[[caption-width-right:350:[[http://armstrongsperry.com/magazinework/world_mag_05-23-1926.shtml Sacrifice to the God of Smoking Mountain]]]]

->'''Tribesman:''' Quixiquoddal, the Volcano God is angry. We must appease his wrath!\\
'''Fr. Ted:''' Volcano God! What kind of nonsense is that? Look, I'll ask you one more time: would you not give Catholicism a try?\\
'''Tribesman:''' It wouldn't really catch on here. We don't agree with the Pope's line on artificial contraception. It's the '90s for God's sake!
-->-- ''Series/FatherTed'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSVVHrcTacw&t=1m01s Kicking Bishop Brennan up the Arse]]"

People who live on volcanic islands are frequently [[ChekhovsVolcano living on a ticking timebomb]]. When that volcano blows its stack, you never know if you're going to get a gentle, easily-avoidable stream of lava, or an apocalyptic explosion. With such explosive power on their doorstep, the natives of many of these islands figure that the volcano is home to a [[AnthropomorphicPersonification fire god]], who can be kept safely dormant through proper care and feeding.

The volcano god's favorite food? {{Virgin|Sacrifice}}s, of course. And if the hero or the {{Love Interest|s}} gets picked to take [[DamselInDistress a half-gainer into the caldera]], the BigDamnHeroes had better get up there quick before things start to heat up... And if the offering is somehow unsuitable, the results can be quite [[StuffBlowingUp explosive]].

How much basis in reality this trope has is debatable. The Polynesian ancestors of the Hawaiians did practice HumanSacrifice and regarded not pissing off their volcano as serious business, but at the same time they would have never sacrificed women due to their belief that females were [[MenstrualMenace spiritually defiled]]. Either way, a volcanic caldera [[LavaPit filled with lava]] is sure to be [[ConvectionSchmonvection very hot]], so it might be difficult to simply toss people in the top.

A subtrope of HumanSacrifice. Compare and contrast CapturedByCannibals.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Parodied on the cover of ''ComicBook/XXXenophile'' #11, which features the volcano god rejecting the VirginSacrifice for failing the most basic criterion.
** One story by Phil Foglio has a tribal chieftain giving his daughters one night to prepare for a test (involving walking across a bridge) to see which of them will qualify to get tossed into the volcano. Their mother leaves them a "totem" (pretty obviously a dildo) to improve their courage. The next morning, all four girls fail the test. [[spoiler:The chieftain's pet pig succeeds, so the girls are off the hook. And that's how the luau was invented.]]
* Also Parodied in the first issue of ''SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', the pygmies plan [[ShrunkenHead to shrink the heads]] of their captives on top of an active volcano, complete with temple.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* "Fire-king" Sid, in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown''. Double-subverted in that the mini-sloths are well aware of the scientific reasons for a volcano erupting... but with the GodzillaThreshold passed, they still consider sacrifice to be "worth a shot".
* On ''WesternAnimation/MadagascarEscape2Africa'', King Julien suggests a sacrifice to the volcano to bring back the water to the reserve. Melman, who thinks he's got only 24 hours to live, volunteers. [[spoiler: The shark chasing Mort gets "sacrificed" instead ]]
* In ''Animation/TheReturnOfHanuman'', there's a big volcano which should be either fed with mangoes... or ''humans'' to prevent the volcano from [[spoiler:turning into some demon who eats the villagers]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Subverted in ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano''.
* The 1932 movie ''[[http://archive.org/details/Bird_of_Paradise_1932 Bird Of Paradise]]'' (which was based on a play) is, if not the TropeMaker here, definitely the TropeCodifier.
* In ''Film/NimsIsland'', Alexandra is writing a scene where Alex gets captured by natives.
* Referenced in ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'', when [[spoiler: the Facility staff bitch about how much simpler it ''used'' to be to placate the Ancient Ones with a HumanSacrifice]].

