Created By: Majutsukai on July 31, 2009
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You ever notice how, in some fiction-- especially cartoons-- Things or people that are subject to extreme cold not only get frozen, but get frozen into a huge block of ice? Even though there's no water around to freeze? That's this trope. Think of all the times you've seen a character who was shut inside a freezer sliding out in an ice block the exact shape and size of the freezer itself. Where the hell does the ice come from?

This may also apply to characters who have fallen into cold water and come out in a block of ice; if the water isn't cold enough to have frozen already, then, once again, where does the ice come from?

Related to Harmless Freezing, Elemental Baggage. See also Human Popsicle. Sometimes occurs in conjunction with Space Is Cold.

I can't think of any specific examples, but I'm pretty sure a lot of old cartoons, like Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, are pretty big offenders.

(Sidenote: Just so we're clear on the distinction, Elemental Baggage is when magic spells and the like have the inexplicable ability to create the element in question (such as ice) from thin air; this trope is when ice appears simply because something is cold.)
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  • July 29, 2009
    dotchan
    • Spongebob Squarepants once got dumped into an icy cold lake by Sandy, who jumped in after him; both turned into ice cubes.
  • July 29, 2009
    LarryD
    Every time Evangeline uses her freezing spells in Mahou Sensei Negima. Including against Asuna during training.
  • July 29, 2009
    Kuciwalker
    This happens to enemies hit by the Blue Knight's magic in Castle Crashers.
  • July 29, 2009
    endlessnostalgia
    Happens often in fighting games. Characters like Kula Diamond (The King Of Fighters) and Rimururu (Samurai Shodown) can produce large amounts of ice instantly and out of pretty much nowhere.
  • July 29, 2009
    random surfer
    From Harmless Freezing:
    • In many classic Western cartoons, when a character falls into an icy lake, they are insta-frozen into a block of ice. But of course, they are none the worse for wear when thawed out.
      • To be fair, they can also shrug off bullets, hammers, falls off of cliffs, falls through cliffs, the occasional bus, and nuclear fucking weapons. So Yeah.
  • July 29, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    @dotchan: Spongebob takes place in the ocean...
  • July 29, 2009
    A Random Serf
    The Gorons in Majoras Mask get this during the unnaturally long winter.
  • July 30, 2009
    Kilyle
    @UT 65: So if Spongebob is under the ocean, and he gets dumped into an underwater stream...... um, how exactly does he get insta-frozen, anyway? Doesn't frozen salt water happen at the top of the ocean?
  • July 30, 2009
    cheat-master31
    Happens to anyone hit by a Freezy in Super Smash Bros, and anyone who falls into icy water in Mario Kart.
  • July 31, 2009
    Egregious Eric
    Happens in the Slippy Slidey Ice World in Stinkoman 20X6 if you stand still too long. "Don't freeze to square!"

    Also Runescape, i think, with the Ancient Magick ice spells.
  • July 31, 2009
    Stinkoman87
    Also note that they always freeze into a perfect block, instead of the more logical shape of an outline.
  • July 31, 2009
    Majutsukai
    • Kirby's various ice-related abilities tend to do this.
    • Ice Man's Ice Slasher ability can do this to enemies in Mega Man Powered Up. When Ice Man himself uses it, enemies are actually frozen into perfect cubes.
    • Mages in World Of Warcraft can intentionally invoke this with their Ice Block ability.
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