Fanon / Frozen

  • An overwhelmingly popular reading is that Elsa is somewhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum - most likely a lesbian, with asexual as another possibility. She has no male love interest, and her storyline reads like a Coming-Out Story. From early childhood, she knows there's something different about her. She tries to hide this part of her, but suffers miserably for it. The day that she embraces this aspect, and fully owns it, is the day that she becomes comfortable in her own skin and happy with herself. We're... we're talking about the ice powers, right? Many reviewers said that "Let it Go" sounds like a proud and jubilant coming-out anthem, especially with lines like "Couldn't keep it in, Heaven knows I've tried," and "That perfect girl is gone!"
  • Oaken being gay is something most of the fandom agrees on. The concept comes from the scene where he says "Woo-hoo, hi family!" and people presumed: A. That was his family. B. The blond man was the only adult. Thus fans consider them a couple with four kids.
  • In modern AUs, Elsa is always an introverted, socially incompetent hikikomori.
  • The most common surnames for the sisters in modern AUs are "Summer(s)" and "Winter(s)" if the girls are unrelated, "Anderson" and "Arendelle" if they are.
  • In modern AUs the princesses are usually middle class Americans. They're often presented as college students, with Elsa being an architect major while Anna is a business or art major. Anna is frequently a Passionate Sports Girl who is decently muscular. To parallel their separation in canon, modern AUs frequently have Elsa having grown up in a boarding school away from Anna.
  • Sven is almost always a dog in modern AUs. Olaf is usually an adult human who either works for the girls' parents or is friends with them, though fics where Anna and Elsa are an unrelated couple often make him their young child.
  • If you're going to put Hans back in somehow, his job or his first job must be a stableboy and shoveling horse poop, as that's a fairly good punishment for him. He'll be grouchy about this initially, but will eventually become nicer. It's canon now as of Frozen Fever, though he's still in the Southern Isles.
  • Hans' Conspicuous Gloves are almost always given a lot of emphasis... in particular, he's often shown keeping them on, even during sex. Not necessarily explained, he just does.
  • The bishop seen at Elsa's coronation is usually given the name "William" or some variant thereof.
  • "Agdar" and "Idunn" are almost always the names chosen for Anna and Elsa's parents when they do show up in a fanfic, based on translation of the Runic inscriptions on their gravestones. These names have been confirmed in licensed books.
  • Some fan works portray Hans as having fire powers to counter Elsa's frost, despite there being nothing supernatural about the character in the canon. Some fans use Hans' gloves and him putting out the fires (as in Hans using his hand to put out a candle) as "evidence" for his power or him having powers originally, but them being cut in production, given the entire motif of "the gloves coming off".
  • At one point in development Anna had powers, however in the final film there is no evidence of this. Despite this, Anna having powers is common in fanworks:
    • Some give Anna fire powers which had been sealed when the trolls removed her memories of Elsa's magic. This is also not supported by canon.
    • Other have Anna controlling nature based on several works of concept art.
    • Anna with wind based powers pops up.
    • Making Anna the Sword to Elsa's Sorcerer is popular since she is a Badass Normal in-canon.
    • Giving Anna Super Strength isn't common but isn't unheard of, based on several rather amazing feats she does in the movienote , which were probably only supposed to be Rule of Cool.
  • Rapunzel and Eugene's cameo has led to the opinion that Frozen and Tangled share the same universe. Additionally, since Idunn bore a suspicious resemblance to the Queen of Corona, some fans have concluded that they're sisters, and therefore Rapunzel is Elsa and Anna's cousin. Alternately, some theorize it could be King Agdar who is related to one of the rulers of Corona (usually the queen). This is taken even further with the fanon that Elsa and Anna's parents were going to Corona to attend Rapunzel and Eugene's wedding, but the ship sank outside the coast of Denmark, the shipwreck it left behind being the one Ariel explores at the beginning of the film. One fan theory even believes that Rapunzel and Elsa were the sisters and that after Gothel took Rapunzel, Elsa was left with Anna's parents for safe keeping. Thus, the explanation for why they shut her out from the world. To keep her safe. Even ignoring the whole "They survived and..." parts, you'll be hard pressed to find a fanfic that doesn't present Idunn and Agdar traveling to Corona for either Rapunzel's return or her wedding when they died.
  • Speaking of connecting Disney universes, a theory was that the parents survive the shipwreck... and end up living in the African jungle raising their new baby who would eventually become Tarzan. That theory was initially a joke made up by one of the movie's directors in response to someone telling them about the previous theory, purposefully far-fetched and never meant to be taken seriously. Because the fans considered these crossovers Serious Business, many took this as dead-serious Word of God.
  • Elsa's ice power being referred to as "Ismakt", which is Norwegian for "ice power".
  • In many Elsa/Hans fanfiction, anybody can expect a lot of initial angst and tension between the two, before both slowly realize they're Not So Different in terms of how both were regarded as the Black Sheep within their respective families. Also, he would be sent back to Arendelle as an unpaid servant (stable boy in most cases) to the sisters, to which he'll be grouchy about this, but will mellow down eventually. This is thankfully done without giving him the Draco in Leather Pants treatment in the film.
  • Other fanfictions frequently tend to pair Elsa with a (usually male) OC, usually someone that's either one of her personal guards or someone that's on the royal council. Some fanfictions can also frequently depict the character as a commoner that fell into Elsa's good graces due to saving either her or Anna's life, and over time develops a relationship with her. If the OC is a woman she is often royalty or high class, though mysterious commoners or adventurers aren't uncommon. If Elsa falls for a woman, she's usually a Plucky Girl or Genki Girl to contrast with Elsa's personality. The OC will usually have a Norwegian Stock Foreign Name (with Erik, Freya, and Ingrid being amongst the most popular). Thanks to the "#giveelsaagirlfriend" hashtag, a lot of people depict Elsa with a female love interest that is Middle Eastern or Arabic and has fire powers. Some opt to use Marisol from the Anna & Elsa licensed books instead though.
