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->''"Of course you should fight fire with fire. You should fight ''everything'' with fire."''
-->-- '''Jaya Ballard, task mage''', ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=45358 Sizzle]]

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When Prometheus handed ''Homo sapiens sapiens'' the gift of fire, he did not just give humanity the light of science, reason, progress, invention, technology, and ergo the power to rival {{God}}, but also the means to dispatch just about any monster imaginable. Considering how Myth/GreekMythology is a FantasyKitchenSink full of all kinds of abominations, that was a ''good thing.'' The symbolism behind this has to do with fire's associations with [[FirePurifies purification]] and {{light|IsGood}}, and partly because it represents humanity's dominion over the natural world. More literally, a burning stick was humankind's first effective defence against nocturnal predators, with an added bonus of extermination of parasites in food. The fact that burn pain is one of the strongest kinds of pain a human being can experience probably doesn't hurt either.

Also, in a pinch, it can still burn things, or at least scare them off. ArrowsOnFire, {{Flaming Sword}}s, {{Molotov Cocktail}}s, ''[[FireBreathingWeapon flamethrowers]]'', or good old TorchesAndPitchforks can work wonders when dealing with everything from FrankensteinsMonster to a WesternAnimation/MonsterHouse.

This is prevalent not just in myth and fiction or games based on it, but also in works that are completely new and unrelated. For example, the Hydra and Trolls demonstrate one of the most frequent, and logical, applications for anti-monster fire: It prevents [[HealingFactor regeneration]]. [[BurnTheUndead In the case of]] TheUndead, usually they're too dumb and slow to put it out (zombies), it reminds them of the sun (vampires), or they're already walking kindling (mummies). Other times it's used to make sure whatever just got killed ''[[FireKeepsItDead stays]]'' [[FireKeepsItDead that way]]. Aliens, of course, can be ImmuneToBullets, but will burn up nicely in fire. Witches and [[TheHeretic heretics]] for a long time were considered to be in league with evil as well, and so it was a common myth that they were [[BurnTheWitch dealt with in the same manner]].

You know what the best part of Kill It with Fire is? It works on regular people wearing masks too. Kind of like decapitation [[DecapitationRequired (which also works on most things)]] and a stake through the heart.

If something's too big or tough for a regular fire, you can always use plasma or HurlItIntoTheSun. This has also been subject to MemeticMutation, as an alternative name for BrainBleach.

A character who's a little too enthusiastic about using this can become a PyroManiac. A character may try in vain to use this trope, but be faced with a HardToLightFire.

See also IncendiaryExponent, ManOnFire, BurnBabyBurn, FireBreathingWeapon, BurnTheWitch and {{Hellfire}} (for when mundane fire doesn't do the job). Compare StuffBlowingUp, and PlayingWithFire -- for when someone has fire as a StockSuperpower. When this just makes things worse, see InfernalRetaliation. The less-used opposite is either KillItWithWater or KillItWithIce, or even HealItWithFire.

Not to be confused with Administrivia/ExampleSectionectomy, although this trope often tends to be used as a PotholeMagnet for such within Administrivia/TropeRepairShop by those who [[{{Irony}} ironically enough, want to kill Pothole Magnets]].

'''''NOTE:''''' '''Due to the above-mentioned MemeticMutation, the name of this trope has [[SquarePegRoundTrope become associated]] with anything that someone finds abhorrent and wishes to not have witnessed.''' '''''This trope is not about those things.''''' '''Please redirect all potholes using this trope in said context to BrainBleach or a similarly appropriate trope.'''


