Lead female characters who truly fit the "antihero" bill are few and far between on television. A look at a few current women who could qualify:

Name: Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington)

Show: "Scandal"

Why she's bad: She's had an affair with the married commander in chief and helped to rig a presidential election.

Most likely to: Speed-talk her way out of any major trouble.

Name: Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp)

Show: "Revenge"

Why she's bad: She has lied, cheated and back-stabbed her way through the Hamptons while hardly breaking a sweat.

Most likely to: Take someone out with a round-house kick to his face.

Name: Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell)

Show: "The Americans"

Why she's bad: An icy KGB agent who has infiltrated the United States, she's aiding Russia's Cold War efforts.

Most likely to: Put a sniper bullet in the head of a government official.

Name: Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes)

Show: "Homeland"

Why she's bad: She bends and breaks CIA rules, doesn't always take her meds and has been known to sleep with the enemy.

Most likely to: Go all bug-eyed crazy on you.

Name: Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco)

Show: "Nurse Jackie"

Why she's bad: She cheated on her husband and abuses drugs and booze.

Most likely to: Display a poor bedside manner.

Name: Gemma Teller Morrow (Katey Sagal)

Show: "Sons of Anarchy"

Why she's bad: A candidate for TV's worst mom, she's a stone-cold schemer and matriarch of a lawless biker gang.

Most likely to: Bust up someone's face with a skate board.

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