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Freeze your enemies! Shatter them into a thousand pieces!
— "Winter Blast" plasmid advert, BioShock

Someone gets frozen or petrified, and is then smashed into itty-bitty pieces. A great way to make sure that someone is Deader than Dead and to make Harmless Freezing dangerous. In gaming, this generally falls under the Chunky Salsa Rule and guarantees instant death, although this could destroy their equipment as well.

However, it can occasionally be counteracted by the victim Pulling Themselves Together or restoring themselves From a Single Cell. Alternately, depending on how souls, spirits, and immortality in general work, there may be nothing preventing them from taking control of another body somehow.

In real life, this wouldn't happen (at least with freezing). Fleshy creatures are held together by fibrous connective tissues and are pretty darn dense. When frozen solid, we don't break easily and definitely don't shatter. Drop a frozen corpse and it may crack, but it will definitely stay together—if it doesn't just bounce. This trope is only possible in Real Life with fruits, which tend to be much less fibrous than other living things. This is a serious case of Rule of Cool.

Since this is often a Death Trope, beware of spoilers.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Magsarion does this to the archdemon Frederica in Avesta of Black and White as she is being turned into a gemstone statue by the rival archdemon Kaikhosru. Though this is one of those times where doing so is not a good thing for the breakee, as shattering her causes her Healing Factor to kick in, restoring her to pristine condition.
  • Jokingly referenced in Ayakashi Triangle: While Suzu is trying to save Sosuke, Shirogane holds a grudges and pettily goes behind her back to tell Rochka to freeze him solid and smash him to pieces.
  • Early in Black Paradox when Marisou is attacked by Robo-Pitan and Reflection-Barachi (oblivious that they're duplicates and under the impression they're the real deal), Marisou instinctively grabs a rock and hurls it at the latter. She scores a hit that shatters Reflection-Barachi into shards in an instant.
  • The fate of Chiropterans in Blood+ after being exposed to the rival queens blood. Parts of the shattered remnants of George and Riku are carried by Saya and Kai respectively.
  • In Crystal Blaze, women affected by the humanoid weapons turn into glass statues, which then fade away into lots of tiny particles. Failed humanoid weapons who lose control of their powers also turn into glass statues, but don't fade away and just shatter instead.
  • Blizarga, an Ice Elemental monster and the main villain of of Doraemon: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi, shatters into blocks of ice upon defeat. What's even better is that it accidentally froze itself when Doraemon uses the Obtaining Bag to drench Blizarga in freezing cold water from the Antarctic sea, holding it in place long enough for Nobita and Carla to destroy it's forehead core, essentially killing Blizarga with it's own freezing powers.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • When Goku fights the Red Ribbon at Muscle Tower in Dragon Ball, he fights a huge monster called Buyon. The monster is very rubbery and impervious to Goku's hits until he manages to smash a wall and have him be frozen by the outside cold. At that point, one hit is enough to shatter it.
    • Dragon Ball Z, after Piccolo is turned into a statue by Dabura's spit, Trunks accidentally knocked over and shattered him. Luckily, he was able to regenerate.
    • Later in that same arc, Vegeta turns into a "statue" that crumbles to dust, but he was already dead before he shattered. He wasn't so much petrified as reduced to a brittle husk via self-induced Superpower Meltdown.
    • In Dragon Ball GT, Dr. Myuu drops a statue of Trunks on the ground which (despite being made of metal) shatters upon impact. Turns out that It was a fake set up by Giru and the real Trunks.
    • Also happens in GT, when Goku faces Frieza and Cell in Hell. He freezes the two of them using ice made of rotten souls. After palling around with them, he accidentally knocks over the both of them, shattering them on impact. Goku promptly apologizes.
    • Also happens in a roundabout way in Dragon Ball Super with Old Kai. In Future Trunks' battle with Dabura, the Z Sword containing the Kai is turned to stone by Dabura's spit, and when Trunks drops it in surprise, it shatters. The Kai's ghost appears later, complaining about his fate, not being able to have kept his body in death like his main timeline counterpart.
  • Subverted in Dr. STONE when Tsukasa starts breaking the statues of petrified humans out of spite. Fortunately, Senku figures out that putting the statues back together before reviving them can heal them.
  • In Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor, this is what happens to individuals assimilated by the Festum, as their bodies crystallize and then shatter. In the Right of Left OVA, this is also what happens to those who pilot the Fafner Titan Model for over the time limit.
  • Fairy Tail:
  • Also, Deliora, after being released from an ice prison. Notably, this happened even though the ice was melted, as it turns out he was long dead from the freezing.
  • Variation: The Heart Breaker/Soul Breaker combination Finishing Move in Godannar uses a chemical to turn a Mimetic Beast's body brittle, then the Soul Breaker smashes it into dust.
  • In Guilty Crown, the Apocalypse Virus causes a person's body to slowly crystallize. It progresses in stages, like a cancer, and the further along a person is the more of their body is crystallized. When they reach the final stages their whole body eventually crystallizes and shatters. Also, if a person's Void is destroyed their body instantly succumbs to the Virus and disintegrates.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • The fate of Dire from Phantom Blood after attempting his Thunder Cross Split Attack on Dio. Dio saps Dire's body heat, turning him to ice, and shatters him.
    • Diamond is Unbreakable: Normally, in the Ghost Alley, turning around before walking 20 feet results in the victim getting dragged to the afterlife by a hundred ghost hands. The Big Bad of Part 4, Kira Yoshikage, ends up being shattered by them when he tries to have his Stand attack the hands to escape, only for them to tear Killer Queen apart in retaliation and synchronization kicking in. Though being a spirit himself by this point, it didn't actually kill him as much as he might have wanted it to.
  • At the last page of chapter 9 of Kami Sen, the heroine Konoha's body got petrified and shattered itself. She got better in the following chapter.
  • This trope happens disturbingly often in Negima! Magister Negi Magi, as you can tell.
    • Pictured above: The Taken for Granite variant happens in a nightmare sequence.
    • In the same series, Evangeline's "Cosmic Catastrophe" / "End of the World" spell, which she used to flash-freeze a massive Demon God in absolute zero temperatures before shattering it with a snap of her fingers. Though subverted in that this actually wasn't fatal for the demon, and it still had to be sealed.
    • This happens to someone's LEGS in a flashback, more exactly, to Negi's cousin and Cool Big Sis Nekane. Subverted in that the person themselves survived, due to a slow-moving petrification spell, but it's not clear if her legs were fully healed/restored or she is using prosthetic as replacement.
    • This comes up again in the sequel UQ Holder! as Evangeline freezes Cutlass and shatters her into a thousand pieces. Unlike the previous series examples, this turns out to be fatal.
  • One Piece:
    • Admiral Aokiji almost shattered Nico Robin after freezing her, but was stopped in time by the rest of the Straw Hats. Aokiji, incidentally, gets inflicted with this trope on a regular basis, since his body is made of ice. He can always reform, though.
    • Repeated when Boa Hancock orders the petrified Kuja Amazons who saved Luffy's life to be shattered; Luffy barely manages to avert the impending tragedy with instinctive use of high-level Haki.
    • This also happens to Jozu's arm after Aokiji froze him during the Whitebeard War.
    • Subverted and Played for Laughs with Kin'emon in the Punk Hazard arc. He is petrified by the Shinokuni gas, and then accidentally knocked down by Brook, who appropriately reacts with horror. The cracked parts crumble, revealing it was just a shell as Kin'emon instantly regains his conscience and freaks out over his son.
  • A non-human example occurs in Pokémon Adventures during Giovanni's first appearance. After he and Red are attacked by two Magmar, Red incapacitates them but refuses to finish them off afterwards because he believes there's no honor in attacking a defenseless opponent. After he leaves, the Magmar free themselves and try to attack Giovanni, but he sends out his Cloyster, which freezes them solid. He then orders Cloyster to finish them off, and they shatter into pieces displaying how ruthless Giovanni truly is.
  • In Pygmalio, people petrified by Medusa shatter immediately.
  • The final enemy of Ranma ˝, the Phoenix King Saffron, was hit head-on by a revised and augmented version of the Hiryuu Shouten Ha that froze him solid and shattered him to bits. Although he came back, the damage was so extensive he was forced to regenerate as an egg.
  • In Re:Zero, this happens to Subaru no less than three times, each time after being frozen by Puck's true form. The third is the truest to the trope, as he gradually breaks into several pieces, and combined with the circumstances, it causes his biggest Heroic BSoD/Freak Out of the entire series.
  • How Sailor Moon disposes of the Monster of the Week in Sailor Moon Super S. Her finishing move, Moon Gorgeous Meditation, shows the monster shattering to pieces.
    • Also, in Rei's visions about a Bad Future in the S season, she would see the Senshi Taken for Granite. Then, their petrified bodies would be torn apart by a tornado.
    • This happened to be how one of the monsters in the first season, Derella, died after being hit by Moon Tiara Action.
  • Most foes that fall to Hyoga's Diamond Dust or Aurora Execution in Saint Seiya, especially if they're just Mooks. He doesn't even have to strike them afterwards —they shatter instants after being frozen solid. Once, the enemy's feet shattered when he was trying to move.
    • Additionally, in the anime the Gold Saint Camus once imprisoned Hyoga in an indestructible block of ice that would never melt, preserving his student forever. When the other Bronze Saints arrived and discovered that the sword of the Libra Cloth could release him, they fretted over the huge probability of accidentally breaking Hyoga at the same time as the ice. It's averted, though, since Shiryu chose a golden sword and managed to slash the block exactly in the way needed without harming Hyoga.
  • If anybody so much as touches The Noise in Symphogear and does not have their own Symphogear, the person disintegrates into carbon dust. At the same time, this is the fate of any Noise that is destroyed.
  • In Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, the Taken for Granite version is also implied to what happens to Kurogane's father.
  • In Ultimate Muscle, Terry the Kid defeats Rex King by freezing him (his actual weakness), then shattering his T-Rex-shaped arm (which also housed his brain) with his trademark technique "Calf Branding".
  • The Medusa-like villain of the Violinist of Hameln movie does this to Raiel after she's fed up with Hamel using his own petrified teammates as ammo. When she's defeated, and her victims start turning back to normal, Hamel and Flute scramble in a panic to reassemble Raiel.
  • Witchblade: Cloneblade wielders upon final Phlebotinum Breakdown don't freeze, but they crystallize and fall to pieces.
  • On YuYu Hakusho, this is how Seiryuu kills Byakko.

