Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here and discuss here.
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 and 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?
Affectionate Parody: Of other Disney Princesses. But most notably with the whole true love aspect, wanting to marry Hans when she barely knows him with Elsa and Kristoff criticizing her.
Annoying Younger Sibling: Played for Laughs when she and Elsa were still kids. After the accident, Anna's relentless efforts to reach out to her older sister, who in turn continuously shrugs her off in order to to protect her, are depicted in a very heartbreaking way.
Badass: Though these aspects are downplayed, she does punch out Hans at the end of the film.
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 Heroes: 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.
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.
Desperately Craves Affection: She grows up almost completely 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.
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: Not explicitly highlighted unlike her attitude towards romance, but the trait is there nonetheless; Anna clearly knows what she needs to do and does everything she can to do it, but doesn't necessarily think through all the actions on the way there. Case in point: she runs off after Elsa in naught but her summer gown and a cape, her plan in terms of confronting Elsa amount 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.
Friend to All Living Things: Three scene qualify her as one: 1). Makes friends with baby ducks in "For the First Time in Forever", 2). Charms Hans's horse, Sitron, 3). Waves at Sven when the latter is outside Oaken's trading post.
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 practically One of Us.
Girlish Pigtails: Had these when she was little. Eventually she wore braids instead.
Girly Bruiser: Oh, boy. She may seem girly, but that doesn't mean she can't pack a punch!
Hair Color Dissonance: Is she blonde, strawberry blonde, a light reddish brown, or redhead? This is a common debate among viewers.
I Just Want to Be Loved: Implied. Anna's quick engagement to Hans is probably a result of never spending time with Elsa for so long, which got worse when their parents died.
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.
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 the two sisters inherited from their parents.
Innocently Insensitive: Hoo boy — especially 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 Prince 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.
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.
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 insanely 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.
Locked into Strangeness: Developed a Skunk Stripe after Elsa accidentally struck her in the head with her ice powers. Later, her hair begins to turn completely white after Elsa accidentally freezes her heart, but it turns back to normal after the curse is broken.
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.
Meaningful Name: On the other hand, 'grace' can also mean "kindness and caring," which Anna does have 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.
Morality Chain: Implied. If Anna wasn't around, Elsa would have probably remained in her own self-imposed exile within Arendelle Castle, struggling to keep her powers hidden.
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 white 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
OOC 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 demands her horse be readied 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 towards Kristoff the following night.
Painful Transformation: Turning into ice from the inside out seems like an unpleasant experience. Fortunately, she gets better.
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.
Plucky Girl: Overlaps with hints of Action Girl, as she shows incredible moxie and always tries to help. The most notable 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.
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.
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 killed by 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.
Skunk Stripe: Has a single platinum blonde streak in her otherwise strawberry-blonde hair. It goes away after her curse is broken.
Sibling Yin-Yang: She's energetic, outspoken, and extroverted while Elsa is calm, reserved, and introverted.
Stepford Smiler: Implied. While she was energetic and happy even as a child, it seems like staying that way through adulthood was a way to deal with her sister's emotional distance, especially after the deaths of their parents.
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.)
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. Anna is rambunctious and can pick a fight, being the one who punches out Prince Hans at the end of the movie.
Tomboy Princess: She spends her chilhood climbing around the castle and badgering her sister into going outside and building snowmen.
Took a Level in Badass: Takes several levels by battling wolves, evading snow monsters, and even punching out Hans after saving the day.
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.
True Blue Femininity: Her winter dress is mainly blue and purple, although her preferred color seems to be green since every other outfit she wears has that color, like her coronation ball gown.
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.
Wakeup Makeup: Averted. Anna wakes up on coronation day with what must be the world's worst case of bedhead.
Woman Child: She can be quite immature and childish. Justified, however: she was isolated in a castle for most of her life and had no contact with the world beyond the gates for years, which made her rather naive.
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.
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 was forced to hide them, even from her sister Anna.
Above Good and Evil: After running away, 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.
The Ace: Shown to be this in A Sister More Like Me.
