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"Now do you see it, the dream is gone
Fatal fire, moving on
Why do you need it in the ways to come
Over you, the undertone
Honestly, I can't believe it's burning again
Like the first fires
Running from fences, you don't have to pretend
In the First Fires."
— Bonobo ft. Grey Reverend, "First Fires"

We have Fire of Comfort, which deals with the notion of comfort/domesticity/home. But then there is also fire as a metaphor for sexual desire. People are portrayed as getting intimate around fireplaces or candle lights.

Fire is a romantic element, symbolic of love and desire. In the Victorian language of flowers, red camellias mean "you are a flame in my heart." When a passionate relationship ends, they say "the fire's gone out" and the ex- becomes an "old flame." When love goes unrequited, they say the unrequited is "still carrying the torch for them." Love at First Sight or a sudden re-"kindling" can be described as "sparks flying." Many songs use this.

Contrast with Snow Means Love. Can overlap with Sexy Discretion Shot when the fireplace is what the camera pans away to when the couple get hot and heavy. For more fire motifs, see Fanatical Fire and Burning with Anger. Completely unrelated to Flirting Under Fire.


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    Film 
  • In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie and Mary get close in front of a fireplace. But then the parents interrupt their date.
  • In Garden State, the male lead confesses his affection for the female lead in front of a fireplace.
  • Star Wars Attack of the Clones: Anakin and Padme first acknowledge and talk about their budding secret relationship illuminated only by a fire place late at night.
  • Parodied in Top Secret!, when Nick and Hillary first fall in love. As they begin kissing, the camera pans over to a romantic fireplace. They roll over in their embrace, in front of the fireplace... and the camera pans to where another fireplace is burning. They roll over again, in front of that fireplace, and the camera pans to yet another fireplace.
    • Later, they share a tender kiss while parachuting. The camera pans away from them... to show a fireplace also suspended by parachute.
  • At the end of Hellboy, both the title character and Liz, who has fire powers, seal the deal with a kiss while the flames she emits cover them.
  • In the live action 101 Dalmatians movie, Roger and Anita's romance begins with them drying their clothes by the fire. When things get clearly romantic, there's a lingering shot of the clothes catching on fire before a Smash Cut to the characters getting married.

    Literature 
  • At the end of Pyramids, Pteppic says Ptraci and Chidder will get along like a house on fire.
  • In The Hunger Games, District 12 has a wedding tradition where the newly-weds build a fire and toast bread together. Peeta admits that the tradition is old-fashioned, but nobody feels married until after the toasting.
  • In The Divine Comedy, fire is often associated with the love of God towards its creation. On the other hand, many of the types of ironic punishment described in the first part don't include fire, but darkness and even ice on the lowest circle. Satan himself is stuck on the ice of Giudecca as punishment for having rebelled against God.
  • In The Golden Pot by E. T. A. Hoffmann, the background involves one of the characters burning his beloved with the flames of love (she isn't killed, merely transformed and flies away). In despair, he bursts into flames himself and incinerates the garden around him (yeah, it's weird like that).

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Pretender, episode "Ranger Jarod": Jarod and Nia admit their feelings for each other in a cabin lit by a wood fire. When they start to act on their feelings, the camera pans away to the fireplace.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess, episode "The Ring": Brunhilda falls in love with Gabrielle and turns herself into a wall of fire to protect Gabrielle who falls into a magical coma.

    Music 
  • "The Flames of Love" by Smokey Bennett & The Hoops
  • "First Fires" by Bonobo with lyrics sung by Grey Reverand. Its surrealist music video depicts a forest fire, a man mourning a broken relationship, and remembering time with his lover by a bonfire in the woods.
  • "Starlight" by Marina and the Diamonds: Old loves are described as burned out "stars of love", you can still see their light even though the star has been dead a long time.
  • "Ring of Fire", most famously performed by Johnny Cash, is about how painful and dangerous love can be.
  • "Burning Love" by Elvis Presley.
  • "Eternal Flame" by The Bangles, even the video has the band singing in front of a wood fire in the beach.
    Am I only dreaming, but is this burning an eternal flame?
  • At the beginning of The Lonely Island's "Dick in a Box" one of the guys is lounging in front of a fireplace drinking champagne with his gal before giving her his special present.
  • The Doors: "Light My Fire".

    Poetry 
  • In "Porphyria's Lover" by Robert Browning, Porphyria meets her lover at an isolated cabin. She starts a fire, snuggles up against him, and proclaims her love. Then things turn very weird.

    Theatre 
  • In The Ring of the Nibelung, Siegfried and Brünnhilde meet and fall in love against a backdrop of fire (the Ring of Fire that she was imprisoned in) and their story also ends in fire, with them being reunited in death on a funeral pyre.

    Video Games 
  • In The Sims expansion pack Vacation the ski lodge hotels had bear skin rugs in front of fireplaces your Sims could make out on.
  • Kantai Collection: Kongou's Catch-Phrase is "Burning Love!", usually shouted when she's around her Admiral or when she's in battle. She's that energetic.

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