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17th Sep '17 3:10:53 AM Doug86
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* OlderThanPrint: Though the rest of the ''[[Literature/DivineComedy Inferno]]'' delights in IronicHell, Dante demonstrates how Satan, at the center of Hell in its deepest circle, is in the worst self-inflicted Hell of all: his six wings flap constantly, freezing the lake around him and leaving him stuck fast in the ice. Why does he keep flapping his wings? Because he wants to return to Heaven. Where did the water of the frozen lake come from? They are Satan's ''tears,'' as he is weeping, wishing he could undo his betrayal.

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* OlderThanPrint: Though the rest of the ''[[Literature/DivineComedy ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'' delights in IronicHell, Dante demonstrates how Satan, at the center of Hell in its deepest circle, is in the worst self-inflicted Hell of all: his six wings flap constantly, freezing the lake around him and leaving him stuck fast in the ice. Why does he keep flapping his wings? Because he wants to return to Heaven. Where did the water of the frozen lake come from? They are Satan's ''tears,'' as he is weeping, wishing he could undo his betrayal.
3rd Sep '17 11:25:37 PM Doug86
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* The Eldar of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' literally squicked their own Hell into existence. Centuries of murderous hedonism spawned the Chaos God Slaanesh. Slaanesh massacred the Eldar and their gods, then made it so that Slaanesh will claim all Eldar souls upon death. It's not clear what Slaanesh does with the souls, but it's probably not anything pleasant.

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* The Eldar of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' literally squicked their own Hell into existence. Centuries of murderous hedonism spawned the Chaos God Slaanesh. Slaanesh massacred the Eldar and their gods, then made it so that Slaanesh will claim all Eldar souls upon death. It's not clear what Slaanesh does with the souls, but it's probably not anything pleasant.
24th Aug '17 6:29:11 PM SenorP
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* In hell, they say, you only have a tremendous spoon with which to feed yourself. But it's too long to ever reach your own mouth. And, yet, in Heaven, it's the same. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_long_spoons solution here]]
5th Jul '17 6:40:00 PM Fireblood
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So if you believe that your soul will remain chained to the [[{{Karma}} karmic wheel]] and you'll be [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnated]] as a cow, then that's what will happen. If you believe you'll sit at the right hand of {{God}} and sing hosannahs, that's what will happen. If you believe there is nothing after death, then all you'll find is [[TheNothingAfterDeath nothing]]. If you believe that you'll ''become'' nothing after death, then that's just what you'll do [[CessationOfExistence or not do rather]]. If you believe in FireAndBrimstoneHell, but don't see yourself as worthy of escaping it, then down you go. Of course, it means generally good but unduly guilt-ridden people will go to {{Hell}}, while people that spend their lives picketing funerals will go to {{Heaven}}, but nobody said it was ''fair''.

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So if you believe that your soul will remain chained to the [[{{Karma}} karmic wheel]] and you'll be [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnated]] as a cow, then that's what will happen. If you believe you'll sit at the right hand of {{God}} and sing hosannahs, that's what will happen. If you believe there is nothing after death, then all you'll find is [[TheNothingAfterDeath nothing]]. If you believe that you'll ''become'' nothing after death, then that's just what you'll do [[CessationOfExistence do-[[CessationOfExistence or not do rather]]. If you believe in FireAndBrimstoneHell, but don't see yourself as worthy of escaping it, then down you go. Of course, it means generally good but unduly guilt-ridden people will go to {{Hell}}, while people that spend their lives picketing funerals will go to {{Heaven}}, but nobody said it was ''fair''.
16th Jun '17 10:45:31 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey]]'' has a sequence where the title pair are sent to a corridor full of doors, each of which leads to various "own personal Hells". Such torments include Bill having to deal with his creepy grandmother, Ted being berated by the Easter Bunny for stealing some of his brother's candy as a child, and both being subjected to doing infinity push-ups by the Army colonel who wants to recruit them.\\

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* ''[[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey]]'' ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'' has a sequence where the title pair are sent to a corridor full of doors, each of which leads to various "own personal Hells". Such torments include Bill having to deal with his creepy grandmother, Ted being berated by the Easter Bunny for stealing some of his brother's candy as a child, and both being subjected to doing infinity push-ups by the Army colonel who wants to recruit them.\\
20th May '17 7:10:08 PM nombretomado
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* In his comic book ''Comicbook/SwampThing'', Creator/AlanMoore explained (decreed?) that the afterlife of the DC universe depends entirely on what the dead expect will happen, be it Heaven, Hell or reincarnation. It is also possible to trap an innocent in Hell by convincing them that you have the power to do so. This concept has been used in other [[Franchise/TheDCU DC]] and [[VertigoComics Vertigo]] comics, such as ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'' and ''Comicbook/TheSandman''. However, it's also been ignored on occasion due to story requirements or editorial lapses.

