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"I will freeze you from within... until all that remains is an ICY HUSK!"
The Lich King, World of Warcraft

While fire is the traditional means of destroying evil, sometimes cold works just as well. This can range from liquid nitrogen to just luring your opponent into a very cold place. Attacking people in this way almost always results in an instant kill through immediate cessation of bodily function, although in real life it would still take time to induce hypothermia or stop the heart.

Likely to be used by An Ice Person. May involve a Freeze Ray, Literally Shattered Lives, Ice Breaker, Depleted Phlebotinum Shells, or being Locked in a Freezer. See also Kill It with Water and Kill It with Fire. Not always related to Impossibly Cool Weapon. For the non-lethal version of this trope, see Harmless Freezing. Anyone wearing An Ice Suit is likely to try to Kill It With Ice.

Likely to appear in video games that use Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Bleach:
    • Captain Hitsugaya possesses the strongest ice/snow type zanpakutou in Soul Society. As long as there is moisture around, he can create ice attacks. His powers range from creating ice clones of himself to distract enemies to transforming the weather for miles around into an ice-making weapon that kills anything that touches the falling snow.
    • Rukia possesses an ice/snow type zanpakutou that lowers the temperature of her own body. Anything that comes into contact with her body or sword is immediately reduced to the same temperature, transforming to ice. She is capable of reaching Absolute Zero and bringing her enemies down to that temperature as well. Her special techniques and especially her Bankai serve to increase the power's range, allowing her to "touch" and thereby freeze enemies without having to get close enough to make physical contact.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura incapacitates the Watery card by tricking her into entering a walk-in freezer, then locking the door, waiting a bit, and capturing her became a simple matter.
  • Darker Than Black has November 11, an interesting case: he can freeze virtually any liquid, but there has to be a readily available source of said liquid first, like a pool of water, and can't simply summon ice out of nowhere. He also has to make contact with said liquid, and can't use his powers from range.
  • In Dragon Ball, Goku manages to beat a rubbery monster named Buyon by causing the cold air outside to freeze him, and he broke him afterwards.
  • The most powerful Ice Magic in Fairy Tail, Iced Shell, can trap its target in an (mostly) unbreakable block of ice that will eventually kill it since freezing is not harmless. The downside is that the caster's own body becomes the ice. Silver, the Ice Devil Slayer and one of the Nine Gates of Tartaros, wields an extremely powerful form of Ice magic that is especially effective against his fellow demons. And when Gray, his son, gets that very same magic, he shows off said effectiveness by curbstomping a demon that gave Natsu a hard time and taking down the Dragon-in-Chief of Tartaros.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, it turns out a Briggs winter is even capable of incapacitating a homunculus. From Brotherhood, there's Isaac the Freezer. He's actually capable of killing people with water in any number of ways, including flash-frying them with steam and creating blades of high-pressure water, but ice is apparently his favorite and it's what he uses for his ultimate technique.
  • As a yuki-onna, Yukime from Hell Teacher Nube can use her powers to do this. In fact she attempts to do that to Nube in her first intervention — but then she commits the mistake of targetting his students when they tried to stop her, making Nube go Badass Teacher on her. She sees the error of her ways and releases them. For massive and cruel irony, Yukime ends up in the receiving end thanks to Ippon Datana. When she refuses to follow his orders, he freezes her in place and stabs her all over with icicles, which finally kills her. (She's Back from the Dead later, but not before again trying to kill Nube with ice only to be stopped with The Powerof Love.)
  • Dio Brando, of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fame, had the vampiric ability to lower his own body temperature to the point where any flesh he touches freezes solid. He used this ability to protect himself from his weakness to the Hamon technique by freezing his enemies when they made contact with him to stop the Hamon from traveling. He demonstrated this quite effectively by mangling Will A. Zeppeli's arm and effectively taking him out of the fight. Later he showed even more powerful applications...such as freezing Dire's entire body before shattering him like glass.
  • Done several times by Todoroki from Class 1-A's My Hero Academia, but no one (hopefully) has died from them.
    • The first time was Class 1-A's first Battle Training. He froze the whole building, constraining Hagakure's and Ojiro's feet. This is quickly averted with Todoroki reheating the place with his fire.
    • The second time around was portrayed differently. Unlike the aforementioned situation where he just simply immobilized his classmates, he was freezing some actual thugs of the League of Villains. He quickly froze them though, not releasing them and until they told him their schemes.
    • The Sports Festival preliminary fight between Todoroki and Sero ended in a matter of seconds after Todoroki froze Sero with his Heaven Piercing Ice Wall.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • Evangeline A.K. McDowell, when she can actually use her magic, specializes in dark and ice spells. Her most powerful spell shown, Kosmike Katastrophe (translates roughly as End of the World), freezes a massive demon, then shatters it with a snap of her fingers. The spell breaks the second law of thermodynamics to freeze a 150 square foot area in absolute zero temperatures. She also has a smaller-scale ice spell that's supposed to freeze the target for a few years, but Asuna manages to break out of it quickly enough due to her magic nullification ability.
    • Evangeline's latest spell, Endless White Nine Heavens, is an original ice-lightning spell made specifically to combat constructs, and locks-on to an enemy and continually freezes them and their surroundings solid while leaving them conscious, so they can suffer for all eternity.
    • In the magic system of Negima, ice spells are considered higher-level than fire spells of roughly equivalent power, because ice spells violate more of the laws of physics.
  • Being An Ice Person, Admiral Aokiji in One Piece can freeze someone solid, then kill them by shattering their frozen body. Even barring that, they can still die if thawed improperly.
  • In Pokémon Adventures, this is how Black wins his Gym Battle against Drayden despite not having any Ice-types on his team. Black has his Braviary destroy the doors to the building where the battle is taking place, letting the blizzard outside seep in and slow down Drayden's Druddigon, which gives Braviary the upper hand.
  • Powerpuff Girls Z: Him is weakened by cold because, as a demon, he's all about hellfire and brimstone.
  • In Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury eventually learns ice-based attacks.
  • Saint Seiya has Cygnus Hyoga, his master the Crystal Saint (only appears in the anime), the latter's master Aquarius Camus (Hyoga's direct master in the manga), and Hyoga's Rival Turned Evil Kracken Isaac. All of their attacks are ice-themed.
  • Slayers:
    • There are a variety of ice-based magic spells, ranging from the "weak enough to use on yourself as air conditioning" to the "instant kill if used on a human". The strongest such attack is Dynast Breath, which freezes the target within ice. The ice then shatters, and the victim with it.
    • The fourth movie has Lina defeat a dragon with a shield capable of stopping a Dragon Slave by casting minor ice spells. Straight up. Resulting in the clouds freezing and dropping on his head. When he moves his shield upwards to block the giant hailstones, she blasts him with a Dragon Slave from the side.
  • In Soul Hunter, Chou Komei unleashes his One-Winged Angel form: a colossal, ever-expanding lily flower. While the heroes try to burn him, he counters by pointing out that he can spread his seeds and regenerate at a faster rate, so Taikoubou decides to take advantage of his Logical Weakness as a plant and blasts him with a hurricane of icy air from the mesosphere, freezing Chou Komei to death. Later, one of the Juttenkun tries to kill Taikoubou, Supuu and Fugen with his ice-manipulating Paopei, to no avail.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman:
    • The standard method employed by Mr. Freeze (sometimes non-lethally but often with deadly effect).
    • Downplayed in Batgirl story arc The Attack of the Annihilator: the titular villain is defeated and depowered when he is encased in solid ice by Supergirl's freezing breath.
  • Firestorm (DC Comics): While it doesn't actually kill her, this is one method for defeating Killer Frost. Unlike most ice characters, she freezes things by absorbing the heat from them instead of the usual inexplicable 'cold ray,' and she must do so to stay warm. Encasing her in ice cuts off her power supply, and should rightfully be more dangerous to her than to a civilian. Of course, it's often not even dangerous to civilians.
  • The Flash: Captain Cold has an ice gun capable of creating fields of absolute zero. Like the Kosmike Katastrophe spell by Evangeline from Negima! Magister Negi Magi this works by violating the second law of thermodynamics.
  • Justice League of America: One JLA issue showed freezing as one of the few effective ways of hurting Plastic Man. Since he is apparently immortal, actually killing him is out of the question.
  • Sonic the Comic: Robotnik uses this to destroy Brutus spraying him with liquid nitrogen.
  • Downplayed in Spider-Man, but a common tactic for defeating the Lizard involves luring him into a freezing area such as a fridge car. Being coldblooded, he will slow down and eventually lose consciousness.
  • In Superman storyline The Untold Story of Argo City, Supergirl stops an alien invasion by freezing their liquid bodies solid.
  • In a graphic Alien novel by William Gibson (his unused script for the third Alien movie), a character realises that he's been infected by the zenomorph pathogen and is able to get to a freezer and lock himself inside. They find his frozen corpse later, morphed halfway into an alien form.

