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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2,286 2,088
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
2,841 2,338
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

3
2,149 1,997
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
2,213 1,651
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

5
1,640 2,123
Cersei Lannister is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

6
1,326 1,363
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

7
927 642
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added NCIS

8
909 591
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The X-Files

9
1,631 1,725
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

10
1,265 1,410
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

11
1,326 1,061
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added The 100

12
1,091 976
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
EmmaGreen added Once Upon a Time

13
1,159 1,039
Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
freelancerrh added Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

14
965 1,097
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

15
742 622
Jennifer
LaChance added Criminal Minds

16
900 741
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Modern Family

17
789 409
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Vikings

18
1,536 2,027
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

19
731 510
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Criminal Minds

20
836 780
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
931 1,018
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

22
713 732
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

23
1,091 1,640
Penny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

24
746 988
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added

25
569 241
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Grey's Anatomy