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. Sue says:

    Rumplestilskin once upon a time
    Damon vampire diaries
    Ian pretty little liars
    Klaus. Vampire diaries
    Russell true blood
    Sylar heroes
    Eric true blood
    Dylan Beverly hills 90210
    Pacey Dawson’s creek
    Michael Roswell
    Ricky secret life
    Chuck gossip girl
    Noah heroes
    Colin/Ray Beverly hills 90210
    Puck glee
    Liam 90210
    Henry ringer
    Jake the secret circle
    Shane walking dead
    Daryl walking dead

    All I can think of for now

  2. Susan Bruce says:

    Christian Kane as Eliot Spencer

  3. James Stenbeck (ATWT)
    Paul Ryan (ATWT)
    Stefano Dimera (DOOL)
    EJ Dimera (DOOL)
    Anthony Zacchara (GH)
    Johnny Zacchara (GH)
    Sonny Corinthos (GH)
    Jason Morgan (GH)
    Cole Turner (Charmed)
    Dean Winchester (SPN)
    Spike (BTVS)
    Angelus (BTVS/Angel)
    Mr Big (SATC)

  4. Just 1 person comes to mind.. That would be Christian Kane ~ Eliot Spencer on Leverage!! My kind of bad boy ;)

  5. Brenda says:

    This bad boy nomination of course goes to Christian Kane’s Eliot Spencer from Leverage!!!

  6. MoxieSue says:

    Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars)
    Spike (Buffy)
    Alpha (Dollhouse)
    Sawyer (Lost)

  7. Dylan McKey – Beverly Hills, 90210
    Jayne – Firefly
    Gaius Baltar – Battlestar Galactica
    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Dexter Morgan – Dexter
    Jess Mariano – Gilmore Girls
    Spike – Buffy
    Wesley Wyndam-Price – Angel
    Lindsay McDonald – Angel
    Tyrion Lannister – Game of Thrones
    Sawyer – Lost
    Shane – The Walking Dead
    Jordan Catalano – My So Called Life
    Alpha – Dollhouse
    Gregory House – House
    Logan Echolls – Veronica Mars
    Sark – Alias
    Dean Winchester – Supernatural
    Cole Turner – Charmed

    I think this is a BIG one…

  8. Susan says:

    My vote goes to Eliot Spencer played by Christian Kane

  9. Angy says:

    Eliot Spencer- Leverage
    Dean Winchester – Supernatural

  10. Susan says:

    Leverage’s bad boy Eliot Spencer played by Christian Kane gets my vote

  11. Genevieve says:

    No question: Leverage; Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) not just bad boy, but the worst. :)
    and Spike from Buffy/Angel

  12. Jo-Ann says:

    Ari Haswari – NCIS

  13. Maria says:

    A few blasts from the past:
    Jess from Gilmore Girls
    Logan from Veronica Mars

    Victoria from Revenge
    Carlene Cockburn from GCB
    Frank from Shameless

  14. Leila says:

    Jess Mariano – Gilmore Girls and Damon Salvatore – The Vampire Diaries

  15. TCupp63 says:

    Hottest badass ever! Eliot Spencer aka Christian Kane!

  16. Logan Echolls – Veronica Mars
    Erik Northman – True Blood
    Dean Winchester – Supernatural
    Damon Salvatore – Vampire Diaries
    Klaus – Vampire Diaries
    House – House

  17. Carolyn White says:

    Eliot Spencer (played by Christian Kane) the Hitter on TNT’s “Leverage”. You can’t do bad boy better than that!

  18. January says:

    Eliot Spencer will get my vote every round, but I also have to put a vote in for Derek Morgan – Criminal Minds.

  19. Karen says:

    Clear choice has to be Elliot Spencer from Leverage, I mean the guy nearly killed someone with a stuffed mushroom once, he’s gotta be on this poll!

  20. Ute Schmitz says:

    My favorite TV bad boy? Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) / Leverage.. best Hitter on TV!!! He doesn´t like guns and he doesn´t need them. Just give him a baseball bad or a duct tape instead ;)

  21. I vote for both Eliot Spencer (Leverage) and Lindsey McDonald (Angel) both played by the awesome Christian Kane. The Bad boys Bad Boy!!!

  22. Majo Twilighter says:


  23. Laura Stanley says:

    Seeing as how “dangerous hero” qualifies as being a bad boy, I nominate Christian Kane for his work as Eliot Spencer on Leverage AND as Lindsey McDonald on Angel. Lindsey is the more traditional bad boy but with a tortured conscience, making him more sympathetic than purely evil. Eliot is the kind of man other men don’t want to mess with but the ladies sure do ;)! Thank you.

  24. Charlotte says:

    Of course yes to Damon, but also Spike, Logan Echolls, Sawyer, Sark, Jordan Catalano and Dylan McKay but how is Raylan Givens a bad guy??

    • Ashley says:

      He’s not a Bad Guy. But he is a Bad Boy in that he often works in the gray area, isn’t afraid to break the rules, crack a few skulls, and wreck a few bars.

