1. Robbed – Alexis Meade in Ugly Betty. ABC / Via pinterest.co.uk Fierce, intelligent, and loving, Alexis Meade is an actual superstar who never got the resounding applause she deserved! At first she is manipulated by Wilhemina Slater whilst recovering from her gender affirmation surgery, and later she's shunned by her brother Daniel Meade, just like her father did many years before. She's often tricked and taken advantage of by those around her, but she does at least have a loving mother in Claire Meade. 2. Done Right – Jules Vaughn in Euphoria HBO / Via polygon.com Many trans people have heralded Jules as a positive portrayal of a transgender person. Her identity is not entirely focused on being trans, but her storyline still acknowledges the difficulties and the traumas that members of the trans community often go through, such as fetishisation and harassment. Jules has a good relationship with herself, with Rue, and with her father. 3. Robbed – Helena Handbasket in Friends. Warner Bros. / Via decider.com Because she often presents as female off-stage, Chandler's dad might actually be transgender, even though she is only ever referred to as a Drag Queen. "Helena", a loving and supportive parent, is rejected by Chandler because of her "embarrassing" penchant for dressing up in exaggerated female attire. It's a sad story arc that ends somewhat happily when she is invited to Chandler and Monica's wedding, but even there she is the subject of ridicule and she's never fully embraced for who she is. 4. Done Right – Nomi Marks in Sense8 Netflix / Via youtube.com Ultra LGBTQ-focused series Sense8 was co-created by the Wachowski Sisters, so it's no surprise that the central character of Nomi feels like an authentic and positive portrayal of a transgender person. She's intelligent, attractive, successful, and she's able to form amazing relationships with those around her. 5. Robbed – Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb in The Silence of the Lambs. Orion Pictures / Via pinterest.co.uk In the iconic horror, Jame – who has applied for gender affirmation surgery – kidnaps plus-sized women in order to skin them and make a "woman-suit" she can wear. It's a grizzly and utterly unrealistic portrayal of the trans experience that pathologises and admonishes gender non-confirming people, conflating gender fluidity with psychotic behaviour. Jame should've been a rock star! 6. Done Right – Various cast members of Pose FX / Via huffingtonpost.co.uk Ryan Murphy and co. did the damn thing when they took on the iconic 80s/90s Harlem ballroom scene in Pose. Depicting a multitude of transgender and non-binary characters with courage, heart, and healthy dose of humour, the gender-variant team behind the show have brought to life many loveable and authentic transgender characters including Blanca, Angel, and Candy to name a few. 7. Robbed – Max Sweeney in The L Word Showtime Networks / Via popsugar.co.uk One of the earliest examples of a transmasculine character in a scripted series, Max put up with a lot of shit from his friends not being supportive of his transition, to being discriminated against at work and losing his job. But more than this, the character's journey towards transitioning was confusing and counter-productive – Max has hormone replacement therapy and then ends up pregnant?! Max could've been a pioneering character but the show turned him into a cissexist stereotype. 8. Done Right – Theo Putnam in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Netflix / Via ksitetv.com When Theo transitions in Sabrina it's kind of expected, but what's great about it is how supportive his friends are – a stark contrast to Max's transition in The L Word, for instance. Theo takes on the discrimination levelled against him with admirable patience and incredible courage. He's the fictional trans hero we all need! 9. Robbed – Ida Quagmire in Family Guy. Fox / Via newsbusters.org Family Guy is not known for its sympathetic portrayals of minority characters and Ida is no exception. When Quagmire's dad transitions into Ida, she is met with disgust and ridicule; it's implied she is both not a "real" woman and is a sex offender. Brian later gets with her not knowing that she transgender and then hurls when he finds out the truth – a common movie trope. It's beyond offensive. 10. Done Right – Sin-Dee Rella and Alexandra in Tangerine Magnolia Pictures / Via newstatesman.com Both leads in this innovative indie flick are fiery, optimistic, and ultimately likeable. The story doesn't shy away from depicting the sometimes harsh reality of the life of a sex worker, but it also takes the time to understand the characters and portray them with nuance. Alexandra is ambitious yet reserved; Sin-Dee is passionate yet vulnerable. Neither are stock characters but authentic incarnations of a particular trans experience. 11. Robbed – Liz Taylor in American Horror Story: Hotel 20th Television / Via ew.com Poor Liz goes from living a washed-up, estranged existence in a haunted Downtown LA hotel, to committing suicide in order to be with Tristan, her one true love who was killed in front of her. While her story has happy moments, she's spurned by society for her gender expression and is often mistreated by those around her. 12. Done Right – Aaron Baker in The Fosters Disney–ABC / Via variety.com Aaron is a trans-male law student who ends up in a relationship with cis main character Callie Adams Foster, which is pretty cool. He is portrayed as attractive, gentle, smart, and well-adjusted, and his trans-ness doesn't overshadow any of these qualities, it complements them. While he's not the first trans character on The Fosters, the show goes to lengths to portray him as a positive influence on Callie as well as a likeable character in his own right. 13. Robbed – Bernadette Bassenger in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Gramercy Pictures / Via youtube.com Priscilla is a great film but the way Bernadette is portrayed is definitely problematic. She travels around with her friends, two drag queens, and performs with them as a trio, but is never properly differentiated from them as a transgender woman, even though she consistently presents as female. 14. Done Right – Nia Nal (Dreamer) in Supergirl The CW / Via lunemagazine.com As Dreamer, Nia is the first ever transgender superhero character on television! How could she not be in this list? Nia's transgender identity does form some of her background in Supergirl, but like many others on this list, it doesn't control her entire story. Aside from being a badass alien with the power to dream the future, she's also an ambitious journalist with major smarts and charm! Is there someone we've missed? Let us know in the comments!