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
2,371 1,709
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Supernatural

2
2,291 2,398
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

3
1,272 1,663
James

4
1,337 1,544
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Game of Thrones

5
1,137 1,584
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Supernatural

6
2,132 1,554
Spike is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7
1,204 958
Niklaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

8
1,349 866
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Once Upon a Time

9
2,252 1,360
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added The Walking Dead

10
1,058 772
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Game of Thrones

11
1,692 1,363
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Sons of Anarchy

12
848 1,554
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Beverly Hills 90210

13
1,221 1,143
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added True Blood

14
849 976
Neal Caffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
White Collar

15
625 1,016
Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

16
905 759
Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Breaking Bad

17
549 1,018
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

18
888 673
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
How I Met Your Mother

19
794 507
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
American Horror Story

20
1,265 1,253
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Gossip Girl

21
650 523
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Dexter

22
791 550
Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Teen Wolf

23
604 677
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Sherlock

24
621 713
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dawson's Creek

25
536 605
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Boy Meets World