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?
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.
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!