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Frozen Hearts is a Frozen (2013) sequel-fanfic written by sakume that takes place after the events of the movie, with Hans being shipped back to the Southern Isles to await judgment for his crimes. Hans manages to avoid the death penalty, but is stripped of his title as prince and is forbidden to leave the Southern Isles or return to his castle until he can prove himself worthy of being a prince again. Hans sets out to Arendelle again to seek out Elsa and apologize to her, as a way of showing to his father that he is trying to right his wrongs.


This fanfic contains examples of:

  • Alliterative Name:
    • Helen Hunter, the castle doctor.
    • Johan Jorgen, the pirate.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Most of Hans’ siblings, as per canon, with Hugo, Harald, and Harken being the three who treated Hans like he was invisible. Some of them, such as Heins, are a little better than that, but a few, such as Harald, are worse.
    Horatio: (to Hans) Did the queen even look at you?
    Hugo: Doubtful. Why pay attention to the runt?
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  • Ambiguously Gay: Heins is In Touch with His Feminine Side, including being very into fashion, and the ladies can't get enough of him, but he just finds his admirers a little more than annoying.
  • Arranged Marriage: One caused Prince Harry to run away from home. Apparently, it was to the same person that Heinrik was originally supposed to marry.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Heins to Kristoff regarding his unfavorable judgment of Hans:
    Heins: …how long have you known him?
  • A Taste of the Lash: Prince Harken has a more sadistic than usual variant, involving shards of glass in a cat of nine tails, which he proposes as Hans’ punishment. At least one of his whipping victims has died from what he suffered.
  • Ax-Crazy: Downplayed, but Harken seems to really enjoy the concept of corporal punishment and brings it up often enough for it to be disquieting.
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  • Badass Creed: Hans recites this to his father about what being a prince means. The last phrase becomes his Survival Mantra.
    Hans: "A prince forgets the trespasses against him, no matter how terrible. He sacrifices for others, even to the expense of his soul. He forgives until he forfeits breath. He is strong, he is compassionate, and the sum of these things makes him complete... a prince I am and a prince I will be."
  • Big Brother Bully:
    • Harald beats up his younger brother Hans after two of his men got dismissed because of how they treated him. Harald in general seems to have it out for Hans, even before he became a political liability.
    • Harken, another older brother of Hans, proposes whipping Hans, even though people have died from his whippings before.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Heins, who goes to nearly hell and back to help younger brother Hans.
  • Blatant Lies: Hans saying “I’m not afraid” when his father declares that he will be going public about his crimes. The lie is meant to fool himself as much as his parents.
  • Blunt "Yes": When Hans meets Harald in the harbor.
    Harald: Hans, do you realize what you’ve done?
    Hans: I do.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: Prince Harry, who ran away from home, shows up in Chapter 8, as his brother Heinrik's fence for selling his goods.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Apparently, Hans and Elsa were childhood friends briefly. Time will tell if the relationship is a victorious one or not.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Heins, who raves about clothes and the colours the Arendelle people will be wearing at the masked ball and goes utterly nuts discussing the party with Anna.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • Heins initially seems to be asking about what Hans did, but quickly turns out to be asking about the condition of the suit he designed for Hans.
    • A much darker example happens when the brothers discuss how to deal with Hans.
      Harken: I could whip him. I've only just procured the most marvelous cat of nine tails. Glass shards imbedded [sic] in the leather, guaranteed to cleave flesh with each stroke. (gets a Slasher Smile)
      Helm: That is not an option.
      Harken: Why not? Would you rather perform the honor?
      Horatio: The last man father placed you in charge of whipping died the next day.
      Harken: Exactly. That should tell you how much I need the practice.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Princess Orion wore a dress over another dress in case of emergencies. This comes in handy for Hans.
  • Curtain Clothing: According to Heins, it’s amazing what one can do with “unused curtains, a ream of burgundy silk, and a little ingenuity”. This is to replace his suit after he uses his original suit for fabric to make Elsa’s replacement dress for the gala.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Helena is cornered by Hugo while she's performing an errand for Elsa. She fights him off and escapes, telling him that she is no helpless maid for him to bed.
