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Many things can damn a soul, be it willful malice or mere circumstance, everyone in Hell earned their spot in the afterlife. Moonchild is a gentle soul beset by monsters on all sides languishing in an afterlife not of his own making. One day, he meets the Princess of Hell and is sent down a road of self-discovery that could have lasting repercussions for the Infernal Plane.

Only the Results is a Fusion Fic of Hazbin Hotel, Helluva Boss and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure by WriteAnon, the third in a series that began with A Peaceful Afterlife and continued in Helluva Job.

The story follows Doppio after his death in Vento Aureo, as he finds himself coping with being in Hell despite not having done much (directly) to merit being there. Between the "demands" of his boss' wife, the kind of vicious passengers he runs into on the commute between home and work, and the general fact that Hell is, well, Hell, Doppio - or, as he's known here, Moonchild - would really like a change in scenery.

Naturally, when he runs into Charlie, the proprietor of the Happy Hotel, Moonchild eagerly jumps at the chance for redemption, even though such a course could lead to tension with Stolas, who wouldn't necessarily be happy to lose his best secretary to the daughter of Lucifer.


However, between the fallout of a recent theft in the mortal plane caused by Stolas' favorite imps, and the rising presence of something dark and familiar in Moonchild's mind, all parties involved might soon have bigger problems to worry about...

Only the Results contains examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • Niffty puts some extremely unsubtle moves on Moonchild under the guise of therapy. She's later seen spying on him through the vents in Chapter 11. In Chapter 12, she watches Moonchild and Octavia sleep and the former mentions how she also watches him shower.
    • Like canon, Stolas is this towards Blitzo. He also appears to be so to Moonchild, who he wants to have a three way with, along with Blitzo.
    • Bizarrely, Diavolo shows shades of this towards Charlie, apparently because she's shown herself to be strong enough for him to respect.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Alastor finds a sort of sardonic humor in the fact that one of his infamous deals backfired... on him.
    • Gallia finds herself stifling laughter at I.M.P trading barbs.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While Stella is show to be a jerk in canon, jury's out that she would use her position to rape a subordinate like this version does to Moonchild.
    • That being said, she DOES apologize for it later, implying that she wasn't fully aware of just how non-consensual it was on Moonchild's end.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • While it's up in the air in canon about as to whether Blitzo actually cares for Stolas beyond a business relationship, here, it's all but stated he really does care about Stolas, to the point when he took off running towards the palace when the prince said he would be the submissive this time.
    • Cherri Bomb and Sir Pentious are in a relationship now, implied to have evolved out of a master/servant dynamic after Pentious was slaved to her will in A Peaceful Afterlife. Turns out, the combination of Cherri's brashness and competence with Pentious' inventions allowed the two of them to achieve ganglord status, and the former genuinely appreciated the latter's contributions.
  • Affably Evil:
    • Grand Duke Sallos is a member of the Goetia and a demon of the highest order who looks down on lesser demons like one would insects... and happens to adore his niece Octavia, sympathizes with Stolas' love life, doesn't judge him for sleeping with an imp, gets anime memes... and casually kills another demon for even suggesting that they kill Octavia to punish her father.
    • Danger, fittingly, is a murderous political mastermind who kills without hesitation or remorse. He's also just about the only person who considers Blitzo a friend and is sincerely dedicated to improving the American political system. He extends every courtesy to Moxxie and Millie even when their first interactions with him are to try and kill him.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Just about everyone calls Moonchild "Moonie", but special mention goes to the Goetia family's predilection for unassuming monikers for obscenely powerful demons, such as "Sally" (Sallos) "La-La" (Stolas) and "Via" (Octavia).
  • Age-Gap Romance: Moonchild, who was thirty-three when he died twenty years ago is dating Octavia, who is seventeen. When Pazzi lampshades this Moonchild tries to stammer out an explanation about how he's still mentally a teenager like he was on Earth, only for the old man to laugh and say he doesn't care. To be fair Moonchild still looks like he's in his late teens and really hasn't aged since he truly was as old as he looks.
  • Agony Beam: Gallia is capable of firing powerful blasts of demonic lightning that paralyze her targets with indescribable pain.
  • All for Nothing: After all the measures that were taken to ensure Sallos wouldn't have to mark Octavia for death, come chapter 14, it's all rendered meaningless when Lucifer gets directly involved and orders Sallos to specifically target Octavia.
    ...All his plans, all his preparations, all for naught... for the first time in his long, long life, he felt truly damned.
  • All Women Are Doms, All Men Are Subs: Cherri is clearly the dominant partner in her relationship with Sir Pentious, what with her possessing his soul chip. He, on the other hand, is implied to have no problem with it.
  • A Hell of a Time: When a hurt Octavia asks Moonchild why he wants to leave Hell, he points out that she isn't living in Hell — she's living in luxury in a palace. For that matter, Hell isn't even that bad for the sinners who deserve it the most; since they revel in the freedom from morals and law, nevermind those strong enough to become Overlords. Hell, ultimately, tends to be the worst for those like Moonchild, who are too weak to do anything but be abused by others.
  • Always a Bigger Fish:
    • The story makes it clear that as powerful as an overlord is, the true nobility of hell is on a whole other level, and Sallos is on another level above that himself.
    • Not to mention that despite the seemingly broken nature of his powers, Alastor's at a disadvantage against Diavolo, who can erase snippets of time to get results that favor him.
    • As of Chapter 14, it's pretty clear that Lucifer is the biggest fish in Hell, hands-down.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Octavia has shown attraction towards Moonchild and appeared to have a Crush Blush when Gallia complimented her outfit.
  • And I Must Scream: Whenever Diavolo isn't in control, he's trapped in his endless loop of death.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Diavolo's resurgence in Chapter 10 results in lots of people losing various body partsnote .
  • Arson, Murder, and a Job Offer: During the news report in Chapter 11, the owner of the Azathoth Casino has this to say about the unknown assailant (Diavolo) who tore apart his casino and shredded his clientele:
    Frederick Von Eldritch: To this nameless killer, this ‘Red Nightmare’, I have only this to say: I will look for you, I will find you, and I will… (Cue massive grin) ...Pay you handsomely to be the breakout star of my newest caged fighting area!
  • Asshole Victim: Bastille, the aggressive drug dealer from A Peaceful Afterlife, and his thugs. They were ready to torture, rape, and dismember Husk, Angel, and Moonchild. Few tears are shed when Diavolo takes over and tears them apart and when Angel Dust kills him.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When dolled up by Angel, Moonchild is beautiful enough to fluster both Vaggie and Husk.
  • A Threesome Is Hot:
    • A drunken Stolas calls up Blitzo and rants at length about how he wanted to rope Moonchild into a threesome between him and the imp. While Blitzo suspects he's trolling, he is, himself, open the idea.
    • In chapter 18, Moxxie and Millie admit they've talked about Blitzo's offer for a threeway and decide to do so at the end of the chapter.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Grand Duke Sallos is a ranking member of Hell's aristocracy and is powerful enough to kowtow even those few that outrank him in the name of maintaining Decorum.
    • Lucifer, being the ruler of Hell is understandably someone that even Sallos is afraid of.
  • Bad Boss: As Blitzo points out Lucifer isn't just punishing Stolas but Sallos as well. They know who took the saints corpse, and they know who has it, but Sallos has thus far failed to retrieve it. Lucifer's response is to do something that will hurt his chief enforcer just as much as his intended victim.
  • Badass Pacifist: Charlie reminds us that like from the first story, just because she doesn't like being violent that she's not someone that can easily be messed with.
  • Bait the Dog: Upon arriving in Hell in Chapter 15, Diavolo comes off as passive and frightened, seemingly capable of being redeemed. This lasts right up till he comes back to his senses, upon which he reveals not only has he been privy to Moonchild's life in Hell...he's disgusted with him for "debasing" himself. And since Moonchild's revealed his past to the Hotel cast, Diavolo plans to kill all of them, starting with Charlie.
  • Benevolent Boss: Moonchild considers Stolas this, thanking Stolas for taking him off the streets when he first came to Hell. Downplayed later on, as he believes Stolas would get rid of him the second he stops being useful.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Like canon, anyone investigating him is one for Diavolo. This includes asking Moonchild stuff, like how he became the Underboss of Passione.
    • As of Chapter 11, one of Charlie's is when her employees' actions endanger her clients. Alastor is very interested to discover this, musing that he might be able to escape the Deal with the Devil that Charlie suckered him into by invoking this button at some point in the future, and again when Sallos tries to break into the hotel through a portal only to be met face to face with a Charlie angry enough to actually use her powers.
