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[[caption-width-right:350:[[{{Psychopomp}} Flights of angels]] escorting a soul to Heaven]]

->''As it is written:''
-->'''''What eye has not seen and ear has not heard,'''''\\
'''''and what has not entered the human heart,'''''\\
'''''what God has prepared for those who love him,'''''
->''this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.''
-->-- St. Paul, quoting Isaiah 64:3, '''1 Corinthians 2:9-10a''' ([[Literature/TheBible New American Bible]])

[[DescribeTopicHere Describe Heaven here.]]

[[OffscreenAfterlife Actually, we can't.]]

The problem lies in Heaven being the pinnacle of perfection, the ultimate reward, so most authors and filmmakers end up feeling not quite up to the task of portraying it (not to mention, one person's heaven is [[IronicHell another person's]] {{Hell}}). The easy way out is to use FluffyCloudHeaven, TheThemeParkVersion of Heaven.

When that doesn't fit the theme of the setting, the solution is to not show it at all, save perhaps [[GoIntoTheLight as a tunnel of light for the departed to enter]]. Or an [[StairwayToHeaven escalator.]] An older version was to have an [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angel]] show up as {{Psychopomp}}, perhaps after disputing with a devil trying to bear the soul off to {{Hell}}. In comic form, WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath implies entry here.

A less simplistic and more dramatic approach is as a "nebula of lights", with each [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]] a star, each [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angel]] a comet, and God the Quasar in the center. Another alternative is to use an [[AfterlifeAntechamber allegorically benevolent]] '[[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory purgatory]]' in the shape of your grandparent's house (complete with apple pie in the oven) or whatever [[HappyPlace place you were happiest]]. Even then, those "living" there will inform the new arrival that what they're seeing is [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith a kid-friendly level so that they aren't blown away by the sheer awesome]], or because they'll be resurrected shortly and it wouldn't be right for them to feel unhappy on Earth.

Still more forms of Heaven include [[NostalgiaHeaven reliving parts of your life]], so you will be reunited with all your loved ones and experience your most fond memories over and over again. Heaven may also be one of [[WarriorHeaven glorious combat]], where you can be a warrior for all eternity. However, it might also turn out that Heaven is a [[HellOfAHeaven downright nightmare for one person]].

{{Hell}}, of course, doesn't have this problem and is ''aaall'' about the visceral and gory {{Discretion Shot}}s, so you'll see absolutely [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Dante-esque hellscapes]] to put {{Mordor}} to shame. TheUnderworld, being neither particularly pleasant or unpleasant, likewise doesn't have this problem, though if sections of it are equivalent to {{Heaven}}, we probably won't see the whole thing.

Frequently, those who've gone into heaven are revealed to have DiedHappilyEverAfter via various means. However, you probably shouldn't try to get them to come back... [[CameBackWrong you wouldn't like the results]]. See also/Compare AFormYouAreComfortableWith.

Not be confused with that [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0246677/ film]] with CateBlanchett in it.
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[[folder: Anime]]

* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has Heaven (or the Upper World in the English dubs). However, it's more or less considered a more peaceful version of Limbo rather than a wonderful utopia of any kind. It does manage to [[HeelFaceTurn turn former bad guys into pure goody-goods if they stay long enough]], as seen through Dabura.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[spoiler: It's implied that Madoka created one of these after she became a god and AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence; she takes the souls of dying magical girls there before they witch out.]]