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    Comic Books 
  • Linda Park accidentally does this in The Flash while investigating a crime with a future Flash. She sees the villainess Golden Glider out of the corner of her eye while inside a dark building and instinctively throws a desk lamp at her before realizing that GG's been frozen.
  • In one story of the Legion of Super-Heroes, the villain turns Colossal Boy's parents to glass. The process is reversible, but as he demonstrates on an incompetent underling, glass is fragile.
  • A similar case happens in Doomsday Clock when the hero Firestorm accidentally turns a crowd of Russian civilians into glass. With Superman's help he figures out how to reverse it, but thanks to Poor Communication Kills the Russian military ends up killing several of them trying to bring him to justice while ignoring Superman's insistence that they weren't dead.
  • Plastic Man:
    • Done to him in the Justice League comic book, courtesy of a superhuman who petrified him and shattered him to pieces in pre-sunk Atlantis (which, subsequently, sank). On his return he'd taken a level in badass due to floating along the ocean floor for thousands of years with nothing to do but think.
    • And it happened again in Justice League of America: Tower of Babel. Thankfully, the Flash fixed him all up.
    • Done again in a more humorous way in Kyle Baker's run. Plastic Man is frozen and shattered to pieces, but once unfrozen every piece turns into its own tiny Plastic Man. He pulls himself together by eating each one of his copies one by one.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): Veronica Cale has her security staff broken down and ground into dust after they're petrified by Medusa's gaze in order to hide the evidence of the gorgons' presence at her company since she's teamed up with them.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • The Grey Gargoyle is a B-list bad guy, but his powers are definitely A-list: he can turn anything he touches to stone, including his own body (which he can still move normally afterwards, making him Nigh-Invulnerable — oh, and he can fly). The effects wear off in an hour, but that's not much good to you if he breaks you first. If the Gargoyle were a bit smarter, he'd be a major threat, and as it is he still has his moments — in one classic cliffhanger, he petrifies Iron Man and tosses him from a building. Jasper Sitwell shows up just in time with a truck full of sand, which had been duly foreshadowed the previous issue... but man, that was close.
      • It gets worse in Fear Itself. After becoming one of the Serpent's Worthy and becoming near-godlike in power, he uses his ability on almost all of Paris. And then he spends the rest of the issue flinging Iron Man through all of the statues, ending with a shot of Iron Man lying in a giant pile of statue pieces.
    • In The Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos turns Thor (the Erik Masterson one) into glass and then shatters him. When Nova tries to save Thor, Thanos turns his body into Lego-like toy bricks and shatters him as well. Thor later appears alive and well with the few remaining heroes left even before the Cosmic Retcon is used to bring back all of Thanos' victims in the first four issues, which seems like an Unexplained Recovery for anyone who hasn't read the Doctor Strange tie in that shows how Strange literally went through Hell and back to restore him to life.
    • In the original appearance of the Absorbing Man in The Mighty Thor, Thor tricks him into absorbing the properties of a glass window and shatters him. He pulls himself back together, though.
    • Spider-Man: In "Return of Sinister Six", Dr. Octopus does this to Sandman, using his heat ray to melt him and then shattering the resulting glass statue. This bites him badly later as Sandman returns later, very angry with his body now made of glass shards rather than sand.
    • Thunderbolts: In issue #103, the team's fighting Quicksand. They freeze her solid, then shatter her, but since they were trying to capture her, not kill her, Songbird tells Blizzard they're now going to have to pick up all the pieces.
    • The nigh-unbeatable Wolverine villain the Gorgon is killed like this, with Wolverine using his claws to reflect the Gorgon's own petrifying gaze back to him, then smashing him once he's turned to stone.
    • X-Men:
      • Cyclops did this to Jack Frost, the criminal with a diamond form who took him in and abused him, prior to his arrival at the school, when he tried to make him kill a security guard.
      • Iceman has been shattered and put back together a few times.
      • In New X-Men, Emma Frost is shot with a diamond bullet while in her diamond form. She shatters in a million pieces. She gets better.
      • In the Mutant Massacre storyline, a mutant made of glass or crystal meets his end when he comes across the vicious Marauders.
      • It also happens to Prism, one of said Marauders, quite a few times (the first being the Mutant Massacre itself).
  • "The woman they dipped in liquid nitrogen, then shattered like a wineglass," from Elementals.
  • Averted in The Herder Witch when Padora the witch restrains an attacking bear in ice. The villagers are ready to smash it to pieces, but she explains that doing so will just cause the bear to break free again.
  • In L'Homme qui vendait du froid, a French comic book by Michel Greg (of Achille Talon fame), the villain is handed a freezing-ray gun, with which he threatens the heroes. Since he was mostly a Laughably Evil villain before being given the gun, the heroes laugh at him and call his gun a "toy". In a surprisingly dark Kick the Dog moment, the villain freezes a pignote  and then kicks it, and it shatters to pieces when it lands. The villain soon gets Hoist by His Own Petard, but luckily for him the heroes take much care of not letting him fall while they take him to a safe place.
  • Mega Man (Archie Comics): Junk Man ends up suffering this fate with a spiny hedgehog tearing right through his body in the Worlds Collide crossover.
  • The first issue of My Little Pony: FIENDship Is Magic reveals that King Sombra did this after his Face–Heel Turn. He ignored Princess Amore's plea that he could still do the right thing by turning her into crystal and breaking her body apart.
  • In Oz (Caliber) #0, it was revealed that General Jinjur's husband was turned into a jewel by Ruggedo and crushed in his hand.
  • Elijah Snow makes a localised application of this trope to Dracula in Planetary (see here); Sherlock Holmes mentions that in this particular case it'll grow back. This is Elijah Snow's standard attack when he wants someone to go bye-bye.

    Comic Strips 
  • Knights of the Dinner Table: After a long, long rules debate over who got turned to stone by a gorgon, B.A. decides it's Brian. The gorgon has a morning star. Piece it together. Also, it got worse when all of the flesh-to-stone transformations were reversed.
    Sara: Eew. I think we need a wet-vac.
  • This installment of Little Nemo In Slumberland where Nemo, Flip, and Impie eat too much ice cream and then freeze. Impie is the first victim, who falls off his stool and shatters. Flip is next; when as someone tries to carry his frozen, paralyzed body away with a pair of ice tongs, he slips out and shatters into pieces. Then the frozen Nemo is brought back home, where he's placed in front of an oven to thaw him out, only his entire body begins to melt away as he screams for help.

    Fan Works 
  • Child of the Storm has Harry use this in the sequel, ripping the thermal energy out of thirteen ghouls, freezing them, before using the gathered energy to shatter them into fragments. Clark almost immediately throws up.
  • In Pony POV Series, this theoretically can be done to Discord while he's imprisoned in his statue, but the story explains why it can't be safely done. Namely, Havoc, Discord's father, gave his children a 'failsafe' so that if anyone except another member of their family kills them, they can persist in the mortal world in spirit form rather than go back to the spirit world. So while shattering Discord would be fatal, it would ultimately just set him free and allow him to possess someone else. This happened when Galaxia, unknowing of this, killed Discord by shattering after the Paradise Ponies managed to defeat him, allowing him to possess Wind Whistler, whose body he's currently using. Thus the only way to safely shatter Discord would be if someone of his family did it, and the only available option would be his daughter Fluttercruel. This becomes mute as Diamond Tiara, as part of her Deal with the Devil with him shattered him and they're now Sharing a Body. Also, following the Rumors Arc, the Draconequi Elders take away the failsafe meaning if it happens to Discord again, he will die.
  • In Raindancer, Izuku uses this non-lethally when he freezes a bat that was being swung at him and shatters it to pieces with his Quirk, spraying jagged shrapnel everywhere.
  • In "How Things Smurf" from Raven Child's The Smurfette Village series, Gloria's descendant Amber puts a permanent end to the demon Asmoday by smashing him into pieces after turning him to stone with the Scepter of Faith.
  • A major plot point in The Sweetie Chronicles: Fragments is that Twilight Sparkle was shattered and thrown across The Multiverse. While still conscious.
  • In Voyages of the Wild Sea Horse, Ranma defeats Gasparde, a Logia with the Candy-Candy Fruit, by using an icy Kamehame Hadoken technique to freeze him solid. The flashfrozen candy being brittle, and the battle taking place on the sharply uptilted deck of a sinking ship, Gasparde's own weight and lingering momentum causes his crystalized body to shatter into chunks that then fall into the sea, where his Super Drowning Skills finish him off.

