"In fire there is the spark of chaos and destruction, the seed of life. In ice there is perfect tranquility, perfect order, and the silence of death."Evil is not only dark, it is also cold and deadly, while good embodies warmth and life as well as light. Much more likely for the Big Bad or Evil Overlord than pettier sorts of villains. Tends to factor into Fisher King. Whereas Good is probably located in the Ghibli Hills or Arcadia, Evil is invariably located in the Grim Up North or the "icy wasteland" version of Mordor. Very common for the Undead. Even ghosts leave conspicuous cold spots where they wander. Can feature with a Winter Royal Lady or An Ice Person, but does not have to; ice can also be an elemental power unrelated to good vs. evil. The key is whether the cold is used as an indicator of evil and death. It will be more destructive than other elemental powers in this trope. Evil items like the Artifact of Doom may exhibit this as Thermal Dissonance; they're always cold no matter where you put them. The obvious foil to Fertile Feet. Indeed, it may not be clear in a story whether the return of sunshine, life, and warmth is owning to the hero's influence or because the Big Bad's has No Ontological Inertia. (Babies Ever After may coincide with this — or function as a mundane alternative.) The elemental opposite is Evil Is Burning Hot. May be a factor in why Spring Is Late is such a dangerous trope. Not to be confused with Evil Is Cool.
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- Code:Breaker: Sakura, who is sensitive to people's scents and body heat, is shocked when she discovers her friend Ogami's Evil Twin Light 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 Sailor Moon Crystal, snow is periodically shown flurrying in through the Dark Kingdom's colonnades, and neither evil minion Jadeite nor his youma seem remotely bothered by the wind or cold, despite being generally underdressed.
- Akame ga Kill! gives us the villain Esdeath, a hardcore Sadist and Blood Knight whose Teigu allows her to create and control ice.
- Marvel Universe:
- N'Kantu, the Living Mummy, describes undeath as "like life, only colder."
- Mephisto once teleported Daredevil into Hell. The latter experienced it as a permanent blizzard.
- 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.
- Mr. Freeze is a twist, in that he's a villain, and he's deathly cold, but he's not completely evil.
- The same applies to Captain Cold, the second Icicle, three of the Chillblaines... really most of of the DCU's cold-themed villains, except for the second Killer Frost, who's a total Ax-Crazy.
- Averted with Ice of the Justice League International, although she's occasionally demonstrated a Superpowered Evil Side that gives her a massive power increase.
- The Spider-Man villain Tombstone is described as being cold to touch.
- The Hellraiser comics have a cenobite describe hell as cold, but they tend to go in for more of an Ironic Hell so it might be personal.
- Judge Dredd: A group of escaped convicts from the prison planet Titan return to Mega-City One after they were transformed into hideous ice monsters on the Death World of Enceladus. Their crashed ship actually radiated cold that threatened to turn the whole city into a perpetual Siberia.
- The Plains of Death in With Strings Attached are desperately cold: “The chill of death.” The Twisted Temple, high up in the Misery Mountains, is also frigid, and The Brothers of Doom are immune to cold.
- The Bridge: When the Big Bad Bagan takes over the realm of Zenith, he changes it from a Fire and Brimstone Hell to a realm of darkness and cold. It is so cold that certain characters who can survive the vacuum of space like Monster X and Gigan get shocked that they are able to feel it. Bagan's minion Enjin is also described as being nail-bitingly cold to the touch. Bagan's minion Mizu is so cold that in the spinoff The Bridge: A Shimmer in the Dark, Countess Mircalla, who is a vampire and generally unaffected by cold, can feel it.
- 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 (2005), 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.
- Jadis the Ice Witch from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
- 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.
- In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke feels cold when he's near the Dark Side cave on Dagobah.
- Ultimately subverted with Queen Elsa from Frozen, who is accused of being an evil witch but is a heroic character. This was almost played straight (sort of). For most of development Elsa was a villain. She was originally a straight up villain however later became Anna's sister with more Anti-Villain elements to her character. At the last minute the developers decided to change her into a sympathetic character after recognizing that she had actually done nothing wrong. Elsa's near-finalized version wasn't evil in the truest sense but she was an antagonist nevertheless. She was a somewhat campy character who had been ostracized by her kingdom due to her ice powers, and the fact she fit the description of the person in a prophecy about how someone with a "frozen heart" would be the downfall of her kingdom. She decided to just run with the prophecy because everyone already thought she was evil.
