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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
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Arya Stark 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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Lexa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Loftka added Kadosh

The 100

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Brienne of Tarth 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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Lagertha Lothbrok is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added Vikings
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Octavia Blake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added The 100
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Daenerys Targaryen 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
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Regina Mills is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Once Upon a Time
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Detective Rosa Diaz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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Jessica Huang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Fresh Off the Boat
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Eleven is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Eleven Stranger Things
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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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Dr. Rainbow Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Dr. Rainbow Johnson Black-ish
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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Jessica Jones
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Deandra Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
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Marcia Clark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Marcia Clark The People v. O.J. Simpson
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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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Clarke Walters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
The 100
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Adalind Schade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
StaB added Grimm
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Lena is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Lena Ray Donovan
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Helena is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Helena Orphan Black
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Elizabeth Keen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
LanaYoshii added The Blacklist
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Whiterose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
Whiterose Mr. Robot
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Margo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
yeloololita added Margo The Magicians
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Claire Underwood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Female Characters on Current TV Shows
House of Cards