Created By: Nocturna on August 29, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on April 9, 2016
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Weak To Fire

Creatures which have a specific weakness to fire.

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This is one of the many fire-related tropes that were identified as part of the Kill It with Fire TRS thread. Name suggestions and description/definition refinement suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

Indices: Older Than Feudalism, This Index Is On Fire

Certain types of creatures are especially weak to fire. This is especially common among ice-type or water-type beings. This can take three forms:
  • Other weapons or attacks will do damage, but fire does more damage. These creatures can be killed by conventional (or less-than-conventional) weapons or by magic, but fire will kill them faster, which generally has the benefit of the victorious fighters being less close to death at the end of the battle.
  • Fire is the only thing that can harm a creature. This also means that fire is the only thing that can kill that creature. Woe betide the adventurers that stumble across such a creature when they don't have access to fire.
  • Fire is the only thing that can kill a creature permanently. Probably because of the devastatingly destructive nature of fire, it is often the only thing which can prevent regenerating creatures from coming back again and again. This is often part of the rationale behind Burn The Undead, and can overlap with Burn The Body if the creature is killed and then burned.

Sometimes the weakness will only be to magic fire or to mundane fire. For evil creatures, this weakness will generally be connected to Fire Purifies.

Burn The Undead is a subtrope specifically for The Undead being weak to fire.

A related trope is Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors; generally one of the elements in such a setup will be fire, and so one of the other elements will be weak to fire. See that page for examples of cases where fire is part of a circle of elemental strengths and weaknesses.

Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In King of Thorn, some particularly tough octopus-like monsters prove vulnerable to good old-fashioned incineration.
  • In Rumiko Takahashi's Mermaid Saga, there are three ways to kill immortals: decapitation, a very particular poison, and burning them down to ashes.
  • Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit: The Ra Runga is intangible, which makes conventional weapons useless against it. Fire is its only weakness, although one must first drink the sap from a sig salua blossom, which allows one to cross over into Nayug, in order to touch it with the fire.
  • In Parasyte, the eponymous aliens are almost completely defenseless against fire and acid.
  • The aliens in Tekkonkinkreet have fire as one of their weaknesses.
  • In Tomie, the only way to stop Tomie from regenerating is to kill her with fire.

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
  • In Spider-Man this is one of the two main weaknesses of symbiotes like Venom and Carnage, alongside sonics. Fire affects the latter even worse.

    Film 
  • The xenomorphs in the Alien films have an aversion to fire. Furthermore, flamethrowers prove to be the best weapons against them in close quarters since it largely avoids spilling the creature's blood, which is dangerously corrosive.
    Ash: Most animals retreat from fire, yes?
  • 1408: This is how the room is finally destroyed.
  • In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, when the military realized that fire is Super Effective against Destoroyah's aggregate forms, they use heat weapons from thereon.
  • In The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, also known as Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, zombies are primarily killed with fire. And they go up pretty easy.
  • In The Lord of the Rings fire is the orcs' most useful weapon against the Ent attack on Isengard. When the valley is flooded, you can see a burning Ent rush forward and dunk itself to douse the flames.
  • In Tarantula the only way to destroy the eponymous giant spider is for the Air Force to napalm it.
  • In The Thing, the smallest part of the alien life form is capable of mutation and assimilation, so the only sure way to destroy it completely is with fire. But even then, it's not even particularly flammable. Fire is the only way to do it, but it's still not a very good way.

    However, this was partially subverted in The Thing from Another World. Fire could kill the alien, but since it burned slowly and did not feel pain it could easily escape and douse itself, setting fire to anything it touched along the way.
  • Subverted in, "Tomie: Another Face", one of the movie adaptations of the manga, Tomie, where the eponymous Nigh Invulnerable Body Horrorific teenage girl is burned in the incinerator by the Doomed Protagonist. However, her burned ashes gather up and create her face in the air, reminding the protagonist that she will never die and that every single one of her ashes will become a new Tomie.
    Folklore 
  • In traditional European folklore, fire is one of the few things that can kill a vampire.
    Literature 
  • In the Codex Alera fire is handy against the Vord, since the croach they rely on to keep them alive is very flammable.
  • Colt Regan: Fire's the only way to keep nihil from coming back for more.
  • The Monster Plant Beasties in The Day of the Triffids are especially vulnerable to flamethrowers, as they can't tell where the flame is coming from and panic, sometimes setting their allies on fire as well. Flamethrowers are also more effective than guns because Triffids don't appear to have any vital organs. (Following the same principle, shotguns work better than handguns or rifles.) Too bad there's a fuel shortage due to that Cosy Catastrophe...
  • In Terry Pratchett's Discworld werewolves can only be killed by silver or fire. Likewise, zombies, vampires and mummies are noted to be very flammable.
  • The Thread in the Dragonriders of Pern series is best dispatched with fire, which makes fire-breathing dragons the best defense against it.
  • The trolls in the Forgotten Realms world regenerate and can recover from anything... except being set on fire. The heroes in Streams of Silver take advantage of this weakness as much as they can.
  • In The Lord of the Rings, The Wizard Saruman uses some kind of flamethrowers against Ents, causing them to flood Isengard. Makes sense, as Ents are trees.
  • In the Night World series, fire is the only thing that can kill any creature, be it witch, human, werewolf, shapeshifter, or vampire. One character does freak out when another speaks nonchalantly about burning a werewolf to death (including the phrase "one of the traditional methods"), so it appears to be a less-used tactic... now.
  • In Michael Moorcock's Elric book, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, there's a scene where the heroes have to destroy a pair of buildings. The captain of their ship is insistent that the buildings can only be destroyed by fire. It turns out that the buildings are a pair of evil alien sorcerers.
  • In Poul Anderson's Three Hearts and Three Lions, they discover the troll can be killed only with fire. (This is the source for the Dungeons & Dragons trolls having the same trait.)
  • In Graham McNeill's Warhammer 40,000 Ultramarines novel Dead Sky Black Sun, the Living Shadows in the Eye of Terror can be killed only with fire. Even that is not very effective; while the Space Marines can survive, the two Imperial Guardsmen with them are nearly killed by the heat they need, even with the Marines trying to shield them.
  • The War Against the Chtorr. Flamethrowers are the best means of dealing with the Chtorran gastropedes (and various other forms of Chtorran ecology), and are preferred by the antagonist over cold-gas and flechette rifles. This is because their unique alien physiology makes the gastropedes very difficult to kill.

