Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden. He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
It's a particularly nasty Flaming Sword, too. Instead of using magic or a napalm-like substance, Shishio's sword burns because, after using it to kill countless people, the blade's serrations have become filled with human fat. One spark from a clash of swords, and all the fats and oils the sword's soaked up go into a blaze.
Hiei in YuYu Hakusho occasionally uses the Sword of the Darkness Flame. Kuwabara's Rei-ken is a combination between this and a Laser Blade, since it's made of his own ki.
Signum's Laevatein in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is both this and a Whip Sword. Bonus points for being named after the mythical Norse sword that will bring about the end of the world, and for Signum (a.k.a. "Blazing General") bearing resemblance to Archangel Michael (a.k.a. "Strategos of the Heavenly Host").
Captain Yamamoto in Bleach, besides being on fire himself when fighting, has a flaming sword. Bearing in mind that he can drive people to the ground with a glance, it's no surprise that his sword puts off enough heat to burn the clouds out of the sky.
The Filler villain Shusuke Amagai takes this up to eleven with his bankai. It's basically a BFS with an afterburner for a hilt!
Isshin Kurosaki's Shikai is surrounded by flaming reiatsu.
In One Piece, Zoro once had all three of his swords on fire during a firestorm, and used them to great effect during the Little Garden Arc. Also, he can apparently light his swords on fire with concentrated ki, which he used to defeat Ryuuma. May also qualify as a Desperation Attack.
One of Whitebeard's Commanders is able to set his sword on fire, by lighting it with his cigar.
Madoka Mawari has two in Tenjho Tenge. She also burns her skirt off to give herself higher mobility while using them.
Technically this example is a subversion, since what she's wielding aren't actually swords, but rather two really souped up blowtorches that make her weapons look more like lightsabers than anything else.
Dai, the eponymous hero from Dai no Daibouken has used fire magic on some occasions to turn any sword he wields into a Flaming Sword. But this isn't limited to fire spells, as he can also combine his sword with lightning magic for an even stronger power-up.
Susano'o, the spirit warrior projected by the wielder of the Mangekyo Sharingan, uses the Totsuka no Tsurugi; a spirit blade looking like nothing so much as a long flame, although it stabs through and sprays blood out of Orochimaru quite well.
Although in the manga it looked less like fire and more like a liquid which, going by the description in the databook, is actually sake of all thing.
That is to say, he can fire flaming blade things from a launcher on his wrists.
Azraels throughout history have wielded a flaming sword in their guise as angels. The Knightfall novelization lovingly details how the sword has advanced through the centuries, from a sword wrapped in soaked rags and set on fire just before Azrael's appearance, to its then-current twin hollow gauntlet-mounted daggers with compressed air propelled through them to fuel the fire.
In the comic book Angel: After the Fall, Angel wields a fire sword against the champions of the lords of Hell-A.
The Roman God of War saw the efforts of the Germans in WWII, and was impressed. He decided to help them, but because he was an idiot he accidentally gave powers to Clay Carter, American. The powers include super strength, agility, invulnerability and The Flaming Sword Of Mars, which is... a flaming sword that can cut through anything. He becomes Man Of War, a Golden AgePublic Domain superhero.
Rustam, a recurring enemy of the Suicide Squad through his involvement with the terrorist group Jihad, wielded a "psi-scimitar", with a blade of fire erupting from its hilt. In their final confrontation, Rick Flagg manages to kill him with it.
Violet, the protagonist of Ultraviolet, and her arch-nemesis, have a flaming sword duel after she renders his flame-throwing pistol useless.
The Headless Horseman from Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow wielded a variant. While it didn't appear to be burning, it was so hot from the eternal flames of Hell that it still cauterized any wounds inflicted.
This is actually helpful at one point. When Ichabod is stabbed in the shoulder, he doesn't bleed out because the sword cauterised the wound.
The High Priest of the Mayan temple in The Fountain wields a flaming sword with which to defend the Tree of Life. It's actually a bit of Deconstruction, as the Mayan priest basically distracts Tomas with the sword and stabs him in the gut with a dagger.
