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La-la-la-la-laaaa-laaaa, Home for Infinite Losers!

"Janine, call Goz and Mez! And Mr. Cell? Enjoy the barbecue in Hell."
King Yemma, both metaphorically and literally
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HFIL is a CGI-animated webseries created and produced by Team Four Star, with animation provided by animator/Perfect Cell enthusiast DevilArtemis. It is a spinoff/sequel series to Dragon Ball Z Abridged, akin to their other DBZ-themed webseries, Dragon ShortZ.

Roughly a year after his demise at the hands of Gohan's Father-Son Kamehameha, Perfect Cell reaches the end of the line to King Yemma's office in the afterlife, is deemed immeasurably sinful, and is sent deep into the bowels of Hell... except it's not quite the Hell one would expect. Given the recent string of "morally-compromised malefactors" with power levels way, way higher than the usual evil souls that go to Hell, its overseers—the twin demonic bodybuilders Goz and Mez—had to make a special place for such people to (hopefully) rehabilitate... especially after a certain spiky, long-haired Saiyan broke their soul-scrubbing machine.

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Welcome to HFIL! Short for the Home For Infinite Losers, this cul-de-sac deep in the bowels of Hell is home to the biggest baddies the world of DBZA has to offer... and also Raditz. Oh, and the former Namekian Grand Elder (Super Kami) Guru. Unable to utilize the full potential of his Perfect form due to a Ki-supressing ankle bracelet, and stuck sharing a house with the aforementioned Raditz and Guru, Cell must now adjust to his new suburban (after)life and deal with all the shenanigans that entails... and perhaps even be deemed good enough to leave.

The first episode, Cell in a Hell, was released on March 19, 2021 as a part of TeamFourStar's Spring Showcase that day.


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HFIL provides examples of:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Even Freeza's amused by Cell's crack at Vegeta about being responsible for Cell looking like a "greased up bug man that smells like patchouli."
  • Adaptational Badass: By the HFIL's own rules, Guru has gone from a pressumably small power level (largely due to old age), to being at least as strong as Raditz.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: In canon, Burter didn't have an established sexuality. While DBZA revealed that he was gay, it was through a flashback that Vegeta had of talking to Guldo, and the only other time we saw Burter in the show, the focus wasn't on him. Episode 2 of HFIL is the first time that we as the audience hear Burter admitting to everyone (quite proudly, in fact) that he's gay.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Like in the Abridged Series proper, Super Kami Guru is this due to causing Namek's drought and the genocide of the Albino Namekians, which is why he's in Hell.
    • Possibly the case for the frog that Ginyu swapped bodies with on Namek, assuming Jeice is correct that the only way Guldo could be right is if the frog itself was evil enough to be damned to HFIL. Subverted when it's revealed that the frog is perfectly innocent and was simply sent to Hell in Ginyu's place before King Yemma could verify the switch.
  • Affably Evil: Goz and Mez are both upbeat and energetic. Cell, Dodoria, and Zarbon have a very amiable first meeting. The Ginyus were willing to do their favorite dance to make Cell feel welcome (much to Cell's dismay). Super Kami Guru even greets Cell in a friendly, jovial way. Freeza, on the other hand...
  • Amusing Injuries: Due to the soul bodies' nigh-invulnerability, they can be subjected to insane amounts of abuse, like Goz and Mez clubbing Cell and Freeza when they argue with each other. All the physical punishment is, for the most part, Played for Laughs as a result.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Cell tries to do this to get his monitor off, but souls are basically indestructible. Somewhat of a Justified Trope since Cell has From a Single Cell healing powers, and has had limbs (and even his head!) removed before, such as the "Cell Vs." series that TFS made and his matches against Vegeta, Goku, and Gohan.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In Episode 2, Cell gives one after he hints to Freeza that he knows how he really died, which Freeza had been purposefully vague about during the Sharing Circle.
    Cell: You know, while we’re on the subject, what planet did you die on again? I don’t remember. Was it Namek, or Earth?
  • Armor-Piercing Response: In Episode 3, Cell (again) gives one after Freeza tells him that no one else in HFIL would believe the former if he were to tell them who really killed the latter (the teenaged son of the much-maligned Vegeta). Cell's response which shuts Freeza up almost completely?
    Cell: Why not? You do.
  • Ascended Extra: While he was a rather minor character in the original Abridged series, Raditz is now a primary character in this series living as Cell's roommate alongside Guru.
  • Break the Haughty:
    • In the first episode alone, Cell is beaten, tossed around, forced to endure the Ginyu Force's twerking, and gets his neck snapped by Freeza, who he derided moments before as being much weaker than he is. After that he finds that he doesn't have his own house- he's rooming with Raditz and Super Kami Guru. Even the episode's thumbnail shows him being manhandled by Goz and Mez.
    • Cell is able to turn it around on Freeza in the second episode by revealing he knows exactly how Freeza died during the sharing circle, which sends the warlord on the defensive in their argument. Then it becomes an Exaggerated Trope in the third episode when Cell tells Freeza exactly who his killer is...or more specifically, who his killer's father is.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Cell may have his ki suppressed, but he still has the accumulated fighting experience of all those that comprise his genetic makeup... and Vegeta. This allows him to easily trounce the four members of the Ginyu Force at once, despite them being otherwise even on a physical level.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Raditz returns to the Abridged universe after his arc in season 1 of the previous series, that of him roaming the afterlife after breaking out of hell, was dropped. HFIL reveals his efforts crashed and burned shortly after breaking out. Super Kami Guru as well, due to being condemned for drinking all of Namek's water and shifting the blame on the albino Namekians, causing the other Namekians to commit genocide.
    • All the main characters save for Cell count—the last time any of the core cast appeared in DBZA was very, very early season 3 (four days shy of eight years prior to the episode's release in real time, and four years in-universe), and that was just Freeza. It's been even longer for the rest of them, since the most recent additions before that was Super Kami Guru, sent there at the tail end of season 2.
  • Call-Back:
    • While discussing why HFIL was even made, Goz mentions that "that Radish guy" ruined their water feature, referencing Episode 4 of DBZA, where Raditz had evidently turned what was originally a fountain of water into a fountain of blood.
    • HFIL itself is an expansion to the idea of the "camps" that Goz sinisterly referred to in his Episode 29 cameo.
    • In DBZA episode 4, King Yemma said Raditz kicked him in the balls and escaped after arriving in the afterlife. Episode 2 here shows the immediate aftermath.
    • Because nobody has any respect for Guldo, he finds himself Locked Out of the Loop on a lot of things; this includes the Dragon Balls in DBZA Episode 19 and patchouli in HFIL Episode 2.
    • Cell went out singing his own version of 'My Way,' implying he has no regrets with how he lived and died. He flat out tells Freeza that while he's not proud of his death, he sees no reason to be ashamed of it either.
    • Jeice and Burter are once again on commentary for the Dodgeball match in episode 3, just like back in DBZA episode 19. Burter even says the trope name itself.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Freeza shows no remorse for the atrocities he committed in life, and outright revels in them.
  • Cassandra Truth: Guldo figures out that "Ginyu" is really a frog their captain swapped bodies with but the rest of the team don't believe him due the ridiculousness of a frog being evil enough to be damned to hell. Episode 6 reveals that Guldo was right but the frog was an innocent victim of an uncaring Celestial Bureaucracy, and the other Ginyus admit they were in denial about the captain not really being Ginyu.
  • Celestial Bureaucracy: The reason why Ginyu-in-the-frog wasn’t able to be understood by King Yemma? Their translator apparently got laid off due to budget cuts.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • So far, only Goz and Mez' Affably Evil attitude and Germanic accents remain. There's no trace of them originally being Hanz and Franz parodies nor is the idea that the place they put the Ginyus was a concentration camp in Goz's cameo in Episode 29.
