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Prince Hans Westergaard of The Southern Isles

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"Oh Anna. If only there was someone out there who loved you."
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Voiced by: Santino Fontana
Appearances: Frozen | Frozen Fever
Appearances in alternate continuities: Once Upon a Time | Frozen Free Fall | Big Hero 6note  | Kingdom Heartsnote 

A prince of the Southern Isles, he comes to Arendelle for Elsa's coronation and quickly makes an impression on Anna. He's actually using Anna to rule the kingdom himself.


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  • 13 Is Unlucky: Being 13th in line for his kingdom's throne, he knows he doesn't stand a chance to be king. In A Frozen Heart, he's the proverbial Black Sheep and the odd one out of the large Westergaard clan, often picked on by the older members of the family.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
  • Adaptational Jerkass: He's worse in Kingdom Hearts III than in canon. In this game, when Hans fails to kill Elsa, he traps the party in a sunless void (heavily implied to be the Realm of Darkness) to kill them as Sköll.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: A Frozen Heart portrays him as a more sympathetic and tragic character, who starts off the book capable of caring about other people before becoming cruel, as opposed to The Sociopath of the film.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Even though it's just a facade, Hans acts a lot more Adorkable and awkward in the stage musical; this makes his eventual Evil All Along reveal all the more jarring.
  • Adorkable: To the same extent as Anna. However, he's evil and exploits his charm to woo Anna as part of his plan to become king. That said, his first scene may suggest it isn't entirely faked. When he bows to Anna, attempting a Meet Cute with her, Sitron does the same. As Sitron is the one keeping the boat they are standing in from falling, it makes the situation more awkward than Hans intended and he quickly apologizes.
  • Age Lift: Inverted in A Frozen Heart. Hans is twenty in the novelization instead of twenty-three in the movie.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: In his final chapter of A Frozen Heart, he's panicking when the guards drag him to be shipped back to the Southern Isles without even seeing Anna and Elsa one last time. Considering the book expands on his role and reveals more about him than the movie did, it's clear to the reader he will suffer far worse treatment than he has from his family beforehand, who were already horrible to him. As he was desperately trying to never go back, he's begging to be let go, treating his return trip as a Fate Worse than Death. And as shown in Frozen Fever, it's implied that his father stripped Hans of his noble privileges after his failed takeover of Arendelle and penalized him to hard labor, which includes shoveling manure in the royal stables.
  • All for Nothing: In A Frozen Heart. The plan he and Lars spent three years for, in hopes of finding love and a new home in Arendelle, are ruined because Hans just couldn't help himself and took the easier but less moral solution to get a kingdom and his father's respect quicker. He's now living a worse life than before.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: In A Frozen Heart. Hans feels "out of place" amongst his abusive family, most of whom frequently bully and/or shun him because they see him as a weakling.
  • All There in the Manual: His last name is never spoken in the film. Film director Jennifer Lee revealed it to be Westergaard and since then, all media that mentions Hans having a last name, such as A Frozen Heart, uses it.
  • Almost Kiss: A notoriously cruel example: dying from a curse, Anna believes True Love's Kiss will save her, and tries to initiate one with Hans... only for him to pause and say "Oh Anna... if only there was someone out there who loved you."
  • Altar the Speed: Played with and averted. Hans lies to the dignitaries that he and Anna spoke their vows just before she died of a frozen heart, in order to create a false claim to the throne and have Elsa executed for "treason." Note that Anna originally wanted to Altar the Speed at the coronation party, and Elsa tells her no. Hans tries to talk with her, but Elsa refuses to hear him out and orders him to leave.
  • Always Second Best: In A Frozen Heart. His father sees thinks little of his youngest son, seeing his older sons as better and ruthless. Hans agrees, and develops an inferiority complex as a result. To counter this, Hans tries to emulate them by becoming the king's gofer before setting off to Arendelle in the hopes of eventually earning his family's admiration.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In A Frozen Heart, it's never clear if Hans actually killed anyone. He takes on tasks for his Evil Overlord father and dislikes doing his father's dirty work.
  • Ambition Is Evil: His whole plan was to make himself king, and he's neither squeamish nor apologetic of how he empties the throne of its previous occupants.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • The film's head animator compared him to a chameleon. The only difference is that instead of his appearance, Hans changes his personality to adapt to situations. To woo Anna, he pretends to be a lovesick Nice Guy. To earn Arendelle's admiration, he helps them during the winter and goes to rescue their princess. To get Elsa's trust, he acts like a friend who knows she doesn't want to hurt people. And to counter the Duke, he appears as a rude Jerkass.
    • In A Frozen Heart, his father and brothers compare him to a mouse, which is generally seen as weak and not useful, even though they're very clever and industrious. They claim that the Westergaards should be "lions, not mice".
  • Annoying Younger Sibling:
    • Inverted. Three of his brothers pretended he was invisible for two years.
    • Inverted further in A Frozen Heart. Except for one, who tries to help him leave home to find a better life, he sees most of his older brothers as obnoxious jerks.
  • Asshole Victim: Although his role in the Kingdom Hearts III version of Frozen is much reduced, he still tries to murder Elsa in cold blood and transforms into a giant ice wolf Heartless when he fails, making his subsequent Death by Adaptation in Kingdom Hearts III far from undeserved.
  • Anti-Villain: Subverted in A Frozen Heart. He's initially motivated by wanting to escape the horrible physical and emotional abuse of his family, but becomes more ambitious and cruel over the course of the book.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Elsa is is fighting the guards, we get the Armor-Piercing Statement variant:
    Hans: Queen Elsa! Don't be the monster they fear you are!
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest of thirteen sons. In A Frozen Heart, growing up the smallest and most forgettable of the brood wound up being the source of his issues.
  • Bad Samaritan: He's implied to be the first person outside of the (much-reduced) castle staff that Anna had truly socialized with in years. Naturally, he's also a villain.
  • Badass Bookworm: An excellent strategist, Manipulative Bastard, and a good swordsman all rolled into one.
  • Badass Longcoat: It's a greatcoat with that caped bit at the shoulders, but in principle it's this.
  • Bait the Dog: His character is a major subversion of the classical Disney Prince: handsome, brave outwardly friendly and polite, and even played by Santino Fontana, known at the time of his casting for playing a more straightforward Prince Charming role in the Broadway run of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. He's friendly to Anna, is shown helping the common folk and standing up to the Duke when the old man starts complaining that he's giving away "tradable goods" and that Anna "may be conspiring with a sorceress." He later goes after the sisters himself when Anna's horse comes back without her, stops Elsa from killing the Duke's men who had attacked her, stops one of the men from shooting her, and then later when Elsa is imprisoned, pleads with her to stop the eternal winter and seems nothing but sympathetic. Then when a cursed Anna comes to him for a True Love's Kiss, Hans smiles as romantic music swells, leans in... and the music abruptly stops as he flashes a Slasher Smile and reveals that he was faking his romance with Anna and pretending being a Nice Guy to the dignitaries and locals to usurp the Arendellian throne with both sisters out of the way and with enough support to avoid too much objection.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: This is one of the reasons why no one realizes Hans is an usurper until it's too late: everyone is panicking after the snow begins to fall, and it's not obvious who should have authority, since Elsa bailed out and Anna left to find her — so Hans calmly takes charge on Anna's instructions. He acts like he has the whole situation under control, and people obey him as a result. Since the quickest way to become a leader in a crisis situation is usually to just behave like one, Hans has that down to an art. People might not even mind until later that his claims are decidedly dodgy.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: In A Frozen Heart. He vowed not to use violence like his family routinely does, yet he resorts to the tactics they use once things go south in Arendelle.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: In A Frozen Heart. Lars is the only brother Hans genuinely likes, since he ignores their father's decision to have Hans be "toughened up".
  • Beneath the Mask: Played straight in the film, and zig-zagged in the Tie-In Novel A Frozen Heart. Initially, he seems to be a Nice Guy and Adorkable towards Anna. But after The Reveal, he's shown to be Evil All Along.
  • Betrayal by Inaction: He leaves Anna to die when she had been expecting that he could perform an Act of True Love to save her.
  • Betty and Veronica: Gender Flipped. He's the "Betty" (cultured prince) to Kristoff's "Veronica" (manly ice-farmer) for Anna's "Archie". This later gets flipped after both The Reveal and Anna getting to see past Kristoff's gruff exterior.
  • Big Brother Worship: In A Frozen Heart towards Lars. While it's debatable if he wants to earn the respect of his brothers aside from leaving their shadow, he does genuinely admire Lars, the third oldest of his siblings, if just for being the only brother to show him any humanity.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Dramatically defied when he reveals his true nature and refuses to kiss Anna.
  • Birds of a Feather: Subverted Trope. He and Anna bond over being shut out by older siblings and seeming to share many of the same interests. After The Reveal, it becomes questionable how much of the latter was real and how much faked by Hans, although co-director Jennifer Lee has confirmed the former is true.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: His acts of kindness as well as his Adorkable wooing of the impressionable, happy-go-lucky princess Anna, are revealed to be parts of a calculated plot to marry into Arendelle's royal family and ultimately murder Queen Elsa so he can ascend to the throne much quicker.
  • Black and Gray Morality: In A Frozen Heart, he starts off as a Anti-Villain driven to escape the tyranny of his homeland, while simultaneously trying to please his father at all costs. But as the story progresses, the abuse brought out the worst of him and he very much becomes Not So Different from his father and brothers.
  • Black and White Morality: In A Frozen Heart, he literally forces himself to think this way during his journey to take down Elsa. Whenever he begins to realize that Elsa isn't such a bad person after all or feels sorry for her, he panics and starts throwing out reasons to why Elsa must be the villain and that everything "bad" that has happened to him is completely her fault. He also quickly dehumanizes her as a "monster" so he can feel less bad when killing her.
