What is this about?Edit
Similar to how victims can have their bodies turned into stone, Ice transformation (or "Freezing" in short) covers cryogenic-based transformation where the victim is :
- Frozen. The victim is immobilized at the spot where he/she is frozen. Indications may range from an obvious change in skin tone (usually to blue or white), rough icy surface, growing icicles, and vapor.
- Crystallized. Similar to the example above, where instead of being frozen into a stand-still, the victim's body is transformed into a sculpture made of ice, rendering him/her extremely vulnerable to outside elements.
- Trapped. Instead of being covered by a layer of/turned into ice, the victim can also be frozen inside a block of ice formed around the victim, trapping him/her inside it. Said block of ice's shape, size and smoothness can vary (and whether it changes the victim's hue slightly to blue).
- Cryo-suspension. In many science fiction films, television shows and books, individuals are intentionally frozen using devices for that purpose. Most commonly, this is a means for surviving long-duration space travel. Other reasons include medical purposes and imprisonment.
How about the Victim?Edit
Care must be taken for the unfortunate ones who have been frozen solid by the arctic force. Not only fragility is a concern, frozen victims may suffer additional ailments depending on the how the perpetrator freezes them.
In most media works, victims that are 'Flash Frozen' usually display little to no signs of negative effects after being freed from their predicament. Comedic after effects may include the victim catching a common cold after the victims' body "catches up" at the end of an episode, which is normally treated in a very short time.
Others however, realistically portray them to being severely weakened after the victims thaw out from their icy prison, logically caused by the fact that their bodies have lost a great amount of heat during their time being encased in ice. After effects, as described beforehand, may include the victim catching a heavy cold, or worse, the victim may display signs of severe hypothermia which can be fatal in some cases.
A good example would be Nico Robin from One Piece in the Long Ring Long Land arc, where she is frozen by Aokiji. Although her crew mates managed to save her from being shattered, the weakened Robin went into a temporary coma after the ice encasing her is successfully melted by her crew mates using hot water.
Another concern for victims who are completely frozen into an ice sculpture is heat. As everyone should know, ice melts under room temperature - while victims who are trapped inside a giant block of ice can (sometimes) escape just by waiting for the ice to melt, it should be noted that victims that are turned into ice sculptures should be rescued as soon as possible before their bodies melt away into puddles of water, essentially killing them.
Cryo-suspension in science fiction typically involves the use of complex technology. It is sometimes depicted as equivalent to a medical procedure; other times it appears to be a fairly automated process. Recovery from cryo-suspension varies from near-instantaneous (sometimes this may be referred to as "stasis" rather than freezing) to more extensive treatments comparable to recovering from a serious injury or illness.