TV characters The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now  

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Some of the greatest characters in this new golden age of TV are male right now, and their characters span centuries, cultures, and personalities of all types. The shows they're on range anywhere from fantasy to comedy to drama and everything in between. Which male characters are the best of the best on TV right now?

Are you a Tyrion Lannister kind of person, or a Sheldon Cooper lover instead? The choice is up to you. Vote up all of your favorite male characters currently on TV, and add any that aren't already on the list. 
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Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Dean Winchester Supernatural

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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Sherlock Holmes Sherlock

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Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Tyrion Lannister Game of Thrones

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Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Sam Winchester Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

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Castiel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Castiel Supernatural

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336 311
John Watson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
John Watson Sherlock

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402 369
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

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Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead

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382 405
Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory

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Crowley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added Crowley Supernatural

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Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
CheckinaCoulibaly added Peter Griffin Family Guy

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196 223
Klaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added Klaus Mikaelson The Originals

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283 352
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Rick Grimes The Walking Dead

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Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Jamie Lannister Game of Thrones

The Most Shocking TV Deaths of All Time

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Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added Elijah Mikaelson The Originals

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Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Mr. Gold Once Upon a Time

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140 277
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Francis Underwood House of Cards

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216 179
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added The Doctor Dr. Who

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Glenn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Glenn The Walking Dead

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Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Jorah Mormont Game of Thrones

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Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
clash1977 added Raymond 'Red' Reddington The Blacklist

50+ Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos from Iconic TV Shows

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Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Bellamy Blake The 100

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Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
iMohammad added Stewie Griffin Family Guy

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Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

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Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
intcat-eternal added Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

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Oliver Queen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Iva1864 added Oliver Queen Arrow

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Stefan Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Iva1864 added Stefan Salvatore The Vampire Diaries

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Captain Ray Holt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Captain Ray Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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Harvey Specter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Sazonana added Harvey Specter Suits

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Sterling Archer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
blackparade added Jughead Jones Riverdale

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44 102
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Alex Farias added Ray Donovan Ray Donovan

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52 106
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
CheckinaCoulibaly added Monkey D. Luffy One Piece (JP)

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Saul Berenson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Saul Berenson Homeland

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Ian Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Ian Gallagher Shameless

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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John Diggle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Guest_8658ce6e-aba5-47fb-9a2e-95645b6a7e3e added John Diggle Arrow

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Mycroft Holmes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
KhushiRathi added Mycroft Holmes Sherlock

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Carl Grimes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
EnidGrimes666 added Carl Grimes The Walking Dead

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Cullen Bohannan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
clash1977 added Cullen Bohannan Hell on Wheels

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Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Jack Pearson This Is Us

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4 1
Mike Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Mike Wheeler Stranger Things

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Mickey Milkovich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Mickey Milkovich Shameless

The Best TV Shows That Never Got a Real Finale

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Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
KhushiRathi added Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

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Rafael is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Rafael Jane the Virgin

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Titus Andromedon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Titus Andromedon Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Richard Hendricks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Richard Hendricks Silicon Valley

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Saul Goodman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Saul Goodman Breaking Bad

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11 40
Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Schmidt New Girl

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15 33
Archie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
blackparade added Archie Andrews Riverdale

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Cyrus Beene is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Cyrus Beene Scandal