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Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity? 

Ryan Carlquist
Updated June 29, 2018 888 votes 102 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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Jim Halpert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
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Ben Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

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

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Randall Pearson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

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

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Jim Hopper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

voice of reason, father figure, wounded, alcoholic

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Ron Swanson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
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Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

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

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Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

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

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Eric Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

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

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

tough, stubborn, driven, loud

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Dwight Schrute is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
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Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

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

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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
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Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

honest, brutal, aloof, greasy, mysterious

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Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
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Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
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Earnest "Earn"... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Earnest "Earn" Marks - Atlanta

ambitious, reckless, intelligent, cynical

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Roy Anderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

emotionally unavailable, burly, blue collar

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Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
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Don Draper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

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

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

tough, streetwise, emotional, impulse, troubled

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Richard Hendrix - Silico... 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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Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
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Lucious Lyon is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
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Men - Jersey Shore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?
Men - Jersey Shore

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