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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.]]
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.
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