’s Top 50 Favorite Female TV Characters

3. Xena (Lucy Lawless), Xena: Warrior Princess

If you don’t know anything else about lesbians, you would know that Xena was going to land in one of the top spots on our list of best TV characters. She is practically a lesbian deity. Her relationship with Gabrielle is the stuff of legend, of course. But so is her badassery and her outfits and her bossiness and that smirk. She may have died at the end of the show’s run, but she will live on in our Sapphic hearts (and tomes of fan fiction) for all time.

2. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw), Grey’s Anatomy

Arizona Robbins is the perfect girlfriend: She’s sweet. She’s smart. She’s funny. And most importantly, she’s the kind of woman who will learn everything about you and love you anyway. The kind of girl who, no matter what stupid thing you do, will walk beside you and hold your hand. She may have come to Seattle Grace solely as a love interest for Callie, but she’s made her own place in our hearts. Apparently, we like her even more than we like Callie. Maybe because she’s just as annoyed as we are with Mark Sloane.

1. Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera), Glee

About a year ago, Naya Rivera took the top spot on our Hot 100. Now Santana Lopez has captured the trophy for Favorite TV Character. Two winners of two seperate polls who look just alike! Santana may have started out as a supporting Cheerio. Just a pretty mean girl who could cut you with her words. (“You’re about as sexy as a Cabbage Patch Kid.” “You dress like one of the bait girls on To Catch a Predator.” “Normally you dress like a fantasy of a perverted Japanese business man with a very dark specific fetish.”) But inside that hard, Lima Heights adjacent exterior is just a girl, standing in front of another girl, asking her to love her. Glee may be one of the most ridiculous shows on TV at times, but sometimes it’s also the most poignant. And for the last season and a half, Santana is the one who has kept the entire production emotionally grounded. She sings, she dances, she zings. But mostly she loves. And we can’t help but love her back. 

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