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[[ThisMeansWar THIS MEANS WAR]]!

Fortunately, with this weather, we have plenty of weapons. Just pack the snow into snowballs.

Common in stories featuring children, where it usually ends up being SeriousBusiness. Also may feature as a lighter moment in military stories. Can be used as a winter-themed version of DodgeballIsHell.

Putting ice -- or rocks -- in snowballs, however, can convert it to actually serious (if not [[MatterOfLifeAndDeath deadly]]) business.

Frequent in LetThereBeSnow and SnowedIn.

TruthInTelevision, and a staple of snow days.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Appears in one episode of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. Sakaki manages to catch a snowball in ''mid-flight'' and ''[[CatchAndReturn throw it back]]''.
* A massive one in ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'' between the boys and girls of the school. Tomoki initially has no interest in being out in the cold, but upon being informed that the winning side [[LovableSexManiac could do whatever they wished to the losing team for one day]], his voice deepens and he acts far more seriously...
* Mimisaka of ''Manga/HokenshitsuNoShinigami'' attempted to start one, only to end up fleeing for his life along with several others...
* Done near the tail end of the funny chapters of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''.
* A brief one happens in episode 12 of season 4 in ''Manga/MinamiKe''.
* Episode two of ''Zoku [[Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends Natsume Yuujinchou]]''. Nyanko becomes embarrassed when Gen remarks how he and Natsume acted during it.
* In ''Anime/{{Potemayo}}'', Kyou, Nene, and Mikan's class get into a classic boys against girls snowball fight after the first snow.... that is until interrupted by Guchuko.
* One chapter of ''Manga/SgtFrog'' had Keroro and Fuyuki organize a snowball fight using a modified version of official ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukigassen yukigassen]]'' rules. Then [[BloodKnight Giroro]] and [[BattleButler Paul]] get [[SeriousBusiness a little carried away]]...
* Seen in the ''LightNovel/WelcomeToTheNHK'' anime.
* A rather humourous one done in ''Manga/XxxHolic'', complete with a snow-machine gun courtesy of Yuuko.
* In ''Manga/TouhouBougetsushou Inaba of the Moon & Inaba of the Earth'', Reisen fully expects Tewi to put rocks in her snowballs. Tewi says that's not true -- she used '''nails'''. She also dug {{Pit Trap}}s, but ended up [[HoistByHisOwnPetard falling into one herself]].
** In ''Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit'', Kasen successfully convinces Reimu to celebrate [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseHolidays Setsubun]] by ''eating'' beans rather than ''throwing'' them. However nobody told Suika, who had agreed to play the Oni for the festival, and is so upset when she finds out that she starts crying. Kasen resolves the situation by saying "Instead of beans, let's drive the Oni off with snowballs!", and everyone present is more than happy to oblige.

