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List Rules Vote up and add all of your favorite current TV characters who are women or girls. No cancelled shows!

Some of the greatest characters in this new golden age of TV are female right now, and their characters span centuries, cultures, and personalities of all types. The shows they're on range anywhere from fantasy to comedy to drama and everything in between. Which female characters are the best of the best on TV show characters right now?

Are you a Jess Day kind of person, or an Arya Stark lover instead? The choice is up to you. Vote up all of your favorite female characters currently on TV, and add any that aren't already on the list. 

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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

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Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

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Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones

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Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

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Lexa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lexa The 100

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Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clarke Walters The 100

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Michonne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Michonne The Walking Dead

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Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones

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Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olenna Tyrell Game of Thrones

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Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Melinda May Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Dana Scully The X-Files

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Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

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Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Claire Underwood House of Cards

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Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

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Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Claire Dunphy Modern Family

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Supergirl / Kara - Zor el is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Supergirl / Kara - Zor el

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Penny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penny The Big Bang Theory

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Alicia Clark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Alicia Clark Fear The Walking Dead

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Jennifer
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

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Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons

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Lady Mary Crawley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lady Mary Crawley Downton Abbey

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Sarah Manning is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sarah Manning Orphan Black

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Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

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Kate Beckett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Kate Beckett Castle

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Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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Crazy Eyes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Crazy Eyes Orange Is the New Black

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Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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Sameen Shaw is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sameen Shaw Person of Interest

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Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carrie Mathison Homeland

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Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Dr. Maura Isles Rizzoli & Isles

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Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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Clara Oswin Oswald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clara Oswin Oswald Doctor Who

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Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Louise Belcher Bob's Burgers

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Max Black is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Max Black 2 Broke Girls

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Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

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Norma Bates is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Norma Bates Bates Motel

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Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

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Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Modern Family

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Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Pope Scandal

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Cosima Niehaus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Cosima Niehaus Orphan Black

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Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now