Created By: DrakeClawfang on February 11, 2012 Last Edited By: DrakeClawfang on January 18, 2014

Cold? What Cold?

When characters can venture into icy climates without feeling the weather

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Sister trope to Convection Schmonvection, where characters can venture up a glacial mountain in the middle of a blizzard in nothing but their normal attire and be perfectly fine. This can be particularly absurd if the characters aren't wearing much to begin with. They may complain about the cold a bit, but no one suffers any ill effects aside from maybe a bit of shivering and sneezing, and if there's a fight scene they'll be just as agile and strong as if they were fighting in a normal environment.

In reality venturing into these types of situations will bode badly for you. Depending on just how bad the weather is you'll quickly lose feeling in your limbs making you sluggish, blood flow will slow down impairing your brain functions, and there's always the dangers of pneumonia, hypothermia and frostbite, not to mention death as a result of them.

Examples

Western Animation

  • Aladdin, Aladdin is banished to the "ends of the earth" and ends up in the middle of a blizzard. He's still barefoot and wearing only pants and a vest, but he's still in good enough shape to run about and dig out the carpet.

Video Games

  • Final Fantasy IX features the Ice Cavern. Zidane notes he's a bit cold but otherwise characters don't seem to notice the cold. Towards the end they suddenly grow weak and fall asleep, but it turns out to be a result of a spell of the boss and they wake up when he's killed.
  • Final Fantasy XII, half the main party is dressed in Stripperiffic attire but are fine when treking through the ice storms and snow drifts of the Paramina Mountains.
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • February 11, 2012
    DrakeClawfang
    I think this occurance is common enough for a trope if more examples pop but, but I was hesitant on the video game section because I think most every video game ever will invoke this when an ice world is involved.
  • February 11, 2012
    captainpat
  • February 11, 2012
    DrakeClawfang
    That seems to be more about the outfits than the environment though.
  • February 11, 2012
    chicagomel
    I guess it is common in video games. The second Endless Ocean game has the character scuba diving in Arctic waters. There's a handwave with some sort of body gel that, along with special equipment, makes it possible, but it's still a stretch. There's no mention of a drysuit at all.
  • February 11, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Doesn't matter. The examples you put it in still fit that trope. The trope is not strictly skimpy clothes, but poor weather clothes.
  • February 12, 2012
    DrakeClawfang
    Well I only had three, notice the tag "Needs more examples"
  • February 12, 2012
    mdulwich
    The Doctor has been shown to be impervious to cold weather on several occasions. If I recall, he once wore a Hawaiian shirt on an ice planet.
  • February 12, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ It wasn't the number. It was that none of them weren't already covered. This whole trope is already covered.
  • February 12, 2012
    DrakeClawfang
    Except it isn't, as I've explained. The trope you noted is about clothing, my suggestion is for being unaffected by cold.
  • February 12, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    Subverted in One Piece - The giant Oars was oblivious to arctic cold and it ended killing him.
  • February 12, 2012
    Earnest
    See also An Ice Suit.
  • February 12, 2012
    captainpat
    I'm not sure what you mean by a character being unaffected by cold. If they're wearing the appropriated clothing for the weather then the coldness shouldn't be an issue, but if their not (which seems to be a case for all the examples as of now) then it sounds alot like Exposed To The Elements.
  • February 12, 2012
    condottiera
    In Disney's Beauty And The Beast, Belle and Phillipe fall into freezing water, but do not suffer any adverse effects from it.
  • February 13, 2012
    Rognik
    I have to agree this is Exposed To The Elements. If the characters are dressed in appropriately for the weather, whether that means exposed skin or the same clothes they wear in more temperate environments, it's the same trope. I don't see how the two are at all different.
  • February 13, 2012
    CharacterInWhite
    I'm half tempted to write down "Landlocked Canadians" under Real Life. Our winters can hit as low as -40 (centigrade), so when February rolls around it goes up to -10 you see people walking around in light jackets, shorts, and skirts, and wearing t-shirts and flip flops if it goes above freezing point.
  • February 13, 2012
    KyleJacobs
    Despite the fact that the Nords are the only ones with frost resistance, nobody in Skyrim is negatively impacted by the climate at all.
  • February 14, 2012
    Ninjat126
    • Rorschach in Watchmen didn't mind the cold in Antarctica that much, though he was wearing a trench coat and mask.
  • February 14, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    He Man runs around without a shirt and long pants even in frozen wastelands. Teela is also bare-legged and doesn't even wear a jacket.

    In an episode of Winx Club the girls are sent to a frozen planet and told to dress warmly, which they do...but when Stella Winxes out, she is half-naked as usual, yet feels no ill effects from the frigid air.
  • February 14, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Beasts of Gor the Inuit regularly dress lightly - no shirt and and a pair of pants, both males and females - when the temprature gets warm, which is defined as "above freezing."
  • February 14, 2012
    TomWalpertac2
    Fire Demons in the Slightly Damned 'Verse are immune to the cold.
  • February 14, 2012
    captainsandwich
    can't mizore from rosario+vampire go into cold. also i think natsu and gray from fairy tail can go into cold.
  • January 17, 2014
    TitoMosquito
    Near the end of Rise of the Guardians, Jamie was wearing his pajamas and was barefoot. He was even standing on the frozen lake while saying good-bye to Jack Frost, and doesn't seem bothered by it.
  • January 17, 2014
    Tuckerscreator
    And now it's time for the inevitable Frozen example.

    • Queen Elsa of Frozen is An Ice Person who inadvertently brings an eternal winter on her kingdom. Unable to stop it, she flees to the mountains, where she embraces her powers for the first time in a decade. And who wouldn't embrace the power of being able to wear slinky dresses in the middle of blizzards? As she says herself during her song "Let It Go":
      Elsa: Let the storm rage on,
      The cold never bothered me anyway.
  • January 17, 2014
    Folamh3
    • At the end of Watchmen, Rorschach and Nite Owl head to Antarctica. Nite Owl is dressed in full snow gear, but when he asks Rorschach if he wants anything besides his typical brown trenchcoat Rorschach simply replies "Fine like this."
  • January 17, 2014
    DAN004
    This is either Convection Schmonvection (it doesn't just cover high temperatures) or Exposed To The Elements.
  • January 17, 2014
    aurora369
  • January 18, 2014
    DAN004
    Just personal opinion, but I think CS needs to be expanded to cover all kinds of uncovered physical contact to dangerous elements...
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