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'''As he sat up straighter on his throne, the king gave his orders: "Very well, let us make arrangements for a visit to the kingdom of Arendelle to celebrate the coronation of their princess. It is time for Corona and Arendelle to once again join in an alliance."

Once Upon a Time, Princess Rapunzel went on a grand adventure with Eugene Fitzherbert. She lost her magic hair, but she found her true parents, her true heritage, and the man of her dreams. After her wedding in Tangled Ever After, the two of them were now happily married, but they still needed to go on their honeymoon! As her father the king was reviewing newer reports while comparing them to older business, he realized a trade treaty was never completed, and with a new heir rising, Eugene had an idea: use the coronation to take care of trade business, and then spend the rest of their time just relaxing in that kingdom for their honeymoon.

Little did they know that the kingdom they were going to, Arendelle, had a princess with magic too. And that what seemed like an easy trip would turn into a month of mishaps, adventures and many trials.

Tangled Adventures in Arendelle is a Continuation Fic, dealing with the end of Rapunzel's wedding celebrations, and the fallout from Frozen's ending. The fic is still ongoing, though the author has also announced plans for a sequel.

This fanfic contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Acceptable Breaks from Canon: This fic was started in 2013, 4 years before Tangled: The Series was released. So all the information on Rapunzel being re-crowned princess after 6 months, her rejecting Eugene's first proposal, the characterization of the king of Corona, and more importantly the return of Rapunzel's long hair are not part of a fic that did not anticipate such developments.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Zigzagged. Elsa swears to move on from the worst parts of her past, but it's not easy, especially since it involves confronting the worst parts of it. She even gets called on it a few times by Eugene.
  • Affably Evil: Hans. Rapunzel, while not totally fooled by his act early on, doesn't always catch on to his scheming. His inner monologue also has him admit that although he might not trust the couple from Corona for being able to see through his act easier, he still holds no direct ill will against them, and would've preferred to get them on his side after his schemes failed.
  • Affectionate Nickname: After the promise to become sworn sisters, Anna takes to calling Rapunzel "Punzie", though Rapunzel laments that with Anna and Elsa's names being so short she can't do the same.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Elsa struggles with this trope carried over from the movie. While she believes that her powers can be used for good (especially after talking with different people around the kingdom about different possibilities), she's still scared of one day losing control due to her emotions or the simple fact that she does not understand where her magic came from, so she doesn't know its limits or true control factors.
  • Always Save the Girl: Well, in this case, it's save the guy, but even though Anna protests that helping her big sister with the kingdom is more important, Elsa insists that she find Kristoff, even going so far as to make it a royal command. Elsa's reasoning for this is that she can handle her own problems, and she doesn't want Anna to give up her chances for happiness by losing her chance to find Kristoff. Downplayed due to the kingdom's needs still being addressed, but still there.
  • Anachronism Stew: Arendelle and Corona use Pre-steam galleys to sail on, and has such innovations as working running water (presumably), but still use oil lamps and rely on ice harvesting as an industry.
  • April Fools' Day: As a way to tease the fans, Doctor Darth posted a gag chapter addressing various fanon in a Dark Comedy manner, everything from connecting the Little Mermaid to Tiana showing up at the coronation is addressed. There was even a civil war because Elsa's parents faked their death in Fiji because they couldn't deal with Elsa's powers. As Elsa's grandchild King Triton was turned out to be All Just a Dream Elsa had the day before....that the author had written to address his own lack of progress.
  • Arc Symbol: Hugs as a sign of connection. While sounding cliche, the truth is that people in this fic go through rough times, so a hug is a sign that one or more parties are interested in making/strengthening connections with others.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • "What kind of a queen are you, punishing people from outside your kingdom?"
    • Is there anything you've been hiding Rapunzel?
    • What kind of ruler am I?
  • Ascended Extra: Several.
    • Since the first 8 chapters write around the plot of Frozen from the Tangled cast's POV, Kai and Gerda 9(The household servants) get a bit more of a role since they're the ones helping out around the castle during the big freeze/blizzard brought on by Elsa.
