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->''"[[HellGate Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.]]"''

The Divine Comedy (''Divina Commedia'') is a [[NarrativePoem three-part epic]] by Florentine poet Durante degli Alighieri (Dante), written some time between 1308 and 1321. It describes one man's journey into the depths of {{Hell}}, up the staircase-like mountain of Purgatory, and into the spheres of {{Heaven}}. The first part, [[FireAndBrimstoneHell the Inferno]], is the best known and most often retold and alluded to in modern media. Essentially, every portrayal of Hell comes either [[WordOfDante from Dante]], its English Protestant SpiritualSuccessor ''ParadiseLost'', or a combination of the two.

It isn't a {{comedy}} by modern definition, as it's not very funny. It's called the ''Comedy'' because it's written in a vernacular style and has a happy ending, which is the original meaning of the word as opposed to a tragedy ([[ComedyGhetto which was considered a bit more high-brow]]). The adjective "Divine" does not refer to the work's religious setting, but was added later by people--specifically Creator/GiovanniBoccaccio[[note]]Who greatly admired Dante and wrote an early biography of him[[/note]]--who thought the poem was awesome. So high was the reputation of the ''Divine Comedy'' that it made the Tuscan dialect in which Dante wrote the basis for Standard Italian, and is ''still'' considered the gold standard of Italian literary writing.

''Literature/{{Inferno}}'' was a modern retelling and {{deconstruction}} from 1977 by Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle.

''VideoGame/DantesInferno'' leads to the page for the VideoGame based off this work, with [[PragmaticAdaptation a few liberties taken.]]

It should probably be pointed out that the ''Divine Comedy'' is ''not'' Catholic doctrine; not everything that it says to be true is canon. That's why the WordOfDante trope has that title.

Not to be confused with the band ''Music/TheDivineComedy'', a rather fine Northern Irish band responsible for, among other things, the ''FatherTed ''theme tune.
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!!This poem provides examples of the following:

* AlienGeometries: While Hell and Purgatory have clearly defined geography, that of Paradise is more complicated. The spheres of {{Heaven}} correspond to the celestial spheres of a geocentric universe, but can equally well be seen as orbiting around {{God}} in the Empyrean, or as all existing in the same space. To enter Paradise or cross between the spheres, one must AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, rather than doing any physical climbing. The structure of Heaven has been interpreted as an early description of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3-sphere#In_literature fourth-dimensional hypersphere]].
* AllJustADream: Well, obviously. Unless it wasn't. Or perhaps it was. Dante scholars still argue about whether we are supposed to consider the whole thing one big, complicated dream; or if Dante wanted us to "believe" that he actually went to Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven and then came back ([[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief suspending our disbelief]], of course--we're obviously not supposed to believe that he ''actually'' did those things, just to approach the text like he physically went rather than went there in a dream); or if he intended us to interpret the whole thing as a ''prophetic'' dream (i.e. a dream, but one that is in some way true or a representation of the truth, like a lot of dreams in Literature/TheBible--and indeed, there are a number of dreams like this in-story, particularly in the ''Purgatorio''); or any number of variations on this.
* AndIMustScream: The Inferno is made of these.
** In particular, suicides are turned into trees. They can scream, but only when someone (or something, as Dante sees later) breaks off a branch.
** The souls of traitors are frozen in the icy lake of Cocytus, at depths corresponding to the depth of their betrayal. Those at the very bottom are completely encased and in grotesque positions.
** There's also the penance for the sin of {{Pride}} in the ''Purgatorio'': the sinners are made to carry boulders, the weight of which is proportional to the sin's weight. Dante even remarks that the punishment is the simplest, and yet quite terrible.
*** We should note that Dante considered himself to be guilty of pride. Read that how you will.
* AndThatsTerrible: Dante ''really'' hated corrupt priests.
