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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

2
2,466 2,132
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

3
1,908 1,851
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

4
1,990 1,474
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

5
1,425 1,875
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

6
823 465
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Dana Scully The X-Files

7
1,137 1,266
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

8
788 520
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Abby Sciuto NCIS

9
1,119 1,272
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

10
1,188 945
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added Clarke Walters The 100

11
854 978
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Claire Underwood House of Cards

12
988 951
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.

13
916 883
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

14
1,421 1,599
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

The Funniest Characters Currently on TV

15
758 638
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Claire Dunphy Modern Family

16
587 534
Jennifer
LaChance added Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

17
1,394 1,869
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Michonne The Walking Dead

18
616 329
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Lagertha Lothbrok Vikings

19
675 673
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

20
569 431
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

21
967 1,441
Penny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penny The Big Bang Theory

The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

22
812 924
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

23
632 818
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

24
599 645
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

25
772 526
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
740 1,344
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons

27
359 173
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

28
621 931
Crazy Eyes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Boal added Crazy Eyes Orange Is the New Black

The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

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621 822
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Felicity Smoak Arrow

30
531 419
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Sue Heck The Middle

31
447 414
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

32
381 792
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Pope Scandal

33
449 755
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Louise Belcher Bob's Burgers

34
271 487
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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

35
435 356
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added Captain Sharon Raydor The Closer

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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318 261
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added Donna Noble

37
370 408
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

38
461 338
Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Malory Archer Archer

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364 304
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Danny Marks added D.J. Tanner-Fuller Fuller House

40
444 696
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Modern Family

41
489 504
Jessica
Jessica Day New Girl

42
344 1,041
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carrie Mathison Homeland

The Most Insufferable Teenage Daughters Currently on TV

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450 920
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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236 393
Selina Kyle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Paul Fijma added Selina Kyle Gotham

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276 370
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Ellie Bishop NCIS

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324 342
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added Octavia Black The 100

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324 688
Sameen Shaw is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Sameen Shaw Person of Interest

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381 386
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Pam Poovey Archer

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287 318
Detective Jane Rizzoli is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Detective Jane Rizzoli Rizzoli & Isles

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192 385
Jane Doe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
dukesings added Jane Doe