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)

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

    Comment by ktbanks – April 6, 2012 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes to Puck.

      Comment by Mary S. – April 6, 2012 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • KAREV!

      Comment by Sam – April 6, 2012 04:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was wondering if someone would mention Jeff Winger. People’s definition of a “bad boy” can vary a bit, but he’s cocky and manipulative, and I think those qualities certainly fit under the definition. So yeah. I’ll echo that nomination :D.

      Comment by Angela – April 7, 2012 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I vote for Jeff Winger and Barney Stintson

        Comment by Susan – April 15, 2012 05:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) from Nip/Tuck. Super hot and super bad!

    Comment by Ms. Thing – April 6, 2012 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seconded!

      Comment by kjess – April 6, 2012 11:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thank you! I was looking for someone to put him in there. He is the worst of the bad but I’d still go home with him!

      Throw in Cole from Charmed too since Julian McMahon is just that damn good at being bad.

      Comment by Deena – April 6, 2012 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ryan Atwood from the oc. ohhh ben mckenzie :) <3

    Comment by ash – April 6, 2012 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Dom – April 6, 2012 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • … much fun to watch. I shouldn’t do these things from my phone:)

      Comment by Dom – April 6, 2012 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As the first poster said, JR Ewing. Hands down, no contest.

    Comment by Josh – April 6, 2012 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jess from Gilmore girls Ryan bad boy turned good from the oc, nick from secret circle and Barney from how I met your mother

    Comment by Heather – April 6, 2012 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ANGELUS!

    Comment by Carly – April 6, 2012 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Of course Angelus takes this!

      Comment by Susan – April 15, 2012 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike from Buffy!

    Comment by Rae – April 6, 2012 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Going old school here… original 90210′s Dylan McKay

    Comment by Katie – April 6, 2012 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ronon Dex from SGA and Angelus from Angel

    Comment by Shona – April 6, 2012 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ANGELUS!!!! No doubt.

    Comment by Mike – April 6, 2012 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike Spike Spike!!!!!

    Comment by Bethany – April 6, 2012 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike (Buffy)
    Wesley (angel – he counts right?)
    Jayne (Firefly)
    Daryl Dixon (Walking Dead)
    Hank Moody (Californication)
    Tim Riggins (Friday Night Lights)

    Comment by AJ – April 6, 2012 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I second Jayne and, on the topic of Adam Baldwin, John Casey from Chuck.

      Comment by Liz – April 6, 2012 10:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • definitely John Casey…. Adam is a total badass no matter which character he is portraying :)

        Comment by Trish Mcglynn – April 6, 2012 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Count me as another vote for Jayne Cobb, a Bad Boy with a sense of humor!

      Comment by Helena R – April 6, 2012 11:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • alex and mark from grey’s

    Comment by lee – April 6, 2012 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • + my vote for SPIKE!!!!!! The baddest bad boy ever!

    Comment by Tammy Thompson – April 6, 2012 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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…)

    Comment by Zach – April 6, 2012 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Ann – April 6, 2012 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Angelus!….Still gives me effing chills!

    Comment by May – April 6, 2012 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sark – Alias

    Comment by jay – April 6, 2012 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tim Riggins (Friday Night Lights), Ryan Atwood (The OC), Lex Luther (Smallville), Jax Teller (Sons of Anarchy), Klaus (The Vampire Diaries)

    Comment by Dee – April 6, 2012 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eric Northman! – True Blood

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

    Comment by Mara – April 6, 2012 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jess Mariano, Gilmore girls!

    Cole, charmed!

    Wade, Hart of Dixie

    Comment by Ali – April 6, 2012 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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..

    Comment by Josje – April 6, 2012 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!!

    Comment by Sarah – April 6, 2012 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Angelus!

    Comment by James – April 6, 2012 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ryan, The OC

    Comment by Ali – April 6, 2012 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Angelus and Spike from Buffy
    Alpha from Dollhouse

    Comment by Mandy – April 6, 2012 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Logan Echolls
    Spike
    Sawyer
    Tim Riggins

    Comment by gabster – April 6, 2012 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jax Teller – Sons of Anarchy

    Comment by wrstlgirl – April 6, 2012 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sark from Alias
    Eric from True Blood
    Damon from The Vampire Diaries
    Sawyer from Lost

    Comment by Mrs. Sark – April 6, 2012 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Kay – April 6, 2012 09:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Daniel Shaw from Chuck.

    Comment by Zeynep – April 6, 2012 09:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Matthew Keller from White Collar – played with such delicious corruption by Ross McCall :-)

    Comment by rainey13 – April 6, 2012 09:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • DYLAN MCKAY! But also Spike (Buffy), Big (Sex and the City), Brian (Queer as Folk), Sawyer (LOST).

    Comment by Molly J – April 6, 2012 09:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh! And Cole (Charmed)

      Comment by Molly J – April 6, 2012 09:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Add my vote for Tim Riggins

    Comment by trina – April 6, 2012 09:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TIM RIGGINS – FNL
    Jess Mariano – Gilmore Girls

    Comment by Julie – April 6, 2012 09:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Alexander Skarsgård’s Eric Northman from True Blood!

    Comment by Rocio – April 6, 2012 09:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brian Kinney from “Queer as Folk” No doubt

    Comment by Romy – April 6, 2012 09:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Logan – Veronica Mars
    Elijah – Vampire Diaries
    Sawyer – Lost
    Eric – True Blood
    Cole – Charmed (don’t judge, he was kind of badass)

    Comment by Natalie – April 6, 2012 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brian kinney! – Queer As Folk

    Comment by Yuri – April 6, 2012 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hm.. bad boys?
    Lex (Smallville), Shaw (Chuck), Angelus (Angel/Buffy)

    Comment by Y. – April 6, 2012 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dexter Morgan from Dexter
    Jayne Cobb from Firefly
    John Casey from Chuck

    Comment by Chelsea – April 6, 2012 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ray Luca (Anthony Dennison) in Crime Story – evil evil evil.

    Comment by carolyn – April 6, 2012 09:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Kate – April 6, 2012 09:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, Zane. I love him and will be happy even if he just gets in the bracket.

      Comment by Mary S. – April 6, 2012 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Zane!

      Comment by Carrie – April 6, 2012 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YAY! love Darryl and Jayne… forgotten about Weevil but a good choice :)

      Comment by Trish Mcglynn – April 6, 2012 01:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brian Kinney – Queer As Folk

    Comment by Yuri – April 6, 2012 09:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dylan – 90210
    Jess – Gilmore Girls
    Sylar – Heroes
    Brain – Queer as Folk
    Angelus – Angel
    Spike – Buffy
    Sark – Alias
    Lucifer – Supernatural

    Comment by T – April 6, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ben Linus – Lost
    Sylar – Heroes

    Comment by BeckyJ – April 6, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh! I forgot Dexter Morgan, and The Master (John Simm) from Doctor Who.

    Comment by Kate – April 6, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • T-Bag Prisonbreak
    Ari NCIS
    Pres. Logan 24
    Ansin(?) Burn Notice
    CM Punk WWE

    Comment by pilo – April 6, 2012 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • CM Punk!!! Love him!

      Comment by damg – April 7, 2012 06:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jess from gilmore girls and Logan from Veronica mars

    Comment by bnicole9 – April 6, 2012 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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