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Mr. Freeze
Batman & Robin - Mr. Freeze
General Information
Real name: Victor Fries
Aliases: Mr. Freeze
Alignment: Bad (though at the end, he starts becoming good)
Affiliation: Nora Fries (Wife)
Frosty (Henchman)
Bane (Ex-partner)
Poison Ivy (Ex-partner)
Characteristics: Gender - Male
Hair - Brown (before accident) White then shaved off (after accident)
Eyes - Brown (before accident) Ice Blue (after accident)
Portrayed by: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Appearances: Batman & Robin

"Allow me to break the ice. My name is Freeze. Learn it well, for it's the chilling sound of doom!"
―Mr. Freeze[src]

Mr. Freeze was the alias of Dr. Victor Fries.

After the result of an accident condemning him to live in sub-zero temperatures, he became a cold hearted villain and was determined to find a cure for his wife's illness even if he had to freeze all of Gotham City to do it.



Dr. Victor Fries before the accident.


Victor Fries was a two time olympic decathlete and a very well known scientist, having won the Nobel Prize in the field of molecular biology. He was trying to cure his wife Nora (who he was deeply devoted to) from a terminal illness called MacGregor's syndrome that would eventually kill her. Victor placed her in an experimental cryogenic floatation tank of his own invention, hoping to keep her in suspended animation until he could find a cure. He continued his research on the disease while his wife endured her frozen slumber, even managing to cure the disease in its early stages, but still working on the advanced case Nora had contracted. During an experiment, he fell into a vat of his cryo-fluid that was fifty degrees below zero, somehow surviving only to find himself dependent on a special cryosuit that used special diamond enhanced lasers to keep him at zero degrees. He took on the persona of Mr. Freeze.

Crime spreeEdit

Freeze hid out at Snowy Cones Ice Cream Factory and began a life of crime in a continued effort to cure his wife. He began robbing museums of large diamonds, planning to use them to create a large scale freeze gun that he called his "freezing engine" to freeze Gotham, holding it ransom for billions, allowing him to complete his research for her cure. He was pursued by Batman and Robin, but managed to steal a diamond after freezing Robin, and warned Batman that he had eleven minutes to thaw Robin before he would freeze to death. Freeze spared Batman, but threatened to kill the Dark Knight the next time he tries to stop him, and escaped with the diamond.

At his hideout Freeze is watching his past before the accident. He is then interrupted by one of his thugs who is holding a newspaper and tells him that he wants to see, but he freezes him, commenting, "I hate when people talk during the movie." Then he tells his wife only one diamond left and notices the newspaper on one his frozen thugs and reads it.

At a rainforest costume party that was using a large diamond necklace to help raise money for a charity, Freeze returned and stole it.

Freeze and Batman

Mr. Freeze caught by Batman.

Batman and Robin followed and captured him, imprisoning Freeze in Arkham Asylum. Stripped of his cryo-suit, Victor could no longer survive outside of his specially designed cell, and was rendered incapable of escaping.

While in Arkham, Mr. Freeze carved an ice statue of his wife in order to have some solace, for he missed her deeply and wished he was still with her.

Alliance with Poison IvyEdit

Freeze was then broken out of the asylum by Poison Ivy and Bane. Ivy had witnessed Freeze's attack at the party and been impressed at his skills.

They returned to Freeze's hideout where Ivy and Bane distracted the Dynamic Duo (who had learned of Freeze's escape) while he retrieved his energy diamonds and weapons telling Ivy to bring his wife back to him.

However, Poison Ivy betrayed him by disconnecting the cable to the floatation tank that was keeping Freeze's wife alive. Later at Ivy's Turkish Bath hideout, Freeze had taken refuge there and frozen one of the rooms for his survival. As soon as he saw Ivy, he asked her if she had retrieved his wife. Ivy told him Batman had deactivated Nora and that she was dead. Freeze angrily refused to believe her until she showed him Nora's special snowflake necklace that he had given her as a gift. He was deeply grieved and shed a small tear that suddenly froze and blew away in the cold air. His sorrow then turned to rage and he swore vengeance on Batman, and, at Ivy's urging, humanity itself. He thus decided to continue his plan to freeze Gotham and kill the population. He told Ivy to distract Batman and Robin while he put his despicable plan into action.

He went with Bane to the Gotham Observatory to use it's powerful telescope to create a giant freeze gun, on his arrival he froze lead scientist Dr. Lee and his assistant, leaving them to die and began his plan of freezing Gotham City.


Batman and Robin (who had survived Ivy's trap), along with their new partner Batgirl arrived at Gotham Observatory attempting to put right the damage Freeze had done. He had already coverted the main telescope into a giant freeze gun and used it to freeze most of Gotham's population leaving them with only eleven minutes to thaw the whole city. Freeze sends Bane to deal with Robin and Batgirl while he takes care of Batman. A fierce battle ensues between the Dark Knight and the cold hearted villain for control of the telescope ending with Freeze being knocked off the telescope platform destroying his freeze device.

But Freeze wasn't defeated easily and with one last ounce of strength, detonated icicle bombs that were earlier placed around the telescope, causing the structure to explode and crash it straight through the walls to the far ground below in one last attempt to destroy Batman and stop him from saving the city. In doing so he finally falls fifteen feet to the ground below. He breaks his helmet with the impact of the fall. Batman survives the fall along with the two scientists who had been thawed out and been clinging onto the telescope for dear life. After setting them down safely on the ground he went after Robin and Batgirl who had defeated Bane. They head back to the observatory and finally find a way to thaw Gotham City using the satellites; soon the population is restored to normal.


Freeze (AS) 2

Freeze confronting Ivy in Arkham Asylum.

With Freeze now lying amid the wreckage of the telescope structure and weakened by the heat, he is 'confronted' by Batman, who responds to Freeze's 'order' to Batman to kill him like he killed his wife by revealing a recording in which Ivy admits that she pulled the plug on his wife's equipment. As Freeze roars in rage, Batman reveals that his wife is not dead; she had her systems restored and was still alive. As Freeze sobs in relief at this news, Batman solemnly reminds him that vengeance is not power as anyone can take life, but giving life is a power that only a few people possess, including Victor Fries. With this in mind, Batman asks his enemy to help him save another life by sharing the cure for the first stages of his wife's illness to save the life of another (specifically, Bruce Wayne's dying friend, Alfred Pennyworth). Deeply moved by Batman's assurance that the man his wife loves is still inside him, Freeze complies by giving him two vials containing the antidote with the words "Take two of these and call me in the morning". Batman gratefully takes them from him. Although Freeze is still sent to Arkham Asylum, Batman promises that he will have Nora moved to the lab in Arkham so that he can continue his research.

Having been allocated Poison Ivy as his cell mate, Freeze promises to make her life a living hell for what she did to his wife and deceiving him.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Mr. Freeze is an expert in cryogenics and inventions. As a scientist Freeze has a very intelligent mind. He is very resourceful and cunning with his plans. His suit not only gives him the ability to survive in sub-zero temperatures, but also gives him great strength.

Weapons, Equipment and TechnologyEdit

Freeze Mobile

Freeze's main source of transportation: The Freezemobile.

Freeze's special cyrosuit also has built in wings which would allow him to fly - which was seen when Freeze abandoned the doomed pod heading into the sky and plummeting back to Gotham City.

As well as this, Freeze has an array of different weapons and devices. His main weapon is a large freeze rifle that shoots a very powerful beam that can freeze an opponent instantly (and permanently if they are not thawed out within eleven minutes), a hi-tech freezing machine called his "Freezing Engine" that is made up of several white diamonds that can be used to freeze a whole city, Icicle bombs that can be detonated when pressed by a button on his suit and his vehicle called the Freezemobile that fires a freeze beam and Icicle missiles.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • This version of Mr. Freeze was a campy one, who had endlessly used one-liner puns related to low temperatures and cold weather, such as "The Iceman Cometh", "Freeze-well", and "Let's kick some ice" although it includes Batman: The Animated Series version's tragic origin, but portrayed it as being a machinery accident, falling into a vat of Liquid Nitrogen in a similar manner to The Joker from the 1989 Batman film. The film's characterization of Mr. Freeze, as well as Schwarzenegger's performance, was widely criticized. Mr. Freeze's suit is given a complete redesign to make it distinctive from BTAS and comic book incarnations. The suit, as in the comics and animated representations, is depicted as giving Mr. Freeze enhanced strength. Schwarzenegger was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award as Worst Supporting Actor for playing Mr. Freeze, but didn't win. Instead, the award went to Dennis Rodman, a professional basketball player, for another movie called Double Team.
    • The infamous ice-related puns the character used and the negative reception to them and the character as a result was also referenced in the Batman: Arkham franchise, specifically the Batman: Arkham Origins story DLC Cold, Cold Heart, when several crooks proceeded to use similar ice/cold-related puns in reference to either Freeze himself or the cryogenic weaponry Freeze provided them with, with some of their partners telling them off for it; and in the direct to video film Batman: Assault on Arkham, where the Suicide Squad member Killer Frost, upon learning about the Joker's theft and threat to use a dirty bomb in Gotham City, commented that it "gives [her] the chills", to fellow member Captain Boomerang's displeasure ("Ice puns? Really?").
  • Freeze's plot of freeze all Gotham City would be originally the Penguin's plot in Batman Returns. However, this plot was used first in Batman: The Animated Series episode, "Deep Freeze".


Freeze PunsEdit

This version of Mr. Freeze and a few of the other characters used a lot of cold joke puns in the movie:

Mr. FreezeEdit


Batman-Mr. Freeze Puns!

Mr. Freeze's Puns

"The Iceman Cometh!"

"I'm afraid that my condition has left me cold to your pleas of mercy."

"In this universe, there's only one absolute. Everything Freezes!"

"You're not sending me to the cooler!"

"What killed the dinosaurs? The Ice Age!"

"Can you feel it coming? The icy cold of space!"

"At thirty thousand feet, your heart will freeze and beat no more."

"After you're frozen, your icy tomb will plummet back to Gotham."

"Freeze Well!"

"Stay cool, Bird-boy."

"Can you be cold, Batman?"

"My passion thaws for my Bride alone."

"It's winter forever here in Gotham."

"All right everyone, Chill!"

"Pheromone Dust, designed to heat a man's blood. It doesn't work on the cold hearted."

"Cool party."

"It's a Cold town."

"Allow me to break the Ice. My name is Freeze. Learn it well for it's the chilling sound of your doom!"

"Always winterize your pipes."

"Chilled to Perfection!"

"Their bones will turn to Ice. Their blood will freeze in my hands."

"I will blanket the city in endless winter!"

"First I will turn Gotham into an Icy graveyard, then I will pull Batman's heart from his body and feel it freeze in my hands!"

"If revenge is a dish best served cold. Then put on your Sunday finest, it's time to feast."

"Tonight Hell freezes over!"

"Let's kick some Ice!"

"Tonight's forecast, a freeze is coming!"

"Freeze in Hell, Batman!"

"Prepare for a bitter harvest. Winter has come at last."

Batman, Robin and BatgirlEdit

Batman: "You get the ice, I'll get the Iceman."

Batman: "If it's Ice, the Iceman wants..."

Robin: "We're going to trap ourselves a snowman?"

Robin: "No sign of the Snowman."

Batgirl: "Maybe he melted."

Batman: "No he's just hibernating!"

Batman: "Hey Freeze, the heat is on."

Batman: "... and maybe you can save the life of the man your wife once loved. He's still inside you Victor, buried deep beneath the snow."

Poison IvyEdit

"A cool customer. Yes!"

"Icy demeanour!"

"Well I, my most unabominable snowman have been impressed by you."

Arkham Asylum GuardsEdit

Guard 1: "Welcome Home, Frostface."

Guard 2: "You're the common cold and we're the cure."

Guard 1: "Alright Freezy, you can't live outside the cold zone!"

Guard 2: "Hey Icehead..."

Ms. B. HavenEdit

"I'd weather blizzards just to have you."

"What do you say we heat things up?"

"Talk about your cold shoulder."


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