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* In ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'', Tolliver's associate Andy Cramed leaves the life of crime after he develops a near-fatal case of smallpox and gets dumped in the forest to die. He returns to Deadwood later as a reverend and reformed man. Tolliver can't stand Cramed's shift in allegiance and provokes him to the breaking point, [[spoiler:getting a shiv in the gut for his trouble. Old habits die hard.]]
* Brother Sam from Season 6 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' found religion while in prison, [[BloodstainedGlassWindows beating one of his fellow inmates to death in the chapel]]. When he saw the sunlight shine through the stained glass window, he stopped, looked down at the guy, and realized [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he had been kind of a dick for most of his life]].
* ''Series/TheEqualizer'' encounters a former terrorist turned Catholic priest and is not impressed, citing a friend who died trying to save someone from his last bombing. "I hope he's in heaven now, but don't you dare talk about meeting God!"
* Shepherd Book in ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' seems like he went through this. But as revealed in his origin story, [[spoiler: he's more of an example of TheAtoner. After spending decades as TheMole in the Alliance for the Browncoats, he had performed numerous atrocities, some to keep his cover, others to advance the Browncoat's cause. After a strategic loss, he's ousted and homeless, finding God under the supervision of a soup kitchen preacher.]]



* ''Series/HandOfGod'': {{Zigzagged}}. KD gave up his criminal ways after being born again. Pernell also then gives up a lot of his corrupt practices, while believing God is using him as an instrument of vengeance against people, with KD carrying out his will. However since they believe it's God's will neither thinks this is bad (at first anyway).
* In an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'', a man committed a racist murder, and then contemplated suicide, until he heard church bells in the distance, leading him to a Christian conversion. He wasn't tried for the murder until after he had spent years living a genuine life of service, leading everyone to question the purpose of imprisoning him now.
* The ''Series/{{Lewis}}'' episode "The Point of Vanishing" features an inversion, in which a former religious activist who once tried to kill a [[HollywoodAtheist prominent atheist author]] gains redemption after ''losing'' his faith in prison. Unfortunately, his attempts to make reparation [[RedemptionEqualsDeath lead to his own murder]].



* Shepherd Book in ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' seems like he went through this. But as revealed in his origin story, [[spoiler: he's more of an example of TheAtoner. After spending decades as TheMole in the Alliance for the Browncoats, he had performed numerous atrocities, some to keep his cover, others to advance the Browncoat's cause. After a strategic loss, he's ousted and homeless, finding God under the supervision of a soup kitchen preacher.]]
* In ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'', Tolliver's associate Andy Cramed leaves the life of crime after he develops a near-fatal case of smallpox and gets dumped in the forest to die. He returns to Deadwood later as a reverend and reformed man. Tolliver can't stand Cramed's shift in allegiance and provokes him to the breaking point, [[spoiler:getting a shiv in the gut for his trouble. Old habits die hard.]]
* Used in the Swedish soap ''{{Rederiet}}'', where long time villain Carl Ericsson, who was [[PutOnABus sent to prison]] in a earlier season finale, showed up for the final episode to make amends to his mother (one of the main characters). Then, when the end credits rolled, [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue when we are shown still photograps and a voice over telling us what happend to the main characters.]] we learn that Carl "served his time in prison and joined the Salvation Army. After his release, he now spends his time singing songs and collecting money for those in need." - including a picture of him in full uniform and collecting basket in hand.

