Fictional 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.

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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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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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1,221 1,570
James

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

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

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

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

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Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

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

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Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Captain Hook Once Upon a Time

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

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1,165 1,107
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added Eric Northman True Blood

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Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dylan McKay Beverly Hills 90210

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

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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

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

The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV

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Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Mr. Gold Once Upon a Time

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1,147 1,226
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Chuck Bass Gossip Girl

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Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Shawn Hunter Boy Meets World

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Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Pacey Witter Dawson's Creek

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Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Jess Mariano Gilmore Girls

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Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Steven Hyde That '70s Show

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Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Derek Hale Teen Wolf

The 36 Best TV Wedding Dresses in the History of Television

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Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Elijah Mikaelson The Vampire Diaries

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Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z

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Don Draper is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Don Draper Mad Men

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Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Jack Harkness Doctor Who, Torchwood

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Cole Turner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Cole Turner

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Caleb Rivers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Caleb Rivers Pretty Little Liars

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Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Ryan Atwood The O.C.

The Most Annoying Cartoon Characters of All Time

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Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
John "Mr. Big" Preston Sex and the City

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Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Lex Luthor Smallville

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

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Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Bill Compton True Blood

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

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Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

The Best Seasons of Better Call Saul

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J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 43 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) 44 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) 45 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Bender Futurama

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

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Toby Cavanaugh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
MarissaBlackie added Toby Cavanaugh Pretty Little Liars

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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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Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Zachary 'Zack' Morris Saved by the Bell

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Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men