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15th Aug '17 3:39:30 PM ANTMuddle
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* GrandFinale of ''Series/TheShield:'' Vic's new job as a pencil-pushing suit represents all of his worst nightmares. Surrounded by colleagues who hate his guts and do this for a living, it is the final post he will ever hold in law enforcement (or PersonaNonGrata). No fame, no front-line action, no authority, no influence, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking no comfy clothes]], and he's entirely on his own.

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* GrandFinale of ''Series/TheShield:'' Vic's new job as a pencil-pushing suit represents all of his worst nightmares. Surrounded by colleagues who hate his guts and do this for a living, it is the final post he will ever hold in law enforcement (or PersonaNonGrata). No fame, no front-line action, no authority, no influence, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking no comfy clothes]], clothes, and he's entirely on his own.the three-year clock is ticking.
6th Aug '17 10:16:38 AM Luigifan
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-->-- '''Creator/LoreSjoberg''', ''The Book of Ratings'', [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100406022816/http://www.bookofratings.com/dante1.html "Dante's Inferno Punishments, Part 1"]]

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-->-- '''Creator/LoreSjoberg''', ''The Book of Ratings'', [[Literature/TheDivineComedy "Dante's Inferno]] [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100406022816/http://www.bookofratings.com/dante1.html "Dante's Inferno Punishments, Part 1"]]



Most depictions of {{Hell}} involve some form of eternal punishment for the damned souls who are sent there. In [[{{Irony}} Ironic]] {{Hell}}, they get a more personal service. Each sinner gets a punishment that is an ironic reminder of the sins of which he or she is guilty. A glutton might be force-fed something unpleasant for eternity (a common version is that they're fed something they enjoyed - ceaselessly, [[RadishCure becoming wholly sick of it]], for eternity), or might be prevented from eating ever again.

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Most depictions of {{Hell}} involve some form of eternal punishment for the damned souls who are sent there. In [[{{Irony}} Ironic]] {{Hell}}, they get a more personal service. Each sinner gets a punishment that is an ironic reminder of the sins of which he or she is guilty. A glutton might be force-fed something unpleasant for eternity (a common version is that they're fed something they enjoyed - -- ceaselessly, [[RadishCure becoming wholly sick of it]], for eternity), or might be prevented from eating ever again.



* ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' has an episode with [[spoiler: the GoldDigger stuck as a housewife, TheOjou as an apartment manager, TheGunslinger working a till, TheStoic running a failing business, and ThePollyanna riding unicorns in Ironic Heaven.]] Bonus points for the off-key recorder.

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* ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' has an episode with [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the GoldDigger stuck as a housewife, TheOjou as an apartment manager, TheGunslinger working a till, TheStoic running a failing business, and ThePollyanna riding unicorns in Ironic Heaven.]] Bonus points for the off-key recorder.



* Subverted in ''ComicBook/HackSlash'', specifically the crossover with Chucky the Killer Doll. [[StrawmanPolitical Strawman Religious]] Laura Lochs puts Chris, Lisa and Skottie Young in her own Hell House, though the punishments just seem randomly chosen and have nothing to do with the characters.

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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/HackSlash'', specifically the crossover with Chucky the Killer Doll. [[StrawmanPolitical Strawman Religious]] Laura Lochs puts Chris, Lisa Lisa, and Skottie Young in her own Hell House, though the punishments just seem randomly chosen and have nothing to do with the characters.



* Creator/ScottMcCloud's three-part improvisational comic ''Meadow of the Damned'' ([[http://www.scottmccloud.com/1-webcomics/mi/mi-07/mi-07.html 1]], [[http://www.scottmccloud.com/1-webcomics/mi/mi-09/mi-09.html 2]], [[http://www.scottmccloud.com/1-webcomics/mi/mi-10/mi-10.html 3]]) features a variety of people whose afterlife is a pleasant meadow, with a variety of small, eternal annoyances; the minor demon in charge of their case assures them that yes, this is Hell. It turns out that [[spoiler:Hell has much worse torments, but those are reserved for people who were much more ... ''effective'' sinners.]]

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* Creator/ScottMcCloud's three-part improvisational comic ''Meadow of the Damned'' ([[http://www.scottmccloud.com/1-webcomics/mi/mi-07/mi-07.html 1]], [[http://www.scottmccloud.com/1-webcomics/mi/mi-09/mi-09.html 2]], [[http://www.scottmccloud.com/1-webcomics/mi/mi-10/mi-10.html 3]]) features a variety of people whose afterlife is a pleasant meadow, with a variety of small, eternal annoyances; the minor demon in charge of their case assures them that yes, this is Hell. It turns out that [[spoiler:Hell has much worse torments, but those are reserved for people who were much more ... more... ''effective'' sinners.]]sinners]].



* Decidedly surreal version in ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'', in which the punishment for telling your kids to get a proper job is - to be used as a bucket by giant weasels dressed as cheerleaders. No, we don't know what Creator/WarrenEllis was taking either.
* Used in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', when its shown that hell for dogs is to work as mailmen. And that Charlie Parker has to listen to Kenny G. for all eternity. And skiers get cooped up in stifling hot tubs and have to read ski magazines. And a maestro gets introduced to a room full of banjo players... It comes up a lot.

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* Decidedly surreal version in ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'', in which the punishment for telling your kids to get a proper job is - -- to be used as a bucket by giant weasels dressed as cheerleaders. No, we don't know what Creator/WarrenEllis was taking either.
* Used in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', when its it's shown that hell for dogs is to work as mailmen. And that Charlie Parker has to listen to Kenny G. for all eternity. And skiers get cooped up in stifling hot tubs and have to read ski magazines. And a maestro gets introduced to a room full of banjo players... It comes up a lot.



* This is what the big bad is shown in Johnny Dynamite: Underworld by Collins and Beatty. Singers have to sing all the time. Alcoholics have to drink but they never get drunk. He is promised a place at the devil's right hand if he does get killed. It doesn't work out so good for him.

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* This is what the big bad BigBad is shown in Johnny Dynamite: Underworld by Collins and Beatty. Singers have to sing all the time. Alcoholics have to drink but they never get drunk. He is promised a place at the devil's right hand if he does get killed. It doesn't work out so good for him.



* In "I Have What You Need", a story from the Vertigo Comics anthology ''Time Warp'', a candy-maker has a secret recipe that lets people relive the happiest ten minutes of their lives. A sadistic gangster, Elias Yanyo, threatens the candy-man to give him a sample so he can relieve murdering his wife, threatening some other customers in the process. [[spoiler: Then the candy-man reveals that Yanyo is already ''in'' a time loop, and has been for the last twenty years. While the other customers lived through the incident and found happiness, the candy-man was shot in the ensuing scuffle and died a few days later. Since he's the only one who can turn the time-loops on and off, Yanyo has [[GroundhogDayLoop condemned himself to reliving the same ten minutes over and over for all eternity]].]]

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* In "I Have What You Need", a story from the Vertigo Comics anthology ''Time Warp'', a candy-maker has a secret recipe that lets people relive the happiest ten minutes of their lives. A sadistic gangster, Elias Yanyo, threatens the candy-man to give him a sample so he can relieve murdering his wife, threatening some other customers in the process. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then the candy-man reveals that Yanyo is already ''in'' a time loop, and has been for the last twenty years. While the other customers lived through the incident and found happiness, the candy-man was shot in the ensuing scuffle and died a few days later. Since he's the only one who can turn the time-loops on and off, Yanyo has [[GroundhogDayLoop condemned himself to reliving the same ten minutes over and over for all eternity]].]]
15th Jul '17 6:48:40 PM ANTMuddle
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** And in "Take My Life... Please!", a self-centered comedian who knowingly stole material from a young, starving colleague winds up in a hell where he is forced to recount all the most horrible things he has ever done to an audience that will only laugh at his flaws and crimes, not his jokes.

