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
3,051 2,095
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
muddford added The Walking Dead

2
4,041 1,775
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
3,313 1,910
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

4
3,010 1,614
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
dean1 added The Walking Dead

5
2,530 2,042
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
liplip added The Walking Dead

6
2,493 1,789
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

7
3,231 1,741
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
3,126 1,676
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
2,231 1,667
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Marvel Universe

10
2,425 1,541
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added The Walking Dead

11
2,784 1,450
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
2,199 1,674
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Jessica Jones

13
1,999 1,420
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
2,300 1,185
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
RogerCharles added The Punisher Daredevil

15
1,913 1,371
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
MariaIvanova added Supernatural

16
1,689 1,416
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
The Blacklist

17
2,027 1,156
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
1,647 1,459
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
1,433 1,319
James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Gotham, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman

20
1,643 1,447
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
janice98 added The 100

21
1,899 1,014
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

22
1,692 1,172
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Adam Slocombe added NCIS, NCIS

23
1,890 1,105
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
1,010 1,256
Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
christian-krambeer added Green Arrow

25
1,464 1,243
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
1,654 1,106
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
StephenAlgie added Once Upon a Time

27
1,552 1,155
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added The 100

28
1,434 1,222
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added The 100

29
438 143
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
scofield24stone added Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts, Dexter Universe

30
1,369 1,121
Nick Burkhardt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Grimm

31
1,297 1,091
Flash is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Flash, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Daddy Day Care

32
1,406 1,044
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Stephanie Cheung added Sherlock

33
1,739 987
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

34
1,592 1,096
Ash Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Ash vs Evil Dead, The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness

35
1,328 1,160
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
How to Get Away with Murder

36
1,262 1,305
Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Marvel Universe

37
1,468 1,331
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Once Upon a Time

38
1,249 1,208
Daisy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Marvel Universe

39
1,089 1,046
Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Empire

40
1,350 1,365
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
House of Cards

41
1,337 1,107
Dembe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added The Blacklist

42
1,399 1,259
Carl Grimes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added The Walking Dead

43
1,563 977
Castiel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Hobbit4Lyfe added Supernatural, Supernatural

44
1,227 1,119
Tom Keen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added The Blacklist

45
1,269 1,033
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
1,095 990
Olivia "Liv" Moore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Olivia "Liv" Moore iZombie

47
884 1,015
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
The Americans

48
1,191 1,032
Stiles Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Lola Fox added Teen Wolf

49
1,145 1,413
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Orange Is the New Black

50
1,112 988
Sarah Manning is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
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