    • Duke Sallos really hates it when his relatives petrify him, not that it does him any harm.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Moonchild/Doppio applies, given his alternate personality.
    • Sallos, as intimidating and powerful as he is, is understanding and familial to Stolas and Octavia, even chummy... and he puts the hurt on Valentino when the latter threatens them. And he's willing to carry out the Decree on a loved one that isn't Octavia, even though he knows Stolas will be heartbroken. Not that he enjoys that.
    • Charlie might be a nascent Disney princess in the wrong setting, but she's still a demon and has her limits, as Husk finds out when she finds out that the former roped Moonchild into a scheme to scam the rich patrons of the Azathoth casino. In her anger, she actually transforms into her more monstrous state while chewing Husk out.
  • Body Horror: Moonchilds transformation into Diavolo involves a lot of wet noises.
  • Bodyguard Crush: It's painfully obvious that captain Gallia isn't just loyal to Sallos.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Moonchild is implied to be remarkably well-endowed, and Princess Stella frequently samples the goods. Confirmed when Stolas says that Stella said he is prodigiously endowed.
    Angel: I tried to get 'im into a miniskirt, but there was some, uh, overflow.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: As of Chapter 10, this fic qualifies. A Peaceful Afterlife got violent with its fight scenes, but Diavolo takes things to a whole new level of carnage.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Charlie coughs out some of the red stuff following Diavolo punching her in the abdomen. Alastor gets this too, considering Diavolo punched his heart out.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality:
    • Much of chaos in Hell is regimented in a bizarre lawbook (to annoy anarchists) that seems framed entirely around victimizing the weak, with endless caveats including superior armament and style.
    • Decorum, as observed by the ruling class of Hell, seems to govern behavior and conduct, with no emphasis on morality good or bad. It's purpose is to simply avoid the aristocracy of Hell from fighting and causing untold destruction.
  • Brain Uploading: The reason that I.M.P are still slated for death despite the edict now specifically targeting Octavia. They've been inside the vault and thus know about its defences, and Hell is interested in finding out what new measures humanity has come up with to resist their forces, and with the other demons who went there not a viable option despite knowing more, Blitzo's crew has been selected to have their memories extracted. Killing them isn't the main intention but the process is guaranteed fatal.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Valentino knows full well that if Stolas wanted to, he could kill the overlord easily. However, he also knows that if he does so, it will cause his image to take a massive hit, so can freely irritate him with no consequence. Grand Duke Sallos, on the other hand... Then the two imply that the only reason Valentino wasn't turned to stone was because of Sallos arriving at the last second.
    • In Chapter 10, Bastille and his fellow thugs have very unpleasant plans for Angel, Husk, and Moonchild. The thing is, Moonchild's Superpowered Evil Side has other ideas...
    • In Chapter 16, the three thugs that harass Moonchild and Octavia in the living world had no idea how outclassed they were. Even when they revealed themselves as Stand Users, they had no hope of winning a fight against a member of Hell's royalty, and the former boss of the Passione.
  • Burning Bag of Poop: While there has yet to be one on fire, Stolas receives a lot of packages full of feces.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • In Chapter 8, Poker Face/Daniel J. D'Arby returns at the end of the chapter to menace Husk.
    • In the next chapter, the aggressive drug-pusher from A Peaceful Afterlife returns to threaten Angel and Moonchild.
  • Call-Back:
    • Moonchild's meeting with Charlie plays out similar to when Yoshikage Kira met her, including kissing her hand and questioning Razz and Dazz being her musical accompaniment.
    • Cherri references when Pokerface enslaved Sir Pentious to her will back in chapter 4 of A Peaceful Afterlife.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In Chapter 13, an infuriated Octavia calls out Stolas for being the cause of her and Moonchild's suffering.
  • Came Back Strong: While downplayed compared to his fellow Stand users, Moonchild can now look 100 seconds into the future. Unlike canon, he can change the results to an extent.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Moonchild is completely intoxicated after drinking with Stolas. Though consider all Stolas appears to have is high-proof cognac it wouldn't be difficult to get drunk in the first place.
  • Captain Obvious: When Lucifer orders Sallos to kill Octavia and the grand duke tells him that's cruel, Lucifer sarcastically welcomes him to Hell.
  • Character Development: Moonchild starts out very meek and submissive. After the events of Chapter 10, he becomes subtly more assertive by gently-but-firmly telling Niffty that he isn't in the mood for her stalking him after the night he's had.
    • Compare and contrast Angel's behavior in the canon pilot with his guilt over the events of Chapter 10, and his willingness to comply with Charlie's firm request that he quit his nights on the town for the foreseeable future.
    • Husk, despite his deep-rooted cynicism, has steadily grown fonder of Moonchild.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: In Chapter 13, Moonchild is able to effortlessly dodge and evade his former tormentors, presumably by using his powers.
  • Cool Car: Blitzo bought a Mustang Mach one with the money he got from St. Anger.
  • Cool Old Guy: Cacciatore Pazzi, a senior member of Passione, is an unfailingly polite, avuncular old man. He's also an experienced gangster and Stand User who is wholly unperturbed to see his (dead) old boss show up again as a demon from Hell, wryly noting that with the afterlife confirmed he'd best go to church more frequently.
  • Chick Magnet: After Moonchild gains his other half muscular build all the demon girls can't help but appreciate his new look. With the exception of Vaggie, who being completely into women unlike her bisexual partner, bemoans the loss of the fish boy's feminine beauty.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: In Chapter 11, Alastor pre-empts Husk's explanation of the events of Chapter 10 by turning on the news, which just so happens to be covering the incident in gruesome detail.
  • Consummate Professional:
    • Captain Gallia, the Duke's right-hand demon, is a non-royal who's powerful enough to intimidate royals and Overlords alike. She's courteous, polite, and even affectionate towards Octavia, but states she would not hesitate to kill her if ordered to do sonote .
    • Grand Duke Sallos will uphold Decorum regardless of what he has to do, and who he has to hurt no matter his own feelings. If he hadn't managed to get Stolas to admit that he was genuinely in love with Blitzo, then he would have had to take Stolas' punishment out on Octavia.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: I.M.P. is decked out with all the best weapons money can buy, all made out of the deadly-to-demons Seraphic Steel. They may as well be shooting spitballs at Captain Gallia.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Despite the royal spanking they get, I.M.P. take advantage of Captain Gallia's arrogant, playful Cherry Tapping and manage to score some decent hits. Unfortunately, all it does is annoy her.
  • Cuteness Proximity:
  • The Cutie: Physically, descriptions of Moonchild range from "cute" to "pretty", but it's his attitude and gentle soul that cement him as being this.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Moonchild meets Charlie and Vaggie this way... with the "crash" happening to be the latter two accidentally hitting the former with their limo.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Trouble was smart enough to send a double to meet with Stolas, just in case the demon prince tried to kill him. Which he did.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Well as close to death as a demon can be without a Heaven weapon, but Diavolo's massacre with so horrifically violent even for Hell that channel 666 is doing none stop coverage of it of the result.
    • Sallos isn't just trying to kill Octavia out of duty. He's doing it because if he doesn't then Lucifer will send Morax. Who, unlike Sallos who plans to make it quick and painless, Morax will enjoy killing her in the most sadistic way possible.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In Chapter 6, we finally get some light shed on just what happened to bring Diavolo forth into Doppio's life. It... is not pleasant. At all.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Octavia almost quotes this trope word-for-word when contemplating the ramifications of dating Moonchild.
  • Decadent Court: Defied. Lucifer knows with the kind of power the ruling class of Hell has in multiple senses of the word that any in-fighting between them could cause major destruction to his kingdom. So he sets up a form of law the upper echelons are expected to follow and employs lesser royal demons to act as peacekeepers to enforce it.
  • Deal with the Devil: Charlie makes a deal with Alastor to ensure his cooperation in protecting the Hazbin Hotel and its clients. This being a deal with the Radio Demon, it turns out to be a surprise that Charlie, so far, is the Devil in this deal — Alastor can't kill Moonchild after he passes out from Diavolo's possession. On top of that, Charlie can summon him to her side whenever she wants, without his say-so.
  • Delayed Reaction: All over the place in Chapter 10, what with Diavolo abusing King Crimson to skip time to frightening effect. One noteworthy example:
    The nearest thug released Angel's leg and stepped back, turning to flee. "What the–"
    "–fuck," his head mumbled as it landed in the arms of Bixi, the decapitated body running mindlessly into the far wall, collapsing a moment later.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Galia is a mortal sinner and a former overlord, who'd carved out her own slice of the city and ruled to centuries before Sallos noticed her soldier-like discipline and got her to join his forces as a captain.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Husk asks if they can stop calling Moonchild's other self Diavolo since it's just Italian for 'Devil', and in Hell, it's like calling a guy 'Hugh Mann' while on Earth.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • It's safe to say that the loser of the aforementioned Deal with the Devil was not expecting the contract to work against them in the way it has.
