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"I will not get upset over men, but instead be poised and cool ice-queen."—Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary
Much like a Tomboy, the Ice Queen is a major character archetype, and yet is a nebulous concept. The Ice Queen is a woman who is cold, in any or all of the possible interpretations of what "cold" means. She has a cold heart, and a frosty demeanor. Hence the name "Ice Queen", which is often used as an insult, particularly by scorned men. Due to the Double Standard, the Ice Queen is Always Female. Males are just Jerkasses.
The Ice Queen is unapproachable by a sane man, as she will simply tear out his heart. The term can also be used in a non-romantic sense for a woman who rejects the normally close society of women, and prefers to be a loner. Also used on women who are not emotional wrecks, since being cool-headed and rational is often seen as weird coming from a woman. Very often subjected to defrosting.
An Ice Queen requires at least one personality trait that gets her labeled as an Ice Queen. There are many different flavors; the following are some of them:
- Alpha Bitch: Usually considered popular, but sometimes the Alpha Bitch only thinks she's popular, and the adoration she perceives is actually fear of the wrath of the Ice Queen.
- The Baroness: Cold, sadistic and utterly ruthless inside, no matter how warm and soft she may appear. Don't get on her bad side if you value your life.
- Broken Bird: She's not really cold, she's just broken inside and afraid of being hurt again.
- Deadpan Snarker: Let the insults fly, this Ice Queen will cut anyone's ego down to size.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: A former Ice Queen whose cold heart is in the process of being melted.
- Emotionless Girl: A common version of the Ice Queen is to be emotionless. She really is dead inside, but maybe someone can revive her inner warmth.
- Iron Lady: A non-royal woman in politics must show she's tougher and smarter than her male rivals, since emotions are for lesser women.
- Jerkass: She's just a jerk, plain and simple.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She has a Hidden Heart of Gold, a common subversion
- Jerkass Woobie: She's a sympathetic jerk.
- Loners Are Freaks: What kind of girl doesn't want to go shopping, hang out at the mall, and have girltalk about boyfriends?
- Rich Bitch: So much money. So little soul.
- The Snark Knight: Her outer coldness and cynicism coexists with a passionate code of honor. A less common subversion
- Stepford Snarker: When she is both this and a Broken Bird.
- Tsunshun: Her abrasiveness hides her depressive nature.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Tsundere: Sometimes a Tsundere can be perceived like this by other people
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Sometimes life requires a woman become an Ice Queen, regardless of what she'd prefer. Royal duty demands it of you.
This is the supertrope for all the "frosty women" subtypes. No examples please, instead place examples in the different subtropes. If we don't have a specific subtrope, then feel free to help us create one for it.