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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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2,067 1,485
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
muddford added Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead

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2
2,407 1,515
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Dean Winchester Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

3
2,681 1,368
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Arya Stark Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

4
1,856 1,419
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
liplip added Rick Grimes The Walking Dead

5
2,036 1,177
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
dean1 added Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

6
1,889 1,340
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Sam Winchester Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

7
1,766 1,203
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
2,169 1,193
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
1,678 1,201
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

10
2,154 1,248
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

11
1,537 1,050
Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Melinda May Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

12
1,893 1,039
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

13
1,766 1,058
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Michonne The Walking Dead

14
1,427 1,064
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
1,533 1,034
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
MariaIvanova added Crowley Supernatural

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16
1,346 1,041
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Raymond 'Red' Reddington The Blacklist

17
1,798 917
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
RogerCharles added The Punisher Daredevil

18
1,408 1,062
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
janice98 added Clarke Walters The 100

19
1,357 989
Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
christian-krambeer added Green Arrow Green Arrow

20
1,170 919
James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
James Gordon Gotham, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman

21
1,416 900
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

22
1,337 896
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

23
1,151 963
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

24
1,180 887
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Francis Underwood House of Cards

25
1,207 947
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

26
1,215 918
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Bellamy Blake The 100

27
1,127 890
Daisy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Daisy Johnson Marvel Universe

28
1,251 970
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

29
1,379 868
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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1,268 906
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Octavia Black The 100

31
1,117 866
Nick Burkhardt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Nick Burkhardt Grimm

32
1,334 867
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

33
1,214 894
Raven Reyes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Raven Reyes The 100

34
1,042 867
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Annalise Keating How to Get Away with Murder

35
1,027 940
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

36
1,275 884
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
StephenAlgie added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

37
1,217 885
Dembe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Dembe The Blacklist

38
1,116 876
Tom Keen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Tom Keen The Blacklist

39
1,138 895
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

40
1,357 830
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

41
1,095 854
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

42
921 832
Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Cookie Lyon Empire

43
817 802
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Elizabeth Jennings The Americans

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1,202 845
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Stephanie Cheung added Moriarty Sherlock

45
1,301 821
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Bronn Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

46
1,245 870
Rowena is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
MariaIvanova added Rowena Supernatural

47
1,057 831
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

48
1,264 825
Castiel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Hobbit4Lyfe added Castiel Supernatural, Supernatural

49
1,029 852
Stiles Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Lola Fox added Stiles Stilinski Teen Wolf

50
925 821
Olivia "Liv" Moore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Olivia "Liv" Moore iZombie