One week, zillions of tweets, and nearly 75,000 votes later, our readers have spoken—and here’s who you have named the Best Character on TV Right Now. The winner? Well…
… it’s awkward, deadpan teenager Tina Belcher of Bob’s Burgers.
That’s right: One of the most animated entries on EW’s list of TV’s Best Characters blew away 24 other worthy competitors—including Arya Stark, Alison Hendrix of Orphan Black, and even
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Holmes himself—to emerge victorious in our poll. (Scores of you also voiced support for characters who didn’t make it onto EW’s initial list, including Hannibal’s central duo of Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter, Raymond “Red” Reddington of The Blacklist, Daryl Dixon of The Walking Dead, Vanessa Ives of Penny Dreadful, and Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory.)
Why does Tina deserve the honor? Well, in the words of EW’s Kyle Anderson, “All the good laugh lines [on Burgers] go to Gene the hedonist and Louise the Machiavellian manipulator, but eldest Belcher kid Tina (Dan Mintz) is still the butt-obsessed heart of the show. And she doesn’t even need dialogue to do it: Somehow Mintz has spun Tina’s signature awkward-teen moan into a reliable catchphrase.”
The poll’s outcome was a close one, with everyone in the ultimate top three leading at one point or another—but in the end, Tina reigned supreme. Probably because she’s a smart, strong, sensual woman. Full results: