Fire/Ice Duo
Together forever through love and hatenote .

Captain Cold: Fire and Ice...
Firestorm: An overplayed theme, don't ya think?
Captain Cold: Got a soft spot for the classics.

Fire and ice. Two distinct opposites that could never work out together right? Wrong. In the land of fiction its common place to see these two elemental powers in close proximity with each other. They provide a great contrast, either covering for each other's weaknesses or serving as each other's Achilles' Heel.

They can be best buddies, reluctant teammates, or mortal enemies. So long as they constantly interact then this trope applies.

Subtrope of Fire/Water Juxtaposition and Elemental Rivalry. Given Personality Powers, the characters will often also form a Red Oni, Blue Oni pairing. They'll also contrast in terms of appearance, where the "fire" character will have warmer colors in their design and the "ice" character will have cooler colors. When the motif if done via terrain, see Hailfire Peaks.

If an electric character is added to this mix, it becomes a Fire/Ice/Lightning dynamic.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Dragon Ball GT we have the two brothers Nova Shenron (fire) and Eis Shenron (ice). Despite both being against Goku, they have completely opposite personalities and fighting styles. Nova is the Token Good Teammate of the evil Shenrons and fights fairly, while Eis is an arrogant, twisted villain has no problem using dirty tricks.
  • Fairy Tail has boisterous, hot-blooded, red-haired, fire-wielding hero Natsu (Fire) and his serious, level-headed (most of the time), ice-wielding foil Gray (Ice).
  • When Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT finally gave Magical Girl forms to Nanoha's two friends, the Hot-Blooded Arisa and the Shrinking Violet Suzuka, they're revealed to have fire and ice attributes respectively.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS stars two Unison Devices: Reinforce Zwei of the Yagami family and Agito, an ally of the Big Bad. Agito has a built-in affinity for fire magic — a phenomenon known in the series as "Mana Conversion Affinity", of the flame-type in this case,—and while there is no canonical equivalent for ice-based magic, Rein's offensive spells are all cold-based. Needless to say, the two of them rapidly develop an intense rivalry (especially since Rein has a designated master, while Agito technically doesn't), which gets resolved at the end of the season by Agito being adopted into the Yagami family, as well.
  • In One Piece two of the Admirals provide this dynamic: the lazy but righteous Aokiji and the ruthless General Ripper Akainu. Aokiji is as forgiving as a Marine can be with the Straw Hats, while Akainu is willing to kill his own men if they even think of deserting during battle. He deeply hates pirates and is the first character to kill a significant pirate in a non-flashback scene. After the timeskip, Aokiji and Akainu get into a fight. Akainu wins, injuring Aokiji in the process.
  • Ranma Saotome from Ranma ˝ gains this dynamic with Saffron, the Final Boss of the manga. Ranma's Finishing Move is the Hiryu Shoten Ha, a tornado technique that requires the user to have a icy cold Battle Aura to contrast the hot angry aura of the opponent. This is taken to full effect with Saffron who is a humanoid phoenix that specialises in fire attacks. During their battle, Saffron and Ranma also wield the Kinjakan and Gekkaja, Legendary Weapons that generate extreme heat and cold respectively. This allows Ranma to amplify his Hiryu Shoten Ha with the heat of Saffron's literal flames to lethal levels.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin: Kenshin and the Kyoto arc Big Bad Shishio Makoto can be considered rivals (both were highly skilled hitokiri during the Bakumatsu period (1853-1868), and now they're enemies. In their final battle, Kenshin's revamp and secret attack summons forth a fierce squall, while Makoto's special attack and power up are announced by roaring flames.
  • My Hero Academia: Invoked by Endeavor, who wanted a child with a strong Quirk. He sought out a woman with a strong ice Quirk to complement his fire Quirk, and trapped her in marriage. She eventually gave birth to Shouto, who can generate fire from his left side and ice from his right.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman and the Outsiders: The villain team Masters of Disaster included members called Heatstroke and Coldsnap. They were lovers whose powers prevented them from even touching. Their motivation for being supervillains was to earn enough money to find a cure for their powers so they could be together.
  • Firestorm and Killer Frost (pictured above), might just be the most well-known examples.
  • The Flash's Rogues Gallery members, Captain Cold and Heatwave are typically partners in crime, with the two of term wielding a Freeze Ray and a flamethrower as weapons.
  • In Justice League International, both of the members of the team, the Brazilian Beatriz "Bea" Bonilla da Costa and the Finnish Tora Olafsdotter, more known for their superhero names "Fire" and "Ice", are Heterosexual Life-Partners, being both friends and confidents.
  • X-Men:
    • This trope is part of what helps solidify Cyclops' two love interests, Jean Grey and Emma Frost, as diametric opposites of one another. Jean is a red-haired woman who has gone by the code name "Phoenix" for a good bit of her career, frequently wears a flaming bird insignia as part of her costume, and has psychic powers that frequently manifest themselves as flames. Appropriately, she is known for her warm, compassionate nature, and (on darker occasions) for her unpredictable fiery temper. Emma (while not actually having ice-based powers) is frequently visually associated with ice and the cold because of her surname "Frost", her blonde hair, her all-white clothing, and her diamond-based form that makes her resemble an ice sculpture. Appropriately, she is known for her coldly stoic personality, and her often cynical attitude towards life.
    • A notorious rivalry is Iceman, a known member of X-Men, and Pyro, a rogue mutant and member of Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Both naturally can create and control ice and fire respectively and are considerated as Arch Enemies.
    • Speaking of Iceman. Outside of X-books, he has also teamed up with the Human Torch several times. A memorable occasion had them fight Equinox, a villain with fire and ice powers. When meeting in the Days of Future Present crossover, they lampshade this trope:
      Iceman: Yo! Ice and fire...
      Torch: The unbeatable combo!
  • The Mighty Thor: Marvel's Asgardian gods fear Ymir, the most powerful Frost Giant, and Surtur, the fire creature destined to be the Big Bad of Ragnarok. They're also mutual enemies, and would destroy the world if they tried to fight each other (especially if they're in two different locations and rampage their way towards each other). Doctor Strange once helped The Avengers prevent exactly that.
  • In All-New X-Men (2016), the team has the time-displaced versions of Iceman and Angel. The later got his wings replaced/upgraded by fire-like constructs after the events of The Black Vortex and can use them to unleash fire storm-like attacks. There's also Oya, who got temperature control powers, meaning she can use fire and ice. Iceman tends to be a bit jealous of her abilities.
  • Stormwatch PHD features a fire-and-ice rivalry between the fiery heroine Fahrenheit and icy psychopath Cooler.

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    Myths & Religion 
  • Poli'ahu of Hawaiian Mythology and her sisters/friends Lilinoe, Waiau, and Kahoupokane are snow goddesses. Poli'ahu is their leader and the antithesis of the volcano goddess, Pele. They both had a fight that resulted in Pele accepting to let Poli'ahu rule the northern part of Hawai'i Island.

  • The skating duo Torvill & Dean performed a production called Fire and Ice in the mid eighties about a Prince of Fire and Princess of Ice falling in love against the wishes of their families and people.


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    Web Animation 
  • The titular Team RWBY has one such example. Yang Xiao Long is a Boxing Battler whose gauntlets allow her to augment her punches with fire. Weiss Schnee wields a Royal Rapier that allows her to utilize multiple elements - her specialization being ice. The two start off as reluctant teammates, but the two become close enough that Weiss ends up performing a Heroic Sacrifice during the Vytal Festival to protect Yang and ensure the two emerge victorious.

    Web Comics 
  • Cess and Laura from Eerie Cuties are a snow fairy and a fire ifrit, respectively. They are two minor antagonists in the comic, trying to reach an Alpha Bitch status in the All-Ghouls School they attend.
  • In Homestuck it is only natural that Dave, who was given a lava planet, would be the best friend and obvious crush of Jade, who ends up stuck on a planet that is entirely frozen. It even turns out a large part of their role in completing the game is having Dave thaw Jade's planet as they learn to work together.
  • Tess and Maura from Ménage ŕ 3 are two professional wrestlers with the stage name "Frosti and Pyre", who wear ice-themed and fire-themed costumes. They are an explicit Shout-Out to Cess and Laura from Eerie Cuties, down to the name.

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