"Bien sûr, vous devriez combattre le feu avec le feu. Vous devriez tout combattre avec le feu."
Lorsque Prométhée a offert le feu à Homo sapiens, il n'a pas simplement donné à l'humanité la lumière de la science, de la raison, du progrès, de l'invention, de la technologie et plus précisément du pouvoir de rivaliser avec Dieu, mais également du moyen de déployer à peu près tout monstre imaginable. Considérant à quel point la mythologie grecque est un évier de cuisine fantastique rempli de toutes sortes d'abominations, c'était une bonne chose. Le symbolisme derrière cela est lié aux associations du feu avec purification et lumière, et en partie parce qu'il représente la domination de l'humanité sur le monde naturel. Plus concrètement, un bâton brûlant constituait la première défense efficace de l’humanité contre les prédateurs nocturnes, assorti d’un bonus supplémentaire: l’extermination des parasites dans les aliments. Le fait que la douleur causée par une brûlure soit l'une des douleurs les plus fortes qu'un être humain puisse ressentir ne fait probablement pas de mal non plus.
En outre, à la rigueur, il peut encore brûler des objets, ou au moins les effrayer. Des flèches en feu, des épées enflammées, des cocktails Molotov, des lance-flammes ou de bons vieux flambeaux et fourches peuvent faire des merveilles pour tout, du monstre de Frankenstein à la Monster House.
Cela est répandu non seulement dans les mythes et les fictions ou dans les jeux qui en découlent, mais aussi dans les œuvres complètement nouvelles et sans lien entre elles. Par exemple, Hydra et Trolls présentent l’une des applications les plus fréquentes et les plus logiques de la lutte anti-monstres: elle empêche la régénération. Dans le cas des morts-vivants, ils sont généralement trop bêtes et trop lents pour l'éteindre (zombies), cela leur rappelle le soleil (vampires), ou ils marchent déjà à l'allumage (mamans). D'autres fois, c'est utilisé pour s'assurer que tout ce qui vient d'être tué reste ainsi. Les extraterrestres, bien sûr, peuvent être immunisés contre les balles, mais vont bien brûler dans un feu. Les sorcières et les hérétiques ont longtemps été considérés comme liés au mal. Il était donc courant de penser qu'ils étaient traités de la même manière. Et il va sans dire que c'est une très bonne stratégie pour When Trees Attack.
Vous savez quelle est la meilleure partie de Kill It with Fire? Cela fonctionne aussi pour les gens ordinaires portant des masques. Un peu comme la décapitation (qui fonctionne également sur la plupart des choses) et un pieu de bois à travers le cœur.
Si quelque chose est trop gros ou trop dur pour un feu ordinaire, vous pouvez toujours utiliser le plasma ou le lancer au soleil. Cela a également été soumis à Memetic Mutation, un nom alternatif pour Bleach Brain.
Un personnage un peu trop enthousiaste à l'idée de l'utiliser peut devenir un Pyro Maniac. Un personnage peut essayer en vain d'utiliser ce trope, mais être confronté à un feu difficile à allumer.
Voir aussi Exposant incendiaire, Homme en feu, Brûler un bébé, Arme cracheuse de feu, Brûlez la sorcière! et Hellfire (pour quand un feu mondain ne fait pas le travail). Comparez les éléments Explosion et Jeu avec le feu – lorsque quelqu'un a le feu pour superpuissance. Lorsque cela ne fait qu'aggraver les choses, voir Représailles infernales. Le contraire le moins utilisé est soit Kill It with Water ou Kill It with Ice, soit même Heal It with Fire.
Il ne faut pas confondre cet exemple avec la sectionectomie, bien que ce trope ait souvent tendance à être utilisé comme aimant de nid-de-poule pour un tel exploit dans l'atelier de réparation Trope par ceux qui, ironiquement, veulent tuer les aimants de nid-de-poule.
NOTE: En raison de la mutation Memetic mentionnée ci-dessus, le nom de ce trope est associé à tout ce que quelqu'un trouve odieux et souhaite ne pas avoir vu. Ce trope ne concerne pas ces choses. Veuillez rediriger tous les nids-de-poule utilisant ce trope dans ledit contexte vers un agent de blanchiment cérébral ou un trope de la même manière.
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Anime et Manga
À Parasyte, les extraterrestres éponymes sont presque complètement sans défense contre le feu. Idem avec les acides. Grâce à la biologie étrange des extraterrestres, tout ce que les humains ne devraient pas toucher peut être transformé en une arme plutôt efficace.
Dans Mermaid Saga de Rumiko Takahashi, il existe trois façons de tuer les immortels: la décapitation, un poison très particulier, et la réduction en cendres.
Dans Delicious in Dungeon, c’est le moyen idéal de tuer des ongles. Ce qui est un peu étrange, étant donné que ce sont des esprits d’eau.
Subverti à Mushishi. Lorsqu'un village et son mushishi résidant décident finalement de brûler une plante parasite, Mushi, découvrent que le mushi prend intentionnellement le dessus comme un kudzu afin d'être brûlé afin que le mushi puisse entrer dans sa forme adulte, encore plus dangereuse. Après avoir passé un certain temps à examiner les résultats, Ginko finit par déterminer que la meilleure option consiste à le hisser par son propre pétard, en utilisant la forme adulte pour tuer la forme végétale.
Lorsque Guts est attaqué par plusieurs petits fées démons pendant l'arc de Rosine, il les tue en sautant sur le feu qu'il a récemment déclenché. Guts est comme ça.
Schierke, lors de la bataille dans la ville contre les soldats démoniaques Kushan, procède à en incinérer tout un tas en convoquant une roue de feu géante pour les incendier.
Le rôle de Farnese en tant que figure de proue des Chevaliers de la Chaîne du fer sacrés consiste à enquêter sur les miracles signalés pour le Saint-Siège …, ce qui se traduit directement par "des personnes brûlées qui ne croient pas ou ne croient pas assez à la religion sur la tombe du Saint-Siège. " Et descendre dessus. De plus, son histoire avec les animaux domestiques et les domestiques qui ne lui plaisaient pas.
D'après Burn the Witch !, les chasseurs d'Évangeline à Mahou Sensei Negima! pendant le moyen-âge ont essayé de la tuer de cette façon (feu sur la glace, non ???). Ça n'a pas marché.
Claude "Torch" Weaver, A.K.A. Le Crazy Flamethrower Mormon, de l'arc "Greenback Jane" de Black Lagoon.
Certains monstres particulièrement coriaces ressemblant à des poulpes se révèlent vulnérables à une bonne incinération traditionnelle.
De même, c'est ainsi qu'Alice traite le virus Medusa lorsqu'il prend la forme de Laloo. Cependant, c'est la fumée de l'incendie qui a probablement causé la propagation du virus.
Dans Tiger & Bunny, Lunatic est un anti-héros des années 90 qui évite les idéaux de justice des autres héros en faveur de l'utilisation de ses pouvoirs NEXT sur le feu pour incendier les criminels.
Dans l'un de ses moments moins stables, Izaya met le feu à tout son plateau. En outre, Walker met le feu à la fourgonnette du chef des Blue Squares avec des molotovs lorsque lui et le reste du gang sauvent Saki.
La méthode de combat préférée de Walker semble allumer le feu. Plus tard, il utilise un fluide inflammable comme méthode d'intimidation, une bombe aérosol et un briquet pour se défendre des membres malhonnêtes de Dollars et met le feu à Ran Izumii. Deux fois .. C'est particulièrement ironique à cause de son métier de sculpteur sur glace.
Et dans le volume 8, Mikado finit par mettre le feu à quelqu'un. Exprès.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Il y a une raison pour laquelle Roy Mustang est connu comme l'alchimiste de la flamme. Comment est-il devenu un héros de guerre dans la guerre civile d'Ishvalan? Il a utilisé son alchimie de flamme unique, qui utilise l'oxygène de l'air et des gants anti-étincelles pour lancer des FLUX MASSIFS DE FEU.
L'un de ses combats les plus triomphants est avec Lust. Roy est surtout inutile quand l'eau est utilisée contre lui; Cependant, en utilisant le briquet Havoc et l'hydrogène présent dans l'eau, il fut capable de créer une attaque de feu dévastatrice qui la prit par surprise. Ensuite, il y a la fin du combat pour Roy; il a brûlé sa plaie pour cesser de saigner à mort, a gravé un cercle de transmutation directement sur sa main et avec une convoitise plus légère et incinérée à plusieurs reprises jusqu'à sa mort.
Le "combat" de Roy avec Envy plus tard dans le manga prend tout ce qu'on voit dans le combat avec Lust Up to Eleven; Roy pointe ses attaques sur des zones vulnérables telles que la langue et les yeux pour rendre la mort d'Envy aussi douloureuse que possible. Finalement, sa rage devient si forte qu'il commence à spammer des tirs énormes alors qu'Envy hurle de douleur. Mot au sage: ne pas énerver Roy.
Après avoir acquis l'orbe de feu légendaire du mont Aso, la réponse de Yaiba à toute menace devient "Lance-lui une boule de feu géante".
Dans Cowboy Bebop, dans le onzième épisode "Jouets dans le grenier", Spike tente de tuer le Came from the Fridge Eldritch Abomination avec un chalumeau / lance-flammes. Il est toujours en vie après, mais c'était un effort vaillant.
Dans l'avant-dernier épisode de la première saison de Sailor Moon, Sailor Mars détruit deux des DD Girls successivement avec son attaque Fire Soul. La première, elle tue alors qu’elle est prise au piège dans un dôme de glace. La seconde la électrocute et la laisse pour morte … puis Mars la saisit et, avec le dernier reste de son pouvoir, ("Fire … SOUL !!!") la fait disparaître avant de mourir.
Dans le manga Excel Saga, Hyatt prend feu, horrifiant Excel et Elgala, les laissant se demander si une brûlure pourrait causer sa mort finale. Cela ne la tue pas, mais sa peau incinérée se détache, laissant apparaître un Hyatt vierge sous celui-ci.
À Nausicaä, dans la vallée du vent, les habitants de la vallée du vent obligent leurs vainqueurs à leur donner un lance-flammes afin de pouvoir éliminer un affleurement envahissant de spores toxiques. Ensuite, ils se retournent et les utilisent pour chasser leurs conquérants.
Le clan Uchiha est réputé pour ses jutsus à base de feu. Ensuite, il y a Uchiha Madara lui-même. Il peut créer un Jutsu anti-feu si large et puissant qu’il a besoin de dizaines d’utilisateurs Alliance Jutsu pour libérer l’alliance, ou de Mei Terumi le Mizukage (sans doute le plus fort des utilisateurs actuels qui s’occupe du relâchement d’eau),.
Comme Jiraiya et Hiruzen Sarutobi, tous deux possèdent un jutsus Katon (Fire Release) extrêmement puissant. Celui que Jiraiya a créé, avec l'aide de Gamabunta, était si grand qu'il remplissait toute la vallée dans laquelle il se battait, et celui que Hiruzen a créé nécessitait l'extinction du Second Hokage, Tobirama Senju. En mode Sage, les Katons de Jiraiya, désormais dotés de pétrole, deviennent si puissants qu'il peut réduire une cible en cendres avec Senpo: Goemon (avec l'aide de Fukasaku et de Shima), qui envoie une vague d'huile enflammée sur la cible.
Enfin, le feu noir Amaterasu, utilisé par Itachi et Sasuke, éclate au centre de la vue de l'utilisateur et ne peut jamais être éteint tant que l'objet visé n'est pas incinéré … même si la cible est un feu à proprement parler.
Flamme de Recca: Devinez ce qu'est la superpuissance du protagoniste …?
Eau de Javel:
L'exécution via l'activation de la lance de Soukyoku, le plus puissant zanpakutou jamais créé, est réservée aux criminels de rang de capitaine qui les ont liés à la potence de la colline de Soukyoku. Il se transforme en un énorme oiseau de feu qui incinère l'âme du criminel via un feu de purification. C'est la seule méthode non-Quincy connue pour détruire une âme. Étant donné que la destruction des âmes peut perturber l'équilibre des âmes, menaçant l'existence même, cette méthode d'exécution n'est utilisée que dans des circonstances vraiment exceptionnelles.
Dans le quatrième film, le seul moyen de tuer Taikon et Gunjo est de les submerger dans un bassin de lave.
Dans Rurouni Kenshin, le gouvernement a commencé à se méfier de Makoto Shishio, car il en savait trop sur leurs opérations de semences car il remplaçait Kenshin en tant que Manslayer. À la différence de Kenshin, Shishio était également assez ambitieux pour utiliser cette connaissance contre le gouvernement, tandis que Kenshin devenait un adepte errant du pacifiste technique. Ils ont essayé d'empêcher un coup d'Etat en saupoudrant Shishio d'huile et en l'incendiant. Shishio a survécu même si tout son corps était couvert d'horribles brûlures. Des années plus tard, il tente de renverser le gouvernement. Bien que la tentative initiale de le brûler à mort ait échoué, les dommages permanents causés à son corps l'ont finalement tué au cours de son combat final avec Kenshin.
Dans Moribito: Gardien de l'Esprit, c'est la faiblesse de Ra Runga.
Variable Geo: Dans l’adaptation OVA, Satomi obtient sa propre interprétation de «Ura 121 Shiki Ama no Murakumo» de Kyo Kusanagi. C'est-à-dire qu'elle incinère tout ce qui se trouve devant elle sous forme de gigantesques panaches de flammes d'une hauteur de deux étages et qui s'étendent à grande vitesse sur le sol. Elle avait l'habitude de finir son match avec Yuuki.
Le personnage principal de Tomie est presque impossible à tuer et apparemment immortel, capable de guérir de n'importe quelle blessure et de se régénérer à partir d'une seule cellule (toujours avec des quantités abondantes d'Horreur corporelle). Si elle est coupée en morceaux, les pièces formeront toutes des Tomies séparées (y compris le sang), et elle peut apparemment survivre complètement submergée ou enfermée à jamais; la seule méthode pour la tuer qui ait un effet durable est de la brûler.
Dans My Hero Academia, le feu est le seul moyen établi d’annuler le caprice de la Super Régénération que tous les Nomu noirs semblent avoir. Deux fois, Endeavour les a tués en leur brûlant la tête avec un feu suffisamment concentré pour les incinérer au-delà de leur capacité de guérison.
Dans Fairy Tail, brûler les gens à mort est la méthode la plus utilisée par Zancrow pour faire face à la fois à ses ennemis et aux "déchets" de sa propre guilde, qui est trop faible. Il inflige presque ce sort à Natsu (qui est normalement immunisé contre le feu) et Makarov avant que Natsu ne découvre le truc pour annuler le tir de Zancrow et l'utiliser contre lui.
Jeux de cartes
Dans Magic: The Gathering, il s’agit de la stratégie classique du mono-rouge: lorsque l’adversaire construit une armée et que les offensives de toutes les couleurs s’arrêtent, le mage rouge pointe un sort sur le visage de l’adversaire et le tue directement.
Dans l'enfance du jeu, la stratégie de Red était de le tuer avec Lightning.
