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Captain Cold: Fire and Ice...
Firestorm: A played out theme, don't ya think?
Captain Cold: Got a soft spot for the classics.

Fire and ice. Two distinct opposites that could never work out together, right? Wrong. In the land of fiction, it’s common place to see these two elemental powers in close proximity with each other. They provide a great contrast, either covering for each other's weaknesses or serving as each other's Achilles' Heel.

They can be best buddies, reluctant teammates, or mortal enemies. So long as they constantly interact, then this trope applies.

Subtrope of Fire/Water Juxtaposition and Elemental Rivalry. Given Personality Powers, the characters will often also form a Red Oni, Blue Oni pairing. They'll also contrast in terms of appearance, where the "fire" character will have warmer colors in their design and the "ice" character will have cooler colors (often blue), often going hand in hand with Orange/Blue Contrast. When the motif is done via terrain, see Hailfire Peaks.


If an electric character is added to this mix, it becomes a Fire, Ice, Lightning dynamic.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Digimon Adventure: Tai's and Matt's Digimon in their most powerful forms, WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon, wield the fire and ice elements respectively. Their elemental affinities match up with Tai and Matt's Red Oni, Blue Oni dynamic, and the Digimon can fuse to become the ultra-powerful Omnimon.
  • In Dragon Ball GT we have the two brothers Nova Shenron (fire) and Eis Shenron (ice). Despite both being against Goku, they have completely opposite personalities and fighting styles. Nova is the Token Good Teammate of the evil Shenrons and fights fairly, while Eis is an arrogant, twisted villain who has no problem using dirty tricks. Nova turns out to be the result of King Piccolo's selfish wish, the only such wish to create a Shadow Dragon; the others all resulted from selfless ones.
  • Fairy Tail has boisterous, hot-blooded, red-haired, fire-wielding hero Natsu (Fire) and his serious, level-headed (most of the time), ice-wielding foil Gray (Ice).
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War has this dynamic with the Tatsumi Brothers, Dragon and Snake, who have an icethrower and a flamethrower, respectively. Dragon, the elder brother, is calm and composed, while Snake is reckless and a violent pyromaniac.
  • When Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha INNOCENT finally gave Magical Girl forms to Nanoha's two friends, the Hot-Blooded Arisa and the Shrinking Violet Suzuka, they're revealed to have fire and ice attributes respectively.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS has two Unison Devices: Reinforce Zwei of the Yagami family and Agito, an ally of the Big Bad. Agito has a built-in affinity for fire magic — a phenomenon known in the series as "Mana Conversion Affinity", of the flame-type in this case,—and while there is no canonical equivalent for ice-based magic, Rein's offensive spells are all cold-based. Needless to say, the two of them rapidly develop an intense rivalry (especially since Rein has a designated master, while Agito technically doesn't), which gets resolved at the end of the season by Agito being adopted into the Yagami family, as well.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • Invoked by Endeavor, who wanted a child with a strong Quirk. He sought out a woman with a strong ice Quirk to complement his fire Quirk, and trapped her in marriage. She eventually gave birth to Shoto, who can generate fire from his left side and ice from his right.
    • During the Meta Liberation Army arc, fire-using villain Dabi is matched up against Geten, an MLA enforcer with a powerful ice Quirk. The two have a difficult time cancelling out each other's Quirks.
  • My-HiME's main heroines share this dynamic. The fire-using Mai is outgoing and friendly but reluctant to start a fight, while her ice-using friend Natsuki is a Defrosting Ice Queen who doesn't hesitate to respond to a challenge.
  • In One Piece two of the Admirals provide this dynamic: the lazy but righteous Aokiji and the ruthless General Ripper Akainu. Aokiji is as forgiving as a Marine can be with the Straw Hats, while Akainu is willing to kill ''his own men'' if they even think of deserting during battle. He deeply hates pirates and is the first character to kill a significant pirate in a non-flashback scene. After the timeskip, Aokiji and Akainu get into a fight. Akainu wins, injuring Aokiji in the process.
  • Ranma ½: Ranma Saotome gains this dynamic with Saffron, the Final Boss of the manga. Ranma's Finishing Move is the Hiryu Shoten Ha, a tornado technique that requires the user to have a icy cold Battle Aura to contrast the hot angry aura of the opponent. This is taken to full effect with Saffron who is a humanoid phoenix that specialises in fire attacks. During their battle, Saffron and Ranma also wield the Kinjakan and Gekkaja, Legendary Weapons that generate extreme heat and cold respectively. This allows Ranma to amplify his Hiryu Shoten Ha with the heat of Saffron's literal flames to lethal levels.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin: Kenshin and the Kyoto arc Big Bad Shishio Makoto can be considered rivals (both were highly skilled hitokiri during the Bakumatsu period (1853-1868), and now they're enemies. In their final battle, Kenshin's revamp and secret attack summons forth a fierce squall, while Makoto's special attack and power up are announced by roaring flames.
  • Yu Yu Hakusho: Fire demon Hiei and his twin sister, the ice demon Yukina. They are actually the offspring of a male fire demon and a female ice demon, making it also a case of Gender Equals Breed.

