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Princess Anna of Arendelle
"I'm not leaving without you, Elsa."

Voiced by: Kristen Bell (adult), Livvy Stubenrauch (child, speaking) and Katie Lopez (child, singing), Agatha Lee Monn (9 year old), Saara Aalto (Finnish dub)
Appearances: Frozen | Olaf's Frozen Adventure | Frozen Fever | Frozen II
Appearances in alternate continuities: Frozen: Northern Lights | Once Upon a Time | Frozen Free Fall | Disney Infinity | Ralph Breaks the Internet | Kingdom Heartsnote 

Anna is the protagonist of the first film. She is the youngest child and the second-born daughter of King Agnarr and Queen Iduna of Arendelle. Anna is the younger sister of Queen Elsa, and as of the end of the first film, the heiress presumptive to the throne of Arendelle. She goes on a journey along with Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven to find her sister Elsa so that she can get her to undo the Endless Winter that the queen accidentally unleashed.

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  • Action Girl: In the first film, she holds her own when helping Kristoff fight off the wolves, bludgeoning one of them with Kristoff's lute and then burning Kristoff's bedroll to stop another one in its tracks.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Her counterpart in the Andersen tale is called "Gerda".
  • Adorkable: She's a bumbling romantic. Her dancing's even more so. Given everything before that point has shown Anna to be extremely energetic, you'd expect her dancing to be the same. Not so. She just sort of jigs in place in a very restrained fashion.
  • Age Lift: Gerda in The Snow Queen is a young child, while Anna is eighteen for most of the film.
  • Agony of the Feet: She gets hers stepped on by the Duke of Weselton while they dance.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Hans attempts to advance the icy curse Elsa accidentally placed on her by putting out everything that is fire lit, she is reduced to begging.
  • All-Loving Heroine: All she wants is to reconnect with her big sister, and she believes in The Power of Love.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: After spending many years isolated away from people and locked in a castle, Anna displays hyperactive behavior such as extreme restlessness, an inability to sit still for too long, a serious case of racing thoughts along with Motor Mouth, and impulsive and reckless behavior. Her Inksuit Actor, Kristen Bell, has said in interviews that she felt "weird" growing up and wanted to help kids who felt different to accept themselves by creating a character who was also that way - who was awkward and goofy and klutzy and hyperactive, who talked a lot and to themselves and who often put their foot in their mouth, yet was still a good person who was loving and determined.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Played for Laughs when she and Elsa are still kids, as demonstrated when Anna climbs into Elsa's bed and begs her to wake up and play with her, then rolls around in mock angst when Elsa playfully pushes her away, only to give in when Anna asks "Do you want to build a snowman?". After the accident, Anna's efforts to reach out to Elsa are depicted in a very heartbreaking way.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Despite Anna growing up in grim situations and having a rather dysfunctional and troubled childhood, she never stopped believing that one day, it would get better. She extends the same attitude and outlook regarding her sister Elsa and their relationship. She believes that despite Elsa shutting her out for many years, not being able to control her powers, and accidentally setting off an Endless Winter upon Arendelle, she is worthy of saving and helping, even when Anna doesn't actually know that Elsa has Power Incontinence and that the Endless Winter was an accident. Her optimistic personality won't allow her not to believe that everything will get better with time and that fighting for it is how it can happen.
  • Anything That Moves: Downplayed, Deconstructed Justified Trope. Having spent the majority of her life isolated and feeling lonely, abandoned and generally unloved, Anna is so desperate for love and unaware of what a healthy relationship really looks like that she falls for the first guy that she meets. This is one of the cases of this trope where the character is not promiscuous - in fact, Anna agrees to commit to him and accepts his proposal the day they meet, believing that he's her One True Love, in part because her years of isolation left her quite naive. Further justified by the fact that Hans turns out to be an Opportunistic Bastard taking advantage of her vulnerability and actively manipulating her. Anna learns a greater understanding of what real love looks like throughout the course of the story.
  • Badass Adorable: Downplayed. She smacks down a wolf with a lute, hurls flaming wreckage at two more, saves Kristoff from falling into a chasm, knocks a giant Snowlem over with a tree, and punches her ex-fiancé in the face, sending him flying over a railing. Still the story places more focus on her plucky aspects than her action ones.
  • Badass Bookworm: At least in the theatre adaption, which confirms Anna's love of books, something that is mostly implied in the film. Downplayed, as above.
  • Badass Cape: Anna wears a magenta cape as part of her primary outfit in the first movie and she kicks a lot of ass while wearing it. She goes trenching through thick snow, battling off a pack of wolves and saving Kristoff and standing up to a large snow monster.
  • Badass in Distress: Capable enough to save Kristoff and fight off wolves, but getting ice-blasted in the heart slowly freezes her from the inside out and weakens her, before she saves herself from her curse as well as saving Elsa and stopping Hans all at the same time.
  • Badass Normal: Anna may be a normal human without any magical powers like her sister Elsa, but that doesn't make her any less fearless, adventurous, and capable of being badass.
  • Battle Couple: Downplayed with Kristoff throughout the story until they have a Relationship Upgrade at the end of the story and become an Official Couple. Kristoff and Anna go on a journey and adventure in order to find Elsa so that summer can return to Arendelle. Along the way on their journey, they have to battle obstacles such as wolves and a large ice monster.
  • Betty and Veronica: Gender Inverted. Anna is the "Archie" to Kristoff's "Veronica" (manly ice farmer) and Hans's "Betty" (cultured prince).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Usually a kind and forgiving girl, but has her limits. At the end, she punches Hans in the face so hard that he falls off a ship into the harbor.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Anna can be completely silly and dorky, but don't think she won't stand up for herself. This is a girl who stood up to a furious giant snow monster and didn't care about the consequences, and sucker-punched a guy who tried to kill her and her sister.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Elsa's life by taking a sword slash for her just as her body totally freezes, which counts as the act of true love that in turn saves her life.
  • Big Eater:
    • If the first word to come out of her mouth after "We finish each other's — " is sandwiches, she clearly loves food. This gets a nod in Frozen Fever, where one of the gifts she receives for her birthday is a sandwich about as long as her torso.
    • "I wanna stuff some chocolate in my face!"
    • In the Frozen: Reunion Road comic, Anna describes the attractions found at festivals as "Food and games and... and food..." A moment later, Elsa mentions that Anna once won a lingonberry pie eating contest at one.
  • Big "NO!": As she jumps in front of Elsa just as Hans is about to strike her with his sword.
  • Big Sister Worship: Despite their estranged relationship, Anna has a strong admiration for her older sister Elsa is amazed by what Elsa is capable of. This admiration is obvious when Anna and Elsa are children playing together and Anna is in awe of Elsa's magic. In addition, Anna is very motivated and determined to rebuild the relationship with her sister as she misses how close they were in their childhood. She refuses to give up faith in Elsa, even when Elsa freezes the kingdom and kills - despite it appearing as if Elsa, who truly hadn't meant to do either, had done those things on purpose.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Hans connect over seeming to have many things in common: being the youngest child of their respective families, looking for love, ignored by their siblings, etc.
  • Body Horror: What she goes through after Elsa accidentally freezes her heart. Her hair slowly turns white, frostbite forms on her fingers and face, and she eventually turns into a solid ice statue.
  • Braids of Action: Anna wears her hair in braided Girlish Pigtails for the majority of her screentime, including informal occasions like helping Kristoff fight off wolves, or being chased by Marshmallow.
