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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
3,811 1,672
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

2
2,905 1,909
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
muddford added Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead

3
3,146 1,829
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Dean Winchester Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

4
2,842 1,504
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
dean1 added Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

5
2,351 1,949
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
liplip added Rick Grimes The Walking Dead

6
2,384 1,695
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Sam Winchester Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural, Supernatural

7
3,067 1,591
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

8
2,970 1,545
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
2,647 1,330
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

10
2,108 1,600
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

11
2,052 1,605
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Matt Murdoch Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Marvel Universe

12
2,337 1,403
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Michonne The Walking Dead

13
1,865 1,362
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
1,845 1,314
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
MariaIvanova added Crowley Supernatural

The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

15
1,637 1,357
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Raymond 'Red' Reddington The Blacklist

16
2,139 1,148
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
RogerCharles added The Punisher Daredevil

17
1,946 1,102
Galina 'Red' Reznikov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Galina 'Red' Reznikov Orange Is the New Black

18
1,599 1,408
Agent Phil Coulson is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
1,593 1,386
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
janice98 added Clarke Walters The 100

20
1,650 1,125
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Adam Slocombe added Leroy Jethro Gibbs NCIS, NCIS

21
1,382 1,233
James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
James Gordon Gotham, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman

The Best Steakhouses in Los Angeles

22
1,792 1,061
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
ConnorRichardson added Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

23
1,394 1,196
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
1,787 975
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Olenna Tyrell Game of Thrones

25
1,390 1,174
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Bellamy Blake The 100

26
1,588 1,071
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
StephenAlgie added Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

27
1,493 1,114
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JVall14 added Octavia Black The 100

28
1,293 1,116
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Annalise Keating How to Get Away with Murder

The Best Current Sitcoms

29
1,240 1,277
Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Bobbi Morse A.K.A. Mockingbird Marvel Universe

30
1,285 1,087
Nick Burkhardt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Nick Burkhardt Grimm

31
1,434 1,285
Emma Swan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Emma Swan Once Upon a Time

32
1,664 955
Bronn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Bronn Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

33
1,518 1,062
Ash Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Ash Williams Ash vs Evil Dead, The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness

34
939 1,215
Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
christian-krambeer added Green Arrow Green Arrow

35
1,231 1,178
Daisy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
JeffYelverton added Daisy Johnson Marvel Universe

Famous People You Didn't Know Were Married to Each Other

36
1,324 1,271
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Francis Underwood House of Cards

37
1,072 1,015
Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Cookie Lyon Empire

38
1,373 1,208
Carl Grimes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added Carl Grimes The Walking Dead

39
1,247 1,046
Flash is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Flash Flash, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Daddy Day Care

40
1,323 1,081
Dembe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Dembe The Blacklist

41
1,366 1,015
Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Stephanie Cheung added Moriarty Sherlock

42
1,209 1,095
Tom Keen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Kate Johnson added Tom Keen The Blacklist

The Best Current Black TV Shows

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1,509 955
Castiel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Hobbit4Lyfe added Castiel Supernatural, Supernatural

44
1,249 1,008
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
mark-van-der-laan added Mr. Gold Once Upon a Time

45
874 991
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Elizabeth Jennings The Americans

46
1,063 973
Olivia "Liv" Moore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Olivia "Liv" Moore iZombie

47
1,133 1,370
Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
aria2000 added Piper Chapman Orange Is the New Black

48
1,164 1,007
Stiles Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Lola Fox added Stiles Stilinski Teen Wolf

49
1,092 964
Sarah Manning is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
Sarah Manning Orphan Black

50
1,044 981
Helena is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Current TV Characters
liplip added Helena Orphan Black