* KillItWithFire/VideoGames


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'', the eponymous aliens are almost completely defenseless against fire. Ditto with acids. Due to said aliens' BizarreAlienBiology, anything that humans shouldn't get on their skin can be turned into a somewhat effective weapon.
* In Creator/RumikoTakahashi's ''Manga/MermaidSaga'', there are [[NighInvulnerability three ways to kill immortals]]: decapitation, a very particular poison, and burning them down to ashes.
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}''. When a village and their resident mushishi finally decide to burn a parasitic plant mushi, but after doing so [[spoiler:discover that the mushi intentionally takes over like kudzu in order to be burned so the mushi can enter its even more dangerous adult form. After some time spent contemplating the results, Ginko eventually determines that the better option is to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard hoist it by its own petard]], using the adult form to kill the plant form.]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** When Guts is attacked by several [[PersonalSpaceInvader small fairy demons]] during the Rosine arc, he kills them by leaping into the fire he recently started. Guts is like that.
** Schierke, during the battle in the city against the Kushan demon soldiers, proceeds to incinerate a whole bunch of them by summoning a giant fire wheel to set them ablaze.
** Farnese's role as the figurehead of the Holy Iron Chain Knights is to investigate reported miracles for the Holy See... which directly translates to "burning people who don't believe or don't believe enough in the Holy See's religion at the stake." [[ADateWithRosiePalms And getting off on it]]. Plus, her history with pets and servants [[PyroManiac that didn't please her.]]
* As per BurnTheWitch, Evangeline's hunters in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' during the middle-ages have attempted to kill her this way (fire over [[AnIcePerson ice]], right???). [[NighInvulnerability It didn't work]].
* Claude [[NamesToRunAwayFrom "Torch"]] Weaver, A.K.A. The Crazy Flamethrower Mormon, from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'''s "Greenback Jane" arc.
%%* One of the weaknesses of the aliens in ''Anime/TekkonKinkreet''.
* ''Manga/KingOfThorn'':
** Some particularly tough octopus-like monsters prove vulnerable to good old-fashioned incineration.
** Likewise, this is how [[spoiler:Alice deals with the Medusa virus when it takes the form of [[SplitPersonality Laloo]]. However, the smoke from the fire is what likely caused the virus to spread]].
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Lunatic is a NinetiesAntiHero who eschews other heroes' ideals of justice in favor of using his NEXT powers over fire to burn criminals to a crisp.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'':
** In one of his... less stable moments, [[spoiler:Izaya sets his whole game board on fire]] in . Also, Walker sets the Blue Squares leader's van on fire with molotovs when he and the rest of the gang rescue Saki.
*** Walker's preferred fighting method seems to be lighting people on fire. Later on, he uses flammable fluid as a method of intimidation, a spray can and a lighter to defend himself from rogue Dollars members, [[spoiler:and he sets Ran Izumii on fire ''again''. ''Twice.'']]. It's especially ironic because of his day job as an ice sculptor.
** And in volume 8 [[spoiler:Mikado ends up setting someone on fire. On purpose.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': There is a reason why Roy Mustang is known as the '''[[PlayingWithFire Flame]]''' Alchemist. How did he become a war hero in the Ishvalan Civil War? He used his unique flame alchemy, which utilizes the oxygen in the air and special spark-gloves to throw MASSIVE STREAMS OF FIRE.
** One of his most triumphant fights is with [[spoiler:Lust. Roy is mostly useless when water is used against him; however, using Havoc's lighter and the hydrogen in the water, he was able to create a devastating fire attack that took her by surprise. Then there is the end-fight that is a huge [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOA]] for Roy; he seared his wound to stop bleeding to death, carved a transmutation circle directly upon his hand, and with a lighter, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill incinerated Lust multiple times]] until she [[KilledOffForReal finally died]]]].
** Roy's "[[CurbStompBattle fight]]" with [[spoiler:[[SmugSnake Envy]] later in the manga takes everything seen in the fight with Lust UpToEleven; Roy pinpoints his attacks to vulnerable spots like the tongue and eyes to make Envy's death as painful as possible, and eventually his rage becomes so strong that he starts ''[[SpamAttack spamming]]'' massive fire blasts while Envy screams in agony.]]
* After acquiring the Legendary Orb of Fire from Mount Aso, ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'''s answer to any threat becomes "Toss a Giant Fireball at them".
* From ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', in the eleventh episode 'Toys in the Attic', Spike attempts to kill the ItCameFromTheFridge EldritchAbomination with a blowtorch/flamethrower. It's still alive afterward, but it was a valiant effort.
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'''s first season penultimate episode, [[PlayingWithFire Sailor Mars]] destroys two of the [[EliteMooks DD Girls]] in succession with her Fire Soul attack. The first she kills while trapped in an ice dome by the second. The second electrocutes her and leaves her for dead... [[DyingMomentOfAwesome then Mars grabs her and, with the last of her power, ("Fire...SOUL!!!") obliterates her before dying]].
%%* For anyone who wants to put Manga/{{Tomie}} away for good, this method IS the solution.
* In the ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga, Hyatt catches on fire, horrifying Excel and Elgala and leaving them wondering if burning could cause her FinalDeath. It doesn't kill her, but her incinerated skin just ''flakes off'', revealing a pristine Hyatt beneath it.
* In ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', the people of the Valley of the Wind force their conquerors to give them flamethrowers so they can expunge an invasive outcrop of poisonous spores. Then, they turn around and use them to drive out their conquerors.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The Uchiha Clan are renowned for their fire-based jutsus. Then there is [[spoiler:Uchiha Madara himself.]] He can create Fire Release Jutsu so wide and powerful they require ''dozens'' of Alliance [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Water Release Jutsu]] users to dispel, or Mei Terumi the Mizukage (arguably the strongest currently living Water Release user) to counter.
** As are Jiraiya and Hiruzen Sarutobi, both have extremely powerful Katon (Fire Release) jutsus. One that Jiraiya created, with the help of [[AttackOftheFiftyFootWhatever Gamabunta]] was so large it filled in the entire valley that they were fighting in, and one that Hiruzen created needed the [[MakingASplash Second Hokage]], Tobirama Senju to extinguish. In [[SuperMode Sage Mode]] Jiraiya's Katons, now ''regularly'' empowered by oil become so strong he can reduce a target to ash with Senpo: Goemon (with the help of Fukasaku and Shima), which sends a wave of ''fiery oil'' at the target.
** Last not least, the black fire, Amaterasu, that Itachi and Sasuke use, bursts forth at the focus of the user sight and can never be extinguished, untill the thing it targets is incinerated... [[UpToEleven even if the target is fire itself]].
* ''Anime/FlameOfRecca'': Guess what the protagonist's superpower is...?
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Reserved only for captain-rank criminals who are bound them to the gallows on Soukyoku Hill, is execution via activating the Spear of Soukyoku, the most powerful zanpakutou ever created. It transforms into a huge firebird to incinerate the criminal's soul via purification fire. It's the only known non-Quincy method for destroying a soul. Given that destroying souls can disrupt the Balance of Souls, threatening existence itself, this execution method is only used in truly exceptional circumstances.
** In the fourth film, the only way to kill Taikon and Gunjo is to submerge them in a pool of lava.
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', the government grew wary of Makoto Shishio because he knew too much about their seedier operations since he was Kenshin's replacement as Manslayer. Unlike Kenshin, Shishio was also ambitious enough to use that knowledge against the government while Kenshin became a TechnicalPacifist wandering atoner. They tried to preempt a coup by dousing Shishio in oil and set him on fire. Shishio survived though his entire body was covered in horrible burns. Years later, he does attempt to overthrow the government. Though the initial attempt to burn him to death failed, [[spoiler:the permanent damage done to his body ultimately does kill him during his final battle with Kenshin.]]
* In ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit,'' this turns out to be Ra Runga's weakness.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': In the OVA adaptation, Satomi gains her own rendition of [[Characters/TheKingOfFightersTheRugalSaga Kyo Kusanagi's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFGRHodcFYM 'Ura 121 Shiki Ama no Murakumo'.]] Meaning, she incinerates everything that's in front of her with [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill massive plumes of flame that're 2-stories high]] and spread outward along the ground at high-speed. Which she used to end her match with Yuuki (seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbdWdf_WoeU at 22:37-23:03]]).
* The titular character in ''{{Manga/Tomie}}'' is nigh unkillable and apparently immortal, able to [[HealingFactor heal from any wound]] and regenerate [[FromASingleCell from a single cell]] (always with copious amounts of BodyHorror). If she's chopped up, the pieces will all form into separate Tomies (including the blood), and she can seemingly survive completely submerged or encased forever; the only method of killing her that has any lasting effect is to burn her remains into a crisp.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', this is the classic endgame strategy of mono-red: when the opponent builds an army and all other colors' offenses would stall, the red mage points a spell at the opponent's face and torches him to death directly.
** In the game's infancy, Red's strategy was Kill it with [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=209 Lightning]].
** Mid-game, it's also helpful to wipe out an opponent's creatures with cards like Incinerate, Fireball, and Inferno.
** Then there's the character of [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=109752 Jaya Ballard]], who's this trope. She's appeared on the flavor texts of over a dozen red spells, including Incinerate and Inferno, and her own card pays homage to these spells.
--->"Some people have said there's no subtlety to destruction. You know what? They're dead."
--->"Of course you should fight fire with fire. You should fight ''everything'' [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer with fire]]."
--->"Yes, I think 'toast' is an appropriate description."
** Chandra Nalaar seems to be the new Jaya Ballard.
*** Chandra was even ''taught'' by Jaya that, "When in doubt, use the biggest fire spell you know." Given that her [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=191242 ultimate]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=195402 abilities]] are some of the biggest explosions ever seen in red, she's learned quite well.
*** And like Ms. Ballard, she has a few good one-liners of her own on the subject:
---->"Who'd want to ignite things one at a time?"\\
"Spontaneous combustion is a myth. If you burst into flame, someone wanted you to."
*** In-story, Chandra has done possibly the biggest "Kill it with fire!" feat so far: [[spoiler:burn two of the Eldrazi titans to death.]]
*** Doesn't work out so well for her in Amonkhet when she tries it against Nicol Bolas. Bolas calls her an idiot for trying to use fire against a ''dragon''.
** Sarkhan Vol fights fire with ''dragonfire''.
** Ugin the Spirit Dragon uses ''ghostfire'', which is both colorless and invisible.
* "Burn" techniques are a good way of reducing your opponent's LP to cinders in ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh''. You should be able to guess which Attribute has all of the best burners (hint: it's red and has the Kanji for ''fire'' on it).
* For a long time in ''{{TabletopGame/Pokemon}} TCG'', Charizard was the most powerful and [[http://www.collectorscache.com/StoreModules/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=43317&CategoryID=354&tabindex=0&tabid=9&src=Google valuable]] card. It destroyed almost every opponent in one hit and had the most HP ever seen. Unfortunately, the ability is quite expensive leading you to "burn away" your deck, though some strategies center around this.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Aside from sonic weapons, fire is the only other weapon generally effective against the symbiotes that give Franchise/SpiderMan such a hard time.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'' a crook tries to torch Superman with a flamethrower. It would seem it is his standard operating procedure since he holds that it always works and he is actually shocked when Superman doesn't get burned.
** In ''Comicbook/WarWorld'', Superman gets forced to fight Comicbook/MartianManhunter, and although he doesn't want to kill J'onn, he knows fire weakens Martians, so he uses his heat vision to ignite the ground around them, and then he punches J'onn out.
* In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl1982 Supergirl Vol 2]]'' issue #23, a pyrokinetic mutant attempts--and fails--to burn ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} to ashes.
* The ComicBook/MartianManhunter generally has powers on par with Franchise/{{Superman}}, plus a few extra--but [[WeaksauceWeakness he's not fireproof]]. DC seems to [[YoYoPlotPoint keep going back and forth]] on whether this is a physical vulnerability or a psychological problem.
** It also applies to the evil White Martians. And Batman took [[https://i1.wp.com/farm7.static.flickr.com/6134/6004461256_013d0d74ef_b.jpg a good]] [[https://i0.wp.com/farm7.static.flickr.com/6010/6004461622_1f6a260a51_b.jpg advantage]] on this.
* In Mike Mignola's ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{BPRD}}'' comics, it seems like every encounter with the Lovecraftian underlings of the Ogdru Jahad ends with pyrokinetic Liz Sherman burning the Thing(s) to cinders. Subverted in the most recent case, as it's been revealed that burning Katha Hem to dust didn't quite put him to rest.
* This backfires in spectacular fashion in {{ComicBook/Fables}}. When Fabletown is attacked by a horde of wooden puppet-men, they have the battlefield strafed with a bit of dragonfire. When Pinocchio sees this, he desperately tries to point out that they're made out of hardwood, and that while they will burn and die eventually in the meantime they've now got an army of nigh-unkillable ''flaming'' puppet men to deal with.
* Willy Pete[[note]]The Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet used "William" and "Peter" for W and P respectively, so "Willy Pete" translates to "WP" ... which was used as the abbreviation for white phosphorus, and yes, it really ''is'' extremely flammable and hard to put out[[/note]]. The terrifying, near-invincible KnightOfCerebus from ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' kills ''anything that gets near him'' with fire, as he's a "goddamn fire elemental" whose body burns hotter than the surface of the sun and who's been shown to produce a mind-bogglingly massive amount of flame. Those who aren't afraid of him tend not to learn that they ''should'' be until it's far, ''far'' too late.
* ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}'':
** In "The Resurrection of Papa Voudou", the zombiefied Papa Voudou cannot be harmed by bullets or melee attacks, so Vampirella kills him again with the fire on a brazier.
** In "She who Waits" the Cobra Queen is killed when Pendragon uses his brandy as fuel for a fire.
* In the ''Film/Godzilla2014'' tie-in comic ''Godzilla: Awakening'', the only way to kill Shinomura is to destroy each and every cell, the most effective way? Burn it. The nuke that was used on Godzilla in 1954 was also used to kill what was left of it.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan:''
** In order to dispose of the Venom sample and Carnage (not at the same time), Peter drops them down a smoke-stack.
** Johnny Storm tries this when dealing with the Green Goblin. Unfortunately, it not only doesn't work, it temporarily makes Norman ''stronger''.
* When the revivers of ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}'' are reunited with their Passenger, both go out in a literal blaze of glory.
* In ''ComicBook/WynonnaEarp: Home on the Strange'', Wynonna uses a flamethrower to destroy the Postmonster General and his zombie mailmen.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/AdoptedDisplaced'' - ''Wily's Wittle Wub'': During the arc based on ''Mega Man 4'', Toad Man does a certain... impression (personality-wise, he's essentially a mix of [[WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest Hexxus]] and [[Film/RockyHorrorPictureShow Dr. Frank N Furter]]). Mega Man's response is to freak out, fire an endless barrage of charged shots, and then namedrop this trope and somehow summon a flamethrower. Toad Man doesn't survive the ensuing attack.
* ''Fanfic/BatmanBeyondRevisited'':
** The way that Jake defeats the demon Charlie Charlie.
** Chainsaw later tries this with Inque, but it’s turned against him.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8737926/1/The-Walking-Dead-Better-Angels Better Angels]]'' has Shane Walsh emulating [[spoiler:Rick's actions]] during the ZergRush at [[spoiler:Hershel's farm]] by setting the barn on fire, roasting the Walkers trapped inside.
* Examples from Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}}:
** The MTM can do this.
** Brainstorm's Servant Ray also fires it.
** Hobbes ''tries'' this on the Shadowfax in ''Fanfic/RetroChill'', but [[SubvertedTrope it doesn't work]] - it's the ''Spacers''[='=] weakness, and the Shadowfax actually love it.
** [[KillerRobot Shadow]] (from the ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' TV movie "Thunderstorm") can also do this with the [[DualWielding two]] [[FrickinLaserBeams laser cannons]] [[PowerFist in his palms.]]
** The {{Recursive Fanfic|tion}} ''Fanfic/ThePezDispenserAndTheReignOfTerror'' shows that the PEZ 6,000,000 can also fire it (as well as [[KillItWithIce ice]]).
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': In chapter 1 billions of spiders -whose sizes range from spawned by an EldritchAbomination are flooding the city. As Shinji and Misato are running from them, Shinji sees a man setting himself on fire to burn away dozens of spiders clinging to his body.
* ''Fanfic/InnerDemons'': Part of [[BigBad Queen!]][[FaceHeelTurn Twilight's]] crossing of the MoralEventHorizon involves this. After a very cruel SadisticChoice (see that page for details) she locks Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash inside Sugarcube Corner and sets the building on fire. [[spoiler:[[DeusExMachina Fortunately, the Elements of Harmony protect them]].]]
* In ''Fanfic/{{Luminosity}}'', as in [[Literature/{{Twilight}} the text it's based on]], this is the only way to consistently kill a vampire.
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': [[spoiler:The final enemy -a clone of [[HumanoidAbomination Kaworu]]]] tries to burn [[spoiler:Rei]] down. It doesn’t work: he sets fire to her clothes but she remains untouched.
* Averted in ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame''. [[spoiler:During their rematch in the latter half, Celestia attempts to incinerate Terra, but Titan intervenes and prevents it.]]
** [[spoiler:Averted ''again'' during the second battle of Ponyville; Twilight tries to kill Terra with a concentrated beam of molten iron, but it runs out before she can finish her off.]]
* In ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'', Naruto wants to make sure an Akatsuki base and its resources are unrecoverable. So he sets it on fire. With a jutsu. That he learned from the Nine-Tails. Without the demon properly explaining how the technique works. He ends up engulfing the base in a roughly one mile diameter circle of napalm.
* In the climax of ''FanFic/FeverDreams'' Light [[spoiler:holds the [[ArtifactOfDoom Death Note]] in the fire until it burns to ash even though [[{{Fingore}} his hands]] [[TheDeterminator are burning along with it.]]]]
* Near the end of ''[[Fanfic/BadAlertTheExtreme Bad Alert: The Extreme]]'', [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal Courtney Gears]] gets hit by a firebomb off-screen, courtesy of [[spoiler:[[{{Disney/Hercules}} Hades]]]], right in front of Ratchet and Clank (and, through [[AWizardDidIt an unknown force]], [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Aqua]]).
* In ''Fanfic/SystemRestore'', the second murderer traps their victim in their own cabin and sets it on fire.
* In ''Fanfic/DelendaEst'', Harry makes a habit of using Fiendfyre, to the point that Voldemort considers it his trademark.
* In [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/and_cupcakes/9947.html#cutid1 this]] ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' fanfic/recipe set, we learn that Genesis has some ''very'' strong opinions as to what qualifies as "actual" bread:
--> "In Genesis' universe, square bread is a skin-crawling abomination against nature and must (like many other things) be promptly cleansed with fire."
* [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos In the Slender Man fic]] ''Fanfic/ByTheFiresLight'', it is not the heroes but the Slender Man itself who uses fire to kill things and and cleanse the Earth of things it find abhorrent (which is pretty much everything).
* In ''Fanfic/HomeIsWhereTheHauntIs'', Dipper defeats Mr. Mason this way, [[spoiler:by burning down the house, after discovering that Mr. Mason's soul was actually the living house itself.]]
* In ''FanFic/GameOfTouhou'', House Fujiwara, leaded by Mokou, have this philosophy that enemies must burn. [[spoiler:Selenion, Yorihime's pet dragon, can breath fire and uses it to kill everything that crosses his path.]]
* ''Fanfic/{{Ferris}}'': This is done repeatedly. Chryssalids have a vulnerability to flame in this universe, just like they do in ''XCOM Enemy Within''.
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, dealing with the [[spoiler:Flood]] is best done with either extreme cold or extreme heat. Most handheld weapons are changed to use incendiary ammo as a result, and [[AntiVillain Aria]] burns whole sections of Omega in an attempt to control the problem. The heat energy conveyed by turbolasers is also noted to be particularly effective.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Promstuck}}'', [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Eridan]] comes to the conclusion that arson is the only way to get rid of the chaperones, and convinces Nepeta to help. [[spoiler:Nepeta winds up burning down everything, killing everyone. Cue restart.]]
-->'''Eridan:''' wwhen all else fails use fire nep are you gettin wwhat im glubbin aboat here\\
'''Nepeta:''' >:(( < you know what i am drunk and i am not at all afurraid of the police\\
'''Nepeta:''' >:33 < lets do it
* Subverted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2889350/1/Bungle-in-the-Jungle-A-Harry-Potter-Adventure Bungle in the Jungle: A Harry Potter Adventure]]''. [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Inferi]] ''are'' weak against fire, which means anyone using them to protect something include traps that are activated by fire. According to Bill, flammable gas is the most common. Comes up again in the [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3759007/1/Turn-Me-Loose-A-Harry-Potter-Adventure sequel]] when Harry points out that Draco's answer of using a fire spell to hold off an inferius doesn't actually defeat it, merely either makes it someone else's problem or causes it to eat you after you exhaust yourself holding it off.
%% * Medeva in ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds'', doubling as a BreathWeapon.
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'':
** Blazen Sun's specialty. [[spoiler: He once killed a ''dragon'' with fire via his sun-based magic.]]
** Rex mentions one of his old packmates believed in this - apparently, Rufus was known to have said "There is no problem that cannot be solved with copious amounts of fire."
* In one ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' [[http:www.fanfiction.net/s/6350427//4/Friday-the-13th fanfic]], Pamela Voorhees kills Claudette by stabbing, [[ManOnFire dousing her with gasoline and burning down the cabin]]. 24 children also died in the blaze. Mrs Voorhees then tells Claudette why she's doing this to her:
-->'''Pamela:''' You went off to make love while my my son almost drowned. He could have died because of you. You weren't paying any attention! You should have been watching him! Every minute!\\
'''Claudette:''' Please...please.\\
'''Pamela:''' You are going to join your boyfriend in [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Hell]]. ''[Pamela pours a gas can and pours it on the floor, on the bed and then over Claudette]''\\
'''Claudette:''' No...no...please. Please don't do this...\\
'''Pamela:''' Oh, sweety. I have to. You have to be punished for [[SexIsEvil your sins]]. And deep down you know [[SlutShaming you deserve to be punished for your sins]]
* ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'':
** Well, being a wizard who specialized in fire, Sapsa ''tries'' to Kill Paul with Fire. He certainly reduces the table Paul is holding to ash. But Paul's only response is, "That was lovely! Do it again!" Has Sapsa known that Paul had cheerfully endured dragon fire earlier in the book, he might not have made the attempt....
** In a straighter example of this trope, George's dragon fire and the Hunter's flaming {{BFS}} were the only things that permanently destroyed the zombies and skeletons mobbing the four on the Plains of Death. Otherwise, the bits and pieces of broken undead simply reformed and started attacking again.
* This is Sunset Shimmer's default combat strategy in ''Fanfic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree''. It's made easier by the fact that she enchanted herself to be fireproof, allowing her to light her surroundings on fire without needing to worry about getting burned herself.
* ''WebVideo/JoJosBizarreAdventureAbridged'': Avdol [[CatchPhrase has learned that the only way to defeat this trope... is to BURN it]]!
* Suggested as an alternative to submitting to {{Wimpification}} during [[http://snakesonasora.livejournal.com/2619.html#cutid1 this sporking]] of the infamous ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' fanfic, "Naga Eyes."
-->'''Sora:''' Plan A: Getting the hell out of this nightmare and pretending it never happened.\\
'''Riku:''' Plan B: Getting the hell out of this nightmare.\\
'''Kairi:''' Plan C: Getting the hell out.\\
'''Axel:''' Plan Awesome: Death by fire!
* ''FanFic/EnemyOfMyEnemy'': Have a [[HumongousMecha Scarab problem]]? Lure it to a fuel refinery, set a few well-placed charges, and torch the bastard. [[spoiler:Just don't be surprised if the resulting fire [[NiceJobBreakingItHero goes out of control and consumes a sector of the very city that you were trying to stop the Scarab from destroying]].]]
* [[http://www.walfas.org/ Walfas]], a ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fan flash and fan webcomic site, has a RunningGag in Reimu's spell card "Hax Sign -Burn Everything-," which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sets random things and people around her on fire]].
* In ''FanFic/YetAgain'', it is heavily implied that one of Sarutobi's last acts before his second retirement [[DisproportionateRetribution was to burn down the Hokage Tower, after finally allowing himself to snap over the decades of paperwork he's had to do]]. This was ''not'' unexpected -- the ANBU had an ongoing ''betting pool'' over when he'd finally break, supported by him muttering in an unstable manner while doing paperwork. Even Konohamaru knew it was coming, having seen his grandfather sleep-talking about "burning it all".

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Played with at the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'': One member of the [[TorchesAndPitchforks angry mob]] waves a torch in Shrek's face, hoping to scare him. Shrek licks his fingers and calmly snuffs the flame out.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Boba Fett has a flamethrower mounted on his gauntlet. His tendency to disintegrate bounties with it is lampshaded by Darth Vader.
--->'''Darth Vader:''' No disintegrations.\\
'''Boba Fett''': As you wish.
** Apparently, Jango Fett gets this in his armor's gauntlet as well... which he used to try and disintegrate Mace Windu.
* An aging JFK (Ossie Davis in a wheelchair) and Elvis (Creator/BruceCampbell, natch) use fire to vanquish the mummy in ''Film/BubbaHoTep''.
* In ''Film/TheThing1982'', [[FromASingleCell the smallest part of the alien life form]] is capable of [[BodyHorror mutation and assimilation]], so the only sure way to destroy it completely is with fire. But even then, it's not even particularly flammable. Fire is the only way to do it, but it's still not a very good way.
** However, this was subverted in ''Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld''. Fire ''could'' kill the alien, but since it burned slowly and did not feel pain it could easily escape and douse itself, [[InfernalRetaliation setting fire to anything it touched along the way]].
* ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'':
** Both applied and subverted: because the zombies in that movie can't be brought down with simple headshots, the only way to destroy the first one is to incinerate it... but that just causes ''more'' problems, because the ashes get into the clouds and the next good rain soaks the land with Trioxin, which carries the virus on. Cue the ZombieApocalypse! Electricity is shown to do the job later.
** Speaking of the first film, Burt Wilson is making last-minute arrangements for the yellow zombie, which he and his employees cut up earlier when RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain doesn't kill it, to be completely obliterated by the oven.
--->'''Burt Wilson:''' You're absolutely certain that this is gonna get rid of everything and do the trick? I mean, nothing left?\\
''[Ernie shakes his head]''\\
'''Ernie Kaltenbrunner:''' Nothing but a little-bitty pile of ashes.\\
'''Burt Wilson:''' We don't even ''want'' the ashes!\\
''[Ernie smiles and leans over the metal grate]''\\
'''Ernie Kaltenbrunner:''' Then I'll turn it [[UpToEleven up higher]], and we'll burn up the ashes, too.\\
''[Ernie slides the zombie into the oven]''\\
'''Ernie Kaltenbrunner:''' Dust to dust.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Evolution}}''; the military plots to destroy the largest sample of the alien entity with tons upon tons of napalm. However, as the scientists find out right as the plan is about to be carried out, fire makes the thing reproduce ''even faster''; a small sample in a petri dish exposed to the flame of a lit match is enough to make it overtake one wall of the room they were in. Instead, the day is saved with [[strike:[[ItMakesSenseInContext dandruff shampoo]]]] [[ProductPlacement Head & Shoulders]].
* The xenomorphs in the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' films have an aversion to fire. Furthermore, flamethrowers prove to be the best weapons against them in close quarters since it largely avoids spilling [[BloodyMurder the creature's blood, which is dangerously corrosive]].
-->'''Ash:''' Most animals retreat from fire, yes?
* Subverted in ''Film/TheBeastFrom20000Fathoms''. The [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever giant dinosaur]] could be killed with fire, or with most other things, but fire would carry its diseased particles all over the world and [[NoBiochemicalBarriers we'd all die anyway]].
* The last resort of ''Film/TheRock'', should TheSoCalledCoward and the GentlemanThief fail to recover the weaponized phlebotinum, involves the Air Force drenching the island in thermite. For those of you who don't know, thermite is fire UpToEleven squared.[[note]]Actually, thermite is basically rust and aluminum powder. While the reaction between iron oxide and aluminum is extremely exothermic, it has a high activation energy. However, once you do get it going, it will burn through and/or melt almost anything; one of the products of the reaction is elemental iron, which comes out in ''molten droplets''.[[/note]]
* In ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', Gizmo kills the spider gremlin with a flaming arrow made from a pencil and a bottle of white-out corrective fluid.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'':
** In ''Film/GodzillaVsHedorah'', hippies partying on a mountain try attacking Hedorah by throwing torches. It obviously doesn't work and [[PlotArmor the ones that aren't the main human characters]] [[TooDumbToLive die very quickly]].
** Also, in ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', when the military realized that fire is super effective against Destoroyah's aggregate forms, they use heat weapons from thereon.
** In ''Film/Godzilla2014'', Ford kills [[spoiler:the [=MUTO=] clutch]] by knocking the valves off a fuel truck, setting them on fire, and running very fast. And, of course, Godzilla's atomic breath, which takes the form of a blue-hot fire stream. [[spoiler:Godzilla later force-fed the female MUTO his atomic breath.]]
* In ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'', they burn a group of zombies behind a fence trying to get through by pouring petrol over them. Later they use gas canisters to knock over and kill zombies to get through the masses. On the DVD extras, however, one character says that molotov cocktails don't do anything but make them smell like burnt meat... and make him hungry.
* In ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', Film/JamesBond kills a snake with a makeshift flamethrower, and in ''Film/LicenceToKill'', he sets the BigBad on fire using a lighter (though said villain was covered in gasoline, so it's plausible).
* The [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant radioactive ants]] in the classic monster movie ''Film/{{Them}}'' (1954) are hunted through the Los Angeles storm drains by the protagonists armed with flamethrowers.
* ''Film/OfficeSpace''. Either averted or played straight, depending on [[spoiler:how much of an unholy abomination you consider the office building to be.]]
* In ''Film/{{Outbreak}}'', this is the government response to a local outbreak of a deadly virus. (More specifically, using the fire caused by a fuel-air bomb to starve the place of oxygen. No oxygen, no hosts; no hosts, no virus.)
* The 1931 version of ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'' ends with the Monster being trapped in a burning windmill, and (presumably) killed. As we find out in ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'', it [[NotQuiteDead didn't quite do the trick]]...
* In ''Film/{{Westworld}}'', Richard Benjamin's character attempts to do this to the Yul Brenner Gunslinger robot. Doesn't quite work, though.
* In ''Film/{{Outlander}}'', the Moorwens were driven to the brink of extinction by the firebombing of their homeworld. Kainan replicates this in ancient Norway, by luring the solitary Moorwen into a pit filled with whale oil and lighting it on fire. [[spoiler:It only succeeds in singeing and ticking off the creature.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/ChildsPlay'', where the protagonists burn devil doll Chucky to a crisp. It only makes him angrier and freakier-looking.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheTerminator'', when destroying the titular indestructible death-robot's gasoline truck seems to work for a little bit, but his creepy-ass metal endoskeleton just gets up again after a few seconds, despite the fact that all its skin just got burned off. When fire just isn't hot enough, you can always try molten iron, as in the [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay second film]].
* In ''Film/TheCrawlingEye'', the titular alien creatures are destroyed when the Air Force napalms the mountainside where they had gathered. Whether such techniques were necessary aren't really known, though, since it was the first thing the humans had tried.
* ''Film/TheEliteSquad'' has the drug dealers using a TruthInTelevision technique known as "microwave" - the victim is put inside a pile of tires, which are then set on fire (during the shooting of that scene, the criminal "consultants" had to remind the ones being burned to scream horribly).
* This was the original solution to the Freddy Krueger problem in ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet''. Partially subverted, considering he just came back as a dream demon with horrible burn scars.
* What ultimately happens (probably by accident) to the Third Castle in ''Film/{{Ran}}'', preventing Lord Hidetora's ''{{seppuku}}'' by driving him insane. Well, that and the broken sword.
* ''Film/FourteenOhEight'': [[spoiler:This is how the room is finally destroyed]].
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. Shosanna fills the theatre with Nazis and burns it to the ground.
* Montag of ''Film/TheWizardOfGore'' has magically summoned a fire and... the fiance runs in and pushes him into the fire, where he burns to death horribly. The fiance claims that he was going to force everyone to walk into the fire. Except that the talk show host [[LampshadeHanging states that it makes no sense for him to hypnotize a TV audience, and then to create the fire in that one location]].
* In most zombie films, only a [[RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain headshot]] will terminate the walking dead. In ''Film/TheLivingDeadAtManchesterMorgue'', also known as ''Let Sleeping Corpses Lie'', zombies are primarily killed with fire. And they go up pretty easy.
* The final airstrike in ''Film/{{Platoon}}'', in response to a request by TheCaptain to "expend all remaining ordnance [[TrialByFriendlyFire on my pos]]", includes plenty of napalm mixed in with regular bombs. The firestorm almost obliterates everything and everyone left.
* In ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', Kilgore leads his men into battle in a formation of helicopters in order to storm a beach with "Music/RideOfTheValkyries" playing to intimidate the enemy, all so that they could surf on the beach for that day. Naturally the Vietnamese suffer plenty of fire from the helicopters and the men on the ground but the climax of the battle comes when Colonel Kilgore calls in a massive air strike that obliterates the opposition. As Kilgore watches this he famously expresses how much he loves to kill things with fire, even going so far as to reminisce about a massive air strike he witnessed during an earlier battle during the Vietnam War where he marveled at all the destruction that the bombs caused, remarking to Captain Willard and Private Lance:
-->'''Colonel Kilgore:''' You smell that?\\
'''Private Lance:''' What?!\\
'''Kilgore:''' Napalm son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. ''I love the smell of napalm in the morning.'' You know one time we had a hill bombed for 12 hours and when it was all over I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinking dink body. The smell... you know that gasoline smell. The whole hill. It smelled like... ''[sniffs the air, pondering for a moment]'' victory. ''[mortar strike goes off behind him, Colonel Kilgore doesn't even flinch]'' Someday this war is gonna end.
* In ''Film/{{Dagon}}'' fire seems to work well on [[spoiler:the fish men and their cult]].
* ''Film/FinalDestination3''. Tanning bed death. You know the one.
* Completely averted in, "Tomie: Another Face", one of the movie adaptations of the manga, ''Manga/{{Tomie}}'', where the eponymous NighInvulnerable {{Body Horror}}ific teenage girl is burned in the incinerator by the DoomedProtagonist. However, her burned ashes gather up and create her face in the air, reminding the protagonist that she will never die and that every single one of her ashes will become a new Tomie.
* In ''Film/{{Tarantula}}'' the only way to destroy the eponymous giant spider is for the Air Force to ''napalm'' it.
* In ''Film/TheStreetFighter's Last Revenge'', Terry deals with a {{Yakuza}} {{Mook}} in a mariachi costume at a funeral home in this manner [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=AewA7ZfMM6k after a fight that leaves one table knocked over, a brick wall mildly crumbled, a casket's lid shattered, and the casket itself in poor condition by the time the mariachi finds himself inside the oven]].
* In ''Film/TrueLies'', Ahnold turns a fuel truck into a hilariously effective flamethrower by shooting the nozzle.
* In ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', Agent Simmons tries this on Frenzy. Doesn't work though.
-->'''Simmons:''' BURN SUCKER! [[LargeHam BUURRRRRRNN!!]]
* In the first ''Film/{{Blade}}'' film, Blade uses fire on one of his enemies. This doesn't kill Quinn (who is a vampire) but it probably makes him wish it had, at least for a while. Funnily enough, Blade probably only set him on fire as a new form of bullying Quinn.
-->'''Blade:''' Quinn, I'm getting a little tired of chopping you up. I thought I might try fire, for a change.
* In the climax of ''Film/{{Anaconda}}'', they try to kill the largest Anaconda by setting it on fire after it's trapped in a factory pipe. This ends in a bit of InfernalRetaliation as it still goes after them ''while it's on fire'' before it slinks away in the water. Even that doesn't kill it, and it takes a pick-axe to the skull for the Anaconda to ultimately die.
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', the hunters in the prologue destroy the Plague Tree by burning it down, and Kaulder's sword can be set on fire for witch hunting. It's even in Axe and Cross' motto, "by iron and fire".

