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The Mole has a cold-related name.

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Proposed By:
megarockman on Sep 15th 2014 at 10:25:56 AM
Last Edited By:
megarockman on Dec 1st 2014 at 5:19:33 PM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: Trope

So you're trying to find The Mole that you suspect is in your midst before he or she can stab you in the back. Perhaps you should start looking closely at Shifty Iceheart.

Maybe it's a Meaningful Name, in the sense that the person has to have a cold heart in order to commit this kind of betrayal against one's friends or organization. Or perhaps it's a more subtle version of Evil Is Deathly Cold in works where outlandish ice outfits and frozen-over human skulls don't make sense. It might be a leftover from Cold War (har) era spy fiction - Siberian winters and all that. In any case, if there's a molehunt about to go down and someone on your side has "Frost" or "Winter" in his or her name, caution would be prudent.

As a Betrayal Trope, expect spoilers.

Examples

    Film 
  • Die Another Day: Miranda Frost betrays James Bond and MI-6 after Graves bought her out with an Olympic gold medal.
  • The Negotiator: Commander Grant Frost is the one orchestrating the whole scheme that stole money from the orphan fund, murdered Danny Roman's partner Nathan Roenick when he found out, and framed Roman for it.
  • Salt: The Big Bad of the film (at least as far as we are shown) and the final sleeper agent Salt encounters is known as Secret Service Agent Ted Winter.

    Literature 

  • In The Graveyard Book, the Big Bad The Man Jack takes on the name "Jay Frost" when he's trying to exploit the main character.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Jon Snow is sent far beyond the Wall to infiltrate the Wildlings, while Reek manages to ingratiate himself into Theon Greyjoy's occupation of Winterfell before revealing himself as the Ramsay Snow, the bastard son of the Starks' nominal ally Roose Bolton.

    Video Games 
  • Max Payne 2: Detective Valerie Winterson, Max's colleague at his NYPD precinct, is in league with the Big Bad Friend Vladimir Lem and attempts to kill him at the end of the second act.
  • Subverted in Second Sight, where WinterICE are the good guys and end up used as scapegoats by the villain in the Bad Future.

Feedback: 6 replies

Sep 15th 2014 at 10:29:03 AM

The proposed name is supposed to be a pun on "Code Name".

Sep 15th 2014 at 11:31:28 AM

I propose The Spy Named After The Cold as an alternative name.

  • Inverted in Second Sight, where WinterICE are the good guys and end up used as scapegoats by the villain but only in the Bad Future.

Sep 16th 2014 at 7:14:55 AM

I'd like to limit this trope to cases where a cold-related name is indicative of a traitor/mole if possible, not just the use of such names in espionage or similar fields.

I'll expand and rename the trope (I like your alternative name, Bisected) though, if what I'd prefer turns out to be too limited.

Sep 16th 2014 at 7:46:05 PM

Literature

  • In A Song Of Ice And Fire, Jon Snow is sent far beyond the Wall to infiltrate the Wildlings, while Reek manages to ingratiate himself into Theon Greyjoy's occupation of Winterfell before revealing himself as the Ramsay Snow, the bastard son of the Starks' nominal ally Roose Bolton.

Oct 22nd 2014 at 11:36:07 AM

In The Graveyard Book, the Big Bad The Man Jack takes on the name "Jay Frost" when he's trying to exploit the main character.

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