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"Ladies and gentlemen, I'm opening the first of its kind: a hotel that rehabilitates sinners!"
Charlie
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You know that old line of "when Hell is full" and all that? Well, Heaven has a solution to that little problem: annual purges of the population. It's not pretty (but then again, nothing in Hell usually is), but it gets the job done.

Until one day when Charlie Magne, the princess of Hell, makes an alarming announcement: sick and tired of losing so many of her people, she has set up a project to reduce the population of Hell another way: reforming damned souls and sending them to Heaven. Of course, this plan gets mocked as a pipe dream, but with a little support from a mysterious and extremely powerful demon named Alastor, known throughout Hell as "The Radio Demon", her girlfriend Vaggie, and her first client, a spider-like drag queen mobster/porn star named Angel Dust, her dream may yet become a reality.

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Created by Vivienne "Vivziepop" Medrano (of Zoophobia fame), Hazbin Hotel is an adult animated musical Horror Comedy web series centering on the exploits and misadventures of Charlie, the princess of Hell, her girlfriend Vaggie, and their first client Angel Dust as they try to reform the various types of demons that come into their hotel.

Watch the official trailer here. The final trailer can be found here.

The pilot premiered on October 28, 2019 and can be found here. Vivziepop have stated that she and her team have plans of making a full season, although they are still working out how to facilitate this. Ideally, they would like the show to be picked up.

A standalone cartoon called Helluva Boss, also by Vivziepop and set in the same Hell as this show, was released on November 25th, 2019. The trailer can be found here, and the pilot can be found here.

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  • Adorable Evil Minions:
    • Charlie has a pair of goat-like baphomets named Razzle and Dazzle. Though they don't really qualify as "evil" considering whom they work for.
    • Sir Pentious has his Egg Bois.
  • Aerith and Bob: On one hand you have names like Angel Dust, Vaggie and Crymini, on the other you have names like Tom, Baxter and Charlie.
  • The Afterafterlife: Discussed by Angel Dust during the limo ride back to the hotel. He wonders if Vaggie kills him, would that make him "double dead" and he'll go to "double Hell".
  • The Ageless: The damned don't age after they die and become demons, as Angel Dust and Alastor can attest to, having died decades ago.
  • Alien Sky: Hell has a permanently red sky and a large floating pentagram looms over the aptly named Pentagram City. Hell also appears to have a moon with a pentagram on it.
  • All Adult Animation Is South Park: Averted. While there's plenty of profanity and suggestive humor, any sex is largely implied and any drugs shown are never shown being used. It also lacks the Art-Style Dissonance that many shows or movies which play this trope straight do. It's closer to Sausage Party in terms of vulgarity and tone (appropriately, Medrano is a fan of that movie), in that it looks and feels like a typical family animated movie that happens to be for adults.
  • Alliterative Name: The titular Hazbin Hotel, as well as its original name the Happy Hotel.
  • All There in the Script:
    • The john that Angel Dust is introduced with in the pilot isn't named but according to a tweet, his name is actually Travis.
    • The demon with a TV for a head seen in the porn studio isn't named in the pilot but his name is Vox which was first revealed in a stream.
    • The pimp looking demon seen in the porn studio and who texts Angel Dust isn't identified in the pilot. His name however is Valentino and this was revealed in the prequel comic whose first seven pages were released a short time prior the pilot's premiere.
    • The pigtailed demon girl seen with Vox and Valentino in the porn studio is like them not named in the pilot. According to a post on Viv's Patreon however, this girl's name is Velvet.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Alastor claims he is simply helping out with the Hazbin Hotel for his own entertainment, as he thinks it will be amusing to watch the damned try to redeem themselves, only to fail repeatedly. Vaggie believes he has some sort of hidden agenda.
  • Anachronistic Soundtrack: Alastor is frequently accompanied by old timey music and sound effects reminiscent of the 1920s and 1930s, as befits his nature as the Radio Demon.
  • Animalistic Abomination: Many of the demons in Hell are straight up animal-like creatures or have animal features to varying extents. To name a couple, there's Sir Pentious, a demonic naga with multiple eyes all over his body, and Alastor, a deer demon with antlers and deer-like ears but is otherwise seemingly human-shaped.
  • Animated Musical: An adult animated series set in Hell that has musical numbers.
  • Anti-Antichrist: Charlie is the princess of Hell. She's also probably the nicest person down there and wants to redeem the damned so they don't have to be erased by the angels anymore to prevent overpopulation.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: A series of signs at the 666 News TV station read "Murder! Sex! Weather!"
  • Ascended Demon: The whole purpose of the Hazbin Hotel is this: reforming demons so that they could then ascend into Heaven.
  • Aside Glance: Tom Trench gives a brief one when Charlie starts singing.
  • Author Appeal: It's Vivienne Medrano, so expect bright colors, incredibly imaginative character designs, anthropomorphic animals, Noodle People, and musical numbers.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: There are multiple hangouts in Hell for damned souls to spend time in. They range from old-timey western pool halls, modern techno nightclubs, to all sorts of strip clubs and porn related locales.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: One of the locations shown where Charlie's interview is broadcast to is an old-timey western pool hall where a bunch of stereotypical mustache twirling villain demons are seen playing.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment:
    • After Charlie tries to sell the crowd her idea (in song), one demon pops up with what appears to be a huge smile and genuine appreciation for her performance:
      Demon: (awed voice) Wow... That was shit!
