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"By the power invested in me by the mighty and awful snow demons, I command you to come to life! LIVE! LIVE! LIVVVE!"

Snowlems (a portmanteau of Snow Golems) are living snowmen, often complete with stovepipe hats, lumps of coal for eyes, and carrots for noses - or, in Japanese works, an upturned bucket worn as a hat. Genre writers with a sense of humor may cast them as Ice Elementals. There are three varieties of Snowlems:

Version I. The Friendly Snowlem: Also known as the "Frosty the Snowman" variety, they often are simply snowmen constructed by cute kids and animated by Christmas magic. Olaf from Frozen, basically.

Version II. The Human Snowlem: This is where a human is transformed into a snowman, sometimes after an accident or due to some Applied Phlebotinum. Depending on who the person is, it may overlap with Versions I or III.

Version III: The Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snowlem: The snowman is something to be feared. Perhaps it's some supernatural monstrosity shaped into a snowman or perhaps a serial killer back to life or maybe it was simply evil snow, it doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is... oh my god, he just killed that guy with a carrot!

Snowlems sometimes get into Snowball Fights, which to them, must be some kind of Body Horror nightmare.

See also Improvised Golems.


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  • There was an oft-repeated ad for Campbell's soup which began with a small snowman walking inside a house to get a bowl of soup, and melting away as the soup warms it up... revealing it was really a boy underneath.
  • Ice Mountain bottled water often featured a constantly-melting snowman who needed replenishing with the titular bottled water.
  • Irn-Bru parody of the flight sequence from The Snowman. The snowman eventually drops the snotty kid who refuses to share his Irn-Bru with him.
  • Nestle corporation ran a series of ads for its "Nestea Cool" iced tea products, which has an animated snowman:
    • In one, the snowman skeleton wanders into a convenience store in the dead of summer, downs a bottle of iced tea, and recrystallizes into a decidedly sinister-looking snowman, who then steals a carrot and stalks off.
    • One had the snowman get stuck in a dryer while looking for his hat. A woman comes in and stuffs her clothes in the dryer. The skeleton snatches away her iced tea, drinks it, reforms into a snowman, and pulls her bra out of his chest.
  • In an ad for the 2015 Nissan Rogue, snowmen rampage through a downtown area, hurling snowballs that break windows and gliding in pursuit of fleeing people. Then the car being promoted shows up, and starts running down the snowmen that try in vain to obstruct its passage.
  • When Pop-Tarts Crazy Good advertising introduces the Cookies and Creme flavor, a boy makes a snowman and puts the said tart in his belly. The snowman comes alive to steal it and then his head falls off.

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    Asian Animation 
  • Motu Patlu: In "Snow Man", global warming causes Furfuri Nagar to become extremely cold and snowy. Dr. Jhatka has a satellite up in the air which is melting the snow, but its ray hits a snowman some children built and brings it to life, causing it to chase down Motu, Patlu, and the others for trying to kill him through the melting satellite.
  • In Our Friend Xiong Xiao Mi, Xiao Mi and the gang at one point make friends with a snowgirl named Baby Snowy.
  • Pleasant Goat Fun Class: Sports are Fun episode 5 features a living snowman who gets mad when the characters throw snowballs at him.
  • In the Simple Samosa episode "Tutti Frutti", during their search for the mayor's daughter, Tutti Frutti, Samosa and Vada traverse a snowy mountain. There, they find some snowmen which are alive for some unexplained reason, and these snowmen try to help Samosa and Vada look for Tutti Frutti.

    Comic Books 
  • The Mighty Thor's enemy Ymir, the colossal king of the Frost Giants, is basically a homicidal walking glacier.
  • Simone: The Best Monster Ever: In one strip, Morris explains that monsters don't really do building snowmen. This is because they tend to come to life and get very attached to their builders, as evidenced by the snowman chasing after Simone.
  • Avatar Press's 90s horror comic Snowman centered around a particularly horrifying Type 3 animated by a vengeance-obsessed Native American spirit with a thirst for white man blood and brought to life whenever a pair of crystal arrowheads come into contact with fallen snow.
  • The Snowman, a wordless graphic novel by Raymond Briggs about a small boy whose snowman comes to life and takes him on a magical journey. Turned into a 26-minute animated feature shown every Christmas.
  • The image at the top of the page comes from an issue of Strange Adventures called "Invaders from the Ice World". Also, this issue of Action Comics has Snow Superman fighting what appears to be a Gentleman Snowman.
  • Superman also battles a literal snow golem (Hebrew words on the forehead and everything) in a DC comics holiday special.
  • In an issue of Tales of the TMNT, the turtles, Splinter, Casey, April, and Shadow have their Christmas ruined by a snowlem sent by a Foot operative.
  • Adult comic Viz used to run a seasonal parody of The Snowman, with a violent, foul-mouthed snowman taking the human boy on a drinking and gambling spree.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1942): The Blue Snowman looks like this, but is actually a human woman in a bulky costume. Her most commonly used weapon is "blue snow" that allows her to freeze people solid without killing them, though the process is painful.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): During Artemis's first outing as a hero in the last issue of "The Contest" she stops a fight between the Widow Sazia's cyborg enforcers and Paulie Logo's man shaped snow constructs capable of shooting off freezing attacks courtesy of the White Magician.
  • An Italian horror comic ran a story about a town that was slaughtered by a group of living snowmen who turned out to be aliens that assumed the form of the first thing they encountered when they landed on Earth.

    Comic Strips 
  • In the Calvin and Hobbes Story Arc "Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons!", Calvin builds a snowman and decides to try to bring it to life. It works, and promptly starts trying to kill him. He tries taking it down with snowballs, which only makes it biggerand also gives it the idea to start packing more snow onto itself, give itself extra arms and heads, and start making more. By the end of the story, there are about 17 of the things on his lawn and his parents are once again considering sending him to a therapist. He finally defeats them by spraying them with the hose, causing them to freeze solid; the sun melts them next morning before they can begin rebuilding.
  • Little Nemo had a great crowd of snowmen flinging countless snowballs at each other. Nemo gets a snowball on the nose while watching them.
  • In this panel of Mother Goose and Grimm, Grimmy learns to fear the retribution of Frosty, the Yellow Snowman.
  • The Strange Adventures of Frappe, the Snowman, and His Papa features a mischievous yet friendly living snowman.

    Eastern Animation 
  • I'll Return as the Rain features a sentient snowman of the "friendly" variety. Born out of the mountains with nothing else to do, he befriends a human girl on the priaries.

    Fan Works 
  • Snow horses in What About Witch Queen?. Elsa creates them to reach an avalanche quickly, and later lends them to Kai and Kristoff for their diplomatic mission. They're basically super-fast, restless Automaton Horses who freeze the ground beneath them, enabling them to walk on water.
  • In Discworld-set The Price of Flight, Uberwaldean witch Hanna von Strafenburg generates a small army of Snowlems to attack and disrupt an invading force of Elves. These all take the form of fighting soldiers wearing strangely familiar coalscuttle-shaped helmets and are led by a snow golem who has a disconcerting resemblence to Hanna's father, right down to the monacle.

    Film — Animated 
  • Frozen
    • In Frozen, Elsa conjures up both Olaf, a friendly little snowman created subconsciously by her, and Marshmallow, a massive snow-monster she consciously created.
    • The Snowgies in Frozen Fever are generally mini-Olafs whom Elsa accidentally creates every time she sneezes.
  • There was a 2005 made-for-video movie called The Legend of Frosty the Snowman, a very, very loose sequel to the original Rankin/Bass Productions Frosty. Frosty is a living snowman who travels to the town of Evergreen, which is seemingly idyllic but full of unhappy children who must follow harsh rules.
  • Snowden from Magic Gift of the Snowman is a type 1. Emery Elizabeth is a little girl whose illness seems to make her weaker every day. But Emery's brother Landon has his own ideas about how to help his sister find the will to get better. Every day, Landon tells his sister a story about the coolest guy on the planet—Snowden the Snowman—who lives in an enchanted kingdom where there are no grownups...where beds are made from marshmallows and lullaby birds sing kids to sleep...where there's always fresh, white snow on the ground...and most importantly, where the good Princess Electra and her magical smile keep people happy all year round. But when Princess Electra's smile is stolen by the evil Charlatan, Lord of Yuck, Snowden comes alive and pulls Landon and Emery Elizabeth into his magical world for the adventure of a lifetime.

    Film — Live-Action 

  • A snowman attends a party and tries some cake. He complains that it tastes like boogers, and another snowman says: "of course it does, it's a carrot cake".

