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[[center: [-[[Characters/{{Frozen}} Main Character Index]] | [[Characters/FrozenArendelle Arendelle]] | [[Characters/FrozenAnna Anna]] | [[Characters/FrozenElsa Elsa]] | [[Characters/FrozenHans Hans]] | [[Characters/FrozenWeselton Weselton]] | [[Characters/FrozenMagicalCreatures Magical Creatures]] | [[Characters/FrozenAnimals Animals]] | [[Characters/FrozenExtendedMedia Extended Media]] | '''A Frozen Heart Exclusive''' -]]]

'''[[Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned ALL spoilers on this page are UNMARKED.]]''' It's highly recommended you see the movie (and ''Frozen Fever'') first before reading this page. As the entries on this page are for members of Hans' family as described in the TieInNovel ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', it's also highly recommended you read that first as well.
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!The Southern Isles Royal Family
[[folder:General Tropes about the Royal Family]]
* AltarDiplomacy: Implied. The royals married for politics, and at least one had an ArrangedMarriage with a wife who comes from another country is still upset with her family for sending her to the Isles.
* ArrangedMarriage: Many of Hans's brothers [[AltarDiplomacy are married]] to princesses from other kingdoms for diplomatic reasons. Helga hasn't forgiven her family for shipping her off to the Isles.
* AwfulWeddedLife: The royals tend to be unhappily married. The king doesn't bat an eyelid for his wife, while Caleb blatantly ignores his own in favor of getting the king's attention. Even Lars, the nicest brother, doesn't get along with his wife, despite attempting to do so.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The king neglects his wife and at least one of his sons, while the queen is implied to [[LadyDrunk cope with her abusive spouse with wine]]. Most of the princes are also neglectful of their wives and violent bullies who often pick on each other, especially the youngest, Hans. The king deliberately encourages violence within his family as well.
* BabyFactory: Most of the male royals thought of their wives as baby-producing objects for the sake of expanding the royal family.
* CrushingThePopulace: The king beats his subjects into total submission, having them killed or tortured for badmouthing him or not providing enough favors or money, with the help or support of most of the princes.
* DinnerAndAShow: When Hans finally shows up to attend his mother's birthday after idly standing outside the door for 20 minutes, the king scolds him for being late and daydreaming, while his brothers ridicule him for being a MommasBoy and toss objects at him as he storms out of the room.
* DisappointedInYou: Most of Hans' family openly tell him they think he's a big let-down.
* DomesticAbuse: Seems to be case with most of the male members of the royal family, as they think of their wives as {{Baby Factor|y}}ies. It's implied they married for politics and to keep up appearances.
* DysfunctionalFamily: Exaggerated and deconstructed in ''A Frozen Heart'', which portrays the Westergaards as a BigScrewedUpFamily of misogynistic and arrogant royals with an EvilOverlord who encourages his thirteen sons to violently torment each other as part of his SocialDarwinist philosophy, and women who drink a lot to cope with their abusive husbands. Eleven of Hans' older brothers end up becoming borderline sociopaths, bullying Hans at every opportunity for not conforming to their standards. With such experiences, Hans comes to assume LoveIsAWeakness and one must be devoid of it in order to survive in what he thinks is a CrapsackWorld. Due to the king's corrosive influence, his sons even [[WellDoneSonGuy develop serious mental health issues]], aiming to please him no matter the cost.
* {{Foil}}: The Southern Isles' royal family seems to be the polar opposite of the Arendellian royal family.
** To King Agnarr — while Agnarr loves both his daughters unconditionally, the King of the Southern Isles only favors the sons who are most loyal and useful to him, while dismissing his youngest son as a nuisance. While Agnarr genuinely loves Queen Iduna, Hans' father is at best indifferent to his wife. While Agnarr forces Elsa and Anna to separate from each other for their safety, Hans' father encourages his sons to torment each other out of contempt and cruelty.
** To the trolls — while the trolls are Kristoff's adopted non-human family who treat him with love, the Westergaards are Hans' biological human family who treat him terribly.
** Sibling dynamics in Arendelle vs. the Southern Isles — while Anna cares for her sister during the 13 years they are separated, and still does even after Elsa's ice powers are revealed (and vice versa), none of the 13 brothers get along with each other, exacerbated by their father encouraging violence within their family.
* FreudianExcuse: Freud would certainly have a big field day here with the king's 13 sons, as he subjects them to extensive physical and psychological abuse, emotionally stunting them to the point most of them develop [[WellDoneSonGuy serious mental]] [[{{Manchild}} health issues]], and adopt the same ruthlessness as their father. Some of them even become outright bullies because the king teaches MeeknessIsWeakness. For example:
** Due to the king spoiling him too much, [[SpoiledBrat Caleb]] becomes an immature man who doesn't take his role as heir seriously.
** The constant abuse he received from his family slowly causes Hans to assume LoveIsAWeakness.
** Like Hans, Lars was also bullied for being the youngest, albeit not as violently, and because of this, he is the only one to stand up for Hans. Hans isn't sure if the bullying Lars himself suffered made him pity his youngest brother or if he was a genuinely nice person because of it.
* HateSink: Hans takes this role in the film, a remorseless villain who takes pleasure in tormenting the heroines. But the TieInNovel ''A Frozen Heart'' explores his perspective and creates sympathy in part by shifting the trope to his BigScrewedUpFamily. The fact that they all get away with their crimes makes them even more loathsome.
** The king especially demonstrates this trope, with his status as a {{Domestic Abuse}}r who treats his family like dirt and an EvilOverlord who routinely torments his subjects [[EvilIsPetty for minor reasons]]. He has no redeeming qualities of the sort and provides a {{foil}} for the [[BlackAndGrayMorality relatively]] reasonable [[EvenEvilHasStandards Hans]]. His sole purpose is to make himself as contemptible to the readers as possible, and make Hans much more sympathetic and tragic in comparison.
** Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers are also loathsome {{spoiled brat}}s, given how [[BigBrotherBully they bully Hans for being the youngest]] and [[DomesticAbuse neglect their wives in favor of their father]]. Three of his brothers even ignored Hans for ''two straight years'', while the others subjected him to extensive physical and psychological bullying.
* JacobAndEsau: Implied. The king favors his older sons, whom he sees as more useful and who are more violent like he is, while the nicer queen is implied to prefer Hans, who is [[EvenEvilHasStandards less brutal]].
* {{Jerkass}}: All of the male members, except Lars.
** Hans fakes his romance with Anna as part of his political ploy to become the king of Arendelle, tweaking it to usurpation by attempting to murder Anna and Elsa when things go south.
** The King of the Southern Isles ill-treats his family and selfishly abuses his power as if he was entitled to it.
** Except for Lars, all of Hans' brothers are big-time jerks, given the way they treat Hans, the abusive manner they run the kingdom, and the blatant way they ignore their wives.
* KnightOfCerebus: TieInNovel ''A Frozen Heart'' is darker than most installments in the ''Frozen'' franchise thanks in large part to its portrayal of Hans' family. Any appearance or mention of his father or his brothers, with the exception of Lars, demonstrates how cruel and demanding they are towards Hans.
* LackOfEmpathy: Invoked and deconstructed. The king encourages SocialDarwinism, raising his children to be ruthless. The family ends up miserable from tormenting each other, and Hans gets in trouble on what was supposed to be a diplomatic mission to another country because he tried to kill its royal family in an attempt to take over himself.
* MoralityPet: Lars and the Queen seem to be the only people Hans genuinely respects and cares for.
* NoNameGiven: The only brothers named are Caleb (the oldest), Lars (the third born) and the twins Rudi and Runo (their placement is unknown), but the others are unknown. The king and queen are unnamed as well.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Most of the male members of the royal family are misogynistic abusers. Given how they rule the Southern Isles, it's implied they also contemptuously look down on the peasantry.
* RoyallyScrewedUp: The Westergaards are basically the royal version of a BigScrewedUpFamily.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Most of the king's sons are redheads of average height. The lone exception is Runo, as he's described as a freakishly tall blonde with spiked hair and pale eyes that made him look as if he's perpetually shocked.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Lars and the queen were the only family members Hans genuinely cared for. Plus, Lars wasn't as interested in proving himself worthy unlike most of his brothers, while the queen even wanted to stop her older sons from harming Hans.
* UnnamedParent: Hans' parents are unnamed like most of his brothers, though it can be assumed that he got the surname from his father.
* VirtueIsWeakness: Hans' father and most of his brothers think that showing mercy and compassion is unacceptable to them, and that NiceGuysFinishLast. In their SocialDarwinist viewpoint, the Westergaards should be "lions, not mice," the weak get picked on, and only the fittest survive. They often force Hans to follow their orders.
* WhereDidWeGoWrong: Hans' father and most of his brothers hold this view of Hans, as they view him as the family's BlackSheep for not following their orders or conforming to their views.
* WouldHurtAChild: Even as a small child, [[BigBrotherBully Hans' brothers]] physically torment him. It's implied one of their cruel pranks even landed Hans in hot water, despite his brothers being the real culprits.
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[[folder:The King]]

