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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":
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Home Town", from ''Music/SongsByTomLehrer'':
-->I
remember Sam!
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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
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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]]*''
11th Aug '17 6:12:32 PM TheCuza
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** Cook-Cook, one of the Fiend leaders in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', fights with a flamethrower. He's also implied to be completely psychotic.

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** Cook-Cook, one of the Fiend leaders in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', fights with a flamethrower. [[AxCrazy He's also implied to be completely psychotic.psychotic]]. [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil And a rapist]]. [[DepravedBisexual Of both genders]]. [[PaedoHunt And all ages]]. [[BestialityIsDepraved And maybe even his pet Brahmin]]. [[ArsonMurderAndLifesaving He's a damn good chef, though]].



** Pyro Pete, from the "Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage" [=DLC=]. As Torgue himself helpfully points out, "[[NoIndoorVoice HIS GIMMICK IS THAT]] [[CaptainObvious HE REALLY LIKES FIRE]]".

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** Pyro Pete, from the "Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage" [=DLC=]. As Torgue himself helpfully points out, "[[NoIndoorVoice HIS GIMMICK IS THAT]] [[CaptainObvious HE REALLY LIKES FIRE]]". In his case, it's implied that his pyromania and psychotic behaviour is all just {{Kayfabe}}.
21st Jul '17 4:49:50 PM BattleMaster
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* Claude "Torch" Weaver in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' was a pyromaniac wielding a flamethrower. Unusually he was also a FamilyValuesVillain and was unusually nice and collected [[DissonantSerenity even while he was indiscriminately setting things on fire]]. [[spoiler:He was eventually defeated when Revy managed to shoot his fuel tank. [[StuffBlowingUp KABOOOOOM!]]]]

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* Claude "Torch" Weaver in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' was a pyromaniac wielding a flamethrower. Unusually he was also a an AffablyEvil FamilyValuesVillain and was unusually nice and collected [[DissonantSerenity even while he was indiscriminately setting things on fire]]. [[spoiler:He was eventually defeated when Revy managed to shoot his fuel tank. [[StuffBlowingUp [[FlamethrowerBackfire KABOOOOOM!]]]]
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