  • Brainless Beauty: Downplayed when it comes to the "brainless" part. Anna is youthfully pretty, and while she can actually be quick-witted and clever, she can also be very naive and despite being rather sweet and well-intentioned, her general isolation and neglect growing up leave her social skills underdeveloped, so she often says the wrong thing at the wrong time, like finishing the phrase "We finish each other's - " with "sandwiches."
  • Break the Cutie: Goes through a lot over the course of the film. If Elsa pushing her away and (accidentally) freezing her heart wasn't enough, Hans's reveal that he never truly loved her pushes her to the Despair Event Horizon. Thankfully, she gets better when Olaf saves her in the nick of time and gives a pep talk about love, which is putting others' needs above yours.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Gentle Girl to Kristoff's Brooding Boy. Anna is lively, energetic, optimistic, and compassionate, while Kristoff is brooding, anti-social, sullen, and sarcastic. Anna is the one that gets Kristoff to lighten up and she has a strong effect on his personality. By the end of the movie, Kristoff is more upbeat and energetic due to Anna's influence throughout the story.
  • Buffy Speak: "Beautifuller", "good different", etc.
  • Bullying a Dragon: After Marshmallow literally throws her and her new friends out of Elsa's ice palace, Anna loses her temper and throws a snowball at him... which does absolutely nothing but piss him off enough to chase after her.
  • Catchphrase: "...Wait, what?", which was improvised by Kristen Bell.
  • The Champion: To Elsa. Anna is the one who saves Elsa by doing a Heroic Sacrifice and using The Power of Love to help Elsa control her powers. Anna is also the one who always believed in Elsa and always thought she was a good person deep down despite her mistakes.
  • Character Development: Throughout her adventures, the naive Anna comes to have a mature understanding of what love actually is. Specifically, that "love is putting someone else's needs before yours." Although Anna never gives up her belief in Elsa's goodness and risks her life as she struggles through a blizzard to prove it, rather than letting people's fear of the queen prevail and taking the kingdom for herself like Hans later attempts to do, she thought that her aloof older sister didn't love her because Elsa shut her out and became closed-off toward her. She was unaware that it was a facade that Elsa used to keep her emotions - and, by extension, secret powers - in check. She also thinks at first that Hans must be her One True Love because he acts nice to her and they seem to share many things in common. When Hans reveals himself to have been an Evil All Along Gold Digger, Anna realizes that she was wrong about what love was, but after performing her Act of True Love to save Elsa, she shows that she now understands. She also tells Hans that "the only frozen heart around here is [his]," realizing that because he never showed a willingness to put the needs of others before his and always acted purely in self-interest, he has no love in his heart. With her improved character judgement, she begins a relationship with Kristoff, who reciprocated her sacrifices and selfless concern over the course of their journey together.
    Elsa: You sacrificed yourself for me?
    Anna: I love you.
  • Character Tic: Anna tucks a lock of hair behind her ear when she's self-conscious, and often bites her bottom lip when thinking.
  • Cheerful Child: As a little girl she is non-stop cheer and smiles.
  • The Chick: Excluding Elsa, Anna is the only girl between herself, Kristoff, Hans, Sven, and Olaf. She is also the emotional and feminine centerpiece of a group of characters that are male. All of the other characters' purpose centres around Anna and her journey. Anna's main motivations are to bring everyone together and keep everyone together for the common goal of bringing back summer to Arendelle.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Averted with Kristoff. They technically meet as kids when Anna is brought to see Pabbie with Kristoff and Sven watching. But, they don't make a proper introduction, and later romance, with one another until they are young adults.
  • Clothing Reflects Personality:
    • At the start of the film, Anna and Elsa wear light-colored clothes, which symbolizes their relationship with each other going well. After they are separated and grow apart (especially during the "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" sequence), their clothes become progressively darker. While Anna's coronation dress and adventuring outfit both are darker, her nightgown at age eighteen is the same shade as her child nightgown, representing that despite the pain, she's retained her same cheerful personality. Then at the end, both the sisters' clothes are light again, representing that they have finally reunited.
    • The cape of her adventuring outfit is decorated with a fringe of pom-poms, and her coronation gown also involves ribbons and lace to reflect her playful personality.
    • See Color Motif entry for more.
  • Color Motif:
    • Green. Every single one of her outfits has a green element to it, even her iconic "winter dress", which has green leaves and stems as part of the floral motif. If you're familiar with the symbolism of the Chakras: green stands for the Heart Chakra or love - Anna's power. Green is also associated with growth, and spring and summer, which Anna helps bring back after Elsa accidentally freezes the kingdom in an Endless Winter. She was even born in summer.
    • Pink. It's associated with love, particularly romantic love, girlhood, as well as spring and rebirth. Fittingly, Anna's room is covered in in it, as seen when she wakes up excited for the gates to open on coronation day and for life to return to the castle (the French title for the accompanying song translates to "The Renewal") and the chance of finding love, including romantic love. It's in her coronation dress, too. It's also the color of the cape and hat in her adventuring outfit, which she dons when she goes to help Elsa thaw the winter. She loses the hat when Elsa freezes her heart and has her giant snow bodyguard Marshmallow kick her out of the ice palace, eventually losing all pink - and all color at all besides blue - when she finally freezes into solid ice, but her Act of True Love brings her - and the color - back.
    • Significantly, her main winter cape and hat are magenta, and so is her coat in the Frozen II trailers. This shade is considered the color of "universal love" and is associated not only with compassion, but also more specifically with support, patience, and open-mindedness. It is associated with independent and intuitive thinking that considers possibilities beyond what is usual, fitting for how Anna realizes Elsa is Not Evil, Just Misunderstood and is the only one to not write her off. On top of that it is associated with impulsivity but also optimism, as well as extroversion and expressiveness.
  • Comical Nap Drool: After a lengthy tracking shot through Arendelle of dignitaries arriving for Queen Elsa's coronation, two of them are heard talking about how beautiful they hear the princesses are. The scene then smash-cuts to Anna fast-asleep, sporting terrible bedhead and a visible trace of drool.
  • Cool Loser: Justified. Even though Anna is a princess and is beautiful and caring, she grows up without any friends because she's locked away in a castle with few other people. Meanwhile, her sister Elsa starts avoiding Anna in an attempt to keep her secret powers under control, but since Anna doesn't know this is Elsa's reason, this leads her to believe Elsa doesn't care about her.
  • The Creon: Despite her insecurities concerning her status as "the spare", Anna displays no resentment whatsoever towards her older sister or desire to take Elsa's position as Queen. Even when Elsa has exiled herself to the mountains and willingly relinquished the throne, rather than taking the opportunity to take power, Anna literally climbs a mountain and begs her to come back.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Anna comes off as a Cute Clumsy Girl, The Ingenue, and The Ditz, but she is incredibly badass and capable in a fight. There are many instances throughout the story that she is a Pretty Princess Powerhouse who is incredibly courageous and brave and won't back down from a fight.
  • Cute Bruiser: An Adorkable Pretty Princess Powerhouse mixed with her being a Pint-Sized Powerhouse.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: That incident with the statue and cake is endearing. Apparently, all that time she spent in the castle has made her this.
  • The Cutie: Her cheerful attitude and endearing quirks make her rather lovable.
  • Damsel in Distress: Believed herself to be this because of the ice curse, but in the end she changes into a Damsel out of Distress when she performs the act of true love to save herself, Elsa and the kingdom.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Despite initially believing that she needed someone to rescue her by bestowing a True Love's Kiss, she performs the Act of True Love and saves herself, Elsa, and the kingdom. Additionally, instead of letting Kristoff take care of Hans, she insists on doing it herself.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Anna is a naturally extroverted person who was forced to be isolated from others for the majority of her childhood. To make matters worse, she doesn't know why it happened, and from her perspective, her older sister suddenly cut off their friendship and then ignored her. Her parents died when she was fifteen, and again she had no emotional support. It's obviously left some scars on her.