The ruling king of the Southern Isles, head of the Westergaard clan, and the father of Prince Hans.
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: He is despised by the populace. A JustifiedTrope, as he's a greedy dictator who [[ItsAllAboutMe abuses his power]], killing and/or torturing citizens if they don't pay taxes in time or badmouth him. Even his own wife despises him, given how he [[DomesticAbuse ill-treated her]] and [[AbusiveParents their children]] over the years. His sons want to please him, but despite that, it's unknown to what extent they actually approve of his rule, since it's shown that even Hans secretly hated him, despite wanting to earn his admiration.
* AbusiveParents: The king frequently micromanages his sons by forcibly indoctrinating them into SocialDarwinism.
* AnimalMotifs: He believes that his 13 sons "should be lions, not mice," jeering his youngest son for not fighting back.
* AnimalMetaphor: As part of his SocialDarwinist mindset, the king believes his sons should be strong and powerful like lions, but scornfully compares Hans to a mouse, which is generally seen as weak and not of any use, even though they're very clever and resourceful.
* TheBadGuyWins: Though it wasn't the king's intention and we don't know how he reacted, Hans' actions during the movie ultimately show that his FreudianExcuse got the best of him instead of the support he had from his mother and Lars, or the aid he could have received from Anna and Elsa.
* TheCaligula: He abuses his power of authority by taxing his subjects to extreme poverty, subjecting anybody to [[AmbiguousSituation unspecified]] [[DeadlyEuphemism but]] [[YouDoNotWantToKnow horrifying punishments]] just for defying his authority, and confiscating the goods of farmers who do not supply enough, to name a few atrocities.
* CantTakeCriticism: The king's reaction to a peasant bad-mouthing him? It's implied the guy was [[DeadlyEuphemism "brutally silenced"]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards over Hans' objections.]]
* TheCorrupter: His toxic influence warped most of his sons. It took an attempt to escape his father for Hans' corruption to finally kick in.
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: All he cares is continuing his tyranny over his subjects, be it strong-arming peasants for more taxes or repressing any criticism levied on him.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The king's solution to a farmer he didn't like? He orders the army to burn their farm down to the ground and confiscate their livestock.
* DispenseWithThePleasantries: The king doesn't like to waste words and scolds Hans for not getting straight to the point.
* DomesticAbuse: He's quite the abuser, forcing his wife to give birth to 13 sons, but never raising a finger for her, and verbally abusing their children as well as enabling them to torment each other.
* DotingParent: Deconstructed. The king spoils his older sons, particularly first-born Caleb, into becoming his sycophantic henchmen. Caleb even ends up becoming a RoyalBrat [[InadequateInheritor who is unprepared]] [[TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone for his job as heir]].
* TheDreaded: His subjects are terrified of the scope of his wrath, using DisproportionateRetribution to forcibly control the kingdom and brutally suppress any criticism levied on him. Judging by how Hans fears what punishment he'll get back home for his crimes in Arendelle, or the prospect of failing to follow the king's orders, even he is genuinely afraid of arousing his father's anger. Hans even notes that Marshmallow's aggressiveness pales in comparison to his father, who is implied to have an explosive temper.
* EvilCounterpart: Of King Agnarr, in that he is a violent man who runs the Southern Isles as a dictatorship, ignores or abuses his family, and routinely kills people at the slightest provocation. Even his parenting style is a stark contrast to Agnarr's. While Agnarr loved his spouse and daughters unconditionally, Hans' father treated his own family as if they were disposable tools.
* EvilDebtCollector: Like a typical Mafia extortionist, he sends down one of his sons to forcibly strong-arm and shake down delinquent taxpayers. If they refuse to pay, it's implied they're killed on the spot as a warning sign for others.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: The king and his more violent sons take pleasure in their mistreatment of Hans.
* EvilIsPetty: Is an EvilOverlord who tortures or "disappears" citizens who criticize him or fall behind on taxes, enables his children to torment each other, and hypocritically criticizes Hans for being late to the queen's birthday celebration, despite ignoring her himself.
* EvilPatriarch: He's as abusive towards his sons as he is with his subjects.
* EvilOverlord: Hans' father is a cruel man who runs the Southern Isles extremely viciously, using barbaric methods such as torture, forced slavery, or extremely high taxes to stay in power. The harsh manner in which he runs the country is what motivates Hans to find a way to permanently leave his homeland and escape the tyranny he's witnessed.
* FollowInMyFootsteps: The king wants all of his sons to follow and emulate him. His treatment of Hans is because he was the least willing to conform to their shared views. This is likely not for noble reasons, but because he wants his sons to reflect back on him.
* GreaterScopeVillain: His corrupting influence and emotional abuse slowly molded Hans into the man he is today.
* HairTriggerTemper: Implied to have a short fuse. Hans spends much of the book very afraid of arousing his father's wrath.
* HatesSmallTalk: He hates idle banter, frequently scolding Hans for not "getting straight to the point" and wasting his time.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Despite nagging that Hans was late to his mother's birthday celebration, he himself blatantly ignores her, and has been doing so for the past 30+ years they've been married.
* ItsAllAboutMe: The king sees his subjects as a source of income he can abuse as he sees fit, demands his sons to follow his orders, and threw his wife's birthday party just to show off. [[AbusiveParents He also molded]] his sons into reflections of himself not for their benefit, but to fuel his own bloated ego, and routinely subjects them to intense emotional and physical abuse so they'll be transformed into sycophantic henchmen; it's implied he only cares for them when they're useful to him, as he only treated Hans better because he became his gofer three years before he went to Arendelle. It's very likely [[AltarDiplomacy he only married]] for politics, and [[DomesticAbuse may have physically abused his wife]] at some point when she tried to stop him from abusing their sons.
* IWantGrandkids: Hans' father wanted his sons to marry off and produce more heirs to the kingdom.
* JerkJustifications: He combines the VirtueIsWeakness and ToughLove justifications, using SocialDarwinism as a way to raise his sons and openly mocking Hans for not fighting off his older brothers.
* JerkassToOne: While he's a self-serving {{jerkass}} who treats everyone like trash, the king seems to be particularly nasty towards Hans, dismissing him as a "throwaway" son who isn't of any use.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: He throws his wife's birthday celebration just for political reasons and to show off. Despite pampering some of his sons, particularly Caleb, he views them as tools to control the kingdom.
* KarmaHoudini: At the end of ''A Frozen Heart'', Anna and Elsa think Hans's family probably isn't as bad as he made them sound, suggesting that there won't even be much diplomatic consequence for the king after Hans adopted his ruthlessness and callousness.
* KickTheDog: He often ridicules his youngest son for showing weakness and encourages his older sons to torment Hans.
* LackOfEmpathy: The king doesn't care for anyone but himself. To him, his wife is nothing more than someone to provide heirs and his people are a source of income he can abuse to his heart's content. Any son who doesn't live up to expectations, namely Hans, must be toughened up by being physically and emotionally tormented. Believing morality to be a sign of weakness, the king often scoffed at said concepts, and despised those who followed moral principles. His sons inherited this after having them forcibly undergo a rigorous but harsh training that desensitized them to violence.
* MakeAnExampleOfThem: To whip his subjects in line, the king responds violently against anybody who falls behind taxes or criticizes him.
* ManipulativeBastard: He brainwashes his sons from a young age into becoming his boot-licking flunkies.
* TheMatchmaker: It's implied that he set up arranged marriages for most of his sons.
* MeeknessIsWeakness: The king thinks his sons should be [[AnimalMetaphor "lions, not mice"]] and despises weakness, a thing he sees in Hans. He enables his older sons to bully Hans for the sake of "good politics" and blames him for not fighting them away.
* MightMakesRight: He often ridicules his youngest son for being inept in fighting back at his brothers.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: The king believes in SocialDarwinism as a way of raising his sons, and wants them to be obedient and perfect. [[FatherIDontWantToFight Any of them going soft is unacceptable]], as he ridicules Hans for not standing up to his brothers.
* NoSympathy: The king sees Hans' complaints about his brothers bullying him as nothing more than an annoyance, as he believes [[ToughLove treating his youngest son this way will make him tough as he grew older.]] To the king, any of his sons showing sympathy is a sign of [[VirtueIsWeakness cowardice.]]
* ParentalFavoritism: The king seems to dote over his oldest son Caleb (albeit way too much to the point he's now a SpoiledBrat), while coldly regarding his "weakling" youngest son Hans as a throwaway and useless spare.
* ParentalNeglect: The king dismisses his youngest son as a "weakling" who doesn't know how to fight back, giving him little to no attention at all while spoiling his older sons, especially Caleb. Also, Hans being against his violent methods of controlling the kingdom make him the proverbial BlackSheep of the family, so the king believes Hans being forcibly toughened up by his brothers at a young age is a sign of "good politics and strength," claiming that he should "learn a thing or two" from his brothers.
* PetTheDog: Subverted. After spending time as the king's gofer, it seemed Hans has finally won his father's trust in attending Elsa's coronation, [[YankTheDogsChain but then, the king immediately orders him to return so that he can babysit his brothers' children.]]
* TheSocialDarwinist: "The Westergaards are lions, not mice." A nasty combination of the Jerk Justifier, Straw Meritocrat, Struggler and Weakness Punisher types, he absolutely hates weakness, something he sees in Hans, and so, he deliberately allows his older sons to bully him, seeing it as a "sign of strength" and "good politics." He does a similar thing to his older sons as well, encouraging them to develop the same LackOfEmpathy he demonstrates.
* TheSociopath: He blatantly sees everyone around him as tools he can abuse as he deems fit, yet reacts violently when he doesn't get what he wants.
* ToughLove: Justified and deconstructed. An ardent believer in SocialDarwinism, the king frequently lets his sons mistreat each other so that they'll come to accept that MightMakesRight. This actually leaves most of them, including Hans, to be emotionally stunted to the point many of them developed mental health issues such as a LackOfEmpathy, [[{{Manchild}} immaturity]] and WellDoneSonGuy tendencies.
* TheUnfought: Currently still in power and, as of now, has not met Anna, Elsa or Kristoff.
* UnnamedParent: Hans likely got his surname from his father. Outside of this, we never learn what the king's first name is.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Even though he's only appeared so far in a retelling of the original film aimed at older audiences, he's a much darker character and more vile villain than is typical for the ''Frozen'' franchise. An abusive, evil dictator who makes even the worst ''Disney'' villains look tame compared to him, he stands out in a franchise of tie-in stories focused on such light-hearted concepts such as [[Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure searching for Christmas traditions]], [[Disney/FrozenFever a birthday celebration all over Arendelle]], and [[Literature/AnnaAndElsa learning the identity of a secret admirer]].
* VillainOfAnotherStory: The king is a cruel dictator who abuses his sons into becoming devoted yes-men, treats his family with complete indifference, and has turned the Southern Isles into a PoliceState that drives people into poverty or has them killed or imprisoned for either criticizing him or not providing enough favors. If this were Hans's story, his father would be the BigBad and Hans would be TheHero going against him. Unfortunately, [[WellDoneSonGuy his fear of being a disappointment to his family]] and unwillingness to return to that abusive household made him the villain of Anna and Elsa's story.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: The king often claims that Hans should "learn a thing or two" from his older brothers, often berating and emotionally abusing him for not fighting back at their taunts.
%%* WouldHitAGirl: Implied to have physically abused his wife at some point when she tried to stop him from abusing their sons.
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* YankTheDogsChain: After 3 years of Hans being his right-hand man, the king gives him permission to visit Arendelle for Elsa's coronation. At first it seems Hans has finally earned his father's trust and respect, but then, the king immediately orders him to come back as soon as the party is over so that Hans can babysit his brothers' children. This shows that despite what Hans did for him, the king only barely trusts him and still limits his freedom.
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[[folder:The Queen]]

Hans's mother and the queen of the Southern Isles.
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* TheAlcoholic: Hans notes that his mother copes with her abusive spouse with wine.
* BrokenBird: Being physically frail and married to an apathetic man who's indifferent to her, she's deeply unhappy with her marriage, and copes with it by drinking wine. She also can only acknowledge Hans with weak smiles, and is forced to watch her husband abuse their 13 sons as the years went by. She may have tried to stop the king from abusing their children at some point in the past, but gave up. Worst of all, nobody knows what her reaction to Hans' crimes in Arendelle was.
* TheConfidant: Downplayed. Despite genuinely caring for her youngest son, she can only acknowledge him with weak smiles as her husband's domineering nature have rendered her incapable of stopping him from abusing their sons.
* ExtremeDoormat: Besides Hans, the queen is the family's other ExtremeDoormat, as while she loves her children and desires them to stop treating Hans so horribly, years of childbirth and [[TheCorrupter her husband's corrupting influence]] towards their sons has rendered her unable to do anything but acknowledge Hans with weak smiles. It's likely she tried to stop him from abusing their sons at some point in the past, but the fallout was so horrible that she simply gave up.
* GoodParents: She's a very loving mother, and wants her older sons to stop abusing Hans. She physically couldn't intervene, as years of childbirth have weakened her.
* LadyDrunk: To cope with her abusive husband, the queen drinks wine.
* ParentalFavoritism: It's implied that Hans' brothers resent him for being cared by their mother, and some of them even taunt him for being a MommasBoy.
* TrophyWife: The king only sees her as a BabyFactory producing more heirs for him.
* UnnamedParent: We never learn her name.
* UselessBystanderParent: The queen, while she cares for her youngest son, acknowledges him with weak smiles, and wishes her older sons to stop the bullying, is unable to stand up to her husband as giving birth to 13 sons has rendered her physically incapable of intervening. It's implied she's scared of her husband as she may have tried to stand up for herself and their sons at some point in the past, [[DomesticAbuse but the fallout was so bad]] that she gave up.
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[[folder:Prince Hans of the Southern Isles]]
* See his page [[Characters/FrozenHans here]].
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[[folder:Hans' Brothers]]

