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* AudienceSurrogate: The poem indicates that Dante's AuthorAvatar stands in for the audience in the very first line.

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* AudienceSurrogate: The poem indicates that Dante's AuthorAvatar stands in for the audience in the very first line.line and thus any reder can see him/herself in the personal journey.

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* AHellOfATime: A downplayed example, but Limbo is technically the first circle of Hell, and is for people who weren't sinners in life, but are still unable to go to Heaven though no fault of their own (such as not being baptized, living before Jesus came, never having heard of Christianty and thus having no chance to convert, and so on). While calling it a happy place is a stretch, the people there aren't punished in any way other than missing out on Heaven, and the place is described as quite peaceful and beautiful. Also, the damned who inhabit the place are still mostly allowed to do what they were interested in in life. For instance, there are a fair amount of pagan philosophers there who can keep philosophizing.

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* TheJourneyThroughDeath: Dante Alighieri gets lost in a dark forest and, while being guided, undertakes a pilgrimage across the spiritual planes of existence: ''Inferno'' (Hell), where he witnesses the sinful souls who are facing perpetual punishment for their wrongdoings in life; ''Purgatorio'' (Limbo), where the redeemable souls are cleaning up themselves in order to repulse their committed sins and be admitted to God's realm; and ''Paradiso'' (Heaven), where the saintly and redeemed ones rest. The story ends as Dante's soul becomes aligned with God's love. Whether Dante had died, or was travelling through the planes while alive, is left unclear.


* AccidentallyCorrectWriting: A weird and complicated example, but near the of Inferno Dante and Virgil meet the giant Nimrod, who says the "words":
-> "Raphèl mai amècche zabì almi"
the poem has Virgil say this is just gibberish, as part of Nimrod's punishment for making the Tower Of Babel (which led to people speaking different languages) is being able to only speak a language no one understands. The historian László Szörényi,has noted that the phrase sounds oddly similar to the Old Hungarian "Rabhel maj, amék szabi állni", which translates to roughly "It's a jail that forces you to stay here", which actually makes some sense in context (whether meant as a threat to Dante and Virgil, or Nimrod lamenting his own imprisonment in Hell.) If it ''is'' just a coincidence, it's a pretty weird one.


> "Raphèl mai amècche zabì almi"

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* AccidentlyCorrectWriting: A weird and complicated example, but near the of Inferno Dante and Virgil meet the giant Nimrod, who says the "words":
---> "Raphèl mai amècche zabì almi"

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* AccidentlyCorrectWriting: AccidentallyCorrectWriting: A weird and complicated example, but near the of Inferno Dante and Virgil meet the giant Nimrod, who says the "words":
---> > "Raphèl mai amècche zabì almi"

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* AccidentlyCorrectWriting: A weird and complicated example, but near the of Inferno Dante and Virgil meet the giant Nimrod, who says the "words":
---> "Raphèl mai amècche zabì almi"
the poem has Virgil say this is just gibberish, as part of Nimrod's punishment for making the Tower Of Babel (which led to people speaking different languages) is being able to only speak a language no one understands. The historian László Szörényi,has noted that the phrase sounds oddly similar to the Old Hungarian "Rabhel maj, amék szabi állni", which translates to roughly "It's a jail that forces you to stay here", which actually makes some sense in context (whether meant as a threat to Dante and Virgil, or Nimrod lamenting his own imprisonment in Hell.) If it ''is'' just a coincidence, it's a pretty weird one.

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* MultipleHeadCase: In addition to Cerberus (who has three heads like in the original myths), Satan himself has three heads, meant to be the opposite of the Holy Trinity.

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* {{Kaiju}}: Satan himself is depicted as one. Dante says that the giants they met earlier (who were around 30 feet tall), were only about as big as big as one of his arms. Fortunately, he's basically harmless due to being trapped in the ice and nearly mindless, as Dante and Virgil are able to climb across his body without him reacting.

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* AdaptationalSpeciesChange: At one point they find Nimrod deep in Hell for the crime of creating the Tower Of Babel. He's described as a 30 foot tall [[OurGiantsAreBigger giant]]. In the original story of the Bible there's nothing to indicate he's anything other than a normal-size human.


* TreacheryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: The Ninth Circle of Hell is a vast frozen lake in which traitors are entombed. In the center of it all is Lucifer himself, trapped up to his waist, his wings beating in a futile attempt to free himself that only creates winds freezing him. Within his mouths, the three ultimate traitors (Brutus, Cassius, and Judas Iscariot) are ground to scraps.

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* TreacheryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: The Ninth and lowest Circle of Hell is a vast frozen lake in which traitors are entombed. In the center of it all is Lucifer himself, trapped up to his waist, his wings beating in a futile attempt to free himself that only creates winds freezing him. Within his mouths, the three ultimate traitors (Brutus, Cassius, and Judas Iscariot) are ground to scraps.

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** In Hell there are some figures from Greek Mythology, as well as some completely fictional characters, who are down there right alongside real people who actually existed. None of the damned seem to think meeting mythical/fictional characters as if they were real people is the least bit odd (granted, they ''are'' in Hell, but it's still pretty weird.)

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* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Malebranche Devils in the Eighth circle are possibly the UrExample of this concept.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: While many of the damned in the 8th circle (fraud) are like this, the hypocrites are probably the best example (they pretended to be good people in life, while really being evil and self serving) and receive an [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment apporpriately symbolic punishment:]] being forced to wear robes which look beautiful but are crushingly heavy and painful to wear.

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