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"Elsa... the past is not what it seems. You must find the truth. Go north across the enchanted lands and into the unknown."

Frozen II or Frozen 2note  is the sequel to Frozen and the second full-length feature film of the Frozen franchise, and is the 58th entry in the Disney Animated Canon. Set three years after the first film, Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff, his pet reindeer Sven, and talking snowman Olaf leave the Kingdom of Arendelle and face dangers in a new land, discovering more about magic and the history of Arendelle.

It was released on November 22, 2019, making it the last animated Disney film of the 2010s.

Character tropes go on the series' character page.

Previews: Teaser, Trailer 1, Trailer 2.


Frozen II provides examples of:

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    Tropes A to C 
  • Actor Allusion: During "Some Things Never Change", Anna is seen adjusting the track on a runaway cart so that it doesn't run away with Olaf. Any fan of The Good Place is likely to be reminded of the "trolley problem" that another Kristen Bell character was involved with.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: While playing charades, Olaf is acting the word "Elsa" by doing an exaggerated impression of her Sexy Walk from "Let It Go", and Kristoff immediately gets the answer. Elsa's reaction is a "Yeah, that's fair" shrug.
  • Adapted Out: All of the book releases completely leave out the entire climax of the film, such as Elsa's (temporary) death and Anna becoming the new ruler.
  • Addictive Magic: As Elsa hears the mysterious calling voice in "Into the Unknown" she keeps trying to ignore it, but its allure is too much for her to resist. When she's in Ahtohallan and finds magical representations of the past, she goes too far in pursuit of finding more and dies before being revived later.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: When Elsa conjures ice toys for the kids in Arendelle, a little girl asks Elsa for a sextant (Elsa is surprised but manages to do it).
  • Adult Fear: Elsa starts off "Into the Unknown" refusing to follow the mysterious voice because of this trope; she has a responsibility to protect Arendelle, and everyone she cares about barely survived the events of the first movie.
    Everyone I've ever loved is here within these walls
    I'm sorry, secret siren, but I'm blocking out your calls
    I've had my adventure, I don't need something new
    I'm afraid of what I'm risking if I follow you!
  • An Aesop:
    • Nothing lasts forever (except love), but that doesn't mean a new change is all bad.
    • Always do what's right, even if it means taking risks, even when all hope seems lost and you're in despair.
    • An Aesop learned from the original Frozen and reiterated here; "Fear is what can't be trusted."
  • Affectionate Parody: Kristoff's solo song, "Lost In The Woods", is one big love letter to 80's power ballads and the common cliches in their music videos, including dramatic angles and lighting, loud guitar twangs, soulful close-ups of his face superimposed onto the shot, and using a hanging pinecone like a studio microphone. To top it all off, it's a sort of fantasy sequence in which Sven and the other reindeer of the forest are singing with him part of the time as backing vocalists.
  • Alchemic Elementals: Bruni is clearly a Fiery Salamander, giant stone golems take the place of Gnome, the Nokk takes the place of Undine and "Gale" seems to be an invisible Sylph.
  • All There in the Script: The salamander's name, Bruni, is never used once in the film. The water horse, the Nokk, is similarly unnamed.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Both Anna and Elsa express this towards each other after Anna almost suffocates during the encounter with the enchanted flames.
    Elsa: Anna, you can't just follow me into fire!
    Anna: If you don’t want me to follow you into fire, then don't run into fire!
  • Apocalyptic Log: When Elsa and Anna find the wreck of their parents' ship, Anna immediately starts looking for the sealed waterproof compartment built into all Arendelle ships. Inside the compartment she finds a map of the ship's intended journey and a handwritten note from their mother on the map.
  • Arc Symbol: Four symbols representing the classical elements (fire, water, earth, and air) appear throughout the film. These symbols appear as floating icicles when Elsa awakens the spirits, as well as on stone formations in front of the Enchanted Forest, on Iduna's shawl, and in the glacier of Ahtohallan.
  • Arc Words:
    • "Water has memory." Spoken by Olaf.
    • "The next right thing." First spoken by Pabbie and repeated a couple of times by Anna.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: It's been theorized that, when Elsa dies, Olaf will die too. The movie confirms it by showing it: Olaf and Anna realize that Elsa is dead because he starts disintegrating.
  • Attack of the Town Festival: The spirits attack Arendelle the very same night as the Harvest Festival.
  • Audible Sharpness: Anna notices something sneaking up on the group from behind at the end of the teaser trailer. She yanks Kristoff's sword out of its sheath and charges. It happens so fast that you might as well have only realized what happened by hearing the metallic sound that comes when the sword gets unsheathed and swung.
  • Audience Surrogate: Played for Laughs with Mattias during Olaf’s recapping of the first film’s events. He is shown to be genuinely invested in the tale despite Olaf’s Bad "Bad Acting" and his reactions to the events note  mimic those commonly seen in audiences during the first film itself.
  • Bad "Bad Acting":
    • Elsa is terrible at charades. Her movements cause Anna to just yell out the facial expressions she's making. When Anna discovers that the word was something that should've been easy to act out ("ice") and sees Elsa by the window with their mother's cape, she knows something's weighing on Elsa's mind.
    • Olaf recaps the events of the previous film to the Northuldra in a needlessly exaggerated manner. Everyone watches with confusion save for Mattias, who is emotionally invested in the story.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Kristoff saves Anna from being stepped on/crushed by the earth giants.
    • Elsa stops the flood from destroying Arendelle.
  • Big Dam Plot: King Runeard built a dam for the Northuldra, which has built up enough water that were it to break, much of Arendelle would be washed away. The climax involves the sisters learning that King Runeard built it in order to weaken the inhabitants of Northuldra before subduing them under his rule. Anna, realizing this crime has to be righted and that this is why the spirits have made people evacuate Arendelle, provokes the Earth Giants into destroying the dam that her grandfather built, and Elsa freezes the wave of water before it floods Arendelle.
  • Big "WHAT?!": During Olaf's recap of the first movie, Mattias does one when Olaf reveals Prince Hans is the villain.
  • Book-Ends:
    • Frozen began with Anna and Elsa being separated and their relationship becoming increasingly strained because of it, but ended with them finally reuniting and rekindling their bond. Frozen II ends with the sisters choosing to go their separate ways, though their relationship remains strong despite the distance this time.
    • One of the first thing the sisters are seen doing together in Frozen is building a snowman. One of the last thing they are seen doing together in this movie is rebuilding Olaf after his Disney Death.
    • Elsa suffers the same fate that Anna did in the original movie, briefly turning to solid ice.
    • The film begins with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven & Olaf playing charades. The epilogue has Anna inviting Elsa from the Forest for a game of charades.
    • Although it wasn't intentional on his part, Kristoff accomplished what Prince Hans set out to do in the first movie, by marrying Anna, who becomes the queen after Elsa abdicated the throne.
    • In the first movie the "Let It Go" song punctuated how much Elsa was leaving her life behind by discarding her old clothes and undoing her hair. Here she undoes her hair even further to the point it is all flowing and makes her clothes from her powers again. At the end she leaves her life in Arendelle behind to live in Northuldra.
    • The first movie began with Elsa's coronation. This one ends with Anna becoming Queen of Arendelle.
    • Both movies include one of the sisters being frozen and the other reaching a Heroic BSoD because of it in the climax.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Kristoff borrows Anna's "Wait, what?" catchphrase, which he had already done once at the end of the first film.
  • Boys Have Cooties: Downplayed. When they're kids, Elsa is grossed out when Anna makes their dolls kiss each other. It's not clear whether she is grossed out by boys in general or just kissing, although she is accepting of Anna's relationship with Kristoff later when they're adults.
  • Break the Cutie: First it happens to Elsa, and then Anna.
    • Elsa breaks into tears when blaming herself for the death of her parents.
    • Anna is deeply heartbroken when she finds out that Elsa died, and then when Olaf dies as well.
  • Brick Joke: During a confrontation with the Northuldra natives, Olaf mentions that he doesn't wear clothes because he finds them restricting. At the end of the movie, he finally wears clothes, and they look incredibly awkward on him.
  • Broken Pedestal: Anna and Elsa clearly have different feelings for their grandfather, after seeing that he attacked the Northuldrans.
  • BSoD Song: "The Next Right Thing" is about Anna struggling to pull herself together in her darkest hour, after learning of her grandfather's betrayal of the Northuldra people, realizing her sister Elsa has been trapped in Ahtohallan, and having to watch Olaf fade away without Elsa's magic to maintain him.
  • Call-Back:
    • When Anna talks to Olaf early in the movie, the two of them are relaxing on a red-and-white plaid blanket, the very same one that Olaf is seen lying on in the first movie during his Imagine Spot while singing "In Summer".
    • Elsa isn't convinced that Anna can handle the journey to Ahtohallan, since she lacks ice powers. Anna counters by reminding Elsa about her deeds in the first movie:
      Anna: Excuse me, I climbed the North Mountain, survived a frozen heart, and saved you from my ex-boyfriend, and I did it all without powers.
    • The first movie shows Anna spending most of her childhood playing alone and imagining talking to the pictures. So she recognizes Mattias from them easily in this one.
    • When Elsa turns to ice, she goes through similar steps as Anna when she suffered this fate at the end of the first film.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Downplayed. Elsa is called by a voice that only she can hear, regardless of where she is. She initially doesn't want to involve herself in any more excitement since her coronation and tries acting like the voice calling out to her isn't there. However, when it occurs to her that the call might lead to learning more about her magic, she embraces and begins to chase after it. In doing so, she unwittingly sends a signal causing the elemental Nature Spirits to wreak havoc on Arendelle and force Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf to follow the voice so that they could stop it.
  • Chekhov's Gun: At one point, Anna notices that Elsa is wearing her mother's shawl. After they first encounter the Northuldrans, Elsa places the shawl around Anna's shoulders. Yelena recognizes the shawl as being from Northuldra, which leads to Elsa and Anna discovering that their mother was the Northuldran girl who saved their father.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Agnarr and Iduna met as children during Arendelle's expedition into the Enchanted Forest. However, Agnarr wasn't aware that Iduna was the Northuldran girl he met until she revealed it to him in their adulthood.
  • Clarke's Third Law: In the epilogue,Destin Mattias sees photography as a type of Magic.
  • The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: Although most of Olaf's trivia are nonsense, his theory that water has memory turns out to be true.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In the prologue, when Agnarr tells Elsa and Anna about when he went to an enchanted forest, Anna responds, "Wait, what?"
    • During the charades game:
      • Anna tries to get them to guess "villain":
        Olaf: Hans! [Anna gestures to Olaf, indicating he's close]
        Elsa: Unredeemable monster!
        Kristoff: Greatest mistake of your life!
        Olaf: Wouldn't even kiss you!
      • Olaf reads the slips of paper telling him what to act out, and says "This is so much easier now that I can read." This is a reference to him being unable to do so in "Frozen Fever".
      • Olaf reconstructs himself into various shapes for Kristoff to guess. Included in the montage is his imitation of the Sexy Walk Elsa does at the end of "Let It Go."
    • Anna knocks on Elsa's door with the same rhythm she did as a child in the first movie.
    • Kristoff is seen distributing blankets to the villagers after they evacuate the village, much like Hans did in the first film.
    • When they meet the Northuldra, Olaf dramatically retells the events of the original movie — complete with General Mattias acting as the Audience Surrogate.
    • After "Show Yourself", Elsa is surrounded by water memories, several of which are scenes from the first movie. She has a bit of a giggle at her trademark "Let It Go" pose, and dismissively shatters an image of Hans.
    • During the group's journey to the Enchanted Forest, they pass by the North Mountain, with Elsa's ice castle still on top of it.
    • Elsa is able to remake Olaf, much as she did in the first movie. Before she does, she asks Anna, "Do you want to build a snowman?"
    • In The Stinger, Olaf retells the events of this film to Marshmallow and the Snowgies, who were shown moving into Elsa's ice castle in Frozen Fever. Marshmallow is even still wearing the crown he picked up in the stinger of the first movie..
  • Cool Sword: Literally, in this case. The teaser trailer has Anna wielding a regular-looking sword. In the film proper, Anna wields a sword of ice, taken from one of the water-turned-ice "memories".
  • Costume Evolution: All of the returning main characters get new outfits.
    • Elsa's main costume has switched from the sparkly dress she wears for the majority of the first film and most of her appearances in the franchise's various spin-offs to a new outfit comprised of an icy blue bodysuit with a skirt, boots, and a decorative blue coat on top. This shows she's ready for travel.
    • Anna's main costume has switched from a blue dress to more of a dark Adventurer Outfit-looking maroon long coat, and leggings and boots of her own. This shows she's ready for travel and, despite her usually playful nature, is ready to be serious as called for by the situation.
    • We also see Elsa in a new nightgown. It's purple with an overlay of ice, showing her power and affinity for her magic.
    • After "Show Yourself", Elsa's outfit changes into a magical white dress with sparkling jewels and a soft purple gradient, showing she's more fully embraced her magic.
    • Anna appears in a queen dress at the end of the movie, similar to Elsa's coronation dress from the first movie. The heavy fabrics and royal colors show her maturity and responsibility.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: In an early scene, Kristoff practices his proposal to Anna using Sven the reindeer as a stand-in, to shocked reactions from passers-by who misunderstand what he's doing; one woman covers her child's eyes.
