Action and fantasy anime is all over the place, from venerated series like Dragonball Z to Naruto to newcomers such as My Hero Academia and Demon Slayer. They feature powerful lead characters with a dazzling variety of powers that they use on their quest to defeat evil. Often, these characters can call upon the power of the very elements themselves.
Fire is one of the most popular elements to use, being symbolic of damage, aggression, chaos, and passion. And it's not always used for villainy; fire can often represent a hero's white-hot passion for victory and justice, and many flame wielders fight on the side of good. Bad guys, meanwhile, might use fire to burn down the whole world around them. What are the top 10 fire techniques out there?
10 Fireball Jutsu (Naruto)
Let's start off with a simple and direct fire attack from the world of Naruto (we'll see another Naruto jutsu later). The heroes in this world live in the Land of Fire, which is home of the Hidden Leaf Village. Meanwhile, the Uchiha family is symbolic of this power, such as the uchiwa fan that serves as the clan's logo. And of course, the simple but effective fireball jutsu is a fine way to roast an opponent into submission once the right hand signs are weaved. Sasuke, Kakashi, and Itachi are all seen using it.
9 Firebending (Avatar and The Legend of Korra)
The world of Avatar: the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra features benders, who are magic users who can wield the four classic Greek elements. This franchise emphasizes balance, and the four elements are equal in power and compliment each other. Fire bending uses aggressive movements and the energy of living breath to create flames, and Avatar Korra loves to use it. During the 100 Year War, the Fire Nation was the big bad guy, but now fire has become a humble element once again. Expert fire benders can also use lightning, such as Princess Azula and Mako.
8 Half-Cold, Half-Hot (My Hero Academia)
This is in fact two abilities in one. The gifted hero-in-training Shoto Todoroki can use ice, from his mother, and fire, from his father, Endeavor. For the most part, Shoto only uses ice so that he can spite his father, but during the battle tournament, Shoto is goaded into using his full power. Endeavor is delighted, and he is positive that with these flames, Shoto can definitely outstrip him and replace All Might as the world's top hero. And that's saying a lot!
7 Fire alchemy (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Colonel Roy Mustang is the infamous wielder of flame alchemy, and he's heavy hitter. Unless it's raining, Roy can snap his fingers and unleash huge waves of flames, to devastating effect. He survived the Ishvalan Civil War like this, and he could even beat the powerful homunculus Envy into submission with that fire. And it's not just blunt, large-scale attacks; he can also use pinpoint heat attacks if need be, such as when he vaporized the moisture in Envy's eyeballs (ouch!).
6 Flame-Flame Fruit (Once Piece)
The world of One Piece is filled with characters who wield magic powers due to eating various devil fruits. Luffy can stretch like rubber, while his foster brother Portaz D. Ace can wield fire! Until his death, Ace was a tough fighter, having a high rank among the Whitebeard Pirates (he was the 2nd division commander). He liked to fight by creating columns of fire with his punches, hence the name "Fire Fist Ace," and he could level entire cities this way if he so chose. And good luck hurting him! His body is composed of flames, allowing physical attacks to pass right through.
5 Dark Flame (That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime)
The hero of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is Rimuru Tempest, a mortal human mind in a humble slime body. But this slime can absorb new powers, and Rimuru soon becomes a one-man army with a dazzling variety of skills and techniques. He can act as a whole mage squad by himself, and that includes wielding the deadly Dark Flame to vaporize nearly any foe. The more powerful the wielder, the hotter the flames, and Rimuru can take down anything with just one attack.
4 Fire Hands (One Punch Man)
Pictured at left, the villainous ninja Hellfire Flame is a fire user with extraordinary skill. He is a Dragon-level threat as a monster, and he can create intense heat with his hands to damage his opponents. And of course, he can create actual flames on his hands, and that, combined with his extreme speed, makes him a tough opponent. Even Speed-O-Sound Sonic is impressed with his rapid movements, and Hellfire Flame has a lot of physical strength, too.
3 Fire Dragon Slayer Magic (Fairy Tail)
Natsu Dragneel is a monster hunter with some sizzling hot powers! Don't underestimate this goofball, since he can wield flames with serious skill. During combat, Natsu may get even stronger the angrier he gets, and he can use these flames in a variety of hard-hitting attacks. Let's not forget that later on, Natsu also gained the power to morph into a dragon and push his fire-based skills even further! Evil doesn't stand a chance when Natsu gets fired up.
2 Amaterasu (Naruto)
Now for the other Naruto jutsu to make this list. This technique is a rare one, and only expert users of the Uchiha Clan's Sharingan technique can hope to use its power. Along with Tsukuyomi and Susano'o, the Amaterasu is a power associated with the deadly Mangekyo Sharingan. What does it do? With a look, the caster can set a target ablaze with black flames, and such fire is not so easily put out. It's the ultimate fire in the Naruto world, and it can devour absolutely anything. Good luck putting it out!
1 Bankai: Zanka no Tachi (Bleach)
Only once did Head Captain Genryusai Yamamoto use this incredible power on screen, and he easily defeated an imposter Yhwach with it. Once this Bankai is activated, all of Yamamoto's fire-like spiritual pressure focuses on the blade, creating a sword that can vaporize a target upon contact. Not even burn marks are left. To make this Bankai more flexible, Yamamoto can use a special technique for each cardinal direction. For example, he can summon a whole army of the burnt skeletons of Zanka no Tachi's past victims. And the North attack is a single swing so powerful, it very nearly cleaved an impostor Yhwach in half. Finally, as some characters comment, this Bankai could burn down the whole Soul Society if used too long. Now that's scary!