    • Raditz's smug Proud Warrior Race Guy attitude and overinflated image of himself has been broken down by his time in HFIL to the point where he's now a broken-down and jaded Deadpan Snarker who's painfully aware of his status as a small fish in a big pond. We actually see the beginning of his (literal) fall into the rut he's in now in Episode 2.
  • Code Red: King Yemma declares Code Orange after reading just what Cell did in his first form.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • When Raditz is getting ready to feed Guru, he's setting up a large hamster water tube. Guru, like all Namekians, only consumes water, not solid food (and is the primary reason he's in HFIL).
    • In that very same episode when Cell explains his origins and that his father was "a brilliant scientist" the camera quickly and briefly cuts to Raditz showing a sudden spike in interest, referencing the old Ocean dub of DBZ where Bardock was also a brilliant scientist.
  • Crazy-Prepared: The higher ups thought out everything when they came up with the HFIL idea. Malcontents have insane power levels? Use a Power Limiter to keep them from accessing the energy that makes them that strong. They try to break said limiter? It's indestructible. They get desperate enough to take off their leg so they can remove the bracelet? Won't work because the souls are indestructible. Somehow manage to escape? Bracelets have trackers so you won't be gone long. Goku used a seldom-explored cave to escape HFIL during his time in the afterlife? Block off the cave so nobody else gets out!
  • Dark Secret:
    • Raditz becomes visibly terrified when he thinks Cell might recognize him, understandable considering that his position at HFIL's bottom rung would become even worse if it got out that he was Goku's brother. Especially if Freeza found out.
    • Freeza learns that he was killed by Vegeta's son, something he would never live down if it was reveal to the others.
  • Did You Actually Believe...?: Raditz expresses mild disbelief that Cell thinks the Ogres would give them tools that they could potentially use to remove the ankle monitors.
  • Dodgeball Is Hell: Therefore it only makes sense that they play dodgeball in Hell. At the end of Episode 2, after Goz and Mez stop Cell and Freeza from coming to blows, they decide that everyone needs to "release some tension" and declares they will play dodgeball tomorrow. Episode 3 is that very match.
  • Double Entendre: Zarbon keeps doing these by accident, but at least he's aware of it. Burter, on the other hand, does it on purpose.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: Cell's arm cocks like a shotgun as he prepares a ki blast to kill Goz and Mez. Fortunately, the ankle bracelet made it so only a puff of smoke came out of the blast.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • Freeza's insistence on remaining evil, thus ruining his chances of getting out of Hell, is quite ironic considering that in the original series, he was brought back to life twice and was alive when the first episode came out.
    • In "Frognapped", after the Ogres reveal to the Ginyu Force that their captain's body has a frog's soul in it, the members celebrate believing this means Ginyu himself is still alive. Unfortunately for them, Vegeta is "eight for eight" in the Abridged canon, and the stinger shows he was dumped in the soul scrubber because they didn't know about the swap until it was too late.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Episode one has Freeza snap Cell's neck and him to revive later, seemingly setting up Resurrective Immortality to be in play as a source for jokes... only for it to be later revealed the next episode that the residents have bodies that are pretty much indestructible that they can't even break even if they tried. It’s minor, but Episode one is the only one in which Raditz is seen wearing a scouter.
  • Eating Optional: No one in HFIL actually needs to eat or drink, but many do anyway for one reason or another.
  • The Eeyore: Thus far, Raditz. He seems depressed and has been in HFIL the longest, and is the only one of the cast whose personality seems to have changed since his death. The only time he shows anything more than resignation is when he thinks Cell recognizes him. Episode 2 shows that he was more like his canon self in the past, but multiple failed escape attempts, plus the Freeza Force's goons using him as a chew toy even with the inhibitors, have made him the resigned, cynical, and bitter man he is today.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In the post-credits scene in Episode 4, Guldo mentions that he has a wife who he misses very much.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: After one of Guldo's pranks in episode 5 douses Cell with white and purple paint, Freeza bears witness to it and is legitimately offended, mistaking it for "whiteface". Considering one of his most notable traits is being a genocidal racist, however, pot calling the kettle black is very much applicable here.
