TV 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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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

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1,570 1,485
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones

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1,507 1,709
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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1,196 1,599
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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551 273
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MohammedAl-Basrawy added Olenna Tyrell Game of Thrones

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1,637 1,306
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

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569 315
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Dana Scully The X-Files

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606 421
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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1,066 810
Clarke Griffin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added Clarke Griffin The 100

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534 394
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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1,227 1,611
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Michonne The Walking Dead

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848 1,129
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

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1,178 1,445
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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797 1,163
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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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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Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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766 859
Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 17 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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691 778
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
EmmaGreen added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

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799 1,202
Penny is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penny The Big Bang Theory

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510 532
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Claire Dunphy Modern Family

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411 434
Jennifer
LaChance added Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

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Supergirl / 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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Alicia Clark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added Alicia Clark Fear The Walking Dead

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458 574
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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636 1,136
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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380 251
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Lagertha Lothbrok Vikings

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367 344
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

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288 533
Lady Mary Crawley is listed (or ranked) 29 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) 30 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) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Kate Beckett Castle

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525 669
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Felicity Smoak Arrow

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348 228
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MohammedAl-Basrawy added Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

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509 780
Crazy Eyes is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Max Black is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
internetisevil added Max Black 2 Broke Girls

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Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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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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Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Louise Belcher Bob's Burgers

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Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Pope Scandal

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306 565
Sameen Shaw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Sameen Shaw Person of Interest

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

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Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 42 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) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carrie Mathison Homeland

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Norma Bates is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Norma Bates Bates Motel

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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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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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Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Ellie Bishop NCIS

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Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Modern Family

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

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Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added Donna Noble