In the mid 1990s, Joss Whedon was just another writer and occasional producer in Hollywood, a few script touches here and there, but nothing too huge. That changed in 1997 when he decided to adapt his cult movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer into a TV series. The show was a massive hit, wonderfully capturing teenage angst along with some great story lines. This led to a successful spin-off, Angel, which went into even darker and better territory. In 2002, Whedon created Firefly, a mixture of sci-fi and Western that was canceled due to network bungling, but achieved a fantastic following. Dollhouse only lasted two seasons but produced a fascinating look at identity with hot action. Whedon was boosted to the big time with The Avengers, which led to him creating Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. His shows are hailed for fun, some drama, and turning tropes on their ear to show his smart work.
They’re also known for a bevy of very hot ladies. Whedon has a true knack of finding little-known actresses and boosting them to stardom with his shows. He also has a talent for finding some very incredibly sexy ladies, many of whom turn even hotter as the show goes on. Several win Whedon over enough to use on multiple shows and he clearly enjoys working with them. Many have gone on to hotter careers yet are tied enough to those shows of his for their fans to win them over. Here are 15 of the hottest pics of the hottest ladies of Whedon’s TV shows and how this man has a knack for picking some of the steamiest ladies to ever hit the TV screen.
15. Ming Na – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
This woman is living proof of how some ladies get hotter as they get older. Ming Na-Wen broke out in the first couple seasons of ER and then showed some good stuff as Chun-Li in Street Fighter. Various roles in other series followed like Stargate Universe but now, at 52, Ming Na’s career is riding higher than ever. On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., she plays Melinda May, code-named “the Calvary,” a top notch agent who’s hotter than her impassive features make her look. The tight leather outfit showcases a nimble and amazing body that also shows off in hot dresses and gets some epic scenes (including a fight with her own double) that win fans over. This picture of her in her S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform shows how hot Ming is even though she is approaching the age most people decide to retire from work altogether. It is amazing how Ming Na barely looks as if she’s aged in the 20 years since and it showcases how gorgeous and hot this woman remains and age really is just a number.
14. Amber Benson – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Introduced in season 4 of Buffy, Tara was a stuttering witch with an incredibly shy demeanor who hit it off with Willow. Their bond grew, especially in magic and soon they were a couple. It was a huge move of the time with Benson growing more in her confidence and Tara getting stronger. Things would get rough as Willow grew addicted to magic, but still had sexy times (including a famous bit of Tara levitating in bed) as they broke up but later reconciled. Sadly, her character was brutally killed off in a move that angered fans as Benson had been so lovable in the role. Benson has since appeared in many TV roles and even directed a few independent movies, but Tara is what she’s remembered best for. As this Maxim spread showcases, the woman was far hotter than most gave her credit for and was able to work a fantastic spell on viewers.
13. Adrianne Palicki – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Palicki rose to stardom for her role as Tyra on NBC’s acclaimed Friday Night Lights, selling the hot growth of her character well and getting some into sexy stuff, including a run as a cheerleader. She got attention for playing Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe Retaliation and Wonder Woman in an unsold pilot. This set the way for her to play Bobbi Morse in season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., an agent undercover for Hydra. Code-named Mockingbird, Palicki showed fantastic fighting skills in various action scenes, but also nailed the show’s humor and drama of Bobbi handling working with her ex-husband and taking on the various threats. The character was written off in season 3, with hopes of a spin-off series which sadly was passed over. However, Palicki still brought the sexy big time (as evidenced by this fantastic Maxim spread) that makes fans hope Mockingbird returns to fly higher with her terrific looks.
12. Jewel Staite – Firefly, Stargate Atlantis
The first time we meet Kaylee on Firefly, she appears to be just a funny gal, just a mechanic with a quirky humor. While that continued, Jewel Staite was able to add some growing sex appeal to the lady. A flashback episode shows that Kaylee first met Mal when he walked in on her having sex with his mechanic of the time. While dressing, Kaylee revealed she knew far more of how the engines worked with one look than the other guy did, so Mal hired her on the spot. Even in coveralls and covered in grime, Staite looked terrific and her pining for Simon was a key subplot of the series. The producers were sorry they never got to a storyline of Kaylee posing as a Companion to look really hot and the Serenity movie finally had her and Simon getting together. Staite has been a great face for sci-fi geeks with roles on Stargate Atlantis and The Killing, and even won acclaim as a troubled actress on The L.A. Complex. This Maxim spread showcased her surprising sexiness that makes her among the more underrated but hot ladies of the Whedonverse.
11. Summer Glau – Angel, Firefly, Arrow
Training as a ballerina in her youth, Glau had great flexibility and drive. Her first screen credit was playing a dancer for an episode of Angel to impress Whedon. He thus cast her in the key role of River for Firefly. Once a top genius, the girl was twisted by experiments into a telepathic mess who could make you laugh one minute and then terrify you the next. Glau stood out as a great character and fans hated the show ended before they could learn more. It was rewarded when the Serenity movie revealed her background and gave Glau a fantastic sequence of River slicing up dozens of bad guys. Glau would work with Whedon for his Dollhouse series and then gain more of a following as Terminator Cameron on The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She’s continued to appear in various nice roles on The Cape and Arrow that showcase how she packs a true mix of sex appeal and punch despite not being that tall. As these bikini pics show, Glau has a much more lithe and hot body than most might think and how good things can come in small packages.
10. Chloe Bennet – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began, Bennet was a major force as Skye, a hacker who falls in with the team. There were complaints at times from fans that the character was boosted too much and was seemingly too perfect when the show was having its rough start. But as the show evolved and grew, so did Skye, working her body a bit better and becoming more capable on missions. This led to the major twist as Skye was revealed to be Daisy and then gaining powers to become Quake, introducing Inhumans to the MCU. Since then, Bennett has shown off more on the show in some hot outfits and her powers to become more of a heroine and a key figure of the series. Bennett looks good regardless of whether she is on or off screen as this photo proves. Bennet has evolved and truly blossomed to a hot lady among the Whedon starlets.
9. Morena Baccarin – Firefly, Gotham
One of the things fans love about Firefly is the deep mythology of this futuristic world. One idea is that prostitution is basically legal with “Companions” working with some nice skill. Inara is one of them, a woman who hires herself out while working on the ship and Baccarin looked stunning in the part. Often in very tight dresses, she could also showcase her body a lot with both men and women while flirting with Mal often. Baccarin returned for the Serenity movie and has since enjoyed a good career. Most prominently was her role on the first three seasons of Showtime’s Emmy-winning hit Homeland that included some nude scenes. Baccarin showed that same daring looks when she took part in Allure’s “Look Good Naked” issue, posing in nothing but a necklace and an astounding body. Currently seen on Gotham, Baccarin still retains the sultry touches that made her so notable and time did nothing to slow her down.
8. Amy Acker – Angel, Dollhouse, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
When Winifred Burkle first appeared on Angel, she was an absolute mess, having spent five years in a demonic dimension. She continued as the bookworm with glasses but Amy Acker’s inner hotness could not be contained and soon coming out. Eventually, Fred was dressing hotter, acting sexier and showing some grit behind her quirky humor. A big turn was the final season where Fred’s body was taken over by Illyria, an ancient goddess and looked utterly amazing in the tight leather suit. Acker would later reunite with Whedon for Dollhouse as a doctor with a big secret and doing great there. She’s since worked in various shows, most prominently the psychotic but loveable hacker Root on Person of Interest as well as an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This Maxim spread on the right was a major move to showcase how Acker was far sexier than most had given her credit for and that the quiet gals can be among the hotter when given the chance.
7. Michelle Trachtenberg – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Trachtenberg had already been rising as a child star in movies like Harriet the Spy and standing out with her great humor. Her addition to Buffy in season 5 was a major twist as she came in as Dawn, Buffy’s little sister…who had never been seen before. It turned out she was “the Key,” a source of massive power that some monks hid by granting a human form. Her role could be divisive to fans, some finding her annoying while others enjoyed her and she grew nicely as the series went on. Since it ended, Trachtenberg has shown off her adult side majorly in roles like the conniving Georgina Sparks on Gossip Girl and Weeds. That also includes movies like EuroTrip as she can be incredibly sexy, but still funny as hell. The Maxim spread showcases how stunning Trachtenberg can be, looking absolutely sultry in that outfit and showing off nice smooth legs. Little Dawn has grown up very nicely and showcased herself as hotter than most of her own co-stars to shine nicely.
6. Alyson Hannigan – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
A big trivia question for Buffy fans is that Riff Reagan played Willow in the original half-hour pilot. However, Hannigan was cast in the role when it went to series and turned out to be a fantastic move. With her quirky humor and red hair, Hannigan sold the comedy elements of Willow helping out, crushing on Xander but ending up with werewolf Oz. The character began to grow more as she became a witch which also added to her sexy presence on screen (especially her leather-clad vampire double). She got bigger when Willow fell in love with sexy witch Tara and had a nice affair going with her. She went dark and then came back and Hannigan gained fame with her steamy role in American Pie. Hannigan would later star in the long-running hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother with some hot stuff too (even a stripper) and showcase her great sexual presence with some laughs. This Maxim spread showcased her in hot underwear and her underrated body that worked magic on viewers.
