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"Paper burns well. Petrol burns better."
Gertrude Robinson, The Magnus Archives

Sometimes victims are to be disposed of right then and there, but other times there's a bit more to the process. Times like this call for a truly incendiary statement!

As you might guess, this occurs when a captor takes out a container of gasoline, douses it over something — whether it be a restrained living victim, a corpse and/or the property of a victim — and sets it ablaze.

This trope often appears in dramas and action works when someone innocent (or sometimes not so innocent) is set to be lit up. The captor is often a villain who does this not only to eliminate the victim but also send a message that they are a force to be reckoned with. Can be used to build up suspense around whether the victim will be saved or not.

People who try to commit suicide via Self-Immolation will often do this as the fuel source for the fire.

Can overlap with Vapor Trail, Fiery Cover-Up, Man on Fire, Ignorant About Fire, or Reusable Lighter Toss.

No Real Life Examples, Please!.

As this can be a Death Trope, unmarked spoilers abound. Beware.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Baracchi from Black Paradox attempts to destroy her own bio-portal in Dr. Suka's cultivation room after catching Dr. Suka trying to force himself on Marisou, by spilling a keg of gasoline on the portal and threatening to drop a lit lighter when Dr. Suka attempts to stop her. Unfortunately, in the ensuing struggle to stop her from burning everything Dr. Suka accidentally tackles Barrachi... and sends her into her own portal.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Stardust Crusaders: Jotaro attempts to kill Dio by having his Stand, Star Platinum punch a hole through a car's gas tank, collecting the fuel in a bucket, splashing him with it, then taking out his lighter. However, Dio manages to escape by stopping time and clinging to a nearby moving car.
    • Golden Wind: Giorno defeats Melone's Babyface by having him absorb a nearby motorcycle, causing the vehicle to spill gasoline over his body and causing a spark to ignite an explosion.
    • Stone Ocean: After Jolyne sets herself on fire to prevent the sky fish from attacking her, Rikiel resorts to doing the same with gasoline to find a weak spot on where the sky fish could attack Jolyne.
    • Steel Ball Run: While Johnny is crawling through the ground covered in dirt to rescue Gyro, Pork Pie Kid tosses gasoline around the area and set it ablaze to lure him out, except Johnny was prepared with a wooden dummy.
  • Jujutsu Kaisen: Reggie Star drenches Megumi in gasoline, attempting to set him on fire in combination with Hazenoki's explosive projectiles.
  • Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead: To get rid of the zombie horde between them and the last master sushi chef alive, Akira and the others douse the horde with water balloons filled with gasoline from a nearby gas station before lighting the zombies all on fire with a match.

    Comic Books 
  • In Black Magick Issue #1, the man who tries to set fire to Rowan does so by tossing his Zippo into a pool of gasoline he has spread on the floor.
  • The final scene of Batman: The Cult sees Batman take a gas can with him when he revisits Deacon Blackfire's totem. This being the DC Universe, Bruce is well aware not to take the chance the totem is indeed a mystic artifact and so proceeds to pour gasoline on the totem and set it on fire to keep Blackfire, who was killed by his own followers, dead.
  • The conclusion of "The Slavers" arc of The Punisher. Killing two of the three ringleaders, Frank captures the third and ties him to a chair. He splashes gasoline all over him, ignoring the old man's Cluster F-Bomb threats and insults, and ignites him and watches his horrific, richly-deserved demise. All the while forcing the Dirty Cop who was working with the human traffickers to film the whole thing as a vivid warning to the rest of the ring.