  • Black Sheep: In A Frozen Heart. Being the youngest of 13 sons meant that he was an easy target for his older brothers to pick on — in essence, becoming the Extreme Doormat for his family. His father thinks little of him, going so much as to unabashedly acknowledge his lack of interest in his son's presence during social gatherings and encourage his older sons to gang up on him for being a weakling. Ironically, Hans being against the violent methods of his family made him the White Sheep, but his desire to appeal to his father darkened him. Even Hans sometimes acknowledges that he's the odd one out in his large family.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: He makes the typical mistake of Evil Gloating to Anna, then leaves her alive and unguarded before making the move to slay Elsa. Although given her magic induced hypothermia, all he really had to do was wait and watch her die painfully and then he wouldn't have to lie to anyone afterward.
  • Break the Haughty: In his final chapter of A Frozen Heart, after his father's influence finally brought out the worst in him, Hans panics when he's informed he's being shipped home and tries desperately to escape.
  • Break Them by Talking:
    • A wise thing to do before attacking a borderline Goddess of Winter with a sword when she knows he is coming is to break her will to resist. This effectively leaves her suicidal, because being told that her sister was dead due to her own actions is her worst fear come true. Luckily, Anna wasn't dead, and saved Elsa in the nick of time from his attempt to decapitate her.
    • He also does this to Anna by telling her that she was only ever a means to an end to him and what a fool she was for trusting him. It leaves her depressed for a while, but Anna eventually realizes that there are still people (Kristoff and Olaf) who care about her.
  • Bridal Carry: He briefly carries Anna like this after she is brought to him by two servants.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Wears lots of white and blue and is evil.
  • Broken Ace: He is handsome, charming, a skilled fighter, and a prince, but a desperate hunger for recognition and glory, combined in A Frozen Heart with years of abuse, severe family issues and neglect, corrupted him.
  • The Cameo:
    • In Big Hero 6, his photo can be seen on the police desk when Hiro tries reporting Yokai to the police. Later, Baymax also destroys a statue of him at Fred's house.
    • While not appearing in Zootopia proper, His character model was used to help determine the height differences between humans and animals during the development.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Played with in A Frozen Heart. Whenever he tried to crack a joke with his brothers, it was they who made a laughing stock out of him.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: His concern about not wanting harm to come to Anna basically translates to him needing Anna alive so he can become king. Though he goes out to find Anna, he also wants Elsa alive so that he can try and charm her too. Once he realizes Anna will shortly die because his kiss won't work and Elsa can't lift the curse, he decides it's time to get to killing.
  • Casting a Shadow: In Kingdom Hearts III, his Heartless has the ability to transform into a humongous ball of shadows that devours light, eventually culminating in that ball pulling a Colony Drop that can cause massive damage to Sora and co.
  • The Charmer: He has an awkward kind of charm which turns out to be an evil version of this, and thus an invoked trope.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Hans mentions his twelve older brothers as a counterpoint to Anna's problematic relationship with Elsa. During his Motive Rant, he points out that how they put him so far down the line of succession, so he needs to marry into another kingdom's throne to fulfill his ambitions.
  • The Chessmaster: The scene where he gives his Motive Rant has a chess set visible, symbolizing his exploitation of Anna as a "pawn" in his plans.
  • Classy Cravat: Wears a pinkish one as seen on the image above. In Frozen Fever, it's not so classy anymore, worn out and dangling from his neck due to all of the physical labor he's been doing.
  • Classic Villain: Represents Ambition, and a little bit of Envy. Knowing that he could never inherit a kingdom for his own, he intends to take over Arendelle by marrying into the royal family, and then killing both sisters. Although he's not the direct cause of the movie's main conflict, it was his deceptions i.e. pretending to be Anna's Love Interest and causing her to argue with Elsa over their whimsical relationship that triggers the plot into such direction. He also shares a number of similarities to both Anna and Elsa: like Anna, he is estranged to his older siblings, and like Elsa, he conceals his true emotions. But while the sisters wish to reconcile with each other, Hans clearly doesn't — as he's willing to leave behind his family to get Arendelle. And while Elsa tries to control her emotions to stop herself from harming her loved ones, Hans hides his in order to manipulate others.
  • Clothing Reflects Personality: Like Elsa, he hides his true persona via his gloves. In fact, as he gloats to Anna during The Reveal, he removes his right glove to reveal his selfish side. As he leaves Anna to die, he puts it back on, showing that he is about to put his metaphorical mask back on for the world and pretend to be a hero mourning her death, although he doesn't care at all, because has no need for her now that she's dying from the curse.
  • Color Motif: White. Every single one of his outfits has white in some shape or form, particularly in the form of his gloves, which only drives home his status as a subversion of the Disney Nice Guy and Prince Charming archetypes.
  • Conspicuous Gloves:
    • Not as conspicuous as Elsa's, but he's still the only other character onscreen who always wears them. Much like how Elsa's gloves symbolise how she conceals her true self, Hans' are symbolic of how he conceals his true nature beneath a affable and noble exterior. The only instance he removes them is when he is during The Reveal, which symbolises how his darker nature has come to light.
    • In A Frozen Heart, he wears them to hide self-inflicted scars.
  • Consummate Liar: Described by his animator as a 'chameleon', he's slippery to the point that fans argue ad infinitum about what his real personality is under all the lies.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Hoping for a chance to gain the throne of some kingdom, Prince Hans visits a royal family he knows nothing about due to their reclusiveness. Before the coronation even starts, he has a Meet Cute with Princess Anna, who after years of isolation and neglect, is naive and Desperately Craves Affection, leaving her vulnerable enough that he is able to get her to accept a marriage proposal that night. Shortly afterward, the queen bails out after revealing her secret ice powers, the princess goes after her, and Hans is given acting command of the kingdom. The next day Anna is wounded in a way he can easily pin on Elsa, giving him all the cover he needs to murder them both and become king.
  • The Cynic: In A Frozen Heart. His upbringing made him to think Love Is a Weakness, so when Anna and Elsa reconcile with each other, it leaves him shocked.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied in the film. One of the first things he says when asked about his family is that three of his brothers pretended he was invisible for two years and he even tries to downplay it as "what brothers do," suggesting the rest of his relationships with his family aren't much better. Jennifer Lee have confirmed he grew up without love.
    • The Tie-In Novel A Frozen Heart delves into his background much further, and it's NOT good. Except for his mother and Lars, who treat him with kindness, Hans is abused by most of his family, in ways ranging from cruel pranks to downright physical abuse. He's even had glass thrown at him. Plus, his father saw him with nothing but utter disgust for being a "weakling" against his older sons.
  • Dark Is Evil: In Kingdom Hearts III. His heart is implied to be 100% darkness, as when Sora sees Hans for the first time, the Evil Prince is swarming with darkness across his body. Upon becoming Sköll, he even becomes a Reality Warper who blocks out the sun and intends to eat the light in people's hearts.
  • Dark Reprise: On a score-related note, his leitmotif plays again with a more sinister tone after he reveals his true colors.
  • Death by Adaptation: Dies in the Kingdom Hearts III version of the story. He's still alive in canon as of Frozen Fever (where he's seen working as a stable boy), but since he doesn't appear after the wolf-like Heartless boss fight in the game, and since it came from Hans, it can be assumed its destruction means that this version of Hans is dead.
  • Debate and Switch: In A Frozen Heart. There are several moments where Hans realizes he's doing the wrong thing, but his stubborn desire to become The Dutiful Son leads him to pick the wrong choice.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: The adaptation A Frozen Heart deconstructs the Prince Charmless archetype through him, exploring how a childhood in an abusive family with Social Darwinist values slowly molded him into a cynical, power-hungry, and ruthless man hellbent on seeking fame and personal glory at all costs. This upbringing renders him incapable of understanding or even properly expressing love, causing him to assume Love Is a Weakness.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Kingdom Hearts III. Although he plays a major role in the movie, he only has two very short appearances in the Kingdom Hearts version of the story: Sora and co. only see him when they come across him carrying Elsa back to the kingdom and when he attempts to kill Elsa.
  • Determinator: In A Frozen Heart, this is his Fatal Flaw. He's zealously determined to prove his worth to his abusive family regardless of the consequences. There are moments where he realizes he chose the wrong path, but his stubborn desire to be The Dutiful Son drives him to continue on regardless.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In A Frozen Heart. On his mother's birthday, Hans had enough of his father and brothers treating him poorly and leaves, not caring how he'd be punished. While at the pier to calm himself down, Hans has accepted that he'll be the "throwaway" prince and would remain unmarried for the rest of his life. The day after, he learns from Lars that the reclusive princess of Arendelle is without a suitor. Though reluctant, Hans decides to go for it since he had nothing to lose.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: In A Frozen Heart. When dancing with Anna and she says he makes her look graceful, he says without thinking that she makes him look happy. He quickly back-pedals and changes the subject before Anna can ask him what he means.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He's prone to this in A Frozen Heart. Because of his do-whatever-it-takes-to-get-my-goal attitude, he never thinks of things going wrong. For example:
    • When he decides to talk with his father about going to Arendelle, he forgets the king doesn't like him, and considers turning back. But he's determined to earn his father's respect, and decides he must follow whatever order the king may give, even if it involves violence, so he can earn his father's trust in going to Arendelle.
    • His first instinct coming to Arendelle is to look around the marketplace so he can find Elsa and hopefully start a romance with her, and then he remembers the reason she doesn't have a suitor yet is because she's a reclusive shut-in who avoids people.
    • He then proposes to Anna the same day they meet, not realizing that Elsa won't bless a marriage between two people who just met.
    • He agrees to stay behind in Arendelle, instead of accompanying Anna on her journey to find Elsa, to take care of the people so that he can have a chance to be in charge, only to quickly realize when Anna's horse returns that if she died, then no one would be able to convince Elsa to stop her winter. Add to the fact that if nobody found Elsa or Anna, he would have to contend with a rebellion in his hands, not to mention derailing his plans.
  • Did You Actually Believe...?: "You were so desperate for love, you were willing to marry me, just like that!"
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Hans claims that Anna died in his arms, when really he's locked her in a room and left her to freeze to death.
  • Disposable Fiancé: He and Anna get engaged quickly, but then the story makes it clear that she's really supposed to be with Kristoff... good thing that Hans was Evil All Along! This is even lampshaded by one of the trolls in "Fixer Upper": "Get the fiance out of the way and then the whole thing will be fixed!"
  • Disney Villain Death: Downplayed. Anna punches Hans hard enough to knock him overboard, but not to his death.
