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  • Accidental Innuendo: In the Arabic version of "Let it Go", the part where Elsa originally sang, "Let it go/Let it go/That perfect girl is gone" translates to, "It's not coming back/It's not coming back/I've lost my innocence," with the masculine version of "it".
    • Anna telling Kristoff "take me up the North mountain."
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Hans does raise lots of questions due to the way the plot twist is formatted. Does he genuinely like Anna before turning evil at a chance to seize the throne, or is he just using Anna the whole time and throwing her away when her use was over? Is he actually being a good person by giving the civilians blankets during the winter, or was it a way to build himself up a reputation as a good guy and hide his true intentions? Does he mirror Anna's Adorkableness to woo her in, or is he truly Adorkable and just happens to be evil? Making the conundrum worse, a lot of people seem to be Distracted by the Sexy and ignore his complete sociopathy, insisting that all he wants is to be a beloved king.
    • Even This Very Wiki can't decide on whether Elsa is Ambiguously Lesbian. Her lack of a love interest throughout the entire movie (even Hans knew it was pointless to try to woo her, which is why he went for her sister) makes her a Celibate Hero. But the way she hides a secret that she was born with her whole life, finally embracing it and revealing it to the world in her big song, and being happier afterwards makes some people think more than that.
    • The Trolls have become subject to this, with people thinking they may be darker than they appear, and their magic may have darker results than shown, as evidenced by the King and Queen's fear of taking Anna and Elsa to them. It probably helps that the trolls in the original story were evil.
      • On the other hand if you pay attention, Granpabbie doesn't tell the King to do anything. He just gives Elsa a gentle warning. He tells her that fear will be her enemy. But it's not like he says "Only one kind of fear but I'm not going to tell you which, harharhar." It's ALL kinds of fear. He says she needs to learn to control it. He says right there that there are good things in her power. But it's the King who interprets 'control' as 'suppress' and says 'protect' when he means 'isolate', when they are such different words that to confuse them is sheer idiocy. He gives the orders to lock the doors. He doesn't let the Trolls know the extent to which Elsa will be isolated, or that he'll keep her and Anna from interacting at all, or that Anna will end up being isolated and friendless too. And he certainly doesn't say anything about 'for the next thirteen years and longer if we have to'. Granpabbie's crypticness is nothing to how ambiguous the King is.
    • The Duke of Weaseltown (WESELTON!!). His desire to kill Elsa could be interpreted as either religious fanaticism, or maybe it's just his way of protecting the kingdom. Many people seem to think that his concern for the wealth of the Kingdom makes him evil, but upon hearing that Anna has been killed by Elsa, he is clearly horrified that she did such a thing. In the end, he's nothing more than a sneaky businessman.
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • Frozen was ironically not received well in Norway. Initial reviews gave it very low ratings, the general consensus among critics being that of "generic plot and characters" and "forced and obnoxious musical numbers", while one particular review criticized the setting for "not really looking like Norway". It did better with smaller magazines, however, giving it an average 4/6 star rating. Meanwhile, its general target audience, including the president of the Sámi Parliament of Norway, Aili Keskitalo, seem to like it fine, in the end making it more a case of Critical Dissonance.note 
    • It's been further exacerbated with the news that Disney is replacing the Norway-themed Epcot ride "Maelstrom" with a Frozen-themed ride. Park purists and Norwegians are displeased that an attraction meant to honor a real-life country is being replaced with something based on a fictional country.
  • Applicability: "Let It Go" can easily be seen as representing any number of personal secrets, and the relief of not having to hide them anymore, with homosexuality being the one most often brought up.
  • Award Snub: To some, the song "Let it Go" losing the Best Original Song Golden Globe Award to "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
    • Mitigated when it won the Oscar for Best Original Song.
    • There are people who feel that other animated works such as The Wind Rises, The Croods, and Ernest And Celestine got snubbed by Frozen for Best Animated Feature. This wasn't helped by some academy voters saying they abstained from voting in this category as they barely saw any of the nominees (but contrary to what many assume, those who actually did vote for Frozen did see most of the other films).
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Trolls themselves are not a BLAM, having been previously introduced and playing a part in the exposition; however, the song "Fixer Upper" is widely accused of Mood Whiplash and criticized for stalling the movie at a highly dramatic point in the plot. It helps that Kristoff and Anna are both seemingly aware of this and the gravity of the situation and are genuinely trying to stop the whole thing, but the two of them just keep getting swept back into it.
    • Then again, Kristoff did mention that he had friends who are "love experts", which foreshadows their Love Freak tendencies...
    • Toward the end of the song, there's a section that has nothing too obvious to do with Kristoff, but applies directly to Elsa:
      People make bad choices if they're mad, or scared, or stressed,
      But throw a little love their way, and you'll bring out their best.
      True love brings out the best!
    • Watch Anna smile in response to see that's exactly the way she takes it. She's currently in a bit of a rough spot concerning her sister, so these few words mean a lot to her.
  • Base Breaker: Anna and Elsa's parents had the best of intentions for their daughters when they kept Elsa isolated and urged her to keep her emotions in check, but this approach failed to address the problem and proved counterproductive. Some argue that they did the best with the limited information that they had (which may or may not be the trolls' fault), while others argue that a good part of the blame for the events in the film (Anna and Elsa being isolated, Elsa not learning to control her powers, Anna being naive and sheltered enough to fall for Hans' affections) lies at their feet and they are terrible parents.
    • On the same note, there are those who believe this was a contrived way of establishing the central conflict of the story by lazy writing poorly disguised as Poor Communication Kills, while others think it fits the narrative just fine, and matches the Fairy Tale tone of the film.
  • Broken Base:
    • Before it was even released, the film accumulated mixed reactions — either people have admired what's been seen of it and are looking forward to it, or have been giving it flak for not using hand-drawn animation as they had hoped, not being a more direct adaptation of "The Snow Queen", for being another Caucasian European princess, for being another Disney film starring princesses, and/or assuming it was going to be a rehash of Tangled just because they have similar art styles.
    • It's even caused some sort of broken base with individual people, who love the film but still can't help but point out problems with it as they gush.
    • The reveal of Prince Hans as the villain also left many critics split. While some call it an ingenious twist, others point to the Third Act Stupidity once he revealed he was secretly evil after seemingly having no build up and the Batman Gambit of his overall scheme.
    • Kristoff and Anna ending up together. A well-developed romance that subverts the usual Disney tropes or a cheap cop-out that leaves the two of them Strangled by the Red String for the romance between them only fully coming into play during the last act of the film?
    • There was (and still is) a lot of frustration over the representation of Sami culture in the film. Although Kristoff is stated to be one by Word of God, actual Sami people are a lot more diverse in appearance, with some even resembling Siberian or Inuit tribespeople, so some people are angry that Disney opted to give Kristoff stereotypical light skin and blonde hair considering some early concept art depicted him with darker skin.
    • The prospect of a Frozen world appearing in a future Kingdom Hearts game, which has been covered in countless pieces of fanfiction and fanart at this point, and is looking more and more likely due to the movie's success in Japan. Fans of both franchises love the idea. The reaction among Frozen's detractors and the It's Popular, Now It Sucks crowd is more divided; while some believe that an Arendelle world would help them enjoy the movie more, others think that Frozen is already popping up in too many places (with Elsa even being teased in Once Upon a Time), and that appearing in Kingdom Hearts would be pushing it.
    • The heavy use of Frozen at various Disney Theme Parks has been a particular point of division among theme park fans. With an entire event centered around the film currently at Disney's Hollywood Studios and soon at Disney California Adventure coupled with the tie-ins the film is getting with several of the parks' shows, some theme park fans feel that the film is being obnoxiously and tackily shoved into the parks, while other fans heartily embrace the additions. The recent announcement that the Epcot ride "Maelstrom" will be replaced with a Frozen ride has so far been met with venomous backlash, with even fans of the film giving mixed opinions on it.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • Due in large part to the similar themes of their Signature Songs, Elsa is almost invariably compared to Elphaba, even before taking into account that they were played by Idina Menzel. Both of their names begin with "El-" and end with an "A", which makes the whole thing even funnier/cuter/more coincidental.
    • Some fans have compared the film with Tinker Bell and The Secret of Wings: both have sisters separated by destiny, a sister with ice powers, a small scale of Apocalypse How, and one sister saving the other with the Power of Love. Even more amusingly, during pre-production, Elsa sported a hairstyle that was very similar to Periwinkle's.
    • Axis Powers Hetalia fans had already started comparing Elsa to Russia before the movie even came out; both are misunderstood outcasts who are associated with ice and snow. Even better, Kristoff and Russia... well, their character designs are very similar. Or better yet, the Scandinavian Nations. Elsa and Norway for example, similar colour templates (both are platinum-blondes with blue eyes and most often associated with the colour blue), both possess magic powers, and one purposefully hides her emotions for years, while the other is The Stoic by default. And they both have a huge soft spot for their little sister/brother, respectively.
    • Similarly, the Danish webcomic artist Humon (of Scandinavia and the World fame) used her characters to represent which characters represent which countries, and what the US thinks about them (with Svaldbard playing Elsa, Norway playing Anna, Denmark playing Hans, Sweden playing Weselton, Sami playing Kristoff, and the Beer Ghost playing Olaf). She also notes that she feels the trolls represent Iceland and Oaken represents Finland (although they don't appear in the picture).
    • Elsa and Rosalina have been compared to each other a lot. Both are blonde "Not princesses" who are often depicted wearing simple yet elegant blue dresses, both have tragic pasts punctuated by loneliness and both are incredibly popular.
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Die for Our Ship: Averted, actually; Kristoff's relationship with Anna tends to be moved to Platonic Life Partners, or he is made incredibly accepting and willing to share by Elsa/Anna shippers.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Prince Hans is already getting a lot of this. A good portion of his sympathizers ignore the fact that his plans had originally been to woo Anna and kill Elsa so he could be king. They also tend to play up that his childhood may have sucked. Sympathizers also tend to point at his earlier actions and adorkableness, ignoring that a key ability all sociopaths share is being able to fake emotions as well as being able to switch between them rather easily, and that he all but admitted he took the adorkable route because Anna was adorkable and she would thus be able to connect and relate to him all the easier if he played himself that way. This was not helped when a writer for Frozen said that she sees Hans as "a tragic figure because he's a consequence of being raised without love."
  • Ear Worm: "Fixer Upper", "Love is an Open Door", "Do You Want To Build a Snowman", "Let It Go"... pretty much every song. Even the soundtrack's demo/outtakes are catchy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Elsa, within the Disney Princess franchise in general. While this page discusses her appeal to older demographics quite a bit, she's also much more popular than Anna among little girls (though Anna's still a beloved character in her own right). Disneyland itself cannot keep her merchandise in stock: Elsa costumes at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique generally sell out within four hours of being put on the shelf, while Anna costumes sell about on par with the older princesses. Note that Elsa doesn't qualify as this within the movie itself, as she's the Deuteragonist and far from a minor character.
