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'''Flaming Carrot''' is a SuperHero created by Bob Burden. The character first appeared in ''Visions'' #1 (1979), the yearly Atlanta Fantasy Fair publication. He made regular appearances there to 1987. Burden self-published the one-shot ''Flaming Carrot Comics'' #1 (1981). But the real launch of the character took place when Dave Sims of Aardvark Vanaheim decided to hire Burden. Launching ''Flaming Carrot Comics'' as a regular series. The series changed publishers a couple of times, running for a total of 31 issues (May, 1984- October, 1994).

During its run, Carrot also appeared in anthology titles, mini-series and a couple of crossovers, notably with Comicbook/{{Cerebus}} and the Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}. Since Burden owns the character, any publisher doing business with the creator has access to him. Since 1994, reprints, mini-series, and crossovers have kept appearing. The Carrot's superhero group, the Mystery Men, have at times appeared without their most famous member. And even had [[Film/MysteryMen a film based on them]].

Flaming Carrot has an origin similar to that of Literature/DonQuixote. Alonso Quijano constantly read [[ChivalricRomance Chivalric Romances]]. The habit drove him insane, giving him the delusion of being a vagrant knight. The Carrot, real name unknown, read 5,000 comics in a single sitting. The experience caused him brain damage and turn him into a superhero. Just like the protagonists of those comics. He went to acquire a costume, gadgets, and a distinctive mask. Depicting a giant carrot, extends from above his head to below his crotch. Perpetually on fire. He never seems to take it off.

The Carrot patrols Palookaville, a decaying section of Iron City. The City itself is described as a midwestern steel town that has seen better days. He works alongside Police Inspector Keene and the Mystery Men, other bizarre vigilantes. His speech patterns , a tendency to drop pronouns and articles when excited and often "going into long, rambling, stream-of-consciousness rants" tends to confound his opponents.

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!!Contains examples of:
* AbnormalAmmo: Flaming Carrot's baloney gun.
* AscendedFanboy: Went insane and decided to become a superhero after reading too many comics in one sitting.
* BecomingTheMask: Flaming Carrot has never been seen without his mask.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The title character himself.
* CrazyAwesome
* CrazyPrepared / GogglesDoNothing: Flaming Carrot wears flippers in case he has to swim.
** More troperly, [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], as one of The Flaming Carrot's greatest powers is his Zen Stupidity.
* CrossOver:
** With ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' post-CerebusSyndrome. [[MoodWhiplash Yeah]]...
** And with ComicBook/ReidFlemingWorldsToughestMilkman, a fellow indy/{{underground comic|s}}... hero.
** On occasion, there have also been crossovers with the Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}.
** Flaming Carrot also appeared in the {{normalman}}/MegatonMan special, as well as WarOfTheIndepedents.
* DadaComics
* DarkerAndEdgier: Subverted.
* DirtyCommies: Some of his enemies.
* {{Fauxreigner}}: [[spoiler: The pygmy tribe. They're actually white kids who have become disenfranchised with their own culture.]]
* InASingleBound: [[ILoveNuclearPower Nuclear Powered]] ''Pogo Stick''.
* KavorkaMan: The ladies love him.
* NoFourthWall
* TheDitz: Even his official introduction describes him as "quintessentially retarded".
* SuperHero: A low rent one.
* SuperHeroOrigin: His ''lack'' of one has been [[http://www.flamingcarrot.com/FC/iCarrot/iCarrot1.html noted]]. There have been some hints that he's actually Jim Morrison, but they're not very serious. Incidentally, that's probably the strongest argument in it's favor.
** In at least one issue his origin is given as having been a normal person who read 500 comic books at a sitting, on a bet, and went insane.
* UselessAccessory: He wears flippers all the time. Why? [[CloudCuckooLander In case he needs to swim of course.]]
* VerbalTic: "Ut!"
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Sometimes Flaming Carrot does. Sometimes he doesn't. Consistency isn't high on the lovable madman's list.
* YouClonedHitler: Occurs in 'They Cloned Hitler's Feet!'
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