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->'''Cyborg:''' Have you ever seen her this happy?
->'''Beast Boy:''' Dude, I didn't know Raven could ''do'' happy.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', "Nevermore"

A character with a Sugar and Ice Personality has two distinct sides, one cold and distant, the other warmer and open. In some cases the differences between the two aspects of the character's personality are so radical as to be shocking coming from the same person. Often this extreme polarity is due to some form of [[BrokenBird traumatic experience]] or [[NoSocialSkills social awkwardness]], though occasionally it might resemble a full-blown SplitPersonality or one-man RedOniBlueOni or GoodCopBadCop. Their dual nature could also simply be the way they are, with no explanation otherwise given.

The cold side can have a few different variants, though the [[IceQueen Ice Queen or Ice King]] is probably the most common, mixing aloofness and distance with a certain harshness and lack of sympathy. Another manifestation of this side is as TheStoic, being simply unemotional and unresponsive rather than harsh. Occasionally this cold part of their personality may resemble a full-on EmotionlessGirl, or include the sharp-tongued aspects of TheSnarkKnight.

The warm side, on the other hand, is usually quite kind, open and emotive. Some variations can be very animated when in the right situation, though others may be {{Shrinking Violet}}s, uncertain how to interact with others when not acting tough. Even the shy-types, however, usually wear at least a small smile or sport a LuminescentBlush to indicate that they are far more emotionally reactive than their cold side.

Usually, their cold side is the one everyone is used to, with the warmer side only glimpsed in response to specific triggers. In many cases, all it takes is getting to know the person before the [[DefrostingIceQueen warm side begins to make an appearance]].

More rarely, the frosty side is the seldom-seen aspect and is only evoked when they are confronted by something they find annoying or tedious. Often this is a bumbling LoveInterest who doesn't know what he's done wrong. While there are occasions where the [[BeneathTheMask cold side is a mask]], this by no means describes all examples. In such cases both sides are genuine aspects of their personality, the character is simply compartmentalized to a much greater degree than most people are.

Compare NotSoStoic and StoicWoobie. Sometimes related to BeneathTheMask. A SisterTrope to {{Tsundere}} (which is basically "Sugar and ''[[HotBlooded Fire]]''"). Anime fandom refers to this character as a ''{{kuudere}}'' (a portmanteau of ''kuuru'', "cool" in [[JapaneseRanguage Engrish]], and ''deredere'', "lovestruck"). ReiAyanamiExpy is a specific subtrope with a particular set of characteristics. In UsefulNotes/MyersBriggs and in a FourTemperamentEnsemble, this is a typical trait of I[[superscript:_]]T[[superscript:_]] and the Melancholic, respectively, though occasionally it can apply to the other types and temperaments. Not to be confused with AnIcePerson, though sometimes [[PersonalityPowers they overlap]].


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Yuuko Ichihara from ''Manga/XxxHolic'': for a large portion of the series, she appears to be a rather cold-hearted, calm and calculating woman that seems pretty cynical and [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor grants people's wishes with rather sinister consequences]]. Later, however, she starts showing her warm, affectionate side towards Watanuki...which is made all the more obvious in the touching scene in the manga where [[spoiler:she disappears after telling Watanuki that her only wish is for him to continue living, and in turn he [[IWillWaitForYou swears to wait for her forever]]]].
* ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' has [[TheBeautifulElite Iason]] [[DefrostingIceKing Mink]] who is an ArtificialHuman that [[TheStoic expressed very little emotion]] until he [[LoveHurts fell in love]].
* Angel from ''Anime/AngelBeats'' seems like a straight EmotionlessGirl in the beginning, but starts to show flickers of emotion and humanity starting in Episode 5, when the protagonist speaks to her and learns her real name. This is a weird case because she's the antagonist [[spoiler:...not. After the whole Naoi business she's a straight ally to Otonashi, and, eventually, all the SSS]]. In the final episode, [[spoiler:she drops the cold facade entirely now that almost the entire cast has moved on. She spends the episode [[WhenSheSmiles smiling]], humming and singing about tofu, and being the [[{{Moe}} most adorable thing ever]]]].
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' provides numerous examples, all completely justified due to the CrapsackWorld they live in.
** Mikasa. Extremely stoic and aloof, yet she's caring and fiercely protective of her adoptive brother Eren and also has a soft spot for Armin.
** Annie Leonhart is a cold and distant DarkActionGirl, but Eren and Armin both state that she hides her true kindness. Her gentle smile and playful teasing of Eren while teaching him to fight seems to suggest there's some truth to their belief.
** Bertolt Hoover is extremely soft-spoken and comes across as being TheStoic due to his tendency to linger silently in the background. But once he begins getting more attention, it becomes clear he's caring but painfully shy. [[spoiler: It's justified in an incredibly tragic way, as he doesn't have the luxury of showing his warmer side to people due to being TheMole]].
** [[TheAce Levi]] shows hints of this, normally coming across as harsh and cold. But he can show surprising kindness to others, usually in very subtle ways. Considering that he's the WorldsStrongestMan among a RedShirtArmy, letting people get too close rarely ends well.
** Hange Zoe is one of the rare flipped versions, usually being very warm, kind, and easygoing. But when the situation calls for it or the stress is becoming too much for anyone to bear, Hange quickly becomes cold, harsh, merciless, and prone to violent bouts of anger.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''
** Switzerland: This gun-toting and cynical xenophobe with a HairTriggerTemper melts like butter when his little sister [[TokenMiniMoe Liechtenstein]] is around.
** Sweden, who is a HugeSchoolgirl in the body of TheBigGuy. Scares everyone with his FaceOfAThug, but he's quite the playful guy on the inside, as his profile mentions.
** Austria, too. Seen in the strip right after the "Chibitalia" chapter, where much to Hungary's shock he takes up the rest of Chibitalia's daily chores for once. Also seen in the Valentines strip, when Germany pointed out that [[NoSenseOfDirection Austria would get lost if he went out]] to purchase a present for his ex-wife Hungary, he opted to make her a gift and ask someone else to give it to her. She was very much "aaaawwww" when she found out.
** Iceland was mentioned to be HotBlooded inside and keeping it cool outside. This was thought to be an InformedAbility...but he was shown in one of the Nordic strips being cool in the beginning and almost losing it at the end.
** Japan [[PerpetualFrowner shows little emotion on his face]], remains [[TheStoic relatively stoic]] [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry even when angry]], and is the epitome of InscrutableOriental overall...but he genuinely cares for his friends and tries his best to get along with them even when they confuse or baffle him, and you get the feeling that his excessive politeness and seeming indifference at times are more a product of him not quite knowing how to deal with others with personalities vastly different from his own than him being condescending or disdainful toward them. He keeps close relationships with both America, in spite of his [[IdiotHero often patience-testing]] [[LargeHam personality]], and Greece, with whom he shares a [[KindheartedCatLover love of cats]].
* Sakaki from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', natch. So, so very compassionate and cute on the inside, but outside, she looks like a cold, tough HugeSchoolgirl. She manages to break out of her cold, reticent shell once she finally manages to pet a cat without getting hurt. A ShrinkingViolet, but only because she laments never being cute as a child. Her coldness isn't a façade she's putting up to fool everyone, but something she does ''completely by accident''.
%% * In ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'', Senjougahara Hitagi is...really too complicated to be neatly categorized by terms like {{Tsundere}}[=/=]{{Yandere}}/Sugar and Ice Personality, but there is a conversation early in the show where they bring up the question of whether she's a tsundere and Araragi puns that she's really more of a tundra (a term for characters with a Sugar and Ice Personality) instead.
* Casca from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is a mix of this and the DefrostingIceQueen. She starts off distant, cool - even cold - collected but temperamental toward her comrades, but after awhile, she starts showing a sensitive side that no one would ever have expected from [[TheSquadette a woman of her profession]] once Guts defrosts her (which would make her behavior and personality a lot more understandable other than the whole LoveTriangle thing, since Casca is the sole female member in a group of mercenaries AND she's second in command, so she must always put on [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask a facade of seriousness so that her male cohorts would not falter under her command]]).
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Byakuya is aloof and [[TheStoic stoic]] on the surface. Underneath, he's NotSoStoic, being very compassionate, having very deep feelings for the people he becomes attached to and he's even hiding a HotBlooded temper that tends to reveal itself as TranquilFury whenever triggered. The reason for his mask is that he's an extremely high-ranked noble who had to learn decorum as befitted his social position. As a child, before he'd learned such social graces, he had a HairTriggerTemper and everyone knew it.
** Ryuuken is such an aloof, stoic, bitter man that his son actually believed his own father wanted to kill him, and Ryuuken himself has claimed he doesn't care whether his son lives or dies. BeneathTheMask, lies an incredibly gentle, compassionate personality whose only partially explained traumatic past forced him to learn how to hide deeply caring emotions behind a JerkassFacade, become a dedicated StepfordSnarker and assume a stubbornly HeroicNeutral position, all for the sake of protecting his only son's life.
* Karl-Heinz Schneider from ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' looks cool, professional and proud, but, ''holy shit'', he's loving towards his parents and his little sister.
%% * Felli Loss of ''LightNovel/ChromeShelledRegios'' is one of these, though she can also be seen as an EmotionlessGirl or IceQueen, and probably best counts as a variant of the Type 3 {{Kuudere}} that switches between Types 1 and 2. It's explained that all Neni Operators suffer an information overload due to their psionic powers, which impairs their ability to express emotions (not just figuratively; it's all but physically impossible for Felli to smile).
* Fiore from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' comes across this way because of her outward EmotionlessGirl personality. She believes herself to be completely without emotions and can often be blunt (in a very polite sort of way), but when Joshua gets into a fight she later admits with tears in her eyes that she was "so worried", and she goes out of her way to make sure all of the Sinners [[TeamMom eat their veggies]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass''
** C.C. First impression: cool, cynical, indifferent. Deep inner side: oh so warm.
** LittleMissSnarker Anya, too. She tries to act aloof all the time, but she's much more emotional than she lets on.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'':
** Hei, who is {{Stoic}} and can be a JerkAss, but is actually still [[ShellShockedVeteran traumatized]] from Heaven's War, and ''God help you'' if you mess with his TrueCompanions.
** Yin. She's supposed to be a Doll unable to feel any kind of emotion, but as the series progresses she shows more and more capacity to express human feelings.
** Then there's [[FairCop Kirihara]], who is cool and professional at first glance, but almost {{Moe}} when she's not on the job.
* Nicol in ''LightNovel/DestructionFlagOtome'' is rather sweet and head over heels in love with Katarina, but because he's a bit awkward and not naturally inclined to be expressive she hasn't the faintest idea, though she does recognize that he's a nice guy with a gorgeous smile.
* When she is first introduced in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Ai Haibara is distant to others around her, and has been left very cynical and jaded due to life within the Organization and the loss of her older sister. The true sugar within the ice only shows itself in certain situations, such as when she's around animals. The friendship of the actual children around [[FountainOfYouth her and Conan]] gradually [[TookALevelInCheerfulness bring her out of that shell]] over the course of the story, as later chapters feature her smiling more frequently and willingly engaging in the childrens' activities more often.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** Android 18 is very cold unless she is with Krillin and their daughter, in which case she drops her coldness and shows her warmer side.
** Piccolo counts to some extent. He is cold, dispassionate and aloof, but has a soft spot for [[MoralityPet Gohan]].
* For all of her {{Yandere}}ness, Lucy from ''Manga/ElfenLied''. She's cold and deeply cynical, but only because she's been hurt so badly every time she lets her guard down. She may slaughter humans without hesitation or remorse, but her capacity for love is still very real.
* Eureka from ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' is like this at the beginning of the series. She switches between being pretty much an EmotionlessGirl and a kind girl who is a loving mother to her adopted children. Her warmer personality eventually takes over thanks to the influence of her lover Renton.
* Himura "Maria" Maruko of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' was like this in the past, being a [[TheStoic Stoic]] on the outside and TheChick[=/=]TheHeart on the inside. Then [[ManipulativeBastard Reiji "Marco" Maruko]] took over the team, instituted a SecondPlaceIsForLosers-driven reign of terror, and started crippling opposing players, all in the name of his [[VillainousCrush crush]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil on her]]; this drives her straight into EmotionlessGirl territory.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** Erza is very serious and stern, especially when she's introduced. However, she's a caring and loyal friend just like everyone in the guild. She also shows a very soft and vulnerable side around Jellal.
