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Copper is a modern AU Fan Webcomic of the 2013 film Frozen written and illustrated by Zero-Kiba.

One's a delinquent. The other is a cop. The only thing they seem to have in common is sharing a roof and trying to figure out their feelings for each other.

Read it here.


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  • Abusive Parents:
    • Damon to Anna. In Anna's own words, he beat her, talked down to her, encouraged other people to beat and talk down to her, and was basically everything except a pedophile.
    • Elsa had a friend named Lisa when she was younger that was physically and sexually abused by a pedophile.
  • A-Cup Angst: Played for Laughs. When Elsa lent Anna a change of clothes, Elsa asks Anna why she didn't wear the bra that was included. Anna, embarrassed, says that there was a... ahem... size difference. When Elsa teasingly asks on whose part, Anna irritably asks her not to make her say it.
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  • The Ace: Elsa has a black belt in various martial arts and went from a rookie cop to skilled detective in just two years. She even lacks the social-ineptness and fears of her canon counterpart.
  • Adaptational Badass: Both Anna and Elsa are skilled fighters in this universe.
    • Slightly subverted for Elsa because there is no magic in this universe, but her substituted skills as a martial artist and detective makes up for it.
  • Adaptational Species Change:
    • Sven, Marshmallow, and Sitron (Han's horse in the film) are dogs.
    • Olaf is a kitten Anna finds on the street.
    • The Wolves is the name of a gang that has a personal grudge against Anna.
    • Roscoe and DeSoto from Oliver & Company make a cameo appearance in a flashback as humans.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Though they retain some of the prominent personality traits of their original film counterparts...
    • Anna is a cynical, short-tempered delinquent, and
    • Elsa is a flirtatious, level-headed detective.
  • Adapted Out: No Weselton here.
  • Adorkable: Anna when she isn't angry and trying to punch you, particularly around Elsa once she gets over her negative feelings.
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  • Affably Evil: When not beating and verbally abusing Anna, Damon was somewhat civil when talking to Anna, especially compared to Chris. Of course, the "affably" is tentative because he will not hesitate to hurt her to either punish her or toughen her up.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Anna initially calls Elsa "copper" as a slight against the latter, but the term eventually evolved into an affectionate name of sorts.
    • Elsa also calls Anna a "pouty-puppy" or "pup," which Eva has picked up on to addressing Anna.
    • Eva apparently calls Mulan "tiger," much to the latter's dismay in regards to their complicated "relationship.
    • Damon ironically calls Anna "Baby Girl," though not necessarily out of "affection."
  • Age Lift: At the start of the series, Anna is 21 and Elsa is 24. Though when they first met in a flashback, they were 18 and 21, respectively.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Kristoff is very .... giddy....at the idea of his adoptive sister in a relationship with Ms. Fanservice Elsa Menzel.
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • Anna is practically an outcast whilst living under her father and brother, both of whom are dismayed with her unwillingness to "cross the line."
    • This is also how Elsa seems to view her father because of his choice to break away from their family's long tradition of being either military or law enforcement.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Chris to his half-sister Anna. He outright hates her and even told her at least once that one day their father will realize she is a mistake and throw her out. He can't even talk to her without calling her "bastard." Averted with Kristoff who is Anna's loving, adoptive older brother.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • Anna can easily and brutally beat anyone who dares pick a fight with her... unless you're Elsa Menzel.
    • Elsa has a cousin named Eva who is in the FBI and commented to be a very skilled investigator.
  • Arc Words: Probably the most quotable piece of dialogue of the entire story:
    Anna: Copper!
    Elsa: Detective.
    Anna: Whatever.
  • Arch-Enemy: Anna considered Elsa this at first due to her constantly foiling her heists and beating her in combat. However, this was one-sided, Word of God says that Elsa was mostly indifferent to Anna until developing a crush on her.
  • Artistic License – Law: Some of the things Elsa does while on duty is actually not recommended, much less condoned, in real-life law enforcement unless they're looking to have a long talk with their supervisor or lose their badges at worst.
