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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.

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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
marylylewarrenmccue added The Addams Family
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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Bootsdad added Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited
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Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones
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Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones
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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The X-Files
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Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
I Love Lucy
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Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls
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Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Parks and Recreation
12
Cordelia Chase is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Michonne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Walking Dead
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Faith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel
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Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added The Golden Girls
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Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends
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Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends
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Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Leo, Charmed
Charmed
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Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added The Golden Girls
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Xena is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
ChangesDownClub added Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess
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Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
willyboymcoy added NCIS
NCIS
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Wednesday Addams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
SannahParker added The Addams Family
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Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory
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Phoebe Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Charmed
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Temperance "Bones&q... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time