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[[caption-width-right:229:Now picture that... [[ManOnFire but everywhere]]!]]

One fun way of PlayingWithFire is to [[CouldntFindALighter coolly light your cigarette, cigar or pipe]] with a finger snap in an extravagant show of MundaneUtility. Of course, the power to hold flames in your hands can also be a potent intimidating gesture. Usually this is done by holding the palm open and facing up. Much like the Super Power equivalent of [[ClickHello cocking the trigger on a gun]], this is dangerous because it's just one step shy of firing it. Also, [[RuleOfCool it looks really cool]].

A few other variations apart from the finger snap and palm up are when one or both hands are held overhead and an EnergyBall is hovering over them, and the "crucifixion", which has the energy shot to the sides in a shower.

This doesn't just apply to fire powers, but any hero or villain with [[PowerGlows energy- or light-emitting]] powers can use these poses or simply using [[FrictionBurn friction]]. If they can spread the flames to their entire body, they are WreathedInFlames.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* British Gas had a series of adverts years ago, featuring the finger-click into a thumbs up. The flame, naturally, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCfdczwRN2I was blue]].
** Parodied on ''SpittingImage'' in a sketch where JohnMajor is advertising a gas cooker. His first finger-click does nothing. His second sets fire to the kitchen.
* Sofia Vergara did a [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible variation]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmiZwE6w6o4 this commercial for Xfinity]], except it's more "striking a finger match" than finger snap lighter.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Recca does this a few times near the beginning of ''FlameOfRecca''.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist's'' Colonel Mustang wears [[TrickedOutGloves gloves]] that spark when he snaps his fingers. Then he uses alchemy to decompose water in the air into hydrogen and oxygen then reignite as needed to turn the tiny spark into an inferno.
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', Setsuna simply created a tongue of flame at the end of her finger tip. A true example would be Negi blinding her by combining his snap with light magic while he was under the effects of the world tree.
* Early in the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime, Sailor Mars' first attack conjures flames from her index fingers.
* Yubaba from ''SpiritedAway'' lights a cigarette this way while coolly threatening to roast Chihiro's parents-turned-to-pigs for her bathhouse guests' dinner.
* {{Toriko}} lights his [[SmokingIsCool cigar tree branch]] this way. No, he doesn't have fire or any other supernatural powers besides absurd strength. Yes, he's that awesome.
* Alberto the Shockwave from ''GiantRobo'' likes to light his cigars this way.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Pyro does this often in the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' comics and adaptations.
* In an issue of ''{{Grimjack}}'', Crane, a ConMan is contemplating the collapse of his latest scam when he asks a stranger in an alley for a light. The stranger was [[MeaningfulName Lord Chaos]] from the sister comic, ''Warp''.
* The Human Torch of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' is also prone to this, and literally lit someone else's cigarette - to their great surprise - this way.
* In the graphic novel [[TheRedStar Red Star]], the soldiers consider it good luck for a sorceress to light their cigarettes this way.
* Liz Sherman of ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{BPRD}}'' is a pyrokinetic and lights her smokes this way.
* Jenny Sparks of TheAuthority does this fairly often in her mini-series and in the comic proper. Jenny Quantum starts when she starts smoking after her PlotRelevantAgeUp.
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[[folder:Film-Animated]]
* The demon Chernabog does this a few different ways in the ''Night on Bald Mountain'' sequence of Disney's ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' while demonstrating his profane powers.
* Hades on ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' does both the finger snap (to light a cigar) and the crucifixion (when he learns that Hercules is still alive).
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[[folder:Film-Live Action]]
* Colwyn, a prince in the land of ''Film/{{Krull}}'' gains the power to throw fire from his hand after reuniting with Princess Lyssa. It begins as a small flame when he holds his hand upright.
* Egg does something similar when he lets a magical energy bolt play between his hands in ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina.''
* In ''Film/SevenFacesOfDrLao'', Dr. Lao lights his pipe with a flame off of his thumb; it takes him a couple of attempts to get it to work.
* ''Film/{{Warlock}}'' (1989). The title character does this a couple of times, including generating a green flame to heat up some food and red flames while performing a magical ritual.
* Done by Creator/LaurelAndHardy in ''Way Out West'' (1937; probably the [[TropeMakers Trope Maker]]). Stan ignites his thumb as if it were a cigarette lighter several times; each time, Ollie stares in disbelief and tries to copy him. And eventually it works for Ollie, who reacts with horrified alarm.
* Variation: In ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', newly deceased Adam and Barbara get the first impression something is wrong when Barbara's fingertips ignite when she holds her hands too close to a fire. After a {{beat}}, she blows them out like birthday candles.
