Created By: mrsaturn on March 1, 2009
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Someone gets frozen, then smashed into itty-bitty pieces. A great way to make sure that someone is Deader Than Dead.

Examples:
  • The villain in Demolition Man
  • Genai Hiraga from Read or Die
  • "The woman they dipped in liquid nitrogen, then shattered like a wineglass," from {{Elementals)).
  • Hello? Mortal Kombat? Sub-Zero? Guys?
Community Feedback Replies: 73
  • February 8, 2009
    Alucard
    A way to make Harmless Freezing not so harmless. In gaming this tends to behave like the Chunky Salsa Rule in that it guarantees an instant death.
  • February 8, 2009
    Recon 5
    "A great way to make sure that someone is Deader Than Dead"

    Not all the time. It's been a tad overused to reveal that the smashed character is capable of reassembly.
  • February 8, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Mortal Kombat's Sub-Zero, in keeping with the violent nature of the series, has several fatalities that have him doing this to an opponent.
  • February 9, 2009
    SonofRojBlake
    Season 3 of Heroes, this happened to an over-intrusive reporter.

    Also happened to the T-1000 near the end of Terminator 2, but he got better.
  • February 9, 2009
    MrD
  • February 9, 2009
    Arilou
    Uh... Terminator 2 anyone?
  • February 9, 2009
    TB Tabby
    DC Comics villains Mr. Freeze and Captain Cold like doing this. More recently, Superboy Prime killed Sun Boy by freezing his head and shattering it.

    On The Critic, Jay once accidentally shattered someone in a cryogenics lab.
  • February 9, 2009
    Starscream
    No fair, I was gonna say Sun Boy :( (I'll mention here that it's the "threeboot" version who got smashed into a million pieces, not the original who's currently drunk and depressed).
  • February 9, 2009
    Alucard
    In Star Ocean, being frozen would lock you in place and if you were lightly stricken, you'd die instantly.
  • February 9, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In Bioshock, the player can use the freeze plasmid on a splicer, making them freeze where they are. If the player attacks the splicer enough before they thaw, they shatter into a million pieces. Easy way to dispatch enemies, but if the player does this they don't get any phat loot from the splicer's corpse (since there isn't one).
  • February 9, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Ice Beam followed by a missile does this in Metroid Prime games. In the 2d games the only way to kill metroids is to freeze them with the Ice Beam, then fire several missiles at them.
  • February 9, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Dr Doom tries to do this to Mr Fantastic in the Fantastic 4 movie.
  • February 9, 2009
    Jeffcole1
    Magic The Gathering: This is implied to be the fate of the poor sap in the art of Frozen Solid.

    On a side note, this can also apply to victims of more traditional petrification. The Baldurs Gate series comes to mind.
  • February 9, 2009
    CountSpatula
    Variation: In an episode of Gargoyles, Demona turns all of New York to stone, and then proceeds to go around and smash them to bits. This sort of thing has happened to Gargoyles when they turn to stone, to the same effect.
  • February 9, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    "Mortal Kombat's Sub-Zero, in keeping with the violent nature of the series, has several fatalities that have him doing this to an opponent."

    The funny thing is that started in the SNES version, as in the bowlerized one.
  • February 9, 2009
    Meiriona
    In Teen Titans Robin tried this on Madame Rouge.

    It uh, barely slowed her down.
  • February 9, 2009
    Alucard
    @Count Spatula: That would be Taken For Granite, which doesn't have its own smashy-smashy trope yet.
  • February 9, 2009
    Unknown20Troper
    Heroes also had Tracy kill Knox this way.
  • February 9, 2009
    Ryusui
    Breath Of Fire 2 has Deathevan do this to your entire party, but then Ryu's Eleventh Hour Superpower turns the situation into a Battle Royale With Cheese.
  • February 9, 2009
    Indefatigable
    A Star Trek tie-in novel called Final Frontier has a scene where a character runs down a corridor and ducks into a shuttlecraft bay, but the life support systems and artificial gravity in the bay are not activated. He ends up flash-frozen and floating. His pursuers find him and turn the gravity back on to get him down -- and he shatters into a million pieces.
  • February 9, 2009
    Cherry
    Can examples of Taken For Granite work here, too?

    For instance, in Raidou Kuzunoha Vs The Soulless Army, the petrification status means that, while damage is reduced numerically, every physical blow against a petrified target means they have a chance (based on their Luck stat) of being shattered. Somehow, for Raidou, this still only makes him "faint from his injuries", albeit not for long.
  • February 9, 2009
    Indigo
    • Plastic Man was done this way in the Justice League comic book, courtesy of Crazy Prepared goddamn Batman making a plan for how to take down every Leaguer. He got better and Took A Level In Badass due to floating along the ocean floor for millions of years with nothing to do but think.
    • And it happened to a construction worker's hand -- just his hand -- in the first V miniseries.
  • February 9, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Taken For Granite variant happens in Mahou Sensei Negima a few times.
  • February 9, 2009
    The Admiral
    This happens in the novel Court Duel by Sherwood Smith. The Big Bad is trying to make a point to the protagonists, so he turns everyone at court into statues and smashes someone we haven't really heard from so far, just to up the dramatic tension.

