I'm Going to Hell for This

"All right, then, I'll GO to hell."
Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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."

A person doesn't have to actively be a Hell Seeker to invoke this line, although it can help. It may even turn out to be A Hell of a Time.

Compare "See You in Hell" where a character tells ANOTHER character they're going to Hell. See also You Are Worth Hell, when a character chooses damnation for love.


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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.

    Comic Books 
  • In an issue of the erotic comic Skin Tight, the 21-year-old protagonist says this just before having sex with his 18 year-old sisters (who are identical twins);
    Fuck it. We're all going to hell for this anyway.
  • In Huntress: Year One, Helena says "This is worth going to hell for," when she kills Stephen Mandragora.
  • In Spy Boy, SpyBoy is sharing a plane with Bombshell. She warns him not to look back while she changes, and so he promises not to turn around while staring at her reflection in the sheer surface in front of him. His Super-Deformed alter ego informs him that he's going to hell for this.
  • When the Justice League meet the newest Green Lantern Simon Baz, they're instantly concerned because the ring only accepts a new Lantern when the previous one has died. The Flash quips that he hopes it was Gardner, before asking if he was going to Hell for saying that.

    Fan Fiction 
  • 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.
  • More 'We Are Going to Hell for This', in Road to Perdition, when Sullivan confronted Rooney to get vengeance on Rooney's son, Connor for killing Sullivan's family. Rooney had some choice words on the line of work both of them chose, and the hypocrisy of the situation.
    Sullivan: He murdered Annie and Peter!
    Rooney: There are only murderers in this room! Michael! Open your eyes! This is the life we choose, the life we lead! And there's only one guarantee... none of us will see heaven.


    Live-Action TV 
  • In Firefly, Mal is warned to not take advantage of his Accidental Marriage to Saffron, who at the time is believed to be just an innocent farmgirl.
    Shepherd Book: If you take sexual advantage of her, you're going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater.
    • And when Saffron seduces Mal:
    Mal: Oh, I'm going to the special hell.
    • Later, when Shepherd Book finds out....
    Shepherd Book: How very... special.
  • In an episode of Veronica Mars, where she installs a hidden camera inside a confessional, she mutters, "Yep, definitely going to hell."
  • A Running Gag on Conan O'Brien's shows is after he tells a joke of supposed bad taste, he breaks into a gospel like song that goes, "I'm gonna go to hell when I die..." When the audience starts clapping along, he usually calls them out on it; "What a horrible thing to do!"
  • Shortly after Dean of Supernatural has returned from Hell, he spends some time in the past and comments on how attractive his mother was as a teenager. Then he adds, "I'm going to Hell. Again."
  • In Desperate Housewives, Gabrielle was caught illegally using the newly blind Carlos' handicap sign by two men in wheelchairs. While one of them goes to get security, the other one attempts to keep her out of her car. Her response is to get behind him and shove him into the middle of the parking lot. She then says:
    It's official. I'm going to hell.
  • In Pushing Daisies Ned brought a dead nun back to life to ask her who killed her. She tried to flee, and so he ended up forcibly grabbing her to kill her again before the time limit was up. Afterwards, he commented "we are so going to Hell".
  • A large part of comedian Josh Blue's routine when he was on Last Comic Standing consisted of jokes about his difficulties with cerebral palsy. After a few of those went over well, he yelled at the audience, "You're all going to hell for laughing at me!"
  • From NCIS, when the victim and suspect had apparently met on the same "dating" website:
    Abby: Care to guess what their fetish was, Kate?
    Kate: Oh. No, I'm going to hell just listening to all of this!
  • In the Leverage episode The Miracle Job, after Nate suggests that they steal the church - by faking a miracle, no less - Hardison replies, "We all goin' to hell."
  • In an episode of Family Feud, Game-Show host Steve Harvey poses: "Name something that gets passed around."
    Contestant One: "A joint."
    • That answer is actually on the board.
      Steve Harvey: "This is when you know we're going to Hell."
    • Subverted by the second contestant:
      Contestant two: "The collection plate at church."
      Steve Harvey: "I like the way you try to stop us from going to Hell."
    • That answer is also on the board, but — Double Subverted — below the joint.
      Steve Harvey: "This is not good."

  • 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)
  • No FX 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.
  • Tom Waits "Lucinda", from Orphans, Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, is about a small time criminal who falls in love with a Femme Fatale - maybe Satan in female form - and knows that he'll be damned for it.
    I left Texas to follow Lucinda
    Now I'll never see Heaven or home.