** Juvia has shades of this, especially during her earliest appearances. Normally a rather gloomy EmotionlessGirl, her iciness literally melts the moment Gray enters her life. She thus begins alternating between her usual gloominess and gushing over him the moment she so much as hears his name ([[{{Yandere}} heaven forbid the one who mentions him is another girl and/or wants him dead]]), until her warmer personality gradually takes over.
** [[spoiler:[[BiggerBad Zeref]]]] has a personality like this. Though he hasn't been shown acting particularly warm, he has a side to him that's calm and worries about the well being of others, which is how he behaves half the time. The other half of the time he's downright murderous.
** Rogue spends most of his time not emoting or expressing interest in anything ([[HoYay other than Gajeel]]), but when one of his guild members gets kicked out in a way that makes his Exceed companion worry that they may go next, Rogue gets a PetTheDog moment smiling and assuring Frosch that he'll be there to make sure that doesn't happen.
* Despite being often pegged as {{Tsundere}}, Haruka from ''Anime/{{Free}}'' shows shades of this with his cool and quiet demeanor. His sugar side mostly arises when in the proximity of large bodies of water.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Riza Hawkeye [[BackStory wasn't]] [[BreakTheCutie always]] as [[TheStoic stoic]] as she is [[ShellShockedVeteran today]]. [[BodyguardCrush Roy Mustang]] can [[IncrediblyLamePun spark off]] [[NotSoStoic quite spectacular]] [[BerserkerTears reactions]] from her, and she has a [[MoralityPet cute puppy]] that she adores. She's also shown [[FriendToAllChildren demonstrating kindness to the Elric brothers and Winry Rockbell]], and there are indications that, Mustang aside, she really cares about the members of her [[TrueCompanions military team]].
--> '''Kain Fuery''': I didn't know the Lieutenant could be so cold.\\
'''Roy Mustang''': Don't worry. Lieutenant Hawkeye may seem tough, but underneath all that, she's got a gentle heart.
** Sloth from [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] qualifies as well, being apathetic and at times patronizing on the outside, but inside is warm and caring. Possibly justified by her [[spoiler:being a homunculus of Trisha Elric, the brothers' stern but loving mother.]]
* Hikitsu the Genbu Warrior from the ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' series scares off those who are first meeting him because of his harsh and cold persona, but those who befriend him and gain his trust discover that he is actually a very nice guy.
* Osamu Sugo from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' is calm, levelheaded and professional most of the time, but acts warm to certain characters, ''especially'' Hayato and his sister Asuka.
* Yuki Eiri from ''{{Manga/Gravitation}}'' is cold and aloof because of a troubled past, but gradually warms up to his love interest Shuichi, even breaking down in tears for the first time in six years in front of him. This is much more true for the anime, where he rarely (if ever) loses his cool, as opposed to the manga, where he seems to [[{{Tsundere}} lose his temper with Shuichi more easily]].
* Inori Yuzuriha from ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' is stoic to the point of appearing emotionless, yet she's one of the sweetest and most caring characters in the series.
* Zazie in ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}: Last Order'' always tries to hide her shy and sensitive nature behind a facade of an always cool and professional soldier, though not always successfully. For example, it didn't take [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling the twins]] long to notice her admiration of Gally and start teasing her relentlessly.
* In ''Manga/HappyYarouWedding'', Yuuhi had always been considered to be really cold-hearted by his girlfriends but he was really just afraid of letting people in. The more time he spends with Todou and Shouta, the more his warm side comes through.
* Yuki Nagato from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. Although she appears to be an EmotionlessGirl, she's actually a very kind and caring girl. She was just ill-equipped by her creator to actually express emotions.
* Tsukikage Yuri/Cure Moonlight from ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' initially acted cold and aloof around her fellow Cures, but showed a more compassionate side to her friend Momoka, her mother, and, on one occasion, a runaway child. She defrosts slightly after joining the team, but still keeps many of her Sugar And Ice aspects.
* Ai Enma from ''Anime/HellGirl''. She's forced to repress her emotions in order to carry out her job as the Hell Girl, but she allows herself to show a more caring and compassionate side around her TrueCompanions. She also can show sympathy to her clients.
* ''Anime/{{Hyouka}}'':
** Houtarou Oreki. He may initially appear stoic and emotionless but in fact has a caring inner side.
** [[spoiler:Fuyumi Irisu. In the final episode, Houtarou gets suspicious when she asks his opinion on why the procession took a different path than it was supposed to, but Irisu replies that she was honestly curious. She may be a [[ManipulativeBitch manipulative]], apathetic girl most of the time, but Irisu can actually be somewhat friendly when she doesn't have a goal in mind.]]
* Karuta from ''Manga/InuXBokuSS'' is a very cute and sweet girl, but she's usually very stoic and quiet.
* Kan'u Unchou from ''Manga/{{Ikkitousen}}''. For the most part, she is TheStoic, indifferent ActionGirl. But put Ryuubi nearby...then she goes LesYay sweet to the max. In ''Great Guardians'', it even bordered on PsychoLesbian for a while [[spoiler: thanks to a MacGuffin]].
* Ryousuke Takahashi in ''Manga/InitialD''. Not so much in the anime where he's ''always'' distant, but there is occasionally some emotion shown in the manga.
* Eucliwood "Eu" Hellscythe from ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' may appear to be very cold and expressionless, but this is a facade she's forced to put on because if she expresses strong emotions her powers will go out of control. In the rare occassions she lets her emotions out, she's very cute and sweet.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'':
** Kuroh Yatogami, one of the main characters, is a stoic man of few words and a strong sense of duty. He is not fazed at the prospect of killing protagonist Shiro and is initially presented as distant. However, he shows respect to people he trusts and slowly opens up and supports Shiro and Neko.
** Reisi Munakata is just as distant as Kuroh and seemingly even colder as an individual, but he genuinely cares about his clan and his old friend, Mikoto. He only shows affection a few times, and it is subtle.
* Tsubomi Kido from ''Franchise/KagerouProject'', usually involving her putting up a arrogant, tough girl ''BokukKo'' front to appear stronger and more leaderly. Various characters point out how scary and intimidating she can be, but she also has a very kind and motherly side to her that's noticeable as well. Her sugary side usually comes out when she's around [[CutenessProximity animals or other cute things]], when she gets excited about something, or when something happens to her close friends and family.
* Tomoe from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' is normally rude, self-centered, confrontational, distrustful of others, and a general all-round {{Jerkass}}. But once in a while he will show a kinder and gentler side, although it usually takes a lot to get him to show it.
%% * Shizuku of ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' is a fairly aggressive example - [[spoiler:kissing her love interest as early as episode 5, and taking him on a date in episode 8]].
* In ''Manga/KarakuriCircus'', Shirogane initially comes off as somewhat haughty and cold, but later her inherent sweetness shows through.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'':
** Ryuko Matoi. At the start of the series, she's an aloof drifter driven by stone-cold vengeance for the death of her father. When taken in by Mako and her family, however, she's shown to be as sweet and cheerful as any other ordinary girl. At that point, her personality see-saws between fighting the student council members out for her neck and having lunch with her best friend.
** Satsuki Kiryuin. She acts cool, distant and arrogant in public, staying in control of her emotions at all times, but allows herself to smile and relax a bit more among the select few she genuinely trusts and respects.
* ''Anime/MagicKnightRayearth'' Lantis comes off as distant, cold and perhaps even a little snarky in the first few episodes; going as far as drawing suspicions of being a spy for the enemy. Turns out he really is a [[FriendToAllLivingThings big]] [[NatureLover softie]] underneath all that [[HiddenHeartOfGold reserved aloofness]].
* Yue from ''Manga/MagicalXMiracle'' is fairly cold to everyone, even those he cares about, although he goes through times when it looks like he's starting to soften up towards his friends.
* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'':
** DarkMagicalGirl Fate, particularly during season 1. She initially seems cold and unfeeling, [[WellDoneSonGuy solely focused on pleasing her mother]], but shows a kinder and gentler side over time. Later seasons has her warm side coming out more, with the cool part being reserved for combat.
** LadyOfWar and Fate's WorthyOpponent Signum from the second season onward qualifies, too. After centuries in service of selfish, destructive owners of the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Book of Darkness]], she developed a perfect {{Stoic}} personality...then along comes Hayate, who wastes no time adopting the Wolkenritter and letting them know the warmth of a family for the first time. Her [[NotSoStoic facade melts away]]. Then comes the third season and her Unison with [[spoiler:Agito]], who is a literal fire elemental...
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Yue Ayase. While usually the stoic voice of reason, being part of a LoveTriangle with her best friend causes her to break down and reveal a very warm side.
** Setsuna. She strives to maintain her cold, levelheaded swordswoman persona, but what she really wants more than anything is to [[FailureKnight overcome her weaknesses]] so that she will [[LesYay be capable of protecting Konoka]]. Notably, Konoka doesn't really care for the whole "emotionless, intellectual warrior" thing, and actively tries to bring out Setsuna's warmer side. It works.
** Princess Arika. Driven by TheChainsOfCommanding, she shows herself as an extremely cold and distant princess, when she's actually an emotional and compassionate woman. We see flashes of {{Tsundere}} when Nagi provokes her, though.
%% * [[DarkMagicalGirl Non]] from ''Anime/MajokkoMegChan'' is an early anime example.
* Loco from ''Manga/{{MAR}}'' acts very cold and aloof due to her excessive loneliness. She does come to develop a soft spot for her CatGirl partner Chaton and shows that she can be a caring person when she wants to.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''
** The protagonist Heero Yuy is more often credited as TheStoic, but this trope is a better match for him. He never actually denied his emotions; he just tries to keep them in check because being overly emotional on the battlefield can get you killed. At the start of the show he mostly seems to be shouldering the burden of Operation Meteor ([[TheAtoner and the lives it'll cost]]) all by himself, but interaction with people like [[TheOjou Relena]], [[TheLancer Duo]], and [[TheHeart Quatre]] causes him to accept the idea that [[YouAreNotAlone he isn't alone]].
** Heero's teammate Trowa Barton also fits in this mold. Having been raised by mercenaries after the death of his parents [[spoiler: and being separated from his older sister]], he is very methodic and coolheaded, but he has kept the core of his warm and kind heart intact. Noticeably, he counsels the aforementioned Heero when he's recuperating after [[spoiler:destroying his Gundam]], and gives a very long speech to [[spoiler: Quatre]] about his gentleness [[spoiler: before his Mobile suit blows up and he's rendered with TraumaInducedAmnesia]].
* In ''Manga/MotherKeeper'' Jim acts very cold, confident and snarky, Ricalna thinks she's a complete jerk at times, especially when she forces him to fight his own sister. Syal, however, is use to Jim being kind to her [[spoiler: even when Syal had stabbed her]], a side Ricalna only sees after he helps Syal.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Itachi acts emotionless and blank whenever we see him after the Uchiha Massacre, and he's polite but distant in interacting with everyone. Then we see him in his past with Sasuke, and he's rather...''sweet'' with his little brother. Later it's shown that he only let out his real personality whenever he was alone with his brother or thinking about his brother.
** Neji has a similar personality now after Naruto's [[FanNickname Therapy no Jutsu]]. He's still rather stiff and stoic in general, but now his repressed affection for Hinata has come back and Neji has become super protective of his cousin, partially as an atonement for the grief he had caused her earlier.
* Rei Ayanami from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is a mix of this and DefrostingIceQueen. In the beginning, she could be mistaken for an EmotionlessGirl, aside from her warmth towards Gendo. She lights up when he speaks to her, and smiles sweetly when she looks at his glasses. She later warms up to Shinji, especially in the manga, and dear God can she be gooey-sweet over him. Her affection for him grows to the point that even when [[spoiler:she becomes ''TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt'' (this after having ''died'' and ''forgotten her experiences with him'')]], she ''still'' cares for him, given that it was his [[spoiler:anguish over Asuka's gruesome death that prompted her to finally betray Gendo and put Instrumentality in Shinji's hands]]...
** ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' only takes this trope further.
* Mirielle of ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' is, for most of the series, an ActionGirl assassin who only occasionally lets her soft side show, but late in the show when [[spoiler:she finds Kirika's heartfelt note]] she starts crying.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Boa Hancock gives a cold JerkassFacade to her people and acts cruelly to her enemies, but becomes as soft as a marshmallow whenever Luffy's around.
** Nico Robin. She's usually calmly cheerful as opposed to showing no emotion at all, but she's still very cool-headed and keeps herself distant from others out of fear that they will eventually betray her. The Straw Hats are the only ones who have earned her trust and are able to see her open and caring side.