    Films — Animation 
  • In the final battle in Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, Jafar petrifies Carpet when he and Aladdin try to reach Jafar's lamp. They subsequently crash, and Carpet is shattered into a hundred pieces, getting restored later only due to the rules of ontological inertia.
  • Happens to Commander Rourke at the end of Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire as a result of him being stabbed by a sharpened fragment of the Atlantean Crystal, causing him to crystallize and be smashed to pieces after being sliced by his blimp's propellers.
  • Batman: Assault on Arkham: Killer Frost sneaks into Arkham Asylum in a body bag. When an unfortunate morgue attendant unzips it, she sits up and plants a kiss on him... that freezes him from the neck up. When she drops him his entire head shatters on the floor.
  • Inverted in Frozen. When Anna turns to solid ice as she is stepping between Elsa and Hans as Hans goes to kill Elsa, the intense cold Anna's body gives off flash-freezes the sword, and the super-cooled metal is shattered instead.
  • Happens to Tybalt (a lawn ornament) in Gnomeo & Juliet after being accidentally thrown against a wall by Gnomeo. He is eventually repaired at the end of the film, however.
  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return has this happen constantly to Dainty China Country due to the evil Jester. However, they are easily mended, if left unconscious for a while afterwards.
  • Happens at the end of My Little Pony: The Movie (2017). The Storm King attempts to throw a petrification grenade at the heroes, only for a redeemed Tempest Shadow to jump in the way and get them both Taken for Granite. Twilight pulls Tempest to safety before she can fall off a balcony, but the Storm King rests in pieces.
  • A variation of this happens in The Transformers: The Movie: Galvatron fires a single shot at Starscream, who is reduced to a blackened statue of himself that then dissolves in a cascade of nondescript fragments and ashy dust. Nothing even close to this ever happened in its regular series at the time.
  • Wonder Woman: Bloodlines: Medusa shatters several of her victims after turning them to stone, which means that even though the petrification is reversable in this adaptation these victims cannot be saved.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Alien: Resurrection. Happens to a redshirt when an escaped alien figures out the connection between the blasts of liquid nitrogen that were used to control it earlier, and the Big Red Button in front of its slime-dripping jaws.
  • In Avengers: Infinity War, Drax is turned into a statue that breaks into pieces when Thanos uses the Reality Stone on him. He recovers after Thanos leaves with Gamora.
  • Towards the ending of The Blob (1988), the titular abomination is finally "killed" after a snow truck blows up near it, causing the Blob to shatter into numerous crystallized pieces.
  • Trymon, the villain in The Colour of Magic, is turned to stone when his spell backfires and is later moved by workers who accidentally drop him, shattering him to pieces which are made into a rockery. Possibly averted in that he is implied to already be dead from the petrification itself due to the spells he took being returned to the book at that point (it is said that this will happen in the event of the death of the one carrying the spells), and the spell was intended for Rincewind, whom Trymon declared his intent to kill.
  • Critters 4 has a scene where Ethan freezes a Crite solid by exposing it to liquid nitrogen and then kills it by breaking the frozen Crite into pieces.
  • Gets the requisite nod in Cube when someone tests a booby-trapped room by throwing their boot inside and it ends up frozen and shattered from a nitrogen gas spray. There are all different manner of traps, so there's no particular reason to use this trope other than the fiendish inventiveness of the designers, whoever they are.
  • An early draft for The Day After Tomorrow involved the pilot who is frozen in the Scotland scene to walk out of the helicopter for a few feet, freeze and be chopped into pieces by the helicopter blades.
  • Simon Phoenix, the villain in Demolition Man. He gets frozen with liquid nitrogen, then his head kicked off by the hero, shattering on the second bounce for good measure.
  • In Dragonheart: A New Beginning, Drake kills Griffin by breathing ice on him instead of fire. Griffin falls to the ground and shatters. Unfortunately, one of the pieces impales Geoff.
  • The Empty Mirror: When Hitler finally gets fed up with Freud's analysis of his character, he attacks him with a sledgehammer. This causes Freud to break into a dozen pieces as if he were simply a mirror.
  • There was also a TV movie called Fatal Error starring Janine Turner and Antonio Sabato Jr, the plot of which was a computer virus which became a biological virus and infected people through their cable boxes, causing them to petrify and shatter.
  • At the end of Gamera vs. Viras, Gamera flies Viras up so high into the atmosphere that he freezes over, then he drops him back down into the ocean before, where it reveals that Viras fell apart.
  • At the end of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Destoroyah is killed by being frozen alive, causing him to crash to the ground and shatter into a billion tiny pieces.
  • This happens in the underrated 1954 science fiction movie Gog. A compromised computer AI locks two scientists in a giant freezer room that freezes them solid within minutes. They shatter upon falling over. (Although the shattering occurs off-camera, it's still a pretty gruesome death for a movie made in this era.)
  • Harry Potter:
  • In The Hazing, the villain turns one of the characters into a mannequin. When her friends stumble into her on a dark stairway landing, they push her out of the way and down the stairs, shattering her into pieces.
  • In Hellraiser: Inferno, Joseph arrives home to find his wife and child strung up and frozen to death in his living room. He grabs his daughter's hand, only for it to break off and eventually shatter their entire bodies.
  • In Hot Shots! Part Deux, "Saddam Hussein" and his little dog both undergo Smashed Human Popsicle. They not only get better but end up melting and reforming together a la the T-1000, leaving Saddam with canine features and a little pink bow in his hair.
  • Done infamously in Jason X. While one of the doctor's assistants is about to dissect Jason, the dormant wraith then comes back to life, and forces her face into a sink of liquid nitrogen, following up with a smash on the counter. It was so gruesome, that when the Mythbusters tested it, they weren't allowed to show the footage, instead of going for a cartoon reenactment.
  • The Last Leprechaun: After Simpson overestimates his power and tries to control Laura, she freezes him and shatters him.
  • In the newer Narnia film of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the White Witch can turn opponents to stone with her crystal staff, and starts to use it as a weapon during the battle against Aslan's army; there is one case where she turns a gryphon to stone in midair, whereupon it falls to the ground and shatters. On-screen. In a family film.
  • 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.
  • In Oz the Great and Powerful, Oz comes across a version of "China Town," where people are made of China. The Wicked Witch of the East had sent her flying baboons and most of the inhabitants were shattered. Oz uses his "magic liquid" (glue) to fix China Girl's legs and let her walk again.
  • Implied to happen to Andrew in Snowpiercer. He has his arm frozen solid and we see somebody swing a hammer before cutting away to screaming.
  • In the 1987 Cannon Movie Tales version of Snow White, this is the evil queen's ultimate fate. Responding to news that a prince's bride is fairer than she is, she throws a heavy bauble at her magic mirror, which responds to the attack by beginning to crack. She doesn't realize that with each crack, she ages a little bit, and by the time she reaches the wedding — and discovers her stepdaughter is alive once more — she is a hideously withered old crone. As she hobbles out in disgrace, the mirror's destruction comes to an end as the whole thing explodes into dust...and so does she.
  • The opening scene of Star Trek: Nemesis has the thalaron weapon turning the entire Romulan senate into stone, which then shatters.
  • In the opening sequence of Tale of the Mummy, Christopher Lee and some associates succumb to an Ancient Tomb's curse, their flesh becoming crumbly and cracking like porcelain. Particularly harsh for Lee, whose head and chest remain flesh until well after he's snapped in half at the waist, and the poor fellow who was climbing a wall at a time: one by one, his limbs shatter under the strain of struggling in vain not to fall.
  • Near the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the T-1000 walks through a pool of liguid nitrogen. First, its legs break off, then its arm. The T-800 is able to shatter it with one round from its handgun. However, the heat from a nearby furnace melted the pieces and allowed it to reform.
  • The Frost Giants from the Thor live action film.
  • Timecop: One of the mooks gets blasted with liquid nitro, whereupon Claude Van Damme kicks and shatters his arm to pieces, and he falls off a ledge to his death.
  • Played for laughs with the Nazi East German soldier in Top Secret!.
  • In The Troll Hunter, Hans is under orders to smash apart the petrified remains of trolls he's turned to stone with his UV lights the better to keep trolls' existence a secret. In the case of the Kaiju-sized troll encountered at the film's end, its sheer weight once transformed is sufficient to make it collapse.
  • In TRON: Legacy the programs who are derezzed break into glass-like fragments, which then turn into sand.
  • Warlock III: The End of Innocence: The Warlock turns Robin's body into glass, and shatters her by hitting the result with a candlestick. While it leaves almost no trace of the murder, Kris still realizes something is very wrong when she finds a human finger made of glass.
    Warlock: Be still, young witch.
  • In the first Wishmaster, the Djinn fuses a security guard to a glass door, then shatters it.
  • Iceman at the hands of a sentinel during the first battle of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Two Cosmic Retcons later, he's back alive.

