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15th Apr '18 5:13:18 PM Gundamforce
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Not to be confused with Administrivia/ExampleSectionectomy, although often this trope tends to be used as a PotholeMagnet for such by Administrivia/TropeRepairShop users [[{{Irony}} that want to kill Pothole Magnets]].

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Not to be confused with Administrivia/ExampleSectionectomy, although often this trope often tends to be used as a PotholeMagnet for such by within Administrivia/TropeRepairShop users by those who [[{{Irony}} that ironically enough, want to kill Pothole Magnets]].
19th Mar '18 2:14:01 PM margdean56
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* [[http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/03/world/isis-captive/ In February 2015]], a capturated [[UsefulNotes/WarriorsOfDesertWinds Jordanian pilot]] was [[ManOnFire burned alive]] in an iron cage [[TheFundamentalist by ISIS]].

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* [[http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/03/world/isis-captive/ In February 2015]], a capturated captured [[UsefulNotes/WarriorsOfDesertWinds Jordanian pilot]] was [[ManOnFire burned alive]] in an iron cage [[TheFundamentalist by ISIS]].
19th Mar '18 2:05:38 PM margdean56
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** And Daenerys, [[InTheBlood of course]], has her three pet dragons. The very first things she trains them to do is breathe fire at people. And she has ambitions to use said dragons, once they grow up, to conquer Westeros. Her family's motto isn't ''"Fire and Blood"'' for nothing, after all.

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** And Daenerys, [[InTheBlood of course]], has her three pet dragons. The very first things thing she trains them to do is breathe fire at people. And she has ambitions to use said dragons, once they grow up, to conquer Westeros. Her family's motto isn't ''"Fire and Blood"'' for nothing, after all.



** Played straight in the conclusion of the original story - the final alien is destroyed with an oversized blowtorch after a human [[EyeScream fires bullets through all three of its eyes]], which causes it to become immobilised. Also, the electrocution weapon required mains power from the base's generators, and the final confrontation is too far away to run a lead.

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** Played straight in the conclusion of the original story - the story--the final alien is destroyed with an oversized blowtorch after a human [[EyeScream fires bullets through all three of its eyes]], which causes it to become immobilised. Also, the electrocution weapon required mains power from the base's generators, and the final confrontation is too far away to run a lead.



*** This one was neat because he wasn't even using it as a weapon - the ''fire'' was a heatsink for a ''lake''. Magic is such a GameBreaker that it's not even funny. [[note]] It's hilarious.[[/note]]

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*** This one was neat because he wasn't even using it as a weapon - the weapon--the ''fire'' was a heatsink for a ''lake''. Magic is such a GameBreaker that it's not even funny. [[note]] It's hilarious.[[/note]]



** In ''First Lord's Fury'' Tavi learns that [[spoiler:while bonding with a fury to make it loyal to the person requires watercrafting, another person can disupt that basic process with firecrafting, freeing the fury]].
* Master Ferus of ''Literature/TheCinderSpires'' is usually genial, and generally acclaimed to be [[BewareTheSillyOnes silly]]. However, send a task force to invade his home, and ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill.

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** In ''First Lord's Fury'' Tavi learns that [[spoiler:while bonding with a fury to make it loyal to the person requires watercrafting, another person can disupt disrupt that basic process with firecrafting, freeing the fury]].
* Master Ferus of ''Literature/TheCinderSpires'' is usually genial, and generally acclaimed claimed to be [[BewareTheSillyOnes silly]]. However, send a task force to invade his home, and ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill.



** In another story, "Cold Light", Literature/{{Kane}} locks himself in an [[AbandonedWarehouse old warehouse]] with two of his enemies. The warehouse was used to keep fabrics and quite a lot of them still remain. He proceeds then to set the building on fire. [[spoiler:He escapes through a hidden tunnel, the other two are killed.]]

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** In another story, "Cold Light", Literature/{{Kane}} locks himself in an [[AbandonedWarehouse old warehouse]] with two of his enemies. The warehouse was used to keep store fabrics and quite a lot of them still remain. He proceeds then to set the building on fire. [[spoiler:He escapes through a hidden tunnel, the other two are killed.]]
19th Mar '18 1:48:01 PM margdean56
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* In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl1982 Supergirl Vol 2]]'' issue #23, a pyrokinetic mutant attempts -and fails- to burn ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} to ashes.

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* In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl1982 Supergirl Vol 2]]'' issue #23, a pyrokinetic mutant attempts -and fails- to attempts--and fails--to burn ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} to ashes.
16th Mar '18 7:10:25 AM gb00393
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** The Mad King's daughter Daenerys Targaryen does this to [[spoiler:every single Khal of the Dothraki]] in season 6. [[AssholeVictim No one's mourning them.]] She also uses fire to kill Mirri Maz Duur, Pyat Pree, and Kraznys mo Nakloz and many other slavers of Astapor. Her dragons have been known to do this, too, because, well, '''''they're dragons'''''.

