Top Ten Female TV Characters :: Top Ten Tuesday
10. Regina Mills, Once Upon a Time
I’m ever a fan of the dark hero, the flawed character who is initially misunderstood (sometimes mostly misunderstood by herself) and who tries to change her reality, without changing the core person that she is. Regina is the most complex, and well-written character on the show, the one I always root for, the one who I relate to, who has a sarcastic wit that I adore, and who I find the most heroic. I also would kill for her fierce strength, and some of that wardrobe, too.
9. Rose Tyler, Doctor Who
Rose is forever my companion, the one who I still love dearly, and wonder about all the time (how is she in that alternate universe, with her alternate doctor? what is there life like now?) She is heroic, strong, emotional, flawed, complex, funny, compassionate, resilient, and isn’t afraid to love big. Oh, and once she was the Bad Wolf, her entire being holding the Time Vortex herself, how badass is that?
8. Lolly Levine, Hindsight
Another show that ended too soon (one season only, even though we were told a second was coming, then it was stopped in production, not okay) that I absolutely loved, that included one of my all-time favorite TV characters in Lolly. I just get her, relate to her so much, and feel like she is everything I was, and wanted to be, at her age – for better, and for worse. She is flawed, terribly in some ways, but she is also so loyal and loves so enormously, she’s passionate, obsessive, neurotic, pop-culture-ish meets edgy/different, and has so much heart – I will miss her, and the show.
7. Kate Austen, Lost
I used to not like Kate at all, first time around with Lost, I saw her in this admittedly judgmental view that I don’t even understand anymore, and then I re-watched, and changed my perspective. She is now one of my all-time favorite TV characters, one who I ended up rooting for, understanding more, and finding truly heroic, and so very human. Flawed, fierce, a survivor, terribly misunderstood, more compassionate than sometimes she shows, or is seen as, and full of a hope that despite the pitfalls and disappointments in her life, she seems to still hold on to.
6. Michonne, The Walking Dead
Fierce is the first word that comes to mind when I think about Michonne, but a quick second is heart, as she has tons of it, and a hell of a lot of (much needed) hope. I feel like there is so much going on just under the surface of Michonne that she shows glimpses of, beautiful things, vulnerable sides, scars and wishes and love and loss, and more. She is one of the most complex characters on the show, one that I have grown to love deeply.
5. Audrey Horne, Twin Peaks
Beyond the style she has (oh my stars, I’d love her wardrobe and hair and overall look, yes I would), it is her attitude, her heart, her strength, her persistence, her curiosity, and her gumption that I adore. I always wanted more of Audrey’s story, something I am very much hoping we get when Twin Peaks returns. She loves big, gets involved in things she believes in, and isn’t afraid to go undercover, or to dig for the truth in things, she is another heroic character to me.
4. Sarah Linden, The Killing
Deeply flawed and deeply brilliant, Sarah is obsessive, haunted, driven, strong, fierce, tenacious, intuitive and so very human. I love the vulnerable side to her that she rarely shows, the scars and hurt she’s had are so visceral, I get them, and understand, and always root for her to survive, to let herself be happy, to sometimes let go. The show, and characters, surprised me in how much I grew to love it, and them.
3. Willow Rosenberg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Though there are many female characters I love in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Anya, Tara, Dawn, Buffy herself), it is Willow that I loved from the pilot all the way through to the end, Willow who I always rooted for and felt deeply about, and Willow who to me was so complex and meaningful to me. I related to her vulnerability, her loyalty, her conflictions, the ways she loved, the ways she sought vengeance for those she loved, and both the successes and failures she had. To me, she was magic even before she discovered she had magic, and was always one hell of a force to be reckoned with.
2. Rayanne Graff, My So-Called Life
Though I was never a Rayanne (I was more of some cross of Angela and Brian) as a teenager, I certainly would have loved to have been Rayanne, and was always attracted to Rayanne-types as friends. She was so strong, fiercely so, loyal (despite those Jody Barsh rumors), flawed, insecure, vulnerable, loved big, was daring and bold, and though not really fearless, she certainly put off that vibe. Her need and want for love (not necessarily romantic, but love all the same), family and friendship was beautiful and heartbreaking, and the core of who she was, and what I passionately love about her.
1. Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls
I’ve never come across a character that I related the most to (on-screen, big or small) as much as I do to Lorelai Gilmore, in all the best and the worst ways. She is strong, independent, persistent, flawed, terrible at relationships, better at friendships, best at parenting (though never, ever perfect), and a survivor. She is heroic to me, beautiful and heartbreaking, so funny, full of pop-culture and music obsessiveness, issues with her family, a coffee-addict, and emotionally complex in a way that is so human – I just get her, totally and completely.