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I'm not sure which is more wonderfully ridiculous: that I just googled up the physics to determine if a character's breath would condense under a particular set of atmospheric conditions, or that there's an online calculator that does nothing but do that math for you.

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In the Batman: Arkham City video game, there's a scene where Batman and Mr. Freeze have a conversation before it turns into a fight, and (1) Freeze has his suit on (the helmet has a faceplate that slides in and out of place for ease of conversation), and (2) both Bats and Freeze are in a place that is nearly half-frozen. Because of how the tech has advanced in games, you can see Batman's breath... and Freeze's, and this struck me as a little odd, as if maybe... despite his suit and the cold air around, his body temperature wasn't quite at normal (for him) levels. I opined this on TVTropes, and someone suggested that Freeze's breath is visible because it IS colder than the surrounding air. (Not to mention the condensation on that helmet faceplate. Or, despite needing a sub-zero environment to stay alive, the cold is taking its toll on Freeze's body in other ways... he has no ears.)

Long story short, check on Youtube for "Batman: Arkham City Mr. Freeze" (come for the visuals, stay for the voice acting)