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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
Carol Peletier The Walking Dead

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157 69
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brienne of Tarth Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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145 69
Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added Lagertha Lothbrok Vikings

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125 68
Jessica Huang is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Jessica Huang Fresh Off the Boat

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123 68
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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134 82
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Arya Stark Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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108 65
Eleven is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Eleven Stranger Things

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109 66
Deandra Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Deandra Reynolds It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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Marcia Clark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Marcia Clark The People v. O.J. Simpson

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99 65
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added Octavia Black The 100

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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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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Regina Mills Once Upon a Time

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Whiterose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Whiterose Mr. Robot

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Detective Rosa Diaz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Detective Rosa Diaz Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Actors Who Died In The Middle Of Filming Something

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112 88
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire

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Tara Chambler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brigitte Brazeau added Tara Chambler The Walking Dead

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Lexa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Loftka added Lexa Kadosh - The 100

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Cookie Lyon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Cookie Lyon Empire

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

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75 64
Sam Fox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Sam Fox Better Things

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73 68
Cersei Baratheon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Cersei Baratheon Game of Thrones

The Best Current TV Shows with Gay Characters

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73 70
Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Clarke Walters The 100

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67 65
Sara Lance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
denitsaMin added Sara Lance Arrow

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Elizabeth Keen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Elizabeth Keen The Blacklist

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Michonne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Michonne The Walking Dead

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Helena is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Helena Orphan Black

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Sarah Manning is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added Sarah Manning Orphan Black

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Asha Greyjoy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brigitte Brazeau added Asha Greyjoy A Song of Ice and Fire

The Best Current Legal TV Shows

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45 63
Quinn King is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Quinn King UnREAL

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45 64
Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Claire Underwood House of Cards

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45 66
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Professor Annalise Keating How to Get Away with Murder

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9 15
Eretria is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Loftka added Eretria Shannara Chronicles

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40 67
Fiona Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Fiona Gallagher Shameless

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Irene Adler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Irene Adler Sherlock

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Eretria is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Loftka added Eretria The Shannara Chronicles

The Very Best Movie Franchises

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Adalind Schade is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added Adalind Schade Grimm

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Mazikeen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Mazikeen Lucifer

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Alex Parrish is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Alex Parrish Quantico

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Claire Fraser is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Claire Fraser Outlander

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28 63
Elizabeth Jennings is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Elizabeth Jennings The Americans

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28 63
Lana Kane is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Lana Kane Archer

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Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson Orange Is the New Black

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Mary Watson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Mary Watson Sherlock

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24 64
Darlene Alderson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Darlene Alderson Mr. Robot

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24 64
Olivia Pope is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Olivia Pope Scandal

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Missy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Missy Doctor Who

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23 63
Pam Poovey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Pam Poovey Archer

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17 63
Maeve Millay is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Maeve Millay Westworld

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17 64
Tulip O'Hare is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Tulip O'Hare Preacher

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14 64
Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Carrie Mathison Homeland