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** The Mad King's daughter Daenerys Targaryen Targaryen's solution to pretty much every problem, though averted with her even-more-brutal execution of Doreah and Daxos. She uses fire to kill Mirri Maz Duur, Pyat Pree, and Kraznys mo Nakloz and many other slavers of Astapor. She also does this to [[spoiler:every single Khal of the Dothraki]] in season 6. [[AssholeVictim No one's mourning them.]] She also uses fire to kill Mirri Maz Duur, Pyat Pree, and Kraznys mo Nakloz and many other slavers of Astapor. ]] Her dragons have been known to do this, too, because, well, '''''they're dragons'''''.dragons'''''. Once her dragons are large enough to fight, she can do this whenever she wants, though dragons aren't a prerequisite for this, as the khals found out.
13th Mar '18 8:52:05 PM angie710
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*** Also under Mosaic law, burning was the penalty for many sex-related crimes, such as [[IncestIsRelative incest]] or [[BestialityIsDepraved bestiality]]. (Others, such as [[YourCheatingHeart adultery]] and premarital sex, were punished by public stoning.) And, yes, homosexual sex ''was'' [[BuryYourGays included in that list of burnable offenses]]. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment (And that's all we'll say about that.)]]



* The preferred way to kill some pests, such as ticks, which would be difficult to crush by force.

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* The preferred way to kill some pests, such as ticks, ticks and bedbugs, which would be difficult to crush by force.
9th Mar '18 4:19:53 PM Scorntex
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* ''Radio/BleakExpectations:'' Pip Bin manages to accidentally burn down parliament, thanks to all the [=MPs=] and the Speaker for the House of Commons drinking day-in, day-out, meaning the entire building is soaked in alcohol. Not a good mix with fire.

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5th Mar '18 4:54:16 PM cherrychels
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* The last resort of ''Film/TheRock'', should TheSoCalledCoward and the GentlemanThief fail to recover the weaponized phlebotinum, involves the Air Force drenching the island in thermite. For those of you who don't know, thermite is fire UpToEleven squared.[[note]]Actually, thermite is basically rust and aluminium powder. While the reaction between iron oxide and aluminum is extremely exothermic, it has a high activation energy. However, once you do get it going, it will burn through and/or melt almost anything; one of the products of the reaction is elemental iron, which comes out in ''molten droplets''.[[/note]]

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* The last resort of ''Film/TheRock'', should TheSoCalledCoward and the GentlemanThief fail to recover the weaponized phlebotinum, involves the Air Force drenching the island in thermite. For those of you who don't know, thermite is fire UpToEleven squared.[[note]]Actually, thermite is basically rust and aluminium aluminum powder. While the reaction between iron oxide and aluminum is extremely exothermic, it has a high activation energy. However, once you do get it going, it will burn through and/or melt almost anything; one of the products of the reaction is elemental iron, which comes out in ''molten droplets''.[[/note]]



* In ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'', they burn a group of zombies behind a fence trying to get through by pouring petrol over them. Later they use gas canisters to knock over and kill zombies to get through the masses. On the DVD extras however, one character says that molotov cocktails don't do anything but make them smell like burnt meat... and make him hungry.

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* In ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'', they burn a group of zombies behind a fence trying to get through by pouring petrol over them. Later they use gas canisters to knock over and kill zombies to get through the masses. On the DVD extras extras, however, one character says that molotov cocktails don't do anything but make them smell like burnt meat... and make him hungry.



** Werewolves can only be killed by either silver or fire. Likewise, zombies, vampires and mummies are very flammable.
** A joke seen in both ''Discworld/SmallGods'' and ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'': "Give a man a fire and he will be warm for one night. Set a ManOnFire and he will be warm [[ExactWords for the rest of his life]]."

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** Werewolves can only be killed by either silver or fire. Likewise, zombies, vampires vampires, and mummies are very flammable.
** A joke seen in from both ''Discworld/SmallGods'' and ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'': ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' about this trope: "Give a man a fire and he will be warm for one night. Set a ManOnFire and he will be warm [[ExactWords for the rest of his life]]."



* In Creator/HGWells's short story "The Cone" an angry steel worker decides to kill his boss by throwing him off of an overhead catwalk onto the red-hot vent cone on top of a blast furnace. His victim starts burning immediately, and it goes FromBadToWorse when the vent opens releasing scalding gases.

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* In Creator/HGWells's short story "The Cone" Cone", an angry steel worker steelworker decides to kill his boss by throwing him off of an overhead catwalk onto the red-hot vent cone on top of a blast furnace. His victim starts burning immediately, and it goes FromBadToWorse when the vent opens releasing scalding gases.



