This page contains unmarked spoilers for the movie Frozen.Frozen Hearts is a Frozen fanfic that takes place after the events of the movie, with Hans being shipped back to the Southern Isles to await judgment for his crimes. Hans manages to avoid the death penalty, but is stripped of his title as prince, and is forbidden to leave the Southern Isles or return to his castle until he can prove himself worthy of being a prince again. Hans sets out to Arendelle again to seek out Elsa and apologize to her, as a way of showing to his father that he is trying to right his wrongs.The fanfic can be found here.
Actually Pretty Funny: After Hans (disguised as Princess Orion) has snuck out with Heins following the gates being closed and him being confined to the castle, Harald rats him out to their father. The king goes along with the disguise, and when he, Hans, and Heins return to the throne room, he starts laughing. Hans and Heins quickly join him.
Aloof Big Brother: Most of Hans’ siblings, as per canon, with Hugo, Harald, and Helm being the three who treated Hans like he was invisible. Some of them, such as Heins, are a little better than that, but a few, such as Harald, are worse.
Horatio: (to Hans) Did the queen even look at you?
A Taste of the Lash: Prince Harken has a more sadistic than usual variant, involving shards of glass in a cat of nine tails, which he proposes as Hans’ punishment. At least one of his whipping victims has died from what he suffered.
Hans: "A prince forgets the trespasses against him, no matter how terrible. He sacrifices for others, even to the expense of his soul. He forgives until he forfeits breath. He is strong, he is compassionate, and the sum of these things makes him complete... a prince I am and a prince I will be."
Bad Dreams: Hans' dreams about the day he fell through the ice as a child.
Big Brother Bully: Harald beats up Hans after two of his men got dismissed because of how they treated him. Harken proposes whipping Hans, even though people have died from his whippings before.
Blatant Lies: Hans saying “I’m not afraid” when his father declares that he will be going public about his crimes. The lie is meant to fool himself as much as his parents.
Curtain Clothing: According to Heins, it’s amazing what one can do with “unused curtains, a ream of burgundy silk, and a little ingenuity”. This is to replace his suit after he uses his original suit for fabric to make Elsa’s replacement dress for the gala.
Deadpan Snarker: Hans to his brothers. For example, when he’s brought before his parents to answer to them, he snarks about Harald’s habit of calling his parents “the king and the queen” out of professionalism.
Easily Forgiven: The trope is discussed when Hans and Heins discuss what he's going to do next, though whether it's played straight has yet to be seen. So far, it's been strongly averted for Kristoff, who punches Hans out the moment he realizes who he is, and only begrudgingly takes him to see Anna, who's no happier, and who indicates that things between them will never be the same as they were before. As for Elsa herself, she's horrified to realize that she had been talking with Hans at the masquerade, and needs time to come to terms with the conflict between knowing what he tried to do to her and Anna, and the fact that she knows that Hans did not seem threatening back at the ball.
Heins: …have you tried writing the Queen a letter?
Hans: I tried to murder her, Heins. I doubt I'll find a way to delicately say 'Sorry I attempted to kill you'.
Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Hans sees his father as one of the few people he respects, and is deeply moved by how much his mother still cares for him after everything he’s done.
*Hans's father asks if what he's done is true.*
Hans: Yes, it is true.
Hans's Mother: "Hans! No...no...not my Hans, not my baby! No!
*When his father nervously suggests the death penalty*
Hans's Mother: No! I will not see my son walk to the gallows, I will not! I would rather take his place before I ever see the day!
Hans: *Thinking* Mother...you would defend me if I'd murdered one hundred people...
Family Theme Naming: All of the princes of the Southern Isles (in order of birth: Harvard, Hubert, Helm, Heinrik, Harken, Hugo, Horatio, Harald, Henning, Hedvil, Heins, Harry, Hans) have names beginning with H, as does Hans' only sister Hannah. However...
Flat "What.": Harald, in response to Hugo, following a long silence, giving a vote in favor of asking for a pardon for Hans instead of the vote against it Harald had expected, which would have put the "no" votes in the majority.
Forgotten First Meeting: Hans and Elsa. He and his parents had stayed at her parents' home for a month when they were both children.
Heroic Sacrifice: Prince Heins pushes his younger brother to safety in the hold during a storm. Surprisingly, he lives.
Insistent Terminology: It's not just the Winter Gala Masquerade; it's the Winter Gala Masquerade Extravaganza.
Jerkass: More than a few of Hans’ brothers do things that, while not approaching the severity of Hans’ crimes in the movie, are exceptionally petty and cruel, and they are often abrasive or cold-hearted.
Jerkass Has a Point: The brothers who are more forgiving of Hans concede that trade with other nations, and their livelihoods, have suffered as a result, as the brothers who refuse to forgive Hans pointed out.