    • The woman who screamed, "It's Alive!" offscreen on seeing Olaf not only gets a name (Rose), but also a family and a connection to the supporting cast. (She's Oaken's younger sister)
  • The Atoner: Technically, Elsa walked the line between good and evil, but a big focus of the fic after canon is focused around this trope. Though it's not just her that needs to make up for the big freeze. Almost all the main characters feel a need to make up for negative actions or inaction they took during their stay.
  • Author Appeal: Reusing movie dialog in a different context. It's mostly used to help parallel the situation with their pasts, but it's also used for comedy as well.
  • Beneath the Mask: Elsa has this the most. And this is even referenced in chapter 17 when Eugene mentioned she was "letting it all out" to him and Rapunzel during one of their private conversations. Elsa's royal training and her whole "conceal, don't feel" business sometimes has her putting on masks of indifference or composure in order to keep her true feelings at bay. Trying to project an appearance of control and dignity even in the worst of times. However, by the time Frozen's movie plot is over, her more private persona is given more exploration whenever she's around Anna or the Fitzherberts. It's fairly apparent that she's actually a rather insecure, sad ruler with something close to a Guilt Complex (though not quite, because she knows the limits to how much she can blame herself for bad things happening). On the flip side though, beneath her mask is a lot of passion for her family, a big empathetic heart and a desire to move on from the worst of times.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: All of the main characters mean well, but watch out if you get them mad. Anna and Eugene's outbursts are the scariest in Chapter 15.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The ending of chapter 15: Unwound. Everything has gone wrong. Kristoff lost the favor of everyone, and felt compelled to leave Arendelle for being indirectly responsible for breaking Eugene's arm, and Anna breaking up with him in rage. That revelation also scarred Olaf, ruining his view of his friends, and left Rapunzel and Eugene bickering with each other over how to react to this news. Elsa also has begun to show cracks in her control, having a Freak Out over her "family" arguing and as a result, destroying a lot of her original castle. She was able to rebuild it but it made the citizens uneasy about having a second ice castle so close to them. But, at the end of the day, Anna finally tells her sister that she's ready to step up as the Princess to help Elsa with her problems tomorrow, and stop just having fun around the castle from day to day.
  • Blessed with Suck: Oh Elsa. She has great power that she can get to do many things, but the first part of the fic shows how much of a downside there can be due to her struggles with Power Incontinence, including the eternal winter business from the original movie, and even she admits at one point that extreme stress might cause a reaction in her.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Averted. When Eugene gets his arm broken, there's a clear mention to blood in the work.
  • Break the Cutie: Rapunzel, Anna and Olaf are all adorable. And before long, all of them are broken at one point or another. They bounce back, but they're never quite the same afterwards.
  • Breather Episode: Seems to happen every 3rd episode where in between the drama, there's at least 1 lighter chapter where not as much is happening that's scary.
  • Broken Pedestal: Rapunzel's view of Mother Gothel only sinks lower and lower as the fic progresses. While her movie already shattered her devotion to her, after finding out the origin of her powers, she loses even more respect, thinking Gothel only loved her flower hair rather than ever loving her.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Inverted. Rapunzel's magic is slowly returning over the fic, beginning with immunity to Elsa's cold temperatures.
  • Call-Forward: With Anna mentioning her birthday being "next month", the timeframe for "Frozen Fever" is also in place, just not used yet.
  • Cerebus Roller Coaster: The fic itself has a relatively consistent tone, but that tone's gradation of seriousness fluctuates from chapter to chapter.
  • Cheerful Child: Charlotte Caumont, thanks to her enthusiastic love of princess Rapunzel and how she sees the newer changes around Arendelle.
  • Continuation Fic: Aside from a few cosmetic changes (such as Anna and Elsa hugging twice before Elsa unfreezes everything instead of just once, and some potential liberties with the timescale), this crossover takes both movies as they are, and writes a continuation for both of them out of the material. Tangled, having ended first, is continued from the start, but when the Big Freeze ends, it turns into a Frozen continuation as well.
