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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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1,980 1,471
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dean Winchester Supernatural

2
1,795 2,204
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Damon Salvatore The Vampire Diaries

3
1,160 1,286
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
1,007 1,367
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Crowley Supernatural

5
1,939 1,385
Spike is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

6
1,140 1,436
James

7
809 783
Klaus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Klaus Mikaelson The Vampire Diaries

8
1,941 1,230
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
1,071 981
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added Eric Northman True Blood

10
870 580
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

11
1,003 757
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Captain Hook Once Upon a Time

12
749 1,407
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dylan McKay Beverly Hills 90210

13
1,441 1,269
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy

14
721 868
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
529 858
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
710 656
Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Jesse Pinkman Breaking Bad

17
506 859
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Fonzie Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

18
632 661
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

19
552 407
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Dexter Morgan Dexter

20
622 396
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Tate Langdon American Horror Story

21
514 559
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Professor Moriarty Sherlock

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

22
684 544
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
1,015 1,153
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Chuck Bass Gossip Girl

24
813 578
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Jess Mariano Gilmore Girls

25
358 366
Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Elijah Mikaelson The Vampire Diaries

26
707 499
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z

27
535 476
Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Derek Hale Teen Wolf

28
364 675
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
433 515
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Shawn Hunter Boy Meets World

30
493 614
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Pacey Witter Dawson's Creek

31
451 335
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Steven Hyde That '70s Show

32
488 528
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Ryan Atwood The O.C.

33
245 301
Cole Turner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Cole Turner

34
450 366
Caleb Rivers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Caleb Rivers Pretty Little Liars

35
669 768
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Lex Luthor Smallville

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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202 404
Theodore
Beau Iverson added Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell Prison Break

37
195 535
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Bill Compton True Blood

38
372 482
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
208 667
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
John "Mr. Big" Preston Sex and the City

40
457 498
Logan Echolls is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Logan Echolls Veronica Mars

41
298 302
Bender is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Bender Futurama

42
307 325
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
teddybear1029 added Walter White Breaking Bad

The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

43
208 470
J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
BobbyMoore added J.R. Ewing Dallas

44
305 219
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

45
259 378
Daniel Desario is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Daniel Desario Freaks and Geeks

46
258 151
Kahl Drogo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Kahl Drogo

47
226 177
Michael Scofield is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
HannahWallaceNZ added Michael Scofield Prison Break

48
225 393
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
342 279
Toby Cavanaugh is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
MarissaBlackie added Toby Cavanaugh Pretty Little Liars

50
279 465
Raylan Givens is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Raylan Givens Justified