2015 The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters  

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

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Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Arya Stark Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead

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Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Rick Grimes The Walking Dead

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Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

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

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

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

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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

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Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Jon Snow Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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Michonne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Michonne The Walking Dead

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Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Melinda May Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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

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Crowley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Crowley Supernatural

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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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Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Clarke Walters The 100

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Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Green Arrow Green Arrow

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
The Punisher Daredevil

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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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Galina 'Red' Reznikov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Galina 'Red' Reznikov Orange Is the New Black

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Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Leroy Jethro Gibbs NCIS, NCIS

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Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters

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Mr. Kate Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Mr. Kate Kaplan The Blacklist

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Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Francis Underwood House of Cards

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Daisy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Daisy Johnson Marvel Universe

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Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Bellamy Blake The 100

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Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

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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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Octavia Blake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Octavia Blake The 100

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Nick Burkhardt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters

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

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Raven Reyes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Raven Reyes The 100

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Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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Dembe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Dembe The Blacklist

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Tom Keen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tom Keen The Blacklist

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Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Annalise Keating How to Get Away with Murder

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Carl Grimes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Carl Grimes The Walking Dead

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Flash is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Flash Flash, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Daddy Day Care

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Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Olenna Tyrell Game of Thrones

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Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Cookie Lyon Empire

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Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Moriarty Sherlock

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Rowena is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Rowena Supernatural

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

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Bronn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Bronn Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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Castiel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Castiel Supernatural, Supernatural

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Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Mr. Gold Once Upon a Time

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Stiles Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Stiles Stilinski Teen Wolf

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