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Ice and water are two very common elemental properties to give characters in works of fiction. However, perhaps more than any other two pairs of elements, they are very close. After all, ice is merely frozen water, and thawing it out will make your ice attack a water attack.

Thus, some works portray ice and water as the same element. A character's element may be said to be water, but they will still have command over ice. In video game terms, ice and water-based attacks may be considered the same for purposes of Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors. Other titles may play with this idea to various ends. Because Water Is Blue, when this trope is at play, expect Blue Means Cold to also be.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • On Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury's attacks have included not only water and ice, but even bubbles and mist. This helps differentiate her from Sailor Neptune, who had ocean based water powers.
  • Magi: Labyrinth of Magic: Ice Magic is rarely seen among normal magicians, as only Judal (a Magi) and certain Djinn Equipments are shown to wield such power, but it does belong to the Water Magic type (Judal is even shown gathering water from the fog to create a massive ice block).
  • In Magic Knight Rayearth, Icicle Blades is the most powerful spell of Umi Ryuuzaki, the Magic Knight of Water.
  • Zig-zagged in Naruto, as ice jutsu are a hybrid of water and wind chakra.

    Comic Books 
  • Lanfeust: Cixi's power is to change the temperature of nearby water, so she can create ice, water or steam from, well, ice, water or steam.
  • Garth, the original Aqualad learned to shape, manipulate and freeze water after he became Tempest.
  • Blood Syndicate: Aquamaria was transformed into a being of water by the the "Big Bang" incident. In addition to controlling water in liquid form, she could create ice sculptures and weapons from vapor.

    Fan Works 
  • Pokémon Master: As in canon, Water and Ice are different elements. Though, Water Masters like Misty command both Water and Ice. Curiously, Ice Masters usually do not control Water.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: As in her original show, Sailor Mercury, a Sailor Senshi with water-based attacks, has her ice-based attack, "Shabon Spray Freezing".

  • In Codex Alera, Isana demonstrates quite handily that snow does in fact count as water for use in watercrafting. The trick allows her to survive a duel long enough to convince the guy she was dueling to cooperate with her instead.
  • The Stormriders in the Malazan Book of the Fallen. They are a mysterious people living in a deep ocean trench, only appearing during storms, sheathed in ice armour and riding hybrid-mounts made of water and ice. In the general switcheroo of which elemental powers are accessible to which of the four Founding Races, ice seems to be taking the place of water and the Stormriders are said to be using the Warren of Omtose Phellack to manipulate water, which is the Elder Warren of Ice.
  • Ice is explicitly part of the Water element in The Weakness of Beatrice the Level Cap Holy Swordswoman. This is best shown by the master of Water magic, Wildefrau, who has the Red Baron "Ice Waterfall Princess" and whose immunity to water also makes her completely immune to cold as well.
  • In The Witchlands, Icewitchery is a subset of Water magic.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The mermaids featured in H₂O: Just Add Water could manipulate water in certain manners. Emma, who is part of the original trio, can freeze water and manipulate ice, snow, and clouds.
  • In Kamen Rider Wizard, the title character's Water Style has a Blizzard attack when upgraded.
  • In Heroes, Tracy Strauss is first introduced strictly with freezing powers. Water comes later, learned at some point during a Time Skip.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!, ice-themed monsters are grouped under the Water attribute and are usually of the Aqua type. An entire archetype of ice monsters, the Ice Barriers, are the most prominent examples.
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • The Ring of Elemental Command - Water can cast the spell Wall of Ice once per day.
    • The water-based genies called marids are resistant to cold-based spells, indicating an affinity with cold. They gain a plus 2 on saving throws and take -2 Hit Points per die of damage.
  • The Pokémon Trading Card Game groups both Water Pokémon and Ice Pokémon within the Water category and both require Water Energy to attack. However, they are still distinguished from each other: Pokémon who are Water-type in the video games have Lightning as their Weakness in the card game, whereas Pokémon who are Ice-type in the video games have Metal as their Weakness instead. (Pokémon who are Water and Ice in the video games, like Lapras and Walrein, can go either way.)

