Western Animation / Aaagh! It's the Mr. Hell Show!

Before the days of Robot Chicken, there was the Mr. Hell Show. A 2001 animated British sketch comedy based on a character from a line of greeting cards by Hugh MacLeod. The show tends towards a middleground in terms of connectivity between the sketches, with occasional links provided by interjections from the show's title character, a scheming, unscrupulous and rather out-of-touch-with-humanity devil known as Mr. Hell. The sketches themselves provide parodies of various aspects of culture without providing direct references all the time, with occasional recurring sketches.

Has become a Cult Classic after a long-delayed DVD release, having only lasted 13 episodes.

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  • Art Shift: The background elements are changed to a more line-based "engraving" style during "Diary of a Victorian Lady Detective".
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Mr. Hell's default outfit.
  • Berserk Button:
    • If anything even vaguely reminds Serge the seal about the murder of his parents, expect him to go on a psychotic shooting rampage.
    • Serge killing ]Santa Claus was enough to finally tip Pepito over the edge in the Hellathon episode.
  • Big Bad: Without a doubt, Mr. Hell. In the final episode, it's revealed that he killed Serge's parents
  • Black Comedy
  • Bland-Name Product: One pub is advertising "Giddiness".
  • Catch Phrase: Serge, whenever his Berserk Button is pushed, screams, "It was YOU!"
    • "But alas, it is 1888, and I am but a woman who..."
  • Deconstructive Parody: "Diary of a Victorian Lady Detective" is this to novels of that very ilk, with particular emphasis on the era's attitude towards women.
  • Evil Brit: Mr. Hell
  • Excited Show Title!
  • Female Angel, Male Demon: The episode "From Here to Paternity" reveals that Mr. Hell has an illegitimate child with a female angel.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Serge the seal of death.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: One particular teacher refers to the title character as "Mr. (beat) Heck".
  • Guns Akimbo: Serge whenever he goes on a killing spree.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Remember how the above Berserk Button example said that Serge is very quick to accuse and go an a subsequent Roaring Rampage of Revenge if anyone so much as slightly resembles the hooded figure who killed his parents? It didn't use the word vaguely lightly.
  • Hammerspace: Best not to ask where Serge keeps all his firearms...
  • Large Ham: Serge's French accent.
  • Literal-Minded: When Mr. Hell says, "You kids have touched my heart" at one point, the people he was talking to literally were. Through a hatch in his suit, no less.
  • Lucky Rabbit's Foot: Serge's sidekick, Lucky is a rabbit foot keyring.
  • Male Gaze: Dorian Gray's arse is perfect enough to cause this.
  • Odd Couple: The premise of the 'Tough Cop' sketches in the Hellathon episode. The tough cop is the constant, his partners are changed for every sketch.
  • Overused Running Gag: After many attempts to talk about reincarnation, Josh briefly disappears after The Reveal that he didn't really want to talk about reincarnation after all.
  • Pixellation: Mr. Hell's genitals get blurred out in one sketch.
  • Pun: "Henry VIII...there was a guy who knew how to get good head!"
  • Reincarnation: "Hi, my name's Josh, and I'd like to talk to you about reincarnation..." (dies horrible death).
  • Recursive Reality: One particular episode has Mr. Hell's musings focussed on the (Heavily fictionalised for Rule of Funny) history of animation...within the context of the very animated show he resides in.
  • Recycled In Space: "The Photocopy of Dorian Gray's Arse"
  • Rimshot: This exchange:
    Queen Elizabeth II: (Reading Mr. Hell's business card) The Right Honorable Sir Frankly Mint O.B.E. and Bar. (To Mr. Hell) What's the bar for?
    Mr. Hell: Gathering dust, apparently. (Rimshot)
  • Running Gag: "Hi, my name's Josh, and I'd like to talk to you about reincarnation..."
  • Same Face, Different Name: When dealing with other people, Mr. Hell sometimes identifies himself by a different name, despite still looking like a giant red devil.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: The Victorian Lady Detective at one point dies in childbirth midway through solving a case.
  • Show Within a Show: This trope is how certain sketches are linked together.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Invoked with Mr. Hell, awarding sets of school prizes to himself and thinking he can get elected president of the US by way of a comparatively immature-sounding campaign speech.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: A giant squid which soliloquises on its mysteriousness before capping it off with a colloquialism about boredom and loneliness.
    • Mr. Hell manages to get the entire royal family singing a drinking song, accents and all.
  • Title Drop: The sketch at the start of every episode cues in the title sequence with someone title-dropping the series.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "What the field-marshal is going on here?"
  • Values Dissonance: Invoked in "Diary of a Victorian Lady Detective". In fact, using this trope to deconstruct actual victorian female detective novels is the entire premise of these sketches. For example, her dress blows upwards slightly during a heated chase scene, and a nearby vicar and a bishop arrest the title character for indecent exposure on those grounds (which, in those days, amounted showing an ankle).