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[[caption-width-right:261: Also called the main characters' special graveyard.[[note]]Clockwise from top-left: ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'', ''VideoGame/WarioLand'', ''VideoGame/{{La-Mulana}}'', ''VideoGame/KirbyAndTheAmazingMirror'', ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}''[[/note]]]]

->''"Where there's ruins, there's riches! And booby-traps we can steal ideas from!"''
-->-- '''Strong Bad''', ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''

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An ancient temple or city, usually buried [[JungleJapes deep within the jungle]] or [[ShiftingSandLand in the middle of the desert]]. The temple is often full of [[BambooTechnology ancient yet sophisticated machines]] and {{Booby Trap}}s that still work to lethal effect [[DurableDeathtrap even after thousands of years without maintenance]].

The TempleOfDoom is almost always inhabited, often by the same {{Mooks}} and monsters found in the surrounding environment -- oddly, they know how to avoid every single trap in the DeathCourse -- but you can also expect things like ghosts, skeletons, living statues and other ancient guardians. And naturally, whatever treasure you go in there to find will be found in the very spot the GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere has decided to make its home.

Occasionally, the TempleOfDoom will be co-opted by the BigBad to use as his base, which would explain why the traps still work. In which case, you can also expect his Mooks and a few high-tech surprises as well.

Named for ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', which serves as an obvious inspiration for these levels.

May contain valuable artifacts. Logical location for LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair, if the work is philosophically inclined.

May be part of an AdvancedAncientAcropolis, and imply a {{Mayincatec}} religion, culture or whatever.

Compare RuinsForRuinsSake, DungeonCrawling, and LandmarkOfLore.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Classic CarlBarks stories with DonaldDuck and his relatives usually featured this as a plot device. There are also two scenes which ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' copied from such stories, which both Lucas and Spielberg proudly admitted. The one is the introduction idol and boulder scene from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', which was taken from the Seven Cities of Cibola and the other is the water bursting through the tunnel to the canyon side, near the end of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom. This wasn't an actual trap of the temple, in the movie, but it was in the original comic, The Prize of Pizarro, which also contained some other traps used throughout the Indiana Jones' films. After Barks, other writers would too feature such temples and ruins.
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[[folder: FanWorks]]
* The Twisted Temple in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', home to several dozen death-touch-dealing [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Brothers of Doom]]. Described rather frighteningly by the Hunter and the narration, and essentially impregnable by normal means, it is [[DungeonBypass rendered completely innocuous]] by Ringo, who, from a safe distance, [[MindOverMatter telekinetically]] removes each Brother and drops him safely in [[AnIcePerson a giant ice box made by John]]. Which awes everyone, especially the watching Fans.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Not only does ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' have the trope namer, but it also has the ancient idol resting place from the beginning of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', the temple of the Grail in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', and the eponymous ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull Kingdom of the Crystal Skull]]''. [[note]]Plus the attractions based on them at DisneyThemeParks.[[/note]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in ''Discworld/ReaperMan''. The temple of doom is staffed by a pair of bored priests. About the only excitement they get is listening to interlopers get killed by the deathtraps. There's even a little thermometer fundraising poster on the wall for the Temple Of Doom Roof Repair Fund.
* Some FightingFantasy gamebooks featured such a place. Actually, one of the books is titled ''Temple of Terror''.
* ''[[MatthewReilly Temple]]''. An ancient South American temple buried in a giant pillar of rock, full of demonic cat monsters. And treasure, obviously.
* ''ConanTheBarbarian'' by Creator/RobertEHoward: Common in the stories. The problem in "Literature/TheDevilInIron" kicked off when a fisherman disturbed a body of a {{Necromancer}}; "Literature/BlackColussus" opens with a thief raiding a ruined city.
* Lovecraft's ''Literature/TheTemple''.
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[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''XenaWarriorPrincess'': Xena visits one of these in the episode "Prometheus".
* One cannot count how many entered [[LegendsOfTheHiddenTemple The Shrine of The Silver Monkey]] and never returned.
* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', the Others are mentioned as having a temple of some kind in the third season finale. In typical Lost fashion, it isn't seen until the sixth season premiere. It is guarded by a large stone wall, a tunnel system, and various other weapons, and contains a healing pool of some sort. The Temple's exact significance is unknown.
