In slapstick and/or cartoony works, if someone is going to be on fire, chances are this fire is going to be very brief, and within that, chances that it's going to be isolated to their rear ends.
Expect them to be launched skyward at an alarming rate. It will usually be put out by the victim sitting down in the nearest body of water and breathing a sigh of relief. May be a result of a Butt Brand.
Often used in games as a comical player death, but often used in artwork or animation as a precursor to exposure or any other humiliating mishap. Example being of a character trying to act cool just after getting burned only to turn around and reveal their pants have burnt up enough to expose their butt.
See also Literal Ass-Kicking. Compare Farts on Fire and Pain to the Ass. Subtrope of Amusing Injuries; sister trope to Thumbtack on the Chair, Shot in the Ass, and Butt Biter. Not to be confused with Toasted Buns, which refers to why placing a jet pack exhaust near someone's rear end would CAUSE a rump roast.
- Anya, shortly after her Attack Hello in Mahou Sensei Negima!
- Also by Ken Akamatsu, Keitaro of Love Hina suffers one, as does Shinobu later on when she activates a pair of rocket-propelled panties.
- Dragon Ball Z:
- This happened to Goku during the first episode of his fight with Freeza, after Freeza opened up a hole through Namek's crust causing lava to spew around the battlefield. Even though Goku can fly. Of course, this part was filler.
- Goku also gets his buns cooked when he fights Princess Snake, as well as when he and Vegeta are escaping Buu's body
- Goku suffers this as child in Dragon Ball in the episode 'Mark of the Demon'
- Ash Ketchum, in the Pokémon episode "Charizard's Burning Ambition".
- Also happens to Team Rocket at the end of the episode "Hour of the Houndour", trying to duck underneath a Houndour's Flamethrower attack.
- Rockruff is forced to tearfully put out its tail while training with Turtonator in "Rocking Clawmark Hill!".
- This happens to Luffy in episode 160 of One Piece after Satori invokes this trope during their first ordeal.
- Made even funnier by the fact that he uses a Pain-Powered Leap to put it out after jumping into the jaws of a sky shark.
- This happens to Onizuka in Episode 23 of Great Teacher Onizuka entitled Superstition when he stands too close to a box of burning chain letters
- This happens to Fairy Tail's Gray Fullbuster in the second OVA when he sits on a hot rock Natsu had placed upon his chair
- In a Smurfs one-page gag story, as the Smurfs are all getting excited over the presents they received from Santa, Chilly Smurf ponders why he received a pair of Santa pants with a hole burned in the seat while standing next to a roaring fireplace.
- "Remy's Valentine", an X-Men: Evolution fanfic centered around Gambit, suggests that this happened to him in the very first scene. It feels like this trope, but it's then revealed that the cause was actually Rogue accidentally shooting him in the bottom.
- Happens to Sasuke in Chapter 3 of "Shattered Eyes". Naruto gets a good laugh out of it, but Sasuke is far less amused for obvious reasons.
- In the first chapter of the Mega Crossover Multiverse fic "Here Be Monsters", Pit is knocked butt-first onto a running stove burner he was using to cook by what seems to be an earthquake tremor, but turns out to be the aftershock of the primordial goddess, Lahamu, re-emerging into the multiverse.
- Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged naturally has Wedge's moment, but this gem accentuates it:
Wedge: (shrill scream) My ass! Pooping will now be a trial!
- Inverted in Son of the Sannin. Tamaki uses an attack named Blazing Feline Aerial Bomber, which is basically dropping herself rear-first on her opponent while set on fire.
- From Ice Age:
Sid: Just call me "Sid: Lord of the Flames!"
Manny: Hey, Lord of the Flames....your tail's on fire.
- In Mulan, the matchmaker accidentally sits on coals and starts running around with her dress on fire. Then Mulan adds oxygen to the fire by trying to put it out with her fan.
- This occurs in 101 Dalmatians when Horace is knocked rear-first into a roaring fireplace by Perdita.
- Toy Story 2 had a clip of an old Show Within a Show segment when Prospector Pete tries to extinguish a lit dynamite fuse by sitting on it, then jumps up and exclaims "my biscuits are burnin'" in a Shout-Out to Yosemite Sam.
- Beauty and the Beast: Lumiere burned one of the mobbing townspeople this way.
- The Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie features Mr. Krabs experiencing one after being shot by Neptune.
- Kung Fu Panda: "I LOVE KUNG FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!"
- The Lion King (1994): Zazu is captured by the hyenas and shoved into a geyser dubbed "the birdie boiler" during our heroes' first encounter with them, launching him through the air like a rocket. "No! Not the birdie boiler!"
