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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2,067 1,941
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
2,580 2,246
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

3
1,984 1,916
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
2,095 1,543
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

5
1,481 2,008
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

6
852 519
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The X-Files

7
1,221 1,307
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

8
1,171 1,329
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

9
855 570
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added NCIS

10
925 1,033
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

11
1,241 1,000
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added The 100

12
1,085 993
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
1,001 925
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
664 570
Jennifer
LaChance added Criminal Minds

15
1,488 1,648
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

16
838 676
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Modern Family

17
710 366
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Vikings

18
1,445 1,962
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

19
661 461
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Criminal Minds

20
764 717
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
854 970
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

22
1,014 1,550
Penny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

23
670 681
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

24
678 912
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added

25
787 561
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
773 1,437
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Simpsons

27
470 199
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Grey's Anatomy

28
607 446
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added The Middle

29
649 1,000
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
657 900
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Arrow

31
485 785
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Bob's Burgers

32
405 837
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Scandal

33
496 390
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added The Closer

34
367 290
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added

35
532 369
Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Archer

36
570 533
Jessica
New Girl

37
497 723
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Modern Family

38
489 487
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones

39
287 516
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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

40
177 73
Anne Boleyn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
anneforever added

41
381 438
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Rizzoli & Isles

42
390 339
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Danny Marks added Fuller House

43
297 398
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added NCIS

44
444 414
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Archer

45
466 984
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Orange Is the New Black

46
249 428
Selina Kyle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Paul Fijma added Selina Kyle Gotham

47
356 1,130
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Homeland

48
356 391
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added The 100

49
364 509
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Americans

50
40 45
Lexa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
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