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* Shepherd Book Parodied in ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' seems like he went through this. But as revealed in his origin story, [[spoiler: he's more of an example of TheAtoner. After spending decades as TheMole in the Alliance for the Browncoats, he had performed numerous atrocities, some to keep his cover, others to advance the Browncoat's cause. After a strategic loss, he's ousted and homeless, finding God under the supervision of a soup kitchen preacher.]]
* In ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'', Tolliver's associate Andy Cramed leaves the life of crime after he develops a near-fatal case of smallpox and gets dumped in the forest to die. He returns to Deadwood later as a reverend and reformed man. Tolliver can't stand Cramed's shift in allegiance and provokes him to the breaking point, [[spoiler:getting a shiv in the gut for his trouble. Old habits die hard.]]
* Used in the Swedish soap ''{{Rederiet}}'', where long time villain Carl Ericsson, who was [[PutOnABus sent to prison]] in a earlier season finale, showed up for the final
episode to make amends to his mother (one of ''Series/{{Malcolm in the main characters). Then, when Middle}}'' where the end credits rolled, [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue when we are shown still photograps family begins to attend a church and a voice over telling us what happend Reese, the epitome of BigBrotherBully, unironically becomes super into it. To the point where he tries to fly up to the main characters.]] we learn that Carl "served his time in prison and joined the Salvation Army. After his release, he now spends his time singing songs and collecting money for those in need." - including clouds on a picture chair with huge balloons tied on it. A butchered, yet sincere, rendition of him in full uniform and collecting basket in hand."Amazing Grace" follows.



* [[BodySnatcher MIKE]]/Phillip Michael Gerard from ''Series/TwinPeaks'' used to be a serial killer who raped and murdered women with his accomplice [[BigBad BOB]]. However, at some point, he "saw the face of God". He cut off his left arm to rid himself of his "Fire Walk With Me" tattoo (which symbolized being "touched by the evil one"), and even helps the main characters solve the mystery of Laura Palmer's murder.
* Brother Sam from Season 6 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' found religion while in prison, [[BloodstainedGlassWindows beating one of his fellow inmates to death in the chapel]]. When he saw the sunlight shine through the stained glass window, he stopped, looked down at the guy, and realized [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he had been kind of a dick for most of his life]].
* The ''Series/{{Lewis}}'' episode "The Point of Vanishing" features an inversion, in which a former religious activist who once tried to kill a [[HollywoodAtheist prominent atheist author]] gains redemption after ''losing'' his faith in prison. Unfortunately, his attempts to make reparation [[RedemptionEqualsDeath lead to his own murder]].
* ''Series/TheEqualizer'' encounters a former terrorist turned Catholic priest and is not impressed, citing a friend who died trying to save someone from his last bombing. "I hope he's in heaven now, but don't you dare talk about meeting God!"



* ''Series/HandOfGod'': {{Zigzagged}}. KD gave up his criminal ways after being born again. Pernell also then gives up a lot of his corrupt practices, while believing God is using him as an instrument of vengeance against people, with KD carrying out his will. However since they believe it's God's will neither thinks this is bad (at first anyway).
* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/{{Malcolm in the Middle}}'' where the family begins to attend a church and Reese, the epitome of BigBrotherBully, unironically becomes super into it. To the point where he tries to fly up to the clouds on a chair with huge balloons tied on it. A butchered, yet sincere, rendition of "Amazing Grace" follows.

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* ''Series/HandOfGod'': {{Zigzagged}}. KD gave Used in the Swedish soap ''{{Rederiet}}'', where long time villain Carl Ericsson, who was [[PutOnABus sent to prison]] in a earlier season finale, showed up his criminal ways after being born again. Pernell also then gives up a lot of his corrupt practices, while believing God is using him as an instrument of vengeance against people, with KD carrying out his will. However since they believe it's God's will neither thinks this is bad (at first anyway).
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for the final episode to make amends to his mother (one of ''Series/{{Malcolm in the Middle}}'' where main characters). Then, when the family begins to attend a church end credits rolled, [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue when we are shown still photograps and Reese, the epitome of BigBrotherBully, unironically becomes super into it. To the point where he tries to fly up a voice over telling us what happend to the clouds on main characters.]] we learn that Carl "served his time in prison and joined the Salvation Army. After his release, he now spends his time singing songs and collecting money for those in need." - including a chair with huge balloons tied on it. A butchered, yet sincere, rendition picture of "Amazing Grace" follows. him in full uniform and collecting basket in hand.


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* [[BodySnatcher MIKE]]/Phillip Michael Gerard from ''Series/TwinPeaks'' used to be a serial killer who raped and murdered women with his accomplice [[BigBad BOB]]. However, at some point, he "saw the face of God". He cut off his left arm to rid himself of his "Fire Walk With Me" tattoo (which symbolized being "touched by the evil one"), and even helps the main characters solve the mystery of Laura Palmer's murder.


