Created By: Fandalg on August 27, 2011 Last Edited By: Fandalg on January 19, 2013

Sweats Napalm

An enemy is extremely flammable for no observable reason.

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In modern media, especially with video games, many creatures are easily set ablaze when coming into contact with a fire source...

ANY fire source.

Campfires? Yep. Touching Lava? ESPECIALLY Lava. Wooden Torches? Of course.

Spray Cans, lighters, road flares, incendiary ammo, matches, lasers, angry thoughts, and much, MUCH more will often send these unfortunately volatile critters into an agonizing but strangely hilarious fit of thrashing and shrieking before collapsing into a burnt-out husk.

Pass the marshmallows!

Note that this trope goes somewhat deeper than Kill It with Fire. In Kill It with Fire, the enemies are being burned to death by a perceivably dangerous or active fire source (such as from a flamethrower, magic, or a Hollywood explosion). A creature that Sweats Napalm, has not only a weakness to fire, but completely bursts into flames on contact and keeps burning until either the flames are somehow quenched (which is nearly impossible considering how aggressively they burn), or there isn't much left of the creature to burn and the fire is exhausted. They usually burn to death within seconds and are reduced to unrecognizable heaps of charred meat. Double points if said creatures can inadvertently light EACH OTHER on fire as well.


Examples:

Film
  • Twilight: Vampires in Twilight seem to have varying degrees of flammability. In the first movie, the protagonists kill and burn a vampire in a large fire. In the third film, Edward throws a lighter on a recently killed vampire. Both methods of burning resulted in vampire flambé. Even the latter's clothing rapidly burned away.
  • The Ring Wraiths in Lord of the Rings will burst into flames if they come in contact with a fire source. Aragorn uses this to an incredibly effective degree when he lights up half of them and hurls the torch so hard that it embeds into one's face. Didn't really seem to deter them for long, though
  • In Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Obi-wan kills the cyborg General Grievous by using a discarded blaster to shoot Grievous' few remaining organic parts. He quickly catches on fire, and Grievous' face explodes

Literature

Liveaction Television

Tabletop Games
  • Vampires in New World of Darkness are highly flammable, though they appear to be just as moist as any other person.

Video Games
  • AdventureQuest: Werewolves originally had a large weakness to fire. Eventually each update made them even weaker to the point to where they would burn from the weakest fire sources. Even normal Wolves aren't spared from the blazing weakness.
  • Left 4 Dead series: The Infected in Left 4 Dead can be lit up from somewhat understandable sources, such as Molotov cocktails and to a stretch, incendiary ammo. However it's most obvious when the zombies toast themselves doing relatively not-deadly things such as vaulting over burn barrels or stepping on smoldering coals. Said things at their WORST would inflict minor burning and welting. The playable "Special Infected" can be set ablaze by small sources as well, and will actively burn for up to an entire minute (depending on HP) before suddenly dropping dead; rendered to a charred heap.
  • Half-Life The headcrab zombies burn pretty easily in the sequel, though everything else does as well. Road flares and even small debris fires will send even heavily armored Combine troops aflame.
  • Enemies in the game adaptation of The Thing will ignite at small fire sources. They may light each other on fire if they collide with one another, and may even light the player up as well.
  • TimeSplitters: Played straight for every enemy.
  • In earlier versions of Grand Theft Auto, characters are also extremely flammable. In fact, just bumping into a flaming person may also set you off too.

  • The Legend of Zelda: It is typical of Zoras to be weak to fire. While donning the Zora's mask in the aptly named Majora's Mask, contact with any fire source will immediately kill you, the last few seconds before continuing show Zora Link bursting into flames and collapsing.


Community Feedback Replies: 35
  • August 27, 2011
    Ryusui
    What part of the trope name is supposed to imply that this is exclusive to undead?
  • August 28, 2011
    Fandalg
    Hmm, I'll have to expand the working title, then. I've noticed it isn't just exclusive to the dead and the like, but It wouldn't really include, say tree-people. I guess the point of the trope is when a particular kind of creature is pretty flammable, despite there being no reasons to justify it... Undead just stand out over everything else. There may be more varied examples.
  • August 28, 2011
    wanderlustwarrior
    Why not just Vam Pyre then?
  • August 28, 2011
    Bisected8
    • Timesplitters has this for every character, including the undead ones.
  • August 28, 2011
    somerandomdude
  • August 28, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    while that is an awesome pun, it implies it covers vampires exclusively.
  • August 28, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    The Dry Bones enemies in the Paper Mario games take incredible amounts of damage from fire-based attacks (including explosions). Such attacks are also the only way to permanently defeat them besides removing them from battle.
  • August 28, 2011
    SKJAM
    Sometimes justified by the undead critters in question being so dessicated that they would, in fact, be that flammable (but logically, they'd also be extremely brittle--rare but sometimes also thrown in.)
  • August 28, 2011
    MinotaurWarrior
    In the New World Of Darkness, it is repeatedly mentioned that vampires are both more easily set alight and more damaged by flames, even though they're just as moist as the next guy.

    I'm not 100% sure the next example fits. It's not about the undead, and it might just fall under some other videogame trope's dominion.

    In Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines, there is a level where the player combats several insane enemies in a mansion. Later in the level, an entirely different sort of madman lights the place on fire. Fortunately, all the wooden boards and wallpapered hallways you must pass through to reach safety are fire free. Unfortunately, your path is full of immolated madmen. Apparently, crazy people are more flammable than wood.
  • August 28, 2011
    Fandalg
    Yeah, SKJAM's justification is briefly mentioned in the Kill It With Fire page, where really old undead (like mummies) are really dried up and wrapped in all manner of flammable goodness.
  • August 28, 2011
    Fandalg
    I'm assuming something in the zombification process converts all that water in your body to pure gasoline.
  • August 28, 2011
    Hadashi
    Sweats Explodium or similar? Vam Pyre is good.

    Gasoline is not a particularly universal word.
  • August 28, 2011
    Ryusui
    Why not simply Implausibly Flammable?
  • August 28, 2011
    Fandalg
    Hadashi: Yeah, I was worried about that. IIRC the term Gasoline is used just in the US alone. I'm not creative with titles, though I do like Vam Pyre. Implausibly Flammable is easier to search, though I'm a sucker for snarky trope titles.
  • August 28, 2011
    Ryusui
    Or perhaps Made Of Incendium?
  • August 28, 2011
    somerandomdude
  • August 29, 2011
    MinotaurWarrior
  • August 29, 2011
    Frank75
    Vam Pyre is cool, but indistinguishable from Vampyre. (Vam-Pyre?)
  • August 29, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    The name is actually amusing. Pyre, as in funeral pyre, as in burning dead people; Vam as in dead people.

    That Adventure Quest browser game used to give Werewolves a massive fire weakness. No explanation was given, but they continued to play with the concept, spreading the vulnerability to non-were wolves, and even making a wolf that actually caught on fire when hit with a fire attack.

    Several RP Gs give Skeletons Fire-weaknesses. The bandaged ones, I could maybe make sense of, but even the bare-bones Skeletons seem to have this weakness in several games.
  • August 29, 2011
    Fandalg
    I like Sweats Napalm. I can't believe I didn't think about that. "Sweats Napalm" is more universal than Gasoline.

    As far as I know, dry bones don't actually burn that easily... You'd think they would, but I suppose the fact that they mostly consist of crystallized Calcium makes them less likely to burn.
  • August 29, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    "Dry Bones" is the name of the skeleton enemies.
  • August 29, 2011
    Fandalg
    Oh, heh, I know about the Dry Bones in Mario. I mean actual "dry bones". :P dried out bones are actually really difficult to burn.
  • August 30, 2011
    BraveHoratio
    Is the Older Than Steam example meant to say that this trope is Older Than Steam, or is it a reference to a specific work? The italicization is confusing me.

    Anyway, if the etymology of Vampire as vampyre is intended to be genuine...then it isn't. The etymology of vampire is huge and controversial and does not, to the best of my knowledge, include any connection to "pyre."

    It's still an awesome pun - it just shouldn't be treated as uncontrovertible fact.

    Also, do Sith count? That at least was my take-home message from the Star Wars prequels: Sith are extremely flammable.

    Justified in the case of the Scarecrow in the Wizard Of Oz
  • August 30, 2011
    Abodos
    How about naming it Made Of Ignitium? It would make it a good snowclone of Made Of Explodium, which is the same as this trope except with "catch on fire" replaced with "explode."
  • August 30, 2011
    Bisected8
    • The Video Game sequal to The Thing had pretty much anything burn to death from the smallest spark; good news if you want to kill infected creatures, bad news if the main character or an NPC walks into one....
  • August 31, 2011
    MetaFour
    • In Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith, Obi-wan kills the cyborg General Grievous by using a discarded blaster to shoot Grievous' few remaining organic parts. These catch on fire, and Grievous' face explodes.
  • August 31, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    I second Made Of Ignitium. Snowclones are useful tools for creating meaningful names where language fails.
  • August 31, 2011
    Fandalg
    I'm torn between "Sweats Napalm" and "Made of Ignitium". Snowclones make tropes easier to search, I think...

    Also, does anyone consider vampires bursting into flames on contact with sunlight a feasible example? A lot of movies and games seem different on this. Some vampires just die or shrivel up, while others become Human Torches
  • August 31, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    ^ I think it's best to leave combustible Vampires to Our Vampires Are Different. Let that page nickle and dime the subtle differences between the emission spectrum of different Vampires.
  • August 31, 2011
    NinetyThree
    An early episode of Angel features a demonic parasite with a weakness to fire. Despite it being solidly inside its host, when the host gets too close to a burning barrel, he ignites, turning into a human fireball within seconds.
  • September 2, 2011
    Bisected8
    In Eternal Darkness, the (madness aligned) Xel'lotath zombies and the (Big Goodish) Matarok zombies are instantly ignited and killed if attacked with a torch (semi-justified, as the former are dessicated, bandaged corpses and the later are powered by a severely weakened god). This is good, since Xel'lotath's zombies are otherwise able to regrow ghostlike limbs when you hack them off (which drains a lot of sanity).
  • September 2, 2011
    Speedball
    I would have gone for "Sweats Lighter Fluid," maybe. Napalm makes it sound almost like it's setting itself on fire.
  • March 26, 2012
    RazorSmile
    Legacy Of Kain: In Soul Reaver, if you so much as brush the mook vamps with a lit torch, push them into a campfire or a patch of sunlight, they will go up like the Fourth of July.
  • January 19, 2013
    RoninCatholic
    Wait...don't we already have this one?
  • January 19, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    ^ Yep.

    Kill It With Fire is currently in TRS in the process of splitting into about half-a-dozen tropes. This is basically a duplicate of Weak to Fire (current working title). I don't know which was started first, but I think the content of this one should just be merged into Weak to Fire.

    In particular, the description from this one is a lot wittier and less dry, while the Weak to Fire YKKTW is more clearly distinguished in relation to the other post-Kill It With Fire tropes, and I think it has more examples.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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