* TheAnnotatedEdition: Most good editions of ''The Divine Comedy'' are heavily annotated: at the remove of 700 years or so, and given that Dante went on {{Author Tract}}s and {{Author Filibuster}}s in long stretches of the work about now-forgotten Florentine politicians or abstruse theological issues, it's often very difficult to tell who's who or what Dante is on about now without extensive footnotes.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The last and deepest pit of Hell is guarded by a series of Giants embedded in the cliff. One of them provides a passage to the lake of ice.
* AuthorAvatar: Purgatory has seven levels corresponding to the SevenDeadlySins. Dante experiences the penances for only three: Pride, Anger, and Lust. Translator DorothyLSayers commented that these were ''precisely'' the three faults people tend to accuse Dante of, so sharing these penances was probably a deliberate confession on the poet's part.
* AuthorFilibuster:
** At the very entrance of Hell, there is a special place of punishment for people who never took a stand for anything during their lives, and were neither good enough to deserve Heaven (or Purgatory), nor bad enough to end up in the rest of Hell. This also includes the angels who didn't take a side during Satan's rebellion against God. These particular sinners are regarded as the {{Butt Monkey}}s of the afterlife. Dante was very passionate about politics, and had a deep contempt for people who just wanted to mind their own business [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and were ready to change their allegiance whenever it was more convenient]].
** He reserved the deepest layer for his personal betrayers who were convenient about alliances.
* BadassBookworm: Dante in RealLife; he was a poet, but he also fought as a knight ("Feditore a cavallo", a particularly dangerous task) for the faction of the Guelphs.
* BarredFromTheAfterlife: Those who refused to commit to a position in life were left to run back and forth in the borderlands, for even Hell won't take them in.
* BodyHorror: Several levels of Hell involve grisly torments:
** Fortune tellers have their heads turned around backwards.
** People who committed suicide are turned into trees that are broken by harpies and demon hounds and can only speak when bleeding.
** Thieves are turned into snakes and have to regain human form by attacking others.
** Possibly the nastiest example is what happens to Muhammad. Dante saw him as a schismatic (he viewed Islam as basically an offshoot from Christianity), so the Prophet is depicted split in half down the middle, with all his organs hanging out. And Dante still has a conversation with him.
** The penance for Envy in Purgatory; people who committed the sin have their [[EyeScream eyes sewn shut with wires]]. The idea is that they committed envy through their sight and so, to purge them of their sin, they see ''nothing''.
* BuryYourGays: Homosexuals and usurers get the same level in Hell. (Usury is charging excessive, unreasonably high, and often illegal interest rates on loans; it used to mean charging any interest on debt.)
** By placing both homosexuals and usurers in the circle of the violent, and in a setting that so strongly symbolizes sterility (the burning desert), Dante establishes each sin as the opposite of each other: the homosexuals make sterile that which should be fertile (their sexuality-- according to medieval theology, all sex should have procreation as its final purpose), while usurers make fertile that which should be sterile (wealth should be generated by nature or art, not by interest accumulated by existing wealth.)
** It should be noted that Dante sees his mentor in the burning desert, as he was gay. Also, that part took place in the middle of Inferno, which has a special place in the other books as well. Thirdly, he depicts homosexuals as constantly running from being burned, which might be symbolic for how gay people had to run from being marked during their lives (more likely it has to do with the rain of fire that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah).
*** There is an actual critical debate if the group in which Dante places his mentor (Brunetto Latini) is where homosexuals are punished or if it's for pedophiles. Sodomy was in fact a common "contracepting technique" in the middle ages (it is noted by famous Dante scholar Vittorio Sermonti), and it would be unlikely that Dante punishes the act of sodomy in that circle. Moreover, when Dante asks his mentor to name some other fellow sinners, he enumerates only clergymen and literates, indicating a sort of "master-student" relationship issue.
*** It has also been argued that the reason they're there is not necessarily that they are gay, but because of extreme self-hatred of being so. This becomes more obvious when you learn more about Brunetto Latini's writings.
** Gay people also appear in Purgatory's circle of lust, running in the opposite direction from the rest of the crowd. So either way, [[SpaceWhaleAesop if you're gay, you're going to spend a lot of time jogging when you die]].
* CharacterFilibuster: ''Paradiso'' in particular features long discussions of theology, philosophy, and morality.
* TheChosenOne: Dante says that he was chosen for its spiritual journey in order to help to REDEEM MANKIND with the book that he is going to write based on this experience (i.e. the ''Divine Comedy'': intended as a sort of fifth gospel, so to speak).
* CirclesOfHell: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, if not the {{Trope Maker|s}}. Dante traverses all of them in the ''Inferno.''
* ClownCarGrave: The heretics in Hell lie in flaming tombs, each of which can hold some ''thousands'' of sinners.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Trope Exemplar.
* CorruptChurch:
** There are many clergy members and a few Popes in Hell, punished for their greed and for perverting the Church by selling indulgences and church offices.
** In Heaven (''Paradiso''), St. Peter himself harshly criticizes the church of the time and deems it corrupt, to the extent of calling the papal seat a "sewer of blood and stench".
*** And then there's the Sphere of the Sun, which can be summed up as "St. Francis was a great man, [[TakeThat unlike those corrupt Franciscan friars]]." "St. Dominic was also a great man, [[TakeThat unlike those corrupt Dominican friars]]."
* CrapsackWorld: One could draw from the ''Comedy'' that Dante sees the world as this.
* CulturalTranslation:
** In DorothyLSayers's translation, Arnaut Daniel, who, in the ''Purgatorio'', spoke Provenšal rather than the narrative's Italian, now speaks in the Scots language. (However, most, if not all translations choose to explain Dante's historical and cultural references in [[FootnoteFever footnotes or endnotes]].)
** This is taken to its logical extreme by Sandow Birk's translation, which translates Dante's vernacular Italian verse into slangy (and profanity-ridden) vernacular UsefulNotes/AmericanEnglish prose. Many of Dante's allusions to medieval life, history, and culture are replaced or augmented with references to modern life and pop culture, and the lists of sinners in Hell now include such figures as UsefulNotes/BillClinton, "UsefulNotes/{{R|onaldReagan}}eagan, and [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush Bush]] ([[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush both of them]])."
* DeadUnicornTrope: A typical description of the Inferno would probably mention "demons with pointy sticks torturing sinners chained to the wall,". This is actually a fairly ''uncommon'' punishment in Dante's Hell, and is shown directly only a couple of times; sinners are tormented by fire, ice, storms, hounds, snakes, ''etc''.
* TheDevilIsALoser: Some readers and critics have noted that Satan is one of the least colourful villains of the whole ''Inferno'', but [[InvokedTrope this was actually deliberate]]. Satan is a giant [[{{Wangst}} whiny thing]], [[AndIMustScream trapped]] waist-deep in a frozen lake, beating his massive wings trying to fly back to heaven, [[SelfInflictedHell and while doing so creating cold gusts of wind which freeze ice back up, and push him up into the broken shards of ice]]. [[UpToEleven Loser Indeed]].
** Actually, since he's oriented away from the Mountain of Purgatory, he's trying to fly ''away from'' Heaven ... i.e. his choice is permanent, just like all the other souls in Hell.
* EmpathicEnvironment: When the CorruptChurch is discussed in Heaven, the sky turns dark and reddish, as if the whole cosmos is ashamed of how the true religion has been perverted.
* TheEveryman: "Midway through the journey of ''our'' life..."
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** The Uncommitted souls and fallen uncommitted angels aren't even considered worthy of entering hell, although they're still punished.
** In the fiery desert of the seventh circle, blasphemers and sodomites keep themselves away from the usurers.
* EvilChancellor
* EvilIsBurningHot: A large portion of hell is torturously hot, like the fiery sands and the river of blood, and fire is used as aspects of punishments in other areas. It notably averts associating {{Satan}} with [[{{Hellfire}} fire]], as he's trapped in the coldest part of hell.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: The deepest circle of Hell, reserved for traitors and lorded over by a monstrous but helpless Satan, is a frozen lake.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: It's a story with a happy ending-- seeing God.
