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"I don't know the scientific explanation, but fire made it good."
Homer Simpson, The Simpsons, "Flaming Moe's"

If one encounters writer's block, there is always the option of setting something on fire. Therefore, the Incendiary Exponent combines the Rule of Cool and a Man on Fire according to the following principle:

The perceived badassery of any given action will increase tenfold if the action is performed while on fire.

The exact reason for this is uncertain. Maybe because being on fire is very, very painful, it's assumed that quite a lot of Heroic Resolve is required to overcome it. Maybe it is due to the association of fire with hot blood. Maybe colours and lights from fire are delightful, especially when moving and when it's dark. Maybe it's just because it looks really damn cool. Whatever it is, the chances are that being set on fire for your big moment will result in a Moment of Awesome.

Doesn't really apply to persons who are normally Wreathed in Flames anyway, like the Human Torch. When the enhanced coolness comes from walking out of a fire, it's Out of the Inferno. See also Flaming Sword, and the entire fire-related index. Just be careful about Infernal Retaliation.

Compare Awesomeness Is Volatile. Also, see Lava Adds Awesome. If fire doesn't feel right but you still have writer's block, try Chandler's Law. If that doesn't work, do both at once and blow something up. Or set a gun on fire.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Daltanious: Daltanious' New Powers as the Plot Demands have the robot switch from using Sigma Energy to Hyperspace Energy so that it can use flame attacks as well as it's regular ones. This even extends to it's Cool Sword, the Flame Sword.
  • REDLINE has a particularly impressive example, when JP and Sonoshee have Frisbee and the Old Man detonate their engine remotely, which somehow leads to them going even faster, and being little more than strapped to a hunk of metal propelled by a continuous explosion.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
    • Lordgenome calmly fights a mecha while his head is on fire. Using his fists. And he was not set on fire by any conventional means, but by sheer awesomeness.
    • In the second movie, he walks out into SPACE (aka where fire is impossible) with his crotch and arms ablaze.
    • Also worth mentioning is Kamina and Simon's Man on Fire BLAZING CHARIOT KICK! in which the Gurren Lagann jumps onto the Dai-Gunzan, somehow getting hit by only one blast, which only serves to set it on fire. Then it hits Viral feetfirst, curbstomping him
  • Ranma ½:
    • Akane tries to assist Ranma in his training by wearing flammable padding on her arms (as his training required the opponent to emit a hot aura while he kept a cool one). But then, she's Akane, and her gi under the padding also catches fire...
    • Saffron, the Phoenix Emperor, is constantly shrouded in flames. Naturally. At one point, his flame aura becomes so intense as to become a Sun-like sphere of radiance.
  • One Piece:
    • Sanji has one in the Thriller Bark arc. Upon learning that Absalom is going to try to marry Nami, Sanji explodes in flames of anger for no apparent reason and sets off to kill Absalom... which quickly becomes a Curb-Stomp Battle.
      Sanji: I'm so full of anger I'm about to explode!
      Zombies: HE DID!
    • Zoro attacked someone after getting lit on fire years earlier... to us.
    • Boa Marigold combines this with Prehensile Hair when she fights. Unfortunately, while Mari can light herself up with no ill effect, her older sister Sandersonia only has the Prehensile Hair. So, when Luffy knocks the two of them into each other...
  • Meito Anizawa, a.k.a. Anime Tenchou, former mascot of the anime/manga store Animate. Don't believe us? Check out the image under Hot-Blooded. Features in both Lucky Star and an OVA by Studio Gainax.
  • Subverted in the first-season Pokémon: The Original Series episode "The Bridge Bike Gang". A Golem owned by the leader of the titular bike gang is lit on fire by Ash's Charmander. The Golem tries to retaliate, but it ends up burning the other members of the gang in a rather comical fashion. Humiliated, the leader recalls his Golem...and then the Poké Ball he returned it into lights on fire glows red-hot from the flaming Golem's heat!
  • Most unisons in Lyrical Nanoha only involve a shot of the Unison Device being absorbed into their user. The unison between Signum and Agito however, starts with the both of them being engulfed in fire.
  • In the final episode of New Getter Robo, the protagonists win their Beam-O-War by getting so Hot-Blooded that their hair, eyebrows and oversized sideburns inexplicably turn into fire.
  • Naruto:
  • Jack Atlas from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's has his hand catch fire when he synchros the Crimson Devil with his Red Demon's Dragon as a part of using the Burning Soul ability. It's a miracle his cards don't catch on fire.
  • The Flame Regalia, a set of back wheels for A-Ts in Air Gear allows its user to spit flames from them.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • In Phantom Blood, Dio Brando can nullify his greatest weakness, Hamon, by flash-freezing the limbs of anyone who touches him. Jonathan Joestar gets past this by lighting his fist on fire so his Hamon can get through.
    • In Stone Ocean, Jolyne Cujoh lights herself on fire to combat Rikiel's Stand, which allows him to control heat-draining creatures called Rods. Despite being a desperation move that no one thought would work, the sheer badass nature of the maneuver meant that it did. That is until Rikiel also lights himself on fire in order to figure out the flaw in Jolyne's plan, which he does.
  • In Chainsaw Man, during the fight against Psycho for Hire "Santa Claus", the titular hero sets himself on fire to take advantage of it being Weakened by the Light.
  • Digimon:
    • In Digimon Adventure, Biyomon's evolved forms, Birdramon and Garudamon, both count. Birdramon is constantly on fire, so to travel, Sora generally has to dangle from one of her legs. Garudamon, while not constantly on fire, has an attack that briefly encases her in flames, so Sora generally tends to get a ride with another Digidestined while Garudamon's in battle, like Izzy and MegaKabuterimon.
    • Digimon Data Squad has ShineGreymon Burst Mode, who sports wings, a sword and a shield consisting solely of fire. Inevitably, he ends up being the one shafted with most of the victories and crowning moments of awesome from his appearance onward and certainly appears far more frequently than any other Burst Mode partner Digimon, not that that was too much of a change from the rest of the series up to that point. Similarly, BanchoLeomon Burst Mode is pretty much normal BanchoLeomon set on fire, but unlike ShineGreymon he appears for only less than thirty seconds.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam: This hand of mine is BURNING RED! Its loud roar tells me to grasp victory!
  • In Soul Eater, Tezca focuses sunlight into a beam that he shoots into Justin, burning the cloak on his shoulder and setting half of his face on fire. Not only does he survive, but his face is also still on fire days later, with no apparent ill-effects.
  • In Attack on Titan, The Titans' body temperatures are shown to be extraordinarily high, to the point that a deep cut will send gushes of steam spewing from the wound. However when Eren, in his titan form fights Annie in the middle of the city, he becomes so incredibly pissed that he bursts into flames from rage.
  • In Fairy Tail, for Natsu a typical meal is usually something like a chicken leg, a plate of spaghetti, and a drink; only everything is on fire. Even the drink. With regards to the drink, maybe it's not so impossible if we consider one of those flaming cocktails.
  • 3×3 Eyes: Hyoma Prince Galga uses the absimilation powers of his people and his mastery of Agni Maya, the Fire God Magic to not only merge with a gigantic demonic statue but also to turn himself on fire, becoming an untoucheable "solid mass of flames".