  • Summer Knight has a much earlier example, where Maeve uses her magic to freeze a Sidhe warrior of Summer solid, and then has her horse kick him. It's probably where he got the idea from.
  • In The Iron Teeth, the City Killer seems to take pleasure in smashing people after freezing them with its ice breath.
  • Happens to one of the Unseen University's senior wizards at the end of The Light Fantastic.
    Twoflower: Will they be able to be turned back?
    Rincewind: No, probably not. I'm afraid they dropped poor old Wert, anyway. Five hundred feet onto cobbles.
    Twoflower: Will you be able to do anything about that?
    Rincewind: Make a nice rockery.
  • Oliver and the Seawigs: This is how the Thurlstone dies. Upon being tickled on the inside, he laughs so hard that his body crumbles.
  • Invoked as a threat in Percy Jackson and the Olympians when Medusa says something like, "You see why I cannot spare Annabeth. She is my enemy's daughter. I will crush her statue to dust."
  • An effect of the Psychlone in the horror novel of that name by Greg Bear.
  • In the Rainbow Magic series, Rachel was once frozen in mid-air, and Kirsty worried that if she hit the ground she'd shatter into icy pieces.
  • In the Ravenloft novel Scholar of Decay, the protagonist fears this will happen to the tiny figurine his wife was accidentally turned into, so protects it with numerous wards and traps. These protections are not enough, although the book's end suggests he's kept the pieces in hope of restoring her somehow, even so.
  • In The Spook's Secret by Joseph Delaney, the book's antagonist is killed when a malicious winter deity freezes him solid. Afterwards, his frozen corpse falls over and shatters to million pieces.
  • A Star Trek tie-in novel called Final Frontier has a scene where a character runs down a corridor and ducks into a shuttlecraft bay, but the life support systems and artificial gravity in the bay are not activated. He ends up flash-frozen and floating. His pursuers find him and turn the gravity back on to get him down — and he shatters into a million pieces.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Making Friends and Influencing People", Donnie Gill freezes a guy who sold him out to HYDRA. As he leaves, Donnie shoves the frozen guy over, shattering him.
  • Similar thingy: in the Angel episode, "The Price", a guy gets infected with a parasite that sucks all the moisture out of him. End result: shattered guy.
  • It happened in, of all places, the Adam West Batman (1966), naturally, by way of Mister Freeze. One of Alfred's fellow butlers went down. One of a bare handful of examples of death on that show.
  • In an episode of Bewitched Samantha's Father turns Darren into a statue and smashes him. Reluctantly he later puts him back together.
  • In a Blood Ties (2007) episode, Medusa seduces and petrifies young men. When Vicki takes the statue of her latest victim, she sends a Mook to destroy the evidence, which he does by smashing the poor kid into pieces. After Medusa is dead, her victims get better, except for the smashed one.
  • The 2009 Bones episode "The Science in the Physicist" is notable for deconstructing this a bit; the corpse was flash frozen in liquid nitrogen but shattered by vibrating it in an earthquake simulator. The actual results of simply dropping it are demonstrated when Angela is hit in the head by a bouncing turkey.
  • Charmed (1998): In "Bride and Gloom", Piper is temporarily turned evil and her usual Time Stands Still power becomes literally freezing people into ice instead. When Leo tries to talk sense into her she uses her new power to freeze him and then Phoebe hits him so hard he shatters into a pile of chunks. Luckily, Leo's a Whitelighter who can just reform out of white light once the sisters have safely been turned good again.
  • Bizarrely discussed in The Daily Show, when a correspondent mentions the weather being so cold that his genitals are frozen and can easily be snapped off "like a graham cracker".
  • Dark Hole: The tentacle monster gets frozen by nitrogen and shatters when Hwa-sun shoots it.
  • In an episode of Eureka, a scientist is found flash-frozen in a spa. Someone accidentally touches him, and he falls to the ground with predictable results.
  • Farscape:
    • In "The Maltese Crichton", after being turned into a statue, John is decapitated by an assassin, who then dumps his head into an Acid Pool. Fortunately, the statue was meant to survive 80 cycles of airborne corrosion — someone fishes out the head before there's any lasting damage, reassembles John and de-petrifies him.
    • In the cliffhanger ending to the series finale, John Crichton and Aeryn Sun get hit by a weapon which crystallizes them, then shatters them into thousands of tiny balls. They got better in the follow-up movie. Though, as it turned out when they were reconstructed, Aeryn's baby wasn't inside her. It was still inside Rigel, who had collected the balls that fell into the ocean.
  • In the Gotham episode "Mr. Freeze", the eponymous supervillain leaves a frozen victim in the middle of the street. Gordon and Bullock accidentally hit the victim with their car, shattering him. In another episode, he kills someone by freezing her and then shattering her immediately after.
  • Averted (then modified) in Hannibal when Dr. Lecter murders Beverly Katz. He freezes her solid, but her corpse holds together as he runs her through a table saw a few times, eventually leaving the slices preserved between glass panes.
  • Heroes:
    • In Season 3, this happens to an over-intrusive reporter, as well as Knox.
    • Yet another season 3 example: At the end, Tracy dies herself this way, although the preview of season 4 makes it clear that she's Not Quite Dead, making her a rare example of surviving this.
  • The BBC adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell at one point features a character who is magically turned into a porcelain statue, which is then smashed to pieces.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • In Kamen Rider Kiva, people who have had their Life Energy drained by Fangire become translucent and fragile like glass, though we only ever see one person actually shatter. The same result also applies to Fangire themselves when they are killed.
    • Also happens (in an extremely similar fashion) to Ryu Terui's family in Kamen Rider Double thanks to Death by Origin Story, though they were frozen instead.
  • This is how the Screeling, an otherwise-Nigh-Invulnerable creature from the underworld, is killed in the second season premiere of Legend of the Seeker.
  • In Legends of Tomorrow, Captain Cold has been retrieved from a point before his Heel–Face Turn or even Noble Demon days, bringing back his murderous day-one self. When Amaya is about to reverse the Villain World reality has been warped into, Captain Cold freezes her, and then gives us a Bond One-Liner:
    "I am sorry about your friend, Mick. I know you loved her to pieces." [shatters her]
  • In Life (2007), Crewes accidentally shatters a murder victim who had been frozen.
  • The Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "Eegah!" begins with Tom Servo trying to freeze Crow to absolute zero. When Joel tries to get Crow out of the freezing chamber, he accidentally shatters Crow.
  • Busted by MythBusters; flesh and blood don't shatter like that.
  • NTSF:SD:SUV::: In one episode a New-Age Retro Hippie criminal locked in a cryo-prison is accidentally unfrozen in the present day. His arch-enemy, a hard-ass older agent, convinces him to go back into hibernation since neither of them understands the world as it is today. Then he punches the hippie's frozen head, shattering it into hundreds of pieces and collecting some of it so he can use it for his next drink.
  • In Once Upon a Time, Rumplestiltskin kills Zelena by stabbing her, turning her into porcelain and then shattering her into pieces. Also, when Ingrid is shown to have accidentally used her ice magic to turn her sister into an ice statue which quickly shatters into pieces.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In the episode "The Heist", an alien (which may have acted as the A/C for a crashed alien spacecraft) attempts to eliminate all heat sources in its vicinity. We get to see it freeze a female soldier so that she looks like an ice sculpture, and then a drop of water from an overhanging icicle is enough to get the "sculpture" to fall to pieces.
  • In Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, this is how Moltor dies. The viewer is set up for "just another Disney Death" with the character suffering some Harmless Freezing, and then Flurious actually finishes the job with a shattering blast that's almost chilling to watch.
  • A variation on Pushing Daisies: the titular bodies in the episode "Corpsicle" are all already quite dead, but Ned briefly alive-agains (alives-again?) a few of them. When one of the bodies falls off its gurney and shatters into several large chunks on the pavement, Ned says "I'm not touching that."
  • The RoboCop: The Series episode "When justice fails" has its baddie frozen solid by taking a blast of sub-zero fluid from a ruptured pipe. He cracks and shatters a few seconds later without further "help".
  • Smallville:
    • A version of this trope is hinted at in the first season episode "Cool". The Monster of the Week is a high school jock who has been turned into a sort of heat vampire by meteorite fragments. He sucks the heat away from a girl and we are shown her freezing. He then lets her body fall to the floor, out of frame, and we hear a sound like shattering glass.
    • In the episode "Forever", the Monster of the Week attempts to turn Clark to wax, and in the process, reverses his powers on himself. Moments later, he falls from a stairway.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise:
    • Silik kills Daniels with two shots from a futuristic phaser. The first shot slows Daniels down, and the second one shatters him. He gets better, though.
    • In the Mirror Universe episode "In a Mirror, Darkly", Doctor Phlox tortures and then kills a Tholian prisoner by dropping the temperature in its cell until its exoskeleton shatters.
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "By Any Other Name", the enemy aliens turn two crew members into styrofoam dodecahedrons and then crush one to show their power.
  • In Tensou Sentai Goseiger, in Epic 23, Alata and Agri defeat the Monster of the Week after Hyde freezes him solid, then smash him to pieces.
  • A not quite fatal variant appears in V (1983) — a plant releases liquid nitrogen, and as the workers are rushing to escape, one worker (whose hand had been frozen) stumbles and shatters it against a railing. This was when Robert Englund, as the friendly alien, showed they could easily survive temperatures at the level of liquid nitrogen unharmed.
  • In season 2 of Warehouse 13, a woman is stabbed with a knife that turns its victims to glass. The murderer pushes her over and she shatters.
  • In Wizards of Waverly Place Alex uses a spell to freeze Stevie while she is touching the power-transfer orb and then transfers her magical powers to Stevie's brother. Afterwards, Max accidentally knocks Stevie over, causing her to shatter upon hitting the floor.
  • The X-Files: In the episode "Roland", a scientist is murdered when his head is immersed in liquid nitrogen and then dropped on the floor.