    Fairy Tales 
  • In "Morozko", Father Frost freezes the old woman's daughter to death when she makes the mistake to insult him repeatedly.

    Fan Works 
  • Examples from the Calvinverse:
  • The glufferflork's cause of death in Divided Rainbow.
  • Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness: Megas's flaming sword can be turned into an ice sword when Coop turns on the air conditioner. Fittingly, it's powered by a Mega Slush.
  • In A Minor Variation, weather captain "Hurricane" Fluttershy incapacitates Gilda the griffon by luring her high enough that her wingfeathers freeze up. She even quotes Iron Man: "How'd you solve the icing problem?"
  • In the Pony POV Series, ice is one of the only things Draconequi like Discord cannot affect with their powers. Ice is created by taking away heat and their magic doesn't work on something born from the absence of something.
  • The Secret Return of Alex Mack: Cold is the only strategy that seems to work against the Downingtown Blob, although it only paralyses the blob, rather than killing it.
  • Mercury does this very thoroughly when she faces Zoicite in White Devil of the Moon. First she locks him inside a large razor-edged fractal ice sculpture, then while he's trying to get out, she drops a car-sized hailstone on his head. The narration devotes an entire paragraph describing exactly how deadly ice can be.
    Ice wasn't a very visually impressive weapon. It didn't have the obviously destructive power of fire or lightning. But that didn't make it harmless. Regular patterns of freezing and thawing could eventually tear apart even the finest construction. A broken piece of ice could cut like a knife. And the destruction caused by a hailstorm could be just as devastating as a wildfire in its own way, damaging buildings and vehicles, ruining crops in some cases even knocking down trees. If the stones were large enough or coming down heavily enough, they could even kill.