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* In his comic book ''Comicbook/SwampThing'', Creator/AlanMoore explained (decreed?) that the afterlife of the DC universe depends entirely on what the dead expect will happen, be it Heaven, Hell or reincarnation. It is also possible to trap an innocent in Hell by convincing them that you have the power to do so. This concept has been used in other [[Franchise/TheDCU DC]] and [[VertigoComics Vertigo]] comics, Creator/VertigoComics, such as ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'' and ''Comicbook/TheSandman''. However, it's also been ignored on occasion due to story requirements or editorial lapses.
9th Apr '17 7:03:44 PM zarpaulus
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A literal version of this trope can result from RealityWarpingIsNotAToy, when a RealityWarper consciously or subconsciously creates their own hell.

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Subtrope of PersonalizedAfterlife. A literal version of this trope can result from RealityWarpingIsNotAToy, when a RealityWarper consciously or subconsciously creates their own hell.
5th Feb '17 10:37:07 AM nighttrainfm
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* In the ''Series/{{Lucifer}}'' Season 2 finale "A Good Day to Die" we're shown a bit of the punishments that occur in Hell. A professor who left an Uber driver to die in a car explosion to save his manuscript, and then started poisoning his former students after he was fired, relives that decisive moment over and over again. [[spoiler: And then Lucifer finds himself endlessly killing Uriel.]]

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* In the ''Series/{{Lucifer}}'' Season ''Series/{{Lucifer 2016}}'' season 2 finale finale, "A Good Day to Die" Die", we're shown a bit of the punishments that occur in Hell. A professor who left an Uber driver to die in a car explosion to save his manuscript, and then started poisoning his former students after he was fired, relives that decisive moment over and over again. [[spoiler: And then Lucifer finds himself endlessly killing Uriel.]]]] Lucifer claims the only way to escape is to believe you no longer deserve to be tortured - and he's never seen ''anyone'' manage it.
3rd Feb '17 6:25:30 PM zarpaulus
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* In the ''Series/{{Lucifer}}'' Season 2 finale "A Good Day to Die" we're shown a bit of the punishments that occur in Hell. A professor who left an Uber driver to die in a car explosion to save his manuscript, and then started poisoning his former students after he was fired, relives that decisive moment over and over again. [[spoiler: And then Lucifer finds himself endlessly killing Uriel.]]
2nd Feb '17 12:25:29 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' tends to feature a mix between this and IronicHell, as it is often the very personality of the Darklord that makes their situation insufferable.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' tends to feature a mix between this and IronicHell, as it is often IronicHell. Usually the very personality flaws of the Darklord that Darklords are what makes their situation insufferable.domains hell, and any of them can escape at any time- they just have to accept that their [[MoralEventHorizon Act of Ultimate Darkness]] was bad and wrong and that all of their suffering is ''entirely'' their own fault. Of course, as the game notes, if you were the sort of person to do that, you probably wouldn't be a Darklord in the first place.



* In ''Theatre/NoExit'', Hell is, [[ItWasHisSled famously]], other people: [[spoiler: you can leave any time you want, but your own neuroses and insecurities won't let you. There may be a door to your Hell - it's unlocked and it even pops open - but you and everybody else will refuse to leave simply because you can't]].

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* In ''Theatre/NoExit'', Hell is, [[ItWasHisSled famously]], other people: is only hellish for our three protagonists because they're [[AttentionWhore attention whores]] who simply cannot leave the others they're locked in with alone. [[spoiler: you can leave And they weren't as locked in as they thought, and could have escaped at any time you want, but your own neuroses and insecurities won't let you. There may be a they wanted. But even when the door to your Hell - it's unlocked and it even straight up pops open - but you at the end, they are held back by their flaws and everybody else will refuse insecurities, and no one even ''attempts'' to leave simply because you can't]].leave.]]
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