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
228 98
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
224 98
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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193 97
Jessica Huang is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Fresh Off the Boat

5
180 97
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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173 99
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
181 108
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
162 97
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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160 99
Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Once Upon a Time

10
157 98
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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153 98
Detective Rosa Diaz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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104 51
Tara Chambler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brigitte Brazeau added The Walking Dead

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149 99
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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147 99
Whiterose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Whiterose Mr. Robot

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164 119
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 15 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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143 99
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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143 99
Sam Fox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Sam Fox Better Things

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143 100
Elizabeth Keen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
LanaYoshii added The Blacklist

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142 99
Helena is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Helena Orphan Black

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138 99
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added The 100

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93 54
Lexa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Loftka added Kadosh -

The 100

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90 54
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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127 99
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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117 98
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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122 111
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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106 97
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 99
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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104 98
Lana Kane is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Archer

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100 98
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Archer

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28 8
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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100 100
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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97 97
Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Empire

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96 98
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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96 99
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 99
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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95 100
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Game of Thrones

37
88 99
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

38
86 98
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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84 98
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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80 99
Quinn King is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Quinn King UnREAL

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108 146
Michonne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
The Walking Dead

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36 41
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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55 101
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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54 107
Fiona Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Shameless

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2 11
Alice Morgan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brian White added Luther

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46 98
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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43 98
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 45
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 45
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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35 100
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