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The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters 

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Updated February 22, 2020 292.4k votes 13.6k voters 123.7k views 91 items

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 2017-2018? 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
Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural
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Michonne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added The Walking Dead
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Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
muddford added The Walking Dead
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Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
dean1 added The Walking Dead
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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
RogerCharles added The Punisher Daredevil
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Galina 'Red' Reznikov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Orange Is the New Black
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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Marvel Universe
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Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Melinda May Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural
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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
StephenAlgie added Once Upon a Time
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Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Octavia Black The 100
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Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Adam Slocombe added NCIS, NCIS
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Raymond 'Red' Reddington... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
The Blacklist
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Crowley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
MariaIvanova added Supernatural
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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
ConnorRichardson added Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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Castiel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Hobbit4Lyfe added Supernatural, Supernatural
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Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
janice98 added The 100
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Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Bellamy Blake The 100
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Agent Phil Coulson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
bola-nagy-boutros added Ultimate Spider-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor
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Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Rebecca Brown added Vikings
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Mr. Kate Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Mr. Kate Kaplan The Blacklist
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Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
voting closed at #33 Stephanie Cheung added Sherlock
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Flash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Flash, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Daddy Day Care
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Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
CheckinaCoulibaly added Family Guy, Family Guy Universe
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Professor Annalise Keati... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
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