Flying Firepower
Long range and flying really fast come in handy if your powers include nuking a city.
"Its wings can carry this Pokémon close to an altitude of 4,600 feet. It blows out fire at very high temperatures."
— PokéDex entry of Charizard from Pokémon FireRed

A stock variant Combo Platter Powers, where the powers are flight and the ability to fling fireballs or something. While a character is likely to have some elements of the Flying Brick and Required Secondary Powers, their primary combat style is built around flying around their opponents and shooting laser beams at them.

When fighting in a team, these characters tend to act as both a scout and transport, thanks to flight, and the guy who circles and takes shots at people. They rarely engage in slug fights if they can avoid it, but chances go up if they've got some basic Flying Brick capabilities.

This does not include having the power of flight and carrying a gun. Unless it's built in.

Abilities besides flight may include:

See Flight, Strength, Heart, Flying Brick, and Combo Platter Powers for related tropes.


Specifically Flying and Playing with Fire:

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     Comic Book 
  • Marvel Universe
    • The original Human Torch: one of the first characters to feature this powerset. Johnny Storm would later adopt the moniker, despite not being a robot.
    • Toro: A young mutant adopted by Jim Hammond the original Human Torch, had this as his powerset.
    • Tara: A female robot based on the original Torch, who was a member of the New Invaders. Was secretly built by the Red Skull for the purpose of infiltrating the New Invaders and destroying them when she self destructed. Jim Hammond sacrificed himself to save her and the Invaders.
    • X-Men:
      • Sunfire: Sun-related array of powers, and flight.
      • Sunpyre: Sunfire's younger sister possesses the same powerset.
      • Alternate, female version of Sunfire from Exiles
      • Sunspot from New Mutants, often described as a "living solar battery." He turns solar energy into Flying Brick powers with energy blasts.
      • Jean Grey with the power of The Phoenix Force.
    • Fantastic Four:
      • Johnny Storm has flight and Playing with Fire, with a side order of Wreathed in Flames.
      • The android Dragon Man can fly and breathe fire.
      • Nova (not that one; Johnny's girlfriend, Frankie Raye. Though Richie does qualify for this trope as well) also had this power set, before becoming a Herald of Galactus.
    • The Avengers: Firebird (reserve Avenger, briefly an active member of the West Coast Avengers) uses her pyrokinesis to fly.
    • New Warriors: Unlike her original cartoon version, Firestar controlled microwave energy instead of fire, but the uses and effects were largely the same.
  • DCU
  • W.I.T.C.H.: Taranee had the power of creating and controlling fire since the beginning, but became an example of Flying Firepower in the New Power saga, when all the Guardians (and not just Hay Lin) acquired the ability to fly. An early foe, Ember the Pain, was this since she was created.


  • Western dragons are commonly depicted as fire-breathing and flight-capable.

     Video Games 

     Web Comics 

     Western Animation 

Not fire, but still flinging death from their hands:

     Anime and Manga 
  • Pretty much every one of the recurring characters capable of fighting in Dragon Ball Z can both fly and fire devastating ki blasts.
  • Aerial mages in Lyrical Nanoha, especially those who use the Mid-Childa style, which specialize at firing beams and other energy projectiles.
  • Ryoko in most iterations of the Tenchi Muyo! franchise can both fling some kind of energy blast and fly, among her other powers.

     Comic Book 
  • DCU
    • Firestorm (the current trope image right at the beginning): Firestorm possesses the power of the atom, able to fire nuclear energy as well as transmute matter.
    • Supergirl:
      • Kara Zor-El has the full Kryptonian pack: she is a Flying Brick with heat vision.
      • Post-Crisis Linda Danvers had pyrokinesis and flaming wings, too.
      • In Many Happy Returns, Kara and Linda fight Rebel, a one-time villain who is super-strong, can fly and shoot energy blasts.
    • Superman:
    • The Ray: Possesses flight and light-based energy powers and beams. Pre-Flashpoint, his power level had no cap; at certain points (Zero Hour! being a notable example), he'd absorbed a pretty big share of ALL THE ENERGY IN THE UNIVERSE. This, coupled with the fact that he could move (and, thanks to a writer change, react) at the speed of light, instantly heal from all damage, shrink, cast illusions, and turn invisible, is probably why most writers either didn't bother to use him or picked three or four of his powers out of a hat and limited him to those.
    • Static: With a piece of metal to hover on and some good old fashioned Shock and Awe.
    • Teen Titans: Starfire is a Rubber-Forehead Alien that flies and shoots energy blasts from her hands.
    • Green Lantern: The entire Green Lantern Corps can do this. A notable example is Kilowog; despite having the ability to construct objects with green energy like other Lanterns, he prefers using raw, unshaped blasts.
    • Starman:
      • Mikaal Tomas: the most recent Starman has a body which is specifically built for outer space. In addition to being able to fly and survive in a vacuum, he can project energy blasts.
      • David Knight: Starman II, uses the Gravity Rod, which grants flight and the ability to absorb and fire solar energy.
      • The Cosmic Staff, the main weapon used by Starman III (Jack Knight) and Stargirl, grants flight and the ability to project cosmic energy.
      • Ted Knight: the original Starman, used both of the aforementioned weapons.
    • Captain Atom: The titular captain is living atomic energy contained inside a nigh-indestructible metal suit. In addition to being a Flying Brick, he can fire the energy or, if his suit is ruptured, it will erupt from his body on its own, possibly causing a nuclear explosion.
      • Come DC's 2011 reboot, he's a walking reactor, the atoms in his body in a constant cycle of fission and fusion - with no metal suit. His powers remain much the same.
      • Breach is the Captain Atom of Earth-8, so he pretty much has the exact same powers.
    • Booster Gold: Booster wears a super suit from the future, which includes gadgets for flying and firing lasers.
    • Blue Beetle: The Scarab grants Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) various powers, including protective armor, flight, and energy blasts.
    • Triumph and Aura both fire blasts of magnetic energy (Triumph is also a Flying Brick, and Aura occasionally simulates one by using her magnetic powers to create suits of armor). Triumph is most famous for Justice League Task Force, while Aura was a member of Superboy and the Ravers.
    • Dr. Light (Kimiyo Hoshi) has basically the same powers as the Ray, only not as many of them and not quite to the same degree.
    • Airwave has nebulously defined "radio" powers that involve energy blasts.
    • Former Justice League member Faith had flight and telekinetic energy blasts, as well as some telepathic abilities.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers): Ki Attacks from her hands. However, she's got general Flying Brick powers too, so she tends to switch between energy beams and brawling.
    • Magneto: he can throw around Shock and Awe and pretty much everything else on the electromagnetic spectrum - though he's quite happy to use a large building instead.
    • Iron Man: Flight and "repulsor beams" (name varies), one of the few instances where the same capability allows for both flight and energy blasts. The loads of missiles and Frickin' Laser Beams help too.
      • War Machine, being of a similar nature, has all of the above, plus a good old fashioned minigun on the shoulder.
    • Nova: His entire power is basically that he flies really fast and hits really hard. Also, he's got forcefields and energy blasts.
    • Wonder Man: Wonder Man's powers are constantly being changed, but he alternates between being a Flying Brick and an Energy Being—which is also a Flying Brick.
    • Quasar possesses the Quantum Bands, which allow him to fly at lightspeeds and fire quantum energy.
    • Vance Astrovik, aka Justice, from New Warriors, who is an extremely powerful telekinetic and primarily fights with TK blasts.
    • Jean Grey has this as one of her go-to strategies with or without the Phoenix, with her younger temporally displaced self displaying this against the Shi'ar Imperial Guard during The Trial of Jean Grey.
      • Her daughter, Rachel, spent ten years as the Host of the Phoenix. It's safe to say that she did a lot of this, against the likes of Galactus and the Beyonder (though in the former case, that was the Phoenix possessing her).
    • Archangel of the X-Men can not only fly but fling poisoned metal shards from his wings.
    • Captain Universe: Pretty much living cosmic energy. It possesses a random person in the universe (including Spider-Man and X-23 at different points) and grants them Class 4 Super Weight cosmic powers.
    • Silver Surfer: As a former herald of Galactus, Norrin Radd is nigh-omnipotent. On his own, he can fly at warp speeds and fire devastatingly powerful energy blasts. But that's only the tip of the iceberg.
    • Doctor Strange: Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme, typically wears the Cloak of Levitation, which enables him to float and fly without expending any of his personal strength. Handy whilst raining down bolts of mystic retribution. (See Video Games, below).
    • Karolina of the Runaways has this power set, and eventually expands to force fields too.
  • Zip Kid, from Young Heroes In Love, can shrink, fly, and shoot energy blasts. The smaller she gets, the faster she is, and the more powerful her energy blasts, IIRC.
  • Halo has entirely too many powers (as does the Ray for that matter), but flight and energy blasts (what kind of energy is strictly Depending on the Writer) are always part of the package.
  • W.I.T.C.H.: having the power of Absolute Energy, Will could fire death from her hands since the beginning, and became an example of Flying Firepower when the New Power saga gave her the ability to fly.

