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