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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
2,280 2,022
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Arya Stark Game of Thrones

3
1,732 1,781
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
1,331 1,693
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

5
1,826 1,376
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

6
728 380
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Dana Scully The X-Files

7
662 380
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MohammedAl-Basrawy added Olenna Tyrell Game of Thrones

8
706 494
Margaery Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MohammedAl-Basrawy added Margaery Tyrell Game of Thrones

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1,119 869
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added Clarke Walters The 100

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652 454
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Abby Sciuto NCIS

11
980 1,199
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

12
960 1,207
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

13
1,312 1,520
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

14
868 886
Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
freelancerrh added Melinda May Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Funniest Characters Currently on TV

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755 915
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Claire Underwood House of Cards

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1,296 1,740
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Michonne The Walking Dead

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778 822
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
EmmaGreen added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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546 771
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
stew driscoll added Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham Downton Abbey

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613 583
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Claire Dunphy Modern Family

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468 485
Jennifer
LaChance added Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

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749 840
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

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487 281
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Lagertha Lothbrok Vikings

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875 1,302
Penny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penny The Big Bang Theory

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576 706
Supergirl / Kara - Zor el is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added Supergirl / Kara - Zor el

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747 475
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

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536 620
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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436 385
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

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433 275
Catelyn Stark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MohammedAl-Basrawy added Catelyn Stark Game of Thrones

The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

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681 1,219
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons

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495 591
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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316 575
Lady Mary Crawley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
stew driscoll added Lady Mary Crawley Downton Abbey

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617 1,004
Sarah Manning is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Blowfish added Sarah Manning Orphan Black

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529 1,040
Kate Beckett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Kate Beckett Castle

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459 468
Max Black is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
internetisevil added Max Black 2 Broke Girls

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568 816
Crazy Eyes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Boal added Crazy Eyes Orange Is the New Black

The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV

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Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Felicity Smoak Arrow

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349 357
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Dr. Maura Isles Rizzoli & Isles

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426 366
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Sue Heck The Middle

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336 684
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Pope Scandal

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410 702
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Louise Belcher Bob's Burgers

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376 442
Norma Bates is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Norma Bates Bates Motel

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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

Current TV Characters We Love to Hate

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212 326
Selina Kyle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Paul Fijma added Selina Kyle Gotham

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219 135
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Cristina Yang Grey's Anatomy

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423 786
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

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356 525
Clara Oswin Oswald is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Clara Oswin Oswald Doctor Who

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248 214
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added Donna Noble

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352 312
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added Captain Sharon Raydor The Closer

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445 401
Mindy Lahiri is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mindy Lahiri The Mindy Project

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282 286
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added Octavia Black The 100