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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2,125 1,986
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
2,641 2,280
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

3
2,019 1,941
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
2,138 1,566
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

5
1,521 2,053
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

6
1,243 1,325
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

7
865 542
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The X-Files

8
1,193 1,354
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

9
876 589
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added NCIS

10
942 1,047
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

11
1,262 1,017
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added The 100

12
1,115 1,003
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
1,021 939
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
689 582
Jennifer
LaChance added Criminal Minds

15
1,521 1,664
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

16
853 691
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Modern Family

17
746 378
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Vikings

18
1,465 1,990
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

19
681 476
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Criminal Minds

20
789 736
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
877 978
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

22
1,030 1,581
Penny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

23
692 692
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

24
698 941
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added

25
799 574
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
793 1,468
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Simpsons

27
498 209
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Grey's Anatomy

28
630 455
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added The Middle

29
664 1,014
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
679 914
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Arrow

31
388 299
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added

32
495 801
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Bob's Burgers

33
556 380
Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Archer

34
510 400
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added The Closer

35
410 855
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Scandal

36
515 732
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Modern Family

37
582 545
Jessica
New Girl

38
505 501
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones

39
196 83
Anne Boleyn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
anneforever added

40
293 523
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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

41
387 447
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Rizzoli & Isles

42
395 350
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Danny Marks added Fuller House

43
305 405
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added NCIS

44
453 423
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Archer

45
374 399
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added The 100

46
257 437
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
474 1,003
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Orange Is the New Black

48
381 517
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Americans

49
361 1,151
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Homeland

50
53 53
Lexa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
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