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The colour blue is associated with low temperatures. (Link to crowner in description; more votes needed)

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
Unicorndance on Feb 20th 2019 at 6:04:09 PM
Last Edited By:
Unicorndance on yesterday
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Should this have examples?

The colour blue is associated with many things: virginity or purity in general, masculinity (and oddly enough, femininity as well), sadness, serenity, the sky, water, sadness, heroism, and on the Internet, hyperlinks. Another thing it's associated with is cold temperatures, and this is what this trope is about.

If a water tap has blue on it, it's pretty much guaranteed to produce cold water unless there is a flaw in it somehow. Anybody who feels cold (provided they're not having fever-chills) will immediately become blue in the face (and in wackier cartoons, blue in the everything, which may or may not include hair). Thermometers, especially in cartoons, might show temperatures below a certain point (e.g. ten, zero, etc) with a blue line (not usually true in real life— with real thermometers that have a line, it's usually red no matter what the temperature). Ice and occasionally snow might be shown with a bluish tint, and anything representing ice will be light blue. Even if the ice itself is not blue, if something or somebody is contained within it, they will have a blue tint. Characters whose jobs/powers/etc have to do with ice, cold, or winter (for example, An Ice Person, the ice part of a Fire/Ice Duo, etc) will tend to be blue or have blue clothes. Often, if a flame is blue, it will be cold, even though in real life, blue flames are hotter than normal ones.

Some Truth in Television to this: ice may look slightly blue depending on the lighting, and due to the altered blood flow that being cold often brings on, people might look a bit blue (especially in the face and/or extremities), though not to the extent that's found in cartoons. While thermometers might not work the way they do in fiction, water taps will often actually be painted blue if they produce cold water.

Please note that saying, "Played straight for X, averted for Y" is probably not necessary because blue is such a common colour that it's common for one blue thing to represent cold and another to not. However, "played straight for X, downplayed/zigzagged/etc for Y" may be useful. Use your best judgment. Interesting fact: blue is sometimes classified as a "cold colour" by artists. Due to the trope Ice Magic Is Water, this is related to the Water is Blue trope linked to above. Do note, however, that water will generally be shown as blue in illustrations and cartoons even if it's not cold. Contrast Fire Is Red.

Indexes: Blue Tropes, These Tropes Were Frozen Today

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     Anime and Manga 

     Comic Books 
  • The Batman villain Mr. Freeze wears a refrigerated suit of armor and has pale skin. It varies depending on the depiction, but usually his suit is blue and occasionally his skin will have a blue tint.
  • The Flash:
    • Captain Cold is a villain with a blue and white outfit.
    • One iteration of Killer Frost has blue skin and clothes, as does Icemaiden.
    • Tora "Ice" Olafsdotter wears blue.
  • One Superman comic features Cythonna the Kryptonian goddess of ice. She can create monsters from frost and generate ice, and has blue skin and clothes.

     Fan Works 

     Films: Animation 
  • In Frozen, Elsa has ice powers and generally wears blue.
  • In Hercules, Hades has blue fire instead of hair that is usually blue and cold unless he's mad, at which point it turns into normal fire.
  • In The Incredibles and its sequel, Frozone has ice powers and wears a light blue and white super suit.
  • In Moshi Monsters the Movie, Poppet's pet, Mr. Snoodle, turns blue when he's travelling with Poppet, Katsuma, and another pet named Blinki on a snowy mountain.
  • In Rise of the Guardians, Jack Frost wears a navy blue hoodie.

  • In the Conan the Barbarian story "Gods of the North", a girl's body suddenly is wrapped in a "cold blue flame".
  • In The Dark Is Rising, Hawkin summons nine magical flames that burn blue and are cold instead of hot. They represent the power of the Dark and the spells of the Deep Cold.
  • Dream Park, features a pit that has normal fire on one side and cold, blue fire (known as "anti-fire") on the other which turns the ashes into fuel for the normal fire.
  • In Good Omens, the Metatron is sort of God's second-in-command and is seen wrapped in blue flames that are said to be cold.

     Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: The episode "Amy's Choice" features a cold, blue-green star.
  • In Yo Gabba Gabba!, Toodee is blue and lives in an icy environment.

     Tabletop Games 
  • In Call of Cthulhu, "The Madman" features a bluish-white flame that generates cold air during a ceremony.

    • The original series frequently uses blue as a secondary color for characters associated with the ice element. This is seen with Matoro, Kopeke (in his original design), Thok, Kazi, Strakk, Metus, and Gelu. Additionally, most ice-themed characters on Mata Nui and Metru Nui have Icy Blue Eyes, such as Kopaka, Nuju, Kohrak, Ehrye, and Keerakh.
    • The 2015 reboot once again uses blue as a secondary color for ice-themed characters, such as Kopaka, Izotor, and Melum. These characters also have Icy Blue Eyes.

     Video Games 
  • In one of The Addams Family games, Wednesday is frozen and turns blue.
  • Chantelise: Freezing spells (along with water spells) are cast by blue elemental crystals.
  • In Epic Battle Fantasy, ice monsters, weapons and skills all have some blue related to them.
  • Fortune Summoners: Played with. Sana usually wears blue and is the one to cast ice magic, but she wears blue because she's a water mage.
  • In Kingdom Hearts, Hades from Hercules appears, although there is no reference this time to his default blue flames being cold.
  • Kirby Star Allies has a Blizzard element, which is blue.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • In "Ocarina of Time", there are magical, bottled, blue flames which are said to provide "refreshing coolness".
    • The blue flames return, with the ability to freeze things, in "Spirit Tracks".
    • In "Breath of the Wild", Naydra is an ice spirit who takes the form of a dragon with blue icicle-like spikes.
  • In Metroid: Fusion, the light blue X parasites freeze Samus solid for a few seconds.
  • Mortal Kombat: Sub-Zero, who has inherited ice powers, usually dresses in light blue. His pupil Frost also has blue clothes and ice powers.
  • Moshi Monsters: The Wistful Snowtots are living snow men who wear blue hats and scarves.
  • Pokémon: The Ice Type's theme colour is a very light blue as is ice in general.
  • Undertale has an ice town called Snowdin, which has a somewhat blue theme.
  • In A Very Long Rope to the Top of the Sky, the tundra features blue dogs called Frostbites.
  • In Warframe, Frost has the power to create avalanches and freeze people. His armor is blue and white.
  • In World of Warcraft, the torches and braziers in Ice Crown City burn with blue flames. In the fight with the first boss Lord Marrowgar, he throws these flames and calls them Coldflame; they deal frost damage to anyone who stands in them.

     Web Original 
  • In How to Kill a Mockingbird, the mockingbirds are "on cold fire" which is represented as blue flames.
  • Neopets:
    • Ice is generally drawn as white or clear with a sky blue tint.
    • Taelia is a faerie who lives on the top of the icy Terror Mountain, sometimes referred to as the Snow Faerie, and she has blue feathers at the tips of her wings and wears a blue parka and blue lipstick.
    • Adee hangs out in the snow, eats a lot of ice cream, and wears a blue snowsuit and hat.

     Western Animation 
  • Zigzagged for Avatar The Last Air Bender: Waterbenders wear blue clothes and while that could just be the water association, they also tend to live in the cold.
  • In Ben 10: Alien Force, Big Chill is a blue alien with ice powers.
  • In Engie Benjy, the titular mechanic owns a thermometer which has different colors representing the different levels of temperature. Blue is the coldest.
  • In the Martha Speaks episode "Verb Dog, When Action Calls", Martha dreams that her friends have superpowers. Alice has ice powers and she wears a blue jumpsuit.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "A Bird in the Hoof", Philomena (the titular bird) turns blue on purpose to communicate that she's too cold.
  • In Steven Universe, Sapphire is a Gem with a blue color scheme who can freeze things, but only when she's very emotional.
  • In the Tom and Jerry episode "Snowbody Loves Me", the snow has a blue tint and when Jerry is frozen, the ice that surrounds him is completely blue.
  • In Voltron: Legendary Defender, the Blue Lion has the ability to generate ice breath.

