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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
11,645 7,978
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
10,099 7,113
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

3
7,626 6,457
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The X-Files

4
6,603 4,997
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

5
6,056 5,048
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
I Love Lucy

6
8,537 5,963
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

7
6,567 6,390
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

8
6,969 5,513
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

9
4,858 5,986
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
6,000 4,538
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
4,000 4,305
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
5,332 5,750
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

13
5,733 3,786
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
4,135 2,023
Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
marylylewarrenmccue added The Addams Family

15
3,924 5,073
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Seinfeld

16
4,676 4,365
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

17
3,907 4,636
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars

18
4,293 4,835
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

19
4,037 5,103
Penny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory

20
4,455 4,290
Temperance

21
3,117 4,499
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
30 Rock

22
3,557 2,699
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
3,493 3,131
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Parks and Recreation

24
4,211 3,070
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
willyboymcoy added NCIS - NCIS

25
3,925 3,764
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory

26
4,016 2,405
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
wezel87 added Game of Thrones

27
4,420 3,642
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Walking Dead

28
3,339 3,189
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
NCIS

29
2,361 2,593
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
3,352 3,822
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
2,435 1,926
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
2,848 4,310
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Simpsons

33
2,316 2,092
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added The Golden Girls

34
3,341 3,130
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Leo, Charmed - Charmed

35
3,095 4,060
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Married... with Children

36
2,128 3,322
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

37
2,791 2,593
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Umberhaven added Gilmore Girls

38
2,525 2,564
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
2,088 2,951
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne

40
2,919 3,527
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Doctor Who

41
2,542 2,547
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

42
2,451 2,708
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Once Upon a Time

43
3,239 2,637
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Walking Dead

44
1,951 1,794
Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

45
2,800 2,649
Faith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

46
2,736 2,798
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Will & Grace

47
2,559 3,268
Sydney Bristow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

48
3,020 3,163
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
How I Met Your Mother

49
2,440 2,651
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lazarus Long added The Big Bang Theory

50
2,601 3,196
Leela is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
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