  • Demoted to Extra: The story of the first movie was adapted for a section of Kingdom Hearts III, but the player gets to see little of the plot or the Frozen characters, so despite being the protagonist of the movie, Anna only appears to interact with Sora exactly once before being relegated to a background character as the plot of the movie goes on without Sora's further input.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: She grows up isolated from everyone except her parents (who pass away when she's a teen) and a few busy palace staff members (the workforce being reduced to protect Elsa when the girls are young), and is shut out by her older sister and former best friend. As a result, Anna is so starved for love and attention that she's willing to marry someone that she has just met, even if she "knows it's totally crazy". However, despite Anna's desperation for love and affection, she never turns bitter, angry, or overly resentful and remains kind, selfless, and loving despite the lack of love that she has received since childhood.
  • Determinator: She sees her sister shoot out ice spikes, set off a seemingly boundless winter, and then run off into the mountains. Her response is basically "Wait here. I'll be right back". She takes off after Elsa in the winter storm in a ball gown, convinces a misanthropic stranger into helping her, attempts to climb a mountain with no mountaineering skills, refuses to leave her sister's castle despite being struck in the heart by ice magic, and eventually gives up her own life so that Elsa can live, finding the willpower to sprint to put herself between Elsa and an incoming sword despite having almost completely frozen from the inside out.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Falls victim to this more than once.
    Anna: [after Hans falls on top of her in a rowboat] This is awkward. I mean, not that you're awkward - we're- I'm awkward - you're gorgeous. Wait, what?
  • Did Not Think This Through: As a reconstruction of The Heart and Plucky Girl, although Anna is brave, optimistic, and extremely loving, one of the downsides of these strengths is that this is one of her weaknesses:
    • When the castle gates open and Anna gains a brief reprieve from her isolation, she becomes excited about having a chance to meet and potentially befriend new people (see Decon-Recon Switch entry). Among the new visitors is the charming Hans, who is the first person in years to treat Anna as a friend, and she agrees to his marriage proposal before the night ends and the gates close, despite not having met any other potential suitors yet to compare and the two only having known each other for a day. Despite being aware that the decision is, by her own admission, "totally crazy", in her happiness and fear of losing her only apparent friend, Anna neglects to consider various potential issues with the quick decision, some of which are later discussed by Kristoff. First, the queen refuses to allow the marriage because of its suddenness, and second, Hans turns out to be a Gold Digger who was not as caring as he pretended. Lampshaded by Hans in his Break Them by Talking monologue:
      Prince Hans: You were so desperate for love, you were willing to marry me, just like that.
    • Her plan to find Elsa and bring back summer. She's so quick to undertake the journey that she leaves unprepared for the ordeal. She also has no assurance that Elsa wants or knows how to thaw the Endless Winter the the snow queen's powers created and is acting out of optimism and faith in her sister, but without a backup plan. She's right about Elsa not being malicious and the curse on the kingdom being an accident, but it ultimately takes more than words of support to show Elsa how to thaw. Lampshaded by Kristoff:
      Kristoff: That's your plan? My ice business is riding on you talking to your sister?
  • Disney Death: Towards the end when she's frozen solid, before the act of true love defrosts her.
  • The Ditz: Downplayed. Anna can have her ditzy and clumsy moments, but she is still a functional person who is completely capable of thinking for herself and making her own decisions. She can be rather idealistic and naive in her beliefs and also impulsive and reckless in how she chooses to go about things, but she is still very competent and capable in her own right.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Throws a snowball at Marshmallow, despite Kristoff telling her to leave him be. Needless to say, it doesn't go well.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After years of suffering and depression, finally feels truly happy at the end.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: More modest than other examples, but she spends a lot more time staring goofily at Hans than she really needs to during his intro.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Is a princess of Arendelle in Frozen, although her counterpart in the original tale is nonroyal.
  • Fake Memories: When Pabbie heals Anna's head after Elsa accidentally hits it with magic, he decides it'd be safer for Anna if she didn't remember Elsa has magic powers. He erases her memory of the magic but "leaves the fun", changing the scene of the two playing in the snow indoors with Elsa's magic into a day spent outside in the snow.
  • Fatal Flaw: Anna has two weaknesses:
    • Naivety. Being sheltered and cooped up by her parents, it gave her a different view of things, and made her desperate for affection and love. This is a factor in why she was so quick to latch on to Hans, earning Lampshade Hanging from Elsa and Kristoff, the latter of whom asks "Didn't your parents warn you about strangers?"
    • Recklessness and impulsiveness. She has a habit of doing things without planning them ahead of time, and is quite impulsive. For example: after Elsa runs away, she goes off into the dark and cold wilderness to find her without suitable clothing, supplies, or even a map, and her only plan is to talk her down.
  • Fearless Fool: Anna's greatest strength and biggest weakness is that she is completely fearless; she will go boldly in areas where others typically would hesitate, but she also tends to be impulsive, and these impulses tend to lead her into trouble.
  • The Fettered: Despite being a Cute Clumsy Girl who is quirky and awkward, Anna is probably the most upstanding, noble, and moral character in the story. She believes in doing the right thing no matter what.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has strawberry-blonde hair, and can be pretty fiery when provoked.
  • Flat "What": Her Catchphrase at several points in the film. She even does it to herself early on.
  • Flower Motifs: Sunflowers. They really start to show in Frozen Fever: her dress has sunflower patterns, she carries a bouquet of them, and her birthday cake has sunflowers as part of the decorations.
  • Foil: She's energetic and goofy in contrast to her serious older sister, Elsa.
  • For Happiness: Her motivation behind all of her actions. Anna does what she does because all she genuinely wants is for everyone to be happy.
  • Freudian Excuse: She inverts this trope by treating her troubled childhood as a reason to be kind to other people... to the point that it's both one of her greatest strengths and weaknesses. After years of feeling unwanted and rejected herself, Anna is extremely friendly to others. This is most apparent when she introduces Hans to Elsa, announcing that they're already engaged despite having just met that day. Elsa asks they speak alone. Although Anna has always craved her sister's attention and approval, and she hasn't known him long, she takes one look at Hans's worried face and insists she won't exclude him. She also insists on giving Elsa a chance even when it seems as if Elsa has attacked the kingdom.
  • Friendless Background: Anna was raised in seclusion her whole life without any close friends and little to no contact with her sister.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Downplayed. Anna seems to get along with animals rather easily. She 1) makes friends with baby ducks in "For the First Time in Forever", 2) manages to charm Hans's horse, Sitron, and 3) waves at Sven when the latter is sitting outside Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Sauna. Still, she has to fight off the angry wolves that attack her and Kristoff.