  • Continuity Nod: One subtle aspect not always noted by Frozen fans is the final state of Anna's hair. But when Rapunzel is brushing Anna's hair one morning, she notes that she used to have a white streak in her hair, but after the freeze, now it's gone.
  • Crossover: The whole reason for this fic is because the author wanted to tell a story about why there was that Tangled cameo in Frozen, and then elaborating on how their visit went from there.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Oh Elsa. Her powers definitely weren't very positively portrayed during the first part of the fic thanks to the eternal winter business, and even she admits at one point that extreme stress might cause a reaction in her. On the other hand, after the events of Frozen, she's finally able to use her powers more constructively and creatively, so she's trying to balance out that fear with the beauty that Grand Pappie talked about.
  • Damsel in Distress: Ironically both Rapunzel and Anna get this on the 2nd to last day of the Frozen story. Anna with her trademark internal freezing, Rapunzel due to The Duke drugging her and leaving her to freeze to death.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Well, not exactly the worst pasts, but everyone admits that their pasts weren't exactly the best, from Eugene growing up an orphan, to Elsa and Anna's childhood trauma and isolation.
  • Dark Secret: Defied trope. While there are secrets that different characters will have at one point or another, one element of the fic is that all secrets are revealed in time, so that they're not kept in the dark for long.
  • Deconstructed Trope: The Power of Love. Just because Elsa now knows Love will thaw her powers doesn't mean she doesn't struggle still to keep her powers in check.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: Elements such as Easily Forgiven, the common misconception that Rapunzel is related to Elsa and Anna, or the ending of Frozen are all looked at in a much more harsh or bare light, and then eventually pulled back together by still affirming there's something important about them.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Subverted. Anna was afraid of this happening between Rapunzel and Elsa over an argument they were having over Eugene being sentenced to ice harvesting for his past thieving, but Rapunzel instead had a My God, What Have I Done?, and avoids it all together.
  • Drama Bomb: Chapter 10. Everything seems to have wrapped up nicely. The Tangled crew got nicely introduced to the frozen people, the movie ended, and it seemed like it would just be an easy Slice of Life kind of story on the Tangled crew's honeymoon. And then Kristoff reveals that Eugene was a thief, and everything fell to pieces. Another drama bomb also dropped chapter 14 though as a consequence of the first one.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Anna doesn't hold her years of isolation against Elsa at all, and Rapunzel and Eugene are just happy she brought back summer.
    • Downplayed when Elsa does forgive Rapunzel for yelling at her, because she knows that she kinda deserved it.
  • Ensemble Cast: While the story started out from Rapunzel and Eugene's POV, after the movies finished up, the viewpoints switch between both the Tangled and Frozen cast, with no clear lead between them.
  • Evil Old Folks: The Duke of Wesselton. Rapunzel even references this idea, saying the Duke was "Getting crazy in his old age".
  • Evil Virtues: Despite being, you know, a manipulative chessmaster, Hans still didn't want any of his citizens to die under his watch.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Averted in general due to Elsa's freeze making everyone cold, even in long sleeves. However, by the end of the time, Rapunzel ends up in this situation, but it's all to show that her magic was returning, giving her magical immunity.
  • Fantastic Racism: The duke's hatred for people with magic is so broad that he'll even go after former magic users.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The events of Arendelle really did help forge all the cast in different ways. The best example though is what Rapunzel and Anna go through. Through actions beyond their controls, they more often than not ended up butting heads, but by the time the go together on their search for Kristoff, they've calmed down enough and know enough about each other to even consider becoming Sworn Sisters in the future.
  • Fission Mailed: The April Fools chapter at first seems like an awful bad end to the fic, until the ridiculousness of the chapter starts catching up with the reader, ending with it being a dream, and an author moment.
  • Flashback Nightmare: In one dream, Anna flashes back to when she "died" on the fjord.
  • Foil: Several do crop up:
    • Rapunzel and Anna: Both of them are energetic, optimistic, had a meaningful hair change, wanted freedom in their youth, and through their actions helped restore a kingdom. However, where Rapunzel is more introspective and thoughtful, Anna is impulsive and single minded. Where Anna is a blabbermouth, Rapunzel is more reserved. Where Anna grows more confident over the course of the fic, Rapunzel experiences several crisis of conscious.