Hans' older brothers, the other princes of the Southern Isles.
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* AloofBigBrother: In the film, Hans tells Anna that three of them pretended he was non-existent for two years, and considers it "what brothers do." The creators confirmed his stated backstory, and that he indeed grew up "without love." The TieInNovel ''A Frozen Heart'' expands upon this. While Lars is the only brother whom Hans feels a little close to, the other eleven shun him, as they follow their father's view of preying on the weak, and thus see him as their [[ExtremeDoormat punching bag]] and [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex make him feel inferior to them]].
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The king regards all of his twelve older sons as superior to Hans, who actually seems to agree with this. It's one of his driving factors for his plans in Arendelle, to prove his worth.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Inverted. Hans sees most of them as obnoxious bullies who pick on him for being the youngest.
* BigBrotherBully: Except for Lars, all of Hans's brothers relish in making his life a living hell. It's gotten so bad that Hans [[DespairEventHorizon gives up fighting back out of fear that they'll just keep on doing this]], but it only makes things even worse. It's implied that they're this to each other as well, with mentions of them frequently getting into violent brawls with one other.
* TheDutifulSon: [[WellDoneSonGuy Their main goal]] — they want their father be appreciative of them.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Subverted. When they attend their mother's birthday, it's suggested they only come because their father wanted them to make an appearance.
* InTheBlood: Most of the king's sons have inherited his LackOfEmpathy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Most of Hans' brothers attended their mother's birthday just to impress their father and taunt Hans.
* KarmaHoudini: There's no suggestion at the end of ''A Frozen Heart'' that they ever face any consequences for their bullying.
* KickTheDog: Hans was often ridiculed by his brothers for failing to meet their cruel expectations. For example, he's visibly afraid of attending his own mother's birthday, as even a short amount of time with his entire family always ended with him becoming the laughing stock, and as such, he idly stands outside the door for twenty minutes preparing himself. When he does finally show up, his brothers taunt him for daydreaming.
* LackOfEmpathy: Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers have inherited their father's ruthlessness, feeling nothing to the people they abuse and hurt, whether it's their wives, their subjects or their youngest brother.
* ManChild: Over time, their father's psychological abuse corroded them into immature children trapped in the bodies of adults.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: The King and the Queen have 13 children, including Hans. And they're all boys.
* MiddleChildSyndrome: It's implied some of the brothers resent Hans and Caleb, respectively, being their mother's and father's favorites.
* NoNameGiven: The only brothers named are Caleb (the oldest), Lars (the third born) and the twins Rudi and Runo (their placement is unknown), but the others are unknown.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Hans' brothers openly mock him for his unwillingness to kill people. It's part of what causes Hans to change his mind about that.
* RoyalBrat: Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers were spoiled by their father for their usefulness.
* {{Sadist}}: Except for Lars, all of Hans' brothers are violent brutes who saw him as their punching bag, and share their father's sentiments of Hans being a weakling, with the king even deliberately encouraging them to do it, thinking it's a sign of "good politics" and that it'll force him to get in line with their warped mindset. Their actions went from standard jokes to downright abuse, and they often did this to show him how he's looked down by his entire family and to remind him of his low status in the familial pecking order.
* SiblingRivalry: They all don't get along with each other, with mentions of Caleb brawling with his brothers, the twins tossing objects at Hans for daydreaming, and some of the sons developing a MiddleChildSyndrome.
* SoProudOfYou: All of the princes aim to hear these words come out of their father.
* SpoiledBrat: Except for Hans, most of his brothers were pampered and doted on by their father for their usefulness.
* TrophyChild: Hans' father only saw his sons as mere reflections of himself, so they'll be forced to emulate him and regularly demands them to be obedient and perfect. [[TheCorrupter His corrosive influence]] [[AbusiveParents and emotional abuse]] slowly transformed them into his sycophantic loyalists.
* TykeBomb: {{Downplayed|Trope}}, but like Hans, most of his brothers were forcibly indoctrinated from a young age by their father that the Westergaards should be "lions, not mice" and only the fittest survive. Showing softness is unacceptable to him, so the weakling must be bullied until he's fully in shape and line with his twisted worldview. And like Hans, all of his brothers [[WellDoneSonGuy want their father to be proud of them]].
* UsedToBeASweetKid: As with Hans, it's implied his brothers didn't start out as mean bullies, but their father's emotional abuse hardened them to the point they learned the same LackOfEmpathy as his.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Like Hans, all of his brothers want to please their father.
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[[folder:Prince Caleb of the Southern Isles]]

The oldest of Hans' brothers, Caleb is first in line and the king's favorite son.
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* AloofBigBrother: Hans wonders what Caleb's life is like being the heir, though Caleb deliberately ignores him a lot.
* DisappointingOlderSibling: Zigzagged. He's seen as the best out of the 13 sons, while Hans is the youngest and treated like he's the disappointment rather than Caleb. On the other hand, Hans and Lars see him as a ManChild due to how spoiled he is, despite him being the favorite child. It's implied that the other brothers don't like him either, since he's their father's favorite.
* InadequateInheritor: Because their father spoiled Caleb too much, Hans and Lars see him as an irresponsible ManChild who doesn't take his job as heir seriously, and assume he’ll be a sloppy ruler once he becomes king.
* ManChild: He is seen as a RoyalBrat who treats the idea of running a kingdom like a child's game and like their father, doesn't get along with his family. Add to the fact that king doted on him too much to the point Caleb is emotionally dependent on him.
* OddNameOut: He's the the only named prince of the Southern Isles whose name is five letters instead of four.
* ParentalNeglect: He dismisses his children in favor of his father's attention.
* RoyalBrat: Caleb treats the idea of running a kingdom like a child’s toy or a royal rumble with his brothers at the stables.
* TheSlacker: He doesn't take his duties seriously and blatantly ignores his own family in favor of seeking their father's attention.
* SpoiledBrat: Due to being the oldest and the king's favorite son, he doesn't take his job as heir with any seriousness.
* TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone: He's woefully incompetent for the role he's in, due to being a RoyalBrat.
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[[folder:Princes Rudi and Runo of the Southern Isles]]

Fraternal twin brothers of Hans, though their placement is unknown. They bully Hans the most.
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* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Inverted. Of all of Hans' older brothers, the twins were the worst when it came to bullying Hans.
* BigBrotherBully: The two are the ringleaders when it came to abusing Hans the most.
* ThePrankster: They often pull sadistic pranks on Hans.
* PsychopathicManChild: They are children trapped in the bodies of adults, courtesy of their father spoiling them too much.
* RoyalBrat: As with Caleb, they've been spoiled too much by their father for their usefulness to him.
* {{Sadist}}: They abuse Hans the most, including but not limited to taunting him for being a weakling or throwing objects such as food and glassware during their mother's birthday.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: While Rudi is a redhead like most of his brothers, it's averted with Runo, as he's described as a freakishly tall blonde with spiked hair and pale eyes that made him look as if he's perpetually shocked.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Are a pair of fraternal twins named "Runo" and "Rudi".
* TricksterTwins: The twins are the pranksters of the family.
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[[folder:Prince Lars of the Southern Isles]]

The third eldest of Hans' brothers, Lars is the only one whom Hans got along with.
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* {{Adorkable}}: He is described as an avid historian and would spend hours rambling about it, frequently losing track of time. While others found it annoying, Hans was the only person to find it endearing.
* AllForNothing: The plan he spent three years for, in hopes of helping Hans find love and a new home in Arendelle, were all ruined because Hans just couldn't help himself and took the easier but less moral solution to get a kingdom and his father's respect quicker. Hans is now living a worse life than before, and his relationship with Lars is most likely to be damaged after the debacle in Arendelle.
* AwfulWeddedLife: Even Lars, the nicest brother, doesn't have a good relationship with his arranged wife Helga, and even though he suspects Helga will want to keep their expected child to herself.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Discussed. Hans learns that Lars is going to be a father, though Lars doesn't get along with his wife Helga. Hans hopes that the baby will be the thing that finally helps the two grow closer, although Lars doubts it.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Downplayed. Lars was the only brother who wanted to help Hans, giving him advice and being someone to talk to when things were getting too stressful. Unfortunately, his influence was severely limited.
* BigBrotherMentor: Lars helped Hans learn everything he can about Arendelle and how to be a good suitor in hopes that Elsa would accept him. He also believed that the tutors Hans had weren't very good, since he knew little about the country he'd attempt to visit.
* {{Bookworm}}: Lars was deep into the Southern Isles' history, and would spend hours talking about it.
* TheConfidant: Besides their mother, Lars was the only person Hans ever felt comfortable with when it comes to the nightmare of living in the Southern Isles, the emotional damage he suffered and the fear of never getting to meet someone. Lars assisted him in many things, from knowing about how Hans would spend hours at the pier to clear his head, to trying to set Hans up to meet Princess Elsa for a potential marriage.
* {{Foil}}: In a sense, Lars is to Hans what Elsa is to Anna. They're both older siblings who want to be close to their younger siblings but are unable to because of their fathers' involvement. Elsa couldn't out of fear of hurting Anna, Lars couldn't out of fear of their father's dislike of compassion. While Anna and Elsa lived in the same castle but barely saw each other, Lars and Hans saw each other frequently but their time together was limited. Ultimately, while Anna and Elsa are able to reconcile, Lars and Hans' relationship after the events in Arendelle is unknown but likely damaged.
* NiceGuy: Lars seems to actually want to have a good relationship with his wife and to help Hans find a wife and leave their abusive home for good.
* NoSenseOfHumor: Lars is described by Hans as being unable to share a laugh and being too serious all the time.
* ShipperWithAnAgenda: Lars suggests to Hans that he go to Arendelle, meet Elsa and get her to fall in love with him. His reasoning isn't because he thought they'd be a good couple but that he thinks it's a good opportunity for Hans to start a new life ''away'' from the Southern Isles.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Lars had good intentions in helping to mold Hans into Elsa's suitor, but Hans goes farther and ends up almost killing two innocent women to gain the Arendellian throne. It also results in Arendelle getting covered in a seemingly-EndlessWinter when Elsa gets upset, turns out to secretly be AnIcePerson, and [[PowerIncontinence loses control of her powers]].
* WhiteSheep: By the end of ''A Frozen Heart'', when Hans has embraced villainy, Lars is now the only son of the king who is nice.
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[[folder:Hans' Sisters-in-Law]]

