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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2,237 2,073
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
2,790 2,325
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

3
2,118 1,982
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
2,187 1,634
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

5
1,605 2,107
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

6
1,308 1,353
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

7
913 628
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added NCIS

8
898 579
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The X-Files

9
1,250 1,396
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

10
1,596 1,716
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

11
1,311 1,051
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added The 100

12
1,146 1,029
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
1,075 967
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
957 1,082
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

15
727 612
Jennifer
LaChance added Criminal Minds

16
891 731
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Modern Family

17
778 401
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Vikings

18
1,512 2,020
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

19
719 501
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Criminal Minds

20
825 767
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
919 1,011
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

22
709 720
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

23
737 979
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added

24
1,074 1,625
Penny is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

25
555 233
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Grey's Anatomy