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->'''[[OldMaster Genkai]]:''' Hm... I think I've seen this technique before...
->'''Botan:''' You mean like Shorin might have [[MegaManning stolen that technique from some psychic]]?
->'''Genkai:''' No that's not it. I'm just saying he's throwing fireballs. [[UndeadHorseTrope It's a very cliche anime technique]].
-->-- ''YuYuHakushoAbridged''

[[Music/JerryLeeLewis Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!]] More like, [[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld FIYA BALLS! YUM!]]

A [[StockSuperpower common power]] for [[PlayingWithFire pyro-elementalists]], [[FunctionalMagic wizards]], {{psychic|Powers}}s, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]], {{Man Eating Plant}}s, and even [[KiAttacks martial artists]]. Fire, in spite of its [[IncendiaryExponent fearsome appeal]], is not known for being tangible or portable. Rolling it into a ball gives it the semblance of a physical structure, and lets you throw it, bounce it and dodge it at will, which are quite desirable traits in VideoGames and tabletop games.

Fireballs have a tendency to move in an unusual fashion - possibly hovering or drifting at slow speeds, or by bouncing along the ground. Since a fireball is technically PureEnergy, the common laws of motion seem to be exempt.

What happens when a fireball impacts is, similarly, entirely up in the air. Maybe [[StuffBlowingUp Stuff Blows Up]], leaving a [[SphereOfDestruction sphere of annihilation]]. Other times, it just puffs out like a harmless burst of wind. Only sometimes does it actually set things on fire.

Not to be confused with ''{{Fireball}}'', GreatBallsOfFire or [[OutrunTheFireball Outrunning The Fireball]]. A SubTrope of EnergyBall.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* ''{{Slayers}}'': This is pretty much the secondary trademark attack of Lina Inverse.
** of course her primary trademark attack is really just this on massive amounts of steroids...
* Sasuke in the earlier ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' episodes attacked with a giant fireball. He later makes another version that isn't only solid, but is capable of ''plowing through a stone wall''. His older brother Itachi's version of the same attack looks like a miniature sun.
* [[GenderBender Natsuru]] in ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' has this as [[strike:his]] ''her'' main offensive power.
* Ace of ''OnePiece'' takes this to its biggest proportions in the fight with [[spoiler: Blackbeard.]]
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': Muhummad Avdol's Stand does this with a twist; the fireballs (called Crossfire Hurricane) take the form of flaming ankhs. The FightingGame even makes Avdol into a {{Shotoclone}}.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon:'' Sailor Mars' Fire Soul attack is a fireball.
* In the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise, these are Agito's most common attacks, may it be in the form of multiple small fireballs, or one huge fireball.
* Cure Rouge of ''YesPrettyCure5GoGo'' and Cure Sunny of ''SmilePrettyCure'' have fireball attacks.
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[[folder:Film]]
* "Here, Scarecrow! Wanna play ball?" from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. Yep, the idea of a hurled fireball [[OlderThanTelevision has been with us for a while now]].
* Belying its VideoGame origins, the ending of the final showdown of the VideoGame/MortalKombat movie has Liu Kang hurling a five inch version of one in order to blast [[BigBad Shang Tsung]] into the SpikesOfDoom. (Compare with Dan from the StreetFighter games.)
* In the extended cut of ''Film/TheReturnOfTheKing'', Saruman throws one of these at the heroes when he is trapped in Orthanc.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Despite the entire purpose of wizardry being to ''not'' use magic, the Dean has an enormous enthusiasm for throwing fireballs at things, and Ridcully has been known to do so as well. [[WordOfGod Pratchett]] has stated fireballs are one of the few acts of magic he'll let wizards get away with these days.
* Harry Dresden, of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', uses these on occasion, although mostly for intimidation. In combat he uses focused rays of fire. He also complained, during a roleplaying session, that the fireball in the game didn't behave realistically, as its area of destruction was a perfect sphere and didn't take convection into account.