  • Cover Version: The credits feature cover versions of "Into the Unknown", "All is Found" and "Lost in the Woods", which were respectively performed by Panic! at the Disco, Kacey Musgraves and Weezer.
  • Crowd Song: "Some Things Never Change" is sung by Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and the chorus of Arendelle's citizens.

    Tropes D to G 
  • Dark Reprise: The score "Ghosts of Arendelle Past" contains a dramatic instrumental reprise of "Dive down deep into her sound. But not too far, or you'll be drowned." from "All Is Found" at the end of it when Elsa freezes in Ahtohallan.
  • Darker and Edgier: The first movie already had sombre themes, but this one manages to up the ante by a fair bit. One point of the whole film is how things eventually change and people have to adapt to it. We have war, two major characters suffering a Disney Death that takes some time to get fixed without hints that they'll be revived, and the movie uses that extended time to explore grief further and in more detail than previously. Olaf - a character symbolic of joyous and innocent childhood love - dissolves in the arms of Anna, who not only mourns him as her friend, but knows that his death also means that her sister is dead, too. This is shortly after she finds out that her kingdom must be destroyed, and the usually optimistic and unflappable Anna, left without everything and everyone she's ever had, comes close to despair.
    I've seen dark before,
    But not like this.
    This is cold.
    This is empty.
    This is numb.
    The life I knew is over.
    The lights are out.
    Hello, darkness.
    I'm ready to succumb.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: A gender-flipped example. Agnarr falls in love with and marries Iduna, who is from the Northuldra, after his father attacked them and killed their leader out of distrust of their magical ways.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: The Nokk tries to drown Elsa, but she creates ice reins and takes control, riding the Nokk to Ahtohallan. At the end of the movie, the Nokk voluntarily bows to allow her to dismount more easily, and readily comes when she calls and allows her to freeze the water horse in order to ride on land.
  • Determined Expression: Elsa wears this expression — furrowed brow, narrowed eyes and lips — while using ice magic on ocean waves. She fails on her first attempt and tries again.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Anna grabs an ice sword from one of the ice sculptures around them when they find themselves threatened in the forest, and brandishes it defiantly. When Kristoff asks her what she intends to do with that sword, she answers she has no idea.
  • Did You Get a New Haircut?: When Kristoff meets with Elsa once she returns from Ahtohallan, where she learned about her nature and the origins of her ice powers, gaining even more power in doing so, and from her Disney Death, he asks if she cut her hair or something. Elsa (who is now wearing an elaborate white dress, has let her hair down completely, is riding a magical water horse, and looks happier than we have ever seen her) answers "or something".
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Anna gives Olaf the last warm hug as he disintegrates in her arms after Elsa turns to ice. Fortunately, both he and Elsa get better later.
  • Diegetic Switch: In the prologue, Iduna sings a lullaby, "All Is Found", to the princesses. The song continues as the movie's title appears and transitions to the present day.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Kristoff's fumbling attempts to propose to Anna repeatedly result in him saying things that upset her more and more.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: "Lost in the Woods" begins when Kristoff sings a reprise of "Reindeers Are Better..." from the first film, and the camera spins, and suddenly, Sven starts speaking with the voice Kristoff often gives him, and then the tone shifts to a cheesy '80s music video, with all the reindeer providing background vocals.
  • Disney Death: Elsa is turned into pure ice during the climax and has her powers removed from the world, which in turn causes Olaf to disintegrate. After Anna destroys the dam, Elsa is restored back to life, and she later uses her powers to revive Olaf as well.
  • Disney Villain Death: King Runeard apparently dies falling over the cliffs by the dam. Interestingly we don't know he is the villain until far later.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Olaf mentions that "water has memory," something which played a role throughout the film. In Real Life, this has been used as an excuse by homeopathy practitioners whenever they are being debunked about how there's practically nothing else besides water in their concoctions — this was cheekily played with when they made a joke about how something along the likes of sewage would reflect in the water supply.
    • The subplot of the dam being ostensibly presented as a "gift" to the Northuldrans but is actually a way for King Runeard to further oppress them by cutting off their resources alludes to the Alta controversy, where a hydroelectric dam proposed since the late 1960s sparked a series of protests from the Sami people who took umbrage at what would disrupt their traditional way of life.
    • When they're exploring the shipwreck, we're told that all Arendelle's ships have a waterproof compartment built to withstand a wreck where a message can be stored in case of disaster. In other words, it's the equivalent of a black box flight recorder, with the analogy being hammered home by Olaf making the traditional joke about not understanding why they don't just build the whole vessel to be wreck-proof.
    • "Show Yourself" is reminiscent of an erotic seduction song.
      Come to me now
      Open your door
      Don't make me wait
      One moment more...
  • Doesn't Trust Those Guys: King Runeard doesn't trust the Northuldra, since they practice magic.
  • Dramatic Irony: King Runeard built the dam and killed the Northuldran leader out of racist views of the Northuldra and fear of their connection with the magic of their lands. Not only did this kill him, but it inadvertently led to his only son marrying a Northuldran woman and his oldest mixed-heritage granddaughter would be born with magic powers.
  • Dreamworks Face: Done by Elsa once again in this promotional image.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Elsa stays in the Enchanted Forest, but still writes to Anna and visits Arendelle regularly. The others including Mattias and the other guards return home to Arendelle, and Anna becomes the new queen.
  • Easily Forgiven: Downplayed. Kristoff leaves Anna, Elsa, and Olaf so he can set up a surprise proposal. However, he never tells the others where he's going, so not only does Anna not know to go where he's set up, but she has no clue where to find him later. Elsa hears the mysterious voice again and takes off after it without waiting. Anna goes looking for him before following, but Yelena tells her he already left. Torn between looking for Kristoff or looking after Elsa, Anna follows Elsa. When Kristoff is then informed that the trio had left, he gets downhearted feeling he may never marry Anna. Elsa never apologizes, but Kristoff never shows any sign of being upset with her, and when Anna apologizes to him, he immediately accepts her apology. She also shows no sign of anger at him for leaving, either.
    Kristoff: My love isn’t fragile.
  • Elements of Nature: The classical elements (earth, fire, water, air) are associated with the Enchanted Forest and have elemental spirits associated with each one
  • Elemental Embodiment:
    • Earth is represented by giant stone golems.
    • Water is represented by the Nokk, a water horse.
    • Fire is represented by a Fire Salamander named Bruni.
    • Wind doesn't have a physical representation, but still appears to have some level of sentience/consciousness. Olaf nicknames the breeze "Gale", whose presence is usually indicated with autumn leaves.
