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->''"Some say the world will end in fire,\\
Some say [[EvilIsDeathlyCold in ice]].\\
From what I've tasted of desire,\\
I hold with those who favor fire..."''
-->-- '''Creator/RobertFrost''', "Fire and Ice"

Fire is destructive, chaotic, and painful to touch. It has destroyed buildings, killed millions of people, and scarred others. Because of all the destruction and blood lost to it, it will often be associated with evil. Whether it's [[TechnicolorFire orange, red, blue, or green]], it's always going to be evil. The fire doesn't even have to be your ordinary campfire, it could be the [[{{Hellfire}} unholy fires]] of FireAndBrimstoneHell itself or a similarly evil variant.

This trope has many uses. Fire could be used to create the atmosphere for the BigBad's throne room or arena. A VolcanoLair or even a big fiery place with lots of volcanoes could be the [[{{Mordor}} domain]] of the evil emperor. The villain may have [[PlayingWithFire control over fire]], appear WreathedInFlames, or even be (literally) [[MyBloodRunsHot hot blooded]] themselves. But, nonetheless, fire will be associated with evil.

Can occasionally overlap with LightIsNotGood since fire also produces light. [[OppositeTropes Contrast]] with EvilIsDeathlyCold and HolyBurnsEvil. For a different kind of "hot", see EvilIsSexy.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Taken further by the villain Akainu from ''OnePiece'', who's made of frigging [[MagmaMan magma]].
** To some degree, even Ace. While he generally a likable person, he is still a reckless, dine-n'-dashing criminal nonetheless who is (wrongly) considered to be evil via his bloodline in-universe and holds a bounty of 550,000,000. Oh, and of course, he is made of fire.
* From ''Manga/FairyTail'', the villain Zancrow from Grimoire Hearts, who is a fire Godslayer.
* From ''GreatMazinger'', [[BigBad The Emperor of Darkness]] is a living pyre of flames.
* Suzaku from ''YuYuHakusho''
* Zhuqiaomon from ''DigimonTamers'' can be argued as this, due to his hatred for humans and the one responsible for sending the Devas to the human world.
* The [[MonstrousHumanoid Titans]] from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' have a low-key variant of this, being noted to possess an abnormally high body temperature. In particular, the Colossal Titan constantly emits clouds of steam from its body and is able to release pressurized blasts as a defensive mechanism, as well as [[spoiler:igniting his own body]] to injure anyone that gets close.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Pyro from Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, whose power is control over fire, is almost always a villain. Same goes for the movie version in ''[[Film/{{X-Men}} X-2]]'' and ''X-Men: The Last Stand''.
* TheFlash has Heat Wave, who occasionally teamed up with [[EvilIsDeathlyCold Captain Cold]] to encompass ''both'' villainous temperature extremes.
* Willy Pete from ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' is the only one in the series with fire related powers...His body burns hotter than the sun, and he can fill a room with flames that incinerate everyone in it upon entering. He's also evil in its purest, most sadistic form.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Hades in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has blue fire for hair (which takes on its usual reddish color when he's enraged), and he's the BigBad and god of the underworld.
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'':
** In the final segment, the ObviouslyEvil Chernobog covers himself in fire.
** ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}'' has the Firebird, representing the natural chaos and destruction of a volcano.
* Maleficent from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' is often surrounded by eerie green flames. She even [[ScaledUp becomes a dragon]] at the end of the film.
* At the climax of ''Disney/TheLionKing'', fires caused by lightning set the stage for the battle against Scar. Scar also sings his VillainSong in a geothermically-active area with geysers, steaming vents, and lava.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** The eye of Sauron is described as being rimmed in fire; his hand is burning hot as well, which is why his ring glows when it's on his finger.
** The Balrogs, which had the ability to shroud themselves in fire and were armed with fiery whips. The Balrog of Moria used a flaming sword.
* Saint Dane in ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure''.
* There's a powerful Dark Art spell in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' called "Fiendfire", which creates a wicked mass of demon-shaped flames.
* In Creator/MichaelMoorcock's ''The War Hound and the World's Pain'', Lucifer took the form of a human being covered in flames.
* In ''ChroniclesOfTheEmergedWorld'', the Land of Fire is one of the first lands fallen under [[BigBad The Tyrant]] and is a very bad place to live in. Furthermore, both the [[CoDragons evil twins Sameion and Dameion]] and the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Black Dragons]] in general came from that land.
* In the ''Literature/FirebirdTrilogy'', the evil within Firebird's mind manifests as black flames.
* In ''Literature/TheRealmsTrilogy'', [[{{Satan}} Ashar]] is the god of fire, and his minion Taws is a creature that has great fire-related powers.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': With all the [[FantasyKitchenSink demons, ghosts, sorcerors, evil priestesses, alchemists, elves, trolls, banshees, and general baddies]] inhabiting the world (and underworld), it's expected for at least a few to be able to manipulate fire. [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]] are often shown throwing streams or balls of fire at the sisters. Some demons can even teleport by turning into fire or flames. In one particular arc, Phoebe basically has an unborn devil brewing in her stomach and she temporarily gains the ability to throw blue fire. Also, in the eighth season, Christy, an agent of the {{Big Bad}}s, had the ability of pyrokinesis, the ability to create fire.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' references how flames are typically associated with demonic influence in human mythology and suggests it's due to the influence of the [[NeglectfulPrecursors Ancients]] keeping the [[JerkassGods Ori]] at bay.
* In one episode of ''TheOuterLimits'' {{Revival}}, a group of scientists enter the mind of a patient who has bad memories of his dad trying to make him kill his girlfriend. The dad is surrounded by flames, along with everything else, while screaming at him.