  • In "Cold Snap", the Cold reanimates the bodies of the humans Clever Dick Cleaver sacrificed to her and wraps them in snow, to use as attack dogs against anyone who invades her realm. Cleaver gives them hats and facial features which bestow them with rudimentary personalities.
  • In Discworld, the Ice Giants often mentioned to be at war with the gods have eyes of coal and snowmen are stated to be idols built by human racial memory. According to The Discworld Companion, they're probably closely related to trolls. And then there's the Wintersmith, the Winter elemental. He wants to be a man so he can be closer to our heroine, Tiffany. This involves him creating more and more realistic Snowlems over the course of the story.
  • Dream Park: In The Barsoom Project, one of the meals served to the Fimbulwinter gamers during a refreshment break is delivered by Type I snowmen.
  • The obscure German novel ''Der Eiskristall' has unicorns made of snow. Vicious, killer unicorns.
  • The Goosebumps novel Beware, the Snowman centered around an evil snowman who is really a monster trapped in that form by a witch. A group of regular snowmen are later animated to help combat the monster when it is freed.
  • Mr. Snow in the Mr. Men books was created by Santa Claus as an assistant.
  • At one point in Pugs of the Frozen North, Shen, Sika, and the pugs find themselves surrounded by some very unfriendly snowmen.
  • Samurai Santa: A red-faced Samurai leads an army of snowmen into a Snowball Fight against Yukio and his ninja friends.
  • Played with in The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School, in which an intimidating snowman built by the all-girl students keeps reappearing mysteriously, no matter how many times it's destroyed by a snowman-phobic pupil. It's eventually revealed that the snowman is being rebuilt by a fellow-student who's An Ice Person, who later calls it up as a Type III Snowlem to fight against the villains in the novel's concluding battle.
  • A type I appears in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snowman". He's an innocent soul who talks nicely to the dog and falls in love with a stove.
  • Beware of Chicken, 'The General That Commands the Winter' was originally just a very large snowman created and treated as though it was alive for fun, however it was infused with a large amount of qi and forms a core of solid ice which is stored in the ice cellar over the summer and reused to build a new snowman the next winter. By the end of the second winter the it's implied that the snowman has become sapient and it actually does have power, which it uses to blunt the force of a particularly nasty storm. The villagers of Hong Yaowu also build a snowman the second year, which they name 'The Warden that Sends Forth the Flying Ice and Snow', and despite them not having access to qi it apparently became aware enough to lend power to the General, and make a Heroic Sacrifice.

    Live Action TV 
  • The Doctor Who 2012 Christmas episode has 'em, and they wear shark-toothed smiles. They're also agents for the Great Intelligence, and the episode in general provides an origin story for it.
  • In an Eureka Christmas special, the main cast gets turned into stop-motion characters and ultimately has to fight a murderous snowlem (in various animation styles) before they can fix things.
  • Fozzie builds a snowman who comes to life in A Muppet Family Christmas. They're briefly a double act, but the snowman retreats outside due to heat and heckling.
  • The Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special featured an interesting case: Pee-wee builds a regular snowman, and Cowboy Curtis suggests that it'll come to life if they stare at it long enough. And it does, exclaiming, "Why don't you take a picture? It'll last longer!"

  • "Frosty the Snowman", the popular living-snowman character, actually started out as a song written by Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson, and recorded by Gene Autry in 1950.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The high-level "Simulacrum" spell creates a low-power duplicate of a living being out of snow or ice. That's right, they're deranged mutant killer monster snowlems... and they walk among you!
    • The "Ice Assassin" spell. While a simulacrum could theoretically be put to benign use, an ice assassin's entire purpose is to kill whoever it's based on.
    • The Ravenloft setting perpetuates the proud Dungeons & Dragons tradition of "make golems of whatever you can think of" with... Snow Golems. They reappeared in the 3.5 supplement Frostburn.
  • An early Dragon Magazine (#35) had killer snowlems with submachine guns on the cover.
  • Fabula Ultima: The Spikeflake is an Elemental which resembles the disembodied head of an oversized snowman, complete with a small hat. Its eyes, nose, and mouth are all made from shards of ice rather than stones and a carrot, however, and many icicles jut from its body like spikes. In combat, it attacks with an icy bite and a chilly Breath Weapon. Naturally, it absorbs ice damage but is weak to fire.
  • The Ice Giants of Narandu in Talislanta are at very least strongly implied to be Snowlems.

  • Cirque du Soleil's Wintuk show has a bunch of ten-foot ice golem-esque things come to life and attack the heroes. The golems are puppets, of course.
  • The Nagano Winter Olympics opening ceremonies had a set-piece in which the heroine was being chased by "living icicles" (okay, ice-skaters in icicle-themed costumes, but still).


