It’s less than two months until the release of Walt Disney’s latest animated feature Frozen! Earlier this week we already got a theatrical trailer, but the trailer mainly focused on Anna and Kristoff and we only got a quick look on the suspects who potentially could be the villain of Frozen. Is it Elsa, The Duke of Weselton, Hans, Kristoff or Oaken?
So before we knew anything about Frozen, people started saying that Elsa was the villain in this story, but then we got the first-look character images, and everyone imminently thought The Duke was the villain of this story. Not too long later everyone went nuts on IMDB with the message that Hans was the villain, but Frozen director Jennifer Lee told us to not believe it. Then again, there is Kristoff and Oaken, who we don’t know that much about. 5 villains are too much, so let’s analyze who could be the real Frozen villain.
I haven’t read the spoilers about the villain, so this post just contains my opinions speculation. So let’s begin!
NOTE: Contains a few plot SPOILERS about the beginning of the film. Also don’t read this post if you don’t want to read speculations about the plot and villain.
As we all know Elsa is born with the magical power to control snow and ice. It never was her intention to hurt people, but it did happen. She gets locked from the outside world until her coronation until she becomes queen, but unfortunately everyone discovers her powers at the coronation and they think she a witch. She runs away from the palace, turning the kingdom in an internal winter.
We don’t know her intentions for cursing Arendelle with never-ending winter. Was it because people called her a monster, something broke inside of her after that and she wanted revenge? Or was it the result of a frozen broken heart? Or has Elsa decided to embrace her powers and turned to the dark side?
The Duke of Weselton
We don’t know much about The Duke, the only thing we know is that he is the first one to come close to the queen, but when he discovers her secret he is the first one to call her a monster and to try to turn the whole kingdom against her.
I don’t like this guy, and probably no one does, but just because he’s despicable does that make him the villain? Will he try to kill Elsa and become king of Arendelle? He won’t try to kill Elsa, and he doesn’t want to become the king of Arendelle? I have the feeling The Duke never planned to take over Arendelle, but he just can’t accept Elsa’s snow powers. So is he the real villain?
Oaken is the owner of the Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Sauna. He seems friendly enough on the inside but according to his official character description, “though he’s good-natured and helpful, if you cross him, Oaken won’t hesitate to throw you out of his humble establishment.” We haven’t seen much of him, making us wonder if he’s being concealed for a reason. What could be his motives? And what would he actually do to harm the kingdom of Arendelle?
So when people started saying Hans was the villain of Frozen I really didn’t understand it anymore. Everyone thought Hans was the nice prince (even the trailer calls him the “nice guy”) with whom Anna falls in love. He can’t be the villain, right?
Or does he fall in love with Anna to take over Arendelle? He is the youngest in his family and he has 12 older brothers. I would understand if he wants some power, but it’s really abusive of him to make Anna think he’s in love with her, only to take over Arendelle. Also, I shouldn’t forget to mention that Hans can be seen in the trailer in front of Elsa’s palace (1:33) fighting Marshmallow. What did he get there? Searching for Anna or …Elsa?
Kristoff is the ice-harvesting mountain man whose business is ruined because of Elsa’s eternal winter tirade. There hasn’t been much speculation about him and he does come off completely unassuming. It wouldn’t be the first time a Disney helper hero really turns out to be the bad guy. We don’t know his true reasons for helping Anna. Is it to do her a favor? Or is he using her to find Elsa to get revenge?
There is the possibility that there’s no villain at all. This story could be completely about just saving Elsa (if she’s good) and helping her come back to Arendelle. Helping Elsa overcome her struggles and the journey it takes to get there. There are a few Disney animated films that don’t have traditional villains (e.g. Dumbo, Bambi, Sword in the Stone, A Goofy Movie) and it would be an interesting deviation from the norm. Disney villains are expected, so why not give the audience the unexpected?
So who is the real villain in Frozen? Elsa, The Duke of Weselton, Oak, Kristoff or Hans? Or do you think someone else is the villain in this film? Olaf, perhaps? Or is there no real villain in Frozen? With Tangled we knew already before its release that Mother Gothel was the real villain, or has Frozen follow the the same pattern of a villain mystery as in Wreck-it Ralph?
Who do you think is the real villain in Frozen? Or do you think they are all misunderstood?
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Max is an animation addict from The Netherlands. His favorite animated movies are Beauty and the Beast and Ratatouille, and he is a big fan of everything Disney, Pixar or DreamWorks related. He loves reading and collecting art books and one day he hopes to work for a major animation studio. Follow his art blog: http://maxdenhartog.tumblr.com