** Wizards in general tend to prefer fire when it comes to offensive magic. What ''kind'' of fire they use is up to personal preference--heat rays, fireballs, and small mortars are all mentioned.
* In ''Literature/TheMagicians'', one of the first battle spells our heroes learn is fireball.
* Wizard's Fire in ''TheSwordOfTruth'' series. Literally an enormous sphere of liquid fire, almost napalm-like.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', fireballs are a basic form of attack used preferentially against Shadowspawn. Most Aes Sedai and Wise Ones can throw them, having different techniques for doing so. The Asha'man, on the other hand, are trained specifically for combat, and use far more effective measures, like an expanding wall of flame and molten earth. The Dragon Reborn even teaches some of them how to make exploding fireballs that act almost like grenades.
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' uses '''[=ThunderFlashes=]''' as fireball-like weapons, for example during the crashing and sinking of the Dragon Boat.
* In ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned'', Laeshana summons a fireball for use as a light source when the party is trapped in a cave. Later, we see the villain throw fireballs at Alaric.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. If demons aren't using fireballs, they're chucking {{Energy Ball}}s.
* ''PowerRangers''/''SuperSentai'' Plenty of fireballs get thrown around.
* [[MagicFromTechnology Galen]] sometimes makes fireballs in ''Series/{{Crusade}}''. In fact, he does it twice in one episode. First, to get Eilerson's attention (nothing like a fist-sized fireball two inches from your face to get you to shut up for a second). When Eilerson stops talking, Galen opens his coat, and has the fireball fly in. It's left to the interpretation whether it was an illusion or not. The second time is when he, angry at [[spoiler:the telepathic alien]], generates a fireball and prepares to throw it, before [[TheCaptain Gideon]] intervenes, claiming that Galen is not a murderer. Anyone who has read ''ThePassingOfTheTechnoMages'' trilogy knows better.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The evil genie in ''Pinball/TalesOfTheArabianNights'' throws these (in the form of pinballs) at the player.
* In ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombiesPinball'', the Torchwood Pea turns pinballs into these.
* Appears in Creator/{{Bally}}'s classic ''Pinball/{{Fireball}}'', of course.
* The Wicked Witch attacks with these in ''Pinball/TheWizardOfOz''[='s=] Fireball Mode.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* An old trick not seen much in modern shows, the original Sheik, Jerry Lawler and Jim Cornette all did it. The closest thing to a famous modern example would be Kane, though even then he did it rarely.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A common spell in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and various other games. D&D's fireball is actually a bit different: the spell shoots a "glowing, pea-sized bead" that explodes upon impact into a gigantic sphere of flame (the actual "fireball"), doing nasty damage over a twenty-foot radius, making it the first ranged AOE damage spell that Magic Users can cast. There's also Flaming Sphere, a 10' wide ball of fire that rolled around on the ground at the caster's will. And then there's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Delayed Blast Fireball]] and [[SpamAttack Meteor Swarm]]. Non-core improvements include things like Fallion's Fabulous Fireball (runs a programmed path, like blaster launcher in ''{{X-Com}}'').
** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' added a few more variations, such as Teleport Fireball or Symkalr's Forest (does not affect plant matter) / Friendly (e.g. don't burn elves) / Unfriendly (e.g. burn only orcs) / Deathbane (undead-only, but bypassing usual fire protections) Fireball spells that all cause the same damage as a basic fireball, but snuffs any fires they created.
* Taken further in [[ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable Hackmaster]], which has multiple Fireball spells for every spell level.
* [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=221550 Fireball]] was one of the first ''MagicTheGathering'' cards, notable for combining with a CastFromHitPoints card for a combo.
* An effective spell in ''{{GURPS}}: Magic'' that will set many things on fire. It gives access to the more powerful Explosive Fireball spell.
* And a popular way of turning flammable nearby objects into flaming and exploding nearby objects in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. Early versions of the game had it as a normalish spell; later ones split 'elemental' magic off.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has a fireball spell. It's the signature spell in it's lore, meaning any and all wizards using that law can have it.