* In Daniel Handler's ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': In the Village of Fowl Devotees, burning at the stake is the designated punishment for breaking any of the town's numerous rules (which includes the biggies like murder, but also trivial and ridiculous offenses like using mechanical devices, reading certain books, and talking out of turn in town meetings).
* In Creator/GlenCook's ''Literature/GarrettPI'' books, this is how Garrett kills a nest of vampires.
* In John Hodgman's second book, ''Literature/MoreInformationThanYouRequire'', he says of rats: "You must kill them all. Do it with fire."
** He says the same thing about infestations of Scottie Dogs and... [[ShootingSuperman tides]].
** Fire works well for most household pests. But for [[ArtificialHuman replicants]], you've just got to bite the bullet and hire a Film/BladeRunner.
* In ''Literature/{{Masques}}'', the refugees hide away from the undead monsters in a cave. Conveniently, the cave comes with protection runes, that make a wall of flames appear when the undead try to enter it. Quite effective, but the smell of roasted undead is nasty.
* The [[PlantAliens Monster Plant Beasties]] from ''Literature/TheDayOfTheTriffids'' are especially vulnerable to flamethrowers, as they can't tell where the flame is coming from and panic, sometimes setting their allies on fire as well. Too bad there's a fuel shortage due to that CosyCatastrophe...
** It's not so much a case of panicking as ''even noticing'': flamethrowers are more effective than guns because Triffids don't appear to have any vital organs. (Following the same principle, shotguns work better than handguns or rifles.)
* Literature/HarryPotter and Dumbledore use it to drive off the [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies Inferi]] at the end of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince]].'' And in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', Fiendfyre turns out to be one of the few ways to destroy Horcruxes.
** Notable for the brilliant exchange between Harry and Dumbledore that went something like...
---> '''Dumbledore:''' However, like many creatures that dwell in [[EvilIsDeathlyCold cold]] and darkness, they fear light and warmth, which we shall therefore call to our aid should the need arise.\\
'''Harry:''' ''(bewildered expression)'' \\
'''Dumbledore:''' [[LaymansTerms Fire, Harry]].\\
'''Harry:''' Oh... right...
* Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** In the first fight against the Ringwraiths, swords prove ineffective, so Aragorn grabs a flaming piece of wood form the fire and drives them back. Works remarkably well considering they are the immortal indestructible specters of long dead kings, capable of killing with even a slight blow and causing even squads of veteran soldiers to run in fear. It's hinted, though, that the Ringwraiths are in a weaker state during their initial attack on the Shire. Somewhat justified as they are at the point described as being stronger in the dark, and that they need the cloaks to have form and to affect the world. Cloaks can burn and fire is bright light.
** Also, in the modern movie adaptation, fire is the orcs' most useful weapon against the [[WhenTreesAttack Ent attack]]. Which is a pretty good idea, as Ents are trees. When Isengard is flooded, you can see a burning Ent rush forward and dunk itself to douse the flames. In the books Saruman uses some kind of automatic flamethrowers against them, causing them to flood Isengard. Also in the books, the dwarves' need for firewood (for their forges) was one reason Ents didn't like dwarves very much. There is a bit in ''The Two Towers'' where a tree bends down to get some warmth from a fire, but in general, the trees don't like it.
* In Scott Westerfeld's ''Literature/{{Midnighters}}'' trilogy, the animals are afraid of human technology, including, but not limited to, fire.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Werewolves can only be killed by either silver or fire. Likewise, zombies, vampires, and mummies are very flammable.
** A joke from both ''Discworld/SmallGods'' and ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' about this trope: "Give a man a fire and he will be warm for one night. Set a ManOnFire and he will be warm [[ExactWords for the rest of his life]]."
** In ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'', [[spoiler:this is how Tiffany defeats the Cunning Man. Given he's the vengeful spirit of [[BurnTheWitch a witch hunter]], it doubles as a KarmicDeath.]]
* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', fire proves effective in driving off wargs, but much less so when some goblins arrive, who simply use it against the dwarves.
* ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide'' notes that fire is the only way to safely dispose of a Solanium-infected corpse. It's not that effective as a weapon, because the zombies don't feel pain and won't notice they're on fire, but all traces of the infection will be wiped out once the fire brings them down.
* And in ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', the Army develops an incendiary bullet, nicknamed the "Cherry Pie", designed to burn up a Zombie's brain without causing collateral damage.
* In ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'', vampires are highly vulnerable to flame, to the point where matches will make some flinch.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** The undead wights are nearly indestructible except to fire. The only body part of a wight in the series ''not'' destroyed by fire remained animate until it rotted away.
** It's stated that Mad King Aerys was a big fan of this trope.
--->''[[PyroManiac Burn them all...]]''
** And Daenerys, [[InTheBlood of course]], has her three pet dragons. The very first thing she trains them to do is breathe fire at people. And she has ambitions to use said dragons, once they grow up, to conquer Westeros. Her family's motto isn't ''"Fire and Blood"'' for nothing, after all.
** And who could forget the Battle of the Blackwater when Tyrion Lannister packs a squadron of ships with wildfire (which is basically magical GreekFire on steroids) and sets not only both fleets but the ''river itself'' on fire.
* As in Mythology above, the vampires in numerous works of Gothic literature--including ''Literature/{{Carmilla}}'', ''Literature/VarneyTheVampire'', and ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' must be destroyed with fire after they're staked and decapitated. The fact that Dracula's body is ''not'' burned when he's killed in the original novel is often cited as a reason for latter-day authors to bring him BackFromTheDead. [[JokerImmunity Again]].
* A subversion: in Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard'', a repeated theme and instruction is to ''refrain'' from killing the necromancer villain with fire, as he can be resurrected from the ashes. Instead, the protagonist is instructed to dissolve the body in acid.
* The vampires in Creator/StephenieMeyer's ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' can be permanently destroyed by using fire and not much else. It's worth noting that Carlisle failed to try immolation during his many attempts at killing himself after he became a vampire, despite his father being a pastor who believed in wiping out evil supernatural creatures in such a manner.
* At the end of the ''Literature/JurassicPark'' book, there isn't any of that "Let the dinos live in peace on the island" stuff from the movie. The Costa Rican Air Force levels the island with napalm.
* And somehow Ian Malcolm survives the napalm attack to be in ''Literature/TheLostWorld1995.'' His presence in the sequel book is {{Hand Wave}}d by stating that his death in the first one was [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis a mistake on the part of those chronicling the events, and he was only critically wounded and later recovered upon receiving proper medical care.]]
* In Brian Caswell's ''The View From Ararat'', the only known ways to destroy the inorganic super-plague threatening life on planet Deucalion are extreme heat, and [[spoiler:an enzyme conveniently found in all native Deucalion plants and animals, half a galaxy away from where the disease first surfaced.]]
* The finale of Peter F. Hamilton's ''Literature/NightsDawn'' trilogy, ''The Naked God'', has a straight example--the Orgathe are immune to most weapons but ''very'' vulnerable to heat.
* A major villain in the ''Literature/{{Fingerprints}}'' series starts out as a KnifeNut. When it becomes clear that a single knife is insufficient to carry out her RoaringRampageOfRevenge, she figures fire will work better. [[spoiler:It does.]]
* ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr''. Flamethrowers are the best means of dealing with the [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily Chtorran gastropedes]] (and various other forms of [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Chtorran ecology]]), and are preferred by the antagonist over [[KillItWithIce cold-gas]] and [[FlechetteStorm flechette rifles]]. This is because their unique alien physiology makes the gastropedes [[ImmuneToBullets very difficult to kill]].
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake'', when Khiron killed a fellow Space Marine, he claimed he had been possessed by a daemon and that, since he had not used fire, it had escaped. [[spoiler:Fortunately, Priad remembers this when he figures out who it escaped to.]]
* In Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', when Shere Khan incites the Pack against Mowgli, Mowgli uses "the Red Flower" against them.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/ThreeHeartsAndThreeLions'', they discover the troll can be killed only with fire. (This is the source for D&D.)
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}}'' novel ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', the {{Living Shadow}}s in the [[{{Mordor}} Eye of Terror]] can be killed only with fire. Even that is not very effective; while the {{Space Marine}}s can survive, the two Imperial Guardsmen with them are nearly killed by the heat they need, even with the Marines trying to shield them.
* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series, fire spewed by male and green dragons (and flamethrowers wielded by queenriders and ground crews) are the primary means of fighting Threadfall.
* [[spoiler:Beatty]] in ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}''. "If you have a problem, don't face it, burn it". [[KarmicDeath Indeed]]. The [[CrapsackWorld world]] in ''Fahrenheit 451'' subscribes to this ideology against books and literature.
* Creator/StephenKing:
** ''Literature/TheShining'': Used to deal with the HellHotel, with bonus wasp's nest-destroying FlashBack.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} in the short story ''The Road Virus Goes North'' (part of ''Literature/EverythingsEventual''). A horror writer buys the last surviving painting of a troubled artist who burned all his other works and then committed suicide. When he realises the painting is cursed he tries to get rid of it, but the painting keeps returning intact. Eventually he burns the picture, because [[GenreSavvy that's what works in the books, right?]] Unfortunately it turns out that the artist didn't burn all his paintings ''except'' this one, he burned all his paintings ''including'' this one.
** Henry does this by burning down the cabin in ''Literature/{{Dreamcatcher}}''.
* Subverted in Creator/JohnWCampbell's "Literature/WhoGoesThere" where the scientists in Antarctica use high voltage electricity to kill telepathic, body-morphing aliens. This makes a lot more sense than the flamethrowers used in the movie (John Carpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'') because it takes a while to kill something with fire. Electricity can zap every cell in an organism instantly--hard to adapt to, eh? For another good reason to use electrons, see the end of the movie, where the entire base is charred rubble and the [[EveryoneDies survivors are shelterless]] in ANTARCTICA.
** Played straight in the conclusion of the original story--the final alien is destroyed with an oversized blowtorch after a human [[EyeScream fires bullets through all three of its eyes]], which causes it to become immobilised. Also, the electrocution weapon required mains power from the base's generators, and the final confrontation is too far away to run a lead.
* Karen Miller's ''Literature/GodspeakerTrilogy'' where [[spoiler:Marlon is immolated by Dexterity's [[PowerGlows glowing touch]]]]
* In P.C. Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'', fire is the best way to kill the shapeshifting, vampiric Changers, which are hard to kill but whose blood is very flammable. It's also the best way to kill the zombielike Haunts.
* In the ''Literature/NightWorld'' series, fire is the only thing that can kill any creature, be it witch, human, werewolf, shapeshifter, or vampire. One character does freak out when another speaks nonchalantly about burning a werewolf to death (including the phrase "one of the traditional methods"), so it appears to be a less-used tactic... now.
* A tanker truck, a fire truck, and an intentionally damaged bridge that the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]] have to cross provides much fun for the humans defending Fredricksburg, at one point in ''[[Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata Gust Front]]''.
* Sun Tzu devotes a chapter of ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'' to the use of fire against an enemy.
* When Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' yells ''"Fuego!"'', you take cover and pray for mercy. When he yells ''[[UnstoppableRage "Pyrofuego"]]'', you ''run for your damn life.'' He's only had to cast the latter spell twice in the entire series, and both times, those on the receiving end... let's just say they had their whole day ruined. MemeticMutation has turned him into the AnthropomorphicPersonification of this Trope.
** Don't forget, one of those times he was so ''[[UnstoppableRage furious]]'' that he said "Pyrofuego! BURN!" Meaning he may have ''cast the spell in English.'' Something that is pointed out many, many times to be terrifyingly dangerous.
** His very first duel involved an EldritchAbomination, a gas station, and fire. Harry won. (Note, though, that Harry eventually discovers the Eldritch Abomination threw the fight, and it could've ripped him apart easily.)
** He's also a fan of a shotgun loaded with fireball or dragon's breath rounds, as is Kincaid.
** Harry also once created a spear of flame ''20 stories'' high. Not for nothing does Elaine (no slouch herself) refer to him as the most powerful wizard she's ever met.
*** A bit of clarification: In terms of raw power, Harry is in the top percentile. However, Harry himself notes that more experienced wizards, such as the Wardens or the Senior Council could twist him into knots without even trying, because in the Dresdenverse, skill matters much more than power.
*** This one was neat because he wasn't even using it as a weapon--the ''fire'' was a heatsink for a ''lake''. Magic is such a GameBreaker that it's not even funny. [[note]] It's hilarious.[[/note]]
** ''"How about a little fire, Scarecrow?"''
** The Holy Fire of the Swords (and occasionally their wielders) is very effective against the forces of darkness.
-->''Harry'': Let that be a lesson to you. Hands off the Fist of God.
** Don't forget the use of superpower hellfire and soulfire.
** Don't kill kids near Harry. He will ''set the fat inside your body on fire''.
** In-universe, Harry notes that fire really is a highly-effective weapon against all sorts of nasties, as well as being used against magical enchantments. Fire can disrupt and destroy enchantments when used with that intent, and any wizard worth their salt in combat learns how to use fire first. In ''Turn Coat'', a squadron of Wardens cuts loose on a horde of summoned spirits, and the ensuing literal firestorm is simply stunning to behold.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera''
** Although all the ElementalPowers in are useful in war, using firecrafting to make a FlamingSword is a common tactic when High Lords are fighting because wounds that have been cauterized are extremely difficult for watercrafters to heal. Fire is also handy against [[HordeOfAlienLocusts the Vord]], since the ''croach'' they rely on to keep them alive is very flammable.
** The beam of sunlight (while technically a product of aircrafting) is a prime example.
** Firecrafting can also induce powerful emotions, like passion and fear. First Lord Gaius Sextus once wields a flaming blade so powerful with this firecrafting-induced fear, men just dropped dead from their fear killing them.
** In ''First Lord's Fury'' Tavi learns that [[spoiler:while bonding with a fury to make it loyal to the person requires watercrafting, another person can disrupt that basic process with firecrafting, freeing the fury]].
* Master Ferus of ''Literature/TheCinderSpires'' is usually genial, and generally claimed to be [[BewareTheSillyOnes silly]]. However, send a task force to invade his home, and ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill.
* Literature/ColtRegan: The only way to keep nihil from [[PullingThemselvesTogether coming back for more]].
* In the conclusion to ''An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding'', Scottish philosopher David Hume says that reasoning can only lead us either to mathematical truths or knowledge about matters of fact based on experiment:
-->If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, ''Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity of number?'' No. ''Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence?'' No. Commit it then to the flames: For it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
* As mentioned in the main description, the trolls in the ''ForgottenRealms'' world regenerate and can recover from anything...except being set on fire. The heroes in ''[[Literature/TheIcewindDaleTrilogy Streams of Silver]]'' take advantage of this weakness as much as they can.
* In Andy Hoare's Literature/WhiteScars novel ''Hunt for Voldorius'', the Bloodtide, [[ICannotSelfTerminate begging for death]], tells them to use fire.
* The Krytos Plague in the ComicBook/XWingSeries is so highly infectious that decontamination of a building consists of burning everything inside it with plasma, including burning half an inch of concrete off the walls.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/BlackColossus", the charging knights are destroyed with a wall of fire.
* Rapier in ''[[Creator/MatthewReilly The Five Greatest Warriors]]'' burns several men to death inside the Third Vertex.
* Averted in Creator/TerryGoodkind's ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth Stone of Tears]]''. An EldritchAbomination shows up and starts killing the crap out of people. A wizard sets it on fire. It screams in pain. Then it puts the fire out and starts killing people some more.
* In the last Literature/TimeScout book, a bad guy running from the heroes tosses a burning rag onto a barrel of gunpowder in the middle of an arsenal in the middle of VictorianLondon's dockland. This causes some commotion.
* In Creator/MichaelMoorcock's ''The Sailor on the Seas of Fate'' there's a scene where the heroes have to destroy a pair of buildings. The captain of their ship is insistent that the buildings can only be destroyed by fire. It turns out that [[spoiler:the buildings are a pair of evil alien sorcerers]].
* In Creator/HGWells's short story "The Cone", an angry steelworker decides to kill his boss by throwing him off of an overhead catwalk onto the red-hot vent cone on top of a blast furnace. His victim starts burning immediately, and it goes FromBadToWorse when the vent opens releasing scalding gases.
* The only reliable way to kill the undead in ''Literature/TheWitchWatch''. That and just cutting their heads off and leaving it powerless and buried underground whilst still being conscious.
* Kantri of Literature/TalesOfKolmar have this instinct towards anything that makes them angry. They use claws and teeth too and will rend bodies long after the foes are dead, but when it's over they burn the bodies and preferably things the bodies have touched, right down to the soil. They ''are'' [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]].
* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' - ''Physik'', Queen Etheldredda's ghost and her pet animal are finished off by burning their portrait in an appropriately designed '''[=BoneFyre=]'''.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, fire is one of the three weapons effective against the [[TheFairFolk Finn]]. Music puts them in a kind of trance, and while they can become [[{{Intangibility}} intangible]], pure iron and fire will still hurt them. The explanatory poem goes:
-->[[HeroicSpirit Courage]] to strengthen\\
[[KillItWithFire Fire]] to blind\\
[[MagicMusic Music]] to dazzle\\
[[ColdIron Iron]] to bind
** Also, [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Balefire]].
* The Literature/CthulhuMythos story ''Once More from the Top'' by A. Scott Glancy shows what happened when [[Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth the marines were sent to clear out Innsmouth]]. They hold their own against the FishPeople, only to be routed when a [[EldritchAbomination shoggoth]] comes swarming over the sea wall. Fortunately TheNarrator and a SociopathicSoldier are able to throw it back with the help of a couple of flamethrowers and some phosphorus grenades (even diving into the water doesn't help the shoggoth, as phosphorus can burn underwater).
* ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'', like many other vampire stories (as noted above) have fire as one of the only ways to destroy a vampire (though particularly strong/old vampires are immune even to that). Louis de Pointe du Lac, narrator of the first book, has a particular fascination with it, burning down two houses, a theater, and his [[IHateYouVampireDad creator]] within his book alone.
* A peculiar variant with the fire-spiders in ''Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned''. Their own natural pyromancy means that fire doesn't actually ''hurt'' them, but exposure to a lot of fire affects them like AlienCatnip. This more-or-less saves the heroes' lives when one of them accidentally fills the cave they're in with an inferno and stuns the vast swarm of fire-spiders for over a hour, allowing the heroes to escape.
* ''Literature/TheEnemy'' employs this against the Zombies several times. It seems to be the most effective weapon against them; unfortunately it's the hardest to safely employ.
* ''Most Secret'' by Creator/NevilShute is about a fishing boat during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII that is fitted out with a [[FireBreathingWeapon large flamethrower]] in a plan to destroy the German escort vessels keeping an eye on the French fishing fleet. The KillItWithFire trope is specifically lampshaded.
* Given its setting in ancient China, it's no surprise that fire is a pretty big deal in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms.'' Its use against armies is obvious, and several mentions are made of [[Literature/TheArtOfWar Sun Tzu's stratagems]] in regards to fire. Perhaps the most dramatic example would be the Battle of the Red Cliffs. The Southern Coalition forces couldn't face the North's superior numbers head on, and thus had to resort to alternative methods to overcome Cao Cao's forces. The massive Northern naval fleet is tricked into chaining itself together to prevent seasickness, then set aflame by a surprise attack by Coalition fire boats. What the armies of the South could not do, a single decisive strike with fire accomplishes overnight--Cao Cao's fleet is effectively wiped out by the runaway fires jumping from ship to ship due to the chains holding them all together.
* ''Creator/AndreNorton'' invokes this trope in many of her science-fiction novels, when referring to destroyed planets as having been "burned off".
* ''Literature/TheCinderSpires'' has [[BewareTheSillyOnes Master Ferus]]. Some men decide to [[TooDumbToLive attack him in his home]]. The resulting scene is mostly from the POV of Folly, his apprentice, so [[NightmareFuel we don't know what happened, exactly]], but [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} even she]] can tell they're cooked... without looking.
* In the ''Literature/{{Boojumverse}}'' story "Mongoose", Izrael Irizarry specializes in clearing space stations of infestation by extradimensional scavengers called Toves. He notes that they are capable of surviving in vacuum, and recommends exterminating them with fire.
* ''Literature/{{Kane}}'':
** The story "Lynortis Reprise" takes place on an old battlefield marked by a two year long siege. The alchemical phosphorous bombs shot by the defenders of the city were particularly devastating and at one point the effect of two salvaged duds used against advancing enemies is described in gruesome detail.
** In another story, "Cold Light", Literature/{{Kane}} locks himself in an [[AbandonedWarehouse old warehouse]] with two of his enemies. The warehouse was used to store fabrics and quite a lot of them still remain. He proceeds then to set the building on fire. [[spoiler:He escapes through a hidden tunnel, the other two are killed.]]
* In ''Literature/TheSilentWar'' the [[DemonSlaying Redcloaks]] have, among other things, the ability to channel supernatural fire into melee weapons. It cuts through demons and the walking dead like they're made of paper.
* ''Literature/KnowledgeOfAngels'': At the close of the book, Palinor is burned at the stake by the Inquisition for heresy.
* The burning of heretics comes up a few times in ''Literature/WolfHall''. A few of Thomas Cromwell's Lutheran associates are burned by Thomas More for making public displays of heresy (namely reading aloud from Tyndale's English translation of the Bible). Cromwell also recalls an incident from his childhood when he watched an old woman burned as a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lollardy Loller]] and is horrified by the painful death and the crowd's jubilation. He lingers after the crowd disperses until the old woman's friends arrive to gather her remains and one of them marks his palm with the greasy ash.
* In ''Literature/TheWhiteRabbitChronicles'', this is the only way to end zombies for good. In the [[SpiritWorld spirit realm]], a slayer can summon [[FirePurifies white fire]] in his or her hands which is used to "ash" the zombies.
* Dahlia Sin'Felle uses the lightning properties of her weapon in ''Literature/CompanionsCodex'' to set fire to a female drider that was cornering her and Effron during an ambush in Port Llast. This incident comes back to haunt them, when it turns out that said drider was the lover of Yerinninae, the Xorlarrin's strongest drider, who is now bent on revenge.
* In ''Literature/TheOldKingdom,'' fire is good for killing off most of the Dead, and [[FireKeepsItDead purifying cremation is a good way to keep more Dead from rising.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** "Salt and burn the body" is the standard solution to malevolent spirits and such. If the body's ''already'' been cremated, the boys need to find an alternate solution. Sometimes this means finding the little bit of the body that wasn't burned and setting fire to it.
** Also, in the episode "Metamorphosis", this is the only way to kill of a [[ImAHumanitarian Rugaru]].
** And a {{Wendigo}}. And [[DeathByOriginStory Mary Winchester and Jess]].
** In the episode "Hookman" [[spoiler:the brothers have to destroy the things made from the silver from the original hook.]]
** in the episode "Provenance" They have to destroy [[spoiler:a Victorian doll made with the locks of the evil child's hair]]
* In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', an alien race is seen using flamethrowers on people who have been infected by a disease that effectively turns them into another alien species.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** There was at least one classic episode that showed the Daleks' ability to [[CrazyAwesome shoot fire from their plungers.]]
** At the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetOfFire Planet of Fire]]", the Doctor tries this on the Master. [[UnexplainedRecovery He gets better]].
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]", the bank has rows of flamethrowers to incinerate any potential thieves that fail the security checks.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** One of the ways to kill vampires.
--->'''Dawn:''' [[Awesome/BuffyTheVampireSlayer If you touch my sister, hurt her in any way... you're going to wake up on fire.]]
** Then there was the time Angel became the BigBad, killed Jenny, then set up the body to get off on how the heroes would react to her murder. That was too much for a distraught Giles, and the former Ripper loaded up with a bowgun, fuel bombs and ''[[ImprovisedWeapon a freaking flaming baseball bat.]]''
** In Season 8, Renee lures a vampire before Buffy attacks it, then flicks a lighter and gives a PsychoticSmirk as Willow douses him in petroleum. After Buffy interrogates him he pleads for his life, saying he answered her questions, she has to let him go.
--->'''Buffy:''' I never promised that.
** In Season 9, Angel and Faith fight demons who can regenerate, so they use a flamethrower to burn their whole bodies into ash.
** On one episode, Wes and Fred went after a demon nest with blowtorches, setting the whole thing ablaze.
** Sometimes however vampires can put themselves out before being incinerated.
** Averted when Wesley burns Lilah Morgan's employee contract which binds her to [[OccultLawFirm Wolfram & Hart]] for eternity. A duplicate contract immediately appears in the drawer.
--->'''Lilah:''' [[{{Hell}} Flames wouldn't be eternal]] if they actually consumed anything.
** How Spike disposes of The Anointed One.
* Not necessarily fire, but Sebaceans on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' go into horrendous unrecoverable comas if their body temperature gets too high (and at levels that would be on the high end of tolerable for most other races, too), making deserts, low fevers, and oversized bonfires potentially deadly. Given just how badass Aeryn is when not suffering heat delirium, it might count.
** Scarrans, who have the power to project their body heat into deadly beams, love using this against their enemies- especially Sebaceans.
** Ditto the fire-breathing Sheeyangs.
* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Kate burned her drunk & abusive father (and his whole house) to the ground.
** In the season five finale, the Man in Black kicks a dying [[spoiler:Jacob]] into a firepit to finish him off.
** And then there's The Others in 1954 who use a storm of flaming arrows to kill off a large number of 815 survivors
* An episode of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' has the crew using flamethrowers to hold back a very aggressive alien parasite that seems to creep along the ground like a fungus. How flamethrowers got aboard ''Destiny'' is anyone's guess. Greer states that he ''[[ImprovisedWeapon made]]'' them in his spare time, thinking they [[ProperlyParanoid might come in useful.]]
* In the series ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' (as well as it's book counterpart), the only way to permanently kill a baneling is to burn the body so it cannot be revived. A method the resident wizard Zedd uses proficiently.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Mad King]] apparently loved this trope. It was his favourite way to get rid of his enemies. His enemies including women and babies that the voices in his head told him to destroy. His last words were even [[MadnessMantra 'burn them all,' which he repeated for hours.]]
** The Wildlings are shown to immediately burn any dead body to prevent them from becoming thralls of the White Walkers.
** Also used to devastating effect against [[spoiler:Stannis Baratheon's forces during the Battle of Blackwater Bay]]
** The Mad King's daughter Daenerys Targaryen's solution to pretty much every problem, though averted with her even-more-brutal execution of Doreah and Daxos. She uses fire to kill Mirri Maz Duur, Pyat Pree, and Kraznys mo Nakloz and many other slavers of Astapor. She also does this to [[spoiler:every single Khal of the Dothraki]] in season 6. [[AssholeVictim No one's mourning them.]] Her dragons have been known to do this, too, because, well, '''''they're dragons'''''. Once her dragons are large enough to fight, she can do this whenever she wants, though dragons aren't a prerequisite for this, as the khals found out.
** In the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler:Cersei sets off one of the Mad King's Wildfire caches beneath the Sept of Baelor, destroying it and killing most of her political enemies (the Sparrows, the Tyrells, and most of the Small Council) in one fell swoop.]]
** This seems to be the only way to get rid of the wights.
** Joffrey also speaks of Aerion "Brighflame" Targaryen who died from drinking wildfire.
** The Night's Watch uses flaming barrels of oil to kill several wildlings and drive off the mammoth at their gate in "The Watchers on the Wall."
** Stannis Baratheon has those of his subjects (even his brother-in-law) who won't convert to the Lord of Light burned at the stake. This appears to be the preferred method of execution for the Lord's enemies, according to Tyrion Lannister at least. Later, Mance Rayder is also burned at the stake when he refuses to accept Stannis's authority, though Jon {{Mercy Kill}}s Mance while he is burning to put him out of his misery. Finally, Stannis sacrifices his own daughter this way to the Lord of Light on the advice of his Red Priestess Melisandre so the snows will clear and he can attack Winterfell.
** Benjen Stark knows this is the best way to kill wights and comes prepared.
* In ''Series/TheSecretCircle'', Luke, the witchhunter; also the demon snakes.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Stefan killed Ben with a freaking flamethrower! Also how they disposed of the incapacitated tomb vampires. Bonnie threatens Damon with this - and nearly goes through with it. Damon tries this with Elijah, but fails.
** Luka.
* In ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'' Category Ones, [[spoiler:people who are so injured or sick they should be dead]] are burned. [[BodyHorror Not that that actually works.]]
* In ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', a flashback shows the army dropping napalm on Atlanta in a (futile) attempt to contain the outbreak.
* In ''Series/TheAlmightyJohnsons'', destroying things and people with fire is one of Loki's favored tactics.
* Episode three of ''Series/WolfHall'' depicts the trials and execution of James Bainham, an associate of Cromwell's. He refuses Cromwell's offer to pull strings for his release, since his beliefs would compel him to keep reading Tyndale's Bible, but he's shown in his cell putting his hand in a candle in terrified anticipation. The episode ends with him being burnt at the stake with Cromwell watching the jubilant crowd in disgust. (Later, when More is imprisoned, Cromwell accuses him of torturing Bainham so badly that he had to be carried to the scaffold.)
* ''Series/TheMagicians'': Shade-less Julia solves the problem of a recalcitrant sapient forest by burning it down.

