Created By: TippyToeZombieJune 1, 2011

Lead By Fire

The leader of a group of people has powers related to fire

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Up For Grabs, Needs More Examples. In a show with elemental themes the leader of the protagonists will often be the character who can control Fire.

Anime/Manga: In Digimon Frontier Takuya has control over Fire.

Toys: In at least the original Bionicle the Fire Toa was the leader.
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  • June 2, 2011
    What is the significance of this trope, other than noting that there exists an area of intersection between Leader tropes and Fire-based power tropes?
  • June 3, 2011
    That's pretty much it, I've just noticed that it happens a lot.
  • June 3, 2011
    Sounds valid to me.

  • June 4, 2011
    • Ryu from Ronin Warriors, uses the fire element and is the groups leader.
  • June 5, 2011
    Gandalf from The Lord Of The Rings specializes in fire.
  • June 6, 2011
    ^ Really?

    Seconding c0ry: Is there a unique/special significance to The Hero Playing With Fire?
  • June 6, 2011
    He has the elven ring of fire, but what magic we seem him do doesn't really have anything to do with fire. Gandalf isn't really the leader, either. He's basically just one guy who is trying to get everyone else on board with battling Sauron/Mordor, he might try issuing orders by for the most part Gondor and Rohan and everyone pretty much do their own thing.

    And I think the significance of the hero having fire is that they are passionate, you know?
  • June 6, 2011
    It makes sense if you equate Elemental Powers to ream roles. If The Hero is a fire-wielder, there's a good chance they'll be Hot Blooded. The earth user tends to be The Big Guy, but can also be mellow and sagely. Water is nurturing, but can also be The Lancer to fire, etc.

    And for an example:

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  • July 21, 2011
    @Bisected8 -- for the Golden Sun example, Issac is a Venus adept (not Jupiter) which is earth.
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  • July 21, 2011
    See also Redheaded Hero.
  • July 21, 2011
    @X 2 X -- I don't think there is a difference between a Hot Blooded fire-powered leader and a Hot Blooded fire-powered non-leader that is sufficient enough to trope.
  • July 21, 2011
    Natsu from Fairy Tail is a subversion. He is The Hero, but not exactly the leader. Although he is usually the one to take down the arc's Big Bad, Erza outranks him.
  • July 21, 2011
    i mean you can probably draw parallels to fire being related to light and energy, and maybe by conjecture say that in ancient times or even caveman days those who knew how to make and use torches and such were powerful, and how fire can light the way through things, etc. etc.

    the leader of the mystic knights of tir na nog is a fire type tai, takuya and masaru from digimon are all fire types mario of the super mario series is primarily a fire type though he can change abilities with items

    i mean fire heroes are fairly common, but i can think of a fair few light, water, wind, and non elemental heroes too.
  • July 21, 2011

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