Television has always been a way to highlight social structures. Over the past many years the TV programs have started depicting some great female characters as protagonists and partners and today, we can see them dominating TV shows. They are highly popular among their fans including Lucy Ricardo, Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark, and many more.
In this article, we will be ranking the 20 best female tv characters of all time. You will be able to identify them as many of them are some of the strongest and popular in the television industry.
Considering critics’ reviews, fans’ ratings, awards, nominations, popularity, etc, here are the 20 best female tv characters of all time.
20. Eleven (Stranger things)
She might be the youngest female actress on our list but as they say, age is just a number. In all three seasons of the show Stranger Things, she saved the Hawkins family from danger with the help of her supernatural skills, and she is also a true friend one would ever want. If you ever encounter creatures upside-down then she is the one that you rely upon for help.
19. Annalise Keating (How to get away with murder)
Annalise is one of the most fearful and popular defense lawyers in Pennsylvania. We have included her in our best female tv characters of all time list because she is fearless in a courtroom and brilliant when it comes to legal strategy. She is a harsh teacher yet a caring mentor.
18. Eve Polastri (Killing Eve)
She is observant, obsessive, and prone to being emotionally drained. She has a brilliant mind. We have included her in our list because she’s a strategic thinker who can think beyond the box. She deserves to be one of the 20 best female tv characters of all time.
17. Rosa Diaz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Rosa is the one member of the Nine-Nine that we would never want to mess with. She renders fear in the mind of anybody who interacts with her. We have included her in our list because of her badass detective nature.
16. Elizabeth Jennings (The Americans)
Elizabeth is a top-tier agent who is willing to bribe, plan, or kill for her country. Keri Russell’s Russian spy was a soldier through and through, a woman who fought the stereotype that a mother must be the more caring parent. She appears to be a suburban mom to her neighbors, but in fact, she is more demanding and critical towards her kids.
15. Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)
Veronica is courageous and powerful. Even after these attributes, Veronica nevertheless finds it difficult to tackle all of the challenges she faces, including her lack of status, being neglected by all of her peers, her mother’s neglect, Lily’s murder, and the loss of her boyfriend.
14. Olivia Pope (Scandal)
Olivia is a courageous overachiever with manipulative habits. Her ability to analyze people and circumstances allows her to manipulate those around her to her (and her firm’s) benefit. We have included her in our list because she values honesty above all things, and if someone attempts to hurt someone she cares for, she will use all of her abilities to put them down.
13. Sydney Bristow (Alias)
Sydney is stunning, intelligent, and lethal. Her numerous colorful wigs, which she wore to cover herself at different jobs, have become so legendary that they almost deserve their place on this list. We have included her in this list because throughout all the seasons there was no cooler character and a better person than her at doing the secret agent job.
12. Phoebe Buffay (Friends)
Phoebe is quite popular among TV show fans. She is sometimes dim-witted, often clever, and in many ways still a kid at heart. Most of us connect to her because she takes pride in her reputation as “the odd one.” Phoebe isn’t under any pressure to live up to anyone’s adult expectations.
11. Meredith Grey (Grey’s Anatomy)
We are sure you cannot find a better surgeon on television than Ellen Pompeo’s character on this popular show, She is the ‘dark and twisty’ actress of the show that earns her a place in our list.
10. Xena ( Xena: Warrior Princess )
Lucy Lawless’s warrior princess spent six seasons in the late 1990s wandering the ancient world with her old faithful traveling friend Gabrielle by her side, using her powerful abilities to battle for peace. Without a question, if there was trouble in your village, she’d be the one you’d want to ride through.
9. Diana Prince [Wonder Woman(1976)]
Lynda Carter portrayed the character of wonder woman the daughter of Hippolyta for three seasons in the ‘70s. Through her character, she gave a unique TV show option to the youth.
8. Olivia Benson (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
It is the longest-running US action series. Throughout the 21 seasons of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, we have witnessed Olivia becoming a captain from a detective. She dedicated her life to punish the criminals and especially those who committed heinous sexual crimes. Her determination to help other people earns her a place on our list.
7. Arya Stark (Game of Thrones)
There are many great personalities in the show but Arya Stark is our second pick after Daenerys Targaryen. Arya is intelligent and tough. She prefers to battle and explore rather than dancing and knitting. She has the skills to survive even in the worst situations.
6. Elaine Benes (Seinfeld)
Another strong female character on our list is Elaine Benes, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She is clever and assertive. Elaine knows what she’s doing and pursues it with passion. If she isn’t able to get it, though, beware of this woman’s anger. Julia earned six Emmy nominations for her role as Elaine.
5. Liz lemon (30 Rock)
Liz was a protagonist in the famous American show 30 rock. The character was played by Tina fey, who was also the creator of the show. Liz is portrayed as a great writer and socially retarded. She was the heart and soul of 30 Rock, one of the best and most loved sitcoms in history, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Tina Fey in the lead.
4. Lucy Ricardo (I Love Lucy)
Lucy is ambitious, naive, intelligent, and fearless. We have included her in our top 20 list because she never quits. She’s a devoted wife, who nevertheless possesses certain interests that she isn’t afraid to fulfill. Her bravery to be herself has given her a great deal of freedom for her time. Lucy thinks that she is a star and will not be deterred by her lack of talent.
3. Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones)
Daenerys is a famous name in the history of TV shows. She is most popularly known for her extraordinary appearance, which comprises long, pale silver-gold hair and her pretty violet eyes. She experienced a horrible past of violence yet she has risen to become a powerful ruler and leader in the TV series, liberating the oppressed and standing up for everything that she believes in.
2. Dana Scully ( X files)
Dana is a protagonist in X files. She is cool, collected, and logical. She has doubts about everything, including her beliefs, the existence of the universe, and the legitimacy of the cases she, along with her partner, Fox Mulder, investigate. Her amazing analytical skills earn her a place on our list.
1. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
The top female character on our list is Buffy Summers from the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer which was started in 1997. The show even today has a huge and loyal fan base. The show featured Buffy as a strong, stubborn, and natural-born leader. She wished to live a normal life just like other girls, so, initially, she was a reluctant hero but eventually, she started accepting and embracing her destiny as a slayer.
There are as many other amazing female TV characters but we picked the above 20 female characters because of their amazing personalities and the impact they have created with their characters. We hope the article has helped you to pick your top female TV character and if you have not seen any of their roles then we highly recommend you to watch them shine in the shows.