* Just one of the many Blast spells used by sorcerers in TabletopGame/FengShui.
* The German role-playing game ''Midgard'' features a version that can explode for fairly significant damage for a game that normally goes out of its way to try to avert the "magic as fantasy artillery" trope...with the slight drawbacks being that the fireball manifests right next to the caster, floats through the air at a ''very'' sedate pace (about one foot per second), and can go off prematurely if its creator's concentration is disrupted before it has reached its intended position.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', during one of the confrontations between Raoul and the Phantom, the Phantom shoots fireballs out of his staff at Raoul.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Warlords'', a 1980 Atari game, had the players trying to break down each other's forts with fireballs - put into play by a flying dragon - which could be bounced off the players' shields and even ''caught'' on them, but would blast bricks out of a wall.
--->There be warlords of brawn and might
--->Defending their crowns of gold;
--->Beware the power of The Black Knight,
--->A power-hungry foe!
--->The dragons spit their fireballs:
--->Warlords! Hold up your shields!
--->'Tis time to protect your castle walls
--->Until The Black Knight yields.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series loves this trope -- fireballs are used in many different varieties by many different characters and monsters, up to and including the Big D himself.
* ''RagnarokOnline'' provides it as one of the most basic parts of the Mage's arsenal and is one of their only options for causing splash damage. It's quickly outclassed, and is thus learned mostly for the sake of gaining access to better spells.
* The ''{{Avernum}}'' series, as a Mage spell that does prodigious splash damage.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a fireball spell. It can also be used to set stuff (that is, the ''Grease'' spell) on fire.
** Fireball itself is a bread-and-butter spell for any mage. Wide area of effect, deals good damage on impact, then deals damage over time ''and'' has a knockdown effect? Hells ''yes'' we want it. The only drawback is you have to use two other spell slots for the lackluster Flame Blast and Flaming Weapon spells to get it.
* The ''VideoGame/EyeOfTheBeholder'' series (which was based on the ''DungeonsAndDragons'' rules) had not only the spell itself, but also traps that would launch a Fireball at the unlucky victim.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' gives you a fireball as a starting spell.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' promotes Fireball to a Adept level spell and adds a glorious explosion upon impact. There is a lower level, non-exploding "Firebolt" variant that behaves similarly to Oblivion's fireball.
* The Flame Dart spell in the ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series of RPG / AdventureGame hybrids.
* In one ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' lighthouse, there are several traps that consist of an obstacle-ridden hallway you need to navigate while a statue periodicaly hurls ginormous fireballs at you that cause damage and send you back to the beginning of the hallway.
** There are also several Psynergy that use fireballs: "Fire" and its upgrades, "Fireball" and "Inferno"; "Juggle" and its upgrades, "Heat Juggle" and "Fiery Juggle"; and "Raging Heat" and its upgrades, "Fiery Abyss" and "Dire Inferno."
** Fireball is a field Psynergy in ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]''. And yes, you are expected to use it, a lot. Even as Matthew (thanks for the Mars Djinn loan, Garet!).
* Averted in ''NetHack'': its 'fireball' spell simply creates several fiery explosions.
* In some ''FinalFantasy'' games and related SquareEnix games, the fire/fira/firaga spells are represented by fireballs, although most games they are more of summoning flames at the target destination. Other spells may or may not count as well, again on a game by game basis.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Fire, and Fira are summoning flames at the feet of the target, but Firaga summons a condensed ball of fire that crashes into the target and explodes.
** In ''CrisisCore'', the Fire/Fira/Firaga spells shoots medium sized fireballs, in ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' Cloud's Fire/Fira/Friaga spells take the same form, rather than the pillar of flame the spells took on in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''
*** Also from the ''Dissidia'' games, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra's]] Fire attack has her launch a fireball, which, interestingly, homes while clinging to the ground.[[note]]In the prequel, this attack can link to an explosive Firaga HP attack if it connects[[/note]] Kefka's fire-based attacks also take the form of {{Roboteching}} fireballs, and the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII Onion Knight's]] Firaga attack has him launch a fireball in an arc that explodes for HP damage upon connection (3 at once if he's in his Sage SuperMode).
