna and sent back to the Southern Isles to be judged by his brothers, the very people he was hoping to prove himself superior to by grabbing his own Kingdom.
    • In Frozen Fever, while Hans is shoveling manure in the Southern Isles in his princely clothes, a giant snowball (unintentionally created by a cold ridden Elsa) lands on top of him! Whoops. While the horses laugh at him as the snowball launches Hans right into the manure cart.
  • Light Is Not Good: He is a Prince with lighter cloths and the outfit he wears in the dance is white and gold, but is actually a Gold Digger.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: Hans uses Elsa's figurative meltdown to speed up his plans significantly.
  • Love at First Sight: When he meets Anna she's awed by him and by the end of the night she agrees to marry him. We learn Hans knows what this is and knows how to manipulate to get it to work.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Hans's initial plan, before Elsa revealed her magic, was for Elsa to have an "accident" so he could be king. It's unknown if he planned the same for Anna; while technically being Prince Consort gives him little official power, he thinks of her as an idiot and might have been satisfied to manipulate her for as long as possible. However his ruthless nature makes it clear that had she caught on, he would have done so.
  • Man in White: His characteristic blazer, atop otherwise blue inner vestiments, as well as his distinctive white gloves and a full-white suit during Elsa's coronation party. Contrary to traditional Disney expectations, this doesn't affect his morality one bit.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He has very little direct impact on the plot, and doesn't need it to pull off his plan - he's very good at manipulating people in minor ways to push them where he needs them to go. When he noticed how naive Anna is, he plays that up to seduce her. He helps the kingdom to gain their trust, and when Anna reveals she's dying, he says she's dead just to get other people to follow him in killing Elsa. Seriously, if Hans moved to Westeros, he'd fit right in.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Hans is the youngest of thirteen princes.
  • Master Actor: Seems able to seamlessly step into the personality most likely to inspire fondness and trust in whoever he's talking to, and is able to turn on the appearance of total infatuation and of deep emotional shock at will.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is derived from Hans Christian Andersen, and he is in a film inspired by a tale by the same author.
  • Meet Cute: His meeting with Anna starts with her bumping into his horse and falling into a precariously placed rowboat. Hans's attempt to apologize to her leads to him falling on top of her in a very embarrassing position to be caught in.
  • The Mole: He was working to overthrow Arendelle's rulers from day one.
  • Murder by Inaction: When he finds out Anna will soon freeze to death as a result of Elsa's accidental curse, he douses the fire and locks the door to let the curse finish its job, allowing him to get her out of the way while still keeping his hands "clean".
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: His new plan was to marry Anna and kill Elsa (and possibly Anna was well), presumably after fathering an heir to the throne so he could rule as regent. This may have been due to the influence of his father and brothers, who frequently used violence to deal with every problem that came their way.
  • Nerves of Steel: Hans is a pretty competent fighter, and has no issue with facing down danger, and even is the one to defeat Marshmallow.
  • Never My Fault: In A Frozen Heart, he blames Elsa for everything that's happened and forces himself to see her as evil in order to motivate himself.
  • Nice Guy: He is kind, generous, noble, and always speaking politely to both Anna and Elsa. It's all an act.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: By trying to kill Elsa, he gives Anna an opportunity to forgo what she thinks is a chance to save herself from the curse in order to save Elsa, enabling her to perform an act of true love that also saves herself.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He's nice to a random girl that just ran into his horse, making sure she's okay and even walking onto the not-that-stable boat to help her up—and that's before he learns she's Princess Anna. He also doesn't hesitate to hand out supplies and let common people into the palace to keep them warm. Of course, this just shows how dedicated he is to being a Villain with Good Publicity.
  • No, You:
    • His comeback to Anna telling him he can't take out Elsa. For what it's worth, he's right: He is willing to subdue Elsa by attacking her psychologically.
      Anna: You're no match for Elsa.
      Hans: No, you're no match for Elsa.
    • He's on the receiving end of one when after he says he thought Anna froze her heart; she rebuts this by telling him that he's the only one with a frozen heart.
