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->''You fought hard and you saved and earned''\\
''But all of it's going to burn''\\
''Back inside your tiny mind''\\
''You know you've rarely been so blind''\\
''Now's your time, burn your mind''\\
''You'll fall apart, you'll fall behind''\\
''Oh no!'' \\
''Oh no!''\\
'''''OHHHH''' NO!''\\
''You're gonna burn...''
->--'''The Crazy World of Arthur Brown''', "Fire"

Being Dragged Off to Hell (or if being clever, Descending To A Lower Plane Of Existence) is a common villain fate, especially for those who previously made a DealWithTheDevil. In an inversion of AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, they are dragged off screaming by some kind of eldritch force (generally in the form of a bunch of arms reaching out for them), leaving no body behind.

Like AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, it is not irreversible. See LikeABadassOutOfHell.

'''Since this is a {{death trope|s}}, it will include some spoilers.'''

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This is the fate of pretty much any Apostle that dies in ''{{Berserk}}''. We see two examples in the course of the manga: [[spoiler:the Count after he refuses to sacrifice his daughter to save his life and be reborn, and Wyald after Zodd rips him in half for trying to kill Griffith before the Eclipse]].
** It's also the inevitable fate of everyone who [[spoiler: gets branded for sacrifice (no exceptions), gets killed by an apostle or was unwittingly working for one (lots of people) or is filled with hatred at the moment of their death (life in Midland is cruel, so even more candidates available).]] Hell is a really crowded place in this universe...at least, if you get "lucky", you have a chance to "merely" become a restless spirit that haunts the area in which it died.
* This happens to one Hollow (or specifically, the soul of the serial killer that turned into said Hollow) in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. When most Hollows are killed they evaporate and go to the Soul Society, having been purified and allowed to continue in the cycle of reincarnation between the two worlds. In this guy's case the gates of Hell appeared behind him and a giant arm impaled him on a sword and dragged him through. This is what happens to any human who committed grave sins of their own free will in life, as opposed to after transformation into a Hollow.
** In the fourth movie, [[spoiler: this happens to ''Ichigo's younger sister Yuzu''. Ichigo and some of his friends have to ''literally'' go to Hell to rescue her.]]
* At the end of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', [[spoiler:Father, the BigBad]] is dragged screaming into the GateOfTruth and receives an IronicHell. By extension, this is the fate of any alchemist who attempts to resurrect the dead, although after being taken, they are sent back alive (minus an organ or limb).
** If you consider the "In Memorium" omakes to be canon, then Shou Tucker's fate is ultimately this (since we see Nina and Alexander in Heaven, while he's being engulfed by flames below). Given that no other villain save Father receives such a fate, this says a lot about Tucker.
* This happens to [[spoiler:Shiva]] in [[SaintBeast Saint Beast: Seijuu Kourin Hen]].
* In Part 4 of ''JoJosBizarreAdventure'', there is an alley in the town of Morioh inhabited by the ghost of Reimi Sugimoto, victim of serial killer Yoshikage Kira. The only way to proceed safely through the alley is to turn after walking twenty feet, and to not look back: otherwise, the hands of a hundred ghosts will drag you to hell ''[[{{Gorn}} in pieces]]''. Koichi was barely saved by Rohan wiping his memory of looking behind. [[spoiler: Yoshikage Kira is not so lucky and this is how he's ultimately defeated.]]
* This is essentially the premise of ''Anime/HellGirl''. By entering into a contract with Enma Ai, those who use Hell Correspondence can have those who have grievously wronged them (or as evidenced in later arcs, just pissed them off) sent to Hell, with the price being their own damnation upon death.
* Losing a {{Bakugan}} Brawl when a Doom Card is in play automatically results in being sucked into the Doom Dimension for the unlucky Bakugan that loses, which is pretty much the Bakugan Hell. Thankfully, the Brawlers win a bet that allows all the Bakugan sent there to be set free after being sent there themselves. According to WordOfGod, this happened to [[BigBad Naga]] when he was defeated, though we don't see it.
* The Gehenna Gate in ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' contains a bunch of figures and resembles a ball pit. Should anyone go into the gate, the figures latch on and drag them down; a fate the protagonist narrowly avoids.
* This happed to ''all'' the Dark Signers in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' after losing to the Signers, even the ones who didn't deserve it, although it was a subversion in that there was no screaming or flashy display involved; they simply turned to dust. [[spoiler:Fortunately, all of them except the two Godwin brothers were revived later, [[EasilyForgiven given another chance]] by the Crimson Dragon.]]
* In the original "Anime/YuGiOh" anime, Yami Bakura does this to Bonz, Sid, and Zygor. After Bonz loses a Shadow Duel in which the loser would die, Bonz is dragged into the ground by an unknown force, along with Sid and Zygor, into the Shadow Realm (Yu-Gi-Oh!'s equivalent of {{Hell}}). The original scene from the manga had Bakura simply kill Bonz, which was a bit more gruesome, although not as severe.
* Rare heroic example in Manga/HellTeacherNube: [[spoiler: This is what happened to Minako-sensei after she pulled an HeroicSacrifice for a young Nube. Years later, when Nube finds out about this, he's forced to fuse both her soul and the demon that killed her (Baki) [[SealedEvilInACan inside one of his hands]].]]
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', whenever the eyes the Soul Piper spirit are fully open, it drags the spirits of children into hell. This was almost the fate of Mayu, the spirit of a little girl who died in a fire.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Depending on your interpretation, this may be the final fate of the eponymous ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'', as he's dragged into "the light", screaming out to God to save him. Given Dave Sim's....peculiar...religious views and how they influenced the latter third of the comic, this certainly seems to fit the trope, but Sim threw a monkey wrench into things by saying in his notes for the last issue that Cerebus may have actually been going to Heaven and was just panicking needlessly at the last second.
* Anton Arcane's most despicable act in ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' is condemning [[spoiler:his own niece Abby]], who didn't even come ''close'' to deserving it, to this horrible fate.
* The villains in the ComicBook/{{Tintin}} story ''The Broken Ear'' are dragged off to hell after drowning. Notable for being the only depiciton of a bad afterlife in the entire series.
* The final fate of Palpatine in ''DarkEmpire''. Having cheated death by {{Body Surf}}ing, he is finally defeated when the Force Ghost of a Jedi grabs his spirit and departs for the afterlife.
* A more mundane variant in ''{{BPRD}}'' in that there's no dimensional transfer, but after Katha-Hem is destroyed [[spoiler: Pope]] is dragged off by the frogs, servants of the [[EldritchAbomination Ogdru-Hem]]. When he's next seen he no longer has any desire but to serve them, and may no longer be human.
* In the ''ComicBook/StanleyAndHisMonster'' revival mini-series, the Monster got dragged down to Hell... by an '''[[ItMakesSenseInContext angel]]'''. Naturally, Stanley (an ordinary 5-year-old boy) goes to get his best friend back.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': At the end of "The Wilderness Days", arch-villain Judge Death is thrown into Hell by an ascended man who pursued him for weeks to get justice for his dead family. The angel opens a portal to Hell and Death is dragged off by the souls of the billions of people he had murdered.
* Gargamel gets dragged off to hell by Beelzebub to fulfill his end of the DealWithTheDevil in ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "Sagratamabarb".
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'', this is the fate of Lord Barkus after the dead learn it was he who murdered Emily.
--> '''Miss Plumm (Ominously):''' New arrival...
* Dr. Facilier's fate in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' is being dragged off by his "friends on the other side" after Tiana destroys the voodoo charm, triggering a YouHaveFailedMe scenario. [[note]]Contrary to what some believe, however, Facilier is not taken specifically to Hell, as the Loa are not demons, nor do they have any relation to the Christian concept of Hell. Not that it makes the scene any better.[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'': Subverted. At the climax, as Charlie is saying his last goodbye, a huge demonic dragon (implied to be the Devil himself) comes to drag his soul to hell (since he gave up his place in heaven to return to Earth) but thankfully for him, Anabelle comes to take him back to heaven because he'd died in a HeroicSacrifice.
* ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven 2'':
** The bulldog antagonist made a pact with the demonic BigBad Red (who is, of course, [[CatsAreMean a cat]]). At the end, he gets dragged to hell with the revelation that he sold his soul - thinking that all he was selling was the soles of his shoes.
** This was also Red's fate, after Charlie defeats him and frees his captives. Charlie claims 'his boss yanked his chain', implying the Devil himself was responsible.
* Happens to Hades, the King of the Dead, at the end of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', by his own subjects no less.
* At the end of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Frollo gets weighed down into a sea of molten lead at the bottom of the Notre Dame cathedral by a sinister-looking gargoyle (which seems to come alive), which is quite symbolic of this trope in a movie crammed full of religious symbolism. His last words (where he [[{{Hypocrite}} quotes directly]] from ''Literature/TheBible'' no less) make it even better.
-->'''Frollo:''' And he shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit!
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This is the ultimate goal of the GypsyCurse placed upon the protagonist of ''Film/DragMeToHell''. [[spoiler:She fails to break the curse in time and ultimately suffers this fate]].
* ''Film/{{Ghost}}'': When both of Sam Wheat's murderers are killed (the hitman who carried on the crime [[spoiler: and the "friend" who ordered the hit itself]]), a group of small shadowy creatures appear and drag their spirits to the underworld.
* At the end of ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'' Jason gets pulled down into Hell after he is stabbed with a magical dagger. This course of action leaves only his hockey mask behind, which then dragged down by [[spoiler:[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]]]].
* The fate of the two serial killers turned serial ghosts in ''Film/TheFrighteners''.
* Happens to Creator/AdamWest's chracter in ''Film/ZombieNightmare''.
-->'''Crow:''' ''(thoroughly impressed)'' '''''WOW!''''' So Hell's right there!\\
'''Servo:''' Yeah. That's why you should call before you dig.
* ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'':
** [[PlayingWithATrope Partly done]] to Imhotep in ''Film/TheMummy1999''. In this instance, the part dragged to the Underworld is the spirit that granted him his immortality, making his body mortal.
** Happens to Imhotep again in ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', after his DespairEventHorizon.
** The fate of the Emperor in ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor''.
* Satan shows up in person to drag John Constantine to Hell in ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' for his two suicides. [[spoiler:However, as his second suicide not only helped save the world, by calling Satan to collect his soul John gets him to deal with an usurper, John asked for the soul of the sister of a friend who was trapped in hell to be free. This selfless act redeems John and he ends up getting dragged off to ''Heaven''; the best Satan can do is to heal Constantine's cancer, dragging him back to Earth. Only in order to give him another chance to screw up, but it's Satan, after all]].
* This is the ultimate fate of [[TheButlerDidIt Ramsley]] in ''Film/TheHauntedMansion''. [[{{Irony}} Ironically, he's dragged to Hell after he tells everyone else that]] ''[[{{Irony}} they]]'' [[{{Irony}} can go to Hell.]]
* ''Film/TenaciousDInThePickOfDestiny'' does this twice with [[spoiler:Satan]]: First in a flashback explaining the origins of the Pick of Destiny, and secondly at [[spoiler:the climax of the movie when JB seals Satan back in Hell after breaking his horn]]. In both cases, though, there aren't really any hands - it's an invisible force which does the (very forceful) dragging - though there are pentagram-style portals to the underworld involved.
* Lady van Tassel's eventual fate with the Hessian whom she cursed to make her servant of revenge at the end of ''Film/SleepyHollow''.
* Happens to the villains of the ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'' movie.
* In the Syfy flick ''Rock Monster'', the animated stone giant drops through a magma-filled crack in the earth, and it grabs its villainous conjurer and pulls him down with it. It's strongly implied that they wind up in Hell, not just underground.
* In ''Redhead behind the Looking Glass'', the villan suffers this fate when the heroine's mother (whom he had previously used as HostageForMacGuffin) tells him "Oh, go to hell!"... while holding the Wishing Nut in her hand.
* In ''Film/HoboWithAShotgun'', the psycho Slick, after being shot by the Hobo, is spiritually carried away to Hell in the charred school bus that he previously incinerated a bunch of little kids in.
