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A common way of showing extreme anger for a character is to have them burst (whole or in part) into flame. This can either be a visual metaphor for anger, or played literally if they posess fire-manipulating abilities.

Much like hot sauce, comes in mild, medium, and hot varieties—the hotter the anger, the more you can expect to see the following:

If the character has Pyrokinesis, Power Incontinence, and is Hot-Blooded, anything that causes anger is likely to manifest this way. If said character is evil, he/she will always be like this when angry. If the flames don't cause property damage they're probably Cold Flames. It can also overlap with Fireball Eyeballs.

Compare Demon Head, High-Pressure Emotion, Nightmare Face, Turns Red (a mostly Video Game equivalent dealing with heightened difficulty that sometimes involves this).

Not to be confused with Angst Nuke, which is not just a visual metaphor, but actually dangerous.

Examples of Burning with Anger include:

Anime and Manga


 Meowth: Jessie just evolved into a Flareon!

  • In the "Sweet & Sour Puss" episode of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Dedede explodes into a volcanic rage wreathing himself with a firey glow both around his eyes and his body after Togeira stores enough anger within itself to unleash a mega-attack on his own castle. He even screams "Now it's payback time!" as he does so.
  • When Natsu from Fairy Tail gets pissed he gets covered in flames.
  • In one of the Ranma ½ Anime (but not manga) episodes (Genma Takes A Walk) Genma makes a declaration that is so Hot-Blooded that it causes his head to catch fire. Literally.
  • Naruto's 4-tailed transformation is this trope, literally. Bloodshot eyes, peeling skin, boiling blood, all while Naruto sports a face of pure, unadulterated rage. Cue Angst Nuke.

Comic Books

  • Walter ("Wallop") of ClanDestine has the power to transform into a Hulk-like blue monster- either voluntarily, or involuntarily when enraged. In the latter case, his hair bursts into flame (and he gets a whole lot bigger and more monstrous in appearance). If he transformed on purpose while relatively calm, his hair just changes color rather than burning.


  • Charlie in Firestarter has Pyrokinesis and Power Incontinence, but when she's angry at somebody else, she doesn't burst into flame — they do. And ditto the Roaring Rampage of Revenge at the end of the film.
  • Played for Laughs in Hellboy 2, where the now dating Liz and Hellboy have romantic spats that involve her involuntarily melting/burning parts of the base... and purposely launching vault doors at Hellboy. Luckily, being half-demon means he can literally take the heat.
  • Hades in Hercules always has a blue flame of hair on his head, when he gets mad it flares up, goes red and/or his whole body erupts in flame depending on the level of anger.
  • Mrs. White mentions feeling this way in Clue:

 "I hated her, so much... Flames, flames, on the side of my face..."



Live Action Television


 Ninjor: Evil makes me so angry! Bad just burns me up!

  • In Engine Sentai Go-onger, Kegalesia goes to Mild Bell Pepper level hilariously. Usually, one of her co-villains turns the valve on the side of her head to release steam.


  • Celtic hero Cu Chulainn was known for his very literally hot temper. He was once dunked into three barrels of icy water to cool him down after a berserker rage — the first barrel heated up so quickly that it exploded, while the second quickly boiled away.

Video Games


 'Etna & Flonne: Well, excuse us for being flat!

  • Used as a gameplay element in Super Princess Peach, whenever Peach uses her Anger Vibe she erupts in flames and can burn anything she touches.
  • Axel from Kingdom Hearts sometimes. Makes sense since he is a pyro.
  • Asura from Asura's Wrath eventually gets so angry his anger eventually literally scorches his body. This is rectified later when yasha implants the Mantra reactor of the Karma fortress into Asura to handle the energy better.
  • In Tomodachi Life, when a Mii gets into a huge fight, they are shown with a flaming aura.

Web Comics

  • Bob and George: Bob has fire producing/manipulating abilities so he tends to go through all the phases depending on just how mad he gets.
    • Applies, of course, to Very Alternate Bob as well. Ironically he's only ever seen angry enough to burst into flames once in the entire series, and hilariously, it's rainbow-colored.
  • Being a teen ifrit, Laura has this issue.
  • This happens to Fae and demons quite often in Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures, most noticeably when Dan makes a comment that sets Abel off. While Abel still appears calm and is speaking rationally, his entire body is engulfed in flames that he doesn't seem to notice-but Dan does.

Web Original

  • Happens to Mars in a later chapter of The Return after a power up, and almost sets an entire room alight..

Western Animation

  • Katie Kaboom does this on Animaniacs once a month.
  • The villain named Father from Codename: Kids Next Door can coat himself with and manipulate fire, but he flares up accordingly as he gets angrier.
  • Wanda of The Fairly Odd Parents has gotten angry enough that the flames show up in her eyes, and her hair lights on fire.
    • Vicky has also gotten angry enough that the flames show up in her eyes.
  • In the 2002 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon when Skeletor got mad his otherwise empty eye sockets would form glowing red lights in them. The madder he was the bigger and brighter they got. (may not be actual fire so much as magical energy but same principle)
  • In the Looney Tunes short "My Favorite Duck", Porky Pig gets so angry he bursts into flames, is reduced to ashes, then reforms out of a column of smoke.
  • Raven from the animated Teen Titans gets blue flames shooting from her head when angry at her annoying teammates.
  • The above picture is from My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic episode "Feeling Pinkie Keen."
    • Spike also gets in on the act in "Owl's Well That Ends Well". A feather he went through a lot of trouble to obtain for Twilight spontaneously combusts after he finds out Owlysius had already given her one of his feathers.
    • Pinkie Pie becomes steaming mad when Applejack tries to weasel out of a Pinkie Promise in "The Last Roundup".

 "No pony breaks a pinkie promise!"

  • When villains throughout Winx Club do something that pushes Bloom to far, she becomes so angry that her whole body literally becomes enveloped within a mass of flames, letting them know that they're completely and totally screwed because she's about to unleash the full force of the Dragon Fire power on them.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender and Fire Bender without sufficient control can do this when angry. This can be shown by anything from smoking hands to screaming fire blasts. For obvious reasons, its something of a safety hazard.
  • Lucius on Jimmy Two-Shoes, frequently. Also happens to Heloise.