"We wear fur coats, in the Summertime. So ice cold, that we don't mind!"When a character is An Ice Person, has a Freeze Ray, or uses other means to Kill It with Ice, he tends to go one of two ways when it comes to costuming, wearing either a properly warm arctic suit (in a lovely blue/black/white color scheme), or a... bathing suit? Why the opposite extremes? Well, getting decked out for cold weather makes sense when the cold-wielding character is still a warm-blooded person, so it provides insurance against being hoisted by their own petard. However, if they happen to be an Elemental Embodiment of Ice/Cold, then there's no need for protection from the elements, so they can cavort around in summer beach wear during a cold spell. Interestingly, just because he or she doesn't need to wear cold protection gear doesn't mean they won't indulge in an excuse to be Pretty in Mink! Special mention goes to characters who wear heat proofing gear to avoid overheating or being melted by Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors savvy foes, as Mr. Freeze demonstrates in the page image. Compare Stylish Protection Gear, Winter Royal Lady, Happy Holidays Dress, Sexy Santa Dress, Fur Bikini, Pelts of the Barbarian. Do not confuse with Impossibly Cool Clothes, though there may be some overlap. This item is available in the Trope Co. catalog.
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Anime and Manga
- Gray Fullbuster from Fairy Tail was conditioned by his training to be completely immune to cold, and so he tends to forgo the shirts and long pants... much to his guildmates' annoyance.
- The ice dress in Prétear.
- Ghiaccio from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5 is a variant: the primary manifestation of his Stand power is forming a suit of icy armor around his body for defense. However, the interior is insulated to be comfortably warm since he doesn't have any special resistance to cold. The suit is mostly white, and the Stand is even named "White Album"!
- Yukiko-Hime from Dororon Enma-kun wears a very short Yukata, a pair of sandals, and nothing else.
- Mr. Freeze in just about any Batman continuity wears an environment protection suit to protect himself from... mild warmth. Due to an accident he can't exist in temperatures above freezing, so the only time he's ever out of his suit is if the area is solidly frozen. The suit also has a practical function of augmenting Freeze's strength and durability, making him a physical match for Batman.
- The irony is played up in the animated movie Sub-Zero, where he wears summer gear and swims in simple trunks at his lair in the Arctic.
- Polar Boy of the Legion of Super-Heroes goes for the "warm clothing" variant, but there's a twist in the reason why - his people developed their cold powers because their home planet is so hot. So the temperate climate of an Earthlike world is highly uncomfortable to him.
- DC Comics superheroine Ice actually pinballs between both ends of this trope, but usually leans closer to the first description; she's mainly seen in a snug bodysuit that completely covers her skin, but it has been cut in a variety of ways.
- Killer Frost's costume, which is basically a fur-trimmed swimsuit. This is justified by her powers— she absorbs heat and turns it into cold. The version of her in the page picture from Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, as well as Justice League, uses a bikini and a one-piece, respectively. While she sometimes complains about how cold her powers make her, there's no sense in her wrapping up, because she doesn't generate any heat for warm clothes to trap.
- The Flash foe Captain Cold wears a blue and white set of arctic gear, which is pretty helpful since he's a normal human whose shtick is to use a Freeze Ray.
- Iceman of the X-Men! Technically he's wearing clothes under his ice-body, but when he's iced up he looks like he's pretty much in the buff.
- In the old days, he wasn't. Getting his ice coating broken or melted left him in his boxers. He doesn't get a proper costume until well into his stint with the Champions. As is common for X-characters suffering Clothing Damage, he doesn't get too embarrassed by it.
- Jadis in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe demonstrates quite a love for winter finery, but is herself the cause of all the cold and dresses that way only as part of her Requisite Royal Regalia. The movie even has her ice-crown slowly melt after the Pevensies return.
