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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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Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Once Upon a Time
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Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Supernatural
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Spike is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Sons of Anarchy
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Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Game of Thrones
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Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added The Walking Dead
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Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries
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Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Breaking Bad
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Niklaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries
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Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added True Blood
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Angel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
How I Met Your Mother
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James
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Caleb Rivers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Pretty Little Liars
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Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Game of Thrones
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Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Gilmore Girls
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Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dragon Ball Z
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Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Elijah Mikaelson The Vampire Diaries
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Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi
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Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dawson's Creek
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Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added That '70s Show
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Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Once Upon a Time
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Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
American Horror Story
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Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Teen Wolf
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Crowley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Supernatural