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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
2,408 2,089
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
1,929 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 1,814
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
741 503
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Abby Sciuto NCIS

8
1,086 1,252
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
1,080 1,251
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
814 963
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Claire Underwood House of Cards

12
1,384 1,572
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

13
937 936
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
871 871
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 Greatest Geeky Girls on TV

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1,371 1,819
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Michonne The Walking Dead

16
700 624
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
536 520
Jennifer
LaChance added Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

18
559 318
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
518 419
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
940 1,388
Penny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penny The Big Bang Theory

Which Current TV Character Would Be the Best Choice for President?

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621 660
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
615 766
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

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762 513
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
557 630
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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728 1,293
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons

27
608 879
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
606 770
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Felicity Smoak Arrow

Current TV Characters We Love to Hate

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428 375
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
299 161
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

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490 404
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Sue Heck The Middle

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362 743
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Pope Scandal

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438 737
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Louise Belcher Bob's Burgers

34
364 389
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

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266 470
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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

Favorite TV Moms of All Time

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398 340
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added Captain Sharon Raydor The Closer

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288 244
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added Donna Noble

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426 320
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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227 367
Selina Kyle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Paul Fijma added Selina Kyle Gotham

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439 866
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

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267 355
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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318 288
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Danny Marks added D.J. Tanner-Fuller Fuller House

50+ Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos from Iconic TV Shows

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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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338 991
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carrie Mathison Homeland

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398 688
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Modern Family

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320 641
Sameen Shaw is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Sameen Shaw Person of Interest

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436 491
Jessica
Jessica Day New Girl

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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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345 370
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Pam Poovey Archer

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186 360
Jane Doe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
dukesings added Jane Doe