    • Also, it's equally safe to assume that Bastille and his thugs were not expecting the twinky pushover that Angel was flirting with to have a Superpowered Evil Side who won the Superpower Lottery.
    • As of Chapter 15, there is continued safety in assuming that Diavolo was not expecting that Moonchild/Doppio Took a Level in Badass.
    • Judging by his reaction, Sallos was not expecting Octavia to find sanctuary with his boss' daughter.
  • Didn't Think This Through: A hilarious example in Chapter 13, best summed up by the following conversation between Octavia and the tiny voice of reason in her subconscious:
    Inner Voice: Hey, 'Via.
    Octavia: Yes, 'Via?
    Inner Voice: Ever think that maybe taking the guy we’re conflicted about being hot for and dressing him up like a sexy goth boy 'might be a bad idea?’''
    Octavia: Oh, no...
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • Vaggie in chapter 8. Upon seeing Moonchild after Angel dressed him up like arm-candy, she just stared at him until Charlie snaps her out of it.
    • In Chapter 11, as Moonchild is explaining everything that happened prior to him gaining his new build, all Octavia can focus on is how hard his abs are now.
  • Doing It for the Art: In-Universe, I.M.P stays in business because they love their jobs, explicitly no longer needing money anymore.
  • Dope Slap: After Frederick Von Eldritch offers to pay handsomely for 'Red Nightmare' to fight in his arena, Angel (jokingly) suggests they take advantage. Husk fails to see the humor and delivers one of these. Vaggie joins in a second later.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Blitzo has no sympathy for Moonchild, despite it being very obvious he doesn't want to sleep with Stella and is frightened of her. He even considers him lucky that she wants him like that. Made worse later when it's clear that she inflicts serious physical abuse.
    • Later averted when Octavia finds out about this; she's suitably horrified. And so is Stolas, when he finds out, having assumed it was consensual.
  • The Dragon: Sallos basically serves as this to Lucifer, so its no wonder everyone is so afraid of him.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: By chapter 12, Octavia's come to to the conclusion that - based on the events of A Peaceful Afterlife and Diavolo's rampage in chapter 10 - Charlie's rehab clinic is a scam for something less noble, and that Moonchild's "rehabiliation" could only get him in trouble.
  • The Dreaded: Grand Duke Sallos is the primary peacekeeper of Hell and the reactions of Stolas and Charlienote  to him sniffing around is a simple, John Wick-esque "Oh.".
    • Then, just to reminds you of the difference between a duke and a king, Sallos is utterly terrified of Lucifer.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: In chapter 8, Moonchild comes across Stolas, the latter in the process of getting supremely hammered due to the stress of knowing that Sallos is planning to kill a certain loved one of his as per the Decree.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Moonchild looks feminine enough on his own, but when given a makeover by Angle Dust, he looks pretty enough that Vaggie is attracted to him. This gets downplayed around chapter 10, as Moonchild's Character Development (and overpowering Diavolo) results in his body transforming into a much more masculine figure.
  • Dude Magnet: Moonchild is just as attractive to men as he is to women, and not just because he can be mistaken for a she, as even Angel Dust finds him hot.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: When Alastor pops in on a group support session and crassly jokes about Kira's death the whole group goes silent. Charlie actually has to restrain Angel from attacking The Radio Demon.
  • Eagleland: Even as a demon and having every reason to abandon them after all the years in the vault, Funny Valentine — or, as he's known now, Danger — will do whatever it takes, and sink to any level, in order to defend his home country. Even from the forces of Heaven and Hell.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Vaggie can't help but stare at Moonchild when Angel dolls him up.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: The dreaded Grand Duke Sallos is known as "Uncle Sally" to his beloved niece. That being said, it's inadvisable for anyone else to call him that to his face.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Sallos is very protective of Octavia and threatening her is a big Berserk Button for him. The aide who suggests making her the target of the Decree gets kicked out of a moving limo; Valentino implying he'd want to pimp her out gets him humiliated, and Lucifer ordering her death makes him cry.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Angel might be a lascivious harlot of a gangster, but he'd never force himself on anyone. Upon realizing that he triggered Moonchild in Chapter 9 with a kiss, he's quick to apologize and take the time to reassure him that he won't do anything Moonchild doesn't want.
    • By Chapter 11, Husk is willing to leave without an argument when Charlie almost fires him after his actions put Moonchild in danger. Later on, he and Angel turn over the loot they picked up at the casino to Vaggie by way of apology.
    • Even Alastor will admit Octavia has a point about Charlie exposing kinder demons she's trying to redeem to someone as notoriously evil as himself.
    • Stolas might need to be constantly bleeped when telling Blitzo what he wants to do to him in bed, but what the two of them do is entirely consensual. He's horrified when he hears that his wife forces Moonchild to sleep with her, and actually goes through with his secretary the sort of thing he only tells Blitzo he wants to do.
  • Everything Is Trying to Kill You: Diavolo's still trapped in Gold Experience Requiem's power. By chapter 14, it turns out that this not only causes him to be stuck in a never-ending near-death loop where he's killed by random events, but the longer it takes to kill him, the more insane the fatal circumstances become until he dies and resets the loop. By the time Moonchild and Octavia come to rescue him, the world's turned so hard against Diavolo that he's practically living in a Final Destination film.
  • Evil Brit: Duke Sallos speaks with Received Pronunciation and is an incredibly powerful demon who, outside of his family, views other demons as vermin and kills without a second thought.
  • Evil Uncle: Sallos is this to Octavia. Unlike most examples, he cares about his niece.
  • Exact Words: Sallos was ordered to punish Stolas by killing a loved one. Initially, Stolas thought he meant Octavia, then he remembered his cousin and he had just talked about how what he has with Blitzo isn't just about sex...
    • Which Lucifer does not appreciate and has some fun with this trope on his own. Demanding that Sallos kills not just anybody that Stolas loves, but a 'beloved family member'. Which considering the strained relationship he has with his wife, means the order only applies to one single, goth princess.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In contrast to the dour and serious, yet still amiable to his family, demeanor that Sallos has, Lucifer is always smiling, quick to crack a joke, and rarely ever drops his pleasant mannerisms. When he does drop them however, he reminds everyone why he's the King of Hell when he orders The Decree to target Octavia to make Stolas suffer as much as possible, and his true nature is horrifying enough to put the figurative fear of God into someone like Sallos.
  • Fearless Fool: Upon finding out just who threatened Loona, Blitzo's barely phased. It's implied that at least half of it is from not quite getting how far over in over his head he is; the other half has to do with his Papa Wolf button being hammered.
  • Fighting from the Inside: At the climax of Chapter 10, Moonchild manages to wrest control back from Diavolo when the latter's about to kill Angel and Husk.
  • Forceful Kiss:
    • Angel gives one to Moonchild... and regretted it when Moonchild didn't reciprocate it.
    • Gallia gives one to Moxxie after defeating him.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: The narrative switches between the plots for the Hazbin Hotel and Helluva Boss casts — between Charlie's efforts to redeem Doppio, and the fallout from the events of Helluva Job.
  • Friendless Background: Moonchild, both in Hell and before, to the point where it's an indicator that there's something seriously wrong with his past.
  • Friendly Enemy: Sallos is defined by duty not sadism. Every cruel thing he does he does to maintain what little order their is in Hell and because Lucifer ordered him to do it. Outside of his duty Sallos is so well-mannered and friendly you'd hardly believe he was a demon.
    • He is perfectly polite to I.M.P while he has them imprisoned. Treating them to tea. Apologizing to them and explaining to them why they're being interrogated for the heist despite the ones who hired them being the better source for that informationnote , commiserates about his and their position and Blitzo's relationship with Stolas, and offers them a few last meals before their death.
  • From Bad to Worse: In the original future Moonchild witnessed, Stella would stomp into the office angry at Stolas. This becomes worse after he and Blitzo walk out of the office of the former after sex and Stella witnesses them and becomes enraged.
  • Furry Reminder: When eating steak, Octavia leans back and swallows it whole. Octavia lampshades it.
    Octavia: What? I'm an owl, we don't really chew.
  • Human Disguise: Moonchild and Octavia use these when they go to earth.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite his size, power, and the general aura of fear he instills in other demons, Duke Sallos is a total sweetheart when it comes to Octavia. Doting on her like any good uncle, and going Papa Wolf on a demon that suggests using her to punish Stolas.
