Female 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 Game of Thrones

2
2,608 2,272
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

3
2,001 1,929
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
2,124 1,553
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

5
1,501 2,039
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

6
859 529
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The X-Files

7
1,235 1,315
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

8
1,187 1,344
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

9
866 581
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added NCIS

10
932 1,040
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

11
1,252 1,010
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added The 100

12
1,105 1,000
Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
freelancerrh added Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

13
1,013 934
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
EmmaGreen added Once Upon a Time

14
676 577
Jennifer
LaChance added Criminal Minds

15
1,503 1,657
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

16
848 683
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Modern Family

17
737 372
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Vikings

18
1,454 1,983
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

19
676 469
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Criminal Minds

20
785 728
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added The Big Bang Theory

21
869 976
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

22
1,024 1,572
Penny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

23
688 686
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

24
693 933
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added

25
794 569
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

26
784 1,461
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Simpsons

27
491 205
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Grey's Anatomy

28
624 453
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added The Middle

29
657 1,009
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

30
668 910
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Arrow

31
493 793
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Bob's Burgers

32
383 296
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added

33
510 396
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added The Closer

34
551 376
Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Archer

35
408 850
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Scandal

36
512 728
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Modern Family

37
579 539
Jessica
New Girl

38
194 80
Anne Boleyn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
anneforever added

39
500 498
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones

40
291 521
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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

41
386 444
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Rizzoli & Isles

42
392 344
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Danny Marks added Fuller House

43
302 403
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added NCIS

44
450 420
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Archer

45
254 434
Selina Kyle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Paul Fijma added Selina Kyle Gotham

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469 995
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Orange Is the New Black

47
381 514
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Americans

48
365 397
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added The 100

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359 1,148
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Homeland

50
48 50
Lexa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lexa