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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2,198 2,042
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
2,736 2,312
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

3
2,084 1,968
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
2,172 1,611
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

5
1,574 2,088
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

6
1,281 1,342
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

7
900 610
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added NCIS

8
883 564
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The X-Files

9
1,236 1,378
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

10
1,294 1,038
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added The 100

11
1,567 1,701
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

12
1,133 1,018
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
1,058 956
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
950 1,070
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

15
715 598
Jennifer
LaChance added Criminal Minds

16
880 716
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Modern Family

17
772 389
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Vikings

18
705 489
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Criminal Minds

19
1,500 2,008
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

20
814 754
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
909 994
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

22
1,064 1,611
Penny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

23
703 708
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

24
726 962
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added

25
536 222
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Grey's Anatomy