    • When the man who stole his drugs is crushed by a giant boulder out of nowhere, Angel Dust gasps in horror.
      Angel Dust: Oh my god! (beat) My drugs!
  • Beyond Redemption: Averting this is Charlie's whole goal with the hotel. She believes that "inside every demon is a rainbow" and that no one is irredeemable. However, next to no one is willing to believe in Charlie's goal of rehabilitating damned souls because no one believes sinners are willing to be good. Alastor even outright says that redemption is impossible for a demon, as everyone had their chance to be good on Earth, and the fact that they're in Hell means they've lost that chance.
  • Big Red Devil:
    • Among the various denizens of Hell, there are some that look more like the typical depiction of demons and devils. For example, Jeffrey Dahmer, on the poster for his cooking show, is depicted merely as himself but with devil horns and a devil tail.
    • Not so much big, but as befitting her status as princess of hell, Charlie's more demonic form has the traditional devilish red horns on her head and bright red eyes.
  • Black Comedy: As befitting a show set primarily in Hell, there's black humor in spades. The jokes range from Alastor remarking he hasn't been that entertained since the Stock Market Crash of 1929 while joyfully reflecting that there were "so many orphans", to it being revealed that there's a cannibal cooking segment on 666 News hosted by none other than Jeffrey Dahmer.
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: 666 News has a "cannibal cooking segment" hosted by none other than infamous Serial Killer and cannibal, Jeffrey Dahmer.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Charlie's musical number lumps in "Cartoon porn addictions, Vegan rants, psychic predictions" in with Roman crucifixions.
  • Brick Joke: During Sir Pentious' introduction, an Egg Boi wishes that his boss would shoot him with the latter's ray gun. Later, during The Stinger as Sir Pentious climbs out of the crater, the very same Egg Boi is revealed to have survived as he asks his boss if the latter will now shoot him with the latter's ray gun.
  • The Cameo:
    • Maxwell Atoms, creator of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, provides the voice for a number of characters. He voices the thief who steals Angel Dust's drugs, the guy who announces that Charlie's interview is live, and the top hat-headed demon who insults Charlie's performance during her interview.
    • Multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway actor James Monroe Iglehart voices the big lizard guy who incredulously asks "Is this girl for real?" and makes fun of her while watching her live from a nightclub TV.
    • Don Darryl Rivera, who's known for originating the role of Iago in the Broadway musical adaption of Aladdin, voices Travis the john who Angel Dust just sold his services to in the pilot.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The residents of Hell are almost all damned souls, sent to the Inferno for their actions in life, and they know it, some even taking pride in it. Many openly mock Charlie's hopes that they can become better people and ascend to Heaven, or the idea that they would even want to try and better themselves despite the potential consequences of not doing so, and Sir Pentious outright calls himself evil when he's about to fire his death ray at the Hotel crew.
  • Cast Full of Gay: The pilot introduces six characters who are meant to be the main cast as they run the hotel. Among them, Angel Dust and Vaggie are gay, Charlie is bisexual, Alastor is asexual, and Husk is pansexual. Outside of that, Sir Pentious's Egg Bois also express Ambiguously Gay behavior toward their boss.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Practically every character has a unique look to them. Even the background characters all have varied designs - in summation, nobody is alike in terms of appearance.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Fighting a brutal turf battle against Sir Pentious doesn't stop Angel Dust and Cherri Bomb from talking about the former's stay at the titular hotel.
  • City of the Damned: Pentagram City is the Capital of Hell, portrayed as a literal Urban Hellscape full of runaway drugs, crime, pornography and general debauchery.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Many of the characters curse frequently, but Katie Killjoy and Husk are the most foul-mouthed we've seen so far.
  • Color Wash: Hell is depicted as quite red, with some yellow, white, and black tints.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Angel Dust, keeping with his Too Kinky to Torture nature, displays this in his fight with Sir Pentious. It backfires from his intent as Pentious is too thick to get the innuendos Angel Dust is intentionally throwing and he’s unintentionally saying.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Charlie's method of "curing addiction" in her song includes forcibly ripping drugs out of an addict's hands and burning them in front of him while still singing.
  • Crapsack World: It's Hell, what do you expect? Almost every denizen is an unrepentant jerk and every year, the population is culled to hinder overpopulation. Charlie is the only demon who wants to find a more humane way of dealing with Hell's overpopulation. Meanwhile, Heaven is willing to enact these culls, makes no effort to help Charlie's efforts, allows people to be damned for things as minor as watching porn and being a screaming baby, and demons routinely enter the mortal world to do horrible things to innocent people at the behest of damned souls and nothing is done about it.
  • Crawl: During the news report covering the turf war between Sir Pentious and Cherri Bomb, the crawl below starts off by recapping the events but then gets off topic with the writer complaining about his personal life.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The fight between Alastor and Sir Pentious at the end of the pilot is over within seconds.
  • Curse Cut Short: Katie telling Tom to "suck it up, you little bitch" after dumping hot coffee in his lap is censored by the "off air" signal.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Charlie and Vaggie would count, as would some other female demons like Niffty.
