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* Played with in [[Literature/TheBelgariad The Mallorean]] in the nature of the protective curse around the city of Kell. Any [[ReligionOfEvil Grolim]] that approaches the city is stricken blind. It is the effect of the curse that triggers this trope by causing the grolim to only see the face [[spoiler: of their future god, a far more benevolent one than Torak.]]


* ''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 isis.

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-->'''Longinus''': (''in a moment of DrowningMySorrows'') [[AsTheGoodBookSays And the Lord said, "Who shall I send?"]] And I said, "''I am here. Send me''." I come from [[{{Bulungi}} a land of death and misery]]. And I [[OffscreenVillainy stood with the devil for so long]]. (''He indicates [[spoiler:two blood diamonds]] on the table between him and Ajay, both [[BeAllMySinsRemembered physical reminders of his past atrocities]]'') This one...this one wanted travel documents to [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere take his family some place safe]]. And ''this one''... wanted malaria medication for his [[IllGirl sick child]], so he tried to kill me. I cannot blame him. (''Longinus raises the bottle to his lips, but then [[NoMoreForMe plonks it down again]]'') '''[[BigNo NO]]!''' There is still work to do! We are not finished! You know what you must do! And ''I'' know what ''I'' must do!


* Garai from Creator/OsamuTezuka's ''Manga/{{MW}}'' started out as a violent gangster who molested a nine-year old boy, but he became a priest to try to atone for his evil ways.

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* Garai from Creator/OsamuTezuka's ''Manga/{{MW}}'' started out as a violent gangster who molested a nine-year old nine-year-old boy, but he became a priest to try to atone for his evil ways.



* In ''Anime/HighlanderTheSearchForVengeance'', Colin [=McLeod=] spends most of the film as a thoroughly unlikable HollywoodAtheist. By the end of the movie he has started believing in a higher power, and has gotten a lot more friendly as a result.

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* In ''Anime/HighlanderTheSearchForVengeance'', Colin [=McLeod=] spends most of the film as a thoroughly unlikable unlikeable HollywoodAtheist. By the end of the movie movie, he has started believing in a higher power, power and has gotten a lot more friendly as a result.



* ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'': The TropeNamer for all things that [[CerebusSyndrome start happy and fun and end in the most horrific way possible]], the series actually subverts its own trope when the titular protagonist, Cerebus, near the final arcs of the series, undergoes a religious experience similar to that of the comic's author, David Sim. He finds that the Bible, Torah, and Quran are all equally valid religious texts in the eyes of God, and after his conversion, becomes a stronger, more motivated and determined character for the rest of the series, as he now believes he has something worth fighting for.

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* ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'': The TropeNamer for all things that [[CerebusSyndrome start happy and fun and end in the most horrific way possible]], the series actually subverts its own trope when the titular protagonist, Cerebus, near the final arcs of the series, undergoes a religious experience similar to that of the comic's author, David Sim. He finds that the Bible, Torah, and Quran are all equally valid religious texts in the eyes of God, and after his conversion, becomes a stronger, more motivated motivated, and determined character for the rest of the series, as he now believes he has something worth fighting for.



* 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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* 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, 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.



* 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.

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* In ''Film/HolyRollers'', Sam turns away from his drug dealing 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.



** Lancel Lannister, after undergoing a near fatal wound [[spoiler:and out of guilt over his involvement in the murder of the previous king and sleeping with the Queen Regent, joins a ChurchMilitant and repents his sins. This causes problems for the Queen Regent, who finds herself charged with murder and fornication.]]

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** Lancel Lannister, after undergoing a near fatal near-fatal wound [[spoiler:and out of guilt over his involvement in the murder of the previous king and sleeping with the Queen Regent, joins a ChurchMilitant and repents his sins. This causes problems for the Queen Regent, who finds herself charged with murder and fornication.]]



* From ''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.
* ''Literature/KnowledgeOfAngels'': Beneditx was hoping to cause one in Palinor, though Palinor wasn't a Heel to begin with (the Church saw Palinor as evil for disbelief in God, and so Beneditx was hoping that, by converting Palinor, the Church would see him as good and spare him). Instead this backfires on him, since Palinor's superior retorts lead him to undergo a {{crisis of faith}} from which he never recovers.

