The L Word: Generation Q is back for season two, and so it’s time to answer the question queers have been asking each other for decades: which The L Word character would you let destroy you?
You might be lying to yourself and saying you wouldn’t let any of these characters destroy you, but the truth is you’ve already let their fictional versions shred your heart repeatedly, for years — like you’d put up a boundary to keep them at arm’s length in real life! As always, please share this deep truth about yourself in the comments.
Which The L Word Character Would You Let Destroy You?
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Kayla, this whole quiz was great but I gotta say A++++ on those sandwich pics!!! They are lush!! 😍
Oh and I got Bette✨ Never been so OK w/ being absolutely demolished!
Agree, oh god those sandwiches ♥️
Yes!!! How am I supposed to choose one?
Finley “My guess is you’re drawn to dirtbags with a heart of gold.” Definitely chortled throughout the quiz, thanks!!
Okay I got Bette—maybe I am just THAT predictable… like all the rest of you!
If I were consciously choosing one it would be Bette, hands down, but the quiz gave me Shane. (Is that the joke? Does everyone get Shane? Honestly I think that’d be funny.)
I got Shane too but I can’t stand her 🤣
I have never watched the L Word. But I got Micah.
“Listen, I know there are some of you out there who want to be destroyed by someone nice. Kill ‘em with kindness and all that! Micah is not going to ruin your life entirely like most of the other results on this quiz, but he will deliver the destruction you deserve with his irresistible good looks and good-boy charm. And who knows! Maybe he’s not such a good boy all the time! ;)”
I’m 100% willing to let Bette destroy me but alas I got Sophie
same, i mean sophie’s hot as well tbh
I got Bette…and in the previous quizz I was Bette….sooo…I would fuck my self?…ah shit im secretly Jenny
Same here. Got Bette and was Bette in the other quiz. Maybe the double Bette energy just makes for the ultimate power couple?
I was surprised I got Tasha, like wow haha
Yay, Jodi! Also, I can’t even with the erotica. You have outdone yourself!
Bette would totally hatefuck herself on repeat. It tracks!
I got Tasha and omg, she would DEFINITELY be the one to break my heart.
I got Gigi. “Well, you simply love to chase after hot people who will ruin your life. We have all been there.” I mean, that is accurate.
I got Helena – “For the purposes of this quiz, this is Helena before she’s disinherited. So what I’m saying is you want to be taken care of in all the ways but especially financially, baby. And who doesn’t!” Helena is my favourite character, but I do prefer her after she loses all her money/goes to jail. But I’ll take what I can get :)
She’s so hot when she gets out of jail. It was truly amazing how she continued to get more and more attractive.
I commented Higii instead of Gigi in previous comment
I got Higii, yea she’s hot so maybe, but I would prefer Alice more
I got Gigi and that is SO TRUE!!!
I was hoping for Gigi!
Yay, Jodi! Also, I can’t even with the erotica. You have outdone yourself!
I was pleasantly surprised to get Gigi; I would let her ruin my entire life, for sure.
These quizzes are wayyyy too accurate!
I did my best to get Laura. Fail. Did anyone?
Got Bette, but I think it’s just because I like art!
Will forever be grateful to you Kayla for teaching us that there’s a book called I Watched Her Wash A Cucumber
The iron as knife play was the best part of this quiz. Incredible.
First time around I got a character too much like myself, so I had to go back and answer honestly (so I find physically hotness hot—what am I gonna do). Would definitely let Jodi destroy me.
TASHA – true – the rest of the characters would terrify me to date, but the call out in the intro def applies here
I got Tasha and honestly, I ship it.
Took this twice – this morning I got Tasha. Took it again this evening out of procrastination, only changed two answers (National Portrait Gallery vs Huntington, and the book cover to the one I was going to choose earlier before seeing all the options) and got Bette. Either one is perfect! ☺️
If the answer wasn’t Better Porter I was going to call this quiz a farce, a sham, created by a charlatan. Alas, I can not because, of course, my answer was Better Porter. I knew coming into this that was true. You nailed it. If only she would nail me.
Wanna believe that Gigi is the one for me but you’re absolutely right, Kayla, Michah is who I would let destroy my life.
oh no I got Bette without even trying
I’d totally let Bette and Dani destroy me, like w/o question. The quiz gave me Gigi. Guess it was the sandwich I picked. 🤷♀️ Lol.
This might the most interesting quiz i’ve taken x
I got Bette the first time, went back and chose all different answers, still got Bette. But that is because it is 100% true! It has happened before, probs will happen again.
Also, this is a small-ish thing, but would it be possible to add a content warning about the knife play answer? Not to take it out, just a disclaimer. I personally find it really triggering.
I got Bette who I sometimes think is destroying me from the inside but more importantly this quiz was truly a journey of genuinely interesting questions i was so pleased to be asked and answers and all the sandwiches are so beautiful and I just want to give this quiz an A+++
Tasha and I mean, yes, absolutely.
Also I would like to immediately put forth a motion for there to be a follow-up piece where someone reads and reviews all of the included erotica titles, starting with I Watched Her Wash a Cucumber.
I got Shane, which is absolutely accurate. That pic of Xena with the breast dagger really threw me back to that formative queer moment of my childhood, thank you.
I got Jodi and I’m not even mad bc hot damn sculptors are good w/ their hands. Just saying, she should call me, and inevitably make real fucked up art about me.
I got Dani, and excuse but no I AM the one with daddy issues thank you very much.
Why the fuck did I get Finley???? Jesus that’s sad lol
lol people hate finley so much! i…love finley?
I’m obessed with Finley! I both relate to her and, according to this quiz, want her to destroy me!!
I got Dani, which was a huge surprise! I am not generally drawn to ambitious people, but I mean…she DOES have great big vulnerable eyes, which are a very hard thing to resist in general, so?
Thank you for being SO accurate. Bette all the way. It’s the truth.
Yes. I am 100% open to letting Jodi destroy me. Please?
“There’s simply nothing quite like destruction at the hands of an internationally renowned sculptor (I assume). Jodi will straight up destroy you in the middle of her own art exhibition. You appreciate someone with a wild side who loves to stick it to the establishment. She doesn’t play by the rules, and you probably don’t either.”
Thank you so much, Kayla, for this great choices! My favorite lesbian knife play scene would be of Maggie in Younger though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fv20dN-jHMM
I got Bette. Okay, I GET IT. I have mommy issues. It’s not a secret.
Amazingly detailed quiz, thank you for your service. You really went hard on those sandwich pictures, what are you trying to do to us? Are we not thirsty enough? I also love that when I got to the knife question I immediately thought of Killing Eve and then there they were.
I got Micah…it’s on point. I’d definitely let him destroy me
I would absolutely, without a doubt, in any given moment, on any given day beg, I mean, allow Bette to destroy me!! However, I got Shane and she was definitely my second option. So, for this I am grateful. Lol.
I got Gigi… And in the “which tlw GenQ character are you” I also got Gigi… Twice… Haha 😂
I was so sure I’d get Bette in all my mommi simpery but I also tire incredibly easily of self-inflicted drama….makes so much sense that I got Jodi.