39. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), Bones
The Jeffersonian’s resident forensic anthropologist doesn’t have any problem telling her friends and colleagues that she’s one of the smartest women on the planet — and we don’t mind hearing it. We also don’t mind watching her dropkick thugs, shoot at bandits, or smash serial killers in the faces with brief cases.
38. Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario), Pretty Little Liars
Caffeine addiction never looked as good as it does on Rosewood’s most high-strung sleuth. She’s smart, she’s fierce, and her voice drives us to absolute distraction. We’d drive our BEAUTIFUL TOYOTA anywhere she told us to go.
37. Spencer Carlin (Gabrielle Christian), South of Nowhere
Teenage TV gays are all the rage these days, but when South of Nowhere premiered on The N seven years ago, they were few and far between. Into that desert walked Spencer Carlin, a beautiful, well-adjusted, middle-class high schooler — who just happened to like girls. Or so she discovered after a couple of days skipping school with bad girl Ashley Davies. Their relationship was tempestuous, but we were as addicted to it as they were. (And they did live Happily Ever After, after all.)