Hans' sisters-in-law.
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* TheAlcoholic: As with Hans' mother, his sisters-in-law cope with their abusive and neglectful husbands with wine.
* LadyDrunk: Hans notes that his sisters-in-law cope with their abusive spouses with alcohol.
* NoNameGiven: Except for Helga (Lars' wife), most of Hans' sisters-in-law are unnamed.
* TrophyWife: This is what happened to most of Hans' sisters-in-law — they're relegated to giving birth to more heirs for the family. It's implied that most of these marriages were [[AltarDiplomacy done]] to maintain the Southern Isles' ties with other countries.
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!The Southern Isles Royal Family
[[folder:General Tropes about the Royal Family]]
* AltarDiplomacy: Implied. The royals married for politics, and at least one had an ArrangedMarriage with a wife who comes from another country is still upset with her family for sending her to the Isles.
* ArrangedMarriage: Many of Hans's brothers [[AltarDiplomacy are married]] to princesses from other kingdoms for diplomatic reasons. Helga hasn't forgiven her family for shipping her off to the Isles.
* AwfulWeddedLife: The royals tend to be unhappily married. The king doesn't bat an eyelid for his wife, while Caleb blatantly ignores his own in favor of getting the king's attention. Even Lars, the nicest brother, doesn't get along with his wife, despite attempting to do so.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The king neglects his wife and at least one of his sons, while the queen is implied to [[LadyDrunk cope with her abusive spouse with wine]]. Most of the princes are also neglectful of their wives and violent bullies who often pick on each other, especially the youngest, Hans. The king deliberately encourages violence within his family as well.
* BabyFactory: Most of the male royals thought of their wives as baby-producing objects for the sake of expanding the royal family.
* CrushingThePopulace: The king beats his subjects into total submission, having them killed or tortured for badmouthing him or not providing enough favors or money, with the help or support of most of the princes.
* DinnerAndAShow: When Hans finally shows up to attend his mother's birthday after idly standing outside the door for 20 minutes, the king scolds him for being late and daydreaming, while his brothers ridicule him for being a MommasBoy and toss objects at him as he storms out of the room.
* DisappointedInYou: Most of Hans' family openly tell him they think he's a big let-down.
* DomesticAbuse: Seems to be case with most of the male members of the royal family, as they think of their wives as {{Baby Factor|y}}ies. It's implied they married for politics and to keep up appearances.
* DysfunctionalFamily: Exaggerated and deconstructed
appears in ''A Frozen Heart'', which portrays the Westergaards as a BigScrewedUpFamily of misogynistic and arrogant royals with an EvilOverlord who encourages his thirteen sons to violently torment each see [[Characters/AFrozenHeartExclusive A Frozen Heart Exclusive Characters]].
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other as part of his SocialDarwinist philosophy, and women who drink a lot to cope with their abusive husbands. Eleven versions of Hans' older brothers end up becoming borderline sociopaths, bullying Hans at every opportunity for not conforming to their standards. With such experiences, Hans comes to assume LoveIsAWeakness and one must be devoid of it in order to survive in what he thinks is a CrapsackWorld. Due to family, see the king's corrosive influence, his sons even [[WellDoneSonGuy develop serious mental health issues]], aiming to please him no matter the cost.
* {{Foil}}: The Southern Isles' royal family seems to be the polar opposite of the Arendellian royal family.
** To King Agnarr — while Agnarr loves both his daughters unconditionally, the King of the Southern Isles only favors the sons who are most loyal and useful to him, while dismissing his youngest son as a nuisance. While Agnarr genuinely loves Queen Iduna, Hans' father is at best indifferent to his wife. While Agnarr forces Elsa and Anna to separate from each other for their safety, Hans' father encourages his sons to torment each other out of contempt and cruelty.
** To the trolls — while the trolls are Kristoff's adopted non-human family who treat him with love, the Westergaards are Hans' biological human family who treat him terribly.
** Sibling dynamics in Arendelle vs. the Southern Isles — while Anna cares for her sister during the 13 years they are separated, and still does even after Elsa's ice powers are revealed (and vice versa), none of the 13 brothers get along with each other, exacerbated by their father encouraging violence within their family.
* FreudianExcuse: Freud would certainly have a big field day here with the king's 13 sons, as he subjects them to extensive physical and psychological abuse, emotionally stunting them to the point most of them develop [[WellDoneSonGuy serious mental]] [[{{Manchild}} health issues]], and adopt the same ruthlessness as their father. Some of them even become outright bullies because the king teaches MeeknessIsWeakness. For example:
** Due to the king spoiling him too much, [[SpoiledBrat Caleb]] becomes an immature man who doesn't take his role as heir seriously.
** The constant abuse he received from his family slowly causes Hans to assume LoveIsAWeakness.
** Like Hans, Lars was also bullied for being the youngest, albeit not as violently, and because of this, he is the only one to stand up for Hans. Hans isn't sure if the bullying Lars himself suffered made him pity his youngest brother or if he was a genuinely nice person because of it.
* HateSink: Hans takes this role in the film, a remorseless villain who takes pleasure in tormenting the heroines. But the TieInNovel ''A Frozen Heart'' explores his perspective and creates sympathy in part by shifting the trope to his BigScrewedUpFamily. The fact that they all get away with their crimes makes them even more loathsome.
** The king especially demonstrates this trope, with his status as a {{Domestic Abuse}}r who treats his family like dirt and an EvilOverlord who routinely torments his subjects [[EvilIsPetty for minor reasons]]. He has no redeeming qualities of the sort and provides a {{foil}} for the [[BlackAndGrayMorality relatively]] reasonable [[EvenEvilHasStandards Hans]]. His sole purpose is to make himself as contemptible to the readers as possible, and make Hans much more sympathetic and tragic in comparison.
** Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers are also loathsome {{spoiled brat}}s, given how [[BigBrotherBully they bully Hans for being the youngest]] and [[DomesticAbuse neglect their wives in favor of their father]]. Three of his brothers even ignored Hans for ''two straight years'', while the others subjected him to extensive physical and psychological bullying.
* JacobAndEsau: Implied. The king favors his older sons, whom he sees as more useful and who are more violent like he is, while the nicer queen is implied to prefer Hans, who is [[EvenEvilHasStandards less brutal]].
* {{Jerkass}}: All of the male members, except Lars.
** Hans fakes his romance with Anna as part of his political ploy to become the king of Arendelle, tweaking it to usurpation by attempting to murder Anna and Elsa when things go south.
** The King of the Southern Isles ill-treats his family and selfishly abuses his power as if he was entitled to it.
** Except for Lars, all of Hans' brothers are big-time jerks, given the way they treat Hans, the abusive manner they run the kingdom, and the blatant way they ignore their wives.
* KnightOfCerebus: TieInNovel ''A Frozen Heart'' is darker than most installments in the ''Frozen''
[[Franchise/{{Frozen}} general franchise thanks in large part to its portrayal of Hans' family. Any appearance or mention of his father or his brothers, with the exception of Lars, demonstrates how cruel and demanding they are towards Hans.
* LackOfEmpathy: Invoked and deconstructed. The king encourages SocialDarwinism, raising his children to be ruthless. The family ends up miserable from tormenting each other, and Hans gets in trouble on what was supposed to be a diplomatic mission to another country because he tried to kill its royal family in an attempt to take over himself.
* MoralityPet: Lars and the Queen seem to be the only people Hans genuinely respects and cares for.
* NoNameGiven: The only brothers named are Caleb (the oldest), Lars (the third born) and the twins Rudi and Runo (their placement is unknown), but the others are unknown. The king and queen are unnamed as well.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Most of the male members of the royal family are misogynistic abusers. Given how they rule the Southern Isles, it's implied they also contemptuously look down on the peasantry.
* RoyallyScrewedUp: The Westergaards are basically the royal version of a BigScrewedUpFamily.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Most of the king's sons are redheads of average height. The lone exception is Runo, as he's described as a freakishly tall blonde with spiked hair and pale eyes that made him look as if he's perpetually shocked.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Lars and the queen were the only family members Hans genuinely cared for. Plus, Lars wasn't as interested in proving himself worthy unlike most of his brothers, while the queen even wanted to stop her older sons from harming Hans.
* UnnamedParent: Hans' parents are unnamed like most of his brothers, though it can be assumed that he got the surname from his father.
* VirtueIsWeakness: Hans' father and most of his brothers think that showing mercy and compassion is unacceptable to them, and that NiceGuysFinishLast. In their SocialDarwinist viewpoint, the Westergaards should be "lions, not mice," the weak get picked on, and only the fittest survive. They often force Hans to follow their orders.
* WhereDidWeGoWrong: Hans' father and most of his brothers hold this view of Hans, as they view him as the family's BlackSheep for not following their orders or conforming to their views.
* WouldHurtAChild: Even as a small child, [[BigBrotherBully Hans' brothers]] physically torment him. It's implied one of their cruel pranks even landed Hans in hot water, despite his brothers being the real culprits.
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[[folder:The King]]

The ruling king of the Southern Isles, head of the Westergaard clan, and the father of Prince Hans.
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: He is despised by the populace. A JustifiedTrope, as he's a greedy dictator who [[ItsAllAboutMe abuses his power]], killing and/or torturing citizens if they don't pay taxes in time or badmouth him. Even his own wife despises him, given how he [[DomesticAbuse ill-treated her]] and [[AbusiveParents their children]] over the years. His sons want to please him, but despite that, it's unknown to what extent they actually approve of his rule, since it's shown that even Hans secretly hated him, despite wanting to earn his admiration.
* AbusiveParents: The king frequently micromanages his sons by forcibly indoctrinating them into SocialDarwinism.
* AnimalMotifs: He believes that his 13 sons "should be lions, not mice," jeering his youngest son for not fighting back.
* AnimalMetaphor: As part of his SocialDarwinist mindset, the king believes his sons should be strong and powerful like lions, but scornfully compares Hans to a mouse, which is generally seen as weak and not of any use, even though they're very clever and resourceful.
* TheBadGuyWins: Though it wasn't the king's intention and we don't know how he reacted, Hans' actions during the movie ultimately show that his FreudianExcuse got the best of him instead of the support he had from his mother and Lars, or the aid he could have received from Anna and Elsa.
* TheCaligula: He abuses his power of authority by taxing his subjects to extreme poverty, subjecting anybody to [[AmbiguousSituation unspecified]] [[DeadlyEuphemism but]] [[YouDoNotWantToKnow horrifying punishments]] just for defying his authority, and confiscating the goods of farmers who do not supply enough, to name a few atrocities.
* CantTakeCriticism: The king's reaction to a peasant bad-mouthing him? It's implied the guy was [[DeadlyEuphemism "brutally silenced"]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards over Hans' objections.]]
* TheCorrupter: His toxic influence warped most of his sons. It took an attempt to escape his father for Hans' corruption to finally kick in.
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: All he cares is continuing his tyranny over his subjects, be it strong-arming peasants for more taxes or repressing any criticism levied on him.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The king's solution to a farmer he didn't like? He orders the army to burn their farm down to the ground and confiscate their livestock.
* DispenseWithThePleasantries: The king doesn't like to waste words and scolds Hans for not getting straight to the point.
* DomesticAbuse: He's quite the abuser, forcing his wife to give birth to 13 sons, but never raising a finger for her, and verbally abusing their children as well as enabling them to torment each other.
* DotingParent: Deconstructed. The king spoils his older sons, particularly first-born Caleb, into becoming his sycophantic henchmen. Caleb even ends up becoming a RoyalBrat [[InadequateInheritor who is unprepared]] [[TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone for his job as heir]].
* TheDreaded: His subjects are terrified of the scope of his wrath, using DisproportionateRetribution to forcibly control the kingdom and brutally suppress any criticism levied on him. Judging by how Hans fears what punishment he'll get back home for his crimes in Arendelle, or the prospect of failing to follow the king's orders, even he is genuinely afraid of arousing his father's anger. Hans even notes that Marshmallow's aggressiveness pales in comparison to his father, who is implied to have an explosive temper.
* EvilCounterpart: Of King Agnarr, in that he is a violent man who runs the Southern Isles as a dictatorship, ignores or abuses his family, and routinely kills people at the slightest provocation. Even his parenting style is a stark contrast to Agnarr's. While Agnarr loved his spouse and daughters unconditionally, Hans' father treated his own family as if they were disposable tools.
* EvilDebtCollector: Like a typical Mafia extortionist, he sends down one of his sons to forcibly strong-arm and shake down delinquent taxpayers. If they refuse to pay, it's implied they're killed on the spot as a warning sign for others.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: The king and his more violent sons take pleasure in their mistreatment of Hans.
* EvilIsPetty: Is an EvilOverlord who tortures or "disappears" citizens who criticize him or fall behind on taxes, enables his children to torment each other, and hypocritically criticizes Hans for being late to the queen's birthday celebration, despite ignoring her himself.
* EvilPatriarch: He's as abusive towards his sons as he is with his subjects.
* EvilOverlord: Hans' father is a cruel man who runs the Southern Isles extremely viciously, using barbaric methods such as torture, forced slavery, or extremely high taxes to stay in power. The harsh manner in which he runs the country is what motivates Hans to find a way to permanently leave his homeland and escape the tyranny he's witnessed.
* FollowInMyFootsteps: The king wants all of his sons to follow and emulate him. His treatment of Hans is because he was the least willing to conform to their shared views. This is likely not for noble reasons, but because he wants his sons to reflect back on him.
* GreaterScopeVillain: His corrupting influence and emotional abuse slowly molded Hans into the man he is today.
* HairTriggerTemper: Implied to have a short fuse. Hans spends much of the book very afraid of arousing his father's wrath.
* HatesSmallTalk: He hates idle banter, frequently scolding Hans for not "getting straight to the point" and wasting his time.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Despite nagging that Hans was late to his mother's birthday celebration, he himself blatantly ignores her, and has been doing so for the past 30+ years they've been married.
* ItsAllAboutMe: The king sees his subjects as a source of income he can abuse as he sees fit, demands his sons to follow his orders, and threw his wife's birthday party just to show off. [[AbusiveParents He also molded]] his sons into reflections of himself not for their benefit, but to fuel his own bloated ego, and routinely subjects them to intense emotional and physical abuse so they'll be transformed into sycophantic henchmen; it's implied he only cares for them when they're useful to him, as he only treated Hans better because he became his gofer three years before he went to Arendelle. It's very likely [[AltarDiplomacy he only married]] for politics, and [[DomesticAbuse may have physically abused his wife]] at some point when she tried to stop him from abusing their sons.
* IWantGrandkids: Hans' father wanted his sons to marry off and produce more heirs to the kingdom.
* JerkJustifications: He combines the VirtueIsWeakness and ToughLove justifications, using SocialDarwinism as a way to raise his sons and openly mocking Hans for not fighting off his older brothers.
* JerkassToOne: While he's a self-serving {{jerkass}} who treats everyone like trash, the king seems to be particularly nasty towards Hans, dismissing him as a "throwaway" son who isn't of any use.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: He throws his wife's birthday celebration just for political reasons and to show off. Despite pampering some of his sons, particularly Caleb, he views them as tools to control the kingdom.
* KarmaHoudini: At the end of ''A Frozen Heart'', Anna and Elsa think Hans's family probably isn't as bad as he made them sound, suggesting that there won't even be much diplomatic consequence for the king after Hans adopted his ruthlessness and callousness.
* KickTheDog: He often ridicules his youngest son for showing weakness and encourages his older sons to torment Hans.
* LackOfEmpathy: The king doesn't care for anyone but himself. To him, his wife is nothing more than someone to provide heirs and his people are a source of income he can abuse to his heart's content. Any son who doesn't live up to expectations, namely Hans, must be toughened up by being physically and emotionally tormented. Believing morality to be a sign of weakness, the king often scoffed at said concepts, and despised those who followed moral principles. His sons inherited this after having them forcibly undergo a rigorous but harsh training that desensitized them to violence.
* MakeAnExampleOfThem: To whip his subjects in line, the king responds violently against anybody who falls behind taxes or criticizes him.
* ManipulativeBastard: He brainwashes his sons from a young age into becoming his boot-licking flunkies.
* TheMatchmaker: It's implied that he set up arranged marriages for most of his sons.
* MeeknessIsWeakness: The king thinks his sons should be [[AnimalMetaphor "lions, not mice"]] and despises weakness, a thing he sees in Hans. He enables his older sons to bully Hans for the sake of "good politics" and blames him for not fighting them away.
* MightMakesRight: He often ridicules his youngest son for being inept in fighting back at his brothers.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: The king believes in SocialDarwinism as a way of raising his sons, and wants them to be obedient and perfect. [[FatherIDontWantToFight Any of them going soft is unacceptable]], as he ridicules Hans for not standing up to his brothers.
* NoSympathy: The king sees Hans' complaints about his brothers bullying him as nothing more than an annoyance, as he believes [[ToughLove treating his youngest son this way will make him tough as he grew older.]] To the king, any of his sons showing sympathy is a sign of [[VirtueIsWeakness cowardice.]]
* ParentalFavoritism: The king seems to dote over his oldest son Caleb (albeit way too much to the point he's now a SpoiledBrat), while coldly regarding his "weakling" youngest son Hans as a throwaway and useless spare.
* ParentalNeglect: The king dismisses his youngest son as a "weakling" who doesn't know how to fight back, giving him little to no attention at all while spoiling his older sons, especially Caleb. Also, Hans being against his violent methods of controlling the kingdom make him the proverbial BlackSheep of the family, so the king believes Hans being forcibly toughened up by his brothers at a young age is a sign of "good politics and strength," claiming that he should "learn a thing or two" from his brothers.
* PetTheDog: Subverted. After spending time as the king's gofer, it seemed Hans has finally won his father's trust in attending Elsa's coronation, [[YankTheDogsChain but then, the king immediately orders him to return so that he can babysit his brothers' children.]]
* TheSocialDarwinist: "The Westergaards are lions, not mice." A nasty combination of the Jerk Justifier, Straw Meritocrat, Struggler and Weakness Punisher types, he absolutely hates weakness, something he sees in Hans, and so, he deliberately allows his older sons to bully him, seeing it as a "sign of strength" and "good politics." He does a similar thing to his older sons as well, encouraging them to develop the same LackOfEmpathy he demonstrates.
* TheSociopath: He blatantly sees everyone around him as tools he can abuse as he deems fit, yet reacts violently when he doesn't get what he wants.
* ToughLove: Justified and deconstructed. An ardent believer in SocialDarwinism, the king frequently lets his sons mistreat each other so that they'll come to accept that MightMakesRight. This actually leaves most of them, including Hans, to be emotionally stunted to the point many of them developed mental health issues such as a LackOfEmpathy, [[{{Manchild}} immaturity]] and WellDoneSonGuy tendencies.
* TheUnfought: Currently still in power and, as of now, has not met Anna, Elsa or Kristoff.
* UnnamedParent: Hans likely got his surname from his father. Outside of this, we never learn what the king's first name is.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Even though he's only appeared so far in a retelling of the original film aimed at older audiences, he's a much darker character and more vile villain than is typical for the ''Frozen'' franchise. An abusive, evil dictator who makes even the worst ''Disney'' villains look tame compared to him, he stands out in a franchise of tie-in stories focused on such light-hearted concepts such as [[Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure searching for Christmas traditions]], [[Disney/FrozenFever a birthday celebration all over Arendelle]], and [[Literature/AnnaAndElsa learning the identity of a secret admirer]].
* VillainOfAnotherStory: The king is a cruel dictator who abuses his sons into becoming devoted yes-men, treats his family with complete indifference, and has turned the Southern Isles into a PoliceState that drives people into poverty or has them killed or imprisoned for either criticizing him or not providing enough favors. If this were Hans's story, his father would be the BigBad and Hans would be TheHero going against him. Unfortunately, [[WellDoneSonGuy his fear of being a disappointment to his family]] and unwillingness to return to that abusive household made him the villain of Anna and Elsa's story.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: The king often claims that Hans should "learn a thing or two" from his older brothers, often berating and emotionally abusing him for not fighting back at their taunts.
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* YankTheDogsChain: After 3 years of Hans being his right-hand man, the king gives him permission to visit Arendelle for Elsa's coronation. At first it seems Hans has finally earned his father's trust and respect, but then, the king immediately orders him to come back as soon as the party is over so that Hans can babysit his brothers' children. This shows that despite what Hans did for him, the king only barely trusts him and still limits his freedom.
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[[folder:The Queen]]