  • Get Out!: According to Octavia's flashback in Chapter 12, Stella screamed this at her when she called her out on her treatment of Moonchild.
    • Later, in Chapter 13, Stolas drops a subdued-yet-stern version of this on Blitzo after the latter's well-meaning-yet-ill-phrased attempts to cheer him up after Octavia chewed him out.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Part of the reason for Lucifer's decision to have Octavia marked for death stems from the fact that, well... Heaven itself is going to get directly involved if the Saint's Corpse isn't returned to Earth soon.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Well "good" is relative when it comes to demons, but while what happens between Stolas and Blitzo is more or less consensual and (despite his descriptions) enjoyable between both parties, Stella forces Moonchild to have sex with her to help her cope with her husband's infidelity, actually does go through with the kind of painful acts Stolas only talks about with his imp lover and the sex is only enjoyed by her.
    • While neither Cherri Bomb nor Sir Pentious are saints, they're A Lighter Shade of Black, on the side of the protagonists, and it's implied that their sex life is mutually enjoyed.
  • Gorn: Diavolo's rampage through the Azathoth Casino is an unqualified bloodbath, with limbs and innards flying like confetti.
  • Graceful Loser: Subverted. Poker Face takes losing to Moonchild in several rounds of gambling with a grain of salt... but takes pains to leave Husk with a venomous warning about the return of HOLY DIVER.
  • Gold Tooth: Valentino had one...until Sallos overheard him trying to blackmail Stolas into handing over a grimoire, or his ''daughter. Sallos promptly ripped out said tooth as part of the ensuing punishment.
  • Gun Nut: Blitzo bought a ridiculous amount of guns and weaponry with the money he got from St. Anger. It's heavily implied that he enjoys looking at them very much.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Diavolo is strong enough to throw bodies and body parts at bullet-speeds, with predictable results.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Zig-zagged. Sir Pentious isn't wild about having to obey Cherri's orders without question thanks to the geas on his soul; but he nonetheless takes his job as her strategist seriously. Not to mention that their relationship is implied to be entirely consensual.
  • Hate Sink:
    • Valentino is his usual scumbag self. He tries to blackmail Stolas into letting him have access to the latter's grimoire so he can access the mortal realm... for the purposes of abducting human virgins to sell as sex slaves. And then he suggests that Stolas give him Octavia as an alternative. Thankfully, Sallos will be having none of that.
    • Bastille's return is likewise portrayed so as to make him and his goons as unsympathetic as possible. He's even willing to keep Angel intact enough to return to Valentino.
    • While Lucifer's a bit harder to pin down regarding his opinion of Charlie's mercy project, his decision to specifically mark Octavia for death is quite despicable.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Pazzi's stand Bicycle is a... well, a bicycle, with the ability to allow him to ride across any surface as though it were flat, level road. That doesn't sound particularly impressive until you see it in action, where he can ride in any direction he wants, and anything in his way from Hill's, walls, to even buildings will all flatten themselves to the ground to give him a perfectly unobstructed ride to wherever he's going.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Stella stays behind to fend off Sallos for as long as she can, knowing her odds of winning where nonexistent, so that her daughter could close the portal in time. Though all Sallos did was knock her out.
  • He Knows Too Much:
    • As in canon, Diavolo would happily murder anyone who knows his history, let alone his true identity — including his attempts to do so to Charlie and Alastor.
    • Sallos invokes this as part of the reason he's planning to kill not just Blitzo, but Moxxie and Millie as well. It's also why he's willing to spare Loona, since she doesn't know about the specifics of Helluva Job.
      Sallos: I'd kill you too, if I thought you knew anything. Or if anyone important would care. But alas, blessed be the ignorant and ignominious.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Angel invokes this trope word-for-word when commenting on Cherri's new look in Chapter 9. She's rocking a new leather jacket to go with her higher rank in the underworld.
    Cherri: My old look was fine, but I figured that now I'm a ganglord I gotta look the bad-bitch part, yeah?
  • Hidden Depths: Niffty, of all people, is the one who figures out what Charlie intends to do for Moonchild, explaining it in clinical detail to the flabbergasted others.
    Niffty: What? I find Jung's work fascinating. It's all very tidy.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Diavolo ends up crushing himself when he takes out a bunch of support beams in the room while trying to kill Moonchild.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Nifty gets burned when she crosses herself after hearing what La Squadra stole.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Moonchild's new body, as of Chapters 10 and 11. A smoother voice, a more sculpted jaw, an absolutely '''ripped''' bod...needless to say, everyone in the cast with an interest in masculinity is taking notes.
    • Hilariously averted with a disappointed Vaggie:
    Vaggie: (thinking to herself) No more femboy? I just can’t have anything today, can I?
  • Hypocrite: If she's as mad about Stolas sleeping with a commoner here as she is in canon, then her cheating on him with a former mortal sinner is hardly a step below royalty.
  • I Can Hear You: When Octavia insults Diavolo after Moonchild withdraws him into his body, he points out to Octavia that he can still hear her.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: By chapter 7, Sallos makes it clear to Stolas that while Octavia's off the hook, one of his other loved ones will have to die, as per the Decree. It's very clear that Sallos takes no joy in steeling himself for this task.
    Sallos closed the door behind him, telling himself he couldn't hear his cousin sobbing in his shambles of an office....Stolas would not forgive him. It was his duty, he would see it through, for the good of his family and Hell itself.
    • By chapter 14, Sallos' determination hasn't changed. He will do his job, even if that means being forced to do something that even he himself finds horrible (like having to target Octavia — the one person Stolas cares about above everyone else), even if he has to do it through teary eyes.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: In chapter 10, Angel and Husk invoke this when trying to get through to a Diavolo-possessed Moonchild. Unfortunately for Diavolo, this ends up working, and Moonchild wrests control back.
  • Impact Silhouette: A less cartoonish version, but Charlie does leave a Charlie-sized hole in the wall after getting Punched Across the Room.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After the hobby swap goes awry for the third time in Chapter 14, Charlie just addresses Husk by name. The latter tosses her his hip flask, which she drains in one gulp.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Octavia is well-meaning, but acts hurt when Moonchild tells her he wants to find a way out of Hell. He gestures to her room and all but states she's royalty living in luxury and doesn't know real Hell.
  • Insistent Terminology: You address Sallos as "your Excellency", not "My Lord".
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Razzle and Dazzle, with Charlie acting as their translator in one instance:
    Charlie: It turns out Moonchild's a little, uh...
    (After a few guesses from the others)
    Razzle & Dazzle: Baaaah!
    Charlie: ....Raz, Daz, Benito Mussolini lives on the south side, you've met him!
  • Interclass Friendship: Moonchild might be her father's secretary, but Octavia considers him a good friend.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Charlie and Vaggie were getting rather steamy together in Chapter 11, before Niffty informed them of the return of Husk, Angel, and Moonchild.
  • In Love with Your Carnage:
    • Niffty maintains an unhealthy fixation on Moonchild's alter-ego, going so far as to try and draw him out. She has yet to succeed.
    • Alastor admits to feeling a 'stir' when he contemplates Charlie's boundless potential for slaughter. The closest thing to visible arousal was when he started fanning himself when Charlie gets mad and taps into her power to threaten and beat back Sallos.
    • Non-romantic, but the owner of the casino that Diavolo rampaged through very enthusiastically attempts to hire him as the star attraction of his newest caged fighting arena, citing his 'splash-zone' fighting style as a major draw.
  • Irony: Actual Hell turns out to be less hellish than the fate that Giorno inflicted on Diavolo. Double-irony being that Hell is full-on nightmarish to a gentle soul like Moonchild.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: When the narrative takes Sallos' perspective for a moment, we see he thinks of Valentino this way. Not that Valentino didn't deserve it, of course.
  • It's All My Fault: Sallos says as much in Chapter 16. To clairify, Duke Sallos is a demon whose services to mortals revolve around promoting peace and love between couples, he clearly saw the cracks in Stolas and Stella's relationship long before the affair but did nothing to help. Now that the whole situation has spiralled out of control and his niece's head is on the block, he bitterly blames himself for not intervening the moment Octavia was born, blaming himself for her miserable home-life as well.
  • It's Okay If It's You:
    • Moonchild is the only man Stolas will let sleep with Stella, as he will torture anyone else who tries. The fact Stolas admitted he wants to have a three-way between himself, Moonchild, and Blitzo might have something do to with it.
    • Angel says this almost word-for-word, but referring to discussing his own experience with sexual assault with Moonchild, because Moonchild's been where he's been.