- Older Than Print: While Christian Hell is usually hot, Dante's The Divine Comedy portrays the Ninth Circle of Hell (the lowest and innermost), for the worst evil, as the frozen lake of Cocytus. It's frozen because Satan, the giant trapped in the middle of it all, whose beauty has been twisted into hideous ugliness, is constantly beating all six of his wings, trying to get up to Heaven, and the resulting wind re-freezes the water (which itself is Satan's tears, as he is weeping and wishing he could undo his betrayal). Of course, if he ever stopped trying to ascend, the ice would melt and he could be free.note The sinners down there—guilty of treachery—are frozen solid, conscious, with the amount of their bodies frozen increasing as the degree of treachery gets worse. There are four circles: Caina, for people who betrayed their families (in ice up to their necks), Antenora, for people who betrayed their countries (in ice up to their heads), Ptolomaea, for people who betrayed their guests or hosts (only their faces out of the ice, and their tears freeze over their eyes), and Judecca, for people who betrayed their benefactors (completely encased in ice and twisted into grotesque positions). The fire and brimstone levels are higher up, for sinners whose crimes are comparatively less severe (or are at least considered so for the time).
- The Snow Queen (1845) by Hans Christian Andersen.
- 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.
- C. S. 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.
- E. E. “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 Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novel His Last Command, when Maggs is thrown through a Chaos warp gate and Mkoll jumps after him, they find it frigid, as well as impossible, with the stars all wrong and blocks of stone floating in the sky. They escape through another gate and are found covered with frost (but alive).
- 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. note
- 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 a force, and can easily come across as Evil Is Burning Hot to those of other religious faiths.
- The Norns in Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn are very fond of the cold, and their master, the Sealed Evil in a Can Storm King, both uses and draws his strength from the power of cold.
- In The Pendragon Adventure, Bobby describes Saint Dane as being deathly cold when he grabs him.
- Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover, being rather cold itself, says that Zandru has seven hells, each one colder than the one before.
- In H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, a scientific expedition makes horrifying discoveries in Antarctica.
- 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 Graham McNeill's Warhammer 40,000 Ultramarines novel The Killing Ground, an atrocity's vengeful ghosts are "glacial cold."
- In Lee Lightner's Warhammer 40000 Space Wolf novel Wolf's Honour, Madox's sword strikes with numbing cold. Which drives Ragnar's decision to take Refuge in Audacity.
- In Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman, the vampire-like Lamia preys on humans by drinking heat from them.
- In Stephen King's The Stand, Randell Flagg is repeatedly descibed as icy. Even in dreams, people feel cold when they come into contact with Flagg, which makes his sex scene—described from Nadine's point of view—pure, unadulterated terror.
- The Dresden Files:
- In Grave Peril, Harry describes a vicious spell as "cold"; Michael suggests it was "evil" and Harry agrees.
- In Dead Beat, after an encounter with evil magic, Harry's lips are blue from the cold.
- And the Winter Court of the fairies is also the Unseelie Court.
- Although Dresden is often aligned with the Summer Court (and Dresden is generally on the side of good), it is explicitly said that faeries are neither good nor evil.
- Then we find out that Queen Mab was Good All Along (or at least a necessary evil), and that her main job is helping to protect reality from Outsiders.
- In the original novel The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, the phantom is described as having ice cold hands.
- In Andre Norton and A.C. Crispin's Witch World novel 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. Most things related to Death have similar effects. True, the Book of the Dead and the realms of Death hew closer to True Neutral—death is less of a concern than those who won't accept it—but you don't exactly want to hang around.
- 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 The 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.
- In Teresa Frohock's Miserere: An Autumn Tale, Catarina's amulet is burning cold to Lindsey's touch
- 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:
- In The Rise of Scourge, Scourge describes feeling an icy cold feeling in his belly when he kills his first cat, and he embraces the cold and lets it fill him.
- The power of the Dark Forest freezes over StarClan territory in The Last Hope.
- The Star Wars Expanded Universe and Legends often have good-aligned Force-sensitives sensing Dark Side practitioners and using cold-related terms to describe the feeling.
- Tash Arranda in Galaxy of Fear meets Jerec.
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.
- In the novelization of Revenge of the Sith, this is how Anakin senses Count Dooku in the Force, going against his expectation that Evil Is Burning Hot.
- Tash Arranda in Galaxy of Fear meets Jerec.
- Darke Magyk in Septimus Heap is usually described as being freezing cold.
- The Old Ones from The Power of Five have this effect.
- In the Rainbow Magic series, Jack Frost's presence creates cold wherever he goes. In early books the goblins had this too.