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** And in "Take My Life... Please!", a self-centered comedian who knowingly stole material from a young, starving colleague winds up in a hell where he is forced to recount all the most horrible things he has ever done done, to an audience that will only laugh at his flaws and crimes, not his jokes.jokes. Cue the OhCrap when his new agent informs him of his new arrangements.
15th Jul '17 4:47:50 AM ANTMuddle
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* Series finale of ''Series/TheShield:'' Vic's new job as a pencil-pushing suit represents all of his worst nightmares. Surrounded by colleagues who hate his guts and do this for a living, it is the final post he will ever hold in his chosen field. No fame, no front-line action, no authority, no influence, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking no comfy clothes]], and he's entirely on his own.

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* Series finale GrandFinale of ''Series/TheShield:'' Vic's new job as a pencil-pushing suit represents all of his worst nightmares. Surrounded by colleagues who hate his guts and do this for a living, it is the final post he will ever hold in his chosen field. law enforcement (or PersonaNonGrata). No fame, no front-line action, no authority, no influence, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking no comfy clothes]], and he's entirely on his own.
13th Jul '17 2:42:06 PM RoninMacbeth
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', a choir appears to sing dramatically when a character makes a DealWithTheDevil (and The Demon and The Yugoloth). The fiends identify these singers as the damned souls of pedophiles, whose high-pitched singing voices are a result of ''repeated'' castration. (Souls continually reform to match their image of themselves in accordance with their attitudes.)

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', a choir appears to sing dramatically when a character makes a DealWithTheDevil (and The Demon and The Yugoloth).Daemon). The fiends identify these singers as the damned souls of pedophiles, whose high-pitched singing voices are a result of ''repeated'' castration. (Souls continually reform to match their image of themselves in accordance with their attitudes.)
29th Jun '17 1:55:30 PM DVB
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* In an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue8fM2FBL_A exceptionally well-drawn]] ''Manga/DeathNote'' Doujin depicting an alternate ending, rather than TheNothingAfterDeath, the punishment for Death Note users that cannot go to heaven or hell is to be transported to the Shinigami Realm, where they will experience each and every death they inflicted on others before being [[RetGone completely erased from existence.]] While Light plans to cut a deal with the Shinigami King to escape his fate, there are 124,925 deaths, including his more creative ones, awaiting him.

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* In an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue8fM2FBL_A exceptionally well-drawn]] ''Manga/DeathNote'' Doujin depicting an alternate ending, rather than TheNothingAfterDeath, the punishment for Death Note users that cannot go to heaven or hell is to be transported to the Shinigami Realm, where they will experience each and every death they inflicted on others before being [[RetGone completely erased from existence.]] While Light plans ]]Light has to cut a deal with face all the Shinigami King to escape his fate, there are 124,925 deaths, including his more creative ones, awaiting him.that he executed on foes.
** In a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Light though, once he hears this, he ''laughs it off.'' He then tells Ryuk he plans to make most of the time by ''finding the '''Shinigami King''''' and try to ''barter'' or even '''fight''' him to get his curse removed before continuing his plan to reshape the world in a grander scale. Ryuk is suitably awed and impressed.
25th Jun '17 8:29:04 AM Odacon_Spy
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* [[DoubleSubversion Double subverted]] [[http://nonadventures.com/2015/11/07/cruller-intentions/ here]] on ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''. The punishment isn't related to Wonderella at all and The Devil admits that the irony is mostly relative. Then Wonderella realizes that she is really in ''Homer Simpson's'' ironic hell, and The Devil declares that she will suffer as she lived: ''"Recycling old Simpsons jokes for all eternity!"'' Satan also notes that he created a circle of hell for ''Franchise/MontyPython'' fans where they quote lines at each other. ''They'' think they're in heaven, everyone ''else'' is tormented for eternity.