Feedback: 76 replies

Feb 20th 2019 at 6:23:58 PM

Comic Books

  • Batman villain Mr. Freeze wears a refrigerated suit of armor that is typically colored blue. Depending On The Artist, his pale skin is often given a bluish tint as well.

Feb 20th 2019 at 8:46:10 PM

I would mention Water Is Blue, more prominently...

'Cause Water Magic Is Ice Magic or whatever.

This seems to be just those tropes intersecting?

Or Fire Ice Duo, where red and blue oppose, so yeah.

Feb 20th 2019 at 8:44:31 PM

Why is the Video Games folder before the Live-Action TV folder? Also, Neopets is a Website, not video game.

  • Pokemon: The Ice Type's signifying color is a very light blue, and many of the ice-type Pokemon have the same light blue coloring.

Feb 20th 2019 at 9:55:48 PM

Speaking of blue, the Blizzard element in VideoGame.Kirby Star Allies has a blue color.

Feb 20th 2019 at 10:10:56 PM

The "video games under live action TV" thing was an accident.

Feb 21st 2019 at 3:18:06 AM

Back in 2013 we had a trope proposal called Cold Blue Flame. It would be a Sub Trope of this one.

It was about how flames that are cold are colored blue to indicate this.

You can mine it for examples.

Feb 21st 2019 at 5:36:07 AM

In DC Comics: The Flash villain Captain Cold wears a blue and white costume. The New 52 version of Killer Frost not only wears blue, but also has blue skin. Similarly, Icemaiden/ Sigrid Nansen also has blue skin and wears blue (with some white). Her successor Ice/ Tora Olafsdotter also wears blue and white (although her skin is caucasian).

Feb 21st 2019 at 5:39:08 AM

Feb 21st 2019 at 6:14:14 AM

As with Fire Is Red, I would make this an example-free page because of the omni-presence.

Feb 21st 2019 at 8:21:38 AM

Note, it should be Ice Magic Is Water.

Fanfic.Dungeon Keeper Ami: Ami, the blue-themed Sailor Senshi, has her second spell be the ice spell, "Shabon Spray Freezing".

VideoGame.Epic Battle Fantasy: Ice monsters, weapons, and skills all have blue in them.

Feb 21st 2019 at 9:53:15 AM

So should I get rid of examples or should I not? I'm confused.

Feb 21st 2019 at 10:43:04 AM

Wait for the my ATT on the omni-presentness of Fire Is Red to conclude, and take hints from there if possible?

Feb 21st 2019 at 10:54:39 AM

Hades in Disney's Hercules is usually portrayed as having blue skin and hair flames; when he gets angry, his head and the flames forming his hair turn red (which actually means he's getting colder...).

Feb 21st 2019 at 4:36:24 PM

I'm in the opinion that this should have no examples, like Fire Is Red.

Feb 21st 2019 at 5:50:31 PM

Can we get someone in charge to have a look at this? I'm not sure how much say everyday Joes have (still new to TLP).

Feb 21st 2019 at 6:19:13 PM

^ - You mean the Omni-present thing? Bump my ATT thread then.

Actually, I"ll bump it since it's already halfway down.

Feb 21st 2019 at 6:54:22 PM

I don't think this should be example-less.

  • The light blue X parasites in Metroid Fusion cause Samus to be Frozen Solid for a few seconds and take damage if she tries to absorb them before getting the temperature-resistant Varia Suit.

Feb 21st 2019 at 6:55:56 PM

I don't think this is as omni-present as Fire Is Red because Cold is also typically depicted as white.

Feb 22nd 2019 at 12:31:04 AM

^ I don't think so (for the latter)

Feb 22nd 2019 at 4:40:08 AM

Animated Films

Feb 22nd 2019 at 11:14:15 AM

Couple small changes:

  • Change "maleness" to "masculinity".

  • Under the Pokemon entry, add that most ice-types are blue in color.