- As a priestess of the Fire-and-Light god Rh'llor, Melissandre of A Song of Ice and Fire always wears the same revealing open dress everywhere. This includes the top of a 700 foot (215 meter) ice wall. In her own words: "I am never cold."
- Doc Savage and his trusty men are able to walk briskly across Antarctica in "The South Pole Terror" just by covering their skin with a substance developed by their genius leader.
Live Action TV
- In addition to the aforementioned Melisandre, the White Walkers in Game of Thrones wear little if anything (their book counterparts wear literal ice suits as armor).
- Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero's ice powers are (probably) in their heads, but it's Forever Hooligan's excuse for wearing coats in blistering heat.
- Recurring summon Shiva from the Final Fantasy series has a very regal aura, but rarely wears more than is necessary to retain her modesty.
- And sometimes not even that much; creative angles or Barbie Doll Anatomy prevent the player from seeing something that might upset the Moral Guardians.
- Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and its sequel are rare subversions, however, as their incarnation of Shiva wears icy full-body plate armor with a visored helmet along with a sword and shield.
- Nuclear Winter and his female minions from Freedom Force dress in stylish warm clothing.
- Genki Girl Kula Diamond from The King of Fighters wears a leather bodysuit as combat attire.
- The Ice Climbers are a pair of Eskimo children wearing parkas. You may best remember them from Super Smash Bros..
- Ice Man from Mega Man 1 can generate ice and is dressed in a blue and white Arctic gear. It would be justified since his original job was Arctic investigation. In case you're wondering why a robot would need protective clothing, the reason is that frost can still damage machinery, especially if it uses any sort of liquid for cooling (when it's not in arctic weather), hydraulic pressure system for movement, or water tank for it to manipulate ice.
- In Mortal Kombat, Sub-Zero and his student Frost wear leather ninja gear that tends to expose quite a bit of flesh. Of course, being ice manipulators, they don't ever get cold.
- There are two ice-associated characters in Touhou. Cirno only ever wears a light dress, but Letty Whiterock is probably the most heavily dressed character in the series. She is a Yuki-Onna, a creature of Japanese folklore which is basically a snow siren.
- In The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Death Mountain has a special version of the monster Hinox, wearing a thick blue coat instead of a red sleeveless jacket and throwing snowballs instead of bombs.
- Mei, from Overwatch, wears a thick set of arctic gear. Partly due to Limited Wardrobe (her former job was as an arctic researcher), partly to avoid Hoist by His Own Petard (she wields a Freeze Ray).
- Body Blows: Warra is the cryokinetic king of an eternally frozen domain on one side of a Tidally Locked Planet. In addition to being able to freeze opponents with his cold breath he also creates a suit of snow and ice to protect himself.
- Girl Genius: In a winter seasonal poster, Agatha is walking in a winter scene, and dressed in a fur-trimmed coat full of strange mechanical trimmings, including a crown made of small, old fashioned power conduits.
- Ménage à 3: Pro wrestler Tess has An Ice Person theme to her ring persona, so she wears a version of the bathing-ice suit in the ring, with a fur-trimmed jacket sometimes worn over it.
- The opening scene from the first episode of Young Justice features a string of attacks from four ice-themed villains: Mr. Freeze, Icicle Jr., Killer Frost and Captain Cold. Unlike above, it's not Killer Frost who's the least-dressed, but Icicle Jr.
- Mr. Cool, a villain on Dynomutt Dog Wonder, dressed for a tropical climate. His henchmen, however, wore Anorak parkas.
- In Tabaluga, the Snowlem Evil Overlord Arktos needs to wear a cooling suit whenever he goes to Greenland or the desert, so he won't thaw and die.
- Frozone of The Incredibles wields ice powers and wears a suit tailored to his abilities, like goggles to protect his eyes from snow blindness.
- Elsa in Frozen makes a dress for herself made of ice. It's a rather slinky dress (save for the long, flowing cape), but, hey, the cold never bothered her anyway, so it's okay.