    • For example, as a rookie cop, Elsa pursued Anna on her own without informing the officer she was patrolling with and did not announce her presence when she caught up to Anna, apparently opting to make a grab for her from behind. No officer, let alone a rookie, should pursue a suspect on foot alone because of the inherent danger in the attempt.
    • Specifically the various times she engaged in fist fights with Anna when the two crossed paths. Though it is stated that the police chief of her department is aware of this... he is apparently fine with it... for the past two years it's been happening prior to the start of the comic....
    • A disclaimer from the creator admits that some research was done on police standards and procedures for certain situations in the story. But only the moments in which Elsa's actions while on duty have little to no legal repercussions against Elsa is purely fictional and only possible for the sake of the story.
  • Badass Family: Elsa apparently comes from a family whose members pursued a career in the military or law enforcement and "kicking ass." Elsa is a detective, her cousin is in the FBI, and her paternal grandfather was a soldier and combat trainer for the military.
  • Bastard Angst: Anna, to a minor degree. Her older half-brother never fails to address her illegitimate status as a pejorative.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Why Anna ultimately gives in to Elsa. Reasonable since Elsa takes Anna in when her apartment burned down and treats her relatively well. Aside from the constant teasing.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Elsa and Anna, mainly due to Anna refusing to acknowledge her feelings at first due to their history and Elsa driving her nuts with her flippant attitude.
  • Berserk Button: Elsa was this for Anna in the beginning before the latter mellowed out. But do not bring up her father or half-brother Chris.
  • Big Good: Detective Elsa Jenn Menzel. In a flashback, we see her "tricking" a horribly beaten Anna into a convenience store for medical supplies because "duties as an officer aside, (Elsa) does not refuse someone in need. Even if they are too stubborn to accept it."
  • Book Dumb: Anna, but to be fair, she didn't get much of an academically-driven education.
  • Brains and Brawn: Elsa is intelligent and a great fighter.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • Phoebus from The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a police captain Elsa works with.
    • Mulan from Mulan is a detective partnered with Elsa.
    • Rapunzel and her parents and Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert from Tangled made their first appearance in Elsa's and Anna's flashbacks, respectively. Anna used to pull heists with Eugene back when she knew him as Flynn Rider. Rapunzel is revealed to be Elsa's adoptive cousin through Idun, Elsa's mother, being adopted into Rapunzel's family after her parents passed away.
    • The dobermans Roscoe and DeSoto from Oliver & Company make a cameo as humans in a flashback.
  • Cassandra Truth: Anna honestly can't tell if Elsa means it when she says "I love you" because of how often she teases her and jerks her around. [1]
  • Character Development:
    • Anna learns to be more open and friendly with people as well as allowing herself to feel something other than anger towards Elsa.
    • Elsa also learns to be more considerate in regards to how her teasing affects Anna.
  • The Cynic: Anna is this as opposed to being an optimist in the original movie
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Anna lost her mother when she was young. After that, she was put in the foster care system for a time until she was taken in by her biological father. Unfortunately, he turned out to be a ruthless mercenary who would often beat her to toughen her up. She also has an older half-brother who outright hated her. After years of physical and verbal abuse from both of them, she eventually ran away.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Believe it or not, ANNA is the ice queen here. She is hostile and refuses to acknowledge any feelings she has for Elsa at first due to perceiving her as a Manipulative Bastard in addition to their less than friendly history. It takes Anna having a drunken breakdown and Elsa taking care of her to finally make her mellow out.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Elsa.
  • Demoted to Extra: Hans has a very brief role but overall was important for the first story arc.
  • Disappeared Dad:
    • Elsa's father died when she was 18, prior to the start of the comic. He only makes appearances in flashbacks.
    • Initially was the case for Anna's father for the first 6 years of Anna's life. In a flashback, little Anna had asked her mother about her absent father, only to be told her mother does not know of his whereabouts.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Eva and Mulan's relationship, in many ways, mirrored Anna and Elsa's. With Eva greatly impressing Mulan with her investigative skills but annoying her with her flirts and quirks. However, it is less justified since Mulan clearly states that she has a boyfriend.
  • Domestic Abuser: Elsa's mother Idun assumes Elsa was this to Anna when the latter tells her where she got the scars on her nose from. But Anna clarifies the circumstances [2].
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: In the beginning, Elsa was very...direct when showing her attraction to Anna. In the first few chapters, she makes inappropriate sexual gestures and kisses her out of the blue before they even start dating. In one scene Elsa, in an attempt to make Anna admit her feelings, starts kissing and touching Anna half-naked on her couch as the former says "no"(see Exact Words below). If Elsa was a guy the fandom would have not condoned this. Thankfully Elsa realizes how wrong this was when reflecting back on it a few chapters later and next time ASKS Anna if she wants to go that far, wanting to make amends.
  • The Dreaded: The very mention of The Breaker, a very dangerous hitman and either Anna's father or brother, is enough to make Elsa and Mulan feel uneasy. In fact, once word gets out that The Breaker is back in Arendelle, the FBI immediately gets involved.
  • Everyone Can See It: Kristoff points this out to Anna about her and Elsa's feelings for each other.
  • Exact Words: In an early chapter, Elsa tells Anna that if she doesn't like her then tell her "stop" and she will stop kissing her. Anna tries to say "no," but Elsa continues to do so because it wasn't the word "stop." Later, Elsa is disgusted with herself, realizing this was Attempted Rape.
  • Fan-Art: Here[3]
  • Fiery Redhead: Anna, definitely. Elsa actually likes this about her.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Elsa first developed a crush on Anna when she made Anna follow her to a convenience store to grab some medical supplies to treat her wounds. Though, she says that it was her attitude and "pout" that attracted her.
  • Freudian Excuse: Anna lost her mother at a young age and was brought up by a ruthless mercenary father who constantly beat her to "toughen her up", beat her if she cried or showed mercy, and taught her to conceal all emotions except for rage and to ruthlessly beat her opponents to survive. But thankfully, Anna didn't turn out nearly as badly as she could have.
  • The Gadfly: Elsa loves to poke and tease Anna to get her to be more "lively" and full of energy. Eva is this to just about everyone, especially to Mulan for similar reasons Elsa does it to Anna.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Anna is afraid of being this, especially when Elsa pointed out that she has the same eyes as her father, but Elsa reassures that she is nothing like him.
    • Anna's half-brother Chris definitely took after their father.
  • Good All Along: When Hans is introduced, fans of the film would automatically assume that he will be a bad guy like in the movie. Later, its revealed that he is working with the same gang that wanted to kill Anna to prevent her from revealing what she had overheard. But it turns out that he was an undercover cop, and he even alerts Elsa of Anna's whereabouts when said gang kidnaps her, saving her life.
  • Good Is Not Soft:
    • Anna, definitely not. She was raised not to be soft by her merciless, unloving father.
    • Elsa is a good person, but she wont hesitate to kick your ass.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars:
    • Anna has the two small scars on her nose from where Elsa hit her with her gun. She has an "X" shaped cut on the back of her neck from where her half-brother Chris at their father's approval cut her.
    • Elsa has three healed scars, two in her side and one on her chest, inflicted by gunshots.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Though Damon was not very fatherly to Anna, Chris seems kind of..... irritated..... that his father decided to take Anna in.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Very much so with Anna and Elsa on some occasions.
  • Happily Adopted:
    • Anna was adopted into Kristoff's family after she ran away and gained a brother and close friend in Kristoff.
    • Elsa's mother Idun lost her family when she was in middle school and was adopted by Rapunzel's grandparents.
  • He Knows Too Much: The story arc for the first half of the story is Elsa trying to protect Anna from a gang because she overheard them discussing "business."
  • Heroic Bastard: Anna was born from an alcohol-induced one-night stand between her parents. Both her father and older half-brother never hesitate to remind her of her illegitimate status, though her brother is the worst offender, frequently addressing her as "bastard." Despite her upbringing, Anna turned out to be a decent person, socially and emotionally maladjusted to a degree, but overall good.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Despite being a cynical tough girl, Anna can cook very well, likes animals, and genuinely regrets her past crimes and expresses gratitude for Elsa never actually arresting her.
    • Elsa, beneath her confident and professional exterior, harbors a guilt complex and daddy issues.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Elsa, of course.
  • In the Blood:
    • Though Anna tries to preserve and honor of her mother's kind nature, she is still afraid this may be the case for her in regards to her father, who taught her how to fight and contributed to her cynical and aggressive personality.
    • Elsa clearly inherited her "she-wolf" personality from her mother Idun.
    • In Anna's words, Elsa's cousin acts a lot like "... you (Elsa) turned up to eleven." Almost every member of Elsa's family pursue a career in the military and/or in law enforcement per their tradition as Elsa states, with the exception her father who broke from that tradition and became a lawyer.
    • Anna's half-brother Chris practically emulates their father's in every aspect.
  • It's Personal: The reason the Wolves gang is always after Anna Anna KO'd their leader after he tried to touch her butt. According to Anna, he sends people to fight her as part of an initiation.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very obvious with Anna.
    • Elsa has moments of this to an extent. Though Elsa is a good person, she has a tendency to tease and snark at others, especially Anna, to get a rise out of them, but she still cares about the people she pokes fun at.
  • Lack of Empathy: Both Damon and his son Chris are professional killers. Though Damon had the decency to take in his illegitimate daughter, showing that he had slightly more humanity than his son, that was the ONLY nice thing he ever did for her. He does not believe in "that Daddy's Girl nonsense" when it comes to his raising and treatment of his daughter and doesn't seem to think much else of Anna's mother besides being a one-time fling.
    • [[Spoiler: Subverted with Anna's father, Anna thinks that Damon only took her in out of a since of "twisted" pride rather than actual care.]]
  • Manipulative Bitch: Anna accuses Elsa of being this, only flirting and teasing her as a form of personal amusement and not actually caring about her. She soon learns how much Elsa is really the opposite.
  • My Greatest Failure: Elsa still gets emotional and feels guilt over the fact that she was unable to save her friend Lisa's life.
  • Nice Girl: Elsa and especially Anna once you get passed all the gruff.
  • No Senseof Humor: Anna, in the beginning.
  • No Social Skills: Anna, but for completely different reasons than in the movie. Her love of fighting and highly agressive and irritable personality makes it difficult for her to interact with people especially Elsa at first. She gets better when she starts to mellow out and open up.
  • Noodle Incident: On Elsa and Mulan's first assignment together, they accidentally blew up a hole-in-the-wall restaurant.
  • Not So Different: Elsa had a bit of a punk-ish side and easily picked fights with people when she was a teen, similar to Anna in the present story. She was coping after her father died.
  • Oblivious to Love: Anna refused to believe that Elsa genuinely has feelings for her, at first believing that she is just an "Egotistical, bipolar bitch" that gets her kicks out of jerking her back and forth due to her constant teasing. See Defrosting Ice Queen.
  • Opposites Attract: Level-headed cop Elsa is attracted to the delinquent, hot-headed Anna and vice versa.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: Damon and his son Chris. Damon admits to Anna that he refuses to raise her with " that Daddy's Girl nonsense," and he does not seem to regard her mother as anything other than a drunken fling.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Elsa is a very dedicated cop. Subverted as Elsa did refrain from sending her to prison due to "liking" her.
  • Red Baron:
    • Elsa is dubbed the "She-Wolf of Arendelle" in the police department she works at for her skills and unyielding determination to pursue/hunt down suspects to solve a case... and her mercurial temper when crossed.
    • The Breaker is an notorious and dangerous professional hitman who is named after his MO, in which he literally breaks his targets with his bare hands, either by caving in their sternum or snapping their necks. He's also either Damon or Chris.
  • Reformed Criminal: Though Anna is the "heroine" of the story, she frequently participated in ILLEGAL underground fight clubs and, according to a flashback, occasionally helps in heists when she is low on cash. Not to mention that 9 times out of 10, Anna is quick to throw the first punch at Elsa, who is an officer of the law. But this all changes when Anna moves in with Elsa and their relationship develops.
    • Like in the original film, Flynn Ryder is reformed by Rapunzel, though we dont see this "on-screen," so much so that he went back to being addressed by his birth name.
  • The Resenter:
    • Anna resented Elsa when they first met and during the first few chapters. Things changed during the course of the story.
    • It's no mystery that Chris hates his half-sister Anna and wastes no opportunity to verbally or physically abuse her.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Despite being a dedicated detective, Elsa is very unorthodox in some of her approaches to getting the job done, the namely kind of approaches that law enforcers can possibly lose their badges over.
  • Shipper on Deck: Kristoff is a big Elsanna fan. Elsa's mother also approves of their relationship, finding their story beautiful, especially the part where Elsa doesn't arrest Anna due to loving her.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • Anna looks just like her mother, even wearing her hair in braids in honor of her, and she has her father's eyes, which is most noticeable when she gets "fight-crazy."
    • Elsa and her mother Idun are essentially physical copies of each other but with different hair colors, which was pointed out by a dazed Anna when she first meets Idun after the woman accidentally slammed open a door in Anna's face. This extends to Elsa's cousin Eva, who looks like Elsa with a spiky hairstyle; her design is based on a scrapped concept art of Elsa when she was originally written as the villain in the film.
  • Social Darwinist: Damon trained both his children to be ruthless during a fight and would usually beat Anna if she showed weakness, such as crying.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Subverted.
    • Elsa lost her father but still has a mother.
    • Anna lost her mother but her father is still alive.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Anna's and Elsa's full names in this AU reference behind-the-scene details of the film. Their middle names come from the film's director and writer, and their last names come from their respective voice actresses.
    • Anna Lee Bell
      • Lee: Jennifer Lee
      • Bell: Kristen Bell
    • Elsa Jenn Menzel
      • Jenn: Jennifer Lee
      • Menzel: Idina Menzel
  • The Stoic: Elsa is known for being this while on duty, which is where she earned the nickname "She-Wolf of Arendelle." But she becomes a playful flirt with Anna.
  • Taking the Bullet Elsa's friend Lisa saved her from her criminal father by taking a bullet for her at the cost of her own life.
  • They Really Do Love Each Other: Anna and Elsa fight, verbally and sometimes physically. But at the end of the day, they love one another for all their faults.
    • Also, Anna and Marshmallow are always fighting, but there are few moments where they show concern for one another.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: While Anna will not hesitate to kick your ass and does threaten to kill when angered, she never crosses that line, much to her fathers disappointment.
  • The Unintelligible: Anna isn't as verbally well-versed as Elsa. Elsa comments that even when sober, Anna talks like a drunk.
  • Up to Eleven: How Anna describes Eva to Elsa. Though they are both flirty, flippant cops that are very dedicated while on duty, Eva is even more inappropriate than Elsa with her teasing that even Elsa cannot stand her.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Anna was a little girl living a relatively normal life until her mother died and was raised by Damon.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend:
    • Elsa to Anna, even before they start dating.
    • Anna shows her protective side when she does not hesitate to face her brother and father to rescue Elsa from them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Elsa and Anna had moments of this before they became a couple.
    • How Anna and Marshmallow see each other at best.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Anna was the result of a drunken one-night stand between Damon and her mother. Though her mother couldn't say who her father was, Damon somehow knew she still existed. Word of God says it was from the same way he found out about her relationship with Elsa.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Elsa calls Anna out on an insensitive joke about how "fortunate" the latter was that her father was abusive but not a pedophile as Elsa had a friend who went through that herself.
  • When She Smiles: Or in Anna's case, pouts like a puppy.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Elsa has a fear of bugs to the point of jumping into Anna's arms. Justified since she was bitten by a centipede once as a child and had to go to the doctor.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Just about everyone Anna fights (aside from Elsa) is a guy. Her father, half-brother, the Wolves gang, and the mobsters are just to name a few.
  • You Are Not My Father: Anna outright hates Damon.
  • Youthful Freckles: Anna still has freckles as seen in some artwork.

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