[[folder: Literature]]
* Parodied in Creator/CraigShawGardner's ''Slaves of the Volcano God''. His Cineverse series world runs on movie tropes.
* Inverted in ''Literature/CodexAlera''. High Lord Kalare plays Piss Off The Volcano God and rigs it to erupt when he dies. [[spoiler:Then the First Lord pisses it off some more to make the volcano erupt early.]]
* ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' actually has Romans sacrifice fish as part of the Vulcanalia in ''The Secrets of Vesuvius''.
* Subverted in ''Literature/AutobiographyOfRed''. A character explains that the villagers of his hometown once used to throw people into the nearby volcano -- not as sacrifices, but because occasionally someone would ''return'' from the experience with "[[CameBackStrong all their weaknesses burned away]]."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* As noted in the page quote above, an episode of ''Series/FatherTed'' opens with a DreamSequence where Ted is about to be sacrificed in this manner.
* On an episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland'', the gang discover there's an active volcano on the island and it's going to blow soon. Ginger volunteers to throw herself in.
** One of the most famous ''Gilligan'' episodes concerns some local people who may have occasional contact with civilization. They need a White Goddess to "marry" their volcano god. The castaways agree that one of the men should disguise himself so the ceremony can proceed up to a point, with the rest of the men following the procession from a distance. This leads to what is probably the most famous GilliganCut in the series (there were several).
* ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'', the original, used this once, mixed in with modern-day crime. Rather natural for a series taking place in Hawaii.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': In "Cargo Cult", a white man is [[GodGuise posing as the son of the volcano god]] in order to use a native tribe as a slave labour force to work a gold man. After capturing several members of the IMF, he orders his followers to sacrifice Nicholas and Max to the volcano.
* The original script for the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]] began with The Doctor, Amy, and Rory as intended sacrifices for this trope. Budgetary concerns forced a change to simply being in the TARDIS, in flight.
* Played with in ''Series/AmericanGods'', Vulcan owns a gun factory with a [[NoOSHACompliance rather poor safety record]], and considers workers who fall in the smelters to be sacrifices. Mr. Wednesday even comments "someone fell in the volcano" when they pass by a funeral for one of the workers.

* The story of an allegedly RealLife human sacrifice to a volcano god is told in the article [[http://armstrongsperry.com/magazinework/world_mag_05-23-1926.shtml "Cast Alive into the Molten Heart of a Volcano",]] by Armstrong Sperry, printed in ''World Magazine'', May 23, 1926.

* Invoked by Music/TheDeadMilkmen's song "The Fez", which features a chant of "You have angered the volcano god!"
* Music/ToriAmos' album ''Boys for Pele'' references the volcano goddess Pele and the singer's belief that boys should be sacrificed to her.
* The title character of "Leilani" by The Hoodoo Gurus suffers this fate.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Duke in ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' once controlled an island that sacrificed a virgin to the volcano every month. When that year's maiden fussed over her ceremonial outfit as though it were a prom dress, then backed out at the last second (saying, "Stop pushing, Daddy!") he ended the practice, and a host of plagues descended upon the region.
** The maiden's brother wanted to take her place. "I can be just as chaste as any dumb girl."
* Mocked in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' with two clueless tourists being carried up a mountain by natives.
--> '''Tourist''': They just perked right up when we told them we were Virginians!
** In a different strip, mice are shown sacrificing one of their own to a mousetrap while imitating the same chants and rituals you see the traditional Volcano Sacrifice accompanied by.

