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In science fiction, cryonics is often either used for something that makes little practical sense or forgotten entirely when it could potentially save the life of a person killed in an accident. An example of the former is using cryonic freezing for [[CryoPrison incarcerated criminals]]. The various rationales that justify range from relative safety and cheapness compared to feeding, housing, and guarding prisoners on the taxpayers' expense to being an alternative to the death penalty. However, it undermines the punishment aspect of incarceration. Being able to sleep through your long sentence and not have to endure the daily ugly aspects of prison life is not much of a deterrent to criminal behavior. And since one does not age in cryonic prison, life sentences are pointless and the prisoner has served time without having lost a significant portion of his lifespan. He may even outlive his original jailers or former victims. Today, prison sentences of over a hundred years are given only to ensure that the felon will never be eligible for parole in his lifetime. With cryonics, this prisoner will effectively be awakened in an era that he would not have lived to see otherwise. In many stories that heavily rely on the death of RedShirt characters to amplify drama and suspense, it never occurs to anyone to place these dead minor characters into cryogenic suspension so that their lives may be saved later. And this is almost always in future worlds that should have cryogenic suspension and the medical knowledge to reverse clinical death in cases of injuries or accidents.

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In science fiction, cryonics is often either used for something that makes little practical sense or forgotten entirely when it could potentially save the life of a person killed in an accident. An example of the former is using cryonic freezing for [[CryoPrison incarcerated criminals]]. The various rationales that justify range from relative safety and cheapness compared to feeding, housing, and guarding prisoners on the taxpayers' expense to being an alternative to the death penalty. However, it undermines the punishment aspect of incarceration. Being able to sleep through your long sentence and not have to endure the daily ugly aspects of prison life is not much of a deterrent to criminal behavior. And since one does not age in cryonic prison, life sentences are pointless and the prisoner has served time without having lost a significant portion of his lifespan. He may even outlive his original jailers or former victims. Today, prison sentences of over a hundred years are given only to ensure that the felon will never be eligible for parole in his lifetime. With cryonics, this prisoner will effectively be awakened in an era that he would not have lived to see otherwise. In many stories that heavily rely on the death of RedShirt characters to amplify drama and suspense, it never occurs to anyone to place these dead minor characters into cryogenic cryonic suspension so that their lives may be saved later. And this is almost always in future worlds that should have cryogenic cryonic suspension and the medical knowledge to reverse clinical death in cases of injuries or accidents.



** The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' sequel novel ''Frozen Teardrop'' introduces cryogenic stasis pods invented by Doctor J (the creator of Wing Gundam). They also have the side-effect of causing memory damage, which means the subject must have data fed into their brains to fill in the gaps. [[spoiler:Relena had to be frozen because someone hooked her to a DeadManSwitch that would kill three billion people and her friends needed time to find a solution. Heero was imprisoned some time later after going berserk for yet-unspecified reasons. The novel kicks off 30 years later when the Preventer group thaws Heero and orders him to kill Relena, who was apparently [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed into a]] FaceHeelTurn.]]

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** The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' sequel novel ''Frozen Teardrop'' introduces cryogenic cryonic stasis pods invented by Doctor J (the creator of Wing Gundam). They also have the side-effect of causing memory damage, which means the subject must have data fed into their brains to fill in the gaps. [[spoiler:Relena had to be frozen because someone hooked her to a DeadManSwitch that would kill three billion people and her friends needed time to find a solution. Heero was imprisoned some time later after going berserk for yet-unspecified reasons. The novel kicks off 30 years later when the Preventer group thaws Heero and orders him to kill Relena, who was apparently [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed into a]] FaceHeelTurn.]]



* In later issues of the ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' manga that did not make it stateside, Julianna discovers [[spoiler: Soria (Saki's mother and Abdael's wife) in a cryogenic chamber underneath her tomb. Years before, Soria was near death due to blood cancer, so Abdael had her cryogenically preserved until a cure could be found. The Asranian public was told that she died giving birth to Rishar.]] Julianna and her Project 4 henchmen removed the cryogenic chamber, burned the tomb, then took [[spoiler: Soria]] overseas and had her revived.

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* In later issues of the ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' manga that did not make it stateside, Julianna discovers [[spoiler: Soria (Saki's mother and Abdael's wife) in a cryogenic cryonic chamber underneath her tomb. Years before, Soria was near death due to blood cancer, so Abdael had her cryogenically cryonically preserved until a cure could be found. The Asranian public was told that she died giving birth to Rishar.]] Julianna and her Project 4 henchmen removed the cryogenic cryonic chamber, burned the tomb, then took [[spoiler: Soria]] overseas and had her revived.



* The science fiction comic ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' deconstructs this trope with the concept of "revivals"; people from the 20th century and beyond who had their bodies cryogenically frozen shortly after death in the hopes they would be revived with new bodies later on. In the current day of the comic (whenever that is), although they have the resources to defrost and restore anyone frozen, the sad fact is no one has any need of people from the past. Revivals are mentally unequipped to deal with future life, which means that they become yet another underprivileged minority who spend most of their time staring in horror at everything, and nobody cares about them.

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* The science fiction comic ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' deconstructs this trope with the concept of "revivals"; people from the 20th century and beyond who had their bodies cryogenically cryonically frozen shortly after death in the hopes they would be revived with new bodies later on. In the current day of the comic (whenever that is), although they have the resources to defrost and restore anyone frozen, the sad fact is no one has any need of people from the past. Revivals are mentally unequipped to deal with future life, which means that they become yet another underprivileged minority who spend most of their time staring in horror at everything, and nobody cares about them.



* ''ComicBook/IronMan'': After suffering massive neurological damage, Tony Stark faked his death and preserved his body via cryogenics.

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* ''ComicBook/IronMan'': After suffering massive neurological damage, Tony Stark faked his death and preserved his body via cryogenics.cryonics.



* ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain Omega Red, who was cryogenically frozen after his superiors decided he was too dangerous to control.

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain Omega Red, who was cryogenically cryonically frozen after his superiors decided he was too dangerous to control.



* ''ComicBook/ThargsFutureShocks'': A scientist who is made into a laughing stock by his jealous rival decides to prove his naysayers wrong by inventing cryogenic suspension, then putting himself to sleep for twenty years. It turns out that during this time people tore down his laboratorium and put an apartment building on top of it, so he's forced to go into suspension again, waking up after another forty years when the building is gone. When he tries to claim credit for inventing cryogenic suspension, he's told that it was invented fifty-five years ago--by his rival.

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* ''ComicBook/ThargsFutureShocks'': A scientist who is made into a laughing stock by his jealous rival decides to prove his naysayers wrong by inventing cryogenic cryonic suspension, then putting himself to sleep for twenty years. It turns out that during this time people tore down his laboratorium and put an apartment building on top of it, so he's forced to go into suspension again, waking up after another forty years when the building is gone. When he tries to claim credit for inventing cryogenic cryonic suspension, he's told that it was invented fifty-five years ago--by his rival.



* Pruneface in ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''. Almost frozen to death in his original appearance in 1942, writer Max Allan Collins later revealed that he had been used in a cryogenics experiment, allowing him to be thawed out in 1983.

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* Pruneface in ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''. Almost frozen to death in his original appearance in 1942, writer Max Allan Collins later revealed that he had been used in a cryogenics cryonics experiment, allowing him to be thawed out in 1983.



* This becomes an important plot convenience in the strange French movie ''[[Film/{{Immortal}} Immortel]]''; Horus (from ancient Egyptian mythology) is condemned to death by his peers, but is given seven days of parole on Earth before the sentence, and seeks to sire an heir with one of the few women capable of procreating with gods, who happens to have just arrived to New York. In order to do that, he needs to [[DemonicPossession possess]] someone, but learns too late that in the future, [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke gene splicing is all the rage]], and most of the humans he's able to find are too "altered" to properly hold his essence (read: they ''spontaneously combust''). The plot convenience comes in when he finds a cryogenically-frozen convict that was accidentally unthawed before his sentence was up; since the Human Popsicle was put into cold storage before genetic engineering became a fad, his body is unaltered, and thus the perfect host for the god.

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* This becomes an important plot convenience in the strange French movie ''[[Film/{{Immortal}} Immortel]]''; Horus (from ancient Egyptian mythology) is condemned to death by his peers, but is given seven days of parole on Earth before the sentence, and seeks to sire an heir with one of the few women capable of procreating with gods, who happens to have just arrived to New York. In order to do that, he needs to [[DemonicPossession possess]] someone, but learns too late that in the future, [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke gene splicing is all the rage]], and most of the humans he's able to find are too "altered" to properly hold his essence (read: they ''spontaneously combust''). The plot convenience comes in when he finds a cryogenically-frozen cryonically-frozen convict that was accidentally unthawed before his sentence was up; since the Human Popsicle was put into cold storage before genetic engineering became a fad, his body is unaltered, and thus the perfect host for the god.



* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', this is used for everyone going to Pandora, because it is a six-year trip. Ships carry three flight crews, each on ice for four years to avoid SpaceMadness. According to the Avatar Wiki, it's also done to conserve consumables like air and food. If the cryogenic system fails in mid-flight, the passengers are euthanized so that they don't starve to death.

