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|Freezing works by cooling the temperature of water to freezing point.
|• You do need to freeze water to make ice or frost.
+ In The Hard Part, Sylar turns water into snow.
+ When Sylar uses his freezing power, there is a water source nearby. James Walker in Don't Look Back and his own hands and possibly a thin layer of surrounding air in Five Years Gone; the road (with moist Virginia Beach air) in Road Kill, the water from the sink and Hiro's sword (explained above) in The Hard Part.
|Freezing isn't truly cooling, but the ability to absorb all heat in an object, dropping it to low kelvins.
|Tracy froze an entire human being solid in a matter of seconds. The manner in which this happened suggested that heat was drained rather than ice being generated. (The Butterfly Effect)
|+ Scientifically, this is what is logical. If most of the powers are based on logical science, then this is how it would work. Hard to explain. Big question is though, where does the energy go? Law of the Conservation of Energy says it has to go somewhere...
+ It is possible that the energy is absorbed into the user and then displaced harmlessly into the surroundings in alternate forms, such as the blue glow we have seen when the ability is used.
|Freezing is not the reduction of temperature in an object, but the actual conversion of the chemical composition of matter to H2O, in its solid form ice.
|+ When Tracy froze the D.C. reporter, his entire body, including his clothes, were frozen, and shattered. This would not have happened as drastically at it did in The Butterfly Effect by merely reducing the temperature of the body, and it definitely would not have happened for the reporter's clothes, made of different cloths.
- Decreasing the temperature of his body would have caused surrounding moisture to condense and freeze, the contraction and expansion that the surrounding moisture would undergo could have easily made his body and clothes fragile, furthermore, when the reporter shattered, his insides were displayed as black, presumably from blood and other bodily fluids that would not be there if he had been transmuted into solid ice.
- Scientifically speaking, the amount of energy that would be used in order to make this happen would be immense.
|Freezing is a byproduct of telekinesis.
|+ Scientifically speaking, freezing comes from stopping the molecules of an object from vibrating.
- No one who naturally possesses freezing as an ability has ever moved anything with their mind.
|Freezing, or at least Tracy's, works by inserting cold water (or ice) into the material to be frozen.
|Elisa, as a water mimic, can leave water behind. Tracy demonstrated water mimicry.
|+ This would explain how Tracy has both freezing and water mimicry.
- When Tracy turns into water, she leaves her clothing behind. Elisa doesn't have that problem.
|Freezing is actually a form of water manipulation.
|+ Tracy can manipulate (and even become) water.
- It could be just an example of ability development.
|Tracy has a different freezing ability then Sylar and James Walker.
|Tracy can manipulate and mimic water, Sylar and James couldn't.
|+ Tracy's ability could work by manipulating the water in or around objects into freezing, and the ability Sylar and James Walker used could be slowing down molecular movement, thus reducing heat to the point where the object freezes.
|Tracy's ability allows her to have a similar effect to underwater breathing.
|+ She seemed to be able to hold her breath for a long time when she was in the car trying to kill Noah.
|Tracy can absorb water and make her ability have a similar effect to mass manipulation.
|• It is a way the ability can become stronger.
|Tracy's ability can have a similar effect to rapid cell regeneration.
|+ If Tracy is hurt, it might be possible for her to change into a watery state and then return to human form unscathed.
+ She is able to survive Edgar's knife slashes without damage by turning herself into water. Should she gain full control over this aspect of her power, she would be nigh-unkillable, like Claire.
|Tracy's ability can have a similar effect to shape shifting.
|+ She could, logically, revert to a different appearance from her water state.
|Anyone with this ability can create, generate, manipulate and control ice, snow, sleet and hail at will and also control clouds.
|+ Emma Gilbert from [Just Add Water] could do this and she had the ability to freeze things.
|See Also: 9 • Red • Time travel • Freezing