Elsa the Snow Queen is the deuterantagonist/false antagonist in the upcoming 2013 Disney animated film Frozen. She first makes her MCF Appearence in MCF and the Princess Mystery as one of the Princesses who get kidnapped by the Ice King but later does. She is set to reappear in MCF and the Ice Queen. She is voiced by Idina Menzel.
As the queen regnant of the kingdom of Arendelle, Elsa appears calm, reserved and regal, and unlike her sister, is experienced in grace and poise. Beneath this elegant appearance however, Elsa is quite complex; in truth, Elsa is troubled with her abilities, a trait that stems from a traumatic incident as a child. When she was younger, she had cared strongly for Anna and, although she was the more mature of the two, Elsa was quite playful. However, ever since her magic nearly caused her sister's death, Elsa had lived in fear for a great amount of her life, too nervous to let her powers overdevelop. As a result, she desired isolation from everyone she cared about, including Anna, out of fear that she could hurt them, and chose to keep things to herself rather than communicate or be around anyone.
From said concern, Elsa is sensitive towards other people and their well-being, as Elsa always felt she had to be far away from people as much as possible in order to keep them as safe as possible. As such, she felt that she could not truly rule a kingdom because of this flaw, although she tried as best as possible to repress her abilities for the sake of the kingdom. Often, although Elsa demonstrates her willingness to sacrifice her own happiness for everyone else's, she herself feels irritated from the restraints she is forced into, most evidently on her coronation day when she was to become queen even though she was very apprehensive from the threat of her wintry power, and simply be accepted for who she is. It is also apparent that Elsa had tried her best to suppress her abilities for her parents' sake in order not to hurt others and to be a good ruler for Arendelle when her time came, and so gained a great sense of responsibility at an early age.
Growing up believing her emotions were unstable caused Elsa to cut interaction with Anna fearing she could not control her powerful emotions when Anna was around to spur them. Despite her moral reasoning, she came off as aloof and cold towards anyone who wished to see her. Because Anna had to lose the memories of Elsa's magic in order to survive Elsa's curse, Anna did not understand why Elsa's isolation was so dire and simply believed Elsa was uncaring. However, Elsa truly loved Anna and always wished to be with her whenever Anna asked, a chance Elsa greatly regretted refusing and was left in deep despair when Anna became the only family she had left. She also believes that she thinks she does not belong in Arendelle as she sees herself only as a force of destruction, implying that Elsa has low self-esteem towards herself in an extreme case, as she constantly blames herself to be the sole cause for most of her life's misfortunes despite others stating she is not, to the point that she labels herself as a living storm and distances herself from everything in general.
Although she had avoided Anna for most of her life, Elsa was more than willing to share some words with her, even sneakily tricking the Duke of Weselton into dancing with Anna, showing more of her mischievous and playful side.
Despite her fear, Elsa shows to truly care about her family and her kingdom as more than just a position quite selflessly, as she was evidently frightened when she realizes that she had created a winter over her kingdom when she had tried so desperately to avoid them from her danger. But due to the influence of her magic, Elsa does not like to confront things she had caused, for she has always believed she can only create winter, not remove it.
However, during "Let it Go", Elsa reveals a liberated side to her personality. Without stress or fear of hurting others, Elsa is strong and unafraid, yet with an air of elegance still surrounding her. Armed with a sense of freedom, she is confident in her abilities, letting them roam free with grace and beauty, all the while no longer worried or daunted by her restraints. In the segment, which was entirely about letting go of her fears and being herself, Elsa abandons what others had wanted out of her, including her parents, so that she can be free to be herself. During this time, Elsa proves herself to be incredibly artistic and a daring young woman willing to remain far from what she was destined to be, and rejects her own fate as Arendelle's queen for the choice of her own freedom.
However, Elsa's strongest part of herself is her love for her sister, a trait that gives Elsa the ultimate motivation to save Anna. Although she feels responsible for the chaos she has caused, the bond Elsa shares with Anna is stronger than she knows, as the feeling itself is her reminder that she is not truly alone when there is someone else who cares for her as well. With love, Elsa finds a stronger grip over her abilities in order to save those she cares about. From this, Elsa confronts her fear, and learns how to use her powers for good instead of imbalance, and in doing so, gains the will to control it.
After she conquers her fear and gains recognition from the kingdom, Elsa's personality becomes warm and playful once again, as she happily attends ice skating with Anna and the others, and even helps Anna to ice skate without fear of freezing her as well as creating a snow cloud to help Olaf remain during summer.
Interestingly enough, although she is passive compared to Anna, it is implied that she ironically enjoys more thrilling activities then her sister. Immediately after thawing Arendelle, without hesitation, she creates an ice rink for everyone to use. While Anna is somewhat hesitant, she skates without fear, even encouraging her to join in.
