Have you ever been in front of the TV and thought, "Another one?!"
That's the nexus for this post. There has been a dramatic (and comedic) increase of Abbys over the past couple years. In this last season alone there were at least 13 Abby-themed characters on TV - not counting Downton!
What is an Abby? They're normally strong, feisty and - more often than your average bear - they're tasked with saving the world. Really.
The most popular shows are propagating Abbys and an upcoming spring series will deliver a proliferation of terrorizing (strong, yet not saving the world) Abbies to you if you let them. Confusing? Hell yeah! But who ever imagined a cornucopia of Abbies the likes of that we're experiencing now?
Flip through the photos and let us know if we've left out your favorite Abby or we've done them an injustice. It's your world!
She's the most beloved character on television. Could her popularity have spawned the excitement over the name? There couldn't be a better Abby model. Life isn't always perfect, you know? But sometimes things would work out for the best if you just had faith."
She's in love, but she's also a monster when it comes to torture. It's difficult to reconcile the two sides of her, but that's what makes her so interesting! "David, look at me. Look at me. Something's wrong. Something bad has happened to you. Something terrible. You don't hide that from me. You don't lie about it to me. You give it to me. You let me share it. I love you. You are my heart. What happens to you happens to me."
She's tough as nails and can scare the bejesus out of the kids, but this Abby can also make some sense. "Are you crying? No tears. You save those tears for your pillow, in your room, alone. You're going to humiliate yourself in front of everyone in this dressing room. Do not cry. Suck it up, kid. You are here, you're healthy, you are one lucky little girl. Act like it."
Strong, determined and one of the two biblically ordained witnesses placed on earth to save the world from Armageddon. Sounds just like an Abbie, doesn't it? "We were chosen for this. To sacrifice ourselves so that humanity can endure, so that people can choose their destiny. It's my turn Ichabod."
The child of Jennifer and Jack Devereaux has grown to be quite the minx and a foil for Sami, who describes her thusly: "If it weren't for poor, little, slutty Abby, if you wouldn't have had sex with her none of this would have happened." Would Sami have as much venom if Abby were called by another name?
Bonnie's mother Abby wasn't much of a presence in her life. First a witch, she was later turned by Damon into a vampire. She does care enough to give Bonnie advice, "I'm not the one that needs to be saved. You are." But -- we don't know if she knew Bonnie was the anchor or even died (twice). Scatterbr-abby.
Yet another Abby tasked with saving the world. It's an Abby thing. Her husband was floated and her daughter was sent to earth as one of 100 test cases for moving back to the planet, but she never stopped fighting to save lives. "You don't understand. I'm trying to save all of us." We do understand. You're an Abby!
The meaning of the name Abigail is akin to "the father's joy," which is discocerting when you think about the fate of Abigail Hobbs. Even Hannibal Lecter didn't save her. We would have expected more for an Abby.
Abigail: "How many people have you killed?"
Lecter: "Many more than your father."
Abigail: "Are you going to kill me?"
Lecter: "I'm so sorry Abigail. I'm sorry I couldn't protect you in this life."
The daughter of Ashley Abbott and Victor Newman has taken on many faces over the years, but she's always been a firecracker. Would you expect any less coming from that union?! "My name is Abby Newman and I'd rather be naked than wear fur!"
Jess has an older sister and her name is Abby! She's also been in prison and has some emotional baggage, but that's OK. She's an Abby. Jess has her back: "You're Abby Freakin' Day. You can do whatever you want. Except vote."
Abby is a great representation of the name. Brought up wealthy, but not smug, she's a good match for her physicist husband by intelligence and wit.
Charlie: "Do you think anyone knew of Galileo in 1590?"
Abby: "I bet Galileo knew how to read a road map."
There has to be one bad apple, but it doesn't have to spoil the whole bunch! This one is the least cool of the Abbys, but she's starting to take some control. "You know what? She's right! I am a victim! We're all your victims!"
As the principal aid to the Police Commissioner, Frank Regan, Abigail doesn't have a big role, but an important one. "The Comissioner has left the building." She's also played by Abigail Hawk for bonus Abby points!