18. Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), Glee
Rachel Berry doesn’t have any scruples about bending the whole world to her whims to get what she wants. And dammit, we love that about her. We also love her voice, her crazy sweaters, and the way she looks at Quinn when she doesn’t know anyone’s looking at her.
17. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), Castle
Kate and Castle might be in a classic will-they/won’t-they relationship (they will), but Beckett always keeps it fresh. Maybe it’s her wry sense of humor. Maybe it’s her general badassery. Maybe it’s her face. Or maybe she’s just the perfect storm of everything we love in a lady who carries a gun.
16. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), Law & Order: SVU
There’s a reason why Mariska Hargitay keeps racking up awards even though Law & Order: SVU is going on its 13th season — in a world full of police procedurals, Olivia Benson stands alone. She’s tough without being cynical, vulnerable without being weak, and a superhero without being untouchable. If the show went on for 13 more seasons with Benson, we’d go on watching.