    Comic Books 
  • Wonder Woman's "flaming Breast Plate" moment in New Frontier Classified. Even more awesome because it's on fire and has tits.
  • In a JLA (1997) storyline, the League discovers that the White Martians they hypnotized into becoming normal people are waking up and remembering their alien heritage. Knowing their weakness to flame, Orion covers himself and Barda in gasoline from some destroyed cars, lights himself on fire, and punches one out.
  • In Judge Dredd, the appropriately named Judge Fire is, indeed, on fire.
  • To quote Cyclops on one of his many, many plans to deal with the altered Juggernaut in the X-Men tie-in to Fear Itself:
    Plan 24: Hæmopyrokinetic Adam X deployed to attempt to incapacitate Juggernaut by igniting blood.
    Result: Blood ignition a success, but worse than ineffective. For fifteen minutes Unstoppable Juggernaut is rendered an Unstoppable Juggernaut that ignites anything it touches.

  • Dungeon Keeper Ami:
    "What is it?" Torian replied, watching Tiger with a worried expression. Not too worried though, since her flaming crown had disappeared the moment she had doubled over in pain.
    "The enemy temple! It's on fire!" the voice shouted.
    "Huh?" He involuntarily looked down, and then kept looking, his eyes growing wider and wider. Something underneath the waves was burning bright enough to make them shine like the setting sun. "I-I can see that." He looked up at Tiger, his expression begging for an explanation. "What are they burning?"
    "The temple."
    "Yes, you already told me that!"
    "You don't understand! The stone is on fire! Underwater!"
    Torian blinked. So did most of the youma.
    "By all the dark gods, it just crashed and now the sand is burning too! Look at it!" another warlock shouted in the background.
    "I think even the water is on fire," the first one muttered in a voice that bordered on religious rapture.
    "Don't be silly," Tiger interrupted. "The water is too busy exploding to be on fire!"
    "I... I stand corrected."
  • In the Naruto fanfiction Nin Tech, Naruto is found by Sasuke in his room tinkering with a gadget... with his hair on fire. Then again, he is crazy, so what does he care?
  • Forward (Peptuck):
    • The crew is captured by an enemy crew of pirates. Salvation comes in the form of Jayne drenching a coat in lighter fluid, throwing it on, setting himself on fire, and then rushing the enemy crew with his knife in hand. Probably the most awesome Refuge in Audacity moment in the entire story. This was, in fact, a Shout-Out to an example from The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. In fact, the dialogue is almost identical, but with Mal as the titular Doctor and Jayne as Dan.
    • Much, much later on, we learn where Jayne got the idea: One of the "six men came to kill me one time" did the same thing to Jayne when he used a gasoline bomb on him. It was the most righteously terrifying thing he'd ever seen.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell: Vix-Lei winds up lighting her hammers on fire during the final stages of the battle with the Nightmare, thanks to one of the potions — which is essentially napalm — Rex got from Jeb.
  • In the Discworld of A.A. Pessimal, one of Johanna Smith-Rhodes' teaching specialties at the Assassins' Guild School is Exothermic Alchemy. A related discipline is Deployment of Devices. Basically, she teaches young Assassins about the exciting world of explosives and incendiaries. Starred graduates of her courses have been responsible for some spectacular incidences of arson.

    Films — Animated 
  • This is why the weather in The Lion King (1994), after Scar takes over the savanna, suddenly turns from drier-than-a-bone to thunderstorm — to set up the final fight between Scar and Simba while the whole place is on fire.
  • In his final fight with Shifu at the end of Kung Fu Panda, Tai Lung knocks over a torch and lights his hands on fire. There's a slo-mo shot of him flying through the air with his forepaws wreathed in blue flames.
  • At the beginning of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Skellington sets himself on fire, therefore having one of the most awesome entrances in Disney history.
  • The Monstrous Nightmare from How to Train Your Dragon likes to set itself on fire as a combat technique.
  • Simultaneously upheld and subverted in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. Vitaly is so gruff and unwelcoming because his act was jumping through physically impossibly small hoops (with olive oil as a lubricant). He became so wrapped up in the fame he decided to make it even more sensational by lighting the hoop on fire - al la circus animals leaping through flaming rings. Fire + Olive Oil = Flaming Tiger = Act/Career/Attitude going down (or up?) in flames. Only after Alex's (fireproof) conditioner is used to replace the olive oil is he able to restore the act and the Incendiary Exponent to its rightful power.
  • Coco: Frida Kahlo, while presenting the rehearsal of her show for Ernesto de la Cruz's Sunrise Spectacular to Miguel, gets the idea to have the stage props be on fire. When we finally see the scene as presented at the Sunrise Spectacular, the "fire" is just red banners and orange lighting, complete with video footage on the monitors.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Freddy vs. Jason Jason is lit on fire at a rave, but unfortunately for the people there doesn't slow him down in the slightest as he continues to kill people.
  • Westley in The Princess Bride is well aware of this trope. When the heroes have to storm the castle he has Fezzik (played by André the Giant) climb on top a wheelbarrow and then sets the giant on fire. The image of a ten-foot tall floating man on fire claiming to be the Dread Pirate Roberts who leaves no survivors is enough to scare the sixty men guarding the gate. Fezzik at least has a holocaust cloak which supposedly prevents a person from burning to death and even then it doesn't make it pleasant.
  • Overheard in this review of a Bollywood movie:
    Shaitan Singh has escaped from prison, a feat he has accomplished in part by means of setting himself on fire (badass). To be honest, I'm not sure that the whole setting himself on fire part was all that necessary to his escape, but the shot of him emerging from his cell in slow motion, on fire, while shooting everyone in sight was definitely necessary to me being able to make it through the remaining hour of Toofan.
  • The protagonist of the martial arts movie Ong-Bak (played by Muay Thai expert Tony Jaa) kicks a mook in the head with his legs on fire. Jaa did his own stunts.
    • He also insisted on doing the take over and over again until he was sure it was right, despite having already suffered burns to his legs from prior takes.
  • The final showdown in the Hong Kong Wire Fu movie Iron Monkey is a one-on-two fight on wooden poles, which are slowly burning. All three participants catch on fire at some point, and just for extra ridiculous badass credit they proceed to use said burning poles as hand-held weapons.
  • The title character of The Terminator is on fire when he punches through the windshield of the heroes' getaway car. Granted, he isn't human, but a literal killing machine, but it's still made of plenty of win.
    • There's also the famous close-up of the Terminator's endoskeleton. The Terminator itself isn't on fire, but the tanker trunk wreckage surrounding it still is, and the backdrop of fire from the burning gasoline as the Terminator glares into the camera is so pants-wettingly terrifying that it may as well be all most people remember about the first film. (Indeed, the entire film was inspired by a nightmare James Cameron had about a metal skeleton coming at him through fire.)
  • A meta-example in Big Game — the "exploding Air Force One" scene is featured very prominently in all trailers and posters.
  • In Transformers (2007), for a brief moment after crashing through a bus and rollerskating towards Optimus Prime, Bonecrusher is on fire. (Which he hates.)
  • Near the end of Crank: High Voltage, Chev Chelios walks in slow motion towards the camera while completely consumed in flames, and gives the audience the middle finger.
  • In Avatar, Colonel Quaritch’s arm is set on fire when a missile explodes in his gunship's engine. He climbs into his mech and prepares to bail out. Then he puts out the flames.
  • In AVP: Alien vs. Predator, one predator, upon being ignited via an improvised flamethrower, kills the human wielding it but does not otherwise react to being on fire.
  • In G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, during Cobra's assault on the Joes, a random Viper gets set on fire in the background and continues as normal. He dies when he reappears because they stick a grenade in his neck guard.
  • Oblivion (2013): The drone on Tower 49 right after it gets reactivated by the Tet and vaporizes Victoria 49 is briefly on fire for no reason other than looking pretty scary (and floating into the room through recently-shot curtains).
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, at one point when Will is fighting Davy Jones' crew he sets his sword on fire by sticking it through a lamp.
  • Red Rackham in The Adventures of Tintin (2011) makes his entrance with his cape on fire, and he actually uses it as a weapon in his first battle with his adversary, Sir Francis Haddock.
  • In Man of Steel, Clark rescues workers from a blazing oil rig while he's on fire. Being invunerable, being on fire doesn't faze him one bit.
  • At the climax of Anaconda, the surviving protagonists try to kill the giant anaconda by blowing it up while it's in a factory chimney. The result? The chimney is blown up, leaving a burning anaconda that goes after them while it's still on fire.

