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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
11,211 7,560
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
9,561 6,730
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

3
7,367 6,193
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

4
6,312 4,764
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
5,808 4,824
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy

6
8,097 5,683
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

7
6,728 5,227
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
4,611 5,703
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
6,112 6,090
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Phoebe Buffay Friends

10
5,788 4,305
Xena is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
ChangesDownClub added Xena Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

11
3,826 4,096
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
4,949 5,450
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rachel Green Friends

13
5,310 3,581
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
3,875 1,883
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

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

15
3,719 4,884
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

16
3,728 4,395
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

17
4,039 4,561
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

18
4,318 4,195
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Monica Geller Friends

19
3,798 4,800
Penny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Penny The Big Bang Theory

20
4,244 4,081
Temperance

21
2,979 4,333
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

22
3,368 2,575
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
3,746 3,606
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

24
3,779 2,263
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
wezel87 added Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

25
4,022 2,921
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
3,259 2,990
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

27
4,266 3,431
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Michonne The Walking Dead

28
3,201 3,052
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Ziva David NCIS

The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

29
3,201 3,643
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

30
2,193 2,453
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
anonymousagentoftruth added Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager - Star Trek: Voyager

31
3,194 2,943
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Piper Halliwell Leo, Charmed - Charmed

32
2,727 4,094
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Marge Simpson The Simpsons

33
2,273 1,831
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

34
2,163 1,991
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

35
2,995 3,852
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

36
2,021 3,142
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
2,349 2,350
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
penguinmayne added Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones - Game Of Thrones

38
2,005 2,688
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

39
2,598 2,410
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
2,441 2,365
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
2,314 2,524
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

42
2,816 3,334
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose Tyler Doctor Who

The Best Arrested Development Characters

43
2,693 2,473
Faith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Faith Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

44
1,823 1,691
Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Blanche Devereaux The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

45
2,493 3,032
Leela is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leela Futurama

46
3,082 2,518
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

47
2,321 2,533
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lazarus Long added Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

48
2,861 3,027
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lily Aldrin How I Met Your Mother

49
2,598 2,655
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Karen Walker Will & Grace

50
2,460 3,149
Sydney Bristow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time