En milieu de partie, il est également utile d'effacer les créatures d'un adversaire avec des cartes comme Incinérer, Boule de feu et Inferno.
Ensuite, il y a le personnage de Jaya Ballard, qui est ce trope. Elle est apparue sur les textes de saveurs de plus d'une douzaine de sorts rouges, dont Incinerate et Inferno, et sa propre carte rend hommage à ces sorts.
"Certaines personnes ont dit qu'il n'y avait pas de subtilité dans la destruction. Vous savez quoi? Ils sont morts."
"Bien sûr, vous devriez combattre le feu avec le feu. Vous devriez tout combattre avec le feu."
"Oui, je pense que" pain grillé "est une description appropriée."
Chandra Nalaar semble être la nouvelle Jaya Ballard.
Jaya a même enseigné à Chandra que, "dans le doute, utilisez le plus gros sortilège de feu que vous connaissez." Étant donné que ses capacités ultimes sont parmi les plus grandes explosions jamais vues en rouge, elle a très bien appris.
Et comme Mme Ballard, elle a quelques bonnes réponses personnelles sur le sujet:
"Qui voudrait mettre le feu aux choses une à une?" "La combustion spontanée est un mythe. Si tu t'enflammes, quelqu'un le voudrait."
Dans l'histoire, Chandra a probablement fait le plus gros "Tuez-le avec le feu!" exploit jusqu'à présent: brûler à mort deux titans Eldrazi.
Ça ne marche pas très bien pour elle à Amonkhet quand elle l’essaye contre Nicol Bolas. Bolas la traite d'idiot pour avoir tenté d'utiliser le feu contre un dragon.
Nicol Bolas: "Le feu? Est-ce votre seul truc, Chandra?"
Sarkhan Vol combat le feu avec dragonfire.
Ugin the Spirit Dragon utilise ghostfire, à la fois incolore et invisible.
Les techniques de "gravure" sont un bon moyen de réduire le disque de votre adversaire à des cendres dans Yu-Gi-Oh !. Vous devriez être capable de deviner quel attribut a tous les meilleurs brûleurs (indice: il est rouge et porte le kanji pour le feu).
Pendant longtemps dans Pokémon TCG, Charizard était la carte la plus puissante et la plus précieuse. Il a détruit presque tous les adversaires en un seul coup et avait le plus de PV jamais vu. Malheureusement, cette capacité est assez coûteuse, ce qui vous conduit à "brûler" votre deck, bien que certaines stratégies soient centrées autour de cela.
Hormis les armes soniques, le feu est la seule autre arme généralement efficace contre les symbiotes qui donnent à Spider-Man une période aussi difficile.
Krypton No More un escroc essaie d'incendier Superman avec un lance-flammes. Il semblerait que ce soit sa procédure opératoire standard puisqu'il soutient que cela fonctionne toujours et qu'il est réellement choqué lorsque Superman ne soit pas brûlé.
Dans War World, Superman est forcé de combattre Martian Manhunter, et bien qu'il ne veuille pas tuer J'onn, il sait que le feu affaiblit les Martiens. Il utilise donc sa vision thermique pour enflammer le sol qui les entoure, puis il frappe J ' onn out.
Dans le numéro 23 de Supergirl Vol 2, un mutant pyrokinétique tente – et échoue – de brûler Supergirl en cendres.
Le chasseur d’hommes martien a généralement des pouvoirs comparables à ceux de Superman, plus quelques suppléments, mais il n’est pas ignifuge. DC semble continuer à parler, qu'il s'agisse d'une vulnérabilité physique ou d'un problème psychologique.
Cela vaut également pour les diaboliques martiens blancs. Et Batman a pris un "avantage" positif sur ce point.
Dans Hellboy et B.P.R.D. de Mike Mignola comiques, il semble que chaque rencontre avec les sous-lovécraftiens de l’Ogdru Jahad se termine avec la pyro-cinétique Liz Sherman brûlant la Chose (s) à la cendre. Subverti dans le cas le plus récent, car il a été révélé que brûler Katha Hem en poussière ne le laissait pas complètement reposer.
Cela se retourne de façon spectaculaire dans les fables. Lorsque Fabletown est attaqué par une horde d'hommes-poupées en bois, le champ de bataille est mitraillé d'un feu de dragon. Quand Pinocchio le voit, il essaie désespérément de dire qu'ils sont faits de bois dur et que, s'ils vont brûler et mourir, ils doivent maintenant faire face à une armée d'hommes de marionnettes enflammés presque impossibles à tuer.
Willy Petenote L’alphabet phonétique mixte armée / marine utilisait respectivement "William" et "Peter" pour W et P, ainsi "Willy Pete" se traduisait par "WP" … qui était utilisé comme abréviation de phosphore blanc. est vraiment extrêmement inflammable et difficile à éteindre. Le chevalier de Cerebus terrifiant et presque invincible de Empowered tue tout ce qui l'attrape par le feu, car il est un "élément de feu putain" dont le corps est plus brûlant que la surface du soleil et dont on a démontré qu'il produisait une quantité énorme d'esprit. de flamme. Ceux qui n'ont pas peur de lui ont tendance à ne pas apprendre qu'ils devraient l'être avant qu'il ne soit trop tard.
Dans "La résurrection de Papa Voudou", les balles et les attaques de mêlée ne peuvent pas blesser le papa Voudou zombifié. Vampirella le tue à nouveau avec le feu sur un brasier.
Dans "Elle qui attend", la reine Cobra est tuée lorsque Pendragon utilise son cognac comme combustible pour un feu.
Dans le comique de liaison Godzilla (2014) Godzilla: Awakening, le seul moyen de tuer Shinomura est de détruire chaque cellule, le moyen le plus efficace? Brûle le. La bombe qui a été utilisée sur Godzilla en 1954 a également été utilisée pour tuer ce qui en restait.
Afin de disposer de l'échantillon de venin et de Carnage (pas en même temps), Peter les dépose dans une cheminée.
Johnny Storm essaye cela quand il s'agit du gobelin vert. Malheureusement, non seulement cela ne fonctionne pas, cela renforce temporairement Norman.
Lorsque les revivistes de Revival sont réunis avec leur passager, ils sortent tous les deux dans une flamme de gloire.
Dans Wynonna Earp: Home on the Strange, Wynonna utilise un lance-flammes pour détruire le Postmonster General et ses postiers zombies.
Adopté Déplacé – Wittle Wub Wily: Au cours de l'arc basé sur Mega Man 4, Toad Man fait une certaine … impression (sur le plan de la personnalité, il s'agit essentiellement d'un mélange d'Hexxus et du Dr Frank N Furter). La réponse de Mega Man est de paniquer, de tirer un barrage sans fin de tirs chargés, puis de nommer ce trope et d’appeler de toute façon un lance-flammes. Crapaud ne survit pas à l'attaque qui s'ensuit.
Batman Beyond Revisited:
La façon dont Jake a vaincu le démon Charlie Charlie.
Chainsaw essaye plus tard cela avec Inque, mais elle s’est retournée contre lui.
Better Angels a incité Shane Walsh à imiter les actions de Rick pendant la ruée vers les Zergs à la ferme de Hershel en mettant le feu à la grange, faisant rôtir les Walkers pris au piège à l'intérieur.
Exemples tirés du Calvinverse:
Enfants d'un dieu aîné: Au chapitre 1, des milliards d'araignées – dont la taille va de celle engendrée par un Eldritch Abomination, inondent la ville. Alors que Shinji et Misato s'enfuient, Shinji voit un homme s'immoler par le feu pour brûler des dizaines d'araignées accrochées à son corps.
Ceci est invoqué dans l'épisode 17 de Dragon Ball Z abrégé par Bulma en voyant la transformation bestiale de Zarbon. Cela l'interrompt alors que sa forme normale était sexy.
Bulma: Nous allons avoir une suite penthouse, il conduira une Corvette et nous ferons l'amour tous les célibataires – (Zarbon a fini de transformer) – TUE-LE AU FEU!
Inner Demons: Part of Queen's Twilight traverse l'horizon des événements moraux. Après un choix sadique très cruel (voir cette page pour plus de détails), elle verrouille Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie et Rainbow Dash dans Sugarcube Corner et met le feu à l'immeuble. Heureusement, les Elements of Harmony les protègent.
Dans Luminosity, comme dans le texte sur lequel il est basé, c'est la seule façon de tuer systématiquement un vampire.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Génocide: Le dernier ennemi – un clone de Kaworu tente de brûler Rei. Ça ne marche pas: il met le feu à ses vêtements mais elle reste intacte.
Évité dans le jeu immortel. Lors de leur revanche dans la seconde moitié, Celestia tente d'incinérer Terra, mais Titan intervient et l'empêche.
Évité à nouveau lors de la deuxième bataille de Ponyville; Twilight tente de tuer Terra avec un faisceau concentré de fer en fusion, mais il s'épuise avant qu'elle ne puisse l'achever.
Dans Une affection croissante, Naruto veut s’assurer qu’une base d’Akatsuki et ses ressources sont irrécupérables. Alors il y met le feu. Avec un jutsu. Qu'il a appris des Neuf-Queues. Sans que le démon explique correctement le fonctionnement de la technique. Il finit par engloutir la base dans un cercle de napalm d'environ un kilomètre de diamètre.
À l'apogée de Fever Dreams, Light maintient le Death Note dans le feu jusqu'à ce qu'il brûle, même si ses mains le brûlent.
Près de la fin de Bad Alert: The Extreme, Courtney Gears est touchée par une bombe incendiaire hors écran, avec la permission de Hades, juste devant Ratchet et Clank (et, via une force inconnue, Aqua).
Dans la restauration du système, le deuxième meurtrier piège sa victime dans sa propre cabine et y met le feu.
Dans Delenda Est, Harry utilise l'habitude d'utiliser Fiendfyre, au point que Voldemort considère cela comme sa marque de commerce.
Dans cet ensemble de recettes / crises Crisis Core, nous apprenons que Genesis a des opinions très arrêtées sur ce qui est qualifié de pain "réel":
"Dans l'univers de Genesis, le pain carré est une abomination contre la nature qui fait rage à la peau et doit (comme beaucoup d'autres choses) être rapidement nettoyé au feu."
Dans la fic de Slender Man, à la lumière du feu, ce ne sont pas les héros, mais le Slender Man lui-même qui utilise le feu pour tuer des choses et purifier la Terre de tout ce qu’elle trouve abominable (ce qui est à peu près tout).
Dans Home Is Where The Haunt Is, Dipper défait M. Mason de cette façon, en brûlant la maison, après avoir découvert que l'âme de M. Mason était en réalité la maison vivante elle-même.
Dans Game of Touhou, la Maison Fujiwara, dirigée par Mokou, a cette philosophie que les ennemis doivent brûler. Selenion, le dragon de compagnie de Yorihime, peut cracher du feu et s'en sert pour tuer tout ce qui se présente sur son passage.
Ferris: Ceci est fait à plusieurs reprises. Les chryssalidés sont vulnérables aux flammes dans cet univers, tout comme dans XCOM Enemy Within.
Dans Origins, Massover multijoueur multi-joueurs Mass Effect / Star Wars / Borderlands / Halo, il est préférable de faire face à l'inondation avec un froid extrême ou une chaleur extrême. En conséquence, la plupart des armes portatives sont modifiées pour utiliser des munitions incendiaires et Aria brûle des pans entiers d’Oméga pour tenter de contrôler le problème. L'énergie thermique transmise par les turbolasers est également particulièrement efficace.
Le Fourchelangue de Gryffondor montre que Fiendfyre est l'un des seuls éléments pouvant nuire aux détraqueurs. Barty Crouch Jr (et Hermione elle-même) ne doivent pas être prévenus deux fois.
Dans Promstuck, Eridan conclut que l’incendie criminel est le seul moyen de se débarrasser des chaperons et convainc Nepeta de l’aider. Nepeta finit par tout brûler, tuant tout le monde. Cue redémarrer.
Eridan: Quand tout le reste échoue, utilisez le feu, ne vous inquiétez-vous pas de ce qui se passe ici? Nepeta:> (( < you know what i am drunk and i am not at all afurraid of the police Nepeta: >: 33 <laisse faire
Subverted in Bungle in the Jungle: Une aventure de Harry Potter. Les Inferi sont faibles contre le feu, ce qui signifie que ceux qui les utilisent pour protéger quelque chose incluent les pièges activés par le feu. Selon Bill, le gaz inflammable est le plus commun. Apparaît à nouveau dans la suite lorsque Harry fait remarquer que la réponse de Draco consistant à utiliser un sortilège de feu pour tenir un inférius ne le détruit pas, mais en fait simplement un problème pour quelqu'un ou le fait manger après que vous ayez épuisé votre retard. .
Les morceaux se trouvent là où ils sont tombés:
La spécialité de Blazen Sun. Il a déjà tué un dragon par le feu grâce à sa magie solaire.
Rex mentionne que l'un de ses anciens camarades de meute y croyait – apparemment, Rufus aurait déclaré: "Il n'y a pas de problème qui ne puisse être résolu avec des tirs copieux."
En un vendredi 13 février, Pamela Voorhees tue Claudette en la poignardant, en la aspergeant d'essence et en incendiant la cabine. 24 enfants sont également morts dans l'incendie. Mme Voorhees dit alors à Claudette pourquoi elle lui fait ça:
Pamela: Tu es allée faire l'amour alors que mon fils a failli se noyer. Il aurait pu mourir à cause de toi. Vous ne faisiez pas attention! Tu aurais dû le regarder! Chaque minute! Claudette: S'il te plait … s'il te plait. Pamela: Tu vas rejoindre ton petit ami en enfer. [Pamela pours a gas can and pours it on the floor, on the bed and then over Claudette] Claudette: Non … non … s'il te plaît. S'il te plaît, ne fais pas ça … Pamela: Oh, mon coeur. Je dois. Vous devez être puni pour vos péchés. Et au fond, vous savez que vous méritez d'être punis pour vos péchés.
Avec des cordes attachées:
Bien, étant un sorcier spécialisé dans le feu, Sapsa tente de tuer Paul avec le feu. Il réduit certainement la table que Paul tient en cendres. Mais la seule réponse de Paul est: "C'était charmant! Recommencez!" Si Sapsa avait su que Paul avait enduré joyeusement le feu de dragon plus tôt dans le livre, il n'aurait peut-être pas tenté …
Comme exemple plus juste de ce trope, le feu du dragon de George et le BFS enflammé du chasseur sont les seules choses qui ont définitivement détruit les zombies et les squelettes mobilisant les quatre sur les Plaines de la Mort. Sinon, les morceaux de morts-vivants brisés se sont simplement reformés et ont recommencé à attaquer.
C'est la stratégie de combat par défaut de Sunset Shimmer dans The Witch of the Everfree. Cela a été facilité par le fait qu'elle s'est enchantée d'être à l'épreuve du feu, ce qui lui a permis d'allumer le feu dans son environnement sans avoir à craindre de se faire brûler.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Abridged: Avdol a appris que le seul moyen de vaincre ce trope … est de le BRÛLER!
Proposé comme une alternative à la soumission à Wimpification lors de cette parodie du fameux Kingdom Hearts fanfic, "Naga Eyes".
Sora: Plan A: Sortir de ce cauchemar et faire comme si de rien n'était. Riku: Plan B: Sortir de ce cauchemar. Kairi: Plan C: Sortir de l’enfer. Axel: Plan Awesome: La mort par le feu!
Ennemi de mon ennemi: vous avez un problème avec Scarab? Attirez-le vers une raffinerie de carburant, définissez quelques charges bien placées et incendiez le bâtard. Ne soyez simplement pas surpris si l'incendie résultant devient incontrôlable et consume un secteur de la ville même que vous tentiez d'empêcher le Scarab de détruire.
Walfas, fan de Touhou et site web fan de fan, possède une carte Running Gag dans la carte de sortilège de Reimu "Hax Sign – Burn tout", qui met le feu à des objets aléatoires et à son entourage.
Dans Yet Again, il est fortement sous-entendu que l'un des derniers actes de Sarutobi avant sa deuxième retraite était de mettre le feu à la Hokage Tower, après s'être finalement laissé casser au fil des décennies de paperasse qu'il avait dû accomplir. Ce n'était pas surprenant – l'ANBU disposait d'un pool de paris en cours lorsqu'il avait fini par faire une pause, soutenu par lui murmurant de manière instable tout en faisant de la paperasse. Même Konohamaru savait que cela allait arriver, après avoir vu son grand-père dormir, parlant de "tout brûler".
C’est l’attaque préférée de Harry dans Child of the Storm quand il s’initie à la magie sans baguette, bien qu’il ait beaucoup d’autres mouvements dans son répertoire. Comme l’autre Harry, cela fonctionne parfois bien et parfois… pas très bien.
Films – Animation
Joué avec au début de Shrek: Un membre de la foule en colère agite un flambeau au visage de Shrek, dans l'espoir de l'effrayer. Shrek se lèche les doigts et étouffe calmement la flamme.
Films – Action en direct
Guerres des étoiles:
JFK (Ossie Davis en fauteuil roulant) et Elvis (Bruce Campbell, natch) vieillissants utilisent le feu pour vaincre la momie à Bubba Ho-Tep.
Dans The Thing (1982), la plus petite partie de la forme de vie extraterrestre est capable de mutation et d'assimilation. Le seul moyen sûr de la détruire complètement est d'utiliser le feu. Mais même dans ce cas, ce n’est même pas particulièrement inflammable. Le feu est le seul moyen de le faire, mais ce n'est toujours pas un très bon moyen.
Le retour des morts-vivants:
Appliqués et subvertis: parce que les zombies de ce film ne peuvent pas être détruits avec de simples tirs à la tête, le seul moyen de détruire le premier est de les incinérer … mais cela ne fait que causer davantage de problèmes, car les cendres tombent dans les nuages. et la prochaine bonne pluie imbibe la terre de Trioxin, qui transmet le virus. Cue l'Apocalypse Zombie! L'électricité est montré pour faire le travail plus tard.
En parlant du premier film, Burt Wilson est en train de prendre des dispositions à la dernière minute pour que le zombie jaune, que ses employés et lui-même ont découpé plus tôt lorsque Supprimer la tête ou Détruire le cerveau ne la tue pas, pour être complètement effacé par le four.
Burt Wilson: Vous êtes absolument certain que cela va vous débarrasser de tout et faire le tour? Je veux dire, plus rien? [Ernie shakes his head] Ernie Kaltenbrunner: Rien qu'un tas de cendres. Burt Wilson: Nous ne voulons même pas les cendres! [Ernie smiles and leans over the metal grate] Ernie Kaltenbrunner: Dans ce cas, je vais le monter plus haut et nous allons également brûler les cendres. [Ernie slides the zombie into the oven] Ernie Kaltenbrunner: De la poussière à la poussière.
Subverti dans l'évolution; les militaires complotent pour détruire le plus grand échantillon de l'entité extraterrestre avec des tonnes et des tonnes de napalm. Cependant, comme le savent les scientifiques au moment où le plan est sur le point d’être mis en oeuvre, le feu accélère la reproduction de la chose; un petit échantillon dans une boîte de Pétri exposée à la flamme d'une allumette allumée suffit à dépasser un mur de la pièce dans laquelle ils se trouvaient. Au lieu de cela, la journée est sauvée avec le shampooing antipelliculaire Head & Shoulders.
Les xénomorphes dans les films Alien ont une aversion pour le feu. De plus, les lance-flammes se révèlent être les meilleures armes contre eux de près, car ils évitent dans une large mesure de verser le sang de la créature, dangereusement corrosif.
Ash: La plupart des animaux se retirent du feu, oui?
Subverti dans la bête à partir de 20 000 brasses. Le dinosaure géant pourrait être tué par le feu, ou avec la plupart des choses, mais le feu transporterait ses particules malades dans le monde entier et nous mourrions tous de toute façon.
Le dernier recours de The Rock, si le soi-disant lâche et le gentilhomme voleur ne parviennent pas à récupérer le phlebotinum, qui est une arme, implique que l’armée de l’air trempe l’île dans la thermite. Pour ceux d'entre vous qui ne le savent pas, le thermite, c'est du feu jusqu'à 11 carrés. En fait, le thermite est essentiellement de la rouille et de la poudre d'aluminium. Bien que la réaction entre l'oxyde de fer et l'aluminium soit extrêmement exothermique, elle possède une énergie d'activation élevée. Cependant, une fois que vous avez commencé, il brûlera et / ou fondra presque tout; l'un des produits de la réaction est le fer élémentaire, qui sort en gouttelettes fondues.
Dans Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Gizmo tue le gremlin de l’araignée avec une flèche enflammée composée d’un crayon et d’une bouteille de liquide correcteur blanchi.
Dans Godzilla vs Hedorah, des hippies faisant la fête sur une montagne tentent d’attaquer Hedorah en lançant des torches. Cela ne fonctionne évidemment pas et ceux qui ne sont pas les principaux personnages humains meurent très rapidement.
En outre, dans Godzilla vs Destoroyah, lorsque les militaires ont compris que le feu était super efficace contre les formes globales de Destoroyah, ils ont utilisé des armes thermiques à partir de celle-ci.
In Godzilla (2014), Ford kills the MUTO clutch by knocking the valves off a fuel truck, setting them on fire, and running very fast. And, of course, Godzilla's atomic breath, which takes the form of a blue-hot fire stream. Godzilla later force-fed the female MUTO his atomic breath.
In Dawn of the Dead (2004), they burn a group of zombies behind a fence trying to get through by pouring petrol over them. Later they use gas canisters to knock over and kill zombies to get through the masses. On the DVD extras, however, one character says that Molotov cocktails don't do anything but make them smell like burnt meat… and make him hungry.
In Live and Let Die, James Bond kills a snake with a makeshift flamethrower, and in Licence to Kill, he sets the Big Bad on fire using a lighter (though said villain was covered in gasoline, so it's plausible).
The giant radioactive ants in the classic monster movie Them! (1954) are hunted through the Los Angeles storm drains by the protagonists armed with flamethrowers.
Office Space. Either averted or played straight, depending on how much of an unholy abomination you consider the office building to be.
In Outbreak, this is the government response to a local outbreak of a deadly virus. (More specifically, using the fire caused by a fuel-air bomb to starve the place of oxygen. No oxygen, no hosts; no hosts, no virus.)
The 1931 version of Frankenstein ends with the Monster being trapped in a burning windmill, and (presumably) killed. As we find out in Bride of Frankenstein, it didn't quite do the trick…
In Westworld, Richard Benjamin's character attempts to do this to the Yul Brenner Gunslinger robot. Doesn't quite work, though.
In Outlander, the Moorwens were driven to the brink of extinction by the firebombing of their homeworld. Kainan replicates this in ancient Norway, by luring the solitary Moorwen into a pit filled with whale oil and lighting it on fire. It only succeeds in singeing and ticking off the creature.
Subverted in Child's Play, where the protagonists burn devil doll Chucky to a crisp. It only makes him angrier and freakier-looking.
Subverted in The Terminator, when destroying the titular indestructible death-robot's gasoline truck seems to work for a little bit, but his creepy-ass metal endoskeleton just gets up again after a few seconds, despite the fact that all its skin just got burned off. When fire just isn't hot enough, you can always try molten iron, as in the second film.
In The Crawling Eye, the titular alien creatures are destroyed when the Air Force napalms the mountainside where they had gathered. Whether such techniques were necessary aren't really known, though, since it was the first thing the humans had tried.
The Elite Squad has the drug dealers using a Truth in Television technique known as "microwave" – the victim is put inside a pile of tires, which are then set on fire (during the shooting of that scene, the criminal "consultants" had to remind the ones being burned to scream horribly).
This was the original solution to the Freddy Krueger problem in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Partially subverted, considering he just came back as a dream demon with horrible burn scars.
What ultimately happens (probably by accident) to the Third Castle in Ran, preventing Lord Hidetora's seppuku by driving him insane. Well, that and the broken sword.
1408: This is how the room is finally destroyed.
Inglourious Basterds. Shosanna fills the theatre with Nazis and burns it to the ground.
Montag of The Wizard of Gore has magically summoned fire and… the fiance runs in and pushes him into the fire, where he burns to death horribly. The fiance claims that he was going to force everyone to walk into the fire. Except that the talk show host states that it makes no sense for him to hypnotize a TV audience, and then to create the fire in that one location.
In most zombie films, only a headshot will terminate the walking dead. In The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, also known as Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, zombies are primarily killed with fire. And they go up pretty easy.
The final airstrike in Platoon, in response to a request by The Captain to "expend all remaining ordnance on my pos", includes plenty of napalm mixed in with regular bombs. The firestorm almost obliterates everything and everyone left.
In Apocalypse Now, Kilgore leads his men into battle in a formation of helicopters in order to storm a beach with "Ride of the Valkyries" playing to intimidate the enemy, all so that they could surf on the beach for that day. Naturally the Vietnamese suffer plenty of fire from the helicopters and the men on the ground but the climax of the battle comes when Colonel Kilgore calls in a massive air strike that obliterates the opposition. As Kilgore watches this he famously expresses how much he loves to kill things with fire, even going so far as to reminisce about a massive air strike he witnessed during an earlier battle during the Vietnam War where he marveled at all the destruction that the bombs caused, remarking to Captain Willard and Private Lance:
Colonel Kilgore: You smell that? Private Lance: What?! Kilgore: Napalm son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know one time we had a hill bombed for 12 hours and when it was all over I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinking dink body. The smell… you know that gasoline smell. The whole hill. It smelled like… [sniffs the air, pondering for a moment] la victoire. [mortar strike goes off behind him, Colonel Kilgore doesn’t even flinch] Someday this war is gonna end.
In Dagon fire seems to work well on the fish men and their cult.
Final Destination 3. Tanning bed death. Vous connaissez celui.
Completely averted in, "Tomie: Another Face", one of the movie adaptations of the manga, Tomie, where the eponymous Nigh Invulnerable Body Horrorific teenage girl is burned in the incinerator by the Doomed Protagonist. However, her burned ashes gather up and create her face in the air, reminding the protagonist that she will never die and that every single one of her ashes will become a new Tomie.
In Tarantula! the only way to destroy the eponymous giant spider is for the Air Force to napalm it.
In The Street Fighter's Last Revenge, Terry deals with a Yakuza mook in a mariachi costume at a funeral home in this manner after a fight that leaves one table knocked over, a brick wall mildly crumbled, a casket's lid shattered, and the casket itself in poor condition by the time the mariachi finds himself inside the oven.
In True Lies, Ahnold turns a fuel truck into a hilariously effective flamethrower by shooting the nozzle.
In Transformers, Agent Simmons tries this on Frenzy. Doesn't work though.
In the first Blade film, Blade uses fire on one of his enemies. This doesn't kill Quinn (who is a vampire) but it probably makes him wish it had, at least for a while. Funnily enough, Blade probably only set him on fire as a new form of bullying Quinn.
Blade: Quinn, I'm getting a little tired of chopping you up. I thought I might try fire, for a change.
In the climax of Anaconda, they try to kill the largest Anaconda by setting it on fire after it's trapped in a factory pipe. This ends in a bit of Infernal Retaliation as it still goes after them while it's on fire before it slinks away in the water. Even that doesn't kill it, and it takes a pick-axe to the skull for the Anaconda to ultimately die.
In The Last Witch Hunter, the hunters in the prologue destroy the Plague Tree by burning it down, and Kaulder's sword can be set on fire for witch hunting. It's even in Axe and Cross' motto, "by iron and fire".
In The Windmill Massacre, Jennifer interprets Takashi's vision as meaning that they can kill Miller Hendrik by burning down the mill. This works, and Miller Hendrik bursts into flame when the mill catches fire. Although it proves to be only temporary for both Hendrik and the mill.
In Bats, the Plucky Comic Relief uses a home-made flamethrower to (quite gleefully) burn several bats when they come to attack the school the heroes turned into their headquarters.
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors: Fire turns out to be the one thing the Man-Eating Plant in "Creeping Vine" is afraid of. The final shot, of the vine batting out the flames left behind by the humans, leaves open the question of whether the plant is truly defeated.
Sunshine: A literal case of fighting fire with fire occurs when a fire breaks out in the garden that supplies the spaceship's oxygen the Master Computer predicts it will burn for hours, endangering the entire ship. The decision is made to flood the garden with oxygen, causing a flash fire which consumes all the oxygen at once, thereby extinguishing the fire. Of course this just leads to more problems.
Rim of the World: The aliens' potent Healing Factor, which allows them to survive things up to and including being shot by fighter jets and being torn in half, is negated by fire — the alien "dog" is roasted by the landing pod's rear jet, and the alien itself dies when Alex sets off a test rocket when it's standing in front of its exhaust.
In Savaged, the only way Dane can find to release Zoe from her Reveant Zombie state is to burn her to ashes.
In Daniel Handler's A Series of Unfortunate Events: In the Village of Fowl Devotees, burning at the stake is the designated punishment for breaking any of the town's numerous rules (which includes the biggies like murder, but also trivial and ridiculous offenses like using mechanical devices, reading certain books, and talking out of turn in town meetings).
In Glen Cook's Garrett, P.I. books, this is how Garrett kills a nest of vampires.
In John Hodgman's second book, More Information Than You Require, he says of rats: "You must kill them all. Do it with fire."
He says the same thing about infestations of Scottie Dogs and… tides.
Fire works well for most household pests. But for replicants, you've just got to bite the bullet and hire a Blade Runner.
In Masques, the refugees hide away from the undead monsters in a cave. Conveniently, the cave comes with protection runes, that make a wall of flames appear when the undead try to enter it. Quite effective, but the smell of roasted undead is nasty.
The Monster Plant Beasties from The Day of the Triffids are especially vulnerable to flamethrowers. (Bullets don't have much effect because Triffids don't appear to have any vital organs.) Sometimes they panic and set their allies on fire as well. Too bad there's a fuel shortage due to that Cosy Catastrophe…
In Simon Clark's sequel, The Night of the Triffids, the protagonist's group have mitigated the fuel issue by developing flamethrowers that run on the one thing they're not in immediate danger of running short of: triffid oil.
Harry Potter and Dumbledore use it to drive off the Inferi at the end of The Half-Blood Prince. And in Deathly Hallows, Fiendfyre turns out to be one of the few ways to destroy Horcruxes.
Notable for the brilliant exchange between Harry and Dumbledore that went something like…
Dumbledore: However, like many creatures that dwell in cold and darkness, they fear light and warmth, which we shall, therefore, call to our aid should the need arise. Harry: (bewildered expression) Dumbledore: Fire, Harry. Harry: Oh… right…
J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings:
In the first fight against the Ringwraiths, swords prove ineffective, so Aragorn grabs a flaming piece of wood form the fire and drives them back. Works remarkably well considering they are the immortal indestructible specters of long dead kings, capable of killing with even a slight blow and causing even squads of veteran soldiers to run in fear. It's hinted, though, that the Ringwraiths are in a weaker state during their initial attack on the Shire. Somewhat justified as they are at the point described as being stronger in the dark and that they need the cloaks to have form and to affect the world. Cloaks can burn and the fire is a bright light.
Also, in the modern movie adaptation, fire is the orcs' most useful weapon against the Ent attack. Which is a pretty good idea, as Ents are trees. When Isengard is flooded, you can see a burning Ent rush forward and dunk itself to douse the flames. In the books Saruman uses some kind of automatic flamethrowers against them, causing them to flood Isengard. Also in the books, the dwarves' need for firewood (for their forges) was one reason Ents didn't like dwarves very much. There is a bit in The Two Towers where a tree bends down to get some warmth from a fire, but in general, the trees don't like it.
In Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters trilogy, the animals are afraid of human technology, including, but not limited to, fire.
The Lost Redeemer: Being a Sanctifier who can manipulate energy with his mind, Thane uses fire as his primary weapon throughout the first book.
Terry Pratchett's Discworld:
In The Hobbit, fire proves effective in driving off wargs, but much less so when some goblins arrive, who simply use it against the dwarves.
The Zombie Survival Guide notes that fire is the only way to safely dispose of a Solanium-infected corpse. It's not that effective as a weapon, because the zombies don't feel pain and won't notice they're on fire, but all traces of the infection will be wiped out once the fire brings them down.
And in World War Z, the Army develops an incendiary bullet, nicknamed the "Cherry Pie", designed to burn up a Zombie's brain without causing collateral damage.
In The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries, vampires are highly vulnerable to flame, to the point where matches will make some flinch.
A Song of Ice and Fire:
The undead wights are nearly indestructible except to fire. The only body part of a wight in the series not destroyed by fire remained animate until it rotted away.
It's stated that Mad King Aerys was a big fan of this trope.
And Daenerys, of course, has her three pet dragons. The very first thing she trains them to do is breathe fire at people. And she has ambitions to use said dragons, once they grow up, to conquer Westeros. Her family's motto isn't "Fire and Blood" for nothing, after all.
And who could forget the Battle of the Blackwater when Tyrion Lannister packs a squadron of ships with wildfire (which is basically magical Greek Fire on steroids) and sets not only both fleets but the river itself on fire.
As in Mythology above, the vampires in numerous works of Gothic literature—including Carmilla, Varney the Vampire, and Dracula must be destroyed with fire after they're staked and decapitated. The fact that Dracula's body is not burned when he's killed in the original novel is often cited as a reason for latter-day authors to bring him Back from the Dead. Encore.
A subversion: in H. P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, a repeated theme and instruction is to refrain from killing the necromancer villain with fire, as he can be resurrected from the ashes. Instead, the protagonist is instructed to dissolve the body in acid.
The vampires in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight can be permanently destroyed by using fire and not much else. It's worth noting that Carlisle failed to try immolation during his many attempts at killing himself after he became a vampire, despite his father being a pastor who believed in wiping out evil supernatural creatures in such a manner.
At the end of the Jurassic Park book, there isn't any of that "Let the dinos live in peace on the island" stuff from the movie. The Costa Rican Air Force levels the island with napalm.
And somehow Ian Malcolm survives the napalm attack to be in The Lost World (1995). His presence in the sequel book is Hand Waved by stating that his death in the first one was a mistake on the part of those chronicling the events, and he was only critically wounded and later recovered upon receiving proper medical care.
In Brian Caswell's The View From Ararat, the only known ways to destroy the inorganic super-plague threatening life on planet Deucalion are extreme heat, and an enzyme conveniently found in all native Deucalion plants and animals, half a galaxy away from where the disease first surfaced.
The finale of Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy, The Naked God, has a straight example—the Orgathe are immune to most weapons but very vulnerable to heat.
A major villain in the Fingerprints series starts out as a Knife Nut. When it becomes clear that a single knife is insufficient to carry out her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, she figures fire will work better. Cela fait.
The War Against the Chtorr. Flamethrowers are the best means of dealing with the Chtorran gastropedes (and various other forms of Chtorran ecology), and are preferred by the antagonist over cold-gas and flechette rifles. This is because their unique alien physiology makes the gastropedes very difficult to kill.
In Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40,000 novel Brothers of the Snake, when Khiron killed a fellow Space Marine, he claimed he had been possessed by a daemon and that, since he had not used fire, it had escaped. Fortunately, Priad remembers this when he figures out who it escaped to.
In Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, when Shere Khan incites the Pack against Mowgli, Mowgli uses "the Red Flower" against them.
In Poul Anderson's Three Hearts and Three Lions, they discover the troll can be killed only with fire. (This is the source for D&D.)
In Graham McNeill's Warhammer 40,000 Ultramarines novel Dead Sky Black Sun, the Living Shadows in the Eye of Terror can be killed only with fire. Even that is not very effective; while the Space Marines can survive, the two Imperial Guardsmen with them are nearly killed by the heat they need, even with the Marines trying to shield them.
In Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series, fire spewed by male and green dragons (and flamethrowers wielded by queenriders and ground crews) are the primary means of fighting Threadfall.
Beatty in Fahrenheit 451. "If you have a problem, don't face it, burn it". Indeed. The world in Fahrenheit 451 subscribes to this ideology against books and literature.
The Shining: Used to deal with the Hell Hotel, with bonus wasp's nest-destroying Flash Back.
Subverted in the short story The Road Virus Goes North (part of Everything's Eventual). A horror writer buys the last surviving painting of a troubled artist who burned all his other works and then committed suicide. When he realises the painting is cursed he tries to get rid of it, but the painting keeps returning intact. Eventually, he burns the picture, because that's what works in the books, right? Unfortunately, it turns out that the artist didn't burn all his paintings except this one, he burned all his paintings including this one.
Henry does this by burning down the cabin in Dreamcatcher.
Subverted in John W. Campbell's "Who Goes There?" where the scientists in Antarctica use high voltage electricity to kill telepathic, body-morphing aliens. This makes a lot more sense than the flamethrowers used in the movie (John Carpenter's The Thing (1982)) because it takes a while to kill something with fire. Electricity can zap every cell in an organism instantly—hard to adapt to, eh? For another good reason to use electrons, see the end of the movie, where the entire base is charred rubble and the survivors are shelterless in ANTARCTICA.
Played straight in the conclusion of the original story—the final alien is destroyed with an oversized blowtorch after a human fires bullets through all three of its eyes, which causes it to become immobilised. Also, the electrocution weapon required mains power from the base's generators, and the final confrontation is too far away to run a lead.
Karen Miller's Godspeaker Trilogy where Marlon is immolated by Dexterity's glowing touch.
In P.C. Hodgell's Chronicles of the Kencyrath, fire is the best way to kill the shapeshifting, vampiric Changers, which are hard to kill but whose blood is very flammable. It's also the best way to kill the zombielike Haunts.
In the Night World series, fire is the only thing that can kill any creature, be it witch, human, werewolf, shapeshifter, or vampire. One character does freak out when another speaks nonchalantly about burning a werewolf to death (including the phrase "one of the traditional methods"), so it appears to be a less-used tactic… now.
A tanker truck, a fire truck, and an intentionally damaged bridge that the Posleen have to cross provides much fun for the humans defending Fredricksburg, at one point in Gust Front.
Sun Tzu devotes a chapter of The Art of War to the use of fire against an enemy.
When Harry Dresden of The Dresden Files yells "Fuego!", you take cover and pray for mercy. When he yells "Pyrofuego", you run for your damn life. He's only had to cast the latter spell twice in the entire series, and both times, those on the receiving end… let's just say they had their whole day ruined. Memetic Mutation has turned him into the Anthropomorphic Personification of this Trope.
Don't forget, one of those times he was so furious that he said "Pyrofuego! BURN!" Meaning he may have cast the spell in English. Something that is pointed out many, many times to be terrifyingly dangerous, as saying spells in another language, one you don't understand, provides some psychic insulation.
His very first duel involved an Eldritch Abomination, a gas station, and fire. Harry won. (Note, though, that Harry eventually discovers the Eldritch Abomination threw the fight, and it could've ripped him apart easily.)
He's also a fan of a shotgun loaded with fireball or dragon's breath rounds, as is Kincaid.
Harry also once created a spear of flame 20 stories high. Not for nothing does Elaine (no slouch herself) refer to him as the most powerful wizard she's ever met.
A bit of clarification: In terms of raw power, Harry is in the top percentile. However, Harry himself notes that more experienced wizards, such as the Wardens or the Senior Council could twist him into knots without even trying, because in the Dresdenverse, as in real life, skill matters much more than power.
This one was neat because he wasn't even using it as a weapon—the fire was a heatsink for a lake. Magic is such a Game-Breaker that it's not even funny. note It's hilarious.
"How about a little fire, Scarecrow?"
The Holy Fire of the Swords (and occasionally their wielders) is very effective against the forces of darkness.
Harry: Let that be a lesson to you. Hands off the Fist of God.
Don't forget the use of superpower hellfire and soulfire, the latter of which is (literally) hell on wheels for destroying stuff, and soulfire, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and allows a wizard to be more of what they already are by supercharging their spells.
In-universe, Harry notes that fire really is a highly effective weapon against all sorts of nasties, as well as being used against magical enchantments. Fire can disrupt and destroy enchantments when used with that intent, and any wizard worth their salt in combat learns how to use fire first. In Turn Coat, a squadron of Wardens cuts loose on a horde of summoned spirits, and the ensuing literal firestorm is simply stunning to behold.
Of course, as stated by Harry himself, he follows the above-mentioned Tao of Pratchett.
Although all the Elemental Powers in are useful in war, using firecrafting to make a Flaming Sword is a common tactic when High Lords are fighting because wounds that have been cauterized are extremely difficult for watercrafters to heal. Fire is also handy against the Vord, since the croach they rely on to keep them alive is very flammable.
The beam of sunlight (while technically a product of aircrafting) is a prime example.
Firecrafting can also induce powerful emotions, like passion and fear. First Lord Gaius Sextus once wields a flaming blade so powerful with this firecrafting-induced fear, men just dropped dead from their fear killing them.
In First Lord's Fury Tavi learns that while bonding with a fury to make it loyal to the person requires watercrafting, another person can disrupt that basic process with firecrafting, freeing the fury.
Master Ferus of The Cinder Spires is usually genial, and generally claimed to be silly. However, send a task force to invade his home and There Is No Kill Like Overkill.
Colt Regan: The only way to keep nihil from coming back for more.
In the conclusion to An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Scottish philosopher David Hume says that reasoning can only lead us either to mathematical truths or knowledge about matters of fact based on experiment:
If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity of number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: For it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
As mentioned in the main description, the trolls in the Forgotten Realms world regenerate and can recover from anything…except being set on fire. The heroes in Streams of Silver take advantage of this weakness as much as they can.
In Andy Hoare's White Scars novel Hunt for Voldorius, the Bloodtide, begging for death, tells them to use fire.
The Krytos Plague in the X-Wing Series is so highly infectious that decontamination of a building consists of burning everything inside it with plasma, including burning half an inch of concrete off the walls.
In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Black Colossus", the charging knights are destroyed with a wall of fire.
Rapier in The Five Greatest Warriors burns several men to death inside the Third Vertex.
Averted in Terry Goodkind's Stone of Tears. An Eldritch Abomination shows up and starts killing the crap out of people. A wizard sets it on fire. It screams in pain. Then it puts the fire out and starts killing people some more.
In the last Time Scout book, a bad guy running from the heroes tosses a burning rag onto a barrel of gunpowder in the middle of an arsenal in the middle of Victorian London's dockland. This causes some commotion.
In Michael Moorcock's The Sailor on the Seas of Fate there's a scene where the heroes have to destroy a pair of buildings. The captain of their ship is insistent that the buildings can only be destroyed by fire. It turns out that the buildings are a pair of evil alien sorcerers.
In H. G. Wells's short story "The Cone", an angry steelworker decides to kill his boss by throwing him off of an overhead catwalk onto the red-hot vent cone on top of a blast furnace. His victim starts burning immediately, and it goes From Bad to Worse when the vent opens releasing scalding gases.
The only reliable way to kill the undead in The Witch Watch. That and just cutting their heads off and leaving it powerless and buried underground whilst still being conscious.
Kantri of Tales of Kolmar have this instinct towards anything that makes them angry. They use claws and teeth too and will rend bodies long after the foes are dead, but when it's over they burn the bodies and preferably things the bodies have touched, right down to the soil. They are dragons.
In Septimus Heap – Physik, Queen Etheldredda's ghost and her pet animal are finished off by burning their portrait in an appropriately designed BoneFyre.
In The Wheel of Time series, fire is one of the three weapons effective against the Finn. Music puts them in a kind of trance, and while they can become intangible, pure iron and fire will still hurt them. The explanatory poem goes:
The Cthulhu Mythos story Once More from the Top by A. Scott Glancy shows what happened when the marines were sent to clear out Innsmouth. They hold their own against the Fish People, only to be routed when a shoggoth comes swarming over the sea wall. Fortunately the narrator and a Sociopathic Soldier are able to throw it back with the help of a couple of flamethrowers and some phosphorus grenades (even diving into the water doesn't help the shoggoth, as phosphorus can burn underwater).
The Vampire Chronicles, like many other vampire stories (as noted above) have fire as one of the only ways to destroy a vampire (though particularly strong/old vampires are immune even to that). Louis de Pointe du Lac, the narrator of the first book, has a particular fascination with it, burning down two houses, a theater and his creator within his book alone.
A peculiar variant with the fire-spiders in The Quest of the Unaligned. Their own natural pyromancy means that fire doesn't actually hurt them, but exposure to a lot of fire affects them like Alien Catnip. This more-or-less saves the heroes' lives when one of them accidentally fills the cave they're in with an inferno and stuns the vast swarm of fire-spiders for over an hour, allowing the heroes to escape.
The Enemy employs this against the Zombies several times. It seems to be the most effective weapon against them; unfortunately, it's the hardest to safely employ.
Most Secret by Nevil Shute is about a fishing boat during World War II that is fitted out with a large flamethrower in a plan to destroy the German escort vessels keeping an eye on the French fishing fleet. This trope is specifically lampshaded.