  • Genki Girl: After being cooped up in a castle for most of her life, Anna reacts to everything outside with enthusiasm and boundless energy.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Anna wears braided pigtails in every scene except those leading up to and during the coronation ball, where because it's a formal affair she styles her hair into a more formal and grown-up fashion.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: It's apparent that since Anna was sheltered and had little to no contact with other people or the outside world, she may have become slightly unbalanced and depressed. It doesn't help that Anna has an extroverted personality and needs human contact to thrive. It's Played for Laughs at first, such as when Anna mentions that she has started talking to portraits out of desperation, then promptly tells a painting of Joan of Arc to hang in there. However, it takes a darker turn when the audience realizes that Anna's isolation really has made her desperate enough for human affection to fall prey to Hans's political ploy.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Zigzagged. One of her main weaknesses is Did Not Think This Through and she sometimes makes rash decisions, and being locked up for most of her life has also left her rather naive. Both of these do get her hurt, and other characters question her idealism. After her attempts to reassure and help Elsa backfire, leaving her with a deadly curse, her fiance reveals himself to have been an Evil All Along Gold Digger and mocks her for trying to help Elsa, sneering "You were dumb enough to go after her!" On the flip side, her optimistic and kind personality allows her to retain her faith in Hero with Bad Publicity Elsa despite so much the evidence pointing otherwise. She is still rather clever sometimes, saving Kristoff from wolves and falling off a cliff with her quick thinking, and can be remarkably perceptive, realizing that Elsa isn't malicious like she seems. After being frozen by Elsa (it's accidental, but Anna doesn't actually know that) and Hans betraying her, she still rejects Good Is Dumb and chooses to continue to believe in Elsa and to sacrifice life for Elsa. Her compassion isn't just a product of naivety - she really is The Pollyanna and an All-Loving Hero - and it pays off.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Downplayed. She's a Nice Girl most of the time, but she won't always extend her kindness and compassion to those that are her enemies or people that she doesn't trust, especially towards a certain prince from the Southern Isles.
  • Hair Decorations: Anna wears a ribbon in her hair with her Coronation Day dress. She also wears ribbons and a sunflower in Frozen Fever and a festive piece that looks like leaves and cranberries with her Happy Holidays Dress in Olaf's Frozen Adventure.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Wears the same Girlish Pigtails she had as a child. She just does them up in a braided bun for special events.
  • Happy Holidays Dress: Her outfit in Olaf's Frozen Adventure isn't as grand as Elsa's, but still has several subtle decorations, such as white fur lining on her jacket and hat, Hair Decorations that look like leaves with cranberries, and a bells-and-goats motif on the hem of her skirt.
  • Harmless Freezing: Double subverted (and justified by it being a magic curse). Anna is accidentally frozen from the inside out by Elsa, and not only is it incredibly painful for her, it will leave her as an ice statue forever unless an act of true love stops it. When it does however, she's perfectly fine.
  • The Heart: Anna is the emotional centrepiece of the story and she is the one who brings everyone together for a common goal. She's also an All-Loving Hero who uses The Power of Love to save Elsa and the kingdom of Arendelle.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Falls in love with Hans at first sight. Subverted when it turns out he's a villain, and she ends up with the blonde Kristoff in the end.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Goes through an early one following her parents' deaths.
    • After learning of Hans's betrayal, she sadly tells Olaf that she doesn't know what love is.
  • Heroic Resolve: After getting her heart frozen and freezing from the inside out, she can barely walk, only able to weakly shuffle towards Kristoff for a True Love's Kiss — at least, when it's her own life that's at stake. But she sprints when it's Elsa's that's in danger.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ends up dodging in front of a sword strike meant for her sister even as she's turning to solid ice. Luckily, the Curse Escape Clause involving "an act of true love" kicks in.
  • Heroic Spirit: Anna is The Determinator and isn't the type to give up. It's her determined spirit and passion that ultimately saves Elsa and Arendelle, despite all the obstacles that are thrown her way during her journey.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Justified. You'd think she'd think more of herself than "completely ordinary" and "not that princess... it's just me", but years of neglect and apparent rejection did a number on her self-esteem.
  • The Heroine: Anna is the one who goes on the journey and mission to save both Elsa and the entire kingdom, and is the one who does so with her Heroic Sacrifice. She's also the main protagonist of the film.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Was this with Elsa when they were little; a good portion of the movie's drama is Anna wanting to become close to Elsa like they were as kids and not understanding why Elsa shuts her out.
  • Hikikomori: Thanks to her parents closing off the castle and raising her and Elsa in virtual isolation.
  • Honor Before Reason: Anna isn't always the most logical person and she can be highly reckless and impulsive when it comes to planning, but her sense of duty seems to be of bigger importance.
  • Hope Bringer: Anna is the one who remains consistently hopeful and optimistic about bringing summer back to Arendelle. She also represents hope for Elsa in helping her control her powers.
  • Hot-Blooded: She's free spirited, feisty, and easily excitable. Other than that, it's Played for Laughs.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Downplayed with Kristoff. He's only One Head Taller than her as well as being more muscular while she has a normal build for a young female adult.
  • I Can Change My Beloved: Anna believes that she can persuade her sister to bring back summer to Arendelle by unfreezing it. She is also has a strong belief that Elsa can control her powers because she is strong enough to do so. Elsa, on the other hand, doesn't believe that she can change or control her powers and has severe self doubt regarding controlling herself and hurting others.
  • Iconic Outfit: Though Anna prefers green dresses, her winter ensemble is the most used on The Merch.
  • Ideal Hero: Anna is a combination of The Heroine and an All-Loving Hero. Plus, she is idealistic, naive yet highly noble and selfless in nature. Her strong desire to bring back summer to Arendelle while risking her life and conducting a Heroic Sacrifice through The Power of Love and an Act of True Love is noble and admirable.
  • The Idealist: Anna is extremely idealistic and it is one of her defining personality and character traits.
  • Idiot Hero: After Elsa runs away, she goes off into the flash-frozen wilderness to find her without suitable clothing, supplies, or even a map, and her only "plan" is to talk her down.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Anna is someone who Desperately Craves Affection because she has been neglected since childhood with little to no human contact. It's understandable why Anna would end up falling for a man that she just met, because she deeply craves to be accepted and loved by someone.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Anna is an extroverted person by nature, but she was sheltered since childhood. She never got the opportunity to bond with other people and make friends. It didn't help that the only companionship that she had was her sister Elsa, who kept shutting her out for years. It is why Anna expresses such excitement on coronation day, because she can finally have the opportunity to be around people and possibly bond with others. It's part of the reason why Anna latched onto Hans as quickly as she did, because she was so desperate for companionship of any kind.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Despite being locked up and isolated her entire life, Anna never became hateful, bitter, or resentful because of her situation. She never let bitterness or anger consume her despite her isolation and being abandoned and neglected. Instead, Anna remained kind, compassionate, loving, and empathetic.
  • The Ingenue: She's been locked up at home all her life, making her very naive about the real world. It's both a Deconstruction and Reconstruction of the trope in a Disney movie. Anna's naïveté and her status as the heir apparent after Elsa becomes queen leads to her being vulnerable to Hans's manipulations in his plot to take over the throne. However, once Hans has been neutralised, Anna gains some wisdom without becoming cynical or losing any of her warmth and sweetness.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Her character was heavily inspired by her voice actress, Kristen Bell. She even sports Bell's lazy eye. In one interview, songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez said:
    "The more we were working with Kristen Bell, the more, the more she influenced. We all got on the same page with who Anna was because Anna's Kristen Bell. Like Kristen Bell's mind is so fast and she's so funny... we kind of all started writing differently."
  • In Love with Love: After spending the first of half of "For the First Time in Forever" excited about not having to be alone anymore, she spends the second half dreaming that she'd find romance, too. She even goes as far as to accept Hans's proposal after knowing him for only one day, already thinking he's her true love. He uses her naïveté and vulnerability to his own advantage and lampshades it.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Anna's eyes represent her kind-hearted and naive personality. Since Elsa's eyes are also blue, the color seems to run in the family.
  • Innocently Insensitive: During "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?", in which she begs Elsa to build a snowman with her, not knowing that the last time they built a snowman together, it almost killed her, but there's a reason why she doesn't know better.
  • Ironic Echo: Elsa's "What do you know about true love?" is answered after Hans leaves her to die by freezing.
    Anna: I don't even know what love is.
  • Ironic Name: "Anna" means "grace", but she's hardly a graceful individual.
