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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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

The Best Bangs That Ever Existed on Television

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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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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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The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Glenn The Walking Dead

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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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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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Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
blackparade added Jughead Jones Riverdale

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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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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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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Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Bellamy Blake The 100

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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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Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

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Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Angela Lovell added Chandler Muriel Bing Friends

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Carl Grimes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
EnidGrimes666 added Carl Grimes The Walking Dead

8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 29 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) 30 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Iva1864 added Oliver Queen Arrow

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Harvey Specter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Sazonana added Harvey Specter Suits

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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

The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever

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

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Alex Farias added Ray Donovan Ray Donovan

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

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Jackson Avery is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Jackson Avery Grey's Anatomy

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

The Best Food & Cooking Shows On Netflix

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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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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Mycroft Holmes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
KhushiRathi added Mycroft Holmes Sherlock

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Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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Saul Berenson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Saul Berenson Homeland

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

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Owen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Owen Hunt Grey's Anatomy