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The most badass current TV characters include men and women who, though they do not exist in reality, are fearless in today's television landscape. The most badass characters on television are the ones who threaten the status quo, stand up for what they believe in, and get the job done. That includes fictional presidents like Selina Meyer (from VEEP on HBO) and Frank Underwood (from House of Cards on Netflix). It also includes old school divas who kick butt, like Rayna James on Nashville, as well as effective criminals, like James Spader's Raymond Reddington on The Blacklist

Some of the most badass characters currently on TV are heroes like Matt Murdoch from Daredevil and Melinda May from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But badass television characters can be everyday people too. Take, for instance, Ilana Wexler on Broad City. She lives life her own way (even if it's not always legal). Maybe you'll find some inspiration to live life however you see fit from badass TV characters like Empire's Cookie Lyon who just don't give a damn.

From Olivia Pope to Lucious Lyon, who do you think is the most badass character who can currently be seen on TV in 2016-2017? The list features characters from The 100, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones, but if you think we're missing any badass TV characters, add them! 

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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Arya Stark Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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2,008 1,390
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
muddford added Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead

3
2,337 1,474
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Dean Winchester Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

4
1,782 1,334
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
liplip added Rick Grimes The Walking Dead

5
1,927 1,149
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
dean1 added Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

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1,845 1,303
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Sam Winchester Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

7
1,722 1,128
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Matt Murdoch Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Marvel Universe

8
2,063 1,110
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Jon Snow Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

9
2,079 1,162
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

10
1,639 1,126
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

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1,725 978
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Michonne The Walking Dead

12
1,826 965
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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1,497 1,028
Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Melinda May Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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1,410 992
Agent Phil Coulson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added Agent Phil Coulson Ultimate Spider-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor

15
1,498 1,005
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
MariaIvanova added Crowley Supernatural

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1,319 990
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Raymond 'Red' Reddington The Blacklist

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1,737 906
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
RogerCharles added The Punisher Daredevil

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1,390 1,029
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
janice98 added Clarke Walters The 100

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1,328 927
Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
christian-krambeer added Green Arrow Green Arrow

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1,145 871
James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
James Gordon Gotham, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman

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1,368 879
Galina 'Red' Reznikov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Galina 'Red' Reznikov Orange Is the New Black

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1,311 879
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Adam Slocombe added Leroy Jethro Gibbs NCIS, NCIS

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1,137 930
Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Bobbi Morse A.K.A. Mockingbird Marvel Universe

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1,147 850
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Francis Underwood House of Cards

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1,194 927
Mr. Kate Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Mr. Kate Kaplan The Blacklist

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1,192 896
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Bellamy Blake The 100

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1,118 863
Daisy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Daisy Johnson Marvel Universe

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1,230 944
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

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1,364 855
Ash Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Ash Williams Ash vs Evil Dead, The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness

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1,247 884
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Octavia Black The 100

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1,103 849
Nick Burkhardt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Nick Burkhardt Grimm

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1,306 849
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
ConnorRichardson added Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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1,194 875
Raven Reyes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Raven Reyes The 100

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1,021 915
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

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1,254 869
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
StephenAlgie added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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1,031 853
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Annalise Keating How to Get Away with Murder

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1,208 876
Dembe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Dembe The Blacklist

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1,109 862
Tom Keen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Tom Keen The Blacklist

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1,121 873
Carl Grimes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Carl Grimes The Walking Dead

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1,323 816
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Olenna Tyrell Game of Thrones

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1,075 837
Flash is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Flash Flash, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Daddy Day Care

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1,179 830
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Stephanie Cheung added Moriarty Sherlock

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1,268 807
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Bronn Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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915 818
Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Cookie Lyon Empire

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806 791
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Elizabeth Jennings The Americans

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1,230 857
Rowena is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
MariaIvanova added Rowena Supernatural

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1,039 816
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
mark-van-der-laan added Mr. Gold Once Upon a Time

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1,233 809
Castiel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Hobbit4Lyfe added Castiel Supernatural, Supernatural

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1,015 835
Stiles Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Lola Fox added Stiles Stilinski Teen Wolf

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907 809
Olivia "Liv" Moore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Olivia "Liv" Moore iZombie