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. libby says:

    SAWYER from lost….
    sawyer sawyer sawyer

  2. Lori Lamb says:

    Elitot Spencer from Leverage.

  3. Sara says:

    Eliot Spencer from Leverage
    Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead

  4. Team DAMON says:


  5. Eliot Spencer – Leverage
    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Damon Salvator – Vampire Diaries.

  6. June says:

    Eliot Spencer – Leverage
    Lindsey McDonald – Angel

  7. Virginia Young says:

    Definitely Christian Kane as Eliot on TNT’s Leverage. Best ‘Bad Boy’ on TV, and funny as well! Great character development!

  8. Virginia Young says:

    Definitely Christian Kane as Eliot on TNT’s Leverage–best ‘Bad Boy on TV and very funny as well! Great character development!

  9. Nk200 says:

    For sure Logan Echolls and Jess Mariano (my two fave bad boys of the past…)

  10. Deb says:

    Eliot Spencer from Leverage!!!

  11. Carolyn Winkler says:

    Eliot Spencer on Leverage! Christian Kane is the best tv badass!

  12. Susan says:

    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

  13. Amy says:

    Brian Kinney!

  14. Mya says:

    My idea of a “dangerous hero” is definately Dean Winchester. I also nominate Spike, Damon and Cole.

  15. sara1234 says:

    Dylan McKay – Beverly Hills 90210
    Nathan Scott – One Tree Hill
    Puck – Glee
    Dean Winchester – Supernatural

  16. Liz B. says:

    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)

  17. Bee says:

    Puck (Glee). Because “Are you questioning my badassedness?”

  18. djkm1980 says:

    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)

  19. Candi says:

    Eliot Spencer HANDS down

  20. Severin Savage says:

    Christian Troy- Nip/Tuck

  21. jennae says:

    Jesus- I mean Gaius Baltar from Battlestar

  22. Jamie says:

    Damon – TVD
    Klaus – TVD
    Jess – Gilmore Girls
    Riggins – FNL

  23. Pepper says:

    Eric Cartman

  24. Josie says:

    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.

  25. Gee says:

    EJ from Days of our Lives, Eliot Spencer from Leverage, Agel from Buffy and Angel, Greg Summers from Knot’s landing.

  26. PJ says:

    Tony Soprano. it doesn’t get more bad ass than a mob boss…

  27. kimmy says:

    Logan Echolls- Veronica Mars
    Jess Mariano- Gilmore Girls

  28. jonstewart4president says:

    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

  29. Amy says:

    Did this ever get launched? I wanted to do this bracket.

  30. Adriana says:

    I love Mad Men and Jon Hamm, but I honestly think Don Drapper is such and ass hole.

  31. Ella says:

    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).