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  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • In the Arabic version of "Let it Go", the part where Elsa originally sang, "Let it go/Let it go/That perfect girl is gone" translates to, "It's not coming back/It's not coming back/I've lost my innocence," with the masculine version of "it".
    • This lyric from "For the First Time in Forever":
      Anna: For years I've roamed these empty halls / Why have a ballroom with no balls?
    • Maybe not accidental and instead a Parental Bonus, but Anna remarks, "Foot size doesn't matter!" while in the sled with Kristoff. And Kristoff looks rather...smug.
  • Adorkable:
    • Anna is very clumsy and says awkward things, but she is so nice and plucky that these traits only add to her charm.
    • Olaf runs on adorable dorky antics.
    • Kristoff when he subs the words for Sven, or when he falls for Anna.
    • Sven is this when you mix in his clumsiness, love for carrots, and facial expressions.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Hans raises lots of questions due to the way the plot twist is formatted. Does he genuinely like Anna before turning evil at a chance to seize the throne, or is he just using Anna as a pawn the whole time and throwing her away when her use was over? Is he actually being a good person by giving the civilians blankets during the winter, or was it a way to build himself up a reputation as a good guy and hide his true intentions? Does he mirror Anna's Adorkableness to woo her in, or is he truly Adorkable and just happens to be evil? Making the conundrum worse, a lot of people seem to be Distracted by the Sexy and ignore his complete sociopathy, insisting that all he wants is to be a beloved king.
    • A more minor example with Hans: when he points the crossbow up, does he not want Elsa dead yet, or does he just know her ice would grab the bolt, and figured a falling chandelier would be a lot more effective? The quick glance he makes at the chandelier an instant beforehand suggests the latter, but still...
    • Even This Very Wiki can't decide on whether Elsa is Ambiguously Lesbian, aromantic or asexual. Her lack of a love interest throughout the entire movie and avoidance of others for most of it (even Hans says it was pointless to try to woo her, which is why he went for her sister) lend themselves to an interpretation of her as a Celibate Heroine. But the way she hides a secret her whole life, finally embracing it and revealing it to the world in her big song, and being happier afterwards makes some people interpret her differently. Co-Director Jennifer Lee's words on the matter:
      "We know what we made. But at the same time, I feel like once we hand the film over and it belongs to the world, so I don't like to say anything and let the fans talk. I think it is up to them. Disney films were made in different eras, different times, and we celebrate them all for different reasons, but this one was made in 2013 and is going to have a 2013 point of view."
    • The Trolls have become subject to this, with people thinking they may be more malicious than they appear, and their magic may have darker results than shown, as evidenced by the King and Queen's fear of taking Anna and Elsa to them. It probably helps that the trolls in the original story are evil. One fan theory posted on Cracked takes this interpretation to the logical extreme, suggesting that Hans is genuinely a good guy and in love with Anna until he suffers a change of heart due to the magical interference of the trolls, who want him out of the way so that she can be with Kristoff instead, making the trolls the true villains of the story. A Film Theory video also supports this theory, and it's gained traction among a portion of the fans who see the plot twist as poorly foreshadowed.
    • The Duke of Weselton. His desire to kill Elsa could be interpreted as either religious fanaticism, or maybe it's just his way of protecting the kingdom. Many people seem to think that his concern for the wealth of the Kingdom makes him evil, but upon hearing that Anna has been killed by Elsa, he is clearly horrified that she did such a thing. In the end, he's nothing more than a sneaky businessman.
    • Is Elsa showing wisdom in telling off Anna for becoming engaged so quickly, or after years of loneliness is she just (somewhat understandably) envious of Anna's chance at happiness and freedom with someone she loves? A big selling point of the movie for many fans is that Elsa and Kristoff actually call Anna out on how crazy it is to marry someone she's just met, and Hans did turn out to be Evil All Along. But is it really crazy, under those circumstances? Considering the fact that Elsa is deadset on returning to the status quo as soon as Coronation Day was over, forming a deep, permanent relationship with an outsider may have been Anna's best chance to avoid a lifetime of loneliness in a big, empty castle. Her instant relationship with Hans definitely smacks of desperation, but it seems a little less crazy if it was a practical decision as well as an emotional one, and although it does end badly, the way in which Elsa reacts comes off as more condescending than concerned. (See Informed Wrongness entry.)
      Anna: And I know it is totally crazy
      To dream I'd find romance
      But for the first time in forever
      At least I've got a chance
    • A very popular opinion is that Elsa knows Hans is about to strike her down with his sword while grieving over Anna's supposed death. She's willingly letting it happen because she feels like she deserves it or that it wasn't worth living without Anna.
    • Is Elsa's response to the Duke and Hans at the end of the film magnanimous, prudent, vengeful, and/or misguided? The Duke's men attempted to solve the Endless Winter by killing her, and a lack of response could possibly signal to other countries that Arendelle is not very defensive of its government, but she also seems very nonchalant, at least based on Kai's delivery of her announcement regarding it, about cutting off all trade with Weselton, which is said to be their largest trading partner. Does she not understand the economic ramifications of this, including the harm it will do to people who produce exports, or work as merchants?
    • There is also the question as to what would have been Anna's next course of action if the kiss with Hans had worked and her heart would have thawed. Would she go back to the Ice Castle (not knowing that Elsa has been captured and is currently imprisoned in a dungeon) and try to talk with Elsa again? Or does she temporarily give up on her sister? Some fans even theorize that the only reason for Anna's renewed faith in her sister is because she has someone else to hate more after The Reveal that Hans was using her, claiming as evidence that between the time that Elsa strikes Anna and Anna saying to Hans that he is no match for her sister, Anna never tried to defend her sister for her unintentional actions. Other fans believe this is because Anna didn't really have a chance to defend Elsa during that time period, since no one actually accused Elsa of striking her on purpose during that time. For that matter, could she tell it was accident, or did she think she did it on purpose? She didn't see the look of shock on Elsa's face afterwards because she was struggling to keep herself upright at the time, although at least one of the movie novelizations states that she does realize it was an accident.
      • The "Anna hates Elsa for striking her with ice and only sacrifices her life for her is because she hates Hans more" theory is jossed as of the Broadway musical. In the musical, Anna explicitly expresses concern about also defending Elsa to the people of Arendelle as she worries about saving the kingdom after Elsa kicks them out of the ice palace (in the musical, she does this by herself, rather than create Marshmallow). Word of God has also repeatedly confirmed Anna's sacrifice was "an Act of True Love," just as both Anna and Olaf say it is in the film itself.
      • Somewhat similar to the above, what exactly is Anna thinking when she acknowledges she "was wrong" about her previous claim that Elsa wouldn't hurt her? Did she lose faith in her sister, if only for a little while? Or does Anna realize that her sister hitting her in the heart was an accident, and acknowledge that if Elsa has this little control over her powers, ending the winter won't be as simple as having a heart-to-heart talk with Elsa?
  • Alternative Joke Interpretation: The trolls' song has the lyric, "So he's a bit of a fixer-upper; so he's got a few flaws, like his peculiar brain, dear, his thing with the reindeer. That's a little outside of nature's laws!". Some people think that they were referring to the fact that he uses a reindeer named Sven as a horse, when he can just use an actual horse, but others think the writers sneaked a bestiality joke in, and still others think they're just referring to how Kristoff speaks for his pet reindeer Sven.
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • Frozen was ironically not received well in Norway. Initial reviews gave it very low ratings, the general consensus among critics being that of "generic plot and characters" and "forced and obnoxious musical numbers", while one particular review criticized the setting for "not really looking like Norway". It did better with smaller magazines, however, giving it an average 4/6 rating. note  Meanwhile, its general target audience, including the president of the Sámi Parliament of Norway, Aili Keskitalo, seemed to like it fine, in the end making it more a case of Critical Dissonance. note  In 2016, some Disney employees visited Norway for classified reasons. When Aili heard of this, she quickly contacted said employees to make sure that if Disney were planning anymore Sámi-related content in future projects, they would let her give advice this time on how to give a more proper representation.
    • It's been further exacerbated with the news that Disney is replacing the Norway-themed Epcot ride "Maelstrom" with a Frozen-themed ride. Park purists and Norwegians are displeased that an attraction meant to honor a real-life country is being replaced with something based on a fictional country.
    • It may also be because Elsa and Anna are reminiscent of Alk and Ilke respectively from the Norwegian fantasy bookseries Phenomena with Elsa with Ilke's powers. And it even has multiple story elements from all the current main books. So even though Phenomena has reached Stage 6 A, some people remember it in the backs of their heads.
    • Many also strongly dislike its portrayals of the trolls. Trolls according to some fairy tales are supposed to be humanoid monsters who eat people, which makes them being the surrogate parents of a human just silly to some. They would fit better as Dwarves/Dark Elves in Norse mythology.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Averted with Elsa for the majority of the movie, but then played straight at the end and in some of the spin-off material, although averted in Frozen Fever and Olaf's Frozen Adventure'. Despite Elsa having accidentally froze Arendelle and saw Anna frozen solid right before her very eyes, as soon as Elsa discovers that love is the key to controlling her powers, she is somehow okay with using her powers in front of the other citizens and her sister despite of what happened right before the thaw. This even applies to her isolation issues because as soon as she thaws Arendelle from winter, she is completely okay with touching people and becomes far more cheerful than before, in spite of the fact that she spent 13 years away with limited human contact, 9 of which she spent avoiding physically touching others.
    • Deliberately invoked on Anna. Anna also was isolated for 13 years, was never given a reason for it, had her sister shoot ice spikes at her during an argument about said unexplained isolation and would've died or at least been injured if she hadn't jumped out of the way, realized that her family had been keeping a major secret from her for as long as she can remember, had sister immediately run out of the room and the country upon shooting those spikes and set off an Endless Winter in the process, tried to reassure a bunch of frightened dignitaries and citizens that their mysterious and reclusive new queen who had just run off was not actually evil and that the Endless Winter and ice spikes in the courtyard were all an accident and big misunderstanding despite having no proof other than her own faith in her sister, set off on a journey to save both the kingdom and her sister, was struck in the heart by said sister (while the audience knows this was an accident, she has no indication of that), was told by the only person who she thought cared about her that no one loves her, and then died after throwing herself in front of that person's blade as he attempted to murder her beloved sister. She's perfectly cheerful afterward, in both the movie's epilogue and much of the spin-off material, and aside from a moment of Heroic BSoD after her supposed True Love's betrayal, while slowly freezing from the inside out because of a curse her sister placed on her without Anna having any way to tell whether it was intentional or not, and knowing her beloved kingdom is in dangerspends most of the film with a positive attitude.
  • Applicability:
    • "Let It Go" can easily be seen as representing any number of personal secrets, and the relief of not having to hide them anymore, with homosexuality being the one most often brought up. Not surprisingly, several young homosexuals reportedly came out after hearing the song, which helped them cope with depression.
    • Some people see Elsa as representing people with an eating disorder. She has a secret which isolates her from her family, and is never seen eating. Most notably standing out in "Frozen Fever": Elsa has organized the treasure hunt she puts Anna on, such that Anna gets (and is seen eating) a sandwich — but where is a sandwich (or anything else to eat during this day-long event) for herself? Much of the short involves Anna trying to get Elsa to take care of herself, while Elsa pretends to both others and to herself that everything's fine in her desire to see the day as "perfect." The short ends with Anna finally convincing Elsa to let her help after Elsa nearly gets herself killed with this attitude, and how do we see Anna taking care of Elsa during this ending? Feeding her.
    • People in the Autism Spectrum community often identify with Elsa and her "Let It Go" song, like in this article. She was just born different, the majority of people who weren't born different react negatively to it, and she has terrible difficulty maintaining relationships. On the metaphorical side, people perceive her as cold, and her personal motto is about masking instead of expressing emotions. She saw solitude as the solution to all her social problems.
    • Additionally, Elsa's entire Character Development has been written about, whether intentional or not, as a metaphor formental illness, especially in its impact on her and Anna's relationship.
    • Others see the story through a Christian lens, with Elsa as the human who is flawed but full of potential saved by unconditional, sacrificial love. John 15:13 (NKVJ) mentions "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." When Anna, who has been hurt deeply by Elsa, sees Hans about to execute the Snow Queen, she steps in front of Hans, shattering his sword, and Elsa recognizes how much her sister unconditionally cares for her by laying her life on the line for her. This love helps Elsa realize her potential learn how to harness her power for good.At least one sermon has been given on.
  • Ass Pull: Hans being Evil All Along can feel like this. Even on rewatching, when he first meets Anna he seems to be genuinely in Love at First Sight, at one point even when she isn't looking.
  • Author's Saving Throw: By deconstructing the Love at First Sight trope with Anna and Hans, this movie comes off as this in response to the criticisms of Disney's use of the Love at First Sight trope with early Disney Princesses such as Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, and Ariel.
  • Award Snub:
    • The song "Let it Go" lost the Best Original Song Golden Globe Award to U2's "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
    • Frozen only scoring Grammy nominations in the film-related categories. Especially because the songs nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year didn't have near the popularity that "Let It Go" did, and same goes for the soundtrack not being nominated for Album of the Year. Some fans cried foul on this and felt the Grammy voters had an "anti-Frozen" bias.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Prince Hans. Fans are highly divided as to whether Hans is one of the best or worst villains Disney's made. Those who think he's one of the best generally argue that he's an excellent depiction of a manipulative sociopath and that his reveal is jarring and scary as hell, while those who think he's one of the worst argue that his true nature makes absolutely no sense when some of his previous actions in the film are taken into account, his characterisation upon his reveal becomes reduced to a cliche cartoony supervillain, and that given Elsa's extremely powerful ice magic, his actual capacity for threat towards the end is unimpressive. It doesn't help that The Reveal doesn't occur until the last fifteen minutes of the movie, giving him little time to flesh out his true nature or have as many memorable moments as other Disney villains before him. There's also a notable faction that dislikes the reveal because they felt him and Anna had more chemistry than Anna and Kristoff, which then gets thrown out the window for the sake of a twist. It's literally reached a point where the fandom has split into the "Frozen Fandom" and the "Hans fandom" (or "Hansdom," for short). The two fandoms are constantly feuding to the point where people have deleted their Tumblr accounts entirely to get away from all the drama. It's hard to say who's more passionate, his fans or those who despise him.
    • Olaf. Mentioning him is sure to either expressions of delight at his humor and heart and the sweetness of his symbolism as the representation of the childhood love between the sister leads, or grumblings of annoyance from people who see him as a cynical attempt to sell toys. Olaf is an odd case where people were clearly expecting to hate him in the runup to the film, actually mostly liked him when the film came out, and then found him much more divisive with time.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Olaf’s song, "In Summer." Olaf sings this apropos of nothing and it never comes up again. It may have been a way to explain why Olaf would agree to help Anna and Kristoff end the eternal winter, since doing so would inevitably kill him. But the song doesn't move the story forward in any way and is never really referred to again.
  • Crossover Ship:
    • Elsa is very frequently paired with Jack Frost and hilariously enough Sub-Zero, in addition to a large number of other "ice people", although less seriously, as spoofed in this fanart. note 
    • There's also a small portion of fans liking Elsa x Pitch, because his life's work is fear and her whole problem is letting fear control her, and even smaller portion liking Anna x Pitch as well, because they contrast so well.
    • Ever since the director jokingly mentioned they'd be a good couple, Elsa is also being shipped with the title character of Wreck-It Ralph. Rich Moore, the director of Wreck-It Ralph, has also teased the ship.
    • The cameo by the two leads from Tangled has led to many Rapunzel/Elsa or Rapunzel/Anna, and Eugene/Elsa or Eugene/Anna ships. The theory that Rapunzel is Anna and Elsa's cousin doesn't seem to stop the fans. After Tangled: The Series started airing Elsa/Cassandra has become a big ship for fans of the show.
    • The Mike Wazowski x Olaf joke ship, culminating into things like this and this.
    • Given that Merida is, like Elsa, a romantically un-attached Disney Princess experiencing difficulties with royal propriety and possessing substantial Lesbian Subtext, this pairing was probably inevitable.
    • Now that Elsa has been confirmed to be in Season 4 of Once Upon a Time, let the Shipping Games begin!
      • It quickly became common to ship Elsa with the show's protagonist, Emma, especially after the two struck up a friendship on the show.
      • That friendship also led to some fans shipping Elsa with Liam, the brother of Emma's primary canon Love Interest.
    • Pairing Elsa and Elphaba from Wicked is a thing due to their similarities and because they've both been played by Idina Menzel.
    • There is a bunch of Elsa/Riku fan art. Here's some, and more here, and especially here.
    • Elsa also tends to be paired up with either Steve Rogers or Bucky Barnes somewhat frequently.
    • A few people ship Snow Queen Elsa with Fire Lord Zuko, as evidenced by this gif.
    • Some even have shipped Princess Azula with Hans, as shown here, given their tendencies to be Manipulative Bastards towards others and family issues.
    • Elsa and Loki. Unsurprising, since the latter is a Frost Giant.
    • Idina Menzel herself named Tinkerbell as Elsa's ideal love interest.
    • Elsa x Tadashi Hamada is pretty popular as well.
    • Elsa x Arthas/the Lich King - a very ice-themed villain who rules from a place called the Frozen Throne. It doesn't help that she looks and sounds a lot like his former lover, Jaina Proudmoore, who's also good at ice magic.
  • Die for Our Ship: Kristoff unfortunately suffers from this by Elsa/Anna shippers, even if his relationship with Anna tends to be moved to Platonic Life-Partners. Most fanfic writers prefer to either ignore him or make him Anna's wingman, however a good number of Elsa/Anna fanworks portray him as a gross slob that makes Anna only notice how much "better" Elsa is.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Prince Hans gets a lot of this. A good portion of his sympathizers ignore the fact that his plans had originally been to woo Anna and kill Elsa so he could be king, as well as his Kick the Dog actions in The Reveal scene. They also tend to play up that his childhood may have sucked. Sympathizers also tend to point at his earlier actions and adorkableness, ignoring that a key ability all sociopaths share is being able to fake emotions as well as being able to switch between them rather easily, and that he all but admitted he took the adorkable route because Anna was adorkable and she would thus be able to connect and relate to him all the easier if he played himself that way. This was not helped when a writer for Frozen said that she sees Hans as "a tragic figure because he's a consequence of being raised without love."
    • The book A Frozen Heart (which isn't even confirmed canon!) only adds to this, showing first-hand how abusive his family is, and implying that he may actually be clinically depressed. There's even a scene with surprisingly blatant self-harm, and that's just in the first chapter!
    • It's even more complicated than that. There are fans who want him to be Easily Forgiven and brush over the bad things he's done, but there are also fans who fully acknowledge his horrible actions but still see potential in him and think he should get a redemption arc, arguing that worse characters than him have ended up making a successful Heel–Face Turn note . Then there are the fans who think he should have never been a villain in the first place and blame the writers for making him that way because they "needed a bad guy", arguing that the story could have still worked without him being evil or even with No Antagonist. To top it all off, there are rumors that he might be getting a canon Heel–Face Turn in the sequel - as said by Santino Fontana, no less - making the whole thing even more complicated.
  • Dry Docking: There are fans who wish Elsa and Anna to be single because they prefer to ship themselves with one of them.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Oaken appears briefly early in the film but his design, humorous personality, and ambiguous homosexuality made him popular with fans.
  • Epileptic Trees: Some mostly tongue-in-cheek theories have emerged about the film being connected to a wider Disney Shared Universe, like Elsa and Anna's parents also being the parents of Tarzan, or their ship being the one Ariel explores.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Sure, Hans may be a complete Jerkass, but he's actually quite handsome and he uses his good looks to his advantage.
    • Elsa was originally meant to use this trope. While her earliest designs varies in attractiveness, her near-final ones were the finalized Elsa with shorter hair and a different hairstyle. While she's arguably was not "evil", she certainly was the antagonist.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: It is Queen Elsa to you! She's not Princess Elsa, except in the first 15 minutes. Frozen 2 spoiler 
  • Fandom Heresy:
    • Don't ever say you like Demi Lovato's version of "Let It Go". If you say you like it better than Idina Menzel's version, the fandom will burn you at the stake.
    • The crossover ship with Jack Frost has become the subject of this for some fans with many claiming that anyone who ships Elsa with Jack is not a "True" fan and disloyal to the Disney brand since Jack Frost comes from DreamWorks Animation, Disney's rival.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Fans of Frozen seemed to have a rather fiery one with fans of The LEGO Movie when the latter debuted a few months after the former. And later, How to Train Your Dragon 2, especially since people thought that would be Dreamworks' billion-dollar film and it under-performed big-time, at least initially.
    • The Frozen fandom tends to be at odds with much of the Disney fandom overall, partially due to many Disney fans being frustrated with the continued presence the film has in pop culture and feeling that it's overshadowing almost every other Disney film, including the ones that came out after Frozen. In particular, fans of Frozen seem to have a very rocky relationship with the fandoms for The Princess and the Frog, Big Hero 6, Sofia the First, Zootopia, and Moana, for previously said reasons.
    • People often competitively compare Frozen with Mulan when it comes to feminist themes.
    • Frozen and Tangled had this early on due to early images of Elsa and Anna had them looking suspiciously like Rapunzel (they are designed by the same artist after all). Once later material made it more noticeable that they weren't Rapunzel clones, much of the arguing died out. They even became Friendly Fandoms after Rapunzel and Eugene cameoed in Frozen. Still, some animosity still exists between the two fandoms, with arguments over which one is the better film persisting.
    • Frozen fans and Rise of the Guardians fans often accuse Disney or DreamWorks Animation of stealing the idea of a movie focusing on An Ice Person. Neither invented the concept: in fact, each studio have been very open about both Elsa and Jack Frost being based on pre-existing characters that predate both films, Elsa being inspired by a nineteenth-century tale written by Hans Christian Andersen and Jack Frost originating in folklore. Disney had been working on a film based on the Snow Queen on and off for decades, since the days of Walt himself, and leaked pre-production art was already online by 2008, the year Dreamworks purchased the film rights to William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood book series, which united the variety of folkloric characters seen in the film, including not just Jack Frost, but other well-known childhood staples such as the Sandman and the Easter Bunny.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • The cameo by Rapunzel and Eugene during "For The First Time In Forever" has launched a number of Tangled crossovers.
    • Since Elsa and Anna are canonically Royals Who Actually Do Something, a higher proportion of Frozen fanfics are Government Procedurals compared to most other fandoms, with the sisters and Kristoff (and sometimes Hans if he's included) tackling problems with Arendelle's politics.
    • Other kingdoms (Weselton and the Southern Isles) are named within the film, and interkingdom relations affect the plot. Spin-off material name drops more countries and in a few cases they even appear (such as when Elsa and Anna visited Eldora in an Anna & Elsa book). Naturally, fans who know of the kingdoms can expand upon them in fanworks.
    • The questions that the movie leaves unresolved: Where did Elsa's powers come from? Does having a ruler with magical powers affect Arendelle's international relations? Is Hans really the Black Sheep of his family, or are the rest of the princes from the Southern Isles Always Chaotic Evil? Are there others like Elsa, and if so, will she ever find them? Word of God revealed the reason for her powers later that was going to be included in the film note , meant to be explained in the film itself but was cut. While the canonicity of this proto-canon can be considered debatable (could be related to the winter solstice birth thing or may even be Retconned in the sequel), this is even more Fanfic Fuel, such as the possibility of others with magic powers being born at certain year intervals and/or alignments, or even who the cryokinetic "previous-1,000th year Saturn alignment" before Elsa was — perhaps the original Snow Queen?
    • In the ending, is Elsa really Easily Forgiven by her people? It seems people of Arendelle in the ending are impressed with her ice powers and they enjoy seeing her display the good side of her powers. But many a fanfic has gone on to expand on the idea that even if Elsa stopped this winter by herself, there will be people who share the Duke of Weselton's prejudices against those with magic and try to kill her as a result.
    • A lot of the development cycle for the film is known. This gives fans a lot to work with in fanworks. The most popular pre-release version of Elsa is the Elsa with the spikey hair that was used right up until it was decided to retool her role (though, despite her popularly being black haired that design wasn't the design the film was going to use; 'onion!Elsa' was a platinum blonde like current!Elsa).
    • They Never Found The Bodies of the King and Queen. This has fueled many fanworks where they somehow survived. At least until it was jossed by the sequel, although the idea still spawns What If? fanfics exploring what the story might look like if that hadn't been the case.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Anna/Elsa. Their being sisters has done little to curb fan enthusiasm for this ship. There are however quite a few AU fics/art pieces that portray them as not being related. Which doesn't really help.
  • Fanon: Has its own page
  • Faux Symbolism: Some fans (particularly Scandinavian ones) have taken to wonder if Hans and the Duke of Weselton were jokingly meant to represent Denmark and Sweden respectively, both wanting to "take over Norway", which historically Denmark did for more than 400 years before giving the rule over to Sweden for nearly a hundred years. This is also supported by Hans' own name being a Shout-Out to The Snow Queen's Danish author, next to him coming from the "southern islands", while the Duke is Arendelle's "closest partner in trade", the way Sweden is closest to Norway. Whether or not this is an intentional comparison, however, is unknown, though it doesn't stop said fans from having fun with the idea. Danish webcomic artist Humon delves more into it in this article.
  • Foe Yay Shipping:
    • Hans/Elsa pairing has a very large fanbase. The fact that the D23-Exclusive Doll Set for Frozen puts the two together certainly helps. Made especially funny now that Elsa is the official 13th member of the Disney Princess lineup, and Hans is the 13th Prince of his kingdom.
    • Elsa was originally meant to be unrelated to Anna, just like in The Snow Queen. Prior to the leak of their finalized designs, a small amount of concept art was published. The white/blue haired proto-Elsa with long hair was quite popular and some fanworks existed of her and Anna together. After more concept art was released post-release, fans really took a liking to the spiky haired design for Elsa. It's not uncommon for Elsanna fans to ship that incarnation of Elsa with Anna as some twisted Cain and Abel couple.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Frozen shares many fans of Wicked, due to the similarities between Elsa and Elphaba including both being played by Idina Menzel and having a touching "I Am Becoming" Song, and also fans with Tangled due to being attempts to modernize the princesses and The Cameo for Rapunzel and Flynn in Frozen.
    • It shares many fans with Kill la Kill.
    • There is friendship between this fandom and that of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with Anna and Elsa being frequently depicted as Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes respectively.
    • The Frozen fandom additionally appears to get along with the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fandom relatively well, with there being a lot of crossover art.
    • The fandom has formed a bond with the growing Inside Out fandom, including outright sharing many fans, possibly due to both movies containing similar themes.
    • With Tangled due to Rapunzel and Eugene's cameo implying a bond between the kingdoms (though, Tangled takes place at least a century before Frozen).
    • Even before its release, Frozen has been popular among the Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons fandom, Elsa and Anna having paired off to every character involved and the movie being considered the Sixth Ranger of the fandom.

  • Genius Bonus: At the beginning of the bridge of "Let It Go", Elsa turns clockwise while saying "My power flurries through the air into the ground", with the circular floor beneath her briefly flashing orange to symbolize the formation of a magic circle. She finishes the bridge by saying "I'm never going back; the past is in the past", casting her tiara over her left shoulder, and spinning counterclockwise. People familiar with any of the pagan traditions of northern and western Europe should recognize the core elements of a banishing spell; in this case, Elsa is banishing herself and relinquishing her crown.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • The movie has done extremely well in Japan, where it has the second highest box office rating to the U.S. and the Japanese version of the song "Let It Go" reached number four on Japan Top 100. It's also been number one at the box office there for many consecutive weeks, continuing into June 2014, similar to Titanic in other countries back in the day. It even tied with Spirited Away for the highest number of weeks at number 1! The film has proven so popular with the Japanese that Tokyo Disneyland took a while to introduce a meet and greet for Anna and Elsa, as they were trying to figure out how they would handle the crowds. They've confirmed that there will be a special event themed entirely around Frozen, called "Anna and Elsa's Frozen Fantasy" that ran in early 2015. Additionally, Tokyo Disneyland has also confirmed that they will be building a brand new ride and possibly an entire land for Frozen that will include sights such as Elsa's ice palace, and will be built on a budget of around $500 million. This completely dwarfs Walt Disney World's plans for Frozen, as in comparison their retheming of Epcot's Maelstrom had a budget of around $75 million.
    • It's done really well in South Korea, where it came in right behind Japan in box office numbers and "Let It Go" peaked at No. 1 in Korean music charts.
    • This trope applies to the movie in general. While Frozen has been a huge success in the US, it's thanks to international audiences that it ended up the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time when it left theaters. In its home country, it was in 19th place, and wasn't the highest-grossing animated movie, or the highest-grossing Disney Animated Canon movienote  or even the highest-grossing 2013 movienote .
    • Frozen is also hugely popular in the United Kingdom. While it took only a year and a half for merchandise to meet demand in the United States, it took until fall 2015 for that to happen there. The United Kingdom also had exclusive merchandise that hasn't been released in the United States, including board games, a toy of Elsa's glove that produces actual snow, a line of chibi plush toys and their own separate DVD releases of Frozen Fever note  and Olaf's Frozen Adventure note . It's also re-released in a select number of British cinemas every year around Christmas, usually as a double bill with The Muppet Christmas Carol.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto:
    • The advertisements anticipated this reaction, and focused heavily on the two male Plucky Comic Relief sidekicks, and not the sisters the film was actually about. The teaser featured Olaf and Sven exclusively, without a hint that the film featured any female characters at all. Just like Tangled, this is part of the reason for the film's title not being "The Snow Queen" like the original source material or "Anna and the Snow Queen" like he working titlenote  and for making Kristoff a major character. However the film was spectacularly successful at the box office, well-received by critics, and earned many awards including Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song at the Oscars, with the Breakout Character being Snow Queen Elsa.
    • In yet another similarity to Titanic (1997), quite a few uninitiated male moviegoers (especially fans of traditionally male-oriented and Rated M for Manly media) resent Frozen's success due to it being a Disney princess movie, assuming its female leads and popularity with girls and women somehow meant its success was necessarily undeserved.
  • Gotta Ship 'Em All: Perhaps exacerbated by the small size of the cast, fanfictions can be found for every pairing, including large amounts of Anna and Kristoff, Anna and Elsa, Kristoff and Hans, either Anna or Elsa with Hans, and even some involving Olaf, Sven, and Marshmallow.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In-universe: "Love is an Open Door," in its first viewing, comes off as a triumphant "I Am Becoming" Song about the Power of Love to heal. Particularly poignant is the line, "Say goodbye to the pain of the past/We don’t have to feel it anymore." Subsequent viewings, after learning about Han’s true colors, instead reveal the song to be a Villain Song disguised as a love duet. Anna and Hans’ exchange of "We finish each other’s—Sandwiches!—That’s what I was going to say!" goes from being Adorkable to evidence of Hans’ manipulative prowess. The paired singing of "You and I were just meant to be" becomes especially emblematic of the film’s Deconstruction of Love at First Sight. Later viewings demonstrate the song’s wit, but also make it less enjoyable.
    • In the sequel, Elsa abdicates the throne and Anna takes over as queen. If Hans had genuinely been a nice guy (or if he was just a bit more patient), he would have gotten exactly what he wanted.
    • The sequel also puts Pabbie's vision of Elsa being attacked by people who feared her powers in much darker light by revealing it wasn't a mistaken Self-Fulfilling Prophecy but rather something that could easily happen with the revelation that King Runeard, Elsa's grandfather, feared magic and went to war with the Northuldra because he was scared of how close they were with the magical spirits of nature. Even worse is that Elsa's mother, Queen Iduna, was a Northuldran who hid her ethnicity out of fear of racial discrimination.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Elsa forbidding Anna to marry a prince she just met becomes hilariously hypocritical after seeing or/and still remembering Idina Menzel's last appearance in a Disney movie.
    • In another Kristen Bell film, When in Rome, she was the one who was against her sister marrying a man who she had only known for a short time.
    • An animator for Disney wants to see Wicked animated and created an animation for "Defying Gravity". Come a few years later, Idina, the original Elphaba, is voice acting a Disney character who's rather similar to Elphaba. Her character's major song, "Let It Go", is even very similar in both its message and overall sound to "Defying Gravity".
    • The last time a rock band used aforementioned words in a song (or even a variation thereof), it's to portray the horrors of nuclear war.
    • Elsa's "The cold never bothered me anyway" became funnier when a lot of fans whom the cold did bother jokingly blamed the extraordinarily cold winter of late 2013/early 2014 on Elsa's powers. That, or telling Mother Nature that when Elsa said "the cold never bothered me anyway," it wasn't supposed to be taken as a challenge. Never mind that it was mostly the United States and eastern Canada where 2014's winter was exceptionally cold, whereas it was nothing out of the ordinary in Elsa's native Norway. Naturally, a local CBS news show did a parody of Let It Go about the harsh winter of 2013-2014. And in February 2015, the city of Harlan, Kentucky chose to cash in on the joke by making a fake warrant in Elsa's name.
    • Two sisters of royalty who have a split between them. One is as bright and cheery as the day while the other is mellow and moody like the night. The mellow sister (accidentally) puts an eternal curse upon the kingdom and the cheery sister wants to bond together with her again and they both reconcile in the end. Hmmm...
    • Seeing an entire kingdom/country getting buried in snow with Scandinavian-themed environments and Anna wishing Elsa had "tropical magic" will probably make players of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze giggle.
    • This is not the first movie to have one of its most famous lines be "Let it go", as well as have one of its main characters be named Elsa. It's even funnier now that Disney owns the franchise rights to it.
    • This post highlights similarities between Anna and Elizabeth. And what do we learn about Elizabeth at the end of that game?
    • In Meet the Robinsons, Bowler Hat Guy has something to say about "Let It Go"'s popularity. Even funnier is that the person who voiced Bowler Hat Guy voiced Kai in Frozen.
    • The boy in the green coat complaining about having to dress up for Elsa's coronation ("It's not my fault!") bears a strong resemblance to the Onceler ("How bad can I be?").
    • The movie was made by Disney, who previously licensed the DVD releases for the 90s X-Men cartoon. The final season of said series included a two-parter entitled "Storm Front", wherein Storm becomes engaged to Arkon, a seemingly affable alien dictator, but Wolverine and Beast consider her acceptance too quick; when Storm refers to Arkon as the man she loves, Wolverine quips, "who you just met."
    • Mel Brooks' Spaceballs, a spoof of a property Disney owned by the time Frozen was released, features its hero saying "Cold never bothers me."
    • This isn't the first time a Disney CGI princess film has shared its name with a thriller film released a few years ago. The other Frozen also has a Bell playing their female lead.
    • Kristen Bell's line in Veronica Mars, "I could believe that birds braided your hair like a Disney princess."
    • Olaf is a white inorganic creature that likes warm hugs. One year later, Baymax is a white inorganic creature that gives warm hugs.
    • During the Oaken scene, when Kristoff is complaining about Oaken's price gouging, Oaken says he's got a big supply and demand problem. One month after the film's release, the merchandise for the film suffered from this problem for almost half a year.
    • From "Love is an Open Door," Hans's line "I love crazy!". Santino Fontana later played the Hopeless Suitor of the titular character in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
    • It can get pretty funny seeing this film make such a big deal about Olaf melting, after "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" casually revealed that he can survive it and will go back to normal when he's re-frozen.
    • The Cut Song "More Than Just A Spare" is about Anna feeling like second best compared to Elsa and bemoaning that she's just a spare to the throne. Frozen II ends with Anna being crowned queen.
    • The anime of My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! has main character Catarina uses an axe to force herself into the room of her brooding cousin-cum-stepbrother, Keith, who isolated himself after accidentally injuring her. This prompted fan comments: "Disney should take notes. An axe works a lot better than a musical number."
  • Hype Backlash:
    • The popularity of the film has managed to kick up even more backlash. Incidentally, Disney themselves tried to head this trope off at the pass by deliberately underselling the movie; see Tainted by the Preview for more on this. As hinted at just below, Frozen has become The New '10s version of Titanic (1997) in this regard, right down to the overexposed Award-Bait Song.
    • "Let it Go" had a cycle of this, or rather an "Overexposure Backlash". By the time the song won the Academy Award, it was impossible to enter in a video provider (be it YouTube, Blip, Daily Motion, etc.) and NOT find a bajillion versions and covers of the song. This brought some people to end up hating a song that they considered cute at first, or even great. Think "My Heart Will Go On" all over again 17 years later. Being in a movie marketed toward kids (who love to play things over and over again) increases this effect. It has also attracted some backlash due to its use of a certain four-chord progression well-known for its overuse. The backlash at how overplayed the song got became an Ascended Meme in Frozen II, where in one scene Elsa cringes at the memory of herself singing "Let It Go".
    • It's mainly due to some movie goers considering the film So Okay, It's Average and can't see why the film's so popular. So it's considered overrated because of overexposure, and simultaneously underrated because many consider it to be overrated.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Pairing Hans and Elsa has been called "Iceburns", since she has ice powers and he has sideburns. (If you want to get meta about it, the fandom sometimes likes depicting him as having fire powers in contrast to Elsa's ice powers so that could also represent "burns". Plus he's a bad guy and he hurts people, and burns hurt.)
  • Incest Yay Shipping: Anna/Elsa; given the nature of the story have both this and Les Yay. It's not really that surprising. The "Frozen Fever" short, "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" Christmas Special, and Frozen II fanned the flames further.
  • Informed Wrongness: We're intended to see Anna's split-second decision to marry Prince Hans the night they met as a foolish one to the point that Anna herself criticizes her own misjudgment with The Reveal that Hans turned out to be a treacherous prince. However, given that Anna has had no social interaction for thirteen years, it's sorta a given that she would want to have any interactions or support whenever possible and to get out of a dark, empty, unhealthy living arrangement with a sister who refuses to talk to her, and it's established this is the only day the gates will be open and Anna will have a chance to do so. It doesn't help that neither Elsa or Kristoff are particularly empathetic of Anna's plight but especially the former, who has even less social interaction than she does, which makes her come off as a huge hypocrite - while she is rightfully called out by Anna, Elsa herself never admits or realizes how she doesn't really have the right to call out Anna either.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Princess Anna has been isolated in the castle and been shut out by her sister for 13 years without any explanation as to why and upon losing her parents, is left to mourn them alone without her sister to comfort her. Despite this, she continues to love her sister and never gives up hope on reconnecting with her. Even when she is struck in the heart to a painful death by her sister, not having any way of knowing it was an accident, and betrayed by the man she thought was her true love, she retains her caring and optimistic attitude to the point that when given the opportunity between getting a True Love's Kiss to curse the curse and save herself or saving Elsa from being killed by Hans, she immediately rushes in to save her sister from being killed instead. In the end, in spite of all the odds against her, her selfless Act of True Love has not only saved everyone including herself but also allows her to finally reconnect with her sister after being separated for so long.
    • Elsa. She's lonely and has deep self-esteem issues, but damn, is she awesome.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: Frozen gets this treatment hard from the young male demographic. Quite a few males enjoy the movie anyway, or at least parts of it.note  However, you're also likely to find men who originally ignored Frozen due to it just being another good-quality Disney princess movie that's not really for them, but began to resent it as it became the colossal juggernaut of a success that it is now. It has Wolverine Publicity and this is especially true of the hit song "Let It Go". After Big Hero 6 came out, fans noticed Frozen was hogging the movie fame spotlight.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Due to both having similar art styles and the trailers giving an emphasis on comedy, many assumed that the film would just be a rehash of Tangled, despite no one having seen the film at that point. On the contrary, the film was shown to have a plot and characters that had little in common with Tangled, although a cameo of Rapunzel and Flynn shows that they may take place in the same universe.
  • It Was His Sled: The movie's popularity and the Memetic Mutation of Hans' Wham Line on sites like Tumblr have destroyed the spoiler that is Hans being evil.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Prince Hans if his childhood of being treated as invisible by three of his twelve older brothers is genuine. Which, according to Word of God, apparently is.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Most people who watch it solely to see Elsa or Olaf, or specific sequences like "Let It Go".
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • It would be faster to name those who haven't been shipped with Elsa. As noted above, she's by no means limited to being shipped with characters from her own movie, especially since she's now canonically in Once Upon a Time.
    • Elsa's sister Anna isn't low in this department either. While not shipped with as many characters as Elsa, she has been shipped with many from both Frozen itself and other works.
  • LGBT Fanbase:
    • Elsa has quickly garnered a large gay and asexual fanbase, mainly because her powers and the need to hide them from society makes a great metaphor. Then there is Idina Menzel'snote  already sizable gay fan base from her roles in Wicked and RENT.
    • Prince Hans, due to the fact that he's not really in love with Anna and shares Elsa's motif of a hidden identity, as well as the fact that he is named after The Snow Queen's author Hans Christian Andersen (who identified himself as bisexual) and is pretty.
    • Oaken only appears for one scene, but has one. This is due to the theory that the family in the sauna are his partner and their kids.
  • Lost in Translation: In "Fixer-Upper".
    • 'Fixer-Upper' is a very English turn of phrase. To tell somebody a building is "a bit of a fixer-upper" is considered the eager salesman's way of admitting to serious problems, while insisting you can turn it into something amazing in the future - if you want to put in the effort (and possess the necessary skill set and/or knowledge to do the work). Not all languages have a snappy translation, having to say that Kristoff is 'imperfect' or 'needs help'.
    • The English phrase "honest goods" doesn't translate very well - it doesn't refer to actual honesty, but when somebody tells you that what you're looking at is "The best quality"; not broken or poorly made. But many translations simply use a form of telling Anna that Kristoff himself is honest.
    • The translation of 'Let it go' in Norwegian brought some miscommunication, since the phrase was translated into 'La den gå.' While the direct meaning is "let it go", the word used for "it" in Norwegian has more of a physical meaning than an abstract one, making it sound like "Let that thing go".
  • Love to Hate: Prince Hans seriously earns his villain chops with The Reveal, and it's hard not to admire his ruthless, cold-hearted bastardry.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • According to the fandom, Elsa can easily beat Gandalf and Voldemort in a fight. And according to certain crossovers, Smaug as well. And fandom could consider Elsa capable of taking on ten or even a hundred men singlehandedly. Something that is considered in Frozen Wight when an angry mob storms the castle. They try to Zerg Rush her, and she single-handedly defeats every last one of the rebels.
    • While Anna has no shortage of badassery in the film, it's a common practice to make Anna a Deadpool-esque Crazy Awesome hilarious badass (who also provides comic relief, in Olaf's absence). This is particularly evident in the Pacific Rim crossover Arctic Rim. This is also the approach taken by Once Upon a Time, in which Anna is established to be a sword fighter and even the one who first taught Prince Charming.
    • The straight-out-of-Game of Thrones-comparison is often applied to Hans for his ruthless behavior, including leaving Anna to die and preparing to chop Elsa in half with his sword. He does this all while manipulating events so that he will become the ruler of Elsa's kingdom. Fans have characterised him as a brilliant chessmaster.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Character Exaggeration tends to cast Elsa as a socially inept, awkward NEET in modern day fanfics.
    • Fanworks such as Constable Frozen like to portray Hans as the Chew Toy who is more than often on the receiving end of some misfortune where he ends up getting brutally maimed, killed or both.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Memetic Psychopath: Due to the fact she was conceived as a villain and due to the multiple ways she could be portrayed as one even in more canon-complacent works (for example, her undergoing a Sanity Slippage after Anna is Killed Off for Real and becoming the Snow Queen), works that depict Elsa as this are a dime a dozen.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Although this movie was poorly received in Norway, it is popular with many of the Sámi people. Their president, Aili Keskitalo, approves of its representation of joiking, Sámi style chants, thanks to the title song, "Vuelie".
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • People like to view "Let It Go" strictly as an empowerment anthem while overlooking the more complex context in which it's sung: Elsa trying to solve her problems by running away from them and shutting herself off from the world. Most of her Hero Antagonist nature comes from recovering from what she did, and realizing that abandoning everyone she loved was exactly the opposite of what she needed to do. Though just like "I'll Make A Man Out Of You", it still works at face value. And because of Pandering to the Base, this has become an Ascended Meme - even Disney themselves treat it as her Moment of Awesome. Dolls and costumed Elsas at Disney itself will happily lead crowds singing it, often cutting out most of the lines about isolation, and the few that stayed I.e. "Here I stand/And here I stay", "I'm never going back/The past is in the past" could express a refusal to resume living in fear as easily as they do a refusal to return to Arendelle. It's kind of a mixed package. It's clear that holding onto her fear and self-hatred caused a lot of Elsa's problems, and "Let It Go" is a step toward learning how to embrace herself and let go of fear. However, abandoning responsibility was not the solution. She needed a balance.
    • It's also gotten a misaimed backlash by people who realize that Elsa's decision is problematic but don't realize that the movie wants us to realize that as much as it wants us to sympathize with her and that Elsa learns a better way of dealing with her problems in the end.
    • "Love is an Open Door" manages both to have a similar problem and its opposite. Like "Let It Go," it's a complex moment showing an isolated and traumatized young woman making a simultaneously flawed but sympathetic decision that's neither entirely right nor entirely wrong, but people tend to focus on one part.
      • The song is entirely one-sided, since Hans was faking his love for Anna from the start. However, there are a lot of people who use it unironically, usually by pairing it up with videos of their favorite couples.
      • There are also a lot of people who both praise and criticize it as being a mean-spirited attempt to parody earlier Disney movies and heroines, and the ones who criticize it point out that it seems Victim Blaming and hypocritical of the writers in context of how most Disney movies actually go. The writers actually expected audiences to realize that most Disney movies don't have their romances progress that quickly. The movie also shows Anna not as a shallow parody, but as a three-dimensional and dynamic character finally making a connection after years of isolation but also rushing into a relationship and marriage due to her lonely upbringing and childhood of rejection. Throughout the film (and franchise), she gains a better understanding of what a healthy relationship looks like. She gets it wrong here, but gets it right later on.
    • Frozen got a lot of praise and criticism in general for "mocking" previous Disney movies and heroines. While the film does deconstruct many tropes, it's not meant to mock other fairy tales. Co-director Chris Buck explained they simply wanted to "tell a classic Disney story" with well-rounded characters who were relatable and imperfect:
      Co-director Chris Buck: What Jen and I wanted to do with Frozen was tell a classic Disney story only with characters that weren’t up pedestals. I mean, if you really look at Anna and Elsa, they’re contemporary characters with flaws. These two sisters are just like the rest of us. So it’s this mix of Disney classic and the contemporary that I think audiences have really been responding to.
  • Moe: Anna, as part of her Adorkable and Cute Clumsy Girl appeal. Elsa also gains moe appeal from her Stoic Woobie qualities. This is naturally taken Up to Eleven at the beginning of the film, where Elsa and Anna play together as kids.
  • Moral Event Horizon: If Hans using Anna and lying to her the entire time isn't bad enough, then there's him closing the curtains, putting out the fire with water to speed up Anna's freezing, and shutting the door on her, leaving her to die.

  • Narm:
    • If you are writing a script that's supposed to be a Deconstruction of a ton of cliches, adding cliched dialogues and playing it straight is a bad idea. It's as though The Reveal made the antagonist feel the need to suddenly become as cartoonishly evil as possible:
      Anna: You won't get away with this!
      Hans: Ohh, I already have.
    • This glorious exchange near the climax of the film:
      Anna: You're no match for Elsa!
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The sharp icy spikes Elsa unintentionally creates at the ceremony. It 's quite a case of Mood Whiplash to see her powers suddenly go out of control like that. It establishes tension, and is the point where things begin to go downhill.
    • The scene where Elsa accidentally blasts Anna in the heart with ice. Things only get worse when it turns out she may freeze to death and Hans leaves her alone in a room to die from it.
    • The scene where Marshmallow goes berserk and nearly kills Anna and Kristoff after he's hit with a snowball. It is increibly tense.
  • Nightmare Retardant: To some, Marshmallow's two lines "Go away!" and "Don't come baaack!" make him sound more like a disgruntled teenager than an intimidating bodyguard.
  • No Yay: Other than the fact that it's, well, incest, many who dislike the Anna/Elsa pairing feel that shipping the two ruins what is generally regarded as one of the main messages of the film, that platonic/familial love is as strong and wonderful as romantic love. Shipping the two ignores that, looping back to "romantic love is the only love that matters" or is "stronger" or "more" than familial love.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Many claim this is the first Disney film to teach girls not to avoid the Love at First Sight trope (Beauty and the Beast), not to rely on a man to save you (Mulan), emphasize sisterly love (Lilo & Stitch), or have a strong-willed princess (Brave). All of those have been done in previous Disney Animated Canon movies, often multiple times.
    • Neither is it the first to explicitly question or deconstruct the Love at First Sight trope (Enchanted), despite the idea that it was being so popular as to inspire a meme. A particularly interesting example in that while many fans talk about her being "the first" to question the trope, not only is Elsa not the first character in Disney history to do so, she's not even the first Disney princess in the same film to do it. Anna and Hans refer to their engagement as "crazy" even as they're forming it, but because the gates are going to close soon and "it all ends tomorrow, so it has to be today," Anna's willing to agree to a commitment with the pressure of the deadline closing in.
    • The film attracted quite a bit of talk for its decision to portray the Snow Queen sympathetically, with some people assuming Disney must have taken inspiration from specific other Adaptational Heroism and Perspective Flip stories for other fairy tales like Wicked. However, Shelly Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre version of "The Snow Queen" seems to have been an influence on the film. The Snow Queen is also portrayed as being on the side of good, rather than a Wicked Witch like most adaptations, and also makes the Summer Witch her sister (which makes for a similar contrast between Anna/Elsa). Anna herself even bears a resemblance to Melissa Gilbert, who played Gerda.
    • It's now common to compare any "I Want" Song or "I Am Becoming" Song to "Let It Go," never mind that such songs have been a staple of Disney films and have appeared throughout musical media for decades.
    • Elsa is not Disney's first positive major female character, or Disney Princess, to end the film single (Pocahontas) or to not have a love interest (Brave), despite many, many reviews assuming such, even for the sequel.
    • A popular Tumblr image featuring a screencap of Hans raising his sword preparing to deliver a killing blow to Elsa seems to indicate that this is an unprecedentedly heinous act for a Disney film. Whether the character is a great villain is a matter of taste, but there's no denying that he's comparatively smalltime compared to some previous Disney villains, such as the genocidal Frollo, to give just one example) and in fact the character would be in a very distinguished minority among Disney villains if he went the whole film without making a direct, purposeful attempt to kill somebody.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Oaken, the merchant with the store/sauna. His only real significance in the plot is so that we can be properly introduced to Kristoff, but it's a hilarious sequence.
    • A literal one-scene example would be Rapunzel and Eugene's cameo in "For the First Time in Forever" what amounts to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment. Yet that cameo became a massive Fanfic Fuel of possible crossovers between the two movies.
  • Padding: "Fixer Upper" doesn't move the plot forward in any way and generally only serves as very blatant Ship Tease for Anna and Kristoff.
  • Periphery Demographic: Just like many other female-led Disney movies, Frozen has a ton of male fans who can appreciate the story, characters and songs, and Elsa in particular is considered by straight male fans to be one of the most attractive Disney characters. Of course, it led to things like this cover of "Let It Go" sung by a man impersonating 22 different Disney and Pixar characters (which even landed him a job at Disney itself), as well as the U.S. Marines' aforementioned singalong.
  • Rainbow Lens: Elsa has magical powers that she was born with. Her parents hide her away and pressure her to try to control them until she's afraid of them and of herself. This leads to her being outed in front of a crowd of people and then fleeing as those around her suddenly turn on her. She only gains some control over her powers once she's alone in the wilderness and is finally able to be herself (after singing a song with lyrics like "Couldn't keep it in, heaven knows I've tried," "I don't care what they're going to say," and "that perfect girl is gone"). She later learns that the key to permanently controlling them is love, but not before they cause her to be sentenced with a crime and nearly killed.
    Elsa: Don't let them in. Don't let them see. Be the good girl you always have to be. Conceal, don't feel, put on a show. Make one wrong move and everyone will know.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Some of the popular messages of the film include that "romantic love isn't the only type of love" and that "familial love can be just as strong and important." Elsa and Anna's bond is meant to be seen as a platonic, familial sisterly bond. However, some viewers think the coronation scene where Anna tries to compliment Elsa and her reaction to Elsa's new appearance when they reunite come off more as romantic than sisterly, Kristoff and Hans both falling into Strangled by the Red String in different ways due to neither of them getting as much screentime with Anna as her sister Elsa does, and some very awkward merchandise almost seeming to portray Elsa and Anna as a couple has led to Incest Subtext for some and No Yay or Squick for those averse to those kinds of pairings.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: People assumed Olaf would simply be an annoying side character by judging him by what they saw in the previews, but when the movie itself was actually released, many of the critics highlighted Olaf as one of the best characters. It helps greatly that he provides some levity during dark times, gets scarce when the more dramatic moments are there, and has very little screen-time, avoiding "Jar-Jar Binks" comparisons. Olaf's willingness to sacrifice his life for Anna makes him more comparable to Ray the Firefly from The Princess and the Frog; it's just that unlike Ray, he doesn't actually die. There's also the fact that rather than taking the obvious route of having him be the Kid-Appeal Character via silly antics, the film instead (or rather, in conjunction with that) took the fact that his snowlem nature made him Nigh-Invulnerable and played it for Black Comedy every chance they got. "Oh, look. I've been impaled."
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Elsa and Anna's parents come in for a lot of this. While it can't be denied that their efforts to help Elsa with her condition ultimately do a lot of harm, the movie also clearly suggests that they are nevertheless well-intentioned devoted parents who are trying their best to protect both of their daughters. That doesn't stop many fan portrayals from depicting them as straight-up evil Fantastic Racist parents who treat Elsa as the The Un Favourite and plan to lock her in her room forever because they're embarrassed of her, despite this outright contradicting what's on-screen.
    • The trolls are also the target for this, accused of everything from intentionally stoking the fears of Elsa and her parents to brainwashing Hans into becoming evil (at range without apparently ever meeting him) so Kristoff can make off with Anna.
    • Hans himself, when not given the leather pants treatment, often gets his evilness exaggerated to the point that he becomes a cackling, Obviously Evil psychopath like most Disney Villains. This is ignoring the fact that what made Hans such an interesting and terrifying villain was the fact that, unlike the Duke or Elsa (who were respectively blatant and misguided about their less-than-moral actions), his villainy wasn't obvious from the start and that part of his appeal is that he isn't like the standard Disney villain.
    • Elsa/Anna and Hans/Anna pairings initially did to Kristoff, morphing him from his canon characterization into a Bastard Boyfriend Jerkass as a pretext for a breakup with Anna and her subsequently becoming available for new relationships. This has not been universal, and, when the character became popular, many authors chose to make them Platonic Life-Partners instead.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • Kristoff/Elsa, which is supported by a minority of fans. Kristoff says "Ice is my life!" and is awestruck by Elsa's ice palace. You may think he'll get a chance to bond with Elsa, but no, they don't interact with each other at all in the original movie. What leads him to his first encounter with the sisters (as well as to his future "family") is fascination with the ice track left by Elsa's passage.
    • Kristoff/Hans, even though their only interaction in the movie was Kristoff threatening to punch Hans, but we never got to see Hans' reaction, they are the designated Ho Yay pairing, largely for those who want to ship Anna/Elsa or keep both of them single.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: The fandom has an odd case where most of the combat is between completely non-canon ships that literally can't happen in canon. The movie is low on shipping material due to its small cast and focus on familial love. This means that fans are very heavy on Crossover Ships, not helped by Elsa being a Launcher of a Thousand Ships.
    • The main issue is Jelsa (Jack from Rise of the Guardians and Elsa) versus Elsanna (Elsa and Anna) versus Helsa (Hans and Elsa). Only one of these ships has the potential to happen in canon, and it's very unlikely as Hans tried to kill Elsa and her sister.
    • Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons makes this war even bigger. It adds in the ships of Jack and Rapunzel from Tangled along with Elsa and Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon. That's ignoring more minor ships such as Elsa and Merida from Brave. There is heavy warring between fans who prefer Jack with Rapunzel or with Elsa. The low-age of many of the shippers (with Elsanna being popular with adults while the others are most popular with preteens and early teens) especially provokes Die for Our Ship behavior. Quite a number of shippers seem to think that their preferred ship is actually canon and get very mad at the existence of fan content feature ships other than their personal favorite. This has gone as far as fans spamming comment sections of "Helsa" or "Jelsa" pages on deviantArt about how their ship is "the true ship."
    • As of the releases of both Frozen shorts (Frozen Fever and Olaf's' Frozen Adventure), the Jelsa ship in particular has become the target of Hype Backlash. This has gone from hate fanart on deviantArt to fandom attacks on the creator of Jack Frost, William Joyce. During an instagram Q/A Joyce was asked about the ship to which he replied that "It would be delightful if they could be together", while also acknowledging the impossibility of it as the two are owned by rival studios. While met with approval, he was also on the receiving end of some not so favorable comments and he hasn't touched the subject ever since at least on a public forum (especially as he had to defend Rise Of The Guardians, which came out approximately a year before Frozen's release, from being seen as riding on Frozen's bigger success). While this encouraged the Jelsa fanbase, it also resulted in a bigger backlash. Even professional Disney artists have expressed their frustration with the Die for Our Ship behavior commonly associated with the popular fan pairing, most notably Amy Mebberson of the webcomic Pocket Princesses, seen with this comic Con strip featuring Elsa annoyed by a Jack Frost cosplayer and its tags, which came after she was bombarded with messages asking for Elsa to have Jack as a boyfriend in the comic despite the comic being solely Disney characters only and Amy having already express her dislike for the ship's massive prominence in the cosplay community.
    • It doesn't help that many fans have different interpretations of both the film and of Elsa's character and often insist that theirs is the only valid one, to the point that some fans believe that certain ships - or shipping Elsa with anyone - are an affront to the movie and the character. Attempts to get a confirmation of a canon orientation for Elsa have resulted in Shrug of God, scriptwriter and codirector Jen Lee saying she wants to leave it up to viewers. Despite the creators encouraging viewers to all bring their own interpretation, shipping her with a woman often angers people who assume she's straight, shipping her with a man often angers portions of her LGBT Fanbase who believe that her story is an intentional metaphor for being lesbian, and shipping her with anyone at all will bring about the ire of the fans who believe she's supposed aromantic/asexual. Shipping her with a controversial character will also bring accusations of "insulting" Elsa's character by writing her as falling for someone some fans consider beneath her.
    • Dry Docking also contributes, especially for Elsa, but also to a lesser extent for Anna as well. You don't need to go far into the fandom to find fans proclaiming "Elsa/me OTP" and becoming upset at the idea of a canon Love Interest or fandom ships.
  • Shocking Swerve: The revelation that Hans was Evil All Along is completely out of left field for many first-time viewers, while others feel that this type of villain makes it worthwhile. While this decision was made to blindside the audience as much as Princess Anna, the result was a Broken Base over how well the twist was foreshadowed (there is indeed some Foreshadowing, but not a lot) and whether or not his actions contradict his goal (his smile when he fell into the fjord, during which there was nobody around to fool, is a notable point of controversy).
  • Signature Scene: The "Let It Go" sequence is both this and Signature Song because it is the most well-known, beloved, and parodied scene of the film. It being legally freely available to the public on YouTube helps its ability to be mass-shared a good bit. Heck, this scene was recreated for the Arendelle level of Kingdom Hearts III without skipping a beat, an unprecedented move by any Kingdom Hearts game when featuring a Disney-themed world; clearly a testament to the financial success of the film, that the scene itself was just too iconic not to include.
    Honest Trailers: From the studio that finally learned how to make Pixar movies, and the songwriting duonote  behind "Hasa Diga Eebowai", comes the feature-length music video for "Let It Go".
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: To some, the film takes a while to get going, as the first half is basically setting up the conflict with Elsa. Not that this is a bad thing, as we get to know the characters some.
  • Spiritual Licensee: As this pic shows, to the 90s anime version of Sailor Moon R.
  • Squick: Yes, it's a Running Gag in which Kristoff eats a carrot after Sven has already taken a bite out of it, a big slobbery bite, already contaminated with reindeer saliva.
  • Stoic Woobie: Elsa, whose emotionless, reserved, and introverted behavior is contrasted with her genuine desire to be a better person.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • Go listen to "Let It Go", then go listen to "Defying Gravity". Heck, the song was actually written with Idina Menzel in mind.
    • As pointed out by Deadpool in Deadpool 2, "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?" sounds suspiciously similar to "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" from Yentl.

  • Tainted by the Preview:
  • Testosterone Brigade: Elsa has a number of fanboys (and even some fangirls), due to her Sexy Walk, blonde hair, and her legs. About 50% of the male comments on the official "Let It Go" video are somewhere among the lines of "WORK THOSE THIGHS!", "DEM HIPS!", "You go, girl!", "DAT BOUNCE!", or some utterly horrible Pun on how their "hot love" will thaw Elsa's "ice cave." This video outright says "That chick from Frozen is hot!"
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: As mentioned above, some of the changes done in development caused this early on. Elsa's final design was decried as awful by fans of the early concept art.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Not necessarily a character, but the actor. As a character, Kristoff is fine and well-used. But a few people found it odd that they hired Jonathan Groff- a seasoned Broadway and Glee veteran with an amazing voice- for a Disney musical, and then didn't have Kristoff sing that much. The songwriters seemed to feel the same, and for the Broadway musical, gave Kristoff five song numbers ("Reindeers are Better than People," plus "What Do You Know about Love", "Hygge," "When Everything Falls Apart," "Kristoff Lullaby" and "Colder By the Minute"). The official movie sequel also gives Kristoff a full song since he's undergone enough Character Development to express his feelings in such a way. The songwriters were constrained by his character's taciturn nature in the first movie, but had wanted to give him more and even tried to write a joke song for him sing and play it over the credits. It got cut in favor of a cover of "Let It Go," but is on the Deluxe Soundtrack, "Reindeer(s) Remix".
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Hans's villain reveal was a very interesting concept that unfortunately only happened toward the end of the film. His potentially interesting motivations and backstory are not explored, leaving him feeling more like a last-minute villain than a legitimate Evil Counterpart to Anna. Not helping matters is how the reveal scene characterises him as your typical early-Disney era villain, complete with Evil Gloating and all.
    • Despite being a major driving point of their isolated childhood and is the reason why the main plot of Frozen started in the first place, Anna has never regained her memories of the accident, nor received any explanation or reason as to why Elsa is isolating herself from her sister.
      • In the spin-off Anna & Elsa books, an attempt to restore her memories fails, so Elsa tells her about memories she's lost.
    • Even though Elsa has managed to figure how to mostly control her powers, it doesn't mean that her depression and anxiety will go away overnight. There could be a potentially great storyline that explores all the pains and hardships that Elsa suffered as Elsa slowly tries to not only overcome her own hardships but also reconnect with her sister. However subsequent materials never explore this beyond a few references.
  • Tough Act to Follow: A lot of movies across the world (e.g. Maleficent) were waylaid by Frozen's success. It might partly count as "Tough Merchandise To Follow", given how Disney's next entry in the Animated Canon, Big Hero 6, which received great reviews and currently holds an equal rating with Frozen on Rotten Tomatoes (while exceeding Frozen's rating of 7.7/10 on IMDb with a score of 8.1/10), was sometimes seen as being neglected by Disney themselves post-release in terms of promotion and merchandise while they're still keeping a commercial focus on Frozen (though Big Hero 6 would eventually get its own animated series that helped restart its merchandise line).
  • Trailer Joke Decay: "It's like a little baby unicorn..." when Olaf gets his nose for the first time but only a little is sticking out. Almost every trailer shows it.
  • Ugly Cute: Olaf is a very cute, if somewhat oddly shaped, snowman. Also the trolls, while they are literally stone, are also considered very cute.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Elsa tossing away her royal tiara on a whim elicited some of this, with some viewers criticising what, in real life, would be an enormous show of disrespect for a symbol of her family's hegemony and the traditions of her kingdom. Considering Elsa's story is one of reconciliation, ending with her returning to rule as queen, one has to wonder if she ever feels a bit guilty about throwing one of her kingdom's priceless heirlooms away like rubbish. Fortunately, The Stinger shows that it fell into good hands.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: While important to the story in an Expository Hairstyle Change sort of way, there is a minority of the fanbase who prefers Elsa's Prim and Proper Bun and Coronation Gown to her iconic appearance, so it's seen as "not as appealing" more than "unnecessary".
  • Vocal Minority: Backlash to the movie's hype has reached about as far and wide as the movie itself, even on this very site, but it's far more likely to find someone who is either a fan of it or is neutral towards it.
    • Frozen has gathered many detractors on Tumblr such as groups like "Melting Frozen" and "Anti-Freeze Team", but the vast majority of those who don't like the movie or are neutral to it have no such attitude and will be perfectly respectful.
    • This applies for the other extreme just the same - early 2014, posts went around saying how it was apparently the first Disney movie to have strong female characters, to play with/avoid the concepts of Love at First Sight and Fourth Date Marriage or to focus on non-romantic love. Everyone, especially the rest of the fandom, mocked this.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Grand Pabbie: Using images in smoke and cryptic words to warn of the dangers Elsa would face, making it seem to Elsa and her parents as if it was other people's fear of her that would destroy her. This does nothing but encourage Elsa's fear of people getting close to her; even if she doesn't hurt them, they may very well hurt her. Heck, he even seemed to have thought it was a good idea to show nine-year-old Elsa that hateful, prejudiced people would try to kill her because of her powers.
    • After Elsa runs away, Anna immediately goes to go look for her... in a sleeveless dress in the middle of a snowstorm. Understandably it's important to find Elsa before she gets too far away, but Anna couldn't take the time to put on anything heavier than a cloak? She's lucky to have found Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Sauna, or else she would have frozen to death after falling into the creek.
    • The dignitaries. They unconditionally accept the word of someone who's been in their country less than a week when he says that Anna has died, and that they said their wedding vows right before she took her last breath. They never send anyone to collect the body, and they never point out that the marriage has no legal meaning without witnesses and someone presiding over it. They just go along with everything Hans says, including when he tells them that Elsa has to be executed. Sure, she scared them with the whole eternal winter thing, but that doesn't explain why they didn't check out his story at all and let him take over despite him having absolutely no claim to the leadership of Arendelle.
    • Hans leaving Anna alive after The Reveal. He says he's already gotten away with it... which is far from true. This winds up being his undoing. Even if he hadn't accounted for Olaf's interference, if anyone found her before she died (a concerned maid or attendant, for example, or if anyone on the ruling council wanted to see her), or Anna had managed to write a note saying "I was murdered by Prince Hans of the Southern Isles," it would've destroyed his claims. For someone so devoted to keeping up the facade he really clutched the Villain Ball. If he really wanted to get away with it, he should've waited a couple minutes until she froze stiff before he left the room, or simply killed her himself. Instead he leaves her alive, so she predictably ruins his plans.
    • Actually he doesn't even need to reveal his true colors since Anna is about to be frozen solid anyway. He could've just pretended to kiss Anna and while it obviously wouldn't work given the fact that he didn't really love her, he can just manipulate her and claimed that since he only knows her for one day, therefore there is not enough time for the romance to build up between the two. He can then further manipulate her by having her hand him over the royalty with witnesses to this claim. That way, he will not only have a credible claim of Anna being frozen solid by Elsa but with the former gone, he could then proceed to sentence the queen to death and execute her before he becomes the new ruler of Arendelle with everyone being oblivious to his act of treachery.
    • At no point during Anna's childhood does anyone in her family inform Anna of the reason that Elsa is avoiding her, or why both of the girls are being kept in isolation, despite the obvious distress it's causing Anna. But because Anna doesn't know, it ends up turning into a huge disaster when an argument between the two about the isolation ends up outing Elsa's powers to the public, turning Arendelle into an Endless Winter and getting Anna frozen.
  • Win Back the Crowd: In a sense. Though Disney had already been steadily doing this right around the time of Bolt and The Princess and the Frog, there was still a lingering feeling amongst many that it was still caught under the shadow of Pixar. After more or less finishing the job with Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph; it's here that what little doubts remained were blown away, and just about every critic out there is on the bandwagon that Disney is indeed back, and they're finally catching up with today's kids.
  • The Woobie:
    • Elsa. See Stoic Woobie and second Iron Woobie entries.
    • Anna. Elsa's the obvious candidate, yet if given a bit of thought she's not any less of one. While Elsa was able to find her own way of dealing with her feelings and later was able to express them without restraint, Anna was the one that had to keep up a brave face throughout the whole film. It's shown that she received little attention growing up, and though played as a quick joke, the idea of a child being so lonely she starts talking to the castle portraits is pretty sad. Is it any wonder the happiest day of her life is simply being able to socialize with others and why she fell for Hans so quickly? See first Iron Woobie entry.
  • Woolseyism: This being a Disney movie, you can expect to find lots of great adaptations of the script to most languages, often coupled with a Superlative Dubbing for good measure.
    • European Spanish:
      • The first time she meets Hans, Anna lets slip a "You're gorgeous. Wait, what?". The Spaniard scripts goes a tad further and translates it as "¡Estás cañón!",note  which is Spanish kid-friendly slang for "You're smoking hot!"... Yeah, you can see where this is going.
      • Olaf's "Oh, look. I've been impaled." line, which was sightly changed as "Eh, mirad. Soy un pincho moruno." (Hey, look. I'm a brochette.) However, this was made so it rhymed with Olaf's previous line, which coupled with the delivery of Olaf's Spaniard voice actor Miguel Antelo, made the line absolutely hilarious.
      • Marshmallows aren't very well known in Spain, so they changed the giant snowman's name to the better-known word "Merengue" ("meringue"), which is perfectly fitting.
    • "Fixer-Upper" is an English turn of phrase - a polite way of implying that something or somebody needs a lot of fixing, not just a little bit, while insisting it can still be amazing with some effort. Some languages use their own slang instead.
    • The Hebrew dub of "Fixer-Upper" uses Hebrew slang with no direct English translation — the noun "Kombina", adjective "Kombinator". The noun can mean a quick scheme to cheat the system, a quick but unreliable solution to a problem, or slang for making something good but ironic — the adjective can mean somebody who makes kombinas (who would be a bit of a crook) but also a person who can make his way out from every hard situation against a system, or a person who knows how to manage things well and can help others to get out of problems. With the addition of the verb "kombine" — which would be used in the context of "To kombina" — there is a lot of Hebrew wordplay throughout the whole song.
      Translation: "So he's kind of a kombinator and there's no pride in it, Kombine this kombinator with a little bit of love"
      Translation: "So she makes kombinas herself, but in matchmaking"
    • In the Turkish translation the Trolls call Kristoff a "Kelipir Oglan". "Kelepir" means "Bargain" or "Second-Hand", and the slang "Kelepir Oglan" means "Snip guy" - this is Turkish slang for a man who doesn't finish what he starts, can be a bit unreliable, but more literally is a 'bargain-buy guy'. They also call Anna "Kelepir Olan" (gender neutral) and say that "There's some "Kelepir Oglan" in all of us, That's the deal"
      Turkish: "O da suphesiz Kelepir Oglan"
      Translation: "Without a doubt he's one of those snip guys."
      Turkish: "Hic da suphesiz Kelepir Olan"
      Translation: "Without a doubt she's one of those snips."


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