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5th Dec '17 3:38:05 AM foxley
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* ''Literature/YoungSherlockHolmes'': In ''Red Leech'', Sherlock uses flaming arrows to set fire to the Union Army's hydrogen filled balloons.
6th Nov '17 1:33:40 PM VicGeorge2011
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* ''WesternAnimation/SmurfsTheLostVillage'': Clumsy gives Smurfstorm the idea of setting one of her arrows on fire by using Spitfire's flame breath in order to knock Monty the vulture out of the sky.
1st Nov '17 5:19:03 PM foxley
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* Used by the Indians to set fire to the covered wagon leading the mule train in ''Film/CanyonPassage''.
1st Oct '17 10:41:23 AM nombretomado
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* Human archers in ''KingsBounty'' can do this once per battle. Flaming Arrows deal slightly more damage than their normal attack and more importantly set the target on fire.

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* Human archers in ''KingsBounty'' ''VideoGame/KingsBounty'' can do this once per battle. Flaming Arrows deal slightly more damage than their normal attack and more importantly set the target on fire.
2nd Sep '17 5:57:17 AM starofjusticev21
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* A strip from ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' had a defender of a Medieval castle say about the opposing soldiers "They're lighting their arrows! Can they ''do'' that?"

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* A strip from ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' had a defender of a Medieval castle wagon train say about the opposing soldiers attacking natives: "They're lighting their arrows! Can they ''do'' that?"
12th Jun '17 4:35:16 AM JackG
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* Justified in ''Film/BenHur'' (2016), as the burning arrows are followed by catapulted pitch in an effort to set the warships on fire.
1st Jun '17 3:11:36 PM LordOfTheSword
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* Halt uses one in "The Warriors of Nihon-ja" of the ''Literature/RangersApprentice'' series for a {{Justified}} reason. He uses it to light the tent roof of the opposing commander on fire to piss the commander off and cause him to make aggressive, predictable maneuvers.
5th Apr '17 4:46:18 PM Theriocephalus
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Therefore there is nothing necessarily ridiculous about them being used en masse to attack tents and wooden buildings or to try to panic a civilian population, but the trope gets taken to unrealistic extremes when they are ''always'' used in night battles even in situations where the lighting-things-on-fire factor would be a non-factor, such as when attacking a stone castle (except when the attacking army is in a position to shoot ''over'' the walls and there are wooden buildings on the inside--which there usually are--in which case it's justified). They would also ''not'' be able to set people on fire by hitting them like they do in the movies, since making arrows that rapidly flammable is impossible without the modern petrochemicals they use for this effect in films.

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Therefore there is nothing necessarily ridiculous about them being used en masse to attack tents and wooden buildings or to try to panic a civilian population, but the trope gets taken to unrealistic extremes when they are ''always'' used in night battles even in situations where the lighting-things-on-fire factor would be a non-factor, such as when attacking a stone castle (except when the attacking army is in a position to shoot ''over'' the walls and there are wooden buildings on the inside--which inside -- which there usually are--in are -- in which case it's justified). They would also ''not'' be able to set people on fire by hitting them like they do in the movies, since making arrows that rapidly flammable is impossible without the modern petrochemicals they use for this effect in films.



** ''VideoGame/{{Age of Empires|I}}'' - Archers have an upgrade which adds fire to projectile attacks, increasing their damage.

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** ''VideoGame/{{Age of Empires|I}}'' - Empires|I}}'': Archers have an upgrade which adds fire to projectile attacks, increasing their damage.



** ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'' - Portrayed in most realistic manner in comparision to the others - archers only fire flaming arrows at buildings, using regular arrows against other troops, and the range at which they can attack buildings is smaller than against troops.
* ''VideoGame/TheBattleForMiddleEarth'' plays this in a similar manner to the above. Fire Arrows, an upgrade for most archer units, adds a decent damage boost vs most normal units, and makes them much more effective vs buildings. It also allows them to cause damage to the wooden walls and gate of Rohan castle defenses. In [=BFME2=] Men of the West keep fire arrows, but Elves get silverthorn blue-glowy arrows. Dwarves get axe throwers (upgraded by forged axes) ''and'' human archers of dale -- upgraded with fire arrows. All the bad guys get ''Orcfire'' arrows, because ''fire set by Orcs is just better.''
* In ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'' and ''VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar'' archers can be told to light their arrows on fire. However, due to the ''Total War'' series being more of a realistic tactical simulator and less of your usual real-time strategy fare, flaming arrows in this game are less accurate and, on the whole, less damaging and take a lot longer to reload. The entire point of firing them is the psychological punch, as they deplete enemy morale like mad, often sending fearless spearmen running within a few volleys. Flaming catapult ammunition, on the other hand, is much more destructive (and utterly ruinous to morale), but again less accurate and slower to reload. Setting any projectile on fire also eats through the ammunition supply more quickly, so a unit of archers firing flaming arrows will probably only get off half the shots of their non-flaming counterparts over the course of a battle. The siege engines can fire rather ahistorical flaming/exploding projectiles. Flaming Arrows can also be used to set enemy siege equipment (such as siege towers or battering rams) on fire, which is a very important thing when you are defending a castle/town. And because of the importance of breaking enemy units' morale in the ''Total War'' series, units of archers with bows can actually become more useful than crossbowmen, who tend to deal more damage. Bow-wielding archers can set their arrows on fire, whereas crossbowmen can't, so the archers can do hefty damage to the enemy's morale even if they aren't killing very many of the enemy, which in turn can break the enemy unit much faster.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gun}}'' - In addition to the "whiskey bomb" molotov cocktails, flaming arrows are also a weapon option. It is not clear exactly how you are setting them on fire.

