Female 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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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
2,607 2,271
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

3
2,001 1,928
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
2,123 1,553
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

5
1,501 2,038
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

6
859 528
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The X-Files

7
1,235 1,314
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

8
1,187 1,343
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

9
866 580
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added NCIS

10
932 1,039
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

11
1,252 1,009
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
RebeccaHannah added The 100

12
1,105 999
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
1,013 933
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
676 576
Jennifer
LaChance added Criminal Minds

15
1,503 1,656
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

16
848 682
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Modern Family

17
737 371
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Vikings

18
676 468
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Criminal Minds

19
1,454 1,981
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

20
785 727
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
869 975
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

22
1,024 1,570
Penny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

23
687 685
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

24
693 931
Kara Zor-El is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Julia Montiel added

25
794 568
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
784 1,459
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Simpsons

27
490 204
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
MektoubChabane added Grey's Anatomy

28
623 452
Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added The Middle

29
657 1,008
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
668 909
Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Arrow

31
493 792
Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Bob's Burgers

32
383 295
Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added

33
509 395
Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added The Closer

34
408 848
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Scandal

35
550 375
Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Archer

36
512 727
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Modern Family

37
579 538
Jessica
New Girl

38
500 497
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones

39
193 79
Anne Boleyn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
anneforever added

40
291 520
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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

41
386 443
Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Rizzoli & Isles

42
392 343
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Danny Marks added Fuller House

43
302 402
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added NCIS

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450 419
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Archer

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254 433
Selina Kyle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Paul Fijma added Selina Kyle Gotham

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469 993
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Orange Is the New Black

47
381 513
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
The Americans

48
365 396
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added The 100

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359 1,147
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Homeland

50
48 50
Lexa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
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