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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
11,779 8,073
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
10,285 7,184
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

3
7,705 6,520
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The X-Files

4
6,705 5,050
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

5
8,692 6,008
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

6
6,125 5,093
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
I Love Lucy

7
6,709 6,453
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

8
7,046 5,566
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

9
4,936 6,052
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
6,058 4,586
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
4,054 4,349
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
5,442 5,828
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

13
5,865 3,820
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
4,208 2,057
Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
marylylewarrenmccue added The Addams Family

15
3,975 5,126
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Seinfeld

16
4,794 4,413
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

17
3,979 4,675
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars

18
4,378 4,879
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

19
4,105 5,171
Penny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory

20
4,511 4,332
Temperance

21
3,151 4,545
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
30 Rock

22
3,596 2,735
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
3,562 3,174
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Parks and Recreation

24
4,276 3,108
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
willyboymcoy added NCIS
NCIS

25
3,977 3,808
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory