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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
2,407 2,087
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

3
1,866 1,829
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
1,926 1,443
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

5
1,385 1,811
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

6
800 446
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Dana Scully The X-Files

7
740 503
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Abby Sciuto NCIS

8
1,085 1,251
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
1,077 1,250
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

10
1,161 925
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added Clarke Walters The 100

11
811 963
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Claire Underwood House of Cards

12
1,383 1,571
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

13
935 935
Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
freelancerrh added Melinda May Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

14
869 871
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
EmmaGreen added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

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1,371 1,817
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Michonne The Walking Dead

16
698 622
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
534 519
Jennifer
LaChance added Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

18
557 318
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
791 897
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

20
940 1,384
Penny is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penny The Big Bang Theory

21
514 419
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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617 660
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

23
614 764
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
761 513
Alicia Clark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added Alicia Clark Fear The Walking Dead

25
555 630
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

26
727 1,292
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons

27
607 876
Crazy Eyes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Boal added Crazy Eyes Orange Is the New Black

28
606 768
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Felicity Smoak Arrow

The Funniest Characters Currently on TV

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426 373
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

30
297 160
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

31
488 403
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Sue Heck The Middle

32
362 740
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Pope Scandal

33
437 736
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Louise Belcher Bob's Burgers

34
364 388
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Dr. Maura Isles Rizzoli & Isles

35
266 470
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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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288 244
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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396 340
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added Captain Sharon Raydor The Closer

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423 320
Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Malory Archer Archer

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439 863
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

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226 367
Selina Kyle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Paul Fijma added Selina Kyle Gotham

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266 354
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Ellie Bishop NCIS

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338 988
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carrie Mathison Homeland

The Most Insufferable Teenage Daughters Currently on TV

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304 317
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added Octavia Black The 100

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315 288
Ranker Video
Danny Marks added D.J. Tanner-Fuller Fuller House

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320 640
Sameen Shaw is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Sameen Shaw Person of Interest

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397 686
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Modern Family

47
435 491
Jessica
Jessica Day New Girl

48
279 303
Detective Jane Rizzoli is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Detective Jane Rizzoli Rizzoli & Isles

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186 359
Jane Doe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
dukesings added Jane Doe

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343 370
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Pam Poovey Archer