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"Some families bond over dinner tables, some over epic quests to save the world from dark forces. "
Anna of Arendelle

Legacy is a completed crossover fanfic set primarily in the Frozen and Tangled universe, but with liberal cameos from the rest of the Disney Animated Universe.

Not long after the events of Frozen, Elsa and Anna visit their cousin Rapunzel for a state visit. Unfortunately for them, an ancient evil hell-bent on destroying their entire family arrives shortly afterwards to get rid of them once and for all.It's not all bad though, as they soon find out that not only do the three of them have more family than they imagined, but all of them intend to help them fight.


Legacy provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Elsa and Merida are the main examples, but all of the girls get their moment to shine.
  • Affably Evil: Hans has shades of this when he meets with a farmer after his escape, and when he first meets the group in the abandoned tower. However it never lasts.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Hans engages in this during his viewpoint chapter. Mostly to showcase how incredibly messed up his mindset is, he actually thinks everything that happened to Elsa was part of a plan on her part to rule by fear on the wider world stage while still having her subjects adore her.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Neatly averted by Eugene who advises an increasingly incredulous Flynn to just go with it.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Elsa destroying the city gates during Operation Marshmallow qualifies, as do the Ice Knights. The first requires several minutes of concentration to do, and the latter requires copious amounts of willing spirits to inhabit them.
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  • Badass Army: The Ice Knights housing the souls of all the previous Disney princess.
  • Big Bad: Maleficent. Full stop.
  • Big "NO!": Flynn has a moment of this when Maleficent teleports away after infecting Elsa with the conversion effect. It doesn't last long.
  • Black and Grey Morality: Elsa, Anna and Rapunzel discuss whether Maleficent can be redeemed. They decide that since she's gunning to murder both their families and has already conquered Corona killing her is the only option.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: What the Heartless conversion does to people, also comes with a side-order of virtual indestructibility due to incredible regeneration.
  • Brick Joke: Early on Eugene mentions to Elsa that in the rowdier bars people have been writing smut about her and Anna following the 'act of true love' that saved her. In the penultimate chapter after beating Maleficent, Anna finds one.
    • And in a Funny Moment Elsa's only reaction upon reading that she and Anna did something lewd as an act of true love is to comment that the artwork is good.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Between Eugene being a Dead Pan Snarker, and Flynn being a Professional Killer, this happens a fair bit. The most noteworthy example is during a massive battle with an army of Heartless at the docks of Corona, they're discussing whether Flynn should just ask Elsa out or not.
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  • Cast from Hit Points: Elsa suffers from this during her running battle with Maleficent, not helped by having had virtually no sleep and having suffered several injuries during the exploration of Kiamo Ko.
  • Celibate Hero: Played straight with Elsa. A decade's worth of no substantial human contact has her unintentionally flinching when she is touched unexpectedly. The fact that Flynn doesn't seem to trigger this does not go unnoticed by Rapunzel.
    • Averted with everyone else as Rapunzel has a 'special' night planned for Eugene and Anna and Kristoff get a relationship upgrade on the way home that has Elsa being grateful that Anna's room is nowhere near hers at the palace in Arendelle.
  • The Chessmaster: It's noticeable on rereading, but Hades has a hand in virtually every time Maleficent stops short of killing the heroes.
  • Complexity Addiction: Largely averted. Maleficent's plan is fairly simple, find the trio and kill them, and conversely their plan is pretty much to use the Ice Knights as a battering ram to get them to Maleficent.
  • Conversational Troping: Several tropes are name-dropped, such as Royals Who Actually Do Something.
  • Continuity Nod: Many to the events of both Frozen and Tangled. Given the extremely wide net thrown by the nature of the crossover it was inevitable.
  • Cue the Sun: Elsa uses her trick from the end of Frozen to clear the sky after the battle and give them some sunshine after having battled in the pouring rain. She does note however that dispersing the water into the air is only temporary.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Maleficent versus Elsa both times. So much so that Elsa is hesitant to fight her a third time because she feels that Maleficent is treating her like sport.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Forms part of a discussion between Eugene and Flynn while they are trying to rescue Kristoff, regarding Flynn's status as a former member of the Order of Assasins.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Both Eugene and Anna have their moments.
  • Demoted to Extra: Kristoff, who is quickly turned into a Heartless and isn't seen again. He's mentioned as having come through the ordeal with nightmares which Anna is helping him through.
  • Doorstopper: At over 120,000 words it's the length of a decent novel.
  • Empathic Environment: The rain during the final battle doesn't seem to add any purpose other than dramatic effect.
  • Empty Shell: How the conversion seems to leave people. However it's noted in the epilogue that converted people were aware of what happened and what they did while converted. As mentioned in Reality Ensues, not everyone can cope.
  • Enemy Mine: Hans briefly allies himself with Merida to attack Maleficent, but soon turns on Elsa and Anna again.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Hans' brother seems to think their mother will be heartbroken by his behaviour.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Thoroughly averted with both Hans and Maleficent. Flynn seems to think it applies to his acts as an assassin. Eugene thinks he might be rationalising.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Or at least cannot comprehend the bonds of family. Maleficent never quite realises that the biggest threat isn't Elsa and her ice-powers, but the combined efforts of Elsa, Rapunzel and Anna to help save each other.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: Oh so very averted. Hans spends his time alternately working for, or betraying both Maleficent and Hades, and Hades spends a considerable amount of time working against Maleficent. The only straight example are the brainwashed Heartless who are completely on Maleficent's side.
  • Evil vs. Evil: When Hans betrays Maleficent she spends a fair bit of time torturing him. He responds by stabbing her in the chest.
  • Expy: Unintentional, but at least one reviewer thought Flynn's secret identity was from a Final Fantasy game due to his many similarities. Word of God is that those similarities weren't intentional, but probably were inspired by said character. It turns out he's from Assassin's Creed instead.
  • First-Name Basis: Done by everyone. Noteable in that Flynn does it because no one has told him that Elsa is a Queen, but played straight in that he just doesn't care about Rapunzel and Eugene's status as Prince and Princess of Corona.
  • Flat "What": Happens on a few occasions.
  • Forced to Watch: A horrific example during Anna's Journey to the Center of the Mind, where she is forced to see not just Elsa's worst nightmares, but the even worse versions caused by Maleficent's power. She is powerless to do anything but watch as Elsa sees every horror she ever imagined happen over and over again.
  • Friendship Moment: Between Flynn and Elsa in Kiamo Ko, and between Eugene and Flynn when they're caught in Corona.
  • From Bad to Worse: First Kristoff gets converted, then Elsa. During the final battle things start out going well for the girls, but it gets worse quickly.
  • Gaining the Will to Kill: The girls do this once they realise just what Maleficent is planning to do to them.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The smut rag that Anna finds. Elsa comments that she doesn't quite remember the 'act of true love' being one of those.
  • A God Am I: Hercules, naturally. He even tells Elsa outright that he's a God and that he can ignore them if he so chooses.
  • Heroic Resolve: The girls are all over this, but Anna is probably the best at it.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Elsa's first two encounters with Maleficent.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Averted, virtually everyone besides Hans is shown to be basically decent. Even the Duke of Wessleton appears to be trying to make amends when he runs into Elsa at the Coronan ball.
  • Idiot Ball: Hey Hans, how did you think betraying Maleficent was going to work out for you?
  • Jerkass: Hans, Hans, Hans.
  • Karma Houdini: Hans; he vanishes during the final battle and escapes his justice despite having been instrumental as Maleficent's Dragon.
  • Lampshade Hanging: All over the place, mostly by Eugene. When Flynn asks if he's the only one weirded out by magic ghost ladies, healing powers and ancient witches, Eugene basically tells him to just go with it.
  • Le Parkour: Flynn in Kiamo Ko by dint of being an Assassin. Again by both Eugene and Flynn during their stealthy entrance into Corona.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Elsa and Flynn engage in some of this when they first meet. Oddly enough Flynn also has a bit of this dynamic with Eugene when they sneak into Corona.
  • Lowest Common Denominator: Eugene thinks this is why people write in-universe porn about Elsa and Anna.
  • The Magic Goes Away: Hercules specifically mentions that the Gods are going away, which is what prompted Hades' Heel–Face Turn in order to be allowed home before it happens.
