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13th Jun '17 1:41:38 PM SeanMurrayI
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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation describes [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-081 SCP-081]] as a virus that causes spontaneous combustion. As a matter of fact, it's [[RealEventFictionalCause caused]] many instances throughout history.

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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation describes [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-081 SCP-081]] as a virus that causes spontaneous combustion. As a matter that's said to be the cause of fact, it's [[RealEventFictionalCause caused]] many instances of spontaneous human combustion throughout history.
13th Jun '17 4:47:53 AM NightShade96
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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation describes [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-081 SCP-081]] as a virus that causes spontaneous combustion.

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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation describes [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-081 SCP-081]] as a virus that causes spontaneous combustion. As a matter of fact, it's [[RealEventFictionalCause caused]] many instances throughout history.
5th May '17 1:36:47 PM SeanMurrayI
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* Stephen King's ''Literature/FireStarter'' suggests that this is due to a form of PowerIncontinence brought on to normal people in very occasional bursts of the same pyrokinetic abilities the novel's protagonist Charlene "Charlie" [=McGee=] obtains from her parents' involvement in an experiment with a psychoactive drug, and then ultimately learns to control.


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* Stephen King's ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'' suggests that this is due to a form of PowerIncontinence brought on to normal people in very occasional bursts of the same pyrokinetic abilities the novel's protagonist Charlene "Charlie" [=McGee=] obtains from her parents' involvement in an experiment with a psychoactive drug, and then ultimately learns to control.
2nd May '17 11:33:40 PM Nakuyabi
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* Krook in Creator/CharlesDickens’ ''Literature/BleakHouse'' dies like this and is '''possibly''' the UrExample of this trope appearing in fiction, though "true stories" were already said to have existed at the time, and Dickens was known to have strongly believed that this was possible.

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* Krook in Creator/CharlesDickens’ ''Literature/BleakHouse'' dies like this and is '''possibly''' the UrExample of this trope appearing in fiction, though "true stories" were already said to have existed at the time, and Dickens was known to have strongly believed that this was possible. [[ArtMajorBiology (He believed it to be due to people drinking excessive amounts of highly flammable alcohol.)]]


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* Stephen King's ''Literature/FireStarter'' suggests that this is due to a form of PowerIncontinence brought on to normal people in very occasional bursts of the same pyrokinetic abilities the novel's protagonist Charlene "Charlie" [=McGee=] obtains from her parents' involvement in an experiment with a psychoactive drug, and then ultimately learns to control.
30th Apr '17 12:27:06 PM SeanMurrayI
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* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' villain Makoto Shishio meets his end this way. The story indicates that after being badly burned, he lost all of his sweat glands and can only stay in the sun for limited periods. The guy also has a FlamingSword supposedly powered by the fat of people he's killed, which probably contributed to his end. While that detail is also totally pseudoscience, if you go with the assumption that spontaneous human combustion is possible, it's not ''that'' hard to believe it would happen to a guy wrapped in bandages covered in oil.
* In ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'', a few documented cases of people just beginning to develop [[KillItWithFire pyrokinesis]] end up [[SuperpowerMeltdown consuming the person]] instead, because [[PowerIncontinence they have failed to develop]] the RequiredSecondaryPowers to control their own flame. When Izuna suddenly starts to burst into flame at random times ([[ClothingDamage reducing her clothes to ash]], but [[NakedPeopleAreFunny leaving her otherwise unharmed]]) Nube worries that she could lose control and ignite herself. [[spoiler: She manages to control these abilities at the last moment.]]
* In ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', this is what happens to [[spoiler:Momoka after she changes Yuri's fate so Yuri can escape from her [[AbusiveParents abusive father]]. In a subversion she actually ''survives'' the incident, though she's left with serious wounds and has to be hospitalized.]]



* In ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'', a few documented cases of people just beginning to develop [[KillItWithFire pyrokinesis]] end up [[SuperpowerMeltdown consuming the person]] instead, because [[PowerIncontinence they have failed to develop]] the RequiredSecondaryPowers to control their own flame. When Izuna suddenly starts to burst into flame at random times ([[ClothingDamage reducing her clothes to ash]], but [[NakedPeopleAreFunny leaving her otherwise unharmed]]) Nube worries that she could lose control and ignite herself. [[spoiler: She manages to control these abilities at the last moment.]]
* In ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', this is what happens to [[spoiler:Momoka after she changes Yuri's fate so Yuri can escape from her [[AbusiveParents abusive father]]. In a subversion she actually ''survives'' the incident, though she's left with serious wounds and has to be hospitalized.]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' villain Makoto Shishio meets his end this way. The story indicates that after being badly burned, he lost all of his sweat glands and can only stay in the sun for limited periods. The guy also has a FlamingSword supposedly powered by the fat of people he's killed, which probably contributed to his end. While that detail is also totally pseudoscience, if you go with the assumption that spontaneous human combustion is possible, it's not ''that'' hard to believe it would happen to a guy wrapped in bandages covered in oil.



* In ''Comicbook/AllSuperheroesMustDie'', 90s causes people injected with it to explode in 90 seconds if they don't get the antidote in time.



* In the ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri'' "Electric Undertow" limited series, this happens to random people due to [[spoiler:psychic harvesting by the alien [=VXX199=].]]
* In ''Comicbook/AllSuperheroesMustDie'', 90s causes people injected with it to explode in 90 seconds if they don't get the antidote in time.



* In the ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri'' "Electric Undertow" limited series, this happens to random people due to [[spoiler:psychic harvesting by the alien [=VXX199=].]]



* Multiple drummers in the title band in ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' die in this a fashion.
* Shown in the horror film ''Film/SpontaneousCombustion'', naturally. A couple who were involved in an atomic weapons test spontaneously bust into flames shortly after the birth of their son. When their son grows up, he discovers a pyrokinetic ability and begins setting people on fire when he gets angry.



* Shown in the horror film ''Film/SpontaneousCombustion'', naturally. A couple who were involved in an atomic weapons test spontaneously bust into flames shortly after the birth of their son. When their son grows up, he discovers a pyrokinetic ability and begins setting people on fire when he gets angry.
* Multiple drummers in the title band in ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' die in this a fashion.



* ''Series/TheXFiles'' suggested this as an explanation several times but it was subverted in each case. In the first-season episode "Fire", there turns out to be an external cause. Also suggested as an explanation in "Soft Light" and "Trevor", both of which turn out to be something weirder. The "Trevor" reference to this trope is funny, since it is [[AgentScully Scully]] that offers it as an initial cause:
-->'''Scully:''' Spontaneous human combustion.\\
'''Mulder:''' (''grinning'') Scully!\\
'''Scully:''' Well, isn't that where you were going with this?\\
'''Mulder:''' "Dear Diary, today my heart leapt when AgentScully suggested spontaneous human combustion."\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, there are one or two somewhat well-documented cases.\\
(''Mulder nods, grinning'')\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, shut up.



* One episode of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' sees an untalented stand-up comedian, literally, die on stage by inexplicably exploding after one of his bad jokes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], this apparently happens to [[spoiler:the ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]'' that the Doctor accidentally brought to London at the beginning. Vastra discovers that London's been having a rash of cases of spontaneous combustion. Of course, it's not actually spontaneous: the villain has been [[HumanResources killing people for their organs]] and burning the bodies to [[FieryCoverup hide what was taken]]. The dinosaur was merely the most public victim.]]
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'':
** A Season One episode explored this. People who were used in experiments involving Pyrokinesis would burst into flames and explode if they couldn't focus their attention on other things around them when their power builds up inside of them.
** Later, in Season Four, a fringe incident is initially believed to involve several people spontaneously combusting after their bodies exerted too much energy (with others in the affected area needing to stand perfectly still to avoid meeting the same fate), but it is revealed to have been spurned by nanotechnology entering the affected persons' bloodstream.



* One episode of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' sees an untalented stand-up comedian, literally, die on stage by inexplicably exploding after one of his bad jokes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], this apparently happens to [[spoiler:the ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]'' that the Doctor accidentally brought to London at the beginning. Vastra discovers that London's been having a rash of cases of spontaneous combustion. Of course, it's not actually spontaneous: the villain has been [[HumanResources killing people for their organs]] and burning the bodies to [[FieryCoverup hide what was taken]]. The dinosaur was merely the most public victim.]]
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'':
** A Season One episode explored this. People who were used in experiments involving Pyrokinesis would burst into flames and explode if they couldn't focus their attention on other things around them when their power builds up inside of them.
** Later, in Season Four, a fringe incident is initially believed to involve several people spontaneously combusting after their bodies exerted too much energy (with others in the affected area needing to stand perfectly still to avoid meeting the same fate), but it is revealed to have been spurned by nanotechnology entering the affected persons' bloodstream.



* ''Series/TheXFiles'' suggested this as an explanation several times but it was subverted in each case. In the first-season episode "Fire", there turns out to be an external cause. Also suggested as an explanation in "Soft Light" and "Trevor", both of which turn out to be something weirder. The "Trevor" reference to this trope is funny, since it is [[AgentScully Scully]] that offers it as an initial cause:
-->'''Scully:''' Spontaneous human combustion.\\
'''Mulder:''' (''grinning'') Scully!\\
'''Scully:''' Well, isn't that where you were going with this?\\
'''Mulder:''' "Dear Diary, today my heart leapt when AgentScully suggested spontaneous human combustion."\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, there are one or two somewhat well-documented cases.\\
(''Mulder nods, grinning'')\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, shut up.



* Unexpectedly and unceremoniously happens to [[spoiler:Tory]] near the beginning of ''Webcomic/NotIncluded'', leaving behind a pair of SmolderingShoes and a message from the narrator, "And then [[spoiler:Tory]] burst into flames and died."



* Unexpectedly and unceremoniously happens to [[spoiler:Tory]] near the beginning of ''Webcomic/NotIncluded'', leaving behind a pair of SmolderingShoes and a message from the narrator, "And then [[spoiler:Tory]] burst into flames and died."



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' Kenny is shown dying via Spontaneous Combustion; it’s later explained that Kenny had a new girlfriend and was holding in all his farts. Other South Park citizens get killed the same way.



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' Kenny is shown dying via Spontaneous Combustion; it’s later explained that Kenny had a new girlfriend and was holding in all his farts. Other South Park citizens get killed the same way.
30th Apr '17 10:59:50 AM AthenaBlue
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* In ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita: Last Order]]'' it has become the leading cause of death. Much like cancer and heart disease in modern times, it's said to be something anybody can die from. It's explained that before medical technology became more advanced, most people just died of other things first.
* In ''Manga/EnenNoShoubotai'', this has killed people for so many generations that those born in the Second generation and above gain the ability to control it instead of letting it kill them. Those in the First generation, however, experience this along with a BalefulPolymorph transformation into a nigh-unstoppable fire beast. The deaths also seem to be extremely random, so it's impossible to tell who will combust next.
* In ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'', a few documented cases of people just beginning to develop [[KillItWithFire pyrokinesis]] end up [[SuperpowerMeltdown consuming the person]] instead, because [[PowerIncontinence they have failed to develop]] the RequiredSecondaryPowers to control their own flame. When Izuna suddenly starts to burst into flame at random times ([[ClothingDamage reducing her clothes to ash]], but [[NakedPeopleAreFunny leaving her otherwise unharmed]]) Nube worries that she could lose control and ignite herself. [[spoiler: She manages to control these abilities at the last moment.]]
* In ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', this is what happens to [[spoiler:Momoka after she changes Yuri's fate so Yuri can escape from her [[AbusiveParents abusive father]]. In a subversion she actually ''survives'' the incident, though she's left with serious wounds and has to be hospitalized.]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' villain Makoto Shishio meets his end this way. The story indicates that after being badly burned, he lost all of his sweat glands and can only stay in the sun for limited periods. The guy also has a FlamingSword supposedly powered by the fat of people he's killed, which probably contributed to his end. While that detail is also totally pseudoscience, if you go with the assumption that spontaneous human combustion is possible, it's not ''that'' hard to believe it would happen to a guy wrapped in bandages covered in oil.



* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' villain Makoto Shishio meets his end this way. The story indicates that after being badly burned, he lost all of his sweat glands and can only stay in the sun for limited periods. The guy also has a FlamingSword supposedly powered by the fat of people he's killed, which probably contributed to his end. While that detail is also totally pseudoscience, if you go with the assumption that spontaneous human combustion is possible, it's not ''that'' hard to believe it would happen to a guy wrapped in bandages covered in oil.
* In ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'', a few documented cases of people just beginning to develop [[KillItWithFire pyrokinesis]] end up [[SuperpowerMeltdown consuming the person]] instead, because [[PowerIncontinence they have failed to develop]] the RequiredSecondaryPowers to control their own flame. When Izuna suddenly starts to burst into flame at random times ([[ClothingDamage reducing her clothes to ash]], but [[NakedPeopleAreFunny leaving her otherwise unharmed]]) Nube worries that she could lose control and ignite herself. [[spoiler: She manages to control these abilities at the last moment.]]
* In ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', this is what happens to [[spoiler:Momoka after she changes Yuri's fate so Yuri can escape from her [[AbusiveParents abusive father]]. In a subversion she actually ''survives'' the incident, though she's left with serious wounds and has to be hospitalized.]]
* In ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita: Last Order]]'' it has become the leading cause of death. Much like cancer and heart disease in modern times, it's said to be something anybody can die from. It's explained that before medical technology became more advanced, most people just died of other things first.
* In ''Manga/EnenNoShoubotai'', this has killed people for so many generations that those born in the Second generation and above gain the ability to control it instead of letting it kill them. Those in the First generation, however, experience this along with a BalefulPolymorph transformation into a nigh-unstoppable fire beast. The deaths also seem to be extremely random, so it's impossible to tell who will combust next.



* In ''Comicbook/AllSuperheroesMustDie'', 90s causes people injected with it to explode in 90 seconds if they don't get the antidote in time.



* In the ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri'' "Electric Undertow" limited series, this happens to random people due to [[spoiler:psychic harvesting by the alien [=VXX199=].]]



* In ''Comicbook/AllSuperheroesMustDie'', 90s causes people injected with it to explode in 90 seconds if they don't get the antidote in time.



-->'''Max:''' Spontaneous human combustion! What a stroke of luck!
-->'''Sam:''' For those unfamiliar with the term, spontaneous human combustion is the unexplained phenomenon of extreme, increased body temperature.
-->'''Max:''' Adapt your wardrobe accordingly -- Preferably light cottons and knits!

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-->'''Max:''' Spontaneous human combustion! What a stroke of luck!
-->'''Sam:'''
luck!\\
'''Sam:'''
For those unfamiliar with the term, spontaneous human combustion is the unexplained phenomenon of extreme, increased body temperature.
-->'''Max:'''
temperature.\\
'''Max:'''
Adapt your wardrobe accordingly -- Preferably light cottons and knits!knits!
* In the ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri'' "Electric Undertow" limited series, this happens to random people due to [[spoiler:psychic harvesting by the alien [=VXX199=].]]



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Multiple drummers in the title band in ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' die in this a fashion.
* Shown in the horror film ''Film/SpontaneousCombustion'', naturally. A couple who were involved in an atomic weapons test spontaneously bust into flames shortly after the birth of their son. When their son grows up, he discovers a pyrokinetic ability and begins setting people on fire when he gets angry.

to:

[[folder:Films [[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* Multiple drummers in the title band in ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' die in this a fashion.
* Shown in the horror film ''Film/SpontaneousCombustion'', naturally. A couple who were involved in an atomic weapons test spontaneously bust into flames shortly after the birth of their son. When their son grows up, he discovers a pyrokinetic ability and begins setting people on fire when he gets angry.
Live-Action]]



* Shown in the horror film ''Film/SpontaneousCombustion'', naturally. A couple who were involved in an atomic weapons test spontaneously bust into flames shortly after the birth of their son. When their son grows up, he discovers a pyrokinetic ability and begins setting people on fire when he gets angry.
* Multiple drummers in the title band in ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' die in this a fashion.



* ''Series/TheXFiles'' suggested this as an explanation several times but it was subverted in each case. In the first-season episode "Fire", there turns out to be an external cause. Also suggested as an explanation in "Soft Light" and "Trevor", both of which turn out to be something weirder. The "Trevor" reference to this trope is funny, since it is [[AgentScully Scully]] that offers it as an initial cause:
-->'''Scully:''' Spontaneous human combustion.\\
'''Mulder:''' (''grinning'') Scully!\\
'''Scully:''' Well, isn't that where you were going with this?\\
'''Mulder:''' "Dear Diary, today my heart leapt when AgentScully suggested spontaneous human combustion."\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, there are one or two somewhat well-documented cases.\\
(''Mulder nods, grinning'')\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, shut up.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' suggested In the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Foot in the Foreclosure" they find ashes of a pair of loafers; Booth suspects SHC but Brennan says it's just an Urban Legend.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In one of the first episodes, Giles initially attributes
this as an explanation several times but it was subverted in each case. the cause for a cheerleader bursting into flames; it's later revealed to have been caused by a witch's spell.
**
In the first-season MusicalEpisode, this is a side-effect of [[FanNickname Sweet's]] power. Those unable to release their emotions through song burst into flame. Buffy herself barely escapes this fate.
--->'''Sweet:''' ''[[VillainSong All those hearts lay open, that must sting]] / [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Plus some customers just start combusting]]!''
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had an
episode "Fire", there turns out with a subplot dedicated to be SHC. After finding a charred corpse with all the hallmarks of RealLife SHC cases, the characters conducted an external cause. Also suggested as experiment: They wrapped a pig's corpse in the woman's clothing, put the corpse on an explanation in "Soft Light" identical lounger to the victim, doused the pig with liquor, and "Trevor", both of which turn out to be something weirder. The "Trevor" reference to lit it up, thereby replicating the scene that they found. Grissom, who already knew about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wick_effect the Wick Effect]], congratulated the experimenters on a successful experiment, and then told them that this trope is funny, was coming out of their paycheck since it is [[AgentScully Scully]] was unnecessary.
* One episode of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' sees an untalented stand-up comedian, literally, die on stage by inexplicably exploding after one of his bad jokes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], this apparently happens to [[spoiler:the ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]''
that offers it as an initial cause:
-->'''Scully:''' Spontaneous human combustion.\\
'''Mulder:''' (''grinning'') Scully!\\
'''Scully:''' Well, isn't
the Doctor accidentally brought to London at the beginning. Vastra discovers that where you were going with this?\\
'''Mulder:''' "Dear Diary, today my heart leapt when AgentScully suggested
London's been having a rash of cases of spontaneous human combustion."\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, there are one or two somewhat well-documented cases.\\
(''Mulder nods, grinning'')\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, shut up.
combustion. Of course, it's not actually spontaneous: the villain has been [[HumanResources killing people for their organs]] and burning the bodies to [[FieryCoverup hide what was taken]]. The dinosaur was merely the most public victim.]]



