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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.]]
22nd Jan '17 5:54:49 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* In Creator/CSLewis' novel ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'', Hell is just a drab city separated from God. It's not just miserable, it's ''boring''. Interestingly, the damned are permitted to leave Hell and enter Heaven at any time, but unless they give up the sins for which they were damned they find Heaven just as miserable - specifically, the chief "problem" of Heaven for the Hell dwellers is that without being remade they are insufficiently "real", and real grass and trees and rocks [[MadeOfPlasticine go right through you in a very painful way]] - and eventually choose to go back to Hell.

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* In Creator/CSLewis' novel ''Literature/TheGreatDivorce'', there's actually bus service from Hell (which in this story is just a drab and miserable city separated from God. It's not just miserable, it's ''boring''. Interestingly, God) to the outskirts of Heaven, and the damned are permitted under no obligation to leave Hell and enter Heaven at any time, but unless actually ''return''. The problem is that until they give up the sins for which they were damned they find Heaven just as miserable - specifically, the chief "problem" of Heaven for the Hell dwellers is that without being remade (which most are unwilling to do), they are insufficiently "real", MadeOfPlasticine compared to Heaven and real grass and trees and rocks [[MadeOfPlasticine go ''everything'', including blades of grass, goes right through you in a very painful way]] - and eventually choose to go back to Hell.them.



** Also by Creator/CSLewis: the fate of the dwarfs in ''Literature/TheLastBattle''.

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** Also by Creator/CSLewis: the fate of the dwarfs in ''Literature/TheLastBattle''. They are atheists and even when they are in Aslan's country (read: Heaven), they delude themselves into thinking that it's still the dark stable they were thrown into. Aslan demonstrates the depths of their [[IRejectYourReality rejection of reality]] by conjuring up a feast for them- when they eat it, they convince themselves that the sumptuous food is lettuce, straw, and dirty water- the sort of things one would find in a stable.
6th Jan '17 11:09:43 AM Steinman76
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** Averts the usual injustices associated with this trope - guilt-stricken innocents going to Hell and shameless monsters going to Heaven - because one of the features of the afterlife in this setting is that you become inescapably aware of ''what you deserve''. This is hinted to be one of the greatest punishments of Hell, since most of the damned suffer from MoralMyopia of one form or another.
8th Dec '16 9:09:25 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/TheRapture: Sharon refuses to enter heaven, even if she can see her daughter and husband again, remaining in an empty desert place by herself forever, just because she's angry with God.
19th Nov '16 6:30:13 AM Morgenthaler
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** Also by Creator/CSLewis: the fate of the dwarfs in ''[[TheChroniclesOfNarnia The Last Battle]]''.
* In Kelley Armstrong's novel ''[[WomenOfTheOtherworld Haunted]]'', Eve meets Lizzie Borden (long story) in a literal self-inflicted hell. Lizzie punishes herself by murdering illusions of her parents over and over for eternity.

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** Also by Creator/CSLewis: the fate of the dwarfs in ''[[TheChroniclesOfNarnia The Last Battle]]''.
''Literature/TheLastBattle''.
* In Kelley Armstrong's novel ''[[WomenOfTheOtherworld ''[[Literature/WomenOfTheOtherworld Haunted]]'', Eve meets Lizzie Borden (long story) in a literal self-inflicted hell. Lizzie punishes herself by murdering illusions of her parents over and over for eternity.
29th Oct '16 2:57:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Xena}} and Gabrielle were sent to their own version of Hell, a land called Illusia. It even featured Gabrielle being sacrificed and Xena being crucified (two things that happened in canon). The episode has a lot of Christian iconography as well, and not just the cross. Turns out it's all set up by [[spoiler: Xena's dead son, who wanted the two to get past the whole "your daughter, whom I wanted you to kill 'cause I thought she was the GodOfEvil's DarkMessiah, ''really was that bad'' and killed my son" thing]].
** We later find ''him'' in an unfavorable part of TheUnderworld, trapped in a stone forced to watch scenes from the world of the living. Turns out he [[spoiler: chose that fate himself even though he was eligible for the Elysian Fields. He considered that to be more of a LotusEaterMachine, and would rather watch the real world even if he couldn't interact with it.]]
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' had several of these: [[spoiler: The Masks, Nick of Time, A Nice Place to Visit]] and possibly [[spoiler:Time Enough at Last]]...come to think of it, practically the entire series would fall under this one.

