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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 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.
- 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 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 Adorable: And she 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 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.
- 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!"
- it's implied this is a trait she shares with her sister during the coronation celebration.
- Big Good: Saves Elsa, herself, and helps Elsa save the entire kingdom. She also defeats Hans.
- Big "NO!": As she jumps in front of Elsa just as Hans is about to strike her with his sword.
- Big Sister Worship: Worships Elsa so much to the point of looking down on herself, calling herself "completely ordinary".
- Birds of a Feather: What initially draws her to Hans.
- Braids of Action: Twin plaits.
- 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.
- Catch Phrase: "... Wait, what?", which was improvised by Kristen Bell.
- Character Tic: Anna tucks a lock of hair behind her ear when embarrassed and often bites her bottom lip when thinking.
- Cheerful Child: As a little girl.
- Color Motif: Green: every single one of her outfits has a green element to it, even her iconic "winter dress", which has a green band to it.
- Cute Bruiser: An Adorkable Badass Princess mixed with her being a Pintsized Powerhouse.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: So very much! Apparently, all that time she spent in the castle has made her this.
- Despair Event Horizon: After Hans' betrayal, but quickly gets over it thanks to Olaf.
- 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.
- 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: 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 only 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.
- Does Not Understand Sarcasm: Justified since she has no contact with anyone around her age for years.
- 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.
- Expy: She's a human, female version of Walter. Looks down on herself? Check. Always happy, plucky, and optimistic? Check. The morality pet to her film? Check.
- 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.
- Foil: To Elsa.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Elsa's Responsible.
- 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 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.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The strawberry-blonde hair is an indication that she is a nice princess.
- 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: With Elsa; 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 BSOD: After learning of Hans's betrayal, she sadly tells Olaf that she doesn't know what love is.
- Heroic RROD: After Elsa accidentally freezes her heart, her hair starts to turn white over time and her body starts to freeze from the inside-out.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- The Ingenue: She's been locked up at home all her life, making her very naive about the real world.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Anna has a strong resemblance to Kristen Bell, even having Bell's lazy eye.
- 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.
- 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: 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 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 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.
- 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, the gruff, asocial ice harvester.
- 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's castle, struggling to keep her powers hidden.
- Motor Mouth: When she enters her Adorkable mode.
- 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.
- Naïve Everygirl: Shows this best with her feelings for Elsa and Hans.
- Nice Girl: Always sweet, cheerful, and kind, though she does have her limits.
- Not a Morning Person: She has a lot of trouble waking up on Elsa's coronation day.
- 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.note
- 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 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.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents die when their ship sinks in the prologue.
- 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.
- Pintsized 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 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.
- The Power of Love: Her love for her sister allowed her to brave a brutal blizzard in a ball-gown, 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 this way, which Hans exploits after they meet.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Her winter cape and cap are pink. Her room as well.
- Rebellious Princess: In essence, though it's bottled up until Elsa's coronation.
- 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.
- Redheaded Hero: Strawberry-blonde but definitely heroic.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Anna has similar features to both of her parents, especially to her mother.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Uptown Girl: For Kristoff at the end.
- 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 (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.
Queen Elsa of Arendelle
"The cold never bothered me anyway..."
Voiced by: Idina Menzel
(Child Elsa) Voiced by:
(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.note
- 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.
- Always Someone Better: To Anna on occasion.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It's been confirmed she 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.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The Queen of Arendelle and a powerful ice mage.
- Awesome but Impractical: Her ice dress. Gorgeous? Yes. Useful for running away from people who want to shoot you? It trips her while running.
- 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. Elsa 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.)
- Blessed with Suck: How she views her ice and snow powers, at least until embracing them.
- Braids of Action: Wears her hair in a single French braid.
- 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: 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.
- 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".
- Cheerful Child: In the beginning of the film, before she accidentally hurt 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 almost 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.
- Cool Crown: Though 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 her 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".
- Cultured Badass: The "cultured" part is more prominent in A Sister More Like Me. The "badass" part comes from her powers, and it's implied that she's holding back.
- Cynicism Catalyst: After injuring Anna with her magic, she dreads using her powers again.
- 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.
- 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.
- Deuteragonist: With Anna as the main protagonist.
- 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 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, 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.
- 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.
- Fallen Heroine: From the kingdom's perspective, sans Anna, who believes she can bring Elsa back home to reverse the Endless Winter.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A God Am I: Downplayed Trope. Despite declaring herself Above Good and Evil and that she is "one with the wind and sky", she doesn't think of herself as a goddess and takes great pains to avoid hurting people.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: A Classical Anti-Hero take, as it's in trying to avoid creating trouble that Elsa inadvertently creates the situation that people need saving from.
- Good Girl Gone Bad: After years of "being the good girl you always have to be" come to nothing after she accidentally reveals her powers, Elsa exiles herself and revels in her solitude. She uses her powers to build herself an elaborate ice palace and gives herself a makeover. Then she finds out she froze over her kingdom when she ran away. In the end, she finds a balance thanks to The Power of Love.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Isolation at least makes her Above Good and Evil and The Unfettered, though not outright insane.
- 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.
