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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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1
2,133 1,573
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dean Winchester Supernatural

2
1,965 2,295
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Damon Salvatore The Vampire Diaries

3
1,260 1,415
Jamie Lannister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Jamie Lannister Game of Thrones

4
1,064 1,471
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Crowley Supernatural

5
2,010 1,474
Spike is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
1,198 1,527
James

7
933 869
Klaus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Klaus Mikaelson The Vampire Diaries

8
2,094 1,296
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead

9
1,146 807
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Captain Hook Once Upon a Time

10
788 1,481
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dylan McKay Beverly Hills 90210

11
1,550 1,319
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy

12
1,133 1,082
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added Eric Northman True Blood

13
962 670
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

14
773 920
Neal Caffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Neal Caffrey White Collar

The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

15
574 918
Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Angel Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

16
798 707
Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Jesse Pinkman Breaking Bad

17
531 919
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Fonzie Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

18
595 462
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Dexter Morgan Dexter

19
564 607
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Professor Moriarty Sherlock

20
688 451
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Tate Langdon American Horror Story

21
665 754
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Mr. Gold Once Upon a Time

The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

22
774 591
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother

23
1,099 1,207
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Chuck Bass Gossip Girl

24
907 619
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Jess Mariano Gilmore Girls

25
636 510
Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Derek Hale Teen Wolf

26
830 540
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z

27
412 435
Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Elijah Mikaelson The Vampire Diaries

28
387 710
Don Draper is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Don Draper Mad Men

The Most Dateable TV Dream Boyfriends

29
554 652
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Pacey Witter Dawson's Creek

30
471 543
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Shawn Hunter Boy Meets World

31
300 329
Cole Turner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Cole Turner

32
527 392
Caleb Rivers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Caleb Rivers Pretty Little Liars

33
504 364
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Steven Hyde That '70s Show

34
548 558
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Ryan Atwood The O.C.

35
682 818
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Lex Luthor Smallville

The Funniest Female TV Characters

36
218 436
Theodore
Beau Iverson added Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell Prison Break

37
213 593
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Bill Compton True Blood

38
404 500
Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Jack Harkness Doctor Who, Torchwood

39
511 518
Logan Echolls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Logan Echolls Veronica Mars

40
218 729
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
John "Mr. Big" Preston Sex and the City

41
290 398
Daniel Desario is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Daniel Desario Freaks and Geeks

42
221 493
J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
BobbyMoore added J.R. Ewing Dallas

The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

43
327 236
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

44
308 320
Bender is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Bender Futurama

45
326 361
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
teddybear1029 added Walter White Breaking Bad

46
298 179
Kahl Drogo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Kahl Drogo

47
255 195
Michael Scofield is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
HannahWallaceNZ added Michael Scofield Prison Break

48
246 423
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

49
205 236
Wade Kinsella is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Pietro Pantani added Wade Kinsella Hart of Dixie

50
291 502
Zack Morris is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Zack Morris Saved by the Bell