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* ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' by David Hopkins has a short story about a guy who gets offered a very nice apartment for free, ostensibly so he can convince other prospective buyers. The apartment at first seems to be everything promised, but strange things start to happen. He hears strange moaning sounds in the neighboring apartment, and his girlfriend tells him that he can't leave. After inadvertently killing her, a duplicate shows up and tells him nothing in the apartment is real, and that his girlfriend has long since forgotten him and moved on to other guys. He takes a sledgehammer and breaks down the wall to find the strange moaning, and finds some sort of strange muck monster that limply chases after him, and he barely escapes through the hole in the wall, which closes itself. The person who sold him the apartment shows up and demands to know what's going. He is told that the truth is just outside the front door, but he won't like it, and there is no going back to the nice apartment he once had. He ignores this and opens the door anyway. He is instantly reduced to a pathetic thing that he saw in the other apartment, too weak to even stand up. The apartment interior turns into plain wood similar to a shack, with nothing but a chair for him to sit on, and the only sound he can make is the moaning he heard earlier. [[http://www.pholph.com/strip.php?id=5&sid=1342 It turns out he's in a particularly unpleasant part of Hell.]] And he stays there.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' by David Hopkins has a short story about a guy who gets offered a very nice apartment for free, ostensibly so he can convince other prospective buyers. The apartment at first seems to be everything promised, but strange things start to happen. He hears strange moaning sounds in the neighboring apartment, and his girlfriend tells him that he can't leave. After inadvertently killing her, a duplicate shows up and tells him nothing in the apartment is real, and that his girlfriend has long since forgotten him and moved on to other guys. He takes a sledgehammer and breaks down the wall to find the strange moaning, and finds some sort of strange muck monster that limply chases after him, and he barely escapes through the hole in the wall, which closes itself. The person who sold him the apartment shows up and demands to know what's going.going on. He is told that the truth is just outside the front door, but he won't like it, and there is no going back to the nice apartment he once had. He ignores this and opens the door anyway. He is instantly reduced to a pathetic thing that he saw in the other apartment, too weak to even stand up. The apartment interior turns into plain wood similar to a shack, with nothing but a chair for him to sit on, and the only sound he can make is the moaning he heard earlier. [[http://www.pholph.com/strip.php?id=5&sid=1342 It turns out he's in a particularly unpleasant part of Hell.]] And he stays there.



* [[spoiler:Sarda]] from ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' [[spoiler:went back to the beginning of the universe, and is forced to live through every major event in the universe over a period of BILLIONS of years. He admitted that the only thing keeping him alive at that point was pure, unadulterated hatred of the [[VillainProtagonist Light]] [[DestructiveSavior Warriors]].]]



** An alternate Calliope suffers this fate after she [[spoiler: kills her brother]] until she makes a deal with [[spoiler: Echidna to end her life. Even after that, she has to wait in the Furthest Ring for Hussie knows how long, before Alpha Calliope and Jade find her, signaling that it was finally time for her HeroicSacrifice to destroy the Green Sun and deprive Lord English of his powers. Given how she reacts to the whole event, it's implied that she's become a DeathSeeker who views her end as a blessing]].



** It's implied that this is also the fate of [[spoiler:Lord English himself]]. [[spoiler:At this point, Caliborn has already destroyed the grandfather clock that would decide if his death is heroic or just. Given that God Tiers like him are invincible unless their death is either heroic or just, this basically gives him unconditional immortality and makes him invincible. The last we see of him, he's being thrown into a black hole, completely deprived of his First Guardian powers because of the destruction of the Green Sun, his loyal minions dead, and with no way to escape..]]
* In ''Webcomic/VerloreGeleentheid'', Jane Onoda was in [[HumanPopsicle cryogenic stasis]] for 10,000 years but, due to a computer glitch, she and the others on her ship were conscious the whole time. The only reason she stayed (somewhat) sane is that the ship's computer kept her occupied with battle scenarios against the species that nuked her homeworld.