Elsa is a strikingly beautiful young woman with a tall, slender figure, long platinum blonde hair that reaches a few inches above her elbows, blue eyes, and pale skin (Elsa's skin appears to be fairer and brighter than Anna's skin) with a light dusting of freckles (a trait she shares with her sister Anna, though it looks like she has fewer freckles than her younger sister). She has the face of her mother, as during her coronation, she bore a striking resemblance to the Queen, albeit with a different hair color. In her pre-Snow Queen state, she wore a teal dress with a sweetheart bodice with bronze lacing, black sleeves and magenta cape, and her hair was kept back in a French braided crown twist bun. Ever since the accident with Anna at age 8, Elsa wore white gloves to contain her powers, but at her coronation, she wore longer, cyan gloves that go with her outfit.
In her Snow Queen state, Elsa wears her hair in a left side braid woven with snowflake incrustations, and swisps of her bangs slicked back on top of her head. She wears a crystal-blue, off-the-shoulder dress made out of ice with a right knee-high slit, a crystallized bodice, powder blue sleeves and ice high heels. At the back of her bodice is a long, transparent cape of sheer ice draped down from her sleeves and decorated with big snowflakes.
Powers and Abilites
Elsa is most iconic being the Snow Queen, and as such, she has complete and total control over the element of ice and snow (also known as cryokinesis and frigokinesis). With her abilities (that she was apparently born with), Elsa can conjure up and shape various things from snow flurries to blizzards. Most of her powers are unleashed via her hands, and controlled by her emotions. If she's happy and at peace, her powers would be under her complete control, but if she's stressed or fearful, she will lose control and cause great harm to those around her. Near the end of Frozen, it appears that she has gained more control over her powers.
Some of what her powers can do are seen throughout the film. In the beginning, she was able to turn the castle's ball room into a winter wonderland. She is also able to create enchanted snowmen (both large and small), ice structures such as her ice palace, deadly blizzards as mentioned above, and more. She's also been seen being able to move ice structures at will. It also appears that she can control transitional forms of snow, as she was not only able to create solid forms such as ice, but gaseous forms as well; for instance, she created a snow cloud for Olaf at the end of the film. Interestingly, it would seem that nearly her entire being can conjure ice and snow, as seen when she stepped onto the river water at the coronation fjord, immediately freezing it the moment her foot touched the liquid.
Her powers are most prominently featured during "Let it Go" in which Elsa frees herself from the fear and stress she held, allowing her abilities to run wild. In the sequence she created her ice palace, a stairway for entrance, Olaf, as well as her ice gown. During the song she even points out that her powers protect her from the effects of cold.
It is also shown that despite not having any formal training, she is capable of being a fierce fighter with her magic. At one point in the story when her ice palace is raided, the Duke's thugs attacked her and she was able to hold them both off on her own.
It's also interesting to note that in times when Elsa is truly frightened, her powers might act on their own in order to protect her. As mentioned before when she was initially attacked, an arrow was shot at her from a cross bow. Elsa's powers reacted to this instantly, forming a wall of ice in front of her to block the incoming arrow. So it's possible her ice powers may have a will of their own to some extent, where they respond to whatever Elsa feels. This possibility could explain why she was able to create Olaf and Marshmallow. Theoretically, in having a mind of its own, it would make sense if the ice powers split part of its sentience off into these external shells created by Elsa, each of whom represent a certain aspect of Elsa's personality. It also appears that her powers depend on which emotion she feels; if she is in sorrow, all the snow particles in the air stand still as if time has stopped, while anger creates a similar effect to fear but with an offensive direction instead of chaotic versatility.
The only way thought to conceal her powers was by wearing gloves on her hands, which appeared to negate her icy touch on other objects. However, it's possible this is nothing but a psychological mindset that helped to keep her anxiety and any icy outbursts under control all her life. Because it was her father, one of the few people she trusted, that claimed that wearing them would stop her abilities, Elsa believed it to be true, so by wearing gloves she thought truly stopped her powers, as a result of said belief, they did. This is supported by the fact she was able to freeze through the hand shackles in Arendelle’s prison cell, in her desperation to get away, proving that covering her hands does not actually stop her power, but rather, sheer force of will and belief.
It is shown that if she casts her magic on a living being directly, the victim will not only freeze to death, but slowly transform into an ice statue, and the process only hastens if they are in cold conditions. While the curse can be removed if the magic affects the mind, the heart is the most vulnerable and if this is the case, the victim can only be cured by an act of true love. While Elsa had thought she cannot undo the frosty effects she creates, it is revealed that that she is capable of removing such curses through her love for others, as it is the warmest emotion of all.
One interesting thing to note is that when the animators were creating her character, and coming up with ways for her to use her abilities, they came up with a Signature Snowflake for her. This snowflake can be seen multiple times through out the film on almost everything she creates. Such instances are when she slams her foot into the ground to create the floor of her ice palace, the pattern on the doors that led to the balcony of her ice palace, and it is the snowflake shown within the film's logo.
At a young age, Elsa realizes that she holds an ancient power over ice and snow, and often used her abilities to play with her sister, Anna. Elsa shared a close bond with her free-spirited younger sibling, however one night while the two were playing in the ballroom, Elsa accidentally shoots her sister with her magic when Anna slipped from the snow. The King and Queen immediately seek aid for Anna by visiting the trolls, whose leader is able to stabilize Anna's condition by removing the memories of Elsa's magic from Anna. However, he delivers a warning to Elsa of the beauty and danger her powers pose if she lets fear consume her. While the King promises to help Elsa control them, the incident leaves Elsa traumatized of her powers. As a result, the King and Queen order the gates to be locked for Elsa's and Anna's safety. From then on, Elsa spent the rest of her life distanced from the kingdom, including Anna, trying to keep her powers from growing out of control.
When Elsa and Anna reach their teens, the King and Queen suddenly die during a storm out at sea when they left the kingdom for a trip. Three years later, Elsa is chosen to be crowned the new queen (regnant, not consort) at a coronation. Elsa, though reluctant at removing her gloves to to take the royal orb and scepter, is able to keep it together and is crowned. Later however, during the ball, the Duke of Weselton tries to dance with Elsa, but she gets Anna to briefly join him. While he makes a fool of himself with his silly dancing, Elsa gets to exchange some words with Anna for the first time in years, but as Anna goes to tell Elsa how they'll get to spend more time together again, Elsa states it will not happen. As Elsa spends her time during the party, Anna arrives with Prince Hans to ask for her blessing in their upcoming marriage. Elsa is startled, and refuses to over the fact that the two had just met and Anna's misunderstood idea of true love. While Anna retaliates by asking why Elsa keeps shutting her out, Elsa starts to walk away, so Anna grabs at her, pulling off her glove. As Anna still pleads with her to tell her why she is behaving this way, Elsa accidentally exposes her abilities to the citizens by creating a wave of icepicks. Elsa runs out of the castle before all the other excited subjects. Elsa's powers further reveal themselves, surprising and frightening everybody, with the Duke claiming her to be a monster inflicted with sorcery. She runs all the way to the river with Anna chasing after her. As everything begins to freeze, Elsa runs over the river, and with every step she takes, she causes the entire thing to turn to ice, trapping all the fjords in there before spreading throughout the rest of the kingdom. Elsa then retreats to the north mountain, accidentally placing a frozen curse on her kingdom as she leaves. Although she is still frightened by what she's done, she starts to embrace her powers now that she is alone, letting her powers roam free. She creates herself an ice palace and a gown out of her magic. She also recreates Olaf, the snowman she built with Anna as a child, but unknowlingly sparks him with life.
Elsa lives peacefully in solitude, until one day when Anna enters her castle. While Elsa becomes slightly enlightened that Anna had come to visit her, she is horrified to learn that she had caused a curse upon the kingdom. Overcome by fear and guilt, Elsa unleashes her powers once again by accident, but this time she inadvertently hits Anna at her heart. As Olaf and Kristoff run to try and aid Anna, Elsa demands for them to leave her, as Anna belongs in Arendelle; she, however, does not. While Anna still insists she come back with them, Elsa is forced to create a gruesome snow beast known as Marshmallow, who throws the trio out of the castle.
After Anna's departure, Hans and a group of soldiers arrive to arrest Elsa after believing she had killed Anna. As Marshmallow defends against the attack, two soldiers sneak past him and try to kill Elsa per the Duke's orders. Elsa is fearful at first, but eventually uses her abilities and comes close to nearly killing the two. However, just as one is about to shoot her, Hans intervenes, causing the fired arrow to cut through the chandelier which then plummets towards to ground. Elsa tries to escape the collision, but is knocked out in the process.