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  • Mind Rape: What the conversion process to Heartless does to you.
  • Mysterious Past: Flynn, although it eventually becomes a Runninggag that he's promised to tell various people. He just never quite gets round to it. Eugene encourages him to come clean about it with Elsa if he plans to pursue her.
  • Noodle Incident: A couple. Apparently Rapunzel found out she could still heal during an unspecified incident that almost got Eugene killed after they were married, and Eugene at one point impersonated an admiral. Flynn also mentions a few while trading stories with Eugene.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Averted twice. First Kristoff is left behind once he's been dragged down by Heartless, then Mushu tells Mulan to leave him behind and help the girls during the battle of Corona, and she does.
  • No Ontological Inertia: The conversion to Heartless ceases as soon as Maleficent is defeated. It's hinted that this is because of Maleficent's initial conversion of a farmer when she wasn't at full strength.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Deliberately played with when Eugene and Flynn have a lengthy discussion about how amazing their capture of Kristoff was.
  • Omniscient Morality License: Averted when Elsa finds out the particulars of how she came by her powers. It was deliberately caused by Hercules to give them a weapon against Maleficent's return. She slaps him in anger.
  • Only Smart People May Pass: Several of the doorways Elsa and Flynn work their way through. They actually met when Flynn tried to blow one up after it frustrated him. Elsa is quick enough to figure out the puzzles.
  • Open Secret: Flynn likes Elsa. He denies it, everyone else knows it, and Elsa has bigger concerns for most of the fic.
  • The Power of Friendship: It's a Disney fic, what did you expect?
  • Reality Ensues: Following time spent as Heartless, many people are suffering psychological trauma. Kristoff is only getting through it due to Anna's near-constant attention, and both Elsa and Flynn are aware of how they're ignoring the issue in the epilogue.
  • Reference Overdosed: Due to the author being a troper this was inevitable. There are shoutouts galore, and it's even mentioned that every chapter has at least one trope as a main theme.
  • Reset Button: Thoroughly averted at the end. Corona's capital is trashed and virtually everyone who spent time as a Heartless is traumatised to some degree.
  • Retired Monster: Flynn sees himself as one, having deliberately left the assassins when it became too much.
  • Secret Identity: Due to Elsa's desire to be seen as a person first and a Royal second, she engages in a bit of this with Flynn. At the end it turns out it's not a big issue.
  • Secret Underground Passage: The keep where Maleficent's staff is found.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Rapunzel ships Flynn and Elsa. Eugene doesn't, but he's still happy to give Flynn advice.
    • Elsa ships Anna and Kristoff, but she warns him in one of the early chapters that her support is contingent on him proving that he can handle the stress of being royalty. In the epilogue it's mentioned that Elsa and the entire nation of Arendelle are staunchly behind Anna and Kristoff.
  • The Starscream: Hans betrays everyone he works for, and everyone who helps him at any point. It's a point of some frustration that he vanishes in the final battle and isn't mentioned again.
  • Take That!: Elsanna shipping is mocked on a couple of occasions in story by everyone save Eugene, who thinks it's hilarious.
  • Tempting Fate: Early on Rapunzel mentions hoping for a quiet visit.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Rapunzel has a brilliant moment of this when she is flung out of a second story window and her perception of time is briefly slowed so she can have a telepathic conversation. She notes that once the conversation she's having is done, she's still going to hit the ground hard and that it IS going to hurt.
  • Time for Plan B: Whatever the girls' initial plan for beating Maleficent is it quickly get derailed by her sheer power. Rapunzel comes up with a plan B after her conversation with Hercules.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Partial credit. The initial attack against Corona goes swimmingly, the assault against Maleficent? Not so much.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Elsa gives an epic one to Hercules when she finds out that her powers were the result of a Batman Gambit between him and Hades. Noteworthy in that he's perfectly aware of what he's done, but still feels that it was worth it to defeat Maleficent.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Averted given that the three main characters are females, and the main antagonist is one (sort of).
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Hades once the main plot kicks off. He messes with Maleficent, nudges Merida and recruits Hans in order to correct problems in the plan he's got in mind.
  • You and What Army?: Maleficent says something like this to the girls when they arrive in Corona. Elsa promptly SHOWS her what army.


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