If Lone Wolf has reached the rank of Sun Lord or higher and has Grand Weaponmastery, he can turn an ordinary sword into a Flaming Sword. Not nearly as powerful as the Sommerswerd, but useful in places where drawing the Sword of the Sun will get you killed.
Also, in Lords and Ladies magic is described as being like "a flaming sword that burns all the way down to the pommel" to emphasise how dangerous using it is, and why wizards and witches don't use it for mundane things.
The Midnight Angel from the Wild Cards series is able to summon a gigantic flaming sword as one of her powers.
In A Song of Ice and Fire, flaming swords are a religious aspect of the religion of R'Hllor. Their messianic figure wielded a flaming sword called Lightbringer. Several followers of R'Hllor also wield flaming swords of various authenticity.
Thoros of Myr wields a flaming sword in melees and battles, but it's just a trick. He buys a cheap sword beforehand and douses it in flammable wildfire to intimidate his opponents and spook their horses. Its said to also ruin the sword afterwards.
Stannis Baratheon acquires a flaming sword he calls Lightbringer. Upon closer inspection it's a magical trick. The flames shed light, but not heat. The flames of the "real" Lightbringer would burn.
Beric Dondarrion wields a flaming sword when he duels Sandor Clegane. After cutting his palm on the blade, fire burst from the blood. Unlike the other swords, the flames really burn, which is bad for the pyrophobic Sandor. However it's mentioned earlier that setting your sword on fire makes the steel brittle, and Sandor wins because the sword breaks when Dondarrion is about to make the killing bow.
Though ironically the protagonist of The Blade Of The Flame doesn't use a flaming sword, his half-orc partner Ghaji gets a flaming axe during their infiltration of Dreadhold. They have to use it up to defeat the dire wereshark invasion in the climax of the series, however.
In Good Omens, Aziraphale, Angel of the Eastern Gate, has one. He ends up giving it to Adam and Eve to help them survive after they are cast out of the garden of Eden. God's reaction goes as thus:
"25. And the Lord spake unto the Angel that guarded the eastern gate, saying Where is the flaming sword which was given unto thee?
"26. And the Angel said, I had it here only a moment ago, I must have put it down some where, forget my own head next.
"27. And the Lord did not ask him again.
Subverted rather neatly in Harry Turtledove's Wisdom of the Fox. The protagonist, amateur wizard Gerin the Fox, discovers an ancient book with a section titled "A cantrip which produceth a flaming sword." Gerin proceeds to hang a lampshade on Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe. Then he tries the spell. It works; his sword bursts out in pure, smokeless elemental fire. Then he discovers the problem with the spell that explains why not everyone uses it. The spell covers your sword blade in fire... but gives you no insulation or protection from the heat created by the fire. Luckily for him, he manages to drop the sword in a barrel of water before his hand gets blistered too badly.
Late in Brisingr, Eragon gets the titular sword. Whenever he says its name (which means fire in the ancient language), it ignites. One character at least has the sense to point out this is incredibly cheesy.
The Balrogs in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth mythos (The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion) wielded not only a flaming sword, but also a flaming cat-of-nine-tails whip. Well, the one in The Lord Of The Rings used a flaming sword at least. Gothmog (the leader of the Balrogs) used a flaming axe, the weapons of the other Balrogs are not known, but were presumably flaming as well. Also, while Andúril is not literally on fire, it does shine "as though on fire." Even more, Túrin son of Húrin has his own blade, which after a very Kamina-esque speech, he thrusts in the air and a great fire leaps up all around him. One of Gurren Lagann's writers just has to have read that for Kamina.
At one point Andúril did burst into actual flame, courtesy of Gandalf the White.
The Witch-King's sword has red flames during his encounter with Gandalf, just as depicted in the extended movie version.
Dyrnwyn in the Chronicles Of Prydain. This is the same sword that is one of the 13 hallows, or treasures, or Britain.
God's divine warriors all have flaming swords. In addition they have flaming chariots pulled by lions with snakes for tails! Not only that, a prophesy in Revelations says that Jesus will return to earth, pull a flaming sword out of his mouth, and finish Satan off for good.
In Apocryphya, Archangel Uriel is referred to as "the Flame of God" and "the Sword of God".
