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    17 Times Clare From "Derry Girls" Proved She Is A Precious Human Who Must Be Protected At All Costs

    Nothing but respect for my favorite wee anxious lesbian!

    You might recognize Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington from the hit show Bridgerton, but I'd like to take just a moment of your time to talk about one of Nicola's other incredible roles: Clare Devlin from Derry Girls.

    An arrow pointing to Clare that says "an icon"
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    It's my personal opinion that Penelope and Clare would be very good friends, but that's a story for another time.

    While we excitedly wait for the next season of the show, let's take a look back at some of Clare's best moments:

    1. When she was way too relatable with this "texting your best friend to both wear a skirt to school tomorrow" energy:

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    2. When she fasted to raise money for Kamal and was certainly not dramatic about it in any way, shape, or form:

    Clare saying she's going into starvation mode and Michelle saying she just skipped lunch
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    3. And when her first instinct when chaos broke loose was to go straight for the sandwich:

    Clare eating the sandwich saying Erin will get her money back and Michelle saying, "but will you ever get your self respect back?"
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    4. When she stuck true to her goody-two-shoes attitude and gave us this hilarious moment:

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    5. When she reminded us that some things, like dancing to "your song" with your BFFs, trump everything else in importance:

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    6. When she was all of us staying up waaaay too late for an exam we absolutely needed to pass:

    Clare shaking, James asking how many energy drinks she's had, and Clare saving five or twenty three while sitting next to a pile of empty cans
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    We've alllllll been there!

    7. When she reminded us that it's important to be thankful for the little things, like some good old peace and quiet to read in:

    Clare repeatedly thanking Erin's mom for taking her on a trip with them and Erin saying she's going on a caravan, not giving her a kidney
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    8. When she gave us peak Anxious Kid™️ representation:

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    Girl, same.

    9. When she was unabashedly enthusiastic about the things she loved, even if it went unappreciated:

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    10. When she stood her ground and kept her priorities in check:

    Erin asking if Clare is afraid of the controversy of sharing this girl's story and Clare saying she is because of her permanent record
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    IT'S PERMANENT, ERIN!

    11. When she was the physical embodiment of nervous energy:

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    My current mood? That last GIF.

    12. When she wrote an anonymous story for the school paper about being a lesbian, and came out for the first time:

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    13. When she had the perfect response to Erin's assumption that she liked her just because she's gay:

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    Not today, Erin!

    14. When she wore these two little pride pins the whole season afterward, which just happen to be almost as adorable as she is:

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    15. When she gave us this iconic moment:

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    16. When she got drunk and went ~wild~ in a Very Clare Way:

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    Never change, Clare, never change.

    17. And finally, when she put her fight with Erin on the back burner to stand up for Orla:

    Clare standing up for Orla and saying "actually she's our dick" and dancing on stage with her and the girls
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    Where can I submit my application to be part of this friend group?

    In conclusion, thank you, Clare Devlin, for being an absolute icon.

    Clare in a crown
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