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"KILLING IT WITH FIRE."
—MEC Trooper, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, triggering the Flamethrower module
Fire was the weapon of choice when it came to combat magic. Though it was taxing upon the will and stamina of the wizard, it got a lot of energy concentrated into a relatively small space. It illuminated darkness, something that was nearly always to a wizard's advantage, and it hurt. Every living thing had at least a healthy respect, if not outright fear of fire. Even more to the point, fire was a purifying force in its non-physical aspect. Dark magic could be consumed and destroyed by fire when used with that intent.
Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.
— Dan Forden, Mortal Kombat II after performing Scorpion's trademark Fatality Hint
"Let's throw him in the fire", said Thomas, "and that'll be that."
— "Crocodile" Flamethrower Tank, Company of Heroes
It's as true now as when I started adventuring - "when in doubt, set something on fire."
WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS USE FIRE.
(Burn, let it burn)
(Burn, let it burn)
Burn that mother down!
— The Trammps, "Disco Inferno"
By fire be purged!
— Kael'thas Sunstrider, Blood Mage, Warcraft 3
The divine flames that I've absorbed will burn you to a crisp with nuclear energy and leave nothing behind!
— Utsuho Reiuji, Touhou
You must kill them all. Use fire.
— More Information Than You Require, on rats
AAAH! BURN IT! Send it to HELL!
— Homer Simpson, on Bart's artwork, The Simpsons
But we have flamethrowers. And what this indicates to me, it means that at some point, some person said to himself: "Gee, I'd sure like to set those people on fire over there, but I'm way too far away to get the job done. If only I had something to throw flame on them..."
As my wife always says, "the best enemies are the ones that are on fire."
— Largo, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Burn, you bastards. Burn.
— Firebug Perk, Killing Floor
I have learned that the only way to defeat [thing relative at the moment]... is to BURN it!
— Avdol, Jojos Bizarre Adventure Abridged
I've started project "Fuck The World," a top secret attempt to funnel magma to the outside. I'll kill those elephants. I'll kill all those fucking elephants.
All burn. Children burn fastest. Less fat.
Won't stop until they keep moving. and burning. Some escaped. Still burning.
Through Fire, JUSTICE IS SERVED!
— Lunar, Mischief Makers
"Mac wants the flamethrower!"
— Windows, The Thing (1982)
Burninating the countryside, burninating the peasants
Burninating all the peoples in the thatched-roof cottages!
— Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, Strong Bad Email "dragon"
Homer: Is there anything you can prescribe, doctor?
Dr. Hibbert: Fire! And lots of it!
Elder: So why are you worried? If anything gets in your way just light them on fire. Fire solves everything.
"Of the four classical elements, fire is by far the most primal. The most challenging. The most dangerous. The most transforming. The most visceral. The most fun. Seriously, which enemies would cower in their tracks if you appeared in front of them and proclaimed yourself to be a great water wizard?
"I don't have to explain how to use [the Dragon Gun], do I?
You point the scary end at something that isn't burning and you FIX THE PROBLEM."
Dean: "Guns are useless, so are knives. Basically...we've got to torch the sucker."
— Supernatural, "Wendigo"
—Daenerys Targaryen, A Song of Ice and Fire