Victor Fries is a former cryogenicist engineer. He worked on finding the means to freeze people and revive them in order to work out a way to freeze his terminally ill wife Nora so he can find her a cure. Victor found himself kidnapping citizens of Gotham City to be used as guinea pigs in his experiments, being dubbed Mr. Freeze by the press in the process.
After his wife's death, and a failed attempt to take his own life using his chemicals, his body instead mutated so he was unable to survive above subzero temperatures. After being declared dead and transferred to the facility of Indian Hill, Victor began working for Professor Hugo Strange who was trying to discover a way to bring the deceased back to life. After the Arkham incident, he went into hiding in an ice chamber in an unkown location.
He later started working with Oswald Cobblepot, Ivy Pepper, and Bridgit Pike as a means to take over Gotham. They eventually succeeded in regaining Gotham City, whereon Victor froze Penguin's arch nemesis Riddler in a block of ice to be displayed as the centerpiece of Oswald's Iceberg Lounge. Mr. Freeze and Firefly remained loyal to Cobblepot during the Pax Penguina until the criminal empire was destroyed by Sofia Falcone. Cobblepot and Lee Thompkins eventually tracked down Fries and persuaded him to help regain Gotham City once again.
A few weeks after Sofia's downfall, Freeze and various other villains like Scarecrow, Mad Hatter and Solomon Grundy were recruited by Jerome Valeska and formed the criminal organization Legion of Horribles. Victor supported Valeska's plan to poison the city with laughing gas and helped Scarecrow to carry out a raid on Wayne Enterprises' chemical lab to brew more of the dangerous toxin.
When Gotham City became an abandoned No Man's Land a few months later, all the villains took over sectors in the city, whereon Mr Freeze claimed a factory as his territory.
Ferociously smart and eminently capable, Victor Fries became one of the most preeminent cryogenics engineers in Gotham City. But he struggled with connecting to other people, with the exception of his wife Nora she later got diagnosed with a terminal illness. As her condition began to worsen, Victor began looking for a means to use his knowledge of cryogenics to freeze her but allow her to be brought back as to when a cure for her illness will be found. Victor began resorting to abducting random citizens in Gotham to test out a new formula in order to make the process work.
Finding a cure for his wife
Donning a large winter jacket, goggles and armed with a cryogenic freeze gun, Victor pursued a terrified civilian during the night somewhere in Gotham City. The man fleed into a car park, and realizing he ran into a dead end hid between two bins. But eventually, Fries followed him into the alley and found the man. Thereupon, Victor froze the civilian solid with his cryo gun.
Shortly after the abduction, Victor came across a desolate meatpacking in which fugitive crime boss Oswald Cobblepot planned to use as a safehouse with his underlings. Victor made his extrance by blowing a hole in the wall, but a seemingly unconcerned Cobblepot asked Victor if he was looking for a job. Fries began freezing Cobblepot's crew, and chased him down. Cobblepot managed to escape being captured by Victor with the assistance of Selina Kyle and Gabe who then drove him to safety.
A month following the abduction of the man in the car park, Victor continued his kidnapping spree. During one of the abductions a female police officer got called to the scene. Before she could apprehend Victor, he grabbed his cryo gun and froze her, fleeing the scene. Returning home, he now has a lab set up underneath his house to store the frozen bodies and try to perfect the formula. Nora is oblivious to Victor's kidnapping and experimentation of human beings, thinking that he is doing the tests of mice. Victor promises Nora that he will find a way to freeze her and revive her at a later date. During one of the tests on a subject, Victor manages to defrost them and is delighted that he appears to have perfected the formula, but things take a turn for the worse when the man melts into a gooey like substance. To make matters worse, Nora began coughing up blood as she ran out of her prescription. Victor headed out to the pharmacy for a refill, but the arrogant pharmacist refused him as he didn't have a prescription. After several attempts to get the refill, an angry Victor left the scene and returned donning his winter coat and goggles and froze the guard and made the pharmacist hand over the bottles of medication. Despite the man's cooperation, Victor froze him so he can use both the pharmacist and guard in his experiments, and even requested a few civilians to assist in putting the bodies in the car. But a call is put in to the police about Victor's attack, and he is forced to flee the scene without the guard (who is smashed to pieces by a police car) and the pharmacist. Later on that evening, Victor headed out and Nora stumbled across his lab and to her horror realised the true extend her husband went to in order to save her. At that moment Nora got arrested by the police as Victor left her pill bottle at the pharmacy, and Victor witnessed her arrest. Victor decided to hand himself in and headed to the G.C.P.D precinct, but is forced to wait as a few others are claiming to be him. At that moment everyone witnesses the pharmacist back from the dead, and Victor realises his formula worked and left the precinct, promising to come back for Nora.
Upon raiding Ace Chemicals where he took a night janitor hostage, Victor left a message in ice for the police to free his wife. Victor later raids Arkham Asylum to look for Nora. Hugo Strange speaks to him through the intercom where he offers him the keys to a car in the parking lot in exchange for the A-16 cryogenic compound. Victor does as he asks. Then he manages to reclaim Nora while taking Leslie Thompkins with him. After Nora switched the chemical compound upon Victor's return and he sees that she started to crack and died, he tells Leslie to tell the police that he will go quietly. While she does so, Victor turns the chemicals on himself as a way to commit suicide. Although Hugo Strange claimed that Victor Fries died in the Arkham Asylum infirmary, it was cover-up where Hugo had him place in a refrigerated room in the Indian Hill facility after somehow resuscitating him. Hugo reveals to Victor that he shares his obsession with revival and way of bringing back the dead. After mentioning to Victor that his condition now prevents him from surviving in temperatures above -50 degrees with his survival being through the constant use of his cryogenic research, Hugo states that his scientists did some modifications to his suit so that it can keep him cooler outside his refrigerated room and walk freely.
Heart of Ice
Three months after mutating and becoming Mr Freeze, Victor continues residing and working at Indian Hill to help with Strange's plans, but by this point has become really angry. When one of Hugo Strange's former test subjects from Pinewood Farms has resurfaced, Strange decides to silent her and thinks it is time to let Victor try out his new modified suit. Strange and his assistant Ethel Peabody approach an angry Victor in his cell to propose to him the idea, which makes him pleased. Suited up and armed with his cryo gun, Victor freezes a road and crashes a prison transport truck containing Karen, as well as James Gordon, Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth. To defend Karen, Gordon begins shooting at Victor, which temporarily stuns him but his suit protects him from being truly harmed. Karen realises she is the one Victor wants, and runs out in front of him where he freezes her with his cyro gun, which is then subsequently followed up by him shattering her into many pieces. Afterwards Victor uses one of his ice grenades to cover his escape and leaves the scene.
A few days later Strange planned to destroy Arkham Asylum and perfecting a way to bring the dead back to the life. In his keeping he had Gordon, Bruce Wayne, Lucius Fox and Selina Kyle as his captives. Realising time is running out, Strange ordered Fries to kill Gordon, Bruce and Fox. When Selina interfered and called them out for their behaviour, Strange got fed up with her and ordered Victor to kill her also. As Victor prepared to do so, Selina's friend Bridgit Pike (now modified as "Firefly") steps in to prevent him doing so. Despite Victor's request for her to get out of the way, she makes a stand and the pair of them end up in a dual, with Victor's ice ray vs Pike's fire. During this Strange accidentally gets caught in the crossfire when trying to make an escape, causing both Victor and Pike to stop their battle. Gordon steps in and manages to resuscitate Strange. During Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin's campaign against the "monsters" from Indian Hill which led to arrests and deaths, Fries found himself driven out of Gotham City, where he fled to an arctic location and began researching a way to reverse his condition.
An Army of Freaks
Weeks later, Penguin and Ivy Pepper find Victor Fries where they want him to join him in his revenge on Edward Nygma. While stating that he can't survive about -50 degrees, he is hostile towards Penguin for his slander towards the Indian Hill "monsters." Penguin and Ivy Pepper were able to get Victor Fries on their side by returning him his special exo-suit that they confiscated from Wayne Enterprises. When Cobblepot's allies regroup at Oswald Cobblepot's Mansion, Bridgit Pike was still hostile towards Victor Fries and told Penguin and Ivy Pepper to keep him at a distance. Upon Victor Fries noticing a question mark on Oswald Cobbplepot's portrait and asking about it. Penguin doesn't comment about it and tells Victor that he can sleep in the freezer.
However, after Oswald has been captured by the Court of Owls, Freeze and Firefly believe that he has abandoned them and leave his mansion. Instead, they are approached by Fish Mooney and agree to work for her instead. They assist her into rescuing Oswald Cobblepot from Barbara Kean, Tabitha Galavan, Butch Gilzean, and Edward Nygma.
