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Hans' father is based on the evil troll king/devil who made the Mirror in the original story.
Since Hans was based on the mirror from
The Snow Queen, his father may very well be a Satanic Archetype, as he molded his 13 sons into mere reflections of himself not for their benefit, but to fuel his bloated ego. He slowly corrupted them so they'll be forced to emulate him and regularly demands them to be obedient and perfect by subjecting them to intense emotional and physical abuse, and encouraging violence within his family as a way to indoctrinate them into his twisted Social Darwinist beliefs, causing them to become emotionally dependent on him over time. Any son who fails to exceed or even meet the extremely cruel goals he set is forcibly toughened up, as to him, meekness and kindness are for weaklings, traits he frequently saw in Hans. Also, it's a Crapsack World out there, so it's My Way or the Highway and Might Makes Right, according to the king. Hans' actions in the Tie-In Novel are drawn from his hopeless desire to earn his father's respect, but deep down, he always knew the king will only ever see his sons not as human beings, but as disposable henchmen and a fan club.

Hans' family and kingdom are expies of the Fire Nation.
The Southern Isles is basically the Frozen version of the Fire Nation, as both kingdoms are absolute monarchies with prosperous economies. The two nations are also island nations with royal families that are totally dysfunctional.
  • Hans' father, the King of the Southern Isles, is very much like Fire Lord Ozai, as both are tyrants who abuse their power of authority and frequently look down on their youngest child, Zuko and Hans, respectively while favoring their older children.
  • Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers are very much like Azula, as they abuse and play cruel tricks on their younger sibling.
  • Lars, the only one of Hans' brothers who didn't abuse Hans, is pretty much like Iroh. Both Hans and Zuko respectively see them as Parental Substitutes and mentors.
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  • Hans' mother, the Queen of the Southern Isles, is very much like Ursa, as both are Broken Birds who care for their children, but are forced to see their older ones pick on their youngest siblings, and are pretty much wed to men who don't even care for them.

Caleb's legitimacy will be challenged by his brothers, causing the kingdom to erupt into Civil War.
It seems most of them are violent, and none seem to be fond of him. Once the king dies or steps down, Caleb's legitimacy as heir will be challenged by some of his brothers, and before long, the kingdom will end up looking like Westeros. As the infighting rages on, Hans will secretly offer his services to the highest bidder, changing loyalties as different factions gain the upper hand, until one of his brothers runs a sword through him. Elsa and Anna, along with the other kingdoms, will end up deploying their navies to intervene and defend themselves as some of the brothers attempt to conquer nearby countries to consolidate their base. In the end, the entire Westergaard clan will end in bloodshed, the Southern Isles will be absorbed into Arendelle, and the people of the Southern Isles will enjoy a new age of peace and prosperity, heralding Elsa and Anna as the liberators who overthrew the hated Westergaard dynasty.

The two sisters will also point out to other kingdoms about the lack of cohesion and infighting between the 13 brothers, and how it contributed in the downfall of the Westergaards. Elsa and Anna point out that had the king of the Southern Isles taught his 13 sons to believe that strength lies in unity rather than the Social Darwinist nonsense he raised them in, then the Westergaards themselves would have been a force to be reckoned with.

The Southern Isles itself.
Instead of depicting the kingdom's royal palace as a giant ominous castle that looks like a black Sea Monster or serpent from a distance but is actually made from shiny stones, future stories can depict the Isles' royal palace as a grandiose spectacle of elaborate architecture that screams "we are so much better than you" and makes Arendelle's castle look like a cottage, while the capital city itself could be a literal City of Gold. The kingdom itself could be immensely prosperous and arguably the wealthiest of all the countries on the planet, thanks to its trade deals and the fact that many of the king's daughters-in-law are from other kingdoms. This could leave our heroes (Honeymaren, Ryder, Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff) dumbstruck on why Hans would want to seize control of another country when his homeland is filthy rich. Kristoff might even comment that he's never seen such an ostentatious and blatant display of wealth in his life.

