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Te Ka, in all her molten, fiery glory.
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The Blob Monster is dangerous because of its amorphous, shifting nature allowing easy movement and smothering the opponent. The Rock Monster is dangerous because of its hardy physiology and weight allowing it to crush the opponent. So what if you tried to mix them both? Increase the rock's temperature by a thousand degrees until molten, give it a mind of its own, and you get Living Lava.

A creature made of lava, it has the strength of rock while being amorphous due to its molten state. More importantly, as lava is incredibly hot, damaging anyone who'd dare try to hide it. Or even get close to its molten body, assuming convection is in play. The Living Lava tends to dwell in the Lethal Lava Land and is vulnerable to rapid cooling. Sometimes they'll have more solid and hard body parts to better interact with the rest of the world.

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While the Magma Man is about controlling lava, Living Lava is about beings made out of the stuff. A sub-trope of Lava Adds Awesome and Elemental Embodiment. Also a sub-trope of Silicon-Based Life, which usually deals with silicates in a solid state.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Dragonball Super: Auta Magetta is one of the Metalmen, mechanical lifeforms who's internal biology is lava, which they eat. Magetta is able to spit out lava inside him as an attack.

    Comic Books 
  • Green Lantern: The Green Lantern of Sector 315, Volk, hails from the planet Maag and is a creature made of living lava. His body is encased within a humanoid shell of rock with a volcano for a head.
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    Fanfiction 
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: Ami's first attempts at golems involved at least one attempt at using molten rock as a material.
    I have been investigating several methods to reduce the energy consumption of my golems. The first attempt was with using a liquid base instead of a solid one. Water, mud of various consistencies and compositions, tar, even some molten rock obtained from one of Snyder's more spectacular failures.''

    Film — Animated 
  • Fantasia 2000: The final segment, based on Igor Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, depicts the titular Firebird first a giant bird and then a landscape-consuming Blob Monster made of lava. This sets it up as the destructive opposite to the nature spirit's powers of life and creation.
  • Hercules: Hades ends up releasing the Titans, elemental beings of mass destruction. One of them, Pyros, is a hulking mass of lava and magma that smothers his victims with it.
  • Moana: Te Ka is a massive demon made out of fire and lava who would stop the heroes from returning the stolen heart of the goddess Te Fiti. It turns out that Te Ka is Te Fiti, transformed from the lovely goddess of life into a terrifying specter of rage by the theft of her heart. In her original form she resembled a giant, moving island shaped like a beautiful woman, bedecked with greenery and flowers. When her heart was taken and she lost the power to create life the greenery disappeared, and she began to resemble the molten lava from which the Pacific islands were created.
  • Mune: Guardian of the Moon: Necross and his minions, Mox and Spleen, are humanoids made from rocks and lava, who live in a hellish Lethal Lava Land below the earth.