  • "I Want" Song:
    • "Do You Want To Build a Snowman", in which Anna wants the close bond she and Elsa previously shared.
    • "For The First Time In Forever", in which Anna is excited at the prospect of meeting new people, and possibly finding true love (also the reprise, in which she wants to help Elsa and bring her back to Arendelle).
  • Kill the Cutie: Subverted. Though she eventually does freeze from the curse, she gets better.
  • Kirk Summation: She calls out Hans for his selfishness, telling him that he's the only one around with a metaphorical "frozen heart", meaning that because he never truly cared for others but saw them as mere objects, incessantly lied to and manipulated everyone, and always acted purely in self-interest.
  • Large Ham: Quite possibly the hammiest princess in Disney, especially when she was a child. "Do you wanna build a snowman?!" while biking in the castle hallways and sliding down banisters.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Pabbie modifies her memory after Elsa's initial blast hits her as a child, letting her keep the memories of the fun times she had with her sister, but removing all knowledge of Elsa's powers as a precaution.
  • The Leader: Even though Elsa is the one who is Queen of Arendelle and is the ruler of a kingdom, Anna is the leader during the majority of the film. She is the one who leads Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf during their journey and mission to bring back summer to Arendelle. It helps that Anna is also a princess and has a higher status than the other characters. Anna is the Charismatic and Headstrong type.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Anna can be very impulsive and reckless. She has a habit of doing things without planning them ahead of time. Sometimes her impulsive nature can get her in quite a bit of trouble.
  • Le Parkour: Even as a child, she leaps high and has no trouble vaulting around the castle either. Ironically, she really sucks at climbing.
  • Light Is Good: Commonly wears brighter-colored clothing and is a kind-hearted, noble and caring individual.
  • Little Miss Badass: Anna is the smallest main character and she is rather naive, but she is still very feisty and courageous. Plus, she can stand toe to toe with the guys.
  • Little Sister Instinct: Despite being the younger sister, Anna is very protective of Elsa and would do anything to keep her from getting hurt, even if she has to get hurt herself or die.
    • When Elsa runs off after accidentally freezing the castle, Anna is quick to defend her to suspicious people and immediately sets out in search of her, despite the inherent danger of traveling alone through a blizzard.
    • In Frozen Fever, she is quick enough to stop her sister from falling off the top of a clock tower.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Implied. If Anna wasn't around, Elsa would have probably remained in her own self-imposed exile within Arendelle's castle, struggling to keep her powers hidden.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Developed strands of platinum blonde hairs after Elsa accidentally struck her in the head with her ice powers (though due to the trolls altering Anna's memory, she is made to believe that she has had it from birth). Later, her hair begins to turn silvery white after Elsa accidentally freezes her heart, but it turns back to normal after the curse is broken.
  • Locked Up and Left Behind: Hans locks her in a room and leaves her to die from a curse freezing her from the inside out.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She grows up in a castle that was closed-off for most of her childhood and doesn't have much interaction with people.
  • Love at First Sight: Subverted. When she meets Hans she's awed by him and by the end of the night she agrees to marry him. We learn that Hans exploited this trope by faking being in love with Anna so he could marry into the throne.
  • Love Freak: Anna is obsessed with the idea of true love. She also has a strong belief that using The Power of Love for everything will bring happiness and peace. Anna's strong ability to love and faith in it is both a weakness and a strength, something that is even referred to in the casting call for the Broadway adaption. It's a weakness because she can fall prey to people playing on her emotions by using the concept of love to manipulate her, such as Hans. But it's also a strength because it helps her to see the good in people, save her sister, and save Arendelle.
  • Love Makes You Stupid: In regards to both Hans and Elsa in different ways. Anna was so desperate for love and attention that she impulsively wanted to marry Hans when she had just met him. Too bad that Anna couldn't see that Hans couldn't be trusted. Subverted in regards to Elsa. While Anna was perceptive enough to realize that her long-distant and secretive sister had not frozen the kingdom purposely and was "just scared", the film emphasizes the low likelihood of her faith being correct. Most notably, when Olaf agrees that Elsa is probably "the nicest, gentlest, warmest person ever", only to be immediately impaled by one of her (previously-created) ice spikes. She also believes that her big sister will know how to thaw the kingdom. While Hans is revealed to be untrustworthy, and Elsa turns out to not be as capable as Anna had expected, Anna's undying love for and faith in Elsa is vindicated when, despite appearances, Elsa is in fact innocent and, with Anna's help, learns to control her powers.
  • Love Martyr: Despite the fact that Elsa consistently has shut her out and neglected her since childhood, Anna refuses to leave Elsa or give up on rekindling their relationship. Elsa has repeatedly been aloof, cold, and distant towards Anna while Anna has been nothing but loving, supportive, and understanding of Elsa, regardless of how Elsa has always treated her. As a result, Anna can come off as an Extreme Doormat when it comes to Elsa since the relationship had come off as highly one-sided and unreciprocated.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: Olaf tells her Kristoff loves her. This, coupled with Hans's betrayal, makes her realize that she's in love with him.
  • Loving a Shadow: Anna falls for Hans and agrees to marry him quickly because she's desperate for affection—while the person whom she really wants to be close again with is her sister Elsa. After reconciling with her sister and seeing that Hans is not the Prince Charming he made himself out to be, Anna is able to move on and actually spends time getting to know her new Love Interest Kristoff before getting into a serious commitment with him.
  • Madness Mantra: Repeatedly says "Cold! Cold! Cold!" over and over as she stands up, clothes completely frozen from the icy river, and plods over to Wandering Oaken's.
  • Magnetic Hero: Despite being socially sheltered for the majority of her life, she seems to have the ability of gaining Undying Loyalty from people with ease. Much of it has to do with the fact that Anna is an All-Loving Hero who consistently chooses to see the good in others.
  • The Matchmaker: In the book The Secret Admirer, Anna actively goes searching for the person who has been sending Elsa gifts, hoping that her sister will fall in love with whoever this is.
  • Meaningful Name: While her name doubles as ironic, "grace" can also mean "kindness and caring", which Anna has in spades.
  • Messianic Archetype: Even after Elsa is called a monster by everyone else, unintentionally curses the kingdom with an Endless Winter (seemingly on purpose), and rejects and even nearly kills her by accident (not that Anna knows it's an accident)... she never gives up on her fallen sister, believing in the inherent goodness in Elsa's heart. In the end, the concept of true love comes in the form of a Heroic Sacrifice, which allows Elsa to finally redeem herself and brings Anna back from the dead.
  • Modest Royalty: Downplayed. Unless Anna is dressed for a formal occasion (such as her sister's coronation), Anna's style of dresses tend to be rather simple yet elegant.
  • Motifs: Fire. She's a Fiery Redhead, she uses fire as a weapon against the wolves, and the moment where Hans betrays her and leaves her to die is punctuated by him extinguishing all sources of fire in the immediate area.
  • Motor Mouth: Downplayed. She can talk at a normal speed, but also babbles and speaks more quickly when she's nervous or excited, which is often.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Has a lot of strength for her size. In "For the First Time in Forever", Anna accidentally hammer tosses a statue bust across a room. She later sucker punches Hans hard enough to send him over the railing of a ship.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When she gets betrayed by Hans, she realizes she was wrong about their relationship being True Love.
  • Mystical White Hair: Has a streak of hair which turned platinum blonde after Elsa accidentally struck her in the head as a child. When Elsa accidentally freezes her heart, her hair slowly turns white as she nears death. By the time she unfreezes thanks to her Heroic Sacrifice, the streak is gone.

