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)

  • Fun! How about:

    Sylar (Heroes)
    Shane (Walking Dead)
    Eric and Russell Eddington (True Blood)
    Wilfred (Wilfred)
    Sawyer (LOST)
    Jeff (Community)
    Mr Gold (Once Upon a Time)
    JR Chandler (All My Children)
    Dylan (the REAL 90210)
    Julian Sark (Alias)

    Comment by Mindy – April 6, 2012 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Alex Krycek – The X-Files
    Sawyer – Lost
    Regina Mills – Once Upon A Time
    Darken Rahl – Legend of the Seeker

    Comment by Sasha – April 6, 2012 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Regina’s not a bad boy. She’s a bad girl.

      Comment by Steven Leitner – April 6, 2012 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hank Moody – Californication

    Comment by bigpuppets – April 6, 2012 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lucifer – Supernatural

    Comment by Stephanie – April 6, 2012 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike!

    Comment by Stacey – April 6, 2012 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dean Winchester- Supernatural
    Lucifer- Supernatural
    Crowley- Supernatural
    Mal- Firefly
    Angelus- Buffy/Angel
    Spike- Buffy/Angel

    Comment by mrswinchester24 – April 6, 2012 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jess from Gilmore Girls
    Eric from True Blood

    Comment by Gaby – April 6, 2012 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tim Riggins, Ryan Atwood, Logan Echolls.

    Comment by Sarah B – April 6, 2012 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i couldn’t agree more !!

      Comment by Marisa19 – April 6, 2012 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Daryl Dixon, Sawyer, Sylar, Tony Soprano, Peter Bishop, Cary Agos and maybe Marc from Ugly Betty or Nate Fisher from Six Feet Under… (:

    Comment by Mik – April 6, 2012 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Captain Malcom Reynolds!!! (Firefly)

    Comment by cmh2548 – April 6, 2012 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Logan Echolls !!!

    Comment by Marisa19 – April 6, 2012 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sherlock from Sherlock!! :D
    Moriarty – Sherlock

    Comment by Medha Gupta – April 6, 2012 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jim Profit

    Comment by Ellie – April 6, 2012 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seconded!

      Watched ‘Profit’ for the first time recently; such a shame it was cancelled so hastily by FOX (though that’s been their MO throughout the years, especially with Friday shows) :(

      Comment by FourTeller – April 16, 2012 04:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Logan-Veronica Mars
    Jess Mariano-Gilmore Girls
    Jeff Winger- Community (Does he count?)
    Klaus- Vampire Diaries

    Comment by amelyrose – April 6, 2012 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Two word Ryan Atwood(O.C.) lol also Puck from Glee, Michael from Roswell, and I gotta mention my boy logan from Veronica Mars

    Comment by Gisele Glen – April 6, 2012 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Michael!! Totally agree:-)

      Comment by Jules – April 6, 2012 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Captain Mal Reynolds of course. He aims to misbehave

    Comment by jyoray – April 6, 2012 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike from Buffy (James Marsters)

    Comment by Velvet – April 6, 2012 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Omar – The Wire

    Comment by DisneyArb (@DisneyArb) – April 6, 2012 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) from Supernatural

    Comment by Velvet – April 6, 2012 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Omar Little from THE WIRE- I nominate him for any and all categories.

    Comment by Janice – April 6, 2012 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Forgot Boyd Crowder- I’d nominate him for about any category, too.

      Comment by Janice – April 6, 2012 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Neil Caffrey – White Collar
    Jess Mariano – Gilmore Girls
    Thomas – Downton Abbey
    Mr. Gold – Once Upon a Time
    J. R. Ewing – Dallas

    Comment by Templar – April 6, 2012 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i second Neil Caffrey!!

      Comment by Christine – April 6, 2012 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • He technically is a criminal even though he’s not a creep so I guess that counts. I say put him in just so he can win. :)

        Comment by Deena – April 6, 2012 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sylar f(Gabriel Gray) from Heroes
    Logan Echolls from Veronica Mars
    Eric Northman from True Blood
    Dexter Morgan from Dexter
    Jim Moriarty from BBC Sherlock
    Jayne Cobb from Firefly

    Comment by Lupe – April 6, 2012 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I second Tim Riggins, Sawyer and Spike…..and want to make a bid for Derek on Smash!
    Plus Mark and Alex on Grey’s Anatomy

    Comment by PFitzDC – April 6, 2012 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Derek from Smash…Jack Davenport is so yummy, even as a jerk.

      Comment by Deena – April 6, 2012 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • MARK SHEPPARD:
    Crowley – Supernatural
    Sterling – Leverage
    Various Aliases from: Doctor Who, Warehouse 13, Chuck, White Collar, Dollhouse, Burn Notice, Monk, Las Vegas, Charmed, Firefly

    Comment by Velvet – April 6, 2012 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with a lot of the ones already nominated, but I’d also like to thrown in Jesse Pinkman of “Breaking Bad” and Michael Guerin of “Roswell!” :)

    Comment by Brittany – April 6, 2012 10:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike-BTVS
    Neal-White Collar
    Alex- Grey’s Anatomy
    Reese-Person of Intrest
    Cole-Charmed

    Comment by Jessica – April 6, 2012 10:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dean Winchester.
    Boyd Crowder
    Crowley

    Comment by Lisa – April 6, 2012 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Steve Billings–the Shield
    do cartoons count? Snidely Whiplash! Who wouldn’t prefer him to Dudley Doright?
    Mr Wick from the Drew Carey Show (yay Craig Ferguson)
    and, I agree with the Spike and Sawyer comments.

    Comment by Jodie – April 6, 2012 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Mr. Wick! Oooh! Great choice!

      Comment by Angela – April 7, 2012 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Shaw (Chuck), Sark (Alias), Angelus (Buffy), Neal (White Collar), Puck (Glee), Dylan (90210), Jason (General Hospital),

    Comment by nickseydiva – April 6, 2012 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dexter (Dexter), John Casey (Chuck), Jayne (Firefly), Daniel Shaw (Chuck), Neal Caffrey (White Collar), House (House, M.D.)

    Comment by Eric – April 6, 2012 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sonny Steelgrave on Wiseguy
    Mel Profitt on Wiseguy
    Roger Lococo on Wiseguy
    Ham Tyler from V
    Jim Profit from Profit
    Michael Belker from Hill Street Blues
    Lex Luthor on Smallville
    Dutch Dixon on Renegade
    The Devil on Reaper
    Miguelito Loveless on The Wild Wild West
    Scorpius on Farscape
    LaCroix on Forever Knight
    Jayne on Firefly
    Joel on Community
    Gregory Sumner on Knots Landing
    Murdoc on MacGyver
    Hawk on Spenser for Hire
    Wo Fat on the original Hawaii 5-O (Keigh Dhiegh)
    Wo Fat on the new Hawaii 5-O (Mark Dacascos)
    Dr. Smith on Lost in Space
    Arnie Becker on L.A. Law
    Walter Skinner on The X-Files (was he a good guy or a bad guy?)
    Sheriff Lucas Buck on American Gothic

    Comment by Scott – April 6, 2012 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yes, yes, yes to The Devil from Reaper (was played with such gleeful abandon) and Jayne from Firefly

      Comment by Trish Mcglynn – April 6, 2012 01:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Logan Huntzberger from Gilmore Girls, Chuck Bass (of course), and Lex Luther on Smallville (he was the best)!

    Comment by Drewer – April 6, 2012 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • James MacPherson – Warehouse 13
    Jayne Cobb – Firefly
    Neal Caffrey – White Collar
    John Casey – Chuck
    Jess Mariano – Gilmore Girls

    Comment by Liz – April 6, 2012 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sawyer – Lost
    Puck – Glee
    Gob – Arrested Development
    King Henry – The Tudors
    Alex Karev – Grey’s Anatomy

    Comment by susman – April 6, 2012 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does Sam Winchester during his period of being sans soul count? Because he was kind of an evil badass! Also, Dexter Morgan, Klaus from The Vampire Diaries, and Jeff Winger!