    "Well that's just racially insensitive."
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The good is, admittedly, only relative because it's Freeza we're talking about, but he is absolutely floored when Cell tells him he's not going to tell the rest of the group that the super saiyan that killed him was Vegeta's son knowing full well it would completely destroy him.
  • Eviler than Thou:
  • Exact Words: Freeza does this when talking about his death where it sounds like he is talking about Goku, but is really talking about Trunks. It works on most people but not Cell because he knows exactly how Freeza died and realizing Freeza didn't want others to know caused Cell to happily allude to it.
  • Eye Take: King Yemma does this while going over Cell's sins...just from the first form alone.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Freeza, in contrast to the other residents of HFIL. He maintains his typical thin-veneer of politeness masking murderous insanity.
  • Feels No Pain: Averted. The souls of the villains may be physically indestructible, but their bodies still feel pain as they ordinarily would even if nothing can break their skin. Raditz discovered this the same way he discovered how their bodies are Nigh-Invulnerable.
  • First-Name Ultimatum: King Cold usually calls Freeza by several endearing nicknames, but scoldingly calls him by his name when Freeza was deliberately going to let Cell hit the ground in the Trust Fall exercise. Freeza doesn't catch on at first.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • If you look carefully in scenes before he tries to fry Goz and Mez, Cell's already wearing the ankle monitor.
    • At the end of Episode 6, King Cold shows up at Freeza's house with the ogres as a cliffhanger. One detail is that he isn't wearing an ankle monitor, like the other MCM's. Episode 7 establishes that not only is he not an MCM, but he is effectively the ogres' boss.
    • Near the start of Episode 7, Cell visits Raditz's bedroom to look at his wall chart of who has been in HFIL. In the background you can see a display case containing his old Saiyan battle armor, including the hole through which Piccolo fired the Special Beam Cannon which killed him. Close by is a framed picture of Bardock.
      • The wall chart itself is an FFB, in that it details both the history of who has been in HFIL and Raditz's written observations about them. Dodoria's photo has "DORI" written on it along with a heart symbol. Freeza's photo has "ASSHOLE" written on it. A photo of Nappa bears several question marks, implying that he disappeared from HFIL when he was inadvertently wished back to life. Cell's has "RELATED?" across the picture. And King Yemma's has "MAHOGANY?".
  • Fun with Acronyms: HFIL, of course, stands for "Home For Infinite Losers". Furthermore, the term "Morally-Compromised Malefactors" is referred as "MCM".
    • And King Cold's official title in his managerial position is "Honorable Atonement Director and Enrichment Specialist", or HADES. Cell lampshades the trend by this point.
      "And that acronym is more tortured than we are."
  • Graceful Loser: Cell takes his death at Gohan's hands (and the others subsequent mocking of it) quite well, at least compared to Freeza, who's noticeably embarrassed and vague when asked to re-state how he died.
  • Gratuitous German: Goz and Mez alternate between German words/exclamations and English seemingly by whim. At first, Cell was irritated and pointed out that they could just say it in English instead of translating after the fact. By DodgeBall Z, he's starting to get into it himself.
    "Danke!"Translation 
  • Groin Attack: Poor Zarbon suffers one in DodgeBall Z when Dodoria lures him into making an innuendo before shooting the ball with a ki blast from her mouth. There's an audible cracking sound as Zarbon is knocked out of his monstrous form and falls to his side while holding his abused groin with Blank White Eyes. He receives no sympathy from Burter:
    Burter: That means Zarbon is eliminated! And both teams are down a member! Or in Zarbon's case, two members.
    Zarbon: (In a wheezy whine) F**k you, Burter...
