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

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1,609 2,078
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Damon Salvatore The Vampire Diaries

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1,051 1,182
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Jaime Lannister Game of Thrones

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1,826 1,289
Spike is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

5
917 1,270
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Crowley Supernatural

6
1,058 1,335
James

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1,734 1,163
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead

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654 685
Klaus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Klaus Mikaelson The Vampire Diaries

9
978 917
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added Eric Northman True Blood

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753 510
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

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712 1,331
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dylan McKay Beverly Hills 90210

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875 698
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Captain Hook Once Upon a Time

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1,305 1,216
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy

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652 818
Neal Caffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Neal Caffrey White Collar

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475 791
Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Angel Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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

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475 789
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Fonzie Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

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590 585
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Mr. Gold Once Upon a Time

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549 341
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Tate Langdon American Horror Story

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471 355
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Dexter Morgan Dexter

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456 501
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Professor Moriarty Sherlock

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926 1,093
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Chuck Bass Gossip Girl

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575 500
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother

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731 537
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Jess Mariano Gilmore Girls

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294 310
Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Elijah Mikaelson The Vampire Diaries

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333 628
Don Draper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Don Draper Mad Men

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612 455
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z

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457 567
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Pacey Witter Dawson's Creek

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455 434
Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Derek Hale Teen Wolf

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Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Shawn Hunter Boy Meets World

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396 289
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Steven Hyde That '70s Show

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651 708
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Lex Luthor Smallville

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442 483
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Ryan Atwood The O.C.

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206 254
Cole Turner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Cole Turner

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395 324
Caleb Rivers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Caleb Rivers Pretty Little Liars

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176 488
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Bill Compton True Blood

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170 365
Theodore
Beau Iverson added Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell Prison Break

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195 612
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
John "Mr. Big" Preston Sex and the City

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334 457
Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Jack Harkness Doctor Who, Torchwood

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Logan Echolls is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Logan Echolls Veronica Mars

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199 439
J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
BobbyMoore added J.R. Ewing Dallas

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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
teddybear1029 added Walter White Breaking Bad

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Bender is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Bender Futurama

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Daniel Desario is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Daniel Desario Freaks and Geeks

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266 195
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

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201 357
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

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212 129
Kahl Drogo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Kahl Drogo

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178 156
Michael Scofield is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
HannahWallaceNZ added Michael Scofield Prison Break

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Toby Cavanaugh is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
MarissaBlackie added Toby Cavanaugh Pretty Little Liars

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Raylan Givens is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Raylan Givens Justified