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  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • Happens often with Touma Kamijou whenever he's fighting fire-casters. Somewhat justified in that the heat they summon is done so by using magic/esper abilities, and Touma's Imagine Breaker has been shown to protect his entire body from supernatural forces given the right context.
    • Averted with Shizuri Mugino's energy blasts. Characters who dodge them note how hot they are, and even getting near them risks disintegration.
  • Pokémon:
    • In the anime, Cinnabar Island's Gym is now located in a volcano. The characters comment on the heat inside, but Fire and Rock Types can withstand the intense temperature without actually having to fall in (with the exception of Magmar). This makes it especially awesome when the deciding rematch for the Volcano Badge takes place over a Lava Pit, with Charizard surviving a full dunk with nary a burn.
    • Any time someone gets hit with a move like Flamethrower at close range.
  • Yellow's second battle against Lance in Pokémon Adventures takes place in and around the crater of an active volcano. Despite being inches from the lava, Yellow is fine thanks to riding on the Substitute shaped like a surfboard that Pika makes.
  • Ronin Warriors twists this around so much. When the heroes are split up, Ryo is found in an active volcano. His power is fire based, so the lava makes his mystic armor stronger, but it gives off heat. When Anubis throws two unarmored characters into the volcano, Ryo dives after them but realizes that his armor's heat will kill them if he grabs them, but the fact they're in a volcano doesn't bother him.
  • Mazinger:
    • Mazinger Z: Many battles happened around volcanoes, near volcanoes or IN volcanoes, and at least once The Hero Kouji was dunked in lava. Since Kouji always remained inside Mazinger-Z, his Humongous Mecha provided protection from extreme heat, toxic fumes and other dangers, but in the episode where Mazinger-Z took an unwilling magma dive it was stated not even Mazinger-Z's armor and heat-insulation could endure THAT for long, and Kouji eventually would die of extreme heat, burning, dehydration or asphyxia.
    • The sequels -Great Mazinger, UFO Robo Grendizer- and reimaginations -Mazinkaiser- played with the trope as well.
  • In Naruto, the Katon (Fire Element) jutsus in the series are almost always useless. They're always made out to be a big deal, but since they never directly connect the effects of convection are never shown. During the Valley of the End fight between Naruto and Sasuke, a fire jutsu from Sasuke leaves the rocks beneath Naruto glowing; Naruto isn't so much as singed, although he is somehow weakened.
    • In another example, from the Naruto: Shippuden the Movie, the priestess Shion goes running to where some evil demon's body is sealed in a shrine located along a thin strip of rock. In a volcano. Barefoot. This also throws into question why one would put a shrine in a freakin' volcano.
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    • The Mangekyo Sharingan's Amaterasu is usually actually pretty effective as jutsus as a whole go (notwithstanding the Karin incident). It creates black fire said to be hot as the sun, which is where it runs headlong into this trope. Being hot as the sun it should destroy everything in the area of its use, but you can get right next to it unless it touches you for a few seconds (then it needs to be sealed/brought down by its user or it keeps spreading and burning). Even as hyperbole, it's a bit of a stretch.
    • The battle between Itachi and Sasuke gives an utterly bizarre subversion as someone is able to shoot multiple giant fireballs whose heat (along with that of Amaterasu) raises up to the sky and rapidly forms a thundercloud.
    • When Kaguya usurps Madara as Big Bad, the first thing she does is teleport them into another dimension and try to dunk them in magma. They can't be more than a dozen feet or so above it, and should probably be flash-fried in an instant. Kakashi and Sakura end up hanging a few feet from it. Bizarrely, the rope they were hanging on catches fire and burns through, dropping them even closer to it. Still not a single sign of being affected by the heat.
  • During Bleach's Fake Karakura Town arc, Yamamoto traps Aizen, Gin and Kaname inside a giant ball of fire. They just stand there looking pretty for a few chapters and when it's finally extinguished they don't appear any worse for wear.
    • Justified in that the powers of a zanpakuto seem to be dependent on the spiritual pressure of the user. Aizen and co. likely just upped their pressure enough to avoid damage from the heat and flame. Yama-jii, meanwhile, was only trying to keep them out of the battle, and didn't bother to try and harm them.
