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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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9,327 6,072
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
7,426 5,721
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

3
6,323 5,246
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

4
5,129 3,962
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
4,807 4,121
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy

6
6,485 4,836
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

7
5,723 4,290
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
3,832 4,741
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
4,955 3,527
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
4,987 5,149
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Phoebe Buffay Friends

11
3,199 3,410
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
3,964 4,478
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rachel Green Friends

13
4,093 2,964
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
3,043 1,415
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
3,129 3,646
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

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16
3,073 4,205
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

17
3,067 3,862
Penny is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Penny The Big Bang Theory

18
3,269 3,747
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

19
3,490 3,408
Temperance

20
2,435 3,755
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

21
3,419 3,599
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Monica Geller Friends

22
2,654 2,137
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
3,571 2,780
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Michonne The Walking Dead

24
3,067 3,044
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
3,254 2,468
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
2,799 1,885
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
2,494 2,541
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

28
2,339 3,414
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Marge Simpson The Simpsons

29
2,707 2,618
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Ziva David NCIS

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30
2,613 2,353
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Piper Halliwell Leo, Charmed - Charmed

31
2,639 3,096
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

32
1,808 1,477
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

33
1,728 1,605
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

34
1,686 1,979
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
anonymousagentoftruth added Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager - Star Trek: Voyager

35
2,603 3,254
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

36
1,723 2,667
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
1,601 2,114
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

38
1,762 1,780
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
2,027 1,850
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Umberhaven added Lorelai Gilmore Gilmore Girls

40
2,032 1,957
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Uhura Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

41
2,497 2,686
River Tam is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
River Tam Firefly

42
2,391 2,766
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose Tyler Doctor Who

43
2,114 2,445
Leela is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leela Futurama

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2,186 1,950
Faith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Faith Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

45
2,133 2,159
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Karen Walker Will & Grace

46
1,809 2,016
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
1,490 1,510
Samantha Stephens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
DolittleD added Samantha Stephens Bewitched

48
2,524 2,140
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

49
2,421 2,546
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lily Aldrin How I Met Your Mother

50
1,851 1,624
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