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The Ice Behind Bars is a fanfiction of Frozen written by the author Lany19. This story is set in an alternate universe where the King of Arendelle is named Jamie and the Queen's name is Aphrodite. In this version the king is a monstrously abusive man who decided to lock away Elsa in his dungeon and torture her out of fear of her powers, and unfair blame for incidents.

After the ballroom accident the king and queen had to take Anna's entire memory away. On their way back an ambush occurred, leading to the disappearance of the queen and the kidnap of Anna, who is later raised by thieves. The claimed-to-be fair king releases his rage out on Elsa by abuse and torture. 15 years later Anna is sent on a mission only to discover a horrifying truth: Elsa

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The story is being hosted on Fanfiction.Net. As of August 26, 2016 the first story has been concluded and stands at 61 chapters. As of August 29th there is a sequel series.


This fanfic contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Abusive is what you can say about Jamie, the least. It is shown in a flashback that his parents weren't too kind either. His father was very unsympathetic and yelled at his children to do as he said. While his mother at least tried to sympathize and reason with them, she was also a perfectionist and burnt her sisters hand as punishment for stealing food.
  • Adult Fear: Jamie's greatest fear is that Elsa will overthrow him, thus he decided to abuse and torture her so much that she becomes completely broken and fear stricken of him that she does whatever he says. Though he would still kill her later.
    The king couldn't help but feel a pinch of fear towards his daughter. He couldn't imagine that Elsa would over-power him when she would grow up and so would her powers as warned by the troll. And that encouraged him to apply the technique of 'Fear'. I will not let a monster over-power King Jamie of Arendelle.
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  • Adapted Out: Hans isn't even mentioned, the Duke of Weaselton either. But in the sequel...
  • Aesop Amnesia: Anna loses her memories after being struck by Elsa's magic but regains them years later. After being returned to her father, Elsa instantly believed Jamie when he told her that Anna and Aphrodite hated her and told him to torture her, having seemingly forgotten that she had been rescued and protected by them up until that point. This briefly turns her into a monster, until Anna snaps her back into place.
  • Asshole Victim: Both King Jamie and Mad are killed by Elsa, just like they deserved. It is also hard to feel sorry for Tyler after he is tortured by Jamie.
  • Attempted Rape: Mad attempts to do this to Elsa until they are found by Jamie who chooses to believe Mad's claim that SHE came onto him then whips Elsa for being a "whore." Back when Elsa and Anna were children, Jamie periodically raped Aphrodite at night despite the doctor's orders that she shouldn't get pregnant again because he desperately craved a son. Kai and Olga both claim that when Elsa was imprisoned that Jamie would molest her nightly.
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  • Back from the Dead: After Elsa kills herself, the woman in white appears and saves her.
  • Blatant Lies: Jamie constantly lied to Elsa that he was only torturing Elsa out of obligation, that she deserved it, told her that he loved her and that she killed her mother and sister. In reality, he simply hates her for petty reasons and is torturing her out of personal sadism. He also lied to his subjects telling them that Elsa had died to keep this secret.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: After years of telling himself, Elsa, and everyone around him that Elsa was a evil monster that killed Anna and Aphrodite, Jamie actually believes it. Even when Anna and Aphrodite are found alive, it doesn't change his view of Elsa.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Jamie is so sadistic, rather than just killing Elsa he has to torture her some more and stab her in the stomach so she dies slowly. Shortly after Elsa is rescued by Anna and saved.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: In Jamie's eyes, he is a fair, kind, merciful ruler, Elsa is a wicked monster who deserves to suffer indefinitely and die, and anyone who defends her deserves the same. Or rather anyone who makes Jamie even a little angry is "savage" who deserves it as well. Although if you look closely, you can tell that Jamie is aware that his actions are unjust but refuses to acknowledge that.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Jamie and Mad have been doing this to Elsa since she was eight years old. Giving her far worse treatment than any of the other prisoners and treating her like a beast. Tyler gets this after beating Jamie at a game of chess and refusing to tell him where Elsa is.
  • Cruel Mercy: The ONLY reason Jamie kept Elsa alive all these years was to keep on torturing her. Although in his mind killing her would be merciful.
  • Composite Character: Jamie has the manipulation and praise for glory as Hans, and the fear of Elsa like the Duke.
  • Darker and Edgier: Definitely
  • Death by Adaptation: Grand-Pabbie is accidentally frozen by Elsa when she is taken to him thanks to all the stress she was in thanks to her father. Flynn also bites the dust after an attack on the guild's fort by Jamie.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Jamie has hated his daughter since the day she was born because: she wasn't a boy, her birth nearly caused Aphrodite to die and her powers terrify him. Later he unfairly blames her for Anna and Aphrodite being "kidnapped."