* Music/IceCube's "We Had to Tear This Motherfucker Up" is about the L.A. riots. Including the rash of arsons. It's from the point of view of a rioter.
* Music/AmonAmarth has numerous songs about the fires and fire god of Ragnarok. "Gods of War Arise" describes vikings burning down a sleeping village.
* Music/{{Pink}} has a single - ''Funhouse'' - that seems to relate the story of killing {{Monster Clown}}s with fire. A perfectly reasonable response, wouldn't you say?
-->''This used to be a funhouse,\\
But now it's full of evil clowns.\\
It's time to start the countdown\\
I'm gonna burn it down, down, down\\
I'm gonna burn it down.''
* Music/TheProdigy seem to like this trope a lot. Songs include "Fire", "Firestarter", "Fuel My Fire", "Spitfire", "The Heat the Energy" and "World's on Fire". In the same let's-burn-the-world vein you could probably also include songs like "Molotov Bitch" and "Hotride".
* In Music/{{Rammstein}}'s "Rosenrot" video, [[spoiler:Till]]'s character is burned at the stake.
** And in a later video, ''Haifisch'', when Schneider daydreams about killing Till, this is his method of choice.
* Erase This by Music/{{Evanescence}}
---> "Burn it till there's nothing left"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyEwgPX0nlo Perish In Fire]] by Monster Magnet
* "[[Music/BloodhoundGang The roof. The roof. The roof is on fire. We don't need no water, let the motherfucker burn. Burn, motherfucker, burn.]]"
* Swedish industrial metal band Raubtier: "Låt napalmen regna ner!" (Let the napalm rain down!)
* Music/{{Usher}}'s song, "Let it Burn".
* Swedish heavy metal band Sister Sin's ''Food For Worms'' advocates killing everyone you dislike with fire "because fire's [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] cheap."
* Sodom, a German thrash metal band, has in its album ''M-16'' -an album about [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar the Vietcong]]- a song named ''Napalm in the Morning'' that begins with that Film/ApocalypseNow's famous quote by Col. Kilgore.
* Arthur Brown (1968) liked to play with fire on stage too: [[NoIndoorVoice "I am the God of Hell fire and I bring you..."]] (No, not the pizza. Guess again.)
* "Burn MF" by Music/FiveFingerDeathPunch basically invokes this, with gratuitous usage of ClusterFBombs for good measure.

* In ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombiesPinball'', the Torchwood Pea turns your pinball into a fireball, while the Jalapeno sets a lane on fire, burning all the zombies in it.
* Naturally, the dragon in ''Pinball/DungeonsAndDragons'' uses this to attack the adventurers after [[DragonHoard its hoard.]]

* In one episode of ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'', such is [[spoiler:Timothy Hodge]]'s horror at the infestation that suddenly appears in his bedroom that he immediately sets the place on fire.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* After costing Wrestling/TheUndertaker the WWE Championship against Wrestling/ShawnMichaels in a [[GimmickMatches Casket Match]], Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/PaulBearer locked him in the casket and dragged it out front of everyone. Kane used an [[AxCrazy ax]] to chop holes in the casket. Then he doused it with gasoline and set it on fire with a book of matches provided by Bearer.
* Wrestling/RandyOrton and his dad Wrestling/BobOrton tried to do the same thing to the Undertaker after defeating him in a handicap Casket Match 7 years later.
* After Wrestling/HulkHogan defeated Wrestling/UltimateWarrior with the help of his nephew Horace Hogan in their [[Horrible/{{WCW}} infamous match]], Horace attempted to do that to Warrior by dousing him with lighter fluid.

* ''Radio/BleakExpectations:'' Pip Bin manages to accidentally burn down parliament, thanks to all the [=MPs=] and the Speaker for the House of Commons drinking day-in, day-out, meaning the entire building is soaked in alcohol. Not a good mix with fire.


