Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Redemption

Salvation – deliverance from a previous state, usually Evil, a frequent trope of Christian Fantasy. Otherwise the term generally refers to a turning point of Story, a point when the Rite of Passage or Quest is resolved (> Recognition), and when the protagonist turns back towards home, towards the face of God. A redeemed protagonist is the true protagonist at last. Also, it is frequently the case in fantasy – and in most other storytelling genres – that a semi-major character portrayed as or actually bad turns out to be good in the end, or does some final good act, thus redeeming her/himself either outside or within the bounds of the Story. Although there are a few exceptions, it is a characteristic of Horror that those who start off bad stay that way: there is no redemption. [JC/JG]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.