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    The Duke Of Weselton
"If we don't do something soon, we'll all freeze to death!"

Voiced by: Alan Tudyk

A neighboring duke who wants to exploit Arendelle's riches and sees Elsa's powers as evil.

  • Analogy Backfire: "Like a chicken with the face of a monkey, I fly!"
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: His Machiavellian plans to dominate Arendelle's economy place him firmly in this trope. However, his ruthlessness pales in comparison to the thoroughly treacherous and hardhearted Prince of the Southern Isles, Hans Westergaard.
  • Bald of Evil: Downplayed. He hides his baldness with a wig that does its job poorly.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He remains an active threat through the movie and the audience has come to believe that he's the main mastermind, but they couldn't be more wrong. The duke fancies himself as the mastermind, planning to exploit Arendelle for its riches but is unable to hide his intentions. When Elsa runs away and causes the eternal winter, he tries to restore the kingdom for his own benefit. He sends his two bodyguards on Prince Han's rescue mission to kill Elsa, but Prince Hans saves her. Hans then proceeds to frame Elsa's accidental freezing Anna's heart as intentional murder, leaves Anna to die and sentences Elsa to death, so he can claim the throne for himself. This turns the Duke into a complete non-entity.
  • Burn the Witch!: His attitude towards Elsa after her powers are revealed, including sending his men to kill her.
  • Cool Old Guy: In the ballroom scene, it's evident that he thinks he's this, but he just comes off as a buffoon. Granted, he is pretty spry for a man his age.
  • Decoy Antagonist: The Duke of Weselton and his guards are set up to be the primary villains from first sight, what with the "exploiting" quote and the guards trying to kill Elsa, but Hans, who seemed to be Anna's love interest, eventually takes over as the main antagonist.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Does this early on in the film about his intentions for the kingdom.
  • Dodgy Toupee: Wears a wig to cover a bald spot. It flops up and down when he dances.
  • Drama Queen: He's prone to overreacting. He tries to dispute Anna's insistence that Elsa's not a monster by complaining Elsa "nearly killed" him, to which Hans points out that he just slipped on ice. At the very end of the film, when he's facing consequences for what he's done, he even tries claiming he's the victim and suffering from trauma.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Downplayed in the spin-off book Across the Sea. While Anna and Elsa are avoiding the Duke of Weselton after he called Elsa a "monster" and tried to have her assassinated in the film, they are willing to be friendly to him during their stay in Vakretta.
    • He also reappears during the 2017 annual comic's story "Sled Race", where it seems he's actually allowed to enter Arendelle's sled race and, until he's revealed to have cheated, Elsa isn't hostile to him.
  • Entitled Bastard: Despite being a prejudicial Jerkass who tried to exploit Arendelle's wealth, called Elsa a monster, and ordered his men to try to end the winter by killing her, when everything is resolved, he still genuinely expects an audience with Elsa to discuss business. Elsa makes sure he's sent home with nothing.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In the spin-off book Across the Sea. He has family in Vakretta, a kingdom Anna and Elsa are visiting. He seems willing to be on friendlier terms with them for this.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Duke may be a total Jerkass, but he was noticeably distraught when he was led to believe by Hans that Elsa had killed Anna with an ice curse. He's also one of the first men to depart the room when Anna demands that Hans kiss her.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": His proper name is never revealed.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's an older man who says that he wants to exploit the economy of Arendelle kingdom in his first appearance, and later tries to assassinate Queen Elsa out of a combination of greed and Fantastic Racism.
  • Evil vs. Evil: With Prince Hans 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.
  • Fantastic Racism: Given his reaction to Elsa's powers being revealed, it's not hard to guess that the Duke has a certain prejudice towards people with magic.
  • Fantastic Slurs: As a consequence of his Fantastic Racism, he frequently refers to Elsa as a "monster".
  • Foil: To Hans. While both faked being allies, The Duke is an old man who makes openly-sinister comments and wants to take Arendelle's riches, although he does show compassion, while Hans is a young apparent Prince Charming who wants the throne and is better able to hide his intentions but appears to delight in tormenting a dying Anna when the mask drops. Both are forcibly taken out of Arendelle for their respective attacks on Elsa's life, but while Anna and Elsa are avoiding Hans, they have had several meetings with the Duke and seem more willing to make peace with him.
  • Giftedly Bad: He has an... interesting dance style that he expects will impress Elsa and Anna. It doesn't.
  • Greed: His main reason for visiting Arendelle is he wants to exploit their wealth.
  • Hate Sink: In the film, he's consistently a jerk or an annoyance to everyone. He right away declares his intent to exploit Arendelle for his own greed and later expresses anger at Hans for giving away "tradable goods" to the citizens suffering from the Endless Winter. He refuses to admit he overreacted to slipping on Elsa's ice, and orders his men to murder Elsa to stop the winter. Elsa's decree that Arendelle will no longer trade with Weselton, which horrifies the Duke, is portrayed as a triumphant moment of karma.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: His eyes represent his jerkass and domineering personality.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": The name of his town keeps getting mispronounced as Weasel-ton. Gets turned into Malicious Misnaming at the end when Kai informs him of the cut ties, makes a point of pronouncing it "Weasel Town". Even Hans snidely calls him a "weasel" behind his back in A Frozen Heart.
  • Jerkass: His character is mostly defined by greed and Fantastic Racism.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He's prejudicial and a definite jerk, but when he worries, "If we don't do something soon, we'll all freeze to death," it's part of the ramping up of the emotions in anticipation of the climax. This reminds viewers of how high the stakes are, as Anna is on her deathbed, the villainous Hans is extinguishing all light and heat in the room, and Elsa's fear is growing stronger and stronger. And there are a ton of innocent civilians who are going to freeze or starve to death if summer never comes back, especially with the frozen fjord and blizzard-wracked mountains making evacuation unlikely.
  • Large Ham: He hams it up anytime he's onscreen.
    Duke of Weselton: (to Anna) YOU!! Is there sorcery in you too? Are you a monster TOO?!?!
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He came to Arendelle hoping to gain control of the kingdom's wealth and discover its secrets for himself, even to the point of trying to have Elsa killed. In the end, he's sent home and Elsa cuts off all trade with Weselton.
  • Laughably Evil: He causes a lot of trouble for Elsa, even sending his two bodyguards to shoot her, but then again, this is also the same guy who was afraid he could have died from slipping on ice and whose antics when dancing with Anna make him look silly.
  • Meaningful Name: Weselton is frequently mispronounced as 'Weaseltown' throughout the movie. Fittingly, the Duke is a rather weaselly and spineless character.
  • Medieval Morons: He's very unenlightened and has a lot of Fantastic Racism and thinks all Magic Is Evil.
  • No Name Given: His real name is never brought up.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: The Duke seems to be a pretty laughably incompetent jerkass at worst, for the most part. Then he coldly orders his two henchmen to kill Elsa, and he says it in a tone that suggests he is dead-set on having Elsa killed.
  • Obviously Evil: Played for Laughs in his Establishing Character Moment, wherein he catches himself muttering about exploiting Arendelle's wealth.
  • Pet the Dog: In Across the Sea, he's grateful to Elsa for using her power to help Vakretta's current heat wave and sees the sisters off as they leave.
  • Red Herring: Virtually all promotional materials, as well as his constant displays of greed and Fantastic Racism, made him out to be the main villain of the story, when it's actually the younger and less Obviously Evil Prince Hans.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The only reason he wants to save the Kingdom in the first place is to make off with its riches and tradeable goods, which would cease to exist if the Kingdom was destroyed.
  • Running Gag: His duchy's name is mispronounced as the embarrassingly phonetic "Weaseltown".
  • Sucks at Dancing: His dance style includes kicking his legs sideways, jumping around his partner like a peacock, crushing her toes and flopping his toupee up and down.
  • Torture Technician: A Frozen Heart has his bodyguards imply that he frequently tortures people for information.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After announcing that Arendelle has severed its trading ties with Weselton, Kai presses his buttons by deliberately calling his duchy's name 'Weaseltown' even as he's being taken out.
  • Would Hit a Girl: By proxy when he orders his bodyguards to assassinate Elsa.
  • You Monster!: He shouts this to Elsa when her icepowers go haywire and he slips on some of the ice.

    Erik & Francis
Erik (left), Francis (right).

The two bodyguards of the Duke. They serve as tertiary antagonists. Their main job is to protect the Duke at all costs.

  • Adaptational Villainy: They're nastier in A Frozen Heart than in the original movie. First, they mock Hans when he tries to get Oaken to tell him Anna's whereabouts, saying the Duke could have gotten the information quicker (likely through torture). They also agree to spare Elsa's life if Hans grants them their own land and titles, only to renege on the deal once promised this. When Hans calls them out for it, they lie that they only tried to kill Elsa in self-defense.
  • All There in the Manual: They're not named in the movie but their names are revealed in the novelization: Erik and Francis.
  • Ambition Is Evil: In A Frozen Heart, although their boss wants them to try ending the Endless Winter by killing Elsa, they agree to comply with Hans' order not to try it if he'll give them what they want, though they renege and still try to kill her, meaning that they are at the least willing to make dishonest deals to satisfy their ambition.
  • Anti-Villain: Their only goal is protect the Duke, who is afraid of Elsa, especially after she casts an Endless Winter over the kingdom. It turns out to be an accident, but the Duke isn't sure about that and definitely is worried about that magical blizzard, so he orders them to attack her.
  • Badass Beard: Erik is a competent soldier with a beard.
  • Badass Long Coat: They wear long coats and are competent soldiers.
  • Badass Normal: They are skilled soldiers who don't have any magical power, only fighting with crossbows.
  • The Dividual: They essentially act identical in their role, with their only real distinguishing trait being that one has a beard (Erik) and the other doesn't (Francis). Erik is also more stoic and professional than Francis, who sneers openly at Anna when she's defending her sister.
  • Enigmatic Minion: They rarely speak and show little emotion, so their motives in serving the Duke, and whether it's out of genuine loyalty or greed, are unclear.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Averted on the small scale. After their initial shots on Elsa fail, they split up to surround her.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: They're fierce, ruthless, and martially gifted. Compare that with their boss' lack of subtlety and giftedly bad dancing.
  • No Name Given: Their names are never revealed in the movie. The novelization confirms that their names are Erik and Francis.
  • Number Two: They are the trusted and strong bodyguards to The Duke of Weselton.
  • Perma-Stubble: Francis has a nine o' clock shadow.
  • Perpetual Frowner: They're frowning 99% of the time, but that's just their look of concentration. Francis does smile a few times, but it's usually not pleasant.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Downplayed. Both are Anti Villains who wear red and black long coats.
  • Smug Snake: Francis more so than Erik. When Anna tries to defend Elsa to the Duke, Francis can be seen rolling his eyes and sneering at her. He also smiles ominously when Anna decides to go after Elsa.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They're always seen together and doing Weselton's dirty work.
  • Villainous Valour: Despite Elsa's vast powers, the two are willing to attack her armed with only crossbows.
  • Villainous Underdog: Even though they are competent soldiers, they are still at a big disadvantage against Elsa and her ice powers, since they only have conventional weapons to fight her. They nevertheless manage to be a threat.
  • Weapon of Choice: Both prefer a crossbow.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Neither one shows any moral problem with trying to assassinate Elsa.


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