    • Emily says:

      Raylan Givens is not evil. But it’s like Sawyer on Lost: both men’s paths could’ve just as easily led to law enforcement as they did outlaw. Both men function in a morally grey area, they just do it on different sides of the law. Lost recognized this in the flash-sideways world, and Justified does it by having Raylan face what his life could have been had he not gotten out of Harlan.

  25. AliKat7 says:

    Eliot Spencer – Leverage
    Hardison – Leverage (hey geeks can be bad boys too :P)
    Mr. Quinn – Leverage
    Sterling – Leverage
    Eric – True Blood
    Alcide – True Blood
    Priest/Caleb – Buffy
    Angeles – Buffy/Angel
    Dean Winchester – Supernatural
    Sam Winchester – Supernatural
    Sawyer – Lost

  26. meaganwick says:

    Tony Almeida – 24
    Sawyer – Lost
    Sark – Alias
    Tim Riggins – FNL
    Raylan – Justified
    Ben Mercer – Covert Affairs

  27. Daphne says:

    Ben Linus of Lost is first on my list, as well as Charles Widmore
    Mr Gold/Rumpelstinskin on Once Upon a Time
    Jack Bass from Gossip Girl
    Lex AND Lionel Luthor…

  28. Paige says:

    Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
    Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica)
    Cole Turner (Charmed)
    James Sterling (Leverage)
    Christopher Keller (Oz)
    Vern Schillinger (Oz)
    Brian Kinney (Queer as Folk)

  29. January says:

    Both of these have been mentioned, but deserve a second vote:

    Jack Bauer – 24
    Tommy Gavin – Rescue Me

  30. wPhantom says:

    Khal Drogo – Game of Thrones !
    Mr. Reese – Person of Interest
    Julian Sark – Alias

  31. Sandy Cubberley says:

    Christian Kane (Eliot on Leverage &pictures Lindsey from Angel)

    Ian Somerholder (Damon from The Vampire Diaries)

    Sawyer from Lost

  32. Ellen Zarnick says:

    Eloit Spencer on Leverage is one bad guy!

  33. Mari says:

    Logan Echolls from Veronica Mars.

  34. DiDi says:

    Christian Kane rules as Bad Boy Eliot Spencer on Leverage. He’d put the others in the dirt with one look.

  35. Amy says:

    David Anders- Sark (Alias)
    Julian McMahon-Cole (Charmed)
    Michael Rosenbaum-Lex (Smallville)
    Jonathan Groff- Jesse (Glee)
    Tyler- Revenge
    Does Cary from Good Wife count?
    We haven’t seen enough of him yet, but I think Matthew Perry is shaping up to be a great bad boy on the Good Wife.
    James Lafferty’s Nathan on One Tree Hill was a bad boy who turned good.

  36. Amy says:

    Shaw-Brandon Routh- Chuck
    Barney Stinson- NPH- HIMYM

  37. Eliot Spencer-LeverageTNT Aka Christian kane is the best TV Bad Boy

  38. M says:

    Greg House (House)
    Christopher Chance (Human Target)
    Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly)
    Jayne Cobb (Firefly)
    Alex Krycek (The X-Files)
    Cal Lightman (Lie to Me)
    Jack Bauer (24)
    Tony Almeida (24)

  39. Renea says:

    There is no question!!! Christian Kane is my only choice! Not only is he a bad ass, he is
    sexy, and man can he sing!!! He is just perfect

  40. Chrissy says:

    Tig from SOA <3
    Tate AHS
    Dean Supernatural
    Shane The Walking Dead
    Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead
    Spike BtVS
    Wade Hart of Dixie
    Tim Riggins FNL

    • AliKat7 says:

      How could I forget Tate??? Tate is a very bad boy if you consider psychotic, girlfriend’s mother raping ghosts as bad boys. Which I do very much lol

  41. reddevil93 says:

    DEREK from Smash!!! He is such a sexy bad boy ;)

  42. minjungKim says:


  43. Mallory says:

    Neal Caffrey – White Collar ;)

  44. Carolyn White says:

    Eliot Spencer – Leverage
    Spike – Buffy and Angel
    Crowley – Supernatural

  45. cyndi says:

    Definetely Eloitt Spencer from Leverage

  46. JayneHaire says:

    Dylan McKay (90210) times 1000
    Michael Mancini (Melrose Place)
    Zach Morris (Saved by the Bell)

  47. MK says:

    Adding to the votes for Sawyer, Dylan McKay (first guy I thought of), Dean Winchester, maybe even Puck, and Angel, Angel, Angel.

  48. lola says:

    damon – vampire diaries
    logan echolls – veronica mars
    tim riggins – friday night lights
    sark – alias
    chuck bass – gossip girl
    jess – gilmore girls
    spike – buffy the vampire slayer

  49. Virginia Young says:

    There are a lot of great ‘Bad Boys’ on TV, but none come close to Christian Kane as ELIOT on TNT’s fabulous show LEVERAGE! He’s absolutely incredible, and the awesome ‘Team’ just can’t be beat. Leverage is the best show to hit TV in a verrrry long time–the only show I’d never miss!

  50. Renea says:

    Once again Christian Kane is the only answer i can come up with!!! :-D