Grifter. Thief. Survivor. Smart-ass. Human.
Kenzi on Lost Girl is all of the above. And even that barely scratches the surface.
From the moment her stilettos clicked across the screen, Kenzi thrust herself into the Fae world of this urban fantasy show with zero inhibition and plenty of chutzpah. When series lead Bo saves her from being roofied and raped in the first episode, Kenzi winds up being just the dose of emo-free, perspective-reset of which the succubus is in dire need. “Learn to enjoy your shit already!” Kenzi demands. “You can frickin’ control people by touch and not in a creepy hand-job way! That is awesome!”
As a character, she imbues the sidekick stereotype with a welcomed infusion of originality. A former street-kid with a flexible concept of “ownership,” Kenzi will often wield an excited stream of wild Russian in order to get her point across. Fashion knows no bounds with Kenzi—she may squat with her bestie in a hovel, but dayam will her threads, and heels, be fine. Wigs are interchangeable accessories to fit her every-changing mood; to Kenzi, overdramatic just means she’s doing it right.
Despite a home life that was far from good, she still maintains ties to family including an as-yet-unseen cousin who tracks license plates and gets things off the backs of trucks, a faint taint of Russian mafia, and a gypsy aunt who tells fortunes. The lone human in a world of supercharged, immortal creatures who have stepped from the pages of legend, Kenzi may find herself outgunned but she’s never out-classed…or out-sassed.
Kenzi never gives up. But beneath that tough exterior lies a loyal friend who will, and has, put her life on the line to save the people she loves—or even just tell them some needed truth. As the entrenched Fae prejudices and ancient often cruel codes of behavior have been held up against Kenzi’s steadfastness and loyalty, it’s challenged how her Fae friends view the world around them and their role in it. Or as Bo succinctly puts it: “You make me wanna be a better Fae.”
“She’s my heart!” Bo cries out emotionally in Season 3’s “The Kenzi Factor.” That is Kenzi’s super power. She, more than any other character on the show, holds the center of this group with her enormous heart. There’s a reason even the gentle giant, Dark Fae enforcer Bruce, quickly falls under her spell. She’s Dyson’s little sis, Hale’s hot mama, Trick’s supplemental granddaughter, and arguably Bo’s true soul mate.
A short, by no means exhaustive, list of some of the more memorable Kenzi-isms:
- “You'd be surprised how many of my transactions involve power tools.”
- “Smells like fried bitch!”
- “Regret is for suckas.”
- “A rebound screw is like the greatest way to get over a guy. Dude, it’s just science.”
- “Dude! Your junk could cure cancer!”
- “Did I just wake up in Narnia or is that the fever talking?”
- What is it? Take-a-Fae to Work Day?
- “Can you like wolf out and lay on my feet?”
- “Hey guys? How would I know if a dude was inside of me?”
- “Poor Bo. So many choices, just one vag.”
- “I thought she fixed your hungry honeypot.”
- “I’m not scared of anything. I’m just bored and you amuse me.”
What’s your favorite thing about Kenzi?