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* RousseauWasRight: In ''A Frozen Heart'', Hans once was a decent person. He wanted to be a king who was kind to his people, but was openly mocked and beaten up for not supporting his father's brutal and violent regime, combined with developing serious self-esteem issues and a massive inferiority complex as a result of the abuse. In Arendelle, because he only had one day to return home, the fear of going back to his family causes him to regress to the methods he originally rejected.

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* RousseauWasRight: In ''A Frozen Heart'', Hans once was a decent person. He wanted to be a king who was kind to his people, but was openly mocked and beaten up for not supporting his father's brutal and violent regime, combined with developing serious self-esteem issues and a massive inferiority complex as a result of the abuse. In Arendelle, because he only had one day to return home, the fear of going back to his family causes him to regress to the use methods he originally rejected.



* VillainProtagonist: In ''A Frozen Heart'', his perspective is almost as prominent as Anna's.

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* VillainProtagonist: In ''A Frozen Heart'', Heart'' focuses on his perspective is almost as prominent as Anna's.and Anna's, although he's still a villain who tries to kill the heroes to further his ambition.


** The creators have affirmed one thing that wasn't a lie was his [[BigBrotherBully twelve older brothers]]' unpleasant treatment of him and that it played a role in him becoming a villain.

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** The creators have affirmed one thing that wasn't a lie was his [[BigBrotherBully twelve older brothers]]' unpleasant treatment of him and that how it played a role in him becoming a villain.



* ImagineSpot: In ''A Frozen Heart''. Hans often dreams of [[SoProudOfYou his family appreciating him of who he is]]. He often fantasizes being the king's heir, and it always involves his father telling him that he's proud of having such a son, but they often came crashing down with Hans clearing his head to realize he'll never be accepted by his family. At times, he would also go to the docks to dream of escaping his horrible excuse for a family and [[StartingANewLife settling down some place else]] for good, with nobody mocking him for failing to meet their cruel expectations.

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* ImagineSpot: In ''A Frozen Heart''. Hans often dreams of [[SoProudOfYou his family appreciating him of who he is]]. He often fantasizes being the king's heir, and it always involves his father telling him that he's proud of having such a son, but they often came crashing down with Hans clearing his head to realize he'll never be accepted by his family. At times, he would also go to the docks to dream of escaping his horrible excuse for a family and [[StartingANewLife settling down some place else]] for good, with nobody mocking him for failing to meet their cruel expectations.being a weakling.



* LackOfEmpathy: Callously dumping Anna to her death (and telling her that he didn't love her) and telling Elsa that she was responsible for Anna's death are indicators that he doesn't care for the wellbeing of others, unlike Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven or Kristoff. The creators have stated Hans is indeed a sociopath.
** Initially averted in the beginning of ''A Frozen Heart'', and deconstructed — he was sympathetic to his mother (being married to an uncaring man who encouraged cruelty in his sons), the citizens of the Southern Isles (as his father is an iron-fisted tyrant), Caleb's wife (who's married to a man who takes advantage of being [[ParentalFavoritism the king's favorite son]] and pays no attention to her pregnancy) and, surprisingly enough, to the people of Arendelle (for losing their king and queen). But he becomes increasingly callous as the book goes on, and as [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Anna, ends the story with a "[[TheCynic frozen heart]]".

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* LackOfEmpathy: Callously dumping Anna to her death (and telling her that he didn't love her) and telling Elsa that she was responsible for Anna's death are indicators that he doesn't care for disregards the wellbeing of others, unlike Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven or Kristoff. The creators have stated Hans is indeed a sociopath.
** Initially averted in the beginning of ''A Frozen Heart'', and deconstructed — he was sympathetic to his mother (being married to an uncaring man who encouraged cruelty in his sons), the citizens of the Southern Isles (as his father is an iron-fisted a corrupt tyrant), Caleb's wife (who's married to a man who takes advantage of being [[ParentalFavoritism the king's favorite son]] and pays no attention to her pregnancy) and, surprisingly enough, to the people of Arendelle (for losing their king and queen). But he becomes increasingly callous as the book goes on, and as [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Anna, ends the story with a "[[TheCynic frozen heart]]".



