Anyone else notice how every time they needed Regina to be a hero, Emma had to be incapacitated in some way?
Exhibit A: The season 3 finale, when Regina was “the holder of the strongest light magic” (yeah right) and defeated Zelena. However, earlier Emma had had her magic drained.
Exhibit B: The season 4 finale, when Regina was ‘the Saviour’ and Henry could use her blood to rewrite the story. However, Emmahad been “un-savioured” by Rumple and the Author.
Exhibit C: In Camelot, Regina was deemed as the Saviour and saved Robin. And once again, Emma had been un-savioured as she was the Dark One.
Exhibit D: Regina goes to save Emma from the Wish Realm. Meanwhile, Emma had been reduced to a whimpering damsel.
It says a lot about her redemption that it only works when Emma is unable to be a hero for whatever reason.