Faith can do amazing things to a person. Even the worst {{villain}} can redeem themselves after gaining a little bit of faith in {{God}}. A Heel–Faith Turn is a situation where a [[HeelFaceTurn villain turns good]] because of a deep religious experience, possibly preceded by a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment or a HeelRealization. As a result, the former villain often becomes a GoodShepherd and/or BadassPreacher and an [[TheAtoner Atoner]].

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Faith can do amazing things to a person. Even the worst {{villain}} villain can redeem themselves after gaining a little bit of faith in {{God}}. A Heel–Faith Turn is a situation where a [[HeelFaceTurn villain turns good]] because of a deep religious experience, possibly preceded by a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment or a HeelRealization. As a result, the former villain often becomes a GoodShepherd and/or BadassPreacher and an [[TheAtoner Atoner]].

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* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': Livia is shown her true origins by RaysFromHeaven, revealing that she is Xena's daughter and a messenger from the God of Light.

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* In ''Film/HolyRollers'', Sam turns away from his drug dealing ways after an encounter with a [[EasyEvangelism Chasid who is manning a Kiruv ("bringing close") table]] on a sidewalk in Brooklyn, having Sam lay tefillin and recite the Sh'ma.


* An episode of BatmanTheAnimatedSeries has Arty Stromwell, head of a crime family, do this with the forgiveness and encouragement of his brother, Michael, who lost a leg saving Arty as a child and went on to become a GoodShepherd.

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* An episode of BatmanTheAnimatedSeries ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries': has Arty Stromwell, head of a crime family, do this with the forgiveness and encouragement of his brother, Michael, who lost a leg saving Arty as a child and went on to become a GoodShepherd.


* An episode of BatmanTheAnimayedSeries has Arty Stromwell, head of a crime family, do this with the forgiveness and encouragement of his brother, Michael, who lost a leg saving Arty as a child and went on to become a GoodShepherd.

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* An episode of BatmanTheAnimayedSeries BatmanTheAnimatedSeries has Arty Stromwell, head of a crime family, do this with the forgiveness and encouragement of his brother, Michael, who lost a leg saving Arty as a child and went on to become a GoodShepherd.


* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had the episode "Dope and Faith", where Stan made friends with an Atheist so to get him to turn to God. He subjects the man to a thorough BreakTheCutie process. Instead of turning to God, he kills himself and comes back by making a DealWithTheDevil. Stan at least learns to accept him for who he is.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had the episode "Dope and Faith", where Stan made friends with an Atheist so to get him to turn to God. He subjects the man to a thorough BreakTheCutie process. Instead of turning to God, he kills himself and comes back by making a DealWithTheDevil. Stan at least learns to accept him for who he is.is
* An episode of BatmanTheAnimayedSeries has Arty Stromwell, head of a crime family, do this with the forgiveness and encouragement of his brother, Michael, who lost a leg saving Arty as a child and went on to become a GoodShepherd.

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* The ''Music/{{Chieftain}}'' series by Clamavi de Profundis tells the story of a Viking Chieftain who goes out to plunder a monastery, only to encounter the divine, and is converted to Christianity. By the third song, he tells the Friar that he has chosen not to retaliate against a rival clan whose Chieftain had slain his father. This is a sharp contrast to his bloodlust displayed in the first song.

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* ''{{Series/Vida}}'': Victor says he was once bad, but changed his ways after getting religion.


* From ''Literature/ProvostsDog'', this is Goodwin's backstory. She was once a [[DirtyCop loose Dog]], until a shipment went skewed and she was left dying in a ditch. She pleaded for the Goddess to let her live, she survived, and she became the Goddess' Magistrate in the [[TheCityNarrows Lower City]] as well as one of its best Dogs.

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* From ''Literature/ProvostsDog'', ''Literature/BekaCooper'', this is Goodwin's backstory. She was once a [[DirtyCop loose Dog]], until a shipment went skewed and she was left dying in a ditch. She pleaded for the Goddess to let her live, she survived, and she became the Goddess' Magistrate in the [[TheCityNarrows Lower City]] as well as one of its best Dogs.


* Part of the reason the galaxy won the Yuuzhan Vong war in ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' was the ''Jedaii'' Heresy, a corruption of the Basic word Jedi. The deeds of various Jedi throughout the war became so legendary that Yuuzhan vong heretics incorporated it into their religion. The Shamed Ones caste was particularily prone to conversion, as the whole heresy was kicked of by a Shamed One who was redeemed by a jedi. A few notable figures in the Heresy include [[BigBad Shimrra Jamaane]], who caused the gods to call for the Jeedai, Anakin Solo, who redeemed a Shamed One, the Ganner (actually Ganner Rhysode), who entered the religion as the guardian of the underworld, and Luke Skywalker, who slew Shimrra and was sometimes believed to be an aspect or incarnation of the war god Yum-Yammka.

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* Part of the reason the galaxy won the Yuuzhan Vong war in ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' was the ''Jedaii'' Heresy, a corruption of the Basic word Jedi. The deeds of various Jedi throughout the war became so legendary that Yuuzhan vong heretics incorporated it into their religion. The Shamed Ones caste was particularily prone to conversion, as the whole heresy was kicked of by a Shamed One who was redeemed by a jedi. A few notable figures in the Heresy include [[BigBad Shimrra Jamaane]], who who's evil deeds caused the gods to call for the Jeedai, Anakin Solo, who redeemed a Shamed One, [[YouShallNotPass the Ganner (actually Ganner Rhysode), who entered the religion as the guardian of the underworld, underworld]], and [[BigGood Luke Skywalker, Skywalker]], who slew Shimrra and was sometimes believed to be [[PhysicalGod an aspect or incarnation of the war god Yum-Yammka.Yum-Yammka]].



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* Part of the reason the galaxy won the Yuuzhan Vong war in ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' was the ''Jedaii'' Heresy, a corruption of the Basic word Jedi. The deeds of various Jedi throughout the war became so legendary that Yuuzhan vong heretics incorporated it into their religion. The Shamed Ones caste was particularily prone to conversion, as the whole heresy was kicked of by a Shamed One who was redeemed by a jedi. A few notable figures in the Heresy include [[BigBad Shimrra Jamaane]], who caused the gods to call for the Jeedai, Anakin Solo, who redeemed a Shamed One, the Ganner (actually Ganner Rhysode), who entered the religion as the guardian of the underworld, and Luke Skywalker, who slew Shimrra and was sometimes believed to be an aspect or incarnation of the war god Yum-Yammka.

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* ''Series/ResurrectionErtugrul'': Occurs a handful of times. In short, there’s:
** [[spoiler: Claudius, who had initially been sent by Petruchio Manzini to murder Ibn Arabi]] in the first season. [[spoiler: Ironically, it’s ''an encounter with Arabi himself that convinces Claudius to convert to Islam'' and change his name to Omer]].
** [[spoiler: Helena, who becomes Hafsa after her conversion to Islam]]. Subverted in that [[spoiler: she’s not malevolent at all, and also abhors living with the Byzantines. While she initially shows some hostility toward the Kayis, she only acted that way because she wasn’t aware yet that the men who attacked her were Vasilius’ men in masquerade]].
** A game-changing example occurs with [[spoiler: Tekfur Ares (Later Ahmet)]], who is initially set up as one of the primary antagonists of season 4. He sides with Ertugrul after [[spoiler: testifying against Sadettin Kopek, then has a dream where he encounters Ibn Arabi, who convinces him that he can seek a more fulfilling life by allying himself with the Turks]].

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* Fanfic/TheGirlOfTomorrow: Downplayed by [[spoiler:Doomsday, aka Kon-El]]'s story arc. He was more of a TragicMonster than a true villain to begin with, but after Supergirl spares his life he spends some time WalkingTheEarth, eventually finding himself in Sri Lanka. While spending time there he learns about the tenets of Buddhism, and finds himself making the pilgrimage to the summit of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam%27s_Peak Adam's Peak]] when a wheelchair-bound man needs his help to reach the summit. Soon after, he enrolls as a novice at the monastery there and finds the peace he had sought.

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