    Live-Action TV 

    Mythology 
  • Older Than Feudalism: In Greek Mythology Heracles defeated the Hydra by using fire to cauterize its head stumps before it could grow new heads. Or, to be more precise, Heracles smashed the heads off with his club, and his nephew Iolaus cauterized the stumps.

    Tabletop Games 
  • From the early years of the Champions game, these super characters/creatures take more damage from fire:
    • Take increased STUN damage from fire: Aerion, Black Mamba, Charger, Cobra, Foxbat, Frost, Grond, Raccoon, Wyvern
    • Take increased STUN and BODY damage from fire: Cyborg Ant, Giant Mantis, Gratz and other vampires, The Griffin, Mechassassin, Ray, Slug
    • Frost has a Vulnerability to fire (takes STUN damage until unconscious, then takes BODY damage).
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Trolls in most settings have a Healing Factor which makes them almost impossible to kill unless they are hurt with either fire or acid.
    • The following creatures from the 1st and 2nd Edition take more damage than normal from fire.
      • Adherer and mummy (from burning oil), witherweed (destroys), yeti (1.5 times as much).
      • 1 additional Hit Point per die of damage: creature mummy (from magical fire), dragons (blue, bronze, chromatic/Tiamat, Platinum/Bahamut, silver, white), Elemental Princes of Evil Cryonax and Olhydra, forest giant, marid, mummy (2nd Edition, from magical fire), treant, vampire tree, winter wolf.
      • Double damage: adherer (2nd Edition, if it fails a saving throw vs. magical fire), bloodworm (giant), hoar fox, ice para-elemental, ice troll, shen lung (oriental dragon), tatterderanimal raggamoffyn.
    • Based off the Hercules myth, it's necessary to cauterize a hydra's stumps so new heads don't grow. (Save for fire breathing hydras. They need to be finished off with ice.)note 
    • Dungeons & Dragons Master Set. In the DM's Book, the Immortal artifact Armet By Weyland several suggested handicaps. One of them was the wearer taking double damage from fire.
  • Judge's Guild modules:
    • Operation Ogre: Ice Toads are said to take 50% damage from fire. In Dungeons & Dragons where ice toads originally came from, this was not the case.
    • New monsters in Tegel Manor: The Grease Wrack and Gold Spore Fungus were said to be "highly susceptible to fire." The Grease Wrack's description added that this caused it to take double damage, so this was presumably true of the Gold Spore Fungus as well.
  • In Magic: The Gathering, a classic endgame strategy of mono-red exploits this: when the opponent builds an army and all other colors' offenses would stall, the red mage points a spell at the opponent's face and torches him to death directly.