    New Media 
  • 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.
  • Andrew Dickman on accepting doing to the poster art for Disney's Anne Frank.
  • 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.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Dilbert says this to Wally after Wally tells the boss that the proper way to use a pager is to clip it to his ear.
    Dilbert: You're going to hell.
    • Said by Alice in a later strip when she, via cell phone, intentionally causes their Pointy-Haired Boss to have have a massive car crash on the highway, just so that he'd avoid talking to her.
  • In The Boondocks, Riley steals an old woman's groceries, which the Freemans use to have Thanksgiving dinner, with only Huey realizing that they were stolen. Soon after Thanksgiving, the old woman appears and asks Grandpa, who is eating a ham sandwich made from her groceries, about Riley, who vanished with her groceries (out of concern, rather than suspicion). Grandpa, realizing what has happened, steps away, and comments "I'm going to hell for this ham sandwich, aren't I?" Huey responds that it's between him and his god, but suggests he give up pork.
  • In one Bloom County story, the characters start selling hair tonic for five cents. After it is outlawed by the government, a customer offers Opus $50 grand for a bottle of it, and he accepts it. He asks Milo, "I'm going to Hell for this, aren't I?"
  • Implied in a strip of Calvin and Hobbes, after the eponymous duo plays baseball indoors and destroys the living room:
    Calvin: Do you think God lets you plea bargain?
    Hobbes: I'd worry more about your mom.

    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..!"
  • After one of Jim Gaffigan's more blasphemous jokes, he uses his Audience Surrogate voice to note that he's not only "going to Hell in two religions" but is in fact "practically sprinting" there.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • MadWorld: While Howard "Buckshot" Holmes is an atheist after years of unpunished mass murder culminating in hosting an international blood sport that decides the future of the entire world, Creese Creely believes that there is a hell and anyone stupid enough to participate in these comically-gory murder games (himself included) is going there.
    Creese: And the Baron is history! Howard, this crowd has gone absolutely ape-shit!
    Howard: And hit the game mode, these fireworks are a fitting end to an exclusive evening of murder and mayhem! Outstanding performance from Jack, what do you think's next for him, Creese?
    Creese: I dunno, a beer, some beaver, or some fat slits!
    Howard: And speaking of beaver, it's time for us to split! This is Howard "Buckshot" Holmes!
    Creese: And Creese Creely!
    Howard: Saying thanks to all the players, the viewers, and of course, our sponsors!
    Creese: And we'll see you in hell!
  • 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?

    Web Comics 
  • VG Cats, referencing 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 Flintlockes 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.
    Schweitzer: 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 Center. 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 this Freefall strip, Florence states she's going straight to doggy hell for being part of Sam's the breaking in to the Mayor's office early just to have breakfast before meeting said official.
  • In the current commentary for one Bob and George strip, the author speculates on whether it's okay to knock over a disabled person's wheelchair if they're an asshole and they became disabled through their own assholishness, then finishes up with, "Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to hell."

    Web Original 
  • Crops up (kinda) in a Let's Play of New Super Mario Bros. Wii by the Freelance Astronauts. pipes!, as Luigi, gained control of a moving platform towards the end of a stage in level 8. When he loses control of said platform and can't change course in time, he decided to play it up, and send the platform at full speed into a lava trap, screaming, "TO HELL!!!" at the top of his lungs, causing a Total Party Kill.
    • A more definite example appears in their Let's Play of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask when Maxwell equips the Stone Mask to circumvent the stealth in the Gerudo Fortress. Said mask had already been called "downsy", so they started talking like Link as a person with Down's syndrome. Once inside the fortress (after the cutscene to show it off ended):
      Ferr: We are going to hell.
    • Also, for the same game, they play "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" over the last minute before the moon crashesnote , as well as the cinematic where it happens. As the moon is crushing the clock tower:
      Seiferguy(?): Aaaand we're all going to hell.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd regularly reviews video games based on The Bible for his Christmas specials. One of said games is the complete text of the King James Bible on a Game Boy, including a search function. The Nerd proceeds to look up the word "ass", only to find a bunch of passages referring to donkeys and laughs at how they sound today, such as "seated upon an ass" or "dumb ass". His response is "Heh heh...I'm going to hell."
  • When Linkara reviewed a Mr. T comic book and came across the line "It's a crack baby, foo'!" he expressed a fear of going to hell for laughing at it.
  • The Nostalgia Critic did a review of the film Congo. At one point, he used one of the character's obsession for tickling to bring up "Tickle-me Amy" (a very obvious parody of "Tickle-me Elmo"). It starts out innocent enough, but then the doll starts saying some... not very child-friendly things. He doesn't actually say it, but the look on his face does.
  • Derpibooru has a tag for "We are going to hell", usually seen on pictures making fun of Snowdrop.
  • Pat of Two Best Friends Play says this in their The Walking Dead Let's Play after he and Matt happily sing as they shoot Duck.
  • One of the subreddits of Reddit is r/ImGoingToHellForThis (marked NSFW), in which people post the most offensive thing they can.
  • The Steven Universe fandom on Tumblr has spent a while circulating a post that uses letters from the show opening and title cards, assembled like newspaper fragments in a ransom demand, to spell "I'M IN LOVE WITH CARTTOON (sic) SPACE ROCKS AND I'M GOING TO HELL".
  • Vinny says this verbatim after moving Jesus into Vineland Island.
  • TheLastCrusade: The inquisitor says this outright as he burns down the last library in existence. After culling too many commoners it has occurred to him that he's seen and done too much to seek redemption or justify his actions. Seeing as he's a ruthless sociopath with a tendency to freak out and kill people, he may be right.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.

    Real Life 

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Happily Hellbound