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27th Jul '17 8:34:06 AM xcountryguy
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** Discworld's Hell - at least during Astfgl's stint as Demon King in ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'' - is also portrayed as a literally soul-grinding bureaucracy, with the torment of pushing a rock up a hill being replaced by the greater torment of listening to the associated Health and Safety regulations, and the ancient ledgers being replaced by modern filing cabinets. When the demons finally have enough of all this [[spoiler: they do what any bureaucracy would do in the situation - promote him to a position where he doesn't actually have any responsibility, and give him a very nice office and a speaking tube that doesn't connect to anyone]].

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** Discworld's Hell - at least during Astfgl's stint as Demon King in ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'' - is also portrayed as a literally soul-grinding bureaucracy, with the torment of pushing a rock up a hill being replaced by the greater torment of listening to the associated Health and Safety regulations, and the ancient ledgers being replaced by modern filing cabinets. When the demons finally have enough of all this [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they do what any bureaucracy would do in the situation - promote him to a position where he doesn't actually have any responsibility, and give him a very nice office and a speaking tube that doesn't connect to anyone]].



** He's not the only member of the Celestial Bureaucracy helping you out. Far from it. Turns out [[spoiler: MadScientist Kang the Mad]] is [[spoiler: the minor inventor's deity Lord Lao]] who was slumming it on Earth with a case of amnesia.

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** He's not the only member of the Celestial Bureaucracy helping you out. Far from it. Turns out [[spoiler: MadScientist [[spoiler:MadScientist Kang the Mad]] is [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the minor inventor's deity Lord Lao]] who was slumming it on Earth with a case of amnesia.
27th Jun '17 3:09:45 PM ScroogeMacDuck
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* The ''Fanfic/HauntedMansionAndTheHatboxGhost'' FanVerse has a [[ReconstructedTrope reconstructed]] version of this trope. Though the ghost realm, worldwide, is a rather lawless mess, the Haunted Mansion itself has a bureaucracy through the Ghost Relations Department, and ghosts have to fill out all sorts of forms to be allowed to haunt the house permanently. The Ghost Host, a self-described stickler for paperwork, imposes it on the other spooks, much to their annoyance.
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27th May '17 9:59:13 PM Discar
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* ''Series/TheMagicians2016'': In a variant, the Underworld is a nice version of this trope, especially considering everything else is a CrapsackWorld. Dead souls find themselves in what looks like a pleasant hotel lobby, with friendly staff ready to help them make the transition as smoothly as possible, along with an orientation video from Hades and pamphlets promising newcomers that they're (probably) not going to Hell. There are miniature paradises filled with mundane things people might enjoy like bowling while they wait to be sorted into their final afterlives, and the only real rules are that [[TheSociopath souls without shades]] are quarantined, and you're not allowed to interact with other souls if you were culpable in their deaths.
27th May '17 5:47:56 AM youngstormlord
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* In ''Literature/{{Atharon}}'', Avatars for different magical professions make one of these. Things get messy quickly whenever live mortals need to interact with them. Dead souls are ok, it's all in the days work for the Avatars.
22nd Apr '17 6:55:00 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[AtlantisTheLostTales Beyond Atlantis]]'', while traveling in ancient China the player enters Hell to acquire an item, discovering it is a bureaucracy run by bored demons. The lost souls of those who died trying to cut through the red tape still wander the area.

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* In ''[[AtlantisTheLostTales ''[[VideoGame/AtlantisTheLostTales Beyond Atlantis]]'', while traveling in ancient China the player enters Hell to acquire an item, discovering it is a bureaucracy run by bored demons. The lost souls of those who died trying to cut through the red tape still wander the area.



* The Underwhere in ''SuperPaperMario''. The demons here are referred to as D-Men, wear business suits, and are constantly concerned about keeping everything on schedule.

