Entertainment 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
3,112 2,147
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
muddford added The Walking Dead

2
4,113 1,825
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
3,386 1,933
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

4
3,049 1,652
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
dean1 added The Walking Dead

5
2,573 2,079
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
liplip added The Walking Dead

6
2,536 1,812
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

7
3,271 1,770
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

8
3,176 1,697
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

9
2,254 1,688
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Marvel Universe

10
2,457 1,553
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added The Walking Dead

11
2,827 1,468
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
2,211 1,692
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Jessica Jones

13
2,014 1,433
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
2,347 1,194
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
RogerCharles added The Punisher Daredevil

15
1,931 1,382
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
MariaIvanova added Supernatural

16
1,703 1,429
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
The Blacklist

17
2,038 1,168
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
1,665 1,469
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
1,449 1,327
James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Gotham, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman

20
1,655 1,466
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
janice98 added The 100

21
1,928 1,030
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

22
1,705 1,183
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Adam Slocombe added NCIS, NCIS

23
1,901 1,120
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
ConnorRichardson added Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

24
1,035 1,269
Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
christian-krambeer added Green Arrow

25
1,470 1,258
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