Created By: Earnest on June 7, 2011 Last Edited By: Earnest on June 16, 2011
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Aflame with Anger

So angry, you literally burst into flames.

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Your Twilight Sparkle has Evolved into Rapidash!

A common way of showing extreme anger for a character is to have them burst (whole or in part) into flame. This can either be a visual metaphor for anger or literal if they have fire-manipulating abilities.

Much like hot sauce, comes in weak, mild, hot, and volcanic. The hotter the anger, the more of these combine.

If the character has Pyrokinesis, Power Incontinence, and is Hot-Blooded, anything that causes anger is likely to manifest this way. If the flames don't cause property damage they're probably Cold Flames.

Compare Demon Head, High-Pressure Emotion and Nightmare Face. Compare Turns Red, a mostly Video Game equivalent dealing with heightened difficulty that sometimes involves this. Not to be confused with Angst Nuke, which is not just a visual metaphor, but actually dangerous.

Anime and Manga

Film
  • Charlie in Fire Starter has Pyrokinesis and Power Incontinence, but when she's angry at somebody else, she doesn't burst into flame -- THEY DO. And ditto the Roaring Rampageof Revenge at the end of the film.
  • Hades in Hercules always has a blue flame of hair on his head, when he gets mad it flares up, goes red and/or his whole body erupts in flame depending on the level of anger.

Literature
  • In the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, fire witches' hair bursts into flame whenever they become ticked off.

Web Comics
  • Bob and George: Bob has fire producing/manipulating abilities so he tends to go through all the phases depending on just how mad he gets.

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Western Animation
  • Katie Kaboom does this on Animaniacs once a month.
  • The villain named Father from Codename: Kids Next Door can coat himself with and manipulate fire, but he flares up accordingly as he gets angrier.
  • Wanda of Fairly OddParents has gotten angry enough that the flames show up in her eyes, and her hair lights on fire.
    • Vicky has also gotten angry enough that the flames show up in her eyes.
  • In the 2002 He-Man cartoon when Skeletor got mad his otherwise empty eye sockets would form glowing red lights in them. The madder he was the bigger and brighter they got. (may not be actual fire so much as magical energy but same principle)
  • In the Looney Tunes short "My Favorite Duck", Porky Pig gets so angry he bursts into flames, is reduced to ashes, then reforms out of a column of smoke.
  • Raven from the animated Teen Titans gets blue flames shooting from her head when angry at her annoying teammates.
  • The above picture is from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Feeling Pinky Keen."

Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • June 7, 2011
    Nocturna
    I could swear we have this already, because I remember the image of Raven from the animated Teen Titans, blue flames shooting from her head, being used on the page. However, I can't find that page.
  • June 7, 2011
    zero24
  • June 8, 2011
    Rolf
    Goes Red something? If not this trope then related...
  • June 8, 2011
    dalek955
    [[never mind]]
  • June 8, 2011
    TooBah
    Hades in Hercules does the "Hair bursts into flames" type.
  • June 8, 2011
    Damr1990
    related to the actual Picture, may i suggest to add a related text to that pic "Your Twiligth Sparkle has Evolved into Rapidash"
  • June 8, 2011
    hotrods4ben
    I suppose this could either be a visual metaphor or literal if they have fire-manipulating abilities, right?
  • June 8, 2011
    CAD
    Not to be confused with Angst Nuke, which is not just a visual metaphor, but actually dangerous.

    @Rolf: It's Turns Red, but it's mostly a video game trope.
  • June 8, 2011
    JonnyB
    Charlie in Fire Starter?
  • June 8, 2011
    Rolf
    Ahh could add this then...

    Compare to Turns Red.
  • June 9, 2011
    Stratadrake
  • June 9, 2011
    henke37
    Since you forgot to list it, I might as well remind you to:
    • Twilight Sparkle
  • June 9, 2011
    zero24
    Is "Twiligth" in the caption supposed to be spelled like that, though? Also, "lenght" under the hot category.

    ... Sorry.
  • June 9, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Charlie in Fire Starter has Pyrokinesis and Power Incontinence, but when she's angry at somebody else, she doesn't burst into flame -- THEY DO. And ditto the Roaring Rampageof Revenge at the end of the film.
    • Wanda of Fairly Odd Parents has gotten angry enough that the flames show up in her eyes, and her hair lights on fire.
      • Vicky has also gotten angry enough that the flames show up in her eyes.
  • June 9, 2011
    Nocturna
    Web Original: That Guy With The Glasses explodes multiple times in The Nostalgia Critic review of Quest For Camelot, culminating in a nuclear blast. You can watch it here. (Not recommended for anyone who will be offended by him utterly dissing the movie; also NSFW due to loud swearing and one very violent clip from a different movie).
  • June 10, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Sanji in One Piece
  • June 10, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Katie Kaboom does this on Animaniacs once a month.
  • June 10, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    Note on the Hercules example- Hades always has a blue flame of hair on his head when he gets mad it flairs up, goes red and/or his whole body erupts in flame.

    Bob and George: Bob has fire producing/manipulating abilities so he tends to go through all the phases depending on just how mad he gets.

    in the 2002 He-Man cartoon when Skeletor got mad his otherwise empty eye sockets would form glowing red lights in them. The madder he was the bigger and brighter they got. (may not be actual fire so much as magical energy but same principle)
  • June 10, 2011
    Earnest
    @ zero24 and henke37: Thanks for the heads up.
  • June 10, 2011
    StarryEyed
  • June 11, 2011
    Arivne
  • June 11, 2011
    TonyG
    In the Looney Tunes short "My Favorite Duck", Porky Pig gets so angry he bursts into flames, is reduced to ashes, then reforms out of a column of smoke.
  • June 11, 2011
    zero24
    Edit: linked to the recap for the My Little Pony example
  • June 12, 2011
    hevendor717
    The villain Father from Codename Kids Next Door can coat himself with and manipulate fire, but he flares up accordingly as he gets angrier.
  • June 12, 2011
    Stratadrake
    @Arivne: No, "mad" could mean insanity (as is the case with Laughing Mad).

    I suggested Burning With Anger for being clear, concise, and a nice play on words. Almost sounds like an Elemental Power, even.
  • June 14, 2011
    Nocturna
    • In the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, fire witches' hair bursts into flame whenever they become ticked off.
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