    Might be more along the lines of Taken For Granite, but it still fits with the shatter-y theme.
  • February 10, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Alternative name : Cold Frag ?

    In Diablo II, this is one of the standard methods of dealing with monsters that tend to come back from the dead. (The other being killing whoever ressurects them)
  • February 10, 2009
    ccoa
    Related occurance: In some Final Fantasy titles, being turned to stone and then struck will cause the character to shatter and they cannot be revived until after the battle.

    Also, in Final Fantasy IX, being frozen and struck causes instant death, but the character doesn't shatter and can be revived in-battle.
  • February 10, 2009
    DaibhidC
    In Yoshis World Yoshi can do this to enemies he's frozen with an Ice Melon.
  • February 10, 2009
    Coriander
    What about Shatter Plot? To cover both the ice and the stone examples. ['Scatter Plot' pun, in case you can't see.]
  • February 10, 2009
    JMorgan
    Happened once in an episode of Smallville - specifically, the episode where they graduated, though I don't remember the title. The Freak Of The Week was defeated in this manner, when she tried to freeze Clark and accidentally froze herself instead, then fell from the stairway.
  • February 10, 2009
    Conqueso
    A variation on Pushing Daisies: the titular bodies in the episode "Corpsicle" are all already quite dead, but Ned briefly alive-agains (alives-again?) a few of them. When one of the bodies falls off its gurney and shatters into several large chunks on the pavement, Ned says "I'm not touching that."
  • February 11, 2009
    random surfer
    On Life Crewes accidentally shattered a murder victim who had been frozen.
  • February 11, 2009
    Pom Rania
    There's an example in Planetary; see here. (At least, I hope that's the right link location; this computer has a weird blocking scheme.)

    If the image doesn't make sense, what happened is Elijah Snow freezes Dracula, then kicks him in the crotch, shattering it. Sherlock Holmes mentions that it'll grow back anyway. (Yeah, Planetary's weird like that.)
  • February 11, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Sonic The Hedgehog does this at the end of the battle vs. Chaos 6 in Sonic Adventure. It gets better.
  • February 11, 2009
    Madrugada
    In Hot Shots Part Deux "Saddam Hussein" and his little dog both undergo Smashed Human Popsicle. They get better.
  • February 11, 2009
    Sparky Lurkdragon
    Ice Beam Missile is a good way to kill many enemies in the Metroid series, especially when dealing with the titular parasites.
  • February 15, 2009
    NeeNee
    If statues count, Piccolo from DBZ. He got better.
  • February 15, 2009
    Golem
    I know there's an "on ice" pun here somewhere... Permanently On Ice?
  • February 15, 2009
    Madrugada
  • February 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    It happened in, of all places, the Adam West Batman, naturally, by way of Mister Freeze. One of Alfred's fellow butlers went down. One of a bare handful of examples of death on that show.

    As for the stone variant, I wanted to mention how, to the best of my knowledge, Marvel's Grey Gargoyle has never murdered one of his victims in this obvious manner, despite comics periodically turning very grim.
  • February 16, 2009
    Alucard
    I think the Taken For Granite examples should be their own trope; at first it seemed the trope wasn't common enough to warrant a seperate page. Now it looks like there's enough examples for that.
  • February 17, 2009
    NeeNee
    I don't really see the difference.

    How many examples should there be to warrant a seperate trope, anyway? Are there rules for that?
  • February 17, 2009
    Alucard
    See Tropes Needing Examples for that. Around 10-15 usually does it.

    For now, they could stay the same trope and if enough frozen-in-stone tropes show up, they can be split.

    Taking out the ice reference would help to avoid confusion.
  • February 17, 2009
    fhqwhgads
    Cirno in Touhou likes freezing frogs. Some of them survive, but others shatter.
  • February 17, 2009
    Madrugada
    OK, if Cracked Ice doesn't suit your fancy, how about I Am Shattered? for instances where someone is either frozen or turned into stone and then broken into pieces. The Parent tropes would be Taken For Granite and Human Popsicle -- no, Human Popsicle is cryonics for the purpose of time travel. Do we have one for freezing as an attack form?
  • February 17, 2009
    Alucard
    No we don't, but Harmless Freezing and An Ice Person are the closest. The word 'ice' should be avoided while 'frozen' isn't so bad.
  • February 17, 2009
    Madrugada
    Ah, I missed Harmless Freezing. That looks like it would be the other Parent Trope here.
  • February 18, 2009
    Medinoc
    Happens in Red Alert 3, with the Allies' freezing weapons.
  • February 23, 2009
    NeeNee
    Tiny Winy Pieces? Not every trope has to be completely self-explanatory.
  • February 23, 2009
    idledandy
    Similar thingy: in an Angel episode, a guy gets infected with a parasite that sucks all the moisture out of him. End result: shattered guy.