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* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', this is used for everyone going to Pandora, because it is a six-year trip. Ships carry three flight crews, each on ice for four years to avoid SpaceMadness. According to the Avatar Wiki, it's also done to conserve consumables like air and food. If the cryogenic cryonic system fails in mid-flight, the passengers are euthanized so that they don't starve to death.



* ''Late For Dinner'' is about a man and his mentally challenged friend from the sixties accidentally being cryogenically frozen and waking up in the nineties. Played pretty seriously.

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* ''Late For Dinner'' is about a man and his mentally challenged friend from the sixties accidentally being cryogenically cryonically frozen and waking up in the nineties. Played pretty seriously.



** And in ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier The Winter Soldier]]'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:Bucky Barnes survived and has been put in cryogenic stasis, only being thawed when HYDRA needs him.]]

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** And in ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier The Winter Soldier]]'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:Bucky Barnes survived and has been put in cryogenic cryonic stasis, only being thawed when HYDRA needs him.]]



* ''Undertow'' by Elizabeth Bear had galactic society that used Schrodinger's Uncertainty Principle to teleport goods and information instantly between planets. However, living creatures like humans that went through the process wound up dead on the other side due to collapsing the wave function. As such, transporting people from planet to planet requires slower-than-light ships and cryogenics.
* The short story "Doing Lennon" by Creator/GregoryBenford features a man who has himself cryogenically frozen in order to impersonate John Lennon in the future.

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* ''Undertow'' by Elizabeth Bear had galactic society that used Schrodinger's Uncertainty Principle to teleport goods and information instantly between planets. However, living creatures like humans that went through the process wound up dead on the other side due to collapsing the wave function. As such, transporting people from planet to planet requires slower-than-light ships and cryogenics.
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* The short story "Doing Lennon" by Creator/GregoryBenford features a man who has himself cryogenically cryonically frozen in order to impersonate John Lennon in the future.



* The science-fiction novel ''The Centurions Empire'' is unusual in that the narration starts in Roman times and later progresses through several centuries into the high-tech future of the late 21st century. A Roman soldier dies in winter in the Alps and is frozen inside a glacier and preserved. In the course of the novel, he wakes up several times and goes into "sleep" again. It is revealed that there's a whole centuries-old secret society who has found the secret of "immortality" by inventing a low-tech cryogenic suspension, using only natural ice and drugs. At least one character in the novel does not survive, because he selected a part of a glacier that was still flowing, and his sleeping body was crushed by the moving ice masses.

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* The science-fiction novel ''The Centurions Empire'' is unusual in that the narration starts in Roman times and later progresses through several centuries into the high-tech future of the late 21st century. A Roman soldier dies in winter in the Alps and is frozen inside a glacier and preserved. In the course of the novel, he wakes up several times and goes into "sleep" again. It is revealed that there's a whole centuries-old secret society who has found the secret of "immortality" by inventing a low-tech cryogenic cryonic suspension, using only natural ice and drugs. At least one character in the novel does not survive, because he selected a part of a glacier that was still flowing, and his sleeping body was crushed by the moving ice masses.



* In ''Literature/ProjectNRI'', everyone wakes up from cryogenic sleep inside Niege Research Institute.

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* In ''Literature/ProjectNRI'', everyone wakes up from cryogenic cryonic sleep inside Niege Research Institute.



** ''This Mortal Mountain'' is about a party of mountain climbers attempting to climb a forty-mile-high mountain on a colonized planet. Their progress is impeded by a series of what appear to be glowing creatures (an angel, a bird, snakes, a bull, a dragon) telling them to "go back" and trying to make them fall. It turns out that these are [[spoiler:holographic projections generated by a computer programmed to prevent anyone from entering a cave in the mountain. In the cave is the last survivor of the first expedition to colonize the planet, who has been cryogenically preserved to allow her to survive the disease that killed all the other colonists from the first expedition.]]
** ''The Graveyard Heart'' is about a group of people who spend a year in cryogenic preservation, then come out of it for a single day, and keep repeating this cycle.

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** ''This Mortal Mountain'' is about a party of mountain climbers attempting to climb a forty-mile-high mountain on a colonized planet. Their progress is impeded by a series of what appear to be glowing creatures (an angel, a bird, snakes, a bull, a dragon) telling them to "go back" and trying to make them fall. It turns out that these are [[spoiler:holographic projections generated by a computer programmed to prevent anyone from entering a cave in the mountain. In the cave is the last survivor of the first expedition to colonize the planet, who has been cryogenically cryonically preserved to allow her to survive the disease that killed all the other colonists from the first expedition.]]
** ''The Graveyard Heart'' is about a group of people who spend a year in cryogenic cryonic preservation, then come out of it for a single day, and keep repeating this cycle.