When the Tetch virus has been unleashed on Gotham City, Mooney and some of her goons head to a train station in Gotham where they snatch Professor Strange. While they are leaving, the group is ambushed by Bullock and Gordon who demand Strange from him. Fish realizes that Strange must have an antidote to the virus and that he is the only one who knows it. She states that she now can no longer give Strange to them. Gordon, who is secretly infected by the Tetch virus as well, aims his gun at Fish to kill her but before he can shoot, a freeze ray from the side blasts his gun out of his hand. Mr. Freeze emerges from the shadows and Fish laughs and asks whether Jim really thought she would head into the city without backup. She orders Freeze to take down the two but Gordon rips open a water pipe. Instead of freezing Gordon and Bullock, Freeze's ray hits the water and creates a solid ice wall between the two parties.
Later that day, Freeze is part of the group that accompanies Fish to Strange's secret lab where Strange hands Fish the cure to the Tetch virus. As they turn to leave, Fish sees that the men she had posted outside the laboratory have been slain. The orders the unknown assailants to reveal themselves and a group of hooded ninjas drop from the ceiling, demanding the cure. Fish orders Freeze and Firefly to deal with the men and the two blast their weapons at the ninjas. By using their weapons, the two prevent the ninjas from getting too close. Although the ninjas dodge most blasts, Freeze manages to hit one of them mid-air, causing the now frozen ninja to fall to the ground where he shatters immediately.
Mr. Freeze is later called to the docks of Gotham by Oswald. Together with Ivy Pepper he turns up shortly after Penguin revealed to Edward that he has tricked him. A shocked Nygma realized that Oswald had been playing him since he knew that Nygma would take him to that spot. Oswald revealed that Nygma had used his tie pin to remove his handcuffs as he wanted it to be personal and further added that he was predictable since he was driven by a desperate, compulsive need to complete what he started. When Nygma asked why he did not kill him, Oswald said that Nygma was the one time he let love weaken him and that he would be keeping him around as a constant reminder not to make the same mistake again, leading to Victor Fries freezing the captured Riddler into a solid ice block, intended to become the centerpiece of Penguin's new nightclub, "The Iceberg Lounge".
Working for Oswald Cobblepot
- "You remember him, my other Victor? I'm going to put you on ice...again."
"You want the same pose or something else?"
- —Oswald Cobblepot and Victor Fries to Edward Nygma[src]
When Edward Nygma was freed from his icy prison more than five months later, Oswald Cobblepot summons Mr. Freeze at the Iceberg Lounge with the intention of putting the Riddler on ice again. When the Riddler showed up at the Iceberg Lounge to kill Penguin, the latter mocked him for his terrible riddles, which took him six hours to come up with and told him that he was not Riddler and not even Edward Nygma anymore. Victor Fries who was hiding in the shadows then zapped the gun out of the latter's hand before Oswald told Nygma he was going to freeze him again. Victor then asked Nygma if he wanted to be frozen in a certain pose. However, Cobblepot had a change of heart and said that he was going to make Edward live not knowing who he really was, sparing his life for more humiliation.
Months later, Lee Thompkins and Oswald Cobblepot visited Mr. Freeze at his hideout where they formulated a plan to have Cobblepot temporarily frozen as part of his plan to get revenge on Sofia Falcone and take her down for good. Before freezing him, Fries gives Cobblepot a timer for him to have on him that will break him free from the ice when it's time is up. Even though Oswald was still concerned of side effects the ice could have on his brain, Victor said that he doesn't care and froze Penguin immediately. Arriving at the Falcone Mansion, Fries had Sofia's thugs carry Cobblepot's frozen body inside. After Freeze presented the frozen Oswald to Sofia, he demanded a reward for his "capture." Sofia then ordered one of his men to pay Mr. Freeze.
The Legion of Horribles
- "Freeze, Ice Man. You're a science guy. We're gonna need a lab, a big one."
- —Jerome Valeska to Victor Fries[src]
Thereupon, Mr. Freeze raised his arm, but Valeska commanded him to put all questions on ice until the end, before Jerome turned to Oswald, thanking him for doing his part in hosting them today. Cobblepot then responded that he would do anything for an old friend in a sarcastic tone, leading to Jerome asking Crane for the progress concerning Scarecrow's secret work. Next, Valeska calls Freeze an "ice man" and gives him the task of finding a big laboratory, since Victor is a man of science. He now turned back to the whole group and explained that all they need is Tetch to return with some very important information, but then started shouting at Carl, one of the servants from Arkham, ordering him to use the tongs to lay down the food. However, Firefly next accused him of still being silent about how he plans to take over the underworld, but Jerome stated that this is not his goal, instead he sees himself as an artist who just wants to paint the town crazy. Once that happens he could care less how the other members of the Legion of Horribles rip the city apart. Even though Bridgit seemed very euphoric for this proposal, Valeska explained that it is too early and nothing can happen until they have their one last essential ingredient, the one thing that will tie it all together. Right then, Jervis Tetch entered the Falcone Mansion and came into the dining room, leading to Jerome asking Jervis to sit down and join their conversation by pointing at the empty chair next to him.
Towards evening on this day, the members of the Legion of Horribles returned to the Falcone Mansion after fullfilling their individual tasks. Penguin had managed to recruit Solomon Grundy for the villain alliance, much to Jerome's delight. Scarecrow went into the room and revealed that the test subject had arrived. Tetch and Mr. Freeze entered the room with a frightened civilian they held hostage, Jervis explaining that they captured an unwilling businessman in order to test Valeska's plan. Jerome then grabbed the man by the collar and dragged him to Scarecrow. When the businessman begged them for not hurting him, Crane explained that this won't hurt a bit before spraying a strange violet gas into the man's face that first causes him to cough. However, shortly thereafter the man began to laugh softly, leading to louder laughter, while the man's face started to stretch to an unnatural extended smile and his skin turned pale white. Excited by the man's horrible transformation, Jerome started laughing along with him, stating that they are gonna need a lot more of this gas. Disgusted and shocked by this sight, most other members turned away from the two laughing men, except for Victor Fries, who apparently enjoyed it. The laughing toxin eventually showed it's full impact as the man's laughter turned into a piercing scream, leading to blood coming out of his eyes, killing him as a consequence.
Later that night, Fries and the other members of the Legion went to the Gotham City Hall to abduct mayor. Holden Pritchard. Victor and Tetch took the mayor and other members of Gotham's high society to a van where Jerome and the other villains were already waiting.
- "Gentlemen, ladies, your assistance is urgently required."
- —Victor Fries to Wayne Enterprises' lab staff[src]
Since his plan required more laughing gas to poison the whole city, Valeska had Scarecrow and Mr. Freeze break into Wayne Industries' chemical lab in order to make and obtain a large amount of the toxin. Crane and Victor caused a power failure that made the lights flicker, whereon Mr. Freeze let one of his icy grenades roll on the floor, right in front of two confused security guards. The ice grenade exploded, freezing the two men to the walls, whereon Fries and Jonathan walked around the corner and down the corridor. Scarecrow and Victor then casually went into the chemical lab, Fries saying "Gentlemen, ladies, your assistance is urgently required". Curious, Freeze touched some of the test tubes with his freeze gun, whereon one of the staff members told him that he should be careful since these are very dangerous materials. Victor responded that they're counting on it before laying his freeze gun down on the laboratory bench and starting to take a look at all the chemicals. Scarecrow then gave his insanity toxin formula to the chemist and told her they need to make more laughing gas. Some of Jerome's followers then brought empty canisters into the room. When the woman still hesitated, Crane grabbed her by the shoulder and said "There's no time to waste! We need it in bulk, you see". The frightened chemist then asked him how much they need, whereon Jonathan proceeded to drag her to the canisters that would be filled, revealing they need tons of it. As soon as all the containers were filled with the dangerous toxin, Mr. Freeze began freezing multiple chemists in ice while Scarecrow sprayed some of the lab staff with laughing venom. They then took the canisters with the toxin and left the chemical lab.
The Laughing venom was later put on a blimp by Mad Hatter and Scarecrow to poison Gotham City. However, Oswald Cobblepot managed to save the city by taking control of the dangerous airship and steering it to the Gotham River away from the city centre. Around the same time, Jerome Valeska died by falling off a building, whereon the Legion of Horribles dissolved for good.
No Man's Land
When Gotham City becomes an abandoned No Man's Land, all the villains claim their territory and take over certain sectors. At night, Mr. Freeze enters a factory that has already been taken over by a group of other gangsters. Victor then freezes multiple gang members in ice. One last surviving criminal is still trying to stop Fries, shouting that this is the territory of his gang. As the man is raising his gun, Mr. Freeze immediately freezes him solid. Fries then pushes his goggles up, telling the frozen criminal that this is now his territory...
By day 87 into No Man's Land, Mr. Freeze had cemented his power over the majority of The Bowery. He also controlled a few blocks of eastern Robbinsville. At this point he was already in a turf war with Firefly and her gang, who had claimed a large sector in Burnley.
At some point over the course of the next months, the GCPD managed to reclaim the land previously-controlled by Victor Fries. By day 391, all the villain sectors had become part of the GCPD's Green Zone.
Since learning that his wife had a terminal illness and was on her deathbed, Victor Fries began displaying highly amoral behaviour. The immense stress and desperation to save Nora caused him to abandon ethics as he displays utmost depravity and ruthlessness from freezing people alive to experimenting on them to reanimate the dead and ultimately save her life. Nora herself states that Fries believes that if he can save her life, all the other deaths he leaves in his wake are justifiable. He obviously loved his wife deeply as the second she died, he attempted suicide and later claims he should have died with her after being brought back to life. Despite his ruthlessness, Victor has some form of morality as he planned to imprison himself when Nora was finally cured and states that he did not wish for people to get hurt but was willing to kill nevertheless to cure her.
After being brought back to life, Fries developed an anger problem, presumably due to the feelings of guilt and stress over not dying with his beloved wife. With Nora now dead, Fries lost any conscience as the only thing he shows concern about is advancing his work which might be why he followed loyally on Hugo Strange's orders. Now only loyal to Strange, Fries would have killed anyone if he asked him to despite not being under mind control like the rest of his patients.
Powers and abilities
- "Your formula appears to have lowered your core body temperature. You can only survive in severe hypothermic conditions. Anything above freezing will kill you."
- —Hugo Strange[src]
- Sub-zero physiology: As a result of absorbing his own cryonic formula as an attempt of suicide by freezing himself, Victor's cellular structure underwent a genetic mutation that allows him to survive in environments with temperatures below zero. The mutation also give him an albino appearance with his hair turned white, and his eye color and veins turned light blue.
- Genius-level intellect: Victor Fries possess a high level intellect, especially in Cryogenic technology.
- Deduction: Fries was able to deduce the GCPD's plan of using his wife as bait to catch him.
- Cryogenics expert: Fries is a very intelligent man and was well known for his work in the field of cryogenics.
- Expert engineer: Fries has shown to be an expert at creating his cryonic weaponry, as well as the exo-suit he wore during his raid on Arkham. He was also able to construct cryonic chambers in the basement of his home which he used to store his frozen victims.
- Skilled chemist: Through a system of trial and error, Fries was able to perfect his cryonic formula.
- Above-zero temperatures: Victor can only survive in temperatures above zero degrees Fahrenheit for a few hours without his cryo-suit.
- Cryogenic weapons : Victor Fries wields a freeze gun that can freeze anything. He also created grenades that cause icy explosions, which freezes everything within a certain distance, along with releasing icicle shrapnel. Victor also wears a pair of goggles with red lenses and a belt full of his icy grenades.
- Cryogenic power suit: During his raid on Arkham Asylum, Victor Fries wore a special exo-suit. After freezing himself, his eyes turned deep blue and his hair completely white. He wears a gray suit created by Hugo Strange's fellow scientists.
- Life-Support System: Following his suicide attempt that rendered him unable to survive above sub-zero temperatures, Victor Fries' suit was modified to help him survive in sub-zero temperatures.
- Durability: The suit has metal platings in his chest, legs, arms and shoulders to protect him of being harmed when shot. Around his neck it is a high collar or rim with metal parts and a deep blue light inside, where his neck is covered by a cold steam, to keep him breathing the cold air.
- The third live-action version of Mr. Freeze, following his appearance in the 1960s Adam West television show Batman, and then as one of the main villains in the 1997 film Batman & Robin.
- He is the first version to have his last name pronounced as its actually spelt; instead of as "freeze".
- This is ironically the opposite of freezing something.
- At first Victor seems to be merciful and only targets Criminals like underlings of Oswald Cobblepot but over time it seemed he began targeting anyone who made him made or was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
- As his wife is dead, Mr. Freeze is motivated to restore his body to normal.
- Mr. Freeze was originally introduced in the comics as Mr. Zero in Batman #121 (February 1959) and was later given the name Freeze in the campy Adam West led Batman television series in 1966, which was then carried over into the comics in Detective Comics #373 (March 1968). The character was commonly thought to be one dimensional and ended up being killed off by the Joker during the 1980s without much fanfare. The Batman: The Animated Series in 1992 retold his backstory as Victor Fries and introduced his wife Nora where he started to become a more multi-layered character and tragic figure. This origin is a popular one and is used in many of his incarnations since Batman: The Animated Series, and led to Freeze being revived in the comics and this origin being used for him.
- Before Nathan Darrow was cast in the role of Mr. Freeze, actor Shane West was initially considered for the part by the Gotham producers. However, due to scheduling conflicts, West was not able to play Victor Fries back in Season 2, whereupon the role ultimately went to Nathan Darrow. West would later go on to portray Eduardo Dorrance/Bane in the fifth season of Gotham.