As she is taken back to Arendelle, Elsa is tried for treason, and is ordered to be executed. Fortunately, her icy touch causes the prison to become fragile, allowing her to escape in the kingdom's devastating snowstorm. Hans finds her in the storm and blames her, telling her that she had caused Anna to die. Elsa is stricken with despair and collapses, giving Hans the chance to eliminate her. However, Anna jumps in front of Elsa as her curse takes full effect, turning into an ice statue which shatters Hans' sword and causes the latter to fall back. Elsa recovers and sees her sister's fate, causing her to weep and clutch on to the statue while blaming herself for bringing this upon Anna. However, Anna's saving of Elsa thaws her frozen heart, and Anna recovers. Realizing that love enables her to control her powers, Elsa is able to use this and focuses herself, removing the icy curse from Arendelle, and returns it to summer. Elsa then rekindles her bond with Anna and the two come together again. Elsa then resumes her position as queen and uses her abilities to give Olaf an ice cloud to prevent him from melting and creates a rink in the town square for the people to enjoy. She makes a pair of ice skates for Anna as well, and the two sisters join with their friends to have fun just as they used to.
- MCF and the Princess Mystery (Debut)
- MCF and the Ice Queen (Return)
- A MCF Christmas
- MCF: Meets the Mouse (Upcoming)
- MCF: The Princess Test
- In all the songs she sings in, her powers are present too. ("For the First Time in Forever" - freezing jewelry box and candle-stick; "Let it Go" - creating Ice Palace and Olaf; "For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)" - accidentally freezing Anna's heart.)
- Elsa's name (a variant of Elizabeth) is Germanic for "noble". It could also be a reference to Eliza, the heroine of another one of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, The Wild Swans.
- Elsa is 21 years old by the time of her coronation, according to Jennifer Lee, the Junior Novelization, and the age difference between her and Anna is 3 years.
- Elsa may have been inspired by classic actress and the former Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly. It should also be noted that director Alfred Hitchcock once described the cool and composed actress as a "snow-covered volcano." This comment may very well have inspired Elsa's passion, as seen in her 11 o'clock number.
- When Elsa joins the Disney Princess line-up, she'll not only replace Cinderella as the oldest Disney Princess, but she'll be the only Disney Princess to not be a teenager.
- Walt Disney had plans to adapt "The Snow Queen" in the 1940's, but after the character of the Snow Queen proved to be too hard to bring down to earth, the project was shelved. Oddly enough, during the 1950's, Disney films often used larger-than-life villainesses such as Lady Tremaine and Maleficent.
- Elsa is the first Disney Princess who is the deuteragonist to have a solo of her own. Jasmine does not count since her solo was removed from her feature film.
- Despite the fact Elsa controls ice and snow, which are both frozen forms of water, Elsa herself is never seen getting wet by water like the other Princesses have, which includes her younger sister Anna.
- Elsa will be the first true blonde-haired, blue-eyed Disney Princess, and the only blue-eyed Disney Princess to not have red or reddish hair (her sister and Cinderella have strawberry-blonde hair while Ariel and Merida are the only true redheads).
- As the oldest sister, Elsa has one braid in her hair, while her younger sister Anna, has two.
- Elsa's coronation hairstyle is the same as her mother's hairstyle.
- Elsa's favorite food is chocolate,a trait she shares with her sister, Anna.
- Elsa's elegance and quiet sophistication may have been inspired by Briar Rose.
- She is the second Disney Princess so far to wear transparent footwear, after Cinderella.
- Anna and Elsa will be the fourth and fifth Disney Princesses to have their films take place in the 1800s. Cinderella, Ariel and Rapunzel all live in the 19th century as well.
- Elsa bears some similarities to Merida.
- Both feel bad for their actions they made (Merida in turning her mom into a bear and Elsa in trapping Arendelle in an eternal winter).
- Neither had a romantic partner at the end of their films.
- Both know how to defend themselves if attacked.
- Both have younger biological siblings (Merida with her triplet brothers and Elsa with Anna).
- Both wore capes.
- Both had the topic of marriage as a source of conflict towards a family member (For Elsa it was against Anna marrying Hans whom she had just met, and for Merida it was against her mother marrying her off to one of the princes of the allying tribes), both which resulted in an argument.
- Contrary to how most adaptations portray her, this version of the Snow Queen is not a villain, since the Snow Queen in the original fairy tale was not intended to be evil. Because of this, the real villain of the film is someone else (the two antagonists, Hans and the Duke of Weselton). Also, the fairy tale involved an evil troll (implied to represent Satan) building a mirror which he will use to turn everyone evil, only to accidentally smash it in the process, and one of the shards ending up hitting Kai. However, the Queen's usual villain portrayal may have been due to the fact that she is either merged with Satan or have Satan removed altogether as children would not want to hear about the Devil in a fairy tale. The Queen was based on a woman Hans Christian Andersen personally hated for being shrewd and distant.
- Elsa may have been based on Kai, from the original "Snow Queen" fairy tale, who after ends up being kidnapped by the title Queen after he is unexpectedly stabbed by one of the broken shards of a magic mirror created by an evil troll which he was supposed to use to corrupt people and becoming cold and resentful, therefore prompting Gerda to try and rescue him, combined with the Snow Queen herself. In some adaptations, Kai and Gerda are actually siblings.