In Codex Alera, any sufficiently skilled firecrafter can light their sword on fire; however, it takes quite a lot of power to be able to do so, and as such is a technique mainly used by the immensely powerful High Lords. Being struck with one of these is what killed High Lord Aquitaine; were it a normal wound, he could have simply watercrafted it shut, but a flaming sword's wounds cauterize themselves, making healing impossible. They're also favored for anchoring firecraftings.
Obould takes it a step further. It's not just a flaming sword, it's a flaming claymore.
In Farworld: Land Keep, there is a type of sword called a Flazite, made of dark metal with flames "leaping about on the surface" despite the rain. It gets worse- one scratch, and your blood turns to fire. And...it's pointed at our heroes. Crap.
However, being a parody and all, Krod has no control over the flaming part. It tends to catch fire when he's "excited". Hell, the first time someone asks about it, Krod says he thinks the sword is somehow defective and he needs to get it fixed.
In the Fallen mini-series, angels and Nephilim can wield swords made of pure divine fire, which they can summon from thin air. Being hit by one usually incinerates the target. Strangely enough, the protagonist, a regular kid until recently, can match his swordfighting skills with angels, who have been doing this since before humans were around, and even The Devil.
Kaamelott has Excalibur, but fortunately it extinguishes itself whenever Arthur puts it down. As he discovers later, it only catches on fire when held by a person of incredible destiny, to his swordmaster's chagrin and Perceval'ssurprise.
Jerusalem mentions a bow of burning gold, which might be supposed to mean something like this trope. The chariot of fire, on the other hand? We've got another trope for that.
Myths & Religion
In Norse Mythology; Surtr, the leader of the giants of Muspelheim had one (called "Lævateinn"); his having it plays a major role in Ragnarok. It will burn nearly all of the earth. Oddly enough, he gets stopped by a tree of all things (granted, it wasYggdrasil).
Lævateinn itself was forged by Volundr and owned by Loki. The Old Norse translation literally means "Damage Twig" and may in fact not be a named sword, but a kenning for a sword.
One of the 13 treasures of Britain, The Dyrnwyn of Rhydderch Hael, is a sword that would light up on fire that does not harm the wielder if drawn by a noble man.
Commonplace in Garbage Wrestling (and sometimes makes its way to the professional world), it's entirely possible to see things set aflame to look more intense and painful, including but not limited to tables, two-by-fours wrapped in barbed wire, the wrestlers themselves...
The weapon of Sword Man (which Mega Man can acquire) in Mega Man 8 is called the Flame Sword. Or "Flame Suword".
Phantasy Star Universe has the Crimson, an S-rank saber that glows red and is constantly on fire. There's also a Twin Saber version called the "Two-Headed Ragnus." Unfortunately, while they look badass, their damage output isn't that great compared to other S-ranks in the same category.
Final Fantasy games often have elemental weapons of this variety, or the means to apply the effect to your existing weapons, conveniently for sale at your local store. Or at least in some treasure chest somewhere. The Mystic Knight/Sorcerer job in V is just for doing this. Vivi and Steiner collaborate in IX. Final Fantasy XI has such effects as native abilities for Red Mages and Summoners, as well as some weapons possessing some lesser effects. The Flame Saber, Ice Brand, and Coral Swords (each representing part of the Fire, Ice, Lightning triumvirate, respectively, have been available since the earliest games.
In The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, if you return 10 Power Gems to the spring at Spirit Island, and equip the Fairy of Power, Link's sword becomes coated in flames. Ten more and they burn hotter and the tip is literally aflame. Spirit Tracks gives these kinds of swords to Torch Phantoms so as to act as a light source; beyond that, there's nothing else different about them.
In Squeak Squad, it's combining fire and sword, naturally. Not big, but appropriately fiery.
Kain can get one of these fairly early on in Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain. It's extremely powerful, but has the disadvantage of burning your opponents to ashes, thus leaving nothing to feed on - remember, Kain is a vampire. It's best used on the demons and monsters wandering around, since you can't feed on them anyway. It also looks tremendously badass.
There's also the Fire Reaver that Raziel can get in all three of the games he's in.
Later in the series, it's revealed that the Hylden champion is supposed to wield a flaming sword. Raziel takes this to mean that he is the Hylden champion, because the Wraith Blade quite resembles a flaming sword.
Diablo II featured the Archangel Tyrael, who used a sword that burned with holy flames, before Baal wrestles it away.
The sorceress can also enchant weapons with fire. Of course, this ability is almost completely useless in solo play, due to their Squishy Wizard status. But with the right gear and Minmaxing, they can dish out 100k+ damage per hit turning them somewhat into Glass Cannons dealing more damage than just about anything else in the game.
Not that a sorceress's weapon actually appears to flame; it just turns bright red. Incidentally, there's actually unused flaming sword animations for the Paladin in the game files. And it does look as cheesy as one would imagine.
In Neverwinter Nights, the player can apply alchemical fire to a sword to make it burn and deal fire damage.
You can also apply visual effects to swords with the toolset, which include (in addition to flaming) glowing yellow-white with holy power, dripping acid, crackling with electricity, giving off visible sound waves, generating a miniature blizzard, and glowing red with unholy power. The actual effects that the appearance would create require manipulating the weapon's properties too, though.
Enchanting weapons with elemental properties has been a staple of World Of Mana. In Seiken Densetsu 3, Duran's dark-aligned classes all specialize in such magic, as does Carlie's light-aligned classes. Two of Kevin's classes possess similar spells, which don't enhance a weapon's damage with an element, but instead add HP or MP draining effects.
In the doujin fighting game Eternal Fighter Zero, Mishio Amano's fighting style involves enchanting her spear with fire or lightning to access different movesets.
Elemental effects are a large part of the Guilty Gear games. Sol Badguy actually wields a sword that has no sharp edge or point but is a great vessel for his fire magic, and French cop Ky Kiske has a regular sword charged with lightning magic.
In The Elder Scrolls: Tribunal, the player must reconstruct an ancient sword capable of killing gods, and appears to have succeeded. However, it seems that the original sword was a Flaming Sword. This has become Lost Technology since the original was forged, so the player descends into some ruins to find the ghost of the dwarf who originally made it. The ghost reveals the secret of flaming swords: pour tar on it and light it on fire. While doing so, he mutters something to the effect of "kids these days, a sword that can cut through bone like butter isn't good enough, now it has to be flaming too."
You can also enchant your own flaming swords, and a couple come up in the games themselves. The Sword of the Crusader, in the Knights of the Nine expansion to Oblivion, may be the most prominent. Like the sword in Tribunal, you first need to recover it as an ordinary sword, and in this case reconsecrate it to the gods before it will light on fire for you.
You can snag one of these pretty early in Ultima IX. As with all good flaming swords, it doubles as a handy torch in the dark.
NetHack has a couple which seem to fit the bill; Fire Brand (which is actually pretty rubbish - it's cold counterpart, Frost Brand, is far more useful) and Sunsword (which is more for dealing with undead, but at least it doubles as a torch).
Romancing Sa Ga: Not only is there a Flaming Sword, but an Ice Sword, an Earth Sword, a Water Sword, and an Illusory Sword as well, there is even a Flaming Axe; each allowing the wielder to channel certain types of magic.
In addition to the previously mentioned Swords, A Cosmic Keystone in the game is also one and can shift into 3 different types and helps channel magic as well.
However, some of the entries also have flaming swords, whether it's the Firebrand or the Flamberge, or something else entirely.
Throughout the Mega Man Battle Network series, Swordy Two enemies have flaming swords and Swordy Three enemies have ice swords. You, of course, also have fire and ice swords once you've beaten them.
In the third game, along with the fire and ice swords, there are also swords made of electricity and bamboo. There is even a Program Advance in that game that allows you to smack your enemies with all four swords in just one and a half seconds for massive elemental damage.
Fallout 3's Shishkebab is one of these. The ingredients? Lawn mower blade for the blade itself, motorcycle gas tank for the fuel storage, motorcycle handbreak for the handle/trigger, and pilot light to ignite it. Oh, and oven mitt to hold the weapon with. It is Awesome Yet Practical, I assure you.
Awesome, Pratical, and the most powerful melee weapon in the entire (pre-expansion) game.
No More Heroes has Bad Girl, who wields a flaming baseball bat, made possible by her spitting alcohol all over it and lighting it up.
