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A form of Improvised Weapon whereupon one fills their mouth with liquor, holds up a torch, candle, or if they're really ballsy, match, and spits the alcohol out into it, blasting out a stream of flame.

Possible in Real Life, but only with very high proof alcohol (at least 100 proofnote , or 50% ABV). Anything lower will sputter a bit, if not put out the flame. Beer and wine aren't going to do it; you'll need to use something distilled. You'll need a good strong whiskeynote , some fierce vodka, 151-proof rum, absinthe, moonshine, or while not really what one would consider booze, PGA. That's right, pure grain alcohol — 100% ethanol. For things that aren't technically booze, there's methanol, industrial alcohol or wood spirit. Do not drink this stuff! (And for methanol and alcohol fuels based on it, don't even put it in your mouth for this stunt, the tissues of the mouth absorb!) Do not breathe it in! Do not get it on your skin! It is nasty! There is also isopropyl, commonly called rubbing alcohol. It is expensive and definitely not for drinking, but it burns nicely. Obviously, this is a hazardous stunt best left to practiced performers.


Sister Trope to Aerosol Flamethrower. A more distant cousin, with more Toilet Humor but only slightly less realistic, is the idea of harnessing a concentrated source of methane into a weapon of Fartillery. Another way to use booze as fuel for an impressive fireball is the Molotov Cocktail.


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    Anime And Manga 
  • In the Eat-Man manga, Bolt Crank has the ability to swallow anything and later eject it through his hand. So once he swallowed some industrial alcohol ("200 Proof"), and...
  • Bruce does this in the first episode of Mai-Otome 0~S.ifr~, pretending to be drunk and stumbling into the train car where the titular Sifr is being held, only to unleash this when they trick to kick him out.
  • Renkotsu of the Shicinintai uses this trick in InuYasha.
  • After the protagonist of Psycho-Pass sees alcohol being used this way (to trigger a sprinkler system; It Makes Sense in Context), she is briefly under the impression that this is alcohol's sole purpose (being both extremely naïve and under the legal drinking age).

    Comic Books 
  • Hack/Slash: A variation in Girls Gone Dead. Cassie kicks Laura Lochs into a bar which soaks her in high-proof alcohol. Cassie distracts Laura by pointing out she looks like she has just won a wet t-shirt contest (which is a Berserk Button for Laura). While she is distracted, Cassie ignites her by throwing a flaming shot on her.
  • Vertigo's The Dark and Bloody #5 opens with the protagonist using spat moonshine and his lighter to fend off an attacking murder of possessed crows.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10: In issue 2, the Scoobies are fighting a pack of stronger vampires, one of whom disperses into a swarm of bees. Spike takes said swarm down by downing a bottle of booze and spewing it through a lit lighter.

  • This is how Horny the Clown is beaten in the Slasher Movie Drive Thru; the Final Girl spits out alcohol she had in her mouth when he shoves lit birthday candles near her face, causing him to catch on fire.
  • This is how the Alpha Betas lost their fraternity house in Revenge of the Nerds. One guy playing around with a mouthful of Everclear & a match set the house ablaze, so the Alphas take over the freshman dorms, forcing the nerds out.
  • The fire eater from the circus in The Warrior's Way does this, using it to light the candles on a birthday cake. It becomes a Chekhov's Skill when he later uses it to light a couple of the Colonel's henchmen on fire.
  • In The Assassination Bureau, Oliver Reed sprinkles the cognac from his mouth on a cigar, lighting it up right into the face of an assassin who pointed a gun at him.
  • Jolly Roger kills a man this way (using a Finger Snap Lighter for the needed flame) in Jolly Roger: Massacre at Cutter's Cove.
  • Featured in the spectacular opening of Santa's Slay, when Santa sets a woman's hair on fire.
  • In Pitch Black, one of the protagonists is caught in the dark with a guttering torch and a bottle of expensive spirits. He takes a big swig and blows a huge fireball, illuminating the hundreds of dark-loving beasties surrounding him just before the torch goes out and... crunch crunch crunch...
  • In the live-action film version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Grinch does this to burn down the Whos' Christmas tree after the Mayor pushes his Berserk Button.
  • In The Rum Diary, this is done to display the potency of Moberg's moonshine. Kemp later does it to ward off angry Puerto Ricans he stiffed, only to end up setting fire to a cop's mustache.
  • Gangster boss Rory Breaker does this in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. Take Barfly Jack's quote: "Rory gobs out a mouthful of booze covering fatty; he then flicks a flaming match into his bird's nest and the man's lit up like a leaky gas pipe."
  • How Marion Ravenwood defends herself when Nazis invade her bar in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • In The Scorpion King, Arpid does this to fend off army ants.
  • In the 1990 action film The Rookie, David Ackerman returns to the bar where he took a severe beating to demand information from the bartender. The bartender tells Ackerman to get lost or he'll take another beating, and Ackerman takes a swig of whiskey and responds with this trope before beating the shit out of everyone in the bar.
  • Jackie Chan does this after drinking industrial alcohol during his final fight in Drunken Master 2.
    • Much before, there was a Spiritual Successor to the Drunken Master movie, Dance of the Drunken Mantis, starring Siu Tin Yen as Beggar Cho/Sam the Seed, who also performed the trick against Rubber Legs.
  • The Tournament: In the strip club, Joshua spits a mouthful of high-proof booze through Miles' lighter as he is lighting his cigar, turning Miles into a Man on Fire.
  • This happens in Rango after the titular character eats a lit cigar to look tough, and tries to wash it down with "cactus juice" (tequila?)
  • In The Car: Road to Revenge, Daria douses the ADA in medical alcohol and acts as if she is about to set him on fire. She takes a swig from the bottle and takes Talen's lighter. She lights the lighter but then spits the booze out across the flame and into Talen's eye.