  • Dangerous Workplace: When pretending to be ice harvesters, Hans and Heins end up making some amateur mistakes, one of which results in an accident that almost gets Heins killed and is decidedly not Played for Laughs. They have a harder time pretending to be a profession than most fictional characters.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Hans to his brothers. For example, when he’s brought before his parents to answer to them, he snarks about Harald’s habit of calling his parents “the king and the queen” out of professionalism.
    Hans: So formal, Harald.
  • Death Glare: Anna to Hans. Who can blame her?
  • Didn't Think This Through: Hans initially failed to plan his return to Arendelle. After running into a storm and getting picked up by pirates, he learns from this mistake.
  • Dirty Coward: Kristoff accuses Hans of being this when he freezes up as his brother falls through the ice, but Heins points out that a childhood trauma kicked in.
  • Disney Death: Heins seemingly gets washed overboard during a storm, but survives.
  • Disguised in Drag: Hans pretending to be Princess Orion. His brother Horatio and one of the gate guards fall for it.
  • Dysfunction Junction: It probably comes from having so many children, but the Southern Isles family includes two kings, a Navy admiral, a runaway-groom-turned-pirate, a glorified Torture Technician, a philandering narcissist, an accountant, an Army marshal who somehow manages to take his job WAY too seriously, two twin diplomats, a fashion designer, another runaway-groom-turned-merchant, a traumatized attempted murderer, and a daughter whose death traumatized the attempted murderer.
  • Easily Forgiven: The trope is discussed when Hans and Heins discuss what he's going to do next, though whether it's played straight has yet to be seen. So far, it's been strongly averted for Kristoff, who punches Hans out the moment he realizes who he is, and only begrudgingly takes him to see Anna, who's no happier, and who indicates that things between them will never be the same as they were before. As for Elsa herself, she's horrified to realize that she had been talking with Hans at the masquerade, and needs time to come to terms with the conflict between knowing what he tried to do to her and Anna, and the fact that she knows that Hans did not seem threatening back at the ball.
    Heins: …have you tried writing the Queen a letter?
    Hans: I tried to murder her, Heins. I doubt I'll find a way to delicately say 'Sorry I attempted to kill you'.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Hannah goes by Kris (short for her middle name Kristina).
  • Embarrassing Nickname:
    • "Jo-Jo" for Johan Jorgen, the pirate.
    • "Heinie", for Heinrik.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas and Papas: Hans sees his father as one of the few people he respects, and is deeply moved by how much his mother still cares for him after everything he’s done.
    *Hans's father asks if what he's done is true.*
    Hans: Yes, it is true.
    Hans's Mother: "Hans! my Hans, not my baby! No!
    *When his father nervously suggests the death penalty*
    Hans's Mother: No! I will not see my son walk to the gallows, I will not! I would rather take his place before I ever see the day!
    Hans: *Thinking* would defend me if I'd murdered one hundred people...
  • Family Theme Naming: All of the princes of the Southern Isles (in order of birth: Harvard, Hubert, Helm, Heinrik, Harken, Hugo, Horatio, Harald, Henning, Hedvil, Heins, Harry, Hans) have names beginning with H, as does Hans' only sister Hannah. However...
  • First-Name Basis: Hans usually refers to Elsa by her first name rather than her title and seems to be rather miffed that, besides his parents and Anna, no one else does. On the other side, upon arriving in the Southern Isles, Elsa rarely calls Hans by his title either.
  • Flat "What": Harald, in response to Hugo, following a long silence, giving a vote in favor of asking for a pardon for Hans instead of the vote against it Harald had expected, which would have put the "no" votes in the majority.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Hans and Elsa. He and his parents had stayed at her parents' home for a month when they were both children.
  • Good Parents: King George and Queen Allowyn of the Southern Isles, to the point that whatever else the brothers disagree on, they all will cheerfully agree that they love their parents.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Prince Heins pushes his younger brother to safety in the hold during a storm. Surprisingly, he lives.
    • Hans asks Elsa to channel her magic through him so he can keep holding on to her and Harald after they fall off the edge of a cliff.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!:
    Johan: “...Journeying all the way to Arendelle with only a single barrel, a small satchel, and a stack of old rags?”
    Heins: *Seething*: “They are not rags.”
  • Insistent Terminology: It's not just the Winter Gala Masquerade; it's the Winter Gala Masquerade Extravaganza.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Heins, who has the job of a seamstress, only more royal.
  • In Vino Veritas: After drinking four glasses of wine and eating some chocolate fondue (explained in the authors' notes, that was mixed with alcohol), Heins calls Hans by his real name in front of Elsa and everyone else.
  • It's All About Me: Princess Orion, combined with Brainless Beauty. This stops being a source of comedy in chapter 23.
  • Jerkass: More than a few of Hans’ brothers do things that, while not approaching the severity of Hans’ crimes in the movie, are exceptionally petty and cruel, and they are often abrasive or cold-hearted.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: The brothers who are more forgiving of Hans concede that trade with other nations, and their livelihoods, have suffered as a result, as the brothers who refuse to forgive Hans pointed out.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: Heinrik, as well as Harry aspire to be this.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Harald beating up Hans over two of his men getting dismissed.
    • While usually more airheaded than willfully mean, Princess Orion finally manages this in chapter 23 when she insults Elsa, her parents, Hans and Kris.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In chapter 27, Hugo tries to corner Helena for nefarious purposes. She escapes and in the next chapter, he gets Punched Across the Room for it.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The fic’s entire premise spoils Hans’ Evil Plan, as well as the fact that it failed.
  • Leonine Contract: Helena falls prey to one while trying to get money to help her mother.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: Johan regarding Hans' plan.
    Johan: "So you're going back to apologize to this crazy magical woman who can't control herself and just happens to be the newly-appointed Queen of Arendelle? After you tried to kill her? Are you mentally ill?"
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The pirate captain is Hans' brother Heinrik. Heinrik's contact is their brother Harry.
  • Mama and Papa Didn't Raise No Criminal: Allowyn, Hans’ mother, can hardly believe what she heard about what Hans did. Although George is aware of what Hans did, he has difficulty with the idea of punishing his child. Lampshaded here by his father:
    George: My old eyes could never have seen the day when I would be witness to see my son before me like this... the Southern Isles need the trade opportunities only available with neighboring countries in order to prosper, and my youngest son's actions have seen that our country's very livelihood may be at stake. [walks back to the throne, sighing] Until I decide what the punishment for such actions must be, the Prince Hans is confined to the castle. We will close the gates as I deliberate. There is to be no contact with the citizens of the Southern Isles, audience or otherwise. We cannot risk the consequences of the people knowing before the judgment is handed.
  • Masquerade Ball: The Winter Gala Masquerade Extravaganza.
  • Massively Numbered Siblings:
    • Hans. He has twelve older brothers.
    • Kris/Hannah has thirteen brothers.
  • Misplaced Retribution: After two of his best men are dismissed for mistreating Hans while escorting him back to the Southern Isles, Harald beats up Hans, even though technically, the only role Hans played was in the actions that led him to get shipped back home in chains.
  • Mythology Gag: At one point, Anna thinks of Hans as the extra button on a coat. A line recalling "More Than Just a Spare," one of the songs from the movie's cutting room floor.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: By cutting off trade with Weselton, Elsa caused them to resort to cheating its other trade partners out of their fair share, resulting in Arendelle's economy entering an economic crisis because of Weselton's other trade partners blamed Arendelle for their problems.
  • Nice Guy: Multiple. In spite of what Hans did, George and Allowyn both prove to be loving and well meaning people.
  • No, You: After being outvoted, Harald tells his brothers that if their kingdom falls, they will shoulder the blame. Heins angrily counters that Harald is the one who will be at fault.
  • Odd Name Out: Hannah goes by Kris (short for her middle name Kristina).
