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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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9,128 5,891
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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2
7,187 5,555
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

3
6,208 5,134
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

4
4,924 3,857
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

5
4,674 4,040
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy

6
6,285 4,734
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

7
5,616 4,187
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Willow Rosenberg Buffy the Vampire Slayer

8
3,748 4,644
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

9
4,852 3,451
Xena is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
ChangesDownClub added Xena Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

10
4,875 5,063
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Phoebe Buffay Friends

11
3,115 3,348
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
3,855 4,394
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rachel Green Friends

13
3,960 2,890
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Bootsdad added Wonder Woman Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

14
2,917 1,369
Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
marylylewarrenmccue added Morticia Addams The Addams Family

15
3,069 3,571
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

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16
3,012 4,138
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

17
2,982 3,765
Penny is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Penny The Big Bang Theory

18
3,181 3,668
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

19
3,387 3,326
Temperance

20
2,389 3,684
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

21
3,335 3,537
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Monica Geller Friends

22
3,497 2,712
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Michonne The Walking Dead

23
2,569 2,091
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

24
2,988 2,989
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

25
3,167 2,427
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
willyboymcoy added Abby Sciuto NCIS - NCIS

26
2,710 1,846
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
wezel87 added Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

27
2,302 3,352
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Marge Simpson The Simpsons

28
2,429 2,498
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

29
2,554 2,312
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Piper Halliwell Leo, Charmed - Charmed

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2,648 2,573
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Ziva David NCIS

31
2,580 3,044
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

32
1,684 1,566
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

33
2,562 3,201
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

34
1,753 1,439
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

35
1,637 1,939
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
anonymousagentoftruth added Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager - Star Trek: Voyager

36
1,695 2,628
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Mary Richards The Mary Tyler Moore Show

37
1,562 2,069
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

38
2,000 1,923
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Uhura Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

39
1,966 1,807
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Umberhaven added Lorelai Gilmore Gilmore Girls

40
2,465 2,645
River Tam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
River Tam Firefly

41
2,152 1,902
Faith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Faith Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

42
2,342 2,722
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose Tyler Doctor Who

43
2,064 2,399
Leela is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leela Futurama

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44
1,703 1,746
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
penguinmayne added Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones - Game Of Thrones

45
2,080 2,123
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Karen Walker Will & Grace

46
1,771 1,981
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

47
1,455 1,474
Samantha Stephens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
DolittleD added Samantha Stephens Bewitched

48
2,485 2,097
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

49
1,808 1,578
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Cordelia Chase Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

50
2,364 2,504
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lily Aldrin How I Met Your Mother