  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld:
    • In Thud!, Commander Samuel Vimes fights several dwarves wielding flamethrowers, with only two axes and a sword, while on fire.
    • What's more awesome than a seven-foot-tall skeleton rushing into a burning building to save a small child? A seven-foot-tall skeleton walking out of the inferno, after the building has exploded, on fire, carrying said child. What's even more awesome than that? Said seven-foot-tall skeleton is Death, in the novel Reaper Man.
  • In Larry Niven's World of Ptavvs, a character lights Pluto on fire with his rocket's exhaust.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final installment to J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Neville is stuck in a body-bind curse with a flaming hat on his head. Once freed, he's still able to take out the snake holding the last piece of Voldemort's soul. Any wonder he's become the Potterverse's Chuck Norris to the fans?
  • Crowley, the friendly demon from Good Omens, makes a good chunk of the trip between his offices in London and the site of Armageddon (a sleepy little town called Tadfield) with his vintage Bentley on fire, held together through sheer force of will.
    • Including when he stops and asks for directions. The result is too hilarious to describe here.
  • In The Shining by Stephen King, Dick Halloran reaches his Crowning Moment of Awesome when in desperation he sets his gasoline-soaked arm on fire and punches into the possessed hedge lion.
  • The Bible has so many examples of this...
    • Flaming Swords.
    • Fiery Chariots.
    • God's holiness being described as an "all-consuming fire"
    • Burnt offerings.
    • Burning bush.
    • Hell
    • Several judgments from Revelation.
    • Pillar of fire by night.
    • Fire and brimstone.
    • Burning hail.
    • And so on and so on...
  • In the third Empire from the Ashes book, Stomald douses the "demon" Sandy (who has an invisible personal force field on) in holy oil. Sandy issues forth a booming laugh, uses a nearby torch to set herself on fire, and then keeps going toward Stomald, who has been terrified, laughing and ranting about Stomald's sinful nature.
  • In The Hunger Games series, this is basically why the outfits Cinna designs are so awesome. The dress originally Katniss's wedding gown, bursting into flames and turning into a mockingjay dress in particular comes to mind.
    • Katniss isn't called the "girl on fire" for nothing.
  • The Ramayana has the villainous Rakshavas set fire to Hanuman's tail. He escapes and leaps from building to building, setting the entire city on fire with his tail.
  • The Fire Immortal Luo Xuan from Fengshen Yanyi is on fire when he takes his six-armed three-faced battle form. One of his magic tools is the Ten-Thousand Crows Urn, which summons a near-infinite amount of crows... which are on fire and burn anything they come across.

    Live Action TV 
  • The CSI episode "The Theory of Everything" has a drunk man escape custody and wreak havoc all over the station, overpowering many police officers. When he's finally cornered, Brass orders a deputy to drop him with a stun gun, saying "Light him up!" When the pins strike the man, he flashes into flame in the most awesome manner possible. (Most of the rest of the episode is devoted to finding out why he caught fire from a taser hit, including a cameo from the MythBusters, who would later test that very myth on their show.)
  • An episode of The Tick (2001) features a dolphin show where the dolphin jumps through a ring and such, following which the announcers say "But can he do it... ON FIRE?" Soon the dolphin gains human intelligence and some henchmen and turns the tables on them.
  • This is how Minbari decided caste dominance in Babylon 5, at least in the old days. More would be spoiling. Never has deciding to become a priest been so badass.
  • The Daily Show/The Colbert Report's Indecision 2008 has a Man on Fire voting. And then the booth explodes.
  • Duff of Ace of Cakes will put fireworks into a cake if given half an excuse.
  • In Kamen Rider, a few Riders have decided an attack while on fire is a good idea.
    • Kamen Rider Ryuki performs his Final Vent by having his Bond Creature (an eastern dragon) launch him at his target with his fire. Ryuki then proceeds to deliver a Rider Kick while on fire. His Evil Counterpart Ryuga's Final Vent is pretty much the same, except with black fire.
    • Kamen Rider Kiva has a variation of his Rider Kick where his dragon/castle Castle Doran propels him into his opponent for a flaming Rider Kick.
    • In Kamen Rider Double, this happens to Double himself when Shotaro executes a twin maximum drive to defeat the Weather Dopant. To quote John Doe, it didn't work.
    • Kamen Rider OOO has a habit of doing this when he performs a Finishing Move in TaJaDor Combo. His Prominence Drop Rider Kick involves him turning his legs into a set of flaming talons and crushing the opponent with them while his Magna Blaze Giga Scan involves him being surrounded by a huge phoenix made of fire and flying through the opponent.
    • Kamen Rider Wizard has his Flame Style, and Flame Dragon Style by extension, who's Rider Kick naturally involves his leg lightning on fire and him being on fire when delivering the actual kick.
  • Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear is a strong believer in this trope. He once outlined plans for an Olympic opening ceremony in which everything was on fire. Including the spectators.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: One of Gile's most awesome moments is when he beats the crap out of Angelus with a bat that's on fire.
  • Ultra Series
    • Ultraman Taro has his Ultra Dynamite Finishing Move, which involves igniting into explosive flames, charging the opponent and triggering a massive explosion on impact.
    • Ultraman Mebius has his own variation, which involves grabbing the opponent then lighting on fire, burning them severely for a few moments before triggering the explosion.
    • Ultraman Orb can perform the Stobium Dynamite technique in Burnmite form, as expected from a fusion of Taro and Mebius. It is normally performed the same way as Taro's Ultra Dynamite, but he can also launch the flames as a fireball attack.
    • Ultraman R/B has Ultraman Orb Dark, an Evil Knockoff of Ultraman Orb who can perform the Dark Stobium Dynamite as his strongest Finishing Move. However, Rosso foresaw this attack during their rematch and used his Ground form's Gravity Master powers to hold him down, preventing him from triggering the explosion.
  • At least one or two challenges per episode on the Spanish game show El gran juego de la oca involved either setting something on fire or putting a fire out.
  • On Last Week Tonight with John Oliver after disgraced FIFA executive Jack Warner responded to John giving him advice by buying more air time on Trinidadian television specifically to tell him off while scored to excessively epic music (Ash by The Secession), John answered with a video with the same music and, well...
    John: If you really want to continue to trade shit-talking videos with increasingly high production elements, then consider your challenge accepted my friend. Because you have magnificent music under yours, well played. Well, I see your music choice and I raise you... FIRE!
    Gouts of flame erupt either side of John with pyrotechnics setting off, as the audience wildly cheers for him
    Your move, Jack! Your move! Either respond to me by this time next week with a more spectacular video than this or I will accept your graceless defeat.
  • Iron Chef provides lots of examples, since in any given battle there's a good chance that one of the chefs will either (a) intentionally set something on fire (as a flambé) or (b) unintentionally set something on fire (usually when the alcohol vapors rising from a hot pan to which booze has been added for flavoring touches the flames/heat from the powerful stoves in Kitchen Stadium). In the English dub of the original '90s Japanese edition, this was often accompanied by Fukui saying "Whoa, flamola!"
  • Robot Wars has Nemesis and Diotoir, the robots of Team Nemesis, which were decorated with red and black polka-dotted fur that ended up catching fire in nearly every single fight they had - and the team were not above deliberately setting themselves on fire. It got to the point where they started putting food on Diotoir in order to cook it with their burning robot.
  • A common challenge in the early rounds of Forged in Fire is to make blades that can handle being slammed into hard objects, usually wood or metal. In later seasons, the judges will occasionally set fire to logs (without telling the smiths until after the blades are finished) before conducting this test.
  • A Brazilian game show had one of its contests featuring a person rolling a flaming ball up a ramp into a cage. It also led the show to be prematurely cancelled once two fans decided to imitate the game by playing football with a burning ball, and mishandling paint thinner to keep the flames going led to a fatal explosion.
  • Doctor Who, "Village of the Angels": Any image of a Weeping Angel becomes a Weeping Angel, so when an Angel illustration starts to manifest physically in the room, the Doctor tosses the paper into the fireplace. Cue the Angel manifesting again, now made of fire.
    Doctor: Brilliant! Made it worse.