Hans's mother and the queen of the Southern Isles.
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* TheAlcoholic: Hans notes that his mother copes with her abusive spouse with wine.
* BrokenBird: Being physically frail and married to an apathetic man who's indifferent to her, she's deeply unhappy with her marriage, and copes with it by drinking wine. She also can only acknowledge Hans with weak smiles, and is forced to watch her husband abuse their 13 sons as the years went by. She may have tried to stop the king from abusing their children at some point in the past, but gave up. Worst of all, nobody knows what her reaction to Hans' crimes in Arendelle was.
* TheConfidant: Downplayed. Despite genuinely caring for her youngest son, she can only acknowledge him with weak smiles as her husband's domineering nature have rendered her incapable of stopping him from abusing their sons.
* ExtremeDoormat: Besides Hans, the queen is the family's other ExtremeDoormat, as while she loves her children and desires them to stop treating Hans so horribly, years of childbirth and [[TheCorrupter her husband's corrupting influence]] towards their sons has rendered her unable to do anything but acknowledge Hans with weak smiles. It's likely she tried to stop him from abusing their sons at some point in the past, but the fallout was so horrible that she simply gave up.
* GoodParents: She's a very loving mother, and wants her older sons to stop abusing Hans. She physically couldn't intervene, as years of childbirth have weakened her.
* LadyDrunk: To cope with her abusive husband, the queen drinks wine.
* ParentalFavoritism: It's implied that Hans' brothers resent him for being cared by their mother, and some of them even taunt him for being a MommasBoy.
* TrophyWife: The king only sees her as a BabyFactory producing more heirs for him.
* UnnamedParent: We never learn her name.
* UselessBystanderParent: The queen, while she cares for her youngest son, acknowledges him with weak smiles, and wishes her older sons to stop the bullying, is unable to stand up to her husband as giving birth to 13 sons has rendered her physically incapable of intervening. It's implied she's scared of her husband as she may have tried to stand up for herself and their sons at some point in the past, [[DomesticAbuse but the fallout was so bad]] that she gave up.
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[[folder:Prince Hans of the Southern Isles]]
* See his page [[Characters/FrozenHans here]].
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[[folder:Hans' Brothers]]

Hans' older brothers, the other princes of the Southern Isles.
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* AloofBigBrother: In the film, Hans tells Anna that three of them pretended he was non-existent for two years, and considers it "what brothers do." The creators confirmed his stated backstory, and that he indeed grew up "without love." The TieInNovel ''A Frozen Heart'' expands upon this. While Lars is the only brother whom Hans feels a little close to, the other eleven shun him, as they follow their father's view of preying on the weak, and thus see him as their [[ExtremeDoormat punching bag]] and [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex make him feel inferior to them]].
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The king regards all of his twelve older sons as superior to Hans, who actually seems to agree with this. It's one of his driving factors for his plans in Arendelle, to prove his worth.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Inverted. Hans sees most of them as obnoxious bullies who pick on him for being the youngest.
* BigBrotherBully: Except for Lars, all of Hans's brothers relish in making his life a living hell. It's gotten so bad that Hans [[DespairEventHorizon gives up fighting back out of fear that they'll just keep on doing this]], but it only makes things even worse. It's implied that they're this to each other as well, with mentions of them frequently getting into violent brawls with one other.
* TheDutifulSon: [[WellDoneSonGuy Their main goal]] — they want their father be appreciative of them.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Subverted. When they attend their mother's birthday, it's suggested they only come because their father wanted them to make an appearance.
* InTheBlood: Most of the king's sons have inherited his LackOfEmpathy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Most of Hans' brothers attended their mother's birthday just to impress their father and taunt Hans.
* KarmaHoudini: There's no suggestion at the end of ''A Frozen Heart'' that they ever face any consequences for their bullying.
* KickTheDog: Hans was often ridiculed by his brothers for failing to meet their cruel expectations. For example, he's visibly afraid of attending his own mother's birthday, as even a short amount of time with his entire family always ended with him becoming the laughing stock, and as such, he idly stands outside the door for twenty minutes preparing himself. When he does finally show up, his brothers taunt him for daydreaming.
* LackOfEmpathy: Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers have inherited their father's ruthlessness, feeling nothing to the people they abuse and hurt, whether it's their wives, their subjects or their youngest brother.
* ManChild: Over time, their father's psychological abuse corroded them into immature children trapped in the bodies of adults.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: The King and the Queen have 13 children, including Hans. And they're all boys.
* MiddleChildSyndrome: It's implied some of the brothers resent Hans and Caleb, respectively, being their mother's and father's favorites.
* NoNameGiven: The only brothers named are Caleb (the oldest), Lars (the third born) and the twins Rudi and Runo (their placement is unknown), but the others are unknown.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Hans' brothers openly mock him for his unwillingness to kill people. It's part of what causes Hans to change his mind about that.
* RoyalBrat: Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers were spoiled by their father for their usefulness.
* {{Sadist}}: Except for Lars, all of Hans' brothers are violent brutes who saw him as their punching bag, and share their father's sentiments of Hans being a weakling, with the king even deliberately encouraging them to do it, thinking it's a sign of "good politics" and that it'll force him to get in line with their warped mindset. Their actions went from standard jokes to downright abuse, and they often did this to show him how he's looked down by his entire family and to remind him of his low status in the familial pecking order.
* SiblingRivalry: They all don't get along with each other, with mentions of Caleb brawling with his brothers, the twins tossing objects at Hans for daydreaming, and some of the sons developing a MiddleChildSyndrome.
* SoProudOfYou: All of the princes aim to hear these words come out of their father.
* SpoiledBrat: Except for Hans, most of his brothers were pampered and doted on by their father for their usefulness.
* TrophyChild: Hans' father only saw his sons as mere reflections of himself, so they'll be forced to emulate him and regularly demands them to be obedient and perfect. [[TheCorrupter His corrosive influence]] [[AbusiveParents and emotional abuse]] slowly transformed them into his sycophantic loyalists.
* TykeBomb: {{Downplayed|Trope}}, but like Hans, most of his brothers were forcibly indoctrinated from a young age by their father that the Westergaards should be "lions, not mice" and only the fittest survive. Showing softness is unacceptable to him, so the weakling must be bullied until he's fully in shape and line with his twisted worldview. And like Hans, all of his brothers [[WellDoneSonGuy want their father to be proud of them]].
* UsedToBeASweetKid: As with Hans, it's implied his brothers didn't start out as mean bullies, but their father's emotional abuse hardened them to the point they learned the same LackOfEmpathy as his.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Like Hans, all of his brothers want to please their father.
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[[folder:Prince Caleb of the Southern Isles]]