Johan: "So you're going back to apologize to this crazy magical woman who can't control herself and just happens to be the newly-appointed Queen of Arendelle? After you tried to kill her? Are you mentally ill?"
Luke, I Am Your Father: The pirate captain is Hans' brother Heinrik. Heinrik's contact is their brother Harry.
Misplaced Retribution: After two of his best men are dismissed for mistreating Hans while escorting him back to the Southern Isles, Harald beats up Hans, even though technically, the only role Hans played was in the actions that led him to get shipped back home in chains.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: By cutting off trade with Wesselton, Elsa caused Wesselton to resort to cheating its other trade partners out of their fair share, resulting in Arendelle's economy entering a crisis.
Dr. Helen, who treats Hans earlier in the story has a son who is missing and presumed dead, one Johan Jorgen who is a pirate aboard the Rosemaling, which manages to save a shipwrecked Hans and Heins.
The captain of the Rosemaling turns out to be none other than Hans' missing and presumed dead brother Heinrik, and the captain's fence is Hans' runaway brother Harry.
Heins, having to deal with forgeries of his clothing earlier in the story, gets hired at a random clothing shop in Arendelle working with a young woman named Helena, who is the one making the forgeriesand whose parents used to work at the castle for the Arendelle royal family before the staff was reduced.
Hans and Elsa were childhood friends and their parents got along well with each other. He even spent a month at their home and his father gave her father the plot-important book about trolls.
Papa Wolf: Helena's father, despite falling into alcoholism, regains a bit of his old spirit when trying to protect his daughter from a man who's trying to take advantage of her. Unfortunately, he gets fatally stabbed in the process.
Parents as People: George and Allowyn, king and queen of the Southern Isle, are understandably having difficulty coming to terms with what their youngest son did. George realizes that the Southern Isles’ relations with other countries will suffer unless he deals with Hans, but he has difficulty with the idea of punishing his child. Allowyn understands how terrible what Hans did is, but would be executed in his place, and believes that he didn’t do what he did out of a mere lust for power.
Reality Ensues: When pretending to be ice harvesters, Hans and Heins end up making some amateur mistakes, one of which results in an accident that almost gets Heins killed and is decidedly not Played for Laughs. They have a harder time pretending to be a profession than most fictional characters.
Reformed, but Rejected: Hans. Kristoff punches him out the moment he sees him, although he is eventually convinced to help get them to the castle. Anna looks far angrier than we've ever seen her when she sees Hans.
Shown Their Work: The effects of alcohol on Heins. After he's consumed four glasses of wine [the two that he originally fetched for him and Helena, then his and the one that Helena turned down] and some alcohol-laced chocolate fondue in a short period of time, he is acting exactly like one would expect a person with a 0.10 BAC to act: loss of good judgement and euphoric, etc.
Shut Up, Kirk!: Harald to Heins, when Heins tries to remind him of what makes a prince while arguing in Hans' favor.
Sweetie Graffiti: Carved into the balcony railing of the castle of Arendelle is an H and a backwards E. Hans carved them with a fork for he and Elsa when they were children.
Tempting Fate: Kristoff believes that "no one will show up" to his high and isolated cottage, and almost immediately afterward, Anna arrives.
Theme Naming: Several of the chapters are named after lines from Frozen. For example, Chapter 3 is called “Kingdom of Isolation,” a phrase from “Let It Go”.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Johan, despite being a pirate, which is why he's troubled by what Hans admits to having attempted.
Treachery Cover Up: Somewhat downplayed, but Hans is confined to the castle until his fate is decided, so that word doesn’t get out prematurely; several of Hans' brothers don't even initially know what happened, though. The king ultimately decides to go public about it after stripping Hans of his prince status, though.
In Chapter 8, when Heins recognizes the pirate captain.
Heins: Hans… this is Heinrik… our brother!"
In Chapter 10, a visitor arrives where Hans and Heins are, not expecting to see them. Her description quickly establishes her identity as Anna.
In Chapter 20:
Heinrik: "It's… it's mother. I took your advice and went home after dropping you off in Havetby. I found out she's very ill. In fact… she may be dying. We've got to get back quickly, or you may not see her again."
What the Hell, Hero?: The brothers who want to request that Hans be pardoned and the ones who believe he should not be exchange these while debating the issue. The former group is accused of not realizing the severity of Hans’ crimes, and is reminded of the potential impact on the kingdom’s economic livelihood. The latter group is accused of forgetting that Hans is their brother, and is criticized over their crueler ideas of punishment.
What Were You Thinking?: Elsa to Anna after learning that the man she invited to the masquerade was the one who tried to kill them both. She gets upset enough to momentarily lose control of her power.
Work Off the Debt: Helena's employment by Egil is essentially this. Unfortunately for her, she didn't understand how interest works when she first signed up, and now realizes she has little hope of paying it off.