Last night I was watching TV (which is not something I get a chance to do very often) and I noticed once again, as I'm sure many of you have noticed many times before, that most male characters on television are just plain unmanly. So I was wondering, do you think there are any manly television characters on the air these days, and, if so, who do you think is the manliest?

Off the top of my head, I can think of a few manly television characters: Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Tony DiNozzo from NCIS, Michael Weston and his buddy Sam Axe from Burn Notice, but my vote for the manliest character on television these days may surprise you....

It's Patrick Jane from the Mentalist. I find him to be the manliest mostly because he uses his street smarts and practical intelligence to get to the truth; he gathers facts through keen observation, and "reads" people's faces and body language to discover their true motive. Even though I know that there are plenty of other characters currently on television who do the pretty much the same thing, I like the approach with Patrick Jane, because there is something particularly manly about the way he goes the about what he does with a calm confidence and self-assuredness that doesn't exist in the character's of other shows.

What do you think?

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I'd second your pick for Patrick Jane, for all the same reasons.  Especially in last night's episode, where he a) apologized to a former client for past misdeeds, and b) protected her from being victimized by yet another con artist.

 

Still, the manliest character on my television is still Firefly's Captain Malcolm Reynolds.  :)  I gave my reasons in this thread.

"Come a day there won't be room for naughty men like us to slip about at all. This job goes south, there well may not be another. So here is us, on the raggedy edge. Don't push me, and I won't push you."

Shiney selection!  If firefly were still on, and it is a crime it isn't, I'd gone with Mal too.

Dr. Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons.

 

Self controlled, self actualized, brilliant and witty.  He's a bit of an oddball, but eccentricity is a manly trait, too.  Rational, logical, insightful, and fiercely loyal to those few who he considers to be true friends.

 

One of my favorite characters on TV.

But he's very selfish and lacks humility and humbleness.

House is kind of a badass, in a Sherlock Holmes kinda way.  Drug addicted off-and-on.  A bit unhinged.  But, insightful, clever, and willing to do what it takes to get the job done.

 

The entire male cast of 'The Unit'.  It ain't difficult to be manly when you're playing a career commando.

 

Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) from 'Justified'.  Sheriff Rick Grimes from 'The Walking Dead'.  Michael Westen from 'Burn Notice'.

 

JB

House is kind of a badass, in a Sherlock Holmes kinda way.

 

I've always been a big fan of House (probably because I've always been a big fan of Holmes), but I gotta say that I've given up on him these last couple of years.  His brilliance and tenacity are certainly to be admired, but in almost every other respect, he's a cautionary tale--not a role model.

I actually haven't watched much of last season or this one.  I know a little here and there, though.


JB

beat me to Givens.  hard to beat him.  not sure i agree with westen, though i love the show.  maybe sam.
Walking Dead  -what a show!
Taylor's pretty awesome now, but I have a bad feeling that the writers are gonna turn him into a weasel.

Tom Selleck's Frank Reagan, of Blue Bloods.  Reminds me of one of the best Men I ever knew, my grandfather.  And my Dad.

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