YMMV: The Snow Queen

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • The Snow Queen's reason for abducting Kai is never explicitly stated. While she probably just did it so there'd be a plot, it's not uncommon for dramatized productions to make her a lonely Anti-Villain who wanted Kai for a son, which does certainly make sense given her kind treatment of him in the original story.
    • There is an animated version where the Snow Queen herself was under a curse, and captured Kai because she needed his help to solve the puzzle in order to break the curse.
    • In Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre the Snow Queen is protecting Kai and providing him with the opportunity to save himself. In that version, the troll's laboratory is on a raft floating around in outer space, and at the end the Snow Queen is shown to blow her wintry breath and send him sailing off far away.
    • At least one adaptation made the demon/Satan/troll that created the mirror doing so to show mankind how rotten it is, and had a My God, What Have I Done? moment when it broke. Of course, it almost certainly isn't what Hans Christian Andersen was going for.
    • Likewise the Hallmark adaptation has the Snow Queen as the villain but in the end she gets a happy ending as well when her Polar Bear servant is transformed into a handsome prince, implying that she just needed to be loved.
    • Like dementors, the mirrors shards are depression incarnate.
  • Designated Villain: The Snow Queen herself in the original story, as Kai chooses to go with her to her kingdom rather than being kidnapped, and his problem is caused by the mirror shard put within him before he even met the Snow Queen, rather than being under the Queen's control.
  • Iron Woobie: Gerda takes it all in stride and wins in the end.
  • Les Yay: Gerda and the Robber Girl; some translations even show the girl later doubting Kai is worth "going to the ends of the Earth for."
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Robber Girl and her knives.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Going with the above, when she gets a look at Gerda, she demands her, and while her other pets are tied/caged, Gerda is to sleep essentially snogging her with a knife to her neck.
  • The Woobie:
    • Gerda — just look at what the girl goes through!
    • The Martin Gates Productions Animated Adaptation turns Bae (renamed Dimly) into one. It only intensifies in their original sequel. The trolls are also Jerkass Woobies.
    • Kai; the kid not only gets a mirror shard in his heart and eye, but the one in his heart begins to freeze his body!