  • Hated by All: Nobody in HFIL likes Vegeta. This is due to him killing most of them (the Ginyus, Dodoria, Zarbon) and/or just finding him an insufferable Jerkass who has (against all odds) managed to not stay dead.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: During "Sharing Circles of Hell", Burter describes himself as "gay as sunshine".
  • Heel–Face Turn: King Cold not only "graduated" from HFIL but he did so impressively there that he was offered a high ranking managerial position.
  • Hypocritical Humor: A meta one, but in ep 2 when Freeza and Cell start arguing. Freeza claim Cell owes his Perfect form to him. But then you remember that, at the time at his death, Freeza was a cyborg and barely holding himself together when his sample was taken. Even moreso in the Abridged version where he kept glitching out on occasion.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Jeice is very aggravated that Goz and Mez won't let anyone have beer, leaving the Ginyu Force to use Shasta soda for their beer games.
    Burter: I prefer Sprite.
    Jeice: And I prefer beer!
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: HFIL is apparently so dull when people aren't at each other's throats that eating is done to pass the time.
    Cell: Hold on. Are you eating? Do we need to eat?
    Raditz: No, but it helps pass the time.
    Cell: Fuck it. I'm down. Where the bowls at?
  • Insistent Terminology: Mez objects to Goz calling Cell and the other residents as "villains", since HFIL is partially meant to be a rehabilitation area.
    Goz: Oh, right. I meant "morally-compromised malefactors".
  • Insult Backfire: Freeza tries to rattle Cell by mocking the fact that he was killed by Gohan, a young boy. Cell is surprisingly humble about it, preferring not to get worked up about it. He then starts subtly mocking Freeza for his defeat by Trunks, which does land on insulting the latter.
  • Just a Machine: Discussed when Freeza begins escalating the argument in response to Cell bringing up his death. This is what manages to get Cell legitimately angry instead of arrogantly mocking or annoyed by his surroundings:
    Freeza: (Jumping to his feet and knocking over his chair) At least I'm my own person who made my own choices! You're just a test tube robot dutifully following the orders of its creator!
    Mez: Okay! I zink we should sit back down and-
    Cell: (Stands up) You want to see me make a choice right now, Freeza? Because I'm about to make one all over your face!
  • Kavorka Woman: Dodoria, despite her traditionally Gonk-like appearance, once described herself as "the most beautiful and fertile woman on [her] home planet." And her "experience" is further alluded to in DodgeBall Z when she shoves the whole ball in her mouth and can still talk semi-clearly.
    Jeice: How is she still so articulate?
    Burter: Maddeningly skilled tongue.
  • Karmic Reform Hell: The eponymous Home is one, being a cul-de-sac meant to help the "morally-compromised malefactors" with high power levels of TFS' Dragon Ball Z Abridged rehabilitate after Raditz broke the soul scrubber.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • After all the evil things that the cast have done, they've certainly earned all the injuries and humiliation they receive in HFIL. Mainly from one another.
    • Case in point, Cell constantly getting harassed, stalked, bitten and creeped on by Captain Ginyu is exactly how he treated Android 17 and especially 18. He even lampshades it.
      Cell: I do NOT like being on the receiving end of this!
  • Left the Background Music On: Cell can be heard humming along to the BGMnote  at the beginning of Episode 2 with increasing intensity as he makes his...
  • Life or Limb Decision: Cell tries this in Episode 2 with a pair of garden shears on his leg, only for them to break. Raditz says that's one of the first things he tried.
  • List of Transgressions: King Yemma takes a look at Cell's, and quickly realizes that it is quite a Long List. He doesn't even get past the sins from his First Form alone.
  • Literal Metaphor: King Yemma tells Cell to enjoy the barbeque in hell before sending him to HFIL. Normally, this would mean burning in hell, but there is a literal barbeque going on in HFIL.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Downplayed, but Cell is the only character in the series to have not been to space before in life, but he does have knowledge of the cosmos, his genetic donors and their races. He acts with bewilderment when Raditz fails to find familiarity in a cow, asking if it's anything like a space cow.
