Western Animation / Fire and Ice

Loincloth chic.

Fire and Ice. From their stronghold in Icepeak, the evil Queen Juliana and her son Nekron send forth a wave of glaciers, forcing humanity to retreat south towards the equator. Nekron sends a delegation to King Jarol in Firekeep to request his surrender, but this is really a ruse for Nekron's sub-humans to kidnap Jarol's daughter, the Princess Teegra. But Teegra makes an escape and comes upon Larn, the only survivor of a village razed by glaciers, who offers to escort her back to Firekeep. As Teegra is recaptured, Larn teams with the mysterious Darkwolf to save Teegra and then travel to Icepeak to stop Juliana.

This animated movie was neither financially nor critically successful, but later became a cult classic among fans of the film's two creators, Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta. Robert Rodriguez has begun work on a live-action adaptation, which was picked up by Sony Pictures.

Not to be confused with A Song of Ice and Fire, a Doorstopper epic fantasy series by George R.R. Martin. Also not to be confused with the game, the ski movie by Willy Bogner with the same name, or the second Warrior Cats book.

Fire and Ice provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Teegra, in many instances. Almost every time she's captured, she's tough and resourceful enough to escape on her own — before the heroes arrive.
  • Aerith and Bob: Juliana is a perfectly normal name, but "Nekron"...?
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Juliana apparently keeps interrupting her son's world-conquering to try to set him up with women, because she wants grandkids. Nekron is unamused.
  • Ambiguously Bi: The witch who half-saves-half-kidnaps Teegra has a son, which implies she had a male mate at some point, but she spends most of her onscreen time fawning over the almost-naked Teegra before slipping her a drink that makes her go to sleep and then literally kissing her while she's asleep. Leads to some pretty nasty implications of what she might have intended to do next if she hadn't been distracted.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: The subhumans are all dark/olive green.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Nekron is disgusted by the thought of mating with Teega, and it seems this isn't the first time he's had to tell his mother that he doesn't want a bride. Meanwhile, his reaction to seeing Larn is to comment on how much this nearly-naked male intruder interests him, slowly remove his shirt while his minions make sure Larn is held near enough to see, and initiate a strangely homoerotic sparring match.
  • "Arabian Nights" Days: Teegra's brother and his soldiers stop off at a very Arabian-looking city to take a ship to Nekron's fortress. It's a bit odd considering that the movie is otherwise almost entirely caveman-themed otherwise.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Near the end, damsel in distress Teegra is brought into the throne room of the Big Bad, Nekron, by his mother Juliana. Juliana tells him that she has done this specifically so he can breed with Teegra. Nekron first refuses, at which point Teegra asks if they cannot even be friends for the sake of peace. Nekron embarks on a "screw you" rant, during which he states that he finds the idea of peace and mating with Teegra (who by all reasonable standards fits the attractive female stereotype) to be repulsive, eventually throwing her in the dungeon.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Nekron, shockingly. Despite lounging on his throne and preferring to use his magic to deal with his enemies, he's rather adept with a sword.
  • An Axe to Grind: Darkwolf's usual Weapon of Choice.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Teegra. Of course, it's far from all she bares.
  • Battle Aura: Darkwolf gives off a vibrant blue aura just before powering through Nekron's magic attacks for the killing blow.
  • Big Guy: Darkwolf is physically larger than the other heroes and is shown to be a One-Man Army when it comes to combat.
  • Big "NO!" When Teegra's brother died she gave a pretty classic example.
  • Blood Knight: Surprisingly out of all the barbaric looking characters (including Darkwolf), it is Nekron, who should be the Smug Snake and Squishy Wizard. Rather than use his magic to simply kill Larn on the spot, he takes off his shirt, takes a sword and spars with him for a bit (though he does use magic in between this spar) and overpowers him. Nekron spares Larn so Larn might recover from his wounds. Nekron was intrigued by Larn and wanted to prolong their fight which doesn't happen because Nekron is killed by Darkwolf. This would explain why peace and Teegra don't interest him.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
    Nekron: Why have you come seeking me?
    Larn: You killed my people.
    Nekron: We've had to dispose of so many undesirables of late.
  • The Coats Are Off: Nekron removes his robe before fighting Larn.
  • The Combat Pragmatist: Nekron actually enjoys opportunities to fight one-on-one, but against opponents who are physical equals or superiors to him, he prefers to subdue them with his magic instead. Which doesn't work on Darkwolf.
  • Death World: At many points, it seems the characters can't go ten feet without getting attacked by dire wolves, killer pillbugs, freshwater giant squid, and giant iguanas.
  • Determinator: Darkwolf. Getting blasted several times by Nekron's magic doesn't bring him down.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Teegra's length of time in captivity depends solely on how quickly she can pilfer a dagger from one of her captors, or even just a sharp stick. Once that happens...
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Princess Teegra is always barefoot. Understandable while she's running around Firekeep, but she seems quite comfortable having bare feet in the frozen wastes of Icepeak as well.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Nekron looks like he's having an orgasm when he uses his magic to make his Ice Peak grow. Especially when you see long, phallic ice shafts rise out of the sea and spew white stuff over nearly naked men.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Julianna, as an evil sorceress, fits this trope well.
  • Endless Winter: Nekron is able to expand his ice palace world into the tropics, stopping only when he tires.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Princess Teegra with the added bonus of a string bikini!
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Dinosaurs, man-and-mook-eating insects, giant squids, wandering packs of wolves... and that's before we even consider the actual bad guys.
  • Evil Laugh: Nekron has a rather aristocratic one.
  • Evil Overlord: Nekron serves as one of these, if not the Evil Prince to his mother, Queen Juliana.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Nekron again. Most of his on-screen magic is limited to making intruders kill one another, stopping the more resilient from landing a blow on him, or expanding his icy fortress across the world.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: Icepeak, which takes the form of a skull.
  • Expy
    • Darkwolf is pretty much Conan combined with Batman.
    • Darkwolf is an expy of Frazetta's Deathdealer. Many shots have Darkwolf in a specific pose where he's sitting on his horse with his axe held aloft, looking at the viewer. This is the very pose of the Deathdealer in Frazetta's painting. And like the Deathdealer, Darkwolf is a Physical God or at least an avatar of one.
    • Nekron is an apathetic, skinny, pale, white-haired sorcerer who suffers from violent mood-swings, can handle himself in a sword-fight, and is pitted in battle against Darkwolf. Hm.
  • Eye Scream: With a conveniently placed sharpened bone, Larn gives one to the Kraken that was going to eat him.
  • Fantastic Racism: Nekron refers to Teegra as a "lesser beast" to her brother no less while admitting she is attractive.
  • Foe Yay: Nekron insults Teegra and has her thrown off a cliff, but when he sees Larn he announces he becomes quite interested.
  • Foot Popping: At the very end of the film, when Larn and Teegra embrace, she does this.
  • Frazetta Man: Nekron's Mooks, of course (who look like a cross between Neanderthals and orcs), as well as the big, hairy lug who's the son of the red-haired witch. This is a work by the Trope Namer.
  • Giant Flyer: Dragonhawks They're pretty clearly pterodactyls, as well.
  • Gainaxing: Arguably one of the earliest examples, though surprisingly, less than one would expect. They were dismayed to discover they couldn't find an actress with Teegra's endowments; if they had, she probably would have been bouncing like crazy when she ran.
  • Good All Along: The mooks after the main bad guys are killed. It's implied they'll go back to living in the north and not bother the protagonists.
  • Kick the Dog: The first thing the sub-humans do when they kidnap Teegra? They kill her pet panther.
    • Despite rejecting the notion and expressing disgust at the idea earlier, when Teegra's brother comes to Nekron to attempt to negotiate for peace and her release, Nekron states that he just might keep her to mate with after all, purely just out of spite and to provoke her brother to aggression.
  • Laughing Mad: Nekron. He does it rather often near the end.
  • Large Ham: Nekron is the chief example, but others, like the forest sorceress, get involved at certain points.
  • Lean and Mean: Nekron.
  • Made of Plasticine: Either that or the knives in this movie are so sharp that they seem to totally ignore thick belts of muscle and bone.
  • Male Gaze: Teegra. If you do a shot every time you see ridiculous amounts of cleavage or she rams her butt into the camera, you'll be dead five minutes later. Mitigated in that she's more than capable of handling herself, at least.
    • Though it's somewhat less gratuitous given that Larn's thong-clad tush is shoved into the camera almost as often. Really, the movie is surprisingly egalitarian in its shameless fanservice.
  • Mask Power: Darkwolf's eponymous mask.
  • Mind over Matter: One of Nekron's lesser but deadly powers, second only to his presence as a Large Ham.
  • Mooks: Nekron's sub-humans.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The men don't wear anything more concealing than the women, and their musculature is drawn with attentive detail.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Princess Teegra in spades, as she spends most of the film running around in a barely there bikini.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Nekron.
  • Neutral Female: Teegra zigzags with this one and Action Girl, going from crying and laying helplessly to stabbing people with sticks or throwing knives into their hearts (and then standing by, watching her sort-of boyfriend get the crap kicked out of him for a minute).
  • Older Sidekick: Darkwolf, to Larn.
  • 1 Million B.C.: For all it's worth, cavemen riding pterosaurs and everything.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Nekron is not seen off his throne or even outside of his throne room for most of the movie. In fact, he is a good reason of why this trope and Blood Knight do not mix. He is a blood knight by nature but being an Orcus on his throne leaves him bored, which is why he is so happy when Larn finally shows up.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The Sub-Humans who serve as Nekron's army appear to be this at the very end where, after the main villains are all dead, Larn is about to kill one by bashing his head in with a rock but instead of fighting back the sub-human cowers in fear and holds up his hands, crying out as if begging for mercy. Possibly cowardice, or possibly they were roped into doing the dirty work of the Big Bad against their will.
  • Rasputinian Death: The forest sorceress is stabbed, set on fire, and then lingers for a while as a talking skeleton before finally crumbling to dust.
  • Rebellious Princess: Teegra resents her royal duties of lounging about her room all day and soaking up lessons from her tutor, her real dream is to go out and help her brother fight. She sorta gets her wish...
  • Red Shirt: The soldiers of Teegra's kingdom.
  • Rotoscoping: The style is very similar to Ralph Bakshi's adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Teegra's brother. He falls before Nekron while trying to save his sister.
  • Screaming Warrior: Darkwolf