Action Girl: Not exactly wanting to fight, but she does when she has to, seen when she fends off a bunch of guys with crossbows, nearly killing them.
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.
Aloof Big Sister: To Anna. Significantly justified as she's like this because she's afraid of hurting Anna again.
Badass: Come down to it, only a handful of Disney villains (and the Genie) can compare to her power, and that's with perhaps two days of practice with her abilities.
Badass Adorable: She may not be as Adorkable as Anna, but when she lets emotion show on her face, you'll 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: She becomes the Queen of Arendelle and over the course of the film, she gains more control over her ice and snow powers, even being able to put an end to the Endless Winter.
Berserk Button: 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 that bring her fears to the front and center.
Beware the Superman: Played with. She is generally good at heart, but shuts everyone, even her own sister out. 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.)
Blessed with Suck: How she views her ice and snow powers, at least until embracing them.
Break the Cutie: The trauma the movie deals her exceeds even that dealt to Anna.
Broken Ace: How she truly is underneath her facade of perfection.
Broken Bird: After years of keeping her powers in check, she became 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 is forced to detach herself emotionally for her little sister's sake.
Celibate Heroine: Elsa doesn't get married or enter into a relationship during the course of the movie. To be honest, it appears that she has no interest in pursuing romance, much like Merida. Even Hans picked up on it and tried to woo Elsa's more impressionable sister instead. Of course, she's spent her whole life trying to suppress her emotions, so it would take a while after the end of the film for her to start opening up to anyone enough to form a romantic attachment.
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.
Death Seeker: When Hans tricks her into thinking she killed Anna, she willingly allows him to kill her.
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.
Despair Event Horizon: Much of the plot is the buildup to it. At the beginning, she accidentally almost kills Anna with her ice powers when they're playing together. Then her powers are exposed to the entire kingdom. Anna tells her that she accidentally froze Arendelle. And then Hans lies to her and convinces her that she killed Anna, thus making her not lift a finger when he tries to kill her. After Anna sacrifices herself, Elsa can no longer hold back her emotions and she breaks down weeping.
Emotional Powers: Her powers go out of control when she feels even the smallest bit of emotion. Her powers seem to react to whatever emotion she's feeling the most at the time of use. Olaf and Marshmallow show this best as the embodiment of Elsa's childhood happiness and her desire to be left alone, respectively.
Emotionless Girl: Becomes this to try to keep her powers in check but she isn't completely emotionless so much as she's simply bottled them up inside herself. During her argument with Anna, the latter's Armor Piercing Questions cause her to snap, and she reveals her powers to the people gathered around them.
Everything's Better with Sparkles: Her ice dress is pretty glittery, particularly 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.
The Exile: When her powers are revealed, she exiles herself. Prior to that, she had already sort of exiled herself in her bedroom, at her parents' urging.
Expository Hairstyle Change: After "Let it Go", Elsa drops her Prim and Proper Bun in favor of a French braid. It's interesting to notice that, despite letting herself loose up a little now that she doesn't have to hide her powers, she still has an internal, deep emotional restraint. And though she finally gets in full control of her powers and her people accepted her at the end, she keeps the braid, showing that 13 years of emotional detachment and seclusion don't disappear in just one day.
Friendless Background: Like her sister, she was raised in seclusion and she doesn't have any friends her age.
Gender Flip: One of the characters she was based on was a boy named Kai.
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.
Hair Decorations: Elsa's is subtly adorned with snowflakes. As a kid, she has a blue headband.
Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Although she had to hide it due to years of seclusion, Elsa ultimately is sweet-hearted, generous, and kind.
Hates Being Touched: Justified since she can't control her powers and could accidentally freeze or even kill a person just by touch. Even while wearing gloves, she still refuses to touch anyone or allow herself to be touched; as a teenager, horrified that her powers are growing stronger and harder to control, she begs her parents not to so much as touch her shoulder lest she hurt them too. After the climax, once Elsa learns to control her powers, she is able to touch people just fine.
Heroic BSOD: 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).
Heroic Self-Deprecation: Because of her ice powers, Elsa grew up with low self-esteem. She does get better at the end when she finally learns to love and control her powers.
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 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. But more sinister characters attempt to use this to usurp power for their own benefit, such as the Duke of Weselton, and later, Hans.
Hidden Depths: 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.
The High Queen: At the end, when she fully embraces her powers and returns to rule Arendelle.
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. It's never explained how or why she has this power in the first place, aside from the fact that she was born with it, but it serves as the main source of her insecurities.
If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: While it was completely justified self-defense, Hans pleas with Elsa not to kill the two assassins sent by the Duke of Weselton, 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.
I Just Want to Be Normal: Subverted. An Ice Person and Power Incontinence are a terrible combination, and Elsa spends most of her life and significant portions of the movie terrified of herself. Yet she is never shown to resent her abilities and just accepts they are as much a part of who she is as is being royalty or a girl. The times she is shown to be happiest are when she is intentionally using her powers.
Impossible Hourglass Figure Not an extreme example, and maybe could be achieved by some with corsets (which Elsa probably wears), but still very unlikely in nature without stays.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Truly wishes for Anna to be happy and painfully regrets that she is the cause of Anna's loneliness. She says as much during the reprise of "For the First Time in Forever".
Inexplicably Awesome: Elsa is said to have been born with mystical ice powers, but there is no explanation as to how or why a child would be born with ice powers.
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. Justified in the fact that one of the tie-in books reveals that Elsa was a fan of geometry since she was little.
Internalized Categorism: Thanks to some childhood trauma, she grows up hating and 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 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.
Lonely Rich Kid: Isolates herself from everyone, including Anna, even though they live in the same house.
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. And 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.
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. She is the Snow Queen for her heart is as pure as the driven snow!
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.
Mystical White Hair: She has nearly white (specifically platinum blonde) hair, matching her ice powers.
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 her powers have given her depression and Anxiety Disorder.
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.
Not So Stoic: She manages to hold together a calm and aloof front for much of the coronation proceedings, but it begins to slip when Anna, during their confrontation, accidentally removes one of her gloves and refuses to return it; Elsa's reaction is borderline panic. Elsa's then visibly struggling to hold herself together throughout the remainder of their argument until she finally snaps, accidentally revealing her powers in the process, and is utterly horrified when she realizes thirteen years of holding back her abilities from people have just been flushed down the drain.
Obliviously Evil: Elsa believes that her self-imposed exile has ensured everyone's safety, not realizing that her unrestrained powers are creating a never-ending winter. She finds out after Anna tells her (defying the "you can't reason with them" part of this trope's definition).
One Woman Army: Elsa was able to take on the Duke's lackeys; it got easier when she gained more control over her powers. Plus, if she can, by accident, set off an eternal winter to her own country, imagine what she can do to the country of her enemies.
Only Sane Woman: Considering what Hans turned out to be, Elsa is in the right when refusing to give her blessing to his and Anna's marriage on the basis that it is a whirlwind; even though neither of them know his true nature then, Elsa's point is nevertheless certainly valid. Not to mention, back in the time period where the movie takes place, a proper courtship and the arrangement of a marriage - which would need to be recognized by both families and settled in legal terms - would have at least taken two to three years, at minimum (assuming Hans had already gotten some of the technicalities out of the way).
Orcus on His Throne: She plans on being this, but causes massive problems before she even sets up her throne. She ends up rejoining her people when she learns how to control her powers.
Parental Marriage Veto: Elsa refuses to consent to Hans and Anna's wedding. Her reason? Anna has just met Hans and definitely has known him for no more than twelve hours. After all, in real life European monarchies of the time, any member of the court would need the permission of the reigning monarch to marry and sire/bear children. This applies to a monarch's relatives as well, Anna included.
Pay Evil unto Evil: Averted for the most part. Elsa only uses her ice powers maliciously against those who deliberately try to harm her. Compare and contrast her behavior towards Anna, who tries to reach out to her, and her behavior towards the Duke of Weaseltown (WESELTON!)'s henchmen, who try to kill her. And even then, she was trying to kick them out/contain them; killing them would have been easier.
Pimped-Out Dress: 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 things that make it glitter.
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 does get over it at the end.
