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->''"Some say the world will end in fire,\\
Some say 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, scarred others, and depending on who you ask, [[FireAndBrimstoneHell may torture you even after death]]. 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.

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



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** 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.
** Taken further by the villain Akainu, who's made of frigging [[MagmaMan magma]].
* From ''Manga/FairyTail'', the villain Zancrow from Grimoire Hearts, who is a fire Godslayer.
* From ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', [[BigBad The Emperor of Darkness]] is a living pyre of flames.
* Suzaku from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''
* Zhuqiaomon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' is a phoenix and serves as an antagonist, as he loathes humans and is 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.

* The only sinister characters in ''Art/TheApotheosisOfWashington'' are the tyrant king and his followers, who stick out because a few of them are seen with torches trying to burn down [[{{Arcadia}} Ceres's agricultural utopia]]. In case the evil wasn't clear enough, the fire isn't light-bearing so much as smoke-spewing, covering [[DarkIsEvil the tyrants with smoke and shadow]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Pyro from ''Comicbook/XMen'', whose power is control over fire, is almost always a villain. Same goes for the movie version in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' and ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''.
* Franchise/TheFlash has Heat Wave, who occasionally teamed up with [[EvilIsDeathlyCold Captain Cold]] to encompass ''both'' villainous temperature extremes.
* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s villain Nightflame is a sorceress that has control over fire. In ''Comicbook/DemonSpawn'' she burns down streets and whole buildings as she looks for Supergirl.
* 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.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* 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/Fantasia2000'' 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.
* The villain Ommadon the Fire Wizard in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'' is the only evil of the four elemental wizards.

* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', a good deal of Hell is burning hot ([[EvilIsDeathlyCold though some of it is icy cold]]). Heretics in the 6th circle are punished with flaming tombs, the violent against others in the first part of the 7th circle are immersed in boiling blood, blasphemers, ursurers, and sodomites are in the last part of the 7th cirlce, desert with fire raining down from the sky, simoniacs (8th circle, 3rd Bolgia) are stuck upside-down in holes with flames burning at their feet, corrupt politicians are immersed in boiling pitch, and evil counselors (8th circle, 8th Bolgia) are trapped within individual tongues of flame. ''Inferno'' does avert associating Satan with fire, as he's trapped in the lowest level of hell (for traitors)- [[EvilIsDeathlyCold a frozen lake]].
* ''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.
*** During the Siege of Barad-dûr, Sauron slew Gil-galad (and possibly Elendil) with the heat of his hands as they wrestled. His being burning hot makes sense, given that he was a Maia of fire before he [[FallenAngel fell]].
** The Balrogs, which have the ability to shroud themselves in fire and are armed with fiery whips. The Balrog of Moria uses a flaming sword.
* Saint Dane in ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure''.
* There's a powerful Dark Art spell in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' called "Fiendfyre", which creates a wicked mass of demon-shaped flames that can backfire in the hands of an inexperienced caster. However, it's also one of the only things capable of destroying [[SoulJar horcruxes]].
* In Creator/MichaelMoorcock's ''The War Hound and the World's Pain'', Lucifer took the form of a human being covered in flames.
* In ''Literature/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.
* In the novelization of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'', Obi-Wan senses Anakin in the Force "burning like a fusion torch," just before their lightsaber duel. Throughout the book, Anakin has thought of his rage as a blast furnace in his heart, and during the climactic duel, Darth Vader lets it out.

[[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]] -- who use fire as a symbol the same way Christianity uses crosses -- at bay.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' {{Revival}}, "Mind Over Matter", 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.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' had it as ArcWords: "Fire, walk with me".

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Burning hot hellfire is usually assocated with evil things in Abrahamic religions, understandable, given that most of the faiths were born in a blisteringly-hot desert area (i.e. the Middle East), it only makes sense for the population to condemn heat but welcome cold. Contrast this with the areas near the North Pole: Northern Europe, Siberia, and Northern Canada, whose indigenous people usually associate hell with [[EvilIsDeathlyCold deathly cold things]].
** UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}}, at least in its early stages, is an aversion, as the underworld, Sheol, is instead thought of as a grim and depressing place, but not hot (kind of like the Greek Hades or the Norse Hel).
** Literature/TheFourGospels constantly describe {{Hell}} as "the furnace of fire" or "unquenchable fire" to emphasize how painful the separation from God will be. This imagery is used more dramatically in the [[Literature/BookOfRevelation Apocalypse]], where very evil-doer is thrown by Christ into an eternal "lake of fire" to burn alongside the Devil and his ilk. Because of these Biblical images, [[TropeMaker the West began to associate fire with evil]] and now {{Satan}} and {{Hell}} are usually represented in pop culture as being associated with fire. Literature/TheDivineComedy is a notable aversion of this, since Satan is trapped in the ''coldest'' part of hell.
** In UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}, the jinn (genies) are beings made of fire. While they are not inherently evil (they are like humans in that they can choose to be good or bad), one of them, Iblis/Satan, is undoubtedly bad. Also, Hell has flames that burn so hot they're pitch black.
* Loki from the Myth/NorseMythology was thought to be the God of Fire, though it turned out to be a linguistic confusion (and probably [[HijackedByJesus a conflation with Satan]]). His name actually seems to come from "lopt", which means "air". There ''is'' a separate god, or rather, jotunn, of fire called Logi, but he is more of a PunchClockVillain.
** Norse mythology has an entire class of fire jotnar who live in [[LethalLavaLand Muspellheim, the realm of fire]]. They are morally questionable, as with other jotnar, though specific characterization is difficult because they don't appear much, except in [[{{Gotterdammerung}} Ragnarok]], where their leader, Surtr, notably became the figure ultimately responsible for annihilating the entire universe by [[SetTheWorldOnFire setting it on fire]].
* In UsefulNotes/JapaneseMythology, the god of fire, Kagutsuchi, is [[NotEvilJustMisunderstood not so much evil as being thoroughly misunderstood]], but his birth was [[DeathByChildbirth what killed his mother]], the matriarch god Izanami, making her the first god to be sent into the Underworld. His father, the patriarch god Izanagi, meanwhile, [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild immediately killed him]]. These days, the opinion is [[BrokenBase mostly split]] whether to consider him as [[{{Demonization}} the ultimate Satan figure]], or [[DracoInLeatherPants pity him]].

