Page Type: trope
Adopted by Miss Desperado
- Lighting Candles Is A Free Action
- Never an Unlit Candle
There's something about candles as ambient lighting. As in real life, they create an atmosphere of warmth and closeness. In terms of set design, they make for a really cool shot. And lots of them just enhances the effect. But here's the thing: lighting them can be a pain in the butt. Maybe it's a case of Coitus Ensues and mood light is needed. Maybe power is out and characters want light without abusing the Nuclear Candle trope. But between shots, expect dozens of candles to be instantly lit when needed and without explanation. Extreme examples may occur when an uninhabited room is already filled with lit candles when the scene gets there.
- Despite being on the run, having had one of their friends killed before their eyes, when Cade and his group hide out in an abandoned church in Transformers: Age of Extinction they apparently saw fit to light every candle they could in the church. During daytime, no less.
- The Phantom of the Opera: The Phantom's lair constantly has lit candelabras, even when characters are first entering the room. Hell, some of them rise from the water already lit.
- Justified in Thud!, where a symbol of an extremely potent dwarven rune is discovered on a cocktail drinks menu and kept surrounded lit by candles at all times, because of what could happen if it were left in the dark (summoning a sort-of demon of vengeance that dwarves are terrified of, with good reason).
- Neverwhere: The Great Hall of the Angel Islington is crowded with candles — both in candlesticks and in clusters on the floor — that somehow come alight when the angel enters the room and extinguish themselves when it leaves, though the flames never touch the wicks. That Islington is always surrounded by flames is Foreshadowing that it's actually a Fallen Angel.
- In Malleus, second volume of the Warhammer 40k Literature/Eisenhorn trilogy, Lord Inquisitor Rorken's office is a long dark room lit entirely by what appears to be hundreds of candles. Subverted with a reasonable explanation: as Eisenhorn notes in the narration, this is actually an illusion by both of the side walls being mirrors.
- Dexter: Already upset that Dexter's shacking up with "gross English titty vampire" Lilah so soon after breaking up with Rita, Deborah drops this gem about the number of candles the new couple apparently require to get their game on:
Deborah: And are you trying to fuck her or light her on fire?
- Lampshaded in Far Cry 4 when Pagan Min goes on a rant about the "industrious fool" who goes around lighting all the candles scattered around Kyrat. He briefly considers paying someone to blow them out. Instead, he bans candles and declares that lighting one is treason punishable by death.
- In Heavy Rain, Nathaniel's apartment is a Room Full of Crazy with crucifixes and Bible verses all over the walls. There are also lit candles on almost every flat surface.
- In Resident Evil's Gamecube "REmake", a massive amount of candles can be found in the areas Lisa Trevor has been living in. Most of them are still burning, meaning they were somehow presumably lit simultaneously (despite the fact that Ms. Trevor has had her mind severely stunted and her hands are bound).
- A frequent sin in Cinemasins, where Jeremy inevitably points out how nonsensical it is for every candle to be lit in every shot.
- Lampshaded in a Obsessive Pop Culture Disorder video on unintentionally hilarious sex scenes. Host Daniel O'Brien addresses the Fridge Logic of dozens of lit candles appearing when Coitus Ensues in the film Desperado.
- Exaggerated in Tangled, while Mother Gothel is singing "Mother Knows Best," she closes windows and plunges the tower into darkness. Rapunzel starts lighting candles, but despite Mother Gothel going around and snuffing them out, offscreen Rapunzel still manages to line an entire stairwell with lit candles on both ends of each step.
- Kung Fu Panda has a scene with hundreds of lit candles. Master Oogway is blowing them out one at a time when Shifu loses patience and snuffs the lot with a wave of his arm and burst of air.
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