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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
freelancerrh added Melinda May Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
EmmaGreen added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

The Funniest Characters Currently on TV

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Jennifer
LaChance added Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

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

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Michonne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Michonne The Walking Dead

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Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
jess-hart added Lagertha Lothbrok Vikings

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Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

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Penny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Penny The Big Bang Theory

The Best Disney Princess Movies

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Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

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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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Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now

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Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons

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Alicia Clark is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added Alicia Clark Fear The Walking Dead

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

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Crazy Eyes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Boal added Crazy Eyes Orange Is the New Black

The Best New TV Characters Since 2015

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Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Felicity Smoak Arrow

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Sue Heck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Sue Heck The Middle

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Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Olivia Pope Scandal

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Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Louise Belcher Bob's Burgers

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stew driscoll added Claire Beauchamp Randall Outlander - Outlander

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
liplip added Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

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Captain Sharon Raydor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
ThisNightOwl2 added Captain Sharon Raydor The Closer

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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Donna Noble is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Hobbit4Lyfe added Donna Noble

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Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Modern Family

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Ranker Video
Danny Marks added D.J. Tanner-Fuller Fuller House

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Malory Archer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Malory Archer Archer

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Dr. Maura Isles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LaChance added Dr. Maura Isles Rizzoli & Isles

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Jessica
Jessica Day New Girl

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Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Carrie Mathison Homeland

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

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Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

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Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Ellie Bishop NCIS

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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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Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Clexaholic added Octavia Black The 100

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Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
looksharp added Pam Poovey Archer

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Sameen Shaw is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Sameen Shaw Person of Interest

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Anne Boleyn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
anneforever added Anne Boleyn

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Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Characters on TV Right Now
Elizabeth Jennings The Americans