  • Dark Reprise: The appropiately named "Alastor's Reprise" is Alastor singing more cynical rendition of Charlie's song, "Inside of Every Demon is a Rainbow".
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Seen in a pool hall during Charlie's interview, there's a number of Hell denizens who are the stereotypical mustache twirling villain type.
  • Deader Than Dead: Angel Dust jokes about going to "double hell" if he's killed, but Word of God in a podcast as well as in a couple of Q&A streams is that death in the afterlife is considered final, comparing it to like the "Final Death" in Coco. Characters in Hell or Heaven don't know what happens when they die so death is pretty much treated as final. Death furthermore is somewhere between Cessation of Existence and Death of Personality wherein the dead stop being as people. For the demons in Hell in particular, their dark and evil energy sips into the ground after they die and becomes part of the fabric and foundation of Hell, which is also why Hell is almost kinda alive with everything such as buildings having eyes and the like.
  • Deadly Euphemism: After describing Alastor, Vaggie says they should not get involved with him lest they get "erased". Considering most people in Hell are sinners from Earth who already died once, and that Demons have no idea where they go if they're exorcised, "erased" is more accurate than "death".
  • Dead to Begin With: Taking place in Hell, the vast majority of characters are deceased sinners who've become demons. Charlie stands out as a notable exception from the rest as she was born in Hell rather than being a dead soul that's been damned.
  • Deal with the Devil: Defied. Alastor tries to make one with Charlie to help with the hotel, but she manages to get his help by ordering him to by her authority as heiress to the throne with the option for him to leave whenever he feels like it.
  • Deconstructive Parody: The whole show is basically an animated Disney Princess musical - complete with colorful characters, saccharine musical numbers, and an idealistic message - except that said princess just happens to rule over Hell, and her kingdom is straining under all the violence, drugs, and sexuality that this implies.
  • Demon of Human Origin: Most of the demons in Hell are the souls of human beings who died.
  • Divinely Appearing Demons: Inverted with the Exorcists. They are angels yet look demonic in appearance, with a dark color scheme and large, ram-like horns. Their halos are about the only thing that lets you tell that they're actually angels.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Sir Pentious violates this rule with Alastor, which results in a Curb-Stomp Battle courtesy of tentacles through otherworldly portals.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: After Charlie announces her goal to open a hotel to rehabilitate sinners, she's met with a long silence. She awkwardly explains that she chose a hotel because hotels are for people to temporarily stay at while on their way to their destination. She's met with even more silence and at least one demon laughing at her vision.
  • Dragons are Demonic: A few of the background demons have vaguely draconic designs. One such example is a dragon-like demon in a leather jacket seen watching Charlie's interview in a bar.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • In the pilot, multiple characters that have been revealed for the series in promotional material, but have yet to be properly introduced at that point in the show proper, make some cameos:
      • Baxter can be seen among the silhouetted falling demons in the shadow puppet-like part of "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows".
      • Vox, Velvet, Valentino, and Rosie are among the inhabitants seen during the rest of the intro song.
      • Crymini is seen in the crowd watching Charlie's interview from the Radio Hack store alongside Alastor.
      • Lastly, Helsa and Mimzy appear during parts of "Inside of Every Demon is a Rainbow".
    • Early-design versions of Blitzo and Loona can be seen in the crowd when Charlie is pitching the Happy Hotel to 666 News. And another couple Hellhounds are in the Radio Hack crowd.
    • More than one pumpkin-headed demon similar to Jangle from Holidaze appears throughout the pilot.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Apparently. The poster for Jeffrey Dahmer's cooking show in the broadcasting room has a sticky note attached to it reading, "Who APPROVED this show?" As if even the denizens of Hell don't want much to do with Dahmer.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: A few of the demons in Hell are just straight up dinosaur demons.
  • Evil Is Sterile: Played With. According to a Q&A, sinners who've died and become demons can't have children as an added part of their punishment. Demons who're naturally born in Hell like Charlie and Imps however can have children.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Hell is frequently engulfed by violent turf wars between territorial crime lords like Sir Pentious and Cherri Bomb, both of whom are villains in their own ways. Considering it's Hell and nearly everyone is a damned sinner, every violent conflict between demons is technically an example of evil vs. evil. These conflicts are apparently commonplace enough for Katie and Tom to report it on the news in the same tone as you would a traffic backup or troublesome weather.
    • A particular example happens at the end of the pilot when Alastor mercilessly takes down Sir Pentious' zeppelin.
  • Expy: One of the background characters is a plant demon that looks very similar to Audrey II.
  • Face Palm: Vaggie's reaction to Charlie's overtly saccharine song.
  • Fallen Hero: Among those Charlie mentions her hotel would help out in her song, "Inside of Every Demon is a Rainbow", are "fallen super heroes". She sings this in a shot wherein she appears alongside two demons, one of which wears an obvious super hero costume, cape and all.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: Although presented as a sprawling densely packed city for the most part, what areas in Hell that aren't covered in buildings are depicted with volcanoes and general volcanic terrain.