* Asuka, the main character of ''Manga/{{Otomen}}'', tries his best to act like the pinnacle of stoic manliness, but in reality is enamored with all things girly and adorable.
* Dr. Atsuko Chiba from ''Anime/{{Paprika}}''. Always cold and serious in the real world, her warm and silly side only comes out when she's in dreamland as Paprika, [[spoiler:who's modeled on her secret crush]].
* Trip/Shooti from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Best Wishes'' seems to be a {{jerkass}} until you realize that he does have a heart, as revealed in the episodes where he helps Ash move the Venipede to a safer location. The minute Ash tries to congratulate him, Trip instantly avoids eye contact. Later appearances tone down his {{jerkass}} attitude until it's completely a JerkassFacade stemming from annoyance at Ash more than anything else.
* Fakir in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. Cold and hostile toward a girl named Duck who keeps sticking her nose in his business; sweet and vulnerable around that duck he found in his locker one day. Naturally, he's mortified when he finds out [[HumanityEnsues it was the same person]].
* Homura Akemi from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': when we first meet her, she acts quite cold, and is very cynical in regards to being a MagicalGirl. But as the series goes on and the {{Awful Truth}}s about actually being a magical girl come out and we get more emotional reactions from her, it becomes quite clear that she's in this to protect Madoka. And then comes [[OriginsEpisode episode 10]], where we find out just '''''why''''' Homura is this way. [[BrokenBird Dear]] [[TearJerker God]], [[TheWoobie Homura...]].
* A literal Ice Princess, Mizore from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is very stoic and emotionless when the situation demands it. If she becomes emotional, she either considers you a close friend or you're about to get your ass handed to you.
* ''Manga/RozenMaiden'':
** Shinku. She may appear to be nothing but a cold, bossy bitch, but she actually has a kind-hearted nature deep down. She treats Jun coldly and like a servant. However, she shows that she does care deeply about him. Her behavior overlaps with {{Tsundere}}, as she also constantly abuses him verbally and physically.
** Souseiseki acts serious, levelheaded and unattached in order to fight in the Alice Game as she believes it's part of her duty as a Rozen Maiden. However, she's shown to be very caring and kind to her twin sister Suiseiseki, the only doll she doesn't want to fight.
* Tomoe Yukishiro from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. Stoic and aloof, giving the impression of being an EmotionlessGirl. Eventually, it's revealed that Tomoe is a very emotional person, hiding great sadness over her fiance's death [[spoiler:at Kenshin's hands]]. At the end, she's able to show her warm side to Kenshin [[spoiler:before sacrificing herself to save him]].
* Hyoga from ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. When the series began, Hyoga was depictaed as cold and calculating, and he was often seen keeping distance from the other saints. During the battle with Phoenix Ikki, his tender side was revealed, and he slowly began to display his true personality.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Setsuna Meiou, a.k.a. Sailor Pluto: she gets mistaken for an EmotionlessGirl at first, but it turns out that she's just sad and lonely, having to guard the time gate while watching her life go by. It makes sense that she is guarded, because she is a Sailor Soldier first (installed at the gate as a very young child) and has to come up with a civilian identity later.
** Also, Michiru Kaiou, a.k.a. Sailor Neptune. She is very calm, cool and collected, as well as extremely dedicated to her Senshi mission...but she can also be very gentle to those she loves (if in a very princess-like way, befitting an {{Ojou}} like her), particularly her girlfriend, Haruka.
** Rei Hino (Sailor Mars) is similarly stand-offish, but kind in the original [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] and [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live action adaptation]]. She acts more like a {{Tsundere}} in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]].
* Sanzo from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''. You have to be looking really really hard for the sugar parts, because his natural personality is combined with his desire to appear as prickly as possible to make sure no one around him thinks he's gonna protect them (and therefore not getting friends that need protecting). But in his calmer interactions with Goku (when he's not hitting him over the head) he generally gets a little smile on his face. When Goku was a kid and no one was around to catch him he even smiled and commented that Goku's cheeks looked like dumplings. In a more literal sense, he's an ice princess who loves sugary things.
* {{Anti Villain}}s Mutsu and Akitsu, two of the main antagonists from ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}''. Mutsu is serious and stoic MasterSwordsman, while Akitsu is an EmotionlessGirl in fitting with her [[AnIcePerson elemental]] powers. Both are eventually shown to be kind-hearted individuals, utterly devoted to their JerkassWoobie master, and offering words of sympathy and encouragement to the heroes. One is merely distant because he's the OnlySaneMan surrounded by overbearing personalities, while the other is an incredibly tragic BrokenBird.
* Lain from ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'', one of the contestants for the role of creepiest EmotionlessGirl, [[spoiler:{{MindRape}}s ''herself'' ([[MindScrew or something...]]) and the façade shatters completely]]. Since Lain is the viewpoint character for most of the series, the effect isn't quite as strong as it could be; the viewers get frontline seats to her internal turmoil, and she's far less aloof when she's alone with her thoughts, which is quite often.
* While Anna Kyoyama from ''Manga/ShamanKing'' may seem like a cold-hearted, hard training thoughtless bitch at first, she undoubtedly has her kinder and more caring side to her that begins showing later on in the series.
* ''Manga/ShugoChara'':
** Amu Hinamori, the main character, is known as the "cool and spicy" girl at school because of her unique fashion style and her blunt attitude. However, she actually just wants to be normal and girly, and it's actually because she's shy that she puts on a cool girl act.
** Rima. First impressions: dainty, spoiled, yet cold. She's really actually a sweet girl and just needed time to warm up to Amu and her friends. Plus, as serious as Rima is, her "would-be self" is a clown, because she wants to make people laugh.
* Noël Kannagi from ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'' shows little emotion and says very little; however, she's severely emotionally scarred by [[spoiler:her part in the Invisible Reaper]], warms to Kanata and Kureha inside of a few months of Kanata's arrival, and wants to become 'a lovely wife'.
* Rin Shibuya from ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls''. She's stoic, aloof, and may come off as unfriendly looking, but she's actually a very kind girl who's no stranger to being close and friendly towards others. In fact, it didn't take Uzuki much effort to befriend her, and Rin's [[WhenSheSmiles smiles]] come around more frequently than most.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'': Tezuka had kept a cool, neutral face throughout the whole series, but when [[spoiler:Seigaku won the Nationals]], he is revealed to [[WhenHeSmiles have a very nice smile]]. You know it's a big deal when Inui thought it was necessary to actually ''catch it on film''.
%% ** The anime rendition of Ryoma Echizen: His warm side shows up in relation to ''[[KindheartedCatLover his cat]]'', though.
* Barnaby Brooks Jr. from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' is a odd version of this. When in front of the camera he seems like a charming young man, but he is cold, untrusting and aloof to other heroes. Over time however we see these are both masks to hide his more emotional real self. His partner is the only one to really see his true sweet side.
%% * Hiro from ''Manga/WaGaNaWaUmishi'' is a textbook example; her warm side comes out very rarely.
* In ''LightNovel/WatashitachiNoTamuraKun'', Souma acts harsh and cold to people when she is first introduced, but really would like nothing more than to make some true friends and find love.
* Urara Shiraishi from ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches'', most often showing her sugary side towards Yamada, her eventual boyfriend. Throughout the series, probably because she gets friends and learns to interact with people, her ice side [[TookALevelInKindness changes from cold and somewhat rude to very stoic but otherwise quite friendly]].
* Yako of ''Manga/{{Yurara}}'' is usually aloof, [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] and sometimes downright mean, but when he finds himself alone with the woman he loves he becomes flustered and insecure.
* Perucia in ''Manga/KishukuGakkouNoJuliet''. [[http://mangakakalot.com/chapter/kishuku_gakkou_no_juliet/chapter_18 One minute]] she's cuddling her boyfriend, the next she goes 'Okay, back to business' and pushes him away while outlining her plan.
* Phos from ''Manga/LandOfTheLustrous'' is this trope, after they becomes more cynical. On the outside, they are inconsiderate and thoroughly ConditionedToAcceptHorror, so few emotions show on their face. On the inside, they are suicidally devoted to ending the war because it claimed [[spoiler:Antarcticite and Ghost]]'s lives, and deliberately draws Rutile's anger onto themselves because doing so is the only way to save Padparadscha. Their insensitivity comes less from cruelty than ignorance of people's feelings, which they had even in youth.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} is a male version. He's not especially confident or good at expressing emotion, so he mostly spends his time [[{{Workaholic}} buried in a pile of paperwork]] and hiding his crippling self-doubt behind a [[TheStoic stone wall]]. Unfortunately, this also means that he can't explain [[IDidWhatIHadToDo his actions]] to the people he leads, so they think he's a WellIntentionedExtremist. Before her death, ComicBook/JeanGrey, his [[OppositesAttract wife]], helped to mediate between Cyclops and the team, but after her death, Cyclops hooked up with ComicBook/EmmaFrost, who similarly has trouble relating to people (mostly because she's very blunt and patronizing, rather than being serious and to the point), and watched as over 90 percent of the mutant population was depowered and decimated, followed by two thirds of what's left being slaughtered and him being forced to relocate the X-Men to a military bunker, he basically ends up getting to the point where, whenever there's trouble, he's cold and calculating, moreso than usual, and constantly prepping for war, while retaining his slightly calmer dorky side whenever he has time to be friendly, which sadly became less frequent as time went on until he ends up losing half of his team.
* ComicBook/{{Raven}} from ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'': the comic had her defrost for [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Robin]]...[[LikeBrotherAndSister Not that he notices]].
* ComicBook/{{X 23}} from the ''Comicbook/XMen'' and ''X-Force'' acts cold around other people. Alone, however, she's an emotional wreck who can't reconcile the trauma of her {{Tykebomb}} training with her growing desire to be free and express herself. (She was trained all her life to repress feelings and never bond with anyone, so, gradually... she forgot how.) Unfortunately, this is often a SelfFulfillingProphecy - she doesn't know how to be social with her peers, so they take her awkward silences to mean that she has no emotions or humanity at all, so they isolate her from the group and call her a "monster", so she never learns how to relate to other people, so she never learns how to let go of her depression, [[ViciousCycle so she doesn't know how to be social with her peers...]]. (Admittedly, though, it doesn't help that she sees nothing wrong with killing people--something which horrifies her fellow teenagers. Even in her good moments, X-23 looks and speaks in [[DarkIsNotEvil a very creepy way]].)
** She gets better after breaking out of a [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind mental]] EpiphanicPrison and leaving the X-Men. During the journey to find herself that follows, she bonds with Gambit and Jubilee, who also have emotional trauma (What did you expect? It's the MarvelUniverse) and understand her {{Kuudere}} nature. Her life evens out after that--she's not normal, but she's a healthier example of the trope, and she's slowly making peace with herself.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}, believe it or not. Though he never becomes specifically open and warm, his cold and authoritative demeanor works in tandem with a deep compassion and fairheartedness that only reveals itself in certain situations - most often in regards to his adopted "sons" and Alfred.
** Taken UpToEleven on the most recent arc of ''Batman And Robin'': [[spoiler:Batman actually tells Damian that he's proud of him, the highest praise he ever gives, and then he hugs him. ManlyTears were shed]].
* Gert from ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' is a DeadpanSnarker who mistrusts adults even more than the rest of the team, which is really saying something. Only the few people who have earned her trust get to know the animal lover and loyal friend hiding behind her prickly exterior.
** Later member Klara is an even more extreme example - she is often appallingly rude to strangers, owing to her abusive backstory giving her a lot of difficulty with trusting other people. She is, however, extremely loyal to the Runaways, particularly Molly and Karolina, who were directly responsible for saving her from the aforementioned abusive past.
* The ComicBook/MartianManhunter: aloof and alien on the outside, kind and compassionate on the inside.
** He's addicted to [[strike:Oreos]] Chocos. That's the first clue. There is no such thing as a genuinely cold, aloof person who compulsively munches on chocolate.
* Unintentional IceQueen Machiko Noguchi from ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator'' didn't realize that she should have integrated herself into the colonists when she arrived at her new executive job, instead of spending three months hardly communicating with them at all. She's actually rather caring and considerate, but that's not how she presented herself.
* Miho from ''ComicBook/SinCity'' seems almost completely unemotional, but there have been moments in which she showed genuine affection for a select few people. The prime example is in ''Family Values'', where she lies on Dwight's lap and takes a nap.