** In ''Literature/{{Cryoburn}}'' Miles is on a planet whose entire culture, and economy revolves around cryogenics. Nearly everyone on the planet gets themselves frozen, before they die, in the hope that they can be thawed out once there's a cure for whatever's killing them (including old age). The cryogenic corporations get the proxy votes of everyone they've got in storage, so they are now in complete control of the planet (since the frozen outnumber the living by quite a margin).

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** In ''Literature/{{Cryoburn}}'' Miles is on a planet whose entire culture, and economy revolves around cryogenics.cryonics. Nearly everyone on the planet gets themselves frozen, before they die, in the hope that they can be thawed out once there's a cure for whatever's killing them (including old age). The cryogenic cryonic corporations get the proxy votes of everyone they've got in storage, so they are now in complete control of the planet (since the frozen outnumber the living by quite a margin).



* In Andrey Livadniy's ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' series, all early extrasolar colony ships had the crew/colonists placed in cryogenic chambers for the duration of the journey. Not all woke up on arrival. If the system failed to activate the revival process in a reasonable time frame, the Hugo [=BD12=] androids would switch to "colony survival" mode and take any steps necessary to that end, including manual activation of the waking up process. Most ships also include stasis chambers for emergencies, including escape pods.

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* In Andrey Livadniy's ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' series, all early extrasolar colony ships had the crew/colonists placed in cryogenic cryonic chambers for the duration of the journey. Not all woke up on arrival. If the system failed to activate the revival process in a reasonable time frame, the Hugo [=BD12=] androids would switch to "colony survival" mode and take any steps necessary to that end, including manual activation of the waking up process. Most ships also include stasis chambers for emergencies, including escape pods.



** The ''[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Revelation Space]]'' novels are full of {{Human Popsicle}}s, as they deal with a universe in which slower-than-light interstellar travel is common. Notably, they make some attempt to deal realistically with the health dangers of cryogenics, beyond outright failure. The preferred method of cryonics is called reefersleep, and it involves keeping the body close to absolute zero so not only is all biological activity arrested, but also electromagnetic activity from any neural implants they may have.

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** The ''[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Revelation Space]]'' novels are full of {{Human Popsicle}}s, as they deal with a universe in which slower-than-light interstellar travel is common. Notably, they make some attempt to deal realistically with the health dangers of cryogenics, cryonics, beyond outright failure. The preferred method of cryonics is called reefersleep, and it involves keeping the body close to absolute zero so not only is all biological activity arrested, but also electromagnetic activity from any neural implants they may have.



* ''Literature/CarrerasLegions'': Colonists to Terra Nova were kept in cryogenics to cut down on consumables needed for the trip between the rift and the home planets of either star system, and make them easier to handle, particularly those who weren't making the trip voluntarily.

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* ''Literature/CarrerasLegions'': Colonists to Terra Nova were kept in cryogenics cryonics to cut down on consumables needed for the trip between the rift and the home planets of either star system, and make them easier to handle, particularly those who weren't making the trip voluntarily.



* In the ''Literature/JacobsLadderTrilogy'', the colony ship ''Jacob's Ladder'' carries hundreds of thousands of cryogenically frozen passengers in addition to a living crew.

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* In the ''Literature/JacobsLadderTrilogy'', the colony ship ''Jacob's Ladder'' carries hundreds of thousands of cryogenically cryonically frozen passengers in addition to a living crew.



* In ''Literature/{{Hammerjack}}'', the Assembly cryogenically froze their bodies to avoid death by old age, but their minds are still active and capable of transmitting orders through cyberspace. The sequel ''Prodigal'' also features a group of soldiers who were on Mars when the terraforming project collapsed due to an outbreak of a deadly alien virus; they froze themselves in the hope of being rescued after a cure was found.

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* In ''Literature/{{Hammerjack}}'', the Assembly cryogenically cryonically froze their bodies to avoid death by old age, but their minds are still active and capable of transmitting orders through cyberspace. The sequel ''Prodigal'' also features a group of soldiers who were on Mars when the terraforming project collapsed due to an outbreak of a deadly alien virus; they froze themselves in the hope of being rescued after a cure was found.



** In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Humans from the 20th century who were cryogenically frozen to survive illness appeared in the episode "The Neutral Zone" (Season 1 finale).

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** In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Humans from the 20th century who were cryogenically cryonically frozen to survive illness appeared in the episode "The Neutral Zone" (Season 1 finale).



* ''Series/KnightRider'': "Knight Rider 2000"'s central premise was that, [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale by the year 2000]], criminals would be cryogenically suspended for the duration of their prison terms.

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* ''Series/KnightRider'': "Knight Rider 2000"'s central premise was that, [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale by the year 2000]], criminals would be cryogenically cryonically suspended for the duration of their prison terms.