    Films — Animated 
  • In The Snow Queen (2012), the Snow Queen kills her victims this way.
  • Mister Big in Zootopia uses a pool of ice water to execute those that have displeased him; either they die of hypothermia and exposure, or they drown. He never kills anyone onscreen, but almost "iced" Nick and Judy when they were caught breaking into his property.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Alien:
    • Alien³: Ripley and the others lure the alien into a lead smelting plant, first super-heating it (with lead) then suddenly cooling it with water sprays. This causes the creature to shatter like glass would under such conditions (but unfortunately not lead).
    • Alien: Resurrection: Liquid nitrogen sprays are set up to control the aliens in their cells. Unfortunately, one alien is clever enough to deduce the connection between the sprays and the Big Red Button, which serves to bite the ass of a security mook.
  • Alien Cargo: The Hate Plague is successfully counteracted by exposure to subzero temperatures.
  • Arctic Blast postulates that a solar eclipse could cause a hole in the ozone layer that would then allow the cold of outer space to leak into the Earth's atmosphere, creating a creeping "ice fog" that winds up flash-freezing most of Australia. Any number of iced Aussies are shown during the film.
  • In Bats, the plan for destroying the bats involves using an industrial coolant to drop the temperature in the mine till they start to hibernate and then freeze to death.
  • The Blob (1958) ends with the eponymous alien monster being parachuted into the Arctic, as cold is the only way to stop it from spreading. Earlier, it had been immobilized with carbon dioxide fire extinguishers.
  • In the 1988 remake, the blob is shown to be completely immune to bullets, explosives, and even fire, but is strongly repelled by the cold, and is defeated when it is flash-frozen in an explosion of liquid nitrogen.
  • Demolition Man: Simon Phoenix suffers this fate at the end of the movie, before having his head kicked off.
  • The Devil's Messenger: In "The Girl in the Glacier", Dr. Seastrom knocks Dr. Olsen to floor and possibly kills him during an argument in the cold room. He then makes sure of the job by open a pipe and dousing Olsen in freezing liquid.
  • Fantastic Four (2005). Von Doom tries to immobilize Reed with supercold temperatures while saying something along the lines of: "Remember Chem 101? What happens when rubber freezes?"
  • The Fifth Element: Zorg's demonstration of his latest BFG includes "the grand finale: the all-new Ice Cube System" as one of its options, though it only gets used on a test dummy.
  • Godzilla vs. Destoroyah: At the end of the movie, Destoroyah is killed by being frozen alive, causing him to crash to the ground and shatter into a billion tiny pieces.
  • Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla: Kiryu (read: Mechagodzilla) is armed with a powerful chest-mounted Freeze Ray called the Absolute Zero cannon as its ultimate weapon. When it finally manages to hit Godzilla however, it fails to kill him, although it does leave a huge scar and sends him packing.
  • Goldeneye: A vat of liquid nitrogen is how Boris Grishenko meets his end. So much for being invincible.
  • Harbinger Down: Lacking any flamethrowers to take on The Thing-like creature, the crew of the crabbing trawler Harbinger have to hunt the creature with the liquid nitrogen they use to freeze their catch. The movie ends with the Final Girl ramming the Harbinger into a nearby iceberg, burying the monster under an avalanche of ice.
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux: The T2 scene was spoofed in a scene where Saddam Hussein and his pet dog are frozen by a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher and then shattered, reforming into a hybrid dog-dictator.
  • Jason X: Villains too can use this trope, as seen when Jason sticks Adrienne's face in liquid nitrogen and then smashes it on the counter. Jason had years earlier been immobilized (but, of course, not killed) by being lured into a cryogenic chamber.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man: Tony Stark uses his suit's greater resistance to icing up at high altitudes to immobilize Iron Monger.
      "How'd you solve the icing problem?"
    • The Frost Giants in Thor use a combination of this and blades shaped out of ice to kill their enemies. This is also how Loki immobilizes Heimdall towards the end of the film, although he breaks himself out of it shortly thereafter and rejoins the fight.
  • Mindhunters (2004): In the first trap set by the Serial Killer, Christian Slater's feet get blasted with liquid nitrogen; his ankles then shatter and he falls to the ground and crumbles.
  • Mortal Kombat: The Movie: Liu Kang kills Sub-Zero (who is known for his ice powers) this way in the movie. He uses a bucket of water that goes through Sub-Zero's ice shield and becomes an ice spike that impales him with extreme prejudice, pins him to a wall, and then freezes him solid. Then, in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, when Sub-Zero's heroic younger brother shows up, he freezes Smoke and saves Liu Kang. To cement that Smoke dies, the robot then explodes.
  • Phantasm II shows that cold is one of the few forces known to have any effect against the Tall Man.
  • In Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed, Scooby takes down the Tar Monster by freezing him with... a fire extinguisher... then propelling the cannister to smash it to pieces.
  • The Shining: Jack gets lost in the hedge maze and freezes.
  • The Silence (2019): The movie's monsters, the vesps, can't bear the cold — people above the Arctic Circle or high in the mountains are spared from their ravages due to this, as the intense cold kills any vesp swarms heading too far north or too high up.
  • Sinister 2: The family in the "Christmas Morning" reel are bound and gagged, then are buried up to their necks in snow to die of hypothermia. With one last chilling shot of the mother who looks at the camera and breathes out her last before it ends.
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day:
    • The shapeshifting T-1000 is apparently destroyed when a truckload of liquid nitrogen ruptures, restricting its ability to shapeshift or even move. Arnie then shatters the T-1000 to pieces with a bullet. Unfortunately this occurs in a smelting plant whose heat melts the T-1000 so it can reassemble again.
    • The novelization of the movie says that while the freezing of the T-1000 did not harm it, it mucked up its artificial intelligence (due to superconductivity) making it possible to defeat it in the end. This is also implied in the director's cut of the movie, which shows the T-1000 lurching around the plant exhibiting difficulty in controlling its shapeshifting — for instance, when it touches a railing, its hand takes on the appearance of the railing, apparently without it meaning to do so.
  • The Thing (1982): Regarded as a (literal?) Fridge Logic moment for the otherwise classic ending. If either of the two survivors is the shapeshifting alien, what good would it do to freeze to death, as the alien had already shown it could survive millennia this way.
  • Timecop: One of the mooks gets blasted with liquid nitro, whereupon Jean Claude Van Damme kicks and shatters his arm, and he falls off a ledge to his death.
  • Titanic (1997): In both the film and Real Life, this is how most of the 1,500+ deaths of the RMS Titanic occurred. They died in -3°C seawater after the ship sank (sometimes the water flooded them inside the ship before it completely sank), which Jack Dawson equates to being hit with a thousand knives over your body. This claims Jack's life as well, along with Chief Officer Henry Wilde, whose whistle Rose uses to escape their fate.
  • Transformers: While not necessarily killed by the ice, in the live-action movie Megatron was frozen for decades after crashing into the North Pole. He was kept frozen while hidden in the Hoover Dam. When Bumblebee was captured, they kept him immobilized with blasts of carbon dioxide.
  • In Universal Soldier: The Return, Van Damme freezes the Big Bad with liquid nitrogen, then shatters his body with one kick.

  • In one old ghost story, a ghost that dripped water all over its victims and made them miserable was defeated by being lured into an ice house. The cold froze the ghost's water and turned it into an icy statue.

