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You've got some important paperwork to get rid of, and the paper shredder is not working. Or, well... it's just not symbolic enough, really. Because this paper is Very Special to you. Get the kerosene and the matches. It's time to build a fire.

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You've got some important paperwork to get rid of, and the paper shredder is not working. Or, well... it's just not symbolic enough, really. Because this paper is Very Special to you. Get the kerosene and the matches. It's time to build a fire.



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** [[spoiler: The crew burns the broken Going-Merry in a viking funeral fashion.]]

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** [[spoiler: The crew burns the broken Going-Merry in a viking Viking funeral fashion.]]



* ''Film/TheLifeAndDeathOfPeterSellers'' showed Creator/PeterSellers burning his collection of everything from his previous movies just before making ''Being There''. According to the BBC documentary ''The Creator/PeterSellers Story - As He Filmed It'', he did burn many of his home movies near the end of his life. The documentary is compiled from what he didn't burn, and as he was a serious amateur photographer from the 1940s onward, there's hours upon hours that survived. In fact, some were recreated for that biopic!

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* ''Film/TheLifeAndDeathOfPeterSellers'' showed Creator/PeterSellers burning his collection of everything from his previous movies just before making ''Being There''. According to the BBC documentary ''The Creator/PeterSellers Story - As He Filmed It'', he did burn many of his home movies near the end of his life. The documentary is compiled from what he didn't burn, and as he was a serious amateur photographer from the 1940s onward, there's there are hours upon hours that survived. In fact, some were recreated for that biopic!



* The documentary ''Film/TouchingTheVoid'' has a interesting real life subversion where a mountain climber falls into a ice crevasse and is believed to have died by his comrades. Turns out that he survives the fall and after crawling back to camp (on a broken leg no less!) is understandably upset to discover that they had burned his trousers in grieving.

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* The documentary ''Film/TouchingTheVoid'' has a an interesting real life real-life subversion where a mountain climber falls into a an ice crevasse and is believed to have died by his comrades. Turns out that he survives the fall and after crawling back to camp (on a broken leg no less!) is understandably upset to discover that they had burned his trousers in grieving.



* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Alfred burns Rachel's letter to Bruce (saying she was going to marry Harvey Dent, and that they can only be friends due to him never giving up on being Batman) after the police declares a manhunt on Batman.

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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Alfred burns Rachel's letter to Bruce (saying she was going to marry Harvey Dent, and that they can only be friends due to him never giving up on being Batman) after the police declares declare a manhunt on Batman.



* At the end of ''Film/TheBigRedOne'' the squad burn a propaganda pamphlet to provide light so they can give first aid to a German sergeant Creator/LeeMarvin's character stabbed. The flame is shown consuming the words saying that Germany has just surrendered and the war is over.

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* At the end of ''Film/TheBigRedOne'' the squad burn burns a propaganda pamphlet to provide light so they can give first aid to a German sergeant Creator/LeeMarvin's character stabbed. The flame is shown consuming the words saying that Germany has just surrendered and the war is over.



* At the end of ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'' we see Evan burn the timetravel journals that caused him and the people around him so much pain.

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* At the end of ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'' we see Evan burn the timetravel time-travel journals that caused him and the people around him so much pain.



* In one Valentine's Day episode of ''{{Series/Friends}}'', the girls ritualistically burn some items from their various ex-boyfriends in a "cleansing ceremony." The fire gets a little out of hand and the fire department is called in. The firemen even comment that, due to all the "Boyfriend Bonfires", Valentine's Day is their third busiest time of the year, only surpassed by the 4th of July and Halloween. The girls then dated the firemen.

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* In one Valentine's Day episode of ''{{Series/Friends}}'', the girls ritualistically burn some items from their various ex-boyfriends in a "cleansing ceremony." The fire gets a little out of hand and the fire department is called in. The firemen even comment that, that due to all the "Boyfriend Bonfires", Valentine's Day is their third busiest time of the year, only surpassed by the 4th of July and Halloween. The girls then dated the firemen.



** Angel burns the sketches he drew of Darla in a previously unseen incinerator he just happens to own. [[spoiler: This one also counts as {{foreshadowing}} because shortly afterwards he sets Darla and Drusilla alight using some motor oil and a calmly dropped cigarette. [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat They survive]].]]
** In another episode, Wesley attempts burn Lilah Morgan's contract with Wolfram & Hart, but another copy appears in its place.