** Deconstructed in ''A Frozen Heart'', exploring how growing up in an abusive royal family with SocialDarwinist values slowly turned him into [[TheCynic a cynical and selfish man]] who thinks LoveIsAWeakness.

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** Deconstructed in ''A Frozen Heart'', exploring how growing up in an abusive royal family with SocialDarwinist values slowly turned him into [[TheCynic a cynical and selfish man]] who thinks LoveIsAWeakness.



* RousseauWasRight: In ''A Frozen Heart'', Hans once was a decent person. He wanted to be a king who was kind to his people, but was openly mocked and beaten up for not supporting his father's brutal and violent regime, combined with developing serious self-esteem issues and a massive inferiority complex as a result of the abuse. In Arendelle, because he only had one day to return home, the fear of going back to his family causes him to fall back on the methods he originally rejected.

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* RousseauWasRight: In ''A Frozen Heart'', Hans once was a decent person. He wanted to be a king who was kind to his people, but was openly mocked and beaten up for not supporting his father's brutal and violent regime, combined with developing serious self-esteem issues and a massive inferiority complex as a result of the abuse. In Arendelle, because he only had one day to return home, the fear of going back to his family causes him to fall back on regress to the methods he originally rejected.



* TheRuntAtTheEnd: In ''A Frozen Heart''. At times, Hans does acknowledge that he's the BlackSheep of the Westergaard clan. So to escape from his grimy reality, he often fantasized a world where he's loved and appreciated by his family, but those daydreams often ended with him realizing he'll never be loved. [[SelfDeprecation He even made self-deprecating deadpan jokes]] about his low status in the familial pecking order and tries to downplay it, but only Lars knew the reality behind it.

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* TheRuntAtTheEnd: In ''A Frozen Heart''. At times, Hans does acknowledge that he's the BlackSheep of the Westergaard clan. So to escape from his grimy reality, he often fantasized fantasizes a world where he's loved and appreciated by his family, but those daydreams often ended end with him realizing he'll never be loved. [[SelfDeprecation He even made self-deprecating deadpan jokes]] about his low status in the familial pecking order and tries to downplay it, but only Lars knew the reality behind it.



* TragicDream: In ''A Frozen Heart''. He wants to earn the love and respect of his father. Not only have his actions ruined chances of that happening, but it's implied that his father [[TheSociopath has no love for anyone, not even the sons who are more useful to him]]. Meaning that even if Hans succeeded, [[AllForNothing he probably still wouldn't have been treated as an equal by his father]].

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* TragicDream: In ''A Frozen Heart''. He wants to earn the love and respect of his father. Not only have his actions ruined chances of that happening, but it's implied that his father [[TheSociopath has no love for anyone, not even the sons who are more useful to him]]. Meaning that even if Hans he succeeded, [[AllForNothing he probably still wouldn't have been treated as an equal by his father]].



* TykeBomb: In ''A Frozen Heart''. Downplayed, but Hans was raised by [[AbusiveParents an abusive man]] who indoctrinated him and his brothers with the belief that [[TheSocialDarwinist the strong should pick on the weak]], and was [[BigBrotherBully endlessly bullied by his older brothers]] for failing to meet his family's harsh standards of ruling their kingdom. From his father's perspective, any son who doesn't live up to his expectations must be "toughened up to the Westergaard mold". To rectify this, [[WellDoneSonGuy Hans]] slowly decides to become his father's errand-boy in the hopes of being recognized as a dutiful and prodigal son.

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* TykeBomb: In ''A Frozen Heart''. Downplayed, but Hans was raised by [[AbusiveParents an abusive man]] who indoctrinated him and his brothers with the belief that [[TheSocialDarwinist the strong should pick on the weak]], SocialDarwinism, and was [[BigBrotherBully endlessly bullied by his older brothers]] for failing to meet his family's harsh standards of ruling their kingdom. From his father's perspective, any son who doesn't live up to his expectations must be "toughened up to the Westergaard mold". To rectify this, [[WellDoneSonGuy Hans]] slowly decides to become his father's errand-boy errand boy in the hopes of being recognized as a dutiful and prodigal son.TheDutifulSon.