  • Variation in Cat's Cradle with the isotope ice-9, which raises the freezing point of water to the point where it will instantly freeze any amount of water (or any living being containing water) regardless of temperature. Then a flake of it gets dropped into the ocean...
  • In Companions Codex the white dragon Aurbangras attacks Afafrenfere with his ice breath-weapon, but misses and hits Tos'un instead, instantly killing him by freezing him in place on the slope of a mountain.
  • They're already dead, but in Dante's Inferno (part of The Divine Comedy), the lowest circle of hell has traitors distorted and frozen in ice for all eternity. This is the same level that Brutus, Cassius, and Judas reside on, but with the added bonus of having their feet chewed on by Satan.
  • The Dresden Files: The more powerful Winter Fae can do this. Wizards can do it too; Harry first used ice by using his fire spell to draw heat from a puddle, freezing it and causing his pursuer to slip. Later he becomes the Winter Knight, and can use more traditional ice attacks, like freezing someone solid.
  • Fengshen Yanyi (The Investiture of the Gods), at one point wise Duke Ji Chang is ask to divine the future of King Zhou's duo of corrupted chancellors and, much to his own surprise, predict that they'll perish in ice, a notion which they both mock as no one in the empire has ever suffered such a death. It proves real several years later (In-Universe), where they both freeze to death when Jiang Ziya summons a heavenly blizzard to trap the invading army in ice and snow. Much later in the story, one of the Ten Heavenly Kings showcases the Frozen Ice Formation, a magic trap which uses ice to freeze whoever enters the area and then smash them to a pulp using giant masses of ice as cudgels.
  • The Heroes of Olympus:
    • The result of getting hit by Hyperborean breath. Percy uses this to his advantage.
    • Khione, the goddess of snow, is fond of doing this.
  • Humanx Commonwealth: In Icerigger, set on a sub-zero Ice World, some native religious fanatics invert the Burn the Witch! trope by attempting to execute some captives with ice. They tie them up and set them into empty vats, then pour water over them a few gallons at a time. The water freezes in the frigid ambient temperature, encasing its victims layer by layer in ice.
  • In George R. R. Martin's short novel The Ice Dragon, the titular ice dragon has icy breath that will freeze anyone and anything in its path, and it can freeze anything it touches. By the end of the story, the ice dragon faces off against three fire dragons. The ice dragon kills all three of them.
  • Liquid Nitrogen Grenades make an appearance in Matthew Reilly's Ice Station, but don't cause the instant freezing usually seen with this trope. Instead, people exposed to them freeze from the outside in.
  • The Left Behind series has a somewhat different version of this trope: Enigma Babylon One World Faith leader Peter Mathews was killed by sharp feathers made from an ice sculpture of him.
  • In the Malazan Book of the Fallen, the Jaghut way to get rid of enemies, back when they still cared to, was to call down an ice age to starve them. Or to simply freeze them and walk away.
  • The first deathtrap in Ripper is a loaded crossbow aimed at someone in the dining room, its stock propped on top of an ice cube. As the ice melts, its stock settles onto the shelf and depresses the firing lever by its own weight.
  • In The Shadow of Kyoshi, Kyoshi kills Yun by freezing his lungs and heart with Waterbending while he's delivering a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    Catelyn Stark: Ice can kill as dead as fire.
  • Jack London's classic short story "To Build a Fire" tells of a rather foolish and unsympathetic gold miner in Yukon Territory who goes off on a journey alone and winds up freezing to death after he falls into water and is unable to build a fire to warm himself.
  • Cold-gas weapons (both spray projectors and rocket warheads) are used in The War Against the Chtorr, though the hero doesn't find them as reliable as flamethrowers.
  • In The Bio of a Space Tyrant series by Piers Anthony, there's an assassination attempt on the eponymous Tyrant. As no weapons are allowed in his pretense, the conspirators break off icicles that have formed on the windows and use them as improvised daggers.

    Live-Action TV 
  • One demon in the Angel episode "Expecting" is taken down with liquid nitrogen.
  • CSI: NY:
    • A bitchy hotel maven falls onto the bent stem of a liquid nitrogen tank, which injects her chest with the frigid fluid and literally freezes her heart solid.
    • Another victim gets stabbed to death with an icicle.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In "Planet of the Daleks", the centre of the planet Spiridon is filled with ice instead of lava; thus an "ice-flow" is used to destroy the Dalek army.
    • "42": Captain McDonnell kills the sun-possessed Ashton by shoving him in the stasis pod and setting it to -273°C, otherwise known as absolute zero, the coldest temperature it's possible to physically reach. The Doctor later attempts to do this to himself when he gets possessed, but another possessed individual shuts off the pod's power before it gets cold enough.
    • "The Woman Who Fell to Earth": The antagonist is a member of the Stenza species, whose body temperature is naturally so cold they can kill humans via lethal freezer burns merely on skin contact.
  • The Flash (2014).
    • Leonard Snart/Captain Cold wields the Cold Gun. Much like his comics counterpart it can fire blasts of absolute zero.
    • Killer Frost, introduced in Season 2 as the Earth-2 counterpart of Caitlin Snow, is a metahuman with the power to freeze things. Later in Season 3, due to a Cosmic Retcon, the main Caitlin Snow also turns into Killer Frost and gains ice based powers, explained by her absorbing the heat of whatever she is targeting.
  • Heroes: Tracy. Later adds Making a Splash (drowning people in enclosed spaces) to her arsenal.
  • A victim of the week on NCIS is killed by liquid nitrogen.
  • The fourth and final season of The Outpost has Talon and her allies fighting the Masters, god-like beings who are nearly impossible to kill. In the series finale, Talon is able to send the Masters into another dimension, a place so bitterly cold that they turn into ice statues within moments.
  • Primeval has a fungus monster that can only be killed by subzero temperatures. Connor nearly dies after trapping himself in a freezer with it. The same goes for Jenny too.
  • Stargate SG-1 has an episode in its 8th season where Anubis, a half Energy Being, is possessing people. He can't be killed but can't act without possessing a body. What choice is left for the SGC? "Let him escape", but redirect the stargate to an ice planet and freeze the body he's currently possessing. Unfortunately, he does later manage to get off that planet somehow and start taking new hosts.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: In the pilot episode, Q immobilized a redshirt by freezing him after he drew a phaser; he doesn't die, but it's implied he might have without immediate medical attention. Also, Security Chief/first season regular Tasha Yar, but Q agrees to restore her when Picard protests.
  • Star Trek: Voyager ("Displaced"): When Voyager's crew is trapped in a prison with different environments for different species, Tom and B'Elanna dispose of two Nyrian mooks (from a very warm planet) by luring them into a subzero habitat. Later Captain Janeway beams the rest of the Nyrians there, and threatens to keep them there until her ship is returned.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise: Mirror!Phlox tortures a Tholian by reducing the temperature in its cell. When it drops low enough, the poor Tholian shatters. Unusual in that Tholians normally live in a superheated environment, and the cell was still well above normal for most folks.
  • An aquatic Monster of the Week on Tremors: The Series was killed by dumping dry ice into the aquaduct it was submerged in. Unusual in that the heroes could have shot it or blown it up quite easily, but needed to keep its carcass intact to avoid contaminating the area with the mixmaster in its tissues.
  • The X-Files: In "Roland", it's revealed that the alien virus can be rendered harmless by lowering the temperature of its environment.

