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Anime and Manga
- One variety of mushi featured in Mushishi feeds off human body heat by appearing to its victims as an open flame. If a person huddles close to it for warmth, it saps their heat from them until they freeze to death. Interestingly, these mushi - called "kagebi," meaning "shadow fire" - can also be used to boil water and cook food, which if then ingested cause internal frostbite.
- In One Piece, Word of God states that Marco's blue phoenix flames do not burn or produce heat like normal flames, instead they are what allow him to heal.
- One Jack 'O Lantern (who later became Hobgoblin), a recurring Spider-Man villain, has flames all over his helmet, yet doesn't get burned due to the fire being a variant called "stage fire," which is used in theatrical productions to simulate flame. He also has an air-supply within the helmet — separate from the fire's air supply — that helps keep the helmet cool.
- In Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox, Damon Kronski, leader of the Extinctionists, has a pit lined with flamethrowers which he uses to stage the execution of endangered species for the amusement of his supporters. Unbeknownst to him, another character (who wants the endangered animals saved for selfish reasons) fitted a trapdoor in the base of the pit and replaced the flamethrowers with hologram generators.
- In the Coldfire Trilogy, the Anti-Villain developed his own version of fire magic that burns cold rather than hot. As an undead, it's the only way he can safely wield fire.
- In Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising, Hawkin summons nine large magical freezing cold flames that represent the power of the Dark and the spells of the Deep Cold.
- In the novel Dream Park, the South Seas Treasure Game scenario includes a form of "reverse fire", that un-burns ashes and causes frostbite on contact, as a plot device.
- An entire novel in The Galactic Consul series by Yevgeny Filenko is set on a planet whose native culture discovered a form of low-temperature plasma that doesn't burn if handled right (but is deadly otherwise) and adapted it into a weapon. The scientists are as baffled by its physics by the end of the novel as they are at the start.
- In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Hermione puts some non-burning magical fire in a jar to keep the trio warm in winter. Later she uses it to trick Snape into thinking his robes have caught fire and scoops it back into the jar when she's done. (In the film, the latter is changed to the regular kind of fire.)
- Later on in book, during the trials to reach the Stone, Snape's challenge has the entrance and exit blocked off by magical fire. Only by drinking the correct potion will it be safe for one to pass through them.
- In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the textbook Harry reads reveals that the spell to negate flames is called the Flame Freezing Charm, and reduces their effects to a mild tickling sensation. During the era of witch burnings, witches and wizards would use this charm to survive their execution and subsequently fake their deaths. One witch, Wendelin the Weird, loved being "burned" and let herself be captured several times in various disguises.
- The Saga of Hervor and Heidrek: When Hervor is looking for her father's gravemound in a haunted burial ground at night, there are ghostly "grave-fires" burning on the barrows. As it turns out, Hervor can go right through these fires without getting burned.
- Minor Outer Gods Aphoom-Zhah and Tulzscha from the Cthulhu Mythos are both Elemental Embodiments of this sort. The former is a gray flame that consumes heat rather than emitting it, whilst the latter is comprised of "sickly green" flames that "radiate the clamminess of death and corruption" and leave a "noxious, venomous verdigris" wherever they touch. Aphoom-Zhah literally freezes whatever it touches, though Tulzscha is implied to be more of a poison or radiation elemental.
- In The Nekropolis Archives, the city of Nekropolis is surrounded by Phlegethon, a river of green fire which is cold rather than hot and burns the spirit rather than the flesh.
Live Action TV
- This is how Captain Cold's gun works in The Flash (2014) when it fires a blue flame that reaches absolute zero. Initially, Cisco designed the weapon in mind to counter the Flash's Super Speed in case he ever went rogue. It's too bad that a janitor stole the gun and it had to fall into Captain Cold's hands of all people.
- Nepol in Galidor uses a literal version to stay cool; as An Ice Person, his temperature senses are inverted.
Mythology and Religion
- In the Book of Exodus, an angel of the Lord speaks to Moses from a bush that burns but is not consumed.
- In Judaism, mainly Kabbalah, there are 4 types of flames that are differentiated by their capabilities:
- Fire that consumes solids but does not vaporize water
- Fire that does not consume solids but does vaporize water
- Fire that consumes solids and that also consumes water
- Fire that doesn't consume solids or vaporize water
- Verse 21:70 in the The Qur'an says: "O Fire! Become cool and safe for Abraham!"
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- Module I4 Oasis of the White Palm. In the Temple of Set the PCs can find a brazier filled with violet flames. The flames don't give off heat and don't burn wood. However, if they touch living flesh, they burn it, causing serious damage.
- The Continual Flame spell creates a permanent fire that doesn't burn or use oxygen and is used to make Everlasting Torches.
- In the Mystara D&D setting and the CD&D game, the halfling Masters' racial artifact is blackflame: a dark-colored, frigid "fire" that burns inflammable substances and radiates shadow rather than light.
- Blackfire and its nastier cousin Blightfire are powerful Necromantic effects that feed on the life force of the target rather than any physical substance, and cannot be extinguished by ordinary means.
- Drow can create faerie fire, harmless flames that illuminate targets. Its usefulness varies with the setting, but in general it helps make targets easier to hit.
- The magic system of Ars Magica can modify or remove core aspects of things, altering fires to produce light but no heat or vice versa.
- In Call of Duty multiplayer maps, fire is often present in small amounts (think burning wreckage) but entirely cosmetic. A player can stand next to or even in it and suffer no damage.
- In the Pokémon games, there is a special Fire-Type attack called Will O' Wisp, which doesn't do any damage, but it inflicts a burn upon them.
- In Spyro: Year of the Dragon, in one level, Spyro's fire breath will become cold and can freeze enemies.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has a bottle item called "Blue Fire" that is described as a "cool flame". It has a counterpart in the form of Red Ice which only it can melt.
- Subverted with the Frozen Flame in Chrono Cross. While there are many different in-universe ideas of what this thing is, most people simply think it's some kind of cold fire, or fire trapped in ice (That has special powers). It's actually a fragment of Lavos that survived its destruction after the events of the previous game.
- Max Payne 2: The Stylistic Suck episodes of Baseball Bat Boy involve him dodging "shards of frozen fire" at one point.
- Don't Starve's Reign of Giants DLC includes the craftable Endothermic Fire to cool down in the summer.
- You can make Ice Torches, which can be used to craft lamps, campfires, and chandeliers.
- Certain items and enemies inflict the Frostburn debuff, which reduces health overtime and cancels health regen.
- In Alchademy, Flayme, an alchemist whose body is made of fire, states that he can control his flames so that they don't burn everything they touch.
- In Unsounded, when a magic trap explodes and leaves behind cold flames, it's a sign that the Background Magic Field of the Khert has overloaded and is messing with reality. Although they're physically harmless, it's very bad news, since it means the fire's energy is discharging into the Khert instead.
- The seventh The Land Before Time sequel is subtitled "The Stone of Cold Fire", referring to a comet seen crashing by Littlefoot. A few characters believe it to be a legendary "Stone of Cold Fire" that would grant their finders special powers. When found, it just turns out to be a mere rock, though, as much as meteorites can be called mere.
- From Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ultimate Big Chill can shoot out flames that turn into solid ice after burning for a few seconds.
- There are some flammable solutions in Real Life that ignite at very low temperatures and don't produce enough heat to burn other things unless exposed for a prolonged period. One can use them to set a person on fire for a few minutes without burning them.