Code Breaker: Sakura, who is sensitive to people's scents and body heat, is shocked when she discovers her friend Ogami's Evil TwinLight Is Not Good possible brother's body is "as cold as ceramic".
The vampires from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure have incredibly cold body temperatures. In fact, Joseph was able to tell Straights was a vampire simply by the fact that his breath was not visible when temperatures were below freezing.
And one of the (inconsistent) explanations for the vampires' ability to flash-freeze their enemies' blood is that they are simply that cold.
In Dragon Ball Z, this is a running theme with the names in Frieza's family: Lord Frieza/Freeza, King Cold, Cooler...
In Marvel Comics, N'Kantu, the Living Mummy, describes undeath as "like life, only colder."
Also, in The DCU, Kid Eternity was surprised to find, after being dragged into Hell by Beelzebub, that Hell is incredibly cold. Beelzebub explains that "It's cold in Hell. So cold you'll pray for eternal fire. And eventually, we answer your prayer."
In Preacher, the Saint of Killers' hate is so strong that when he's killed and sent to Hell, it freezes over.
Officer Matt Cordell of the Maniac Cop trilogy is described as feeling like ice, even through his clothing. At one point in Maniac Cop 2, a blind war veteran describes coming into contact with Cordell as being similar to an incident in the war where he was trapped under a pile of mangled corpses.
In The Secret Life Of Ian Fleming— yes, that Ian Fleming— Fleming is able to identify female enemy agents by the fact that their lips are cold. Later, he hooks up with his UST and notes that her lips are burning hot.
Subverted somewhat in The Amityville Horror remake, where George feels cold everywhere in the house except the basement, where the evil originates.
Subverted and lampshaded in The Bag Witch Project, a short Blair Witch parody film about four roleplayers who get lost during GenCon and can't find their way back to the occupied part of the Milwaukee convention center. Would be this trope, if it weren't a satire:
"I'm tired, I'm hungry, I'm even cold. How can it be cold? We're indoors. And it's August!"
Poltergeist - evil is shown as cold, especially in part three, during Lara Flynn Boyle's shower sequence.
In Van Helsing, Dracula lives in a frozen castle on the other side of an ice mirror.
In the Asian movie Beyond Hypothermia, the main character is a female assassin who has an abnormally low body temperature.
The Frost Giants as depicted in Thor all have ice-based powers and are all terribly sinister.
In The Exorcist, Regan's bedroom is shown at times to be so cold that other characters pause to put on heavy coats before entering the room.
Keeping true to their makers viking-heritage, Frostbite has the vampires living in the coldest area in Sweden and Ukraine.
Averted with Jack Frost and North/Santa Claus in Rise Of The Guardians who are associated with cold temperatures and winter but are good people. Invoked by Pitch when tempting Jack to join him that cold and dark go well together.
This leads to a fascinating Biblical Historical In-Joke. As described by Revelations, Satan will eventually be freed as part of The End of the World as We Know It, implying that after a few thousand years, he finally figured it out; a joke that only gets funnier with age. Not to mention, After the End, he'll be rid of the lake of ice...by being cast into a lake of fire.
In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion: Morgoth actually invented ice during Creation, and the hell-fortresses he built (Utumno and Angband) are located in the far north (of Eurasia?), in extremes of freezing cold.
CS Lewis' White Witch plunged Narnia into unending winter and turned her opponents into stone; the arrival of Aslan brought spring, and he transformed the statues back to life. This even carries over into the characters' colour schemes: the White Witch wears white fur and is very pale, while Aslan is a big golden lion.
In James Thurber's The 13 Clocks, the Duke is explicitly described as cold while his niece is warm. The title clocks are frozen, and the Duke has concluded that he has killed time. In the end, his niece gets them to move again.
He was six feet four, and forty-six, and even colder than he thought he was.
EE Doc Smith's Lensman stories feature several species of very alien life evolved at near-absolute-zero temperatures. (In a prequel story, one of them colonizes Pluto.) When visiting environments capable of sustaining human life, they freeze everything in the vicinity. While not all of these species (or all members of these species) are villainous, all display a more than mildly unsettling Lack of Empathy.
In Only In Death, frost forms about Soric's cage because of the psychic forces unleashed from Chaos.
Lowered temperature is a by-product of psychic power in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. It doesn't necessarily mean evil, as good psychic characters can cause it too. But when evil does come along, it really is deathly cold.
