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Poll: The Faces of Betrayal (Spoiler-Free)

(well, except for the fact that you know these movies contain betrayals at some point)

BETRAYAL is an ugly thing: friends or allies put their trust in you and it doesn't just participate in an evil scheme; their trust is the most integral and vital part of the plan with the traitor's ensuing guilt (when there is any) as a collateral damage.

Interestingly, while being destroyers of human relationships, traitors are great plot drivers: it's not surprising that Shakespeare wrote a few pages about them. But this poll isn't about movie traitors but about the betrayed ones and the moments they knew.

Indeed, realizing you've been betrayed is quite a painful experience as if you were going through all stages of grief (minus the bargaining) at once, contributing to some heart-breaking moments in cinematic memory... and some visually interesting emotional cocktails of shock, sadness, disbelief, repressed anger... and other ingredients.

The following pictures -as Bart Simpson would put it- pinpoint the exact moment where these characters' hearts rip in half, when they discover the betrayal; which one would you describe as the most expressive face of betrayal, which one could be the ultimate meme conveying the total devastation of being betrayed?

Et tu, voter, you can discuss the list here

Make Your Choice

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    James Mason and Louis Calhern in Julius Caesar (1953)

    "Et tu, Brute?" (certainly the trope codifier)
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    Mel Gibson in Braveheart (1995)

    "Et tu, Bruce?"
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    Al Pacino in The Godfather: Part II (1974)

    He knew it was him...
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    James Earl Jones in The Lion King (1994)

    "Long live the King."
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    Patrick Swayze in Ghost (1990)

    Sam's second post-mortem shock
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    Harvey Keitel and Willem Dafoe in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

    Harvey Keitel betrays...
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    Harvey Keitel in Reservoir Dogs (1992)

    ... and Harvey Keitel is betrayed
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    Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

    "It is beyond my control."
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990)

    "What happened to the fifth one?"
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    Robert De Niro in Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

    Noodles meets Senator Bailey.
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    Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out (2017)

    "You know I can't give you the keys."
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    Al Pacino in The Godfather: Part II (1974)

    "It wasn't a miscarriage..." (Is Michael Corleone the only cinematic character to have been betrayed twice in the same movie?)
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    Alec Guinness in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

    "What have I done?" (or perhaps the only instance where the traitor has betrayed himself as well)

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