'''[[center:THE WORK, WHICH [[Anime/CowboyBebop BECOMES]]]]'''
'''[[center:[[TropeMaker A NEW GENRE ITSELF]],]]'''
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'''''[[center:[[http://www.amvhell.com AMV HELL]]]]'''''

'''''AMV Hell''''' is(/was) one of the premiere [[FanVid Anime Music Video]] movements on the Internet. Each individual entry in the series uses short AMV clips to parody whatever anime[=/=]songs[=/=]sound clips are used within the individual clip, usually done in one of two ways: a fairly normal (often pop) song with metaphorical lyrics set to a clip that suggests a more literal interpretation of the lyrics (often creating extreme LyricalDissonance), or a song[=/=]sound clip that is already weird[=/=]funny[=/=]obscene set to a corresponding weird[=/=]funny[=/=]obscene anime. The rapid-fire element of the clips--as well as the use of flipping channels on television as a framing device--provoked comparisons to ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', though ''AMV Hell'' existed well before that show.

In May 2004, a handful of AMV makers released the original ''AMV Hell''. It was little more than a fun little experiment, but the idea caught on, much to their surprise. The creators simultaneously released ''AMV Hell 2: Son Of AMV Hell'', a video filled with less family-friendly content, so the first could be shown at conventions without fear of inappropriate content. (It was. Many times.) The establishment of ''AMV Hell'' as a serious franchise came with ''AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture'' in September 2005; roughly an hour long, this entry featured dozens of contributors and had no end of oddball (and often downright hilarious) shorts. The jump from short five-minute humorous snippets to an epic like that made a lot of people stand up and take notice.

Simultaneously released with ''AMV Hell 3'' was ''AMV Hell 0'', which the creators described as "the more irreverant ''[sic]'' side of AMV Hell. And by irreverent, we mean it's ''[also sic]'' one of the most offensive, disgusting, pornographic, vile, worthless pieces of garbage ever conceived." Similar in concept to ''AMV Hell 2'', the ''0'' entry consisted of a series of clips with overt sexual[=/=]violent[=/=]scatological content unsuitable for public consumption. (AMV Hells 1, 3, 4, and 5 were produced with convention theater showings in mind, and their content is censored to reflect this.) ''AMV Hell 0'' thus has a high {{Squick}} factor and features an adult content warning before any of the nastiness begins.

June 2006 saw the release of ''AMV Hell: [[Franchise/StreetFighter Championship Edition]]'', a contest held by the ''AMV Hell'' creators in which contestants were given specified songs and told to make the funniest video they could. The top 55 videos were turned into the ''Championship Edition'' compilation. And then came the big one in September 2007: ''[[ColonCancer AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture II: AMV Hell 4: The Last One]]'', which featured over two hundred and fifty videos and ran for an hour and a half. After such an epic, the ''AMV Hell'' team swore they'd never do it again, as the effort on ''4'' almost killed them--but they didn't stick to that (of course). In September 2008, the team released ''AMV Hell Divided By 0'', which (in a case of RefugeInAudacity) deliberately set out to push the extremes of both X-ratings and poor taste. Where ''0'' was largely comprised of conventional hentai, ''Divided By 0'' jumped further still by focusing mainly on openly fetishistic content. Like its predecessor, ''Divided by 0'' has a high Squick factor and an adult content warning.

The series laid low for a few months until one of its original creators, Zarxrax, introduced [[http://amvhell.com/index.php?pageid=amvminisdownload "AMV Minis"]] in July 2009. In an attempt to maintain and provide an outlet for continued interest in the AMV Hell brand while lessening the workload of its management, Zarxrax designed the "AMV Minis" entries as a series of shorter videos released more frequently instead of feature-length events. These Minis are comparable in scale to the original AMV Hell, but are comprised entirely of submissions from other editors and do not have clips created by Zarxrax himself. The "first season" of Minis runs to thirteen episodes: eleven regular editions and two special editions--one focusing exclusively on Manga/AzumangaDaioh (a popular subject for clips and skits throughout the whole franchise), and the other a collection of "Bad Stuff" (think of it as the Minis' own ''0''). The second season launched in April 2011; the first episode of the new season responded to viewer feedback that criticized the proliferation of dialogue-based skits and skits that felt dragged out[=/=]overlong in earlier Hells and Minis by limiting submissions to a maximum of seven seconds and requiring their accompanying audio to be music or song, as well as banning skits based on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. This immediately provoked a rash of complaints moaning about a bewildering pace and a nostalgic fondness for ''Family Guy'', illustrating [[UnpleasableFanbase the unpleasable nature of the series' fans]].