  • Element #5: Subverted. There are five symbols on the Northuldran shawl: the four classical elements, and one more between the four. However, the fifth spirit is not an element, but rather a bridge between the magical and the mundane. This bridge turns out to be the sisterhood of Elsa and Anna, two children of love between a Northuldran and an Arendellian.
  • The Eleven O'Clock Number: "The Next Right Thing" is the final major song in the film, before the epic climax.
  • Establishing Character Moment: "Some Things Never Change" serves as this for the three main human characters:
    • Anna is an optimistic, nurturing person who likes to take care of others, and can cope with almost any change as long as she has her family and loved ones. The song starts with her comforting Olaf that lots of things may change, but it's okay because they have each other. She later learns to cope with losing everything, including her home and her whole family, and to find her own leadership skills before taking on the role of queen in her own right, rather than seeing herself primarily as her sister's support.
    • Kristoff wants to propose to Anna, but is awkward and not good with communicating with people the way he does with his reindeer.
    • Elsa is happy where she is, but is feeling restless, not sure whether or not she wants things to change. She soon afterward chooses to follow a voice in hopes of finding a different destiny and more about her magic.
  • Exact Words: The legends describe Ahtohallan as a "river full of memory". No one said it has to be a running river.
    Elsa: Glaciers are rivers of ice... Ahtohallan is frozen.
  • Exposed to the Elements: It's a good thing that Elsa's immunity to cold is already well-established, as she's seen leaving her coat and boots behind, keeping only skimpy clothing to affront a stormy, chilly sea (which she partially freezes) and later threading through a glacier barefoot. Lethal hypothermia would be a more than a guaranteed thing for anybody else.
  • Fading Away: Olaf dissolves slowly into a pile of snow, snowflakes floating into the air. He dissolves into octagonal snowflakes, which don't exist in nature, but this is justified by him being made of a magic kind of snow that also doesn't melt in summer temperatures
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Northuldra is a fantasy counterpart to the Sámi people.
  • Fiery Salamander: The fire elemental is a small, adorable lizard called Bruni that can move at remarkable speed and produces vivid purple flames from its body.
  • Finger Framing: Anna does this to Mattias, recognizing him from a castle portrait.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Having been cut off from the world for 34 years and change, Mattias and his fellow guardsmen are shown to be adjusting to society in the epilogue and find some of its technology astounding.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: Elsa, by virtue of her powers, has always been immune to cold. When she starts shivering and breathing mist, something is seriously wrong. The depths of Ahtohallan freeze her solid only seconds later.
  • Flashback:
    • Young Anna and Elsa being told a story about the Enchanted Forest by their parents.
    • The opening shows what happened in the Enchanted Forest, showing Prince Agnarr joining Arendelle's forces in an expedition into the woods, a group of Northuldrans in the forest, and a war breaking out between Arendelle and Northuldra in the woods only for the mist to rise up and cut off the forest from the rest of the world.
  • Forced into Their Sunday Best: Kristoff and Olaf are seen wearing formal clothes at the end. Both reluctantly.
    Kristoff: One hour. You have me for one hour.
    Anna: That's okay. I prefer you in leather anyway.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The Time Skip since the first film is three years, the same age gap between Elsa and Anna... meaning Anna, who was 18 and is now 21, is now old enough to be crowned as queen.
    • In the opening flashback, Anna and Elsa's mother sings them the lullaby about Ahtohallan which foreshadows the entire plot.
      • "Dive down deep into her sound/But not too deep or you'll be drowned." Even after finding the truth about her grandfather's actions, Elsa wanted to know more. She follows his image deep down into the pit of Ahtohallan, where she "drowns" by being frozen into ice by the magical glacier.
      • "Can you face what the River knows?" It turns out that Anna and Elsa's grandfather hated magic and anyone associated with it, built the dam to secretly weaken the Northuldra, and then murdered the defenseless Northuldra leader who tried to reason with him. Needless to say, both Anna and Elsa are horrified by this revelation.
      • "When all is lost, then all is found." Elsa turns into ice after learning that her grandfather was an Evil Colonialist who built the dam to weaken the Enchanted Forest. Anna learns that too, finds out that Elsa is dead because Olaf dies as well, and nearly despairs. Then, she has to provoke the earth giants to break the dam to right the wrong done by her grandfather, which also means destroying Arendelle. And then, Elsa comes back to life, saves Arendelle from the tidal wave, and she and Anna rebuild Olaf.
    • During Anna and Olaf's duet about how certain things will stay the same way, the things they sing about don't stay the same and a few put Olaf in danger. Their close relationship is one of the things they sing about, Olaf dies for a while later on.
    • Also during "Some Things Never Change"...Anna sings about a stone wall that will never fall...The dam falls
    • In a Blink-and-You-Miss-It moment during the flashback, Iduna looks uneasy when Agnarr says he never knew who saved his life. It's later revealed that she's the one who did.
    • "Into the Unknown" has Elsa's magic creating images of the four spirits out of ice particles. But it also has a brief image of Agnarr and Iduna as children.
    • Also from "Into the Unknown", a line in the second verse goes, "Are you someone out there who's a little bit like me? Who knows deep down I'm not where I'm meant to be?" At the end of the movie, Elsa realizes that she belongs in Northuldra.
    • During the charades game, Anna comments, "Two sisters, one mind." By the end, Elsa realizes that their sisterly bond created a new bridge to connect the two countries. As she said to Anna, "A bridge has two sides, and Mother had two daughters."
    • Elsa reaches to part the mist after first taking Anna's hand. When they try and fail to part the mist on the other side, they are no longer holding hands. The only way to stop the mist is by the two sides of the bridge working together.
    • As shown by their interactions with Bruni and Gale, Elementals can be calmed with the use of other magic. When fighting fruitlessly against the rampaging Nøkk, Elsa creates ice reins and literally tames the wild horse, to the point that they eventually become friends by the end of the film.
    • Elsa and Anna's game of Enchanted Forest at the beginning of the movie foreshadows the entire plot.
      • Elsa makes a disgusted face when Anna makes the two figurines kiss, saying that kissing won't save the forest. Not on its own, but the loving marriage between Agnarr and Iduna plays a key role in saving the day, being the reason the sisters are the bridge between magic and humanity and Elsa has powers.
      • A snowman and a prince are endangered because of a spell. Kristoff gets lost in the woods, and Olaf temporarily dies thanks to Elsa's magic being undone.
      • The "winged fairy queen who breaks the spell and saves everyone!" A sort of fairy queen is key in the climax - Elsa, riding in on the Nokk, uses magic to protect Arendelle from a giant wave. A shot shows her on horseback, with her cape (made from two pieces of ice/fabric) billowing out from her back like wings. She can do this because a spell was broken, too, by Anna when she breaks the dam, which not only helps stop the damage her grandfather had done, but breaks the magical barrier separating the two nations and restores Elsa to life.
