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A massive flying creature made of energy, commonly a predatory bird made of fire, is a common visual metaphor for Limit Breaks, fast transportation and other special abilities. Or just making you look that much more badass. Dragons, moths and other winged creature shapes may also be used, up to Winged Humanoid. The origin of this trope seems to come from The Phoenix. If it's not the Phoenix, it's this.

In symbolism as applied to the wings this, just like other fire-based powers, usually given to Hot-Blooded and/or very powerful beings, whether "demonic" (Balrog), "angelic" (Archangel Gabriel) or otherwise.

Not to Be Confused with the equally badass food that is hot wings. Or, for that matter, with an attractive character who just happens to have wings.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Sunred's Super Mode Firebird Form in Tentai Senshi Sunred consists of a pair of massive fiery wings.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: When The Winged Dragon of Ra goes out of mechanical-gryphon mode, it takes the form of a bird made out of fire.

    Comic Books 
  • Supergirl:
  • In What If? vol 2 #114, in which the heroes remain trapped on Battleworld from Secret Wars (1984) and eventually have kids, this (along with shrinking) is the power of Matthew Storm, son of the Human Torch and the Wasp, who calls himself Firefly.
  • X-Men: Jean Grey, commonly known as Phoenix often sheaths herself in a fiery bird-shaped aura when she flies, or just really cuts loose. Her daughter Rachel Summers does the same after taking on the Phoenix mantle and in later comics depicted as blue flames instead of yellow.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • The Firebird from Fantasia 2000 has these, because it is made of fire.
  • In Hercules, Hades recruits the eagle that regularly eats Prometheus' liver and grants him this ability.
  • Sunset Shimmer from My Little Pony: Equestria Girls gains these in her post-Rainbow Rocks music video "My Past is Not Today", illustrating her change from evil to good and her subsequent desire to make herself new. Her previously released "Time to Shine" doll also featured these.

    Films — Live-Action 


    Live-Action TV 
  • Kamen Rider:
    • Kamen Rider OOO: OOO's TaJaDol Combo has multiple finishing moves, one of which is the "Magna Blaze" Giga Scan (activated via inserting three red Core Medals and four Cell Medals into the Taja Spinner), surrounding him in a flaming phoenix-like aura (including extended wings) to destroy a target.
  • Super Sentai:
    • Choujin Sentai Jetman: The Jet Machines' combined Icarus Haken form can perform the Jet Phoenix attack, which envelops it in a flaming, phoenix-like aura (including extended wings) before it flies through the target to destroy it.
    • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: With the Jetman's Greater Power, the Gokaigers are able to perform the Gokai Jet Phoenix attack (identical to the original Jet Phoenix finisher), either while in the form of the Jetman themselves or through GokaiOh.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • Oriental Adventures supplement has a fire wings spell that turns the user's arms into phoenix-like flaming wings, allowing them to fly and burning everything close by, though the caster is protected.
    • The 4th Edition sorcerer Arcane Wellspring Paragon Path can give a character these.
    • The Asura is a Celestial that resembles a human with wings made of fire and a bird of prey's talons for feet. When confronted with evil they like to fearlessly swoop in to use their fiery wings as weapons.
  • In Magic: The Gathering, a lot of dragons and phoenixes have these, naturally, and Leap of Flame gives you them.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Peris are good-aligned outsiders descended from fallen angels, with flaming wings signifying their dual ancestry in Hell and Heaven. They're loosely based on a creature from Iranian mythology.
    • The archangel Ragathiel, a minor god, is the child of the fire goddess Feronia and the archdevil Dispater. He has wings of fire and presides over righteous wrath.

    Video Games 
  • Flaming Wings are common to see any Free-to-Play MMORPG which makes its money by selling Cosmetic items for cash, and are usually in high demand and fetch a high price if the game allows players to sell cash items to one another with in-game currency.
  • Lilith sprouts a set when her aptly-named Phoenix ability triggers in Borderlands.
  • The Archangel Imperius has them in Diablo III.
  • In Dota 2, the hero "Phoenix" is an avatar of a sun and is thus made entirely from fire.
  • In most Final Fantasy games where The Phoenix appears as a Summoned Monster, it usually just rises from the flames but has otherwise non-flaming wings. But in Final Fantasy V, where it made its first appearance, its entire body is enveloped in fire.
  • In Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade and Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, Fire Dragons have wings composed of solid flame in both manakete, and dragon form.
  • F-Zero: Most of Captain Falcon's special attacks in the Super Smash Bros. series invoke a flaming falcon. Especially the infamous "Falcon... PUNCH!"
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising: The Power of Flight causes Pit's wings to light up. Under normal circumstances, 'light up' is meant in the holy sense, but on two occasions (three counting a Non Standard Game Over) it's in the combustive sense. This. Is. NOT. Good.
  • Kirby:
  • The Legend of Dragoon loves this trope- while Dart transforms, his wings are formed of fire. Most of his special attacks cause this as well.
  • Lorwolf: The Ignatius companion is a phoenix-like bird with bright orange feathers that appear to have embers coming off them. Its plumes are described in its Flavor Text as looking like solar flares.
  • The Sky Attack move is portrayed this way in Pokémon Stadium. It helps a lot that the Pokemon doing the attack usually is a bird, or at least can fly.
    • Don't forget that whole Ho-Oh thing mentioned above, either.
    • Or Moltres, at least in one appearance.
    • The move Brave Bird is also portrayed this way in the anime.
    • Gigantamax Charizard has wings entirely made of fire.
  • Runes of Magic gives a spell to mages named Phoenix that allows them to summon a flaming bird to attack all enemies in a straight line.
  • Shovel Knight has the Birders, some kind of blue energy falcon.
  • Night Terror, the Superboss of Soulcalibur III has wings made of orange energy.
  • The Cybuster of the Super Robot Wars series has an attack called the Akashic Buster, where it launches a bird of fire at the enemy, transforms into its own avian form and merges with the firebird, slamming into the target at high speeds.
    • Likewise, its Evil Counterpart Shurouga has Ley Buster, although it doesn't create a bird-like fire, it changes into something like a bird (like Cybuster's Cybird), covered with dark power and rams the opponent and... produces several interesting revelations...
    • The Angelg has a variant, called the Phantom Phoenix, which launches an energy arrow that turns into a fire bird.
    • This is actually preceded by Elbulls from Super Robot Wars 64, in which it's a bird-shaped mecha, and rams the enemy, Akashic Buster style.
    • And the Valhawk's Heat Edge Exploder in Super Robot Wars W.
    • Also Dairaioh's Jinrai from Super Robot Wars Alpha 3, which is a hybrid of this and a Rider Kick.
  • A common swordsman's or fighter's tech in the Tales Series ("Hououtenku" in Japanese, translated to English variously with the word "Phoenix" somewhere in it) allows the combatant to jump in the air, then dive diagonally towards the enemy wreathed in a fiery, bird-shaped aura.
  • Flame wings are among the many usable wings in Terraria.
  • In Them's Fightin' Herds, the half-dragon Longma race, including the playable character Tianhuo, can fly with wings of fire.
  • In Touhou Project, the Hourai Elixir-powered Fujiwara no Mokou often uses Phoenix-shaped Danmaku, and is surrounded by a phoenix-shaped Battle Aura whenever she resurrects or uses a spellcard. She's often portrayed in fanworks with the ability to cause huge Hot Wings to blaze into existance behind her.
  • Deathwing in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. And during the Alysrazor encounter, players can collect her shed feathers to gain a speed buff, the ability to cast while moving, and flight.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X: The Ares 90 Skell produces phoenix wings while flying.

    Web Animation 
  • Kiki from Fairy Foxes has a tendency to set her wings ablaze when she is angry, euphoric, or using her fire powers.


    Western Animation