Female Characters 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 Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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9,734 6,857
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

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7,458 6,284
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Dana Scully The X-Files

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6,426 4,837
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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5,907 4,898
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy

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8,244 5,785
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

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6,806 5,335
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Willow Rosenberg Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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6,245 6,206
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Phoebe Buffay Friends

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4,688 5,820
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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5,853 4,396
Xena is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
ChangesDownClub added Xena Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess

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3,893 4,178
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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5,068 5,566
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rachel Green Friends

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5,450 3,668
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Bootsdad added Wonder Woman Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

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Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
marylylewarrenmccue added Morticia Addams The Addams Family

Famous People Who Have Been Reported Missing

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3,790 4,947
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

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3,787 4,492
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Veronica Mars Veronica Mars

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4,419 4,261
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Monica Geller Friends

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4,122 4,666
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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3,892 4,907
Penny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Penny The Big Bang Theory

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4,315 4,168
Temperance

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3,027 4,400
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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3,438 2,618
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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4,090 2,969
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
willyboymcoy added Abby Sciuto NCIS - NCIS

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3,807 3,665
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

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3,857 2,313
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
wezel87 added Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

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3,329 3,039
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

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4,311 3,518
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Michonne The Walking Dead

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3,253 3,097
Ziva David is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Ziva David NCIS

Favorite TV Moms of All Time

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

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3,260 3,716
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

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3,242 3,020
Piper Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose1 added Piper Halliwell Leo, Charmed - Charmed

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2,327 1,863
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

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2,219 2,024
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Charley Feldman added Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

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2,768 4,176
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Marge Simpson The Simpsons

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3,030 3,936
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever

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2,057 3,213
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Mary Richards The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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2,665 2,483
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Umberhaven added Lorelai Gilmore Gilmore Girls

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2,400 2,443
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
penguinmayne added Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones - Game Of Thrones

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2,036 2,794
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

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2,478 2,440
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Uhura Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

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2,359 2,599
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
m0000 added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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2,727 2,547
Faith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Faith Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel

The Best British TV Comedies On Netflix

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Rose Tyler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Rose Tyler Doctor Who

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3,139 2,560
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

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2,649 2,715
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Karen Walker Will & Grace

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2,509 3,191
Sydney Bristow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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1,868 1,740
Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Blanche Devereaux The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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2,527 3,101
Leela is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Leela Futurama

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2,363 2,578
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lazarus Long added Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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2,909 3,097
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time
Lily Aldrin How I Met Your Mother