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28th Jul '17 2:30:57 PM Bassball_Batman
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TropeNamer is Literature/TheBible, in which Jesus releases an adulteress rather than stone her to death, as was common at the time. Easy, then, to see why the hero who bestows this mercy is often a MessianicArchetype or AllLovingHero.

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TropeNamer is Literature/TheBible, ''Literature/TheBible'', in which Jesus releases an adulteress rather than stone her to death, as was common at the time. Easy, then, to see why the hero who bestows this mercy is often a MessianicArchetype or AllLovingHero.



* The TropeNamer is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_and_the_woman_taken_in_adultery story]] in Literature/TheBible, specifically Literature/TheFourGospels.

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* The TropeNamer is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_and_the_woman_taken_in_adultery story]] in Literature/TheBible, ''Literature/TheBible'', specifically Literature/TheFourGospels.
28th Jul '17 11:50:45 AM Bassball_Batman
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May overlap with ThePunishmentIsTheCrime in cases where the hero decides that the villain has been sufficiently punished by his own remorse or other harmful consequences of his deeds. Time may eventually subvert this, and show that the hero really intended CruelMercy, or worse, [[PacifismBackfire the villain may just go doing more sin.]] On the other hand, if RousseauWasRight, then the villain may very well reform themselves and become a force for good in the world.

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May overlap with ThePunishmentIsTheCrime in cases where the hero decides that the villain has been sufficiently punished by his own remorse or other harmful consequences of his deeds. Time may eventually subvert this, and show that the hero really intended CruelMercy, or worse, [[PacifismBackfire the villain may just go doing more sin.]] sin]]. On the other hand, if RousseauWasRight, then the villain may very well reform themselves and become a force for good in the world.



* Goku of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' tries this on Freeza twice. [[spoiler: It doesn't work]].
* This happens in the Nuts Fujimori manga adaptation of ''FireEmblem: Seisen no Keifu''. In this adaptation, one of the early bad guys, Kinbois of Verdane, is portayed as deep down not being evil, just someone influencable who was following the wrong path. Sigurd notices this, and lets him live on the promise he will atone for his sins. Kinbois is genuinely moved by this mercy and promises. This turns out to be crucial, as Kinbois' brother Jamuka later fights Sigurd because he believes, in a misunderstanding, that Sigurd has killed his beloved brother in battle: after learning the truth and seeing Sigurd's generosity, Jamuka joins his party.



* Goku of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' tries this on Freeza twice. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* This happens in the Nuts Fujimori manga adaptation of FireEmblem: Seisen no Keifu. In this adaptation, one of the early bad guys, Kinbois of Verdane, is portayed as deep down not being evil, just someone influencable who was following the wrong path. Sigurd notices this, and lets him live on the promise he will atone for his sins. Kinbois is genuinely moved by this mercy and promises. This turns out to be crucial, as Kinbois' brother Jamuka later fights Sigurd because he believes, in a misunderstanding, that Sigurd has killed his beloved brother in battle: after learning the truth and seeing Sigurd's generosity, Jamuka joins his party.



* ''Literature/BrotherCadfael'' discovers the recently-unmasked killer in [[spoiler: ''Monk's Hood'']] on the run... or rather, the killer attacks him, but can't bring himself to murder a monk in cold blood. Cadfael calmly tells him that he 'was never meant to be a murderer', that Cadfael knew his crime was done on impulse when circumstances made it possible, and gives him a sentence of voluntary banishment and always doing good for the rest of his life--oh, and making a confession to a priest as soon as he can and asking him to post it to the sheriff of Shrewsbury (as the man is illiterate) to clear his innocent relation of suspicion.



* Happens to Flambeau, a thief, in the ''Literature/FatherBrown'' mysteries. Specifically, in ''The Queer Feet'', Father Brown catches Flambeau and then lets him go after listening to his confession (and retrieving the loot). Not long afterwards, Flambeau appears as a fellow detective.
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', [=McCoy=] and Kirk tell the BigBad to get out of prison and do some good with that intelligence.



* Literature/BrotherCadfael discovers the recently-unmasked killer in [[spoiler: ''Monk's Hood'']] on the run... or rather, the killer attacks him, but can't bring himself to murder a monk in cold blood. Cadfael calmly tells him that he 'was never meant to be a murderer', that Cadfael knew his crime was done on impulse when circumstances made it possible, and gives him a sentence of voluntary banishment and always doing good for the rest of his life--oh, and making a confession to a priest as soon as he can and asking him to post it to the sheriff of Shrewsbury (as the man is illiterate) to clear his innocent relation of suspicion.
* Happens to Flambeau, a thief, in the Literature/FatherBrown mysteries. Specifically, in ''The Queer Feet'', Father Brown catches Flambeau and then lets him go after listening to his confession (and retrieving the loot). Not long afterwards, Flambeau appears as a fellow detective.
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', [=McCoy=] and Kirk tell the BigBad to get out of prison and do some good with that intelligence.



* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''; [[spoiler: After Astronema figures out that she's Andros' sister, she turns herself in to the Rangers, and they - minus Andros - have to discuss how to handle this in private. She wonders if they're planning to dump her into a black hole, and Andros doesn't help matters by saying there's one nearby. To her surprise, they [[EasilyForgiven pardon her rather quickly]]]].



* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''; [[spoiler: After Astronema figures out that she's Andros' sister, she turns herself in to the Rangers, and they - minus Andros - have to discuss how to handle this in private. She wonders if they're planning to dump her into a black hole, and Andros doesn't help matters by saying there's one nearby. To her surprise, they [[EasilyForgiven pardon her rather quickly]].]]



* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', you can meet up with Mr. Freeze after you have helped him track down his still-frozen wife Nora. When Freeze says all he wants is for his wife to be healthy again, Batman replies that he should do that and give up his life of crime, [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre because he's better than it.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', you can meet up with Mr. Freeze after you have helped him track down his still-frozen wife Nora. When Freeze says all he wants is for his wife to be healthy again, Batman replies that he should do that and give up his life of crime, [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre because he's better than it.]]it]].
* This is a plot-point in ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite''. [[spoiler: Booker's sinful past of war-crimes and heinous acts against Native Americans led to him deciding to accept a baptism in order to wash away his sins and become a new, virtuous man. Unfortunately he misinterpreted the "Go Forth and Sin No More" part of the baptism as making him ''unable'' to sin, and proceeded to perform even ''more'' heinous and wicked acts now believing they were virtuous]].



* In several ''Franchise/MassEffect'' games, you can either kill an enemy as a Renegade decision or let them go for Paragon points. Most, but definitely not all, of the time it will work out in Shepard's favor to spare the character.

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* In several ''Franchise/MassEffect'' games, you A possible judgement for a Grey Warden in ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition''. Ser Ruth Hands herself over to the Inquisition in order to atone for the crimes she feels the order has committed. You can either kill an enemy say OffWithHerHead or send her in the deep roads, or invoke this trope. She's baffled as a Renegade decision or let them go for Paragon points. Most, she leaves the throne room, but definitely not all, of the time a later report shows it will work actually worked out in Shepard's favor to spare the character.well.



* After beating her in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'', the player has several options for what to do with [[spoiler:the fallen Atris]]. One of the light-side choices is to show her mercy in this fashion by acknowledging how the Exile's choice to fight in the Mandalorian Wars contributed to her fall.



* In MARDEK, Gope gets this treatment from Mardek and Duegan. Unless you [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential decide otherwise]]. He shows up later on and gives you an item needed to get to a bonus area, and again in the next game as a traveling merchant who can be useful for getting supplies in exotic places.
* After beating her in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'', the player has several options for what to do with [[spoiler:the fallen Atris]]. One of the light-side choices is to show her mercy in this fashion by acknowledging how the Exile's choice to fight in the Mandalorian Wars contributed to her fall.