Power Incontinence: On a massive scale. She accidentally creates an Endless Winter without even realizing it! She gains full control over her powers by the end. The only reason that anyone is the slightest threat to her in combat is because she's trying not to kill them by accident. Like she almost does to her sister. Twice.
Power Limiter: Her gloves are an extremely simple version, keeping her from turning things to ice just by touching them. The plot is kicked off when she loses one while arguing with Anna. Later, even those aren't enough, as hand-covering manacles can't keep her powers at bay.
Prim and Proper Bun: Elsa's coronation appearance is with her hair woven in a French-braided crown twist bun.
Proper Lady: Especially in the book A Sister More Like Me.
Properly Paranoid: 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. May seem like a bit of an over-reaction... until 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.
Purple Is Powerful/Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her coronation cape is purple. Her room is also decorated in shades of lilac and violet (more obvious in A Sister More Like Me and concept art.). It's possible that the choice of colors was deliberate since purple is a color that is associated with cold temperatures.
Randomly Gifted: She's a Mage born into a family of Muggles. 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. Unfortunately, she's freaking out for around 90% of the movie. This is justified though, considering all the crap she had to go through.
Required Secondary Powers: "The cold never bothered me anyway." She builds herself a palace where everything is made of ice, and she lives in it wearing nothing but a gown made of ice. She also never slides when walking across ice unless she wants to (The exception being Anna's accident, where she slipped and tumbled over). Her body temperature may be colder; there are scenes where her breath isn't visible but people she's conversing with do have visible breath.
Sorceress Queen: Elsa's qualified as a sorceress due to her ice magic from childhood, and was her father's heir until his untimely. However it is only when both she and her subjects fully accept her powersnote (which was helped along by her gaining proper control of them) that she properly fits this trope.
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.
Strong Family Resemblance: Elsa and Anna look similar to their mother, save for subtle differences in the shapes of their eyes, nose, chin, etc.
Suicide by Cop: After Hans lies to her and convinces her that she killed Anna, Elsa appears willing to let him cut her down.
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.
That Man Is Dead: In her own words, "That perfect girl is gone!" Ironically, she becomes "that perfect girl" at the end of the movie, having realized the key to controlling her power. By doing so, she allows herself to reconnect with Anna.
Then Let Me Be Evil: Downplayed in that it's about "no right, no wrong, no rules for me" instead of being evil. After failing to control her ice powers, she up and leaves to create her own ice palace in the mountains where she can rule a snowy kingdom of her own making with no living subjects and do whatever she wants with her powers without having to worry about hurting anyone. Except Elsa has no idea she had caused an Endless Winter as she ran away, however, one that is only made WORSE as she runs wild with her powers in isolation.
Thirteen 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.
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.
Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Anna's Tomboy. Elsa manages to be very queenly even after she runs away.
Trauma Conga Line: She goes through one traumatic experience after another, and each one leaves a lasting impact: First, she accidentally injures her little sister with her ice powers, so she's forced to stay away from people, including her sister. Then her parents are lost at sea. She's crowned queen but her powers are exposed to the entire kingdom, so she runs away and accidentally freezes Arendelle in the process. Later, she's convinced that she killed Anna, and finally she's heartbroken when Anna sacrifices herself to save 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: Aside from being based on the Snow Queen, she notes this trope in subtle ways during "Let It Go".
The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Tries to be this, but fails miserably at her coronation when Anna confronts her. 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.
"I don't trust your judgment! Who marries a man she just met?"
Adorkable: He has his moments. Especially once he begins to fall for Anna.
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.
Always Save the Girl: Seems to have a knack for it... in spite of his own denial. Most poignantly in the finale, where he gets this hard. Played with however, in that — in a circumstance perhaps unique to him and Anna, and maybe even the entire Disney Princess canon — Anna denies him the chance (not in a negative sense mind you), opting to make a Heroic Sacrifice instead.
Amazon Chaser: After Anna hits one of the wolves chasing her and Kristoff, the latter utters a very impressed "Whoa!"
Badass: There is never any scene in the movie that shows Kristoff having difficulties with physical exertion (except his disagreement with Oaken.). It's not always obvious, but considering Kristoff's choice of lifestyle, he must be incredibly strong. It's all justified, and he is capable of...
Lifting, catching and carrying Anna repeatedly without the slightest effort.
Riding a reindeer the size of a moose without a saddle, straight into a blizzard. And no, riding a reindeer is not like riding a horse.
Kicking a full-grown wolf off his fast-moving sled.
Carrying Trollish children. They are literally living rock.
Since he was seen briefly during the celebrations, it is implied that he went back up the mountain after selling out his ice to gather more, rather than bother attending the parties. However, nobody was seen coming down with him. This would make him capable of both mountaineering and ice harvesting solo.
A deleted scene that the creators really liked introduced Kristoff doing some pretty awesome mountaineering... with the final gag added that he was also carrying Sven the whole time. Considering Sven's breed, that is approximately 180lbs Kristoff hauls up. Is that not badass? Is it?!
Becoming the Mask: Inverted - Kristoff has put on a mask of being tough and untouchable for so long that he has come to almost believe it and it's Anna's job to remove the mask.
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 his job is selling ice when eternal winter starts.
Cool Big Bro: Shows shades of this in his interactions with Sven and the younger trolls.
Dark Is Not Evil: Kristoff dresses in shades of 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.
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 lampshades Anna 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 raised 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.
Genre Savvy: Knows that running off into the mountains is usually shorthand for "I need time alone"... and also knows when to walk away from a fight (especially those involving massive and easily angered snowlems - when all you have is a pickaxe); unfortunately for him, Anna decidedly isn't. In the end, he also seems to be at least seemingly aware that his new title bestowed by Elsa might just be a show of appreciation.
Anna: She's named you the official Arendelle Ice Master and Deliverer! Kristoff: What? ...that's not a thing! Anna: Oh, sure it is!
Good Counterpart: To the richer and princely yet manipulative and conniving Hans, to whom Kristoff also serves as a foil.
Good Samaritan: In a sense. 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, though his attitude gradually lightens.
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.
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.
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.
Homeless Hero: Implied to be this with Sven. After Kristoff is thrown out of Oaken's shop, he crashes in Oaken's barn.
Hunk: Contrasting Prince 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.
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.
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.
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 telling Sven to run 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.
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. note The views and opinions expressed by Kristoff in the film that all men eat their own boogers are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Walt Disney Company or the filmmakers. Neither The Walt Disney Company nor the filmmakers make any representation of the accuracy of any such views and opinions.
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.
Parental Abandonment: We have no idea who or where Kristoff's birth parents are, but he doesn't remember them.
The Pig Pen: His lack of hygiene is a Running Gag: he eats a saliva covered carrot (it was Sven's saliva), only ever tinkles 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."
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, whenever they have an "argument", it's usually Sven who's right.
Badass: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Silent Snarker: Shows shades of this 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.
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.
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.
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 a big old Freudian Slip, as Elsa unconsciously makes him while singing about how she's letting go of the past.
Disney Villain Death: Parodied when Marshmallow kicks him off a cliff, but he is still okay afterwards.
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.
Freudian Slip: Olaf is a walking talking Freudian slip, being the personification of the sororal bond between Anna and Elsa that the latter is trying to "let go". She so makes him completely off-hand in the beginning of her "I Am Becoming" Song that she doesn't even realize she made a snowlem.
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.
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.
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).
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 started out as a funny character Elsa made up to make Anna laugh when they were kids. Years later, Elsa's magic made him real and she didn't even intend to. Even Elsa's surprised when he shows up walking and talking in her castle, since she still remembers him.
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.
"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.
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 seems to support his stated backstory that he grew up without love.
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.
Affably Evil: He may being trying to become king through unreasonable methods, but he's actually rather polite about it.
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.
Berserk Button: Say what you will about his manipulativeness, but the first time we get a glimpse at his darker side is when he threatens to hang a treason charge on the Duke of Weaseltown (WESELTON!) for trying to get in the way of his keeping Arendelle's citizens warm in the seemingly endless cold, which leaves little doubt as to what his plans were for the country as a whole if his plan to get rid of the royal family succeeded.
Big Damn Kiss: Dramatically defied when he reveals his true nature.
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 Arendell's royal family and ultimately murder Queen Elsa so he can ascend to the throne.
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. about her leaving him in charge. Though he goes out to find Anna, he also wants Elsa alive so that he can try and charm her too. Once he realises Anna will shortly die because his kiss won't work and Elsa can't lift the curse, he decides it's time to get the killing.
However, it's never ascertained if he would have killed Anna after marrying her.
The Charmer: In an awkward kind of charm. Turns out to be an evil version of this.
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 almost immediately, 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".
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 — is his primary motivator.
Evil All Along: 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. That Love at First Sight song? 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.
"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.
Femme Fatale: Rare male version. Uses his charm for his own means and is not to be trusted.
Kristoff: While Kristoff is rugged, rude and sensible, Hans likes to appear dashing and suave, even as he's leaving Anna to die. Even their goals are opposites - Kristoff just wants the snow lifted so that he can get on with his life, while Hans has the far less realistic and greedy desire of ruling his own kingdom, and is willing to kill anybody in his way.
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.
Elsa: Hans acts friendly and kind-hearted only so he can manipulate and hurt people, all for his own benefit. Elsa acts cold and distant because she wants to keep her people (and her sister) safe from her Power Incontinence, despite the fact that she doesn't want to be alone.
Foreshadowing: 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 at Anna's kingdom in the distance, not at her. 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 also 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.
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.
To clarify, Anna is alwaysAdorkable, Kristoff maintains his honesty and awkwardness regardless of who he's with, and Elsa is always regal even in her loneliness and despair, but Hans' personality changes swiftly at the drop of a hat - he even coldly threatens the Duke with a charge of treason, which is a criminal offense punishable by death.
Hidden Villain: 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.
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.
Jerkass Has a Point: A strange case in that we don't realize who he is at the time, but while he told Elsa that if she killed the Duke's guards, she would become a monster, he had a point. However, this was also him maintaining a show as being concerned for 'his' soldiers, once again to endear himself to them.
Kick the Dog: He coldly 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.
Klingon Promotion/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.
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.
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 moralityone 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.
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.
Meet Cute: His meeting with Anna starts with her bumping into his horse and falling into a precariously placed rowboat. Hans apologizing 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 Is the Best Solution: His 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Thirteen 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.
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 wayto use it to his advantage.
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.
Walking Spoiler: Just telling someone he's the antagonist of the movie spoils it for people who have never seen the movie before.
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.
Aristocrats Are Evil: His Machiavellian plans to dominate Arendelle 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.
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.
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.
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").
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, but 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.
Not So Different: To Hans, though nowhere near as heinous. They're both capable of altruistic and decent acts towards those who don't threaten their narrow obsessions for money and power, and they both prefer to act ruthlessly but sneakily, always under the guise of propriety.
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 the queen killed.
Obviously Evil: To the point of comic effect, as he catches himself muttering about exploiting Arendelle.
Pet the Dog: Played with. He seems totally distraught when Anna supposedly dies, and consoles Hans (who had lied about the whole thing and locked Anna in a cold room to freeze to death) over his loss. It seems as though even a greedy Jerkass like him has some decency- the more so as he doesn't even like Hans very much.
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 probably assume seeing how Alan Tudyk previously had voiced King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph, who was the villain of that movie), when it's actually the younger and less Obviously Evil Prince Hans.
Pragmatic Villainy/It's All About Me: 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".
Well-Intentioned Extremist: While his motives are dubious, he seems to be mostly attempting to save Arendelle from the eternal winter.
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.
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: According to Kristoff, he's a crook. Since he tried to demand more money than Kristoff had available in his pockets due to self-admittedly untrue "supply and demand" problems, he has a point.
No Hero Discount: Doesn't matter if she's on a mission to save her sister and kingdom, Anna has to pay for those boots. In fact, he jacked up the prices of his winter gear and his food 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.
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.
The pet horse of Prince Hans of the Southern Isles.
