->''"Kageyama, won't you go to Hell with me?"''
-->-- '''Sou Yaguruma''', ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto''

A Hell Seeker is a character who actively is trying to get into Hell. Literally Hell, as in [[{{Hell}} the afterlife of endless torment]]. Maybe he thinks that he will like it there, being allowed to "reign in hell" rather than becoming one of the tormented souls. (Such a character is usually [[OriginalPositionFallacy eventually proven wrong, ending up at the bottom of the hellish food-chain]].) Maybe he's concerned he'll otherwise [[TheNothingAfterDeath wind up nowhere at all]], or [[CessationOfExistence vanish entirely]]. Or maybe he's just trying to punish himself. Or maybe he lives in a setting where Hell is [[AHellOfATime something much cooler]] than the horrors believed in by certain RealLife religions.

Since most religions forbid suicide, one wonders why these people don't [[CuttingTheKnot just shoot themselves.]]

Contrast HeavenSeeker. Also contrast ToHellAndBack and DealWithTheDevil. The former is for characters who want to go to hell but want to get out afterwards, while the latter 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 ''Film/HellraiserHellseeker'', although that movie is an example. See also DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Tetsu from ''Manga/{{Saikano}}'' 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 DeathSeeker, though.
** [[DidntThinkThisThrough He hasn't really thought this plan through, has he?]]
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': [[spoiler: Younger Toguro]] is one of these, in addition to being a DeathSeeker. [[spoiler: He chooses to be punished in the deepest level of Hell, even though he could have gotten off with a lighter sentence, because [[AntiVillain he feels that he could never be punished enough for what he let happen to his old martial-arts pupils]] and the aftermath of such.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}},'' the members of Iscariot are like this, although it's less seeking and more resigned to their fate. They believe it is their duty to "Form square in hell" and battle the daemons there.
** In the anime series, Incognito breathes this trope. He's quite explicit about it.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Some ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'' feature StrawLoser characters who believe that [[AHellOfATime hell is cool]]. They are, of course, always proven wrong.
* ''Inrutat'' of ''Pondus'' has a double subversion: A DeathMetal satanist comes to heaven, looking awfully disappointed. An angel explain to him: "Oh, but this is your hell".
* Steve Dallas on ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' mentioned this a few times, although it wasn't clear whether he ''wanted'' to go there or was simply resigned to the fact that he would.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' 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.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the short story "Down Satan!" by Creator/CliveBarker, 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.
* In ''Hideaway'' by DeanKoontz, the SerialKiller antagonist calls himself Vassago, believing he is the human incarnation of one of the demon princes of Hell and that by hideously murdering enough people, will be allowed to return to Hell at Satan's right hand. After killing them, he arranges their corpses in ways that symbolically/artistically represent the sins he fancies they committed, but truly knows the reason for doing this has [[ForTheEvulz nothing to do]] with punishing the guilty. It's also hinted at that [[spoiler: his beliefs of demon heritage may not be so delusional after all]]
* Hattie Durham is one briefly in the ''LeftBehind'' series, after deciding that she does believe in God and the Bible, but doesn't believe she deserves to go to Heaven. She comes around eventually.
* Quentin from ''Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury'' entertains the idea of going to hell with his sister for committing incest (which he didn't commit), in order to protect her. Or something.
* Alma from ''Suffer the Little Children'' attempts to sell her soul to the Devil - she's from a very abusive family who are all convinced they are going to heaven, and she wants more than anything to escape from them. ([[AuthorAppeal It's a story by Aleister Crowley, who went through pretty much the same experience in his childhood.]])
* Mapleshade from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' was this when alive: she hated [=StarClan=] and wanted to go to the Dark Forest.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Yaguruma/Kick Hopper in ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto''
* Akumaro in ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' wants to [[spoiler: break the barrier between worlds and literally bring about hell on Earth. It's the only way he can see hell, because he was born a Gedoushuu (monsters of that series) instead of being a mortal who fell to TheDarkSide.]]
* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', when the title character is made Archbishop of Canterbury he has to talk a dying landowner into leaving his lands to the Crown instead of the church. Since the landowner is convinced he'll go to hell without the blessing of the church, Edmund resorts to convincing him that hell is ''awesome''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Many of the Nephandi (fallen mages) in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''. By the time they Descend they are already twisted enough to actually enjoy it in there.
* The ''Fiendish Codex'' sourcebooks for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3.5'' claim that many evil characters make deals with devils on the assumption that, after they die, they'll rocket to the top of Hell's hierarchy. "None ever look at a lemure [the bottom of Hell's food chain] and think that will be their eternity."
** It is said, however, that when bargaining with devils, powerful enough characters can bargain for early or even immediate promotion to higher ranks.
** In the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting, devils are allowed to bargain with deceased mortals awaiting judgment in the Fugue Plane due an agreement they have with Kelemvor, the ruler of the place and the god of death. While not allowed to lie to or kidnap the dead souls, they may try to offer souls a bargain in exchange for coming with them, such as wealth for living families on Faerun, vengeance against still-living enemies, or even rapid promotion to stronger forms in the infernal hierarchy. Some mortals who worshipped cruel gods and/or lived lives where they violated their faiths may actually think Hell is better than the fate that awaits them, so while the devils' success rate isn't all ''that'' high, it's enough for them to keep at it.
* Warboss Tuska from TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}. Led a Waaaagh into the [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Eye of Terror]], the place where the Warp overlaps with reality, all so they could find a good fight. [[WarriorHeaven They found it all right.]]
* In ''TabletopGame/InNomine'', many who make a DealWithTheDevil do so with the promise that they'll get preferential treatment when they finally bite it and go to Hell. [[spoiler: Very rarely, their masters even keep their bargain.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* There is an old gamer joke about a hardcore ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' player who finds a GenieInABottle and is granted three wishes: IDDQD, IDKFA, and a one way trip to Hell.[[note]]IDDQD and IDKFA are the GodMode and max ammo [[ClassicCheatCode cheatcodes]][[/note]]
* The backstory of ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' has the legend of Saint Yoruk, who travelled to Hades to meet with the Devil and learn the secrets of magic from him. When Yoruk died, his soul went to heaven, but as he'd gotten used to Hades, he fought his way back there.
* In ''BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden'', the player can choose to perform mean/non-charitable options five times. If he does so, he enters hell when he dies.
* Cassus Vicus of ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho'' was the only person who sought out the Pyxis on purpose. Coincidentally, he's the only one who has all his perverted, twisted, and depraved desires fulfilled, with no catches.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' Lita wanted to go to hell so she could kill her father, again. Of course, she had no idea he had become [[AnthropomorphicPersonification one of the]] [[SevenDeadlySins Seven Sins]] and [[spoiler: she ended up helping him.]]
* Black Mage of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' wants to get to Hell to rule it. [[spoiler:He succeeds...for a time. One thinks he's got to die again ''[[OhCrap eventually]]'', though.]]
* Ink Catherly from ''Literature/HitherbyDragons'' is a preteen adventurer determined to reach hell "because I'm an explorer". In this case, hell is located in an infinitely-tall tower inside her closet.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Zodiac}}'' the super-villain Hellhound is a devout believer who derives horrible pleasure from burning others to death with his flame powers, seeing Hell as his vision of Heaven surrounded by an eternity of burning flesh.
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[[folder:Other]]
* A common response to quotes on Website/FundiesSayTheDarndestThings is to suggest that if the person being quoted is going to Heaven, the commentator would rather go to Hell than be stuck with such a person for eternity.
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