  • Naïve Everygirl: A romantic naive young girl who dreams of finding true love.
  • Nice Girl: Anna is always sweet, cheerful, and kind (though she has her limits), and an All-Loving Hero whose big day-saving power is love.
  • Nice Hat: Anna is seen wearing a magenta skullcap to wear over her head as part of the winter wardrobe that she acquires at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Sauna.
  • Not a Morning Person: She has a lot of trouble waking up, both on Elsa's coronation day in the movie and on her own birthday in the Frozen Fever short.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Serves as this for Elsa to help her defrost. Ultimately, it's her act of saving Elsa that creates the act of true love; the bond between the sisters.
  • Oblivious to Love: Deconstructed. Anna grew up locked in a castle with a policy of discouraging visitors, while her older sister and former best friend suddenly began shutting her out without explanation when she was five, so she turned to stories and paintings for "company." As a result, she doesn't really understand what love really is, despite being incredibly loving herself. She has no clue Kristoff has fallen for her until Olaf points it out.
    Anna: Kristoff... loves me?
    Olaf: Wow, you really don't know anything about love, do you?
  • Oblivious Younger Sibling: Anna is convinced her older sister Elsa is just misunderstood, remembering how close the two of them used to be when young, even when Elsa ends up looking really bad after seemingly ignoring Anna for most of their childhood, shooting ice spikes at Anna in the middle of an argument, and then promptly fleeing the kingdom, leaving the country in a magical blizzard in July. She turns out to be right - most of the issues truly are misunderstandings or accidents.
  • Official Couple: With Kristoff, although they are not married by the movie's end.note 
  • Oh, Crap!: She has a rather huge one while discovering Hans' true self.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The moment Elsa runs off and Anna prepares to make chase, there is a very distinct difference in how she speaks when she says "Bring me my horse, please", and her tone when placing Hans in charge during her absence. It is a remarkable difference from her normal demeanor and shows just how important Elsa is to her. Compare and contrast her slightly less commanding tone and request when she solicits Kristoff for help the following night.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: At the end of "Do You Want To Build a Snowman", after her parents' death, she collapses against her sister's bedroom door, sobbing and begging Elsa for company.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Her cut song "More Than Just The Spare" helped shape her character even if it didn't make it into the movie. Elsa is simply more talented at everything than her, plus has magic powers, and is the one who inherits the throne.
  • The Paragon: Anna is the one who inspires Elsa to learn how to control her powers through The Power of Love. Without Anna, Elsa would be isolated and would let her powers get completely out of control.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: Anna has a green cape she wears to go searching for her sister, and later a warmer pink cape.
  • Pimped-Out Dress:
    • Her dress during the coronation is several shades of green, has large pleats all around the billowy skirt, and is covered with intricate rosemaling.
    • Her winter outfit, which she acquires during her search for Elsa, is less flamboyant but still quite detailed and beautiful with its shades of purple and blue.
    • Her birthday dress in Froze Fever has several sunflower motifs stitched on.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Downplayed. Anna has both tomboyish and girly qualities, and pink is one of the colors associated with her, although not as strongly as her primary Color Motif, green. The walls of her bedroom are pink and the cloak she wears for the main part of the first movie is magenta. See the Color Motif and Princesses Prefer Pink entries.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite her small stature, she can throw a mean punch. Hans finds this out when she decks him hard enough to knock him overboard at the end of the movie.
  • Plucky Girl: She shows incredible moxie and always tries to help. The most action-like instances are when she and Kristoff fight off a wolf pack, when they evade Marshmallow, and when she sucker punches Hans into the fjord.
  • The Pollyanna: Promotional material lists ones of her defining traits as "eternal optimism". Reconstructed Trope. Anna's optimistic attitude doesn't always work out, such as when her attempts to help Elsa get the Endless Winter under control result in an accident that freezes her heart and when Hans betrays her. Eventually, the Trauma Conga Line does bring about Heroic BSoD, but Anna recovers and still chooses to continue believing in Hero with Bad Publicity Elsa's goodness, despite most of the evidence, from the perspective of Anna (who doesn't even know her frozen heart was an accident, not having seen Elsa's look of shock), pointing otherwise and having just had her trust in the one person she believed loved her broken. She saves Elsa's life, at the cost of her own, and her faith in Elsa is validated.
  • The Power of Love: Her love for her sister allows her to brave driving snow in little more than a ballgown, climb a mountain and cross a frozen lake in order to throw herself in front of Hans' sword to save Elsa despite being half-dead at the time.
  • Pretty in Mink:
    • When she gets winter clothes from Oaken, she gets a cape and cap lined with pink-white fur.
    • In Olaf's Frozen Adventure, she wears a jacket and hat lined with white fur.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: This bubbly princess, who has been locked up in her home for 13 years, was able to help Kristoff take on a pack of wolves, stand up to an ice golem, and punch Hans in the face with enough force to knock him off a boat. Heck, she didn't even need a knight-in-shining-armor to finish the job. This is foreshadowed in "For The First Time In Forever", when we see how much strength and agility she has, from hammer tossing a bust across the room on accident, to bouncing off couches like Olympic trampolines.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Anna's hair is put up into a neat, perfectly-shaped bun at Elsa's coronation. A clear contrast to the way she normally wears her hair, which is in Girlish Pigtails that are braided.
  • Primary-Color Champion: While she tends to favor outfits that are primarily green, her Iconic Outfit that she wears in most marketing and for the main part of the movie when she's endeavoring to save Elsa and Arendelle is blue with a magenta cape.
  • Princess Classic: Anna grows up to be an archetypal "sweet-natured, innocent, friend to all living things, romantic" princess.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Downplayed. Most of her outfits contain some pink accents, although all of them are primarily green or blue. As for prominent appearances of it, her winter cape and hat are magenta and her room is pink, but that's about it. The color most associated with her is green instead.
  • The Protagonist: The story centres on her journey in rekindling her relationship with her sister Elsa and finding a way to bring back summer to Arendelle.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Anna definitely has a strong case of puppy dog eyes and sometimes she unintentionally uses them, especially when she wants approval from Elsa or Kristoff.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • In her hurt and anger at being forbidden Elsa's blessing to marry Hans and Elsa's decision to close the gates again and continue to keep the two of them isolated, she gives a short one to her sister.
    • Near the end, Anna gives a short one to Hans for callously abandoning her to death and trying to kill Elsa, telling him that he's the only one with a "frozen heart". And she then suddenly sucker-punches him without warning.
  • Reconstruction: Of The Heart and The Ingenue. Much like The Chick of old, Anna's main strength isn't so much her smarts, experience, or power, but her care for the people around her and her determination to save them from their darker sides. However, this doesn't mean she has to be completely useless, completely based around those she cares about, or that she can't have agency in the plot. It does take its toll on her, though, and her naivety and the emotional toll of retaining her faith in and devotion to her sister, despite Elsa's aloof behaviour, leave her vulnerable to Manipulative Bastard Hans, who takes advantage of her heart to get close to the throne. They also nearly get her killed when she chooses to help Elsa, but her faith in her sister is ultimately validated; Elsa really is, as Anna chooses to believe, a Hero with Bad Publicity, and much of the damage Elsa causes really is unintentional, the result of Power Incontinence. Anna gets to grow and readjust her understanding of love without having to turn all cynical or lose any of her warmth and sweetness.
  • Redhead In Green: Nearly every outfit she's seen in is green, excepting the black mourning dress and the blue winter dress and pink cape bought from Oaken's, as well as her blue holiday dress in Olaf's Frozen Adventure.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Elsa's blue. Anna is very energetic in contrast to her sister's calmness. Reversed in Frozen Fever, where Elsa is more energetic than her.
