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7/8/2019 c3 Guest
"Hans' father, the King of the Southern Isles, was responsible for shaping Hans into what he is today. While Hans had a desire to appease him despite being The Unfavorite of thirteen sons, the king played a role as The Corrupter to most of his sons, including Hans. By the end of A Frozen Heart, his father's toxic influence has slowly poisoned Hans into becoming an unfeeling and ruthless man, driving him to dehumanize everyone Arendelle's two unfit "sisters" in his quest for power. Also, it's implied that Hans may have picked up some of his father's abrasiveness, wanting to emulate him as a way of getting his father's favor."
5/5/2019 c3 Guest
Sorry, but it's been last year.
11/21/2018 c3 AU Over Canon
The third eldest of Hans' brothers, Prince Lars of the Southern Isles is the only one whom Hans got along with.

•Adorkable: He is described as an avid historian and would spend hours rambling about it, frequently losing track of time. While others found it annoying, Hans was the only person to find it endearing.
•All for Nothing: The plan he spent three years for, in hopes of helping Hans find love and a new home in Arendelle, were all ruined because Hans just couldn't help himself and took the easier but less moral solution to get a kingdom and his father's respect quicker. Hans is now living a worse life than before, and his relationship with Lars is most likely to be damaged after the debacle in Arendelle.
•Awful Wedded Life: Even Lars, the nicest brother, doesn't have a good relationship with his arranged wife Helga, and even though he suspects Helga will want to keep their expected child to herself.
•Babies Make Everything Better: Discussed. Hans learns that Lars is going to be a father, though Lars doesn't get along with his wife Helga. Hans hopes that the baby will be the thing that finally helps the two grow closer, although Lars doubts it.
•Big Brother Instinct: Downplayed. Lars was the only brother who wanted to help Hans, giving him advice and being someone to talk to when things were getting too stressful. Unfortunately, his influence was severely limited.
•Big Brother Mentor: Lars helped Hans learn everything he can about Arendelle and how to be a good suitor in hopes that Elsa would accept him. He also believed that the tutors Hans had weren't very good, since he knew little about the country he'd attempt to visit.
•Bookworm: Lars was deep into the Southern Isles' history, and would spend hours talking about it.
•The Confidant: Besides their mother, Lars was the only person Hans ever felt comfortable with when it comes to the nightmare of living in the Southern Isles, the emotional damage he suffered and the fear of never getting to meet someone. Lars assisted him in many things, from knowing about how Hans would spend hours at the pier to clear his head, to trying to set Hans up to meet Princess Elsa for a potential marriage.
•Foil: In a sense, Lars is to Hans what Elsa is to Anna. They're both older siblings who want to be close to their younger siblings but are unable to because of their fathers' involvement. Elsa couldn't out of fear of hurting Anna, Lars couldn't out of fear of their father's dislike of compassion. While Anna and Elsa lived in the same castle but barely saw each other, Lars and Hans saw each other frequently but their time together was limited. Ultimately, while Anna and Elsa are able to reconcile, Lars and Hans' relationship after the events in Arendelle is unknown but likely damaged.
•Freudian Excuse: Like Hans, Lars was also bullied for being the youngest (albeit not as violently). Because of this, Lars abhorred how his brothers cruelly treat their youngest brother and is the only one to stand up for Hans. Hans wasn't sure if the bullying Lars himself suffered made him pity his youngest brothers or if he was a genuinely nice person because of it.
•Nice Guy: Lars seems to actually want to have a good relationship with his wife and to help Hans find a wife and leave their abusive home for good.
•No Sense of Humor: Lars is described by Hans as being unable to share a laugh and being too serious all the time.
•Shipper with an Agenda: Lars suggests to Hans that he go to Arendelle, meet Elsa and get her to fall in love with him. His reasoning isn't because he thought they'd be a good couple but that he thinks it's a good opportunity for Hans to start a new life away from the Southern Isles.
•Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Lars had good intentions in helping to mold Hans into Elsa's suitor, but Hans goes farther and ends up almost killing two innocent women to gain the Arendellian throne. It also results in Arendelle getting covered in a seemingly-Endless Winter when Elsa gets upset, turns out to secretly be An Ice Person, and loses control of her powers.
•White Sheep: By the end of A Frozen Heart, when Hans has embraced villainy, Lars is now the only son of the king who is nice.
11/3/2018 c3 Hansunzel fans
Sorry to bother you but it's been seven months because you have a writer's block, if I'm wrong. I hope you didn't lose your inspiration.
11/1/2018 c2 A Frozen Heart
I wish Hans wasn't a canon villain. I wish Hans, Lars and their mother the queen of the Southern Isles.
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b is emotionally dependent on him.
•The Social Darwinist: A ruthless tyrant who admires power and despises weakness, Hans' father is a combination of the Straw Meritocrat, the Struggler and the Weakness Punisher types. To him, any of his sons going soft isn't allowed, so they must be forcibly indoctrinated from a young age to believe that only the fittest survive. He also demands them to be obedient, since they reflect back on him. Also, his sons must be "lions, not mice," and Hans opposing his family's violent methods of controlling the kingdom made him the Black Sheep of the family. So to whip Hans in line, he deliberately encourages his older sons to bully and torment him at his expense, which to him is a "sign of strength," and believes it's all "good politics" so he could be forced to use his family's methods of controlling their subjects over what he says.
•The Sociopath: Hans' father seems to be a better depiction of this than his youngest son, as he blatantly cares nothing for his family unless they're useful to him, and only treated Hans better because he became his gofer in the three years before he went to Arendelle. He also treats his subjects like trash, killing them if they don't provide him with enough favors or money. He also emotionally abuses his sons so they'll be transformed into his sycophantic loyalists.
Zig-zagged in Hans' case. While he does show aspects of sociopaths (such as superficial charm, Lack of Empathy, and whatnot), it's debatable if he's truly one, due to a strong Freudian Excuse and establishing the fact that he genuinely cares for Lars and their mother. It's implied his decision to act like one are him mirroring his family's abrasiveness in order to earn their respect.
•So Proud of You: While his older brothers were praised by their father for being high-achievers, Hans seems to be the only one who could never get this, as he's often looked down for being ineffectual and not conforming.
•Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Hans' decision to mirror people is actually a veneer for Self-Harm and clinical depression, stemming from the abuse he gets from his family. This, combined with "Well Done, Son!" Guy tendencies and his Inferiority Superiority Complex, is what drove his villainous actions in the movie.
•Spell My Name with an "S":
Agdar's name is spelled "Agnarr" here. Idunn's spelled "Idun".
Hans' surname is spelled "Westergaard". Jennifer Lee didn't correct a fan on Twitter when they spelled it "Westerguard", so it was assumed that was the canonical spelling.
•Spoiled Brat: All but one of Hans' brothers were pampered and doted on by their father for their usefulness to him, making them Manchildren. For example:
Caleb in particular seems to have been spoiled too much, due to being the oldest and the king's favorite son. Hans and Lars see him as a largely irresponsible slacker who ignores his family for getting their father's attention and treats the idea of running a kingdom like a child's game.
Rudi and Runo seem to be the worst when it came to bullying Hans, as they not only hurl rude insults towards him for being a Momma's Boy, but also toss food objects and glassware at him during their mother's birthday.
•Starting a New Life: This is what Hans desired everyday — escape from the family he saw as a prison, and start a new life away from the tyranny of his homeland for good, with nobody taunting him for his ineptitude. Lars, the only one of Hans' brothers who never bullied him and knew his desire of escaping, suggested he go to Arendelle, meet Elsa, and get her to fall in love with him.
•Stock "Yuck!": Anna hates sandwich crusts. She also hates ärtsoppa (pea soup).
•Strong Family Resemblance: Out of thirteen children, Runo is the only blond out of a bunch of redheads. His hair (that stuck straight up), pale eyes and eyebrows made him look as if he's perpetually shocked.
•Successful Sibling Syndrome: Hans often felt envious of Caleb being 1st in line and fantasized what it's like being the crown prince, though he also knew that Caleb didn't take his role seriously. Plus, feeling less than his more prodigious brothers and being in their shadow for years caused him to develop an obsessive desire to earn the respect of his family.
•Sweet Tooth: Elsa and Anna inherited theirs from Idun.
•Theme Twin Naming: Hans has a set of fraternal twins for brothers named "Runo" and "Rudi".
•Tie-In Novel: A Frozen Heart is almost like a novelization, except that it is from the perspectives of Anna and Hans. It also goes into depth on aspects of their backstories and characters, such as how Hans' Dark and Troubled Past shaped him into the man he is today.
•Token Good Teammate: Lars and the queen were the only family members Hans had that didn't hurt him or any of the citizens.
•Tragic Villain: Hans became the very person he never wanted to be, and while people in and out of the Southern Isles see him as an evil jerk, the truth is, he's now the victim of even worse people. There is nothing he can do about it.
•Training from Hell: Hans' father subjected most of his 13 sons to a ruthlessly inhumane training program from a young age, so they'll be forced to emulate his Lack of Empathy towards others — in essence, molding them into mirror images of himself. He demands them to be perfect, and tells them that only the fittest survive in this Crapsack World. Any son who failed to follow his orders or did not meet the extremely cruel expectations he set for them was subjected to intense physical and emotional abuse until the weakling's in line with the king's twisted mindset.
•Trophy Wife: This is what happened to the queen and most of Hans' sisters-in-law — they're relegated to sire more heirs for the family. It's highly likely that most of these marriages were done for the sake of politics and to maintain the Southern Isles' bilateral relations with other countries.
•Trophy Child: Hans' father molded most of his 13 sons into reflections of himself, not for their benefit, but to fuel his selfish ego so they'll be forced to emulate him and regularly demands them to be obedient and perfect. His emotional abuse and corrosive influence slowly transformed them into his sycophantic loyalists by encouraging violence within his family as a way to indoctrinate them into his twisted beliefs, causing them to become emotionally dependent on him. Any son who fails to exceed or even meet the extremely cruel goals he set for them is subjected to physical and emotional abuse.
•Tyke Bomb: Downplayed, but it's shown that Hans' father has forcibly indoctrinated all of his thirteen sons that only the fittest survive from a young age. To him, any son who becomes soft is a sign of weakness, so this must be rectified by allowing his other sons to bully the weakling until he's back in shape and forcibly whipped in line with his worldview. Since Hans, by default, became The Unfavorite for disliking his harsh methods of controlling their kingdom, the king enabled his other sons to bully him. And like Hans, all of his brothers want their father to be proud of them, as their abuse of Hans seems to be out of a desire to make their father favor them for showing no mercy or compassion.
•The Unfavorite: If the many tropes are an indication, Hans often got the short end of the stick in his family, as they saw him as the big let-down of the large Westergaard clan due to his meekness, and even rubbed it in his face. Their constant belittling causes him to feel less than his more prodigious brothers, develop a desire to get out of their shadow, and win the respect of his distant father by being the king's gofer, unaware that he was compromising his own morals over time as he was forced to use violence against their kingdom's subjects.
•The Unfettered: Before going to Arendelle, Hans averted this. He abhorred violence and was forced to commit terrible deeds to get his father to allow him to visit Arendelle. But his stubborn determination to become his father's favorite got the better of him and halfway into the story, Hans decided he would be a king and free at any cost, even if he has to kill Anna and Elsa.
•Unnamed Parent: The king and queen of the Southern Isles are unnamed like most of Hans' brothers, though it can be assumed that Hans got the surname from his father.
•Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Lars had good intentions in helping to mold Hans into Elsa's suitor, but because he didn't keep a close eye on his little brother during the time Hans spent as their father's assistant, Lars didn't see how desperate Hans became that he was willing to be as cruel as their family to be free. As such, it's only because of his good intentions that Hans ends up manipulating (and almost killing) two innocent women.
•Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Hans used to be against all of the cruel and hateful things his father encourages all of his sons to do. As a child, this made him the target of his father's wrath, causing most of his brothers to bully, harass and humiliate him to appeal to their father. His one hope was to prove he can make something of himself and earn his father's respect, but he knew he'd never get a chance. When the king and queen of Arendelle passed away, Hans was legitimately saddened for their kingdom. Even when he learned of their daughter Elsa, Hans had no actual desire to become her suitor, only taking the idea when Lars suggested that they mold him into an ideal potential husband for her. He was still not the evil man that almost caused Anna and Elsa's deaths, only trying to escape his harsh homeland. But the time he spent becoming his father's errand boy left an impact on him, forcing him to take part in the cruel actions he abhorred in the first place to earn his father's trust to go to Arendelle. During his stay, he let his sudden engagement to Anna and temporary status as leader go to his head, prompting him to try and take the easy way out of losing his power and going home, he realized he had to resort to the same tactics he ironically vowed to never use to stay. By the time he and Anna reunite, he's decided to dehumanize everyone around him and do whatever he can to become a king of a country his father had no power over.
•Useless Bystander Parent: Though Hans' mother cares for her youngest son, acknowledges him with weak smiles, and wishes her older sons to stop the bullying, she's unable to stand up to her husband as constantly siring 13 children has made her physically incapable of intervening. Worst of all, her reaction to Hans' crimes in Arendelle are currently unknown. It's implied she is scared of her husband as she may have tried to stop him abusing their sons at some point in the past, but the fallout was so horrific that she simply gave up.
•Villain of Another Story: Hans' father is a cruel dictator who abuses his sons into being bullies and sycophantic abusers totally loyal to him, treats his family with complete indifference, and has turned the Southern Isles into a Police State that drives people into poverty or has them killed or imprisoned for either criticizing him or not providing enough money or food. If this were Hans' story, his father would be the Big Bad and Hans would be The Hero rebelling against his abusive family. Unfortunately, Hans' fear of being a disappointment to his father and unwillingness to return to that abusive household made him the villain of Anna and Elsa's story.
•Virtue Is Weakness: Hans' father and most of his brothers think that showing mercy and compassion to others is unacceptable to them. In their twisted viewpoint, the Westergaards should be "lions, not mice", have a right to pick on the weak, and believe only the fittest survive. They often coerce Hans into following their extremely cruel orders and expectations.
•"Well Done, Son!" Guy:
Hans' descent to villainy is born from a stubborn desire to be loved by his father, as he's often ridiculed by his family for not conforming to their views or standing up to their abuse, given that he's gotten used to it by the time he's an adult. To escape from his grimy reality, he often fantasized a world where he's loved and appreciated by his family, but they always came crashing down with his family mocking him for daydreaming. He wants to become a king partially as an excuse to leave home, and to prove his family wrong by showing that he's capable of ascending to success and greatness on his own. But his worst actions are brought on by the insecurities he's been harboring for years. Even his method of manipulation by mirroring other people's personalities and actions is something he picked up from his father, who encourages Hans to act this way to get what he wants. Unfortunately, the methods that his father would have approved of failed and now his odds of achieving his goal is more unlikely.
Like Hans, all of his brothers are motivated by a desire to make their father proud of them. Even their abuse of Hans seems to be out of a desire to make their father favor them for showing no tolerance for "weakness".
•What Happened to the Mouse?: Like the film, it's never explained what became of Sitron. In his final chapter, as Hans is being dragged away to be shipped home alone, Sitron's fate is still unknown.
•Where Did We Go Wrong?: Hans' father and most of his brothers hold this view, as they flat out saw Hans as the family's Black Sheep for not following their orders or conforming to their views.
•White Sheep: With Hans' actions in Arendelle painting him a criminal, Lars is now the only son who doesn't follow his father's desire to hurt people.
•Why Couldn't You Be Different?: The king often claims that Hans should "learn a thing or two" from his older brothers, often berating and emotionally abusing him for not fighting back at their taunts.
•Would Hurt a Child: Hans' father and his brothers were physically abusive even when he was young. For example, when he fell for the "ransom note from a certain 'King Gotya' who will only 'release' one of his brothers if he ran around the entire castle three times in just his underwear" joke, it's implied his father gave him a harsh beating, even though it was his brothers who pulled the prank and he was just 4 years old at the time.
•Yank the Dog's Chain: After spending time being the king's errand boy, Hans finally gets permission to visit Arendelle for Elsa's coronation and secure a trade deal. At first, it seemed he has finally earned his father's trust and respect, but then, the king immediately tells him to come back home soon so that Hans can babysit his brothers' children. This shows that in spite of what Hans did for him, his father only barely trusts him and still severely restricts his freedom. And with his crimes in Arendelle, the paltry amount of respect Hans got from his father is most likely to be gone forever.
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g their sons. He also sired his 13 sons just to expand his lineage, and deliberately encourages them to produce more babies for the kingdom.