    • Oaken is very popular despite having around 10 minutes of screentime or less, because of his "Big Summer Blowout!"
  • Evil Is Sexy: Sure, Hans may be a complete Jerkass and the Big Bad of the movie, but he's actually quite handsome and he uses his good looks to his advantage.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: It is Queen Elsa to you!
  • Fandom Heresy: Don't ever say you like Demi Lovato's version of "Let It Go". If you say you like it better than Idina Menzel's version, you will be burned at the stake.
    • On the other hand, if you say you like both, that's OK.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Fans of Frozen seem to have a rather fiery one with fans of The Lego Movie. And more recently, How to Train Your Dragon 2, especially since people thought that would be Dreamworks' billion-dollar film and it underperformed big-time, at least initially.
    • Frozen and How To Train Your Dragon 2's Fandom attitudes seem to fall under both this and Friendly Fandoms. While both have small groups littered on each side that hate each other, the vast majority of both fandoms just enjoy both movies and admit similarities in Hiccup and Elsa's situations.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • The cameo by Rapunzel and Eugene during "For The First Time In Forever" has launched a number of Tangled crossovers.
    • Since Elsa and Anna are canonically Royals Who Actually Do Something, a higher proportion of Frozen fanfics are Government Procedurals compared to most other fandoms.
    • The questions that the movie leaves unresolved: Where did Elsa's powers come from? How does having a ruler with magical powers affect international relations? Are the rest of the Southern Islanders upstanding people or Always Chaotic Evil? Are there others like Elsa, and if so, will she ever find them?
      • Word of God revealed the reason for her powers later note , meant to be explained in the film itself but was cut. This is even more Fanfic Fuel, such as the possibility of others with magic powers being born at certain year intervals and/or alignments, or even who the cryokinetic "last-Saturn-alignment-plus-1,000-years" before Elsa was — perhaps the original Snow Queen?
  • Fanon:
    • 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.
    • Others 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.
    • Rapunzel and Eugene's cameo has led to the opinion that Frozen and Tangled share the same universe. Additionally, since the late Queen of Arendelle 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 the King of Arendelle who is related to one of the rulers of Corona. This is taken even further with the fanon that Elsa and Anna's parents were going to Germany 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. The Little Mermaid part can't be true, however, considering The Little Mermaid takes place at about 200 years before Tangled and Frozen.
    • Elsa's ice power being referred to as "Ismakt", which is Norwegian for "ice power".
    • Quite a lot of Hans/Elsa fanfiction have Hans go back to Arendelle to work as an unpaid stable boy for Elsa as a punishment from his family. Hans is often very grumpy about his job, but will often become considerably nicer. This is thankfully done without ignoring his actions in the film.
    • Other fanfictions frequently tend to pair Elsa with a 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.
    • Elsa's original design (with the spiky black hair) is often brought to life in fanon as Elsa's Enemy Without, Superpowered Evil Side, or Evil Counterpart. Such as this comic.
    • Virtually nothing about Hans's 12 older brothers are known, but any fan depiction of them is guaranteed to include at least a pair of identical twins.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
  • Faux Symbolism: Some fans (particularily Scandinavian ones) have taken to wonder if Hans and the Duke of Weselton were jokingly meant to represent Denmark and Sweden respectively, both wanting to "take over Norway", which historically Denmark did for more than 400 years before giving the rule over to Sweden for nearly a hundred years. This is also supported by Hans' own name being a Shout-Out to The Snow Queen's Danish author, next to him coming from the "southern islands", while the Duke is Arendelle's "closest partner in trade", the way Sweden is closest to Norway. Whether or not this is an intentional comparison, however, is unknown, though it doesn't stop said fans from having fun with the idea. Danish webcomic artist Humon delves more into it in this article.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Hans and Elsa. Made especially funny now that Elsa is the official 13th member of the Disney Princess lineup, and Hans is the 13th Prince of his kingdom.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Frozen shares many fans of Wicked, due to the similarities between Elsa and Elphaba including both being played by Idina Menzel and having a touching I Am Becoming Song, and also fans with Tangled due to being attempts to modernize the princesses and The Cameo for Rapunzel and Flynn in Frozen.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In-universe. "Love is An Open Door", the song between Hans and Anna, is a blatant lie on Hans's part, hinted at per Finishing Each Other's Sentences. It's also a little creepy when one ponders that the title of the song means legitimately different things to the two. For Anna, it means openness and not being alone. For Hans, it means an opportunity to take advantage of.
  • Genius Bonus: Know anything about European mythology? In it, Trolls (and other Fey Folk) really do steal human children, exchanging them for fairies of their own, or sometimes enchanted wood (which gets 'sick' and dies). They might steal them for mischief, or just because they love that child, and they may bring them up as one of their own. The Fetch may eventually return, sometimes with gifts such as greater strength and stamina, or a special affinity with nature. And the Fey Folk are especially fond of stealing blond children... Hmmm... does that remind you of one of the characters in the film?
    • The replacement is known as a Changeling. The stolen child is called a 'Fetch'.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • The movie has done extremely well in Japan, where it has the second highest box office rating to the U.S. and the Japanese version of the song "Let It Go" reached number four on Japan Top 100. It's also been number one at the box office there for many consecutive weeks, continuing into June 2014, similar to Titanic in other countries back in the day. It even tied with Spirited Away for the highest number of weeks at number 1!
