'''[[center:THE WORK, WHICH [[Anime/CowboyBebop BECOMES]]]]'''
'''[[center:[[TropeMaker A NEW GENRE ITSELF]],]]'''
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'''''[[center:[[http://www.amvhell.com AMV HELL]]]]'''''

One of the premiere [[FanVid Anime Music Video (AMV)]] movements on the Internet. It uses short AMV clips to parody whatever anime and/or songs it uses. There are two primary methods it uses to do this. One is to take a fairly normal (often pop) song with metaphorical lyrics and use the clip to suggest a more literal interpretation. This new interpretation of the lyrics will often create extreme LyricalDissonance. The second method is to take a song which is already weird, funny, or obscene, and match it to a corresponding weird, funny, or obscene anime. The rapid-fire element of the clips--as well as the use of a television framing device--have provoked comparisons to RobotChicken, although technically ''AMV Hell'' is older.

Now, on to the history. In May 2004, a handful of AMV makers released the original ''AMV Hell''. It was little more than a fun little experiment, but it caught on, much to their surprise. The creators simultaneously released ''AMV Hell 2: Son Of AMV Hell'', the place for the less family-friendly content, so as not to "pollute" the first; that way, the first could be shown at conventions without fear of inappropriate content (which it was, many times).

The establishment of ''AMV Hell'' as a serious franchise came with ''AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture'' in September 2005; roughly an hour long, it featured dozens of contributors and had no end of oddball (and often downright hilarious) shorts. The jump from short five-minute humorous snippets to an epic like that made a lot of people stand up and take notice.

Simultaneously released with ''AMV Hell 3'' was ''AMV Hell 0'', which the creators described as "the more irreverant ''[sic]'' side of AMV Hell. And by irreverent, we mean it's ''[also sic]'' one of the most offensive, disgusting, pornographic, vile, worthless pieces of garbage ever conceived." Similar in concept to AMV Hell 2, it consisted of a series of seamier clips with overt sexual or scatological content that would be unsuitable for public consumption (AMV Hells 1, 3, 4, and 5 were produced with theater showings at conventions in mind, and their content is censored to reflect this). Consequently ''AMV Hell 0'' has a high {{Squick}} factor and is prefaced by an Adult Content label.

In June 2006 came ''AMV Hell: Championship Edition'', a contest held by the ''AMV Hell'' creators in which contestants were given specified songs and told to make the funniest video they could. The top 55 videos were turned into the ''Championship Edition'' compilation.

And then there was the big one: September 2007 saw the release of ''[[ColonCancer AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture II: AMV Hell 4: The Last One]]''. With over two hundred and fifty videos, it was another hour-and-a-half epic, and the ''AMV Hell'' team swore they'd never do it again...probably because the effort on this one almost killed them.

But, of course, they didn't stick to that. In September 2008, the team released ''AMV Hell Divided By 0'', which in a case of RefugeInAudacity deliberately set out to push the extremes of X-ratings (and poor taste) - whereas Hell 0 was largely comprised of conventional hentai, Divided By Zero jumped further still by focusing mainly on openly fetishistic content.

After letting the series rest and recuperate for a few months one of the original creators, Zarxrax, introduced the [[http://amvhell.com/index.php?pageid=amvminisdownload "AMV Minis"]] in July 2009. In an attempt to maintain and provide an outlet for continued interest in the AMV Hell brand while lessening the workload of its management, the "AMV Minis" consist of a series of shorter videos released more frequently, as opposed to the feature-length events of Hells 3-5. These Minis are comparable in scale to the original AMV Hell, but are comprised entirely of submissions from other editors and do not have clips created by Zarxrax himself. The "first season" of the Minis runs to thirteen episodes: eleven regular editions and two special editions - one focusing exclusively on Manga/AzumangaDaioh (an abidingly popular subject for clips and skits throughout the AMV Hells) and the other a collection of "Bad Stuff", something like the Minis' own Episode 0. The second season was launched in April 2011; the first episode of the new season responded to viewer feedback that criticized the proliferation of dialogue-based skits and skits that felt dragged out and overlong in earlier Hells and Minis by limiting submissions to a maximum of seven seconds and requiring their accompanying audio to be music or song, as well as banning skits based on WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy. This immediately provoked a rash of complaints moaning about a bewildering pace and a nostalgic fondness for ''Family Guy'', illustrating that the AMV Minis suffer from a petulant and UnpleasableFanbase.