•I Want Grandkids: Hans' father wanted his sons to marry off and produce more heirs to the kingdom.
•Jerkass: Hans' father and eleven of his brothers are highly violent and brutish thugs, given how they treat their family and subjects like trash. It's suggested that Hans may have emulated their abrasiveness to elevate himself as a dutiful sibling and prodigal son. And from his perspective in the book, he saw his homeland and family's castle as The Alcatraz, with his father and brothers acting as corrupt jail wardens, and himself as a prisoner. And like any prison escapee, he wants to escape his home's harsh conditions for good and settle down somewhere else peacefully with nobody mocking him for being ineffectual.
•Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Hans' father threw his wife's birthday party just for political reasons and to show off. And most of his sons attended it just to impress their father and taunt Hans.
•Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Once Hans gets his first taste of real power from controlling Arendelle in Elsa's absence, it goes right to his head and clouds his judgment, driving him to start dehumanizing everyone else, manipulate others and be desperate to cling onto power at all costs in order to escape his father's wrath and become the king of Arendelle. His hasty desire to earn his father's respect, be free from his brothers' abuse, and prove himself worthy to his family compromised his morals, and he's now in the same hellhole he wanted to escape in the first place.
•Karma Houdini: Anna and Elsa, desiring to get Hans out of sight and out of mind as soon as possible so they can move on with their lives, choose to send him back to his family, completely unaware of what kind of people they are. As such, his father got away with tormenting Hans and continues to do so, as shown in Frozen Fever.
•Kick the Dog: Hans was endlessly ridiculed and bullied by his family for being good-for-nothing. They do this to show him how he's looked down for his meekness, being the Black Sheep of the Westergaard clan, failing to meet or even exceeding their extremely high but cruel standards, inability to conform to siblings who are high-achievers in the eyes of their father, and to remind him of his lowly status in the familial pecking order.
•Knight of Cerebus: There's nothing remotely funny or sympathetic about most of Hans' family, including the king. Anytime they appear or are mentioned by Hans demonstrates how cruel and demanding they are towards him.
•Lady Drunk: Hans notes that his mother and sisters-in-law cope with their abusive spouses with wine.
•Lack of Empathy: Seems to be a running theme in the male members of the Westergaards.
The king has no concern for anyone but himself, seeing his wife as a Baby Factory and his 13 sons as sycophantic enforcers. His people are a source of income he can abuse to his heart's content. Any son who doesn't live up to expectations, namely Hans, must be toughened up by being physically and emotionally abused. Believing morality to be a sign of weakness, the king often scoffed at concepts such as kindness or compassion, and despised those who followed moral principles.
Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers have inherited their father's lack of compassion, feeling nothing to the people they abuse and hurt, whether it's their wives or their youngest brother.
Though Hans himself averted this initially, his fear of going home and forever being the throwaway son made him desperate enough to follow his father's example.
•Left Hanging: Potentially due to Broad Strokes, and likely because Anna and Elsa are unlikely to visit the Southern Isles, we never revisit the Westergaard or learn what's occurred since Hans returned in all stories set after the events of Elsa's coronation (outside of Hans' brief appearance in Frozen Fever). We don't see what's become of Hans' relationship with Lars, how his mother reacted to news of his crimes, the gender of Lars' child or if he and Helga ever learned to get along.
•Lessons in Sophistication: It's mentioned that Anna took etiquette lessons.
•Locked Away in a Monastery: Hans briefly mentions the Brotherhood of the Isles while meeting with Lars, as he'll be waiting for the day when his father orders him to become a monk and live the rest of his life there with a vow of silence instead of marrying off.
•Love Is a Weakness: Having grown up in an abusive family, Hans slowly saw love as something that can be easily exploited, relegated it to the weak-willed, and thought it's a Crapsack World out there with only the fittest surviving, thanks to the harsh upbringing and indoctrination he got at the hands of his abusive father from a young age, rendering him incapable of understanding or even experiencing love beyond an intellectual level. As a result, Anna's recovery from her thawing frozen heart and her Heroic Sacrifice perplexed him, and when she calls him out for being "frozen-hearted", it left him utterly confused.
•Make an Example of Them: To whip his subjects in line, Hans' father responds violently with Disproportionate Retribution against regime critics, delinquent taxpayers and farmers who fail to supply him.
•Manchild: Most of Hans' brothers are abrasive towards Hans and their wives, but Caleb seems to be the worst of all, as both Hans and Lars see him as an irresponsible Royal Brat who treats the idea of running a kingdom like a child's game and like their father, doesn't get along with his family. They also think he'll rule with slackness once their father kicks the bucket. Add to the fact that their father spoiled him too much.
•Manipulative Bastard: Hans' father psychologically abused and manipulated his sons from a young age into becoming his boot-licking flunkies.
•The Matchmaker: The king was the one who would ensure all of his sons were married and likely arranged who their wives were. Hans, because he didn't conform to their views, was the one exception.
•Meekness Is Weakness: Hans' father believed in Social Darwinism, Misery Builds Character and Might Makes Right when it came to controlling his large family and big kingdom. As such, he thinks his sons should be "lions, not mice", despises weakness, and apathetically denounced Hans for being too ineffectual and docile. To rectify this, he enables his older sons to bully him for the sake of "good politics," thinking it would force him to fight back and fall in line with their twisted worldview.
•Meet Cute: Hans purposely had Sitron knock into Anna, thinking she was Elsa and that this was his best chance to romance her. Sitron causing the boat they stood on to almost fall in the water was not part of that plan, making his embarrassment genuine.
•Might Makes Right: Hans' father and most of his brothers think that the Westergaards should be "lions, not mice."
•Misery Builds Character: The king strongly believes in this as a way of upbringing his 13 sons, and wants them to be obedient and perfect, as they reflect back on him. Any of them going soft is unacceptable. To him, the Westergaards should "be lions, not mice," reprimanding Hans for not fighting back.
•Momma's Boy: Hans is one of the few people who still cares for his mother, as while his father claims that when Hans was late for her birthday, she'd be the only one to notice his absence. That being said, while she does love Hans, she was too weak-willed to stand up to her husband and older sons, and could only show him a smile in her son's presence. Some of his brothers, especially Rudi and Runo, even ridicule him for being a momma's boy and resent him for being their mother's favorite. It's implied she may have tried to stop her husband from abusing their sons at some point, but the fallout was so bad that she gave up. Plus, nobody knows how she reacted to Hans' crimes in Arendelle.
•Morality Pet: Lars and the Queen seem to be the only people Hans genuinely respects and cares for. And even as he gets desperate in trying to control Arendelle, he still cares for Sitron, his horse.
•Moral Myopia: While it's known that Hans takes the unscrupulous route to usurp the Arendellian throne, the book gives a legitimate reason why. Since his father treats his subjects like trash by ruling as an iron-fisted totalitarian and tyrannical dictator, Hans is determined to run a kingdom with kindness, even if he has to launch a putsch somewhere else.
•Narcissist: Hans' father is one, demanding his sons to be obedient and perfect (since they reflect back on him), strongly believes in Meekness Is Weakness, Might Makes Right and Misery Builds Character, thinks the Westergaards should be "lions, not mice", and doesn't care for his sons unless they're useful to him. He treats his subjects as a source of income he can abuse to his heart's content. Any son who doesn't live up to his high but extremely cruel expectations must be forcibly toughened up by being physically and emotionally abused from the get-go.
•Nice Guy: Lars appears to lack anything that made Hans' brothers awful. He does not appear to be violent, doesn't seem as obsessed with earning their father's admiration, and he actually wanted to help Hans find a wife and leave their abusive home for good.
•No Name Given: The only brothers named are Caleb (the oldest), Lars (the third born) and the twins Rudi and Runo (their placement is unknown), but the others are unknown. Since the king and queen are unnamed as well, anybody can at least assume Hans got his last name from his father. Most of Hans' sisters-in-law are unnamed as well, except for Helga, Lars' wife.
•Noodle Incident: While comparing the Southern Isles' most recent map with an older one, Lars mentions an 'incident' with Riverland over disputed territory and maritime boundaries. Presumably, the 'incident' may have been a war between the two countries.
•No Sense of Humor: While Lars was the nicest of Hans' brothers, he's described by Hans as being unable to share a laugh, having no concept of humor and being too serious all the time. Conversely, any time Hans tried to crack a joke with the other eleven, it was they who made a laughing stock out of him.