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[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* Fittingly, [[PopolVuh Mayan Religion]] has one in the form of Xibalbá, an underworld city inhabited by sinister deities and protected by monsters and booby-traps.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''DungeonsAndDragons'': Many a dungeon crawl fits (and possibly made) the trope. Don't get old-school gamers started on the ''TombOfHorrors'' and ''TabletopGame/TempleOfElementalEvil'', both of which might as well have been called the Tomb of Doom and the Temple of Elemental Doom.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has some of these. In general, they tend to contain [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Things]] [[BlackBox Man]] [[EldritchAbomination Was]] [[OmnicidalManiac Not]] [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul Meant]] [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt To]] Find.\\
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This is part of [[PlanetOfHats the hat]] of the Necrons in particular, though their architecture is a metallic version. Imperial scholars have been studying some of the surface bits of them for generations, but it is only in recent history that the Stasis Tombs have begun to "[[SealedEvilInACan wake up]]", their [[PortalNetwork Inter-spacial Gates]] opening with a SicklyGreenGlow, and legions of [[SkeleBot9000 metal skeletons]] animate and begin their [[OmnicidalManiac terrible work]].
** Considered actual temples by the [[AveMachina Adeptus Mechanicus]], who think the metallic Necrons are the servants of their god (they may be right). The result being that they open a tomb, enthusiastically start running around poking things, and are surprised when they get slaughtered by the now-awoken Necrons, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero who go on to attack other systems]].
* ''{{Exalted}}'' has more than a few of these, but one stand-out example is the city of Denandsor. Buried in the jungles of the Scavenger Lands, it's full of the treasures and [[LostTechnology wonders]] of the First Age, as well as the means of production to make more. So why hasn't anyone claimed it yet? Well, when [[ThePlague the Great Contagion]] hit, the guy in charge of the city (who didn't fully understand how it worked) turned on ''every'' defense at once in the vague hope that it'd do ''something''. As a result, not only is it full of giant automatons that will stomp any intruders, but it's also cloaked in a field that instills horrible dread in whoever enters the city walls. If people survive getting into the city, they usually don't stay for long.
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[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The Indiana Jones sequence in ''Ride/TheGreatMovieRide'' is (fittingly) set inside one.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'': Nearly every [[PlotCoupon Moon Crystal]] is found in one of these.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' has so many, it'd be quicker to list games in the series that ''don't'' have one of these.
** ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogSpinball'', although since the entire game takes place inside Robotnik's oddly laid out fortress and all the levels are mixes of PinballZone with another level type, this is perhaps understandable.
** Anyway, for completeness' sake: Marble Zone from ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic 1]]'' ([[HailfirePeaks merged]] with LethalLavaLand), Labyrinth Zone from ''Sonic 1'' (merged with DownTheDrain), Aquatic Ruins Zone from ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Sonic 2]]'' (merged with UnderTheSea), Marble Garden Zone from ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic 3]]'', Sandopolis from ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic & Knuckles]]'' (merged with ShiftingSandLand), Rusty Ruins from ''Sonic 3D'', Lost World from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' (merged with DownTheDrain)... you get the picture.
** There's also Yellow Desert from ''VideoGame/SonicBlast'', Death Chamber and Pyramid Cave from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', Glyphic Canyon, Sky Troops and Death Ruins from ''ShadowTheHedgehog'' and Dusty Desert from ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)]]'' (which is also a ShiftingSandLand).
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' has a "Millstone Mayhem" stage as the last non-boss stage in Monkey Mines, as well as a "Temple Tempest" level near the end of Vine Valley.
** Said level served as inspiration for "Angry Aztecs" world in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64''.
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' has a world centered on this. Also, every world has a hidden temple that serves as a BonusLevelOfHell; beating each one unlocks another temple, [[spoiler:which is actually LevelAte aside from the immediate entrance]].
* ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' really likes these: Volcano Force Point, Ocean Force Point, Walled City, and [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Krazoa Palace]].
* A large number of levels in the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' franchise.
