• "Lava Golem" and the card "Grinder Golem" have many similarities:
    • Both monsters must be Special Summoned under your opponent's control.
    • Both require 2 monsters to be Summoned, but this card requires Tributes while "Grinder Golem" provides 2 monsters for the player who Summoned it.
    • After the Special Summon, neither monster allows Normal Summoning or Setting another monster during the same turn.
    • Both monsters also have 3000 ATK.
    • Both monsters are Golems, as their names say.
    • Both are Fiend-Type monsters.
      • Yet also both monsters don't have a typical fiend-like physical appearance; "Lava-Golem" looks more like a Pyro-Type and "Grinder Golem" looks Machine-Type like.
    • Also in the anime, both cards are used by secondary characters who were at one point bedeviled under the influence of a more perverse character ("Lava Golem" is used by Marik Ishtar, when he was under the influence of his dark counterpart, whereas this card is used by Jesse Anderson, when he temporarily served as Yubel's host.)
  • As most of Yami Marik's primary cards are based on torture devices, this card seems to be based upon torture through hot temperatures or burning.
    • The person being imprisoned in a cage while "Lava Golem" stares the victim down is likely a reference to what happened to Joey Wheeler during his Duel with Marik: Joey (the enemy Duelist) is in the cage and the "Golem" melts onto the duelist, burning them and taking away their Life Points.
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