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. Mindy says:

    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)

  2. Sasha says:

    Alex Krycek – The X-Files
    Sawyer – Lost
    Regina Mills – Once Upon A Time
    Darken Rahl – Legend of the Seeker

  3. bigpuppets says:

    Hank Moody – Californication

  4. Stephanie says:

    Lucifer – Supernatural

  5. Stacey says:


  6. mrswinchester24 says:

    Dean Winchester- Supernatural
    Lucifer- Supernatural
    Crowley- Supernatural
    Mal- Firefly
    Angelus- Buffy/Angel
    Spike- Buffy/Angel

  7. Gaby says:

    Jess from Gilmore Girls
    Eric from True Blood

  8. Sarah B says:

    Tim Riggins, Ryan Atwood, Logan Echolls.

  9. Mik says:

    Daryl Dixon, Sawyer, Sylar, Tony Soprano, Peter Bishop, Cary Agos and maybe Marc from Ugly Betty or Nate Fisher from Six Feet Under… (:

  10. cmh2548 says:

    Captain Malcom Reynolds!!! (Firefly)

  11. Marisa19 says:

    Logan Echolls !!!

  12. Medha Gupta says:

    Sherlock from Sherlock!! :D
    Moriarty – Sherlock

  13. Ellie says:

    Jim Profit

    • FourTeller says:


      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) :(

  14. amelyrose says:

    Logan-Veronica Mars
    Jess Mariano-Gilmore Girls
    Jeff Winger- Community (Does he count?)
    Klaus- Vampire Diaries

  15. Gisele Glen says:

    Two word Ryan Atwood(O.C.) lol also Puck from Glee, Michael from Roswell, and I gotta mention my boy logan from Veronica Mars

  16. jyoray says:

    Captain Mal Reynolds of course. He aims to misbehave

  17. Velvet says:

    Spike from Buffy (James Marsters)

  18. Velvet says:

    Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) from Supernatural

  19. Janice says:

    Omar Little from THE WIRE- I nominate him for any and all categories.

  20. Templar says:

    Neil Caffrey – White Collar
    Jess Mariano – Gilmore Girls
    Thomas – Downton Abbey
    Mr. Gold – Once Upon a Time
    J. R. Ewing – Dallas

  21. Lupe says:

    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

  22. PFitzDC says:

    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

  23. Velvet says:

    Crowley – Supernatural
    Sterling – Leverage
    Various Aliases from: Doctor Who, Warehouse 13, Chuck, White Collar, Dollhouse, Burn Notice, Monk, Las Vegas, Charmed, Firefly

  24. Brittany says:

    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!” :)

  25. Jessica says:

    Neal-White Collar
    Alex- Grey’s Anatomy
    Reese-Person of Intrest

  26. Lisa says:

    Dean Winchester.
    Boyd Crowder

  27. Jodie says:

    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.

  28. nickseydiva says:

    Shaw (Chuck), Sark (Alias), Angelus (Buffy), Neal (White Collar), Puck (Glee), Dylan (90210), Jason (General Hospital),

  29. Eric says:

    Dexter (Dexter), John Casey (Chuck), Jayne (Firefly), Daniel Shaw (Chuck), Neal Caffrey (White Collar), House (House, M.D.)

  30. Scott says:

    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

  31. Drewer says:

    Logan Huntzberger from Gilmore Girls, Chuck Bass (of course), and Lex Luther on Smallville (he was the best)!

  32. Liz says:

    James MacPherson – Warehouse 13
    Jayne Cobb – Firefly
    Neal Caffrey – White Collar
    John Casey – Chuck
    Jess Mariano – Gilmore Girls

  33. susman says:

    Sawyer – Lost
    Puck – Glee
    Gob – Arrested Development
    King Henry – The Tudors
    Alex Karev – Grey’s Anatomy

  34. Kasey says:

    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!

  35. Mcat says:

    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

    • @Mcat says:

      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.

  36. Garnet_and_Gold47 says:

    Arvin Sloane- Alias
    Julian Sark- Alias
    Logan Echolls- Veronica Mars
    Ddan Scott- OTH

  37. maf23 says:

    Greg House
    Alex Karev
    I don’t know… but Barney? he’s sort of disgustingly awesome…

  38. EAP says:

    James “Sawyer” Ford

  39. 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).

  40. Kara says:

    Thomas Barrow – Downton Abbey
    Buck – United States of Tara
    Mal (he’s a thief) – Firefly

  41. tvdfan says:

    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!

  42. nancy schutz says:

    Jax Teller-Charlie Hunnam
    Tim Riggins- Taylor Kitsch

  43. Christie says:

    Ryan Atwood- The O.C.

  44. Caterina says:

    Damon, of course. Also Tim Riggins, Jess Mariano, and Sawyer.

  45. Vampers says:


  46. Spike and Angelus from Buffy/Angel

  47. Eli says:

    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)

  48. Kerry says:

    Dr. Michael Mancini……. The original Melrose Place