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->'''Shrek:''' "You can't tell me you're afraid of heights?"
->'''Donkey:''' "No, I'm just uncomfortable about being on a rickety bridge, '''over a boiling lake of lava!'''"
-->-- {{Shrek}}

Like a [[DrowningPit swimming pool]], but much more viscous and much hotter [[LavaIsBoilingKoolAid than water]], and somewhat less inviting. Plus it's too dense to sink into and doesn't require you to periodically add chlorine or scoop out leaves. And it really doesn't matter if you don't wait an hour after eating before you jump in. [[{{Dissimile}} A better simile]], in fact, would be "not like a swimming pool." ([[Discworld/TheLightFantastic cf.]]) Often used as a barrier rather than a trap proper, but with [[TrapDoor the right mechanisms]] and delivery chutes, a Lava Pit can make for a delightful surprise at the end of a long drop.

In urban or outer space settings (where flowing lava is hard to find), you can substitute a blast furnace, trash incinerator, open nuclear reactor, vat of molten metal, or really, anything that's very hot and lethal to anyone dropped in. This version may overlap with NoOSHACompliance.

The LavaPit can only work as a slow descending trap thanks to ConvectionSchmonvection - that wonderful law that says rising heat can't kill you and only touching the lava is fatal. Funnily enough, however, in many platform games, the lava seems to have sufficient viscosity for the player to [[PainPoweredLeap launch him/herself into the air]], [[RumpRoast shoes/backside on fire]]. You'll lose HitPoints, of course.

A subtrope of LavaAddsAwesome. May or may not be a part of FireAndBrimstoneHell.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Fubuki's {{Brainwashed}} SuperpoweredEvilSide threatens Judai's roommates with one during their duel.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Several [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] were fought beside or over lava pits on the crater of a volcano -usually Mount Fuji-: Aeros B2 and B3, Holzon V3 -in one of the manga versions-, Debira X1... And in one episode, Kouji was dumped in one.
* The climax of ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' takes place over a LavaPit, in the [[EldritchLocation mystical dimension]] in-between Spain and France. No, not Andorra. [[spoiler: Altenna dies by falling into it. Kirika almost falls with her, but Mireille saves her.]]
* Usually considered the best ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' battle in the anime, Charizard vs. Magmar took place over a lava pit.
** In the ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' games, stage 100 of Mt. Battle is on a platform that essentially floats on the lava pit in the crater of a volcano.
** The Blackthorn Gym in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' and the remakes has lava. The solution to cross it and get to Clair differs between the original (Strength puzzle) and remakes (rotating floor).
* In ''TransformersHeadmasters'', Sixshot captures Wheelie and threatens to drop him into a pit of acid in three hours unless the Autobots give him the secret of Fortress Maximus' sword. Said acid happened to look exactly like lava.
** Also, in the ''{{Transformers}}'' comics smelting pits are generally used for particularly gruesome executions. If you like putting people into these, we know you're a creep.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Subverted (doubly) in the ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' comic. Sun Boy gained his powers when Doctor Zaxton Regulus locked him inside a nuclear reactor just before its activation. In a later issue, Regulus comments "I could have killed him [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim when I had the chance]]. But no; I had to get theatrical!"
* Creator/AlanMoore, naturally, takes this trope UpToEleven in ''TomStrong''; during their first encounter, Paul Saveen, Strong's ArchEnemy, traps Tom in a pit about to be filled with Phlogiston, described as "heat in its liquid form".
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[[folder:Film]]
* Seen in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', with the variation that the unfortunate prisoner has his heart removed before being lowered, and the heart catches fire when the poor man is dipped into the lava.
* The second ''Film/AustinPowers'' movie features a DeathTrap over a pit of lava. Doctor Evil seems to have a thing for magma.
* The big finish in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', when Gollum falls with the One Ring into a lava pit inside [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Mt. Doom]].[[note]]In the book, it's just a "crack of fire", contents not clearly specified--Gollum falls over the edge and that's the end of it. In the movie, we get to watch him sink slowly into the lava, and the ring sits on the surface for a long couple of seconds before melting.[[/note]]
** Parodied in ''[[http://www.animationarcade.com/animation/ring2.html One Ring to Rule Them All 2]]''. Sauron ties up Frodo and Sam and slowly lowers them into Mt. Doom. ''Very'' slowly.
-->''One presentation, movie, song, and puppet show later...''
-->Frodo: This sure is taking a long time.
* Spock gets caught in the mouth of an active volcano in the opening of ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* A variant in the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel ''Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice'': Blofeld threatens to leave Bond on top of a frequently erupting geyser unless he talks.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' features on of these in "Sacrifice 2" [[DespairEventHorizon with terrible]] [[HeroicSacrifice consequences]].
* ''Series/MacGyver'' found himself in several of these, including the aforementioned incinerator and reactor.
* Parodied in ''Series/TheBasilBrushShow'' with a pool of [[LethalChef Anil's]] chilli sauce.
* An episode of ''Series/GetSmart'' parodying ''ThePrisonerOfZenda'' has Max swordfighting the bad guy next to a pit of molten metal. Max knocks bad guy's sword out of his hand into the pit; bad guy's flunky cries out "I'll get it!" and [[WhatAnIdiot steps into the pit]], never to resurface. Bad guy shrugs "Good help is so hard to find these days!"
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/{{Gorgar}}'' takes place in one, where the titular monster lives.
* In Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/StarTrekStern Star Trek]]'', the "Prime Directive" Mode requires rescuing Spock from inside an actively-erupting volcano.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* After Cibernético beat Asesor Cibernético in a casket match. He through the casket in a volcano as punishment for taking La Secta Cibernética from him and turning it into La Secta Diabólica. Slightly indignant, he would return from the dead, returning to Wrestling/{{AAA}} as El Mesías.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' took this to it's logical extreme in Dungeonscape where stats are provided for sadistic {{Game Master}}s that want to have sharks that can swim (and breathe) in lava. One assumes that they must be fed on a diet of adventurers considering that fairly few other things can and will submerge themselves in molten lava.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'''s last test chamber includes a massive fire pit. GLaDOS tried lowering the main character into the fire, only to have her escape with portals.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', you get to pull this trope on a miniboss. Easy way to help your chances of survival, given that there's two (OnlyWorksOnce for some reason). However, you lose any loot you would've gotten from that boss. [[spoiler:[[GuideDangIt Unless you backtrack into the Arena after entering the next room]].]] Chapter 5-2 also has a molten pit that you can knock {{mook}}s into.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' does it one better: You get to do this on [[spoiler:the Final Boss]].
** Another example would be ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles'', in which you defeat one of the Tyrants by knocking him into the lava in the blast furnace. [[spoiler: Subverted, as he comes back later with a vengeance.]]
* The video games ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'', and ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' all have some form of lava pit that you can walk across the rocks near it, or (with minor damage) touch it temporarily, but you only get serious injury if you stay in it for several seconds.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' shamelessly uses lava pits around the inevitable fire bosses (King Dodongo, Gleerok, Volvagia, Hot Head, etc.). Of interesting note is that in many cases the bosses themselves are vulnerable to the lava pit as soon as you incapacitate them or remove their armor.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', you can transform into a Goron, who apparently immune to lava (the flipside is that they easily freeze to death).
* [[SuperMarioBros Bowser]] loves his lava pits, considering every single one of his many castles has one. In the first game, the most common method to beat him is to drop him into one.
** In ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU'', Bowser even takes over Peach's castle and then arbitrarily gives her a giant lava pit for a moat. Said lava pit naturally just up and reverts to water without explanation when he's kicked out at the end.
** ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland DS'' also has lava pits, which kill Yoshi instantly if he falls in. A lava pit also plays a part in the battles against Big Guy the Stilted, where he must be pushed into one so Yoshi can damage him.
*** Not just the sequel, the original ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' is a big fan of these as well.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' has lava pools ''with slopes''. It also has {{Palette Swap}}ped chocolate pits in Chocolate Island, and bubbling grayish "death water" in some of the fortress levels, which is used frequently in PlatformHell hacks.
* In ''VideoGame/LaMulana'', several areas contain lava, which on top of draining your health like a mofo, is hard to swim around in, and disables your menus unless you have the Heatproof Case. Once you get the Ice Cape, you are completely invulnerable to lava. Also, one of the steps to the BonusLevelOfHell requires you to drop down several screens of a bottomless Lava Pit.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaiderAnniversary'' does this for the mutant boss in the final level before the final boss. You have to let the monster charge at you, pull off an bullet time shot so that it rolls over and over the edge, and then blast its fingers as it hangs on in order to drop it down a shaft with lava on the bottom.
* A common DeathTrap in the cave levels of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2: The Shadow and the Flame''. They were a good way of killing skeletons permanently.
** The SNES version of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia1'' had a [[LethalLavaLand level set inside a volcano]]. You don't see the lava here unless you're falling to the very bottom of the level, but that will happen if you don't grab a ledge right at the start.
* Red Faction lets the player drop a levitating robot into a garbage incinerator to the same effect.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' has lava areas in some levels. Fire Pokemon are able to move across them without taking damage.
** The main series games often have lava pits in certain areas,too, but you can't fall into them in any way.
* In the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series, Marble, Hill Top, Lava Reef, and the Underground Zone all feature lots of lava (or magma) pits. Robotnik is very creative about incorporating them into his [[DeathCourse gauntlets of traps]].
** They even figure into some of the adaptations. For example, a climactic moment in [[SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie the OVA]].
* ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' has entire floors covered with flamethrowers.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' deathmatch level "Claustrophobopolis" had several lava pit death traps that players could spring on each other.
** The Ammo Depot level in ''VideoGame/QuakeII'' has a rectractable bridge over lava that can be used to fry crossing enemies. The Torture Chambers level has a cage used to dunk prisoners into lava.
* ''UltimaV'', in the Evil Fortress, has a trapdoor in the floor that leads to another trapdoor, to another trapdoor, to another, to another, to another... then shows the character sprite in the "dead" position in a field of lava tiles.
** Talorus in ''UltimaUnderworld II'' has a MacGuffin in the center of a lava pit. You're supposed to complete a BrokenBridge quest to reach it, but it's easy enough to run across the lava and grab it while taking only minor damage.
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', if you choose a site with a volcano or magma pipe, you can use the lava to build a variety of death traps, and it removes the need for coal to smelt most metals, except for steel. The only issue is the Fire Imps and Magma Men that come with said sites.
** More than that, magma is the ''preferred'' way for most DF players to deal with virtually any problem. Too much garbage? Melt it in lava! Attacking hordes? Pump lava to the top of your tower, and pour liberally on any rash of invaders! Elves complaining about your deforestation? Melt the protesters! Your fortress flooding with regular water? Running out of good quality stone to craft with? Pour water and magma together, and you have an obsidian farming operation!
** In the latest version, there are no longer magma pipes. Instead, there is a [[spoiler: magma sea, provided that you dig down deep enough]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', Queen Himiko's palace has a ''huge pit of lava'' in it. Oh, and did I mention that said pit of lava is on the ''second floor'' of a building that looks '''easily burnable'''?!
** There's also some rather impressive (and considerably more justifiable) lava pits on [[DiscOneFinalDungeon Oni Island]]. In both cases, Ammy can swim in them like they're water by equipping an item called the Fire Tablet. [[LavaIsBoilingKoolAid She can even use the Waterspout technique on it!]]
* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' is in [[LethalLavaLand love with lava]] -- and ConvectionSchmonvection, as evidenced by the abundance of lava pits in zones like Blackrock Mountain, Burning Steppes, Dragonblight, Shadowmoon Valley, Ironforge, and others. It's also not entirely consistent regarding which lava is harmful - there are places where it's almost instantly fatal, places where it's annoying but not a major hazard as long as you get out quickly, and places where you can swim in or walk on it without any apparent ill effects. There's even one zone where you can ''fish'' in lava, although what you get out of it isn't edible.
** You can fish in ''any'' lava, with a normal fishing pole. And the perfectly normal fish you catch are not even deep fried.
* [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/519030 Level up!]] has lava pits like this and hangs a lampshade on it. If you are badass enough, you can walk it in unharmed.
* Long, long ago, pre-''Halo'', the Bungie company had the ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series. A few levels take place undeground on some planet, and you can fall in lava if you're not careful. It's like water, except instead of the screen having a blue filter it has a red filter, and your health slides down--quickly, but not instantly.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' has plenty of lava in Mehrunes Dagon's realm (it's treated like water, only you constantly take large amounts of damage from it). Some of the caverns in his realm also have holes in the floor which drop you into pools that have no way out. Admittedly, it is not made clear that it actually ''is'' lava -- Oblivion realms don't quite work as Mundus does, and red water that hurts you wouldn't be the oddest thing to be found.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', you can get yourself a lava pit of your own if you become a Telvanni Master and build the tower of Tel Uvirith.
* In the ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakenings]]'' expansion of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', you can find a prisoner suspended in a metal cage above a lava pit (ConvectionSchmonvection, it seems). You can set him free in exchange for a magical rune … [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential or just be a dick]] and kick open the cage, sending him plummeting into the lava.
* Lava pits appear in [[LethalLavaLand Sector 4]] of ''VideoGame/{{Jumper}} Three''. Earlier games substituted floating fireballs for that.
* World 1 and 4 fortresses in ''VideoGame/{{Purple}}'' contain lava pits with [[SuperMarioBros Podoboo]]-like fireballs to boot. World 2 fortress has {{Acid Pool}}s instead.
* [[LethalLavaLand Arachnia]] in ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!'' has them all over the place. Don't fall in- MercyInvincibility ''will not'' save Bug from becoming ashes!
* The reason you shouldn't dig directly down in ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''.
* Found in deep depths of ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}''. Also made by players in order to create a barrier or trap for enemies.
* ''VideoGame/{{Daikatana}}'' features lava prominently throughout the third episode. While falling in is pretty much certain death in the PC version, the GameBoyColor version has the character melt into the lava...only to reappear on a nearby platform with only a few health points knocked off.
* ''Holy Diver'' has lava pits that can be frozen with magic into destructible blocks. They soon start reaching up to the ceiling.
* ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' has these in some of the Foot air base tunnels.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has these in two parts of the game: In the Sealed Cave in the World of Balance and in the Phoenix Cave in the [[AfterTheEnd World of Ruin]]. Falling into one reduces some HP and sends you to the entrance of that room.
* Present in many levels after the second temple of ''VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}''. Notably, the final levels feature them... despite taking place on a ''flying pirate ship''. One must wonder how they keep it from cooling down without melting a hole in the bottom of their hull.
* The "floor" of the arena in ''VideoGame/{{Joust}}'' is one of these, with a troll lurking in it that grabs at any combatant who gets too close.
* These appear in the final "Temple" section of ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'', and kill anything that fall in them.
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has a few of these in the Kung-fu training level, if you don't jump over them you die.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/MandatoryRollerCoaster'' references THE FLOOR IS LAVA! [[http://mandatoryrollercoaster.tumblr.com/post/20339447941/thefloorislava (The game, that is.)]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Predacons in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' had a lava pit in their base, which [[spoiler: Scorponok and Terrorsaur]] fell into. Also notable was when [[spoiler:Quickstrike, under Tarantulas' commands, dropped Megatron into one. Far from killing him, it caused him to mutate into a Transmetal 2 dragon.]]
* Several of these are in Miseryville in ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}''. They vary between being like water to [[LegionsOfHell the people]] to causing lasting damage.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' : The Joker dumps Batman into a trash incinerator in one episode. In another, Red Claw tries dropping him into actual lava.
* In a variation, the LavaPit that [[spoiler:Orm chains his brother Aquaman ''and his baby son'' to]] in JusticeLeague was ''an underwater volcano''. [[spoiler:Aquaman has to chop off his own hand to save both himself and his son.]]
** [[DeathWorld Apokolips]] is a world teeming with Fire Pits, which in the finale are implied to be made by drilling right into the planets magma core and letting all the smoke and flame spill out, which gives your atmosphere that nice FireAndBrimstoneHell look. The "implied" part comes when, during their latest AlienInvasion, Apokolips tries to perform this terraforming feat on ''Earth'', turning us into a twisted mirror image of that world purely ForTheEvulz.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': the championship match of The Butterfly Derby (a popular Blood Sport) is fought over one.
* ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' has this as one of [[BigBad Snaptrap]]'s many {{Death Trap}}s in his lair; he opened it by mistake, intending to drop Dudley and Kitty into the SharkPool, but decided to just roll with it.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment THE FLOOR IS MADE OF LAVA!]]
* SteelMill. Except that it isn't lava but molten metal, and it is far hotter than lava.
* Most volcanic vents that erupt fluid pāhoehoe lava are fountains, not pools. Lava can pool in depressions downhill from eruption, but they cool rapidly into slower-flowing semi-solid ʻaʻā lava. Persistent actively-convecting [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lava_lake lava lakes]] are extremely rare, and as of this writing there are only ''five'' in the world: Erta Ale (Ethiopia), [[HailfirePeaks Mount Erebus]] (Ross Island, Antarctica), Kīlauea (Hawaiʻi), Nyiragongo (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Marum (Ambrym, Vanuatu).
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