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* One of the grunts from ''Film/DogSoldiers'' goes through a whole bunch of matches trying to light a petrol-trail on fire, but they keep breaking. In desperation, he calls for Sarge to help, and Sarge pitches a MolotovCocktail to set it alight.

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* One of the grunts from ''Film/DogSoldiers'' goes through a whole bunch of matches trying to light a petrol-trail on fire, but they keep breaking. In desperation, he calls for Sarge to help, and Sarge pitches a MolotovCocktail to set it alight. Later, when Sarge attempts a TakingYouWithMe by cutting the kitchen gas line and luring the werewolves in, one of them knocks the lighter out of his hand, only to get blown to bits when Sarge switches on the stove's pilot light.

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* ''Film/SkyBandits'': When Barney and Luke attempt to blow the bridge over the canyon to prevent the {{Posse}} catching up with them, Barney plants the dynamite in the middle of the bridge, but then cannot find any matches. He calls to Luke desperately for matches, and Luke provides him with a single match. Barney lights the fuse, which then burns out with detonating the dynamite. Barney is reduced to setting off the dynamite by shooting it. Luke later reveals he had a whole box of matches and was just messing with Barney. This also marks the first instance of the film's RunningGag of Barney never having a match when he needs one.

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* ''Film/Firestorm1998'': After plunging into the river, Jesse tries to light a signal fire by striking rocks together. While he generates sparks, he cannot get the fire to light. He then looks over at Jennifer, who already has her fire going. She then smugly holds up a lighter.

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* Needless to say, safety concerns ensure that this trope is to some extent an ''enforced'' one in reality: if matches, lighters, lighter fluids, and other means of ignition were made '''too''' easily set light, they'd be more prone to ignite ''accidentally'' and set things on fire that aren't intended to be. The chemical mixtures used in matchheads, lantern fuels, and the like are therefore formulated to be flammable but not ''excessively'' so, ensuring it takes directed effort to set them ablaze.


* The climax of ''Film/RogueOne'' makes the task of passing a copy of the Death Star plans through a door and ejecting the Tantive IV to escape rife with complications. First the door jams, then Darth Vader shows up and massacres everyone in the room, then nobody notices them banging on the door in desperation, then the person who does take the plans [[NoOshaCompliance trips over the frame of the doorway]]. [[JustifiedTrope Partially justified]] by the chaos of battle and, again, Darth Vader showing up.

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** Often specifically averted on ''Sereis/NakedAndAfraid'' when the survivalist chooses a fire starter as their one survival item. Sometimes they don't work, though...

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* The climax of ''Film/RogueOne'' makes the task of passing a copy of the Death Star plans through a door and ejecting the Tantive IV to escape rife with complications. First the door jams, then Darth Vader shows up and massacres everyone in the room, then nobody notices them banging on the door in desperation, then the person who does take the plans [[NoOshaCompliance trips over the frame of the doorway]]. [[JustifiedTrope Partially justified]] by the chaos of battle and, again, Darth Vader showing up.



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* ''Film/PitchBlack'' has a Hard-To-''Re''light-Fire moment, when the rain extinguishes nearly all of the survivors' torches and they frantically attempt to reignite the others with the only one still lit.

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* In the original ''[[Film/PetesDragon1977 Pete's Dragon]]'', Elliot needs to light the lamp of the lighthouse with his fiery breath during a terrible storm. Although his BreathWeapon has been reliable up to then, he has to squeeze his neck and chest into the lighthouse's spiral stairwell to stick his head into its lamp gallery, which prevents the dragon from drawing in enough air to ignite the flame without several tries.

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* It takes an alarmingly-long time for Moses in ''Film/AttackTheBlock'' to light the firework he uses to [[spoiler: set off a gas explosion in his flat and blow up the pack of aliens]].

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* This can happen to people who assume hair is more flammable than it actually is, and try to use it as kindling. This never works because hair is made mostly of keratin, which is a protein which contains a lot of cysteine. Disulphide bonds link thiol groups on cysteine molecules together, which stabilises the protein and makes it difficult to decompose.

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* In ''Film/ScoutsGuideToTheZombieApocalypse'', Augie's lighter runs dry when he tries to light the bomb. [[spoiler: Which is a good thing, because it buys Denise time to show the three scouts the way to safety.]]

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* Played for dark humor on ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', when the Maniax attempt to light a gasoline-soaked school bus full of cheerleaders on fire. First Jerome's lighter fails him repeatedly, and then Dobkins gets knocked out by Detective Gordon before ''he'' can get a spark out of it.

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* In ''Film/TheThing1982'', when [=MacReady=]'s blood test exposes one of the others as a Thing, he attempts to burn the revealed alien with the flamethrower. Naturally ''that's'' when the flamethrower's fuel line kinks and it produces only small puffs of flaming gas.

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