[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* Literature/TheBible is typically fond of this.
** After discovering that the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah were willing to [[MoralEventHorizon rape angels]], God told Lot, the OnlySaneMan, to leave the city. After Lot did what he was told, taking his family to escape, God did exactly what this trope says -- a rain of hellfire and brimstone reduced both cities to ashes.
** He did something different in Egypt, where He used burning hail -- in other words, ''[[LogicBomb ice that is on fire]]''.
** Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu burn incense in a censer when God hadn't told them to. "So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord."
** This seemed to be Elijah's M.O. Just ask those soldiers.
** Nebuchadnezzar's preferred method of execution in the book of Daniel.
** There is [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Hell]] if you want your gratuitous fire usage. Our modern conception of FireAndBrimstoneHell was actually based on Gehenna, which was a real-life trash incinerator near Jerusalem where everyone disposed of both their waste and the bodies of the worst criminals in the city so they cannot resurrect. In Biblical Text, the Lake of Fire repeatedly mentioned referred to this specific location initially ("eternal damnation" in Jesus' time specifically meant CessationOfExistence by fire as you cannot resurrect because eternal life was exclusively for the righteous) until due to [[WordOfDante Word of Catholicism]] it was later fused with the Greek concept of Hades as a FateWorseThanDeath.
** In Judges 18 the Danites while looking for land massacred the people of Laish and "...burned the city with fire."
** Under Mosaic law, fire was the standard, final "treatment" for garments or buildings that had been infected with disease/mold/etc. First, you were supposed to try water. If that worked, great. If it didn't, burn it.
*** Also under Mosaic law, burning was the penalty for many sex-related crimes, such as [[IncestIsRelative incest]] or [[BestialityIsDepraved bestiality]]. (Others, such as [[YourCheatingHeart adultery]] and premarital sex, were punished by public stoning.) And, yes, homosexual sex ''was'' [[BuryYourGays included in that list of burnable offenses]]. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment (And that's all we'll say about that.)]]
* Heracles used fire to cauterize the Hydra's stumps before it could grow new heads. Or to be precise: Heracles smashed the heads with his club, his nephew Iolaos cauterized them. This technically didn't KILL the Hydra, since one of its heads was immortal. He just buried it under a rock afterward.
* Many of the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent admittedly extremely varied]] world folklore about vampires feature either an aversion to fire, or immolating the vampire's remains as the final step in destroying it for good.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Used for trolls (although acid works just as well). Based off the Hercules example, it's necessary to cauterize the hydra's stumps so new heads don't grow. (Save for fire-breathing hydras. They need ice.)
** Two of the titular dragon breeds, the Gold and Red, both have fire as their breath weapons.[[note]]Gold Dragons also have a strength-draining gas[[/note]]. Most editions also has them as the most powerful of their specific categories of dragons...
** Fire is also extremely useful against most undead, who are often immune to a wide variety of attack modes.
** In general, when wizards start to cast Fireball is [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards the point where they begin to outshine the fighters in combat]], and most of the high level, high damage spells tend to be fire.
** Apocalypse from the Sky is a ninth-level spell from the ''Book of Vile Darkness''. It isn't too damaging for a ninth-level spell (10d6 to all in the radius, which is available seven levels previously), but it has a radius of ''ten miles per caster level.'' The weakest person who can cast this spell would be destroying small countries and almost everything in them, and all of it would be through FIRE.
** The psionic version: the Pyrokineticist. Always chaotic, rarely good, invariably fire-heavy. They are so fire-happy that a prestige class prerequisite is "must have set fire to a structure of any size simply to watch it burn".
** Searing Spell is a feat you can apply to Fire spells to make them ignore Fire resistance, and partially BYPASS FIRE IMMUNITY! It burns so hot it can burn things that can't be burned!
** 4th edition gives us the ''Irresistible Flame'' feat. An epic-tier infernal warlock or pyromancer can simply ''burn straight through fire resistance''. Not as useful as the previous edition's Searing Spell, but still fun.
** And ''Magazine/{{Dragon}} Magazine'' for the same edition gives us ''Burn Everything'', which does the same thing from ''heroic tier''. Less powerful than ''Irresistible Flame'', but available to any arcanist from first level on.
** Early editions of the game had flasks of oil that could be set alight and hurled at monsters, like weak Molotov Cocktails. Now there's flasks of Alchemist's Fire with more or less the same effect. They burst into flame on impact.
* Fire deals aggravated damage (much harder to heal) to pretty much every creature in the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' (the primary exception is demons). In the [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness new one]], fire just deals lethal damage (painful, but not "OW MY VERY BEING IS RENDED" like with aggravated) to mortals and those not vulnerable to it. [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem Vampires]], [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Prometheans]], and [[TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse mummies]] receive aggravated damage from it, however (Vampires and mummies because they're desiccated corpses held together and made lively by magic, and Prometheans because the "Divine Fire" that gives them life overloads when exposed to fire).
** In the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'', the vampires of the Setite clan were especially weak to fire, taking double damage from it (still aggravated). In the new one, their SpiritualSuccessor, the Mekhet clan, has inherited the weakness.
** The ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade / TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' crossover supplement "Time of Thin Blood" saw the Technocracy respond to the rising of the Ravnos antediluvian in Bangladesh by declaring Code Ragnarok... and then beating the shit out of the ancient vampire by setting him on fire with orbital mirrors after [[NukeEm nuking him from orbit]] with nukes enhanced by Awakened Science. Up to that point, everything else that various supernatural groups (i.e. Garou werewolves, Asian vampires) had thrown at Ravnos had been ineffective. So, yes, on that day, the much-maligned Technocracy saved the world. TakeThat, mages.
** A vampire can heal lethal damage (swords, etc) at the rate of one Vitae per point. This isn't bad: most vampires can just abduct some random passer-by, drain him dry, and be peachy. It takes three days and only slightly less blood than the average person ''contains'' to heal a ''single point'' of aggravated damage.
** In the ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'', [[TheMenInBlack Task Force: VALKYRIE]] has a flamethrower available to them specifically made for taking out vampires.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has the flame piece and firewand, and their First Age brethren liked the plasma tongue repeater. The Righteous Devil and Golden Exhalation martial arts styles let you do things like triple these weapons' (usually limited) range or do bonus damage. Fear the Exalt who masters both of these styles and is able to use a Charm to produce ammunition - especially since the martial arts skills required to reach the higher levels of those charm trees mean that they can still kick your arse if you disarm them.
** What, no mention of Fire Aspects? They're an entire caste of Exalts themed around burning their enemies to death!
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'''s Imperium of Man's state church has a ...{{Church Militant}}'s ''more'' militant arms serving as their own armed forces, the [[AmazonBrigade Sisters of Battle]], who specialize in this in-game. These ladies have a significant percentage of their troops being [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon armoured women carrying huge flamethrowers]], and sometimes. Sisters of Battle Seraphim can even ''dual-wield'' flame throwers.
** The other races can be prone to this--almost every race has some sort of flamethrower equivalent; while most are used as specialist weapons, certain notable units wear this hat proudly. Orks are sometimes prone to pyromania, and these "Burnaboyz" combine a flamethrower and an armour-cutting blowtorch in one device. They generally tend to be constantly working on deconstruction, lest they get bored and make other Boyz "do the burny dance."
** See also the Cult of the Red Redemption, in ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}''. While the Sisters of Battle manage a healthy 0.2-0.8:1 flamethrower-to-soldier ratio in their various squads, virtually all Redemptionists carry a flamethrower, flamethrower pistol, underslung single-shot flamethrower on their rifle, or all of the above. Even their giant chainswords have a flamer built onto them.
** The Imperium's military as a whole gives us flamethrower pistols, full-sized flamethrowers, vehicle-mounted flamethrowers, even HumongousMecha-sized flamethrowers, plasma guns, and the meltagun, which is an anti-tank ''microwave''.
** Prior to their 5th Edition Update, the Grey Knights' Incinerator weapon was the idea of this trope taken up to 11; it's blessed flames were so hot that even ''immaterial forcefields'' were useless against it. Since Flamer template weapons automatically ignored all cover saves as well, this means that the only thing safe from the Incinerator was extremely tough armor. Good thing it only had an AP value of 4, otherwise even Space Marines would be crying in face of it.
** Not to be outdone, the Eldar don't just bring flamethrowers - they bring a weapon that literally creates a wave of flame-like ''stuff'' that is actually torn space leading into hell. It rips through even the strongest armor, as Hellfire should, and can even carry those it wounds into hell, never to be seen again. Not so much "Kill it with fire" as "replace the space where it's standing with solar-core-hot fire".
** Daemons and their servants are often capacable of using [[{{Hellfire}} Warpfire]], which is ''evil'' fire drawn from the warp. It's chiefly the domain of Tzeentch (whose daemons are little more than living flamethrowers) and Khorne (whose daemons often brandish weapons wreathed in warpfire). Oddly enough, since they are Chaos, their warpflames might also have the effect of freezing enemies instead (so hot they wrap around and go into negative temperatures) or do something else altogether. The effects are generally spectacular, though.
** However perhaps the supreme masters of this trope in the setting are the Marines of the Salamanders legion, almost their entire ranged weapons arsenal is made up of flame throwers and meltaguns, even their tanks.
* Also prevalent in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''. Creator/GamesWorkshop in general seems to like this trope.
** Confronted by Treemen? ''Fireball''. Being attacked by mummies? ''Burning Gaze''. Taking on anything else? ''Conflagration of Doom''. There's one lore of magic that is based entirely around killing it with fire, plus the various versions of the Lore of Tzeentch (which ''MUTATES'' it with fire).
** There's a category for {{Breath weapon}}s, and a special rule for Flaming Attacks. They are often combined. Case in point, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]], and the Salamanders of Lustria, who are living [[DinosaursAreDragons dinosaur]] flamethrowers.
** And then there's the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarf]] and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Skaven]] entries... the Dwarf Flame Cannon and the Skaven Warpfire Thrower. [[WeHaveReserves Skaven]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder being]] [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Skaven]], it's rare for the Warpfire Thrower to be used consistently on the enemy.
** This is also useful to deal with Skaven Hell Pit Abominations, since killing them with fire inhibits regeneration and prevents them from rolling on the aptly named "Too Horrible to Die" table. Said table can involve them spitting out rat swarms, or standing back up with damage restored and a temper.
* Among the many religious or mystical denominations in ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'', the Templar Avesti are the most prone to a Kill It With Fire approach. Their church's symbol is a holy flame. Avestite inquisitors and zealot monks wear fire-retardant robes with breathing masks and carry flame throwers when they do battle with mutated monstrosities.
* The devout menites of the [[ChurchMilitant Protectorate of Menoth]] from ''[[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms Warmachine]]'' LOVE to kill things with fire. Many of their [[HumongousMecha warjacks]], [[MagicKnight warcasters]], and other warriors have fire based attacks and abilities.
** It extends into the RPG, as well, where "death by burning" is considered an acceptable punishment for no less than eleven crimes, including [[DisproportionateRetribution burglary, smuggling, tax evasion]] and ''improper speech''.
* In ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'' this trope sums up Flambeau's magical philosophy (at least prior to 5th edition).
* In ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Magic'' you can create "Essential Flame" which will actually burn water elementals. A pyromaniac mage actually has a lot of fun options, besides the ever popular "Explosive Fireball" there is "Burning Death" which incinerates target from the inside out even if they're magically protected from fire.
* Surtr from ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' 's MO.
* ''TabletopGame/CrimsonSkies'' has an aircraft in it called the Blackflag ''[[MeaningfulName Firestorm]].'' The plane earned that particular name when one of the first prototype fighters' guns were loaded with magnesium rounds and it spread so much fire across the sky that onlookers had thought the air itself had burst into flames.
* Averted in a review of ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}''. "To say that this game should be burned is [[InsultToRocks an insult to fire.]]"
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' adventure ''Terror from the Stars'', insert "Field Manual of the Theron Marks Society". The Manual says that you can use an "Indian Water Pump" filled with gasoline as an improvised flamethrower. Just spray the monster with gasoline, then set it on fire.
* ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}''. BattleMechs can be equipped with flamers and inferno missiles. Both of these weapons are designed to damage 'Mechs not by burning them, but rather by overheating them. However, they can quickly and gruesomely annihilate infantry teams and any of the few types of [[PoweredArmor battle armor]] or vehicle that isn't specifically shielded against fire attacks.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Stormbringer}}''. In the ''TabletopGame/{{Stormbringer}} Companion'' supplement the Kyrenee monster has only one weakness: flame. If it is set on fire it will shred into many fragments and dissolve, returning to its own plane of existence.
* In the board game ''TabletopGame/TheAwfulGreenThingsFromOuterSpace'', if the crew-player is lucky, they will [[UnpredictableResults find a weapon]] that does this to the Things; canisters of Rocket Fuel are especially nice, as they are area-effect weapons and can be tossed through hatches.
* ''Arduin'' RPG, ''The Compleat Arduin Book 2: Resources''
** One of the few ways to permanently destroy a mummy is to chop it to pieces and burn the pieces to ashes.
** In order to permanently destroy a zombie and set its soul free to go to its destination, it must be burned to ashes and buried in consecrated ground.

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* At Ride/UniversalStudios:
** Miseria is killed in ''Theatre/TheEighthVoyageOfSindbad'' when the title character sets her on fire.
** Voldemort in ''Ride/HarryPotterAndTheEscapeFromGringotts'' sends a living skull-like fireball towards the guests, only for it to be destroyed at the last second by the firey breath of the dragon that the main trio ride on.
** The finale of ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'' has Lord Farquaad's ghost being destroyed by one of Dragon's fireballs.
* In 2011, a fire broke out at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]]'s ''Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management'', but for the most part only damaged an [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Iago]] animatronic beyond repair [[note]]And not the one that looked intentionally burnt and injured from divine punishment in-show[[/note]], resulting in the much-criticized attraction being overhauled into an abridged version of the original show. Many Disney fans jokingly attributed it to divine intervention from the actual Tiki Gods.