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[[folder:Folk Lore]]
* Pretty much the norm in the traditional {{Faust}} legend and any DealWithTheDevil story in which a) the human doesn't win, or repent in time, and b) doesn't just go to Hell after death.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''Literature/DragonKnight'' series, this happened to the evil magickian Malvinne after one of his {{deathtrap}}s encroached on the Kingdom of the Dead (which in this setting is an actual place).
* In "The Friar's Tale" in ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales'', an evil [[CorruptChurch Summoner]] gets dragged off by a [[NobleDemon friendly]] [[SatanIsGood demon]].
* This is the ultimate fate of the title character in Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Herbert West, Reanimator''.
* In ''Literature/TheEyesOfKidMidas'', the protagonist Kevin casually tells Bertram, the school bully, to go to Hell. Since Kevin is wearing a pair of RealityWarping sunglasses, the ground opens up beneath Bertram and swallows him. [[RhetoricalRequestBlunder Uh...whoops.]]
* In the second ''Literature/BlackLondon'' book, ''Demon Bound'', it's what's supposed to happen, but Jack Winter just sort of willingly goes along to hell after lots of having tried to get out of it already because his DealWithTheDevil deadline is up.
* In ''TheHollows'' series, if a demon escapes from a summoning circle, it can do whatever it wants to you, up to and including taking you to the demonic underworld.
* In ''Wolfie'' by Theodore Cogswell, this is what [[{{Satan}} Dr. Arsoldi's colleague]] will do to him if ever [[YouHaveFailedMe a murder goes awry]].
* ''SandmanSlim'' deals with a sorcerer who had this happen to him when he was betrayed by his cabal. The first book opens [[LikeABadassOutOfHell just as he gets out]].
* This is the fate The Hunter in the ''ColdfireTrilogy'' is trying to avoid.
** He actually started out as a Prophet, but since in this setting [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve belief becomes reality,]] getting excommunicated from his own church and slandered as the Antichrist was [[FateWorseThanDeath very, very bad news for him.]] To avoid this fate he made a DealWithTheDevil with "The [[EldritchAbomination Unnamed]]," which would grant him immortality so long as he served them with evil. Then in the second book he [[NiceJobFixingItVillain screwed up by performing a selfless act of good,]] and... well. [[KnightTemplar Damien]] has to go and get him back.
* The fate of both Nicolae Carpathia and Leon Fortunato as they both are pushed by Michael the archangel into the Lake Of Fire in the LeftBehind book ''Glorious Appearing''.
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: Army of Terror'' has the spectral Kivan wraiths haul off the one responsible for killing them all and turning their world into a GhostPlanet.
* In ''[[Literature/DifferentSeasons Apt Pupil]]'', this is implied to happen to [[spoiler:Dussander]] as he dies.
* ''Literature/TheVoyageOfStBrendan'': When St. Brendan and his monks sail past a volcano, a sinful monk is seized by invisible demons and dragged through the crater into Hell.
* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', the sinners in the next-to-last round of the [[CirclesOfHell last circle of Hell]], who [[SacredHospitality betrayed their guests]], get sent there instantly, while a demon possesses the sinner's body on Earth.
* The DealWithTheDevil story ''Literature/EnochSoames'' has the title character dragged off after Satan grants his wish to see his standing among writers 100 years in the future (it turns out to be nonexistent). This makes for a case of IronicName, since the Biblical Enoch experienced the [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence opposite trope]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* At various points during the second series of ''Series/BeingHuman'', the forces of purgatory repeatedly try to drag Annie (not a villain) into the afterlife. [[spoiler:They succeed in the finale.]]
* In the 1970s British TimeTravel show ''Timeslip'' the villain is dragged screaming through a time portal at the end. Whatever's on the other side will probably be pretty hellish for him.
* Almost happens to Spike on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', but avoided by turning Pavayne, the ghost trying to do so, into a human.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', this is the fate of all who make a DealWithTheDevil. Hellhounds come for them, rip them apart and drag their souls to hell.
