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Mephistopheles
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Official art of Mephistopheles by Erica Wester.

Biographical information
Birth name Mephistopheles
Nickname(s) Meph or Mephi (fandom)
Title(s) Prince of Darkness[1]
Gender Male
Physical information
Height 6'4"[2]
Eye color Yellow
Hair color Red
Relationship information
Affiliations Hell
Sinnergy, LLC
Series information
Voice actor Neil Morrissey[3]

Bruno Sant'Anna (Portuguese)

First appearance Welcome to Hell film
Welcome to Hell comic (pg. 7)[4]
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Mephistopheles (sometimes referred to as "Meph" or "Mephi" in fandom) is a character in Erica Wester's comic and short film Welcome to Hell.

Concept and creationEdit

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CharacterizationEdit

Outward appearanceEdit

Mephistopheles wears a purple business suit and white undershirt with a flame pin, the logo of Sinnergy, on the left lapel. The suit's pants and shoes fade to black. He has orange colored ginger hair, with two triangular sideburns, similar bangs, and a goatee.[5]

PersonalityEdit

Mephistopheles is described as "affably evil" ━ he's a nice enough guy despite effectively being the devil (and would prefer that he not be called that).[6][7] He also believes the he has a better "workplace" than Heaven ("She only gives Sundays off..."[8]).

BackgroundEdit

Providence, another deity character, created Mephistopheles "with the intent to have some sort of soulmate".[9] He was created after the original angels, the only angels who were not originally human.[citation needed] A disagreement with Providence led to his residence in Hell. [10]

Relationship with Providence Edit

It has been alluded to that he has a history with Providence, who is absent in the comic but briefly suggested in the film.[8] His relationship with her was "pretty deep" before they split up. There are a lot of hurt feelings between them, but Mephistopheles holds more of a grudge than she does.[11]

Abilities and skills Edit

In the film and comic, Mephistopheles displays the ability to levitate and teleport. He also has control over his visibility, and can choose whether or not to appear to certain individuals.[12] "By default", however, he and other "deity characters" (like Providence) are not visible.[13] It is unclear whether or not this applies to all beings or just humans.

Appearances Edit

As early as 2007 , initial versions of Sock, Jonathan, and Mephistopheles appeared in online media published to Wester's social media accounts. Formal manifestations of their story began with the dropped 2010 to 2011 Welcome to Hell webcomic and later Wester's 2013 Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) graduation film, also titled Welcome to Hell. The short film is considered the authoritative version of events, i.e. "most canon".

Welcome to Hell webcomic (2010-2011) Edit

Main article: Welcome to Hell (webcomic)
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Sock and Mephistopheles in page seven of the webcomic.

Mephistopheles's first debut in Welcome to Hell's formal media was as one ofthe main characters of the Welcome to Hell webcomic, published through the social art website DeviantArt from May 26, 2010 to May 11, 2011.[14][15] Mephistopheles first appeared on page seven and Jonathan was never introduced. Sock appeared on each page.

It was left unfinished, with eleven pages and a "Daily Deviation" award for pages one and ten. Wester has expressed interest in continuing where the short film left off as a comic in similar format to the original.[16]

Welcome to Hell short film (2013)Edit

Main article: Welcome to Hell (short film)
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Mephistopheles introducing Sock to Hell.

Wester's senior thesis ("graduation film") at KCAI, the Welcome to Hell short film, was crowdfunded through the Kickstarter platform beginning January 1st, 2013 and was fully funded by January 31st, 2013.[17] It details a revised version of the events presented in the Welcome to Hell webcomic and from there elaborates on Sock's first days with Jonathan Combs. Mephistopheles assigns Sock to drive high-school age Jonathan to suicide .[18]

W2H2 short film (TBD) Edit

Main article: W2H2
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A "W2H2" storyboard by Neil Morrissey.

An upcoming installment of Welcome to Hell with no set release date will feature Sock and Jonathan, and presumably also Mephistopheles.[19] Wester is referring to it as "W2H2" until a title is decided upon.[20]

TriviaEdit

  • He shares his voice actor with the character Boss from the Bird and Fish animation.[21]
  • Wester was concerned that he sounded too much like Peter Griffin, a character from the American adult animated sitcom Family Guy.[22]
  • Morrissey adlibbed many potential punishments for Jonathan in Hell before mentioning off-hand The Hall of Crippling Phobias, which Wester enthusiastically adopted into the final cut.[23]

Posts for later development of pageEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Mephistopheles--Villian Meme by real-faker on DeviantArt
  2. Welcome to Hell, I don't remember having seen this answered before... on Tumblr
  3. Welcome to Hell, Characters/cast on Tumblr
  4. WtH:7 by real-faker on deviantART
  5. Model Sheet: Mephistopheles by real-faker on DeviantArt
  6. Welcome to Hell, I noticed that Mephi got... on Tumblr
  7. Welcome to Hell, 2:39 on Vimeo
  8. 8.0 8.1 Welcome to Hell, 4:14 on Vimeo
  9. Welcome to Hell, Who fell form whom first: Mephy of Provvy?
  10. http://welcometohellfilm.tumblr.com/post/75350748274/has-anyone-asked-about-meph-and-providence-yet-i
  11. Welcome to Hell, Before the the event that led up to their split...
  12. Welcome to Hell, Can Jonathan see Joane and can Lil see Sock or are... on Tumblr
  13. Welcome to Hell, I'm not sure if you've answered this already but I was... on Tumblr
  14. Welcome to Hell by real-faker on DeviantArt
  15. WTH:11 by real-faker on DeviantArt
  16. Welcome to Hell, FAQ
  17. WELCOME TO HELL: An Animated Student Film on Kickstarter
  18. Welcome to Hell on Vimeo
  19. Welcome to Hell, General Update
  20. Welcome to Hell, Are you gonna animate the second episode with them...
  21. Bird and Fish, 10:26 on Vimeo
  22. Welcome to Hell, so i happened to stumble upon the outtakes and...
  23. Welcome to Hell, Lol he just makes me laugh and smile when I hear...

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