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

"Dean, 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:

  • 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.
  • Affably Evil: 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 gets turned Up to Eleven in the third episode when Cell tells Freeza exactly who his killer is...or more specifically, who his killer's father is.
  • 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.
    • After declaring a Code Orange, King Yemma calls for his secretary Denise, first mentioned in Episode 18.
    • Implied, but HFIL itself might be an expansion to the idea of the "camps" that Goz sinisterly referred to in his Episode 29 cameo.
    • In DBZA episode 4, King Yemna 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.
  • 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 Yenma 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 suddens spike in interest, referencing the old Ocean dub of DBZ where Bardock was also a briliant 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Freeza chokes out Cell and informs him of his status as an unrepentant, child-murdering, population-enslaving galactic tyrant, before neck-snapping him.
    Freeza: Welcome to the Home For Infinite Losers, loser.
  • 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 Yenma 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: So-ho-ho-ho averted. The souls of the villains may be indestructible but they still feel it when something hurts them. Raditz discovered this the same way he discovered how their bodies are Nigh-Invulnerable.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: If you look carefully in scenes before he tries to fry Goz and Mez, Cell's already wearing the ankle monitor.
  • Fun with Acronyms: HFIL, of course, stands for "Home For Infinite Losers". Furthermore, the term "Morally-Compromised Malefactors" is referred as "MCM".
  • 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...
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: During "Sharing Circles of Hell", Burter describes himself as "gay as sunshine".
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Guldo gets his chance to shine during Dodgeball Z by using his power to steal the single dodgeball on the field at the start and once more when it was on the opposing side.
    Guldo: (Holding the ball) Hello~
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 off. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: As Cell's getting choked out by Freeza, all Cell can say is that Freeza's "awakened something" in him.
  • 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".
  • 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 one success (Nappa) and no others in the years it has existed, which means that HFIL should be much more occupied that it is. At the very least, Cold, the Cell Jrs., and the Saibamen should all be there- but aren't shown to exist for reasons unknown.
  • Undying Loyalty: Not pun intended, but Freeza's minions still serve him even in death.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: King Cold is suspiciously missing from Episode 2 despite being mentioned, and presumably the series, despite the fact he should logically be there when Goz and Mez round up all the villains currently in HFIL.

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