The oldest of Hans' brothers, Caleb is first in line and the king's favorite son.
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* AloofBigBrother: Hans wonders what Caleb's life is like being the heir, though Caleb deliberately ignores him a lot.
* DisappointingOlderSibling: Zigzagged. He's seen as the best out of the 13 sons, while Hans is the youngest and treated like he's the disappointment rather than Caleb. On the other hand, Hans and Lars see him as a ManChild due to how spoiled he is, despite him being the favorite child. It's implied that the other brothers don't like him either, since he's their father's favorite.
* InadequateInheritor: Because their father spoiled Caleb too much, Hans and Lars see him as an irresponsible ManChild who doesn't take his job as heir seriously, and assume he’ll be a sloppy ruler once he becomes king.
* ManChild: He is seen as a RoyalBrat who treats the idea of running a kingdom like a child's game and like their father, doesn't get along with his family. Add to the fact that king doted on him too much to the point Caleb is emotionally dependent on him.
* OddNameOut: He's the the only named prince of the Southern Isles whose name is five letters instead of four.
* ParentalNeglect: He dismisses his children in favor of his father's attention.
* RoyalBrat: Caleb treats the idea of running a kingdom like a child’s toy or a royal rumble with his brothers at the stables.
* TheSlacker: He doesn't take his duties seriously and blatantly ignores his own family in favor of seeking their father's attention.
* SpoiledBrat: Due to being the oldest and the king's favorite son, he doesn't take his job as heir with any seriousness.
* TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone: He's woefully incompetent for the role he's in, due to being a RoyalBrat.
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[[folder:Princes Rudi and Runo of the Southern Isles]]

Fraternal twin brothers of Hans, though their placement is unknown. They bully Hans the most.
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* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Inverted. Of all of Hans' older brothers, the twins were the worst when it came to bullying Hans.
* BigBrotherBully: The two are the ringleaders when it came to abusing Hans the most.
* ThePrankster: They often pull sadistic pranks on Hans.
* PsychopathicManChild: They are children trapped in the bodies of adults, courtesy of their father spoiling them too much.
* RoyalBrat: As with Caleb, they've been spoiled too much by their father for their usefulness to him.
* {{Sadist}}: They abuse Hans the most, including but not limited to taunting him for being a weakling or throwing objects such as food and glassware during their mother's birthday.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: While Rudi is a redhead like most of his brothers, it's averted with Runo, as he's described as a freakishly tall blonde with spiked hair and pale eyes that made him look as if he's perpetually shocked.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Are a pair of fraternal twins named "Runo" and "Rudi".
* TricksterTwins: The twins are the pranksters of the family.
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[[folder:Prince Lars of the Southern Isles]]

The third eldest of Hans' brothers, Lars is the only one whom Hans got along with.
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* {{Adorkable}}: He is described as an avid historian and would spend hours rambling about it, frequently losing track of time. While others found it annoying, Hans was the only person to find it endearing.
* AllForNothing: The plan he spent three years for, in hopes of helping Hans find love and a new home in Arendelle, were all ruined because Hans just couldn't help himself and took the easier but less moral solution to get a kingdom and his father's respect quicker. Hans is now living a worse life than before, and his relationship with Lars is most likely to be damaged after the debacle in Arendelle.
* AwfulWeddedLife: Even Lars, the nicest brother, doesn't have a good relationship with his arranged wife Helga, and even though he suspects Helga will want to keep their expected child to herself.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Discussed. Hans learns that Lars is going to be a father, though Lars doesn't get along with his wife Helga. Hans hopes that the baby will be the thing that finally helps the two grow closer, although Lars doubts it.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Downplayed. Lars was the only brother who wanted to help Hans, giving him advice and being someone to talk to when things were getting too stressful. Unfortunately, his influence was severely limited.
* BigBrotherMentor: Lars helped Hans learn everything he can about Arendelle and how to be a good suitor in hopes that Elsa would accept him. He also believed that the tutors Hans had weren't very good, since he knew little about the country he'd attempt to visit.
* {{Bookworm}}: Lars was deep into the Southern Isles' history, and would spend hours talking about it.
* TheConfidant: Besides their mother, Lars was the only person Hans ever felt comfortable with when it comes to the nightmare of living in the Southern Isles, the emotional damage he suffered and the fear of never getting to meet someone. Lars assisted him in many things, from knowing about how Hans would spend hours at the pier to clear his head, to trying to set Hans up to meet Princess Elsa for a potential marriage.
* {{Foil}}: In a sense, Lars is to Hans what Elsa is to Anna. They're both older siblings who want to be close to their younger siblings but are unable to because of their fathers' involvement. Elsa couldn't out of fear of hurting Anna, Lars couldn't out of fear of their father's dislike of compassion. While Anna and Elsa lived in the same castle but barely saw each other, Lars and Hans saw each other frequently but their time together was limited. Ultimately, while Anna and Elsa are able to reconcile, Lars and Hans' relationship after the events in Arendelle is unknown but likely damaged.
* NiceGuy: Lars seems to actually want to have a good relationship with his wife and to help Hans find a wife and leave their abusive home for good.
* NoSenseOfHumor: Lars is described by Hans as being unable to share a laugh and being too serious all the time.
* ShipperWithAnAgenda: Lars suggests to Hans that he go to Arendelle, meet Elsa and get her to fall in love with him. His reasoning isn't because he thought they'd be a good couple but that he thinks it's a good opportunity for Hans to start a new life ''away'' from the Southern Isles.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Lars had good intentions in helping to mold Hans into Elsa's suitor, but Hans goes farther and ends up almost killing two innocent women to gain the Arendellian throne. It also results in Arendelle getting covered in a seemingly-EndlessWinter when Elsa gets upset, turns out to secretly be AnIcePerson, and [[PowerIncontinence loses control of her powers]].
* WhiteSheep: By the end of ''A Frozen Heart'', when Hans has embraced villainy, Lars is now the only son of the king who is nice.
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[[folder:Hans' Sisters-in-Law]]

Hans' sisters-in-law.
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* TheAlcoholic: As with Hans' mother, his sisters-in-law cope with their abusive and neglectful husbands with wine.
* LadyDrunk: Hans notes that his sisters-in-law cope with their abusive spouses with alcohol.
* NoNameGiven: Except for Helga (Lars' wife), most of Hans' sisters-in-law are unnamed.
* TrophyWife: This is what happened to most of Hans' sisters-in-law — they're relegated to giving birth to more heirs for the family. It's implied that most of these marriages were [[AltarDiplomacy done]] to maintain the Southern Isles' ties with other countries.
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* FreudianExcuse: Freud would certainly have a big field day here with the king's 13 sons, as he subjects them to extensive abuse, emotionally stunting them to the point most of them have become immature {{ManChild}}ren, developed serious [[WellDoneSonGuy daddy issues]], and taken on the same ruthlessness as their father. The oldest, Caleb, is particularly immature because the king spoiled him too much due to Caleb being the heir. Most of the princes becomes bullies because the king teaches MeeknessIsWeakness.

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* FreudianExcuse: Freud would certainly have a big field day here with the king's 13 sons, as he subjects them to extensive physical and psychological abuse, emotionally stunting them to the point most of them have become immature {{ManChild}}ren, developed serious develop [[WellDoneSonGuy daddy serious mental]] [[{{Manchild}} health issues]], and taken on adopt the same ruthlessness as their father. The oldest, Caleb, is particularly immature because the king spoiled him too much due to Caleb being the heir. Most Some of the princes becomes them even become outright bullies because the king teaches MeeknessIsWeakness.MeeknessIsWeakness. For example:
** Due to the king spoiling him too much, [[SpoiledBrat Caleb]] becomes an immature man who doesn't take his role as heir seriously.
** The constant abuse he received from his family slowly causes Hans to assume LoveIsAWeakness.
** Like Hans, Lars was also bullied for being the youngest, albeit not as violently, and because of this, he is the only one to stand up for Hans. Hans isn't sure if the bullying Lars himself suffered made him pity his youngest brother or if he was a genuinely nice person because of it.


* FreudianExcuse: Freud would certainly have a big field day here with the king's 13 sons, as he subjects them to extensive abuse, emotionally stunting them to the point most of them have become immature {{ManChild}}ren, developed serious [[WellDoneSonGuy daddy issues]], and taken on the same ruthlessness as their father. To say the king is an AbusiveDad would be a massive understatement.
** More about why Hans ended up becoming the man he is today can be explained [[Characters/FrozenHans here]].
** The reason why Caleb is a ManChild who's too dependent on the king is because the king spoiled him too much.
** Like Hans, Lars was also bullied for being the youngest (albeit not as violently). Because of this, Lars abhorred how his brothers cruelly treat their youngest brother and is the only one to stand up for Hans. Hans wasn't sure if the bullying Lars himself suffered made him pity his youngest brother or if he was a genuinely nice person because of it.

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* FreudianExcuse: Freud would certainly have a big field day here with the king's 13 sons, as he subjects them to extensive abuse, emotionally stunting them to the point most of them have become immature {{ManChild}}ren, developed serious [[WellDoneSonGuy daddy issues]], and taken on the same ruthlessness as their father. To say the king is an AbusiveDad would be a massive understatement.
** More about why Hans ended up becoming the man he is today can be explained [[Characters/FrozenHans here]].
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* OddNameOut: Counting Hans, he's the the only prince of the Southern Isles whose name is five letters instead of four.

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* OddNameOut: Counting Hans, he's the the only prince of the Southern Isles whose name is five letters instead of four.
* ParentalNeglect: He dismisses his children in favor of his father's attention.


** More about why Hans ended up becoming the man he is today can be explained [[Characters/FrozenHans here]].
** The reason why Caleb is a ManChild who's too dependent on the king is because the king spoiled him too much.
** Like Hans, Lars was also bullied for being the youngest (albeit not as violently). Because of this, Lars abhorred how his brothers cruelly treat their youngest brother and is the only one to stand up for Hans. Hans wasn't sure if the bullying Lars himself suffered made him pity his youngest brother or if he was a genuinely nice person because of it.



** Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers are also loathsome {{spoiled brat}}s, given how [[BigBrotherBully they bully Hans for being the youngest]] and [[DomesticAbuse neglect their wives in favor of their father]]. Three of his brothers even ignored Hans for ''two straight years'', while the others subjected him to cruel pranks and other bullying.

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** Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers are also loathsome {{spoiled brat}}s, given how [[BigBrotherBully they bully Hans for being the youngest]] and [[DomesticAbuse neglect their wives in favor of their father]]. Three of his brothers even ignored Hans for ''two straight years'', while the others subjected him to cruel pranks extensive physical and other psychological bullying.



* ItsAllAboutMe: The king sees his subjects as a source of income he can abuse as he sees fit, demands his sons to follow his orders, and threw his wife's birthday party just to show off. [[AbusiveParents He also molded]] his children into reflections of himself not for their benefit, but to fuel his own bloated ego, and routinely subjects them to intense emotional and physical abuse so they'll be transformed into sycophantic henchmen; it's implied he only cares for them when they're useful to him, as he only treated Hans better because he became his gofer three years before he went to Arendelle. It's very likely [[AltarDiplomacy he only married]] for politics, and [[DomesticAbuse may have physically abused his wife]] at some point when she tried to stop him from abusing their sons.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: The king sees his subjects as a source of income he can abuse as he sees fit, demands his sons to follow his orders, and threw his wife's birthday party just to show off. [[AbusiveParents He also molded]] his children sons into reflections of himself not for their benefit, but to fuel his own bloated ego, and routinely subjects them to intense emotional and physical abuse so they'll be transformed into sycophantic henchmen; it's implied he only cares for them when they're useful to him, as he only treated Hans better because he became his gofer three years before he went to Arendelle. It's very likely [[AltarDiplomacy he only married]] for politics, and [[DomesticAbuse may have physically abused his wife]] at some point when she tried to stop him from abusing their sons.



* FreudianExcuse: The reason why he's a ManChild is because the king spoiled him and most of his brothers too much, making them emotionally dependent on the king.



* FreudianExcuse: Like Hans, Lars was also bullied for being the youngest (albeit not as violently). Because of this, Lars abhorred how his brothers cruelly treat their youngest brother and is the only one to stand up for Hans. Hans wasn't sure if the bullying Lars himself suffered made him pity his youngest brothers or if he was a genuinely nice person because of it.


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* AltarDiplomacy: Implied. The royals tend to be unhappily married, and at least one had an ArrangedMarriage with a wife who comes from another country is still upset with her family for sending her to the Isles.

