Throughout the production of a series, a lot goes on behind the scenes in regards to planning and design, which often go through multiple stages before resulting in the final version that is seen on screen. Some concepts and ideas can have an effect on the show and characters, and unexpected occurrences during production can also lead to changes and additions to the plans for the show.

Character Basis

Jacques Schnee, formerly Jacques Gelè, alludes to Jack Frost,[1] the personification of ice, snow, winter, and freezing cold. This allusion has had the following influences on the character and the show:

  • Jacques' surname, Gelè, means "frost" or "frozen" in French.
    • Despite the similarity in pronunciation to Jack, the name Jacques is actually the French equivalent to the name James, which originates from Jacob.
  • Klein Sieben mentions that Jacques always keeps his office cold. This was intended to reference Jacques' character allusion.[2]

He could also allude to the Evil Queen from Snow White's fairy tale:

  • Jacques married into the Schnee Family. The Evil Queen married Snow White's father, the king, after his first wife dies.
  • Jacques is described to be as a cruel man, especially towards his family, much like how the Evil Queen grew hateful towards Snow White.


The symbol that appears to be Jacques' emblem is a snowflake shape surrounded by curly, leafy designs. This symbol appears on some of Jacques' possessions:

  • Outfit - on the toes of his shoes and in a pattern on his tie
  • Home - in a pattern on the apholstery of the dining room chairs
  • In a pattern in the background of the Schnee family portrait (faintly visible)
  • Home - carved above the door to his study
  • Study - on the wallpaper, rug and windows
  • In the background of his personal portrait

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There are no visible differences between the show and concept art versions of the following outfit.


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  1. Volume 4 Directors Commentary 27:31
  2. Volume 4 Directors Commentary
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