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->''"This little hamlet has too much boring and not enough burning... Torch everything!"''
-->-- '''[[MonsterClown Kefka Palazzo]]''', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''

In RealLife, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyromania Pyromania]] is a mental disorder that compels a person to set fires, and causes the sufferer to feel enjoyment and stress release (and in some cases even sexual release[[note]] although this is known as pyrophilia, which is technically a separate disorder and can be mutually exclusive from pyromania.[[/note]]) from starting and watching fires. In addition to being a very rare disorder it also has the standard mental disorder caveat of no two cases being identical and usually coming bundled with other issues and a difficult childhood.

While real-life pyromaniacs [[CaptainObvious tend to be somewhat mentally unstable]], fictional characters with this disorder [[HollywoodPsych tend to exhibit it]] to the level of [[EvilIsBurningHot evil murderous]] AxCrazy who really only get their kicks from death and murder with fire. Pyromaniac characters enjoy lighting fires, watching fires, [[PlayingWithFire playing with fires]], [[KillItWithFire killing with fires]], and generally [[ThisIndexIsOnFire make and use fire whenever they're able to]]; whether they [[PlayingWithFire have inherent fire powers]], or merely use [[FireBreathingWeapon flamethrowers]] or other incendiary weapons, you really don't want to get in their sights.

Note that using or favoring KillItWithFire does not automatically make a character a pyromaniac: Having a mental disorder that makes the character feel enjoyment in the act of starting fires is what makes one a pyromaniac.

Compare PsychoElectro for [[ShockAndAwe electricity-based powers]], and MadBomber for a common, terrifying overlap. For a more light-hearted take on mental illness-induced criminality, see TheKleptomaniac.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Claude "Torch" Weaver in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' was a pyromaniac wielding a flamethrower. Unusually he was also a FamilyValuesVillain and was unusually nice and collected [[DissonantSerenity even while he was indiscriminately setting things on fire]]. [[spoiler:He was eventually defeated when Revy managed to shoot his fuel tank. [[StuffBlowingUp KABOOOOOM!]]]]
* Dilandau of ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne''. The lovably sadistic PsychoForHire pilot of the flamethrower packing red Guymelef with the fun CatchPhrase of "Burn! Burn! Burn! [[EvilLaugh HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA]]!"
* [[NightOfTheLivingMooks The Mariage]] in ''[[AudioAdaptation StrikerS Sound Stage X]]'' of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', whose first step in doing anything always involves setting the location on fire.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Gokudera Hayato threatens to blow someone up every time he gets pissed.
* AntiHero Ogami from ''Manga/CodeBreaker''. Though it makes sense, considering that his designated powers are burning people by touching them. Not to mention that he's an [[TheStoic emotionless]], [[InsaneEqualsViolent automatically violent]] person who ''loves'' dealing out swift punishment. His catchphrase is even telling people to "Burn."
* Nice Holystone in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!''. There is a ''[[EyeScream reason]]'' she wears that eyepatch. And has those scars...
** Not only does she have the eyepatch, but she [[spoiler: hides small explosives in the empty socket!]]
** Randy and Pecho, apparent Mooks and career arsonists, inadvertently kick off the plot of one arc with their enthusiastic blazes. They use fire to [[KillItWithFire end the arc]], as well.
* During most of her formative years, Farnese from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' was one. She even ''[[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbated]] to [[BurnTheWitch people being burned at the stake]]''. Eventually, she manages to get over it.
* Natsu from ''Manga/FairyTail'' routinely lights objects of his interest on fire, including food (though of course he ''does'' eat fire). However, he's a pillar of sanity compared to his EvilCounterpart Zancrow of Grimoire Heart.
* Urumi from ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'' likes to blow things up. She considers a MolotovCocktail to be a "practical joke", and gets a "look" that's a mix of glee and malice when she blows up a building. Being a super genius, she never leaves any evidence.
* Sooto Henmi in Creator/SuehiroMaruo's ''Manga/TheLaughingVampire''. [[EnfantTerrible An A-student in elementary school]], he likes to set fire to the neighborhood and watch the reactions of the crowd. Like all self-respecting criminal, he keeps a diary and news clippings of the crimes he has committed.
* From ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' you have Quartum, [[spoiler:the Averruncus of Fire]].
* Menbil from ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''.
* Kasai from ''MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro''. He really loves burning things, but he's a bit more complex than that.
* Mamimi from ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''. [[spoiler: She's obsessed with her handheld game ''Fire Starter'', in which the player has to burn down buildings as effigies to the Lord of the Black Flame, Canti. It is heavily implied that she burned down her old school. This is worse in the manga, where at one point she says she was "too busy setting fires" to come over and visit Haruko.]]
* [[AxeCrazy Panik]] from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' loves intimidating opponents with fire, and tries to [[KillItWithFire kill Yugi this way]] for beating him. He gets [[MindRape mind-crushed]] instead.

* Heatwave, one of the ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' villains became this under Creator/GeoffJohns. It's hinted he burned down his childhood home while his family was inside.