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** It's implied that this is also the fate of [[spoiler:Lord English himself]]. [[spoiler:At this point, Caliborn has already destroyed the grandfather clock that would decide if his death is heroic or just. Given that God Tiers like him are invincible unless their death is either heroic or just, this basically gives him unconditional immortality and makes him invincible. The last we see of him, he's being thrown into a black hole, completely deprived of his First Guardian powers because of the destruction of the Green Sun, his loyal minions dead, and with no way to escape..escape.]]
* In ''Webcomic/VerloreGeleentheid'', Jane Onoda was in [[HumanPopsicle cryogenic stasis]] for 10,000 years but, years, but due to a computer glitch, she and the others on her ship were conscious the whole time. The only reason she stayed (somewhat) sane is that the ship's computer kept her occupied with battle scenarios against the species that nuked her homeworld.
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* Charlie, from The Kingston Trio's song "M.T.A.", is trapped on Boston's subway line and pays his usual fare of ten cents, only to find out that the fare has increased by a nickel to fifteen cents, but he doesn't have an extra nickel, and so he is fated to ride the Boston subway system [[ForWantOfANail for lack of a nickel]]:
-->When he got there, the conductor told him "One more nickel",\\
Charlie couldn't get off of that train.\\
But did he ever return, no he never returned,\\
And his fate is still unlearned,\\
He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston,\\
He's the man who never returned...



* "Blow Up the Outside World" by Music/{{Soundgarden}}. The speaker is essentially singing about how much his life sucks, yet no matter how hard he tries, he either cannot bring himself to suicide, or simply fails at it again and again.



* Music/{{Cormorant}}'s song "Hanging Gardens" has the vision of {{Hell}} where the damned are wrapped in numbered funeral pall, moaning to have a second chance at life. Others are instead hanged from trees, whispering warnings to trespassers to avoid this fate.
* The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster's [[VideoGame/GranTurismo Psychosis Safari]] describes the singer being tied up in the most gruesome way ever imagined:
-->I got my limbs tied up\\
And a blindfold across my eyes\\
I'm feeling I know\\
That I'm gonna have to tell a lie\\
\\
My heart's in my mouth\\
And my mind's in a furry cup\\
A feeling I know\\
That I'm dreaming, I can't wake up



* Prometheus's fate to be chained to a rock and have his ever-regrowing liver serve as a buffet for an eagle for eternity.
** In the tragedy ''Theatre/PrometheusBound'', lots of people come past his rock -- not [[ComeToGawk to point and laugh]] but sympathize and chat -- a chorus of Oceanids, Io, etc. That's probably just one take on the myth, but still. Ultimately, he was rescued by Heracles, who obviously had to know where he was. Is it wrong to find that scenario perversely comical? ("Hey, Prometheus, how're you doing?" "Oh, you know, Julius, same shit, different day." "Say, the 10:15 eagle is running late." "Yeah, that guy's a slacker. [eagle arrives] Hey, where ya been? This liver's not gonna eat itself!")
*** Well, one ''Literature/HorribleHistories'' book did try for a moderately humorous version in which they refer to each other as "Prommy" and "Eddie". This being an HH book, Prommy announced at the end that he was going to eat the eagle's liver.
*** And in the animated series based on Disney's ''Hercules'', the eagle brings an onion with him because a diet consisting entirely of liver doesn't provide enough roughage. Prometheus hopes he gets indigestion from eating his liver with an onion.
*** Another variation on the story has the eagle being friends with Prometheus, they carry on a brief chat until the eagle goes mad and tears out Prometheus liver. The eagle being forced to do this every day against his will might constitute a minor version of this trope.
** Prometheus still exults in being able to resist telling Zeus the secret of his eventual overthrow, a fate that Zeus has been anxious to evade ever since the start of his reign.
* Atlas being condemned to bear the heavens (''[[SadlyMythtaken not]]'' the world) on his shoulders for eternity.
** Then being [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] by Athena, using Medusa's head.
** Although in some versions he ''asked'' to be turned to stone, as carrying the heavens had become too much for him to bear.
* Most of the Greek Titans are bound in Tartarus. As are the giants. Likewise, the Hebrew Watchers are bound in "deepest darkness," rendered in some accounts as Tartarus. The Nephilim were either bound in Tartarus or drowned in the Great Flood. Depending on the source, Satan, too, is cast into Tartarus.
* Loki, the bad boy of Myth/NorseMythology, was chained to a rock with a serpent eternally dripping caustic venom in his face. His wife, Sigyn, stands over him catching the venom in a bowl, occasionally has to turn aside to empty the bowl before it overflows. When she turns aside to do so, or if she allows it to become overfull and spill, his spasms of pain cause earthquakes. (Considering how many bastard children he's supposed to have fathered with giantesses and the like, one wonders if it's ''entirely'' accidental.)
** Creator/NeilGaiman made Loki's punishment ''even worse'' in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. Same as before, except Loki's neck has been broken and his eyes ''ripped out'', [[spoiler:the Corinthian being responsible for both]], meaning that now he has snake venom dripping into his ''eye sockets''.
*** Some versions of the binding of Loki state that Loki wasn't just bound to a rock with poison dripping onto him, he was bound with his ''own son's intestines''.
** Another fun example from Norse mythology: the fate of Loki's monster offspring, the wolf Fenrir. It is bound by unbreakable fetters and gagged by ''a sword stuck in the roof of its mouth.'' A river of blood and saliva flows continuously from its jaws. It remains bound and gagged like this until the end of time.

