’s Top 50 Favorite Female TV Characters

After weeks of tweeting and Tumblr-ing and Facebook-ing and Fan Forum-ing, the reults are finally in! We have counted all the votes in our inaugural Favorite Female TV Characters poll and the winner is … well, you’ll have to click through to the last page to see who the winner is. (You didn’t think we’d make it that easy, did you?)

One of the funnest things we get to do at is tally the results of our big polls and learn about our readers’ tastes. For example, with this poll, we assumed that most of the winning characters would be lesbian or bisexual. We were right, but only slightly. 26 of the 50 characters are queer ladies. We also assumed most of the winning characters would be on shows that are currently on the air. We were right about that too, but again, only barely. 27 of the 50 winning characters are from ongoing shows. Which means the whole “out of sight, out of mind” thing simply does not apply to lesbians.

What else do we know about your tastes? Well, we know that even though the majority of our readers are American, almost percent of your favorite characters are from international shows. And we know that you find the following things sexy (in this order): ladies who like other ladies, ladies who carry guns and/or badges, ladies who make you laugh, ladies with non-American accents, ladies who sing. Also, generally speaking, you like women who swear and women who boss people around.

Want to know even more about what you love? See for yourself!

50. Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel and Christina Bennett Lind), All My Children

The first lead character on a daytime drama to come out as a lesbian, Bianca Montgomery has secured her role as a gay icon. Like every soap character, Bianca’s relationships were tempestuous, but when AMC went off the air in 2011, Bianca seemed to have found lasting happiness in the arms of Marissa Chandler.

49. Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), Alias

Lesbian ladies have a long history of loving badasses, so it’s no wonder Sydney Bristow roundhouse-kicked her way into our hearts over the course of five seasons. When she wasn’t saving the world, she was showing off her skills as a polyglot, or her abs — both of which were fine by us.