* The Devil was fond of this one in ''[[OhGod Oh God! You Devil]]''.
* ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'' features a variation sans magic. Walter Neff uses the "strike-anywhere" matches that were common in the forties, and lights them with his thumbnail in a gesture that resembles a finger snap.
* Gandalf uses this to light his pipe in the film version of ''Film/TheHobbit''.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] by Pyro in the [[Film/X-Men X-Men movies]]. He can control but not conjure flames, so he always keeps an actual cigarette lighter handy.
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[[folder: Folklore, Mythology, and Religion]]
* Shiva's top left hand as a symbol of cosmic destruction is depicted as doing this when Shiva is portrayed as Nataraja (Lord of Dance). Shiva Nataraja is also wreathed in an [[PowerGlow aura of flame]] for the same reason.
* The Archangel Uriel is frequently depicted holding a flame in his left hand.
* In folklore of the Hawaiian Islands, the goddess Pele sometimes masquerades as a humble hitchhiker who only asks for a ride up the mountain, and asks for a cigarette. She then lights the cigarette with a snap of her fingers - and vanishes.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', when Lupin is first seen conscious, he's got a little fireball thing in his hand, as the Dementors have made all the lights in the train go out. It's apparently not much of a big deal; he's just a pretty good wizard... Or rather, it wouldn't be a big deal if he had had his wand. He didn't, and that makes it much more impressive.
* ''Literature/MerryGentry'''s Doyle does this in ''Kiss of Shadows'', with his unearthly eat-you-alive-can't-be-put-out-by-water-green-flames-of-DEATH. He also has them float over his shoulders.
* This trope is used by both Valentin Ivashchenko and Iar Elterrus in their respective fantasy settings - almost every mage will light a cigar, a pipe or a bonfire in this manner. As the MagicAIsMagicA rule prohibits some mages from casting fire spells, e.g. sea-wizards (limited to water and weather magic) and necromancers, any mage pulling this off is about to mess with specialization.
* Used by Sergej Luk'yanenko - enraged Anton doesn't actually notice that a fireball forms in his palm, so he just incinerates a bowl of rice because he already has the spell readied.
* ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'': It's how [[ElementalMagic Elementals]] cast fireballs; they take the friction from the finger snap, add magic, then fireball.
* Archivist Lindhorst from ''[[Creator/ETAHoffmann The Golden Pot]]'' once lit a few pipes that way.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' demons do this ''a lot''. In fact, one episode with Barbas the fear demon had his powers amplified, then depowered without knowing it. His look of utter confusion at not being able to conjure up a fireball this way was priceless.
* Ted Sprague and Meredith Gordon from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' both do this. (Meredith does it so much that fans nicknamed her "Flamepalm".)
* An early episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' has a pyrokinetic villain who sets fire on his fingers in order to impress two kids and mess around with a young woman at a bar.
* Kryten the android lights a cigar with a flame from his index finger in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Bodyswap". This was apparently a difficult and uncomfortable trick for the actor to achieve, involving pipes and cables running across the floor and up through the costume -- and not made any easier or more comfortable by the fact that the script called for him to be knee-deep in water at the time. The scene was then deleted from the finished episode, therefore making all the effort and suffering for nothing. To further add insult to injury, the footage has since gone missing and was unable to be included on the DVD.
* Somewhere in season two of ''Series/{{Roswell}}'', Michael provides a literal Finger Snap Lighter to prove to a discharged army veteren that he was one of the aliens he saved while still on active duty.
* Referenced in the opening sequence of ''Series/ImprovHeavenAndHell'' - one of the hosts (Canadian improv duo "The Devil's Advocates") demonstrated his ability to do this to light his cigarette; the other tried several times unsuccessfully, even going so far as to stick his hand in an open flame, only to finally succeed and set his whole arm alight. The first host grins at the camera and displays a small lighter hidden in his palm.
* A VillainOfTheWeek on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' does this using electricity powers to light his cigarette whilst holding the Kents hostage.
* Done by Burgess Meredith in ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Printer's Devil", where he plays the devil.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''DungeonsAndDragons'' has cantrip named "Firefinger", [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin making a little flame on the caster's fingertip]].
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/DamnYankees'', pulling a lit cigarette out of the air is the easiest trick the Devil can pull off, which rather annoys him as he's trying to give up smoking.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Used as various intro and victory poses for Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami of ''KingOfFighters'', in both finger-snap (Kyo only) and open-palm flavors.
* Used in adverts for the Incinerate! Plasmid in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''. In fact, both Jack and Subject Delta snap their fingers when you use the plasmid. So truth in advertising!