* TheUnfought: In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII''. The returning theme of Disney Villains being unfought in favor of a monster they brought about is revisited here. In Hans's case, it brings about an ice Werewolf-like Heartless.

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* TheUnfought: In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII''.''Kingdom Hearts III''. The returning theme of Disney Villains being unfought in favor of a monster they brought about is revisited here. In Hans's case, it brings about an ice Werewolf-like Heartless.

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* VillainProtagonist: In ''A Frozen Heart'', his perspective is almost as prominent as Anna's.


* BirdsOfAFeather: SubvertedTrope. He and Anna bond over being shut out by older siblings and seeming to share many of the same interests. After TheReveal, it becomes questionable how much of the latter was real and how much faked by Hans, although co-director Jennifer Lee has confirmed the former is true.

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* BirdsOfAFeather: SubvertedTrope. He and Anna bond over being shut out by older siblings and seeming to share many of the same interests. After TheReveal, it However when Hans reveals his true colors, their similarities turn out to be either superficial (they both had a troubled childhood, but Hans becomes questionable how much of the latter was real a ruthless, power-hungry man while Anna has maintained her optimism and how much faked by Hans, compassion) or feigned on his part (Hans couldn't care less about finding love), although co-director Jennifer Lee has the creators have confirmed the former is true.Hans indeed grew up without love.


* FatalFlaw: In ''A Frozen Heart'', despite exploiting Anna and Elsa's flaws, he is unaware that his own weakness is [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]]. He becomes too desperate in getting what he wants [[DidntThinkThisThrough while ignoring the consequences]] when he takes unethical routes. [[HeelRealization At times,]] [[IgnoredEpiphany he knows]] [[DebateAndSwitch what he's doing is wrong and even scolds himself]], yet he impulsively goes through it. Being abused by his family for his ineptitude slowly becomes the breaking point and [[WellDoneSonGuy ultimately pushes him into desperately attempting to win his distant family's respect]]. Hans corrupts his own morals while serving as his father's gofer, committing things he once hated. [[AllForNothing As such]], the time he spends prepping up on going to Arendelle is wasted because he can't contain his issues and goes to the extreme of attempting regicide. Only at the end does he have a HeelRealization, but by then, he's in damage control mode as he's being sent back to the same hellhole he wanted to escape from.

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* FatalFlaw: In ''A Frozen Heart'', despite exploiting Anna and Elsa's flaws, he is unaware that his own weakness is [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]]. He becomes too desperate in getting what he wants [[DidntThinkThisThrough while ignoring the consequences]] when he takes unethical routes. [[HeelRealization At times,]] [[IgnoredEpiphany At times, he knows]] [[DebateAndSwitch what he's doing is wrong and even scolds himself]], yet he impulsively goes through it. Being abused by his family for his ineptitude slowly becomes the breaking point and [[WellDoneSonGuy ultimately pushes him into desperately attempting to win his distant family's respect]]. Hans corrupts his own morals while serving as his father's gofer, committing things he once hated. [[AllForNothing As such]], such, the time he spends prepping up on going to Arendelle is wasted because he can't contain his issues and goes to the extreme of attempting regicide. Only at the end does he have a HeelRealization, but by then, he's in damage control mode as he's being sent back to the same hellhole he wanted to escape from.



** The creators have affirmed one thing that wasn't a lie was his [[BigBrotherBully twelve older brothers]]' unpleasant treatment of him and how it played a role in him becoming a villain.

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** The creators have affirmed one thing that wasn't a lie was his [[BigBrotherBully twelve older brothers]]' unpleasant treatment of him and how that it played a role in him becoming a villain.



* ALighterShadeOfBlack: ''A Frozen Heart'' makes him easier to sympathize with in part by depicting most of his family as even worse. While Hans was willing to use manipulation and resorted to attempted murder as a means of becoming a king in another country, his father is an abusive parent, and is implied to be an abusive spouse as well, who has raised his sons to do whatever he demands, be it murder or tormenting their own siblings to "toughen them up," and makes his kingdom a horrible place to live in while he reaps in money and power. Hans's desire to leave his abusive family provides a sympathetic motivation for some of his ruthless actions, particularly in the beginning of the book, when that is still his goal, and because he starts off as EvenEvilHasStandards and does not become malicious and power-hungry until toward the end of the novel, he looks much better in comparison for most of the book, and when he does do so, his upbringing provides a FreudianExcuse.

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* ALighterShadeOfBlack: ''A Frozen Heart'' makes him easier to sympathize with in part by depicting most of his family as even worse. While Hans was is willing to use manipulation and resorted to attempted attempt murder as a means of becoming a king in another country, his father is an abusive parent, and is implied to be an abusive spouse as well, who has raised his sons to do whatever he demands, be it murder or tormenting their own siblings to "toughen them up," and makes his kingdom a horrible place to live in while he reaps in money and power. Hans's desire to leave his abusive family provides a sympathetic motivation for some of his ruthless actions, particularly in the beginning of the book, when that is still his goal, and because he starts off as EvenEvilHasStandards and does not become malicious and power-hungry until toward the end of the novel, he looks much better in comparison for most of the book, and when he does do so, his upbringing provides a FreudianExcuse.



* ManipulativeBastard: He has very little direct impact on the plot, and doesn't need it to pull off his plan — but he's very good at manipulating people in minor ways to push them where he needs them to go and it’s totally calculated. When he noticed how naive Anna is, he plays that up to seduce her. He helps the kingdom to gain their trust, and when Anna reveals she's dying, he says she's dead just to get other people to follow him in killing Elsa.

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* ManipulativeBastard: He has very little direct impact on the plot, and doesn't need it to pull off his plan — but he's He's very good at manipulating people in minor ways to push them where he needs them to go and it’s totally calculated. When he noticed notices how naive Anna is, he plays that up to seduce her. He helps the kingdom to gain their trust, and when Anna reveals she's dying, he says she's dead just to get other people to follow him in killing Elsa.


* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: In ''A Frozen Heart''. Hans feels "out of place" amongst his abusive family, as they (except for his mother and Lars) frequently belittle him because they see him as a weakling.

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: In ''A Frozen Heart''. Hans feels "out of place" amongst his abusive family, as they (except for his mother and Lars) frequently belittle him because they see him as for being a weakling.pushover.



* FatalFlaw: In ''A Frozen Heart'', despite exploiting Anna and Elsa's flaws, he is unaware that his own weakness is [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]]. He becomes too desperate in getting what he wants [[DidntThinkThisThrough while ignoring the consequences when he takes unethical routes]]. [[HeelRealization At times,]] [[IgnoredEpiphany he knows]] [[DebateAndSwitch what he's doing is wrong and even scolds himself]], yet he impulsively goes through it. Being abused by his family for his ineptitude slowly becomes the breaking point and [[WellDoneSonGuy ultimately pushes him into desperately attempting to win his distant family's respect]]. Hans corrupts his own morals while serving as his father's gofer, committing things he once hated. [[AllForNothing As such]], the time he spends prepping up on going to Arendelle is wasted because he can't contain his WellDoneSonGuy issues, and goes to the extreme of attempting regicide. Only at the end does he have a HeelRealization, but by then, he's in damage control mode as he's being sent back to the same hellhole he wanted to escape from.

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* FatalFlaw: In ''A Frozen Heart'', despite exploiting Anna and Elsa's flaws, he is unaware that his own weakness is [[AmbitionIsEvil ambition]]. He becomes too desperate in getting what he wants [[DidntThinkThisThrough while ignoring the consequences consequences]] when he takes unethical routes]].routes. [[HeelRealization At times,]] [[IgnoredEpiphany he knows]] [[DebateAndSwitch what he's doing is wrong and even scolds himself]], yet he impulsively goes through it. Being abused by his family for his ineptitude slowly becomes the breaking point and [[WellDoneSonGuy ultimately pushes him into desperately attempting to win his distant family's respect]]. Hans corrupts his own morals while serving as his father's gofer, committing things he once hated. [[AllForNothing As such]], the time he spends prepping up on going to Arendelle is wasted because he can't contain his WellDoneSonGuy issues, issues and goes to the extreme of attempting regicide. Only at the end does he have a HeelRealization, but by then, he's in damage control mode as he's being sent back to the same hellhole he wanted to escape from.