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* Prometheus's fate to be chained to a rock and have his ever-regrowing liver serve as a buffet for an eagle for eternity.
** In the tragedy ''Theatre/PrometheusBound'', lots of people come past his rock -- not [[ComeToGawk to point and laugh]] but sympathize and chat -- a chorus of Oceanids, Io, etc. That's probably just one take on the myth, but still. Ultimately, he was rescued by Heracles, who obviously had to know where he was. Is it wrong to find that scenario perversely comical? ("Hey, Prometheus, how're you doing?" "Oh, you know, Julius, same shit, different day." "Say, the 10:15 eagle is running late." "Yeah, that guy's a slacker. [eagle arrives] Hey, where ya been? This liver's not gonna eat itself!")
*** Well, one ''Literature/HorribleHistories'' book did try for a moderately humorous version in which they refer to each other as "Prommy" and "Eddie". This being an HH book, Prommy announced at the end that he was going to eat the eagle's liver.
*** And in the animated series based on Disney's ''Hercules'', the eagle brings an onion with him because a diet consisting entirely of liver doesn't provide enough roughage. Prometheus hopes he gets indigestion from eating his liver with an onion.
*** Another variation on the story has the eagle being friends with Prometheus, they carry on a brief chat until the eagle goes mad and tears out Prometheus liver. The eagle being forced to do this every day against his will might constitute a minor version of this trope.
** Prometheus still exults in being able to resist telling Zeus the secret of his eventual overthrow, a fate that Zeus has been anxious to evade ever since the start of his reign.
* Atlas being condemned to bear the heavens (''[[SadlyMythtaken not]]'' the world) on his shoulders for eternity.
** Then being [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] by Athena, using Medusa's head.
** Although in some versions he ''asked'' to be turned to stone, as carrying the heavens had become too much for him to bear.
* Most of the Greek Titans are bound in Tartarus. As are the giants. Likewise, the Hebrew Watchers are bound in "deepest darkness," rendered in some accounts as Tartarus. The Nephilim were either bound in Tartarus or drowned in the Great Flood. Depending on the source, Satan, too, is cast into Tartarus.
* Loki, the bad boy of Myth/NorseMythology, was chained to a rock with a serpent eternally dripping caustic venom in his face. His wife, Sigyn, stands over him catching the venom in a bowl, occasionally has to turn aside to empty the bowl before it overflows. When she turns aside to do so, or if she allows it to become overfull and spill, his spasms of pain cause earthquakes. (Considering how many bastard children he's supposed to have fathered with giantesses and the like, one wonders if it's ''entirely'' accidental.)
** Creator/NeilGaiman made Loki's punishment ''even worse'' in ''ComicBook/TheSandman''. Same as before, except Loki's neck has been broken and his eyes ''ripped out'', [[spoiler:the Corinthian being responsible for both]], meaning that now he has snake venom dripping into his ''eye sockets''.
*** Some versions of the binding of Loki state that Loki wasn't just bound to a rock with poison dripping onto him, he was bound with his ''own son's intestines''.
** Another fun
An example from Norse mythology: the fate of Loki's monster offspring, the wolf Fenrir. It is bound by unbreakable fetters and gagged by ''a sword stuck in the roof of its mouth.'' A river of blood and saliva flows continuously from its jaws. It remains bound and gagged like this until the end of time.