* Midnighter from ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' is a stoic, gritty, brutally violent AntiHero in the field, and a DeadpanSnarker in general. So far, so Franchise/{{Batman}}-expy. However, interaction with his partner and husband Apollo, their daughter Jenny, or just [[FriendToAllChildren kids in general]] reveals a surprisingly sweet and tender side.
* Cyclonus in ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', who was the TheDragon to the BigBad in the [[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW previous series]] before a HeelFaceTurn, who is also very stoic and gruff, rebuffing everyone but his roommate, Tailgate.
* Otto Octavius aka. Doctor Octopus from the ''Comicbook/SpiderMan comics. He has been shown time again to wanting to be left alone but also craving the closeness of others. Even after the The Superior Spider-Man run, Octavius still had the inkling to help others.
* Kate Kane, particularly when on duty as ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}, can often be stoic, aloof, harsh, and very violent. But she also [[FriendToAllChildren loves kids]], has a sense of humor, and is generally friendly to people she likes. She's also more emotionally open with her romantic partners and close family.

* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Although [[{{Tsundere}} Germany]] yells at Italy at a constant basis and is strict towards him, Germany is also is kind and gentle towards him as well.
* As exemplified in Literature and Live Action TV below, Literature/SherlockHolmes in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime''. He starts the series being more like Watson (which is a very good thing), but slips (arguably ''back'') into being a {{Kuudere}}, somewhere between Types 1 and 2. [[BreakTheCutie Thanks to the events of "Burn"]], this is the Holmes that [[AscendedFangirl Beth Lestrade]] meets rather than the LighterAndSofter Holmes of the first half of the series.
** It also [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this]] when he [[TookALevelInJerkAss became more of a jerk]].
%% * Lieutenant Jazz has this in ''Fanfic/TransformersMeta''. His Ice King side may have ambiguously been implicated in the way that Bumblebee describes he had reprimanded him for [[spoiler:going to face Decepticons on his own]].
* Like their BBC/Literature counterparts, Holmes and Watson have this in ''Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries'' fic Mortality. Though, Mortality shows Watson's [[BigBrotherInstinct protective side]], definitely and, also, while interrogating a criminal, he's [[TranquilFury calm]]. And when Watson is [[VillainsWantMercy begged for mercy in want happened to Holmes]] he proceeds to [[TranquilFury calmly and coldly]] [[GoodIsNotSoft murder the captured criminal]]. [[DefrostingIceQueen Holmes]] seems to be a lot kinder after the events, and glad to have a friend like Watson.
* L in the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury''. He comes across as a frosty, unrepentant SociopathicHero and a BadBoss towards the task force, but he has his moments that suggest that he does care more about people than he lets on (for instance, it's implied that he in fact deeply regrets [[spoiler:Ukita's death]] and once mentions that he doesn't like it when people cry, although the way he said it made him sound more callous), and he acts slightly more "human" around MoralityPet [[OriginalCharacter Er]][[{{Tsundere}} in]]. [[CannotSpitItOut Not that he ever admits to it]]. [[spoiler:He ends up [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself to save everyone from Kira's (aka, Light's) wrath]]...unfortunately [[TragicHero the way he goes about it]] earns him the treatment one may get from crossing the MoralEventHorizon instead]].
* Nick Fury is implied to be this in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', though he has yet to show more than the slightest glimpse of his softer side. According to all those who used to know him, he was a much more relaxed and friendly guy back when he was liaison to the Order of the Phoenix, being drinking buddies with {{Lovable Rogue}}s Sirius Black and John Constantine and LikeBrotherAndSister with Lily Potter to the point where he was second choice to be godfather to Harry. Then Lily and James were killed (while James didn't exactly die, since he was Thor in a mortal body, this was far from apparent at the time), Harry was given to the Dursleys and a lot of the Death Eaters got clean away, a CynicismCatalyst that turned him into the cold, ruthless and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] man that he is today.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''FanFic/ACharmedLife'' [[TheSociopath Light Yagami]] is generally very cold with most people with only a few exceptions but he is more open, honest, and even ''playful'' with Ryuk.
* ''Fanfic/ATasteOfTheGoodLife'' has Silver Scroll, who at one point switches from coldly offering her brother legal advice about the risk he's taking by looking after Scootaloo without informing Foal Protective Services about her situation, to [[TheGlomp glomping]] him and calling him a softie for taking her in.
* ''Fanfic/PokemonMysteryDungeonDefendersOfWarmth'' has Vulpix, who is unsure how to interact with anyone who is not Bulbasaur/ [[spoiler: Sage]] until after [[spoiler: The Solstice Games]]. The reason for this is she does not remember how to act around other pokémon.
* ''FanFic/CardcaptorRad'' has Red Alert; he's the blunt, harsh and critical Autobot medic, but he can be just as awkward and has his kinder moments.
* Nova Shine in ''FanFic/TheApprenticeTheStudentAndTheCharlatan'' first shows up rather [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], with no shortage of {{Troll}}ish inclinations, and plenty of irritation shown if someone tries to get to know him a little too much. However, after developing a bond with Twilight Sparkle, she starts to bring out his more tender side, [[FriendToAllChildren such as when he's around foals]] or when she finally is able to get him to talk about his past.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' Ronin puts up a cold exterior which he only drops around people he's close to, like Tara.
* Master Tigress from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' is normally cold and aloof as the result of Master Shifu not showing enough affection for her [[FreudianExcuse when she was growing up]]. Though it takes a while, Po eventually gets her to show her softer side.
* The Bog King from ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' is normally a grouchy hostile {{Evil Overlord}} who seems to wear a permanent snarl on his face but also has a secret romantic side that he shows to [[spoiler:Marianne]].
* Queen Elsa in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' puts up with an aloof personality due to trying to keep her ice powers in check, but shows a more childlike side when she's allowed to let loose with her powers.

[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/MeBeforeYou'': Camilla Traynor, at first glance. It becomes apparent during the overheard conversation that tells about Will's membership at Dignitas and when we see her desk faces a collage of press cuttings and photos of Will, that she's closer to Mama Bear in outlook. Her breakdown at Louisa's revelation that the trip to the Caribbean failed to change Will's mind about suicide shows just how thin the Ice Queen front really is, and it is devastating to see.
* By the end of ''Film/TheHeiress'', main character Catherine Sloper has developed this personality (previously being a ShrinkingViolet). She is as kind and friendly as she always was with people she likes. With people who get on her bad side, she is a complete ice queen.
* ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' has a very dark example in Max von Mayerling, Norma's butler and [[spoiler: first husband]]. He's cold, uptight and extremely professional, but he does his best to keep Norma's delusion intact and it's clear that [[spoiler:he's still in love with her]].
* ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'': Riff Raff's general demeanour is cool, unfeeling and sadistic, but when he's alone with his sister Magenta he's warm, sweet and [[IncestIsRelative even rather cheerful]].
* This trope describes the film version of Film/MaryPoppins quite well. She puts up a stern and professional demeanor to avoid growing emotionally attached, but is very kind and nurturing on the inside.
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen is "sugar" to Prim and Gale, "ice" to pretty much everyone else, including her mother. But she warms up to her and a few more people over the course of the film series.
* From flashes of rage, to her quiet, lovely moments, Lee Leander, from ''Film/RememberTheNight'', is the epitome of this trope.
* Special mention goes to Severus Snape in [[Film/HarryPotter Prisoner of Azkaban]]. Jerkass, targets Harry and friends in particular, and all-around not-nice guy... but the instant he notices the fully-transformed werewolf behind him, he ''immediately'' puts himself between the beast and the children and makes himself big enough to cover all three.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Princess Trini is extremely cold towards potential husbands, and towards people who bring up the topic of a potential marriage. This is because her late husband was a rapist asshole. The only man she likes is her cousin Cullen, of whom she's very fond. If she's told that a man is in ''danger'', she's very protective, and when [[spoiler: she and her sisters marry Jerin, Trini is shown to be the one who cares most about his wellbeing; she prevents her younger sisters from clinging to his legs when he wants to go somewhere, and brings him food in their wedding night, contrasting her favourably to Ren, who is earlier shown to care more about getting into Jerin's pants than about the fact that he might be hungry]].
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': Mara Jade falls under this trope pre-''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology; once she's married to Luke, however, she mostly reverts to a mixed-type {{Tsundere}} (she can get [[MamaBear rather testy]] under [[BerserkButton certain circumstances]]). It's mentioned a few times that her habitual [[DeadpanSnarker sarcasm]] is a tactic - angry people say things they might normally keep quiet, and angry people just in general don't think as well, so they don't fight as smart.
%% ** In ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' and ''XWingSeries'', Winter Retrac Celchu's [[MeaningfulName cold, unemotional exterior]] is mostly a defense mechanism she's built up both to survive as an intelligence operative and to cope with being [[DoomedHometown from Alderaan]] and having an eidetic memory.
* Peggy from ''Literature/TheTalesOfAlvinMaker'' is like this when she first appears in the second book. When Taleswapper asks her mother about Peggy, she tells him she's gone too cold for anyone to tolerate her. He carefully refrains from telling her that ice can only be thawed with warmth, and then proceeds to get smiles and laughs from Peggy in private.
* Silas from ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'' is one - he's TheStoic most of the time, but Bod triggers his occasional moments of warmness.
* Vetinari from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is cynical, sarcastic, pragmatic, and a ManipulativeBastard, but there are a couple of characters he seems quite fond of, and in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', when he's with characters like Margolotta or Ridcully, with whom he's quite comfortable, he actually gets relaxed enough to make ''jokes''. He also took good care of his dog Wuffles, even when the dog was well into old age. When he died, Vetinari had him buried in a nice spot in the garden, [[PetTheDog and still puts dog treats on the grave]].
** Granny Weatherwax is the poster child for NeverMessWithGranny. She's dueled wizards, dethroned mad kings, tamed wild unicorns, outsmarted vampires, and couldn't have been more of a hardass while doing so. Multiple ''species'' have names for her which translate to "Avoid at all costs." But she also WouldntHurtAChild, kept love letters from her youth, has a pet kitten she keeps safe under her hat, and is in all ways ''the'' person you should turn to when you need help.
* Mr. Darcy, from ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' comes off as extremely cold to the point of being rude. In reality, he is merely very reserved and rather socially inept; his loyalty to and passion for those he cares about runs deep--but only those he cares about get to see his kinder side. The prime example is is exemplary [[BigBrotherInstinct concern for his sister's well-being]].
* Sidonie of ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'': the realm at large thinks that Sidonie has [[IceQueen ice water]] running in her veins. And yet, once you get her behind closed doors...
* Eddard Stark from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', who is sugar to his family and ice to the rest of the world.
* Stephen Maturin in the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series. An ever-suspicious, untrusting, icy-eyed intelligence agent who can kill without blinking - and a compassionate, liberal-hearted doctor, who adopts orphans, lends money without a thought, campaigns against slavery and sexism, and cares deeply for his patients and his friends.
* Crowfeather from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' comes off as cold and heartless to most of the world, except for [[spoiler:Feathertail, and later, Leafpool. Both are his LoveInterests, and his relationships with both end badly]]. This is later deconstructed as he TookALevelInJerkass. He doesn't show love to his son (who later turns evil directly because of Crowfeather's neglect) and makes it blatantly clear to Nightcloud that he only took her as his mate to make Wind Clan trust him again. [[spoiler:And because of emotional and legal shenanigans, he breaks up with Leafpool and treats her like crap every time they meet, openly despising her and disowning the children he had with her. Also, Feathertail dies- ironically, urging him with her last breath to ''not'' use her death as a further excuse to close out the world. Guess what he does]]. So by the time the fourth series rolls around, he's just a plain {{Jerkass}} with no redeeming traits. Should have added a little more sugar there, buddy.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'':
** Honor combines this trope with TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask. She is perfectly willing to face down her enemies with nothing but an icy glare on her face, even with her life and the life of those around her in the balance, but the several books in the series make it clear that she's a completely different person around the ones she loves. [[spoiler: Which makes her love's death in the fifth book that much more tragic, and her vengeance that much colder]]. Her cool, stoic and professional exterior is not only a way to cope [[CosmicPlaything with all the crap]] that life insists on heaping on her, but also a strong leash on a certain [[SuperpoweredEvilSide deeper and darker]] [[SociopathicHero side of her personality]].
