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->''"We need... lava, of course, more lava and... deadly traps! Oh yeah!"'' (adds "even more lava" to the diagram)
-->-- '''[[SuperMarioBros Bowser]]''', ''Bowser's Evil Plan''

Everything's cooler with lava, figuratively speaking.

One way to make an artifact, weapon, or situation even better is to get lava involved somehow. After all, if something is already [[RuleOfCool pretty awesome]] on its own, that said something would be ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome really freakin' awesome]]'' if it happens to be using ''burning magma'' in the process. It doesn't matter if the lava is even relevant; just the inclusion of a flowing fiery-orange flow is enough to invoke the sense of raw power -- ''strong enough to melt'' '''''MOUNTAINS!''''' -- barely held in check.

Broadly speaking, this trope covers instances where lava or magma is added to something just to make it better.

A SuperTrope to:
* ClimacticVolcanoBackdrop (a lava backdrop)
* TheLavaCavesOfNewYork (secret underground lava caverns)
* LavaPit (pits of lava dot the landscape)
* LethalLavaLand (entire worlds made of lava)
* MagmaMan (ElementalPowers concerning lava)

Often invokes ConvectionSchmonvection. Also see AwesomenessIsVolatile and IncendiaryExponent.

And to be clear: ''Magma'' refers to the material while it's still underground and not yet erupted from a volcano. ''Lava'' is the stuff when it's above ground.


[[folder:{{Anime and Manga}}]]
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', the ultimate spell of Earth element wouldn't be awesome enough without it.
* ''Mazinger'':
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': [[HumongousMecha Mazinger-Z's]] HomeBase was located on the foot of Mount Fuji. Such a perfect setup was used for animating many battles and squirmishes would have been less cool without the ClimacticVolcanoBackdrop, the characters brawling around a LavaPit or soaring above Mount Fuji's crater. In one episode, Dr. Hell attempted to set an eruption off to bury the Photon Research Institute beneath tons of lava. In another episode, Mazinger-Z was tossed into a volcano. In the GosakuOta manga episodes, TheDragon Baron Ashura's master plan involved to set volcanic eruptions off throughout Japan...
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': One of the weapons of Marquis Janus' IslandBase was an artificial volcano built on the island could vomit rocks and lava when Janus needed.
* {{Anime/Naruto}}'s [[MsFanservice Mizukage]] Mei can use Lava as a combination of fire and earth, in addition to her water, fire, earth and acid skills. She pulls [[http://kaiafa.deviantart.com/art/Mei-Terumi-Yoton-Gif-203312081?q=favby%3Abrandonhanns%2F45210890&qo=21 this]] outta her sleeve.

* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', the main dining room in Syndrone's island base features flowing lava walls as ''decor''.
* The final showdown of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' has Anakin and Obi-Wan duking it out on the lava planet of Mustafar.
* ''Film/DragonballEvolution'' has one inside a volcano where the MacGuffin is located.
* ''WrathOfTheTitans'' has little to do with Greek myths overall, and its Kronos has nothing in common with the original version from the mythology, but ''boy, does he look great in lava''!
* At the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', young Riley plays the "floor is lava" game. Later, the heroes go through imagination land and have to cross that very same lava. With couches floating in it.

* Many depictions of FireAndBrimstoneHell, especially visual works, will have bubbling pools and flowing streams of lava as background elements.
* Luke Skywalker [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands spontaneously develops]] the ability to ''walk on lava'' in the first book of the JediAcademyTrilogy.
--> Luke walked across the lake of fire.
--> He did not think about it. The lava refused to touch his feet. Only [[SentientCosmicForce The Force]] burned bright around him. One step after another, he strode across the flaming rock, letting himself see nothing but his goal until he stood again on solid ground on the far side of the lake of fire, with Gantoris and his people.

* Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''[[Pinball/TeedOff Tee'd Off]]'' features a golf course set around an active volcano. Why? Why not?

* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the druid spell "Vulcan Bomb", which attacks a target with a stream of lava.
** Complete Arcane also has the arcane spell Transmute Stone to Lava.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?action=advanced&name=%7C%5BLava%5D%7C%5BMagma%5D 37 cards]] that refer to lava or magma. They're all [[IncendiaryExponent red]].
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' has the Lava Golem card.
* ''TabletopGame/OnlyWar'': During a certain mission in the ''Final Testament'' adventure book, the player team is ordered to destroy a subterranean enemy camp located in mining tunnels beneath the planet's surface. One of the options is to carefully plant explosive devices and have it consumed by a river of lava.

* From ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'', one of Toa Tahu's subsequent weapons is a Magma Sword.
** Toa Norik has the Lava Spear, which can shoot lava.
** The sport of Lavasurfing on the island of Mata Nui.
** Hakann has a Lava Launcher as his main weapon.

