Feminism The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows  

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List Rules Not just the best characters; vote up the truly badass women from any TV show airing (or expected to air) new episodes.

Let’s get right down to the most badass female TV characters gracing your screen right now in 2016-2017. So many new shows are putting badass women on TV where they shoot, shop, curse, stab, arrest, investigate, hack, rule, and facelessly get revenge on their enemies all while zinging out razor-sharp dialogue. These ladies are not here to be saved as some sort of damsel furniture and serve a weak plotline. Nope. These female TV badasses don’t need to be rescued. In fact, hang on, they’re coming to save YOU right now. 

Across cable, network, and streaming there are tons of female badasses on TV now. They’re playing leads, carrying ratings, and breaking up those old ideas about badass girl TV characters. To be clear, we’re not talking about the best female characters so much as we’re talking about the most badass. She’s got a mission and she’s going to do it, even if she has to make an exit where someone is standing. Or she’ll just swoop down with her dragon and burn your stronghold down. That’s the kind of female TV badasses we’re talking about. 

Who are the most awesome women on current shows? Cookie Lyon on Empire? Helena or another one of the clones on Orphan Black? Eleven from Stranger Things? Taystee on Orange Is the New Black? Darlene on Mr. Robot? Or do you prefer Dom or Whiterose from the same show? Carol or Michonne from The Walking Dead? Dany, Cersei, or Arya from Game of Thrones

There are a lot of current badass TV characters to choose from. But why choose? Vote up all the ladies who really don't need your help, thanks.

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Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
The Walking Dead

2
230 103
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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228 103
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added Vikings

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198 101
Jessica Huang is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Fresh Off the Boat

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180 101
Dr. Rainbow Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Dr. Rainbow Johnson Black-ish

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184 111
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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175 103
Deandra Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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164 99
Marcia Clark is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Marcia Clark The People v. O.J. Simpson

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166 102
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Once Upon a Time

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159 101
Detective Rosa Diaz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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158 101
Lena is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Lena Ray Donovan

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159 103
Eleven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Eleven Stranger Things

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105 54
Tara Chambler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brigitte Brazeau added The Walking Dead

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172 121
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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147 102
Whiterose is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Whiterose Mr. Robot

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145 101
Elizabeth Keen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
LanaYoshii added The Blacklist

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144 101
Sarah Manning is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added Orphan Black

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143 101
Helena is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Helena Orphan Black

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143 102
Sam Fox is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Sam Fox Better Things

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96 55
Lexa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Loftka added Kadosh -

The 100

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141 102
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added The 100

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93 57
Adalind Schade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added Grimm

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132 100
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
House of Cards

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129 111
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Jessica Jones

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119 101
Irene Adler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Sherlock

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108 99
Mary Watson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Mary Watson Sherlock

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105 101
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
The 100

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105 103
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
The Americans

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Lana Kane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Archer

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Victoria 'Vic' Moretti is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brian White added Longmire

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101 101
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Archer

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100 100
Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Empire

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98 100
Missy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Missy Doctor Who

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97 100
Ruby Knowby is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Ruby Knowby Ash vs. Evil Dead

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95 102
Kelly Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Kelly Maxwell Ash vs. Evil Dead

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95 104
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Game of Thrones

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90 102
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
How to Get Away with Murder

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88 100
Claire Fraser is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Claire Fraser Outlander

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85 100
Sara Lance is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
denitsaMin added Arrow

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115 147
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
The Walking Dead

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80 102
Quinn King is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Quinn King UnREAL

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36 44
Asha Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brigitte Brazeau added A Song of Ice and Fire

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60 102
Mazikeen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Lucifer

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4 12
Alice Morgan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brian White added Luther

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56 109
Fiona Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Shameless

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48 100
Alex Parrish is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Alex Parrish Quantico

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44 102
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Scandal

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13 48
Eretria is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Loftka added Eretria

The Shannara Chronicles

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13 48
Eretria is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Loftka added Eretria

Shannara Chronicles

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Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Orange Is the New Black