** Comedies traditionally ended with lovers being reunited (think ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' or ''Twelfth Night'') and sure enough, Dante is reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Beatrice, who meets him on the threshold of Paradise and guides him to the throne of God.
* ExtranormalPrison: This IronicHell features horrid weather, cliffs, monsters, demons, and a doorway marked "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."
* EyeScream: Traitors to their guests are encased in the frozen lake Cocytus, with only their faces coming out. The intense cold freezes their tears, encrusting their eyes in ice. Any further tears cannot get out and increase pressure on the eyes.
* {{Fainting}}: Dante faints twice near the beginning of ''Inferno'', as the first tortures terrify him before he braces himself for the rest of the journey. He faints again towards the end of ''Paradiso'' as he approaches God.
* FantasyWorldMap: Diagrams of Hell and Purgatory are featured in many translations; some fine ones can be found [[http://www.worldofdante.org/maps_main.html here]].
* {{Fartillery}}: One of the devils in the later part of Hell lets out a huge fart as a sort of military trumpet. Even Dante himself points out the similarity.
* FateWorseThanDeath: One might think that The Inferno is chock full of these, but the ones who ''really'' have it bad are the ones trapped in Hell's Vestibule -- The Opportunists. As they never took sides between good and evil in life, so is their fate in death. They're not actually a part of Hell, and they have no chance at redemption. They just have one small place to be tormented for eternity alone by themselves.
* FlippingTheBird: ...or the equivalent of that time: One damned soul curses God and gives Him "the figs"[[note]]a clenched fist with the thumb sticking out between the index and middle fingers, simulating female genitalia[[/note]] with both hands.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Often depicted as such in illustrations; the actual "landscape" of Paradise is a bit vaguely described.
* FromACertainPointOfView: One sinner asks Dante if he will clear the ice from his eyes after he tells his story. Dante responds that if he doesn't, may he "go to the bottom of the ice". As it turns out, the entrance to Purgatory is reached by traveling below the ice...
* FromBadToWorse: As Virgil says, as awful the punishment of the sinners in hell already are, they will ''worsen'' after the Last Judgement.
* GiantFlyer: Geryon, demon of fraud and keeper of the "Malebolge". He's described as a devil with the face of a honest man, body of a multicolored serpent, hairy wings and a scorpion's stinger.
* {{Gorn}}: ''Frequent''.
* HandWave:
** Two pagans are in Heaven, despite Christians being the only ones able to get in. The narrator ascribes this to the mysteries of God, which are unknowable to all.
*** However, to medieval Italians it was a fairly common legend that Pope Gregory I raised the Emperor Trajan from the dead and baptized him before Trajan died again. The Other was a man named Ripheus who was granted a grace by God of implicit faith, meaning though he lived before Christ he did so as a Christian, like those Hebrews who where also born before Christ.
** Dante often passes out if he doesn't want to explain something.
* {{Hellgate}}: Possibly the TropeMaker.
* {{Hellhound}}:
** Cerberus, who has the traits of a human like beard and hands.
** The black bitches (as in female dogs) chasing and maiming the damned in the Forest of Suicides.
* HerosMuse: Dante is sent on his quest for redemption through the afterlife by Beatrice, who enlists the help of the poet Virgil to guide him through Hell and Purgatory, and guides Dante through Heaven herself.
* HijackedByJesus: Despite the generally Christian nature of this work, Dante borrows aspects of Hell (including the four rivers and various creatures) from the Greek underworld.
* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Everyone in the afterlife is either a well-known historical figure or someone who would be familiar to Dante's readers. It gets a {{justifi|edTrope}}cation as Dante's guides point out these exemplary figures. They also usually have more important places in Heaven or more picturesque punishments in Hell. There are some exceptions, though--the hoarders and spenders, for instance, are so featureless that they can barely be distinguished from each other, and Dante does pause to talk with a nameless Florentine suicide.
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: In ''Paradisio'', Dante makes this observation in Canto 22 after entering the Eighth Sphere of Heaven:
-->And turning there with the eternal Twins,\\
I saw the dusty little threshing ground\\
that makes us ravenous for our mad sins,\\
saw it from mountain crest to lowest shore.\\
Then I turned my eyes to Beauty's eyes once more.
* IronicHell: A quite famous one at that.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: At one point while in the Cocito, Dante pulls a traitor's hair in order to force him to tell his story, going so far as to actually tear out handfuls of hair when the shade stubbornly refuses to say anything.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Dante's reaction upon meeting his hero, Creator/{{Virgil}}.
** And in ''Purgatorio'', Statius' reaction to meeting Virgil.
* ListOfTransgressions: Hell is divided into subsections by crime made life.
* ALoadOfBull: The Minotaur is the guardian of the three Violent circles, and is depicted as very wrathful and savage.
* TheMuse: Not only does Beatrice inspire Dante, but he invokes all 9 of them (plus Apollo!) to help write the epic the way it deserves.
* NoFourthWall: Dante addresses the reader repeatedly.
** MediumAwareness: Dante, at least
* NonIndicativeName: It's not very funny.
* NightmarishFactory: One part of hell is compared to the Venetian naval yard.
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: Ugolino, according to some interpretations, is implied to have eaten his children when imprisoned in the "Hunger Tower". In Hell, he continually eats the head of the man who imprisoned him there.
* NotDrawnToScale: Dante provides some scattered measurements for places and things in Hell (such as the distance around one circle and the height of a [[OurGiantsAreBigger giant]]); from these, one can attempt to infer the overall dimensions of Hell, but the results are wildly inconsistent. But considering that it's ''Hell'', see AlienGeometries.
* TheNothingAfterDeath: Limbo, the first and outermost circle of Hell, is inhabited by virtuous heathens (it's not an oxymoron) and unbaptized children who died without knowledge of Christ. They do not suffer torments but live forever without hope or the light of God. And while, depending on your faith, this might be a horrible fate, for people who exist there, like Socrates and other eminent pre-Christians, it's not a bad place. They essentially do there what they did in life: wax philosophic about everything without the distractions of sleep or sustenance.
* NumerologicalMotif: The number 3 appears a lot, naturally. So does 9, which is 3*3.
** And 10, which is 3x3+1 (for the One True God, of course)
** ''The Divine Comedy'' as a whole is structured around the number 100. Each section has 33 cantos, with the exception of The Inferno, which has 34; the extra one serves as an general prologue for the entire poem.
* TheOathBreaker: The Moon is the sphere of oathbreakers who made it to Heaven despite it.
* TheObiWan: Virgil, who's stuck in the First Circle of Hell because he was [[ValuesDissonance born before Christ]] and can't be saved.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: Beatrice and her companions in Heaven, watching over Dante.
* PatchworkMap: Hell juxtaposes regions with wildly different climates; justified in that it's a supernatural world shaped by divine will.
* PassThePopcorn: Dante gets so caught up listening to two sinners insulting each other that Virgil has to snap him out of it.
* PetTheDog:
** Dante feels quite sad about Paolo and Francesca (a couple in the circle of the Lustful) as well.
** Count Ugolino, a traitor in the depth of Hell, actually becomes pitiable when he tells his tale about his sons.
*** Even more poignant if you consider that Dante's personal tragedy relates closely to Ugolino's because he was exiled from Florence with his (innocent) sons, as Ugolino was imprisoned with his. The fact that his family was condemned for his political choices weighted heavily on Dante's shoulders for all his later life.