However, while everything is elegant and looks beautiful on the outside, the inside is hollow and cold. Even the royal family might fake it, pretending to be a big, happy family, when in reality, they are Royally Screwed Up. The king's 13 sons don't get along with each other and with their own spouses, while the king of the Southern Isles is neglectful of his wife. The intense Sibling Rivalry between the 13 brothers is something the sisters would consider counterproductive, leading to the younger sons developing a case of Inferiority Superiority Complex, and is a big reason that the royal family has become so dysfunctional that it even extends into the Isles. Unlike Arendelle, the Southern Isles might prefer male-preference primogeniture, something viewed by Kristoff, Anna and Elsa as patriarchal and outdated.

The locals might pretend to be appreciative of the Westergaards (the Isles' royal clan), but that's just the tip of the iceberg. The culture might preach egalitarianism, but even this could be fake, as it's actually a society whose nobility holds the real power, while the lower classes might feel left out. Guards are stationed everywhere not for the protection of the citizens, but as a quiet warning of what they can say about the royal family and to intimidate them into submission. Even the kingdom's judicial system could be notoriously corrupt and inefficient, with Kangaroo Courts and harsh sentences for criminals. The capital itself could be a Wretched Hive whose citizens are Stepford Smilers, a stark contrast to the liveliness seen in Arendelle. The locals could have the mentality of "keeping up with the Joneses," something perceived by foreigners as blatant Conspicuous Consumption. The kingdom might pretend being a democracy, but it's actually an authoritarian regime with power entrenched within the nobility, and even then, the nobles have limited say on how the government operates. There is a council of ministers and a legislature, but they are essentially subservient yes-men to the royal family, which means there is no mechanism to keep the king's authority in check. The locals might pretend being open-minded, but are actually xenophobic.

The king, some of his sons, or even the locals may make insensitive jabs about:
  • Why Arendelle is being led by women, and suggest men are the better choice. The king of the Southern Isles might even state that the sisters deserve to Stay in the Kitchen.
  • Magic. Like the Duke of Weselton, the Southern Islanders may be prejudiced against magic-users after learning about Elsa's ice powers or the Northuldrans' connection to magic.
  • Iduna's heritage as a member of the Northuldran tribe and why Agnarr married her despite her background. Given that King Runeard looked down at the Northuldra and probably wouldn't have accepted her as his daughter-in-law if he were to be alive, Hans's 12 brothers could condescendingly call the sisters "half-breeds."
  • Kristoff's past as a Sami ice harvester who slept with a reindeer and his poverty. The king may even think he married Anna only for the riches like Hans attempted to and not out of true love, or that he doesn't deserve marrying into a royal family.
  • Olaf's naivety.
  • Honeymaren and Ryder's background as Northuldrans. Just as Iduna, the king could make insulting and offensive remarks about their heritage or their connection to magic.

The heroes might lampshade on why they're having a hard time understanding the general cynicism and duality surrounding the Southern Isles if they decide to go there on a new adventure. Commenting on all of the places they've visited or heard of, the heroes are left outraged on how and why such a society, despite being a superpower, could tolerate and even practice great injustices. The fact that the locals have chosen to accept the hypocrisy of their culture comes at a huge shock to the Arendellers. If they run into Hans, the heroes might even tell him that while he grew up in an abusive household, he could have chosen a different path instead of letting his family issues cloud his mind. They also state that as long as he remains stuck in the cesspool of self-loathing, Hans will never find or understand what made them truly happy or even seek redemption. Being an orphan who was adopted by trolls, Kristoff would not only be bewildered at such a large family, but one that is truly broken from the inside given the great degree of mistrust between them.