- If that is the case, Elsa is the first Disney Princess to be based on a female and a male character from the source material.
- Elsa, and the Snow Queen from the 2005 anime of the same name are the only two incarnations of the character to be portrayed as heroic characters.
- At one point, Elsa was going to be the main character, where she is the cold-hearted queen of her own kingdom who despised anyone around her, freezing anyone who crosses her path, and just wanted to be alone until she was softened by a kind-hearted man.
- At another point, Elsa was going to be portrayed as a villain when the film was going to be a straightforward adaptation of "The Snow Queen", where she and Anna are unrelated, and she and Kai were separate characters. Eventually, they decided to make the Snow Queen and "Gerda" sisters, to give the Queen depth. She would still be a villain but would ultimately reform at the end, and after the song "Let it Go", which was supposed to be her villain song, was written, Elsa's role was retconned so that she also took over the role of Kai and making her a heroine, as her motivations of self-acceptance and self-control were deemed too benign for villain to have. During various rewrites, Elsa's personality was originally very similar to that of Denahi's from Brother Bear, where instead of being caring, vulnerable and misunderstood, and constantly fearing her powers and blaming everything on herself, she would have been very arrogant, shrewd and resentful, and constantly angry for holding her powers back and constantly blaming everything on everyone including Anna, and would have made her the first villain to be biologically related to a Princess (much like what once happened to Ursula). Her evolving concept designs even reinforce this: her first concept art (made in the early 2000s), depicted her with an apparently sinister design not unlike Jadis the White Witch and appearing less humanlike, while her final design gave her a more angelic appearance. Also, Hans, the film's real villain, was created very late in development for this reason.
- Elsa appears to be the ultimate inversion of the evil queen stereotype. While she shows some antagonistic traits and behavior, such as the ability to produce dangerous magic spells, having an unusually voluptuous design, and having her song "Let it Go" sound like a typical villain song despite her not singing about anything with malicious intent, she is actually good-hearted but misunderstood, and such behavior was most likely out of self-defense, and has not malicious intentions whatsoever. In fact, the only negative traits applied to her is fear and isolation, which in comparison to most traits of the stereotype, are the least malicious. She is even going to be the 13th Disney Princess, which is appropriate since 13 is often considered unlucky, (this also includes how many years she has isolated herself from the public and Anna), and the film was released in 2013.
- Elsa's design resembles that of Queen Jadis the White Witch, as they are both females with ice-based powers. However, unlike Jadis, Elsa is not really evil, just misguided.
- Idina Menzel, Elsa's voice actress, also originated the role of Elphaba from the musical Wicked (a musical that Melissa Fahn was in as well, as an understudy actress for the main actress that played Glinda). It should also be noted that both Elphaba and Elsa appear to have similar motivations, as do Anna and Glinda.
- During Elsa's song "Let it Go", she faces the rising sun in the east meaning her ice palace is found in the western sky. This could be a direct reference to the lyrics, "So if you care to find me, look to the western sky" from Wicked's "Defying Gravity".
- During "For The First Time in Forever (Reprise)", Elsa sings 'Yes I'm alone but I'm alone and free!' Which is very similar to Elphaba singing 'And if I'm flying solo, at least I'm flying free!' in her famous song "Defying Gravity".
- Like Elphaba, Elsa runs away to live in a castle alone.
- Elsa is considered a monster by everyone just like Elphaba is considered to be in Wicked.
- Originally, Elsa's decision to flee the kingdom was because of an ancient prophecy claiming that Arendelle could one day be destroyed by a terrible winter, and since Elsa, who can control ice and snow, did not want to associate herself with this prophecy, ends up running away on her coronation day, only to end up fulfilling it instead. This story idea was not completely abandoned for the movie, however.
- The scene where Elsa fires her ice magic at the camera from the top of a mountain does not appear in the actual film. This is most likely to make so it looks like Elsa curses her kingdom, thus giving an illusion that she is the main antagonist.
- Elsa may also be similar to Wreck-It Ralph as the two are both misunderstood "villains" who were cast out by their own kind causing them to abandon their roles, and a sibling figure to go and bring them back (Felix to Ralph, Anna to Elsa), to prevent a bigger catastrophe from threatening their home, and even feeling bad for it upon returning for the first time.
- Interestingly enough, Frozen writer, Jennifer Lee, once made a tweet jokingly suggesting that Elsa and Wreck-It Ralph would make a good couple during the 2013 D23 Expo.
- Elsa is also similar to Vanellope, since they have been cast out from their kingdoms and made a temporary home in the mountains. Their unique ability is the reason why they were initially shunned, and both longed to lose this ability in Vanellope's case, to control it in Elsa's case. Finally, the villains both attempted to kill them.
