"This is a place where eternallyA Fate Worse Than Death that in some stories happens after death, just as Fluffy Cloud Heaven is The Theme Park Version of Heaven, Fire And Brimstone Hell is the Theme Park version of Hell. Generally, if it isn't an Ironic Hell, the Bloody Bowels of Hell or A Hell of a Time, it's this. And even then, you can expect the odd brazier and stalactite. Common features of such a location include underground cavern-like decor, plenty of hellfire and lava, and red-skinned devils with horns and tails poking the souls of sinners around with their pitchforks. Sometimes, it's actually shown to be underground literally, but most of the time it's Another Dimension. Note the curious discrepancy; despite rebelling against God, devils in hell are doing some kind of job with awe-inspiring diligence and consistency. This job arguably makes Hell someplace someone doesn't want to go; which theoretically helps God. Some theorize that Hell is thus part of God's plan and still under His employ; or else devils get something out of torturing souls. Mana, perhaps. Or maybe they're just sadistically amusing themselves. Another popular theory in fiction is that it was originally a prison, but Satan took it over; subverting its mechanics. In works that feature many Circles of Hell, the Fire and Brimstone Hell is often near the top, with other hellish realms below. For information on how this trope came about, see the Analysis page.
Fire is applied to the body
Teeth are extruded & bones are ground
And baked into cakes which are passed around."
Fire is applied to the body
Teeth are extruded & bones are ground
And baked into cakes which are passed around."
— Squirrel Nut Zippers, "Hell"
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Anime and Manga
- The brief glimpse of Hell in Rurouni Kenshin is depicted as a boneyard with a rather creepy atmosphere. Although Shishio's girlfriend Yumi is there with him, and looking yummy as ever. Having a woman like that would make Hell quite a bit more tolerable.
- In Bleach, a Soul Reaper's job is to redeem souls that have turned into Hollows, allowing them to pass on to the Soul Society...however, those who committed heinous crimes before dying are condemned to Hell upon their defeat, implied to be of the fire and brimstone variety. Hell is briefly seen both in the manga (first when Rukia sends a particularly evil Hollow there, and later again when Szayel and Aaroniero are thrown into it) and then in more detail in Bleach: Hell Verse (which has Ichigo breaking into it).
- Neron and other comic book devils live in a Fire and Brimstone Hell, unless it's a Vertigo book.
- The Vertigo Hell is more complex. Lucifer was accorded rulership over Hell which he accepted because it was the most distant place in Creation from the Creator. Demons and devils flocked there because Lucifer was the most powerful anti-God leader. The damned souls of mortals are all self-exiled - they impose their own punishments and compel Hell to torture them because they think they deserve it. (Of course, the demons eventually set up an economy based on these souls, which makes them anxious to collect more.)
- The first time Hell appears in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, it's just like Earth but is filled with all the world's stupid, petty and shallow people, who all react in a ridiculously over the top manner to minor annoyances. Later, when Squee looks in the basement of Senor Diablo's earthly house, it's classic fire and brimstone.
- The premise, of course, is that just being surrounded entirely by people who deserve to be in Hell is Hell itself. As Sartre said, "Hell is other people." Literally.
- It is also implied to be Satan's punishment for rebelling against god — being forced to run the repository for human ingrates for the rest of all eternity. By the time Squee rolls around, this no longer seems to be the case, however.
- The same premise is used in C. S. Lewis's The Great Divorce, where Hell is merely a very dull city; everyone is entirely solipsistic, to the point of violently repulsing anyone who attempts to get in line for the bus in front, or even behind, them.
- Sometimes, there are varying degrees: The first circle of Hell can be this, while the worse circles are all fire, brimstone and torture.
- The premise, of course, is that just being surrounded entirely by people who deserve to be in Hell is Hell itself. As Sartre said, "Hell is other people." Literally.
- In Preacher the Saint of Killers is so full of hatred, he causes Hell to quite literally freeze over.
- Hell is initially shown to be this in the Spawn comics, but as the story progresses it turns out that this is only a tiny facet of the underword, the rest of it is much bigger & much weirder...
- As revealed in his Chick Tracts, Jack Chick is very much a "grim, fiery underworld now, lake of fire later" man.
- Some of the "grim, fiery underworld" part is indicated to be a visual Translation Convention, however, from a close reading of "No Fear?" in which he refers us to several specific passages from The Bible. These describe it as a "bottomless pit" and "outer darkness" in addition to the fire and brimstone. Depicting flaming sinners tumbling endlessly through infinite darkness with even the flames providing no light, however, wouldn't work very well with visual story-telling. Ironically, "No Fear?" is nearly the only comic in which he even gives us a glimpse◊ of what this would be like.