* Philemon and Baucis, who were turned into trees. They seemed pretty happy about it, though, and it was a reward. And since they asked to die together, it's likely they weren't conscious any more and the trees were more of a marker.
* Tantalus is to stand in a pool of water with fruit hanging over him. Whenever he tries to take a drink...it moves away. Whenever he tries to take fruit, it moves away.
** This is where we get the word ''Tantalize'' and its adjective.
** {{Justified}}, since Tantalus ''killed his son, cut him up, boiled him, and served the hideous stew to the gods at a banquet.'' The gods were not pleased by Tantalus' little stunt, and they did not simply stop at punishing the man, but laid a curse on his entire family that passed on to each succeeding generation.
* Sisyphus is told to move a rock up a hill. when it reaches the top...it rolls right back on down.
** Sisyphus had attempted to cheat death, so the gods made the punishment reflect the futility of trying to break the system.
** Anyone who has ''ever'' worked public service can probably tell you ''exactly'' how it feels to be stuck like that. (You try to clean something, or you think you finally can catch a breather or clean up after previous customers...and then a bus full of scouts or minivan full of people drives up and...)
* There were actually a bunch of women, the forty-nine Danaïdes who murdered their husbands, in Tartarus who had to carry water from one place to the next. The jugs they had to carry it in were full of leaks so by the time they reached it, they would be empty and have to go back over and over and ''over and over'' again. (Their sister who fell in love with her husband had a kinder fate.)



* [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology Lakota mythology]] features one story dealing with the origin of the sweat: A boy whose uncles were all captured by a witch and dehydrated. As the vapors entered their bodies, they were restored.



* Another Greek myth example: When the gods want to swear the most solemn of oaths, they swear on the River Styx in the Underworld. Some authors simply have the oath unbreakable, but others say it can be broken. The consequences are harsh indeed: for a year the oathbreaker lies unable to eat, drink, move, ''or breathe'' (and Greek gods cannot die). The next nine years, in which they merely cannot associate with other deities at all, looks mild in comparison.
* Hell from UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} and in the Book of Revelation is described as a lake of fire where sinners will be cast into and suffer for all eternity with no hope of escape since they are already dead. Other depictions of Hell describe it as a place of solitude and darkness. Either way, it is a place of eternal pain with no hope of escape.
** In Revelation 20:14, Hell is thrown into the lake of fire, showing that they're not the same thing.
** Orthodox Christianity states that sins make 8 passions or deadly habits (think of the seven deadly sins, when sloth is mostly the absence of desire to experience salvation, and despair is unrestricted sorrow). They CONTINUE to torture us after death with GREATLY increased power. And the lake of fire? It's how the damned will feel God's love... while saved people will feel that as love.
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]] is full of these since many things were immortal. Prometheus was condemned to this by Zeus for stealing fire. He was chained to a rock where an eagle would eat his liver each day. As a Titan god he could not die and his liver would always grow back. In some versions an adamantine spike was driven through his chest for good measure. His harsh punishment is sometimes stated to also be because he refused to tell Zeus who was destined to overthrow him so Zeus would never release him. He got off lucky thanks to Hercules freeing him thousands of years later since Prometheus had information Hercules needed.
** Sisyphus was forever forced to roll a boulder up a mountain, just to watch it roll back down every time he reached the top. Subverted in some tellings where there's nothing actually ''forcing'' him to push the boulder, he's just too proud to give up (fitting, since he's damned for the sin of hubris).
** Tantalus was stuck in hell, [[IronicHell in a lake that he couldn't drink from, with a fruit branch above him that he couldn't eat from]], because the water and the branch always moved just out of reach whenever he tried to drink or eat. Although, [[OffingTheOffspring he deserved it]].
** The Titans themselves were condemned to an eternity in [[HellHolePrison Tartarus, a dark pit]] for their war against Zeus.
** Atlas had to hold up the heavens forever. His torment only ended when Perseus used the head of Medusa to turn him into stone.
** The sky god Uranus was castrated by his son Kronos and must spend all time unmanned.
** The centaur Chiron was poisoned by hydra blood and could not heal himself, but due to being the son of Kronos he was immortal which would have left him in agony. Once again Hercules saved the day by arranging for him to die.

