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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 them 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.
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.
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.
Tropes that are in Hazbin Hotel:
- 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.
- 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.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The fight between Alastor and Sir Pentious at the end of the pilot is over within seconds.
- Cute Monster Girl: Charlie and Vaggie would count, as would some other female demons like Niffty.
- 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.
- 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.
- Face Palm: Vaggie's reaction to Charlie's overtly saccharine song.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Laugh Track: You can hear a faint one whenever Alastor finds something particularly funny (like when he mocks Charlie's dream).
- Little "No": Alastor's answer to being offered a blowjob by Angel Dust is a small laugh and a no.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.