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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405 91
Carol Peletier is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
The Walking Dead

2
222 92
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

3
218 92
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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189 93
Jessica Huang is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Fresh Off the Boat

5
178 93
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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172 94
Deandra Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

7
170 102
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

8
159 93
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

9
104 44
Tara Chambler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brigitte Brazeau added The Walking Dead

10
155 92
Lena is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Lena Ray Donovan

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156 93
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Once Upon a Time

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147 91
Whiterose is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Whiterose Mr. Robot

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145 91
Detective Rosa Diaz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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142 91
Eleven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Eleven Stranger Things

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143 93
Elizabeth Keen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
LanaYoshii added The Blacklist

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143 93
Sam Fox is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Sam Fox Better Things

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137 91
Helena is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Helena Orphan Black

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139 93
Sarah Manning is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added Orphan Black

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136 92
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added The 100

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154 112
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 20 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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89 49
Adalind Schade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added Grimm

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88 49
Lexa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Loftka added Kadosh - The 100

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125 91
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
House of Cards

24
112 93
Irene Adler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Sherlock

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119 105
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Jessica Jones

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104 91
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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104 91
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
The Americans

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103 92
Lana Kane is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Archer

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99 93
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Archer

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95 92
Missy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Missy Doctor Who

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95 92
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
The 100

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93 93
Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Empire

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90 91
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Game of Thrones

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88 92
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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87 92
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

36
83 91
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
How to Get Away with Murder

37
81 92
Sara Lance is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
denitsaMin added Arrow

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34 34
Asha Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 38 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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12 4
Victoria 'Vic' Moretti is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brian White added Longmire

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106 136
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
The Walking Dead

41
73 92
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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68 91
Claire Fraser is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Claire Fraser Outlander

43
2 5
Alice Morgan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brian White added Luther

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55 95
Mazikeen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Lucifer

45
53 101
Fiona Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Shameless

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45 91
Alex Parrish is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Alex Parrish Quantico

47
13 38
Eretria is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Loftka added Eretria The Shannara Chronicles

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13 38
Eretria is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Loftka added Eretria Shannara Chronicles

49
40 91
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Scandal

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34 91
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