  • Jerkass to One: While Moonchild usually doesn't partake in badmouthing others, he has no problem being a jerk to Blitzo. The fact Blitzo's monthly meetings with Stolas is why Stella rapes him and the lack of guilt Blitzo shows towards Moonchild for his role in this is probably a factor.
  • Kavorka Man: Moonchild is a mere mortal sinner, yet all three members of the Goetia family have lusted after him.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When Charlie decides to revoke "Guy's Night Out" due to the events of Chapter 10, Angel's willing to go along with it because of how close he, Moonchild, and Husk came to being torn apart... or worse.
  • Killing Intent: Pretty much every time Diavolo shows up there's some description about how downright palpable his visciousness is. In chapter 17, he implies that the reason he's so powerful is that his willingness to kill allows him to alter reality and be as strong as he needs to be.
  • Lady of War: Stella was this a long time ago, even capable of taking down an entire army with just a stare. We see a brief resurgence of this side of her we she tries slowing down Sallos.
  • Large and in Charge: Duke Sallos is described as being 12' tall and, unlike the equally tall but willowy Stolas, is built like a brick outhouse. He's also powerful enough for Lucifer to entrust him with keeping the peace among Hell's Upper Crust.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Valentino tries to blackmail Stolas into either giving him the grimoire or his daughter as payment for keeping his knowledge of Stolas' affair quiet. By the time Sallos is through with him, he's not only forced to keep this information to himself, he's also threatened with excruciating torture if he so much as thinks of Octavia again. Oh, and he has to leave by way of the garbage chute, as per Sallos' order... after the duke rips out one of his teeth.
    • In Chapter 10, Bastille ambushes Angel with the intent to mutilate him, then send him back to his abusive former boss, Valentino. By the end of the chapter, he's been mutilated by Diavolo, his thugs were torn to pieces, and Angel personally finishes him off by stabbing him in the chest with a blade of Seraphic Steel.
    • As of Chapter 15, an unexpected dream match has resulted in Moonchild/Doppio paying Diavolo back for all the cruelty the latter inflicted on him by overpowering him in a fight.
  • Like Father, Like Daughter: Both Octavia and Stolas respond to the sight of Moonchild now bulked-up with an unconscious hoot.
  • Logical Weakness: As it turns out, King Crimson's time-skipping powers aren't worth using against Doppio's improved Epitaph.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Octavia, though mostly by choice since she considers much of her approved social circle to be vapid or cruel.
  • Loophole Abuse: When Charlie makes her deal with Alastor, she stipulates he's not to harm any of her clients under any circumstances. More deviously, Alastor fails to notice her wording of the pact implies that he'd be part of her team, and thereby bound by the Happy Hotel's employee contract. This effectively makes Alastor her lackey. "You don't take shit from other demons", indeed.
    • By Chapter 11, Alastor considers messing with Angel as a means of getting fired by Charlie, thus ensuring the deal won't be valid any more since he wouldn't be part of the hotel staff.
    • And in Chapter 15, Alastor ends up exploting this to stay out of the fight between Charlie and King Crimson by pointing out that Diavolo's technically a patient, so he's not allowed to hurt him. It's implied that he did this to try and force Charlie to tap into her full demonic power.
  • Lovable Coward: Moonchild is very skittish and prefers to hide using his powers should anyone try to hurt him.
  • Lethal Chef: Moonchild somehow burnt cereal.
  • Mama Bear: Charlie's definitely has a maternal vibe towards her patients, and should anything threaten them, she wastes no time reminding people just how scary the Princess of Hell can be.
    • Stella will do whatever is necessry to save Octavia without a moment's hesitation.
  • Made of Iron: Downplayed, since it still breaks a few ribs and causes some colorful exhalation, but Charlie tanks a hit that would have impaled lesser demons (like Alastor). She even shrugs it off by saying she hadn't taken a hit like that since finishing school.
    • Later, in Chapter 15, she gets pummeled and choked by Diavolo's Stand, King Crimson, and ends up walking away from it with little more than a busted nose that she snaps back into place and the dry conclusion that she doesn't like him very much.
  • Major Injury Underreaction:
    • Demons as a whole are this, to the point where being eaten is seen as an unpleasant but ultimately temporary inconvenience.
    • In chapter 6, Alastor shrugs off Diavolo punching a hole through his chest and ripping his heart out, seeming more concerned about the state of his clothes than "the ol' chump pump".
    • In Chapter 13, Blitzo's more annoyed than anything else by Moonchild accidentally punching a hole through his torso.
  • Make an Example of Them: Why Lucifer gave the order for Sallos to kill Octavia. It's meant send a message to the entire Hell aristocracy that crossing him won't just get you a slap on the wrist. You screw up as much as Stolas has, and he is willing to hurt you in ways you can't even begin to comprehend.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Everyone in the Happy Hotel is hit with this when they find out the Saint's Corpse was stolen from Earth. It's at that point they all realize just how high the stakes are for all of them.
  • Megaton Punch: Courtesy of Diavolo, natch.
    • Charlie literally sends Sallos flying when she decked him. Hitting him hard enough that he went soaring through the air, created a sonic boom, dug a giant trench on landing and made a huge crater.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Moonchild has a rather unique case of Dissociative Identity Disorder, but is himself lucid, if a bit pathologically passive. Charlie, to her credit, acknowledges his mental illness as a something he needs help with and is overall very supportive.
  • Mercy Kill: One of the reasons Sallos is so adamant on killing Octavia is that he'd at least try to make her death as quick and painless as possible, whereas Stolas’ enemies would enjoy making her suffer.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: As of Chapter 10, Moonchild's wrested control back from Diavolo, and found himself with a more muscular version of his usual body.
    • It happens again in chapter fifteen After absorbing Diavolo and becoming whole again. Growing even bigger still and gaining control of King Crimson.
  • Mood Whiplash: The last part of chapter 5 starts with a humorous hobby exchange between the members of the Happy Hotel, with Niffty's embroidery rounding it out. It ends with Moonchild coming to some troubling self-realizations, and hallucinating the memory of him sewing his mother's mouth shut with a fishing line.
  • Mook Horror Show: In chapter 10, we get to see what being on Diavolo's bad side is like from the perspective of a bunch of demons who were tormenting Angel, Husk, and Moonchild. It's suitably terrifying.
  • Mugging the Monster: The trio of cannibals that harassed Moonchild in the first few chapters return in Chapter 13 to try again. This time, they're facing a partially-empowered Moonchild and Octavia, a member of the Goetia Family and demon princess. It does not go well for them to say the least.
  • Mundane Utility: Moonchild uses his powers to see parts of an object's past and see one hundred seconds into the future while sorting mail for Stolasnote  or to warn him his angry wife is coming to his office.
    • Later, in Chapter 12, he uses his powers to speed up the process of learning magic tricks from Husk during another attempt at hobby swapping.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Angel's disgusted with himself when he realizes that he unwittingly pushed Moonchild's Trauma Button in Chapter 9.
    • Stolas has a breakdown as he realizes that all of the chaos that's happened in his life and the recent troubles in Hell are all because he gave Blitzo the grimoire. Now his daughter hates him, his reputation is in shambles, a powerful artifact is in the hands of terrible people, and Blitzo and his friends have been marked for death because the alternative was for his own daughter to be killed.
    Stolas: She’s right. I’ve ruined everything...
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In chapter 9, it is mentioned that Blitzo used his money to buy replacements for his office furniture in the event it caught on fire, like it did during the events of Murder Family.
    • In chapter 15, Blitzo references when Verosika Mayday rented the office next to theirs in Episode 3 of Helluva, when they did so for Spring Break. It is revealed that here, thanks to their increased wealth, Blitzo evicted them (I.M.P apparently owns the building).
    • In chapter 18, Blitzo mentions the cats costumes they wore in episode 4 of Helluva Boss.
  • My Fist Forgives You: Blitzo invokes this trope in Chapter 13, urging Moonchild to hit him in order to let off some of the built-up steam from the former's previous bullying of the latter. Given that Moonchild's taken a level in badass by this point, the results aren't what either of them were expecting.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A few examples so far:
    • Though they were technically Villain Protagonists, I.M.P.'s part in stealing the Saint's Corpse in Helluva Job has thrown the forces of Hell into disarray, and gotten Blitzo and M&M marked for death by Sallos. Not to mention that if he hadn't gotten Stolas to admit he genuinely loves Blitzo, Sallos would have had to make Octavia the target for punishment.
    • Husk and Angel's decision to take Moonchild to the Azathoth Casino to exploit his powers triggers a series of events that — while beyond their control — end up releasing Diavolo to go on a rampage. This not only gets Charlie royally ticked at both of them, but the massacre convinces Octavia that Charlie's got less than benign motives for her hotel.
  • Nightmare Fetishist:
    • Niffty gets rather excited when told of how dangerous Diavolo is.
      Niffty: This Other Guy, is he handsome?
      Charlie: He looks like Moonie, but bigger and filled with pure hatred.
      Niffty: Ooh, that's a big yes!
    • And later:
      Niffty: (upon learning of Diavolo's habits) That's hot.
    • By Chapter 11, it seems that despite his usual lack of interest in such things, Alastor is intrigued by the potential carnage that Charlie could inflict if she was pushed too far.
    • In Chapter 13, Moonchild admits he finds the fact the smell of blood makes Octavia crave meat attractive.
    • Played for laughs in Chapter 15, as Diavolo's initial terror and paranoia is actually a turn-off for Niffty. She quickly gets excited again when Diavolo busts out King Crimson and punches out Charlie.
  • Noble Demon: Literally. Sallos is part of Hell's nobility, and conducts himself with relative honor. He not only looks for a loophole in the Decree that'll mean not having to kill Octavia, but he decides to give Blitzo a warning (via warning Loona) that he's going to target him instead, giving him the chance to flee or prepare to fight.
    • Another literal case emerges in Chapter 12, when Danger ensures that the assassination that Moxxie and Millie were going to carry out ends up being the catalyst to pass through a bill to ensure better conditions for working-class Americans.
  • Not Helping Your Case: When an outraged Charlie demands answers for what happened during their outing to the Azathoth Casino, Husk and Angel's attempts at mollifying her leave something to be desired.
    Husk: Hey, Chuck, c’mon! Calm down! No one got hurt! (Cue news footage of a demon being pummeled) ...No one got killed?
    Angel: One guy got killed.
    Husk: Right, just one guy!
    Angel: By me! Not Moonie! I killed ‘im wit’ my knife!
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Moonchild makes it clear he doesn't like the attention that his new body is getting him, especially from Niffty.
  • No-Sell:
    • When Stolas petrified his cousin, it lasts all of a few seconds before Sallos breaks free.
    • In Chapter 15, it turns out that King Crimson's power is useless against Epitaph, as Moonchild breaks through the time-skip to punch Diavolo when the latter tries it.
    • In Chapter 16 Moonchild unleashes a rush of punches onto Sallos' undefended face. Sallos is more irritated at the interruption than the attack.
  • Not So Above It All: Octavia, as it turns out, has a certain "Old School Demon"note  appetite for raw, bloody meat. She tries not to indulge it too often.
  • Not So Different:
    • Stella and Stolas both have very... similar ideas about sex with the people they're cheating on each other with. The key difference is that Stella is not gentle with Moonchild when having her way with him. Both are also not above taking advantage of their positions for sex.
    • Octavia seems to have inherited her father's Selective Obliviousness regarding Moonchild's misery and her mother's general selfishness, though she's now aware of the former and seems to be aware of the latter on some level, and is genuinely concerned for Moonchild's wellbeing.
    • All three members of the Goetia family have lusted after Moonchild, for different reasons.
  • Not So Stoic: Loona generally acts like a disinterested moody teenager who switches between bored and mad. When she comes face to face with Sallos, she's reduced to cowering and crying uncontrollably from a mix of being terrified for her life and being told that he was going to kill her adopted father and everyone else she cares about.
  • Obliviously Evil: When Moonchild casually mentions he was the second in command to the biggest mafia in Italy, he still doesn't see that as a reason he was sent to Hell since he never committed any of the crimes himself. He has to be told he was still the one handing down orders in a criminal organization.
    • Later averted as of Chapter 12, where absorbing Diavolo's memories helps him reach the conclusion that yes, he does belong in Hell...which only increases his resolve to try and redeem himself.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • When Charlie blows up upon finding out what happened in Chapter 10 — and follows up by flatly threatening to fire Husk — the latter realizes just how badly he screwed up.
    • Loona calls Blitzo "dad" when she is terrified that Grand Duke Sallos will kill him.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Loona, in Chapter 10, when she bothers to look up from her phone and realizes that the person she's been absently rude to while on social media is Sallos. Thankfully(?), Sallos settles for giving her a warning... and letting her know he plans on murdering her employers.
    • Charlie has one when she realizes that the girl that snuck into Moonchild's room is Octavia Goetia.
    • Husk and Angel Dust react this way when they realize they've been teasing Octavia, the daughter of Stolas and niece of Sallos.
    • While Sallos usually gives this reaction to others, he has one himself when Lucifer gives a personal visit.
      • He does it again when chasing Octavia through a portal... into the Happy hotel, and comes face to face with one of the only three people in Hell that outstrip him in rank 'and' power.
      • He gets it again when trying to capture Octavia, who asks Charlie for sanctuary. Charlie, being who she is, obliges and sends the Duke packing.
    • Needless to say, Moxxie hits this hard when I.M.P. find out Sallos has put a bounty on their heads.
  • Only Friend: Octavia considers Moonchild to be her only friend in Hell, and it's made her rather protective of him.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Stolas does not appreciate anyone having less-than-noble intentions towards his daughter, Octavia. He would have petrified Valentino if Sallos hadn't stepped in, and was willing to fight Sallos when he thought the latter would make her the target of the Decree.
    • Sallos himself qualifies — though he's technically her uncle, he makes it clear to Valentino that if the latter even thinks about Octavia again, it will be to his regret. He later overlooks Stolas turning him to stone because he knew that Stolas thought he was going to hurt Octavia.
    • Blitzo doesn't know who made Loona crynote . All he knows is they made her cry, and thus are a dead man. Later, finding out who did it doesn't discourage him in the slightest, despite the power gap.
  • Paranormal Gambling Advantage: By Chapter 8, Husk and Angel get the idea to bring Moonchild to one of the major demonic casinos in order to use his Stand's power to predict the winning hands.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Angel compares Cherri and Sir Pentious' Relationship Upgrade to this, citing it as why seeing the two together freaks him out.
  • Parental Substitute: While we don't know about Loona's parents, Sallos' remarks to her in Chapter 10 suggest that Blitzo is this to her.
  • Pass the Popcorn: In Chapter 15, Alastor breaks out a bag of popcorn to watch King Crimson throw down with Charlie. It's implied he's at ease because he believes that Charlie isn't actually in any danger.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Hell's nobility. It's the entire reason the law of decorum exists. Every last member of the fallen or born in Hell elite is more powerful than any mortal sinner overlord and fights between them risk actually destroying Hell.
    • A fight between Stella and Sallos lasted seconds note  but it resulted in the entire vacation palace being utterly destroyed.
    • Charlie, the sweetest little cinnamon roll in Hell...was able to punch Sallos in the face hard enough that he took off like a super-sonic missile and made a crater when he landed
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Stolas makes it clear he values Moonchild incredibly, considering him a godsend and a jewel in Hell.
    • Despite his intent to kill Blitzo as punishment to Stolas for letting Trouble make use of his grimoire via I.M.P, Sallos decides that doesn't mean killing his adopted daughter, Loona, too. Of course, this might also be Pragmatic Villainy, since Loona doesn't know anything about her boss' last mission, and thus doesn't know any compromising information.
    • When Charlie lays down the law in Chapter 11, Angel's more upset about Husk's punishment than his own. He even tries to take full responsibility for the events in question.
    • In Chapter 12, Danger takes the time to warn Moxxie and Millie that they're needed in Hell, and that there are dangerous forces after them. He also not only completes the assassination they were carrying out, but does so in such a way that ensures that a senator's death reinforces a bill that will ensure better conditions for working-class Americans.
    • Sallos didn't kill Stella during her fight. Just knocked her out. He truly doesn't want to cause his family any more pain than he has to.
  • Playboy Bunny: As of Chapter 10, we learn that Charlie dressed up as one for Vaggie's birthday. Husk took a picture and uses it as his phone's caller I.D. for her.
  • Portable Hole: Sir Pentious' Matter Phase Inducer allows him and others to walk through solid matter like it wasn't there, and comes in handy when fleeing a rampaging Diavolo. Though only as a delaying measure, as Diavolo's obscene strength allows him to walk through walls himself and one of the perks of his special powers is intangibility.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Octavia doesn't know why Moonchild is suddenly gambling, or buffer, or ripping apart demons with his bare hands. All she knows is that he wasn't doing this before he came to the hotel, and nobody will tell her why. So at the end of Chapter 11, she leaves with him before Charlie can explain.
  • Psycho Electro: Captain Gallia can shoot lightning from her hands and is very enthusiastic about tormenting others with it.
  • Psychic Link: Diavolo isn't dead, however as souls are indestructible and can't be totally severed he's still connected in some way to Doppio, which is what allowed him to surface when Moonchild was placed under hypnotism.
  • Punctuated Pounding: In chapter 15 Diavolo does this to Moonchild, smashing his face into a bloody mess. It gets turned around on him when he presses Moonchild's Berserk Button and the demon kicks his ass in a similar fashion.
  • Rags to Riches: Thanks to the money they got from St. Anger, I.M.P. is the most well-funded imp-based business in Hell — to the point that they could retire, if they didn't love their work so much.
  • Reality Ensues: Lucifer might not like the hotel, but he can't have it shut down directly; if he did, it would send a message that he viewed its existence as a threat. When Kira proves that redemption is possible note , Lucifer stops giving his daughter as much money for her passion project; Vaggie assumes this is because he's hoping to see it go under on its own.
    • And considering that Husk, a member of the hotel staff, took one of its patients out to a casino to exploit his powers for vice — and considering the fallout that ensued due to Moonchild being forced to let Diavolo out — is it any wonder that Charlie almost fired Husk?
    • Given how Charlie's last rehab case turned out, the fact that she's employing Alastor, and the massacre in Chapter 10, Octavia's got a reason to suspect that her motives for running the Happy Hotel are doing more harm than help for Moonchild.
    • As of Chapter 14, it turns out that when one such as Stolas lends their royal property out to a low-class imp, and said imp is involved in the theft of a holy relic that gets Heaven itself involved, it's only a matter of time before Lucifer himself is going to decide to punish Stolas as viciously as he can by targeting his daughter.
    • In Chapter 15, I.M.P. may have a whole new arsenal, but all of it doesn't mean much against Captain Gallia.
      • That said, Gallia shows why it's a bad idea to toy around with trained assassins armed with something that can hurt you, no matter how much more power you have then them. By the end of the fight, she wins, but takes far more injuries the she would had if she took things seriously from the start.
    • Also from Chapter 15, even a power as broken as King Crimson provides no advantage against someone like Moonchild, whose own powers nullify Diavolo's ability to erase snippets of time.
  • The Reason You Suck: Octavia absolutely tears into her father for being the root cause of the whole mess, and the kicker is he knows she's right. If he hadn't given Blitzo the grimoire in the first place, the imp's life would never have been in danger from Sallos, to begin with.
    • Moonchild drops a heroic version of this on Diavolo in Chapter 15:
    Moonchild: Weak, am I? That’s what you’ve always believed, what I always believed. But who spent their life shut away from the world? Who abandoned his humanity to wall himself off, to cower in the corner, wrapped up in a blanket?! All this time I looked up to you, sought your strength, but all I could feel ever was fear and pain! Because that’s all you are, fear and pain and misery!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Or green, in this case. When Diavolo starts to slip through, Moonchild's eyes flash or turn green. This happening tends to be a very bad thing.
    • And when Charlie gets mad, her eyes go red... and the power she generates in her fury is enough to surprise even Alastor.
  • Redemption Rejection: Alas, not every sinner who passes through the doors of the Hazbin Hotel's going to be interested in what Charlie's selling. Namely, Diavolo, who makes it clear that redemption isn't part of their long-term plan.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Cherri Bomb and Sir Pentious. Later, the same happens for Moonchild and Octavia.
  • Royally Screwed Up: The Goetia Family and the other ruling bodies of Hell, unsurprisingly. To the point where it's actually more dangerous for offenders to not face official punishment for transgressions, if only because it leaves them open to extrajudicial reprisals from their peers and family members.
  • Royalty Superpower: As implied with Charlie in the first story, and as implied with Stolas compared to Alastor in canon, the nobility of Hell are far more powerful than even the overlords.
    • Valentino is feared throughout Hell but knows full well Stolas could kill him with a look as he taunts him.
    • Octavia easily dispatches a mugger with comical ease even when she has a knife (he believes to be) made of metal that can permanently kill demons pressed up against her throat, and Lucifer is powerful enough that even Sallos can't even speak in his true forms presence.
    • Grand-Duke Sallos's job is to keep the nobles of Hell in line and has the raw power to do it, but even he cowers in the presence of Lucifer.
    • Charlie was able to take a blow from Diavolo with minimal harm that when the same force was exerted against Alastor it caused his heart to be ripped out. Also, like her father, when she actually starts exerting her real demonic power, Sallos drops any pretense that he's the biggest dog in the room.
  • Serious Business: Niffty takes Husk's threat to pour some wine on Moonchild's bed if she doesn't stop trying to jump him this way.
    Niffty: No! That's Egyptian cotton, you goddamned barbarian!
  • Sex for Services: Like canon, Blitzo meets Stolas once a month for a night of fornication, in trade for letting them keep his grimoire. He lets Blitzo keep the thing after he realizes that the deal has cost him his daughter, his most trusted servant/friend, and soon to be the life of the imp he loves.
  • Sex Slave: Valentino intended to blackmail Stolas into letting him use his grimoire to abduct human virgins to sell as sex slaves.
  • Sharing a Body: When Trouble (Enrico Pucci) uses his powers to pop out a person's soul in disc form to knock out Moonchild, he and later Stolas are surprised when four discs are ejected. A normal person would normally only have a single disc while a Stand User would have two discs for their soul and their Stand. Moonchild having four discs tells the two demons that the secretary has two souls and two Stands naturally.
    • Seemingly averted as of Chapter 14, with Moonchild rescuing Diavolo from the Requiem.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Moonchild tells Niffty this after she mistakes Octavia for his girlfriend.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Moonchild has subtle vibes with Octavia, who was attracted to him at one point, but for now they remain friends. The teasing amplifies around Chapter 11, as Octavia finds herself distracted by Moonchild's new body. As of the end of Chapter 13, Octavia and Moonchild are officially an item.
    • Among the Hotel staff, Husk has the most reason to like him, platonically, while Niffty and Vaggie are attracted to him for various reasons.
  • Shipper on Deck: Niffty ships Octavia and Moonchild together (despite stalking the latter), and Charlie appears to do the same.
    Niffty: I'm picturing it. Lookit me go. I think I ship it.
    • And later:
    Niffty: FishBird? HootGlub? Ooh! LunarOwl!
    • Later on in the chapter, Angel and Husk get in on the act, playfully teasing Moonchild about his closeness with Octavia. Octavia herself describes the two with this trope.
  • Shout-Out: Among others, Diavolo's rampage in chapter 10 includes an encounter with a dragon demon who snarls "Dracarys" before trying to incinerate him.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: When Moonchild goes on a rant questioning his identity, Octavia kisses him to make him stop talking.
  • Side Bet: Niffty had apparently made a bet with Angel Dust and Husk about Moonchild and Octavia being a couple. After they kiss, she won.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: There is no such thing as a weak member of Hell's nobility. Stella might be an upper-crust snob who hates more that her husband is cheating on her with a commoner than the fact he's cheating on her at all, but she is also a long-retired warrior whose powers and skills are still sharp. At least enough to hold Sallos at bay for several seconds while they both move at incredible speed.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: As of Chapter 9, and confirmed in 10, Cherri Bomb and Sir Pentious have this sort of dynamic now. She's got him under her heel, but appreciates his contributions to her rise to power. The "kiss" part of the equation is strong enough that they're in a consensual relationship.
  • Sleeping with the Boss: Angel Dust believes that Moonchild is sleeping with Stolas. Since Stolas wants to have a three way with himself, Moonchild and Blitzo, he isn't far off the mark.
  • Sleeping with the Boss's Wife: Not that Stolas minds, since 1) the only thing he cares about that came out of his marriage is Octavia, 2) Stella sleeping with Moonchild lets her frustration about him out without destroying things, and 3) it's less Moonchild having seduced Stella and rather Stella uses her authority and power to make him sleep with her.
    • That being said, Stolas did not know that it wasn't consensual on Moonchild's part, and is horrified when he finds out about that little detail.
  • Spit Take: Angel Dust does this when Moonchild says he was the underboss to Passione.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Octavia is considered to be very attractive for a demon owl, and was described as being at least eight feet tall.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Like canon, Sir Pentious tends to draw and hiss out his sibilants when speaking. It makes sense, since he's a snake.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Unsurprisingly, Diavolo is this to Moonchild, and he's strong enough to injure Charlienote  with a single punch. He's also able to rip out Alastor's heart with another punch.note  Later, Diavolo goes on a rampage through one of Hell's major casinos, with no one being able to stop him.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Ever since she got Pentious' soul chip, the Egg Bois now treat Cherri similarly to how they view Sir Pentious, including asking her to hurt them.
