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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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2,614 1,312
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Arya Stark Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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2
2,034 1,420
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
muddford added Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead

3
2,375 1,487
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Dean Winchester Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

4
1,818 1,361
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
liplip added Rick Grimes The Walking Dead

5
1,970 1,158
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
dean1 added Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

6
1,872 1,316
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Sam Winchester Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

7
1,741 1,152
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
2,115 1,136
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
2,106 1,191
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

10
1,656 1,148
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

11
1,850 988
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

12
1,742 1,005
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Michonne The Walking Dead

13
1,510 1,030
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
1,420 1,011
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
1,520 1,014
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
MariaIvanova added Crowley Supernatural

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1,327 999
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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1,748 909
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
RogerCharles added The Punisher Daredevil

18
1,344 936
Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
christian-krambeer added Green Arrow Green Arrow

19
1,397 1,034
Clarke Griffin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
janice98 added Clarke Griffin The 100

20
1,154 877
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
1,376 886
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
1,326 882
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
1,144 935
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
1,159 855
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Francis Underwood House of Cards

25
1,198 932
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
1,202 902
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Bellamy Blake The 100

27
1,125 869
Daisy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Daisy Johnson Marvel Universe

28
1,237 951
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
1,371 859
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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1,254 889
Octavia Blake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Octavia Blake The 100

31
1,110 854
Nick Burkhardt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Nick Burkhardt Grimm

32
1,310 855
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
1,201 880
Raven Reyes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Raven Reyes The 100

34
1,262 875
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
StephenAlgie added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

35
1,035 858
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Annalise Keating How to Get Away with Murder

36
1,023 922
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

37
1,211 877
Dembe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Dembe The Blacklist

38
1,112 865
Tom Keen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Tom Keen The Blacklist

39
1,129 880
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

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1,331 823
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
1,085 842
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
1,187 836
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Stephanie Cheung added Moriarty Sherlock

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1,278 813
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Bronn Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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916 823
Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Cookie Lyon Empire

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1,240 863
Rowena is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
MariaIvanova added Rowena Supernatural

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808 794
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Elizabeth Jennings The Americans

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1,047 821
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
1,252 816
Castiel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Hobbit4Lyfe added Castiel Supernatural, Supernatural

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1,022 840
Stiles Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Lola Fox added Stiles Stilinski Teen Wolf

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914 812
Olivia "Liv" Moore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Olivia "Liv" Moore iZombie