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Apparently this is what Charlie thinks Heaven is like.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: Vaggie has lapsed into Spanish twice while angry - once while muttering "come mierda, malparido" in response to Angel Dust being...Angel Dust, and again when Alastor shows his face at the hotel when she refers to him with the phrase "cabron hijo de perra", which roughly translates to "eat shit, motherfucker" and "jackass son of a bitch", respectively.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Sanguine: Charlie is outgoing, optimistic, and determined to have her dream come into fruition.
    • Choleric: Angel Dust is reckless and easily prone to violence.
    • Melancholic: Vaggie, while supportive of Charlie, is a much more cynical and restrained.
    • Phlegmatic: Alastor has a generally nonchalant attitude, and wears a constant smile.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • During Charlie's melancholy opening number, when the shadow/puppet show about the extermination ends and we switch to the scene in Hell, one of the first things appearing is a "Fuck you, Heaven" graffiti.
    • During Charlie's opening song when it cuts to the demon overlords in the Porn Studio, a chat message between Angel Dust and Valentino demanding money of him can be seen, explaining what he was doing with the john he left before he got his drugs.
    • The billboard behind Angel Dust when he reacts to a thug who stole his drugs getting crushed by a boulder reads We couldn't think for a pun for our shop but we sell hard DRUGS!
    • The crawl during Katie Killjoy and Tom Trench's news report starts out relevant but rapidly goes off the rails into the writer complaining about his poor marriage and an orangutan at the zoo that he thought made a weird face at him.
    • In the Official Trailer, whenever it cuts to the scene showing Charlie's interview being broadcast on several TVs, there's always one playing The Dover Boys instead of the interview. In the actual pilot itself, the cartoon is instead seen playing on a TV in the nightclub scene.
    • The words "Radio sounds = stay away!" and "Do not fuck with him!", among others, are written on posters warning others of Alastor's reputation directly behind Alastor while he's watching Charlie sing. There's also a "for a good time" number in the same frame. Unsurprisingly, Hell's area code is 666.
    • In addition to his pupils briefly turning to radio dials when Vaggie threatens him, there's a single frame of Alastor with a Nightmare Face even more horrifying than he normally looks.
    • One of the axe-wielding maniacs during Charlie's song is a chubby woman in a old fashioned dress, possibly Lizzie Borden.
    • In one shot during Alastor destroying Sir Pentious' airship, you can spot a pristine white sphere surrounded by clouds in the sky. It looks suspiciously clean compared to the rest of hell.
    • The background goes through several changes in art style in "Inside of Every Demon is a Rainbow", including a change to 1930s-style black and white animation a la Fleischer Studios and Steamboat Willie.
    • At the beginning of "Inside of Every Demon is a Rainbow", Charlie walks by an arrow with the words Musical Logic on it.
    • When singing about the "puppy dog kisses, and cotton candy dreams", Charlie then throws the puppy off the Puffy Wuffy Clouds as she mentions them, its legs feebly waving to try to get back on.
    • When Alastor kicks a skull during his Villain Song, Niffty can be seen cleaning it up when the pieces land.
    • During Alastor's, ahem, counterattack on Sir Pentious, before one of his Egg Bois gets cracked harder than Humpty Dumpty, the word "#OUCH" can be read on their backside.
    • Charlie's cell phone is labeled "Hellphone Hah, get it?"
    • Hidden on the donut Razzle was about to eat is the "Loss" meme in the white sprinkles.
  • From Bad to Worse: Charlie's interview on 666 News starts out on a low note with Katie Killjoy being upfront about her contempt for the Princess of Hell, and only worsens from there. First Charlie's speech describing her project fails to impress anyone. Then her song makes her a laughingstock. Then her attempt to salvage the situation by naming Angel Dust as her first patron goes up in smoke when news breaks out that he's participating in the latest turf war. Finally, violence breaks out between Charlie and the news anchor, and the situation descends into chaos from there.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Katie Killjoy falls asleep during Charlie's speech and wakes up abruptly when Charlie bangs her fist on the table.
    • When Charlie finishes her song (standing on the news anchors' desk), Katie and Tom are leaning as far away from her as they can.
    • The crawl for 666 News quickly devolves into the writer complaining about his relationship problems and how mad his wife got when he banged their cleaning lady.
    • When Alastor kicks a skull aside during his song, Niffty can be seen rushing to clean it up behind him.
  • Gilligan Cut: When Cherri Bomb and Angel Dust are discussing whether Angel Dust will get into trouble over taking part in the turf war, Angel asks what one little brawl is going to cause. Cut back to the studio; all hell's broken loose. There are alarm sirens blaring and warning lights flashing, Katie and Charlie are wrestling back and forth and Tom is somehow set on fire.
  • Glamour Failure: During her song on the news, Charlie's appearance occasionally shifts to a more demonic one, with red eyes, jagged teeth, and even horns. Alastor's own appearance shifts sometimes when people aren't looking at him, such as when Charlie turns her back on him, as well as during Vaggie's backstory description of him, though sometimes Alastor also appears to use these transformations intentionally in order to intimidate people or to show off his power without actually needing to resort to violence.
  • Groin Attack: Katie Killjoy dumps scalding hot coffee in her co-anchor's lap when he makes a crude comment.
  • HA HA HA— No: Alastor's response to the first thing Angel Dust says to him.
    Alastor: And what can you do, my effeminate fellow?
    Angel Dust: I can suck your dick.
    Alastor: HA! No.
  • Have We Met?: When Sir Pentious turns up to attack the Hazbin Hotel:
    Sir Pentious: Hah! Well, well, well. Look who it is harboring the striped freak! We meet yet again, Alastor!
    Alastor: Do I know you?
  • Heaven: Although it has not been seen in detail, Heaven can briefly be seen in the skyline as a large white orb with a white halo-shaped ring when Alastor is destroying Sir Pentious' airship.
  • Hell: The main setting takes place in the infernal domain where sinners end up after death.
  • Hell Hotel: Inverted, as the Hazbin Hotel is the only hotel in Hell that tries to reform their clientele so they can ascend up to Heaven.
  • A Hell of a Time: Aside from all the things that make it a Crapsack World, Hell caters to every vice and fetish you can imagine, most of the background buildings are bars, brothels, casinos or nightclubs. You can even buy drugs from a vending machine.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Vaggie was a prostitute in life and has a stronger moral compass than Angel Dust. Angel Dust himself worked in the Adult Film industry and despite his crude behavior, is the first demon to step up for the redemption program. In secret, of course; he still needs to protect his hardcore gangster persona.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Right after the opening, a recently deceased human soul "drops" into Hell. He has just enough time to exclaim "I'm alive. I'm alive!" before getting run over by a car.
    • After telling Charlie that he wishes to help with the hotel, even for his own personal reasons, she asks Alastor for his opinion on rehabilitating demons:
    Charlie: So does this mean that you think it's possible to rehabilitate a demon?
    Alastor: (laughs) Of course not! That's wacky nonsense!
  • Horrifying the Horror:
    • While singing "Inside of Every Demon is a Rainbow", Charlie's face suddenly shifts into a demonic looking one with glowing eyes and horns, which causes onlooking demons to back away with looks of shock.
    • Charlie herself (who is Hell's princess just to remind you) is frightened by Alastor when he comes knocking.
    • The Exorcist angels are feared by the entirety of hell's demons due to their ability to inflict permanent death on them, the opening shows the powerful overlords Vox and Valentino hiding out from them during the purge.
  • Historical Domain Character: Jeffery Dahmer hosts a cannibal cooking show in Hell.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Kind of the reason Hell has an overpopulation problem in the first place.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Charlie goes for her interview, Katie Killjoy loudly tells her she "doesn't touch the gays" because of standards, but later roughly taps her on the chest repeatedly.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: After being threatened upon arrival at the hotel, Alastor makes sure the staff at the hotel (Vaggie especially) knows for damn sure that had he arrived with malicious intent, they wouldn't have been speaking to him at the moment.
  • I'm a Humanitarian:
    • Real life Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer the infamous Milwaukee Cannibal is understandably in Hell. He has a cannibal cooking segment on 666 News called the "It's Dahm Good! cooking show" and it's advertised as being "Guaranteed Cannibalicious!".
    • Zombie-like cannibals are featured when Charlie mentions cannibals in "Inside of Every Demon is a Rainbow".
    • During the aftermath of the most recent extermination, demons can be seen devouring the recently deceased and a meat vendor can be seen scavenging carcasses for product to sell. Nobody seems to notice or care.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: On the ride back to the hotel from the disastrous interview on TV, Angel Dust starts roasting Charlie and Vaggie hard enough to make himself get bummed out, so he starts to search for some form of liquor inside the limo.
  • Insult to Rocks: After Vaggie accuses him of making her, Charlie, and their whole operation look like a joke, Angel Dust counters that's wrong because jokes are funny.
    Angel Dust: No, no, no, babe. Jokes are funny. I made you look, uh...sad! And pathetic! Like an orphan...with no arms...or legs...uh...oh, with progeria! Great, now I'm bummed thinking about it!
  • Irony: Charlie is a demon who was literally born in Hell yet she's kinder and more optimistic than any of the demons who are former humans.

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  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Angel Dust pisses off Vaggie, she declares that she's going to kill him. However, Angel Dust asks how exactly that would work, seeing as how he's already dead and in Hell. Vaggie's eyes turning into skulls show that, as mad as she might be, Angel Dust is right.
  • Kent Brockman News: The 666 News has Tom Trench who makes blatant sexual cracks, Katie Killjoy who regularly assaults her co-newscaster, and a news crawl that focuses more on the writer's personal problems than actual news.
  • Killed Off for Real: Normally, since everyone's already dead, nothing can kill you in Hell. You can be horribly mutilated, but you'll pull yourself back together eventually. But weapons forged in Heaven can permanently kill the denizens of Hell, which is how the annual purge is conducted.
  • Kryptonite Factor: According to Viv in a podcast and a livestream, demons are extra resilient. They can be crushed, shot, and beat all the time and that really doesn't kill them. The only way demons can really die is by being killed by Angels or anything used by them like their spears. This has been kinda harnessed almost by the demons themselves wherein they save the remnants of whatever the Angels used in prior exterminations. There's therefore a sort of black market where the most powerful demons collect such things. Demons can thus truly kill other demons but only with salvaged Angel stuff.
  • Laugh Track: Alastor, befitting his status as the Radio Demon, is constantly followed in-universe by canned laughter, applause, etc.
  • Little "No": Alastor's answer to being offered a blowjob by Angel Dust is a small laugh and a no.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: The cast of characters includes a myriad of demons. Along with the more typical demonic looking ones, there are demons that could pass off as regular humans to varying degrees and demons that are more animal-like. The animal demons range from those that look a Little Bit Beastly, Funny Animals, to Animalistic Abominations. Then there are also demons that are just plain bizarre such as one that's an anthropomorphic chair and one that's an anthropomorphic jigsaw puzzle.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Many of the demons. Charlie has Cute Little Fangs and a small black-dot nose, somewhat like a dog's, and Alastor is mostly human except for his antlers.
  • Malicious Misnaming:
    • The original name for Charlie's project is the Happy Hotel. It's Alastor, who doesn't believe in the hotel's mission, who rebrands it with the less flattering title.
    • Katie Killjoy refers to Charlie by her real name, "Charlotte". Charlie objects and tries to correct Katie but the newscaster's response demonstrates that she doesn't care.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Katie Killjoy the news anchor demon is a general jerk who kills others' joy such as putting down Charlie's plans and pouring hot coffee on her co-newscaster's lap.
    • It takes a while to realize it, but it's certainly fitting that the first demon to opt for being redeemed and sent to Heaven is named Angel Dust. (Angel Dust is also a slang term for the drug PCP, so it's meaningful on multiple levels.)
  • Misplaced Sorrow: After Angel Dust gets his drugs stolen and the thief is squashed by a piece of falling rubble:
    Angel Dust: Oh my God! [picks up torn bag] My drugs! Damn it!
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Some of the demons who aren't Little Bit Beastly or outright Funny Animals are these. Some of these may be concealing something even worse.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Radio Demon's arrival at the hotel goes from solemn and melancholic to eerie and ominous to straight-up comedy in less than a minute.
  • Motor Mouth: Most of the lyrics to "Inside of Every Demon is a Rainbow" are sung ridiculously fast.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: Just as Alastor finishing his reprise of Charlie's song, the hotel doors behind him are suddenly blasted off. As everyone steps out to see what caused this, it's then revealed that Sir Pentious was the culprit behind ruining Al's number.
  • New Technology Is Evil: Downplayed. While not a direct personification, Alastor appeared in Hell decades ago (having lived as radio talk host, dying in 1933) and quickly toppled overlords who had reigned for centuries, then used the fairly new radio technology (radio was invented in 1895, but made widely available in the 20s/30s and probably took some time to reach Hell) to broadcast his carnage for all to listen.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Angel Dust's involvement with Cherri Bomb's turf war results in the hotel's already shaky name being dragged in the mud even further.
  • Nightmare Face: Shows up on a number of characters, most notably Alastor, who switches between a normal face and several nightmarish faces, sometimes deliberately to frighten people, but at times it may also be a case of Glamour Failure.
  • Non-Human Head:
    • Vox, one of the demon overlords seen in the porn studio in the pilot, has a television screen for a head that displays his face. There's also a background demon seen among the newsroom audience who has a television screen for a head as well.
    • The demon who calls Charlie's song "shit" has a hat for a head.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Played with: Angel Dust's long fur and tight suits can sometimes make it look like he has breasts due to Compressed Hair, which is useful when he dresses in drag. His sister Molly plays it straight.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: New souls apparently arrive in Hell by literally falling out of the sky onto the ground, which doesn't seem to hurt them at all, even when taking into account demonic resilience. One new demon is surprised to find himself unhurt after arriving in Hell this was, only to get run over.
  • Number of the Beast: Being set in Hell, the number 666 often pops up in one form or another.
  • Obviously Evil: Most of the residents of hell are visibly demonic, and most of them engage in - indeed, revel in - sinful evil behavior. Hell itself is full of gambling shacks, porn studios, and places that sell hard drugs. Sir Pentious even outright cackles about how evil he is, moments before being curb-stomped by Alastor. Among the main cast, Alastor revels in this, having a demonic appearance, creating ominous visual artifacts and glowing runes around himself, and constantly exuding an aura of malevolence, all of which is underscored by the overtly affable and polite demeanor of a 1920s radio personality.
  • Off-Model: While the animation is largely consistent, Charlie stepping outside to call her mother is one of the few scenes where the switch between animators is quite obvious.
  • Offscreen Crash: When Angel's client speeds away, we hear a car crash as soon as he disappears over the first hill.
  • Oh, Crap!: Practically painted on Charlie and Vaggie's faces when Alastor turns up at their doorstep.
    • Sir Pentious reacts this way twice - once when he sees that Cherri Bomb lodged a bomb straight through the window of his zeppelin, and again when she cracks open an Egg Boi, puts a bomb in his shell, and lobs the whole thing back his way.
    • Charlie reacts this way when the news shows Angel Dust taking part in the turf war - doubly so since this was after praising him for being the first demon to step up for the rehabilitation program:
    Charlie: Oh shit...
    Katie Killjoy: Oh shit indeed!
  • Older Than They Look: Many demons, like Alastor and Angel Dust.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: How Alastor's powers manifest. Fittingly, judging by the sounds and hand motions he makes it seems to work by "tuning" reality to what he wants like a radio frequency.
  • One-Winged Angel: Demons are all able to transform into a more monstrous and powerful forms. Occasionally, they cast their demonic form's shadow in their normal form.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Some (like Charlie) are born in Hell, while others (like Angel Dust) are evil humans who died. From there their form can come in any shape or size, from weird abominations to anthropomorphic animals to normal(ish) humans.
  • Overly Long Gag: The Crawl during the first 666 News segment. It starts off describing the story of the day, devolves into a furious rant at the writer's wife whom he cheated on, and runs for the entire length of the scene.
  • Overpopulation Crisis: You know it's bad when Hell is facing this problem. It's usually solved by annual purges, but Charlie wants to try to reform demons to send them to Heaven to solve the problem instead.
    Sign: Welcome to Hell, Population: A Fuckton.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Alastor is one of these, and says that you're "never fully dressed without one." Some of his smiles are fairly normal, but an awful lot of them are a Cheshire Cat Grin or, worse, a Slasher Smile.
  • Pet the Dog: Angel Dust, after making a crack about how they need to get more food for all the wayward souls in the empty hotel, realizes that Charlie is genuinely sad, and his expression falls and he actually shows genuine sympathy for her, though he doesn't know how to express it.
  • Pointless Band-Aid: After the fight with Angel Dust and Cherry Bomb, Sir Pentious' flying machine is covered in these; they seem to do nothing other than show how damaged it is.
  • Precision F-Strike: Charlie swears far less than most of the rest of the cast. When she does swear it usually has a pretty big impact.
  • Punny Name:
    • Sir Pentious the Snake Demon and his Egg Bois.
    • Angel Dust and his sister, Molly; both are slang names for drugs. As an added bonus, Molly's eyes have noticeably large pupils, an actual side effect of MDMA.
  • The Purge: To deal with Hell's overpopulation problem, Heaven sends angels once every year to kill off a portion of the populace.
  • Radio Voice: Alastor, the Radio Demon, always speaks in a voice that sounds like it came out of a radio from the 1920s or 1930s.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Not only in the traditional "if one joke fails, another is coming up in five seconds" sense, but the editing is comically breakneck-fast, with some cuts lasting as short as half a second.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: All over the place given that this is Hell, but it's especially prominent with Alastor.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: Along with an ominous-looking pentagram floating up above, the entire sky of Hell is completely blood red. It's one of the things which indicate the setting is an infernal realm.
  • Regularly Scheduled Evil: The exterminations apparently happen yearly, with a large clock tower counting down the days between them.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The reason Charlie's rehabilitation center is a hotel. As she puts it, hotels are for people passing through temporarily. Her goal being that demons spend a short time at the hotel before moving on to Heaven.
  • Rule of Three: Vaggie tells Charlie not to sing during her news segment three times. It doesn't get through to her.

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  • Scary Teeth: The vast majority of the characters seem to have mouths full of razor sharp chompers. Even Charlie's Cute Little Fangs turn into these when she gets her Game Face on.
  • The Shadow Knows:
    • Along with apparently being capable of moving, Alastor's shadow looks like a far more twisted and demonic shadowy silhouette of himself with noticeably larger antlers.
    • When Angel Dust catapults one of the Egg Bois into the air in the pilot, the shadow he casts on the street shows all six of his arms.
  • Shave And A Hair Cut: Alastor's introduction starts with him knocking this tune on the hotel's door, a natural choice as both are from the same time period.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The drugs vending machine sells Bojack and SQUIP.
    • The picture of Sir Pentious looking "Totally Radical" in the news report is a blatant reference to the 30 Rock scene involving Steve Buscemi as an undercover cop which has gained memetic status.
    • In the Official Trailer, The Dover Boys can be seen playing on a TV whenever it cuts to the scene showing Charlie's interview being broadcasted to the denizens of Hell. In the actual pilot, the cartoon is instead seen playing on a TV during the bar scene.
    • The clock that Niffy dusts looks very similar to Doc Scratch's God Tier clock.
    • There are actually two references to songs from Annie:
      • The "You'll be on Easy Street!" line and scene in "Inside Every Demon is a Rainbow" is a reference to the song "Easy Street". There's a nameplate that reads "Miss Hannigan" and the three demons that Charlie sings to are clearly meant to represent the three characters who sang the song with Daniel "Rooster" Hannigan represented by a literal rooster demon, Lily St. Regis represented by the bird demon in the dress and fur scarf, and Miss Hannigan herself represented by an early-bird cameoing Mimzy.
      • Later, Alastor tells Vaggie to "Smile, my dear! You know, you're never fully dressed without one!" He then hums the first few notes of the song "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" (which, in Annie, is played on a radio show).
    • Angel Dust has a pet pig called Fat Nuggets, whom he loves very much, and Charlie's real first name is Charlotte. Now, what other story have we heard of that features a spider being close friends with a pig, with one of the characters being named Charlotte?
    • One of the demons occasionally shown, such as in this shot, on the left, looks strikingly like Omnitraxus Prime from Star vs. the Forces of Evil.
  • Shown Their Work: The sigils that Alastor produces are actual representations of the symbols of the Haitian Vodun deities Loko, Kalfu, and Papa Legba.