* PopCulturalOsmosis:
** The concept of circles of Hell and the quote "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here" (or a close variant) are well-known and alluded to/copied in innumerable places, but their origin isn't as widely known. (However, in pop culture, they are usually seen with a FireAndBrimstoneHell, instead of the more varied and complex IronicHell of the Inferno.)
** In Italy, many quotes from Hell have actually become proverbial. It's also worth nothing that about 15% of the most-used words in the modern Italian language were first used in literature by Dante in the Comedy.
*** This is because the Comedy is one of the first works to be written in Italian, rather than Latin.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dante gives one to greedy Pope Nicholas III.
* RecycledInSpace:
** Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle's novel ''Literature/{{Inferno}}'', in which the protagonist is a DeadToBeginWith, GenreSavvy sci-fi author who tries (unsuccessfully) to explain Hell as LostTechnology or an "Infernoland" created by aliens. His guide is [[spoiler:BenitoMussolini]]. Additions to the original include a Hellish version of a CelestialBureaucracy in which damned souls as well as demons work, new torments for [[StrawmanPolitical both extreme environmentalists and wanton environment-destroyers]], and the theologically questionable revelation that [[spoiler:anyone can escape Hell through redemption and sincere effort]].
** There's also an [[http://www.dantefilm.com/ independent movie adaptation]] based on the Sandow Birk translation mentioned above, with a distinct UrbanFantasy look.
** The book and movie ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'' is also more than a little indebted to Dante's vision.
* RhymingWithItself: Done intentionally. To prevent any sense of blasphemy, Dante only rhymed the word "Christ" with "Christ."[[note]]mind you, it is much easier to find words rhyming with Christ ("Christo") in Italian than English[[/note]] Notable in that he had to do it only three times due to the rhyming system of the Comedy (ABA BCB CDC ... YZY Z).
* SacredHospitality: Ptolomaea, the second to last round of the ninth circle of Hell, is reserved for those who betrayed their guests. Souls there are buried in ice with just their faces exposed, but their eyes frozen so [[AndIMustScream they cannot weep]]. And they are sent to Hell before they're dead, their bodies becoming vessels for DemonicPossession.
* {{Satan}}: Although he's a rather weak and pitiful (albeit gigantic) being, stuck in ice at the very bottom of Hell and chewing on Judas, Brutus, and Cassius; he doesn't even put up a fight when Dante and Virgil climb down his body to access the path to Purgatory.
** Dante's description of Satan may be the first time he appears with bat wings.
* SelfDeprecation: Several times in ''Purgatorio'', Dante meets someone and tries to show off some of his poetry, but Virgil rushes them along, saying his poetry doesn't matter.
* SelfInflictedHell: The damned are implied to have chosen their own fate, as they clamber madly to cross the river Acheron.
* SelfInsertFic: The main character is Alighieri himself. [[TropesAreNotBad It's still a good story, though.]]
* SevenDeadlySins:
** Purgatory is patterned after these.
** Hell includes punishments for lust, gluttony, greed, and wrath.
* SevenHeavenlyVirtues: They appear as beautiful maidens dancing around Beatrice's chariot in her triumphal procession at the end of Purgatory.
* SingleTear: A soldier Dante meets in Purgatory was put there instead of Hell because he shed a single tear before dying.
* SnicketWarningLabel: Some early verses in the ''Paradiso'' warn readers not to continue further if they are not ready to deal with the complex theology discussed therein. Most people who end up reading it regret not taking the warning more seriously and end up with a headache, and left very confused.
* SuicideIsShameful: Dante portrays the souls of the suicidal as residing in the 7th circle of Hell, reserved for the violent. For committing violence against themselves, they have their bodies entombed in oak trees or strewn across thorny bushes and are feasted upon by demonic harpies, and for rejecting God's gifts, they will be denied the chance to regain their human forms come the Day of Judgement.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Although Dante has nothing but contempt for Satan and his minions, he often shows feelings of empathy, pity, and even respect for several sinners he meets in Hell. Virgil sometimes tells Dante off for this. After all, if an omniscient and all-loving God has decided they're not worth pity, why should anyone go against divine will and feel sorry for them?
* TakeOurWordForIt: At the end of ''Paradiso'', this is how Dante describes God. Anything else would have been underwhelming.
* TakeThat:
** Dante's personal and political enemies, as well as historical villains--even some of his ''friends''--often end up in Hell. One of the most notable examples is none other than the then-current ''Pope'', Bonifacius VIII, of whom Dante was not a big fan. According to [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18430_6-historic-acts-revenge-that-put-kill-bill-to-shame.html Cracked.com]], this was a big "screw you" to "Pope" Boniface and the town of Florence for double-crossing and exiling him (in an order that [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2145378/Dantes-infernal-crimes-forgiven.html wasn't repealed until 2008]]). The pope's not in Hell yet, but it's stated that he will be.
** Dante himself gets one when he meets Beatrice at the top of ''Purgatorio''. While he expects a tender and loving reunion, she angrily lambasts him and tears him apart, calling all of heaven to bear witness to the fact that Dante doesn't love her like he thinks he does.
** Mohammed and Ali are seen in the Circle of Hell reserved for schismatics, cut in half, a reference to how they supposedly divided God's domain.
* TakenForGranite: The Furies on the walls of Dis threaten to call forth Medusa to turn Dante to stone, but Virgil shields him with his cloak.
* TearsOfRemorse
* TenderTears
* ThickerThanWater
* ThisLoserIsYou:
** Dante faints, weeps, kicks the heads of incapacitated shades, and lambastes in the narration things his character self almost immediately does.
** Also, well, there's a reason that Dante has to go through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. See AuthorAvatar.
*** One [[EpilepticTrees theory]] of the ''Commedia'' is that Dante is contemplating suicide at the beginning of the poem. He describes himself as "lost in a dark forest," and what's the only other dark forest we see in the ''Commedia''? The circle of Hell in which suicides are transformed into barren trees.
* ToHellAndBack: Literally.
* ToiletHumour:
** One of the Malebranche "makes a trumpet of his ass" as a salute to his fellow demons.
** The flatterers in the second Bolgia are immersed in shit.
* WeirdnessSearchAndRescue: In ''Inferno'', the living poet Dante is given a free pass into and out of Hell to report on what he sees there, and is given the soul of Roman poet Virgil (a man who was in hell because he had the misfortune to live and die before the mission of Christ), as his tour guide.
* WishFulfillment: Seeing as he gets to beat up people he doesn't like in Hell, confronts Satan, meets the woman he fell in love with during her life and be saved by her, sees ''God Himself'', and transcends the mortal realm forever. The real kicker is that it's actually pulled off fairly well as far as self-inserts go. See AuthorAvatar above.
** He does not transcend the mortal realm forever, actually. Since the Comedy is set in 1300, after his voyage Dante (the character) returns to Florence, knowing full well about his exile and writing the Comedy to redeem mankind.
* WorthyOpponent: Saladin, the Muslim opponent of Richard the Lionhearted during TheCrusades, is in the circle with virtuous pagans rather than further down among heretics, probably because of this trope.
** Farinata degli Uberti (Inferno canto X) counts too. He was a Florentine past political leader, and one of the most prominent member of the Ghibellini (the faction which sided with the Emperor as opposed to the Guelfi, which sided with the pope) and he and Dante's ancestors were enemies. From their meeting in hell it is clear that Dante admires the man much even if he acknowledges their rivalry and differing viewpoints.
* WoundedGazelleWarcry: Helen of Troy in hell can be interpreted as having been this trope in life, rather than the passive object of desire she was in ''Literature/TheIliad'': Dante gives her the full blame for the Trojan War, as if she got herself kidnapped by the Trojan prince on purpose in order to give her own nation an excuse to invade Troy.
** It boils down to whether you think she was abducted by Paris or gave in to lust and ran off with him willingly.

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