    • It's also done really well in South Korea, where it came in right behind Japan in box office numbers and "Let It Go" peaked at No. 1 in Korean music charts.
    • This trope applies to the movie in general. While Frozen has been a huge success in the US, it's thanks to international audiences that it's the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time. In its home country, it's in 19th place, and isn't the highest-grossing animated movie, highest-grossing Disney Animated Canon movienote  or even the highest-grossing 2013 movienote .
  • Girl-Show Ghetto:
    • In yet another similarity to Titanic (see Hype Backlash below), quite a few uninitiated male moviegoers resent Frozen's success due to it being a Disney princess movie, especially when comparing it to other movies intended for their demographic. There's nothing wrong with males enjoying a fairytale movie, but still.
    • Just like Tangled, this is part of the reason for the film's title not being "The Snow Queen"note  and for making Kristoff a major character.
  • Gotta Ship Em All: Perhaps exacerbated by the small size of the cast, fanfictions can be found for every pairing, including large amounts of Anna and Kristoff, Anna and Elsa, Kristoff and Hans, either Anna or Elsa with Hans, and even some involving Olaf, Sven, and Marshmallow.
  • Hate Sink: Prince Hans and The Duke Of Weselton. But especially Prince Hans for being a cold-hearted bastard who fakes Love at First Sight with Anna only to reveal he doesn't actually love her and leaves her to die, and then tries to kill Elsa by claiming that Anna is already dead and striking her at her moment of weakness. The Duke of Weselton also counts as this since his prejudice towards Elsa for just having powers she can't control is kind of uncalled for.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Elsa forbidding Anna to marry a prince she just met becomes hilariously hypocritical after seeing or/and still remembering Idina Menzel's last appearance in a Disney movie.
    • An animator for Disney wants to see Wicked animated and created an animation for "Defying Gravity". Come a few years later, Idina, the original Elphaba, is voice acting a Disney character who's rather similar to Elphaba. Her character's major song, "Let It Go", is even very similar in both its message and overall sound to "Defying Gravity".
    • Speaking of the film's Signature Song, the last time a rock band used aforementioned words in a song (or even a variation thereof), it's to portray the horrors of nuclear war.
    • A lot of fans jokingly blamed the extraordinarily cold winter of late 2013/early 2014 on Elsa's powers. That, or telling Mother Nature that when Elsa said "the cold never bothered me anyway," it wasn't supposed to be taken as a challenge. Never mind that it was mostly the United States and eastern Canada where 2014's winter was exceptionally cold, whereas it was nothing out of the ordinary in Elsa's native Norway.
    • On that note, two sisters of royalty who have a split between them. One is as bright and cheery as the day while the other is mellow and moody like the night. The mellow sister (accidentally) puts an eternal curse upon the kingdom and the cheery sister wants to bond together with her again and they both reconcile in the end. Hmmm...
    • Seeing an entire kingdom/country getting buried in snow with Scandanavian-themed environments and Anna wishing Elsa had "tropical magic" will probably make players of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze giggle.
    • This is not the first movie to have one of its most famous lines be "Let it go", as well as have one of its main characters be named "Elsa". It's even funnier now that Disney owns the franchise rights to it.
    • This post highlights similarities between Anna and Elizabeth. And what do we learn about Elizabeth at the end of that game?
    • In Meet the Robinsons, Bowler Hat Guy has something to say about "Let It Go"'s popularity.
    • The boy in the green coat complaining about the coronation ("It's not my fault!") bears a strong resemblance to the Onceler ("How bad can I be?").
    • The movie was made by Disney, who previously licensed the DVD releases for the 90s X-Men cartoon. The final season of said series included a two-parter entitled Storm Front, wherein Storm becomes engaged to Arkon, a seemingly affable alien dictator, but Wolverine and Beast consider her acceptance too quick; when Storm refers to Arkon as the man she loves, Wolverine quips, "who you just met."
  • Hype Backlash:
    • The popularity of the film has managed to kick up even more Internet Backdraft. Incidentally, Disney themselves tried to head this trope off at the pass by deliberately underselling the movie; see Tainted by the Preview for more on this. As hinted at just below, Frozen has pretty much become The New Tens version of Titanic in this regard, right down to the overexposed Award Bait Song.
      • As of May 27th, the film is now the fifth highest grossing movie of all time, which is an astonishing 7 places higher than that of the second highest grossing animated film, Toy Story 3. Naturally, parts of Disney's fanbase exploded, though it helps for some people that it's still behind both Toy Story 3 and The Lion King when inflation is adjusted for.
    • "Let it Go" is beginning to have a little bit of this, or rather an "Overexposure Backlash". By the time the song won the Academy Award, it was pretty much impossible to enter in a video provider (be it YouTube, Blip, Daily Motion, etc.) and NOT find a bijillion versions and covers of the song. This has brought some people to end up hating a song that they considered cute at first, or even great. Think "My Heart Will Go On" all over again 17 years later. And being in a movie marketed toward kids (who love to play things over and over again) doesn't help. It has also attracted some backlash due to its use of a certain four-chord progression well-known for its overuse.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Pairing Hans and Elsa has been called "Iceburns", since she has ice powers and he has sideburns. (If you want to get meta about it, the fandom sometimes likes depicting him as having fire powers in contrast to Elsa's ice powers so that could also represent "burns". Plus he's a bad guy and he hurts people, and burns hurt.)