** Became canon (for a time, at least) as a result of the "Top was responsible for the Rogues undergoing {{Heel Face Turn}}s" storyline: what makes this incarnation of Heat Wave a sympathetic, even tragic, villain is that he is genuinely [[TheMentallyDisturbed mentally ill]] and he recognizes it; when his pyromania first surfaced, he unintentionally set the family home on fire and was so captivated by the flames that he couldn't make himself move to go for help as his family burned to death inside. While he did commit murder by arson once (a childhood friend who made the mistake of pranking him by locking him in a freezer), Heat Wave constantly burns places down despite not wanting to and all his attempts at seeking therapy have failed.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** Firefly, one of the more minor members of the RoguesGallery, is this.
** As well as Firebug, another minor Batman villain.
* The ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'s'' [[ShapedLikeItself Pyro]] is sometimes portrayed as a pyromaniac, like in XMenEvolution and the live-action films.
* Adult comic ''{{Viz}}'' parodied this in strips featuring boy band Busted as pyromaniacs/arsonists who would set anything on fire "for a laugh"
* ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' Issue #3, in response to that issue's DrunkOnTheDarkSide plotline, Roll wonders how she would react to having all that power. Rock then goes into an ImagineSpot where Roll sees a dirty room, then pulls out Fire Man's weapon, declaring ''Fire is the ultimate cleanser!''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' became one of these after taking a blow to the head in the Creator/CarlBarks story "The Firebug".
* Judge Fire, a villain from the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' comics, is a skeletal HangingJudge wreathed in flames. He gained his powers because he preferred burning people alive as the means of execution, starting with a primary school that he burned to the ground for "[[AllCrimesAreEqual noise violations]]".

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', it's pretty obvious that Nuka has some issues even before his "WHOO, FIRE!!!" outburst.
* Judge Frollo from Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame exhibits pyromaniac tendencies - including a number of references to the 'fiery pit' of Hell - and is often preoccupied with burning down buildings.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[spoiler:Ronald Bartel (Donald Sutherland)]] from ''Film/{{Backdraft}}''.
* Paul Newman's character in ''Film/TheLongHotSummer'', Ben Quick, is accused of being a "barn burner." A Southern term and phenomenon, it means someone who will exact revenge for a real or perceived injustice or slight by setting fire to his antagonist's barn, or other outbuilding if the barn isn't accessible.
* Saul in ''Film/TheOldDarkHouse1932'', who is kept locked in the attic so he won't burn down the eponymous house.
* Bobby Mercer from ''Film/FourBrothers''. He burned down his brother's treehouse when they were younger and threatens to burn a member of the city council alive. The aforementioned brother is also afraid that Bobby will burn down his new house too.
* One of the main villains in ''Film/AloneInTheDark1982'' was a preacher who liked to burn churches with people in them before he was put into a mental institute.
* The killer in ''Film/DontGoInTheHouse'' was repeatedly burned by his abusive mother as a child, and after she died, he snapped and began channeling the rage he felt towards her on random women, who he would burn to death in his home (hence the title) with a flamethrower while wearing a fireproof suit.
* ''Not Our Son'', a {{Biopic}} of serial arsonist-[[SerialKiller killer]] Paul Kenneth Keller, starring NeilPatrickHarris.
* ''Point of Origin'', another Biopic, this one about prolific arsonist and mass murderer John Leonard Orr.
* [[TheDon Crime lord]] Top Dollar from ''Film/TheCrow'' is a gangster who institutionalized the yearly arsons of Devil's Night that plague Detroit by starting the first fires and then expanding the idea each year while reaping profits on the side. At a conference between the major gang leaders he announces that he's grown bored of it all, and to top himself declares that he's going to burn down the whole city [[ForTheEvulz purely for his own amusement]].

* ''Literature/TheRadix'': [[ProfessionalKiller Erich Metzger]]'s assistant, Franca. We only see her in one scene (where she's burning his victim's house) and know she's this from his lone remark.
* Daniel Handler's ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'':
** Count Olaf ''really'' likes to burn houses down and enjoys it even more ''if there is someone inside''.
** He also doesn't mind the occasional hospital full of children.
* [[spoiler:Ben Ladradun]] in [[TamoraPierce Tammy Pierce's]] ''[[Literature/CircleOfMagic Cold Fire]].''
* Creator/StephenKing:
** Trashcan Man ''Literature/TheStand'', who got his name due to lighting trashcans on fire at his school.
** Surprisingly Charlie the pyrokinetic in ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'' avoids the trope. Possibly due to her father willfully traumatizing her at a very young age precisely to avoid it.
** At one point in ''Literature/SalemsLot'', we learn the big town fire in 1951 had been deliberately set by a local teenage boy.
* [[spoiler:Lofty Tewt]] in Literature/{{Discworld}}'s ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''.
* Jesse in ''Literature/MySistersKeeper''. The ironic part is that his father is a fire fighter.
* ''Literature/{{Ripliad}}'': Tom Ripley is an unusually calm example of this. Because his parents died of drowning, he has something of a phobia of water and a corresponding comfort with fire. Thus, he feels really good in one book when he torches some mobsters' car with the occupants still inside.
* Mugabo the Magician in ''Literature/ThePiloFamilyCircus.'' A sorcerer with a talent for fire magic, his pyromania doesn't emerge until his FreakOut at the end of the book, where it manifests as a voice urging him to turn the showground black and orange.
