TV Characters The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now  

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List Rules Vote on and add only male characters who are currently on television

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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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Sherlock Holmes Sherlock

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Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Dean Winchester Supernatural

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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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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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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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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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Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
CheckinaCoulibaly added Peter Griffin Family Guy

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Klaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added Klaus Mikaelson The Originals

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Crowley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added Crowley Supernatural

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Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added Elijah Mikaelson The Originals

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

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Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Rick Grimes The Walking Dead

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The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added The Doctor Dr. Who

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Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Mr. Gold Once Upon a Time

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Glenn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Glenn The Walking Dead

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Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
blackparade added Jughead Jones Riverdale

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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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Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Francis Underwood House of Cards

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Stefan Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Iva1864 added Stefan Salvatore The Vampire Diaries

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Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
iMohammad added Stewie Griffin Family Guy

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Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
clash1977 added Raymond 'Red' Reddington The Blacklist

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Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Angela Lovell added Chandler Muriel Bing Friends

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Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

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Harvey Specter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Sazonana added Harvey Specter Suits

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Oliver Queen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Iva1864 added Oliver Queen Arrow

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Carl Grimes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
EnidGrimes666 added Carl Grimes The Walking Dead

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Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
intcat-eternal added Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

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Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Dr. Derek Shepherd Grey's Anatomy

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Captain Ray Holt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Captain Ray Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Sterling Archer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Joey Tribbiani Joey, Friends

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Alex Karev is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Alex Karev Grey's Anatomy

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Stiles Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Angela Lovell added Stiles Stilinski Teen Wolf

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Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
KhushiRathi added Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

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Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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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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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Alex Farias added Ray Donovan Ray Donovan

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Jackson Avery is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Jackson Avery Grey's Anatomy

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Caleb Rivers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Caleb Rivers Pretty Little Liars

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Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Jack Pearson This Is Us

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Mycroft Holmes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
KhushiRathi added Mycroft Holmes Sherlock

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Angela Lovell added Lucifer

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Ian Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Ian Gallagher Shameless

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John Diggle is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Raj Koothrappali is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Raj Koothrappali The Big Bang Theory