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* From ''Literature/BekaCooper'', this is Goodwin's backstory. She was once a [[DirtyCop loose Dog]], 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.
* ''Literature/KnowledgeOfAngels'': Beneditx was hoping to cause one in Palinor, though Palinor wasn't a Heel to begin with (the Church saw Palinor as evil for disbelief in God, and so Beneditx was hoping that, by converting Palinor, the Church would see him as good and spare him). Instead Instead, this backfires on him, him since Palinor's superior retorts lead him to undergo a {{crisis of faith}} from which he never recovers.



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' plays with this trope. Sanya, [[ThePaladin Knight of the Cross]], was a former villain, having been host to a Fallen Angel and did many evil things. But when he learned his handler, a woman he loved deeply, saw him as disposable and a tool, he left and suffered a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. His guilt at his actions purged the Fallen from inside of him and he soon ran into Shiro, who is the Knight of Faith. Seeing this man needing guidance, Shiro helped the young man, and Sanya decided to help stop those who he was just part of. Then ArchangelMichael appeared and gifted Sanya the Sword of Hope to wield and bring Hope to anyone who sees him or it. The played with part is despite being host to a Fallen Angel, witnessed an Archangel appear, and many other miraculous moments and deeds, Sanya is an agnostic. He accepts God probably exists, but doesn't know if God is some all-powerful being, an alien, or just a delusion of his. What matters to Sanya is his continued helping people.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' plays with this trope. Sanya, [[ThePaladin Knight of the Cross]], was a former villain, having been host to a Fallen Angel and did many evil things. But when he learned his handler, a woman he loved deeply, saw him as disposable and a tool, he left and suffered a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment. His guilt at his actions purged the Fallen from inside of him and he soon ran into Shiro, who is the Knight of Faith. Seeing this man needing guidance, Shiro helped the young man, and Sanya decided to help stop those who he was just part of. Then ArchangelMichael appeared and gifted Sanya the Sword of Hope to wield and bring Hope to anyone who sees him or it. The played with part is despite being host to a Fallen Angel, witnessed an Archangel appear, and many other miraculous moments and deeds, Sanya is an agnostic. He accepts God probably exists, exists but doesn't know if God is some all-powerful being, an alien, or just a delusion of his. What matters to Sanya is his continued helping people.



* 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'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]], and [[BigGood Luke Skywalker]], who slew Shimrra and was sometimes believed to be [[PhysicalGod 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 particularly prone to conversion, as the whole heresy was kicked of off by a Shamed One who was redeemed by a jedi.Jedi. A few notable figures in the Heresy include [[BigBad Shimrra Jamaane]], 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]], and [[BigGood Luke Skywalker]], who slew Shimrra and was sometimes believed to be [[PhysicalGod an aspect or incarnation of the war god Yum-Yammka]].



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* ''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).

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* ''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 However, since they believe it's God's will neither thinks this is bad (at first anyway).



* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': In a bit of a weird example, Root goes through one in the beginning of season three. It's weird because the god she's following is ''an [=AI=]'' that, for whatever reason, [[TheChosenOne chose her to be its interface]], directing her to carry out missions for it and in the process [[ThouShaltNotKill curbing her murderous tendencies]].

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': In a bit of a weird example, Root goes through one in at the beginning of season three. It's weird because the god she's following is ''an [=AI=]'' that, for whatever reason, [[TheChosenOne chose her to be its interface]], directing her to carry out missions for it and in the process [[ThouShaltNotKill curbing her murderous tendencies]].



* 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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* Used in the Swedish soap ''{{Rederiet}}'', where long time villain Carl Ericsson, who was [[PutOnABus sent to prison]] in a an 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 photographs and a voice over voice-over telling us what happend happened 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.



* AmazingFreakingGrace: English sailor John Newton got religion after his life was saved in a storm, becoming a minister, and penned the hymn about his experienced. However, it is a myth that this also led him to free the slaves the ship was carrying. In fact, he continued in the slave trade for some years before leaving to enter the ministry, and only began to fight it later on.

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* AmazingFreakingGrace: English sailor John Newton got religion after his life was saved in a storm, becoming a minister, and penned the hymn about his experienced.experience. However, it is a myth that this also led him to free the slaves the ship was carrying. In fact, he continued in the slave trade for some years before leaving to enter the ministry, and only began to fight it later on.



* Wrestling/JakeRoberts: Became a born-again snake handling Christian in the mid-1990s, and by time his python was named "Revelations". His real-life conversion became part of the plot that set up the legendary career of Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin.

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* Wrestling/JakeRoberts: Became a born-again snake handling snake-handling Christian in the mid-1990s, and by time his python was named "Revelations". His real-life conversion became part of the plot that set up the legendary career of Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin.



* Joshua Graham from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. He was originally a missionary of the New Canaanites, before helping to create Caesar's Legion. After being dishonored, set on fire and thrown into the Grand Canyon by Caesar, he found his way back to New Canaan and the Mormons. It mellowed him out. [[AntiHero A bit]].

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* Joshua Graham from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. He was originally a missionary of the New Canaanites, before helping to create Caesar's Legion. After being dishonored, set on fire fire, and thrown into the Grand Canyon by Caesar, he found his way back to New Canaan and the Mormons. It mellowed him out. [[AntiHero A bit]].



* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'', [[EleventhHourRanger lategame character]] Renault ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or Renaud for those in PAL regions]]) reveals through [[RelationshipValues Support conversations with other characters]] that he was once a mercenary, and that the death of a friend of his had prompted him to turn to the Church of St. Elimine for guidance. The truth is more complex than this, however. [[spoiler:After his friend had died, Renault came upon [[BigBad Nergal]], who was then performing further research into the use of [[LifeEnergy quintessence]] to create life. Still grief-stricken, Renault agreed to assist Nergal with his experiments, in the promise of having his friend returned to him. However, Nergal eventually fulfilled his side of the bargain by raising Renault's friend as a [[ArtificialHuman Morph]], a soulless construct that was nothing like the person Renault had known. Overcome by regret from both this and his realisation of Nergal's atrocities (to which his aid had ultimately contributed), Renault left to join the clergy, to seek any kind of forgiveness for his actions.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'', [[EleventhHourRanger lategame late-game character]] Renault ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS or Renaud for those in PAL regions]]) reveals through [[RelationshipValues Support conversations with other characters]] that he was once a mercenary, and that the death of a friend of his had prompted him to turn to the Church of St. Elimine for guidance. The truth is more complex than this, however. [[spoiler:After his friend had died, Renault came upon [[BigBad Nergal]], who was then performing further research into the use of [[LifeEnergy quintessence]] to create life. Still grief-stricken, Renault agreed to assist Nergal with his experiments, in the promise of having his friend returned to him. However, Nergal eventually fulfilled his side of the bargain by raising Renault's friend as a [[ArtificialHuman Morph]], a soulless construct that was nothing like the person Renault had known. Overcome by regret from both this and his realisation of Nergal's atrocities (to which his aid had ultimately contributed), Renault left to join the clergy, to seek any kind of forgiveness for his actions.]]



* Used as a hasty DeusExMachina in Shakespeare's ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt''. Duke Frederick, the usurping villain who sets the plot in motion by driving the heroes into exile, is on his way to make war with the heroes, when he comes across a religious hermit who convinces him to give up his evil ways and lead a monastic life. We're told all this after the fact via messenger. Loose end officially tied up!

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* Used as a hasty DeusExMachina in Shakespeare's ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt''. Duke Frederick, the usurping villain who sets the plot in motion by driving the heroes into exile, is on his way to make war with the heroes, heroes when he comes across a religious hermit who convinces him to give up his evil ways and lead a monastic life. We're told all this after the fact via messenger. Loose end officially tied up!



* A DoubleSubversion in the musical ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon.'' In act 2, Kevin Price marches up to the genocidal warlord-dictator, singing "I Believe," over-the-top in his idealism and his conviction. The general is unimpressed, and shoves the book up Price's ass. However, at the end of the show, with a confrontation from both the missionaries and the Ugandans, the general converts and ends up ringing doorbells at the show's conclusion.