* A very large number of levels in the ''Zelda'' franchise. There's the occasional level [[WombLevel inside a suitably enormous creature]], and occasionally a level still inhabited by its original builders (the Gerudo Fortress in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', the Hyrule Castle Tower in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''), but most dungeons are of the TempleOfDoom variety, frequently [[HailfirePeaks mixed with some other theme]]. In ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', not only are all eight dungeons TempleOfDoom-type, the monsters within them are [[AllThereInTheManual ostensibly]] not on the same side as the ones on the OverworldNotToScale.
* If it wasn't for this trope, everyone's favorite ''Franchise/TombRaider'' would have enormously less to do for a living.
** Oddly, sealed-up tombs, with no apparent exits to the outside world apart from the door Lara Croft has just opened, still contain live animals, burning fires, infinite
*** There are some bits of bone or shredded clothing that indicated a...sticky end for some explorers in some levels.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'''s Temple of the [[{{Precursors}} Ancients]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has three lost temples, each with a sidequest that unlocks an [[SummonMagic Aeon]].
* While conspicuously light on the booby-traps, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has the Tomb of King Wraithwall, complete with a ThatOneBoss, a BonusBoss, and lots and LOTS of undead things crawling around. And it has the Stillshrine of Miriam. And Giruvegan. And Ridorina. And the Sochen Cave Palace. It makes you wonder why modern civilization bothered to build anything, since there's probably enough hidden temples and lost cities to house a nation.
* Mayahem Temple from ''[[{{Banjo-Kazooie}} Banjo-Tooie]]''.
* The Lost Kingdom park in ''VideoGame/ThemeParkWorld''
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has several dozen "Daedric ruins" scattered around the country. Each comes complete with a Giant Statue of Doom, Gems of Doom that summon Demons of Doom to attack you when you try to snatch them, and plenty of Cultists of Doom.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s [[ScrewYouElves Ayleid]] ruins manifest as either this or AdvancedAncientAcropolis.
** The various ancient Nord barrows in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' also qualify, being filled with booby traps and mummified tomb guardians.
* The Ceras Lake Ruins in ''SuikodenV''. Ask not, "why give a ''sluice control for a dam'' a complex three-layered lock that can only be unlocked by three buttons on the far sides of a labyrinth, a door controlled by a one-of-a-kind magic rune and fill it with {{magitek}} robot guardians?", because the game certainly isn't going to tell you.
* The ruins of ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' are basically one giant Temple of Doom, with the various stages being different parts of it.
* Levels 10-13 of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2: The Shadow and the Flame'' are set in a temple, which actually contains most of the {{Mooks}} in the game. Levels 6-9 are in a the ruins of a palace, now inhabited by snakes and [[GoddamnedBats flying heads]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'' has lots of them, naturally. There's the various Tombs of Tal Rasha; the temples under the Flayer Jungle, large parts of Kurast...
** The original ''Diablo'' was a series of Basements of Doom.
** ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' continues the tradition of trap and monster-filled desert and jungle tombs.
* The "Temple of Bù" in ''LittleBigAdventure'' -- traps, skeletons and stuff, and it is located underground [[ShiftingSandLand in the middle of the desert]]. In the second game, it got turned into a Theme Park ''and'' the aliens' secret base.
* ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII'' features such a temple as the base of the demons looking to do a divide and conquer on the different peoples of Tarna.
* ''{{Oddworld}}: Abe's Oddyssey'' has the Paramonia and Scrabania temples.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' has some, though the temples are mostly futuristic (the biggest being "Temple Of Doom [[HailfirePeaks meets]] EternalEngine" Sanctuary Fortress from ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2''), and the most dangerous aren't contraptions, but post-abandonment inhabitants (or in the case of the Sanctuary Fortress, old inhabitants, the [[AIIsACrapShoot haywire-security robots]]).
** ''Super Metroid'': Ridley and company inhabit what appear to be ruins of Chozo civilization, deep within Zebes.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has eight Temples Of Doom, one for each [[ElementalRockPaperScissors element]], where you find the [[SummonMagic summon spirits]].
* ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'' features the Chupichupyoi Temple; however it isn't a dungeon, but a key location, and it doesn't try to kill you at all.
