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"Fools dig for water, corpses, or gold. The earth's real treasure is far deeper."

A character who has power over all things igneous: magma, lava, and hot rocks. They can either liquefy ordinary rocks, control the flows of a perpetually active volcano, or simply manifest the hot heavy stuff ex nihilo. Could be considered a combination of Dishing Out Dirt and Playing with Fire; such a character might possess these powers separately as well.

A Sub-Trope of Lava Adds Awesome.

The trope is named after the boss from the Mega Man series.

Examples of Magma Man include:

Anime and Manga

  • Admiral Akainu from One Piece has a Devil Fruit, called the Magu-Magu Fruit, that lets him control, generate and become magma and, as with all Logias, has Nigh Invulnerability. To make matters worse, he's also a completely unrepentant psychopath who has virtually no lines he won't cross in order to exact "Absolute Justice".
  • The Lava Release in Naruto is a Kekkei Genkai combined from the Fire and Earth Releases. Mei Terumi (the fifth Mizukage), Kurotsuchi (the granddaughter of the Third Tsuchikage), and Dodai (an elder shinobi from the Cloud Village) were all born with it, and the Four-Tailed Monkey possesses it (or something very similar), as such, so does his carrier Roshi. Besides magma, it's also shown to include control of quicklime and in Dodai's case rubber (or at least lava that he can make very rubber-like).
  • A character in The Law of Ueki converted tomatoes to magma.
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima, Fate Averruncus' strongest spell, Terra Findens, causes a huge explosion of lava. It's powerful enough to match Negi's Khilipl Astrape.

Comic Books

  • Magma from New Mutants, who also has the full range of fire powers at her disposal. She can create earthquakes too, but this is simply the logical side effect of bringing magma to the surface. Interestingly, Professor X once noted that training her is extremely difficult due to the inevitable property damage her powers cause.
  • Volcana from the Marvel Universe. Also in her name.
  • Long before any of the above appeared, the subterranean Lava Men attacked The Mighty Thor.
  • Spider-Man had a villain called the Molten Man. He is mostly-reformed these days and has helped Spidey out a few times.
  • The Red Volcano ("brother" of the Red Tornado) from The DCU controls both unheated earth and rock and molten magma.
  • A race of lava creatures live deep under the Earth's surface in Savage Dragon. One was even a member of the super villain army, Vicious Circle.


Live Action TV

Tabletop Games

  • Dungeons & Dragons has the Para-elemental Plane of Magma in Planescape cosmology the intersection of the planes of Earth and Fire, as such it's populated by counterparts of common elemental critters - Magma Paraelementals (which is something between fire and earth elementals - made out of magma), magma mephits and magma fundamntals (flat jagged things flapping their way through an element in swarms). There are also Magmen (small creatures somewhat resembling goblins), Thoqqua (giant burrowers much like purple worms, but smarter and, you guessed it, made of magma), and blazons (animated burning rocks, sometimes domesticated by sapient magma- and fire- based creatures as pets or guard dogs).
    • 3.5 has renamed magmen to magmins.
    • The 4th Edition Monster Manual has an entire section devoted to lava monsters, including a fifteen-foot-high lava strider/spider. 4th edition also has the Stonefire Rager Paragon Path for barbarians.
  • Magmon in the card game Chaotic. His home is a lake sized Lava Pit.
    • This is made more apparent and cooler looking in the animated series that focuses around the card game.
  • The Vulshok of Mirrodin can range from simple Volcanic Veins up to this. The Flamekin of Llorwyn are similar, but more pure flame.