--> '''Reporter''': "Reports are coming in from all over that television news reporters are blowing up! These unlikely rumors have--" '''Boom!'''

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--> '''Reporter''': "Reports -->'''Reporter:''' Reports are coming in from all over that television news reporters are blowing up! These unlikely rumors have--" '''Boom!'''have-- '''Boom!'''
* Mentioned in an episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' when a post-operation patient's body suddenly explodes. Turns out that the explosion was set up to destroy evidence of a botched surgery; the patient was already dead.
* An episode of ''Series/PicketFences'' wrote the depressed, alcoholic mayor out of the plot by having him spontaneously combust within his own house. He already figured his political career was over, apparently making him a literal burnout was the final blow to the character.



* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' had a "Farm Film Report" program where the two overall-clad rustic hosts rated reviewed movies on how much stuff "blowed up" - later they took to having celebrity guests for the sole purpose of watching them explode, which roused them to ecstatic cheers.

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* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' had a "Farm Film Report" program where the two overall-clad rustic hosts rated reviewed movies on how much stuff "blowed up" - -- later they took to having celebrity guests for the sole purpose of watching them explode, which roused them to ecstatic cheers.



* On ''Series/TheSeanCullenShow'', an episode revolved around a talisman which granted Sean's every wish in exchange for famous figure skaters spontaneously combusting.



* On ''Series/TheSeanCullenShow'', an episode revolved around a talisman which granted Sean's every wish in exchange for famous figure skaters spontaneously combusting.
* An episode of ''Series/PicketFences'' wrote the depressed, alcoholic mayor out of the plot by having him spontaneously combust within his own house. He already figured his political career was over, apparently making him a literal burnout was the final blow to the character.
* In the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Foot in the Foreclosure" they find ashes of a pair of loafers; Booth suspects SHC but Brennan says it's just an Urban Legend.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In one of the first episodes, Giles initially attributes this as the cause for a cheerleader bursting into flames; it's later revealed to have been caused by a witch's spell.
** In the MusicalEpisode, this is a side-effect of [[FanNickname Sweet's]] power. Those unable to release their emotions through song burst into flame. Buffy herself barely escapes this fate.
--->'''Sweet:''' ''[[VillainSong All those hearts lay open, that must sting]] / [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Plus some customers just start combusting]]!''
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had an episode with a subplot dedicated to SHC. After finding a charred corpse with all the hallmarks of RealLife SHC cases, the characters conducted an experiment: They wrapped a pig's corpse in the woman's clothing, put the corpse on an identical lounger to the victim, doused the pig with liquor, and lit it up, thereby replicating the scene that they found. Grissom, who already knew about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wick_effect the Wick Effect]], congratulated the experimenters on a successful experiment, and then told them that this was coming out of their paycheck since it was unnecessary.
* One episode of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' sees an untalented stand-up comedian, literally, die on stage by inexplicably exploding after one of his bad jokes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], this apparently happens to [[spoiler: the ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]'' that the Doctor accidentally brought to London at the beginning. Vastra discovers that London's been having a rash of cases of spontaneous combustion. Of course, it's not actually spontaneous: the villain has been [[HumanResources killing people for their organs]] and burning the bodies to [[FieryCoverup hide what was taken]]. The dinosaur was merely the most public victim.]]
* Mentioned in an episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' when a post-operation patient's body suddenly explodes. Turns out that the explosion was set up to destroy evidence of a botched surgery; the patient was already dead.

to:

* On ''Series/TheSeanCullenShow'', ''Series/TheXFiles'' suggested this as an explanation several times but it was subverted in each case. In the first-season episode revolved around a talisman "Fire", there turns out to be an external cause. Also suggested as an explanation in "Soft Light" and "Trevor", both of which granted Sean's every wish in exchange for famous figure skaters spontaneously combusting.
* An episode of ''Series/PicketFences'' wrote the depressed, alcoholic mayor
turn out of the plot by having him spontaneously combust within his own house. He already figured his political career was over, apparently making him a literal burnout was the final blow to the character.
* In the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Foot in the Foreclosure" they find ashes of a pair of loafers; Booth suspects SHC but Brennan says it's just an Urban Legend.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In one of the first episodes, Giles initially attributes
be something weirder. The "Trevor" reference to this as the cause for a cheerleader bursting into flames; it's later revealed to have been caused by a witch's spell.
** In the MusicalEpisode, this
trope is a side-effect of [[FanNickname Sweet's]] power. Those unable to release their emotions through song burst into flame. Buffy herself barely escapes this fate.
--->'''Sweet:''' ''[[VillainSong All those hearts lay open, that must sting]] / [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Plus some customers just start combusting]]!''
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had an episode with a subplot dedicated to SHC. After finding a charred corpse with all the hallmarks of RealLife SHC cases, the characters conducted an experiment: They wrapped a pig's corpse in the woman's clothing, put the corpse on an identical lounger to the victim, doused the pig with liquor, and lit it up, thereby replicating the scene that they found. Grissom, who already knew about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wick_effect the Wick Effect]], congratulated the experimenters on a successful experiment, and then told them that this was coming out of their paycheck
funny, since it was unnecessary.
* One episode of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' sees an untalented stand-up comedian, literally, die on stage by inexplicably exploding after one of his bad jokes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], this apparently happens to [[spoiler: the ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]''
is [[AgentScully Scully]] that the Doctor accidentally brought to London at the beginning. Vastra discovers offers it as an initial cause:
-->'''Scully:''' Spontaneous human combustion.\\
'''Mulder:''' (''grinning'') Scully!\\
'''Scully:''' Well, isn't
that London's been having a rash of cases of where you were going with this?\\
'''Mulder:''' "Dear Diary, today my heart leapt when AgentScully suggested
spontaneous combustion. Of course, it's not actually spontaneous: the villain has been [[HumanResources killing people for their organs]] and burning the bodies to [[FieryCoverup hide what was taken]]. The dinosaur was merely the most public victim.]]
* Mentioned in an episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' when a post-operation patient's body suddenly explodes. Turns out that the explosion was set up to destroy evidence of a botched surgery; the patient was already dead.
human combustion."\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, there are one or two somewhat well-documented cases.\\
(''Mulder nods, grinning'')\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, shut up.



--> '''Chandra Nalaar:''' Spontaneous combustion is a myth. If you burst into flame, [[KillItWithFire someone wanted you to]].

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--> '''Chandra -->'''Chandra Nalaar:''' Spontaneous combustion is a myth. If you burst into flame, [[KillItWithFire someone wanted you to]].



* This is the "Urban Legend" theme of Fujiwara no Mokou in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} 14.5 - Urban Legend in Limbo''. Because Mokou exhibits CompleteImmortality, Mokou uses this as a kind of SuicideAttack from which the character can [[ResurrectiveImmortality resurrect]].

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* This is the "Urban Legend" theme of Fujiwara no Mokou in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} 14.5 - -- Urban Legend in Limbo''. Because Mokou exhibits CompleteImmortality, Mokou uses this as a kind of SuicideAttack from which the character can [[ResurrectiveImmortality resurrect]].



* The world of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a disease (probably engineered by some MadScientist), "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090810 Hogfarb's resplendent immolation]]", that causes this effect. The body is filled with an incendiary substance, and in the end the victim will "go up like a torch".



* The world of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a disease (probably engineered by some MadScientist), "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090810 Hogfarb's resplendent immolation]]", that causes this effect. The body is filled with an incendiary substance, and in the end the victim will "go up like a torch".



* The Wiki/SCPFoundation describes [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-081 SCP-081]] as a virus that causes spontaneous combustion.



* The Wiki/SCPFoundation describes [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-081 SCP-081]] as a virus that causes spontaneous combustion.



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' Kenny is shown dying via Spontaneous Combustion; it’s later explained that Kenny had a new girlfriend and was holding in all his farts. Other South Park citizens get killed the same way.



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Mr. Burns claims one of his siblings died this way, although he was probably murdered.


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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' Kenny is shown dying via Spontaneous Combustion; it’s later explained that Kenny had a new girlfriend and was holding in all his farts. Other South Park citizens get killed the same way.


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* Mentioned in an episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' when a post-operation patient's body suddenly explodes. Turns out that the explosion was set up to destroy evidence of a botched surgery; the patient was already dead.
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* Multiple drummers in the title band in ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' die in this a fashion.
* Shown in the horror film ''Film/SpontaneousCombustion'', naturally. A couple who were involved in an atomic weapons test spontaneously bust into flames shortly after the birth of their son. When their son grows up, he discovers a pyrokinetic ability and begins setting people on fire when he gets angry.



* Multiple drummers in the title band in ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' die in this a fashion.
* Shown in the horror film ''Film/SpontaneousCombustion'', naturally. A couple who were involved in an atomic weapons test spontaneously bust into flames shortly after the birth of their son. When their son grows up, he discovers a pyrokinetic ability and begins setting people on fire when he gets angry.



* In the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Foot in the Foreclosure" they find ashes of a pair of loafers; Booth suspects SHC but Brennan says it's just an Urban Legend.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In one of the first episodes, Giles initially attributes this as the cause for a cheerleader bursting into flames; it's later revealed to have been caused by a witch's spell.
** In the MusicalEpisode, this is a side-effect of [[FanNickname Sweet's]] power. Those unable to release their emotions through song burst into flame. Buffy herself barely escapes this fate.
--->'''Sweet:''' ''[[VillainSong All those hearts lay open, that must sting]] / [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Plus some customers just start combusting]]!''
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had an episode with a subplot dedicated to SHC. After finding a charred corpse with all the hallmarks of RealLife SHC cases, the characters conducted an experiment: They wrapped a pig's corpse in the woman's clothing, put the corpse on an identical lounger to the victim, doused the pig with liquor, and lit it up, thereby replicating the scene that they found. Grissom, who already knew about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wick_effect the Wick Effect]], congratulated the experimenters on a successful experiment, and then told them that this was coming out of their paycheck since it was unnecessary.
* One episode of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' sees an untalented stand-up comedian, literally, die on stage by inexplicably exploding after one of his bad jokes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], this apparently happens to [[spoiler: the ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]'' that the Doctor accidentally brought to London at the beginning. Vastra discovers that London's been having a rash of cases of spontaneous combustion. Of course, it's not actually spontaneous: the villain has been [[HumanResources killing people for their organs]] and burning the bodies to [[FieryCoverup hide what was taken]]. The dinosaur was merely the most public victim.]]

