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18th Oct '17 4:05:21 PM Theriocephalus
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* The 'Seven Gates to Hell' is an [[OlderThanTheyThink old legend]] in RealLife occultism. Among the places nominated for the list is Patrick's Pit in Ireland; Mount Hekla in Iceland; an otherwise-unnamed valley in Italy; a town or place called Chorazin, listed under Literature above; the Vale of Hinnom just outside of Jerusalem, [[TakeThat the entire city of Newark, New Jersey]] and an old Evangelical Church cemetery in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stull,_Kansas Stull, Kansas]].

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* The 'Seven "Seven Gates to Hell' Hell" is an [[OlderThanTheyThink old legend]] in RealLife occultism. Among the places nominated for the list is Patrick's Pit in Ireland; Mount Hekla in Iceland; an otherwise-unnamed valley in Italy; a town or place called Chorazin, listed under Literature above; the Vale of Hinnom just outside of Jerusalem, [[TakeThat the entire city of Newark, New Jersey]] and an old Evangelical Church cemetery in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stull,_Kansas Stull, Kansas]].
18th Oct '17 4:04:51 PM Theriocephalus
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* What the Five Gatekeepers are there to guard and - when necessary - create in ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive''.

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* What the Five Gatekeepers are there to guard and - -- when necessary - -- create in ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive''.



* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has had a few of these over the years - In ''[[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Lightspeed Rescue]]'' the demons' master plan is to open one to free their brethren from the barren "Shadow World". In ''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'', the entire season is a XanatosGambit by [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Lothor]], who sent his [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters]] to their deaths week after week to fulfill a prophecy whereby the "Abyss of Evil" would burst open from the pressure of all the evil spirits contained within it. In [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Force's]] backstory, Claire's mother sealed away [[EldritchAbomination The Master's]] legions the behind the one they used to attack the surface.

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has had a few of these over the years - In -- in ''[[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Lightspeed Rescue]]'' the demons' master plan is to open one to free their brethren from the barren "Shadow World". In ''[[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Ninja Storm]]'', the entire season is a XanatosGambit by [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Lothor]], who sent his [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters]] to their deaths week after week to fulfill a prophecy whereby the "Abyss of Evil" would burst open from the pressure of all the evil spirits contained within it. In [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Force's]] backstory, Claire's mother sealed away [[EldritchAbomination The Master's]] legions the behind the one they used to attack the surface.



* The entire game of ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' is built around countless eponymous gates opening up as a response to the world's mana rising after the Third World War, ripping open the fabric of time and space. Not as many open up as frequently as when the whole sequence started, but there are some stable gates - such as the entirety of the St Louis Arch which is a permanent portal to various hell-like dimensions.

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* The entire game of ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' is built around countless eponymous gates opening up as a response to the world's mana rising after the Third World War, ripping open the fabric of time and space. Not as many open up as frequently as when the whole sequence started, but there are some stable gates - -- such as the entirety of the St Louis Arch which is a permanent portal to various hell-like dimensions.



** The supplement ''Inferno'' gives details on opening gates to Hell. [[BrownNote Looking]] into an open gate is damaging to the sanity and morality, to say nothing of what might get out - or try to [[DraggedOffToHell pull you in]].

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** The supplement ''Inferno'' gives details on opening gates to Hell. [[BrownNote Looking]] into an open gate is damaging to the sanity and morality, to say nothing of what might get out - -- or try to [[DraggedOffToHell pull you in]].



* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has a few of these, some leading to the Underworld, some to [[{{Hell}} Malfeas]]. To get to the Underworld, you enter a [[CorpseLand shadowland]] and wait until nightfall. Voila - now you're in the Underworld! Too bad the borders go back up at sunrise. There are sixteen secret ways into Malfeas from Creation, one of which is as simple as wearing green while riding through an area of desolation and ending up on the sands of Cecelyne, the Endless Desert (and yes, it's suggested [[FridgeHorror people do this accidentally]]).

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has a few of these, some leading to the Underworld, some to [[{{Hell}} Malfeas]]. To get to the Underworld, you enter a [[CorpseLand shadowland]] and wait until nightfall. Voila - -- now you're in the Underworld! Too bad the borders go back up at sunrise. There are sixteen secret ways into Malfeas from Creation, one of which is as simple as wearing green while riding through an area of desolation and ending up on the sands of Cecelyne, the Endless Desert (and yes, it's suggested [[FridgeHorror people do this accidentally]]).



* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': The characters are actually pretty careful about the [[OurWormholesAreDifferent mass relays]] and refuse to open them until both entrances are discovered normally, for fear that something horrible and unknown might be waiting on the other side. The galaxy has learned this from bitter experience, as some thousand years before the game starts, when they blindly opened a mass relay, they got invaded by [[BugWar Rachni]]. In fact, the First Contact War started because humans were just opening mass relays whenever they found one, and this caught the turians' attention. [[spoiler: There is indeed [[EldritchAbomination something out there]] - [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Reapers]]. The cornerstone of [[SapientShip the Reapers]]' plan was the fact that the Citadel itself, basically the centre of galactic civilisation, contains a mass relay. Every few millennia, species reach the Citadel, then Reapers invade and [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong somehow breed]] using said species. [[ViciousCycle Rinse and repeat]].]]

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': The characters are actually pretty careful about the [[OurWormholesAreDifferent mass relays]] and refuse to open them until both entrances are discovered normally, for fear that something horrible and unknown might be waiting on the other side. The galaxy has learned this from bitter experience, as some thousand years before the game starts, when they blindly opened a mass relay, they got invaded by [[BugWar Rachni]]. In fact, the First Contact War started because humans were just opening mass relays whenever they found one, and this caught the turians' attention. [[spoiler: There is indeed [[EldritchAbomination something out there]] - -- [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Reapers]]. The cornerstone of [[SapientShip the Reapers]]' plan was the fact that the Citadel itself, basically the centre of galactic civilisation, contains a mass relay. Every few millennia, species reach the Citadel, then Reapers invade and [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong somehow breed]] using said species. [[ViciousCycle Rinse and repeat]].]]



** The portals didn't allow the Combine to arrive, at least initially - the resulting portal storm, however, grabbed their attention. They then piggybacked in on the storm and used for their invasion. Not the intended result, but then the entire Resonance Cascade scenario never was to begin with.

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** The portals didn't allow the Combine to arrive, at least initially - -- the resulting portal storm, however, grabbed their attention. They then piggybacked in on the storm and used for their invasion. Not the intended result, but then the entire Resonance Cascade scenario never was to begin with.



* In the ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'' franchise, Umbran Witches can use their hair as a conduit to open temporary gates to Inferno, this game's version of Hell, in order to summon Infernal Demons to do their bidding. In the sequel, it's revealed that the Umbran Witch counterparts, the Lumen Sages, can do something similar by opening up a temporary gate to Paradiso in order to summon Angels. Although LightIsNotGood is in full effect here, so despite Paradiso being eponymous to Heaven its implied to be just as bad as Inferno. Also in the sequel, ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'', the titular character needs to travel to the holy mountain, Fimbulventr, in order to access a permanent passageway to Inferno, fittingly called (through translation) the 'Gates of Hell'. The mountain houses a permanent gateway to Paradiso as well, a Heaven's Gate.

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* In the ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'' franchise, Umbran Witches can use their hair as a conduit to open temporary gates to Inferno, this game's version of Hell, in order to summon Infernal Demons to do their bidding. In the sequel, it's revealed that the Umbran Witch counterparts, the Lumen Sages, can do something similar by opening up a temporary gate to Paradiso in order to summon Angels. Although LightIsNotGood is in full effect here, so despite Paradiso being eponymous to Heaven its implied to be just as bad as Inferno. Also in the sequel, ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta 2}}'', the titular character needs to travel to the holy mountain, Fimbulventr, in order to access a permanent passageway to Inferno, fittingly called (through translation) the 'Gates Gates of Hell'.Hell. The mountain houses a permanent gateway to Paradiso as well, a Heaven's Gate.



* The World Gate in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII''.

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* Referenced in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "It's About Time", when [[HellHound Cerberus]] ends up in Ponyville after wandering away from his post guarding the entrance to Tartarus. Amusingly, Twilight Sparkle's trip to return Cerberus to Tartarus only takes a single day--and is so uneventful that it happens entirely off-screen. However, this [[CerebusRetcon becomes a plot point later]] when it's revealed that [[SatanicArchetype Lord Tirek]] escaped from [[SealedEvilInACan his prison in Tartarus]] during this time.