Joe Chip from Philip K Dick's Ubik plays the trope straight as he reflects on death: "They must be wrong about hell, he said to himself. Hell is cold; everything there is cold. The body means weight and heat; now weight is a force which I am succumbing to, and heat, my heat, is slipping away".
The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper: The Dark uses powerful cold-based magic to prevent the retrieval of one of the six Signs. Also averted, as the ice candles are actually neutral and end up being reclaimed by the Light.
Dementors from Harry Potter, who causes the temperature of whatever room they're in to drop about 30-50 degrees. *
Dementors are heavily inspired by Rowling's own experiences with depression, which symptoms include feeling cold even in warm weather, suggesting an element of Truth in Television for this trope.
Also, the wizarding school Durmstrang - where Dark Arts are actually taught to students and Karkaroff is headmaster - is 'somewhere north', based on their heavy cloaks and school clothes.
While she isn't evil as much as just lonely and pure horror itself, the Groke from The Moomins is also very, very cold and probably as close to a cosmic horror you can have in that kind of series.
The Others from A Song of Ice and Fire are malevolent creatures in the North who are heavily associated with cold. The same goes with the wights that they create. In the R'hllor religion, a god called the Great Other is heavily associated with cold and is considered evil, though R'hllor at times seems no less destructive.
HP Lovecraft was afraid of the cold, hence stories like Cool Air and At The Mountains of Madness
The Wheel of Time series starts off this way, with a "year without a summer" as the result of the Dark One's influence. Inverted several books later with a "year without a winter" from the same cause—or perhaps a subversion, since the first may have really been the work of Ishamael.
In general, the Dark One is presented as being a fan of extreme and unnatural weather, whether it's too hot or too cold - fitting, for a god of chaos, decay, and evil.
In Andre Norton and A.C. Crispin's Gryphon's Eyrie, the shadow creatures are bitterly cold and prey on the main character's warmth. At the climax, they deliberately go for the pregnant Joisan's baby.
In Garth Nix's Old Kingdom trilogy, the Book of the Dead has a clasp which frosts over with condensation and a leather cover which sweats even on the warmest day. People in its presence have been known to start shivering spontaneously.
Subtly invoked in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, with the white-clad, emotionless Big Nurse, in contrast with the friendly, redheaded McMurphy. Both are usually described in terms suggesting winter and summer, respectively.
House of Leaves: the hallways that begin to appear in the house on Ash Tree Lane are described as being very cold, so that when Navidson and the others go on the explorations, they wear winter coats. Navidson himself almost dies of cold after being inside for too long.
In the novel Grunts!, the Nameless Necromancer gets a freezing aura in addition to his Animate Dead skills. It's sufficient to coat nearby grass with frost as he walks.
In the Warhammer 40000 Eisenhorn novels, psykers' usage of Warp powers often comes with frost formation.
Used in Melissa Mar's Wicked Lovely, where the main villain is the queen of the Winter Court, who made a deal that allowed her to seal the summer king's power and expand winter's influence, which would eventually plunge the world into endless winter and kill everything. Averted in later books, as the Winter Court comes under new leadership and the Dark and High Courts are explored. It's implied that none of the courts are truly good or truly evil, but are merely what they represent.
In Kingdom Keepers, Maleficent causes the air to drop to freezing temperatures whenever she's around, to the point of leaving the ground where she walks frozen.
In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero Regained, Hell has large chunks of frozen wasteland.
Fistandantilus as presented in the Dragonlance main series and the Kingpriest Trilogy combines this with Walking Wasteland, as he's surrounded by a continuous aura of cold that withers plants and kills small animals near him. The spellbooks he writes are also painfully cold to touch. Inverted with his apprentice/reincarnation Raistlin, whose skin is inhumanly hot and whose spellbooks give off an unnatural warmth.
The final story of Margaret Mahy's The Chewing-Gum Rescue and Other Stories, "The Devil and the Corner Grocer", has the grocer feel a chill whenever the villain walks into the shop. At the climax, the demon manifests without his disguise, and it's freezing — until the grocer calls on the angel who's also been appearing throughout the story, who turns up with a much more convivial temperature.
In Warrior Cats, the power of the Dark Forest freezes over StarClan territory in The Last Hope.
