Sorry, I think you misunderstood me. I meant Henry in the AU. He grew up in the same world as Emma but was ultimately strong enough to fight the Queen and to become a knight. Why would Emma be any different in that situation? Why was she so pathetically weak but he was strong?
I think you have a very superficial reading on Henry in the AU. He tried to execute someone who had their hands out and wasn’t going to defend themselves. That’s not brave. I don’t think Henry in the AU is at all the figure you are assuming.