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The Greatest Bad Boys In TV History

Updated September 21, 2021 111.1k votes 12.8k voters 143.9k views100 items

List RulesBad 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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    Klaus Mikaelson

    The Vampire Diaries
    2,435
    1,100

    ActorJoseph Morgan

  • 2

    Damon Salvatore

    The Vampire Diaries
    3,362
    1,976

    ActorIan Somerhalder

  • 3

    Dean Winchester

    Supernatural
    2,706
    1,659

    ActorJensen Ackles

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    Derek Hale

    Teen Wolf
    1,294
    711

    ActorTyler Hoechlin

  • 5

    Tate Langdon

    American Horror Story
    1,250
    709

    ActorEvan Peters

  • 6
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    Daryl Dixon

    The Walking Dead
    2,271
    1,424

    ActorNorman Reedus

  • 7

    Captain Hook

    Once Upon a Time
    1,809
    1,097

    ActorColin O'Donoghue

  • 8

    Jess Mariano

    Gilmore Girls
    1,522
    780

    ActorMilo Ventimiglia

  • 9
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    Jax Teller

    Sons of Anarchy
    1,858
    1,231

    ActorCharlie Hunnam

  • 10

    Elijah Mikaelson

    The Vampire Diaries
    1,116
    729

    ActorDaniel Gillies

  • 11

    Spike

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    1,995
    1,475

    ActorJames Marsters

  • 12

    Chuck Bass

    Gossip Girl
    1,812
    1,120

    ActorEd Westwick

  • 13

    Khal Drogo

    Game of Thrones
    1,292
    986

    ActorJason Momoa

  • 14
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    Michael Scofield

    Prison Break
    638
    368

    ActorWentworth Miller

  • 15
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    Steven Hyde

    That '70s Show
    861
    616

    ActorDanny Masterson

  • 16
    ejlinehan added

    Jesse Pinkman

    Breaking Bad
    1,184
    906

    ActorAaron Paul

  • 17

    Barney Stinson

    How I Met Your Mother
    1,141
    881

    ActorNeil Patrick Harris

  • 18
    PurpleRoses16 added

    Caleb Rivers

    Pretty Little Liars
    943
    616

    ActorTyler Blackburn

  • 19
    ChloeSkywalker added

    Kol Mikaelson

    The Vampire Diaries
    409
    161

    ActorNathaniel Buzolic

  • 20
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    Enzo

    The Vampire Diaries
    538
    248

    ActorMichael Malarkey

  • 21
    jenn117 added

    Eric Northman

    True Blood
    1,224
    1,044

    ActorAlexander Skarsgård

  • 22

    Opie Winston

    Sons of Anarchy
    450
    381

    ActorRyan Hurst

  • 23
    Booksflavia added

    Dexter Morgan

    Dexter
    763
    621

    ActorMichael C. Hall

  • 24
    Casey Nicole added

    Negan

    The Walking Dead
    208
    81

    ActorJeffrey Dean Morgan

  • 25
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    Sandor Clegane

    Game of Thrones
    342
    255

    ActorRory McCann