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* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Hell - also known as the [[{{Bowdlerise}} Home For Infinite Losers]] - seems to have a number of layers.

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* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', ''Franchise/DragonBall'', Hell - also known as the [[{{Bowdlerise}} Home For Infinite Losers]] - seems to have a number of layers.


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* One of Wrestling/TheBatiri's {{Finishing Move}}s is called The Seventh Circle.
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** The Nine Hells of Baator are obviously inspired by Dante, but the individual layers are tailored more to the [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Archdevils]] who rule them rather than a particular type of damned soul. Dis for example is an infernal metropolis organized as an Orwellian police state under the paranoid schemer Dispater, while Maladomini is a reeking ruin fit for Baalzebul, the disgusting Lord of Flies. Malbolge is particularly disturbing for being made ''[[BloodyBowelsOfHell from]]'' its former ruler.

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** The Nine Hells of Baator are obviously inspired by Dante, but the individual layers are tailored more to the [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Archdevils]] who rule them rather than a particular type of damned soul. Dis for example is an infernal metropolis organized as an Orwellian police state under the paranoid schemer Dispater, while Maladomini is a reeking ruin fit for Baalzebul, the disgusting Lord of Flies. Malbolge Nessus, the lowest level of Baator, is particularly disturbing a flat, scorched plain marred by countless canyons containing fortresses where [[SatanicArchetype Asmodeus]] keeps his personal legions in reserve for being made ''[[BloodyBowelsOfHell from]]'' its former ruler.his long-planned invasion of the Upper Planes... and according to legend, one spiraling fissure, the Serpent's Coil, is where his titanic true form rests in the deepest part of Hell, still bleeding from the wounds sustained by his violent arrival.

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* ''Literature/{{Unsong}}'' inverts the usual concept. Here, the demons send the most irredeemable sinners to the relatively benign layers of Hell, reserving the worst areas for those who just barely failed to get into Heaven. That way, people who are worried about going to Hell are incentivized to go over the MoralEventHorizon, increasing the amount of evil in the Universe. Also, whenever the victims of people like Hitler and Stalin are sent to Hell, their tortures are made even more painful by the knowledge that their killers will always be better off than them, even in death.


* The ''[[Anime/BleachHellVerse Hell Verse]]'' movie of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' mostly takes place in Hell. The first layer of Hell is a "city" of floating gray blocks with blue walkways between them all under a [[RedSkyTakeWarning red sky]]. The guards, called Kushanada, mostly patrol this layer, which contains damned souls that have gone insane. The second layer is a vast sea with stone platforms and giant bowl-like sculptures shaped like lillies floating on it. At least one has a Kushanada skeleton impaled within it. The sky here is a lavender color. The third layer has the bottom of the sea as its "sky" and is made of several plateaus pockmarked with pits of yellow liquid. The liquid can harm souls and is deep enough to hide Kushanada. The spaces between the palteaus are filled with clouds. The fourth layer is covered in dunes of blue grit, which formed from countless damned souls [[CessationOfExistence dying again]]. The most prominent landmark is a Stonehenge-like structure that partly encircles a LavaPit that has a giant humanoid skeleton halfway out of it. The horizon is concealed by yellow clouds which also fill the sky. The lowest layer is dotted with irregular pillars topped with lava pits. The Kushanada can emerge from the pillars. Rivers of lava flow between the pillars under a perpetual thunderstorm. Bones of various sizes cover most of the solid ground there.

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* The ''[[Anime/BleachHellVerse Hell Verse]]'' movie of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' mostly takes place in Hell. The first layer of Hell is a "city" of floating gray blocks with blue walkways between them all under a [[RedSkyTakeWarning red sky]]. The guards, called Kushanada, mostly patrol this layer, which contains damned souls that have gone insane. The second layer is a vast sea with stone platforms and giant bowl-like sculptures shaped like lillies lilies floating on it. At least one has a Kushanada skeleton impaled within it. The sky here is a lavender color. The third layer has the bottom of the sea as its "sky" and is made of several plateaus pockmarked with pits of yellow liquid. The liquid can harm souls and is deep enough to hide Kushanada. The spaces between the palteaus plateaus are filled with clouds. The fourth layer is covered in dunes of blue grit, which formed from countless damned souls [[CessationOfExistence dying again]]. The most prominent landmark is a Stonehenge-like structure that partly encircles a LavaPit that has a giant humanoid skeleton halfway out of it. The horizon is concealed by yellow clouds which also fill the sky. The lowest layer is dotted with irregular pillars topped with lava pits. The Kushanada can emerge from the pillars. Rivers of lava flow between the pillars under a perpetual thunderstorm. Bones of various sizes cover most of the solid ground there.



* Subverted in an ComicBook/XMen annual where the team goes to Hell to save Nightcrawler's soul. Since supernatural realms are out of their element (this was before Comicbook/{{Magik}} became the X-Men's resident sorceress), they enliste ComicBook/DoctorStrange's help, but he notices that "hell" is exactly as it's described in ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' and is nothing like the previous time he had been there. Sure enough, it turned out to be an illusion created by Nightcrawler's adoptive mother, sorceress Margoli Szardos.

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* Subverted in an ComicBook/XMen annual where the team goes to Hell to save Nightcrawler's soul. Since supernatural realms are out of their element (this was before Comicbook/{{Magik}} became the X-Men's resident sorceress), they enliste enlist ComicBook/DoctorStrange's help, but he notices that "hell" is exactly as it's described in ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' and is nothing like the previous time he had been there. Sure enough, it turned out to be an illusion created by Nightcrawler's adoptive mother, sorceress Margoli Szardos.



* An episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had a characer trapped in a suburban style part of hell and Angel had to bust him out. Spike tagged along and told him that there's more than one Hell such as a "Freezing Hell".

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* An episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had a characer character trapped in a suburban style part of hell and Angel had to bust him out. Spike tagged along and told him that there's more than one Hell such as a "Freezing Hell".


* Referenced, naturally enough, in Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle's ''Literature/{{Inferno}}'', which is a 20th century take on Dante.



* Invoked, naturally enough, in Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle's ''Literature/{{Inferno}}'', which is a 20th century take on Dante.



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' the main religion of Westeros is known to have seven gods (one of whom, the Father, is explicitly identified as a judge,) and seven hells, but no details of the hells are ever given, so it's unknown whether they belong to specific gods or are tailored to specific sins or have any sort of hierarchy of punishment.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' the main religion of Westeros is known to have seven gods (one of whom, the Father, is explicitly identified as a judge,) and seven hells, but no details of the hells are ever given, so it's unknown whether they belong to specific gods or are tailored to specific sins or have any sort of hierarchy of punishment. As seven is considered a holy number and [[ArcNumber comes up a lot]] in the culture of the (ahem) Seven Kingdoms, it may be simply a figure of speech.

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* Master Li and Number Ten Ox must pass through the twelve levels of China's Hell in ''Literature/TheStoryOfTheStone'' to get information from a dead man. Either that, or the two of them took hallucinogens to spur Master Li's memory, letting him recall a conversation with the then-living man that Master Li has forgotten. It's left [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane deliberately ambiguous]].

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* This is a very common trope in the "exploring Hell" genre of InteractiveFiction, which was bizarrely popular in the [=TADS=] days.


* In ''Film/AlongWithTheGodsTheTwoWorlds'', the recently deceased must traverse 7 Hells and endure 7 trials in order to achieve reincarnation. The order in which a soul traverse through the Hells is decided by the King of Hell, Yeomra. The order is based on the severity of the crimes committed by the soul in life, so it's different for every person.

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* In ''Film/AlongWithTheGodsTheTwoWorlds'', the recently deceased must traverse 7 Hells and endure 7 trials in order to achieve reincarnation. The order in which a soul traverse goes through the Hells is decided by the King of Hell, Yeomra. The order is based on the severity of the crimes committed by the soul in life, so it's different for every person.

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* In ''Film/AlongWithTheGodsTheTwoWorlds'', the recently deceased must traverse 7 Hells and endure 7 trials in order to achieve reincarnation. The order in which a soul traverse through the Hells is decided by the King of Hell, Yeomra. The order is based on the severity of the crimes committed by the soul in life, so it's different for every person.

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* The Empyrean, the afterlife of the comic book ''ComicBook/AfterlifeInc'' consists of many discs (heavens) arranged around a central shaft. Each heaven serves a specific function. Shehaqim, for example, provides a home for all the plants and animals that die, while Machonon, the afterlife's capital city, is home to the vast majority of undead souls.


* ''{{Spawn}}'' features ten spheres of hell. They're distinguished from one another more by their native fauna than by their prisoners.

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* ''{{Spawn}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' features ten spheres of hell. They're distinguished from one another more by their native fauna than by their prisoners.


* Circles exist in ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'''s version of Hell. There's one specifically for people that get in the way of Integra's mission. Committing that sin takes precedent over any other sins the human or vampire may have committed (explained as because she's on a mission from God, fighting her is akin to fighting God).

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* Circles exist in ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'''s version of Hell. There's one specifically for people that get in the way of Integra's mission. Committing that sin takes precedent over any other sins the human or vampire may have committed (explained as because she's on a mission from God, fighting her is akin to fighting God). One of the fangirl story arcs takes place in this hell as a way for fans to gush over some of the TV series villains (and Helena, who was only there due to a clerical error). [[spoiler:By the end of the comic it's very crowded in that circle.]]

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