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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

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

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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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Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

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Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

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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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Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MohammedAl-Basrawy added Olenna Tyrell Game of Thrones

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Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MohammedAl-Basrawy added Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones

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Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added Clarke Walters The 100

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Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Abby Sciuto NCIS

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Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Claire Underwood House of Cards

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Michonne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Michonne The Walking Dead

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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
EmmaGreen added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
stew driscoll added Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham Downton Abbey

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Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Claire Dunphy Modern Family

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

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LaChance added Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

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Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Lagertha Lothbrok Vikings

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Penny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penny The Big Bang Theory

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Supergirl / 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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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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Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

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Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MohammedAl-Basrawy added Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons

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Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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Lady Mary Crawley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
stew driscoll added Lady Mary Crawley Downton Abbey

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Sarah Manning is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Blowfish added Sarah Manning Orphan Black

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Kate Beckett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Kate Beckett Castle

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Max Black is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
internetisevil added Max Black 2 Broke Girls

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Crazy Eyes is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Felicity Smoak Arrow

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Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Dr. Maura Isles Rizzoli & Isles

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Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Pope Scandal

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Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Sue Heck The Middle

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Norma Bates is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Norma Bates Bates Motel

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Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Louise Belcher Bob's Burgers

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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

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Selina Kyle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Paul Fijma added Selina Kyle Gotham

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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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Clara Oswin Oswald is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Clara Oswin Oswald Doctor Who

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Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

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Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added Donna Noble

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Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carrie Mathison Homeland

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Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added Octavia Black The 100

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Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added Captain Sharon Raydor The Closer