Guardians of the Stars
Plasma Weapons have replaced flamethrowers, though most current designs operate as more efficient flamethrowers or a kind of blowtorch. The plasma shot out of a plasma weapon tends to dissipate when fired in a planetary atmosphere, it is quickly stopped by atmospheric resistance and makes a short hot flame like a blow torch. Magnetic confinement bottles can extend all the way to the target. They need to carefully work to not block the plasma itself.
The Frostfire TX-F260 however takes a different approach, it creates a self-sustaining plasma ‘ball’ similar to ball lightning that is ‘pushed’ toward the target. It does this by creating a spinning plasma toroid that is accelerated toward a target.