    Mythology & Religion 
  • The Bible:
    • In the Book of Exodus, one of God's ten plagues that He releases on Egypt is a plague of hail. The Egyptians who were wise to heed Moses' warnings brought their servants and livestock in for safety, while those who ignored the warning left their servants and livestock outside and suffered having to lose them in the pounding hail.
    • In the Book of Revelation, 100-pound hailstones are dropped from the sky on the people during the seventh Bowl Judgment.


  • The Jade Regent Campaign from RPGMP3 features a character called Skygni, who's a magically Awakened frost-breathing Winter Wolf. He swore a Blood Oath (under duress) to not eat people. Not the ones travelling with the heroes' caravan, anyway.

    Tabletop RPG 
  • In many editions Dungeons & Dragons, as well as spinoff Pathfinder, fire-associated creatures (like fire elementals, fire giants, or red dragons) tend to be especially vulnerable to cold damage. This can't be relied on all the time, though, as many of these creatures are smart enough to be aware of their weakness, and will use their resources to acquire some method of resisting cold damage.
  • Forgotten Realms' god of rot Moander has a penchant for controlling slaves via parasitic vines. Since they were of tropical variety any area spell cold enough to harm a victim was overkill for them. Later Moander itself got a piece of paraelemental ice delivered and force-fed.
  • In Sentinels of the Multiverse, cold is a damage type.
    • Absolute Zero, an Expy of Mister Freeze (except he's on the side of good) specializes in both this and Kill It with Fire. He also has a way to give himself Elemental Absorption to Cold damage.
    • Expatriette can load Liquid Nitrogen Rounds in any of her many guns. Guns loaded with such rounds deal Cold damage instead of Projectile damage, and inflict a damage debuff to any enemy hit by said rounds.
  • In the Traveller Double Adventure "The Chamax Plague/Horde", the title alien monsters are defeated by luring them into an icy snowfield and with a cold-generation field, respectively.


