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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 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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1
2,815 1,823
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
muddford added Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead

2
3,679 1,598
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

3
3,031 1,791
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Dean Winchester Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

4
2,739 1,452
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
dean1 added Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

5
2,257 1,891
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
liplip added Rick Grimes The Walking Dead

6
2,304 1,655
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Sam Winchester Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

7
2,941 1,524
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

8
2,851 1,484
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
2,551 1,272
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

10
2,057 1,543
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

11
1,994 1,563
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Matt Murdoch Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Marvel Universe

12
2,276 1,338
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Michonne The Walking Dead

13
1,804 1,327
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.

14
1,802 1,282
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
MariaIvanova added Crowley Supernatural

The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

15
1,589 1,325
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Raymond 'Red' Reddington The Blacklist

16
2,096 1,122
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
RogerCharles added The Punisher Daredevil

17
1,571 1,369
Agent Phil Coulson is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
1,863 1,074
Galina 'Red' Reznikov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Galina 'Red' Reznikov Orange Is the New Black

19
1,557 1,337
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
janice98 added Clarke Walters The 100

20
1,591 1,098
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Adam Slocombe added Leroy Jethro Gibbs NCIS, NCIS

21
1,347 1,194
James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
James Gordon Gotham, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman

The Very Best Movie Franchises

22
1,710 1,034
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
ConnorRichardson added Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

23
1,343 1,164
Mr. Kate Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Mr. Kate Kaplan The Blacklist

24
1,366 1,138
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Bellamy Blake The 100

25
1,269 1,059
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Annalise Keating How to Get Away with Murder

26
1,545 1,047
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
StephenAlgie added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

27
1,457 1,090
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Octavia Black The 100

28
1,227 1,244
Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Bobbi Morse A.K.A. Mockingbird Marvel Universe

The Best Current Sitcoms

29
1,708 955
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Olenna Tyrell Game of Thrones

30
1,416 1,241
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

31
1,246 1,063
Nick Burkhardt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Nick Burkhardt Grimm

32
1,619 934
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Bronn Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

33
1,221 1,148
Daisy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Daisy Johnson Marvel Universe

34
911 1,192
Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
christian-krambeer added Green Arrow Green Arrow

35
1,305 1,211
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Francis Underwood House of Cards

32 Popular TV Characters Who Were Suddenly Written Off The Show (And Why)

36
1,463 1,044
Ash Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Ash Williams Ash vs Evil Dead, The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness

37
1,346 1,163
Carl Grimes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Carl Grimes The Walking Dead

38
1,056 993
Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Cookie Lyon Empire

39
1,310 1,062
Dembe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Dembe The Blacklist

40
1,226 1,025
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

41
1,203 1,070
Tom Keen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Tom Keen The Blacklist

42
1,349 995
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Stephanie Cheung added Moriarty Sherlock

The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

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1,232 989
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
mark-van-der-laan added Mr. Gold Once Upon a Time

44
1,482 942
Castiel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Hobbit4Lyfe added Castiel Supernatural, Supernatural

45
864 976
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Elizabeth Jennings The Americans

46
1,122 1,324
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

47
1,049 956
Olivia "Liv" Moore is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Olivia "Liv" Moore iZombie

48
1,148 986
Stiles Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Lola Fox added Stiles Stilinski Teen Wolf

49
1,075 948
Sarah Manning is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Sarah Manning Orphan Black

50
1,035 963
Helena is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
liplip added Helena Orphan Black