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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354 325
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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Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead

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435 381
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Jon Snow Game of Thrones

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394 442
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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374 285
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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Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Jamie Lannister Game of Thrones

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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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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224 343
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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224 196
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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Stefan Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Iva1864 added Stefan Salvatore The Vampire Diaries

50+ Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos from Iconic TV Shows

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Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
blackparade added Jughead Jones Riverdale

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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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157 173
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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Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
intcat-eternal added Petyr Baelish Game of Thrones

The Greatest TV Character Losses of All Time

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Carl Grimes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
EnidGrimes666 added Carl Grimes The Walking Dead

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Harvey Specter is listed (or ranked) 30 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) 31 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Iva1864 added Oliver Queen Arrow

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

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

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Alex Farias added Ray Donovan Ray Donovan

These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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

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

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Ian Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Ian Gallagher Shameless

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Mike Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Mike Wheeler Stranger Things

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

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Negan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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Monkey D. Luffy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
CheckinaCoulibaly added Monkey D. Luffy One Piece (JP)

The Best TV Shows That Never Got a Real Finale

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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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Saul Berenson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Saul Berenson Homeland

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Jackson Avery is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Jackson Avery Grey's Anatomy

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Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Jack Pearson This Is Us

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Denny Duquette is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Sloan Grey's Anatomy

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Owen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Owen Hunt Grey's Anatomy

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Mycroft Holmes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
KhushiRathi added Mycroft Holmes Sherlock