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* Referenced in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "It's About Time", when [[HellHound Cerberus]] ends up in Ponyville after wandering away from his post guarding the entrance to Tartarus. Amusingly, Twilight Sparkle's trip to return Cerberus to Tartarus only takes a single day--and day -- and is so uneventful that it happens entirely off-screen. However, this [[CerebusRetcon becomes a plot point later]] when it's revealed that [[SatanicArchetype Lord Tirek]] escaped from [[SealedEvilInACan his prison in Tartarus]] during this time.
13th Sep '17 6:52:34 AM Shadowgazer
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* The Tree of the Dead from ''Film/SleepyHollow'' became a gate to Hell after [[spoiler: Lady Van Tassel used the dark arts to sell her soul to Satan for a chance at revenge and taking over all the village's land, by being given control of the restless ghost of the Headless Horseman whose skull she kept with her.]]
18th Aug '17 5:04:54 PM KZN02
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Other times, the Hellgate itself is the driving force of the plot (or maybe just a MacGuffin): the protagonists seek to close the gate, or to prevent it from being opened in the first place, or even to destroy it. This type of Hellgate tends to be more dangerous, and may even cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt if left unchecked.

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Other times, the Hellgate itself is the driving force of the plot (or maybe just a MacGuffin): [[SealTheBreach the protagonists seek to close the gate, or to prevent it from being opened in the first place, or even to destroy it.it]]. This type of Hellgate tends to be more dangerous, and may even cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt if left unchecked.
26th Jul '17 9:01:58 PM Phred
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* The fourth season finale of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' has an AncientEvil summoned by opening a portal to the Netherworld. Although the Bloodwolf is defeated, season five reveals that said portal remains open and infernal beasts continue to come out of it.
17th Jul '17 3:56:40 PM StarTropes
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* The penthouse apartment of the LoveInterest in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' has been duilt in such way that it'll become one.

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* The penthouse apartment of the LoveInterest in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' has been duilt built in such way that it'll become one.


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* In one "Weird Newscasters" game on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', Ryan Styles discovers that his weather board is a gate to Hell. He finds himself tortured by ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Music/MichaelBolton music, and Creator/DrewCarey having [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow two shows]].
23rd Apr '17 3:00:31 PM Anorgil
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* The World Gate in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII''.
21st Mar '17 1:23:54 PM ZombieAladdin
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania Centralia, Pennsylvania]] is directly underneath an inextinguishable coal fire that has been burning for over 50 years with enough coal to keep burning for centuries into the future. As the ruins of the city crumble, the ground gives way to the smoke and fires right below. As David [=DeKok=] wrote for the University of Pennsylvania:
--> "This was a world where no human could live, hotter than the planet Mercury, its atmosphere as poisonous as Saturn's. At the heart of the fire, temperatures easily exceeded 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Lethal clouds of carbon monoxide and other gases swirled through the rock chambers."
13th Mar '17 3:04:20 AM SebastianGray
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The Eye of Terror is the largest (though there are others, such as the Maelstrom) [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Warp]]-realspace overlay. It's a NegativeSpaceWedgie through which TheLegionsOfHell periodically attempt to destroy the galaxy, and at several thousand light-years wide, it might be the largest Hellgate in fiction.
** Chaos-worshipers' plots generally revolve around creating localized ones (say, about the size of a solar system).
* ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy]]'' has the collapsed Warp Gates at the poles, through which Chaos enters the world.

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** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has the collapsed Warp Gates at the poles, through which Chaos enters the world.
** ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'':
*** During the Age of Chaos many [[PortalDoor Realmgates]] became corrupted and cursed by the Dark Gods and now lead to the nightmarish Realm of Chaos, abode of daemons and the Chaos Gods.
*** [[FeatheredFiend Lords of Change]] are capable of casting the Infernal Gateway spell. This spells sees the Greater Daemon open a portal to the Realm of Chaos itself, pulling in nearby enemy warriors to have their bodies and souls ripped apart by ravenous Daemons.
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''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** *** The Eye of Terror is the largest (though there are others, such as the Maelstrom) [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Warp]]-realspace overlay. It's a NegativeSpaceWedgie through which TheLegionsOfHell periodically attempt to destroy the galaxy, and at several thousand light-years wide, it might be the largest Hellgate in fiction.
** *** Chaos-worshipers' plots generally revolve around creating localized ones (say, about the size of a solar system).
* ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy]]'' has the collapsed Warp Gates at the poles, through which Chaos enters the world.
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17th Feb '17 9:49:59 AM Matrix4767
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* In ''[[VideoGame/RealmGrinder Realm Grinder]]'', The Hell Portal is the most expensive building available to Evil, opening where a cave entrance would normally be. The Demon faction uses an enhanced version, affected by their Hellfire. They eventually declare an invasion and transform it into an Infernal Realm, opening the possibility of shorter but stronger Hellfire Blasts.
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