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* In MARDEK, ''MARDEK'', Gope gets this treatment from Mardek and Duegan. Unless you [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential decide otherwise]]. He shows up later on and gives you an item needed to get to a bonus area, and again in the next game as a traveling merchant who can be useful for getting supplies in exotic places.
* After beating her in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'', the player has In several options ''Franchise/MassEffect'' games, you can either kill an enemy as a Renegade decision or let them go for what to do with [[spoiler:the fallen Atris]]. One Paragon points. Most, but definitely not all, of the light-side choices is time it will work out in Shepard's favor to show her mercy in this fashion by acknowledging how spare the Exile's choice to fight in the Mandalorian Wars contributed to her fall.character.



* This is a plot-point in ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite.'' [[spoiler: Booker's sinful past of war-crimes and heinous acts against Native Americans led to him deciding to accept a baptism in order to wash away his sins and become a new, virtuous man. Unfortunately he misinterpreted the "Go Forth and Sin No More" part of the baptism as making him ''unable'' to sin, and proceeded to perform even ''more'' heinous and wicked acts now believing they were virtuous.]]
* A possible judgement for a Grey Warden in ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition''. Ser Ruth Hands herself over to the Inquisition in order to atone for the crimes she feels the order has committed. You can say OffWithHerHead or send her in the deep roads, or invoke this trope. She's baffled as she leaves the throne room, but a later report shows it actually worked out well.



31st Mar '17 5:43:42 PM LentilSandEater
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* A possible judgement for a Grey Warden in ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition''. Ser Ruth Hands herself over to the Inquisition in order to atone for the crimes she feels the order has committed. You can say OffWithHerHead or send her in the deep roads, or invoke this trope. She's baffled as she leaves the throne room, but a later report shows it actually worked out well.
24th Feb '17 12:39:33 PM Allronix
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* ''Fanfic/ThroughADiamondSky'': A bit more literal case than most. The villain's {{Dragon}} has second thoughts and switches sides to help the heroes and captured Isos. She fully expects Flynn to de-rez her, but Flynn has other ideas, giving her a directive to seek out other Programs and Isos who are in danger of losing their way like she did, and finishing it up by quoting the trope namer.
9th Dec '16 10:21:57 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''; [[spoiler: After Astronema figures out that she's Andros' sister, she turns herself in to the Rangers, and they - minus Andros - have to discuss how to handle this in private. She wonders if they're planning to dump her into a black hole, and Andros doesn't help matters by saying there's one nearby. To her surprise, they [[EasilyForgiven pardon her rather quickly]].]]
11th Jun '16 3:52:37 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in ''[[SwordOfTruth Wizard's First Rule]]''. Richard forgives [[spoiler:his brother Michael]] for everything he did to him. However, Richard still has him beheaded as he does not forgive him for crimes he committed against others.

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* Subverted in ''[[SwordOfTruth ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth Wizard's First Rule]]''. Richard forgives [[spoiler:his brother Michael]] for everything he did to him. However, Richard still has him beheaded as he does not forgive him for crimes he committed against others.



* In the ''StarTrek'' novel ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', [=McCoy=] and Kirk tell the BigBad to get out of prison and do some good with that intelligence.

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* In the ''StarTrek'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', [=McCoy=] and Kirk tell the BigBad to get out of prison and do some good with that intelligence.
27th Apr '16 6:08:42 PM UrthWyrm
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The villain has either been defeated or acknowledges the error of his ways. He surrenders to the hero, [[GetItOverWith expecting to be killed]] or punished in some other way. Instead, the hero lets him go, telling him to repent for his crimes by doing good deeds. This usually turns the villain into TheAtoner and sends him on a RedemptionQuest. May overlap with ThePunishmentIsTheCrime in cases where the hero decides that the villain has been sufficiently punished by his own remorse or other harmful consequences of his deeds. Time may eventually subvert this, and show that the hero really intended CruelMercy, or worse, [[PacifismBackfire the villain may just go doing more sin.]] On the other hand, if RousseauWasRight, then the villain may very well reform themselves and become a force for good in the world.

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The villain has either been defeated or acknowledges the error of his ways. He surrenders to the hero, [[GetItOverWith expecting to be killed]] or punished in some other way. Instead, the hero lets him go, telling him to repent for his crimes by doing good deeds. This usually turns the villain into TheAtoner and sends him on a RedemptionQuest.

May overlap with ThePunishmentIsTheCrime in cases where the hero decides that the villain has been sufficiently punished by his own remorse or other harmful consequences of his deeds. Time may eventually subvert this, and show that the hero really intended CruelMercy, or worse, [[PacifismBackfire the villain may just go doing more sin.]] On the other hand, if RousseauWasRight, then the villain may very well reform themselves and become a force for good in the world.



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor makes a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sontaran]] work as a nurse.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor makes a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sontaran]] work [[CruelMercy work]] as a nurse.[[KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect nurse]].
14th Jan '16 12:59:56 PM ultimomant
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* After beating her in ''VideoGame/StarWarsKnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'', the player has several options for what to do with [[spoiler:the fallen Atris]]. One of the light-side choices is to show her mercy in this fashion by acknowledging how the Exile's choice to fight in the Mandalorian Wars contributed to her fall.

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* After beating her in ''VideoGame/StarWarsKnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'', ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'', the player has several options for what to do with [[spoiler:the fallen Atris]]. One of the light-side choices is to show her mercy in this fashion by acknowledging how the Exile's choice to fight in the Mandalorian Wars contributed to her fall.
22nd Dec '15 2:31:45 PM margdean56
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* Literature/BrotherCadfael discovers the recently-unmasked killer in [[spoiler: ''Monk's Hood'']] on the run... or rather, the killer attacks him, but can't bring himself to murder a monk in cold blood. Cadfael calmly tells him that he 'was never meant to be a murderer', that Cadfael knew his crime was done on impulse when circumstances made it possible, and gives him a sentence of voluntary banishment and always doing good for the rest of his life--oh, and making a confession to a priest as soon as he can and ask him to post it to the sheriff of Shrewsbury (as the man is illiterate) to clear his innocent relation of suspicion.

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* Literature/BrotherCadfael discovers the recently-unmasked killer in [[spoiler: ''Monk's Hood'']] on the run... or rather, the killer attacks him, but can't bring himself to murder a monk in cold blood. Cadfael calmly tells him that he 'was never meant to be a murderer', that Cadfael knew his crime was done on impulse when circumstances made it possible, and gives him a sentence of voluntary banishment and always doing good for the rest of his life--oh, and making a confession to a priest as soon as he can and ask asking him to post it to the sheriff of Shrewsbury (as the man is illiterate) to clear his innocent relation of suspicion.
22nd Dec '15 2:30:53 PM margdean56
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* Literature/BrotherCadfael discovers the recently-unmasked killer in [[spoiler: Mook's Hood]] on the run... or rather, the killer attacks him, but can't bring himself to murder a monk in cold blood. Cadfael calmly tells him that he 'was never meant to be a murderer', that Cadfael knew his crime was done on impulse when circumstances made it possible, and gives him a sentence of voluntary banishment and always doing good for the rest of his life- oh, and making a confession to a priest as soon as he can and asking him to post it to the sheriff of Shrewsbury (as the man is illiterate) to clear his innocent relation of suspician.
* Occurs to Flambeau, a thief, in the Literature/FatherBrown mysteries. Specifically, in ''The Queer Feet'', Father Brown catches Flambeau and then lets him go after listening to his confession (and retrieving the loot). Not long afterwards, Flambeau appears as a fellow detective.

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* Literature/BrotherCadfael discovers the recently-unmasked killer in [[spoiler: Mook's Hood]] ''Monk's Hood'']] on the run... or rather, the killer attacks him, but can't bring himself to murder a monk in cold blood. Cadfael calmly tells him that he 'was never meant to be a murderer', that Cadfael knew his crime was done on impulse when circumstances made it possible, and gives him a sentence of voluntary banishment and always doing good for the rest of his life- oh, life--oh, and making a confession to a priest as soon as he can and asking ask him to post it to the sheriff of Shrewsbury (as the man is illiterate) to clear his innocent relation of suspician.
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* Occurs Happens to Flambeau, a thief, in the Literature/FatherBrown mysteries. Specifically, in ''The Queer Feet'', Father Brown catches Flambeau and then lets him go after listening to his confession (and retrieving the loot). Not long afterwards, Flambeau appears as a fellow detective.
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