While the first season of AMV Minis ran its course, the AMV Hell team developed its next full feature--''AMV Hell 5: Dedicated to Dio'', dedicated both to Ronnie James Dio as well as an AMV creator whose works had graced previous AMV Hells--alongside it. Co-creator SSGWNBTD began accepting submissions for ''5'' in September 2009; it premiered (partially) at Otakon in July 2010 (it lacked only an opening and a closing) and later premiered in full at Anime Weekend Atlanta in September 2010.

The team later announced ''two'' separate projects: ''AMV Hell 6:'' ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' ''Hell'' and ''AMV Hell 6: The End Of The Universe''. The former was planned to have only clips either taken from or referencing parts of the ''Final Fantasy'' franchise, but this entry never came to fruition. The latter was initially planned to touch on the 2012 End of the World theory, had its rough-cut premiere at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012, and was slated for release on [[MeaningfulReleaseDate the 21st of December 2012]], but SSGWNBTD was unable to further tweak it. On the 20th of December, Zarxrax [[http://www.amvhell.com/showthread.php?26308-AMV-Hell-6-rough-cut-and-now-taking-more-entries announced]] that SSGWNBTD was "fired" from the project, released the rough cut via [=BitTorrent=], and re-opened submissions for one more month. The team finally released ''AMV Hell 6.66: [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion This is (Not) The End]]'' in April 2013, though in this state, only a third of the entry's original rough cut content remained.

After the release of ''6.66'', the third (and ultimately final) season of the Minis began. Each entry in this season focused on challenging creators to stick with a certain theme (for instance, creating videos based around {{Mondegreen}}s); after each entry was released, viewers could vote for their favorite video from said entry. The winners of each individual entry were compiled into the season's final episode (''[[Videogame/SuperSmashBros Final Destination]]'') and viewers were given the chance to vote on the best individual video of the season.

The seventh entry in the main series, ''AMV Hell 7: [[Manga/AttackOnTitan Attack on 10 Year Anniversary]]'', premiered at Otakon in 2014 and had its online release in October of the same year. On the 3rd of May 2015, Zarxrax announced that he had officially decided to end AMV Hell following the completion of the third AMV Hell Minis season, in the sense that he would no longer oversee any more projects or make any more official entries in the series. He noted that AMV Hell had run its due course: with the proliferation of internet video hosting sites such as Website/YouTube in the decade since the release of the first two entries, the series no longer needed to go on as it had in the past. With that announcement, AMV Hell appears to have finally died--though the legacy it created will live on forever.

''AMV Hell'' had a considerable influence over AMV making: imitators inspired by the series' "multiple-short-AMV-clips" style have often described their videos as "AMV Hell style". [[FollowTheLeader The series even spawned numerous imitators within other fandoms and groups across the Internet.]] In essence, [[TropeMaker the page-topping quote]] [[AscendedMeme became a reality]].


* ''AMV Hell'' (5/2004)
* ''AMV Hell 2'' (5/2004)
* ''AMV Hell 3: [[TheMovie The Motion Picture]]'' (9/2005)
* ''AMV Hell 0'' (9/2005)
* ''AMV Hell: Championship Edition'' (6/2006)
* ''AMV Hell 4: The Last One'' (9/2007)
* ''AMV Hell Divided By 0'' (9/2008)
* ''AMV Hell 5: Dedicated to Dio'' (9/2010)
* ''AMV Hell 6.66: This Is (Not) The End'' (4/2013)
** original rough cut (''AMV Hell 6: The End of the Universe''), 12/2012
* ''AMV Hell 7: Attack on 10 Year Anniversary'' (8/2014)


!!AMV Minis:
* Season 1 (7/2009 - 11/2010)
* Season 2 (4/2011 - 10/2012)
* Season 3 (''AMV Minis Challenge'') (7/2013 - 1/2015)


!! The AMV Hell series, including the AMV Hell Minis entries, contain the following tropes:

* AffectionateParody:
** ''2'' contains a parody of the "Evangelion Opus" [[FanVid AMV]]; ''3'' contains parodies of the "Danger: Low Brow Humor", "Euphoria", and "Shounen Bushidou" [[FanVid AMVs]]. For good measure, ''0'' does a second parody of "Euphoria" by mixing ''Anime/RahXephon'' with Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence's "Faggot".
** ''3'' also has a parody of Kevin Caldwell's "Believe".
** ''3'' contains an edited version of the ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' end credits (mixed with ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''), and ''4'' contains a version of the second season ''Manga/DeathNote'' opening mixed with ''Anime/LuckyStar''.
** AMV editor Vic Bond 007 is infamous for his use of the lens-flare special effect. ''3'' features a clip attributed to "Vic Bond 008" that consists of nothing but lens flares set to "Blinded by the Light".
* TheAristocrats: This appears in ''Divided By 0'', narrated by [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Nyamo]].
* AscendedMeme: Creator/MediaBlasters has used signs that only say "[[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Gentlemen, behold! CORN!!]]" to advertise ''Boku no Sexual Harassment'' at conventions.
* AxCrazy: ''Divided By 0'' does this one literally.
* BlackComedy: The team took this to its literal extreme in ''0'' and ''Divided by 0''; you '''will''' be offended by these two videos, guaranteed. ''0's'' disclaimer even says that "this stuff is so bad we never should have even made it".
** ''5'' has a clip where dead babies crawl out of the ground; the anime is ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity'', and the song is Tragedy's metal cover of [[Music/TheBeeGees "You Should Be Dancing"]].
* BlackComedyRape: "[[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Gentlemen, behold! CORN!]]" and its sequel "Gentlemen! I bring you...MORE CORN!"
* BookEnds: ''0'' starts and ends with the above-mentioned "Corn" scenes.
** An AMV Minis episode devoted to [[MemeticMutation Internet memes]] begins and ends with segments set to the "[[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse Fabulous Secret Powers]]" video.
* BrainBleach: ''Divided by 0'''s closing credits do their best to ruin sex forever. BreakingTheFourthWall can be scary indeed.
* BrickJoke: One contributor used Creator/MontyPython's "Argument" sketch in one of the AMV Minis.
** ''AMV Hell 6.66'' has [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendou]] planning to bring the end of the universe by building [[Creator/LewisBlack a Starbucks across from another Starbucks]].
* BRollRebus: A lot of humor in the series comes from visually representing metaphorical lyrics in a literal sense.
* CensoredForComedy: The 18th episode of AMV Minis' third season has this as its theme.
* ColonCancer: ''4'''s full title is "AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture II: AMV Hell 4: The Last One".
** While ''5'' was eventually released under the more manageable title of "AMV Hell 5: Dedicated to Dio", during its development phase, it was advertised on the animemusicvideos.org website as "AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture III: AMV Hell 5: [[LampshadeHanging Your Banner Is Too Big]]". For at least one con appearance, the last bit was instead noted as "Your Subtitle Is Too Big".
* CoveredInGunge: The series has a little of this all over, but it mainly concentrated it into ''0'' and ''Divided By 0''.
* CreatorsApathy: Zarxrax [[note]](though the voiceover was actually performed by izumiyagami)[[/note]] does this in-universe in the opening of ''6.66.'' Displeased with the submissions he's received (and following a BigNo), he decides to "just throw some random videos in and hope there are some good ones." (All the "rejected" clips shown are ultimately credited at the end.)
* CreatorThumbprint: Some of the more prolific editors have source materials that they use repeatedly, but other editors tend to avoid. N.P.C.C.'s notable use of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' clips became blatant enough to reach RunningGag status over the course of the third season of AMV Minis.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of all entries, ''0'' does this to the famous "Euphoria" AMV. Both use clips from ''Anime/RahXephon'' and a specific set of visual effects, but where "Euphoria" presents a gentle world by using calm clips from the show and the song "Must Be Dreaming", ''AMV Hell 0'' uses "Faggot" by Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence and far more violent clips to send a simple message: "Okay, 'Euphoria', here's what the show was ''really'' like."
** Both "Euphoria" and the ''0'' version were by the same guy, meaning he essentially deconstructed his own work.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: In addition to being a reference to ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', ''6.66'''s title is also alludes to the NumberOfTheBeast, as well as to how only a third of the rough cut's content survived to the final version.
* EscalatingPunchline: The ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion EVA]]'' skits in ''2'' certainly qualify. The first two have the original somber orchestral music from the original scene, the third has ChirpingCrickets, and the fourth has Creator/AdamSandler's song from ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'' ("WON'T SOMEBODY KILL ME PLEASE? KILL ME! I WANT TO DIE!") The final one has the EVA crushing and dropping its victim, [[spoiler:[[BaitAndSwitch except it's Unit-01's head that falls into the LCL rather than Kaworu's]]]]. Save for the last clip, every one of these shows the same exact image.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The series averts this -- ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' and ''Manga/BarefootGen'', amongst other anime considered "untouchable", are mocked just to prove that they could do it.
* FanDisservice and FanService: ''0'' and ''Divided by 0'' are made largely from {{Hentai}}.
* FanVid
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** Music/TayZonday's head shows up in the ''Manga/BarefootGen'' Hiroshima nuclear blast clip from ''Divided by 0''.
** Several such bonuses show up in the ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' "Master of Puppets" clip from ''5''.
** [[WebOriginal/LOLCats Ceiling Cat]] appears in the ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' clip from ''Divided by 0''.
* GallowsHumor: ''Divided By 0'' does this one literally.
* GirlWatching
* GrandFinale: ''7'' serves as this for the main series, while the "Final Destination" entry for the AMV Minis' third season closes that part of the series off.
* GrandTheftAutoEffect: Particularly memorable clips tend to be referenced in videos of the song that have nothing to do with the clip.
* InJoke: One such example is the [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi"]] clip from ''3'' where [[Anime/{{Trigun}} Nicholas D. Wolfwood]] is carrying around a massive Star of David instead of a cross. This is at least partially inspired by a Jewish cosplayer calling himself "Rabbi Wolfowitz" who would go to conventions doing exactly that.
* IntercourseWithYou
* {{Jerkass}}: A large portion of the site members count as this, if their chatbox personas provide reliable evidence.
* KickTheDog
* {{Mondegreen}}: The third episode of AMV Minis' third season is dedicated to these.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The "Previously" segment at the beginning of ''4'' counts.
** And [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Tomo, Kagura and Osaka]] combining their intellects... to the sound "[[CombiningMecha Destiny Combining]], [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann]]! [[CatchPhrase Just who the hell do you think we are]]!?!?!"
** "[[Film/{{Koyaanisqatsi}} Koyaanis]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pYs9IP7aWY qatsi...]]"
* MushroomSamba: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRTjtpkLGoA I'M ON SHROOMS!]]
* NeverTrustATrailer: Parodied at the end of ''1'', which ends with a trailer for ''2'' showing clips from titles such as ''[[Anime/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind Nausicaa,]]'' ''Manga/{{Akira}},'' ''Anime/PrincessMononoke,'' ''Anime/ReadOrDie,'' and ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', interspersed with text like a fake "Triumphant!" quote from Creator/RogerEbert and "Featuring none of the scenes shown here!"
* OnceAnEpisode: Each of the mainline AMV Hells start with a clip featuring GagBoobs, set to some kind of hard rock/metal.
** Though the original cut of ''6'' had one, ''6.66'' [[AvertedTrope lacks one]].
** Each entry from ''3'' onward also has an opening quote (initially inspired by ''Film/KillBill'', but has since become a RunningGag in its own right).
* PantyShot:
** ''4'' has a montage of this, which comes entirely from ''Anime/NajicaBlitzTactics'', set to the audio clip of [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin out-farting Michael Moore]].
** One clip in ''3'' did this, except nobody noticed because the rest of the clip involved a guy who gets boobs (and something else) in his face.
* {{Pun}}: This crops up from time to time with things like [[Anime/ParanoiaAgent Shonen]] Franchise/{{Batman}} or Microsoft [[Anime/ExcelSaga Excel]].
* RapidFireComedy: Most clips last no more than thirty seconds at most, and far more run far shorter.
** The first episode of AMV Minis' second season forced contributors to make clips that lasted no longer than seven seconds.
* RealSongThemeTune: Well, kinda. ''3'' featured an original bit of animation set to [[Music/{{ACDC}} AC/DC's]] "Highway to Hell", and ''5'' (in keeping with its dedication to Ronnie James Dio) had Music/TenaciousD's "Dio" set to ''Manga/KOn'' and ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''.
* RedundantParody: One clip from ''4'' features [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Sol Badguy]] to the tune of ''the song he is named after''.
** AMV Minis X4 set a scene from ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' to "Walk This Way" by Music/{{Aerosmith}}. The scene was the "Walk this way" scene -- ''which is what the song was named after''.
* RunningGag:
** ''AMV Hell 2'' had one spoofing the the long shot of EVA-01 grasping Kaworu from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** ''AMV Hell 3'' has a series of variations of the "Ellen Fleiss" parody segment from ''1''. (The [[http://www.amvhell.com/index.php?pageid=amvhell3 credits]] for ''3'' refer to them as "[[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Osaka]] Cutaways".)
** A [[VisualPun visual example]] is found in the [[http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/celebrity_and_showbiz/watch/v6330212H2dfz9ry deleted scenes]] from ''3'', beginning at the 7:24 mark.
** ''4'' has repeated clips to Music/ImogenHeap's "Hide and Seek".
*** AMV Minis' WesternAnimation special had three such jokes in ''one clip''; after the third, the server crashes, [[LampshadeHanging stating that]] "the [[Series/TheOC Dear]] [[Memes/SaturdayNightLive Sister]] quota for this video has been exceeded".
** In a case of either a RunningGag or everyone going to the same well, ''5'' had several clips set to "[[VideoGame/RobotUnicornAttack Alw]][[Music/{{Erasure}} ays]]".
*** ''5'' also features about three clips set to "[[Music/{{Beyonce}} Halo]]".
** ''6.66'' features a series of bits involving a nature show parody featuring Urd from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' as the "sake badger".
*** A running gag carried over from its rough cut involves setting Terry Crews's Old Spice ads to ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred''. [[note]]One bit spoofs the "[[VideoGame/RobotUnicornAttack Alw]][[Music/{{Erasure}} ays]]" running gag from ''5''.[[/note]]
*** The use of songs by [[Music/TheAdventuresOfDuaneAndBrando Duane and BrandO]] may count as well. Though seemingly unrelated, [[http://www.amvhell.com/index.php?pageid=amvhell6 there are]] seven such clips in ''6.66''.[[note]]All by the same contributor, [=HaarTheDragonLord=].[[/note]]
*** The original cut of ''6'' had "Fus roh DAH!" from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'''s trailer. Only one such clip survived in ''6.66''. [[note]][[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Guess which one.]][[/note]]
** One of them did so many variations of the end of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' that it really turned into an [[OverlyLongGag Overly Long]] RunningGag.
** ''7'' uses different clips of [=Malcom McDowell=] and James Earl Jones' dramatic readings of Facebook posts in Sprint commercials (featuring [[Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub Tamaki]] and [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Armstrong]] as [=McDowell=] and Jones, respectively), and a trio of clips feautring [[Anime/DragonBallZ Fat Buu]] as [[Creator/FilmCow Zulway, God of Mercy]].
** The [=AMV=] Minis Challenge season has multiple appearances of the main character from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', usually as a cameo in a different series or as a framing device for said series.
*** The trailer for ''7'' has a ''Jem'' gag right at the end, too. Can't stem the Jem!
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: One clip does this with the cast of ''Manga/OnePiece'', with [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Fred and Daphne]] [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext fly by on a carpet in the background.]]
* ShockSite: ''0'' contains a scene of [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Sakaki]] opening a [[spoiler:Last Measure]] link.
* ShoutOut: Griffith's fondness for singing show tunes in the earlier videos is a reference to the ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' English dub outtakes, where Griffith's VA was a former Broadway singer. He started to sing sometimes if he forgot or flubbed a line (or just felt like doing so).
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The second season of AMV Minis featured episodes comprised entirely of WesternAnimation (inspired by [[RealLife the earthquake/tsunami in Japan]]) and live-action clips. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4T0oOArLVc The latter]] can be jarring, but still finds itself well within the AMV Hell spirit.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Much of the humor comes from such juxtapositions.
** Quite possibly the ultimate example: in ''5'', we get a clip of [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie Unicron eating a planet]] set to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aXujOsWJkY Parry Gripp's "Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom"]].
** The third season of ''AMV Minis'' had challenges based around HeavyMetal and music that TastesLikeDiabetes. In the latter case, some entries were genuine SugarBowl, while others were SugarApocalypse.
* {{Spoiler}}: Hoo boy. If you don't want ''Manga/DeathNote'', ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', ''Anime/CodeGeass'', and possibly ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', ''Anime/PerfectBlue'', ''Manga/OnePiece'', and ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' spoiled, you should approach with caution. And don't even '''start''' on ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''... In fairness, though, spoilericity is definitely hampered by a severe lack of context in almost all cases, the only real exceptions being the pretty blatant deaths.
* TakeThatAudience[=/=]TakeThatCritics: The frequent appearance of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' in AMV Minis' third season earned a great deal of negative feedback, partly due to the argument that a Western-produced cartoon didn't belong in an anime compilation. In the 19th episode of that season, [=OutrageousChaz=] assembled a video that mocked the naysayers; voting for that episode saw that specific clip tie for the first place spot.
* VisualPun: The series loves to sprinkle these about.
* VulgarHumor: ''0'' and ''Divided by 0'' thrive on this at times. At least a quarter of ''Divided by 0'' is dedicated to coprophilia jokes.