This scene is probably what some could call a red herring for Hans’ personality. However, I can’t help but think he was honest here. But what got me thinking is, what was on his mind when he smiled after saying “Just you?”
Was it something like, “Bingo, I got a better chance to get close to the Arendelle princesses” or was it something least malicious?
After reading some posts defending Hans for his actions, I really think he isn’t all that bad. I mean, every bad guy has a reason anyway. And that reason is what I want to know.
I think that he really truly did fancy her at first, and wanted to be with her, but during Love Is a Open Door he reaches out for her a couple of times and Anna misses, doesn’t notice Hans reaching out for her. I think then he realized that Anna just loved the idea of being with a handsome prince, and just fancied Hans, because he’s a royal prince, and that it wasn’t really love; and since Anna left to find Elsa, he was really beginning to enjoy being in power and being everybody’s leader, he loved the idea of being King, more than Anna, so the plotting to murder them to get the throne was set back in motion. During the kiss scene with Anna, you can notice that he stops, his eyes zoom around like he’s thinking, and then goes in for the betrayal.
I think he came to usurp the throne, but really couldn’t choose between loving Anna or the throne, in the end, he choose the throne. When he’s about to go out to seek out to find Anna again, he’s stopped by the higher-ups and one of them mentions ” But you are all that we have left ” and he stops, and begins thinking quietly to himself. I believe that he was switching back to choosing Anna again, but then that guy made him switch back to trying to usurp the throne. So Hans says ” fuck it, she never really loved me, I really love the idea of being their king and besting my brothers more, let’s go out and take over that throne “.
Hans is a A+ actor so can understand why a fan would think that Hans is just acting sweet and innocent here, but there was no body around when he’s in the water and flips the boat. There was nobody to act off, pretend or lie too, just him and his horse. Hans had a chance to do a evil grin here or smirk, but he didn’t, just a happy, goofy smile and blushing underneath his cheeks.
Also Jennifer lee has mentioned that Hans is a tragic character, because he grew up without love, so I believe that he was in love, but he A) didn’t understand it or know what it was, so pushed it aside or B) felt betrayed and used by Anna, and he felt like he was being treated like a fool, and didn’t take it well at all.
Hans may of had cruel intentions at first, but Anna was the wrong girl for him, Anna was right for Kristoff from the beginning. But Hans is ill in the head, so I don’t think that anything would of worked out well; if he had a better childhood, he would of dealt with Anna so much better and would of stayed with Anna, and would of helped her find Kristoff, despite his hurt, but because he grew up with no love, his head and heart is fucked up beyond extreme and did some crazy, sick things.
Hans’ heart is frozen cold, by childhood trauma, and it only just melted a little when he bumped into Anna by the dock, but froze up again when things weren’t working out.