Given its setting in ancient China, it's no surprise that fire is a pretty big deal in Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Its use against armies is obvious, and several mentions are made of Sun Tzu's stratagems in regards to fire. Perhaps the most dramatic example would be the Battle of the Red Cliffs. The Southern Coalition forces couldn't face the North's superior numbers head-on and thus had to resort to alternative methods to overcome Cao Cao's forces. The massive Northern naval fleet is tricked into chaining itself together to prevent seasickness, then set aflame by a surprise attack by Coalition fire boats. What the armies of the South could not do, a single decisive strike with fire accomplishes overnight—Cao Cao's fleet is effectively wiped out by the runaway fires jumping from ship to ship due to the chains holding them all together.
Andre Norton invokes this trope in many of her science-fiction novels when referring to destroyed planets as having been "burned off".
The Cinder Spires has Master Ferus. Some men decide to attack him in his home. The resulting scene is mostly from the POV of Folly, his apprentice, so we don't know what happened, exactly, but even she can tell they're cooked… without looking.
In the Boojumverse story "Mongoose", Izrael Irizarry specializes in clearing space stations of infestation by extradimensional scavengers called Toves. He notes that they are capable of surviving in vacuum, and recommends exterminating them with fire.
The story "Lynortis Reprise" takes place on an old battlefield marked by a two-year long siege. The alchemical phosphorous bombs shot by the defenders of the city were particularly devastating and at one point the effect of two salvaged duds used against advancing enemies is described in gruesome detail.
In another story, "Cold Light", Kane locks himself in an old warehouse with two of his enemies. The warehouse was used to store fabrics and quite a lot of them still remain. He proceeds then to set the building on fire. He escapes through a hidden tunnel, the other two are killed.
In The Silent War the Redcloaks have, among other things, the ability to channel supernatural fire into melee weapons. It cuts through demons and the walking dead like they're made of paper.
Knowledge Of Angels: At the close of the book, Palinor is burned at the stake by the Inquisition for heresy.
The burning of heretics comes up a few times in Wolf Hall. A few of Thomas Cromwell's Lutheran associates are burned by Thomas More for making public displays of heresy (namely reading aloud from Tyndale's English translation of the Bible). Cromwell also recalls an incident from his childhood when he watched an old woman burned as a Loller and is horrified by the painful death and the crowd's jubilation. He lingers after the crowd disperses until the old woman's friends arrive to gather her remains and one of them marks his palm with the greasy ash.
In The White Rabbit Chronicles, this is the only way to end zombies for good. In the spirit realm, a slayer can summon white fire in his or her hands which is used to "ash" the zombies.
Dahlia Sin'Felle uses the lightning properties of her weapon in Companions Codex to set fire to a female drider that was cornering her and Effron during an ambush in Port Llast. This incident comes back to haunt them, when it turns out that said drider was the lover of Yerinninae, the Xorlarrin's strongest drider, who is now bent on revenge.
In The Old Kingdom, fire is good for killing off most of the Dead, and purifying cremation is a good way to keep more Dead from rising.
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In The Almighty Johnsons, destroying things and people with fire is one of Loki's favored tactics.
American Horror Story:
There was at least one classic episode that showed the Daleks' ability to shoot fire from their plungers.
At the end of "Planet of Fire", the Doctor tries this on the Master. He gets better. As usual.
In "Time Heist", the bank has rows of flamethrowers to incinerate any potential thieves that fail the security checks.
"The Ghost Monument": The Doctor and company destroy a horde of killer ribbon-creatures by igniting a pocket of acetylene gas in the atmosphere of the Death World they're on with a self-lighting cigar.
"Resolution": The Dalek recon scout is defeated in this fashion three times.
First, it's eventually revealed that the 9th century armies were able to beat it the first time by tying it down and roasting it alive inside its armour.
The Doctor and her friends somewhat replicate this by destroying its Improvised Armour with repurposed microwave parts, although the creature inside escapes.
Finally, the Doctor straight-up hurls it into a supernova to be rid of it.
Not necessarily fire, but Sebaceans on Farscape go into horrendous unrecoverable comas if their body temperature gets too high (and at levels that would be on the high end of tolerable for most other races, too), making deserts, low fevers, and oversized bonfires potentially deadly. Given just how badass Aeryn is when not suffering heat delirium, it might count.
Scarrans, who have the power to project their body heat into deadly beams, love using this against their enemies — especially Sebaceans.
Ditto the fire-breathing Sheeyangs.
Game of Thrones:
The Mad King apparently loved this trope. It was his favourite way to get rid of his enemies. His enemies including women and babies that the voices in his head told him to destroy. His last words were even 'burn them all,' which he repeated for hours.
The Wildlings are shown to immediately burn any dead body to prevent them from becoming thralls of the White Walkers.
Also used to devastating effect against Stannis Baratheon's forces during the Battle of Blackwater Bay.
The Mad King's daughter Daenerys Targaryen's solution to pretty much every problem, though averted with her even-more-brutal execution of Doreah and Daxos. She uses fire to kill Mirri Maz Duur, Pyat Pree, and Kraznys mo Nakloz and many other slavers of Astapor. She also does this to every single Khal of the Dothraki in season 6. No one's mourning them. Her dragons have been known to do this, too, because, well, they're dragons. Once her dragons are large enough to fight, she can do this whenever she wants, though dragons aren't a prerequisite for this, as the khals found out. And in Season 8, she does this to pretty much the entire city of King's Landing.
In the Season 6 finale, Cersei sets off one of the Mad King's Wildfire caches beneath the Sept of Baelor, destroying it and killing most of her political enemies (the Sparrows, the Tyrells, and most of the Small Council) in one fell swoop.
This seems to be the only way to get rid of the wights.
Joffrey also speaks of Aerion "Brighflame" Targaryen who died from drinking wildfire.
The Night's Watch uses flaming barrels of oil to kill several wildlings and drive off the mammoth at their gate in "The Watchers on the Wall."
Stannis Baratheon has those of his subjects (even his brother-in-law) who won't convert to the Lord of Light burned at the stake. This appears to be the preferred method of execution for the Lord's enemies, according to Tyrion Lannister at least. Later, Mance Rayder is also burned at the stake when he refuses to accept Stannis's authority, though Jon Mercy Kills Mance while he is burning to put him out of his misery. Finally, Stannis sacrifices his own daughter this way to the Lord of Light on the advice of his Red Priestess Melisandre so the snows will clear and he can attack Winterfell.
Benjen Stark knows this is the best way to kill wights and comes prepared.
In the series Legend of the Seeker (as well as its book counterpart), the only way to permanently kill a baneling is to burn the body so it cannot be revived. A method the resident wizard Zedd uses proficiently.
On Lost, Kate burned her drunk & abusive father (and his whole house) to the ground.
In the season five finale, the Man in Black kicks a dying Jacob into a firepit to finish him off.
And then there's The Others in 1954 who use a storm of flaming arrows to kill off a large number of 815 survivors.
The Magicians: Shade-less Julia solves the problem of a recalcitrant sapient forest by burning it down.
In The Secret Circle, Luke, the witchhunter; also the demon snakes.
An episode of Stargate Universe has the crew using flamethrowers to hold back a very aggressive alien parasite that seems to creep along the ground like a fungus. How flamethrowers got aboard Destiny is anyone's guess. Greer states that he made them in his spare time, thinking they might come in useful.
In one episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, an alien race is seen using flamethrowers on people who have been infected by a disease that effectively turns them into another alien species.
"Salt and burn the body" is the standard solution to malevolent spirits and such. If the body's already been cremated, the boys need to find an alternate solution. Sometimes this means finding the little bit of the body that wasn't burned and setting fire to it.
Also, in the episode "Metamorphosis", this is the only way to kill of a Rugaru.
And a Wendigo. And Mary Winchester and Jess.
In "Hookman" the brothers have to destroy the things made from the silver from the original hook.
In "Provenance", they have to destroy a Victorian doll made with the locks of the evil child's hair.
After the events of "ScoobyNatural", Daphne starts taking up this view on dealing with ghosts. The Winchesters manage to bring the gang back to relative normalcy before she starts implementing it.
In Torchwood: Miracle Day Category Ones, people who are so injured or sick they should be dead are burned. Not that that actually works.
In The Vampire Diaries, Stefan killed Ben with a freaking flamethrower! Also how they disposed of the incapacitated tomb vampires. Bonnie threatens Damon with this – and nearly goes through with it. Damon tries this with Elijah but fails.
In The Walking Dead, a flashback shows the army dropping napalm on Atlanta in a (futile) attempt to contain the outbreak.
Episode three of Wolf Hall depicts the trials and execution of James Bainham, an associate of Cromwell's. He refuses Cromwell's offer to pull strings for his release since his beliefs would compel him to keep reading Tyndale's Bible, but he's shown in his cell putting his hand in a candle in terrified anticipation. The episode ends with him being burnt at the stake with Cromwell watching the jubilant crowd in disgust. (Later, when More is imprisoned, Cromwell accuses him of torturing Bainham so badly that he had to be carried to the scaffold.)
Ice Cube's "We Had to Tear This Motherfucker Up" is about the L.A. riots. Including the rash of arsons. It's from the point of view of a rioter.
Amon Amarth has numerous songs about the fires and fire god of Ragnarok. "Gods of War Arise" describes Vikings burning down a sleeping village.
P!nk has a single – Funhouse – that seems to relate the story of killing Monster Clowns with fire. A perfectly reasonable response, wouldn't you say?
This used to be a funhouse, But now it's full of evil clowns. It's time to start the countdown I'm gonna burn it down, down, down I'm gonna burn it down.
The Prodigy seem to like this trope a lot. Songs include "Fire", "Firestarter", "Fuel My Fire", "Spitfire", "The Heat the Energy" and "World's on Fire". In the same let's-burn-the-world vein you could probably also include songs like "Molotov Bitch" and "Hotride".
In Rammstein's "Rosenrot" video, Till's character is burned at the stake.
And in a later video, Haifisch, when Schneider daydreams about killing Till, this is his method of choice.
Erase This by Evanescence
"Burn it till there's nothing left"
Perish In Fire by Monster Magnet
"The roof. The roof. The roof is on fire. We don't need no water, let the motherfucker burn. Burn, motherfucker, burn."
Swedish industrial metal band Raubtier: "Låt napalmen regna ner!" (Let the napalm rain down!)
Usher's song, "Let it Burn".
Swedish heavy metal band Sister Sin's Food For Worms advocates killing everyone you dislike with fire "because fire's fucking cheap."
Sodom, a German thrash metal band, has in its album M-16 -an album about the Vietcong- a song named Napalm in the Morning that begins with that Apocalypse Now's famous quote by Col. Kilgore.
Arthur Brown (1968) liked to play with fire on stage too: "I am the God of Hell fire and I bring you…" (No, not the pizza. Guess again.)
"Burn MF" by Five Finger Death Punch basically invokes this, with gratuitous usage of Cluster F-Bombs and a couple of Atomic F Bombs for good measure.
In one episode of The Magnus Archives, such is Timothy Hodge's horror at the infestation that suddenly appears in his bedroom that he immediately sets the place on fire.
In The Fallen Gods, the dust golems that the party is attacked by are highly susceptible to fire, allowing them to be destroyed easily once they light some things on fire. Except for the one that Tuatha cleaned, leaving it just a swirling core of magic.
After costing The Undertaker the WWE Championship against Shawn Michaels in a Casket Match, Kane and Paul Bearer locked him in the casket and dragged it out front of everyone. Kane used an ax to chop holes in the casket. Then he doused it with gasoline and set it on fire with a book of matches provided by Bearer.
Randy Orton and his dad Bob Orton tried to do the same thing to the Undertaker after defeating him in a handicap Casket Match 7 years later.
After Hulk Hogan defeated Ultimate Warrior with the help of his nephew Horace Hogan in their infamous match, Horace attempted to do that to Warrior by dousing him with lighter fluid.
Bleak Expectations: Pip Bin manages to accidentally burn down parliament, thanks to all the MPs and the Speaker for the House of Commons drinking day-in, day-out, meaning the entire building is soaked in alcohol. Not a good mix with fire.
Religion and Mythology
The Bible is typically fond of this.
After discovering that the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah were willing to rape angels, God told Lot, the Only Sane Man, to leave the city. After Lot did what he was told, taking his family to escape, God did exactly what this trope says — a rain of hellfire and brimstone reduced both cities to ashes.
He did something different in Egypt, where He used burning hail — in other words, ice that is on fire.
Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu burn incense in a censer when God hadn't told them to. "So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord."
This seemed to be Elijah's M.O. Just ask those soldiers.
Nebuchadnezzar's preferred method of execution in the book of Daniel.
There is Hell if you want your gratuitous fire usage. Our modern conception of Fire and Brimstone Hell was actually based on Gehenna, which was a real-life trash incinerator near Jerusalem where everyone disposed of both their waste and the bodies of the worst criminals in the city so they cannot resurrect. In Biblical Text, the Lake of Fire repeatedly mentioned referred to this specific location initially ("eternal damnation" in Jesus' time specifically meant Cessation of Existence by fire as you cannot resurrect because eternal life was exclusively for the righteous) until due to Word of Catholicism it was later fused with the Greek concept of Hades as a Fate Worse than Death.
In Judges 18 the Danites while looking for land massacred the people of Laish and "…burned the city with fire."
Under Mosaic law, fire was the standard, final "treatment" for garments or buildings that had been infected with disease/mold/etc. First, you were supposed to try water. If that worked, great. If it didn't, burn it.
Heracles used fire to cauterize the Hydra's stumps before it could grow new heads. Or to be precise: Heracles smashed the heads with his club, his nephew Iolaos cauterized them. This technically didn't KILL the Hydra, since one of its heads was immortal. He just buried it under a rock afterward.
Many of the admittedly extremely varied world folklore about vampires feature either an aversion to fire, or immolating the vampire's remains as the final step in destroying it for good.
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Dungeons & Dragons:
Used for trolls (although acid works just as well). Based on the Hercules example, it's necessary to cauterize the hydra's stumps so new heads don't grow. (Save for fire-breathing hydras. They need ice.)
Two of the titular dragon breeds, the Gold and Red, both have fire as their breath weapons.note Gold Dragons also have a strength-draining gas. Most editions also have them as the most powerful of their specific categories of dragons…
Fire is also extremely useful against most undead, who are often immune to a wide variety of attack modes.
In general, when wizards start to cast Fireball is the point where they begin to outshine the fighters in combat, and most of the high level, high damage spells tend to be fire.
Apocalypse from the Sky is a ninth-level spell from the Book of Vile Darkness. It isn't too damaging for a ninth-level spell (10d6 to all in the radius, which is available seven levels previously), but it has a radius of ten miles per caster level. The weakest person who can cast this spell would be destroying small countries and almost everything in them, and all of it would be through FIRE.
The psionic version: the Pyrokineticist. Always chaotic, rarely good, invariably fire-heavy. They are so fire-happy that a prestige class prerequisite is "must have set fire to a structure of any size simply to watch it burn".
Searing Spell is a feat you can apply to Fire spells to make them ignore Fire resistance, and partially BYPASS FIRE IMMUNITY! It burns so hot it can burn things that can't be burned!
