In slapstick and/or cartoony works, if someone is going to be on fire, chances are this fire is going to be very brief, and within that, chances that it's going to be isolated to their rear ends.
Expect them to be launched skyward at an alarming rate
. It will usually be put out by the victim sitting down in the nearest bucket of water and breathing a sigh of relief.
See also Literal Ass Kicking
. Not to be confused with Toasted Buns
, which refers to why placing a jet pack exhaust near someone's rear end would CAUSE a rump roast
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Anime and Manga
- Anya, shortly after her Attack Hello in Mahou Sensei Negima!.
- This happened to Goku in Dragon Ball Z during the first episode of his fight with Freeza, after Freeza opened up a hole through Namek's crust causing lava to spew around the battlefield.
- Even though Goku can fly. Of course, this part was filler.
- Ash Ketchum, in the Pokémon episode Charizard's Burning Ambition.
- This happens to Luffy in episode 160 of One Piece after Satori invokes this trope during their first ordeal.
- Made even funnier by the fact that he uses a Pain Powered Leap to put it out after jumping into the jaws of a sky shark.
- From Ice Age:
Sid: Just call me "Sid: Lord of the Flames!"
Manny: Hey, Lord of the Flames....your tail's on fire.
- In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Uncle Lewis lights his cigar, unknowingly sets fire to the Christmas tree, then turns around to reveal that his toupee and the seat of his pants are also on fire.
- In Mulan, the matchmaker accidentally sits on coals and starts running around with her dress on fire. Then Mulan tries using her fan to put the flames out...
- This happens to Kirk Douglas in The Villain.
- This occurs in 101 Dalmatians when Horace is knocked rear-first into a roaring fireplace by Perdita.
- Yosemite Sam in Who Framed Roger Rabbit: "My biscuits are burnin'!"
- Another Who Framed Roger Rabbit example: In the "Somethin's Cookin'" short that starts off the movie, Roger is trapped in an oven set to "Volcano Heat". After he becomes "Well Done", he shoots out of the oven with his behind on fire and runs around the kitchen in circles leaving a trail of smoke.
- Toy Story 2 had a clip of an old Show Within a Show segment when Prospector Pete tries to extinguish a lit dynamite fuse by sitting on it, then jumps up and exclaims "my biscuits are burnin'" in a Shout-Out to Yosemite Sam.
- In the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast, Lumiere burned one of the mobbing townspeople this way.
- The Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie features Mr. Krabs experiencing one after being shot by Neptune.
Krabs: *runs with his butt on fire*
Me pants are on fire!! *exits screen, returns only wearing underwear*
Me underwear's on fire!! *exits again and returns naked and fully engulfed in flames* I'M ON FIIRE!!!
- The Muppet Christmas Carol: Gonzo accidentally ignites Rizzo's tail while lighting a lamp.
Rizzo: Hey, hey hey! Light the lamp not the rat! Light the lamp not the rat!
- The barfight scene from The Boondock Saints ends with the Russian mobster Ivan Checkov getting his ass set on fire by Connor and Murphy. This pisses Checkov off enough to get his buddy and pay a visit to their apartment with Desert Eagles and handcuffs, setting up the first major killing of the movie.
- The Three Stooges would occasionally torch each other this way.
- Legend. Blix uses the unicorn horn to set Blunder's (one of the other goblin's) butt on fire.
- Kung Fu Panda: "I LOVE KUNG FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!"
- The Lion King: Zazu is repeatedly subjected to this trope by the hyenas once Scar takes over. "No! Not the birdie boiler!"
- The Mummy Trilogy Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor has this happening to Jonathon after lighting a giant firework they were trying to shoot the mummy of the day with.
- Laurel and Hardy: Ollie has his bum set on fire by Charlie Hall in Them Thar Hills.
Live Action TV
- Red Dwarf did this with the Justice Zone episode.
