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The climax is supposed to be the [[RuleOfCool coolest part]] of the whole story. And since LavaAddsAwesome, it's a good bet that there is going to be a volcano involved. What better way to portray the tortured, desperate emotions of the characters then to juxtapose them with scenery that could have come straight out of a FireAndBrimstoneHell?

May be some overlap with BattleAmongstTheFlames, LethalLavaLand and LavaAddsAwesome. Related to IncendiaryExponent and ChekhovsVolcano.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* At the climax of the second season of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' when Goku is fighting Freeza and the planet Namek is collapsing, lava geysers go off behind them - and even ''before'' Freeza blasts the planet's core, a column of lava erupts behind Goku at the climax of his "I am the Super Saiyan" speech.
* The FinalBattle between Joseph Joestar and Cars in the ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' "Battle Tendency" arc happened on the top of an erupting volcano.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Several climatic battles happened next to volcanoes and lava pools. In episode 25 Kouji fought Aeros B2 and B3 next to Mount Fuji's crater, and lava bubbled and spilled out of the pool as they brawled, threatening with engulfing them. In one manga chapter penned by Gosaku Ota, Kouji and Holzon V3 battle took place into the crater of Mount Fuji, with the sheer walls of the volcano as background, toxic fumes rising and swirling around them and magma sizzling and churning under their feet. And then you have the episode where Mazinger-Z got dunked in lava...
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger:'' One battle between Great Mazinger and Marquis Janus took place in Janus' VolcanoLair. As Tetsuya battled Janus and her troops, the volcano erupted and vomited lava, rocks and cinders, walls crumbled down and the place collapsed around them. It happened in the GosakuOta manga episodes.
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', the battle of the Dai-Gunten took place with a background of erupting Volcanoes. Also, from the movie ''Lagann-Hen'', they manage to somehow, through sheer-hot-bloodedness, summon a galaxy-sized volcano {{In Space}}.
* TransformersCybertron Starscream's AwesomeMomentOfCrowning (and subsequent three-to-five-episode-long-depending-how-you-count battle scene) happens first in, then over one.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''The Return Of The King'', Frodo and Sam enter [[LavaPit Sammath Naur, the Chamber of Fire]] in the heart of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Mount Doom]] for the climactic scene.
* During the climax of ''Franchise/StarWars Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Anakin and Obi-Wan fight on the lava planet Mustafar.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the Literature/AgentPendergast novel ''Literature/BookOfTheDead'', [[spoiler:Constance]] and Diogenes have their final confrontation at the Sciara del Fuoco on Stromboli. Diogenes invokes the trope, as he leads the fight there so he can use the dangerous area (which he knows well) as an advantage.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* Naturally, in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Fires of Pompeii". Notable in that the climax takes place ''inside'' Mount Vesuvius. Oh and [[spoiler: the Doctor has to make it erupt to save the world.]]

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[[folder: Pinball ]]

* The playfield of {{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball is decorated with these.

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[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]

* ''{{TabletopGame/Champions}}'' adventure "Nova" in Adventurers Club magazine #4. The adventure takes place in a crater in a volcanically active part of Iceland. At some point during the final conflict a nearby volcano may erupt, covering the area in lava.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In the sidescrolling SuperMarioBros games, Bowser's castles almost always featured lava.
** The 3D Mario games carry on this tradition as well. ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' has you duking it out with Bowser on a chunk of land floating in the middle of a lava pool. The final battle in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' takes this UpToEleven, though, when the climactic fight takes place ''in the middle of a sun''.
* In the fire temple in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' you fight on top of a pillar jutting out over a huge lava pit and Ganon's castle is floating above a huge lava pit.
* The final missions of ''VideoGame/GuildWars Prophecies'' take place in a volcanic area.
* The final battle with Wesker in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' is in an active volcano.
* [[spoiler: Dark Crater]], the [[spoiler:[[VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon real]]]] final level of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky]]''.
* [[LethalLavaLand Arachnia]] in ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'' has one in the background. [[spoiler: Bug pushes the BigBad into it [[ChekhovsVolcano after he defeats her]].]]
* The second stage of the fight with [[BigBad Mundus]] in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' involves him fighting you inside a volcano. Mundus stands waist-deep in lava, with Dante having to hop on rock platforms to get close enough to attack him. He'll also summon dragons made out of lava to fight you.
* The battle with the Vigoor Emperor in ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' also takes place inside a volcano. For his first form, Ryu must leap from floating platforms in order to attack him, while in his second form, he stomps about in the lava while Ryu is stuck on a convenient patch of rock.
** The third fight against Genshin in ''Ninja Gaiden II'' also takes place on top of an erupting Mount Fuji.
* The final boss battle of ''MetalSlug 7/XX'' takes place on top of lava.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', a lot of season 3 took place in the Fire Nation and there were at least two active-volcano episodes. "The Boiling Rock" and "The Eclipse" each had volcanic elements. And "The Fortuneteller" from season 1 had a volcano erupt in the Earth Kingdom.
* The climax of the Disney DirectToVideo film ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'' involves [[BigBad Jafar]] tearing up the ground to reveal a sea of magma underneath as an attempt to trap the heroes, but then the [[HeelFaceTurn now-reformed]] Iago [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath throws his lamp in the lava...]]
* The climax of ''Disney/TheJungleBook 2'' is very similar, with Mowgli, Shanti, Ranjan, Baloo, and Bagheera luring [[Creator/TonyJay Shere]] [[KnightOfCerebus Khan]] into a volcano where they then throw him into the very bottom of said volcano and crush him with a stone tiger head (although he was still alive even after he was hit by [[SublimeRhyme said stone tiger head)]], [[FridgeHorror just in time for the vultures to arrive...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' - Near the end of the first season, Optimus decides Megatron is beyond redemption and he has no choice but to kill his old friend. The two have a brutal fight next to a glowing volcano, complete with a gathering thunderstorm and eventually an ''eclipse''. It turns out the volcano isn't just for looks when ''Dark Energon'' erupts from it, heralding the fact that in this continuity, [[spoiler: Earth is UNICRON.]]

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