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''{{Promethea}}'' portrays Heaven using the Tree of Life from the Kaballah. Heaven is also a mirror of the human soul, so in the different spheres of existence a traveler will meet different facets of his or her own personality. Some of the spheres are similar to standard depictions of Heaven (Chesed is a Van Gogh-esque cloudscape, Keter is basically pure light, etc.) while other spheres are... Different.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fandom, [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/kalash93 Kalash93]] and [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/The+Descendant TheDescendant]] both mention something called The Well of Souls. All that's known is that it's some sort of afterlife, although the way it is used in their stories makes it roughly an analogy for heaven.
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' this is the domain that the [[TopGod Father of All Alicorns]] is DimensionLord over. It's apparently in his body and is described as paradise, but we never actually see it.
* In ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', Heaven is a massive gas giant with twelve planet-sized moons in orbit. It is the original Angel homeworld and main world of the [[TheFederation Angel Federation]]. The Angel capitol city, New Jerusalem, is on top of a massive floating station hidden in the storm-ravaged mantle.
* In ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', heaven for the Smurfs is referred to as "the smurfy hereafter", which in the story "Smurfing In Heaven" is called Elysium and resembles a ShiningCity version of the Smurf Village...except that in that particular story, the "Elysium" that Empath enters into [[spoiler:is a magical illusion created by Ares the god of war]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* The original ''Film/{{Bedazzled 1967}}'' uses the Royal Gardens at Kew as the location shot for Heaven.
* Seen briefly at the end of ''Film/{{Ghost}}'' [[spoiler:as Sam Wheat is welcomed into the afterlife]].
* The film ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' has a scene depicting Elysium, which looks rather like {{Arcadia}}. The titular gladiator is met by his wife and young son while a pleasant but ultimately incomprehensibly-lyricked tune runs in the background.
* ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' uses the "nebula of lights" version in the opening, showing three stars flashing as the angels talk in a voice over.
* Very, very thoroughly averted in ''Film/TheProphecy''. After thousands of years of war the rogue angel Gabriel and his faction, and the angels loyal to God led by Michael, who are fighting over letting humans into heaven and humanity's place in God's eyes/favor, things in heaven aren't so pleasant anymore.
* ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' has The Nexus. It's not explicitly Heaven... but it is functionally. It's essentially a HappyPlace in physical space that can give you your hearts deepest desire, free of any {{Aesoptinum}} fees.
** Except that you ''probably'' kill a ''lot'' of people getting there. Notably, no one from the Enterprise is shown in the Nexus...only Picard and Guinan (who probably has superpowers, let's be honest).
*** There is no cost per se, you just need to be in a place that intersects with it. Unfortunately, one way to get it to intersect with you is to blow up stars so you can deflect it into your path.
**** Which is just one of the many things about that particular movie that highlights the IdiotBall being carried by the villain. It says a lot about your mental state when your first thought isn't "steal a shuttlecraft" or "bribe some transporter operator" but instead "Maybe if I put out a sun ..."
* Pretty much half of ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'' is a depiction of Heaven.
* At the end of the 2012 ''Film/{{Les Miserables|2012}}'', Valjean dies and is escorted to heaven by Fantine and the Bishop, where it is shown as a giant barricade where all the people of Paris have risen in freedom, and all those who died in the film stand on it and sing.
--> ''We will live again in freedom in the garden of the Lord/ We will walk behind the plowshare, we will put away the sword/ The chains will be broken and all men will have their reward!''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The heaven of Dante's ''DivineComedy'' is the "nebula of lights" version, with radiant souls flocking around in symbolic constellations like a rose, a cross and an eagle-- although in illustrations, there's usually some fluffy clouds there as well.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Five_People_You_Meet_in_Heaven The Five people you meet in Heaven]]''
* ''TheGreatDivorce'' by Creator/CSLewis has people visiting Heaven on a day pass from Hell--neither is quite the stereotypical place.
** C.S. Lewis also has as a nontraditional heaven as part of the ''Chronicles of {{Narnia}}'', which [[spoiler: looks ''almost'' identical to the 'normal' world]], or rather the 'normal' world is almost identical to Heaven; as Professor Digory Kirke puts it in ''TheLastBattle'':
-->"And of course it's different; as different as a real thing is from a shadow or as waking life is from a dream. It's all in Creator/{{Plato}}, all in Plato: bless me, what ''do'' they teach them at these schools!"
* ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome''
* Oddly enough, despite the general belief of many Christians, Literature/TheBible DOES have fairly detailed descriptions of the Christian heaven from a physical point of view, including dimensions, structures, geographical features, and the normal attire its residents generally wear. Whats more, taking the descriptions literally makes more sense than strictly symbolically, which is unusual of John's visions.