- Marvel Comics Hell-Lords are demons that control their own dimensions. Most of those "pocket hells" are based on this version, especially Mephisto's. It's almost certainly done on purpose, because every single one of the Hell-Lords is trying to convince everybody that he is real Satan and his Hell is real Hell. Also when Hell-Lords and rulers of other kinds of afterlives (like Hades from Greek Mythology or Hela's domain from Norse Mythology) choose to combine them into some kind of "MMORPG Afterlife", something like that was created in between.
- The brimstone is also specifically there in some parts, as Nightcrawler travels through that dimension when he teleports, bringing back smoke retaining the smell.
- In the Disney comics Dante parody "Mickey's Inferno" (USA publication: Walt Disney's Comics and Stories 666; no kidding!), Hell is depicted this way, with oafish demons torturing sinners. There is the twist that if a damned soul does good deeds in Hell, he can redeem himself and ascend to Heaven; in one case, a good deed amounts to defending fellow inmates from the demons' torture.
Films — Animated
- Disney's The Hunchbackof Notre Dame used a river of molten lead dumped out of the cathedral during the climax to represent Hell.
- Surprisingly averted in Hercules, which did make Hades evil, but didn't turn the Underworld into this. It looks gloomy and cold, fitting in better with the original Greek underworld.
- Mickey's Christmas Carol: The open grave Scrooge McDuck-as-Ebenezer Scrooge gets thrown into during the "Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come" sequence at the end is actually implied to be this depiction of Hell.
- Word of God says that in the universe of The Book of Life, in addition to the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten there's another afterlife known as the Land of the Cursed. It's "a very hot place" ruled by Xibalba's brother and it's where the most wicked of souls reside after death.
Films — Live-Action
- The film version of Constantine featured Hell (and Heaven) as parallel universe versions of the real world; when John Constantine visits Hell, it's a demon-infested, burned-out version of Los Angeles (insert biting topical humor here), while Heaven is downtown L.A. in the clouds (insert drug or smog joke here).
- What Dreams May Come partially averts this by showing many visions of Hell, only one of which them of the Fire and Brimstone variety. Hell is shown as a surging sea, a beach of flaming shipwrecks (fitting the trope), a field of disembodied faces, and a parallel universe version of the damned's own house, set on the ceiling of an upside-down cathedral. Also, none of the torment of Hell depicted is physical, only mental.
- The Hell of Drag Me to Hell, though not actually seen.
- The Hell in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey is somewhat like this. Being floating islands chained the to the main devil himself. When the two go to talk to him, the devil traps them in steel like corridors with rooms based on their worst nightmares (i.e. a psycho Easter bunny, a very creepy grandma and a Drill Sergeant Nasty) making it akin to an Ironic Hell as well.
- The Hell in The Black Hole is certainly this with Reinhardt imprisoned for eternity, while standing on a tall rock looking over the fire and brimstone. It is also an ironic hell when you consider what else is there with him...
- Averted in Clive Barker's Hellraiser and sequels. Hell is a place where the damned are tormented mainly with hooks on chains, spikes, and bladed instruments — or sometimes, like Frank in Hellbound: Hellraiser II, with the torment of Tantalus. Fire does not seem to feature. In Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, a priest tells Pinhead, "You'll burn in Hell!" Pinhead retorts, "Burn? What a limited imagination!"
- Played straight in Hideaway, based on a Dean Koontz novel.
- Elements of this version of Hell can be seen in Big Tits Zombie.
- The 1970 Scrooge (1970) musical with Albert Finney has a usually-cut-for-syndication scene of Ebenezer finishing his 'Yet To Come' sequence by being grasped by enormous chains and dragged down to this sort of Hell. Even though nowhere near as bad as some depictions, for a Christmas movie, even at what all know to be the scary part, it was a bit surprising to see.
- Appears briefly at the end of Tales from the Hood when the Devil transforms into a giant demon in a fiery Hell.
- Georges Méliès clearly loved playing Satan, and a fiery grotto with gleeful (often dancing) demons occurs time and again in his pioneering works of early film. See The Merry Frolics of Satan, or any of his several adaptations of Faust, or pretty much any Méliès film with the word "Infernal" in the title.
- Satan rules of one these in Dead in Tombstone.
- Mustafar, the volcanic planet where Darth Vader dueled Obi-Wan and suffered his grievous injuries in Star Wars Episode III, is a clear stand-in for George Lucas' vision of Hell.
- Dark Angel: The Ascent: The movie opens in a classical fiery hell, with rows of people being led around by the demons to suffer their fates.
- A joke parodied the wording of this trope once, featuring Ulster Unionist politician and minister Reverend Ian Paisley, a man known for his obnoxious views towards Catholics, Nationalists, homosexuals and everyone else he doesn't like. In this joke, he is delivering a sermon describing a Hell much like this:
Paisley: And in this Hell of eternal damnation, there will be fire, and brimstone, and much screaming and gnashing of teeth!Toothless old geezer at the back of the church: Wo' abou' if ye haven' any teef lef'?Paisley: Teeth will be provided!
