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* ShadowArchetype:
** Hans is a dark
*** Hans represents what Anna can become if she stopped reconciling with Elsa and focused on getting attention at all costs to elevate herself. Unlike Anna, who reunites with Elsa at the end, Hans still has nobody to help him in his issues throughout the story, and over time, it causes him to see [[LoveIsAWeakness love as]] [[FlawExploitation an exploitable flaw]] and cling to bitterness against his own family.
*** He is also this to Elsa, who fears becoming a monster, but is able to keep a grip on herself with the support of her family. While Elsa [[NiceJobBreakingItHero hurts people accidentally and fears doing so]], Hans embraces causing harm and has no one to rely on for moral support.
*** While Kristoff was HappilyAdopted by trolls that raised him with love, Hans's biological family never cared for him, causing him to become ruthless and care only about power. Plus, Kristoff has the warm love of family that Anna needs (and gets after she and Elsa are able to be together), while Hans has the cold family relationship that Anna wouldn't want.

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* ShadowArchetype:
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ShadowArchetype: Hans is a dark
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darker version of several characters:
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Hans represents what Anna can become if she stopped reconciling with Elsa and focused on getting attention at all costs to elevate herself. Unlike Anna, who reunites with Elsa at the end, Hans still has nobody to help him in his issues throughout the story, and over time, it causes him to see [[LoveIsAWeakness love as]] [[FlawExploitation as an exploitable flaw]] and cling to bitterness against his own family.
*** ** He is also this to Elsa, who fears becoming a monster, but is able to keep a grip on herself with the support of her family. While Elsa [[NiceJobBreakingItHero hurts people accidentally and fears doing so]], Hans embraces causing harm and has no one family to rely on for moral support.
*** ** While Kristoff was HappilyAdopted by trolls that raised him with love, Hans's biological family never cared for him, causing him to become ruthless and care only about power. Plus, Kristoff has the warm love of family that Anna needs (and gets after she and Elsa are able to be together), while Hans has the cold family relationship that Anna wouldn't want.


* ShadowArchetype: Hans represents what Anna can become if she abandoned reconciling with Elsa and focused on getting attention at all costs, including but not limited to assassinating her own sister to elevate herself. Unlike Anna, who reconciles with Elsa at the end, Hans still has nobody to help him in his issues at the end of the story, and over time, it causes him to see [[LoveIsAWeakness love as]] [[FlawExploitation an exploitable flaw]], cling to bitterness, view others as tools and give in to his quest for success, and believe in cut-throat dog-eat-dog-ism. Also, despite being close to his mother and Lars, they weren't of much help to Hans, likely out of fear of facing the king's wrath.

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* ShadowArchetype: ShadowArchetype:
** Hans is a dark
***
Hans represents what Anna can become if she abandoned stopped reconciling with Elsa and focused on getting attention at all costs, including but not limited to assassinating her own sister costs to elevate herself. Unlike Anna, who reconciles reunites with Elsa at the end, Hans still has nobody to help him in his issues at the end of throughout the story, and over time, it causes him to see [[LoveIsAWeakness love as]] [[FlawExploitation an exploitable flaw]], flaw]] and cling to bitterness, view others as tools bitterness against his own family.
*** He is also this to Elsa, who fears becoming a monster, but is able to keep a grip on herself with the support of her family. While Elsa [[NiceJobBreakingItHero hurts people accidentally
and give in fears doing so]], Hans embraces causing harm and has no one to his quest rely on for success, moral support.
*** While Kristoff was HappilyAdopted by trolls that raised him with love, Hans's biological family never cared for him, causing him to become ruthless
and believe in cut-throat dog-eat-dog-ism. Also, despite being close to his mother care only about power. Plus, Kristoff has the warm love of family that Anna needs (and gets after she and Lars, they weren't of much help Elsa are able to Hans, likely out of fear of facing be together), while Hans has the king's wrath.cold family relationship that Anna wouldn't want.


* BigFancyCastle: Visitors often mistake the Southern Isles' castle for a giant, black SeaMonster or serpent, but it's actually a palace made of rocks only found within the kingdom.

