TV characters The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now  

Originally by
97k votes 6.1k voters 56k views 119 items Follow Embed

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. 

list ordered by

1
+ - 1,913 1,768
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

2
+ - 1,418 1,382
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

3
+ - 1,378 1,653
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

4
+ - 1,542 1,236
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

5
+ - 1,265 608
Lexa is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lexa The 100

6
+ - 1,075 1,522
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

7
+ - 1,170 1,513
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Michonne The Walking Dead

8
+ - 1,025 757
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clarke Walters The 100

9
+ - 1,094 1,345
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

10
+ - 522 374
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones

11
+ - 463 227
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olenna Tyrell Game of Thrones

12
+ - 438 689
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

13
+ - 734 815
Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Melinda May Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

14
+ - 712 1,120
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

15
+ - 497 268
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Dana Scully The X-Files

The Funniest Characters Currently on TV These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

16
+ - 659 732
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

17
+ - 655 746
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

18
+ - 616 826
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Claire Underwood House of Cards

19
+ - 474 359
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

20
+ - 780 1,088
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

21
+ - 466 498
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Claire Dunphy Modern Family

22
+ - 474 563
Supergirl / Kara - Zor el is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Supergirl / Kara - Zor el

23
+ - 749 1,142
Penny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penny The Big Bang Theory

24
+ - 377 405
Jennifer
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

25
+ - 690 400
Alicia Clark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Alicia Clark Fear The Walking Dead

26
+ - 600 1,098
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons

27
+ - 272 500
Lady Mary Crawley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lady Mary Crawley Downton Abbey

28
+ - 546 924
Sarah Manning is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sarah Manning Orphan Black

29
+ - 338 310
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

The Most Insufferable Teenage Daughters Currently on TV The TGIF Shows You Wish Still Existed

30
+ - 475 942
Kate Beckett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Kate Beckett Castle

31
+ - 426 542
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

32
+ - 475 744
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

33
+ - 344 222
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

34
+ - 497 634
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

35
+ - 299 528
Sameen Shaw is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sameen Shaw Person of Interest

36
+ - 296 842
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carrie Mathison Homeland

37
+ - 308 193
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

38
+ - 298 296
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Dr. Maura Isles Rizzoli & Isles

39
+ - 362 526
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

40
+ - 386 392
Max Black is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Max Black 2 Broke Girls

41
+ - 351 636
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Louise Belcher Bob's Burgers

42
+ - 320 465
Clara Oswin Oswald is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clara Oswin Oswald Doctor Who

43
+ - 369 698
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

Current TV Characters You Would Want to Be BFFs With The Best Netflix Original Comedy Movies

44
+ - 324 389
Norma Bates is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Norma Bates Bates Motel

45
+ - 211 277
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

46
+ - 199 388
Ranker Video v
Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

47
+ - 289 615
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Pope Scandal

48
+ - 312 617
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Modern Family

49
+ - 279 524
Cosima Niehaus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Cosima Niehaus Orphan Black

50
+ - 174 162
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now