- In spite of everything, Dante Alighieri's Inferno actually averted this trope for the most part. Naked flames do feature, but only in four of the twenty-four divisions of Dante's Hell and just one of the seven regions in his Purgatory. You are as likely to be boiled, drowned, chopped or frozen, as you are burnt, in Dante's Inferno. Furthermore, Satan, together with the worst damned of all, remains imprisoned in Hell's center - a glacial cavern.
- Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle wrote a novel, also titled Inferno, that revisits Dante's hell with a few modern updates for 20th-century sins. The protagonist is a somewhat self-deprecating hack science fiction writer, and his guide is a longtime resident of Hell named Benito Mussolini.
- Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series has a Hell that is like this in many places. It's revealed through later books that Hell has many regions, including a "mock Heaven" for souls that have been incorrectly sent to Hell and can't now be returned to Heaven.note
- Justified in James Branch Cabell's Jurgen in that the Hell the protagonist visits is based on his father's opinion of what Hell should be like.
- The Hell of John Milton's Paradise Lost is more of a Fire and Brimstone Hell than Dante's—for instance, Satan is, in the opening, chained to a lake of brimstone. Everything in that land is constantly burning, although the fallen angels don't mind too much.
- In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, Stephen regains his religion after hearing a particularly frightening description of fire-and-brimstone hell from a preacher.
- Aversion in Dean Koontz's Hideaway. Primary antagonist Vassago reflects on his time in Hell at one point, describing it as a cold, lightless place.
- Borgel by Daniel Pinkwater has a version of Hell that's like this and literally The Theme Park Version: it's presented as a major interdimensional tourist attraction. Borgel says he doesn't really know what goes on inside, but says that he does know that if you didn't like it, you'll have a lot of trouble getting your money back.
- Played with in
FaustEric, where the Discworld version of Hell is a Fire and Brimstone Hell... but the inmates have realized that they no longer have corporeal bodies, and so there's nothing requiring them to feel pain any more. The new King of Hell has shaken things up by introducing mental rather than physical tortures, but the actual demons are just as upset about this as the "clients".
- In a series of books for children (frequently quoted by atheists making emotional appeals), the nineteenth-century missionary priest John Furniss (pronounced "furnace"?) provided vivid word-pictures of Fire and Brimstone Hell:
See! It is a pitiful sight. The little child is in this red hot oven. Hear how it screams to come out. See how it turns and twists itself about in the fire. It beats its head against the roof of the oven. It stamps its little feet on the floor of the oven. You can see on the face of this little child what you see on the faces of all in hell — despair, desperate and horrible! ... God was very good to this child. Very likely God saw that this child would get worse and worse, and would never repent, and so it would have to be punished much more in hell. So God, in His mercy, called it out of the world in its early childhood.Perhaps at this moment, seven o'clock in the evening, a child is just going into hell. To-morrow evening at seven o'clock, go and knock at the gates of hell, and ask what the child is doing. The devils will go and look. Then they will come back again and say, the child is burning! Go in a week and asked what the child is doing; you will get the same answer — it is burning! Go in a year and ask; the same answer comes — it is burning! Go in a million of years and ask the same question; the answer is just the same — it is burning! So, if you go for ever and ever, you will always get the same answer — it is burning in the fire!
- In The Guardians, Hell is a huge realm with many areas. The traditional fire and brimstone area is The Pit, where the souls of damned humans and disobedient demons are tortured.
- Combined with Squick in Chuck Palahniuk's Damned
Live Action TV
- Averted in The Middle Man, where it looks somewhat like an office building.
- Star Trek: Voyager: In "Barge of the Dead" B'Elanna Torres finds herself on the barge taking dishonoured Klingon souls to hell (Gre'thor). Pulling up at the dock she sees the expected tall menacing gates, fiery skies, etc... only to find once she enters it's just like Voyager.
Neelix: 15 decks. Computers augmented with bio-neural circuitry. Top cruising speed: warp 9.975... not that you'll be going anywhere.
B'Elanna: No Fek'lhr? No 'Cavern of Despair'?
Neelix: Don't need them.
B'Elanna: I don't consider Voyager hell!
Neelix: Are you sure? Have you ever been truly happy here? If you thought fifty years aboard this ship would be difficult, try eternity!
- An eternity with Neelix? Perhaps the most terrifying Hell ever conceived.
- Star Trek: The Original Series: In "The Cage" (with footage re-used in "The Menagerie"), the Talosians briefly inflict the illusion of Fire and Brimstone Hell on Captain Pike. Furthermore, if Pike does not behave, the Talosians threaten to go deeper still into his mind for experiences even worse!
- Interestingly subverted in an episode of The Twilight Zone where a criminal dies and thinks he's gone to heaven because everything goes his way. But he eventually becomes sick of what he thinks is Heaven and wants "to go to that other place". This is when he is told that he is in "that other place". Final words of the episode: ...an angry little man, who now has everything he could ever ask for, and has to live with it forever.
- The Hell in Married... with Children is shown like this.
- Played with in Supernatural. The demonic hierarchy seem to be able to change Hell's shape at will, with the Fire and Brimstone version featuring occasionally. The first glimpse we get of Hell is through the Devil's Gate in the final episode of Season 2, and what we see is a rock passageway lit from below by what looks like fire or lava. Then, subverted in the last episode of Season 3, when we see someone actually in Hell, which looks like a thunderstorm with metal chains and sharp hooks everywhere, with the guy himself in the middle of it. Finally, in Season 6, we see someone else remember Hell, and it is a completely straight Fire and Brimstone Hell. Then later once Crowley is in charge of hell, it's just people waiting in line in a dingy hallway. Forever. They take a number and join the queue. And once they get to the front of the line? They go back to the end.
Crowley: No one likes waiting in line.
- Saturday Night Live had a memorable series of spoof commercials called "Where You're Going," which depict people – mostly yuppies and others who had scorned the poor and less-fortunate – suffering in a stereotypical Hell following their deaths. A chorus gleefully sings, "You're going to Hell," followed by an announcer (and superimposed notice): "A message from Almighty God."
- The message was basically an unexpected punch line at the end of what looked like a typical 1980s ad celebrating yuppie materialism.
- Another when Patrick Stewart hosted. He plays Satan trying to seem fierce and mean, but is continuously mocked by those who should be scared because he chokes on a grape or uses the phrase "til the cows come home."
- Charmed: Not all the underworld looks like this (most of it being just dark caverns and tunnels), but select places do.
- During the skits on MC Chris's albums, chris himself ends up sent to hell, and it's portrayed this way. In fact, literally everything is on fire, including the gloves required to pick up the variety of on-fire objects. The tortures are more mental than physical, with chris opting to gut himself with a fork to distract himself from some awful rapping his subjected to. It's also implied that his torture is to produce real versions of the deliberately bad songs he had refused to create in earlier skits.
- The Squirrel Nut Zippers' "Hell" (which is quoted at the top of this page) is an obvious example.
- The song "Lake of Fire by The Meat Puppets (and later covered by Nirvana) is about this type of Hell.
- "Fire" by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
- "Daddy Was an Old Time Preacher Man," a 1970 country song by Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, a song paying tribute to a fire-and-brimstone preacher. As part of the preacher's ministry, he is said to frequently reference the traditional depiction of Hell in his sermons ("He preached Hell so hot that you could feel the heat").
Mythology and Religion
- The ancient Egyptian depictions of the The Underworld, such as the Book of the Dead, feature what is probably the Ur-Example of this: lakes of liquid flame, tended by fire-breathing goddesses and serpents, where the damned are burned. It's unclear whether they suffer forever or just get cremated to deny them an eternal afterlife.
- The Theme Park Version of Hell as this is actually an expansion from some rather minimalist descriptions of Hell in The Bible; it mentions everyone (including Satan & Company) there doing a whole lot of burning for all eternity, and not much else. Ask anyone from a more conservative denomination about Hell, and you'll probably hear about this minimalist version. Talk to someone from a more liberal denomination, and you are more likely to get a reference to "Eternal Separation" than fire and brimstone. What that actually means depends on who you're asking.
- "Eternal Separation" means that you could never, ever, reunite with God. Such a condition would feel as if your insides were filled with a "burning emptiness" for the rest of eternity.
- Several theologists, like Origen, have suggested that Hell is simply the abode of Satan (located in the fifth Heavennote ), and that an actual place of suffering is nonexistent, because God will reconcile everyone in the end. In spite of this supporting the notion of an all forgiving God over the concept of "eternal separation", the church, controversially, considers these positions heretical.
- Split the difference, and you can think of Hell as both eternal burning and eternal separation; also, as being both an internal and external condition. Case in point, the Venerable Bede imagined Hell to be a kind of fire burning inside the damned that, once they were dead and beyond all hope of redemption, might well erupt forth from every orifice.
- Played with in The Watchtower. Jehovah's Witnesses believe in the eventual permanent destruction of the wicked in a lake of fire, but they interpret the scriptures as implying that Cessation of Existence, not eternal conscious torment, results from this destruction.
- Jigoku in Japanese Mythology is presented as this. A carryover from trading beliefs with the mainland (such as China), and a notable contrast to Yomi, a more traditional Underworld. "Jigoku" is also used by Japanese Christians to refer to the Christian Hell.
- Sister Lúcia dos Santos, one of the Visionaries of Fátima, has said that the First Secret (out of three) was a vision of Hell given to them by Our Lady which fit pretty well in this trope.
- The playfield for Devil's Dare is a fire and brimstone hell completely covered in flames.
- A large section of Hell is just like this in The Lords. Although Satan Is Good and it's of a Self Inflicted variety...
- Although there are a hell of a lot of levels, many levels of The Abyss and a number of the Nine Hells in Dungeons & Dragons are described like this. The Fourth Hell, Phlegethos, probably fits it the most. Some of the more traditional levels (such as frozen Cania) are there though as well.
- The D20 setting Infernum is set entirely in this sort of Hell. Demons torment souls to extract a substance called "iliaster", which is food and drink to them, and it is not a pleasant place. It's not all fire and flames, though- in fact, as Hell technically consists of a whopping huge crater punched by the crashlanding of the Fallen Angels, fire and flames are actually a minority. Starting on the surface and going down the nine "Circles" of Hell, you have lifeless desert (Emptiness), icy mountains locked under perpetual thunderstorms (Tempest), swamps and mires and mudflats (Tears), volcanic badlands (Toil), war-scarred wastes (Slaughter), urbanized ruins (Industry), lush jungles sharing borders with a river of flame and a desert (Delight), a massive volcanic range (Malebolge) and an eternally shifting city (Pandemonium). And that's not getting into other notorious landmarks, like the river Cocytus, a river of unnaturally cold jet-black ice that emerges from beneath the volcanos of Malebolge and forms a barrier around Pandemonium... and the demons want to know just how that frickin' works too.
- The standard Dungeons & Dragons setting splits the difference, with some areas completely fulfilling this trope and others subverting the Hell out of it. On the balance, it's several separate dimesions, each with multiple subdimensions, that read like a somewhat tedious version of Dante's Inferno.
- The game In Nomine is the hilarious Gold Standard of Tabletop Game Hell (and Heaven, for that matter), since Hell and its environs are a substantial fraction of the gameworld. However, only the domain of the Demon prince of Fire is actually filled with fire and brimstone. Some areas are merely tedious and others even manage to be amusing. While torture and suffering were part of how the evil demons powered their eceonomy, the setting then subverts itself by basically giving all the damned an easy way out: they can simply pony up their spiritual energy every morning and then stop the torture. The demons can't drag it out of them, so the only way they can get the dead humans to pay is to bribe or threaten them (which means they must be trustworthy over the long haul, or humans will stop powering all the things demons want).
- Mister Toad's Wild Ride in Disneyland/Magic Kingdom Park fits this trope to a T at the end after Mr. Toad is "killed" by a train. Potentially terrifying, especially when it gets really hot when you are in hell (it never really gets what someone from north of, say, Oklahoma would consider cold in either Orlando or Anaheim, but they keep the heaters in the hell section of the ride turned up year-round). The ride no longer exists in the Magic Kingdom Park in Florida (it was closed down and replaced with a Winnie-the-Pooh-themed ride), but the original in Disneyland in Anaheim is still there.
- In Afterlife, you build the Fire And Brimstone Hell, with punny punishments based on the Seven Deadly Sins, such as "Another Man's Shoes" — guess where the damned are put in?
- The erebus maps in the Age of Mythology feature this kind of hell, although they are primarily based off of Greek myths.
- Averted in Devil May Cry 3, where the Demon World is composed of "stray" bits of space, including an Escher-style stair labyrinth. Previously, in the first game, Hell is made of pulsing flesh.
- Although, when you fight Mundus, the second half of the battle does in fact take place in a lake of fire.
- In Devil May Cry 4, one boss introduces itself as "The conqueror of the Fire Hell." However, said location is never shown.
- In Diablo II, a part of Hell is the River of Flame, which is classical fire and brimstone. Other parts of Hell include great, dark, ashen plains. This in contrast to the first Diablo which envisioned Hell as a land of bones, blood and mutilated corpses.
- A couple of areas in the Netherworld in Disgaea are like this, such as the Sea of Gehenna, and the immediate area around Laharl's Castle (which itself hovers atop of a giant lake of lava). That being said, Disgaea's Netherworld generally has more variety than your average Hell, including anything from frozen wastelands to trippy starfields to inconspicuously cheerful-looking Ghibli Hills.
- The Doom series of games (particularly Doom 3) feature just this kind of hell.
- The planet Heck in the Earthworm Jim game, and the cartoon as well.
- It's worth noting that Heck has a touch of Ironic Hell in it - as the soundtrack starts with Night on Bald Mountain...and then cuts off halfway through and is replaced with elevator Muzak (punctuated with anguished screams.)
- While not Hell itself, The Elder Scrolls series has the Deadlands, Mehrunes Dagon's realm of Oblivion, greatly resemble this form of Hell. Other Daedric realms are much different, though. There's also a bit of subversion in that canonically, the Deadlands, despite their volcanic landscape, are extremely cold - in one quest when you're leading the Bruma Guard into an Oblivion Gate, the captain complains about how cold it is. And he's a Nord, which are naturally resistant to cold.
- The torture area in Mankar Camoran's Paradise seems to also fit very well.
- The final mission of Thief: The Dark Project, "The Maw of Chaos," is set in the Trickster's realm - underground, featuring a lot of lava rivers and monsters.
- In SaGa Frontier when fighting the Final Boss of Blue's Scenario, when Hell's Lord shifts forms, the Fluffy Cloud Heaven disappears and the true colors of Hell take shape
- Averted in Painkiller, where Purgatory is made up entirely of manmade creations, such as ruined cities, military bases, mines, opera theatres.... and the last level, which takes place in Hell proper, is a montage of the horrors of war, frozen in time. The add on Battle Out of Hell even has an orphanage.
- Guild Wars' Ring of Fire. There's even a section called 'Hell's Precipice'. I doubt even Ol' Horney would argue. It does look like his kind of real estate.
- Muramasa: The Demon Blade features this exact hell with damned soul wandering through the burning wasteland in the background.
- One of the settings in the original Lemmings is this version of Hell, featuring fire blowers, lava, and a demonic exit door. The PSP remake maintains these features and throws in a couple of demon skeletons for good measure.
- Any references to "hell" in the Touhou series means "the Buddhist hells." In Subterranean Animism the Ancient City is located in a now unused district of hell. Snowfall suggests the city is part of a former cold hell while the Hell of Blazing Fires below it may have once been a hot hell (in fact, the Blazing Fires appears to be nothing but a sea of fire so it goes further than your typical Fire and Brimstone Hell). As of that game in the series, they were relit due to the Yatagarasu's power in Utsuho and it was opened back up as a formal hell destination.
- The Nether in Minecraft. The setting is underground, filled with lava lakes and almost everything else is made of stone which perpetually burns if set on fire and looks suspiciously like flesh. The old development name for this dimension was even called "Hell", but Notch decided against a religious term (if you press F3 it says you're in Hell though). Zombie Pigmen, Magma Cubes, and giant tentacled monsters named Ghasts roam this dimension's landscape while pitch-black Wither Skeletons and mechanical Blazes haunt its abandoned fortresses.
- The Underworld in Terraria contains flame shooting fire imps, burrowing bone serpents, slimes made of lava, hellbats, and demons. In the Underworld, you can also find shadow chests, which contain various fire- and evil-themed weapons, and hellstone, which provides necessary armor and tool upgrades.
- Red Mountain in Sonic Adventure is like this, complete with ghostly prisoners and giant stone skulls that shoot fire, with some very large metal hammers and random religious symbols thrown in for good measure. Although it seems to represent the Lava Reef Zone volcano from Sonic And Knuckles, it doesn't look much like it.
- Dark Crater, the final level of ''Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky'', is supposed to be a stand-in for Hell.
- At the conclusion of Soul Calibur 2, you enter the Soul Edge and confront its spirit, Inferno, in a massive burning, barren landscape. The stage is named "Tartarus", and the announcer all but states that you've entered Hell.
- Dark Souls invokes this with the Demon Ruins and Lost Izalith, two demon infested lava levels.
- Dark Souls II has the arena where you fight the Burnt Ivory King and his knights, complete with the shrieking wails of the damned. It is an intentional recreation of the the Bed Of Chaos in the aforementioned Lost Izalith, if not the original deal itself. It's quite a shift from the frozen citadel above.
- The Demon Inferno and the Flaming Inferno levels from Catacomb Abyss and Catacomb Armageddon respectively are pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Subverted in Hellgate: London; the ambient lighting in the area leading up to the Hellgate becomes a bleached orange, while the gate itself is a fiery orange. But on the other side, the color temperature shifts to a drab, greyish-blue rocky wasteland.
- In Robinson's Requiem, whenever you die the main character Trepliev 1 is subject to a fiery torture in what looks like Hell, depicted in a single image of his face on fire and twisting/contorting while surrounded by the skulls of the previous dead, along with creepy-as-hell music accompanying it. Some versions of the game even have a version of this image that slowly morphs Trepliev's face into a creepy skull.
- Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell: "New Hades" is an inferno filled with flames and ash.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Capsule GB, Seto Kaiba's RPG world is a literal representation of Hell, though only the first layer has fire. The second layers deal with lightning and darkness.
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night- Upon entering the underground area of the castle, you pass through a room with a flaming background and fight Cerberus as a miniboss. The rest of the area resembles caves and features lava lakes and contains many fire based enemies. Inverted in the inverted castle where the same area is frozen over although in that one it's technically at the top.
- Shantae and the Pirate's Curse has the Oubliette of Suffering, an underground cavern where ne'er-do-wells go to be tortured and whose cave entrance is found in the Village of Lost Souls. Naturally, it's filled with demonic architecture, rusty cages, and lots and lots of fire and lava.
- Affirmed and subverted in Casey and Andy. Satan's realm Hell is a realm of sulfur, fire, and brimstone. But since she's in rebellion against God, she sees no reason to torture souls whose only crime is disobeying God. The only souls she tortures are those who have ticked her off personally. (Which includes Adolf Hitler, who just ticks a lot of people off for some reason.)
- Subverted in Dominic Deegan, where Hell is a rocky wasteland that makes everyone fight amongst themselves for superiority. The only torturing is done by the superior guys, under their own will. Occasionally, hellfire rains from the sky, which are more like comets, but that's about it.
Karnak:You don't get how this place works, do you? No one is happy here. Nothing good lasts, even for the punishers. That's why every demon lord or would-be ruler tries to escape this pit. This is a realm of misery and torture for all who dwell here. This is Hell.
- Later double subverted by the testimony of an expert, revealing to an upstart newcomer that, regardless of rocky wastelands and selfish people, Hell really is inherently a punishment, it's just subtle about it.
- Played almost straight in Remember and by extension Avatar Battle Royale, where Hell is almost identical in composition to aforementioned Dungeons & Dragons Hades, except Levistus rules in ABR.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal plays this on occasion, if it wants to (but is far more prone to Fluffy Cloud Heaven). One of the few times it was actually directly seen was 'Atheist Hell'. Which looked like this trope, but the torture was far worse: Poorly reasoned proof of Satan's existence, for all eternity.
- Hell appears occasionally in Problem Sleuth, appearing almost exactly like this page's description. The major difference is that, because weapons randomly turn into other objects in the comic, the devils poke the souls of the damned with gay porn magazines.
- Played with in Mindmistress, wherin after Alvin's mind takes over one of the (currently deep, deep underground) Unstoppable Ones he assumes he's been confined to Fire and Brimstone Hell for his sins. The man who sent him there does nothing to abuse him of this notion.
- Played straight in Slightly Damned for the most part. However, along with the fire and brimstone sections, there are also sections devoted to The Song That Never Ends and an area with nothing but rocks (boredom hell).
- In Prickly City, a full-blown supporter of Kevin can be found by digging for it. The panel shows flames and a pitchfork, with actual speaker offstage.
- Sinfest. Baby Blue and Fuschia keep the damned from rising out of the fires with their pitchforks. At least Baby Blue does, nowadays.
- In Hell Lost the Infernal Realm is inspired by both Dante and Milton. Ledges, instead of circles, step down and break out into the Frozen Continent. Macabre demons inspired by Bosch and Bruegel mix with more modern realizations, and the realm itself is riven by political rivalries and intrigue that leads to an inevitable but long awaited Counter Revolution.
- Averted in Academica, where Pasha's dreams of a specifically Dante-inspired Hell mostly portray it as a foggy, rainy, damp place.
- South Park bounced between this and not being so bad. It's just that Satan's an Affably Evil Punch Clock Villain who gets along with God (and he's gay.) He tortured people, but you get the feeling it's really his job. His boyfriend, Saddam Hussein, on the other hand...
- Satan frequently hosts parties, too - even a Christmas celebration! Also, because this show's Fluffy Cloud Heaven is reserved only for Mormons, plenty of good people show up here. In fact, Heaven's actually extremely dull, crossing this Hell over with A Hell of a Time.
- Once Saddam Hussein was even sent to Heaven because he didn't consider Hell much of a punishment. Eternity with a bunch of Mormons on the other hand...
- Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: Fire-and-brimstone depictions of Hell were frequently used in several cartoons, while others made reference to them. Some examples:
- "Satan's Waitin'", a 1954 short starring Tweety Bird and Sylvester. After Sylvester crashes to the sidewalk while chasing Tweety, he "loses" a life and appears before a Satanic bulldog; behind him is a fiery pit, where several bulldogs are waiting to get at the puddy tat. As the cartoon progresses, Sylvester's "other lives" arrive in Hell as the cat continues to get clobbered while chasing Tweety. Eventually, Sylvester – realizing he doesn't want to go to Hell – stops chasing the bird ... but ends up there anyhow when two bank robbers blow up a safe using too much nitroglycerine.
- "Devil's Feud Cake," starring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam. Here, clips from several past Bugs-Yosemite cartoons are cobbled together with alternate endings, all with Sam getting the worst end of things. After each "death," Sam appears before Satan, who wants Bugs' soul, and goads him into continuing after that varmint. When Sam dies (after being mauled by lions, in an encore of "Roman Legion Hare"), Satan offers "one last chance" to get Bugs, but Sam quickly dons a devil's costume and decides he'd rather stay in Hell! ("If you want him, you can get him yourself. I'm staying!" (Evil Laugh)).
- This is the Hell where the Warner Brothers and their Sister end up in the Animaniacs episode "Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled." It is where sinners are tortured by being thrown into lakes of fire, poked with pitchforks, and forced to watch reruns of The Facts of Life. True to Warner form, the kids proceed to torment Satan until he can't stand it anymore, culminating in freezing Hell over, leading to him kicking them out of Hell and into Heaven instead.