* ''Literature/ParableOfTheSower'': Taking place in a dystopian future with social chaos, a new drug is on the street causing consumers to become pyromaniacs.
* Daisy Parker from Helen Cresswell's ''BagthorpeSaga'' may well be the youngest ever pyromaniac. She started at the age of four and has since solidified her reputation as an all-round [[PersonOfMassDestruction Holy Terror]].
* In ''Literature/AdrianMole: The Cappucino Years'', [[spoiler: Adrian's house]] is burned down by [[spoiler: his sons' pyromaniac tutor, Eleanor.]]
* Lucy in the Young Adult series ''Literature/TheSquad''. She even judges the quality of alcohol by how flammable it is.
* Blister from ''JasonXToTheThirdPower''.
* Aerys Targaryen, "The Mad King", from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' eventually became a full-fledged pyromaniac. Jamie reveals in book four that the king, late on in the marriage, was generally 'uninterested' in the queen except for on days when he'd seen someone burned to death in front on him.
* From ''Literature/{{Haunted 1988}}'' it turns out [[spoiler: that Christina was one of these and set fire to the house when she and her brothers were inside. None of them survived]].
* The 1986 young adult novel ''The Fire Raiser'', by UsefulNotes/NewZealand author Maurice Gee, is about a group of kids tracking down the title character during WorldWarI. Later made into a MiniSeries.
* The title character of ''Literature/TheOneWhoStartedFires'', [[spoiler:who is a young girl,]] sets a large number of fires, and kills over a hundred people.
* The Creator/RobertBloch novel ''Firebug'' (1961). This one includes some pyrophiliac elements.
* Deuce of ''Literature/{{Edenborn}}'' is fascinated by fire. He designs his [[{{Cyberspace}} IVR domain]] around volcanos and flames, keeps a number of lighters on him at all times, and practices a form of fortunetelling based on how objects burn.
* Brostin in Literature/GauntsGhosts. In his civilian life before the destruction of Tanith, he was a firefighter and also ''an arsonist''. After the Founding, he was aptly assigned as a flametrooper. Whenever Brostin uses his weapon or witnesses a fire, he is shown drawing personal satisfaction from it. And he's a chainsmoker too.
** Brostin's smoking habit is half "safe" release, half AddictionDisplacement; it gets a lot stronger when he can't or shouldn't be lighting everything on fire.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' actually had a somewhat sympathetic and restrained pyromaniac. When the team's investigating an arson case that killed a teenager, one of the suspects is a woman with a history of pyromania. She reveals to Nick (in a scene tinged with FetishFuel) that she controls her urges by burning her junk mail in the fireplace. [[spoiler: She's not the culprit.]]
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' had two of them in the two part season 9 opener. They suspect a convicted arsonist/pyro is behind a fire which contained a booby trap that killed a firefighter; he insists [[NotMeThisTime he didn't do it]] (supported by the fact he only started fires which did property damage and went out of his way to avoid killing anyone) and offers to help. It turns out the really killer was an investigator who learned a lot from him from interviews and got obsessed with him (and maybe became a pyromaniac herself). However, at the end of the episode he suffers a relapse and starts setting fires again in the next part, to get revenge on the people who hurt him as a kid.
* ''Series/TheCloser'' has a very creepy pyromaniac as a recurring character; it's mentioned that he's sexually aroused by the smell of burning flesh, and he repeatedly comments on the ways to make people go up in flames. [[spoiler:He's not the culprit in either of his appearances (though it's heavily implied that he did set a girlfriend on fire years ago, but due to witness death the verdict at trial was Not Guilty), and even helps Priority Homicide find the culprit both times with his knowledge of fires.]]
* ''Series/BlueHeelers'' had a special two part episode at the start of the 2003 season in memory of the horror bushfires that summer. All the fires were caused by a pyro.
* The series ''{{Fire}}'' had the platoon and the arson squad trying to chase down a pyromaniac who had been lighting fires for over a year. It turns out one of them is the pyro, discovered when a trap he sets kills a firefighter.
* Lee's uncle, nicknamed Firebug, in ''Series/LockStock''. He threatens to set fire to anyone who pisses him off, frequently sets fire to people's clothing and property, and apparently carries a [[AerosolFlamethrower lighter and can of WD-40]] with him at all times.
* Creator/JimCarrey's "Fire Marshal Bill", from ''Series/InLivingColor''.
* On ''Series/DeadliestCatch'' Edgar Hansen enjoys fire a little too much. He created the Northwestern's "flaming last hook" ritual and one year during the ritual lit [[ManOnFire himself]] and the crab table on fire. Other times he torments crew members with a AerosolFlamethrower.
* Lila from season 2 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' was a serial arsonist. When she blew up the cabin with [[spoiler:Doakes]] inside, she told Dexter the explosion was "brilliant". She then tried to kill [[spoiler:Dexter, Astor, and Cody]] by lighting her apartment on fire.
* Jubal Early from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is a bounty hunter who tries to capture River Tam but finds it more difficult to extract her from the ship than he had anticipated. He compares her to his most troublesome previous bounty, a pyromaniac midget: "...little man loved fire."
* A number of unsubs on ''Series/CriminalMinds'' have been pyromaniacs, notably the unsub in "Ashes and Dust". It was subverted in "Compulsion", where the unsub was revealed not to be an arsonist, but to [[spoiler:suffer from scrupulosity, an extreme form of OCD]].
* ''Series/TheXFiles'', [[StockEpisodeTitles episode "Fire"]]: The MonsterOfTheWeek was a British arsonist who targeted British aristocrats and had a thing for their wives. He embodied several fire tropes.
* Series/ThumbWrestlingFederation has N Fuego, who can set fires by ''dancing''.
* An arson suspect from ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' is a pyro. [[CowboyCop Stabler]] takes advantage of this while PerpSweating him.
* ''Series/BarneyMiller'': There's a serial arsonist setting fires throughout the neighborhood. Hapless liquor store owner Mr. Cotterman decides to torch his place for the insurance money, letting the arsonist take the blame, but as luck would have it just as he comes to the squad room (to set up his alibi for when the fire is scheduled to start) he finds out that they just caught the arsonist.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' the Seventh Doctor's companion Ace had a love of fire and improvised explosives that was unhealthy enough to get her expelled from school in London and arrested on arson charges, but came in handy when Seven needed a distraction or destruction.
-->'''Seventh Doctor:''' I don't believe you've met my young friend Ace, an expert in calorification,[[labelnote:†]](setting things on fire)[[/labelnote]] incineration,[[labelnote:§]](setting things on fire)[[/labelnote]] carbonization,[[labelnote:º]](setting things on fire)[[/labelnote]] and inflammation.[[labelnote:‡]](''yes'', setting things on fire)[[/labelnote]]

* ''Music/TheDeadMilkmen'' song "If You Love Somebody, Set Them on Fire" is all about a pyromaniac, and even begins with the sound of a match being lit.
* Till Lindemann of Music/{{Rammstein}} loves fire and is a certified pyrotechnics expert. You haven't noticed?
** He even had the entire band be trained in pyrotechnics so they can put even more fire and flamethrowers on the stage as they perform.
** The song ''Feuer Frei'' means "fire at will", ''Benzin'' is "gasoline". There's also ''Mein Herz brennt'' (my heart is burning), ''Sonne'' (sun), ''Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen'' (do you want to see the bed on fire), ''Feuer und Wasser'' (fire and water). ''Asche zu Asche'' (ash to ash) is about being burnt at the stake. Even the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp9z-9RdwwM&feature=related bands name]] is a reference to an air show disaster which is famous for the video footage of a huge fireball of a plane crashing into a crowd of spectators.
* Whiplash's "Burning of Atlanta", which is about some pyromaniac setting Atlanta on fire.
* "The City Sleeps" by MC 900ft Jesus is about an arsonist who lights fires to get a spiritual thrill.
* The song "Raze" by Music/{{Exodus|Band}} starts with this lovely bit:
--> Let's start a fire, biggest one you've ever seen,
--> You bring the matches, I'll bring the gasoline,
--> Ignite it, delight it, the flames grow higher,
--> Burn the world upon a funeral pyre!
* In "Lament for a Toy Factory", DoctorSteel sings about burning down the toy factory that fired him with "gasoline-filled Super Soakers."
* The narrator of "Psalms 40:2" by TheMountainGoats is a pyromaniac seeking a meaningful connection with God through setting fires.
* ''Music/TheOffspring'' song "Burn It Up".
--> I wanna burn it up. Yeah, I'm a pyro.
* From Music/TomLehrer's "My Hometown":
--> I remember Sam!
--> He was the village idiot
--> And though it seems a pity, it was so
--> He liked to burn down houses just to watch them glow
--> And nothing could be done
--> Because he was the mayor's son.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGBl6P3C_Vs "John Orr The Arsonist"]] by ''And Then There Were None'' is about the real-world serial arsonist of the same name.
* ''Creator/{{Cascada}}'' has a song called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsdXPPp8dNk "Pyromania."]]
* "Firestarter" from ''Music/TheFatOfTheLand'' by Music/TheProdigy was controversial to some people because they felt it would glorify fire vandalism.

[[folder: Podcasts]]
* Podcast/DiceFunk: Anne is just a little too eager to use fire to solve her problems.

[[folder: Roleplay]]
* Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG has this sort of character in Andrew Jackson, AKA agent Pyro, who, in keeping with his ''Videogame/TeamFortress2'' namesake, is a complete psycho who loves to see things burn. His daughter is shown to use a flamethrower as well, though it's hard to tell if she herself is actually a pyromaniac (or, for that matter, if it's InTheBlood) or if it's just the result of her [[spoiler: [[SweetPollyOliver impersonating her father]] to protect him from TheMole]].
* Roleplay/FaithTesters has a whole group of them called Blitzers. They even have a yearly fire show that includes blowing things up everywhere in the city the profession originated from… So far two of the main cast have discussed how much [[{{Mad Bomber}} they]] [[{{Kill it with Fire}} enjoy what they do]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Each and every Ork Burna Boy, and most Skorcha gunners, in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' -- at least to the degree that orks can be called 'mentally ill' by human standards (Orks will happily kill each other for their equipment or [[KlingonPromotion their position]] in the hierarchy, but skorcha wielders are considered unhinged because they will set orks on fire just to see them "do the burny dance".). The Arch-Arsonist of Charadon, an Ork warlord, measures his success in ''worlds burned''. Orks do not do things by halves (well, except people anyway).
** The ''other'' Khornate warcry is "Kill! Maim! Burn!" and they are very good at all three.
** As cleansing fire is quite effective as a demonstration of what happens when you turn to Chaos, many Inquisition-affiliated factions have people who are living the dream of setting things on fire and getting rewarded for it.
** The Salamanders Chapter of the Space Marines are incredibly obsessed with fire and they consist entirely of [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Black Men]] with literally charcoal-black skin and also have glowing red eyes. On the other hand, they are one of the friendliest Space Marine chapters around and a rare example of an Imperial organisation that actually cares about civilians and providing help in case of disaster.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' having Pyromania forces you to make a self control roll every time the opportunity to light something on fire pops up.
* Quite a lot of Jammers from ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' are pyromaniacs as well as [[MadBomber bomb-happy]]. They're usually the ones with the cyber-mounted flamethrowers.
* A large number of mages and planeswalkers in ''MagicTheGathering'', including Jaya Ballard and Chandra Nalaar.
* ''{{Champions}}'' has a few villains like this, including Blowtorch and Firebug.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' had the Pyrokineticist PrestigeClass. One of the qualifications? You had to have set a significantly-sized building on fire ''just to watch it burn''.
* Pyromania (called "Firebug") is a mental disorder in ''WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'', which forces the character to roll willpower whenever given a chance to start a fire (which is surprisingly often) and gives Fellowship penalties from depression whenever the character isn't setting fire to stuff. Most characters who acquire it tend to live short, interesting lives before being put down by law enforcement or their fellow party members after setting fire to something they really shouldn't. And if the party [[PlayingWithFire Red Wizard]] ever gets it, run. Run like your pants are on fire, which they will be shortly if you do not.
** The Bright Order itself - the College of Magic which specialises in fire magic - is something of a subversion. Aqshy, The Wind of Fire, tends to inspire rampant pyromania in human wizards who use it regularly, so a significant part of a Bright Wizard's training is dedicated to resisting the pyromaniac urge that might overtake him.
* ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' Belial, Demon Prince of Fire literally is this trope. His demonic minions aren't bad at following in his footsteps either, especially his Calabim.
* Actually stated in the canon of ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' as one of the primary reasons a Mechwarrior would ''choose'' to pilot a ''[[MeaningfulName Firestarter]]'', a design which is so [[CripplingOverspecialization niche in its utility]] that it is of little strategic use when [[KillItWithFire rampant use of incendiaries]] is not called for, outside of impromptu scout or picket duty. The number of ''Firestarter'' pilots whose mini-biographies include phrases like "morbid fascination with fire" is almost excessive, and at the very least constitutes a plurality of printed bios for the design's pilots.

* The ''{{Bionicle}}'' fandom likes to joke about [[PlayingWithFire Tahu]] possibly being one of these. ("BURN STUFF!" became a popular [[MemeticMutation meme]] at one point.) Occasionally referenced in the canon:
--> '''Tahu''': What do you have in mind, and does it include explosions?

* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Pyro]] of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. Apart from the fact that most of [[AmbiguousGender their]] weaponry causes people to be set on fire, the game makes it very clear that the Pyro takes delight in starting said fires: About [[TheUnintelligible the only intelligible things]] the Pyro can utter are a maniacal laughter made when using the flamethrower & the occasional "ouch" when getting hit by something.
** In the ''Meet The Team'' shorts and Valve comics, even when not burning their enemies alive, The Pyro will idly play with their lighter and torch whatever they happen to have on hand. And while according to "Meet the Pyro", they seem to think all this fire does [[UltraSuperHappyCuteBabyFestFarmer3000 something else,]] the comics have shown that even then they've got [[http://www.teamfortress.com/tf03_cold_day_in_hell/#f=33 a pretty damn strong affection of burning stuff.]]
* Willow from ''VideoGame/DontStarve'' is also known as "The Firestarter", and for good reason. She regenerates Sanity from being near fires, but also has lower maximum Sanity and will automatically and randomly start fires with the lighter she carries if her Sanity gets low. On top of this, most of the time when you have her inspect an object, she'll contemplate how flammable it is.
* Durian from ''VideoGame/OnePieceMansion'' sets rooms on fire, making them [[StuffBlowingUp explode]] from the tenant's stress.
* The French Mercenary in the first ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter'' uses a flamethrower. You use it to your advantage - he's slow to turn, and his flamethrower isn't very fireproof.
* Phoebe from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' has some... ''issues'' with starting fires. She occasionally has psychic "outbursts..."
** And once you can, Raz will start having urges too. "Oops, sorry bird."
*** And when you continue to torch innocent woodland creatures, Raz will lampshade this sadism.
-->'''Raz''': SeeYouInHell!
** "I AM THE MILKMAN. MY [[MolotovCocktail MILK]] IS DELICIOUS."
* The UNSC Flamethrower Marines in ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' are described as "pyromaniacs to the core" and their in-game combat chatter backs it up, with the Marines shouting things like "I can't believe I get paid to do this!"
