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
11,493 7,868
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
9,919 7,007
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

3
7,540 6,375
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The X-Files

4
6,000 4,973
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
I Love Lucy

5
6,528 4,924
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

6
8,401 5,886
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

7
6,410 6,304
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

8
6,894 5,439
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

9
4,777 5,915
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
5,928 4,478
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
3,945 4,250
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
5,205 5,668
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

13
5,586 3,744
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
4,050 1,982
Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
marylylewarrenmccue added The Addams Family

15
3,850 5,018
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Seinfeld

16
3,855 4,576
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars

17
4,544 4,319
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

18
4,201 4,768
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

19
3,961 5,011
Penny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory

20
4,388 4,239
Temperance

21
3,080 4,453
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
30 Rock

22
3,512 2,653
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
4,155 3,019
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
willyboymcoy added NCIS - NCIS

24
3,415 3,085
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Parks and Recreation

25
3,944 2,361
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
wezel87 added Game of Thrones

26
3,866 3,718
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory

27
4,366 3,589
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Walking Dead

28
3,298 3,144
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
NCIS

29
2,317 2,550
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 3,775
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
2,392 1,891
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
2,809 4,247
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Simpsons

33
2,278 2,057
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
3,293 3,084
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Leo, Charmed - Charmed

35
3,068 4,007
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Married... with Children

36
2,095 3,273
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

37
2,737 2,542
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Umberhaven added Gilmore Girls

38
2,465 2,510
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
2,068 2,876
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne

40
2,513 2,502
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
2,879 3,477
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Doctor Who

42
3,199 2,602
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Walking Dead

43
2,407 2,665
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
2,763 2,610
Faith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

45
1,914 1,767
Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

46
2,697 2,763
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Will & Grace

47
2,536 3,231
Sydney Bristow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

48
1,930 1,358
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
colormelivvy added Criminal Minds

49
2,972 3,126
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
How I Met Your Mother

50
2,399 2,615
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