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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
2,477 2,157
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

3
1,918 1,858
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
2,013 1,485
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

5
1,428 1,906
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

6
825 475
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Dana Scully The X-Files

7
1,149 1,272
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
1,124 1,282
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

9
798 530
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Abby Sciuto NCIS

10
876 988
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Claire Underwood House of Cards

11
1,196 959
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added Clarke Walters The 100

12
1,013 958
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
937 887
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
1,430 1,613
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

The Greatest Geeky Girls on TV

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611 538
Jennifer
LaChance added Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

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782 643
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Claire Dunphy Modern Family

17
1,403 1,893
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Michonne The Walking Dead

18
639 337
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
699 679
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
595 435
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
975 1,466
Penny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penny The Big Bang Theory

The Best Current TV Villains

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823 940
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
645 842
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
618 652
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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744 1,369
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons

26
773 533
Alicia Clark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added Alicia Clark Fear The Walking Dead

27
388 176
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
627 954
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 Most Insufferable Teenage Daughters Currently on TV

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629 847
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Felicity Smoak Arrow

30
553 423
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
386 815
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Pope Scandal

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453 762
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Louise Belcher Bob's Burgers

33
452 433
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

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275 494
Ranker Video
stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

35
454 362
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

Favorite TV Moms of All Time

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333 267
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added Donna Noble

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454 701
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Modern Family

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382 310
Ranker Video
Danny Marks added D.J. Tanner-Fuller Fuller House

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481 344
Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Malory Archer Archer

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374 416
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Dr. Maura Isles Rizzoli & Isles

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510 509
Jessica
Jessica Day New Girl

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344 1,066
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carrie Mathison Homeland

50+ Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos from Iconic TV Shows

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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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284 375
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Ellie Bishop NCIS

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239 404
Selina Kyle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Paul Fijma added Selina Kyle Gotham

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331 355
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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400 392
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Pam Poovey Archer

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324 713
Sameen Shaw is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Sameen Shaw Person of Interest

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126 54
Anne Boleyn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
anneforever added Anne Boleyn

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Detective Jane Rizzoli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Detective Jane Rizzoli Rizzoli & Isles