    Comic Strips 
  • In one Calvin and Hobbes strip, Miss Wormwood turns into an alien and pours gasoline on Calvin after his homework spontaneously combusts. It turns out to be All Just a Dream.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • ABCs of Death 2. The eldest son soaks his mother with gasoline from a jerrycan and throws a lit lighter on her lap.
  • American Gangster opens with a tied-up gangster being doused with a gas can by the Villain Protagonist before being set on fire. He and his boss watch coldly for a few moments, before putting the screaming man out of his misery with a few gunshots to the chest.
  • Airplane! has a man pouring gasoline on himself, then lighting a match to end the agony of hearing Ted Striker tell the story of his relationship with Elaine. Ted is called away, and the man blows out the match with relief. Then goes up anyway.
  • Ben and Arthur: Arthur gets his revenge against the church that was working with Victor to try and make him straight by dousing the church — while the priest is still inside — with a gallon of gasoline and setting it on fire. This is all implied, however, as the gasoline looks more like water and the fire is never actually seen.
  • Double-subverted in Better Off Dead. Lane sees a headline about a man who killed himself by setting himself on fire. Lane is suicidal, and decides to attempt suicide by self-immolation by wrapping himself in a blanket and drenching himself with paint thinner after discovering the gasoline container in the garage is empty. However, before he can pour the paint thinner on himself, his mother makes him sit down for dinner. He sets the jar of paint thinner on the table; the woman next to him mistakes it for her glass of booze and takes a sip, then lights a cigarette... and herself on fire explosively.
  • Blood Brothers (2007): A captured mobster gets the contents of a jerry can emptied all over him and intimidated with a lighter, causing him to spill the beans about his syndicate. But after the interrogation, the lighter gets dropped on him anyways setting him and the entire warehouse where the interrogation took place on fire. For bonus points, that lighted match lands on his oil-soaked crotch.
  • Bloody Reunion: Myung-Ho douses Mrs Park in gasoline just before he attempts to immolate her.
  • The Burning Bed is a Dramatization of Francine Hughes, married to a drunken lout, and getting beaten whenever his shortcomings are mentioned. Fed up with the abuse, Francine receives one last pummeling, has "make-up" sex with her husband to tire him out, then pours gasoline from a jerry can around the bedroom, and ignites it. She flees with their children as her husband burns. She was charged with first-degree murder, but acquitted under the battered wife precedent.
  • Con Air: Pinball pours gasoline on a fellow convict, then flicks a cigarette at him, setting him on fire in order to create a distraction and ground the plane they're on.
  • Cop or Hood: As part of his False Flag Operation to cause a Mob War, Cowboy Cop Stanislas Borowitz (Jean-Paul Belmondo) brings gasoline jerricans to the bar operated by the Langlois couple, empties them all over the place and sets it all on fire on (false) behalf of Théodore "L'Auvergnat" Musard. He spares the life of the Langlois so they'll repeat around them that Musard ordered this.
  • The Dark Knight: While holding the Chechen at gunpoint, the Joker has his goons douse the huge pile of cash he extorted from the Gotham mob with gasoline and set it on fire, partly to kill Lau (who's tied up and sitting at the top of the pile) for ratting on them and partly to express his contempt for the mob's focus on money.
  • Dawn of the Dead (2004): The survivors toss a lighter to ignite a pool of gas from a gaspump they use to burn up some zombies.
  • The short film Dirty Laundry has Frank "The Punisher" Castle encounter some thugs roughing up some prostitutes and a bystander. Frank dispatches most of these thugs with a bottle of bourbon, leaving only the leader, one Goldtooth by name, crippled but alive. Frank douses this ne'er-do-well with the bourbon, and leaves a cigarette lighter at his feet. One of the beaten prostitutes comes along, picks up the lighter, and ignites the bourbon, immolating Goldtooth.
  • The Dry: Scott Whitlam douses himself in petrol before attempting to commit Self-Immolation.
  • The Enemy Below: After the American ship is damaged by a German U-boat's torpedo, its captain orders that fires be set on deck using mattresses and gasoline so the U-boat commander will think the ship is more damaged than it is. The American sailors pour gasoline over the mattresses from pails and set them on fire by shooting them with a pistol.
  • Even Lambs Have Teeth: Sloan and Katie light up a pastor using a normal gas can and a lighter.
  • Fido: After saving Timmy from the bullies (who are now zombies because of Fido's unbridled hunger and their own stupidity), Helen empties a gas can inside the bullies' clubhouse and sets it on fire with their corpses inside it. She then tells her son to forget everything he just saw her do.
  • Flareup: The deranged killer Alan captures Michele by breaking into her boyfriend's apartment when he's not home. She gets out of that situation by running into the kitchen when he turns his back to her and getting a can of gasoline. She splashes Alan with it, then lights a match and throws it at him, setting him on fire and killing him.
