Fictional Characters 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 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
2,998 2,037
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
muddford added The Walking Dead

2
3,932 1,738
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

3
3,248 1,873
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

4
2,976 1,558
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
dean1 added The Walking Dead

5
2,486 1,997
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
liplip added The Walking Dead

6
2,453 1,742
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

7
2,186 1,629
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Marvel Universe

8
3,166 1,704
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

9
3,062 1,644
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

10
2,156 1,642
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Jessica Jones

11
2,727 1,428
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

12
2,393 1,503
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added The Walking Dead

13
1,973 1,385
Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

14
2,241 1,163
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
RogerCharles added The Punisher Daredevil

15
1,885 1,342
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
MariaIvanova added Supernatural

16
1,669 1,384
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
The Blacklist

17
2,017 1,123
Galina 'Red' Reznikov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Orange Is the New Black

18
1,624 1,432
Agent Phil Coulson is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
1,411 1,293
James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Gotham, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman

20
1,619 1,422
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
janice98 added The 100

21
1,681 1,147
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Adam Slocombe added NCIS, NCIS

22
1,877 1,081
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
ConnorRichardson added Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

23
973 1,235
Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
christian-krambeer added Green Arrow

24
1,459 1,218
Mr. Kate Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Mr. Kate Kaplan The Blacklist

25
1,869 996
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

26
1,635 1,087
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
StephenAlgie added Once Upon a Time

27
1,527 1,138
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added The 100

28
1,413 1,204
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added The 100

29
1,354 1,106
Nick Burkhardt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Grimm

30
1,272 1,071
Flash is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Flash, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Daddy Day Care

31
1,584 1,078
Ash Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Ash vs Evil Dead, The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness

32
1,711 974
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

33
1,314 1,145
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
How to Get Away with Murder

34
1,250 1,293
Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Marvel Universe

35
1,455 1,313
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Once Upon a Time

36
1,239 1,194
Daisy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Marvel Universe

37
1,082 1,031
Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Empire

38
417 132
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
1498967560696 added Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts, Dexter Universe

39
1,343 1,348
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
House of Cards

40
1,390 1,238
Carl Grimes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added The Walking Dead

41
1,331 1,095
Dembe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added The Blacklist

42
1,388 1,032
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Stephanie Cheung added Sherlock

43
1,223 1,106
Tom Keen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added The Blacklist

44
1,547 966
Castiel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Hobbit4Lyfe added Supernatural, Supernatural

45
1,260 1,023
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
mark-van-der-laan added Once Upon a Time

46
881 1,005
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
The Americans

47
1,083 982
Olivia "Liv" Moore is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Olivia "Liv" Moore iZombie

48
1,182 1,021
Stiles Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Lola Fox added Teen Wolf

49
1,143 1,402
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Orange Is the New Black

50
1,104 979
Sarah Manning is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
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