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
Jelsa by 531154865324 (2017)
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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 a 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, insecurities, isolation: Jack was alone for hundreds of years, unable to interact with anyone, while Elsa was isolated in her room, far away from everyone, keeping herself away from her kingdom). They could bond and find comfort in one another over. Jack didn’t interact with anyone 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. However, that is not to say that Elsa isn't sassy, or Jack isn't responsible as well. They both have complex personalities that complement each other quite nicely. 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 (in the first Frozen movie). 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 separation through the test of time a preferable tool for drama and tragedy. It is also worth noting that Jack possesses the ability to change his physical appearance at will, as stated by William Joyce before. And although not officially confirmed, many fans believe that, after the happenings in Frozen 2, Elsa, as the Fifth Spirit, has also become immortal.

Another thing that shippers use to defend their pairing is that William Joyce, the creator of the book series The Guardians of Childhood that inspired the Rise of the Guardians movie, has acknowledged in multiple occasions the existence of the Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons fandom, as well as the Jelsa community, even going as far as showing support for the ship[1].


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 [2], 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).[3] [4]

Every release of new Frozen media content has only helped boost the Jelsa community's enthusiasm, with the fans going as far as starting a petition to have Jack Frost appear in the (at the moment) rumored Frozen sequel, despite him being a character from a rival company[5]. But as the years passed, the fandom cooled down considerably until its resurgence with the release of Frozen II. The ship's popularity rose once again, many fans pointing out even more parallels between Jack and Elsa after the sequel came out.

As loving and supporting as the fandom seems to be, it goes without saying that it had its downsides down the road as well. Some Jelsa shippers have shown rather aggressive behavior over the years, going as far as attacking other ships related to Jack or Elsa. Similarly, other Jack or Elsa shippers have gone after Jelsa shippers just as much. Stolen fanwork has been another issue in the community, be it either from other ships or even from the Jelsa community's creators. Toxicity reached such extreme levels that it discouraged a considerable amount of shippers from staying in the fandom.

Common Tropes & Genres

Many fans have tweaked the movies' timelines in their own works, playing around with their own headcanons for Jack and Elsa to meet, and for their relationship (either romantic or not) to develop. Over the years, storytellers have explored the spectrum of canon compliance vastly, constantly finding new scenarios that fit the official media. Some of the widely known fics to explore the Rise of the Guardians and Frozen timelines were Frostbitten by Arialene, and ICE ALLIANCE by NopeNotTelling.

High School and College AUs are fairly common in the fandom. The fandom also likes to adapt the concept of the Disney x DreamWorks rivalry into a neverending assortment of competitive settings such as rival schools, cliques, businesses, families, factions, etc.

Artist Wain Wagtail has a series of Hogwarts Comics depicting Jack, Elsa, and their friends.



  • 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.'"
  • 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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Meta/Further Reading

Fannish Resources



  1. ^ William Joyce Interview - Shreveport writer, artist and filmmaker William Joyce talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about his latest book, plans for upcoming movies and why he continues to call Shreveport home.
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  5. ^ Petition: Make a movie with Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians and Elsa from Frozen. ( A Jelsa movie )