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Hell Seeker


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A Hell Seeker is a character who actively is trying to get into hell. Literal hell, an afterlife of endless torment. Maybe he thinks that he will like it there, being allowed to "reign in hell" rather then becoming one of the tormented souls. (Such a character is usually eventually proven wrong, ending up at the bottom of the hellish food-chain.) Or maybe he's just trying to punish himself. Or maybe he lives in a setting where Hell is some neat masochistic fantasy world rather then the horrors believed in by certain Real Life religions.

Contrast Heaven Seeker. Also contrast To Hell and Back and Deal with the Devil. The former is for characters who want to go to hell but want to get out afterwards, while the later is when the character accept hell after death in return for getting good things in life - but does NOT have ending up in hell as a goal in itself, and is likely to try to escape from the deal.

Not to be confused with the Hell Raiser movie of the same name, although that movie is an example.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Tetsu from Sai Kano wants to go to hell (quote: "I still haven't killed enough to go to hell"), because he thinks that's where he'd go after death and that death is the only way out of his misery. May be simply a Death Seeker, though.

Comic Books
  • Some Chick Tracts feature Straw Loser characters who believe that hell is cool. They are, of course, always proven wrong.

Film
  • The Hell Raiser movies have several characters with this mindset, and for some of them it even kinda works out - some of them are turned into cenobites, and enjoy it. (The sixth Hellraiser movie is named (Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002))
  • In Hellsing, the members of Iscariot are like this, although it's less seeking and more resigned to their fate and planning to spend eternity killing demons.

Literature
  • In the short story "Down Satan!" by Clive Barker, a wealthy businessman becomes convinced God doesn't exist, and decides to find out whether the devil does by building a literal Hell on Earth.

Live-Action TV

Tabletop Games
  • Many of the Nephandi in World of Darkness. By the time they descend they are already twisted enough to actually enjoy it in there.

Video Games
  • There is an old gamer joke about a hardcore Doom player who finds a Genie in a Bottle and is granted three wishes: IDDQD, IDKFA, and a one way trip to Hell. (IDDQD and IDKFA are cheatcodes that turn the chareacter into God-Mode Sue.)

Web Comics
  • There is one in Jack, who wants to get revenge on one of its inhabitants.
  • Black Mage of 8-Bit Theater wants to get to Hell to rule it. He succeeds...for a time. One thinks he's got to die again eventually, though.
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