  • Oh, Crap!: Elsa after learning Hans' identity.
  • One Degree of Separation: Much like the movie in this regard. Let's see (in order):
    • Dr. Helen, who treats Hans earlier in the story has a son who is missing and presumed dead, one Johan Jorgen who is a pirate aboard the Rosemaling, which manages to save a shipwrecked Hans and Heins.
    • The captain of the Rosemaling turns out to be none other than Hans' missing and presumed dead brother Heinrik, and the captain's fence is Hans' runaway brother Harry.
    • Heins, having to deal with forgeries of his clothing earlier in the story, gets hired at a random clothing shop in Arendelle working with a young woman named Helena, who is the one making the forgeries and whose parents used to work at the castle for the Arendelle royal family before the staff was reduced.
    • Hans and Elsa were childhood friends and their parents got along well with each other. Hans even recognizes Olaf when he sees the live anthropomorphic version of him as Elsa originally had a stuffed snowman as a child. He even spent a month at their home and his father gave her father the plot-important book about trolls that allowed them to save Anna's life.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. We have Dr. Helen and Helena the seamstress.
    • Also Kristoff and Kris, Hans' sister.
  • Papa Wolf: Helena's father, despite falling into alcoholism, regains a bit of his old spirit when trying to protect his daughter from a man who's trying to take advantage of her. Unfortunately, he gets fatally stabbed in the process.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Harald does not fall for it when Hans pretends to be Princess Orion.
  • Parents as People: George and Allowyn, king and queen of the Southern Isles, are understandably having difficulty coming to terms with what their youngest son did. George knows that the Southern Isles’ relations with other countries will suffer unless he deals with Hans, but he has difficulty with the idea of punishing his child. Allowyn understands what Hans did is wrong, but would be executed in his place, and believes that he didn’t do what he did out of a mere lust for power.
  • Past Experience Nightmare: Hans' dreams about the day he fell through the ice as a child.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Hans to Heins in Chapter 12 when they need to hide out in public:
    Hans: We. Cannot. Be found.
  • Rags to Royalty:
    • Queen Allowyn was the daughter of a gardener and the friend of then Princess Idun. Only her husband George, Idun and eventually Elsa know she wasn't born royalty.
    • Helena is accused of wanting this because of her relationship with Heins.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Harald vs. Heins, after Harald is outvoted in the issue of whether to ask for a pardon for Hans.
    Harald: If our kingdom falls… it will be due to all of you. Remember that.
    Heins: No, if our kingdom falls, it will be due to you, Harald! And I pray such misfortunes as have befallen Hans never befall me, because I certainly can't depend on you to come to my aid!
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Hans. Kristoff punches him out the moment he sees him, although he is eventually convinced to help get them to the castle. Anna looks far angrier than we've ever seen her when she sees Hans.
  • Sadist: Harken is one for the most part, happily filleting animals, designing torture devices and flogging criminals, although he clearly doesn't like it when his loved ones are in pain and when Hans is dying, Harken is determined to do his part and make him well.
  • Secret-Keeper: Hans, Heins, Helena and Allowyn for Elsa's powers. King George and Elsa herself about Allowyn not being born a royal.
  • Shipper on Deck: Hans and Elsa's parents have supported the idea of Hans and Elsa becoming a couple since they were kids.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In Chapter 12, Kristoff says "Now you've done it!" when Anna attacks Heins with a frying pan.
    • There are also references to the original movie and the rest of the Disney Animated Canon, especially Tangled. Here, Anna and Elsa's father is the brother to Rapunzel's mother, adding on the numerous numbers of fans who like to support that Anna and Elsa are cousins of Rapunzel's.
  • Shown Their Work: The effects of alcohol on Heins. After he's consumed four glasses of wine [the two that he originally fetched for him and Helena, then his and the one that Helena turned down] and some alcohol-laced chocolate fondue in a short period of time, he is acting exactly like one would expect a person with a 0.10 BAC to act: loss of good judgement and euphoric, etc.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Harald to Heins, when Heins tries to remind him of what makes a prince while arguing in Hans' favor.
