Best Characters 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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Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

2
2,555 2,226
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

3
1,965 1,902
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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2,073 1,528
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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1,467 1,980
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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842 508
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Dana Scully The X-Files

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1,207 1,298
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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1,161 1,318
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

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844 560
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Abby Sciuto NCIS

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917 1,021
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Claire Underwood House of Cards

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1,227 987
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added Clarke Walters The 100

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1,068 981
Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
freelancerrh added Melinda May Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
EmmaGreen added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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653 561
Jennifer
LaChance added Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

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830 666
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Claire Dunphy Modern Family

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1,469 1,638
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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1,436 1,940
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Michonne The Walking Dead

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695 354
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Lagertha Lothbrok Vikings

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Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

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747 706
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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1,004 1,529
Penny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penny The Big Bang Theory

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844 961
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

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656 672
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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

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784 550
Alicia Clark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added Alicia Clark Fear The Walking Dead

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768 1,417
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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450 190
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

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596 436
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Sue Heck The Middle

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Crazy Eyes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Boal added Crazy Eyes Orange Is the New Black

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648 892
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Felicity Smoak Arrow

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400 830
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Pope Scandal

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476 779
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Louise Belcher Bob's Burgers

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485 381
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added Captain Sharon Raydor The Closer

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360 285
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added Donna Noble

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520 361
Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Malory Archer Archer

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557 530
Jessica
Jessica Day New Girl

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478 474
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

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481 716
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Modern Family

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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

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Danny Marks added D.J. Tanner-Fuller Fuller House

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378 432
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Dr. Maura Isles Rizzoli & Isles

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164 67
Anne Boleyn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
anneforever added Anne Boleyn

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293 391
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Ellie Bishop NCIS

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Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

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Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Pam Poovey Archer

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Selina Kyle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Paul Fijma added Selina Kyle Gotham

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351 1,114
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carrie Mathison Homeland

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Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added Octavia Black The 100

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Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Elizabeth Jennings The Americans

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