** In the ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' DLC game "Burial At Sea: Part 1", Booker [=DeWitt=] uses this ability to light up Elizabeth's cigarette.
* Axel does this occasionally in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' sometimes independently and sometimes as a part of summoning his weapon. Most notably when [[spoiler: he does this to poor Vexen, who more or less explodes on contact (being an ice-user). "You're off the hook."[[note]]"Goodbye" in Re:Chain of Memories[[/note]] *snap*]]
* Mario and Luigi in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]''.
* Metal Gear Solid:
** In MetalGearSolid4, Drebin lights Snake's last cigarette on the Missouri with his fingers. He was shown to be into stage magic earlier (making an apple disappear and replacing it with a gun), so he most likely pulled it off with a lighter-cloth glove.
** Professor Galvez in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' has a mechanical hand with a lighter in it. Much later, he loses it, and Big Boss is seen using the hand as a cigar lighter since his regular lighter doesn't work.
* In [[ScaryBlackMan Rodin's]] intro in ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', he lights one of [[CaptainErsatz Enzo's]] cigars from a blue flame sprouted from his thumb.
* In ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', Matsunaga Hisahide's fighting style is based completely around [[HavingABlast explosions]] and as such, he makes common use of this trope.
* [[PlayerCharacter Mage!Hawke]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' can use this in conversation to prove his/her magical ability.
** ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Origins]]'' and its expansions have all the NPC mages adopt variants of this pose as their 'active' stance in the party menu.
* The default animation for the flashfire power in ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' has the character casually snapping their fingers to set a 10x10 foot area of ground on fire.
* Sasha Nein can do this in {{Psychonauts}}, utilizing his PsychicPowers to do so.
* Bugs Bunny does it in ''Lost in Time''. Merlin the sorcerer doesn't seem very happy at being shown a trick he can't do himself.
* Fan depictions of Fujiwara no Mokou from ''Franchise/{{Touhou}}'' often show her lighting cigarettes in this manner.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the firebenders do this ''all the time''.
** Iroh used this in lighting some incense candles. In ''Film/TheLastAirbender's'' film trailers he is seen doing something similar with fire on the back of his hand.
* Igor is shown doing this once in ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula''.
* Bender from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is often seen doing this.
* In the ''HeckleAndJeckle'' cartoon ''The Power Of Thought,'' Heckle and Jeckle demonstrate this to the bulldog cop in showing how anything is possible in a cartoon. When the cop tries it, his hand is caught on fire.
* Shego of ''KimPossible'' is pulling this pose on the DarkActionGirl page picture.
* In SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'',
** In "Welcome to Republic City" the Firebender of a PowerTrio of gangsters pulls this to back up [[ShameIfSomethingHappened his boss's threat]] against a shopkeeper who was behind on his protection money.
** In "The Voice in the Night" After Korra challenges Amon to a duel and [[spoiler:is ambushed]], she uses a ball of fire in her palm to verify that [[spoiler:Amon did not take her bending away.]]
** When Korra is kidnapped by [[spoiler:Tarrlok, who frames]] the Equalists, Mako pins a Mook to the wall and lights his hand while demanding to know where she is.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Knight-mare Hare", Bugs Bunny does the flaming thumb trick for a wizard, who tries in vain to do it.
** This joke is repeated in ''VideoGame/BugsBunnyLostInTime''.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Arcane casters are always drawn this way in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' - and in ''DungeonsAndDragons'' manuals, for that matter.
* ''LookingForGroup'''s Richard has been known to do this.
* [[BadAss Jacques]] in ''{{Bibliography}}'' uses this as his usual method to light up his [[SmokingIsCool cigarettes]]... and to dispatch semi-sentient exploding fire familiars.
* ''SlightlyDamned'': This is a staple of any sufficiently tough person of the fire element. Specifically done by Azurai and Cliff (although Azurai technically used his breath, but it was sufficiently BadAss to work).
* Danny does this in ''{{Sorcery 101}}''. When [[LampshadeHanging it's pointed out that it would be easier to use a lighter]], he more or less responds "Yeah, but it looks cool".
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* While impossible to do without equipment in real life, there exist hand apparatuses for doing this as part of a stage magic show ranging from a rig that fits on the hand to fake thumbs.
* Also a frequent magic trick is dipping one's hand in a precise mixture of alcohol and water and then lighting it on fire with a hidden spark. When done right, the water evaporates, keeping the hand cool. Although, as RichardFeynman noted, any hair on the back of your hands will act like wicks and prevent the water from properly cooling the flame.
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