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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2,069 1,948
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
2,582 2,252
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

3
1,984 1,919
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
2,097 1,544
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

5
1,481 2,015
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

6
853 520
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The X-Files

7
1,221 1,308
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

8
1,171 1,334
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

9
856 572
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added NCIS

10
925 1,034
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

11
1,242 1,001
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added The 100

12
1,087 994
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
1,002 926
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
664 571
Jennifer
LaChance added Criminal Minds

15
1,489 1,651
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

16
838 678
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Modern Family

17
714 368
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Vikings

18
1,445 1,966
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

19
664 462
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Criminal Minds

20
768 719
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
855 971
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

22
1,014 1,554
Penny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

23
673 682
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

24
679 916
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added

25
788 562
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
773 1,441
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Simpsons

27
474 199
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Grey's Anatomy

28
610 447
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added The Middle

29
650 1,002
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
657 902
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Arrow

31
485 787
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Bob's Burgers

32
405 838
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Scandal

33
370 291
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added

34
499 391
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added The Closer

35
535 370
Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Archer

36
572 534
Jessica
New Girl

37
500 724
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Modern Family

38
489 490
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones

39
287 517
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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

40
180 74
Anne Boleyn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
anneforever added

41
381 439
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Rizzoli & Isles

42
390 340
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Danny Marks added Fuller House

43
445 415
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Archer

44
297 399
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added NCIS

45
466 986
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Orange Is the New Black

46
249 429
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
356 1,134
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Homeland

48
357 392
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added The 100

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367 510
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Americans

50
41 46
Lexa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
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