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** Angel burns the sketches he drew of Darla in a previously unseen incinerator he just happens to own. [[spoiler: This one also counts as {{foreshadowing}} because shortly afterwards afterward he sets Darla and Drusilla alight using some motor oil and a calmly dropped cigarette. [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat They survive]].]]
** In another episode, Wesley attempts to burn Lilah Morgan's contract with Wolfram & Hart, but another copy appears in its place.



* Averted in ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', when the long-suffering [[TheWoobie Woobie]] Simon had a major FreakOut and tried to burn down the (currently empty) house of the guy who bullied him through school. He started the fire, but realised there was a cat inside the house. Not wishing to kill an innocent creature, he put the flames out by urinating through the letterbox. Um...aww?

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* Averted in ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', when the long-suffering [[TheWoobie Woobie]] Simon had a major FreakOut and tried to burn down the (currently empty) house of the guy who bullied him through school. He started the fire, fire but realised realized there was a cat inside the house. Not wishing to kill an innocent creature, he put the flames out by urinating through the letterbox. Um...aww?



* In the opening episode of ''Series/{{UFO}}'', the main character Straker is introduced as a US Army colonel with a briefcase chained to his wrist, containing unseen evidence that he shows to a British government minister enroute to a conference. Their vehicle and escort is then attacked by a FlyingSaucer. When the vehicle goes off the road Straker is thrown clear, and wakes up to see the evidence (a photograph of the same kind of flying saucer) burning up in front of him.

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* In the opening episode of ''Series/{{UFO}}'', the main character Straker is introduced as a US Army colonel with a briefcase chained to his wrist, containing unseen evidence that he shows to a British government minister enroute en route to a conference. Their vehicle and escort is are then attacked by a FlyingSaucer. When the vehicle goes off the road Straker is thrown clear, clear and wakes up to see the evidence (a photograph of the same kind of flying saucer) burning up in front of him.



* In the video for Music/GeorgeMichael's "Freedom '90", one of the models sets fire to his iconic leather jacket from the "Faith" video, to symbolize that he is moving on from the image he had made for himself around the time of his first solo album. Two other items from the same video, a jukebox and his acoustic guitar, are set to explode during the chorus.

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* In the video for Music/GeorgeMichael's "Freedom '90", one of the models sets fire to his iconic leather jacket from the "Faith" video, to symbolize that he is moving on from the image he had made for himself around the time of his first solo album. Two other items from the same video, video -- a jukebox and his acoustic guitar, guitar -- are set to explode during the chorus.



* In one of ''[[WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours Foamy's Fan Mails]]'', Foamy [[HairTriggerTemper gets so pissed off]] at all the redundant [[FourthWallMailSlot mail he gets]], that he collects it all into a large stack and sets it on fire and burns down the studio as well, so he never has to do a Fan Mail episode again. Fires back at him when he has to do the next one in the burned out remains of it. The episode is appropriately names "BurnBabyBurn".

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* In one of ''[[WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours Foamy's Fan Mails]]'', Foamy [[HairTriggerTemper gets so pissed off]] at all the redundant [[FourthWallMailSlot mail he gets]], that he collects it all into a large stack and sets it on fire and burns down the studio as well, so he never has to do a Fan Mail episode again. Fires back at him when he has to do the next one in the burned out remains of it. The episode is appropriately names named "BurnBabyBurn".

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* In ''Literature/TheBridgeOfClay'' the Dunbar boys take their parents' bed out to an abandoned field behind their house (their mother is dead, their father has left them and they finally get to clearing their bedroom). Their first attempt is thwarted by strong westerly wind and risk of setting the whole field on fire and they finally do it a few years later, when it becomes even more symbolic.


The phrase that names this trope was coined by Activist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Epton Bill Epton]], who was said to have been the first person since the Red Scare of 1919 to be convicted of criminal anarchy. Supposedly for saying those three words.

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The phrase that names this trope was coined by Activist activist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Epton Bill Epton]], who was said to have been the first person since the Red Scare of 1919 to be convicted of criminal anarchy. Supposedly for saying those three words.