  • The Legend Of Zelda Breath Of The Wild: Naydra is an ice spirit taking the form of a dragon that has blue icicle-like spikes.

  • In Undertale, the town of Snowdin has a generally bluish color scheme.

Feb 22nd 2019 at 11:24:44 AM

  • Mortal Kombat: Sub-Zero, who inherited his ice powers by his Cryomancers ancestors, wears a mainly light-blue costume.

Feb 22nd 2019 at 2:15:26 PM


    • The original series frequently uses blue as a secondary color for characters associated with the ice element. This is seen with Matoro, Kopeke (in his original design), Thok, Kazi, Strakk, Metus, and Gelu. Additionally, most ice-themed characters on Mata Nui and Metru Nui have Icy Blue Eyes, such as Kopaka, Nuju, Kohrak, Ehrye, and Keerakh.
    • The 2015 reboot once again uses blue as a secondary color for ice-themed characters, such as Kopaka, Izotor, and Melum.

Feb 22nd 2019 at 3:00:00 PM

I'm just gonna go ahead and keep examples. Is that fine with everybody?

Feb 22nd 2019 at 4:13:20 PM

Well, we can always put it in Omnipresent later, if it needs it.

Feb 22nd 2019 at 6:59:03 PM

@War Jay: I don't think cold = white is that pervasive.

And please delete examples.

Feb 22nd 2019 at 7:07:46 PM

Maybe not as pervasive as cold=blue, but it's still a pattern that exists.

Anyway, maybe this will be best decided by a crowner.

Feb 22nd 2019 at 7:30:53 PM

Need to change Water Magic Is Ice Magic, into Ice Magic Is Water, since the former doesn't exist.

Feb 22nd 2019 at 7:54:28 PM

Bit off topic, but I'm not too keen on the word "crowner". Surely "vote" is more sensible.

Feb 22nd 2019 at 7:57:39 PM

Yeah, but I think it comes from back when they were used specifically for deciding on crowning moments.

Feb 22nd 2019 at 8:40:13 PM

Does Metaphorical cold work? So Rei Ayanami Expy ?

Feb 22nd 2019 at 11:13:21 PM

I think that'd be an inversion of Blue Is Heroic? Maybe you could write a TLP for Blue is Evil or whatever.

Also, if crowning moments are no longer a thing, why do we still call votes "crowners"?

Feb 22nd 2019 at 11:17:22 PM

IDK, tradition or something.

Feb 23rd 2019 at 12:12:45 AM

Artifact Title, it sounds neat, enough people like it to justify not changing the name...

Also fixed up some of the red links. Might as well make the examples look nice for now, eh?

Feb 23rd 2019 at 6:59:53 AM

^^^ - Cold personality doesn't have to be evil, though? Just The Stoic, or Emotionless Girl or something?

Feb 23rd 2019 at 7:55:46 AM

Regardless of how we feel about the word crowner, we should have one.

Feb 23rd 2019 at 8:57:42 AM

Comic Book

  • One-off Superman villain Cythonna is the Kryptonian goddess of ice, opposing the sun god Rao. Her skin and outfit are pale blue and she can produce ice at will on top of creating monsters from rime and frost.

Video Game

  • In Warframe, Frost's armor is entirely snow white and deep blue. He also has the ability to flash freeze others with a touch and can summon avalanches at will.

Feb 23rd 2019 at 6:11:15 PM

How do we do an official vote?

Feb 23rd 2019 at 9:00:57 PM

In Ben 10 Alien Force, Big Chill, a ice-producing alien, has a blue color scheme.

Feb 24th 2019 at 2:04:50 PM

  • Mortal Kombat: Sub-Zero's pupil Frost also has predominantly blue costumes and color schemes, and her powers are also ice-based.

Feb 24th 2019 at 7:45:53 PM

That page you linked me to didn't say anything about TLP's, War Jay 77.

Feb 24th 2019 at 8:17:00 PM

Cool trope, pun intended. I am curious though if there is a Red is Hot trope because they will be hot, pun also intended?

