Fictional Characters 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
3,895 1,713
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

2
2,977 2,000
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
muddford added The Walking Dead

3
3,214 1,858
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

4
2,943 1,540
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
dean1 added The Walking Dead

5
2,455 1,977
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
liplip added The Walking Dead

6
2,428 1,727
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

7
3,140 1,676
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
3,031 1,619
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
2,152 1,621
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Marvel Universe

10
2,144 1,622
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Jessica Jones

11
2,700 1,405
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
1,950 1,375
Melinda May is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

13
2,376 1,479
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added The Walking Dead

14
1,875 1,329
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
MariaIvanova added Supernatural

15
1,662 1,371
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
The Blacklist

16
2,218 1,154
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
RogerCharles added The Punisher Daredevil

17
2,015 1,111
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
1,617 1,418
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
1,615 1,411
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
janice98 added The 100

20
1,678 1,136
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Adam Slocombe added NCIS, NCIS

21
1,871 1,072
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
ConnorRichardson added Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

22
1,401 1,283
James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Gotham, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman

23
1,455 1,209
Mr. Kate Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Mr. Kate Kaplan The Blacklist

24
1,857 987
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones

25
1,629 1,080
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
StephenAlgie added Once Upon a Time

26
1,524 1,131
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added The 100

27
1,412 1,195
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added The 100

28
1,350 1,100
Nick Burkhardt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Grimm

29
1,582 1,071
Ash Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Ash vs Evil Dead, The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness

30
1,699 966
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

31
1,309 1,138
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
How to Get Away with Murder

32
1,247 1,286
Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Marvel Universe

33
1,449 1,306
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Once Upon a Time

34
961 1,228
Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
christian-krambeer added Green Arrow

35
1,236 1,186
Daisy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Marvel Universe

36
1,338 1,332
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
House of Cards

37
1,389 1,224
Carl Grimes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added The Walking Dead

38
1,079 1,024
Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Empire

39
1,261 1,060
Flash is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Flash, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Daddy Day Care

40
1,329 1,089
Dembe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added The Blacklist

41
1,221 1,100
Tom Keen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added The Blacklist

42
1,381 1,025
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Stephanie Cheung added Sherlock

43
1,535 962
Castiel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Hobbit4Lyfe added Supernatural, Supernatural

44
1,258 1,017
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
mark-van-der-laan added Once Upon a Time

45
881 999
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
The Americans

46
1,076 976
Olivia "Liv" Moore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Olivia "Liv" Moore iZombie

47
1,177 1,017
Stiles Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Lola Fox added Teen Wolf

48
1,141 1,395
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Orange Is the New Black

49
1,101 973
Sarah Manning is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Orphan Black

50
1,050 990
Helena is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
liplip added Helena Orphan Black