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->-''"...But we have flamethrowers. And what this indicates to me, it means that at some point, some person said to himself: 'Gee, I'd sure like to set those people on fire over there, but I'm way too far away to get the job done. If only I had something to ''throw'' flame on them'."''
-->-- '''Creator/GeorgeCarlin'''


Sometimes, you have an opponent, structure, device or other target which you just got to KillItWithFire. If you have to do this multiple times, you would wish you have an actual weapon which can burn things for you instead of rigging something on the spot all the time.

You will need the FireBreathingWeapon; a gun-like weapon which creates fire. Pull the trigger and a gout of fire will appear, covering your target in burning goodness. Most games use a form of directional SplashDamage to implement this.

Of course this is not limited to the flamethrowers alone: various (directional) bombs, traps, improvised weapons and even vehicle cannons can fall under this category. The common similarity between all the weapons here is they all use "KillItWithFire" as their main form of causing damage, and they are all "point and burn" weapons.

WeaponOfChoice for the {{Pyromaniac}}. Sometimes [[MundaneUtility used]] for [[CouldntFindALighter lighting cigarettes]].

PS: If you use this weapon on your target, and [[IncendiaryExponent it stands up uninjured yet on fire]] and [[InfernalRetaliation quite pissed off...]] well, [[OhCrap it's nice knowing you]].

See also FlamingSword, AerosolFlamethrower, VideogameFlamethrowersSuck, and FlamethrowerBackfire. Compare PlayingWithFire, for people who make fire themselves. If you were looking for literally breathing fire, that's BreathWeapon.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': the character Claude "Torch" Weaver specializes in these.
* When things start to look bad for the Lemures in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', their leader Goose arms himself with one.
* In ''RurouniKenshin'', minor villain [[FatBastard Hyottoko]] has a primitive flamethrower built in his body: basically, is a large bag of oil in his stomach, with the nozzle in his mouth and flint teeth, allowing him to breathe fire at will.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': [[AxeCrazy Panik]] sets up his duel arena with flamethrowers that he uses against [[TheHero Yugi]]--first to intimidate him, then to burn him to a crisp after Yugi beats him. It fails, and Panik gets [[MindRape mind-crushed]].

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* DCComics
** The villain Firefly
** TheFlash has a villain called Heat Wave who has this as his gimmick. He's often teamed with/fights against [[AnIcePerson Captain Cold]].