Any melee weapon with a Flame Augmentation in Fable will do this from time to time. Heck, you can put a Flame Augmentation on a frying pan.
Same sort of deal in Fate, where you can even double up on enhancements, creating a Flaming Sword of Fire. Weapons with Fire as a property can also have Frost (huh?), Lightning and/or Holy enhancements.
Kratos uses one of these in Tales Of Symphonia. Near the end of the game, he gives it to his son, Lloyd.
By any chance is it the Flamberge from Tales of Phantasia, one of the components of the Eternal Sword?
Quite possibly. Lloyd's father Dirk forges the companion to Flamberge, the Vorpal Sword, both of which Lloyd uses as the Material Blades. And since Symphonia is supposed to be a prequel to Phantasia...
They are one and the same. The Eternal Sword was originally a separate sword from the Material Blades, but when Lloyd becomes the new owner of the sword, it splits its essence between the Flamberge and the Vorpal Sword, because Lloyd is a dual-swords user.
As a side note, the cover also has Marle drawn with six fingers on her left hand.
In Devil May Cry, Dante fights with flaming gauntlets. In DMC3, he uses a flaming sword called Agni, earlier wielded by a boss and also fights demons with flaming scythes.
Agni is the boss. It's a talking sword controlling a body. Dante just asked it to shut up, although it'll sometimes start yelling in longer combos.
Nero's Red Queen has Exceed system, which briefly sets is on fire during attacks.
World of Warcraft - You can have an enchanter put a spell on your melee weapons, which some of these give your weapon a certain glow, whether it be on fire, blue for an icy death, or even green.
Also, Shaman have a weapon buff which causes a small ball of fire to orbit their weapon and cause fire damage each time they strike.
Except they can't wield swords
Kazuki in Samurai Shodown wields a flaming sword. The series goes further in Samurai Shodown V when a demon who looks basically like Kazuki wields Chains of Fire instead.
Want lots of fire? Try Samurai Shodown 2. Although this may or may not be some modification, since few of the actual swords caught fire. No, for that we go to the Weapons Kitchen Sink: Neinhalt Sieger has a flame-enhanced huge gauntlet (which also helps him with his flaming leap), and Wan-Fu uses a flaming stone pillar. Imagine the joy of having a huge stone pillar that's on fire shoved up your landing zone.
Beyond Oasis brought us the Omega Sword. It's not clear if the sword itself is on fire, but it certainly lights up enemies as if they were. Going through the Bonus Dungeon gave the player access to one that would never break.
In Nexus War, the Divine Champion class can learn the Cloak of Vengeful Fire skill. It turns the character into living fire, giving them a flaming sword, the ability to throw fireballs, a "rain of fire" area attack, and a burning aura.
In Eternal Sonata, any BFS in Jazz's hands can be used in the special attack Heat Blade. "The fire on the blade burns all."
The Vulcans (not the space-elf kind!) from Odin Sphere have flaming swords and flaming hair to match, and getting hit by them results in catching aflame for a good deal of time.
Paladins in Sierra's Quest for Glory series have blue flaming swords. They're slightly more powerful than the Fighter's regular sword, but not by much (and since the Fighter gets an equally powerful ax in the fourth game...).
Guild Wars' Fiery Dragon Sword, Fiery Embersteel Blade and Fiery Gladius. A quasi-inversion is the Icy Dragon Sword and the Glacial Blade. The Icy Dragon Sword even has blue 'flames'.
In Guild Wars 2, Rytlock Brimstone has the Sohothin, a flaming sword. Elementalists can also conjure fiery greatswords, which can be used by anyone against enemies.
There is one of these in Battle for Wesnoth's original campaign, Heir to the Throne, in the Snow Plains scenario.
The Flameberge (not a typo) in Scribblenauts. Typing in "Flaming Sword" works just as well though.
The Crisis Core version of Odin has his Zantetsuken start as one of these, get the flame extinguished, then have it rekindle before landing the killing blow.
In Lost Odyssey, wearing a fire-elemental ring gives you one of these (or a flaming staff, or what have you.) There are also air, earth and water variants for their respective rings.