  • Dirty Coward: Jamie finds out his infant daughter has ice powers, recalls a prophesy saying Arendelle will get stuck in a eternal winter, his solution, kill the baby. He never hits anyone unless they are weaker than him, chained up or someone else knocks them out for him. When he does he uses cheap sneak attacks. For everything Jamie has done to Elsa, he has gals for begging her not to kill him.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Jamie released the now sociopathic Elsa so she can kill Aphrodite out of anger in-front of his subjects, yells at her to kill Anna, losing the trust of his subjects.
  • Domestic Abuse: Jamie not only abused and later tortured Elsa, but he also used to beat Aphrodite for trying to help Elsa and was implied to have been verbally abusive to Anna as well.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: According to Aphrodite Atleast, Jamie initially became the way he is to protect his kingdom and family. "Not so much in the present however".
  • Entitled to Have You: Jamie feels this way to Aphrodite since "every king needs a queen." Infact he is so possessive of her it never occurs to him to remarry so that he could have the son he wants, instead he just takes it out on her and Elsa all while still claiming to "love" her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Granted some of the people in the dungeons include a prostitute and Kai a castle servant who is there for questioning Jamie, but even the thieves and murderers are horrified by Elsa's treatment and endure torture from Jamie and Mad to keep Elsa safe when she is rescued. Averted with Jamie though.
    • Jamie emotionally and physically abuses Elsa in multiple fashions, but Word of God is that Parental Incest goes too far even for him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Deconstructed, Jamie MAY have loved his sister and Aphrodite at one point, but over time he became so consumed by hatred and selfish desire he became horrifically abusive to them. By the time Aphrodite and Anna are kidnapped it appears he only cares about them in a possessive kind of way. Whatever love he had for any of them died in the end however. Jamie only cares about protecting his people when it makes him look good and see's them as merely a extension of himself. He calls Elsa accidentally freeing Arendelle "messing with (him)." That being said he has no problem killing his subjects himself given his own reasons.
  • Evil All Along: Though Jamie was portrayed as a decent man when he first met Aphrodite, it is hinted by the dialog that he had bad intentions then, suggesting that he only let her get away with stealing bread so that he could court her eventually. It was also said that he told on his sister [spoiler: for stealing food from the kitchen] to their mother which resulted in her hand being burnt. Catherine even questions at the end whether Jamie ever TRUELY loved her.
  • Freudian Excuse: Jamie lost his sister when the king she was married and her was killed by his brother during an uprising. That day he became cold and filled with hate, determined to be the "greatest strongest king" so everyone would fear him and not hurt anyone he loved. But became so consumed by hate and obsessed with being perceived as "great" that he became utterly cruel and sadistic with no love for anyone. Jamie looses all sympathy when he imprisons his sister.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Though Diana truly loved her husband Robin, it is hinted that she was jealous of Aphrodite for being queen. At least until she discovers the truth.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Subverted. Elsa has never hurt anyone intentionally but Jamie convinces everyone that Elsa is an evil snow queen that is killing them all on purpose. Later it becomes God Save Us From The King.
  • Hate Sink: Jamie has absolutely NO redeeming qualities, he is a truly monsterous, selfish, malicious man who does whatever he wants without concern for morals. Even Tyler and Mad admit that he is more brutal than any of them. Every chapter he is in only highlights how bad he is while introducing something else horrible that he has done.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Jamie, big time. When something happens he doesn't like be becomes so angry he physically hurts anyone around him, including his wife, daughter, assistant, steward and even the guy who just beat him at chess. He also got it from his father but far worse.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Tyler has been a selfish unsympathetic jerk since the beginning of the story and even tried to send Elsa back to Jamie for money knowing full well how he treated her, but after being tortured by him he learns the error of his ways and attempts to rescue Elsa himself. Averted with Jamie; when his sister turns out to be alive, it first looks like he is turning good again, but then petty anger towards her causes him to beat her and throw her in the dungeon. Showing by this point he has lost all rationality and care.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Jamie constantly told Elsa that she was a monster, hoping to break her completely so she cannot feel pain/cause her powers to act up and make her completely obedient to him, but this leads to Elsa having no qualms about killing him.
  • Hypocrite: Jamie will have no qualms with doing things he once condemned if it serves his goals. He locked Elsa away for supposedly killing Aphrodite and Anna, ten years later he orders her to kill them because he's angry at them. Locked Elsa away to protect his "kingdom" the second they stop liking him he orders their deaths. Still calls Elsa the monster though.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Aphrodite's brother Robin and his men ambush Jamie to help rescue Anna, Aphrodite and Elsa. Unfortunately Elsa freaks out and causes a storm forcing Aphrodite and Anna to be taken away without her and the already dying Robin is killed by Jamie out of pure anger. After Elsa kills Jamie, knowing she will loose her happy memories and turn evil, stabs herself to save the world, luckily her life and memories are saved by the woman in white.
  • Idiot Ball: Tyler apparently didn't pick up on the fact that Jamie is a horrible person, passing off Elsa's beaten and terrified state and the fact that he raped Aphrodite as "she's weak." Furthermore he decides to mock him and beat him at a game of chess. See Coldblooded Torture
  • Irrational Hatred: Jamie to his daughter Elsa. Later to anyone who slightly irks him.
  • It's All About Me: Jamie shamelessly tells Tyler that since he is the king he thinks he is more important than everyone else (even the queen) and that all the subjects have to sacrifice themselves for him. While he claims he wants to protect his kingdom, what he really means is protect HIMSELF as he see's his people as nothing but an extension of himself, so while he will punish others for breaking the law he will not hesitate to kill his own if it suits his desires.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Word of God confirms that Tyler's Jerkass attitude towards others is to hid his own insecurity. Also it is heavily implied that all of Jamie's sadism, anger, pride and blaming Elsa for everything that goes wrong is to avoid facing the fact that he isnt such a great king (or even a good person) after all. He lashes out and tortures people when he gets angry regardless of the cost and never admits his faults. Instead he would rather call anyone who disobeys or otherwise angers him a monster that deserves to either be tortured into submission "for the sake of Arendelle" or die.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Quite literally, when the trolls told him that fear would be Elsa's enemy, it gave Jamie the idea that in order to "tame" Elsa he must torture her into utter fear of him to keep her from overthrowing him and "protect his kingdom." But he didnt halt doing it even when the winters caused by his torture were killing his own citizens.
  • JerkAss: Tyler the leader of the guild is selfish, greedy, unsympathetic and cannot talk to someone without mocking them or being otherwise insulting. He sends Anna to steal from the Arendelle castle, knowing she is in even greater risk if she is caught, calls Elsa weak for her tortured state and tries to throw her out, calls Anna stupid to her mothers face, mocks Aphrodite about being raped by her husband (feels like a winner when she runs crying), kills a man in cold blood and tries to sell Elsa back to Jamie for money. But after the latter backfires on him, he pulls a Heel–Face Turn
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Jamie may claim that he is doing everything to Elsa for the "good of Arendelle" but it becomes more and more obvious to the readers that he just wants to punish her for his own petty reasons. When he finds out his other daughter, wife, and sister are still alive, all of which he claimed to love. Rather than being happy he is furious at them for letting him think they were dead and decided to torture/kill them all.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: The thieves guild and Tyler started out at this, but as Aphrodite Leana stated that the guild has long since become corrupt. Members include: Anna, Aphrodite, Flynn, Rapunzel, Brandon, Tyler, and more.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The King/Jamie is FAR more malicious than his prime self or any of the other antagonists. He has absolutely no redeeming qualities and has done everything from attempting to murder his newborn daughter to trying tomurder his entire kingdom.
  • Karmic Death: Jamie tried to kill Elsa the day she was born with a sword, and has tortured many to death since then. Years later Elsa is infused with the souls of every other person he has killed to make him experience all the pain they had felt before she cuts him up with a sword.
  • Kill Them All: Jamie orders his men to burn down the thieves fort just for harboring Elsa. After his subjects learn the truth about him and no longer see him as a good king, he orders mercenaries to kill them all so he can start over.
  • Kick the Dog: Jamie is more than willing to punish Elsa for any reason, even when Mad tells him lies that he knows aren't even true. Mad is more than willing to get Elsa in trouble for sadistic pleasure. They repeatedly remind Elsa that she "killed" her mother and sister, make her call herself a monster, beat her if she doesn't. Jamie even beats her the second she wakes up every morning.
  • Lack of Empathy: Jamie more and more so as the story progresses. Tyler appears this at first but in the end he really does care about protecting his guild.
  • Moral Myopia: Jamie will kill and torture you for anything, but he will do some very dark and cruel things just to please himself.
  • Maternal Death? Blame the Child: Or in Elsa's case, ALMOST death, but Jamie hates her for it none the less. Later when Aphrodite is "kidnapped" and he assumes her dead he has no issue blaming Elsa for no good reason.
