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"This is a place where eternally
Fire is applied to the body
Teeth are extruded and bones are ground
And baked into cakes which are passed around."

A Fate Worse than Death that in some stories happens after death, just as Fluffy Cloud Heaven is The Theme Park Version of Heaven, Fire And Brimstone Hell is the Theme Park version of Hell. Generally, if it isn't an Ironic Hell, Hell Is War, the Bloody Bowels of Hell or A Hell of a Time, it's this. And even then, you can expect the odd brazier and stalactite.

Common features of such a location include underground cavern-like decor, plenty of hellfire and lava, and red-skinned devils with horns and tails poking the souls of sinners around with their pitchforks. Sometimes, it's actually shown to be underground literally, but most of the time it's Another Dimension.

Note the curious discrepancy; despite rebelling against God, devils in hell are doing some kind of job with awe-inspiring diligence and consistency. This job arguably makes Hell someplace someone doesn't want to go, which theoretically helps God. Some theorize that Hell is thus part of God's plan and still under His employ, which may or may not put His infinite goodness into doubt depending on who you ask; or else devils get something out of torturing souls. Mana, perhaps. Or maybe they're just sadistically amusing themselves. Another popular theory in fiction is that it was originally a prison but Satan took it over, subverting its mechanics.

In works that feature many Circles of Hell, the Fire and Brimstone Hell is often near the top, with other hellish realms below.

For information on how this trope came about, see the Analysis page. Note that brimstone is the old English word for "sulfur".


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Bleach, a Soul Reaper's job is to redeem souls that have turned into Hollows, allowing them to pass on to the Soul Society...however, those who committed heinous crimes before dying are condemned to Hell upon their defeat, implied to be of the fire and brimstone variety. Hell is briefly seen both in the manga (first when Rukia sends a particularly evil Hollow there, and later again when Szayel and Aaroniero are thrown into it) and then in more detail in Bleach: Hell Verse (which has Ichigo breaking into it).
  • Hell in Hell Girl is generally shown to be tailored in some way to a person's wrongdoings. In the first season, however, Ai would sometimes warn her clients of what accepting her deal would entail through a short vision of what they would suffer in Hell. While a variety of torments were shown, Ai most often showed her clients visions of fire and brimstone.

  • Dante and Virgil in Hell: Despite not being the painting main focus, you can see some of the damned being tortured in the fire in the background, just in case you weren't sure this was Hell.
  • Sistine Chapel: All that can be made out of Hell in "The Last Judgement" is a massive fire which the damned are being pulled towards.

    Comic Books 
  • Neron and other comic book devils live in a Fire and Brimstone Hell, unless it's a Vertigo book. The damned souls of mortals are all self-exiled - they impose their own punishments and compel Hell to torture them because they think they deserve it. (Of course, the demons eventually set up an economy based on these souls, which makes them anxious to collect more.)
    • Wonder Woman (1987): When Neron nabs Wondy, Cassie, Artemis, and Jason Blood off the street the corner of the underworld he pulls them to is firey with vast pools of lava, however even when later writers had Hades become manned by a God of Evil it remained a dark relitivly quiet and cold bit of underworld.
  • The first time Hell appears in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, it's just like Earth but is filled with all the world's stupid, petty and shallow people, who all react in a ridiculously over the top manner to minor annoyances. Later, when Squee looks in the basement of Senor Diablo's earthly house, it's classic fire and brimstone.
    • The premise, of course, is that just being surrounded entirely by people who deserve to be in Hell is Hell itself. As Sartre said, "Hell is other people." Literally.
      • It is also implied to be Satan's punishment for rebelling against god — being forced to run the repository for human ingrates for the rest of all eternity. By the time Squee rolls around, this no longer seems to be the case, however.
    • The same premise is used in C. S. Lewis's The Great Divorce, where Hell is merely a very dull city; everyone is entirely solipsistic, to the point of violently repulsing anyone who attempts to get in line for the bus in front, or even behind, them.
    • Sometimes, there are varying degrees: The first circle of Hell can be this, while the worse circles are all fire, brimstone and torture.
  • In Preacher the Saint of Killers is so full of hatred, he causes Hell to quite literally freeze over.
  • Hell is initially shown to be this in the Spawn comics, but as the story progresses it turns out that this is only a tiny facet of the underword, the rest of it is much bigger & much weirder...
  • As revealed in his Chick Tracts, Jack Chick is very much a "grim, fiery underworld now, lake of fire later" man.
    • Some of the "grim, fiery underworld" part is indicated to be a visual Translation Convention, however, from a close reading of "No Fear?" in which he refers us to several specific passages from The Bible. These describe it as a "bottomless pit" and "outer darkness" in addition to the fire and brimstone. Depicting flaming sinners tumbling endlessly through infinite darkness with even the flames providing no light, however, wouldn't work very well with visual story-telling. Ironically, "No Fear?" is nearly the only comic in which he even gives us a glimpse of what this would be like.
  • Marvel Comics Hell-Lords are demons that control their own dimensions. Most of those "pocket hells" are based on this version, especially Mephisto's. It's almost certainly done on purpose, because every single one of the Hell-Lords is trying to convince everybody that he is real Satan and his Hell is real Hell. Also when Hell-Lords and rulers of other kinds of afterlives (like Hades from Greek Mythology or Hela's domain from Norse Mythology) choose to combine them into some kind of "MMORPG Afterlife", something like that was created in between.
    • The brimstone is also specifically there in some parts, as Nightcrawler travels through that dimension when he teleports, bringing back smoke retaining the smell.
  • In the Disney comics Dante parody "Mickey's Inferno" (USA publication: Walt Disney's Comics and Stories 666; no kidding!), Hell is depicted this way, with oafish demons torturing sinners. There is the twist that if a damned soul does good deeds in Hell, he can redeem himself and ascend to Heaven; in one case, a good deed amounts to defending fellow inmates from the demons' torture.
  • Black Moon Chronicles: Hell is a fiery subterreanean landscape where the souls of the wicked are tortured by Lucifer and his giant red demons.
  • Hell as depicted in The Smurfs is usually in the form of this, the few times that it appears.
  • Referenced in Superman Smashes the Klan. A young Clark is accused of being demon-possessed after he floats into the air and shoots "the fires of hell" from his eyes. The local sheriff takes a whiff of Clark and notes that the boy doesn't smell like fire and brimstone, concluding that if he truly is possessed by a demon, then it's the lousiest demon in all of creation.

