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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.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* At the climax of the Namek Saga 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}}.
* ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' Starscream's AwesomeMomentOfCrowning (and subsequent three-to-five-episode-long-depending-how-you-count battle scene) happens first in, then over one.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', an episode features Shark dueling against his nemesis IV in the "Magma Field". During their duel, as both exchanged fierce blow after the other, [[ManipulativeBastard Tron]], IV's father, continuously taunted his son by saying Shark was a better duelist than he (the champion of Asia) was and pointing out how reckless he always acted. [[WellDoneSonGuy IV]] determinedly tried proving him wrong, but when Tron made it perfectly clear for everyone watching that IV was nothing more than a mere pawn in his plan, IV's expression showed perfectly well how his heart was shattered, cue a Volcano erupting at this exact time.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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.

* The eponymous school of the ''Literature/HIVESeries'' is powered by [[spoiler: the heat generated from the volcano it is located in.]] In the climax of the second book, [[spoiler:Nigel and Franz have to take down Block, Tackle, and Colonel Francisco in the cavern where the lava can be accessed and throw a huge bomb into the lava to keep it from detonating.]]
* 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.
* Subverted in ''Literature/AutobiographyOfRed''. At the climax, [[spoiler:the main character survives flying into an active volcano]], but it's an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome.
* The [[spoiler: fire primordial-powered forge of Gauntlgrym]] serves as the fiery backdrop of several of the books in ''Literature/TheNeverwinterSaga'', most notably ''Gauntlgrym'' where [[spoiler: freeing the primordial]] causes the voldano to errupt and nearly [[spoiler: sweeb Neverwinter off the map]].
* In ''Literature/{{Jumanji}}'', Peter's last turn transforms the fireplace into a volcano, requiring Judy to try and reach the finish in the midst of lava and steam.

[[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.]]

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

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''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.

[[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 story mission of ‘’VideoGame/JustCause3’’ is set in a volcano, it’s the only mission that takes place there. The volcano can be visited any time and seen from most high places in the WideOpenSandbox, making this ‘’Main/ChekovsVolcano too.
* 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 ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 7/XX'' takes place on top of lava.
* The Everdawn Basin in ''VideoGame/DustAnElysianTail'' is a chain of volcanoes that the beleaguered Moonbloods make their last stand in.
* Done twice in [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby]]. The first time is the battle against Maxie, where the Pokémon used by both sides (and you if you activate a Mega Evolution) are standing on an active lava lake with glowing-hot stones flying up around the edges. The second is the battle against Primal Groudon, who stands in a large pit of lava surrounded by glowing crystals. You are out of the Magma Suit for both battles. For the battle against Groudon, it's [[HandWave handwaved]] that the Blue Orb is protecting you. While no such justification is given for the battle against Maxie, it can still apply seeing as you have the Blue Orb on you at the time. The original Pokémon Ruby instead had a standard cave battlefield with a red glow on the rocks.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 7''[='s=] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb8Xy7ljpEc opening]]. In-game, this arena is called "Devil's Pit" and is appropriately the place where you battle the FinalBoss, [[spoiler:Kazumi Mishima]].
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighter4'' includes the Volcanic Rim stage. While it plays no role in the story, players can set up whatever climactic duel they wish. Its background track also doubles as the second half of the base game's intro cinematic.
* The final battle with [[BigBad Handsome Jack]] and [[FinalBoss the Warrior]] in ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' takes place in the latter's vault, which is surrounded by lava.

* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has a volcanic eruption in perfect sync with a BigDamnKiss. The triumphant scene is mostly PlayedForLaughs: A man standing tall on a mountain, conquering ruins, clutching a skull, and kissing a dude. [[ForcedMeme Pure Hollywood]].

[[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.
** In the sequel series, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', there's an example of this in Book 3. The [[spoiler: Northern Air Temple]] is built on top of a regular mountain, but a member of the [[BombThrowingAnarchists Red Lotus]], Ghazan, is a Lavabender. He essentially turns the entire mountain into an active volcano during their fight with Korra and the crew, which is not only very dangerous for the heroes, but it ends up destroying [[spoiler:the temple]] in true SceneryGorn fashion.
* 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/TheJungleBook2'' 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.]]