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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2,250 2,076
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
2,801 2,327
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

3
2,125 1,985
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
2,191 1,638
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

5
1,615 2,109
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

6
1,312 1,354
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

7
913 632
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added NCIS

8
901 580
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The X-Files

9
1,255 1,398
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

10
1,603 1,716
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

11
1,313 1,052
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added The 100

12
1,078 967
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
1,147 1,030
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
958 1,085
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

15
730 613
Jennifer
LaChance added Criminal Minds

16
895 731
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Modern Family

17
779 403
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Vikings

18
1,516 2,021
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

19
722 501
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Criminal Minds

20
829 769
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
922 1,012
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

22
710 722
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

23
739 980
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added

24
1,078 1,627
Penny is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

25
557 233
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Grey's Anatomy