Playing With: Harmless Freezing

Basic Trope: A character is frozen solid and subsequently thawed with no serious adverse health effects.
  • Straight: Bob is frozen by the Big Bad's freeze ray, but thaws some time later and is fine.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is frozen by the Big Bad's freeze ray for 300 years, until he finally thaws and proceeds to run a marathon while lifting weights.
    • Additionally, Bob dies from a horrible disease and is brought back to life by being frozen solid.
  • Downplayed: Bob gets frozen by the Big Bad's freeze ray. Though he then suffers from severe frostbite, it's a wonder he didn't die after such prolonged exposure to ice.
  • Justified: Bob has undergone special conditioning and chemical treatments to prepare for being frozen solid.
    • Bob is an alien species which developed this ability as a survival adaptation for extremely cold winters.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is frozen solid but reverts into a messy pile of viscera when thawed.
    • Kill It with Ice
    • Being frozen solid is an instant kill.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob is frozen solid, but scientists can't figure out a way to thaw him safely, so they leave him frozen.
    • Or alternately when Bob gets encased in ice, he freezes to death.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The scientists discover a miraculous new thawing technique that allows Bob to thaw safely.
    • Even though Bob is dead, he somehow gets revived or resurrected anyway.
  • Parodied:
    • Being frozen solid becomes a popular carnival attraction, where people line up for miles to feel the sensation of being frozen and then thawed.
    • Everyone talks about the horrible dangers of being frozen and thawed, but the only consequence anyone ever faces is catching a cold.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is frozen solid, but shatters into numerous pieces when being thawed. The scientists take all the thawed pieces, reassemble them, freeze the reassembled pieces, and re-thaw Bob as a complete person.
  • Averted: The freeze ray misses Bob, so he never gets frozen.
  • Enforced: The story's plot requires a character to survive 300+ years into the future, so cryogenics are the only feasible plot device.
  • Lampshaded: "No worries Bob, after you're frozen we will just thaw you and you'll be perfectly fine!"
  • Invoked: Bob is a scientist experimenting with the effects of freezing on the human body.
  • Exploited:
    • Knowing that his freeze ray is harmless, the Big Bad freezes himself to lengthen his life.
    • Alternatively, after shooting Bob with the freeze ray, the Big Bad commands his minions to throw him into an acid pit before he can thaw.
  • Defied: After freezing Bob, the Big Bad gets a sledgehammer and shatters him into tiny pieces.
  • Discussed: "Wow Bob, I would have expected the thawing to have gone...differently."
  • Conversed: "Wait, so Bob's human body, which encounters frost bite from being exposed to anything just below 32 degrees, is completely unharmed by a subzero freeze ray?"
  • Deconstructed: Bob appears normal after being thawed, but soon is beset by numerous health problems from having all his organs frozen for a sustained period of time.
  • Reconstructed: Doctors discover miraculous new drugs that allow Bob to make a full recovery.

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