- Draco in Leather Pants: Averted for Hans; while he is portrayed sympathetically, his actions are not glossed over or excused.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Prince Heins, a Nice Guy with a great sense of fashion, who cares enough for his brother to ask for a pardon, accompany him even though he's not supposed to leave the kingdom, and risk his life to save Hans.
- Harsher in Hindsight: After the story came a book published by Disney with a similar name, A Frozen Heart. Like this story, it humanizes Hans and gives a sympathetic portrayal and his backstory. Unlike this story, it's shown his father is an emotionally and potentially physically abuse sociopath whose treatment of his son drove him into committing his actions in Arendelle. His mother is a genuine caring woman but is unable to act out due to childbirth taking its toll on her and probable fear of her husband. While Hans did have a genuinely caring brother like Heins, named Lars, he was the one who suggested marrying Elsa as a means of leaving their abusive home.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: At one point in the story, Hans disguises himself as a woman. In 2019, his voice actor would do the same thing on Broadway.
- Jerkass Woobie:
- Hans has done some terrible things in the film, but the bad things that happen to him here arent always the result of his own actions (for example, several of his brothers were cold to him even before he became a political liability by trying to kill Elsa and usurp the throne), making it harder to say that he deserves this treatment.
- While less of a jerk than Hans was, Helena comes off as bitter and distrustful toward others. But when you hear her backstory, about how her parents were dismissed from their service in the castle without being told why, both of them died, and she ended up working off her debt, it's hard not to feel sorry for her.
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