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A common way of showing extreme anger for a character is to have them burst (whole or in part) into flames. This can either be a visual metaphor for anger, or played literally if they possess [[PlayingWithFire fire-manipulating abilities]]. Depending on the level of anger as well as the tone of the setting, it can range from merely steam coming out of their ears to a full blown volcanic eruption, and everything in between.

If the character has [[PlayingWithFire Pyrokinesis]], PowerIncontinence, and is HotBlooded, anything that causes anger is likely to manifest this way. If said character is {{evil|IsBurningHot}}, he/she will always be like this when angry. If the flames don't cause property damage they're probably a FauxFlame. It can also overlap with FireballEyeballs, FlamingHair, and WreathedInFlames -- people who already have such features may have them flare up into larger, hotter flames.

Compare BattleAura, DemonHead, HighPressureEmotion, NightmareFace, TurnsRed (a mostly VideoGame equivalent dealing with heightened difficulty that sometimes involves this). Might sometimes be combined with a LoomingSilhouetteOfRage.

Not to be confused with AngstNuke, which is not just a visual metaphor, but actually dangerous.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Super Saiyan transformation in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' starts out as equal parts this trope and SuperPoweredEvilSide, but later on the warriors discover a way to trigger it at will.
* [[ChivalrousPervert Sanji]] in ''Manga/OnePiece'', occasionally. He burned up so much in Thriller Bark over the thought of an "invisible man" (Absalom) peeping on Nami that he sent out shockwaves. At one point Chopper said, "[[AngstNuke Awesome! He exploded!]]" He even ''weaponized it'' in the Fishman island arc where he used it as an finishing attack after thinking about the last two years he spent on Kamabakka Island
* ''Anime/YuGiOh:'' [[HotBlooded Joey Wheeler]] does this when he gets ''really'' riled up. A good way to make this happen is to pretend to be his OnlyMostlyDead {{Love Interest|s}} just to screw with him. Or call him names. Or just be Kaiba.
* Rin from ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' goes into a {{Technicolor|Fire}}ed [[WreathedInFlames volcanic version]] of this whenever he gets ''[[BerserkButton really]]'' pissed off, scared, or draws [[RestrainingBolt his]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]].
* Happens to [[HotBlooded Tatsuki]] in WreathedInFlames form, in an early episode of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljz776Hvgw1qhkjcoo1_500.jpg And this is AFTER rampaging through the classroom trying to murder Ichigo]]. His transgression? [[{{Tsundere}} Kissing her on the cheek]].
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** After Misty called her [[BerserkButton old]], Jessie got so angry she started ''breathing'' fire!
--->'''Meowth:''' Jessie just evolved into a Flareon!
** When Team Rocket [[BerserkButton stole food from a restaurant she wanted to eat at]], May was so pissed that not only was she {{wreathed in flames}} ''twice'', but her eyes were {{glowing|EyesOfDoom}} {{red|EyesTakeWarning}}.
--->'''Dawn:''' What happened to our princess…?!
** An earlier episode that took places in a haunted house had Jessie get so mad, her hair catches fire. She runs around screaming from the fire until she puts it out, leaving her bald.
* In the "Sweet & Sour Puss" episode of ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'', Dedede explodes into a volcanic rage wreathing himself with a firey glow both around his eyes and his body after Togeira stores enough anger within itself to unleash a mega-attack on his own castle. He even screams "[[ThisIsUnforgivable Now it's payback time!]]" as he does so.
* When Natsu from ''Manga/FairyTail'' gets pissed [[WreathedInFlames he gets covered in flames]] and gets even stronger. Give that he's the ''[[PlayingWithFire Fire]]'' [[PlayingWithFire Dragon Slayer]], it's rather appropriate. It becomes even more [[spoiler:darkly]] appropriate with TheReveal that he is (or at least was) also [[spoiler:an Etherious, a demon of Zeref whose power and brand of magic is fueled by feelings of [[ThePowerOfHate anger and hatred]]. Specifically, [[TheDreaded E.N.D.]], the mightiest of all of Zeref's demons and the one made to kill him]].
