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33 TV Characters People Instantly Knew Would Be Their Favorite

"If you tell me you didn't immediately love Tim Riggins when he showed up to practice half-drunk, you’re a liar."

We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which TV character they instantly fell in love with based on their first scene. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Glenn Rhee from The Walking Dead


"From the second he started talking to Rick, I just knew he was going to be an incredible character. How many people would risk their own life to save a complete stranger?"


2. Michonne from The Walking Dead


"The minute she stepped out of the fog and killed a walker with her katana in Season 2, I was sold. But then, when we actually see her in Season 3, she only proved to be more badass."

—Angelina Barrios, Facebook

3. Sophia Petrillo from The Golden Girls


"From the start, she could just walk into any room and deliver the perfect one-liner. She was such a quick witted old lady with no filter and I loved her since day one."


4. Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls

Warner Bros.

"This show will forever have a place in my heart because of Lorelai. I related to her so much from the start. Plus, she was incredibly witty."


5. Jess Mariano from Gilmore Girls

Warner Bros.

"The second he stepped off the bus, I knew that I'd love him."


6. Jack Pearson from This Is Us


"I mean, seeing a naked Milo Ventimiglia is all I needed."


7. Midge Maisel from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Amazon Prime

"The speech that she gave at her wedding immediately won me over."


8. Felicity Smoak from Arrow

The CW

"Felicity chewing on that red pen and babbling was the end for both Oliver and I. I just knew she was going to be amazing."


9. Blaine Anderson from Glee


"He came in and not only charmed Kurt at the staircase but every other person watching at home. Blaine singing 'Teenage Dream' is still the best introduction ever."


10. Stefan Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries

The CW

"We hear his voice before we first see him and it pulls you into the series from the start."


11. Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries

The CW

"The second he said 'Hello, brother," I was a goner."


12. Cheryl Blossom from Riverdale

The CW

"From the minute I saw her sitting on the edge of Sweetwater River, I knew I had to protect her at all costs."


13. Eric from Sex Education


"From the second he started talking I knew he was going to be funny, but also incredibly big-hearted. He was also such a good friend to Otis right from the start."


14. Addison Montgomery from Grey's Anatomy


"Her first line was so iconic for the series. I knew she would stir up trouble and I'd love her for it."


15. Cristina Yang from Grey's Anatomy


"Just the way she was eyeing the competition in her first scene, I knew she wouldn't be taking shit from anyone. I admired her determination right from the start."


16. Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation


"The minute she tried to push the drunk guy out of the slide, I knew she was going to be an awesome character and role model."


17. Dean Winchester from Supernatural

The CW

"When he said, 'Whoa, easy tiger' he instantly stole my whole heart. I've loved him and Jensen Ackles ever since."


18. Castiel from Supernatural

The CW

"He had such a kick ass introduction. He took getting shot and stabbed like a champ and then, to top it all off, he did a puppy-like head tilt while talking to Dean."


19. Theo Crain from The Haunting of Hill House


"She was gorgeous, sassy, smart, and she didn't take crap from anyone. From the club scene on she was my favorite."


20. Jake Peralta from Brooklyn Nine-Nine


"The minute he walked onto his first crime scene, I fell madly in love with this goofy little human."


21. Brooke Davis from One Tree Hill

The CW

"Sophia Bush did such a phenomenal job of making what could have been a very one dimensional character into the character I cared the most about. TBH, Brooke was also the first girl I was attracted to."


22. Penelope Alvarez from One Day at a Time


"A snarky nurse who called people out on their bullshit? Sign me up! I loved how honest and brave she was from the start."


23. Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights


"If you tell me you didn't immediately love Tim Riggins when he showed up to practice half-drunk, you’re a liar."


24. Rufus from Timeless


"In his very first scene, his instinct was to run and protect Jiya. He was nerdy and shy, but still so brave. I loved him from his first scene to his last."

Loriann, Twitter

25. Willow Rosenberg from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The WB

"She arrived as this quirky and smart character and I just knew she would have some incredible character development."


26. Waverly Earp from Wynonna Earp


"She came out assertive and protecting the things she loved. She was our angel from the start."


27. Nicole Haught from Wynonna Earp


"When she gently placed that Stetson on her head and flashed that dimpled smile, I was done for!"

Robyn McDonald, Twitter

28. Stiles Stilinski from Teen Wolf


"The minute he dropped into frame from the McCall's roof I just knew he was going to be so dorky and charming."


29. Lexa from The 100

The CW

"Even while she was pretending to be a meek and harmless servant, she wasn't afraid to stand up for what she believed in."

Ace, Twitter

30. The Tenth Doctor from Doctor Who

BBC America

"As soon as David Tennant flashed his smile I knew the Tenth Doctor would be memorable."


31. Villanelle from Killing Eve

BBC America

"I knew from the moment she flipped that little girl's ice cream that she was going to cause some trouble in all the best ways."


32. Eliot from The Magicians


"The way he said 'you’re late' to Quentin who had just been thrust into this magical world was so amazing. He was straight up and unapologetically fabulous."


33. Regina Mills/The Evil Queen from Once Upon a Time


"I mean, just look at her. How can you not instantly fall in love with her?"


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