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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
11,547 7,909
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
9,975 7,048
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

3
7,563 6,405
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The X-Files

4
6,553 4,948
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

5
6,023 4,999
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
I Love Lucy

6
8,446 5,916
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

7
6,468 6,341
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

8
6,920 5,472
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

9
4,809 5,946
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
5,949 4,505
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
3,963 4,269
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

12
5,254 5,704
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

13
5,640 3,765
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
4,085 1,993
Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
marylylewarrenmccue added The Addams Family

15
3,884 5,038
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Seinfeld

16
3,872 4,601
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars

17
4,595 4,336
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends

18
4,230 4,797
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones

19
3,985 5,051
Penny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory

20
3,093 4,470
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
30 Rock

21
4,411 4,265
Temperance

22
3,531 2,665
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
4,176 3,039
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
willyboymcoy added NCIS - NCIS

24
3,447 3,097
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Parks and Recreation

25
3,890 3,734
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory

26
3,968 2,375
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
wezel87 added Game of Thrones

27
4,387 3,615
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Walking Dead

28
3,310 3,162
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
NCIS

29
2,342 2,563
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
anonymousagentoftruth added Star Trek: Voyager - Star Trek: Voyager

30
3,325 3,791
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Once Upon a Time

31
2,408 1,902
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added The Golden Girls

32
2,294 2,067
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added The Golden Girls

33
2,821 4,277
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Simpsons

34
3,307 3,106
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Leo, Charmed - Charmed

35
3,079 4,030
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Married... with Children

36
2,108 3,296
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

37
2,763 2,563
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Umberhaven added Gilmore Girls

38
2,485 2,534
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
penguinmayne added Game of Thrones - Game Of Thrones

39
2,074 2,910
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne

40
2,522 2,523
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

41
2,888 3,503
Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Doctor Who

42
3,219 2,614
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Walking Dead

43
2,423 2,683
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Once Upon a Time

44
1,928 1,772
Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

45
2,775 2,629
Faith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

46
2,704 2,781
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Will & Grace

47
2,544 3,243
Sydney Bristow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

48
1,947 1,366
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
colormelivvy added Criminal Minds

49
2,988 3,138
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
How I Met Your Mother

50
2,417 2,626
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lazarus Long added The Big Bang Theory