    Video Games 
  • AdventureQuest has the recurring Harmless Villain "Frosty the Snow Golem." It's that kind of game.
  • In Animal Crossing you can make snowmen who will give you furniture and other goodies, but only if you get their proportions right. New Leaf has a whole family of snow-people (Snowman, his wife Snowmam, older son Snowboy, and younger son Snowtyke), each with a different set of items they can give you.
  • Banjo-Kazooie features a rather annoying snowman enemy called Sir Slush that can't move around, but they throw snowballs at you with pinpoint accuracy, and they ''laugh'' at you the whole time. The only way to defeat them is to knock off their stovepipe hats with a difficult aerial maneuver.
  • Frigid Guardians from Battleborn are golems made from ice and the fossilized dragon bones. Kelvin who is an entire, sentient microorganism civilization that takes the shape of an ice golem uses the Frigid Guardians' basic material makeup for his physical form.
  • Battletoads had evil snowmen engaging the 'Toads in snowball fights in the Slippy-Slidey Ice World.
  • Berserk: Millennium Falcon Hen Seima Senki no Shō: The main Mooks and the King Mook tutorial boss in the early areas are evil spirits using bodies out made of snow, based on the ones that Guts fights in "Winter Journey (1)", episode 187 of the original manga.
  • Bible Buffet featured killer snowmen as one of the villains. Because that was totally predicted in the Bible.
  • In Blue's Journey for the Neo Geo, the boss of the Slippy-Slidey Ice World is a skiing snowman.
  • Borderlands 2 features the Frost Nipper, living Snowmen led by the giant Tinder Snowflake attacking the town of Frost Bottom. Naturally, they're all weak to fire-based weapons.
  • You play a heroic snowlem in The Caverns of Hammerfest.
  • Chipmonk! has living snowmen enemies in the winter levels, near the end of the game.
  • Snowmen are the most common and weakest enemy fought in Christmas Carnage, a 1994 shooter in which the Easter Bunny seeks to end Christmas. They bleed a lot for just regular snowmen, which goes unexplained.
  • City of Heroes:
    • Various 'Winter Events' have involved menacing Type III Snowlems of varrying sizes - including towering 'Giant Monster' versions that requires several entire TEAMS of Superheroes to defeat.
    • The summonable pet for the Ice Controller class was a snowman, aptly named Jack Frost.
  • Clayfighter had Bad Mr. Frosty, a badass Anti-Hero snowman.
  • Club Penguin: The basic mooks that can be faced in Card-Jitsu Snow are snow monsters.
  • Daze Before Christmas features an evil snowman as part of the Big Bad Ensemble. He is one of the bosses.
  • Demon Skin has a hostile Ice Golem as the last boss in the winter stage. Defeat him and you reach the next area, a lush tropical jungle, shortly.
  • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and Donkey Kong Land III have Bleak as the boss of the K3 zone. He's a classic snowman with a carrot nose and a top hat, although it should be noted that the top hat contains a snowball cannon. He is defeated by chucking snowballs at the glowing spot on his scarf in the style of the Swanky's Sideshow minigames.
  • Earthworm Jim had a fire-breathing snowman as the Mini-Boss of the Heck level.
  • Fallen London had a seasonal event in January 2014 in which the player character could make a Friendly Snowlem duplicate of themself out of Neath-snow, known as a noman. The noman had a form of Hit Points to track how much it had melted, which took a steep hit at the end of each week but could be bolstered with a few rare and valuable items. There was also a mechanic encouraging the player to spend time teaching their quirk qualities to the noman, with a reward for getting them up high enough if the noman didn't die before that. Most of the nomen had melted after about three weeks (we're not kidding about the unforgiving melt rate). A few lasted longer; the March seasonal event had a couple of branches that tied in with this storyline, but those were the extreme outliers.
  • Fantasy Zone: Poppozu/Poppos, the boss(es) of Polaria in the first game, are cute Version III examples.
-The singular Poppo enemies from Fantasy Zone II also count as such.
  • Fate/Grand Order: The protagonist and Avicebron discuss the pros and cons of golems made of snow during the Anastasia Lostbelt. Avicebron never thought about it before (partially because snow wasn't an available material in the Middle Eas), but he figures that while such a golem would indeed be indestructable (especially in an ice age where it can alway regenerate with more snow), trying to have it keep a solid form and use it offensively will require more mana than its woth. Though after this discussion he does make snow golems during an emergency.
  • The second big boss of Final Fantasy Mystic Quest is a hulking ice golem. The fastest non-magical, non-flammable way to defeat it is to chip away at it with an axe.
  • Frosty Nights is about a kid spending his nights defending himself from evil Snowmen who enter his room with the intent of eating him with a flashlight and hair dryer.
