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* Fire from your molotov cocktails in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' is extremely valuable against the infected. The moment a common infected is set on fire, they are instantly killed. Special infected won't die immediately if set on fire, but unless they can find a pool of water to jump into, they will burn to death. Setting a Witch on fire is considered to be less risky than trying to [[BoomHeadshot crown]] her since a burning Witch moves slower, thus buying you time to get away or pump her full of bullets. The sequel adds incendiary ammo as another method to burn zombies with.


* In many ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, [[PlayingWithFire Fire]]- and [[LightEmUp Holy]]-elemental spells are common weaknesses of Zombie-type enemies. Black Mages typically learn a simple Fire spell early in the game to make short work of undead monsters, but Holy magic is often a high-tier White Magic spell not learned until the end of the game, so White Mages often have to rely on [[ReviveKillsZombie healing magic]] to cause damage.

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* In many ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy'' games, [[PlayingWithFire Fire]]- and [[LightEmUp Holy]]-elemental spells are common weaknesses of Zombie-type enemies. Black Mages typically learn a simple Fire spell early in the game to make short work of undead monsters, but Holy magic is often a high-tier White Magic spell not learned until the end of the game, so White Mages often have to rely on [[ReviveKillsZombie healing magic]] to cause damage.


* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' this is the only way to kill the wights created by the [[HumanoidAbomination White Walkers]] from the humans and other animals who die fighting them.

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' this is the only most effective way to kill the wights created by the [[HumanoidAbomination White Walkers]] from the humans and other animals who die fighting them.

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' this is the only way to kill the wights created by the [[HumanoidAbomination White Walkers]] from the humans and other animals who die fighting them.


* ''Film/JasonX'': In the end, this is the only way that Jason is successfully put down, albeit in a particularly roundabout manner: [[spoiler:the SpaceMarine captain performs a HeroicSacrifice by grabbing hold of Jason and dragging him into the orbit of a planet, both burning up completely before the hit the surface.]]

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* ''Film/JasonX'': In the end, this is the only way that Jason is successfully put down, albeit in a particularly roundabout manner: [[spoiler:the SpaceMarine captain performs a HeroicSacrifice by grabbing hold of Jason and dragging him into the orbit of a planet, both burning up completely before the they hit the surface.]]

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* ''Film/JasonX'': In the end, this is the only way that Jason is successfully put down, albeit in a particularly roundabout manner: [[spoiler:the SpaceMarine captain performs a HeroicSacrifice by grabbing hold of Jason and dragging him into the orbit of a planet, both burning up completely before the hit the surface.]]


* ''Film/FreddyVsJason'': subverted when a teenager tries to kill Jason by drench him with high-grade alcohol and igniting it. It only pisses Jason off, and the teenager is instead pursued by a ''[[InfernalRetaliation flaming]]'' undead killing machine.

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* ''Film/FreddyVsJason'': subverted Subverted when a teenager tries to kill Jason by drench drenching him with high-grade alcohol and igniting it. It only pisses Jason off, and the teenager is instead pursued by a ''[[InfernalRetaliation flaming]]'' undead killing machine.


* Discussed and invoked in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', where [[TheArchmage Dumbledore]] explains that, since the dead are creatures of darkness and cold, their greatest fear is fire. Dumbledore then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome uses a ring of fire]] (in the movie, it became a full-on firestorm for RuleOfCool[=/=]VisualEffectsOfAwesome purposes) to keep them away from Harry.

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* Discussed and invoked in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', where [[TheArchmage Dumbledore]] explains that, since the dead are creatures of darkness and cold, their greatest fear is fire. Dumbledore then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome uses a ring of fire]] (in the movie, it became a full-on firestorm for RuleOfCool[=/=]VisualEffectsOfAwesome RuleOfCool[=/=]SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome purposes) to keep them away from Harry.


* Fire is used to kill Inferi (dead bodies re-animated by magic) in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''.


* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', it's the most reliable way to kill the ''veidrdraugar'', Norse super-zombies. Harry Dresden uses this quite a lot (and is mentioned to have [[Literature/GravePeril used it on Red Court vampires as well]]), partially because it's so effective and partially because, well, [[DestructiveSavior he's]] [[RunningGag Harry]] [[MeaningfulName Dresden]].
** Harry Thorson takes up this habit in the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', as part of his general habit of PlayingWithFire, using it on Grey Court vampires (classic Dracula types - Red Court are Mayan demons, though just as flammable).

