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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
11,713 8,016
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
10,187 7,146
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

3
7,669 6,487
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The X-Files

4
6,657 5,020
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

5
6,091 5,065
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
I Love Lucy

6
8,612 5,982
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

7
6,637 6,430
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

8
7,001 5,536
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

9
4,897 6,020
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
6,028 4,554
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
4,029 4,320
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
5,387 5,793
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

13
5,792 3,803
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
4,175 2,033
Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
marylylewarrenmccue added The Addams Family

15
3,944 5,098
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Seinfeld

16
4,737 4,391
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

17
3,941 4,654
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars

18
4,340 4,854
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

19
4,076 5,136
Penny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory

20
4,486 4,310
Temperance

21
3,132 4,524
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
30 Rock

22
3,579 2,715
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
4,249 3,088
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
willyboymcoy added NCIS - NCIS

24
3,524 3,154
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Parks and Recreation

25
3,958 3,783
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory