“I see Thea as my chance at redemption.” ~Merlin
I think everyone has the chance to be redeemed…even people like Merlin and Slade. Villains are who they are because of the intensity of what they have been through and often because they don’t have the support they needed during the Survival and Vigilante phases (see How to Become a Superhero). Don’t get me wrong, their actions are still very evil, but because of their experiences they could still turn around, go down a different path and use these choices and experiences in humility to help others. I would love to see how they bring someone out of Villain back into Vigilante and toward hero.