  • Rammstein has long since learned that if your audience doesn't understand your German, that's not a problem if the entire stage is on fire! Till Lindemann not only has a habit of setting himself on fire during live shows, but he even went for a certification in pyrotechnics just to have a better view of the shows.
  • The codifier for this trope in music is likely Arthur Brown, who made his name by arriving on stage, on fire. with walls of flame toward the sides of the stage, sometimes with a backing singer swinging a (presumably empty) petrol can around, then breaking into a song named... Fire!
  • Spoofed by "Weird Al" Yankovic in "Perform This Way", a parody of "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga.
    I'll wrap my small intestines round my neck and set fire to myself on stage."
  • The music video for "California" by Wax defines this. A guy running down the street? Lame and boring. A guy running down the street, on fire? The greatest music video ever made.

  • The playfield and cabinet of No Fear: Dangerous Sports are decorated with flames, just to make everything more EXTREME.
  • The pinball machine Elton John is playing in Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy is on fire... but he's too awesome to care.
  • In Hankin's The Empire Strikes Back, just about everything is either exploding or on flames, including the clouds over Hoth.
  • In the KISS pinball tables (both the Bally original and the Stern update), nearly everything is either exploding or on fire.
  • Wizard!! shows the background of the playfield and backglass covered in flames.
  • Striker Xtreme (and its Americanized remake, NFL) include flaming arrowheads, logos on fire, and balls with fiery trails. Because it's XTREME!
  • Evel Knievel includes assorted flaming backgrounds, fiery bike trails, and fireballs decorating the table.
  • Almost everything on the AC/DC pinball playfield is on fire.
  • In Metallica, nearly everything on the playfield is either surrounded by flames or on fire.
  • In Sega Pinball's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the resurrected Elizabeth is shown framed by fire on the playfield.
  • Carried as far as it can reasonably go with Williams Electronics' Fire! (1987) — not only is everything in the game shown on fire, but the game also has a rotating color cylinder inside the cabinet to make the playfield and model buildings appear to be on fire. The "Champaign Edition" of the game uses a similar feature to depict animated flames in the backglass.
  • The Super Pops animation in Aerosmith depicts Joey Kramer drumming to the point where he ends up wreathed in flames.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • On a 2009 Apache Army show, Jun Kasai beat Takashi Sasaki with a bat wrapped with barbed wire after lighting it on fire.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Several spells and a few feats in Dungeons & Dragons allow the user to light his weapon, his fists, or even his entire body on fire. These generally aren't especially effective, but damn if they don't look cool.
    • D&D 3 also has the rule that ordinary fire does only d6 damage per round — fairly little to a high-level adventurer and easily negated by moderate energy resistance (never mind a host of creatures which are immune to fire, to begin with). It's entirely possible to cast Protection from Fire on an ally, cover him in cotton and oil, set him on fire and use him as a distraction.
    • A third-edition druid can take a T. rex as an animal companion and cast a spell that engulfs its target in flames that do not damage the target itself. It's not as effective as some of the other combinations available to high-level druids, but still. Flaming T. rex.
    • At level 14 the Totemist class from Magic of Incarnum can bind the Phoenix Belt soulmeld and set himself on fire for continuous Fast Healing 1. Yup, you can set yourself on fire to HEAL. Actually a decent idea in a grapple-focused build.
    • 4th edition updates the ordinary fire rule. It does ongoing, static damage. 5 per turn in some cases. Which is how much resistance to fire Tieflings have. Ideas are forming.
    • 2nd edition's rings of fire resistance gave perfect immunity to non-magical fire, this coupled with falling damage being capped at ten six-sided dice led to people eventually doing orbital insertions. Eventually Spelljammer would address this and add a critical failure point on fire resistance leading to a sort of red hot chunky salsa rule.
    • The Forgotten Realms has even more of fun with magical fires, such as Flamespin, Darsson's Fiery Cube, Firestaff (sticks balls of fire to a staff's ends without burning it) and others. There are also fiery versions of existing spells from pyromancer Daltim. Bigby's Hands spells? He designed Daltim's Flaming Fist. 3e version of Shining South adds Daltim's Fiery Tentacles — which, you guessed it, is just like old good Evard's Black Tentacles, but on fire.
  • In d20 Modern, a Tough Hero with the Energy Resistance (Fire) talent and a Constitution of 22 is immune to being on fire (being on fire deals 1D6 of fire damage, and the character described above has Fire Resistance 6).
    • In Urban Arcana, a high-level character could use the Fortify incantation seed to grant someone an inherent resistance up to 5 to any element. It can apply to fire, and then, see above...
  • In a similar example, the typical munchkin characters in Rifts could take minimal damage from being on fire, and in a situation where they are fighting in the darkness against opponents who could see in the dark, the cost of being on fire was more than offset by the bonus the player received from the fire providing the light for them to see.
    • Speaking of Rifts, at least two independent factions have each developed a Power Armor that uses plasma and forcefields to make it appear to be on fire.
  • Warhammer 40,000 example: the Ork Mekboy/biker/Warboss/raving lunatic Wazdakka Gutzmek once found himself up against an Imperial Warlord Titan, a Humongous Mecha protected by powerful energy shields and armed with enough firepower to level entire cities. Undaunted, Wazdakka ramped his bike off a cliff and rammed the Titan with it, overloading the energy shields and setting both him and his bike on fire. The bike continued on its trajectory and slammed into the Titan's head, whereupon Wazdakka, still on fire, proceeded to butcher the Titan's pilot and bridge crew.
    • "Since that day Wazdakka has treasured the still-flaming skulls of the Titan Princeps and his crew as a grisly reminder of his biggest ever kill."
    • Warhammer 40,000 again - 2nd Edition this time. The rules for weapon effects and combat were horrendously in-depth, concentrating on having different effects on individual models in an army - however, this did mean that flame weapons could set infantry alight, who then ran around panicked whilst their squadmates tried to beat out the flames. Unless they were Frenzied, of course - in which case they charged screaming at the enemy, ignoring the fact that they were covered in burning chemicals. If you avoided rolling the "goes out" result, you could theoretically have a squad of insane, howling madmen, running across a battlefield and cutting down their enemies whilst all the time being human torches.
    • The fluff from those days also mentions the Flame Falcons Space Marine chapter.
    • 40k also has Doomrider, a Demon Prince of Slaanesh with a flaming skull head who rides around on a motorcycle. His fan-made theme song sums it up nicely:
    • In Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution, Chaos Sorcerers have the Coruscating Flame ability. It engulfs friendly units in flames dealing damage to anyone in the immediate vicinity. It is absolutely devastating against units with high model count.
  • Some (read: the more powerful) Avestites in Fading Suns can shroud their whole body in holy fire, from which they do not suffer damage themselves. Of course, the symbol of the Templar Avesti church is a flame, and their inquisitors use flame throwers...
  • In Changeling: The Lost, there's a school of powers called Contract of Elements. You choose an element to master (in this case, fire) and at level 2 you can have Armour of Fire and at level five you can be fire!
  • In Genius: The Transgression this trope is mentioned in the section on Storytelling, along with High-Altitude Battle.
    For a location, the simplest thing to do is to imagine a fun place to have a fight[...] If there's not enough excitement inherent in the location, light the whole thing on fire. Or drop it from a great height. Something that is on fire and falling is more or less ideal.
  • Characters in Everway can have any power the GM accepts is reasonable and can assign a point cost to, and one of the example characters has a power called "Sweat Fire". It's more useful for providing light than for dealing damage, but hey, you're still on fire!
  • GURPS:
    • An aggressive mage who knows the right spells in games using the standard magic system can set not just his weapons one fire but also his clothing — intelligent fire that actively attacks people who strike at the wearer. And if that's not enough he can turn himself into nothing but fire!
    • According to a strict reading of the rules, the penalty for being on fire is less than the penalty for being blinded, making self-immolation an effective (for at least a brief time) alternative to being caught in total darkness. On the other hand, it would be reasonable to say that a burning human is a lousy light source.
  • Exalted features the Fire aspected Dragon-Blooded, who light themselves on fire as they expend Essence with their special ability Charms.
  • Magic: The Gathering has Guise of Fire. Not terribly useful, but funny as all get out.

    Video Games 
  • Portal 2:
    • Cave Johnson's infamous When Life Gives You Lemons...-speech has an iconic example of this.
      Cave: Make life RUE the day it thought it could give CAVE JOHNSON LEMONS! Do you know who I am?! I'm the man who's gonna BURN YOUR HOUSE DOWN! WITH THE LEMONS!
      GLaDOS: Oh, I like this guy!
      Cave: I'm going to get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that BURNS YOUR HOUSE DOWN!
      (Cave starts coughing violently)
      GLaDOS: Burning people! He says what we're all thinking!
    • In Chapter 9, Wheatley invents Mashy-Spike-Plates (which are really just wall panels with spikes welded to them). What makes them fit into this trope is the fact that Wheatley would like them to shoot fire at you, moments before crushing you.
    • Right before commencing the final Boss Battle, Final Boss Wheatley makes a schedule for the fight, leaving three minutes to kill you, one minute to take a break, and two minutes to find out how to shut down whatever's starting all the fires.
  • Alone in the Dark (2008) gives the player the ability to set pretty much anything on fire. And shoot bullets that are on fire. In fact, said flaming bullets are one of the game's best weapons, and are never in short supply.
  • In the Subspace Emissary of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, R.O.B. makes his appearance in this manner when the robes he wore as the Ancient Minister are burned off him.
    • As well as any other character who consumes the Spicy Curry item.
  • Karlach of Baldur's Gate III isn't literally on fire (most of the time, anyways), but the Infernal Engine stuck in her heart makes her too hot to touch by anyone, makes her blood outright burn any vampire that tries to bite her, and makes her burst into genuine flames when she's feeling any emotion that's too strong.
  • In the survival horror MMORPG Dead Frontier, fire has the opposite effect on zombies that it does in most other zombie games and films. According to the lore of the game, setting boss zombies on fire with incendiary weaponry makes them stronger, by causing their infected flesh to regenerate at an accelerated pace. The flesh heals faster than the flames can burn it, causing them to become even angrier and stronger than before.
    • Sure enough, the flaming variants of boss zombies in the game have double the HP of their normal counterparts and do much greater damage. Also, they're twice as fast.
  • In the Let's Play of Dwarf Fortress "Boatmurdered," a legendary engraver ex-mayor slaughtered four dwarves while on fire. Then he beat up a dwarf who came to stop him so hard that dwarf caught on fire... and then the fort burned to the ground while the remaining inhabitants slaughtered each other in paroxysms of grief and rage until only the current ruler and a little girl were still alive. Dwarf Fortress does not handle fire well handles fire perfectly.
    • Dwarf Fortress: the only game in which the logic goes "I'm on fire. Man, I need a beer!"
    • 2012 updates have removed most issues with dwarven fires. At the very least, they actually realize now that being on fire is a bad thing and will leap into the nearest water available to put themselves out, as well as avoiding anything on fire. Still, if there's no water and they're ablaze already, things proceed as normal.
    • This can become literal "Incendiary Exponents", given that severed body parts are indicated by a squared sign.
    • War elephants, with their thick hides and high health, can survive being aflame for a long time unless they exacerbate it by spreading it to something more combustible. One of the few things that aren't better on fire is a barrel of booze.
    • Dwarf Fortress fans being what they are, "being on fire" is considered a supremely dorfy (read: good) thing. The !! thrown around in discussions (like !!Fun!!) is in reference to how the game shows that objects are on fire.
  • In the Destruction Derby segment of Full Throttle, Ben (wearing an asbestos suit) gets lit on fire and ejected from his car as part of a distraction. You then have to provide further distraction by running around the derby on fire, setting the stadium ablaze, so that the resultant inferno causes an evacuation.
  • In Pinch Mode, No More Heroes' Bad Girl spits out alcohol all over her bat. That's when the lighter comes out.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog spends pretty much the entirety of Sonic and the Secret Rings with a head cold and a flaming arrow lodged in his chest, neither of which slow him down in the slightest.
  • In Sonic Chronicles, party members can be equipped with Chao that give them elemental attack power. The element is displayed swirling around them, meaning... yes, that's right. You can set Sonic's entire body on fire this time. And if you consider the extreme boost to your ATK that said element provides, then yes, it's pretty badass.
  • When Exdeath, the Big Bad of Final Fantasy V, imprisons Krile, the granddaughter of Galuf, in a slowly closing ring of fire, Galuf jumps right into the flames and, still ablaze, picks up and tosses Krile right out of the ring before it closes in on him. He then shrugs off the flames and proceeds towards one of the most badass Heroic Sacrifices to date.
  • Final Fantasy VII has the memorable scene of Sephiroth razing Cloud's hometown of Nibelheim, which features the iconic imagery of Sephiroth walking away through the rising flames.
  • In Left 4 Dead, getting pounced by a Hunter is scary and potentially frustrating. Getting pounced by a Hunter that's on fire? Straight into the land of awesome, my friend.
  • Jinpachi Mishima from Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection. It kinda makes sense in context, since he's a demon and all.
  • In Kingdom of Loathing at one point, you could travel back in time, get the caveman equivalent of Santa Claus Uncle Crimbo to invent fire by rubbing two sticks together, and then wear it as a hat. Of course, this all makes perfect sense.
  • In the Wrath of the Lich King expansion of World of Warcraft, the conclusion to a Howling Fjord quest line for Alliance characters dealing with harpoon launchers involves launching yourself from such a weapon, and flying through the air while surfing on a spear that is on fire. And you land right in town, smack in front of the quest giver who agrees that it was insane for you to do so...
    • Warlocks have the Hellfire spell to burn enemies around them... and themselves. It's actually known to be a useful trick in situations of certain doom since killing yourself with it doesn't damage your equipment.
    • In the Rage of the Firelands expansion, the reward for unlocking all the merchants and questgivers on the Molten Front is a Flameward Hippogryph, which has orange feathers and is on fire.
  • The Source engine allows you to set things on fire and the fire can spread to other flammable things. The latest versions of the engine updated the flame effects to be quite pretty.
    • Garry's Mod gives you a Toolgun mode that sets anything you aim it at on fire. You can set things which are not flammable on fire with it, as well as other players.
    • An Addon for Wire Mod (which is itself an Addon for Garry's Mod) allows you to create Fire Field Generators that set everything in an area on fire. This includes Grenades, Missiles and Crossbow projectiles (which are superheated pieces of rebar).
  • Syphon Filter. Two words: Air Taser. Hit someone with this, hold the button down and you've got yourself a flamin' Mook!
  • Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy had a scene where one of the bosses sets two soldiers on fire to stall the hero, though it seemed rather ineffectual.
  • The King of Fighters: Kyo Kusanagi and his various clones love this trope; one of Kyo's supers involves lighting himself on fire, with anybody stupid enough to touch him going up as well. His clone K' has an attack where he creates a small explosion then kicks a fireball at the opponent, and Nameless' strongest attack has him rip off his Power Limiter and engulf himself in flames.
  • One of the minigames in Saints Row 2 lights you on fire, gives you a quad bike and tells you to follow a course through the city, all the while making cars explode and lighting pedestrians on fire (gaining you extra time for each ignition). Needless to say, Hilarity Ensues.
  • Mega Man 2 boss Heat Man (shaped like a giant lighter, no less!) lights himself on fire and then charges at you between each of his fireball attacks. Before that, Fire Man had torches on his head and arms in the first game.
  • Several enemies of The Legend of Zelda universe, particularly Fire Keese (burning bats!) and Torch Slugs.
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War features flaming penguins the special secret "after game" party at Club Vox, and a special gun (besides the normal flamethrower)that can set people on fire.
    • In the original Deus Ex Gunther Hermann attacks you with the near-unavoidable flamethrower. The simplest solution is to kill him while on fire, then put yourself out with a nearby extinguisher.
  • Resident Evil 4 brings us Oven Man, a soldier Ganados who stuffs himself in a gas oven, just so he can attack people while on fire. Of course, if you're quick enough to dodge his initial charge, he drops dead after 30 seconds.
  • In Prince of Persia (2008), during the final battle with The Warrior, he flings himself into a lava pit and then emerges shortly afterward, on fire. Naturally, in this state, he is immune to all attacks, though his health bar drains steadily.
  • In Lugaru you can do this at any time just by running into a fire. If you hit an enemy, it then lights them on fire. It's probably a good idea to roll on the ground and put it out quickly, though.
  • There is a unique pair of gloves in Neverwinter Nights, which has an item description describing a tavern brawler who lit his hands on fire, liked the intimidation it caused in his opponent, and spent the rest of his life trying to recreate the effect without the pain.
  • Mass Effect
    • One of the Husk types in Mass Effect 2 is the "Abomination," a fast-moving Husk suicide bomber that happens to be on fire, to boot.
    • In the Citadel DLC for Mass Effect 3, this happens offscreen to former teammate Grunt - not in a combat situation, but because he stole a C-Sec hovercar after setting it on fire with a bottle of ryncol (which can apparently serve as a Molotov Cocktail even without lighting it first). This experience leaves him none the worse for wear.
    • Mass Effect: Andromeda: When asked for combat advice, Drack inevitably defaults to suggesting setting it on fire. "Generally speaking, people don't like getting set on fire." Ryder cocks a brow at the "generally" and asks what the story is behind that. Drack replies that he was once fighting a rival group of mercenaries, and jumped at them wielding a flamethrower... only to see them all screaming and running in terror. Turned out he'd been doused in turian brandy at some point and had accidentally set himself on fire without realizing it. Getting charged by a yelling krogan who is also on fire was apparently too much for his foes to handle. Drack claims to be related to the legendary warlord Shiagur, whose DNA was also used to create the aforementioned Grunt. Shiagur and her descendents appear to be more fire-resistant than the average krogan.
  • Borderlands gets bonus points for actually calling it incendiary. Marcus puts it best:
    Marcus: Normal bullets not cool enough for you? Get a Maliwan and set some people on fire!
    • Not to mention all of the flaming enemies who play with this trope.
    • Borderlands 2 has DLC character Krieg, who actually has a skill tree all about getting buffs when he's on fire.
  • .hack//G.U. Azure Flame Kite certainly lives up to his name. He travels about as a flying ball of blue flame and is often seen wreathed in blue fire seemingly for no reason other than it makes him look incredibly badass.
    • Whenever someone activates "Beast Awakening", they appear to be surrounded by dark red flames for the duration of the attack.
  • Yukimura's special in Sengoku Basara X involves screaming loud enough to set his foot on fire and then kicking his opponent in the face with it.
  • In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the second battle against Popple and Rookie has them attempting their own version of Mario and Luigi's Bros. Moves that combines this with Fastball Special: Rookie sets Popple on fire, swings him around, and hurls him at the brothers.
  • In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, the Goomba Storm special has Bowser bombarding the enemy with flaming Goombas.
  • The Soldier in Team Fortress 2 gains an achievement for killing 20 opponents while on fire.
    • This is why Pyros are the best Spychecker. Friendly Fireproof is in effect, so trying to burn a bonafide teammate does no damage and doesn't ignite them. If a "teammate" lights on fire, they're an enemy Spy.
    • With the introduction of Unusual items, you can fight your enemies while wearing a flaming hat!
    • The Gun Mettle update introduced Decorated weapons, some of which may have a particle effect. The one labeled 'Hot' will cause the weapon to catch fire and emit sizzling embers all along its length. This means that you can now kill someone with a Flamethrower that is itself on fire.
  • The LittleBigPlanet level boss for The Islands, the "Terrible Oni", is basically a mass of Basic Wood with a fire log emitter and a sword. What makes him scary? He's on fire. Which also means Collision Damage to any Sackperson stupid enough to jump at him. He really becomes tame if you use the Delethalize Tool on him in Create Mode, or flood the level with water, which puts out flaming objects. Yup, the second-most-scary boss of Story Mode can be made wimpy with a few clicks of the Popit.
  • TimeSplitters 2:
    • The game has a multi-player character named Crispin, which is a zombie constantly on fire.
    • 'There's also a multiplayer mode called Flame Tag, in which the person who's "it" is on fire.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, if a mage uses the "Flaming Weapons" spell while Dog is in the party, Dog's entire body will catch on fire. That's right: you can have a flaming war hound in your party.
    • One of the Fade shapeshifting forms in the Fade Dream is the "Burning Man". You turn into a fireball throwing flaming zombie who is also immune to fire (letting you get past pesky flame barriers).
    • And if you thought Steel Golems were bad enough, in Awakening you get to fight an Inferno Golem. That's right you have to fight a giant Golem THAT'S ON FIRE!
  • In Dead to Rights, the Big Bad Hennessey attacks with flaming fists for the second half of the final battle. Ironically, you defeat him by knocking him into the furnace.
  • In one mission of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, you have to remove crates of explosives from a burning warehouse, with the fire blocking one path after another, creating a sort of Mobile Maze.
    • You get a "Flaming Insane Stunt Bonus" in the same game if you perform a jump in a vehicle that's on fire.
  • Halo:
    • In Halo 3 multiplayer, Bungie employees had access to a Spartan chest-piece which set their heads on fire. note 
    • Halo: Reach sets even more things on fire (perhaps to compensate for the lack of fire-based weapons). The Legendary Edition armor effect sets the player's head on fire like the Bungie armor from Halo 3, in Headhunter mode players collect flaming skulls from the dead, in Oddball mode, the "ball" is a flaming skull, and in Juggernaut mode, the juggernaut's entire body is set aflame.
    • Reach also has the "Eternal" armor effect (gained by downloading the Bungie app for iPod) set your helmet on fire. The fire is blue. It's pretty cool.
  • City of Heroes encourages this, as there is not only a powerset that makes you stronger and tougher by being on fire (Fire Armor) but another powerset that buffs your allies by setting them on fire. (albeit there's also equivalents for ice, energy and sound. The game covers all the bases.)
  • Viewtiful Joe must set himself on fire in order to defeat certain bosses.
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards: The Spark + Fire power weaponizes the Incendiary Exponent by having Kirby set his own head on fire via static electricity and charge into the fray, killing the enemies he touches (except for the normally invincible ones).
  • Kirby's Return to Dream Land introduces Mr. Dooter, a genie-like thing that juggles skulls. Said skulls are on fire in EX mode.
  • All of the physical Fire-type attacks in the Pokémon series involve the user hitting the target while on fire.
  • The second-to-last boss before Bowser in the game Super Mario Galaxy is actually a fiery version of Dino Piranha, the game's first boss.
    • Also, the second-to-last boss of Super Mario Galaxy 2 appears to be a fiery version of Gobblegut, the end boss of World 1. Since Gobblegut takes on the appearance of a big, green dragon, Fire Gobblegut will actually be both a dragon and The Dragon to Bowser!
  • Dead Space plays with this with the flame thrower. It's best used against the little swarming fuckers.
  • BioShock (1 and 2) played with this by giving you a plasmid that turns your hand into a flamethrower.
  • Fallout: New Vegas's DLC Honest Hearts has a flaming mutant bear called "The Ghost of She", which evidently can survive constantly being on fire. Or it may have been the stuff the village shaman made you take.
  • Speaking of flaming bears, Annie from League of Legends, an 8-year-old pyromancer, summons her teddy bear, Tibbers, for her ultimate ability. Except he's not actually a teddy bear, but a giant ferocious shadow bear Annie turned into a teddy bear. He's on fire, of course.
  • In ClaDun, stumbling into fire is one of the hazards of the dungeons, but while you're on fire, your weapon does fire damage! This is great against enemies weak to fire, but it's bad if you're fighting enemies made of fire.
  • Ken in Super Street Fighter II has a flaming Dragon Punch.
    • Fei Long has this for his vertical anti-air kick.
      • Ryu and Ken began it all though in the era of early versions of Street Fighter II: Sometimes the graphical engine would fart and create a red-tinted Hadouken on release. Despite Word of God saying that this was merely a graphical glitch and had no game mechanic relevance, fans kept spreading ideas that it dealt more damage, or was slightly faster, or stunned the adversary for a slightly longer period. Come Super Street Fighter II, the red-colored Hadouken was implemented as an actual signature skill of Ryu's (and Akuma's), the Shakunetsu (Scorching-Hot) Hadouken, with Ken's becoming his worldwide well-known Flaming Shoryuken.
  • Certain opponents in the Dynasty Warriors series will have flames flickering around them, denoting that they are a lot stronger than normal. Lu Bu typically fights you with this in effect at all times.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has "cloak" spells, which wreathe the caster in flame (or frost or shock) for a time, dealing damage to everyone that's in melee range to the caster.
  • Newgrounds hit Dadgame makes beautiful use of this. By striking enemies and destroying objects, Dad's carnage meter rises. When it is over 100%, Dad becomes invincible and gains a new tornado attack. This new rampage form is referred to as 'Dad on fire' in the game's manual, and yes, he is on fire for the whole duration of the invincibility. AND SMILING THE WHOLE TIME.
  • Robot Unicorn Attack: Heavy Metal Edition is basically the original Robot Unicorn Attack set in Fire and Brimstone Hell. Naturally, it manages to increase the original's awesomeness by setting most of the game ablaze with hellfire, even the Tears of Blood the Robot Unicorn sheds during the Game Over screens. And then crowning it all with Blind Guardian.
  • Castlevania games such as Castlevania II: Simon's Quest allow the player character the use of a flame whip or any other weapon imbued with the power of fire.
  • Upon being set on fire, Wario becomes almost uncontrollable (save for jumping), but can break certain obstacles.
  • A good deal of the altered artes throughout the Tales Series are basically the original arte, but with fire.
  • The life philosophy of Ignus from Planescape: Torment. Being turned into a conduit to the elemental plane of fire was the best thing to ever happen to him.
  • In Plants vs. Zombies, Torchwood torches peas that pass through it, turning them into fireballs. Torchwood's fire doesn't help frozen peas; they're simply unfreezed into normal, weaker peas.
  • Magic archers in Dragon's Dogma have a skill where they light themselves on fire to deal fire damage to enemies that get too close and to badly burn and damage any large enemy they choose to cling to. The trope image quote "because they can't grab me if I'm on fire" seems to be how magic archer Arisen's see it too.
  • Path of Exile has the Righteous Fire skill, which lights the user on fire to damage all nearby enemies and provides a massive boost to spell damage. Since the burning also hurts the user Righteous Fire builds tend to go for as much fire resistance and life regeneration as possible. There are also unique items like Mokou's Embrace and Eye of Innocence that give stat buffs while ignited.
  • Take a Fire Shield with you to Oil Ocean Zone in Sonic Mania and you can turn all the oil in the stage into a raging inferno by jumping in. This can also happen if you destroy a Gohla badnik and one of the flames it was shielding itself with falls into an oil pool.
  • Mutant Football League: One Dirty Trick play, named Flame On!, involves harmlessly igniting the running back, then having him go barreling through the defensive line, hopefully spreading it to as many opposing players as he can. While in this state, he cannot be tackled until the flames go out and deals huge chunks of damage to anyone dumb enough to try. That is, unless they're a BruiserBot or Hellspawned Demon, who are immune to fire.
  • Total War: Warhammer: Certain elite units wield flaming weapons. In practice this makes them very effective against forest spirits and units with regeneration such as ghouls and trolls, which are vulnerable to fire, while also looking very impressive.
    • The Grail Guardians and Grail Knights, Bretonnia's highest tier of cavalry, wield Flaming Swords and lances respectively.
    • The Regiments of Renown (unique, more powerful variants of regular units) versions of the Dragon Princes of Caledor and the Dwarf Warriors, the Fireborn and the Warriors of Dragonfire Pass, wield flaming lances and axes.
    • The Flaming Sword of Rhuin spell from the Lore of Fire does this in the in-game flavor, enshrouding allied weapons in fire, but in practice doesn't create any change in appearance — it simply gives a damage buff.