- 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 Albino: Elsa has paler skin than her family, along with white hair. Justified because she was born with ice/snow powers. (Not literally though, not as she has Youthful Freckles.)
- 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.
- Hikikomori: Due to her fear of her powers.
- Hot Goddess: In addition to possessing the power to destroy whole nations at will, can create life. She is, for all intents and purposes, a god.
- Hot Witch: Once she's finally able to be herself and embrace her powers, her beauty really shines.
- Hotter and Sexier: Her ice dress compared to the coronation dress. It's even thematic, to show her new found freedom.
- I Am a Monster: Frequently calls herself a "monster" or a "curse."
- 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.
- Ice Queen: Both literally and figuratively.
- An Ice Suit: A variation; her slinky blue gown seems much better suited for warm weather. Not to mention that it's literally made of ice. Then again, the cold never bothers her anyway (presumably because being one who can make ice probably makes it possible for her to tolerate subzero temperatures more easily).
- Iconic Outfit: Her silky blue gown.
- 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.
- 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: Downplayed, as her figure is still unrealistic, but not to the proportions typical of the trope.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: She can make ice constructs of anything, even a whole palace.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Her new outfit was woven from ice and snow.
- 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. The latter 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 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.
- Internal Reveal: She had absolutely no idea that her actions accidentally caused an Endless Winter until the Dark Reprise of "For the First Time in Forever". Needless to say, she did not take the reveal well.
- 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".
- Ironic Echo: Albeit more humorous than dramatic...
- 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. Though 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.
- 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!
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: The whole Endless Winter thing is simply more Power Incontinence on a massive scale.
- 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.
- 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 Abandonment: Her parents die when their ship sinks in the prologue.
- Parental Marriage Veto: Just by a big sister in this case. 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. Not to mention, in actual 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.
- 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.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Verging on Physical God status, seeing as she can create sentient life.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Proper Lady: In the book A Sister More Like Me, her behavior pre-freak out is established.
- 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, which is more obvious in A Sister More Like Me and concept art.
- 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.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Anna's Red given her stoicism.
- 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.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: She has a Cool Crown, a Staff of Authority and an orb, a Pimped-Out Dress, a pair of short Opera Gloves, and a Pimped Out Cape. She abandons most of it and changes what she does keep after reinventing her image.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: For a while, and it's more like "screw my responsibilities."
Elsa: No right, no wrong, no rules for me!
- Sexy Walk: At the end of "Let it Go", she sways her hips as she struts to the balcony, as part of throwing away her old, proper life.
- She's Got Legs: The skirt of her ice gown has a slit in it.
- 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.
- Sorceress Queen: Elsa's qualified as a sorceress due to her ice magic from childhood, and was her father's heir until his untimely death. However it is only when both she and her subjects fully accept her powersnote 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.
- Squishy Wizard: God-like ice powers, but human-like constitution.
- Stepford Smiler: Like her sister, it's just implied, but it seems she simply obeyed her parents' wishes and tried to be good despite her misery.
Be the good girl you always have to be.
- The Stoic: Her attempt to shut down her Emotional Powers; when told "fear will be [her] worst 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, just as much as it does on Anna:
- 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 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.
- 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. 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.
- What the Hell Heroine?: Anna really knows how to call her out for the many times she shut people out, including her.
- Well Done Daughter Girl: Implied during "For the First Time In Forever".
- 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?"
(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.
Kristoff's lovable pet reindeer.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kristoff.
- Homeless Hero: Implied to be this with Kristoff, after the latter was thrown out of Oaken's shop.
- 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 actually 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.
- Only Friend: Sven has been this to Kristoff since they were kids.
- Non-Human Sidekick: To Kristoff, obviously.
- 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.
- Red Is Heroic: Wears a red harness and is one of the good guys.
- Shipper on Deck: For Kristoff and Anna.
- Sidekick: To Kristoff and Olaf in market sales.
- 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.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Sven has a fondness for carrots. He keeps going after Olaf's nose.
- Undying Loyalty: To Kristoff and later Anna, Elsa, and Olaf.
- The Speechless: He doesn't have any lines in the film, just reindeer grunts and groans.
- With Friends Like These...: Downplayed. Sven doesn't resort to violence, but he isn't above lifting Kristoff with his antlers and dropping him in the snow, so that can express his feelings to Anna.
"Some people are worth melting for...but just maybe not right this second."
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: Although he never feels any pain from them.
- 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 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. Marshmallow kicks him off the cliff, and his three body segments and legs do come apart as he plummets to the ground below, but he is still okay afterwards because he's made of snow.
- 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 makes him so completely off-hand in the beginning of "Let It Go" that she doesn't even realize she made him until he shows up alive at the ice palace with Anna and Kristoff.
- 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.
- 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 only 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 this.
- 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: Of the friendly variety.
- 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!
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: Olaf...you're melting.
Prince Hans Westerguard 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Awesome McCoolname: Hans? Nice name tribute to Hans Christian Andersen. Hans Westerguard? Awesome.
- Badass: Hans is a pretty competent fighter, and has no issue with facing down danger, and even is the one to defeat Marshmallow.
