Fictional Characters The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History  

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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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2,239 1,642
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Supernatural

2
2,113 2,335
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

3
1,242 1,583
James

4
1,300 1,477
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Game of Thrones

5
1,101 1,533
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Supernatural

6
2,076 1,513
Spike is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7
1,051 900
Niklaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

8
1,011 710
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Game of Thrones

9
2,173 1,328
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added The Walking Dead

10
1,227 837
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Once Upon a Time

11
1,616 1,345
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Sons of Anarchy

12
1,182 1,113
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added True Blood

13
810 1,524
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Beverly Hills 90210

14
813 952
Neal Caffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
White Collar

15
600 956
Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

16
843 736
Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Breaking Bad

17
543 960
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

18
817 634
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
How I Met Your Mother

19
748 476
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
American Horror Story

20
624 495
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Dexter

21
585 642
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Sherlock

22
693 790
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Once Upon a Time

23
1,176 1,231
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Gossip Girl

24
499 567
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Boy Meets World

25
573 685
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dawson's Creek

26
969 644
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Gilmore Girls

27
541 384
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added That '70s Show

28
694 539
Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Teen Wolf

29
464 459
Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

30
853 577
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dragon Ball Z

31
398 741
Don Draper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Mad Men

32
579 418
Caleb Rivers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Pretty Little Liars

33
320 350
Cole Turner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added

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425 524
Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Doctor Who, Torchwood

35
577 584
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The O.C.

36
229 757
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Sex and the City

37
694 845
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Smallville

38
234 463
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Beau Iverson added Prison Break

39
528 539
Logan Echolls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Veronica Mars

40
224 620
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
True Blood

41
318 418
Daniel Desario is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Freaks and Geeks

42
225 515
J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
BobbyMoore added Dallas

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340 257
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Sons of Anarchy

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343 383
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
teddybear1029 added Breaking Bad

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317 343
Bender is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Futurama

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328 192
Kahl Drogo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Kahl Drogo

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280 208
Michael Scofield is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
HannahWallaceNZ added Prison Break

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386 336
Toby Cavanaugh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
MarissaBlackie added Pretty Little Liars

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303 524
Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Saved by the Bell

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254 446
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Two and a Half Men