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* BigFancyCastle: Visitors often mistake the Southern Isles' royal castle for a giant, black SeaMonster or serpent, serpent due to its long walls, but it's actually a palace made of rocks only found within the kingdom.



* WouldHurtAChild: Hans' brothers were physically abusive even when he was young. For example, when he fell for the "ransom note from a certain 'King Gotya' who will only 'release' one of his brothers if he ran around the entire castle three times in just his underwear" joke, it's implied his father gave him a harsh beating, even though it was ''his brothers'' who pulled the prank and he was just ''4 years old'' at the time.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Hans' brothers were physically abusive to him even when he was young. For example, when he fell for the "ransom note from a certain 'King Gotya' who will only 'release' one of his brothers if he ran around the entire castle three times in just his underwear" joke, it's implied his father gave him a harsh beating, even though it was ''his brothers'' who pulled the prank and he was just ''4 years old'' at the time.


* TheSocialDarwinist: A ruthless tyrant who admires power and despises weakness, Hans' father is a combination of the Straw Meritocrat, the [[MiseryBuildsCharacter Struggler]] and the [[VirtueIsWeakness Weakness Punisher]] types. To him, any of his sons going soft isn't allowed, so they must [[TykeBomb be forcibly indoctrinated from a young age]] to believe that only the fittest survive, that they must be "lions, not mice," and considers Hans to be an useless "spare." He even deliberately encourages his sons to torment each other, while playing favorites with those who are most loyal and useful.

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* TheSocialDarwinist: Deconstructed. A ruthless tyrant who admires power and despises weakness, Hans' father is a combination of the Straw Meritocrat, the [[MiseryBuildsCharacter Struggler]] and the [[VirtueIsWeakness Weakness Punisher]] types. To him, any of his sons going soft isn't allowed, so they must [[TykeBomb be forcibly indoctrinated from a young age]] to believe that only the fittest survive, that they must be "lions, not mice," and considers Hans to be an useless "spare." He even deliberately encourages his sons to torment each other, while playing favorites with those who are most loyal and useful. However, the severity of the abuse renders the entire Westergaard clan psychologically miserable.



* SpoiledBrat: Some of Hans' brothers are pampered and doted on by their father for their usefulness to him, making them {{Manchild}}ren. Caleb in particular seems to have been spoiled too much, due to being the oldest and the king's favorite son. Hans and Lars see him as a largely irresponsible man who neglects his duties as heir.

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* SpoiledBrat: Some of Hans' brothers are pampered and doted on by their father for their usefulness to him, making them {{Manchild}}ren. Caleb in particular seems to have been spoiled too much, due to being the oldest and the king's favorite son. Hans and Lars see him as a largely irresponsible man slacker who neglects his duties as heir.



* TheUnfavorite: Hans often gets the short end of the stick in his family, as they see him as the [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent big]] [[BlackSheep let-down]] of the family. Their constant belittling causes him to feel less than his more prodigious brothers, develop a desire to get out of their shadow, [[WellDoneSonGuy and win their respect by being the king's gofer]].
* TheUnfettered: Before going to Arendelle, Hans averts this. He initially abhors violence, but his stubborn determination to become his father's favorite gets the better of him and halfway into the story, Hans decides he would be a king and free at any cost, even if he has to kill Anna and Elsa.

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* TheUnfavorite: Hans often gets the short end of the stick in his family, as they see him as the [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent big]] [[BlackSheep let-down]] of the family. Their constant belittling causes him to feel less than his more prodigious brothers, develop a desire to get out of their shadow, [[WellDoneSonGuy and win their respect respect]] by being the king's gofer]].
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* TheUnfettered: Deconstructed. Before going to Arendelle, Hans averts this. He initially abhors violence, but his stubborn determination to become his father's favorite gets the better of him and halfway into the story, Hans decides he would be a king and free at any cost, even if he has to kill Anna and Elsa.



