Captain Cold: Fire and Ice...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, often going hand in hand with Orange/Blue Contrast. 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.
Firestorm: An overplayed theme, don't ya think?
Captain Cold: Got a soft spot for the classics.
Firestorm: An overplayed theme, don't ya think?
Captain Cold: Got a soft spot for the classics.
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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 who 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).
- Juuni Taisen has this dynamic with the Tatsumi Brothers, Dragon and Snake, who have an icethrower and a flamethrower, respectively. Dragon, the elder brother, is calm and composed, while Snake is reckless and a violent pyromaniac.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- YuYu Hakusho: Fire demon Hiei and his twin sister, the ice demon Yukina. They are actually the offspring of a male fire demon and a female ice demon, making it also a case of Gender Equals Breed.
- 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.
- Killer Frost is a female scientist who got granted ice powers after an accident. She became one of Firestorm's first foes, wanting revenge on the world and especially against Firestorm, eventually becoming his Arch-Enemy. Even though there's two Firestorms out there (Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch) and three-four different incarnations of Killer Frost, the Arch-Enemy relationship between them stays intact.
- A strange version of this happens in Crisis on Infinite Earths, where Killer Frost suffers a temporary amnesia and helps the heroes commanded by the Monitor and even falls in love with Firestorm (to his surprise AND dislike).
- The Flash's Rogues Gallery members, Captain Cold and Heatwave are typically partners in crime, with the two of them wielding a Freeze Ray and a flamethrower as their trademark 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.
- 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.
Films — Animation
- The Year Without a Santa Claus: The brothers Snow Miser, who loves snow and cold weather and would love for winter to last year-long, and Heat Miser, who loves heat and doesn't like temperatures below high noon in August. Their fights throw the planet's seasons into disorder. Part of the plot is to get them to agree to allow snow on a Southern town.
Films — Live-Action
- In The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School by Kim Newman, a novel about an Extranormal Institute girls' boarding school in the Genteel Interbellum Setting, there are girls called Frost and Thorn who have ice and fire powers respectively, become friends, and are indicated to become a supervillain duo as adults.
- A Song of Ice and Fire: Likely the reason Rhaegar Targaryen (crown prince, descended from dragon riders and people otherwise associated with fire, house words: "Fire and Blood") pursued Lyanna Stark (daughter of the Starks, who govern the icy North, house words: "Winter is Coming"), sparking a civil war in the process; he was hoping to sire the prophesied "prince that was promised" who bears "the song of ice and fire". What exactly this means, however, is unknown.
- The second Warrior Cats book is called Fire and Ice. It may be referring to the main character Fireheart, and possibly the winter season the book takes place during, or it may be a metaphor for the conflicts in the book.
- The Flash:
Caitlin: He used to say we were like fire and ice.
- Leonard Snart/Captain Cold and Mick Rory/Heatwave are once again criminal buddies, brandishing their Cold Gun and Heat Gun respectively. Their personalities are complete opposites, with Snart being stoic and snarky, while Rory is Hot-Blooded and reckless. To make it even better, if the beams of their guns cross they will end up cancelling each other out. This carries on into Legends of Tomorrow where both serve as the Token Evil Teammates for the Legends.
- Ronnie Raymond ends up becoming one half of Firestorm, while his fiancée/wife, Caitlin Snow, later becomes Killer Frost. While they are never actually together when they both had powers, their Earth-2 counterparts play it straight with both their powers showed off and are Happily Married to each other.
- Game of Thrones:
- As in the books, invoked by Rhaegar (the Targaryen crown prince, descended from a family of dragon riders) when he pursued Lyanna Stark (a daughter of the Stark family, who govern the icy North).
- Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. The former is a Stark bastard who is greatly associated with ice as he leads the grim, northern Night's Watch and participates in the fight against the White Walkers. Dany is Rhaegar's younger sister, and is greatly associated with fire thanks to her three dragons. The two meet and sparks fly between them.
- Gotham features Mr. Freeze and Firefly as a pair of Psychos for Hire.
- Power Rangers Operation Ovedrive featured the fire-based Moltor and the ice-based Flurious as rivals and occasional allies.
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 ice dancing 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.
- BIONICLE: In most Toa teams, the Toas of Fire and Ice have a Red Oni, Blue Oni dynamic. The Toa of Fire is The Leader and the Toa of Ice is generally The Lancer.
- In the Toa Mata/Nuva, Tahu is a Hot-Blooded warrior and Kopaka is a cold and analytical Ineffectual Loner.
- The Toa Metru mess a bit with the formula since the ice character Nuju is more The Smart Guy than anything else. note The fire leader, Vakama, is a Guile Hero, making them Not So Different.