* ''TwinPeaks'' had it as ArcWords: "Fire, walk with me".
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[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* {{Satan}} and {{Hell}} are usually represented in pop culture as being associated with fire. TheDivineComedy is a notable aversion of this, since Satan is trapped in the ''coldest'' part of hell. In Literature/TheBible, though, Satan is not really associated with fire and only ends up in fire because God throws him into the Lake of Fire at the end of the world. He is actually associated thoroughly with air and light, [[LightIsNotGood traditionally more "heavenly"]] elements, and in Revelation, he vomits water.
* In UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}, Iblis and, by extension, Satan, are Djinn made of fire. Hell has flames that burn so hot they're pitch black.
* Loki from the original Norse Mythology is the God of Fire.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. The ChaoticEvil Balor demon can immolate (create flames around) itself. It was inspired by the balrog in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. And iconic Red dragons. Overall, though, it's more "FlamingSword vs. FlamingSword" and Kossuth himself isn't any more or less malevolent than other elemental lords.
** ''Al Qadim'' has Brotherhood of the True Flame, a society of evil fire elementalist wizards. They tend to fight for monopoly about as much as for superiority of their element, though.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''HeroFactory'': Fire Lord, the BigBad of the second arc.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* ''SuperMarioBros'': Bowser's trademark ability is to breathe fire, and he's usually surrounded by flaming or flame-like objects like lava and stars in the main platformers.
* Team Magma from the [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon's third generation]] has an affinity for fire, but they're only evil in ''Ruby'' and ''Emerald''. They are allies in ''Sapphire''.
** Team Flare from [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY the sixth generation]] have a fire motif.
* Used to dramatic effect in Sephiroth's iconic UnflinchingWalk through fire in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
* ''SoulCalibur II'' - the game's end boss, Inferno, is essentially Soul Edge come-to-life as a being of living fire. The arena itself is an open field of flames.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' - typically seen during Akuma's win pose where dark flames appear on his shoulders. This doubles as his taunt in subsequent games.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' - Pyron is an evil being, said to be the physical embodiment of the sun. Like Inferno, he too is made of living flames.
* The overall villain of the Arson case desk in ''LANoire'' is [[spoiler: a former flamethrower who served under Cole in Vietnam. He brought his weapon home with him]]. While it might seem inevitable that the villain of that part of the game would be so inclined, [[spoiler: he was essentially TheDragon (made to burn down houses for profit), until the manipulations of his psychiatrist backfired and finally drove him into full on AxeCrazy territory, and he suddenly burst in, [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere strangled the Doctor]], and kidnapped the LoveInterest]].
* The main enemy/ManBehindTheMan of the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series is the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Burning Legion]]. Also, many of its creatures are wreathed in flame; the Infernals spring to mind.
* Ganon uses flames as an attack in ''ALinkToThePast''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{inFamous}} 2'', the evil end gives Cole fire powers.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', Iblis is a fire being that is one of the two main villains of the game.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'': Dracula has always been associated with fire, from his trademark three-fire balls to giant meteors.
* Utsuho Reiuji (aka Okuu), the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'''s ''Subterranean Animism'' throws giant suns at you...[[InSpace IN HELL]]!
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'': [[spoiler:Hades gains flaming hair in the final battle, after being decapitated.]] In addition, [[spoiler:Pyrrhon turns on the other gods to try to gain control of the Aurum, and may have been planning to do so the whole time.]]
* King Onyx from ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' may not be flat-out evil, but he's still a tremendous {{Jerkass}} [[spoiler: and ends up burning down Ringford Forest and annihilating the fairies during Armageddon.]]
* Brand, the Burning Vengeance, in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' is pretty much the fire counterpart to [[EvilIsDeathlyCold Lissandra]], a wicked spirit that wants nothing but to end the world in fire. His skill pretty much revolve around burning his enemies to death.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' with the "master of fire". Damien as a SelfFulfillingProphecy is bad enough, and then we have [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-08-26 this]] dream. Not that it wasn't nasty enough as is, but [[http://www.ookii.org/egs/uryuom/ as translated from Uryuomoco]] -- [[spoiler: "Death. It Is Time For The End Of Man. This Master of Fire Shall Inherit The Earth. My Very Presence Eats Away At Your Flesh".]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Fire Nation in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is the instigator of the war on the three other nations. It's gradually subverted in that some of them are actually decent people and actually allies of Aang and his friends, and Aang himself must master and understand firebending to restore balance.
* [[BigBad Father]] from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' liberally uses his fire powers.
* ''{{Transformers}}''
** The Fallen is one of the original 13 Transformers who turned on the others to serve [[GodOfEvil Unicron]]. Due to the unholy energies empowering him, he's constantly on fire.
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' has the base of the Predicons on top of a lava flow, and Megatron's [[TheDragon right-hand man]] is PyroManiac Inferno.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', this is supposedly a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Racial Trait]] of Fire Elementals, [[CardCarryingVillain according to the Fire King]] at least.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilights Kingdom Part 1]]'', Tirek's magic has a fiery aura.
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