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"The snow glows white on the mountain tonight,
Not a footprint to be seen.
A kingdom of isolation,
And it looks like I'm the queen."
Elsa, "Let It Go", from Frozen

Any time a noble or royal lady has a title that is winter themed. Again, a title, not merely her appearance or being winter related.

Say you're a queen or a princess, and you find that the Ermine Cape Effect isn't giving you enough of an aura of majesty. You want to seem mysterious, exotic, perhaps even a bit dangerous.

Well, unless you live near the equator, the solution is simple. Choose a word closely related to winter. "Snow" and "Ice" are the most common, but others will do, as long as it evokes the feeling of the cold north. Then make one of your titles "The [winter word] [Queen/Princess]". It doesn't matter what your actual rank or title is. Just use that format.

Then make sure your wardrobe consists of mostly shades of blue, silver, blueish purple, and especially white (but not pink, even if Princesses Prefer Pink). A Pimped-Out Dress and Pimped-Out Cape are obvious choices, but you could also have a Happy Holidays Dress, a Sexy Santa Dress, or even a Fur Bikini. Fur trim (white or gray), sapphires, diamonds, and/or silver on your dresses also adds a wintry touch. An Ice Palace wouldn't hurt.


Now watch how everyone speaks of you, with this title. You're now even more incredible in their eyes. You're like some kind of spirit or goddess to them, even if this won't actually give an indication of your personality. You can be good, evil or anything in between. You also could either have super powers (especially using Silver) or just be a Muggle. They won't really know, and that's just the way you want it.

This is also why in holiday festivals and pageants, the winner is usually given this kind of title rather than one that is related to Christmas or any other holiday. These titles are much cooler.

Note that kings and princes can do this, but it's rare. (If the king does do this, he's usually one half of a Ruling Couple with the queen.) Mere nobility doing this is rarer still.

The Japanese yukionna has been influenced by this trope and is often depicted as royalty.


Despite the name, Defrosting Ice Queen isn't related to this, as that's about personality, and this is about titles—although with sympathetic Winter Ladies, it's not uncommon to have both tropes.

Compare Ice Queen, An Ice Person, Evil Is Deathly Cold, and An Ice Suit.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 

    Film — Animation 
  • The Ice Princess from Batman Returns is an actress just playing a part for the winter festival in Gotham. It's played for fanservice, since she wears a fur-trimmed leotard instead of a holiday dress.
  • Queen Elsa in Frozen is an aversion in the text of the movie, despite being based on The Snow Queen. The closest she comes to using the title is in the opening lyrics of "Let it Go". Even so, she is this in all but name, as she has many of the trappings of this trope: ice powers, an Ice Palace built on a whim, and a sparkly light blue dress she made of ice. Elsa did actually refer to herself as the Snow Queen in early draft scripts where she was an antagonist, meant to be a Meaningful Rename when she abandons her past life.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Ice Princess from The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl... although she genuinely possesses the title, as her father - the Ice King - is a gigantic humanoid composed entirely of ice, and he really is King of an ice kingdom.
  • The Huntsman: Winter's War introduces Freya, the Ice Queen, who uses cryokinetic powers to keep her kingdom in a permanent state of winter.

  • "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen involved the eponymous lady who is implied to be the personification of winter.
  • "The Lady of the Ice Garden" by Kara Dalkey is this story retold in twelfth-century Japan.
  • The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge is the same story expanded upon... in space!
  • The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell is a rare male title. It was the byname of Frederick V of the Palatinate, although in that case it was more of an insult.
  • The White Witch, Jadis, in The Chronicles of Narnia is a borderline example in terms of title, but the fact that she both declares herself queen and covers the land in winter makes up for it.
  • The Winter Queen by Jane Stevenson is a novel about the actual Queen of Bohemia and her (fictional) husband-in-exile who is also a former African prince, slave, and theology student.
  • Princess Leia's adopted sister/lifelong friend, Lady Winter Celchu, from the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
  • In The Dresden Files, the Winter Court make this pretty much literal. Winter Lady Maeve, Winter Queen Mab, and Mother Winter are pretty much the embodiment of cold.
  • For a rare male version of the trope, in the backstory to A Song of Ice and Fire, the Kings in the North (ruling from the castle of Winterfell) used to be colloquially known as the Kings of Winter, fitting the recurring ice/winter motif of House Stark. Teenage king Robb Stark revives this title when he is raised up to King in the North, King of the Trident, and King of Winter when he rebels against the Iron Throne. Presumably any woman to inherit the Northern crown would be the Queen of Winter.
    • Tywin put it best when describing the Northern army, showing how the entire North under House Stark plays up the winter theme as a means of intimidation (notably, the North is shown to sometimes be described as the "winterlands", ruled by the Kings of Winter from Winterfell with a motto warning about the dangers of winter):
      "The men of the winterlands are made of iron and ice, and even my boldest knights fear to face them."
  • The titular villainess from Caverns of the Snow Witch in the Fighting Fantasy series. Other books set in this universe have also referenced the character.
  • The Queen of Frost and Darkness, by Christine Pope, is a re-imagining of Andersen's fairy tale set in czarist Russia.
  • The novel Stealing Snow is about a Deadly Decadent Court whose rulers are granted cryokinesis. When the Rightful Queen Returns, her pragmatism and confidence grow even as her literal magic does.
  • In Malcolm's Jewel Kingdom series, the Diamond Princess wears a shimmering white gown and lives in an arctic region, as fits her jewel's aesthetic.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Downplayed with Heavenly Saint Snowgel of Mahou Sentai Magiranger, who has the temperament and ice powers but not the title. Power Rangers Mystic Force, oddly enough, gender-flipped her into the Snow Prince.
  • Once Upon a Time has Ingrid, the Snow Queen, who is Elsa's long-lost aunt, and shares her powers.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • All Starks are associated with winter and its various themes, but Sansa officially becomes this after her brother Jon becomes King in the North. Her primary title is Lady of Winterfell, the north's stronghold and capital, but Princess of the North also applies following Jon's coronation as King of Winter in Season 6. The same could also be said of younger sister Arya. In the series finale, the North is declared an independent realm, and Sansa is crowned Queen.

  • Evanescence have a song titled "Snow White Queen".
  • Progressive metal band Symphony X have a song called "Lady of the Snow."
  • The Trans-Siberian Orchestra's fourth album, The Lost Christmas Eve, includes a song called "Queen of the Winter Night."
  • Within Temptation's "Ice Queen", though it's likely a metaphor for winter itself.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Snegurochka, the Snow Maiden of Russian legend, is often shown wearing a long pale blue coat and white fur. She is often in the company of Ded Moroz, the Russian equivalent to Santa Claus.
  • In the Catholic church, one of the names given to the Virgin Mary is "Our Lady of the Snow."
  • In Pacific Mythology, Poli'ahu, and her sisters Lilinoe, Kahoupokane, and Waia'u.
  • In Norse Mythology, Skadi is the Norse goddess of winter and formerly a princess before marrying the Aesir god Njord. Unlike most examples of the trope she's usually depicted wearing utilitarian fur clothing and skis since she was also the goddess of hunting, skiing and archery.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • In the Empire Wrestling Federation, Winter was portrayed this way in direct contrast to SnowCal Chloe, an arctic Play Boy Bunny.
  • Lady Frost, especially after she won the women's belt of Midwest Championship Wrestling. Suddenly every show she was on referencing anything cold was obviously named for her, never mind it being a winter month or other icy gimmick wrestlers like AJ Snow being around. And everyone else, besides Pretty Proper partner The Savage Gentleman Victor Benjamin became a "civilian" in her eyes.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In the Warhammer Fantasy world, the northern human country of Kislev is ruled by Tzarina Katarin, also known as the Ice Queen or Ice Empress. She even uses a special ice-themed magic lore to which no other currently released character has access.
    • The roleplaying game makes it clear that there is an entire group of Ice Witches who can use that Lore, and Tzarinas have to be at least competent with it. This doesn't apply to Tzars since only women can use ice magic.
  • Jezra Wagner, the "Ice Queen", is a spectre that haunts the mountains of Barovia in the Ravenloft setting. Not royal, but a noblewoman in life; her ice-pale looks and flesh-freezing touch certainly fit this trope.
  • In Changeling: The Lost, the Winter Court is an actual group of changelings who represent (and feed off) sorrow. Yes, their female rulers are called Queens. (Though the book notes that many Snowskins don't join the Winter Court because they want to avoid becoming this trope.)
  • The Snow Queen of L'Haan in Talislanta is a benevolent example.
  • Candy Land has Queen (currently Princess) Frostine. She is described as being benevolent and the sweetest person in the kingdom. Traditionally she is married to King Candy, but newer copies have them as father and daughter.
  • Alicia Aeilene Fae, in Heroes Of Camelot, is known as the Queen of Frost, and is one of the last descendants of the ancient Ice Shamans; she lives in the ice mountains and leads a group of other such descendants known as the Frost Witches. In her backstory, she received much of her training (and her Canine Companion) from the Snow Queen, Selene.


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  • Wrestle Wrestle: When discussing how Lana looked (with her sparkling white suit and fox wrap) in WrestleMania XXXI, April described her as "The Queen of Winter", and said she wanted Lana to be her Fairy Godmother.

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    Real Life 
  • Polar bears were nicknamed the "king of the Arctic".
  • Greenland (an island located in the Arctic) has one, Margrethe II (who also ruled Denmark and Faroe Islands).
  • Iceland (an European island country located in the Arctic) has a president (currently held by Guðni Th. Jóhannesson).

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