- Both of the films feature villainous characters voiced by Alan Tudyk.
- Elsa also bears some resemblance to Rosalina from the video game Super Mario Galaxy, and later games that featured her as well, such as Super Mario 3D World, which was released the same day Frozen was released in a single theater. Rosalina bears similarities to Elsa in design; platinum blonde hair, blue eyes, an off-the-shoulder, light blue gown, and pale skin.
- Elsa is the fourth Disney Princess to possess magical abilities, the first being Ariel, the second being Pocahontas and the third being Rapunzel. However Ariel and Pocahontas seem to use their magic unknowingly while both Rapunzel and Elsa have control over their magic.
- Also like Rapunzel, both were locked away because of their magic powers. Although Rapunzel was taken by her main antagonist and locked away for Gothel's own purposes, while Elsa locked away herself for her sister's and the kingdom's safety. It should also be noted that the two have power over elemental opposites; Rapunzel representing summer and warmth, Elsa representing winter and cold.
- In the Disney universe, Elsa and Anna artistically and thematically coincide with an aspect of nature, as did Rapunzel: Elsa (the cold moon) which stands alone and half in darkness, and Anna (the warm sun) which spreads over everyone (hence her optimism and positive outlook, enabling her to make friends easily). This can also be noted, for in the beginning of the film, Anna explains how the sky is awake when there was a bright moon, therefore she is. Even though the two are different, they complete each other, hence the film's ending of sisterly love saving the day instead of romantic love.
- Also like Rapunzel, both were locked away because of their magic powers. Although Rapunzel was taken by her main antagonist and locked away for Gothel's own purposes, while Elsa locked away herself for her sister's and the kingdom's safety. It should also be noted that the two have power over elemental opposites; Rapunzel representing summer and warmth, Elsa representing winter and cold.
- Since the Disney Princesses were designed to have all the Princesses unaware of each other's presence (however this is debatable given their interactions and scenes together in House of Mouse, at the Walt Disney World Resort and in the first Kingdom Hearts game), Elsa and Anna are the first and second to know of each other, however this could be since childhood. Ariel and Jasmine were seen together talking in The House of Mouse. Snow White was seen talking to Jasmine and Alice (even though she isn't a princess), along with Aurora talking with Cinderella in Kingdom Hearts. Additionally, Rapunzel has a cameo in the beginning of Frozen meaning she knows about both Elsa and Anna.
- Anna and Elsa are the first two of all the Disney Princesses to be siblings and come from the same film, although Ariel has 6 older sisters (Ariel's sisters aren't included in the Disney Princess franchise).
- Elsa is the second deuteragonist in 22 years to join the franchise, the first being Jasmine.
- Elsa is the third official Disney Princess to become a queen, the first being Ariel, the second being Belle. Through Ariel and Belle become queens after marrying the princes, and in the franchise they both still remain as princesses, Elsa becomes a queen because of her parents' deaths, who were the rulers of Arendelle.
- Elsa is the second Princess created by Disney to ever inherit her parents' throne and become a (ruling) queen, since she lost both of her parents over the course of the film (hers and Anna's parents are both killed in an accident at sea), after Kida. Snow White, Aurora, Jasmine and Rapunzel would inherit the throne, as they are the only children of their parents and thus the only heirs. These four Princesses would then become active rulers of their homelands. Additionally, since Snow White's family is dead, she does inherit her father's kingdom despite the fact there is no coronation.The other Disney Princesses are likely to become queen consort (Cinderella, and Ariel) or are not in line for any throne at all (Belle's Prince Adam seemed not to be in charge of anything but his castle, Pocahontas' father was chosen, Mulan had no royal ties at all and it seems unlikely Naveen would be King of Maldonia considering he happily settled down in New Orleans). Also, Merida after being given the choice of either marrying Young MacGuffin, Young MacIntosh and/or Wee Dingwall (originally she ended up with the first above) eventually decided that she didn't want to marry any of them since she realized that she doesn't need a husband anyway. Anna, of course, is unlikely to become a queen as mentioned above.
- A queen consort (also empress consort), by contrast, is the wife of a reigning king (or emperor). A queen consort usually shares her husband’s rank and holds the feminine equivalent of the king’s monarchical titles. Historically, queens consort do not share the king regnant’s political and military powers unless he or a law grants them to her. A queen regnant is a queen in her own right with all the powers of a monarch, usually becoming queen by inheriting the throne on the death of the previous monarch (i.e. Elsa and Anna's parents); they have been far fewer in number than queens consort.