* Not only does ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' feature [[LethalLavaLand Melty Molten Galaxy]], a planet made of lava, but it's caught between ''two other planets'' '''also''' made of lava -- a ''lava solar system.''
** The [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 sequel]] has Melty Monster Galaxy, which is inhabited by the titular monsters, who are often the same size as the planets they live on.
* One of the weapons in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'' is the Lava Gun, a modified flamethrower that shoots a continuous stream of lava. However, when fully upgraded in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'', it becomes a Liquid Nitrogen Gun instead.
* ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' has the Lava Bow, which instantly transforms any arrow fired from it into a flaming lance.
** ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has two LethalLavaLand levels. There are also the Chaos Pyromancies, the most powerful fire spells, which leave pools of lava on the floor when used.
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' features the spell "Volcano", which spews forth lava. "Molten Boulder" applies as well, but is a round, condensed form of lava.
* ''WorldOfWarcraft'': Many fire-based spells, such as the Shaman spell "Magma Totem", features spell effects giving the impression of lava. Their icons also depict lava/magma in different forms.
** ''Molten Core'' has [[MagmaMan Ragnaros the Firelord]], who wields Sulfuras, a gargantuan lava warhammer. In the ''Warcraft'' D20 RPG and trading card games, Sulfuras is available as a treasure.
*** Players can craft a [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Sulfuras,_Hand_of_Ragnaros miniature version.]]
* Ask for help on the ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' forum, and someone will suggest solving your problem with lava. If you're already using lava, you should try using more.
** If your problem is too much lava, [[ElvesVersusDwarves then what are you? Some kind of Elf?]]
* ''MetroidPrime: Hunters'' features the Magmaul, which is basically a magma grenade launcher.
* The underground realm of the Deep Roads in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a lot of lava, to the point that the dwarves have lava fountains and lava waterfalls as decorations in the same way surfacers might use water.
* ''{{VideoGame/Minecraft}}'' allows you to collect and use lava in constructions. If you can avoid being burned by it, of course. Lava also happens to be the longest-lasting heat source for furnaces; unfortunately, using a lava bucket in a furnace used to destroy the bucket, and depending on the map you may have to construct a portal to the Nether just to have a steady source of lava.
** Of course, there you run into the problem that getting the obsidian to create the portal is best done with lava... [[MortonsFork GAH!]]
* Any fire-based dungeon in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series, especially volcano levels in the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Death]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Mountains.]] Usually, you also have to fight [[GoddamnedBats burning bats]] and huge monsters that set themselves on fire.
* The strongest crafting material in ''{{VideoGame/Terraria}}'' before entering Hardmode is Hellstone. Which appears in lava pits. And emits lava when mined.
** Obsidian is created by dumping water into lava -- in relatively small quantities in the normal game and ''enormous'' quantities if you build a [[GoodBadBugs generator]].
* [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 White 2]] has Reversal Mountain filled with lava. [[AvertedTrope Those who bought Black 2 will have water instead.]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Marathon}}'' has parts of the eponymous spaceship filled with lava for no other reason than RuleOfCool. There is lava in the next two games, as well, but at least some of this is in underground caverns where it would presumably make sense to have magma. Other cases in these games use RuleOfCool as well. In addition to all these examples, the Pfhor ships have some kind of coolant fluid which basically behaves as another kind of lava.
* {{Black Ops 2}} Does it with its second {{DLC}} map pack, with a map called Magma. It's a Japanese village, [[{{Captain Obvious}} destroyed by Lava.]] [[{{Violation of Common Sense}} One would think that said village would be too dangerous to be an effective base.]]
* ''VideoGame/StarMade'' has asteroids with lava inside of them. You can collect it and sell it to stores.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter 4'' has the village of Harth, which is set next to a volcano. After restoring the lava flow, you get to see lava run through a creek in the middle of the village, which is used by the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Troverians]] for their [[TheBlacksmith forging operations]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'''s Behemoth monster can spit lava as an attack, averting ConvectionSchmonvection by sticking to the ground and burning anything that gets too close.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the last of the four human kids to enter the Medium and escape the dying planet Earth lives on a dormant volcano. Naturally, in [[CosmicRetcon both the initial and rebooted timelines]], it erupts just as they do so. There's even a dramatic kiss simultaneous with the second eruption.
** Also, Dave's planet, the Land of Heat and Clockwork is an EternalEngine sitting in a LethalLavaLand.

* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' has a character killed in battle behind enemy lines. He's "buried" by having his shrouded body placed on a river of lava, whereupon it catches fire and drops over a lava fall.
* Why have a standard DisneyVillainDeath for the BigBad in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' when you can have a DisneyVillainDeath with lava?
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[AllYourPowersCombined Avatars]] and a select few particularly skilled [[DishingOutDirt Earthbenders]] [[MagmaMan can control the stuff]], even creating their own out of solid rock.

* A favorite game of young children is to climb and jump all over the living room furniture while avoiding falling into the "lava" floor below.
** This childhood game is PlayedForLaughs in [[http://xkcd.com/735/ this]] xkcd strip.
** A dad (who works at Dreamworks as an animator), [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdrORwZzlBk&list=UU2hAbftpVjHtFrDOpEM90aA makes the game a reality]].
* Lava lamps are quite popular for their aesthetic qualities, but that's not necessarily "real" lava...
* [[http://www.dolphinbayhilo.com/cook.html Cooking with lava.]]