** Though the encyclopedia relased in 2011 gives a large dose of realism, saying that anyone who used a flamethrower in active service is prescribed psychological assessment immediately afterwards.
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'': Durandal's description for the TOZT-7 Backpack Napalm Unit is as follows:
-->''I don't believe it is necessary for me to state the personality disorders evident in an individual who enjoys, or more accurately revels, in spraying their enemies with flaming napalm aerosol.''
* Flame Tank pilots in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' are understandably enthusiastic about their role. If reselected while in the middle of salvo, their responses include "Yes... YES!" and "It's beautiful..."
** Let's not forget the: "PURGE THEM WITH FIRE, PURIFY THEM!!" and "UNLEASH THE GLORY OF THE FLAME" when they are told to attack an enemy.
* [[MeaningfulName Ignus]] of ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''. He is [[IncendiaryExponent perpetually on fire]], due to a portal to the Plane of Fire being opened ''inside his body''. It was his [[InfernalRetaliation poorly chosen]] [[ThePunishment punishment]] for trying to burn Sigil to the ground.
* From ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft}}'':
-->'''Firebat:''' "''Let's burn.''"
** The sequel adds a helpful description text to the firebat in the campaign, claiming that the rate of pyromania in firebat recruits is 'only' around 70% and that recruits tend to be drawn from prisoners with arson sentences. That's a lot of fire-starting crazies...
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s [[PlayingWithFire Fire mages]]. Indeed, one of their talents pre-''Mists of Pandaria'' was named "Pyromania". It also [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration bleeds into their gameplay]]; whereas Arcane mages draw their power from their {{mana}} supply (representative of the great mysteries of magic) and Frost mages' spells are strengthened by the debilitating effects on their enemies, Fire mages are mostly empowered by internal procs, representing the sheer rush of successfully lighting everything on fire.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: World at War'' has Doctor Richtofen as a character from the ''VideoGame/NaziZombies'' DLC. Out of the group of four sociopath soldiers who make up the playable characters, Richtofen is the most unhinged. Whenever a nuke powerup is detonated he will shout "Watch, watch the BEAUTIFUL FIRE!!" very enthusiastically.
* You can play one in ''{{Arcanum}}''. While it's one of the lamer character backgrounds (the bonus is rather useless when you intend to specialise in Explosives anyway), the description is just lovely:
-->''You like fire. No, you LOVE fire! Fire fire fire! You were always picked on as a kid for being scrawny (-1 Strength and -1 Constitution) but you showed them! You studied explosives (+ 20 Expertise) and you burned their homes! Burned them to the ground! Ha ha! Then you ran away from home and snuck aboard the [[CoolAirship IFS Zephyr]], which seemed highly flammable and an excellent target. You probably would have torched the zeppelin if it hadn't been shot down.''
* All of the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games have a Pyromaniac perk, and they all cause the player to inflict greater fire damage in varying ways. Though ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'s'' is perhaps the most spectacular, increasing fire damage by a whopping 50%. Enough to make the flamer out perform a [[GatlingGood minigun]] at short range.
** Cook-Cook, one of the Fiend leaders in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', fights with a flamethrower. He's also implied to be completely psychotic.
* Several villains of the ''{{Suikoden}}'' series, like [[PsychoForHire psychotic]] BlackKnight Yuber and ''[[SerialEscalation more]]'' [[AxCrazy psychotic]] Luca Blight.
* Paul Carson from ''VideoGame/DeadRising''.
* Sid Burn, the leader of a domestic terrorist group called the Coyotes and the BigBad of the first ''{{Vigilante8}}'' game.
* Mononobe no Futo, from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', enjoys setting things on fire when she's feeling scared or simply emotional, such as when she was deeply moved by a thought she had and decided she had to burn something. In ''Hopeless Masquerade'' her [[LimitBreak Last Word]] is to set the entire stage on fire, which causes continuous damage to the opponent. The whole thing is a HistoricalInJoke about the person she's based on's involvement in the burning of Buddhist temples during a religious war.
* Spawn a Pyro in ''{{Scribblenauts}}'' and he burns down anything possible.
* In ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'', Dingodile's primary weapon is a flamethrower.
* Most of Pyro's proles in ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}''.
--> '''Flame Minion''': Fire? Fire! Heeheehee! Fire! Hahahaha!
* Matt Helms from ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' uses a flamethrower-battle axe.
* Annie from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' might be this, considering she's a child fighting in gladiator battles, and setting things on fire is pretty much her MO. Also she has a flaming bear for a pet that she summons for more burning of her enemies. Not to mention some of her attack quotes.
** From the same game, [[Main/WreathedInFlames Brand]] whose visual design, backstory and even name all revolve around fire, in addition to every single one of his abilities and most of his dialogue. In fact, he takes the obsessive, murderous compulsions of pyromania to the absolute extreme; His '''sole purpose for existing''' is to [[Main/SetTheWorldOnFire Set the World on Fire]], and when chosen in the Champion select he asks if the player is ready to do just that.
* It's implied in ''GearsOfWar 2'' that Delta squad rookie [[MauveShirt Ben Carmine]] is somewhat pyromaniacal, with Marcus and Dom remarking on his love of fire and how he was always talking about it. This is reinforced by his multiplayer lines when he picks up and uses a flamethrower ("AHAHAHA, burn, bitch!")