  • Girl Genius:
    • Gilgamesh Wulfenbach received a hat as a gift that is, among many other things, on fire.
    • The Torchmen, the primary air defense system for Mechanicsburg, comprises a swarm of flying clanks that have flaming lances and are themselves on fire. They're the reasons old airship sailors have rhymes about simply staying the hell away from Mechanicsburg.
  • Subverted in 8-Bit Theater: Red Mage willingly lets himself be set on fire after casting about fifty resurrection spells on himself. This prevents him from being burned to death (well, he does die, but he is immediately resurrected, still ablaze). However, he admits that the process is extremely painful (saying that the resurrection spell is actually even more painful than the burning) and runs out of resurrection charges at the worst possible moment.
    • Earlier, the team defeated a mob boss by flinging burning ninja corpses at him.
  • Dan in Another Gaming Comic is obsessed with fire and his standard attack is to cast fireball centred on himself.
  • The Order of the Stick: Vaarsuvius makes an enlightening demonstration of the proper use of a Fire Shield spell in this strip. It doesn't stop the mother dragon from swallowing him/her whole, but this ends up being a bad idea...
    "Six attacks per round doesn't seem like such a good idea, does it?"
  • Art in Sequential Art pondered how one can return "a raisin-filled ball of foul-tasting hatred". Seems to be a natural solution, this.
  • Mentioned in Boy Meets Boy: "On a related note, boss, 'fire ants' are not ants on fire."
  • Neithe in Get Medieval loved the trebuchets assembled to besiege a castle held by the English. "The only way this could be any cooler is if we set the projectiles on FIRE!" On cue, she saw a soldier hold a torch to a projectile. "Hot DOG!"
  • In Looking for Group, Richard the Warlock wipes out the Evil Empire soldiers guarding a portal that threatens the fledgling kingdom of Kethenica with invasion by lighting the dragon he's currently riding on fire and raining fire down on the hapless troops below.
    • Richard is pretty much this personified. His solution to about 90% of the obstacles the group faces involves lighting it on fire. And that's when he's not doing it just for his own amusement in the first place.
  • In Boxjams Doodle, whenever Boxjam is telling a story, and he can't think of a good ending, he just has everything suddenly catch fire.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent, this happened when some monsters turned out to be less vulnerable to fire than expected. In the page comments, the author outright admitted having had it happen because the monsters weren't threatening enough on their own.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: Antimony sets her hair on fire when accepting the post of Forest Medium. She can do this harmlessly because she's part fire elemental: her hair is just fine a panel later. She apparently did it just to look cool.
  • In El Goonish Shive, in the last part of the "New and Old Flames" storyline Dex becomes Wreathed in Flames before summoning multiple creatures.

    Web Original 
  • Sankis' final rampage in Boatmurdered made all the more incredible by the fact that they were on fire during the entirety of it.
mariguana: "Did I mention he is on fucking fire!?"

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • On this very wiki, the icon of the music namespace is a music note. The icon for the Awesome Music namespace is a flaming music note.
  • The notorious pirate Blackbeard tied slow matches (the kind used in match-lock muskets) into his hair and beard before boarding a victimized ship or entering combat. He did it because it was as scary as hell.
  • Flaming pudding! Who cares what it tastes like, it's on fire!
  • Flaming Sambuca, the instigator for many a sloppy night.
  • "I kicked a burning terrorist so hard in balls that I tore a tendon in my foot."
  • Incendiary pigs!
  • Priests of Mithra (the Persian sun-god, who was very popular in Rome) would impress new initiates by having them drugged up, and then appearing to them as the god in the middle of the night… the priest wearing a leather cap covered with flaming pitch. Yes, they set their own heads on fire.
  • According to Dave Barry, strawberry pop-tarts will combust spectacularly if one sticks them into an old-fashioned pop-up toaster and prevents it from popping up.
    • British consumer watchdog programs investigate this claim and issued warnings that you can indeed do this if not careful.
    • Way back in 1994, Patrick Michaud (original author of the PmWiki engine) started an early Internet meme by testing Dave Barry's assertion and posting the results.
  • Audie Murphy takes on the Germans in a flaming M-10.
  • Similar to the above, an airman by the name of Sergeant Maynard "Snuffy" Smith was serving as a gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress that was severely damaged and engulfed in flames during a bombing raid on the German submarine pens at St. Nazaire. The fire, which was beginning to engulf the plane's ammunition supply, had already burned holes through parts of the fuselage. Snuffy, rather than bailing out (as two of his crewmates chose to do), stayed aboard, splitting his time between fighting the fires, tossing burning boxes of .50 calibre ammunition out of the plane, tending to the wounds of another crewmate, and of course, using the machine guns to fend off the Luftwaffe fighter planes that were still trying to shoot the plane down. He became the first living airman to receive the Medal of Honor.note 
  • How many monster truck rallies/daredevil shows have advertised themselves with the prospect that something is going to be set on fire?
  • This is the driving concept behind flambé, a flashy cooking technique that involves setting food aflame.
  • During The Middle Ages in Europe and even before, it was a common roofing technique to use thatch (for insulation) and tar (for waterproofing). Of course, this was in the age that people used torches and candles, so you can guess how well that panned out...
  • Fire tornadoes. They have these in Southern California. What more can be said? It's a tornado made out of freaking FIRE! They look exactly as pants-pissingly scary as the name would imply, and it's not an unfounded fear either, as they can be extremely deadly: one killed 38,000 in 15 minutes during the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake in Japan (caused by the quake striking during lunchtime, destroying lit ovens and starting multiple fires that spread out of control). What makes them so dangerous is that with a big enough fire, there is so much hot air/smoke rising that it creates a low-pressure zone, pulling in cooler air from all around the fire. As anyone who has fanned a flame knows that more air means a more intense fire, which creates more heat which causes the air to rise faster, pulling in even more air to fan the fire with. Worth noting, those winds are also likely dragging in any loose flammable material (including any buildings or trees that were blown down or uprooted by the winds) to feed the flames. Most such fires are caused by naturally-occurring forest or bush fires covering large areas, but a few have happened in cities, often as the result of massive air raids.
  • Watching things being chewed up by a giant shredder is fascinating and kind of hypnotic. When that thing is exploding lumps of metal it's amazing.


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TOK Hot Bro Throw

Fire Bros can set other Fire Bros on fire and throw them at Mario.

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