Entertainment 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.
1
2,480 1,762
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Supernatural
2
2,445 2,436
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries
3
1,304 1,728
James
4
1,376 1,619
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Game of Thrones
5
1,169 1,645
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Supernatural
6
1,340 992
Klaus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries
7
2,175 1,599
Spike is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
8
1,428 903
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Once Upon a Time
9
2,314 1,403
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added The Walking Dead
10
1,115 818
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Game of Thrones
11
884 1,588
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Beverly Hills 90210
12
1,749 1,392
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Sons of Anarchy
13
1,262 1,177
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added True Blood
14
886 1,007
Neal Caffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
White Collar
15
643 1,066
Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
16
941 793
Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Breaking Bad
17
560 1,064
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi
18
931 708
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
How I Met Your Mother
19
1,355 1,284
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Gossip Girl
20
856 543
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
American Horror Story
21
860 573
Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Teen Wolf
22
647 737
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dawson's Creek
23
563 638
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Boy Meets World
24
619 710
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Sherlock
25
1,115 678
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Gilmore Girls