* Subverted in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', in which Tahu defends himself from Nektann by using his fire powers to melt most of his enemy's armour off and incapacitate him- but making a clear point of ''not'' killing him in the process.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Strong Bad's creation "Trogdor the Burninator" is a fire-breathing dragon notorious for "burninating the countryside, burninating the peasants / burninating all the peoples and their ''[[MetalScream thatched roof cottages]]!''"
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'': Every single character in the series dies in "Class Act" as a result of the fire that burned down the school, including the ordinarily NighInvulnerable Splendid.
* Frollo uses this to solve a fair deal of his problems through pyrokinetic magic on ''WebAnimation/TheFrolloShow''.
* ''Machinima/TacticalNoobs'' presents this as being the best way to deal with [[BringOutYourGayDead homosexuals.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://sssscomic.com/comic.php?page=118 That's how you deal]] with trolls, beasts and giants in ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent''. First you burn all the land, then you blow up everything still standing, then you leave it to freeze in the winter, and after such treatment, you burn it again, just to make sure. Believe it or not, it's not overkill.
* ''Webcomic/GetMedieval'' played it straight (along with RuleOfCool) in [[http://get-medieval.livejournal.com/132039.html this strip]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Belkar attempts it [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0270.html here]].
--->'''Belkar:''' It's as true today as when I started adventuring: when in doubt, set something on fire.
** And later the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0440.html Death Knight]] when fighting Chang's group of soldiers.
--->'''Chang:''' Surrender!\\
'''Death Knight:''' Burn.
* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', the ratlike Wights swell and explode when exposed to a candle flame... later on, Quentyn uses magically amplified torchflame to kill a swarm of Redcaps (with messy, gory, tick-poppy type results.)
* [[http://ah.indolents.com/comic/130 Hold on, what's this in my pocket? Oh, that's right, it's a Meteor Swarm.]]
* Richard in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup''.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' this is the only way [[spoiler:Oasis]] is able to [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=090612 beat Bun-Bun]].
** Bun-Bun also tried this strategy himself at one point. [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=990324 It didn't work quite as well.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Stickfodder}}'': ''[[http://www.drunkduck.com/STICKFODDER/5156943/ "Let the fires of hell purge you clean!"]]''
* Kyros from ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic''. His obsessiveness to "sort out" any problems he faces by casting a huge fireball, killing everything in his path (usually including himself) is a RunningGag.
** From the same author plus a few more, TheRant for [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0739.html this]] ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' strip discusses how fire is the most fun and threatening of the elements.("Seriously, which enemies would cower in their tracks if you appeared in front of them and proclaimed yourself to be a great [[MakingASplash water]] wizard?")
* [[http://pokemonx.comicgenesis.com/d/20090605.html This]] ''Webcomic/PokemonX'' strip.
* ''Webcomic/CryHavoc'' seems to like this trope. Faustus is burned alive, giving him an arm that is possessed... or something. and then the Vatican drops a fuel air bomb on him.
* Apparently how Forgath [[http://goblins.keenspot.com/d/20100323.html intends to deal with Dellyn]] in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''.
* Axel's method of choice in ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort''. Zexion almost quoted the trope name verbatim when Axel decided to kill everyone that didn't tell him where Larxene was quickly enough.
* The bug of ''Webcomic/BugMartini'' wants to do this when he [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/bucket-list/ invades France]].
* ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'': Nicodemus [[http://www.thedreamlandchronicles.com/the-dreamland-chronicles/chapter-06/page-361-362/ here]].
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010922 Napalm]]
* In ''Webcomic/TropeOverdosedTheWebcomic'', while doing some LevelGrinding, Alice has burned [[OverlyLongGag lots]] [[http://tropeoverdosed.pcriot.com/?p=32 of zombies]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Roza}}'', she sets the stables on fire using her [[PowerGlows magical]] [[ThePowerOfBlood blood]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2009/10/12/issue-2-webpage-17/ used on Herrek to get his attention before taunting]], with [[http://endstone.net/2009/10/15/issue-2-webpage-18/ death to come after]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3561 Satan uses it on Jesus.]]
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', for witches.
-->'''Perrault''': ''[[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-63.html There is a reason why fire is the traditional method of dealing with your kind]].''
* Kria from DMFA points out that fire is also useful for making sure something you've killed in another way stays dead.
--> '''Kria:''' "The (resurrection) ritual requires a full body. And someone seems to keep putting one in the ground. Cremation, Daniel. It works wonders."
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Schlock's plasma cannon... [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment kills enemies with fire]]. Fire is also one of the relatively few things that can actually hurt Schlock.
** The use of fire or plasma is also the go-to tactic for dealing with hostile {{Nanomachines}}; due to the SquareCubeLaw, even the toughest of nanites are simply incapable of conducting away the extreme heat.
* In ''Webcomic/ThreeJaguars'', [[http://threejaguarscomic.net/?comic=bad-contracts-page-3 Business Manager uses it to deal with bad contracts.]] (Then you can toast marshmellows on the blaze.)
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** Elliot blows up the first Goo by [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-02-10 setting it on fire with a lighter]].
** Damien, being a bit of a PyroManiac, was also fond of this, neccessitating someone to make a LaserGuidedTykebomb.
* ''Webcomic/BlueMilkSpecial'': During a multi-strip ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', we get [[http://www.bluemilkspecial.com/comic/burn-it-with-fire/ this scene]].
* Black Mage's spells in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' tend to be heavily into fire, with a side order of lightning. This being Black Mage, it's rare for him to use them reliably against the enemy; if anything, they're more reliably used against innocent bystanders, small animals, Red Mage, the scenery and Fighter. Red Mage also attempts it at one point when Black Mage has [[ComedicSociopathy set him on fire]], insisting that he wants to keep burning because it gives him a high-damage hug attack.
-->'''BM:''' Red Mage is the best damn kindling this team has ever had!
* ''Webcomic/{{Maliki}}'': When her Wooden Chicken coop get [[http://maliki.com/en/strips/invasion-4/ infested by Red Lice]], Maliki try everything to get rid of them, but the parasite keep surviving all her efforts. She eventually burn the thing and get a Pvc-built coop.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Ritchie/The Arsonist take this trope to heart in ''WebVideo/DoorMonster'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uam0KMyZh2E&index=3&list=PL0u5ZHidq4X4QhFAX9FzSiYJLRen74sLF The Guards Themselves]].
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'':
** SCP breach containment procedures sometimes include flamethrowers, particularly where bullets would be ineffective.
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-165 SCP-165 ("The Creeping, Hungry Sands of Tule")]]. The Foundation's Mobile Task-Force Epsilon-9 used flame accelerator (flame thrower) units to reduce the sand SCP-165 lives in to glass and thus destroy the SCP-165.
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-229 SCP-229 ("Wire Weed")]]. Because of SCP-229's nature (a mass of power lines and cables), incineration is recommended as the best way of destroying it.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-299 SCP-299 ("Infectious Tree")]][[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-299 SCP-299 ("Infectious Tree")]]. If any examples of SCP-299 are discovered in the wild they are to be destroyed by firebombing them into charcoal.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-354 SCP-354 ("The Red Pool")]]. SCP-354-2 was a bear-sized creature covered with razor-sharp spines. After it came out of SCP-354 it proved to be ImmuneToBullets and had to be destroyed with napalm.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-363 SCP-363 ("Not Centipedes")]]. SCP-363 is scared of fire, and Foundation troops are issued flamethrowers to use against them. After one containment breach the site where SCP-363 was being held was firebombed in order to destroy them.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-378 SCP-378 ("Brainworm")]]: SCP-378 are CreepyCentipedes that are almost invulnerable to attack. The only thing that can even incapacitate them is fire. Fire is also effective in suppressing a victim/host's HealingFactor.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-420 SCP-420 ("Aggressive Skin Condition")]]. When a person who drank SCP-420-1 reaches the sixth stage of infection they start growing rapidly and must be incinerated before something horrible occurs.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-466 SCP-466 ("Mobile Veins")]]. If SCP-466 breaches containment it is to be suppressed using flame weaponry (e.g. flamethrowers).
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-492 SCP-492 ("Animated Cloth Dummy")]]. SCP-492 is made of cloth, so it is highly vulnerable to fire and can be easily destroyed by flame.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-593 SCP-593 ("Contagious Innumeracy")]]. SCP-593 is a virus that causes measles-like symptoms. The containment procedures recommend incineration of all materials that anyone infected with it may have touched.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-615 SCP-615 ("Stick Blob")]]. SCP-615 is extremely flammable. The best way to destroy it is to burn it.
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-630 SCP-630 ("Black Glacier")]]. The strange ice known as SCP-630 can stand temperatures up to 1500 °C. The best way to destroy it is to burn it with a mixture of aluminum and sodium hydroxide.
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-692 SCP-692 ("Revives the Colours")]]. When clothing is animated by exposure to SCP-692, security personnel are armed with flamethrowers so they can incinerate it if it goes out of control.
** [[http://scp-wiki.net/scp-906 SCP-906 ("Scouring Hive")]]. SCP-906 can be destroyed by incineration, and personnel are allowed to use flamethrowers to do so.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-967 SCP-967 ("Infinite Scrapyard")]]. When the primitive robots that exit SCP-967 break apart into their component pieces, the Foundation burns them to ashes and puts them back inside SCP-967 so their presence outside SCP-967 doesn't cause it to expand.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1262 SCP-1262 ("Seed of Destruction")]]. SCP-1262 is immune to most types of radiation and high pressure. Heat of 180+ ºF (such as that caused by fire) is one of the few ways to destroy it. In the only known case of SCP-1262 getting loose on Earth, it was destroyed by causing an eruption and burying it in molten lava.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1368 SCP-1368 ("Aegides")]]. SCP-1368 can only be completely destroyed by incineration: any other type of damage can be regenerated by its HealingFactor. Any Foundation personnel affected by SCP-1368 are to be burned.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1381 SCP-1381 ("Cats' Cabinet")]]. The creatures created by the Cabinet (known as SCP-1381-01 and SCP-1381-02) are ImmuneToBullets but not to flamethrowers.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1506 SCP-1506 ("Aerial Arachnid")]]. If one of the giant floating spiderweb clouds containing SCP-1506 spiders threatens to attack humans and can't be diverted, it will be destroyed by a combination of flamethrowers and Fuel Air Explosive incendiary bombs.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1537 SCP-1537 ("Akul'hil")]]. Because their ShapeShifting ability gives them resistance to physical damage, the only known way to kill SCP-1537-A is to immolate them.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1576 SCP-1576 ("Edisonian Afterlife Communicator")]]. When a human being listens to SCP-1576 they become instances of SCP-1576-1: their brain dissolves and is expelled from their nostrils by sneezing. Breathing in the dissolved brain tissue has the same effect. The bodies of SCP-1576-1 instances are destroyed by incineration to prevent spread of the effect.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1583 SCP-1583 ("It Only Makes Us Stronger")]]. The tentacle released by the opening of SCP-1583 can be destroyed by extreme heat, such as fire.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1361 SCP-1361 ("Animal By-Product")]]. If it becomes necessary to destroy SCP-1361, Foundation personnel are to use incineration to make sure it's destroyed.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1936 SCP-1936 ("Daleport")]]. One of the creatures infesting Daleport is a sheet of mobile skin in the shape of a fractal. It is ImmuneToBullets, but a flamethrower severely chars it and renders it incapable of moving.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1961 SCP-1961 ("Transformation Booth")]]. SCP-1961-1 and SCP-1961-2 are more resistant to trauma and hostile environments than are human beings. Fire is recommended as one means for destroying them if necessary, so personnel guarding them are issued flamethrowers.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2009 SCP-2009 ("Thomas Hoang")]]. Even tiny amounts of SCP-2009-02 spores are highly contagious. In order to ensure its destruction, SCP-2009 must be disposed of by incineration.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2102 SCP-2102 ("Got Shoggoth?")]]. The only way to prevent SCP-2102 from expanding is to cauterize it with fire. The Foundation believes that SCP-2102 could be destroyed (if necessary) by the destruction of its soft tissues by flame.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2756 SCP-2756 ("Surreal Landscaper")]]. Burning has been found to be the most effective way to destroy victims of infection by SCP-2756. Once each month, at least fifteen members of the Foundation containment site use flamethrowers to burn hostile SCP-2756 victims.
* Podcast/DiceFunk: Anne's suggestion for the evils plaguing the Pickman Academy.
* ''Roleplay/RockPaperAnything'': Fire is used quite frequently as a counter.
* An internet meme [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/kill-it-with-fire is the trope namer]].
* From ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'':
--> Amy said, "So, you're making a flame-thrower?"\\
"Amy, we gotta be prepared. We don't know what we'll find in that place, but for all we know it could be the devil himself."\\
"David, what possible good is that thing gonna do?"\\
"Oh, no, you didn't hear me. I said it's a '''flame-thrower'''." Girls.
* An epic [[http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2009/06/kill-it-with-fire-oh-wait-they-already.html Cake Wreck]].
* WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum use fire as a weapon of choice, either dealing with paperwork, Sues, or general boredom.
* The [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/File:Troll.png recommended]] approach to 'em {{Troll}}s.
* Creator/WarrenEllis's approach to grilling: MAN COOK MEAT WITH FIRE. Not "man show fire to meat and then eat it while it still squirts and pulses." KILL IT DED WITH FIRE YUS. "Medium rare" = "good vet could get it up on its feet in an hour or two." That's not cooked with fire. That's THREATENED with fire. I do not season steak. Start seasoning steak and before you know it? You're French.
* Wiki/{{Uncyclopedia}} refers to fire as "nature's weapon attachment".
* In ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'', this is one of the best ways to deal with nanotech attackers. The tiny robots can't shed heat effectively and will rapidly disintegrate when heated.
* "[[{{Catchphrase}} Hello, and welcome to]] ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', [[{{Catchphrase}} where bad comics burn.]]" Interestingly enough, he's only ever burned four comics: ''ComicBook/SupermanAtEarthsEnd'', ''ComicBook/JLAActOfGod'', ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'' and ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay''. He notes in his "Mightily Murdered Power Rangers" review how this phrase has become TheArtifact and tells the comic not to tempt him to change that. He has since burned another comic: Creator/FrankMiller's ''Holy Terror''.
* The last line of the avalable chapter of [[http://nothotbutspicy.com/para/50fa3/ the epic tale of Site Kilo-29]]: "Flamethrower." [[CatchPhrase He said. "Fuck Yeah."]] (don't worry, it's finished) [[spoiler:and he survives!]]
* Referenced during [[WebVideo/FamiliarFaces CR's]] LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/StoryOfTheBlanks'' after [[spoiler:encountering the Nightmares]]: "[[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle Dear Princess Celestia]]: Today I learned there's just some things you shouldn't be friendly with. Things that just need to ''burn''. [[MoodWhiplash Sincerely yours, Apple Bloom]]"
* [[Creator/StuartAshen Dr. Stuart]] [[MeaningfulName Ashen]] is a reviewer of tat (read, [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct cheap plastic knockoff junk]] found in discount stores) who often comes across lousy toys or disappointing blind bag collectables. He used to DropTheHammer on them, but ever since he somehow obtained a blowtorch, he's given this treatment to various things that displease him, including [[Franchise/HarryPotter Draco Malfoy]], [[Franchise/StarWars a superdeformed snowtrooper]], and [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Woody.]]
* During [[LetsPlay/TwoSaiyansPlay Vegeta's play through]] of ''VideoGame/{{Broforce}}'', when he gets to playing as [[Series/TheATeam B.A. Baracus]] (who is equipped with a flamethrower) Vegeta simply races through the level laughing maniacally as mooks attempt ([[MookHorrorShow and fail]]) to flee [[http://youtu.be/8_lJLdx7JC0?t=8m11s while he sets everything in sight on fire]].
-->[[NoIndoorVoice BURN!!!!!!! EVERYTHING BURNS!!!!!!!!]] *EvilLaugh*

