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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.
19th Sep '16 10:04:00 PM PaulA
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** ''On a Pale Horse'' (about the incarnation of Death) features this for atheists. The main character (essentially the GrimReaper) meets a blind atheist who has committed suicide and is slowly dying. Despite Death explaining that his job is to take souls to Heaven or Hell (and suicide is a big sin...), the atheist doesn't believe in an afterlife. When he dies, Death tries to take his soul, but it disintegrates.\\
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Similarly, it's implied that the people who believe in one of the non-Abrahamic religions (such as Hinduism) end up in their religion's afterlife ([[{{reincarnation}} or equivalent]]); only people who believe that Hell ''exists'' can end up there, but what you believe you ''deserve'' has little or no effect on your afterlife.
** Later, in ''For Love of Evil'' it's revealed that {{Satan}} (the Incarnation of Evil)'s primary power is a sham: he can't really obliterate demons or confine souls to a particular part of Hell, unless they believe he can. Only a handful of people, most of them former Incarnations, know the secret (which he has to learn to keep the job), largely because revealing the deception would create chaos.

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** ''On a Pale Horse'' ''Literature/OnAPaleHorse'' (about the incarnation of Death) features this for atheists. The main character (essentially the GrimReaper) TheGrimReaper) meets a blind atheist who has committed suicide and is slowly dying. Despite Death explaining that his job is to take souls to Heaven or Hell (and suicide is a big sin...), the atheist doesn't believe in an afterlife. When he dies, Death tries to take his soul, but it disintegrates.\\
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Similarly, it's implied that the people who believe in one of the non-Abrahamic religions (such as Hinduism) end up in their religion's afterlife ([[{{reincarnation}} or equivalent]]); only people who believe that Hell ''exists'' can end up there, but what you believe you ''deserve'' has little or no effect on your afterlife.
** Later, in ''For Love of Evil'' ''Literature/ForLoveOfEvil'' it's revealed that {{Satan}} (the Incarnation of Evil)'s primary power is a sham: he can't really obliterate demons or confine souls to a particular part of Hell, unless they believe he can. Only a handful of people, most of them former Incarnations, know the secret (which he has to learn to keep the job), largely because revealing the deception would create chaos.
23rd Aug '16 2:11:38 PM krimzonflygon2
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'': [[spoiler: Homura creates a world at the end of the movie that is bar none the happiest we've seen in the series: all of the characters (and newcomer Nagisa) are alive and well, Kyouko and Sayaka are sharing Pocky together, the aforementioned Nagisa is a companion for Mami, and Madoka has been freed of her godly duties and is back with her family. There are no Witches to be seen (though their familiars seem to be just wandering around not hurting anyone), and the Incubators are living a [[LaserGuidedKarma long-deserved]] tortured existence under Homura's heel. But in order to accomplish this, Homura essentially stabbed Madoka in the back, erased her memories and stuffed her in a GildedCage, and as far as Homura is concerned she has irrevocably ruined their friendship; for her, this happy little world is one of crushing guilt, an existance without Madoka's friendship or affection. As far as Homura is concerned, the place is Hell.]]

