11 Things We Love About Dr. McDreamy (In GIFs!)

Confession time: I have seen every single episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” including these past few seasons that are decidedly lacking compared to the show’s glory days. Even when the plot twists get particularly ridiculous, the show always has heart, which is why I’m in deep mourning over last night’s loss of Derek Shepherd, our beloved Dr. McDreamy. This show is known for its painful surprises, so its not so much his death itself as it is the context of the death that makes it so painful. He and Meredith had just rediscovered how much they love each other, and now the plans they’d made for their family will never be. Watching Meredith say goodbye to him was all kinds of awful. Derek’s character was that rare breed of truly decent human, though that decency occasionally got in his own way. He was imperfect and made many mistakes, but he was defined by his very black-and-white idea of what was right and wrong. At the end of day, his goal was always to do the right thing, even if it was to his own stubborn detriment — which is why he spent the last hours of his life saving others. He was a multilayered guy, but today let’s take a walk down memory lane and celebrate some of the more, ahem, superficial things we adored about him…

1. The moment that started it all, when he met Meredith for the first time.

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2. When his ego entered the room before he did, but he made it seem so charming somehow.

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3. When he stood up for Meredith and looked so sweet doing so.

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4. When he kissed her like this…

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5. …and this…

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6. …and this…

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7. …and this.

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8. When he was all about the loving embrace.

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9. When he was a goofball.

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10. When he made gazing into a lover’s eyes briefly less corny than usual.

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11. Every time he was the silly, lovable Derek we’ll miss.

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