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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler: Nyx was once a EnfantTerrible thanks to having been driven mad with power as a child, but after she cast a spell which left too great a toll on her body she became unable to age. After a depressive episode this opened her eyes and now she seeks to atone for her sins.]]
15th Feb '17 5:42:07 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* Masaji Kitano was the second-in-command of the Imperial Japanese Army's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731 Unit 731]], which was infamous for completely amoral human experimentation, most famously its human vivisections without anesthesia, pressure chambers, frostbite experimentation and bombing villages with anthrax. Kitano specialized in frostbite experiments, heading a series of experiments where he had prisoner's limbs frozen and broken off. After he received full pardon from UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur in exchange for all their research and some legitimately useful data gained, Kitano went on to found what today is one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in Japan, the Green Cross corporation. In a Yomiuri Shimbun interview in the 1970s, during his last years, Kitano said he helped create the company specifically because he wanted to atone for the horrific experiments he and his unit had done, and that saving lives was the only thing he believed could equal taking them. Ironically, Kitano's corporation was later hit by a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV-tainted_blood_scandal_(Japan) massive scandal]] in the 1980s involving contaminated artificial blood products.

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* Masaji Kitano was the second-in-command of the Imperial Japanese Army's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731 Unit 731]], which was infamous for completely amoral human experimentation, most famously its human vivisections without anesthesia, pressure chambers, frostbite experimentation and bombing villages with anthrax. Kitano specialized in frostbite experiments, heading a series of experiments where he had prisoner's limbs frozen and broken off. After he received full pardon among the rest of the Unit's core members from UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur in exchange for all their research inhumane 'research' and some legitimately useful data gained, Kitano went on with two Unit members to found what today is one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in Japan, the Green Cross corporation. In a Yomiuri Shimbun interview in the 1970s, during his last years, Kitano said he helped create the company specifically because he wanted to atone for the horrific experiments he and his unit had done, and that saving lives was the only thing he believed could equal taking them. Ironically, Kitano's corporation was later hit by a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV-tainted_blood_scandal_(Japan) massive scandal]] in the 1980s involving contaminated artificial blood products.
2nd Feb '17 1:34:34 PM IdeaMaster
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Paranorman}}'', [[spoiler: the zombies, especially the Judge, aren't actually trying to attack people, but are trying to atone for sentencing a young girl to death as a witch.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Paranorman}}'', [[spoiler: the zombies, especially the Judge, aren't actually trying to attack people, but are trying to atone for sentencing a young and innocent girl to death as a witch.]]
26th Jan '17 6:51:20 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'': Diablo initially refused to use his powers, out of remorse [[spoiler: for killing his family using them]].
25th Jan '17 8:57:38 PM MyFinalEdits
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*** Cypher, one of the Fallen, seems to be seeking redemption and may or may not be the key to the salvation of the Dark Angels, if not the Imperium as a whole. Naturally, the Dark Angels are intent on putting him down.

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*** ** Cypher, one of the Fallen, seems to be seeking redemption and may or may not be the key to the salvation of the Dark Angels, if not the Imperium as a whole. Naturally, the Dark Angels are intent on putting him down.
25th Jan '17 5:28:26 PM Tacitus
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* A recurring character in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is Cypher, a fallen Space Marine who seems to be seeking redemption, and may or may not be the key to the salvation of the Dark Angels chapter and their successors, if not the Imperium as a whole. The setting being what it is, Cypher is fired upon by the Dark Angels at every opportunity and hounded by the Inquisition.
** The Dark Angels themselves quietly style themselves as this, and refer to themselves the Unforgiven--all because ten thousand years ago, a few of their number turned on their brothers out of pride or confusion. This being [=40K=], Redemption Equals Other People's Deaths--the Chapter is obsessed with hunting down their traitorous kin, who have been scattered across space and time, and helping them find "redemption," usually after days or weeks of torture.
** [[spoiler:Though it is hinted in the lore that it is in fact the Dark Angels and their Primarch who were the traitors but who turned their cloak AGAIN after hearing Horus had lost, and the Fallen Angels are the remnants of the loyalist force that fought them, who know that truth.]]
** Also, inquisitors can have witches that are atoning for their crimes as part of their retinue, but this being Warhammer 40000, they probably had to undergo painful torture beforehand. Also, they are regarded as little more than psychic lightning rods, with game rules letting them take a psychic attack instead of it hitting the Inquisitor.
** The Sisters Repentia, who fuse this with DeathSeeker, FetishFuel, and ChainsawGood.
** This is also an inherent trope with the gas-masked Death Korps of Krieg, thanks to an attempted rebellion that threw Krieg into 500 years of civil war--and a self-inflicted atomic cleansing of their entire surface--before the loyalists retook control. The Death Korps, seeking to atone for this failure, regularly commit their regiments to the biggest stalemates, the bloodiest sieges, and the biggest meat grinders in the galaxy.
** The Craftworld [[SpaceElves Eldar]] have this as well. They live extremely regimented and spartan lives intentionally because their past depravity and barbarism created [[EldritchAbomination Slaanesh]]. It happens on an individual level with their evil kin, the Dark Eldar as well: some of them have a HeelRealization and leave Commorragh, seeking new lives in Exodite societies, Harlequin troupes, or simply as hermits, mercenaries and [[SpacePirate corsairs]]. Doesn't sound like much, but considering what kind of stuff the Dark Eldar do, it's a really big improvement.

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* A recurring character Some [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarfs]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' may find themselves unable to fulfill an oath, and so to assuage their honor join the Slayer cult, dyeing their hair red, eschewing armor, grabbing an axe, and throwing themselves at the worst monster they can find to either kill it [[DeathSeeker or be killed by it]]. (Un)successful ones may graduate from Troll Slayers to become Giant Slayers, Dragon Slayer, or even Daemon Slayers.
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''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' 40000}}'':
** The Dark Angels are a Space Marines chapter that refers to themselves as the Unforgiven, because during the Literature/HorusHeresy a portion of their force turned traitor out of pride or confusion. This being ''40k'', their method of atonement
is to hunt down these Fallen Angels and "redeem" them by torturing them to death, and it's hinted that perhaps the original Dark Angels were traitors themselves who were sitting out the Horus Heresy until a winner emerged.
***
Cypher, a fallen Space Marine who one of the Fallen, seems to be seeking redemption, redemption and may or may not be the key to the salvation of the Dark Angels chapter and their successors, Angels, if not the Imperium as a whole. The setting being what it is, Cypher is fired upon by Naturally, the Dark Angels at every opportunity and hounded by the Inquisition.
are intent on putting him down.
** The Dark Angels themselves quietly style themselves as this, and refer Inquisitors can add Penitent Witches to themselves the Unforgiven--all because ten thousand years ago, a few of their number turned on their brothers out of pride or confusion. This being [=40K=], Redemption Equals Other People's Deaths--the Chapter is obsessed with hunting down their traitorous kin, who have been scattered across space and time, and helping them find "redemption," usually after days or weeks of torture.
** [[spoiler:Though it is hinted in the lore that it is in fact the Dark Angels and their Primarch who were the traitors but who turned their cloak AGAIN after hearing Horus had lost, and the Fallen Angels are the remnants of the loyalist force that fought them, who know that truth.]]
** Also, inquisitors can have witches that are atoning for their crimes
retinues, as part of their retinue, but this being Warhammer 40000, they probably had to undergo painful torture beforehand. Also, they are regarded as little more than psychic lightning rods, with game rules letting them take a rods that can absorb psychic attack instead of it hitting attacks that would otherwise hit the Inquisitor.
** The Sisters of Battle field units of Sisters Repentia, who fuse this with DeathSeeker, FetishFuel, have decided to atone for some real or imagined failure by stripping down to [[{{Stripperific}} a few strategic scraps of prayer-inscribed parchment]], grabbing a [[{{BFS}} two-handed]] [[ChainsawGood chainsword]], and ChainsawGood.
** This is also an inherent trope with
charging at the gas-masked Death Korps of Krieg, thanks to an attempted enemy.
** The planet Krieg went through a
rebellion that threw Krieg into 500 resulted in five hundred years of civil war--and a war and the self-inflicted atomic cleansing of their entire surface--before the loyalists retook control. The Death Korps, seeking to its surface. To atone for this failure, regularly commit their regiments to lapse in loyalty, the biggest stalemates, Death Korps of Krieg now commits to the bloodiest sieges, sieges and the biggest most horrific meat grinders in the galaxy.
** The Craftworld ancient [[SpaceElves Eldar]] have this as well. They live extremely regimented empire became so decadent and spartan lives intentionally because their past depravity and barbarism depraved that it created the [[EldritchAbomination Slaanesh]]. It happens on an individual level with their evil kin, Chaos God Slaanesh]], so the Craftworld Eldar who survived it live extremely regiment and spartan lives to avoid the mistakes of the past. The Dark Eldar as well: for the most part continue the old traditions, but some of them will have a HeelRealization and leave Commorragh, seeking Comorragh for new lives in among Exodite societies, Harlequin troupes, or simply as hermits, mercenaries and [[SpacePirate corsairs]]. Doesn't Which may not sound like much, but considering what kind of stuff the Dark Eldar do, it's a really big improvement.



