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When something suddenly catches fire, the typical responses are either fleeing or attempting to put it out. However, some people will opt to instead roast food over the fire.

Typically it is a stick with either marshmallows or sausages as if it were for a normal campfire.

Compare with Instant Roast, The Snack Is More Interesting, and Couldn't Find a Lighter. May overlap with Dissonant Serenity since it usually involves being unusually nonchalant, and Inappropriate Hunger. See also Autopsy Snack Time for another inappropriate time for food.


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    Comic Strips 
  • Garfield: Parodied in this strip; there's no actual fire, but Garfield's reaction to Jon yelling "Fire" is to pull out a stick with a sausage.

    Fan Works 
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    Films — Animation 
  • Dumbo: During the scene where the clown firemen try to "rescue" Dumbo from the burning house, one of them climbs up a ladder, pulls out a sausage on a stick and starts roasting it over the flames.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: As Paris burns due to Frollo's search for Esmeralda, Hugo sticks a sausage on a stick out the window and it comes out roasted, with a bit of flame on the end.

    Literature 
  • Ciaphas Cain has mentioned a few enemies he would have burned alive while roasting caba nuts.

    Live-Action TV 
  • A Running Gag on Robot Wars was the carpet covering on Diotoir catching fire. Eventually they started putting kebabs on top of it to cook during matches.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: When Starcrash gets to the scene where Akton dies and his body fades away, with a visual effect that looks like he's turning into a mass of lasers, Tom Servo and Crow pull out sticks and pretend they're roasting hot dogs over him.
  • Suggested by Willow in the Zeppo episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, over the dead bodies of a bunch of demons:
    Buffy: Should I burn them?
    Willow: I brought marshmallows!... Occasionally, I'm callous and strange.

    Theater 

    Video Games 
  • The system mechanics in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild allow this; any food item which nearby a fire will become cooked after a while, meaning the player can happily bake a few apples using the burning corpse of a slain enemy.

    Western Animation 
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In the end of the special episode "Ugh", primitive Squidward gets struck by lightning and becomes covered in soot and ash. Primitive SpongeBob and Patrick proceeds to roast marshmallows on a stick over Squidward's hot body.
  • Over the Hedge: As the Depelter Turbo deploys, unleashing a huge fireball visible from space, the porcupine children pull out marshmallows, while RJ takes out a bag of microwave popcorn that pops instantly, which he then eats out of as he takes in the show.
  • Extreme Ghostbusters: Kylie loses her small Proton Sidearm (she normally carries the much larger trap). It ends up, among other places, in the hands of some hobos who use it in an old garbage-can. Probably not a good idea to roast hot dogs on a radioactive campfire ...

    Real Life 
  • First responders, known for their Gallows Humor, are known to look at a structure on fire that is completely unable to be saved and asking if anyone brought marshmallows.

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