  • Old Master Q have this as a Running Gag, where the titular character can shatter to bits after a nasty fall or trying to karate chop a brick... only for himself to break instead. Like all moments of death from the comic it's Played for Laughs (and doesn't stick because of Negative Continuity).

    Music Videos 
  • Michael Jackson's Ghosts: Maestro smashes himself into the ground as though he was made of stone.
  • Leftfield: In the Chris Cunningham-directed "Afrika Shox" music video, Afrika Bambaataa gets gradually broken apart by a bystander, himself, by a breakdancer, and with a car.
  • Kim Petras: In the "Heart To Break" music video, one moment has Kim turning into glass and them exploding into dust, as a literal metaphor for her heart breaking.
  • Van Halen: Near the end of "Without You", set in a very cold place, a lady (non-graphically) breaks the end of her finger off—Then a whole arm—Then she breaks apart completely.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • If a fire troll is brought to zero hit points by cold-based damage, it will stiffen and fall over to the ground. Normally it will simply thaw in a few rounds and start regenerating, but dealing sufficient damage to it while it's frozen stiff will cause it to shatter and kill it for good.
    • At least one medusa in a 3.5 adventure has a habit of decapitating her petrified victims, then setting their heads back in place so that anyone casting stone to flesh would get a nasty surprise.
      • Ironically that doesn't actually work according to 3.5 rules for petrification, 'If a petrified character cracks or breaks, but the broken pieces are joined with the body as he returns to flesh, he is unharmed' but most any D&D player can tell you it often feels like the people who write adventure paths don't actually know the rules.
    • Another medusa from the 2E Complete Book of Villains petrified a thief for breaking into her "art studio", then broke off one of his hands and gave it to his accomplice, promising to sell him the rest of the statue if he brings back a sufficient ransom.
    • This is also the standard operating procedure for the rare male medusas (maedars); they shatter their medusa partner's statues with their powerful punch, then use their innate stone to flesh ability on the remains, providing the couple with meat.
    • A beholder in Lords of Madness had a habit of petrifying people with one eye beam, then doing a little... redesign work with the Disintegrate beam.
    • Forgotten Realms has rare [Duhlark's] glasstrike spell, which turns someone or something into glass. While mundane materials (like a victim's equipment) suffer the same fate, magical items are untouched. For extra "fun", transmuter has an option to leave the victim aware of what's going on. While shattering is implied as the target's fate (otherwise more widespread petrification would do) it isn't necessary, the statue may be even turned into solid glassteel.
    • In the Marvel Super Heroes RPG supplement Ultimate Powers Book, there is a power that allows for this. The notes on the power state that if a living thing is transformed and shattered, the change becomes permanent. The author states directly that this choice was made to avoid dealing with the hamburger that would otherwise result.
  • Naturally Role Master with its penchant for Ludicrous Gibs criticals gets in on this:
    Foe freezes solid and shatters into a thousand pieces. Most land within 20 feet from where he was standing.
    • Its cut-down spinoff Middle-Earth Role Playing also gets a similar version:
      Frozen solid, then shatters into thousands of pieces after being slammed into the ground.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • The Dark Eldar have a vehicle-launched missile that, when triggered, uses two stages like a fuel-air bomb: the first freezes a small area, and everybody in it; the second is a traditional explosive blast to shatter them to bits. This is one of the few examples from the setting that doesn't crank the trope to eleven, although it is an unusual weapon, even for a sci-fi setting, and it does demonstrate the Dark Eldar's penchant for exotic and spitefully cruel technology.
    • The Dark Eldar also have access to a piece of arcane wargear called the Shattershard, a piece of a destroyed transdimensional portal that has been turned into a deadly weapon. The user caught the target's reflection on the mirrored surface of the Shard, then breaks it, causing the target's body to shatter in a similar manner. In game terms it immediately removes from play any target that fails a toughness test with no saves of any kind allowed, even if they would be immune to normal instant kill weapons.
    • In the lore, this is supposedly what happened to the Eldar War God Khaine at the hands of Khorne. His fragments reside in the hearts of the Eldar Craftworlds which were made into statues of Khaine. In times of great need, a Craftworld's Exarch can sacrifice himself or herself to summon an Avatar of Khaine from the statue.
    • The C'tan were shattered by the Necrons in the backstory after their infighting and cannibalism weakened them to the point that the Necrons were able to free themselves. Much like the Eldar and the Avatar of Khaine, the Necrons have found a way to exploit the shards in battle by trapping the strongest of them in Tesseract Vaults which allow the Necrons to deploy them on the battlefield without allowing the C'tan shard to turn against them. Unlike the Avatar of Khaine, the C'tan shard is not doing this willingly and is constantly trying to break free.

  • Happens to Ahkmou in an alternate universe BIONICLE story after he is frozen solid by Kopaka and smashed by Onua. The Rahkshi Panrahk's power can also be used to do this, even without the "freezing" step.

    Video Games 
  • In Awesome Possum... Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt, one of Awesome's death animations is him shattering apart and a tombstone popping up among his remains.
  • In 3D Dot Game Heroes, enemies that get hit with your sword after being frozen by the Freeze spell are killed instantly.
  • Amorphous+: If you're touched by a gloople when frozen by a Frostie's explosion, you shatter and die. Fortunately, you can do the same to glooples that get frozen.
  • The Baldur's Gate series applies this to victims of more traditional petrification. And if you kill someone with a cold-based spell like Cone of Cold, there's a chance that you will change the target into a solid statue made of frost, which will shatter after a few seconds.
  • In The Binding Of Isaac: Repentance, enemies killed by freezing attacks can be frozen, which causes them to shatter into 10 ice shards upon being broken.
  • In BioShock, the player can use the Winter Blast plasmid on a splicer, making it freeze in place If the player attacks the splicer enough before it thaws, it shatters into a million pieces. Easy way to dispatch enemies, but if the player does this, he doesn't get any phat loot from the splicer's corpse (since there isn't one). The same rule applies in BioShock 2's multiplayer, as with a shattered body, you can't photograph the missing corpse for research bonus.
  • In BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Arakune's gag reels feature him being hardened and shattered to pieces when Rachel uses the "Sword of Morning Glory" on him. Since it happened on a gag reel, this isn't considered as a canon event.
    • Jin Kisaragi's Astral Heat involves freezing the opponent in a block of ice and then shattering it.
  • This occurs in both Bloodstained games;
    • In Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, Alfred's ice spell will instantly freeze any enemy, and any non-stage-boss enemy will be shattered with the next hit (stage bosses still take heavy damage). Which is very handy when you happen upon a miniboss with a One-Hit Kill attack.
    • In Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, most bosses die by slowly turning to crystal and then falling to pieces.
  • In Bloody Battle, you can do this by freezing someone then immediately attacking them using a hammer, sledgehammer or whatever else that works, shattering them into pieces of blood and ice.
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! has cryogenic weaponry: bullets and laser beams that have a chance to freeze enemies solid. Any damage dealt to enemies after they're frozen is amplified based on the type of damage dealt - with cryogenic damage getting less of a boost, but still a decent one. Lethal damage while frozen will cause the enemy to shatter.
    • Enemies with cryogenic weapons or environmental hazards that cause cryogenic damage will slow down your Vault Hunter, but not freeze them solid.
  • Bloons Tower Defense series has Ice Shards upgrade for the Ice Monkey, which causes bloons that are frozen by this tower to release ice shards when popped, damaging other bloons.
  • The fire extinguisher in Dead Rising freezes zombies and shatters upon touching or attacking them.
    • This also happens to Evan in Dead Rising 2: Off The Record after being frozen by his own nitrogen bombs and being pushed over by Frank.
  • Deep Rock Galactic: Anything that's frozen solid takes triple damage, and so any team with a Cryo Cannon-packing Driller will be shattering a lot of icy alien statues indeed. Quite useful against Exploders, seeing they don't detonate this way. This is also especially useful against Macteras and any other flying menace, because you don't even need to shatter them yourself; just falling out of the skies while frozen is enough.
  • Diablo II: Frozen creatures shatter when killed by any means, not just blunt force. This is one of the more effective ways of dealing with things that are liable to be resurrected or used somehow by something nearby, though it's an inconvenience for the Necromancer Character Class, who loses out on potential minions.
  • In Dark Souls, players who are cursed while playing online leave behind their petrified statues in other players' worlds. You can also smash these. It's a lot of fun.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, if a frozen or petrified enemy takes a critical hit, they shatter and instantly die.
    • Dragon Age II took the fun out of that by requiring team coordination that would be better focused on simply killing them, though you could set up party A.I.s to automatically perform such actions, making it a lot easier. Unlike the previous game, Shatter effects only did a large amount of damage to the target instead of automatically killing it.
  • In the Don Bluth animated games Dragon's Lair, Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp and Space Ace, each game has one death scene where either Dirk or Ace's whole body or face shatters.
  • Duke Nukem 3D: The freeze-ray gun shoots a stream of projectiles that deal damage as normal. If the target is an organic mook, it freezes solid at 1 HP (mechanical foes are destroyed and bosses die normally). Any sort of damage causes them to shatter, and Duke automatically kicks them when he gets close. However, leaving them alone causes them to unfreeze after a few seconds, though still at 1 HP. The exact same mechanics apply to Duke in case he freezes himself with stray bouncy projectiles.
  • Usable in Dungeon Crawl with Earth magic. Petrify turns targeted enemies to stone and makes them susceptible to Lee's Rapid Deconstruction, which explosively fragments rigid materials.
  • Enemies that have been frozen in Enter the Gungeon can be dodge-rolled into to kill them. There's an achievement for doing it too.
  • In Exit Fate, the Freeze magic turns the victim into a One Hitpoint Wonder; if they take any damage at all, they're immediately knocked out.
  • In Fallout 4, the Cryolator will normally just freeze enemies, but upgrading its ammo to Ice Grenades will also blow them up into ice chunks if you finish them off with it. The frozen bits will then melt, leaving behind unrecognizable blobs of gore.
  • In some Final Fantasy titles, being turned to stone and then struck will cause the character to shatter and they cannot be revived until after the battle.
    • Also, in Final Fantasy IX, being frozen and struck causes instant death, but the character doesn't shatter and can be revived in-battle.
    • In Final Fantasy X, if you're turned to stone, you can be shattered by being attacked. Furthermore, underwater, you shatter instantly. On a side note, if a character is shattered, you can't switch in new party members in that spot and must do the remainder of the fight shorthanded.
      • Characters equipped with petrification weaponry will not just instantly shatter enemies they petrify but will do the same number on any allies they hit... even out of water. Lesson here: don't equip characters with petrification weapons if you know you'll be fighting an enemy with confusion spells.
      • Flying enemies also shatter instantly if petrified, by virtue of physics.
    • In Final Fantasy XI, there are the legendary Crystal Warriors — literally, warriors made of crystal. One mission requires your party to defeat all five of them in turn to progress, after which you see a short cutscene in which they each shatter into shards. There's also an alternate quest that allows a larger alliance to take on all five of them at once. There is an extra reward for this quest: your choice of one of five earrings. Close inspection of the icon for these items reveals that you are actually wearing a shard (an ear, in fact) of one of the Crystal Warriors as jewelry! An even later quest allows you to gain a matching earring (or at least another earring with the same icon) by defeating a pair of previously defeated bosses in a rematch.
    • In Final Fantasy XIV, the Blue Mage spell Ultravibration works this way; it's an Area-of-Effect spell that's only effective on enemies currently affected by one of the class's freezing or petrifying spells, but any such enemy that's not also immune to Instant Death will be immediately destroyed.
  • Gears of War 3 featured a post-mortem variant of this: those that were in the cities hit by the Hammer of Dawn were reduced to ash statues. When walking through the ruins of these cities, merely brushing against the statues will cause them to crumble.
  • In Genshin Impact, enemies frozen by combining the effects of Hydro and Cryo will generally shatter if they're defeated in this state. A similar effect happens if they're defeated after being turned to stone by Zhongli's Elemental Burst.
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game: The Stasis Beam in the Realistic version allows players to pull this off with smaller corporeal enemies such as fiends and constructs. Ghosts and larger golems endure Harmless Freezing.
  • God of War
    • If Kratos is petrified by a gorgon, he can be shattered if he's attacked before he can break out. If he gets petrified while in the air, the moment he touches the ground, he shatters and dies.
    • Kratos himself can petrify enemies and then shatter them once he gets the head of the boss gorgon du jour. If he petrifies a flying enemy, it'll fall and shatter on its own. Both of these kills give experience bonuses.
  • There's a Half-Life mod dubbed Surprise which greatly boosts and expands the weapons' abilities. The revolver and hand grenade get a freezing attack. Hit any player frozen this way and they shatter like a glass sheet.
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft: Shatter is a Mage spell card that kills any frozen minion. At 2 Mana, it was heavily overshadowed by the myriad of other removal spells Mages had at their disposal. To show how underpowered this card is, it got double Power Creeped by Cold Snap, and that card still didn't see play.
  • Heroes of Might and Magic III: Happens to an unnamed Archmage in the intro cinematic after being turned into stone by a Medusa.
  • The Frost Shards weapon from Hexen allows a Mage to do this to an enemy. Hexen II gives this power to the Crusader in the form of the Ice Staff. In both cases the enemy shatters on its own if left alone, though any attack other than the ice magics, even hopping on them in II, will destroy the ice statue as well.
  • In Jade Empire the Spirit Monk can learn to do this with Ice Shard technique.
    • The first time you meet the Forest Shadow she turns the odd messenger from the Pilgrim's Rest Inn whom you were just talking to into a statue and shatters him. She then jumps on the player character and turns them to stone too, but the PC somehow breaks free and she runs away. Of course, later she says that the attack was a ploy to get you to investigate the inn.
  • Jazz Jackrabbit 2
    • There is an obligatory ice weapon that turns enemies into the predictable block of ice. You can then shatter them by butt-stomping them, hitting them with Spaz's slide-kick, or shooting them with one of your other weapons.
    • Hitting Devon Shell's final boss form with a single ice shot drops his HP to 0. Subverted because instead of being shattered while frozen as per the trope, Devon just thaws out after a couple of seconds, reverts back to his regular form, and falls on his ass.
  • In Kickle Cubicle, some enemies can be destroyed by kicking them after freezing them.
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - Second Chapter, Weissman's fate, he's shot by Kevin Graham with a Salt Bolt, a dangerous material that turns people into granite the moment contact is made. Campanella shows up not long afterwards, and completely shatters the body to make sure he stays dead.
  • Spyro the Dragon:
    • Ice Breath doesn't kill enemies; any enemy immobilized by Ice Breath has to be charged into it to shatter and kill it.
    • The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night: Dark Spyro kills Gaul by turning him to stone and shattering him.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Since they're Built with LEGO, almost all characters in the LEGO Adaptation Games, LEGO City Undercover, LEGO Worlds, and LEGO Dimensions fall to pieces upon dying. So far the only character to avert this is Sonic the Hedgehog in Dimensions, who instead gets thrown off-screen like in his classic games.
  • In Little Inferno, using any ice-related objects on another will turn it to ice instantly, and could be crushed/smashed into pieces.
  • Love You to Bits does this word from word with Nova getting blasted to bits, and the game revolving traversing the universe in search of them.
  • Shadow Frost spells in Luminous Arc 2 have a small chance to freeze their target, at which point a single standard attack will always hit and always deal exactly enough damage to kill them, implying this trope in an SRPG without the graphics for it.
  • The Puyo can potentially do this in the Windows Madou Monogatari games. If they're defeated while frozen, they'll break into ice pieces as opposed to popping in their usual fashion.
  • Mass Effect has cryo ammunition, which freezes your enemies. You have the option to melee them, causing them to shatter into hundreds of pieces.