- The Toa Inika/Mahri got Jaller (fire) as leader, but the lancer Matoro (ice) turns out to be The Chosen One.
- In Banjo-Tooie, the bosses of Hailfire Peaks are Chilli Billi and Chilly Willy, dragon brothers who inhabit the respective fire and ice sides of the level. Chilli Billi attacks with fire, while Chilly Willy attacks with ice.
- Breath of Fire IV: Ryu and Fou-Lu have very similar movesets, but Ryu's moves are generally fire-themed, while Fou-Lu's are themed around water and ice, and Fou-Lu is explicitly described as having an affinity for water (and a corresponding weakness to fire). This represents the fact that Ryu and Fou-Lu are two halves of the Yorae Dragon, an immensely powerful god that was split into two beings by the ritual that summoned it.
- Chrono Trigger: Marle and Lucca have ice and fire techs respectively, using them together as a Yin-Yang Bomb causes Shadow damage.
- City of Heroes has Infernia and Glacia, twin sisters, survivors of the Omega Team strike on the Rikti homeworld, and members of Vanguard.
- Serph and Heat in Digital Devil Saga; the former is a Stoic who almost never speaks and shapeshifts into an ice-themed demon, Varna, while the latter is a hot-headed and impulsive Blood Knight who shapeshifts into a fire-demon, Agni. The backstory also reveals that they, or rather the humans their personalities were based on, were involved in a Betty and Veronica Switch Love Triangle over Sera.
- In Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice, The Protagonist Mao is able to learn Ice magic naturally, while his Childhood Friend and rival Raspberyl excels in Fire magic.
- Dota 2:
- Jakiro, Twin Headed Dragon is a two headed dragon with one using ice powers and the other using fire.
- The rivaling sisters of Rylai, The Crystal Maiden and Lina, The Slayer. Rylai uses ice magic while Lina uses fire. Though, she's also associated with the sun and lightning.
- In Drakengard, where Seere and Leonard both got one elemental spirit (Golem and Sylph), Arioch ends up with both Salamander and Undine, using them together as a kind of Yin-Yang Bomb.
- In DragonFable, Xan the Insane Pyromancer usually delves in fire magic from his Pyronomicon. However, one Frostval he ends up in an ice cave with the Eggnogonomicon which grants him ice magic. His Evil Plan involves freezing the entire world. Though his downfall is his own fire magic melts his ice magic tome.
- Luceus and Aurora, the Captains of the Royal Guard in Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and The Blight Below, with Luceus utilizing fire-themed attacks while Aurora using ice-themed ones. They also have Red Oni, Blue Oni personalities, with Luceus being The Strategist who believes in devising complex plans of attack before any potential encounter, which are always ruined by Aurora recklessly charging into the fray before he can enact them.
- Final Fantasy has the recurring summons Ifrit and Shiva for Fire and Ice. Final Fantasy VI pairs them up as bosses, while Final Fantasy VIII sees Ifrit pull an Oh, Crap! if you summon Shiva against him.
- Final Fantasy VI, Terra learns primarily fire spells, while her Foil Celes focuses on ice spells.
- Injustice 2 lampshades this trope during Pre-Battle Banter if Captain Cold is fighting Firestorm. The quote is featured at the top of the page.
- Killer Instinct contrasts Glacius, an ice-themed alien shape-shifter, with Cinder, a human who was mutated into a living flame by an experiment gone wrong.
- Kingdom Hearts:
- Organization XIII is a shadowy cabal of super-powered Nobodies who all draw their powers from different elemental "attributes" (Fire, Water, Earth, Wind, Ice, Lightning, Flower, Moon, Time, Space, Illusion, Light and Nothingness). Appropriately, the resident Fire-user Axel and the resident Ice-user Vexen have polar opposite personalities, with Axel being friendly, carefree, down-to-Earth, irreverent, and Brilliant, but Lazy, and Vexen being cold, arrogant, hardworking and scholarly; and while Axel ultimately does a Heel–Face Turn and joins the heroes, Vexen is one of Xemnas' most loyal servants. Oddly subverted with Axel and the resident Water-user Demyx, who are—if anything—the most similar in personality.
- The general consensus of enemies in Agrabah in Kingdom Hearts II follows this motif, the heartless enemies either dealing primarily in fire-damage or ice-damage, including the duo bosses Volcanic Lord and Blizzard Lord.
- In The King of Fighters series, there're K' and Kula Diamond from the NESTS arc (KOF 99-2001), the first is a Badass Normal with fire powers thanks of having Kyo Kusanagi's DNA in his system, Kula instead was an agent of NESTS with the power of ice that mimify various of K' moves, known in its moment as the "Anti-K'". After NESTS organization felt down, K' and Kula becomes friends (hinted as possible couple) and they're part of the same team in the next games.