* FatherIDontWantToFight: In ''A Frozen Heart''. Hans initially doesn't live up to the strong masculine image of his father and older brothers, and as a result, he is treated cruelly for most of his childhood. Due to the repeated abuse, he believes that if he wants their acceptance, he'll have to adopt their mentality. This is a rare case where the character slowly comes to accept his family's way of thinking.

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* FatherIDontWantToFight: In ''A Frozen Heart''. Hans He initially doesn't live up to the strong masculine image of his father and older brothers, and as a result, he is treated cruelly ill-treated for most of his childhood. Due to the repeated abuse, he believes that if he wants their acceptance, he'll have to adopt their mentality. This is a rare case where the character slowly comes to accept his family's way of thinking.


** While they do not get along with each other, he even uses the Duke’s hatred of magic to rally support from the other dignitaries to have Elsa executed for “killing” her sister.


* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: In ''A Frozen Heart''. Hans feels "out of place" amongst his abusive family, most of whom frequently bully and/or shun him because they see him as a weakling.

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: In ''A Frozen Heart''. Hans feels "out of place" amongst his abusive family, most of whom as they (except for his mother and Lars) frequently bully and/or shun belittle him because they see him as a weakling.


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** While they do not get along with each other, he even uses the Duke’s hatred of magic to rally support from the other dignitaries to have Elsa executed for “killing” her sister.


* LoveIsAWeakness: Deconstructed in ''A Frozen Heart''. Growing up in an dysfunctional household, he's never known real love, thanks to [[FreudianExcuse the abuse and]] [[TykeBomb the harsh upbringing]] that encouraged SocialDarwinism, and comes to the conclusion that all love comes to weakness and brokenness. His reaction to Elsa's grief over hearing Anna was dead was of confusion, thinking it's evidence that love "only serves to make one weak."

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* LoveIsAWeakness: Deconstructed in ''A Frozen Heart''. Growing up in an a dysfunctional household, he's never known real love, thanks to [[FreudianExcuse the abuse and]] [[TykeBomb the harsh upbringing]] that encouraged SocialDarwinism, and comes to the conclusion that all love comes to weakness and brokenness. His reaction to Elsa's grief over hearing Anna was dead was of confusion, thinking it's evidence that love "only serves to make one weak."



* TheSocialDarwinist: Deconstructed in ''A Frozen Heart''. In the book, Hans doesn't start out as one, but his abusive upbringing corrupts him with this mentality, and by the end of the novel, it drives him to dehumanize others and JumpOffTheSlipperySlope in his quest for power. It even leaves him [[EvilCannotComprehendGood to believe]] LoveIsAWeakness and scoff at Anna's ThinksLikeARomanceNovel mindset when she asks him for a TrueLovesKiss. He also has the same reaction upon noticing how Elsa reacts to Anna's supposed death, believing it makes her look weak and cowardly.

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* TheSocialDarwinist: Deconstructed in ''A Frozen Heart''. In the book, Hans doesn't start out as one, but his abusive upbringing corrupts him with this mentality, and by the end of the novel, it drives him to dehumanize others and JumpOffTheSlipperySlope in his quest for power. It even leaves him [[EvilCannotComprehendGood to believe]] believing]] that LoveIsAWeakness and scoff scoffing at Anna's ThinksLikeARomanceNovel mindset when she asks him for a TrueLovesKiss. He also has the same reaction upon noticing how Elsa reacts to Anna's supposed death, believing it makes her look weak and cowardly.