    Video Games 
  • One can use the Ice Wand weapon in American McGee's Alice to kill opponents with cold; they freeze solid and then fade away.
  • Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance has several magical spells that work like this, with the potential for turning enemies into little ice chunks if you have the proper spell setup. They either turn all blue for a time where you can hit them physically to shatter them, or if you do it long enough, they shatter all on their own. It's not really practical to do this sometimes because they might be immune to it for some reason or another, or it's rather mana-intensive to do this for long periods.
  • The Binding of Isaac: The Repentance DLC adds a possible freezing effect as one power up Isaac can obtain. Enemies who are frozen will never unfreeze, and count as dead even if they are not shattered.
  • BioShock and its sequel have the Winter Blast plasmid, which freezes splicers when hit, then you can shatter them into pieces with your wrench or any other weapon before they thaw out for a few seconds. The drawback here is that you won't get loot after doing this method. Later on, some splicers will have attained this ability, and are much resistant to your own ice-based attacks. Therefore, do the opposite thing on them, which isn't hard to figure out...
  • BlazBlue has Jin's main ability which is to freeze opponents with his katana, alongside summoning ice swords, creating ice barriers, turning his sword into a bow that shoots icy arrows, and riding ice cars.
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! introduces ice-elemental weapons that can freeze enemies solid and shatter them into teeny-tiny pieces. DLC character Aurelia not only has an Action Skill that does constant Cryo damage at a certain area, but also has an entire skill tree dedicated to doing Cryo damage in a large area, with her final ability letting her do Cryo damage with any gun after scoring a kill.
  • Crysis has frost-based aliens armed with ice-shard guns. Later on, you can get one of their weapons to use against them. And it has infinite ammo, too!
  • Attempted in Dead Space with the hunter, which you have to lure into a cryogenic chamber to freeze it solid. This works for a while, but it eventually breaks free and keeps coming after you, no worse for the wear. In the end, it requires firing the rocket engines of a spaceship into its face to really kill it dead.
  • In Deltarune, Noelle's IceShock spell can freeze enemies. It is also Played for Horror, as it's also the only spell that can kill enemies, who otherwise flee when beaten with any other attack. In the alternate route where the player has her freeze every available enemy, she even gets a stronger ice attack, whose description is simply "Fatal." Once the Fountain is sealed and the party gets back into the Light World after Noelle uses the latter on Berdly and leaves, he doesn't wake up with the rest of the party...
  • Torch Bearer from Demigod switches between this and Kill It with Fire.
  • Diablo II introduces the Cold element to kill stuff and be killed with. Has a chance of successfully shattering stuff as well.
  • Subverted slightly in Duke Nukem 3D with the Freezethrower. It fires frozen nitrogen crystals that bounce around the room and damage any enemies they hit (including yourself if you're not careful), but when they reach death, they instead freeze solid, at which point they are a One-Hit-Point Wonder - although they will harmlessly thaw out after a few seconds (but can still be downed or re-frozen in one hit). Duke Nukem Forever changes the Freezethrower into a ray-based weapon (actually some kind of maintenance tool) with a similar effect.
  • One fascinating quirk of dwarven physics in Dwarf Fortress is that any water exposed to open air below freezing temperature, freezes instantly along with anything that was unlucky enough to be in it. When you melt or dig out the ice, only things left are bones and metal equipment.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, frost damage hurts health and stamina. A lot of enemies in Skyrim favor ice too. The more powerful Undead shoot frost from their hands, vampires fling spikes of ice magic, Wispmothers fling volleys of ice spells while their children attack, Ice Wraiths are hostile elemental spirits of ice and air, and Dragons occasionally use the Frost Breath Shout. The native people of Skyrim, the Nords, developed a hardy resistance to cold in response to the various ice-wielding menaces in Skyrim. Including Skyrim itself, since it's the coldest province in Tamriel. Conversely, ice isn't that practical for the player character to use since so many of the enemies in the game are resistant to it. Taken to an even higher level in Dragonborn with the return of Bloodmoon's Stalhrim. Players can now forge weapons made of enchanted ice that are on the same level as Ebony weapons that also increase the power of any Frost enchantments placed on them.
  • In Evolve, all of the Glacial Behemoth's abilities are ice themed. Two inflict the standard slow effect, while one slows reload speed and another freezes hunters in place.
  • Fallout 4 has the "Cryolator", a prototype weapon found in Vault 111 that functions in a similar manner to a flamethrower (and uses the same ammo), except freezing enemies into brittle chunks of ice as opposed to burning them to a crisp. There's also the Freezing legendary weapon effect, which adds ice damage and the chance to freeze enemies to any gun.
  • You have a lot of options to do this in a standard Final Fantasy game: the Ice/Blizzard series of spells is generally one of the Black Mage's basic abilities, ice-elemental equipment is usually obtained around the half-way point, and summoners have Shiva (or Mateus in the Ivalice games).
  • In Final Fantasy VIII, at the end of the first act, the party's gotten in Edea's way for a bit too long, so what does she do? Impale.
  • In Fire Emblem, the Ice Dragon can theoretically do this via using their ice breaths. In Fire Emblem Akaneia, Tiki (who's actually a Divine Dragon) can use ice dragon-like attacks if she gets an Ice Stone from the secret shops.
  • In Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, Ninian and Nils are half ice-dragons and could potentially use these attacks, but their shared dragonstone was taken away by the Black Fang. But after being revived, and most likely due to being near the powerful Dragon's Gate, Ninian uses ice blasts to kill two dragons and wound another (which becomes the Final Boss), while begging them for forgiveness and crying for their deaths.
  • Gift: The Blue Crystal power, while freezing water, kills everything in it. Including you.
  • In Doom mod GMOTA, The alternate attack of Daggar subweapon turns your sword into ice and freezes enemies. Frozen enemies will shatter and become tasty ice creams, so you can eat it to replenish your health.
  • Hexen: Beyond Heretic has the Mage's Ice Spell, which if you kill someone with it, they freeze, and you can shatter them like glass.
  • One of the bosses in the final level of Kid Dracula requires to shoot it with an ice projectile which is almost completely useless elsewhere.
  • Being An Ice Person, this is Vexen of Kingdom Hearts's weapon of choice. Erm, besides his big-ass, spike-covered shield.
  • The Legend of Zelda has the Ice Arrows, which freezes enemies upon contact. Weaker enemies will be killed the moment they're thawed out, while stronger enemies will need either another Ice Arrow or to be dealt with up-close. A Link to the Past uses an Ice Rod instead of Ice Arrows. The Wind Waker gives you the option of using an Ice Arrow to freeze the enemy and then using the Skull Hammer to smash the enemy to pieces for an instant kill. Even on Darknuts if you're quick enough.
  • Luminous Arc: Mel the Torrent Witch starts out with a simple water spell, but she later learns Ice Crush, her strongest magical attack second only to Claire's Volt Storm. She is also the Combat Medic.
  • Luminous Arc 2: Fatima's Shadow Frost Spell, while technically a Dark Magic Spell, has a taste of this. Her FD is pure of this though.
  • Magicka: Ice and Frost are both 2 elements you can use.
  • Mass Effect:
    • A secret research lab is built in high mountains on a permanently frozen planet, the idea being that if anything goes wrong, the cold would stop whatever they create from leaving the labs. In case of an emergency, the doors are locked and the power cut off, and after a week or so, cleanup teams with arctic gear can take care of the frozen mess.
    • Cryo and Snowblind rounds freeze targets solid with predictable results. This is one way to keep Krogans from regenerating and coming at you again.
    • The sequels add Cryo Blast as a tech ability, and the Avalanche heavy weapon. The N7 Paladin and Alliance Infiltration Unit classes in Mass Effect 3's multiplayer have the Snap Freeze ability that sprays ice in an arc in front of them. It can cause damage on its own but is particularly useful for slowing enemies down and increasing the damage they take, as well as being able to hit enemies through cover. If a frozen or chilled enemy is hit by a detonating power, such as Overload or Concussive Shot, it will also set off a Cryo Explosion that harms and freezes enemies across a wide radius.
  • Mega Man:
    • If the eponymous character is up against both a fire-using boss and an ice-using boss in the same batch of Robot Masters, the one using fire will usually be weak to one using ice, though this is occasionally inverted. Otherwise, Kill It with Water.
    • ROM Hack Rockman No Constancy has Ice Circle, Wood Man's new weapon.
    • Inverted in 6 - Blizzard Man is weak to the weapon that Flame Man gives Mega Man.