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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'': During the away mission in chapter seven Eleya's tricorder picks up traces of fuel from a flamethrower, and she later inadvertently sets off said flamethrower's fuel tank with a grenade. Near the end of the chapter, a Bajoran Militia captain describes the Orion slave-raiders as having given up trying to break into a building that some Militiamen had barricaded themselves into. Instead, they used the flamethrower to set it on fire.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Blackbeard's ''Queen Anne's Revenge'' has flamethrowers in ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean: On Stranger Tides''.
* The WeaponOfChoice for ''Film/TheExterminator''.
* The Comedian gleefully used one in Vietnam in ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', even lighting his cigar with it.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series, an effective weapon against Xenomorphs because fire is one of the few things they don't like.
* In ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Five_People_You_Meet_in_Heaven The Five People You Meet In Heaven]]'', TheProtagonist was "the flamethrower guy" in his squad of soldiers. This becomes a significant plot point in the film. [[spoiler: he accidentally burned a child to death, [[TheAtoner which led to]] a career saving lives as a safety expert at an amusement park]]
* The [[http://www.jamesbondwiki.com/page/Dragon Tank Dragon Tank]] in ''Film/DrNo''.
* Used by TheMenInBlack in ''Film/MenInBlack'' to create "evidence" of a [[GasLeakCoverup swamp gas explosion]].
* For an Antarctic research station, the Americans in ''Film/TheThing1982'' seem to have an awful lot of flamethrowers lying around.
* The WeaponOfChoice in ''Film/DontGoInTheHouse''.
* The armored assailant in ''LethalWeapon 4'''s ActionPrologue uses a flamethrower along with a uzi.
* Tim the Enchanter from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' apparently has one built into his staff.
* The JohnnyDepp film ''Film/TheRumDiary'' manages to feature a human example. Depp's character manages to fend off an angry mob (and accidentally set fire to a police officer) by drinking "470 proof alcohol" and breathing on a lighter. The results are as expected.
* Used by the Stalker Fireball in ''Film/TheRunningMan''.
* The spiders in ''{{Film/Arachnoquake}}'' also breathed fire (occasionally).
* A humorous scene in ''ABridgeTooFar'' involves a flamethrower team sneaking up to destroy a bunker on the Arnhem bridge, only to hit an ammunition dump instead.
* ''Film/SpaceMutiny'': during the big shootout there's a man standing in the open, shooting bursts of flame which, due to the extremely short range of his weapon, don't hit any of the men armed with laser pistols who are shooting back. Fortunately all of them were trained at the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars Episode II: Film/AttackOfTheClones'', Jango Fett attacks Mace Windu with a miniature flamethrower in his left gauntlet. Windu jumps away quick enough that the only damage is to his outer layer of robes, which he quickly shucks.
* ''Film/TheMonumentsMen''. The Nazis uses flamethrowers to torch an art depository in compliance with Hitler's [[TakingYouWithMe Nero Order]].
* ''Deal of the Century'' (1983). An ArmsDealer is hassled by a JerkAss, so he takes a flamethrower out of his trunk and adds to the flames painted on the side of the man's muscle car.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* OlderThanFeudalism: In ''Literature/TheIliad'', the hero Diomedes (the one who stabbed Ares) is described as having a fire-breathing [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]].
* The grandaddies of 'em all: the Martians in Wells's ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' had tripods armed with a deadly heat beam which could set almost ''anything'' on fire, and if not, melt it.
* In Mark S. Geston's novel ''Lords of the Starship'', the book's entire TwistEnding is that [[spoiler:the gigantic Starship of the title, which takes over a century to build, is not meant to fly at all - its rockets are actually humongous flamethrowers designed to incinerate millions of people]].
* Rapier in ''[[MatthewReilly The Five Greatest Warriors]]'' uses a flamethrower at one point to incinerate several men who were ambushing his allies.
* ''Most Secret'' by Nevil Shute is about a fishing boat during WorldWarTwo that is fitted out with a large flamethrower in a plan to destroy the German escort vessels keeping an eye on the French fishing fleet. The KillItWithFire trope is specifically lampshaded.
* Rather literal example in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' when Vimes tries using a small dragon as a weapon to defend himself and Sybil from an angry mob.
* One book about an arsonist starting forest fires around Los Angeles (title unknown) had the hero suffering from a fear of fire. A rather gruesome flashback scene shows this was caused by him accidentally burning alive his sergeant while being trained on the use of a flamethrower.
* ''TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'': the preferred weapon of the protagonist against the Chtorran invaders, despite the fact that he had to burn alive the man who first taught him how to use it.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* [[DemBones Rito Revolto]] of ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' has a flamethrower in his arsenal. He tried to destroy the Ninjazords with it, but it was punched off his arm by the Ninja Megazord.
* ''ForeverKnight'' had a VillainOfTheWeek who torched homeless people with a flame thrower. At least until Nick got through with him.
* ''Hunter'' used a similar plot, with the villain using the weapon to commit arson as well as burning the occasional InnocentBystander. Naturally the song played during the teaser was "Burning Down the House".
* An episode of ''Series/ICarly'' has Spencer shooting fire from a fire '''''[[EpicFail extinguisher.]]'''''
* ''YoungIndianaJones'': in the "Trenches of Hell" episode, soldiers retreat in panic when GasMaskMooks bearing flamethrowers come out of a cloud of poison gas.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''{{GURPS}}'' has a slew of them. Flamers and fusion guns from ''Ultra-Tech''. Flamethrowers and {{aerosol flamethrower}}s in ''High-Tech''. Low tech flamethrowers for [[ChurchMilitant clerics]] in ''Dungeon Fantasy''. Heat rays in ''Spaceships''. The fire lance from ''Fantasy''. The cheirosiphon and eruptor style weapons from ''Low-Tech''.
* The flamer is so ubiquitous in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' that just about every race, even the super-advanced [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]], use some variant of it. In game terms, flamethrower-type weapons are useful because they 1) use a long teardrop-shaped template to resolve hits, meaning a well-placed burst can hit over a dozen models, and 2) they ignore the effects of cover, making them useful for clearing foes from bunkers or ruins.
* The [[RodentsOfUnusualSize Skaven]] from the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} low fantasy]] counterpart have Warpfire throwers, basically SteamPunk flamethrowers, though like most Skaven technology it's rather unreliable and prone to [[StuffBlowingUp backfire]].
* ''DungeonsAndDragons'' has, besides the obvious example of red dragons, the Tongue Stud of Firebreathing which allows the user to use a breath weapon attack 3 times a day.
* ''BattleTech'' has the Flamer, which runs gas near the mech's fusion reactor to heat it up, then vents the gas at an enemy's face.
** The first version of the Mechwarrior RPG for the game had a personal flammer pistol, which while having only a couple of 'shots', was noted as being highly intimidating, especially to other mechwarriors who already live with the possibility of being baked to death by their own mechs.
* The flamethrower is available in d20Modern, and can force victims to roll around to put out the fire... but it's illegal, and can explode while you're wearing it. Use it with care!