Feb 24th 2019 at 8:19:05 PM

^^ Well... it's the exact same process. All you have to do is add a link to the crowner on the draft.

Feb 25th 2019 at 3:13:20 AM

What do you think about this picture? May I upload it?

Feb 26th 2019 at 6:41:21 AM

Don't know why but I can't see any "upload image" button, perhaps you have to upload it yourself.

Feb 26th 2019 at 8:39:33 AM

Add femininity to the opening line? Color Coded Elements should be linked somewhere as well.

Examples can probably be mined from this draft too.

^Since the summer '18 site update, the image uploader is accessible if you edit a page.

Feb 26th 2019 at 8:41:33 AM

Fortune Summoners have the enemies of Baby Frostmages, wearing blue.

Feb 27th 2019 at 9:13:34 AM

I've tried sevreral times and I can't find any image uploader. It appears on regular pages but not here in the Trope Launc Pad. I don't know why.

Feb 27th 2019 at 11:29:58 AM

You need to copy the image link it (the uploader on normal pages) gives you and paste it here.

Feb 27th 2019 at 1:24:32 PM

Feb 27th 2019 at 2:28:38 PM

What does Glacius have to do with the colour blue?

Feb 27th 2019 at 2:33:15 PM

Oh, yeah, forgot that part. His main color scheme (skin) is a mixture of white and blue.

Feb 27th 2019 at 3:49:12 PM

Definitely an Omnipresent Trope, so it should not have examples.

Feb 27th 2019 at 8:57:49 PM

^^ - Yeah, that makes sense.

Gotta remember to make all the wicks though. This isn't Flame Bait, so it gets wicked, just not cross-wicked.

So, any reason not to launch now, if we cut the wicks?

The description could be improved?

Feb 27th 2019 at 9:21:12 PM

How could it be improved? And also, Blue Is Heroic isn't example-less.

Mar 1st 2019 at 10:56:37 AM

That's why I suggested the single prop crowner... I really don't mind making it if you're having trouble, Unicorndance.

Mar 1st 2019 at 11:55:41 AM

OK, can you make it for me, please?

Mar 1st 2019 at 11:57:15 AM

No problem!

All you have to do now is let people know the crowner exists and post it somewhere in the draft.

Mar 1st 2019 at 1:08:42 PM

^^^^ - Emphasize the connection between this, and Water Is Blue, more.

You don't need all that stuff at the beginning about Blue's other meanings?

Mar 1st 2019 at 3:12:33 PM

@Unicorndance: neither is Red Is Heroic. What's your point?

Mar 1st 2019 at 4:22:16 PM

IDK, I wasn't really trying to make a point. And I thought the other meanings thing would make the intro more interesting. Also, please explain why if you're going to throw a bomb. Also, the draft is called Blue Means Cold, not "Is".

Mar 1st 2019 at 4:30:42 PM

My bad, but the title of each crowner doesn't really change anything, people will know what we mean as long as we link it.

Mar 2nd 2019 at 10:53:28 AM

Might be more helpful if the crowner link is above the description and the existence of a crowner is mentioned in the title or laconic...

Mar 2nd 2019 at 11:37:55 AM

Ilke from Phenomena Has icy blue skin (and in some artwork) light blue hair because the frost spirit Hish blew some of his powers into her, making her become a frost child with power over everything cold.

Mar 4th 2019 at 9:57:54 AM

With the crowner thingy, how many more votes until I can decide?

Mar 4th 2019 at 10:54:05 AM

Its recommended to have at least 15 votes.

Mar 7th 2019 at 4:30:19 PM

More Moshi Monsters examples:

  • Abominable Snowlings are Yetis who live in the snow have blue skin (but white fur).
  • Dainty Deer are blue deer who live in the snow.
  • The aesthetic for the Snowies set has lots of light blue in it.

Mar 9th 2019 at 5:46:17 AM

Is it ready to be launched?

Mar 9th 2019 at 10:50:05 AM

Not until the crowner is resolved. I still say we need to move the crowner to the top.