  • Never My Fault: Jamie knows that Elsa's powers act on their own when she is in extreme pain, but that didnt stop him and Mad from constantly torturing her, causing his own citizen to freeze to death, while at the same time accusing her of using her magic on purpose to defy him. When he breaks her arm causing her powers to unintentionally put Arendelle in a eternal winter, he refuses to believe he screwed up and instead accuses her of doing it purposely for revenge.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Jamie refused to stop torturing Elsa even when it was causing people to freeze to death and instead placed complete blame on her. When people (rightly) accused him of being the problem he had them hung. And because he was angry at Aphrodite he let Elsa free in-front of all his remaining citizens even though they were all scared of her, loosing all their trust in him.
  • The Necromancer: Mad. He also gives Jamie a special mark so her can control Elsa.
  • Nice Guy: Brandon and Aiden to Aphrodite and Elsa respectively.
  • My Greatest Failure: Aphrodite Leana not being able to save Elsa from her father.
  • Offing the Offspring: Jamie tries to kill Elsa when she is born out of fear of her powers. Then stabs her in the stomach when she accidentally freezes Arrendelle but not before making her suffer physically and emotionally as much as possible before dying, slowly. Aphrodite stops the former and Anna, Flynn, Rapunzel and Aiden rescue her from the latter.
  • Princess in Rags: Elsa since the second she is thrown in the dungeon until the end when she becomes a princess again. Anna too after being taken to the thieves' fort by her mother until the end.
  • Rags to Riches: Aphrodite was a peasant until catching the eye of prince Jamie.
  • Riches to Rags: After having had enough of Jamie's abusive treatment to her and their daughters, Aphrodite decides it would be better to live among thieves than with Jamie in a castle.
  • Sadist: Jamie and Mad. Mad gleefully gets Elsa in trouble and enjoys torturing her out of sick amusement. Though he is more gleeful, Jamie has proven to be much more brutal.
  • Straw Misogynist: Jamie thinks that only a son would be strong enough to be his heir. Hence this hatred towards Elsa her birth ruined Aphrodite's womb so she could only give birth to Anna and mistreatment of his wife.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Next to his monstrous temper, Jamie's most defining quality.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The king and Queen of Arendelle. At the end of the 67th chapter however...
  • The Sociopath: Mad and Jamie. Elsa briefly becomes this after Jamie finally breaks her but is reversed by Anna.
  • That Man Is Dead: After running away from Jamie and taking the amnesic Anna to the thieves guild, Aphrodite changes her name to Leana.
  • The Good King: What Jamie wants his subjects to believe he is.
  • The High Queen: Aphrodite at the end. What Elsa is destined to be someday.
  • That Thing Is Not My Child!: When Elsa was born Jamie automatically believe's Aphrodite cheated on him since she has different eyes, and when Aphrodite starts dying he calls Elsa a 'thing.' He gets mad when Aphrodite calls her his daughter years later and smacks her before claiming she is not. Even years later when he has accepted that Elsa is his biological child, his hatred for her remains undaunted
  • Psychopathic Manchild: As Jamie gets more an more obsessed with killing Elsa he becomes a mentally unstable, bloodthirsty psychopath who throws a temper tantrum when things don't go his way.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Played straight with Aphrodite but Averted with Jamie. He will beat, torture and kill anyone who slightly irks him in private so people still think he is The Good King. It is clearly stated that there haven't been any worthy rulers in any kingdoms since the woman in white was alive. Aiden's sister for example was beaten then hanged on order of their king for stealing bread.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Jamie addresses himself as a king and merciful ruler and his subjects trust him completely. But anyone who spends more than five minutes with him finds out, like Tyler did, that he is a cruel and heartless man who is completely irrational and motivated by hate.
  • Womanchild: Elsa has been locked away since she was eight, so this isn't so surprising.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Jamie tried to kill Elsa when she was a baby, hit her when Anna was born, hit her for using her magic, locked her in the dungeon and beat/whipped/stabbed her everyday. He also had a sadistic necromancer named mad do this constantly. The ONLY reason he didn't just kill her was because he wanted to make her suffer as much as possible.
  • What Have I Done: Jamie says this after traumatizing Elsa so much she covers the area with snow. Not because he regrets his treatment to her, but that he wishes he had killed her the day she was born. After being lied to by her father that they found Anna and Aphrodite frozen to death Elsa feels this way and Jamie NEVER lets her forget it. Aphrodite feels this way after seeing how damaged she is because she left her with her father all these years.
  • You Monster!: Jamie has been calling Elsa a monster since the day she was born, and forces her to call herself that. The citizens of Arendelle believed Elsa was this because Jamie said so, this changes later though. Aphrodite considers her husband this. Anna tells her father this right to his face. Aphrodite believes that the reason he calls/treats Elsa like a monster and blames her for everything is so that he doesn't have to acknowledge that HE is one. His reaction proves her right.
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