    • Mordin in Mass Effect 2 has the Cryo Blast skill, which is basically the same thing with fewer bullets. Additionally, using Throw or Pull (or other similar biotics) will instantly shatter a frozen enemy. Or you could explode them the old-fashioned way: shooting them.
    • Mass Effect 3 continues to follow this proud tradition.
  • Frozen enemies in the Mega Man Battle Network series, as well as its spiritual successor, will take double damage from any attack that has the "breaking" property attached to it.
    • The golem viruses in the sixth Battle Network game take one damage from everything except attacks with the aforementioned property, which will One-Hit Kill them, as opposed to simply dealing more damage.
  • In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Raiden defeats Mistral by splitting open a container of liquid nitrogen and then slicing her up when she freezes.
  • Metroid:
    • In the 2D games, the only way to kill Metroids is to freeze them with the Ice Beam, then fire several missiles at them. In turn, the Metroids' victims are also subject to this trope, disintegrating into ash as soon as something touches their body. Anyone sucked by a Metroid to that extent is already dead.
    • Metroid Prime: Using the Ice Beam followed by a Missile will shatter anything capable of being frozen, with the exception of Ice Troopers in the Wii version.
    • In Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, the Dark Beam ensnares its victim in dark matter, which serves the same purpose as freezing them - one missile and that's that. It makes wiping Rezbits that much easier and even works on Dark Pirate Commandoes.
    • In Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, you get Ice Missiles instead. Freeze something with those first, and a potent energy weapon should wipe them out. These include, but are not limited to, the Plasma and Nova Beams when fully charged as well as Reptilicus chakrams. You need to wholly freeze the target for this to work, though - chilling isn't adequate.
    • Metroid: Samus Returns, on top of keeping the "freeze and then shoot with missiles" technique of previous games, also lets you hit frozen enemies with a Melee Counter for a One-Hit Kill (though it's hard to pull off).
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War: Equipping the Ice Storm -> Shattering Blow skill in the Wraith Tree causes the finishing blow of a combo on a frozen enemy to shatter, which freaks the other orcs out.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Sub-Zero has several fatalities that have him freezing then gorily shattering an opponent.
    • Also, the film has Sub-Zero demonstrate this on a mook to show the heroes the seriousness of the situation. The mook tries a flying kick, only for Sub-Zero to freeze him in mid-air, causing him to smash on landing.
      Kano: So then he freezes this guy, right? And then he explodes! I could see his guts and everything! Almost lost my lunch.
    • Deception included the Hara Kiri, where the losing fighter could commit suicide in order to deny the victorious opponent the glory of performing a Fatality. Naturally, Sub-Zero's Hara Kiri had him perform his classic freeze and shatter Fatality on himself.
    • The funny thing is that it started in the SNES version, as in the bowdlerised one.
    • One more from Mortal Kombat: in Armageddon, there is a point in the Konquest mode in which you grab a weapon that you use to freeze several Mooks, and then crush them.
    • In the PS3 version of Mortal Kombat 9, for one of his Fatalities, Kratos flashes the Head of Medusa at the opponent, turning them to stone and punches them into pieces.
    • In the good and best endings of Mortal Kombat 11, this is how Fire God Liu Kang defeats Big Bad Kronika. He blasts her with a stream of fire that turns her to glass, chops her arms off, kicks her head off and then pushes the rest of the body to shatter it.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • New Super Mario Bros. Wii: This is averted, where you can freeze enemies in ice blocks and then smash them, but only the ice actually shatters. The enemy stays intact and just falls offscreen in the usual fashion.
    • Mario Party DS: Dry Bones falls to pieces after getting beaten in his boss battle in Story Mode.
  • If you manage to lose all your solar energy in Ōkami and have no full astral pouches to save yourself with, Amaterasu dies in this fashion.
  • In Painkiller, the shotgun's Secondary Fire allows you to freeze enemies, upon which you can shatter them. Some of the Goddamned Bats are best dealt with this way.
  • Paladins:
    • Terminus was a mighty stone warrior who served as The Big Guy for the Paladins until his death during the first uprising against the Magistrate, where he took a fatal blow and was shattered to pieces. The Magistrate later collected his broken body and used dark magic to piece him back together as an undead, obedient minion. This translates into gameplay as Terminus falls apart when killed, but his ultimate ability resurrects him on the spot, Pulling Himself Together.
    • The Shattermaw and Shatterstar weapons for Androxus and Jenos are crystal guns that kill enemies by turning them into crystal statues that then shatter.
  • The freeze spell in Pandemonium! (1996) allows you to jump on a frozen enemy, shattering them.
  • After you defeat the Final Boss of Phantasy Star Nova, you can find the petrified body of the Big Bad, Reven, stuck to the top of the creature. Hitting him once transitions to a cutscene where he shatters into energy.
  • Done to Hydreigon by Kyurem in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. It turns out to be subverted: as the Voice of Life, Hydreigon's existence is tied to the world. As long as it exists, so will he. It just takes a while to regenerate his form.
  • The Pokémon Sun and Moon Pokédex entry for Vanillish states that this goofy and rather harmless-looking Pokémon tends to make very good use of this trope on its enemies.
  • In Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, attacking with the Dagger of Time allows the Prince to trade one unit of sand for freezing the victim in place so he can shatter them with his sword, instead of having to knock it down and collect its sands.
  • Downplayed in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. When Professor Layton is turned to gold, only his arm breaks off and mysteriously disappears from the crime scene. Turns out Emeer, one of the witnesses, took the arm and sold it to a pawnbroker after mistaking it for a valuable statue.
  • In Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army, the petrification status means that, while damage is reduced numerically, every physical blow against a petrified target means they have a chance (based on their Luck stat) of being shattered. Somehow, for Raidou, this still only makes him "faint from his injuries", albeit not for long.
    • Devil Survivor uses the same petrification system except instead of having its own chance it's based on if the attack is a Critical Hit and they're also guaranteed an instant-KO from Force-damage. Always a 'fun' problem to deal with...
      • In most Shin Megami Tensei games that feature a Force element, spells of this element have the ability to always shatter petrified enemies.
    • Devil Survivor 2 also keeps this, but adds in some deaths from toppling over as ice sculptures, and one variation with a flash-fried character blowing away as ash (thankfully, these only happen in cutscenes).
    • Shin Megami Tensei if... features an unholy cross between this trope, Nice Job Breaking It, Hero (pun fully intended), and Villains Never Lie.
    • Implied in some games where frozen (or shocked) characters are guaranteed to take a critical hit when attacked.
    • In Shin Megami Tensei IV, if a demon dies by an Ice spell, it will be frozen completely and then shatter to pieces. Bosses also perish by being covered with glowing cracks and exploding into shards of stained glass.
  • Ratchet & Clank:
    • The Liquid Nitrogen Gun in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal freezes enemies that shatter if their HP reaches 0 while they're still frozen.
    • Ratchet: Deadlocked lets you do this with any weapon that has Omega Freeze Mod equipped.
    • In Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, enemies killed with the Winterizer will be turned into snowmen that can then be shattered by Ratchet or will eventually do so on their own. In the case of flying enemies, they'll fall out of the sky and shatter on impact.
  • In Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc, when you defeat Reflux for the last time, his body is encased in crystal and shatters.
  • Resident Evil:
    • In Resident Evil 4, using an RPG on the Verdugo while it's frozen does this, for a One-Hit Kill.
    • In Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and Resident Evil Village, those that have been infected by the mutamycete, also known as the "Mold", have a rather peculiar side effect to their biology: if they are killed in a genuinely permanent fashion, mainly by overtaxing their Healing Factor and Super Toughness with tons of damage until they stop working, their bodies end up calcifying into an incredibly brittle rock-like substance, and a few seconds later the weight of their bodies causes them to collapse into piles of dust.
  • Happens twice in the fifth Riddle School game, both times involving Zack, Phil's perpetually-shivering classmate.
    • First, Phil has to free Zack from a Lotus-Eater Machine by going inside Zack's dream and killing him inside it. He does this by blowing a whistle so hard that Zack freezes solid, then pushing Zack over, shattering him
    • Second, the Big Bad uses Zack as a Living Battery to power a freeze ray, but Phil manages to redirect the freeze ray towards the big bad's ship, causing it to freeze solid and get smashed by a meteorite.
  • In Run Saber, the main weapon of female playable character Sheena is the Ice Saber, and its death animation shows enemies freezing and instantly shattering into nothing.
  • In Saints Row IV you can freeze enemies with the Blast and Buff superpowers, after which they can usually be shattered by any form of damage. You can get a similar result in Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell with Stone Blast and Coldflame Aura.
  • In SCP: Secret Laboratory, SCP-173 is reduced to rubble upon being terminated.
  • In Sid And Al Incredible Toons, getting hit with an Anvil on Head will cause Al (but not Sid) to fracture and crumble to nothing, with the sound of glass shattering.
  • In Space Quest V: The Next Mutation, Roger has to freeze his Love Interest Beatrice to keep her from becoming a mutant. Other than Cryonics Failure, attempting to pick up her frozen body results in her breaking into hundreds of ice cubes and a Non-Standard Game Over.
  • The Spelunky remake features a Freeze Ray that encases targets in blocks of ice that will either melt harmlessly or instantly kill the victim if damaged.
  • After the boss battle against it in Splatterhouse 3, the Terror Mask breaks apart, though on a bad ending not before it gives an As Long as There Is Evil speech.
  • In Star Ocean, being frozen would lock you in place and if you were lightly stricken, you'd die instantly.
  • In Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Lara must defeat the Twin Centaurs by turning them to stone with their own attacks, and then shoot them in their petrified state to shatter them to pieces.
  • Cirno in Touhou Project likes freezing frogs and watching them thaw out. Some of them survive, but one out of three shatters. This is chiefly due to Cirno being a klutz with the ice.
  • An Untitled Story features an ability to charge up iceballs that turn most enemies into stepping stones that will shatter when struck with a fireball, pounded or simply left intact for a few seconds.
  • In Warframe, Frost can flash freeze his foes and shatter them at his leisure with his abilities. Gara can accomplish similar feats by turning her foes to glass with her ultimate ability, Mass Vitrify.
  • The "Glass" status in Wild ARMs 3 is another of those status effects that makes a character susceptible to death on the next attack. As the name implies, the shatterable material they're turned to is glass.
  • A gimmick of frost mages in World of Warcraft: the critical strike chance of all their spells is drastically increased when attacking a target which has been frozen in place.
    • A sludge boss from Ahn'Qiraj requires to be frozen via frost spells and shattered to be defeated. He shatters into smaller sludges that must be killed.
    • Another boss in Ulduar summons invulnerable golems that must be lured over fire until they melt, then taken into water where they become brittle. They still don't take normal damage, but a single hit of sufficient strength will shatter them.
    • Gruul the Dragonkiller, a raid boss from The Burning Crusade, had a twofer attack: Petrify and Shatter. At the end of the Petrify cast timer all the players would freeze in place as if turned to stone, and then Shatter... well, you get the idea.
      • Krystallus reprised this ability in Halls of Stone in Wrath of the Lich King, and then Ozruk gave it another go in the Stonecore in Cataclysm.
  • Presumably, this is what happens when you use Earthquake near a petrified enemy in Yggdra Union.

    Visual Novels 
  • In the bad ending to the first episode of the Nine Series, Miyako Kujo has figured out the identity of the Evil Eye User—a Serial Killer who murders people by turning them to stone—and goes to confront them alone. By the time protagonist Kakeru Niimi finds Miyako, she has been petrified and shattered.

  • 8-Bit Theater
    • The Fire Fiend Kary proves too powerful for regular ice magic, so Red Mage trapped her in an alternate Universe (in the form of a Bag of Holding) and cast Ice 9, a spell powerful enough to freeze an entire Universe. His plan was to keep her there until the Light Warriors were strong enough to defeat her, but White Mage smashed the bag with her hammer to get revenge for Kary killing Black Belt.
    • The copy of Black Belt created by getting lost in a straight hall was petrified by Black Mage, and due to unknown factors was missing half of his head when discovered later. When White Mage tried to restore him because the original Black Belt died, he rapidly, graphically bled to death.
  • Awkward Zombie demonstrates the consequences of being frozen in mid-air.
  • In Crossworlds, when Lilly has been captured by slavers, Karl sees her about to smash one Kalif has frozen, and does it himself before she can.
  • Girl Genius: When Colette killed all of Beausoleil's bodies in Paris one of their deaths is depicted as them shattering in an explosion of little shards.
  • The goblin-eating gargoyles in Goblin Hollow.
  • Slightly cheesy example, which practically calls out the trope name, in Hearthstone's first Annal. The current villain inadvertently triggers an ice mage's reflexes, and one of the other heroes takes that opportunity to take him down for good.

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    Western Animation 
  • In a rare example of not being frozen or turned to stone, the characters from Action League NOW! are plastic toys who frequently end up in pieces after being run over by a car, falling into a blender, or having heavy objects fall on them. One notable instance is a flashback scene in "Grief for the Chief", where The Chief was power-sanded down to just a fine powder.
  • In Adventure Time, this is Bubblegum's fate at the end of season 2. Once again, she survives it, but is not quite the same afterward.
  • In the American Dad! episode "300", after Roger's Golden Turd is shoved back up his ass, he shatters into 300 pieces that are then scattered around the world.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force:
    • In the intro to "Dumber Dolls", Dr. Weird announces his latest invention, but suddenly freezes mid-sentence. When Steve tips him over, he shatters into 3D shards a second later and Steve bails.
    • In "The Clowning", Carl suffers from a Viral Transformation into a clown, so Frylock freezes him until he can find a cure. Flash forward to 67 years in the future, where Carl is still frozen and being used as a coat rack before falling over and shattering.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: Fridge Logic (no pun intended) implies this is the reason Mister Freeze's Freeze Ray gun has a conventional gun barrel built into it.
  • Batman Beyond: During her introductory episode, Inque is defeated when Terry blasts her with Mister Freeze's ice gun. Because she was frozen mid-leap, she's smashed into a thousand pieces once she hits the ground, but since her body is composed of a mutagenic liquid, this doesn't actually kill her, and the police have to keep the pieces frozen to ensure she can't escape.
  • In Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, villainous robot Number Five gets frozen solid when a tank at a cryogenic tank farm ruptures. Rusty then proceeds to shatter him.
  • On The Critic, Jay once accidentally shattered someone in a cryogenics lab.
  • In The Dragon Prince, the evil wizard Viren is attacked by several soldiers at the end of the second season. He kills two of them in this way. He turns one into ice and the other into stone.
  • In the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Ed... Pass it On...", Nazz's yodeling shatters several objects in Kevin's house... and Ed, for no reason other than it being funny.
  • Family Guy:
    • A lesser example shows up in the episode "Emission Impossible" when Stewie imagines what life would be like with his then-unborn brother Bertram. He sees them bonding over their mutual hatred of Lois by tripping her, running her over, and burying her in concrete with only the top of her head and her arm visible before Bertram freezes her arm with liquid nitrogen and Stewie breaks it with a hammer.
    • Played straight in "The Courtship of Stewie's Father" during a Cutaway Gag of Kim Cattrall about to have sex with a guy. Being old and brittle, she shatters to pieces when he jumps on her.
    • In "Meg & Quagmire", in order to make Meg get over Quagmire, Peter and Lois try to enforce No Yay on her. During this, Peter shows Meg a picture of an ugly celebrity and blames it on Quagmire; Chris then walks in and turns to stone a là Medusa, followed by him collapsing into small pieces. He turns back next time he's seen, though.
    • A cutaway in "Saturated Fat Guy" shows Chris going skeet shooting; specifically, he ended up as one of the targets when he apparently got in the wrong line and gets shattered to pieces by a shooter.
  • In Gargoyles, when the titular creatures turn to stone by day, they can be killed by anyone so inclined to destroy a motionless stone statue. During the "City of Stone" arc, Demona cast a spell on Manhattan that turns people to stone by night, specifically so that she can go out and enjoy shattering them to pieces. While this is definitely fatal, the show avoids showing if the pieces eventually change back to flesh.
  • In the Grand Finale of Gravity Falls, Bill Cipher shatters into pieces when he dies inside Stan's mindscape.
  • In the Gumby cartoon, "All Broken Up", Goo ends up falling to pieces due to a prank the Blockheads play on her. Luckily for her, Gumby is able to restore her with a device he's been working on, and give the Blockheads a dose of their own medicine before they can do it again. Unfortunately, he accidentally shattered Goo again in the process.
  • In He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002), the Snakemen take Snake Mountain from Skeletor and his minions are turned to stone by Snakeface. Merman is even shattered. The Snakemen are later defeated and Skeletor retakes Snake Mountain, using magic to restore his minions. As he passes over poor Merman, he reassembles and unpetrifies him with a wave of his hand.
  • Happens to Shendu at the end of Season 1 of Jackie Chan Adventures as a result of him being blown up after being turned back into a statue by the heroes. The next two seasons, however, are actually about him trying to be resurrected by the villains for this reason.
  • In Jonny Quest vs. the Cyber Insects, Dr. Zin freezes one of his henchmen, whereupon he collapses and shatters offscreen.
  • A benign variation appears in the Justice League episode "Flash and Substance". When Mirror Master escapes into one of his mirrors, Batman quickly shatters it with a Batarang, leaving the villain unharmed but trapped in that mirror (presumably until it is repaired in such a way that he reemerges in prison).
  • Mega Man (Ruby-Spears):
    • In the first episode, Dr. Wily threatens Dr. Light that he would use Ice Man to freeze him, then have Cut Man slice up his frozen body. They demonstrated with a chemistry table.
    • In a later episode, Ice Man freezes Rush in a block of ice and kicks him into a wall, breaking him to pieces. Fortunately, Rush is a robot, so it isn't fatal.
  • This is the plot of the Mickey Mouse (2013) short "Gone to Pieces", where Mickey and Donald accidentally break Goofy into pieces and attempt to put him back together. At the end, Goofy is reassembled but accidentally breaks them.
  • At the end of The Mighty B! episode "Bee Afraid", a traumatized Portia suddenly shatters into fractals, which are then eaten by forest animals.
  • The Muppet Babies (1984) episode "Babes in Troyland" had Gonzo use his camera to deflect the petrifying gaze of Medusa, turning the gorgon into stone. Shortly afterwards, Medusa tumbles over and shatters into pieces.
  • My Little Pony:
  • In Oggy and the Cockroaches, this happens to Jack after getting covered in cement. Oggy has to put him back together, and then it's just a matter of Jack "shaking off" the cement layer.
  • Rick and Morty:
    • In the first episode, a bully gets frozen by Rick and later gets tipped over and is smashed to pieces.
    • Ned Flanders meets a similar fate when Rick and Morty feature in a Simpsons Couch Gag.
  • Crystar met his end this way on Robot Chicken.
  • In South Park, one of Kenny's many deaths is caused by this.
  • Another variation: When Rex Shard turns Warden Meece to crystal in the SWAT Kats episode "Chaos in Crystal", Dr. Greenbox inadvertently knocks him over and subsequently shatters.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), this is the final fate of Drako. While it also occurs to his partner, in his case it turns out to be a lot less lethal.
  • In an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), Snakeweed is defeated this way when Leonardo throws a canister of liquid nitrogen into his mouth and Raphael destroys it, then shatters him. Like the last time he was defeated, his heart survives, setting up his return in the third season.
  • In Teen Titans (2003), Robin tries this on Madame Rouge. It barely slows her down.
  • Happens to Hamton in Tiny Toon Adventures in "The Just-us League of Supertoons" after getting turned to stone by Fifi's stink and falling over.
  • In the Tom and Jerry short "Just Ducky", as Tom is about to eat Quacker, Jerry throws a brick at Tom, causing him to shatter like glass and leaving his outline behind.
  • The Transformers: Glass gas, used most prominently as a weapon by Autobot Cliffjumper, turns whatever metal it's exposed to, living or non-living, into a glass-like substance that's easily shattered.
  • Winx Club has Ogron, Anagan, and Gantlos get frozen in a beam struggle by the Winx, Roxy, and Nebula, and then they fall into a crevice. Slightly subverted in that we don't SEE them hit the bottom and shatter to pieces (giving many the impression that they are still alive, but frozen forever), but in Season 3 we a snake in the Omega Dimension freeze a bird, which falls and shatters to pieces, so there is little reason to doubt the wizards suffered the same fate.
  • Wolverine and the X-Men (2009): The ultimate fate of Emma Frost, as a result of the Phoenix dying in her body while she was in her diamond form.
  • Occurs to Mystique in the X-Men: Evolution episode "Impact". She was later revived by Apocalypse, though exactly how is unclear.

    Real Life 
  • A proposed method of human corpse disposal is "promession," where the corpse would be frozen with liquid nitrogen and subjected to strong vibrations until the body disintegrated. However, the company who came up with the idea went under without ever proving the concept in 2015.
  • A Straight Dope column discussing the question (including a mention of the above mentioned Promessa process) concludes that, as noted above, (formerly) living tissue has too much fibrous structural integrity to shatter no matter how solidly it is frozen.
  • Invoked with real-life cryonic experiments. Deep-frozen tissue is referred to as "meat-glass" due to how fragile it becomes. (But only in thin slices.)


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When Bellatrix attempts to kill Ginny, Molly intervenes and casts a spell which causes her to disintegrate

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