* Kefka Palazzo from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' commits most of his atrocities using fire. For starters, he has a brainwashed Terra burn fifty of the Gestahlian Empire's finest soldiers alive, he torches Castle Figaro to persuade Edgar to hand over Terra, he has Thamasa burned to the ground (to which he explicitly states "This little Hamlet has too much "boring" and not enough "burning." Burn it to the ground!"), it was heavily implied that [[spoiler:his misaligning the Warring Triad]] also resulted in several fires on the planet, and don't forget his frequent use of the Light of Judgment which kills people by incinerating them [[spoiler:after his ascension to Godhood]].
* Burner Man from ''VideoGame/MegaManAndBass''. It was what he was created for, for Asimov's sake!
** Mega Man Powered Up also makes Fire Man this. Just about every single line is him screaming "FIIIIIIIIRE!!!" at the beginning or end of it.
* A trait in ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', which ironically is only found in natural children of NPC firefighters. They can set things on fire, turn fruits into flame fruit, and survive longer while on fire.
* [[TheHero Sly]] from ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'' calls the Panda King one when he threatens to bury a village in snow with fireworks.
** Sly does this again in [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves the third game]], but this make the Panda King angrier.
* Qara from ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' comes across as this.
* Krieg from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' will become one if you put points into his "Hellborn" skill tree.
** Many psychos from both games exhibit pyromaniacal tendencies. In the second game, there's a cult of psychos who worship the Firehawk (AKA Lilith) and are completely obsessed with fire.
** Pyro Pete, from the "Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage" [=DLC=]. As Torgue himself helpfully points out, "[[NoIndoorVoice HIS GIMMICK IS THAT]] [[CaptainObvious HE REALLY LIKES FIRE]]".
* Flame Knuckle from ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' appears in a flame-thrower equipped power suit, and attacks you with incendiary weapons when it's destroyed.
-->'''Flame Knuckle''': "Be cleansed with heat!!"
-->'''Jack''': Man. [[CaptainObvious That guy REALLY likes fire.]]
* The Fury from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' was an astronaut who was burned over all of his body from an accident while on a mission, and became unable to feel pain. During this experience, he saw the Earth obscured by a wall of fire, and subsequently became obsessed over this vision of the Earth in flames. Most likely from some form of PTSD, he turned into a psychotic pyromaniac, and sought to burn all of his enemies with his powerful flamethrower.
* In the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' series, Zhu Ran was best known for carrying out the fire attack in the battle of Yiling. He was made playable starting with ''Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends'', and - unsurprisingly - his moveset revolves around using a flaming bow to set his enemies ablaze. He's very eager to carry out his historical orders at Yiling - "Just thinking about it gets me all worked up!"

* ''Webcomic/AnotherGamingComic'' features the fire-obsessed Nuclear Dan, who dissects every gaming system he comes across to master its use of fire and explosives. His standard reaction to any provocation is to cast Fireball, usually centered on himself.
* [[Webcomic/CuantaVida "So he's as flammable as anyone!"]]
* Elly from ''Webcomic/NamiWarriors'' is only happy when she gets to set someone or something on fire.
* Larisa from ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' is always keen on setting things on fire, for example [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2009/06/01/0064-some-people-just-want-to-see-the-world-burn/ a trash can in the office of her school principal.]] After an unsuccessful treasure hunt, she also comes to the conclusion that [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2010/01/28/0133-the-moral-of-the-story/ burning down abandoned buildings is much more fun than to explore them.]]
* In ''Webcomic/KidRadd'', the protagonists come across a colony of [=NPCs=] who, being invincible, have odd party games one of which is called Blatant Pyromania. It's played by setting yourself on fire. Sheena and Radd get in on it too. Sheena, an NPC, finds it surprisingly fun; Radd has an understandably less enthusiastic opinion.
* In ''Webcomic/NectarOfTheGods'', Enrique is a Flairtender who spends a lot of his work hours lighting drinks on fire and using it to spit fire. So it's become a sort of reflex of his to light things on fire at random.
* In ''Webcomic/MenInHats'', Aram likes setting things on fire, such as [[http://www.meninhats.com/d/20020927.html Gamal's]] [[http://www.meninhats.com/d/20021103.html face]] and [[http://www.meninhats.com/d/20020923.html "anything with 'do not set on fire' written on it somewhere."]]
* Flick from ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' is a possible pyromaniac. PlayedForLaughs in that he only sets his own head on fire.
* Tangerine from ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' is an adorable pyromaniac. Country Girl [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-03-11 turned]] [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-03-13 into]] somewhat "[[CloudCuckoolander out of sync]]" Devil Girl -- [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-05-29 throwing]] {{Hellfire}} and enjoying things that go boom (as well as [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-06-12 demonizing]] random critters or objects).
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' has Kyros, of the Fantasy theme. It rapidly gets to the point where every other member of the party dives for cover when he begins casting a spell. He considers it an aiming problem when he ''only'' hits the things he's pointing the fireball at. Given that the Fantasy theme uses a houserule where XP can only be spent on things the players have practiced using, and all Kyros ever uses is his fireball, this trend is one that never reverses.