** One other example includes [[spoiler: Davros in ''Destiny of the Daleks'', where he is cryogenically frozen by the Doctor until the next Dalek story.]].

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** One other example includes [[spoiler: Davros [[spoiler:Davros in ''Destiny of the Daleks'', where he is cryogenically cryonically frozen by the Doctor until the next Dalek story.]].



** The second-season finale featured a massive cryogenics facility beneath Diagnosan Tocot's surgery, where Tocot and Grunchlk store the bodies of all the patients that didn't survive their treatments. Most of them are pretty much beyond saving, and are only kept around as donors for luckier patients; unfortunately, because they're frozen before they actually die, the souls of the "donors" [[FateWorseThanDeath remain trapped in their bodies.]] However, one or two of the frozen residents turn out to be perfectly healthy- among them being [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Jool]] and a very irritated [[LizardFolk Scarran]] agent.

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** The second-season finale featured a massive cryogenics cryonics facility beneath Diagnosan Tocot's surgery, where Tocot and Grunchlk store the bodies of all the patients that didn't survive their treatments. Most of them are pretty much beyond saving, and are only kept around as donors for luckier patients; unfortunately, because they're frozen before they actually die, the souls of the "donors" [[FateWorseThanDeath remain trapped in their bodies.]] However, one or two of the frozen residents turn out to be perfectly healthy- among them being [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Jool]] and a very irritated [[LizardFolk Scarran]] agent.



* Played straight in an episode of ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'', "Games", where a notorious war criminal is kept in a cryogenic freezer - until the freezer malfunctions, at which point everyone realizes that the killer pulled a DeadPersonImpersonation by killing the prison warden and putting him in the freezer instead.

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* Played straight in an episode of ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'', "Games", where a notorious war criminal is kept in a cryogenic cryonic freezer - until the freezer malfunctions, at which point everyone realizes that the killer pulled a DeadPersonImpersonation by killing the prison warden and putting him in the freezer instead.



* In ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' Fargo's grandfather is woken from (accidental) cryogenic freezing. For the entire episode he's trying to figure out the 'new world' as 50 years have gone past.

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* In ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' Fargo's grandfather is woken from (accidental) cryogenic cryonic freezing. For the entire episode he's trying to figure out the 'new world' as 50 years have gone past.



* ''Series/GeneralHospital'' built a storyline about archvillainess Helena Cassadine's mysterious experiments in a subterranean lab beneath the hospital. It turned out she had cryogenically frozen her elder son, Stavros, after his death twenty years earlier, and was preparing to "defrost" him
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/BetterOffTed'', Phil the scientist is put in a cryogenic tube for three days. Ted says that "We froze him. Like a human leftover."
* One episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has a VictimOfTheWeek who had a monitoring system to alert a cryogenics company to collect him for freezing upon his death. This causes several problems for Castle and Beckett when the company in question abscond with the body before the police arrive.

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* ''Series/GeneralHospital'' built a storyline about archvillainess Helena Cassadine's mysterious experiments in a subterranean lab beneath the hospital. It turned out she had cryogenically cryonically frozen her elder son, Stavros, after his death twenty years earlier, and was preparing to "defrost" him
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/BetterOffTed'', Phil the scientist is put in a cryogenic cryonic tube for three days. Ted says that "We froze him. Like a human leftover."
* One episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' has a VictimOfTheWeek who had a monitoring system to alert a cryogenics cryonics company to collect him for freezing upon his death. This causes several problems for Castle and Beckett when the company in question abscond with the body before the police arrive.



* Music/TomSmith's "Hyperspace Cryogenic Insomnia Blues" is about an astronaut on a space ship whose crew is all in cryogenic chambers and frozen for the duration of their flight. Only his isn't working properly, and he is trapped inside, conscious, until they reach their destination... ten years from now.
* The song "Staci Statis" by Music/ZombinaAndTheSkeletones is a love song about a woman who is cryogenically frozen somewhere in space.

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* Music/TomSmith's "Hyperspace Cryogenic Insomnia Blues" is about an astronaut on a space ship whose crew is all in cryogenic cryonic chambers and frozen for the duration of their flight. Only his isn't working properly, and he is trapped inside, conscious, until they reach their destination... ten years from now.
* The song "Staci Statis" by Music/ZombinaAndTheSkeletones is a love song about a woman who is cryogenically cryonically frozen somewhere in space.



** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-326 SCP-326 ("A Chinese Peasant")]]. After being biologically modified, SCP-326 was placed in cryogenic suspension for more than 50 years before being released. As a result, even though she is biologically 65-70 years old, she is more than 120 years old chronologically.

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** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-326 SCP-326 ("A Chinese Peasant")]]. After being biologically modified, SCP-326 was placed in cryogenic cryonic suspension for more than 50 years before being released. As a result, even though she is biologically 65-70 years old, she is more than 120 years old chronologically.



* TheFiresignTheater did an interview with Mrs. Foster, a woman who was going to cryogenically freeze her husband. It turns out he's not dead, not even sick - he's just fine, in fact. Mr. Foster (Call me Frosty!) joins in the conversation.

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* TheFiresignTheater did an interview with Mrs. Foster, a woman who was going to cryogenically cryonically freeze her husband. It turns out he's not dead, not even sick - he's just fine, in fact. Mr. Foster (Call me Frosty!) joins in the conversation.



* The limited release White Wolf game ''TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}'' is centered around a company that discovered a way to perfect the cryogenic process... and [[NearDeathExperience discovered a]] [[WhoYouGonnaCall lucrative sideline]] in the process.

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* The limited release White Wolf game ''TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}'' is centered around a company that discovered a way to perfect the cryogenic cryonic process... and [[NearDeathExperience discovered a]] [[WhoYouGonnaCall lucrative sideline]] in the process.



* In ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', the Human colonies in Planet come from a big spaceship, the ''U.N.S. Unity'', sent by the United Nations to build a colony in another planet, filled with thousands of cryogenically frozen people.

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* In ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', the Human colonies in Planet come from a big spaceship, the ''U.N.S. Unity'', sent by the United Nations to build a colony in another planet, filled with thousands of cryogenically cryonically frozen people.



* In ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'', the Chron-O-Johns are incapable of transporting organic matter, which means that a ''hamster'' from the present day gets the popsicle treatment to be used in the future. Restoring the hamster requires nothing more than a microwave and a sweater that's been forced to take TheSlowPath by spending two hundred years in a tumble dryer. Although the microwave is of (presumably) more advanced tentacle manufacture, and may operate differently. Laverne even lampshades this, pointing out that under normal circumstances, putting a hamster in the microwave leads to horrible consequences, and children who do that are taken away. Her monologue is also a reference to the game's predecessor, ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', where putting a hamster in the microwave causes it to explode. No cryogenics involved in that game, though.

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* In ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'', the Chron-O-Johns are incapable of transporting organic matter, which means that a ''hamster'' from the present day gets the popsicle treatment to be used in the future. Restoring the hamster requires nothing more than a microwave and a sweater that's been forced to take TheSlowPath by spending two hundred years in a tumble dryer. Although the microwave is of (presumably) more advanced tentacle manufacture, and may operate differently. Laverne even lampshades this, pointing out that under normal circumstances, putting a hamster in the microwave leads to horrible consequences, and children who do that are taken away. Her monologue is also a reference to the game's predecessor, ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', where putting a hamster in the microwave causes it to explode. No cryogenics cryonics involved in that game, though.



* Mei in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' was an Overwatch scientist who was studying climate change in Antarctica until a storm cut off the power at her station, damaging their communications systems and leaving them stranded. She and the other scientists cryogenically froze themselves in order to avoid dying of starvation, but they weren't found until 30 years later and she was the only survivor.

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* Mei in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' was an Overwatch scientist who was studying climate change in Antarctica until a storm cut off the power at her station, damaging their communications systems and leaving them stranded. She and the other scientists cryogenically cryonically froze themselves in order to avoid dying of starvation, but they weren't found until 30 years later and she was the only survivor.



** Similarly, in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'', Sephiroth's true body was discovered to be in stasis within a mako cocoon in a manner similar to cryogenics.

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** Similarly, in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'', Sephiroth's true body was discovered to be in stasis within a mako cocoon in a manner similar to cryogenics.cryonics.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the player character was assigned to Vault 111 on the day the bombs fell, only to be stuffed along with the rest of the sheltering citizens into "depressurization pods" that cryogenically froze them as part of the vault's secret project to study the long-term effects of such technology. Two hundred years later all the other pods have failed, leaving this Sole Survivor to wander the post-nuclear wasteland.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the player character was assigned to Vault 111 on the day the bombs fell, only to be stuffed along with the rest of the sheltering citizens into "depressurization pods" that cryogenically cryonically froze them as part of the vault's secret project to study the long-term effects of such technology. Two hundred years later all the other pods have failed, leaving this Sole Survivor to wander the post-nuclear wasteland.



* ''VideoGame/{{X-COM}}: Terror From the Deep'' gives us ''alien'' popsicles. Most of the aliens were kept in cryogenic sleep chambers for thousands of years. You can even find some of these in Alien Colonies and Artifact Sites.

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* ''VideoGame/{{X-COM}}: Terror From the Deep'' gives us ''alien'' popsicles. Most of the aliens were kept in cryogenic cryonic sleep chambers for thousands of years. You can even find some of these in Alien Colonies and Artifact Sites.