  • Not So Different: Just like how Elsa shut Anna out (although with Elsa, it was more about keeping Anna safe from her powers), Hans has had trouble with his brothers ignoring him (some even pretended he was invisible). He uses this to try to manipulate Anna, leaving the viewer to wonder if his brothers' treatment of him is true or a case of Unreliable Narrator. (Word of God confirmed that yes, his brothers were every bit as nasty to him as he claimed.)
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: As the gentle nobleman, with Kristoff. Subverted, as Hans's true character is Machiavellian and uses the noble ruse as a tool to usurp the throne, while Kristoff's persona was implied by the trolls to have been created to protect himself and hide his inner kindness and goodness.
  • Oh Crap!: His little "Uh-oh" that happens when his horse Sitron accidentally lets go of the boat he is standing on and causes him to fall into the fjord and get soaked. Additionally, in a more traditional context, this trope applies when he is shocked to discover Anna is alive after failing to kill Elsa. He's so shocked that he's only able to stammer out "But she froze your heart!"
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Hans very briefly makes one of these when he and Anna are announcing their engagement to Elsa, after Anna declares she wants to invite all twelve of Hans' brothers to the wedding. Makes you wonder just how bad his relationship with them really is.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: By his own admission, Hans developed his scheme as he went along. At first he had his eyes set on marrying Elsa but settled on Anna after she revealed she was in love with him. Next, he tries to murder Anna and just take over the kingdom directly. He always takes the path that will benefit him the most, as quickly as possible.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: The Polite Villain to Kristoff's Rude Hero. Even after The Reveal, Hans is still smooth, charming, and well-dressed in contrast to Kristoff, who is the snarky, impolite and sometimes insensitive Tritagonist of the film.
  • Playing Both Sides: Does this in the conflict between Anna and the Duke. He puts them both in situations where they feel they need to work with him. He almost wins.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He is generally motivated by what will benefit him first, rarely deliberately going out of his way to screw people over like more traditional Disney antagonists, which is what probably makes him most creepy. Help people that are freezing? Sure, it gives him a better public image. Let a princess die by refusing to kiss her (not that kissing her would work, given how he really felt)? The way to the throne is quicker that way, so yes.
  • Prince Charming: He invokes this trope to appeal to Anna's romanticism. In truth he is anything but charming.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He gives Anna a particularly unsettling one when he reveals that he's not the Prince Charming she thought him to be.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite being a Manipulative Bastard intent on murder and usurpation, his brief regency while the sisters are away seems fair enough. He keeps the gates of the castle open, personally passes out blankets to the townsfolk, and even defends Elsa from the Duke's accusations. While some of it is certainly was an act, he seems sincerely committed to proving his greatness by transforming Arendelle into a powerful kingdom fully capable of defending itself against external threats and as his brothers are stated to be brutal rulers, Hans is determined to rule a kingdom with kindness rather than beating everyone into submission like the rest of his family does. This is evidenced by his apparent hostility towards the Duke of Weselton, a high-ranking official from a neighboring kingdom with designs on dominating Arendelle's economy. However, judging by the unscrupulous lengths he goes merely to obtain the throne, it naturally follows that his approach to ruling Arendelle would be no different if not worse.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Upon revealing his true nature to Anna, he himself makes fun of her for being so desperate for love that she agreed to marry him "just like that", which made his plan that much easier.
    • He's on the receiving end of this when after he says he thought Anna froze her heart; she rebuts him by telling that he's the only one with a frozen heart. Cue Laser-Guided Karma, where Anna sucker-punches him in the face and is sent back to the Southern Isles to be judged by his 12 brothers.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: The suave, wealthy, royal rich suitor to Kristoff's unglamorous, working-class poor.
  • Romantic False Lead: He's presented as being Anna's soulmate early on — then we meet Kristoff. Hans is also, you know, evil.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Early in the film, all that's to him other than his love for Anna is that he has some of Anna's surface Adorkable qualities and is a Nice Guy, he's from the Southern Isles, he has twelve older brothers, and he owns a horse, with nothing much else. He deliberately manipulated Anna into falling in love with him by acting like the perfect Prince Charming she wanted just to use her to become king of Arendelle. This throws all of his earlier interactions with her into a darker light, and makes it unclear as to just how much of what he told her about himself was true.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive guy to Kristoff's manly man. Switched around with The Reveal that Hans is actually anything but sensitive.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Favours a Beau Brummel cut to his suits, admittedly with a different colour palette. It's complete with the Painted-On Pants.
