The reason I’ve always worshipped the Pepsi Cola boardroom sequence in Mommie Dearest (’81) is because in the space of two minutes it totally turns you around by making you root for Faye Dunaway‘s Joan Crawford. The scene arrives at the two-thirds mark, and up until that point Crawford has been portrayed as a fanatical perfectionist, disciplinarian and Kabuki-faced horror mom. And then she stands up to those Pepsi Coca sharks and it’s suddenly “go for it, Joan…we love you!”

Please name other gnarly or sociopathic or outright villainous characters who have suddenly become admirable or even heroic in the space of a single scene.