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* ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' has Paul setting the finished manuscript of the novel Annie forced him to write on fire... and then takes it one step further by having Paul [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome SHOVE THE BURNING MANUSCRIPT DOWN HER THROAT.]]]] Subverted when he gets home, [[spoiler: since he saved the real manuscript so that he can publish it.]]

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* ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' has Paul setting the finished manuscript of the novel Annie forced him to write on fire... and then takes it one step further by having Paul [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome SHOVE THE BURNING MANUSCRIPT DOWN HER THROAT.]]]] Subverted when he gets home, [[spoiler: since he saved the real manuscript so that he can publish it.]]


* In ''Film/BlackPanther2018'', [[spoiler: Killmonger orders the burning of the garden of heart-shaped herbs that grant Wakandan kings the powers of the Black Panther, as he [[PresidentForLife sees no reign beyond his own]]]].

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* In ''Film/BlackPanther2018'', [[spoiler: Killmonger orders the burning of the garden of heart-shaped herbs that grant Wakandan kings the powers of the Black Panther, as he [[PresidentForLife [[ItsAllAboutMe sees no reign reign]] [[TheSociopath beyond his own]]]].


* In ''Film/CitizenKane'', [[spoiler: the last shot is of Kane's childhood sled burning. Ultra close up on the sled's name, which is Rosebud but come on, [[ItWasHisSled you should know this already.]] ]]

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* In ''Film/CitizenKane'', [[spoiler: the last shot is of Kane's childhood sled burning. Ultra close up on the sled's name, which is Rosebud but come on, [[ItWasHisSled you should know this already.]] ]]


[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] KillItWithFire.

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[[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] KillItWithFire.


* In ''Film/BlackPanther2018'', [[spoiler: Killmonger orders the burning of the garden of heart-shaped herbs that grant Wakandan kings the powers of the Black Panther, as he [[PresidentForLife sees no reign beyond his own]]]].



* A ''WesternAnimation/{{Garfield}}'' TV special had the warning note "Killer panther around the lake, evacuate the area" accidentally falling on the dead campfire, and promptly burning before Jon and his pets could read it.

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* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' features this when [[spoiler:Scott Shelby]] is revealed to be the Origami Killer and begins burning all the evidence that's connected to his killings. Just to twist the knife, the player is personally controlling [[spoiler:Scott[=/=]the Killer]] as this happens.
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* ''{{Series/MASH}}'' showed a homeowner burn the contract after successfully paying off their mortgage in its entirety.

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* ''{{Series/MASH}}'' showed a homeowner burn had an episode where the contract gang threw Col. Potter a surprise mortgage burning party at the request of Mrs. Potter, after she successfully paying paid off their mortgage in its entirety.six months early.


Compare to Main/ItsAllJunk, LetThePastBurn. A VikingFuneral is this trope with someone's corpse.

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Compare to Main/ItsAllJunk, ItsAllJunk, LetThePastBurn. A VikingFuneral is this trope with someone's corpse.



Compare BreakUpBonfire, BurnTheWitch and FieryCoverup.

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Compare BreakUpBonfire, BurnTheWitch and FieryCoverup.
BurnTheWitch, FieryCoverup, DestroyTheEvidence.


** Another example would be when Mustang burns the paper that had [[spoiler: SELIM BRADLEY IS HOMUNCULUS]] on it; he'd used it to work out Riza's coded message, and now that he's done, destroys the evidence.

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** Another example would be when Mustang burns the paper that had [[spoiler: SELIM [[spoiler:SELIM BRADLEY IS HOMUNCULUS]] on it; it and throws the ashes in the toilet; he'd used it to work out Riza's coded message, and now that he's done, destroys the evidence.


* In ''Film/{{SOB}}'', [[spoiler:Felix is shot by the police after brandishing a water pistol as if it were a real gun. His friends decide to steal his corpse, take it out to his boat, put it on a rowboat and set it on fire, as in a Viking Funeral, in celebration of his life and at least one of the movies he made ''Pagan Plunder''.]]

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* At the end of ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'' we see Evan burn the timetravel journals that caused him and the people around him so much pain.


* In ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape'', the title character's mother, who has not left the house in years, and is too obese to fit through the door, dies suddenly. To save her from becoming a laughingstock by being hauled out of the house by a crane, they move their possessions onto the street, and burn the house down on top of her.

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