All There in the Manual: His name is revealed to Sitron in the books, which is Ascended Fanon after Jennifer Lee heard that fans were calling the horse "Lemon", so he was given the Norwegian equivalent.
Amplified Animal Aptitude: Like Sven, he's clearly a lot smarter than your average horse but he doesn't get as much screentime.
Nice Guy: Very sweet. A stark contrast to his owner.
"DON'T COME BACK!"
Voiced by: Paul Briggs
A large snow golem created by Elsa to keep people out of her castle.
Adaptation Name Change: He's called Merengue in the Spanish dub because marshmallows are not very well known in Spain.
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.
Badass: He's big, he's strong, and he kicks lots of ass!
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.
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...
Bouncer: It's his job to keep people out of Elsa's castle.
Creator Cameo: Marshmallow is voiced by Paul Briggs, who was the head of storywriting.
Disproportionate Retribution: His response to Anna hitting him with a snowball is to try to kill her. Possibly subtely subverted, because while his initial angry reaction would lead viewers to think he's doing this, technically, Anna jumped off the cliff before he even arrived, and it was Anna that cut the rope after he pulled her back up. For all we know, maybe he just wanted to scream at them some more.
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.
Gone Horribly Right: He seems to take his duty to protect Elsa a bit 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.
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). Notably, the only time he actively chases or threatens people is when they provoke him (Anna tossing the snowball and Hans's men shooting him).
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.
Rule of Symbolism: While Olaf represents the love Elsa and Anna have, Marshmallow can be interpreted as representing how Elsa wishes to be alone; notably, 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.
Taking You with Me: When Hans cuts off Marshmallow's leg, Marshmallow tries to grab at Hans and pull him into the bottomless chasm as well.
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. So, he crowns himself king of Elsa's abandoned castle.
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 fight a bit 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.
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.
Not Quite The Right Thing: The King tells Elsa to suppress her powers, and as a precaution keeps her and Anna isolated from each other and from the rest of the world, which leads to Elsa never really learning how to control her powers and to Anna being so desperate to end her loneliness that 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. But it's totally Justified: Frozen takes place in a time period were people married and had children much earlier than they do today, and especially royalty trying to preserve the family line.
Parents as People: Though they are actually 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.
Prim and Proper Bun: The Queen's hair is styled like this. Elsa later wears her hair the same way.
Ruling Couple: They both ruled over Arrendelle until their death's, leaving Elsa in charge.
Satellite Character: The Queen only has one line, though she is shown to be supportive of her husband's decisions.
Youthful Freckles: While not a child or teenager anymore, Idun 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, Idun basically bears the same physical appearance that Elsa has at the coronation party, only with brunette hair instead of platinum blonde hair).
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 rocks when sleeping/hiding, and are very friendly towards humans, hence why they accept Kristoff as a family member.
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.
Love Freaks: Give off this vibe, especially in 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 appears to be this because he's the only one not involved in "Fixer Upper".
Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The female trolls wear pink or red crystal necklaces, while male trolls wear blue or green crystal necklaces.
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 townspeople attacking her (which would be an honest concern though), even though they meant her fear rather than the people's (which did turn out to be even more dangerous).
Power of Love: They firmly believe in this. Bulda says it is "powerful and strange".
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 Up".
Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Appear in virtually none of the 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.
High Collar of Doom: Some designs added one to her robe or cape. When Elsa lost the Big Bad designation, she lost this costume piece.
Live Mink Coat: Some designs showed her wearing a coat of ermines who flocked around her.
Love Redeems: The plot was going to end with Anna's love helping Elsa make a Heel-Face Turn, but ultimately ended up with Anna's love saving both of them (from the curse, Hans, and the dangers of Elsa's powers).
Then Let Me Be Evil: After growing up surpressing her powers (but resenting it instead of living in fear of the harm she might do), she finally decides to be herself. In this moment she was supposed to have her Villain Song, but that song turned into "Let It Go", which ended up rewriting the character and the movie.
Woman in White: Her various outfits were this color more often than not. Rather than the "purity" motif that she would ultimately have (and through a different color), it was to represent the coldness of snow.