This weeks topic is Redemption Arcs.
I feel like redemption arcs are more than just a case of learning some background that justifies a characters antagonistic actions. I think that is a matter of insight rather than redemption. When I consider redemption, I want it to be a character doing something big to make up for the horribleness that has defined them up to that point. But that’s just me and what I’m thinking about this week as I make this list. Whether or not that is the true definition of a redemption arc… I really have no idea.
#5- Holland (from: Shades of Magic trilogy)
I’m kind of breaking my rule right off the bat. We learn about Holland and his torture at the hands of the Dane Twins who force him to carry out their sinister wishes… but he lets himself be defeated and sent into Black London for the greater good. Or so we think……….. I won’t spoil any further.
#4- Prince Robot IV (from: Saga)
This dude is the worst. Until he has something personal to fight for, and all of a sudden he is side by side with our favorite moony in the universe. PLOT. TWIST.
#3- Prince Charming (from: Fables)
He is introduced as a silver tongued womanizer who cares only about wealth and power- but a few volumes in you realize he is a strategical genius and the one to lead Fabletown to victory against the Adversary. I remember the moment I paused my reading and realized: “Holy crap, I don’t hate him anymore.”
#2- Loki (from: Marvel Cinematic Universe)
We went from this slimy asshole in Avengers…
…to this: Thor’s Brother-From-Another-Mother (and Father for that matter) fighting to save his adoptive home.
Loki, I think I love you. No… I KNOW I do.
#1- Darth Vader (from: A Galaxy Far Far Away)
No explanation necessary.