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. ktbanks says:

    Jeff Winger from Community
    Alex Karev from Grey’s Anatomy
    Puck from Glee
    Barney Stinson from HIMYM

  2. Ms. Thing says:

    Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) from Nip/Tuck. Super hot and super bad!

  3. ash says:

    Ryan Atwood from the oc. ohhh ben mckenzie :) <3

  4. Dom says:

    Love the Damon nomination. Spike from Buffy. He was so evil he called himself “The Big Bad”. Eric Northman from True Blood. I’m sensing a theme here. Chuck from GG because, as much as I love Dan, Chuck is so m

  5. Josh says:

    As the first poster said, JR Ewing. Hands down, no contest.

  6. Heather says:

    Jess from Gilmore girls Ryan bad boy turned good from the oc, nick from secret circle and Barney from how I met your mother

  7. Carly says:


  8. Rae says:

    Spike from Buffy!

  9. Katie says:

    Going old school here… original 90210’s Dylan McKay

  10. Shona says:

    Ronon Dex from SGA and Angelus from Angel

  11. Mike says:

    ANGELUS!!!! No doubt.

  12. Bethany says:

    Spike Spike Spike!!!!!

  13. AJ says:

    Spike (Buffy)
    Wesley (angel – he counts right?)
    Jayne (Firefly)
    Daryl Dixon (Walking Dead)
    Hank Moody (Californication)
    Tim Riggins (Friday Night Lights)

  14. lee says:

    alex and mark from grey’s

  15. + my vote for SPIKE!!!!!! The baddest bad boy ever!

  16. Zach says:

    Sawyer – Lost
    Spike – Angel/Buffy
    CAPTAIN JACK – Torchwood/Doctor Who
    Mal – Firefly

    (But if I had to pick one I think the all caps person might give away my choice…)

  17. Ann says:

    Robert Wagner’s Alexander Munday on It Takes A Thief and James Garner’s Bret Maverick. And, really, the list is not complete without Luke Perry’s Dylan on 90210.

  18. May says:

    Angelus!….Still gives me effing chills!

  19. jay says:

    Sark – Alias

  20. Dee says:

    Tim Riggins (Friday Night Lights), Ryan Atwood (The OC), Lex Luther (Smallville), Jax Teller (Sons of Anarchy), Klaus (The Vampire Diaries)

  21. Mara says:

    Eric Northman! – True Blood

    Boyd Crowder – Justified
    Joffrey Baratheon – Game of Thrones
    Jaime Lannister – Game of Thrones
    Klaus – The Vampire Diaries

  22. Ali says:

    Jess Mariano, Gilmore girls!

    Cole, charmed!

    Wade, Hart of Dixie

  23. Josje says:

    Tim Riggins (FNL), Angelus and Spike (Buffy), Elijah Vampire Diaries. And my ultmate bad boy is Drazic from the australian tv show Heartbreak High. I was twelve and he doomed me for the rest of my life..

  24. Sarah says:

    Nathan Scott? He was such an a$$ in One Tree Hill’s early days!! But he still had me swooning!!!

    And of course, Chuck Bass, Dexter Morgan, ALEX KAREV!!

  25. James says:


  26. Ali says:

    Ryan, The OC

  27. Mandy says:

    Angelus and Spike from Buffy
    Alpha from Dollhouse

  28. gabster says:

    Logan Echolls
    Tim Riggins

  29. wrstlgirl says:

    Jax Teller – Sons of Anarchy

  30. Mrs. Sark says:

    Sark from Alias
    Eric from True Blood
    Damon from The Vampire Diaries
    Sawyer from Lost

  31. Kay says:

    Spike from BTVS & Angel. Roger LoCocco from Wiseguy. The Master from Dr. Who. Cole Turner from Charmed. Eric Northman from True Blood. Neal Caffrey from White Collar.

  32. Zeynep says:

    Daniel Shaw from Chuck.

  33. rainey13 says:

    Matthew Keller from White Collar – played with such delicious corruption by Ross McCall :-)

  34. Molly J says:

    DYLAN MCKAY! But also Spike (Buffy), Big (Sex and the City), Brian (Queer as Folk), Sawyer (LOST).

  35. trina says:

    Add my vote for Tim Riggins

  36. Julie says:

    Jess Mariano – Gilmore Girls

  37. Rocio says:

    Alexander Skarsgård’s Eric Northman from True Blood!

  38. Romy says:

    Brian Kinney from “Queer as Folk” No doubt

  39. Natalie says:

    Logan – Veronica Mars
    Elijah – Vampire Diaries
    Sawyer – Lost
    Eric – True Blood
    Cole – Charmed (don’t judge, he was kind of badass)

  40. Yuri says:

    Brian kinney! – Queer As Folk

  41. Y. says:

    Hm.. bad boys?
    Lex (Smallville), Shaw (Chuck), Angelus (Angel/Buffy)

  42. Chelsea says:

    Dexter Morgan from Dexter
    Jayne Cobb from Firefly
    John Casey from Chuck

  43. carolyn says:

    Ray Luca (Anthony Dennison) in Crime Story – evil evil evil.

  44. Kate says:

    Nathan Petrelli, Heroes
    Noah Bennett, Heroes
    Darryl, The Walking Dead
    Weevil, Veronica Mars
    Malcolm Reynolds, Firefly
    Jayne Cobb, Firefly
    Zane, Eureka
    Guy of Gisbourne, Robin Hood (BBC)
    Jeff Winger, Community

  45. Yuri says:

    Brian Kinney – Queer As Folk

  46. T says:

    Dylan – 90210
    Jess – Gilmore Girls
    Sylar – Heroes
    Brain – Queer as Folk
    Angelus – Angel
    Spike – Buffy
    Sark – Alias
    Lucifer – Supernatural

  47. BeckyJ says:

    Ben Linus – Lost
    Sylar – Heroes

  48. Kate says:

    Oh! I forgot Dexter Morgan, and The Master (John Simm) from Doctor Who.

  49. pilo says:

    T-Bag Prisonbreak
    Ari NCIS
    Pres. Logan 24
    Ansin(?) Burn Notice
    CM Punk WWE

  50. bnicole9 says:

    Jess from gilmore girls and Logan from Veronica mars