    • 10 has Solar Man (fire), Chill Man (ice) and Pump Man (Water). Kill Solar Man with water. The Chill Spike (which creates spines of ice on the ground) is good against Nitro Man (who turns into a motorcycle).
  • Melty Blood has one in White Len.
  • Metal Slug Code J has a new weapon called the Ice Shot, which fires a powerful, freezing mist capable of turning enemy soldiers into Human Popsicle(s) in an instant. You can fill an area full of enemies intoan impromptu ice sculpture display within seconds with this weapon.
  • Metroid:
    • The Metroids themselves are traditionally vulnerable to extreme cold, which is probably the only reason why Samus has an Ice Beam. This is also why, in Metroid Prime, the Space Pirates built their Metroid research facility in the icy environment of Phendrana Drifts: they hoped that the cold weakens any Metroids that might escape, making them slightly less dangerous (one of the better ideas their Science Team came up with). It also explains why, when Samus becomes part Metroid in Metroid Fusion, the X start coming after her with ice-cold parasites that hurt her if absorbed, at least until she can get the Varia Suit to withstand extreme temperatures.
    • Super Metroid: Freezing was handled differently in this game, as it takes longer to freeze an enemy, instead of each shot freezing and then unfreezing them. By the time they actually freeze, one good shot will kill them.
    • Metroid Fusion and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption enhance Samus's arsenal with Ice Missiles, replacing the Ice Beam. For Fusion, this is because Samus is told that the Metroid-based aspect of her physiology would reject the Ice Beam. It's likely that this was a deliberate lie, as she does get the Ice Beam for the final battle against the Omega Metroid and it has no harmful effect on her. Also, said Ice Beam is acquired from the essence of an SA-X, which Samus cannot fight for most of the game. In Corruption, it's simply for gameplay reasons (the game replaces the weapon switching mechanic with a stacking system due to the presence of Hypermode); the Ice Missiles can be used to freeze fire-based enemies on the volcanic side of Bryyo. (Incidentally, there's one that attempts to attack Samus with a round boomerang. You can make it so that projectile shatters its body right after you freeze it, which nets you an achievement token.)
    • In Metroid: Other M, a rogue group of Federation scientists allegedly manages to engineer some Metroids immune to cold, effectively rendering them invincible. Fortunately, all living specimens of this group are killed in an explosion before they become mature. And the rest of the Federation realizes exactly how stupid creating invincible Metroids is, and do not continue the project.
  • Mortal Kombat: Sub-Zero, being An Ice Person in general, hands out plenty of these as Finishing Moves.
  • Freezing to death from staying outside too long is one of the ways you can let Nancy Drew die in Treasure in the Royal Tower and White Wolf of Icicle Creek, and in one of these games the villain tries to get rid of her this way.
  • In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, while few enemies die outright from being frozen with the Ice Flower, it does turn many into ice blocks which can then be crushed with a Ground Pound or thrown into walls. This is the most convenient way to handle Dry Bones.
  • In One Night At Flumptys 3, the titular "egg" tries this on you by locking you in a room that's freezing cold. You're forced to constantly keep an eye on your body temperature and juggle watching for incoming threats while taking every chance you can to run to the nearby incinerator to warm up. Worse, is one of the monsters can get into the incinerator and deliver an instant kill if you go near it at the wrong time, effectively combining this and Kill You With Fire all in one nasty package, while another of the monsters can instantly drop your body temperature to near zero with it's otherwise harmless attack. If you fail to keep warm, your body freezes over and prevents you from doing anything other than sitting there motionless waiting for the next monster to come by and kill you.
  • In Pokémon, this is the standard way of dealing with Dragon-types, since the only other type that's super-effective against them is their own (or, starting with Generation VI, the Fairy type). You will want something else for Reshiram, Dialga, Palkia, and Kyurem, however. Ice is also super-effective against Grass, Ground and Flying types, which makes it even better for dealing with Dragon/Flying and Dragon/Ground Pokémon such as Dragonite and Garchomp.
  • Red Alert 3 gives the Allied faction several new ice-based superweapons and units, including Cryoblasts and Cryocopters. While the ice itself doesn't do any damage, it does leave frozen targets vulnerable enough that a single shot from the weakest infantry unit will shatter an Apocolypse tank.
  • The eponymous Implacable Man of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is particularly susceptible to liquid nitrogen grenades. Not only do they slow him down for a good 5 seconds or so, but they do as much damage to him as a magnum round. However, just like everything else, it doesn't keep him down for more than a few minutes.
  • If you want to fight it instead of dodging it until the elevator arrives, Salazar's "Right Hand" in Resident Evil 4 is much easier if you use the conveniently-located canisters to repeatedly freeze it solid and pump it full of lead while it's frozen (or just freeze it once, pull out the rocket launcher, and call it a day).
  • The flies surrounding the Dimitrescu daughters in Resident Evil Village are revealed to be weak to sudden drops in temperature when you fight Bela, and are said in a notebook to go dormant in temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius. You can invoke this trope two times, which noticeably thins the swarm of the daughter you're fighting:
    • Bela is fought in the Kitchen, and the cutscene shows for the first time the effect of the cold European air on the flies when Ethan shoots out a window.
    • Cassandra is fought in the Library, which has a convenient skylight. This tactic requires actual timing to lure her under before you pull the lever to open it.
    • Daniela is fought in the Armory, with a weak wall behind a shelf. It's easy to move the shelf and blow up the wall with a single pipebomb.
  • Shining Series:
  • In Sonic Adventure, Sonic and Knuckles battle Chaos 6 on the deck of the Egg Carrier. Dr. Eggman tosses freezer bombs, intending to use them to freeze Sonic or Knuckles, but the two can use them to freeze Chaos 6 by tossing them at him or tricking him into sucking them up with his Vacuum Mouth. Once Chaos 6 is frozen, Sonic or Knuckles can jump on him to damage him.
  • This seems to be Soulcalibur's (and by extension Siegfried's) goal for the entire world in Soulcalibur IV.
  • Freeze missiles in the Twisted Metal series are an effective tactic for inflicting some outright savage damage on enemies, as they are an energy attack that can be fired by a button command rather than needing to be equipped, do the same damage as a fire missile, home in, and leave their victims helplessly vulnerable to being outright slammed by a barrage of firepower until they thaw out. There's a reason freeze missiles are incorporated into a number of the boss character's special moves.
  • In Touhou Project, ice fairies can often to do this. One of the strongest fairies is Cirno who can manipulate cold to this extent. Even if it's effective enough to freeze enemy projectiles, she likes to freeze frogs more.
  • In Warcraft III, the Scourge specializes in ice attacks (since Evil Is Deathly Cold), particularly the Lich heroes. The Lich King provides the page quote.
  • The Soviets in War Front: Turning Point love their liquid nitrogen weapons.
  • Used to truly spectacular effect by the Kingslayer in the intro video of The Witcher 2, with an ice bomb instantly freezing an entire ship (and almost everyone on board) liquid nitrogen-style.
  • In World of Warcraft, Mages and Death Knights are both capable of specializing in Ice-based attacks. Also, Shamans have Frost Shock. Averted with Hunters, whose freezing traps don't kill, but merely immobilize an enemy in ice or create a slick surface that slows enemy movement. As mentioned above, many Scourge mobs also tend towards ice.
  • The playstation version of Xena: Warrior Princess has a late power-up called the Frostbiter, which allows Xena to solidify her enemies into an ice statue with a single hit. Land a second hit and the frozen enemies shatter into ice shards.
  • One Boss Battle in Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure has an ice dragon kidnap Wiki by swallowing him whole and forcing you into a Light and Mirrors Puzzle to save him. Make three mistakes, and you will be treated to a Non Standard Game Over with Wiki freezing to death.
  • The fire extinguisher in Zombies Ate My Neighbors doesn't cause direct harm to most enemies, but it does cut their defense while they're frozen allowing you to dispatch them in half the hits it would normally take. However it will actually kill the Jelly Blob enemies in six hits, as well as extinguish the Flaming Dolls. Popsicles on the other hand do outright damage to most enemies and will kill the Jelly Blobs in a single hit.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Double Homework, Dr. Mosely/Zeta attempts to kill the protagonist and his friends with an artificially caused avalanche, since they know too much about her and her experiments.
  • In Saya no Uta the titular character is killed by spilling liquid nitrogen on her and then having a huge part of her frozen body blown off with a shotgun.
    "That's minus 197 degrees, you fucking monster! How's it feel? Cold? Hot? Not so tough now are you!?"