    Video Games 
  • In Battle for Wesnoth, fire is an excellent way of killing (most of) The Undead and Woses.
  • In Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, the player encounters a shoggoth at one point. At first, the player attempts to dispatch it with electricity. But this doesn't work out so well. How do you kill it? Easy. Start a gas leak, leave the room, turn the power back on (there are live wires exposed in the room the shoggoth is in), and let the horrible monster be burned to a crisp by the ensuing explosion. You even get to walk through its charred, smoking, gooey remains!
  • In Dead Space the Hunter is proven to be nigh invulnerable to all of your weapons, and is only killed when it gets hit by the engine fire from the Ishimura's executive-use shuttles.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, the darkspawn are weak against magical flames, along with walking corpses and sylvans. However, there are a few creatures completely immune to fire.
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has several undead (including vampires) as well as trolls and high elves with a vulnerability to fire. But as the locals will frequently tell you, "a sword works just as well".
  • Final Fantasy: Anything ice based is pretty obviously weak to fire.
  • In Gears of War 3, the flamethrower is one of the only weapons that has any effect on a Berserker.
  • Because Kingdom Hearts II classifies water under Blizzard magic, Demyx is actually weak to Fire spells. Tired of hearing his "Dance water, dance!"? Burn him!
  • Majora's Mask: Link becomes vulnerable to fire while in his Deku Scrub form and his Zora form. If he's hit by fire while wearing either mask, he can lose as many as 4-5 hearts. Plus, the game treats it as instant death, and restarts you at your last entry point.
  • In Mega Man, Hornet Man's weak point is Magma Bazooka.
  • In the Mega Man Zero games, weapons boosted with the flame chip are extremely effective against ice opponents.
  • In Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake the only way to kill the Final Boss is to immolate him with a lighter and a can of hairspray.
  • Fire weapons are the easiest and most effective way to take care of mutant outposts in Wasteland Empires on Facebook.
  • In World of Warcraft the tower of Karazhan has an encounter based upon the The Wizard of Oz. The Straw man hits fairly hard, and has a crippling weakness to fire, though not in the For Massive Damage sense. When a fire spell is cast on him, he has a high probability of simply running around in fear, unable to attack any of the raid. Many groups will have a caster dedicate themselves to spamming Fire spells on him.

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • In Orion's Arm, this is one of the best ways to deal with nanotech attackers. The tiny robots can't shed heat effectively and will rapidly disintegrate when heated.

    Western Animation 
  • Seems to be the only way of doing any sort of decent damage to Madam Rouge in Teen Titans. She's damn near invulnerable to any kind of physical attacks.


Community Feedback Replies: 111
  • August 29, 2012
    Waterlily
    Does it count if they're made of something particularly flammable (like The Scarecrow from The Wizard Of Oz or the Sandalwood Girl from the Puddle Lane books)?
  • August 29, 2012
    MrRuano
    • This was one of the two main weaknesses of symbiotes like Venom and Carnage alongside sonics. Fire affects the latter even worse.
    • The Justice League's own Martian Manhunter has a noted psychological fear of fire.
  • August 29, 2012
    Nocturna
    ^^ Yes, that would count. It's still a weakness to fire, even if said weakness is mundane rather than mystical/magical.
  • August 29, 2012
    chicagomel
    What about the Elemental Rock Paper Scissors stuff, like Pokemon? I know Bug types are weak to fire, but I'm not sure what else. I want to say grass, but I can never keep 'em straight.
  • August 30, 2012
    Rognik
    ^Grass is part of the Elemental Rock Paper Scissors with water beating fire, and grass beating water. I think Ice might also be weak to fire, but I'm not an expert on Pokemon

    I do think listing all the instances of Elemental Rock Paper Scissors with fire in it would be a massive overlap. Fire is a common magical attack power, so this would be no small subset. However, there are plenty of instances of things being weak to fire that aren't Elemental Rock Paper Scissors, so this is still a valid trope.

    • Vampires in The World Of Darkness take aggravated damage from fire, as well as sunlight. These two substances are the only ways to truly kill a vampire.
  • August 30, 2012
    Andygal
    • Fire is the best way to take care of the wights in A Song Of Ice And Fire, they can also be hacked to pieces but fire is much easier.
  • August 30, 2012
    Astaroth
    Trolls in most Dungeons And Dragons settings have a Healing Factor which makes them almost impossible to kill unless they are hurt with either fire or acid.
  • August 30, 2012
    Koveras
    • The zombies in Nox will resurrect indefinitely upon being killed, unless killed with a fire spell or a fire-enchanted weapon.
  • August 30, 2012
    TheOneWhoTropes
    • Vampires in the Legacy Of Kain series can only be killed by four things: water, impalement, sunlight, and fire. In the first Soul Reaver, the Fire Reaver can shoot projectiles that one-hit kills them.
  • August 30, 2012
    ccoa
    Isn't The Undead being weak to fire covered by Elemental Rock Paper Scissors?
  • August 30, 2012
    Nocturna
    ^ Reading through, it is listed there, but that doesn't make much conceptual sense to me. The Undead are hardly an element, and they would usually be outside the circle of strengths and weaknesses which is the defining feature of Elemental Rock Paper Scissors. Anyone else have thoughts on the matter?
  • August 30, 2012
    Jir
    When told that Fire alone can save her clan Bluestar responds by saying, "But all clans fear fire,"
  • August 30, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons. The following creatures take more damage than normal from fire.
      • 1st and 2nd Edition
        • Adherer and mummy (from burning oil), witherweed (destroys), yeti (1.5 times as much)
        • 1 additional Hit Point per die of damage: creature mummy (from magical fire), dragons (blue, bronze, chromatic/Tiamat, Platinum/Bahamut, silver, white), Elemental Princes of Evil Cryonax and Olhydra, forest giant, marid, mummy (2nd Edition, from magical fire), treant, vampire tree, winter wolf
        • Double damage: adherer (2nd Edition, if it fails a saving throw vs. magical fire), bloodworm (giant), hoar fox, ice para-elemental, ice troll, shen lung (oriental dragon), tatterderanimal raggamoffyn
  • September 8, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    On that note, should there be a Super Trope for Elemental Weakness?
  • September 8, 2012
    Nocturna
    ^ Maybe. I'm not making it, though. I don't have time.
  • September 8, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • In Young Justice, Miss Martian is also weak against fire, and the weakness transmits when the Parasite takes her powers.
  • September 8, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ I can.
  • September 8, 2012
    popcorn815
    • oops