     Fan Works 


  • In Jeramey Kraatz's The Cloak Society, Lux and Lone Star both have flight and light attack powers.
  • In Michael C. Bailey's Action Figures - Issue One: Secret Origins, Carrie's basic skill set.

     Live Action TV 
  • One episode of Time Trax has Darien run into a 22nd-century scientist who is "inventing" new devices in the 20th century (most of them either his own or others' inventions). The most dangerous invention is the APTUX (Anti-gravity Personal Transport Unit, Experimental), a belt that allows a person to fly. In the climax, a bad guy gets his hands on the second prototype (a more stable version) and starts chasing Darien and the scientist while firing a submachinegun from above. Darien is able to knock him out with his MPPT, and the guy crashes to the ground, with the belt exploding.
  • Arrowverse has Firestorm, The Atom, and Supergirl. One Legends of Tomorrow episode also shows that, in the future, the Kasnia Conglomerate will use flying robots inspired by the Atom suit to police the populace.

     Tabletop RPG 
  • In Champions it was very common for energy projector characters to also have flight. Early examples include Pulsar, Bluejay and Firewing.
  • In Mutants & Masterminds, one of the sample hero archetypes is called "Energy Controller," and has the basic package of Flight, Hand Blasts, and a Force Field.

     Video Games 
  • City of Heroes/Villains: includes options for various range attacks and Flight. Fire too, so there's an entry above.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3:
    • Trish and Morrigan They fly, and projectile spam is pretty much their primary method of attack.
    • Doctor Strange He was specifically stated by Seth Killian (Capcom representative) to have been built with this trope in mind. One of his greatest assets is the ability out-spam other projectile spammers.
  • BlazBlue: the Robot Girls Lambda-11, Mu-12 and Nu-13 all have the ability to fly and mainly fight using projectiles (although since this is a fighting game they normally just float at the same height everyone walks).
  • Freedom Force: Alchemiss and Green Genie (casters, the latter utilizes a magic carpet however). Man-Bot can (with a level-up) fly and fire Energy X blasts from the containment suit. Man O' War can also fly and throw electric bolts as enemies. In the sequel, Sky King has a jetpack and is armed with a machinegun and a grenade launcher. Unlike the others, he doesn't have any powers and is just an actor who was able to get his jetpack prop to actually work (with some help from the future).
  • Prevalent in Touhou, where everyone is capable of flight and launching danmaku.
  • The handicapped but still capable of fighting Benedict the Hawk man from Battleborn who provides air support for his fellow Battleborn with his rocket launcher.
  • Overwatch has Pharah, who uses a jet pack in accordance with a rocket launcher. Her ultimate ability has her unleash a Macross Missile Massacre while floating in the air.
  • Drogoz from Paladins is a Draconic Humanoid who flies around in a jet pack while raining down rockets with his rocket launcher. His ultimate, Dragon Punch, unleashes a jet-powered punch that one-shots anyone who gets in his way.

     Web Comics 
  • Fusion is a purple glowing energy blast user. She even leaves a trail of purple energy when flying.

     Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe:
    • Tennyo flies, hurls plasma blasts, and more
    • Golden Girl flies, has a golden energy blasts, and can put up a golden energy screen.
    • Sunscreen can do the same, and seems to get energy from the sun.
  • In Worm, Legend is most powerful character with this combination of powers in the setting, able to fire lasers that can turn corners, split into multiple beams, pass through walls, and freeze or ignite his targets.
    • A number of other characters have similar powersets, although usually to a significantly lesser degree.

     Western Animation 
  • Static Shock: See comic book.
  • Danny Phantom: Danny's ghost powers include flight and shooting ghostly ectoplasm beams.
  • Teen Titans: Starfire flings Energy Balls from her hand and later gains Eye Beams of the same nature. She has various other Combo Platter Powers as well.
  • Justice League: The Ray and Dr Light make appearances, but not in speaking roles. Booster Gold has an episode. Fire is present in multiple instances. See the Comic Book section for more on them.
  • The Batman: Firefly has a jetpack and a heatray.
    • In this series, Batman himself counts. He at times uses a jetpack as well, along with throwable explosives in his utility belt.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Halo, and Firestorm all show up.
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: Birdman can fly and shoot some kind of energy beam. Also, he's solar powered.
  • W.I.T.C.H.: Will in second season aquires her elemental power of Quintessence, that manifests in devastating lightning bolts. Nerissa in her Guardian form has the same abilities and more experience (and usually power, as she doesn't divide her energy source with others).

Alternative Title(s): Flying Artillery