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.

1
2,306 1,677
Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Supernatural

2
2,210 2,360
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

3
1,260 1,618
James

4
1,322 1,507
Jaime Lannister is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Game of Thrones

5
1,120 1,554
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Supernatural

6
2,109 1,527
Spike is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7
1,131 932
Niklaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

8
1,310 845
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Once Upon a Time

9
2,222 1,345
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added The Walking Dead

10
1,039 742
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Game of Thrones

11
1,656 1,355
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Sons of Anarchy

12
1,207 1,126
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added True Blood

13
823 1,541
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Beverly Hills 90210

14
830 964
Neal Caffrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
White Collar

15
611 989
Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

16
882 749
Jesse Pinkman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Breaking Bad

17
545 995
Fonzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi

18
863 654
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
How I Met Your Mother

19
775 488
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
American Horror Story

20
1,222 1,241
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Gossip Girl

21
600 657
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Sherlock

22
636 509
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Dexter

23
705 820
Mr. Gold is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Once Upon a Time

24
519 586
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Boy Meets World

25
605 700
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dawson's Creek

26
755 543
Derek Hale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
SlashLover added Teen Wolf

27
1,020 658
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Gilmore Girls

28
560 396
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added That '70s Show

29
499 484
Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The Vampire Diaries

30
858 595
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dragon Ball Z

31
634 424
Caleb Rivers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Pretty Little Liars

32
406 767
Don Draper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Mad Men

33
347 362
Cole Turner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added

34
612 590
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
The O.C.

35
436 537
Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Doctor Who, Torchwood

36
233 787
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Sex and the City

37
701 866
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Smallville

38
565 546
Logan Echolls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Veronica Mars

39
238 485
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Beau Iverson added Prison Break

40
225 647
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
True Blood

41
328 425
Daniel Desario is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Freaks and Geeks

42
226 523
J.R. Ewing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
BobbyMoore added Dallas

43
344 266
Opie Winston is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Sons of Anarchy

44
321 352
Bender is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Futurama

45
345 400
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
teddybear1029 added Breaking Bad

46
293 213
Michael Scofield is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
HannahWallaceNZ added Prison Break

47
339 206
Kahl Drogo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Kahl Drogo

48
399 352
Toby Cavanaugh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
MarissaBlackie added Pretty Little Liars

49
313 533
Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Saved by the Bell

50
259 467
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Two and a Half Men