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[[caption-width-right:300:[[{{Pun}} Dick Dastardly is a really cool guy.]]]]

->''"Brrrr! It's cold! I better keep moving or I else I'll freeze to square!"''
-->-- '''Stinkoman''', ''VideoGame/Stinkoman20X6''

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''. [[FridgeLogic Where the hell does the ice]] [[AccidentalPun 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?[[note]]This trick actually DOES work with ''extremely'' pure water. [[http://phys.org/news/2011-11-supercool-doesnt-.html proof]]. The reason for this is that extremely pure water actually has a much lower freezing point than regular water. Water needs a contaminant particle to anchor it, give it something to freeze ''on''. Without it, water just won't freeze. Dropping a single particle of dust into a container of very pure, superchilled water will cause a massive chain reaction freezing all the water in the container.[[/note]][[labelnote:note 2]]It is also possible to achieve with other water solutions. Having certain thing, like salt or alcohol, in solution with water lowers its freezing point. Thus it is possible to super chill such solutions below water's "normal" freezing point. Applying a sudden agitation to a liquid in this state can cause the water molecules to come into contact with one another which sparks instant crystallization. Often done as a bar trick by smacking the bottom of a super cold bottle of beer, but dropping something into such a super chilled liquid could also set the reaction off.[[/labelnote]] Note also that the block of ice in question has the strange tendency to come out in the shape of a perfect cuboid.

Related to HarmlessFreezing, ElementalBaggage. See also HumanPopsicle. Sometimes occurs in conjunction with SpaceIsCold.

(Sidenote: Just so we're clear on the distinction, ElementalBaggage 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. Therefore, only cold/freezing spells that aren't specifically making ''ice'' fall under this trope.)

When the environment suddenly gets snow and ice just because it's cold, then the trope is SnowMeansCold.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Every time Evangeline uses her freezing spells in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', including against Asuna during training, it forms ice even though it's only stated to make things cold. Although maybe they're so cold that they're freezing ''the air''.
* In ''Anime/MonsterRancher'', Shogun accidentally fell into a lake in a cold environment and instantly rose back to the surface trapped in ice. [[spoiler:This is how he ended up among the ranks of Durahan's frozen warriors.]]
* Cold-oriented Saints in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' have this effect on their foes. [[CallingYourAttacks Diamond Dust, Aurora Thunder, and Aurora Execution]] all freeze their targets into solid ice ([[LiterallyShatteredLives which then shatters, often doing the same to the victim]].) When Cygnus Hyoga's master, Aquarius Camus, froze him in an "[[HumanPopsicle ice coffin]]," this took the shape of a huge, perfect cube.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Iceman of the ComicBook/XMen has the power to make things cold and to control his temperature and that of things around him. What you see is a man who can create ice, huge quantities, out of nothing. (Officially, he's supposed to be creating ice out of moisture in the air, but considering the ''amount'' of ice he can create, the air must be at 500% humidity everywhere.)
** A very curious example of this from the X-Men's earliest days: In Uncanny X-Men # 2, Iceman freezes a construction worker's glove. This somehow causes the glove to turn into ice cubes.
* In ''[[ComicBook/{{Swordquest}} Swordquest: Fireworld]]'', Torr fights off some fire-demons with magic arrows that instantly freezes and ices over whatever they hit.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* {{Justified|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Frozone uses whatever moisture is in the air, as well as his own body moisture, to make ice. Therefore, his powers are much weaker when most of the moisture in the air has already evaporated.
-->'''Lucius:''' I can't lay down a layer thick enough! It's evaporating too fast!\\
'''Bob:''' What's that supposed to mean?\\
'''Lucius:''' It's ''hot''! And I'm ''dehydrated'', Bob!\\
'''Bob:''' You can't be out of ice! Don't you just use the moisture in the air?\\
'''Lucius:''' There IS no moisture in this air!

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* As per his comic book self, Iceman in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' movies manages to conjure up his ice implements from nothing, ranging from small roses to an entire wall to block up a corridor.

* In the music video for "Money for Nothing" by ''Music/DireStraits'', one of the movers gets frozen alive from standing next to an open refrigerator for too long.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'', Rizzo ends up encased in ice after falling into a bucket of water that had a thin crust of ice on top of it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}''
** The Freeze Ray and Magic do this. It apparently cushions the fall of an asteroid.
** Also, if you put something into a refrigerator or freezer, it is encased in an ice cube when it is removed.
* This happens to enemies hit by the Blue Knight's magic in ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers''.
* Happens often in fighting games. Characters like Kula Diamond (''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'') and Rimururu (''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'') can produce large amounts of ice instantly and out of pretty much nowhere.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** The Gorons in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' get this during the unnaturally long winter.
** In ''Majora's Mask'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', this is what happens to your character whenever you are hit by an Ice Keese, or are blown on by a Freezard or a Mini Freezard. Those Keese are covered in nothing but blue, icy fire; and, if they hit you, you're suddenly encased in a huge block of ice.
* Happens to anyone hit by a Freezy in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.'' or some of the Ice Climbers' attacks.
* Similar to Dick Dastardly's above depiction, this happens to anyone who falls into icy water in ''VideoGame/MarioKart''.
* In ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'', the ice balls thrown by characters with an Ice Flower PowerUp do this.
* Happens in the SlippySlideyIceWorld in ''VideoGame/Stinkoman20X6'' if you stand still too long.
* Use in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'', with the Ancient {{Magick}} ice spells.
* VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'s various ice-related abilities tend to do this.
* Ice Man's Ice Slasher ability can do this to enemies in ''VideoGame/MegaManPoweredUp''. When Ice Man himself uses it, enemies are actually frozen into perfect cubes.
* Mages in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' can [[HumanPopsicle intentionally invoke this]] with their Ice Block ability, Hunters can inflict this upon others with their Freezing Trap, and it's so common in boss encounters as to be almost a StandardStatusEffect.
* One of the many ways to die in ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot''.
* Franchise/SpyroTheDragon's temporary ice-breath power in [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Frozen Alters]] in ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'', causes any enemy ([[VideogameCrueltyPotential or ally, for that matter]]) to become frozen in a block of ice. It was also used in ''VideoGame/SpyroEnterTheDragonfly'', and standing on a squarely-frozen dragon was actually required for a couple of puzzles.
* One of the many ways to die in ''[[VideoGame/BubbleBobble Bubble Symphony]]'', but with a hexagonal ice shape instead of an ice block, and the player character dies after the shape shatters shortly after it forms.
* Various Ice-type moves in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games invoke this trope, complete with animations or depictions of a block of ice encasing the target Pokemon.
* The ''VideoGame/SnowboardKids'' franchise has a weapon you can shoot at your opponents to temporarily encase them in ice, bringing them to a complete stop for the moment.
* Several spells in the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' do this. Absolute summons cold air which instantly freezes into a giant jagged block of ice. Icicle also does this, but to a lesser degree.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}''
** The [[FreezeRay Ice Beam]] is able to... well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin freeze enemies]], and it is mainly used in killing the titular Metroids. Frozen enemies are coated in a fine layer of ice until the effect wears off.
** In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'', shooting a wall with the Ice Beam creates a small chunk of ice which shatters in a split-second.
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug''
** Fall into the water in the final stage of ''Metal Slug 2'' and your character comes out dead in an ice block.
** On a lesser note, getting hit by a yeti's homing ice breath in ''Metal Slug 3'' and ''Metal Slug 4'' instantly encases the character in a snowman!
* In ''VideoGame/SheepDogNWolf'', falling into water during SlippySlideyIceWorld levels results in this. Includes HarmlessFreezing, where the characters only shiver for a moment after getting out of ice.
* Cirno of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' [[MemeticMutation infamy]] has the power to manipulate cold. Naturally, this mostly translates into summoning icicles and other ice bolts and shooting them at enemies. In one fighting game spinoff she is even able to create an ice block bigger than herself to crush the enemy with, in the space of less than a second!
* This happens to [[Videogame/RatchetAndClank Ratchet]] if he falls into instant-death water on an [[SlippySlideyIceWorld arctic-themed level]].
* Getting hit by an Egg Blizzard in ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' has this effect on Sonic. For added fun, when playing the werehog levels Sonic can pick up the Egg Blizzards and use them against other enemies, freezing them in instant ice as well.
* In the ''VideoGame/BigFunInFurbyland'' minigame ''In the Clouds'', some clouds in the second level can freeze the Furby into a perfect ice cube.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Seen [[http://www.chimchum.com/search?updated-max=2010-11-25T01%3A01%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=1&reverse-paginate=true here]] in ''Chim Chum and the Portly Samurai''.
* Haley of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' finds a "+5 Icy Burst" bow that sometimes [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0615.html has this effect]] on its targets.
