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    19 Moments That Made People Say 'I Can Never See That Character The Same Way Again'

    Sorry, but if you still liked Pam after her Legally Blonde comment, we have nothing in common.

    We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community which moments changed the way they view a character forever, and here are some of our fave responses!

    BTW, this post is brimming with 🚨spoilers🚨, so make sure to scroll past any entries about your fave unfinished shows and movies.

    1. When Wilhemina distracted the press from her daughter's exhibition in Ugly Betty:

    ABC

    "We always knew Wilhemina wasn't one to mess with, but this moment really showed me that she had a wealth of professional and creative knowledge behind her. It also showed how complicated and messy her personal relationships had become in her hunt for power, which was interesting considering how straightforward her arc had felt before then!" 

    —Amy Glover

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    2. When Gale accused Peeta in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt.1:

    Lionsgate Films

    "When he called Peeta a coward and traitor for the things he said while he was being brainwashed, it made me realize he was such a selfish and egocentric person! He was also being very petty about it."

    ingridhaaland03

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    3. When we saw Snape's memories in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:

    Warner Bros.

    "This scene definitely changed the way I saw Snape, but in a bad way (it's different in the books though, so maybe it was the director's choice?). I know it was meant to humanise him but if anything, this scene hammered home the message that what Snape felt for Lily wasn't love, but obsession. She didn't feel the same way about him and cut him out of her life after he called her a cruel term, but he STILL felt entitled to her!" 

    thatboleyngrl

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    4. And when we found out about Dumbledore's original plan for Harry in the same movie:

    Warner Bros.

    "When I found out that his 'plan' to defeat Voldemort rested on Harry dying, I saw him as a manipulative mastermind rather than a beacon of goodness."

    somethingcleverhere

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    5. When Winston opened up about his reasons behind why he became a police officer in New Girl:

    Fox

    "Winston's always been my favourite character, and it felt pretty tone-deaf when he became a police officer, and put me off him a little bit. The episode where he hid his job from the woman he was dating and then addressed police brutality and systemic racism felt very honest and answered a lot of questions."  

    Hanifah Rahman  

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    6. When Loki watched his life on film in Loki:

    Disney+

    "Before the show, I never really thought too much about Loki. However, after he watched his life on the film reel, I saw him as a man who used his godship to cover up his pain. And after the last episode, I feel like I truly knew him."

    pplpwrawesome

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    7. When Pam made fun of Katy for her desert island movie choice in The Office:

    NBC

    "I just couldn't get on board with Pam's character after she sniggered at Katy for wanting Legally Blonde as her desert island movie. Not only did this scene show me Pam's cattier side, but it ALSO let me know that she had zero taste. Boooo!" 

    —Amy Glover

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    8. When Billy's story ended in Stranger Things:

    Netflix

    "In season two I saw him as rude and usually drunk. There really wasn't much about him, but in season three he became the main villain and everyone felt kinda sorry for him. After Eleven reminded him of his mom and his previous life, he sacrificed himself for the lives of Nancy, Jonathan, Eleven, Mike, Dustin, Max, Lucas, Steve, Robin, and Erica – of COURSE I saw him differently after that!" 

    renny_sings

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    9. When Sansa went against Jon in the "Battle of the Bastards" episode of Game of Thrones:

    HBO

    "She'd already changed so much at this point, and I'd already gone from despising her character to loving her – but that moment is when she showed how much she'd really changed. She went from being a whiny kid who wanted nothing more than to marry a prince to a badass intelligent woman who could easily rule all by herself. She showed everyone they were wrong to underestimate her, and that whole episode is perfection!"

    slytherinshark

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    10. When we found out that the relationship between the main character in Fleabag and her BFF wasn't as straightforward as we'd thought:

    BBC

    "I couldn't look at the main character in Fleabag the same way when it was revealed SHE was the one Boo's boyfriend cheated on Boo with."

    lapoozle28

    "Yeah, that was a major gut punch."

    childrenofthecornbread

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    11. When Isaac deleted the voicemail from Otis to Maeve in Sex Education:

    Netflix

    "I almost didn't recognise his character at that point." 

    ciarahalpenny5

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    "I almost didn't recognise his character at that point." 

    ciarahalpenny5

    13. When Johnny and Moira Rose met up with old friends in Schitt's Creek:

    CBC

    "When Johnny and Moira saw their old friends again, they suddenly realised how obnoxious, stuck-up and mean people in their old life were. Johnny said something along the lines of 'you guys abandoned us when we lost everything, but Roland and Jocelyn have gone out of their way to help us'. He stuck up for them for the first time and we actually saw a friendship between them, it was a total character shift!"

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    14. When we found out a little more about Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid's Tale:

    HBO

    "She's such a complicated character and one who is easy to hate, but that episode was truly intriguing. We saw that she'd been a kind, compassionate and mild-mannered teacher who was capable of having fun (that karaoke scene!) and feeling love, but after overreacting and interpreting 'taking things slowly' as rejection, pushed all that away to become a tyrant. It left many things unexplained, like why she was prone to overreaction and why she had trust/intimacy issues to start with, but it stopped us from seeing her as purely a monster. Obviously, there's still no excuse for how cruelly and violently she's behaved since, but it was really interesting to see all the potential she had to be a good person and how, every so often, that compassion and empathy still creep through."

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    15. When Sarah and Peter confronted one another in Forgetting Sarah Marshall:

    Universal Pictures

    "I love the scene where she explains her circumstances leading up to her leaving him for somebody else (just a side note that I do not, nor will I ever, condone cheating). In the beginning, you think of Sarah as the villain, but soon you realise that she tried everything she could to keep the relationship together with little to no effort from Peter, who just assumed she would always stick around. It’s a real eye-opener and proves there are two sides to every story."

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    16. When Rae discovered Chloe's diary in My Mad Fat Diary:

    Channel 4

    "She started out as Rae’s longtime (but honestly kind of selfish) friend, but in season two we were given an episode from her point of view that helped us understand her. It made me cry."

    annahill95

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    17. When Scott didn't believe Stiles in Teen Wolf:

    MTV

    "I couldn't stand the fact that Scott ignored him after all that Stiles had done for him! I know he was manipulated by Theo, but even Stiles told Scott not to trust Theo, and he went and did the complete opposite."

    lapoozle28

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    18. When Santanna became the victim of discrimination in Glee:

    Fox

    "TBH at first I hated Santanna in Glee but when she was publicly outed as lesbian, I really connected with her and my opinion changed. In fact, she became my favourite character!"

    allthingsbuzzfeed

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    19. When Cisco suffered tragedy in The Flash:

    DCTV

    "In the first season of The Flash, I HATED Cisco. I absolutely hated him. There was a scene at one point where Caitlin (under Grodd's influence) punched him, which I watched on a loop to cheer me up. I found him so annoying and childish! Then Barry's meddling caused his brother to die, and somehow that changed everything about how I saw him. I needed to protect him because he wasn't happy anymore. Now that he's found his smile again, he's become one of my favourite characters in the DCTV universe."

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    20. When Lewis stood up to Andy in The American President:

    Sony,  Universal

    "He was very much a Yes Man to the president for most of the film, until he realised that Andy was blurring the lines between his professional relationship and personal relationship with Sydney. Then, he really stood up to him and made him realise that he wasn't doing his job properly and was failing the American people."

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    Do you disagree with our choices, or just think there was a perfect example we missed out? Sound off in the comments below! And if you want to be featured in future posts like this, make sure to follow the BuzzFeed Community on Facebook and Twitter.

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