  • Disappointing Older Sibling: Inverted and zig-zagged in A Frozen Heart. Hans is the youngest of 13 sons, yet he is seen as a let-down by his father and some of his older brothers. Conversely, Hans and Lars see their oldest brother Caleb as woefully incompetent for his role as heir to the Southern Isles’ throne, due to him being a Manchild who takes his role with slackness.
  • Dramatic Irony: In A Frozen Heart. Because the personality he presented turned out to be fake and their entire relationship a lie, Anna believed his family may not have been as bad as he claimed, she decided it's best to send him back to the Southern Isles. However, she and Elsa are unaware that he'd actually downplayed how bad his family is. The Southern Isles is a genuinely terrifying place, ruled by his sociopathic father with an iron fist, and his brothers really do treat him terribly.
  • Driven by Envy: In A Frozen Heart, his drive to come into power within a kingdom of his own is related to the jealousy he has towards his 12 older brothers for being favored more by their father, causing him to develop self-esteem issues.
  • Drunk on Milk: In "Love is an Open Door", when Hans tells Anna he has feelings for her, he says "maybe it's the party talking, or the chocolate fondue."
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In A Frozen Heart. His father and most of his brothers think low of him because he often fails to meet their cruel standards. Frequently mocked for being ineffectual by his family, being the Spare to the Throne, and massive self-esteem issues eventually become the breaking point and drive him to pursue power within another kingdom no matter what.
  • The Dutiful Son: His ultimate goal in A Frozen Heartwin the respect of his neglectful and abusive family regardless of the consequences he faces.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: His betrayal of Anna in the climax — she thought he was her true love!
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: In A Frozen Heart. He cares for his mother and is probably one of the few who still does so. Despite being regularly humiliated by his father and mocked by his brothers, he's willing to attend her birthday. It's implied his brothers resent him for being their mother's favorite.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In A Frozen Heart. Hans is on good terms with only one of his brothers, Lars, who is the only one to not abuse him and have a meaningful conversation with him. He also genuinely cares for his mother.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In A Frozen Heart. Hans does have some morals despite not attempting to excuse his general sociopathic villainy from the film. Aware of the tyranny he saw in his father back home and secretly hating his job as the king's errand boy, he prefers to iron out issues and manipulate people, but use force as a last resort if things go south. He also hates oppressing the common people and prefers to treat them with kindness, even though it is mostly to further his own goals.
    • He also despises his father and brothers for abusing him and their wives.
  • Evil All Along: You'd be very surprised when you find out he's the true villain of the movie, considering how he looks like he is going to be a supporting character and a potential love interest for either Anna or Elsa in promo photos for the movie. Hans is that rare Disney villain whose true nature casts a very dark pallor over all of the supposedly altruistic and benevolent deeds he had done prior to The Reveal, when it becomes apparent that he had been planning to murder our heroes and usurp the kingdom right from the start. "Love is an Open Door"? Hollow lies. His charitable deeds for the people while Anna is gone? Calculated to make his rise to power easier. His drive to keep Anna safe? A mask of concern, casually discarded when he realized he can no longer use her: it was safe to let her die.
  • Evil Counterpart: To both sisters, but especially Anna. He even has a physical resemblance to her, and his name, which means "God is gracious," reflects his role as a mirror toward Elsa (whose own name has the meaning "God's oath") and Anna (whose name means "gracious"). Like Elsa, he hides much of himself, symbolized by their shared habit of gloves. Like Anna, he also grew up feeling rejected by his older siblings. However, unlike the two of them, he became both ruthless and cruel.
  • Evil Gloating: During his Motive Rant to Anna, he reveals his plot to marry her, kill Elsa and become king of Arendelle through ascension, verbally abusing her in the process by pointing out how easy she was to deceive compared to her sister. He knew that he would never be able to rule the Southern Isles due to being the 13th son, so he sought to rule somewhere else. He subsequently announces that his next move is to kill Elsa and restore summer, making him a hero in the eyes of Arendelle's citizens.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: After The Reveal, he cruelly mocks Anna for being so desperate for love that she agreed to marry him "just like that", which made his plan that much easier.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: In Kingdom Hearts III. After his failed attempt to kill Elsa leaves him unconscious, he gets consumed by the darkness in his heart and transforms into the Heartless Sköll, a gigantic wolf made of ice and darkness.
  • Evil Plan: Seize control of Arendelle by his calculated plot to marry Anna, kill Elsa and become king of Arendelle through ascension.
  • Evil Prince: He is most certainly evil, but unlike most examples of this trope, it's not his own kingdom he's trying to kill the rightful heirs to and usurp, as he has twelve older brothers and there's no way he can rub them out without casting suspicion onto himself.
  • Evil Redhead: Has auburn hair and he turns out to be the villain.
  • Evil Virtues: This is combined with Pragmatic Villainy in some cases. He is nice to Anna even before she introduces herself as the local princess, hands out supplies to the common folk, opens the castle to give them warmth and shelter and stops Elsa from killing two of the Duke's guards, even if these may all be part of his plan to become a beloved King.
  • Evil vs. Evil: With the Duke of Weselton, but it's largely downplayed since both never really know about each others' plans until the end and any fighting they do is minor. However, it's clear they don't really like one another, and each attempt to back-stab one another.
  • Evil Wears Black: Subverted. In order to throw off the audience, he wears light colors while the Duke, Kristoff, Anna, and Elsa wear darker colors.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: He redirects a crossbow one of the Duke's henchmen aimed at Elsa towards the ceiling... and the arrow breaks off a chandelier that falls on her, knocking her out. Rewatching with knowledge of The Reveal, in a combination of Rewatch Bonus and Freeze-Frame Bonus, a shot of him looking up at the chandelier before redirecting the crossbow becomes more noticeable it seems that hitting the chandelier was intentional on his part: he wanted to make Elsa's death look like an accident while giving the impression that he tried to save her and failed.
  • Exact Words:
    • "I would never shut you out." Now, shutting her in...
    • A lot of the stuff he says while seducing Anna is actually true, just reliant on double meanings that do not become apparent until his true nature is revealed.
      Hans: I've been searching my whole life to find my own place...
  • Extreme Doormat: Starts off as this in A Frozen Heart. By the time he's a young adult, Hans has already given up fighting back against his abusive family as he thinks it just makes their physical abuse worse, so he just keeps mum, but even this encourages them, too. His father often saw him as a whiner, and despite his objections, regularly sent him to do horrific tasks, from beating up critics of the king to killing delinquent taxpayers.
  • Eye Take: During the song "Love is an Open Door," there's a split-second of hidden confusion on his face when Anna completes his line "We finish each other's" with the word "sandwiches." He then backpedals and exclaims that's just what he was going to say, but for a split-second his facial expression seems to scream "What did she just say?"
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: In promotional photos for the film, he's depicted as a Nice Guy, until you watch the film, and you'll see that his mind totally contrasts his appearance.
  • False Friend: He eventually reveals that he simply wanted to get close to Anna in order to marry into the royal family. After learning that Anna is dying and can only be saved by true love, he says his Wham Line.
  • False Reassurance: Right before the song "Love is an Open Door," Hans assures Anna that he won't shut her out like Elsa did. He does the exact opposite at The Reveal by shutting her in.
  • False Soulmate: He turns out to be a Jerkass who was just using Anna to gain Arendelle's throne.
  • Fatal Flaw: In A Frozen Heart, despite exploiting Anna and Elsa's flaws, he is unaware that his own weakness is ambition. He becomes too desperate in getting what he wants while ignoring the consequences when he takes unethical routes. At times, he knows what he's doing is wrong and even scolds himself, yet he impulsively goes through it. Being abused by his family for his ineptitude slowly becomes the breaking point and ultimately pushes him into desperately attempting to win his distant family's respect. Hans corrupts his own morals while serving as his father's gofer, committing things he once hated. As such, the time he spends prepping up on going to Arendelle is wasted because he can't contain his "Well Done, Son!" Guy issues, and goes to the extreme of attempting regicide. Only at the end does he have a Heel Realization, but by then, he's in damage control mode as he's being sent back to the same hellhole he wanted to escape from.
  • Fate Worse than Death: In A Frozen Heart, he's panicking when the guards drag him to be shipped back to the Southern Isles without even seeing Anna and Elsa one last time. He's begging to be let go, not wanting to return to the hellhole he was desperately trying to escape from in the first place.
  • Father, I Don't Want to Fight: In A Frozen Heart. Hans initially doesn't live up to the strong masculine image of his father and older brothers, and as a result, he is treated cruelly for most of his childhood. Due to the repeated abuse, he believes that if he wants their acceptance, he'll have to adopt their mentality. This is a rare case where the character slowly comes to accept his family's way of thinking.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Prince Hans, as part of his status as The Sociopath. Again, he's good enough to fool everybody, including the audience.
  • Femme Fatale: Hans is a Rare Male Example. He is attractive, he knows it and uses his good looks and manipulation to get what he wants; he seems to be a Nice Guy and sweeps Anna off her feet, then turns out to be the villain.
  • Fiery Redhead: Inverted. Hans is pretty calm and rational, even in high-stress situations.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Anna completes his line about how people who are in love finish each other's - sandwiches, and Hans appears baffled for a moment, and then exclaims that that's just what he was going to say. This is part of his manipulative prowess, as he's trying to get her to marry him as part of his plan to usurp the kingdom.
  • Flaw Exploitation: He's quite good at manipulating people into getting what he wants.
    • Hans gets Elsa to have a Heroic BSoD by telling her that her sister is dead and it's her fault. Then he tries to kill her.
    • He exploits Anna's Fatal Flaw of being naïve by faking his romance with her so he could get closer to the throne.
  • Flunky Boss: In Kingdom Hearts III'. He can summon ice wolf minions to fight alongside him.
  • Foil: To the Duke of Weselton. Hans is a young man who does his plans on his own and is very good at hiding who he really is. The Duke is an elderly man who orders his two henchman to follow his orders, and he is horrible at hiding his true intentions.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: That's his goal with Anna. It's lampshaded throughout the movie; "You can't marry someone you just met!" Then averted. Even Hans himself sounds surprised at how quickly Anna agreed to marry him: "You were so desperate for love, you were willing to marry me just like that!"