* VirtueIsWeakness: Hans' father and most of his brothers think that showing mercy and compassion to others is unacceptable. In their [[SocialDarwinist twisted]] viewpoint, the Westergaards should be "lions, not mice", have a right to pick on the weak, and believe only the fittest survive. They often coerce Hans into following their extremely cruel orders and expectations.

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* VirtueIsWeakness: Hans' father and most of his brothers think that showing mercy and compassion to others is unacceptable. In their [[SocialDarwinist twisted]] viewpoint, the Westergaards should be "lions, not mice", have a right to pick on the weak, and believe only the fittest survive. They often coerce Hans into following their extremely cruel orders and expectations.



* WouldHurtAChild: Hans' father and his brothers were physically abusive even when he was young. For example, when he fell for the "ransom note from a certain 'King Gotya' who will only 'release' one of his brothers if he ran around the entire castle three times in just his underwear" joke, it's implied his father gave him a harsh beating, even though it was ''his brothers'' who pulled the prank and he was just ''4 years old'' at the time.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Hans' father and his brothers were physically abusive even when he was young. For example, when he fell for the "ransom note from a certain 'King Gotya' who will only 'release' one of his brothers if he ran around the entire castle three times in just his underwear" joke, it's implied his father gave him a harsh beating, even though it was ''his brothers'' who pulled the prank and he was just ''4 years old'' at the time.


** Agdar's name is spelled "Agnarr" here. Idunn's spelled "Idun".

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** Agdar's name is spelled "Agnarr" here. Idunn's spelled Iduns's name here is spelt "Idun".


* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: A greedy dictator who is hated by the populace for abusing his power and is implied to kill and/or torture citizens even for tiny reasons. Despite his sons wanting to please him, it's unknown to what extent they actually support his rule, since it's shown that even Hans secretly hates him despite wanting to earn his admiration.

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: A The king of the Southern Isles is a greedy dictator who is hated by the populace for abusing his power and is implied to kill and/or torture citizens even for tiny reasons. Despite his sons wanting to please him, it's unknown to what extent they actually support his rule, since it's shown that even Hans secretly hates him despite wanting to earn his admiration.


* DramaticIrony: Since Hans lied about so much else, Anna doubts that his family is as bad as he claimed, so she figures it's best if his father sort out his penalty. As such, Kristoff, Anna and Elsa are totally unaware that not only is the ''one thing'' he did not lie about, they're actually even ''worse'' than he suggested.

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* DramaticIrony: DramaticIrony:
** For most of the novel, Anna has no clue about Hans' true nature, while the audience sees half of the events through his eyes and is privy to his thoughts and feelings.
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Since Hans lied about so much else, Anna doubts that his family is as bad as he claimed, so she figures it's best if his father sort out his penalty. As such, Kristoff, Anna and Elsa are totally unaware that not only is the ''one thing'' he did not lie about, they're actually even ''worse'' than he suggested.


* DarkIsEvil: The [[EvilOverlord king]] of the [[PoliceState Southern Isles]] lives in a palace made of gleaming black rock.
* DebateAndSwitch: There are several moments where [[IgnoredEpiphany Hans realizes what he's doing is unethical]], but his [[StubbornMule stubborn]] [[TheDeterminator desire]] to become TheDutifulSon drives him to continue.

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* DarkIsEvil: The [[EvilOverlord king]] EvilOverlord king of the [[PoliceState Southern Isles]] Isles lives in a palace made of gleaming black rock.
* DebateAndSwitch: There are several moments where [[IgnoredEpiphany Hans realizes what he's doing is unethical]], but his [[StubbornMule stubborn]] [[TheDeterminator desire]] stubborn desire to become TheDutifulSon drives him to continue.



* DysfunctionalFamily: Deconstructed. The Westergaards are one BigScrewedUpFamily, with arrogant royals, a king who ill-treats his entire family, and siblings who torment each other out of cruelty. Due to this, the entire clan ends up becoming miserable, as some of the king's 13 sons become borderline sociopaths and develop WellDoneSonGuy tendencies, a LackOfEmpathy, and [[{{Manchild}} immaturity]], courtesy of the king's corrosive influence. With such experiences, Hans comes to develop [[LoveIsAWeakness a]] [[TheCynic sour]] [[SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids opinion]] on all types of love, be it familial or romantic.

