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[Editor’s Note: This entry contains spoiler information related to Disney’s Frozen.]
“If Only There Was Someone Out There Who Loved You” is a memorable quote said by Prince Hans, one of the main characters in Disney’s 2013 3D-animated feature film Frozen, as he confesses to Princess Anna that he was only using her to advance his own agenda of becoming the King. Because of the impact of the revelation as a plot twist, the quote has since been expanded into a multi-pane image macro series in which famous couples unexpectedly betray their loved ones.
In the film, the protagonist character Princess Anna takes it upon her self to put an end to an eternal winter accidentally brought down on her kingdom by an icy spell from her magical and aloof older sister Elsa the Snow Queen. One of the supporting characters of the movie was Prince Hans who played the love interest of Anna. Throughout the film, Anna (and the audience) only saw Hans as the classic “Prince Charming” archetype usually found in fairy tales and Disney films.
Later in the film, Anna is unfortunately cast with another accidental spell by Elsa following her unsuccessful attempt at convincing Elsa to return to her kingdom and stop the winter. The lethal spell would turn Anna into a frozen statue if she does not receive a true love’s kiss in time. Desperate and vulnerable, Anna turns to Hans hoping that his love could cure her of the spell. However, much to the surprise of her and the audience, Prince Hans reveals himself to be an opportunistic and power-hungry man who couldn’t be further away from Elsa’s ideal vision of true love.
“Oh Anna, if only there was someone out there who loved you.”
Following the film’s release in December 2013, many of those who saw the film took their reactions to Twitter, Tumblr and other social media outlets, where some expressed their shock and dismay towards the cynical prince, while others chose to make light of the unexpected revelation (shown below). Prince Han’s quote also became one of the main talking points among the critics in their reviews, with many pop culture blogs describing the plot twist as the “death of Prince Charming” and women’s interest blogs welcoming Disney’s bold departure from the jaded trope of Prince on a White Horse.
What started as a mere in-joke among those who had seen the film eventually flourished into a multi-pane image macro series placing a similar plot twist into the relationship of other fictional couples.
Jezebel – Frozen: Finally, a Disney Prince Who’s a Disingenuous Dickweed" / Posted on 12-26-13
ThinkProgress – How Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Gets Its Bad Prince Charming Right#
The Atlantic – Does Prince Charming Really Need to Be Reinvented?