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25th Nov '17 1:58:20 PM StFan
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* Heatwave, one of the ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' villains became this under Creator/GeoffJohns. It's hinted he burned down his childhood home while his family was inside.
** Became canon (for a time, at least) as a result of the "Top was responsible for the Rogues undergoing {{Heel Face Turn}}s" storyline: what makes this incarnation of Heat Wave a sympathetic, even tragic, villain is that he is genuinely [[TheMentallyDisturbed mentally ill]] and he recognizes it; when his pyromania first surfaced, he unintentionally set the family home on fire and was so captivated by the flames that he couldn't make himself move to go for help as his family burned to death inside. While he did commit murder by arson once (a childhood friend who made the mistake of pranking him by locking him in a freezer), Heat Wave constantly burns places down despite not wanting to and all his attempts at seeking therapy have failed.

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* Heatwave, one of the ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' villains became this under Creator/GeoffJohns. It's hinted he burned down his childhood home while his family was inside.
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inside. Became canon (for a time, at least) as a result of the "Top was responsible for the Rogues undergoing {{Heel Face Turn}}s" storyline: what makes this incarnation of Heat Wave a sympathetic, even tragic, villain is that he is genuinely [[TheMentallyDisturbed mentally ill]] and he recognizes it; when his pyromania first surfaced, he unintentionally set the family home on fire and was so captivated by the flames that he couldn't make himself move to go for help as his family burned to death inside. While he did commit murder by arson once (a childhood friend who made the mistake of pranking him by locking him in a freezer), Heat Wave constantly burns places down despite not wanting to and all his attempts at seeking therapy have failed.



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* Judge Frollo from Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame exhibits pyromaniac tendencies - including a number of references to the 'fiery pit' of Hell - and is often preoccupied with burning down buildings.

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* Judge Frollo from Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' exhibits pyromaniac tendencies - including a number of references to the 'fiery pit' of Hell - and is often preoccupied with burning down buildings.



* Blister from ''Literature/JasonXToTheThirdPower''.

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* %%* Blister from ''Literature/JasonXToTheThirdPower''.''Film/JasonX: To the Third Power''.



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* Podcast/DiceFunk: Anne is just a little too eager to use fire to solve her problems.
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* Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG has this sort of character in Andrew Jackson, AKA agent Pyro, who, in keeping with his ''Videogame/TeamFortress2'' namesake, is a complete psycho who loves to see things burn. His daughter is shown to use a flamethrower as well, though it's hard to tell if she herself is actually a pyromaniac (or, for that matter, if it's InTheBlood) or if it's just the result of her [[spoiler: [[SweetPollyOliver impersonating her father]] to protect him from TheMole]].
* Roleplay/FaithTesters has a whole group of them called Blitzers. They even have a yearly fire show that includes blowing things up everywhere in the city the profession originated from… So far two of the main cast have discussed how much [[{{Mad Bomber}} they]] [[{{Kill it with Fire}} enjoy what they do]].
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* Podcast/DiceFunk: Anne is just a little too eager to use fire to solve her problems.
* Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG has this sort of character in Andrew Jackson, AKA agent Pyro, who, in keeping with his ''Videogame/TeamFortress2'' namesake, is a complete psycho who loves to see things burn. His daughter is shown to use a flamethrower as well, though it's hard to tell if she herself is actually a pyromaniac (or, for that matter, if it's InTheBlood) or if it's just the result of her [[spoiler: [[SweetPollyOliver impersonating her father]] to protect him from TheMole]].
* Roleplay/FaithTesters has a whole group of them called Blitzers. They even have a yearly fire show that includes blowing things up everywhere in the city the profession originated from… So far two of the main cast have discussed how much [[MadBomber they]] [[KillItWithFire enjoy what they do]].



19th Oct '17 12:00:37 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* The Arsonist role in ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'' simply wants everyone to burn. They can visit a player to douse them in gasoline, and at night they have the option to ignite the doused players. [[NoSavingThrow Since being ignited will kill the victim no matter what]], the Arsonist can rack up a high kill count if they are not dealt with themselves.
21st Sep '17 6:48:23 PM PaulA
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* In Louis Nowra's ''Theatre/{{Cosi}}'', one of the inmates of the mental asylum is a pyromaniac who was institutionalized after setting his mother's cat on fire. He asserts that it would all have been fine if his mother hadn't inadvertantly let the flaming feline into the house when she came out to see what the noise was, resulting in the whole building burning down.
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21st Sep '17 6:44:41 PM PaulA
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* From Music/TomLehrer's "My Hometown":
--> I remember Sam!
--> He was the village idiot
--> And though it seems a pity, it was so
--> He liked to burn down houses just to watch them glow
--> And nothing could be done
--> Because he was the mayor's son.