The Star Wars Expanded Universe often has good-aligned Force Sensitives sensing Dark Side practitioners and using cold-related terms to describe the feeling.
As Tash turned toward the voice, a wave of sheer terror overwhelmed her. She recognized the feeling. It was the dark side of the Force. She had felt it only once before, in the presence of Darth Vader! She felt it again now, like an ice-cold blast of air all around her.
Darke Magyk in Septimus Heap is usually described as being freezing cold.
Subverted in Stargate SG-1 with the Ori who appear to their followers as fire (and use fire to punish unbelievers). Daniel even points out that, traditionally, fire was associated with good since it represents warmth and light.
In Supernatural, Lucifer shows this trope, freezing a window with his breath, and states "Sorry if it's a bit chilly. Most people think I burn hot. It's actually quite the opposite."
Merlin's season four premiere shows the Dorocha, spirits of the dead resembling skeletons, who leave their victims frozen and dead with one touch.
Religion & Mythology
A common belief in Northern Russia and Norse Mythology is that hell is very cold. Understandably, a religion that was born in the desert would think a lake of fire would be the worst fate a man can get, while up north, that sounds just delightful. Thus, in Norse Mythology, while the warriors who died gloriously in battle get to live it up in Valhalla, those who died of sickness, old age, or in just plain boring ways get stuck in a cold, misty snorefest of Hel. Straighter examples still are the frost giants, who are more or less the ultimate evil in Norse Mythology.
That said, Norse Mythology also managed to mix this with Evil Is Burning Hot; not only is Loki, who tends to get identified with Satan (even if, at least before the whole thing was Hijacked By Jesus, it was a bit more complicated than that), is a god of fire, but during Ragnarök, the forces of evil are led by Surtr, one of the oldest and most powerful of the fire giants. In conclusion, as in general in Norse Mythology, the safest way to characterise things is less either of these tropes and more 'everything is trying to kill you'.
An early Christian sermon from England (and one of the few bits of literature we have left written in Anglo-Saxon English) speaks of Hell as a dark, cold place far to the north.
Christian missionaries to Native Alaskans learned very quickly to speak of Hell as a very cold place.
Some Jews who believe in Hell believe that some souls suffer in ice and others in fire.
In Buddhism, there are purgatories that are extremely cold and those that are extremely hot. All of them are reserved for people who are extremely evil, even being reincarnated as a perpetually hungry spirit is better.
Unusual variant: the Necrons of Warhammer 40000 are often associated with cold, but not ice-and-snow sort of cold - rather, the cold nature of the mechanical and the chill of the void.
Played straighter in the Imperial Guard novel Ice Guard by Steve Lyons. The planet of Cressida is plunged into an ice age-like state by the Chaos powers that are taking it over.
Chaos itself is usually subject to this, as warp energy tends to cause a noticeable drop in temperature in the surrounding area of a daemon summoning.
Dark Eldar Mandrakes are beings of darkness and cold that drain light and heat wherever they go. A thin rime of ice hanging in the air is usually all the warning you get before they step out of your shadow and sink their icy claws into your heart.
For extra irony, keep in mind: he was a dashing swashbuckler whose pride was his incredible grace of movement.
A line in the Book of Erotic Fantasy has a wizard commenting that having sex with a vampire was like having sex with 'ice covered in thick velvet'.
Played straight with the Neverborn in Exalted, who have a lot of imagery revolving around darkness, death, and the chill of the Void. The Ebon Dragon sometimes gets in on this act, but is more associated with shadows, treachery, opposition, and the Shadow Archetype than anything else. Averted with Ligier and anyone associated with him; as the Green Sun that illuminates Malfeas, he burns very hot indeed.
Likewise, the Abyssal Charmset often evokes instances of the icy grip of death, chilling, et cetera. In fact, there's even an Abyssal hearthstone to that effect.
In Infernum, the 2nd and 9th Circles of Hell are like this. Tempest, the second Circle, is an unbroken range of mountains locked under a perpetual storm, while Pandemonium is circled by a 15-mile wide river of supernatural ice. Demons with the Chain of the Screaming Sky can also turn their kingdoms into this.
In The Dark Eye, the Netherhells, home of the forces of chaos that want to destroy the world, are proverbially cold.
In World Of Warcraft, the (now obsolete) Frozen Shadoweave armour set gives a bonus to shadow and frost spells and was a favorite of Warlocks, Shadow Priests, and Frost Mages. Although none of those classes could use shadow and frost spells, as might be expected.
