Totally Random Tournament: Best TV Characters of the 2000s -- Winner

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Best TV characters of 2000s, Championship
Best TV characters of 2000s, Championship

With March Madness around the corner, we've created another way to get you ready for NCAA tournament bracket fun. Welcome to our Best TV Characters of the 2000s, where this bracket madness features four regions – Comedy; Medics, the Dead and the Supernatural; Law Enforcement, Courts and Politics; and Villains, Survivors and Journalists/Ad Man.


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In the end, laughs prevailed over drama.

No. 10 Michael Scott (The Office) jumped to a big lead early and held on late to defeat No. 1 Gregory House (House MD), collecting 52 percent of the votes, to win the Best TV Characters of the 2000s tournament. Scott was the seeding underdog in each of his six matchups, including closing victories over No. 1 seed Walter White (Breaking Bad) in the Final Four and then House in the championship. House advanced to the finale by defeating fellow No. 1 seed Jack Bauer (24) in the Final Four.

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Here's a look back at the first four rounds of the TV Characters tournament:

Comedy
First round: No. 1 Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother) def. No. 16 Louie (Louie); No. 2 Rachel Green (Friends) def. No. 15 Sue Sylvester (Glee); No. 14 Michael Bluth (Arrested Development) def. No. 3 Charlie Harper (Two and a Half Men); No. 13 Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) def. No. 4 Ari Gold (Entourage); No. 5 Jack Donaghy (30 Rock) def. No. 12 Debra Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond) ; No. 6 Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory) def. No. 11 Selina Meyer (VEEP); No. 10 Michael Scott (The Office) def. No. 7 Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation); No. 9 Homer Simpson (The Simpsons) def. No. 8 Frasier Crane (Frasier).

Second round: No. 9 Homer Simpson def. No. 1 Barney Stinson; No. 13 Larry David def. No. 5 Jack Donaghy; No. 6 Sheldon Cooper def. No. 14 Michael Bluth; No. 10 Michael Scott def. No. 2 vs. Rachel Green.

Sweet 16: No. 9 Homer Simpson def. No. 13 Larry David; No. 10 Michael Scott def. No. 6 Sheldon Cooper.

Elite Eight: No. 10 Michael Scott def. No. 9 Homer Simpson.

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Medics
First round: No. 1 Gregory House (House MD) def. No. 16 Melinda Gordon (The Ghost Whisperer); No. 15 Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) def. No. 2 Cristina Yang (Grey's Anatomy); No. 14 Temperance Bones (Bones) def. No. 3 Jackie Peyton (Nurse Jackie); No. 4 Nate Fisher (Six Feet Under) def. No. 13; No. 5 Carol Hathaway (ER) def. No. 12 Derek Shephard (Grey's Anatomy); No. 11 Buffy Summers (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) def. No. 6 Izzie Stevens (Grey's Anatomy); No. 10 Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead) def. No. 7 Alison Dubois (Medium); No. 9 Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries) def. No. 8 Patrick Jane (The Mentalist).

Second round: No. 1 Gregory House def. No. 9 Damon Salvatore; No. 5 Carol Hathaway def. No. 4 Nate Fisher; No. 10 Rick Grimes def. No. 15 Sookie Stackhouse; No. 11 Buffy Summers def. No. 14 Temperance Bones.

Sweet 16: No. 1 Gregory House def. No. 5 Carol Hathaway; No. 11 Buffy Summers def. No. 10 Rick Grimes.

Elite Eight: No. 1 Gregory House def. No. 11 Buffy Summers.

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Law Enforcement
First round: No. 1 Jack Bauer (24) def. No. 16 Richard Castle (Castle); No. 2 Olivia Benson (Law & Order: SVU) def. No. 15 Alan Shore (The Practice/Boston Legal); No. 3 Carrie Mathison (Homeland) def. No. 14 Olivia Pope (Scandal); No. 4 Catherine Willows (CSI) def. No. 13 Patty Hewes (Damages); No. 12 Francis Underwood (House of Cards) def. No. 5 (Alicia Florrick); No. 6 Vic Mackey (The Shield) def. Brenda Leigh Johnson (The Closer); No. 10 Raylan Givens (Justified) def. No. 7 Jimmy McNulty (The Wire); No. 8 Rust Cohle (True Detective) def. No. 9 C.J. Gregg (The West Wing).

Second round: No. 1 Jack Bauer def. No. 8 Rust Cohle; No. 12 Francis Underwood def. No. 4 Catherine Willows; No. 10 Raylan Givens def. No. 2 Olivia Benson; No. 6 Vic Mackey def. No. 3 Carrie Mathison.

Sweet 16: No. 1 Jack Bauer def. No. 12 Francis Underwood; No. 6 Vic Mackey def. No. 10 Raylan Givens.

Elite Eight: No. 1 Jack Bauer def. No. 6 Vic Mackey.

Villains
First round: No. 1 Walter White (Breaking Bad) def. No. 16 Al Swearengen (Deadwood); No. 2 Tony Soprano (The Sopranos) def. No. 15 Mickey Donovan (Ray Donovan); No. 3 Don Draper (Mad Men) def. No. 14 William McAvoy (The Newsroom); No. 13 Omar Little (The Wire) def. No. 4 Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City); No. 5 Dexter Morgan (Dexter) def. No. 12 John Locke (Lost); No. 11 Gemma Teller Morrow (Sons of Anarchy) def. No. 6 Carmela Soprano (The Sopranos); No. 10 Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones) def. No. 7 Nucky Thompson (Boardwalk Empire); No. 8 Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad) def. No. 9 Ben Linus (Lost).

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Second round: No. 1 Walter White def. No. 8 Jesse Pinkman; No. 2 Tony Soprano def. No. 10 Tyrion Lannister; No. 3 Don Draper def. No. 11 Gemma Teller Morrow; No. 5 Dexter Morgan def. 13 Omar Little.

Sweet 16: No. 1 Walter White def. No. 5 Dexter Morgan; No. 2 Tony Soprano def. No. 3 Don Draper.

Elite Eight: No. 1 Walter White def. No. 2 Tony Soprano.

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