  • Sympathy For The Diavolo: After hearing about his time trapped in the Requiem, even the sinners feel bad for the former mob boss being trapped in a never-ending death loop for nearly two decades.
    • Sallos might be trying to kill Octavia, but he's being forced to do so by Lucifer who knows he cares for her like she was his own daughter. In truth despite his dedication to his duty, it's killing him just as much to be forced to carry it out.
  • Tear Off Your Face: The culmination of the "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight comes when Moonchild regains control of his body, tearing off Diavolo's more monstrous face to reveal his own underneath.
  • Tears of Blood: Sallos sheds some of these when he no longer has a way out of killing Octavia.
  • Tempting Fate: Charlie asks what's the worst that could happen during Angel's and Husk's guys' night: cue a drunk Moonchild showing up and puking in a plant.
  • Token Good Teammate: Moonchild (Vinegar Doppio) is a very pure soul without Diavolo's influence. Stolas mentions St. Peter making a mistake sending him to hell.
    Stolas: Splendid work as always! You are a God-send! I bless the day that silly old St. Peter had a stroke and sent you here by mistake!
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Through a combination of their skills, Cherri and Pentious have become ganglords.
    • I.M.P has become a more successful business thanks to receiving clients from La Squadra. Thanks to Gabriel's powers, they are also far better armed than in canon.
    • As of Chapter 10, Moonchild does the one thing he was never able to do in canon: wrest back control from Diavolo. This carries over subtly to Chapter 11, where he sheds his Extreme Doormat status enough to ask that Niffty stop stalking him.
    • In Chapter 13, Moonchild casually thrashes the three muggers that were trying to eat him in the first few chapters.
    • And in Chapter 15, he takes down Diavolo.
    • In Chapter 18, it is revealed that La Squadra has used the money they got from Enyaba to become Overlords.
  • To the Pain: When he walks in on Valentino implying that he'd accept Octavia as payment for keeping Stolas' affair quiet, Sallos decides to give Valentino a... friendly warning:
    Sallos: (to Valentino) An order: I want you to use that wonderful, hideous imagination of yours to devise the most outlandish torture you can. I want you to write it down. I want you to mail it to me. Because if you so much as think of my niece again, I should like to do something worse. I expect that letter by the end of the week.
  • The Tooth Hurts: While giving Valentino a satisfyingly emasculating dressing-down, Sallos off-handedly rips out his signature gold tooth, planning to gift it to his favorite employee for her necklace.
  • Torso with a View: When an irritated Moonchild takes Blitzo up on a free punch, he does this by accident.
  • Trauma Button:
    • Phones ringing remind Moonchild of Diavolo.
    • Forceful sexual come-ons also trigger Moonchild, due to his prolonged sexual exploitation at the hands of Stella.
  • Tsundere: Sallos calls Blitzo this in regards to his relationship with Stolas.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: After Octavia's scathing rebuke of him in Chapter 13, Stolas can only curl up on the floor and break down in guilty tears as the truth of his daughter's words sinks in.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Husk almost gets fired by Charlie for his part in the events of Chapter 10. Thankfully, Angel's able to point out that Husk's become something of a Morality Chain that can rein in Diavolo, so Charlie decided to keep him on.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Moonchild considers Blitzo this, towards Stolas letting him and the rest of I.M.P keep the Grimoire they use for their business.
    • As of Chapter 15, Diavolo decides to repay the patience and mercy that's been offered up to this point by trying to slaughter the Hazbin Hotel's staff, sneering at Moonchild's bonds with them. It turns out to be a fatal mistake.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Diavolo, when fully unleashed, tries to kill everyone and everything in sight and generally succeeds. He's described as swimming through a crowd at one point.
  • Verbal Backspace: When Moonchild catches Octavia hooting at him, she claims she said hot, which she quickly realized that that wasn't any better.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: As of Chapter 11, Alastor is intrigued by the dark side that Charlie brings out when she's furious.
  • Villain Respect:
    • Captain Gallia and the Ducal forces seem to hold I.M.P. in high regard.
    • Diavolo seems to think highly of Charlie after failing to kill her twice.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Well, wife in Millie's case. She attempted to attack Danger when she thought he was attacking Moxxie.
  • Voice of the Legion: A demon will usually slip into this when accessing their true power. Like Sallos or Lucifer or Charlie.
  • Weaponized Teleportation: Octavia, using an old grimoire, opens a portal under a mugger, causing him to fall from several kilometers above onto his fleeing associate.
  • Willfully Weak: When attacked by muggers, Octavia allows one of the thugs to take her captive for a laugh, only to effortlessly free herself and maul her attacker when Moonchild asks her to.
  • Worf Had the Flu: While Charlie gets manhandled by King Crimson in Chapter 15, it's implied that had the fight not been interrupted and she'd had the chance to tap down into her full power, Diavolo would have been wiped out before Moonchild could have a crack at him.
  • Wham Line:
    • When a hypnotized Moonchild tells Charlie what his first memory is, made worse by his calm, emotionless tone.
      Moonchild: I was sewing my mother's mouth shut with a fishing hook. I then buried her alive under the foundation of that house.
    • A much bigger one comes from Chapter 9, when Poker Face leaves Husk with a warning:
      Poker Face: This isn't over, Husk. You and me, we have unfinished business. But for now, live it up, enjoy yourself, because sooner or later it's all gonna come crashing down. For you, for the Princess, for everyone in this God-forsaken pit. HOLY DIVER lives.
    • As of Chapter 14, there's a little change to the Decree for Stolas' punishment:
      Lucifer: To all it may concern. Your King Lucifer Mange, the Morningstar, He With Might Above All Under God, has decreed that for his negligence and transgressions, Prince Stolas Goetia will be subjected to unofficial punitive actions. The death of a beloved family member has been suggested and repercussions will be minimized. This decree expires upon the execution of aforementioned punitive action.
    • When Octavia explains what the requiem is, Charlie says the only ones she knows with that level of power are arch-angels. Which includes her own father.
    • In Chapter 15, Diavolo's intentions become clear with the following:
      Diavolo: You’ll protect me, Doppio?! You can’t even protect yourself!
  • Wham Shot: At the end of Chapter 8, Husk finds an old friend waiting for him at Azathoth's casino... none other than Poker Face.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Following the events of Chapter 10, Charlie gives Husk hell for dragging Moonchild and Angel into a scheme to scam the Azathoth casino. If not for some quick thinking by Angel, Husk would have lost his job.
    • Later, in chapter 12, Octavia gives Charlie a chewing out for endangering her friend by working with Alastor.
    • Then in chapter 13, Octavia herself is on the end of one from Moonchild after she drags him away from the Hotel without hearing his side of the story. Then she drops one on her dad for his screw-ups.
  • What's Up, King Dude?: The imprisoned I.M.P speaks to Sallos with far less formality than he's allowed any other demon to address him without at least a harsh reminder. When Galia is about to strike them for their impudence Sallos waves off her concern. Saying that their relationship with Stolas has all but ruined their ability to speak to royalty with any measure of proper procedure.
  • When He Smiles: Moonchild generally fakes his smiles, but when he unleashes a genuine grin, the air around him practically glows.
  • Workaholic: Moonchild hasn't asked for a single day off in the 20 years he has worked for Stolas.
  • Wretched Hive: Played With. True for Hell and everybody in it...unless you're part of the ruling class. Then you are bound to a code of conduct that's the closest thing to the law in all the circles knows as "Decorum" to keep Hell from collapsing. Since demons of that level are almost all more powerful than even overlords, a feud between ruling families of Hell could actually destroy entire circles and render countless souls Deader Than Dead. When Decorum is breachednote , they send out peacekeepers: Royal demons powerful enough to make the others play nice.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Lucifer's body. The image of Lucifer we see in promo art and hanging in the halls of the hotel isn't the real Lucifer; it's the puppet body he uses to interact with his subjects. According to the narrative, Lucifer's true form exists within the Abyss that Hell hangs over, and is so utterly terrifying that Sallos is reduced to terrified silence, much like how Loona and Valentino acted in his own presence.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: After Moonchild gets his closure in the living world, he is told, on behalf of Giorno, to never return to Earth again. Moonchild accepts this, seeing no reason to come back.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Jokingly(?) brought up as a suggestion when the Hotel staff are thinking of a way to help Moonchild become more self-assertive so he can fight off Diavolo's influence in the future.
    Charlie: Well, I mean...if that's what it takes...
  • Your Soul is Mine!: The confrontation in Chapter 15 ends with Moonchild claiming Diavolo's soul, becoming whole.

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