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[[caption-width-right:350:[[ComicallyMissingThePoint That's gotta be hard on the tires]]. ]]

->''"I never ever had a love\\
Put the pedal to the metal and\\
Burn Rubber on me\\
On me."''
-->-- '''The Gap Band''', "Burn Rubber"

In comics and cartoons, someone running or driving very quickly will leave a trail of fire in his or her wake.

Can be justified, albeit thinly, in the case of a wheeled vehicle (friction causes heat and tires are flammable -- though in that case only the tires should be burning).[[note]]And even then, the turbulence from the tires spinning would put it out immediately.[[/note]] Other times the trail of fire isn't caused by tires or indeed wheels, which may make you wonder what exactly is causing those flames. But honestly, when this trope is employed well, you won't worry about such niggling little details. It's ''[[RuleOfCool cool]]''.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/TheFlash''
* ''Comicbook/GhostRider''
* ''ComicBook/SinCity''
* ''Spitfire'' from Marvel Comics. It's probably her most characteristic feature.


* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'': The Delorean tends to leave a pair of these behind during a time travel departure. Including when ''airborne''.
** Remember that time-travel is signified with a tremendous explosion that bursts out and is immediately sucked back in. The fire-trails left behind are most likely a result of that explosion, which momentarily ignites the ground and immediate atmosphere, and the fire-trails prove the car's ''potential'' trajectory from its last known location.
* ''Film/NationalLampoonsChristmasVacation'' (the sledding scene).
* The Norwegian film ''WesternAnimation/PinchcliffeGrandPrix'' has a variation. The [[CoolCar Il Tempo Gigante]] doesn't leave a trail of fire, but it does cause the asphalt to curl up in strips from the heat.
* In ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'', during the soccer game on the island of talking animals, the cheetah player runs so fast he leaves these.

* Binky in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books is described as leaving a trail like this in the form of a pair of glowing blue hoof-prints, probably as a homage to ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The robot Gadget does this after the Doctor soups it up in the episode "The Waters of Mars".
* Tested and busted on ''Series/MythBusters''. Jamie got a tremendous amount of smoke from their test car's tires [[note]]after the first test, he borrowed an oxygen mask from the firefighters supervising things[[/note]], and after an hour of smouldering the rubber powder ''did'' begin to burn. But they were unable to get actual ignition of the tires, even after adding a "gasoline leak".

* The playfield for ''Pinball/EvelKnievel'' shows Evel's motorcycle leaving fiery trails in its wake.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In ''Spider-Man'' for the Gamecube, when using the Green Goblin as the player character, one of the available attacks was to run into enemies, leaving a trail of fire in your wake.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Diablo II]]'', the sorceress has a spell called "Blaze" which literally leaves a trail of fire wherever she walks.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar 3''; Kratos can do this in with the Boots of Hermes.
* In ''VideoGame/FableI'' the Battle Charge spell leaves twin trails of fire behind the hero.
* In ''VideoGame/BurnoutParadise'', get the Jansen P12 88 Special and hit the boost.
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'': This was probably the inspiration for Turbo Man, a Robot Master that transforms into a racecar, and his weapon, the ''Scorch'' Wheel.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/OctopusPie'': Taunting a unicycle rider leads to flaming rubber [[http://www.octopuspie.com/2009-09-04/326-just-one-wheel/ on the road.]]


[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/log-of-anomalous-items one anomalous item (a red ####### brand automobile)]] that is capable of doing this.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Road Runner from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. And Wile E. Coyote, in the cartoon where he takes leg muscle vitamins.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode, Sandy was going so fast on a "sandboard" (the underwater equivalent of a snowboard) she catches fire and leaves a trail of glass behind. I think there were a few more that had the usual trail of fire.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' cartoons:
** In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', this was how Sonic's speed was frequently shown. The episode, "The Mystery of the Missing Hi-tops" reveals that Sonic's shoes are friction-proof, and thus Sonic's feet would literally burn up if he tried running without them.
** Spoofed through EpicFail in the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode, "[[Recap/SonicBoomS1E25IntoTheWilderness Into the Wilderness]]". Sonic runs laps around a pile of leaves Knuckles set up in an attempt to create a fire; the only thing that gets burning are Sonic's shoes.
* ''WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture'': The AnimatedAdaptation extended the "two flaming tire trails" to anything that traveled through time, including a barrel sliding down a waterfall.
** The opening features a scene (taken from one episode) where the trails go through a wall as the [=DeLorean=] timeshifts just before hitting it.
* Hunter from ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'' leaves one behind him when he uses his super speed. Lampshaded as early as the second episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Rainbow Dash is capable of pulling this off (with rainbow flames, no less), as seen in the episode "May The Best Pet Win!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** In one episode, Mr. Cat and Stumpy both kick a soccer ball at the same time with all their strength, and the ball leaves a trail of fire behind it. [[EpicFail It misses the goal and destroys almost everything else.]]
** In Episode 4, Quack Quack leaves a flaming trail behind him when he drives a motorized kick-scooter.