      • Anna says, "And then they all get married!" She becomes queen and marries Kristoff, who becomes her consort.
    • When he and Anna see the dam, Kristoff says it's good that the dam is in good shape because if it broke, it would send a tidal wave so big it would wash away everything on the fjord, including Arendelle. After that, you just know the dam is going down. Anna and Elsa find out that their grandfather was a treacherous, backstabbing SOB who built the dam to weaken the Enchanted forest. Anna provokes the earth giants to destroy the dam, and Elsa protects Arendelle from the tidal wave with her magic.
    • When Kristoff and Ryder are talking about speaking for reindeer, they say that it's a matter of feeling the words and letting them come out without overthinking it — which also serves as a concise description of what Kristoff fails to do in every one of his disastrous attempts to propose to Anna.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: One of the ice figures that Anna and Elsa are playing with at the beginning of the film is shaped like Baymax.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: The elemental spirits cut off the Enchanted Forest from the rest of the world after a war broke out between Arendelle and Northuldra within the woods, and after Elsa chases the disembodied voice, start attacking Arendelle.
  • Girls vs. Boys Plot: Early in the movie, Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff are playing charades, with the boys' team handily winning due to how easy is is for Olaf to take on different shapes (successively doing a unicorn, ice cream cone, castle, Oaken, teapot, mouse, and Elsa). Anna looks disgruntled and says Olaf shouldn't be allowed to rearrange himself.
  • Given Name Reveal: The late king and queen's names, Agnarr and Iduna, who were not named in the first film, were revealed here.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Once Anna realises that the dam is the cause of all their problems, she goes to wake up the stone giants to trick them into destroying it.
  • Go Out with a Smile: As Olaf is reduced to a flurry of snow, Anna holds him in her arms and he smiles.
  • Grand Finale: For now. During interviews, the filmmakers have stated that with this sequel, they've told a complete story that started with the original Frozen.
  • Grief Song: Anna sings the absolutely heartbreaking "The Next Right Thing" after Olaf dies in her arms and Elsa freezes solid.
    Can there be a day beyond this night?
    I don't know anymore what is true
    I can't find my direction, I'm all alone
    The only star that guided me was you
    How to rise from the floor
    When it's not you I'm rising for?

    Tropes H to M 
  • Hate Sink: King Runeard, the grandfather of Anna and Elsa, appeared to be a benevolent ruler but was actually a vengeful and ruthless madman. Paranoid over the magical qualities the Northuldrans displayed, Runeard creates a dam under the guise of a "peace offering" to weaken the Northuldrans until they conformed to his authority. When the leader of the Northuldrans approaches him to air his complaints, Runeard takes advantage of him being unarmed and murders him, starting a war between Arendelle and Northuldra. Because of his actions, this resulted in the Enchanted Forest getting closed off from Arendelle by the angered nature spirits.
  • Headbutt of Love:
    • Iduna touches her forehead with young Elsa's, before laying her down to sleep.
    • The two sisters briefly press their foreheads together when reuniting after Elsa has been revived.
    • Elsa does one with the Nokk before turning it to ice so she can ride it in the very end.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Elsa has one when she discovers that the reason her parents were on the boat that wrecked, killing them, was that they were trying to find the secret behind her powers.
    • Anna's occurs when Elsa and Olaf both die.
  • High Heel Hurt: While walking home after a day out in the city, Anna - the practical, more tomboyish sister - wincingly pulls off her high-heeled pumps. Elsa, who is more classically feminine, keeps walking in hers. It's an interesting microcosm of their roles and relationship.
  • Hollywood Torch: Anna creates a very effective one out of nothing more than a simple piece of damp driftwood, which she sets instantly alight with a shower of sparks from a couple of (probably equally damp) rocks.
  • Ice Magic Is Water: Subverted. Elsa's ice magic, although able to manifest frozen "memories" by invoking the water around her, is distinct from the water magic used by the Nokk spirit, but still related. Ahtohallan, the "river of memory", is revealed to be a glacier (a river of ice), and the memories inside take the same form as those Elsa has frozen.
  • I Choose to Stay: In the end, Elsa ultimately decides to remain in the Enchanted Forest while Anna takes rule over Arendelle, to help solidify the bond between the two peoples.
  • I Hate Past Me: Downplayed. Elsa winces upon seeing an apparition of her past self singing "Let It Go."
  • Is This What Anger Feels Like?: After Elsa conjures an ice boat sending Anna and Olaf away, Olaf comments that he's sensing anger. As it turns out, it's his own anger, which he has trouble recognizing and understanding at first.
  • "I Want" Song:
    • "Some Things Never Change" is a zig-zagged example. Anna and Elsa are happy with what they have now and largely want everything to stay the same; only Kristoff wants to take his relationship with Anna to the next level.
    • "Into the Unknown" has elements of this. Among her many mixed emotions, Elsa longs to go into the unknown and find where she truly belongs.
    • "Show Yourself" talks about Elsa's wish for answer, making it a retrospective "I Want" song; "All my life I've been torn/But I'm here for a reason/Could it be the reason I was born?"
  • In the Back: King Runeard kills the Northuldra king from behind, when he had no reason to have his guard up.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Anna’s Tears of Joy turn into this when reuniting with Elsa since she feared she’d lost her sister. She continues doing it when Kristoff proposes to her.
  • Irony:
    • Anna does her best not to make any noise while she and Olaf are floating around the stone giants to avoid waking them. Yet later she has to shout at the top of her voice to wake them up.
    • When Olaf is talking about being upset by what Elsa just did to them, he tells Anna she's a good listener... right before she notices the giants and covers his mouth to keep him from waking them up.
    • The sisters keep telling the other not to put themselves in dangerous situations — although each one keeps doing it herself. Elsa admonishes Anna for running into fire to help her, and Anna points out that Elsa ran into fire herself. Anna admonishes Elsa for running head first into danger and putting herself at risk, but once it seems Elsa has died the first thing Anna does is wake up the stone giants and put herself at risk. Made especially ironic because Anna had believed Elsa more capable than her or anyone else, and that the giants were too risky even for the snow queen, but the revelation that the dam is hurting people and needs to be destroyed and Elsa's death and consequential incapacity motivate her to take that risk. Highlighted with the exchange where Anna begs Elsa to let her stay by her side because she wants to protect her, while Elsa insists that crossing the Dark Sea would be too dangerous for her:
      Anna: Remember the song? "Go too far and you'll be drowned." Who will stop you from going too far?
    • An example of irony that retroactively applies to the first movie: this movie ends with Anna becoming Queen of Arendelle in Elsa's stead, because Elsa moves in with the Northuldra. This means that if Hans in the first movie hadn't abandoned Anna to die, he might actually be King of Arendelle by now, since if he'd just married Anna normally he'd be married to the future Queen.