- During the climactic battle with Shere Khan in The Jungle Book (1967), Mowgli finds out from the Vultures that fire is the one thing Khan fears, and while the Vultures distract Khan, Mowgli ties a burning branch to Khan's tail.
- Seen in The Chipmunk Adventure during the "Wooly Bully" number; this happens to the native tribe leader when another native accidentally sets his rear end on fire while dancing with a torch. The resulting pained scream of the tribe leader as he rockets into the air is left intact on the soundtrack version of the song.
- In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Uncle Lewis lights his cigar, unknowingly sets fire to the Christmas tree, then turns around to reveal that his toupee and the seat of his pants are also on fire.
- This happens to Kirk Douglas in The Villain.
- Yosemite Sam in Who Framed Roger Rabbit: "My biscuits are burnin'!"
- Another Who Framed Roger Rabbit example: In the "Somethin's Cookin'" short that starts off the movie, Roger is trapped in an oven set to "Volcano Heat". After he becomes "Well Done", he shoots out of the oven with his behind on fire and runs around the kitchen in circles leaving a trail of smoke.
- The Muppet Christmas Carol: Gonzo accidentally ignites Rizzo's tail while lighting a lamp.
Rizzo: Hey, hey hey! Light the lamp, not the rat! Light the lamp, not the rat!
- The barfight scene from The Boondock Saints ends with the Russian mobster Ivan Checkov getting his ass set on fire by Connor and Murphy. This pisses Checkov off enough to get his buddy and pay a visit to their apartment with Desert Eagles and handcuffs, setting up the first major killing of the movie.
- The Three Stooges would occasionally torch each other this way.
- Legend (1985). Blix uses the unicorn horn to set Blunder's (one of the other goblin's) butt on fire.
- The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor has this happening to Jonathon after lighting a giant firework they were trying to shoot the mummy of the day with.
- Laurel and Hardy: Ollie has his bum set on fire by Charlie Hall in Them Thar Hills.
- This happens to Jackie Chan's character in Drunken Master.
- In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this is not actually depicted but gets recited by Robin's minstrel in "Brave Sir Robin" as one of the many deaths and tortures he is definitely not afraid of.
- In Looney Tunes: Back in Action, the main characters set up camp in the desert and Daffy burns his tail on their campfire.
- In The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, this happens to Miss Slighcarp near the end of the film when she falls backwards into the fireplace.
- Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, although it was made more explicit in the animated adaptation than the original book:
"Three cheers for good old Bilbo!""Thank you! But I'd appreciate a more pragmatic salute. In other words.. extinguish me!"
- It doesn't actually happen, but in Harry Potter, Mad-Eye Moody warns Harry not to put his wand in his back pocket because he might set it on fire. "Better wizards than you have lost buttocks that way!"
- In Peter Pan, Captain Hook sits down on a large mushroom that turns out to be the Lost Boy's chimney.
- Older Than Print: Nicholas from "The Miller's Tale" ends up getting his ass toasted with a hot poker when a prank on his girlfriend's unsuccessful suitor goes awry.
- Malachite Casket by P. Bazhov: at the copper mill, an overly cruel overseer somehow sat onto the white-hot metal ingot, leading to the instant death from his ass being incinerated. This event is also Based on a True Story.
- A variant in They're Torturing Teachers in Room 104. Finius Q. Sands, a local egomaniac politician and father to one of the problem students, is attempting to carry out revenge against Ms. Merriweather, the magical teacher of the story, after she turned his son's hair blue by destroying Sidney, her magic sentient door. He attempts to blow off Sidney's hinges with two packs of firecrackers, only for them to end up in his back pockets and reduce the back of his pants to shreds, revealing his Goofy Print Underwear.
Finius: Uh-oh.Sidney: Have a blast, Finny baby.
- Red Dwarf did this with the Justice Zone episode.
- In a Horrible Histories sketch, a Victorian man's trousers have caught fire. The funny part isn't only that his bottom is on fire, it's that any of the words another Victorian man is trying to use to inform him of this, even "trousers" and "legs", are considered too rude, so all the man who's on fire is doing is reprimanding the other man for his language. At the end, he finally realizes what's happening and yells "My trousers! My legs! My BOTTOM!"
- In the L.A. Law episode "Smoke Gets in Your Thighs," Murray Melman (Roxanne's father, played by the late Vincent Gardenia) is hired by McKenzie-Brackman to paint the office's bathroom. After he's finished, he unwisely pours a bucket of thinner down the toilet. Douglas comes in, compliments Murray's work, sits down on the john, lights up a cigar....and Hilarity Ensues. Murray adds insult to injury when he visits Douglas in the burn unit and tries to lighten things up by telling jokes like, "You didn't blow your top....you blew your bottom!"
- At the end of an episode of The Woodwright's Shop featuring Williamsburg blacksmiths, one of them gets Roy Underhill in the rear end with one of his tools... which had just been sitting in a fire moments before.
- Mr. Bungle's "My Ass Is on Fire"
- Final Fantasy VII did this early in the game; after blowing up one of the Mako reactors, AVALANCHE makes a speedy exit. The other members make decent exits, but Wedge comically runs out with his ass on fire, trying to put it out.
- In most of the Ratchet & Clank games, if you fall into lava you'll shoot out with your butt on fire.
- Same for Donkey Kong in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.
- Same for Crash Bandicoot in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped.
- Also true for Coco in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
- Sly Cooper: With the titular character, with the tail instead of the "butt".
- While Sly suffers from this in the trilogy, all playable characters can catch their butts on fire in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time surprisingly, even Carmelita.
- From The Legend of Zelda series:
- Some flame attacks in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap would do this to Link and force him to run around at top speed.
- Falling into lava in The Wind Waker, A Link Between Worlds, and Skyward Sword will have Link react this way. The last is particularly hilarious since Skyward Sword has a much more serious Link compared to the others.
- In Kingdom Hearts, hitting Captain Hook with fire will give him a case of this. While he's weak against it, it's actually not a very good idea, as he runs around so quickly that hitting him becomes a chore, and he'll damage anyone he collides with. It becomes more viable in the future games he's fought in, as he frantically hops up and down in place instead.
- Also, one fire spell you can use in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories has the description 'Donald flubs a fire spell'. When you use that spell, Donald came running around with his rear literally on fire, damaging enemies he touches.
- The Meow Wow and the various Kyroo dream eaters in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance will suffer a brief case of this if they get hit with a fire attack, leaving them open to further abuse. This predictably presents issues for them if they go up against dream eaters like the Ryu Dragon that use the fire element in almost all of their attacks.
- And now Sora himself gets to suffer from it in Kingdom Hearts III if he comes to contact with any type of fire.
- It happens in Digimon Battle Spirits. If you get hit with the fire throw items or get hit by Impmon's fireballs, you'll get your rear set on fire.
- When Fox is exposed to fire in Star Fox Adventures, his tail will burn for a few seconds.
- In a very obscure fighting Neo Geo game Aggressors of Dark Kombat, there's a Molotov cocktail. If you throw it and you or your opponent steps on it, you'll be hopping around with your rear on fire.
- The platform game Baby Jo: If your baby loses all her health in a fire, she launches screaming to the sky with her diaper on fire.
- In Legend of Kay, Kay will be running around with his tail on fire for a short time when he is hit by the dragon's fire.
- Radiata Stories has a status effect called Blazed. Your rear will be on fire and you'll take minor damage similar to poison.
- In The Secret of Monkey Island, when Guybrush launches himself out of a cannon to reach Monkey Island from his ship, he lands with his butt on fire. Herman Toothrot wanders by and remarks idly, "By the way, you might want to think about putting that fire out. Somebody could be hurt."
- This is exactly what happens if Mario touches lava in the New Super Mario Bros. (which is also a One-Hit Kill), Super Mario 64, Super Mario RPG, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Odyssey titles.
- This also happens to Yoshi in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island if he falls into lava.
- Taken to the extreme in Mario vs. Donkey Kong, where touching lava causes Mario's entire body to light on fire, even charring him when he touches solid ground!
- In Mario Sports Mix, if you get burned by a Podoboo or Bowser's special ability, this will happen.
- In Mario Kart Double Dash, hitting a fire obstacle, getting hit by Mario or Luigi's fireballs or the Thunderbolt will cause the character on the back of the Kart to get their behind lit on fire and unable to use any item they're holding while they put it out.
- One of the moves in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga involves Mario setting Luigi's pants on fire to dash at high speeds. In the sequels, the Burn status effect prevents the affected bro from jumping he's too busy trying to put out the seat of his trousers.
- Fire Wario of Wario Land series, before being completely engulfed in flames.
- This is also what happens to Mario in the fangame Super Mario 63 when he touches lava or fire.
- Mario Party loves this trope, with Mario, Peach and company frequently suffering from this countless times in every game. Notable examples include 5's Lava Bubble capsule, which has the characters intentionally inflict this on themselves to advance 10 spaces and Island Tour's Bowser's Peculiar Peak, a board that forces everyone to run around with their butts on fire, every single turn.