* In one of the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' Anime (but not manga) episodes (Genma Takes A Walk) Genma makes a declaration that is so HotBlooded that it causes his head to catch fire. Literally.
* Franchise/{{Naruto}}'s 4-tailed transformation is this trope, ''literally''. Bloodshot eyes, peeling skin, boiling blood, all while Naruto sports a face of pure, unadulterated '''rage'''. Cue AngstNuke.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'': Literally happens with Mikoto Suoh in episode 6 when he remembers what Tatara's murderer said in the video clip after shooting Tatara.
* Chapter 2 of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' manga, ''Manga/ForbiddenScrollery'' had Reimu dong this after Marisa explained that the reason she splashed her with water despite the lack of any fires in sight was because, well... [[ItAmusedMe she wanted to, just in case]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* One of the original examples would be ComicBook/JeanGrey a.k.a. the Phoenix.
* Comicbook/RedHulk has this as a literal power; if he gets mad, he starts emitting heat.
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** In ''ComicBook/Supergirl2005'' arc "The Hunt for Reactron", Thara Ak-Var -a. k. a. Flamebird- bursts into flame when super-villain Reactron attempts to kill her boyfriend and best friend.
** ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'': During the final battle Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} is so pissed off that flames erupt from her back and cape and form flaming wings.
** In ''ComicBook/Supergirl2011'' #24, Kara is literally burning after Cyborg Superman stole her flesh to rebuild his own body.
* Walter ("Wallop") of ''Comicbook/ClanDestine'' has the power to transform into a Hulk-like blue monster- either voluntarily, or involuntarily when enraged. In the latter case, his hair bursts into flame (and he gets a whole lot bigger and more monstrous in appearance). If he transformed on purpose while relatively calm, his hair just [[PowerDyesYourHair changes color]] rather than burning.
* Blaze in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' has some [[PlayingWithFire serious pyrokinesis]], especially when in her SuperMode, Burning Blaze. In that form, she is right up to the very top levels of this trope.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Examples from Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}}:
** Calvin turns red when he learns about Camp Pine in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheMovie''.
** Likewise, he also turns red while busting out a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "Reason You Suck" Speech]] to Hobbes in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Harry develop a talent for PlayingWithFire. After this, when he gets really, really angry the air around him tends to get extremely hot and dry and starting wavering. This is generally a sign that you should start running.
** In book 2, ''Ghosts of the Past'', it's also wise to start running, preferably to another galaxy, if you can smell wood smoke around him. It leads to a much more literal version of this trope: [[spoiler: the Dark Phoenix.]]
* ''Fanfic/{{Magnetism}}'' combines this with a slasher smile when Twilight sees Rainbow Dash throwing her bracelet to the ground, shattering it. Rainbow and Fluttershy respond to this by running like hell while exchanging friendly banter with each other.
* ''Fanfic/AGameComesToEquestria'':
** [[Anime/YuGiOh Yugi]], [[BewareOfTheNiceOnes of all people]] (or Ponies), [[spoiler: bursts into ''blue flames'']] when he finds out that [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed Pinkie Pie is acting scared of Luna for fun.]] [[spoiler:''He even blows his own Nightmare Night costume off in sheer anger!'']], he promptly [[WhatTheHellHero scolds Pinkie]] at how [[DudeNotFunny acting scared of Luna for fun and not telling her hurts her feelings]], but he [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness promptly stops]] when he sees that he is [[OutOfCharacterMoment actually frightening Pinkie Pie.]]
** This happens again with [[BigGood Celestia]] when she sees [[spoiler: Twilight and Luna [[ItMakesSenseInContext being chased by Red Eyes Black Dragon]]]] while on her way back to Canterlot.
--->''There were a lot of things Celestia would let slide. [[spoiler:[[BerserkButton Seeing her Student and her Sister being chased by a dragon, with the high threat that they were in imminent danger, was not one of those things.]]]]''