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* Another [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek myth example: mythology]] is full of these since many things were immortal.
** Atlas being [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] by Athena, using Medusa's head, after he's condemned to bear the heavens (''[[SadlyMythtaken not]]'' the world) on his shoulders for eternity.
** Although in some versions of the tale he ''asked'' to be turned to stone, as carrying the heavens had become too much for him to bear.
**
When the gods want to swear the most solemn of oaths, they swear on the River Styx in the Underworld. Some authors simply have the oath unbreakable, but others say it can be broken. The consequences are harsh indeed: for a year the oathbreaker lies unable to eat, drink, move, ''or breathe'' (and Greek gods cannot die). The next nine years, in which they merely cannot associate with other deities at all, looks mild in comparison.
* Hell from UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} and in the Book of Revelation is described as a lake of fire where sinners will be cast into and suffer for all eternity with no hope of escape since they are already dead. Other depictions of Hell describe it as a place of solitude and darkness. Either way, it is a place of eternal pain with no hope of escape.
** In Revelation 20:14, Hell is thrown into the lake of fire, showing that they're not the same thing.
** Orthodox Christianity states that sins make 8 passions or deadly habits (think of the seven deadly sins, when sloth is mostly the absence of desire to experience salvation, and despair is unrestricted sorrow). They CONTINUE to torture us after death with GREATLY increased power. And the lake of fire? It's how the damned will feel God's love... while saved people will feel that as love.
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]] is full of these since many things were immortal. Prometheus was condemned to this by Zeus for stealing fire. He was chained to a rock where an eagle would eat his liver each day. As a Titan god he could not die and his liver would always grow back. In some versions an adamantine spike was driven through his chest for good measure. His harsh punishment is sometimes stated to also be because he refused to tell Zeus who was destined to overthrow him so Zeus would never release him. He got off lucky thanks to Hercules freeing him thousands of years later since Prometheus had information Hercules needed.
** Sisyphus was forever forced to roll a boulder up a mountain, just to watch it roll back down every time he reached the top. Subverted in some tellings where there's nothing actually ''forcing'' him to push the boulder, he's just too proud to give up (fitting, since he's damned for the sin of hubris).
** Tantalus was stuck in hell, [[IronicHell in a lake that he couldn't drink from, with a fruit branch above him that he couldn't eat from]], because the water and the branch always moved just out of reach whenever he tried to drink or eat. Although, [[OffingTheOffspring he deserved it]].
** The Titans themselves were condemned to an eternity in [[HellHolePrison Tartarus, a dark pit]] for their war against Zeus.
** Atlas had to hold up the heavens forever. His torment only ended when Perseus used the head of Medusa to turn him into stone.
** The sky god Uranus was castrated by his son Kronos and must spend all time unmanned.
** The centaur Chiron was poisoned by hydra blood and could not heal himself, but due to being the son of Kronos he was immortal which would have left him in agony. Once again Hercules saved the day by arranging for him to die.
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* Loki from Myth/NorseMythology was chained to a rock by the entrails of his own children with a snake dripping poison over him till the end of time for the murder of Balder among other acts. His wife only provides a brief respite from the pain by collecting the poison in a bowl that must be periodically dumped. [[YouCantFightFate Decrees of fate]] prevent him from dying or being freed. The only time he will be freed is to die in the final battle that ends the world. Interestingly enough, due to the common Indo-European origins of Germanic/Nordic and Greek mythology, the myth parallels that of Prometheus.
** There's a mostly mythologically accurate depiction of it in the retro-style adventure "Heroine's Quest" (free and legal to download, too!), showing Loki bound there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q50AAWGl4lo
* Gehenna (a.k.a. Valley of Hinnom), a valley near Jerusalem's Old City, has been used in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as an analogous or symbolic reference for Hell itself.
** In Judaism, this place is sometimes used to refer to She'ol, where wicked souls are sent for punishment and/or purification for roughly a year's time before being sent to the afterlife. The ''really'' wicked souls [[CessationOfExistence are destroyed instead]].
* In [[Literature/TheBible Mark's gospel]], Jesus refers to the Book of Isaiah's description of Hell in one of his sermons, specifically that those in Hell suffer everlasting fire, and that "their worm does not die" (they would be conscious of their perpetually rotting state). This is also where symbolic references to Gehenna (above) are made.
** Matthew's gospel recounts that Jesus spoke of Hell as "darkness" and "weeping and gnashing of teeth" (sorrow and regret).
*** Later theologians, such as Creator/CSLewis, speculate based on Jesus' statements in Matthew's gospel that the main punishment of Hell is mostly (or exclusively) from the [[GoMadFromTheIsolation isolation from God]].
*** Music/AliceCooper made the analogy of a toothache over your entire body. For eternity. And then ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', with the "Toothache All Over My Body" skit was possibly a way of GettingCrapPastTheRadar. It starts out with a room full of what look like stalactites and stalagmites. One complains about a toothache all over his body, and the others repeat what he says, and at one point beating him to it, which he [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]]. Then the camera zooms out to reveal that [[spoiler:the talking stalactites and stalagmites were all 'teeth' of another stalagmite [[MindScrew which is ALSO]] [[HereWeGoAgain complaining about a toothache]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke The joke is, when you're a tooth, you get a toothache]].]]
* Verse 87:13 of Literature/TheQuran describes the torment of the damned in the "greatest fire" (Hell): "He does not die in there, nor does he live."