  • Show Within a Show: A poster is visible in Katie Killjoy's TV studio for a cooking show hosted by Jeffrey Dahmer.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: No one really believes Charlie's plan will work.
    Katie Killjoy: What in the nine circles makes you think a single denizen of Hell would give two shits about becoming a better person?
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Most demons actually. Foul language is so common among the inhabitants of Hell that you could count the ones that don't on one hand. Which makes sense since, again, demons. Alastor is a notable exception, as befits his nature as a 1920s radio personality.
  • Sitting Sexy on a Piano: Charlie does this at the beginning of "Inside of Every Demon is a Rainbow".
  • Skull for a Head: A few of the background demons in the crowd scenes are depicted with skulls for heads.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Male or female? It doesn't matter when it comes to cartoonish violence.
  • Slasher Smile: Many demons have one when being particularly evil, Alastor especially, whose default expression is one. Even Charlie gives off some on occasion.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Charlie's opening song in the pilot is beautiful and befitting a Princess Classic as she cries over the death of her people. However it's juxtaposed with images of how little the surviving denizens of Hell actually care about it.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • Charlie Magne—Charlemagne.
    • If Charlie succeeds in her quest, the reformed demons will be Charlie's Angels.
  • Steel Ear Drums:
    • Played with subtly during Cherri Bomb and Angel Dust's assault on Sir Pentious and his Egg Bois: while they have no problem communicating with each other at a normal speaking level over what should be deafening gunfire and explosives going off around them, they do both cover their ears when a particularly large bomb is set to go off near them. And even then, they continue to speak normally as if said large explosion hadn't happened anywhere near them.
    • Judging by the cast's lack of reaction when Sir Pentious blows the door off the Happy Hotel (other than peeking out of the hole where the door used to be wondering what the cause of the destruction was), this trope may be played straight in Hell.
  • The Stinger: After the pilot's credits, a hilariously injured but still alive Sir Pentious is shown climbing out of the crater left in the aftermath of Alastor's curb-stomp handling of him. He's then asked by a surviving Egg Boi if he will now shoot the minion with his ray gun just before collapsing.
  • Tempting Fate: Charlie name drops Angel Dust as the hotel's first client to a skeptical audience at 666 News and then praises his good behavior over the past two weeks. Seconds later, the news cuts to a shot of Angel Dust fighting a turf war with Cherri Bomb.
  • Theme Naming: The various preview clips of the pilot are all named after something to do with musicals, the majority of which follow a Shout-Out Theme Naming. "The Spider in the Kinky Boots" clip is named after the Kinky Boots musical, the "Your Fault" clip is named after a song from Into the Woods, the "Let's Misbehave" clip is named after a song from Anything Goes, the "Morning Report" clip is named after a song from The Lion King musical, the "Something Rotten" clip is named after Something Rotten, the "Biggest Blame Fool" clip is named after a song from Seussical, and the "A Cautionary Tale" clip is named after a song from the Mean Girls musical. The "Inside of Every Demon is a Rainbow" clip is the only one that isn't named as a Shout-Out to any other musical but instead follows suit by being named after an original song from the very pilot itself which showcases that it's going to be a musical in its own right.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Charlie's Lame Comeback to Katie Killjoy's scorn goes as such: "Yeah, well, how does it feel that I got your pen, huh...bitch?" Unfortunately, it turns out that just so happens to be Katie's Berserk Button.
  • Title Drop: Alastor starts to refer to the hotel by the series name before Pentious shows up and interrupts him, and the pilot ends with him apparently changing the hotel's sign from the "Happy" Hotel to "Hazbin" Hotel.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Angel Dust's response to Sir Pentious having him tied up? "Ohhh... harder, daddy!"
  • Twitchy Eye: Vaggie gets one when Angel Dust is playing with the slider for the driver's compartment window in the limo after the mess that he caused.
  • Twofer Token Minority:
    • Vaggie is a Salvadoran lesbian. The former was confirmed by the creator in both a livestream and a tweet.
    • Alastor is asexual and of Creole heritage.
  • Un-Paused: The Radio Demon's first line gets a bit broken up courtesy of a door slam.
    Alastor: Hel-
    Charlie: (Slams the door in his face and does a Double Take before opening it again)
    Alastor: -lo!
  • Vice City: Pentagram City, the main location in Hell where the show takes place in, is presented as a metropolis where sex, violence, drugs, and any other vice is rampant and all on display without any shame.
  • Villain Song: Alastor sings a Dark Reprise of "Inside of Every Demon is a Rainbow".
  • Wicked Cultured: Alastor is this, and wants to spruce up the Hazbin Hotel as a result. Or so he claims.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: The rest of the Hotel staff after witnessing Alastor taking out Sir Pentious.
  • Wingding Eyes: Vaggie's eye briefly turns into a skull while furious at Angel Dust's taunting.
    • Alastor's eyes briefly turn into radio dials when he displays his Game Face.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: The advertisement for It's Dahm Good!, a cooking show featuring serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer, has a sticky note that says "who approved this show?"
  • World of Jerkass: The show takes place in Hell, so it's pretty hard to find a character who is a decent person, to say the least. The only exception to this is Charlie and maybe Vaggie.


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