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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', it's ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'':
** It's
the most reliable way to kill the ''veidrdraugar'', Norse super-zombies. Harry Dresden uses this quite a lot (and is mentioned to have [[Literature/GravePeril used it on Red Court vampires as well]]), partially because it's so effective and partially because, well, [[DestructiveSavior he's]] [[RunningGag Harry]] [[MeaningfulName Dresden]].
** Harry Thorson takes up this habit in the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', as part of his general habit of PlayingWithFire, using it on Grey Court vampires (classic Dracula types - -- Red Court are Mayan demons, though just as flammable).



** Fire is one of two certain ways to kill a werewolf, the other being silver (though dismemberment is also implied to do the job - but only if it's ''extremely'' thorough) - werewolves being considered undead in the setting. It's also said to be effective against vampires, but they have such a grab bag of strengths and weaknesses that it's not nearly as reliable, and other methods are generally easier.

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** Fire is one of two certain ways to kill a werewolf, the other being silver (though dismemberment is also implied to do the job - -- but only if it's ''extremely'' thorough) - -- werewolves being considered undead in the setting. It's also said to be effective against vampires, but they have such a grab bag of strengths and weaknesses that it's not nearly as reliable, and other methods are generally easier.



* Discussed and invoked in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince,'' where [[TheArchmage Dumbledore]] explains that, since the dead are creatures of darkness and cold, their greatest fear is fire. Dumbledore then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome uses a ring of fire]] (in the movie, it became a full-on firestorm for RuleOfCool[=/=]VisualEffectsOfAwesome purposes) to keep them away from Harry.

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* Discussed and invoked in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince,'' ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', where [[TheArchmage Dumbledore]] explains that, since the dead are creatures of darkness and cold, their greatest fear is fire. Dumbledore then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome uses a ring of fire]] (in the movie, it became a full-on firestorm for RuleOfCool[=/=]VisualEffectsOfAwesome purposes) to keep them away from Harry.



--> '''Dawn''': If you touch my sister, hurt her in any way... you're going to wake up on fire.

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--> '''Dawn''': -->'''Dawn:''' If you touch my sister, hurt her in any way... you're going to wake up on fire.



** In ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay," nobody can die. It is impossible and so the government of Britain decide that, when the hospitals get too full, anyone who should be dead is to be incinerated. Cutting their heads off and being squashed and burnt beyond recognition and given the lethal injection didn't kill them, so turning them to ashes is apparently better. The ashes may still be living, but they're not human, so the government decides it's fine to throw them away.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' a common solution to the MonsterOfTheWeek, if its a ghost or other formerly-alive being, is to find and burn its corpse and/or bones, which utterly destroys it on this plane.
* A group of revenants disintegrated upon contact with fire in an episode of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''.

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** In ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay," ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', nobody can die. It is impossible and so the government of Britain decide that, when the hospitals get too full, anyone who should be dead is to be incinerated. Cutting their heads off and being squashed and burnt beyond recognition and given the lethal injection didn't kill them, so turning them to ashes is apparently better. The ashes may still be living, but they're not human, so the government decides it's fine to throw them away.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' a common solution to the MonsterOfTheWeek, if its it's a ghost or other formerly-alive being, is to find and burn its corpse and/or bones, which utterly destroys it on this plane.
plane. KillItWithFire tends to be the default solution from the Winchester brothers against monsters they don't know much about, and it's usually a safe bet (for example against Nazi Necromancers in "Everyone Hates Hitler").
* A group of revenants disintegrated disintegrate upon contact with fire in an episode of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''.



-->'''Blackwing:''' Watch out, Hilgya -- they're protected against fire stuff!\\

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-->'''Blackwing:''' --->'''Blackwing:''' Watch out, Hilgya -- they're protected against fire stuff!\\


* Alluded to in the ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' prequel, ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]''. When Roy recruits Vaarsuvius into the order, he mentions that the elf is an expert at fire magic, which will be useful since he's expecting to fight lots of undead in their upcoming quest.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
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Alluded to in the ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' the prequel, ''On the Origin of [=PCs=]''. ''Recap/OnTheOriginOfPCs''. When Roy recruits Vaarsuvius into the order, he mentions that the elf is an expert at fire magic, which will be useful since he's expecting to fight lots of undead in their upcoming quest.quest.
** Fittingly for her patron deity (Loki, the God of Flames and Chaos), during a fight with vampires Hilgya Firehelm conjures a searing column of fire to take them down. The spell lacing flames with holy energy, the magic protecting the undead from fire is much less efficient.
-->'''Blackwing:''' Watch out, Hilgya -- they're protected against fire stuff!\\
'''Hilgya:''' Not a problem -- Loki's fire burn hotter. ''Empowered Flame Strike''.



