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Aflame with Anger
So angry, you literally burst into flames.


(permanent link) added: 2011-06-07 18:54:46 sponsor: Earnest (last reply: 2011-06-16 18:20:25)

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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.

Web Original

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."

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