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* DysfunctionalFamily: Deconstructed. The Westergaards are one BigScrewedUpFamily, with arrogant royals, a king who ill-treats his entire family, and siblings who torment each other out of cruelty. Due to this, the entire clan ends up becoming miserable, as some of the king's 13 sons become borderline sociopaths and develop WellDoneSonGuy tendencies, a LackOfEmpathy, and [[{{Manchild}} immaturity]], courtesy of the king's corrosive influence. With such experiences, Hans comes to develop [[LoveIsAWeakness a]] [[TheCynic sour]] [[SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids a sour opinion]] on all types of love, be it familial or romantic.

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* DarkIsEvil: The [[EvilOverlord king]] of the [[PoliceState Southern Isles]] lives in a palace made of gleaming black rock.


* TokenGoodTeammate: Lars and the queen were the only family members Hans had that didn't hurt him or any of the citizens.

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* TokenGoodTeammate: TokenGoodTeammate:
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Lars and the queen were the only family members Hans had that didn't hurt him or any of the citizens.citizens.
** Deconstructed with Hans. He starts out as a decent guy who genuinely likes his mother and Lars, and abhors his father's violent regime, but he can't do much, as his father and older brothers frequently abuse him for [[VirtueIsWeakness "showing weakness."]] Eventually, he abandons his morals and tries his best to emulate his family, but it hardens him to the point he's incapable of forming genuine bonds.


* TheAlcoholic: Hans' mother and one of his sisters-in-law are implied cope with their marriage to neglectful husbands with wine.

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* TheAlcoholic: Hans' mother and one of his sisters-in-law are implied cope with their marriage marriages to neglectful husbands with wine.



** Downplayed for Hans' mother. While she does care for him and wishes her older sons to stop the violence, she can only acknowledge Hans with weak smiles. Being married to an abusive man who doesn't even bat an eyelid for her and corrupted their sons, combined with having so many children, have left her physically weak and incapable of intervening.

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** Downplayed for Hans' mother. While she does care for him and wishes her older sons to stop the violence, she can only acknowledge Hans with weak smiles. Being married to an abusive man who doesn't even bat an eyelid for her and corrupted their sons, combined with having so many children, have left her physically weak and incapable of intervening.



* TheDeterminator: Hans is zealously [[WellDoneSonGuy determined to earn his neglectful family's respect]]. Sadly, he takes it way too far, using underhanded methods for getting what he wants [[DidntThinkThisThrough while ignoring the ramifications]]. At times, [[IgnoredEpiphany he realizes]] [[DebateAndSwitch what he's doing is morally wrong and even scolds himself]], yet he impulsively goes through it. [[AllForNothing As such,]] the time he spends prepping up on going to Arendelle is wasted in part because he becomes ruthless in his ambition, and he's back in the same hell he wanted to get out of in the first place.

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* TheDeterminator: Hans is zealously [[WellDoneSonGuy determined to earn his neglectful family's respect]]. Sadly, he takes it way too far, using underhanded methods for getting what he wants [[DidntThinkThisThrough while ignoring the ramifications]]. At times, [[IgnoredEpiphany he realizes]] [[DebateAndSwitch what he's doing is morally wrong and even scolds himself]], yet he impulsively goes through it. [[AllForNothing As such,]] the time he spends prepping up on going to Arendelle is wasted in part because he becomes ruthless in his ambition, and he's back in the same hell he wanted to get out of in the first place.



* DomesticAbuse: The king and Caleb ignore their wives. It's implied they only married for politics and think of their wives as {{Baby Factor|y}}ies.

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* DomesticAbuse: The king and Caleb ignore their wives. It's implied they only married for politics and think of their wives as {{Baby Factor|y}}ies.



** Hans is implied to care for his mother.

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** Hans may be ruthless, but is implied to genuinely care for his mother.


