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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499 422
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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460 449
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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349 363
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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393 345
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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312 297
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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375 352
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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414 403
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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357 377
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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261 272
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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331 237
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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236 332
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Damon Salvatore The Vampire Diaries

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175 93
Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Sazonana added Dr. Gregory House House

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241 311
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Jamie Lannister Game of Thrones

The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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271 333
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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177 202
Klaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added Klaus Mikaelson The Originals

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174 174
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Dexter Morgan Dexter, Dexter: Early Cuts

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153 193
Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added Elijah Mikaelson The Originals

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130 259
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Francis Underwood House of Cards

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194 311
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Mr. Gold Once Upon a Time

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194 166
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added The Doctor

50+ Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos from Iconic TV Shows

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166 266
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy

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255 253
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Glenn The Walking Dead

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142 192
Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Jorah Mormont Game of Thrones

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162 245
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Eric Northman True Blood

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140 174
Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
intcat-eternal added Jack Harkness Torchwood: Web of Lies, Torchwood

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104 268
Don Draper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Don Draper Mad Men

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166 292
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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102 172
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
clash1977 added Raymond 'Red' Reddington The Blacklist

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142 187
Ron Swanson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Ron Swanson Parks and Recreation

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94 216
John Bates is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added John Bates Downton Abbey

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92 156
Ichabod Crane is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added Ichabod Crane Sleepy Hollow

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125 155
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Bellamy Blake The 100

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155 208
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
iMohammad added Stewie Griffin Family Guy

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77 145
John Constantine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added John Constantine Constantine

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
intcat-eternal added Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

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106 160
Andy Dwyer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Andy Dwyer Parks and Recreation

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83 148
Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Derek Hale Teen Wolf

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63 135
Captain Ray Holt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Captain Ray Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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76 167
Ben Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Amy Boal added Ben Wyatt Parks and Recreation

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69 184
Tig Trager is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
clash1977 added Tig Trager Sons of Anarchy

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47 39
Oliver Queen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Iva1864 added Oliver Queen Arrow

The Best TV Shows That Never Got a Real Finale

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41 94
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Alex Farias added Ray Donovan Ray Donovan

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88 166
Sterling Archer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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50 47
Stefan Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Iva1864 added Stefan Salvatore The Vampire Diaries

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67 166
Raylan Givens is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Raylan Givens Justified

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2 11
Boyd Crowder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Boyd Crowder Justified

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49 98
Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
CheckinaCoulibaly added Monkey D. Luffy One Piece (JP)

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50 141
Juice Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Juice Ortiz Sons of Anarchy

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76 167
Lord Grantham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Lord Grantham Downton Abbey