Created By: Minnakht on October 15, 2011 Last Edited By: Minnakht on October 26, 2011

Solid Fire

Objects that are made of fire/flames exhibit physical properties of a solid rather than gas/aerosol

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There is a set of characters with stock elemental powers. They can move their elements around, possibly create some because they have Elemental Baggage. But then the earth user can make structures out of his element, the water user can do the same with ice. So, what is the poor fire user meant to do? Cue Solid Fire.

Solid Fire is basically a material which despite looking like flames, does not act like flames, but rather a solid. In Real Life, you can move your finger through a candle's flame or even your whole arm through a campfire's flame. That's because they're made of aerosol - tiny pieces of whatever's being burnt, floating on the hot air's updraft, and glowing colours from red to yellow due to being red-hot. Solid Fire candle flame, however, would stop your finger, maybe even prick it if you approached it from the upper side.

Solid Fire is usually smokeless. Even its heat emissions can be optional at times if the fire hero decides it to be so - can't burn people if you're catching them with a giant Solid Fire mitt, after all.

ElementalEmbodiments of fire tend to be made of this.

Compare Hard Light for another example of a typically non-solid element being solid.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Portgas D. Ace. He can turn into fire. He has been frequently seen with his finger turned into fire, adjusting his hat without burning it or his finger losing shape. He has also been seen punching through ships with a giant arm of fire.
  • In Fairy Tail, Macao's Purple Flare magic is essentially this - the flames he makes are essentially fire, as evidenced by Natsu's ability to eat them, but otherwise can have properties of a solid, being used as ropes on occasions, for example.

Literature
  • The flame whips of Balrogs come to mind, assuming they're actually made of flame (this matching this trope) and not just merely on fire. They definitely look like the former.

Tabletop Games
  • Logically, any kind of a fire elemental must be made of this. D&D fire elementals have slam attacks and are vulnerable to damage from mundane weapons. They are not incorporeal in any way.

Video Games
  • As with the above example, any kind of fire elemental has to be made of this. A notable mention would be the Liquid Flame of Final Fantasy V, which could freely assemble into forms of a hand and a humanoid.
    • While it's called Liquid Flame, yes, it still doesn't behave like a normal flame, thus falling under this trope.
  • In Dwarf Fortress, fire is a legal tissue for living (or not) beings. Fire men are made of it, as well as some randomly generated megabeasts and demons. It maintains a small bit of realism - when those are hit, fire realizes just how loosely it fits together and breaks due to nearly every blow.

Other
  • In the Play-by-Post Game Ather City, the character Andrus Sonic has frequently used Solid Fire for ropes and platforms and the like, which could comfortably hold his weight.

Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • October 15, 2011
    Bisected8
    Pure Energy is another case of something being solid when it shouldn't.

    • In Real Life a sufficently hot solid substance can give this impression (for example red hot metals with low burning temperatures).
  • October 15, 2011
    Stratadrake
    ^ Especially if it's burning at the same time.

    By the way, gotta mention Convection Schmonvection under the "heat emissions" part.
  • October 15, 2011
    Ryuuma
    Natsu from Fairy Tail is the Fire Dragon Slayer, yet his flames and/or fire-enhanced punches seems to be a concussive force rather than heat.
  • October 15, 2011
    Ekuran
    There should be a Super Trope for typically non-solid things acting like they're a solid in fiction.
  • October 15, 2011
    Minnakht
    Pure Energy is pretty close, I have to admit. I wouldn't lump the two together personally, but... ...if the substance is already solid, then it's solid. Solid Fire is like that, minus the substance...

    Gotta mention Convection Schmonvection and Radiation Schmadiation and the third kind of heat transfer there too, yeah.

    I have seen Fairy Tail quite a lot, and, well... I can't say I have observed this effect. On Natsu, at least. Makao's Purple Flames are Solid Fire, though - they can hold objects, lift him, he even made a net out of those. Natsu has done that once in his fight against Erigor, though. Forgotten Phlebotinum, sadly. I guess I can still include that as an example. rolling an update

    Make it, then, Ekuran! It'd contain this, Hard Light, Pure Energy, Solid Air, Some Kind Of Force Field, and...
  • October 15, 2011
    SKJAM
  • October 16, 2011
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons. In early editions, fire elementals and many other creatures from the Elemental Plane of Fire were basically made from solid flame.
  • October 16, 2011
    Bisected8
    • Another real life example; Stars. They're essentially balls of plasma that are so dense they're solid in the center because of the force of their own gravity. Of course it's nuclear fusion rather than combustion, but the result's more or less the same (superheated gas and particlated matter)....
  • October 17, 2011
    Ryuuma
    I still think that the Natsu example is valid, as he always use his flames to power up his fists and punch villains really hard rather than setting enemies on fire.
  • October 17, 2011
    TechUnadept
    Mine Craft has chain armor, which is created by hacking the inventory to give you flames, and crafting them into a chestplate.
  • October 21, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    In Pokemon, Flame Wheel involves launching fireballs that travel in a wheel shape, but it's categorized as a physical attack.
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