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List Rules The most memorable, most groundbreaking, strongest, and/or funniest female characters ever on television

The greatest female TV characters of all time. This list includes some of the greatest television characters in history from dramatic shows, sitcoms, sci fi series, and procedurals to cartoons! For as long as TV has been a medium to reflect social constructs, programs have featured strong women characters as protagonists, partners, and foils for their male counterparts. In comedy shows, characters like Lucy Ricardo, Mary Richards, and Maude Findlay paved the way for Elaine Benes, Roseanne Conner, and Liz Lemon.

Female characters dominate modern genre series, with popular women like Dana Scully, Buffy Summers, and Veronica Mars achieving cult-level idolization. You'll recognize these famous names as some of the strongest, funniest, and most relatable in television history.

Vote for the greatest female characters to move them up the list, and add please any that we're missing.

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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

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Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

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Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy

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Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Phoebe Buffay Friends

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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

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Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Willow Rosenberg Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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Xena is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Xena Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

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Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rachel Green Friends

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Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

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Penny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Penny The Big Bang Theory

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Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Monica Geller Friends

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Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

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Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Morticia Addams The Addams Family

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Wonder Woman Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman Justice League Unlimited

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Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

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Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Marge Simpson The Simpsons

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Michonne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Michonne The Walking Dead

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Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

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Temperance

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Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

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Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

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Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

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Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

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Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Abby Sciuto NCIS - NCIS

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Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Ziva David NCIS

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Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Mary Richards The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

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Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

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Lexa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lexa The 100

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Sydney Bristow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Piper Halliwell Leo, Charmed - Charmed

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Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager - Star Trek: Voyager

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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose Tyler Doctor Who

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Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lorelai Gilmore Gilmore Girls

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Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

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Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones - Game Of Thrones

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Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Karen Walker Will & Grace

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Uhura is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Uhura Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

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Faith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Faith Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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Amy Pond is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Amy Pond Doctor Who

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Leela is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leela Futurama

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River Tam is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
River Tam Firefly