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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
10,979 7,315
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
9,284 6,553
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

3
7,232 6,033
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

4
6,141 4,638
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
5,655 4,718
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy

6
7,874 5,516
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

7
6,617 5,048
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
4,474 5,526
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
5,666 4,159
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
5,881 5,911
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Phoebe Buffay Friends

11
3,716 3,958
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
4,744 5,271
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rachel Green Friends

13
5,105 3,472
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
3,752 1,795
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

Famous People Who Have Been Reported Missing

15
3,614 4,765
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

16
3,626 4,254
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

17
3,921 4,402
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

18
4,125 3,951
Temperance

19
4,144 4,090
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Monica Geller Friends

20
3,661 4,624
Penny is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Penny The Big Bang Theory

21
2,885 4,222
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

The Creepiest Characters in TV History

22
3,270 2,502
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
3,650 3,506
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

24
3,652 2,187
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
wezel87 added Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

25
3,907 2,844
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
4,181 3,301
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Michonne The Walking Dead

27
3,131 2,897
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

28
3,117 2,975
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Ziva David NCIS

Favorite TV Moms of All Time

29
3,105 3,515
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

30
2,656 3,971
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Marge Simpson The Simpsons

31
2,102 2,367
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
anonymousagentoftruth added Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager - Star Trek: Voyager

32
3,097 2,825
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Piper Halliwell Leo, Charmed - Charmed

33
2,195 1,772
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

34
2,089 1,922
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

35
2,932 3,729
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

The Most Hated Game of Thrones Characters

36
1,969 3,028
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
1,946 2,544
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

38
2,261 2,227
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
penguinmayne added Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones - Game Of Thrones

39
2,380 2,264
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
2,485 2,296
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
2,754 3,216
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose Tyler Doctor Who

42
2,233 2,409
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

The Best Episodes of Major Crimes

43
2,631 2,368
Faith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Faith Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

44
2,440 2,910
Leela is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leela Futurama

45
1,665 1,232
Wednesday Addams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
SannahParker added Wednesday Addams The Addams Family

46
2,521 2,543
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Karen Walker Will & Grace

47
2,986 2,443
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

48
2,802 3,113
River Tam is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
River Tam Firefly

49
1,740 1,232
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
colormelivvy added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

50
2,786 2,917
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