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

Who are the greatest female TV characters of all time? This list includes some of the greatest television characters in history from dramatic shows, sitcoms, and sci-fi series to procedurals and 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 Daenerys Targaryen, 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 up the greatest female characters to move them up the list, and add please any that we're missing.

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1
11,535 7,905
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
9,963 7,042
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

3
7,559 6,400
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The X-Files

4
6,553 4,943
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

5
6,020 4,995
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
I Love Lucy

6
8,436 5,913
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

7
6,458 6,335
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

8
6,915 5,468
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

9
4,804 5,941
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

10
5,943 4,502
Xena is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
ChangesDownClub added Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

11
3,958 4,266
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
5,251 5,699
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

13
5,632 3,761
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Bootsdad added Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

14
4,080 1,991
Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
marylylewarrenmccue added The Addams Family

15
3,880 5,034
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Seinfeld

16
3,870 4,598
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars

17
4,587 4,334
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

18
4,223 4,793
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

19
3,984 5,045
Penny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory

20
3,091 4,467
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
30 Rock

21
4,404 4,261
Temperance

22
3,529 2,662
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

23
4,173 3,035
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
willyboymcoy added NCIS - NCIS

24
3,443 3,095
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Parks and Recreation

25
3,885 3,731
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory

26
3,962 2,373
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
wezel87 added Game of Thrones

27
4,381 3,611
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Walking Dead

28
3,306 3,159
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
NCIS

29
2,340 2,560
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
anonymousagentoftruth added Star Trek: Voyager - Star Trek: Voyager

30
3,324 3,787
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Once Upon a Time

31
2,407 1,899
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added The Golden Girls

32
2,293 2,064
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added The Golden Girls

33
2,820 4,272
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Simpsons

34
3,306 3,103
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Leo, Charmed - Charmed

35
3,079 4,026
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Married... with Children

36
2,105 3,292
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

37
2,758 2,559
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Umberhaven added Gilmore Girls

38
2,481 2,530
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
penguinmayne added Game of Thrones - Game Of Thrones

39
2,074 2,905
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne

40
2,520 2,519
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

41
2,886 3,496
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Doctor Who

42
3,215 2,612
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Walking Dead

43
2,421 2,678
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Once Upon a Time

44
1,928 1,769
Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

45
2,772 2,626
Faith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

46
2,704 2,779
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Will & Grace

47
2,542 3,240
Sydney Bristow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

48
1,943 1,364
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
colormelivvy added Criminal Minds

49
2,985 3,135
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
How I Met Your Mother

50
2,414 2,623
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lazarus Long added The Big Bang Theory