    • On a heartwarming note, the first movie had Elsa and Anna growing up in the same castle, but with immense emotional distance between them. The end of this movie has Anna ruling in Arendelle and Elsa living with the Northuldra, but the fact that they're not only keeping contact but frequently visiting one another means that emotionally, they're closer than ever.
  • It Was with You All Along: "Show Yourself" is about Elsa searching within Ahtohallan for the source of the voice, only to realize it's really an echo of her origin and that she's really always been searching for herself.
    "Iduna": You are the one you've been waiting for!
    Elsa: All of my life!
    "Iduna": All of your life!
  • It's All My Fault: Elsa feels immense guilt when she, Anna, and Olaf discover their parents' shipwreck near the Dark Sea, and find out that they died trying to find a way to help Elsa.
  • I Will Wait for You: Mattias asks if his old girlfriend is still working at the pub where she was when he left. When he finds out that she is and never married (and therefore never had a family of her own), he finds it doesn't make him feel better.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Much of the first movie's plot, including the notorious reveal of the true nature of Hans, is right in the promotional material for this sequel.
    • In the trailer, Anna sums up her deeds in the first movie, "I climbed the North Mountain, survived a frozen heart, and saved [Elsa] from my ex-boyfriend."
    • The charades scene, which was released as a clip before the film came out, spoils Hans' villainous reveal. Anna tries to get Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf to guess "villain." They say, "Hans," "Unredeemable monster!" and "Wouldn't even kiss you!"
    • In one part of the film, to distract the residents of the forest, Olaf reenacts all of the major scenes from the entire first movie, including Hans' true nature. However, he does not say his name.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: During "Some Things Never Change", Olaf faces the camera as he sings the line "You all look a little bit older." It makes sense in-context as him addressing the other characters, but it's also as if he's acknowledging the six-year gap between the first Frozen movie and this one.
  • Leitmotif:
    • Elsa's five-note motif returns from the previous movie.
    • The spirit in the north is represented by its four-note call, which is worked into "Into the Unknown", which is about Elsa hearing and resisting the call. It also naturally reappears in "Show Yourself", which is about Elsa finding and addressing the spirit — and as she comes to understand the spirit's true nature and approaches union with it, she herself begins echoing the same four notes.
    • Anna gets a new leitmotif in this movie, the beginning of "The Next Right Thing"'s chorus. It starts appearing in the score even before she sings "The Next Right Thing".
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Elsa undoes her trademark braid and makes a ponytail when crossing the Dark Sea. When she reaches the cavern, she completely unties it.
  • Limited Wardrobe: In the flashback, the royal family is wearing the exact clothes they were wearing the night Elsa accidentally froze Anna... because it is the same night according to the Japanese Kingdom Dance trailer.
  • Little Known Facts: On the trip to the Enchanted Forest, Olaf attempts to entertain the rest of the group by telling them a bunch of did-you-knows. All of them are untruenote , save for the last one about wombats pooping squares.
  • The Lost Woods: An enchanted forest that was magically cut off from the rest of the world when Elsa and Anna's father was very young, and to which the heroes journey in this film.
  • Magical Native American: Discussed briefly. Eight-year-old Elsa asks if the Northuldra people are magical, but her father explains that they themselves are regular people who simply live in a magical land and their culture is adapted to their environment.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: This film moves Kristoff into this territory, pulling a retcon on all the times he spoke for Sven in a funny voice, and hinting he may (albeit unknowingly) be some form of shaman channeling Sven.
  • Medieval Stasis: Averted. Upon Mattias' return to Arendelle, he discovers that, in the 34 years since he's been away, photography has been invented.
  • Moment Killer: One of Kristoff's bungled proposal attempts takes place on the sled, while Anna seemed quite ready for an intimate moment. His poor choice of words leads her to be offended and they end up fighting.
  • Mood Whiplash: Elsa reaches Ahtohollan and gets to sing with a memory of her mother, and is overjoyed. A few minutes later, she learns about her grandfather's treachery and is turned to ice, effectively dying.
  • Mythology Gag: Young Agnarr says he is reading a book by "some Danish author", clearly a reference to Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote "The Snow Queen", which served as the inspiration for the franchise.

    Tropes N to R 
  • Nature Spirit: The elemental spirits each represent one of the four classical elements of nature: water, earth, air, and fire.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Elsa being able to conjure images from the past in ice, complete with sound, because "water has memory".
  • No Antagonist: Played with. The closest thing the film has to a direct antagonist is Anna and Elsa's grandfather, who died long before the events of the first film and only appears in flashbacks, but his actions still plague the land in the form of the dam and the curse around it, and it's only when Runeard's work and legacy are destroyed that the land is free.
  • No Flow in CGI: Averted. The trailers go out of their way to show tons of shots with flowing fabric or hair, such as Elsa's new wispy cape, Anna's loose hairstyle, and Elsa loosening her braid into a ponytail. The sea has also been animated with waves.
  • No Ontological Inertia: When Elsa becomes frozen alive, Olaf disintegrates because he is a creation of her powers.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Elsa decides to stay in the forest with the other spirits, meaning she and Anna are once again separated and no longer live together. But no matter what happens, their bond never breaks and they write to each other and Elsa visits often.
  • Numbered Sequels: Frozen II.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Olaf when he gets attacked by the elements during his "When I Am Older" song.
    • Elsa when she starts to freeze in Ahtohollan.
  • Parental Bonus:
    • When Olaf and Kristoff are forced to wear formal clothes, Kristoff says he'll only wear it for an hour, and Anna comments that she likes him better "in leather, anyway." Younger audience members likely will only hear it as her saying she prefers him the way he usually dresses. Older viewers will wonder if she is referring to a more intimate aspect of their relationship. Double bonus for all the languages which don't have separate words for skin and leather.
    • Olaf then expresses surprise that Kristoff can last an hour. In the clothing or in the bedroom?
    • The aforementioned 80's power ballad spoof, "Lost in the Woods." Many kids must have wondered why their parents were suddenly laughing.
  • Passing the Torch: Anna is crowned the new queen of Arendelle when Elsa decides to leave for the forest.
  • Power Incontinence: Early in the movie, when Elsa is startled, ice bursts from her hands, temporarily trapping them to the railing she was leaning on. Despite all the control she learned from finally being able to use her powers openly, it seems she still has inadvertent 'hiccups'. It's just that they no longer matter to anyone.
  • Previously On…: Upon meeting the Northuldrans, Olaf recaps the entire first film in 90 seconds to them. He does this again after the credits to Marshmallow and the Snowgies regarding the events of this film.
  • Punny Name: Olaf decides to call the wind spirit "Gale".
  • Purple Is Powerful: Every queen in the movie wears purple. Queen Iduna wears primarily purple in the flashback showing her and the king tucking the sisters in, and Queen Elsa wear purple to the Harvest Festival and in her nightgown. Anna also has a purple sash in her Harvest Festival dress and the color is later incorporated into the outfit she wears as Queen in the epilogue.
  • Rearrange the Song:
    • A remix of "Vuelie," the opening song from the first movie is played in the teaser trailer. This becomes a full, in-universe song towards the beginning of act two, as it's a traditional song of the Northuldrans.
    • In the second full trailer, there are various motifs of songs that feature in the sequel, as songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez even quoted on Twitter.
    • "Into the Unknown", Elsa's first act song, has a pop-rock cover by Panic! at the Disco.
  • Reality Ensues: Despite what the sisters initially believed, it turns out that Arendelle rose to prominence the way most empires and states did: through bloody wars which even involved treachery and deception.
  • Refusal of the Call: Subverted. Although part of her wants to follow the voice calling out to her, Elsa sings in "Into the Unknown" how she's already had enough adventure and is happy with her family by her side, and she's afraid of risking it. However, she changes her mind once she suspects that the voice might lead to her finding out more about her magic and then starts following it.
    Elsa: I'm sorry, secret siren, but I'm blocking out your calls.
    I've had my adventure. I don't need something new.
    I'm afraid of what I'm risking if I follow you!
  • The Reveal:
    • Queen Iduna is not only one of the Northuldra, she saved Agnarr's life when they were children, but because he didn't see who saved him and she snuck back to Arendelle hidden under a cloth in the back of a cart, no one ever knew or recognized her until her shawl is identified. It was also her singing out to Gale which Elsa hears as the Voice.
    • Elsa was born with ice powers because of Iduna's selfless and compassionate act of saving Agnarr, which inspired the creation of spiritual bridge.
    • Anna is also the product of that heroic act, the other half of that bridge between magic and humanity.
    • King Runeard was the one who started the fight between Arendelle and the Northuldra because he let his distrust and suspicion control him.
  • Running Gag: Kristoff repeated failed attempts at proposing to Anna, which are either not noticed because Anna has something else on her mind, lead to a fight because he accidentally offended her, or simply failed because he left without telling her.

    Tropes S to Z 
  • Say My Name: Elsa shouts Anna's name right before turning into an ice statue.
  • Scenery Porn: The movie features highly-detailed environments, including an autumnal forest covered in leaves that are rendered individually, a mountain range where the grassy path and the snow on the rocky peaks are illuminated by the varying shades of the colorful dawn. Elsa riding the Nokk across a near-glassy North Sea definitely qualifies.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: Anna grabs a sword and slashes towards the camera at the end of the teaser trailer.
  • Sequel Logo in Ruins: The color appears to be draining out of it; alternatively, it's thawing. Either way, it reflects the Gaia's Vengeance crisis the heroes face.
  • Sexy Walk:
    • Parodied. During the charades game, Olaf acts out "Elsa" by imitating her confident, hip-swaying strut from the last part of the "Let It Go" song.
    • Later, Elsa encounters a memory of herself from the same scene. She cringes hard.
  • Self-Deprecation: During the flashback montage in "Show Yourself", Elsa cringes and looks away in embarrassment when she sees a flashback of her during the first film's "Let It Go" sequence.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Plucky Comic Relief Olaf dies when Elsa dies, leaving Anna alone in their cave to despair for a while.
  • Shoo the Dog: Elsa sends Anna and Olaf sliding away from her before trying to cross the Northern Sea intending to protect them.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In the prologue with a young Anna and Elsa playing with snow figurines, two of them look like Baymax and Dumbo.
    • During the game of charades, Olaf acts out "mouse", which he conveys by imitating Mickey Mouse, complete with the distinctive ears and nose, as well as Mickey's most famous pose.
    • A prince is saved from certain doom by someone and can only remember their beautiful voice. A girl leaves her native magical land to be with her prince. Is that Little Mermaid that young Agnarr is reading? Young Agnarr does say he's reading a book by by "some Danish author" - the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote both The Snow Queen, the story which provided the basis for the first movie, and The Little Mermaid? The book in question has a silhouette of the famous image from The Little Mermaid's poster of Ariel sitting on a rock surrounded by water.
    • During the "Lost in the Woods" scene, three reindeer faces appear behind Kristoff and join him in singing. In keeping with the sequence's parody of '80s power ballads, it's a reference to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
    • When the gang first meets Gale, the wind blows on Olaf's lower body in a way that clearly references the iconic photo of Marilyn Monroe where her skirt blows up.
    • Olaf, a Disney comic relief character, rises from the ground, saying "I live!", similar to how Mushu did.
    • At one point, Olaf looks down a cylindrical hole in the ground while asking "Samantha?" The way the scene is framed with his silhouette cut out against the sky above references the well scenes from The Ring.
    • During "When I Am Older", Olaf wanders into a rather dark part of the forest where eyes glare out at him from the shadows, and it's eerily reminiscent of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs's Snow White's trek through the forest.
  • Sins of the Father: In Elsa and Anna's case, sins of the grandfather. King Runeard was a power-hungry backstabber whose treachery is the point of origin for the separation between Arendelle and the Northuldra. It's up to Anna to make reparations by destroying the dam he built, and from there, Elsa and Anna lead the communities together towards peaceful coexistence.
  • Song of Many Emotions:
    • In "Some Things Never Change," Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf express their love for each other, they are happy with what they have, a bit sad about the passing of time and apprehensive of the change they feel coming, but determined to live out their happy moments while they can.
    • "Into the Unknown" expresses Elsa's doubts and conflicting emotions: her fear of making mistakes and losing her beloved family, her annoyance and anger at the persistent voice, her longing to find out where it would take her, her sadness that she won't find that out as she refuses to follow the voice, her hope that there might be someone else like her, her sorrow and fear at the thought that she is not where she's meant to be, and her joy at the thought of following the voice into the unknown.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: Olaf realizes he is going to die and tells Anna, "I'm sorry. You're gonna have to do this next part on your own."
  • Suddenly Ethnicity: Anna and Elsa learn that their late mother, Queen Iduna, was ethnically Northuldra, but she was light-skinned enough to pass for Arendellian. She actively concealed her heritage for fear of prejudice after the Northuldra and Arendelle fought.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Sven and some reindeer are able to talk and sing with Kristoff during "Lost in the Woods". He reacts with appropriate surprise.
  • Survival Mantra: Anna manages to break herself out of her Heroic BSoD after Elsa and Olaf's deaths by repeatedly telling herself (through song) to "do the next right thing".
  • The Stinger: At the end of the credits, Olaf comically sums up the film's climax to Marshmallow and the Snowgies.
  • Take That, Us: Elsa finds herself in a place where memories and events of the past are recreated, and among them is Elsa singing "Let It Go" (THE signature song from the first movie) and she noticeably winces with embarrassment. Given this happens immediately following "Show Yourself", a similar song to "Let It Go," it runs into The Man Is Sticking It to the Man.
  • Taken for Granite: The deepest part of the glacier of Ahtohallan is a place so cold, even Elsa isn't immune and she turns into a solid ice statue, like Anna in the first movie. Anna breaks the curse by having the dam destroyed.
  • Technicolor Fire: The fire spirit's fire is purplish-pinkish, indicating that this is a supernatural fire and not a normal fire.
  • Tears of Joy:
    • Elsa cries a little when she approaches Ahtohallan and when she sees her mother's image inside it.
    • Anna is so excited at the end of the film that she begins crying when she sees Elsa is alive again and reunites with her, when they rebuild Olaf together, and then when Kristoff proposes to her.
    • Sven also weeps with joy as Anna accepts Kristoff’s proposal.
  • The Tell: Anna recognizes that Elsa wears their mother's scarf when she's worried.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In "Some Things Never Change," Anna explains that she copes with change by hanging on to some things that stay the same, especially the relationships with her loved ones. In the same song, Elsa proclaims "the flag of Arendelle will always fly," a sentiment Anna echoes. Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff all sing about "holding on tight" to each other. The flag of Arendelle soon comes down when Elsa accidentally awakens the elemental spirits. Later in the movie, Kristoff and Elsa both leave the group and go off on their own, and then Elsa and Olaf both die, with Olaf's melting signaling to Anna that Elsa has died too.
    • Olaf ends "When I Am Older" with the proclamation, "This is fine." Immediately afterward, Gale attacks.
  • Time Skip: According to press release, the sequel takes place three years after the end of the first movie. This is confirmed in the film itself, where Anna and Elsa say that their parents died six years ago; in the original film, it had been three years since the Queen and King were lost at sea.
  • Title Drop: "Ahtohallan is frozen."
  • Title-Only Chorus: The chorus of "Into the Unknown" consists of the song's title repeated three times.
  • Token Minority: The first film received criticism for its lack of minority characters. Now, Arendellian crowds are more diverse, with one speaking Arendellian character, Mattias, is black.
  • Token Minority Couple: Mattias, the only speaking black character, has a Ship Tease with a black woman around his age.
  • Trailers Always Lie: Downplayed, but the shot from the teaser of Anna grabbing Kristoff's sword and turning to attack someone or something following them never happens in the movie. Kristoff never even carries a weapon of any sort, although Anna picks up one from an ice sculpture when the group finds themselves threatened.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The promos for the home media release completely spoil the whole climax of the movie and even include parts from the epilogue. They show the sisters reuniting after Elsa's Disney Death, Elsa riding the Nokk, the dam breaking while Anna is running on it, Elsa icing the tidal wave, Kristoff's proposal, and Anna as the new queen.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Especially for Anna. She starts by discovering that her sister is still keeping secrets from her and plans to go on a potentially dangerous journey on her own. Then she gets to witness her parents' death through an ice memory. After that, Elsa breaks her promise to her to remain together and pushes her and Olaf away, and, shortly after, she learns that her grandfather betrayed the Northuldra, and realises that Elsa is dead when Olaf dies too.
  • Travel Montage: Has one as Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven are traveling to Northuldra.
  • Traveling at the Speed of Plot: It takes several days for the heroes to journey to Northuldra the first time they traveled there, but in the climax Elsa rides the Nokk back to Arendelle just in time to save the city from getting flooded when the dam in Northuldra is destroyed. Justified as she's riding a magical water-horse on top of a flash-flood wave caused by the destroyed dam, already heading towards Arendelle; on the way up to the forest, they were on a cart being pulled uphill by Sven, a single reindeer pulling 3 adults, a snowlem, and other supplies.
  • Treachery Is a Special Kind of Evil: How Elsa deals with the icy forms of the previous film's antagonists, one of whom was a simple bigot, and the other who betrayed her and her sister. When their ice forms appear before her in Ahtohallan, she leaves that of the Duke of Weselton alone (and in fact, she seems amused by the memory of his "chicken with the face of a monkey" dance). However, she doesn't accord Hans's form the same courtesy, and shatters it instead.
  • Triumphant Reprise:
    • "All Is Found" during "Show Yourself".
    • On the first film, "Vuelie" was just an opening track played over the title credits to get people in theaters to shut up and pay attention to the lyrics of "Frozen Heart", it had no bearing to the plot, only there to set the scene. It is played again when Elsa reverses the eternal winter but again it has no bearing to the plot. This time around, the song reappears during act 2 and acquires a much deeper meaning as it is sung by the Northuldra when they realize both Anna and Elsa are part of their tribe via their mother and welcome them into their group.
  • Trojan Horse: The dam is thought to be a gift from King Runeard to the Northuldra. It's later revealed that he knew it would weaken their land.
  • Truth in Television: Anna's mindset during her Despair Event Horizon (Elsa and Olaf's deaths) not only shows depression, but her song "The Next Right Thing" has her deal with it with "chunking," or an approach where someone copes with a daunting task by taking baby steps, which is being used increasingly in real life to address depression.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Apparently, a standard Northuldra proposal involves standing atop the antlers of two reindeer in the middle of a herd of reindeer, waiting for your beloved to be brought into earshot, and then asking the question at the top of your lungs while flower petals are flung up around you.
  • Walk on Water: Zig-zagged when Elsa tries to cross the stormy Dark Sea. As with the original movie, her ice powers can flash-freeze the water directly underneath her feet, but in turbulent waters she can only freeze the surface of waves into stepping stones (rather than being able to freeze its entirety as she did with the Arendellian fjord) and instead opts to dive through them. Once Elsa tames the Nokk, the elemental spirit of water, she simply rides it across the ocean surface.
  • Wanderlust Song: While "Into the Unknown" starts out as a Refusal of the Call, it soon devolves into this when Elsa warms up to the idea that she could learn more about herself and her magic by following the voice.
  • We All Die Someday: When attempting to propose, Kristoff accidentally exacerbates the worries of Anna, who's been recently warned her beloved sister's in danger, and when she asks "You think we're going to die?", he ends up fumbling his attempt to get back on track by saying "We will die at some point."
  • Wham Shot:
    • Agnarr and Iduna's shipwreck being found on the coast of the Northuldra's forest, and NOT the Southern Seas as Anna and Elsa had been led to believe for 6 years.
    • Elsa's hands starting to freeze once she reaches the deepest part of Ahtohallan. It isn't long before the rest of her body starts freezing.

"When all is lost, then all is found."

Alternative Title(s): Frozen 2


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