** Strong cold attacks in general have this effect when they incapacitate or kill their target. Given the [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons nature of the setting]], the ice is probably formed by the magic in the attacks.
* Exaggerated in ''{{Webcomic/Buttersafe}}'', when a guy accidentally freezes his girlfriend in a block of ice by [[http://buttersafe.com/2013/11/05/blanket-hog/ hogging the blankets.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Invoked with one of the effects Gregory Wilson uses as an application for Ellusionist's "Pure Smoke" rig; you essentially drip water into your hand and it turns into an ice cube, complete with fog.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': Happens to the [[ItMakesSenseInContext Giant Wooly Walrus]] at the end of "Cold Ducks".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}''
** [=SpongeBob=] once got dumped into an icy cold lake by Sandy, who jumped in after him; both turned into ice cubes.
** Then there was the time he left the fridge open overnight. By morning his entire house, and everything in it, was encased in ice. To be fair, he is ''underwater''... which only raises more questions. How is the interior of the fridge not frozen already, then? Not to mention the interior of the entire house, as opposed to just the floors and walls?
*** The better question is why the house doesn't float up to the surface, seeing as ice floats in water.
** There's also an episode where Plankton does this with a thermostat. It's later implied that he flooded he restaurant ankle-deep prior to freezing it (yes, flooded the ''underwater'' restaurant; if you didn't notice by now, the series plays fast and loose with the "underwater" rule).
** In "Frozen Face-Off" this happens to nearly every character at least once. Twice, in the case of poor Squidward.
* Seen in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' countless times.
** In ''Frigid Hare'', WesternAnimation/BugsBunny arrives in Antarctica and (thinking he's in Miami Beach) dives into the water, and the splash instantly freezes. Bugs then meets a little penguin whose tears turn into ice cubes.
** Another example: In ''Tom Turk and Daffy'', Daffy Duck throws a bucket full of water at Porky and the water freezes in mid-air in the exact shape of the bucket. Later, Daffy throws another bucketful of water over a river, creating an instant bridge of ice.
* The page image is from the ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' episode "Vacation Trip Trap".
* Happened to Dastardly in ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' as well. In "The Great Cold Rush Race," he gets submerged in ice cold water when he intended the consequence for the other racers. When Muttley pulls him out, Dastardly is in a block of ice.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''
** Whenever Evangelyne uses an ice arrow, lots of ice forms around the point of impact.
** Nausea encases Rubilax in ice with a magic potion in episode 7.
** [=McDeek's=] freezing ray in episode 9.
** The classic comic-relief-encased-in-a-square-block-of-ice happens to Sadlygrove (and Rubilax) in episode 17 after falling in a frozen lake. Adamaï melts the ice with his fire breath.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', a ''snowman'' falls into arctic water and emerges encased in a block of ice.
* Invoked in the AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rupert}}'' -- the episode's villain had a MagicWand with [[AnIcePerson ice powers]], so dropping him in the stream while he was holding it magically produced this effect.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' short "Mice Capades", Jerry and Nibbles turn the kitchen into an ice rink by flooding it and rewiring the refrigerator to freeze everything.
* Happens to WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck at the end of ''Donald's Snow Fight''.
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' short "Hawaiian Vacation", Barbie and Ken go out in the snow and fall in. After the credits we see them in a block of ice.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' episode "Baby-Sitter Jitters", Robotnik gets zapped by his "Reversible Melt-O/Freeze-O Ray" and becomes trapped in a block of ice.
* Likewise, this also happened to ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'', after falling through the ice in the second act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS3E3WaterboyBogus Waterboy Bogus]]".
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'', the class goes through the solar system and ends up on Pluto. In order to get his cousin Janet to come home without proof of having traveled through the solar system, Arnold takes off his helmet and his head instantly ices over.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' winds up living with an Eskimo family in "Schnook of the North". He meets their next-door neighbor and flirts with her. She then takes a bucket of water, throws it on him, and instantly turns him into an ice cube.
* In ''WesternAnimation/PantryPanic'', WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker ignores warnings of an early winter storm and goes swimming in a pond - the storm blows in mid-dive and he's encased in a rectangular block of ice, breaking out of it when it hits the now-frozen pond.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' episode "Snow Half-Pipe" plays with the idea. After Flain and Krader fall into the frozen water of the ice half-pipe, they float up entirely encased in ice, shown by their bodies colored entirely blue with stiff expressions. No extra ice cubes, though [[RuleOfFunny Flain's fire is also frozen as well.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PotatoesAndDragons'': Happens to King Hugo in "Ready Yeti?", and the Dragon in "King Of The Potato Frontier".

[[folder:Real Life]]
* May have to do with the RealLife phenomenon where, as air cools, it loses the capacity to hold its water. Cool it quickly enough to below water's freezing point, and you get a rim of ice on whatever is doing the cooling. Obviously, it is taken to the extreme in this trope -- possibly for RuleOfFunny reasons.