"I smell only a traitor, a glutton, a murderer"
― King Minos; when Dante confronts him at the end of Limbo
"A vision. A moment. A sin. You kind of have to interpret it."
― David Dunn to Ellie Staple
"I just... I sense it. The darkness in people. The shit they've done, are doing, or... will do. The worst ones... they have no guilt. What I see, I feel... is a void, a lack of humanity."
― Erik Gelden to Jessica Jones

The power to sense the presence of sins/vices in one's vicinity. Sub-power of Sin Manipulation. Variation of Detection. Opposite to Virtue Detection.

Also Called

  • Misdeed Detection
  • Sin Sense
  • Vice Detection/Sense


User can sense the presence of sins/vices and possibly gain detailed understanding about the sins/vices they are sensing, including the amount/type of sins/vices they are sensing.




  • Some targets may be immune to the users' detection.
  • Range of ability varies from user to user.
  • Sensing everyone's sins may have negative effects to users mind.

Known Users


  • The Spectre (DC Comics)
  • Spawn (Image Comics)
  • Ghost Rider (Marvel Comics)


  • David Dunn (Unbreakable)


  • Andre Linoge (Stephen King's, Storm of the Century)
  • King Minos (The Divine Comedy)

Video Games

  • King Minos (Dante's Inferno)


  • The Bogeyman (Martin Mystery)

Live Television

  • Erik Gelden ("Marvel's Jessica Jones")
  • Jeremy Crane (Sleepy Hollow)


  • Boogeyman (Folklore)
  • Sin-eaters (Folklore)
  • Krampus (German Folklore)

Tabletop Games

  • Justina Montaigne (Anima: Beyond Fantasy)


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