    Heins: He's our brother, Harald! Our brother! And I, for one, love him! Have you all forgotten what makes a prince? A prince forgets trespasses! He forgives! He sacrifices! He is compassionate!
    Harald: Don't recite those time-old rhymes to me! God knows we spent half our childhoods reciting them back to the king whenever he asked like a bunch of trained parrots!
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Elsa doesn't forgive or care for Hans until after seeing him show actual repent for his actions and reform.
  • Skewed Priorities: Heins tends to care more about the state of any clothes he's designed than anything else. Even when Hans and Heins are being arrested:
    Heins: "Watch my suit; I just made this! It's a Heins original! Don't rumple the satin!"
  • Slasher Smile: Harken at the prospect of getting to whip Hans.
  • Spoiler Title: Chapter 10's title, The Official Ice Master and Deliverer, tells you that Kristoff makes an appearance in that chapter.
  • Survival Mantra: For Hans, it’s “A prince I am and a prince I will be,” the last line of the Badass Creed.
  • Sweetie Graffiti: Carved into the balcony railing of the castle of Arendelle is an H and a backwards E. Hans carved them with a fork for he and Elsa when they were children.
  • Take My Hand!: Harald unsuccessfully to Elsa whilst trying to help onto her horse in chapter 26. Hans succeeds on both counts. Harald is NOT pleased.
  • Tempting Fate: Kristoff believes that "no one will show up" to his high and isolated cottage, and almost immediately afterward, Anna arrives.
  • Theme Naming: Several of the chapters are named after lines of dialogue from the movie. For example, Chapter 4 is called “Kingdom of Isolation,” a phrase from “Let It Go”.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Johan, despite being a pirate, which is why he's troubled by what Hans admits to having attempted.
  • Treachery Cover Up: Somewhat downplayed, but Hans is confined to the castle until his fate is decided, so that word doesn’t get out prematurely; several of Hans' brothers don't even initially know what happened, though. The king ultimately decides to go public about it after stripping Hans of his prince status, though.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Most of the princes' horses (and the ones Heins fetches for Elsa and Helena) resemble their riders in some way.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: If the month Hans spent with Elsa as a child is enough.
  • Villainous BSoD: Hans suffers from one as his family learns of his crimes, and he's forced to ponder Anna's parting words to him.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Interestingly enough, Hans ends up asking himself this about his time with Anna, realizing that he enjoyed it more than he realized.
  • Wham Episode
    • Chapter 18: Hans and Heinrik's cover is blown, and the two are arrested.
    • Chapter 20: Allowyn is very ill and on the brink of death, forcing the brothers in Arendelle to return home.
    • Chapter 31 and 32: After a terrible accident involving Kris's grave, Hans is slowly dying from the cold and there is practically nothing anyone can do to stop it.
  • Wham Line:
    • In Chapter 8, when Heins recognizes the pirate captain.
      Heins: Hans… this is Heinrik… our brother!"
    • In Chapter 10, a visitor arrives where Hans and Heins are, not expecting to see them. The visitor's description quickly establishes her identity as Anna.
    • In Chapter 20:
    Heinrik: "It's… it's mother. I took your advice and went home after dropping you off in Havetby. I found out she's very ill. In fact… she may be dying. We've got to get back quickly, or you may not see her again."
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The brothers who want to request that Hans be pardoned and the ones who believe he should not be exchange these while debating the issue. The former group is accused of not realizing the severity of Hans’ crimes, and is reminded of the potential impact on the kingdom’s economic livelihood. The latter group is accused of forgetting that Hans is their brother, and is criticized over their crueler ideas of punishment.
  • What Were You Thinking?: Elsa to Anna after learning that the man she invited to the masquerade was the one who tried to kill them both. She gets upset enough to momentarily lose control of her power.
  • Work Off the Debt: Helena's employment by Egil is essentially this. Unfortunately for her, she didn't understand how interest works when she first signed up, and now realizes she has little hope of paying it off.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Hans gets this from his mother and Heins. And Elsa.