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20th May '16 4:31:46 PM CaptainSpam
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* In the ''Comicbook/SamAndMax'' comic book episode "Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple", the eponymous duo are saved from a [[AppeaseTheVolcanoGod volcano sacrifice]] when the high priest performing the ritual [[DeusExMachina suddenly goes up in flames]].
-->'''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!
17th May '16 4:44:34 AM erforce
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* In ''[[VideoGame/GuitarHero Guitar Hero II]]'', the drummer is shown exploding and leaving behind a puff of smoke after performances of "Tonight Im Gonna Rock You Tonight" as a ShoutOut to the band that wrote the song, SpinalTap.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/GuitarHero Guitar Hero II]]'', the drummer is shown exploding and leaving behind a puff of smoke after performances of "Tonight Im Gonna Rock You Tonight" as a ShoutOut to the band that wrote the song, SpinalTap.[[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap Spinal Tap]].
20th Apr '16 2:59:44 AM StFan
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* In the original ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'' manga, Kamui's mom Tohru spontaneously combusted in the BackStory. The reason for this, however, was made pretty clear: She made herself a shadow sacrifice of the entire planet Earth and, by burning to death, delayed its destruction by GlobalWarming. ItMakesSenseInContext.

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* In the original ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'' 1999}}'':
** In the original
manga, Kamui's mom Tohru spontaneously combusted in the BackStory. The reason for this, however, was made pretty clear: She made herself a shadow sacrifice of the entire planet Earth and, by burning to death, delayed its destruction by GlobalWarming. ItMakesSenseInContext.



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* {{Discussed}} in one ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip, which has Calvin ask his dad whether this ever happens. When he says no, Calvin bursts a blown-up paper bag around the corner, asking whether he was fooled.
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* ConversationalTroping in ''[[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy Johnny And The Bomb]]''; it's mentioned that Johnny once read about the phenomenon and [[ParanoiaFuel slept with a bucket of water by his bed for weeks]].
* ''WrittenInBone'' features a body for which this is considered. Then Dr Hunter explains how spontaneous combustion is not all that spontaneous.
* MarkTwain, in one of his books, discusses the fate of someone he knew:

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* ConversationalTroping in ''[[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy Johnny And The and the Bomb]]''; it's mentioned that Johnny once read about the phenomenon and [[ParanoiaFuel slept with a bucket of water by his bed for weeks]].
* ''WrittenInBone'' ''Literature/WrittenInBone'' features a body for which this is considered. Then Dr Hunter explains how spontaneous combustion is not all that spontaneous.
* MarkTwain, Creator/MarkTwain, in one of his books, discusses the fate of someone he knew:



* 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 ''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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* ''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 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," "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:''' -->'''Scully:''' Spontaneous human combustion.
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combustion.\\
'''Mulder:''' [grinning] Scully!
-->
(''grinning'') Scully!\\
'''Scully:''' Well, isn't that where you were going with this?
-->
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
cases.\\
(''Mulder
nods, grinning]'''
-->
grinning'')\\
'''Scully:''' Mulder, shut up.



* An episode of ''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 ''DeadLikeMe'' sees an untalented stand-up comedian, literally, die on stage by inexplicably exploding after one of his bad jokes.

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* An episode of ''PicketFences'' ''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 ''DeadLikeMe'' ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' sees an untalented stand-up comedian, literally, die on stage by inexplicably exploding after one of his bad jokes.



--> ''"It's funny, isn't it, how... how your best friend can just... blow up like that. I mean, you wouldn't think it was medically possible, would you?"''
* In one of the first episodes of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', 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.

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--> ''"It's -->'''Mrs. Niggerbaiter:''' It's funny, isn't it, how... how your best friend can just... blow up like that. I mean, you wouldn't think it was medically possible, would you?"''
you?
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
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In one of the first episodes of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', 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.



-->'''Sweet:''' ''[[VillainSong All those hearts lay open, that must sting]] / [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Plus some customers just start combusting]]!''

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-->'''Sweet:''' --->'''Sweet:''' ''[[VillainSong All those hearts lay open, that must sting]] / [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Plus some customers just start combusting]]!''



--> He blowed up ''good!''
--> Blowed up ''real'' good!