* ''Fanfic/EarthAndSky'' makes a RunningGag of Princess Celestia's reactions to the antics of the Flim-Flam Brothers (AKA Professor Destiny and Doctor Insanity) during the Grand Pegathalon, which involve increasing levels of this trope as [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat their attempts to sabotage the other racers]] get increasingly dangerous.
* The ''FanFic/OversaturatedWorld'' gives this to Chrysalis. She ended up burning off all her clothes the first time it happened before figuring out how to control it.
* ''Fanfic/CanABooBeFriendsWithAHuman'': ''Mario'' of all people, with flames forming in his hands at times of such anger as a result of his BigBrotherInstinct on more than one occasion. For example: when the Toad paparazzi want pictures of Luigi while he's lying badly injured in a hospital bed, upon hearing of Luigi's treatment from the Toad citizens and the fact he was dragged through a murder trial. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness He eventually completely loses it,]] not helped by his habit of suppressing his emotions so as to not worry others.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8019901/1/Of-Sheep-and-Battle-Chicken Of Sheep and Battle Chicken]]'s Sara Ying Shepard's biotics are fairly normal, with a slight tendency to flare a bit more under normal circumstances. However, an excellent metric for how pissed Shepard is, or if she's crossed into the Butcher state, is just how melted by warpfire her armour is afterwards.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Asuka is a very hot-blooded, very powerful pyrokinetic redhead. When she gets angry, she goes up in flames. Literally. For example, when she demanded that Gendo told her how her parents died, flames formed in her hands.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Hades in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' always has a blue flame of hair on his head, when he gets mad it flares up, goes red and/or his whole body erupts in flame depending on the level of anger.
* In ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', Anger's head catches fire when he gets especially riled up. [[ChekhovsGun This actually becomes weaponized near the end of the film]] when [[spoiler: Disgust insults Anger so she can use his head as a welding torch, cutting a hole in the windows in Headquarters to let Joy and Sadness back inside.]]
* Unikitty from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' is a StepfordSmiler with anger issues. When her anger is finally unleashed, she turns red with flame motif on her fur, dubbed 'Angry Kitty'

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Charlie in ''Film/{{Firestarter}}'' has [=Pyrokinesis=] and PowerIncontinence, but when she's angry at somebody else, she doesn't burst into flame -- ''they'' do. And ditto the RoaringRampageOfRevenge at the end of the film.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'', where the now dating Liz and Hellboy have romantic spats that involve her involuntarily melting/burning parts of the base... and ''purposely'' launching vault doors at Hellboy. Luckily, being half-demon means he can literally take the heat.
* Anyone treated with Extremis in ''Film/IronMan3''.
* Mrs. White mentions feeling this way in ''Film/{{Clue}}'':
-->"I hated her, so much... Flames, flames, on the side of my face..."

* In the ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'', fire witches' hair bursts into flame whenever they become ticked off.
* Averted in ''{{Discworld/Pyramids}}'', where Dios is ''very'' angry about an escaped prisoner. Due to his having a permanent DeathGlare, people are actually taken by surprise that he ''doesn't'' leave a line of molten rock on the walls as he looks for the prisoner.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', this is the first part of Ninjaman's reaction to being called "[[BerserkButton blue squirt]]". Flames spread across his visor. The other part is growing large if he isn't already and powering up into [[SuperMode Samuraiman]]. Ninjor, his ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' counterpart, wasn't always angry when he transformed, but when he was...
-->'''Ninjor:''' Evil makes me so ''angry!'' Bad just ''burns me up!''
* In ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'', Kegalesia goes to Mild Bell Pepper level hilariously. Usually, one of her co-villains turns the valve on the side of her head to release steam.

* One interpretation of "You're On Fire" by ''Music/TheyMightBeGiants'' is that the subject of the song is hot-tempered, and their head is only on fire in the metaphorical sense or in the sense of this trope.

