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 Emily to William Afton.
And He shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit!
~ Judge Claude Frollo's last words before death.

Damned Souls not only died but were forced to live on in Hell-like dimensions; in essence they become akin to demons and/or noncorporeals but are distinct supernatural beings in their own rights known as unclean spirits.

Being a Damned Soul is considered the ultimate downfall and reserved for the truest of evildoers since only the most sinister individuals give audiences enough hatred that they see eternal damnation as suitable punishment. Pure Evil villains are also reserved for this and those who cross the Moral Event Horizon are susceptible as well. Damned Souls continue to plague the living after death becoming lesser demons or poltergeists.

Villains who are tragic can also end up damned if they were victims of demons and/or curses regardless of their moralities or actions in past lives (e.g. Kayako Saeki). In some works of fiction, all of the deceased may end up in damnation regardless of their moralities or actions.

If the damnation of the villain is particularly bad without them having really deserved it they may end up as a Scapegoat (i.e. René Belloq, Aiwei, Scorpion (Original Timeline), the Almighty Tallests, Sally Williams and The Grand Inquisitor) though in many more cases the damnation is justified especially with Pure Evil's.

Sometimes the damnation does not have to be shown outright and can apply if villains are shown living and/or dying in a way symbolic of them being damned (i.e. Judge Claude Frollo and Tortoise John).

It should be noted that Damned Souls can also be characters who do not technically die but are condemned to unpleasant realms where they will not enjoy their time there or locations equivalent to Hell (i.e. Kaecilius, Zhao, Dr. Facilier, Lady Van Tassel, Mok Swagger and Rolo Haynes).

Saved Souls are the opposite of Damned Souls.

There are generally 2 distinct subtypes of Damned Souls:

1) The Condemned - these are characters who are seen being dragged into Hell or a similar state of eternal imprisonment on a spiritual level, they do not return and are considered for all intents and purposes completely and utterly tortured, since they will remain in such a state until either freed or the day of judgement, these characters are not seen again in most stories and are the traditional "dragged to Hell" style defeats (a good example is Ramsley).

2) The Damned - characters who live on after death as demonic beings, often they are spared some (but seldom all) of the eternal punishment that comes with being condemned but at the cost of humanity - some particularly evil characters may actually exist quite happily as such creatures but they still must obey infernal superiors and if they fail to appease said superiors they are doomed to return to the hell-dimension, where they must remain until they are given another chance to be free.. unlike the Condemned many of the Damned become regular antagonists despite their status as servants of infernal powers (good examples are beings like Freddy Krueger).

Qualifications

Villains Who Qualify

  • They must have started life as humans or members of other mortal races like sapient animals; if they were angels, demons, deities and/or spiritual entities from other dimensions they do not count.
  • They must be imprisoned and/or linked to Hell dimensions unlike ghosts who wander between realms or be linked to their place of demise (also unlike ghosts they do not originate from mortals as ghosts are just the lifeforces of mortals refusing to pass on).
  • Even if they gain demonic powers and such they are still bound to Hell in some fashion normally through the classic "dragged to Hell upon defeat" type.

Villains Who Do Not Qualify

  1. Characters who are revived without turning unholy (e.g. Theo Galavan).
  2. Beings that have always existed in Hell such as true demons (e.g. Valak, Annabelle the Doll, Mammon, Quan Chi and Red); this is for beings that were once of a living world but have since become infernal due to spiritual corruption (e.g. Demons from Supernatural and Emperor Palpatine).
  3. Villains whose souls used to be condemned but later had them saved and redeemed do not belong (e.g. Emma Swan, KratosDean Winchester and Hector Barbossa).
  4. The Undead (e.g. Frankenstein's Monster); the undead beings must have been related to Hell-like dimensions (e.g. Zombie Redcoats) or condemned due to curses (e.g. Imhotep and Emperor Han).
  5. Characters whose souls were wiped from existence becoming nothing thus having NO afterlives (e.g. Mal, Goku Black and Jonah King). However, characters whose souls were wiped out but previously came back as demonic forces count (e.g. Scar, Kai the Collector and Zhan Tiri).
  6. Characters who came back yet felt nothing afterwards (e.g. Chucky).
  7. Characters who just die because there is no way to know about the afterlife due a lack of indications.
  8. Characters who swear to see protagonists in Hell, who are told to go to Hell, or tease others by saying so because much like in the aforementioned case they have no way of knowing about the beyond (e.g. Allen O' Neil, Joker, Black Mask and Little Bill Daggett).
  9. If their damnations were just dreams (e.g. Tom the Cat).
  10. If characters suffered transformations which led to their villainy or made their existences miserable and upon dying their spirits are released to thank others before moving on as their crimes are implied to have been expiated thus saving their souls (e.g. Morgan Moonscar, Constance Nebbercracker and Mor'du).

Note: Do NOT create pages based on this of heroes who briefly turned unholy (e.g. Kenny McCormick and Lucy/Wyldstyle). They do not count.

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