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 Game of Thrones

2
2,704 2,302
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

3
2,063 1,957
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
2,161 1,595
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

5
1,558 2,076
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

6
1,270 1,335
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

7
894 603
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added NCIS

8
880 555
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The X-Files

9
1,223 1,370
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

10
1,554 1,686
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

11
1,284 1,031
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added The 100

12
1,129 1,013
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
948 1,064
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

14
1,045 953
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
EmmaGreen added Once Upon a Time

15
708 593
Jennifer
LaChance added Criminal Minds

16
870 709
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Modern Family

17
766 384
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Vikings

18
1,488 2,002
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

19
697 486
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Criminal Minds

20
806 749
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
896 991
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

22
1,055 1,604
Penny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

23
702 703
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

24
719 954
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added

25
530 218
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Grey's Anatomy

26
812 582
Alicia Clark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added Alicia Clark Fear The Walking Dead

27
806 1,482
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Simpsons

28
641 467
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added The Middle

29
684 1,023
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
696 924
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Arrow

31
512 810
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Bob's Burgers

32
394 309
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added

33
532 741
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Modern Family

34
529 508
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones

35
561 389
Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Archer

36
420 866
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Scandal

37
513 409
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added The Closer

38
597 558
Jessica
New Girl

39
203 89
Anne Boleyn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
anneforever added

40
301 530
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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

41
396 452
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Rizzoli & Isles

42
400 362
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Danny Marks added Fuller House

43
389 406
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added The 100

44
308 412
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added NCIS

45
456 431
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Archer

46
64 62
Lexa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lexa

47
261 444
Selina Kyle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Paul Fijma added Selina Kyle Gotham

48
486 1,016
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Orange Is the New Black

49
386 525
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Americans

50
367 1,161
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
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