I am well aware that the flame-like creature trope needs a better name; I am awful at coming up with names and that's the only one I could think of, which is why it's the placeholder name.
Also, that trope is not really a subtrope of Elemental Embodiment
, although they're related. Elemental Embodiment
is when a creature is made of real flames, whereas the flame-like
creature only has to appear to be made of flame; it doesn't have to be real fire. For example, will-o'-the-wisps are generally bluish-white, don't generate heat, and won't ignite anything, so they can't be said to be made of real fire, but they still have a fire-like appearance.
And yes, it's distinct from Wreathed in Flames
; that trope is when there's a substantial body under the flames, whereas the flame-like being is insubstantial (made of nothing but the "flames"). I do see your point about it potentially being difficult to tell the two apart, though.
edited 19th Oct '12 11:00:47 AM by Nocturna