* Katherine Pierce, from ''{{The Vampire Diaries}}'', after having evaded death countless times throughout the series, including when her real body died (after which she hitched a ride in Elena's and took over), Katherine is ''finally'' dead (which, despite her becoming something of an EnsembleDarkhorse early on in the show, [[TheScrappy is a relief at this point given how one-note her character had become]]), and after dropping a [[TheReveal revelation]] on Bonnie, is actually ready to go to the other side. She touches Bonnie, and then... nothing happens. Until a great gust of wind comes from nowhere, and ''something'' grabs Katherine by the ankles and yanks her, screaming and clawing at the floor, into a nameless black abyss. The kicker? Her spirit was ''in a Church'' when this happens.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Allegedly Music/{{Gorillaz}} guitarist Noodle was dragged to Hell when the devil couldn't get hold of Murdoc. It's unclear whether this is actually true, but she definitely went missing for a long time [[spoiler:[[LikeABadassOutOfHell and now is back but injured and packing impressive firepower]]]].
* Arthur Brown's "Fire", with the God of Hellfire dragging some poor sap into Hell.
* WolfgangAmadeusMozart made the VillainProtagonist of ''Theatre/DonGiovanni'' suffer this fate at the hands of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK1_vm0FMAU Commendatore]] in one of the most famous scenes in all of opera.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A common plot device in any RPG with a fantastic bent. Some ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' modules have this befalling the BigBad of the story, half the time due to a botched attempt to summon something from the Lower Planes or the Far Realm or some other place of big bad nastiness.
** In 4E, several Warlock powers (such as the epic-level Hurl Through Hell) have this effect. It's (usually) not final for the unfortunate target. But even a drop-by to a local Cthulhu might be unhealthy to the mind. (In game terms, Hurl Through Hell does 10 to 70 points of damage to the victim - usually enough to kill him, but if it doesn't, he is returned to the mortal world, likely scared, but alive. The Warlock casting the spell can use a minor action to delay the victim's return for one combat round, but no more than three times, and using a minor action isn't always easy; it depends on a lot of factors.)
** An Epic Level Spell mentioned in the ''Epic Level Handbook'' called Damnation is far more powerful. This not only sends the victim to Hell, it prevents him from trying to leave for twenty hours (convincing him that he is dead and has been sent to Hell as punishment for a life of sin). Even if he survives by the time the twenty hours expire, he has to find a way to escape on his own. (Naturally, being an Epic Level Spell, this isn't easy to learn, much less cast. It has a Spellcraft DC of 97 which means, as far as Epic Spells go, seriously difficult to learn.)
** There is an incredibly rare and powerful magical item (considered a minor artifact in most editions) called a Talisman of Pure Good which can inflict this fate upon an evil divine spellcaster. However, only the purest and most faithful of ''good'' divine spellcasters can actually use it. There is also a Talisman of Ultimate Evil, a device that does the opposite. (Both these devices can only be used a limited number of times, and if one appears in a module, it usually has two charges - at most - remaining.)
* {{Exalted}} have this as the backstory of ''any and all'' [[DealWithTheDevil Green Sun Princes]]. Writing the details will necessitate several gallons of BrainBleach, but let's just say that it involves being eaten alive by demons and then having your body reconstituted with the essence of Hell.
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} has several spells that cause this effect - mostly Chaos (specifically [[TheChessmaster Tzeentchian]] spells) but also some like the Lore of Life spell ''The Dwellers Below'', which has the spirits of nature itself drag victims through the ground to an unknown, but definitely nasty, fate.
* The NewWorldOfDarkness book ''Inferno'' introduces Hell and its metaphysics to the setting. It's perfectly possible to open a gate to Hell... but when it pops open, everyone in the immediate vicinity has to fight not to get dragged in (and if they fail, there's no coming back). It also happens in a metaphysical sense, as everyone who looks on the mouth of Hell has to make a Morality check - not because they did anything wrong, but because [[GoMadFromTheRevelation they stared into the incarnation of all sin]], and that can screw with even saints.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In pretty much every version of the Don Juan story (including Molina's original, Creator/{{Moliere}}'s ''Dom Juan'', and Mozart's ''Theatre/DonGiovanni''), Juan accepts an invitation from a statue of someone he murdered, the father of one of his conquests, and when the statue returns for him, a portal opens up into Hell and Juan enters.
* Drawing from the folklore about {{Faust}}, Marlowe's ''Theatre/DoctorFaustus'' has this as Faustus' fate.
* Subverted in Goethe's ''[[Theatre/FaustII Faust (Part Two)]]'': When Faust lies dying, Mephistopheles and his devils make ready to collect his soul. However, angels distract Mephistopheles so that Faust's soul can go to Heaven, claiming that Faust has never ceased to strive for good and thus has earned redemption.
* This was the fate of J. Wellington Wells from Gilbert and Sullivan's ''Theatre/TheSorcerer''.
* In the stage musical version of [[Film/MaryPoppins Mary Poppins]], the evil Miss Andrew who replaces Mary and rules tyrannically over the children eventually gets locked into a giant birdcage by her predecessor and sent to hell. Mary got her job back.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* A few fatalities in ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' feature this:
** Shinnok in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' has a fatality where a giant skeleton hand emerges from a portal, grabs the victim, squeezes until their head pops off, and then goes back into the portal with the body, leaving the head.
** Scorpion in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' has a fatality where he disappears into hell, and then drags his victim down through the floor. A few seconds later, their skeleton is thrown back out.
** Scorpion's fatality in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 Mortal Kombat Trilogy]]'' had a giant skeletal hand reach out of the ground to drag the opponent below.
** In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3]]'', Scorpion and his opponent are teleported to hell, in which a bunch of Scorpion clones pop out of the lava to savage the opponent to death.
** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', Noob Saibot uses this as his basic throwing attack. One of his fatalities has his shadow begin to drag the victim into hell, but as soon as the shadow is below the portal, Noob Saibot closes it off, [[PortalCut cutting the victim in half.]]
** It should be noted that Scorpion's ending in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly Alliance]]'', which provides the page image, is actually not an example of this trope, as the "soulnado" he is tossed into is a path to heaven, not hell.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has a nominal example: [[spoiler:Izanami, the TrueFinalBoss]] uses an attack called "Summons to Yomi," instantly killing any character who's at critical health, as well as [[spoiler:Thousand Curses, which she uses on you at the very end of the battle, and which involves the very creepy image of lots of hands dragging the character it's hit by off to...somewhere]].
** [[spoiler: Persona4TheAnimation gave an explanation that the attacked dragged the the victims into a LotusEaterMachine where everything they saw was shaped by whatever they wanted to see the most. What we saw of it from Yu, however, makes it look like an IronicHell (especially since Izanami intended this to be an act of compassion feeling that was what humans wanted) since Yu's desire to not leave his friends in Inaba meant what he was experiencing was a GroundHogDayLoop of the day before he left Inaba.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', whenever you finish off a boss, it gets dragged to hell by a bunch of clawing red arms. Also happens to Bayonetta on the game over screen if you choose not to continue.
** [[VideoGame/{{Bayonetta2}} The sequel]] reveals that all Umbra Witches get dragged off to hell when they die, not just Bayonetta. This is proven in full force when a trailer shows ''Jeanne'' getting this treatment.
-->'''Rodin:''' Dead witches get dragged to hell... It is what it is.
** The actual game reveals that while this ''does'' happen to Jeanne, she's being taken as a hostage in this case, requiring Bayonetta to mount an OrpheanRescue.
* A variation is used in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' - there is a high level spell that does it, opening a portal to the Abyss under the target, resulting in him being pulled in by some demons ForMassiveDamage
** Also happens to [[spoiler: the protagonist himself at the end of the game, unless he imagines himself out of existence.]]
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' - Happens to [[spoiler: Dr. Kaufman]] if he survives to the end of the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'' has this happen with you. No, seriously. You survive and proceed to chew up Hell, though.
* Happens to Nick Virago in ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' when he tries to ride [[AfterlifeExpress the Number 9 train to heaven]] with a forged ticket. He's not dragged down personally, but the train he's riding is.
* In ''VideoGame/ThemeHospital'', when a patient dies, they either float up to heaven as angels, or the ground opens up beneath them and they sink in a fiery pit.
