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Tropes about molten rock and the like.


  • Appease the Volcano God
    Island natives try to stop eruptions by heaving human sacrifices into the volcano's crater.
  • Chekhov's Volcano
    If a volcano is shown or mentioned in a story, it will inevitably erupt at some plot-critical point.
  • Climactic Volcano Backdrop
    Adding an erupting or smoldering volcano to a climactic scene for dramatic effect.
  • Convection Schmonvection
    Lava can only hurt you if you touch it, because molten rock certainly doesn't radiate extreme heat.
  • Lava Adds Awesome
    Adding molten lava to something makes it more visually appealing.
  • Lava Is Boiling Kool-Aid
    Lava is depicted as behaving like superheated red water, flowing far more quickly and fluidly than the real stuff does.
  • The Lava Caves of New York
    Adding volcanism in places where by all rights there shouldn't be any.
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  • Lava Pit
    A pit or moat full of lava helps give a note of extra danger when characters have to cross or jump over a gap in the terrain.
  • Lava Surfing
    Surfing on lava.
  • Lethal Lava Land
    The fire-themed video game level.
  • Living Lava
    Living beings made out of the stuff.
  • Magma Man
    Lava-themed Elemental Powers.
  • A Molten Date with Death
    Death by immersion in or exposure to lava.
  • Volcano Lair
    Supervillains like making their lairs inside volcanoes.