  • Inferred Holocaust:
    • Elsa's powers freeze the ocean. God only knows how much marine life she killed.
    • Marine life had it easy. Frozen seawater only extends a foot or two below the surface (much like the Frozen Heart ice cutting sequence at the beginning of the movie), everything below it is just incredibly chilly water which is still perfectly inhabitable for most aquatic animals. The ones that really suffered were the land animals, bears and squirrels, who spend much of their time in summer preparing for winter and hibernation.
  • Internet Backdraft: The film was backlashed against before it was even released due to people judging its quality and its meta, based on what they saw in previews, interpretations of creator quotes, preferences towards hand-drawn animation, and complaints over gender and race.
    • Those who prefer the hand-drawn style of Disney animation were upset when it was announced that the film, initially announced as their next effort in that vein, would be CGI-animated instead. This was partly in thanks to the success of their newer CGI films like Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, which were positively received even though they weren't hand-drawn, and partly because they wanted to branch further into a different genre of animation than their usual style. Many people expressed disdain towards the film for not being hand-drawn as they had wanted by leaving complaints like "I miss the old Disney!" and "Go back to hand-drawn animation!" in the comments of the trailers.
    • There was also backlash when the announced plot was shown to be only inspired by the original story, despite Disney animated films routinely altering the plot lines of their source material, hence the trope name Disneyfication. Although Disney does indeed have a history of loosely-made adaptations, "The Snow Queen's" plotline is rather lengthier and meatier than most fairy tales (with a lot more characters and incident), so it came off as odd to toss most of it out the window when it would seem to lend itself well to film. Although this has already been done before with adaptations of complex stories like The Fox and the Hound and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which were positively received despite the changes they made. The same case apparently happened with this film, as it has garnered critical acclaim regardless of its differences from the original source.
    • Adding original male characters, such as Kristoff joining Anna on her quest, may have been an effort to make the film appeal to boys as well as girls, similar to the approach used in Tangled with Rapunzel and Flynn Rider receiving the relatively same amount of attention. Unfortunately, this gave people the impression that their inclusion was done to make Anna seem more dependent due to her counterpart in the original story, Gerta, taking her journey largely alone. Despite this, much of the focus is still on Anna, and she shows plenty of moments of strength and independence like fighting off the wolves herself, facing her sister alone when they reach the castle, and standing up to Hans by defending her sister from his sword and later punching him in the face. She didn't even need to be rescued by Kristoff in the climax (the creators were originally going to have him defend Anna and Elsa from Hans, but decided against it to make them less dependent on him). In a related case, even though each of them have individual characterizations and strengths, some people have backlashed against this movie for continuing the Disney tradition of having princesses as the female leads, believing the Disney Princess franchise was sending the message of "Girls should only strive to be princesses" (which is unlikely the case, given how most girls grow out of that phase and there are so few princesses in power today) instead of "These princesses have individual strengths and characteristics that girls should admire and follow".
    • While acknowledging that Disney has made strides in including people of color in their films in the past few decades, such as Aladdin, Mulan, Pocahontas, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, and The Princess and the Frog, some have observed that Disney has featured a larger proportion of films with a Caucasian human cast than films with people of other races. Note that the cast in this movie is predominantly Caucasian.
    • The release of the first teaser trailer was a two-minute slapstick short unrelated to the plot that introduced Olaf the snowman and Sven the reindeer. People seemed to think this 2-minute teaser was the full trailer and represented the entirety of what the film was going to be about, not taking into account that 1) the plot announced beforehand was revealed to be more than just about a snowman and reindeer, 2) teasers don't usually reveal much about the story in general and typically feature content not in the actual film, and 3) that this may be a case of Never Trust a Trailer. Many people instantly labelled it as a "dumb kids' film". Thankfully, later trailers were released that revealed more about the plot and proved that it was not just a simple slapstick film about Olaf and Sven.
    • Lino Disalvo, the head of the animation for the film, expressed that he had difficulties with animating the female characters. To some, his remarks came off as sexist:
    • A single short clip (about 1 or 2 seconds long) of an animation slip-up involving Elsa's hair phasing through her arm (albeit hidden by the rest of her body) has become the latest rallying point for the film's Hatedom, causing people to accuse the animators of being lazy hacks. It's probably worth noting CGI vs. hand-drawn/traditional effects causes a Flame War regardless of what movie it crops up in, with many animators and movie fans refusing to accept anything CGI, regardless of quality.
    • When interviews came out about how Oscar academy voters voted for 2014's nominees, it was felt to put a damper on the movie's wins because very few of them cared about animation at all.
  • Incest Yay Shipping/Les Yay: Anna/Elsa; given the nature of the story, it's not really that surprising, and very little is done to dissuade fans from thinking along these lines. Perhaps best shown by how the act of true love that thaws Anna's heart is that of her sister.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Anna, whose optimism and free spirit is contrasted with her wish to bond with her sister again.
    • Elsa as well. She's lonely and has deep self-esteem issues, but damn, is she awesome.
  • It Gets Better: To some, the film does take a while to get going, as the first half is basically setting up the conflict with Elsa. Not that this is a bad thing, as we get to know the characters some.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Frozen gets this treatment hard from the young male demographic. Quite a few males enjoy the movie anyway, or at least parts of it.note  However, you're also likely to find men who originally ignored Frozen due to it just being another good-quality Disney princess movie that's not really for them, but began to resent it as it became the colossal juggernaut of a success that it is now.
