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The Ice Queen Trope, Explained - Why She Always Defrosts

All hail the Ice Queen. This cold and cunning leader reigns with her icy fist and piercing power. But beneath that icy surface, the Ice Queen typically struggles with more intense feelings than most of us, which is why she works so hard to keep everything under control. One of the most misunderstood characters of all time, the Ice Queen is someone who has been cast as a villain — often for failing to live up to heteronormative ideals of womanhood. And it’s telling that the phrase “Ice Queen” most often pops up as an insult a guy uses for a woman who doesn’t welcome his advances. So what is it about the Ice Queen that makes her worth rooting for? Here’s our Take on why her iciness might not mean what you think.