  • Shout-Out: His name is a direct reference to the creator of the story that the film is based on: "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Anderson.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Marks him as a person of interest, making him stand out as a prince among lower aristocrats.
  • Slasher Smile: He has a startlingly menacing smile on his face as he prepares to deliver a killing blow to Elsa.
  • Spanner in the Works: His initial plan is just to woo one of the princesses and manipulate his way into inheriting the kingdom. His actions accidentally unearth Elsa's secrets and kick off the entire plot, which luckily for him so happens to be exactly the kind of situation he can take advantage of.
  • Spare to the Throne: The youngest of thirteen princes, giving him an extremely small chance at inheriting his own throne.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His last name has been spelled as Westerguard, Westergard, and even Westergaard. Considering the fact that Jennifer Lee never directly stated in her post how to spell it, and didn't correct the poster who asked the question, it can be assumed that Westerguard is meant to be correct.
  • The Sociopath: A frighteningly realistic version for a Disney movie; Hans is outwardly extremely charming and intelligent, making him very good at earning the trust of those around him. Underneath the superficial charm, however, he is extremely manipulative and sadistic, displaying nothing but amusement at the thought of traumatizing and murdering Elsa and Anna in order to benefit himself. The directors of Frozen have outright stated and confirmed that Hans is this trope And in the past, Hans's tyrannical father forced Hans to do some terrible things to his subjects, such as killing any villagers who couldn't pay their taxes in on time, which could have assisted in his sociopathy. Furthermore, giving control of Arendelle to him accelerates his sociopathy, as he's been so desperate for power that it goes right to his head and makes him eager to cling onto it at all costs.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Hans has complete disdain working with the Duke of Weselton. The feeling is mutual, because they have different ideas in dealing with the eternal winter.
  • They Died Because of You: Tells Elsa about Anna being dead from her curse just to get her guard down so that he can kill her.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Being the thirteenth in line for his kingdom's throne, he knows he doesn't stand a chance to be king, and this makes him do very desperate and unethical things.
  • Tragic Villain: Sociopathy aside, Word of God considers him this, as a product of growing up without love. A Frozen Heart reveals that he was violently bullied by nearly all his brothers from a very young age and he's implied to self-harm as well. The book is also tragic, in a way-Hans begins as a noble man who tries to escape the tyranny of his homeland, yet becomes just as violent and brutish as the brothers he hates near the end of the book.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Amusingly, for a guy who was villainous in the first place. Hans comes to Arendale with a relatively simple plot to marry into the royal family and manipulate his way onto the throne, and ends up causing the royal family to fall apart and the queen to accidentally plunge the kingdom into eternal winter entirely by accident. This turns out to be almost the best possible situation for him, but for much of the plot he's as nonplussed as anybody - though he ultimately figures out a way to use it to his advantage.
  • The Usurper: Since he's 13th in line for the throne in his country, his main goal is to marry himself to the throne somewhere and rapidly make himself king as soon as he gets or/and sees the right chance. He originally intended to marry Elsa, since she's the heir, but since Anna was a much easier target for his charms due to her naivety and desperation, he adjusted his plan to instead marry Anna and then become king by staging an "accident" for Elsa.
  • Villain Ball: Leaving Anna before she's finished freezing turns out to be his undoing. All because he thinks he's already gotten away with his plot, even though Anna is still a massive loose end.
  • Villainous Valor: As evidenced by his fight with Marshmallow. Pursuing Elsa into the deadly snowstorm after she escaped from the dungeon may count as well.
  • Walking Spoiler: Just telling someone he's the antagonist of the movie spoils it for people who have never seen the movie before.