  • Fury (2014): When Norman sprints back to the eponymous tank to warn the rest of the crew that a Waffen SS battalion is marching their way, War-Daddy comes up with a plan. While the rest of crew load their weapons and count their ammo, War-Daddy carries a dead German soldier from a nearby abandoned farmhouse, throws the body on top of the tank, puts his jacket on the corpse, pours fuel on it, and lights it on fire to make it seem like the crew was killed after the tank was immobilized (a land mine took out a tread the scene before), ambushing the battalion headed their way.
  • Team America: World Police: The eponymous team are momentarily subdued by F.A.G in the final shootout, and have a keg of gasoline emptied on them. They regain consciousness and fight back before they can be set alight.
  • Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell: The Gokemidoro inhabits the hijacker's body and tries coming after Sugisaka. The latter sees a bucket of airplane fuel nearby, grabs it and splashes its contents on Goke before throwing a lit lighter. It works until Goke simply abandons it's incinerated host body.
  • Hatchet: Ben tosses Misty's Zippo lighter at Victor Crowley to turn him into a Man on Fire after first dousing him in gasoline.
  • Headless Horseman: Liam spreads gasoline around Rusk's garage and then lights it by tossing Doc's lighter inside.
  • House Party: After being refused entry to Play's party, Stab — one of the bullies that was harnessing Kid at the start of the movie — tries to burn the house down in revenge and starts to do so by getting some gasoline and dousing the side of the house. His brothers, Pee-Wee and Zilla, aren't exactly onboard with the plan however but Stab tries to kowtow them. Luckily some passing cops spot and prevent them from going through with it.
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Ricky attempts to fake his death by making an effigy of himself, dousing it in petrol, and setting the barn on fire. It is less than convincing to the authorities.
  • Kung Fu Hustle: The Axe Gang attempts to intimidate the residents of Pigsty Alley by grabbing a woman and her child, emptying a gasoline tank on them and threatening to set them alight. They dropped their lit lighter, but the Coolie reveals himself by snatching the lighter in mid-air.
  • Live and Let Die. James Bond destroys Mr. Big's heroin laboratory by pouring gasoline from a gas can over the outside walls, then setting them on fire with lit rags.
  • Pay It Forward: Eugene Simonet reveals that he got his scar from his father pouring gasoline on him with a jerrycan and setting him alight.
  • Played with in Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Tim Goodman interrogates a Mr. Mime by dousing him in imaginary gasoline and threatening to use an imaginary match to set it on fire.
  • One of the first (of many) action scenes in Proud and Confident revolves around a Hostage Situation where a psychopath took over a gas station, spilled petrol all over the floor and is waving a lit lighter around threatening to blow up the whole place. Wah, the hero, then demonstrates his Improbable Aiming Skills when the psychopath drops the lighter for real — by shooting said lighter in mid-air and neutralizing the threat.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark. While in the underground Well of Souls where the Ark is hidden, Indiana Jones uses a water pump to spray gasoline over the snakes that cover the floor. He then throws a lit torch onto the snakes, setting them on fire.
  • Red Dragon: After Will Graham determines Francis Dolarhyde was behind the Tooth Fairy/Red Dragon murders, Dolarhyde breaks out the gas can, with the apparent intent to kill himself and his girlfriend Reba in a house fire. It turns out that this is is actually meant to throw Graham off so Dolarhyde can go after him and his family.
  • In Red Wolf, the terrorist henchwoman Elaine tries killing Christy Chung's character Lai only to be splashed by buckets of paint on a scaffolding Lai pushed over. Elaine then tries firing away, and in stereotypical action movie fashion somehow the pistol's sparks can set the paint alight turning Elaine into a woman on fire.
  • Reservoir Dogs has a scene where Mr. Blonde gets a gasoline container and douses a police officer being held hostage with it, planning to kill him by setting him on fire. Mr. Blonde is killed before he can light the fire and the officer is later shot instead.
  • Run And Kill, an infamously violent CAT-III Exploitation Film, has the main villain drenching a gasoline keg on a child. And incinerating her right in front of her father, who's Forced to Watch, in the film's most infamously disturbing moment. Before picking up the child's charred, black carcass and toying it like a puppet to taunt her father.
  • In Son of a Gun, JR uses a jerrycan to soak the getaway car and its contents including Sterlo's body with petrol, before he and Lynch set it alight and push it off a cliff into a flooded mine pit.
  • The Thing (1982)
    • When the Bennings-Thing is confronted, MacReady tips over a barrel of gasoline with a hole in the top and a stream of gasoline flows under The Thing. MacReady uses a flare to ignite the gasoline, setting The Thing ablaze.
    • After the Bennings-Thing is killed, all of the remaining Thing body parts are brought out and put in a pile. Several of the humans pour gasoline from jerrycans and barrels onto the remains. They are then set on fire with a flamethrower.
  • Under the Skin: At the end of the film, the would-be rapist kills the alien by dousing her with gasoline and burning her alive.
  • In The Usual Suspects, after the protagonists box in a police car and steal money from the corrupt cops, McManus climbs up on top of the car's roof to douse it in gasoline and then light it on fire.

