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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2,132 1,987
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
2,647 2,280
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

3
2,022 1,942
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
2,142 1,568
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

5
1,525 2,053
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

6
1,244 1,326
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

7
868 543
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The X-Files

8
1,196 1,356
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

9
877 590
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added NCIS

10
942 1,048
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

11
1,263 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
1,116 1,004
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
1,024 939
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
691 582
Jennifer
LaChance added Criminal Minds

15
1,524 1,665
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

16
856 692
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Modern Family

17
749 378
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Vikings

18
1,468 1,991
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

19
681 478
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Criminal Minds

20
790 738
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
879 978
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

22
1,031 1,583
Penny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

23
694 693
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

24
698 943
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added

25
801 574
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
794 1,469
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Simpsons

27
500 210
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Grey's Anatomy

28
632 456
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added The Middle

29
666 1,015
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
679 915
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Arrow

31
388 300
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added

32
497 802
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Bob's Burgers

33
556 381
Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Archer

34
411 856
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Scandal

35
516 733
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Modern Family

36
510 401
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added The Closer

37
583 546
Jessica
New Girl

38
506 502
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones

39
293 524
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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

40
196 84
Anne Boleyn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
anneforever added

41
388 448
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Rizzoli & Isles

42
395 351
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Danny Marks added Fuller House

43
305 406
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added NCIS

44
454 424
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Archer

45
375 399
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added The 100

46
257 438
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 1,005
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Orange Is the New Black

48
381 518
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Americans

49
361 1,152
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Homeland

50
53 54
Lexa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
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