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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2,134 1,990
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
2,649 2,282
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

3
2,024 1,944
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
2,144 1,570
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

5
1,529 2,054
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

6
1,248 1,327
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

7
870 544
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The X-Files

8
1,196 1,358
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

9
878 592
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added NCIS

10
942 1,050
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

11
1,264 1,018
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added The 100

12
1,118 1,005
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
1,025 942
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
693 583
Jennifer
LaChance added Criminal Minds

15
1,526 1,668
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

16
858 693
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Modern Family

17
751 380
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Vikings

18
1,471 1,993
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

19
683 479
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Criminal Minds

20
791 739
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
882 980
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

22
1,033 1,584
Penny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

23
694 695
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

24
699 944
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added

25
803 575
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
797 1,470
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Simpsons

27
503 212
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Grey's Anatomy

28
633 458
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added The Middle

29
668 1,017
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
680 917
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Arrow

31
499 803
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Bob's Burgers

32
388 302
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added

33
557 382
Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Archer

34
517 735
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Modern Family

35
411 858
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Scandal

36
511 403
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added The Closer

37
583 549
Jessica
New Girl

38
509 503
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones

39
294 526
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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

40
197 86
Anne Boleyn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
anneforever added

41
388 449
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Rizzoli & Isles

42
396 353
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Danny Marks added Fuller House

43
455 425
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Archer

44
305 408
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added NCIS

45
376 400
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added The 100

46
258 439
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
475 1,007
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Orange Is the New Black

48
362 1,153
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Homeland

49
381 520
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Americans

50
53 56
Lexa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
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