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.

1
2,256 1,654
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Supernatural

2
2,138 2,344
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

3
1,246 1,595
James

4
1,305 1,488
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Game of Thrones

5
1,106 1,539
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Supernatural

6
2,087 1,518
Spike is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7
1,074 906
Niklaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

8
1,243 842
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Once Upon a Time

9
1,019 715
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Game of Thrones

10
2,183 1,334
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added The Walking Dead

11
1,630 1,348
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Sons of Anarchy

12
1,188 1,118
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added True Blood

13
816 1,529
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Beverly Hills 90210

14
820 956
Neal Caffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
White Collar

15
605 962
Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

16
851 741
Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Breaking Bad

17
544 966
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

18
821 641
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
How I Met Your Mother

19
757 477
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
American Horror Story

20
628 500
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Dexter

21
591 646
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Sherlock

22
1,192 1,235
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Gossip Girl

23
695 796
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Once Upon a Time

24
506 569
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Boy Meets World

25
578 689
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dawson's Creek

26
980 648
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Gilmore Girls

27
707 541
Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Teen Wolf

28
548 386
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added That '70s Show

29
477 464
Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

30
854 580
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dragon Ball Z

31
400 745
Don Draper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Mad Men

32
592 421
Caleb Rivers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Pretty Little Liars

33
325 354
Cole Turner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added

34
426 527
Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Doctor Who, Torchwood

35
587 586
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The O.C.

36
232 760
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Sex and the City

37
696 849
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Smallville

38
235 468
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Beau Iverson added Prison Break

39
536 542
Logan Echolls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Veronica Mars

40
225 623
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
True Blood

41
321 420
Daniel Desario is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Freaks and Geeks

42
226 518
J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
BobbyMoore added Dallas

43
342 259
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Sons of Anarchy

44
344 386
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
teddybear1029 added Breaking Bad

45
318 347
Bender is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Futurama

46
331 193
Kahl Drogo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Kahl Drogo

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284 210
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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390 340
Toby Cavanaugh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
MarissaBlackie added Pretty Little Liars

49
306 528
Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Saved by the Bell

50
257 448
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Two and a Half Men