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12th Nov '17 1:49:48 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** Most variations of Heaven found in the Abrahamic Religions have shades of this trope, despite there being little to no definite proof of this found in the major Holy writings. Most famous would be the Christian image of St. Peter and the Pearly Gates, sitting at a high desk and letting people in based on the information in some great book. God or Jesus will sometimes fill this role. As well, God ''did'' give Moses the Ten Commandments (as well as many other laws and rules) while on that mountaintop...
** The biblical Book of Revelation claims that at the End of the World, all humanity are gathered to be judged, and "the books were opened" (sounds like accounting) and "the Book of Life was opened", and all those whose names aren't in the latter are chucked in the Lake of Fire. No mention of pearly gates or St. Peter, though.
** In Islam, every part of sentient being's (djinns are included) afterlife is managed by angels. For instance, every single human have two angels sitting on their shoulder to write their piety and sin. After the Kiamat (End of the World) we will be in purgatory, where they have to go through several trials which those angels's reports will make the trials either easier or harder. Afterward, the report will be publicly announced on the gathering people and judged ''how long'' they're going to hell. Yes, everyone's going to hell at first, in which the angels, not Satan, will torture them based on the sin. After the sin had spent, the human will be removed from hell and gain eternity in heaven, [[NothingPersonal with angels who tortured them become steadfast companions and servants]].

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* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** Most variations
There is [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} Christian]] image of Heaven found in the Abrahamic Religions have shades of this trope, despite there being little to no definite proof of this found in the major Holy writings. Most famous would be the Christian image of where St. Peter and works the Pearly Gates, sitting at a high desk and letting people in based on the information in some great book. God or Jesus will sometimes fill this role. As well, God ''did'' give Moses the Ten Commandments (as well as many other laws and rules) while on that mountaintop...
** The biblical Book of Revelation claims that at the End of the World, all humanity are gathered to be judged, and "the books were opened" (sounds like accounting) and "the Book of Life was opened", and all those whose names aren't in the latter are chucked in the Lake of Fire. No mention of pearly gates or St. Peter, though.
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* Literature/TheQuran:
In Islam, every part of sentient being's (djinns are included) afterlife is managed by angels. For instance, every single human have two angels sitting on their shoulder to write their piety and sin. After the Kiamat (End of the World) we will be in purgatory, where they have to go through several trials which those angels's reports will make the trials either easier or harder. Afterward, the report will be publicly announced on the gathering people and judged ''how long'' they're going to hell. Yes, everyone's going to hell at first, in which the angels, not Satan, will torture them based on the sin. After the sin had spent, the human will be removed from hell and gain eternity in heaven, [[NothingPersonal with angels who tortured them become steadfast companions and servants]].
11th Nov '17 10:19:13 PM DarkHunter
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** King Yemma is in charge. [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged And his desk is made of mahogany]].
** Each world has a Guardian. The Guardians answer to the Kai of their galactic quadrant, who answers to the Grand Kai of their galaxy, who answers to the Supreme Kai of their universal quadrant, who answers to the Grand Supreme Kai of the entire universe. However, since the Grand Supreme Kai and 3 of the Supreme Kai have been taken out of existence altogether, the government which is now ruled by the relatively inexperienced Eastern Supreme Kai has been downsized. As he was never meant to watch over the universe as a whole, this is an adequate reason as to why the Earth's Special Forces almost never receive any divine help aside from King Kai.
** It is later revealed that the Grand Supreme Kai and 4 Kai are the 'Gods of Creation' and balanced by a 'God of Destruction,' who destroys old worlds and such so new ones can fomed. In the DBZ universe, (said to be the 7th Universe), that is Beerus. He is feared and respected. However, he has a mentor in Whis (who's job seems to be training and managing said Gods of Destruction), who has his own superior in Zen-O, the supreme ruler of the multiverse.

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** King Yemma is in charge. [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged And his desk charge of judging the souls of the dead, determining whether they go to heaven or hell. Whether he judges ''all'' the dead or if he's just in charge of Earth's afterlife in particular is made of mahogany]].
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** Each world has a Guardian. Guardian (Kami, or "God" in Japanese). The Guardians answer to the Kai (Kaio; "Lord of Realms") of their galactic quadrant, who answers to the Grand Kai of their galaxy, who answers to the Supreme Kai of their universal quadrant, who answers to Kai. Above the Grand Kai are one or more Supreme Kai Kais (Kaioshin; "Divine Lord of the entire universe. However, since the Grand Supreme Kai and 3 of the Supreme Kai have been taken out of existence altogether, the government which is now ruled by the relatively inexperienced Eastern Supreme Kai has been downsized. As he was never meant to Realms"), who watch over the universe as a whole, this is whole. The number of Supreme Kais to a universe appears to be variable; most universes appear to just have two (generally an adequate reason as to why the Earth's Special Forces almost never receive any divine help aside from King Kai.
elder and an apprentice), but Universe 7 had ''five'' at one point.
** It is later revealed that the Grand Supreme Kai and 4 Kai various Kais are the 'Gods of Creation' and balanced by a 'God of Destruction,' who destroys old worlds and such so new ones can fomed.formed. In the DBZ universe, (said to be the 7th Universe), that is Beerus. He The God of Destruction is feared attended by an Angel, whose job it is to take care of them and respected. However, he has a mentor in Whis (who's job seems train them. Angels also happen to be training and managing said far more powerful than the Gods of Destruction), who has his own superior in Zen-O, Destruction, generally making them the supreme ruler single most powerful beings in a given universe.
** At the top
of the multiverse.hierarchy is Zen'O, "King of All". He also has an Angel for an attendant, who is referred to as the Grand Priest. Unlike the Gods of Destruction, whose Angels are more powerful than they are, Zen'O is noted to be far more powerful than the Grand Priest is.
7th Nov '17 11:45:03 AM eroock
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->"Heaven isn't full but the car park is. Since 1993 blessed souls have been driving around looking for a space."

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->"Heaven ->''"Heaven isn't full but the car park is. Since 1993 blessed souls have been driving around looking for a space.""''
4th Nov '17 1:30:10 PM Jice_Wumpkin
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* ''Manga/BlackButler'' seems to have one too. This be an homage to Yami no Matsuei.

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* ''Manga/BlackButler'' seems to have one too. This may be an homage to Yami no Matsuei.
31st Oct '17 2:14:00 PM spydre
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** An entire chapter revolves around someone's soul accidentally being sent back to Earth in another body due to a bureaucratic screw-up.
29th Sep '17 11:37:28 PM Gravidef
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* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' has shades of this. Angels are divided into classes (Clarence, for instance, is a Guardian A2--Angel, Second Class), and to "advance," a particular soul needs to successfully perform duties and thus gain wings and more celestial powers. These duties are apparently assigned in a rotating order, with angels getting turns ever few centuries or so. Even prayer is implied to work this way--the film opens with dozens of people praying for George Bailey, and two high-ranking angels remark that they'll have to send someone down because of the high numbers.




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* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' has elements of this with the Other Realm, the home of all witches and magic users. One episode reveals that there's a gigantic list of rules that must be followed, to the point where a mage is assigned to the role of Official Rule Keeper just to tell people about what laws they're breaking. In another, Hilda and Zelda must go to the YMCA--that's "Yikes! Magical Crisis Association"--to help Harvey out of a jam, and end up waiting in line for hours as they try to fill out the proper forms and deal with a less-than-helpful staff.
18th Sep '17 2:49:58 PM Snowsky
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* In the animated short film ''Heavenly Appeals,'' a reformed devil presents his appeals case to a guard angel at the gates of Heaven, only to be cruelly denied and have his documents thrown away. The angel further torments him by using a lever to make him bounce up and down on the stone platform he's sitting on, only to fall off his own cloud when he chokes on a donut. After hesitating, the devil saves the angel and they sit together on the cliff...[[UngratefulBastard and then the angel shoves the devil off.]] [[spoiler:But he's saved when he grows a pair of angel wings and a halo off-screen, and joyfully enters the gates of Heaven, while the angel's wings disappear and he grows horns as he's cast down into Hell.]]

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* In the animated short film ''Heavenly Appeals,'' a reformed devil presents his appeals case to a guard angel at the gates of Heaven, only to be cruelly denied and have his documents thrown away. The angel further torments him by using a lever to make him bounce up and down on the stone platform he's sitting on, only to fall off his own cloud when he chokes on a donut. After hesitating, the devil saves the angel and they sit together on the cliff...[[UngratefulBastard and then the angel shoves the devil off.]] [[spoiler:But he's the devil is saved when he grows a pair of angel wings and a halo off-screen, and joyfully enters the gates of Heaven, while the angel's wings disappear and he grows horns as he's cast down into Hell.]]
18th Sep '17 2:49:07 PM Snowsky
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* In the animated short film ''Heavenly Appeals,'' a reformed devil presents his appeals case to a guard angel at the gates of Heaven, only to be cruelly denied and have his documents thrown away. The angel further torments him by using a lever to make him bounce up and down on the stone platform he's sitting on, only to fall off his own cloud when he chokes on a donut. After hesitating, the devil saves the angel and they sit together on the cliff...[[UngratefulBastard and then the angel shoves the devil off.]] [[spoiler:But he's saved when he grows a pair of angel wings and a halo off-screen, and joyfully enters the gates of Heaven, while the angel's wings disappear and he grows horns as he's cast down into Hell.]]
10th Sep '17 8:20:37 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** In fact he was overwhelmed and demoted to finance, where he now tries to show his superiors how efficient he is by acting as your private store.

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** In fact he was overwhelmed and demoted to finance, where he now tries to show his superiors how efficient he is by acting as your private store. He overcharges you though, mostly because he's still bitter.
10th Sep '17 8:00:28 PM ImpudentInfidel
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*** This is occasionally a cause of OddJobGods. For instance Guan Yu, a street vendor who rose to become a great general, became Guandi, god of war... and of bean curd sellers.
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