A stock phrase used when one character welcomes another (whether as a threat, sarcastically, or otherwise) to some kind of bad situation. For example, a cop welcoming the new guy to the precinct (a la RoboCop) or a villain threatening the hero (sometimes with a literal hell).
Often used to describe That One Level. Compare See You in Hell.
Not to be confused with the webcomic and animated short Welcome to Hell.
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Jack Chick frequently has his character say this literally, but sometimes has them do it figuratively for exceptionally degenerate and dangerous places. Naturally, said places end up getting turned around completely thanks to one person with a Jack Chick tract talking to and converting the right people.
During the climactic fight scene in the industrial sections of the prison in Death Warrant, the psycho killer the Sandman is trouncing Burke in front of the spectating prisoners. He then opens one of the furnaces, and proudly declares "Welcome to HELL!"
Dr. Melvoin:[to a fresh group of interns] You are wedges. The wedge is the most primitive tool known to man. That is you. You think you know what you're doing, believe me, you don't. Breakfast with your Senior Surgical Resident Dr. Benton will begin in 15 minutes. Dr. Benton is an intern's worst nightmare. He's smarter than you, he never eats, he never sleeps and he reads every medical journal no matter how obscure. He is the Antichrist. Beelzebub. Lucifer. A devourer of wedges. You will go to sleep at night wishing plague and pestilence on his unborn children and you will wake up every morning praying for his approval. You won't get it. Welcome to hell, ladies and gentlemen.
David Spade: Macaulay Culkin. [snip] Let me tell you something kid, you're cute, you got blond hair, everyone loves you, it's true. Here's the catch: I used to look exactly like you when I was 10. Oh yeah. This is where you're headed, buddy, welcome to hell!
In Scrubs, Turk does this to some visiting interns. JD also compares Dr. Kelso to the devil (calling him a Devil in Plain Sight when he gives his "I want you to think of me as your safety net" speech to them as he did in the pilot).
The writing on the door of the Sanctuary Base in the episode "The Impossible Planet" in Doctor Who.
Vladimir Zakarov: He tells me you're here for Billie and Teko. Inspector 'Tequila' Yuen: That's right. Vladimir Zakarov: And that you'd walk through hell to get them. Is that right too? Tequila:[nods] Vladimir Zakarov: Welcome to hell.
Hell, in this case, is a penthouse full of heavily armed mooks and lasers everywhere (and if you touch the latter, BOOM — you're dead) where your usual tactics of bullet time and diving around will get you very, very dead in short order.
Modern Warfare 3 has Makarov declare to Captain Price that "hell awaits you" as the first sign that the assassination mission on him has gone horribly wrong, especially as he wasn't even supposed to know that Price and the player's team were there. It's also a clever Call Back to the second game, where Price had told him See You in Hell.
Spec Ops: The Line. A thematic rather than literal example: as the protagonists enter storm-wracked Dubai, Player Character Captain Walker announces, "Gentlemen, welcome to Dubai." To their dismay, they discover he could easily have replaced the city's name with the place of judgement. Later, the line is repeated by Colonel Joseph Konrad, who's bitter, cynical, and slightly ironic manner of saying it hints strongly at the same meaning. The implication is definitely intended in one ending, when Walker repeats the "welcome" to the US troops who arrived to rescue him - or at least, those still alive after he massacred the team who found him first.