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.
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2,408 1,744
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Supernatural
2
2,369 2,413
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries
3
1,285 1,695
James
4
1,355 1,580
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Game of Thrones
5
1,151 1,613
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Supernatural
6
2,150 1,575
Spike is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
7
1,270 974
Niklaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries
8
1,392 882
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Once Upon a Time
9
2,284 1,381
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added The Walking Dead
10
1,086 797
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Game of Thrones
11
1,721 1,375
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Sons of Anarchy
12
867 1,569
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Beverly Hills 90210
13
1,239 1,161
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added True Blood
14
868 989
Neal Caffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
White Collar
15
634 1,041
Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
16
924 774
Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Breaking Bad
17
554 1,040
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi
18
909 690
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
How I Met Your Mother
19
1,308 1,269
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Gossip Girl
20
821 526
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
American Horror Story
21
825 562
Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Teen Wolf
22
638 723
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dawson's Creek
23
612 693
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Sherlock
24
658 545
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Dexter
25
542 624
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Boy Meets World