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/r9k/Elsa is Suffering is a Modern AU fanfic based on Frozen, written by Fiction Press author AnonElsa. The fanfic follows Elsa and her struggles with day-to-day life, she spends most of her time online, locked away in her bedroom. As well as not being able to cope with normal social situations, she also finds herself having romantic feelings towards her little sister, Anna.

Author's Synopsis: A series of short, semi-related one-shots exploring the pain that is /r9k/Elsa.

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  • Ambiguous Ending: The author has yet to publish a Chapter 42, leaving the plot unresolved. However, Chapter 41 ended in such a way that it could be considered this.
    • The final three chapters were eventually released but still invokes this.
  • Back for the Finale: Rapunzel's family returns in Chapter 42.
  • Book-Ends: Chapter 1 starts with Anna interrupting Elsa's gaming session, eventually talking about Pokemon before Elsa inadvertently forces her to leave through her social ineptness. Chapter 44 ends with Anna interrupting Elsa's gaming session, eventually talking about Pokemon, only this time Elsa handles the human contact much better. Even Elsa's Lapras plushie makes a return!
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Elsa and Anna tend to have this dynamic.
  • Canon Immigrant: Not only does the story reinvent Frozen's characters, but also borrows from Tangled and Beauty and the Beast.
  • Closet Geek: It's implied Rapunzel browses 4chan due to her use of slang such as "spilling your spaghetti" (meaning humiliating yourself in public) as well as casual use of the word "fag" when irritated.
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  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first 21 chapters were based off of writing prompts the author received on 4chan and as such lacked focus, spending time on characters that had little to no bearing on the later plot. When the author switched to writing of her own accord, the main plot quickly became more relevant.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Elsa gets hers at the beginning of Chapter 1, swearing into her headset as an online game goes awry before we see how she struggles to interact with her sister.
  • Gamer Girl: Elsa spends a lot of her time gaming on her computer, particularly Diablo III or World of Warcraft. She's also capable of listing off detailed knowledge of Lapras.
  • Gun Nut: Kristoff is an avid hunter who Elsa theorizes probably visits /k/ when he calls her a "based operator".
  • Living Emotional Crutch: It's suggested in Chapter 18 that Anna's presence in her life is the only thing that's kept Elsa from committing suicide.
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  • Nice Guy: Kristoff, which is why Elsa accepts him as Anna's boyfriend. Even after breaking up with her sister, he strikes up a friendship with her and takes her in when she is forced to leave her home, even though he has deeply mixed feelings about her and Anna's relationship.
  • No Ending: See Ambiguous Ending above.
    • Finally averted on July 22nd, when the final three chapters were published.
  • No Social Skills: Considering that the name of the story takes itself from a board known for hosting some of the most pathetic people on the internet, this is a given. Elsa is simply not a people person on top of her crush on her sister, though as the story goes on she does begin to develop close relationships with others.
  • Only One Name: Characters without last names in their corresponding Disney movies - including Elsa, Anna, Rapunzel, and Belle - aren't given last names here either. Elsa's therapist, Dr. Porter, is not given a first name (though one suspects it might be Jane.)
  • Parents as People: Elsa's father is much less accepting of his daughter's self-imposed isolation in this version than he is of Elsa's powers in the film. He kicks her out of the house after seeing her kiss Anna. Even then he eventually tries to reconcile with her once he's cooled down.
  • Reality Ensues: Elsa freaks out when she realizes she has feelings for her sister and attends therapy to help herself. When the secret leaks out, those around her react similarly.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Rapunzel reveals in Chapter 42 that she's suspected for months that something was going on between Elsa and Anna, but she kept her suspicions to herself and treated them no differently than before.
  • Shout-Out: Considering it's origins from /co/, references to video games and comics are abound.
    • All-Star Superman is often brought up, particularly as a way to cheer someone up. At one point, Elsa falls asleep reading The Killing Joke.
    • Elsa ribs her equally nerdy cousin Rapunzel about the latter's power levels a couple of times.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: As well as using a lot of 4chan lingo in her thoughts, Elsa has quite the mouth when angry.
  • Sister-Sister Incest: Elsa is struggling to cope with her romantic feelings towards her little sister Anna. Anna is eventually revealed to have always had feelings for Elsa in turn, and they start a relationship of sorts. Unlike some fanfics that deal with incest, it's handled fairly realistically when it comes to other people's reactions.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Elsa's parents are alive here, when they died during her childhood in the film.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Elsa and Anna's fathers first reaction when things don't go his way is to shout and jab a finger in the direction of someone. When he see's Elsa and Anna kissing he violently grabs Anna by the shirt when he feels she is lying.
  • Speech Impediment: Elsa tells her therapist that she had a pretty severe stutter when she was younger, which partly contributed to her social isolation and her reluctance/inability to talk to people. After being mostly dormant for years, it makes a return in chapter 15 as Elsa starts to hit rock bottom.
  • Standardized Sitcom Housing: Despite the story not remotely resembling a sitcom, Elsa and Anna's house seems to be set up like this.
  • Unnamed Parent: Elsa and Anna's parents.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Elsa begins a relationship with Belle to help her forget Anna. Then, once Anna begins to return her affections she kisses her. She later confesses to Belle who leaves her for her ex-boyfriend, Adam.
  • That Thing Is Not My Child!: After Elsa's father discovers her incestuous feelings towards her sister, he is so enraged that he throws her out of the house and denounces her as his daughter. Even after being persuaded into letting her back in he makes it clear that he is only doing so because : I (he) don't want you (Elsa) mooching off of good, hard-working people like the Bjorgmans. And I sure as hell dont want you spreading your filth around their homes. And for the next 4 chapters cant go 15 minutes without verbally assaulting Elsa for it.
    • Adverted: After a family counselling cession he realizes that he doesn't want to be angry at Elsa for the rest of his life and tries to reconcile with her.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Pretty much her father to Elsa. In the second to last chapter he explains that when she was born he went into uncontrollable rage because she as born a girl instead of a boy because that only proved he not no control over his life, and only stopped when his wife threatened to leave. He also displays this throughout the majority of the story, first for Elsa's antisocial behavior and later for her feelings toward Anna. But in the end realizes he cant micromanage his family or else he will destroy it.
  • You Are Not Alone: The exact phrase (with a contraction) is spoken by Elsa to Anna in chapters 23 and 24 after Anna breaks up with Kristoff and before she leaves for England.
  • Zip Me Up: A variant occurs in chapter 32 when Anna asks for Elsa's help in putting on and pulling up her shorts. Justified in that Anna has a cast on her leg, but she's mainly doing it to woo Elsa away from Belle.
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