TV Bad Boys: Who's Your All-Time Favorite?

damon salvatore don draper mr bigMarch Madness is over, with Kentucky taking home the 2012 NCAA Tournament crown. (Whew, writing about sports is exhausting!) But if the end of the college basketball season has you in a funk — or even if it doesn’t — we’ve got good news: TVLine is getting ready to launch TV’s All-Time Best Bad Boys Bracket Tourney. But first, we need your help deciding which players should make the cut.

I’ll get things started by nominating The Vampire Diaries‘ Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), who’s irresistable even when he’s being evil, along with Mad Men‘s Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Sex and the City‘s Mr. Big (Chris Noth), two gentlemen who won’t ever be poster boys for emotional availability, and yet make up for it in terms of confidence, aesthetics, and general suaveness.

And with that, I turn it over to you. Who are your favorite TV bad boys — from shows past and present? Feel free to nominate dangerous heroes and virile villains, as well as guys so awful you can’t help but cheer ’em on. Start the nominating process in the comments; we’ll read every last one, then curate a tournament field that’s bad to the bone!

And to keep abreast of when the bracket launches and how it plays out, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. glen says:

    JR Ewing

  2. Heather says:

    Logan Echolls from Veronica Mars…the show that came to an end too early :(

  3. Schmidt from New Girl :P
    And I echo Logan from Veronica Mars
    And Dexter of course <3

  4. Sian says:

    Klaus – The Vampire Diaries.

  5. alr says:

    Definitely SOA’s Jax Teller!

  6. Jen says:

    My So Called Life’s Jordan Catalano!

  7. Annie says:

    Chuck Bass

    • I Heart Chuck Bass (and Damon Salvatore) says:

      Yes! I was just about to post this. Chuck and Damon are my two fave bad boys. Also, Logan from Veronica Mars needs to be in this, as do Spike and Angel from Buffy.

    • Liz says:

      U back up Chuck, And add my Nomination for Castiel( Supernatural), Jackson (Teen Wolf) and of course one of my faves Barney Stinson!!

    • Camy says:


  8. Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones the ultimate bad boy as well as the sexiest

  9. Sharan says:

    Damon ofcourse !

  10. Brian Kinney from Queer As Folk!

  11. vampblood says:

    Noah “HRG” Bennet – Heroes

  12. Petra says:

    Jess Mariano!

  13. Jaime says:

    Defintely Logan Echolls. Tony from NCIS too.

    • Mcat says:

      How is Tony a “bad boy”?

    • Saint Alicia says:

      Tony doesn’t really fit, but I’d suggest Ari. Dude was sexy as hell!
      Ari Haswari – NCIS
      Jaime Lannister – Game of Thrones
      Lord Baelish “Littlefinger” – Game of Thrones
      Raylan Givens – Justified
      Tommy Gavin – Rescue Me
      Julian Sark – Alias

  14. lori says:

    Sawyer…sawyer…sawyer…LOST’s ultimate lost soul.

  15. Sean says:

    Past: Logan from “Veronica Mars” and Angelus from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”/”Angel”
    Present: Klaus from “The Vampire Diaries”

  16. max says:

    Elijah (Vampire Diaries), Sawyer (Lost), Owen Harper (Torchwood), Lex (Smallville), Lucifer (Supernatural), Spike (Buffy)

  17. Anon says:

    Jake and Nick from The Secret Circle!

    Damon from The Vampire Diaries.

    Logan Echolls from Veronica Mars.

  18. kat says:

    Boyd Crowder is on my list w/Damon rigjt now

  19. oddjobsmomma says:

    Vic Mackey. I mis the Shield!!

  20. Stacy says:


  21. Eva says:

    Ari Gold! :D

  22. Jen says:

    Angelus ~ Angel/Buffy

  23. Stephanie says:

    Eric Northman – TRUE BLOOD!!!!! Yummy!

  24. Amanda Leigh says:

    Since you’ve already nominated Damon….
    Sawyer from Lost.
    Gaius Baltar from Battlestar Galactica
    Jayne Cobb from Firefly

  25. Sarah says:

    Jess from Gilmore Girls.

  26. Tiffany says:

    Sawyer (Lost) And Spike (Buffy)

  27. Paige says:

    Angelus & Klaus, definitely! Damon’s not really a bad boy anymore, not at all.

  28. Sarah says:

    Spike from Buffy! And Mal from Firefly!

  29. Maggie says:

    Tim Riggins

  30. Ashley says:

    Spike from Buffy!! :)

  31. Vanessa says:

    Michael Emerson as Ben Linus!

  32. Nemi says:


  33. Jamie D says:

    Damon The Vampire Diaries.

  34. andus says:

    Sylar from Heroes.

  35. Pam says:


  36. Ksen820 says:

    Sylar – heroes

  37. jessd says:

    Tim Riggins–bad-for-you boy with a heart of gold!

  38. Meghan says:

    Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl
    Angel/Angelus from Buffy

  39. LP says:


  40. Megan says:

    The one and only ANGELUS!!

  41. Angel says:

    Sylar – Heroes
    Daniel Shaw – Chuck
    Spike – Buffy
    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Tate – American Horror Story

  42. Cindy says:

    I vote for Damon Salvatore but I also want to put a vote out there for Spike from Buffy!

  43. Susy says:

    Damon Salvatore from the vampire diaries
    Percy- Nikita
    Aidan- Being Human
    Klaus- TVD

  44. Lovely says:

    Dean Winchester!

  45. jorepe says:

    Dylan McKay — 90210 — Original Flavor

  46. AKCB says:

    Sark from Alias (that accent!) , Neil from White Collar, more to come

  47. Catherine says:

    Jax Teller – Sons of Anarchy
    Boyd Crowder – Justified

  48. Kelly says:

    Damon Salvatore (TVD), Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars), and Jordan Catalano (My So-Called Life)… I totally agree on these!

    Also, Tim Riggins (Friday Night Lights) is a bad boy too, right? He skips school every Wednesday and went to jail (even if the reason he went was perhaps as “good guy” a reason could ever be). Tim Riggins, total bad boy!

  49. Georgina says:

    Eric Northman from True Blood is a must!
    And Jamie Lannister, Chuck Bass, Klaus, they should all made the cut.

  50. tjoy78 says:

    Angelus – Buffy/Angel
    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Tyrion Lannister – Game of Thrones
    Sawyer – Lost
    Jax Teller – SOA
    Shane – The Walking Dead
    Dean Winchester – Supernatural
    Tim Riggins – FNL

    • Heather says:

      Definitely Sawyer from Lost
      Riggins from FNL
      Julian McMahon-Cole (Charmed)
      Can NPH be considered a villain from Glee? Hmm…
      Michael Rosenbaum-Smallville (I mean c’mon Lex Luthor!)
      Love me some Danny Masterson-Hyde from that 70*s show. I know I’m a freak! LOL