    • Alternately, the movie's highly explosive popularity has become grating to many people, and/or are getting sick of seeing it absolutely everywhere or shoehorned into things. This is especially true of the hit song "Let It Go," as mentioned above. It doesn't help if you thought the movie was only okay, and is receiving disproportionately large amounts of attention.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Due to both having similar art styles and the trailers giving an emphasis on comedy, many assumed that the film would just be a rehash of Tangled, despite no one having seen the film at that point. On the contrary, the film was shown to have a plot and characters that had little in common with Tangled, although a cameo of Rapunzel and Flynn shows that they may take place in the same universe.
  • It Was His Sled: The movie's popularity and the Memetic Mutation of Hans' Wham Line on sites like Tumblr have pretty much destroyed the spoiler that is Hans being evil.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Prince Hans if his childhood of being treated as invisible by three of his twelve older brothers is genuine. Which, according to Word of God, apparently is.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Most people who watch it solely to see Elsa or Olaf.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Elsa; it would be faster to name those who haven't been shipped with her. As noted above, she's by no means limited to being shipped with characters from her own movie, especially since she's now canonically in Once Upon a Time.
  • LGBT Fanbase:
    • Elsa has quickly garnered a large gay fanbase, mainly because her powers and the need to hide them from society makes a great metaphor. Then there is Idina Menzel'snote  already sizable gay fan base from her roles in Wicked and RENT.
    • To a much lesser, but still noticeable extent, Prince Hans, due to the fact that he's not really in love with Anna and shares Elsa's motif of a hidden identity, as well as the fact that he is named after The Snow Queen's author Hans Christian Andersen (who identified himself as bisexual) and is pretty.
  • Love It or Hate It: Thanks to the Hype Backlash mentioned above, many viewers have unfortunately divided in this respect, whether to "Let It Go" specifically or the film in general. Although for some it is downplayed, since instead of "hating" the song/movie, their reaction to the hype has been So Okay, It's Average.
  • Love to Hate: Prince Hans seriously earns his villain chops with The Reveal, and it's hard not to admire his ruthless, cold-hearted bastardry.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Hans is a big-time contender. When you think about all he does in the movie, you realize just how much of his actions, many of which seemed heroic and good, actually were done to leave as many options available as possible for him to ultimately take the throne. In the end, he only makes only 1 mistake: despite entertaining the possibility that killing Elsa wouldn't fix things and thus bringing Elsa back so he could ask politely, he went ahead and decided to kill her anyway (though at the point he made this decision, Elsa had admitted she had no idea how to thaw the ice she'd created). Had this failed to fix things, Arendelle would have frozen to death and his victory would be hollow.
  • Magnum Opus: As of writing, the most successful movie of Disney's Modern Era.
  • Memetic Badass: According to the fandom, Elsa can easily beat Gandalf and Voldemort in a fight. And according to certain crossovers, Smaug as well.
    • While Anna has no shortage of badassery in the film, it's a common practice to make Anna a Deadpool-esque Crazy Awesome hilarious badass (who also provides comic relief, in Olaf's absence). This is particularly evident in the Pacific Rim crossover Arctic Rim.
    • The straight-out-of-Game of Thrones-comparison is often applied to Hans for his ruthless behavior, including leaving Anna to die and preparing to chop Elsa in half with his sword. He does this all while manipulating events so that he will become the ruler of Elsa's kingdom. A Fandom Specific Plot generally involves him teaming up with another villain or villains, planning to be The Starscream to them. However, he is Out-Gambitted by the Big Bad, who promptly kills him for both his attempted treachery and the fact that he has served his purpose.
  • Memetic Loser: Character Exaggeration tends to cast Elsa as a socially inept, awkward NEET in modern day fanfics.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: Hoo boy, is it hard to find people that disagree with the statement that Elsa is, for lack of a better term, hot?
  • Misaimed Fandom: People like to view "Let It Go" strictly as an empowerment anthem while overlooking the context in which it's sung: Elsa trying to solve her problems by running away from them and shutting herself off from the world. Though just like I'll Make A Man Out Of You, it still works at face value.
  • Moe:
    • Anna. It's like the Disney animators took another look at Rapunzel and said "We can do cuter," and then they did.
    • In the beginning of the film, Elsa and Anna playing together as kids.
    • Elsa herself gains moe appeal from her Stoic Woobie qualities.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
  • Narm: If you are writing a script that's supposed to be a Deconstruction of a ton of cliches, adding one of the absolute most cliched dialogues of all time and playing it straight may not be a very good idea:
    Anna: "You won't get away with this!"
    Hans: "Ohh, I already have."
  • Narm Charm: Some have viewed Anna's last breath after being frozen to death as this.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Marshmallow's two lines "Go away." and "Don't come baaack!" admittedly make you think Elsa conjured him up to speak like a disgruntled teenager rather than an intimidating bodyguard.
  • Older Than They Think: Many claim this is the first Disney film to teach girls not to marry a man you just met, not to rely on a man to save you, focus on sisterly love, or have a strong-willed princess. All of those have been done in previous Disney Animated Canon movies, often multiple times.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Oaken, the merchant with the store/sauna. His only real significance is to introduce Kristoff, but it's a hilarious sequence.
  • Periphery Demographic: While not quite as popular as with the female demographic, Frozen has a ton of male fans too. Elsa's Memetic Sex Goddess status speaks for itself, and that's not counting the actual content of the movie. Of course, it led to things like this cover of "Let It Go" sung by a man impersonating 22 different Disney and Pixar characters (which even landed him a job at Disney itself), as well as the U.S. Marines' aforementioned singalong.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap/Trope Enjoyment Loophole: People assumed Olaf would simply be an annoying side character by judging him by what they saw in the previews, but when the movie itself was actually released, many of the critics highlighted Olaf as one of the best characters. It helps greatly that he provides some levity during dark times, gets scarce when the more dramatic moments are there, and has very little screen-time, avoiding "Jar-Jar Binks" comparisons. Olaf's willingness to sacrifice his life for the heroine makes him more comparable to Ray the Firefly from The Princess and the Frog; it's just that unlike Ray, he doesn't actually die. There's also the fact that rather than taking the obvious route of having him be the Kid-Appeal Character via silly antics, the film instead (or rather, in conjunction with that) took the fact that his snowlem nature made him Nigh Invulnerable and played it for Black Comedy every chance they got. "Oh, look. I've been impaled."
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • Too subtle to count as Foreshadowing, but watching the film a second time does allow one to connect a few more dots with Hans. Everything about him, from Elsa and Kristoff's wariness of him to the entirety of "Love is an Open Door" (which could be seen as him tailoring himself for Anna to fall into his trap), is an indicator of the power-hungry nature behind his Prince Charming mask.
    • The Disney writers and animators were admirably restrained in foreshadowing Hans' betrayal, considering how broad their villains normally are. But they allowed themselves one moment which seems funny and innocent on the first watch, and utterly sinister the second: when Anna declares, "I am COMPLETELY ordinary", Hans is a bit too quick to agree.
    • Hans glances up at the chandelier right before he makes the Weselton bodyguard miss his shot at Elsa. One quick glance and he knew exactly where to shoot to make it seem as though he was protecting her, even though the shattering chandelier could have killed her had she not seen it coming.
    • On the flip side of all of this, there is a pretty jarring moment just after Anna and Hans first met, when Hans falls to the water and sees Anna leaving while giving a tender, love-struck smile, even though he's completely alone at that point. Pretty much everyone agrees that was a cheat in the narrative. Although see the Alternate Character Interpretation above where it suggests that he might have genuinely liked her before he came up with the plot to kill Elsa, let her die, and take the throne.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Elsa and Anna's parents come in for some of this, with some accusing them of neglect and even, as in this article, abuse of their daughters. While it can't be denied that their efforts to help Elsa with her condition ultimately do more harm than good and we don't often see them interacting with Anna, thus leading to the suggestion that their concern for Elsa leads them to focus on her more than Anna, the movie also clearly suggests that they are nevertheless loving and devoted parents who are clearly loved in return by their children. That said, some people are understandably upset at the lack of emphasis the movie places on the harm they did to their children, whatever their intentions were.
    • The trolls are also the target for this, accused of everything from intentionally stoking the fears of Elsa and her parents to brainwashing Hans into becoming evil (at range without apparently ever meeting him) so Kristoff can make off with Anna.
    • Hans himself, when not given the leather pants treatment, often gets his evilness exaggerated to the point that he becomes a cackling, Obviously Evil psychopath like most Disney Villains. This is ignoring the fact that what made Hans such an interesting and terrifying villain was the fact that, unlike the Duke or Elsa (who were respectively blatant and misguided about their less-than-moral actions), his villainy wasn't obvious from the start and that part of his appeal is that he isn't like the standard Disney villain.
    • Elsa/Anna and Hans/Anna pairings initially did to Kristoff, morphing him from his canon characterization into a Bastard Boyfriend Jerkass as a pretext for a breakup with Anna and her subsequently becoming available for new relationships. This has not been universal, and, when the character became popular, many authors chose to make them Platonic Life Partners instead.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The trolls are this to some, given how misplaced their comedy song "Fixer-Upper" is given that Anna is dying at the time and immediately collapses after the song is finished and that their role in the plot being considered as just exposition devices. Grand Pabbie is also accused of causing the whole mess — it was really the King and Queen's misinterpretation of his advice that caused the trouble.
    • While many found Olaf to not be this when they expected it from the trailers, he still has his detractors who claim he's not funny and just slows the film down, or that he could have been removed from the film entirely and made no difference to the plot. However, he saved Anna's life multiple times and gave her important insight on love.
  • Shocking Swerve: The revelation that Hans was Evil All Along is completely out of left field for first-time viewers, but also see Rewatch Bonus above.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: HansxElsa vs Jack FrostxElsa. This has gone as far as both fans spamming comment sections of "Helsa" or "Jelsa" pages on deviantArt about how their ship is "the true ship."
  • Signature Scene/Signature Song: The "Let It Go" sequence is the most well-known, beloved, and parodied scene of the film. It being legally freely available to the public on YouTube helps its ability to be mass-shared a good bit.
    Honest Trailers: From the studio that finally learned how to make Pixar movies, and the songwriting duo behind "Hasa Diga Eebowai", comes the feature-length music video for "Let It Go".
  • Stoic Woobie: Elsa, whose emotionless, reserved, and introverted behavior is contrasted with her genuine desire to be a better person.
  • Stop Helping Me!: Kristoff's response to "Fixer Upper." He doesn't want his family's "help" impressing Anna because all they do is talk about his flaws.
    • Also, and far more importantly, it's preventing them from examining Anna and determining what Elsa's magic blast did to her.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Go listen to "Let It Go", then go listen to "Defying Gravity". Heck, the song was actually written with Idina Menzel in mind.
