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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has this as a common technique for dealing with the undead, and with dark magic. Phoenix fire in particular is cited as being very good at purifying... though if you're not careful, it'll 'purify' everything it touches into oblivion, and it can be corrupted, resulting in the Dark Phoenix.


* A non-supernatural example comes up in ''Literature/TheDayOfTheTriffids''. It's only one of several ways you can kill them, with varying degrees of efficiency, but fire is the one thing the titular [[WhenTreesAttack ambulatory, predatory and possibly quasi-intelligent plants]] will actively retreat from; they won't notice bullets even as they're getting shot to bits because they don't seem to have pain-receptors, but they definitely feel heat.

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* The concept of purgatory in Catholicism, where believers go to be cleansed of their sins after death before they are allowed to enter into Heaven, since according to the Literature/BookOfHebrews, no one will see the Lord without holiness.


This may be a reason why FireKeepsItDead, the trope for where burning a body prevents it from coming back to life. Supertrope to BurnTheUndead, which is where the purifying powers of fire cause the undead to be vulnerable to destruction by fire.

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This may be a reason why FireKeepsItDead, the trope for where burning a body prevents it from coming back to life. Supertrope to BurnTheUndead, which is where the purifying powers of fire cause the undead to be vulnerable to destruction by fire.
fire. Compare HealItWithFire.


* Zoroastrians regard fire as a symbol of purity.

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* Zoroastrians regard fire as a symbol of purity.purity... [[SubvertedTrope but in a way that historically has tended to avert this trope]] -- fire is pure, but burning the impure was more likely to taint the fire than purify the impure (hence the scarcity of cremations).

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'', Nezha's Fire Walker ability leaves a trail of fire along the ground as he moves. In addition to setting enemies alight, contact with the flames cures allies of status ailments.


* ''VideoGame/FreddyFazbearsPizzeriaSimulator'' serves as a GrandFinale of the ''Franchise/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' franchise. In its true ending, earned by salvaging all four of the scrapped animatronics, you listen to a message from [[spoiler:the Cassette Guy who hired you directed to both yourself and the animatronics]]. As he speaks of finally ending the nightmare once and for all, images are shown of [[spoiler:Scrap Baby, Molten Freddy, and Springtrap burning, with particular malice directed from the Cassette Guy to Springtrap]]. The obvious intent is to destroy everything beyond hope of recovery and finally put all the lost souls involved to rest.

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* ''VideoGame/FreddyFazbearsPizzeriaSimulator'' serves as a GrandFinale of the ''Franchise/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' franchise. In its true ending, earned by salvaging all four of the scrapped animatronics, you listen to a message from [[spoiler:the Cassette Guy who hired you directed to both yourself and the animatronics]]. As he speaks of finally ending the nightmare once and for all, images are shown of [[spoiler:Scrap Baby, Molten Freddy, and Springtrap burning, with particular malice directed from the Cassette Guy to Springtrap]]. The obvious intent is to destroy everything beyond hope of recovery and finally put all the lost souls involved to rest.

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** The [[FireBreathingWeapon incinerators flamers]] used by the [[DemonHunter daemon hunting]] [[SuperSoldier Grey Knights]] enhance the widely held belief in the purifying effects of fire with the addition of sacred oils to its already highly blessed fuel to make them especially dangerous to the Chapter's daemonic enemies. Some editions of the rules represented this by giving incinerators bonuses such as the ability to ignore the invulnerable saves of daemonic creatures.

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**[[spoiler:The Insanity Ending also [[JustifiedTrope provides an explanation as to why “Fire Purifies”:]] the souls are bound to the animatronics (or, in one case, an empty skinsuit) by a substance called “remnant”. This substance breaks down at high temperatures, meaning fire is truly the only way to “purify”.]]

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* Cauterizing (burning flesh usually with heated metal or a strong acid) can be used as a last resort to stop bleeding or prevent a wound getting infected.





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* Fire is pretty much the surefire way of dealing with Film/{{The|Thing1982}} [[Film/TheThing2011 Thing]], being a biological horror that needs to have every cell destroyed [[FromASingleCell so it doesn't come back]].

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* Fire is pretty much the surefire way of dealing with Film/{{The|Thing1982}} [[Film/TheThing2011 Thing]], The thing (from ''Film/TheThing1982'' and ''Film/TheThing2011''), being a biological horror that needs to have every cell destroyed [[FromASingleCell so it doesn't come back]].



* Fire is used to purify remains in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Salting and burning the bones of a person or burning any other earthly remains (hair, fingernail, teeth, etc) is often the only way to put a vengeful spirit to rest.

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* Fire is used to purify remains in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Salting and burning the bones of a person or burning any other earthly remains (hair, fingernail, teeth, etc) etc.) is often the only way to put a vengeful spirit to rest.



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--> '''John the Baptist''': I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.

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--> '''John -->'''John the Baptist''': Baptist:''' I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.



* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' [[LightEmUp White]] is usually the color of purity, but [[PlayingWithFire Red]] occasionally gets a cleansing motif, such as [[http://magiccards.info/cma/en/78.html Cleansing Beam]] or [[http://magiccards.info/mbs/en/59.html Burn the Impure]].

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* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
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[[LightEmUp White]] is usually the color of purity, but [[PlayingWithFire Red]] occasionally gets a cleansing motif, such as [[http://magiccards.info/cma/en/78.html Cleansing Beam]] or [[http://magiccards.info/mbs/en/59.html Burn the Impure]].



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* In {{Sunrise}}, many of the flenser gangs have degenerated even further than they have in previous books. Three of the last surviving members of one particular gang are found in an abandoned JC Penny in a filthy den full of rotting human remains. At least one or two are afflicted with debilitating illnesses, and the one flenser still healthy enough to put up a fight is still little more than a mindless, drooling animal. After killing them all, Alex and the rest of his group decide that nothing short of burning the entire building down will suffice to clean the filth away.

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* In {{Sunrise}}, ''Literature/{{Sunrise}}'', many of the flenser gangs have degenerated even further than they have in previous books. Three of the last surviving members of one particular gang are found in an abandoned JC Penny in a filthy den full of rotting human remains. At least one or two are afflicted with debilitating illnesses, and the one flenser still healthy enough to put up a fight is still little more than a mindless, drooling animal. After killing them all, Alex and the rest of his group decide that nothing short of burning the entire building down will suffice to clean the filth away.


* In {{Sunrise}}, many of the flenser gangs have degenerated even further than they have in previous books. Three of the last surviving members of one particular gang are found in an abandoned JC Penny in a filthy den full of rotting human remains. At least one or two are afflicted with debilitating illnesses, and the one flenser still healthy enough to put up a fight is still little more than a mindless, drooling animal.

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* In {{Sunrise}}, many of the flenser gangs have degenerated even further than they have in previous books. Three of the last surviving members of one particular gang are found in an abandoned JC Penny in a filthy den full of rotting human remains. At least one or two are afflicted with debilitating illnesses, and the one flenser still healthy enough to put up a fight is still little more than a mindless, drooling animal. After killing them all, Alex and the rest of his group decide that nothing short of burning the entire building down will suffice to clean the filth away.

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* In {{Sunrise}}, many of the flenser gangs have degenerated even further than they have in previous books. Three of the last surviving members of one particular gang are found in an abandoned JC Penny in a filthy den full of rotting human remains. At least one or two are afflicted with debilitating illnesses, and the one flenser still healthy enough to put up a fight is still little more than a mindless, drooling animal.

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