** Stannis Baratheon has those of his subjects (even his brother-in-law) who won't convert to the Lord of Light burned at the stake. This appears to be the preferred method of execution for the Lord's enemies, according to Tyrion Lannister at least. Later Mance Rayder is also burned at the stake when he refuses to accept Stannis's authority, though Jon [[MercyKill shoots him to end it]]. Finally Stannis sacrifices his own daughter this way on the advice of his Red Priestess Melisandre to the Lord of Light so the snows will clear and he can attack Winterfell.

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** Stannis Baratheon has those of his subjects (even his brother-in-law) who won't convert to the Lord of Light burned at the stake. This appears to be the preferred method of execution for the Lord's enemies, according to Tyrion Lannister at least. Later Later, Mance Rayder is also burned at the stake when he refuses to accept Stannis's authority, though Jon [[MercyKill shoots {{Mercy Kill}}s Mance while he is burning to put him to end it]]. Finally out of his misery. Finally, Stannis sacrifices his own daughter this way to the Lord of Light on the advice of his Red Priestess Melisandre to the Lord of Light so the snows will clear and he can attack Winterfell.



** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1506 SCP-1506 ("Aerial Arachnid")]]. If one of the giant floating spiderweb clouds containing SCP-1506 spiders threatens to attack humans and can't be diverted, it will destroyed by a combination of flamethrowers and Fuel Air Explosive incendiary bombs.

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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1506 SCP-1506 ("Aerial Arachnid")]]. If one of the giant floating spiderweb clouds containing SCP-1506 spiders threatens to attack humans and can't be diverted, it will be destroyed by a combination of flamethrowers and Fuel Air Explosive incendiary bombs.



"Amy, we gotta be prepared. We don't know what we?ll find in that place, but for all we know it could be the devil himself."\\

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"Amy, we gotta be prepared. We don't know what we?ll we'll find in that place, but for all we know it could be the devil himself."\\



* Cooking, another reason for the symbolism of fire as purification: Kill parasites with fire. Suffer not the tapeworms to live. Despite the lack of knowledge concerning parasite infestation, humans learned that cooking was an efficient way to sterilize food and render death from food poisoning less likely. This was a highly important evolutionary step in that, while our immune system is moderately badass at killing single-cellular organisms such as bacteria (if the bacteria does not overwhelm the body first), it is completely useless against multicellular parasites that can steal vital resources, or clog up the digestive system, or eat your organs or brain alive inside out! And before cooking, the alternative to the ParanoiaFuel of raw meat was an inefficient diet of indigestible plant cellulose that require a slow ruminant fermentation complex to manufacture any meaningful amount of proteins and essential fatty acids (e.g. cows and gorillas didn't need fire-creating intelligence, and instead of that, they evolved for microbe-filled appendixes to support their fat-less vegetarian lifestyle, although then can [[AscendedToCarnivorism Ascend to Carnivorism]] anytime). Carnivory evolved as it made resource acquisition fast, and cooking made the resource acquisition from that even faster. The Prometheus parallels also exist in this evolutionary history; a popular theory proposes that it was cooking that allowed us to eat fat foods with impunity and [[http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/10/raw-food-big-brains/?utm_source=Contextly&utm_medium=RelatedLinks&utm_campaign=Previous extract energy from food more efficiently]], which provided enough fuel to develop our fat-ass energy-hungry brains which allowed us to think of more ways on how to kill others with fire....

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* Cooking, another reason for the symbolism of fire as purification: Kill parasites with fire. Suffer not the tapeworms to live. Despite the lack of knowledge concerning parasite infestation, humans learned that cooking was an efficient way to sterilize food and render death from food poisoning less likely. This was a highly important evolutionary step in that, while our immune system is moderately badass at killing single-cellular organisms such as bacteria (if the bacteria does not overwhelm the body first), it is completely useless against multicellular parasites that can steal vital resources, or clog up the digestive system, or eat your organs or brain alive inside out! And before cooking, the alternative to the ParanoiaFuel of raw meat was an inefficient diet of indigestible plant cellulose that require a slow ruminant fermentation complex to manufacture any meaningful amount of proteins and essential fatty acids (e.g. cows and gorillas didn't need fire-creating intelligence, and instead of that, they evolved for microbe-filled appendixes to support their fat-less vegetarian lifestyle, although then can [[AscendedToCarnivorism Ascend to Carnivorism]] anytime). Carnivory evolved as it made resource acquisition fast, and cooking made the resource acquisition from that even faster. The Prometheus parallels also exist in this evolutionary history; a popular theory proposes that it was cooking that allowed us to eat fat fatty foods with impunity and [[http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/10/raw-food-big-brains/?utm_source=Contextly&utm_medium=RelatedLinks&utm_campaign=Previous extract energy from food more efficiently]], which provided enough fuel to develop our fat-ass energy-hungry brains which allowed us to think of more ways on how to kill others with fire....