    Literature 
  • In Mystery in the Channel, the murderer, facing arrest, attempts a Taking You with Me by dousing the surroundings in petrol — both he and Inspector French are armed, so a shot from either will start a fire that kills both.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Boardwalk Empire: While Gyp Rosetti's convoy is stopping for gas in Tabor Heights, the Sheriff approaches them and bids them farewell. Gyp, who's in a bad mood after mistaking a parting message from Nucky as an insult, proceeds to use the gas pump to douse the Sheriff in gasoline, and then lights him on fire.
  • In The Blacklist, Reddington ties up a rival criminal, douses him in alcohol, and puts a lit cigar in his mouth. He gets impatient waiting for the cigar to burn down and just shoots him.
  • Breaking Bad, "Confessions": When he realizes that Walt poisoned a child, Jesse breaks into Walt's house in a berserk rage with a jerry can and douses the floors with gasoline. He doesn't ignite it, but it's an awkward situation for Walt to try to hide from his family.
  • Burn Notice: In "Unpaid Debts", Michael deliberately sets up a Mexican Standoff between Team Westen, a group of smugglers, and a group of Dirty Cops trying to steal the money being smuggled, in hopes of extracting Sam's friend Virgil whom the smugglers have taken hostage. He does this by dropping the pallet of cash in the middle of a road bridge, pouring gasoline all over it, and then standing next to it with a propane torch to get Virgil released. Then the shooting starts, and Mike sets fire to the cash and flees with Virgil, Sam, and Fiona while the cops and smugglers fight over it.
  • Episode 8, Season 1, Cobra Kai: After yet another fight, Daniel's cousin along with some other thugs pour gasoline from cans onto Johnny's car and set it ablaze to make a point.
  • CSI: The episode "Crime after Crime" has a victim who was placed in car tires and then set ablaze with gasoline while still alive. It turns out this was a vigilante murder as the victim in question had killed the innocent girlfriend of his rival in the same manner years ago and gotten away with it.
  • In CSI: Miami episode "Dishonor", the killer ignites the gasoline she pours from a gas can onto her victim.
  • EastEnders:
    • When Little Mo finally decides to walk out on her abusive husband Trevor, he angrily douses the house in gasoline to try and threaten her into staying. Little Mo responds by lighting a match. Trevor lunges for it, it falls from her hands... Little Mo manages to escape, but Trevor doesn't. Neither, sadly, does fireman Tom Banks, who went in to rescue him.
    • Subverted during Matthew Rose's Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Steve Owen for framing him for Saskia Duncan's murder. Matthew kidnaps Steve, ties him to a chair, and (among other things) pours the contents of a petrol can over him. Once Steve is in full Villainous Breakdown mode, Matthew admits that the can had only been filled with water.
    • Subverted again when Masood kidnaps and confronts his rival Yusuf; he sets a full petrol can down in front of him, clearly threatening to pull this trope, but never actually does so. And, once again, it turns out to have been full of nothing but water.
  • Flashpoint:
    • One episode has a subject pour gasoline on himself and threaten suicide by self-immolation. This presents a challenge for SRU because they want to try to take him down safely, but all of the tools they would normally use to do that (flash-bangs, less-lethal rounds, tear gas, etc.) produce enough of a spark to potentially ignite the gasoline vapors. Parker eventually improvises a solution using industrial fans, which are turned on at a safe distance and then brought in already active.
    • In a later episode, gang members douse a man in gasoline and tell him to set himself on fire, or they'll tell his daughter that he set the fire that killed her mother.
  • Zig-Zagged in one case of Forensic Files, after an elderly woman perished in a house fire. Investigators determine that the fire spread very quickly, as though an accelerant had been used. Testing finds traces of gasoline in the floorboards, leading to a homicide-by-arson charge against the woman's only son. Further testing finds tetra-ethyl lead in the gasoline, which the EPA had abolished in 1973. The home builders had used cheap gasoline instead of expensive thinner when varnishing the floors, so the suspect was cleared of charges.
  • Luke Cage (2016): After massacring a bunch of innocent people in Anansi Mackintosh's restaurant, Mariah Dillard has Anansi doused in alcohol, then she strikes a match and lights him on fire. She lets him burn for several seconds, before taking a revolver and shooting him in the head when he doesn't die quickly enough for her. This act marks a breaking point for Shades, who thinks Mariah has gone too far in the conflict with Bushmaster.
  • Longmire, "One Good Memory": When a man at a gas station notices a Shell-Shocked Veteran kidnapper acting erratically and tries to help her, she sprays him with gasoline from the pump and threatens him with a lighter. He hastily backs off.
  • In a MADtv (1995) sketch parodying Sesame Street, Big Bird catches the Bird Flu and ends up infecting everyone on the street. After Elmo dies, Gordon pours a container of gasoline on Big Bird and Billy pulls out a lighter, which Gordon uses to torch Big Bird with. The sketch cuts to the sponsors just before Big Bird catches fire.
  • M*A*S*H: Corporal Klinger decides on an extreme method of getting out of the Army once and for all when he sits in the middle of the compound, dumps two gas cans all over himself and threatens to strike a match; unfortunately for him, Colonel Potter quickly realizes the cans were actually filled with water, and has Radar switch them out with the real deal while Klinger is distracted. Cue Klinger running into the nurses' shower, screaming for no one to light a match.
  • The Mentalist: In "Ball of Fire", Sherry Winger has Jane and Lisbon handcuffed in the basement of a hunting lodge and goes upstairs to spread gasoline, intending to burn down the house with them inside. This is in revenge for the team arresting her father for murder, after which he died in prison.
  • Misfits: After future Simon jumps in front of a bullet for Alisha, he makes her burn his body with petrol and not tell anyone, in order to preserve the timeline.
  • Motherland: Fort Salem: After being caught by Abigail, two terrorists choose to take their own lives rather than be captured. They do so by pouring what appears to be turpentine over themselves before setting themselves on fire.
  • The Seven Days episode "The Gettysburg Virus" has the time-traveling hero intercept a nihilist before he can loose an artificial contagion on the world. However, once the hero starts to exhibit symptoms of the contagion, he ventures to a lonely hillside, and pours gasoline on the ground in the shape of the biotoxic contaminant symbol, then lights it. The hero is pouring gasoline upon himself as the rescue helicopter nears, intending a Heroic Sacrifice to keep the contagion from spreading.
  • Wire in the Blood: The delusional killer from "The Darkness of Light" who sees herself as a Joan of Arc-like figure who purges heretics (who only exist as such in her mind) then kills their children, finally traps the son of one of her victims in the path room tipping a gas can into the bath she's standing in, believing herself to be on a pyre to martyr herself.
  • Alice in Borderland In episode 7 the guy with the sword douses a utility room with gasoline and lights it with a lighter to force people into the courtyard to get shot up by the militants.

