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* The Underworld in the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness is where ghosts who lose all their anchors to the living world end up. It's divided into the Autochthonous Depths, a massive underground labyrinth that bears a vague resemblance to the underworld myths of the nearest living civilization, and the Lower Mysteries, which are alien realms governed by strange laws enforced by the Kerberoi.
** The TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness, on the other hand, has the Dark Umbra, the place where [[TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion wraiths]] materialize. It's split into layers; the Shadowlands, which mirror the living world, are at the top, while beneath them are a number of firmaments known as the Dark Kingdoms (America and Europe play host to the Dark Kingdom of Stygia) and an everswirling storm of unsettled spaces known as the Tempest. Below the Tempest lies the Labyrinth, which is not a nice place.

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* The Underworld in the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' is where ghosts who lose all their anchors to the living world end up. It's divided into the Autochthonous Depths, a massive underground labyrinth that bears a vague resemblance to the underworld myths of the nearest living civilization, and the Lower Mysteries, which are alien realms governed by strange laws enforced by the Kerberoi.
** * The TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness, on the other hand, ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' has the Dark Umbra, the place realm of the SpiritWorld where [[TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion wraiths]] materialize. It's split into layers; the Shadowlands, which mirror the living world, are at the top, while beneath them are a number of firmaments known as the Dark Kingdoms (America and Europe play host to the Dark Kingdom of Stygia) and an everswirling storm of unsettled spaces known as the Tempest. Below the Tempest lies the Labyrinth, which is not a nice place.


** Yomi, the main afterlife location, is rather similar to Hades, as it's not a place of punishment, but still rather dark and gloomy. Unlike Hades, it's [[AfterlifeAntichamber not eternal,]] as souls eventually either reincarnate or become [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent Kami.]]

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** Yomi, the main afterlife location, is rather similar to Hades, as it's not a place of punishment, but still rather dark and gloomy. Unlike Hades, it's [[AfterlifeAntichamber [[AfterlifeAntechamber not eternal,]] as souls eventually either reincarnate or become [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent Kami.]]

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** Yomi, the main afterlife location, is rather similar to Hades, as it's not a place of punishment, but still rather dark and gloomy. Unlike Hades, it's [[AfterlifeAntichamber not eternal,]] as souls eventually either reincarnate or become [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent Kami.]]


* Starting in ''[[ComicBook/WonderWoman1987 Wonder Woman Vol 2]]'' Themyscira holds Doom's Doorway, which leads to the dangerous outer reaches of the Underworld full of monstrous creatures seeking to escape to earth. If one manages to pass through far enough to reach Hades itself Elysium is also contained within so there are some nice places there as well, just not anywhere near the door.

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* Starting in ''[[ComicBook/WonderWoman1987 Wonder Woman ''ComicBook/WonderWoman [[ComicBook/WonderWoman1987 Vol 2]]'' Themyscira holds and guards Doom's Doorway, which leads to the dangerous outer reaches of the Underworld full of monstrous creatures seeking to escape to earth. If one manages to pass through far enough to reach Hades itself Elysium is also contained within so there are some nice places there as well, just not anywhere near the door.


See also {{Heaven}} and {{Hell}}, the Underworld's more exclusive counterparts. Despite its normally neutral nature, the Underworld, especially the Myth/GreekMythology version, is susceptible to being HijackedByJesus and becoming {{Hell}}. Expect intrepid mortals to mount an OrpheanRescue for a loved one. See also AfterlifeAntechamber, which is a waiting room or brief rest stop on the way to the true afterlife. Compare and contrast MundaneAfterlife.

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See also {{Heaven}} and {{Hell}}, the Underworld's more exclusive counterparts. Despite its normally neutral nature, the Underworld, especially the Myth/GreekMythology version, is susceptible to being HijackedByJesus and becoming {{Hell}}. Expect intrepid mortals to mount an OrpheanRescue for a loved one. See also AfterlifeAntechamber, which is a waiting room or brief rest stop on the way to the true afterlife. Compare and contrast MundaneAfterlife. \n If you were looking for the ''criminal'' “underworld”, try TheMafia.


* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Ryuk informs Light that anyone who uses a [[ArtifactOfDoom Death Note]] can neither go to Heaven nor to Hell, but rather to a place called "Mu," or [[CessationOfExistence "nothingness."]] Eventually, Light figures out that [[spoiler: this applies to ''everyone'', whether they have used a Death Note or have never even seen one.]] In the prequel novel ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', the narrator [[spoiler: Mello]] hints that rather than being a ''true'' CessationOfExistence, Mu is more of a MundaneAfterlife or simply a generic world of the dead.

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* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Ryuk informs Light that anyone who uses a [[ArtifactOfDoom Death Note]] can neither go to Heaven nor to Hell, but rather to a place called "Mu," or [[CessationOfExistence [[TheNothingAfterDeath "nothingness."]] Eventually, Light figures out that [[spoiler: this applies to ''everyone'', whether they have used a Death Note or have never even seen one.]] In The original series implies that this entails CessationOfExistence, but the prequel novel ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', the narrator [[spoiler: Mello]] hints that rather than being a ''true'' CessationOfExistence, Mu is may actually more of a MundaneAfterlife or simply a generic world of the dead.

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* The dimension of Khalderun is stated to be ''VideoGame/SummonersWarSkyArena'''s "land of the dead." It's a [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack dark]] world full of demons and undead, and holds the second awakening dungeons for the Grim Reaper and Howl (a spellcasting ghost monster).

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fangbone}}'' has the Skullbanian afterlife known as the Nightlands, a barren wasteland shrouded in perpetual darkness where the memories of those who have passed through the realm play out for others to see. In its heart however is a WarriorHeaven in the form of a vast feasting hall home to the spirits of countless barbarians.


* ''VideoGame/Rayman2'' has The Cave of Bad Dreams, where Polokus's nightmares are sealed. It has ghosts coming out of the ground, lots of skulls, and is referred to as the Kingdom of the Dead in the [=PS1=] version.

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* ''VideoGame/Rayman2'' ''VideoGame/Rayman2TheGreatEscape'' has The Cave of Bad Dreams, where Polokus's nightmares are sealed. It has ghosts coming out of the ground, lots of skulls, and is referred to as the Kingdom of the Dead in the [=PS1=] version.

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* Creator/FoxEye's {{Roguelike}} ''VideoGame/HadesVanquish'' takes place in the titular underworld, where Mana's soul goes after she dies from cardiac arrest at the beginning of the game. True to Fox Eye's AuthorAppeal and SignatureStyle, this take on Hades [[UnderTheSea has many of its floors underwater]]. The player must navigate through each floor of each area in Hades while fighting off monsters and [[OxygenMeter making sure Mana doesn't drown]] in each floor's submerged areas in her bid to escape from the underworld and get a second chance at life.

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* The setting of ''VideoGame/{{Hades}}'', as can be divined by its title. Hades himself has made his palace in the deepest layer of Tartarus, [[CelestialBureaucracy wherein he manages his realm and listens to the petitions of the dead]], and protagonist Zagreus will have to carve his way out of all three traditional layers of the Underworld (Tartarus, Asphodel and Elysium) plus the banks of the river Styx during [[EscapedFromHell his repeated attempts to run away from home]].


* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has BigGood and sun goddess Princess Celestia put out lost dog flyers for Cerberus, and Twilight worries about the evils in Tartarus escaping. Putting something from Myth/GreekMythology into a world that has little to nothing to do with the world of the viewer was a bit jarring. However, it ''definitely'' still counts: much much much later, the final enemy of season four [[SealedEvilInACan was being held there]] and Cerberus' temporary absence so long ago was what allowed him to get free. No word on whether or not there are less nasty-looking areas for people who aren't imprisoned {{Big Bad}}s, or if it's where the souls of the deceased go at all (unsurprisingly, ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' doesn't bring up ''the souls of the deceased'' very often.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has BigGood and sun goddess Princess Celestia put out lost dog flyers for Cerberus, and Twilight worries about the evils in Tartarus escaping. Putting something from Myth/GreekMythology into a world that has little to nothing to do with the world of the viewer was a bit jarring. However, it ''definitely'' still counts: much much much later, the final enemy of season four [[SealedEvilInACan was being held there]] and Cerberus' temporary absence so long ago was what allowed him to get free. No word on whether or not there are less nasty-looking areas for people who aren't imprisoned {{Big Bad}}s, or if it's It's eventually shown that Tartarus is the place where the souls of the deceased go at monsters and those who committed crimes against all (unsurprisingly, ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' doesn't bring up ''the souls of the deceased'' very often.) Equestria are imprisoned.


* The Underworld in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', based as the entire movie is on Myth/GreekMythology.

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* The Underworld in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'', based as the entire movie is on Myth/GreekMythology.


The Underworld is often a gloomy, depressing realm, if only because it is often depicted as being BeneathTheEarth. (The fact that people go there after they die might have something to do with it, too.) Still, [[DarkIsNotEvil it isn't evil.]] It's not {{Hell}}. ''[[OnlyOneAfterlife All]]'' [[OnlyOneAfterlife of the dead come here]], whether they were [[LawfulGood saints]], [[ChaoticEvil total jackasses]], or [[TrueNeutral just kinda so-so]] in life. Some versions of the Underworld judge the dead and grant them different living standards (or unliving standards, if you prefer) depending on their conduct in life. In others, there's no real judgment, and life--or whatever--continues much as it did before. Possibly they receive, in due course, a chance to go back.

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The Underworld is often a gloomy, depressing realm, if only because it is often depicted as being BeneathTheEarth. (The fact that people go there after they die might have something to do with it, too.) Still, [[DarkIsNotEvil it isn't evil.]] It's not {{Hell}}. ''[[OnlyOneAfterlife All]]'' [[OnlyOneAfterlife of the dead come here]], whether they were [[LawfulGood [[IncorruptiblePurePureness saints]], [[ChaoticEvil [[CompleteMonster total jackasses]], or [[TrueNeutral [[MrViceGuy just kinda so-so]] in life. Some versions of the Underworld judge the dead and grant them different living standards (or unliving standards, if you prefer) depending on their conduct in life. In others, there's no real judgment, and life--or whatever--continues much as it did before. Possibly they receive, in due course, a chance to go back.


* ''VideoGame/Rayman2'' has The Cave of Bad Dreams, where Polokus's nightmares are sealed. It has ghosts coming out of the ground, and lots of skulls.

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* ''VideoGame/Rayman2'' has The Cave of Bad Dreams, where Polokus's nightmares are sealed. It has ghosts coming out of the ground, and lots of skulls.skulls, and is referred to as the Kingdom of the Dead in the [=PS1=] version.

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