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--> He -->"He blowed up ''good!''
--> Blowed
''good!''"\\
"Blowed
up ''real'' good!good!"



[[folder: Music]]
* The a capella group [[http://www.bobs.com The Bobs]] have a song about this, called "Spontaneous Human Combustion.
* This is the subject of the Music/{{Incubus}} song "Pardon Me."
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants' song "The Statue Got Me High" makes reference to spontaneous human combustion supernaturally induced by a mysterious statue.
-->''The statue made me fry\\

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[[folder:Music]]
* The a capella group [[http://www.bobs.com The Bobs]] have a song about this, called "Spontaneous Human Combustion.
Combustion".
* This is the subject of the Music/{{Incubus}} song "Pardon Me."
Me".
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants' Music/TheyMightBeGiants:
** The
song "The Statue Got Me High" makes reference to spontaneous human combustion supernaturally induced by a mysterious statue.
-->''The --->''The statue made me fry\\



---> ''Oh damn, you musta got one of them\\

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---> ''Oh --->''Oh damn, you musta got one of them\\



[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* {{Discussed}} in one ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip, which has Calvin ask his dad whether this ever happens. When he says no, Calvin bursts a blown-up paper bag around the corner, asking whether he was fooled.
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* {{Discussed}} in one ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip, which has Calvin ask his dad whether this ever happens. When he says no, Calvin bursts a blown-up paper bag around the corner, asking whether he was fooled.
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** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'''s Alexia Ashford, who is an {{expy}} of Eve, gains pyrokinetic powers upon her viral mutation.

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** * ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'''s Alexia Ashford, who is an {{expy}} of Eve, gains pyrokinetic powers upon her viral mutation.



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

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



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* Website/CollegeHumor's article [[http://www.collegehumor.com/article:1813069 "Things to Do Before Dying in a Freak Accident"]] ends with the main character of the piece suddenly blowing up.

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* Website/CollegeHumor's Website/CollegeHumor:
** The
article [[http://www.collegehumor.com/article:1813069 "Things to Do Before Dying in a Freak Accident"]] ends with the main character of the piece suddenly blowing up.



* Caitlin Evans dies this way in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v2, abruptly exploding due to a chemical reaction in her digestive tract.

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* Caitlin Evans dies this way in ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v2, abruptly exploding due to a chemical reaction in her digestive tract.



-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' What if she exploded, and then... and then exploded ''again''?!
-->'''Spike:''' Can you do that? Can you explode ''twice''?!

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-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' What if she exploded, and then... and then exploded ''again''?!
-->'''Spike:'''
''again''?!\\
'''Spike:'''
Can you do that? Can you explode ''twice''?!
19th Apr '16 6:31:38 PM Willbyr
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19th Apr '16 6:31:29 PM Willbyr
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Not actually the [[InvertedTrope Inverse]] of the trope ExternalCombustion.

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Not actually the [[InvertedTrope Inverse]] {{Inver|tedTrope}}se of the trope ExternalCombustion.



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* In ''Manga/BattleAngelAlita: 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.

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* In ''Manga/BattleAngelAlita: ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita: Last Order'' 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.
17th Apr '16 1:04:09 PM Zemyla
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** There is a card named [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4919 Spontaneous Combustion]], though.
11th Apr '16 11:35:28 AM SeanMurrayI
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* The pilot episode of ''Series/MaxHeadroom'' revolved around "blipverts," a form of high-speed subliminal advertising that caused sedentary and obese viewers to burst into flame.
10th Apr '16 3:34:48 PM MartyFugate
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* The pilot episode of ''Max Headroom'' revolved around "blipverts," a form of high-speed subliminal advertising that caused sedentary and obese viewers to burst into flame.

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* The pilot episode of ''Max Headroom'' ''Series/MaxHeadroom'' revolved around "blipverts," a form of high-speed subliminal advertising that caused sedentary and obese viewers to burst into flame.
10th Apr '16 3:32:21 PM MartyFugate
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* The pilot episode of ''Max Headroom'' revolved around "blipverts," a form of high-speed subliminal advertising that caused sedentary and obese viewers to burst into flame.
16th Mar '16 9:27:18 PM PaulA
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* Creator/TimPowers' novel ''Expiration Date'' 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).

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* Creator/TimPowers' novel ''Expiration Date'' ''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).
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