tv The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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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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Lexa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lexa The 100

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

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

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Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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Michonne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Michonne The Walking Dead

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Alicia Clark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Alicia Clark Fear The Walking Dead

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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones

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Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Claire Underwood House of Cards

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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Dana Scully The X-Files

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Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olenna Tyrell Game of Thrones

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Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Claire Dunphy Modern Family

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Jennifer
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

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Penny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penny The Big Bang Theory

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

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Supergirl / Kara - Zor el is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Supergirl / Kara - Zor el

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Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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Lady Mary Crawley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lady Mary Crawley Downton Abbey

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Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons

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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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Kate Beckett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Kate Beckett Castle

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Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

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Crazy Eyes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Crazy Eyes Orange Is the New Black

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Sameen Shaw is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sameen Shaw Person of Interest

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Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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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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Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carrie Mathison Homeland

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Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

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Max Black is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Max Black 2 Broke Girls

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Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Dr. Maura Isles Rizzoli & Isles

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

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Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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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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Norma Bates is listed (or ranked) 42 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) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Pope Scandal

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Cosima Niehaus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Cosima Niehaus Orphan Black

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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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"Root" Person of Interest

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Detective Jane Rizzoli is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Detective Jane Rizzoli Rizzoli & Isles

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Clara Oswin Oswald is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clara Oswin Oswald Doctor Who