Playing With / Playing with Fire

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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.
  • Justified: Bob is a dragon.
  • 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:
    • Bob uses his ability to control fire for trivial purposes.
    • Bob is a Fiery Redhead in a universe with Personality Powers - and he keeps throwing insults at those who say he's too hot tempered.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • 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 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 mermaid.
  • Discussed: "What superpower would you like to have?" "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 has to obtain special fire-proof 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 make the flames he creates go away, one split-second instance of misjudgement could result in him accidentally burning down a building.)
  • 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.