3 Grey’s Anatomy characters first hated fans, but they loved it

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Grey’s anatomy has seen its fair share of fan favorite characters over the years, but they haven’t always started like that.

The ABC medical drama got its start in 2005, and it’s still going strong to this day. Viewers have been introduced to a wide range of personalities, including some who have crashed. And as they say, the first impression is everything. So more often than not, Grey’s anatomy fans end up hating these characters. But of course, there have been some exceptions to the rule.

Mark Sloan

Eric Dane as Mark Sloan and Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd in Grey’s Anatomy | Danny Feld / Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

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When Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) first appeared in Grey’s anatomy Season 2 made it hard not to hate him. The character was enormously confident and apparently nothing more than a fucking man. He also slept with the wife of Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh). But over time, Mark has shown that he is ready to step up his efforts.

Throughout Mark’s journey on Grey’s anatomy, he rekindled his friendship with Derek and established a close bond with Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez). Then, when Callie got pregnant with Mark’s baby, he chose to stay involved.

Meanwhile, Mark fell in love with Lexie Gray (Chyler Leigh). And finally, the plastic surgeon became much more than the man to whom they were presented in season 2, even offering advice on love on his deathbed.

April Kepner

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April Kepner (Sarah Drew) was one of the residents of Mercy West when the hospital merged with Seattle Grace. So naturally, Grey’s anatomy fans hated it. Then, to make matters worse, the character was also incredibly boring. But things changed after April lost her friend, Reed Adamson (Nora Zehetner), to the shooter in Season 6.

As Grey’s anatomy continued, April faced and overcame multiple obstacles. She was fired – twice – and failed. However, the trauma surgeon was resilient and managed on her own, even through her relationship with Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams). Then, before viewers knew it, April left the Shondaland series. And Grey’s anatomy fans have since been drained.

Alex Karev

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Grey’s anatomy fans knew Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) as “Evil Spawn” for a reason. The character was a misogynistic jerk upon arrival, even calling Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) a nurse in order to insult her during the premiere. Then time and time again, Alex has proven to be the epitome of toxic masculinity.

Nevertheless, Alex slowly started to open up and take care of others, whether or not in his best interest. The character found his way out of plastics and into pediatric surgery under the direction of Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw). He also showed a level of empathy towards his young patients which is not often shown with other characters.

Alex also started a romance with Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) and supported her against cancer. Then, when she left him, Alex finally found love with Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) and became the partner that viewers want him to be.

That said, some Grey’s anatomy fans may find the progression of Alex’s character questionable after season 16. The peds surgeon abandoned Jo for Izzie. But at least Alex has not regressed in the character he was in season 1.

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