[[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 the 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.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Lord Darkenon, the antagonist of ''Theatre/PoseidonsFury'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]], uses fire throughout his appearances, particularly as a weapon.

* ''Toys/HeroFactory'': Fire Lord, the BigBad of the second arc.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/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''.
* ''VideoGame/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.
* Jinpachi Mishima of ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' fame can spit fireballs which take up 3/4 your lifebar, plus in ''Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection'', his whole body is surrounded by [[WreathedInFlames flames and lava]]. Oh, and he's also the final boss of ''Tekken 5'' and the aforementioned ''Dark Resurrection''. Ironically, he is probably one of the most just characters in the series, or at least, [[WhiteSheep he is just compared to his family]].
* ''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 ''VideoGame/LANoire'' is [[spoiler: a former flamethrower who served under Cole in the Pacific during World War 2. 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]].
* Areas controlled by [[ComputerVirus the virus]] in ''VideoGame/NeonXSZ'' will have occasional areas of fire.
* 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 ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''.
* 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.
* In ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', among the first things seen in the story are shots of Reshef and Pegasus surrounded by fire.
* Deathbringer, the final boss of ''VideoGame/BattleFantasia'', is a demonic suit of AnimatedArmor that is constantly WreathedInFlames. He also [[NoSell shrugs off]] [[ScratchDamage any and all damage]] where the player isn't ''also'' [[ManOnFire on fire]].
* ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfWar'' has the balrog Tar-Goroth who rises from a pit of lava, burns wood [[WalkingWasteland simply by being near it]] and leaves flaming footprints wherever he walks.
* ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'': Played straight for the Fiery Castle, which used to be the villains' evil hideout (and, as the name suggests, is surrounded by fire and volcanoes) but inverted for the Super Moshi HQ which is located in a perpetually-erupting volcano, and averted for the Diavlos, a mostly-benevolent race of monsters with lava powers, and several Moshlings with fire-powers, including the Amazing Blazing Raisins and the Fiery Frazzledragons.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''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".]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' has this as a recurring theme -- in several episodes sinister and probably-magical goings-on are accompanied by a sharp and inexplicable increase in the ambient temperature.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Fire Nation in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is the instigator of the war on the three other nations. While played completely straight with [[BigBad Fire Lord Ozai]] and his daughter, [[TheDragon Princess Azula]], 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. Prince Zuko, the original firebending villain that Aang faced against, is depicted as a highly sympathetic and tragic character with [[NobleDemon countless heroic traits]], and eventually [[HeelFaceTurn switches sides to teach him]].
* [[BigBad Father]] from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' liberally uses his fire powers.
* ''Franchise/{{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. Or rather, he ''was'', since this aspect of his character has fallen (har-har) by the wayside.
** ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilight's Kingdom]]", Tirek's magic has a fiery color and he uses {{Fireballs}} to fight the superpowered Twilight at the climax of Part 2.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E10ARoyalProblem A Royal Problem]]", [[spoiler:Daybreaker, Celestia's borderline-insane, egotistical SuperpoweredEvilSide, has a strong and prevalent fire motif. Her mane and tail are twin plumes of living flames, and she can breathe jets of fire. When she sits on Celestia's throne, she fills the entire hall with pillars of flame.]]
* Drekk, one of ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'''s [[RoguesGallery recurring villains]], is an alien with fire powers.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' introduced Captain Nemesis, a superhero who turned villain when he got annoyed at Ben being more popular than him. For their final battle in that episode, his PoweredArmor was rigged in such a way that it became increasingly hot with each attack. Ben beat him by using [[MakingASplash Water Hazard]] to rapidly cool the suit then absorb the moisture from it, turning it into brittle junk.