4th edition gives us the Irresistible Flame feat. An epic-tier infernal warlock or pyromancer can simply burn straight through fire resistance. Not as useful as the previous edition's Searing Spell, but still fun.
And Dragon Magazine for the same edition gives us Burn Everything, which does the same thing from heroic tier. Less powerful than Irresistible Flame, but available to any arcanist from the first level on.
Early editions of the game had flasks of oil that could be set alight and hurled at monsters, like weak Molotov Cocktails. Now there are flasks of Alchemist's Fire with more or less the same effect. They burst into flame on impact.
Fire deals aggravated damage (much harder to heal) to pretty much every creature in the Old World of Darkness (the primary exception is demons). In the new one, fire just deals lethal damage (painful, but not "OW MY VERY BEING IS RENDED" like with aggravated) to mortals and those not vulnerable to it. Vampires, Prometheans, and mummies receive aggravated damage from it, however (Vampires and mummies because they're desiccated corpses held together and made lively by magic, and Prometheans because the "Divine Fire" that gives them life overloads when exposed to fire).
In the Old World of Darkness, the vampires of the Setite clan were especially weak to fire, taking double damage from it (still aggravated). In the new one, their Spiritual Successor, the Mekhet clan, has inherited the weakness.
The Vampire: The Masquerade / Mage: The Ascension crossover supplement "Time of Thin Blood" saw the Technocracy respond to the rising of the Ravnos antediluvian in Bangladesh by declaring Code Ragnarok… and then beating the shit out of the ancient vampire by setting him on fire with orbital mirrors after nuking him from orbit with nukes enhanced by Awakened Science. Up to that point, everything else that various supernatural groups (i.e. Garou werewolves, Asian vampires) had thrown at Ravnos had been ineffective. So, yes, on that day, the much-maligned Technocracy saved the world. Take That!, mages.
A vampire can heal lethal damage (swords, etc) at the rate of one Vitae per point. This isn't bad: most vampires can just abduct some random passer-by, drain him dry, and be peachy. It takes three days and only slightly less blood than the average person contains to heal a single point of aggravated damage.
In the Hunter: The Vigil, Task Force: VALKYRIE has a flamethrower available to them specifically made for taking out vampires.
Exalted has the flame piece and firewand, and their First Age brethren liked the plasma tongue repeater. The Righteous Devil and Golden Exhalation martial arts styles let you do things like triple these weapons' (usually limited) range or do bonus damage. Fear the Exalt who masters both of these styles and is able to use a Charm to produce ammunition – especially since the martial arts skills required to reach the higher levels of those charm trees mean that they can still kick your arse if you disarm them.
What, no mention of Fire Aspects? They're an entire caste of Exalts themed around burning their enemies to death!
Warhammer 40,000's Imperium of Man's state church has a …Church Militant's more militant arms serving as their own armed forces, the Sisters of Battle, who specialize in this in-game. These ladies have a significant percentage of their troops being armoured women carrying huge flamethrowers, and sometimes. Sisters of Battle Seraphim can even dual-wield flame throwers.
The other races can be prone to this—almost every race has some sort of flamethrower equivalent; while most are used as specialist weapons, certain notable units wear this hat proudly. Orks are sometimes prone to pyromania, and these "Burnaboyz" combine a flamethrower and an armour-cutting blowtorch in one device. They generally tend to be constantly working on deconstruction, lest they get bored and make other Boyz "do the burny dance."
See also the Cult of the Red Redemption, in Necromunda. While the Sisters of Battle manage a healthy 0.2-0.8:1 flamethrower-to-soldier ratio in their various squads, virtually all Redemptionists carry a flamethrower, flamethrower pistol, underslung single-shot flamethrower on their rifle, or all of the above. Even their giant chainswords have a flamer built onto them.
The Imperium's military as a whole gives us flamethrower pistols, full-sized flamethrowers, vehicle-mounted flamethrowers, even Humongous Mecha-sized flamethrowers, plasma guns, and the meltagun, which is an anti-tank microwave.
Prior to their 5th Edition Update, the Grey Knights' Incinerator weapon was the idea of this trope taken up to 11; its blessed flames were so hot that even immaterial forcefields were useless against it. Since Flamer template weapons automatically ignored all cover saves as well, this means that the only thing safe from the Incinerator was extremely tough armor. Good thing it only had an AP value of 4, otherwise even Space Marines would be crying in face of it.
Not to be outdone, the Eldar don't just bring flamethrowers – they bring a weapon that literally creates a wave of flame-like stuff that is actually torn space leading into hell. It rips through even the strongest armor, as Hellfire should, and can even carry those it wounds into hell, never to be seen again. Not so much "Kill it with fire" as "replace the space where it's standing with solar-core-hot fire".
Daemons and their servants are often capable of using Warpfire, which is evil fire drawn from the warp. It's chiefly the domain of Tzeentch (whose daemons are little more than living flamethrowers) and Khorne (whose daemons often brandish weapons wreathed in warpfire). Oddly enough, since they are Chaos, their warpflames might also have the effect of freezing enemies instead (so hot they wrap around and go into negative temperatures) or do something else altogether. The effects are generally spectacular, though.
However perhaps the supreme masters of this trope in the setting are the Marines of the Salamanders legion, almost their entire ranged weapons arsenal is made up of flame throwers and meltaguns, even their tanks.
Also prevalent in Warhammer. Games Workshop, in general, seems to like this trope.
Confronted by Treemen? Fireball. Being attacked by mummies? Burning Gaze. Taking on anything else? Conflagration of Doom. There's one lore of magic that is based entirely around killing it with fire, plus the various versions of the Lore of Tzeentch (which MUTATES it with fire).
There's a category for Breath weapons, and a special rule for Flaming Attacks. They are often combined. Case in point, dragons, and the Salamanders of Lustria, who are living dinosaur flamethrowers.
And then there's the Dwarf and Skaven entries… the Dwarf Flame Cannon and the Skaven Warpfire Thrower. Skaven being Skaven, it's rare for the Warpfire Thrower to be used consistently on the enemy.
This is also useful to deal with Skaven Hell Pit Abominations, since killing them with fire inhibits regeneration and prevents them from rolling on the aptly named "Too Horrible to Die" table. Said table can involve them spitting out rat swarms, or standing back up with damage restored and a temper.
Among the many religious or mystical denominations in Fading Suns, the Templar Avesti are the most prone to a Kill It With Fire approach. Their church's symbol is a holy flame. Avestite inquisitors and zealot monks wear fire-retardant robes with breathing masks and carry flame throwers when they do battle with mutated monstrosities.
The devout menites of the Protectorate of Menoth from Warmachine LOVE to kill things with fire. Many of their warjacks, warcasters, and other warriors have fire-based attacks and abilities.
It extends into the RPG, as well, where "death by burning" is considered an acceptable punishment for no less than eleven crimes, including burglary, smuggling, tax evasion and improper speech.
In Ars Magica this trope sums up Flambeau's magical philosophy (at least prior to 5th edition).
In GURPS: Magic you can create "Essential Flame" which will actually burn water elementals. A pyromaniac mage actually has a lot of fun options, besides the ever-popular "Explosive Fireball" there is "Burning Death" which incinerates target from the inside out even if they're magically protected from fire.
Surtr from Scion 's MO.
Crimson Skies has an aircraft in it called the Blackflag Firestorm. The plane earned that particular name when one of the first prototype fighters' guns were loaded with magnesium rounds and it spread so much fire across the sky that onlookers had thought the air itself had burst into flames.
Averted in a review of FATAL. "To say that this game should be burned is an insult to fire."
Call of Cthulhu adventure Terror from the Stars, insert "Field Manual of the Theron Marks Society". The Manual says that you can use an "Indian Water Pump" filled with gasoline as an improvised flamethrower. Just spray the monster with gasoline, then set it on fire.
BattleTech. Battle Mechs can be equipped with flamers and inferno missiles. Both of these weapons are designed to damage 'Mechs not by burning them, but rather by overheating them. However, they can quickly and gruesomely annihilate infantry teams and any of the few types of battle armor or vehicle that isn't specifically shielded against fire attacks.
Stormbringer. In the Stormbringer Companion supplement the Kyrenee monster has only one weakness: flame. If it is set on fire it will shred into many fragments and dissolve, returning to its own plane of existence.
In the board game The Awful Green Things From Outer Space, if the crew-player is lucky, they will find a weapon that does this to the Things; canisters of Rocket Fuel are especially nice, as they are area-effect weapons and can be tossed through hatches.
Arduin RPG, The Compleat Arduin Book 2: Resources
One of the few ways to permanently destroy a mummy is to chop it to pieces and burn the pieces to ashes.
In order to permanently destroy a zombie and set its soul free to go to its destination, it must be burned to ashes and buried in consecrated ground.
A Touch of Evil: Against the Scarecrow in the Advanced Game, you can discard items with the Fire keyword to gain extra Fight dice for one round during the Final Battle.
When, in Shadowrun, Ghostwalker scoured the city of Denver, he did it in the most literal fashion, as is fitting because he's a dragon. This works as either Dragons Are Divine (if you're a 'runner and know just why he did it) or Dragons Are Demonic (if you didn't know, don't care, or were one of those who maybe should have been scoured.)
At Universal Studios:
Miseria is killed in The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad when the title character sets her on fire.
Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts sends a living skull-like fireball towards the guests, only for it to be destroyed at the last second by the firey breath of the dragon that the main trio ride on.
The finale of Shrek 4-D has Lord Farquaad's ghost being destroyed by one of Dragon's fireballs.
In 2011, a fire broke out at Walt Disney World's Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management, but for the most part only damaged an Iago animatronic beyond repair note And not the one that looked intentionally burnt and injured from divine punishment in-show, resulting in the much-criticized attraction being overhauled into an abridged version of the original show. Many Disney fans jokingly attributed it to divine intervention from the actual Tiki Gods.
The Alton Towers roller-coaster Wicker Man (not to be confused with the 1973 horror film of the same name), has the riders go through a flaming wicker man effigy thrice. Thankfully, the fire can't actually touch them.
Subverted in BIONICLE, in which Tahu defends himself from Nektann by using his fire powers to melt most of his enemy's armour off and incapacitate him — but making a clear point of not killing him in the process.
Near the end of Adage's path of Steam Prison, Adage douses Priscilla with flammable liquid and sets her alight to destroy her past salvaging and break Glissade's delusion that she's still alive. In the ending "Sacrificing Myself," this puts a permanent end to both Priscilla and Glissade, who burns to death trying to save his creation. In the ending "Flickering, Fading," Glissade manages to douse the flames and immediately starts over via draining Cyrus of her blood.
Monster Prom: This is Damien Lavey's preferred method of destruction. One event has you go on a date with him which basically consists of the usual dinner and a movie, but with arson included.
Homestar Runner: Strong Bad's creation "Trogdor the Burninator" is a fire-breathing dragon notorious for "burninating the countryside, burninating the peasants / burninating all the peoples and their thatched roof cottages!"
Happy Tree Friends: Every single character in the series dies in "Class Act" as a result of the fire that burned down the school, including the ordinarily Nigh Invulnerable Splendid.
Frollo uses this to solve a fair deal of his problems through pyrokinetic magic on The Frollo Show.
Tactical Noobs presents this as being the best way to deal with homosexuals.
While lycans in Blonde Sunrise are normally incredibly hard to even hurt, let alone kill, they are very weak to fire. This is why out of all the witches they fear the Fire Witch the most.
That's how you deal with trolls, beasts and giants in Stand Still, Stay Silent. First, you burn all the land, then you blow up everything still standing, then you leave it to freeze in the winter, and after such treatment, you burn it again, just to make sure. Believe it or not, it's not overkill.
Get Medieval played it straight (along with Rule of Cool) in this strip.
The Order of the Stick:
Belkar attempts it here.
Belkar: It's as true today as when I started adventuring: when in doubt, set something on fire.
And later the Death Knight when fighting Chang's group of soldiers.
Chang: Surrender! Death Knight: Burn.
In Tales of the Questor, the ratlike Wights swell and explode when exposed to a candle flame… later on, Quentyn uses magically amplified torchflame to kill a swarm of Redcaps (with messy, gory, tick-poppy type results.)
Hold on, what's this in my pocket? Oh, that's right, it's a Meteor Swarm.
Richard in Looking for Group.
In Sluggy Freelance this is the only way Oasis is able to beat Bun-Bun.
Stickfodder: "Let the fires of hell purge you clean!"
Kyros from Irregular Webcomic!. His obsessiveness to "sort out" any problems he faces by casting a huge fireball, killing everything in his path (usually including himself) is a Running Gag.
From the same author plus a few more, The Rant for this Darths & Droids strip discusses how fire is the most fun and threatening of the elements.("Seriously, which enemies would cower in their tracks if you appeared in front of them and proclaimed yourself to be a great water wizard?")
This Pokémon-X strip.
Cry Havoc seems to like this trope. Faustus is burned alive, giving him an arm that is possessed… or something. and then the Vatican drops a fuel air bomb on him.
Apparently how Forgath intends to deal with Dellyn in Goblins.
Axel's method of choice in Ansem Retort. Zexion almost quoted the trope name verbatim when Axel decided to kill everyone that didn't tell him where Larxene was quickly enough.
The bug of Bug Martini wants to do this when he invades France.
The Dreamland Chronicles: Nicodemus here.
Bob and George Napalm
In Trope Overdosed The Webcomic, while doing some Level Grinding, Alice has burned lots of zombies.
In Roza, she sets the stables on fire using her magical blood.
In Endstone, used on Herrek to get his attention before taunting, with death to come after.
In Sinfest, Satan uses it on Jesus.
In No Rest for the Wicked, for witches.
Kria from DMFA points out that fire is also useful for making sure something you've killed in another way stays dead.
Kria: The (resurrection) ritual requires a full body. And someone seems to keep putting one in the ground. Cremation, Daniel. It works wonders.
Schlock's plasma cannon emits massive amounts of high-temperature plasma, enough to melt through deck plates. While it is extremely powerful, it is generally considered old-fashioned and inflexible. Most people use kinetic weapons with variable high-tech ammunition. Fire is also one of the relatively few things that can actually hurt Schlock, making it an ironic choice of weapon for him.
The use of fire or plasma is also the go-to tactic for dealing with hostile Nanomachines; due to the Square-Cube Law, even the toughest of nanites are simply incapable of conducting away the extreme heat. Most soldiers carry incendiary grenades for this purpose, but the heroes typically use Schlock's plasma cannon.
In Three Jaguars, Business Manager uses it to deal with bad contracts. (Then you can toast marshmallows on the blaze.)
El Goonish Shive:
Blue Milk Special: During a multi-strip Shout-Out to Aliens, we get this scene.
Black Mage's spells in 8-Bit Theater tend to be heavily into fire, with a side order of lightning. This being Black Mage, it's rare for him to use them reliably against the enemy; if anything, they're more reliably used against innocent bystanders, small animals, Red Mage, the scenery and Fighter. Red Mage also attempts it at one point when Black Mage has set him on fire, insisting that he wants to keep burning because it gives him a high-damage hug attack.
BM: Red Mage is the best damn kindling this team has ever had!