** Victor Cachat is a [[TheStoic stone-cold]] {{Determinator}}, [[MyCountryRightOrWrong the living blade of the Republic]] and [[TheUnfettered one of the precious few people capable of killing]] at a proverbial drop of a hat, but he turns into a somewhat prudish, naive WideEyedIdealist [[StreetUrchin slumboy]] with the personality of everyone's favorite kid brother at the blink of an eye. Just don't try to stand between him and Haven's best interests, or those whom he personally vowed to protect. Precisely in that order.
** [[spoiler:President]] Eloise Pritchart, of the [[spoiler:restored]] Republic of Haven. In public, she was a cold, cruel, merciless PoliticalOfficer. Behind closed doors, she was [[spoiler:in a romantic relationship with the admiral she was supposed to be riding herd on]], and the complete opposite of cold, cruel, and merciless. Once she [[spoiler:became President]], she became TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask -- but was still quite warm and personable in private.
** Queen Elizabeth III switches between a woman who is described as taking grudges, stuffing and mounting them to the wall and never forgets or forgives someone who has insulted or threatened her family or her kingdom, and a woman who takes impish delight in disconcerting stuffy members of the aristocracy, has a warm and loving relationship with her family, and is kind and generous to those who she feels deserves it. [[spoiler: Once she and Pritchart get to know each other personally, the mutual animosity is quickly replaced by wary trust and then actual friendship]].
* Knight-Captain Ice from ''Literature/TheLegendOfSunKnight'': As the Ice Knight, he is (in addition to using ice magic) expected to act cold and distant, rarely speaking and never being friendly to anyone. Since the premise for the series is that the twelve knights aren't who they're expected to be, Ice is secretly a kind person who wants to be friends with everyone. Since he's not permitted to smile and hold friendly conversations, he conveys this by making sweets for everyone he cares for.
* Katniss Everdeen from ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' fits this trope to a T. She prides herself in appearing cold and aloof, though she gets very protective and sweet to anyone she considers fragile or broken, like her little sister, Rue and injured boys.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Professor Minerva [=McGonagall=] is incredibly stern and uptight... until her students are threatened or hurt. She is also apparently giggles a lot when drunk.
** Severus Snape is sarcastic, mean, and downright abusive towards some of his students but [[spoiler:he loved Lily Evans and was quite kind to her]].
* The knight Sparhawk, protagonist of ''Literature/TheElenium'' series by Creator/DavidEddings, fits this trope very well. He's a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield, will tolerate absolutely no disrespect to his queen or his god, and wears intimidating black armor to further emphasize the idea that this is someone who doesn't mess around. Within his own circle, however, he's a very warm individual - he loves his fellow knights as brothers, adores the woman who instructed him in magic, and later in the story [[spoiler:is a devoted husband and father. His most personal enemy was once his closest friend, and even when they duel to the death, it's clear that they still love and respect one another]].
* Femysade in the novella ''Literature/ATasteOfHoney'' can be caring and sweet when it fits into her plans, and she really loves Aqib, but she is also quick to behave coldly towards him in public due to NoSocialSkills and even threatens to kill him should he ever betray her.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
%%* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Wesley is this in ''spades'' after the events of season 3.
* Susan Ivanova of ''Series/BabylonFive'' was like this, especially in the earlier seasons. Very stiff, serious, and formal, she even went so far as to not use contractions on at least one occasion. After a while though, she started letting her hair down (literally and figuratively) and showed a kinder, more vulnerable, and sometimes hilarious side. Throughout she maintains her professionalism while on the job, though she does become more of a DeadpanSnarker, especially when irritated. WordOfGod is that this was at the request of Claudia Christian, who wanted a chance to be funny with her character.
* Captain Apollo from ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' maintains his [[TheStoic stoic demeanor]] while on duty, but often displays warmth and openness towards his friends and family, especially his father, [[spoiler:his adoptive stepson]] Boxey, and Starbuck.
* In ''Series/BlakesSeven'', Avon: ''"I have never understood why it should be necessary to become irrational in order to prove that you care, or, indeed, why it should be necessary to prove it at all"'' but goes to great lengths to rescue his companions and defends the alien crewmate Cally in his own inimitable style (''"She's more human than I am."'') when the other humans head into a little FantasticRacism.
* Temperance Brennan from ''Series/{{Bones}}'' so seldom shows her soft side that it's easy to think she doesn't have one, but she does. This can be seen, for instance, in an early episode where she's talking to a boy who, like her, grew up in foster homes.
* Prue Halliwell on ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' is cold with most people, with her warm side mostly shown towards her sisters Piper and Phoebe.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' has Sarah Walker, who has a tendency to mask her emotions due to many traumatic events in her life. However, she is very warm and loving on the inside.
* Emily Prentiss from ''Series/CriminalMinds'': detached and [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]] with most people (to the point she finds her love life disappointing and prefers to live alone with her cat), but warm and friendly with the rest of the team, especially in season 7.
* Bree fron ''Series/DesperateHousewives'', especially in the early seasons: formal and coldly polite towards most of the people, but warm and loving (or at least the best she could show) towards her best friends and her family.
* The Fourth Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'' has this as one of his gimmicks, particularly in his mid-to-late period. He's the funniest, warmest, loveliest, most [[TheCharmer charming]] person you could possibly imagine, but he can turn it on and off like a switch, suddenly becoming completely frightening, alien and emotionless and prone to righteous TranquilFury. Creator/StevenMoffat described it as: "when that famous grin leaves his face, it's like winter in a moment."
** The Twelfth Doctor also has this personality but it's the ''ice'' side that dominates from the beginning, which causes him a great deal of trouble in Series 8, his introductory season -- reaching a low point when loyal companion Clara Oswald temporarily abandons him over it when a well-meaning choice to let her and humanity make a key decision about its future, rather than just fixing everything himself, comes off to her as him being condescending and cruel and no more. He eventually [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]] enough that his sugar side turns up more frequently in Series 9, but even then, it usually is only around certain people -- Clara, children, his number one fan Osgood, and River Song being the key examples.
* Carson from ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' is incredibly stuffy most of the time, but demonstrates a softer side with certain people and/or when no one will find out. For instance, he refuses to go to the fair with the rest of the staff, just because they'd feel the need to be on their best behavior if he was there, and instead spends the day with baby Sybbie.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Zoe is cold towards everyone, although she does occasionally show glimpses of a softer side around those she cares about. Especially her husband Wash, toward whom she can be genuinely warm.
** Simon acts frosty towards strangers, but as you get to know him it's obvious that this is mostly a consequence of being a FishOutOfWater as well as a side order of NotGoodWithPeople. He is particularly warm towards [[BigBrotherInstinct River]].
** Even the simpleminded but brutal and traitorous ruffian Jayne hides a soft spot for his family, adores his momma, and "works" hard (at crime, violence, and selling out his comrades) to be a good son and send money home to support her and, apparently, his younger siblings.
* Like his book counterpart, Ned Stark has this in ''Series/GameOfThrones''. His son Robb seems to have inherited it.
* In ''Series/{{Glue}}'', James seems cold and aloof, yet he's very warm and affectionate in interactions with best friend Rob [[spoiler:and boyfriend Cal]], and deep down he's an all-around sensitive soul.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' in the A&E series: his introverted nature, combined with the need to maintain a professional demeanor as a naval officer, doesn't lend itself to much emotional demonstrativeness. He does, however, open up to a few people, mostly some of his fellow officers and a few trusted sailors, and he just ''tries so hard'' to do the right thing. Unfortunately, despite his awareness of his inadequacy, he acts mostly cold towards his wife Maria, who adores him unconditionally in return.
* Prince Arthur from ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' has to maintain a professional, calm demeanour in front of the court and his knights, but relaxes considerably when he's with Merlin, and more so with Guinevere.
* April from ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''. Her warm side mostly comes out with her eventual boyfriend Andy.
* [[DefrostingIceQueen Dr. K]] from ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' fits like a glove. She has a rather sour personality and can come across as blunt and occasionally downright mean towards the Rangers, especially Ziggy. However, her cutesy Zord Attack Vehicle and suit designs, along with her [[GeniusSweetTooth diabetic sweet tooth]], show off her sweeter side.
* Ned from ''Series/PushingDaisies'' is usually polite yet aloof and snarky, masking his feelings due to his traumatic childhood and avoiding close relationships. Inside? Oh, so warm.
* Mako, Shinken Pink, from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'': Mako's specialty is dealing with her teammates' many issues quickly and practically. Once you're righted, however, don't expect a cuddle for the sake of cuddling.
** The following year's Sentai, ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', has Hyde/[=GoseiBlue=]. In episode 2, team SecretKeeper Nozomu initially dislikes Hyde for his frosty, dismissive attitude, but warms up to him on seeing Hyde's determination to remain on earth and protect humanity.
** And then ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' brings us Joe Gibken/[=GokaiBlue=]. Stoic, cool-headed, and prone to glowering, he nevertheless shows true affection for his crewmates and bakes them a "thank you" cake in Episode 4.
* Cameron from ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': although she's generally [[EmotionlessGirl unemotional]] and [[TheSpock dangerously pragmatic]], there are a few times when she does seem to show genuine affection. Also, in case it needed clarifying, WordOfGod has said that she truly ''does'' love John, and she is certainly willing to die for him.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** Sherlock is an excellent example of this trope. He is cold and aloof to people in general, is a self-proclaimed [[SociopathicHero sociopath]] who shows zero compassion for the dead bodies at crime scenes, and is disliked by most of the police he commonly works with. But get him alone with [[TheWatson John]], and he'll laugh cheerily, smile warmly, appreciate the night sky, and try to show friendship in his own [[DefectiveDetective dysfunctional way]]. He is also very warm to [[TeamMom Mrs. Hudson]], hugging her and kissing her on the cheek in "[[Recap/SherlockS01E01AStudyInPink A Study in Pink]]", and displaying an [[BerserkButton insane amount of protectiveness toward her]] in "[[Recap/SherlockS02E01AScandalInBelgravia A Scandal in Belgravia]]." And then there's this immortal line...
-->'''Sherlock''': Listen, what I said before, John, I meant it. I don't have friends. I've just got one.
** John. On the outside, he's definitely a likeable guy, but he was pretty much stoic and distant towards Mike Stamford, as well as his sis, Harry and therapist. He definitely didn't trust Mycroft when they first meet (understandable, Mycroft was thought to be Moriarty). Also, when he's really pissed, he's [[TranquilFury calm]], which makes it MORE scary, since he's ruthless, and actually going to KILL someone-particularly a criminal who is do dumb enough to threaten Sherlock's life, that this sweet, mild-mannered guy is very protective of-[[GoodIsNotSoft in cold blood]]. Still, he's very warm to Mary, Mrs. Hudson and Sherlock. Though, like Sherlock, he ''doesn't'' get along with Anderson and Donovan.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': [[TheMedic Emil]] fits this pretty well. He's generally pretty detached and awkward, but he does care about his team and sometimes shows it. (Such as the end of "Kent" when he gently tells Tess that maybe she is a better person than she thinks she is.)
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Ensign Ro Laren. Traumatized by the Cardassian occupation of Bajor during her childhood, she seems very frigid, but there are a few times when she shows a more sensitive side, like "The Next Phase", when she thinks she's dead, or "Conundrum", when she and the crew are struck with amnesia. In her eponymous debut episode, Guinan instinctively sees this in her.
-->'''Guinan:''' Am I disturbing you?
-->'''Ro:''' Yes.
-->'''Guinan:''' Good. You look like someone who wants to be disturbed.
-->'''Ro:''' I'd rather be alone.
-->'''Guinan:''' Oh, no you wouldn't.
-->'''Ro:''' I beg your pardon?
-->'''Guinan:''' If you wanted to be alone, you would've stayed in your quarters. The only reason to come here [Ten Forward] is to be amongst people.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine:'' Garak is a rare example of the reverse of this trope. He's warm, approachable and friendly on the surface, which is a mask hiding a ruthless, cold-hearted killer. As the show wears on, this mask is revealed to be much more complicated: He's warm, approachable and friendly on the surface to hide his ruthless, cold-hearted inner nature, which itself hides the most deeply concealed part of his personality: the warm, genuine attachments he does actually form. All three parts (the fake amiability, the ruthlessness, and the genuine affection) make up the person he is, and if that sounds confusing to the audience, it's equally confusing to the characters around him. In fact, even he has a hard time keeping track of what he's truly feeling about what's going on around him.
*** In the same show, Odo shows his softer, caring side when Major Kira is around. Noted in "The Reckoning":
--->'''Major Kira''': You love to bring up the worst case scenario in these meetings, don't you?
--->'''Odo''': Somebody has to. Besides, everyone expects me to be dour and suspicious; I don't want to disappoint them.
--->'''Major Kira''': If only they knew the real you.
--->'''Odo''': That is the real me - at least as far as everyone else is concerned.
** T'Pol from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': using her cold exterior and her repressed but detectable emotions, she typically insults and berates people, but occasionally shows a compassionate side. She usually justifies both sorts of actions as logical, though it is often apparent to the viewer (and recipient) that this is mostly just a rationalization.
*** Her actions are due less to her personality and more to her species. Vulcans are a {{Sugar And Ice|Personality}} [[PlanetOfHats race]] as shown starting in [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series]] with [[TheSpock Spock]] and his dad, and continuing throughout the franchise.
* Most of the Angelic soldiers from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' seem to fit this trope , usually because they cycle between professionalism, annoyance/racism towards humans, and very warm relationships with their brothers and sisters. The female angels tend to be more extreme examples of this trope than the males, but Cas could be considered the prime example; he's constantly switching between cuddly devotion to his siblings and an uptight seriousness made even more uncomfortable by his complete lack of social skills. Other examples include Rachael, Uriel and Anna.
** When she's around [[TheOphelia Crazymode!Castiel]], Meg mellows somewhat into an "Ice and Sugar " personality - still cold and aggressive but with occasional warmer moments - although the jury is still out on whether she's just using this to manipulate him or actually feels loyalty towards him.
* Max Black on ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' is cynical, dark, and self-described as being "dead inside" (likely the result of her HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood), but is actually deep-down a good person and has shown genuine friendship towards Caroline, including letting her move in with her after just barely meeting her, and Earl the diner cashier, who is the only one she is not sarcastic or snarky to (but rather ''with'', as they mock everybody else ''together'').
* Stefan Salvatore from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Stefan has two distinct and very different sides to him due to his vampire nature. When Stefan takes in a huge amount of blood, he shuts off his emotions and become crazy, violent, cold, careless, and impulsive. When he feeds, he feeds so violently, that he ends up ripping the heads off of his victims, although afterwards he feels guilt and remorse and puts the heads back onto the bodies of his victims. When Stefan is not hyped up on excessive amounts of human blood, he is sensitive, loving, kind, compassionate, caring, empathetic, selfless, and helpful. This more human side is especially enhanced in the presence of Elena, and when Stefan is in his violent state, he cannot find it in himself to hurt Elena.
%% * Alex from ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''.
* Agent Dana Scully from ''Series/TheXFiles'' is very steely and professional towards most people. Even Skinner, who saves her and Mulder several times throughout their long work relationship, gets her cool and calculated side. The only person who gets her to loosen up? Her partner, Agent Mulder, naturally.
** This is especially true as the series progresses. By season 7, she's holding his hand and giggling with him about getting an FBI credit card for the evening.
* ADA Rafael Barba from ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'' is a tough, no-nonsense RulesLawyer who is brusque and sarcastic to pretty much everyone he works with. The first exceptions are his childhood friends Eddie Garcia and Alex Muñoz, seen in the episode "October Surprise"; he's warm, friendly, and open with them, including ''hugging'' them. The other exception is his [[VitriolicBestBuds close friend]] Olivia Benson, who brings out a much softer side to his character; he is always openly concerned for and gentle with her when she's going through a rough time, and sometimes even tender in a way he isn't seen to be with anyone else. (Perhaps uncoincidentally, actors Raul Esparza and Mariska Hargitay ship their characters in real life and have [[ShipTease gone out of their way]] to develop Benson and Barba's close relationship onscreen.)
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
** Matt Murdock has a bit of this going on. He can be very chivalrous with Karen and Foggy, while also being a bit more abrasive in his interactions with other people.
** Karen Page has a very bubbling personality that is very prevalent whenever she's around Matt and Foggy. However, this is all a mask to a much darker side of herself, as she's also got a very shady past and she personally killed James Wesley.

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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'''s Kopaka, [[PersonalityPowers a]] [[AnIcePerson Toa of Ice]], is a stone-cold [[IWorkAlone loner]] and TheStoic of his team, but when it comes to his fellow Toa, he's ready to risk life and limb to ensure their safety -- when Pohatu had a DisneyDeath, it shook him so much that he was ready to give his own hard-earned mask to Pohatu's people, and was especially joyful when he found him alive a few seconds later.

* The girl who's the subject of Savage Garden's "To the Moon and Back" mixes BrokenBird with this trope.
--> They're saying, "[[AbusiveParents Mamma never loved her much]]"
--> And, "[[DisappearedDad Daddy never keeps in touch]]
--> That's why she shies away from human affection"
--> But somewhere in a private place she packs her bags for outer space
--> And now she's waiting for the right kind of pilot to come
--> And she'll say to him...
--> She's saying
--> "I would fly to the moon & back if you'll be...
--> If you'll be my baby
--> Got a ticket for a world where we belong
--> So would you be my baby?"
* [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Love Handel's]] "You Snuck Your Way Right Into My Heart" seems to describe this trope rather accurately:
-->I put up barriers
-->To shield my emotions
-->A wall that you could never break apart
-->But like a ninja of love
-->Rappelling down from above
-->You snuck your way right into my heart

* Not unlike the ''Film/MaryPoppins'' example listed above, this is how the 2013 stage adaptation of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' approaches the InterpretativeCharacter of Willy Wonka. A ReclusiveArtist and MadScientist who hasn't been seen in public in 40+ years, he's preoccupied with the business of the Golden Ticket tour, reminding the tour group that "This day of punctuality/Is scheduled to the nth degree." While extremely energetic and proud to show off the wonders of his world to them, he's frosty and intimidating much of the time. When the bad kids of the group destroy themselves via their vices -- and despite his warnings -- he is [[NoSympathy blithely indifferent]]. Finding the sweeter, warmer side of his personality is a matter of appreciating and understanding [[TheWonka his unique way of thinking]], especially in regards to artistic creation/invention. [[spoiler: He also turns out to have a Hidden Heart of Gold with regards to Charlie]].

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* Brynn from ''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}}''. His comments towards the player are mostly cold and almost hostile. but he is shown repeatedly to have a soft side, especially for Tieve.
* Lamia Loveless from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'': On the outside, she's mostly cool, professional and serious, but considering that she is The Child amongst TheThreeFacesOfEve (being the latest version of the W Numbers and not having been around for long in the world), her inner side is very warm. In OG Gaiden, she slightly warms to Axel, who saved her life.
** Ring Mao acts like this towards Irm, to the point where she acts as if their relationship never existed when she gets the slightest bit mad, despite the fact that she still cares about him.
* BadassBookworm Erk from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 7]]'', in a way. He's not the easiest person to coax out of his shell and away from his books, and he's frequently grumpy and sarcastic. But his supports always end up showing his gentler side, especially his supports with [[PluckyGirl Nino]], [[TheOjou Priscilla]], and [[ActionMom Louise]].
** Lute, too. Well, sort of. She is very similar to Erk in her bookishness; she doesn't quite seem to know how to love properly, but her support with Artur shows an attempt at a softer side. (She is a bit odd about it, though.)
*** Also from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones Sacred Stones]]'', we have JerkWithAHeartOfGold Colm, whose "heart of gold" really only shows in his supports with VictoriousChildhoodFriend Neimi.
** Soren from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]'' is only friendly towards Ike. This is explicitly mentioned by another character in the sequel; they can magically sense that someone is causing his icy heart to defrost.
** Yet another mage that exhibits these traits is Arthur from the 4th game. When he expresses concern for his friend (and possible love intrest) [[GenkiGirl Phee]], she mentions how odd it is that he's thinking of someone other than himself, and he says that she's an "exception." The only other person who he shows his soft side to is his [[BigBrotherInstinct beloved little sister]], [[TheWoobie Tinny]].
** In the fourth and fifth games, the Lance Knight [[OlderAndWiser Fin]] is explicitely regarded as having a Sugar and Ice Personality. His old friend [[HorseArcher Selphina]] lectures him on being cold to women and how this apparently ruined his relationship with [[spoiler: Lachesis]], but later [[HeroOfAnotherStory Leaf]] comments on how Fin simply "forgot" how to cry or laugh ever since [[spoiler: the fall of Lester]]. And then we have his behavior when he talks to [[spoiler: Altenna]] in ''Seisen'', where Fin can finally show open emotion and ''cries''.
** Princess Azura from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''. Having grown up as the victim of bullying and FantasticRacism, she has her share of [[BrokenBird issues]], and thus maintains a cold and detached exterior when around people she doesn't trust to protect herself. However, when she's with people she ''does'' trust, such as her little sisters or the PlayerCharacter, she's much more animated and warm, even displaying a teasing side.
* ''VideoGame/OracleOfTao'' has Ambrosia, the hero, who is ostensibly a {{Tsundere}}. Behind this layer however, her emotions turn out to be very guarded, and she has to go through an ordeal of sorts to finally unlock them. The best way of putting this is that she's a MoodSwinger {{Kuudere}} with some CuteAndPsycho tendencies (as a result of her mood swings).
* Marina Wulfstan of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' is an aloof sniper with several potentials and a personnel file indicating her preference for solitude -- but that doesn't stop her from chasing after [[CutenessProximity cute little foxes and puppies]], as well as showing a good deal of commitment to defending Darcsens in the DLC packs.
* Leon Magnus from ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'' qualifies, especially in the remake [[spoiler: and the [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2 sequel]]]] where we see a lot more of the sugar side of his personality.
* Ai Ebihara from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': although often classified as a {{Tsundere}}, she's a lot closer to this. She starts off indifferent, but subtly [[DefrostingIceQueen thaws out as the social link progresses]]. [[spoiler: You even have to ''[[GuideDangIt reject]]'' her once if you want her to stay with you]].
** Naoto is another example. She initially comes off as a bit cold and standoffish toward the party, particularly when dismissing their investigation of the murders as a "game." Her caring side comes out after she joins the party, as well as with the protagonist if he pursues her Social Link.
* Roswell from ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' leans heavily towards the cold side of the equation, but every now and again he shows moments of incredibly heartfelt gentleness. Interestingly, many of these moments seem provoked by [[ShipTease Yggdra, our lovely protagonist]].
* Yurika Kirishima from ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' is a pure example -- she's rather reserved and cold for the most part, but it's [[spoiler:part of her facade as TheMole planted in Seijyun High]]. When she [[spoiler:goes through her HighHeelFaceTurn]], she starts to open up emotionally, with the most visible example being her RomanticTwoGirlFriendship moment with Akira in the Seijyun High ending.
* Leona from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' fears she'll be dominated by her EnemyWithin (Orochi Leona) if she shows emotions openly...[[spoiler: When the domination happened the first time, she killed her parents and everyone else in her DoomedHometown. The second time, she beat [[TrueCompanions her teammates and brother figures]] Ralf and Clark to almost death]]. Naturally, the poor girl struggles a LOT with her feelings and thoughts, and it's only around XIII that she truly can come to terms with them.
* Saki Tsuzura in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' is pretty aloof most of the time, but this mostly stems from her [[MyGreatestFailure failure to save her friend Fiona]] and her resolve to [[FailureKnight not repeat the same mistake again]]. She considerably opens up when she's around her...uh...[[LesYay best friend]] Heart. Especially after the fight with [[BigBad Mildred]] is over.
** Lieselotte Achenbach is, for the most part, cold and unemotional, only really showing emotion after she realizes Mildred's plan.
** The sequel also adds the [[TheStoic super serious]] [[AnIcePerson Zenia Valov]]. She wastes very little words and, most of the time, she's quite confrontational, caring most about her missions. In her ending, however, she is seen tending some sort of orphanage and smiling, and the kids greet her warmly, signifying that she's really kind and sweet to children.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'': Usually one of the [[RuleOfThree three female members of the party]] tends to have this.
** Celes from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', due to her BrokenBird status and the fact that she is initially cold and pessimistic before being defrosted by Locke. After the halfway point of the game, Celes becomes much more friendly towards the rest of the party and is altogether more optimistic and hopeful, to the point where she eventually becomes their unifying force.
** Cloud in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is flamboyantly cool, never failing to point out how little he cares about things, crack a cruel, deadpan joke or show off for attention. When he lets the act drop he's chivalrous, caring, sensitive, and displays a charming, eccentric sense of humour.
** In the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' prequel ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'', pre-insanity Sephiroth is shown to be aloof, cool, and professional...but also capable of displaying concern (about his friends Genesis and Angeal), empathy (allowing Zack to return to Midgar to check on Aerith), and humour (to the point of cracking a wry joke or two).