    Comment by Kasey – April 6, 2012 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jess – Gilmore Girls
    Mal “Captain Tightpants” Reynolds – Firefly
    Jayne “The Hero of Canton” Cobb – Firefly
    Angel/Angelus – Buffy & Angel
    Sherlock Holmes – BBC Sherlock
    Jim Moriarty – BBC Sherlock
    Sawyer – Lost
    Alex Krycek – The X-Files
    Greg House – House
    Gaius Baltar – Battlestar Galactica

    Comment by Mcat – April 6, 2012 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If we’re going for truly bad ‘bad guys’, I guess I’d agree with Moriarty, Kryceck and Cigarette Smoking Man, Greg House, Ari-Ziva’s brother, Red John. That’s all off the top of my head.

      Comment by @Mcat – April 6, 2012 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Ooh and Sloane, how could I forget him. Sloane.

        Comment by @Mcat – April 6, 2012 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Arvin Sloane- Alias
    Julian Sark- Alias
    Logan Echolls- Veronica Mars
    Ddan Scott- OTH

    Comment by Garnet_and_Gold47 – April 6, 2012 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Greg House
    Alex Karev
    I don’t know… but Barney? he’s sort of disgustingly awesome…

    Comment by maf23 – April 6, 2012 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • James “Sawyer” Ford

    Comment by EAP – April 6, 2012 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Logan (Veronica Mars), Spike (Buffy), Guy of Gisbourne (Robin Hood), Captain Reynard (Grimm), Neal (White Collar), Michael (Nikita), Barney (How I Met Your Mother), John Reese (Person of Interest), Mitchell (Being Human UK), Jai (Covert Affairs), Elliot (Leverage).

    Comment by Katie Hart (@waterfallbooks) – April 6, 2012 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike.

    Comment by nietoperz – April 6, 2012 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thomas Barrow – Downton Abbey
    Buck – United States of Tara
    Mal (he’s a thief) – Firefly

    Comment by Kara – April 6, 2012 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • DAMON!! But also stefan in season 3
    Also nathan from oth in de first season, after season 4 he gets a bit boring but in the beginning he is awesome!

    Comment by tvdfan – April 6, 2012 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Stefan was “bad” for like 3 episodes. And he was still all whiny and broody about it.

      Comment by Em – April 6, 2012 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jax Teller-Charlie Hunnam
    Tim Riggins- Taylor Kitsch

    Comment by nancy schutz – April 6, 2012 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ryan Atwood- The O.C.

    Comment by Christie – April 6, 2012 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damon, of course. Also Tim Riggins, Jess Mariano, and Sawyer.

    Comment by Caterina – April 6, 2012 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ERIC NORTHMAN

    Comment by Vampers – April 6, 2012 10:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike and Angelus from Buffy/Angel

    Comment by Stephanie Kimmey – April 6, 2012 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spike (Buffy/Angel)
    Sawyer (Lost)
    JR Ewing (Dallas)
    Pope (Falling Skies)
    Jayne (Firefly)
    Dr. Lovelace (Wild Wild West)
    Mayor Richard Wilkins III (Buffy)
    Principal Snyder (Buffy)
    Sylar (Heroes)
    Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother)
    Uther Pendragon (Merlin)
    Lex Luthor (Smallville)

    Comment by Eli – April 6, 2012 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I second the Mayor from Buffy!

      Comment by rebecca – April 6, 2012 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, please to the Mayor. Best villain in Buffy ever.

      Comment by J – April 6, 2012 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dr. Michael Mancini……. The original Melrose Place

    Comment by Kerry – April 6, 2012 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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