* After much speculation as to why a robot of all things had made itself a campfire in ''Webcomic/BladeBunny'', someone asked him in-comic. He replied that he just likes watching things burn.
* Richard, of ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup''. His favoured response to pretty much anything he perceives as a threat[[note]](He claims an orpanage attacked him)[[/note]] is ''FWOOSH''.
* ''Webcomic/TheBlackBrickRoadOfOZ'''s rotten scarecrows (and apparently Straw Shawn too, if to a lesser extent) enjoy settings things like people's houses on fire. And, being scarecrows, they themselves are made of highly flammable materials!
* ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'': Gary Hart, Norman's lawyer/partner-in-crime, seems to be one. Given his hobby of blowing up golf courses, his burnt hands, [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20120510.html the short speech]] he gives to a dope they were threatening to set on fire, and "Mr. Reed"'s threat to tell the police of his activities.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Tisiphone of the WhateleyUniverse. All she seems to think about are setting fires, and getting even with Phase by setting him on fire.
* Creator/StuartAshen has a tendency to set blind bag toys he doesn't like on fire.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has Burnscar, a [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinetic]] who becomes [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity more mentally unstable the more she uses her power]].
* From Wiki/{{Killerbunnies}}, we have Corrine Andrews, as per her profile and dA description, and she is nearly covered with burn scars. She also started her first fire when she was five and has about one-hundred cases of arson under her belt.
* LetsPlay/HatFilms has Smiffy, the TokenEvilTeammate who enjoys setting things and people on fire ForTheEvulz. It's reached the point that whenever something catches fire, they blame Smiffy, even if [[NotMeThisTime he actually turns out to be innocent on rare occasions]]. He now has the somewhat terrifying distinction of having started a large fire ''in real life'' for the LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} ''Block 'n' Load'' challenge, although that may have been scripted owing to the surprisingly rapid appearance of the fire department.
* Giving LetsPlay/SimonLane flint and steel in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' is generally a poor idea if you want to live, particularly if TNT is nearby.
* During their ''Pixelmon'' miniseries in ''[[Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries Minecraft]]'', LetsPlay/{{Sjin}} and LetsPlay/DuncanJones generally decide to gleefully burn down a gym after having won their battle, laughing while the inhabitants protest and panic. You'd think that after a while [[GenreBlindness they'd stop building their gyms out of wool and wood]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Beavis from ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead''. "[[CatchPhrase FIRE! FIRE!]]"
** At least until the MoralGuardians [[{{Bowdlerise}} took notice]]. Allegedly, a young boy burned down his house after watching ''Beavis and Butt-Head''... even though his house [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer didn't have cable]], meaning that they couldn't watch the show.
*** in the [[UnCancelled revival]], Beavis is allowed to say "FIRE! FIRE!" again.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' brings us [[MeaningfulName Inferno]]. His mindset can be described as: "Burn! BURN FOR THE ROYALTY! BUUURRRRRNNNNN, MAXIMALS!!! [[EvilLaugh AAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!]]"
* [[TheDitz Ralph Wiggum]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has shown signs of pyromania on a couple of occasions. He shows Bart the place where he claims to have seen a leprechaun, who told him to burn things. When asked by a fire safety guy in a bear outfit if he was going to start any fires, he replied "At my house, we call them [[UnusualEuphemism uh-oh]]s".
** In ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'', he'll also spout out the "The leprechaun tells me to burn things!" line when you pick him up.
** Reverend Lovejoy is also implied to have these tendencies, such as his being overenthusiastic towards a burning as well as buying a van whose sole purpose is to burn books. In one episode it is implied that he had burned down a previous church of his.

* Izzy from ''TotalDramaIsland'' was the first member of the team to successfully start a fire with a massive explosion while laughing like a lunatic and we later found out she burned down the mess hall at her military camp.
* ''Firefly of GIJoeRenegades.'' Not only a dedicated pyro, he is also known to talk to the fires he starts as one might talk to their lover. Or he'll talk about the fires in a religious context. The guy is completely bat-shit insane.
* Joseph from the later episodes of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', whenever he and Bobby find something he almost always suggests that they burn it, in another when Bobby is a guidance counselor for girls with problems Joseph at one point bursts in to say "I have these strange desires to burn things", and in another when a tv crew working for Dusty Hill of ZZ Top is filming at the Hill's house they tell the neighborhood that there's buried treasure in Hank's lawn and Joseph pour gasoline and lights it with a lighter.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Quite a few of the more psychotic [[PlayingWithFire firebenders]] seem way too happy to burn things. However, it's later explained that firebending is fueled by rage [[spoiler: except for Aang, Zuko, and Iroh, who fuel it with energy and passion]], and those who enjoy it don't enjoy fire as much as they enjoy the result.
* Flame Princess from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' sometimes can't control her natural desire to burn things, and is prone to going on fiery rampages.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Let's just say that RealLife Pyromania is very much a case of TruthInTelevision and leave it at that. The main difference is that real life pyromania comes in varying degrees of severity (like all mental illnesses); some people merely like fires too much, but can control their compulsions most of the time, while others are the arsonists and killers you hear about on the news and in mental hospitals.