5. Sarah Michelle Gellar – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Gellar was already a rising actress in Hollywood, having won an Emmy for playing Susan Lucci’s vixen daughter on All My Children. She originally tried out for the role of Cordelia on Buffy, but Whedon decided to cast her as the main character instead. From there, Gellar shot to stardom, fantastic with the action and also handling the wonderful quippy lines. She had drama too (losing lovers and her mother) and made fans care as she elevated Buffy beyond a cliché to a wonderful character. Naturally, she got some hot outfits to show off over the run and some sexy scenes with various male lovers as well. Gellar has since moved on with some movies (I Know What You Did Last Summer) and returns to television in Ringer and The Crazy Ones. While she prefers to stick to raising her family, Gellar is still well regarded for her acclaimed turn and numerous magazine spreads. The best being this Maxim one of her in bra and garters, shirt open over it and a sexy gaze that reminds fans why Buffy is still one of the greatest supernatural heroines ever.
4. Mercedes McNab – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
In the first three seasons of Buffy, Harmony Kendall was one of Cordelia’s posse of followers, a rather dim-witted blonde picked on for her stupidity and shallowness. In the season three finale, she appeared to have been killed by a vampire but returned the next year, now one herself. McNab was fun showcasing how Harmony was still a vain dim-bulb who fancied herself a “new big bad” but really just an annoying nuisance. She had a fling with Spike that ended badly and seemed to vanish again. She returned for the final season of Angel, working as a secretary at an evil law firm and still supplying some funny lines while getting some sexy times in as well. While she was evil, Harmony was still loveable thanks to McNab’s performance. In 2006, she doffed it for a great Playboy spread to show off those classic blonde looks and how she could make Harmony a loveable doofus.
3. Christina Hendricks – Firefly
Firefly was always great balancing comedy with the action and “Our Miss Reynolds” is a fine example. Taking what they think is a regular delivery, the crew discover a gorgeous woman named Saffron (Christina Hendricks) who explains she’s Mal’s “wife” as a gift. He’s flummoxed, more so when she strips naked in front of him for some seduction. As it turns out, Saffron is actually an expert con artist tricking the team for a score. She returned in a later episode and if the show had gone longer, she’d have been a regular opponent. Hendricks was terrific selling the sexy side with her red hair and ample body and the sneakiness of Saffron coming to the fore. Hendricks would gain bigger fame with her role as Joan on Mad Men, rocking those 1960’s tight dresses expertly. She’s had many a hot showcase but the best is her New Yorker magazine cover with her in a tight corset and red hair in a ponytail. It’s a terrific example of how incredibly hot Hendricks is and scorching for a redhead.
2. Eliza Dushku – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse
Joining the cast of Buffy in season three, Faith was another Slayer who stood out with her streetwise attitude and sultry looks. Eliza Dushku was expertly cast as this woman who enjoyed hot times, partying, and had a rebellious attitude. This turned dark with her killing an innocent man and then joining the bad guys. She had issues of going into a coma and then to jail before freed and helping out the good guys in the end. Fans loved her and reportedly, Whedon wanted to develop a Faith spin-off. Dushku instead chose the Fox series Tru Calling and various guest star roles. In 2008, she and Whedon reunited for Dollhouse with Dushku as Echo, a lady who was given various different personalities to live out. This gave her a nice range of everything from a blind lady to mid-wife to dominatrix that Dushku sold well. She showcased her nice body in a memorable Maxim spread, showing off in black underwear and stockings and most recently bared all on the Cinemax series Banshee. Whatever the role, that sultry pout and lush look makes Dushku a bad girl fans love.
1. Charisma Carpenter – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel
It’s astounding this woman was 26 when she nailed the role of Cordelia Chase on Buffy as she looked perfect as a high schooler. An arrogant and vain, bitchy gal, Cordelia did her best to rule as high school queen but ended up aiding the team in various adventures. She even dated Xander for a time before losing her money and was brought low. Whedon decided to add her to the Angel spin-off with Cordy working in Los Angeles and gaining the power of visions. She stuck around for four seasons (one affected by her pregnancy) and an appearance in the final year. Since then, Carpenter has been a familiar face on TV with appearances on Veronica Mars, The Lying Game and more. In 2006, she made a memorable appearance in a Playboy spread to show off. No matter what Carpenter is wearing, the camera obviously loves her like the rest of the world does. She has even appeared in a Maxim spread with her in mesh stockings, showing off her nice back tattoo and a sultry gaze. Carpenter barely seems to have aged since the show, showcasing how “Queen C” remains tops among the various Whedon hotties.
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