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

2
2,112 2,334
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Damon Salvatore The Vampire Diaries

3
1,242 1,582
James

4
1,298 1,477
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Jaime Lannister Game of Thrones

5
1,101 1,532
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Crowley Supernatural

6
2,076 1,512
Spike is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7
1,050 897
Niklaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Klaus Mikaelson The Vampire Diaries

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1,010 710
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

9
2,171 1,327
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead

10
1,224 836
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Captain Hook Once Upon a Time

11
1,616 1,344
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
1,182 1,112
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added Eric Northman True Blood

13
810 1,523
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dylan McKay Beverly Hills 90210

14
813 951
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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600 955
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
841 735
Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Jesse Pinkman Breaking Bad

17
542 960
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Fonzie Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

18
815 633
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother

19
748 475
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Tate Langdon American Horror Story

20
623 494
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Dexter Morgan Dexter

21
585 640
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Professor Moriarty Sherlock

22
692 789
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

23
1,176 1,230
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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499 566
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Shawn Hunter Boy Meets World

25
571 684
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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967 643
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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541 383
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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693 538
Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Derek Hale Teen Wolf

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464 456
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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853 576
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z

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398 740
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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577 417
Caleb Rivers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Caleb Rivers Pretty Little Liars

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425 523
Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Jack Harkness Doctor Who, Torchwood

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318 349
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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575 583
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Ryan Atwood The O.C.

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229 756
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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694 844
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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234 462
Theodore
Beau Iverson added Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell Prison Break

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224 619
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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526 538
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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318 417
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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340 256
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

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224 515
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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343 382
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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317 342
Bender is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Bender Futurama

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326 192
Kahl Drogo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Kahl Drogo

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280 207
Michael Scofield is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
HannahWallaceNZ added Michael Scofield Prison Break

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386 335
Toby Cavanaugh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
MarissaBlackie added Toby Cavanaugh Pretty Little Liars

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303 523
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