* Bill Cosby, on his vintage album ''Revenge'', recalls his childhood attempt to get back at Junior Barnes for hitting him with a slushball - he makes the perfect snowball (complete with [[MarkedBullet Barnes's name on it]]), stores it in the freezer, and waits until July, having long since befriended Barnes to put him off guard...[[spoiler:and then finds his mother had thrown the snowball away. So he goes back outside and spits on him.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A short ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' whatchajigger has Spider engaging in a small LensmanArmsRace with his "filthy assistants". They throw snowballs at him, he pulls out what appears to be an automatic snowball gun. They use a cannon.
* ''ComicBook/XFactor'' #53, after Jean buys [[PrettyInMink a fur coat]], she and Scott take a walk in the part. When Scott isn't looking, [[MundaneUtility Jean telekenetically throws snowballs at him, and he zapps them with his eye beams]] before playfully tackling Jean.
* Turns up quite a bit in ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' set during winter.
** If Dilton Doiley gets involved, expect him to bring in an automatic snow thrower, like the catapult seen in the page image.
** One story had Veronica fed up with her friends' immature snow-throwing behavior, bonding with Dilton who shares her condescension... until she discovers he's stashed away a freezer full of snowballs, planning ahead for the summer.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Often occurs in ''ComicStrip/LittleLulu''. In most of these, the boys (led by Tubby), attack the girls (led by Lulu) unprovoked, and the girls exact revenge by outwitting the boys.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' had this, being a strip about childhood. In one, Snoopy laments that he was never taught to throw snowballs.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Snowball fights are SeriousBusiness to Calvin, who takes them to WarriorPoet levels although he usually has nobody to fight with besides Hobbes or a reluctant Susie. During summer, he uses water balloons instead. (Except the time when he saved a snowball in the freezer til July... [[spoiler:and missed]].)
* ''ComicStrip/RoseIsRose'': Clem often hogs snowballs. Mimi catches on quickly when shown.
%%* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} and Odie, out for world domination with a snowball ''catapult''.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' has Frazz and Caulfield throw them more than once. At one point Caulfield suggests snowball fights could replace wars; Frazz says it would mean they would all speak Finnish.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'': Flint, who had never been in a snowball fight before, takes to them with gusto during the Ice Cream Snow Day scene.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime VIII'': At their first experience of "white ground sparkles" (snow), the kids get into snowball fights, the ones with hands throwing them, and the ones without finding other ways like dropping the snow from branches, snow sculptures, and so on. Even the grown-ups get in on the fun, with Mr. Threehorn making a large snowball and rolling it down a slope, and up Grandpa Longneck's body and into his face.
* ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'': Jack Frost's method of choice for everything from helping kids make friends to taking out the BigBad.
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': Belle is lucky that the enormous snowball done by the Beast didn't hit her (but him, instead).
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'':
** Anna lobs a snowball at the [[{{Snowlem}}snow monster]] conjured by Elsa to drive her and Kristoff away from her. This only makes him mad.
** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssVnSg2jwUw this bumper ad]], Anna hits Elsa with a snowball when her back is turned, only to find herself severely outmatched.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Elf}}'', Michael starts warming up to Buddy after a snowball fight.
* [[Film/JackFrost1998 Jack Frost]] (not the killer snowman) gets into a huge one with his son and some school yard bullies.
* In ''[[Film/JackFrost1997 Jack Frost II]]'' (with the killer snowman), there is a charity driven snowball fight where the killer gets involved and he kills the participants in ridiculous ways.
* The entire plot of ''Film/TheDogWhoStoppedTheWar'' centers on a massive, escalating snowball fight.
* In ''Film/TheBishopsWife'', a little girl gets allowed into one with some secret [[OurAngelsAreDifferent divine assistance]] on her opening toss.
* ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'': The younger SS soldiers who are guarding the Wannsee compound engage in a snowball fight near the end of the conference, before Eichmann angrily berates them for unprofessional conduct and [[ReassignedToAntarctica threatens to send them all to the Russian front]].
* ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017'' features one, like the original. Unlike the original, Beast's aim is bang on target and Belle gets flattened.
* The first scene of ''Film/{{Napoleon}}'', where the young Bonaparte demonstrates his skill as a commander in a snowball fight at Brienne College.

* Laura Ingalls Wilder's ''[[Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie These Happy Golden Years]]'' featured a snowball fight among the older students at school, and their rather young teacher.
* Creator/SandyMitchell's Literature/CiaphasCain, '''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM''' had to break up snowball fights on some of the colder worlds they were posted on. Turns out the soldiers Cain normally travels with come from an [[SingleBiomePlanet Ice World]], where snowball fights are SeriousBusiness.
* In William King's Literature/SpaceWolf novel ''Grey Hunter'', after a fight with ice fiends, Sven and Ragnar's heckling each other is turned into a snowball fight.
* Most ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books. Special mention goes to ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', where Fred and George bewitched snowballs to bounce off the back of Quirrell's turban. FridgeBrilliance sets in when you realize [[spoiler:they were unknowingly smacking ''[[BigBad Voldemort]]'' '''in the face'''.]]
* In Fritz Leiber's ''Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser'', the women of Fafhrd's people gang up on their men to pummel them with snowballs when they offend too badly.
* In ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', several of Bella's classmates have a brief fight with a discussion of larger one after school. Even the vampires take part.
* In ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'', Quint takes part in a giant snowball fight with the entirety of the Upper and Lower Halls of the Knights Academy.
* In Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Small Favor'', Harry has Molly practice her shields by having her siblings throw snowballs. (Which is one hell of a lot nicer than what ''he'' learned with. Namely, [[TrainingFromHell baseballs]].)
* In Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/ThirteenthChild'', William and Eff are ambushed by six children using snowballs -- and putting rocks in them.
* In Robertson Davies's [[Literature/FifthBusiness Deptford Trilogy]], the narrator's life is transformed when he ducks a snowball thrown by a friend: the effects of this snowball are the motivating action of the trilogy.
* Creator/ThomasPynchon's "Mason & Dixon" begins with an image of a snowball fight that also recalls an asterisk.
* In one of the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' novels, spymaster Nasi realizes that some boys shoveling the streets are planning to throw some snowballs at him, [[CrazyPrepared so he pulls a pre-made snowball out of his coat pocket and hits them first]]. He lost the resultant fight, but he considered the look on his target's face when he got the first hit in to be worth it.
* Ayla gets into one with Jondolar and a few others in ''[[Literature/EarthsChildren Shelters of Stone]]'' [[spoiler:despite being nine months pregnant.]]
* ''Literature/SisterAlice'' has ritualized, SeriousBusiness Snowball ''wars'', call Snowars, set up between two teams composed of a smattering of very young [[TheClan Great Family members]], intended to make it easier for different Family members to cooperate at a young age. Two teams alternate between defending and attacking a fort made of ice, using [[GreyGoo microchines]] fired from cannons to heat up the fort walls and break though. Snow is compacted and shoved into pneumatic, double-barreled ''rifles'' which can cause grievous damage, and snow is fired from pneumatic cannons capable of killing the contestants. However, because of the HealingFactor and [[SocietyOfImmortals general hard-to-killness]] of humanity, it's rare for anyone to be more than annoyed or out of action for more than a few days when their skull is crushed or spine broken.
* In ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'', Bridget throws snowballs at Luís window to taunt her. Lu goes outside and starts one of these in retaliation. It quickly escalates into a school-wide CurbStompBattle against Bridget.
* The first book of ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' ends with the members of the titular society preparing to have one, with Sticky and Constance on one side and Reynie and Kate on the other. Kate has a plan which involves her directing Reynie to make carefully prepared snowballs and her throwing them because she's the physically gifted one, though Reynie asks her to let him throw some too as it's part of the fun and she reluctantly agrees. Also, Sticky asks if they're Reynie for "ignominious defeat," and Kate has to get the definition of "ignominious" from Reynie. Hearing that it means "shameful" just makes her more spurred on.
* In ''Creator/ElizabethMoon'''s ''Literature/TheDeedOfPaksenarrion'', Paks has a light-hearted snowball fight while preparing for a religious ceremony that means a great deal to her (being a paladin and all that). Since both sides were professional soldiers, and had plenty of time to prepare the ground and gather weapons (ie, make snowballs), the fight itself was epic.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/UnsereMuetterUnsereVaeter'': Brothers Friedhelm and Wilhelm, both Wehrmacht soldiers, engage in a snow fight on a quiet Christmas Eve at the Russian front, reminding them that they thought the war would soon be over so they could be HomeByChristmas.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "Breaking the Ice," Travis suggests that he and Malcolm could have a snowball fight on a comet, until Malcolm points out that their EV suits would make it less enjoyable.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The tutorial to combat in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' happens in a form of schoolyard snowball fight.
* One ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' videogame featured snowballs as a basic weapon. The upgraded version was, [[BlackComedy naturally]], ''yellow'' snowballs.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'' has one of these as one of its crossover antics.
* Past Christmas Events in ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' enabled snowball fights between mile-long space battleships.
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' has Huai Snowball Sling, where Matoran are in a snowball fight. Every time one of them got hit, snow would gradually build up on their body until they rolled away in a giant snowball.
* One of the mini-games you play in the Skill Course in the Pokeathalon in [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver]] is a snowball fight between four different teams of 3 Pokemon. The team that gets the most points by hitting the other Pokemon wins.
* Out of the many weapons that are used in {{Website/Neopets}}' Battledome, several of them are snowballs, which are all one-use items.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'' has the snow flea enemies in [[SlippySlideyIceWorld The Burrubs]], which pop out of the icy floor on both sides of Bug and throw ice/snow at each other. Unfortunately, they're immune to each others' projectiles, Bug isn't. And Bug isn't even interested in their snowball fight!
* In ''VideoGame/{{Ristar}}'', at the end of the first act of [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Planet Freon]], Ristar must defeat the mini-boss this way. In order for him to build a snowball, he will have to be left alone for a few seconds. When Ristar does defeat the mini-boss, it will [[DefeatMeansFriendship join his side and assist him in the battle against Itamor]] in the third act by bringing him hot pizzas [[FeedItABomb for him to throw in his mouth]].
* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble'', Dixie and Kiddy battle Bleak, an evil snowman, this way.
