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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.

Vote up the greatest female characters to move them up the list, and add please any that we're missing.

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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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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones
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Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones
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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The X-Files
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Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
I Love Lucy
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Xena is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
ChangesDownClub added Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess
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Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Bootsdad added Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited
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Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends
12
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
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Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show
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Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends
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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars
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Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Seinfeld
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Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Friends
18
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Parks and Recreation
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Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls
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Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
wezel87 added Game of Thrones
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Penny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory
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Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
30 Rock
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Cersei Lannister is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Game of Thrones
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Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
The Big Bang Theory
25
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
anonymousagentoftruth added Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager