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Persephone Special Project: The Fall Bracket

I’m not sure how many of our current readers were around during our Spring project, Middlemarch Madness, but we had so much fun with it we’ve decided to do another bracket every fall. Don’t worry, book lovers, we’re still doing Middlemarch Madness in 2012, but we thought it would be fun to celebrate the new TV season by picking the Baddest Lady Television Badass.

Any woman character who has ever been on a television series is eligible for nomination, so we have decades worth of ladies to wade through to determine the top 64 that will appear in the bracket.

To start us off, we’ll do a couple of nomination threads, then we’ll narrow down the choices like we did for Middlemarch, with votes for each of the four broader categories:

  • Lead Lady Character in Drama
  • Lead Lady Character in Comedy/Musical/Variety
  • Supporting Lady Character in Drama
  • Supporting Lady Character in Comedy/Musical/Variety


I’m guessing it will take us a couple of weeks to narrow down who’s going to make it to the brackets, then it should take about 3-4 weeks to determine the winner.

To get the ball rolling, tonight I want to see nominations for the two lead categories, drama and comedy. I know you all will wow me with your choices.

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

71 replies on “Persephone Special Project: The Fall Bracket”

Lead Lady Character in Drama

BUFFY.  I mean, do we even need to nominate anyone else?  She’s as badass as  they come.  Although…

Willow!  Also a mega badass.

What?  I don’t watch a lot of non-Joss dramas…

Lead lady Character in Comedy/Musical/Variety

Jean from As Time Goes By, cause she’s awesome

Lily from HIMYM (she may be a bitch, but she’s a badass one!)

Also Robin from HIMYM, for never feeling bad about pursuing her career and playing hockey

Jackie from That 70s Show (see explanation for Lily from HIMYM)

Carla from Scrubs (or would she be supporting?  I dunno…)

Lucy of I Love Lucy fame (I’m watching a lot of re-runs…)

Susan from Coupling.  I love me a no-nonsense kind of gal.

Supporting Lady Character in Drama

Any and all Firefly ladies (or do they go lead?  Ensemble shows are hard…)  Zoe and River, for the badass fighting-ness, Kaylee for the badass mechanic-ness, Inara for the badass not taking anyone’s crap and being true to herself, and YoSafBridge for being herself.

Cordelia Chase from Buffy and Angel

Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei from Game of Thrones (or do they get lead billing?)  Daenerys is just awesome, and Cersei is an awfully dangerous bitch to know.

Lisa Cuddy from House (although caveat: I have not watched more recent seasons, but in the early seasons she kicks ass)

Supporting Lady Character in Comedy/Musical/Variety

Sue Sylvester and Santana from Glee, for being way awesomer in their bitchiness than any of the good girl characters

Jordan from Scrubs.  Just…JORDAN.

Aunt Dahlia from Jeeves and Wooster.  Bending Bertie to her will and making him love her anyways, PLUS hunting?  Awesome.


Lead Lady Char­ac­ter in Drama

Temperance Brennan- Bones

Abby Sciuto- NCIS

Sara- Wtichblade

Lead Lady Char­ac­ter in Comedy/Musical/Variety

Daria Morgandorfer- Daria

Julia Sugarbaker- Designing Women

Lorelei Gilmore- Gilmore Girls

Sophia Petrillo- Golden Girls

Clarissa Darling- Clarissa Explains It All

Samantha- Bewitched

Sup­port­ing Lady Char­ac­ter in Comedy/Musical/Variety

Jane Lane- Daria

Sookie St. James- Gilmore Girls


Lead Lady Char­ac­ter in Drama
Buffy Summers (Buffy)
Dana Scully (X-files)

Lead Lady Char­ac­ter in Comedy/Musical/Variety
Roseanne Connor (Roseanne)
Edina and Patsy (AbFab)

Sup­port­ing Lady Char­ac­ter in Drama
Zoe Washburn (Firefly)
Kira Nerys (DS9)
Sierra (Dollhouse)
Pam (True Blood)

Sup­port­ing Lady Char­ac­ter in Comedy/Musical/Variety
Jackie Harris (Roseanne) (!!!!!!!!!)
Darlene Connor (Roseanne)

I know there’s more … but this will do for now.

If Jane Rizzoli isn’t nominated for lead lady in a drama, then I just don’t know. She defines badass (notably in the last ep of season 1. Wowzers). But Veronica Mars might be the ultimate… Comedy, it has to be Leslie Knope. Supporting lady in a drama: CJ Cregg. In a comedy: Busy Philipps as Laurie in Cougar Town. WAY underrated, always brilliant.

My choices:

Leading Drama Badass Lady:

Fiona Gallagher – Shameless (I’ve only seen the US remake, but I’ve heard its pretty much the same as the original, but seriously Emmy Rossum is perfection in the remake and Fiona is one of my favorite characters OF ALL TIME)

Veronica Mars – Veronica Mars

Danearyes – Game of Thrones


Leading Comedy Badass Lady:

Leslie Knope – Parks and Recreation

Dee – Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Kelly – Misfits

All of the Golden Girls

Lucille Bluth – Arrested Development (or is she considered supporting?)


Also, would the old Adam West Batman TV show be considered Drama or Comedy? Because I think Catwoman as played by Eartha Kitt and Julie Newmar is seriously badass.


Leading Ladies Drama:

Kara Thrace (Starbuck) -BSG

Laura Roslin- BSG

Gwen Cooper- Torchwood

Veronica Mars- VM

Buffy Summers- BTVS

Samantha Carter- SG1

Supporting Ladies Drama:

River Song- Doctor Who

Pam -Trueblood

CJ Cregg -The West Wing

Leading Ladies in Comedy:

Lisa Simpson -the Simpsons

Hyacinth Bucket- Keeping up Appearances

Donna Fucking Noble, Y’all- Doctor Who

Dorothy- Golden Girls

Supporting Ladies in Comedy:

Sue Sylvester -Glee

Hot Lips Houlihan


Olivia Dunham (Fringe)

Dana Scully (X-Files)

Laura Roslin (BSG)

Starbuck (BSG)

Buffy (BTVS)

Elena Gilbert (The Vampire Diaries)  … Seriously, this show does strong women really well, no Bellas here.

Zoe Wash (Firefly)

Cordelia Chase (BTVS/Angel)

Daenerys Targaryen (GoT) – I didn’t watch the show so I’m not sure if she’s watered down, but she’s awesome in the books.

Comedy: Aaand I just realized that I don’t watch any comedies. I mean, Joss Whedon is comedy but I think his stuff qualifies more as drama right? Would Sailor Moon count? Or any of the Sailor Scouts? Those girls were awesome.


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