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** ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'' - ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'': Portrayed in most realistic manner in comparision to the others - -- archers only fire flaming arrows at buildings, using regular arrows against other troops, and the range at which they can attack buildings is smaller than against troops.
* ''VideoGame/TheBattleForMiddleEarth'' plays this in a similar manner to the above. Fire Arrows, an upgrade for most archer units, adds a decent damage boost vs most normal units, and makes them much more effective vs buildings. It also allows them to cause damage to the wooden walls and gate of Rohan castle defenses. In [=BFME2=] Men of the West keep fire arrows, but Elves get silverthorn blue-glowy arrows. Dwarves get axe throwers (upgraded by forged axes) ''and'' human archers of dale -- upgraded with fire arrows. All the bad guys get ''Orcfire'' arrows, because ''fire set by Orcs is just better.''
better''.
* ''VideoGame/TotalWar'':
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In ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'' and ''VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar'' archers can be told to light their arrows on fire. However, due to the ''Total War'' series being more of a realistic tactical simulator and less of your usual real-time strategy fare, flaming arrows in this game are less accurate and, on the whole, less damaging and take a lot longer to reload. The entire point of firing them is the psychological punch, as they deplete enemy morale like mad, often sending fearless spearmen running within a few volleys. Flaming catapult ammunition, on the other hand, is much more destructive (and utterly ruinous to morale), but again less accurate and slower to reload. Setting any projectile on fire also eats through the ammunition supply more quickly, so a unit of archers firing flaming arrows will probably only get off half the shots of their non-flaming counterparts over the course of a battle. The siege engines can fire rather ahistorical flaming/exploding projectiles. Flaming Arrows can also be used to set enemy siege equipment (such as siege towers or battering rams) on fire, which is a very important thing when you are defending a castle/town. And because of the importance of breaking enemy units' morale in the ''Total War'' series, units of archers with bows can actually become more useful than crossbowmen, who tend to deal more damage. Bow-wielding archers can set their arrows on fire, whereas crossbowmen can't, so the archers can do hefty damage to the enemy's morale even if they aren't killing very many of the enemy, which in turn can break the enemy unit much faster.
** ''VideoGame/TotalWarWarhammer'': Flaming arrows exist as an upgrade for Bretonnia's archer units. Like in previous ''Total War'' titles, they deal less damage than regular arrows but deal incredible morale damage. They are also very effective against units that take extra damage from fire attacks. This gives them a sort of situational usefulness for Bretonnia, since the factions it usually ends up fighting in the campaign -- the Wood Elves and the Vampires of Mousillon -- have a lot of units (tree spirits for the first and undead for the second) that are very vulnerable to fire attacks.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gun}}'' - ''VideoGame/{{Gun}}'': In addition to the "whiskey bomb" molotov cocktails, flaming arrows are also a weapon option. It is not clear exactly how you are setting them on fire.
31st Mar '17 2:40:59 PM Abodos
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* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series you can occasionally obtain fire arrows for your bow... as well as ice arrows that freeze enemies, light arrows that beat enemies in one hit, and ''[[TrickArrow bomb arrows]]''. Most arrows are implied to be magical, but you can still set regular arrows on fire by shooting them trough burning torches. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' gives fire arrows to Bulblins (and their twilight counterparts), which typically do [[AnnoyingArrows minimal damage]] and can be swatted out of the air with your sword. If you're wearing the Zora armor, however, they do a massive six times normal damage. Out of combat, Fire Arrows are used on two separate occasions to trap you on a bridge coated with oil.

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* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series you can occasionally obtain fire arrows for your bow... as well as ice arrows that freeze enemies, light arrows that beat enemies in one hit, and ''[[TrickArrow bomb arrows]]''. Most arrows are implied to be magical, but you can still set regular arrows on fire by shooting them trough burning torches. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' gives fire arrows to Bulblins (and their twilight counterparts), which typically do [[AnnoyingArrows minimal damage]] and can be swatted out of the air with your sword. If you're wearing the Zora armor, however, they do a massive six times normal damage. Out of combat, Fire Arrows are used on two separate occasions to trap you on a bridge coated with oil. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' also lets you set your regular arrows on fire, whether by sticking them in an open flame already present or using one period in the [[LethalLavaLand Eldin region]], for a similar if weaker effect to proper Fire Arrows.
1st Mar '17 5:38:53 AM JackG
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Tyrion gives the specific order, "Rain fire on them" when Stannis is landing his forces before the castle walls in the Battle of Blackwater. There seems no reason to use flaming arrows except for psychological purposes (earlier a flaming arrow was used to set off a [[GreekFire wildfire]] explosion) and all it does it cause their toughest soldier to have a HeroicBSOD when he sees a ManOnFire. Tends to stick out as in [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire the novels on which its based]], Creator/GeorgeRRMartin avoids HollywoodTactics -- flaming arrows are only used when someone wants to set a building on fire. And in the wildlings' attack on Castle Black, ''both'' sides use flaming arrows for no discernible reason whatsoever.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Tyrion gives the specific order, "Rain fire on them" when Stannis is landing his forces before the castle walls in the Battle of Blackwater. There seems no reason to use flaming arrows except for psychological purposes (earlier a flaming arrow was used to set off a [[GreekFire wildfire]] explosion) and all it does it cause their toughest soldier to have a HeroicBSOD when he sees a ManOnFire. Tends to stick out as in [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire the novels on which its based]], Creator/GeorgeRRMartin avoids HollywoodTactics -- flaming arrows are only used when someone wants to set a building on fire. And in In the wildlings' attack on Castle Black, ''both'' sides use flaming arrows for no discernible reason whatsoever.whatsoever, yet during the battle at Hardhome no flaming arrows are used despite [[KillItWithFire that being a weakness of the undead wights]] (that was a surprise attack however, so they wouldn't have much time to prepare the arrows).
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