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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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Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
muddford added The Walking Dead
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Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural
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Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
dean1 added The Walking Dead
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Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural
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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Marvel Universe
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Michonne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added The Walking Dead
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Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Melinda May Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
RogerCharles added The Punisher Daredevil
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Crowley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
MariaIvanova added Supernatural
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Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
The Blacklist
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Galina 'Red' Reznikov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Orange Is the New Black
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Agent Phil Coulson is listed (or ranked) 12 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
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James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Gotham, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman
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Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
janice98 added The 100
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Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Adam Slocombe added NCIS, NCIS
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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
ConnorRichardson added Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
christian-krambeer added Green Arrow
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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
StephenAlgie added Once Upon a Time
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Octavia Blake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added The 100
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Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added The 100
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Mr. Kate Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Mr. Kate Kaplan The Blacklist
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Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
voting closed at #33 Stephanie Cheung added Sherlock
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Flash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Flash, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Daddy Day Care
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Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
How to Get Away with Murder
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Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Once Upon a Time