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* From Music/TomLehrer's "My Hometown":
--> I
Home Town", from ''Music/SongsByTomLehrer'':
-->I
remember Sam!
-->
Sam!\\
He was the village idiot
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idiot\\
And though it seems a pity, it was so
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it\\
Was so\\
He liked to burn down houses just to watch them glow
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glow\\
And nothing could be done
-->
done\\
Because he was the mayor's son.
13th Sep '17 1:42:14 AM YT45
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* Jubal Early from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is a bounty hunter who tries to capture River Tam but finds it more difficult to extract her from the ship than he had anticipated. He compares her to his most troublesome previous bounty, a pyromaniac midget: "...little man loved fire."

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* Jubal Early from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is a bounty hunter who tries to capture River Tam but finds it more difficult to extract her from the ship than he had anticipated. He compares her to his [[NoodleIncident most troublesome previous bounty, bounty]], a pyromaniac midget: "...little man loved fire."


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** Notorious California arsonist John Orr (the subject of the above-mentioned ''Point of Origin'') is not considered a true pyromaniac for this reason. Orr applied for positions with numerous police departments around Los Angeles County, but was rejected by all of them. He eventually was hired by the Glendale Fire Department, and exhibited an apparent knack for fire cause investigation, eventually becoming the city's lead arson investigator. Though sometimes stumped, he frequently zeroed right in on the origins of arson fires, piecing together detailed descriptions of the arson devices and how they were used from barely any evidence. One such incident was a fire in a hardware store in 1984 that killed four people, including a two-year-old boy and his grandmother. Initially thought to have been an electrical fire, Orr took over the investigation, insisting that it was arson, and traced the fire to an (almost completely destroyed) improvised incendiary device planted on a shelf full of polyurethane varnish. Orr was arrested by the BATF in 1991, after a four-year investigation by them and the Los Angeles County and Bakersfield Fire Departments. It turns out that Orr's uncanny ability to locate and identify evidence of arson was because he was the arsonist, with BATF linking him to over 2,000 fires, including the hardware store. Orr is considered a sociopath and narcissist, and was evidently motivated by a desire to prove that the police departments he previously applied for should have hired him.
13th Sep '17 1:05:01 AM YT45
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* Oddly enough, serial arsonists frequently tend ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' to be pyromaniacs. Rather than deriving any particular thrill from the fire itself, many of them get off instead on the sense of power and control they get from having provoked a response (i.e. firefighters and their equipment, police, news coverage, evacuations, etc.) to the fires they set, and of having caused destruction and/or death. For this reason, serial arsonists are often likened to rapists, due to the similar mentality. Whether the true pyromaniac is more or less dangerous is a matter of opinion.
2nd Sep '17 6:50:31 PM VisitorAlex
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Compare PsychoElectro for [[ShockAndAwe electricity-based powers]], and MadBomber for a common, terrifying overlap. For a more light-hearted take on mental illness-induced criminality, see TheKleptomaniac.

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May overlap with AxCrazy. Compare PsychoElectro for [[ShockAndAwe electricity-based powers]], and MadBomber for a common, terrifying overlap. For a more light-hearted take on mental illness-induced criminality, see TheKleptomaniac.


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* Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' played this trope in the darkest way possible. He's a monstrous arsonist [[ForTheEvulz who enjoys destruction and murder purely for its own sake]].
23rd Aug '17 4:50:03 PM Stealth
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'''Sutton:''' ''*{{beat}}*'' "[[TooDumbToLive I think you're full of shit!]]" ''([[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20170822.html Things take their predictable course]])''

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'''Sutton:''' ''*{{beat}}*'' "[[TooDumbToLive I think you're full of shit!]]" ''([[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20170822.com/d/20170823.html Things take their predictable course]])''
23rd Aug '17 4:49:45 PM Stealth
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'''Sutton:''' ''*{{beat}}*'' "[[TooDumbToLive I think you're full of shit!]]"\\
''*[[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20170822.html Things take their predictable course]]*''

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'''Sutton:''' ''*{{beat}}*'' "[[TooDumbToLive I think you're full of shit!]]"\\
''*[[http://www.
shit!]]" ''([[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20170822.html Things take their predictable course]]*''
course]])''
23rd Aug '17 4:49:18 PM Stealth
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** Someone had the bright idea to call the bluff of a jittery, wild-eyed man who has tied him to a chair and has this to say:
-->'''Hart:''' "Frankly, I don't want you to tell the location, Mr. Sutton! I have no interest in Mr. Reed's plans. But I do want to ''watch '''you BURN'''''!"\\
'''Sutton:''' ''*{{beat}}*'' "[[TooDumbToLive I think you're full of shit!]]"\\
''*[[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20170822.html Things take their predictable course]]*''
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