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

2
634 515
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Supernatural

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559 498
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
438 423
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

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471 409
Castiel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Supernatural

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382 352
John Watson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
John Watson Sherlock

7
482 410
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

8
478 482
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

9
416 495
Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

10
405 323
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
CheckinaCoulibaly added Family Guy

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252 292
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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315 360
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added Supernatural

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218 260
Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added The Originals

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295 376
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

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314 401
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

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249 213
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Dr. Who

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239 362
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

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300 295
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

19
94 65
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
blackparade added Riverdale

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178 239
Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Game of Thrones

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150 324
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

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103 92
Stefan Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Iva1864 added The Vampire Diaries

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176 195
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
The 100

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189 256
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
iMohammad added Family Guy

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134 210
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
clash1977 added The Blacklist

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33 21
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Angela Lovell added Friends

27
59 78
Harvey Specter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Sazonana added Suits

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186 342
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
The Simpsons

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92 77
Oliver Queen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Iva1864 added Arrow

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72 111
Carl Grimes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
EnidGrimes666 added The Walking Dead

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32 54
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Grey's Anatomy

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106 218
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
intcat-eternal added Game of Thrones

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109 200
Sterling Archer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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85 166
Captain Ray Holt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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22 13
Alex Karev is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Grey's Anatomy

36
23 14
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Joey, Friends

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17 11
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Grey's Anatomy

38
17 12
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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37 30
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
KhushiRathi added Game of Thrones

40
26 15
Stiles Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Angela Lovell added Teen Wolf

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29 20
Mike Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Stranger Things

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19 9
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Angela Lovell added

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12 12
Jackson Avery is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Grey's Anatomy

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12 12
Caleb Rivers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Pretty Little Liars

45
51 124
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Alex Farias added Ray Donovan

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26 22
Mycroft Holmes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
KhushiRathi added Sherlock

47
21 17
Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
This Is Us

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10 14
Negan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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83 185
Ian Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Shameless

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31 36
John Diggle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Guest_8658ce6e-aba5-47fb-9a2e-95645b6a7e3e added Arrow