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'': [[spoiler: Homura creates a world at the end of the movie that is bar none the happiest we've seen in the series: all of the characters (and newcomer Nagisa) are alive and well, Kyouko and Sayaka are sharing Pocky together, the aforementioned Nagisa is a companion for Mami, and Madoka has been freed of her godly duties and is back with her family. There are no Witches to be seen (though their familiars seem to be just wandering around not hurting anyone), and the Incubators are living a [[LaserGuidedKarma long-deserved]] tortured existence under Homura's heel. But in order to accomplish this, Homura essentially stabbed Madoka in the back, erased her memories and stuffed her in a GildedCage, and as far as Homura is concerned she has irrevocably ruined their friendship; for her, this happy little world is one of crushing guilt, an existance existence without Madoka's friendship or affection. As far as Homura is concerned, the place is Hell.The others may be having fun in this new universe, but for Homura, it's misery beyond her worst nightmares, all at her own hand, and all of it deserved in her mind.]]
23rd Aug '16 10:39:34 AM krimzonflygon2
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'': [[spoiler: Homura creates a world at the end of the movie that is bar none the happiest we've seen in the series: all of the characters (and newcomer Nagisa) are alive and well, Kyouko and Sayaka are sharing Pocky together, the aforementioned Nagisa is a companion for Mami, and Madoka has been freed of her godly duties and is back with her family. There are no Witches to be seen (though their familiars seem to be just wandering around not hurting anyone), and the Incubators are living a [[LaserGuidedKarma long-deserved]] tortured existence under Homura's heel. But in order to accomplish this, Homura essentially stabbed Madoka in the back, erased her memories and stuffed her in a GildedCage, and as far as Homura is concerned she has irrevocably ruined their friendship; for her, this happy little world is one of crushing guilt, an existance without Madoka's friendship or affection. As far as Homura is concerned, the place is Hell.]]
6th Aug '16 3:21:48 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 [[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 [[TheDCU [[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.



** The DCUniverse Purgatory is shown as a place of crushing ennui; ironically several inhabitants earned their way upwards by kicking the ass of Purgatory's guards in a slightly misguided attempt to do good.

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** The DCUniverse Franchise/DCUniverse Purgatory is shown as a place of crushing ennui; ironically several inhabitants earned their way upwards by kicking the ass of Purgatory's guards in a slightly misguided attempt to do good.



** It should be noted that most ''Vertigo'' stories are not considered canonical for the DCUniverse. The recent miniseries ''Reign In Hell'' shows a version of Hell different from the above stories: it turns out Purgatory's actually a subsection of Hell as a whole. But... either you work out your debt and head upstairs to Heaven, or you can take Door Number Two... [[spoiler: Hell. You can renounce salvation, leave Purgatory and go to Hell. This is actually part of a much larger question that is answered at the end, answering, exactly, what is the (rather chilling) Unspoken Principle of Purgatory:]]

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** It should be noted that most ''Vertigo'' stories are not considered canonical for the DCUniverse.Franchise/DCUniverse. The recent miniseries ''Reign In Hell'' shows a version of Hell different from the above stories: it turns out Purgatory's actually a subsection of Hell as a whole. But... either you work out your debt and head upstairs to Heaven, or you can take Door Number Two... [[spoiler: Hell. You can renounce salvation, leave Purgatory and go to Hell. This is actually part of a much larger question that is answered at the end, answering, exactly, what is the (rather chilling) Unspoken Principle of Purgatory:]]
18th Jul '16 2:54:35 AM WillBGood
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** It should be noted that most ''Vertigo'' stories are not considered canonical for the DCUniverse; the recent miniseries ''Reign In Hell'' shows a version of Hell different from the above stories:\\
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It turns out, Purgatory's actually a subsection of Hell as a whole. But... either you work out your debt and head upstairs to Heaven, or you can take Door Number Two... [[spoiler: Hell. You can renounce salvation, leave Purgatory and go to Hell. This is actually part of a much larger question that is answered at the end, answering, exactly, what is the (rather chilling) Unspoken Principle of Purgatory:]]

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** It should be noted that most ''Vertigo'' stories are not considered canonical for the DCUniverse; the DCUniverse. The recent miniseries ''Reign In Hell'' shows a version of Hell different from the above stories:\\
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stories: it turns out, out Purgatory's actually a subsection of Hell as a whole. But... either you work out your debt and head upstairs to Heaven, or you can take Door Number Two... [[spoiler: Hell. You can renounce salvation, leave Purgatory and go to Hell. This is actually part of a much larger question that is answered at the end, answering, exactly, what is the (rather chilling) Unspoken Principle of Purgatory:]]
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