  • September 8, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    Q: "Does it count if they're made of something particularly flammable (like The Scarecrow from The Wizard Of Oz or the Sandalwood Girl from the Puddle Lane books)?" A: "Yes, that would count. It's still a weakness to fire, even if said weakness is mundane rather than mystical/magical."

    I am skeptical about this, but am unable to explain why. Elaborate? And what is "particularly" flammable? I would think an explicit mention of weakness to fire, at bare minimum, would be necessary for inclusion.
  • September 8, 2012
    Nocturna
    "Particularly flammable"=things which catch fire at lower temperatures and/or burn rapidly (e.g. straw and wood, from the examples). And yes, the weakness to fire would have to be mentioned/expressed/used in some way for this trope to apply--simple logic that a character ought to be highly flammable isn't enough, because the story doesn't actually establish that the character is indeed weak to fire. (IIRC, The Scarecrow avoids fire out of the fear of going up in flames, so he would count.)
  • September 11, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • From the early years of the Champions game (Enemies I, Enemies II, Enemies III): super characters who take more damage from fire.
      • Take increased STUN damage from fire attacks: Aerion, Black Mamba, Charger, Cobra, Foxbat, Frost, Grond, Raccoon, Wyvern
      • Take increased STUN and BODY damage from fire attacks: The Griffin, Mechassassin, Ray, Slug
      • Vulnerability to fire (takes STUN damage until unconscious, then takes BODY damage): Frost
  • September 11, 2012
    captainsandwich
    The hydra was prevented from regrowing heads by cauterizing the neck wounds. Last head was immortal, so it was buried under rock. Does that count?
  • September 11, 2012
    chicagomel
    Popped up several times in Angel, there were demons that had to be killed with fire. Not to mention the vampires on the Buffy The Vampire Slayer end.
  • September 11, 2012
    Tiiba
    I'm unclear on the details, but in Iria: Zeiram the Animation, there was a scene where some kind of monsters that Zeiram (summoned? created? gave birth to?) kept resisting everything soldiers threw at them. Then they tried fire, and it seemed to work at last. They were ready to celebrate when the monsters started moving again.
  • September 11, 2012
    Nocturna
    ^^^ It was defeated through fire--without the cauterization, the heads would have just kept re-growing. In this case, as it's an immortal being, defeat is important rather than death.
  • September 11, 2012
    TBTabby
    The zombies in Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure can only be damaged by fire-based attacks. If you don't have a Fire-type Skylander, you can damage them by pushing candles into them.
  • September 11, 2012
    LadyJuse
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Ice types are weak to Fire Types. Also are Grass, Bug and Steel.
  • September 12, 2012
    MiinU

    Video games

    • Majora's Mask: Link becomes vulnerable to fire while in his Deku Scrub form, and his Zora form. If he's hit by fire while wearing either mask, he can lose as many as 4-5 hearts. Plus, the game treats it as instant death, and restarts you at your last entry point.
  • September 12, 2012
    AnEditor
    In the description, in the part where it says "especially common among ice-type or water-type beings", perhaps you mean "ice-type or grass-type beings"? I thought that water-type beats fire-type.
  • September 12, 2012
    Koveras
    • The Thread in the Dragonriders Of Pern series is best dispatched with fire, which makes fire-breathing dragons the best defense against it.
  • September 12, 2012
    Rognik
    ^^This isn't Pokemon. You don't see a monstrous flower and call it a "Grass type". But monsters who have the properties of water or ice tend to have some bond with fire, however appropriate. I don't know if all plant-type monsters are weak to fire, or if some have immunity to it for kicks and giggles, but this is not Pokemon and don't confuse it for a basis of tropes.

    I remember someone mentioned fire being strong against undead. There's another thread called "fire purifies" and it should go there instead. You'd have to do the legwork yourself, though.
  • September 12, 2012
    Nocturna
    ^ That last point is a good one. I'll switch the example over eventually. I'm a little swamped at the moment.
  • September 15, 2012
    Nocturna
    ^ Actually, on second thought, no, the examples do belong here. It's still a weakness to fire, regardless of the reason. But they also logically fit with Fire Purifies. So I'm spinning off a subtrope.
  • September 15, 2012
    Goldfritha
    Webcomics
    • In No Rest For The Wicked, Perrault, to alert Red, tells the witch to avoid the fireplace, because after all fire is the traditional way of dealing with her kind. (It works, which is well, because Off With Her Head didn't.)
  • September 15, 2012
    Nocturna
    The undead-specific subtrope can be found here: Undeath Burns.
  • September 16, 2012
    elwoz
    Mythology: Hercules was only able to defeat the Hydra by cutting off each of its heads and then cauterizing the stumps before they could grow back. Thus, Older Than Dirt.
  • September 16, 2012
    MiinU