* According to many fans, this is what [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma/Gouki's]] Shun Goku Satsu move does: pulls both him and his victim to the underworld, where they're set upon by demons based on how evil their souls are. In fact, GodNeverSaidThat. %%If you're going to say that WordOfGod said this, link the source.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}: Dark Legacy'', many of the boss fights end with a defeated boss being dragged off by ''something''. The Lich is probably closest to the literal trope.
* Kratos's death at the start of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar II''. He gets better.
** Expect a temporary visit to Tartarus to be a feature of every VideoGame/GodOfWar game.
*** It's a well known fact among videogame players that death's revolving door was inaugurated in Tartarus by Hades entirely for Kratos' personal use.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro: Dawn of the Dragon'', [[spoiler:[[BigBad Malefor]] meets his demise when he's grabbed by a group of dragon spirits whom are heavily implied to be the souls of his elders, who drag him down screaming into the core of the planet to an unknown but likely horrific and well-deserved fate.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' there is a pitch black void called the Abyss that requires a special ring to enter, presumably because of the several hundred foot drop required to enter it. However, if you unequip the ring before defeating the boss your character is horrifyingly dragged into the darkness. You even get a special deaths screen saying "You were consumed by the Abyss."
* The death animation of the ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' series has the Overlord sink into a portal below his feet while his minions blow up all around him.
* The defeat animation in {{Pirate101}} for the cursed monquistadors combines this with WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath. A fissure appears below them and a large red flaming hand reaches up and grabs them dragging their body into the gap but leaves their soul which has angel wings and a halo and flies off into a patch of clouds that appear.
* The Situation Finish for the Morioh town stage in ''VideoGame/JojosBizarreAdventureAllStarBattle'' is the victim suffering this after looking back in the ghost alleyway.
* When Kusaregado uses his Seppuku in ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'', he is pulled into Yomi by a group of bloody hands.
* This is the ultimate fate of [[TheDon Mr. Tayama]] in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', [[HoistByHisOwnPetard at the hands of his beloved]] [[MagicalParticleAccelerator Yamato Perpetual Reactor]], at that.
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* Seth in ''{{Narbonic}}''.
* Lich in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''.
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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' when the Robot Devil drags Richard Nixon's head to Robot Hell...because they've got a poker game to get to.
* Happens to The Gentleman Ghost in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', after he loses control over the undead spirits he manipulated into serving him.
* In the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendsOfTreasureIsland'' this happens to [[AdaptationalVillainy Long John Silver]], as he'd failed to keep up his end of the bargain he made with the devil following his death by lava in the first season finale.
* Grim can do this to people in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', but he saves it for people who ''really'' piss him off, like The Boogeyman, proving that, unless you're a really smart little kid, messing with Death is a very, very bad idea. He's occasionally seen doing his job of reaping people, but he says there are a large number of afterlives so it's likely not all of them are taken to Hell.
* This is Jafar's fate at the end of the ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' / ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' crossover episode.
* While it seemed unlikely that this could ever happen in a cartoon like ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' the ancient dragon Granamyr was able to do just that, if the "Realm of Demons", as he called it, was anything like Hell. He threatened to banish He-Man and Teela there in his first appearance, and in his ''second'' appearance, he proved this was ''not'' a bluff, as he actually did it to an evil dragon. (Long story short, Granamyr is ''not'' someone you mess with.)
* This happens twice in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'': first, this happens to the princesses Celestia, Luna and Cadance, who are forced into Tartarus by Tirek after having transferred their powers to Twilight Sparkle. Near the end, the Mane Six use their newly earned {{Super Mode}}s to free the princesses and [[SealedEvilInACan put Tirek there in their place]].
** It is worth noting that unlike the princesses, who were sent through a portal, and unlike the first time Tirek was imprisoned when he was sent through the gate, second time around Tirek is ''blasted'' to hell.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Its SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' reveals this to be true for ''Avatar'''s [[spoiler:Admiral Zhao. Contrary to fans' beliefs, the Water Spirit didn't kill Zhao when it dragged him down into the ocean. It sent him to the Fog of Lost Souls, an almost inescapable place that traps whoever is in it and drives them insane. Zhao's spirit has been wandering the Fog for a good seventy years and has gone completely mad]]. It's not a literal example, but it comes close.
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