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->'''Drive-Thru Whale:''' Would you like flaming skulls with that?\\
'''Strong Bad:''' Do you have to ask?
-->-- ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free''

[[NothingButSkulls Skulls are cool.]] [[IncendiaryExponent Fire is cool.]] [[JustForFun/XMeetsY This is what happens when the two]] [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner have a baby in your brain]].

Compare CrystalSkull.


[[folder: Advertising ]]

* A Fire Kills PIF featured a man who fell asleep with a burning cigarette. The ad focused on the sagging burning tip of the cig. The ad ends with the burning part falling, and the video cuts to a burning skull letting out a bloodcurdling scream.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the logo of Team Gurren is a flaming skull with CoolShades, bearing no small resemblance to the Gurren itself. [[spoiler: At the end of the series, Gurren Lagann takes command of Arc Gurren Lagann takes command of Super Galactic Gurren Lagann takes command of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, a HumongousMecha [[UpToEleven the size of a galaxy]], which is comprised ''entirely'' of giant flaming skulls]].
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', BadassBiker duelist Mukuro Enjo uses a deck full of monsters with flaming skulls for heads.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/GhostRider'' is ''made'' of this trope. His [[Film/GhostRider film incarnation]] is currently the picture.
* Blazing Skull was a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. No prizes for guessing what his gimmick was.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} villain the Atomic Skull (the second one) in Franchise/TheDCU.
* This is a favorite of [[ComicBook/GoldDigger Gina Diggers' father]], making his head appear to be on fire, as a means of TwerpSweating would-be suitors to his daughters. (He's an archmage. It's just an illusion.) Brittany even calls it the "magical equivalent of polishing the shotgun."
* The French comic Mutafakaz has Vinz, whose [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-P9yGezX0O3c/T1ssI_lVwxI/AAAAAAAAAKg/f0sswqY3mTs/s400/linovinz.png flaming skull]] [[WeirdnessCensor passes by without comment]].
* In the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic story "Hunters of the Burning Stone", the titular villains' heads appear to be flaming skulls. [[spoiler:This turns out to be a CallBack to the earlier TV story mentioned below.]]
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': One of the four Dark Judges, Judge Fire, is permanently immolated so he can [[KillAllHumans burn the "sins" out of the living]], with his head being a blank skull.


[[folder: Film ]]

* The opening and ending credits of ''Film/LiveAndLetDie''.
* Once again, ''Film/GhostRider'' and its sequel are literally this.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/TheCaliforniaVoodooGame'', one character uses a magic spell to make his head appear as a flaming skull in order to scare off a loa.
* In the Russian fairy tale ''Literature/VasilissaTheBeautiful'', the WickedWitch Literature/BabaYaga's cottage is surrounded by flaming skulls. When Vasilissa survives Baba Yaga's tests, the witch sends her home with one of the skulls to light her way, whereupon it [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork kills her evil stepmother and stepsisters]].


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In the first ever ''Series/DoctorWho'' story, the Doctor and friends frighten the cavemen who have captured them by placing skulls inside a fire he started.
* In the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E18HollywoodBabylon "Hollywood Babylon"]] of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the monster in the horror movie being filmed has a skull wreathed in flames.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Ghost Rider shows up in the fourth season, complete with flaming skull. Everyone keeps trying to find [[ArbitrarySkepticism mundane explanations for his abilities]]--[[DoingInTheScientist and they always fail]].
-->'''Jeffrey''': Is he Inhuman?\\
'''Coulson''': Claims he made a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with the Devil]].\\
'''Fitz''': Which is nonsense.\\
'''Coulson''': You know, the rationalist in me wants to agree, but the ''skull on fire'' presents a pretty compelling argument for "Hail Satan."


[[folder: Music ]]

* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly named]] symbol of punk band Music/TheOffspring, Fire skull.
* Featured on the cover Oz's ''[[http://www.minhembio.com/forum/uploads/monthly_08_2009/post-30418-1250728367.jpg Fire in the Brain'']]. On an unrelated note, that's [[Music/{{Bathory}} Quorthon's]] hand.
* Appears in the ''Music/MysterySkulls''' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlEb3L1PIco animated music video]] of ''Ghost.'' It's originally ghostly fiery ''hair'', but it quickly reverts to plain old fire once the eponymous ghost is angered.


[[folder: Pinball ]]

* The EvilSorcerer in Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/{{Sorcerer}}'' pinball fights with flaming ''[[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons dragon]]'' skulls.
* ''Pinball/NoFearDangerousSports'' has a variation, where Skull the Bone Head is a skull with flame-shaped protrusions trailing behind it.


[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]

* According to Creator/BillCosby, this is what happens when your wife discovers you've given the children chocolate cake for breakfast.
-->I've always heard about people having a conniption, but I've never seen one. You don't want to see them. My wife's face split; the skin and hair came off her face, so there was nothing except a skull! And orange light came out of her hair, and it lit all around, and fire shot from her eye sockets and began to burn my stomach, and she said: [[AC:"WHERE DID YOU GET CHOCOLATE CAKE FROM?!"]]


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' and ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', the skulls fired by the Skull Cannon daemon engines of [[WarGod Khorne]] are coated in a pitch made from boiling blood and saturated with a measure of Blood God’s burning fury so that the madly laughing skull ignites when fired, before exploding in a shower of flaming bone shrapnel.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
*** The Burning Head spell from the [[PlayingWithFire Lore of Fire]] conjures a burning skull that the wizard can cast towards the enemy.
*** The [[DemBones Tomb Kings]] make use of Screaming Skull Catapults, macabre war engines that fire [[BallisticBone volleys of skulls]] enchanted to burst into flame as they sail through the air while letting out the hideous death screams of their former owners. In-game there’s an upgrade for the catapult that lets you fire the skulls of the specific race being fought at them. This hurts their morale rather badly.
** In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', the [[DrivesLikeCrazy Speed Freak]] [[TheEngineer Big Mek]] Wazdakka Gutzmek once destroyed a [[HumongousMecha Titan]] by crashing through its head and killing everybody on-board. Wazdakka kept the crew's still burning skulls as a [[BattleTrophy trophy of his victory]], mounting them on his warbike’s handlebars.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** A feat called "Spell Theatrics" lets a caster change the visual effects of a spell. The example given is making a Fireball into a flaming skull. There are several types of undead that also take this form.
** In adventure G3 ''Hall of the Fire Giant King'', King Snurre's symbol is a flaming skull.
* The ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game has a card actually called Burning Skull Head, as well as Skull Flame and Supersonic Skull Flame. Fittingly, Burning Skull Head and Skull Flame are FIRE-attribute Zombies (Supersonic Skull Flame is WIND instead).


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series has Bubbles, flaming skulls which flutter around on little bat wings. Less ''awesome'' and more ''annoying'' in this case, as they seal Link's ability to draw his sword. However, that was absent all together in games after ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', and would just either freeze or burn Link. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has the similar Cursed Bokoblin/Lizalfos/Moblin enemies in the main dungeons, though the "fire" in this case is actually the vaporous form of [[MadeOfEvil Malice]].
* Lost Souls in the ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' series are pretty much Bubbles, only more ''lethal'' than ''annoying''.
* [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Clive Barker's]] ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'' [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment by Clive Barker]] has a spell called Skull Storm which allows you to throw not merely flaming skulls, but flaming skulls that chatter with each other and explode upon impact.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat''
** Shang Tsung fires these as a projectile attack.
** Quan Chi does something similar, except they look more magical and glowy.
** And Scorpion has one for a head.
* One of the early powerful Wizard spells in ''VideoGame/PuzzleQuest'' is called "Flaming Skulls".
* An attack unique to TheGrimReaper enemies in ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' involves transporting the enemy into a PocketDimension, where they float down a large pillar and then are mobbed by burning skulls.
* In ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free'', the Drive-Thru Whale prompts Strong Bad to [[spoiler: set a pile of papier-mache skulls on fire]] with the hint "would you like flaming skulls with that?" Strong Bad, being Strong Bad, replies "You have to ask?"
* Prometheus from ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' could summon 4 of these as one of his attacks.
* One of the numerous varieties of GoddamnedBats of ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' is one of these, and can usually be found in dungeon areas.
* Variants of these appear as standard enemies in some dungeons throughout the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series.
* Flaming skulls are a destroyable hazard in ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors 3'' in its Murasame Castle Mode stages.
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' has large flaming skulls that serve as mid-level enemies.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has wearable flaming skulls as a reward for redeeming a specific subscription card from specific stores within a certain time period. Sadly it is cosmetic only and gives players no advantages; it does look awesome though.
* In ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'', Mr. Dooter's EX form juggles these as an attack.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonFable'', Xan the Insane Pyromancer has a flaming skull for a head.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned'' has Johnson, Garcia Hotspur's best friend. He's an eloquent and generally well-spoken individual who also happens to be a mohawked floating flaming demon skull covered in gems, piercings, and tattoos who can turn into a [[EquippableAlly gun that Garcia can use]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwvMh1HnpZI He also has the ability to make Freud throw up his hands and quit in disgusted frustration.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Toukiden}}'' has Blazing Souls and Shadow Souls, oni that take the form of floating flaming skulls that can breath fire.
* Mage Towers in ''War Dragons'' have these in the middle of each one.
* ''VideoGame/PathOfExile'' has the summonable Raging Spirit minions, which take the form of flaming skulls that zip around and attack enemies. Unlike other minions, Raging Spirits have a very short life-time and cannot be targeted by enemies, making them more like self-targeting attack spells than meat-shields.
* The Eschaton Screamers from ''VideoGame/{{Sundered}}'' are flying monsters that can spit flaming skulls as projectiles.


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* Lewis from ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'' has a skull for a head and fire for hair, and when he's mad enough that fire quickly spreads.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''
** Parodied when Bloo tells a ridiculous fantasy story, these are seen.
** And again in the episode "Mac Daddy", where Bloo insists they paint flaming skulls on the side of the soapbox racer and Cheese insists on bunnies. They compromise on flaming bunnies instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' has an episode where [=DeeDee=] has to get a tattoo after receiving the wrong decoder ring in her [[Franchise/MyLittlePony Princess Pretty Puff]] [[{{Expy}} cereal box]]. The tattoo artist says a flaming skull is among the popular choices.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[http://www.cultofweird.com/curiosities/skull-fireplace-logs/ Skull-shaped fireplace logs]].