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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2,173 2,019
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
2,697 2,300
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

3
2,057 1,956
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
2,157 1,593
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

5
1,551 2,074
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

6
1,267 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
877 554
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The X-Files

8
1,218 1,370
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

9
891 601
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added NCIS

10
1,282 1,028
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added The 100

11
948 1,063
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

12
1,127 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
1,039 953
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
703 593
Jennifer
LaChance added Criminal Minds

15
1,547 1,685
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

16
866 708
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Modern Family

17
764 383
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Vikings

18
1,485 2,001
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

19
691 486
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Criminal Minds

20
801 748
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
893 990
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

22
1,051 1,603
Penny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

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

24
717 953
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added

25
810 581
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
527 218
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Grey's Anatomy

27
804 1,481
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Simpsons

28
640 467
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added The Middle

29
680 1,022
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
692 924
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Arrow

31
511 809
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Bob's Burgers

32
393 308
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added

33
529 741
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Modern Family

34
419 865
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Scandal

35
561 388
Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Archer

36
525 506
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones

37
513 408
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added The Closer

38
596 557
Jessica
New Girl

39
300 528
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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

40
203 88
Anne Boleyn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
anneforever added

41
395 452
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Rizzoli & Isles

42
398 360
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Danny Marks added Fuller House

43
388 405
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added The 100

44
308 411
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added NCIS

45
456 430
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Archer

46
64 61
Lexa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lexa

47
260 443
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
481 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
385 524
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Americans

50
365 1,160
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
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