    Film — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: In "The Fires of Pompeii", the aliens of the week are Pyroviles, giant aliens made of molten rock somewhat resembling Roman centurions. Having an interior of magma, they're vulnerable to water and mistaken as deities by Pompeii's local soothsayers.
  • Grimm: Volcanalis, from "Volcanalis", is an ancient towering, humanoid demon whose body is entirely made entirely molten magma, that burns so hot that his mere presence causes water to boil, melts the pavement he stands upon and will suffocate any being within close proximity to him. He lives inside volcano's and possesses power over the earth, able to cause earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions. A greedy beast he considers any rocks in proximity to the volcano he resides in his property and will emerge to kill anyone who takes them. He likewise carries a legacy of wiping out towns dating back to Vesuvius. His nature makes him invulnerable to conventional methods of attack, but leaves him vulnerable to extreme cold, with him being defeated by exposing his body to several tanks of liquid nitrogen.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series features the Horta- aliens that look like globs of lava and lay many eggs.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Hawaiian mythology has Pele, a volcanic goddess who embodies the main volcano, who knows when incautious visitors have taken away rocks from her sacred place and left the island with them. There are stories of the volcano goddess's vengeance manifesting in bad luck and ill-fortune to such people - until the stolen rocks are returned. The relevant authority in Hawaii testifies that it regularly receives parcels of volcanic rock, anonymously, to be returned to the volcano goddess with apologies.
  • The Cherufe of Mapuche Mythology is a mythical being that is depicted as a monstrous man eating being made entirely of rock and lava. The one way to stop this is to sacrifice a human into the volcano where the Cherufe comes from. It's also widely believed to caused volcano eruptions and earthquakes.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Magmen (or magmins in later editions) are small humanoid creatures made of lava that occasionally leave their volcanic homes to play, including trying to set other living creatures on fire. The series also has Magma Golems.
    • From the Epic Level Handbook, we have Phaethons, Eldritch Abominations born of fire gods and/or fire monsters. They are described as malevolent, gigantic blobs of sentient magma. They make good use of their blob-like forms to smother and burn everything they can flow over, and their forms can easily absorb other living creatures into their bodies to be easily crushed and incinerated.
  • Heroscape: The Obsidian Guards are humanoid lava creatures, and their special abilities all give them bonuses from being on lava or magma tiles. They also suffer a penalty if standing on water.
  • Pathfinder
    • The series has magma elementals, which are basically a hybrid of fire and earth elementals with both their powers. They tend to take the shape of large, powerful animals such as apes or ungulates, unlike the more slender and serpentine fire elementals.
    • Magma oozes are living pools of molten rock commonly found on the border regions of the Planes of Earth and Fire and volcanic regions of the world. Water turns them to stone, leaving them unharmed and immobilized until the water is gone.
    • Fellsigs are a type of undead created when several dwarves settlements were destroyed when the dormant volcano Droskar's Crag awoke and erupted disastrously. The dead dwarves arose as parodies of their old selves formed from lava behind a thin skin of volcanic rock and seek to revisit their deaths on anyone they encounter, attacking with flaming hands and by hurling balls of molten rock. Due to their superheated insides, anyone who successfully pierces their "skin" is subjected to a spray of flaming ash and fumes vented from the fellsig's volcanic interior.

    Video Games 
  • American McGee's Alice: The Lava Men in the Land of Fire and Brimstone crawl out of lava pools if Alice approaches too closely, spitting fireballs and attempting to pummel her with their stretching arms. Notably though, if they stay away from lava for too long, they harden into barely-mobile stone.
  • Dwarf Fortress: Magma men are elemental creatures native to the lava ocean at the bottom of each game world. They're composed of a core of liquid basalt coated in a humanoid obsidian shell and are much more dangerous than their neighboring fire men and fire imps. The latter two, being made of fire and nothing else, are extremely fragile and easily beaten to death; magma men, being made of hard rock, are much more durable and much stronger. And since the game takes temperature into account and they can still shoot fireballs, they have the dangerous tendency to set everything around them on fire if it can burn in the first place.
  • Igneo Talus from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are giant Cephalothoraxes consisting of molten rock that live near the lava lakes around the Death Mountain.
  • The fourth planet Neo Star's boss Magman from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is a large Blob Monster made of magma who faces Kirby. He starts out as a Background Boss but once he Turns Red starts going into the foreground and attacks Kirby with his fire breath, summons Burnis' or causes rocks to fall.
  • Mega Man ZX: Lava Demon miniboss in Area K appears to be this. Subverted, however, in that its real body is a small drone that controls the lava to make a big body out of it
  • Minecraft has Magma Cubes, which are giant cubes made of lava.
  • Mortal Kombat: The character of Blaze is a fire elemental who first appeared as The Cameo in Mortal Kombat II as a "Liu Kang on fire" at The Pit II stage, later developed in 3D games as a humanoid made of lava. First in Deadly Alliance as a Secret Character and in Armageddon as the Hulking Out Final Boss and one of the most powerful characters of the franchise.
  • Pokémon: A number of Pokemon have bodies of lava or magma, the most obvious of which being the Slugma family and Heatran. The former is a lava slug that evolves into a snail with a molten rock shell. The latter is a quadruped legendary made out of lava and metal. Also, while Camerupt and Groudon aren't normally made of lava, their Mega Evolutions cause parts of their bodies to become lava.
  • Quake I
    • The main game has Chthon, the boss of Episode 1: Dimension of the Doomed, a big monster resting in the big lava pool of the final level of the unit who awakens once Ranger picks the Rune of Earth Magic. Chthon uses lava balls to attack Ranger and cannot be damaged by regular weapon fire.
    • Four fire elementals also made of lava called Hephaestus appear as bosses in the level "Elemental Fury II" from the Mission-Pack Sequel Dissolution of Eternity. Like Chthon, they fire lava balls towards Ranger, however, unlike Chthon, normal weapon fire is required to bring them down, and they have quite the amount of HP.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006): Iblis is the overpowered monster that's responsible for the Bad Future Silver the Hedgehog comes from. Originally a flame, the creature is an immortal monster made out of lava. It can make lesser monsters also made out of lava. It and Mephiles are the Literal Split Personality of Solaris, a god of time.
    • Sonic Rivals: "Sonic Rivals 2" has the Ifrit, who's similar to Iblis in being a monster made out of lava that threatens to cause a Bad Future for Silver. Eggman Nega wants to release it onto the world from its own dimension.
  • Several of these appear in video games from the Super Mario Bros. franchise, on Lethal Lava Land type levels.
    • Lava Bubbles are enemies found in almost any installment from the franchise. They're living fireballs with two black eyes who jump in and out of lava.
    • The Blargg in Super Mario World is a red-orange dinosaur-like creature living inside lava.
    • Magmaarghs, debuting in Super Mario Galaxy 2, are related creatures literally made out of molten lava, allowing them to pass directly through and around solid obstacles. They've since appeared in other games, always in the same role. They hide inside lava pools and surge out when the player passes by, attempting to devour them when they pass too close. Other varieties include the Magmaws, smaller and with more simplistic facial features they're essentially plumes of lava with gaping mouths and dot eyes and the fishlike Charvaarghs, which breach out of lava-like jumping dolphins to try and eat Mario.
  • War of the Monsters: Magmo, one the titular monsters, is a giant four-armed beast made entirely out of magma who has the power to shoot balls of molten rock as a projectile. It's revealed it was created by one of the defeated flying saucers crashing into a volcano, spilling the green fuel into a pool of lava.
  • World of Warcraft
    • The Molten Giants are huge creatures that can be found in the Firelands or the Molten Core of Blackrock Mountain. They are highly aggressive and serve as the Elite Mooks of Ragnaros the Firelord, who himself is a Magma Man
    • Warcraft III: The Firelord neutral hero can summon Lava Spawns, spiky red minions made of lava that shoot fire at people. While every spawn has a timed life, it replicates itself after attacking a number of times into an identical Lava Spawn.

    Web Original 
  • Neopets: Magma Neopets are just like normal Neopets, only their skin is magma.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Batman Beyond episode "Heroes", one of the Terrific Trio (a Captain Ersatz of the Fantastic Four) has this appearance and is called Magma.
  • Ben 10: Heatblast is the first alien that Ben Tennyson transforms into. A living mass of flaming magma, he belongs to the Pyronites, creatures who live in a world so hot that it functions as a sun, and are weak to water.
  • The Dragon Prince: Magma titans are gigantic humanoids made out of lava and volcanic rock. Its rocky body deflects most attacks against it, and when it dies its collapsing body releases a wave of molten rock that threatens to overwhelm its killers.
  • Ewoks: Near the end of the episode "Sunstar vs Shadowstone", recurring villain Morag triggers a volcano after fusing the two titular Power Crystals together, then sinks into the lava. The Ewoks initially assume she's dead, but thanks to the power of the Sunstar-Shadowstone she emerges as a huge lava monster. Unfortunately for Morag, her new form comes with a Weaksauce Weakness as Master Logray magically creates a geyser which sprays her with water, causing her to harden and shatter.
  • Mighty Max had a race of these living underground. The Skullmaster imprisoned their king and took over upon arriving, but he breaks out during the series.
  • The antagonist of the "Quest of the Princess Ponies" arc in My Little Pony 'n Friends was Lavan, a monster made out of magma known as a "lava demon" who had minor underlings. They were shown to be foes with another race called "ice orcs". Lavan ended up turning himself into crystal and then being blown up.
  • The New Adventures of Superman: In "Lava Men", a volcano in Mexico creates living beings of lava. When Superman fights the first one, he discovers it is an Asteroids Monster that splits into identical beings every time it is struck.
  • Space Ghost episode "The Heat Thing", Jace is shot down by a lava monster while flying over the surface of Jupiter. Space Ghost must save him from incineration.

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