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 (949)

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

    Comment by eewa – April 8, 2012 07:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Derek Wills from Smash

    Comment by Domenica – April 8, 2012 07:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damon Salvatore the vampire Diariees

    Comment by Nia – April 8, 2012 07:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Vampire Diaries – Damon Salvatore – Ian Somerhalder

    Comment by Kate – April 8, 2012 09:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Deena – April 8, 2012 09:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ian somerhalder all the wayyy !!! Ian somerhalder <3

    Comment by amal – April 8, 2012 09:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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;-)

    Comment by Gail – April 8, 2012 01:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy
    Logan from Veronica Mars
    Sawyer from LOST

    Comment by JR – April 8, 2012 01:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dean Winchester – Supernatural
    Eliot Spencer – Leverage
    Raylan Givens – Justified

    Comment by Candy Maize (@CandyMaize) – April 8, 2012 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer – Leverage
    Daryl Dixon – Walking Dead (not sure he counts as a Bad Boy, but he’s a bit rough at least lol)

    Comment by Juliette – April 8, 2012 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Bev Zimmerman (@BevZimmerman01) – April 8, 2012 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Alastair, Head torturing demon from Hell (Christopher Heyerdahl) on Supernatural.

    Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) on Leverage

    Comment by Babette St. James (@Babette_LeMoyne) – April 8, 2012 03:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely Eliot Spencer played by Christian Kane on TNT’s Leverage. You absolutely do not want to cross him.

    Comment by Jeannean – April 8, 2012 03:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I want to add Lindsay (also played by Christian Kane) in Angel.

      Comment by Jeannean – April 8, 2012 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spenser-Leverage

    Comment by Sandy Tonne – April 8, 2012 03:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by wkc – April 8, 2012 03:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Kate – April 8, 2012 03:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Elliot Spencer – Leverage.

    Comment by Karen – April 8, 2012 03:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer on Leverage

    Comment by Patti – April 8, 2012 03:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Christian Kane – Eliot Spencer all the way!!!

    Comment by Diana – April 8, 2012 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer as played by Christian Kane on Leverage, TNT.

    Comment by Teresa – April 8, 2012 04:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Christian Kane as Eliot Spencer on Leverage!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Sheri Barker – April 8, 2012 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Christian Kane playing Eliot Spencer on Leverage and Lindsey on Angel

    Comment by jess – April 8, 2012 04:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer played by Christian Kane (TNT~LEVERAGE)
    Lindsey MacDonald played by Christian Kane (ANGEL)

    Comment by Pam – April 8, 2012 04:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot on Leverage!! He is one tough bad ass!!

    Comment by Laurie Starke – April 8, 2012 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Leverage’s Eliot Spencer Aka Christian Kane!

    Comment by Heather Clemow – April 8, 2012 04:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spener-Leverage is the ultiment Bad Guy with out a doubt ;)

    Comment by Cindy Eggleston – April 8, 2012 04:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CHRISTIAN KANE — the best bad guy ever— on tv that is..lol
    ELIOT SPENCER — LEVERAGE &
    LINDSEY — ANGEL

    Comment by mentdijinn – April 8, 2012 04:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.)

    Comment by Afton – April 8, 2012 04:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I vote for Christian Kane, either as Lindsey on Angel or as Eliot on Leverage. He is definitely a bad ass in my book!

    Comment by Susie – April 8, 2012 05:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer from the hit TV show Leverage (TNT) played by the one and only bad boy, Christian Kane!!!

    Comment by Kacee – April 8, 2012 05:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ELIOT SPENCER..:LEVERAGE..BAD ASS…SUPER COOL…DUCT TAPE KING..SOOO SEXY TOO

    Comment by denbie williams – April 8, 2012 05:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) – the best bad boy there is!

    Comment by Dee – April 8, 2012 05:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mr Punchy aka Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) of Leverage – no contest!

    Comment by Diana Brimson – April 8, 2012 05:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer played by Christian Kane

    Comment by Judith – April 8, 2012 05:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer of Leverage played by multi talented Christian Kane.

    Comment by Donna – April 8, 2012 06:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish I could also nominate Shane from The L Word. Technically she’s a woman, but man she was a serious bad azz.

    Comment by the girl – April 8, 2012 06:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer… hands down… he’d wipe the floor with anybody else on the list. And he is SEXY as hell while doing it!

    Comment by Erin – April 8, 2012 06:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have to say my all time favorite bad boy is: Leverage’s Eliot Spencer!! Now really…..is there anyone badder????? ;)

    Comment by Rita Lickert-Melani – April 8, 2012 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • while eliot spencer definitely tops the list, we should not forget the other leverage bad boys: alec hardison, nate ford, james sterling, and cha0s

    Comment by J. Bixby (@jadecoyote) – April 8, 2012 07:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike from BTVS of course

    Comment by Sarah – April 8, 2012 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by nsane4kane – April 8, 2012 07:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yeah Eliot Spencer -Leverage all time baddie

    Comment by Cindy Eggleston – April 8, 2012 08:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer ~ Leverage

    Comment by Trapper Creek Daughter – April 8, 2012 08:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer has to be the baddest, sexiest and most charming as well.

    Comment by Natasha – April 8, 2012 09:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer – leverage
    Spike- Buffy
    Sam Hanna – NCIS LA

    Comment by Stacey M – April 8, 2012 09:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Jess – April 8, 2012 10:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eric Northman – True Blood
    Tim Riggins – Friday Night Lights
    Klaus Mikaelson – Vampire Diaries
    Jake Armstrong – Secrest Circle
    Dean Winchester – Supernatural
    Sawyer – Lost
    Sylar – Heroes

    Comment by Anna Mauger (@anniestweeets) – April 8, 2012 11:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer aka Christian Kane from Leverage for sure!

    Comment by Brittany – April 8, 2012 11:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Christian Kane (Eliot Spencer from Leverage) should be at the top of this list. He is VERY bad!!

    Comment by Michelle – April 9, 2012 04:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Eliot Spencer” on “Leverage” played by Christian Kane. Bad boy, tough and sexy!

    Comment by Kristin Wold – April 9, 2012 04:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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