Willow lights up a barbecue grill.

So maybe Amber's got this power. To make herself be on fire. Like the Human Torch, only it hurts.
Alexander Harris.[src]

Pyrokinesis was the ability to create and/or manipulate fire. Magic practitioners were able to achieve pyrokinesis through spells, while certain demons and other supernatural creatures had this as a natural ability.

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Fire conjuration[edit | edit source]

Fire conjuration was the general ability to create fire by magic.

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Organic[edit | edit source]

Having a body consisting of fire, granting them fire-related powers.

  • By 1999, Angel mentioned to have fighting fire demons with Buffy in a cave next to Sunnydale beach.[citation needed]

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Incineration[edit | edit source]

Incineration referred to completely destroying an object's or being's structure by engulfing it with heat or flames.

  • The Judge could burn the humanity out of any being. This would cause the victim to literally burn and disintegrate in a matter of seconds. However, beings without any sense of humanity were safe, as with the case of Angel while without a soul.[13]

Willow sets Warren's corpse on fire.

  • After murdering Warren Mears, Willow set his body alight, causing it to burn into nothing.[14] However, Amy Madison kept his body unharmed yet still skinned, making the illusion that his body was destroyed.[15]

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Combustion[edit | edit source]

Combustion referred to causing an object or person to spontaneously catch fire.

  • Catherine Madison made Amber Grove's hand spontaneously combust during an audition for the Sunnydale High cheerleading squad.[17]
  • According to Rupert Giles, rage was a common cause to spontaneous combust when the person was terribly angry or upset.[17]
  • The demon Sweet could alter reality in an area to make its people burst out song and dance. This living musical would cause some individuals to dance so intensely they would combust in flames and burn to death. This happened to an unidentified tap dancer and almost to Buffy during her performance of "Something to Sing About."[18]

Heat generation[edit | edit source]

Heat generation was the ability to raise temperature and emit heat.

  • The females of the Oden-Tal species could generate heat due to their "ko," allowing them to fry other beings to death with a touch. This was uncontrollable during the stages of maturation and they were required to be kept in cold containment.[19]
  • When Willow was after Warren, he managed to trap her in some sort of cage made of water. Channeling magic through her eyes, Willow generated heat, causing the cage to break down.[14]

Fire breathing[edit | edit source]

Fire Breathing was the ability to release a stream of fire from one's mouth.

A possessed Dawn breaths fire.

Others[edit | edit source]

  • The Lowell House poltergeist was able to cause the fire of the fireplace be thrown on a student.[23]
  • The two-headed demon in the sewers beneath Kenyard School for Girls was described by Cordelia Chase to have the ability to breathe fire. Closer inspection by both Wesley and Gunn proved the demon was producing fire from somewhere else, possibly from its behind.[24]

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