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
255 124
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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247 121
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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234 122
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 4 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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205 120
Jessica Huang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Fresh Off the Boat
6
217 137
Daenerys Targaryen 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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190 117
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Once Upon a Time
8
185 114
Detective Rosa Diaz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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177 111
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added The 100
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129 67
Lexa is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Loftka added Kadosh

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184 121
Dr. Rainbow Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Dr. Rainbow Johnson Black-ish
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179 120
Deandra Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
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178 121
Eleven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Eleven Stranger Things
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166 115
Marcia Clark is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Marcia Clark The People v. O.J. Simpson
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163 116
Lena is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Lena Ray Donovan
16
158 111
Sarah Manning is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added Orphan Black
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115 69
Tara Chambler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brigitte Brazeau added The Walking Dead
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154 111
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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156 120
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Jessica Jones
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150 116
Whiterose is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Whiterose Mr. Robot
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148 114
Elizabeth Keen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
LanaYoshii added The Blacklist
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144 114
Sam Fox is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Sam Fox Better Things
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138 110
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
House of Cards
24
97 67
Adalind Schade is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added Grimm
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131 108
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
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