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.

1
2,364 1,704
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Supernatural

2
2,282 2,392
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

3
1,271 1,658
James

4
1,334 1,540
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Game of Thrones

5
1,134 1,583
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Supernatural

6
2,131 1,552
Spike is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7
1,194 955
Niklaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

8
1,344 864
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Once Upon a Time

9
2,250 1,357
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added The Walking Dead

10
1,055 768
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Game of Thrones

11
1,690 1,361
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Sons of Anarchy

12
843 1,553
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Beverly Hills 90210

13
1,221 1,141
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added True Blood

14
849 973
Neal Caffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
White Collar

15
624 1,013
Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

16
903 758
Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Breaking Bad

17
549 1,015
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

18
887 670
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
How I Met Your Mother

19
793 504
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
American Horror Story

20
1,261 1,251
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Gossip Girl

21
646 522
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Dexter

22
604 673
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Sherlock

23
788 548
Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Teen Wolf

24
535 601
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Boy Meets World

25
620 711
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dawson's Creek