•Parental Favoritism: Hans' father preferred his older sons, especially Caleb, but scornfully saw Hans as a "weakling" who couldn't stand up to his brothers' abuse.
Conversely, it's implied that Hans' brothers resent him for being their mother's favorite, with some of them even ridiculing him for being a Momma's Boy.
•Parental Neglect: Hans' father deliberately chooses to be distant and neglectful of him, coldly dismissing him as an incompetent coward who doesn't know how to fight back, and giving him little to no attention at all while doting on his older sons. Also, Hans being against his family's violent methods of controlling the kingdom made him the proverbial Black Sheep of the family. So in his view, the strong should pick on the weak, and Hans being beaten up by his brothers at a young age is a sign of "good politics and strength," claiming that Hans should "learn a thing or two" from his brothers.
•Perspective Flip: Parts of the book are in Hans' POV when the original scenes were more in Anna's.
•Persona Non Grata: Once Hans' duplicity and actions have been revealed, Elsa, Kristoff and Anna have him deported back to the Southern Isles, doubting that his family is as bad as he claimed. Thinking they will sort it out, the three are totally unaware of why he wanted to leave them in the first place.
•Police State: What the Southern Isles is, in essence. The king is a violent man who runs the kingdom in a notoriously draconian manner by having his subjects routinely killed or tortured for criticizing him or not providing enough money or services.
•Politically Incorrect Villain: Hans' father and most of his brothers are abusive misogynists who neglect their wives. And given how they rule the Southern Isles, it's possible they look down on the lower classes with some contempt.
•Psychopathic Man Child: While eleven of Hans' older brothers are psychotic pricks who sadistically torment Hans for being meek and docile, the twins Rudi and Runo are the ones who bully him the most, even tossing objects such as glassware at him during their mother's birthday when he starts to daydream. A few of their brothers join in on the bullying, to which their father encourages them to do more, thinking it'll force him to follow their ways. The endless bullying and ridicule, combined with the high expectations his father set for his sons, slowly became the boiling point for Hans, and he becomes obsessed at proving that he's not a weakling, but sadly, he took it way too far.
•A Real Man Is a Killer: Hans' father and most of his brothers endlessly ridicule him for being ineffectual and his unwillingness to kill people, seeing him as their punching bag. It's what causes Hans to be determined to earn their respect, regardless of the consequences, yet he's totally unaware that no matter the lengths he goes to prove his worth to his family, he will always be seen as a total disappointment in their eyes.
•Reassigned to Antarctica: Hans' father planned on having Hans become a monk for the Brotherhood of the Isles because he failed to meet his expectations.
•Reality Ensues: When Hans decides to talk with his father about attending Elsa's coronation, he forgot to realize the king hated him for being a weakling and won't easily give him permission to leave for Arendelle, and even thought of turning back. This forces him to become the king's gofer in order to get into his good graces so that he'll gain some trust to leave for Arendelle.
Hans also didn't realize that his father would scold him and Anna for the Fourth Date Marriage they quickly agreed to, or taking shortcuts in taking another kingdom's throne, especially because of the international politics and legal issues involved. As shown in Frozen Fever, Hans' father didn't take his crimes lightly, as he stripped his youngest son of his noble privileges and condemned him to hard labor.
Frequently daydreaming, being belittled by his brothers for his ineptitude, and his father being annoyed by him ranting about his brothers harassing him didn't help Hans much in life. As a result, he decides that if he wants to earn their respect, then he'll have to follow whatever order he receives, even if it required crossing moral boundaries.
•Rousseau Was Right: Hans wanted to become The Good King, but his abusive father and brothers gave him a serious and massive inferiority complex, making him desperate enough that he ironically resorted to tactics they would have pulled as a way to avoid going home and making himself someone his father would be proud of. If it weren't for his family issues, his trip to Arendelle would have gone differently.
•Royal Brat: Except for Lars, Hans views most of his brothers as unhinged brutes who pick on him for being meek, and don't have a good relationship with their wives. For example:
Three of his brothers pretended he was invisible for two straight years, not to mention subjecting him to physical and emotional abuse.
Rudi and Runo seem to be the worst of all, as aside from tossing objects such as glassware or food at him, they also ridicule Hans for being a Momma's Boy when he attends their mother's birthday.
Caleb is a Spoiled Brat, due to being the oldest and the king's favorite son. Both Lars and Hans think he'' rule with slackness when their father kicks the bucket, doesn't care much for his wife or the kingdom he's going to inherit, and whenever the king asks him for war or political strategies, he behaves as if it were a board game or a royal slugfest with his brothers at the stables.
•Royally Screwed Up: The Westergaards are basically the royal version of a Big, Screwed-Up Family — Hans' parents are too neglectful to spend time with him, while his older brothers choose to bully him just because he's the youngest. Add to the fact that the Southern Isles is a totalitarian regime run by a violent and tyrannical man whose wrath knows no bounds.
•The Runt at the End: At times, Hans does know that he's the Black Sheep of the Westergaards. So to escape from his grimy reality, he often fantasized a world where he's loved and appreciated by his family, but they often ended with his father and brothers scolding him for having such thoughts. Occasionally, he even made deadpan jokes about his low status in the familial pecking order and tried downplaying it, but only Lars knew the sadness behind his Self-Deprecation humor.
•Sadist: Except of Lars, all of Hans' brothers saw Hans as their punching bag, and shared their father's sentiments of him being a weakling. They took sadistic delight in making his life a living hell, and their actions went from standard jokes and pranks, to tossing objects at him just for daydreaming, to being physically abusive, with the twins bullying him the most. They often did this to show Hans how he's looked down by his entire family for being ineffectual, and remind him of his low status in the familial pecking order.
•Selective Obliviousness: Hans ignores any indication that Elsa is not the monster he imagines her as. Any moment he starts to feel bad for her, he immediately attempts to rationalize why he shouldn't.
•Self-Deprecation: Whenever he met with Lars, Hans made Deadpan Snarker jokes about how he's the Spare to the Throne and tries to brush it off, but only Lars knew the actual reality behind his Self-Deprecating Humor.
•Self-Harm: Implied with Hans when, while suffering through a dinner with his abusive family, he passes his hand on an old table, gets hurt by the splinters, and finds the pain of the splinters "oddly pleasant. Physical pain he could handle." This can be an explanation as to why he wore gloves in the movie.
•Shadow Archetype: Hans represents what Anna could have easily been had she given up on reconciling with Elsa and focused on getting her parents' attention at all costs, including but not limited to assassinating her own sister to elevate herself quickly. Unlike Anna, who manages to reconcile with Elsa at the end, Hans had nobody out there to help him in his issues, and over time, it causes him to see love as an exploitable flaw, view others as tools in his quest for success, and wrongly assume it's a dog-eat-dog world with everybody out there for themselves only. Also, despite Hans being close to his mother and Lars, they weren't of much help, likely out of fear of facing the king's wrath.
•Shipper on Deck: Surprisingly enough, Hans himself is hoping Lars and Helga will finally grow close together after they become parents.
•Shipper with an Agenda: Lars was the one who suggested to Hans that he go to Arendelle, meet Elsa and get her to fall in love with him. His reasoning wasn't because he thought they'd be a good couple (though Hans' disappointment in not meeting a potential wife for him may have played a factor) but so Hans can have a home, and start a new family away from the Southern Isles.
•Shipping Torpedo: Because Hans didn't live up to his expectations, the king never bothered to find him a future wife. Hans believed that his father outright didn't want Hans to marry because he was a disappointment and was planning on sending him to live out his life with the Brotherhood of the Isles.
•The Slacker: Caleb, Hans' oldest brother, is seen by Hans and Lars as a negligent and irresponsible Manchild who doesn't take his job as heir seriously, blatantly ignores his own family in favor of seeking their father's attention, and whenever the king asks him for advice, he behaves as if he was brawling with his brothers at the stables. Hans and Lars also think he will be a sloppy ruler, as the king has spoiled him too much to the point Cale
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seem to resent Hans for being cared about by their mother, going so far as to rudely mock him for being a Momma's Boy.
•Even Evil Has Standards: Despite not excusing his general sociopathy in the movie, it's revealed that Hans does have standards. Aware that his father is a violent man who brutally rubbed out critics while taxing his subjects to abject poverty, Hans is determined to rule a kingdom as a strict but fair and kind ruler, even if he takes unscrupulous methods in gaining control of Arendelle. He also secretly despises his father and most of his brothers for treating him, their mother and their wives horribly.
•Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: More like Jade-Colored Glasses cannot comprehend love, as the abuse Hans suffered over the years has rendered him unable to understand or even experience love, making him think Love Is a Weakness that can be easily exploited.
Aside from his Wham Line in the movie (where he assumed nobody cared for Anna when it's already been shown that others such as her parents, Elsa and Kristoff cared for her), being confused by Anna's Heroic Sacrifice and her Kirk Summation to him about being "frozen-hearted", when he lies to Elsa that Anna died because of her and causes the snowstorm to stop, he notices how Elsa is taking it, and is genuinely baffled at the grief she has for her beloved sister, so for a moment, Hans starts to realize he might have gone too far... but he quickly gets over it.
Plus, the abuse Hans received slowly twisted him to the point that he coldly saw people as objects, thinks it's a dog-eat-dog world out there with only the fittest surviving, and it also really shows how warped his POV has become over the years, thanks to a harsh upbringing. As a result, Anna chews him out on this when she tells him that he's the only person with a "frozen heart".
•Evil Debt Collector: Like a typical Mafia extortionist, the king of the Southern Isles sends down one of his sons to forcibly strong-arm and shake down delinquent taxpayers. Anybody refusing to pay is immediately killed on the spot as a warning sign for others.
•Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: The king and his more violent sons took sadistic pleasure in their mistreatment of Hans.
•Evil Is Petty: Eleven of Hans' 12 older brothers pick on him for no other reason than him being the youngest, frequently failing to meet the excessively high standards their father set in ruling their kingdom, and For the Evulz.
Hans' father is a petty Evil Overlord who kills his own subjects via Disproportionate Retribution just for not providing enough favors or food to him, badmouthing him, or being delinquent on their taxes.
•Eviler Than Thou: The king of the Southern Isles is an unfeeling tyrant and most of his sons are either violent brutes or devoted yes-men. They destroy anyone or anything around them through violence and intimidation. Essentially meaning, comparing him to everyone but Lars, Hans is the good one by default.
•Evil Overlord: The book reveals that Hans' father runs the Southern Isles as a violent tyrant and totalitarian dictator, taxing his subjects to abject poverty while brutally rubbing out anybody at the slightest provocation or disrespect. The cruel manner in which he runs the country is what forces Hans to find a way to permanently leave his homeland for good and escape the tyranny and abuse he witnessed so far.
•Extreme Doormat: Besides Hans, the queen is the family's other Extreme Doormat, as while she loves her children and desires them to stop treating Hans so horribly, years of childbirth and her husband's corrupting influence towards their sons has rendered her unable to do anything but acknowledge Hans with weak smiles.
•Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Besides Weselton, the Southern Isles and Arendelle, other countries by the name of Vakretta, Chatho, Zaria, Kongsberg, Blavenia, Seven Islands, Riverland, and Eldora are referenced by name. Eldora, Zaria, Vakretta, and Chatho later appeared in the Anna & Elsa books, while the viewer is given a brief glimpse of the Southern Isles in Frozen Fever.
•Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Hans' father believes his youngest son doesn't like following his orders and often fails to exceed the cruel expectations he set for his 13 sons. Because of this, he encourages his older sons to bully Hans until he's in line with his twisted viewpoint.
•Fatal Flaw: For all of his skills at Flaw Exploitation, Hans doesn't realize his own weakness gets the better of him every time, that being how he becomes too desperate in getting what he wants while ignoring the consequences when he decides to take less moral routes. At times, he knew what he's doing is morally wrong and even scolds himself, yet he impulsively goes through it. Being abused by his family for his meekness slowly becomes the breaking point and ultimately pushes him into pursuing a desperate of winning the respect of his distant father and brothers, but it also made him unaware that no matter how many times he tried to do it, they still saw him as good-for-nothing even after sullying the family name in Arendelle. Plus, it led Hans to corrupt his own morals while serving as his father's gofer, committing things he originally and ironically hated. As such, the time he spent prepping up on going to Arendelle were wasted because he couldn't contain his "Well Done, Son!" Guy issues, and chose the easier route without realizing the consequences of what he did. Only at the end does he have a Heel Realization, but by then, he's in damage control mode as he's being sent back to the same hellhole he wanted to escape from.
•Father, I Don't Want to Fight: Hans' father is a violent man who thinks all of his sons must be forcibly indoctrinated in the belief that only the fittest survive from a young age, so any son going soft is unacceptable. Since Hans hated his father treating their subjects like trash, it automatically made him the laughing stock and The Unfavorite of the Westergaard clan by default. Eleven of his brothers would endlessly taunt him for failing to meet the king's extremely high but cruel standards, while his father often saw him as a total disappointment.
•Fictional Earth: Implied to be the case here, as in all Frozen media. The Southern Isles is based on Denmark, Arendelle is based on Norway and Weselton could be a stand-in for either Sweden or Prussia. Other countries by the name of Vakretta, Chatho, Zaria, Kongsberg, Blavenia, Seven Islands, Riverland, and Eldora are referenced by name.
•Foil: Notably, anything related to Hans or his family life seems to be the polar opposite of the sisters.
Hans' father is very much the polar opposite of Agnarr. He only favored sons who were most loyal and useful to him, while apathetically treating his youngest son as a nuisance, is at best indifferent to his wife, and encouraged his sons to torment Hans out of contempt and cruelty. And while both are responsible for a child developing depression, Agnarr only wanted to keep Elsa and Anna safe, but Hans' father is unfeeling to Hans.
As a whole, the Westergaards are this to the trolls. While the trolls were Kristoff's adopted non-human family who treated him with love, Hans' biological human family treated him like a monster.
On another note, the Southern Isles is the complete opposite of Arendelle. While Arendelle seems to be a democratic monarchy whose queen and princess are open and friendly towards their people, the Southern Isles is a totalitarian Police State run by an Evil Overlord whose wrath knows no bounds, treating his subjects like trash and his sons as his sycophantic enforcers.
Sibling relations in Arendelle vs. the Southern Isles. While Anna and Elsa cared for each other even when the two were separated, neither Hans nor his brothers get along with each other, and is determined to surpass their achievements by any means possible, as their father encourages violence and Social Darwinism in his big family as a way to whip them in line with his worldview.
•Follow in My Footsteps: The king of the Southern Isles forces his 13 sons to emulate him, demanding them to be obedient and perfect. Any son who fails to exceed his extremely cruel expectations must be forcibly toughened up by being physically and emotionally abused from a young age. His treatment of Hans is because he was the least willing to conform to their shared views. This is likely not for noble reasons, but because he wants his sons to reflect back on him.
•Foregone Conclusion: Since this book is based on a film that was released 2 years earlier, we already know that Hans isn't going to get the happy ending he hopes for.
•Freudian Excuse: Freud would have a big field day with the Westergaard clan here, as the king micromanaged all of his 13 sons.
Much of Hans' backstory is explained, and it's not good. His family outright abuses him to the point that he is heavily implied to Self-Harm, saying that physical pain is easier to deal with than the emotional turmoil they put him through. By the time he goes to Arendelle, he's been abused for so long that he now thinks it's perfectly normal and it seems that he suffers from depression and a big inferiority complex as a result from it, despite attempting to downplay it. His father also forces him to use violence against the Southern Isles population, from beating up critics of the king to killing delinquent taxpayers as a means for Hans to earn his respect, despite his reluctance to harm anybody. And once Hans gets his first taste of real power from controlling Arendelle in Elsa's absence, it goes right to his head and causes him to Jump Off The Slippery Slope, driving him to start dehumanizing everyone else, manipulate others and be desperate to cling onto power at all costs to escape his birthplace. A shockingly dark backstory for an animated character, one should keep in mind that, even though Broad Strokes is in effect, this book was still published by Disney of all people.
Like Hans, Lars was also bullied for being the youngest (albeit not as violently). Because of this, Lars abhorred how his brothers cruelly treat their youngest brother and is the only one to stand up for Hans. Hans wasn't sure if the bullying Lars himself suffered made him pity his youngest brother or if he was a genuinely nice person because of it.
A case can be made for Hans' brothers, as part of their abrasiveness stems from the fact that the king subjected them to psychological manipulation to the point that they've become emotionally dependent on him and are now Spoiled Brats. Even their abuse of Hans stems from a desire to make their father favor them for showing no "weakness".
•Freudian Excuse is No Excuse: At the end of the novelization, Anna believes that no matter how much Hans' claims of his brothers might be true, he's still a grown man who needs to take responsibility for his actions instead of pinning the blame on his family.
•Friendless Background: From what we see of Hans' life before coming to Arendelle, he didn't seem to have anyone except his family. And as this book reveals, his family was not a very loving one from the get-go. Being neglected and abused all his life wound up being the source of his issues.
•From Bad to Worse: Hans starts out being ridiculed by his unloving family for his ineptitude. He wanted to rectify that, but his ill-timed and poorly-thought desire to make things better for himself and his family ends up making things worse, and as a result, he is now hated by another country, while reducing him to a mere slave to the family he tried to escape in the first place. He could've sought the aid of Anna or Elsa, who could shield him from the wrath of his abusive family, but he let his issues cloud his judgement.
•Frothy Mugs of Water: Subverted, as usual with Disney. Anna likes drinking glogg (a mulled wine drink) and Hans' mother also likes wine.
•The Ghost: Hans' family only appears in this book, which has no illustrations, so unless they appear in the sequel or an illustrated book, it's unknown what they actually look like.
•Good All Along: Downplayed with Hans himself. While the film makes it ambiguous just how much of his actions are an act, the book reveals he didn't start that way. While his plan was a tad selfish by seducing either Anna or Elsa so that he could marry into royalty, it was to escape his awful life in the Southern Isles and he did legitimately want to do good. It's only between his sudden proposal to Anna and Elsa refusing to bless the marriage does he go from selfish with some noble desires to becoming as opportunistic as his father and brothers. While he does become the villain, it was based on necessity and his above mentioned Fatal Flaw, not out of any dislike for the sisters.
•The Good King: What Hans wants to be, owing to his father's cruelty towards their subjects. Unfortunately, he became so desperate to be one that he took the easiest and quickest route possible, ignoring how unethical it could be and why it would backfire on him.
•Good Parents: Hans' mother is very loving towards her sons, and wants them to stop abusing Hans. She physically couldn't intervene, as years of childbirth have weakened her.
•Greater-Scope Villain: While Hans was the main antagonist of the movie, it was his father's corrosive influence that led him to become the villain he abhorred in the first place.
•Hate Sink: While Hans is this in the film, this book downplays this for him by portraying him with some sympathetic qualities and by shifting the trope to his father, the king of the Southern Isles. In the king's first appearance, he's throwing a birthday party that's ostensibly for his wife, but really just for him to show off, all while he ignores her. He treats his sons as just his enforcers and shows no true love for them, encouraging them to fight each other and places the blame on the youngest for the older ones bullying him, saying it's his fault for not fighting back. He's also a tyrant who is willing to arrest and kill anyone who criticizes him or falls behind on taxes.
•Hates Small Talk: The king frequently rebukes Hans for not "getting straight to the point" and wasting his time.
•Heel Realization: There were several moments where Hans realizes what he's doing is wrong, but his desire to be The Dutiful Son made him pick the bad choice. It's only in the end does he realize what he's done, but by then, the damage had already been done and he's now back in the same hellhole he wanted to escape in the first place.
•Honest John's Dealership: Hans actually meets with Oaken on the way to Elsa's ice castle and makes this observation about how he wants to be seen as this.
•Hope Spot: When his father gives Hans permission to visit Arendelle, it seems he finally got his father's trust and respect and he has a chance to meet Elsa and potentially be her suitor. But then, his father suddenly tells Hans to return as soon as the gates close so that he can return home and tend to his brothers' kids, showing the king still has little respect or admiration for his youngest son.
•Hypocrite: Hans vowed not to be like his brothers and willingly use violence as the chief means to an end. Yet, near the end of the book, Hans is determined to uphold their legacy and murder two innocent women for his own ends. And years of being on the receiving end of cruel pranks, he secretly acknowledges this to himself when he does the same to Anna when she needs him to kiss her.
•Ignored Epiphany: There are several moments where Hans almost realizes what he's doing is wrong, but desperation for freedom and earning the respect of his family made him take the wrong choice.
When he goes to his father's study room in the hopes of becoming his gofer, he was reluctant to go inside, and pondered on turning back. But he then shakes his head, believing that if he wants to earn his father's respect, then he would have to follow his orders.
From his side of the events between where he tells Elsa that Anna died because of her and he's about to kill her with his sword, Hans doesn't take his weapon out because he's seeing what he's done to her. He realizes she's in grief over her dead sister and it seems he realizes he's gone too far... but quickly shakes his head, believing there's no point now that he has a chance to end the winter and be free from the Southern Isles forever.
Also, even Hans felt slightly hesitant about hastily agreeing to a Fourth Date Marriage with Anna, wondering if he's going way too fast and how his family would react — his father would call him an idiot, while Lars would say that this was done too rashly — and yet these self-doubts are quickly overridden by his stubborn and single-minded goal to seize control of Arendelle.
•I Just Want to Be Special: The novelization shows that Hans has massive self-esteem issues and an Inferiority Superiority Complex. He often dreamed of his father and brothers appreciating him of who he is, combined with feeling less than them. But his hasty desire of winning his family's respect ultimately makes him do morally questionable things, and as a result, he's sadly and ironically hated even more by his family due to his actions in Arendelle.
•Imagine Spot: Hans often dreamed of his family appreciating him of who he is, but they always have a hint of sadness to them. For example:
He often fantasized being the king's heir, and they always involved his father telling him that he's proud of having such a son, but they often ended with him realizing he'll never be accepted by his family for being weak.
At times, he would also go to the docks to clear his head and think of leaving his horrible excuse for a family so he could settle down some place else for good, with nobody forcing him for failing to meet their cruel expectations.
While meeting with Lars, he often made deadpan Self-Deprecation jokes about how he's The Runt at the End who's often neglected and tries to brush it off, but only Lars knew the reality behind his Self-Deprecating Humor.
When he notices how Arendelle's citizens became deeply concerned with their missing queen and princess when Anna's horse returns without its owner, Hans sadly wonders if his family would even bother to rescue the king's "throwaway" son if he were to be stuck in a similar situation.
•Inadequate Inheritor: Hans and Lars think Caleb has been spoiled too much, seeing him as an irresponsible Manchild who doesn't take his role as heir to the throne seriously and ignores his family for seeking their father's attention. They also agree that he would rule with slackness once their father kicks the bucket.
•Inferiority Superiority Complex: Hans often felt less than his prodigious older brothers, who often mocked him for being weak and rubbed it in his face.
•In the Blood: Most of Hans' brothers have inherited their father's Lack of Empathy. Double subverted for Hans, as he started out a decent fellow opposing his family's violence and has vile persons in his family, but his fears of forever being the "throwaway" son and returning home made him desperate enough to follow his father's example.
•It's All About Me: The king saw his subjects as a source of income he abused to his heart's content, demanded his sons to follow his orders, and threw his wife's birthday party just to show off. He also molded most of his 13 sons into reflections of himself not for their benefit, but to fuel his own bloated ego, and routinely subjects them to intense emotional and physical abuse so they'll be transformed into his sycophantic henchmen; it's implied he actually doesn't care for them unless they're useful to him, as he only treated Hans better because he became his gofer in the three years before he went to Arendelle. Also, it's possible he only married for politics, and may have physically abused his wife at some point when she tried to stop him from abusin
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A Frozen Heart contains examples of:
•Abusive Parents: Hans' father is quite an abusive man towards most of his 13 sons, manipulating and emotionally coercing them into becoming his sycophantic enforcers from the get-go. He often encourages Social Darwinism and violence within his family as a way to indoctrinate them into his twisted beliefs.
Towards Hans, he frequently makes his lack of respect for his youngest son blatant and deliberate due to the fact that he saw him as meek and ineffectual when it came to following his orders or even exceeding the high but extremely cruel standards he set for his children. The king routinely encourages his older sons to beat him up so he can be forced to follow his footsteps. It's implied he may have physically abused Hans when he was younger.
The king's corrupting and toxic influence poisoned most of his sons as well, causing them to become emotionally dependent on him. Even their abuse of Hans stems from a desire to make their father favor them for showing no "weakness".
•Adaptation Dye-Job: A fair bit is made about Hans' beautiful blue eyes. Problem is, he has green eyes in the film and in most tie-in materials.
•Adaptation Expansion: The book is a Broad Strokes retelling of the film that dives deeper into the characters of Hans and Anna. Many of its divergences from the film, although not all, are the addition of more details, such as scenes showing Hans in the Southern Isles and fleshing out his family life.
•Adorkable: Lars was deep into history, would spend hours rambling about it, and oftentimes lost track of time whenever he went off-topic. While others were annoyed by this or found his interest boring, Hans was the only one to find it endearing.
•Age Lift: Inverted. Hans is twenty in this book instead of twenty-three.
•Alas, Poor Villain: With his backstory and Freudian Excuse revealed to the reader, Hans' defeat and shipping back to the Southern Isles is painted as tragic and utterly sad at what he's become and how our heroes have no idea what kind of country he's from.
•The Alcoholic: Hans notes that his mother and sisters-in-law cope with their abusive and neglectful husbands with wine.
•All Animals Are Dogs: Lampshaded when Anna mentions that Sven (a reindeer) reminds her of a puppy.
•All for Nothing: The three years Hans spent working with Lars to be Elsa's suitor and compromising his own morals helping his father to go to Arendelle were wasted because he became too desperate to have an excuse to never go home, making him take what he thought would be the quickest route possible without realizing how easily it'd go against him.
•All of the Other Reindeer: Except for Lars, most of Hans' brothers picked on him for being too weak to fight back, with their bullying ranging from emotional blackmail to physical harm. It's implied that Hans isn't close to his sisters-in-law either, even though he pities them for being married to abusers.
•Aloof Big Brother: While Lars was the only brother whom Hans could feel a little close to, he never got along with the other eleven, as they follow their father's view of preying on the weak, and therefore, see him as their punching bag and made him feel inferior to them. When he tells Anna that three of them pretended he was "non-existent" for two years, he tries to downplay and dismiss it as "what brothers do", but the look on his face from the film clearly and visibly indicates that he's upset.
•Altar Diplomacy: Implied to be the case for Hans' father and most of his brothers, as they married for politics and to maintain the Southern Isles' bilateral relations with other countries.
•Always Second Best: While Hans is intelligent, his brothers are far more effective and ruthless than he is in the eyes of their father, something which Hans agrees on, and as a result, he began to feel less than them. To counter this, Hans tries to emulate them by becoming the king's gofer, but his hasty desire to get his family's respect backfires on him.
•Always Someone Better: The king always regarded all of his twelve older sons as superior to Hans in many ways, and Hans agreed. It's one of his driving factors for his plans in Arendelle, to prove his family wrong in underestimating his potential and that he can claim a throne more effectively by himself, though this desire slowly darkened him.
•Ambiguous Disorder: It's implied that Hans suffers from depression, as he commits Self-Harm and some of his thoughts suggest suicide.
•Ambiguous Situation: It's never specified if Hans actually killed anyone while following his father's orders. But whatever the case may be, he still despised doing what his father wanted him to do to the civilians.
•Animal Motifs: Hans' father believes that the Westergaards should "be lions, not mice", deriding Hans for not fighting back.
•Animal Metaphor: As part of his Social Darwinist thinking, the king saw his twelve older sons as lions for being strong and powerful, but compares Hans to a mouse, which is generally seen as weak and not useful.
•Annoying Younger Sibling: Like their father, eleven of Hans' older brothers coldly saw him as a weakling. Lars was the only one of his twelve older brothers who tried to help him leave home to find a better life.
•Arranged Marriage:
Lars' marriage to his wife Helga was arranged. She still isn't pleased with it, despite Lars' attempts to get along with her.
Implied to be the case for Hans' father and most of his brothers, as they were married for convenience's sake, political reasons, and to maintain the Southern Isles' bilateral relations with other countries.
•Awful Wedded Life: It's implied the marriage was a political one, and the queen of the Southern Isles is seen as a Trophy Wife whose role is to produce more heirs for the kingdom. Hans' married brothers don't seem to have good relationships with their wives either, with Caleb blatantly ignoring his own in favor of his father's attention. Even Lars, the nicest brother, doesn't generally see eye-to-eye with his wife, Helga, with whom he had an Arranged Marriage. Helga was unhappy in the marriage, and when the two were set to become parents, Lars speculated that Helga would want to keep the child to herself. Hans wonders how his father and most of his brothers, who are mainly violent brutes, managed to woo these women to their side.
•Babies Make Everything Better: Discussed. Hans learns that Lars is going to be a father, though his arranged wife, Helga, isn't exactly on friendly terms with him. Hans hopes that the baby will be the thing that finally helps the two grow closer, although Lars doubts it.
•Baby Factory: Hans' father and most of his brothers see their wives as objects whose role is to produce more heirs for the kingdom.
•The Bad Guy Wins: The king's influence ultimately gets the better of Hans instead of the support of Lars to find love in Arendelle.
•Became Their Own Antithesis: Hans' desire to permanently escape home made him the very thing he hated the most, being willing to manipulate and almost kill people who could have helped and shielded him from his father's wrath.
•Because You Were Nice to Me: Because Lars treated him nicely and showed a desire to help him escape their awful home, Hans has genuine respect for him.
•Beneath the Mask: A Frozen Heart implies that Hans loathes himself and his decision to copy his family's abrasiveness is actually a cover to hide his insecurities and shortcomings.
•Berserk Button: The King of the Southern Isles Hates Small Talk, and reacts quite violently against critics.
•Big Brother Bully: Hans was bullied and ostracized by his brothers throughout his childhood. Their father encouraged it, considering Hans weak for not fighting back and thinking the abuse would make him stronger. The worst of Hans' brothers are his two twin brothers. And their taunts ranged from standard pranks and jokes, to tossing objects such as food or glassware at him, to downright physical abuse. And in all of these cases, Hans often ended up losing despite repeatedly pleading with his brothers to stop it. By the time he's an adult, Hans has practically given up fighting back, knowing that this enables them to do more, but this only increased his father's emotional abuse, bluntly claiming that Hans should "learn a thing or two from his brothers" and "stop acting like he's better than them."
•Big Brother Instinct: Lars was the only brother who wanted to help Hans, giving him advice and being someone to talk to when things were getting too stressful. Unfortunately, his influence was severely limited, likely due to their father not accepting such actions.
•Big Brother Mentor: Lars would help Hans mold into the ideal suitor they think Elsa would accept, and even believes the tutors their father uses to teach Hans aren't providing him with suitable knowledge.
•Big Brother Worship: While it's debatable if Hans wanted to earn the respect of his brothers aside from leaving their shadow, he does genuinely admire Lars, the third oldest of his brothers, if just for showing him any humanity. Also, he often fantasizes what it's like to be Caleb, the oldest of his siblings.
•Big Fancy Castle: Visitors often mistook the Southern Isles' castle for a giant, black Sea Monster or serpent, but it's actually made of rocks only found there. As the country is smack in the middle of a large expanse of sea, it was built to not only show how it stood off against the harsh and rocky environment, but as a way to intimidate subjects and to show the king's dominance over them.
•Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Westergaards can be accurately described as a Dysfunctional Family: Hans' parents are too neglectful to spend time with him, while eleven of his older brothers, who are too rowdy and neglectful of their wives, choose to bully him just because he's the youngest of the baker's dozen.
•Bittersweet Ending: As expected, everything works out between Elsa and Anna, but Hans is sent back to his home, likely to be tortured by his truly heartless family. Especially sad for Hans after his expanded character history is revealed.
•Bookworm: Lars was the Southern Isles' historian, as he updated the royal family of events occurring in and out of the kingdom, and knew everything about the kingdom's history, down to who was king and when. This is how Hans got to know more about Arendelle and its reclusive princess Elsa.
•Break Her Heart to Save Her: Elsa stayed away from Anna and kept a door and walls between them whenever possible in part because she loved her and didn't want her to get hurt again. Anna, being Locked Out of the Loop, mistakenly believes the opposite for years.
•Broad Strokes: The book is a Tie-In Novel that generally follows the film with more backstory and details added, but certain aspects still play out differently.
•Broken Bird: Being married to an apathetic man who's indifferent to her and abuses their sons, Hans' mother is deeply unhappy with her marriage, and copes with it by drinking wine.
•The Caligula: The King of the Southern Isles is a greedy man who abuses his power by taxing his subjects to extreme poverty, condemning delinquent taxpayers and dissenters to unknown but brutal punishments, encouraging violence within his own large family, and confiscating the goods of farmers who failed to supply him in time, just to name a few atrocities.