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' suggested this as an explanation several times but it was subverted in each case. In the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' first-season episode "The Foot "Fire", there turns out to be an external cause. Also suggested as an explanation in the Foreclosure" they find ashes "Soft Light" and "Trevor", both of a pair of loafers; Booth suspects SHC but Brennan says it's just an Urban Legend.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In one of the first episodes, Giles initially attributes
which turn out to be something weirder. The "Trevor" reference to this as the cause for a cheerleader bursting into flames; it's later revealed to have been caused by a witch's spell.
** In the MusicalEpisode, this
trope is a side-effect of [[FanNickname Sweet's]] power. Those unable to release their emotions through song burst into flame. Buffy herself barely escapes this fate.
--->'''Sweet:''' ''[[VillainSong All those hearts lay open, that must sting]] / [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Plus some customers just start combusting]]!''
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had an episode with a subplot dedicated to SHC. After finding a charred corpse with all the hallmarks of RealLife SHC cases, the characters conducted an experiment: They wrapped a pig's corpse in the woman's clothing, put the corpse on an identical lounger to the victim, doused the pig with liquor, and lit it up, thereby replicating the scene that they found. Grissom, who already knew about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wick_effect the Wick Effect]], congratulated the experimenters on a successful experiment, and then told them that this was coming out of their paycheck
funny, since it was unnecessary.
* One episode of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' sees an untalented stand-up comedian, literally, die on stage by inexplicably exploding after one of his bad jokes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], this apparently happens to [[spoiler: the ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]''
is [[AgentScully Scully]] that the Doctor accidentally brought to London at the beginning. Vastra discovers offers it as an initial cause:
-->'''Scully:''' Spontaneous human combustion.\\
'''Mulder:''' (''grinning'') Scully!\\
'''Scully:''' Well, isn't
that London's been having a rash of cases of where you were going with this?\\
'''Mulder:''' "Dear Diary, today my heart leapt when AgentScully suggested
spontaneous combustion. Of course, it's not actually spontaneous: the villain has been [[HumanResources killing people for their organs]] and burning the bodies to [[FieryCoverup hide what was taken]]. The dinosaur was merely the most public victim.]]human combustion."\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, there are one or two somewhat well-documented cases.\\
(''Mulder nods, grinning'')\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, shut up.



* An episode of ''Series/PicketFences'' wrote the depressed, alcoholic mayor out of the plot by having him spontaneously combust within his own house. He already figured his political career was over, apparently making him a literal burnout was the final blow to the character.



* ''Series/TotalRecall2070'': In the episode "Burning Desire", several people spontaneously burst into flames inside their private VR machines. This later turns out to be the result of a remote signal that causes some sort of chemical reaction inside the body that acts as the ignition. The guy responsible for this is eventually killed by his corporate masters in the same way to silence him.



* ''Series/TotalRecall2070'': In the episode "Burning Desire", several people spontaneously burst into flames inside their private VR machines. This later turns out to be the result of a remote signal that causes some sort of chemical reaction inside the body that acts as the ignition. The guy responsible for this is eventually killed by his corporate masters in the same way to silence him.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' suggested this as an explanation several times but it was subverted in each case. In the first-season episode "Fire", there turns out to be an external cause. Also suggested as an explanation in "Soft Light" and "Trevor", both of which turn out to be something weirder. The "Trevor" reference to this trope is funny, since it is [[AgentScully Scully]] that offers it as an initial cause:
-->'''Scully:''' Spontaneous human combustion.\\
'''Mulder:''' (''grinning'') Scully!\\
'''Scully:''' Well, isn't that where you were going with this?\\
'''Mulder:''' "Dear Diary, today my heart leapt when AgentScully suggested spontaneous human combustion."\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, there are one or two somewhat well-documented cases.\\
(''Mulder nods, grinning'')\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, shut up.

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* ''Series/TotalRecall2070'': In the An episode "Burning Desire", several people of ''Series/PicketFences'' wrote the depressed, alcoholic mayor out of the plot by having him spontaneously combust within his own house. He already figured his political career was over, apparently making him a literal burnout was the final blow to the character.
* In the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Foot in the Foreclosure" they find ashes of a pair of loafers; Booth suspects SHC but Brennan says it's just an Urban Legend.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In one of the first episodes, Giles initially attributes this as the cause for a cheerleader bursting into flames; it's later revealed to have been caused by a witch's spell.
** In the MusicalEpisode, this is a side-effect of [[FanNickname Sweet's]] power. Those unable to release their emotions through song
burst into flames inside their private VR machines. This later turns out to be the result of a remote signal flame. Buffy herself barely escapes this fate.
--->'''Sweet:''' ''[[VillainSong All those hearts lay open,
that causes must sting]] / [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Plus some sort of chemical reaction inside the body that acts as the ignition. The guy responsible for this is eventually killed by his corporate masters in the same way to silence him.
customers just start combusting]]!''
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' suggested this as ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had an explanation several times but it was subverted in each case. In the first-season episode "Fire", there turns out with a subplot dedicated to be SHC. After finding a charred corpse with all the hallmarks of RealLife SHC cases, the characters conducted an external cause. Also suggested as experiment: They wrapped a pig's corpse in the woman's clothing, put the corpse on an explanation in "Soft Light" identical lounger to the victim, doused the pig with liquor, and "Trevor", both of which turn out to be something weirder. The "Trevor" reference to lit it up, thereby replicating the scene that they found. Grissom, who already knew about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wick_effect the Wick Effect]], congratulated the experimenters on a successful experiment, and then told them that this trope is funny, was coming out of their paycheck since it is [[AgentScully Scully]] was unnecessary.
* One episode of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' sees an untalented stand-up comedian, literally, die on stage by inexplicably exploding after one of his bad jokes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], this apparently happens to [[spoiler: the ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]''
that offers it as an initial cause:
-->'''Scully:''' Spontaneous human combustion.\\
'''Mulder:''' (''grinning'') Scully!\\
'''Scully:''' Well, isn't
the Doctor accidentally brought to London at the beginning. Vastra discovers that where you were going with this?\\
'''Mulder:''' "Dear Diary, today my heart leapt when AgentScully suggested
London's been having a rash of cases of spontaneous human combustion."\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, there are one or two somewhat well-documented cases.\\
(''Mulder nods, grinning'')\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, shut up.
combustion. Of course, it's not actually spontaneous: the villain has been [[HumanResources killing people for their organs]] and burning the bodies to [[FieryCoverup hide what was taken]]. The dinosaur was merely the most public victim.]]
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* In ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'', spontaneous combustion is mentioned by Kit to be one of his biggest fears, along with aliens and a giant foot trying to squash him.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''Film/ConAir''; after Pinball intentionally sets fire to a fellow prisoner to create a distraction for the other more dangerous prisoners about to attempt to hijack the plane, in the middle of all the confusion Pinball humorously exclaims that this was an act of spontaneous combustion.
* Ambassador Standish in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' bursts into flames when he attempts to shoot Lord Blackwood. [[spoiler: This is intended to be taken as a magical occurrence, displaying the dark powers Blackwood has protecting him from those who oppose him, but in the end a clear, external cause is revealed by Holmes that has nothing at all to do with magic. Standish was rained with oil without knowing (it was genuinely raining at the time) and his gun was sabotaged to create the spark.]]



* Ambassador Standish in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' bursts into flames when he attempts to shoot Lord Blackwood. [[spoiler: This is intended to be taken as a magical occurrence, displaying the dark powers Blackwood has protecting him from those who oppose him, but in the end a clear, external cause is revealed by Holmes that has nothing at all to do with magic. Standish was rained with oil without knowing (it was genuinely raining at the time) and his gun was sabotaged to create the spark.]]



* In ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'', spontaneous combustion is mentioned by Kit to be one of his biggest fears, along with aliens and a giant foot trying to squash him.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''Film/ConAir''; after Pinball intentionally sets fire to a fellow prisoner to create a distraction for the other more dangerous prisoners about to attempt to hijack the plane, in the middle of all the confusion Pinball humorously exclaims that this was an act of spontaneous combustion.



* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''All-Consuming Fire'' features what appears to be a case of spontaneous human combustion, but ultimately turns out to have been murder-by-pyrokinesis.
* Creator/TimPowers' novel ''Literature/ExpirationDate'' reveals that ghosts sometimes burst into flames if they are suddenly alarmed. From this, it's suggested that human combustion happens when a person dies, but their ghost doesn't immediately notice and keeps walking around in their body for a while before suffering some kind of shock (such as, often, the shocking realization that they've been dead for a while and hadn't noticed).
* The novel ''Fire Pattern'' by Bob Shaw is all about this: it turns out that combustion is the result of failed attempts by a dying alien species to [[GrandTheftMe implant their minds]] into humans.



* In ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'', the phenomenon is explained as the result of one over-exerting his/her aura.

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* In ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'', The ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''All-Consuming Fire'' features what appears to be a case of spontaneous human combustion, but ultimately turns out to have been murder-by-pyrokinesis.
* Creator/TimPowers' novel ''Literature/ExpirationDate'' reveals that ghosts sometimes burst into flames if they are suddenly alarmed. From this, it's suggested that human combustion happens when a person dies, but their ghost doesn't immediately notice and keeps walking around in their body for a while before suffering some kind of shock (such as, often,
the phenomenon shocking realization that they've been dead for a while and hadn't noticed).
* The novel ''Fire Pattern'' by Bob Shaw
is explained as all about this: it turns out that combustion is the result of one over-exerting his/her aura.failed attempts by a dying alien species to [[GrandTheftMe implant their minds]] into humans.



* ''Literature/WrittenInBone'' features a body for which this is considered. Then Dr Hunter explains how spontaneous combustion is not all that spontaneous.

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* ''Literature/WrittenInBone'' features a body for which this In ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'', the phenomenon is considered. Then Dr Hunter explains how spontaneous explained as the result of one over-exerting his/her aura.
* In the ''Literature/SimonArk'' short story "The Witch is Dead", Mother Fortune is found burned to death [[LockedRoomMystery inside her locked trailer with nothing else touched]]. Spontaneous human
combustion is not all that spontaneous.suspected, but it is actually murder.



* In the ''Literature/SimonArk'' short story "The Witch is Dead", Mother Fortune is found burned to death [[LockedRoomMystery inside her locked trailer with nothing else touched]]. Spontaneous human combustion is suspected, but it is actually murder.

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* In the ''Literature/SimonArk'' short story "The Witch ''Literature/WrittenInBone'' features a body for which this is Dead", Mother Fortune is found burned to death [[LockedRoomMystery inside her locked trailer with nothing else touched]]. Spontaneous human considered. Then Dr Hunter explains how spontaneous combustion is suspected, but it is actually murder.not all that spontaneous.



* In the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Foot in the Foreclosure" they find ashes of a pair of loafers; Booth suspects SHC but Brennan says it's just an Urban Legend.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In one of the first episodes, Giles initially attributes this as the cause for a cheerleader bursting into flames; it's later revealed to have been caused by a witch's spell.
** In the MusicalEpisode, this is a side-effect of [[FanNickname Sweet's]] power. Those unable to release their emotions through song burst into flame. Buffy herself barely escapes this fate.
--->'''Sweet:''' ''[[VillainSong All those hearts lay open, that must sting]] / [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Plus some customers just start combusting]]!''
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had an episode with a subplot dedicated to SHC. After finding a charred corpse with all the hallmarks of RealLife SHC cases, the characters conducted an experiment: They wrapped a pig's corpse in the woman's clothing, put the corpse on an identical lounger to the victim, doused the pig with liquor, and lit it up, thereby replicating the scene that they found. Grissom, who already knew about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wick_effect the Wick Effect]], congratulated the experimenters on a successful experiment, and then told them that this was coming out of their paycheck since it was unnecessary.
* One episode of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' sees an untalented stand-up comedian, literally, die on stage by inexplicably exploding after one of his bad jokes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], this apparently happens to [[spoiler: the ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]'' that the Doctor accidentally brought to London at the beginning. Vastra discovers that London's been having a rash of cases of spontaneous combustion. Of course, it's not actually spontaneous: the villain has been [[HumanResources killing people for their organs]] and burning the bodies to [[FieryCoverup hide what was taken]]. The dinosaur was merely the most public victim.]]