- Badass Longcoat It's a greatcoat, actually (with that caped bit at the shoulders) but in principle it's this.
- 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.
- Beauty Is Bad/Hot Guys Are Bastards: His traditionally good looks play a fair part in making Anna fall for him.
- 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.
- 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 Arendell's royal family and ultimately murder Queen Elsa so he can ascend to the throne.
- 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.
- Bright Is Not Good: Wears lots of white and blue and is evil.
- 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.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Probably one of the smarter villains to come from Disney. He exploits Love at First Sight to woo Anna, and he maintains a very convincing Nice Guy facade. If Olaf hadn't had saved Anna, he most likely would have won.
- 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.
- Et Tu, Brute?: His betrayal of Anna in the climax.
- 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. "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 the poorer, rugged-on-the-exterior yet genuinely well-intentioned Kristoff, to whom Hans also serves as a foil.
- Evil Redhead: He turns out to be the villain.
- Exact Words:
- 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.
- Fiery Redhead: Averted. Hans is pretty calm and rational in any situation.
- Foil: To most of the main characters, actually.
- 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 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 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 always Adorkable, 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.
- Fourth Date Marriage: That's his goal with Anna. It's even lampshaded. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: 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.
- Jerkass Has a Point: A strange case in that we don't realize who he is at the time, but while he 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). 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Gives off the vibe, goes hand in hand with being Prince Charming (see below).
- 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.
- 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 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 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:
- 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!"
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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/Man of Wealth and Taste: Favours a Beau Brummel cut to his suits, admittedly with a different colour palette. 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.
- 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.
- Tragic Villain: Word of God considers him this, as a product of growing up without love.
- 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.
- 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. Bludgeoning her with something on hand like a fireplace poker would have probably solved a lot of the problems that end up being his undoing, but a bloody corpse would clearly discredit his story about her dying while saying their vows.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Youthful Freckles: He's the youngest sibling, so he is just a young man.
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.
- Affably Evil: He's a pretty nice guy towards Anna before Elsa reveals her powers.
- Analogy Backfire: "Like a chicken with the face of a monkey, I fly!"
- 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.
- Bald of Evil: Downplayed. He hides his baldness with a wig that doesn't do its job so well.
- Berserk Button: 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.
- Co-Dragons: He has a pair of surprisingly competent Elite Mooks who do his bidding.
- 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.
- 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 notes that he wants to exploit the economy of Arendelle kingdom in his first appearance.
- Evil vs. Evil: With Prince Hans. Largely downplayed since both never really know about each others' plans until the end it's any fighting they do is minor.
- 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.
- Giftedly Bad: He has an... interesting dance style.
- Greed: His main reason for visiting Arendelle. He wants to run them dry.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Elsa 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 main 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.
"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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
"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: The Spanish dub renamed him Merengue 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. 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.
- 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.
- Disney Villain Death: Falls into a chasm after Hans cuts his leg off. The Stinger reveals that he survived.
- 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 wants 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.
- Fluffy the Terrible: You wouldn't expect a massive Snowlem to be named Marshmallow.
- 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.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he's about to attack.
- Healing Factor: Implied, since he survived getting his leg cut off and falling into a gorge. Being made of snow probably 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.
- 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). 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).
- The Noseless: Unlike Olaf, it's permanent.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Or rather, only given a name by an offhand comment.
- 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; 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.
- 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 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.
King Agdar and Queen Idun of Arendelle
Elsa and Anna's parents.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Idun looks exactly like 21-year old Elsa.
- Creator Cameo: Idun is voiced by Jennifer Lee, one of the co-directors of the film.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best/Good Parents: While they were alive, they do make some mistakes, but they truly care about their daughters and want to help Elsa control her powers.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Idun's Pimped-Out Dress is dark violet, just like Elsa's coronation dress.
- Heroic Build: Agdar 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.
- 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: King Agdar 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, and on closer look, Idun appears to be a recolored version of Elsa's coronation appearance. But 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.
- One Head Taller: King Agdar is this to his wife.◊
- 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: Queen Idun's hair is styled like this, in the same way that Elsa wears her hair to the coronation in.
- Satellite Character: Queen Idun only has one line, though she is shown to be supportive of her husband's decisions.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Agdar.
- Shown Their Work: Their graves are written in Runic alphabet, and so their names were revealed as King Agdar and Queen Idun.
- Unwitting Instigators 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.
- Well Intentioned Extremists: Their plans to help protect people from Elsa come off as this. See Parents as People above.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: They die within the first ten minutes of the film, just like most parents in Disney films.
- 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 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. They're actually an entire amazingly embarrassing family. Of trolls.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Some of the Troll kids behave like this towards Kristoff (but they love him anyway).
- Barefoot Cartoon Animals: They wear moss as clothing but nothing on their feet.
- Big Brother Worship: The younger trolls show this towards Kristoff.
- 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 almost 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.
- Happily Married: Bulda and Cliff, Kristoff's adoptive parents.
- 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: 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".
- Parental Substitute: Specifically, Bulda and Cliff are this to Kristoff and Sven.
- 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 what looked like angry 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".
- 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: 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.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The female trolls have at least one flower in their hair, the males don't.