** Flamethrowers also were more useful during trench warefare as your targets were so generous to line up in a small space. Which made the fuel issue a bit less problematic. Also, because its rather large area of effect (for a handheld weapon) makes it ideal for taking out things like bunkers. Not very useful in more open combat, like in Vietnam, and utterly worthless in combat near civilians, like in Iraq, but in more entrenched situations it can still be quite useful.
** Flamethrowers are also useful against bunkers and armored vehicles, it you can get in close enough. Unlike bullets, the spray of burning fuel only needs to hit an opening and it will splash inside. Being on the receiving end of even a small splash of burning gasoline can ruin you whole day, and even if it never gets inside a bunker the smoke and flame make it almost impossible to see out through the affected area. The Flamethrower rose to prominence debut during the 1916 Battle of Verdun, wielded by former reserve fireman serving with the German Fifth Army, and soon became a renowned as a great tool for overcoming tough enemy defensive positions.

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** Flamethrowers also were more useful during trench warefare warfare as your targets were so generous to line up in a small space. Which made the fuel issue a bit less problematic. Also, because its rather large area of effect (for a handheld weapon) makes it ideal for taking out things like bunkers. Not very useful in more open combat, like in Vietnam, and utterly worthless in combat near civilians, like in Iraq, but in more entrenched situations it can still be quite useful.
** Flamethrowers are also useful against bunkers and armored vehicles, it if you can get in close enough. Unlike bullets, the spray of burning fuel only needs to hit an opening and it will splash inside. Being on the receiving end of even a small splash of burning gasoline can ruin you your whole day, and even if it never gets inside a bunker the smoke and flame make it almost impossible to see out through the affected area. The Flamethrower rose to prominence debut during the 1916 Battle of Verdun, wielded by former reserve fireman serving with the German Fifth Army, and soon became a renowned as a great tool for overcoming tough enemy defensive positions.



* The Raufoss Mk 211 bullet. A specialised round developed for use with .50 BMG caliber sniper rifles, its designed to peirce through armour, explode, and then set the target on fire.

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* The Raufoss Mk 211 bullet. A specialised round developed for use with .50 BMG caliber sniper rifles, its it's designed to peirce pierce through armour, explode, and then set the target on fire.



* Today's flamethrowers are more along the lines of missile launchers that use incendiary ammunition. And then you have the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ane4jB35Hs MLRS version.]] A typical example is the Russian RPO Shmel ("Bumblebee"). This is a tube looking like an ordinary bazooka. Inside is a single-shot rocket filled with napalm, or worse, a fuel-air warhead. A rarer variant, RPO Rys ("Lynx"), is the same, but but you can carry extra rockets and reload it.

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* Today's flamethrowers are more along the lines of missile launchers that use incendiary ammunition. And then you have the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ane4jB35Hs MLRS version.]] A typical example is the Russian RPO Shmel ("Bumblebee"). This is a tube looking like an ordinary bazooka. Inside is a single-shot rocket filled with napalm, or worse, a fuel-air warhead. A rarer variant, RPO Rys ("Lynx"), is the same, but but you can carry extra rockets and reload it.



** Though most adaptations like to portay that trait of Nobunaga as a reason for him being the villain, it could be argued to be merely [[CombatPragmatist Combat Pragmatism]]. Do you want to risk the lives of your soldiers in storming a building full of fanatical war monks? Or maybe you'll just advance them hiding in a mostly wooden building to its logical conclusion?

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** Though most adaptations like to portay portray that trait of Nobunaga as a reason for him being the villain, it could be argued to be merely [[CombatPragmatist Combat Pragmatism]]. Do you want to risk the lives of your soldiers in storming a building full of fanatical war monks? Or maybe you'll just advance them hiding in a mostly wooden building to its logical conclusion?
1st Mar '18 10:51:22 PM M84
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*** Doesn't work out so well for her in Amonkhet when she tries it against Nicol Bolas. Bolas calls her an idiot for trying to use fire against a ''dragon''.
1st Mar '18 7:06:55 AM Njein
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* In ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', Film/JamesBond kills a snake with a makeshift flamethrower, and in ''Film/LicenceToKill'', he sets a villain on fire using a lighter (though said villain was covered in gasoline, so it's plausible).

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* In ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', Film/JamesBond kills a snake with a makeshift flamethrower, and in ''Film/LicenceToKill'', he sets a villain the BigBad on fire using a lighter (though said villain was covered in gasoline, so it's plausible).
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