* ''Series/TheXFiles'' suggested this as an explanation several times but it was subverted in each case. In the first-season episode "Fire", there turns out to be an external cause. Also suggested as an explanation in "Soft Light" and "Trevor", both of which turn out to be something weirder. The "Trevor" reference to this trope is funny, since it is [[AgentScully Scully]] that offers it as an initial cause:
-->'''Scully:''' Spontaneous human combustion.\\
'''Mulder:''' (''grinning'') Scully!\\
'''Scully:''' Well, isn't that where you were going with this?\\
'''Mulder:''' "Dear Diary, today my heart leapt when AgentScully suggested spontaneous human combustion."\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, there are one or two somewhat well-documented cases.\\
(''Mulder nods, grinning'')\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, shut up.
* In the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Foot in the Foreclosure" they find ashes of a pair of loafers; Booth suspects SHC but Brennan says it's just an Urban Legend.
* An episode of ''Series/PicketFences'' wrote the depressed, alcoholic mayor out of the plot by having him spontaneously combust within his own house. He already figured his political career was over, apparently making him a literal burnout was the final blow to the character.
* One episode of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' sees an untalented stand-up comedian, literally, die on stage by inexplicably exploding after one of his bad jokes.



* In the ''Series/{{Haven}}'' episode "Survivors", a man unknowingly had the ability to recreate events he feels guilty about. He was guilty about his friend dying in a fire, so people around him would burn up.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In one of the first episodes, Giles initially attributes this as the cause for a cheerleader bursting into flames; it's later revealed to have been caused by a witch's spell.
** In the MusicalEpisode, this is a side-effect of [[FanNickname Sweet's]] power. Those unable to release their emotions through song burst into flame. Buffy herself barely escapes this fate.
--->'''Sweet:''' ''[[VillainSong All those hearts lay open, that must sting]] / [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Plus some customers just start combusting]]!''
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had an episode with a subplot dedicated to SHC. After finding a charred corpse with all the hallmarks of RealLife SHC cases, the characters conducted an experiment: They wrapped a pig's corpse in the woman's clothing, put the corpse on an identical lounger to the victim, doused the pig with liquor, and lit it up, thereby replicating the scene that they found. Grissom, who already knew about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wick_effect the Wick Effect]], congratulated the experimenters on a successful experiment, and then told them that this was coming out of their paycheck since it was unnecessary.
* On ''Series/TheSeanCullenShow'', an episode revolved around a talisman which granted Sean's every wish in exchange for famous figure skaters spontaneously combusting.



* An episode of ''Series/PicketFences'' wrote the depressed, alcoholic mayor out of the plot by having him spontaneously combust within his own house. He already figured his political career was over, apparently making him a literal burnout was the final blow to the character.



* In the ''Series/{{Haven}}'' episode "Survivors", a man unknowingly had the ability to recreate events he feels guilty about. He was guilty about his friend dying in a fire, so people around him would burn up.

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* In ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': Frankie is obsessed with spontaneous human combustion and keeps hoping that it will be the ''Series/{{Haven}}'' episode "Survivors", a man unknowingly had solution to one of the ability to recreate events he feels guilty about. He was guilty about his friend dying in a fire, so people around team's cases, despite Maura (and others) continually telling him would burn up.there is no such thing. He thinks he has finally found it in "Dead Weight" when a cyclist seemingly explodes in the street, but there turns out to be another explanation: [[spoiler:a bomb made from human fat]].



* On ''Series/TheSeanCullenShow'', an episode revolved around a talisman which granted Sean's every wish in exchange for famous figure skaters spontaneously combusting.



* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': Frankie is obsessed with spontaneous human combustion and keeps hoping that it will be the solution to one of the team's cases, despite Maura (and others) continually telling him there is no such thing. He thinks he has finally found it in "Dead Weight" when a cyclist seemingly explodes in the street, but there turns out to be another explanation: [[spoiler:a bomb made from human fat]].

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* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': Frankie is obsessed with spontaneous human combustion and keeps hoping that ''Series/TheXFiles'' suggested this as an explanation several times but it will be was subverted in each case. In the solution to one of the team's cases, despite Maura (and others) continually telling him there is no such thing. He thinks he has finally found it in "Dead Weight" when a cyclist seemingly explodes in the street, but first-season episode "Fire", there turns out to be another explanation: [[spoiler:a bomb made from an external cause. Also suggested as an explanation in "Soft Light" and "Trevor", both of which turn out to be something weirder. The "Trevor" reference to this trope is funny, since it is [[AgentScully Scully]] that offers it as an initial cause:
-->'''Scully:''' Spontaneous
human fat]].combustion.\\
'''Mulder:''' (''grinning'') Scully!\\
'''Scully:''' Well, isn't that where you were going with this?\\
'''Mulder:''' "Dear Diary, today my heart leapt when AgentScully suggested spontaneous human combustion."\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, there are one or two somewhat well-documented cases.\\
(''Mulder nods, grinning'')\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, shut up.
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* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': Frankie is obsessed with spontaneous human combustion and keeps hoping that it will be the solution to one of the team;s case, despite Maura (and others) continually telling him there is no such thing. He thinks he has finally found it in "Dead Weight" when a cyclist seemingly explodes in the street, but there turns out to be a more rational explanation: [[spoiler:a bomb made from human fat]].

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* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': Frankie is obsessed with spontaneous human combustion and keeps hoping that it will be the solution to one of the team;s case, team's cases, despite Maura (and others) continually telling him there is no such thing. He thinks he has finally found it in "Dead Weight" when a cyclist seemingly explodes in the street, but there turns out to be a more rational another explanation: [[spoiler:a bomb made from human fat]].
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