Yuri Talk: “Fire X Ice” Couples

One of my fans brought the following yuri couple archetype as an interesting subject to talk about because they have been prevalent in many recent shows featuring or centered around yuri pairings/couples. I am referring to the “energetic X cold” pairing, or as I like to call it, “Fire X Ice” couples.

Karen pointing out the flaw in Hikari's thinking

Karen (Fire) X Hikari (Ice). Revue Starlight.

Put simply “Fire and Ice” couples refers to a pair consisting of a (usually) “genki” and an “ice princess”. We will first go over familiar traits for both girls to help identify fire X ice couples.

Yuzu and Mei seeing their dad

Yuzu (Fire) X Mei-Tron (Ice). Citrus.

First up let’s talk about the FIYAH! Fire girls more often than not fall under the “genki” anime character archetype, meaning someone full of energy, optimism and positive energy. These girls usually have an easy time making friends or have the goal of spreading joy and happiness wherever they go and making as many friends as possible. However, that does not always mean fire girls are devoid of intelligence or lack common sense. They simply prefer not thinking too hard about things and instead go with the flow. Whether it is in life or some important mission they are more comfortable finding easy solutions to problems they are capable of accomplishing. They also have “never give up/never surrender” mindsets. Basically it takes A LOT of negativity to discourage a fire girl/woman. Sometimes firey girls/women ooze with charisma rather than energy but are also defined by their great optimism and positivity. Rarely is the fiery one pessimistic.

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Aer/Aaeru (Fire) X Neviril (Ice). Simoun.

Ice girls, unsurprisingly, are the opposite of fire girls. They are often soft-spoken or prefer to have as little contact with people as possible. They are known for having distant/hypnotic gazes as if looking into the eyes of a lifeless being or someone whose soul had been devastated. Usually that is the case, meaning a girl/woman who has had a very troubled past or something that ate away all her happiness. Depending on the severity of their inner struggle they are either “around” or are easily irritated, especially by their fiery love interest. Also ice girls are wary and pensive, thinking about things all the time, sometimes a bit too much to the point that simple solutions are difficult for them to grasp. Should the icy one not be anti-social she most likely oozes with haughtiness or a “holier than thou” attitude whether intentional or not.

Lion X nina

Lion (fire) X Nina (Ice). Hina Logi: From Luck & Logic.

The main goal of fire X ice is portraying an “opposites attract” dynamic, meaning couples who will inevitably bicker but deep down complete each other. What this means is NOT two people who constantly argue or fight but ultimately love each other, rather it is a situation where both girls/women realize that their differences compliment one another. Their respective strengths make up for their respective weaknesses. This is accomplished by the fiery lass slowly but surely defrosting the cold heart of her icy princess/queen, more often than not leading to the once anti-social meanie slowly becoming more comfortable around people but most importantly saving her newly developed affectionate side exclusively for her blazing lover.

Akko X Diana

Akko (Fire) X Diana (Ice). Little Witch Academia.

“Fire and Ice” couples have an arduous road regardless of the genre of their show. They always start off being hostile towards one another, similarly to when someone falls for a tsundere but less one-sided. Both sides have equal instances of being right or wrong. They may have instances where the two are apart, either due to a fight or circumstances beyond their control, and more often than not manage to work things out strengthening their relationship and usually taking it to the next level.

Kanami and Hiyori on the run

Kanami (Fire) X Hiyori (Ice). Toji no Miko.

While there are differences in interpretations of fire X ice couples there are some traits that remain consistent. The first one being that in action shows, once the two finally get on the same page they immediately become the strongest duo in the series.

FLOWERS Erika and Chidori

Erika (Fire) X Chidori (Ice). FLOWERS -Le Volume sur Été-.

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Aria (Fire) X Scherza (Ice). Starlight Vega.

As mentioned above there are exceptions where the fiery lass isn’t a bundle of joy and might even portray some traits commonly associated with ice ladies such as skepticism or cynicism but even so they remain more positive than their frozen beloved.

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Youka (Fire) X Aki (Ice). Kindred Spirits on the Roof.

The last thing that is true for fire X ice couples most of them. After the ice queen’s heart was successfully melted by her fiery lover’s heart and passion the icy one will either become mellow or so hungry for chicken tacos, cherry pies and mint-chocolate chip ice cream that it is almost impossible to stop her from leaping into the fires of love and gobbling down the burning feast she had been craving deep down for AGES since a small spark touched her frozen cage. Very rarely is this not the case…

So there you have it. My take on this prevalent type of relationship in the yuri genre. Share your thoughts on these kinds of couples or talk about your favorite fire X ice couples in the comments below.

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26 Responses to Yuri Talk: “Fire X Ice” Couples

  1. DLZ says:

    Probably my favorite couple archetype. Never tought about how Aria was more of a fire to Scherza and more of an ice to Lyria. Man, I miss SV.
    I tried really hard but I could not guess what “mint-chocolate ice cream” was supposed to mean.

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  2. tbiscut74 says:

    Those were some good ship examples. My favorites of those examples are Yuzu/Mei-Tron, Aria/Scherza (though the harem ending is best!), Lion/Nina, and Akko/Dianna.

    I Love Diakko because it reminds me of one of my 2 all time favorite ships: White Rose! Which is also a great Fire x Ice ship!

    And speaking about my all time favorite ships i wonder if my other ship would be considered an fire x ice ship? Its Yoruichi x Soi Fon from Bleach. Like Yoruichi as the fire and Soi Fon as the Ice. Its the ship that got me into yuri and yuri shipping in the first place!

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    • OG-Man says:

      Coolio.

      Hopefully White Rose get together but it’s highly unlikely.

      That’s another good example.

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      • Terkontar says:

        Yeah, sadly; if any yuri ship involving the main four girls of RWBY is to happen, then it’s probably going to be Bumblebee, and even that is an if. Bummer.

        And as for Whiterose, well… at least we’ve got plenty of fanfictions to go around. And some of them make for actually decent reads!

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      • OG-Man says:

        Just have BumbleBee hook up. Yang would make a great lesbian icon.

        I know.

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  3. cirno9fan says:

    “similarly to when someone falls for a tsundere but less one-sided”
    this statement confuses me. A tsundere’s love can most certainly be one-sided, but if someone falls for a tsundere, then doesn’t that mean it’s two-sided?

    I can’t say I’m the hugest fan of this pairing type, but I don’t dislike it. It might be because it’s too prevalent maybe? Well, in anime. Manga there’s much more of a division. Also, it’s probably because the “cool” type isn’t really my thing.

    Then again, I think it just matters how long the “ice” stays “cool”. if it lasts too long it feels like a drag. But as sleep continues trying to eat my energy….I dunno what i’m saying anymore. It’s not a bad coupling, I think I just like tsunderes more than kuuderes

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    • KZO says:

      It’s not always about cool/coldness, Nina for example was never cold, just shy, so she didn’t talk much at the start. The difference is important.

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      • OG-Man says:

        True that. Like I said there are exceptions. Not all of them are cold-hearted, just very distant at first.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Probably.

      Reminds me of another person who usually pops up half-asleep. I kinda get what you’re trying to say though.

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  4. B-M says:

    Loved the Toji reference there, OG! Mint chocolate ice cream is definitely a new yuri feast. I tend to like these pairings a lot, a recent favourite of mine is Gokujo’s Aya/Minamin though they’re both a little fire there

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  5. Now you got me thinking…and I realized my favourite couples could actually be fire/ice couples, in a sense.

    Nanoha (Fire) x Fate (Ice) is certainly a way to look at their relationship…though it of course goes on long enough, and we see how they are as adults, so less of a stereotypical one of that type.

    And I wonder if Homura (Ice) x Madoka (Fire) would be another possible one? Though the way their relationship develops makes it a bit different from the norm.

    The Madoka mobile game Magia Record definitely has Iroha (Fire) x Yachiyo (Ice), though. Most clearly. Though again, they do get closer faster than some couples do.

    And then there’s also Yuuna (Fire) x Tougou (Ice) from YuYuYu, of ones I can think of that might fit the archetype somewhat.

    …Though at the very least my 2nd favourite, if not my favourite couple type is the tachi x tachi type, or the tsundere x tsundere type, due to how much fun they can be, like Sakurako x Himawari from Yuru Yuri, or Claudine x Maya, or such ones.

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  6. SYM says:

    Sounds like an ENFP and INFJ pairing. XD

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  7. I like Chibi-usa and Hotaru as a fire and ice couple.

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  8. Ren says:

    I am not a huge fan of fire girls unless they are snarky like Erika from “Flowers”. Erika/Chidori is definitely a ship I can get behind. As for the other ships mentioned in your post, I like them, but sometimes I wish the fire girl would pipe down a little because it can get sort of annoying. I like the enthusiasm, but some of these fire girls can get pretty self-centered in their single-minded pursuit of what they perceive as right, and for no good reason, they always end up being right because the plot bends itself backwards to accommodate them, seeing as they are often the protagonists. I think it’s sort of lazy writing on the part of the production team in those cases. Well, that’s my take on it anyway – no stopping others from enjoying the characters and the show. And of course, I won’t complain about getting more yuri regardless of the format it is served in.

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  9. yurimylove says:

    nice example pairings! I think we can add these to the “hall of fame”:

    Nadeshiko x Rin, from Laid-Back Camp
    Papika x Cocona, from Flip Flappers
    Eruna x Seisa, from Mikagura School Suite
    Haru x Eri, from Ongaku Shoujo (the original Anime Mirai project episode)
    Yuu x Koizumi (still “work in progress” pairing), from Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles

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  10. minako and rei from sailor moon

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