I'm Going to Hell for This
"All right, then, I'll GO to hell."
A Stock Phrase
used to lampshade
the inherent immorality or tastelessness of an action, a statement, or a joke. The action itself does not even need to be something that will certainly send you straight to Hell
. Draw on the Pope's face in sharpie?
"I'm going to hell for this". Pull extensive and hysterical pranks on a cripple (such as pushing them down the stairs, wheelchair and all)? "I'm going to hell for this." Ignore the "Keep off the grass" sign?
You guessed it.
Of course, the only correct follow-up line is "...but it was totally Worth It
Compare "See You in Hell
" where a character tells ANOTHER character they're going to Hell.
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Anime and Manga
- In the English dub of One Piece, Nami manipulates Zoro into catching bounties to pay her back the money she gave him (even though he didn't spend it and gave it right back).
Nami: Come on, can't you keep one little promise? *Zoro freezes* Now do as I say and I'll consider calling us even.
Zoro: *angrily, through his teeth* Someday, you're gonna die a horrible death.
Nami: *smirk* Oh, yes. And I'm sure I'll go straight to hell.
- In an issue of the erotic comic Skin Tight, the protagonist says this just before having sex with his 18 year sisters (who are identical twins).
- In Huntress: Year One, Helena says "This is worth going to hell for," when she kills Stephen Mandragora.
- In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, Kyon keeps telling himself he's going to go to a very special hell when he does things he realize go beyond friendship with Haruhi, Yuki, Mikuru and Tsuruya. Later events (like him being engaged to Tsuruya and the reaction he expects from Haruhi) makes him wonder if he's already in it.
- The Special Hell is often invoked in any Firefly fanfic shipping Jayne or Mal with River.
- From the Jane St Clair Slash Fic, A Kiss on the Body Electric in which Captain Janeway is sleeping with 7 of 9.
If there are gods responsible for mad, lost, middle-aged captains, they are going to punish her for this.
- The opening scene of Pathology (consisting of some doctors making corpses 'talk' to each other) ends on this line.
- In the movie Hamlet 2, the plot surrounds a semi-desperate high school drama director creating a Grease-esque musical surrounding a "Sexy Jesus" (who is to be played by him). At one point, one Hispanic cast member says to his friend in Spanish, "We're going to hell for this play."
- In the film December Boys, a small group of orphan friends (sans one) are sneaking peaks at a Playboy type magazine in the middle of the night. The odd devout boy of the group says to them seriously, "You realize you're going to hell", to which one cheekily replies, "Really?", then holds up the centerfold to him. "At least I'll have company."
- True Lies has Gib saying "I'm gonna go to hell" as he's sending Helen on her "mission"
- The movie Good Morning Vietnam has Robin Williams impersonating a number of celebrity voices. Immediately after impersonating Lyndon Johnson (and making less than polite comments about the first daughters), he switches to another character (Gomer Pyle), and shouts, "Oh, you're going straight to hell for that one!"
- Bill Sykes has this to say in Oliver!:
Once bad, what's the good of turning?
In Hell, I'll be there a-burning
Meanwhile, think of what I'm earning
all on account of my name.
- In Sister Act, when the nuns sneak ice cream into the convent, Sister Mary Lazarus has this reaction.
This is a sin, it's a wicked indulgence... didn't they have any butter pecan?!
Live Action TV
- Stephen Lynch's completely tasteless (yet oh-so-hilarious) song "Special Olympics" actually includes a statement to this effect in the lyrics, and he usually mentions a few extra times whenever performing it live.
Lynch: And I know full well/That I will bu-urn in Hell. But those-guys-playing-wheelchair-basketball-are-the-funniest-fucking-things I've ever seen in my li-ife!
- This Hed PE song features the line.
- The Insane Clown Posse song "To Catch a Predator" has this as part of the chorus (though "burn" might also refer to the electric chair):
I'm probably going to burn for this
Ain't no lesson to learn from this
Ain't nothing I'm-a earn
But it sure is fun (to catch a predator)
- NoFX has a song actually titled "I Am Going To Hell For This One." It's about Jesus coming back, claiming royalties for his use in popular media, then living a drug-fueled orgy of Earthly pleasure while condemning Christians for their self-denial and use of fear and moral arrogance rather than love. Hence the title.
- "I may be going to hell in a bucket, baby, but at least I'm enjoying the ride".
- "I'm going to hell (he's going to hell), in a handbasket (in a handbasket), to Bohemian Rhapsody...
- At the end of Doug Walker's "Aristocrats" video, there is an outtake of him saying these exact words.
- In episode 43, Ask That Guy explains possible Christmas themed forms of suicide, culminating in him suggesting that one could be sodomized by a reindeer. At the very end of his response, he utters the magic phrase.
- These exact words are used in a dramatic sense in this page of a collaborative improvisational comic. (Context: The character uttering these words has just doomed an orbital prison to burn up in the atmosphere.)
- A running joke in the Fark.com community is to utter this after making or laughing at a particularly tasteless joke. It has become ubiquitous enough that most people don't even bother to say it, just "One ticket, please" or request a window seat. At least one commenter has requested the "bitch seat" (sitting between two other passengers), reasoning that on any plane or bus to hell, every seat is a bitch seat.
Stand Up Comedy
- After an extended impression of Jesus-As-Twilight-Years-Elvis (with him asking for cheeseburgers and oral sex from Mary Magdalene, while noting that he has a colostomy bag that needs emptying and he just voided his bowels), Denis Leary muses:
I'm goin' to hell for that bit...and yer all comin' with me! And don't try and get out of it, either — 'But we didn't laugh at that bit, Jesus! Pleeeease?' 'Shut up, get on the bus with Leary and Scorsese; you're going right ta fuckin' hell!'
- Comedian/Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham once did a routine about the oddity of having a Sign Language Interpreter present at a Ventriloquist show (and deaf people attending such a show). He likened it to blind people attending a David Copperfield show. At the end of his routine, he says (through his dummy), "We're going to hell for that."
- That's not the worst of it. He explained how he cheerfully proceeded to mess with them by saying a string of random words, followed by saying nothing at all while miming energetic speech and laughter. The poor interpreter had to follow along while the deaf people were left wondering what the heck was going on. Then again, they were already in Hell, a.k.a. Santa Ana...
- Comedian Dane Cook has used a variation on this. "I'm going to hell for that one. And you laughed, so you're coming with me... I'm doing two shows there Friday and Saturday."
- Variation by Jimmy Carr—After one cheap shot at Christianity, he remarked "That seems to have split the room into two groups - one group thought that was hilarious, and the other is going to heaven."
- Eddie Izzard's historical material often includes Biblical events. After the audience laughs at the end of one bit, he bursts into a song of "Blas~feh~meeee, blas~feh~youuuuuu, blas~feh~every~body~in~the~roooooom..!"
- Borderlands 2: "Hyperion customers need not worry about the afterlife! Hell is reserved for pedophiles and people who buy Jakobs Munitions"
- In a meta example, many players of Assassin's Creed II said this when they realized that the Final Boss was Pope Alexander VI, and that the Final Battle is tantamount to a bare-knuckle fistfight with the man himself inside the Vatican, in the middle of High Mass. However, it's historical fact that Alexander was a horrible person, so hopefully God will give all us gamers a mulligan on this one.
- There is one Flash game where Simon Belmont faces off against Jesus Christ, with the latter eventually being killed by God. The makers noted in the credits that a lot of people said they're going to hell for this.
We've already packed our bags.
- "Isaac...we're all gonna burn for what we did to you."
- In Angels2200, Kid is looking for someone to stay the night with, distraught over Hammer reprimanding her for not taking a shot at an enemy fighter and thus putting Bubblegum's life in danger. After being turned down by Hammer, she goes to Whiskey, who lies and says that she's letting one of the Green Giant pilots (who lost one of their squadmates in the battle) stay with her. Kid leaves and Whiskey says this as it is revealed that Loser is the one who's sleeping over.
- Big Boss's final speech in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, marking the birth of Outer Heaven.
Big Boss: If the times demand it, we'll be revolutionaries, criminals, terrorists. And yes, we may all be headed straight to Hell, but what better place for us than this?
- VG Cats, re: Video Game Cruelty Potential:
Leo: Do you think Sims feel pain?
Aeris: You're a monster and you're going straight to hell.
- Ansem Retort has the new show Throwing darts at fat people.
Zexion: We're so going to hell for this.
Axel: I don't even care any more.
- In Flintlocke's Guide to Azeroth, the party's priest utters the phrase after attempting to resurrect the title character's mount and instead turning it into a hideous undead ram.
Scratch that, first I'm getting a drink
. And then? Hell.
- The author's note for Issue 5, Page 5 of Asperchu is simply "I'm going to hell for this." Said page uses pictures of Ground Zero to represent a collapsed building, while the next page ("Straight to the depths of Tartarus") explains that the comic's villain deliberately crashed his plane to destroy the structure.
- Jon says this in Errant Story, when taking on a mission from the Wraiths to assassinate a priest.
- In Horndog, Tommy tells Bob this.
- In a rare, non-comedic example, Shelly of Wapsi Square says that there is a special place in hell reserved for her as she prepares to stab her best friend. Shown here, but beware, for here there be spoilers.
- In Concession, Kelly is asked by a theatre-goer if she's seen World Trade Centre. She says no, and she doesn't plan to, and the customer gets angry, saying "I bet you'd watch it if there were snakes on that plane!" Cue two panels of internal shots of the planes crashing into the Towers, while filled with snakes, and then a cut to the artist with his sidekick/muse yelling "You're going to Hell!"
- In Exterminatus Now, Virus states this, as he's part of the party responsible for slashing an angel with a Laser Blade. Seen here.
- This Theater Hopper strip, when Tom discovers that child actress Michelle Trachtenberg has grown up.
- In Daria, from "A Tree Grows in Lawndale", Kevin accidentally sprains his knee and kills the Tommy Sherman Memorial Tree in a motorcycle accident. Brittany and the cheerleaders become inexplicably convinced that Tommy Sherman's ghost is haunting the girl's bathroom because of this. Hence, this moment:
Brittany: Daria, Jane, would you like to contribute to the Tommy Sherman Memorial Tree Fund? We're hoping to get his spirit out of the girl's room.
Daria: You know, if you could just get one of those crutches away from Kevin, you could plant one of them instead. That's sure to appease Tommy's restless bathroom spirit.
Brittany: You're right! *walks away*
Jane: You know you're going to hell.
Daria: Anything that gets me out of Lawndale.
- Another episode has Quinn trying to convince people to donate money for her plastic surgery. When she tries to convince a goth girl that her beauty will be something everyone can share, the girl replies "and you're not even the least bit afraid that there may be a Hell?"
- In a sketch on Robot Chicken, Daredevil teams up with Stevie Wonder against Marlee Matlin and Helen Keller in a game show. The first round involves "what sound is this?" and the second involves "name this item". Unfortunately, Helen fails and has to do the physical challenge. The directing staff of that episode all say they're going to hell in the commentary.
- Played straight in one episode of Family Guy where Tom Tucker and Diane Simmons make jabs at the people taking part in the Special Peoples' Games (i.e., the Special Olympics with the serial numbers filed off) and note that they are going to go to hell by the end of the day.