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Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?  

Ryan Carlquist
866 votes 97 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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1
Jim Halpert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

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

2
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

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

voice of reason, father figure, wounded, alcoholic

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

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

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

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

6
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

7
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

8
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

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

tough, stubborn, driven, loud

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

loyal, traditional, motivated

11
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

intelligent, repressed, calculating, dangerous

12
Tyrion Lannister is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

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

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

honest, brutal, aloof, greasy, mysterious

14
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

dramatic, womanizing, materialistic, alpha, emotionally unavailable

15
Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

intellectual, cold, reliable, pompous, steady

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

ambitious, reckless, intelligent, cynical

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

emotionally unavailable, burly, blue collar

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

caring, neurotic, academic, goofy

19
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

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

tough, streetwise, emotional, impulse, troubled

21
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

22
Tom Haverford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

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

23
Lucious Lyon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

mogul, unfaithful, manipulative, cunning, self-aggrandizing

24
Omar Little is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which TV Characters Best Represent Modern Masculinity?

relentless, violent, honest, uncompromising

25
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