  • Warrior Prince: As it turns out, Hans is pretty badass with a sword and has been doing so for decades, resulting in most of his muscles coming from excessive sword fighting.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A Frozen Heart reveals that he is this taken to extremes, as his father has very little love for him and regards him as an annoyance who whines about his brothers bullying him, even if Hans's brothers often bully him in very violent ways. Hans often daydreams about having a loving and caring father, even as an adult, and is forced to use violence against his father's subjects in order to gain respect. Yet, even after following all of his father's orders before setting off to Arendelle, Hans's father has only just begun to respect his youngest son.
  • Wham Line: "Oh, Anna...if only there was someone out there who loved you."
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: The act of true love that thawed Anna's frozen heart left Hans confused and dumbstruck. "But she froze your heart..."
  • Wicked Cultured: He's well-mannered, suave, and well-versed in the ways of royal leadership. He's also a power-hungry bastard.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Tries to outright kill Elsa with his sword in the climax, being stopped only when Anna blocks him from her just when she freezes over completely.
  • Wrong Guy First: Just because he seems like the whole package doesn't mean that he is.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: He definitely has a knack for taking advantage of events to further his own primary goals. The novelization A Frozen Heart goes into detail about how quickly he can adapt:
    • Plan A: Woo Elsa and convince her to marry him. (Hans bumped into Elsa's hitherto unknown sister Anna instead.)
    • Plan B: Woo Anna, convince Elsa to bless their marriage, and eventually arrange to overthrow Elsa, preferably without violence. (Elsa refused to bless the marriage and revealed her ice magic; and then Anna set out to look for her, leaving him in charge.)
    • Plan C: Rule Arendelle in Anna's absence. (Anna's horse comes back without Anna, and the people are worried; they might revolt if Hans just left her to her fate, so...)
    • Plan D: Set out in search of Anna and Elsa, to bring Anna back and/or convince Elsa to stop the snow. (He couldn't find Anna, and while he did manage to capture Elsa, he couldn't convince her to stop the snow.)
    • Plan E: With Elsa locked up and helpless and Anna missing and presumed dead, rule Arendelle as in Plan C. (Anna came back, cursed by Elsa.)
    • Plan F: Leave Anna for dead, accuse Elsa of murdering her sister, and execute Elsa. (Anna wasn't quite dead, and she blocked his attack on Elsa.)
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: His plan for everyone involved. Just tweak it to "no longer about to live", and this is how he treats Anna when she reveals her curse. He also decides to kill Elsa when she says she can't stop the winter she caused.
  • Youngest Child Wins: His backstory is that he's a inversion to this rule, being the youngest of thirteen siblings and growing up knowing he'll never receive the crown.
  • Youthful Freckles: He's the youngest sibling, so he is just a young man.

Voiced by: Frank Welker

Hans's horse.


    The Duke Of Weselton
"If we don't do something soon, we'll all freeze to death!"

Voiced by: Alan Tudyk

A neighboring duke who wants to exploit Arendelle's riches and sees Elsa's powers as evil.
  • Analogy Backfire: "Like a chicken with the face of a monkey, I fly!"
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: His Machiavellian plans to dominate Arendelle's economy place him firmly in this trope. However, his ruthlessness pales in comparison to the thoroughly treacherous and cold-hearted Prince of the Southern Isles, Hans Westerguard.
  • Bald of Evil: Downplayed. He hides his baldness with a wig that does its job poorly.
  • Berserk Button: Mispronouncing it as "Weaseltown".
    That's Weselton to you, thank you very much!
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He remains an active threat through the movie and the audience has come to believe that he's the mastermind, but they couldn't be more wrong. Hans truly upstages him in terms of evilness.
  • Burn the Witch!: His attitude towards Elsa after her powers are revealed, including sending his men to kill her.
  • Cool Old Guy: In the ballroom scene, it's evident that he thinks he's this, but he just comes off as a buffoon. Granted, he is pretty spry for a man his age.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Does this early on in the film about his intentions for the kingdom.
  • Dodgy Toupee: Wears a wig to cover a bald spot. It flops up and down when he dances.