    Music 
  • In the video for Rammstein's "Du Hast", after the man in the white shirt carouses with the band members, he seems to be knocked down, drugged, and then doused with gasoline and set on fire, as a metal canister is picked up and opened while a match is struck, and then a stream of ignited gas on the ground leads to someone walking around engulfed in flames. This is actually someone else entirely, and the man leaves with the band.
  • Referenced in "Heartillation" by AJJ which goes through a Long List of violent ways the singer wants to destroy his heart that includes dousing it in gasoline and flicking a cigarette at it like in Con Air.

    Podcast 
  • The Magnus Archives: When Gertrude is planning on destroying the Archives she casually points out that "Paper burns well," followed by the sound of sloshing liquid. "...But petrol burns better."

    Pro Wrestling 
  • At Royal Rumble 1998, after Shawn Michaels defeated The Undertaker in a Casket Match, Kane poured gasoline on the casket with Undertaker inside and dropped a match on it to light it up.
  • On the 7/14/2003 edition of Raw, Kane was interviewed by Jim Ross. After some banter and an appearance by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Kane knocked JR down, grabbed a nearby can of gasoline, poured it onto JR, and then used some matches to set JR on fire.
  • At No Mercy 2005, after Randy Orton and his father "Cowboy" Bob Orton defeated the Undertaker in a Casket Match, they poured gasoline on the casket with Undertaker inside and dropped a match on it to light it up.
  • During Randy Orton's feud with Bray Wyatt in 2017, Randy douses the Wyatt Compound with gas while Bray is in the ring, and proceeds to light a match and burn it down.
  • During Randy Orton's feud with Bray Wyatt at the tail end of 2020, Orton locked Wyatt in a crate, then poured gasoline on it and dropped a match to light it up, only for Wyatt to burst out of the box in his Fiend persona and attack him. When they had a Firefly Inferno Match at TLC: Tables, Ladders, & Chairs 2020, the Fiend poured gasoline on a rocking chair, seated an unconscious Orton in it, then dropped a lighter on a trail of gasoline, but Orton woke up and leaped out of the chair in time. When Orton won and knocked the Fiend out, he poured gasoline on Fiend's body and dropped a match to ignite him. After this, Alexa Bliss (then under the influence of Fiend!Bray) douses herself in gasoline and dares Orton to set her on fire. The last scene of the last episode of WWE Raw of the year, where this example happens, has Randy lighting up a match, and viewers don't get to see what happens afterwards. The following episode had Orton clarify that he didn't drop the match.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Call of Cthulhu adventure Terror From the Stars, section "Field Manual of the Theron Marks Society". An Indian firepump is a backpack mounted device normally used to spray water on fires. Before the Society ceased to exist, one of its tactics was to fill an Indian firepump with gasoline instead, spray the opponent with it, and set them on fire.
  • Dead of Winter: Some fuel cards can be spent either to move safely to a new location or to kill a zombie instantly without resorting to combat, negating the risk of injury or infection.