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* A DoubleSubversion in the musical ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon.'' In act 2, Kevin Price marches up to the genocidal warlord-dictator, singing "I Believe," over-the-top in his idealism and his conviction. The general is unimpressed, unimpressed and shoves the book up Price's ass. However, at the end of the show, with a confrontation from both the missionaries and the Ugandans, the general converts and ends up ringing doorbells at the show's conclusion.



* Done in ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl''. Mario is quick to blame Bowser for Peach's disapearance, but is reminded by Luigi that Bowser gave up such things when he became a Buddhist. Later in the series, we get to see Bowser. He is dressed in a Chinese-style robe while meditating in his garden, and begins dispensing philosophy when questioned. [[spoiler:Until his TakingYouWithMe HeroicSacrifice against an army of Game & Watches.]]

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* Done in ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl''. Mario is quick to blame Bowser for Peach's disapearance, disappearance but is reminded by Luigi that Bowser gave up such things when he became a Buddhist. Later in the series, we get to see Bowser. He is dressed in a Chinese-style robe while meditating in his garden, garden and begins dispensing philosophy when questioned. [[spoiler:Until his TakingYouWithMe HeroicSacrifice against an army of Game & Watches.]]



* Although he doesn't complete the turn, Skeletor in the [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] and [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]] [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Special]] does betray Horde Prime and save the two children he was ordered to capture/kill, because he learned about and accepted the TrueMeaningOfChristmas.

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* Although he doesn't complete the turn, Skeletor in the [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] and [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]] [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Special]] does betray Horde Prime and save the two children he was ordered to capture/kill, capture/kill because he learned about and accepted the TrueMeaningOfChristmas.


* Jules Winnfield of ''Film/PulpFiction'' rejects his violent, criminal career after he and Vince are miraculously unharmed by a man emptying a HandCannon at them at short range (to the point that there are bullet holes directly behind them where the bullets should've gone through them but didn't), and says he's going to "[[WalkingTheEarth walk the earth]]" instead, "until God puts me where I need to be". While Jules does become a better person, his partner is highly skeptical of his religious musings on the matter.

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* Jules Winnfield of ''Film/PulpFiction'' rejects his violent, criminal career after he and Vince are miraculously unharmed by a man emptying a HandCannon at them at short range (to the point that there are bullet holes directly behind them where the bullets should've gone through them but didn't), and says he's going to "[[WalkingTheEarth walk the earth]]" instead, "until God puts me where I need to be". While Jules does become a better person, his partner Vince is highly skeptical of his religious musings on the matter.matter. [[spoiler:Considering that Vince gets killed after sticking to the criminal life while Jules does not, Jules may have had a good point...]]


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* Longinus from ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' was an [[AfricanTerrorists African warlord]] who became a priest after surviving a bullet to the head, and left his home country behind to travel the world seeking to collect [[spoiler:all the blood diamonds he sold to criminals]]. Currently, he works as an ArmsDealer for [[LaResistance the Golden Path]] to assist them in their war against [[TheCaligula Pagan Min]]. That said, Longinus [[ArtisticLicenseReligion doesn't seem to get the central points of religion]], saying things like "What gun would Jesus choose?" to justify his actions. He's a sincere [[TheAtoner Atoner]], though, and is only ever helpful to [[PlayerCharacter Ajay]].

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E11TheDarknessAndTheLight "The Darkness and the Light"]]: The first victim of the mysterious killer who's knocking off Major Kira's old LaResistance comrades one by one is said to be an anti-heroic example of this trope, having had a very rough time transitioning back into civilian life with no Cardassian occupation forces to use as a productive outlet for his homicidal impulses but eventually finding peace through his faith in the Prophets. Not that the killer cared; in fact the murder method was to stuff explosives into a small ceremonial brazier whose flames were used as a meditation aid, meaning that he would be killed when he knelt in prayer. Even Kira, who [[IDidWhatIHadToDo has no shame or regrets]] about [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilised some of the more morally questionable things the Resistance resorted to]], is [[EveryoneHasStandards vocally appalled at such a cowardly tactic.]]


* 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.

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