While the first season of AMV Minis was being released, the next full feature - ''AMV Hell 5: Dedicated to Dio'' (dedicated both to Ronnie James Dio as well as an AMV creator whose works had graced previous AMV Hells) was developed alongside it. Co-creator SSGWNBTD began accepting submissions to in September 2009, and on July 30 2010, ''AMV Hell 5'' (partially) premiered at Otakon 2010. It was shown to be almost complete, only missing an opening and closing. It premiered in full at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2010 on September 17, 2010, and is now available to download from the AMV Hell website or watch on Website/{{Youtube}}.

On May 31, the next ''two'' projects were announced: ''AMV Hell 6:'' ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' ''Hell'' and ''AMV Hell 6: The End Of The Universe''. The former will be entirely composed of clips either taken from or referencing parts of the ''Final Fantasy'' franchise, and the latter will mostly have to do with the 2012 End of the World theory. The latter had its rough-cut premiere at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012 and was slated for release on [[MeaningfulReleaseDate December 21st of that year]], but SSGWNBTD was unable to further tweak it. On December 20th, Zarxrax [[http://www.amvhell.com/showthread.php?26308-AMV-Hell-6-rough-cut-and-now-taking-more-entries announced]] that SSGWNBTD was "fired" from the project, released the rough cut on [=BitTorrent=] and re-opened submissions for another month. It was finally released as ''AMV Hell 6.66: This is (Not) The End'' in April 2013--with only a third of its original content remaining.

On February 12th, 2014, [[http://www.amvhell.com/showthread.php?27757-AMV-Hell-7-Deadline-May-1-Entry-rules! a seventh entry was announced.]] The seventh entry, ''AMV Hell 7: Attack on 10 Year Anniversary'', premiered at Otakon 2014, and was released online on October 4 of the same year.

On May 3rd, 2015, Zarxrax announced that he would be ending AMV Hell following the completion of the most recent contest, in the sense that he would not be overseeing any more projects or making any more official entries in the series. He noted that the series has run its due course and that there isn't really a place for it anymore with the proliferation of internet video hosting sites. With that announcement, it seems as though AMV Hell is finally, permanently, dead - though the legacy it created will live on forever.

The series has had a considerable influence over AMV making - imitators who were inspired by the "multiple-short-AMV-clips" style have been described as making their videos in "AMV Hell style." In essence, the page-topping quote became a reality.

* ''AMV Hell'' / ''AMV Hell 2'' (5/2004)
* ''AMV Hell 3: [[TheMovie The Motion Picture]]'' / ''AMV Hell 0'' (9/2005)
* ''AMV Hell: Championship Edition'' (6/2006)
* ''AMV Hell 4: The Last One'' (9/2007)
* ''AMV Hell Divided By 0'' (9/2008)
* ''AMV Hell 5: Dedicated to Dio'' (9/2010)
* ''AMV Hell 6.66: This Is (Not) The End'' (4/2013)
** original rough cut (''AMV Hell 6: The End of the Universe''), 12/2012
* ''AMV Hell 7: Attack on 10 Year Anniversary'' (8/2014)

!!AMV Minis
* Season 1 (7/2009 - 11/2010)
* Season 2 (4/2011 - 10/2012)
* Season 3 (''AMV Minis Challenge'') (started 7/2013)

'''This series provides examples of:'''

* AffectionateParody: ''AMV Hell 2'' contains a parody of the "Evangelion Opus" [[FanVid AMV]]; ''AMV Hell 3'' contains parodies of the "Danger: Low Brow Humor", "Euphoria", and "Shounen Bushidou" [[FanVid AMVs]]. For good measure, ''AMV Hell 0'' does a second parody of "Euphoria" (mixing ''RahXephon'' with Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence's "Faggot").
** ''AMV Hell 3'' also has a parody of Kevin Caldwell's "Believe".
** ''AMV Hell 3'' contains an edited version of the ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' end credits (mixed with ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'') and ''AMV Hell 4'' contains a version of the second season ''Manga/DeathNote'' opening (mixed with ''Anime/LuckyStar'').
** AMV editor Vic Bond 007 is infamous for his use of the lens-flare special effect. ''AMV Hell 3'' features a clip attributed to "Vic Bond 008" that consists of nothing but lens flares. And set to "Blinded by the Light".
* TheAristocrats: Appears in ''Divided By Zero'', narrated by [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Nyamo]].
* AscendedMeme: Creator/MediaBlasters has used signs that only say "[[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Gentlemen, behold! CORN!!]]" to advertise ''Boku no Sexual Harassment'' at conventions.
* AxCrazy: ''Divided By Zero'' does this one literally.
* BlackComedy: Taken to its literal extreme in ''AMV Hell 0'' and ''AMV Hell Divided by 0''; you '''will''' be offended by these two videos, guaranteed. Hell, ''AMV Hell 0's'' disclaimer says that "this stuff is so bad we never should have even made it".
** ''AMV Hell 5'' had a clip where dead babies were crawling out of the ground -- the anime is Manga/DetroitMetalCity, and the song is Tragedy's metal cover of [[Music/TheBeeGees "You Should Be Dancing"]].
* BlackComedyRape: "[[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Gentlemen, behold! CORN!]]" and its sequel "[[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Gentlemen! I bring you...MORE CORN!]]"
* BookEnds: ''AMV Hell 0'' starts and ends with both Dr. Weird "Corn" scenes.
** An AMV Minis episode devoted to [[MemeticMutation Internet memes]] begins and ends with segments set to the "[[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Fabulous Secret Powers]]" video.
* BrainBleach: /0's closing credits will do their best to ruin your sex forever. BreakingTheFourthWall can be scary indeed.
* BrickJoke: Using Creator/MontyPython's "Argument" sketch in one of the AMV Minis.
** ''AMV Hell 6.66'' has [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendou]] planning to bring the end of the universe by building [[Creator/LewisBlack a Starbucks across from another Starbucks]].
* BRollRebus: A lot of humor comes from visually representing lyrics literally.
* CensoredForComedy: AMV Minis [=S3E18=] has this as its theme.
* ColonCancer: ''AMV Hell 4'''s full title is "AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture II: AMV Hell 4: The Last One".
** While ''AMV Hell 5'' was eventually released under the more manageable title of "AMV Hell 5: Dedicated to Dio", during its development phase it was advertised on the animemusicvideos.org website as "AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture III: AMV Hell 5: [[LampshadeHanging Your Banner Is Too Big]]". For at least one con appearance, the last bit was instead noted as "Your Subtitle Is Too Big".
* CoveredInGunge: A little all over, but mainly concentrated in ''AMV Hell 0'' and ''AMV Hell Divided By 0''.
* CreatorThumbprint: Some of the more prolific editors have source materials that they use repeatedly, but other editors use rarely, if ever. Most notably, N.P.C.C.'s use of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' started getting blatant enough to reach RunningGag status over the course of ''Minis Challenge''.
* {{Deconstruction}}: A strange place to find it, but ''AMV Hell 0'' does this to the famous "Euphoria" AMV. Both use clips from ''RahXephon'' and a specific set of visual effects, but while "Euphoria" presents a gentle world by using calm clips from the show and the song "Must Be Dreaming", ''AMV Hell 0'' uses "Faggot" by MindlessSelfIndulgence and rather more... violent clips. In essence, it amounts to saying, "Okay, 'Euphoria', here's what the show was ''really'' like."
** Bonus points for both of them being done by the same guy, in essence deconstructing himself.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: In addition to being a reference to Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion, AMV Hell 6.66's title is also alludes to the NumberOfTheBeast, as well as to how only 1/3 of the content from the rough cut survived to the final version.
* EscalatingPunchline: The [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion EVA]] skits in AMV Hell 2. The first two have the somber orchestral music the scene originally had, while the third has ChirpingCrickets and the fourth has Creator/AdamSandler's song from Film/TheWeddingSinger "WON'T SOMEBODY KILL ME PLEASE? KILL ME! I WANT TO DIE!" The final one has the EVA crushing and dropping its victim, [[spoiler:[[BaitAndSwitch except it's Unit-01's head that falls into the LCL rather than Kaworu's]]]]. Every one of these show the same exact image except for the last one.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Averted. GraveOfTheFireflies and BarefootGen among others are made fun of just to prove it.
* FanDisservice and FanService: 0 and Divided By 0 are made largely from {{Hentai}}.
* FanVid
* FollowTheLeader: ''But of course.'' There's ''AMV Paradise,'' ''Anime Remix'' and of course ''PoniesTheAnthology'' (using all ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'') to name a few.
* FreezeFrameBonus: TayZonday's head in the BarefootGen Hiroshima nuclear blast in ''Divided by 0'', and several in the Manga/RozenMaiden Master of Puppets clip from ''AMV Hell 5''.
** [[LOLCats Ceiling Cat]] in the ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' clip in ''Divided by 0''.
* GallowsHumor: ''AMV Hell Divided By 0'' does this one literally.
* GirlWatching
* InJoke: A few. Notably the "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" from ''3'', where [[Anime/{{Trigun}} Nicholas D. Wolfwood]] is carrying around a massive Star of David instead of a cross. This is at least partially inspired by a Jewish cosplayer calling himself "Rabbi Wolfowitz" who would go to conventions doing ''exactly that''.
* IntercourseWithYou
* {{Jerkass}}: a large portion of the site members, if their chatbox persona's are anything to go by.
* KickTheDog
* {{Mondegreen}}: AMV Minis [=S3E3=] is dedicated to these.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The "Previously" segment at the beginning of ''AMV Hell 4''.
** And [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Tomo, Kagura and Osaka]] combining their intellects... to the sound "[[CombiningMecha Destiny Combining]], GurrenLagann! [[CatchPhrase Just who the hell do you think we are]]!?!?!"
** "[[{{Koyaanisqatsi}} Koya]][[{{Scrubs}} anis]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pYs9IP7aWY qatsi...]]"
* MushroomSamba: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRTjtpkLGoA I'M ON SHROOMS!]]
* OnceAnEpisode: Each of the mainline AMV Hells start with a clip featuring GagBoobs, set to some kind of hard rock/metal.
*** Though the original cut of AMV Hell 6 had one, it's [[AvertedTrope averted]] in 6.66.
** Each of them also has an opening quote (initially inspired by ''Film/KillBill'', but has since become a RunningGag in its own right).
* PantyShot: ''AMV Hell 4'' has a montage of this, which comes entirely from NajicaBlitzTactics, performed to the clip of [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy when Peter Griffin out-farted Michael Moore]].
** There was one in ''AMV Hell 3''. Except nobody noticed that because the rest of the clip involved a guy who gets boobs and THAT in his face.
* {{Pun}}: Crops up from time to time with things like [[Anime/ParanoiaAgent Shonen]] Franchise/{{Batman}} or Microsoft [[Anime/ExcelSaga Excel]].
* RapidFireComedy: Most segments last no more than thirty seconds at the most, and many are shorter.
** The AMV Minis' first episode of the 2nd season has all of its clips under 7 seconds.
* RealSongThemeTune: Well, kinda. ''AMV Hell 3'' had as its intro [[Music/{{ACDC}} AC/DC's]] "Highway to Hell", set to original animation, and ''AMV Hell 5'', in keeping with its dedication to Ronnie James Dio, had ''Music/TenaciousD'''s "Dio" set to ''Manga/KOn'' and ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''.
* RedundantParody: One skit of AMV Hell 4 features [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Sol Badguy]] to the tune of ''the song he is named after''.
** AMV Minis X4 set a scene from ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' to "Walk This Way" by Music/{{Aerosmith}}. The scene was the "Walk this way" scene... ''which is what the song was named after''.
* RunningGag: Each entry seems to have at least one:
** ''AMV Hell 2'' had one spoofing the the long shot of EVA-01 grasping Kaworu from Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion;
** ''AMV Hell 3'' has a series of variations of the "Ellen Fleiss" parody segment from ''AMV Hell 1''.
*** The [[http://www.amvhell.com/index.php?pageid=amvhell3 credits]] for ''AMV Hell 3'' refer to them as "[[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Osaka]] Cutaways".
** A [[VisualPun visual example]] is found in the [[http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/celebrity_and_showbiz/watch/v6330212H2dfz9ry deleted scenes]] from ''AMV Hell 3'' beginning at the 7:24 mark.
** ''4'' has repeated clips to ImogenHeap's "Hide and Seek".
*** The AMV Minis WesternAnimation special had 3 such jokes in ''one clip'', but after the third the server crashes, [[LampshadeHanging stating that]] "the [[TheOC Dear]] [[Memes/SaturdayNightLive Sister]] quota for this video has been exceeded".
** In a case of either a RunningGag or everyone going to the same well, ''AMV Hell 5'' seems to use clips set to "[[RobotUnicornAttack Always]]."
*** ''AMV Hell 5'' also features about three clips set to "[[{{Beyonce}} Halo]]".
** ''AMV Hell 6.66'' features a series of bits involving a nature show parody featuring Urd from ''Anime/AhMyGoddess'' as the "sake badger".
*** Another running gag (carried over from its rough cut) involves setting the Terry Crews Old Spice ads to ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred''. [[note]] one bit spoofs the "[[RobotUnicornAttack Always]]" running gag from ''AMV Hell 5.''[[/note]]
*** The use of songs by [[TheAdventuresOfDuaneAndBrando Duane and BrandO]] may count as well. Though seemingly unrelated, [[http://www.amvhell.com/index.php?pageid=amvhell6 there are]] ''seven'' such clips in 6.66.[[note]]All by the same contributor: [=HaarTheDragonLord=][[/note]]
*** The original cut of ''AMV Hell 6'' had "Fus roh DAH!" from VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim's trailer. Only one such clip survived in ''6.66''. [[note]][[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Guess which one.]][[/note]]
** One of them did so many variations of the end of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' that it really turned into an [[OverlyLongGag Overly Long]] RunningGag.
** ''AMV Hell 7'' uses different clips of [=Malcom McDowell=] and James Earl Jones' dramatic readings of Facebook posts in Sprint commercials (featuring [[Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub Tamaki]] and [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Armstrong]] as [=McDowell=] and Jones, respectively), and a trio of clips feautring [[Anime/DragonBallZ Fat Buu]] as [[Creator/FilmCow Zulway, God of Mercy]].
** The [=AMV=] Minis Challenge season has multiple appearances of the main character from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', usually as a cameo in a different series or as a framing device for said series.
*** The trailer for ''AMV Hell 7'' has a ''Jem'' gag right at the end, too. Can't stem the Jem!
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: Done with the cast of ''Manga/OnePiece'', with [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Fred and Daphne]] [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext fly by on a carpet in the background.]]
* ShockSite: ''AMV Hell 0'' contains a scene of [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Sakaki]] opening a [[spoiler: Last Measure]] link.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: AMV Minis season 2 had episodes comprised entirely of WesternAnimation (inspired by [[RealLife the earthquake/tsunami in Japan]]) and live-action clips. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4T0oOArLVc The latter]] can be jarring, but still finds itself well within the AMV Hell spirit.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Much of the humor comes from such juxtapositions.
** Quite possibly the ultimate example, in ''AMV Hell 5''... [[TransformersTheMovie Unicron eating a planet]], set to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aXujOsWJkY Parry Gripp's "Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom"]]!
** AMV Minis season 3 had challenges based around HeavyMetal and music that TastesLikeDiabetes. In the latter case, some entries were genuine SugarBowl, while others were SugarApocalypse.
* TakeThatAudience / TakeThatCritics: The frequent appearance of {{Jem}} in the Challenge season earned a great deal of negative feedback, partly due to the argument that a Western-produced cartoon didn't belong in an anime compilation. In Challenge 19 [=OutrageousChaz=] assembled a video that mocked the naysayers and pointed out the ''Japanese'' creator of the show. Voting on the episode had the clip tied for first.
** That wasn't the creator of the show (Jem was created by a woman). That was HideakiAnno, a joke about the song's repeated use of the phrase 'I know' sounding like 'Anno'.
* TheyJustDidntCare: Zarxrax [[note]](though the voiceover was actually performed by izumiyagami)[[/note]] does this in-universe in the opening of ''AMV Hell 6.66.'' Displeased with the submissions he's received (and following a BigNo), he decides to "just throw some random videos in and hope there are some good ones." (All the "rejected" clips shown are ultimately credited at the end.)
* VisualPun: Sprinkled about for good measure.
* VulgarHumor: ''Divided By 0'' is about 25% coprophilia jokes.