Little boy at peace,
What is this place, beyond the stars?
Open up your eyes.
What are these things...you're moving toward?
Head so full of wonder,
Worries in the past,
Could it be that you are free at last?
— "Little Boy, You're Going To Hell," South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
That is Absolute Despair . . . When hope appears to be at hand, but then you find it beyond your reach, that is when your despair becomes deepest.
—Anti-spiral Nia, Gurren Lagann
Narrator: Then Kanji got a Persona!
Kanji: Hell yeah!
Narrator: Too bad you'll never use him in battle.
There's a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth... Hope. Every man who has ventured here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy... So simple... And like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope.
—Bane, The Dark Knight Rises