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Name: Elsa
The Snow Queen
Queen of Arendelle
previously: Princess of Arendelle
Occupation: ruler of Arendelle,
previously Princess
Title/Rank: Queen
Location: Arendelle Kingdom
Status: Alive
Relationships: Queen & King of Arendelle (parents, deceased); Anna of Arendelle (sister); Olaf (magical snowman); Marshmallow (magical snow monster)
Fandom: Frozen
Other: Voiced by Idina Menzel.
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Elsa is the Queen of Arendelle and is the elder sister to Anna in Disney's Frozen.


Elsa is a Princess of Arendelle that harbors a secret - she has magical powers that allow her to create snow and ice. During their early childhood, Elsa nearly kills her sister Anna when her powers hit her in the head by accident. This causes her parents to go to the trolls for help. They manage to heal Anna, but in order to do so they have to remove the young redhead's memory of Elsa's magical powers. This causes Elsa's parents to separate them in order to teach Elsa to control her abilities, and causes a rift between the two sisters. However, Elsa's powers continued to grow and became more uncontrollable.

Three years after their parents are killed at sea, Elsa's coronation takes place making her Queen of Arendelle. She meets her sister again for the first time in years. At the ball, she is confronted by Anna who wants to marry Prince Hans, however Elsa refuses her blessing because they had only just met each other. Angry about her sister's refusal and the years of being excluded from Elsa's life, Anna confronts her in front of everyone at the ball. This causes Elsa's powers to reveal themselves to the whole kingdom. Frightened of her people's reaction, Elsa runs away from Arendelle.

She runs away to the North Mountain, where she creates an ice castle with her powers. Unknowingly, she causes an eternal winter for Arendelle. Her sister Anna travels to bring Elsa back and save the kingdom. However Elsa doesn't know how to stop it, and afraid of her powers, she refuses to go back and creates Marshmallow, a snow monster that takes Anna, Kristoff, and Sven away from Elsa. However, unknowingly by Elsa - she had hit her sister's heart with her ice powers which cursing her to freeze to death. Only an act of true love would save Anna.

Hans' search party leads them to Elsa's castle and Marshmallow. He saves her from the two men that were trying to kill her to end the eternal winter. He brings her back to Arendelle's dungeons asking her to undo the winter curse, however Elsa admits to him that she doesn't know how. Due to her powers, she manages to escape the prison, but Hans catches up to her and tells her that is dead. In her grief, the storm clears up. Hans is about to kill Elsa when Anna manages to get to them and saves her just in time - freezing to death. However minutes later, Anna thaws out because she had performed an act of true love by sacrificing herself for her sister. Due to this, Elsa realizes that love is the key to controlling her powers. She saves the kingdom by removing the eternal winter, and she stays Queen of Arendelle alongside her sister.

Once Upon a Time

In the last minute of Season 3's finale of Once Upon a Time, it was revealed that Emma Swan and Captain Hook brought back with them to present a vessel from the past which when it landed in the present-time the vessel broke open, releasing Elsa into Storybrooke.[1] Elsa had a story arc throughout season four, mostly concentrating on her controlling her powers, her family's magical history and finding her sister after she is transported to Storybrooke. At the end of the of the season she returns to Arendelle with Anna and Kristoff.


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Elsa is a very popular character in the Frozen fandom, which is shown on how much gifs, picspams, Fanart, and fanfics are already seen on Tumblr, AO3, FFN, and Deviantart. Elsa is the thirteenth Disney Princess, and was added to the line-up in 2014.

Popular pairings for Elsa are with her sister, Hans and Jack Frost of Rise of the Guardians. Other pairings have been seen such as Elsa/Kristoff.

Common Tropes and Themes

  • Changing Elsa's powers into another element, commonly fire (Example: Let 'em Burn, a 'Let it Go' parody) or water (Example: Let it Flow, a 'Let it Go' Parody). Other elements such are also used.
  • Elsa is often genderswapped.



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  1. Once Upon a Time Season 3 Episode 22 "There's No Place Like Home"