Warcraft 3's Doom Guards (think Balrog without whips and not on fire) have them. Orc Blademasters don't use them, but they do come from the Burning Blade clan... unless they have an Orb of Fire, which orbits the hero's weapon and allows him to throw fireballs.
In Persona 3, it's possible to obtain Surt's flaming sword as a weapon for the main character and Junpei.
Obscure NES Strategy RPGJust Breed has a truly nasty one, overlapping with Fire Breathing Weapon — it's just called a generic 'flame sword', but every time you attack with it, it hits nearly half the battlefield with an absurdly massive area-effect cone of fire.
One of the swords in Okami looks like it's on fire, as well as being red and orange.
This is a common weapon in the Ys series. In most games, it's either the Infinity+1 Sword or close to it.
In Rastan, the Fire Sword was the strongest of the weapons the title character could obtain, and would shoot fireballs when swung. Rastan Saga II turned the flames into an add-on power-up instead of a weapon in itself.
Pick any of Sagi's fire element weapon magnus in Baten Kaitos Origins. See how many you can find on fire.
When any fire-weapon is equipped, Sagi's held weapon leaves a red-orange trail behind it, and the blade appears to burn
The Dragon Age: Origins Flaming Weapons spell isn't as useful as similar weapon enchants, but it can give you a flaming warhound.
The templars of the sequel have flaming sword symbols on their armor, also seen on the game's menu screen. Their actual weapons, however, aren't on fire.
One of the divine powers available in Age Of Mythology is named "Flaming Weapons". It allows your soldiers to do extra damage for a considerable time, particularly against buildings.
In Disgaea 4, the Dragon's Flame Slash magichange attack has the dragon turned sword ignite itself before its wielder strikes the target, who proceeds to catch on fire, then explode.
In Psychonauts, Oleander's dad gets flaming meat cleavers the second time you fight him.
Sa Ga Frontier 2: The Firebrand, Finney Kingdom's sacred treasure. Any potential king of Finney undergoes a Rite of Passage where they hold it up in the air and, if it generates flames, proves their worth as a ruler. Unfortunately for Gustave XIII, nothing happens...
In Dark Souls one is used by Gwyn, Lord of Cinder. If you use his soul in a weapon ascension, you can make a non-flaming version.
You can set your own sword on fire by using a Charcoal Pine Resin. Ditto Demon's Souls.
Inversions include Dragon upgrades from Demon's Souls and Fire/Chaos upgrades in Dark Souls gives your weapons fire damage, but the weapon itself doesn't burn. Played straight with Queelag's Furysword, which does burst into flames with every swing. Ditto the version used by the Boss as well.
In Drakan, one of the pickup weapons Rynn can use is this. Not only does it set its victims on fire when it hits, it even doubles as a torch for illuminating dark places. As a bonus, the first one Rynn gets to pick up has an alternate attack that creates an expanding ring of fire that burns everything around her. Unlike most swords of this type, the one in this game is not so durable.
In Athena, Athena's most powerful melee weapon is the Flame Sword, which has enormous range and power. Unfortunately, it hurts to swing it.
The fiery greatsword in Terraria is one of the most powerful non-hardmode weapons.
The console-exclusive Infinity+1 Sword Tizona also emits flames when swung, although it doesn't look like it's on fire by default. The reason for the flames is in the name: Tizón translates to "burning stick" or "firebrand".
Axe Cop's Fire Slicer has a magic (non-burning) sword that changes to a burning stick as it cuts the enemy.
Phoenixfire, a student at Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe, can manifest fire all over herself and also manifest a sword that is made of fire. Her mom the superhero (Magma) can do the exact same thing.
Yahtzee commented that the shuriken-and-lightning gun in Painkiller "could only be more awesome if it had tits and was on fire."
Dr. Clef's proposal for SCP-001 from the SCP Foundation is apparently the guardian of Eden, complete with one of these that can strike in multiple directions at once, regardless of distance.
In Static Shock, pyrokinetic metahuman villain Hot Streak attempted to use such a weapon, but was defeated before it got to see any action.
The Dinobots in Transformers Animated all have flaming weapons. Grimlock has the traditional sword, but Snarl has a flaming club, and Swoop has a flaming flail.