    Video Games 
  • In 428: Shibuya Scramble, Detective Tateno douses himself in gasoline while attempting to talk down an arsonist. Kano considers this an inspiring act of bravery and idolizes Tateno for it, to the point of wanting to become a detective just like him. It's later revealed that Tateno fell into despair after failing to protect the woman he loved. Dousing himself in gasoline wasn't a negotiation tactic; Tateno simply didn't care about his own survival.
  • In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, after Shepard shoots Ghost and Roach during his double-cross of Task Force 141, he and his men douse the two in gasoline before Shepard uses his cigar to set them ablaze. The worst part is, while Ghost was likely already dead due to the way Shepard shot him, Roach was implied to still be alive when Shepard lights them up.
  • In Cosmic Star Heroine, your robot party member Clarke can learn a skill that covers enemies in oil, making them extra-vulnerable to fire.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, mages have access to a spell called "grease". On its own, it merely reduces enemies' movement speed and causes them to slip unless they pass a resistance check. It is also highly flammable and can be combined with any fire spell to inflict fire damage over time.
  • EXTRAPOWER: Attack of Darkforce: Crown and Fool's more powerful transcendental attacks involve them just dousing the foe in gasoline and setting them on fire.
  • Fallout: New Vegas: After his failure at the First Battle of Hoover Dam, Caesar had Joshua Graham executed by ordering him to be coated in pitch, set on fire, and tossed into the Grand Canyon. He survived.
  • Grand Theft Auto:
    • The ending of Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned has the remaining members of the Lost MC pour gasoline across their old hangout as they move on.
    • Grand Theft Auto V
      • In his first mission, Trevor Phillips lights the O'Neals's drug house on fire by pouring gasoline throughout it and shooting the trail from outside.
      • The police station setup for "The Prison Break" heist concludes with the station team getting rid of their evidence, their stolen police car, by dousing it in gasoline and setting it on fire.
      • During a side mission, Trevor Williams has to burn out the house of a realtor his employer blames for his demise.
  • Hitman: Blood Money: In the training level that takes place in an abandoned amusement park run by drug runners, 47 bumps into a gangster who has a man tied up on a spring ride. A gas can is close-by, indicating the poor soul is drenched in gasoline and about to be killed. Of course, 47 can kill the gangster before he lights the man on fire.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, The Joker's victory animation has him pull out a red gas can, pour its contents over his fallen foe (in a P.O.V. Cam from the loser's perspective), then light a match before throwing it.
    The Joker: "You're fired."
  • LISA: The Hopeful: The Lovelies can (potentially) kill Cyclops by knocking him out, dousing him with gasoline, and then setting him ablaze.
  • In Mortal Kombat 11, The Joker has a custom variation move called "Getting Lit", which has him walk backwards while emptying a gas can onto the ground. When the move is stopped, he throws a match to ignite the puddle.
  • Team Fortress 2: One of the Pyro's items, the Gas Passer, is a throwable gas can that explodes into a cloud of gasoline when it hits the ground, and anyone who gets caught in this cloud gets covered in it. If they take damage while drenched, they will catch on fire. Spies who attempt to cloak are also more visible since being wet works similarly to getting hit by the Sniper's Jarate or the Scout's Mad Milk.
  • The Arsonist in Town of Salem has the ability to douse people with gas, and then ignite them on a following night.
  • Yandere Simulator: One of the lethal elimination methods involves burning your rival by spilling a bucket of gasoline on them (the jerrycan is found in the Gardening Club) and lighting them on fire with the help of a candle.

    Web Animation 
  • In Helluva Boss, The Crazy Cannibal parents tries to set the demons on fire by dousing them with gasoline from a jerrycan and lighting the post with a torch. Hilariously, this has no effect on them since demons are Immune to Fire.
  • Homestar Runner: In "Theme Song Video", one scene has Strong Bad and Strong Mad pouring gasoline on the grass in the Field so it spells out "HOMESTAR STINKS". When The Cheat lights it on fire with a match, it accidentally burns Strong Bad and Strong Mad as well.

    Web Video 
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared: During the credits of "Episode 3", we see someone burning down the statue of Love God Malcolm, as a jerrycan sits in front of the camera and the statue goes up in flames. The can has an interesting symbol on it, implying that the arsonists are the same people who kidnapped Yellow, Red and Duck in the Kickstarter kidnapping arc.
  • Marble Hornets In one episode, Jay is forced to escape his hotel when he sees Alex holding a jerrycan, dousing the hallway in gasoline and ranting loudly. The gasoline is then set on fire, burning down the house.
  • In the SuperMarioLogan episode, "Bowser's House Fire!", Bowser Junior watches an episode of Doofy the Dragon that takes place on Doofy's birthday. For his birthday, Doofy turns himself into a human birthday candle by pouring gasoline from a container on himself, then lighting himself on fire.
  • The Nostalgia Critic: In the review of Ghost Dad, after watching the movie, Critic covers himself in gasoline and lights a lighter to self-immolate, turning him into a ghost (though the end of the review reveals he was making the whole "ghost" thing up to fuck with Tamara and Malcolm).
  • Everyman HYBRID: After a long time of torturing him, HABIT finally kills Jeff. The audience only sees a red gasoline cannister and HABIT lighting the fire, not showing the actual murder but leaving it very clear how it went down.

    Western Animation 
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: In the episode "Super Birthday Snake", Frylock undergoes heavy Sanity Slippage after accidentally killing Shake and Meatwad, followed by him murdering Carl. Which leads to him dousing the house in gasoline deciding it's time for it to go, only to encounter the three as zombies that leads to an extensive argument over Frylock denying that he killed them as the living room burns away.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "Don't Make Me Over", a man and a woman pull out jerrycans, pour gasoline over themselves and set themselves on fire in horror after looking at Meg.
    • The B plot of "Peter's Daughter" has Stewie and Brian trying to fix up an old house so they can sell it for big money. When the duo end up in way over their heads and out of money, Stewie empties a gas can and lights a match, causing the house to explode.
      Brian: Didn't we have an electrician in there today?
      Stewie: Uh... He left. I'm pretty sure he left.
      Brian: Isn't that his truck? (points to a truck with "Shane's Electric Xpress" plastered on the door)
      Stewie: (Beat) Well, by God, Brian. We're murderers. I guess this means you'll be going to doggy Hell.
  • Fugget About It: In "The Horny Bastard", Jimmy and Cheech open a strip club when they are unable to find one in Regina. After trying and failing to deal with Theresa who insists on working there, the two decide to burn the club down using a gas can to collect the insurance money, only for Cheech to reveal that he forgot to buy insurance.
  • Invincible: At the end of the first season, The Mauler Twins use gas to set their garage hideout ablaze to head somewhere else to set up shop. They didn't get far as the Global Defense Agency manages to track them down, and with them being outnumbered they decide to accept arrest.
  • Pantheon: Chanda facilitates Prasad's home burning down by causing the gas pumps in the interior parking lot to pump out their contents.
  • Rick and Morty: In the episode "Something Ricked This Way Comes", Rick opens up a store called "Curse Purge Plus" which removes the curses put on items by Mr. Needful for a fee. In the end, Rick gets bored and brings out a gas can, dousing the store with gasoline and burning it down.
  • The Simpsons
  • South Park: In "A Nightmare on Facetime", Randy buys a Blockbuster video store thinking he and his family will get many customers for Halloween. When nobody comes and Randy slowly goes insane trying to prove he wasn't an idiot for wasting his money, an angry Shelly empties several gas cans in the store and torches the place.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In a scene from the original airing of "Just One Bite" (later cut from reruns and home media releases), Squidward snarks at the Krusty Krab's security being a mere Bucket Booby-Trap and, believing it to be filled with water, kicks the door open. He shortly realizes it was actually filled with gasoline before a robotic hand comes in from offscreen and throws a match on the puddle. The next scene shows him fleeing into the kitchen from the ablaze dining hall before the same thing happens.

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