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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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9,427 6,178
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time The Most Hated Game of Thrones Characters

2
7,579 5,809
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

3
6,410 5,298
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

4
5,221 4,015
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
4,893 4,161
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy

6
6,617 4,909
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

7
5,800 4,358
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
3,882 4,817
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
5,072 5,216
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Phoebe Buffay Friends

10
5,001 3,587
Xena is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
ChangesDownClub added Xena Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

11
3,249 3,464
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
4,038 4,554
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rachel Green Friends

13
4,179 3,019
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
3,095 1,454
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
3,169 3,705
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
3,139 4,240
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

17
3,130 3,937
Penny is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Penny The Big Bang Theory

18
3,332 3,812
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

19
3,545 3,470
Temperance

20
2,492 3,790
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

21
3,486 3,647
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Monica Geller Friends

22
2,718 2,163
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

23
3,635 2,835
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Michonne The Walking Dead

24
3,128 3,077
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
3,309 2,498
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
2,880 1,910
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
2,557 2,563
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

28
2,362 3,472
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Marge Simpson The Simpsons

29
2,738 2,648
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Ziva David NCIS

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30
2,660 2,398
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Piper Halliwell Leo, Charmed - Charmed

31
2,688 3,128
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
1,839 1,500
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

33
1,755 1,627
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

34
1,727 2,008
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
anonymousagentoftruth added Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager - Star Trek: Voyager

35
2,627 3,304
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

36
1,759 2,697
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
1,811 1,826
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
penguinmayne added Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones - Game Of Thrones

38
1,619 2,160
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

39
2,068 1,976
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Uhura Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

40
2,070 1,901
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Umberhaven added Lorelai Gilmore Gilmore Girls

41
2,430 2,818
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose Tyler Doctor Who

42
2,524 2,736
River Tam is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
River Tam Firefly

43
2,137 2,498
Leela is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leela Futurama

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44
2,227 2,005
Faith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Faith Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

45
1,848 2,061
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

46
2,167 2,209
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Karen Walker Will & Grace

47
2,583 2,168
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

48
1,392 995
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
colormelivvy added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

49
1,516 1,556
Samantha Stephens is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
DolittleD added Samantha Stephens Bewitched

50
2,452 2,600
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