* A non-sacrificial version appears in the ''Pinball/GilligansIsland'' pinball, where players must stop Kona the Volcano God from erupting by finding ingredients for the Professor's Secret Formula Lava Seltzer, then deliver it before time runs out.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', the evil Chaos Dwarfs worship Hashut, a god of volcanoes among other things. Since building a temple atop a real volcano would be problematic, they drop the sacrifices into molten iron instead.
* In ''TabletopGame/TikiMountain'', the players race to the top of the volcano for the honor of flinging themselves in and appeasing the Angry Volcano God.
* Happens in the West of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', on the basis of there being actual Volcano Gods. And they are ''{{jerk|assGods}}s''.
* In the Brown Islands setting of the ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'', the locals have a habit of reassuring visitors that they stopped doing this ''ages'' ago. The bland vagueness of this reassurance leaves the visitors with an unsettling feeling that the islanders aren't really sure ''why'' they stopped, and may reconsider this decision at any moment.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' with a lactose-intolerant volcano god tended by a tribe of vegetarian cannibals. Instead of virgins, vegetable-based offerings are substituted due to the volcano's sensitive digestive tract. ("It doesn't really taste like a human, but it has a similar texture.") Naturally, you need to play SpannerInTheWorks by offering cheese to the volcano god, causing a massive eruption.
* ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}''[==]'s temple area sometimes features a maiden and a gold offering on collapsible bricks above a LavaPit. One of these is SchmuckBait; the other is not.
* In an add-on to ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' called "Archknight", [[spoiler: one of the princesses you rescue turns out to be a virgin sacrifice.]]
* The Tortage section of ''VideoGame/AgeOfConan'' features a slight variation, where a small amount of virgin blood (rather than a sacrificed virgin) is used to keep a volcanic eruption at bay. [[spoiler: The player character replaces this blood with blood from a prostitute at one point in the story, leading to a violent eruption.]]
* One of the levels in ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'' features an exploding volcano which needs to be appeased. [[spoiler: The solution is to throw [[ThisLoserIsYou yourself in the volcano]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'', MINREC is basically a robot volcano god and the whole Meltdown multiplayer mode is to appease him by escorting Minion sacrifices to "altars" so that they'll be recycled. Those that don't appease him, he'll smite in a fashion similar to what a typical volcano god does in the form of meltdowns.

