AfterEllen's Top 50 Favorite Female TV CharactersTuesday, February 28, 2012
1. Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera), Glee
About a year ago, Naya Rivera took the top spot on our AfterEllen.com 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.
13. Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron), Glee
Sometimes we can't help but wonder if Glee's writers hate Quinn Fabray. When they're not saddling her with bizarro kidnapping storylines or giving her solos to characters we don't even know, they're smashing into her with pickup trucks. Frankly, though, it doesn't matter. We love her enough for the whole world.
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.
19. Brittany S. Pierce (Heather Morris), Glee
It was a throwaway line that catapulted Brittany S. Pierce from silly cheerleader to lesbian darling: "If [sex was dating], Santana and I would be dating." Now they're doing both! Santana says Brittany is "everything that's good in this miserable stinking world." And we tend to agree. We also support her in her quest to get Lord Tubbington to give up ecstasy.
45. Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), Glee
In a school where saccharine sappiness and you-can-do-it ideology threatened to take over the student body, only Sue Sylvester was willing to take a stand against the Glee Club. Her tongue is toxic, her zingers are caustic, and her hatred for Will Schuester is a message we can all believe in.