Tele-Tuesday: TV’s Bad Girls We Love to Love

As promised, we’re sharing TV’s bad girls today – the girls that love to blow things up, steal fine art, scam other criminals out of their riches, and kill anyone standing in their way.  That’s right: not all females on television are the goody-goody type, thank goodness.  We like to see a girl light up the screen and take charge of her own destiny, even if she breaks the law along the way.

Oh, and did we mention that these ladies aren’t too hard to look at?

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Fiona Glenanne – Burn Notice

Fiona is a former IRA agent who now doubles as an arms dealer and a bounty hunter.  She loves to blow things up and always jumps at the chance to build and plant explosives.  Fiona is a master manipulator; she has even learned to perfect playing her boyfriend’s mother against him at times.  Fiona’s sharp-tongue and quick-wit make for some of the best banter between characters on television today.

Parker – Leverage

Parker is the cat burglar of all cat burglars; she is one of the best thieves around, and her supreme safe cracking skills and extreme acrobatics make her the best at what she does.  Moving from foster home to foster home, Parker lacks many social skills, but might just have the biggest heart of all the cons.  One might think she is not empathetic, but when she’s emotionally involved in a case, she’ll stop at nothing to take down the bad guys.

Sophie Devereaux – Leverage

Known famously as a grifter,Sophie masters the art of playing roles and keeping secrets.  She even has secrets that the audience is still trying to figure out: is she royalty? Is she married? Or is she just a great actress? Well, maybe she’s not as great on stage as she is at playing the marks of a con.  But regardless of her profession, Sophie has a soft heart and isn’t afraid to play the motherly role for the rest of her team of criminals.

Alex Hunter – White Collar

Alex may just be the closest thing to a female Neal Caffrey; she’s stunning and talented – at breaking the law.   Officially, she fences things on the black market, but Alex has managed to pull off many a con with one of our favorite bad boys.  The mere fact that she helps her friend who is strapped to the FBI tells us that she’s not all bad; she’s just trying to make a living the only way she knows how.  Right?

Katherine Pierce – The Vampire Diaries

Played by the same actress as the protagonist, many prefer bad girl Katherine to good girl Elena.  Katherine is a vampire who doesn’t shy away from her vampire needs.   She knows what she wants, and nothing can stand in her way.  To quote Katherine, “My list of victims is a long one, and I have no problem adding one more name to that list.”  She’s responsible for turning the Salvatore brothers into vampires, for selfish reasons at that.  Thank you for Damon, Katherine.  Thank you.

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Over the years, there have been other wonderful portrayals of the TV bad girl, including Law & Order: Criminal Intent’s Nicole Wallace, Supernatural’s Ruby, and Justified’s Mags Bennet.

What do you think?  Are you a fan of these ladies?  Which of TV’s bad girls do you love to love – past or present?  We’d love to hear from you! 

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11 Responses to Tele-Tuesday: TV’s Bad Girls We Love to Love

  1. Jenny Hansen says:

    Who DOESN’T love a Bad Girl?? That’s what I want to know…

  2. K.B. Owen says:

    Oh, those bad girls…watch out, fellas!

  3. Amber West says:

    Nicole Wallace! Glad she got a mention. 🙂

  4. Parker and Sophie play such totally different roles, but I love ’em both.

  5. EllieAnn says:

    PARKER!! I love you.
    She’s not really bad, though…apart from the breaking the law thing. But she’s so awkward with people and it’s so funny. =) I’m glad you included her.
    Great post!

  6. I haven’t seen any of these characters except the ones on Leverage. I haven’t gotten far enough into Vampire Diaries (just on episode 5) to have met Katherine. I really like Parker, though. For a bad girl from the past, I’ll have to nominate Dru from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 🙂

  7. I don’t know about any of the other ones because I don’t watch much TV, but OMG yes. I want to give Katherine a great big hug for creating Damon. For the love of god…

  8. Catie Rhodes says:

    Guilty confession: we like Katherine Pierce better than Elena Gilbert. My husband especially complains about how goody-goody Elena is.

    Have you watched Breakout Kings? A new season should be starting soon unless it’s been cancelled. We really like Erica (played by Serinda Swan). She’s the bounty hunter turned murderer to avenge her father’s murder at the hands of criminals. She’s a bad mamma jamma. 😀

  9. @ Catie Rhodes
    Lol, I was about to mention Erica from Breakout Kings which easily became one of my favorite series.

    I would have to nominate Vala Mal Doran from Stargate SG-1. She is awesome.

  10. Bella says:

    Tiffany, how great to see bad girls showcased in your post! Out of the ones you mention, I would say Alex is my favorite. But then, she does play along the gorgeous Neal Caffrey, so that might be influencing my choice! 🙂

  11. Neha says:

    Love Fiona, Gabrielle anwar’s potrayal of her is wonderful.

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