    • Or, to put it another way: they're ghosts. They have an excuse for not following the letter of the laws of physics. Hence why they're able to float in the air.
    • Yamamoto's Bankai dries up the moisture around Soul Society, but other than that, no real effects are shown. Played right to the edge with Zanka no Tachi West: Zanjitsu Gokui which shrouds him in flames that he claims are 15,000,000 (fifteen million) degrees. Just to give you some idea on that scale, the surface of the sun is a mere 5500 (five thousand five hundred) degrees. His Bankai produces temperatures comparable to the core of the sun. His opponent does comment that if it weren't for his own considerable spiritual pressure protecting him, he would be set on fire just from being near Yamamoto. Though Yamamoto declining to use his Bankai against Aizen despite it being a desperate fight to the death might count as an subversion of this trope; they were fighting on Earth, which is presumably less durable than Soul Society, and wouldn't be able to handle a second sun appearing on its surface.note 
  • Speed Racer and another driver almost fall into an active volcano while racing, but they are able to climb up the side no problem. Another episode has a race inside a volcano. Speed drives the Mach 5 through lava. The tires don't even melt.
  • In Mai-Otome Mashiro and Arika end up eaten by some sort of monster that has lava in its gut. Despite being in a close space with lava only inches away, they are fine.
  • Makoto from Ghost Hound runs into a heavily burning house to save his mother, without wearing any protection whatsoever, thus doing something that even the firemen in their fireproof suits couldn't pull off. The fire also appears to be smoke free.
  • Subverted in MegaMan NT Warrior. Cross Fusion MegaMan and ProtoMan are standing inside a volcano in one episode, and it doesn't affect them a bit. However, the second Lan drops his armor to load more battlechips, he starts dancing around like he's burned, and Chaud warns him to hurry up or he'll be cooked alive from the heat coming from the magma.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has Nightshroud force Jaden into a duel by kidnapping his friends and placing them in a life-or-death situation. This isn't unusual in a series where card games save the world, but it fits this trope because said life-or-death situation is suspending Jaden's friends in a force field inches above a lava pool in a volcano (with the English version characters making wisecracks like "Now I know what a grilled cheese feels like" all the while).
    • Red Dragon Archfiend in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's is an aversion as it has the ability to destroy all Defense Position monsters on the field when it attacks one of them. In its animation, its flaming fist attack burns up the other monsters as a side effect.
  • One Piece had a filler arc where the Big Bad had eaten a Devil Fruit that allowed him to increase his body temperature to 10000 degrees Celsius, something that causes an underwater volcano to erupt underneath the ice archipelago they're on, which eventually culminates with Luffy and the Big Bad duking it out with magma surrounding them, with said villain standing in the lava without any effect. It could be handwaved that he is hotter than the magma, thus making it seem rather cool in comparison, but Luffy only has a block of ice separating him from being melted, with only breaking a minor sweat.
    • Not only that, but Luffy comes into direct contact with said Big Bad more than once during the fight and aside from a few superficial burns he's all right.
      • Like that weren't enough, that contact never lasted very long, just long enough for Luffy to get in a hit, and he quickly learned that this was a bad idea. But at the end of the fight, he maintains contact for several seconds with the guy like a few inches away from him before finally pushing him away. He's injured sure, but it's just generic battle injuries. None the worse for wear from having been in close proximity and actually touching a guy that's 10K degrees.
    • Now the manga's gotten in on the act with the revelation that Akainu is a magma Logia. He's duking it out with Whitebeard and while he is doing pretty well, he's not doing as well as he should given the fact that HE'S MADE OF FRIKKIN LAVA! He gives a magma punch in the face to Whitebeard and only the part of his face he touched was injured. Apparently the only explanation needed is that Whitebeard is just that strong.
    • When Ace was freed from the execution platform, he held onto Luffy...with a tunnel of flames around them. Yet Luffy looks no worse for the wear. Granted, it's implied that Logia users can actually control what their powers effect since they literally are their element, but more likely it was for Rule of Cool.
