Created By: Dragonmouth on August 9, 2011
Go And Sin No More
The hero allows the villain to work to repent for his crimes rather than punishing him.
The villain has either been defeated or acknowledges the error of his ways. He surrenders to the hero, expecting to be killed or punished in some other way. Instead, the hero lets him go, telling him to work to make up for his crimes. This usually turns the villain into The Atoner. Trope Namer is The Bible, in which Jesus releases an adulteress rather than stone her to death, as was common at the time. Examples:
Hello, Unknown Troper. You'll need to get known to lend a hand here.