  • Drama Queen: He's prone to overreacting to everything, like claiming Elsa tried to kill him, when all she did was generate some ice in his direction, what with her powers being out of control, something Hans calls him out on. At the very end of the film he even tries claiming he's suffering from trauma after everything he went through.
  • Entitled Bastard: Despite being a prejudicial Jerkass who tried to exploit Arendelle's wealth and have Elsa killed simply for being a magic user, when everything is resolved, he still genuinely expects an audience with Elsa to discuss business. Elsa makes sure he's sent home with nothing.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Duke may be a total Jerkass, but he was noticeably distraught when he was led to believe by Hans that Elsa had killed Anna with an ice curse. He's also one of the first men to depart the room when Anna demands that Hans kiss her.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": His proper name is never revealed.
  • Evil Old Folks: He says that he wants to exploit the economy of Arendelle kingdom in his first appearance.
  • Evil vs. Evil: With Prince Hans but it's largely downplayed since both never really know about each others' plans until the end and any fighting they do is minor. However, it's clear they don't really like one another, and each attempt to back-stab one another.
  • Fantastic Racism: Given his reaction to Elsa's powers being revealed, it's not hard to guess that the Duke has a certain prejudice towards people with magic.
  • Fantastic Slurs: As a consequence of the above; he frequently refers to Elsa as a "monster".
  • General Ripper: Has a murderously judgmental hatred of magic and sorcery and those who practice them as "monsters", and will kill anyone he believes associated with them. The Duke even goes behind Prince Hans' back and orders his two men to assassinate Elsa once the search party reaches her ice palace.
  • Giftedly Bad: He has an... interesting dance style.
  • Greed: His main reason for visiting Arendelle is he wants to exploit their wealth.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: His eyes represent his jerkass and domineering personality.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY"!: The name of his town keeps getting mispronounced as Weasel-ton.
    • Gets turned into Malicious Misnaming at the end when the servant informing him of the cut ties, makes a point of pronouncing it "Weasel Town".
  • Jerkass: It's takes a special kind of jerk to turn on the Queen who has benefitted your country for many years just because she has freaky ice powers.
  • Kick the Dog: He is willing to let freezing people die rather than give them blankets ("tradeable goods"). Hans really doesn't like him for that.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He came to Arendelle hoping to gain control of the kingdom's wealth and discover its secrets for himself, even to the point of trying to have Elsa killed. In the end, he's sent home and Elsa cuts off all trade with Weselton.
  • Laughably Evil: He causes a lot of trouble for Elsa, even sending his two bodyguards to shoot her, but then again, this is also the same guy who was afraid he could have died from slipping on ice.
  • Meaningful Name: Weselton is frequently mispronounced as 'Weaseltown' throughout the movie. Fittingly, the Duke is a rather weaselly and spineless character.
  • Never My Fault: Refuses to own up to any part he may have had in causing Elsa to flee and accidentally start the Endless Winter. Even Hans calls him out on it.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: The Duke seems to be a pretty laughably incompetent jerkass at worst, for the most part. Then he coldly orders his two henchmen to kill Elsa, and he says it in a tone that suggests he is dead-set on having Elsa killed.
  • Obviously Evil: Played for Laughs in his Establishing Character Moment, wherein he catches himself muttering about exploiting Arendelle's wealth.
  • Red Herring: Virtually all promotional materials, including the voice acting leaks, have made him out to be the main villain of the story (and many people would assume seeing how Alan Tudyk previously had voiced King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph, who was the main villain of that movie), when it's actually the younger and less Obviously Evil Prince Hans.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The only reason he wants to save the Kingdom in the first place is to make off with its riches and tradeable goods, which would cease to exist if the Kingdom was destroyed.
  • Running Gag: His duchy's name is mispronounced as the embarrassingly phonetic "Weaseltown".
  • Torture Technician: A Frozen Heart has his bodyguards imply that he frequently tortures people for information.
  • You Monster!: He shouts this to Elsa after she almost freezes him.

    The Duke Of Weselton's Bodyguards

The two bodyguards of the Duke. They serve as tertiary antagonists. Their main job is to protect the Duke at all costs.

Alternative Title(s): Frozen Disney, Frozen Fever