|The Duke of Weselton|
|Title||The Duke, The Duke of Weselton, The Duke of Weasel Town|
|Enemies||Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, Kristoff|
- "Ah, Arendelle. My most mysterious trade partner. Open those gates so I may unlock your secrets and exploit your riches! Did I say that out loud...?"
- —The Duke of Weselton
The Duke of Weselton is the secondary antagonist of Disney's 2013 animated film Frozen.
The Duke is a short, lean man, wearing well-mannered clothes with a red sash and medals pinned over his right breast. He has blue eyes with round glasses, and a pointed nose with a light grey mustache over his lips. His hair has been replaced with a toupée poorly pasted over the front of his scalp, which is made obvious when he bows or even hops slightly - this is often exploited for comedic effect.
There was speculation prior to the movie's release that the Duke of Weselton would be evil, which ended up proving mostly false. While he's not particularly villainous or heartless, though, he is heavily pompous and greedy, but this is played mostly for humor. For example, while he was invited to Arendelle for the coronation of Queen Elsa, the Duke was really far more interested in exploiting Arendelle's tradable goods, as he ended up explicitly confessing by accident. His many inquiries, such as wanting to know why the castle gates were locked for so many years, and why the grounds were off limits to outsiders, showed that he's also rather nosy.
A couple of the Duke's other striking traits are his cowardice and irrational attitude. Whenever even the slightest oddity occurs, he'll go into a panic, relying on his bodyguards to protect him. He also has a hatred of magic and sorcery, since he finds its unusual nature to be highly dangerous, which explains why he was so hostile towards Elsa after her powers were revealed at the coronation ball. His fear of magic and the mysterious power it holds leads him to order his thugs to find and kill Elsa, hoping that her death would bring an end to the eternal winter she accidentally caused.
However, despite his flaws, the Duke does have a heart to some degree. When Prince Hans claimed that Princess Anna was killed by Elsa, the Duke found the news to be immensely shocking, considering the princesses' family ties. Of course, this is only a little thing and does little to redeem his overall character.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
The Duke of Weselton is a dignitary from Arendelle's neighboring kingdom Weselton, commonly mispronounced as "Weaseltown" to his chagrin. His title proves he holds great power in his homeland, and on his formal wear, one will notice several badges and medals, indicating a history of significant accomplishment despite his rather meek character. The Duke also has two burly bodyguards at his disposal, though they rarely speak and usually only stand by his side to protect him from harm. In addition, he was selected (or perhaps chose himself) to act as an envoy to Arendelle to open trade channels. All of this proves that he's considered very important in Weselton, and probably has a great deal of political influence.
Another, less impressive ability is that the Duke is very spry for his age, being able to perform physically demanding (and rather preposterous) dance moves with seemingly little fatigue or stress.
Though he is shown to be physically adept, it is improbable that he has any fighting skills, with a weapon or otherwise. He prefers to have his bodyguards take care of any manual work.
Role in the CrossoverEdit
In context with the fandom, the Duke holds little presence in the story aside from either comedy relief or as a pawn from the villains, his superstitious attitude making him easy prey for Pitch.
Due to Hiccup's "less refined" mode of customs, in contrast to most royals he is accustomed to, the Duke would not have a very high opinion of him, aside from potentially being interested in the origins of his prosthetic leg. Should he find out about Toothless, the Duke would likely become irrational and paranoid, demanding "the savage and his monster" to leave - in short, he would react in a similar way as he did to Elsa.
The Duke is shown to be superstitious of magic, and would probably lack the right mindset to believe in, and therefore meet, Jack. Should he see him however, he would likely react to his power in the same manner as he did with Elsa: with fear and prejudice. For these reasons, the Duke would be an easy target for Jack's mischief, either for his amusement or (in Frozen Tangled Guardians) his family.
As a royal, the Duke would have some form of interest in Merida in the event that Elinor (the more composed and diplomatic of the two) is unavailable. While holding no actual malice towards Merida, he would be more interested in the perks of trade with her Kingdom. Despite her fiery impatience with the old man, the Duke's more eccentric social skills would mesh with hers to a surprising degree.
Again, as a royal, the Duke would have an interest in getting on Rapunzel's good side, hoping to establish some beneficial connection with Corona. However, if he were to discover her past, specifically that she used to have magical hair, he would likely begin to level accusations against her.