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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632 485
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Sherlock

2
641 522
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Supernatural

3
567 502
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

4
446 432
Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Supernatural, Supernatural The Animation

5
476 418
Castiel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Supernatural

6
389 357
John Watson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
John Watson Sherlock

7
487 415
Jon Snow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

8
482 488
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

9
263 296
Klaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added Klaus Mikaelson The Originals

10
424 500
Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

11
409 331
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
CheckinaCoulibaly added Family Guy

12
318 368
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added Supernatural

13
224 265
Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
BlackSilk added The Originals

14
300 379
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Game of Thrones

15
317 406
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

16
252 216
The Doctor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
LanaYoshii added Dr. Who

17
242 366
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Once Upon a Time

18
303 300
Glenn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
The Walking Dead

19
102 68
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
blackparade added Riverdale

20
179 242
Jorah Mormont is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Mark Holmes added Game of Thrones

21
151 328
Francis Underwood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
House of Cards

22
110 96
Stefan Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Iva1864 added The Vampire Diaries

23
45 21
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Angela Lovell added Friends

24
179 198
Bellamy Blake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
The 100

25
193 262
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
iMohammad added Family Guy

26
137 212
Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
clash1977 added The Blacklist

27
63 80
Harvey Specter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Sazonana added Suits

28
102 79
Oliver Queen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Iva1864 added Arrow

29
189 347
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
The Simpsons

30
33 15
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Joey, Friends

31
35 58
Dr. Derek Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Grey's Anatomy

32
73 115
Carl Grimes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
EnidGrimes666 added The Walking Dead

33
109 220
Petyr Baelish is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
intcat-eternal added Game of Thrones

34
26 13
Alex Karev is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Grey's Anatomy

35
90 168
Captain Ray Holt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
wawwhite1 added Brooklyn Nine-Nine

36
35 16
Stiles Stilinski is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Angela Lovell added Teen Wolf

37
109 203
Sterling Archer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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20 12
Mark Sloan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Grey's Anatomy

39
35 21
Mike Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Stranger Things

40
20 15
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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39 32
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
KhushiRathi added Game of Thrones

42
16 14
Jackson Avery is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Grey's Anatomy

43
15 13
Caleb Rivers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Pretty Little Liars

44
26 18
Jack Pearson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
This Is Us

45
21 11
Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Angela Lovell added

46
14 14
Raj Koothrappali is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
The Big Bang Theory

47
28 24
Mycroft Holmes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
KhushiRathi added Sherlock

48
51 126
Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Alex Farias added Ray Donovan

49
12 16
Negan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

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9 11
Owen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now
Grey's Anatomy