- In The Reynard Cycle, Wulf, the god of death, is also called the Winter-King. The North and its inhabitants are considered inhumanly evil by many Southerners (and not without reason.)
- In The Red Queen's War, a threat is brewing in the Grim Up North. The plot kicks off when a Viking slave is brought to the court of a southern city with tales of a necromancer raising a Night of the Living Mooks in his homeland. It's not clear whether there's anything inherently evil about the cold or cold about the evil, but the fact that the cold preserves dead bodies makes them more useful as weapons.
- In Hero in the Shadows, the arrival of demons is preceded by clouds of flesh-freezing mist.
- In The Rise of Atlantis: Light and Darkness, after King Anturoc and the Dark Stone Cutters were banished from the Stone Cutters, they rose Atlantis from the depths of the ocean to found their own kingdom. But because of the evil magic involved, the continent completely froze over, whereupon they gave it its new name Acheron. By contrast, the Stone Cutters live on a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean.
- 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.
- In Game of Thrones, the White Walkers radiate cold. This is so potent that they snuff out fires just by being near them.
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 A Criminal History of Mankind, Colin Wilson claimed that the reason the Scots eagerly embraced John Calvin's hellfire Christianity was that "in Scotland's climate, any form of fire looks attractive."
- 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.
- This now infamous study got all sciency on some Bible scriptures and "proved" that Hell is deathly cold when compared to the much hotter Heaven.
- See Literature above for the notes on the lowest and nastiest level of Dante's Inferno being one of ice. Although a secular work not intended to be a religious commentary, it is interesting how this poetical and satirical depiction of Hell has augmented the scanty details to be found in The Bible.
- Unusual variant: the Necrons of Warhammer 40,000 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.
- The Nine Hells in Dungeons & Dragons feature both "boiling hot" and "absolutely frickin' frigid" variants. One of the archdevils, Levistus, is actually trapped forever in unyielding ice, using telepathy to boss everyone around.
- 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'.
- Gelugons are evil extraplanar entities also known as "ice devils". In addition to being immune to cold damage, they can cast Cone of Cold, Ice Storm and Wall of Ice at will.
- Pathfinder has a Witch Hex called Hoarfrost, that delivers a slow and painful death by way of ice needles that burrow into the body of the afflicted, doing one point of damage to their Constitution score per minute, making them save each minute, and it goes til it kills them. This is subverted somewhat since hex can be used by both good and evil witches alike, but it's difficult to imagine a good aligned character using this and not being horrified by their actions.
- 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.
- Princess: The Hopeful: The All-Consuming Darkness is strongly associated with cold; many Caligines involve cold effects such as draining the heat from someone or generating a cold climate, and the Dark World itself is described as so cold most creatures who stay too long and too far from Tainted Areas while inside fall into an hibernation-like state, called "freezing".
- The Lich King from Warcraft games.
- 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, his personality 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.Player Character: Sorry, Hell froze over.Mephistopheles: How very witty.
- 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.
- Vexen, Organization XIII's resident Mad Scientist from the Kingdom Hearts series. Master Xehanort has other powers, but uses ice magic for one of his biggest Kick the Dog moments in Birth by Sleep : freezing Ven solid and then dropping him off a cliff.
- Inverted in InFAMOUS 2: The Good end of the Karma Meter gets you ice powers, the Evil end fire powers.
- Liches in Lusternia gain the ability to cloak themselves in an aura of cold, passively freezing their foes. They can do the same thing even faster with a touch.
- In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Sage Zinzolin primarily uses Ice-type Pokemon (ironic, since he constantly complained about cold temperatures and nearly froze to death in Cold Storage in Pokémon Black and White). Also, Ghetsis catches Kyurem, a powerful ice dragon, and uses it as his signature Pokémon, aside from his traditional Hydreigon.
- Subverted and played straight in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. Subverted with the Ice/Dragon legendary Kyurem, who is just evil due the fact that he foresaw the destruction of the world and simply wishes to carry it out. Played straight with the Bittercold, what is a crystalized form of all of the world's negative emotions who is the key of bringing the end of the world.
- The recurring Frostburn/Blizzard monster in the Dragon Quest series has the ability to cast instant death spells on the entire party.
- Zoma from Dragon Quest III is associated with ice elemental magic, which is elaborated on in sequels and spin-offs.
- The recurring dragon zombie/Skullgon monsters often cast ice-elemetal magic and breaths, as well.