* Both the old and new ''Vampire'' games (''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Masquerade]]'' and ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem Requiem]]'') had a variation on this. When Vampires are staked or starve for long enough, rather than dying, they are sent into torpor, a kind of stasis. This is far from mercy, as vampires in this state experience time more or less in realtime, but suffer terrifying nightmares. And considering that very few kindred would willingly starve themselves into this kind of state, this probably means that said vampire is trapped somewhere, meaning that this state can go on indefinitely. No wonder a great many ancient vampires (and possibly the antediluvians and Caine in the original series) have been driven utterly insane when revived.

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* Both the old and new ''Vampire'' games (''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Masquerade]]'' and ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem Requiem]]'') had a variation on this. When Vampires are staked or starve for long enough, rather than dying, they are sent into torpor, a kind of stasis. This is far from mercy, as vampires in this state experience time the world more or less in realtime, real-time, but suffer terrifying nightmares. And considering that very few kindred would willingly starve themselves into this kind of state, this probably means that said vampire is trapped somewhere, meaning that this state can go on indefinitely. No wonder a great many ancient vampires (and possibly the antediluvians and Caine in the original series) have been driven utterly insane when revived.



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** The supplement ''Book of Vile Darkness'' has the spell Eternity of Torture, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Like most Vile Magic, only wizards who have already fallen past the MoralEventHorizon would consider using it. The same book also introduces a gruesome magic item is known as the Iron Maiden of Preservation, which inflicts ''and'' heals 1d6 points of damage every round.



** Levistus, Lord of the Fifth, has been stripped of his lordship imprisoned inside a chunk of ice by Asmodeus for killing the Queen of Hell. After awhile, for reasons of his own, Asmodeus restored Levistus to his former position... without freeing him from the ice.

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** Levistus, Lord of the Fifth, has been stripped of his lordship and imprisoned inside a chunk of ice by Asmodeus for killing the Queen of Hell. After awhile, for reasons of his own, Asmodeus restored Levistus to his former position... without freeing him from the ice.



** There is also the relatively mundane and often contested example from the First Age, where a Solar made an instrument that works by torturing various mortals, their screams made supernaturally beautiful, and the mortals are not allowed to die.



** On Kamigawa, the corrupt emperor [[LightIsNotGood Konda]] attained immortality, and was promptly imprisoned indefinitely as punishment.
** Daxos of Meletis was killed by a BrainwashedAndCrazy Elspeth, who later strikes a deal with the god of the Theros Underworld Erebos, trading her soul for Daxos to return to life [[spoiler:before she is killed by Heliod]]. Unfortunately, Erebos cheats her out of this deal by bringing Daxos back to life as a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Returned]], eternally bound to seek out Elsepth [[spoiler:even though she is dead]].



* Poor Lavinia, in [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] ''Titus Andronicus'', undergoes this fate. After being [[RapeAsDrama raped by two of Tamora's sons]], they cut her tongue from her mouth and chop off her hands so she can't communicate what's happened to her. Though she eventually devises a way to tell her father who committed the crime, she's still a virtually helpless, badly traumatized girl who can never speak again.
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2nd Apr '18 6:25:53 PM zarpaulus
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* ''Webcomic/DeepRise'' has Servitors, macrofauna of the surface, captured, vivisected and rebuilt. much of what we humans would use mechanical devices and computers for, the [[StarFishAliens Nobles]] prefer an organic solution. Some of them retain a bit of their former minds.

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* ''Webcomic/DeepRise'' has Servitors, macrofauna of the surface, surface (including [[HumanResources "plains apes"]]), captured, vivisected and rebuilt. much of what we humans would use mechanical devices and computers for, the [[StarFishAliens Nobles]] prefer an organic solution. Some of them retain a bit of their former minds.


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* ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'': When [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2016/08/01/0808-the-divine-comedy-page-6/ Larisa]] is filling out [[DealWithTheDevil a contract with the Devil]] she finds a space for "three things I wish upon my worst enemy". She goes with "immobility, insomnia, and immortality."
22nd Mar '18 10:55:23 PM Omeganian
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** Levistus, Lord of the Fifth, has been stripped of his lordship imprisoned inside a chunk of ice by Asmodeus for killing the Queen of Hell. After awhile, for reasons of his own, Asmodeus restored Levistus to his former position... without freeing him from the ice.
20th Mar '18 9:46:00 AM snichols1973
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* Charlie, from The Kingston Trio's song "M.T.A.", is trapped on Boston's subway line and pays his usual fare of ten cents, only to find out that the fare has increased by a nickel to fifteen cents, but he doesn't have an extra nickel, and so he is fated to ride the Boston subway system [[ForWantOfANail for lack of a nickel]]:
-->When he got there, the conductor told him "One more nickel",\\
Charlie couldn't get off of that train.\\
But did he ever return, no he never returned,\\
And his fate is still unlearned,\\
He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston,\\
He's the man who never returned...
19th Mar '18 10:10:56 AM Lopiny
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** there is a plant that gives off a pheromone (or something) that induces feelings of extreme happiness, and then eats the prey (similar to a Venus Flytrap). Apparently, this plant takes over a year to fully absorb large (read: human-sized) prey. So far, Tarvek and Zola have neglected to mention exactly how quickly death comes for a victim.
** [[spoiler:Captain Vole]] apparently experienced this when being pulled out of a TimeStop with experimental tech that hadn't ''quite'' been fine-tuned yet. He explains that he didn't really mind the pain, but that it felt like he was fighting, and losing, in the middle of a prolonged nightmare, where he couldn't stop the blows from coming and striking him and was too mad to stop fighting back futilely, unable to hit anything back. It all felt like ''hundreds of years'' of that, nonstop, and feeling every last minute of it; going by the fact he aged a ''lot'' during the incident, starting to resemble creatures of his species several centuries old, it's likely the hundreds of years were quite real. And while his mind mostly survived, he's still rather traumatized and [[spoiler:lost many of the Jaeger's usual mental traits like a care for fine clothing and hats, and being a relentless BloodKnight (especially noticeable in his case, since he was so bloodthirsty the Jagers themselves kicked him out). It's not known how much of this is trauma and how much of this is simple maturity, however, as he's aged enough to qualify as a General]]. The rest make sure to fix the machinery in question after these tales, as everyone else they need to pull out is much more fragile physically and mentally.

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** there There is a plant that gives off a pheromone (or something) that induces feelings of extreme happiness, and then eats the prey (similar to a Venus Flytrap). Apparently, this plant takes over a year to fully absorb large (read: human-sized) prey. So far, Tarvek and Zola have neglected to mention exactly how quickly death comes for a victim.
** [[spoiler:Captain Vole]] apparently experienced this when being pulled out of a TimeStop with experimental tech that hadn't ''quite'' been fine-tuned yet. He explains that he didn't really mind the pain, but that it felt like he was fighting, and losing, in the middle of a prolonged nightmare, where he couldn't stop the blows from coming and striking him and was too mad to stop fighting back futilely, unable to hit anything back. It all felt like ''hundreds of years'' of that, nonstop, and feeling every last minute of it; going by the fact he aged a ''lot'' during the incident, starting to resemble creatures of his species several centuries old, it's likely the hundreds of years were quite real. And while his mind mostly survived, survived fairly well, leaving him coherent and relatively sane enough to retell it all, he's still rather traumatized and [[spoiler:lost many of the Jaeger's usual mental traits like a care for fine clothing and hats, and being a relentless BloodKnight (especially noticeable in his case, since he was so bloodthirsty the Jagers themselves kicked him out). It's not known how much of this is trauma and how much of this is simple maturity, however, as he's aged enough to qualify as a General]]. The rest make sure to fix the machinery in question after these tales, as everyone else they need to pull out is much more fragile physically and mentally.
19th Mar '18 10:10:10 AM Lopiny
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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', there is a plant that gives off a pheromone (or something) that induces feelings of extreme happiness, and then eats the prey (similar to a Venus Flytrap). Apparently, this plant takes over a year to fully absorb large (read: human-sized) prey. So far, Tarvek and Zola have neglected to mention exactly how quickly death comes for a victim.

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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
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there is a plant that gives off a pheromone (or something) that induces feelings of extreme happiness, and then eats the prey (similar to a Venus Flytrap). Apparently, this plant takes over a year to fully absorb large (read: human-sized) prey. So far, Tarvek and Zola have neglected to mention exactly how quickly death comes for a victim.victim.
** [[spoiler:Captain Vole]] apparently experienced this when being pulled out of a TimeStop with experimental tech that hadn't ''quite'' been fine-tuned yet. He explains that he didn't really mind the pain, but that it felt like he was fighting, and losing, in the middle of a prolonged nightmare, where he couldn't stop the blows from coming and striking him and was too mad to stop fighting back futilely, unable to hit anything back. It all felt like ''hundreds of years'' of that, nonstop, and feeling every last minute of it; going by the fact he aged a ''lot'' during the incident, starting to resemble creatures of his species several centuries old, it's likely the hundreds of years were quite real. And while his mind mostly survived, he's still rather traumatized and [[spoiler:lost many of the Jaeger's usual mental traits like a care for fine clothing and hats, and being a relentless BloodKnight (especially noticeable in his case, since he was so bloodthirsty the Jagers themselves kicked him out). It's not known how much of this is trauma and how much of this is simple maturity, however, as he's aged enough to qualify as a General]]. The rest make sure to fix the machinery in question after these tales, as everyone else they need to pull out is much more fragile physically and mentally.
4th Mar '18 6:09:46 PM henchman1k
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* Very much so throughout the song "A Grave Within a Grave" by {{Lil Ugly Mane}}. A dismal, pessimistic telling of a first-person account of the events the narrator endures after death:
-->From the inside of my corpse, 30 seconds is like a century\\
Imprisoned in necrotic flesh\\
Cognizant beyond my death\\
Paralyzed and frozen in this carnal penitentiary\\
Lucidly projecting hellish spectres\\
Ghoulish architecture, enveloped\\
In a darkness far beyond my mind can measure\\
Suffocating violent pressure\\
It just goes on forever, are these electro-\\
Magnetic hallucinations?\\
Is this everybody's afterlife or something I've created?\\
Abandoned and dismissed in a flaccid\\
Impotence with the cold illumination that I no longer exist\\
In a grave within a grave\\
It was the first time I prayed, no one\\
There to tell me that I shouldn't be afraid\\
Falling endlessly deeper, yet immobile and still\\
In this infinite aethyr washing over\\
My filth, neither angels or reapers or ghosts were fulfilled\\
Just a cavity to soak up my guilt\\
In my depravity, the flowers\\
Up above me wilting down so they can laugh at me\\
To think we spend our lives\\
Convinced we understand agony, a familiar\\
Voice: "He's finally at peace"\\
Shrieking through the silence to remind me I'm deceased\\
I tried to answer but the dead can't\\
Speak, the biggest prison in the world's underground six feet.
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