  • Squick: Yes, it's a Running Gag in which Kristoff eats a carrot after Sven has already taken a bite out of it, a big slobbery bite.
  • Tainted by the Preview: Initial American ads put emphasis on the comedic and silly side of the film rather than its dramatic story, leading many people to believe that Frozen would be just some silly kids' film. This wouldn't be the first time advertising for a Disney flick did that, though. Later trailers resulted in prospective viewers' opinions growing more positive. The third trailer, released in October and focusing on Elsa's character and story arc has met with the most excitement so far. Some early reviews also hyped up the excitement by comparing the film's quality to Disney Renaissance films like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.
  • Testosterone Brigade: Elsa has a gradually increasing number of fanboys (and even some fangirls), due to her Sexy Walk, blonde hair, and her legs.
    • And 50% of the male comments on the official "Let It Go" video are somewhere among the lines of "WORK THOSE THIGHS!", "DEM HIPS!", "You go, girl!", "DAT BOUNCE!", or some utterly horrible Pun on how their "hot love" will thaw Elsa's "ice cave."
    • This video outright says "That chick from Frozen is hot!"
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: As mentioned above, some of the changes done in development caused this early on. Elsa's final design was decried as awful by fans of the early concept art with the more antagonistic-looking, long-haired design.
  • Tough Act to Follow: A lot of movies across the world (e.g. Maleficent) were waylaid by Frozen's success.
  • Trailer Joke Decay: "It's like a little baby unicorn..." when Olaf gets his nose for the first time but only a little is sticking out. Almost every trailer shows it.
  • Ugly Cute: Olaf is a very cute, if somewhat oddly shaped, snowman. Also the trolls, while they are literally stone, are also considered very cute.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: While important to the story in an Expository Hairstyle Change sort of way, there is a minority of the fanbase who prefers Elsa's Prim and Proper Bun and Coronation Gown to her iconic appearance.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit:
    • As good as the film is, a lot of the "modern" jokes can fall into this. A good example is the "Jinx! Jinx again!" line in "Love is an Open Door". You can't see a line like that in The Little Mermaid, or Beauty and the Beast, can you?
    • Disney references other media all the time, but what seems like an Arrested Development reference may feel like pandering to some people. However, Word of God from Robert Lopez states that the line "We finish each others..." "Sandwiches!" from "Love is an Open Door" wasn't an intentional reference, he was just eating sandwiches at the time he came up with the lyric, and he had never even seen the series before. His wife, Kristen Andersen-Lopez, only asked him later if it was a reference.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Grand Pabbie: Using images in smoke and cryptic words to warn of the dangers Elsa would face, making it seem to Elsa and her parents as if it was other people's fear of her that would destroy her. This does nothing but encourage Elsa's fear of people getting close to her; even if she doesn't hurt them, they may very well hurt her. Heck, he even seemed to have thought it was a good idea to show nine-year-old Elsa that hateful, prejudiced people would try to kill her because of her powers. Why? Your guess is as good as ours.
    • After Elsa runs away, Anna immediately goes to go look for her... in a sleeveless dress in the middle of a snowstorm. Understandably it's important to find Elsa before she gets too far away, but Anna couldn't take the time to put on anything heavier than a cloak? She's lucky to have found that shop in the middle of nowhere, or else she would have frozen to death after falling into the river. Though, being reckless is a big part of her character.
    • Arendelle's royal council. They unconditionally accept the word of someone who's been in their country less than a week when he says that Anna is dead, and that they said their wedding vows right before she took her last breath. They never send anyone to get the dead body of their princess, and they never point out that the marriage has no legal meaning without witnesses and someone presiding over it. They just go along with everything Hans says, including when he tells them that Elsa has to be executed. Sure, she scared them with the whole eternal winter thing, but that doesn't explain why they didn't check out his story at all and let him take over despite him having absolutely no claim to the leadership of Arendelle.
  • Win Back the Crowd: In a sense. Though Disney had already been steadily doing this right around the time of Bolt and The Princess and the Frog, there was still a lingering feeling amongst many that it was still caught under the shadow of Pixar. After more or less finishing the job with Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph; it's here that what little doubts remained were blown away, and just about every critic out there is on the bandwagon that Disney is indeed back, and they're finally catching up with today's kids.
  • The Woobie: Anna has some hints of this. Although she means well, she tries to help her sister, but is always pushed away by her in order to protect her.
    • Elsa makes so many fans want to just hug her and comfort her.
  • Woolseyism: This being a Disney movie, you can expect to find lots of great adaptations of the script to most languages, often coupled with a Superlative Dubbing for good measure.
    • European Spanish:
      • The first time she meets Hans, Anna lets slip a "You're gorgeous!". The Spaniard scripts goes a tad further and translates it as "¡Estás cañón!"note , which is Spanish kid-friendly slang for "You're smoking hot!"... Yeah, you can see where this is going.
      • Olaf's "Oh, look. I've been impaled." line, which was sightly changed as "Eh, mirad. Soy un pincho moruno." (Hey, look. I'm a brochette.) However, this was made so it rhymed with Olaf's previous line, which coupled with the delivery of Olaf's Spaniard voice actor Miguel Antelo, made the line absolutely hilarious.
      • Marshmallows aren't very well known in Spain, so they changed the giant snowman's name to the better-known word "Merengue" ("meringue"), which is perfectly fitting.

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