  • Garfield's Nightmare: The arctic levels have sentient snowmen that throw snowballs at Garfield, though the latter can defeat them easily with a stomp. Their King Mook is Franz Coughka, the boss of that world (and also the Final Boss of the game); it's a bigger, taller snowman that shoots snowballs from its hat, but also penguins Garfield can stomp to reach the hat and hurt the boss.
  • Ghostbusters (1990) had the frozen "Apartment" level, which was home to small snowlems, a mini-boss called CrystaRobo and a large snowlem, which could spawn smaller, bird-like minions.
  • A Wintersday quest in Guild Wars features characters chasing down familiar-sounding ingredients (button, two pieces of coal, corncob pipe, magic hat) to make Freezie, the Greatest Snowman Ever Made. Freezie and other snowmennote  also show up in other Wintersday quests, and populate the Secret Lair of the Snowmen dungeon in Eye of the North. For the children!
  • Kickle Cubicle had snowman enemies who had a freezing breath attack like Kickle's, which they were immune to.
  • In Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Donald Duck is turned into a snowduck whenever he is in Christmas Town, which fits with the Christmas theme that the party take on, with Sora being a vampire with a black Santa attire, and Goofy becoming half-dog, half reindeer.
  • Kingdom of Loathing:
    • The game has ninja snowman enemies.
    • The multiplayer clan dungeon Hobopolis has a snowman hobo named Frosty as a mini-boss.
  • Kingdom Rush Vengeance has the Snow Golem enemies as Type III. They resemble turtle-like constructs made of rock and snow that initially appear dormant on parts of the map (including near the exit), and will only wake up on certain waves. You can either bomb them to remove them before they wake up for a hefty amount of gold, or wait till they awaken as a high-HP, high-damage enemy that drops chump change on death.
  • Kirby:
    • Some of the most recurring enemies in the series are cute little snowmen known as Chilly. They are known as the most common source of the Ice ability.
    • In Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards you can turn Kirby into a walking snowman by inhaling the ice and bomb powers together. A walking, exploding snowman.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • In Lightning Legend: Daigo no Daibouken, Yuki Shirogane, a Snow Girl with great magic powers, is able to create those. She gave life to one named Yukidaruman (a Japanese pun between "Yukidaruma", Japanese for "snowman", and "Man") at the age of 3. She tried to create another, giant one at age 7, but her attempt failed horribly, the snowlem crumbling and burying her in snow; she narrowly escaped death thanks to her father rescuing her.
  • LittleBigPlanet: the PSP version has one in the level Peak Performance, it guards a balloon by shooting snowmen enemies from his top hat and throwing snowballs.
  • Lord of Gun have various animated snowmen and ice monsters in the winter-themed stages, who attacks you by hurling snowballs from a distance. It fittingly ends with it's boss being a King Mook giant snowlem.
  • Eyeless snowmen with a stolen Mii mouth appear among the huge cast of monsters in Miitopia.
  • Minecraft includes the ability to create snow golems (basically a snowman with a carved pumpkin head), who serve as a friendly mob, throwing snowballs at aggressive mobs to divert their attention and leaving trails of snow as they walk around.
  • Monsters, Inc.: Scream Team: Some mechanical enemies disguised as evil snowmen appear in Sugar Shack as enemies. They're most common in the area surrounding the cabin.
  • Moshi Monsters has Wistful Snowtots, a species of living snowmen who are gloomy, but not actually always sad.
  • Noah's Ark, a Konami game, features a killer snowman at the end of the Antarctica stages.
  • Oracle of Tao has a number of in-universe fables. One of them involves a man building snow golems, which initially are very sweet, but the humans in town wind up going to war with them, and they build snow weapons to attack.
  • The boss for the blizzard stage in Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion is a giant snowman.
  • Pokémon:
    • Regice is a Legendary Mon made entirely of Antarctic ice. Bonus points also for actually being a golem.
    • In Galar, the regional version of Darmanitan is an Ice-type that also has a Zen Mode as its hidden ability. In its case, however, it transforms into a dual Ice/Fire-type that resembles an angry snowman.
    • Paldea has the legendary Chien-Pao, who is a literal Snowy Sabertooths; its entire body is made of snow, save for its fangs which are made of a snapped cursed sword.
  • Popeye 2 for the Game Boy features a snowman as its first boss fight. It hops around and goes down easily.
  • Games created with Power Game Factory can include living snowmen as enemies.
  • One of the unlockable skins in some of the Ratchet & Clank games is that of a snowman. A Snowlem with all of Ratchet's BFGs. You may quake in fear now.
  • The Chinese MMORPG Roco Kingdom releases holiday-exclusive pets that can be obtained in special events. One of these pets, Yuandan, which was obtainable from December 2019 to January 2020 for a New Year's event, is a snowman that looks to be controlled by marionette strings.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp features an evil version of a traditional snowman, the Snowmean, and other enemies made from snow, Lurkers.
