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The Best Characters On 'American Gods' 

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Updated October 29, 2019 89 votes 22 voters 17 items

There are so many awesome characters on American Gods, but who really steals the show? Based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel, American Gods is one of the highest-rated fantasy dramas on TV.

In a world where things aren’t what they seem, the series’ main character, Shadow Moon, finds himself caught in a fight between two warring factions. The Old Gods, which includes Ifrit, Odin, and Mr. Nancy, have been witnessing their power gradually decrease, while the New Gods are becoming stronger than ever. Characters like Mr. World (played by Crispin Glover) are known for always stealing the scene, but gods like Mad Sweeney (played by Pablo Schreiber) are equally as interesting. Which character on American Gods is your favorite?

Are you rooting for the old gods or are you with the new? Vote up your favorite characters on American Gods, and vote down all the people you think should sit this fight out.

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Shadow Moon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters On 'American Gods'
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Shadow Moon

You know, I don't really believe any of this. And maybe everything that's happened so far is just some kind of vivid dream. And I don't even know if I can believe that.

Played by: Ricky Whittle

Type: Demi-God

Pantheon: N/A

Are they godly?
Mad Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters On 'American Gods'
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Mad Sweeney

I was a king, once. I was. Then they made me a bird. Then Mother Church came along and turned us all into saints, and trolls, and faeries. General Mills did the rest.

Played by: Pablo Schreiber

Type: Leprechaun

Pantheon: Irish

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Mr. Wednesday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters On 'American Gods'
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Mr. Wednesday

I have as many names as there are winds. As many titles as there are ways to die. My ravens are Huginn and Muninn. Thought and Memory. My wolves are Freki and Geri. My horse is the gallowed. I am Odin!

Played by: Ian McShane

Type: God

Pantheon: Norse

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Mr. World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters On 'American Gods'
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Mr. World

Rugged individualism. It simply doesn't work anymore. Brands. Sure. A useful heuristic. But ultimately, everything is all systems interlaced, a single product manufactured by a single company for a single global market. 

Played by: Crispin Glover

Occupation: Leader of the New Gods

Pantheon: N/A

Are they godly?