Video Games

  • Splosion Man now with Ms. 'Splosion Man.
  • Firelord from Warcraft 3 spawn lava monsters and have Volcano as an ultimate spell.
    • Shaman in World of Warcraft are capable of using some lava and magma-based attacks as well.
    • And of course there is Ragnaros - a giant elemental made of fire, being summoned into Azeroth through pool of magma and having some appropriate attacks.
    • Neltharion, aka Deathwing, was changed into a Magma Man due to the powers of the Demon Soul. His interior is white-hot magma which threatens to blow him apart, causing him to cover himself with special armor that helps contain his incalculable power. As shown in the Cataclysm cinematic, he constantly oozes lava from the cracks in his skin and seams of his armor.
    • A rare-spawn beast that came with Cataclysm is Terrorpene, a turtle that lives in lava and looks like a living volcano. As a mob he has a powerful Fire Beam that does a lot of damage. He can also be tamed by Hunters.
  • Magmites from City of Heroes.
  • Magma Man from Mega Man 9 is the Trope Namer. His weapon is the Magma Bazooka.
  • Mega Man X 4 has Magma Dragoon, who also used fire.
  • Mars Adepts and Venus Adepts in Golden Sun have access to the Volcano and Gaia Psynergy series respectively. The Samurai class family, which has aspects of multiple elements but takes some micromanaging to get into, gets the Lava Shower series. However, you're most likely to see Volcano-series Psynergy in action in the first two games, because the main antagonists are from the aptly-named Mars Clan.
  • Dwarf Fortress has Magma Men. And Fire Men. And Fire Imps. And dwarfs themselves are very capable of building a giant cannon that shoots a spray of magma. Or simply flood the outside world (or their own fortress) with the stuff.
  • Obsidius, a monster created for Godzilla Unleashed, is a creature born of rock and magma given life by space crystals. His breath weapon is a stream of lava fired from his mouth, and he is immune to the lava in Seattle and resistant to fire-based weapons.
  • The Pokémon attacks Eruption, Lava Plume and Earth Power: Two are Fire-type attacks; one is Ground-type.
    • The Pokémon Magmar is vaguely man-shaped, and is made of fire and magma.
    • And the Pokémon Camerupt is a camel with two volcanoes as its humps. Needless to say, it can learn all three mentioned attacks.
    • As well as Heatran, a salamander-like being made of steel and lava. It too can use all three moves (albeit unlike with Camerupt, Eruption is a special event move only for this Pokémon), and has the signature move "Magma Storm".
    • Groudon also kind of has this theme going on, even though it's a pure Ground-type. It's associated with land and the expansion of continents, thus, volcanic eruptions (its starting moveset when you capture it includes Eruption).
    • Slugma might be the best example - being of the Fire/Rock typing, it's a slug made of magma.
  • In some of the Ratchet and Clank games, one of the weapons is a Lava Gun. However, when upgraded it becomes a Meteor Gun or in some games a Liquid Nitrogen Gun.
  • Hotaru, the Mortal Kombat universe's resident Lawful Stupid, has this power.
  • A few such enemies can be encountered in Fire Mountain in Mother 3, such as Magman (a sentient mini-volcano that can generate Pyreflies), and Mrs. Lava (a blob of lava that looks like an old woman, and has high-level fire attacks).
  • In one section of Dragon's Lair, these appear as enemies. They will turn you into one of them by tackling you.
  • Spire from Metroid Prime Hunters. His body is made of stone, and his signature weapon is the Magmaul, a gun which fires blasts of magma.
  • The Gohma from Asura's Wrath are monsters made out of magma and rock. It's because they are the antibodies of the world and are lead by the will of the planet, Gohma Vlitra.


  • Gormiti has an entire faction dedicated to this, with more figures than any single other faction.

Web Comics

Web Original

  • While Let's Play-ing Sonic Unleashed, the LPers jokingly reason that:
    1. Sonic's werehog form and stretchy arms are a result of him absorbing some of Dark Gaia's power.
    2. Dark Gaia lives under the Earth, where there is magma.
    3. Magma, a viscous fluid, is stretchy.
    4. Therefore, Sonic the Werehog is made of magma.
  • In the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, there's Magma, Lava, Volcano, Volcania, Kilauea (an incarnation of the Hawai'ian goddes who fights crime and protects the people of Hawai'i., Kazan ("Volcano" in Japanese), Magma Man, and Krakatoa.
  • Phoenixfire of the Whateley Universe. And her mom. And they can both form a huge sword of the stuff.

Western Animation