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode, "Night of the Living Spud", a redneck decides to test how flammable a vampire is.
-->'''Zeke:''' ''[strikes a match]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqTAnLeMOwY&feature=player_detailpage#t=883s Zack... get the diesel fuel.]]
* Seems to be the only way of doing any sort of decent damage to [[TheBaroness Madam Rouge]] from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. She's damn near invulnerable to any kind of physical attacks.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[spoiler:Fire Lord Ozai decides this trope is an appropriate response to a recalcitrant Earth Kingdom. Why bother with normal methods of subjugation when you can just ''set the continent on fire''? Azula suggested it.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KorgothOfBarbaria'': Scrotus threatens to show Korgoth a new spectrum of pain, and Korgoth responds by tearing a substantial amount of Scrotus's skin off, dousing him with strong alcohol, and lighting him on fire.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** A Halloween episode has Maggie suddenly loses her legs and grows tentacles. They take her to Dr. Hibbert, who prescribes "fire, and lots of it". This is apparently his cure for everything.
** In "Bart Carney," a father/son carny team takes over the Simpson house. In trying to think of a way to take back their house, Bart, Lisa, and Homer are each keen on fire as an option - one that Marge keeps vetoing.
--->'''Bart:''' I say we set fire to the house, kill them that way.\\
'''Marge:''' We don't want to kill them, we just want our home back!\\
'''Lisa:''' Well... if we did set fire to the house..\\
'''Marge:''' No fires!\\
'''Homer:''' I've got it!\\
'''Marge:''' No fires!
** In "Lisa's Sax" when Marge shows Homer a picture an upset Bart drew:
--->'''Marge:''' Homer, I want you to look at this drawing Bart did.\\
'''Homer:''' ''[watching TV]'' Oh, it's beautiful! Oh, oh, let's put Bart's beautiful drawing up on the fridge!\\
'''Marge:''' Homer, stop. Will you please look at the drawing?\\
'''Homer:''' Oh, all right. What... ''[looks at drawing]'' ...aaah!! Burn it! Send it to hell!
** In one episode, Homer has to take care of an endangered caterpillar. Lisa researches the species and discovers that it is "sexually attracted to fire". Homer concludes that God must want the species to die.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''. Season Two Trailer. Geonosians charging? Break out the flamethrowers.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** In "Headhunters", [[spoiler:Dipper and Mabel defeat the evil wax dummies by melting them, with Mabel throwing some of them in a fire for good measure.]]
** In [[VignetteEpisode one segment]] of the episode "Bottomless Pit!", Dipper has his voice changed to sound much deeper. Soos' first response when hearing it is to beat Dipper with a broom and yell "Kill it! Kill it with fire!"
* Inverted in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]". Spike's fire presumably saved some lives near the end.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode "Two Good to be True", when [[spoiler:alternate dimension Knuckles arrives in the normal dimension]], Sticks gets startled and we get this:
--->'''Sticks:''' Yaah! Kill it with fire!\\
'''Tails:''' Calm down, it's just Knuckles!\\
'''Sticks:''' Oh... kill Knuckles with fire!
* In "Golden Hook", from ''[[WesternAnimation/JakeAndTheNeverlandPirates Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates]]'', Captain Hook uses a golden hook that turns everything and everyone he touches to gold. Captain Jake's solution is to claim it using his magic sword, which has its own magic and is therefore immune to the effect, then toss the sucker into a volcano. Upon its destruction, the magic is reversed and everything that was turned to gold changes back, including Smee and Hook's other bumbling lackeys, Sharkey and Bones.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Long before there was any scientific understanding of germs and other microbes, humans had learned that fire made rotting corpses and things that had been in contact with sick people and animals harmless. If cleaning infectious things with water didn't work, fire would do the job as a last resort, which makes fire the ultimate form of purification in cultures all over the world.
* Cooking, another reason for the symbolism of fire as purification: Kill parasites with fire. Suffer not the tapeworms to live. Despite the lack of knowledge concerning parasite infestation, humans learned that cooking was an efficient way to sterilize food and render death from food poisoning less likely. This was a highly important evolutionary step in that, while our immune system is moderately badass at killing single-cellular organisms such as bacteria (if the bacteria does not overwhelm the body first), it is completely useless against multicellular parasites that can steal vital resources, or clog up the digestive system, or eat your organs or brain alive inside out! And before cooking, the alternative to the ParanoiaFuel of raw meat was an inefficient diet of indigestible plant cellulose that require a slow ruminant fermentation complex to manufacture any meaningful amount of proteins and essential fatty acids (e.g. cows and gorillas didn't need fire-creating intelligence, and instead of that, they evolved for microbe-filled appendixes to support their fat-less vegetarian lifestyle, although then can [[AscendedToCarnivorism Ascend to Carnivorism]] anytime). Carnivory evolved as it made resource acquisition fast, and cooking made the resource acquisition from that even faster. The Prometheus parallels also exist in this evolutionary history; a popular theory proposes that it was cooking that allowed us to eat fatty foods with impunity and [[http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/10/raw-food-big-brains/?utm_source=Contextly&utm_medium=RelatedLinks&utm_campaign=Previous extract energy from food more efficiently]], which provided enough fuel to develop our fat-ass energy-hungry brains which allowed us to think of more ways on how to kill others with fire....
* In the medical field, people need to be especially careful not to spread germs. There are a variety of ways to kill them. Some involve fire or at least extreme heat, and it is very effective. Here are two examples. Metal tools can be sterilized by sticking them in an open flame. Biohazard waste gets incinerated. Indeed suffer not for the pathogens to live. And while it isn't fire, the autoclave doesn't leave behind inconvenient fire residue and can be used effectively to sterilize anything that won't melt in it, and works just fine on liquids as well as solids.
* This is the reason armies have used flamethrowers as weapons.
** As the late [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4nknAzQPHE George Carlin explained it]]:
--->"And what this indicates to me, it means that at some point, some person said to himself, "Gee, I sure would like to set those people on fire over there. But I'm just not close enough to get the job done. If only I had something that would ''throw'' the flame on them."
** Interestingly enough, the flamethrower stopped being used around the time of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, at least by the United States. There were two reasons given: first and foremost, the flamethrower requires an absolutely massive tank for fuel, which slows the soldier prohibitively and told the enemies "Shoot me". Second, the flamethrower isn't really all that useful a weapon; short range and limited fuel keep it from being used at the most useful times. The reason the flamethrower was used for as long as it was ([=WW1/2=] to Vietnam) is because it is a profoundly powerful ''psychological'' weapon. Nothing demoralizes an enemy squad as much as seeing your best friend ''set on fire!'' The wielder was actually running away with several litres of an ''extremely'' flammable liquid strapped to his back.... Unless you get a [[TankGoodness flamethrower tank]], which had its share of combat during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]]. An indication of the extent to which flamethrowers terrified the opponents is the number of flamethrower operators registered as POW: none, or very nearly. Your likely fate being common knowledge, you had strong incentives to lie about your job if presented with the opportunity.
** Flamethrowers also were more useful during trench warfare as your targets were so generous to line up in a small space. Which made the fuel issue a bit less problematic. Also, because its rather large area of effect (for a handheld weapon) makes it ideal for taking out things like bunkers. Not very useful in more open combat, like in Vietnam, and utterly worthless in combat near civilians, like in Iraq, but in more entrenched situations it can still be quite useful.
** Flamethrowers are also useful against bunkers and armored vehicles, if you can get in close enough. Unlike bullets, the spray of burning fuel only needs to hit an opening and it will splash inside. Being on the receiving end of even a small splash of burning gasoline can ruin your whole day, and even if it never gets inside a bunker the smoke and flame make it almost impossible to see out through the affected area. The Flamethrower rose to prominence debut during the 1916 Battle of Verdun, wielded by former reserve fireman serving with the German Fifth Army, and soon became a renowned as a great tool for overcoming tough enemy defensive positions.
** In present-day China, they are being used to combat the invading Asian Giant Hornet.
* Of course, the great-granddaddy of all of these flamethrowers is truly ancient -- or at least medieval: "Greek fire," a chemical concoction used by the [[UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire Byzantine]] Navy that burst into flames upon contact with air and can never be extinguished by water. The secret of its formula was so well-kept that it is lost today. The Greek Fire was so useful back in the Medieval period that many historians agree it was one of the main reasons the Byzantine empire lasted for so long. Of course, such a weapon needs a delivery system, and the Byzantines delivered: at first, they threw ceramic pots of it at the opposing forces (usually using catapults), but eventually, they invented the ''siphōn'', a simple but highly effective pump (rather like a modern hand pump for bicycle tires or balloons, or perhaps an overlarge syringe) that would spew streams of fire at enemy vessels.
* The Raufoss Mk 211 bullet. A specialised round developed for use with .50 BMG caliber sniper rifles, it's designed to pierce through armour, explode, and then set the target on fire.
* Fun fact: [[http://www.cracked.com/article_17016_7-items-you-wont-believe-are-actually-legal.html flamethrowers are entirely legal to own in most of America]]. And most other countries as well, [[MundaneUtility as a forestry or agricultural tool]].
* For a more impersonal delivery system, there's incendiary bombs, like those used fairly heavily on Japanese cities during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, by the USAAF. The June 10, 1945 "Operation Meetinghouse" firebombing of Tokyo caused more deaths than the immediate effects of either of the atomic bombs dropped in that conflict.
** The Luftwaffe firebombing of Coventry wrought so much destruction that Joseph Goebbels coined the term ''Coventrated'' to describe the ruined city and many others like it.
** Then the Brits used the same tactic against Germany. In the later phases of the war, a first wave of bombers would drop air burst bombs that would blast away the ceramic roof tiles used in German cities and then a second wave would drop massive amounts of incendiary bombs on the exposed wooden roof beams from where the fire would reach the wooden floors and spread to the furniture in the apartments. As in Tokyo, fires were started in specific mathematical patterns that took into account wind direction and speed, which would result in a massive updraft at the center, causing a huge fire tornado and transforming the entire city into Hell. While the fire usually didn't reach the bomb shelters, large numbers of people died from suffocation as the fire consumed the entire oxygen in the air. The incineration of Hamburg and Dresden are the closest thing Germans have to a Hiroshima-trauma. %%''The deaths and destruction from the bombing of Dresden exceeded the nuclear apocalypse on Hiroshima''. Recent accounting though has shown the death rate to have been much lower.
** Incendiary (often napalm) bombing from planes was extensively used in Vietnam and later conflicts. The US military didn't give up on this trope, they just increased the range. And then there's the bizarre tale of [[http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/ah/1982/3/1982_3_93.shtml Operation X-ray]]...
** Of the 180 largest Japanese cities that were firebombed by the 21st Bomber Command, 64 were completely destroyed.
* Today's flamethrowers are more along the lines of missile launchers that use incendiary ammunition. And then you have the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ane4jB35Hs MLRS version.]] A typical example is the Russian RPO Shmel ("Bumblebee"). This is a tube looking like an ordinary bazooka. Inside is a single-shot rocket filled with napalm, or worse, a fuel-air warhead. A rarer variant, RPO Rys ("Lynx"), is the same, but you can carry extra rockets and reload it.
* The IRA still used flamethrowers for the psychological effect until recently.
** Also, [[UsefulNotes/NewRomanLegions the Italian Army]] still keeps traditional flamethrowers, officially classified as an anti-tank weapon and used by [[TheEngineer Engineer Regiments]] as recently as the Iraq War. Somehow, the Italian troops deployed for peace enforcement missions have managed to gain and keep a reputation as 'nice guys'...
* Inverted by Hippocrates: "What medicines do not heal, the lance will; what the lance does not heal, fire will."
* It is actually a common practice among those who fight forest fires to start a number of monitored brush fires while also cutting down trees. The rationale? Fastest way to get rid of fuel and helps to stop/control the spread of a forest fire by starving it. That's the way nature does it (minus the "monitored" part). In fact, certain types of cone-bearing trees ''need'' fire to open the cones. Many of the worst fires were that bad because environmental groups got their science wrong and sued to stop/prohibit thinning. Area grows into a tangle of underbrush and deadfall, lightning strikes, huge zone of flamey badness ensues. The Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia in January 2009 were partially caused by this. That, and all the arson-lit fires.
** The back fire (starting a fire here so that the encroaching fire doesn't have fuel once it gets here) was invented on the ground. A group of fire-fighters were running from a blaze and one of them realized they couldn't escape that way. He stopped and lit a fire, urging his mates to join him. They told him he was crazy and kept running. He was the only one to survive.
* The historical UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga (''not'' the demonic, made a DealWithTheDevil, comic book SuperVillain one that appears in many anime) had a rather disturbing fondness for this. It began with the burning of the Mt. Hiei buddhist temples, (and the slaughter of its thousands of residents) and culminated in the Siege of Nagashima, (another warrior monk stronghold) where he forced the defenders into their entirely wooden inner fortifications, built a wall around said fortifications, then lit the building on fire. Not a single one of 20,000 people inside escaped alive.
** This is one of the reasons why Nobunaga was betrayed by Akechi Mitsuhide: As a high-ranking General of the Oda clan and a Buddhist, the torching of the Mt. Hiei temples did not sit well with him at all.
** Though most adaptations like to portray that trait of Nobunaga as a reason for him being the villain, it could be argued to be merely [[CombatPragmatist Combat Pragmatism]]. Do you want to risk the lives of your soldiers in storming a building full of fanatical war monks? Or maybe you'll just advance them hiding in a mostly wooden building to its logical conclusion?
* Sadly, this is still a common form of 'jungle justice' in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, especially in the port city of Lagos, Nigeria. A person caught red-handed at theft or murder is soaked in kerosene or petrol, tires stacked around him/her, and set on flame for an absolutely horrifying execution.
* What did Sun Tzu & the Vikings both have in common? The love of fire. It is great for hit and run attacks, as it will continue to cause damage (both physical & psychological) without requiring to stay in the place.
* If something won't burn with regular fire, there's always [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorine_trifluoride Chlorine Trifluoride]]. This stuff is so horribly reactive that it can ''light ashes on fire''.
** To quote [[http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2008/02/26/sand_wont_save_you_this_time In The Pipeline]] "The compound is also a stronger oxidizing agent than oxygen itself, which also puts it into rare territory. That means that it can potentially go on to “burn” things that you would normally consider already burnt to hell and gone, and a practical consequence of that is that it’ll start roaring reactions with things like ''bricks'' and ''asbestos tile''." One propulsion engineer who'd dealt with it said that the best equipment for working with this stuff was "a good pair of running shoes."
* Contrary to popular belief, [[BurnTheWitch witches weren't burned in England]] (or the Colonies, which mostly followed English practice). In Continental Europe, witchcraft was tried as heresy, for which the penalty was burning: but the pragmatic English tried witches for whatever they were supposed to have done with their magic, from murder down to theft and destruction of property, and sentenced them accordingly as the English sentence the common man. So while many witches were hanged, there were also many cases of convicted witches simply getting a fine or just a stern warning. Also contrary to popular belief, this was also the practice in Europe at large. The Spanish Inquisition, for example, was quick to pronounce 'Witchcraft' as 'Insanity' and refused to even consider charges of it. However, many local courts in Spain brought people up on charges of various counts of witchcraft on their own volition, though burning was again only reserved for the most serious of cases. [[RuleOfThree Yet another contrariety]] to public belief, witches weren't persecuted in Western Europe before the Reformation. The Roman Catholic Church denied the existence of witchcraft and was quick to condemn those accusing others of the practise.
* During much of English history, there were only two crimes punishable by burning: heresy and treason. The latter was punished in different ways depending on the offender's status and gender: nobles of either sex were beheaded; commoner men were hanged, drawn and quartered (a rather gruesome form of CruelAndUnusualDeath); and commoner women were burned at the stake (as a public-decency measure; hanging, drawing, and quartering often involved stripping the condemned of his clothes and always included [[GroinAttack emasculation]]). Treason came in two flavors: High Treason (treason against the state, including [[LesCollaborateurs most of what we normally think of as treason]], plus sundries such as counterfeiting the King's seal or [[{{Netorare}} NTR-ing]] the King's heir) and Petty Treason (murder of someone with lawful authority over you, most commonly murder of a man by his wife).
** Ironically the burning of people for religious crimes was chosen (at least by some, particularly in the Catholic Church) because it was considered the most merciful option in the case of unrepentant individuals. The reasoning being that if you decapitated a person their soul would go straight to hell, but being burnt alive, the victim would have a chance to repent their sins before a priest (who would be standing nearby) and accept God, giving them at least a chance of salvation. Throughout history people do seemingly brutal things for (what they see as) very good reasons.
* During the Chilean dictatorship led by Augusto Pinochet, photographer Rodrigo Rojas Denegri and college student Carmen Gloria Quintana were set on fire by the military in the middle of the protests of 1986. Rojas died due to his injuries few days later, Quintana barely survived but was badly disfigured.
* This was once actually a ''medical'' practice. As late as UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar it was, field hospitals regularly cauterized amputated limbs with hot iron. And no anesthetic beyond whisky and possibly opium. [[FateWorseThanDeath Soldiers often feared hospitals more than death]], quite naturally. It did significantly reduce the chance of dying from an infection, but many soldiers didn't care.
** Around this time the syringe and first epidermal and then intravenous injections were invented, and Army surgeons immediately turned to injecting wounded with morphine (also purified from opium nearly in the same period). It did its job relatively well as a painkiller, but the lack of understanding in aseptics and proper dosages lead to the [[GoodJobBreakingItHero explosion of sepsis and opiate addictions]].
* Quelea are a type of small bird native to sub-Saharan Africa. They are one of, if not the most numerous species of birds in the world. Flocks number in the thousands and are capable of completely stripping grain fields in a matter of hours. How do farmers deal with the problem? They find the trees the birds nest in, wait until nightfall, and use dynamite and gasoline. Boom!
* Interestingly, in Egypt, people really did use mummies for kindling, since when there were thousands upon thousands of mummies, they made for a ready source of fuel. Their historical value wasn't considered at the time. Could be a small amount of FridgeHorror there.
* A fever is essentially your body try to do this: kill off invasive microbes by creating an environment too hot for them to survive in.
** Some kinds of Japanese honeybees use this tactic against the Asian Giant Hornet that can't be killed through normal stinging means, due to it being fast enough to kill a bee before getting stung. The hornet can't survive said temperature, however, but the bees can, so this tactic is actually a lot more effective and costs the lives of very few bees.
* How do Eucalyptus trees get rid of other plants that grow around them and steal the precious water in the desert ground? By emitting vapour of the highly flammable Eucalyptus oil while having very flame resistant wood and their leaves high above the ground. Once the vapour ignites, it burns all the small grasses and shrubs while only slightly singing the bark of the trees. Unfortunately, it also has the side effect of causing the trees to ''explode'' when struck by lightning.
* ''Rhystysma Acerinum'', known commonly as ''Maple Tar Spot'' is a fungus that looks like black spots on infected tree leaves. Because it spreads on early spring through leaves infected on the previous year, the recommended cure is to gather all infected dead leaves in the fall and burn them.
* This is the final step in any [[ProperlyParanoid very secure]] hard disk disposal method. Government secrets and such ''might'' be recovered from a drive that is wiped, repeatedly overwritten, and physically broken or drilled through. It probably won't be recovered from the completely chaotic lump of ash and metal left after going through the incinerator.
** Also a countermeasure against tampering in highly secure safes and intelligence packages. Unless it's disabled before the package is opened, boom. Sure, you can kill the courier or crack open the safe, but anything inside (and possible anything in the near vicinity) is going to be on fire once the pyrotechnic charge inside goes off.
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* A man from Fargo, ND simply got [[http://neighborshame.com/fargo-man-arrested-clearing-snow-flamethrower/ tired of dealing with snow]].
* [[http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/03/world/isis-captive/ In February 2015]], a captured [[UsefulNotes/WarriorsOfDesertWinds Jordanian pilot]] was [[ManOnFire burned alive]] in an iron cage [[TheFundamentalist by ISIS]].
* This trope is good against toxic waste (against any organic material, especially the annoying dioxine and its PCB ilk). Unfortunately, only slightly effective against heavy metals and zero against radioactive waste (the best you might achieve is turn the stuff into less soluble compounds). One can and does treat "normal" waste this way too, but that propably isn't the best method from an environmental perspective--although that can be highly situation-dependent, especially when you're dealing with the trash of a large and densely-populated urban area, where the pollution from just burning your trash somewhere in or near the city is probably less than what you would generate transporting the trash to somewhere it can be buried. UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity has been grappling with this problem for ''decades'', as the nearby landfills in the city (in Queens and Staten Island) are closed for being beyond capacity, and the ones near the city (largely in New Jersey) are also full or close to full, leaving New York with the options of shipping its trash far away (like "there's NYC trash in landfills in Ohio and South Carolina" far away) or burning it. NIMBY issues with incinerators have kept the city from adopting that option despite its probably being a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly option than shipping the garbage to Ohio, at least.
* The preferred way to kill some pests, such as ticks and bedbugs, which would be difficult to crush by force.
* To prevent contamination of places[[note]]such as Jupiter's moon Europa and Saturn's moons Enceladus and Titan[[/note]] thought to be likely to harbor life by bacteria that may have survived the trip from Earth[[note]]Complete sterilization of a spacecraft is expensive, thus reserved only for certain missions[[/note]], one of UsefulNotes/{{NASA}}'s way to dispose of probes that have ended their missions is to have them being deorbited in a planet's atmosphere where they'll burn up as ''Galileo'' and ''Cassini'' can testify.
->''[[Literature/HarryPotter Incendio!]]'' ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Fuego!]]'' ''[[Franchise/FinalFantasy Firaga!]]''