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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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10,096 6,437
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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2
8,002 6,013
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

3
6,652 5,486
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

4
5,445 4,200
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
5,069 4,325
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy

6
6,969 5,048
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

7
6,119 4,504
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
4,030 4,990
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
5,218 3,711
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
5,243 5,395
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Phoebe Buffay Friends

11
3,358 3,605
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
4,445 3,119
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Bootsdad added Wonder Woman Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

13
4,184 4,753
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rachel Green Friends

14
3,306 1,529
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
3,223 4,386
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

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16
3,304 3,841
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

17
3,473 3,952
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

18
3,255 4,125
Penny is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Penny The Big Bang Theory

19
3,705 3,580
Temperance

20
2,594 3,911
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

21
2,852 2,264
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

22
3,607 3,781
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Monica Geller Friends

23
3,807 2,950
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Michonne The Walking Dead

24
3,256 3,194
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
3,459 2,598
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
3,083 1,977
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
2,693 2,656
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

28
2,439 3,603
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Marge Simpson The Simpsons

29
2,804 2,505
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Piper Halliwell Leo, Charmed - Charmed

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30
1,830 2,105
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
anonymousagentoftruth added Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager - Star Trek: Voyager

31
2,839 2,747
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Ziva David NCIS

32
2,787 3,236
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

33
1,925 1,582
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
1,837 1,715
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
2,714 3,403
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

36
1,812 2,789
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
1,706 2,260
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

38
1,924 1,921
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
2,139 2,057
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
2,176 2,002
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
2,380 2,091
Faith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Faith Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

42
2,225 2,598
Leela is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leela Futurama

43
2,528 2,917
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose Tyler Doctor Who

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44
2,628 2,825
River Tam is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
River Tam Firefly

45
2,257 2,306
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Karen Walker Will & Grace

46
1,942 2,147
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

47
2,683 2,248
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

48
1,451 1,055
Wednesday Addams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
SannahParker added Wednesday Addams The Addams Family

49
1,573 1,641
Samantha Stephens is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
DolittleD added Samantha Stephens Bewitched

50
2,006 1,756
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Cordelia Chase Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer