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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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1,670 2,115
Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Damon Salvatore The Vampire Diaries

3
1,080 1,210
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
1,866 1,312
Spike is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

5
938 1,297
Crowley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Crowley Supernatural

6
1,078 1,365
James

7
1,786 1,187
Daryl Dixon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ServeTheServants added Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead

8
697 716
Niklaus Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Klaus Mikaelson The Vampire Diaries

9
1,000 935
Eric Northman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
jenn117 added Eric Northman True Blood

10
789 534
Khal Drogo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Khal Drogo Game of Thrones

11
915 711
Captain Hook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Captain Hook Once Upon a Time

12
718 1,353
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Dylan McKay Beverly Hills 90210

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1,346 1,228
Jax Teller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
ejlinehan added Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy

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669 829
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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494 812
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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488 807
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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603 607
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

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571 351
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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488 369
Dexter Morgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Dexter Morgan Dexter

21
473 517
Professor Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
JaidenDalBello added Professor Moriarty Sherlock

22
956 1,108
Chuck Bass is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Chuck Bass Gossip Girl

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603 510
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother

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749 548
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Jess Mariano Gilmore Girls

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313 326
Elijah Mikaelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Elijah Mikaelson The Vampire Diaries

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343 640
Don Draper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Don Draper Mad Men

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635 465
Vegeta is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Vegeta Dragon Ball Z

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475 446
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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402 486
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Shawn Hunter Boy Meets World

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467 580
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Pacey Witter Dawson's Creek

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414 301
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Booksflavia added Steven Hyde That '70s Show

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656 724
Lex Luthor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
wiabux added Lex Luthor Smallville

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456 493
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Ryan Atwood The O.C.

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217 266
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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406 337
Caleb Rivers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
PurpleRoses16 added Caleb Rivers Pretty Little Liars

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182 503
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Bill Compton True Blood

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180 378
Theodore
Beau Iverson added Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell Prison Break

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198 628
Mr. Big is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
John "Mr. Big" Preston Sex and the City

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345 465
Jack Harkness is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
acrosstheflame added Jack Harkness Doctor Who, Torchwood

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429 478
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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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
teddybear1029 added Walter White Breaking Bad

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

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Bender is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Bender Futurama

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245 355
Daniel Desario is listed (or ranked) 44 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) 45 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Opie Winston Sons of Anarchy

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228 133
Kahl Drogo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Kahl Drogo

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204 367
Charlie Harper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
Charlie Harper Two and a Half Men

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190 161
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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Toby Cavanaugh is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Bad Boys in TV History
MarissaBlackie added Toby Cavanaugh Pretty Little Liars

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