    • Rapunzel and Elsa: Both were studious due to their living situations, both have magic, and both are dutiful to their homes. Both also can recognize when they've taken an attitude far enough. However, where Elsa can be stoic and sad, Rapunzel is expressive and perky.
    • Eugene and Elsa: Both of them know what it means to make a mistake with their life, and both know they have a lot to make up for. They're also the responsible half of their immediate family, and a bit more strategic in how they handle problems. However, their vastly different upbringings make them quite different to each other. Eugene living as a thief made him blunt and smooth, preferring to focus on the next step rather than dwell too heavily on what lead to his position. He's also generous and flexible thanks to this and his redemption in Corona. Elsa by contrast, due to her isolation is easily plagued by guilt, prone to anger, and shy around people she hasn't formed a connection with yet.
  • Foreshadowing: Chapter 20 features several outlying citizens of Arendelle coming to Oaken's, looking for supplies to replenish a series of thefts. The princesses don't chase this down right away due to their search for Kristoff, but it hints at a new threat to Arendelle that might bear some connection to who Eugene once was.
  • Framing Device:
    • Both Rapunzel and Eugene tell their story to the Frozen cast as a way to expand on what they called "the short version" they mentioned earlier in the fic.
    • More generally, their honeymoon forms the framework of the fic, as they can only stay for 1 month, so this gives the whole fic a time limit to how much can be done.
  • A Friend in Need: This is what eventually brings Eugene and Rapunzel around to staying in Arendelle. Eugene seeing how much Elsa needed help, and Rapunzel seeing how much Anna will need her help too.
  • Functional Magic: The universe as envisioned by Doctor Darth seems to be a mix of Inherent Gift and Force Magic. Rapunzel and Elsa were technically born with their magical powers, but it probably wasn't part of their "natural" birth to have the powers. After all, Rapunzel had the magic flower that granted her its abilities, but the flower itself doesn't seem to belong to any greater deities (Although, Christianity is practiced In-Universe, so there could be some form of Rule Magic as well, depending on whether you believe God had a hand in creating the magic of nature as well).
  • Happily Married: Rapunzel and Eugene might still have their bumps, but it's clear the two are still in the honeymoon glow and love each other so much.
  • Harmony Vs Discipline: This remains a big part of Elsa's character. While she was all discipline when we first see her, the events of the movie haven't changed the fact that she still needs some control even if she's beginning to accept herself more as well.
  • Hollywood Law: Lampshaded and played with. The political system of Arendelle isn't all that clear, but it appears that Elsa does have a degree of absolute power, though with some oversight by a mayor and advisement by local commerce leaders. The rules of diplomatic immunity are somewhat acknowledged as why Elsa was wrong to try and sentence Eugene to community labor, especially since he hadn't actually committed crimes against this kingdom surprisingly. Elsa justifies it at first due to him being a "potential threat", which is going all Patriot Act as a justification, but on the other hand, Eugene sees through her sentencing to the deeper reason why it was done. She was hurt when she found out her new friends weren't as trustworthy as she thought they were, and so lashed out at Eugene. Later down the line, Elsa makes sure to reiterate that the couple from Corona are her guests rather than her subjects, and so asks for favors from them as friends rather than doing any royal commands at all.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Elsa says this almost word for word when talking about sending Anna on a quest to find Kristoff.
  • An Ice Person: Elsa retains her ice powers from canon.
  • Iconic Outfit: Played with. Elsa still enjoys wearing her ice dress, but she isn't insistent on ALWAYS wearing it. And even is willing to put it aside for a while in order to make her citizens feel less threatened.
  • Irony: Of the situation variety. Rapunzel is the youngest woman of the 3 leading females of the fic, and she ended up being the FIRST of them to get married.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kristoff's grumpy antics land him in a lot of trouble in this fic. However, at his core he still wants to do right by Anna, and he slowly begins to develop out of this.
