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List Rules The most memorable, most groundbreaking, strongest, and/or funniest female characters ever on television

The greatest female TV characters of all time. This list includes some of the greatest television characters in history from dramatic shows, sitcoms, sci fi series, and procedurals to 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 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 for the greatest female characters to move them up the list, and add please any that we're missing.
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9,985 6,275
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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2
7,762 5,954
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

3
6,583 5,396
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

4
5,348 4,127
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
4,982 4,268
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy

6
6,800 5,006
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

7
6,065 4,424
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
3,971 4,925
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
5,143 3,665
Xena is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
ChangesDownClub added Xena Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

10
5,186 5,314
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Phoebe Buffay Friends

11
3,308 3,552
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
4,139 4,675
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rachel Green Friends

13
4,348 3,085
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
3,217 1,497
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

15
3,182 4,330
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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16
3,276 3,783
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

17
3,212 4,064
Penny is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Penny The Big Bang Theory

18
3,412 3,911
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

19
3,655 3,542
Temperance

20
2,558 3,867
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

21
2,802 2,228
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

22
3,581 3,725
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Monica Geller Friends

23
3,223 3,149
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
3,742 2,913
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Michonne The Walking Dead

25
3,412 2,561
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
2,998 1,957
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

27
2,648 2,615
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

28
2,407 3,560
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Marge Simpson The Simpsons

29
2,765 2,466
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Piper Halliwell Leo, Charmed - Charmed

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30
2,804 2,711
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Ziva David NCIS

31
1,803 2,068
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
anonymousagentoftruth added Kathryn Janeway Star Trek: Voyager - Star Trek: Voyager

32
2,765 3,197
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

33
1,896 1,553
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
1,809 1,684
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
2,674 3,374
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

36
1,792 2,757
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
1,676 2,224
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

38
2,114 2,035
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Uhura Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

39
1,883 1,895
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
penguinmayne added Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones - Game Of Thrones

40
2,150 1,968
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Umberhaven added Lorelai Gilmore Gilmore Girls

41
2,194 2,569
Leela is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leela Futurama

42
2,503 2,886
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose Tyler Doctor Who

43
2,595 2,794
River Tam is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
River Tam Firefly

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44
2,360 2,055
Faith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Faith Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

45
2,227 2,275
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Karen Walker Will & Grace

46
2,650 2,222
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

47
1,925 2,117
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

48
1,556 1,611
Samantha Stephens is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
DolittleD added Samantha Stephens Bewitched

49
1,452 1,045
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
colormelivvy added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

50
1,423 1,039
Wednesday Addams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
SannahParker added Wednesday Addams The Addams Family