-->'''Zeke:''' ''[strikes a match]'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqTAnLeMOwY&feature=player_detailpage#t=883s Zack... get the diesel fuel.]]

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-->'''Zeke:''' ''[strikes a match]'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqTAnLeMOwY&feature=player_detailpage#t=883s Zack... get the diesel fuel.]]


* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Literature/GhostStory'', Harry explains in his InternalMonologue that fire works on pretty much everything, which is why he originally started using it as his preferred combat spell in the first place. It will even kill wandering ghosts, which are almost impossible to even interact with in the mortal world.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Literature/GhostStory'', Harry explains in his InternalMonologue that fire works on pretty much everything, which is why he originally started using it as his preferred combat spell in the first place. It will even kill wandering ghosts, which are almost impossible to even interact with in the mortal world. Later, he mentions that fire has a spiritual cleansing effect, which is what allows it to work so well on dark magic.


* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', it's the most reliable way to kill the ''veidrdraugar''. Harry Dresden uses this quite a lot (and is mentioned to have [[Literature/GravePeril used it on vampires as well]], partially because it's so effective and partially because, well, [[DestructiveSavior he's]] [[RunningGag Harry]] [[MeaningfulName Dresden]].

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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', it's the most reliable way to kill the ''veidrdraugar''. ''veidrdraugar'', Norse super-zombies. Harry Dresden uses this quite a lot (and is mentioned to have [[Literature/GravePeril used it on Red Court vampires as well]], well]]), partially because it's so effective and partially because, well, [[DestructiveSavior he's]] [[RunningGag Harry]] [[MeaningfulName Dresden]].Dresden]].
** Harry Thorson takes up this habit in the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', as part of his general habit of PlayingWithFire, using it on Grey Court vampires (classic Dracula types - Red Court are Mayan demons, though just as flammable).



** Fire is one of two ways to kill a werewolf the other being silver. Werewolves are considered undead in the setting. It's also said to be effective against vampires, but they have such a grab bag of strengths and weaknesses that it's not nearly as reliable.

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** Fire is one of two certain ways to kill a werewolf werewolf, the other being silver. Werewolves are silver (though dismemberment is also implied to do the job - but only if it's ''extremely'' thorough) - werewolves being considered undead in the setting. It's also said to be effective against vampires, but they have such a grab bag of strengths and weaknesses that it's not nearly as reliable.reliable, and other methods are generally easier.



* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Literature/GhostStory'', Harry explains in his InternalMonologue that fire pretty much works on everything, which is why he originally started using it as his preferred combat spell in the first place. It will even kill wandering ghosts, which are almost impossible to even interact with in the mortal world.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Literature/GhostStory'', Harry explains in his InternalMonologue that fire works on pretty much works on everything, which is why he originally started using it as his preferred combat spell in the first place. It will even kill wandering ghosts, which are almost impossible to even interact with in the mortal world.


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* At the end of ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' and its [[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1990 1990 remake]] the zombie bodies are burned so they won't re-reanimate..

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* At the end of ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' and its [[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1990 1990 remake]] the zombie bodies are burned so they won't re-reanimate..re-reanimate.



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-->'''Zeke:''' ''(strikes a match)'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqTAnLeMOwY&feature=player_detailpage#t=883s Zack... get the diesel fuel.]]

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-->'''Zeke:''' ''(strikes ''[strikes a match)'' match]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqTAnLeMOwY&feature=player_detailpage#t=883s Zack... get the diesel fuel.]]


* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', it's the most reliable way to kill the ''veidrdraugar''.

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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', it's the most reliable way to kill the ''veidrdraugar''. Harry Dresden uses this quite a lot (and is mentioned to have [[Literature/GravePeril used it on vampires as well]], partially because it's so effective and partially because, well, [[DestructiveSavior he's]] [[RunningGag Harry]] [[MeaningfulName Dresden]].


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* Discussed and invoked in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince,'' where [[TheArchmage Dumbledore]] explains that, since the dead are creatures of darkness and cold, their greatest fear is fire. Dumbledore then [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome uses a ring of fire]] (in the movie, it became a full-on firestorm for RuleOfCool[=/=]VisualEffectsOfAwesome purposes) to keep them away from Harry.

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