  • Royal Blood: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Anna is the Princess of Arendelle. Her sister Elsa is the Queen of Arendelle.
  • Sadistic Choice: Once Anna realizes that Kristoff does love her and went back for her, she hopes she can get a kiss from him to save her life. On the other hand, she sees her estranged sister about to be killed by her traitorous ex-fiancé. It's her life or her sister's. She chooses the latter and it turns out to be a better choice.
  • Save the Villain: An unusual example, in large part because the audience knows that Elsa isn't really a villain, but from Anna's perspective she might as well be. She had basically condemned Anna to a life of misery and plunged the kingdom into an Endless Winter, but when the suspicious Duke of Weselton thinks she's a monster and wants to send his men after her, Anna defends Elsa and insists she can be reasoned with. She volunteers to find Elsa and talk to her herself. When she does, she finds she was right and Elsa really is surprised to hear about the magical winter everywhere. However, when Anna asks her to stop it, Elsa doesn't try and instead insists she can't, freezing Anna's heart before siccing a giant ice monster on her and her friends. The camera shows the audience the initial surprise on Elsa's face after she notices she's injured Anna, establishing to us that it was unintentional, but Anna, doubled over in pain, doesn't get to see it. From her perspective, it appears as if Elsa lost her temper and struck Anna deliberately. Despite this, when all bets are off and Anna sees Elsa about to be killed during the run to her salvation from the curse, she immediately gives up the opportunity to live and instead throws herself in front of the sword, saving Elsa.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Kristoff. She is a spunky princess willing to do whatever it takes to bring her sister home, he is a grumpy, rough-around-the-edges ice harvester helping her along the way.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Anna is already pretty when she's not dressed up in fancy gowns, but when she does dress up, she looks much more regal and put together.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Her extreme naivety and awkwardness are a result of spending most of her life locked up in the royal palace with little to no companionship.
  • Shipper on Deck: In The Secret Admirer, she's determined to learn who has been sending Elsa gifts so the two can meet face-to-face. She gives up on the relationship after learning Elsa's secret admirer, Freddie, is a seven-year-old boy.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: She's energetic, outspoken, and extroverted while Elsa is calm, reserved, and introverted.
  • Significant Birth Date: According to extra material, Anna was born on the summer solstice. It does seem like a lovely summer's day on her birthday in the short Frozen Fever.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Her everyday dresses are significantly less fancy than her formal dresses yet her casual dresses are still made of expensive fabric, as she is royalty.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
    • Anna is initially smitten with Hans because of his princely and nice guy demeanor, but it turns out he was just playing her.
    • In the end, thankfully, she becomes an Official Couple with the surly but brave and heroic Kristoff, who would do anything to protect her and their loved ones.
  • Skunk Stripe: Anna has a single platinum-blonde streak in her strawberry-blonde hair from Elsa accidentally striking her in the head when she was 5. To judge by what she tells Hans, she believes she was born with it due to the trolls' erasure of her memories. Later, her hair turns completely white as she succumbs to Elsa's accidental curse, which hit her in her heart. It disappears after the curse breaks.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Anna is subjected to about the same amount of slapstick that Kristoff is subjected to, though significantly less than what Olaf is subjected to.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Falls in love with Hans and agrees to marry him the day they meet.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Kristoff throughout the film. The two are both very much Deadpan Snarkers, which can only result in them bickering and snarking at each other Like an Old Married Couple.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Anna lacks a lot of social skills and is amazingly awkward around other people. This is largely due to the fact that she spent 13 years of her life isolated in the castle by herself.
  • Spare to the Throne: When the King was still alive, she was this. When Elsa became queen, she got bumped up to heir apparent, and soon finds herself needing to deal with the chaos that ensues when Elsa flees Arendelle, while retaining the inferiority complex associated with this trope. This is exploited by Hans.
  • Stepford Smiler: Implied. While she was energetic and happy even as a child, it seems like staying that way through adulthood was Anna's way of dealing with Elsa's emotional distance, especially after the deaths of their parents, and she is often seen briefly frowning in response to something negative before pasting on a smile.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Anna has similar features to both of her parents, especially to her mother. Specifically, she has her mother's facial structures but has her father's hair and eye colors.
  • Stylish Protection Gear: After Elsa accidentally puts the kingdom in an Endless Winter, Anna goes to find her. Anna then has to ditch her summer clothes for winter gear. The only winter clothes available at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Sauna not only conveniently fit her, but also look quite nice.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Growing up in the shadow of her older, seemingly-perfect sister Elsa, Anna comes to develop an inferiority complex, thinking of herself as "completely ordinary" and "not that princess... it's just me". This low self-esteem is exploited by Hans, and he especially plays on it during his post-reveal monologue, telling Anna that she's "no match for Elsa" and that her sister "was preferable, of course". In an earlier draft where Elsa was written as less reclusive than in the final film, the theme of Spare to the Throne was more prominent and this trope was more heavily explored. This is seen in Anna's unused song "More Than Just The Spare" and this deleted scene, which helped shape her character even if they didn't make it into the movie.
    I'm not part of the town, not meant to be queen, just somebody hopelessly in-between
    She's the scholar, athlete, poet
    I'm the screw-up... Don't I know it
    But then, who could ever compare?
    Of course they're gonna think I'm just the spare
    Well, I won't care.
  • Sunny Sunflower Disposition: In Frozen Fever, sunflowers are the theme of her birthday party and dress, fitting Anna's cheerful and sunny personality.
  • Sweet Tooth: Anna has a love of sugar and sweets, especially chocolate.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Floral patterns. Both Anna's green princess dress and her blue winter dress have crocus flowers on them, as do the sleeves of her main outfit shown in Frozen II trailers and promotional material. Her birthday dress has sunflowers, which also appear on her birthday cake. This fits her Hope Bringer status, especially the crocuses, which are specifically associated with Spring and rebirth, fitting for a character who brings back the sun. Crocuses are also an official symbol of Arendelle and denote her devotion to the kingdom, while the sunflowers are emblematic of her warm, cheerful personality and constancy.
  • Taken for Granite: When one of Elsa's blasts strikes her in the heart, her body begins to slowly turn into really hard ice. Instead of the Literally Shattered Lives you'd expect from her being struck by a sword, it's the sword that shatters.
  • Taking the Bullet: Takes a sword slash meant for her sister just as her body turns to ice.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Gives up any chance of living in order to deflect Hans's sword from Elsa.
  • Thicker Than Water: Even though Elsa shut her out and neglected her for so many years and also set off an eternal winter which froze the entire kingdom of Arendelle (accidentally - but Anna doesn't know that), Anna never gives up on her and is still determined to rekindle their relationship. She has Undying Loyalty and unconditional love for Elsa no matter what. She makes a choice to sacrifice her life to save Queen Elsa despite the fact the she strikes her in the heart (also accidentally - but Anna doesn't know that, either) and continually shuts her out (in an attempt, unbeknownst to Anna, to protect Anna from the magical power Elsa can't fully control). This trope is even stronger because she could have gotten a kiss from Kristoff, which would save Anna at the cost of Elsa's life. However, The Power of Love saves Anna from her Disney Death because her sacrifice was an Act of True Love. In the end, it's Anna's familial love for Elsa that ends up saving Anna herself, Elsa, and the entire kingdom of Arendelle.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Deconstructed. Anna was locked away at a young age and didn't get much socialization, to the point that she ended up turning to paintings for conversation, so her idea of love ends up rather storylike. She believes in Fourth Date Marriage if it's "true love", which she thinks describes her relationship with Hans after one date. He turns out to be a Gold Digger manipulating her so he can get closer to the throne, and Anna moves on to the more sincere Kristoff, who's proven himself true - and they take things more slowly.