    Comic Strips 
  • The Far Side: Hell features in several strips, always as a network of tunnels filled with gouts of flame. Its inhabitants are devils, who all have horns and red skin, wear high-collared capes, wield pitchforks and have a fondness for Black Comedy. The souls of the damned, who resemble their living selves but clad in rags, are subjected to a variety of punishments, generally either physical labor or imprisonment in one of Hell's many prison cells, though often with some Cool and Unusual Punishment aspects.
    "Okay, sir, would you like inferno or non-inferno?... Ha! Just kidding. It's all inferno, of course — I just get a kick out of saying that."
  • In Scary Gary, Hell is depicted as a fiery landscape with sharp, jagged rocks. When a portal to Hell opens up in Gary’s basement, it actually warms the house up so much that it saves Gary money on the heating bill, and so he tells Leopold to leave it as-is.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animated 
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame uses a river of molten lead dumped out of the cathedral during the climax to represent Hell. This is partly a callback to Frollo's earlier song about the fires of hell.
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol: The open grave Scrooge McDuck-as-Ebenezer Scrooge gets thrown into during the "Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come" sequence at the end is actually implied to be this depiction of Hell.
  • The Book of Life: Word of God says that, in addition to the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten, there's another afterlife known as the Land of the Cursed. It's "a very hot place" ruled by Xibalba's brother and it's where the most wicked of souls reside after death.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Constantine (2005) features Hell (and Heaven) as parallel versions of the real world; when John Constantine visits Hell, it's a demon-infested, burned-out version of Los Angeles (insert biting topical humor here), while Heaven is downtown L.A. in the clouds (insert drug or smog joke here).
  • What Dreams May Come shows many visions of Hell, only one of which them of the Fire and Brimstone variety. Hell is shown as a surging sea, a beach of flaming shipwrecks (fitting the trope), a field of disembodied faces, and a parallel universe version of the damned's own house, set on the ceiling of an upside-down cathedral. Also, none of the torment of Hell depicted is physical, only mental.
  • The Hell of Drag Me to Hell, though not actually seen.
  • The Hell in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is somewhat like this. Being floating islands chained the to the main devil himself. When the two go to talk to him, the devil traps them in steel like corridors with rooms based on their worst nightmares (i.e. a psycho Easter bunny, a very creepy grandma and a Drill Sergeant Nasty) making it akin to an Ironic Hell as well.
  • The Hell in The Black Hole is certainly this with Reinhardt imprisoned for eternity, while standing on a tall rock looking over the fire and brimstone. It is also an ironic hell when you consider what else is there with him...
  • In Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, a priest tells Pinhead, "You'll burn in Hell!" Pinhead retorts, "Burn? What a limited imagination!"
  • Elements of this version of Hell can be seen in Big Tits Zombie.
  • The 1970 Scrooge (1970) musical with Albert Finney has a usually-cut-for-syndication scene of Ebenezer finishing his 'Yet To Come' sequence by being grasped by enormous chains and dragged down to this sort of Hell. Even though nowhere near as bad as some depictions, for a Christmas movie, even at what all know to be the scary part, it was a bit surprising to see.
  • Alluded to in Shredder Orpheus with the Underworld parking garage, which is deep below the earth and features flame jets to deter intruders.
  • Appears briefly at the end of Tales from the Hood when the Devil transforms into a giant demon in a fiery Hell.
  • Georges Méliès clearly loved playing Satan, and a fiery grotto with gleeful (often dancing) demons occurs time and again in his pioneering works of early film. See The Merry Frolics of Satan, or any of his several adaptations of Faust, or pretty much any Méliès film with the word "Infernal" in the title.
  • Satan rules of one these in Dead in Tombstone.
  • Mustafar, the volcanic planet where Darth Vader dueled Obi-Wan and suffered his grievous injuries in Star Wars Episode III, is a clear stand-in for George Lucas' vision of Hell.
  • Dark Angel: The Ascent: The movie opens in a classical fiery hell, with rows of people being led around by the demons to suffer their fates.
  • Purgatory: The entrance to Hell is a river of fire.
  • In The Man Who Could Work Miracles, Constable Winch finds himself in Hades after Fotheringay tells him to "go to blazes!". There are flames everywhere and it is hot enough to scorch his notebook and melt his boots.
  • Satan rules over one in The Devil's Messenger, although most of the scenes in Hell take place in the overcrowded waiting room.

  • A joke parodied the wording of this trope once, featuring Ulster Unionist politician and minister Reverend Ian Paisley, a man known for his obnoxious views towards Catholics, Nationalists, homosexuals and everyone else he doesn't like. In this joke, he is delivering a sermon describing a Hell much like this:
    Paisley: And in this Hell of eternal damnation, there will be fire, and brimstone, and much screaming and gnashing of teeth!
    Toothless old geezer at the back of the church: Wo' abou' if ye haven' any teef lef'?
    Paisley: Teeth will be provided!
  • A man goes to Florida for vacation. As his wife will only join him a few days later, he writes her a short letter that gets lost in the mail and delivered to a recently-dead pastor with the same name. The widow reads the letter and faints, and after sending for an ambulance the onlookers read the message: "Sure is hot down here. Can't wait for you to get here next week!"
  • Various thermodynamic versions prove that Heaven is hotter than Hell, Hell's temperature being limited by the boiling point of liquid brimstone (sulfur).

  • In spite of everything, Dante's Inferno actually averted this trope for the most part. Naked flames do feature, but only four of the twenty-four divisions of Dante's Hell (heretics lie in flaming tombs, blasphemers, sodomites, and usurers are in a desert with fire raining down, simoniacs are stuck upside down with flames burning at their feet, and evil counselors are stuck in individual tongues of flame) and just one of the seven regions in his Purgatory (the seventh terrace, for the repentant lustful). You are as likely to be boiled, drowned, shredded, chopped, frozen, or suffer any number of other creative torments as you are burnt in Dante's Inferno. Furthermore, Satan (along with other traitors) is imprisoned in the deepest level of Hell-Cocytus, a frozen lake.
  • Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle wrote a novel, also titled Inferno (Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle), that revisits Dante's hell with a few modern updates for 20th-century sins. The protagonist is a somewhat self-deprecating hack science fiction writer, and his guide is a longtime resident of Hell named Benito Mussolini.
  • Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series has a Hell that is like this in many places. It's revealed through later books that Hell has many regions, including a "mock Heaven" for souls that have been incorrectly sent to Hell and can't now be returned to Heaven.note 
  • Justified in James Branch Cabell's Jurgen in that the Hell the protagonist visits is based on his father's opinion of what Hell should be like.
  • The Hell of John Milton's Paradise Lost is more of a Fire and Brimstone Hell than Dante's—for instance, Satan is, in the opening, chained to a lake of brimstone. Everything in that land is constantly burning, although the fallen angels don't mind too much. Some demons argue for exploring, mining and making the most of their existence in Hell.
  • In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, Stephen regains his religion after hearing a particularly frightening description of fire-and-brimstone hell from a preacher.
  • Borgel by Daniel Pinkwater has a version of Hell that's like this and literally The Theme Park Version: it's presented as a major interdimensional tourist attraction. Borgel says he doesn't really know what goes on inside, but says that he does know that if you didn't like it, you'll have a lot of trouble getting your money back.
  • Played with in FaustEric, where the Discworld version of Hell is a Fire and Brimstone Hell... but the inmates have realized that they no longer have corporeal bodies, and so there's nothing requiring them to feel pain any more. The new King of Hell has shaken things up by introducing mental rather than physical tortures, but the actual demons are just as upset about this as the "clients".
  • In a series of books for children (frequently quoted by atheists making emotional appeals), the nineteenth-century missionary priest John Furniss (pronounced "furnace"?) provided vivid word-pictures of Fire and Brimstone Hell:
    See! It is a pitiful sight. The little child is in this red hot oven. Hear how it screams to come out. See how it turns and twists itself about in the fire. It beats its head against the roof of the oven. It stamps its little feet on the floor of the oven. You can see on the face of this little child what you see on the faces of all in hell — despair, desperate and horrible! ... God was very good to this child. Very likely God saw that this child would get worse and worse, and would never repent, and so it would have to be punished much more in hell. So God, in His mercy, called it out of the world in its early childhood.
    Perhaps at this moment, seven o'clock in the evening, a child is just going into hell. To-morrow evening at seven o'clock, go and knock at the gates of hell, and ask what the child is doing. The devils will go and look. Then they will come back again and say, the child is burning! Go in a week and asked what the child is doing; you will get the same answer — it is burning! Go in a year and ask; the same answer comes — it is burning! Go in a million of years and ask the same question; the answer is just the same — it is burning! So, if you go for ever and ever, you will always get the same answer — it is burning in the fire!
  • In The Guardians, Hell is a huge realm with many areas. The traditional fire and brimstone area is The Pit, where the souls of damned humans and disobedient demons are tortured.
  • In the "Tale of Thorstein Shiver" from the Icelandic Flateyjarbòk, the eponymous protagonist has a conversation with a demon who relates to him how the heroes of the pagan past are doing in Hell; namely, that Sigurd Fafnisbani fires the oven, and that Starkad the Old is up to his ankles in burning flames. When Thorstein remarks that these seem relatively mild punishments, the demon calmly clarifies that Sigurd is the firewood, and that Starkad's head is pointing downward.
  • Isaac Asimov's "Hell-Fire (1956)": (Implied Trope) The explosion of an atomic bomb is said to be literal Hellfire; fire from hell.
  • Point Horror Unleashed features this in Fright Train as the carriage gets hotter and hotter, the air around them begins to smell of sulphur and they are served by a polite but hot tempered man dressed in red and black called Nick. Aside from the horrific visions each passenger has (save for the protagonists), the depiction is so stereotypical, you wonder why none of them figure out what's going on until they reach their 'final destination.'
  • The Faerie Queene Book I: Despair uses an image of Hell filled with fire, sulfur, and brimstone (oh my) to strike fear into Redcrosse and convince him that killing himself is preferable to sinning in the future and going to Hell. The use of this depiction by a villain implies that Spenser might not like those who use it in real life.
  • In the World of Warcraft novel World Of Warcraft Sylvanas, Sylvanas is shown several afterlives. One is described as a sea of liquid fire and molten earth which Sylvanas assumes is an obvious hell-like realm, but it turns out instead to be a paradise for a black eel creature that lives inside fire. However, when Sylvanas realizes that the eel is alone and will never see her family and loved ones again in the eternity of death, she comes to the conclusion that it is in fact hell, and so are all other afterlives.

    Live Action TV 
  • Star Trek: Voyager: In "Barge of the Dead" B'Elanna Torres finds herself on the barge taking dishonoured Klingon souls to hell (Gre'thor). Pulling up at the dock she sees the expected tall menacing gates, fiery skies, etc... only to find once she enters it's just like Voyager.
    Neelix: 15 decks. Computers augmented with bio-neural circuitry. Top cruising speed: warp 9.975... not that you'll be going anywhere.
    B'Elanna: No Fek'lhr? No 'Cavern of Despair'?
    Neelix: Don't need them.
    B'Elanna: I don't consider Voyager hell!
    Neelix: Are you sure? Have you ever been truly happy here? If you thought fifty years aboard this ship would be difficult, try eternity!
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: In "The Cage" (with footage re-used in "The Menagerie"), the Talosians briefly inflict the illusion of Fire and Brimstone Hell on Captain Pike. Furthermore, if Pike does not behave, the Talosians threaten to go deeper still into his mind for experiences even worse!
  • Interestingly subverted in The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "A Nice Place to Visit" where a criminal named Rocky Valentine dies and thinks he's gone to heaven because everything goes his way. But he eventually becomes sick of what he thinks is Heaven and wants "to go to that other place". This is when he is told that he is in "that other place". Final words of the episode: " angry little man, who now has everything he could ever ask for, and has to live with it forever."
  • The Hell in Married... with Children is shown like this.
  • Played with in Supernatural. The demonic hierarchy seem to be able to change Hell's shape at will, with the Fire and Brimstone version featuring occasionally. The first glimpse we get of Hell is through the Devil's Gate in the final episode of Season 2, and what we see is a rock passageway lit from below by what looks like fire or lava. Then, subverted in the last episode of Season 3, when we see someone actually in Hell, which looks like a thunderstorm with metal chains and sharp hooks everywhere, with the guy himself in the middle of it. Finally, in Season 6, we see someone else remember Hell, and it is a completely straight Fire and Brimstone Hell. Then later once Crowley is in charge of hell, it's just people waiting in line in a dingy hallway. Forever. They take a number and join the queue. And once they get to the front of the line? They go back to the end.
    Crowley: No one likes waiting in line.
  • Saturday Night Live had a memorable series of spoof commercials called "Where You're Going," which depict people – mostly yuppies and others who had scorned the poor and less-fortunate – suffering in a stereotypical Hell following their deaths. A chorus gleefully sings, "You're going to Hell," followed by an announcer (and superimposed notice): "A message from Almighty God."
    • The message was basically an unexpected punch line at the end of what looked like a typical 1980s ad celebrating yuppie materialism.
    • Another when Patrick Stewart hosted. He plays Satan trying to seem fierce and mean, but is continuously mocked by those who should be scared because he chokes on a grape or uses the phrase "til the cows come home."
  • In the Stargate SG-1 episode Jolinar's Memories, Sokar, the Gou'uld who has taken the identity of Satan, has a moon Netu deliberately terraformed to resemble this interpretation of Hell, complete with active volcanoes, lava flows, and underground chambers lit by burning torches.
  • Charmed: Not all of the underworld looks like this (most of it being just dark caverns and tunnels), but select places do.
  • Kingdom Adventure: Zordock's lair is a cave with a lot of (cartoon) fire in the background, clearly intended to evoke this.

  • During the skits on MC Chris's albums, Chris himself ends up sent to hell, and it's portrayed this way. In fact, literally everything is on fire, including the gloves required to pick up the variety of on-fire objects. The tortures are more mental than physical, with Chris opting to gut himself with a fork to distract himself from some awful rapping his subjected to. It's also implied that his torture is to produce real versions of the deliberately bad songs he had refused to create in earlier skits.
  • The Squirrel Nut Zippers' "Hell" (which is quoted at the top of this page) is an obvious example.
  • The song "Lake of Fire by The Meat Puppets (and later covered by Nirvana) is about this type of Hell.
  • "Fire" by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
    I am the god of hellfire, and I bring you... FIRE!
  • "Daddy Was an Old Time Preacher Man," a 1970 country song by Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, a song paying tribute to a fire-and-brimstone preacher. As part of the preacher's ministry, he is said to frequently reference the traditional depiction of Hell in his sermons ("He preached Hell so hot that you could feel the heat").
  • "Ain't Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody", a song Bob Dylan performed on his 1980 tours during his Evangelical Christian phase, but never formally recorded (it eventually got released on a Bootleg Series volume). Bonus points for being a bright uptempo song.
    Smoke, it rises forever
    With a one-way ticket to burn
    That place reserved for the Devil
    And for all who know and love evil
    A place of darkness and shame
    You can never return
  • John Lee Hooker's "Burning Hell" is actually a song about being an atheist and denying the existence of Heaven or Hell, but he constantly refers to Hell as "burning" anyway.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Egyptian Mythology: Many depictions of The Underworld, such as in the Book of the Dead, feature what is probably the Ur-Example of this: Lakes of liquid flame, tended by fire-breathing goddesses and serpents, where the damned are burned. It's unclear whether they suffer forever or just get cremated to deny them an afterlife.
  • The Theme Park Version of Hell as this is actually an expansion from some rather minimalist descriptions of Hell in The Bible; it mentions everyone (including Satan & Company) there doing a whole lot of burning for all eternity, and not much else. Ask anyone from a more conservative denomination about Hell, and you'll probably hear about this minimalist version. Talk to someone from a more liberal denomination, and you are more likely to get a reference to "Eternal Separation" than fire and brimstone. What that actually means depends on who you're asking.
    • "Eternal Separation" means that you could never, ever, reunite with God. Such a condition would feel as if your insides were filled with a "burning emptiness" for the rest of eternity.
    • Several theologists, like Origen, have suggested that Hell is simply the abode of Satan (located in the fifth Heavennote ), and that an actual place of suffering is nonexistent, because God will reconcile everyone in the end. In spite of this supporting the notion of an all forgiving God over the concept of "eternal separation", the church, controversially, considers these positions heretical.
    • Split the difference, and you can think of Hell as both eternal burning and eternal separation; also, as being both an internal and external condition. Case in point, the Venerable Bede imagined Hell to be a kind of fire burning inside the damned that, once they were dead and beyond all hope of redemption, might well erupt forth from every orifice.
    • Played with in The Watchtower. Jehovah's Witnesses believe in the eventual permanent destruction of the wicked in a lake of fire, but they interpret the scriptures as implying that Cessation of Existence, not eternal conscious torment, results from this destruction.
  • Jigoku in Japanese Mythology is presented as this. A carryover from trading beliefs with the mainland (such as China), and a notable contrast to Yomi, a more traditional Underworld. "Jigoku" is also used by Japanese Christians to refer to the Christian Hell.
  • Sister Lúcia dos Santos, one of the Visionaries of Fátima, has said that the First Secret (out of three) was a vision of Hell given to them by Our Lady which fit pretty well in this trope.
  • Contrary to popular belief, some Buddhists believe in hell. It's called Naraka, although only some of the hells fit this trope (others are acutally freezing cold instead) Additionally, while they last a mind-bogglingly long amount of time, they are still far short of eternal (eventually, the bad person gets reincarnated and gets another chance.)
  • Out of all Abrahamic religions, Islam is probably the most explicit and unambiguous when describing Hell as a fiery place of torment. Hell in The Qur'an is called Jahannam (the Arabic translation of Gehenna), though it also has a lot of Deadly Euphemisms like the Fire (An-Nar) and the Blaze (Al-Jahim). Sinners will be tortured in Hellfire, their only nourishments being boiling hot water and a fruit called Zaqqum, which will never abate their hunger. Rather than Satan, Hell is guarded by Malik, an angel who is loyal to God in dispensing the ultimate punishment to sinners.

  • The playfield for Devil's Dare is a fire and brimstone hell completely covered in flames.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • In Kane's early years, when he would make his way out, Jim Ross would say, "Fire and brimstone personified," "from the depths of Hell, comes Kane," "Through Hell fire and brimstone it's Kane!" or words along those lines.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons has a hell of a lot of hell-like planes, but certain layers of those planes fit this trope better than others.
    • Of the Nine Hells of Baator, Avernus and Phlegethos, the first and fourth layer respectively, are scorching wastelands where fireballs perpetually rain from the sky or tendrils of flame seek out trespassers. This actually works in the devils' favor, since baatezu have a racial immunity to fire, while any invading demons are merely resistant to it. But the other hells are much more varied: Dis is an Orwellian metropolis with burning-hot metal walls, Minauros is a foul swamp, Stygia and Cania are both hellishly cold, Malbolge was recently-redecorated with the help of its previous ruler, Maladomini is a polluted ruin, and Nessus is a scorched plain broken into a web of canyons and fissures.
    • The yugoloths' current home plane of Gehenna consists of an endless series of volcanic mountains rising into a void, seemingly without base or peak. Its four layers are only differentiated by their level of volcanic activity, with the third mount of Mungoth being so quiet as to be cold and snow-covered, and the fourth mount of Krangath is dead and silent.
    • The Infinite Layers of the Abyss presumably has a few layers with the "fire-dominant" trait, but as previously mentioned, (most) tanar'ri are not actually immune to fire damage, so the better-known layers are characterized more by features like rivers of salt or forests of viper-trees.
  • Infernum is set entirely in this sort of Hell. Demons torment souls to extract a substance called "iliaster", which is food and drink to them, and it is not a pleasant place. It's not all fire and flames, though- in fact, as Hell technically consists of a whopping huge crater punched by the crashlanding of the Fallen Angels, fire and flames are actually a minority. Starting on the surface and going down the nine "Circles" of Hell, you have lifeless desert (Emptiness), icy mountains locked under perpetual thunderstorms (Tempest), swamps and mires and mudflats (Tears), volcanic badlands (Toil), war-scarred wastes (Slaughter), urbanized ruins (Industry), lush jungles sharing borders with a river of flame and a desert (Delight), a massive volcanic range (Malebolge) and an eternally shifting city (Pandemonium). And that's not getting into other notorious landmarks, like the river Cocytus, a river of unnaturally cold jet-black ice that emerges from beneath the volcanoes of Malebolge and forms a barrier around Pandemonium... and the demons want to know just how that frickin' works too.
  • In Nomine: Hell and its environs are a substantial fraction of the game world. Individual parts of Hell hew to this trope to various degrees, but generally damned souls are less torture subjects and more an enslaved underclass.
    • Plenty of torture happens in Hell, but not with punishment in mind — demons want to extract essence from souls, and one of the most efficient ways to do this is to torture them until they give up their daily-regenerated point of essence. Pony up quickly, and you're let off the rack. Outside of that, quality of afterlife varies between Principalities and the individual shade's luck; many find themselves used as target practice in infernal battlefields or guinea pigs in infernal labs, and the luckless souls sent to Abaddon can expect little beyond having their souls torn apart to fuel the local Prince's necromantic experiments, but others can achieve positions of relative comfort, if not a lot of respect, within the organizations of their ruling Princes.
    • In appearance, Sheol, the realm of the Demon Prince of Fire, is the fiery, smoking vision of Hell that mortals often fear. A massive volcano sits in its center, constantly streaming with lava and wracked by eruptions that send fiery debris falling on the landscapes; rivers of fire and molten rock crawl away from it and across the landscape, while clouds of smoke and ash choke the skies. Scattered across Sheol are more familiar landscapes — cities, forests, valleys and the like — but all burning, constantly rebuilt just to be set on fire. Belial's destructive, pyromaniac demons love it there; the souls of the damned are left to cling to shelves of barren rock, choking on smoke and ash, wincing from the flying cinders, dodging volcanic debris, and trying not to be captured by gangs of demons eager to extract essence from them by methods involving the creative use of live coals, heated pokers and napalm.
  • The Lords: A large section of Hell is just like this. Although Satan Is Good and it's of a Self Inflicted variety...

