It’s Handled: Olivia Pope One Of 2013’s Most Influential Fictional Characters

December 20, 2013  |  

Time magazine has put together its annual list of the Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2013 and guess who almost came in first place. Scandal‘s Olivia Pope came in second place, topped by Breaking Bad‘s chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston).

Time said the D.C. fixer  played by Kerry Washington had became a bonafide cultural icon this year. “Beyond juicing Scandal‘s viewership—season 3 premiered to 10.5 million viewers, up 71 percent from the year before—Pope was a real-world lifestyle tastemaker: the Crate & Barrel wine glasses she sips from on the show sold out at earlier this year, as did her $2,600 white Burberry trench coat,” reports the magazine.

Pope also beat out Hunger Games heroine Katniss EverdeenThe sequel, Catching Fire, has grossed $600 million and counting.

At fourth place was Sophia Burset, the inmate hairstylist (played by Laverne Cox) on Orange Is the New Black. The character is a fan favorite for her biting one-liners and says Time “because she’s the most dynamic transgender character in TV history.” The character has caused a ripple effect:  Showtime and E! Canada have both green lit shows about transgender people.

In the political arena, former New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner’s virtual persona made the list at number 5. Weiner used the name Carlos Danger to have X-rated chats with women online.

Speaking of fictional characters, Global Grind came up with its own list of the Most Influential African-American Woman on Television.

It’s no surprise that Clair Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad) came out on top. The Huxtables are one of the most beloved television families of all time. And it was Clair’s cool but strict mom that was a fan favorite. “Playing a very successful lawyer, Clair always had an allure of cool, calm confidence and stood her ground when it came to parenting,” notes Global Grind. “Her impact on pop culture was so influential that women aspired to be like her and she was named one of TV’s most influential mothers by AOL.”

In second place was Joan Crawford (Tracee Ellis Ross) from Girlfriends.  The Carrie Bradshaw to African-American women, Crawford was a complete woman — smart, independent but loving, silly, funny, and a good friend. “She also was fabulous and unafraid to be the semi-awkward woman we all loved,” reports Global Grind.

In third place, the forever-loved, hard-working Florida Evans (Esther Rolle). The character actually got her start on the sitcom Maude as a housekeeper but fans loved Rolle’s character so much a show was created around her and her family called Good Times. Also on the roundup: Maya St. Germain (Bianca Lawson) from Pretty Little Liars;  True Jackson (Keke Palmer) from the Nickelodeon hit True Jackson, VP;  Raven Baxter (Raven Symone) on Disney’s That’s So Raven‘; and for soap opera fans, Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan) from ABC’s All My Children made the list.  

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