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* AltarDiplomacy: Implied. The royals tend to be unhappily married, married for politics, and at least one had an ArrangedMarriage with a wife who comes from another country is still upset with her family for sending her to the Isles.



* AwfulWeddedLife: Neither Hans' father nor most of his brothers get along with their wives. Caleb even blatantly ignores his own in favor of getting the king's attention. Even Lars, the nicest brother, doesn't get along with his wife, despite attempting to do so.

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* AwfulWeddedLife: Neither Hans' father nor most of The royals tend to be unhappily married. The king doesn't bat an eyelid for his brothers get along with their wives. wife, while Caleb even blatantly ignores his own in favor of getting the king's attention. Even Lars, the nicest brother, doesn't get along with his wife, despite attempting to do so.



* DisappointedInYou: Most of Hans' family tell him they think he's a big let-down.

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* DisappointedInYou: Most of Hans' family openly tell him they think he's a big let-down.



** The king especially demonstrates this trope, as his status as a {{Domestic Abuse}}r who treats his wife and sons like dirt and an EvilOverlord who routinely torments his subjects [[EvilIsPetty for minor reasons]]. He has no redeeming qualities of the sort and provides a {{foil}} for the [[BlackAndGrayMorality relatively]] reasonable [[EvenEvilHasStandards Hans]]. His sole purpose is to make himself as contemptible to the readers as possible, and make Hans much more sympathetic and tragic in comparison.

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** The king especially demonstrates this trope, as with his status as a {{Domestic Abuse}}r who treats his wife and sons family like dirt and an EvilOverlord who routinely torments his subjects [[EvilIsPetty for minor reasons]]. He has no redeeming qualities of the sort and provides a {{foil}} for the [[BlackAndGrayMorality relatively]] reasonable [[EvenEvilHasStandards Hans]]. His sole purpose is to make himself as contemptible to the readers as possible, and make Hans much more sympathetic and tragic in comparison.



* AbusiveParents: The king frequently micromanages his sons by forcibly indoctrinating them into believe that only the fittest survive.

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* AbusiveParents: The king frequently micromanages his sons by forcibly indoctrinating them into believe that only the fittest survive.SocialDarwinism.



* AnimalMetaphor: As part of his SocialDarwinist thinking, the king believes his sons should strong and powerful like lions, and scornfully compares Hans to a mouse, which is generally seen as weak and not of any use, even though they're very clever and resourceful.

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* AnimalMetaphor: As part of his SocialDarwinist thinking, mindset, the king believes his sons should be strong and powerful like lions, and but scornfully compares Hans to a mouse, which is generally seen as weak and not of any use, even though they're very clever and resourceful.

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* MassiveNumberedSiblings: The King and the Queen have 13 children, including Hans. And they're all boys.


* BigScrewedUpFamily: The king neglects his wife and at least one of his sons, while the queen is implied to [[LadyDrunk cope with wine]]. Most of the princes are also neglectful of their wives and violent bullies who often pick on each other, especially the youngest, Hans. The king deliberately encourages violence within his family as well.

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* BigScrewedUpFamily: The king neglects his wife and at least one of his sons, while the queen is implied to [[LadyDrunk cope with her abusive spouse with wine]]. Most of the princes are also neglectful of their wives and violent bullies who often pick on each other, especially the youngest, Hans. The king deliberately encourages violence within his family as well.



** The king especially demonstrates this trope, as his status as an {{Domestic Abuse}}r who treats his wife and sons like dirt, encourages his older sons to gang up on Hans, and a [[EvilOverlord totalitarian who routinely torments his subjects]] [[EvilIsPetty for minor reasons]]. He has no redeeming qualities of the sort and provides a {{foil}} for the [[BlackAndGrayMorality relatively]] reasonable [[EvenEvilHasStandards Hans]]. His sole purpose is to make himself as contemptible to the readers as possible, and make Hans much more sympathetic and tragic in comparison.

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** The king especially demonstrates this trope, as his status as an a {{Domestic Abuse}}r who treats his wife and sons like dirt, encourages his older sons to gang up on Hans, dirt and a [[EvilOverlord totalitarian an EvilOverlord who routinely torments his subjects]] subjects [[EvilIsPetty for minor reasons]]. He has no redeeming qualities of the sort and provides a {{foil}} for the [[BlackAndGrayMorality relatively]] reasonable [[EvenEvilHasStandards Hans]]. His sole purpose is to make himself as contemptible to the readers as possible, and make Hans much more sympathetic and tragic in comparison.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Most of the male members of the royal family are misogynistic abusers. Given how they rule the Southern Isles, it's implied they also look down on the peasantry.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Most of the male members of the royal family are misogynistic abusers. Given how they rule the Southern Isles, it's implied they also contemptuously look down on the peasantry.


* WhereDidWeGoWrong: Hans' father and most of his brothers hold this view of Hans, as they flat out saw him as the family's BlackSheep for not following their orders or conforming to their views.
* WouldHurtAChild: Even as a small child, [[BigBrotherBully Hans' brothers]] physically tormented him despite his repeated pleas to stop the abuse. It's implied one of their cruel pranks even landed Hans in hot water, despite his brothers being the real culprits.

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* WhereDidWeGoWrong: Hans' father and most of his brothers hold this view of Hans, as they flat out saw view him as the family's BlackSheep for not following their orders or conforming to their views.
* WouldHurtAChild: Even as a small child, [[BigBrotherBully Hans' brothers]] physically tormented him despite his repeated pleas to stop the abuse.torment him. It's implied one of their cruel pranks even landed Hans in hot water, despite his brothers being the real culprits.



* AnimalMetaphor: As part of his SocialDarwinist thinking, the king saw his twelve older sons as lions for being strong and powerful, but scornfully compared Hans to a mouse, which is generally seen as weak and not of any use, even though they're very clever and resourceful.

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* AnimalMetaphor: As part of his SocialDarwinist thinking, the king saw believes his twelve older sons as lions for being should strong and powerful, but powerful like lions, and scornfully compared compares Hans to a mouse, which is generally seen as weak and not of any use, even though they're very clever and resourceful.



* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: He simply threw his wife's birthday party just for political reasons and to show off. He also saw his sons as tools to control the kingdom despite pampering and spoiling most of them.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: He simply threw throws his wife's birthday party celebration just for political reasons and to show off. He also saw Despite pampering some of his sons sons, particularly Caleb, he views them as tools to control the kingdom despite pampering and spoiling most of them.kingdom.



* MeeknessIsWeakness: The king thinks his sons should be [[AnimalMetaphor "lions, not mice"]] and despises weakness, a thing he saw in Hans. He enables his older sons to bully Hans for the sake of "good politics" and blames him for not fighting them away.

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* MeeknessIsWeakness: The king thinks his sons should be [[AnimalMetaphor "lions, not mice"]] and despises weakness, a thing he saw sees in Hans. He enables his older sons to bully Hans for the sake of "good politics" and blames him for not fighting them away.



* TheSocialDarwinist: "The Westergaards are lions, not mice." A nasty combination of the Jerk Justifier, Straw Meritocrat, Struggler and Weakness Punisher types, he absolutely hates weakness, something he saw in Hans, and so, he deliberately allows his older sons to bully him, seeing it as a "sign of strength" and "good politics." He did a similar thing to his older sons as well, causing them to inherit his LackOfEmpathy.

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* TheSocialDarwinist: "The Westergaards are lions, not mice." A nasty combination of the Jerk Justifier, Straw Meritocrat, Struggler and Weakness Punisher types, he absolutely hates weakness, something he saw sees in Hans, and so, he deliberately allows his older sons to bully him, seeing it as a "sign of strength" and "good politics." He did does a similar thing to his older sons as well, causing encouraging them to inherit his LackOfEmpathy.develop the same LackOfEmpathy he demonstrates.



* ToughLove: Justified and deconstructed. An ardent believer in SocialDarwinism, the king frequently lets his sons mistreat each other so that they'll come to accept that MightMakesRight. This actually left most of them, including Hans, to be emotionally stunted to the point many of them developed mental health issues such as a LackOfEmpathy, [[{{Manchild}} immaturity]] and WellDoneSonGuy tendencies.

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* ToughLove: Justified and deconstructed. An ardent believer in SocialDarwinism, the king frequently lets his sons mistreat each other so that they'll come to accept that MightMakesRight. This actually left leaves most of them, including Hans, to be emotionally stunted to the point many of them developed mental health issues such as a LackOfEmpathy, [[{{Manchild}} immaturity]] and WellDoneSonGuy tendencies.



* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Even though he's only appeared so far in a novelization aimed at older audiences, he's a much darker character and more vile villain than is typical for the ''Frozen'' franchise. An abusive, evil dictator who makes even the worst ''Disney'' villains look tame compared to him, he stands out in a franchise of tie-in stories focused on such light-hearted concepts such as [[Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure Olaf looking for Christmas traditions]], [[Disney/FrozenFever a birthday celebration all over Arendelle]], and [[Literature/AnnaAndElsa learning the identity of a secret admirer]].

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* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Even though he's only appeared so far in a novelization retelling of the original film aimed at older audiences, he's a much darker character and more vile villain than is typical for the ''Frozen'' franchise. An abusive, evil dictator who makes even the worst ''Disney'' villains look tame compared to him, he stands out in a franchise of tie-in stories focused on such light-hearted concepts such as [[Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure Olaf looking searching for Christmas traditions]], [[Disney/FrozenFever a birthday celebration all over Arendelle]], and [[Literature/AnnaAndElsa learning the identity of a secret admirer]].



* TrophyWife: The king only saw her as a BabyFactory producing more heirs for him.

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* TrophyWife: The king only saw sees her as a BabyFactory producing more heirs for him.



* AloofBigBrother: In the film, Hans tells Anna that three of them pretended he was non-existent for two years, and considers it "what brothers do." The creators confirmed his stated backstory, and that he indeed grew up "without love." The TieInNovel ''A Frozen Heart'' expands upon this. While Lars was the only brother whom Hans could feel a little close to, the other 11 shunned and ostracized him, as they follow their father's view of preying on the weak, and thus, they saw him as their [[ExtremeDoormat punching bag]] and [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex made him feel inferior to them]].
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The king always regarded all of his twelve older sons as superior to Hans in one way or another, who actually seems to agree with this. It's one of his driving factors for his plans in Arendelle, to prove his worth.

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* AloofBigBrother: In the film, Hans tells Anna that three of them pretended he was non-existent for two years, and considers it "what brothers do." The creators confirmed his stated backstory, and that he indeed grew up "without love." The TieInNovel ''A Frozen Heart'' expands upon this. While Lars was is the only brother whom Hans could feel feels a little close to, the other 11 shunned and ostracized eleven shun him, as they follow their father's view of preying on the weak, and thus, they saw thus see him as their [[ExtremeDoormat punching bag]] and [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex made make him feel inferior to them]].
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The king always regarded regards all of his twelve older sons as superior to Hans in one way or another, Hans, who actually seems to agree with this. It's one of his driving factors for his plans in Arendelle, to prove his worth.


* TheBadGuyWins: Though it wasn't his intention and we don't know how he reacted, Hans' actions during the movie ultimately show that his FreudianExcuse got the best of him instead of the support he had from his mother and Lars, or the aid he could have received from Anna and Elsa.

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* TheBadGuyWins: Though it wasn't his the king's intention and we don't know how he reacted, Hans' actions during the movie ultimately show that his FreudianExcuse got the best of him instead of the support he had from his mother and Lars, or the aid he could have received from Anna and Elsa.



* TheSocialDarwinist: "The Westergaards are lions, not mice." He despises weakness, something he sees in Hans, and so deliberately allows his older sons to bully him, seeing it as a "sign of strength" and "good politics."

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* TheSocialDarwinist: "The Westergaards are lions, not mice." He despises A nasty combination of the Jerk Justifier, Straw Meritocrat, Struggler and Weakness Punisher types, he absolutely hates weakness, something he sees saw in Hans, and so so, he deliberately allows his older sons to bully him, seeing it as a "sign of strength" and "good politics." He did a similar thing to his older sons as well, causing them to inherit his LackOfEmpathy.



* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Even though he's only appeared so far in a novelization aimed at older audiences, he's a much darker character and more vile villain than is typical for the ''Frozen'' franchise. An abusive, evil dictator who makes even the worst ''Disney'' villains look tame compared to him stands out in a franchise of tie-in stories focuses on such light-hearted concepts such as [[Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure Olaf looking for Christmas traditions]], [[Disney/FrozenFever a birthday celebration all over Arendelle]], and [[Literature/AnnaAndElsa learning the identity of a secret admirer]].

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* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Even though he's only appeared so far in a novelization aimed at older audiences, he's a much darker character and more vile villain than is typical for the ''Frozen'' franchise. An abusive, evil dictator who makes even the worst ''Disney'' villains look tame compared to him him, he stands out in a franchise of tie-in stories focuses focused on such light-hearted concepts such as [[Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure Olaf looking for Christmas traditions]], [[Disney/FrozenFever a birthday celebration all over Arendelle]], and [[Literature/AnnaAndElsa learning the identity of a secret admirer]].


* AwfulWeddedLife: Neither Hans' father nor most of his brothers get along with their wives, as they only married for politics. Caleb even blatantly ignores his own in favor of getting the king's attention. Hans wonders how these brutes managed to woo these women to their side, but chose to neglect or abuse them once they're married. Even Lars doesn't get along with his wife despite attempting to do so.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Hans' domestic life can be accurately described as a very tough one: his parents are too neglectful or unwilling to spend time with him, while his older brothers, who are too rowdy and neglectful of their wives, choose to bully him just because he's the youngest of the baker's dozen. The king deliberately encourages violence within his family as well.

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* AwfulWeddedLife: Neither Hans' father nor most of his brothers get along with their wives, as they only married for politics.wives. Caleb even blatantly ignores his own in favor of getting the king's attention. Hans wonders how these brutes managed to woo these women to their side, but chose to neglect or abuse them once they're married. Even Lars Lars, the nicest brother, doesn't get along with his wife wife, despite attempting to do so.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Hans' domestic life can be accurately described as a very tough one: The king neglects his parents are too neglectful or unwilling to spend time with him, wife and at least one of his sons, while his older brothers, who the queen is implied to [[LadyDrunk cope with wine]]. Most of the princes are too rowdy and also neglectful of their wives, choose to bully him just because he's wives and violent bullies who often pick on each other, especially the youngest of the baker's dozen.youngest, Hans. The king deliberately encourages violence within his family as well.



* DisappointedInYou: Except for his mother and Lars, most of Hans' family routinely pestered him by telling how he's the big let-down in their eyes.
* DomesticAbuse: Seems to be case with most of the male members of the royal family, as they think of their wives as {{Baby Factor|y}}ies. Hans [[EvenEvilHasStandards despises them]] for this reason. It's implied they married for politics and to keep up appearances.

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* DisappointedInYou: Except for his mother and Lars, most Most of Hans' family routinely pestered tell him by telling how they think he's the a big let-down in their eyes.
let-down.
* DomesticAbuse: Seems to be case with most of the male members of the royal family, as they think of their wives as {{Baby Factor|y}}ies. Hans [[EvenEvilHasStandards despises them]] for this reason. It's implied they married for politics and to keep up appearances.



* FreudianExcuse: Freud would certainly have a big field day here with the king's 13 sons, as he subjected them to extensive abuse so they'll follow his footsteps, emotionally stunting them to the point most of them have become immature {{ManChild}}ren, developed serious [[WellDoneSonGuy daddy issues]], and inherited their father's ruthlessness as they grew up. To say the king was an AbusiveDad would be a massive understatement.

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* FreudianExcuse: Freud would certainly have a big field day here with the king's 13 sons, as he subjected subjects them to extensive abuse so they'll follow his footsteps, abuse, emotionally stunting them to the point most of them have become immature {{ManChild}}ren, developed serious [[WellDoneSonGuy daddy issues]], and inherited their father's taken on the same ruthlessness as they grew up. their father. To say the king was is an AbusiveDad would be a massive understatement.



** The king stands out, as his status as an {{Domestic Abuse}}r who treats his wife and sons like dirt, encourages his older sons to gang up on Hans, and a [[EvilOverlord totalitarian who routinely torments his subjects]] [[EvilIsPetty for minor reasons]]. He has no redeeming qualities of the sort and provides a {{foil}} for the [[BlackAndGrayMorality relatively]] reasonable [[EvenEvilHasStandards Hans]]. His sole purpose is to make himself as contemptible to the readers as possible, and make Hans much more sympathetic and tragic in comparison.

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** The king stands out, especially demonstrates this trope, as his status as an {{Domestic Abuse}}r who treats his wife and sons like dirt, encourages his older sons to gang up on Hans, and a [[EvilOverlord totalitarian who routinely torments his subjects]] [[EvilIsPetty for minor reasons]]. He has no redeeming qualities of the sort and provides a {{foil}} for the [[BlackAndGrayMorality relatively]] reasonable [[EvenEvilHasStandards Hans]]. His sole purpose is to make himself as contemptible to the readers as possible, and make Hans much more sympathetic and tragic in comparison.



** Hans fakes his romance with Anna as part of his political ploy to become the king of Arendelle, tweaking it to usurpation by attempting to murder Anna and Elsa when things go south. However, the TieInNovel implies that this wasn't the case before, but during his stint as the king's gofer and the repeated abuse he received, he picked up some of his family's abrasiveness to hide his shortcomings and to please his father no matter the cost.

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** Hans fakes his romance with Anna as part of his political ploy to become the king of Arendelle, tweaking it to usurpation by attempting to murder Anna and Elsa when things go south. However, the TieInNovel implies that this wasn't the case before, but during his stint as the king's gofer and the repeated abuse he received, he picked up some of his family's abrasiveness to hide his shortcomings and to please his father no matter the cost.



* LackOfEmpathy: Deconstructed. The king encourages SocialDarwinism, raising his children to invoke this trope.

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* LackOfEmpathy: Deconstructed. Invoked and deconstructed. The king encourages SocialDarwinism, raising his children to invoke this trope.be ruthless. The family ends up miserable from tormenting each other, and Hans gets in trouble on what was supposed to be a diplomatic mission to another country because he tried to kill its royal family in an attempt to take over himself.


'''[[Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned ALL spoilers on this page are UNMARKED.]] It's highly recommended you see the movie (and ''Frozen Fever'') first before reading this page.''' As the entries on this page are for members of Hans' family as described in the TieInNovel ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', it's also highly recommended you read that first as well.

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'''[[Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned ALL spoilers on this page are UNMARKED.]] ]]''' It's highly recommended you see the movie (and ''Frozen Fever'') first before reading this page.''' page. As the entries on this page are for members of Hans' family as described in the TieInNovel ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', it's also highly recommended you read that first as well.



* HateSink: Hans takes this role in the film, a remorseless villain who takes pleasure in tormenting the heroines. But the TieInNovel ''A Frozen Heart'' explores his perspective and creates sympathy in part by shifting the total treatment to his BigScrewedUpFamily. The fact that they all get away with their crimes makes them even more loathsome.
** The king stands out notably, as his status as an {{Domestic Abuse}}r who treats his wife and sons like dirt, encourages his older sons to gang up on Hans, and a [[EvilOverlord totalitarian who routinely torments his subjects]] [[EvilIsPetty for minor reasons]]. He has no redeeming qualities of the sort and provides a {{foil}} for the [[BlackAndGrayMorality relatively]] reasonable [[EvenEvilHasStandards Hans]]. His sole purpose is to make himself as contemptible to the readers as possible, and make Hans much more sympathetic and tragic in comparison.
** Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers are also loathsome {{spoiled brat}}s, given how [[BigBrotherBully they bully Hans for being the youngest]] and [[DomesticAbuse neglect their wives in favor of their father]]. Three of his brothers even ignored Hans for ''two straight years'', while the others subjected him to cruel pranks that slowly caused him to develop a negative outlook on love.

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* HateSink: Hans takes this role in the film, a remorseless villain who takes pleasure in tormenting the heroines. But the TieInNovel ''A Frozen Heart'' explores his perspective and creates sympathy in part by shifting the total treatment trope to his BigScrewedUpFamily. The fact that they all get away with their crimes makes them even more loathsome.
** The king stands out notably, out, as his status as an {{Domestic Abuse}}r who treats his wife and sons like dirt, encourages his older sons to gang up on Hans, and a [[EvilOverlord totalitarian who routinely torments his subjects]] [[EvilIsPetty for minor reasons]]. He has no redeeming qualities of the sort and provides a {{foil}} for the [[BlackAndGrayMorality relatively]] reasonable [[EvenEvilHasStandards Hans]]. His sole purpose is to make himself as contemptible to the readers as possible, and make Hans much more sympathetic and tragic in comparison.
** Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers are also loathsome {{spoiled brat}}s, given how [[BigBrotherBully they bully Hans for being the youngest]] and [[DomesticAbuse neglect their wives in favor of their father]]. Three of his brothers even ignored Hans for ''two straight years'', while the others subjected him to cruel pranks that slowly caused him to develop a negative outlook on love.and other bullying.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Most of the male members of the royal family are misogynistic abusers. Given how they rule the Southern Isles, it's implied they look down on the peasantry with some contempt.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Most of the male members of the royal family are misogynistic abusers. Given how they rule the Southern Isles, it's implied they also look down on the peasantry with some contempt.peasantry.



* WouldHurtAChild: Even as a small child, [[BigBrotherBully Hans' brothers]] physically tormented him despite his repeated pleas to stop the abuse. It's implied one of their cruel pranks even landed Hans in hot water, despite his brothers being the real culprits. The repeated abuse, combined with corrupting his own morals as the king's gofer, slowly causes Hans to develop a sour outlook on love.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Even as a small child, [[BigBrotherBully Hans' brothers]] physically tormented him despite his repeated pleas to stop the abuse. It's implied one of their cruel pranks even landed Hans in hot water, despite his brothers being the real culprits. The repeated abuse, combined with corrupting his own morals as the king's gofer, slowly causes Hans to develop a sour outlook on love.


** The king stands out notably, as his status as an {{Domestic Abuse}}r who treats his wife and sons like dirt, encourages his older sons to gang up on Hans, and a [[EvilOverlord totalitarian who routinely torments his subjects]] [[EvilIsPetty for minor reasons]], he has no redeeming qualities of the sort and provides a {{foil}} for the [[BlackAndGrayMorality relatively]] reasonable [[EvenEvilHasStandards Hans]]. His sole purpose is to make himself as contemptible to the readers as possible, and make Hans much more sympathetic and tragic in comparison.

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** The king stands out notably, as his status as an {{Domestic Abuse}}r who treats his wife and sons like dirt, encourages his older sons to gang up on Hans, and a [[EvilOverlord totalitarian who routinely torments his subjects]] [[EvilIsPetty for minor reasons]], he reasons]]. He has no redeeming qualities of the sort and provides a {{foil}} for the [[BlackAndGrayMorality relatively]] reasonable [[EvenEvilHasStandards Hans]]. His sole purpose is to make himself as contemptible to the readers as possible, and make Hans much more sympathetic and tragic in comparison.


** The king stands out notably, as his status as an {{Domestic Abuse}}r who treats his wife and sons like dirt, encourages his older sons to gang up on Hans, and a [[EvilOverlord totalitarian who routinely torments his subjects]] [[EvilIsPetty for minor reasons]], he has no redeeming qualities of the sort and provides a {{foil}} for the [[BlackAndGrayMorality relatively]] reasonable [[EvenEvilHasStandards Hans. His sole purpose is to make himself as contemptible to the readers as possible, and make Hans much more sympathetic and tragic in comparison.

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** The king stands out notably, as his status as an {{Domestic Abuse}}r who treats his wife and sons like dirt, encourages his older sons to gang up on Hans, and a [[EvilOverlord totalitarian who routinely torments his subjects]] [[EvilIsPetty for minor reasons]], he has no redeeming qualities of the sort and provides a {{foil}} for the [[BlackAndGrayMorality relatively]] reasonable [[EvenEvilHasStandards Hans.Hans]]. His sole purpose is to make himself as contemptible to the readers as possible, and make Hans much more sympathetic and tragic in comparison.

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