* [[Myth/CelticMythology Celtic hero Cu Chulainn]] was known for his very literally hot temper. He was once dunked into three barrels of icy water to cool him down after a berserker rage - the first barrel heated up so quickly that it ''exploded'', while the second quickly boiled away.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' the Chaos Dwarfs have Great Taurus as mounts for their lords. They are red bull creatures with bat like wings, and are wreathed in flames that's hot enough to melt armor, and breath fire.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', Etna and Flonne get flaming eyes when Laharl points out they're [[ACupAngst too flat-chested]] to trigger his [[AllergicToLove phobia of sexy women]].
-->'''Etna & Flonne:''' Well, ''excuse us'' for being '''''flat!'''''
* Used as a gameplay element in ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach''; whenever Peach uses her Anger Vibe she erupts in flames and can burn anything she touches.
* Axel from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' sometimes. Makes sense since he is a [[PlayingWithFire pyro]].
* Asura from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' eventually gets so angry [[spoiler:his anger eventually ''literally'' scorches his body. This is rectified later when yasha implants the Mantra reactor of the Karma fortress into Asura to handle the energy better.]]
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Warriors can use a [[http://www.wowhead.com/item=85719 Glyph of Burning Anger]] to invoke the WreathedInFlames version of this trope any time they become Enraged.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX8'': Once you hurt a boss enough, he goes into an "angry" mode where he uses stronger attacks. This is signified by having a temporary shield of flames appearing around him.
* Sith Warriors in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' can Channel Hatred when not in combat, wreathing their upper bodies in flame as they focus on their UnstoppableRage, [[WalkItOff healing any damage they have suffered]]. The Marauder's fury-based abilities have a similar visual style, with flames appearing around their eyes or hands when activated.
* Hothead from ''VideoGame/SpeedRunners'' is always like this.
* The Pyro from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' doesn't like [[http://www.teamfortress.com/tf03_cold_day_in_hell/#f=32 being told that fire is nobody's friend.]]
* ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'': Diavlos are a type of Moshi Monster with pits of fire and lava in their heads. They automatically erupt like volcanoes when angry, but can also do this willingly.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'' the FlamingHair of the ghost who had already displayed his [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinetic]] abilities quickly expands to [[WreathedInFlames wreath him in flames]] and causes a gigantic explosion when he is pissed off even further.

* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': Bob has fire producing/manipulating abilities so he tends to go through all the phases depending on just how mad he gets. Applies, of course, to [[CampGay Very Alternate Bob]] as well. Ironically he's only ever seen angry enough to burst into flames once in the entire series, and hilariously, it's rainbow-colored.
* Kevin near the end of the first ''Webcomic/KevinAndChad'' comic.
* Being a teen ifrit, [[Webcomic/EerieCuties Laura]] has this issue.
* This happens to [[TheFairFolk Fae]] and demons quite often in ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', most noticeably when Dan makes a comment that sets Abel off. While Abel still appears calm and is speaking rationally, his entire body is engulfed in flames that he doesn't seem to notice-but Dan does.
* This happens to those with [[PlayingWithFire the power of fire]] in ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}''. It actually goes beyond the typical 'burning' and straight into life-threatening heatstrokes, so they actually need to cool themselves down quickly.
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-06-25 This happens]] to Grace of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' when she believes her friends are threatened by Jerry the Immortal.
* In ''Webcomic/BadMachinery'', when no-one will believe Mildred that the reason she had to be rescued from a lake was that her rival just [[MurderTheHypotenuse deliberately tried to drown her]], she gets so angry she [[http://scarygoround.com/?date=20120530 turns red, and steams her clothes dry in a matter of seconds.]]
* ''Webcomic/ChildrenOfEldair'': Kian is shown this way after being sent on a patrol to search for an unknown creature.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Happens to Mars in a later chapter of ''FanFic/TheReturn'' after a power up, and almost sets an entire room alight.
* The Emperor from ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' is known for exploding with fire and [[NegativeSpaceWedgie warp storms]] whenever one of his {{Berserk Button}}s are pressed. And Kitten presses them repeatedly, if unintentionally.
* The Rage Face for "apoplectic fit" has the character spewing lava or blood from their mouth and[=/=]or eyes, and standing in front of either a volcanic eruption or a mushroom cloud.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''
** Katie Kaboom does this [[OncePerEpisode once a month]].
** In a Goodfeathers short, Pesto bursts into flames when he finds out his [[MayDecemberRomance mother is marrying a 20 year old seagull.]] Bobby and Squit immediately dump him into the nearby ocean to put him out.
* The villain named Father from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' can coat himself with and manipulate fire, but he flares up accordingly as he gets angrier.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''
** Wanda has gotten angry enough that the flames show up in her eyes, and her hair lights on fire.
** Vicky has also gotten angry enough that the flames show up in her eyes.
** In "Pipe Down!", after Timmy wishes away sound, Timmy's Dad tries inaudibly yelling at him which includes steam shooting out of his ears, his hair catching on fire and exploding until nothing is left but his clothes (which becomes a running gag).
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'' when Skeletor got mad his otherwise empty eye sockets would form glowing red lights in them. The madder he was the bigger and brighter they got. (may not be actual fire so much as magical energy but same principle)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "My Favorite Duck", WesternAnimation/PorkyPig gets so angry he bursts into flames, is reduced to ashes, then reforms out of a column of smoke.
* Raven from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' gets blue flames shooting from her head when angry at her annoying teammates.
** In one episode, Robin goes up in flames after seeing that Starfire has been betrothed to a BlobMonster.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** In the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E15FeelingPinkieKeen Feeling Pinkie Keen]]", Twilight Sparkle has struggled the entire episode to figure out Pinkie Pie's "Pinkie Sense," and keeps coming up short. She finally hits her RageBreakingPoint and bursts into flames.
*** Seems like she picked it up from Celestia--the Princess likewise burst into flame when confronting her alternative universe self in one of the comics.
** Spike also gets in on the act in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E24OwlsWellThatEndsWell Owl's Well That Ends Well]]". A feather he went through a lot of trouble to obtain for Twilight spontaneously combusts after he finds out Owlowiscious had already given her one of his feathers.
** Pinkie Pie becomes steaming mad when Applejack tries to weasel out of a Pinkie Promise in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E14TheLastRoundup The Last Roundup]]".
--->"Nopony breaks a Pinkie Promise!"
* When villains throughout ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' do something that pushes [[PlayingWithFire Bloom]] too far, she becomes so angry that her whole body literally becomes enveloped within a mass of flames, letting them know that they're [[OhCrap completely and totally screwed]] because she's about to unleash the full force of the Dragon Flame power on them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' a Fire Bender without sufficient control can do this when angry. This can be shown by anything from smoking hands to screaming fire blasts. For obvious reasons, its something of a safety hazard.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Airbending [[TheMentor mentor]] Tenzin's head will redden heavily when sufficiently angered, usually prompted by something his rebellious student Korra has said.
* Lucius on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', frequently. Also happens to Heloise.
* [[FieryRedhead Flame]] [[HairTriggerTemper Princess]] on ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' does this frequently. As you'd expect.
* [[AlphaBitch Trina Riffin]] on ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' does this when she writes her diary in "Anger Mode", which happens a lot.
** Laney Penn's head litteraly catches fire when she's angered.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck in the ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse'' short "Tapped Out" when Pete ruins his nachos.
** In the Donald Duck cartoon, "The Autograph Hound", Donald gets an egg smashed on his head by Creator/MickeyRooney. Donald ends up getting so angry, his head fries the egg.
* Ruby from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' can cause her body to heat up whenever she's angry, it's hot enough to leave scorched marks on the ground and can evaporate an entire pool.
* Patchy the Pirate gets mad when he sees the fake "Lost Episode" of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarepants'' so his face turns red and steam comes from his ears.
** In the episode "The Battle of Bikini Bottom" [=SpongeBob=] is finally pushed over the edge by Patrick's shenanigans and turns red like a rising thermometer right before he attacks Patrick.