  • Malicious Misnaming:
    Freeza: Listen, Bell...
    Cell: It's "Cell" and you know that.
  • Mood Whiplash: Up until Freeza and Cell talk for the first time, the whole series and concept of Cell in Hell with other DBZA villains was mostly played for laughs. Then Freeza shows exactly why he's in hell.
  • Mugging the Monster: Cell dismisses Freeza because his power level is substantially greater than Freeza's. Unfortunately, the Ki-inhibitors place them on an even playing field and Freeza happily takes advantage of that to put Cell in his place.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The name "HFIL" and its acronym "Home For Infinite Losers" come from the original Bowdlerised dub of Dragon Ball Z (they had to change it due to standards and practices not allowing Hell in a show aired on a Cartoon Network block).
    • Freeza notes he has no idea how his species reproduces and that he never met his mother. This is a reference to how Freeza's race seems to be a One-Gender Race and there is never any explanation of how they reproduce.
    • Raditz perks up when Cell mentions that his father was a brilliant scientist. This is a reference to how the Ocean dub claimed that Bardock, Goku and Raditz’s father, was a brilliant scientist.
    • At the start of episode 2, the song Cell is humming to himself is his canon version's Leitmotif.
    • The entirety of Cell and Freeza's argument, including the latter's tirade against the former's supposed perfection, is funny when one remembers that Cell owes a lot of his existence to the Executive Meddling of Toriyama's editor Yu Kondo, particularly his railroading of the Android Saga, and of Cell in particular into being more similar to Freeza, with multiple forms ending in a clean human-looking final form.
    • When Guldo and Recoome perform a tag-team dodgeball dunk, Cell's reaction is a near-perfect recreation of the German dub's take on Cell staring down Vegeta's Final Flash, complete with him merely yelling "Oh shit".
    • The above mentioned episode also has Freeza charging his dodgeball final attack at Cell, which, again is a near-perfect recreation of the scene where Freeza started charging an attack to destroy Planet Namek, moments before he realised Goku has a Spirit Bomb ready.
    • It's quite possible Cell's clean victory against the Ginyus in episode 6 is a reference to a certain video game. In Fighter Z the plot not only restricts everyone's power levels, much like the anklets, so everyone is roughly even but as characters Cell is a single fighter while the Ginyu force has all 5 members as a single character. Without Ginyu himself there they would technically be an incomplete character against a whole one.
  • Neck Snap: Freeza does this to Cell at the end of his rant, with his tail. Since they're already in HFIL, Cell revives no worse for wear.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: The souls of the dead are basically indestructible, meaning they can't just cut off their leg to get rid of their ankle bracelets that way. Raditz found out the hard way due to Freeza having the Ginyu force try to pull him apart. Which makes the above Neck Snap Freeza gave Cell all the more impressive. Notably this doesn't mean they Feel No Pain or they can't be hurt at all. Goz and Mez can overpower and knock out anyone who acts up too much, because of this trait.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Raditz complains about a lack of guard rails along Snake Way, which caused him to fall back into HFIL after he escaped the first time. Goz claims that they're on back order.
  • Non-Action Guy: Despite having a power level of 18,000, thus being much stronger than Freeza's average Mook and being powerful enough to break the Soul Scrubber like Raditz, Cui is mentioned as not being in HFIL because his greatest sin was hating Vegeta. Meaning that he likely never even exterminated a single planet while working for the PTO since Cell was admitted for absorbing several cities' worth of people on Earth.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: Cell after taking Goz's club to the head:
    Cell: I miss my mommy! She was a computer! S-sh-she went "beep"!
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: Cell can't tell if Goz and Mez are brothers, gay lovers, or both, and doesn't judge them for it, and that his intent to kill them is primarily because they're in his way and they have really terrible accents.
  • Overly-Long Gag: Once the Ginyus start twerking, they don't stop at all for the rest of the episode. Lampshaded by Cell.
  • The Place: The series takes place in the titular HFIL.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Dodoria and Zarbon are housemates in HFIL, close friends while not romantically involved. Goz calls them "[his] favorite platonic power couple".
  • Power Limiter: All the villains kept in HFIL are required to wear nigh-indestructible Ki-blocking ankle bracelets. It's why Freeza is able to kick Cell's ass despite Cell being many times more powerful than him normally, and why Goz and Mez are in control despite, well, all the worst, most powerful Dragon Ball villains being under their care even though they got humiliated by Raditz. Curiously, it doesn't affect Guldo's time stop power, which is speculated to be either psychic or magic in nature and thus isn't blocked by the bracelet.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Episode two has Cell and Freeza give ones to each other. Freeza calls him unoriginal and manufactured, who's never made a choice because all he did was follow his programming. Cell fires back that for all Freeza's pride as a terrifying warmonger, he was killed twice so far.
  • Red Herring: Episode 5 sees Cell getting constantly pranked, with Freeza seemingly being built up as the culprit due to being Cell's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis. As it turns out, the one responsible for (most of) the pranks was Guldo, as payback for threatening to rat out the Ginyu Force.
  • Resurrective Immortality: In HFIL, even death is not an escape. Freeza snaps Cell's neck as an unfriendly welcome, and Cell just wakes up on the street an hour later.
  • Rule of Funny: Pretty much the entire reason Ginyu and the Namekian frog are still body swapped. As by the logic of Freeza having his original body back, and the fact that we are dealing with souls and not bodies, Ginyu should follow suit. But then we wouldn't have many of the jokes that we do now.
  • Running Gag:
    • Since they're literally in Hell, or a specific division of it at least, Cell's gotten into the habit of saying "Why/What the here" instead of "hell."
    • Goz or Mez will say something (often in German) only for the other one to explain what it means. Cell always responds with "Then just say that!"
    • One person refuses to do chores. Another questions why they even have a chore wheel.
  • Secret-Keeper: Episode 6 reveals that Goz and Mez knew the entire time that Captain Ginyu now has the soul of an innocent frog and got condemned anyway due to a clerical error, but kept quiet because the Ginyu Force were just so happy to have their captain back that it vastly improved their behavior. That, and the upper management wouldn't own up to their mistake.
  • Self-Inflicted Hell: As Cell observed, the punishment of HFIL isn't the place, it's being forced to spend eternity with horrible, selfish, monstrous, and/or extremely irritating people (like yourself if you wind up there). And this is before Freeza decides to show Cell the pecking order.
  • Series Continuity Error: The dead characters lack halos over their heads, as opposed to how they did back in the abridged series (and canon). No explanation for this is given.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Cell is not sure if Goz and Mez are supposed to be "brothers, or lovers, or both"; much like Akbar and Jeff from Life in Hell.
    • Cell's statement that "Hell is literally other people" is a direct reference to Garcin's famous line from No Exit.
    • Episode 2 references William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, albeit somewhat misquoted.
      Freeza: Well, some are born into greatness, some have it thrust upon them. note 
    • Episode 4 reveals that the Ginyu Force have a Marvel vs. Capcom 2 cabinet.
  • Skewed Priorities: Cell has one on seeing Goz and Mez.
    Cell: Where am I? Who are you? And... why are you German?
  • The Smurfette Principle: Dodoria is the only woman in HFIL.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In episode 4, the Ginyu Force speculate on why Captain Ginyu has gone "feral." Recoome and Jeice believe that he must have suffered some immense psychological trauma before he died. Guldo thinks he just swapped bodies with a frog, something that the rest find ridiculous due to the implication that the frog was evil enough to go to HFIL. Episode 6 reveals the reason the frog was condemned was due to a hasty error in judgement on King Yemma's part out of sheer disgust for Ginyu's crimes and no one in upper management wanted to take responsibility for that screw-up. Also, the rest of the Ginyus admit they kind of knew but were in denial.
  • String Theory: Raditz has a pegboard in his bedroom where he tracks the pecking order in HFIL using photographs and strings, along with some notes on certain characters. He's also written some words in sharpie on some pictures, such as Nappa's having "???" scribbled on it while Freeza's appropriately just says "Asshole".
  • Suckiness Is Painful: Cell is horrified when the Ginyu Force starts performing their "Twerkarena" (a fusion of the Macarena and Twerking) dance, and it sets off his first serious escape attempt. Freeza later comments that merely seeing them practice said dance was "terrifying" and shudders in disgust at the thought. Keep in mind, he already knew how kooky they were in life. It seems they got even weirder in death.
  • T-Word Euphemism: Mez has to remind Goz not to call the residents of HFIL villains or "the v-word" because it implies that label is forever. Goz corrects himself by calling them "morally compromised malefactors".
  • Take That!: Goz and Mez describe the Ginyu Force as "taking to synchronized dance like the internet took to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen when they turned eighteen."
    Cell: Soooo, they'd been doing it for years?
    Mez: To a problematic degree.
  • Take That, Audience!: When Freeza mocks Cell for having an absurd power level, Cell retorts by saying that no one cares about power levels anymore, to which Freeza fires back with "We both know that's a lie.", an obvious jab at fans who still try to apply power levels to the constant Power Creep of Dragon Ball characters.
  • That Was Not a Dream: After getting neck-snapped by Freeza, Cell wakes up and thinks that everything was just a dream... until Goz and Mez show up.
    Cell: F**k.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: As Cell's getting choked out by Freeza, all Cell can say is that Freeza's "awakened something" in him.
  • Undying Loyalty: Not pun intended, but Freeza's minions still serve him even in death.
  • Verbal Salt in the Wound: In the second episode, Freeza laughs at Cell for getting killed by Gohan. Cell retaliates by not-so-subtly hinting at Freeza's humiliating dismemberment at the hands of Trunks, needling him with puns about how "dicey" it was - successfully pissing off Freeza for the first time in the series. He does it again in the third episode by guiding Freeza to the realization that he was cut into pieces by "Vegeta's overgrown sperm".
  • Villains Never Lie: Freeza accuses Cell of lying about his killer being the son of Vegeta. Cell gleefully informs him that he hasn't lied once.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Freeza does not take it well at all when he finally learns from Cell that the Saiyan who killed him was Vegeta's son from the future.
  • Villain Protagonist: The entire main cast (with the exception of Goz and Mez) is this, with Cell in particular being the main focus character.
  • Voodoo Shark: HFIL in this continuity exists to rehabilitate villains (who are Raditz's level or stronger) with two successes (Cui and King Cold) and no others in the years it has existed, which means that HFIL should be much more occupied than it is. As Episode 7 reveals, King Cold graduated from HFIL two years before Cell's arrival (during the Z-Fighters' training for the androids) and was offered a job in management. King Cold also casually informs Cell that he oversees "all of the HFILs", which suggests a more complex setup than the viewer has been shown.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 7. The reason King Cold isn't in HFIL is because he graduated. And the The Stinger suggests he's stringing the higher ups along so he can get everyone out.
  • Wham Line: King Cold casually reveals in episode 7 that There is more than one HFIL.
  • Wins by Doing Absolutely Nothing: Super Kami Guru wins the dodgeball match without ever moving or even waking up until the very end. For most of the match, the other players simply ignore him until he's the last player on Cell's team, but when Freeza tries to finish off Cell's team by taking him out, the ball gets caught in Super Kami Guru's considerable gut, which counts as a catch and allows Cell to re-enter the game. Cell then smacks Super Kami Guru awake as part of an enthusiastic thanks, causing Super Kami Guru to snort awake and causing his fat to rebound, launching the ball and hitting Freeza and then Cell, leaving Super Kami Guru as the sole winner.

 
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Even with all of his Ki restricted and unable to use the power he had while alive, Cell still has the combined knowledge of Z-Fighters to avoid being a pushover.

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