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Basic Trope: Weapons, typically swords, that are on fire.

  • Straight: The Flameberge is wrapped in an aura of fire.
  • Exaggerated: The Flameberge is an enormous column of fire.
  • Downplayed:
    • The Flameberge is hot to touch, letting off licks of flame when swung.
    • Hot Blade
  • Justified:
    •  The Flameberge is covered in oil.
    • The blade is moving so fast the air is lit on fire.
    • The Flameberge is part flamethrower.
  • Inverted: The Winterhold is a sword of utter cold.
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  • Subverted: The Flameberge merely looks like fire.
  • Double Subverted: ...However its owner, Bob, actually just solidified the flames.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged:
    •  Some swords are on fire, others aren't, some look to be and so on.
    • The blade is enchanted with Cold Flames.
  • Averted: Swords are not lit on fire, or fire cannot be contained as such.
  • Enforced: "Laser blades are too sci-fi, yet we need some kind of awesomeness... Give Bob a flaming sword!"
  • Lampshaded: "What is your sword even made of? It should be melting..."
  • Invoked: Bob covers Flameberge in oil and lights it on fire.
  • Exploited:
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  • Defied: Bob outfits a canister of nitrogen to prevent Flameberge from burning his enemies.
  • Discussed: "Flameberge certainly seems good, but why would need a fire sword anyways?" "Well there's plenty of non-combat applications for the fire, such as a light source."
  • Conversed: "Sure, fire swords are neat, but realistically those things would be a danger to their owners as well." "Perhaps, but fire is a force important to humans, thus commanding it is simply cool."
  • Implied: Flameberge has an easier time setting the air on fire, though be it magical fire properties or just some special trait of its design is unknown.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Just by being in Flameberge's presence one will suffer burns, experience their body becoming very hot, and the nerves of their upper arms have been ruined by it.
    • The structural integrity of Flameberge's blade is ruined by being heated so much and so frequently; while effective at burning things, its ability to cut things is greatly reduced.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Flameberge sets its owner's clothes on fire, thus whenever presented Flameberge a would-be owner quickly runs away.
  • Played For Drama: Flameberge is dangerous to use, giving its wielder burns whenever used just from the presence alone.

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