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The citizens of Arendelle will cheer when I take their kingdom because they'll finally have a real ruler. Not a monster like you.
—Hans to Elsa src

Prince Hans is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the third episode of the fourth season and is portrayed by guest star Tyler Jacob Moore.

Hans is based on the character of the same name from the Disney film Frozen.


Before First Curse

After discovering a cave in the North Valley harbors an urn capable of entrapping a magic user, Prince Hans and his brothers prepare to seize Arendelle from Queen Elsa, who they wish to trap in the urn. While situated at camp with an army, one of Hans' brothers, Jurgen, orders him to put more wood on the fire because it's not warm enough. Hans, too busy looking at a map to care, coolly tells him to do it himself. For his defiance, Jurgen threatens to throw Hans into the fire instead, but the latter rebukes him for speaking him as such when he will be the future King of Arendelle. Jurgen and some of his other brothers laugh at this assertion, with Franz reminding Hans of what happened last time he tried to take the throne. To prove this time will be different, Hans flashes a map that shows the urn's location in the North Valley. Kristoff, after discovering this, reports the news to Elsa, and the two reach the cave to destroy the urn. However, Hans and three of his brothers soon surround the pair. Acting quickly, Elsa counters with ice magic, but she gives up the urn when Hans threatens Kristoff's life. In a smug tone, Hans remarks to Elsa that a monster shouldn't rule Arendelle, and he proceeds to uncap the relic. A white liquid pours out, but while it's expected the substance will trap Elsa, the Snow Queen materializes from it instead. Having taken insult to Hans' previous comment, the Snow Queen turns him into an ice statue, while the prince's brothers flee. ("Rocky Road")

After departing from the North Valley, Ingrid brings Hans and the urn to the royal castle and hides them in her old room wardrobe. ("Smash the Mirror")

After Second Curse

Thirty years later, Arendelle unfreezes and Hans is freed from ice imprisonment. Declaring himself the new ruler of the kingdom, he quickly arrests Anna and Kristoff, but the pair fight their way out and flee. By paying an informant at the docks, he learns they are headed for the Enchanted Forest. Black Beard, enticed by Hans' promise of gold, agrees to comply in tricking Anna and Kristoff. The couple seek Black Beard in order to gain a wishing star, which can grant a wish if the user is pure-hearted. After the transaction is sealed, Hans and his brothers corner them. Sentenced to death, Anna and Kristoff are bound up and tossed into a coffer. Stubbornly, Anna insists Elsa will escape from the urn and take back the kingdom, but Hans informs her that thirty years have already passed. When she, in shock at this news, babbles on in hysterics, an annoyed Hans shuts the coffer. Lastly, Black Beard orders his crew to toss the luggage into the sea, which they promptly do. Unknown to Hans, the couple survive due to Elsa using the wishing star, which transports them to Storybrooke. ("Fall")

After Anna, Elsa and Kristoff return to Arendelle, Hans is quickly dethroned. Notably, Anna gives him a much deserved punch in the face. It is not known what happens to Hans after this; whether he is imprisoned or sent home. ("Heroes and Villains")


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  • Solid lines denote blood relationship
  • Only two of Hans' brothers' names are known


Production Notes

  • The casting call describes him as in his mid-20s and "a well-bred prince with a serious chip on his shoulder, a young man who burns to be king. Refined and well-spoken on the outside, Hans has a mean streak a mile wide and will do anything to claim the power and respect he thinks he deserves."[1]
  • For the scene where the Snow Queen freezes Hans in "Rocky Road", Tyler Jacob Moore had to be 3D modeled, and stand with his hands up and a frozen look on his face.[2]



  1. Webb Mitovich, Matt (July 22, 2014). Once Upon a Time Casting Another Frozen Role — Who Should Fill It?. TVLine. “In his mid-20s, Hans is described as "a well-bred prince with a serious chip on his shoulder," a young man who burns to be king. (Mild spoiler alert for Frozen ahead!) Refined and well-spoken on the outside, Hans has a mean streak a mile wide and will do anything to claim the power and respect he thinks he deserves.”
  2. TwitterLogo @TylerJacobMoore (Tyler Jacob Moore) on Twitter. "I had to be 3D modeled for the scene where they froze me...So I had to stand there with my hands up and a frozen look on my face" (screenshot)

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