- Other similarities to Kida include the fact that both Kida and Elsa have very fair hair (white and platinum blonde, respectively) and blue eyes (though Kida isn't Caucasian), the fact that they have water and crystal-based magic powers (Kida's powers are based on the Orichalcum crystals associated with Atlantis, while Elsa's are based on ice and snow), that both are queens of a kingdom whose name begins with "A", and both once used giant monsters to impede the heroes' progress (Kida had the Leviathan, while Elsa had Marshmallow). The only difference is that Elsa is Caucasian while Kida isn't, Kida spending most of her film as a princess and only becoming queen at the end, while Elsa was only a princess at the beginning and being a queen for the rest of the film, as well as the fact that Kida ended up with her own king (Milo Thatch) while Elsa remained single.
- Also, Kida and Elsa's films were paired up with the Monsters Inc. films, separated by five months: Atlantis was released five months before the first Monsters Inc., while Frozen was released five months after Monsters University.
- Rapunzel, Anna and Elsa are the only Princesses that are playable characters in Disney INFINITY. Coincidentally, all three also appear in Frozen (Rapunzel as a cameo for Elsa's coronation ceremony in the beginning of the film).
- Elsa and Anna are the third and fourth of all the Disney Princesses to be orphans, the first two being Snow White and Cinderella.
- Elsa is mostly seen wearing blue, while Anna wears green. Blue represents her powers over snow and ice and her sorrow when she is isolated.
- Anna and Elsa are the 5th and 6th Disney Princesses to be seen as kids in their feature films, the first four being Cinderella, Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida.
- Originally, Elsa was going to have dark hair prior to her transformation into the Snow Queen. Her hair was also going to be shorter and pointing upward, making her resemble Periwinkle.
- The accident with Anna strongly implies that Elsa's hair is platinum blonde because of her powers. It can be assumed that if she hadn't been born with her powers, she probably would have had brunette hair like her mother. Although some concept art show her mother as a blonde.
- Elsa is similar to Simba from The Lion King, because they were young monarchs who have been blamed by their villains for threatening their kingdoms and running away only to let said villain take over because of their absence. Also, after abandoning their kingdoms, they both start to care less of ruling their kingdoms until one of their allies warns them about something terrible occurring to said kingdom, and their villains blame them for allegedly killing one of their family members they were very close to.(Anna and Mufasa)
- Elsa is very similar to Beast from Beauty and the Beast, as they are both cursed royalty who were given fierce abilities (though in this case, the Beast was turned hideous and animalistic, Elsa was born with uncontrolled power) and both are misunderstood by the townspeople and referred to as a monster, so they try to avoid the people in fear of their strengths. Both of their film's villains also attempted to kill them (Gaston stabs Beast and almost killed him if he did not revive while Hans almost killed Elsa if Anna did not throw herself in his way.) Ironically, Anna's sacrifice depicts Elsa clutching around her sister's body in a manner similar to Belle's when the Beast died.
- Elsa is also very similar to Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Both were inspired by the titular characters of their original source material (The Snow Queen, and The Little Mermaid) and both stories were written by Hans Christian Andersen. Both of them crave freedom and no longer want to be suppressed by the rules of their societies. They also each are magical and can control water or some form of water in Elsa's case. Additionally both Elsa and Ariel wear sparkling dresses created by magic that reflect the sun's rays. In the first appearance of these dresses both characters have their arms out stretched and are walking into their new destiny's. Interestingly enough both of those scenes occur just as the sun is rising.
- When she joins the Disney Princess line-up, she will be the second Disney Princess who does not have a love interest, the first is Merida.
- Elsa is the fourth Princess to run away from home, after Snow White, Ariel, and Jasmine.
- Elsa is the fifth princess to have her hair braided, the first being Cinderella, the second being Pocahontas, the third being Rapunzel, and the fourth being Anna. Although, Cinderella, Pocahontas and Rapunzel only wear their hair braided for a brief time.
- Elsa is the third Disney character to be portrayed by Idina Menzel, the first was Circe, the second was Nancy Tremaine.
- Elsa is similar to Persephone from Classical Mythology as their absence from their home had led to the coming of winter, and her return resulting in the return of summer.
- Storm from the X-Men, another Queen (of the fictional African nation of Wakanda) now owned by Disney, shares some things in common with Elsa. In addition to having most of their stories take place while they are women older than 20, they also have similarly-colored hair (Storm's is white while Elsa's is platinum blonde). Most significantly, they both have similar power over ice and snow. The differences are that Storm can also induce non-ice-related atmokinetic effects such as rain while Elsa can imbue her snow creations with life, but in both cases their powers are so closely tied to their emotions that they need to remain in constant states of emotional calm to keep from causing atmospheric disaster. Ironically, Storm's design also inspired that of Kida.