  • "Leave Your Quest" Test: A more creative variation on this is that the "quest" in question is a quest to help Anna and Elsa with their problems. Their quest began when the big freeze hit, but after Eugene got his arm broken by kristoff, and Rapunzel had a nightmare about Elsa's ice, Rapunzel requests that they leave Arendelle behind to be in a safer, less politically charged atmosphere to recover. In an interesting variation, they almost fail the test, planning to leave the next day. Fortunately though, The Power of Friendship and compassion changed their tunes by the end of the day, and both Eugene and Rapunzel ultimately decide they want to stay on with their friends instead of just running away from the problem.
  • Liar Revealed: A big part of the drama bomb comes from shattered perceptions by Elsa looking at Rapunzel and Eugene.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared with many fics out there dealing with the aftermaths of Frozen and Tangled, this fic takes it all with a much lighter hand. Not lighthearted, but certainly lighter without any crazy bending over backwards about any personality quirks that might've developed in the time since.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Anna for Elsa, though she's getting better. For starters, her control of her powers begins with remembering everything that Anna did for her. However, as Elsa is getting closer to Rapunzel and Eugene, she doesn't seem to lean as much on Anna anymore, particularly after day 8 of Rapunzel and Eugene's Honeymoon.
  • Love Hurts: Oh yes it does. Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff get this the most, each having a love they had be betrayed, hurt or damaged.
  • Ms. Exposition: Both Kai and Gerda serve as this to catch Eugene and Rapunzel up to date on Anna and Elsa's backstories. Rapunzel and Eugene also do this when talking about themselves.
  • Mundane Utility: Once she got control of her powers, Elsa's now able to use them for things you might not think about. Not only can she give herself a quick change when necessary, but it also works well for giving herself a royal seal or turning out the lights when she's in bed. (they use oil lamps around the castle.)
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: By leaving her out to freeze, The Duke helped Rapunzel discover that her magic is returning.
  • Out of Focus: The Author freely admits that they always have to struggle to find ways to include the nonhumans in the story, since it's easier to write drama with the royalty and their family than with the horses, reindeer and chameleons.
  • Pose of Supplication: In an unexpected turn, Elsa actually gets into this pose and begs Rapunzel and Eugene for help around her kingdom on day 9 of their honeymoon. It technically doesn't count as Ain't Too Proud to Beg since as the local queen, Elsa is the one with more power in the situation, but because Rapunzel and Eugene were able to help around Arendelle during Elsa's winter spell, they are currently more popular by comparison to Elsa at that time. It's rather surprising to see the girl who used to push everyone away actually get down on her hands and knees to ask for help.
  • The Power of Friendship: This is what keeps Rapunzel from ever hating Anna and Elsa even after Elsa sent Eugene to make up for his thieving past.
  • The Power of Love: This is what holds all the relationships together. Despite the many conflicts and misunderstandings, love is what thaws each of their hearts, allowing them to move on from the problems between each other.
  • The Power of Trust: Olaf mentions that this is the key to everything. That they all need to trust each other in order to make things better.
  • Promoted to Parent: Well, even though they are sisters still, with Elsa finally stepping up and becoming more emotionally available, Elsa now sometimes has to act like the parent to Anna, explain to her how the world works or comfort her in the worst of times. Perhaps the biggest sign of this is when we actually see Elsa singing "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" after a bad day and being the one to let her sister sleep in her bed afterwards as well due to her feeling lonely and sad.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Well, Eugene and Rapunzel are a solidified version of this. And Eugene and Kristoff bond some over their sharing this. On the other hand, as Kristoff and Anna are just getting their relationship started, this trope is still being explored in how it affects their relationship.
  • Secret-Keeper: Rapunzel ends up becoming this for The Trolls.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: This typically is personified by the occasional Cutaway Gag from Rapunzel and Eugene being intimate with each other and something about Pascal "not knowing what they were up to." It's simple enough that kids would just think it's kissing, whereas older audiences would recognize the subtext.
