TV Characters Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?  

Ryan Carlquist
697 votes 72 voters 25 items

List Rules Vote up the character that most closely aligns with your personal definition of modern masculinity.

Men have certainly received more than their fair share of diverse and complicated characters in the realm of television. Thankfully, now we're seeing more and more strong and complex women in mainstream entertainment as well. Elizabeth Moss, Viola Davis, Sandra Oh, Rachel Bloom, Kerry Washington, Robin Wright, and many others have been delivering powerhouse performances in recent years and stunning audiences with their immense talent. That being said, the industry still skews toward the preference for a "leading man," and there are countless examples of men that represent every facet of masculinity. 

So, what does it mean to be a man in America today? Is modern masculinity viewed as more reserved than in previous generations, or does it simply imply a level of openness and a different sense of responsibility? Or has masculinity stayed consistent over the years, and remained a constant as the world evolved around it? Vote up the tv characters that you feel most closely portray modern masculinity; vote down those that miss the mark.

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Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Randall Pearson - This Is Us

kindhearted, loyal, trustworthy, dad-joke master, protector

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Jim Halpert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Jim Halpert - The Office

easygoing, family man, sarcastic, fun-loving, unassuming, romantic

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Ben Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Ben Wyatt - Parks And Recreation

detail-oriented, sincere, geeky, stable, awkward, in touch with his emotions, willing to be vulnerable, booksmart, civic-minded

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Ron Swanson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Ron Swanson - Parks And Recreation

libertarian, secretive, self-reliant, ‘the strenuous life’-man

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Jim Hopper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Jim Hopper - Stranger Things

voice of reason, father figure, wounded, alcoholic

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Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Uncle Phil - The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

provider, mentor, hot-tempered, overworked but for the sake of his family, loving but stern, provides tough love

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Eric Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Eric Taylor - Friday Night Lights

sincere, wise, cheesy, quiet, bemused, fatherly, trusty, has an unchanging moral compass, puts his values over materialistic concerns

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Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Phil Dunphy - Modern Family

a human fanny pack, oblivious, well-meaning, clumsy

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Dre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Dre Johnson - Blackish

tough, stubborn, driven, loud

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Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead

honest, brutal, aloof, greasy, mysterious

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Earnest "Earn" Marks -... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Earnest "Earn" Marks - Atlanta

ambitious, reckless, intelligent, cynical

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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Walter White - Breaking Bad

intelligent, repressed, calculating, dangerous

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Don Draper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Don Draper - Mad Men

emotionally unavailable, secretive, Machiavellian, misogynist, disaffected, self-centered, alcoholic

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Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Tyrion Lannister - Game Of Thrones

smart, resourceful, deadpan, alcoholic, booksmart, strategic, master of his domain

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Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Barney Stinson - How I Met Your Mother

dramatic, womanizing, materialistic, alpha, emotionally unavailable

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Roy Anderson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Roy Anderson - The Office

emotionally unavailable, burly, blue collar

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Dwight Schrute is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Dwight Schrute - The Office

loyal, traditional, motivated

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Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Ross Geller - Friends

caring, neurotic, academic, goofy

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Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Sheldon Cooper - The Big Bang Theory

intellectual, cold, reliable, pompous, steady

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Ian Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Ian Gallagher - Shameless

tough, streetwise, emotional, impulse, troubled

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Richard Hendrix - Silicon Vall... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Richard Hendrix - Silicon Valley

nerdy, thoughtful, self-aware, awkward, shy, sensitive, insecure, complex, booksmart, enigmatic

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Lucious Lyon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Lucious Lyon - Empire

mogul, unfaithful, manipulative, cunning, self-aggrandizing

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Tom Haverford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Tom Haverford - Parks And Recreation

fashionable, foodie, entrepreneurial, enjoys the finer things, not afraid of his feminine side

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Men - Jersey Shore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Men - Jersey Shore

aggressive, confrontational, alpha, tan, brash, physically fit, alcoholics

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Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Omar Little - The Wire

relentless, violent, honest, uncompromising