•Can't Take Criticism: The king of the Southern Isles's reaction to anybody bad-mouthing him behind his back? Regime critics are either killed, tortured, or forcibly disappeared.
•The Confidant: Lars is the only person Hans feels comfortable with when it comes to the nightmare of living in the Southern Isles, the emotional damage he suffered and the fear of never getting to meet someone. Lars knows about how Hans would spend hours at the docks to clear his head, and tries to set Hans up to meet Princess Elsa for a potential marriage.
Downplayed for Hans' mother. While she does care for him and wishes her older sons to stop the violence, she can only acknowledge Hans with weak smiles. Being married to an abusive man who doesn't even bat an eyelid for her and corrupted their 13 sons, combined with siring so many children, has left her physically weak and incapable of intervening. It's implied she may have tried to stop her husband from abusing their sons at some point in the past, but the fallout from this was horrifying that she simply gave up on it.
•The Corrupter: Hans' father often micromanages his sons and raises them with a social darwinist philosophy.
•Crapsack World: The Southern Isles is described by the book as a Police State whose Evil Overlord reacts violently through Disproportionate Retribution by whipping the populace in line and beating them into total submission. Examples include killing regime critics and delinquent taxpayers, condemning criminals to hard labor, and confiscating the goods of farmers who fail to supply in time.
•Crushing the Populace: The king of the Southern Isles uses brute force to beat his subjects into total submission. Anybody badmouthing him or being behind on their taxes were killed or tortured. The government also confiscates the property of farmers who inadequately supply the government.
•Dark and Troubled Past: The book gives Hans a more expansive backstory than the film, and explores how it shapes him into what he is at the end of the story. From a young age, he was often mocked by his brothers for being too meek and failing to meet their father's extremely high but cruel expectations. By the time he's an adult, Hans has practically given up fighting back, but his father's emotional abuse only increases, bluntly claiming that Hans should "learn a thing or two from his brothers" and "stop acting like he's better than them," while enabling his brothers to bully him even more. He decides to become the king's gofer, and his desire to earn his family's respect ultimately gets the better of him.
•Darker and Edgier: Compared to the movie, it's certainly darker as it goes into details on what the characters were thinking throughout the events of Frozen, and delves into topics not originally discussed, such as Hans' Dark and Troubled Past, and how it molded him into the man he is today.
•Dark Fic: As dark as the original movie is, the book is aimed at a more mature audience, and thus, is allowed more wiggle room. While not that dark, it does allude to Hans having Self-Harm issues and delves on his backstory.
•Debate and Switch: There are several moments where Hans realizes what he's doing is unethical, but his stubborn desire to become The Dutiful Son drives him to continue.
•The Determinator: This is Hans' Fatal Flaw. For all the mistakes he made over the course of this novelization, he is zealously determined to earn his neglectful father's respect and prove his brothers wrong on thinking he was inept. Sadly, he took it way too far, as he uses underhanded methods into getting what he wants while ignoring the ramifications. At times, he knew what he's doing is morally wrong and even scolds himself, yet he impulsively goes through it. As such, the time he spent prepping up on going to Arendelle were wasted because he couldn't contain his "Well Done, Son!" Guy issues, and he's back in the same hell he wanted to get out of in the first place.
•Dinner and a Show: When Hans finally shows up to attend his mother's birthday after standing outside the door for 20 minutes, his father scolds him for being late and daydreaming, while his brothers ridicule him for being a Momma's Boy and toss objects at him as he exits the room.
•Disappointed in You: Except for his mother and Lars, most of Hans' family never tires of looking down at him.
•Disappointing Older Sibling: Averted with Hans' oldest brother, Caleb, who is actually seen as the best out of the 13 brothers. Hans is the youngest, but he's treated like he's the Black Sheep rather than Caleb.
•Dispense with the Pleasantries: The king of the Southern Isles never wasted words and often scolded Hans for not getting to the point and wasting his time.
•Disproportionate Retribution: The king's solution to farmers who failed to supply the government? He orders the army to burn their farm down to the ground and confiscate their livestock. Same thing can be said for delinquent taxpayers, as it's implied they're killed on the spot as a warning to others who don't pay.
•Domestic Abuse: The male members of the Westergaards are quite abusive of their families, as they think of their wives as Trophy Spouses. It's implied that most of them married for the sake of politics and keeping up appearances. For example:
Most of Hans' brothers are abusive towards their wives. Caleb, in particular, blatantly ignores his wife and children in favor of getting their father's attention.
Hans' mother is a Trophy Wife, as his father saw her as a Baby Factory. Constantly giving birth has rendered her unable to do anything but acknowledge Hans with weak smiles. It's possible she may have tried to intervene and prevent her husband from corrupting their 13 sons at some point, but the resulting fallout was so severe she simply gave up.
•Dramatic Irony: Since Hans lied about so much else, Anna doubts that his family is as bad as he claimed, so she figured it's best if his father sorted out his penalty. As such, Kristoff, Anna and Elsa are totally unaware that this is the one thing he did not lie about.
•The Dreaded: Both Hans and the citizens of the Southern Isles are terrified of the scope of the king's wrath, as he uses Disproportionate Retribution to forcibly control the kingdom and brutally suppress any criticism levied on him.
•The Dutiful Son: Hans' ultimate goal and prime motivator is to win the acceptance and respect of his neglectful family, particularly his father, who regards him as an useless spare, regardless of the consequences he has to face or the wrong choices he makes. This goal is shared by his 12 older brothers, as they want to make their father appreciate them.
•Dysfunctional Family: The Westergaards are one big, screwed-up family:
The king is an apathetic and stone-cold man who generally dismisses Hans as an incompetent and useless "weakling" who couldn't stand up to the taunts he and his other sons throw at him, while regarding his wife as an object whose job is to produce more heirs for the kingdom. To him, any of his thirteen sons who doesn't live up to his extremely harsh expectations must be physically and emotionally abused, alongside being forcibly indoctrinated in the view that only the fittest survive in this dog-eat-dog world.
Besides Hans, the queen is the family's other Extreme Doormat, as while she loves her children and desires them to stop treating Hans so horribly, years of childbirth and her husband's toxic influence towards their 13 sons has rendered her unable to do anything but acknowledge Hans with weak smiles.
With the exception of Lars, all of Hans' brothers are violent brutes who see Hans as their punching bag, and like their father, view him as a weakling who doesn't know how to fight back. They took sadistic delight in making Hans' life a living hell, and their actions went from standard jokes and tirades to downright physical abuse, with the twins Rudi and Runo bullying him the most. And most of them don't even have a good relationship with each other or their wives either; for example, Caleb blatantly ignores his pregnant wife in favor of getting his father's attention.
•Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas:
As it turns out, Hans cares for his mother. Even though he knew he'd be ridiculed by his father and his brothers, Hans still chose to attend her birthday party.
Subverted in the case of Hans' brothers. When they attend their mother's birthday, it's suggested they only came because their father wanted them to make an appearance. However, they
11/1/2018 c3 Similarities
Rapunzel of Corona would remind Hans a lot of Anna of Arendelle, wouldn't she?
10/15/2018 c3 Hansunzel Fans
Typically this relationship plays out nearly identically to Hanna, with Rapunzel replacing Anna as the naïve, sheltered princess. On the other side of the coin, this relationship can become somewhat similar to Eugunzel. In this case, Hans becomes the notorious criminal who changes his ways out of love for Rapunzel.
6/30/2018 c3 Guest
I apologize for asking you this but won't Flynn/Eugene appear in your crossover, as well? He's funny, after all. I still apologize for asking you that, too, but won't he still be a good guy in your crossover, just like in the canon movie, Tangled?
6/30/2018 c2 Guest
I apologize to ask you this but won't Flynn/Eugene appear in your crossover, as well? He's funny, after all.
6/30/2018 c3 Like Crossovers
Hansel (also called Hansunzel and Hapunzel) is the name of the pairing between Prince Hans from Disney's Frozen and Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled. Though not a widely popular pairing at all, it does have several loyal fans, doesn't it?
6/30/2018 c3 Guest
Thank you for this Frozen Tangled crossover, Say When. In fact, thank you for the (Hansel/Hansunzel/Hapunzel meaning Rapunzel and Hans) crossover story!
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