  • Spanner in the Works: Though the Tangled crew is unable to stop some of the major beats of Frozen (Elsa revealing herself, the fight with Marshmallow and so forth), they do have smaller impacts you might not expect. For example, Rapunzel took care of Arendelle while Hans was out riding to "rescue" Anna. More importantly, Maximus and Pascal were able to discover Hans's evil plot, and thus were able to point Olaf in the right direction so he could save Anna.
  • Tempting Fate: Too many times, a character thinks that everything's going to be great just before something goes wrong.
  • There Are No Therapists: Well, this is set in a period where therapy and psychology wouldn't be as developed. In fact, Eugene notes that Elsa has "many demons" from her past that she's still struggling with. However, the main cast does the best they can with what they can do, acting as friends and makeshift therapists to each other in order to help with their many problems.
  • There Is Another: Both Rapunzel and Elsa experience this when they find out they're not the only person with magic in the world these days.
  • Time Skip: Takes place a week after "Tangled Ever After," and 2 weeks since Rapunzel's return home.
  • Undying Loyalty: Anna to Elsa. She even put her desire to find Kristoff and apologize for breaking up with him below helping Elsa through their kingdom problems.
  • Wham Episode: There are a few.
    • "Magical Deja Vu" and "The Aftermath" are more in universe examples, but still count. An ordinary coronation has several oddities happen for the Tangled crew, with Rapunzel reacting to something cold when Elsa walked by her, to Elsa's odd habit of rubbing her gloved hands, to Elsa's sudden snappy demeanor when they request creating trade relations between their kingdoms. However, everything changed for them when Elsa revealed her ice powers. Suddenly, they're made aware of a backstory they could never have guessed about, and what began as an ordinary honeymoon is now as much about the sisters as it is about them.
    • "Gothel's Gift": The Duke of Wesselton tries to kill Rapunzel, ending on a cliffhanger as she's left out to freeze.
    • "Bonds Tested": Eugene and Rapunzel's secrets are revealed, testing the fledgling bonds they'd formed with the sisters (particularly elsa), and essentially throwing the plot sideways from all the drama it creates.
    • "Broken": Kristoff gave Eugene a bad sled when he still hated him, resulting in a broken arm.
    • "Unwound": Where do we begin? There are no secrets between Kristoff and the others, but it costs him his respect, his relationship with Anna, and eventually he leaves the town in penance for what he did. Elsa meanwhile is showing cracks in her control, putting her kingdom at odds with her yet again after trying to make up with them all. Furthermore, this chapter lead to a temporary breaking of relations between the humans of the 2 casts, angry at the events that unfolded.
    • "Promising Princesses part 2": After an ordinary day trying to make up with each other, Sven bursts in and reports that Kristoff is missing.
    • "The clock strikes eleven": We get an expanded origin about Rapunzel's magic flower she got her powers from, hints that it's still at work inside her, and even an idea that Anna really did die on the fjord, and that one thing Rapunzel and Elsa share with their magic is the ability of true love to restore life. Also, Rapunzel and Anna bury the hatchet hopefully for good, promising to talk with Elsa later on possibly becoming sworn sisters together.
  • Wham Line:
    • "2,880 minutes" has 2. An ordinary following the plot takes an unexpected turn for Rapunzel.
      Narrator: She (Rapunzel) sealed the food and gave it to them, and bracing herself for the biting and freezing cold as she took off one coat and cloak.....and felt nothing change.
      Hans: While I am away, I humbly request that you be the one to look after Arendelle.
    • From Unwound:
      Anna: WE'RE THROUGH!
    • From "The 10th Day": You have the power of the Sunna Lierion.
    • From "Mountains and Mysteries part 1"
      Anna: K-Kristoff?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Several, though they only really start flying around in chapter 10 and afterwards.
    • For example, Anna calls out Kristoff's several times over his refusal to see Eugene for the prince he now was.
    • Then there is when Anna finds out Kristoff meant for Eugene to get hurt on purpose. She goes crazy on him for that.
    • Rapunzel calls out Elsa because she was punishing Eugene and herself when they weren't even citizens of Arendelle.
    • Elsa calls out Anna, wanting her to see how her bitterness over losing their parents wasn't helping anything.
  • Winter Royal Lady: Elsa. Royal and wintry.