* ''VideoGame/{{Bioforge}}'': The surviving remnants [[spoiler:of the Phyxx alien race]] are cryogenically frozen within their base.
* ''VideoGame/CivilizationCallToPower'': Cryogenic freezing chambers eventually become an option once you research the appropriate technologies. In addition to their normal benefit of boosting gold output, they also provide citizens of a Theocratic government a happiness boost as your televangelists claim they allow you to experience heaven and return. [[FigureItOutYourself Derive from that what you will]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bioforge}}'': The surviving remnants [[spoiler:of the Phyxx alien race]] are cryogenically cryonically frozen within their base.
* ''VideoGame/CivilizationCallToPower'': Cryogenic Cryonic freezing chambers eventually become an option once you research the appropriate technologies. In addition to their normal benefit of boosting gold output, they also provide citizens of a Theocratic government a happiness boost as your televangelists claim they allow you to experience heaven and return. [[FigureItOutYourself Derive from that what you will]].



* Visual Novel ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'' does this, involving an extremely elaborate plan to give the game a happy ending. [[spoiler:The main character ends up waking up from Cryogenic storage to find he has two teenaged children almost as old as him, the result of a brief fling he had just before he got frozen. He takes this surprisingly well considering (they are very cute kids). He's also in denial.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', this happens to [[spoiler:Clover, Alice, and Phi, who were put into cryogenic stasis for 45 years so that they could participate in the third Nonary Game in 2074]]. This also happens to [[spoiler:the real K in Phi's ending - since Sigma and Phi were able to go back into the past and save Akane, she put K into a stasis pod so that she could use his armor to play the Nonary Game while pretending to be him]].

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* Visual Novel ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'' does this, involving an extremely elaborate plan to give the game a happy ending. [[spoiler:The main character ends up waking up from Cryogenic cryonic storage to find he has two teenaged children almost as old as him, the result of a brief fling he had just before he got frozen. He takes this surprisingly well considering (they are very cute kids). He's also in denial.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', this happens to [[spoiler:Clover, Alice, and Phi, who were put into cryogenic cryonic stasis for 45 years so that they could participate in the third Nonary Game in 2074]]. This also happens to [[spoiler:the real K in Phi's ending - since Sigma and Phi were able to go back into the past and save Akane, she put K into a stasis pod so that she could use his armor to play the Nonary Game while pretending to be him]].



** When Fry temporarily has a job at the cryogenics lab, he [[MundaneUtility uses the pods to take naps and store snacks]].

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** When Fry temporarily has a job at the cryogenics cryonics lab, he [[MundaneUtility uses the pods to take naps and store snacks]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} aka Kara Zor-El and the rest of her family entered cryogenic stasis in an attempt to weather the devastation of their planet wrought by the nearby Krypton's destruction. Sadly, when Superman found them, Kara's pod was the only one still working. The other pods were damaged and had long ceased functioning, their occupants long dead.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} aka Kara Zor-El In-Ze and the rest of her family entered cryogenic cryonic stasis in an attempt to weather the devastation of their planet wrought by the nearby Krypton's destruction. Sadly, when Superman found them, Kara's pod was the only one still working. The other pods were damaged and had long ceased functioning, their occupants long dead.



* Arsenal in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' was thawed out in Season 2, after having spent eight years in cryogenic stasis thanks to ComicBook/LexLuthor.

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* Arsenal in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' was thawed out in Season 2, after having spent eight years in cryogenic cryonic stasis thanks to ComicBook/LexLuthor.
23rd Nov '16 2:59:35 AM ShorinBJ
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In science fiction, cryonics is often either used for something that makes little practical sense or forgotten entirely when it could potentially save the life of a person killed in an accident. An example of the former is using cryonic freezing for [[CryoPrison incarcerated criminals]]. The various rationales that justify range from relative safety and cheapness compared to feeding, housing, and guarding prisoners on the taxpayers expense to being an alternative to the death penalty. However, it undermines the punishment aspect of incarceration. Being able to sleep through your long sentence and not have to endure the daily ugly aspects of prison life is not much of a deterrent to criminal behavior. And since one does not age in cryonic prison, life sentences are pointless and the prisoner has served time without having lost a significant portion of his lifespan. He may even outlive his original jailers or former victims. Today, prison sentences of over a hundred years are given only to ensure that the felon will never be eligible for parole in his lifetime. With cryonics, this prisoner will effectively be awakened in an era that he would not have lived to see otherwise. In many stories that heavily rely on the death of RedShirt characters to amplify drama and suspense, it never occurs to anyone to place these dead minor characters into cryogenic suspension so that their lives may be saved later. And this is almost always in future worlds that should have cryogenic suspension and the medical knowledge to reverse clinical death in cases of injuries or accidents.