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Fans have noticed that his expression often flickers through a look of bewilderment or confusion while trying to keep up the act of mimicking Anna's loopy personality.
    • When he and Anna are announcing their engagement to Elsa, he briefly sports an "Oh, Crap!" Smile after Anna declares she wants to invite his entire family to the wedding, a sign he doesn't get along with them.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • The creators have affirmed one thing that wasn't a lie was his twelve older brothers' unpleasant treatment of him and how it played a role in him becoming a villain.
    • The book A Frozen Heart expands upon this, showing his homeland as a terrible place of Might Makes Right with his family outright abusing him to the point that he is heavily implied to Self-Harm, thinking to himself that he can deal with "physical pain" as he catches splinters from a table. He comes to think it's perfectly normal and it seems that he suffers from depression and a massive inferiority complex as a result from it. Despite his initial unwillingness to hurt anyone, he starts to use violence against the Southern Isles population as a means to get respect from his father. And once he gets a taste of power from controlling Arendelle in Elsa's absence, it slowly poisons his mind and he eventually adopts his family's way of thinking.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: In A Frozen Heart. Anna, Kristoff, and Elsa are in the dark on Hans's upbringing, especially because he hasn't told them much and since they are aware he can be manipulative and dishonest, they don't know if they can trust even what he has. They wonder if it played a role in his decisions, but ultimately conclude he should be responsible for his crimes instead of blaming others.
  • Freudian Slip: When Anna is asked by the Duke if she has powers as well, Hans is quick to parrot her when she describes herself as "completely ordinary", only to back-pedal and assure her that he means it in the most inoffensive way possible.
  • Friendless Background:
    • The creators have affirmed he grew up without love.
    • In A Frozen Heart, he didn't seem to have anyone except his family, who were physically and emotionally abusive. His father actually encourages his sons to be violent, which is presented as a Freudian Excuse for Hans. The closest to support he had were Lars and his mother, but neither of them were close.

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  • Glory Seeker: In A Frozen Heart. Due to his "Well Done, Son!" Guy issues, he's dedicated to proving his worth to his abusive family by gaining a kingdom of his own and rubbing it in their faces. He takes it to the point of attempted regicide to become king.
  • Gold Digger: He arrives in Arendelle for the purpose of ultimately marrying into the kingdom's royal family so he can rule a kingdom of his own.
  • The Good King: Aspires to achieve this status among Arendelle's citizens in A Frozen Heart. From his own twisted point of view, he seems to view himself as this.
  • Grew a Spine: Played with in A Frozen Heart. After years spent as his father's gofer, he begins choosing his own path in Arendelle. However, he still chooses this path in pursuit of his obsessive goal of winning his distant father's respect. It ultimately proves to be self-destructive, and he's now in a worse condition than before.
  • Hammerspace: Where did he get his sword when he's about to slice Elsa out on the fjord? When he catches up to her, he is not wearing his sword or the scabbard to holster the sword in. We hear the metal shing of his sword being drawn while Anna is on screen, and when we next see Hans, he has his sword in hand but still no scabbard. This is in contrast to the attempt to capture Elsa at her ice castle, where Hans's sword and scabbard are clearly visible.
  • Hate Sink:
  • Heel Realization: In A Frozen Heart. There are several moments where Hans realizes what he's doing is wrong, but his desire to be The Dutiful Son drives him to continue on.
  • Hope Spot: In A Frozen Heart. When his father gives Hans permission to visit Arendelle, it seems he finally got his father's trust and respect and he has a chance to meet Elsa and potentially be her suitor. But then, his father suddenly tells Hans to return as soon as the gates close so that he can return home and tend to his brothers' kids, showing the king still has little respect or admiration for his youngest son.
  • Hypocrite: In A Frozen Heart. He vows not to willingly use violence like his family. Yet, near the end of the book, Hans attempts to murder two innocent women for his own ends. And years of being on the receiving end of cruel pranks, he acknowledges this himself when he does the same to Anna when she asks him to give her True Love's Kiss. Also, despite hating the terrible way his father and brothers treat female family members, he verbally torments and almost kills his fiance and her sister in his bid for power.
  • I Am Not My Father: Subverted in A Frozen Heart. Hans vows not to be like his family, but his desire to win their respect leads him to take on the same behavior of theirs he had disliked, including using violence to support his power.
  • If Only You Knew: The Wham Line has this going on when you realize that Hans only assumes that Elsa doesn't love Anna (when in truth, it's already been established multiple times that Elsa does care about Anna, but her ice powers and fear of hurting others physically have made it impossible for her to properly express it). There's also Kristoff, whose existence Hans is completely unaware of at the time.
  • Ignored Epiphany: A Frozen Heart depicts several moments where he almost realizes what he's doing is wrong:
    • When he goes to his father's study room hoping to be his gofer, he briefly mulls about turning back. But he then shakes his head, believing that if he wants to earn his father's respect and trust in going to Arendelle, then he would have to follow his orders, even if it involved violence against their subjects.
    • When he tells Elsa that Anna died because of her and he's about to kill her with his sword, Hans doesn't take his weapon out because he's seeing what he's done to her. He realizes she's in grief over her dead sister and it seems he realizes he's gone too far... but then he shakes his head and decides he shouldn't spend time thinking about what Elsa feels, believing that the feeling makes her weak.
    • Also, he feels slightly hesitant about hastily agreeing to a Fourth Date Marriage with Anna, wondering if he's going way too fast and how his family would react. But then, this is quickly overridden by his stubborn and single-minded goal to seize control of Arendelle.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: In A Frozen Heart. Wants his family, mostly his father, to treat him with love and respect.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: In A Frozen Heart. He daydreams about his father recognizing him as a good son daily, and those fantasies often involved his father taking him out to hunting, valuing his input during political meetings, naming him heir to the kingdom, and most of all, recognizing him as The Dutiful Son. However, it quickly gets overridden by a desire for power once he gets to try controlling Arendelle.
  • Imagine Spot: In A Frozen Heart. Hans often dreams of his family appreciating him of who he is. He often fantasizes being the king's heir, and it always involves his father telling him that he's proud of having such a son, but they often came crashing down with Hans clearing his head to realize he'll never be accepted by his family. At times, he would also go to the docks to dream of escaping his horrible excuse for a family and settling down some place else for good, with nobody mocking him for failing to meet their cruel expectations.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Redirects a crossbow someone else is holding to thread right through the ice holding a chandelier up. He does this instantly, and he's not lined up with the crossbow to actually aim it.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: In A Frozen Heart. His father's cold indifference and 11 of his brothers treating him terribly has caused him develop issues of feeling less than them. It's highly implied his apparent narcissism is just a mask for self-hatred and clinical depression. Hans was actually a sensitive and compassionate man (as shown in the novelization, he hates his father for treating their family and subjects like garbage), but began to see himself as inferior due to these perceived "weaknesses", especially next to his more prodigious, ruthless brothers.
  • In the Blood: Double Subverted in A Frozen Heart, in which he starts out a decent guy opposing his father's violence, has many vile persons in his family line, and is ridiculed by his brothers for his meekness, until he gets fed up being a "throwaway" son, and eventually picks up his family's attitude during the three-year stint as his father's gofer and brief regency in Arendelle.
  • Irony:
    • Both the first and last time Hans encounters Anna, he ends up taking a dunk in the water.
    • He spends more time in the coronation clothes than his grey coat or the pictured blue shirt and pants. And yet it's the only outfit he's never actually seen doing anything remotely evil onscreen.
    • In Tie-In Novel A Frozen Heart:
      • The Situational variety. Hans' original intent was to leave the Southern Isles forever and prove his worth to his family, yet everything he did in pursuit of those goals had the exact opposite results. He also vowed to not use violence willingly and be a brute like his brothers, yet he has no qualms using the same tactics when things go south. This is likely due to his father's corrosive influence, which poisoned most of his brothers after they underwent a similar treatment.
      • No women were ever interested in Hans, and it stung him. Anna is the only girl to find him handsome and despite that he seems to like her just fine, he has no actual love for her and taunts her for her unreciprocated feelings.
  • It Gets Easier: Deconstructed in A Frozen Heart. He initially struggles to beat up a peasant who insulted the king. But as time passes, justifying the violence gets easier, yet Hans' personal life becomes more unstable as he continues to do what his father asks by becoming emotionally detached and anti-social. By the time he's in Arendelle, he's so desensitized that he resorts to his family's tactics in order to become the king of Arendelle, despite having vowed not to use them.
  • I Thought You Were Dead: He has a confused reaction to Anna surviving the frozen heart curse.
  • It's All About Me: During The Reveal, Hans sees his reflection through a window, but can only see his own face. This indicates that he only cares about himself and not others, suggesting that he's also a Narcissist to some degree. Additionally, he envisions himself in a grandiose light, gloating he would not only assume the throne, but also become "the hero who [saved] Arendelle from destruction."
    • Averted in A Frozen Heart, in which he acts this way to hide his insecurities.
  • I've Come Too Far: In A Frozen Heart. When Hans momentarily regrets his actions when he tells Elsa that Anna is dead, he immediately gets over it, as he's already so close to his goal of being free from his father.
  • I Want Them Alive: Hans insists that Elsa be taken alive.
  • I Was Only Pretending To Like You: He fakes his romance with Anna so that he can marry into the Arendellian royal family. With Anna dying from the curse, he tweaks it to You Have Outlived Your Usefulness once she’s not of any use to him.
  • Jacob and Esau: In A Frozen Heart. His father favors his older brothers, who conform to his Social Darwinist worldview more, while he's implied to be their mother's favorite.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: In A Frozen Heart. Comparing him to how he's presented in the early chapters of the Tie-In Novel to how he is at the end of the book and the film. It's the equivalent to how people compare how, in the film, Hans before and after The Reveal come off as two different people. The time he spent serving under his father and the repeated abuse greatly affected him, beginning to see love as something to be exploited and actually shocked to see Anna and Elsa genuinely caring for each other.