  • Show Some Leg: How Teegra escapes her captors the first time round. She bathes in a lake in an alluring fashion, whilst the sub-humans watch, before slinking below the water and swimming off.
  • Sissy Villain: Nekron. Surprisingly, he's quite a capable swordsman despite this, and loves the idea of a Worthy Opponent.
  • Slurpasaur: Surprisingly, an animated example. The giant lizard that wipes out the first party of subhumans is clearly just an iguana with stegosaurus plates on its back... despite the animated medium completely negating any need for such cost-cutting measures.
  • Solitary Sorceress: The sorceress Roleil has a secluded hut in the steamy jungle.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: Nekron actually refers to himself as an overlord at one point, and he seems to expand and maintain his territory mostly through sorcery. It's implied his mother was basically the same before he took over the job, too.
  • Storming the Castle: This happens later in the movie but all the Red Shirts bite the dust.
  • Stripperiffic: Both men and women in this world wear astonishingly little.
  • Super Mode: Darkwolf does this twice in the film. Once when he was surrounded by Sub-Humans and later when he fights off the effects of Nekron's magic. You know you're in trouble when Darkwolf starts glowing...
  • The Unintelligible: The sub-humans, most of them.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Basically all the men.
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: The Firekeep have their Lava Flow. This is a weapon where the Firekeep people activate a series of volcanoes and direct its flow with man-made channels. King Jerol is understandably loathe to use it as the weapon destroys a vast tract of jungle, but it does destroy the Icepeak and roasts almost all of the Sub-Humans.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: There was a blonde woman that was seen captured by the sub-humans that appeared in a scene but after that, she wasn't seen or mentioned again.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Uttered word-for-word by Nekron towards Darkwolf.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: A villainous and strange example as it isn't spoken to the person in question but rather to her brother. When Taro arrives to ask for Teegra's release, Nekron admits he was initially repulsed at the idea of mating with her but found her to be attractive for a "lesser beast."
  • You Have Failed Me: Juliana to the leader of her sub-human Mooks, after Teegra pulls off one of her (numerous) escapes from them.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The forest sorceress means to turn Teegra over to Nekron's subhumans for a price. Suffice to say that it doesn't end well for her.