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List Rules 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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Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dean Winchester Supernatural

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Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Damon Salvatore The Vampire Diaries

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Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Jamie Lannister Game of Thrones

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James

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Spike is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Crowley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Crowley Supernatural

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Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead

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Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

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Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Captain Hook Once Upon a Time

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Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dylan McKay Beverly Hills 90210

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Niklaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Klaus Mikaelson The Vampire Diaries

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Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy

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Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Eric Northman True Blood

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Neal Caffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Neal Caffrey White Collar

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Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Angel Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Jesse Pinkman Breaking Bad

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Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Mr. Gold Once Upon a Time

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Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Fonzie Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

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Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dexter Morgan Dexter

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Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History

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Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Tate Langdon American Horror Story

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Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Chuck Bass Gossip Girl

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Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Jess Mariano Gilmore Girls

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Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother

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Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z

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Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Pacey Witter Dawson's Creek

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Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Derek Hale Teen Wolf

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Don Draper is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Don Draper Mad Men

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Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Lex Luthor Smallville

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Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Ryan Atwood The O.C.

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Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Shawn Hunter Boy Meets World

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Caleb Rivers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Caleb Rivers Pretty Little Liars

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Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Steven Hyde That '70s Show

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Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Elijah Mikaelson The Vampire Diaries

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Logan Echolls is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Logan Echolls Veronica Mars

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Cole Turner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History

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Theodore

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Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
John "Mr. Big" Preston Sex and the City

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Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Jack Harkness Doctor Who, Torchwood

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J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
J.R. Ewing Dallas

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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Walter White Breaking Bad

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Bender is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Bender Futurama

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Daniel Desario is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Daniel Desario Freaks and Geeks

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Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

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Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Bill Compton True Blood

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Toby Cavanaugh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Toby Cavanaugh Pretty Little Liars

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Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

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Michael Scofield is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Michael Scofield Prison Break

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Raylan Givens is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Raylan Givens Justified

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Kahl Drogo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Kahl Drogo