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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
11,914 8,222
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2
7,800 6,636
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The X-Files
3
10,513 7,314
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones
4
6,204 5,184
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
I Love Lucy
5
5,018 6,147
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show
6
6,815 5,149
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
7
6,849 6,554
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends
8
8,934 6,093
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones
9
4,127 4,433
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
10
4,040 5,211
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Seinfeld
11
3,198 4,622
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
30 Rock
12
7,127 5,663
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
13
5,559 5,938
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends
14
4,181 5,271
Penny is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory
15
4,047 4,749
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars
16
2,178 3,417
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
17
4,535 4,938
Cersei Lannister is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones
18
2,932 4,416
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Simpsons
19
6,144 4,678
Xena is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
ChangesDownClub added Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess
20
4,898 4,497
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends
21
3,152 4,173
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Married... with Children
22
1,239 2,406
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
23
4,577 4,404
Temperance
24
6,003 3,884
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Bootsdad added Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited
25
3,467 3,922
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Once Upon a Time