Jack Frost/Elsa

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Pairing: Jack Frost/Elsa
Alternative name(s): Jelsa
Gender category: Het
Fandom: Rise of the Guardians/Frozen, The Big Four, The Super Six
Canonical?: Non-Canon
Prevalence: popular
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Jack/Elsa is a het crossover pairing between Jack Frost of Rise of the Guardians and Queen Elsa of Frozen.


This ship is actually not canon due to Jack being of DreamWorks character while Elsa is a Disney character.

The Ship

These two characters actually, although on the outside seem to be very different have a lot in common personality wise. Their sacrifices and love for their younger siblings (Jack died to save his younger sister. Elsa isolated herself to protect her sister whom she cared about even though it was killing her inside; sacrificing some of her childhood, all of her teen’s years, the start of her adult life just to keep Anna and her family safe from herself), and their loneliness, isolation: Jack was alone for hundreds of years, unable to interact with someone, while that Elsa was isolated in her room, far away from everyone, keeping herself in isolation). They could bond and find comfort in one another over. Jack didn’t interact with someone for years; no one could touch him as he was a spirit, whereas Elsa, locked alone for years in her room, refused to let everyone touch her all in order to protect them. They could find comfort one another knowing they are not alone; to know that there is someone else going through what they are going through.

The two conflicting personalities could definitely lead to some very interesting interactions and tensions. Elsa is quiet, regal, mature and reserved as the perfect Queen, while Jack is very playful, a fun loving, mischievous, and trouble making spirit. They balance each other out, Elsa showing him the importance of being serious, and Jack showing her the importance of having fun and "letting it go". This has become quite a popular ship.

Others try to argue that Jack is over 300 years old, compared to Elsa who is only 21 years old. This is a popular trope in fiction pairing an immortal with a mortal (as an immortal vampire with a simple mortal human), the tragedy of their seperation through the test of time a preferable tool for drama and tragedy.


The crossover pairing became quite popular after Frozen's release in November 2013; various forms of fanworks could be found: fanart, gifs, vids, fanfiction. Due to this, Elsa was often added to the Big Four fandom. The pairing was nicknamed "Jelsa" by fans. It's by far one of the largest pairings for Elsa and one of the top pairings for Jack Frost as well.

One of the more influential artists for the Jelsa pairing was Kazeki, who had inspired a lot of people to fall in love with the pairing. However due to many people stealing her fanart and reposting them or making merchandise out of them she ended up leaving the internet (and fandoms in general).[citation needed]

Common Tropes & Genres



  • Like Burning by disarmed - "She lets out a nervous little laugh and backs away. 'I am delusional. You are obviously a figment of my imagination. Anna's ridiculous engagement has gotten to me. Now I'm creating men.' She gives him an appraising sort of look. 'I could have done worse, I suppose.'"
  • check the pipes for frost ;, not in so many words ;, and apples ; by therentyoupay
  • Beware His Frozen Heart by Reyzel616 - "Trapped in a kingdom of Isolation, Elsa was never accepted by the people in her kingdom. She never had a proper childhood. She never experienced love. After Elsa brought summer back to Arendelle everyone was happy, except for Elsa. She became sad and lonely seeing how everyone had someone except her. That is until she found a man under the ice. His name was Jack..."




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