What it says on the box. I get weirdly attached to really minor characters, sometimes for legitimate reasons and sometimes for reasons that are somewhat silly. Which you all should know by now.
10. Nora Gainesborough (Lucy Griffiths, True Blood)
I mean, technically she’s main credits but she’s only been present for three episodes so far and honestly I still have not figured out why I am so attached to her already. I mean, there’s the capable ladyvampire thing, there’s the British thing. I think that’s part of it? I still haven’t figured out what her game actually is, because for all we know she could still be lying right now (since she’s all good at that and stuff, which I also enjoy in fiction sometimes I think) and maybe she is and maybe she isn’t and I’m pretty sure that won’t change that I just enjoy her presence and want her around more. And I do not enjoy that every episode and next week’s preview so far has basically been an “oh god is she meeting the true death not yet nooo” situation.
9. Drusilla (Juliet Landau, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Yes, she was in more overall episodes of Buffy and Angel than, say, Miracle Laurie was in Dollhouse, but I did the percentages. Miracle Laurie is not on this list for Mellie/Madeline who I love so much because she was in 57.7% of the episodes in the series. That’s more than half (barely, but still). So she was supporting cast. Juliet Landau was in 11.8% of Buffy episodes and 6% of Angel episodes, or 9.4% of episodes in the overall collection of the Buffy/Angelverse. SO. And anyway, yes, I love Dru a lot. I love Dru because I love the crazy ones and I love the ones who are unabashedly evil and I love the British ones, yes, and I just love her. And one of my favorite discussions to have is the one with someone who has just fallen in love with Dru because I like to remember when I first discovered how awesome she is.
8. Ruby/Little Red Riding Hood (Meghan Ory, Once Upon a Time)
Granted, she has been present in 77% of the first season’s episodes and has been promoted to main cast for season 2 (YES YAY). But she’s really only had one episode to actually do anything, and a few moments in others, and mostly she’s just sort of there. Honestly, I loved her from the start; I think it was the red lipstick that did me in. Aside from her waitress clothes, she sort of dresses/accessorizes like she came from my everfavorite now-defunct rockabilly/quasi-alternative store. Also, she’s just very genuine and seems like a good person and I am excited and also terrified to get to know her better (terrified because I don’t want anything strange to happen to her character-wise I guess).
7. Trudy Campbell (Alison Brie, Mad Men)
As I mentioned last week, basically.
6. Aylesh Rohan (Emma Kenney, Boardwalk Empire)
Literally she was in one episode. Literally I have already discussed every reason I loved her, but oh wow, it was pretty much instant affection for that bookish perceptive little girl who should really be more present.
5. Ros (Esmé Bianco, Game of Thrones)
I do not care. She was not in the books, and serves mostly for people to have sex with while they talk about important plot points. I have developed a strange affection for her anyway. This, I will admit, is largely because I discovered that Esmé Bianco is a burlesque performer and pinup model, and also because of my latent tendency to latch onto what is the obviously-not-musical version of the chorus whore, after my days being such. I look at Ros and go “oh, yep, that’s who I played in Oklahoma! and Once Upon a Mattress, just in Westeros.”
4. Saffron (Christina Hendricks, Firefly)
I first watched Firefly before I started watching Mad Men, though not by much; even still, “because Christina Hendricks” is a valid reason at play here. I really do love Saffron for other reasons, too. A lot of them being the aforementioned “I love when fictional women are really good liars and are unabashedly [somewhat] evil” reasons.
3. Trinity Ashby (Zoe Boyle, Sons of Anarchy)
This is actually just a list of fictional women I have mentioned before, basically. I seriously have no reason why I love Trinny so hard, but I really do adore her, except for that whole “whoops, almost boned my brother” thing which wasn’t her fault, so. She’s just all Irish and sweet and I want to know more about her, dammit. She sparks my curiosity.
2. Mag (Felicia Day, Dollhouse)
(You can all see where this is going, can’t you? Really?) “Because Felicia Day” is of course a reason; “Joss’s redheaded lesbians” is also a valid reason, though a belated one as per that was not made known till the second of her two episodes. And wheelchair!Mag at the end of “Epitaph Two” was also important to me at a point in my life, so there’s that. I dunno. I like women who are badass not necessarily because they’re kicking ass but because they’re just sticking it out through tough times and doing what they have to and not giving up.
1. Bennett Halverson (Summer Glau, Dollhouse)
WOW SHOCKER I KNOW. But seriously, I have discussed before how crazy it is that I am so attached to a character with so little screen time; other than the oft-mentioned “dear holy god it is disturbing to me how much I self-identify sometimes” kinds of ridiculous things, there is the fact that for so little screen time, she actually had a pretty reasonable amount of development. Backstory, check. There were fuzzy details, sure, but there were fuzzy details about everyone on this show because of its untimely end. Also, Bennett is another one of those not-exactly-obvious badasses, in my opinion. No, trying to kill Echo was not a good idea, and no, the Dollhouse in general and working for it was probably not a good idea. But damn, I love geniuses who are all geniusy; also despite her various deranged vengeance schemes, she is not someone whogave up. What happened to her changed her, probably not in a great way, but some people would probably use that kind of thing as a reason to just surrender, and there she is intellectually badassing it up anyway. I mean. Headcanon, what? Irrational, what? Unashamed, yes.
–your fangirl heroine.