  • Jerkass: Revealed to be this at the climax of the film. He did, however show signs of this by angrily threatening to charge the Duke with treason, thus showing he is quite ruthless.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • A strange case in that we don't realize who he is at the time, but while Hans tells Elsa that if she killed the Duke's guards, she would become the monster the Duke was calling her, he had a point.
    • In his Break Them by Talking monologue, he mocks Anna for agreeing to marry him so quickly and for going after Elsa, believing she could be helped. Given the fact that Elsa and Kristoff expressed shock over the sudden engagement, and that Anna herself repeatedly noted that the speed of their relationship was "crazy," Fourth Date Marriages are just as uncommon in-universe as in Real Life, and just as risky. Anna also did have little reason to believe that Elsa was the Hero with Bad Publicity that she really was, acting out of optimism and Undying Loyalty, something that the film acknowledges through the questioning of other characters as well, although as a Reconstruction of The Heart, she proves to be ultimately right about Elsa.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: In A Frozen Heart, once he gets his first taste of real power from controlling Arendelle in Elsa's absence, it corrupts his mind, driving him to start dehumanizing everyone else, manipulate others, and be desperate to cling onto power at all costs.
  • Just Between You and Me: He tells Anna of his Evil Plan to leave her to freeze to death while he executes Elsa in public. This way, he will be seen as the hero who saved Arendelle from a tyrant who brought eternal winter and killed her own sister from a PR standpoint. Then, he can rule the kingdom with both sisters out of commission. It's implied he pulled this because he thought that it would break Anna and the despair would speed up the freezing process.
  • Kick the Dog: He coldly and cruelly informs a dying Anna that he was never in love with her but rather had been exploiting her infatuation with him to seize power over her kingdom.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Telling Anna his plans to kill Elsa and telling Elsa that she killed Anna are both verbal forms of this trope. Justified in Elsa's case, as he's using this to force her into despair so that she will allow him to kill her.
  • Kill the Lights: In Kingdom Hearts III. Once Hans becomes Sköll, he plunges Arendelle into darkness and takes Sora and his friends into a void with no light.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: The people are suffering from cold? Organize the guards to pass out soup and blankets. There's a sorceress at the root of the cold? Organize a team to arrest her. All For Great Justice! It's implied that he's invoking this trope to win people over and make his takeover more stable.
  • Lack of Empathy: Callously dumping Anna to her death (and telling her that he didn't love her) and telling Elsa that she was responsible for Anna's death are indicators that he doesn't care for the wellbeing of others, unlike Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven or Kristoff. The creators have stated Hans is indeed a sociopath.
    • Initially averted in the beginning of A Frozen Heart, and deconstructed — he was sympathetic to his mother (being married to an uncaring man who encouraged cruelty in his sons), the citizens of the Southern Isles (as his father is an iron-fisted tyrant), Caleb's wife (who's married to a man who takes advantage of being the king's favorite son and pays no attention to her pregnancy) and, surprisingly enough, to the people of Arendelle (for losing their king and queen). But becomes increasingly callous as the book goes on, and as lampshaded by Anna, ends the story with a "frozen heart".
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: He possesses a big jaw and is a powerful and heroic man. Nah, it's only faked.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • He gets punched in the face by Princess Anna and sent back to the Southern Isles to be judged by his brothers, the very people he was hoping to prove himself superior to by grabbing his own kingdom.
    • In Frozen Fever, while shoveling manure in the Southern Isles in his princely clothes, a giant snowball (unintentionally created by a cold-ridden Elsa) lands on top of him! Whoops. While the horses laugh at him as the snowball launches Hans right into the manure cart.
  • Light Is Not Good: He is a prince with lighter clothing and the outfit he wears in the dance is white and gold, but is actually a frozen-hearted Gold Digger.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Subverted in A Frozen Heart. Though he started out not wanting to become like his father and brothers, but as things go by and he becomes desperate, Hans ends up becoming Not So Different from his violent family, courtesy of their toxic influence.
  • Leitmotif: He has his own distinct theme that plays while wooing Anna, and it's especially noticeable when he pulls in for the kiss. After the betrayal, his theme can still be heard, albeit with a darker tone.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: Hans uses Elsa's figurative meltdown to speed up his plans significantly.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: A Frozen Heart makes him easier to sympathize with in part by depicting most of his family as even worse. While Hans was willing to use manipulation and resorted to attempted murder as a means of becoming a king in another country, his father is an abusive parent, and is implied to be an abusive spouse as well, who has raised his sons to do whatever he demands, be it murder or tormenting their own siblings to "toughen them up," and makes his kingdom a horrible place to live in while he reaps in money and power. Hans's desire to leave his abusive family provides a sympathetic motivation for some of his ruthless actions, particularly in the beginning of the book, when that is still his goal, and because he starts off as Even Evil Has Standards and does not become malicious and power-hungry until toward the end of the novel, he looks much better in comparison for most of the book, and when he does do so, his upbringing provides a Freudian Excuse.
  • Locked Away in a Monastery: Discussed in A Frozen Heart, in which he wonders if his father will order him to become a monk and live the rest of his life among the the Brotherhood of the Isles with a vow of silence instead of marrying him off.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: In A Frozen Heart. Behind his daddy issues and fear of his family, Hans has no friends and few people who care for him due to his father. It was something that hurt him when he was younger. Before going through errands for his father and going on his life-changing trip, Hans legitimately wanted to meet someone and hoped that Arendelle would end his loneliness.
  • Love at First Sight: When he meets Anna, she's awed by him and by the end of the night she agrees to marry him. We learn Hans knows what this is and knows how to manipulate to get it to work.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: He pretends to fall in Love at First Sight with Anna, but turns out to be a Gold digging sociopath.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Deconstructed in A Frozen Heart. Growing up in an abusive household, he develops a bad opinion on love. He's never known real love, thanks to the abuse and the harsh upbringing that encouraged Social Darwinism, and comes to the conclusion that all love comes to weakness and brokenness. His reaction to Elsa's grief over hearing Anna was dead was of confusion, thinking it's evidence that love "only serves to make one weak."
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  • Make It Look Like an Accident: His plan for Elsa in order to take the throne. There's also the previously mentioned incident with the chandelier.
    • A Frozen Heart suggests he wasn't actively trying to kill her, but wasn't against it if it ended up looking like a failed attempt to save her.
  • Man in White: His characteristic blazer, atop otherwise blue inner vestments, as well as his distinctive white gloves and a full-white suit during Elsa's coronation party. Contrary to traditional Disney expectations, this doesn't affect his morality one bit.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He has very little direct impact on the plot, and doesn't need it to pull off his plan — but he's very good at manipulating people in minor ways to push them where he needs them to go and it’s totally calculated. When he noticed how naive Anna is, he plays that up to seduce her. He helps the kingdom to gain their trust, and when Anna reveals she's dying, he says she's dead just to get other people to follow him in killing Elsa.
    • Deconstructed in A Frozen Heart. From his view, the ends justify the means and Love Is a Weakness that can be easily exploited, considering the fact that he sees it as a dog-eat-dog world out there in which only the fittest survive, courtesy of his harsh upbringing. He plays a long game, planning his marriage to Elsa for years, but when Anna looks like the more likely path to getting what he wants, he changes gears slightly. He doesn’t hesitate to lie and bribe, and starts to dehumanize Elsa so she is viewed as a monster and so that no one questions it when he kills her, and he does everything he can to play into that narrative. He consciously mirrors people, showing them what he thinks they want to see, and he sees no reason to use violence if you can use other methods of getting people to do what you want. He’s a master of reading people and he nearly gets everything he’s aiming for.
  • Manly Tears: Invoked by Hans in one of the moments pointed to as evidence he's The Sociopath, when he announces his marriage to Anna followed immediately by her death, without adding that he did all he could to finish her off.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Hans is the youngest of thirteen princes.
  • Master Actor: Seems able to seamlessly step into the personality most likely to inspire fondness and trust in whoever he's talking to, and is able to turn on the appearance of total infatuation and of deep emotional shock at will. The creators even compared him to a chameleon, and that he's partially based on the concept of the Mirror in the original tale. He's so effective that many fans like to speculate that he has a secret twin or was brainwashed by the trolls at times, although these theories have been jossed.
  • Master Swordsman: He displays great skill in the use of a sword, having sliced Marshmallow's left leg in one clean swipe. Even for someone who would very likely never see combat, his military regimen and training as a naval officer included extensive knowledge and practice on swordsmanship, something which shaped up his body.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is derived from Hans Christian Andersen, and he is in a film inspired by a tale by the same author.
  • Meet Cute: His meeting with Anna starts with her bumping into his horse and falling into a precariously placed rowboat. His attempt to apologize to her leads to him falling on top of her in a very embarrassing position to be caught in. In A Frozen Heart, he invokes the trope and intentionally knocks into her, hoping she was Elsa and could engage this.
  • Momma's Boy: In A Frozen Heart. Hans is one of the few people who still cares for his mother, while his father claims that when Hans was late for her birthday, she'd be the only one to notice his absence. That being said, his mother, while she does love Hans, was too weak-willed to stand up to her husband and older sons and could only show him a smile in her son's presence. Some of his brothers (especially Rudi and Runo) even ridicule him for being a momma's boy and resent him for being their mother's favorite.
  • Morality Pet: In A Frozen Heart. He genuinely gets along with Lars and his mother. Even as he gets desperate in trying to control Arendelle, he still cares for Sitron, his horse.
  • Moral Sociopathy: He has no qualms about seducing a princess or murdering a queen, but he also does everything he can to keep the people of Arendelle safe.
  • Moral Myopia: In A Frozen Heart. Despite disapproving of how his father rules as an iron-fisted dictator and the awful, misogynistic way in which his family treats its female members, and wanting to run a kingdom with kindness, he ends up trying to launch a putsch in a different country and and subjecting his dying fiancé to a sadistic Motive Rant combined with Evil Gloating, mocking her naivete and telling her she'll die alone and unloved as he murders her sister in order to over their kingdom, just as he'd plotted all along when he proposed to her.
  • Morphic Resonance: After turning into Sköll in Kingdom Hearts III, his Heartless's appearance still has a similar color scheme to his princely attire. The ice spikes around the wolf's collar resembles the princely shoulder pads.
