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Real Identity: Dr. Victor Fries
Appearances (BTAS): Heart of Ice, Deep Freeze, Sub-zero and Cold Comfort
Appearances (BB): Meltdown
Appearances (BTAC Comics): The Darker Knight
Powers/Skills: Super Strength, Freeze Gun, Technology and Science
Voiced By: Michael Ansara
Dr. Victor Fries was a leading researcher in the emerging field of cyrogenics. Fries' wife Nora succombed to an untreatable disease. Employed at GothCorp, Fries began to use company equipment for his personal use to place Nora in a cyrogenic chamber. The GothCorp executive, Ferris Boyle discovered Fries put the company $3 million in debt and moved to end his career. Boyle and his security guards stormed into Fries' lab. In the scuffle, Fries was doused in cyrogenic coolant and found himself unable to survive outside sub-zero temperatures. Fries created a suit to accomodate these issues. The advanced circuitry within the suit also tripled his strength. Fries also created a Freeze Gun that is its namesake.
A year later, as Mr. Freeze, he attempted to get revenge on Boyle for physically and emotionally freezing him. Yet, Freeze's humanity still shined through in his unswerving love for his wife. When Boyle stood to receive a company award, Freeze crashed the reception and tried to kill Boyle. Batman interfered and damaged Freeze's dome with, of all things, a chicken soup thermos Alfred prepared for him. Freeze was incarcerated at a special sub-zero prison cell, 7021059, at Stonegate Penitentary.
Some time later, Freeze was kidnapped by the theme park builder, Grant Walker. Walker turned out to be a major investor in GothCorp's cyrogenics program. He sought to instigate a utopia but was an ailing man and needed Freeze to duplicate the same accident on him. Freeze was uninterested until Walker revealed he had Nora Fries, in her chamber. Freeze took part in devising a cannon to freeze Oceania, Walker's prototype utopia. Batman was able to reason with Freeze, that Nora would never approve of his method to save her. Freeze instigated a main power core overload and destroyed Oceania. He survived and drifted on a glacier with his wife.
Freeze soon settled somewhere in the Arctic Circle and befriended a young orphan named Koonak. A submarine disturbed their sanctuary and destroyed Nora's chamber. Without an organ transplant, Nora was in danger of dying. Mr. Freeze relocated outside of Gotham to an abandoned oil rig and hired his former peer, Dr. Belson, to help. Because of Nora's rare blood type, Belson had to hack into the living donor list. The only match was Barbara Gordon. She was soon abducted while on a date with Dick Grayson. Gordon tried to escape and caused damage to the rig. Batman and Robin tried to save Freeze, pinned under debris, but he obliged them to save Nora and Koonak first. Freeze survived the explosion and learned his wife was saved and restored by Wayne Tech.
Before he could get a happy ending, Freeze learned his body was deterioting from his condition. Freeze kidnapped a group of scientists to save him. His head survived. He couldn't reunite with Nora and decided to inflict misery on Gotham City. At first, he ruined the life work of individuals then planned to use a reverse fusion bomb on Gotham. Batman stowed away on his ship and crashed it in the Gotham River. Freeze abandoned his body and escaped capture. Nora Fries later died after her body rejected the cure. In a move of desperation, Mr. Freeze procured the services of the Penguin to steal the Shawl of Magdalene from the Church of St. Dumas so he could use it to return Nora Fries back to life. Azrael, the champion of St. Dumas, was dispatched to retrieve the Shawl and exact punishment on the thief. Freeze then stole Fries' body from her grave and took it to to one of his storehouses, an abandoned ice rink named Iceland. He placed the Shawl on Fries and waited.
Azrael went to Iceland alone and found the Shawl of Magdalene draped over the corpse of Nora Fries. Mr. Freeze doubted Azrael's sympathy and wouldn't admit the truth that the Shawl didn't work on the dead. Freeze stated it will and it must because he wasn't losing her again. He then froze Azrael with his gun. Luckily, Batman started his search at Iceland because Mr. Freeze used to use the ice rink to store his equipment. Batman was wary of Freeze because of his desperation to revive Fries. Mr. Freeze estimated Azrael had about 60 seconds left. Batman resorted to jilt Freeze out of his insanity by kicking the table Fries' corpse was resting on. Freeze was shocked and held her wrapped in the Shawl. Batman threw two Batarangs. One landed on Azrael. Batman pleaded with him to let him help. Freeze refused. The second Batarang pierced the back of Freeze's helmet and the sonic pulse it emitted shattered it. Batman grabbed the Freeze Gun and blasted his head. He guessed the ice would keep him breathing long enough for the police to arrive. He then used the Shawl to revive Azrael.
Eventually his head was confiscated by Wayne Tech and was studied in Research and Development. Freeze put up little resistance because he believed his life was stolen from him from the start. Nearly 50 years later, Freeze was approached by Dr. Lake and CEO Derek Powers. Months ago, Powers was infected with a biological weapon and went through extreme radiation to kill the infection. Powers' genetic structure was permanently damaged. Dr. Lake proposed cloning a new body. Freeze was to be the test subject. It was a success and Freeze sought to make up for his crimes by creating a blind trust. However, the process began to revert and Powers ordered Freeze to be killed as a cover up. He escaped and took up a suit he kept in hiding. Mr. Freeze returned to Wayne-Powers and attempted to kill Powers. Powers turned into Blight and crippled Freeze. Batman tried to fight off Blight but Freeze saved him and accepted death as the building collapsed on him.