oh no please im not supposed to feel bad for him but
Okay first if all how dare you
No but like, this would have been an incredible backstory. Especially with the whole being the youngest sibling thing and the always forgotten about stuff, it would have been great to see this played out in the movie. Like, even at the beginning. Imagine a short scene at a ball before the accident happened where Hans’ family is there and Hans tugs on his mom’s dress because he’s too small to reach the sandwiches on the table and his brothers won’t help him and his mom just laughs with the other royals who then walk away and then she leans over and says this.
MEANWHILE ELSA AND ANNA ARE USING ELSA’S POWERS TO GET THE CHOCOLATE DOWN FROM THE DESSERT TABLE COMPLETELY UNAWARE OF THE CHILD TRAUMA/ABUSE HAPPENING ACROSS THE BALLROOM
This was one of the things I was annoyed about in the movie, actually. Of course, because Anna fell in love with another dude, Hans has to be evil. That’s the way that Disney (and other kids shows, let’s be fair) ties up ‘love triangles’. People can screencap frames where Hans blinks wrong all they want, but I thought it was really out of left field- and yet 100% predictable because Kristoff exists and it’s an easy way to tie off that thread.
You know what I would have loved? I would have loved a Hans who wanted to love Anna. Like, a Hans who had to marry her and be with her for power reasons, inferiority complex reasons, literally ALL THE SAME REASONS, but instead of being completely, predictably, villainous in it, I would have liked it if he wanted to love her, but he just didn’t. Just couldn’t feel that way. If he leaned in and kissed her and nothing happened.
He pulls away, Anna looks up at him in horror, and it’s still a lie and still a betrayal, but instead of having the black and white Hans and Kristoff, you’ve got a little more of a human element- motivated by greed and ambition and therefore still somewhat reprehensible, but ultimately sympathetic. More assassins from the weasel guy try to kill Elsa, Hans maybe helps them out of spite because he can’t marry Anna now, and at the end of the movie, he goes home to a family who doesn’t have space for him- and maybe Anna and Elsa ask him to visit and he goes to escape from that and finds friendship rather than the romantic love he was looking for but he realizes that all he wanted was someone to appreciate him and HAPPY ENDINGS FOR EVERYONE OKAY why not that Disney, huh.