* Played for (grim) laughs in [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/archive_b/PBF179-Special_Delivery.jpg this]] ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' strip.
** And the theme crops up again [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/270/ here]].
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Tagon's Toughs discovered natives on a planet and leaves behind a teacher droid. Droid is sacrificed. Droid was nuclear powered...
* Seen in "The Hall of the Mountain King" storyline in ''Webcomic/{{Glorianna}}'', although the "god" on the receiving end really wishes they'd knock it off.
* It looks pretty bad for Joe in ''Webcomic/DeepDiveDaredevils'', when High Minister Fajro Nadlo accuses him of stealing a sacred idol. The High Minister then announces that Joe is to be executed (without a trial or proof or anything).
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' has a two-page [[https://oglaf.com/magmachamber/ story]] about a rather picky volcano god.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* There's a Website/{{Facebook}} group titled, "Legend says we must sacrifice Music/JustinBieber to stop the volcano."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' with [[DesignatedVictim Muriel as the sacrifice]], natch. Interestingly, when it turned out that the volcano was only acting up due to human tampering, the chief actually acknowledged that "there no volcano god after all. We not stupid!" Naturally, immediately after he says this the ''actual'' Volcano God shows up.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' short, "Alley To Bali", a priestess seductively lures Woody and Buzz Buzzard to be a sacrifice to the local volcano god.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''.
** And on the WesternAnimation/{{Classic Disney Short|s}} "Hello Aloha"
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/GarfieldSpecials Garfield in Paradise]]'', the volcano rejects the usual virgin (Princess Owooda, a Pacific Islander doppelganger of Jon's crush/future girlfriend Dr. Liz) and her cat and requests Jon's rental car instead (a vintage Cadillac from TheFifties).
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when Jon asks the chief if the sacrifice appeases the volcano god or something and the chief replies, "No, it plugs up the hole."
* Referenced in ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' episode "Huffin and Puffin"; One of the characters ties up the penguins and attempts to trap them in a hollow plastic volcano in the lemur exhibit so that he can cause mayhem. Maurice notices and wonders aloud what is going on. Julian replies: "Someone is sacrificing penguins to the volcano...eh, these things happen."
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gawayn}}'', a group of islanders plan to do this to Sir Roderick after first feeding him 26 pizzas.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', {{backstory}} reveals that members of the [[BasementDweller Trekkie cult]] were killed off years ago like this, i.e. "[[TakeThat the manner most]] [[NerdsAreVirgins befitting virgins]]."
* Almost happens on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', after Jimmy and Beezy accidentally summon a lava monster and the tribe [[ImAHumanitarian who had previously tried to eat them]] try lowering them into the volcano.
* No sacrifice is shown, but an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had a psychologist secretly videotape the Griffin family highlighting their extreme disfunctionality. In one inexplicable clip of their living room Peter angrily slaps Chris (while both are wearing leaf skirts) yelling "Are you ''trying'' to piss off the volcano?!"
* The final challenge of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama World Tour'' subverted this trope by using wooden effigies. The volcano was not amused.
-->'''Hawaiian Man:''' Oh no! Did you throw pineapples into the volcano? No, no, no, no! [[CantYouReadTheSign Did you not see the sign?]]
** Happens in the spinoff ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'': after [[BigBad Josee and Jacques]] return their cursed volcanic rock to Hawaii, a nearby volcano mildly reacts as a reference to this trope, signifying (in the Ice Dancers' minds) that they had been forgiven.
* Attempted on ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' and failed. As they ask the Goddess to accept their offer of a virgin - Johnny simply went "Virgin?" then the volcano erupted.
* A flashback on ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' showed Jay Sherman and his then wife sunbathing on a tropical island on their honeymoon. He is then approached by some of the island natives:
-->'''Tribal Leader''': I'm sorry Jay, but to appease the volcano we must [[VirginSacrifice sacrifice a virgin]].
-->'''Jay''' (to his wife): Did you have to tell ''everybody''?
-->(Next scene: Jay is tossed into the volcano, but is "rejected" via eruption.)
-->'''Jay''' (present day): [[AvertedTrope After that]], they had ten years of pestilence and plague!
* In the multi-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' where Grandpa Smurf led Papa Smurf, Smurf, Hefty, Handy, Greedy, Sassette (who had stowed away) to the "four corners of the world" to find the components to recharge the Long Life Stone, the last place was a tropical island inhabited by weird creatures with heads that resemble the Easter Island Moai. Apparently very xenophobic, these natives throw anyone and anything unusual that lands on their island to the volcano.
* Played with in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''. In this case it wasn't virgins, but ''pineapples''. This being a MAD ploy, however, the sacrifice consisted of bombs disguised as pineapples.
* This almost happened to Octo in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AlmostNakedAnimals''.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' had a [[AnimateInanimateObject talking]] volcano force Scoutmaster Lumpus to sacrifice his chicken pot pie when he didn't offer him the right food.
* Appears during Bright Eyes' ImagineSpot ''twice'' in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' episode "Ponies in Paradise".
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' played with this once, with the idea of the angry volcano god being used as a distraction and a front for evil activity by the episode's villain.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' also did this in one episode.
* In one of the Chaos Emerald Saga episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', Robotnik sacrifices Scratch and Grounder to Magma the Volcano God in order to obtain a Chaos Emerald from him. Since Magma's lava is really volcanic mud, Scratch and Grounder survive.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has Bikini Bottom threatened by a bizarrely close volcano. An expert on the subject states that the sacrifice must be the most miserable person in town, which is Squidward, but at the end the volcano somehow gets plugged with his house, which is what he actually meant before he was interrupted.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', the Brain plots to turn an island he believes is uninhabited into the nation of Brainania, which displeases the island's natives who accuse the Brain of believing himself to be greater than their volcano god. The Brain gains the natives' approval by claiming to be a devotee of said volcano god.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheDayMyButtWentPsycho'': In "Silas Says", [[TheDitz Deuce]] orders a group of mind-controlled butts to toss ''him'' into a volcano.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'', one of evil genius Karl's plans to defeat Julien involves impersonating the lemurs' sky god Frank to deliver a message that the Volcano god Larry (Frank's brother) is angry and demands Julien be sacrificed to him.
* In ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode "Too Hot to Handle", there ''is'' an actual fire god inside the volcano... Until King Koopa captures and impersonates him, demanding Princess Toadstool be thrown into the volcano as part of yet another attempt to kidnap her. In spite of Mario, Luigi, and Toad's best efforts, the natives succeed in throwing Toadstool in, at which point King Koopa's mooks catch her and take her to him.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Romans sacrificed to the volcano god Vulcan; however, as they despised human sacrifice, they offered fish.
* The Greek philosopher Empedocles threw ''himself'' into a volcano as a sacrifice when he was upset that the gods hadn't invited him to join them.
* There's a theory going back at least to Freud that {{Yahweh}} was originally a volcano god though, like Vulcan, he was offered animal sacrifices not human virgins.
* In July of 2017, a 38-year-old man named Leo Adonis (born as Gregory Ure) was found dead [[http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/father-man-found-dead-kilauea-crater-left-suicide-note inside the caldera of Kilauea]], in an apparent suicide.