* VillainSong: "Love Is an Open Door" originally comes off as a triumphant IAmBecomingSong of the PowerOfLove to heal. However, after Hans [[BeneathTheMask reveals his]] [[EvilAllAlong true colors]], the song transforms into a stealth VillainSong, in which Anna's naivete becomes an "open door" for Hans' plan to usurp Arendelle's throne. Anna and Hans' exchange of "We finish each other's—Sandwiches!—That's what I was going to say!" goes from being {{Adorkable}} to evidence of Hans' [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative prowess]]. The paired singing of "You and I were just meant to be" becomes especially emblematic of the film's {{Subversion}} of LoveAtFirstSight; real life romance takes time to develop. According to the creators, "Love Is An Open Door" is indeed supposed to be a straight up VillainSong, disguised as a romantic duet.

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* VillainSong: "Love Is an Open Door" originally comes off as a triumphant IAmBecomingSong of the PowerOfLove to heal. However, after Hans [[BeneathTheMask reveals his]] [[EvilAllAlong reveals his true colors]], the song transforms into a stealth VillainSong, in which Anna's naivete becomes an "open door" for Hans' plan to usurp Arendelle's throne. Anna and Hans' exchange of "We finish each other's—Sandwiches!—That's what I was going to say!" goes from being {{Adorkable}} to evidence of Hans' [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative prowess]]. The paired singing of "You and I were just meant to be" becomes especially emblematic of the film's {{Subversion}} of LoveAtFirstSight; real life romance takes time to develop. According to the creators, "Love Is An Open Door" is indeed supposed to be a straight up VillainSong, disguised as a romantic duet.


** When he tells Elsa that Anna died because of her and he's about to kill her with his sword, Hans doesn't take his weapon out because he's seeing what he's done to her. He realizes she's in grief over her dead sister and it seems he realizes he's gone too far... but then he shakes his head and decides he shouldn't spend time thinking about what Elsa feels, [[LoveIsAWeakness believing that the feeling makes her weak]].

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** When he tells Elsa that Anna died because of her and he's about to kill her with his sword, Hans doesn't take his weapon out because he's seeing what he's done to her. He realizes she's in grief over her dead sister and it seems he realizes he's gone too far... but then he shakes his head and decides he shouldn't spend time thinking about what Elsa feels, [[LoveIsAWeakness believing that the feeling it makes her weak]].



** Initially averted in the beginning of ''A Frozen Heart'', and deconstructed — he was sympathetic to his mother (being married to an uncaring man who encouraged cruelty in his sons), the citizens of the Southern Isles (as his father is an iron-fisted tyrant), Caleb's wife (who's married to a man who takes advantage of being [[ParentalFavoritism the king's favorite son]] and pays no attention to her pregnancy) and, surprisingly enough, to the people of Arendelle (for losing their king and queen). But becomes increasingly callous as the book goes on, and as [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Anna, ends the story with a "[[TheCynic frozen heart]]".

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** Initially averted in the beginning of ''A Frozen Heart'', and deconstructed — he was sympathetic to his mother (being married to an uncaring man who encouraged cruelty in his sons), the citizens of the Southern Isles (as his father is an iron-fisted tyrant), Caleb's wife (who's married to a man who takes advantage of being [[ParentalFavoritism the king's favorite son]] and pays no attention to her pregnancy) and, surprisingly enough, to the people of Arendelle (for losing their king and queen). But he becomes increasingly callous as the book goes on, and as [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Anna, ends the story with a "[[TheCynic frozen heart]]".



* LoveIsAWeakness: Deconstructed in ''A Frozen Heart''. Growing up in an abusive household, he's never known real love, thanks to [[FreudianExcuse the abuse and]] [[TykeBomb the harsh upbringing]] that encouraged SocialDarwinism, and comes to the conclusion that all love comes to weakness and brokenness. His reaction to Elsa's grief over hearing Anna was dead was of confusion, thinking it's evidence that love "only serves to make one weak."

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* LoveIsAWeakness: Deconstructed in ''A Frozen Heart''. Growing up in an abusive dysfunctional household, he's never known real love, thanks to [[FreudianExcuse the abuse and]] [[TykeBomb the harsh upbringing]] that encouraged SocialDarwinism, and comes to the conclusion that all love comes to weakness and brokenness. His reaction to Elsa's grief over hearing Anna was dead was of confusion, thinking it's evidence that love "only serves to make one weak."