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* {{Xena}} ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': Xena and Gabrielle were sent to their own version of Hell, a land called Illusia. It even featured Gabrielle being sacrificed and Xena being crucified (two things that happened in canon). The episode has a lot of Christian iconography as well, and not just the cross. Turns out it's all set up by [[spoiler: Xena's dead son, who wanted the two to get past the whole "your daughter, whom I wanted you to kill 'cause I thought she was the GodOfEvil's DarkMessiah, ''really was that bad'' and killed my son" thing]].
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thing]]. We later find ''him'' in an unfavorable part of TheUnderworld, trapped in a stone forced to watch scenes from the world of the living. Turns out he [[spoiler: chose that fate himself even though he was eligible for the Elysian Fields. He considered that to be more of a LotusEaterMachine, and would rather watch the real world even if he couldn't interact with it.]]
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' had several of these: [[spoiler: The Masks, Nick of Time, A Nice Place to Visit]] and possibly [[spoiler:Time Enough at Last]]...come to think of it, practically the entire series would fall under this one.
7th Oct '16 1:17:48 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* There's a joke where a man, for some reason or another, dies and goes to Hell. He's given the grand tour by Lucifer, and much to his surprise finds it to be a rather pleasant place. Then as the tour wraps up, they come upon a fire-and-brimstone lake where demons prod naked souls with pitchforks. "What is that?" the man asks. "Don't worry about it," Lucifer replies. "We built that for the Catholics/Fundamentalists/Christians/denomination of choice. They ''insisted'' on it!"

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* There's a joke where a man, for some reason or another, dies and goes to Hell. He's given the grand tour by Lucifer, and much to his surprise finds it to be a rather pleasant place. Then as the tour wraps up, they come upon a fire-and-brimstone lake where demons prod naked souls with pitchforks. "What is that?" the man asks. "Don't worry about it," Lucifer replies. "We built that for the Catholics/Fundamentalists/Christians/denomination of choice.[Insert AcceptableReligiousTargets Here]. They ''insisted'' on it!"



* One piece of internet fiction had a variation: a mobster is killed and wakes up in a replica of his city, complete with people, and finds himself in a GroundhogDayLoop situation. His guide, a beautiful woman, informs him he has the freedom to do anything because the next day it resets. After hundreds of days of killing his rivals in assorted bloody ways, casual murder, rape, assault, and other assorted mayhem (including raping and torturing his guide), he realizes he's in a personal hell and wishes to escape. And then finds out the only way he can do it is to repeat the day as someone else in the city, including each of his victims each time he affected them. And then he has the realization that the only person left is his guide, who thanks him for allowing him/her to redeem him/herself, and disappears as s/he prepares to receive himself arriving.


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* One piece of internet fiction had a variation: a mobster is killed and wakes up in a replica of his city, complete with people, and finds himself in a GroundhogDayLoop situation. His guide, a beautiful woman, informs him he has the freedom to do anything because the next day it resets. After hundreds of days of killing his rivals in assorted bloody ways, casual murder, rape, assault, and other assorted mayhem (including raping and torturing his guide), he realizes he's in a personal hell and wishes to escape. And then finds out the only way he can do it is to repeat the day as someone else in the city, including each of his victims each time he affected them. And then he has the realization that the only person left is his guide, who thanks him for allowing him/her to redeem him/herself, and disappears as s/he prepares to receive himself arriving.
2nd Oct '16 5:16:07 PM immblueversion
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* Princess Luna from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' felt [[EasilyForgiven she was let off far too easily]] for the pain and suffering she caused as [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]], so she created a magical being called the Tantabus that would force her to relive the past in her dreams, ensuring she would never forget what she'd done. This backfires when the Tantabus begins infesting other ponies' dreams and feeding on Luna's guilt as she tries in vain to contain it, trapping her in an endless cycle of self-loathing until the other ponies convince her to finally forgive herself.

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* Though it's not the afterlife, Princess Luna from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' felt [[EasilyForgiven she was let off far too easily]] for the pain and suffering she caused as [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]], so she created a magical being called the Tantabus that would force her to relive the past in her dreams, ensuring she would never forget what she'd done. This backfires when the Tantabus begins infesting other ponies' dreams and feeding on Luna's guilt as she tries in vain to contain it, trapping her in an endless cycle of self-loathing until the other ponies convince her to finally forgive herself.
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