    Anime and Manga

    • Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit: The Ra Runga is intangible, which makes coventional weapons useless against it. Fire is it's only weakness, provided one first drinks the sap from a sig salua blossom, which allows you to cross over into Nayug, in order to touch it.
  • September 16, 2012
    Stratadrake
    It's too bad we can't name this something like If In Doubt Set It On Fire.
  • September 16, 2012
    Nocturna
    ^ That name would actually be closer to what the (proposed) new write-up for Kill It With Fire is about.
  • September 24, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Judges Guild modules
      • Operation Ogre. Ice Toads are said to take +50% damage from fire. In Dungeons And Dragons where ice toads originally came from, this was not the case.
      • New monsters in Tegel Manor. The Grease Wrack and Gold Spore Fungus were said to be "highly susceptible to fire". The Grease Wrack's description added that this caused it to take double damage, so this was presumably true of the Gold Spore Fungus as well.
  • September 25, 2012
    Rognik
    @elwoz: I don't think that's really being weak to fire so much as using fire to defeat a monster. It's not like the head was set on fire, but fire was used afterwards to defeat the hydra. Am I making the distinction clear here?

    (Also, his name is "Iolaus". Small detail there.)
  • October 4, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    Averted by the Human Torch (Johnny Storm of The Fantastic Four)? And his suit, too. Totally inflammable material.
  • October 4, 2012
    FantasyLiver
    The Ringwraiths in L Ot R shy away from fire if confronted with it.
  • October 4, 2012
    Nocturna
    ^ There's no evidence that it would actually damage them, though.
  • October 15, 2012
    ArcadesSabboth
    Correction on the index and the mythology example: Greek Mythology is Older Than Feudalism, not Dirt.

    Also, I think there are one or two ooze/slime-creatures in D&D (I want to say 2nd edition) that can only be killed by fire, or are best killed by fire.
  • January 5, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • Master Set. In the DM's Book, the Immortal artifact Armet By Weyland had several suggested handicaps, one of which was the wearer taking double damage from fire.
      • Imagine magazine #21 adventure "Do Not Ask For Whom The Bell Jingles". Frosty the Snowman takes double damage from fire attacks.
  • January 6, 2013
    randomsurfer
    On The Simpsons the Simpson backyard becomes the habitat of a rare endangered insect called the "Screamapiller," which is endangered because (among other things) it is sexually attracted to fire.
  • January 18, 2013
    elwoz
    Bump for hats.
  • January 18, 2013
    MokonaZero
    In Skyrim, Ice Trolls can regenerate health, but are weak to fire.
  • January 18, 2013
    Onitatsu
    In After The War, the Sentinel is afraid of fire, and the only way to actually damage it is with fire (gunfire will only stun it and sword wounds will just make it mad).
  • January 18, 2013
    TheAnswer
    Pokemon has Grass, Steel, and Ice types all are weak to fire.
  • January 18, 2013
    ZombieAladdin
    For the record, the types in Pokémon weak to Fire attacks are Grass, Bug, Ice, and Steel. The Bug/Steel type combination is weak to Fire and only to Fire.

    • In the Paper Mario series, fire is the only way to permanently take out a Dry Bones: While other attacks will knock it out after taking enough damage, it will crumble into a pile of bones and resurrect itself after a few turns. Contact with fire, however, will leave nothing behind. The game avoids Unwinnable situations when you're required to fight Dry Bones, however, in that they if all of the Dry Bones in the room are incapacitated at any given time, and there are no other enemies, they are permanently defeated.

    (Ah, nevermind. We have one that deals specifically with the undead.)

    • In Zatch Bell, the Mamodos, who are competing in a fighting tournament, can only be eliminated or disqualified from the tournament by getting his or her designated spellbook burned. In nearly all cases, this is in the hands of a Muggle who is aware of the competition.
  • January 19, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    For a name, how about Super Flammable?

    Also, this YKTTW: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=8xb3dzj942rs4hk2vuxa9fzt (Sweats Napalm) appears to be an older draft of/attempt at either this, though not connected to the current systematic cleanup/redefinition of Kill It With Fire. I suggest merging.
  • January 19, 2013
    TheAnswer
    ^^ Right, sorry I forget about the Bugs.
  • January 23, 2013
    Lunatic
    What about the name "Burning Weakness"?
  • May 26, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Alternity supplement Beyond Science: A Guide to FX. Vampires take an extra point of damage from all fire based attacks.
  • May 27, 2013
    BearyScary
    Role Playing Games
    • In Pokemon, Fire-type attacks are super effective against Bug, Ice, Steel, and Grass-type Pokemon, and a Pokemon that is dual-typed Steel/Bug is only weak to a Fire-type attack.
  • May 28, 2013
    Melkior
    Comic Books:
    • Used in a Legion of Super Heroes story when the Legion members are asked to retrieve an object from a volcano by a creature they have doubts about. Their doubts prove correct but so too do their suspicions about why the creature couldn't retrieve the object himself. The Legion have made appropriate preparations. Element Lad creates white phosphorus inside the box the item is in, so when the creature opens the box the phosphorus spontaneously ignites, weakening the creature.
  • May 28, 2013
    TheTitan99
    • In Dragons Dogma, several types of enemies are weak to fire, which your pawns are more than willing to shout over and over again.
  • July 11, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    Andariel of Diablo fame is the only one of the Seven Great Evils who is weak to fire -- she has negative Fire Resistance of -50 across all three difficulties of Diablo II, making fiery spells and attacks a good way to take her down.
  • July 11, 2013
    DAN004
    I guess many examples already from Kill It With Fire can fit here. Though personally I'm a bit sad for killing a Trope Names From Memes.

    Anyways...
    • In Mega Man Zero, ice-elemental bosses are weak to fire. This leads to some awkward situations when some of those bosses are underwater.
  • August 7, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Toon supplement Tooniversal Tour Guide, chapter "Crawl of Catchoolu". The fish-like Deep Clowns take double damage from fire.
  • August 7, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch plz.
  • February 7, 2014
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • Supplement FR4 The Magister. Anyone wearing a Cloak of Guarding takes maximum damage from any attack based on heat, with no saving throw allowed to reduce the damage.
  • February 7, 2014
    KantonKage
    • In Pokemon, Paras and Parasect deserve a special mention for being the only Pokemon that has a weakness multiplied by five and it so happens to be fire.
  • February 7, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Comic Books
    • In DC Comics' Justice League universe, white martians have a physical vulnerability to fire as their only weakness. In the "Terror Incognita" story arc, a regiment of white martians banished the Justice League to the Phantom Zone, and almost expunged humanity from planet Earth.
  • February 7, 2014
    Green5
    Does this mean only elemental weakness, or can also include tactical weakness? If inclusive:

    • The Spy from Team Fortress 2 is particularly ineffective when burning, as it reveals him while cloaked. This can be avoided with the Dead Ringer, which drops a dead burning body while the real Spy escapes, but the real Spy can still be set on fire.
  • February 8, 2014
    AndyGHKTropes
    Not sure if this counts, but

    TV Tropes

    • Several well-known and prevalent tropes are based on a character being weak against fire, such as Kill It With Fire and (insert more here)

    Internet

    • Spiders and other squicky creatures have a reputation on the internet for this. In fact, most people like to say that fire is the only way to kill them, going to the length of burning their entire houses down to kill a single one of them.

    Edit: fixed format because I remembered how to do so.
  • February 8, 2014
    AndyGHKTropes
    Also how do I format even.
  • February 8, 2014
    AndyGHKTropes
    Thirdly, potential names?

    • Aversion to Flame

    • Burning Hatred

    • Fear of Fire
  • February 8, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ Burning Hatred sounds like a great redirect for Burning With Anger.

    Fiery Fragility? Blazing Weakness?
  • February 8, 2014
    Astaroth
    • Fou-Lu in Breath Of Fire IV is a god with an affinity to water, and has a corresponding weakness towards fire. Yohm, a general who has been tasked with destroying him, exploits this by summoning monsters with fire attacks for Fou-Lu to do battle with, arming his soldiers with burning arrows, and at one point starting a forest fire to flush Fou-Lu out of hiding.

    BTW, Burn The Undead and Fire Keeps It Dead have both launched
  • February 8, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    Threw a link to The Elric Saga in The Sailor on the Seas of Fate example.
  • February 8, 2014
    DAN004
    I love Weak To Fire already
  • March 20, 2014
    Arivne
    Other Sites
    • SCP Foundation, SCP-492 "Animated Cloth Dummy". Because SCP-492 is made of cloth it is extremely flammable, and it has an understandable intense fear of fire.
  • March 20, 2014
    DAN004
    Launch plz.
  • March 25, 2014
    Arivne
    Other Sites
    • SCP Foundation, SCP-615 "Stick Blob". SCP-615 is a huge mass of dead plant matter that has somehow become intelligent and gained mobility. Because of its nature it is highly flammable. It seems to know of its vulnerability and tries to avoid fire as much as it can.
  • July 5, 2014
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters adventure "A Fair Ruling". A nature spirit made out of kudzu and flowers demands human sacrifices in return for good crops. It is strongly resistant to most forms of physical damage but fire is an effective weapon against it.
  • July 6, 2014
    DAN004
    Launch plz.
  • July 6, 2014
    Snicka
    Another example from The Lord Of The Rings: The Nazgul are stated to be weak to fire; Aragorn chases away five of them with a burning torch (this is despite that their master, Sauron, clearly has a fire theme).
  • July 6, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ more like Sauron having a fiery theme being the reason the Nazgul are under his command. :P
  • July 6, 2014
    Astaroth
    Can we declare this Up For Grabs?
  • July 6, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ yes.
  • July 6, 2014
    MrL1193
    Can we get a better name? Weak To Fire is dull to the point that it almost sounds like People Sit On Chairs if you don't bother to look into the details.
  • July 6, 2014
    DAN004
  • July 8, 2014
    Snicka
  • July 8, 2014
    DAN004
    Compare Damage Is Fire

