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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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+ - 3,985 3,244
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

3
+ - 4,180 3,816
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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+ - 3,082 2,788
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy

5
+ - 2,815 2,566
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

6
+ - 3,569 3,466
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Phoebe Buffay Friends

7
+ - 3,749 3,291
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

8
+ - 3,438 2,952
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Willow Rosenberg Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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+ - 2,540 3,297
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

10
+ - 2,093 2,396
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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+ - 2,987 2,576
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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+ - 2,926 3,153
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rachel Green Friends

13
+ - 2,320 2,922
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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+ - 2,207 2,625
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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+ - 2,135 2,652
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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Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Morticia Addams The Addams Family

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+ - 2,599 2,523
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Monica Geller Friends

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+ - 2,336 2,652
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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+ - 1,799 2,712
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

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+ - 2,273 2,080
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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+ - 2,094 2,212
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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+ - 2,152 2,531
Temperance

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+ - 2,247 2,011
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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+ - 1,538 1,470
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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+ - 1,736 2,558
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Marge Simpson The Simpsons

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+ - 1,617 1,709
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

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+ - 2,079 1,797
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Abby Sciuto NCIS - NCIS

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Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

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+ - 1,925 2,309
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

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+ - 1,950 2,454
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

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+ - 1,891 1,928
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Ziva David NCIS

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+ - 1,004 957
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

33
+ - 1,569 1,264
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

34
+ - 1,644 1,693
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Piper Halliwell Leo, Charmed - Charmed

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+ - 1,245 1,972
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Mary Richards The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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+ - 1,238 1,148
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lorelai Gilmore Gilmore Girls

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+ - 1,872 1,498
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

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+ - 992 1,318
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager - Star Trek: Voyager

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+ - 1,001 1,376
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

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+ - 1,245 1,375
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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+ - 1,723 2,098
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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+ - 1,327 1,359
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 42 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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+ - 1,496 1,574
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Karen Walker Will & Grace

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+ - 666 447
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

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+ - 1,689 2,155
Sydney Bristow is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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Samantha Stephens is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Samantha Stephens Bewitched

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+ - 1,357 1,573
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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+ - 1,045 1,180
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones - Game Of Thrones

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+ - 1,450 1,858
Leela is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leela Futurama

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+ - 1,758 1,957
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