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
2,391 1,725
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Supernatural

2
2,333 2,404
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

3
1,276 1,682
James

4
1,344 1,564
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Game of Thrones

5
1,145 1,595
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Supernatural

6
2,138 1,563
Spike is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7
1,239 964
Niklaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

8
1,372 871
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Once Upon a Time

9
2,267 1,371
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added The Walking Dead

10
1,068 788
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Game of Thrones

11
1,706 1,368
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Sons of Anarchy

12
854 1,563
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Beverly Hills 90210

13
1,228 1,151
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added True Blood

14
859 981
Neal Caffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
White Collar

15
630 1,029
Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

16
912 767
Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Breaking Bad

17
549 1,032
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

18
899 681
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
How I Met Your Mother

19
1,285 1,259
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Gossip Girl

20
804 516
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
American Horror Story

21
808 557
Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Teen Wolf

22
654 534
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Dexter

23
609 685
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Sherlock

24
628 718
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dawson's Creek

25
539 617
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Boy Meets World