    • In Mega Man Zero, even though he's not an ice elemental, Anubis Necromances III takes more damage to fire attacks. Because he has an undead theme and thus is weak against fire.
  • July 9, 2014
    Arivne
    Seconding Vulnerable To Fire.
  • August 17, 2014
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Champions (cont.)
      • The Coriolis Effect adventure
        • Earth Elemental I: Takes x2 STUN and BODY damage from fire attacks, 2d6 Susceptibility (Stun and Body damage) from contact with fire.
        • Earth Elemental II: 1d6 Susceptibility (Stun damage) from contact with fire.
        • Coriolis: 1d6 Susceptibility (Stun and Body damage) from contact with fire.
      • V.O.I.C.E. of Doom adventure
        • The superhero Black Phantom takes double normal STUN from fire attacks.
        • The villainesses Black Raven and Blue Eel take double normal STUN damage from heat/fire attacks.
      • Wrath of the Seven Horsemen adventure
        • The superheroine Northern Star takes 2d6 STUN from elemental attacks (including fire).
        • Elder White Crawlers, White Crawler Larvae and the supervillain Plague take double normal STUN and BODY from fire-based attacks. The Black Death takes 1d6 damage per turn from fire.
        • The supervillain Plague takes 3d6 STUN and BODY from contact with fire in addition to the damage from fire-based attacks above. The supervillain Dread takes 1.5 times the normal BODY damage from fire attacks.
      • Fantasy Hero Companion
      • Water elementals take double Stun damage from fire.
      • Frost giants take double Stun and 1.5 times normal Body damage fron fire and heat.
  • August 18, 2014
    DAN004
    It is tagged Up For Grabs. Who wanna grab this?
  • August 18, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    Sorry but this is exactly the same as Kill It With Fire. Burn the undead? Really, this is all the same trope. As a general rule, fire always works. The exception being against thermophiles, which are few and far between, and certain cases of Taking You With Me, such as eucalyptus trees which explode on fire and poison ivy, which releases toxic fumes when brunt.

    I suppose if there was some kind of Rock Monster, fire might not be the best option either, but they are exceptions. In real life, all but a select few things, living or otherwise, are susceptible to fire, just like many things breathe. Now, if we did not already have a page about destroying things with fire or if this page was broader in scope than kill it in fire, I could except it. But neither applies here. To be fair, I'll wait a day for a response, then I'm docking a hat.
  • August 18, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ you haven't read the very top of the draft, then.
  • August 18, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    So this where I started getting accused of not reading descriptions. Yes, yes I have. I haven't read the trope repair shop discussion but I really don't care. When the definition of Kill It With Fire changes from "Fire Works Well Killing This Thing" to anything else, then maybe this won't be an overly narrow, unneeded "subtrope".

    Not only is almost everything susceptible to fire, but there is already a page about weaknesses to fire. Making another hardly seems like a solution to Playing With Fire and Pyromaniac's misuse.

    That is unless you're talking about burn the undead's top draft. That page was launched before I could protest but I feel the same way about it. I'd even accept burn the body, just because it might not have anything to do with monster weaknesses but is already completely covered, Kill It With Fire description hasn't changed in anyway that isn't a larger amount of text restating what it is. I fail to see what a narrower duplicate will fix.
  • August 18, 2014
    DAN004
    This isn't even a subtrope. Kill It With Fire will be cut listed once this is launched.
  • August 18, 2014
    DAN004
    This isn't even a subtrope. Kill It With Fire will be cut listed once this is launched.
  • August 19, 2014
    SeptimusHeap
    Kill It With Fire's TRS thread was closed down a while ago. In order to get it cut, you'd need to restart the thread.
  • August 19, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ I guess this is going to be a hard work...

    Better save it for later, methinks.
  • September 9, 2014
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • World Of Synnibarr. The Aquarian race and moon drakes take double damage from heat and fire attacks.
  • September 30, 2014
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • GURPS Technomancer. The Walking Cactus creature takes double damage from fire.
  • October 13, 2014
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Shadowrun
      • In the 1st Edition supplement Paranormal Animals of North America, the following creatures have an allergy (vulnerability) to fire: the Fideal (increases damage by 1 wound category), Icedrake (inflicts a plus 1 penalty to all of its target numbers) and Snow Snake (increases damage by 1 wound category).
      • In the 2nd Edition main rules the Water Elemental spirit has a Vulnerability to fire (increases damage by 1 wound category).
  • October 13, 2014
    Spindriver
    The effectiveness of fire against the troll in Anderson's Three Hearts and Three Lions lies in the fact that it prevents the monster from regenerating (i.e. killing it permanently, as the troll normally regenerates even if dismembered). This very clearly influenced the D&D troll — which in turn influenced trolls in virtually every subsequent fantasy RPG. I don't think that trolls functioned like this previously; nowadays, gamers take it for granted that trolls regenerate, except from fire damage.