** A straighter example from the franchise is ''VideoGame/EarthBound'''s Scaraba Pyramid.
* The ''{{Wild ARMs}}'' games are full of these, often just lying around inexplicably, often with fiendish traps that just happen to be able to be bypassed using one of the tools the party has picked up along the way.
* Both ''ValkyrieProfile'' and ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria'' have about half a dozen of them.
* VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft has one or two dungeons that fit, but the best example is probably the Sunken Temple. A large temple to the serpent god Hakkar, sunk beneath the waters of a lake, hence the name. Infested with dragons and zombie trolls.
** Also the Black temple. Filled with demons, crazy orcs, a big bad and an eldritch abomination.
** Most of the troll temples/ruins qualify (Zul'Gurub, Zul'Aman...)
** Zul'Drak is ''a leveling zone'' that is a TempleOfDoom. There is a more classic enclosed TempleOfDoom at the far end of it.
** The Temple of Ahn'Qiraj.
* All of the temples in VideoGame/SecretOfMana.
** SpiritualSuccessor Secret of Evermore had one as well.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Brawl'' has a [[ScrappyLevel classically annoying Ruins level]] in the Subspace Emissary.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' begins with a TempleOfDoom. There's no justification for it in game or real world history, but it's so Doomy that surviving instantly makes you TheChosenOne, even though one of your tribesmen are waiting for you inside.
* ''EternalDarkness: Sanity's Requiem'' features two: an ancient temple in the Angkor Thom region of Cambodia, that is home to [[EldritchAbomination Mantorok]] (as well as all kinds of traps), and the Forbidden City, which is home to the essences of the [[EldritchAbomination Ancients]] at the start of the game (though not quite as trap-filled as the former).
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a few, one being a stronghold built to protect the Urn of Sacred Ashes, and one being a not-fully-explained Tevinter ruin in the depths of the Brecilian Forest that changed hands a few times long before the players arrived. Both share the same tileset, but have very different arrays of enemies inside.
* You can build your own in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', should you so desire.
* ''{{Uncharted}}''. Since it's ''Franchise/TombRaider'' without the mammaries, it has all the same temples and nearly as much doom.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' has a rather tame version of this. The Ruins of Alph contain puzzles which you can solve, but once you do, the floor drops out from under you and strange creatures attack you with mystical power. The remakes have that, plus the Sinjoh Ruins, that you access from the Ruins of Alph by having Arceus as your lead Pokemon. No traps or danger there, though, just a big MindscrewEvent.
** There's also the Mirage Tower, the Sky Pillar, and the hidden chambers which house [[{{Golem}} Regirock, Regice, and Registeel]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire''.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'': Solaceon Ruins is an almost exact duplicate of the Ruins Of Alph, lacking only the sliding panel puzzles.
** Relic Castle in VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite. Sandpit traps ahoy!
* ''KingdomOfLoathing'' has the Hidden Temple, which is loaded with all kinds of traps involving arrows, poison gas, boulders, swinging blades, and an homage to the Indiana Jones puzzle that used stone tiles engraved with letters. Although a few of the puzzles are necessary to locate the Hidden City during the level 11 quest, most of the incentive for visiting the Hidden Temple lies in the traps themselves, which provide quick stat gains if you can keep your HP above zero, with the caveat that you'll gain no items, currency, or familiar experience like you would from adventuring somewhere with monsters to fight. The Ancient Buried Pyramid is another TempleOfDoom, this time filled with monsters that impede your progress in solving the puzzle in the lower chambers. [[AffectionateParody It's worth noting that these two examples are located in a jungle and a desert, respectively.]]
* The Shadow Warriors' hideout in ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon''.
* Chapter 4 of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' mostly takes place in a Temple of Doom. It uses an ancient African ruined city as a setting. It has a few traps, some more ridiculous than others.
* The Shrine of Storms from ''DemonsSouls'' fits this trope to a T, especialy the second stage. Deadly falls everywhere, explosive sphers of energy, arrow traps when you least expect them, enemies positioned in such a way that you can't see them until it is too late and invisible enemies that ambush you and are more than happy to backstab you when you are busy dealing with other enemies. Also, did we mention the place is pitch dark in some places?
** ''DarkSouls'' has Sen's Fortress, full of swinging axe blades, arrow traps, and the classic rolling rock of doom.
* Clockwork Ruins Galaxy from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Jumper}} Two'' begins with Ogmo falling into such a temple. Sector 2 of ''Jumper Three'' also fits this trope.
* Website/Website/Website/FunOrb's "Tomb Racer".
* {{Albion}} has the Drinno, the abandoned section of the Druid School. There's also Khamulon that is built on this theme, but it's actually a city.
* The Temple Stage in the Famicom/NES version of ''Salamander/Life Force'' and the PCEngine version of ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}} II''.
* ''VideoGame/BlasterMaster'''s Stage 2.
* There's such a level in ''VideoGame/{{Bujingai}}''. However it's partially averted, since the temple itself is full of light and looks quite normal, if it weren't for some traps and the demons all around.
* The second level of ViewtifulJoe 2 even references the title- ''Viewitiful Heroes and the Statue of Doom''.
* You'd think that an Owl Temple would be nice to an {{Owlboy}}? Nope.
* ''{{Minecraft}}'' has two types of doom temples. The first is a pyramid in desert regions where the basement has some treasure chests, but stepping on the nearby pressure plate will make the TNT below explode, killing you and destroying the loot. The second are temples in jungle areas which are less dangerous that the TNT traps in the pyramids, but the temples have tripwires connected to a dispenser filled with arrows and you will be shot to death should you trip the wires.
* ''Videogame/ShiningTheHolyArk'' has three. South Shrine which is part ShiftingSandLand with weird corridors that turn you upside-down. West Shrine which is one big puzzle to get a door to open and East Shrine; which is overgrown with giant ancient trees.
* The {{iOS game|s}} ''VideoGame/TempleRun'' is set in one of these.
* SuperMarioFusionRevival: World 2-S3: Parthenon Peril. The Rebel Army has taken control of the Parthenon and its underground labyrinthine maze. Rumor has it a beast named "Tryclydius Maximus" was seen somewhere in the catacombs...
* ''EccoTheDolphin'' has an underwater version as part of the Atlantis area of the game. Lots of mazes, occasional bricks that can squish you if you screw up your timing, and various angry sea creatures await. Plus, you have to search constantly for underwater air pockets to avoid drowning...
* WarioLand 4, the entirety of the Golden Pyramid. Of course, 16 of the 18 levels are accessed via portals leading out of the place, but the entry and golden passage levels are entirely standard examples of the trope and so is the map screen.
* The Temple of the Swivel Chair in ''VideoGame/HarryTheHandsomeExecutive''.
* Sword Man's stage from ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' is a Cambodian temple-like arena featuring lava cavern.
* ''VideoGame/{{Something}} series''
** Oldschool Temple in Something. The graphics come from the Pyramid Levels in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' and the Labyrinth Zone from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1''. The music is a remix of Marble Garden Zone Act 1 from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog3''. The level is filled with Rexes, Charging Chucks, and large pits in the first half and Thwomps and spikes in the second half.
** Puzzle Itemple in Something Else. To complete this optional level, Luigi has to solve the puzzles, which requires proper use of the springboards and P-Switches.
** Snowy Fuzzy Temple in Something Else. It's in the [[BrutalBonusLevel brutal bonus world]] because Luigi has to deal with ice physics, the obstacles, enemies and the giant FOE.
* Thwomp Ruins from ''VideoGame/MarioKart 8''. Overlaps with RuinsForRuinsSake, since it's not clear what the Thwomps are doing there in the first place.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* The fantasy satire ''Webcomic/TheFourth'' opens with one of these, though it ends up being more of a NoobCave than anything else.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/JourneyQuest'' contains the Temple of All Dooms as a storage for the Sword of Fighting. It seems to follow the trope, though it's weak to CuttingTheKnot.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The temple of the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode, "The Firebending Masters," with killer spikes, a secretly-cached MacGuffin, a room that fills full of killer glue, and a [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for the fact that everything's still working: [[spoiler:the ancient extinct civilization that built it is not actually extinct]]. How everyone missed this, who knows.
* The ancient ruins [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Daring Do]] explores in "Read It and Weep" is filled with gauntlets of deadly traps, and was apparently built on top of an active lava flow that can ''[[UpToEleven also]]'' be utilized as a trap.
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