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

2
2,096 2,330
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Damon Salvatore The Vampire Diaries

3
1,238 1,577
James

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1,293 1,472
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Jaime Lannister Game of Thrones

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1,100 1,528
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Crowley Supernatural

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2,069 1,511
Spike is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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1,037 895
Niklaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Klaus Mikaelson The Vampire Diaries

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1,008 707
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

9
2,165 1,325
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead

10
1,212 834
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Captain Hook Once Upon a Time

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1,610 1,341
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy

12
1,178 1,109
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added Eric Northman True Blood

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809 1,521
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dylan McKay Beverly Hills 90210

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808 949
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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598 954
Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added 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
ejlinehan added Jesse Pinkman Breaking Bad

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539 958
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Fonzie Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

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808 629
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother

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742 471
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Tate Langdon American Horror Story

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620 492
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Dexter Morgan Dexter

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583 638
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Professor Moriarty Sherlock

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687 789
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Mr. Gold Once Upon a Time

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1,166 1,229
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Chuck Bass Gossip Girl

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497 565
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Shawn Hunter Boy Meets World

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569 682
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Pacey Witter Dawson's Creek

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958 643
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Jess Mariano Gilmore Girls

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538 381
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Steven Hyde That '70s Show

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

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

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852 575
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z

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

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

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Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Jack Harkness Doctor Who, Torchwood

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317 348
Cole Turner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Cole Turner

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573 581
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Ryan Atwood The O.C.

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229 755
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
John "Mr. Big" Preston Sex and the City

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

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Theodore
Beau Iverson added Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell Prison Break

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224 618
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Bill Compton True Blood

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Logan Echolls is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Logan Echolls Veronica Mars

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Daniel Desario is listed (or ranked) 41 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) 42 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

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224 513
J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
BobbyMoore added J.R. Ewing Dallas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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