* ArrangedMarriage:
** Lars' marriage to his wife Helga was arranged. She still isn't pleased with it, despite Lars' attempts to get along with her.
** Implied to be the case for Hans' father and most of his brothers.

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* ArrangedMarriage:
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ArrangedMarriage: Lars' marriage to his wife Helga was arranged. She still isn't pleased with it, despite Lars' attempts to get along with her.
** Implied to be the case for Hans' father and most of his brothers.
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* HappyMarriageCharade: Deconstructed. Being that they married only for politics, most of the royals don't get along with their spouses, but pretend to be happily married for social reasons. Noting how Caleb's pregnant wife is uncomfortable with how he ignores her and how his mother has been used to being ignored, Hans notes that most of his own family is absolutely miserable with each other.

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* HappyMarriageCharade: Deconstructed. Being that they married only for politics, most Most of the royals don't get along with their spouses, but pretend to be happily married for social reasons. Noting how Caleb's pregnant wife is uncomfortable with how he ignores her and how his mother has been used to being ignored, Hans notes that most of his own family is absolutely miserable with each other.


* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Justified in the king of the Southern Isles' case. A greedy dictator who is hated by the populace for abusing his power and is implied to kill and/or torture citizens even for tiny reasons. Despite his sons wanting to please him, it's unknown to what extent they actually support his rule, since it's shown that even Hans secretly hates him despite wanting to earn his admiration. Hans frequently wonders how someone like him in charge of such a large kingdom "could be so stupid."

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Justified in the king of the Southern Isles' case. A greedy dictator who is hated by the populace for abusing his power and is implied to kill and/or torture citizens even for tiny reasons. Despite his sons wanting to please him, it's unknown to what extent they actually support his rule, since it's shown that even Hans secretly hates him despite wanting to earn his admiration. Hans frequently wonders how someone like him in charge of such a large kingdom "could be so stupid."



* TheAlcoholic: Hans notes that his mother and sisters-in-law cope with their abusive and neglectful husbands with wine.

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* TheAlcoholic: Hans notes that his Hans' mother and one of his sisters-in-law are implied cope with their abusive and marriage to neglectful husbands with wine.



* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers bully him for being too weak to fight back. It's implied that Hans isn't close to his sisters-in-law either, even though he pities them for being married to abusers.

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers bully him for being too weak to fight back. It's implied that Hans isn't close to his sisters-in-law either, even though he pities them for being married to abusers.



* AnimalMetaphor: As part of his SocialDarwinist thinking, the king saw his twelve older sons as lions for being strong and powerful, but compares Hans to a mouse, which is generally seen as weak and not useful.

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* AnimalMetaphor: As part One of his SocialDarwinist thinking, the king saw his twelve older sons as lions for being strong and powerful, but Hans' brothers compares Hans him to a mouse, which is generally seen as weak and not useful.the king says the Westergaards should be "lions."



** Implied to be the case for Hans' father and most of his brothers, as they were [[MarriageOfConvenience married for convenience's sake]] and [[AltarDiplomacy political reasons]].
* AwfulWeddedLife: It's implied the marriage was a political one and that the king of the Southern Isles sees his wife as a BabyFactory. Caleb blatantly ignores his wife in favor of his father's attention. Even Lars, the nicest brother, doesn't get along with his wife Helga, with whom he had an ArrangedMarriage, as she is unhappy in the marriage, and when the two are set to become parents, Lars thinks Helga would want to keep the child to herself.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Discussed. Hans learns that Lars is going to be a father, though his arranged wife, Helga, isn't exactly on friendly terms with him. Hans hopes that the baby will be the thing that finally helps the two grow closer, although Lars doubts it.

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** Implied to be the case for Hans' father and most of his brothers, as they were [[MarriageOfConvenience married for convenience's sake]] and [[AltarDiplomacy political reasons]].
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* AwfulWeddedLife: It's implied the marriage was a political one and that the king of the Southern Isles sees his wife as a BabyFactory. Caleb blatantly ignores his wife in favor of his father's attention. Even Lars, the nicest brother, doesn't get along with his wife Helga, with whom he had an ArrangedMarriage, as she is unhappy in the marriage, and when the two are set to become parents, Lars thinks Helga would want to keep the child to herself.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Discussed. Hans learns that Lars is going to be a father, though his arranged wife, Helga, isn't exactly on friendly terms with him. Hans hopes that the baby will be the thing that finally helps help the two grow closer, although Lars doubts it.