Conversely, Hans being Hans, and having been taught that compassion is a weakness, he won't be able to understand what they meant, and may even think they are rubbing his failures in his face out of envy or planning something against him, given the negative experiences he's witnessed with his brothers. Hans is also baffled on how the heroes found happiness despite their modest appearance while he remains miserable, unaware that his self-hatred all prevent him from knowing what makes them happy. Being selfish makes it very impossible for Hans to embrace the necessary demands of friendship and love, as he finds them to be weaknesses that hold people back. He seeks fame and power by all means possible and will use underhanded means to obtain that wealth, but his greed is what caused his downfall. His belief in self-preservation and individualism above all things stop him from making genuine friendships, and thus, Hans would have truly been Lonely at the Top had he conquered Arendelle.

Ultimately, this could become a cross-cultural kerfuffle between the Southern Isles and Arendelle. What one would find normal and/or acceptable in the Isles would be seen as unacceptable or weird in Arendelle, and vice versa. On top of that, Hans's family would see the Arendellers as a bunch of "unrefined and unsophisticated country bumpkins and yokels" who run a backwoods country and have No Social Skills, while the sisters could see the island kingdom's royal family as full of "high-nosed, pretentious and elitist" aristocrats.

Conversely, if the sisters do visit the Southern Isles, things could become more darker than what they experienced with Runeard.
The Arendellers' arrival in the capital at the beginning of the movie would be an ideal opportunity for a song like "One Short Day" from Wicked. They sing with its citizens how beautiful and amazing the capital city is and how happy they all are to be here, but like the Emerald City, the Southern Isles is actually a Crapsaccharine World with a lying, corrupt ruler.

The urban environment would certainly be horrible and hostile for Kristoff, because of his wholly rustic lifestyle. Besides the culture shock, he would be contemptuously looked down on and ridiculed by the wealthier residents for his humbleness and attachment to Sven, or that he doesn't deserve to marry Anna. Instead of a castle that's gold and shiny, the royal palace is made of boulders found only in the Isles, but looks like a giant Sea Monster from a distance. The palace's walls could be littered with mirrors everywhere to highlight the king's narcissism and selfishness. Guards are stationed everywhere to make everything feel sinister.

Perhaps people that they saw earlier mysteriously vanish in the middle of the night, while the gang later finds out that they're banned from entering certain areas of the kingdom or castle, which houses skeletons of dead prisoners. Alternately, the crew could be disgusted at a scene where Hans's brothers torment prisoners and subject them to Gulag-type conditions, or witness Hans being ill-treated like a slave by his father. Since the sisters directly executed the decision to send Hans back to his family, they will be horrified at the macabre scene and unsure of what to do next after realizing how far evil his father and brothers are than Runeard.

As this progresses, the heroes give Hans an Armor-Piercing Question, asking if he ever found satisfaction trying to earn his family's respect, but Hans will try to dodge the question. The heroes even think his father had a Freudian Excuse, such as Hans briefly mentioning that his grandparents were unbearable. It actually strengthens Hans and his father as Foils to each other, as while Hans has genuine past traumas, the king is a lost cause. If the heroes ask why he is so cruel and how could this justify his abusive rule, the king inverts it by stating he actually had loving parents who spoiled him, but he decided he wanted a better life because of his bloated ego, and so, he betrayed his own family, cheated his way to the top so he can have the riches and power he thinks is his, and is still willing to cling on to the crown by all means necessary.

The heroes will be horrified at the royal family's dynamics. Despite being fraught with issues, Kristoff's troll family, and the sisters' parents were genuinely caring and loving, but the Westergaards crank the Dysfunctional Family trope Up to Eleven with misogynistic and arrogant royals, a king who abuses his family out of contempt, and 13 sons that use outright violence to earn their father's respect. One scene could have the heroes shocked at the king's callous treatment of his wife.

Runeard's true plans introduced some surprisingly heavy themes into the sequel, such as callous colonialism, oppression of indigenous peoples and even connotations of genocide, but the King of the Southern Isles and his 12 older sons are a different story altogether. Dark themes such as the king's oppression of his subjects just For the Evulz, a broken royal family, misogyny, and implied mentions of slavery could be introduced, making the heroes feel that Hans pales in comparison to his father, who really is an evil man in terms of atrocities committed. It's also possible Runeard got the idea of colonialism and his hatred of magic from the King of the Southern Isles, who already has colonies in far-flung areas and oppresses indigenous peoples for more resources just as he does with his subjects, and despises anything related to magic or the supernatural, making Hans's father the overall Greater-Scope Villain of the franchise. Hans's father could also make Judge Claude Frollo look tame, given the king's immorality.

