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

A Hell Seeker is a character who is actively trying to get into Hell. Literally Hell, as in [[{{Hell}} the afterlife of endless torment]]. Maybe he thinks that he will like it there, being allowed to "reign in hell" rather than becoming one of the tormented souls, perhaps thinking that he might even [[DemonOfHumanOrigin become one of the demons]]. (Such a character is usually [[OriginalPositionFallacy eventually proven wrong, ending up at the bottom of the hellish food-chain]].) Maybe he's a hardcore masochist who thinks that an eternity of torture and violation [[TooKinkyToTorture sounds great]]. Maybe he's concerned he'll otherwise [[TheNothingAfterDeath wind up nowhere at all]], or [[CessationOfExistence vanish entirely]]. Or maybe he's just trying to punish himself. Or maybe he lives in a setting where Hell is [[AHellOfATime something much cooler]] than the horrors believed in by certain RealLife religions. It might also be that someone he loves has been damned and [[YouAreWorthHell he prefers to spend eternity with them]] or is [[ToHellAndBack trying to rescue them]]. Or maybe he's just looking to kill every damn demon in sight.

A variation of the Hell Seeker tries to find and open the [[{{Hellgate}} Gates of Hell]], but does not plan on actually going inside instead, he means to release the LegionsOfHell, presumably so that they, in gratitude, will do his bidding. Of course, again, EvilIsNotAToy, and, should he succeed, this variation will probably get eaten by the beasties he releases.

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

Contrast HeavenSeeker. Also contrast ToHellAndBack and DealWithTheDevil. The former is for characters who want to go to hell but want to get out afterwards, while the latter is when the character accepts hell after death in return for getting good things in life but ''not'' having going to hell as a goal in itself, is likely to try to escape from the deal. This in turn can be contrasted with ImGoingToHellForThis. See also DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans, when they decide to just settle for recreating Hell.

If there happens to be an EasyRoadToHell, so much the better.

Not to be confused with the ''Film/HellraiserHellseeker'', although that movie is an example.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Tetsu from ''Manga/{{Saikano}}'' wants to go to hell (quote: "I still haven't killed enough to go to hell"), because he thinks that's where he'd go after death and that death is the only way out of his misery. May be simply a DeathSeeker, though.
** [[DidntThinkThisThrough He hasn't really thought this plan through, has he?]]
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': [[spoiler: Younger Toguro]] is one of these, in addition to being a DeathSeeker. [[spoiler: He chooses to be punished in the deepest level of Hell, even though he could have gotten off with a lighter sentence, because [[AntiVillain he feels that he could never be punished enough for what he let happen to his old martial-arts pupils]] and the aftermath of such.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}},'' the members of Iscariot are like this, although it's less seeking and more resigned to their fate. They believe it is their duty to "Form square in hell" and battle the daemons there.
** In the anime series, Incognito breathes this trope. He's quite explicit about it.
* One episode of ''Anime/HellGirl'' centers around a teacher who wants to go to Hell because he has nothing left to live for. He does ultimately get sent to Hell, but is horrified when he finds out that one of his students will be joining him one day since she sold her soul to make it happen.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Some ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'' feature StrawLoser characters who believe that [[AHellOfATime hell is cool]]. They are, of course, always proven wrong.
* ''Inrutat'' of ''Pondus'' has a double subversion: A DeathMetal satanist comes to heaven, looking awfully disappointed. An angel explains to him: [[IronicHell "Oh, but this is your hell".]]
* Steve Dallas on ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' mentioned this a few times, although it wasn't clear whether he ''wanted'' to go there or was simply resigned to the fact that he would.

* ''Film/BramStokersDracula'': The VillainOpeningScene explains the titular vampire's StartOfDarkness -- he's a [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades Crusade]]-leader whose surviving enemies invoke RevengeByProxy by tricking his wife into being DrivenToSuicide (which, according to the main priest in said scene, means auto-damnation for her and no TogetherInDeath for Dracula). This makes him snap, invoke FaithHeelTurn, literally choose YouAreWorthHell for her sake, and perform some bizarre Satanic ritual to become... well, Dracula.
* The ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' movies have several characters with this mindset, who ''intentionally'' seek out the [[SummoningArtifact Lament Configuration]] so they can open the portal to the Cenobites' dimension. For some of them it even kinda works out - some of them are turned into cenobites, and enjoy it.
* ''Film/TheCrowCityOfAngels'': Judah Earl, the cultist drug dealer villain, is convinced that he witnessed Hell during a NearDeathExperience and loved it. Since he can't go back there again without dying, he decides the next best thing is to [[HellOnEarth shape the world in Hell's image]].

* In the short story "Down Satan!" by Creator/CliveBarker, a wealthy businessman becomes convinced God doesn't exist, and decides to find out whether the devil does by building a literal Hell on Earth. This has also been issued as a fairly grotesque ComicBook.
* In ''Literature/{{Hideaway}}'' by Creator/DeanKoontz, the SerialKiller antagonist calls himself Vassago, believing he is the human incarnation of one of the demon princes of Hell and that by hideously murdering enough people, will be allowed to return to Hell at Satan's right hand. After killing them, he arranges their corpses in ways that symbolically/artistically represent the sins he fancies they committed, but truly knows the reason for doing this has [[ForTheEvulz nothing to do]] with punishing the guilty. It's also hinted at that [[spoiler: his beliefs of demon heritage may not be so delusional after all]]
* Hattie Durham is one briefly in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series, after deciding that she does believe in God and the Bible, but doesn't believe she deserves to go to Heaven. She comes around eventually.
* Quentin from ''Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury'' entertains the idea of going to hell with his sister for committing incest (which he didn't commit), in order to protect her. Or something.
* Alma from ''Suffer the Little Children'' attempts to sell her soul to the Devil - she's from a very abusive family who are all convinced they are going to heaven, and she wants more than anything to escape from them. ([[AuthorAppeal It's a story by Aleister Crowley, who went through pretty much the same experience in his childhood.]])
* Mapleshade from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' was this when alive: she hated [=StarClan=] and wanted to go to the Dark Forest.
* Madison Spencer from ''Literature/{{Damned}}'' had her reservations at first, but grew accustomed to living in Hell and convinced anyone she could reach through her [[ItMakesSenseInContext telemarketing work]] that they should do everything they could to join her there.
* In the [[Literature/AWizardInRhyme Wizard In Rhyme]] book ''The Witch Doctor'', the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen evil Queen]] Suettay of Allustria believes that her DealWithTheDevil will give her a privileged rank in Hell and let her keep on tormenting people beneath her. Judging from the screams after she's DraggedOffToHell, the Father of Lies was less than honest about her retirement policy...

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Yaguruma/Kick Hopper and his accomplice Kageyama/Punch Hopper in ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto''. Their quest to reach Hell is more metaphorical than most, as it seems to revolve around embracing suffering and despair rather than reaching a physical location.
* Akumaro in ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' wants to [[spoiler: break the barrier between worlds and literally bring about hell on Earth. It's the only way he can see hell, because he was born a Gedoushuu (monsters of that series) instead of being a mortal who fell to TheDarkSide.]]
* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', when the title character is made Archbishop of Canterbury he has to talk a dying landowner into leaving his lands to the Crown instead of the church. Since the landowner is convinced he'll go to hell (and has good reason too, considering that everyone present including Edmund and his father are shocked at the sheer number of his crimes) Edmund resorts to convincing him that hell is ''[[AHellOfATime awesome]]''.
* A common goal for Big Bads in the ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}''
** The Master at the end of season one, and Angelus and Drucilla in season two, are both "open the Gates of Hell" examples. While their demonic status helps explain this, Spike points out that most vampires only talk about destroying the world and are actually quite happy here, making genuine Hellseekers the anomaly.
** Ascension (which the Mayor was an example of) involved a mortal becoming a true demon.
** Glory was a perfect example. Everything she did was an attempt to return to the hell dimension she ruled.
--> '''Buffy''': That's it? That's Glory's master plan? To go home?
** Anya initially sought to regain her demon status and go home when she became mortal. She also teamed up with Vampire Willow, who at least wanted to get back to her hellish alternate reality.
** The climax of Dark Willow's rampage, although she was really more of an Oblivion-seeker.
** Basically what the First attempts in season seven, with the Ubervamps replacing legions specifically from hell.
** Holtz knowingly trapped himself in a hell dimension, along with baby Conner, knowing this would be the ultimate revenge on Angel.
** This was the intent of releasing Illyria, although it turned out hell isn't what it used to be.