*** Vincent. He speaks little, and appears cold and uncaring at first. As the party gets to know him, he gradually shows a kind, helpful, and protective nature.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', Squall Leonhart is cold with everyone besides Rinoa, to whom he is a DefrostingIceKing.
** Lulu in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', but tends to be more sardonic in nature.
** Fran in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', but more amiable than usual. She's just very quiet.
** [[HiddenHeartofGold Lightning]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': an EstablishingCharacterMoment in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GujB6SX8CLM#t=2m21s the introduction]] has her staring at a dandelion-like piece of fluff with her regular stoic expression. However, when she catches it her touch is gentle enough to keep it perfectly intact [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic until a gust of wind blows to pieces out of her hands]].
*** Fang could also qualify. She's aloof, cold, and snarky to everyone except Vanille. In her own words "I'll tear down the sky to save her."
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'''s Rachel Alucard is like this, though the caring is very hard to see. But when one considers she's playing XanatosSpeedChess against [[spoiler:the psychopathic Terumi]], who'd do any number of horrible things if he knew she cared about any of the cast, one realizes that she is mostly TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask. However, various endings suggest she has a good deal of sympathy for [[spoiler:Ragna (who she asks to "not become a monster"), Noel (who she's seen standing near during her "waking up" dreams), and Nu (Who she pities as a "poor doll" who has such simple dreams)]].
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy The Sten]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is the most stoic and rigid of your party members, rarely getting along with others and preferring to focus on accomplishing your goal as soon as possible. However, Leliana notes that he does indeed have a hidden GentleGiant aspect to him (which she chides him about) and if the player improves their relationship, he proceeds to become part of the TrueCompanions in his own way, even sometimes addressing the player character with an affectionate pet name if he likes them enough.
** Fenris in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is also this. Even though he hates mages and is always brooding about his past, it doesn't hinder him becoming open to his [[TrueCompanions fellow companions]] after his long stay at Kirkwall and their helping him against his Tevinter captors.
** Oddly enough, Merrill. If you rival her, she's arrogant, irritable and snarky around Hawke, while being her usual sweet, amiable, CloudCuckooLander self around everyone else. The difference between her general personality in ''Origins'' and the second game also has this contrast.
* Of the four principal characters from ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'', Jill Valentine is easily the most stoic and has the least-dynamic personality of the bunch, but she still has a strong sense of justice and cares deeply for her comrades.
* Xyl of ''{{VideoGame/Lusternia}}'' was TheStoic and TheSpock of the Elder Gods, generally more interested in the pursuit of cosmic knowledge than friendship. However, when with [[TheCutie Trillilial]], he shows a [[WhenSheSmiles very different, much warmer side]] to his personality.
* ''VideoGame/LuminousArc2'''s Fatima the Shadow Frost Witch is pretty darn stoic and cool. Her warmer side can be brought out if Roland chooses the correct dialogue choices and [[spoiler:she becomes his love interest]].
* Miranda, from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', is called an IceQueen by [[GuestStarPartyMember Wilson]] at the beginning of the game (...before she kills him), but she warms up to Shepard considerably during the course of the game. And there's the [[BigSisterInstinct relationship]] she has with [[spoiler:her sister, Oriana]].
** [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] themselves can be played this way : cold and ruthless in public and on the battlefield (Renegade) but warm and friendly towards the crew (Paragon).
* Toona/Raven in ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'': cool and seemingly emotionless, she gradually opens up if you pursue a relationship with her. [[spoiler: Her reason for being cold is actually a fear of losing those who get close to her, due to a childhood friend disappearing in her presence, and the fact that she can turn into a Phoenix-like monster]].
* Jacqli in ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoIIMelodyOfMetafalica'' is a poster child for a cynical version, constantly trying to convince almost everyone she's a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk when in fact she's just a [[TheWoobie damaged softy]]. Also, [[BerserkButton don't hurt her friends]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'', Gym Leader Jasmine (who uses Steel-type Pokémon) is described by one character as trying to hide her tenderness behind her steely coldness.
* Aqua from ''KingdomHearts'' is directly stated to be one of these (not by the trope name) in [[WordOfGod an interview with Tetsuya Nomura]]. She's the type where we see mostly the Sugar side and is also an honor student type. Isa establishes himself as one in a single cutscene.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', Peatrice (the storage girl) has a boring job, which makes her seem rather uncaring about anybody who comes around, but as Link continues to visit her, she starts to like him more and more. Eventually, she begins to fall in love with Link.
* The Sniper in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. Which side he displays generally depends on whether he's currently sniping.
--> '''Sniper''': ''(cheerfully if taunting; coldly if scoped)'' Wave goodbye to your head, wanker.
* Emil Castagnier from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' is like this; he's usually sweet but cripplingly timid, but goes through [[RedEyesTakeWarning several highly]]-[[JerkAss noticeable]] [[SuperPoweredEvilSide changes]] when he's in a fight. [[spoiler:This trope is eventually revealed to have been averted in favour of SplitPersonality, since "Emil" is a fabricated alternate persona of Ratatosk, who wiped his own memories so that he could lay low and rest after being mortally wounded]].
* [[AntiHero Shadow]] from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' is cold and distant from others, even after putting behind the past in his [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog own spin-off title]], but despite this, he has shown to care for his teammates, Rouge and Omega, and even to [[TheRival Sonic]] and his friends.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Misaki in ''VisualNovel/{{Canvas 2}}'' is probably the gentlest person in the cast, but her normal demeanor is rather distant and cool.
* Sora from ''VisualNovel/YosugaNoSora''. If you're not her brother, consider yourself the luckiest person on earth if you're able to see her smile. To be more precise, she is {{Tsundere}} to her brother, {{Yandere}} to ''every'' other girl around her brother, and cold to ''every'' other boy beside her brother. And you may have noticed already but, yeah, ''[[{{Twincest}} she has a sexual desire for her twin brother]]''.
* Akira of ''VisualNovel/TogainuNoChi'' is cold towards everyone. However, when push comes to shove he shows that he truly cares about the people close to him even after they've [[spoiler: raped or betrayed him earlier]].
* Miku in ''VisualNovel/AProfile'' was raised to be cool, dismissive and aloof, which is both contrasted and enforced by the fact that at heart she's a ShrinkingViolet, meaning she hides that behind the aloof behavior.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
** Rider is like this. She's actually a sweet and caring person, but it's difficult to show it when you're [[spoiler:[[TheWoobie Medusa]]]], especially when you happen to live in the {{Franchise/Nasuverse}}, land of [[DysfunctionJunction unhappy people]]. Look how shocked she gets at a mere 'thank you' or being told that no, Shirou does not hate her and thinks she's actually quite attractive.
** Saber is an obvious example herself. While she may appear to be completely stoic and expressionless, this is just a mask for the emotional conflicts left from her past life [[spoiler:as KingArthur]] and eventually shows a much warmer side of herself.
* This is Rika Furude's real personality in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. She tries to be serious and always in control because of [[spoiler:''centuries'' of being trapped in a GroundhogDayLoop]], but she still has emotions and cares about others like her friend Satoko.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney''
** ''Justice For All'' has Adrian Andrews, who hides her {{woobie}}ness under her cold, evasive side. [[spoiler:She drops her coldness completely in ''Trials & Tribulations''.]]
** Edgeworth definitely qualifies in the first game, a little bit in the second game, and his coldness is completely gone by Investigations, but no less snarky.
** Franziska too, to some extent. At first she taunts her "little brother" by remarking about the man who killed his father, whips him, and coaches testimony from witnesses. But she also cries in front of Edgeworth, and wishes to meet Phoenix again at the end of ''Justice For All'', which she greets him with a whiplash. At least she's trying.
** ''Spirit of Justice'' introduces Nahyuta Sahdmadhi, a priestly prosecutor who calmly tells defense attorneys they're bound for Hell because of their careers. It's mostly an act.
* Mio from ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters''. Riki initially finds her in a remote garden away from anyone else, [[CuteBookworm reading books]] on her own. In their first meeting she's polite but quite dismissive - when he leaves, Riki notes that the meeting seems barely to have touched her at all and that as soon as he left she immediately returned to that distant world belonging only to her. However, as they become friends Mio begins to open up and shows a very sweet side to her, most notably when Riki helps her to find a book that is very important to her and [[WhenSheSmiles she smiles]], causing Riki to think she looks very pretty that way.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' has Fujishiro Nageki the mourning dove. In his DatingSim route he mostly seems aloof, subdued, and like he barely tolerates the protagonist, until near the end. In ''Holiday Star'' he is a bit more demonstrative and resorts to [[IFeelAngry I Feel Happy]], apparently aware that otherwise the protagonist won't have a clue how he's feeling. He also demonstrates that while his friends are exhausting and frustrating sometimes, he's happy to have them [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice and would burn a hundred times for their happiness]]]]. All along it's easier to see his contempt, when he feels it, than any of his other feelings.
** Sakuya also shows this personality in the original game, due to being a ShelteredAristocrat raised to believe himself inherently better than all other birds due to his bloodline. His DatingSim route revolves around pushing him out of his contemptuous comfort zone, revealing his more vulnerable and passionate side.
* Shin from ''VisualNovel/{{Morenatsu}}'' is cold and distant to most people except to the main character, Hiroyuki. Once Shin realises that he's falling in love with Hiroyuki, Shin tries to stop the relationship due to childhood trauma but in the end they end up together in his route. His worst ending on the other hand...
* ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'':
** Ava Crescentia was raised by a strict military father who taught her to value professionalism and hard work above all else. Because of this upbringing and her role as the Sunrider’s [[NumberTwo first officer]], she is distant, aloof, and at times harsh with the ship’s crew. The only exception to this is her captain and childhood friend Kayto Shields: while Ava normally warms up only slightly in his presence, Kayto causes her professional stoicism to crack on several occasions, most notably [[spoiler:in the aftermath of [[WhamEpisode the Liberation Day massacre]], [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove where she tearfully admits that she still has feelings for him]] [[InappropriatelyCloseComrades despite previously having pushed him away out of fear of becoming emotionally compromised]]]].
** Sola di Ryuvia is a warrior princess and LivingRelic who lived two thousand years before the present day. When she wakes up from stasis, [[FishOutOfTemporalWater she finds herself in an era]] where her people’s galaxy-spanning empire has [[VestigialEmpire been reduced to a single backwater planet]] and everything she did to defend it has been forgotten. This situation leaves her withdrawn, despondent, and possibly suicidal, and she only joins the Sunrider’s crew to give herself a sense of purpose. It’s not until Kayto begins treating her like a human being, rather than a weapon, that she begins warming up to him and finds a reason to live.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Ookamikakushi}}'': Nemuru Kushinada starts out as stern and aloof, especially towards Hiroshi. Over time, she softens towards him and winds up becoming a friend.
* ''VisualNovel/IkemenSengoku'':
** Nobunaga Oda is a cold and ruthless warlord who's so terrifying in battle that he's been nicknamed the "Devil King" by his enemies. If the player chooses to romance him, however, he gradually displays a warmer side that likes using the main character as his LapPillow, is fond of sweets and cute things, and proves to still be capable of empathy and compassion despite his insistence that he'd lost the capacity to feel them long ago.
** Masamune Date is a case where his "sugar" personality is the more prominent one as a playful and free-spirited man who loves flirting with the main character and his "ice" personality is the more hidden one that comes out when he's in battle as a [[TheFettered fettered]] commander who's willing to do anything, including threatening to kill the same main character he was flirting with just hours ago if she doesn't get out of his way, to fulfill his duties before CharacterDevelopment kicks in.
** Even Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the TeamMom of the Oda group, has elements of this trope. He's normally an extremely kind and caring man but becomes cold and hostile towards anyone who disrespects or threatens his lord Nobunaga, including the main character when he initially believes her to be a spy or assassin. When his suspicions against her are disproved, his behavior towards her changes so radically from icy hostility to doting sweetness that she has trouble adjusting to it at first.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SwordCatPrincess'', faerie princess Julia is generally very warm and friendly, but can turn quite cold and indifferent to people's suffering when she feels threatened or when she is in a "reading" state and [[http://swordcatprincess.thecomicseries.com/comics/119/ divining the nature of an object]] or person.
