Female Characters The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time  

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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
11,486 7,859
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
9,912 6,997
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

3
7,536 6,371
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The X-Files

4
5,993 4,971
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
I Love Lucy

5
6,521 4,922
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

6
8,397 5,877
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

7
6,401 6,299
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

8
6,889 5,431
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

9
4,771 5,909
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
5,926 4,470
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
3,941 4,245
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
5,199 5,663
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

13
5,578 3,739
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
4,042 1,980
Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
marylylewarrenmccue added The Addams Family

15
3,843 5,016
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Seinfeld

16
3,852 4,571
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars

17
4,542 4,314
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

18
4,198 4,760
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

19
3,959 5,002
Penny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory

20
4,383 4,235
Temperance

21
3,077 4,449
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
30 Rock

22
3,505 2,652
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
4,150 3,015
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
willyboymcoy added NCIS - NCIS

24
3,942 2,357
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
wezel87 added Game of Thrones

25
3,410 3,080
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Parks and Recreation

26
3,862 3,716
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory

27
4,364 3,583
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Walking Dead

28
3,295 3,141
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
NCIS

29
2,311 2,547
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
3,313 3,769
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
2,386 1,890
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
2,805 4,244
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Simpsons

33
3,291 3,078
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Leo, Charmed - Charmed

34
2,272 2,057
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added The Golden Girls

35
3,067 4,002
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Married... with Children

36
2,093 3,267
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

37
2,729 2,539
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Umberhaven added Gilmore Girls

38
2,463 2,504
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
2,066 2,870
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne

40
2,509 2,499
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
2,876 3,472
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Doctor Who

42
3,195 2,598
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Walking Dead

43
2,404 2,659
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
2,758 2,606
Faith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

45
2,693 2,759
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Will & Grace

46
1,907 1,767
Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

47
2,536 3,227
Sydney Bristow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

48
1,926 1,357
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
colormelivvy added Criminal Minds

49
2,967 3,125
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
How I Met Your Mother

50
2,397 2,612
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