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.
- 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 make their lairs inside volcanoes.