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[[folder: Theme Parks ]]

* Doctor Octopus' tentacles have the added ability to produce fire in ''Ride/TheAmazingAdventuresOfSpiderMan''.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* The weapon of choice for Torch, one of the Dreadnoks from ''GIJoe''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The Brotherhood of Nod from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' often has infantry armed with these, among other weapons included in their arsenals. It should be noted that the realism of fire-based weaponry in the series tends to vary from game to game.
** Nod's love affair with flamethrowers has, several times, extended to flamethrower ''tanks''. In ''Tiberian Sun'', this extended to the bizarrely improbable [[DrillTank Subterranean Flame Tank]]. Over in ''Red Alert'', the Soviets have been known to use flamethrower turrets for base defense.
** And Generals gives us [[RedChina the Chinese]], who love (nuclear) fire just as much. "Dragon" Flamethrower Tanks, fire-shelling artillery, fire-bombing MiGs and various nuclear weapons are all present in the game.
* The Fire Rod from several ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' games, including ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'', and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures''.
* ''BattleTanx'': the Flamethrower powerup and the Inferno tank
* ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}''
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank''
* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}''
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar''
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic''
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': [[PyroManiac The Pyro]] has a short-ranged flamethrower as their primary weapon. They can also use a FlareGun.
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace''
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: World At War''
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''
* ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes'' has Fire as one of its four basic shot types. Fire combinations boast high damage but have a rather limited range.
** Combinations include:
*** '''Basic Fire''' - By itself, Fire creates a short-range flamethrower.
*** '''Fire + Fire''' - A longer-range version of basic flamethrower.
*** '''Fire + Force''' - Large fireballs that explode on contact with enemies (or by letting go of the fire button).
*** '''Fire + Chaser''' - Creates a rather slow homing fireball that will target one enemy at a time, but is also controllable using the d-pad.
*** '''Fire + Lightning''' - A LaserBlade, the highest damage combination in the game, but with the shortest range of all the weapons.
* Flamethrowers are a ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series staple. The ''Broken Steel'' add-on to ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' adds the Heavy Incinerator, which rapid-fires gobs of napalm over long distances, more like a real-life flamethrower.\\
In terms of skills, they were categorized as [[{{BFG}} Big Guns]] until ''New Vegas'', which changed them to use the same Energy Weapons skill as the {{Frickin Laser Beam}}s.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has one for Shepard in Zaeed's DLC.
** The Blood Pack mercenaries also sometimes deploy vorcha troopers with flamethrowers. Like most Blood Pack weapons, it's exceptionally deadly up close and exceptionally vulnerable from far away. In the multiplayer of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', arm-mounted flamethrowers are the special weapons of Vorcha.
* ''{{Strife}}''
* ''FireShark''
* Obscure NES strategy RPG ''Just Breed'' has one that's also a FlamingSword; every time you attack with it, it hits nearly half the battlefield with an absurdly massive area-effect cone of fire.
* ''StarCraft'' has the Firebats, armored soldiers with twin flamethrowers on their arms. Really, ''really'' great against the Zerg. [[CripplingOverspecialization Not so great against anybody else, though...]]
** ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' gives us a vehicular update with the Hellion.
** Protoss Colossi, meanwhile, are known for their [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds heat rays]].
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' and [[VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar its sequel]].
* The ''NavalOps'' allows you to mount flamethrowers on your ship, and they are quite effective against the Habbakkuk boss, an aircraft carrier made of ice.
* One of the weapons Samus Aran from ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' frequently has in her ArmCannon is the Plasma Beam. In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' and the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.'' series, she also has an actual flamethrower.
* The [[SuperMarioBros Fire Flower]] in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.''
* ''VideoGame/ToySoldiers'': The Chemical Thrower of the first game could be upgraded into a flamethrower, and in ''Toy Soldiers: Cold War'', it returned in the form of a AerosolFlamethrower.
* ''MetalSlug'' flamethrowers belch a fairly short-ranged blast of flame that can torch multiple enemies. Especially handy against mummies, which require a lot of pistol rounds to take down.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skylight}}'' has flamethrowers, which can deal a lot of damage against anyone afflicted with the Douse status effect.
* The flamethrowers in ''VideoGame/AlienHallway''.
* ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X3 Terran Conflict]]'' introduces the Plasma Burst Generator, which is a flamethrower powered by a nuclear fusion reactor. A favored weapon of the SpacePirate faction, the weapon is a thorough gamebreaker in the hands of the player because of how its SplashDamage works
* The videogame version of ''[=BattleTech=]'', the ''MechWarrior'' series, has the Flamer appear in all versions. It heats up the enemy and can cause their mech to shut down.
* In ''VideoGame/ColdFear'' you can get your hands on a flamethrower later in the game. It works pretty well against most enemies, thought the invisible specimens and the Brutes won't be staggered by it. Furthermore, it's pretty much useless outside, as the rain and the strong winds will render it useless.
* In the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' franchise, there's the [[VideoGame/MegaManX Fire Wave]] and [[VideoGame/MegaManAndBass Wave Burner]]. Both are short-range fire weapons that breathe fire that drains weapon energy when the fire button is held. It can also melt ice in both of the games they are in. However, the Wave Burner can be used underwater with it shooting waves instead of water.
* In ''VideoGame/BrokenHelix'', there's a flamethrower [[spoiler:Reese]] gives you to clear out the laboratory's vents. And it uses [[ArtisticLicensePhysics energy cells instead of gas canisters]].
* ''VideoGame/MenOfValor'' has one of these. Mounted on an [=M48=] Patton tank, no less.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', Chuck Greene (and later Frank West) can combine a plastic gasoline canister with a suspiciously familiar BrandX water gun to get a carbine-style flamethrower (no backpack tank), great for turning large groups of zombies into large piles of charred corpses.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Flamethrowers were [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flamethrower used in several wars as well as for commercial clearing of land.]] Plus, they're pretty much [[UrExample the first example of gunpowder being used for, well, guns]] instead of rockets. And they're [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17016_7-items-you-wont-believe-are-actually-legal.html unregulated in 40 US states]].
* ImprovisedWeapon: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQxUZZhnSdA Supersoaker flamethrower]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkMWX9VP_Zk&feature=related The Dragon's Breath shotgun shell.]]
* The earliest use of a flamethrower in war could be seen as far back as the Byzantine "Greek fire" (with simple pumps full of a flammable liquid), and it could be found even earlier in myth and legend.
* Creator/FPSRussia [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9DkciMTsLI demonstrates]].
* The inherent hazard of a military flamethrower and the reason why only insane men would volunteer to carry one is demonstrated by several incidents from WW2.
** Anthony Beevor relates, in his account of the battle of Stalingrad, that German assault engineers captured by the Russians could expect no mercy if they were operating flamethrowers, a weapon feared and loathed in urban combat. Red Army informal practice was to crucify them in view of German positions and to leave them to die horribly, as a visible deterrent.
** Japanese defenders confronted by American engineers using the flamethrower would make them a priority target, seeking to penetrate and ignite the napalm fuel carried in tanks on the operator's back.
** During the Rhine crossing in March 1945, a British self-propelled flamethrower had its tanks ruptured in a loading accident while getting it into an amphibious carrier: the resultant fireball was one of the British army's biggest losses on the day. In a related accident, several men were soaked in the fuel mixture used by British flamethrower tanks. While this did not ignite, they had to be rushed to the rear - very carefully - for extensive chemical decontamination and medical treatment. One man got it in the eyes and was blinded for life.
* [[UsefulNotes To be noted]]: the usual image conveyed by a FireBreathingWeapon, as a large, cumbersome and very-short range Zippo lighter, is based on [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs film prop flamethrowers]], which, for the sake of safety, are fueled by propane gas. Military flamethrowers were always fed with liquid, sticky and oily fuels and gushed [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8a/German_Brennkommando-firing_Warsaw_1944.jpg gigantic]] [[http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3259/2439836260_7f1211a320.jpg jets]] of [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_pPsuc9rvU4Y/S-nZaYfhbnI/AAAAAAAABlg/VqXK-eqXd_4/s1600/flamethrower.jpg flame]], to obliterate everything combustible in their range (30-50 yards). In small spaces, they were the most frightening weapon imaginable.

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