Seasons Guardians AU (also known as Seasons AU and Rise of the Guardians AU by few) is a popular AU (Alternate Universe) within the Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons fandom. In the AU, Rapunzel, Merida, and Hiccup have all been chosen to work alongside Jack Frost as the Guardians of the Seasons. Because it is not canon, ideas for this AU are shown through fanfiction, fanart, and other fan-made works. This could also be a sub-scenario for Elements AU.
- 1 About the AU
- 2 Featured Characters
- 3 Known Examples
About the AU
In the early stages of the crossover, fans were looking for ways that the four characters could possibly cross paths. If the events in the Rise of the Guardians movie occured in the year the film was released (which would have been 2012), and Jack had been an immortal spirit for 300 years, then the year of his death would have been 1712. Hiccup, however, would have lived much before this time because the Viking era lasted from the late 8th century to the late 11th century. The time period in which Rapunzel and Merida would have lived is less clear, though a brief mention of Vikings in Brave would mean that Merida's story probably happened around the same time as Hiccup's (700-800 A.D.) and Tangled probably occured during the 19th century. That would have made it possible for Jack to have met Rapunzel, but what about Merida and Hiccup?
Fans decided that the only way these characters could have met is if they were all immortal. This idea was built upon, and fans realized that Rapunzel, Merida, and Hiccup all had qualities that could have made them guardians too. As it is explained in Rise of the Guardians, the Man in the Moon chooses guardians based on whatever they could bring to the world ("their center" as North puts it). There are many possibilities, but the three characters all have certain attributes that could have been considered as their "centers". Merida, for example, has courage and bravery, Rapunzel has creativity and kindness, Hiccup has change and intelligence, so on and so forth. Fans also realized that they could all be associated with a particular season that corresponds with their personalities and stories. What better way for them to become a team than to be the personifications of the four seasons? With that, the Seasons Guardians AU was born.
The Big Four
Quite self-explanatory, Jack is always portrayed as the Spirit of Winter and Guardian of Fun. Before becoming a guardian, Jack lived a relatively carefree life bringing his season to countries all of the world. With his magical staff, he had the incredible powers of frost and snow manipulation. He's shown as a bit of a mischief-maker, as he often uses his gift to inconvenience others. However, he has a soft spot in his heart for children, and even though most cannot see him, he still partakes in snowball fights and other activities, and loves to grant them the occasional snow day. Winter is also directly associated with death (i.e. plants shed their leaves and die during this season), and Jack Frost is the only Guardian who died in canon (while ice skating with his little sister on a lake that was not frozen over enough).
While in the Rise of the Guardians casting side of the AU, fans sometimes switch Jack's powers, center and role with the other four Guardians of Children, as well as with Pitch Black, for fun.
Rapunzel is usually the Spirit of Spring and Guardian of Creativity, because this season is associated with new life and Rapunzel gave herself a new life when she left her tower, not to mention her hair has life giving properties.. The warmth of spring could also be reflected in the warmth of her heart. While bringing her season to the world, Rapunzel loves to see the happiness on everyone's faces as the first signs of spring arrive. She loves to bring the baby animals out of hibernation, and craft the beautiful, colorful flowers that bloom. In the film Tangled, Rapunzel is already associated with flowers because she came from a tiny drop of sun that blossomed into a magical golden lily. Spring also represents renewal or resurrection, and Rapunzel has the ability to heal people with hair. Fans often make her an associate to the Easter Bunny, due to their shared association with spring.
Often portrayed as the Spirit of Summer and Guardian of Courage (or Freedom), Merida has a strong temper much like the season she represents. Her wild hair has the power to burn like fire, allowing her to bring heat wherever she goes. In the film Brave, she drinks from the "Fire Falls", already associating her with warmth and flames. One of Merida's favorite things about her season is the excitement it brings children when their long-awaited summer vacation finally arrives. Always having had a desire to be in control of her own fate, her season represents freedom and independence. During Brave, Merida is told she has until the next sunrise to find a way to turn her mother back into her human state, and she barely makes it in time, another example of her connection to heat and the sun.
In other cases, though it's not often, fans like to switch Merida's season with Hiccups, thus meaning that she ends as the Spirit of Autumn instead.
Hiccup, proably the most debated Guardian, is most often referred to as the Spirit of Autumn and Guardian of Change. Autumn is a season of great change (the color of the leaves change, the temperature changes, etc.) and Hiccup was the bringer of change to his Viking village when he introduced the concept of dragon training. Autumn is also associated with wisdom, and Hiccup is shown to be very intelligent. The season also represents evolution, and Hiccup had to evolve from a somewhat stubborn, sarcastic young teen into the hero of the island, and matured during the course of the film. His powers generally consist of the ability to change the color of the leaves and make them fall.
On rare occasions, fans like to portray Hiccup as the Spirit of Summer instead of autumn, and sometimes his center is changed for him to be the Guardian of Intelligence. In addition, he can be portrayed as the Guardian of Friendship, Empathy, Compassion, Trust, or Maturity.
Many like to believe that after Tadashi died trying to save a man from within a burning building, the Man in the Moon transforms him into a spirit of fire; much like how he had made Jack a Winter spirit. Tadashi would then later become a Guardian of Fire or Inspiration. The "Kitsune" identity, that he sometimes takes in both Dark AU and Superhero AU, can apart of his spirit identity, as Kitsunes are part of Japanese Yōkai folklore as they possess the power to take on the form of a human; and are also known as a type of guardian spirit.
Many like to believe that MiM granted Tala's wish to be reborn as a Mata Ray, so she could watch over her granddaughter on her journey and to keep her promise to her. MiM saw how wise Tala is and how she keeps telling people the legend of the theft of Te Fiti's heart, the Monsters of Lalotai and how a hero would one day save them, despite them (except Moana) not believing her stories and seeing her as the "crazy lady" of their island. Not letting their thoughts and words get to her and supporting Moana's love for the ocean; he decided to make her a Guardian of the Ocean, Wisdom or of Adventure. As both of her spirit forms - Manta Ray and human - was seen in moonlight.
La Muerte's kindness towards children and being a goddess, can easily have her as a Guardian of Dia De Los Muertos/Day of the Dead. Along with being the guardian of the season that the holiday of remembering past loved ones and heroes is celebrated on.
In Frozen II, after Elsa learns the truth behind her family's past and where her powers come from, she became both the Enchanted Forest's fifth spirit of ice and the Guardian that bridges the two worlds of mortals and spirits together.
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