- In a Horrible Histories sketch, a Victorian man's trousers have caught fire. The funny part isn't only that his bottom is on fire, it's that any of the words another Victorian man is trying to use to inform him of this, even "trousers" and "legs", are considered too rude, so all the man who's on fire is doing is reprimanding the other man for his language. At the end, he finally realizes what's happening and yells "My trousers! My legs! My BOTTOM!"
- In the L.A. Law episode "Smoke Gets in Your Thighs," Murray Melman (Roxanne's father, played by the late Vincent Gardenia) is hired by McKenzie-Brackman to paint the office's bathroom. After he's finished, he unwisely pours a bucket of thinner down the toilet. Douglas comes in, compliments Murray's work, sits down on the john, lights up a cigar....and Hilarity Ensues. Murray adds insult to injury when he visits Douglas in the burn unit and tries to lighten things up by telling jokes like, "You didn't blow your top....you blew your bottom!"
- Final Fantasy VII did this early in the game.
- In most of the Ratchet & Clank games, if you fall into lava you'll shoot out with your butt on fire.
- Some flame attacks in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap would do this to Link and force him to run around at top speed.
- In Kingdom Hearts, hitting Captain Hook with fire will give him a case of this. While he's weak against it, it's actually not a very good idea, as he runs around so quickly that hitting him becomes a chore, and he'll damage anyone he collides with. It becomes more viable in the future games he's fought in, as he frantically hops up and down in place instead.
- Also, one fire spell you can use in Chain of Memories has the description 'Donald flubs a fire spell'. When you use that spell, Donald came running around with his rear literally on fire, damaging enemies he touches.
- The Meow Wow and the various Kyroo dream eaters in Kingdom Hearts 3D will suffer a brief case of this if they get hit with a fire attack, leaving them open to further abuse. This predictably presents issues for them if they go up against dream eaters like the Ryu Dragon that use the fire element in almost all of their attacks.
- It happens in Digimon Battle Spirits. If you get hit with the fire throw items or get hit by Impmon's fireballs, you'll get your rear set on fire.
- In a very obscure fighting Neo Geo game Aggressors of Dark Kombat, there's a Molotov cocktail. If you throw it and you or your opponent steps on it, you'll be hopping around with your rear on fire.
- The platform game Baby Jo: If your baby loses all her health in a fire, she launches screaming to the sky with her diaper on fire.
- Radiata Stories has a status effect called Blazed. Your rear will be on fire and you'll take minor damage similar to poison.
- In The Secret of Monkey Island, when Guybrush launches himself out of a cannon to reach Monkey Island from his ship, he lands with his butt on fire. Herman Toothrot wanders by and remarks idly, "By the way, you might want to think about putting that fire out. Somebody could be hurt."
- This is exactly what happens if Mario touches lava in the New Super Mario Bros. (which is also a One-Hit Kill), Super Mario 64, Super Mario RPG and Super Mario Galaxy titles.
- In Mario Sports Mix, if you get burned by a Podoboo or Bowser's special ability, this will happen.
- In Mario Kart Double Dash, hitting a fire obstacle, getting hit by Mario or Luigi's fireballs or the Thunderbolt will cause the character on the back of the Kart to get his behind lit on fire and unable to use any item he's holding while he puts it out.
- One of the moves in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga involves Mario setting Luigi's pants on fire to dash at high speeds. In the sequels, the Burn status effect prevents the affected bro from jumping— he's too busy trying to put out the seat of his trousers.
- Fire Wario of Wario Land series, before being completely engulfed in flames.
- This is also what happens to Mario in the fangame Super Mario 63 when he touches lava or fire.
- An item in later Mario Party games uses this as a way to propel the character forward 10 spaces.
- This is shown happening to Meg in the background of the cover art for the Family Guy Video Game. (It even says across the bottom: "It's too HOT for TV!"
- When you let the fire imps in Conkers Bad Fur Day touch you, Conker's tail will catch on fire for a few seconds.
- There's a scene in Wapsi Square where Monica's rejection of her inner demon Doubt sets Doubt's ass on fire. Doubt eventually finds a way to get her own back on Monica. Nose flicks!
- MegaTokyo: Setting his sleeve on fire was all part of Largo's plan to allow Yuki to get away. The pants were not part of the plan.
- This Reeves and Mortimer sketch.
- IGSRJ's review of Super Mario Bros. 3 shows Mario jumping and getting hit from below with a Podoboo (jumping fireball) and shrinking, and IGSRJ commenting, "Did I mention that Mario has a hot ass? Sorry, I know the joke was bad. I apologize."
- The website PolitiFact has "pants on fire" as their highest level of political bullshit, meaning that it's absolutely not true.
- The now-rare cartoon "Mississippi Hare" has a sequence late in that short where Colonel Shuffle suffers this after chasing Bugs Bunny into a boiler on a riverboat ("YIPE!").
- Happens to Wile E. Coyote quite a few times:
- In "Zoom and Bored", in one of the most surreal scenes on Looney Tunes (the wall scene).
- In "Soup Or Sonic," Wile E. survives a rocket ride apparently unscathed, so he turns around and walks away - revealing a small flame on his tail. He walks over a hill and out of sight, and then jumps up from the pain.
- This happens in "The Oily American", but it takes the wealthy Native American protagonist a few seconds to realize it:
- From The Simpsons:
"Are you saying Homer Simpson is a liar?"
"Well, we do have this footage of him with his pants on fire."
- There was also an episode in which some rock stars go berserk and chase Homer around in a giant red vehicle shaped like Satan's head, pushing a button that causes flames to shoot out from the devil's mouth and burn Homer's buns. Once they've come to their senses, the musicians apologize to Homer and offer him the vehicle as a gift - and he uses it to burn off Principal Skinner's clothes, leaving him in only his Goofy Print Underwear and frantically trying to cover himself.
- In the Pixie & Dixie short "Cousin Tex", the visiting mouse does this to Mr. Jinks with his branding iron.
- In one episode of Transformers Cybertron, Scourge sets Thundercracker's butt on fire. It's hilarious.
- Codename: Kids Next Door: In "Operation H.O.T.S.T.U.F.F.", Numbuh 3, sick of her father leaving the house cold, turns up the thermostat, turning it into a cauldron. As Numbuhs 1, 2 and 5 enter her house to try and turn down the thermostat, Numbuh 1 gets his butt on fire.
Numbuh 1: Who's cooking hamburgers?
Numbuh 5: I don't know about hamburgers, but your buns are on fire!
- In Here Comes the Grump, the Grump gets Toasted Buns occasionally as a form of Amusing Injuries.
- The cave child Grog got toasted tooties in The Smurfs episode "Lost in the Ages". And occasionally, Azrael's tail would catch on fire from some of Gargamel's experiments.
- Alexandra in the 1970s cartoon Josie and the Pussycats suffers this in the season 2 epsiode "The Four-Eyed Dragon of Cygnon", when she sits on a malfunctioning control panel, setting her rear aflame.
- Disney's archvillain Pete suffers this in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas when he sticks a lit cigar in her back pocket.
- Suffered by Goofy in the same film when he sits on a hot stove element.
- At the end of "Three Little Pigs", the Big Bad Wolf, after realizing that he cannot blow down the house of bricks, actually decides to climb down the chimney as a last-minute attempt to kill and eat the pigs, only to end up landing inside a pot of boiling water and jumping out and running away.
- This was a regular gag on Tom and Jerry, usually causing Tom to jump high in the air and do his Stock Scream.
- In one episode of Total Drama Island, Duncan, DJ, and Geoff plal pranks on Harold because he's been leaving his underwear around the cabin. One prank involves dousing a pair of undies with hot sauce. When changing into them, it takes Harold two seconds to feel a slight sting.
Harold: ...My biscuits are burning!!
- On the Classic Disney Short "The Whalers", Goofy's pants catch fire after he strikes a match on them. He tries to dowse the flames by sitting on a pail of water, but sits on a keg of gunpowder instead.
- Also happens to Mickey Mouse in "Mickey's Orphans" when a baby kitten puts a piece of hot coal in Mickey's shorts.
- This happens to the bald guy at the end of one episode of Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids.