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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
11,909 8,221
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2
10,505 7,314
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones
3
7,798 6,634
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The X-Files
4
6,813 5,148
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
5
8,928 6,094
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones
6
6,202 5,183
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
I Love Lucy
7
6,848 6,551
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends
8
7,125 5,661
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
9
5,017 6,145
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
6,142 4,677
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
4,126 4,430
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
12
5,559 5,933
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends
13
5,999 3,884
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
4,346 2,087
Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
marylylewarrenmccue added The Addams Family
15
4,040 5,209
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Seinfeld
16
4,897 4,495
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends
17
4,047 4,747
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars
18
4,530 4,939
Cersei Lannister is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones
19
4,179 5,271
Penny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory
20
4,577 4,402
Temperance
21
3,197 4,620
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
30 Rock
22
3,649 2,802
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
4,374 3,154
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
willyboymcoy added NCIS
NCIS
24
3,640 3,251
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Parks and Recreation
25
4,214 2,495
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
wezel87 added Game of Thrones