- Interestingly enough, touching Grimy Water in Super Mario 3D Land or Super Mario 3D World causes this, but with purple fire.
- In the New Super Mario Bros. games, hitting a Prickly Goomba with a fireball will cause their shell to explode and the Goomba inside to shoot out with its butt on fire.
- The "burnt" condition in Miitopia inflicts this to the Miis.
- This is shown happening to Meg in the background of the cover art for the Family Guy Video Game. (It even says across the bottom: "It's too HOT for TV!")
- When you let the fire imps in Conker's Bad Fur Day touch you, Conker's tail will catch on fire for a few seconds.
- Spyro does this to some enemies on the original Spyro the Dragon. They are armored in front, but you can have Spyro toast them from behind. They'll go running off holding their bottoms and making Spyro catch up to flame them again for the kill.
- This is how Spyro himself reacts to touching lava from the second game onwards.
- In A Hero's Tail, this is how you defeat Gnasty Gnorc. When his weapon gets stuck in the ground and he stops to focus on pulling it out, Spyro runs up and flames his behind, causing him to jump and grab his bottom. You can also charge his behind, but it's very precise and you may run out of time, so most players simply flame him.
- In the Cloud Temples level of Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, a Wizard sets some trolls on fire, causing them to either run around or jump in place.
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has this apply to any Burned entities, complete with running around with their cans on fire; if they touch any other combatant at this time, the fire spreads. Note that this and Harmless Freezing can be applied at once (freezing encases the victim's head in ice).
- A Hat in Time Falling in lava or getting burned by fire causes Hat Kid to bounce upwards with her butt on fire, all while taking damage and trailing smoke.
- The Flash game Kamikaze Pigs has a late-game upgrade named after this trope. It causes the pants of parachuting fighter pilots to explode on contact with the ground.
- Ape Escape 3 has this happen to both the boy and girl protagonists. This can happen from many different situations, but all with the same effect of leaping into the air while taking damage and trailing smoke from behind. They can both suffer a rump roast from lava, fire, hot water in the hot springs, freezing ice, and will also go through the same damage animation getting stabbed in the butt by spikes.
- While only in the manual, Samus gets her butt on fire in the official art for the original Metroid. While this is an increasingly common gag in Nintendo games, Samus may very well be the first instance of a Nintendo character getting her butt burned.
- There's a scene in Wapsi Square where Monica's rejection of her inner demon Doubt sets Doubt's ass on fire. Doubt eventually finds a way to get her own back on Monica. Nose flicks!
- MegaTokyo: Setting his sleeve on fire was all part of Largo's plan to allow Yuki to get away. The pants were not part of the plan.
- The Whiteboard: During an instance of Caffeine Bullet Time Doc decided to give Swamp Fox a wedgie. The friction was a bit high.
- In The 13th Ghost of Scooby-Doo, Matches defeats Zomba and Revolta by breathing fire at their backsides.
- This Reeves and Mortimer sketch.
- IGSRJ's review of Super Mario Bros. 3 shows Mario jumping and getting hit from below with a Podoboo (jumping fireball) and shrinking, and IGSRJ commenting, "Did I mention that Mario has a hot ass? Sorry, I know the joke was bad. I apologize."
- The website PolitiFact has "pants on fire" as their highest level of political bullshit, meaning that it's absolutely not true.
- The entire point of this Just For Laughs prank.
- The Darkwing Duck episode "Can't Bayou Love" has Darkwing's rear get set on fire by a candle.
- Looney Tunes:
Moe: Me smell Mohican burning. (Pause.) Me last Mohican... (Another pause) Must be me! (Cue scream and Pain-Powered Leap)
- The now-rare cartoon "Mississippi Hare" has a sequence late in that short where Colonel Shuffle suffers this after chasing Bugs Bunny into a boiler on a riverboat ("YIPE!").
- This happens in "The Oily American", but it takes the wealthy Native American protagonist a few seconds to realize it:
- Happens to Wile E. Coyote quite a few times:
- In "Zoom and Bored", in one of the most surreal scenes on Looney Tunes (the wall scene).
- In "Soup Or Sonic," Wile E. survives a rocket ride apparently unscathed, so he turns around and walks away - revealing a small flame on his tail. He walks over a hill and out of sight, and then jumps up from the pain.
- From The Simpsons:
"Are you saying Homer Simpson is a liar?""Well, we do have this footage of him with his pants on fire."
- One Couch Gag involved the family with fire on their behinds running to the couch with water to get it extinguished.
