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
11,851 8,138
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
10,378 7,251
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

3
7,758 6,583
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The X-Files

4
6,763 5,106
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

5
8,779 6,061
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

6
6,164 5,146
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
I Love Lucy

7
6,775 6,511
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

8
7,086 5,618
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

9
4,974 6,099
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
6,096 4,639
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
4,086 4,402
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
5,499 5,884
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

13
5,929 3,865
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
4,293 2,069
Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
marylylewarrenmccue added The Addams Family

15
4,004 5,174
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Seinfeld

16
4,843 4,458
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

17
4,020 4,719
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars

18
4,448 4,913
Cersei Lannister is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

19
4,141 5,226
Penny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory

20
4,550 4,371
Temperance

21
3,172 4,592
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
30 Rock

22
3,622 2,780
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
4,350 3,123
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
willyboymcoy added NCIS
NCIS

24
3,598 3,223
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Parks and Recreation

25
4,141 2,477
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
wezel87 added Game of Thrones