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Stuff relating to Hans (Warning: Massive unmarked spoilers)
- Hans is probably one of Disney's scariest, and probably the most perfect depiction of a Sociopath in Disney history. "Oh, Anna...If only there was someone out there who loved you." With one line, his entire character is thrown into question.
- Hans uses his nice guy act to woo Anna and try to rule the kingdom, manages to capture Elsa while still seeming like a good guy as he calmly asks her to stop the winter, and only reveals his true nature when Anna desperately needs the love she thinks he can provide.
- Then after coldly trying to speed up Anna's death, he goes back to perfectly acting like the panicked, grieving lover in front of the other dukes, to where even the Duke of Weselton tries to comfort him.
- This is someone who can fake Love at First Sight perfectly. Terrifying, and unlike other villains, where it's just the characters who don't know they're evil (or don't know how evil they are, like Gaston), there is no hint of this villain's nature until the reveal. At which point the Fridge Horror kicks in... He was fully set on marrying Anna before he discovered she was dying and he didn't have to. This calls to mind MANY real-life stories of girls who meet a guy who appears to be a perfect, funny, charming person, and it's only until after marriage that he suddenly reveals his true, abusive, monstrous nature.
- This character is scary not because of what he'll do, but what he will not do. It's perfectly possible, and the movie itself never discounts it, that he wants to be a good King for whatever reason and just sees killing two sisters as the necessary price to be paid. If you didn't get in his way, he might seem like a nice guy to you for your entire life. He's the Most Triumphant Example of a Villain with Good Publicity.
- There's the Slasher Smile that comes just when he's about to kill Elsa. It suggests that he might enjoy killing her. It was either decapitate Elsa or chop her in half with a huge freaking Viking sword, and he was loving it. You know how people say Hans is like a corrupt noble straight out of Game of Thrones who is related to someone as sociopathic as Joffrey? Well, this makes their case.
- Every word of his taunting and mocking Anna after he refuses to kiss her, as it sinks in with a horrified Anna (and audience) just what Hans is and just how much danger both Anna and Elsa are in. For that matter, pretending he's going to kiss Anna, then pulling back at the last second and revealing his true colors. He kept leading her on solely for the purpose of being an asshole and twisting the knife further.
- Even more distressing, look at Anna's reaction to being asked about Hans when Olaf saves her, "I was wrong about him. It wasn't true love. I don't even know what love is." Three successive sentences where she blames herself and not Hans for what has happened. The full extent of the impact Hans' betrayal has left on Anna can be seen here, when he has managed to humiliate Anna by causing her to feel guilt for how willing she was to believe he loved her.
- Here's one more bit of Fridge Horror. Up until his reveal, Hans was acting exactly like a stereotypical Disney prince should do. Can we honestly know for sure all of them were entirely genuine in their actions after this?
- Everything he did up to The Reveal is a lot creepier upon watching the movie a second time, knowing that he's been plotting regicide and usurpation from the start.
- Given how Dangerously Genre Savvy Hans is, several viewers were surprised he picked up the Villain Ball and left Anna to die unattended — it's easy to just imagine Hans locking the door from the inside, pulling up a chair, and just watching Anna die. It probably was considered, but just too dark for the movie.