- There was also an episode in which some rock stars go berserk and chase Homer around in a giant red vehicle shaped like Satan's head, pushing a button that causes flames to shoot out from the devil's mouth and burn Homer's buns. Once they've come to their senses, the musicians apologize to Homer and offer him the vehicle as a gift - and he uses it to burn off Principal Skinner's clothes, leaving him in only his Goofy Print Underwear and frantically trying to cover himself.
- In the Pixie & Dixie short "Cousin Tex", the visiting mouse does this to Mr. Jinks with his branding iron.
- Bozo the Clown does this as well to a sheep-stealing wolf in "Sheep Thief Grief."
- In one episode of Transformers Cybertron, Scourge sets Thundercracker's butt on fire. It's hilarious.
- Codename: Kids Next Door: In "Operation H.O.T.S.T.U.F.F.", Numbuh 3, sick of her father leaving the house cold, turns up the thermostat, turning it into a cauldron. As Numbuhs 1, 2 and 5 enter her house to try and turn down the thermostat, Numbuh 1 gets his butt set on fire.
Numbuh 1: Who's cooking hamburgers?Numbuh 5: I don't know about hamburgers, but your buns are on fire!
- In Here Comes the Grump, the Grump gets Toasted Buns occasionally as a form of Amusing Injuries.
- The cave child Grog got toasted tooties in The Smurfs episode "Lost in the Ages". And occasionally, Azrael's tail would catch on fire from some of Gargamel's experiments.
- Alexandra in the 1970s cartoon Josie and the Pussycats suffers this in the season 2 episode "The Four-Eyed Dragon of Cygnon", when she sits on a malfunctioning control panel, setting her rear aflame.
- Disney's archvillain Pete suffers this in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas when he sticks a lit cigar in her back pocket.
- Suffered by Goofy in the same film when he sits on a hot stove element.
- At the end of "Three Little Pigs", the Big Bad Wolf, after realizing that he cannot blow down the house of bricks, actually decides to climb down the chimney as a last-minute attempt to kill and eat the pigs, only to end up landing inside a pot of boiling water and jumping out and running away.
- This was a regular gag on Tom and Jerry, usually causing Tom to jump high in the air and do his Stock Scream. (The page image is taken from The Mouse That Comes to Dinner.)
- In one episode of Total Drama Island, Duncan, DJ, and Geoff play pranks on Harold because he's been leaving his underwear around the cabin. One prank involves dousing a pair of undies with hot sauce. When changing into them, it takes Harold two seconds to feel a slight sting.
Harold: ...My biscuits are burning!!
- Happens to Chris in Dan Vs. episode "Stupidity".
- On the Classic Disney Short "The Whalers", Goofy's pants catch fire after he strikes a match on them. He tries to douse the flames by sitting on a pail of water, but sits on a keg of gunpowder instead.
- This happens to the bald guy at the end of one episode of Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids.
- Martin suffers this in Martin Mystery episode 'Mystery of the Hole Creature'
- Jackie is shot in the behind with lasers by a pig in Jackie Chan Adventures episode 'When Pigs Fly'
- In a House of Mouse episode, Mortimer is posing as a food critic and tries to get people fired. Lumiere's response is to say "No, it is you who will be fired" and uses his candles to set Mortimer's rear ablaze.
- the Mixels episode "Hot Lava Shower" has this befall Krader after he sits on his toilet, which has been superheated thanks to a lava clog traveling through the pipe system (Teslo burns his mouth thanks to the same clog). When he and Teslo go to complain about it to Vulk, he treats them to ice cream to help...which culminates into Krader sticking multiple ice cream cones on his rear.
- Snotlout Jorgenson in Dragons: Riders of Berk rides a Monstrous Nightmare, a species of dragon known for coating itself in its flammable saliva and then setting itself on fire. The jokes practically write themselves.
- Happens to both Reekon and Mortdredd in the Visionaries episode "The Overthrow of Merklynn". Mortdredd attempts to retrieve a spellbook which is guarded by a short-tempered dragon, only to emerge moments later with his backside on fire, having been "unable to reach the book". Reekon manages to distract the dragon long enough to retrieve the book, but still gets flamed on his way out.
- The Monster Farm episode "State of Reunion" had Zombeef get her butt set on fire after landing backside-first onto a table that Goatasarus Rex had breathed fire at.
- OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: In "You're Everybody's Sidekick", the Alley Teens trick K.O. into getting his butt burned by lava for their own amusement. Drupe adds insult to injury by whipping K.O. with vines, while Red Action posts a video of it on social media.