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In science fiction, cryonics is often either used for something that makes little practical sense or forgotten entirely when it could potentially save the life of a person killed in an accident. An example of the former is using cryonic freezing for [[CryoPrison incarcerated criminals]]. The various rationales that justify range from relative safety and cheapness compared to feeding, housing, and guarding prisoners on the taxpayers taxpayers' expense to being an alternative to the death penalty. However, it undermines the punishment aspect of incarceration. Being able to sleep through your long sentence and not have to endure the daily ugly aspects of prison life is not much of a deterrent to criminal behavior. And since one does not age in cryonic prison, life sentences are pointless and the prisoner has served time without having lost a significant portion of his lifespan. He may even outlive his original jailers or former victims. Today, prison sentences of over a hundred years are given only to ensure that the felon will never be eligible for parole in his lifetime. With cryonics, this prisoner will effectively be awakened in an era that he would not have lived to see otherwise. In many stories that heavily rely on the death of RedShirt characters to amplify drama and suspense, it never occurs to anyone to place these dead minor characters into cryogenic suspension so that their lives may be saved later. And this is almost always in future worlds that should have cryogenic suspension and the medical knowledge to reverse clinical death in cases of injuries or accidents.
19th Nov '16 5:25:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WhatsNewScoobyDoo'': A MonsterOfTheWeek was trying to make sure a willing HumanPopsicle wouldn't be defrozen.

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* ''WhatsNewScoobyDoo'': ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'': A MonsterOfTheWeek was trying to make sure a willing HumanPopsicle wouldn't be defrozen.



* Not exactly with ice, but in one episode of ''OggyAndTheCockroaches'', Oggy discovers a gun that can freeze people, which he uses it on the cockroaches. When the cockroaches were thawed out, they find themselves in the future, where Oggy and Jack became elderly. [[spoiler: Later, at the end, they use it on Oggy and Jack, who then woke up [[ToTheFutureAndBeyond even further into the future]], where the cockroaches were old too.]]

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* Not exactly with ice, but in one episode of ''OggyAndTheCockroaches'', ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'', Oggy discovers a gun that can freeze people, which he uses it on the cockroaches. When the cockroaches were thawed out, they find themselves in the future, where Oggy and Jack became elderly. [[spoiler: Later, at the end, they use it on Oggy and Jack, who then woke up [[ToTheFutureAndBeyond even further into the future]], where the cockroaches were old too.]]
14th Nov '16 4:51:38 AM Tron80
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* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}: In ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} an issue]]'', the titular heroine finds two cavemen encased in ice as she is exploring the Himalayas. She has to fight them off when a wizard revives them and enhances their physical prowess.



* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Supergirl aka Kara Zor-El and the rest of her family entered cryogenic stasis in an attempt to weather the devastation of their planet wrought by the nearby Krypton's destruction. Sadly, when Superman found them, Kara's pod was the only one still working. The other pods were damaged and had long ceased functioning, their occupants long dead.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Supergirl Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} aka Kara Zor-El and the rest of her family entered cryogenic stasis in an attempt to weather the devastation of their planet wrought by the nearby Krypton's destruction. Sadly, when Superman found them, Kara's pod was the only one still working. The other pods were damaged and had long ceased functioning, their occupants long dead.
30th Oct '16 10:07:04 AM nombretomado
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* Played with in ''{{GURPS}} TranshumanSpace'', people who are frozen are dead, but sometimes the brain is intact enough to extract a VirtualGhost. There is also [[NanoMachines nanostasis]], which is much safer and routinely used for interplanetary travel.

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* Played with in ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} TranshumanSpace'', people who are frozen are dead, but sometimes the brain is intact enough to extract a VirtualGhost. There is also [[NanoMachines nanostasis]], which is much safer and routinely used for interplanetary travel.
28th Oct '16 5:57:19 AM Mildegard
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* Elie and the Mute tribe in ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce''. They had spent hundreds of years in cryo and were revived in the post ice age era.
26th Oct '16 10:10:59 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* How [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]] became a SpecialGuest on ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''; he was frozen and dug up by Billy in the present.
22nd Oct '16 3:03:27 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* How [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]] became a SpecialGuest on ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''; he was frozen and dug up by Billy in the present.
8th Oct '16 8:41:22 AM MCE
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* VideoGame/{{Rage}} has you and several other enter stasis inside 'arks' to survive an asteroid impact. Unsurprisingly the [[CryonicsFailure others don't make it]]
26th Sep '16 12:44:49 AM BrightLight
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* ''WesternAnimation/MilesFromTomorrowland'': Phoebe, Loretta, Leo and a couple of alien citizens are frozen solid by Gadfly Garnett in the episode "Frozen Food". Miles and Merc are fortunately spared however, and help to reverse the freezing process.
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