    • Once again, when Ace is impaled by Akainu's fist, it makes a clean wound, with only minor burns around the hole. This could be explained by his Logia powers, but then what about Luffy and Jimbei? Akainu attacked them too, and the same thing happened. Sure they were badly injured and Luffy gets an X-shaped scar on his chest, but considering it's magma, they should have been reduced to smoldering, molten corpses. Jimbei punches Akainu and leaves his fist in the magma for a few seconds and then pulling it out with only minor surface burns.
    • Now there is Punk Hazard, where half of the island is covered in flames so hot the buildings are melting. The crew only complain it's hot but are able to navigate it without much difficulty.
  • Gatchaman episode 99. The team is trapped in a big shaft and manages to get out about a second before lava, that is following them and filling the entire shaft, reaches the top. Injury: none.
    • Well, they are wearing super suits. Then again, considering most of their faces are still exposed you'd at least expect a lost eyebrow or two.
  • Averted in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. It's shown several times that the title mech's BFG is so powerful that the heatwave generated by the particle beam can incinerate Mooks dozens of feet away from the beam itself.
  • Lampshaded in Hayate the Combat Butler: Hayate and Koutetsu have a duel on a rock surrounded by lava while everyone else watches from the sidelines. Miki and Riza lampshade this trope just before Izumi's dress catches on fire, promptly ending the duel.
  • While it's mostly used straight in Fairy Tail with Natsu's flames never seeming to ignite anything, it is averted once. When fighting an enemy whose wind-magic armor allows him to deflect Natsu's attacks, Natsu gets hot enough to create a small firestorm, and the resulting updraft strips away his enemy's armor.
    • Another aversion comes when Natsu fights a Flame Godslayer named Zancrow, who's barely affected by Natsu's strikes but his own "god flames" can actually burn him, one of the few times Natsu has ever shown injury from fire attacks. Natsu has to resort to using said flames against Zancrow to win.
    • It's particularly ridiculous when it's revealed that Natsu's flames can burn through metal. Yet they rarely seem to burn anyone severely. They seem to handwave it with the idea that magic has less of an effect on those whose power is just that much stronger than your own or near your level and this is a world where everyone is Made of Iron, but it still doesn't explain how Natsu can fry an entire group of Mooks and the worst that happens to them is a bunch of smoke over their slightly charred, unconscious forms.
    • Chapter 309 both averts and plays it straight at the same time. Lucy's and Yukino's shoes are burnt off whilst dangling just above a lava pit, but when Arcadias wades out into the lava itself he appears to suffer no lasting effects upon being fished out beyond singed skin and clothing. However, this is actually questioned and justified later when we find out that Arcadios was wearing a magical, protective amulet.
    • Eventually, Natsu becomes so strong that he can generate enough heat that it starts to set fire to his surroundings, melt stone and ground, and cause non-heat-resistant clothing to burn away simply as a consequence. And yet, aside from commenting on the heat, it still doesn't hurt anyone he's not directly attacking. Apparently, as long as you're Made of Iron in Fairy Tail, convection isn't much of an inconvenience.
  • Averted in Gamble Fish. Tomu is playing a game in which the loser gets a pot full of 1200 degree coals dumped on them. Everybody is getting noticeably hotter as the pot gets closer, and they're all perfectly aware that if the pot gets close enough Tomu will get roasted without even touching the coals. Sure enough, at a distance of 30 centimeters the stone table on which the game is being played begins to melt. Just to get close enough to take his turn Tomu has to fashion a makeshift safety suit out of several layers of clothing, and it only lasts a few seconds before bursting into flames, leaving Tomu himself with quite a few burns.
  • At the very end of Fullmetal Alchemist, after absorbing God, Father creates a miniature sun in the palm of his hand. No one in the room so much as notices any heat, and his hand is unharmed. When you're precipitating nuclear fusion with a thought, convection is the least of the laws of physics that you're screwing with.
    • In the dub of Brotherhood at least, this is done specifically to show how unbelievably powerful Father had become after consuming a country's worth of souls. He even points out that he is containing the star's power and if he wanted to, could release it into the room and kill everyone. He was showing off his power to intimidate the heroes.
  • Averted in the Filler Arc "Asgard" of Saint Seiya. God Warrior Hagen of Merak Beta lures the ice-and-cold-wielding Saint Cygnus Hyoga into the depths of a volcano. While Hagen's Cloth and his own supernatural Cosmo explicitly protect him from the heat (and, indeed, the lava enhances his attacks,) Hyoga has to spend such a considerable amount of his cooling Cosmo just to survive in the volcano, let alone attack his enemy, that he completely exhausts himself doing so.
  • Also averted in Ranma ½. No volcanoes, but the final enemy is a phoenix-Half-Human Hybrid who can generate as much flame and heat as he wants. With one swipe of his wings, or a wave of his hands, he can toss a gout of flame that, aside from burning, it heats up the air around it and the resulting pressure actually punches through solid rock. Later in the fight, when this enemy's Battle Aura causes the rock to melt into magma, Ranma tries to shield himself from it with a frozen boulder. The boulder (which took the brunt of the hit) is disintegrated and Ranma himself is scorched despite never coming into contact with the magma. In the end, even when the foe isn't emitting any flame, the extreme heat in the air around him is what makes Ranma's final attack possible.
    • Near the beginning of the series, Ranma is stuck as a girl because the Full-Body Cat's Tongue makes him (or, rather, her) unable to stand heat, so he can't change back into a man because he can't even touch hot water. Thus, he performs a method of speed-training based on snatching chestnuts from an open fire —supposedly, if he can grab these chestnuts from the flames without being burned, he'll be fast enough to steal the Cat Tongue cure from Cologne. Problem is, even the air around the flames is unbearably hot to him, and he can't even get close to the flames in order to begin training. Ranma gets around this problem by trying to catch hungry piranhas from a small fish tank without getting bit.
    • Averting this trope is also the very basis of the HiryuushoutenhaFlying Dragon Ascend-to-Heaven Wave— and its many variations. It's based on making the opponent hot with anger, thereby making them release an equally hot Battle Aura, while the practitioner exudes an ice-cool aura himself. Training for this technique involved, at one point, practicing dodging while on top of a boulder in the middle of a boiling hot spring. Keeping cool despite the heat was the entire point of the session. Akane then tried to help Ranma by wearing especially-insulated flammable gauntlets and explicitly use convection to simulate the effect... but she didn't foresee the flames jumping onto her ordinary, non-insulated clothes.
  • In Kirby of the Stars, there are quite a few episodes that involve the Kilauea Volcano. In episode 10, Kirby and co. help Chief Borun rescue Bun from the volcano. In episode 48, Kirby fights the Demon Beast Fire Jelly inside the volcano itself. And in episode 66, Kirby pours some hot liquid provided by Holy Nightmare Co. into the volcano so it can erupt and melt snow in Pupu Village.
  • Actually averted in the season 1 finale of Sailor Moon. Sailor Mercury sees the DD Girls conjuring up an illusion of a lava ball that gives off actual heat. She uses her Aqua Spray to shield herself from the heat. As she is killed seconds later by the DD Girls it's unknown if this actually worked.
  • In Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, heat doesn't seem to impress the heroine much. Early on we see Nausicaä jump around the burning inferno of the airship that crashed into the valley. And again, when she and Mito are surrounded by a wall fire on the airship that was intercepted by Asbel.
  • Averted in Yu Yu Hakusho when Kuwabara drops a piece of cloth into lava and it burns to ash a foot above the lava.
  • The climactic battle of Ninja Scroll takes place on a burning treasure ship. The fire is clearly hot enough to melt the gold the ship is carrying, yet the combatants carry on without discomfort or their clothes spontaneously igniting.
  • Averted and noted in Dragon Ball Super during Vegeta's fight with Magetta, a magma-spewing robot. To make up for Magetta's lack of flight, there is a barrier around the ring and Vegeta cannot run into it—but the barrier also traps the magma's heat, which is so intense it even affects Vegeta in Super Saiyan form.

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