Created By: Ronka87 on November 25, 2009
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Freeze Ray

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Launching in a day or so: cast your vote on what the final name should be, An Ice Gun or Freeze Ray?

An Impossibly Cool Weapon-- literally. A gun that shoots ice.

Frequently totted by An Ice Person, a sub-trope of Kill It with Ice.


  • Dr. Horrible has a freeze ray, although of course his freeze ray stopped time; it was his rival Johnny Snow who had the "ice beam."
  • Mr. Freeze from Batman.
  • Captain Cold from Flash comics.
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • November 5, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    That is not the trope namer. That term has been around for a while.
  • November 5, 2009
    Ronka87
    True enough, but it was the first thing I could think of. Editing out, at any rate.
  • November 6, 2009
    Arivne
    From Awesome Backpack:

    Comic Books

    Film
    • Predator 2. Peter Keys' team had "nitrogen guns" (liquid nitrogen backpacks attached to sprayers), which they planned to use to freeze (and thereby capture) the Predator.
  • November 6, 2009
    Egregious Eric
    We've had this in YKTTW before, give me a minute

    Maybe we don't anymore. There are some examples from the Godzilla series, tanks that shoot freeze rays, the Super X-3 has freeze missiles and beams, and Kiryu had a Absolute Zero cannon in his chest.
  • November 6, 2009
    Wacky Meets Practical
    Will Stronghold had to build one for a class in Sky High.
  • November 6, 2009
    RocketDude
    The Freezethrower from Duke Nukem 3D.
  • November 6, 2009
    Nomic
    The Ice Beam from Metroid games.
  • November 6, 2009
    Nate the Great
    Dare I suggest the name An Ice Gun?
  • November 6, 2009
    Ronka87
    I do kind of like An Ice Gun, and it fits nicely with An Ice Person. Duly noted.
  • November 9, 2009
    Ronka87
    Not-so-discrete bump.
  • November 15, 2009
    Ronka87
    Can anyone think of more examples?
  • November 15, 2009
    Paradisca Corbasi
    • There's a freeze weapon of some sort in Hanna Barbera show Speed Buggy, prompting Speedy to complain, "who put the anti-freeze in my carburetor?" I'm pretty sure there's an episode to go along with it.
  • November 15, 2009
    TB Tabby
    Suburban Commando has a freeze weapon that two hoods find and use to rob a bank. It's the source of the Memetic Mutation "I WAS FROZEN TODAY!"
  • November 15, 2009
    Deboss
    Just to be clear, it's shooting cold not ice. There exist guns that shoot chunks of ice.
  • November 16, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The movie Sky High shows a Mad Science Class learning how to build these weapons.
  • November 16, 2009
    Kinkajou
    The Pokemon move Ice Beam. It has a 10% chance of freezing the target.
  • November 16, 2009
    triassicranger
    A Comedy programme on the BBC had a man come in with an invention where he froze the dragons (of Dragons Den) after they refused to fund production of his gun which heated chicken instantly (and also did the reverse). He then nicks their cash.
  • November 16, 2009
    Kinkajou
    A few Super Sentai/Power Rangers weapons have had this.
  • November 16, 2009
    Divra
    I'd say this is about ready for launch.
  • November 16, 2009
    Aminatep
    In Empowered Thug Boy used it against Willy Pete, an Ax Crazy fire elemental. He got better.
  • November 16, 2009
    wanderlustwarrior
    I like An Ice Gun too. Redirect for name?
  • November 16, 2009
    Egregious Eric
    I like Freeze Ray better as a name, and An Ice Gun for a redirect.
  • November 17, 2009
    Fanra
    I assume this includes realistic weapons that would shoot liquid nitrogen.

    In David Gerrold's The War Against the Chtorr series of novels, the protagonist is scouting with his commander. The commander has a flamethrower while the protagonist has a weapon that shoots liquid nitrogen.
  • November 17, 2009
    Caravelle
    We have Dr Horrible but nobody mentioned Warren's (actual) freeze ray in Buffy The Vampire Slayer ? Or does it not count because IIRC it doesn't actually shoot ice, it just turns people into popsicles ?
  • November 24, 2009
    FreezairForALimitedTime
    I'm gonna give my vote to Freeze Ray.

    Like everything else, it's summonable in Scribblenauts. It temporarily traps things in blocks of ice. Freezing is harmless, so it's a good way to deal with hostile creatures you're not allowed to hurt.
  • November 26, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The shotgun in Painkiller has this as its secondary fire mode: Ideally, this can be used to first freeze an enemy, and then fire the shotgun to instantly shatter the monster, often sparing lots of time.
  • November 26, 2009
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Champions supplement Classic Organizations, "Red Doom" section. The NPC Cold Warrior has a power pack backpack that can condense water out of the air to create ice. He uses it to create ice bolts and entangle opponents.

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