* TheSocialDarwinist: Deconstructed in ''A Frozen Heart''. In the book, Hans doesn't start out as one, but his abusive upbringing corrupts him with this mentality, and by the end of the novel, it drives him to dehumanize others and JumpOffTheSlipperySlope in his quest for power. It even leaves him [[EvilCannotComprehendGood incapable of]] understanding love, having come to believe LoveIsAWeakness and scoff at Anna's ThinksLikeARomanceNovel mindset when she asks him for a TrueLovesKiss. He also has the same reaction upon noticing how Elsa reacts to Anna's supposed death, believing it makes a powerful being like her look weak and cowardly.

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* TheSocialDarwinist: Deconstructed in ''A Frozen Heart''. In the book, Hans doesn't start out as one, but his abusive upbringing corrupts him with this mentality, and by the end of the novel, it drives him to dehumanize others and JumpOffTheSlipperySlope in his quest for power. It even leaves him [[EvilCannotComprehendGood incapable of]] understanding love, having come to believe believe]] LoveIsAWeakness and scoff at Anna's ThinksLikeARomanceNovel mindset when she asks him for a TrueLovesKiss. He also has the same reaction upon noticing how Elsa reacts to Anna's supposed death, believing it makes a powerful being like her look weak and cowardly.


* HisOwnWorstEnemy: Looking at how he's depicted in ''A Frozen Heart'', the greatest adversary that keeps Hans from the happiness he seeks isn't Anna, Elsa, his brothers or even his father; it is Hans himself. He could have easily just found happiness getting close with Anna or Elsa, but his ambitions and desperation to claim what he thinks will finally make his life better, his father's approval, undermine everything he worked so hard for.
* HopeSpot: In ''A Frozen Heart''. When his father gives Hans permission to visit Arendelle, it seems he finally got his father's trust and respect and he has a chance to meet Elsa and potentially be her suitor. But then, his father suddenly tells Hans to return as soon as the gates close so that he can return home and tend to his brothers' kids, showing the king still has little respect or admiration for his youngest son.

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* HisOwnWorstEnemy: Looking at how he's depicted in ''A Frozen Heart'', the greatest adversary that keeps Hans from the happiness he seeks isn't Anna, Elsa, his brothers or even his father; it is Hans himself. He could have easily just found happiness getting close with Anna or Elsa, but his ambitions and desperation to claim what he thinks will finally make his life better, his father's approval, undermine everything he worked so hard for.
for, as he gets sent back home in disgrace for trying to take the throne by killing Anna and Elsa.
* HopeSpot: In ''A Frozen Heart''. When his father gives Hans permission to visit Arendelle, it seems he finally got his father's trust and respect and he has a chance to meet Elsa and potentially be her suitor. But then, his father suddenly tells Hans to return as soon as the gates close so that he can return home and tend to his brothers' kids, showing the king still has little respect or admiration for his youngest son.



* IfOnlyYouKnew: The WhamLine has this going on when you realize that Hans only ''assumes'' that Elsa doesn't love Anna (when in truth, it's already been established multiple times that Elsa ''does'' care about Anna, but her ice powers and fear of hurting others physically have made it impossible for her to properly express it). There's also Kristoff, whose existence Hans is completely unaware of at the time.
* IgnoredEpiphany: ''A Frozen Heart'' depicts several moments where he almost [[HeelRealization realizes what he's doing is wrong]]:

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* IfOnlyYouKnew: The WhamLine has this going on when you realize that Hans only ''assumes'' that Elsa doesn't love Anna (when in truth, it's already been established multiple times that Elsa ''does'' care about Anna, but her ice powers and fear of hurting others physically have made it impossible difficult for her to properly express it). There's also Kristoff, whose existence Hans is completely unaware of at the time.
* IgnoredEpiphany: ''A Frozen Heart'' depicts several moments where he almost [[HeelRealization realizes what he's doing is wrong]]:wrong:



* ImprobableAimingSkills: Redirects a crossbow ''someone else is holding'' to thread right through the ice holding a chandelier up. He does this instantly, and he's ''not'' lined up with the crossbow to actually aim it.

