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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
EmmaGreen added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Claire Dunphy Modern Family

The Greatest Geeky Girls on TV

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Jennifer
LaChance added Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

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Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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Michonne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Michonne The Walking Dead

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Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Lagertha Lothbrok Vikings

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Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

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Penny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penny The Big Bang Theory

The Best Current TV Villains

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Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

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Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added Supergirl / Kara - Zor el

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Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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

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

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

The Most Insufferable Teenage Daughters Currently on TV

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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

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

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Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Pope Scandal

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Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Louise Belcher Bob's Burgers

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

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

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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

Favorite TV Moms of All Time

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Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Malory Archer Archer

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

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Jessica
Jessica Day New Girl

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Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Modern Family

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Danny Marks added D.J. Tanner-Fuller Fuller House

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

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Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Ellie Bishop NCIS

50+ Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos from Iconic TV Shows

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Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

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Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carrie Mathison Homeland

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Anne Boleyn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
anneforever added Anne Boleyn

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

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Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Pam Poovey Archer

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

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

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Sameen Shaw is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Sameen Shaw Person of Interest