- In Evergrace, the tragic queen Xenovius in Rieubane Castle in a form of Self-Inflicted Hell complains about the cold of the castle after having been absorbed by a demon of ice, naked, crying out for help during your battle. It really makes you want to hug the boss, not fight her. There is, unfortunately nothing you can do.
- The Gloom armor of Yurt the Silent Chief of Demon's Souls steals the users body heat, leaving them shivering.
- 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 5 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. Killing or enslaving anyone who isn't Iceborn (which literally means everyone else as she's possibly the only one left).
- Hostile Waters justifies this. The genocidal 'alien' species thrives in cold weather by design, and purposefully chills the atmosphere both to sustain itself and render the islands uninhabitable to humans.
- Ethreain the Lich in Dota 2 uses a variety of frost-based magic, and is plenty villainous, but the crown jewel for this goes to Kaldr, the Ancient Apparition, a timeless manifestation of the Heat Death of the Universe, with suitably entropic and sinister magic.
- In Total War: Attila, the world is entering a small ice age, which is used to great effect as part of the apocalyptic motif of the game. It's not a coincidence that the global cooling begins with the birth of Attila the Hun.
- The Elder Scrolls
- The Kamal are a race of "snow demons" native to the continent of Akavir. They freeze every winter and thaw out every spring, where they attack the Tang Mo "monkey folk." The one time this Vicious Cycle was broken was to attack Tamriel (the continent where all of the games in the series to date have taken place) and it failed.
- The Deadlands, the realm of Mehrunes Dagon, Daedric Prince of Destruction, looks as close to Fire and Brimstone Hell as Oblivion realms tend to get, and yet despite all the flowing magma and roaring fires the air feels so deeply cold even Nords, who are naturally resistant to the cold and come from the Grim Up North land of Skyrim, feel the chill there.
- An affinity to cold and Frost-magic is a common trait of many of Tamriel's Vampire bloodlines. In addition, most are weak to fire. According to tales in the series' lore, this is especially true of Skyrim's vampires, who are said to be able to freeze enemies with their breath and ambush their prey from beneath frozen lakes without breaking the ice on the surface.
- In Skyrim's Dawnguard DLC, Skyrim's Volkihar clan of vampires takes center stage. Even the lowest-leveled vampires are capable of using a "Chill Touch" spell, and it evolves into other kinds of Frost-magic from there. They also utilize Death Hounds, monstrous undead dogs, who deal Frost damage with their bite and have a Frost aura.
- The Death God boss in Dragon's Crown attacks with a variety of ice magic when it isn't swinging its scythe around. In addition, the elite Wight skeletons has a chance to freeze the characters they hit with each attack.
- The mere awakening of the Banshee in Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove is enough to freeze Dire Grove and its surroundings. Should she be freed from her mystical tomb, she would freeze the entire world.
- One of the notable traits of The Wild Hunt in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is their ability to weaponize the White Frost, a mysterious magical ice that spreads throughout the multiverse and drains energy from anything it touches, and is believed by many to be how the world will eventually end. Soldiers of The Hunt can craft the ice into dog-shaped constructs which they use as hunting hounds and shock troops, open portals to worlds which the White Frost has consumed to harass and delay their enemies, and leave areas they attack blanketed in thick snow that will not melt even in the height of summer.
- Stygia from Nexus War games does this and Fire and Brimstone Hell simultaneously. The entire plane is a horrifically cold frozen wasteland interrupted by blazing hot firepits, and the infinite malice of the Dark Powers ensures that there isn't any pleasant happy medium anywhere between the two.
- In American Dad!, Karl Rove freezes Klaus in his bowl as he floats past.
- The Ice King in Adventure Time, as well as The Lich. The difference being that The Ice King is an Anti-Villain who's more sad and pathetic than menacing, while The Lich is a walking nuclear bomb who wants the extinction of all life.
The Lich: Aren't you... cold?
- Professor Coldheart of the Care Bears franchise.
- The Windigo blizzard spirits in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
- Nekron, the villain of Fire and Ice, has ice-based superpowers.
- The Highbreed in Ben 10: Alien Force are less pronounced than most examples, but they do have rather "cold" colours (white and purple, mostly), and their species get stronger and more comfortable in cold climate. Their minions frequently build weather machines to keep their bases snowy so they can go around at full potential.
- In Star Wars Rebels, much like the Expanded Universe example above, this is how Force-sensitives react to the mere presence of Darth Vader. Ezra also feels incredibly cold after he channels the Dark Side while in a trance.
Ezra: Do you feel that?
...But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction, ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction, ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
—Robert Frost, "Fire and Ice"