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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.

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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
9,654 6,796
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

3
7,412 6,236
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

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6,367 4,799
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

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5,865 4,858
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy

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8,169 5,735
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

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6,767 5,283
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Willow Rosenberg Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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4,640 5,764
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

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6,174 6,152
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Phoebe Buffay Friends

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5,824 4,350
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

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3,860 4,143
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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5,009 5,508
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rachel Green Friends

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5,385 3,624
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

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3,913 1,908
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

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3,755 4,914
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

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3,762 4,438
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

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4,366 4,226
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Monica Geller Friends

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4,082 4,611
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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3,841 4,858
Penny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Penny The Big Bang Theory

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4,276 4,124
Temperance

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3,005 4,365
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

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3,402 2,592
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

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4,048 2,943
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
willyboymcoy added Abby Sciuto NCIS - NCIS

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3,776 3,633
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

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3,290 3,013
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

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3,822 2,282
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
wezel87 added Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

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4,286 3,474
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Michonne The Walking Dead

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3,225 3,072
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

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2,223 2,474
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
anonymousagentoftruth added Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager - Star Trek: Voyager

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3,227 3,691
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

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3,219 2,982
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

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2,299 1,841
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

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2,191 2,002
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

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2,743 4,135
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Marge Simpson The Simpsons

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3,012 3,894
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

30+ Popular TV Characters Who Were Suddenly Written Off The Show (And Why)

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2,043 3,174
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

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2,629 2,446
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Umberhaven added Lorelai Gilmore Gilmore Girls

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2,378 2,397
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
penguinmayne added Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones - Game Of Thrones

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2,022 2,748
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

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2,463 2,401
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

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2,340 2,562
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

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2,832 3,370
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

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2,710 2,511
Faith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Faith Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

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2,625 2,683
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Karen Walker Will & Grace

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1,848 1,714
Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Blanche Devereaux The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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3,110 2,539
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

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2,506 3,067
Leela is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leela Futurama

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2,341 2,557
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lazarus Long added Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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2,883 3,067
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lily Aldrin How I Met Your Mother

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2,488 3,168
Sydney Bristow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time