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)

  • SAWYER from lost….
    sawyer sawyer sawyer

    Comment by libby – April 10, 2012 05:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Elitot Spencer from Leverage.

    Comment by Lori Lamb – April 11, 2012 06:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer from Leverage
    Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead

    Comment by Sara – April 11, 2012 06:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ofcourse DAMON SALVATORE (IAN SOMERHALDER) <3<3<3

    Comment by Team DAMON – April 11, 2012 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer – Leverage
    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Damon Salvator – Vampire Diaries.

    Comment by Linda Thehappybuddha Noel – April 11, 2012 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer – Leverage
    Lindsey McDonald – Angel

    Comment by June – April 11, 2012 02:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely Christian Kane as Eliot on TNT’s Leverage. Best ‘Bad Boy’ on TV, and funny as well! Great character development!

    Comment by Virginia Young – April 11, 2012 02:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely Christian Kane as Eliot on TNT’s Leverage–best ‘Bad Boy on TV and very funny as well! Great character development!

    Comment by Virginia Young – April 11, 2012 02:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For sure Logan Echolls and Jess Mariano (my two fave bad boys of the past…)

    Comment by Nk200 – April 11, 2012 08:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer from Leverage!!!

    Comment by Deb – April 12, 2012 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer-Leverage

    Comment by Ludmila Lajda Vodičková – April 13, 2012 09:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer on Leverage! Christian Kane is the best tv badass!

    Comment by Carolyn Winkler – April 14, 2012 12:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sark – Alias
    Eric – True Blood
    Logan – Veronica Mars
    Neal – White Collar
    Damon, Elijah, and Klaus – The Vampire Diaries
    Elliot – Leverage
    Chuck – Gossip Girl
    Jess and Logan – Gilmore Girls
    Sylar – Heroes
    Cole – Charmed

    Comment by Susan – April 15, 2012 05:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brian Kinney!

    Comment by Amy – April 15, 2012 06:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My idea of a “dangerous hero” is definately Dean Winchester. I also nominate Spike, Damon and Cole.

    Comment by Mya – April 16, 2012 10:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dylan McKay – Beverly Hills 90210
    Nathan Scott – One Tree Hill
    Puck – Glee
    Dean Winchester – Supernatural

    Comment by sara1234 – April 16, 2012 11:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just throwing a few out here they may not have been mentioned.

    Kipp from Less Than Perfect
    Daniel Shaw from Chuck
    Logan from Gilmore Girls
    Puck from Glee
    Barney from HIMYM (not a bad boy per se, but definitely a player back in the day)

    Comment by Liz B. – April 16, 2012 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Puck (Glee). Because “Are you questioning my badassedness?”

    Comment by Bee – April 17, 2012 06:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dean Winchester – Supernatural
    Josef Kostan – Moonlight
    Mark Sloan – Greys Anatomy
    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Sylar – Heroes
    Logan Echolls – Veronica Mars
    Lex Luthor – Smallville
    Derek Morgan – Criminal Minds(not sure if he counts but he def has the suave and the swagger)

    Comment by djkm1980 – April 19, 2012 01:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eliot Spencer HANDS down

    Comment by Candi – April 19, 2012 05:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Christian Troy- Nip/Tuck

    Comment by Severin Savage – April 19, 2012 06:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jesus- I mean Gaius Baltar from Battlestar

    Comment by jennae – April 20, 2012 05:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damon – TVD
    Klaus – TVD
    Jess – Gilmore Girls
    Riggins – FNL

    Comment by Jamie – April 25, 2012 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eric Cartman

    Comment by Pepper – April 25, 2012 04:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rumple! Rumple! Rumple!

    Really, is there anyone more badboy than Robert Carlyle on OUAT. Even playing two parts he’s simultaneously frightening and mesmerizing. Definitely my favorite baddie.

    Comment by Josie – April 26, 2012 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • EJ from Days of our Lives, Eliot Spencer from Leverage, Agel from Buffy and Angel, Greg Summers from Knot’s landing.

    Comment by Gee – April 28, 2012 03:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tony Soprano. it doesn’t get more bad ass than a mob boss…

    Comment by PJ – May 2, 2012 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Logan Echolls- Veronica Mars
    Jess Mariano- Gilmore Girls

    Comment by kimmy – May 3, 2012 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My more unusual choices:
    Profit –from Profit
    Francis Urqurhart –from House of Cards/To Play the King
    Hyde –from That 70s Show

    And in the, they don’t need my nomination, but I couldn’t not vote for them:
    Logan Echolls -Veronica Mars
    Pacey Whitter –Dawson’s Creek
    Angelus –BtVS
    Lex –Smallville

    Comment by jonstewart4president – May 4, 2012 06:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Did this ever get launched? I wanted to do this bracket.

    Comment by Amy – May 30, 2012 07:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Mad Men and Jon Hamm, but I honestly think Don Drapper is such and ass hole.

    Comment by Adriana – June 25, 2012 09:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dean Winchester (Supernatural). Jamie Lannister (Game of Thrones). James “Sawyer” Ford (LOST). Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars). Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Pacey Witter (Dawson’s Creek). Dylan McKay (Beverly Hills, 90210). Daniel Desario (Freaks and Geeks). Tim Riggins (Friday Night Lights). Liam Court (90210). Noah “”Puck” Puckerman (Glee). Wade Kinsella (Hart of Dixie). Steven Hyde (That 70′s Show).

    Comment by Ella – June 25, 2012 11:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brian Kinney (queer as folk)

    Comment by Ẹ.J.Maudit (@CannellaGirl) – September 25, 2012 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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