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. Dennis says:

    Ellis from Smash

  2. Emily says:

    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Jaime Lannister – Game of Thrones
    Logan Echolls – Veronica Mars

  3. Em says:

    Jess from Gilmore Girls
    Chuck from Gossip Girl
    House (he’s a jackass… not sure if that counts as a bad boy)

    Though Damon will always be my 1st choice. <3

  4. christeeny says:

    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Wade Kinsella – Hart of Dixie
    Sam Swarek – Rookie Blue
    Chuck Bass – Gossip Girl
    Tyler Lockwood – The Vampire Diaries

  5. lindsml says:

    Spike from Buffy .. and Angelus too actually.
    Jack Bass – GG
    Is Tim Riggins considered a bad boy? He is such a good guy in all actuality especially near the series end but he started out as a bad boy.

  6. Jonathan says:

    Dexter Morgan (Dexter), Neil Caffrey (White Collar), Eric Northman (True Blood), Wesley Wyndam-Price (Angel), Angellus (Buffy/Angel), Spike (Buffy/Angel), Nucky Thompson (Boardwalk Empire), John Casey (Chuck), John Reese (Person of Interest), HRG (Heroes), B.A. Barracus (A-Team), Jim Kirk (Star Trek), Eric Cartman (South Park), Marty Kahn (House of Lies)

  7. T-Dog says:

    No one knows who I am so I nominate Daryl, Daryl Dixon. Dude’s too badass for sleeves.

  8. No question – -Spike was bad boy, but Angelus was far worse. Still gives me shudders the way he brushed Buffy off immediately after he turned. Not to mention what he did to Jenny, and Giles, and… Oh my, I could go on…

  9. Ayana says:

    Zane Bennett from H2O:Just Add Water

  10. readergirl says:

    Dexter, Damon, Elijah, Klaus and Eric Northman

  11. Nicole says:

    Klaus from The Vampire Diaries!

  12. Serena says:

    Lindsey McDonald (Angel) / Eliot Spencer (Leverage)
    Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars)
    Christian Troy (Nip/Tuck)
    J.R. Ewing (Dallas)
    Michael Mancini (Melrose Place)

  13. Kelly says:

    Lets See
    Spike, Sark, Damon (Vampire Diaries), Logan Echolls, Eric True Blood, Dexter, Shane (walking dead), Sawyer,

  14. Cecelia says:

    Spike, Tim Riggins, Logan Echolls, and, though I didn’t think of him initially, JR Ewing.

  15. Nathan Fillion as Caleb on Buffy.

  16. Susan says:

    Damon Salvator
    Spike (Buffy/Angel)
    Jamie Lannister
    Sawyer (Lost)
    Eric Northman
    Jess (Gilmore Girl)
    Chuck Bass

  17. KJ says:

    #1 with a stake: Spike. Close #2 – Caleb. Nathan Fillion as a bad guy is freaky.

  18. rebecca says:

    Dan Scott–One Tree Hill
    Angelus– Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Dexter and Quinn– Dexter
    Sam, Dean, Cas, and Lucifer– Supernatural (they all have the right to be called bad boys in their own way.)
    Tristan and Jess– Gilmore Girls
    Wes– Angel
    Logan– Veronica Mars
    Michael and Sam– Burn Notice
    Barney– How I Met Your Mother
    Neil– White Collar
    Puck– Glee
    Mal– Firefly
    Alex and Mark– Grey’s Anatomy

    • AL says:

      Yes to Sam. Or anybody Bruce Campbell has ever played (because I’m old enough to remember Brisco County Jr.)

  19. Seda says:

    Lex-Smallville(i stopped watching the series after he is gone)
    Klaus-the vampire diaries
    Last but not least Eric-true blood

  20. Chitra says: list might be long. I am a tv craz so there are soo many good ones but I will pick only a few i am sure they some if not all have been mentioned…
    Wo Fat – Hawaii Five-0
    Don Draper – Mad Men
    Percy – Nikita
    Sam Swarek – Rookie Blue
    Steve Wilton/Jimmy Lishman – Shameless
    Mike Ross – Suits
    Peter Florrick – The Good Wife
    Will Gardner – The Good Wife
    Charlie Burton / Elias ( Enrico Colantoni) – Person of Interest
    Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody – Homeland
    Angel – Buffy/Angel
    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Tyrion Lannister – Game of Thrones
    Sawyer – Lost
    Neal Caffrey – White Collar
    Ben Linus – Lost
    Damon Salvatore – Vampire Diaries
    Gary Clarke (Michael O’Neill) Grey’s Anatomy episode “Sanctuary” fyi the hospital shooter
    Ari Haswari (Ziva’s half brother) – NCIS
    David Robert Jones (Jared Harris who is also Lane Pryce on Mad Men) – Fringe

  21. kirads09 says:

    Robert Carlyle – Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin – OUAT
    (you knew I had to go there!)

    Jere Burns – Anson – Burn Notice

    Enrico Colantoni – Elias – POI

    Tony Soprano – James Gandolfini – Sopranos

    Marc Alaimo – Gul Dukat – Star Trek DS9

    Tom Kane – Kelsey Grammer – Boss

    Benjamin Linus – Michael Emmerson – LOST

    Damien Lewis – Nicholas Brody – Homeland

    Hugh Laurie – Greg House – House

    James Callis – Gaius Baltar – BSG

    Charlie Sheen as himself?

  22. Kari says:

    Arthur Fonzarelli – Aaaaaaaaaay.
    Simon Cowell
    Daniel Desario (James Franco) from Freaks & Geeks
    Trinity/Arthur Mitchell – John Lithgow on Dexter.

  23. Emgee says:

    Michael Tritter from House
    Victor Drazen from 24
    Tyler Brennan from Burn Notice
    Matthew Keller from White Collar
    James Sterling from Leverage

  24. A says:


  25. Pati D says:

    If a good guy turns bad, does that make him a bad boy as in Stefan from the Vampire Diaries? I nominate Derek from Smash.

  26. ESLKid75 says:

    So many bad guys in 24:
    – Carlos Bernard’s Tony Almeida
    – Gregory Itzin’s President Logan
    – Arnold Vosloo’s Habib Marwan
    – Zeljko Ivanek’s Andre Drazen
    – Dennis Hopper’s Victor Drazen
    – Peter Weller’s Christopher Henderson
    – …

  27. Jules says:

    Jess Mariano- Gilmore girls
    Jayne Cobb – Firefly
    Neal Caffrey – White Collar
    Nathan Stark – Eureka
    Zane Donovan – Eureka
    Wade Kinsella – Hart of Dixie
    Eliot Spencer – Leverage

  28. kirads09 says:

    Couple more

    Stephen Lang – