Welcome to Hell.
~ Pinhead

It was poetic using Earth's Dragon to save me from Earth's Hell. You cannot imagine the depths of my suffering there! I spent most of my days strung up like a damn pupating morph over a field of delicate little flowers where bands of angels and fairies and enchanted stuffed animals lived, singing songs and dancing asinine jigs as if their only care in life was when they would get their next warm, fuzzy hug! Instead of ruling the universe with an iron fist, I was SERENADED BY TEDDY-BEARS!!!
~ Frieza going into depth about his time in HFIL/Hell.

Although, for one of you, the darkest pit of Hell has opened to swallow you whole, so don't keep the devil waiting, old friend.
~ Henry to William Afton/Springtrap.

Damned Souls, also known as Doomed Spirits or Cursed Souls are those who not only died but were also condemned to live on in a spiritual hell dimension; in essence they become akin to Demons or Noncorporeal entities such as ghosts but are distinct supernatural beings in their own right often known as Unclean Spirits.

Being a Damned Soul is considered the ultimate downfall and often reserved for the most evil of characters since only the most sinister of individuals usually gives the audience enough hatred that they see eternal damnation as a suitable form of punishment. Most Pure Evil villains are reserved for this, and those who cross the Moral Event Horizon will be susceptible as well. Many Damned Souls can continue to plague the living after their death, becoming Lesser Demons or Poltergeists.

Some Tragic villains can also end up damned if they're victim of a demon or a curse, regardless of their morality or actions in their past life (e.g. Kayako Saeki).

In some works of fiction, all deceased end up in damnation regardless of their morality or actions (for example, in many forms of mythology, all deceased end up in an Underworld).

Sometimes, the damnation does not have to be shown; in some cases, it can apply if they are shown living or dying in a way symbolic that they will be damned (i.e. Judge Claude Frollo being struck down by Notre Dame itself and cast into molten lead; William Afton/Springtrap being incinerated and told that the deepest pit of Hell is reserved for them, etc.)

Saved Souls are the complete opposite of Damned Souls.


Villains who qualify

  • They must have started life as a human or member of another mortal race; if they were angels, demons, deities or spiritual entities from other-dimensions they do not count.
  • They must be imprisoned or linked to a hell dimension, unlike Ghosts, who may wander between realms or be linked to the area of their demise (also unlike Ghosts they do not originate from mortals, as Ghosts are just the life-force of mortals who refuse to pass on).
  • Even if they gain demonic powers, they are still bound to Hell in some fashion, normally through the classic "dragged to Hell upon defeat type".
  • They cannot be creatures that have naturally evolved in Hell or similar realms (aka True Demons).

Villains who cannot qualify

  1. Characters who merely revived without turning unholy do not count (e.g. Theo Galavan).
  2. Do NOT add beings that have always existed in Hell such as true demons (e.g. Valak); this is for beings that were once of the living world but have since become infernal in nature due to becoming spiritually corrupt (e.g. many of the demons from Supernatural).
  3. Villains whose souls used to be condemned but later had their souls saved and redeemed will not belong to this category any longer (e.g. Emma Swan, Kratos and Dean Winchester).
  4. Merely Undead beings (e.g. Frankenstein's Monster) do not count. Undead beings that fit in this category must have been related to Hell-like dimensions (e.g. Zombie Redcoats) or condemned due to a curse (e.g. Imhotep and Emperor Han).
  5. Characters whose souls were wiped out from existence and became absolutely nothing after their death, thus having NO afterlife do not count (e.g. Goku Black).
  6. Characters who came back from death yet felt nothing after their death do not count (e.g. Chucky).
  7. Characters who just die do not count either.
  8. If the character's damnation was all a dream (e.g. Tom the Cat) then it does not count.