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* [[DoubleSubversion Double subverted]] [[http://nonadventures.com/2015/11/07/cruller-intentions/ here]] on ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''. The punishment isn't related to Wonderella at all and The Devil admits that the irony is mostly relative. Then Wonderella realizes that she is really in ''Homer Simpson's'' ironic hell, and The Devil declares that she will suffer as she lived: ''"Recycling old Simpsons [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]] jokes for all eternity!"'' Satan also notes that he created a circle of hell for ''Franchise/MontyPython'' fans where they quote lines at each other. ''They'' think they're in heaven, everyone ''else'' is tormented for eternity.
17th Jun '17 2:23:07 PM nombretomado
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* When Paul finally ends up in Hell in ''Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren'', he is continually frustrated at its failure to provide tailored ironic punishments. The closest it comes is that Hell's version of {{Wikipedia}} just lists things that you meant to look up, and when you click on them, it says "This information is unavailable and a waste of time." (You can just Website/{{Google}} it, though.)

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* When Paul finally ends up in Hell in ''Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren'', he is continually frustrated at its failure to provide tailored ironic punishments. The closest it comes is that Hell's version of {{Wikipedia}} Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} just lists things that you meant to look up, and when you click on them, it says "This information is unavailable and a waste of time." (You can just Website/{{Google}} it, though.)
16th Jun '17 9:05:47 AM Monolaf317
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/{{Syngenesophobia}}'' has, aside from the general punishments of being grounded, limitations on their internet and TV use, and being forced to visit [[TheDreaded Aunt Ruth]] every weekend, each of the guilty sisters also gets a personal punishment based on their likes and hobbies. [[note]]In order: Lori can no longer talk to Bobby (and Bobby dumped her after learning about the ordeal), has parental settings on her phone, and can only use the car to go to work or school, Leni can no longer go to the mall, Luna has to give up all her musical equipment and stop performing (though she keeps her MP3 player), Luan has to quit Funny Business and is no longer allowed to tell jokes, Lynn has to quit every sport team she's on and is forbidden from turning anything into a sport, or even dressing in sport clothes, Lucy has all her goth stuff taken away and is forbidden from writing poems, Lana has to stay clean and give up her exotic pets, Lola can no longer participate in pageants or dress as a princess, and Lisa has to sell her chemistry set to the school she teaches[[/note]] Lynn Sr. even threatens to whip them with his belt if they try to sidestep their punishments [[spoiler:(though it's clear that regrets doing this to them)]].
6th Jun '17 5:06:43 PM KenMoreau
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* Invoked explicitly by a devil in ''Literature/AWizardInRhyme "Her Majesty's Wizard"''. The main character is having doubts that he truly is in a world where God and Satan literally and directly assist people in carrying out their goals, so in his dreams a devil shows him what Hell is like. A hedonist is tormented with constant sensations (fire and hot needles, probably not what he had in mind), a man who disclaimed any responsibility for their actions (and was diminished by each evil action) has parts of himself constantly drawn out of him, a man who could not make up his mind is frozen between two alternatives, a man who constantly sneered at others is threatened with being buried by the whole stinking mass of his life's insults, a materialist who said that he only believed in what he could touch and feel is surrounded by things which vanish slightly before he can touch them, and all of them completely alone, without any human contact, forever.

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* Invoked explicitly by a devil in ''Literature/AWizardInRhyme [[Literature/AWizardInRhyme "Her Majesty's Wizard"''.Wizard"]]. The main character is having doubts that he truly is in a world where God and Satan literally and directly assist people in carrying out their goals, so in his dreams a devil shows him what Hell is like. A hedonist is tormented with constant sensations (fire and hot needles, probably not what he had in mind), a man who disclaimed any responsibility for their actions (and was diminished by each evil action) has parts of himself constantly drawn out of him, a man who could not make up his mind is frozen between two alternatives, a man who constantly sneered at others is threatened with being buried by the whole stinking mass of his life's insults, a materialist who said that he only believed in what he could touch and feel is surrounded by things which vanish slightly before he can touch them, and all of them completely alone, without any human contact, forever.
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