Many parts of Northrend (the domain of the aforementioned Lich King) are snowy. And Death Knights (who are undead creations of the Scourge, albeit prone to Heel Face Turns) use shadow and ice-based attacks.
The Scourge in Warcraft III also featured the Lich hero (who could hurl ice blasts, etc) and the Frost Wyrm. It's probably not coincidental that Arthas' cursed blade is named Frostmourne. Liches who were normal mages/warlocks/shamans/bloodmages etc. in life suddenly become highly attuned to the power of cold when they enter the service of the Lich King. This was originally explained by their attunement to the frozen Northrend wastes, although there's also an unconnected lich found in a desert in Outland with the same mastery over cold.
It's explained in supplemental material that high elves and undead greatly prefer ice magic because it is very stable, precise, and easy to control, thus far more suitable to very long-lived beings than the far more unstable and difficult to control fire magic, which in turn is popular among humans, gnomes, blood elves, and the like.
In Battle for Wesnoth, cold-based attacks are the prerogative of two "dark" magic-using and one undead unit lines, all not so coincidentally of chaotic alignment: Dark Adepts, Saurian Augurs, and Ghosts.
In the Roguelike game Moria, equipping a cursed item causes the message, "Oops! It feels deathly cold!" to appear.
Jin Kisaragi in BlazBlue. While his ice power is definitely not evil, hispersonality certainly gives off this vibe.
Yukianesa's power is pretty creepy, though...It amplifies people's emotions, and for Jin, that means his Ax Craziness when presented with Ragna the Bloodedge or Noel Vermillion.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories replaces the rust and fire the town's evil alternate dimension has become known for with cold, covering everything with thick layers of ice.
Justified, considering the rawshocks suck the heat from things they touch, which is how they kill you.
Also worth noting is the scene in the car, in which you are trapped in a car at the bottom of the lake. Suddenly, a Rawshock comes up against your back window and the water all freezes (but somehow you can still move) and the phrases, "Stop fighting", "It will all be okay", and "So cold" appear scraped onto your window.
In Angband, put on a cursed item and a message will appear saying, "Oops! It feels deathly cold!"
Subtle example in Final Fantasy X: Seymour passes as a perfectly decent, saintly public servant in subtropical Luca and the green forests surrounding the Moonflow river and his capital city of Guadosalam. We find out he is evil in the trip to Macalania—his temple, and frozen through and through.
Bonechill in Super Paper Mario uses various ice-related powers. Oddly enough, his backstory seems to be largely based off of that of Satan in the aforementioned Dante's Inferno, as that of a Nimbi who fell from grace and was imprisoned in one of the lowest levels of the Underwhere (the Mario-verse's version of the Underworld) in ice.
You get to visit one layer of hell (see Dungeons & Dragons under "Tabletop Games") in Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark. This one is so cold that you take continuous cold damage from just being there without the appropriate protection. This leads to an obligatory, predictable, yet irresistible pun after you get out.
Mephistopheles: Last I knew, I thought I had trapped you for all eternity in an icy little place called Cania.
A more comical example can be found in The Addams Family: Pugley's Scavenger Hunt. In which the last level takes place inside a fridge. The difficulty spikes up to eleven with ice spikes, evil snowmen, and slippery surfaces at every turn.
Eifer Skute from Rosenkreuzstilette loves this trope. With Eiferstachel, in addition to using plants and energy balls, she can also fire her variation of Freudia's Freudenstachel as well. She also likes choosing cold places as her stages (two of which also feature such undead enemies as ghosts and skeletons), plus she's on the side of the Schwarzkreuz, a Five-Bad Band that's witch-hunting the Magi of RKS (which, in truth, she's actually pretending, as, suffice it to say, she's actually affilated with her creator, Iris Zeppelin).
Lissandra the Ice Witch from League Of Legends is this trope personified. To set her apart from the other ice users in the game, her spells are described as black ice and her eventual goal is to bring a new ice age to the world.
Danny Phantom'sghost breath is explained by the fact that ghosts make the air around them very cold. If he can see his breath in an ordinarily warm place, there's definitely a ghost about. Eventually, his "ghost breath" turns into ice-based powers.
In American Dad, Karl Rove freezes Klaus in his bowl as he floats past.