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Redirects a crossbow ''someone else is holding'' to thread right through the small ice chain holding a chandelier up. He does this instantly, and he's ''not'' lined up with the crossbow to actually aim it.



** A strange case in that we don't realize who he is at the time, but while Hans tells Elsa that if she killed the Duke's guards, she would become the monster the Duke was calling her, he had a point.

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** A strange case in that we don't realize who he is at the time, time how much of a jerk he can be, but while Hans tells Elsa that if she killed the Duke's guards, she would become the monster the Duke was calling her, he had has a point.



* KnightInShiningArmor: The people are suffering from cold? Organize the guards to pass out soup and blankets. There's a sorceress at the root of the cold? Organize a team to arrest her. All ForGreatJustice! It's implied that he's invoking this trope to win people over and make his takeover more stable.

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* KnightInShiningArmor: The people are suffering from cold? Organize the guards to pass out soup and blankets. The princess went on a mission to save the kingdom and her sister, but her horse came back alone? Organize a team to find her. There's a sorceress at the root of the cold? Organize a team to arrest her.Have her arrested. All ForGreatJustice! It's implied that he's invoking this trope to win people over and make his takeover more stable.


** He is also this to a lesser extent for Elsa, who fears becoming a monster, but is able to keep a grip on herself with the support of her family. While Elsa [[NiceJobBreakingItHero hurts people accidentally and fears doing so]], Hans embraces causing harm.

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** He is also this to a lesser extent for Elsa, who fears becoming a monster, but is able to keep a grip on herself with the support of her family. While Elsa [[NiceJobBreakingItHero hurts people accidentally and fears doing so]], Hans embraces causing harm.harm and has no one to rely on for moral support.


* HisOwnWorstEnemy: Looking at how he's depicted in ''A Frozen Heart'', the greatest adversary that keeps Hans from the happiness he seeks isn't Anna, Elsa, his brothers or even his father; it is Hans himself. He could have easily just found happiness getting close with Anna or Elsa, but his ambitions and desperations to claim what he thinks will finally make his life better, his father's approval, undermine everything he worked so hard for.

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* HisOwnWorstEnemy: Looking at how he's depicted in ''A Frozen Heart'', the greatest adversary that keeps Hans from the happiness he seeks isn't Anna, Elsa, his brothers or even his father; it is Hans himself. He could have easily just found happiness getting close with Anna or Elsa, but his ambitions and desperations desperation to claim what he thinks will finally make his life better, his father's approval, undermine everything he worked so hard for.

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* HisOwnWorstEnemy: Looking at how he's depicted in ''A Frozen Heart'', the greatest adversary that keeps Hans from the happiness he seeks isn't Anna, Elsa, his brothers or even his father; it is Hans himself. He could have easily just found happiness getting close with Anna or Elsa, but his ambitions and desperations to claim what he thinks will finally make his life better, his father's approval, undermine everything he worked so hard for.


* LoveIsAWeakness: Deconstructed in ''A Frozen Heart''. Growing up in an abusive household, he develops a bad opinion on love. He's never known real love, thanks to the abuse and [[TykeBomb the harsh upbringing]] that encouraged SocialDarwinism, and comes to the conclusion that all love comes to weakness and brokenness. His reaction to Elsa's grief over hearing Anna was dead was of confusion, thinking it's evidence that love "only serves to make one weak."

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* LoveIsAWeakness: Deconstructed in ''A Frozen Heart''. Growing up in an abusive household, he develops a bad opinion on love. He's he's never known real love, thanks to [[FreudianExcuse the abuse and and]] [[TykeBomb the harsh upbringing]] that encouraged SocialDarwinism, and comes to the conclusion that all love comes to weakness and brokenness. His reaction to Elsa's grief over hearing Anna was dead was of confusion, thinking it's evidence that love "only serves to make one weak."



** Averted in ''A Frozen Heart'', in which he perceives himself as a loser, and hides his insecurities by acting this way.

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** Averted in ''A Frozen Heart'', in which he perceives himself as a loser, loser and hides his insecurities by acting this way.

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