    Comic Books 
  • DC Comics:
  • Marvel Comics:
    • The Mighty Thor: Marvel's Asgardian gods fear Ymir, the most powerful Frost Giant, and Surtur, the fire creature destined to be the Big Bad of Ragnarok. They're also mutual enemies, and would destroy the world if they tried to fight each other (especially if they're in two different locations and rampage their way towards each other). Doctor Strange once helped The Avengers prevent exactly that.
    • X-Men:
      • This trope is part of what helps solidify Cyclops' two love interests, Jean Grey and Emma Frost, as diametric opposites of one another. Jean is a red-haired woman who has gone by the code name "Phoenix" for a good bit of her career, frequently wears a flaming bird insignia as part of her costume, and has psychic powers that frequently manifest themselves as flames. Appropriately, she is known for her warm, compassionate nature, and (on darker occasions) for her unpredictable fiery temper. Emma (while not actually having ice-based powers) is frequently visually associated with ice and the cold because of her surname "Frost", her blonde hair, her all-white clothing, and her diamond-based form that makes her resemble an ice sculpture. Appropriately, she is known for her coldly stoic personality, and her often cynical attitude towards life.
      • A notorious rivalry is Iceman, a known member of the X-Men, and Pyro, a rogue mutant and member of Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Both naturally can create and control ice and fire respectively and are considered to be Arch Enemies. This is given a twist with the second Pyro in X-Men: Gold, who turns out to only be a villain due to Mind Control, and later petitioned to join the X-Men. Bobby is unhappy with having a Pyro on the team, but they later sleep together.
      • Speaking of Iceman: outside of X-books, he has also teamed up with the Human Torch several times. A memorable occasion had them fight Equinox, a villain with fire and ice powers. When meeting in the Days of Future Present crossover, they lampshade this trope:
        Iceman: Yo! Ice and fire...
        Torch: The unbeatable combo!
      • In All-New X-Men (2016), the team has the time-displaced versions of Iceman and Angel. The latter got his wings replaced/upgraded by fire-like constructs after the events of The Black Vortex and can use them to unleash fire storm-like attacks. There's also Oya, who got temperature control powers, meaning she can use fire and ice. Iceman tends to be a bit jealous of her abilities.
  • Stormwatch PHD features a fire-and-ice rivalry between the fiery heroine Fahrenheit and icy psychopath Cooler.

    Fan Works 
  • Earth 27: The most well known super-hero examples are present, such as Firestorm and Coldsnap, Fire and Ice and Captain Cold and Heatwave.
  • The Road Not Trekked Series: Nerr's rival older sisters, Hinoka and Camilla, respectively wield the fiery naginata Amaterasu and the icy axe Artemis, weapons named after goddesses of the sun and moon.
  • In We Are All Pokémon Trainers, Pianis (an Ice monotyper) and Jenna (a Fire monotyper) used to be a romantic couple, but a Noodle Incident led to a bad breakup and they've avoided each other ever since.
  • The Secret Return of Alex Mack: Victor Cready can't stop himself leaking fire everywhere. Tsurara can't stop herself from freezing everything around her, and will die herself from the cold if she doesn't have a constant heat source. It's a match made in... well, a lab.
  • Scoob and Shag: Fred and Daphne have powers focused on ice and fire, and they work best used together. Fred can only freeze a target to immobilize them but cannot deal much damage, while Daphne's fire attack cannot affect a target if it simply keeps moving. Used in combination, however, they form a powerful combo that shuts a target down while simultaneously dishing out massive damage.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School and The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School by Kim Newman, a series about an Extranormal Institute girls' boarding school in the Genteel Interbellum Setting, there are girls called Frost and Thorn who have ice and fire powers respectively, become friends, and are indicated to become a supervillain duo as adults.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Expected, given the title.
    • Likely the reason Rhaegar Targaryen (crown prince, descended from dragon riders and people otherwise associated with fire, house words: "Fire and Blood") pursued Lyanna Stark (daughter of the Starks, who govern the icy North, house words: "Winter is Coming"), sparking a civil war in the process; he was hoping to sire the prophesied "prince that was promised" who bears "the song of ice and fire". What exactly this means, however, is unknown.
    • R'hllor, god of fire, life, and light, has a counterpart, enemy, and diametric opposite called the Great Other, the god of darkness, cold and death. This is directly inspired by the dynamic between Ormazd and Ahriman in Zoroastrianism.
  • Warrior Cats: The second book is called Fire and Ice. It may be referring to the main character Fireheart, and possibly the winter season the book takes place during, or it may be a metaphor for the conflicts in the book.
  • The eternal dance of the Wintersmith and the Summer Lady in Wintersmith, although they're not supposed to actually meet.