** In particular, the New Jerusalem, the "capital" of the post-Doomsday Heaven and Earth, is described in Revelation 21-22 as a cubical golden box several thousand miles on a side, its walls supported by foundation stones of precious minerals, twelve gates made from a single (titanically large) pearl each (the original "pearly gates"). Inside is Christ's throne, a golden thoroughfare down which flows a river of the water of life, and ever-bearing Trees of Life.
*** Some think the reference to height indicate that it's a city built on the slopes of a (very tall) mountain, or possibly a sort of ziggurat, rather than a titanic cube. It's still ''enormous''.
** Which heaven? The current version, or the finished product, aka 'New Earth'? Let's face it; while it may have its moments, our world is at least partially a CrapsackWorld, even if not to the extent often used for that image - but according to the beginning of the book, it wasn't meant to be that way. So why not a repaired version that's literally heaven on earth?
* In ''Literature/TheLovelyBones'', Heaven is unique to each person; he or she is given things they most deeply want (except, of course, to be alive again on Earth). For protagonist Susie Salmon, the setting for her Heaven is the high school she never got to attend.
* In Creator/HansChristianAndersen's "Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl", the eponymous girl dies, and her dead grandmother carries her soul to Heaven: "They both flew upwards in brightness and joy far above the earth, where there was neither cold nor hunger nor pain, for they were with God."
* The StarTrekNovelVerse has quite a few alien takes on heaven. For the Nausicaans, there's Heart of the Sky; for Bolians, the Vein of Mystery; for Trill, Mak'Relle Dur; for Betazoids Great Fire; for Efrosians, Endless Sky; for Xenexians, Kaz'hera (a WarriorHeaven); for Cardassians, the Hall of Memory.
* The Culture novels have virtual reality "afterlives". Because a mind can be copied and digitised, it can then be put into a simulation, usually at the point of death. Whilst this means that Heaven (or whatever equivalent exists for each individual alien species) can be made real, it also means that Hell can exist too. And then there are the Sublimed, who may or may not be capable of creating genuinely "real" heavens.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' has [=StarClan=] for Clan cats and The Tribe of Endless Hunting for Tribe cats. However, the cats in these heavens can communicate on rare occasions, and it is possible for a cat to belong to both.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', after Cordelia [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to a higher plane]], we see her in Heaven next season. It shows her as an angelic floating entity of light floating in a hazy pastel environment. Her first pronouncement? "I'm ''bored''"
* This quote from ''Series/BuffytheVampireSlayer'' pretty much sums it up:
--> Buffy: I was happy. Wherever I ... was ... I was happy. At peace. I knew that everyone I cared about was all right. I knew it. Time ... didn't mean anything ... nothing had form ... but I was still me, you know? And I was warm ... and I was loved ... and I was finished. Complete. I don't understand about theology or dimensions, or ... any of it, really ... but I think I was in heaven.
** Buffy also sings about heaven, and her unexpected return from it, in [[MusicalEpisode Once More With Feeling]]:
---> Buffy: There was no pain / No fear, no doubt / 'Til they pulled me out / Of heaven. / So that's my refrain: / I live in hell / 'Cause I've been expelled / From heaven. / I think I was in heaven.
* ''Series/GhostWhisperer''.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' heaven, you relive your best memories. Actually, this being ''[[CrapsackWorld Supernatural]]'', it's not that great: you spend eternity reliving the same moments, knowing perfectly well they're not real (Dean compares it to the Matrix); unless you have a soulmate, you'll never see any of your loved ones again; and now, apparently, angels can use your soul as a weapon. It is, however, ''far'' preferable to hell.
* An odd instance of 'not quite heaven' that obeys similar rules happens in the [[InnBetweenTheWorlds Astral diner]] from the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Threads". It's basically the [[EnergyBeing ascended]] realm boiled down to a level that Daniel's unprepared mind can accept (because he hasn't yet made his final choice whether to ascend or stay mortal).
* ''DeadLikeMe'' never shows Heaven, but does show what the passage there looks like: whatever the deceased most loved to do in life. One guy sees a cliff he once dived off. A girl in the first episode sees a carnival. The Reapers that take the souls can see these images too, but are not allowed to enter them. [[spoiler: One Reaper does, halfway through the first season, and completely vanishes. Despite Rube trying to find out what happened to her, it's left entirely unanswered.]]
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' had an episode written by Earl Hamner where an Appalachian mountain man and his dog died, and the afterlife was just like his everyday world. [[spoiler: On a dirt road, a gatekeeper at what was ostensibly Heaven told him no dogs were allowed, so he refused to enter a place that wouldn't take his dog too. Later on, another traveller informs him that was the gate to Hell (and dogs can tell) and Heaven was a way up further.]]
* In the series finale of {{Lost}} [[spoiler: all of the main characters enter a bright light that is implied to be heaven.]]
* ''Series/DeepSpaceNine''. In "Body Parts", after apparently dying in his sleep Quark wakes up in the Divine Treasury, which due to the limited budget of a TV series isn't quite as splendiferous as you'd expect Ferengi heaven to be.
-->'''First Grand Negus:''' That's because this is a dream, you imbecile!
-->'''Quark:''' So I'm not dead, I'm asleep. That explains why this place looks so tacky.
-->'''First Grand Negus:''' Don't blame me for your limited imagination!
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[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons:'' several canon and many homebrew campaign settings have their own heavens and hells, often several different ones per setting!