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
    • Jack Frost is Atlus' mascot for a reason; he appears in every SMT game, and he's going to beat the living "hee-ho" out of you. Except in in the Persona series where he's on your side.
    • Two additional varieties exist: King Frost, a Jack Frost so massive that it rests on piles of hundreds of ordinary Jack Frosts and make them look like ants, and who has the power to freeze the entire world... but he's too absent-minded and cheerful to actually do it. Black Frost, on the other hand, is a nasty-looking Jack Frost who has "remembered he's a demon" and isn't even vulnerable to fire anymore.
  • The Adventure game Simon the Sorcerer had one of these as an obstacle. You get past him by eating some mints.
  • Singular Stone has hostile snowmen in the East Forest when it's snowing. They can only be harmed when they noticed the player and attack with body-tackle for collision damage and shoot damaging snowballs.
  • Snowman Story, unsurprisingly, features an animated snowman as a protagonist. Who's on a quest to search for Santa on Christmas Eve.
  • Snow Bros., a 1990 arcade game, had two snowball-throwing snowmen as the heroes.
  • Sonic 3D Blast has two different kinds of snowman enemies in Diamond Dust Zone. The first ones are stationary and explode when Sonic gets near them, so Sonic has to stand out of their way when they do to avoid getting hit. Dr. Robotnik even uses them as a method of attack in the boss battle in Act 3. The second are mobile and shoot snowballs out of their hats. Sonic can defeat them by jumping on them or rolling into them. Upon defeat, they will reveal a Blue Flicky trapped in a block of ice, which Sonic must break open to free the Flicky.
  • In the level Frozen Altars in Spyro: Year of the Dragon, there are a couple Type III Snowlems as enemies, who can only be killed by lasers.
  • One snow area in Star Ocean: The Second Story had snowmen as random encounters.
  • Star Trek Online has an annual Winter Event where Q creates a Winter Wonderland zone inhabited by animated gingerbread men under attack by living snowmen. Players fight them in various events using snow- or ice-based weapons empowered by Q.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Super Mario Bros. 2: Flurries are snowy enemies that slide on icy floors, always heading towards the player.
    • Super Mario 64 has some enemy snowmen in Cool Cool Mountain and go under the name 'Mr. Blizzard'. They were meant to be included in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
    • Super Mario Galaxy 2 features a snowman miniboss named Sorbetti, who for some reason always disguises himself as an icy planet, which his head can freely roll around.
    • Super Mario 3D World: The game introduces Snow Pokeys, snowman variants of the desert-dwelling Pokey cacti. When defeated, their body segments turn into non-spiky snowballs that the player characters can pick up and chuck. Snow Pokeys return later in Super Mario Maker 2.
    • Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3: Bucket Head is a short big-headed snowman who wears a bucket on their heads and spits Ice crystals at Wario. Suitably, they only appear in Sherbet Land.
    • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story: Blizzard Midbus can summon snowlems with Fawful's face called Snawfuls to aid him during his battle.
    • Paper Mario: Sticker Star features as a world boss a titanic ice sculpture of Bowser called the Bowser Snow Statue. It turns out to be controlled by a Mr. Blizzard boss named Mizzter Blizzard, who is ultimately revealed to be desperate and friendly.
  • Terraria has an entire army of these, called the Frost Legion, which will attack you if you use a snow globe to summon them. They come in knife, gangster and snowball-throwing versions.
  • There's a 1995 FPS, Terror In Christmas Town, where you fight numerous enemies on a snow-covered landscape, including animated snowmen. Upon being killed, they simply turns into non-sentient, cartoonish snowmen (those made from three stacked snowballs).
  • The TimeSplitters series featured a character named the Snowman, who rides on a magic rug instead of running on legs. According to its gallery description, it was brought to life by a child's wish, who then proceeded to traverse time and space in search of death and glory ...and maybe some legs, too.
  • Wizard101 features Type 3 examples: Evil Snowmen that infest Colossus Boulevard, which carry daggers. By Level 10, the player can also summon Evil Snowmen in combat (assuming they're either an Ice wizard or have training points to spare).
  • Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair's Slippy-Slidey Ice World boss, Icerego, is an Ice Golem Yeti.
  • In World of Warcraft ice elementals arguably qualify. Technically they're a hybrid elemental of air and water. Their leader is Ahune the Frost Lord, who shows up as part of the Midsummer Fire Festival event. You can also turn yourself into one of these using a Winter Veil item.

    Web Animation 
  • Eddsworld had an episode featuring a Snogre, or a snow ogre.
  • The Christmas Episode of Father Tucker had a living snowman attempt to beat up Father Tucker as punishment for all the children he molested. Instead, Father Tucker shrinks him using a hair dryer and then rapes him before what's left of him melts away.
  • Homestar Runner: Blue Laser Commander announces his intention of making super-soldiers out of snow ("They're called 'Super-Snowldiers,' thank you very much!") as soon as he can find some carrots.

  • Christi from The Princess Planet creates a living snowman because using dead human body parts instead is too hard and gross.

    Web Original 
  • Hybrid webcomic/browser game Demon Thesis features groups of these as recurring enemies for a significant chunk of the story.
  • Freaky the Scary Snowman, a prank done by some folks in Rhode Island, draws some inspiration from this.
  • The Whateley Universe story "There's an Angel in Father John's Basement" plays with this: The third-rate mystic villain trio after the power of the titular 'Angel' find a magical tome which will let them unleash an evil so powerful that all the major superheroes in New York will have to fight it. To do this, they build themselves an army of evil Santas and mobile, energy-absorbing snowmen. The prophecy comes true when the individual snowmen eventually combine into Ymir in the middle of New York...
  • Subverted on The Weather. Alan attempts to build himself a friend made of snow, and assumes it'll talk, on the basis that everything in that world seems to be able to come to life. But the snowman never does come to life- it just gets destroyed by the sudden appearance of a talking tornado
  • Winter of '83 details a town that was terrorized by a bunch of type 3, causing the town of Fawn Circle to become a ghost town.