- The gloves Elsa was forced to wear as given by the Trolls prior to her coronation as queen appear to serve as a stand-in for the mirror whose broken shards cause Kai to grow resentful and being kidnapped by the Snow Queen in the original story, with Elsa standing in for Kai.
- There was a deleted song entitled "We Know Better" which shows young Elsa teaching Anna how to be a princess.
- Elsa's I Want song is very notable for a Disney Princess for a general I Want song for them represents the Princess wanting a new life, or meeting new people, sometimes seeing new places. Elsa's song "Let it Go" is about her wanting to just to able to be herself and never have to worry about others (as she doesn't want to hurt them).
- Elsa is one of the few Disney Princesses who has not been seen barefoot. She shares this trait with Snow White, Belle and Merida. However despite the fact she is never seen barefoot several times during the film there are direct shots of her feet she shares this trait with Rapunzel and Wreck-It Ralph.
- During the song "Let it Go", Elsa discards the three accessories worn during her coronation that she views as restraints: her gloves (what holds her magic back), her cape (her authority over others), and her tiara (her queenly title), which is ultimately found by Marshmallow at the end of the film.
- Ironically, in the lyrics in her song "Let it Go", she says "You'll never see me cry", but she did cry when Anna has turned into ice crystal and her tears are shown.
- However, it should be noted that when Elsa sang the line, she meant she won't cry because she's out alone; she's happy, she at last can be herself, by herself.
- And Anna was the entire reason why Elsa held her powers –– her entire self –– back, and now, after trying so hard to, "conceal, don't feel," she ends up losing the only person she really cares about. Thus, she is heartbroken at the thought of losing the only family member she has left, her best friend, her sister.
- Even more ironic, Kristoff, who openly announced that he will cry when he was stunned in awe upon witnessing the beauty of Elsa's magically constructed ice palace, never really cried during the movie, or maybe he did not cry to the point that his tear would drop, as if one look closely, Kristoff's eyes were already glittering with tears and was halted when Sven attempted to walk across the icy stair bridge that clearly was not meant for hoofed visitors, which to Kristoff's distraction, tried to resolve.
- Elsa is similar to Periwinkle:
- Both have very fair hair - Peri's is white and Elsa's is platinum blonde.
- Both have a small bang down their forehead.
- Both have power over ice and snow.
- Both have a sister (Anna and Tinker Bell). Their sisters are the main protagonists of both movies respectively.
- Elsa, along with Daisy Duck and Megara, is one of few Disney heroines to sport eye shadow.
- Elsa is also similar to Mirana the White Queen from Alice in Wonderland (2010) as they are both pale-skinned, fair-haired queens who never intend to hurt their subjects.
- It is also stated in the book A Sister More Like Me that Elsa loves geometry. This is shown when she uses her knowledge of geometry to create her ice palace.
- The scene where Elsa and Anna were playing in the Great Hall, which was made into a winter wonderland with Elsa's winter magic, may also be a hint towards the ending, when after being accepted by the citizens and visitors for her magical nature, she turns the courtyard into an ice rink, even asking if they are ready, being only slightly different between the two times: "Ready?" as a child, and "Are you ready?" as an adult.
- The Great Hall is also where Anna learns about Elsa's winter magical nature once again, along with the citizens and the visitors. While as children it would be a happy experience, as adults it would be a terrifying experience for the citizens, visitors, Anna and more importantly for Elsa.
- The vision Pabbie shows Elsa about her abilities seems to hint what would happen in the future. The image of the adult Elsa in her Snow Queen state, her magic and the people in blue appears to hint the citizens of Arendelle and its visitors accepting her for her beautiful winter magic which is controlled with love (the ending), but when her magic and the people attacking Snow Queen Elsa in red hints that once her powers, controlled by fear, are revealed to the public, they will become afraid of her, see as a monster, and then some will even try to kill her or have her killed (Hans, the Duke of Weselton and his thugs).
- Ironically, her and Anna's film was released during an unusually cold winter, causing fans to joke about Elsa causing that winter.
- Because of her abilities, Elsa is considerably one of the most powerful Disney characters; arguably equal in power to Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty.
- In "MCF: The Princess Test", she is seen and spoken for a brief possible cameo. However, in "MCF and the Ice Queen", she meets Prince Dylan, a friend whom the girls met in the former who becomes her love interest. This is a reference to both Elsa's inspiration Elphaba(Idina MenzeI) falling in love with Fiyero(Norbert Leo Butz) because of their actors.
- In some MCF stories it is revealed that Tricia is a childhood friend of Elsa and also, as an adult her speaking voice is Idina Menzel who voices Elsa. This is confirmed in MCF: The Mystery of Tracy and Tricia where it shows Elsa in her teens attending Tricia's party.