Playing With / Playing with Fire

Basic Trope: A character who can manipulate fire.
  • Straight: Bob can breathe fire and shoot fireballs.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob can take on the very form of fire.
    • Bob creates a fireball so big it burns everything in the universe.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob can increase the ambient temperature to high, but not burning, levels.
    • Bob can't get burned from fire.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is a dragon who has ability to take on a human form.
    • Or alternatively, he has ancestors who are phoenixes/dragons.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob can stab foes with icicles or create tsunamis.
    • Bob can only put out or repel fires.
  • Subverted: Bob appears to be able to shoot fireballs, but it's actually a flamethrower.
  • Double Subverted: But then he gains real fire control abilities.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Bob won the Elemental Superpower Lottery, but he can use only one power at a time. As such, he can and often does use the power of fire, but not all the time.
  • Averted: Bob has no magical powers.
  • Enforced: "Fire is cool, and we want our hero to look cool, so let's give him the fire powers."
  • Lampshaded: "...let's not have barbecue again..."
  • Invoked: Bob went to a school to learn how to use fire.
  • Exploited: When Trees Attack... they're pretty much screwed.
  • Defied:
    • Bob learns other abilities so he doesn't have to use fire.
    • Bob is a merman.
  • Discussed:
    Alice: What superpower would you like to have?
    Bob: Fire. It's the coolest one.
  • Conversed: The Hero loves reading comics about Firestarter, the superhero with fire powers.
  • Implied: Bob, He Who Must Not Be Seen, makes his presence known by leaving burned-out houses and forests in his wake.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob has no control over his abilities, and so he must obtain special fireproof clothing and other items and cannot get close to other people, resulting in depression. Further, his powers result in fires wherever he goes, making him unpopular.
    • Alternatively, Bob uses his powers for fire-setting.
    • If Bob gets careless, the flames he generates can quickly spread beyond his control. Even if he has the power to extinguish the blazes he creates, a slight lapse in attention can lead to third-degree burns or worse. (And if he doesn't have the power to dissipate the flames he creates, one split-second instance of misjudgement could result in him accidentally burning down a building.)
    • Bob doesn't have the Required Secondary Powers and ends up burning himself when he tries to use them.
    • The story plays up how fire can cause horrific injuries and pain to those that survive his fire attacks, and his power gets treated as an In-Universe war crime.
  • Reconstructed: So Bob went to a school to learn how to control fire.
  • Played for Laughs: Bob uses his fire powers to make a barbecue on his hand.
  • Played for Drama: Bob spends a long time learning how to use his powers without injuring people.

Be careful! Playing with Fire can be dangerous.