  • Red Mage of 8-Bit Theater has a tendency to throw around ice spells. His most epic is easily using Ice-9 to freeze the Fiend of Fire into a Bag of Holding.
  • Champions of Far'aus: Flamel's main magic attacks are shards of ice shot from his wand.
  • Stonewater the orc in Dominic Deegan can conjure ice to use as a weapon; it is just as effective as holy magic against demons (which is to say, very) because the orcs believe ice to be sacred.
  • In Drowtales, Sil'lice is one of the most skilled Ice Sorcerers, let alone sorcerers in general, in the setting. As she fights, the battleground is coated and covered in layers of frost and her opponents begin to suffer first frostbite, then begin to freeze solid. This is used for some disturbing Fingore when one of her opponents blocks her sword blow, only to have her fingers snap off from the impact.
  • Girl Genius: When Colette kills all of Beausoleil's bodies for his betrayal and murder of her father she ends one with freezing.
  • Slightly Damned: The demon Lazuli uses ice magic to summon sharp, pointy icicles. They are very fatal, and rather messy.
  • Old Man Winter of Snow By Night does this to every bird he sees.

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    Western Animation 
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, a bonus pop up noted Katara only covers the face of firebenders when she freezes people. This is presumably because others can't survive.
  • Terry apprehended the otherwise mostly untouchable Inque (mostly; being diluted with water is also bad for her.) this way in Batman Beyond; when she invaded the Batcave, he used Mr. Freeze's gun, which Bruce had confiscated years ago.) Freezing her also was a useful Tailor-Made Prison for a while. It might have held her for good if the guy in charge of watching her didn't develop a weird crush. However, after repeated exposure, she figured out that compressing herself in a ball would keep most of her body active while only freezing the outside layer.
  • Nonlethal variety: Batman was able to subdue Clayface this way in one episode of Batman: The Animated Series. (However, the villain got the jump on him when he tried it a second time later in the episode.
  • Tigatron of Beast Wars fame used a gun that was seen to instantly freeze other Transformers. And while he used it in only one battle, Megatron's Transmetal 2 dragon form was capable of it as well.
  • Darkwing Duck:
    • Used to immobilise a super-villain made of liquid. It was ultimately only a temporary solution.
    • In "In Like Blunt", two SHUSH agents are discovered to have been murdered by being frozen in yogurt.
  • Trader Johann, after his Face–Heel Turn in Dragons: Riders of Berk, after being frozen by the icy breath of the female Bewilderbeast. In a disturbing inversion of Harmless Freezing, he is killed instantly upon contact, his murderous grin forever frozen on his face.
  • Johnny Test in the episode "Johnny vs Brainfreezer" has the Brainfreezer a disgruntled barista/university student who made a freeze ray from his coffee maker and Susan and Mary's blaster.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: In "Brain Invaders", Ahsoka has to deal with a squad of clone troopers who were infected with Geonosian brain worms. It transpires that the worms, being from a hot desert planet, have the Logical Weakness of cold temperatures, so she ruptures her frigate's coolant system to incapacitate the troopers.

    Real Life 
  • The Swedish Empire in 1700, Napoleon in 1812, and Hitler during WWII all tried to invade Russia, and Russia kicked them all out the same way; by letting the really nasty Russian winters (sometimes called General Winter) drain their forces, then defeating them.
    • Finland took advantage of this against the Soviet Union in the Winter War of 1939-1940. The brutal winter that year caused great problems for the Soviet advance, helping the Finnish to resist effectively, despite being ridiculously outnumbered. They had to give up and surrender some territory in the spring though.
    • Partial subversion; many historians now say that winter is not the worst time to campaign in the arctic. Indeed apparently the Finns were praying for spring to bring them lots of good old fashioned mud.
    • Only a partial subversion. When the first freezes of winter come in the far north it actually helps an army on the move when the mud freezes over; Hitler's Wehrmacht made better progress when the hard freeze came. However, when the temperature dropped to thirty below and the blizzards came, they suffered terribly.
    • In the case of Napoleon's men, another reason they ended up dead of hypothermia might have been tin disease, the transformation of white tin (Sn's main form at room temperature) to brittle grey tin (which eventually crumbles into powder) beginning at temperatures of 13.2 degrees Celsius. This transformation is slow at first, but drop the temperature to -30 degrees Celsius and below and the reaction should kick-start. Napoleon's men used tin buttons. The temperatures could have been that low in Russia. Go figure.
  • David Hackett Fischer in Albion's Seed said that the Puritans unwittingly chose a very good spot to place their colony. While a New England winter is hard on humans, it actually does kill germs.
  • Like its liquid counterpart, ice will tear up the landscape given time. No matter how hard the rock, even a little crack will doom it in the right climate. The extreme example of this are ice ages. Just for perspective, parts of northern Europe are still experiencing post-glacial rebound - as in, the land literally bouncing back up - from being weighed down by the last ice age, which ended 12,000 years ago.
  • In many types of extermination in the real world, cold temperatures, or freezing, is used to kill pests. It can be ineffective, or take a long time. Kill It with Fire, and cold temperatures, are used to kill bed bugs and other pests in some cases, other than poison, in which the house's temperature is lowered, or raised, substantially. This can take multiple attempts, such as the process being done every other day or so for a year. And if the problem persists, once again, another year. Putting anything that can't be treated with heat in the freezer is a tried and true method of getting rid of the leftovers of a head lice infestation too.
  • As shown on Mythbusters, one of the most effective ways to disarm a bomb is not to cut the wires, but to freeze it with liquid nitrogen. This stops the electrical components from functioning and is quite effective. Mythbusters showed that if the bomb squad in Lethal Weapon 2 had used liquid nitrogen to freeze the bomb in Murtaugh's bathroom, the dive into the bathtub would have been unnecessary. They simply could have stood up and walked away.
  • Cryosurgery. It can kill cancer cells in a considerably cleaner way. The extremely cool name is a bonus.
  • Brinicles are descending columns of super-cold ice that sometimes extend downward from the pack ice in shallow polar waters. If they extend far enough to touch the sea bed, any invertebrates unlucky enough to be at or near the point of contact get frozen solid.
  • Inverted note  with snow scorpionflies (also known as snow fleas), insects specifically adapted to live in winter conditions... to the point that holding one in your hand will instantly kill it from the tiny increase in warmth. They eat mosses and bacteria adapted to live in the same low-temperature environments, and pupate during warm weather instead of over the fall and winter.


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Star Allies / Vs. Twin Kracko

Once Kracko splits in two and becomes Twin Kracko in Kirby Star Allies, it's entirely possible to freeze one or both of them solid if enough ice attacks are used on the downpour of water at the start of the fight. This also works with Parallel Twin Kracko in Heroes in Another Dimension.

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