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A stock phrase used when one character welcomes another (whether as a threat, sarcastically, or otherwise) to some kind of bad situation. For example, a cop welcoming the new guy to the precinct (a la RoboCop) or a villain threatening the hero (sometimes with a literal hell).

Often used to describe That One Level. Compare See You in Hell.

Examples of Welcome to Hell include:


  • Edge of Darkness (2010)

 Thomas Craven: Welcome to Hell!

 Manson: Where are you from?

Murphy: Metro South.

Manson: Welcome to hell.

  • Sydney White

 Rachel Witchburn: Welcome to Hell, skanks!

 Arthur: [greeting a returning Freddy] Welcome to Hell.

  • Quid Pro Quo

 Isaac: Welcome to hell. I'll introduce you to the staff.

 Pinhead: "Welcome... to Hell."

    • And again in Hellraiser: Hellworld

 Pinhead: Welcome. Welcome to Hell.

 Friar Tuck: Welcome to hell!

  • Men of War (not the RTS game)

 Nick: [to Keefer] Welcome to Hell.

  • Control Factor

 Lance Bishop: ...your little secret, that the devil doesn't exist any more. Because you and your people have taken his place. Here's my little secret. Welcome to hell...

  • Glory Glory

 Ellie: [returning to Silver Creek where they were raped] Welcome home, Widow, welcome to hell.

  • Kutumb

 Pratham: Welcome to Hell.

  • Inherit the Wind: E. K. Hornbeck, to Henry Drummond: "Hello, Devil. Welcome to Hell."
  • Diamonds Are Forever: "Welcome to Hell, Blofeld."
  • Nothing To Lose: "Welcome to hell, biiiiatch."
  • Paint Your Wagon: "Welcome to hell, Parson!"
  • The Rookie: "Well, welcome to Hell!"
  • Little Miss Sunshine: (Written) "Welcome to Hell."
  • Hombre Mirando Al Sudeste: Thought by Dr. Denis at the beginning of the movie.
  • Ratatouille: "Welcome to Hell."
  • A variant in Aliens: "We're on an express elevator to Hell, going down!"
  • The horror anthology Tales From the Hood ends with the host revealing himself as Satan and triumphantly welcoming the street gang he's been talking to with this phrase, as only a true Large Ham can.

Live Action TV

  • ER episode "Doctor Carter, I Presume"

 Dr. Melvoin: [to a fresh group of interns] You are wedges. The wedge is the most primitive tool known to man. That is you. You think you know what you're doing, believe me, you don't. Breakfast with your Senior Surgical Resident Dr. Benton will begin in 15 minutes. Dr. Benton is an intern's worst nightmare. He's smarter than you, he never eats, he never sleeps and he reads every medical journal no matter how obscure. He is the Antichrist. Beelzebub. Lucifer. A devourer of wedges. You will go to sleep at night wishing plague and pestilence on his unborn children and you will wake up every morning praying for his approval. You won't get it. Welcome to hell, ladies and gentlemen.

 Ee'char: My name is Ee'char.

Chief Miles Edward O'Brien: Miles. Miles O'Brien.

Ee'char: Hello, Miles. Welcome to hell.

  • Vecinos pilot episode

 Alejandra: Welcome to the Hell-Mouth. This, our new home!

 David Spade: Macaulay Culkin. [snip] Let me tell you something kid, you're cute, you got blond hair, everyone loves you, it's true. Here's the catch: I used to look exactly like you when I was 10. Oh yeah. This is where you're headed, buddy, welcome to hell!

    • In 2017, a song was produced under this title concerning men's worries and fears about being accused, with changing winds in the surrounding landscape, of sexual assault -- "Welcome to Hell", as sung by women speaking as having been there long before their audience.
  • In Scrubs, Turk does this to some visiting interns. JD also compares Dr. Kelso to the devil (calling him a Devil in Plain Sight when he gives his "I want you to think of me as your safety net" speech to them as he did in the pilot).
  • The writing on the door of the Sanctuary Base in the episode "The Impossible Planet" in Doctor Who.
  • The title character of Angel says this to the villain in the episode Hellbound after trapping him, immortal and paralyzed, in a tiny room (the irony being that the villain's motive was to avoid the more literal Hell, something he doesn't have to worry about anymore).

Live Comedy

  • Rowan Atkinson does a skit in which he is Satan and is welcoming the latest batch of souls to Hell. The opening line is "welcome to hell" (or close). He then proceeds to separate the souls into groups for their respective punishments.


  • Welcome to my Realm by Fireaxe. Interesting in that it is actually sung by the devil as he is literally welcoming people into Hell. And using the screams of the damned as backup vocals.

Newspaper Comics

 Asok: HA HA HA! THAT'S A GOOD ONE!...please tell me he was kidding.

Wally: Welcome to Hell, kid.

Video Games

 Vladimir Zakarov: He tells me you're here for Billie and Teko.

Inspector 'Tequila' Yuen: That's right.

Vladimir Zakarov: And that you'd walk through hell to get them. Is that right too?

Tequila: [nods]

Vladimir Zakarov: Welcome to hell.


Web Original

Western Animation

  Phantom Limb: Oh yes, apart from ‘Behold-the-Giant-Walking-Death-Ray’ speech, the ‘Welcome-To-Hell’ speech is my favorite.

New Media

Real Life

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