* AloofBigBrother: While Lars was the only brother whom Hans could feel a little close to, he doesn't get along with the other eleven, as they follow their father's view of preying on the weak, and therefore, see him as their [[ExtremeDoormat punching bag]] and [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex make him feel inferior to them]].
* AltarDiplomacy: Implied to be the case for Hans' father and most of his brothers, as they married for politics.
* AlwaysSecondBest: While Hans is intelligent, his brothers are far more effective and ruthless than he is in the eyes of their father, something which Hans agrees on, and as a result, [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex he began to feel less than them]]. To counter this, Hans tries to emulate them by becoming the king's gofer, but his hasty desire to [[WellDoneSonGuy get his family's respect]] backfires on him.

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* AloofBigBrother: While Lars was is the only brother whom Hans could can feel a little close to, he doesn't get along with the other eleven, as they follow their father's view of preying on the weak, and therefore, see him as their [[ExtremeDoormat punching bag]] and [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex make him feel inferior to them]].
* AltarDiplomacy: Implied to be the case for Hans' father and most of his brothers, as they married for politics.
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* AlwaysSecondBest: While Hans is intelligent, his brothers are far more effective and ruthless than he is in the eyes of their father, something which Hans agrees on, and as a result, [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex he began to feel less than them]]. To counter this, Hans tries to emulate them by becoming the king's gofer, but his hasty desire to [[WellDoneSonGuy get his family's respect]] backfires on him.



* BigBrotherBully: Hans is bullied and ostracized by his brothers throughout his childhood. Their father encourages it, considering Hans weak for not fighting back and thinking the abuse would make him stronger. The worst of Hans' brothers are his two twin brothers, whose taunts range from standard pranks and jokes to tossing objects such as food or glassware at him.

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* BigBrotherBully: Hans is bullied and ostracized by his brothers throughout his childhood. Their father encourages it, considering Hans weak for not fighting back and thinking the abuse would make him stronger. The worst of Hans' brothers are his two twin brothers, whose taunts range from standard pranks and jokes to tossing objects such as food or glassware at him.



* TheDeterminator: Hans is zealously [[WellDoneSonGuy determined to earn his neglectful family's respect]]. Sadly, he takes it way too far, using underhanded methods for getting what he wants [[DidntThinkThisThrough while ignoring the ramifications]]. [[HeelRealization At times,]] [[IgnoredEpiphany he realizes]] [[DebateAndSwitch what he's doing is morally wrong and even scolds himself]], yet he impulsively goes through it. [[AllForNothing As such,]] the time he spends prepping up on going to Arendelle is wasted in part because he becomes ruthless in his ambition, and he's back in the same hell he wanted to get out of in the first place.

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* TheDeterminator: Hans is zealously [[WellDoneSonGuy determined to earn his neglectful family's respect]]. Sadly, he takes it way too far, using underhanded methods for getting what he wants [[DidntThinkThisThrough while ignoring the ramifications]]. [[HeelRealization At times,]] times, [[IgnoredEpiphany he realizes]] [[DebateAndSwitch what he's doing is morally wrong and even scolds himself]], yet he impulsively goes through it. [[AllForNothing As such,]] the time he spends prepping up on going to Arendelle is wasted in part because he becomes ruthless in his ambition, and he's back in the same hell he wanted to get out of in the first place.



* DisproportionateRetribution: It's implied delinquent taxpayers are seriously injured or killed on the spot as a warning to others who don't pay.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: It's implied delinquent taxpayers are seriously injured or killed on the spot as a warning to others who don't pay.



* LockedAwayInAMonastery: Hans briefly mentions [[TheChurch the Brotherhood of the Isles]] while meeting with Lars, as he'll be waiting for the day when his father orders him [[ReassignedToAntarctica to become a monk]] and live the rest of his life there with a vow of silence instead of marrying off.
* LoveIsAWeakness: Having grown up in an abusive family that believed in SocialDarwinism more than anything else, Hans sees love as [[FlawExploitation an easily]] [[ManipulativeBastard exploitable flaw]], leaving him [[EvilCannotComprehendGood incapable]] of understanding love beyond an intellectual level. As a result, Anna's HeroicSacrifice and subsequent recovery [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove perplex him]], and when she [[KirkSummation calls]] [[MachiavelliWasWrong him out]] for being "frozen-hearted", it leaves him utterly confused.

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* LockedAwayInAMonastery: Hans briefly mentions [[TheChurch the Brotherhood of the Isles]] while meeting with Lars, as he'll be waiting for the day when wondering if his father orders will order him [[ReassignedToAntarctica to become a monk]] and live the rest of his life there with a vow of silence instead of marrying off.
* LoveIsAWeakness: Having grown up in an abusive family that believed in SocialDarwinism more than anything else, Hans sees love as [[FlawExploitation an easily]] [[ManipulativeBastard exploitable flaw]], leaving him [[EvilCannotComprehendGood incapable]] of understanding love beyond an intellectual level. As a result, Anna's HeroicSacrifice and subsequent recovery [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove perplex him]], and when she [[KirkSummation calls]] [[MachiavelliWasWrong him out]] for being "frozen-hearted", it leaves him utterly confused.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Implied. Hans' father and his brother Caleb neglect their wives, suggesting they only view the women as [[TrophyWife trophy wives]]. Given how they rule the Southern Isles, it's implied they look down on the lower classes with some contempt.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Implied. Hans' father and his brother Caleb neglect their wives, suggesting they only view the women as [[TrophyWife trophy wives]]. Given how they rule the Southern Isles, it's implied they look down on the lower classes with some contempt.classes.



** Hans' descent to villainy is born from a stubborn desire to be loved by his father, as he's often ridiculed by his family for not conforming to their views or standing up to their abuse, given that he's gotten used to it by the time he's an adult. [[ImagineSpot To escape from his grim reality]], he often fantasized a world where he's loved and appreciated by his family, but they always came crashing down with his family mocking him for daydreaming. He wants to become a king partially as an excuse to leave home, and to prove his family wrong by showing that he's capable of ascending to success and greatness on his own. But his worst actions are brought on by the insecurities he's been harboring for years. Even his method of manipulation by mirroring other people's personalities and actions is something he picked up from his father, who encourages Hans to act this way to get what he wants. Unfortunately, the methods that his father would have approved of failed and now his odds of achieving his goal is more unlikely.

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** Hans' descent to villainy is born from a stubborn desire to be loved by his father, as he's often ridiculed by his family for not conforming to their views or standing up to their abuse, given that he's gotten used to it by the time he's an adult. [[ImagineSpot To escape from his grim reality]], he often fantasized a world where he's loved and appreciated by his family, but they always came crashing down with his family mocking him for daydreaming. He wants to become a king partially as an excuse to leave home, and to prove his family wrong by showing that he's capable of ascending to success and greatness on his own. But his worst actions are brought on by the insecurities he's been harboring for years. Even his method of manipulation by mirroring other people's personalities and actions is something he picked up from his father, who encourages Hans to act this way to get what he wants. Unfortunately, the methods that his father would have approved of failed and now his odds of achieving his goal is more unlikely.


* ShadowArchetype: Hans represents what Anna can become if she abandoned reconciling with Elsa and focused on getting attention at all costs, including but not limited to assassinating her own sister to elevate herself quickly. Unlike Anna, who reconciles with Elsa at the end, Hans has nobody to help him in his issues, and over time, it causes him to see [[LoveIsAWeakness love as]] [[FlawExploitation an exploitable flaw]], refuse to reconcile with his family, and give in to his self-hatred. Also, despite being close to his mother and Lars, they weren't of much help to Hans, likely out of fear of facing the king's wrath.

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* ShadowArchetype: Hans represents what Anna can become if she abandoned reconciling with Elsa and focused on getting attention at all costs, including but not limited to assassinating her own sister to elevate herself quickly. herself. Unlike Anna, who reconciles with Elsa at the end, Hans still has nobody to help him in his issues, issues at the end of the story, and over time, it causes him to see [[LoveIsAWeakness love as]] [[FlawExploitation an exploitable flaw]], refuse cling to reconcile with his family, bitterness, view others as tools and give in to his self-hatred.quest for success, and believe in cut-throat dog-eat-dog-ism. Also, despite being close to his mother and Lars, they weren't of much help to Hans, likely out of fear of facing the king's wrath.



* TrainingFromHell: Deconstructed. [[AbusiveDad Hans' father]] subjects his sons to a ruthlessly inhumane training program [[TykeBomb from a young age]] so they'll be molded into mirror images of himself, and believe in SocialDarwinism over anything else. It actually causes the royal family to become miserable with each other.

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* TrainingFromHell: Deconstructed. [[AbusiveDad Hans' father]] subjects his sons to a ruthlessly inhumane training program [[TykeBomb from a young age]] so they'll be molded into mirror images of himself, and believe in SocialDarwinism over anything else. It actually causes the royal family to become miserable with each other.



* TykeBomb: Downplayed, but it's shown that Hans' father has forcibly indoctrinated all of his sons in SocialDarwinism from a young age. To him, any son who becomes soft is a sign of weakness, so this must be rectified by allowing his other sons to bully the weakling until he's back in shape and forcibly whipped in line with his worldview. Like Hans, all of his brothers [[WellDoneSonGuy want their father to be proud of them]], as their abuse of Hans seems to be out of a desire to make their father favor them for showing no mercy or compassion.

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* TykeBomb: Downplayed, but it's shown that Hans' father has forcibly indoctrinated all of his sons in SocialDarwinism from a young age. To him, any son who becomes soft is a sign of weakness, so this must be rectified by allowing his other sons to bully the weakling until he's back in shape and forcibly whipped in line with his worldview. Like Hans, all of his brothers [[WellDoneSonGuy want their father to be proud of them]], as their abuse of Hans seems to be out of a desire to make their father favor them for showing no mercy or compassion.



* VillainOfAnotherStory: Hans' father is a cruel dictator who abuses his sons into being bullies and sycophantic abusers totally loyal to him, treats his family with complete indifference, and has turned the Southern Isles into a PoliceState that has people killed or imprisoned for either criticizing him or falling behind on taxes. If this were Hans' story, his father would be the BigBad and Hans would be TheHero rebelling against his abusive family. Unfortunately, [[WellDoneSonGuy Hans' fear of being a disappointment to his father and unwillingness to return to that abusive household]] made him the villain of Anna and Elsa's story.
* VirtueIsWeakness: Hans' father and most of his brothers think that showing mercy and compassion to others is unacceptable to them. In their [[SocialDarwinist twisted]] viewpoint, the Westergaards should be "lions, not mice", have a right to pick on the weak, and believe only the fittest survive. They often coerce Hans into following their extremely cruel orders and expectations.

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* VillainOfAnotherStory: Hans' father is a cruel dictator who abuses his sons into being bullies and sycophantic abusers totally loyal to him, treats his family with complete indifference, and has turned the Southern Isles into a PoliceState that has people killed or imprisoned for either criticizing him or falling behind on taxes. If this were Hans' story, his father would be the BigBad and Hans would be TheHero rebelling against his abusive family. Unfortunately, [[WellDoneSonGuy Hans' fear of being a disappointment to his father and unwillingness to return to that abusive household]] made him the villain of Anna and Elsa's story.
* VirtueIsWeakness: Hans' father and most of his brothers think that showing mercy and compassion to others is unacceptable to them.unacceptable. In their [[SocialDarwinist twisted]] viewpoint, the Westergaards should be "lions, not mice", have a right to pick on the weak, and believe only the fittest survive. They often coerce Hans into following their extremely cruel orders and expectations.



* 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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* 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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