    Western Animation 
  • The Abominable Snowkoopa from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 was created by Big Mouth to terrorize the penguins of Antarctica in the episode "7 Continents for 7 Koopas".
  • Adventure Time:
    • Features in the episode "Thank You"; it's not exactly any of the above-mentioned types, being somewhere between types one and three, but not malevolent. The episode is about a chance meeting it has with a fire wolf pup that hasn't learned to hate it yet (fire wolves and snow golems being natural enemies) and the golem's quest to return it to its family in spite of the danger this poses the golem. The episode ends with the snow golem and the fire wolf herd being on good terms, and according to the game, the fire wolf pup still lives with the snow golem, making occasional trips to visit its family.
    • The Ice King can also create living snow-creatures with his magic. He doesn't do it often, though, and they're not particularly useful when he does. (They're prone to attack him instead of his enemies, for some reason.)
  • American Dad!: One of these is unleashed by Santa's elves in the episode "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls". It is blown up with a barrel of moonshine.
  • One episode of Atomic Puppet featured a Version III as the Villain of the Week. She's also got a bit of Version II though, as she was originally an ice villain whose spirit somehow took over a snowman after she was melted by Atomic Puppet at the start of the episode.
  • Bouli was a French animated television series that aired from 1989 to 1991, where the moon magically animated the snowman Bouli and his friends and they set up a snowman village in the woods.
  • The Bump in the Night Christmas Episode "'Twas the Night Before Bumpy" featured an army of snowman soldiers at the North Pole.
  • A Monster of the Week in an episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog.
    • As the last of the snowmen, his nefarious scheme is to extract the anti-melting gene from humans and implant it into himself, allowing him to outlive the inevitable warming of the earth. Also he speaks with a Scottish accent. Take from that what you will.
      Snow Man: "The name's Man. Snow Man."
    • He shows up in a later episode and freezes Courage's house and owners to make a cozy home for himself. Courage saves the day by going to the North Pole, sewing up the hole in the ozone layer and making it cold enough to revive the last snowman's snowfriends, who previously melted.
  • There was a short cartoon called Earth Versus Everything, which featured giant mutant killer snowmen brought to life by radiation from nuclear tests. It was a very silly cartoon.
  • In the Evil Con Carne episode "Christmas Con Carne", the episode was narrated by a sentient snowman who also helped save the day by enlisting a green-nosed reindeer named Rupert to stop Hector Con Carne's plan.
  • The original Frosty the Snowman animated television Christmas Special was aired on December 7, 1969. What followed were several sequels: Frosty's Winter Wonderland in 1976 (which introduced Frosty's wife Crystal), Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July in 1979 (which introduced their children), and Frosty Returns in 1992. All were about the same friendly, lovable, and heroic snowman — and his family.
    • They were all follow-ups to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which was narrated by Sam the Snowman, a friendly, wise snowlem patterned after Burl Ives. (Ironically, Sam's comment to the viewers, "What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen a talking snowman before?" was some rather unintentional Foreshadowing of the later special.)
  • The Abominable Snowman from House of Mouse actually looks like a snowman, and nothing like an actual Yeti at all.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures Christmas special, Daolon Wong turns several ordinary snowmen into these to fight the J-team.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, when Heloise hears about snow in "A Cold Day in Miseryville", her first thought is of her leading an army of these in battle (Version III given that it's Heloise). She's later seen trying to build some, but Jimmy accidentally destroys them.
  • Johnny Test: The Brain Freezer makes killer snowlems in the episode, "Johnny X and the Attack of the Snowmen".
  • Kim Possible:
    • The half-episode "Day of the Snowmen" involved a weather machine and toxic water from Lake Wannaweep creating mutant zombie snowmen.
    Ron: ...They don't seem like jolly, happy souls.
  • In The Legend of Korra, Ikki suggests that Katara use waterbending to make snowmen chase the children for fun.
  • MAD has a marginal where a Snowman's wife cuts snowman's nose.
  • A group of these that showed up in the Martin Mystery Christmas Episode could vomit quick freezing slush.
  • An episode of Mona the Vampire had Chilly, a snowman with freeze powers and the inexplicable ability to drive one of those big snow blower trucks.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • The series has a small bit where two police snowmen are at a puddle:
    Officer A: That's all that's left of him, poor bastard.
    Officer B: *Turns on radio* Suspect died of... natura-natural causes. *sniff*
    • They also have several skits with "Composite Santa" who is half evil-Santa and half evil-Frosty. Temperatures over 32 degrees causes half of him to melt and kills him.
  • In Santa vs. the Snowman the titular Snowman's origin is unexplained; he's implied to be a naturally occuring Snowman. When he decides to invade Santa's village he creates an entire army of mindless minion snowmen by throwing ice cubes into a snow bank.
  • Der Schneemann or The Snowman was a short animated film made in Nazi Germany by Hans Fischerkoesen. (Excerpt here.) It may be the Trope Maker.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Done in the episode where Homer and Burns were trapped in a cabin buried in an avalanche. Burns created armies of snowmen, which came alive and fought against Homer's army of former political figures he summoned by "political powers". A delirious Burns suggested that the snowmen they had made (and given their clothes to) to stave off cabin fever might be alive and try to kill them. It was all just a hallucination, but still...
    • In another episode, Bart has a dream that he visits the North Pole to get revenge on Santa. Two living snowmen try to stop him but he defeats them by simply turning up the heat.
  • The famous British short film The Snowman ("we're walking in the air") features a living snowman who can even fly to Lapland for a snowman party. Shown every Christmas on Channel 4.
  • There's a 1930-era cartoon The Snowman that starts off pleasantly enough as an Eskimo boy and his animal pals build a snowman, but it turns into a version III that goes on a psycho rampage (even eating one of the critters!) - the kid runs to a control room and starts up machinery that cranks up the sun, and the Snowlem melts in ghastly death-throes.
  • The first South Park short was called "Jesus vs. Frosty" and involved four kids animating a snowman - who turns out to be an insane killer who sprouts tentacles. One of the kids warned the other three not to put the hat on the snowman, stating his sister in Minnesota was almost killed by a snowman with a magic hat. He immediately tells the others I Told You So when it kills Kenny (who looks like Cartman).
    "I told you not to put that FUCKING hat on Frosty's FUCKING head!"
  • A classic 1968 Spider-Man (1967) short, "Trouble With Snow", also featured a giant snowman made from tainted snow and brought to life by downed power lines.
  • Arktos, the main villain of Tabaluga, is an Evil Overlord snowman who wishes to cover the world in ice and snow.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: The final segment of the episode "Cinemaniacs!" stars Buster Bunny as "Pasadena Jones", and halfway through it he has to face an "Abominable Snowman", which is this trope instead of the traditional yeti. He tries to intimidate Buster with a broom that doubles as a nunchaku, before Buster pulls out a flamethrower and melts him.
  • Wishfart features some Version I types in the episode "Warmer Pants for the King", where their carrot noses become the target of people's hunger after Puffin wishes away all vegetables. They turn in Version III Snowlems as a result of this persecution, declaring war on everyone else in the city and imprisoning Dez and his friends in revenge.
  • Xiaolin Showdown has Raksha, the Villain of the Week from the episode "The Deep Freeze." He's a snow monster that was brought to life by the mystical Heart of Jong (which can animate inanimate objects in general).


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Alternative Title(s): Snow Golem, Living Snowman, Animated Snowman, Sentient Snowman, Living Snowmen, Snowlem



Arktos is an evil, living snowman who commands an army of ice-dwelling animals. He wants to coat the world in snow so he can rule over it.

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