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->''"Gluttons can't eat or drink in Hell because they ate and drank so much in life. And they are trapped in putrid soil because they produced nothing but garbage in life. And they are being torn apart constantly by Cerberus's three sets of bloody teeth, because Dante is one sick motherfucker."''
-->-- '''Creator/LoreSjoberg''', ''The Book of Ratings'', [[Literature/TheDivineComedy "Dante's Inferno]] [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100406022816/http://www.bookofratings.com/dante1.html Punishments, Part 1"]]
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Most depictions of {{Hell}} involve some form of eternal punishment for the damned souls who are sent there. In [[{{Irony}} Ironic]] {{Hell}}, they get a more personal service. Each sinner gets a punishment that is an ironic reminder of the sins of which he or she is guilty. A glutton might be force-fed something unpleasant for eternity (a common version is that they're fed something they enjoyed -- ceaselessly, [[RadishCure becoming wholly sick of it]], for eternity), or might be prevented from eating ever again.

Many examples of Ironic Hell are references to Dante's ''Inferno'' (Canticle 1 of ''Literature/TheDivineComedy''), which depicts Hell in this way. It was published in 1314; however, the basic idea goes back [[OlderThanFeudalism even further]]. The Greek myths that involve Tartarus often utilize this trope.

Your Lit professor would probably call this "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contrapasso Contrapasso]]", Italian for "counter-suffering", which means "the punishment fits the crime."

Often coupled with SelfInflictedHell and/or ThePunishmentIsTheCrime. May also overlap with CoolAndUnusualPunishment.

* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** In ''Manga/DragonBall'', when Goku returned to the land of the dead during the Buu Saga, he asked King Yemma if Dabura (aka King of Demon Realms) had shown up. King Yemma smugly told Goku that since Dabura was a demon, he'd fit in well in hell; thus Dabura was sent to eternally suffer in peaceful paradise: heaven! A filler episode showed that this actually prompted a HeelFaceTurn, turning him into an outright LoveFreak.
** Frieza's personal hell in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' qualifies, being a SugarBowl filled with fairies frolicking and stuffed animals playing music while the omnicidal tyrant is forced to do nothing but watch the festivities while trapped in a cocoon for all eternity.
* ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' has an episode with [[spoiler:the GoldDigger stuck as a housewife, TheOjou as an apartment manager, TheGunslinger working a till, TheStoic running a failing business, and ThePollyanna riding unicorns in Ironic Heaven.]] Bonus points for the off-key recorder.
* Several of the banishments in ''Anime/HellGirl'' as well as some of the torments shown as Ai ferries her victims through the gates of Hell are ironic. For example, a banishment during season three has a victim being chased through a city by a 'Kaiju' sized Ai and then shrunk to the size of a bug in the boat to Hell. This victim had previously said the he would "become a big man and throw (his) weight around."
** For that matter, Ai's own servitude as the Hell Girl is also an ironic hell; as punishment for killing her family in an act of vengeance, and condemning them to fall into the pits of hell if she does not pay their ransom, she's doomed to take vengeance on other people's behalf and, in doing so, condemning both her clients and targets to fall into the pits of hell.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Sanji, the womanizing cook, stranded on an island of not-very-convincing and conventionally-unattractive cross-dressers who [[AbhorrentAdmirer are really into him]]. Anytime he brings up the island, he refers to it as "Hell".
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'' has its BigBad Yoshikage Kira, a hand fetishist, [[spoiler:dragged to hell by an army of ghostly hands. And since he wants to live in peace so badly, he's dragged off to a place where he can't]]!

* The paintings of Creator/HieronymusBosch contain some of the most vivid depictions of IronicHell.

* Subverted in ''ComicBook/HackSlash'', specifically the crossover with Chucky the Killer Doll. [[StrawmanPolitical Strawman Religious]] Laura Lochs puts Chris, Lisa, and Skottie Young in her own Hell House, though the punishments just seem randomly chosen and have nothing to do with the characters.
--> '''Recording:''' You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination! If a man lies with a man as a woman, both have committed an abomination, and both shall be put to death.
--> '''Skottie Young:''' (while getting whipped) Ow! Goddammit! I'm not even fucking gay!
** Shortly afterward done much straighter with Six Sixx's fate after failing the Neflords.
* In the Garth Ennis comic ''ComicBook/TheChroniclesOfWormwood'', the protagonists make a visit to heaven. They meet an Islamic martyr who had gone to heaven, and actually received his 72 virgins. So for eternity, he now must feed and clean up 72 babies left in his charge.
* Creator/ScottMcCloud's three-part improvisational comic ''Meadow of the Damned'' ([[http://www.scottmccloud.com/1-webcomics/mi/mi-07/mi-07.html 1]], [[http://www.scottmccloud.com/1-webcomics/mi/mi-09/mi-09.html 2]], [[http://www.scottmccloud.com/1-webcomics/mi/mi-10/mi-10.html 3]]) features a variety of people whose afterlife is a pleasant meadow, with a variety of small, eternal annoyances; the minor demon in charge of their case assures them that yes, this is Hell. It turns out that [[spoiler:Hell has much worse torments, but those are reserved for people who were much more... ''effective'' sinners]].
* ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'': After "M-day", the Scarlet Witch removed the powers of nearly the entire mutant race, her father included. Magneto's ironic hell is to live... as a normal human being.
* Decidedly surreal version in ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'', in which the punishment for telling your kids to get a proper job is -- to be used as a bucket by giant weasels dressed as cheerleaders. No, we don't know what Creator/WarrenEllis was taking either.
* Used in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', when it's shown that hell for dogs is to work as mailmen. And that Charlie Parker has to listen to Kenny G. for all eternity. And skiers get cooped up in stifling hot tubs and have to read ski magazines. And a maestro gets introduced to a room full of banjo players... It comes up a lot.
* In ''ComicBook/SecretSix'', Catman's abusive father is repeatedly eaten by his wife in the form of a lion, then brought back to be killed and eaten again. It should be noted, this is also his mother's Heaven.
* This is what the BigBad is shown in Johnny Dynamite: Underworld by Collins and Beatty. Singers have to sing all the time. Alcoholics have to drink but they never get drunk. He is promised a place at the devil's right hand if he does get killed. It doesn't work out so good for him.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': After dozens of nights after having to read ''Hamster Huey'' over and over again, Calvin's dad muses:
-->'''Dad''': Architects should be forced to live in the buildings they design, and children's book authors should be forced to read their stories aloud every single night of their rotten lives.
* In "I Have What You Need", a story from the Vertigo Comics anthology ''Time Warp'', a candy-maker has a secret recipe that lets people relive the happiest ten minutes of their lives. A sadistic gangster, Elias Yanyo, threatens the candy-man to give him a sample so he can relieve murdering his wife, threatening some other customers in the process. [[spoiler:Then the candy-man reveals that Yanyo is already ''in'' a time loop, and has been for the last twenty years. While the other customers lived through the incident and found happiness, the candy-man was shot in the ensuing scuffle and died a few days later. Since he's the only one who can turn the time-loops on and off, Yanyo has [[GroundhogDayLoop condemned himself to reliving the same ten minutes over and over for all eternity]].]]
* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' has the Tower of Mist, Kandrakar's prison, that, from the two known cells, seems to be based on this concept: the power-hungry Phobos was stuck in a cell that sucked away his power, and Cedric, a [[WickedCultured book-loving]] ConsummateLiar [[VoluntaryShapeshifting capable of changing his form at will]], was [[ShapeshifterModeLock locked in his human form]] (not the true one) and stuck in a room filled with books that only contain fiction and lies. [[ActuallyPrettyFunny Cedric actually appreciated the joke]].
* ''ComicBook/DylanDog'' gave us [[MeaningfulName Ash and Dust]], [[AscendedDemon a devil kicked out of hell]] and [[FallenAngel an angel kicked out of heaven]], and their punishments: Ash will forever [[WalkingTheEarth wander through the world]] being able to do only good and being loved for it, while Dust will wander the world being able to do only evil and being hated for it, with Dust being unable to understand evil to boot due his nature (Ash, being a devil and thus a former angel to begin with, doesn't have this problem). Since their exile started, [[LoopholeAbuse Ash started doing good to people who suffer because they want to commit murder, mutilation and other sins but can't actually get on with it, while Dust mainly does evil to serial killers, that he gets jailed, and monsters, that he keeps as a collection]] (and is hunting Ash so he'll help him understand evil. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor He succeeds, and will regret it forevermore]]).

[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/{{Syngenesophobia}}'' has, aside from the general punishments of being grounded, limitations on their internet and TV use, and being forced to visit [[TheDreaded Aunt Ruth]] every weekend, each of the guilty sisters also gets a personal punishment based on their likes and hobbies. [[note]]In order: Lori can no longer talk to Bobby (and Bobby dumped her after learning about the ordeal), has parental settings on her phone, and can only use the car to go to work or school, Leni can no longer go to the mall, Luna has to give up all her musical equipment and stop performing (though she keeps her MP3 player), Luan has to quit Funny Business and is no longer allowed to tell jokes, Lynn has to quit every sport team she's on and is forbidden from turning anything into a sport, or even dressing in sport clothes, Lucy has all her goth stuff taken away and is forbidden from writing poems, Lana has to stay clean and give up her exotic pets, Lola can no longer participate in pageants or dress as a princess, and Lisa has to sell her chemistry set to the school she teaches[[/note]] Lynn Sr. even threatens to whip them with his belt if they try to sidestep their punishments [[spoiler:(though it's clear that regrets doing this to them)]].
* In the ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fanfic ''[[http://community.livejournal.com/lower_tadfield/179843.html Its Own Place]]'', the angel Aziraphale's personal Hell turns out to be Heaven. The real kicker is that he doesn't even realize he's actually on Hell's torture roster because its version of Heaven is exactly as he remembers it, and he ''expected'' to be lonely and miserable there AfterTheEnd (because [[HoYay Crowley isn't th--]]er, because [[HellOfAHeaven Heaven is mind-numbingly boring]] compared to Earth), which makes this overlap with SelfInflictedHell.
* The short ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' story ''[[http://www.members.tripod.com/aletheia3/case.html The Case of Lorenz Kihl]]'' starts off from the last moments before [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]] where Kihl finds himself facing a metaphorical inquest of sorts where he justifies his plans to force ''human evolution'' the way he did and thus he only has to head towards the ''city'' which represents the final goal he has longed for. The twist is [[spoiler:that the very qualities he has in such rich quantities prevent him from ever being able to enter [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]], leaving him alone forever.]] He took the ironic situation [[SarcasmMode quite]] [[AndIMustScream well.]]
* When ''FanFic/MyImmortal'' had its author's account hacked, the hacker uploaded a chapter where Enoby died after being shot by the Snap-possessed James/Samoro. She was promptly sent to hell... and decked out in preppy clothes.
** A sporking of said fanfic made two endings. The second featured Egogy ending up in hell, condemned to spend eternity as arch-prep Justin Bieber's girlfriend.
* The DarkerAndEdgier ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' fanfic [[http://www.rovl.org/vi/?p=display&e=8482 It Makes Me Happy That I'm Not Them]] inflicts these on a few of the BigBad characters, as well as the OC lead. We hear mention of Gabool being trapped among constantly-ringing bells, similar to the hallucinations which drove him insane in canon, and the {{Narcissist}} Ublaz being rendered "furless". The punishment of the canon character we see onscreen is rather less intense; Swartt Sixclaw, who was, among other things, an abusive husband and father, is effectively forced to become a StepfordSmiler.
-->"Swartt Sixclaw, the best father. Absolutely the best."\\
His family beamed at him.\\
"How is that?" Keinruf asked. "Surely there isn't somebeast else who's - "\\
"Oh, no. They can't be, I'm sad to say. I have to be the best. Absolutely the best."\\
Keinruf raised his brow.\\
"It's his sins, you see," Bluefen said. "Rather, his punishment for them. He has to be good to us. Not just good - the best."
* In the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', [[spoiler: it's revealed that [[BadFuture Dark World]] is this for [[PsychopathicManchild Dark World!Discord]]. He gets to reign over the world for all eternity, his defeats always get undone, and the consequences of his actions are always erased...[[GroundhogDayLoop always, for eternity]]. It eventually got to the point where trying to save [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his daughter]] from death is the ''only'' reason he even ''tries'' to achieve anything. Ironically, by the time we this is revealed, he's actually had a HeelRealization, but the mastermind of the loops won't let him act on it until [[SpannerInTheWorks Rancor]] throws things so far out of whack she can't overwrite it.]]
** [[spoiler: [[DaddysLittleVillain Fluttercruel]], after [[DeityOfHumanOrigin becoming a full Draconequus]] and being banished from the mortal plane, is eventually punished for all her crimes by being forced to live a mortal life as one of her own victims. This finalizes the HeelRealization she began just prior to her banishment.]]
** A LooseCanon alternate universe shows the [[EnfantTerrible Nameless Filly]] who killed Cupid being stopped from murdering him due to [[ForWantOfANail ponies praying for his protection that day]], meaning Turris (the God of Defense) was keeping a close eye on him that day. Turris [[BigDamnHero came to his nephew's aid]] and [[VictoryByEndurance his unbreakable defense ultimately causes the Concept Killing Spear to snap]], after which he used the broken half against itself to RetGone it from existence, the resulting blast kills the Nameless Filly. In Hell, the Nameless Filly is condemned to a GroundhogDayLoop where she returns to before her attempt on Cupid, but can ''never'' actually succeed in her goal, doomed to try and fail for all eternity unless she actually [[TheSociopath lets love have a place in her heart.]] Given her actions would've erased countless innocent people from existence for a petty grudge, its a fitting fate.
* In ''FanFic/RitesOfAscension'', Twilight Sparkle’s neglectful, shallow, elitist, racist, and borderline abusive social-climber of a mother Twilight Velvet hits Celestia’s BerserkButton of tribalism with a giant mallet. The end result of the use of the “mud pony” slur? Newly-minted Grand Mage Twilight Sparkle giving Twilight Velvet her old job as Ponyville Librarian... and her old assignment of weekly friendship reports.
* Directly referenced in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos''. Venus the Seedrian [[DealWithTheDevil prayed to Maledict]] for the power to defend the Seedrians from Tsali. [[spoiler: He answered by giving her nearly divine power... and cursing her to slowly transform into a robot so she's [[NotSoDifferent just like Tsali]]]].
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': In life, Jovian and Jacqueline brutally [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] Felucia, both physically and sexually, to the point of madness for days on end while holding her captive. Upon their deaths at the end of Act IV, they're sent to Hell, where the also-dead Felucia eagerly seizes the chance to torture them back. To add to the irony, as shown in a flashback in Act IV chapter 31, Felucia had earlier sworn to Jovian and Jacqueline that when they died, [[SeeYouInHell Felucia would be waiting for them in Hell to pay them back]], which Jovian and Jacqueline smugly laughed off.
* In the Polish ''VideoGame/QuakeI'' fanfiction story "[[http://riad.pk.edu.pl/~pmj/quake/stories19.html Jak KraQsa mara senna zmogla]]", those who had grown too addicted to playing ''Quake'' are forced to spend eternity in Hell killing each other in a neverending deathmatch game (with actual pain). The only reprieve is available through winning a match, which grants the victor a minute or so of peace in an empty room.
* In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12835997/1/Paradise this]] ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' fanfic, Gaz wakes up in a world where Dib doesn't exist. Without him around to bother her, she's free to eat her pizza and play her video games in total isolation, leading her to declare she's in paradise... then all the rest of the food she tries to eat turns out to taste like pizza too, and the games start becoming ridiculously easy to beat. It's not long before the sheer monotony of all this starts to make both pizza and video games unbearable to Gaz, and she finds herself going stir crazy. [[spoiler: It turns out that Zim stuck her in a [[LotusEaterMachine virtual simulation]] in order to torment her for [[EvilIsPetty hitting him]].]]

* One example of a combined Ironic Hell and SelfInflictedHell is in ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'', clearly based on Dante. The protagonist's wife committed suicide, and reflecting the selfish nature of the act, she is essentially trapped in a state of depression, unable to connect with others. Perhaps even more ironic, for the protagonist, [[spoiler:he would rather be trapped in her Hell than his heaven without her. His doing so, however, makes her hell...[[YouAreWorthHell not]]. Freeing both.]]
* One of (at least) two possible explanations for the events of ''Film/JacobsLadder'' is that [[spoiler: "If you're frightened of [[DyingDream dying]], and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. If you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the Earth." ]]
* The film ''Between Two Worlds'' posits that everyone goes to the same place when they die, and whether it's hell or heaven depends on whether they're the kind of person that would be happy living a pleasant, wholesome existence. Except for people who committed suicide, who are doomed to staff the cruise ship that carries the rest.
* ''Film/Scrooge1970'' has a sequence where, after falling into his own grave, Scrooge ends up in Hell and is taken to a freezing cold office just like the one he made Bob Cratchit work in.
* The Spanish movie ''Sin noticias de Dios'' features a hell where everything takes on a reddish hue, but apart from that, the main punishment is your social standing being inverted. One of the characters is a notorious mobster who has been consigned to spend his life in Hell as a waitress. Oh, and the national language of Hell is English.
* ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'' featured this when the boys accidentally wind up in hell and locked in a maze like corridor featuring their worst fears. (For Bill: It was getting kissed by old granny. Ted: Being chased by the Easter Bunny for stealing his brother's Easter basket as a child. For Both: Having to deal with a Military General pushing them to the brink (which was a reference from the first film). Luckily, challenging Death bails them out.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' features this with Darth Vader. He betrayed the Jedi to learn how to prevent death. His death is prevented, in the most painful way imaginable.
** Also RuleOfSymbolism: As Anakin Skywalker, his greatest flaw was his impulsiveness. His emotions pretty much dictated his actions and almost always led to tragedy. As Darth Vader, he is more machine than man. Punishment for letting his emotions run wild is to be turned into an emotionless robot.
*** Possibly worse: he still has emotions, it's just that the dominant one is ''self-hatred''. He even gets an almost TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}-worthy effect where he can use the Dark Side to temporarily recover his ability to breathe unaided -- but the momentary pulse of joy he feels as a result disrupts his concentration far enough that his condition immediately reasserts itself. Yet more reasons to be glad you're not Darth Vader.
*** A comic panel had him "at peace" in the chamber on the ''Executor''. Instead of peace he sees '''Padme''' TheLostLenore and is shown that he only has his grief when he's alone.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wW4JiK7xN8 Daughter]]'', a short film by Eduardo Rodriguez (which was good enough to nab him a three picture movie deal from Miramax.) To say anything about the film plotwise would be a major spoiler [[spoiler: because nothing happens for the whole film besides scare chords and hysterical breathing]] but the most terrifying moment of the film arguably comes at the very end, [[spoiler: when you realize the doomed mother isn't alone and there are literally ''millions'' of people in sealed rooms suffering ironic punishments based on their life crimes just like she is.]]
* ''Film/WristcuttersALoveStory'' takes place in the afterlife for suicides. It's just a slightly more drab copy of Earth, and people's lives are just slightly worse than the ones they left behind- the ones that were bad enough to drive them to suicide in the first place. No one is willing to so much as contemplate suicide again for fear that they'd end up in another world that just a tiny step worse.
* ''Film/CastAway'' contains a fairly subtle example. The first act of the film establishes that, as a dedicated Fed Ex employee, Chuck is completely obsessed with punctuality and time, though it's suggested that he actually enjoys this. After he's marooned on the island, he has nothing ''but'' time.
* ''Film/{{Salvage}}'' has Claire Parker seemingly reliving her death over and over again at the hands of Duke Desmond. In actuality, Duke is the one in Hell, reliving Claire's death over and over again from her perspective.
* The female lead of ''Film/{{Triangle}}'' receives a FateWorseThanDeath, where she is stuck in a presumably endless time loop (or purgatory, depending on your interpretation) in which she murders her friends and accidentally kills her son over and over again.
* In ''Film/HellboundHellraiserII'', Frank Cotton, who had an affair with his brother's wife, and tried to molest his niece, was trapped in a Hell where he was in a room of women writhing under bedsheets, moaning for him; but he knows that if he took any sheet off, he'd get flayed (again). [[spoiler:This is how his niece gets away from him.]]
* ''Film/CruelAndUnusual'': In the afterlife murderers are forced to continually relive their crime so they come to terms with it. Some of them have already been doing this for decades without success.
* [[spoiler:Lotso's]] eventual fate in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' can be interpreted as this. On top of being ''[[KnightOfCerebus by far]]'' the darkest villain to appear in the ''Toy Story'' films, [[spoiler:Lotso]] is a StrawNihilist whose life view is that all toys are just trash in the end because children don't really love them. He ends up [[AndIMustScream being tied to the front of a dump truck forever]] due to a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} truck driver finding him and taking a shining to him because he had a similar-looking bear when he was a kid.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'': For Jack Sparrow, the ''Black Pearl'' has always represented the freedom to go anywhere and do as he pleases. InTheDoldrums of Davy Jones' Locker, he has his ship, but there's no sea to sail it on and nowhere to go. Nothing but perfectly flat, white desert in every direction.
* In ''Film/AnAmericanChristmasCarol'' (not to be confused with ''Film/AnAmericanCarol''), there's this exchange between Ben Slade and Jack Latham's ghost:
--> '''Latham:''' Hell's not what you think it is, Ben. Fire, sulfur, devils with pitchforks, none of that.\\
'''Slade:''' Thank God.\\
'''Latham:''' It's worse. It's living in all your past, all the time, forever. There's a politician who sits in a room with all his speeches blaring at the same time--no earplugs, either. And a king who has to keep staring at the faces of men he sent to war.
* ''Film/TheSinnersOfHell'': Prof. Yajima, who took water from a dying fellow soldier during World War II gets a torment similar to that of Tantalus--forever back in the war, dying of thirst, crawling to a puddle that evaporates as he approaches it.

* There's a joke: Joe lived a wild life, so he wasn't surprised to die and go to hell. He finds himself in a nightclub with no exit. The music is lousy, but he notices all the other patrons have a bottle of booze and a blond gal for company. He comments on how great this looks, and the guy at the next table says 'Don't be so happy; the bottle has a hole in it; and the blond doesn't!'
** A similar joke (which has multiple variations) has a guy go to the afterlife and witness other men being manacled to hideous women for all eternity. When it's his turn, he finds that he's being manacled to a beautiful blonde instead. The punchline is that it's punishment for ''her'', not him.
** Another joke (which can feature RealLife figures for parody): a man dies, goes to Hell, and gets to choose between three different punishments. The last room he sees is a man having sex with a beautiful woman. He says that he wants ''that'' one, naturally, so Satan turns toward the coital couple and says, "(Woman's name), your replacement is here!"
* Another one has Bill Gates asked to choose between FluffyCloudHeaven and AHellOfATime. He takes the latter, but two weeks later he's in FireAndBrimstoneHell. "That was Hell 1.0. This is Hell 95." (Or: "This is the real Hell. That was just the demo version.")
** Or "the screen saver". Bill Gates ''really'' attracts this kind of thing.
** Another variant featured a politician, with the initial form being campaigning, and the actual hell being the results of the vote.
** Lawyers have a variant with the punchline "That was our summer program."
** The oldest version seems to be tourism vs immigration.
** Military recruiters. "Now, you're in."
** Undergrads vs grad students. Undergrads vs med students. Undergrads vs law students. Grad students vs post-docs. New MD vs residents. Etcetera.
* Another joke: A priest that firmly believed SexIsEvil had a disciple. The priest died and some time later, the disciple died too. At the afterlife, the disciple saw the Priest with a gorgeous woman at his lap.
--> ''Master'' he cried – ''I see that God appreciated your sacrifices on earth, and now you will be rewarded with paradise’s pleasures!''
--> ''[[YouFool You Fool]]'' – answered the priest – ''In the first place, ThisIsntHeaven! And in the second, I am not being rewarded, she is being punished!''
* Another old joke: An avid fisherman dies and goes to the[[ great fishing hole in the sky, where his guide informs him that he's required to catch any fish that jumps. But after catching several dozen identical trout, the fisherman gets tired and remarks, "You know, this isn't quite what I expected from heaven." The guide replies, "Who said this was heaven?"

* A humorous example from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books is the punishment given to the villain Mr. Pin near the end of ''Discworld/TheTruth''. When he and his (somewhat more sympathetic) partner, Mr. Tulip, are trapped in a burning cellar, he kills Mr. Tulip to use his body as a stepping-stone to escape - "I wasn't born to fry!" - and for good measure steals the potato that Mr. Tulip wears as a talisman, believing it will guarantee him reincarnation instead of eternal punishment. When he meets his own death, Mr. Pin ''is'' reincarnated - as a potato, of a variety noted as being good for frying. (Meanwhile, the antique-loving Mr. Tulip is also reincarnated, thanks to his "potato of the mind", as a woodworm, living an idyllic life in an antique desk.)
** ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'' also played with this one. Hell has recently come under new management, so the traditional punishments get scrapped in favor of [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment mind-numbing eternal boredom]]. The Sisyphus stand-in has to read a book on the correct manner of rolling rocks up hills, for example. A book consisting of at least 10,000 tomes. Even the demon carrying out the punishment feels sorry for him; in fact, [[spoiler:the majority of demons eventually conspire to have the current ruler of Hell KickedUpstairs into a powerless job because they're sick of inflicting the new punishments.]]
*** Ironically, the lost souls couldn't feel any pain in hell as they had no bodies, leading to a friendly rapport being developed with the demons.
** In ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', a rat catcher is killed, and discovers that he is due to be reincarnated - as a rat. He doesn't even believe in reincarnation, but it's made clear that ''reincarnation believes in him''.
* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'':
** The damned in ''Inferno'' are all punished by tortures that have the same effect their sins have on their souls. A partial list:
*** The lustful, who were unable to control their sexual urges, are now unable to control anything as they are whirled about in a violent wind.
*** The gluttonous, who degraded themselves for their appetites, are trapped in putrid mud representing the garbage they produced in life.
*** Murderers, who spilled their neighbors' blood while alive, are forever submerged in the (boiling) blood of the Phlegethon.
*** Suicides are transformed into trees. Having voluntarily rejected the body and life that God gave them, they no longer have humanoid form and never will, even when all other souls are resurrected (instead, their bodies will just hang on their tree forms).
*** Flatterers are immersed in excrement, representing all the degraded and base flatteries they told on Earth.
*** Simoniacs, who perverted the meaning of the church by selling holy things for mortal money (the sin is named after Simon the Magus, who offered the apostles money if they would teach him the 'magic' that they did), are punished in an inversion of baptism -- stuck upside-down in holes resembling baptismal fonts with flames burning at their feet (instead of water being poured over one's head in baptism).
*** Sorcerers and fortunetellers, who attempted to use fraudulent means to see the future, have their heads turned backwards so they ''cannot'' see what's in front of them.
*** {{Corrupt politician}}s are immersed in boiling pitch, representing the 'sticky fingers' and dark secrets of their corruption.
*** Hypocrites wear gilded lead robes (that look like a monk's habit, for extra irony points). These look nice and shiny on the outside but are in reality dull and heavy, like the hypocrites' own falsity.
*** Those who caused strife and division around them are themselves divided -- by being hacked up by a demon.
*** Falsifiers, who gained from alterations of various sorts, are afflicted by diseases that make them unrecognizable.
** Some of the penitent in ''Purgatorio'' suffer through trials that parallel their sins:
*** The wrathful are plunged into perfect darkness, making them as blind as their anger had made them.
*** The avaricious lie flat on their faces and stare at the Earth all day as punishment for being obsessed with the earthly treasure of wealth.
---->''"Just as we did not lift our eyes on high but set our sight on earthly things instead, so justice here impels our eyes toward earth."''
* The Danish series ''Djævlens Lærling'' ("The Devil's Apprentice") has a completely ironic Hell. People who stepped on others to succeed in life are buried in the ground up to the neck; their heads are cobblestones. Suicides are forced to dig their own graves and get buried alive, over and over again. And so on.
* An example found in poetry that refers to [[RealLife a real-life person]], the first verse of Vachel Lindsay's ''The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race'' (it's exactly what it sounds like) contains the line, ''"Listen to the yell of Leopold's ghost, / Burning in hell for his hand-maimed host. / Hear how the demons cackle and yell / Cutting his hands off down in hell."'' Leopold II, King of Belgium, was the colonizer of the Congo whose occupation and forced labor amounted to a massacre of the natives of that area. Among his laws was that his soldiers had to present a [black] human hand for every bullet they fired as proof of an "enemy" killed. Because it can take more than one bullet to kill a man, somehow it evolved that chopping off a bystander's hand to save one's own skin was preferable to wasting a bullet.
* Creator/TomHolt's ''Only Human'' showed us someone who ended up in hell as a result of [[TakeThatCritics being a jerk to authors]] (complaining that their newer stuff wasn't as good as their old stuff, to every author) being forced to read a book that may well be ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} The Colour Of Magic]]'' over and over again for the rest of eternity. No matter how good Creator/TerryPratchett is, that's gotta suck.
* Referenced in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Edward believes he is dead, and at first believes it to be Heaven, since Bella's there...then comments that she [[ForbiddenFruit smells the same]], so it might be Hell.
* In I.L. Peretz's short story ''Bontsha the Silent'', a court in Heaven argues about the disposition of a dead man's soul. The defending angel praises his unending meekness, describing how he was subjected to great injustice and never complained. [[spoiler: The [[{{Satan}} prosecuting angel]] declines to make a case, so Bontsha is admitted to Heaven and told he may have anything he asks for. Of course, Bontsha is far too meek to ask for much of anything...]]
* In ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', Jacob Marley's ghost is doomed to [[FlyingDutchman wander the earth]] carrying the chain of cash boxes, ledgers, etc. that he "forged in life, link by link and yard by yard".
* In ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}},'' the BigBad's punishment is to be made into an immortal BarrierMaiden that essentially keeps the gates of Hell shut. Since the BigBad's goal was to essentially literally to unleash Hell, they can never complete their goal without taking their own life, and thus cannot rule over Hell like they wanted.
* The ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'' book "Festival of Death" has the villain wipe out a species in order to understand their "circular reincarnation" (their consciousnesses being sent back to their births upon death), so that he can do the same thing and save his parents from a shuttle crash. [[spoiler:He succeeds...at the reincarnation part. What he ''can't'' do is influence history; [[AndIMustScream he's just a passenger]]. Meaning that he gets to watch his parents die, and his own chain of poor life decisions, without being able to do anything about it. And since he is only a passenger he can't even stop himself from going back ''again'' due to the circular nature of it so he has to witness the death of his parents and all his mistakes FOR ALL ETERNITY.]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Dark Lord Voldemort's greatest fear was death, so he made himself immortal by [[SoulJar tearing his soul into seven pieces.]] Usually, when wizards die, they can choose to continue their existence as ghosts or to move on to "The Next Great Adventure", but because he desecrated his immortal soul, when all his Soul Jars were destroyed and he died, he had no choice but to suffer in limbo for all eternity.
* In ''Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet'', Bad Kitty has a [[AllJustADream dream]] in which she learns that kitty hell is puppy heaven. Bad kitties that don't qualify for Pussycat Paradise are cast down into Puppydog Paradise because they're always looking for more cats to chase there.
* In ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' it's implied that Patrick Bateman, rather than being a KarmaHoudini like he thinks, is actually stuck in something like this. If he really is a murderer he'll likely never be caught, but it doesn't matter because his life is already punishment. He's surrounded by people he hates, but doesn't know how to live away from them; he can't get anyone to stop him, because nobody hears what he says or pretend not to because they're too scared of him; killing people isn't fun or interesting to him anymore because everyone is so interchangeable to him that it doesn't matter. Not to mention it's strongly implied that Patrick ''wants'' to be caught, simply to break up the horrific monotony of his life. Notably, the story ends with Patrick looking at a sign that says "This is [[Theatre/NoExit not an exit]]"...
* Invoked explicitly by a devil in [[Literature/AWizardInRhyme "Her Majesty's Wizard"]]. The main character is having doubts that he truly is in a world where God and Satan literally and directly assist people in carrying out their goals, so in his dreams a devil shows him what Hell is like. A hedonist is tormented with constant sensations (fire and hot needles, probably not what he had in mind), a man who disclaimed any responsibility for their actions (and was diminished by each evil action) has parts of himself constantly drawn out of him, a man who could not make up his mind is frozen between two alternatives, a man who constantly sneered at others is threatened with being buried by the whole stinking mass of his life's insults, a materialist who said that he only believed in what he could touch and feel is surrounded by things which vanish slightly before he can touch them, and all of them completely alone, without any human contact, forever.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'':
** The Bad Place is made out of part this part classic torture. One character who has been there had to plan a baby shower to people she didn't knew, getting electrified every time she forgot someone's name and everything happened to jazz music in the background.
** [[spoiler:"The Good Place" turns out to be fake, it's actually a new attempt at a different type of torture in the Bad Place by Michael, which forces Eleanor, Jason, Tahini and Chidi into things they consider nightmarish. Eleanor is surrounded by people better than her and guilt ridden all the time, Chidi is forced to make immoral and unethical choices left and right, Tahini is always being bested and Jason is left completely lost on how to deal with it.]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The notorious sadist and psychopath Gregor Clegane is being kept alive by MadDoctor Qyburn.
** A more mundane version with Sansa. In the first season, Sansa refuses to support Arya's or Joffrey's side in a quarrel so she can stay with her beloved prince and not make her house look bad. She certainly ends up getting one of the two.
* ''Series/NightGallery'' did a short skit where a hippie-type (memorably played by John Astin) arrives in Hell, eager to experience the flames. The Devil instead seals him in a room which is sort of a horrific cross between a 50's malt shop and a backwoods country store circa 1910. As he departs, the Devil idly comments that there is a room just like it up in Heaven.
** The story "Certain Shadows on the Wall" has a man resent having to constantly tend to his ill sister, including having to read Dickens to her. He eventually murders her by giving her a dose of lethal tablets. Soon afterwards, her shadow appears on a wall of the house. His surviving sisters realize what he did and [[spoiler: [literally] give him a taste of his own medicine. The final scene shows that his shadow has joined his sister's on the wall, with him having to read her Dickens for eternity.]]
* ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'': The Season 6 episode, aptly titled "Let the Punishment Fit the Crime" features Catherine O'Hara as a high powered female lawyer (who used her lawyering skills to keep greedy corporations wealthy to the detriment of ordinary people) arrested for a minor offense in a small backwards town. She's placed on trial and the lawyer assigned to defend her is a badly dressed nebbish whom she looks down on and despises. The nebbish loses the female lawyer's case but "wins" the chance to escape from the Mysterious Sealed Town in the Middle of Nowhere--by sitting in an electric chair and getting fried to death. The female lawyer then has to take the place of the nebbish, adopting his clothing, hairstyle and horribly crappy job as public defender. (At least until she too is presumably allowed to die.)
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "A Nice Place to Visit" uses this trope. Rocky, an armed robber, is shot and killed by a policeman; upon recovering awareness, he is accompanied by a "guardian angel," Pip, who gives him anything he asks for. Money, women, success at gambling are all his for the taking. After a while, Rocky grows bored of "Heaven"'s perfection and the lack of any challenge in his afterlife, and asks to be sent to "the other place," whereby Pip responds that "this ''is'' the other place."
* From ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'':
** "The Misfortune Cookie" features a cruel food critic and a Chinese restaurant whose fortunes turn out to come true. After receiving the fortune "You're Going To Die", he storms out and finds himself surrounded by Chinese restaurants, but perpetually hungry. Eventually, he receives another fortune: "You're Dead".
** In "Kentucky Rye", a man dies in a drunk-driving accident that he caused, and ends up in a deserted bar where all the bottles are empty.
** And in "Take My Life... Please!", a self-centered comedian who knowingly stole material from a young, starving colleague winds up in a hell where he is forced to recount all the horrible things he has ever done, to an audience that will only laugh at his flaws and crimes, not his jokes. Cue the OhCrap when his new agent informs him of his new arrangements.
* Creator/VH1's short-lived GenreAnthology series ''Series/StrangeFrequency'' features a story about two Metal-heads who die in a car crash. They go to Hell, expecting it to be incredibly metal, as it's described in Music/BlackSabbath songs. Instead, they are forced to spend eternity in a '70s Disco. However, one of the two is revived, giving him a second chance at life.
* Creator/RowanAtkinson has a skit in which he appears as the Devil introducing people to Hell. Among the newcomers are the French and the Germans, who are placed together, and the adulterers, who are instructed to line up behind "that small guillotine".
** "Atheists? Right over here, please. *smirking* You're feeling a right bunch of nitwits, aren't you?"
* In the fifth season of ''{{Series/Eureka}}'', Beverley Barlow [[spoiler:traps Senator Wen in what remains of the computer simulation she had trapped the Astraeus crew in.]] All that was left was a ''single room'', with no one else.
* On ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'', [[spoiler: Delphine [=LaLaurie=], a notorious serial killer and torturer, is forced to watch her ArchEnemy Marie Laveau torture her and her children for all eternity. It doubles as an IronicHell for Marie as well, as she herself is being forced to torture them, thus destroying her sense of moral superiority.]]
** For the "Seven Wonders", one of the tests is to go to Hell and back, and so all of the girls pay temporary visits to their own ironic Hells. [[AlphaBitch Madison]] is forced to star in an [[TakeThat awful network TV adaptation]] of ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'' (and she didn't even play Maria!), Queenie must work the counter in a [[BurgerFool fast-food restaurant]] that she regards as the worst period of her life, Zoe must watch Kyle break up with her over and over, Misty is sent back to middle school to repeatedly [[FreeTheFrogs vivisect and revive a frog]], and Cordelia is constantly told by her mother Fiona that she's worthless. [[spoiler:Misty is the only one who fails the test, and her "temporary" trip to Hell becomes eternity.]]
** Finally, [[spoiler:Fiona's Hell is being forced to spend eternity in a loveless marriage with the Axeman, living in a smelly shack that's a far cry from the luxury she enjoyed in life]].
* GrandFinale of ''Series/TheShield:'' Vic's new "job" is actually a three-year probation as a pencil-pushing office drone. Instead of being out on the streets in the thick of the action, as the Strike Team often was, he’s stuck at a {{desk|jockey}}, indoors, in a suit and tie. He’s not allowed to possess, let alone use, a weapon of any kind. If he wants to keep the lights and air conditioning on after 6:00, he has to notify a specific extension. If he wants to work the thermostat, he has to ask maintenance. And if he wants to avoid going to prison (for all of the crimes he confessed to in front of his new supervisor), he has to obey the terms of the immunity deal to the letter, without any mistakes or complaints. Oh, and (1) his wife has taken the kids and run, on the order that he not be told anything about their new location, (2) his mistress vows he'll have nothing to do with her kid, and (3) his new co-workers do this for a living and don’t care what he thinks or what happens to him.
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit featured Music/SimonAndGarfunkel making a deal with the devil in order to become successful. The sketch then jumps ahead to Satan meeting an aged Music/PaulSimon (played by Simon himself) in an elevator to collect his debt. The elevator speaker is playing a [[HellIsThatNoise muzak version of "Mrs. Robinson."]] This is where Satan leaves Paul Simon for all eternity.

