TV 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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2,347 1,692
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Supernatural

2
2,251 2,384
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

3
1,265 1,648
James

4
1,328 1,531
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Game of Thrones

5
1,129 1,573
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Supernatural

6
2,123 1,544
Spike is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7
1,165 947
Niklaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

8
1,327 857
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Once Upon a Time

9
2,237 1,352
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added The Walking Dead

10
1,050 756
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Game of Thrones

11
1,675 1,357
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Sons of Anarchy

12
829 1,546
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Beverly Hills 90210

13
1,214 1,135
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added True Blood

14
837 970
Neal Caffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
White Collar

15
620 1,002
Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

16
894 753
Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Breaking Bad

17
547 1,005
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

18
879 662
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
How I Met Your Mother

19
786 497
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
American Horror Story

20
1,248 1,246
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Gossip Girl

21
642 516
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Dexter

22
602 665
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Sherlock

23
773 545
Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Teen Wolf

24
613 705
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dawson's Creek

25
525 594
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Boy Meets World