Maliki: When her Wooden Chicken coop get infested by Red Lice, Maliki try everything to get rid of them, but the parasite keeps surviving all her efforts. She eventually burns the thing and gets a Pvc-built coop.
Ritchie/The Arsonist take this trope to heart in Door Monster's The Guards Themselves.
SCP breach containment procedures sometimes include flamethrowers, particularly where bullets would be ineffective.
SCP-165 ("The Creeping, Hungry Sands of Tule"). The Foundation's Mobile Task-Force Epsilon-9 used flame accelerator (flame thrower) units to reduce the sand SCP-165 lives into glass and thus destroy the SCP-165.
SCP-229 ("Wire Weed"). Because of SCP-229's nature (a mass of power lines and cables), incineration is recommended as the best way of destroying it.
SCP-299 ("Infectious Tree")SCP-299 ("Infectious Tree"). If any examples of SCP-299 are discovered in the wild they are to be destroyed by firebombing them into charcoal.
SCP-354 ("The Red Pool"). SCP-354-2 was a bear-sized creature covered with razor-sharp spines. After it came out of SCP-354 it proved to be Immune to Bullets and had to be destroyed with napalm.
SCP-363 ("Not Centipedes"). SCP-363 is scared of fire, and Foundation troops are issued flamethrowers to use against them. After one containment breach, the site where SCP-363 was being held was firebombed in order to destroy them.
SCP-378 ("Brainworm"): SCP-378 are Creepy Centipedes that are almost invulnerable to attack. The only thing that can even incapacitate them is fire. Fire is also effective in suppressing a victim/host's Healing Factor.
SCP-420 ("Aggressive Skin Condition"). When a person who drank SCP-420-1 reaches the sixth stage of infection they start growing rapidly and must be incinerated before something horrible occurs.
SCP-466 ("Mobile Veins"). If SCP-466 breaches containment it is to be suppressed using flame weaponry (e.g. flamethrowers).
SCP-492 ("Animated Cloth Dummy"). SCP-492 is made of cloth, so it is highly vulnerable to fire and can be easily destroyed by flame.
SCP-593 ("Contagious Innumeracy"). SCP-593 is a virus that causes measles-like symptoms. The containment procedures recommend incineration of all materials that anyone infected with it may have touched.
SCP-615 ("Stick Blob"). SCP-615 is extremely flammable. The best way to destroy it is to burn it.
SCP-630 ("Black Glacier"). The strange ice known as SCP-630 can stand temperatures up to 1500 °C. The best way to destroy it is to burn it with a mixture of aluminum and sodium hydroxide.
SCP-692 ("Revives the Colours"). When clothing is animated by exposure to SCP-692, security personnel are armed with flamethrowers so they can incinerate it if it goes out of control.
SCP-906 ("Scouring Hive"). SCP-906 can be destroyed by incineration, and personnel are allowed to use flamethrowers to do so.
SCP-967 ("Infinite Scrapyard"). When the primitive robots that exit SCP-967 break apart into their component pieces, the Foundation burns them to ashes and puts them back inside SCP-967 so their presence outside SCP-967 doesn't cause it to expand.
SCP-1262 ("Seed of Destruction"). SCP-1262 is immune to most types of radiation and high pressure. Heat of 180+ ºF (such as that caused by fire) is one of the few ways to destroy it. In the only known case of SCP-1262 getting loose on Earth, it was destroyed by causing an eruption and burying it in molten lava.
SCP-1368 ("Aegides"). SCP-1368 can only be completely destroyed by incineration: any other type of damage can be regenerated by its Healing Factor. Any Foundation personnel affected by SCP-1368 are to be burned.
SCP-1381 ("Cats' Cabinet"). The creatures created by the Cabinet (known as SCP-1381-01 and SCP-1381-02) are Immune to Bullets but not to flamethrowers.
SCP-1506 ("Aerial Arachnid"). If one of the giant floating spiderweb clouds containing SCP-1506 spiders threatens to attack humans and can't be diverted, it will be destroyed by a combination of flamethrowers and Fuel Air Explosive incendiary bombs.
SCP-1537 ("Akul'hil"). Because their Shapeshifting ability gives them resistance to physical damage, the only known way to kill SCP-1537-A is to immolate them.
SCP-1576 ("Edisonian Afterlife Communicator"). When a human being listens to SCP-1576 they become instances of SCP-1576-1: their brain dissolves and is expelled from their nostrils by sneezing. Breathing in the dissolved brain tissue has the same effect. The bodies of SCP-1576-1 instances are destroyed by incineration to prevent spread of the effect.
SCP-1583 ("It Only Makes Us Stronger"). The tentacle released by the opening of SCP-1583 can be destroyed by extreme heat, such as fire.
SCP-1361 ("Animal By-Product"). If it becomes necessary to destroy SCP-1361, Foundation personnel are to use incineration to make sure it's destroyed.
SCP-1936 ("Daleport"). One of the creatures infesting Daleport is a sheet of mobile skin in the shape of a fractal. It is Immune to Bullets, but a flamethrower severely chars it and renders it incapable of moving.
SCP-1961 ("Transformation Booth"). SCP-1961-1 and SCP-1961-2 are more resistant to trauma and hostile environments than human beings. Fire is recommended as one means for destroying them if necessary, so personnel guarding them are issued flamethrowers.
SCP-2009 ("Thomas Hoang"). Even tiny amounts of SCP-2009-02 spores are highly contagious. In order to ensure its destruction, SCP-2009 must be disposed of by incineration.
SCP-2102 ("Got Shoggoth?"). The only way to prevent SCP-2102 from expanding is to cauterize it with fire. The Foundation believes that SCP-2102 could be destroyed (if necessary) by the destruction of its soft tissues by flame.
SCP-2756 ("Surreal Landscaper"). Burning has been found to be the most effective way to destroy victims of infection by SCP-2756. Once each month, at least fifteen members of the Foundation containment site use flamethrowers to burn hostile SCP-2756 victims.
Dice Funk: Anne's suggestion for the evils plaguing the Pickman Academy.
Rock, Paper, Anything: Fire is used quite frequently as a counter.
An internet meme is the trope namer.
From John Dies at the End:
Amy said, "So, you're making a flame-thrower?" "Amy, we gotta be prepared. We don't know what we'll find in that place, but for all we know it could be the devil himself." "David, what possible good is that thing gonna do?" "Oh, no, you didn't hear me. I said it's a flame-thrower." Girls.
An epic Cake Wreck.
Protectors of the Plot Continuum use fire as a weapon of choice, either dealing with paperwork, Sues, or general boredom.
The recommended◊ approach to 'em Trolls.
Warren Ellis's approach to grilling: MAN COOK MEAT WITH FIRE. Not "man show fire to meat and then eat it while it still squirts and pulses." KILL IT DED WITH FIRE YUS. "Medium rare" = "good vet could get it up on its feet in an hour or two." That's not cooked with fire. That's THREATENED with fire. I do not season steak. Start seasoning steak and before you know it? You're French.
Uncyclopedia refers to fire as "nature's weapon attachment".
In Orion's Arm, this is one of the best ways to deal with nanotech attackers. The tiny robots can't shed heat effectively and will rapidly disintegrate when heated.
"Hello, and welcome to Atop the Fourth Wall, where bad comics burn." Interestingly enough, he's only ever burned five comics: Superman: At Earth's End, JLA: Act of God, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, One More Day, and Holy Terror. He notes in his "Mightily Murdered Power Rangers" review how this phrase has become The Artifact and tells the comic not to tempt him to change that.
The last line of the available chapter of the epic tale of Site Kilo-29: "Flamethrower." He said. "Fuck Yeah." (don't worry, it's finished) and he survives!
Referenced during CR's Let's Play of Story of the Blanks after encountering the Nightmares: "Dear Princess Celestia: Today I learned there's just some things you shouldn't be friendly with. Things that just need to burn. Sincerely yours, Apple Bloom"
Dr. Stuart Ashen is a reviewer of tat (read, cheap plastic knockoff junk found in discount stores) who often comes across lousy toys or disappointing blind bag collectibles. He used to Drop the Hammer on them, but ever since he somehow obtained a blowtorch, he's given this treatment to various things that displease him, including Draco Malfoy, a superdeformed snowtrooper, and Woody.
During Vegeta's play through of Broforce, when he gets to playing as B.A. Baracus (who is equipped with a flamethrower) Vegeta simply races through the level laughing maniacally as mooks attempt (and fail) to flee while he sets everything in sight on fire.
Blog/Deadcoders Reviews' interpretation of XANA took this Up to Eleven: "AHH! KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE! actually, SCREW FIRE, KILL IT WITH FIRE, ORBITAL BOMBARDMENT, DEATH LASERS, CAPTAIN JANEWAY'S CYBERNETIC SPIDERS, ARMIES OF ROBOTS, THE POWER OF STEPHEN KING NOVELS, WEATHER, ELECTRIC TAR, AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT COMES TO MIND!"
This is Zhuge Liang's go-to strategy in Farce of the Three Kingdoms.
In The Angry Video Game Nerd, the Nerd was so fed up with the Amiga CD 32 that he actually hauled the system outside and set it on fire with his Boring Company Not-A-Flamethrower.
In the Darkwing Duck episode, "Night of the Living Spud", a redneck decides to test how flammable a vampire is.
Zeke: [strikes a match] Zack… get the diesel fuel.
Seems to be the only way of doing any sort of decent damage to Madam Rouge from Teen Titans. She's damn near invulnerable to any kind of physical attacks.
Avatar: The Last Airbender: Fire Lord Ozai decides this trope is an appropriate response to a recalcitrant Earth Kingdom. Why bother with normal methods of subjugation when you can just set the continent on fire? Azula suggested it.
Korgoth of Barbaria: Scrotus threatens to show Korgoth a new spectrum of pain, and Korgoth responds by tearing a substantial amount of Scrotus's skin off, dousing him with strong alcohol, and lighting him on fire.
"Treehouse of Horror IX" has Maggie suddenly lose her legs and grows tentacles. They take her to Dr. Hibbert, who prescribes "fire, and lots of it". This is apparently his cure for everything.
In "Bart Carny", a father/son carny team takes over the Simpson house. In trying to think of a way to take back their house, Bart, Lisa, and Homer are each keen on fire as an option – one that Marge keeps vetoing.
Bart: I say we set fire to the house, kill them that way. Marge: We don't want to kill them, we just want our home back! Lisa: Well… if we did set fire to the house.. Marge: No fires! Homer: I've got it! Marge: No fires!
In "Lisa's Sax" when Marge shows Homer a picture an upset Bart drew:
Marge: Homer, I want you to look at this drawing Bart did. Homer: [watching TV] Oh, it's beautiful! Oh, oh, let's put Bart's beautiful drawing up on the fridge! Marge: Homer, stop. Will you please look at the drawing? Homer: Oh, all right. What… [looks at drawing] …aaah!! Burn it! Send it to hell!
In "The Frying Game", Homer has to take care of an endangered caterpillar. Lisa researches the species and discovers that it is "sexually attracted to fire". Homer concludes that God must want the species to die.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Season Two Trailer. Geonosians charging? Break out the flamethrowers.
In "Headhunters", Dipper and Mabel defeat the evil wax dummies by melting them, with Mabel throwing some of them in a fire for good measure.
In one segment of the episode "Bottomless Pit!", Dipper has his voice changed to sound much deeper. Soos' first response when hearing it is to beat Dipper with a broom and yell "Kill it! Kill it with fire!"
Inverted in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Equestria Games". Spike's fire presumably saved some lives near the end.
In the Sonic Boom episode "Two Good to be True", when alternate dimension Knuckles arrives in the normal dimension, Sticks gets startled and we get this:
Sticks: Yaah! Kill it with fire! Tails: Calm down, it's just Knuckles! Sticks: Oh… kill Knuckles with fire!
In "Golden Hook", from Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Captain Hook uses a golden hook that turns everything and everyone he touches to gold. Captain Jake's solution is to claim it using his magic sword, which has its own magic and is therefore immune to the effect, then toss the sucker into a volcano. Upon its destruction, the magic is reversed and everything that was turned to gold changes back, including Smee and Hook's other bumbling lackeys, Sharkey and Bones.
In the Phineas and Ferb episode "It's No Picnic", Baljeet and Buford argue over whether the former's vindaloo is better than the latter's bitterballen and end up mixing them together. Baljeet suggests that they could taste great together, but Buford says that they should kill the resulting combination with fire.
Long before there was any scientific understanding of germs and other microbes, humans had learned that fire made rotting corpses and things that had been in contact with sick people and animals harmless. If cleaning infectious things with water didn't work, fire would do the job as a last resort, which makes fire the ultimate form of purification in cultures all over the world.
Cooking, another reason for the symbolism of fire as purification: Kill parasites with fire. Suffer not the tapeworms to live. Despite the lack of knowledge concerning parasite infestation, humans learned that cooking was an efficient way to sterilize food and render death from food poisoning less likely. This was a highly important evolutionary step in that, while our immune system is moderately badass at killing single-cellular organisms such as bacteria (if the bacteria does not overwhelm the body first), it is completely useless against multicellular parasites that can steal vital resources, or clog up the digestive system, or eat your organs or brain alive inside out! And before cooking, the alternative to the Paranoia Fuel of raw meat was an inefficient diet of indigestible plant cellulose that require a slow ruminant fermentation complex to manufacture any meaningful amount of proteins and essential fatty acids (e.g. cows and gorillas didn't need fire-creating intelligence, and instead of that, they evolved for microbe-filled appendixes to support their fat-less vegetarian lifestyle, although then can Ascend to Carnivorism anytime). Carnivory evolved as it made resource acquisition fast, and cooking made the resource acquisition from that even faster. The Prometheus parallels also exist in this evolutionary history; a popular theory proposes that it was cooking that allowed us to eat fatty foods with impunity and extract energy from food more efficiently, which provided enough fuel to develop our fat-ass energy-hungry brains which allowed us to think of more ways on how to kill others with fire….
In the medical field, people need to be especially careful not to spread germs. There are a variety of ways to kill them. Some involve fire or at least extreme heat, and it is very effective. Here are two examples. Metal tools can be sterilized by sticking them in an open flame. Biohazard waste gets incinerated. Indeed suffer not for the pathogens to live. And while it isn't fire, the autoclave doesn't leave behind inconvenient fire residue and can be used effectively to sterilize anything that won't melt in it, and works just fine on liquids as well as solids.
This is the reason armies have used flamethrowers as weapons.
As the late George Carlin explained it:
"And what this indicates to me, it means that at some point, some person said to himself, "Gee, I sure would like to set those people on fire over there. But I'm just not close enough to get the job done. If only I had something that would throw the flame on them."
Interestingly enough, the flamethrower stopped being used around the time of The Vietnam War, at least by the United States. There were two reasons given: first and foremost, the flamethrower requires an absolutely massive tank for fuel, which slows the soldier prohibitively and told the enemies "Shoot me". Second, the flamethrower isn't really all that useful a weapon; short range and limited fuel keep it from being used at the most useful times. The reason the flamethrower was used for as long as it was (WW1/2 to Vietnam) is because it is a profoundly powerful psychological weapon. Nothing demoralizes an enemy squad as much as seeing your best friend set on fire! The wielder was actually running away with several litres of an extremely flammable liquid strapped to his back…. Unless you get a flamethrower tank, which had its share of combat during WWII. An indication of the extent to which flamethrowers terrified the opponents is the number of flamethrower operators registered as POW: none, or very nearly. Your likely fate being common knowledge, you had strong incentives to lie about your job if presented with the opportunity. One of the weapons that evolved to replace man-portable flamethrowers in Vietnam was a shoulder-launched incendiary rocket launcher that could propel fuel tanks much further than the old M2 could fling an arc of napalm.
Flamethrowers also were more useful during trench warfare as your targets were so generous to line up in a small space. Which made the fuel issue a bit less problematic. Also, because its rather large area of effect (for a handheld weapon) makes it ideal for taking out things like bunkers. Not very useful in more open combat, like in Vietnam, and utterly worthless in combat near civilians, like in Iraq, but in more entrenched situations it can still be quite useful.
Flamethrowers are also useful against bunkers and armored vehicles if you can get in close enough. Unlike bullets, the spray of burning fuel only needs to hit an opening and it will splash inside. Being on the receiving end of even a small splash of burning gasoline can ruin your whole day, and even if it never gets inside a bunker the smoke and flame make it almost impossible to see out through the affected area. The Flamethrower rose to prominence debut during the 1916 Battle of Verdun, wielded by former reserve fireman serving with the German Fifth Army, and soon became a renowned as a great tool for overcoming tough enemy defensive positions.
In the Pacific front of the 2nd World War, the US-made flamethrowers evolved to use road flares as igniters to light their fuel, with a modular, revolver-style waterproof chamber for easy loading. On top of that, logistics and training evolved so that operators could check and replace certain tank seals and one of the release valves in the field, to improve maintenance and reliability. There exist claims that some bunkers would automatically surrender upon learning that their assailants had brought along a flamethrower rather than get set alight.
In present-day China, they are being used to combat the invading Asian Giant Hornet. In late 2015, the Chinese military used flamethrowers to flush out Islamic terrorists out of a cave network after they attacked a mining quarry in Xinjiang and stabbed 16 miners to death.
Of course, the great-granddaddy of all of these flamethrowers is truly ancient — or at least medieval: "Greek fire," a chemical concoction used by the Byzantine Navy that burst into flames upon contact with air and can never be extinguished by water. The secret of its formula was so well-kept that it is lost today. The Greek Fire was so useful back in the Medieval period that many historians agree it was one of the main reasons the Byzantine empire lasted for so long. Of course, such a weapon needs a delivery system, and the Byzantines delivered: at first, they threw ceramic pots of it at the opposing forces (usually using catapults), but eventually, they invented the siphōn, a simple but highly effective pump (rather like a modern hand pump for bicycle tires or balloons, or perhaps an overlarge syringe) that would spew streams of fire at enemy vessels.
The Raufoss Mk 211 bullet. A specialised round developed for use with .50 BMG caliber sniper rifles, it's designed to pierce through armour, explode, and then set the target on fire.
Fun fact: flamethrowers are entirely legal to own in most of America. And most other countries as well, as a forestry or agricultural tool.
For a more impersonal delivery system, there's incendiary bombs, like those used fairly heavily on Japanese cities during World War II, by the USAAF. The June 10, 1945 "Operation Meetinghouse" firebombing of Tokyo caused more deaths than the immediate effects of either of the atomic bombs dropped in that conflict.
The Luftwaffe firebombing of Coventry wrought so much destruction that Joseph Goebbels coined the term Coventrated to describe the ruined city and many others like it.
Then the Brits used the same tactic against Germany. In the later phases of the war, a first wave of bombers would drop air burst bombs that would blast away the ceramic roof tiles used in German cities and then a second wave would drop massive amounts of incendiary bombs on the exposed wooden roof beams from where the fire would reach the wooden floors and spread to the furniture in the apartments. As in Tokyo, fires were started in specific mathematical patterns that took into account wind direction and speed, which would result in a massive updraft at the center, causing a huge fire tornado and transforming the entire city into Hell. While the fire usually didn't reach the bomb shelters, large numbers of people died from suffocation as the fire consumed the entire oxygen in the air. The incineration of Hamburg and Dresden are the closest thing Germans have to a Hiroshima-trauma.
Incendiary (often napalm) bombing from planes was extensively used in Vietnam and later conflicts. The US military didn't give up on this trope, they just increased the range. And then there's the bizarre tale of Operation X-ray…
Of the 180 largest Japanese cities that were firebombed by the 21st Bomber Command, 64 were completely destroyed.
Today's flamethrowers are more along the lines of missile launchers that use incendiary ammunition. And then you have the MLRS version. A typical example is the Russian RPO Shmel ("Bumblebee"). This is a tube looking like an ordinary bazooka. Inside is a single-shot rocket filled with napalm, or worse, a fuel-air warhead. A rarer variant, RPO Rys ("Lynx"), is the same, but you can carry extra rockets and reload it.
The IRA still used flamethrowers for the psychological effect until recently.
Also, the Italian Army still keeps traditional flamethrowers, officially classified as an anti-tank weapon and used by Engineer Regiments as recently as the Iraq War. Somehow, the Italian troops deployed for peace enforcement missions have managed to gain and keep a reputation as 'nice guys'…
Inverted by Hippocrates: "What medicines do not heal, the lance will; what the lance does not heal, fire will."
It is actually a common practice among those who fight forest fires to start a number of monitored brush fires while also cutting down trees. The rationale? Fastest way to get rid of fuel and helps to stop/control the spread of a forest fire by starving it. That's the way nature does it (minus the "monitored" part). In fact, certain types of cone-bearing trees need fire to open the cones. Many of the worst fires were that bad because environmental groups got their science wrong and sued to stop/prohibit thinning. Area grows into a tangle of underbrush and deadfall, lightning strikes, huge zone of flamey badness ensues. The Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia in January 2009 were partially caused by this. That, and all the arson-lit fires.
The backfire (starting a fire here so that the encroaching fire doesn't have fuel once it gets here) was invented on the ground. A group of fire-fighters were running from a blaze and one of them realized they couldn't escape that way. He stopped and lit a fire, urging his mates to join him. They told him he was crazy and kept running. He was the only one to survive.
The historical Oda Nobunaga (not the demonic, made a Deal with the Devil, comic book Super Villain one that appears in many anime) had a rather disturbing fondness for this. It began with the burning of the Mt. Hiei Buddhist temples, (and the slaughter of its thousands of residents) and culminated in the Siege of Nagashima, (another warrior monk stronghold) where he forced the defenders into their entirely wooden inner fortifications, built a wall around said fortifications, then lit the building on fire. Not a single one of 20,000 people inside escaped alive.
This is one of the reasons why Nobunaga was betrayed by Akechi Mitsuhide: As a high-ranking General of the Oda clan and a Buddhist, the torching of the Mt. Hiei temples did not sit well with him at all.
Though most adaptations like to portray that trait of Nobunaga as a reason for him being the villain, it could be argued to be merely Combat Pragmatism. Do you want to risk the lives of your soldiers in storming a building full of fanatical war monks? Or maybe you'll just advance them hiding in a mostly wooden building to its logical conclusion?
Sadly, this is still a common form of 'jungle justice' in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, especially in the port city of Lagos, Nigeria. A person caught red-handed at theft or murder is soaked in kerosene or petrol, tires stacked around him/her, and set on flame for an absolutely horrifying execution.
What did Sun Tzu & the Vikings both have in common? The love of fire. It is great for hit-and-run attacks, as it will continue to cause damage (both physical & psychological) without requiring to stay in the place.
If something won't burn with regular fire, there's always Chlorine Trifluoride. This stuff is so horribly reactive that it can light ashes on fire.
To quote In The Pipeline "The compound is also a stronger oxidizing agent than oxygen itself, which also puts it into rare territory. That means that it can potentially go on to “burn” things that you would normally consider already burnt to hell and gone, and a practical consequence of that is that it’ll start roaring reactions with things like bricks and asbestos tile." One propulsion engineer who'd dealt with it said that the best equipment for working with this stuff was "a good pair of running shoes."
Contrary to popular belief, witches weren't burned in England (or the Colonies, which mostly followed English practice). In Continental Europe, witchcraft was tried as heresy, for which the penalty was burning: but the pragmatic English tried witches for whatever they were supposed to have done with their magic, from murder down to theft and destruction of property, and sentenced them accordingly as the English sentence the common man. So while many witches were hanged, there were also many cases of convicted witches simply getting a fine or just a stern warning. Also contrary to popular belief, this was also the practice in Europe at large. The Spanish Inquisition, for example, was quick to pronounce 'Witchcraft' as 'Insanity' and refused to even consider charges of it. However, many local courts in Spain brought people up on charges of various counts of witchcraft on their own volition, though burning was again only reserved for the most serious of cases. Yet another contrariety to public belief, witches weren't persecuted in Western Europe before the Reformation. The Roman Catholic Church denied the existence of witchcraft and was quick to condemn those accusing others of the practise; as humorously noted by this Scandinavia and the World comic, for much of the Middle Ages, the accuser of witchcraft was more likely to end up executed as a heretic (as belief in witchcraft was contrary to Church doctrine and therefore heresy) than the accused.
During much of English history, there were only two crimes punishable by burning: heresy and treason. Moreover, treason was not always punished by burning, as that crime was punished in different ways depending on the offender's status and gender. Nobles of either sex were beheaded, while commoner men were hanged, drawn and quartered (a rather gruesome form of Cruel and Unusual Death). Only commoner women convicted of treason were burned at the stake, essentially as a public-decency measure: hanging, drawing, and quartering often involved stripping the condemned of his clothes (which was considered indecent if applied to a woman) and always included emasculation (which was impossible for a woman). Treason came in two flavors: High Treason (treason against the state, including most of what we normally think of as treason, plus sundries such as counterfeiting the King's seal or NTR-ing the King's heir) and Petty Treason (murder of someone with lawful authority over you, most commonly murder of a man by his wife).
Ironically the burning of people for religious crimes was chosen (at least by some, particularly in the Catholic Church) because it was considered the most merciful option in the case of unrepentant individuals. The reasoning being that if you decapitated a person their soul would go straight to hell, but being burnt alive, the victim would have a chance to repent their sins before a priest (who would be standing nearby) and accept God, giving them at least a chance of salvation. Throughout history, people do seemingly brutal things for (what they see as) very good reasons.
During the Chilean dictatorship led by Augusto Pinochet, photographer Rodrigo Rojas Denegri and college student Carmen Gloria Quintana were set on fire by the military in the middle of the protests of 1986. Rojas died due to his injuries a few days later, Quintana barely survived but was badly disfigured.
This was once actually a medical practice. As late as The American Civil War it was, field hospitals regularly cauterized amputated limbs with a hot iron. And no anesthetic beyond whisky and possibly opium. Soldiers often feared hospitals more than death, quite naturally. It did significantly reduce the chance of dying from an infection, but many soldiers didn't care.
Around this time the syringe and first epidermal and then intravenous injections were invented, and Army surgeons immediately turned to injecting the wounded with morphine (also purified from opium nearly in the same period). It did its job relatively well as a painkiller, but the lack of understanding in aseptics and proper dosages lead to the explosion of sepsis and opiate addictions.
Quelea are a type of small bird native to sub-Saharan Africa. They are one of, if not the most numerous species of birds in the world. Flocks number in the thousands and are capable of completely stripping grain fields in a matter of hours. How do farmers deal with the problem? They find the trees the birds nest in, wait until nightfall, and use dynamite and gasoline. Boom!
Interestingly, in Egypt, people really did use mummies for kindling, since when there were thousands upon thousands of mummies, they made for a ready source of fuel. Their historical value wasn't considered at the time. Could be a small amount of Fridge Horror there.
A fever is essentially your body trying to do this: kill off invasive microbes by creating an environment too hot for them to survive in.
Some kinds of Japanese honeybees use this tactic against the Asian Giant Hornet that can't be killed through normal stinging means, due to it being fast enough to kill a bee before getting stung. The hornet can't survive said temperature, however, but the bees can, so this tactic is actually a lot more effective and costs the lives of very few bees.
How do Eucalyptus trees get rid of other plants that grow around them and steal the precious water in the desert ground? By emitting vapour of the highly flammable Eucalyptus oil while having very flame resistant wood and their leaves high above the ground. Once the vapour ignites, it burns all the small grasses and shrubs while only slightly singing the bark of the trees. Unfortunately, it also has the side effect of causing the trees to explode when struck by lightning.
Rhystysma Acerinum, known commonly as Maple Tar Spot is a fungus that looks like black spots on infected tree leaves. Because it spreads on early spring through leaves infected on the previous year, the recommended cure is to gather all infected dead leaves in the fall and burn them.
This is the final step in any very secure hard disk disposal method. Government secrets and such might be recovered from a drive that is wiped, repeatedly overwritten, and physically broken or drilled through. It probably won't be recovered from the completely chaotic lump of ash and metal left after going through the incinerator.
Also a countermeasure against tampering in highly secure safes and intelligence packages. Unless it's disabled before the package is opened, boom. Sure, you can kill the courier or crack open the safe, but anything inside (and possibly anything in the near vicinity) is going to be on fire once the pyrotechnic charge inside goes off.
In February 2015, a captured Jordanian pilot was burned alive in an iron cage by ISIS.
This trope is good against toxic waste (against any organic material, especially the annoying dioxine and its PCB ilk). Unfortunately, only slightly effective against heavy metals and zero against radioactive waste (the best you might achieve is turn the stuff into less soluble compounds). One can and does treat "normal" waste this way too, but that probably isn't the best method from an environmental perspective—although that can be highly situation-dependent, especially when you're dealing with the trash of a large and densely-populated urban area, where the pollution from just burning your trash somewhere in or near the city is probably less than what you would generate transporting the trash to somewhere it can be buried. New York City has been grappling with this problem for decades, as the nearby landfills in the city (in Queens and Staten Island) are closed for being beyond capacity, and the ones near the city (largely in New Jersey) are also full or close to full, leaving New York with the options of shipping its trash far away (like "there's NYC trash in landfills in Ohio and South Carolina" far away) or burning it. NIMBY issues with incinerators have kept the city from adopting that option despite its probably being a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly option than shipping the garbage to Ohio, at least.
The preferred way to kill some pests, such as ticks and bedbugs, which would be difficult to crush by force.
To prevent contamination of placesnote such as Jupiter's moon Europa and Saturn's moons Enceladus and Titan thought to be likely to harbor life by bacteria that may have survived the trip from Earthnote Complete sterilization of a spacecraft is expensive, thus reserved only for certain missions, one of NASA's way to dispose of probes that have ended their missions is to have them being deorbited in a planet's atmosphere where they'll burn up as Galileo and Cassini can testify.
This was often the case with lynchings, which, contrary to popular believe weren't all hangings but often far more horrible things such as mutilation and burning alive all for the entertainment of the mob.
In the first few years of World War 1, German Zepplin Bombers were nigh invulnerable, as they could No-Sell basically everything the British could throw at them until the invention of incendiary bullets could set off the hydrogen in the balloon.
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