Of the four, girls find him the hottest.
Oh, alright, the ninja poseurs
out there now? They light you on fire? I guess I can spare a sec to get nuts on some punkers. Dan McNinja:
No. I lit myself on fire. Anyway, I got in pretty deep, and now these tootlepuffs are trying to get me all the time. Dr. McNinja:
You. Lit. Yourself. On fire. Why did you light yourself on fire. Dan McNinja:
Huh? Seriously? Because. They can't grab me if I'm on fire.
A subtrope of Playing with Fire
A character has the ability to set their whole
body ablaze with flames. Different from Man on Fire
, as the latter trope involves that person being harmed by said fire. Because fire is awesome, this makes the character automatically awesome
. If they can turn it on or off, expect them to enjoy showing off via Finger Snap Lighter
. May be a form of Battle Aura
. Flaming Hair
is a subtrope of this, where a person can only ignite their hair. By their nature, the character is not harmed by setting themselves on fire — they have the Required Secondary Powers
If the character becomes
fire and is not simply covered in it, then the trope is Elemental Shapeshifter
. May count as Elemental Armor
. An extreme part of Burning with Anger
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Anime and Manga
- The Winged Dragon of Ra in Yu-Gi-Oh! does this. They call his ignited form a phoenix.
- Fire magic users on Kaze no Stigma do this often.
- Sekima Hiwatari of Busou Renkin.
- Fairy Tail: Natsu's Flames Of Emotion gives him this effect.
- During the Grand Magic Games, one the dragons who comes out of the Eclipse Gate, Atlas Flame, has fire literally in place of skin, giving off the overall impression of a burning dragon skeleton.
- Tsuna of Katekyo Hitman Reborn!! has his hands and forehead covered by Sky Flames when he goes Hyper Dying Will Mode.
- In Bleach the Head Captain of Soul Society Yamamoto has this ability as his Bankai. A flame 15,000,000 degrees (almost as hot as the core of the sun itself) envelops his body acting as a shield that nothing can penetrate and incinerates everything in its path. Yamamoto claims this flame is so powerful that even he can't control it, if it burns for too long it will consume him and all of Soul Society.
- Ace and Marco from One Piece get this when fighting with their Devil fruit powers, although both have slight twists; Ace is literally made of flames, being a logia user, and Marco's fire is blue, and heals him over time, since it's the flames of a phoenix. Marco's flames are also only capable of healing, as they aren't hot nor spread like normal fire, and thus incapable of damaging enemies, according to Word of God.
- Sanji, post-timeskip, is now able to weaponize his emotions: His Hell Memories attack consists of remembering his painful time in Kamabakka Kingdom, start Burning with Anger, and deliver an insanely powerful kick as a result. In addition to that, he even gets a non-canon variation in Film Z, where he instead sets himself ablaze with memories of Nami's sexiness.
- Starjun from Toriko used this to burn down a tent around him during the Cooking Fest, he called it "Camp Fire".
Film - Animation
Film - Live Action
- Fezzik, from The Princess Bride, with the holocaust cloak, in a wheelbarrow on fire. "There will be no suwvivows!"
Live Action TV
- A villainous super in No Ordinary Family can do this, as well as throw fireballs. He's defeated by being buried in sand.
- Mahou Sentai Magiranger: Magired does this during his "Red Fire Phoenix" Finishing Move.
- Similarly, Kamen Rider OOO in his TaJaDor form's Finishing Move.
- Certain Makai Knights from Garo are able to wreath their armor in magical flames. This also allows them to throw said fire towards enemies.
- The serial killer in episode 5 of Hannibal sees each of his victims as having their head consumed in flames.
- The Balrog in Lord of the Rings.
- Semirhage from Wheel of Time uses this as a disguise (though it is probably only an illusion).
- Katniss of The Hunger Games is called the girl who was on fire for a reason. This is applied literally in Mockingjay when she is caught up in the fireball that kills several medics - including her 13-year-old sister, who becomes "a human torch" according to Katniss.
- Red of Monster can do this.
- Firebirds of Russian mythology (not to be confused with The Phoenix, though they have several similarities). Depending on the version, they were either literally on fire or just glow-in-the-dark. Most people assume the former, since it's infinitely more badass.
- In The Dresden Files book Ghost Story, Harry learns that things work a bit differently now that he's a ghost. Sort of. When he gets angry, his entire body starts to burn, and it actually blisters him.
- Happens occasionally in the Branion series, where the royal family are also avatars of a fire god. Usually happens in battle or when they're angry, and has the side effect of painting any wood around them a permanent red.
- Leo from TheHeroesOfOlympus pulls this off in the climax of The Lost Hero, when fighting Khione, the winter goddess. And it is just as awesome as it sounds.
- Senneth Brassenthwaite from the Twelve Houses series does this from time to time, sometimes as a method of combat, sometimes just to make a point.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- The Crimson Coat of Iphazz allows a character to do this in.
- Fire Shield spells.
- In 1st Edition the Type VI demon could immolate (create flames around itself). In 2nd Edition demons were renamed "Tanar'ri", the Type VI demon was renamed the "Balor" and its flaming protection was always on. It was based on Tolkien's Balrog (and was actually named Balrog in early editions of the game).
- The Fire Aura spell in Shadowrun does this.
- Exalted features the Fire-aspected Dragon-Blooded, who do this whenever their Battle Aura reaches a certain level.
- Rifts has the Burster class. They are psychics who specialize in pyrokinesis. They get their name for their most impressive psychic power, which is to surround themselves in a flaming aura.
- Warhammer 40,000 has the Legion of the Damned Space Marines, who are like this in all depictions. How much is up to the artist ranging from just their greaves and shoulder-pads (as is on the models and some official artwork) to being completely wreathed in flames in many artworks.
- Pokémon: Some Fire-type Pokémon are covered in flames, like Moltres or Rapidash. Several Fire-types have this to a lesser degree, like Emboar (who has a beard of flame) and Normal Mode Darmanitan (who has flaming eyebrows.) The moves Flare Blitz and Flame Wheel involve tackling the opponent while in this state. The former does produce recoil, though.
- Ignus, from Planescape: Torment. Originally a Man on Fire, the fire did not really kill him. So he's now this.
- Halo 3: In online multiplayer, you know what the quickest and easiest way to identify an employee of Bungie Studios is? They'll be wearing Hayabusa armor....that's on fire. This is a reference to a famous description of Halo 2, given by Bungie while it was still under development, "Halo 2 is a lot like Halo 1, except it's Halo 1 on fire going 120 miles per hour through a hospital zone chased by helicopters and ninjas. And the ninjas are all on fire too."
- Halo: Reach: Due to the decision to make the flaming helmet a pre-order bonus for the Legendary Edition, Bungie employees are now distinguished by having blue flames instead of red. There was a limited-time offer where people who either accessed Bungie's website and obtained the Bungie nameplate or used the iOS app could obtain the blue flames for themselves. The normal, red flames are called "Legendary" in the Armory, while the blue flames are called "Eternal".
- The Warcraft 3 ability Immolation, in which the unit covers himself in flame to damage the enemy (but manifests as a circle of flame surrounding the unit). The item "Cloak of Flames" gives this ability passively.
- World of Warcraft: Warlocks get such an ability. It is also employed by mooks in Utgarde Keep.
- Starcraft: The Archons (Blue fire!) and Dark Archons (Orange fire!).
- Mortal Kombat Deception (PSP only) and Armageddon (All platforms) have Blaze. What is Blaze? About 20 feet of pure magma on fire.
- Master of Magic has Immolation unit ability — units engaging an unit with it in a melee attack effectively subjected to a low-powered fireball.
- Age of Wonders II has Ignition ability and Fire Halo enchantment. Anyone who isn't immune to fire is set aflame upon striking such an unit.
- Flynn's Enhahou Yokushou Mystic Arte from the PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia, seen here.
- Gulcasa of Yggdra Union and Blaze Union, as part of his Dangerous Forbidden Technique.
- Kyo from King of Fighters when pulling off a more powerful version of his orochinagi.
- Kirby: Kirby turns into a fireball and rushes into his foes.
- Clonk: The Metal and Magic fan-mod includes the hot blood spell, which causes this trope. Walking into your enemies after casting it can lead to another fun trope. Fun for you, that is, not for them.
- Cinder from Killer Instinct. And his rival is...Glacius.
- City of Heroes has a Fire Aura powerset. It also has Thermal Radiation, which has fire for multiple different purposes, such as healing wounds... with fire. Protecting your teammates from damage... with fire. Improving your allies resistance to status effect and improving their damage... with fire. And finally, the only logical use of the powerset — causing damage to your enemies' resistances and ability to recover from wounds... well, you see where this is headed. The entire Thermal Radiation set is devoted to making your team into badasses through the precise art of setting them on fire.
- Guild Wars has a spell that sets you on fire, and makes you faster. When it expires, you set everyone around you on fire.
- From Borderlands, Lilith's Phoenix skill manifests as a pair of wings made of fire, as well as a bit of this. It triggers when she gets a kill, igniting nearby enemies and giving her a chance to have free bullets for a few seconds.
- In Borderlands 2, putting points in Krieg's Hellborn tree gives him a chance to set himself on fire whenever he uses incendiary weapons (and with the Delusional Damage skill, any elemental weapons). The entire skill tree is focused around dealing fire damage and gaining buffs while being set on fire, with the end-tier skill making him emit homing fireballs from his body when attacked while going on extended psychotic rants.
- Lots of examples in Kingdom of Loathing: the monsters Flaming Troll and Flaming Samurai, as well as the Flaming Gravy Fairy familiar, all have this, as is pretty obvious from their names. For the player, there's the ability Salamander Kata, which doesn't hurt your enemies but constantly recharges your MP; a straighter version is the "Burning, Man" effect, which surrounds you in enemy-toasting fire, but also burns you just as badly unless you have a special tattoo.
- A "Body of Fire" spell in Arcanum allows you to engulf anyboby, including yourself, with flames, resulting in added fire damage and resistance, as well as burning foes and their equipment when they hit the recepient with melee weapon. Howewer, it's the hardest spell to maintain, burning your mana at least twice faster than other prolonged spells, perhaps to prevent it from being a Game Breaker.
- In Peasant's Quest, one of the requirements to be a peasant (and thus face Trogdor) is to be on fire.
- Heat Man from Mega Man 2 wraps his entire body in flame before using his charge attack against Mega Man. Curiously, he can only use it after getting hit, and it protects him against all forms of attack (including Bubble Lead, his main weakness).
- Flame Cloak spells in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, Dan McNinja sets himself on fire to prevent lesser ninjas from catching him. His suit is explicitly fireproof, but we don't find this out until about fifty pages later, after he lit himself on fire again.
- Axe Cop: Axe Cop can light himself and his team on fire to become Axe Cop Fire and the Axe Cop Fire Gang.
- Annie of Gunnerkrigg Court is not only capable of this herself, but can cover anything or anyone in fire, which only burns what or who she wants it to burn.
- Damien from El Goonish Shive.
- Wayward Sons: Hestya, whose powers are nearly identical to Johnny Storm's. Except there's only one known substance that can survive the heat, and her clothes aren't made of it.
- In Girl Genius, the Torchmen, a swarm of flying clanks that serve as Mechanicsburg's main air defense system, are so named because they fly about while on fire.
- Kubera's Fire God Agni. Well, when he's in god mode. Normally, he's perfectly happy pretending to be a Loony Fan of his summoner.
- Sigma from the 10th season of Red vs. Blue looks like he's either on fire or made of fire.
- In a New York Magician story arc, Michel first sees Melooch (a firefighter) with his 'rider' (ancient fire god who's sharing his body) this way.
- In the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, this was actually pretty common among characters who controlled fire. Starfire, Ablaze, Firefall, Inferna, Centigrade (who is also An Ice Person), Incendie ("Blaze" in French), Mondfeur ("Moonfire" in German), Ulkataranara ("Comet Man" in Hindi), Playma ("Flame" in Russian), Salamander, Sunfire, Wildfire, Flame, Ifrit, Komet, Inferno, Fuoco Bianco ("White Fire" in Italian), Pumpkin Jack, Tourmaline, Pyro, and Red Devil all could wrap flames around themselves like a blanket.
- Phoenixfire of the Whateley Universe. Like you couldn't guess from her codename.
- Also her mom, making Phoenixfire's codename extra-appropriate.