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. eewa says:

    Damon Salvatore’s in the first place, and the second best is Klaus Mikaelson (TVD) , the third is Dean Winchester (SPN).

  2. Domenica says:

    Derek Wills from Smash

  3. Nia says:

    Damon Salvatore the vampire Diariees

  4. Kate says:

    The Vampire Diaries – Damon Salvatore – Ian Somerhalder

  5. Deena says:

    I would like to go seriously old school and nominate Bo and Luke Duke (especially John Schneider). They’ve been in trouble with the law since the day they were born!

  6. amal says:

    Ian somerhalder all the wayyy !!! Ian somerhalder <3

  7. Gail says:

    1. Lex Luthor – Smallville
    2. Sark – Alias
    3. Cole Turner – charmed
    4. Daryl Dixin- The Walking Dead
    5. Lindsay – Angel

    These guys needed some more mention;-)

  8. JR says:

    Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy
    Logan from Veronica Mars
    Sawyer from LOST

  9. Dean Winchester – Supernatural
    Eliot Spencer – Leverage
    Raylan Givens – Justified

  10. Juliette says:

    Eliot Spencer – Leverage
    Daryl Dixon – Walking Dead (not sure he counts as a Bad Boy, but he’s a bit rough at least lol)

  11. That’s easy, Christian Kane aka ‘Eliot Spencer’ on TNT’s Leverage. He not only plays the character, he also does his own stunts and is the stunt coordinator for the show. With his good looks, fist fighting, numerous ways of hitting by using various objects (bats, duct tape, construction hats, etc.), use of knives and best of all he knows how to OPEN A CAN OF WHOOP ASS!

  12. Alastair, Head torturing demon from Hell (Christopher Heyerdahl) on Supernatural.

    Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) on Leverage

  13. Jeannean says:

    Definitely Eliot Spencer played by Christian Kane on TNT’s Leverage. You absolutely do not want to cross him.

  14. Sandy Tonne says:

    Eliot Spenser-Leverage

  15. wkc says:

    Eliot Spencer – Leverage
    Damon Salvatore – Vampire Diaries
    Spike – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Ba’al – Stargate SG-1

    There are just so many but the #1 Bad Boy to me is Eliot Spencer.

  16. Kate says:

    Not exactly a “bad” boy but definitely a favorite bad-a**: Capt. Lincoln Lee. Snarky and swaggering to the point of arrogance on the outside, loyal and sweet on the inside. And let’s face it he could use some love after this week.
    Also, Damon (duh) and Jess from Gilmore Girls.

  17. Karen says:

    Elliot Spencer – Leverage.

  18. Patti says:

    Eliot Spencer on Leverage

  19. Diana says:

    Christian Kane – Eliot Spencer all the way!!!

  20. Teresa says:

    Eliot Spencer as played by Christian Kane on Leverage, TNT.

  21. Sheri Barker says:

    Christian Kane as Eliot Spencer on Leverage!!!!!!!!

  22. jess says:

    Christian Kane playing Eliot Spencer on Leverage and Lindsey on Angel

  23. Pam says:

    Eliot Spencer played by Christian Kane (TNT~LEVERAGE)
    Lindsey MacDonald played by Christian Kane (ANGEL)

  24. Eliot on Leverage!! He is one tough bad ass!!

  25. Heather Clemow says:

    Leverage’s Eliot Spencer Aka Christian Kane!

  26. Eliot Spener-Leverage is the ultiment Bad Guy with out a doubt ;)

  27. mentdijinn says:

    CHRISTIAN KANE — the best bad guy ever— on tv that is..lol
    ELIOT SPENCER — LEVERAGE &
    LINDSEY — ANGEL

  28. Afton says:

    Doug Ross (ER)
    Duke Crocker (Haven)
    Thomas Barrow (Downton Abbey)
    Sawyer (Lost)
    Eli Gold (The Good Wife)
    Klaus & Damon (The Vampire Diaries)
    Ryan Atwood (The O.C.)

  29. Susie says:

    I vote for Christian Kane, either as Lindsey on Angel or as Eliot on Leverage. He is definitely a bad ass in my book!

  30. Kacee says:

    Eliot Spencer from the hit TV show Leverage (TNT) played by the one and only bad boy, Christian Kane!!!

  31. ELIOT SPENCER..:LEVERAGE..BAD ASS…SUPER COOL…DUCT TAPE KING..SOOO SEXY TOO

  32. Dee says:

    Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) – the best bad boy there is!

  33. Mr Punchy aka Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) of Leverage – no contest!

  34. Judith says:

    Eliot Spencer played by Christian Kane

  35. Donna says:

    Eliot Spencer of Leverage played by multi talented Christian Kane.

  36. the girl says:

    I wish I could also nominate Shane from The L Word. Technically she’s a woman, but man she was a serious bad azz.

  37. Erin says:

    Eliot Spencer… hands down… he’d wipe the floor with anybody else on the list. And he is SEXY as hell while doing it!

  38. I have to say my all time favorite bad boy is: Leverage’s Eliot Spencer!! Now really…..is there anyone badder????? ;)

  39. while eliot spencer definitely tops the list, we should not forget the other leverage bad boys: alec hardison, nate ford, james sterling, and cha0s

  40. Sarah says:

    Spike from BTVS of course

  41. nsane4kane says:

    Christian Kane as “Eliot Spencer” on “Leverage” is definitely the best bad boy on TV! He’s a remarkable actor, a bad-a$$ fighter and is incredibly handsome.

  42. yeah Eliot Spencer -Leverage all time baddie

  43. Natasha says:

    Eliot Spencer has to be the baddest, sexiest and most charming as well.

  44. Stacey M says:

    Eliot Spencer – leverage
    Spike- Buffy
    Sam Hanna – NCIS LA

  45. Jess says:

    No love for Stabler (Chris Meloni) from SVU? I know he left the show, but he’s still a great bad-ass in my book.

  46. Eric Northman – True Blood
    Tim Riggins – Friday Night Lights
    Klaus Mikaelson – Vampire Diaries
    Jake Armstrong – Secrest Circle
    Dean Winchester – Supernatural
    Sawyer – Lost
    Sylar – Heroes

  47. Brittany says:

    Eliot Spencer aka Christian Kane from Leverage for sure!

  48. Michelle says:

    Christian Kane (Eliot Spencer from Leverage) should be at the top of this list. He is VERY bad!!

  49. Kristin Wold says:

    “Eliot Spencer” on “Leverage” played by Christian Kane. Bad boy, tough and sexy!

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