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31st Dec '16 12:28:46 AM upupandaway42
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* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', the CIA attempt this, firing drones at the compound of an Afican warlord they've secretly been providing with weapons and ammo, despite at least one civilian - Comicbook/LoisLane - inside the compound. This is prevented by [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Clark]], who flies in and blows up the drones before the can reach their target. Also Subverted slightly earlier, as after Knyazev and [[Comicbook/LexLuthor Lex's]] other goons shoot the rebels they are working with, they burn the bodies with flamethrowers, making it appear to be this trope - but it's really a FrameUp to make the world think that Superman, who's arriving to save Lois from the rebel warlord, killed the rebels with his [[EyeBeams heat vision]].
4th Dec '16 6:55:27 PM MadCormorant
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* It may be beneficial to note here that when it comes to human bodies, this trope is often averted in real life: house fires generally can't reach the temperatures that would be necessary to completely consume a human body, and any competent forensic pathologist would be able to tell whether a person died before or during a fire just by checking whether there's any soot or burns in the airway and lungs.
2nd Dec '16 7:41:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''. Sherlock and Watson are looking through the dwarf's[[note]][[InsistentTerminology Midget!]][[/note]] laboratory when two of Blackwood's henchmen saunter in carrying arson equipment. Holmes is GenreSavvy enough to know what they've come to do. Then they call for Dredger and things turn into a fight.

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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''. Sherlock and Watson are looking through the dwarf's[[note]][[InsistentTerminology Midget!]][[/note]] laboratory when two of Blackwood's henchmen saunter in carrying arson equipment. Holmes is GenreSavvy smart enough to know what they've come to do. Then they call for Dredger and things turn into a fight.



* Subverted in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', when someone wants to try this but a more GenreSavvy conspirator points out just how [[RevealingCoverup suspicious]] that convenient fire would be. It can be found [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060802 here]] and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060804 here]].

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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', when someone wants to try this but a more GenreSavvy cleverer conspirator points out just how [[RevealingCoverup suspicious]] that convenient fire would be. It can be found [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060802 here]] and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060804 here]].
2nd Dec '16 7:41:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes''. Sherlock and Watson are looking through the dwarf's[[note]][[InsistentTerminology Midget!]][[/note]] laboratory when two of Blackwood's henchmen saunter in carrying arson equipment. Holmes is GenreSavvy enough to know what they've come to do. Then they call for Dredger and things turn into a fight.
** Taken UpToEleven in [[Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows the sequel]], where Moriarty has an assassination carried out, in which not only is the room where the crime took place destroyed, but everyone who was in the room at the time is killed in the blast. But Holmes manages to figure out that it was a cover to hide the shooting of the owner of a weapons factory (the owner himself was shot in the head by Col. Moran from the roof of a nearby building with a sniper rifle, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill rather unnecessarily]], seconds before the explosion happened). The explosion covered up the shooting and hid the true motive for the attack.

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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes''.''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''. Sherlock and Watson are looking through the dwarf's[[note]][[InsistentTerminology Midget!]][[/note]] laboratory when two of Blackwood's henchmen saunter in carrying arson equipment. Holmes is GenreSavvy enough to know what they've come to do. Then they call for Dredger and things turn into a fight.
** * Taken UpToEleven in [[Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows the sequel]], ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', where Moriarty has an assassination carried out, in which not only is the room where the crime took place destroyed, but everyone who was in the room at the time is killed in the blast. But Holmes manages to figure out that it was a cover to hide the shooting of the owner of a weapons factory (the owner himself was shot in the head by Col. Moran from the roof of a nearby building with a sniper rifle, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill rather unnecessarily]], seconds before the explosion happened). The explosion covered up the shooting and hid the true motive for the attack.
2nd Dec '16 5:55:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* A favourite method of ProfessionalKiller Wesley in the ''Literature/{{Burke}}'' novels by AndrewVachss. By bludgeoning his target to death, then burning down the entire building where they lived, the police would be faced with a NeedleInAStackOfNeedles mystery, not a single homicide.

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* A favourite method of ProfessionalKiller Wesley in the ''Literature/{{Burke}}'' novels by AndrewVachss.Creator/AndrewVachss. By bludgeoning his target to death, then burning down the entire building where they lived, the police would be faced with a NeedleInAStackOfNeedles mystery, not a single homicide.
3rd Nov '16 4:43:30 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Grissom's Divine Comedy", a gang torches their leader's apartment to destroy an evidence before the [=CSIs=] can search it.
19th Oct '16 10:21:13 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Night of the Coyote", the killer burns down a museum to cover their theft of a specific item.
5th Sep '16 1:32:02 PM erforce
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* At the end of ''Film/AlienVsPredator: Requiem'', the government nukes the entire town to cover it up.

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* At the end of ''Film/AlienVsPredator: Requiem'', ''Film/AliensVsPredatorRequiem'', the government nukes the entire town to cover it up.
2nd Jul '16 12:56:35 AM foxley
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* ''Literature/YoungSherlockHolmes'': In ''Death Cloud'', Clem burns down the warehouse (at the Baron's orders) to ensure they have not accidentally left any evidence behind. Unfortunately, Sherlock is hiding in the warehouse at the time.
23rd Jun '16 3:28:50 PM eroock
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A SubTrope of RevealingCoverup. Also compare its sister tropes GasLeakCoverup and KillItWithFire.

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A SubTrope of DestroyTheEvidence and RevealingCoverup. Also compare its sister tropes GasLeakCoverup and KillItWithFire.
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