** In most ''KingdomHearts'' games, Fire/Fira/Firaga are homing fireballs. There's also Mega Flare, a large fireball that nukes everything in sight when it explodes, and Firaga Burst, a gigantic fireball that shoots over a dozen smaller ones at nearby targets.
*** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', the fire spells are, in order of Fire to Firaga, a homing fireball, a non-homing fireball, and an exploding napalm ball.
* ''BlackSigil'''s [[BlackMagicianGirl Aurora]] has spells that are along the line of {{Fireballs}}, More Fireballs, and [[UpToEleven Really Big Fireballs]].
* Fireball in the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' is a staple spell that depending on the game, fires one or a multitude of small burning missiles that deal damage when they hit; the number sometimes increasing with repeated usage. There's also Burn Strike, a bigger DeathFromAbove variant, and Flare Bomb, an explosive [[HomingProjectile seeking]] variant.
* Surprisingly averted in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games. While there are a whole host of energy balls in-game (including a move called EnergyBall that is Grass-type and a ''Steel-type'' energy ball called Flash Cannon), there is no 80 power ball-shaped Fire-type move.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' recently introduce the move Searing Shot, a signature move of the expected Mew counterpart Victini, which has an impressive 100 base power. And if you look at it, Ember might count as well (the user shoots many tiny balls of fire at the opponent).
* VideoGame/MassEffect2: The [[MagicFromTechnology so called "Tech Power"]] Incinerate is this in all but name.
* The ''StarOcean'' series has this as a basic fire spell. At higher levels, it can split into 3 separate fireballs, dealing greater damage.
* In ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'', one of the first powers gained by the fire spirit Salamander is this. The fireballs get larger at higher levels.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'': A good way to 'lockpick' for the impatient. Oh and useful against enemies I guess.
* Mages in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' can shoot fireballs, as well as Pyroblasts, fireball's larger slower cousin. Warlocks also get Incinerate (an unusual-looking fireball with a snakelike movement pattern), [[PoweredByAForsakenChild Soul Fire]], and [[TechnicolorFire Chaos Bolt]]. There are a great number of other fire spells, but most of them don't use an EnergyBall form.
* ''VideoGame/PerfectWorld'': The Mage class gets two: one when they first start, which looks suspiciously like a playing card that's been set on fire, and a more beefy one later.
* ''SuperMarioBros'': Just punch a brick ceiling, grab a flower half the size of your body, and change into white overalls. Or just blow it out of your mouth if you're a plant, a turtle or a dinosaur. (Some of these fireballs bounce along the ground, while others just drift through the air.) Fireball creatures known as Podoboos are also known to hang out in lava pits, and some of their cousins just float around in mid-air.
** These powers are also used by the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' versions of these characters. Mario's are pretty much the same as in his own games, whereas Luigi's go in a straight line (defying gravity) and are green.
** Conversely, these are ''enemies'' in the original Mario Brothers game. Despite being fire, if you're really lucky, you can kill it by hitting the ground under one.
* The Curry powerup in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' allows you to spit a constant tri-directional stream of fireballs at your enemies.
* OlderThanTheNES with ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' and its wavy fireballs.
* Fireballs tend to be blown at you by Zo(l/r)as, statues, burning eyeballs and such in the early ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games. A spell in ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' lets you toss them around with your sword.
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' features a fireball gun. The fireballs, of course, bounce along the ground.
* These show up as enemy projectiles in ''GunstarHeroes'', too.
* A fireball is a standard projectile in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3''. There's also a spell that hurls a fireball to stun a target.
* While the famous Hadouken from ''StreetFighter'' is informally called a fireball, it really isn't; it's just a regular [[EnergyBall ball of ki]]. However, Ryu and Akuma can imbue their ki with fire with the Shakunetsu Hadouken (Scorching Hadouken).
* VideoGame/{{Kirby}} can turn himself into one, or spit them out, when he gets the right ability.
** In the Malibu ''[[ComicBook/MalibuComicsStreetFighter Street Fighter]]'' comic, the base Hadouken and Sagat's Tiger Shot were fireballs.
* The ''{{Metroid}}'' series has violas and multiviolas, which are fireball ''creatures''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Purple}}'' has a power-up that lets you throw destructive ''SuperMarioBros''-like fireballs that can melt frost-blocks.
* The "Gouenken" spell from ''VideoGame/{{Bujingai}}''. Starts with a relatively small ball and end up with a miniature sun in level 3.
* Dracula in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' uses fireballs as his main attack in most games. In some games, you can get variants of this ability.
* Imps in the ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' series love throwing fireballs at you. Cacodemons spit them at you. Hell Knights and Barons of Hell hurl green fireballs that hurt a lot more. And Mancubi and Revenants shoot fireballs at you that act a lot like rockets -- and the Revenant's have the ability to home in on you like a heatseeker.
* {{Albion}} has them in the form of spells, as well as parts of dungeon traps and puzzles. When seeing them, the resident scientist is left wondering what holds them together and speculates that the planet is intentionally {{troll}}ing psysicits.
* In ''VideoGame/JoeAndMac'', players can throw fireballs to incinerate enemies.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' has Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon's Keep, where one of the special grenade mods is called Fireball. As expected, instead of a grenade, your character fires a flaming ball that explodes on contact an enemy or terrain. Unfortunately, it's also a PainfullySlowProjectile. LeadTheTarget!
* In keeping with its goofy and incredibly nonsensical tone, especially [[HolidayMode around the holidays]], ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has the Helltower magic spells for Scream Fortress 2013. One of the most common ones is the fireball spell, which allows any player to fire a [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience team-colored]] flaming blast that behaves much like a rocket. The Meteor Shower spell is somewhat similar, but instead of simply damaging or igniting a target, it transforms into an AreaOfEffect HerdHittingAttack that rains actual explosive fireballs in the immediate area.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' has the Fireball element, the tier 1 Red attack. A ball of flame appears, and launches three fireballs before launching itself. The tier 2 Magma Bomb works similarly.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Elliot and Justin fight a fire summon that spits fireballs. These fireballs are more like grenades than anything else though and have more explosive punch than heat.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' has a character [[GrimReaper Death by Insanely Overpowered Fireballs]], and of course:
-->'''Kyros:''' [[CatchPhrase channeling mana...]]
* Vaarsuvius from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' casts Fireball quite often.
* Prestige from ''RustyAndCo'' can throw them. Eventually. She'll save it for a suitable time.
* In ''Webcomic/FriendshipIsDragons'', [[http://friendshipisdragons.thecomicseries.com/comics/219 Twilight is annoyed with the Poison Joke]].
-->'''Twilight:''' I can't believe I brought one home! I cast Fireball on the blue flower I have before it does anything else.
-->'''GM:''' Um, what? Are you sure you want to do that inside your tree?
-->'''Twilight:''' Oh! Sorry. You're right. I don't know what came over me. I should go outside, construct a proper fire pit, and '''THEN FIREBALL!!'''
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', mage Fey has cast these, although only at opponents it wouldn't kill or disfigure. The crazed pyrokinetic Fireball didn't have any such qualms.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* The fire-benders in AvatarTheLastAirbender and ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra''
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* ''OneBulletAway'': Nate Fick (of ''GenerationKill'' fame) is standing around with his convoy in an Iraqi town, when what he describes as ''flaming pumpkins'' come flying over the adjacent river, barely missing him and smashing into the street and buildings around them. After a few moments he realizes the Marines are being targeted by ''[[NoKillLikeOverkill antiaircraft fire]]''.
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