The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History TV Characters

The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History

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List Criteria: Bad boy characters who are loved (and a little hated) by girls and women in their shows

List of the greatest bad boys in TV history. Here is a listing of the cream of the crop when it comes to television's best bad boys. The best and the baddest of the bunch make their ensemble that much richer. Perhaps Samuel L. Jackson's character in "Pulp Fiction" would refer to the TV characters ranker here as "BAMFS." Whatever tough guy categorization you would like to give these characters, they are undoubtedly the coolest -- if not particularly warm -- men to grace our screens every week. And nobody can down whiskey like Don Draper, just like nobody could scare television parents like bad boys next door Ryan Atwood ("The O.C.") and Shawn Hunter ("Boy Meets World").

This list includes TV bad boy characters with dark brooding attitudes, leather jackets, motorcycles, dour dispositions, sad mysterious pasts, questionable ethics - and hopeful girls who love them anyway. Dylan McKay, Chuck Bass, and even The Fonz are at the top of our ranks. Vote up the quintessential bad boys on television to shape this list, or click rerank to make a version of your own.
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Supernatural

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    - 1,352


    The Vampire Diaries

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    - 757


    Lost

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    - 663

    added by acrosstheflame
    Game of Thrones

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    + 570
    - 731

    added by wiabux
    Supernatural

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    - 244

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    Once Upon a Time

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ServeTheServants
    The Walking Dead

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Beverly Hills 90210

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    - 268


    The Vampire Diaries

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    added by jenn117
    True Blood

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    - 507


    White Collar

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    often listed & added by ejlinehan
    Sons of Anarchy

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    - 260

    ranked low on reranks
    Gilmore Girls

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    - 166


    Game of Thrones

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    - 180

    ranked low on reranks & added by JohnnyTLMC
    Dragon Ball Z

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    - 261

    added by Booksflavia
    Once Upon a Time

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    Gossip Girl

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    added by ejlinehan
    Breaking Bad

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    - 425

    often listed & added by SlashLover
    Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    - 498

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

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    + 303
    - 246


    The O.C.

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    Dawson's Creek

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    Pretty Little Liars

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    added by JaidenDalBello
    Sherlock

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    added by wiabux
    Smallville

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    added by JohnnyTLMC
    How I Met Your Mother

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    - 129


    American Horror Story

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    - 213

    added by SlashLover
    Teen Wolf

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    + 118
    - 70


    The Vampire Diaries

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    - 244


    Veronica Mars

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    + 191
    - 280


    Boy Meets World

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    + 209
    - 404

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mad Men

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    - 256

    often listed & added by BobbyMoore
    Dallas

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    added by Booksflavia
    Dexter

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    - 99

    added by Booksflavia
    That '70s Show

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    - 63

    added by PurpleRoses16

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    - 282

    added by acrosstheflame
    Doctor Who, Torchwood

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sex and the City

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    - 185


    Freaks and Geeks

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    - 153

    added by Beau Iverson
    Prison Break

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    - 126


    Futurama

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  43. 43
    + 162
    - 249


    My So-Called Life

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    - 23
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    Hart of Dixie

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  45. 45
    + 166
    - 293


    Saved by the Bell

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  46. 46
    + 101
    - 138

    added by teddybear1029
    Breaking Bad

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  47. 47
    + 170
    - 206


    Friday Night Lights

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  48. 48
    + 177
    - 304


    Justified

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  49. 49
    + 103
    - 283


    True Blood

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    + 94
    - 170

    added by JohnnyTLMC
    Two and a Half Men

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