[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* In the Buddhist tradition, a noble version of a hell seeker appears in form of the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha (Dizang in Chinese) also known as "Buddha in Hell." While he has achieved enlightenment and is ready to become a Buddha, he seeks to find his way to and stay in various hells as that is where the sinners are and he seeks to redeem them. He will not leave until all hells are emptied.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Many of the Nephandi (fallen mages) in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''. By the time they Descend they are already twisted enough to actually enjoy it in there.
* The ''Fiendish Codex'' sourcebooks for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3.5'' claim that many evil characters make deals with devils on the assumption that, after they die, they'll rocket to the top of Hell's hierarchy. "None ever look at a lemure [the bottom of Hell's food chain] and think that will be their eternity."
** It is said, however, that when bargaining with devils, powerful enough characters can bargain for early or even immediate promotion to higher ranks.
** In the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting, devils are allowed to bargain with deceased mortals awaiting judgment in the Fugue Plane due an agreement they have with Kelemvor, the ruler of the place and the god of death. While not allowed to lie to or kidnap the dead souls, they may try to offer souls a bargain in exchange for coming with them, such as wealth for living families on Faerun, vengeance against still-living enemies, or even rapid promotion to stronger forms in the infernal hierarchy. Some mortals who worshipped cruel gods and/or lived lives where they violated their faiths may actually think Hell is better than the fate that awaits them, so while the devils' success rate isn't all ''that'' high, it's enough for them to keep at it.
* Warboss Tuska from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Led a Waaaagh into the [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Eye of Terror]], the place where the Warp overlaps with reality, all so they could find a good fight. [[WarriorHeaven They found it all right.]]
** Exactly what [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] Primarch Leman Russ was hoping to find when he left Fenris is anyone's guess, but remember the Wolves are space vikings, and the Warp ''is'' Hell, for all intents and purposes.
* The Chaos Wastes lie at the North and South Poles of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' world, and is it there that those who serve Chaos make their way to the abodes of the dark gods in the hopes of reaping great rewards (well, only the North- the South Pole is overrun by beastmen, who are thankfully too stupid to figure out how to build boats).
* In ''TabletopGame/InNomine'', many who make a DealWithTheDevil do so with the promise that they'll get preferential treatment when they finally bite it and go to Hell. [[spoiler: Very rarely, their masters even keep their bargain.]]
* Diabolists in ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'' take it as a point of professional pride that they'll be consigned to Hell upon death, whether in the (misplaced) belief that they will be elevated to devils and escape punishment or out of (one-sided) loyalty to their demonic masters; and tend to be quite insulted by the accusation that they'd try to weasel out of their final damnation. It is, of course, inconsequential that a highly specific and situational spell exists to give a damned soul a chance to elude the devil sent to collect it...
* Weirdly zigzagged in ''TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent''. Demons in this setting are {{fallen angel}}s and the basic assumption is that a given demon wants to find its way to Hell... however, "Hell" is not only seen as [[InfernalParadise a positive place]], but is a highly individual concept; one demon may want to lord over a traditional FireAndBrimstoneHell, but another may just want a quiet, normal life with a human family. The rationale is that Heaven ''is'' Hell in the human sense of the words, as it means being a tool of the alien/malevolent [[DeusExMachina God-Machine]] with no free-will of one's own; with this in mind, "Hell", defined as "a complete and total separation from God", becomes a paradise.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* There is an old gamer joke about a hardcore ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' player who finds a GenieInABottle and is granted three wishes: IDDQD, IDKFA, and a one way trip to Hell.[[note]]The [[ClassicCheatCode cheat codes]] IDDQD and IDKFA give you GodMode, all weapons, all keys and max ammo, respectively.[[/note]]
** In some variants of the joke, it's a DealWithTheDevil, and the devil sends him to Hell on ''Nightmare''.[[note]]Maximum difficulty level. Monsters are more aggressive and respawn after they die. [[OhCrap And cheat codes are disabled.]][[/note]]
* The backstory of ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' has the legend of Saint Yoruk, who travelled to Hades to meet with the Devil and learn the secrets of magic from him. When Yoruk died, his soul went to heaven, but as he'd gotten used to Hades, he fought his way back there.
* In ''VideoGame/BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden'', the player can choose to perform mean/non-charitable options five times. If he does so, he enters hell when he dies.
* Cassus Vicus of ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho'' was the only person who sought out the Pyxis on purpose. Coincidentally, he's the only one who has all his perverted, twisted, and depraved desires fulfilled, with no catches.
* In ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal 3'', Minion (a demon) wishes to be sent to Hell in his ending. [[LiteralGenie Calypso]] complies... and sends him to Hell, Michigan.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' Lita wanted to go to hell so she could kill her father, again. Of course, she had no idea he had become [[AnthropomorphicPersonification one of the]] [[SevenDeadlySins Seven Sins]] and [[spoiler: she ended up helping him.]]
* Black Mage of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' wants to get to Hell to rule it. [[spoiler:He succeeds...for a time. One thinks he's got to die again ''[[OhCrap eventually]]'', though.]]
* Ink Catherly from ''Literature/HitherbyDragons'' is a preteen adventurer determined to reach hell "because I'm an explorer". In this case, hell is located in an infinitely-tall tower inside her closet.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Zodiac}}'' the super-villain Hellhound is a devout believer who derives horrible pleasure from burning others to death with his flame powers, seeing Hell as his vision of Heaven surrounded by an eternity of burning flesh.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Other King in ''WebOriginal/{{Unsong}}'' is actively trying to commit so many atrocities that he can't possibly be denied entrance into Hell when he dies. The reason why he's worried about being denied damnation is that [[spoiler: one, he's trying to balance out a truly epic number of good deeds and virtuous actions performed back when he was still [[TheMessiah the Comet King]], and two, [[{{Satan}} Thamiel]] will take every excuse to bar his way into Hell since he knows perfectly well that if the Other King were to fully enter Hell he'd proceed to destroy the place.]]
* WebOtiginal/SailorMoonAbridged plays this for laughs with Sailor Mars, to the point that when [[KillEmAll The Scouts die in Episode 40]], the others [[GuiltByAssociation are dragged their with her]], even [[TokenGoodTeammate Amy]].