    Didn't the Romulan weapon in Star Trek: Nemesis shatter people?

    There was also a TV movie called Fatal Error starring Janine Turner and Antonio Sabato, the plot of which was a computer virus which became a biological virus and infected people through their cable boxes, causing them to petrify and shatter. I Am Not Making This Up, but I wish I were.

  • March 1, 2009
    NeeNee
    So can we agree on a name?
  • March 1, 2009
    Golden Darkness
  • March 1, 2009
    Cherry
    Literally Shattered Lives is awesome. I'm seconding that one.
  • March 2, 2009
    32_Footsteps
    Another video game example - if anyone under the "freeze" status effect in Final Fantasy IX was hit by an enemy, they were shattered and needed to be revived. It was one of the status effects players learned to be really fast about curing.
  • March 2, 2009
    SAMAS
    The same thing happens with the "Glass" Status Effect in Wild Arms 3.

    Another Taken For Granite Example: In God Of War, Kratos can be shattered if he's attacked before he can break out.

    Another variation: When Rex Shard turns the corrupt prison warden to crystal in SWAT Kats, he falls over and shatters.

    Yet Another Variation: The Heart Breaker/Soul Breaker combination Finishing Move in Godannar uses a chemical to turn a Mimetic Beast's body brittle, then the Soul Breaker smashes it into dust.
  • March 2, 2009
    Michael
    Goldeneye
  • March 2, 2009
    CFH
    One more from Mortal Kombat: at Armageddon, there is a point in the Konquest mode in which you grab a weapon that you use to freeze several Mooks, and then crush them.
  • March 3, 2009
    TBeholder
  • April 19, 2009
    Golden Darkness
    Anyone going to do anything with this?
  • April 19, 2009
    The Myotis
    Mr. Saturn obviously forgot he ever made this. If somebody has a name they would like to use, I would say this is Up For Grabs and they should take it.
  • April 19, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    A variation on this happens in the cartoon Transformers movie. Galvatron fires a single shot at Starscream, who then seems to crystallise and then collapses into millions of itty bitty pieces. Needless to say, it freaked the hell out of a boy who up to that point had only watched the old Gen 1 cartoons.
  • April 20, 2009
    ralphmerridew1
    In The Wotch, Arizona is petrified and shattered. But he gets better.
  • April 20, 2009
    Jordan
    @T Beholder - November 11
  • April 20, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Recent Bones episode The Science in the Physicist
  • April 20, 2009
    Psyga315
    Jason X had Jason put a woman's face in Liqid Nitrogen, freezeing it, and then smashing her face onto the table.
  • July 3, 2009
    Stormtroper
    Well, I was gonna add another YKTTW about it and found this by sheer luck so I might as well just launch this, so... what title?
  • July 3, 2009
    the grene kni3t
    In the X Files episode "Roland", a scientist is murdered by having his head put in liquid nitrogen and then dropped on the floor.
  • July 3, 2009
    Dcoetzee
    For a name, I like plain old-fashioned Freeze And Shatter. This happened to a bad guy's arm in Time Cop. This is also a good way to destroy objects as well as people.
  • July 4, 2009
    Dcoetzee
    Yet another Heroes season 3 example - at the end, Tracy died herself this way, although the preview of season 4 makes it clear she's Not Quite Dead, making her a rare example of surviving this.
  • July 4, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Frost Shards weapon from Hexen allows a Mage to do this to an enemy.
  • July 4, 2009
    ayjazz1
    An early draft for The Day After Tomorrow involved the pilot who is frozen in the Scotland scene to walk out of the helicopter a few feet, freeze, and be chopped into pieces by the helicopter blades.
  • July 4, 2009
    BassBlues
    In the first episode of the Ruby Spears Mega Man show, Dr. Wily threatens Dr. Light that he would use Ice Man to freeze him, then have Cut Man slice up his frozen body. They demonstrated with a chemistry table.
  • July 4, 2009
    occono
  • July 4, 2009
    TB Tabby
    The "Eegah!" episode of MST3K begins with Tom Servo trying to freeze Crow to absolute zero. When Joel tries to get Crow out of the freezing chamber, he accidentally shatters him.
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