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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  2. 2
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    - 1,370

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Vampire Diaries

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  3. 3
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    - 755

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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  4. 4
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    - 677

    added by acrosstheflame
    Game of Thrones

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  5. 5
    + 709
    - 768


    Lost

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    - 248

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    Once Upon a Time

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    - 745

    added by wiabux
    Supernatural

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    The Walking Dead

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    - 280


    The Vampire Diaries

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    - 857

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Beverly Hills 90210

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  11. 11
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    - 174


    Game of Thrones

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  12. 12
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    - 625

    added by jenn117
    True Blood

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  13. 13
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    - 512


    White Collar

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  14. 14
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    - 608

    added by ejlinehan
    Sons of Anarchy

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    + 365
    - 274

    ranked low on reranks & added by Booksflavia
    Once Upon a Time

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    - 430

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

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    - 300

    added by ejlinehan
    Breaking Bad

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    + 402
    - 188

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    Dragon Ball Z

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    - 265

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    Gilmore Girls

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  20. 20
    + 256
    - 242

    added by JaidenDalBello
    Sherlock

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    + 293
    - 502

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

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    + 232
    - 109

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    Pretty Little Liars

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  23. 23
    + 540
    - 447

    added by wiabux
    Smallville

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  24. 24
    + 305
    - 290


    Dawson's Creek

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    Gossip Girl

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    - 249


    The O.C.

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    + 201
    - 135


    American Horror Story

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    + 130
    - 78


    The Vampire Diaries

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    + 250
    - 214

    added by SlashLover
    Teen Wolf

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    + 299
    - 286

    added by JohnnyTLMC
    How I Met Your Mother

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  31. 31
    + 155
    - 161

    added by Booksflavia
    Dexter

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  32. 32
    + 211
    - 408

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mad Men

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  33. 33
    + 288
    - 246


    Veronica Mars

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  34. 34
    + 196
    - 283


    Boy Meets World

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    + 171
    - 54

    ranked low on reranks & added by MarissaBlackie
    Pretty Little Liars

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  36. 36
    + 74
    - 64

    added by PurpleRoses16

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  37. 37
    + 129
    - 103

    added by Booksflavia
    That '70s Show

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  38. 38
    + 78
    - 157

    added by Beau Iverson
    Prison Break

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    + 136
    - 373

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sex and the City

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  40. 40
    + 209
    - 284

    added by acrosstheflame
    Doctor Who, Torchwood

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    + 128
    - 259

    added by BobbyMoore
    Dallas

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  42. 42
    + 127
    - 187


    Freaks and Geeks

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    + 53
    - 24
    No image

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    Hart of Dixie

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  44. 44
    + 105
    - 289

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    True Blood

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  45. 45
    + 106
    - 142

    added by teddybear1029
    Breaking Bad

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  46. 46
    + 98
    - 128


    Futurama

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  47. 47
    + 106
    - 52
    Duncan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History

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    - 17

    added by HannahWallaceNZ
    Prison Break

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  49. 49
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    - 177

    added by JohnnyTLMC
    Two and a Half Men

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  50. 50
    + 165
    - 252


    My So-Called Life

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