* The {{Music/Eagles}} song "Hotel California" has TheReveal in the third verse:
-->''We are all just prisoners here of our own device.''

* [[Myth/GreekMythology Tantalus]], who fed the gods his own chopped-up son for dinner, was chained to a rock and cursed with unending hunger and thirst; a bunch of grapes hung just above his head, and he stood in waist-deep water, but whenever he tried to reach for these, they would move out of his grasp. From this, we get the word "tantalizing."
* Sisyphus was the trickiest Greek, so much so that several times he managed to trick the incarnation of death and/or the gods of the Underworld to avoid dying. When finally taken off to the Underworld for good, he was given a task he couldn't trick or think his way out of: to roll a heavy boulder uphill every day. And at the end of every single day, when he'd finally managed to do it, the boulder would roll back downhill and he'd have to start all over again. The gods might as well have just said "Okay smart guy, try thinking your way out of ''this'' one!" In case you're wondering why Sisyphus doesn't [[JustEatGilligan just stop trying to do the impossible]], it's stated that his hubris prevents him from admitting defeat.
** Another version of this myth states that if Sisyphus could manage to push the boulder all the way to the top of the hill, he would be freed from Hades's domain, but the boulder always slips and rolls back down just before the top.
** The famous [[{{Absurdism}} absurdist]] Creator/AlbertCamus wrote an essay on the topic and came to the conclusion that while at first it might seem like an eternal punishment, from an absurdist perspective, Sisyphus should be happy because he has a clear purpose and direction. Since he always has a goal, he is thriving on the hope and anticipation of achieving it. For example, one is happier anticipating when they're going on vacation than when the day actually arrives.
* A religious parable of unknown origin has the protagonist shown a vision of Hell in which everyone is eternally seated at a table filled with delicious-smelling food. However, none of them can eat a bite because they can't bend their elbows (or, in another version, their forks are far too long to reach their mouths). The protagonist then sees a vision of Heaven where the same banquet and same anatomical (or cutlery) restrictions apply, but everyone is feasting happily. Why? Because unlike the people in Hell who think only of themselves, the people in Heaven feed each other. (Depending on your sensibilities, this is either a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming or a TastesLikeDiabetes GoldenMoment.)

* The radio series ''Radio/OldHarrysGame'' loves this trope, ranging from the Estate Agents Pit ("well, not so much a pit as a bijou basement property with unrealized potential") to the Enclosure of Eternally Pregnant Popes. Satan considers his own position to be an Ironic Punishment, and a particularly unfair one at that.
* ''The David Boze Show'' ran a parody of the song "My Dingaling" about a suicide bomber who [[GroinAttack strapped a bomb to his... dingaling]] the end of the song has him lamenting his situation in the afterlife, where apparently it hasn't grown back. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "This was the worst idea! 72 virgins and no dingaling, how's that supposed to work? That's not supposed to work at all!"]]

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* In the Soul Yards of ''TabletopGame/InNomine'', the demons of Hell divvy up new arrivals based on whose Word they most fulfilled in life. (With some cheating and stealing, of course; [[NoHonorAmongThieves this is Hell.]]) So war criminals go to the battlefields of Gehenna, media drones to the mindlessness of Perdition, and those who obsessed over technology become experimental subjects in the labs of Tartarus, for example.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' campaign setting takes place largely inside a series of {{Tailor Made|Prison}} Ironic Hells (called "domains" with the condemned being a "darklord"); the PowersThatBe of the setting seem to take delight in this. For instance, a bloodthirsty conqueror is trapped in a world where he finds every attempt to expand thwarted. A wizard-king who committed unspeakable crimes in order to live forever so he could master all magic did indeed achieve lichdom... but can't learn any new spells. A wererat who murdered her grandfather and intensely distrusts her family also suffers from monophobia, preferring to keep even enemies around rather than being alone, etc. etc. The best part is that the domains wouldn't suck so much if the darklords simply acknowledged that they were bad people who did bad things and that their misery is their own damn fault. But most of them just can't work up the strength of character needed to do that -- and if they could, they probably wouldn't have become darklords in the first place.
** An interesting case would be Lord Soth: the Dark Powers apparently just gave up on him and ejected him. Why? He had become so apathetic that his torments just didn't matter to him anymore (also because [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the third-party licensor couldn't use him]]). Prior to this, however, his fate was a refinement of the Ironic Hell he was ''already enduring'' on Krynn, where he was cursed to spend most of his unliving existence in a castle haunted by his dead wife and full of ghosts reciting his sins for all eternity. In Ravenloft, because Soth was also something of a perfectionist, the furniture and room sizes kept subtly shifting and the litany of his sins was full of minor continuity errors.
* Kindly shrouds in ''TabletopGame/{{Anathema}}'' were people who dedicated their lives to helping others. They have to spend their unlife murdering massive amounts of men, women, and children. In fact, the Balance selected them to become a shroud ''because'' they value human life so highly.

[[folder: Theater]]
* If Film/MaryPoppins really did send Miss Andrews to Hell (as opposed to a fiery room beneath the Bank's house) in the stage version of the Disney musical, then it makes sense that before she went, the evil nanny had a dose of her own nasty Brimstone and Treacle that she had fed to the children and ended up stuck in a birdcage for eternity after she had caged that lark for so long. She even got a more angelic singer to [[DarkReprise echo her nasty song]] as she went.
* ''Theatre/NoExit'' has an extremely simple but cleverly built one. You are sent to hell because you're a bad person. Your punishment is to be locked in a room forever with two ''other'' bad people, chosen specifically to drive you (and each other) crazy.[[spoiler: And it doesn't even have to be locked. The door to the characters' room pops open near the end, but the characters insist on staying to sort out the meaningless argument they're having. The only things making the hotel room a place of eternal torment are the exact same psychological flaws and unpleasantnesses that got you sent there in the first place.]]

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Afterlife}}'', Hell has Fate Structures which condemn [[FunWithAcronyms SOULs]] for the strongest of their SevenDeadlySins. Most are ironic -- for example, the Lust ones remove any sex from the lives of the damned (except for one, that sparks it only to keep extinguishing it through supernaturally mood-ruining cold showers), and the Gluttony ones punish them with eating, from Taco Inferno (where everything, even the beverages, is hotter than melted silver) to Bahb's [[ForceFeeding All-U-Must-Eat]]. Several of the equivalent Heavenly Fate Structures reward [=SOULs=] with as much as they want of what their virtues denied them -- for example, the Humility ones heap fame and praise on visitors, while several of the Temperance structures are restaurants full of ImpossiblyDeliciousFood. Finally, Hell also has "Infernal Institutes of Irony" as a general punishment, where the devils keep coming up with new, deliciously ironic fates for all the damned and test-run them on whatever SOUL they get. It's noted the whole process is more than a little inefficient, but it's so effective the concept still runs strong.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' expansion pack ''[[VideoGame/OverlordRaisingHell Raising Hell]]'', you encounter some of the {{Fallen Hero}}es and their minions you defeated in the course of the regular game in the Abyss levels, suffering appropriate punishments. Some examples:
** [[AdiposeRex Melvin Underbelly]], the King of the Halflings, is forced to eat food until he literally explodes, only to be later reincarnated and forced to do it all again. His halfling servants are trapped in a world with killer pumpkins and exploding sheep.
** [[GoldFever Goldo Golderson]], the Dwarven King, is turned into a living statue of gold for his sin of greed. He's also physically beaten by his once-loyal subjects, [[AndIMustScream and he can't die]].
** [[FallenHero Oberon Greenhaze]], the Elven Ranger, is trapped in his tree form and forced to watch a play detailing the genocide of the Elven race, which he failed to stop due to his tiring of battle, for all eternity. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh, and the acting is really bad]].
* In Season 2 of the [=TellTale=] Sam and Max games, Sam is tricked by Satan into going to his own personal hell, where he would be forever deprived of Max's company, and forced to endure the company of Peepers the Soda Popper. In addition, numerous methods of killing Peepers could be seen, but none could actually be utilized, further tormenting Sam.
* Every Malefactor in the original ''VideoGame/TheSuffering'' that's a specific, discernible figure from Carnate's history is going through an undead Ironic Hell - the soldiers who executed innocent men under the dubious suspicion that they were spies are now a BodyHorror-riffic living Firing Squad; the slave traders who ran their ship aground and left their "cargo" to drown or be eaten by rats are now bloated, drowned corpses filled with exploding rats; the girls who levied false accusations of witchcraft that got people burned at the stake are now eternally burning charred corpses. This continues into the second game as well - the Gorgers appear to either be the Depression-era Reverend who fed his followers human flesh when the food ran out, or the soup kitchen attendees so desperate for food they didn't question where it came from until it was too late. Either way, they're now ravenous beasts, capable only of devouring anything - or anyone - they come across.
* ''VideoGame/ThePath'' has [[spoiler:Grandma's house become this if your character strays from the path and meets her wolf]].
* ''Franchise/SilentHill'' is speculated to be one of these. The second game, especially adds to this interpretation, but there are hints throughout the series that suggests that the town personalizes itself for the people there, preying in their specific fears and guilts, but it applies to James in particular, who is tormented by Pyramid Head, [[spoiler: the physical manifestation of his guilt and anger at himself]], who [[spoiler: repeatedly butchers his perfected image of his dead wife, Maria]].
* To deal with {{Rage Quit}}ters in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', the devs implemented a system that pairs frequent rage quitters with and ''only'' with ''other'' rage quitters. ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' (2013) does this too (calling it "Jail").
* This is a possible interpretation of the intentionally ambiguous ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''. The VillainProtagonist, Captain Walker, is a war criminal. WordOfGod is that it is perfectly valid to believe that he died or was mortally wounded during the in media res introductory sequence and that the game actually takes place as a horrific DyingDream or as an Ironic Hell, SelfInflictedHell, and JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind. The game marks all hallucinatory cut scenes with a fade to white, as opposed to fade to black for all real events. All the endings fade to white.
* If you [[CopyProtection try to play a pirated copy]] of ''Video Game Tycoon'', your business will quickly start losing money [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil thanks to in-game piracy]].
* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' and [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 its sequel,]] the [[spoiler:children from the backstory. They were ordinary children who simply loved the Freddy Fazbear's Pizza characters... and then [[WouldHurtAChild they were murdered]], [[CruelAndUnusualDeath stuffed into the animatronics, and presumably bound to them by]] [[EldritchAbomination the Marionette]]. [[AndIMustScream And now they'll have to watch those same animatronics force the nightguards into]] [[IronicDeath a Freddy Fazbear suit, the exact same way they died,]] for the rest of the animatronics' lifetimes.]]
** Fittingly, in [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 the third game]], it's revealed [[spoiler:the children finally killed [[BiggerBad the Murderer]] by scaring him into the Spring Trap suit, which then malfunctioned and crushed him to death. After this, the murderer's soul ended up bound to that suit and left [[SealedEvilInACan locked away]] in a room in the abandoned Pizzeria for the last few ''decades''. A SerialKiller trapped inside his own preferred murder weapon and entombed in the very location he committed his crimes, this trope at its finest]].
* ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'': El Jefe is shown throughout the game to be a big-time CigarChomper. As revealed in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, upon his defeat, El Jefe was imprisoned and forced to roll Cuban cigars, and was also forbidden to smoke any of them.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', the Zin inflict this on their captives in order to - as Zinyak puts it - "break" them. For the Boss, a figure of chaos incarnate, it's being trapped in an idyllic simulation of the TV 1950s, with no beer or guns, and stuffed into 50s-appropriate clothing. Of course, the Boss is ''such'' a violent sociopath ("''[[InsistentTerminology Puckish rogue!]]''") that he/she quickly shakes off his/her new wholesome persona and starts causing havoc again, so Zinyak alters his/her simulation to that of modern Steelport where the Saints have lost control of the city to the Zin.
* If you get reported one too many times (due to abandoning games, feeding, being just a jerk or whatever) in ''VideoGame/{{Dota2}}'', you get sent to Low Priority. Back then you just need to play a number of games against other Low Priority players to go out of it. But then they patched it so Low Priority games are set to Single Draft and you have to ''win'' for it to count. [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1687 Truly ingenious.]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In the series's backstory, Jyggalag, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[ControlFreak Order]], grew powerful in [[TimeOfMyths a time]] before recorded history. The other Daedric Princes, fearful and jealous of his growing power, came together and cursed him into [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis becoming his own antithesis]]: Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of [[MadGod Madness]]. At the end of every Era, Jyggalag is able to [[EternalRecurrence return to his true form in an event known as the Greymarch]]. During this time, he retakes and destroys the Shivering Isles (his old [[EldritchLocation realm]], now Sheogorath's), only to return to the form of Sheogorath at the end. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, Jyggalag [[spoiler:devises a plan to finally break this ViciousCycle while passing the [[AGodIsYou mantle of Sheogorath]] onto the [[PlayerCharacter Champion of Cyrodiil]]]].
** Similarly, this is the case for Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of [[DestroyerDeity Destruction]], along with AndIMustScream. Dagon ''[[OmnicidalManiac exists to destroy]]'', but is stuck in his realm of Oblivion where nothing can ever be killed or destroyed without eventually coming back, effectively negating his purpose for being. No wonder he wants so badly to [[TakeOverTheWorld take over]] and destroy Mundus; it would be ''stress relief'' for him. Even worse, in ''[[https://www.imperial-library.info/content/seven-fights-aldudagga The Seven Fights of the Aldudagga]]'', it is implied that [[BeastOfTheApocalypse Alduin]] originally cursed Dagon into this state in the first place as a punishment for hiding parts of earlier kalpas from him.
--> '''Alduin:''' ''"You I curse right here and right now! I take away your ability to jump and jump and jump and doom you to [the void] where you will not be able to leave except for auspicious days long between one and another and even so only through hard, hard work. And it will be this way, my little corner cutter, until you have destroyed all that in the world which you have stolen from earlier kalpas, [[ImpossibleTask which is to say probably never at all!]]"''

[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' presents us with a variation of this trope, in form of [[spoiler: EMIYA (aka. Servant Archer)]], whose attempts to fulfill his dream of becoming a hero brought him into a situation where he only killed people "for greater good", without ever saving anyone, [[ICannotSelfTerminate and incapable of ending the cycle]]. [[DespairEventHorizon He doesn't take it well]].
-->[[spoiler: '''Rin''']]: The boy who stated that he just doesn't want to see anyone cry... could only see crying humans forever.

* ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'':
** Thief is killed by Berserker at one point [[spoiler:though we later learn that he wasn't actually dead, just very grievously injured and probably only hallucinating]]. He ends up in his own personal Hell... which possesses every last bit of money, gold, and whatnot in the entire world. Thief is at first elated to be in this predicament, until a TricksterGod that had been commissioned to revive him points out the one downside to Thief's situation: He owns everything, so [[VictoryIsBoring now there's nothing left to STEAL]]. Thief immediately starts begging the god to get him out of there.
** Lampshaded when [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/02/24/episode-388-see-you-in-hell-monkey-boy/ Black Mage goes to Hell.]] The demon greeting him notes that he's committed so many over-the-top atrocities in his short life, they've had to build a whole new wing just for him. When Black Mage asks why a bunch of demons would want to ''punish'' him for doing evil, he's reminded that Hell is big on irony.
* Much like the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' example above, when Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy die yet again, Andy is forced to go to Heaven because he is dating Satan and would therefore find Hell no punishment. This is ignoring another death scenario where Satan puts Andy through torture anyway, [[NegativeContinuity but...]]
* ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' has a two-part piece in which it is revealed that there is a "secular Heaven", which as its name states is a secular humanist idyll populated by people who refuse to believe in the anthropomorphic deity running the place. Meanwhile, "religious Hell" is populated primarily by fundamentalists of all faiths; when a character notes it makes no sense, the comment is made that God is powered by irony.
* The FurryWebcomic ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'', which is set in both heaven and hell (along with the living world), features this trope prominently. In its Hell, the people who end there are given punishments reminiscent of the way they lived or died, and are often denied memories from their past, making their ironic punishments even more cruel. The titular character is, at the same time, TheGrimReaper and the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Rage with LaserGuidedAmnesia, whose job, tag ''and'' amnesia are all punishment for his former sins from when he was alive. In fact, all the malevolent {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s became that way as a result of their acts and are punished in a way symbolic of the sin(s) they personify; save for the protagonist, they all prefer to see ThePunishment as more like a CursedWithAwesome, even if it obviously does not work that way. The whole basis for Hell in ''Jack'' seems to be a case of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor and LiteralGenie: A person who desperately wanted to believe his life was beyond his control suddenly found that it was; the embodiment of Lust found an endless supply of people to rape, but can't feel any of it... and, of course, the titular Jack wanted, more than anything, power over life and death, so he became the type of Reaper who has no control over who is reaped.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', a choir appears to sing dramatically when a character makes a DealWithTheDevil (and The Demon and The Daemon). The fiends identify these singers as the damned souls of pedophiles, whose high-pitched singing voices are a result of ''repeated'' castration. (Souls continually reform to match their image of themselves in accordance with their attitudes.)
* When Paul finally ends up in Hell in ''Webcomic/PicturesForSadChildren'', he is continually frustrated at its failure to provide tailored ironic punishments. The closest it comes is that Hell's version of Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} just lists things that you meant to look up, and when you click on them, it says "This information is unavailable and a waste of time." (You can just Website/{{Google}} it, though.)
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'':
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1406 Atheist Hell]]: Having to listen to bad arguments for the devil's existence for all eternity. (Obviously they know he exists by then, so the arguments are a case of RightForTheWrongReasons, and clearly it's really freaking annoying.)
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1823 Ironic Ironic Hell]]: Ironically, it's not ironic at all!
** In [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/flawed "Flawed"]], it's revealed that {{God}}'s ironic hell, in punishment for vainglorious obsession for creating order and beauty back when he was alive, is to run ''this'' universe instead.
* ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'' is known to play with this one. On one occasion a misfile causes a guy to be signed up for the wrong ironic punishment, which is immediately corrected when he [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne takes offense to being buried in dog feces]] (having always made it a point to clean up after his dog, even if he did kill and eat five people). In another one, Hell's latest tenant frustrates the demon assigned to him for orientation because here, yet again, is some dipshit who thinks a single lifetime of being a dull little guy has given him the guile to outwit millennia-old beings who have honed the craft of eternal suffering; then his attempt to prove his point ends up seriously screwing his pooch.
* Referenced in an AltText in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': The comic itself features [[ItMakesSenseInContext a motorcycle transforming into an evil muscular anthropomorphic unicorn in an explosion of rainbow colours]]. The AltText says "What [[https://www.google.fi/search?q=lisa+frank&tbm=isch Lisa Frank]] will see in Hell."
* [[DoubleSubversion Double subverted]] [[http://nonadventures.com/2015/11/07/cruller-intentions/ here]] on ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''. The punishment isn't related to Wonderella at all and The Devil admits that the irony is mostly relative. Then Wonderella realizes that she is really in ''Homer Simpson's'' ironic hell, and The Devil declares that she will suffer as she lived: ''"Recycling old [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]] jokes for all eternity!"'' Satan also notes that he created a circle of hell for ''Franchise/MontyPython'' fans where they quote lines at each other. ''They'' think they're in heaven, everyone ''else'' is tormented for eternity.
* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'': Each of individual Zones. See if you can spot the motif of dreadful backwardness running through them all:
** The Hospital has lots of doctors, yet many of them don't know how to treat the patients they bring in; it's a place where you're liable to get SICKER.
** Burger, Inc. has lots of food, yet all of it is unfit for human consumption, and it's a place where you're liable to get EATEN yourself.
** The Morgue has lots of cadavers, yet it's not a lifeless place at all. Indeed, the corpses are TEEMING with no end of lifeforms.

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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_427_16-appropriate-punishments-everyday-annoyances/ 16 Appropriate Punishments for Everyday Annoyances]]
** ''WebVideo/AfterHours'' implies that the characters are trapped in one of these, doomed to endless pop culture conversations in a lousy diner.
* In ''WebVideo/TenLittleRoosters'', [[spoiler:Ryan]] wakes up in a hole.
* When Mai Valentine loses her card game with Melvin in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', she is sent to a Hell where everybody's breasts are larger than hers.
-->'''Mai:''' Even Tristan's?
-->'''Melvin:''' ''Especially'' Tristan's!
* Not ''exactly'' {{Hell}}, but the personality fragments absorbed by Rokolo in ''[[Roleplay/AsteroidQuest Polokoa Quest]]'' are imprisoned by their own specialties in her mindscape -- for instance, a Rokoa with [[AnIcePerson magical ice powers]] is imprisoned in a block of ice, while a Polo who studied structural engineering is buried under rubble and construction materials.
* In ''WebVideo/NerdCubed'' Dan decided to put Matt through 1 of these in his 2.5 million subscriber special. Apparently, Matt failed to give Dan his Castle [=DVDs=] back in a timely manner so he made him play a Henderson Challenge from one of the episodes with him being very calm about it while Matt was raging and screaming the entire way. Matt was not amused when he heard the news.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In the fourth Halloween special of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer spends a day in Hell. Since he sold his soul for a doughnut, Homer is force-fed "all the doughnuts in the world" as punishment. Much to the frustration of the demon torturing him, [[{{Unishment}} Homer thoroughly enjoys the experience and even asks for more doughnuts when he's done]].
--> "I don't understand it. James Coco went mad in fifteen minutes!"
** This is explicitly shown to be in the "Hell Labs' Ironic Punishment Division", so presumably it's happening to everyone else there.
** The doughnut sequence is a reference to the early ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''Pigs Is Pigs'', where a young pig who steals a slice of pie dreams he's force-fed to the point of explosion.
** In another episode, Disco Stu gets a vision of Heaven, which is essentially Studio 54 on Earth. Frank Sinatra is there, much to Stu's surprise, where he says, "For me, this is Hell! Ya dig?"
** In a living example, Homer Simpson finds himself in an alternate timeline after he ends up going back to the past and changing something. His family is well-off, Bart is respectful towards him, and Patty and Selma are both deceased. However, when he asks for donuts, Marge does not know what a donut is, and he immediately heads back to the past to undo what he changed. This is then subverted when, after he leaves, donuts start falling from the sky en masse and Marge becomes annoyed that "it's raining again".
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/KevinSpencer'', Kevin finds out his own personal room in hell [[spoiler:is a family room, where he'll have to make polite conversation with his parents for all eternity.]]
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'''s famous "Robot Hell" musical sequence from the episode "Hell is Other Robots" featured Bender going through several instances of this trope for the various sins he'd committed. For example:
-->'''Robot Devil:''' (singing) Cigars are evil, you won't miss 'em.\\
We'll find ways to simulate that smell;\\
What a sorry fella,\\
Rolled up and smoked like a panatella,\\
Here on Level One of Robot Hell!
** However, the singing itself is what tortures Bender, not the actual torture ([[EarWorm And good luck getting the song out of your head now]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' sometimes PlayedForLaughs in its {{Cutaway Gag}}s:
** A dog is in hell, but instead of devils taunting them with pitchforks, they are using vacuums. See it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxCOdX-baGU here]].
** Peter predicts that when Quagmire dies he will be reincarnated as a [[http://youtu.be/8ndjX6FPQwQ condom]]. [[spoiler:Used by a gay couple.]]
** One gag has a suicide bomber go to heaven and get his 72 virgins... with said virgins being [[NerdsAreVirgins a group of male nerds]] playing ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Miseryville is usually a very straight (if not [[AHellOfATime somewhat tolerable]]) depection of Hell. But in "Best Prank Ever", [[spoiler: it's turned into the TastesLikeDiabetes Smilesville as part of the ultimate prank on Lucius, resulting in a short tern VillainousBreakdown]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "To Heck and Back", [[FatIdiot Heffer]] chokes on a chicken bone and goes to [[GoshDarnItToHeck Heck]], and is forced by [[FluffyTheTerrible Dark Lord Peaches]] to sit in front of a TV (which has no remote) to watch the effects of his gluttony on others (more specifically, his best friend [[UnluckyEverydude Rocko]]).
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama All-Stars]]'' [[spoiler: Mike tries to seal away his evil [[SplitPersonality personality]] Mal by hitting himself on the head with a large rock. He ends up [[NiceJobBreakingItHero giving Mal complete control of his body]] and is trapped in his own head, chained to the rock he hit his head on and forced to listen to Mal's EvilGloating.]]
* Two non-death variants happened in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** In "the Algae's Greener," Plankton creates a device that allows him to travel to [[AlternateTimeline another reality]] where he is the owner of the Krusty Krab, and [[SecretIngredient the secret krabby patty recipe.]] Although he is happy at first, he decides to go back to his reality when he experiences first hand what Krabs has to endure to keep the restaurant afloat.
** In "Squidsville," Squidward decides to move to Tentacle Acres after Spongebob and Patrick destroy his house. Squidward enjoys the fact that he lives in such close proximity to people that share his passions and tastes, but eventually becomes bored of his new routine, and decides to act like Spongebob and eventually escape.

* In an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue8fM2FBL_A exceptionally well-drawn]] ''Manga/DeathNote'' Doujin depicting an alternate ending, rather than TheNothingAfterDeath, the punishment for Death Note users that cannot go to heaven or hell is to be transported to the Shinigami Realm, where they will experience each and every death they inflicted on others before being [[RetGone completely erased from existence.]]Light has to face all the 124,925 deaths, including his more creative ones, that he executed on foes.
** In a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Light though, once he hears this, he ''laughs it off.'' He then tells Ryuk he plans to make most of the time by ''finding the '''Shinigami King''''' and try to ''barter'' or even '''fight''' him to get his curse removed before continuing his plan to reshape the world in a grander scale. Ryuk is suitably awed and impressed.
* German newspaper comic ''Touche'' has a recurring strip about the devil welcoming the new arrivals to Hell, informing them about the particularly horrible and humorous punishment that awaits them.
* There was a "Got Milk?" tv commercial [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnIjgw5A-iI where]] a CorruptCorporateExecutive is killed by a truck and wakes up in eternity. His all-white loft is supplied with giant chocolate chip cookies, so he assumes he's in heaven, but the refrigerator is full of empty cartons of milk.
** A similar joke tells of a stoner who dies and reaches infinite cannabis fields, but no fire.
* A car commercial shows a guy who has died and has gone to hell, but instead of the usual fire and brimstone, he's on a single road in the middle of a desert. Satan shows up as a normal looking guy in a white suit and explains to the dead man that he's not in heaven. The man exclaims that he lived a good life and never did anything wrong. Satan explains that it wasn't that the man did anything bad, but that he lived a very boring life and could have avoided it if he bought a new car (as shown in the ad). The man's punishment? He has to drive a mini-van.
* Shadow/Stealth bans (making their posts visible only to them) can serve as this for [[{{Troll}} Trolls]] in general, especially since most of these people tend to be [[AttentionWhore Attention Whores]] of some kind.