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From the brash and sassy to the sweet and innocent, they’re all in here. Well, except for, you know, the ones that didn’t make the cut.

Picking from the vast number of characters that have appeared on The Bold and the Beautiful just the 30 all-time greatest is as impossible a task as asking Stephanie Forrester to choose her favorite child. Wait. No. That’s the worst of all possible bad examples since her answer was always Ridge. We can even imagine her now, sipping a martini in the hereafter and nodding to herself, “Damn right — and he’s still my favorite. Sorry, the rest of you.”

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The point is, this was a major undertaking — and a tough one. Should the ill-fated heroine on whose shoulders so many of the CBS soap’s early storylines rested rank higher than the perpetual waffler that we love as much as he does tofu? Should the whacko who once weaponized bees — yes, bees! — to commit murder be placed above the sometime psycho who pointed at an enemy a bear — yes, a bear! — like it was a rifle? We weren’t sure, either — not at first.

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But, after we can’t even guesstimate how many sleepless nights, we finally arrived at our official Top 30 — in order. Whew. In our Who’s Who of Who’s Awesome, which dates all the way back to the show’s 1987 debut, you’ll find one familiar face after another — and we don’t just mean because some characters have gotten recast over and over again. To see how your favorite Forresters, Logans, Spencers and Spectras fared, just click on the photo gallery below. Then hit the comments with any alterations to the list that you think should be made when it someday gets updated.