Which L Word Character Are You?

It’s hard to live every day without knowing which L Word character you are. I mean, we all think we know, but there’s only one way to know for sure if you are a Jenny, Tasha, Bette, Tina, Max, Helena, Alice, Dana, Carmen or Shane. It’s taking this quiz.

Which L Word character are you?

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  1. Never have I experienced such an intense level of creeping dread with every answer!

    Was pretty convinced that I would end up as Max because gotta fix that internet, but fortunately got Dana!

    Now I will systematically retake to see if Peggy Peabody is a result because she is the only acceptable character.

  2. I got Alice – so yup, it picked up the ADHD*. I don’t have much else in common with her, though, so I’m kinda curious about the more granular breakdown of my all-over-the-map answers.

    (Seriously, if you recognize to the way Alice thinks, particularly around her “who’s indirectly slept with who” chart – ADHD is wildly underdiagnosed in women and usually doesn’t look anything like the stereotypes – particularly in women. I have no idea if the people who created the show realize they created an extremely accurate ADHD character).

    While I don’t think any fit perfectly this is likely the most accurate of the available options. I’ve only seen part of the original L word, so can’t comment on the more recent one.

    *I do not know if the show creators realize they created a dead accurate ADHD character – but they did. And If someone recognizes the way Alice thinks in themselves – particularly the way she makes connections between information – it may be worth looking closer at ADHD. It’s wildly underdiagnosed in women and usually looks nothing like the stereotypes (or the name) would imply.

    • hahaha no the test just counts the number you got of each person and if there’s a tie they pick the result randomly I guess, which i DO wish we had more control over BUT

      i will say when i put “welcome to the dollhouse” (one of my favorite films of all time!) i was like, ok this is so niche that whomever picks this and gets jenny has only themselves to blame

      • I saw Welcome to the Dollhouse, thought oh wow that’s both excellently unusual for a nineties film list entry *and* the one on the list that fits best, went for it, and yep, Jenny… I accept that I am the one to blame here ;)

        I cut school to go and see Welcome to the Dollhouse on the huge full screen at the Odeon West End during the LFF back when it first came out and I was profoundly in the midst of the black clothes, ripped black tights and occasionally purple lipstick phase of my youth and did mildly rebellious things like skipping school but always in order to like see more art that my parents wouldn’t have let me go to, so a bit of a geeky rebellion all in all…I hadn’t thought about any of that in ages and oh my heart aches gently! but a thank you from this complicated person for the excursion down memory lane

  3. ok so real question for y’all as doing these quizzes is pretty new to us and we’re still sorting it out: this quiz was hard to make because there were so many characters that you could get a result based on answering for the same option 2-3 times. but also i know online personality quizzes tend to be pretty short so i wanted to keep it tight, so i narrowed down my 20 questions to like, 13. so the question is how many questions is too many questions for y’all? how many is ideal?

    • I’d say 15-ish is enough for me? But I wouldn’t be upset if it was closer to 20.

      These quizzes are kind of silly, but they’re very entertaining, and we can all use some silly lighthearted fun these days.

    • I don’t think 20 questions is too many, the choices are always entertaining. I’ve been enjoying the quizzes. Sometimes I don’t have the mental energy to engage with full articles or heavier topics but I can take a few minutes mental break to take a silly quiz.

    • I think the tiring part is not too many questions, but having too many options for answers because choosing an answer takes up mental bandwidth.

      I don’t know the solution for this because you’ve probably got to have an answer for each character…unless you had less characters, or streamlined the answer flow to a few broad categories of character like “Bette and Shane would both choose coffee over tea, booze or juice/Bette, Shane and Jenny would all cheat on their partners but tell their partner about it in the most dramatic way possible” and then differentiate between those broader categories at the end to narrow down to a single character? idk

      • My partner said the same thing about too many answer options on a couple of these quizzes. But I’ve also seen plenty of AS comments complaining when there’s not an exactly perfect option to every question for the specific individuals taking it. So good luck figuring out that balance! I like Maria’s suggestion above.

        • i think question fatigue also results from not having options that you like/fit you. perhaps a way to solve is to have fewer required questions, which allows participants to scale back effort and accept less accuracy? so as many questions it takes, but core 10-20 required, and you’d need good ux to diff – *s are common, but easy to miss. i like color: bg color is easier to notice, but text color cold also help.

          btw, super loving this crowdsourcing/brainstorming. autostraddle people are the best!

      • yeah sadly our quizzes don’t have functionality to let more than one result match with any given answer — there are actually a few questions i had to ditch because two characters would’ve had the same answer!

    • I would also agree that for regular AS readers, we’d be fine with more questions, but that might not be appealing to new readers.

      Also I just feel like (and I have no data to back this up) that more questions usually means a more accurate test result, because each question has less weight that way, so one outlier won’t determine the whole thing.

  4. I got Jenny, it’s probably the red dress and the novelist (the only job that would be kind of quiet and without a lot of people there).

    But I wonder who I would have gotten if the hiking/Alaska glacier thing would have been the decisive answers.

  5. I got Helena and later seasons Helena makes sense in an “if I was in a soap opera” kind of way. I always related to a mix of Helena and Carmen (if I’m remembering right. Haven’t seen L Word in a long time.) Just glad not to get Jenny after picking novelist.

  6. I got Jenny the first time then took it again with mostly different but equally plausible answers to get Max. I didn’t watch the L Word past Season 2 (just couldn’t do it) but I have a feeling both Jenny and Max are more or less fitting for me. Enjoying listening to “To L and Back” even for eps I haven’t seen :)

  7. I took it TWICE and got Max both times.

    My only objection: for the “when people meet you for the first time” I feel like “adorkable nerd” should be an option, and also under the crush question there should be one for “assumes the crush has no interest even on a date right up until told to kiss her” because well, you’d think by 40 I’d be decent at reading women’s signals, but you’d be wrong.

    • Can only try to address the first question. (And I couldn’t keep watching after season 2 so I’m barely qualified to do that.)

      Tina is so annoying. It’s so painful to watch some of the acting that you end up on the side of whoever she’s mad at even when Tina has perfectly valid reasons to be upset. It’s unfortunate. And she’s missing the (questionably) redeeming quality of being so absolutely bonkers that at least one person was happy to get Jenny.

  8. First time I got Alice, now with the new questions Carmen… Not sure what that means.

    I was wondering which caracter is “I create all this f*cking labyrinth-like drama that I’m so good at creating”? If it’s jenny, a more fair statement would be “I have disorganized attachment”

  9. i have only seen like 8 episodes of the l word but i know enough to be really sitting on my floor wondering who i am, because i got shane


    (to be fair my only reference really is that i know shane leaves carmen at the altar and there is no way id do that so thats mostly why im opposed)

  10. I got Dana!! I’m so happy because I felt like I had a connection to her. From the struggle to be out and proud to her passion of love, to the snappiness and confusion she had about things.

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