Television shows allow us to live vicariously through some of the best alpha males of all time. These characters are brave, tired of their normal boring lives, and unlike most of us, decide to take action.

Just pick individual features from following characters you want to emulate!

#1 – Darcy Clare A.K.A. Gannicus (Spartacus)

Sartacus Gannicus

Spartacus himself was an amazing character, but Gannicus came into the show with a fierce attitude. The former-gladiator-turned-free-man decided to come back to fight in the arena, and take up with the slaves to help his friend.

Gannicus is a little bit cocky, arrogant, and extremely loyal!

#2 – David Duchovny A.K.A. Hank Moody (Californication)

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Rock music and vinyl records are what Hank Moody has. But this character is a writer and professor who also plays guitar – and drives a 1990 Porsche. Hank Moody is a writer who became a rock star and changed his persona throughout the story.

Hank Moody is a writer who became a rock star and changed his persona throughout the story.

#3 – Bryan Cranston A.K.A. Walter White (Breaking Bad)

Breaking Bad Walter White

Walter White was a goofy chemistry teacher that was on the brink of death. Trying to fight for his family, Walter decided it was time to break bad – make meth to paying for his cancer treatments.

Walt is an amazing character that literally changes before your eyes!

From a timid man to an almost psychotic personality, Walter White is within all of us and shows us that sometimes, you have to take action in your life.

Keep in mind: This doesn’t mean that you should become a drug kingpin, but it does mean that it’s time to stop living in the shadows!

#4 – Kevin Spacey A.K.A. Francis Underwood (House of Cards)

Frank Underwood House of Cards

Frank Underwood (yes his name is Francis) is a character that shows what it’s really like to live life as a politician – well, what many people think is the life of a politician. Kevin Spacey plays the character extremely well, and this is a cutthroat character that will do anything it takes to move up in the political ranks!

Keep in mind: This means using people to his advantage, betraying people, and being fearless when it comes to getting what he wants.

#5 – James Gandolfini A.K.A. Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano

Tony Soprano was a leader of a Mafia family and showed us that sometimes, you have to be fearless and relentless. Soprano did everything he could to protect his family, but he also had to make hard decisions and show when he was the boss!

#6 – Jamie Hector A.K.A. Marlo Stanfield (The Wire)

The Wire Marlo

We don’t know much about Marlo prior to his drug empire, but we do know that he has power he doesn’t wield without reason. We don’t really see that he has this power until an all-out war begins for who is the best territory.

Reckless and powerful, Marlo shows an alpha male what it’s like to have no fear when running an empire!

#7 – Norman Reedus A.K.A. Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead)

The Walking Dead Daryl

Daryl Dixon is, unlike many other characters, on this list because he’s fighting during apocalyptic times. When the dead is literally walking, Daryl always finds a badass way to take charge of all the surviving humans and fight off the dead as they come!

Pay attention: While you may not notice it when watching this television show, there’s a lot to like about Daryl. It takes a really strong man to be able to keep his composure when the dead are rising.

#8 – Timothy Olyphant A.K.A. Seth Bullock (Deadwood)

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A sheriff that is known in history as the true Westerner and one of the finest frontiersman to have ever lived. Seth would eventually become a U.S. Marshall, and begins his journey in a time when lawlessness would’ve been the smarter choice.

Keep in mind: Seth fights off criminals while upholding the law and being honorable at the same time!

#9 – Jon Hamm A.K.A. Don Draper (Mad Men)

John Draper poster

Don Draper is an alpha male if, for nothing else, his amazing life story. Don was originally portrayed as knowing just a little bit about life and eventually went to the Korean War. But the catch is that the real Don Draper died. The current person under his identity did whatever it took (I won’t spoil it

But the catch is that the real Don Draper died.

The current person under his identity did whatever it took (I won’t spoil it anymore for you) to live a life of happiness. A car salesman that eventually goes on to own his own firm, Don insists on honesty and chivalry while also displaying egotism.

Protective and strict to the code of business ethics, Don may have signs of alcoholism, but somehow manages to keep his life together!

#10 – Travis Fimmel A.K.A. Ragnar Lodbrok (Vikings)

Vikings poster

Ragnar Lodbrok may just be my favorite character on this list, and he’s known for the ruthless Viking by the same name. Ragnar is a mere farmer that eventually becomes a leader of the Vikings and goes on to try to conquer England and Paris.

But conquer may be a too strong word!

Ragnar truly wants a land for his people to build, farm, and live on, but is not afraid to lead his people into battle to realize his own dreams. Ragnar is confident, takes action and will die for whatever cause he believes in.

He’s an honorable man despite being downright scary at times!

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