  • Motive Rant: During The Reveal, Hans reveals his plot to marry Anna, kill Elsa and become king of Arendelle through ascension, verbally abusing Anna in the process by pointing out how easy she was to deceive compared to her sister. He knew that he would never be able to rule in his own kingdom due to being so far down the line of succession, so he sought to rule somewhere else.
  • Murder by Inaction: Exaggerated Trope. When he finds out Anna will soon freeze to death as a result of Elsa's accidental curse, he douses all sources of heat in the room and locks the door to let the curse do its job.
  • Narcissist: It appears that Hans is a bit narcissistic during The Reveal, as he envisions being "the hero who's going to save Arendelle from destruction".
    • Averted in A Frozen Heart, in which he perceives himself as a loser, and hides his insecurities by acting this way.
  • Nerves of Steel: Hans is a pretty competent fighter, has no issue with facing down danger, and even is the one to defeat Marshmallow.
  • Never My Fault: In A Frozen Heart. Anna believes that no matter how much Hans's claims of his brothers might be true, he's still a grown man who needs to take responsibility for his actions instead of blaming his family.
  • Nice Guy:
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Hans tries to kill Elsa, meaning that Anna saving her would be an act of true love, thus saving Anna herself from the curse. In turn, said act also gives Elsa the inspiration she needs to realize that The Power of Love is the key to controlling her powers.
    • Just before that moment, when Hans lies to Elsa about her curse killing Anna, Elsa's fear gives way to despair, resulting in the raging blizzard her emotions had conjured to subside as she goes numb. This gives Anna a clear view of Hans about to kill Elsa, prompting her to rush to her sister's side to block the blade.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Deconstructed. He's nice to a random girl that just ran into his horse, making sure she's okay and even walking onto the not-that-stable boat to help her up — and that's before he learns she's Princess Anna. He also doesn't hesitate to hand out supplies and let common people into the palace to keep them warm. Of course, this just shows how dedicated he is to being a Villain with Good Publicity.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: As the gentle nobleman, with Kristoff. Subverted, as Hans's true character is Machiavellian and uses the noble ruse as a tool to usurp the throne, while Kristoff's persona was implied by the trolls to have been created to protect himself and hide his inner kindness and goodness.
  • No Body Left Behind: A rare and strange non-fatal example: Hans is knocked out when he breaks his sword on the newly frozen Anna's hand, but is not visible in the wide-ish angle shots afterward. However, once Elsa thaws Arendelle, he regains consciousness and reappears on the ship's deck. Maybe he slid on his butt a few feet?
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Some commentators have noted how Hans bears a certain resemblance to Jerome Bonaparte, the youngest brother of Napoleon Bonaparte and the King of Westphalia.
  • Not So Different: Downplayed Trope. While not directly stated in the film, he's an Evil Counterpart to Anna and is even initially presented as the perfect match for Anna and her One True Love. Just like how Elsa shut Anna out (although with Elsa, it was a just an act as she was trying to keep her Emotional Powers under control), Hans has had trouble with his brothers ignoring him (some even pretended he was invisible). He uses this to try to manipulate Anna, leaving the viewer to wonder if his brothers' treatment of him is true or not.
    • The creators have confirmed that Hans was "raised without love."
    • In A Frozen Heart, his initial motive is to get away from his abusive family, not unlike Anna, who is also looking to find an escape from an unhappy family life. The main difference between the two in their approaches to their relationship is that Anna is completely honest about her intentions, as she is genuinely looking for love, and truly believes the two of them to be in it, while Hans, as her Evil Counterpart, is just using and manipulating her while hiding his true feelings, intentions, and persona.
    • Also in A Frozen Heart, he initially vows not to be like his family, as they routinely use violence without hesitation, but as things go by, he becomes like them, willing to manipulate and kill the sisters for his own agenda.
  • No, You:
  • Oh, Crap!: His little "Uh-oh" happens when his horse Sitron accidentally lets go of the boat he is standing on and causes him to fall into the fjord and get soaked.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Hans very briefly makes one of these when he and Anna are announcing their engagement to Elsa, after Anna declares she wants to invite his entire family to the wedding. Makes you wonder just how bad his relationship with them really is.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His failure to become King of Arendelle in Kingdom Hearts III causes him to become a Heartless that desires to destroy the universe's light.
  • One-Winged Angel: In Kingdom Hearts III. After he fails to murder Elsa, the darkness in his heart consumes him and turns into a gigantic ice wolf Heartless.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: By his own admission, Hans developed his scheme as he went along. At first, he plans on marrying Elsa to get the throne, but settles on Anna after Elsa turns out to be closed-off to forming new relationships. Next, he tries to murder Anna and just take over the kingdom directly. He always takes the path that will benefit him the most, as quickly as possible.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The reason his scheming goes so unnoticed, even by the audience, is that when a Superpower Meltdown is threatening to lock the country in an eternal winter, no one is really thinking about laws of succession and available heirs except for him.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: In A Frozen Heart. He is often ignored by his father for not having the spine to retaliate against his brothers. As a result, he decides that if he wants his family's acceptance, then he'll have to mirror their behavior and follow whatever orders they give.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: The Polite Villain to Kristoff's Rude Hero. Even after The Reveal, Hans is still smooth, charming, and well-dressed in contrast to Kristoff, who is the snarky, impolite and sometimes insensitive Tritagonist of the film.
  • Playing Both Sides: Does this in the conflict between Anna and the Duke. He puts them both in situations where they feel they need to work with him. He almost wins.
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: He is largely indirect from the conflict with the eternal winter, taking advantage of a situation instead of causing it, with his main purpose being someone for Anna to protect Elsa from and perform an Act of True Love. A strange example, as there is a reason for Hans existing (to inadvertently start off the conflict by trying to take the throne), but not much reason for him being a villain besides being part of the moral about true love.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He is generally motivated by what will benefit him first. He gives blankets and food to the poor, so the people can accept him easily once he takes over the kingdom. He also dissuades Elsa from killing the Weselton soldiers and by the same token stops them from killing her, in order not to damage his Villain with Good Publicity standing.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Subverted. He wears a red scarf to match the blue clothing under his white coat, which has golden accents, and appears to be a heroic character, but turns out to be villainous.
  • Prince Charming: He invokes this trope to appeal to Anna's romanticism. In truth, he is anything but charming. His character is a major subversion of the classical Disney Prince, using his charm and seemingly heroic acts to gain the trust of those around him and take power.
  • Prince Charmless: What he turned out to be at the end, as he's a major subversion of the classical Disney Prince Charming. Behind his various facades, he's a selfish Villain with Good Publicity.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He gives Anna a particularly unsettling one when he reveals that he's not the Prince Charming she thought him to be.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Apparently, he and Anna forgot that nobody would appreciate the Fourth Date Marriage they quickly agreed to.
    • In A Frozen Heart, he also forgot that his father won't easily allow him to attend Elsa's coronation. He becomes the king's gofer to gain enough trust to leave for Arendelle.
    • Royals throughout history have taken a dim view of family members A) trying to take shortcuts to any throne, especially without clearing it through them; and B) failing spectacularly at doing so, leaving the crowned head in question in a position to demand restitution. As seen in Frozen Fever, Hans' family didn't take his crimes in Arendelle lightly.
  • Reality Warper: Upon becoming a Heartless in KHIII, Hans drags Sora and co. into a cold wasteland of ice and snow, where Sköll descends to try and kill them and eat their hearts.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite being a Manipulative Bastard intent on murder and usurpation, his brief regency while the sisters are away seems fair enough. He keeps the gates of the castle open, personally passes out blankets to the locals, and even defends Elsa from the Duke's accusations.
    • In A Frozen Heart, while some of it is certainly was an act, he's sincerely committed to proving his greatness by transforming Arendelle from a backwater country into a powerhouse fully capable of defending itself against external threats and as his father is a brutal tyrant, Hans is determined to rule with kindness rather than beating everyone into submission. This is evidenced by his apparent hostility towards the Duke of Weselton, a high-ranking official from a neighboring kingdom with designs on dominating Arendelle's economy. However, he is way too willing to become king, even using the methods he originally despised.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Upon revealing his true nature to Anna, he makes fun of her for being so desperate for love that she agreed to marry him "just like that", which made his plan that much easier.
    • He's on the receiving end of this when after he says he thought Elsa froze Anna's heart, but she rebuts him by telling that he's the only one with a "frozen heart". Cue Laser-Guided Karma, where Anna sucker-punches him in the face and is sent back to the Southern Isles to be judged by his twelve brothers.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Downplayed, Exploited, and Subverted. After years of isolation and Elsa appearing uninterested in maintaining their formerly-close relationship, Anna is fully willing to marry him immediately as she believed that he could fill the void left behind in her heart and replace Elsa as the most precious person in her life. Which makes his betrayal hurt even more as her supposed true love doesn't really love Anna at all and only uses her for his own goals.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: The suave, wealthy, royal rich suitor to Kristoff's unglamorous, working-class poor.
  • Romantic False Lead: He's presented as being Anna's soulmate early on — then we meet Kristoff. Hans is also, you know, evil.
  • Rousseau Was Right: In A Frozen Heart, Hans once was a decent person. He wanted to be a king who was kind to his people, but was openly mocked and beaten up for not supporting his father's brutal and violent regime, combined with developing serious self-esteem issues and a massive inferiority complex as a result of the abuse. In Arendelle, because he only had one day to return home, the fear of going back to his family causes him to fall back on the methods he originally rejected.
  • Royal Blood: He's a prince of the ruling house of Westergaard, and 13th in line for the throne in his country.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Say what you want about him or his morals, he's very good at keeping the lid on things once Elsa bails out and Anna goes after her, running the kingdom for the sisters in their absence. Of course, he's a villainous example of the trope, but from what we're shown, he appears to be quite good at the job and at convincing the other characters he's a good leader.
  • The Runt at the End: In A Frozen Heart. At times, Hans does acknowledge that he's the Black Sheep of the Westergaard clan. So to escape from his grimy reality, he often fantasized a world where he's loved and appreciated by his family, but those daydreams often ended with him realizing he'll never be loved. He even made self-deprecating deadpan jokes about his low status in the familial pecking order and tries to downplay it, but only Lars knew the reality behind it.

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  • Satellite Love Interest: Deconstruction. Early in the film, all that's to him other than his love for Anna is that he has some of Anna's surface Adorkable qualities and is a Nice Guy, he's from the Southern Isles, he has twelve older brothers, and he owns a horse, with nothing much else. Turns out this is because he was deliberately manipulating Anna into falling in love with him by acting like her perfect Prince Charming just to use her to become king of Arendelle. This throws all of his earlier interactions with her into a darker light, and makes it unclear as to just how much of what he told her about himself was true.
  • Selective Obliviousness: In A Frozen Heart. He ignores any indication that Elsa is not the "monster" he imagines her as. Any moment he starts to pity her, he immediately attempts to rationalize why he shouldn't.
  • Self-Deprecation: In A Frozen Heart. He makes Self-Deprecating Humor about how he's The Runt at the End who's often neglected and tries to brush it off, but only Lars knew the reality behind these jokes.
  • Self-Harm: In A Frozen Heart. When forced to be in the company of his abusive family during one scene, Hans runs his fingers over the rough wood of an old table, but finds the physical pain of the splinters "oddly pleasant" compared to the psychological kind they heap on him regularly.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive guy to Kristoff's manly man. Switched around with The Reveal that Hans is actually anything but sensitive.
    • Played with in A Frozen Heart, in which Hans Used to Be a Sweet Kid who opposed his family's violence towards their subjects, but years of abuse and working as the king's errand boy slowly hardened him.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • He embodies Anna's feelings of inadequacy and invisibility, representing what she could've been if she abandoned reconciling with Elsa and focused instead on getting attention at all costs. Unlike Anna, Hans' upbringing causes him to develop a sour opinion on love and zealously focus on his own betterment at others' expense.
    • He is also this to a lesser extent for Elsa, who fears becoming a monster, but is able to keep a grip on herself with the support of her family. While Elsa hurts people accidentally and fears doing so, Hans embraces causing harm.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Favors a Beau Brummel cut to his suits, admittedly with a different colour palette. It's complete with the Painted-On Pants. But in Frozen Fever, his trademark white suit is dirty, having been condemned to physical work at the royal stables.
  • Shipper on Deck: In A Frozen Heart. Hans hopes Lars will one day get along with his arranged wife, Helga.
  • Short-Lived Leadership: Once Anna goes off to search for her sister, she names him regent. He very briefly is accepted as the king of Arendelle after Anna's supposed death, having convinced the other officials that he and Anna had wed before Anna turned to solid ice and that Queen Elsa was guilty of treason, sentencing her to death. His brief reign falls immediately when in an attempt to kill Elsa, Anna suddenly swoops in and shields her sister from being killed, causing his claims to be exposed as false and Elsa returning to reestablish her title as the queen.
  • Shout-Out:
    • His name is a reference to the creator of the story that the film is based on: "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Anderson.
    • There's also a homage to Donny Osmond during the song "Love is an Open Door", where Hans closes his eyes and tilts his shoulders and head while belting out a high note under the waterfall.
    • In Zootopia, a pastry shop named after Hans appears when Duke Weaselton crashes into a giant donut.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: After Anna thaws through The Power of Love, Hans rants about how impossible it is because Elsa had frozen Anna's heart. Anna gives him a piece of her mind (and then a sucker-punch) once and for all.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Marks him as a person of interest, and he becomes Anna's first Love Interest and is also later revealed to be a threat.
  • Silly Rabbit, Romance Is for Kids!: In A Frozen Heart. Having witnessed his parents and brothers having Awful Wedded Lives, it leads him to believe this is where all relationships end up. Plus, his abusive upbringing emotionally stunts him to the point he holds a sour opinion on all love, both familial and romantic, viewing them as laughable concepts the weak use to cover their shortcomings.
  • Skewed Priorities: When Hans gives out clothing to freezing residents suffering in the sudden winter, the Duke complains that Hans is giving away trade-able goods. Hans' response is to repeatedly stress that he was left in charge, getting irate at the duke for questioning his authority rather than for the apparent lack of concern for the populace.
  • Slasher Smile:
  • Smug Snake: At The Reveal, Anna says "You won't get away with this!" as he is about to leave her to die. His response? "I already have." This ultimately ends up being his own undoing.
  • Social Climber: His whole goal is to become king, and he's willing to kill to do it. In his Motive Rant, he explains his plan was to "marry into the throne somewhere" and that he would kill Queen Elsa to get her out of the way.
  • The Social Darwinist: Deconstructed in A Frozen Heart. In the book, Hans doesn't start out as one, but his abusive upbringing corrupts him with this mentality, and by the end of the novel, it drives him to dehumanize others and Jump Off The Slippery Slope in his quest for power. It even leaves him incapable of understanding love, having come to believe Love Is a Weakness and scoff at Anna's Thinks Like a Romance Novel mindset when she asks him for a True Love's Kiss. He also has the same reaction upon noticing how Elsa reacts to Anna's supposed death, believing it makes a powerful being like her look weak and cowardly.
  • The Sociopath:
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: In A Frozen Heart. It's implied in the spin-off novel that his cruel behavior is a veneer for a sense of inferiority and clinical depression, picked up from a family with Social Darwinist attitudes.
  • Spare to the Throne: The youngest of thirteen princes, giving him a very slim chance at inheriting the throne.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His last name has been spelled as Westerguard, Westergard, and even Westergaard. Considering the fact that Jennifer Lee never directly stated in her post how to spell it, and didn't correct the poster who asked the question, it can be assumed that Westerguard is meant to be correct.
  • Starting a New Life: In A Frozen Heart, Hans wants to escape from the family, castle and country he saw as a prison, and start a new life away from the tyranny of his homeland for good, with no father browbeating him for failing to meet his extremely high but cruel expectations, and no older brothers taunting him for being a wimp. Lars, the only one of Hans' brothers who is aware of this, suggests Hans that he go to Arendelle, meet Elsa and get her to fall in love with him.
  • Start of Darkness: In the spin-off A Frozen Heart, he Used to Be a Sweet Kid who opposed his father's violent regime, but years of abuse and Peer Pressure Makes You Evil corrupt his own morals over time while working as his father's assistant slowly darkened him.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Anna completes the sentence "We finish each other's..." with "sandwiches," and Hans indicates that he has the same thought. This is part of his manipulative prowess, as he's trying to get Anna to marry him as part of his plan to usurp the kingdom.
  • Stupid Evil: His betrayal was unnecessary, given that Anna was going to die anyway. All he would have to do is kiss her, and if it didn't work, he could've just claimed that he sincerely believed it was True Love. He could also have convinced her to stay in the room willingly while he pretended to get help, actually letting her freeze to death as he went to kill Elsa. But because he decides to be a jerk and to gloat about his plans, Anna ends up after escaping the room with Olaf's help, and then exposing his lies and saving Elsa by throwing herself in front of his sword, which gets him sent back to the Southern Isles in disgrace.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: In A Frozen Heart. Hans often envies his older brothers, as they are favored more by the king. This desire of getting out of their shadow is part of what motivates him.
  • Tap on the Head: He is knocked out cold via being thrown backwards with a magical shockwave — though he's only out for a few minutes and is visibly groggy afterwards.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In A Frozen Heart. Hans has complete disdain working with the Duke of Weselton, and even snidely calls him a "weasel" behind his back. The feeling is mutual, because they have different ideas in dealing with the eternal winter.
  • They Died Because of You: Tells Elsa about Anna being dead from her curse just to get her guard down so that he can kill her. It's also the page quote.
  • This Cannot Be!: After Elsa manages to finally control her powers and thaw out Anna after being frozen through The Power of Love, Hans has this very revelation when he sees them both alive and exclaims to Anna, "But she froze your heart!"
  • Thwarted Coup de Grâce: Anna's Barehanded Blade Block to save Elsa from Hans' Coup de Grâce.
  • Token Good Teammate: Acts as a Downplayed one for his family in A Frozen Heart. He's easily one of the most moral members of the royal family of the Southern Isles. Given all of the things he does in the film, that says quite a bit about just how bad his family is.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In A Frozen Heart and the Disney Enchanted Tales mobile game, he does indeed like sandwiches.
  • Tragic Dream: In A Frozen Heart. He wants to earn the love and respect of his father. Not only have his actions ruined chances of that happening, but it's implied that his father has no love for anyone, not even the sons who are more useful to him. Meaning that even if Hans succeeded, he probably still wouldn't have been treated as an equal by his father.
  • Tragic Villain:
    • Per the creators, as a result of growing up without love.
    • In A Frozen Heart, he is violently bullied by nearly all his brothers from a very young age and he's implied to Self-Harm as well, while his father coldly sees him as a "weakling" and outright encourages it. In the book, Hans is trying to escape the tyranny of his homeland, yet becomes violent like the family he hated near the end.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: In A Frozen Heart. Hans tries defying this trope, but his desire to win his father's respect causes him to adopt his family's mindset.
  • Tyke Bomb: In A Frozen Heart. Downplayed, but Hans was raised by an abusive man who indoctrinated him and his brothers with the belief that the strong should pick on the weak, and was endlessly bullied by his older brothers for failing to meet his family's harsh standards of ruling their kingdom. From his father's perspective, any son who doesn't live up to his expectations must be "toughened up to the Westergaard mold". To rectify this, Hans slowly decides to become his father's errand-boy in the hopes of being recognized as a dutiful and prodigal son.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Zigzagged with Hans. After Elsa flees the kingdom in panic and Anna goes after her, he is given the authority to take care of the people in Arendelle. Despite his status as an Evil Prince who attempts regicide against the sisters, he proves himself to be a far better rulernote  compared to the Queen of Arendelle, whose first act after the coronation is to accidentally freeze over all of Arendelle and then abandon the kingdom, leaving the populace to suffer.
    • This is expanded upon in A Frozen Heart: due to the tyranny he saw back home, he's determined to be a better king than his father, despite using questionable means to achieve his goals.
  • Undercover When Alone: That moment when Hans smiles like he's quite taken with Anna, right after they first met. On the edge of a deserted market in the water under a boat when no one is watching.
  • Unknown Rival: He and Kristoff are both in the running for Anna. Kristoff isn't really aware he likes Anna until later, Hans doesn't even know Kristoff exists, and neither even are in the same place at the same time until the plot is resolved.
  • The Unfavorite: In A Frozen Heart. Despite being seen as the "throwaway" son by his entire family except for his mother and Lars, he often dreams about having a loving and caring family, even as an adult. His father is implied to really only care about his oldest son due to him being the heir, and Hans is the furthest from that status of thirteen children. Needless to say, his father does not treat him well.
  • The Unfettered: Shows no moral qualms in the movie regarding his goal to become king, attempting to gain a throne through manipulation and murder.
    • Deconstructed in A Frozen Heart. Though he starts out as a decent person who opposes his father's brutal regime, the time he spends as the king's gofer and his brothers' constant bullying make him cynical about love, combined with devotedly pursuing his nigh-impossible goal of winning his heartless father's respect. By the end of the story, he's so desensitized in his quest for power that he has no qualms using the methods he hated in order to become the king of Arendelle.
  • The Unfought: In Kingdom Hearts III. The returning theme of Disney Villains being unfought in favor of a monster they brought about is revisited here. In Hans's case, it brings about an ice Werewolf-like Heartless.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Amusingly, for a guy who was villainous in the first place. Hans comes to Arendelle with a relatively simple plot to marry into the royal family and manipulate his way onto the throne, and ends up causing the royal family to fall apart and the queen to unintentionally plunge the kingdom into eternal winter entirely by accident. This turns out to be almost the best possible situation for him, but for much of the plot he's as nonplussed as anybody — though he ultimately finds out a way to use it to his advantage.
  • Uriah Gambit: Downplayed and inverted. When Queen Elsa flees and an Endless Winter sets in, Princess Anna volunteers to find her and help the kingdom. Hans initially protests that it's too dangerous for her to go alone and suggests he accompany her himself - until she says there also needs to be someone to stay and take care of Arendelle and asks him to do it. Once he's in charge, then he's happy to have her go off on her own, although he's careful to take soldiers with him on the "rescue mission" later on when her horse very publicly returns without her. In his Break Them by Talking speech, he implies this trope was his intent, gloating that in order to take the throne, he had already been planning to kill Elsa, "But then she doomed herself, and you were dumb enough to go after her!".
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While the canonicity of A Frozen Heart is ambiguous, in it, he used to be a boy who simply wanted to be loved by his father and hated his family's cruelty. When word got out about the deaths of Arendelle's king and queen, he's sympathetic to their people and daughter Elsa. He doesn't automatically decide to go and woo their daughter, as it was Lars who suggested that Hans should marry Elsa so Hans can find love and leave the Southern Isles for good. Hans accepts the idea, but there is still no sign of ill intent, only figuring he has nothing to lose. He would think about what Elsa would look and be like, wondering if she might actually love him. He spends a few years doing "favors" for his father so he could go to Arendelle for her coronation, but his father only gave him one day to return home. His desperation to never go back, prove his worth to his family (especially his father) and become a king cause him to be more willing to do things he originally and ironically despised and less reluctant to do them. By the time Anna returned from the North Mountain, he's become unfettered in his goals.
  • The Usurper: Since he's 13th in line for the throne in his country, his main goal is to marry himself to the throne somewhere and rapidly make himself king as soon as he gets or/and sees the right chance. He originally intended to marry Elsa, since she's the heir, but since Anna was a much easier target for his charms due to Elsa's refusal to let alone get close to her, he adjusted his plan to instead marry Anna and then become king by staging an "accident" for Elsa.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: He's one of the most chilling depictions of a sociopath in any Disney movie.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Hans has a blink-and-miss shot where he argues with the Duke that he will protect Arendelle from treason. He looks more irate than he should be in that scene, hinting at the cruelty boiling under the calm surface, but to the viewer on the first watch, it's meant to come across as him standing firmly behind Anna, and/or the Arendelle citizens who need the "tradable goods" to keep from freezing to death.
    • After witnessing Elsa's escape from the castle dungeon before he can murder her, he gets so pissed off that he pursues her into the blizzard in order to do so at any cost.
    • In his final chapter of A Frozen Heart, he panics when he's informed that he's being deported without being offered a chance to speak with Anna and tries desperately to escape.
  • Villainous Face Hold: During the climax, he holds a weakened Anna's chin up so she's looking him in the eye while gloating of his plan to kill Elsa and usurp the throne.
  • Villainous Valour: As evidenced by his fight with Marshmallow, he slices off his leg, and goes to rescue the soldiers. Pursuing Elsa into the deadly snowstorm after she escaped from the dungeon may count as well.
  • Villain Ball: Not only did he tell Anna his Evil Plan with Evil Gloating, he also decides to twist the knife further and demonstrate how little he cares by leaving her to die alone - before she's finished freezing. All because he thinks he's already gotten away with his plot, even though Anna is still a massive loose end. And had he kept the act up and pretended to be at least well-intentioned like Anna, even if not actually her One True Love, he could've kept his charade and avoided punishment.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • "Don't be the monster they fear you are!"
    • Both Elsa and Kristoff question Anna's judgement for getting engaged to someone she just met. While the risk of the decision is apparent from the get-go, and is lampshaded by Anna herself several times, once the guy turns out to be a lying, manipulative, power-hungry sociopath, just how dangerous it was becomes starkly apparent. Hans mocks Anna for this when he reveals his true colors.
  • Villain Song: "Love Is an Open Door" originally comes off as a triumphant "I Am Becoming" Song of the Power of Love to heal. However, after Hans reveals his true colors, the song transforms into a stealth Villain Song, in which Anna's naivete becomes an "open door" for Hans' plan to usurp Arendelle's throne. Anna and Hans' exchange of "We finish each other's—Sandwiches!—That's what I was going to say!" goes from being Adorkable to evidence of Hans' manipulative prowess. The paired singing of "You and I were just meant to be" becomes especially emblematic of the film's Subversion of Love at First Sight; real life romance takes time to develop. According to the creators, "Love Is An Open Door" is indeed supposed to be a straight up Villain Song, disguised as a romantic duet.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Hans, even towards the viewer. Everyone assumes he's a classic Prince Charming, but no one realizes he's actually faking his personality and plotting to usurp the throne.
  • The Voiceless: In Kingdom Hearts III. He doesn't speak at all during his appearances.
  • Walking Spoiler: Just telling someone he's the antagonist of the movie spoils it for people who have never seen the movie before.
  • Warrior Prince: As it turns out, Hans is pretty good with a sword and holds his own against giant snowlem Marshmallow. He's the only one to slash one of Marshmallow's legs.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In A Frozen Heart, he is this taken to extremes and it is the driving force behind his main goal. His father often regards him as an annoyance who whines about his brothers bullying him, even if they bully him in very violent ways. Despite this, Hans often daydreams about having a loving and caring father, even as an adult, and to obtain his father's respect, Hans decides to become the king's errand boy in the hopes of being recognized as The Dutiful Son. His drive to be a king, even if he must do terrible things, stems from an obsession with being something worthwhile to his father. Yet, even after following all of his father's orders before setting off to Arendelle, the king barely respects his youngest son, as he only gives Hans one day to return home. To say that Hans has daddy issues is putting it mildly.
  • Wham Line: "Oh, Anna...if only there was someone out there who loved you."
  • Wham Shot: Stopping inches before Anna's lips and giving a malevolent grin, followed by the Wham Line.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Hans calls out Elsa for nearly killing Weselton's soldiers instead of disarming or neutralizing them. An unusual example in that from Hans's point of view, it also appeared as if Elsa had attacked first.
  • Wicked Cultured: He's well-mannered, suave, and well-versed in the ways of royal leadership. He's also a power-hungry Jerkass.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In A Frozen Heart. Despite attempting to get two innocent women killed, Hans is a victim of a loveless household and an abusive family.
  • Worse with Context: At some point, Hans tells Anna about how some of his brothers once pretended he was invisible. Classic case of older siblings teasing the younger one, except it lasted for two years.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Tries to outright kill Elsa with his sword in the climax, being stopped only when Anna blocks him from her just when she freezes over completely.
  • Wrong Guy First: Just because he seems like the whole package doesn't mean that he is.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: He has a knack for taking advantage of events to further his own primary goals. The spin-off novelization A Frozen Heart, while not canon, goes into detail about how quickly he can adapt:
    • Plan A: Woo Elsa and convince her to marry him. (Hans bumped into Elsa's hitherto unknown sister Anna instead.)
    • Plan B: Woo Anna, convince Elsa to bless their marriage, and eventually arrange to overthrow Elsa, preferably without violence. (Elsa refused to bless the marriage and revealed her ice magic; and then Anna set out to look for her, leaving him in charge.)
    • Plan C: Rule Arendelle in Anna's absence. (Anna's horse comes back without Anna, and the people are worried; they might revolt if Hans just left her to her fate, so...)
    • Plan D: Set out in search of Anna and Elsa, to bring Anna back and/or convince Elsa to stop the snow. (He couldn't find Anna, and while he did manage to capture Elsa, he couldn't convince her to stop the snow.)
    • Plan E: With Elsa locked up and helpless and Anna missing and presumed dead, rule Arendelle as in Plan C. (Anna came back, cursed by Elsa.)
    • Plan F: Leave Anna for dead, accuse Elsa of murdering her sister, and execute Elsa. (Anna wasn't quite dead, and she blocked his attack on Elsa.)
  • You Are in Command Now: Anna leaves Hans in charge of governing Arendelle, so that she can go look for Elsa.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: His plan for everyone involved. Just tweak it to "no longer about to live", and this is how he treats Anna when she reveals her curse. He also decides to kill Elsa when she says she can't stop the winter she caused.
  • Youngest Child Wins: His backstory is that he's a inversion to this rule, being the youngest of thirteen siblings and growing up knowing he'll never receive the crown.
  • Youthful Freckles: In close ups, we can see that Hans also has freckles. Like Elsa's, they aren't very noticeable.

Alternative Title(s): Frozen Prince Hans Westergaard Of The Southern Isles

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