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Wicked (the musical)

  • At the Prologue, as the father shuns the newborn Elphaba, her mother, lying in bed, just keeps reaching her arms out toward her baby, not caring about the baby's supposed deformities.
  • Elphaba and Galinda have been changed... For Good.
    • A slight bit of Mood Whiplash, as Glinda gets in a laugh before getting serious;
      Elphaba: You're the only friend I ever had.
      Glinda: I've had so many friends...but only one that mattered.
  • Two moments during "One Short Day in the Emerald City";
    • Just before the "Wiz-o-Mania" performance, Elphaba gushes that she always wants to remember what it's like being in the Emerald City where no one points at her green skin as being odd. Glinda smiles and says, "Elphie, you look positively...emerald!"
    • At the end of the song, when Glinda says they're just "two friends" touring the Emerald City, Elphaba hesitantly adds, "Two good friends". Glinda gently corrects her; "Two best friends".
  • After "As Long as You're Mine" in the musical:
    Elphaba: I wish I could be beautiful. For you. Don't say that I am, you don't have to lie to me.
    Fiyero: It's not lying. It's looking at things another way.
  • And the reverse of that. Elphaba's "you're still beautiful."
  • Watching the last third of the second act in the Musical, knowing the ending. Knowing what the note Elphaba gets REALLY reads. And what is REALLY driving her subsequent actions. It isn't despair. It is hope that she had long since cast aside.
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  • A subtle one but think about it: Nessarose's only reaction to Boq's transformation is mild shock at first and then pinning all the blame on Elphaba. How is this heartwarming? Because she could have very easily rejected him. But she doesn't. That's right, Nessa still loves Boq, still wants him to be with her and doesn't think any less of him, even after he's been turned into a subhuman being...and rejected her. That's real love and dedication right there.
  • Speaking of Nessa, her reaction when she's able to walk after Elphaba enchants her shoes. The joy on her face is enough to bring grins to the audience.
  • "Dancing Through Life". Boq and Nessa. That is all.
    Boq: You know what? Let's dance.
    Nessa: ...What?
    Boq: Let's dance!
    • Followed by Boq pulling Nessa's wheelchair out to the dance floor and dancing around her, like all the other guys are doing with their dates. Even though it really, really doesn't work out for them, it's hard not to smile to see Nessa so happy, and to see her being treated like all the other girls, regardless of her disability.
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    • And then when Glinda finally gets the nerve up to dance with Elphaba.
  • When Elphaba does her poor approximation of dancing and Fiyero remarks that she certainly doesn't care what anyone thinks.
    Galinda: (holding up her new wand) Of course she does. She just pretends not to.
  • Depending on the actress, there's a short one with Elphaba and Nessa. After Nessa's father gives her the pretty silver shoes and leaves with cold final "take care of your sister" instructions to Elphaba, Elphaba tries to play the whole sour-grapes "They wouldn't look good on me" but Nessa looks at Elphaba as if to say that it's not true.
  • The Held Gaze moment after they rescue the lion cub - especially effective if the Fiyero looks utterly dazed and his voice distracted, like he's staring at the most beautiful art in the world. It must have been the first time in her life that someone looked at Elphaba like that.
  • On a meta-note (and counting also as Tear Jerker), Kristin Chenoweth singing "For Good" at both the private funeral of her West Wing co-star John Spencer, and the Grand Finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
  • This picture. In case the link dies, it's Mark Seibert (Fiyero) kneeling and tenderly kissing Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba)'s hand. note 
    • From that same performance: Fiyero leading Elphaba by the hand to the front of the stage, after he saw her sitting alone while he and the ensemble were performing the Dancing Through Life (Tanz durch die Welt) section of the medley.
  • How much goes Glinda care for Elphaba by the end? She cares for her enough to play all of Oz like a kazoo and obtain supreme power... to basically implement everything Elphaba can't.
  • Galinda proving she does have depth, after hearing the story of how Elphaba's father used to feed his wife milk flowers during her second pregnancy, to prevent the second baby from being green, which caused Nessa to be born prematurely and her tiny legs twisted together it left her paralyzed, and their mother dying from childbirth. Elphaba states it's her fault and that its her biggest secret.
    Galinda: It was the milk flowers that did it, not you. Elphaba, that may be your secret, but it doesn't mean it's true.