  • Elsa's most popular early design (with the spiky black hair, though the finalized design had platinum blonde hair like the Elsa in the final film) is often brought to life in fanon as Elsa's Enemy Without, Superpowered Evil Side, Evil Counterpart, or Evil Twin. Such as this comic. From what's known about Elsa's earlier design, she was more flamboyant and sarcastic than cruel and mean, decided to a villain due to people believing the prophecy more than just plain being evil, and wasn't portrayed as absurdly violent besides freezing people and starting a war. The black haired variant was just a design the artists toyed with (she was supposed to be a platinum blonde like finalized!Elsa).
  • Virtually nothing about Hans's 12 older brothers is known, but any fan depiction of them is guaranteed to include at least a pair of identical twins. While the tie-in book A Frozen Heart later confirmed a pair of twins among the brothers, they were fraternal twins. It also reveals the popular fan theory that he had one brother who treated him nicely, named Lars.
  • Anna being a Hero Worshipper towards Joan of Arc, which was only implied by a throwaway line.
  • Some fandom communities have adopted the names "Dominik Herrmann" and "Fritz Bauer" for the Duke of Weselton's bodyguards (with mustache and without, respectively).
  • If you don't ship Elsa with Anna, Hans, or your random original character, it's quite common for people to write Elsa as simply not marrying. Sometimes she is asexual and other times it is a conscious choice.
  • Queen Marisol from the licensed books is Ambiguously Brown but fans see her as either Arabic or latina. She has a Spanish name, but all of her subjects have Arabic names. One way of reconciling this is to postulate that her kingdom, Eldora, is an Alternate Universe version of Spanish Sahara which is independent of Spain but still has a Spanish-descended monarchy.
  • It's generally considered that if Elsa hadn't been born with powers she would have black hair, as seen in several pieces of early official concept art. Despite this, modern AUs are almost always "no magic AUs" but keep the blond hair (probably because Elsa without blond hair looks very different).
  • On a more nsfw line of thought, a lot of fanworks portray Elsa as being into some level of dom/sub kink. She's rarely ever presented as a dom herself though.
  • While not the most common fanon, and not as common as with Rapunzel, several fanworks explore the idea that Elsa ages slowly due to her powers or even that she is functionally immortal.
  • Anna's hair color is notoriously vague. Most fans consider her a redhead, however official books refer to her as a strawberry blonde.
  • The notion that Anna and Elsa often share a bed post-movie is ever-present in the fandom. Many works even have one permanently move into the other's room (usually Anna into Elsa's).
  • Elsa being prone to night terrors and nightmares, usually about killing Anna, is a topic that appears constantly in fanworks.
  • There's a Broken Base on whether Elsa is Christian or worships Nordic gods, though either one is acceptable. You're more likely to see the latter.
  • There are quite a few interpretations of Hans' motives. Some say he truly did it to escape the shadow of his brothers. Others say he was lying, and was actually sent by his brothers to off the young, inexperienced royalty of Arendelle to serve as the stepping stone of their empire. Once Upon a Time rolls with the latter interpretation, while A Frozen Heart goes with the former.
  • Arendelle as a city-state pops up as much in fanworks as it does as a country. Frozen Fever implies it's a country.
  • A popular interpretation of Hans is that he holds a high rank within the Southern Isles/Arendelle navy (in redemption fics) and spends most of his time blowing up pirates.
  • Most fanworks have Elsa and Anna refer to their parents as "Mama" and "Papa" while alone together. When around others they'll use "Mother" and "Father" instead. The only times they referred to their parents in the film were when they were children. It's unknown what they use as adults, though A Frozen Heart has Anna using "Mama" and "Papa".
  • It's speculated by fans that Elsa's father designed those shackles in the prison specifically for her.
  • Two servants' names are given in the film: Gerda and Kai. This is a Mythology Gag to The Snow Queen, where the leads (who Anna and Kristoff are based on) are named that. Gerda and Kai are prime O.C. Stand-in material, with the most common ideas being that they're married to each other and that they are Parental Substitutes to Anna and Elsa.
  • A common idea is that at the end of the film, Elsa heard Hans' attempt to kill her, but didn't move anyway. Either she was too lost in grief to care, lost her will to live after losing Anna, or she felt she deserved to die.
  • Elsa being born in summer while Anna was born in winter. This actually comes from a misconception. Elsa's coronation is in summer, and many thought she was coronated on (or near) her 21st birthday. She wasn't. Word of God is that Elsa was born during the winter solstice while Anna was born during the summer solstice. Frozen Fever supports this, with Anna's birthday clearly being in a warm season.
  • Pretty much every fanfic with a bath scene has Anna and/or Elsa having hot water brought to their bath manually. This fanon is probably due to ignorance more than anything though. Royals in many countries did have working water pipes in the 1840s and, even if they didn't and Anachronism Stew is in place, the book Anna & Elsa: All Hail The Queen clearly showed that Arendelle has working plumbing (Anna and Elsa even helped fix it).
  • Most fanworks have Elsa switching between fabric clothes and ice clothes in her everyday life. The circumstances differ from fic to fic though. Sometimes she wears fabric clothes in only formal situations, other times she only wears fabric clothes while doing queenly things and wears ice gowns when relaxing, while other fans opt to have her wear ice gowns only on rare occasions and wear fabric on default. Supplementary material completely avoids this topic by only depicting her in her one ice gown, but Frozen Fever and Olaf's Frozen Adventure do show that Elsa wears fabric on at least special occasions.
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