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25th Aug '16 7:37:45 AM StFan
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* In ''Annals of the Literature/BlackCompany'', may or may not be averted by [[spoiler:The Lady]]. Knowing what the outcome will be, she chooses to accept the loss of her powers rather than allow an even bigger evil than herself to be unleashed on the world. On the other hand, her powers had allowed her to maintain her [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty youth and beauty]] indefinitely; it is strongly hinted that without them she ''will'' die eventually. So this could be seen as a very delayed form of RedemptionEqualsDeath.

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* In ''Annals ''[[Literature/TheBlackCompany Annals of the Literature/BlackCompany'', Black Company]]'', may or may not be averted by [[spoiler:The Lady]]. Knowing what the outcome will be, she chooses to accept the loss of her powers rather than allow an even bigger evil than herself to be unleashed on the world. On the other hand, her powers had allowed her to maintain her [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty youth and beauty]] indefinitely; it is strongly hinted that without them she ''will'' die eventually. So this could be seen as a very delayed form of RedemptionEqualsDeath.
13th Aug '16 9:26:51 AM mario0987
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** Also subverted with Voldemort. It's stated that if he took back all his horcruxes, by feeling real remorse, then its fairly certain he would have died in the process. And it probably wouldn't have been very lovely.

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** Also subverted with Voldemort. It's stated that if he took back all his horcruxes, by feeling real remorse, then its fairly certain he would have died in the process. And it probably wouldn't have been very lovely. Of course, he is too far gone for that and has to be killed without redemption.



** In "The End of Time": The Master. "YOU. DID. THIS. TO. ME. ONE. TWO. THREE. FOUR." Considering his track record, though, it's unlikely that either the death or the redemption will stick. If anything, his redemption in this case was heavily motivated by a desire for revenge.

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** In "The End of Time": The Master. "YOU. DID. THIS. TO. ME. ONE. TWO. THREE. FOUR." Considering his track record, though, it's unlikely that either the death or the redemption will stick. If anything, his redemption in this case was heavily motivated by a desire for revenge. And sure enough [[GenderBender she]] returns in [[spoiler: Series 8]] as the BigBad.


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* Series/OnceUponATime
** Ingrid, the Snow Queen activates a curse that can only be stopped with her death. After learning of her sister's remorse at what she did to Ingrid, she pulls a HeelFaceTurn and kills herself to stop the curse, despite the heroes attempt to save her.
** [[spoiler: Arthur]] is an interesting example. He is murdered by Hades while still a villain but ends up in the Underworld where he proves vital to getting the information necessary to killing Hades permanently. Then he sticks around to restore the Underworld to it's former glory. So death gave him a chance at redemption.
** Subverted by Regina in the season 2 finale who is ready to sacrifice herself to buy everyone enough time to flee from Storybrooke as it is destroyed by a magical trigger. This action is what proves to the heroes that she can be permanently redeemed and proceed to help her slow the trigger and succeed in shutting it off, letting her live.
** Rumplestilskin ends the winter finale of Season 3 by killing the ArcVillain, sacrificing his life in the process noting that [[ArcWords "Villains don't get a happy ending"]]. [[spoiler: Subverted when he gets revived in the next arc and stays a villain.]]
10th Aug '16 7:43:29 AM kaoslord832
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* During the [[KillThemAll Genocide Run]] in ''VideoGame/Undertale'' you are offered a way out numerous times, one of the most prominent examples being [[spoiler: Papyrus]], who does not even try to fight you hoping you will do the right thing and not kill [[spoiler: him]]. That's what makes this trope so surprising when the Final Boss ([[spoiler: Sans]]) shows up. Midway through a fight [[ThatOneBoss that is deliberately designed to frustrate the player]] into [[RageQuit Rage Quitting]], you are offered a chance to back down and Spare the Boss. If you do so, [[spoiler: he]] will lure you into a false sense of security [[OneHitKill only to kill you in one hit]] because he considers you´ve done too much evil to be forgiven. Subverted in that you are still allowed to back down, by deleting your file therefore undoing all the harm that you caused, as he suggests you do.
**[[spoiler: Played straight at the end of the Genocide Run. At the very end, you are presented with two buttons; one to erase reality and the other to refuse to do so. If, for whatever reason, you refuse to do it, [[OmnicidalManiac The Fallen Child]] will instantly kill you and erase reality for you. Once more, there is a subtle, meta way to pull off your redemption. Simply put, exit the game and delete your file. This must be done before pressing any of the buttons, or else the consequences of your actions will forever haunt your game files.]]
21st Jul '16 10:59:06 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* In the ''Series/DeathInParadise'' episode "A Personal Murder", the victim of the week [[spoiler:was fully prepared to come clean about his role in the death of a local youth 45 years before when he is killed in his sleep]].
10th Jul '16 6:03:49 PM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler:Teresa of the Faint Smile]] in ''{{Claymore}}'', both on a personal level (recovering her human emotions) and on a ConspiracyRedemption level.

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* [[spoiler:Teresa of the Faint Smile]] in ''{{Claymore}}'', ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', both on a personal level (recovering her human emotions) and on a ConspiracyRedemption level.
28th Jun '16 1:15:47 AM PaulA
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* [[RoyalBlood Prince]] Ellidyr, the resident {{Jerkass}} in LloydAlexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' spends most of ''The Black Cauldron'' putting down the main character for being lowly born and eventually betrays the party to satisfy his own lust for glory. At the end, he realizes the error of his ways and makes a HeroicSacrifice to destroy the titular ArtifactOfDoom before it can be used on the heroes.

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* [[RoyalBlood Prince]] Ellidyr, the resident {{Jerkass}} in LloydAlexander's Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' spends most of ''The Black Cauldron'' putting down the main character for being lowly born and eventually betrays the party to satisfy his own lust for glory. At the end, he realizes the error of his ways and makes a HeroicSacrifice to destroy the titular ArtifactOfDoom before it can be used on the heroes.
24th Jun '16 10:07:28 PM spectertv
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** Although not a villain herself, [[[[ApocalypseMaiden Rei]] redeems her previous unflinching subservience to morally nebulous [[KnightTemplar Gendo]] when she defies him and leaves the fate of the world in Shinji's hands. She dies sometime afterward.]]

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** Although not a villain herself, [[[[ApocalypseMaiden [[ApocalypseMaiden Rei]] redeems her previous unflinching subservience to morally nebulous [[KnightTemplar Gendo]] when she defies him and leaves the fate of the world in Shinji's hands. She dies sometime afterward.]]afterwards.
15th Jun '16 12:27:34 PM Dallenson
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* Apparently Nod's Redeemer in [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Kane's wrath]] is this, based on how it shouts "Redemption is Yours!" when issued an attack order

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* Apparently Nod's Redeemer in [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars Command & Conquer 3: Kane's wrath]] is this, based on how it shouts Wrath]]'' applies this trope literally. It occasionally yells "Redemption is Yours!" yours!" when issued an attack orderorder.
22nd Apr '16 7:24:28 PM BlackSunNocturne
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---> Tell my tale to those who ask. Tell it truly, [[BeAllMySinsRemembered the ill deeds along with the good]], and let me be judged accordingly. [[ShoutOutToShakespeare The rest... is silence]].

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---> Tell my tale to those who ask. Tell it truly, [[BeAllMySinsRemembered the ill deeds along with the good]], and let me be judged accordingly. [[ShoutOutToShakespeare [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare The rest... is silence]].
21st Apr '16 4:30:54 PM Willbyr
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