* Some Troll Slayers in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' broke an oath, and have [[DeathSeeker decided to atone for it by killing as many enemies of the Dwarves as possible before they end up with their heads ripped off by something large and angry]]. Demon Slayers are Troll Slayers who are so bad at dying that they are trying to find something way bigger than a Troll to kill them.



* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' sourcebook ''Fiendish Codex II'' introduces the Hellbred, former evildoers who repented of their actions before they were condemned to Hell, but too late to gain entry to the heavens. The good deities reincarnate them into [[DarkIsNotEvil fiendish-looking]] bodies to give them one last chance to prove their search for redemption is genuine, and since only the greatest of heroic deeds will free their souls from damnation, the Hellbred throw themselves into their quests with zeal and desperation.



* In ''[[Lunar2EternalBlueComplete Lunar 2: Eternal Blue]]'', Leo has sort of an atonement obsession. He doesn't know that DefeatMeansFriendship. There's also the matter with [[spoiler: Ghaleon]]. Being dead seems to have caused something of a change of heart in him.

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* In ''[[Lunar2EternalBlueComplete ''[[VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue Lunar 2: Eternal Blue]]'', Leo has sort of an atonement obsession. He doesn't know that DefeatMeansFriendship. There's also the matter with [[spoiler: Ghaleon]]. Being dead seems to have caused something of a change of heart in him.



* In ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'', Dmitri tries to atone for [[spoiler:a time travel experiment that Bill Hawks pushed through before it was ready, resulting in the deaths of Claire and several other people]] by [[spoiler:completing said time travel machine to save Claire]], which Layton describes as "a twisted form of atonement". The BigBad resolves to become one in the ending.

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* In ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'', ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'', Dmitri tries to atone for [[spoiler:a time travel experiment that Bill Hawks pushed through before it was ready, resulting in the deaths of Claire and several other people]] by [[spoiler:completing said time travel machine to save Claire]], which Layton describes as "a twisted form of atonement". The BigBad resolves to become one in the ending.



** Booker [=DeWitt=], the PlayerCharacter, is an ex-Pinkerton (they kicked him out for being ''too brutal'') who also did terrible things at the Battle of Wounded Knee and Peking. He turned to drink and gambling to try and deal with it, but eventually ends up deep in debt, and comes to Columbia following the promise of "[[ArcWords Bring us the girl and wipe away the debt]]." He makes it clear throughout the game that he deeply regrets all the terrible things he's done and is continuing to do, and eventually decides to give up on his MysteriousBacker and just keep the girl safe.
** Comstock is a subversion. He did some terrible things before he found religion and was baptized, but he perverted the point of the ritual: Rather than considering it the first step on his path to redemption, he took the "cleansed of your sins" bit literally and treated it as the ''last'' step of his redemption, meaning he was no longer responsible for his crimes. As time wore on, he even decided that said crimes were actually virtues to be applauded.
** The Lutece twins, despite spending most of their time being incomparably silly, are also an example. They blame themselves for most of Comstock's sins due to developing all of Columbia's technology (especially for [[spoiler:kidnapping Elizabeth when she was a baby]]), and are trying to make up for it by helping Booker in various ways throughout the game. Rosalind doesn't particularly care about it, being willing to let things unfold as they may, but Robert insisted that if she didn't help him set things right, he'd leave her forever.
** Also, Elizabeth in the second episode of Burial At Sea for [[spoiler: leaving Sally die after using her as bait and killing Comstock, who was genuinely trying to save her.]]

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** Booker [=DeWitt=], the PlayerCharacter, is an ex-Pinkerton (they kicked him out for being ''too brutal'') who also did such terrible things at the Battle "Battle" of Wounded Knee that he considers himself past salvation, was so brutal that the {{Pinkerton Detective}}s kicked him out, and Peking. He turned to drink and gambling to try and deal with it, but eventually ends until he wound up deep in debt, and comes to Columbia following the promise of "[[ArcWords Bring us the girl and wipe away the debt]]." He makes it clear throughout the game that he deeply regrets all the terrible things he's done and is continuing to do, and eventually decides to give up on his MysteriousBacker and just keep the girl safe.
** Comstock is a subversion. He did some terrible things before he found religion and too was baptized, at Wounded Knee, but he when a traveling preacher offered him baptism, Comstock perverted the point meaning of the ritual: Rather ritual - rather than considering it the first step on his path to redemption, he took the "cleansed of your sins" bit literally and treated it as the ''last'' step of his redemption, meaning he was no longer responsible for his crimes. As time wore on, he even decided that said crimes were actually virtues to be applauded.
** The Lutece twins, despite spending most of their time being incomparably silly, are also an example. They blame themselves for most of Comstock's sins due to developing all of Columbia's technology (especially (and especially for [[spoiler:kidnapping Elizabeth when she was a baby]]), and are trying to make up for it by helping Booker in various ways throughout the game. Rosalind doesn't particularly care about it, being willing to let things unfold as they may, but Robert insisted that if she didn't help him set things right, he'd leave her forever.
** Also, Elizabeth in the second episode of Burial ''Burial At Sea Sea: Part II'', for [[spoiler: leaving Sally to die after using her as bait and killing to Comstock, who was genuinely trying to save her.]]



* As it turns out, Deacon from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' was in his younger years [[spoiler:a member of a Synth hate gang but was left horrified after the gang [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped off the slippery slope]] and brutally beat and lynched one of them. He fled the gang and tried to bury his past and start a family, but one day his old gang came knocking on his door: they weren't there for him, they were there for ''his wife'', a Synth. The gang killed his wife, and a heartbroken]] Deacon decided to join the Railroad to atone for his past crimes.

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* As it turns out, Deacon from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' was in his younger years [[spoiler:a member of a Synth hate Synth-hating gang but was who left horrified after the gang group [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped off the slippery slope]] and brutally beat and lynched one of them. a suspected Synth. He fled the gang and tried attempted to bury his past and start over, found a family, but wife, and was trying for kids, until one day his old gang came knocking on his door: they weren't there for him, they were there for ''his wife'', a Synth. The gang caught up with him - and killed his wife, and who turned out to be a heartbroken]] Synth. Deacon decided to join cut down most of the Railroad gangers]], which eventually got the Railroad's attention, so he joined the Synth-advocacy movement as a way to atone for his past crimes.



* JJ Sturn from ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version four, although he wasn't quite as extreme as many examples listed here: He was a [[JerkJock giant asshole]] especially [[TheCasanova towards women]], although he did have his own share of [[KickTheDog more unpleasant actions]].
* In the LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker 2'', after [[spoiler:Lizzie ends up dying in a fight with the God of War]], [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari]] (who plays the role of the girl's father), in a fit of HeroicBSOD decides to try and reconcile with his other kid... by playing a Shinji-raising Sim game.

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* JJ Sturn from ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' version four, although he wasn't quite as extreme as many examples listed here: He was a [[JerkJock giant asshole]] especially [[TheCasanova towards women]], although he did have his own share of [[KickTheDog more unpleasant actions]].
* In the [[http://lparchive.org/Princess-Maker-2/ SynthOrange's]] LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker 2'', after [[spoiler:Lizzie ends up dying in a fight with the God of War]], [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari]] (who plays the role of the girl's father), in a fit of HeroicBSOD HeroicBSOD, decides to try and reconcile with his other kid... by playing a Shinji-raising Sim game.sim game.
-->'''Cube:''' ..and he keeps [[GayOption ending up with Kaoru?]] Maybe if you sent him for more sports training-\\
'''Gendo:''' NO! He's there too, and that just ends up with them both in the showers!



* Agent Washington, formerly of Project Freelancer, once he joined up with the [[Machinima/RedVsBlue Reds and Blues]] after the fiasco with The Meta. Exemplified when Locus tries to do a NotSoDifferent talking about how Washington was before.

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* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Agent Washington, formerly of Project Freelancer, once he joined up becomes this after working with the [[Machinima/RedVsBlue Reds and Blues]] after Meta against the fiasco with The Meta. Blood Gulch Crew. Exemplified when Locus tries to do give him a NotSoDifferent talking about how Washington was before.speech.
20th Dec '16 3:32:23 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jaime is trying his best to reform by saving Brienne, sending her to protect the Stark girls to fulfill his vow, saving Tyrion from execution, and once again aspiring to be a dutiful Kingsguard no matter how soiled his reputation. Later, he insists on going on a dangerous mission himself due to his guilt over releasing his brother, who went on to kill their father.
** Barristan swears himself to Daenerys to atone for failing her elder brother Rhaegar and accepting King Robert's pardon.
** Upon his reintroduction in "The Wars to Come", Lancel Lannister has become very pious and joined a mendicant movement to repent for his past sins.
13th Dec '16 11:03:30 AM WillBGood
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In ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', Equestrian Lieutenant Fighting Fit once hesitated to investigate Junebug's disappearance and failed to stop a changeling from taking her place and [[MindRape mind-raping]] her mother. Two years later, he ropes UN investigator Edith into a search party for the real Junebug, obviously trying to make amends for his failures.
9th Dec '16 7:02:34 PM elemt
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* ''Series/{{Westworld}}'': Teddy can never settle down with Dolores because he first must atone for - actually they didn't bother to program what he felt guilty over. After many years of being motivated by undefined guilt they finally [[BelatedBackstory gave him reason for it]], his involvement with the murderous Wyatt. [[spoiler: This turns out to be based on long-erased memories of helping Dolores/Wyatt in a massacre of Hosts in an attempt to close the park down.]]
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* In ''VideoGame/CampSunshine'', a slasher-style survival horror game,[[spoiler: The Shaman]] is an example. The game's ending reveals that he is actually [[spoiler: the ghost of Jacob Illerman, the father of the game's supernatural serial killer, who feels great remorse for locking his son away to protect others and having ultimately had to kill him years ago]]. Helping the protagonist, Jez, is his way of both atoning and of [[spoiler: saving his son's soul from the demons that had possessed him]].
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