  • In Hadestown, Hades has renovated the Underworld into a nightmarish factory full of unnatural light and heat where his workers toil endlessly, which greatly displeases Persephone since it isn't supposed to be that way.

    Theme Parks 
  • Mister Toad's Wild Ride in Disneyland/Magic Kingdom Park fits this trope to a T at the end after Mr. Toad is "killed" by a train. Potentially terrifying, especially when it gets really hot when you are in hell (it never really gets what someone from north of, say, Oklahoma would consider cold in either Orlando or Anaheim, but they keep the heaters in the hell section of the ride turned up year-round). The ride no longer exists in the Magic Kingdom Park in Florida (it was closed down and replaced with a Winnie the Pooh-themed ride), but the original in Disneyland in Anaheim is still there.

    Video Games 
  • Afterlife (1996): You build the Fire And Brimstone Hell, with punny punishments based on the Seven Deadly Sins, such as "Another Man's Shoes" — guess where the damned are put in?
  • Age of Mythology: The erebus maps this kind of hell, although they are primarily based off of Greek myths.
  • The Binding of Isaac: Repentance: The Beast is fought in a Hell-like cavern flooded with either magma or boiling hot blood, a place the creator referred to as the Lake of Fire in a promotional Tweet for the Four Souls card game. It's not just for show — the magma will cause damage if touched, and some of the Beast's attacks involve dodging the stalagmites and stalactites in the cavern while she chases Isaac.
  • Devil May Cry: The franchise has a few examples, but mostly averts it:
    • When you fight Mundus in the first game, the second half of the battle does in fact take place in a lake of fire.
    • It's mentioned in a dialogue line and some texts of Devil May Cry 4; Berial introduces himself as "The conqueror of the Fire Hell". However, said location is never shown.
  • Diablo II: A part of Hell is the River of Flame, which is classical fire and brimstone. Other parts of Hell include great, dark, ashen plains. This in contrast to the first Diablo which envisioned Hell as a land of bones, blood and mutilated corpses.
  • Disgaea: A couple of areas in the Netherworld are like this, such as the Sea of Gehenna, and the immediate area around Laharl's Castle (which itself hovers atop of a giant lake of lava). That being said, Disgaea's Netherworld generally has more variety than your average Hell, including anything from frozen wastelands to trippy starfields to inconspicuously cheerful-looking Ghibli Hills.
  • Doom: Throughout all titles in the series, Hell is depicted as a grisly mix of a volcanic landscape and a fleshy, bloody dimension. Lava is not quite as common as blood or nukage, but it's more damaging by a good margin, and glowing molten rock is often a hazard as well.
  • Earthworm Jim: The planet Heck, and the cartoon as well. It's worth noting that Heck has a touch of Ironic Hell in it — as the soundtrack starts with Night on Bald Mountain... and then cuts off halfway through and is replaced with elevator Muzak (punctuated with anguished screams).
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • While not Hell itself, the series has the Deadlands, the Daedric plane of Mehrunes Dagon, Daedric Prince of Destruction. Crossing over with Mordor, the Deadlands is a bleak and barren realm, containing wastelands of blackened rock, seas of lava, and partially destroyed structures. However, the Deadlands subverts the "fire" part of the trope as, despite the flowing lava all over the place, mortals who visit are said to feel an "unearthly chill" within the realm.
    • In Oblivion, you get to visit the Deadlands and it really fits the bill. Additionally, Mankar Camoran seems to have taken inspiration from Mehrunes Dagon when constructing the "torture area" of his "Paradise", a pocket realm of Oblivion. New arrivals are dipped in lava.
  • The final mission of Thief: The Dark Project, "The Maw of Chaos," is set in the Trickster's realm - underground, featuring a lot of lava rivers and monsters.
  • SaGa Frontier: When fighting the Final Boss of Blue's Scenario, when Hell's Lord shifts forms, the Fluffy Cloud Heaven disappears and the true colors of Hell take shape
  • Guild Wars' Ring of Fire. There's even a section called 'Hell's Precipice'. I doubt even Ol' Horney would argue. It does look like his kind of real estate.
  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade features this exact hell with damned soul wandering through the burning wasteland in the background.
  • Lemmings: One of the settings in the original game is this version of Hell, featuring fire blowers, lava, and a demonic exit door. The PSP remake maintains these features and throws in a couple of demon skeletons for good measure.
  • Touhou Project: Any references to "hell" in the series refer to "the Buddhist hells." In Touhou Chireiden ~ Subterranean Animism the Ancient City is located in a now unused district of hell. Snowfall suggests the city is part of a former cold hell while the Hell of Blazing Fires below it may have once been a hot hell (in fact, the Blazing Fires appears to be nothing but a sea of fire so it goes further than your typical Fire and Brimstone Hell). As of that game in the series, they were re-lit due to the Yatagarasu's power in Utsuho and it was opened back up as a formal hell destination.
  • AMBER: Journeys Beyond: One of the ghosts you help out is a crazed, UFO-obsessed gardener named Brice, who killed a girl he had been stalking for some time, prior to killing himself out of grief. When Brice figures this out, he suddenly hears what he thinks is a UFO arriving, complete with lights going out. But as he opens a hatch to investigate, his soul is dragged away — along with the hatch — into a firey-orange vortex of thunderclouds. It's arguably one of the most horrifying scenes of the game.
  • Minecraft:
    • Indev, the earliest publicly available version of the game with a Survival mode, used finite island maps surrounded by sea instead of the later game's infinite, procedurally generated ones. At world creation, the player could opt for one of four map themes; one of these, called Hell, replaced all water with lava, lowered the overall light levels, and produced an unusually high amount of mushrooms on the island.
    • The Nether, the largest of the game's two alternate dimensions. The setting is underground, in a massive system of caverns filled with oceans and waterfalls of lava. Almost everything else is made of a kind of stone which perpetually burns if set on fire and looks suspiciously like flesh, with the exception of patches of semi-solid magma and "Soul Sand", which is covered in patterns highly reminiscent of screaming, agonized faces. The old development name for this dimension was even called "Hell", but Notch decided against a religious term (although the Nether's sole biome was still originally called Hell). Piglins, Zombie Piglins, Magma Cubes and giant tentacled monsters named Ghasts roam this dimension's landscape, while pitch-black Wither Skeletons and fiery Blazes haunt its abandoned fortresses. The 1.16 update (given the self-explanatory title of the "Nether Update") massively overhauled the region by adding forests of giant tree-like fungi and blackened crags of solidified volcanic basalt as new biomes, huge strongholds patrolled by Piglins, and herds of aggressive boar-like Hoglins, among other new features.
  • Terraria: The Underworld contains flame-shooting fire imps, burrowing bone serpents, slimes made of lava and literally bats out of hell, and flying demons that relentlessly try to make you dead. In the Underworld, you can also find shadow chests, which contain various fire- and evil-themed weapons, and hellstone, which provides necessary armor and tool upgrades.
  • Sonic Adventure: Red Mountain is like this, complete with ghostly prisoners and giant stone skulls that shoot fire, with some very large metal hammers and random religious symbols thrown in for good measure. Although it seems to represent the Lava Reef Zone volcano from Sonic And Knuckles, it doesn't look much like it.
  • At the conclusion of Soul Calibur 2, you enter the Soul Edge and confront its spirit, Inferno, in a massive burning, barren landscape. The stage is named "Tartarus", and the announcer all but states that you've entered Hell.
  • Dark Souls invokes this with the Demon Ruins and Lost Izalith, two demon infested lava levels.
  • The Demon Inferno and the Flaming Inferno levels from Catacomb Abyss and Catacomb Armageddon respectively are pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Subverted in Hellgate: London; the ambient lighting in the area leading up to the Hellgate becomes a bleached orange, while the gate itself is a fiery orange. But on the other side, the color temperature shifts to a drab, greyish-blue rocky wasteland.
  • The final level of Ninja: Shadow of Darkness is appropriately called "Hell" and is exactly what you'd expect; rivers of flames, lava waterfalls, fireballs regularly shooting out of the rivers, and the like.
  • In Robinson's Requiem, whenever you die the main character Trepliev1 is subject to a fiery torture in what looks like Hell, depicted in a single image of his face on fire and twisting/contorting while surrounded by the skulls of the previous dead, along with creepy-as-hell music accompanying it. Some versions of the game even have a version of this image that slowly morphs Trepliev's face into a creepy skull.
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell: "New Hades" is an inferno filled with flames and ash.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Capsule GB, Seto Kaiba's RPG world is a literal representation of Hell, though only the first layer has fire. The second layers deal with lightning and darkness.
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night: Upon entering the underground area of the castle, you pass through a room with a flaming background and fight Cerberus as a miniboss. The rest of the area resembles caves and features lava lakes and contains many fire based enemies. Inverted in the inverted castle where the same area is frozen over although in that one it's technically at the top.
  • Shantae and the Pirate's Curse has the Oubliette of Suffering, an underground cavern where ne'er-do-wells go to be tortured and whose cave entrance is found in the Village of Lost Souls. Naturally, it's filled with demonic architecture, rusty cages, and lots and lots of fire and lava.
  • Medic pays a visit here in the Team Fortress 2 comics, after being shot. It takes the form of the Devil's reasonably nice office, but rocky spikes, rivers of magma, and an awful lot of orange light can be seen out of the windows.
  • Stygia in Nexus War games manages to be both this and Evil Is Deathly Cold simultaneously, side by side. Some later versions of the game let demons spread the fire and brimstone to the mortal world to add a Physical Hell subsidiary.
  • The Hell Dimensions of The Secret World most commonly feature volcanic landscapes, sulfur deserts, flesh-rending sandstorms, and the colossal ruins of technological marvels. It's later revealed that Hell used to be a lot like Earth, and its current appearance is mainly due to its ongoing collapse into entropy following its abandonment by the Host.
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon of Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear is situated in Avernus, the first layer of Baator which is also known as The Nine Hells. It's pretty much ashes and lava everywhere.
  • Hell in Cuphead seems like a pretty cool place at first glance, being an opulent casino full of games and money and alcohol and all that good stuff. Of course, it's meant to lure in patrons to fatten them up with "good luck" and tempt them into raising the stakes and gambling their souls. When you go down into the basement for the final battle with the big guy himself, you find that all the opulence is just a nice tasty piece of bait and Hell is actually fire and lava and tortured souls.
  • In Mutant Football League, The Malice Hellboys' stadium takes place in a scorching hell filled with lava pits and sandworms that can eat unsuspecting players. The broadcasters often comment on the suffocating heat before the game.
  • The final levels of Ninja: Shadow of Darkness where Kurosawa the ninja confronts the Demon Lord is depicted in this manner, with floating platforms over rivers of lava.
  • The three hell-themed levels of Xena: Warrior Princess plays this absolutely straight. There are rivers and lakes of molten lava, stone dragon heads which breathes fire at Xena, and in order to advance to Hades' quarters (to demand Hades to release her) Xena must cross a rotating stone bridge over a bottomless pit surrounded by lava waterfalls.
  • The Maw in World of Warcraft is essentially Hell in all but name. It's a stygian wasteland intended to be The Alcatraz for the worst souls in existence, which are tortured for eons and turned into mindless wraiths, but in Shadowlands, something happens that causes every soul of the recently deceased to get sent there regardless of how they acted in life.
  • In Hades, the Asphodel Meadows are actually islands surrounded on all sides by damaging magma. The alteration from the myths (where the meadows were merely dull and dreary) is justified by saying that at some point the firey river Phlegethon flooded and overflowed them.
  • The second half of Super Columbine Massacre RPG! has the Columbine High School killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold waking up in Hell after they kill themselves, with heavy influence drawn from the Hell levels in the Doom games. Whereas the first half of the game was extremely easy on account of none of your victims being able to fight back, this part brings more difficulty as you now face demons trying to kill you. For Eric and Dylan, though, getting to play out their Doom fantasy for real turns it into A Hell of a Time.
  • The Master Extra Stages in Super Monkey Ball Gaiden are set in hell, with the stage names having Mythological Theme Naming, and the fall out zone being lava surrounded by spike and pitchforks.
  • Infernal Dimension in Clicker Fred represents such place. You take the role of the Infernal Business' boss, forcing unfortunate souls to collect money for you from a path full of deadly traps, surrounded by the lava, seperated into endless number of stages with increasingly dark names like "Opening of Wrath", "Bridge of Bleeding", "Untidy Cave of Decay" and "Unknown Nowhere of Suffering". It also seems to serve as a hell for multiple dimensions, since the resident infernal management is able to summon multiple versions of the same person from parallel universes.
  • The player visits one of these in Northern Journey, complete with horned, fireball-throwing devils to fight.
  • ULTRAKILL: The Heresy Layer is the closest thing the game has to a typical depiction of Hell, resembling a gothic black cathedral shrouded in blazing red light. Crimson windows and goat skull symbols cover the layer's surfaces, its bloody red doors are filled with the agonizing souls of heretics, its dark hallways are filled with red fog, a blazing red sky looms over the horizon, and it's raining blood in the City of Dis. Its first level also contains a Lava Pit in one of its arenas, and the level's intro central room contains a giant bleeding skeleton that's hung upside-down. In conclusion, Heresy is the most sinister-looking Layer in the game, donning a demonic red and black color scheme while welcoming you with a dreadful drone as soon as you make your first entrance to the Layer.

    Web Animation 

  • Affirmed and subverted in Casey and Andy. Satan's realm Hell is a realm of sulfur, fire, and brimstone. But since she's in rebellion against God, she sees no reason to torture souls whose only crime is disobeying God. The only souls she tortures are those who have ticked her off personally. (Which includes Adolf Hitler, who just ticks a lot of people off for some reason.)
  • Subverted in Dominic Deegan, where Hell is a rocky wasteland that makes everyone fight amongst themselves for superiority. The only torturing is done by the superior guys, under their own will. Occasionally, hellfire rains from the sky, which are more like comets, but that's about it.
    • Later double subverted by the testimony of an expert, revealing to an upstart newcomer that, regardless of rocky wastelands and selfish people, Hell really is inherently a punishment, it's just subtle about it.
      Karnak: You don't get how this place works, do you? No one is happy here. Nothing good lasts, even for the punishers. That's why every demon lord or would-be ruler tries to escape this pit. This is a realm of misery and torture for all who dwell here. This is Hell.
  • Played almost straight in Re;member and by extension Avatar Battle Royale, where Hell is almost identical in composition to aforementioned Dungeons & Dragons Hades, except Levistus rules in ABR.
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal plays this on occasion, if it wants to (but is far more prone to Fluffy Cloud Heaven). One of the few times it was actually directly seen was 'Atheist Hell'. Which looked like this trope, but the torture was far worse: Poorly reasoned proof of Satan's existence, for all eternity.
  • Hell appears occasionally in Problem Sleuth, appearing almost exactly like this page's description. The major difference is that, because weapons randomly turn into other objects in the comic, the devils poke the souls of the damned with gay porn magazines.
  • Played with in Mindmistress, wherein after Alvin's mind takes over one of the (currently deep, deep underground) Unstoppable Ones he assumes he's been confined to Fire and Brimstone Hell for his sins. The man who sent him there does nothing to abuse him of this notion.
  • Played straight in Slightly Damned for the most part. However, along with the fire and brimstone sections, there are also sections devoted to The Song That Never Ends and an area with nothing but rocks (boredom hell).
  • In Prickly City, a full-blown supporter of Kevin can be found by digging for it. The panel shows flames and a pitchfork, with actual speaker offstage.
  • Sinfest. Baby Blue and Fuschia keep the damned from rising out of the fires with their pitchforks. At least Baby Blue does, nowadays.
  • In Hell Lost the Infernal Realm is inspired by both Dante and Milton. Ledges, instead of circles, step down and break out into the Frozen Continent. Macabre demons inspired by Bosch and Bruegel mix with more modern realizations, and the realm itself is riven by political rivalries and intrigue that leads to an inevitable but long awaited Counter Revolution.
  • Sandra and Woo, the Devil explains that Hell is a bit more subtle than the "lake of fire".

    Western Animation 
  • South Park bounced between this and not being so bad. It's just that Satan's an Affably Evil Punch-Clock Villain who gets along with God (and he's gay.) He tortured people, but you get the feeling it's really his job. His boyfriend, Saddam Hussein, on the other hand...
  • Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: Fire-and-brimstone depictions of Hell were frequently used in several cartoons, while others made reference to them. Some examples:
    • "Satan's Waitin'", a 1954 short starring Tweety Bird and Sylvester. After Sylvester crashes to the sidewalk while chasing Tweety, he "loses" a life and appears before a Satanic bulldog; behind him is a fiery pit, where several bulldogs are waiting to get at the puddy tat. As the cartoon progresses, Sylvester's "other lives" arrive in Hell as the cat continues to get clobbered while chasing Tweety. Eventually, Sylvester – realizing he doesn't want to go to Hell – stops chasing the bird ... but ends up there anyhow when two bank robbers blow up a safe using too much nitroglycerine.
    • "Devil's Feud Cake," starring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam. Here, clips from several past Bugs-Yosemite cartoons are cobbled together with alternate endings, all with Sam getting the worst end of things. After each "death," Sam appears before Satan, who wants Bugs' soul, and goads him into continuing after that varmint. When Sam dies (after being mauled by lions, in an encore of "Roman Legion Hare"), Satan offers "one last chance" to get Bugs, but Sam quickly dons a devil's costume and decides he'd rather stay in Hell! ("If you want him, you can get him yourself. I'm staying!" (Evil Laugh)).
    • Daffy Duck winds up in Hell in a last ditch effort to avoid being drafted in "Draftee Daffy." But the little man from the draft board even shows up there!
    • This is the Hell where the Warner Brothers and their Sister end up in the Animaniacs episode "Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled." It is where sinners are tortured by being thrown into lakes of fire, poked with pitchforks, and forced to watch reruns of The Facts of Life. True to Warner form, the kids proceed to torment Satan until he can't stand it anymore, culminating in freezing Hell over, leading to him kicking them out of Hell and into Heaven instead.
  • Futurama has Robot Hell, a Physical Hell built by the adherents of the Church of Robotology to hold any members who violate the oath of membership and sin. As soon as a Robotolgist sins, the red -and-horned Robot Devil will kidnap them and bring them to the red-painted walls of Robot Hell where they will suffer in lakes of fires while enduring cheesy musical numbers suited to their sins. In a nod to the inspiration of the pop-image of Dante's Hell, the robot underworld is located under an amusement park ride called The Inferno.
  • Hell Heck in Rocko's Modern Life starts out as a Fire and Brimstone Hell until Peaches removes the backdrop, saying that it's only for the tourists.
    • The episode "Heff in a Handbasket" plays the trope straight, but refers to the realm as "Beautiful, Lovely, You-Know-Where."
      Grandma Wolfe: I like it here! It's warm!
  • The Baskervilles was set in a literal theme park version of Hell. Called Underworld: The Theme Park, the place was run by a man who thinks he's the Devil called Nicholas Lucifer III who enforces a Good Is Bad And Bad Is Good over the whole place.
  • Teen Titans: Shows up in the season four finale, when Robin and Slade must descend there to save Raven's soul and Slade's mortal body.
  • Shows up in Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
  • This is the type of Hell in Squidbillies:
    Squid Devil: You are raped by fire all day! And the days are longer down there. You know what we have to drink? Fire, motherstuffer, that's what! And dinner? That's a root, that makes you thirsty for more flippin' fire! It's ridiculous what I have set up down there!
  • Miseryville on Jimmy Two-Shoes is heavily implied to be such (and was explicitly so in the pilot), with the citizenry composed entirely of demons, lava and fire being plentiful, and "misery" as the stand-in for eternal torment and suffering. However,it is a somewhat more tolerable version than most.
  • God, the Devil and Bob depicts Hell this way, although Satan has to keep an eye on it or people start slacking off. They once turned the entire fourth circle into a golf course when he wasn't looking.
    Devil: This is the fourth circle of Hell?
    Smeck: Hey, this is a tough course. Look at that fringe - I mean, you hit it in there and you're looking at a 10 for sure.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Bart Gets Hit By A Car": Bart appears to be ascending into Heaven, but after spitting over the rail (which he was told not to do), he gets sent to this version of Hell (though the Devil is purposefully depicted as scrawny). Bart gets sent back because it's not really his time, and he doesn't seem particularly concerned about avoiding this fate - shrugging off changing his ways.
    Bart: Is there anything I could do to avoid coming back here?
    Devil: Yes ... but you wouldn't like it.
    Bart: Okay. See you later.
    • "Homer's Triple Bypass": After suffering the latest in a series of heart attacks, Homer wakes up to say, "Oh, Doctor, I was in the most wonderful place with fire and brimstone."
    • "Treehouse of Horror IV: The Devil and Homer Simpson": After Homer makes a Deal with the Devil for a doughnut, he's sent to this sort of hell. There, Homer is sent to the "ironic punishments" department, where he is forced to eat thousands of doughnuts. However, because of his insatiable appetite, Homer eats all of the doughnuts ... and (with his body in a humorously bloated state) demands that Satan give him more!
      • A later Treehouse of Horror episode has Bart and Lisa be sent to the School of Hell, which is situated in a firy hell and where all students (including Bart and Lisa) have demonic appearances and learn about how to deliver properly ironic eternal torment to sinners. Bart likes it so much he ends up transferring there.
    • Rev. Lovejoy's sermons frequently allude to the fire-and-brimstone depiction of Hell.
    • At the end of the Bible Tales episode, the Simpsons discover that Judgement Day has begun while they slept through church, and the family are sent to hell together, shown as a staircase leading underground with fire coming out of it. Once they're descended, you hear Homer screaming in pain and horror, but it turns out to be because the barbecue down there was out of hotdogs, and they were serving german potato salad and coleslaw with pineapple.
    • In one episode, the Simpsons are at church on an extremely cold day and moan with delight as Reverend Lovejoy describes souls burning eternally in Hell.
  • Shows up near the end of the unaired House of Mouse short "Minnie Takes Care of Pluto."
  • In the 1960s The Adventures of Superboy episode "A Devil of a Time", Superboy spots a couple of crooks while wearing a Halloween devil costume. He pretends to be Lucifer come to grant them three wishes, and ultimately takes the crooks "home" with him to a volcanic crater in order to Scare 'Em Straight.
  • Appears briefly at the end of The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "Sven Hoek".
    Big Red Devil: So, you whizzed on the electric fence, didn't ya?
  • At the end of Tex Avery-directed MGM cartoon, Blitz Wolf, this is where Adolf Wolf winds up after getting killed.
    Adolf Wolf: Have I been blown to...
    A bunch of devils: Eh, it's a possibility.
  • A Beany and Cecil cartoon had Dishonest John controlling a genie, who was an inept goofball. As John's about to get captured, he wishes to go somewhere he can't be caught - and the two end up in Hell, in devil costumes.
    Captain: Now where the devil do you suppose Dishonest John got to?
    Cecil: Heck if I know!
  • Adventure Time features a dimension sustained by Chaotic Evil called the Nightosphere which is this trope. Apparently, however, the dead don't go there.
  • Family Guy:
    • "Holy Crap" has a scene where Peter imagines being in Hell where he meets Adolf Hitler, Al Capone, John Wilkes Booth, and...Superman, who's in there for killing a hooker.
    • In a brief scene in "Stewie B. Goode", Stewie is trapped in Hell, represented by a motel room with Steve Allen. Just as Steve starts to take off his shirt and says, "Alright, let's do this," Stewie wakes up, having had a near-death experience. Averted when it's shown that Allen just wanted him to help fix his shirt. Then Allen turns on the TV and discovers that they show nothing but Who's the Boss? reruns.
    • "Peter's Daughter" had a variant for dogs, showing Satan taunting the dogs by using a vacuum, which dogs are known to hate.
    • Goofy appears there in "Dial Meg for Murder" for being involved in the September 11th attacks.
    • After getting killed by Stewie, Vern and Johnny reappear, Vern as a ghost, and Johnny in Hell. Vern's explanation? "Johnny liked little boys."
  • Private Snafu: Snafu went there at the end of "Spies". Incidentally, the devil wore a lapel pin with a swastika on it. Also, we get a glimpse of Hell again in "Hot Spot".
  • An episode of the 90's cartoon version of The Mask has Stanley accidentally sell his soul to Satan, or "Bob" as he's called in the show, and The Mask ends up being taken to the Underworld, which is portrayed as this trope, filled with ironic punishments, such as nothing on TV except daytime talk shows, everyone being forced to wear polyester clothes, and the food consists of lima beans, rice cakes and lettuce. Thankfully, The Mask manages to get his soul back by beating Bob in a dance off.
  • The Real Ghostbusters episode "Hanging By a Thread" shows the Ghostbusters visiting Hell depicted as this, and with caves and lava (or maybe blood) rivers.
  • Tom and Jerry: In "Heavenly Puss," Tom is apparently killed and is unable to gain passage on the Heavenly Express due to his constant persecution of Jerry. He is given a chance to redeem himself by getting Jerry to sign a certificate of forgiveness but he only has an hour to do it, or else. Tom is shown a monitor which shows a fire-and-brimstone Hell with a devil version of Spike the bulldog calling out "Give him to me now! Send him down!" In the end, it turns out to be All Just a Dream.
  • King of the Hill: Parodied in "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Hill". Peggy gets a job as a teacher at a Catholic school by lying about being a nun. One night, Peggy has a nightmare in which she gets sent to Hell and suddenly the flames die out. That's when Hank comes in to service the tanks.
    Hank: It's a clean-burning Hell, I tell you what!
  • In Disenchantment, Hell exists as a literal underworld, accessible by a Hellevator. Suitably volcanic and ruled by Satan, with a strict hierarchy of demons who can be promoted or demoted at his whim. Damned souls are each subjected to their own Ironic Hells in cells where they are forced to endlessly watch projected scenes from the worst moments of their lives — with the popcorn forever out of reach.
  • The Betty Boop short "Red Hot Mamma" has Betty wanting to be somewhere warmer, but ends up wandering through hell.

Thank you for staying with us this Duration: ETERNITY here at Hell bar and grill resorts.
For our entertainment today, you have been selected for the red hot poker experience
and hot peel, with complementary sulphur, acid and salt for your skin, scalp and face.


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"The Goddess of Spring" portrays the realm of Hades as a fiery pit populated by demons, Hades himself asking the titular goddess to rule it as his Queen.

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