** In a particularly interesting case of "one man's heaven, another man's hell", most Heavens are alignment based, so that there's a Lawful Good ''and'' a Chaotic Good heaven. The hells are "heavens of a sort", since they are the Evil part of the spectrum. Lawful Evil hell is even considered relatively nice, all things considered.
*** To clarify, the main problem with going to one of the Lower Planes is that [[CaptainObvious all the other people who went there are evil too]], and you [[BagOfSpilling start at the bottom of the ladder.]]
** More notably the heavens are based on different "concepts" of heaven, from most lawful to most chaotic: Arcadia is all about order and Law and society as a perfectly regimented place, ruled with benevolence and justice. Celestia is all about disciplined and constant self-improvement (symbolized by climbing the mountain, when you reach the top... Well, [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence you don't come back.]] Bytopia is about the pleasures of honest living and hard work. Elysium is about calm and restfulness (so much that people have trouble leaving). The Beastlands is all about GhibliHills and unspoiled nature ala Rosseau. Arborea is all about swashbuckling and High Adventure, while Ysgard is all about competition and contest.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', Heaven is just an enormous city where the top gods live. Ordinary humans have little to no chance of ever getting there, and the OddJobGods aren't based there either. The afterlife is the rather crapsacky Underworld, though most people [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnate]]. The really unfortunate are [[AndIMustScream made into soulsteel]].
* TabletopGame/InNomine's Heaven has a whole bunch of different areas (called Cathedrals although only some of them are actually buildings), and the dead can hang out in whichever area suits their fancy: there is an endless party, a library containing not only anything that has ever been written, but some things that somebody only thought of writing, a number of different places of worship, including one that always appears to be a perfect site of worship for any observer's religious leanings, etc. And all this is just the LOWEST level of Heaven; the Upper Heavens are essentially a place of perfect transcendent joy, and souls that go there don't come back. Hell is similarly varied, with an area that's like the stereotypes of Las Vegas writ large, an [[FireAndBrimstoneHell area with lava pits where people are tortured]], etc. Most souls don't go to either though, they just reincarnate.
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' features the Aether, the Supernal Realm associated with the Arcanum of Forces (fire, electricity, gravity, sound, light, etc.) and Prime (the very essence of magic itself). It is a realm of endless, glorious light and limitless power, and it's home to angels, beings of pure energy and unflagging resolve. No souls seem to enter the Aether after death, however; most pass through the Underworld, and the only mortals who visit the Aether are mages who Awaken to the Obrimos path.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The 'Farplane', of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''.
** A bit of a subversion, as the Farplane isn't ''really'' Heaven, it's just a place where pyreflies will form the image of someone who has passed away. The image cannot speak, and doesn't seem to have any emotion or recollection of the person that summoned them. Dead people appear to go to somewhere else, and the pyreflies are what remains of their souls, although the game itself remains vague on the true nature of the Farplane.
*** Then again, Lord Jyscal Guado physically left the Farplane for a few moments, giving the main characters a very important piece of information in a sphere, so it would seem souls truly do exist in the Farplane, with the motivations they held in life. It is the Al Bhed's opinion that they are only pyreflies, but none of them have necessarily ever seen anyone leave before.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] ''horrifyingly'' in ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}''. [[CrapSaccharineWorld Paradiso]] may LOOK like FluffyCloudHeaven, but it's more like the [[LightIsNotGood Light-Themed]] version of [[{{Hell}} Inferno]]. Note that [[DarkIsEvil Hell really IS a bad place]] and that the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]] are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. [[CosmicHorrorStory You do the math]].
* Several in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. The White Jade Tower where Yuyuko and Youmu dwell is a place for virtuous dead (or in Youmu's case, half-dead), while Celestials such as Tenshi live in a heaven for people chosen by the gods. Eiki implies that there are other good places for good people. [[ToHellAndBack The main characters can go to White Jade Tower as much as they like]] ''for partying'', even if they are [[MrViceGuy neither virtuous]] nor dead.
* The High Heavens from the ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}}'' series are finally explored in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''. Unfortunately, when you do explore them, [[spoiler:they're in the midst of a full-scale invasion by all the forces of the Burning Hells, spearheaded by Diablo who has become the very embodiment of Evil itself]].
* The Overthere in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' is this.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* A flashback in Webcomic/DominicDeegan [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-10-26 discusses it.]] While Hell is easy to view, Heaven isn't. Apparently, it's so awesome and filled with the light of good will that seers who attempt to view it are [[Music/BruceSpringsteen blinded by the light]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', it's where the files that tell the universe how to be are kept and the angels hangout. To be honest though, the few glimpses we've seen of it make it [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=891 look more like a backdrop]] from Star Trek.
* Heaven in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a good allegorical version; at the lowest levels, it's sort of an earthly paradise: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0492.html "The Tavern of Infinite One-Night Stands," "the Debate Hall Where You're Always Right", and so on.]] However, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0493.html eventually people go upward toward true perfect enlightenment once their fleshy urges are sorted out.]]
* In ''Webcomic/KoanOfTheDay'', the guru and the tortoise discuss [[http://www.koanoftheday.com/20/ what happens when you die]].
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