  • October 13, 2014
    Bisected8
    Often a means of dealing with a Reviving Enemy.
  • October 13, 2014
    Spindriver
    Webcomics:

    • Several characters in Webcomic/Spinnerette just correctly assume that heat and fire is the correct way to finish putting down the super-regenerating Complete Monster Colonel Glass; see here.
  • May 8, 2015
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Arduin RPG, The Compleat Arduin Book 2: Resources
      • The Airshark is a Living Gasbag that can fly because of the hydrogen gas bladders in its body. Fire-based attacks against them can cause them to explode in a fireball that is 5 feet in diameter for each 10 Hit Points the airshark has.
      • Blue Slime takes double normal damage from the fire attacks by Efreet, Phoenix and Dragons.
      • The Bore Bug is a bright orange cockroach that takes 25% more damage than normal from heat-based attacks, including fire.
      • Because of their fur coats, Dire Wolves take half damage from cold but double damage from fire.
      • Demons
        • Ice Demons take 50% more damage from fire.
        • The Greater Demon Vorcas Hell Jaws takes the form of a two legged shark who lives mostly in water. He takes 50% more damage than usual from heat and fire.
      • Dragon, Ice: Fire and heat do double normal damage against it.
      • Elemental, Wood: Takes double damage from normal and magikal fire.
      • Freeze bees can inject a poison that freezes victims solid. Because of their affinity for cold and ice they take double damage from fire.
      • Giant, Ice: takes 20% more damage from fire.
      • Golems
        • Clay Golems regenerate all damage from non-magickal weapons. If hit by a fire/heat attack that does as many Hit Points of damage as the Golem itself has, its armor value is improved (like pottery being fired in a kiln) but its speed is reduced and it no longer regenerates non-magickal weapon damage.
        • Snow Golems take double normal damage from fire.
        • Wooden Golems take 150% of normal damage from fire.
      • Harpies take double damage from all forms of fire and heat.
      • If a Maggoth (giant slug) takes 15 or more Hit Points of damage from fire it has a 25% chance of being set on fire and continuing to take damage thereafter.
      • Perrinites are a humanoid crossbreed between Elves and Dryads that take double damage from fire.
      • The Shambler appears to be a pile of trash, twigs and earth. Taking even a single Hit Point of magikal fire damage causes it to instantly burn up like a bonfire.
      • Snow Snakes look like translucent icicles and their bite injects a poison that freezes its victim solid. They take double damage from fire.
      • Snow Spiders live in places where there is year-round snow. They take at least double normal damage from heat (including fire).
      • The Snow Tiger is a cold-loving great cat that takes double damage from any kind of heat, including fire.
      • Trolls can regenerate 1 Hit Point of damage per melee round, making them difficult to kill. Damage caused by fire only heals at a rate of 1 Hit Point per day. Burning a troll to ash is the best way to kill it.
  • May 31, 2015
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Varanae generic RPG supplement Monstrum 1
      • The Gusher is a pool of living oil. Not only does it take double damage from fire, but any creature that it envelops will take the increased damage as well.
      • The Snow Shark swims through ice and snow like a normal shark swimming through water. It takes double damage from fire.
  • June 20, 2015
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Mayfair Games' generic supplement Undead. If a Death Dragon takes more than 25 Hit Points of heat damage (such as from fire) while flying, the ice covering its wings will begin to melt and it will be forced to land. If it takes more than 40 Hit Points of heat damage it will plummet to the ground and take falling damage. In either case it won't be able to fly again for 1-20 combat rounds.
  • June 21, 2015
    Exxolon
    The Dungeons and Dragons 1st edition magical item "Sword +1, flame tongue" gave bonuses to hit and damage of +2 vs. regenerating creatures, +3 vs. cold-using, inflammable, or avian creatures and +4 vs. undead.
  • September 8, 2015
    Arivne
  • September 8, 2015
    WalterSmith
    Real Life
    • Although every living creature can be killed by fire, animals without a proper skin just melt like goo (e.g. jellyfish, most amphibians, cephalopods) whenever the temperature reaches an unbearable limit. For thay matter, many types of viri, bacteria, fungi and toxins can be destroyed by increasing an environment's temperature for several minutes. That's the reason our body reacts to diseases with fevers and also the main motivation we are used to cooking meat and mushrooms with boiling water or oven-like tools.

    Videogames
    • From Pokemon special mention goes to those Pokemon evolutionary lines which have a quadruple weakness over fire: Parasect, Scizor, Escavalier, Genesect, Wormadam, Abomasnow, Forretress, Durant, Ferrothorn and Leavanny. Most of them would be unstoppable without this proper weakness. Thus, in a case of Tropes Are Not Bad, it balances both the metagame and the in-game battles.
  • September 27, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump

    Cuz we need to clear the confusion that is Kill It With Fire
  • April 9, 2016
    Piando
    Bump. Should we launch this trope?
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