    Video Games 
  • Kingdom Hearts: Water-elemental and ice-elemental attacks and enemies are grouped together under the Ice element. Curiously, the two elements are separate inside Organization XIII, with Vexen having power over ice and Demyx power over water. However, Demyx's attacks still count as ice, and defeating him upgrades the party's ice abilities. This also means he's weak against fire magic, for whatever good that does.
  • Through the Pokémon franchise, Water and Ice are two different types. However, several Pokemon are dual Water and Ice types, and virtually all Water-types are able to learn ice attacks like Ice Beam and Blizzard.
  • Heroes of Might and Magic 3: The Ice Bolt and Frost Ring spells belong to the Water magic school. Water Elementals are immune to these spells, and can be upgraded into Ice Elementals.
  • In Golden Sun, Mercury adepts have abilities mainly based around water, but use ice for several of their offensive abilities, and start off with Freeze as a field move.
  • Ragnarok Online, the "water" spells all come in form of ice-themed attacks such as Ice Bolt and Blizzard.
  • Mega Man Battle Network, Aqua-elemental chips may have either water or ice-themed attacks.
  • Both the Megaman Zero and Mega Man ZX series have 3 elements: electric, fire and ice (and neutral), but most of the ice reploids are either based on aquatic animals or can fight underwater. In fact, of all the bosses in both series, there is only one that fights underwater who isn't an ice type.
  • In Divinity: Original Sin and its sequel, the Hydrosophist magical school covers both water-based and ice-based elemental spells (and, incidentally, healing spells).
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the Water Medallion was intended to be the Ice Medallion during development. In the final product, this shows by the mini-dungeon preceding the Water Temple being the Ice Cavern, and the Water Temple's room in Ganon's Castle is likewise ice-themed.
  • Final Fantasy IV, non-3D releases treat Water attacks like Flood and Tidal Wave as Ice-elemental. The 3D releases instead add a proper Water element to the game and Flood and Tidal Wave, etc, are recategorized under it. The sequel The After Years reverts back to grouping Water spells as Ice-elemental for all releases.
  • World of Warcraft: Frost mages gain the ability to summon a water elemental along with their ice-based spells. In a reversal on this trope, many water-based enemy attacks inflict Frost damage on players.
  • In Chrono Trigger, humans have affinity with either water, fire, light or shadow. Of the two water-types in the main cast, Frog's magic is mostly water-based, and Marle's is ice-based, though both can use it for healing as well.
    • Similarly, in Chrono Cross, water and ice magic are lumped together under the Blue Element.
  • Zig-zagged in Fantasy Life. The magician's water magic is water magic in name only, consisting exclusively of different forms of ice. Fire magic, however, is strong against ice-based monsters and weak against water ones.
  • Path of Exile's Fire, Ice, Lightning elements use fire and lightning damage, but not ice; it's cold damage. While most cold damage spells use ice, other sources of coldness like chilling winds, spheres of water, or the void deal cold damage.
  • Warcraft III: The Archmage can summon water elementals and bring down shards of ice from the sky. The naga (underwater snakemen) also use both: the Siren can create frost armor, the Sea Witch can use cold arrows, and the Royal Guard can throw huge iceballs and summon a sea elemental.
  • The Water Dragoon spirit in The Legend of Dragoon seems to act this way. When Lenus uses it, her attacks all relate ocean's destructive fury (tidal waves, whirlpools, etc). When Meru gains the same spirit from her, all her skills (including a healing spell) pertain to ice in some way. Also, all the three water-aligned attack spells are based on ice, featuring a barrage of icicles, a freezing blizzard and a mighty geyser of water suddenly freezing solid and shattering.
  • In Shin Megami Tensei, many demons affiliated with water are often specialized in Bufu spells. Averted with Persona 2 as Water and Ice magic exist.
  • Zig-Zagged in the Tales Series. Most games treat water and ice as the same element. Tales of Eternia and Tales of Symphonia separated them to facilitate the balance theme in both games. Tales of Legendia separated them because water was lumped in with light instead. In Tales of Vesperia, ice spells are simultaneously considered to be of the water and wind elements. From Tales of Xillia onward, ice is simultaneously treated as the water and earth elements.
  • Bravely Default has all Ice and Water looking skills listed as Water elemental.
  • In Guild Wars most elementalist water spells were ice based. This was later given a story twist in nightfall, ice is associated with the god of death, but water was separate and associated with a different god, Abaddon. However, Abaddon rebelled against the other gods, and was imprisoned and never worshiped since, leaving water's power to be taken up by other gods.
  • Water has only appeared sparingly as an element in Dragon Quest, but ice magic is typically used by aquatic monsters and enemies when they appear.
    • In Dragon Quest VII, the Water Spirit can use Kacrackle in battle, which is the most powerful ice magic available.
  • In 99Vidas, King's level 1 special summons a tidal wave that washes enemies away. His level 2 special changes it to a wave of icy stalagmites.
  • While Ōkami averts this by making Waterspout and Blizzard separate brush techniques, the DS sequel Ōkamiden plays this straight by integrating Blizzard into Waterspout, which makes fighting teams of Fire Eyes and Ice Lips more manageable.
  • Water is one of the ingredients to make homunculi with in My Lovely Daughter. Making a homunculi of purely water will result in Ice.
  • In Disgaea, there are skills that are specifically stated to be "ice" or "water" attacks, with the accompanying skill cutscenes reflecting this, but they functionally use the same element.
  • In Dragon Project, Ice and Water are considered to be the same element, which makes them strong against Fire but weak against Lightning.
  • For the first two versions of Rakenzarn Tales, this was averted with ice and water being two separate elements. When the elemental system was simplified in Version 3 and dropped from around a dozen elements to eight, water and ice were merged together, playing it straight.
  • In the Shadow Hearts series, Ice spells are part of the Water element's repertoire of attacks.
  • The most common Meteo element on the planet Freaze in the original Meteos is the H₂O element. Averted in Meteos Online and Meteos Wars, which have a separate ice element.
  • The Aquarius Blade in Kid Icarus: Uprising can freeze enemies with its melee attacks.
  • The Water element in Elements has several ice-themed cards assigned to it, such as Freeze, Ice Bolt, and Ice Dragon.
  • Skylanders: Four of the Water Skylanders use ice in their attacks.
    • Slam Bam is a four-armed yeti able to trap opponents in icy prisons and slide on ice for extra mobility. He can also coat his fists in icy mallets or maces to give his punches some extra power.
    • Chill was the captain of the Ice Queen's guard, and is capable of throwing icy javelins and summoning ice blocks that she can push into enemies using her shield. These blocks can be made to explode and trap opponents in other ice blocks on one upgrade path.
    • Freeze Blade uses a chakram made of ice and is also able to fire a "frostsicle" that freezes opponents in place. He also uses ice skates (literally, since these skates are made of ice) to leave trails of ice that slow down enemies.
    • King Pen can unleash freezing breath that leaves an icy path that can freeze opponents. By destroying said paths, additionally, he can do a myriad of other techniques: he can surround himself in an icy arena, summon a hailstorm of ice from the sky, and even summon a giant glacier from below.
    • The Portal Master powers relating to the Water Element all dealing in freezing in some way. Water Skylanders can leave a trail of frost that freezes opponents that touch, or even freeze them in three conditions:
      • The Water Skylander was summoned.
      • The Water Skylander was attacked.
      • The Water Skylander's attacks hit an opponent.

    Web Comics 
  • Discussed in Drow Tales. While in a classroom on magic, one student asks what, precisely, differentiates ice and water for magic purposes when they are the same thing in different states. The teacher explains that it is because manipulating them with their mana is different between the two states, hence why water and ice are treated as separate elements for their purposes.

    Web Videos 
  • In Noob, Couette, a water elementalist, at some point mentions that she can produce an ice wall.

     Western Animation  
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel series The Legend of Korra, waterbenders are also able to control snow and ice, and can turn water into ice and vice-versa. They can also control steam in the same manner.
  • In Superfriends, Zan and Jayna's Wonder Twin Powers are that Jayna can turn into animals and Zan can turn into water or ice or both.
  • In Steven Universe, Malachite, the fusion of Lapis Lazuli and Jasper, can instantly turn water into ice to trap opponents or create projectiles. Lapis herself can turn water into ice, but majorly sticks to her hydrokinesis.
  • With the second season of Xiaolin Showdown comes a power-up for the heroes where they can infuse their elemental powers into the Shen Gong Wu, generally of the same element. Omi found that using his with the Orb or Tornami (which summons a torrent of water) lets him make a bunch of ice.
  • Lance the Blue Paladin in Voltron: Legendary Defender is the Guardian of Water and is the most adept when it comes to underwater combat. His Blue Lion eventually gains the ability to fire beams of ice from its mouth.

Alternative Title(s): Water Magic Is Ice


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