Persephone Bracket

Never Mind the Neilsens: And Then There Were Two

The results are in, and boy are you folks in for a tough vote for the NMTN Championship. Find out who’ll be competing with whom by clicking through…

Both winners took well over 66% of the respective votes in their polls, and it was really never even close.

Best Supporting Badass – Willow defeats Jane Lane

Best Leading Badass – Buffy beats Leslie Knope.

Monday we’ll be running the final poll, which will close on the following Thursday at 11PM, EST. (I’m going to be out of town on Friday.) The final winner will be announced (by the magic of post scheduling) one week from today.

If I were a betting woman, I’d put my money on Buffy.

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

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19 replies on “Never Mind the Neilsens: And Then There Were Two”

I love that these two characters are battling it out in the end… but, I’m bothered that we haven’t seen as powerful a female character as these two in the what, like 8 years? since the series ended.  Some have come close but not close enough.  These ladies weren’t nearly as one-dimensional as other female characters we see now.  The writers fleshed them out into people.

I’m happy we have them and it’s possible for teen girls to see old episodes now though (I love technology).  So they will always be with us.  But, seriously, if Anya was on this list my decision would have been made is one Second.  :)

But yeah, after this round of voting, I would like to ask that we set them aside in a special Hall of Fame category and remove them from voting – kinda like how Allure had to set aside Mabelline Mascara because it kept winning (yes, this is my reference, I like makeup, whatever).  :)


I don’t think you can judge the strength of a show from one episode from the first season. The first season hasn’t aged as well as the rest of them, but the show really is fantastic. I’d suggest giving it another try. You can pick up in season 2 and be able to understand the story fairly well.

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