* A Christmas event in ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has players use Mei and hurl snowballs at opponents with her gun. There are patches of snow that can be gathered to make a snowball, or she can refill with her ultimate. Each hit eliminates the struck player for the round, and each round lasts until everyone on one side is eliminated.
* Just like in the Overwatch example above, ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' has a similar brawl for its Christmas event, appropriately titled ''Snow Brawl'', which takes placed in a modified Cursed Hollow map, where tributes spawn a lot faster and players can gather snowballs of varying sizes and lob them at opponents.
* The [[SlippySlideyIceWorld ice level]] in ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' features piles of snowballs which can be thrown at enemies. And killer snowmen that throw snowballs back at you.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' had a memorable one, featuring [[OvertOperative Secret Agent Geek]] Fooker and his FieryRedhead girlfriend, using squad-level tactics and stratagems in a knock-down, drag-out snowball-fight against a trio of rival sysadmins. ([[spoiler:It ends in a draw.]])
* ''[[http://beta.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=020225 The Great House War]]'' from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' quickly morphs into one of these. Becomes SeriousBusiness when everyone teams up against the unstoppable force that is Bun-Bun.
* ''Webcomic/{{Minus}}'', [[http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/minus2.html here]].
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade''. [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2000/12/18/ Oops, was that a brick?]]
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/040526 Lovely distraction]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'': To Yeager's dismay, Piffany won't let him use the catapult.
* In ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'', [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=229 the kids do it to Art.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'', an ''indoor'' fight breaks out in Doc's office, in the story arc where the cheetah girl Kasi was introduced, starting [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1182.html here]].
* In ''Webcomic/LoveAndCapes'', [[http://loveandcapes.com/lnc/?p=68 Abby refuses to let Mark use his powers in one.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy is up in the Presidential Mountains of New Hampshire, so they get a lot of snow every winter. The big snowball fight around Poe cottage involves a lot of superpowers, including Quake using her powers to force some snow into a snow 'fort' and Phase using his powers to knock it down.
* Fun fact: The Finnish word for snowball fight, 'lumisota', literally means [[MundaneMadeAwesome 'snow war']]. When this was pointed out on Website/{{Tumblr}}, several [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]] jokes were made.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'': Ben and Gwen have one, but when one hits Grandpa Max...
-->'''Max:''' (''sternly'') I am warning you... [[spoiler:(''brandishes snowball'') you're messing with an old pro.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'':
** In one episode, Dexter and his father "go to war" with Deedee and their mother, because Mom was the only one who ever beat Dad in a snowball fight. (For bonus points, it was just a playful lob on her part which happened to connect, while to him the whole thing was SeriousBusiness).
** The episode was a tip of the hat to ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', as seen by the exterior backgrounds being explicitly drawn to mimic Watterson's art style.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and his nephews once had an epic snowball fight in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS2PQwPqsCs this]] short, including dipping snow missiles into water to make deadly ice missiles.
** Also, [[ArrowsOnFire flaming snowballs]]!
* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' Brian hits Stewie with a snowball. Stewie responds by firing a snowball cannon.
-->Stewie: [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Now is]] [[ShoutOutToShakespeare the winter of]] [[WeirdAlEffect your discontent!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FrostyTheSnowman'' does this, being a type 1 {{Snowlem}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}!'' did a "dramatic re-enactment" of the Cold War in which it was depicted as this.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Jimmy's description of this (coupled with a demonstration involving freezer ice) leads to Heloise making a WeatherControlMachine.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' features Johnny and Duke inviting all of their friends ( and enemies) into a snowball fight where if one gets hit with a snowball, they get eliminated with the last one standing winning a trophy Johnny created himself. Even though everyone else gangs up on Johnny and Dukey in this competition, Johnny manages to win it.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Green Lantern and Hawkgirl get into a super-powered snowball fight in "Comfort and Joy".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In Episode 69, the cast have a brief snowball fight. Unlike everything else they do on this show, it does not escalate and winds up being an ordinary snowball fight.
* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes turns snowball fights into SeriousBusiness, complete with [[AffectionateParody sendups]] to [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII The Greatest Generation]].
* In one ''WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep'' episode, there was a giant snowball fight between the flock, Bitzer, and later against the pigs.
* In an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart is in danger of repeating the 4th grade if he fails his next test. He ends up praying for an extra day to study, and is rewarded with a blizzard. He spends the next day fighting the temptation to join everyone else out in the snow (even Mr Burns is enjoying himself!)
--> '''Burns''': I was never one to back down from a snowball fight!
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** In "The Snowball Effect", Squidward claims to be above such childish activities, but gets sucked in and goes into such a panic that he'll lose and builds a two-story-high impenetrable snow fort.
** At one point, Patrick shows just barely enough knowledge to create a snowblock, a snowpyramid, and even a snowhelix -- but not a snow''ball''.
** [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick have another one in "Survival of the Idiots".
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperNoobs'': The episode, "Let it Noob, Let it Noob, Let it Noob" has Memnock and Zenblock participate in a snowball fight with each other to learn more about Earth culture and adapt to the snow itself since they had recently experienced winter for the first time in their lives. They try to make it more fun by using their alien technology but get carried away when they get snow guns and tanks involved.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'': In the beginning of "Fire In the Sky," the Autobots engage in a snowball fight with one of their human friends after [[ItMakesSenseInContext a snowfall in the desert in July]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow'': In his cartoon "Tricky Trapper", Huckleberry Hound throws a snow-covered rock at Powerful Pierre, who returned it with a tennis racket.
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeAdventuresWithTipAndOh'': Experiencing snow for the first time, Tip demonstrates by throwing snowballs at Oh. It takes him a while, be he eventually gets into it and holds a snowball fight with all the Boov.