  • This Loser Is You: Part of what makes her a character to relate to is her awkward and quirky personality.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Elsa's Girly Girl. Although both dress femininely, Anna is the one to stuff her face with food, punch out a prince, rescue her sister in the place of choosing to kiss Kristoff, act awkwardly, be Not a Morning Person with the hairstyle and drool to match, and ride a bicycle indoors.
  • Tomboy Princess: Downplayed. She spends her childhood climbing around the castle and likes to eat.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: While she's a Tomboy Princess compared to Elsa and isn't always demure, she's still a loving, romantic Naïve Everygirl and her "I Want" Song was all about finding romance and falling in love.
  • Took a Level in Badass: She takes up swordplay in the sequel.
  • Too Much Information: Her response to one of the trolls mentioning that Kristoff "only likes to tinkle in the woods" during the "Fixer Upper" number:
    Anna: I did not need to know that.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Has a fondness for chocolate. And sandwiches (see Big Eater entry).
  • Tranquil Fury: The sight of Anna alive confuses Hans, prompting him to ask how she beat the frozen heart curse. Anna has been shown to be a bit hot-tempered when pushed enough, but this time she just coldly states that the only frozen heart is Hans's, and then begins to take her leave... before suddenly turning her heel and sucker-punching the treacherous prince in the face, causing him to fall into the fjord below.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Wow, does she go through tragedy!
    • She gets accidentally hit in the head with ice by Elsa as kids and gets her memories wiped clean to not remember her sister's powers.
    • Then, Anna is shunned by Elsa and doesn't know why, and tries desperately to reconnect with her.
    • During this time, she's locked up in the castle, without explanation.
    • Cut to a few years later, her parents are dead and Anna tries again to reconnect with Elsa to no avail, leaving her feeling unwanted.
    • Another three years go by and she finds someone she thinks is true love, Hans, then asking Elsa for her blessing leads to an argument about their unexplained isolation and sudden estrangement, culminating with Elsa shooting ice spikes at her and running away.
    • As Anna deals with realizing that her family kept her in the dark about such a major secret, the kingdom plunges into a magical blizzard in the middle of summer and people begin to believe her estranged but still beloved sister is a "monster".
    • Anna tries to get her to come back but only gets her heart frozen by her accidentally, and doesn't even know that was an accident.
    • She tries to get Hans to kiss her, and he reveals himself to be a manipulative sociopath who tells her no one loves her, leaves her to die, and plans to kill Elsa, crushing her idea of what love is, while she is freezing to death from the inside out.
    • And finally, saves Elsa at the cost of her own life. It's a good thing she comes back to life and things get better for her, but someone needed to give her a hug and that someone was Elsa.
  • True Companions: With Kristoff, Olaf, Sven and of course Elsa.
  • True Love's Kiss: Subverted twice. When Anna is struck by her older sister Elsa's out-of-control magic and is slowly freezing solid, it is believed that an "act of true love" is necessary to reverse the process and save her. Anna then goes back to her fiancé Hans to get a kiss from him, only to find out that he's only using her to get at Elsa and snatch the crown of Arendelle, so he mocks her and then says he will leave her to die, at which point she realizes that her companion Kristoff loves her. In the end, Anna forgoes a chance to get the kiss from Kristoff that would save her, instead throwing herself in front of Hans when he tries to kill Elsa and freezing solid just as the sword lands, breaking it. That sacrifice out of love for her sister is what ultimately not only saves her, but helps Elsa finally control her powers.
  • Tsundere: Anna is a Type B, which means that her default mood is kind, sweet, loving and caring. But when she interacts with Kristoff, she can become more sarcastic, edgy, and snarky. Ironically, Anna ends up falling for Kristoff at the end of the movie.
  • The Unchosen One: Thinks herself "completely ordinary", but volunteers to go on a journey to help her sister and free their kingdom from an Endless Winter because she's the only one who believes that Elsa isn't actually evil and considers herself responsible for the argument during which Elsa snapped and revealed her powers.
  • Undying Loyalty: Anna seems to always believe Elsa is not someone to fear, but is someone who is just really scared and frightened of herself. When Elsa's powers are revealed, and she runs away, Anna doesn't hesitate to go after her. "She's my sister - she would never hurt me." The fact that she is later dying because of Elsa's magic, and still doesn't hesitate to save her, really proves this trope.
  • Uptown Girl: For Kristoff at the end; princess and ice salesman and all.
  • Wakeup Makeup: Averted. Anna wakes up on coronation day with what must be the world's worst case of bedhead. The bedhead returns in Frozen Fever, where the occasion is her own birthday. In the Frozen fan-comic Cinema Snob Reviews Frozen, the Snob describes her as being a bassist for an 80s Hair Metal band.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Anna can sometimes get really sarcastic and snarky towards Kristoff. Her interactions with him come off as Vitriolic Best Buds at the start.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She and Elsa were inseparable as children. Then, the accident happened.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Anna calls Elsa out on shutting her out during the coronation party.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Reconstructed. Anna is extremely idealistic by nature and naive. She thinks Hans is her One True Love after less than day, only to find out he's a murderous Gold Digger. She also believes Elsa is just misunderstood when the latter freezes the whole kingdom, but turns out to be right. By the end of the movie, she's become more discerning and realistic, but still retains her idealism. The casting call for the Broadway version even outright says "her greatest flaw – and her greatest strength – is her faith in love".
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: She's convinced that her Love at First Sight with Hans is true love. She learns otherwise the hard way when Hans reveals he only pretended to love her to get to the throne.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Anna is instrumental in pulling Elsa out of her fear and depression. When everyone is afraid of Elsa and thinks that she is a monster, Anna is always the one to believe that Elsa is a good person despite the mistakes that she makes - shutting Anna out since childhood, abandoning her kingdom, damning Arendelle to an eternal winter, freezing her heart, etc. - even before finding out that the latter two were accidents or Elsa's reasons for the first two. Anna is also the catalyst for getting Elsa to learn how to control her powers that she had so many problems with controlling for years.
  • You Are Not Alone: Anna reminds Elsa that no matter what she might do, whether it be abandoning her, shutting her out emotionally, or cursing Arendelle to an eternal winter, she will always love Elsa no matter what and that together, they can undo the curse that Elsa accidentally put on the kingdom. Anna also tells Elsa that she doesn't have to spend her days alone or live in fear because she will always be there by her side supporting her through it all.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Zigzagged. While this trope usually has the older sibling or siblings incompetent (and sometimes even evil), Anna feels Overshadowed by Awesome in comparison to her older sister, which is understandable considering that Elsa is the Queen of Arendelle, has ice powers, and is more dutiful, serious, and regal. On the other hand, Anna is only the spare and a princess (although she is knocked up to heir apparent after their parents tragically die), is a regular human girl with no magical powers, and is quirky, clumsy and awkward. Yet Elsa isn't perfect, either, and it is Anna who ends up saving Elsa and the kingdom because she is the one who doesn't give up hope and in no small part precisely because she always recognizes Elsa's worth, even when Elsa appears evil. The sisters win when they're together.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Twice, both for the same reason: she's unintentionally blasted by Elsa's magic, which begins to freeze her from the inside. The king and queen appeal to the trolls to reverse it the first time, though they're unable to do anything the second time, due to the damage being done to the heart instead of the head (the heart can only be melted by an act of true love, the head can be easily persuaded by memory surgery).
  • Youthful Freckles: On her face and shoulders. Serves to highlight her initial immaturity and naivety.


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