* Susan from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' starts out very cold, but turned out to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-06-14 really care about her friends]]. She's able to show more and more warmth as she becomes closer to the other characters and comes to terms with her past, which [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-02-26 used to]] be [[BrokenBird her own ball and chain]]. Not that she hesitates to use the old good "[[HyperspaceMallet Hammer Queen]]" look when it's called for.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''
** Antimony appears to be a DefrostingIceQueen, but despite being warm and friendly to the few people she's already befriended, when she's with her classmates in general she does things like [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=612 this]]. When the group snuck out in "Power Station", Annie hardly talked to anyone except Zimmy and Gamma before being plunged into Zimmingham. Due to her descent and background Annie not only used to being a loner, but had more intense attitudes mostly limited to "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=106 surgical steel]]" and "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=525 firestorm]]" modes. Once the latter became [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=809 quite literal]], she chose to train in handling her temper. Annie certainly shows more emotion in her face than she used to, though still seems to be quite stoic and quiet around people she isn't close to.
** Anthony, Antimony's father, is so quiet and reserved that he comes off as rather cold. Around his best friend Donald, however, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=1013 he has no problem dropping the stoic mask]].
* [[NoNameGiven The zombie]] from ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' is very subtle in his displays of emotion, [[BerserkButton except when Hanna is harmed]]. He also is seen [[FriendToAllLivingThings with a bird perched on his finger]], is visibly upset when he punches a teenage boy with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily pretty damn hard in the mistaken belief he was dealing with a more serious threat, cooks breakfast for Hanna, and is generally a very nice person. However, Hanna actually takes to counting how often he smiles, because he so rarely does so. He's not particularly cold and unapproachable towards new people, but he's reserved and hard to read.
** When Hanna starts the smile tally, [[FanNickname {...}]] is surprised to learn that he smiles so rarely, and considers making more of an effort in the future.
* ''WebComic/EerieCuties'': Brooke is typically [[OnlySaneMan the most levelheaded]] member of the cast and she's [[DeadpanSnarker pretty snarky]] because of it. But she's not without feeling, which is mainly seen in her interactions with Ace and the time [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/hello_aceford she exhausted herself]] keeping an eye on [[GenderBender girl-Kade]], so he wouldn't do anything he might regret later.
* Paige of ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'' starts off as rather cold to Norah, due to being straight-A student and considering her a slacker, but then gets warmer once the two spend more time together. This being said, while she's friendly to her fellow Agents, she can be aloof and distrusts Jordan.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** [[BlackMagicianGirl Rose Lalonde]] goes the LittleMissSnarker route and often hides behind SesquipedalianLoquaciousness and sarcasm. Beneath it all, she's perfectly nice and helpful, serving as John's MissionControl as they first try to figure out the nonsensical costructs of Sburb.
** [[TheStoic Dave Strider]] is even colder in some ways--at least Rose ''smiles''. Dave's face barely ever changes. Besides that, he's incredibly calm about all the bizarre crap happening in the series, and very deserving of the almost-name "[[DeadpanSnarker Insufferable]] [[TooCleverByHalf Prick]]." Yet like Rose he's proven himself to be NotSoStoic, such as his rather sweet reaction to [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004944 Rose's plan of a suicide mission]].
** Genius technician [[NobleBigot Equius Zahhak]] would like to have you believe he has nothing but contempt for the lower castes. But put him beside [[MoralityPet Nepeta]] and he melts like butter.
** [[BrokenAce Dirk Strider]] is a pretty good example himself, proving Rose likely gets it from the Strider side of the (ecto-biological) family. Like Dave, his face rarely ever strays away from a stoic mask, but unlike Dave he doesn't hide behind [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] and {{irony}} nearly as much, and is pretty openly nice to his friends for the most part, especially [[ThePollyanna Jane]] and [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Roxy]].
** [[TheNapoleon Karkat Vantas]] might count; when you first meet him he seems to be nothing but a snappish, preposterous jackass who likes insulting others as much as he hates everything else. Then you get further into the series and learn that once all hell breaks loose, Karkat breaks just about as fast. Especially when his friends start falling like flies.
* Vaarsuvius from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' probably qualifies -- sensitive and emotional, yet cool-headed, with an air of detachment that makes [[AmbiguousGender him/her]] difficult to approach. Despite this, Vaarsuvius is a very loyal teammate. He/she also cares deeply for his/her family and is [[MamaBear willing to do anything]] [[PapaWolf to protect them]], up to and including [[spoiler: [[WhatTheHellHero genocide]]]]. Seriously, never ''ever'' [[BerserkButton threaten Vaarsuvius' family]].
* The "[[http://www.tsunamichannel.com/index.php?date=2005-11-27&comic=LovSit Su-cool]]" arc in the "Love Situations" category of ''Webcomic/TsunamiChannel'' has a prime example of an honest and cool girl who is blunt and unembarassed by her feelings of affection, while being incredibly [[EmotionlessGirl understated and calm]].
* In ''Webcomic/GoGetARoomie'', Lillian's default approach towards the waking world is aloofness, but time makes it clear that she does care about the people she's with.
* Wind Whistler in ''Webcomic/StarMares'' constantly professes her dedication to logic and reason over emotion, to the point that she can speak computer languages and her closest friends refer to her as a robot. Around her rival Moontear, her personality takes on a warmer, more heroic element, closer to her [[Characters/MyLittlePonyAndFriends source material]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Himei in ''Literature/SailorNothing'': At first, she is almost entirely cold towards everyone, but as the story goes on her warmer side starts showing more often.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, a rare example with added [[{{tsundere}} fire]], will only be warm to you when there's nobody else around. And she positively fawns over [[spoiler:WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows]].
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Blake Belladonna]], who is a sharp-tongued, standoffish BadassBookworm. On the other hand, she is passionate about protecting humanity, is calm and understanding when she isn't upset, and is somewhat of a BrokenBird, as shown in Volume 2. Very slowly, she grows to trust her teammates, particularly her partner, Yang.
** Weiss Schnee is starting to show her sugar side to those she trusts. While dismissive, angry, and condescending towards Ruby initially, she grows to trust Ruby as a partner and a leader, best shown when she shows a surprising amount of concern after Ruby was captured by Roman Torchwick. Also, Weiss goes from holding a personal grudge against Blake due to Blake's fierce defending of the White Fang to lending Blake some [[AppliedPhlebotinum Dust]] to help her fight Torchwick while she battles a White Fang lieutenant.
* WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter is a somewhat downplayed example as he is often harsh towards bad episodes of cartoons or bad animated movies (Atrocities). If anyone makes the time to know him, he comes off more as a shy, reserved, and charming fellow rather than sarcastic and ill-tempered. Said charming side is often shown in more positive reviews (Admirable) and a few journal entries like [[https://mrenter.deviantart.com/journal/Questions-and-Answers-About-Me-579699629 this one]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Rick Sanchez from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is this, being insulting, abusive and emotionally distant but willing to save Morty and Summer.
* Mai from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is an outwardly EmotionlessGirl and DeadpanSnarker, but she cares very deeply for Zuko and it is only around him that her emotions become visible.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Tenzin seems 100% serious and proper all the time, but is very warm around his family and clearly cares very much for Korra.
** Lin is a stone-cold hardass, but shows a warmer side when she and Korra work together to fight Amon [[spoiler:and Hiroshi Sato]] and it's clear she still cares about Tenzin, her ex-boyfriend. This is played up all the more in Book 3: After crossing paths with [[spoiler:her half-sister Suyin]] for the first time in thirty years, she at first wants nothing to do with her, snaps at [[spoiler:Su's]] [[UnbalancedByRivalsKid sweet and vulnerable teenaged daughter]], and ultimately challenges [[spoiler:Su]] to a duel. By the finale, however, [[spoiler:she's willing to put her life on the line so that Su can kill a villain]].
** Mako counts too: most of the time; he's a stoic strategist—notable for being the ''only'' one of the four central characters who's never been seen crying on-screen—but he clearly shows affection towards his brother Bolin and his friends.
** Book 3 gives us P'Li, the [[BombThrowingAnarchists Red Lotus]]'s [[HavingABlast one-woman artillery]]. She's [[VillainousFriendship wryly friendly]] with her teammates and absolutely ''melts''—once actually tearing up—during tender moments with her [[UnholyMatrimony love interest]], but is for the most part a ColdSniper played straight among a group that seems otherwise AffablyEvil. [[spoiler:[[FreudianExcuse Being a]] {{Child Soldier|s}} can [[TragicVillain do that to a person]]]].
* Daria Morgendorffer from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' only shows affection for certain people, normally just a [[WhenSheSmiles smile]] and/or [[LuminescentBlush blush]]. Towards everyone else, she is cold.
* Agent Six from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' fits the part of a [[TheMenInBlack Man in Black]], often acting in a curt, very tactical manner. However, he cares greatly about his charge Rex (whom he rescued in the first place) and [[spoiler:Holiday, with whom he'd have a closer relationship if he weren't so mindful of keeping it professional. He does ask her out by "A Family Holiday," but does so while keeping a completely straight face... and holding her hand]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Rainbow Dash from can qualify, as can Angel Bunny. Both show their dere side around Fluttershy, but both can be insensitive (and in Angel's case, spoiled) to their MoralityPet. Rainbow Dash also shows her dere side around Applejack (who she sees as a friendly rival), Scootaloo, Tank, Pinkie Pie, and sometimes Twilight and Rarity too. She mellows out in later seasons, but still retains her snark and cool attitude, because after all warm colours are said to come forward when cold colours recede.
** Pinkie's sister Maud Pie also counts, being a nigh-emotionless stoic for most of her debut episode, but momentarily defrosting and showing her genuine affection for her little sister {{when she smiles}} at the end.
* Miss Finster from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.
* X9 from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is nothing but a ProfessionalKiller as cold as the steel he is made of to anyone he has to kill. But he is a kind and loving companion to his dog, and deep inside he feels guilty about the innocents he has killed.
* Antauri from ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo''. He's serious, calm and collected, but he cares very much for his friends.
* Octus from ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'', while a robot, apparently has emotions, which he normally keeps in check so as to be the balance between the often bickering Lance and Ilana. His warm side is shown when he's around Kimmy, who he says [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove brings him something like "happiness"]]. His warm side can also be seen at times around Lance and Ilana, as well as when he's watching Animal Friends.
* Raven in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' acts coldly towards everyone, partly due to attachment issues but mostly because her powers are tied to her emotions, and if she doesn't keep iron control over them at all times, she could get a dangerous case of PowerIncontinence. However, she's willing to go to almost any lengths for her friends, and we occasionally see glimpses of her softer side.
** In the episode "Spellbound", she acted very sweet and girlish towards Malchior; however, by the end [[MailerDaemon Malchior]] [[MoralEventHorizon made her regret]] even ''having'' a warmer side. For a while after the episode, she became visibly more withdrawn. Though when Beast Boy tried to comfort her, she ''did'' go out and give him a hug as thanks.
** Played up even more sharply in the Season 5 episode "Hide and Seek." She couldn't stand having to babysit three kindergarten-age superheroes at first, but gradually she warmed up to them and turned into a full-blown MamaBear when they were in danger. "Nobody messes WITH MY KIDS!", indeed.
** She's also protective of her friends. Mess with her friends, though, she's BOUND to get furious, and you're toast.
%% * Beaver on the animated ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'' side, with the warm side being somewhat more dominant.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** Superboy is very distant and has a hard time showing his emotions, yet he's a good guy who shows a warmer side to those close to him like his girlfriend Miss Martian.
** Red Arrow is serious, aloof and a loner who refuses to join the team, but he still cares about his friends.
* Huey Freeman from ''{{ComicStrip/The|Boondocks}} [[WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks Boondocks]]'' is stoic and often blunt, but when the chips are down, so is his personal barrier.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Rainbow Quartz from the episode ''We Need To Talk'' is both sides towards Greg Universe, ''simultaneously''. She is a [[FusionDance fusion]] between Rose Quartz and Pearl. Rose is using the fusion to impress Greg and to show off, but Pearl is using it in an attempt to [[ShippingTorpedo torpedo Greg and Rose's relationship]].
** Lapis Lazuli; sweet and playful towards Steven...bitter and angry towards everybody else. As the show goes on she slowly warms up to the other Gems, but it's a slow, hard journey.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug,'' [[LonelyRichKid Adrien]] is not cold, but somewhat quiet and reserved in his civilian identity; in his superhero identity [[CatBoy Cat Noir]], however, he's an impulsive PungeonMaster and ChivalrousPervert.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat can sometimes come off as this. While he's usually an angry jerk, in some episodes he shows a softer side, especially when dealing with Kaeloo.