    Live-Action TV 

  • In "I'm Ready" by Sam Smith and Demi Lovato, Smith says "It's a cold night in my bed in the heat of the summer" and they're looking for "a warm, warm-blooded achiever", while for Lovato "It's a hot night in my head in the chill of the winter" and she seeks "a cold, cold-blooded defeater".

    Myths & Religion 
  • Poli'ahu of Pacific Mythology and her sisters/friends Lilinoe, Waiau, and Kahoupokane are snow goddesses. Poli'ahu is their leader and the antithesis of the volcano goddess, Pele. They both had a fight that resulted in Pele accepting to let Poli'ahu rule the northern part of Hawai'i Island.

  • The ice dancing duo Torvill & Dean performed a production called Fire and Ice in the mid eighties about a Prince of Fire and Princess of Ice falling in love against the wishes of their families and people.

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    Video Games 
  • In Banjo-Tooie, the bosses of Hailfire Peaks are Chilli Billi and Chilly Willy, dragon brothers who inhabit the respective fire and ice sides of the level. Chilli Billi attacks with fire, while Chilly Willy attacks with ice.
  • Breath of Fire IV: Ryu and Fou-Lu have very similar movesets, but Ryu's moves are generally fire-themed, while Fou-Lu's are themed around water and ice, and Fou-Lu is explicitly described as having an affinity for water (and a corresponding weakness to fire). This represents the fact that Ryu and Fou-Lu are two halves of the Yorae Dragon, an immensely powerful god that was split into two beings by the ritual that summoned it.
  • Chrono Trigger: Marle and Lucca have ice and fire techs respectively, using them together as a Yin-Yang Bomb causes Shadow damage.
  • City of Heroes has Infernia and Glacia, twin sisters, survivors of the Omega Team strike on the Rikti homeworld, and members of Vanguard.
  • Digital Devil Saga: Serph and Heat; the former is a Stoic who almost never speaks and shapeshifts into an ice-themed demon, Varna, while the latter is a hot-headed and impulsive Blood Knight who shapeshifts into a fire-demon, Agni. The backstory also reveals that they, or rather the humans their personalities were based on, were involved in a Betty and Veronica Switch Love Triangle over Sera.
  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice: Magic Knight Mao is able to learn Ice magic naturally, while his Childhood Friend and rival Squishy Wizard Raspberyl excels in Fire magic.
  • Dota 2:
    • Jakiro, Twin Headed Dragon is a two headed dragon with one using ice powers and the other using fire.
    • The rivaling sisters of Rylai, The Crystal Maiden and Lina, The Slayer. Rylai uses ice magic while Lina uses fire. Though, she's also associated with the sun and lightning.
  • In Drakengard, where Seere and Leonard both got one elemental spirit (Golem and Sylph), Arioch ends up with both Salamander and Undine, using them together as a kind of Yin-Yang Bomb.
  • In DragonFable, Xan the Insane Pyromancer usually delves in fire magic from his Pyronomicon. However, one Frostval he ends up in an ice cave with the Eggnogonomicon which grants him ice magic. His Evil Plan involves freezing the entire world. Though his downfall is his own fire magic melts his ice magic tome.
  • Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and The Blight Below: Luceus and Aurora, the Captains of the Royal Guard, respectively use fire-themed and ice-themed attacks. They also have Red Oni, Blue Oni personalities, with Luceus being The Strategist who believes in devising complex plans of attack before any potential encounter, which are always ruined by Aurora recklessly charging into the fray before he can enact them.
  • Epic Battle Fantasy 5 has premium-only bosses Sól and Skadi, a pair of sisters that respectively attacks with fire and ice. They fit the theme of the region they are the Dual Bosses of, a Hailfire Peaks cave that is frozen on the west half and filled with magma on the east. The player fights both of them at once, but can pick which side of the cavern they are fought in, which determines the weather effects.
  • Final Fantasy has the recurring summons Ifrit and Shiva for Fire and Ice. Final Fantasy VI pairs them up as bosses, while Final Fantasy VIII sees Ifrit pull an Oh, Crap! if you summon Shiva against him.
    • Final Fantasy VI, Terra learns primarily fire spells, while her Foil Celes focuses on ice spells.
    • Final Fantasy XIV has the Thaumaturge/Black Mage whose kit is about hard blasting Fire spells that drain mana quickly, but are then refilled by switching to Blizzard spells.
  • Injustice 2 lampshades this trope during Pre-Battle Banter if Captain Cold is fighting Firestorm. The quote is featured at the top of the page.
  • Killer Instinct contrasts Glacius, an ice-themed alien shape-shifter, with Cinder, a human who was mutated into a living flame by an experiment gone wrong.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
  • The King of Fighters series has K' and Kula Diamond from the NESTS arc (KOF 99-2001). K' is a Badass Normal with fire powers thanks to having Kyo Kusanagi's DNA in his system. Kula is an ex-agent of NESTS with ice powers that mimic most of K's moves, and was even codenamed the "Anti-K'". After the fall of NESTS, K' and Kula put aside their differences and become friends, and are even on the same team in later installments in the series.
  • The Legend of Zelda series features multiple enemies with a fire/ice dynamic:
  • Little Fighter and Little Fighter 2 feature Firen and Freeze. The two of them are even able to fuse together to form Firzen.
  • Mortal Kombat: A classic example of this trope can be found between the mortal enemies Scorpion — an undead wraith who utilizes Hellfire — and Sub-Zero — a cryomancer assassin. Their rivalry is so intense that two Sub-Zeroes are subject to Scorpion's wrath.
  • Pocket Mortys: There are two sets of this among the titular alternate universe variants of Morty, based on increasing levels of extreme tempratures and with thematically appropriate elemental attacks.
    • Hot Morty and Cold Morty are, respectively, a sweaty Morty who's always too hot, warm to the touch and likes ice cream and cold breezes and a Morty in a scarf who's always too chilly, is cold to the touch and likes hot cocoa and warm comforters.
    • Hot Morty and Cold Morty can be evolved into Flaming Morty and Frozen Morty, who are respectively depicted as an orange and a light blue version of Morty covered in flames or icicles, and with more powerful elemental attacks. Their descriptions also note that Flaming Morty likes superheroes while Frozen Morty prefers supervillains, and they also have diametrically opposite origin stories: Flaming Morty was callously abandoned by his Rick in deep space where he was transformed by a massive dose of cosmic radiation, while Frozen Morty was transformed in a cryogenics accident while trying to save his Rick from a deadly disease.
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon: Vulpix and Ninetales are normally Fire-Type Kitsune. These games then added regional variants, including Vulpix that became Ice-types to adapt to life high in the mountains, creating a duality between the species.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time: In the Technodrome stage (before the Turtles being time warped), there're are Tokka and Rahzer working as a Dual Boss. Specifically in the SNES version, these mutants have both a Breath Weapon, Tokka has ice and Rahzer has fire.

    Web Animation 
  • Death Battle:
  • RWBY:
    • The titular team has one such example. Yang Xiao Long is a Boxing Battler whose gauntlets allow her to augment her punches with fire. Weiss Schnee wields a Royal Rapier that allows her to utilize multiple elements - her specialization being ice. The two start off as reluctant teammates, but the two become close enough that Weiss ends up performing a Heroic Sacrifice during the Vytal Festival to protect Yang and ensure the two emerge victorious.
    • The penultimate episode of Volume 5 has a battle between the Cinder and Raven aka the Fall and Spring Maidens respectively. Cinder attacks with fireballs and weapons made of black glass while Raven uses ice.

  • Eerie Cuties: Cess and Laura are a snow fairy and a fire ifrit, respectively. They are two minor antagonists in the comic, trying to reach an Alpha Bitch status in the All-Ghouls School they attend.
  • In Homestuck it's only natural that Dave, who was given a lava planet, would be best friends with Jade, who ends up stuck on a planet that is entirely frozen. It even turns out a large part of their role in completing the game is having Dave thaw Jade's planet as they learn to work together.
  • Tess and Maura from Ménage à 3 are two professional wrestlers with the stage name "Frosti and Pyre", who wear ice-themed and fire-themed costumes. They are an explicit Shout-Out to Cess and Laura from Eerie Cuties, down to the name.
  • Imp has Celina and her imp favor fire and ice magic respectively.
  • Sleepless Domain: Melty Flame and Melty Frost have this dynamic. They're also lovers, which is why Undine decides to not ask to join their team, despite her water powers complementing them, since she'd just feel like a third wheel.
  • In Yokoka's Quest, Yang and Yin respectively, though so far they've only been seen together or using their magic in bonus artworks (such as free/Patreon wallpapers).

    Western Animation 


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