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* The Underwhere in ''SuperPaperMario''.''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''. The demons here are referred to as D-Men, wear business suits, and are constantly concerned about keeping everything on schedule.
8th Apr '17 10:16:52 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/CSLewis's ''TheScrewtapeLetters'' is one of the earliest English-language examples (though he acknowledges a 17th-century example in the prologue), featuring a DiabolicalBureaucracy (given the focus of the book, readers never learn what heaven is like). In this case, Hell's bureaucracy was created by taking what Lewis saw as good qualities, such as a sense of humor about oneself, and seeing what was left.

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* Creator/CSLewis's ''TheScrewtapeLetters'' ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'' is one of the earliest English-language examples (though he acknowledges a 17th-century example in the prologue), featuring a DiabolicalBureaucracy (given the focus of the book, readers never learn what heaven is like). In this case, Hell's bureaucracy was created by taking what Lewis saw as good qualities, such as a sense of humor about oneself, and seeing what was left.
22nd Mar '17 3:48:57 PM DaibhidC
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': This trope [[UpToEleven taken to its logical extreme]] perfectly describes the Auditors of Reality, who are essentially bureaucrats who oversee the minutiae of the MagicalUnderpinningsOfReality. Unfortunately for all sapient life, they ''[[OmnicidalManiac despise]]'' anything resembling creativity or individuality, since it increases the amount of paperwork they have to do.

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This trope [[UpToEleven taken to its logical extreme]] perfectly describes the Auditors of Reality, who are essentially bureaucrats who oversee the minutiae of the MagicalUnderpinningsOfReality. Unfortunately for all sapient life, they ''[[OmnicidalManiac despise]]'' anything resembling creativity or individuality, since it increases the amount of paperwork they have to do.do.
** Discworld's Hell - at least during Astfgl's stint as Demon King in ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'' - is also portrayed as a literally soul-grinding bureaucracy, with the torment of pushing a rock up a hill being replaced by the greater torment of listening to the associated Health and Safety regulations, and the ancient ledgers being replaced by modern filing cabinets. When the demons finally have enough of all this [[spoiler: they do what any bureaucracy would do in the situation - promote him to a position where he doesn't actually have any responsibility, and give him a very nice office and a speaking tube that doesn't connect to anyone]].
19th Mar '17 7:23:38 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Back in 1942]], Fawcet Comics debuted Kid Eternity, a young hero who was the victim of the first celestial clerical error in two million years. After his grandfather’s boat is torpedoed by a German U-boat, he ends up in Eternity (the name for Heaven here) where he finds out he isn’t supposed to die for 75 years. Fortunately, this is a Celestial Bureaucracy that is big on restitution; they not only grant him life, but incredible super-powers (including the ability to summon both historic and fictional characters to aid him) and as further largesse, appoint the portly desk jockey (“Mr. Keeper”) who made the error to act as his partner. The duo fought crime and ThoseWackyNazis for about eight years, but Kid Eternity never had the PopularityPower he needed to be a hit, although he has had a few guest appearances since then. (And ironically, if he does indeed ever want to become A-list, he has to hurry; his 75-year reprieve is almost up!)
21st Feb '17 11:40:27 PM gewunomox
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* Part of the [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible hard to follow]] plotline of [[JethroTull Jethro Tull's]] 1973 ConceptAlbum, "A Passion Play", concerns something of a CelestialBureaucracy involving one "[[StevenUlyssesPerhero G. Oddie And Son]]" running Heaven as bureaucratic office managers. This theme would have been carried over into the next year's proposed film project which became the "[=WarChild=]" album.

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* Part of the [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible hard to follow]] plotline of [[JethroTull Jethro Tull's]] Music/JethroTull's 1973 ConceptAlbum, "A Passion Play", concerns something of a CelestialBureaucracy involving one "[[StevenUlyssesPerhero G. Oddie And Son]]" running Heaven as bureaucratic office managers. This theme would have been carried over into the next year's proposed film project which became the "[=WarChild=]" album.
25th Nov '16 8:21:19 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'': The realm of the Higher Authority, which the characters answer to, turns out to work like this. Appeals to the Authority are handled by a receptionist who manifests as a squirrel.
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