Hans's family is actually nice, but he twisted his backstory to make them look bad.
After Hans is deported, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff wonder if his family is just as bad as he was, and correctly deduce that he's the "bad seed" of the family while they are actually kind and loving, but Hans spun it around to think they're abusive dictators and that he's the victim of his story. Having realized who he was, the sisters see through Hans's Freudian Excuse and realize he's just nothing but a lousy and self-serving man who became envious of his brothers, all of whom have shown more potential than him. In the end, Hans is ironically the one who shut his family out despite their attempts to bond with him, becoming the "frozen-hearted" villain that he truly is. From the heroes' perspective, it just shows how selfish and egotistical Hans has become. Family or friends mean nothing to Hans, as he's willing to alienate and abandon his anyone for the sake of more power and would prefer being alone, but has no idea how to reconnect with them when asked by the heroes. At the end, he remains unhappy because he chose to do so out of arrogance and a deep-seated mistrust, and has forgotten how to relate to others, having irreparably burned the bonds with his own family. He instead views everyone around him as tools whom he could discard on a whim. In the wealth that truly matters, Hans is the poorest man in town.

Aside from 12 older brothers, Hans has at least one sister.
Hans' only interest in his brothers is that they are obstacles to the throne. Assuming that the Isles has a male-preference primogeniture or makes females ineligible to succeed, his sister would not be a problem. As such, she might fly beneath his radar and Hans doesn't bother mentioning her.

When the heroes visit the Isles, they'll ask Hans on why he failed to mention about having a sister. This implies that he does care about her and didn't say anything bad unlike his 12 brothers. On the flip side, Hans's sister could be a genuinely nice person and the Token Good Teammate alongside his mother and Lars, the only one of the 12 brothers whom Hans got along with.

Hans will have a love interest or sister who tries to redeem him...and fails.
A future story could subvert another common fairy tale trope: Beauty and the Beast. Hans finds a woman who is aware of his past, but will be confident that she can "fix" him with love. But Hans being a deceptive man, he will use this to manipulate her somehow into escaping the Southern Isles and getting his revenge against Elsa and Anna. At the end, having realized he's way too "frozen-hearted" to be "fixed" with love, she ultimately gives up hope of redeeming Hans, moving on to another guy who genuinely loves her.
  • Touched on in the original movie when the trolls say to Anna "We're not saying you can change him".
  • Maybe a past friend who fell in love with Hans when they were young, but the two became separated as time went by. Years later, she tries to reconnect with him, but she's told about his crimes against Arendelle, and she refuses to believe it. Even after Hans personally drags himself out to confirm that it's all true, and describes it all to her in detail, she still thinks he's making it all up, much to everyone's exasperation.
  • The future story can also subvert the Thicker Than Water trope. Hans has a younger sister whom he didn't care mentioning about, knowing she's far behind to ascend his kingdom's throne. They were inseparable when they were young, but became distant as they grew up. She doesn't believe in his crimes against Arendelle, thinking he's still making it up even when their 12 older brothers tell her about it. Hans's sister still believes in their bond, but being the deceptive man that he is, he tricks her into helping him get his revenge against Elsa and Anna. At the climax, when he reveals he manipulated her, his sister punches him for breaking her heart, having realized he's Beyond Redemption. Witnessing Hans's betrayal a second time, it becomes a gut-wrenching scene for the heroes, who are left appalled to see why anyone would play such a despicable prank against their own family. When they mention Hans's crimes to his sister, the heroes are glad to see that she's a genuinely nice person compared to the irredeemable monster that is her brother.

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