- Twinrova is a Recurring Element in The Legend of Zelda, appearing in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Games. She's an entity composed of twin sisters Koume (who uses fire spells and has red highlights in her design) and Kotake (ditto for ice and the color blue). The twins can form a Fusion Dance to form Twinrova, who has both fire and ice powers. Unlike other examples, though, the twins are The Dividual and are pretty alike in terms of personality.
- Little Fighter and Little Fighter 2 feature Firen and Freeze. The two of them are even able to fuse together to form Firzen.
- A classic example of this trope can be found in the Mortal Kombat series between mortal enemies Scorpion — an undead wraith who utilizes Hellfire — and Sub-Zero — a cryomancer assassin. Their rivalry is so intense that two Sub-Zeroes are subject to Scorpion's wrath.
- Pocket Mortys: There are two sets of this among the titular alternate universe variants of Morty, based on increasing levels of extreme tempratures and with thematically appropriate elemental attacks.
- Hot Morty and Cold Morty are, respectively, a sweaty Morty who's always too hot, warm to the touch and likes ice cream and cold breezes and a Morty in a scarf who's always too chilly, is cold to the touch and likes hot cocoa and warm comforters.
- Hot Morty and Cold Morty can be evolved into Flaming Morty and Frozen Morty, who are respectively depicted as an orange and a light blue version of Morty covered in flames or icicles, and with more powerful elemental attacks. Their descriptions also note that Flaming Morty likes superheroes while Frozen Morty prefers supervillains, and they also have diametrically opposite origin stories: Flaming Morty was callously abandoned by his Rick in deep space where he was transformed by a massive dose of cosmic radiation, while Frozen Morty was transformed in a cryogenics accident while trying to save his Rick from a deadly disease.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time: In the Technodrome stage (before the Turtles being time warped), there're are Tokka and Rahzer working as a Dual Boss. Specifically in the SNES version, these mutants have both a Breath Weapon, Tokka has ice and Rahzer has fire.
- Warcraft III: The Night Elf Priestess of the Moon has the Searing Arrows ability, using Arrows on Fire to deal more damage. The Naga Sea Witch (the Naga were once rebellious Night Elves deformed by magic into snake hybrids) uses Frost Arrows, which deal less damage but slow the target.
- Pokémon: Vulpix and Ninetales are normally Fire-Type Kitsune. Pokémon Sun and Moon then added regional variants and of them, Vulpix that were Ice-Type were added, creating a duality between the species.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Adventure Time episode "Hitman" has the Ice King — a goofy, fun-loving Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain — trying to defend Finn and Jake from the overzealous assassin Scorcher — an eerily silent, ruthlessly efficient killer—when he almost accidentally has them murdered. Notably, this is one of the first episodes of the show in which the Ice King is completely on Finn and Jake's side, and signals the beginning of his Character Development into a more sympathetic Anti-Villain.
- In The Batman, the episode "Fire & Ice" has Mr. Freeze teaming up with Firefly. The two criminals have trouble getting along with their vastly different personalities, and eventually turn on each other.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
- Fire and Ice are once again best friends and superhero partners, as well as both members of Justice League International.
- The stinger for "Darkseid Descending!" reveals Ronnie Raymond (one half of Firestorm) had an ex-girlfriend who became Killer Frost. Firestorm and Killer Frost do battle before Batman intervenes. By the end, Jason remarks to Ronnie how she was both his ex-girlfriend and his Arch-Enemy, to which Ronnie thinks there was no difference between the two.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Katara, a water bender, is heavily considered a rival to Zuko, a fire bender, and with the fighting almost as frequently as Aang and Zuko. Katara is the calm Team Mom of Team Avatar with a dose of tsundere, while Zuko is the ruthless Determinator who will hunt down the Avatar at all costs while occasionally choosing to be more subtle. However, Katara and Zuko over time come to respect each other as Worthy Opponents with even some traces of Belligerent Sexual Tension between them, which is especially present once Zuko joins Team Avatar.
- Inverting the normal Red Oni, Blue Oni dynamic to this trope, The Legend of Korra makes the titular character a hot-headed ice and water bender who teams up with and dates Mako, an expert fire bender who never loses his temper.
- In Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Spidey's companions in crime fighting are Firestar and Iceman.
- Steven Universe: Ruby (fire) and Sapphire (ice) have contrasting color schemes and personalities that match their respective elements, and are also lovers. Their fusion, Garnet, also has electric powers, but it's not a visible theme like Ruby and Sapphire's elements.