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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, Ignorant About Fire, 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 

    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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • in Quest Laid Plans, Aveline is so used to people roasting marshmallows on their fiery tiny antelope familiar that she has a flap in her carpenter's belt full of mini marshmallows.


    Video Games 
  • Possible in Cataclysm. Most crafting and cooking recipes that require a heat source will allow you to use a nearby fire, allowing for a wide variety of ill-advised cooking surfaces. Freshly-slain zombies, housefires, and open lava fissures are all fair game.
  • 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.
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time: Fire Peashooter has a costume that is a fork with a sausage roasting on her head.
  • Can be invoked in Transformice by placing a bonfire itemnote . Anybody who clicks on it will then be treated to their mouse whipping out a marshmallow on a stick. This can be done anywhere, any time, including when a round has become Unwinnable or while dodging cannonballs in the midst of Survival Mode.

  • xkcd: Marshmallow features the reentry marshmallow toasting module. Attached to a reentry vehicle from a space shuttle or some other source, the reentry marshmallow toasting module extends a stick with a marshmallow attached to toast it from the heat of entering the atmosphere. Marshmallows toasted this way sound impossibly cool, but the method suffers from a couple problems, primarily that the extended arm would cause turbulence that makes steering harder and risks everyone for a fatal crash, and the Alt Text points out that it would be way too easy for the marshmallow to fall off.

    Western Animation 
  • Darkwing Duck: Darkwing Duck, upon approaching Quackerjack and Megavolt who were trapped by flames, opts to roast a sausage on the flames instead of rescuing them, due to becoming apathetic earlier in the episode by the two villains using the Relaxitron on him.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.

    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.