- Futurama has Robot Hell, which fits this trope to a T. Only with robots, obviously. And musical numbers, which Bender at least regards as the real punishment.
HellHeck in Rocko's Modern Life starts out as Fire and Brimstone Hell until Peaches removes the backdrop, saying that it's only for the tourists.
- The Baskervilles was set in a literal theme park version of Hell.
- Shows up in Teen Titans season four; Robin and Slade have to descend there to save Raven's soul and Slade's mortal body in the finale.
- Shows up in Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
- This is the type of Hell in Squidbillies:
Squid Devil: You are raped by fire all day! And the days are longer down there. You know what we have to drink? Fire, motherstuffer, that's what! And dinner? That's a root, that makes you thirsty for more flippin' fire! It's ridiculous what I have set up down there!
- Miseryville on Jimmy Two-Shoes, albeit a somewhat tolerable version.
- God, the Devil and Bob depicts Hell this way, although Satan has to keep an eye on it or people start slacking off. They once turned the entire fourth circle into a golf course when he wasn't looking.
Devil: This is the fourth circle of Hell?Smeck: Hey, this is a tough course. Look at that fringe - I mean, you hit it in there and you're looking at a 10 for sure.
- The Simpsons:
Bart: Is there anything I could do to avoid coming back here?Devil: Yes ... but you wouldn't like it.Bart: Okay. See you later.
- "Bart Gets Hit By A Car": Bart appears to be ascending into Heaven, but after spitting over the rail (which he was told not to do), he gets sent to this version of Hell (though the Devil is purposefully depicted as scrawny). Bart gets sent back because it's not really his time, and he doesn't seem particularly concerned about avoiding this fate - shrugging off changing his ways.
- "Homer's Triple Bypass": After suffering the latest in a series of heart attacks, Homer wakes up to say, "Oh, Doctor, I was in the most wonderful place with fire and brimstone."
- "Treehouse of Horror IV: The Devil and Homer Simpson": After Homer eats a piece of a "forbidden doughnut" kept in his refrigerator, Homer is immediately sent to Hell. There, Homer is sent to the "ironic punishments" department, where he is forced to eat thousands of doughnuts. However, because of his insatiable appetite, Homer eats all of the doughnuts ... and (with his body in a humorously bloated state) demands that Satan give him more!
- Rev. Lovejoy's sermons frequently allude to the fire-and-brimstone depiction of Hell.
- At the end of the Bible Tales episode, the Simpsons discover that Judgement Day has begun while they slept through church, and the family are sent to hell together, shown as a staircase leading underground with fire coming out of it. Once they're descended, you hear Homer screaming in pain and horror, but it turns out to be because the barbecue down there was out of hotdogs, and they were serving german potato salad and coleslaw with pineapple.
- In one episode, the Simpsons are at church on an extremely cold day and moan with delight as Reverend Lovejoy describes souls burning eternally in Hell.
- Shows up near the end of the unaired House of Mouse short "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto."
- In the 1960s The Adventures of Superboy episode "A Devil of a Time", Superboy spots a couple of crooks while wearing a Halloween devil costume. He pretends to be Lucifer come to grant them three wishes, and ultimately takes the crooks "home" with him to a volcanic crater in order to Scare 'Em Straight.
- Appears briefly at the end of The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "Sven Hoek".
- At the end of Tex Avery-directed MGM cartoon, Blitz Wolf, this is where Adolf Wolf winds up after getting killed.
Adolf Wolf: Have I been blown to...
A bunch of devils: Eh, it's a possibility.
- A Beany and Cecil cartoon had Dishonest John controlling a genie, who was an inept goofball. As John's about to get captured, he wishes to go somewhere he can't be caught - and the two end up in Hell, in devil costumes.
Captain: Now where the devil do you suppose Dishonest John got to?Cecil: Heck if I know!
- Adventure Time features a dimension sustained by Chaotic Evil called the Nightosphere which is this trope. Apparently, however, the dead don't go there.
- In a brief scene in Family Guy's movie, Stewie is trapped in hell, represented by a motel room with Steve Allen. Just as Steve starts to take off his shirt and says, "Well, let's get on with it," Stewie wakes up, having near-death experience. Averted when its shown that Allen just wanted him to help fix his shirt. Then Allen turns on the TV and discovers that they show nothing but Facts Of Life reruns
- Private Snafu: Snafu went there at the end of "Spies". Incidentally, the devil wore a lapel pin with a swastika on it. Also, we get a glimpse of Hell again in "Hot Spot".
- An episode of the 90's cartoon version of The Mask has Stanley accidently sell his soul to Satan, or "Bob" as he's called in the show, and The Mask ends up being taken to the Underworld, which is portrayed as this trope, filled with ironic punishments, such as nothing on TV except daytime talk shows, everyone being forced to wear polyester clothes, and the food consists of lima beans, rice cakes and lettuce. The Mask manages to get his soul back by beating Bob in a dance off thankfully.
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