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!

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949 Comments
  1. caddyshack says:

    Michael Mancini – Melrose Place
    Cole Turner/ Belthazor – Charmed
    Dr. Dave Malucci – ER

    Eh, what can I say? I’m more into the old school baddies.

  2. Dummy says:

    Mr Burns from the Simpsons!!

  3. Kerrie says:

    Damon & Klaus from Vampire Diaries
    Angelus & Spike from Buffy/Angel
    Lex Luthor from Smallville
    Eric Northman from True Blood
    Sawyer from Lost

    I never considered him a bad boy but some did so i’ll add

    Ryan Atwood from The O.C

  4. joxroc says:

    Hawk from Spenser for Hire

  5. Megan says:

    I know most (if not all) have been said but I have to nominate:
    Angelus – Buffy/Angel
    Spike – Buffy/Angel
    Lindsay – Angel
    Cole – Charmed
    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Mr Big – Sex & The City
    Puck – Glee
    House – House
    Eliot – Leverage

  6. Sarah El says:

    * Gaius Baltar – Battlestar Galactica
    * Colin Sweeney – The Good Wife
    * Jess – Gilmore Girls
    * Stringer Bell – The Wire
    * Omar Little – The Wire

  7. Cubengeorge says:

    Hmmm . . .

    Spike and Angelus – Angel/Buffy
    Malcolm Reynolds – Firefly
    Jack – Torchwood
    Cole – Charmed
    Alpha – Dollhouse
    Sark – Alias
    Eric Northman – True Blood

  8. Samantha F says:

    josh holloway as sawyer on LOST
    alexander skarsgard as eric northman on true blood
    taylor kitsch as tim riggins on friday night lights
    idris elba as stringer bell on the wire

    that is all.

  9. Klaudia says:

    Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) ! xo

  10. KGB says:

    OMAR. Or I suppose Stringer Bell

  11. chistosa says:

    Daniel Shaw from Chuck
    Anna from V

  12. Ariel says:

    Christian Troy – nip tuck
    (why can’t I say Chris meloni from true blood yet?? Not fair)
    Chris meloni – Oz
    Alex karev – Greys anatomy
    Jesse Pink man- breaking bad
    Walter white – breaking bad
    Chris potter as the son – Kung fu: the legend continues
    Brody (Damian Lewis) – Homeland
    Holder – the killing

  13. Li says:

    Here’s my list:
    Sawyer (Lost)
    Mark Sloan (Grey’s Anatomy)
    Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother)
    Jeff Winger (Community)
    Jess (Gilmore Girls)
    Reese (Person of Interest)
    Puck (Glee)
    Janye (Firefly)

  14. Li says:

    forgot….Gob Bluth (Arrested Development), Alex Karev (Grey’s Anatomy)

  15. the real wendy says:

    Wow. I am so old. Michael from Melrose Place.

  16. thapierre says:

    what about these:
    Jack Bauer (24)
    Cole Turner (Charmed)
    Zankou (Charmed)
    Tom Zarek (Battlestar Galactica)
    Michael Scofield (Prisonbreak)
    Lincoln Burrows (Prisonbreak)
    Kevin Volchok (the O.C.)
    Entire starring Cast (the Unit)
    Sebastian (Glee)
    Elliott Stabler (Law & Order SVU)
    Michael (Nikita)
    Elliott (Leverage)

  17. Amber says:

    I nominate Spike from Buffy, Jayne from Firefly, Dean from Supernatural, Mr Reese from Person of Interest, Syler from Heroes, Damon from the Vampire Diaries, and Sawyer from Lost

  18. Damon Salvatore and Klaus from The Vampire Diaries! They both are excellent at being bad boys!

  19. Stephanie says:

    Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars)
    Spike (Buffy)
    Riggins (FNL)
    Sawyer (Lost)

    TOP 4

  20. Damon Salvatore – Vampire Diaries

  21. Stephanie says:

    Soulless Sam and Leviathan!Cas on Supernatural

  22. rosie says:

    House – House
    Ryan O’Reilly – Oz
    Lip Gallagher – Shameless
    Jeff Winger – Community
    Spike – BtVS

  23. Sadie says:

    August from “Once Upon a Time”;
    Michael from “Roswell”;
    Puck, Bryan Ryan, Jesse St. James from “Glee”;
    Thomas from “Downton Abbey”;
    Eric from “True Blood”;
    Elliot from “Leverage”;
    Sawyer from “Lost”;
    Lex Luthor from “Smallville”
    Shane from “The Walking Dead”;
    Logan from “Veronica Mars”;
    Damon from “Vampire Diaries”;
    Sark from “ALIAS”;
    Cole from “Charmed”;
    Dylan from “90210” (original);
    Spike and Angel/Angelus from “Buffy”
    House from “House”
    Patrick Jane from “The Mentalist”
    Neil from “White Collar”

  24. Loni says:

    Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars), Sawyer (LOST), Tim Riggins (FNL), Daniel Shaw (Chuck), Creed (The Office because he’s hilarious).

  25. Hannah says:

    How has Barney Stinson from HIMYM not been mentioned yet (at least from the first page of 720 comments that I’ve read)?!

  26. darcywilson says:

    Does Red Kryptonite Clark from Smallville count?

  27. Antonio says:

    I’m gonna throw in some Southland love and add officers John Cooper and Ben Sherman. And what about Dr. Gaius Baltar?!

  28. MJ says:

    Boyd Crowder (Justified)
    Dexter Morgan (Dexter)
    Cesare Borgia (The Borgias)
    Jimmy Darmody (Boardwalk Empire)
    Sawyer (Lost)
    Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead)
    Jamie Lannister (Game of Thrones)
    Jess Mariano (Gilmore Girls)
    Julian Sark (Alias)
    Sterling Archer (Archer)
    Don Draper (Mad Men)
    Capt. Jack Harkness (Torchwood)
    Jimmy McNulty (The Wire)
    Chris Keller (Oz)
    Ryan O’Reilly (Oz)

    I think we might be having a bit of problem differentiating between bad boys, badasses and down-right villains since everyone is putting a mix of everything, or is it all the same? I’m not even sure about my own list, but well, I guess whoever does the list of nominees will sort that out.

  29. Julie says:

    Nikola Tesla – Sanctuary
    Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin – OUAT
    Gaius Baltar – Battlestar Galactica
    Zane – Eureka
    Duke – Haven

  30. Becky says:

    Paul McCrane as Robert Romano on ER – he’s the guy that gives all surgeons a bad rep as egotistical bastards. But what goes around, comes around. He had a couple of bad encounters with a helicopter, as I recall.

  31. Shana says:

    Dylan McKay-Original Beverly Hills 90210
    Sark-Alias
    Ben-Felicity
    Jake-Melrose Place
    Mark-Grey’s Anatomy

  32. Lauren says:

    Mark Sloan (Grey’s Anatomy)
    Jordan Catalano (My So-Called Life)
    Spike (Buffy)
    Angelus (Buffy/Angel)
    Dexter (Dexter)
    Jayne Cobb (Firefly)
    Christopher Chance (Human Target)
    Puck (Glee)
    Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother)

  33. ddgrace says:

    Jax- Sons of Anarchy
    Chibs- Sons of Anarchy
    Spike- Buffy
    Jess- Gilmore Girls
    Casey- Chuck
    Michael- Burn Notice
    Jordan- My So Called Life
    Chuck Bass- Gossip Girl
    Harvey- Suits
    Neal- White Collar
    Hyde- That 70s Show
    Ari- Entourage
    T-Bag- Prison Break
    Ryan- The O.C.
    Shane- Walking Dead
    Tyler- Revenge
    Crosby- Parenthood
    Dr. Cox- Scrubs
    Charlie- It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
    Wade- Hart Of Dixie
    Probably a lot more that I can’t think of.

  34. i vote for damon salvatore.he is one hot sexy bad boy!

  35. Steve Z says:

    Adrian Pasdar in Profit
    Zachary Quinto/Sylar in Heroes

  36. CMJ says:

    Spike was the original Bad Boy Vampire. From him, all other bad boy vamps followed. There is no contest.

  37. Claudia says:

    Eric Northman–true blood
    Mark Sloane–grey’s anatomy
    Sylar–heroes

  38. mike says:

    Dan Scott – One Tree Hill

  39. Lo says:

    Jayne Cobb – Firefly
    Malcolm Reynolds – Firefly
    Nolan Ross – Revenge
    Boyd Crowder – Justified
    Raylan Givens – Justified
    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Sawyer – Lost
    Lucifer – Supernatural

  40. Lo says:

    Missed one:

    Secretary of Defense Walter-nate Bishop – Fringe

  41. Arnia says:

    Barney HIMYM
    Ari NCIS
    Klaus, Damon TVD
    Karev Greys
    Doyle Criminal Minds
    Mr Gold OUAT
    Zack (counts?) Bones
    House House

  42. Arnia says:

    Michael from Nikita

  43. Meg says:

    Damon ofcourse

  44. scifirules says:

    CGB Spender (Cigarette Smoking Man)- The X-Files

    Ba’al- Stargate SG-1

    Morden- Babylon 5

  45. Lauren says:

    My suggestions are
    Captian Mal Reynolds (Firefly) and
    Peter Bishop (Fringe)

  46. sabrina says:

    Damon (TVD), Sawyer (Lost), Lex (Smallville), Clark Luthor (Smallville)

  47. Asia says:

    Damon <33!

  48. Tine says:

    Saywer (LOST)
    Damon Salvatore (TVD)
    Sark (Alias)
    Chuck Bass and Carter Baizen (GG)
    Jax Teller (Sons of Anarchy)
    Spike and Evil Angel (Buffy)
    Boyd Crowder and Raylan Givens (Justified)
    Neal Caffrey (White Collar)
    Dylan McKay

  49. kirads09 says:

    Anybody mention Malcolm McDowell yet – Bret Stiles (Mentalist) along with many other villan roles?

  50. Ange says:

    Sawyer:- Lost
    Angelus:- Buffy
    Tim Riggins:- Friday Night Lights
    Dylan McKay:- 90210 (The Original Version)
    Klaus, Damon:- The Vampire Diaries
    Eric Northman:- True Blood
    Jax Teller:- Sons Of Anarchy

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