  • In the Discworld book Feet of Clay, Nobby Nobbs does this by accident when a Spit Take after a glass of very, very, very strong brandy combines with a lit cigar. He seizes the opportunity to run as fast as he can, though.
  • A human warrior once did this in Daughter of the Drow from the Starlight and Shadows trilogy (a Forgotten Realms series) — not for damage, but to disable an opponent with infravision.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: One of Xena's signature moves. However, in a later season she would only use it against monsters.
  • In the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis," Mac and Charlie show off by doing this with mouthfuls of gasoline. They're not bright, those guys.
  • Allen Haff does one for real in an episode of Auction Hunters; he uses some very strong moonshine to pull it off.
  • In the MacGyver (1985) episode "The Eye of Osiris", Mac throws alcohol in the face of a man holding a torch, setting the man's hat and shirt on fire.
  • Danger5. Soviet Hard Drinking Action Girl Ilsa takes a swig from a bottle and squirts it in the face of a fire-breathing lizardman.
  • Scottie in Mythbusters destroyed the balloons in the balloon girl myth this way.
  • In Psych Gus's ex-wife did this as a bar trick.
  • White Collar had an unusual example involving a bottle of whiskey chucked into a glass-blower's furnace.
  • Cupcake Wars had an unintentional example; the chefs were given absinthe as a potential ingredient, and one decided to pour some in a heated pan. All she got was fire.
  • Callen pulls this stunt once on NCIS: Los Angeles. As recommended by the trope description, he uses vodka.
  • One clip on World's Dumbest... features someone repeatedly trying this as a party trick. He eventually succeeds—and sets his hair on fire.
    • Another clip shows a guy who takes a shot of something alcoholic and spews it on someone smoking a cigarette, setting the poor guy's face on fire.

  • Taiji Sawada did this for real in an infamous pseudo Performance Video for early X Japan (then called X), the "Orgasm at YASHIRO noodle shop" video.
  • This is how Gene Simmons of Kiss does his famous fire-breathing stunt.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The drunken master monk prestige class from Dungeons & Dragons can preform this feat with alcohol that they have already swallowed when they are drunk enough.
  • Pathfinder has kerosine a.k.a. the firebreather's oil to use this trick either in combat or as a performance on stage. Kerosine isn't safe at all to drink however, resulting in self-inflicted damage if accidentally swallowed on a natural 1 on the d20. The Drunken Master Monk archetype can use a powerful booze-fueled fire breath at 19th level.

    Video Games 
  • In Dishonored members of the Bottle Street Gang fight this way using whiskey they distill in their brewery. In their areas you can also find bottles lying around in various nooks and crannies that, if thrown, explode. If it's the same stuff in the bottles as in their breath attack, then breathing it out as fire seems a lot safer than actually drinking it.
  • Pandaren Brewmasters in Warcraft III have both a "throw booze" (slows and inebriates the enemy) and "spit fire" abilities, which can be combined. Later, with the Mists of Pandaria expansion for World of Warcraft, Monks with the Brewmaster spec start having this ability. Extra damage is done to enemies already soaked in booze by the other Brewmaster attacks as it ignites them for Damage over Time.
  • Auron does a variant for Tornado, one of his Overdrives in Final Fantasy X. What he does is create a huge whirlwind, then throws his whole bottle of sake into it, and the whole thing bursts into flame. Through friction, maybe?
  • In Sanitarium the main character is taught how to do this by a carnival fire-eater, which is then used to fight a Puzzle Boss.
  • In Mortal Kombat: Deception, this is one of Bo' Rai Cho's fatalities.
  • Maeda Toshie of Sengoku Basara has this as his Limit Break. He can also spit out fireballs or a giant inferno as well.
  • In No More Heroes, Bad Girl uses this to set her baseball bat on fire when she Turns Red.
  • Captain Slag uses this as an attack in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction.
  • Chin Gentsai of The King of Fighters also does this for his Limit Break.
  • General Brigan, a massive berserker Viking warrior of Odin Sphere uses this as one of his attacks during his boss fights.
  • Touhou has Suika Ibuki, who does this in the fighting games.
  • It's not explicit in The Simpsons for the arcade, but this is probably how the drunken bartender breathes fire.
  • This is one of the Kato's combat techniques in Monster Rancher 2; it was made unlearnable for player monsters in the translation.
  • In the MMORPG Dragon Nest, there are enemies called Pirate Gnoll Bladesmen that do this as an ultimate attack.
  • In Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced, one of the tribesman enemies in the volcanic island levels attacks this way.
  • Prince Fahook Abdul uses this in his boss fight in Dead to Rights. Drinking the booze beforehand gives him a health boost as well.

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    Western Animation 
  • Bender of Futurama has a habit of belching fire after drinking. Mind, he is a robot powered by internal combustion.
  • King of the Hill: Pictured above, Monsignor Martinez does this with communion wine. As pointed out in the page description, this should not be a strong enough alcohol to produce the effect, but oh well.
    • Cotton does this with sake in one of his war stories. Sake should also not be strong enough, as its alcohol content is only about 5% stronger than wine.
  • In a Christmas Episode of Family Guy, an enraged Lois does this to Frosty the Snowman.
  • Pickles from The Oblongs did this, only she just used a lighter and her alcohol-soaked breath. She tells Bob that she's good for welding, but she's too drunk to drive.
  • In a typical shoot-out with the Russian KGB in Archer, Lana and Archer only have blanks in their guns so have to make these.

    Real Life 
  • Attempted by a guy who wanted to show off at an SCA event. Of course, he'd never done this trick before and was underage to get alcohol so used Coleman stove fuel instead, which is why that link leads you to the Darwin Award site. (He survived.)


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