There’s Something About a Scary Woman With Questionable Morals

“There’s Something About” is a series where writers chat about the type of babes that make them all hot and bothered by showing you fictional Pop Culture hotties that fit the bill.


Maybe it’s because I had my first kiss with a goth girl who spent a lot of time in detention and was weirdly obsessed with John Dillinger. Maybe it’s because I’m a thrill-seeking, Aries Sun/ Scorpio Rising, top-leaning switch who loves a challenge but — I’ve always adored bold women who rattle my sense of right and wrong.

So please enjoy this list of fictional characters who made me the homosexual I am today.


Morticia Addams — The Addams Family

Image shows Morticia Addams laying in bed with her arms draped around her, pointed red nails and long flowing black hair staring deeply into the camera.
I grew up watching the 1991 film The Addams Family and its sequel The Addams Family Values, in which Anjelica Houston stars as the vampiric femme fatale of my dreams who also lacks any concern about her family’s physical safety. Morticia only gently rebukes Wednesday when she tries to electrocute Pugsley (just for fun) and doesn’t seem rattled when her children attempt to murder their infant sibling by throwing him off a roof. But she wins my adoration with swoon-worthy quotes like, “I’m just like any modern woman trying to have it all…I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade.”

Annalise Keating — How to Get Away With Murder

Image shows AK in a blue dress, with a green necklace staring into the distance.
Viola Davis is undeniably powerful, and when she’s playing the stern, power-suit-wearing lawyer/ law professor Annalise Keating, her Hot Older Woman Appeal intensifies. Sure, she lies her face off and attempts to cover up a murder. But as far as I’m concerned, Annalise can do whatever she wants.

Faith — Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Image shows Faith sitting on a couch wearing a black leather jacket and giving an attitudinal face to the camera
Most queer folks who grew up watching Buffy are Willow/Tara fans, and while I appreciate Willow/Tara as one of TV’s first witches-loving-witches couples, those characters were too soft for me. I like women with an edge. Faith, while not explicitly queer, was queer-coded enough for teenage me to fantasize about getting her dark lipstick all over my face. Did she technically kill a guy? And did she technically switch bodies with Buffy to avoid punishment from the Watcher’s Council? And did she technically send a bunch of teenagers to their death during the battle against the First Evil? Yeah, but let’s focus on the leather pants, shall we?

Dr. Callie Torres — Grey’s Anatomy

Image shows Dr. Callie wearing scrubs and standing at the hospital desk giving side eye to likely a rude resident
Let it be known that I had a crush on Callie BEFORE the character’s bisexual awakening. Please, for a moment, imagine my UTTER DELIGHT in 2008 when I, a senior in high school at the time, got to watch my fictional crush start a woman-doctor-on-woman-doctor romance on TV. Callie may have a heart of gold, but she’s quick-tempered and definitely a little scary — her favorite part of orthopedic surgery is the part where she gets to break bones. She also makes some questionable choices, like when she incites a custody battle with Arizona and when she starts dating Penny (who, for the record, is painfully boring in comparison to Callie’s other lovers — #CalzonaForever). Despite her impulsive decisions, Callie always charms her way back into my heart.

Theo Crain — The Haunting of Hill House

Image shows Theo sitting on the last seat in a row of chairs wearing a deep grey tshirt, black pants and gloves while giving a tilted side eye glance to someone
I’ve managed to watch this incredibly morbid series in its entirety three times, mostly because I love a character study with paranormal elements, but also because I’m a sucker for any angry queer woman who has psychic powers that REQUIRE HER TO WEAR LEATHER GLOVES AT ALL TIMES (?!?!). ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! There must have been at least one kinky person in that writers room. Theo yells — a lot. And she rarely considers the impact of her harsh words. She also tries to kiss her older sister’s husband after her younger sister’s funeral. At least she’s willing to own up to her mistakes. I couldn’t care less about Shane fucking a bridesmaid, but when Theo did the same thing, I rejoiced.

Bette Porter — The L Word

Image shows Bette Porter in a suit, staring into the camera the way that only Bette Porter can
I don’t have to explain this one. Bette speaks for her damn self.


Thank you for appreciating these women with me. Now go out there and make some dubious life choices!


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Ro White

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12 Comments

  1. Women of questionable morals have always been my weakness. Even though I don’t necessarily had a crush awakening with all of these, I can appreciate them anyway. Callie and Bette were part of my gay awakening..so there is that. And Angelica Houston as Morticia has always caught my eye, even when I was a terror-averse teenager.
    Thanks for the list! :)

  2. Faith. Actually horribly evil? Yes. Do I want her to top Buffy? Yes. Do I want her to top me next? Yes.

    Do I forgive the writers for having her do some of the evil things she did (e.g. to Xander)? No. Will I ignore them as not true to her character so I can fantasize about her guilt free? Yes.

  3. As someone who didn’t watch Grey’s until I was stuck in virtual nursing school during the pandemic and thought that watching seventeen seasons of medical drama would help me stay focused on studying (it sort of worked), I have never had anyone with whom to yell about this, so please excuse me, but

    SERIOUSLY what the fuck did Callie see in Penny?! She was basically a paper towel with a good jawline. What kind of person uproots their daughter for a paper towel?!

    • I was also late to the party re:Greys and at first wondered what Callie was thinking with the custody battle and the whole Penny thing. Still not sure what the point of the custody storyline was other than to frustrate everyone involved. But in Penny’s defence, Callie was coming off cheating drama with Arizona and work drama(though, at that hospital when isn’t there work drama? So I think Penny in all her blandness was somewhat calming? Idk, I liked them together but that’s because by the time they became a thing I was tired of all the off and on, will they won’t they relationship chaos of the show. Which is basically the whole premise and probably why I stopped watching soon after lol

    • How were you able to watch Grey’s as a nursing student? I couldn’t sit through some of the scenes because it was so medically wrong I kept correcting everything. Weird thing is I used to enjoy watching Grey’s but now that I’m in medicine, I can’t watch any medical dramas anymore.

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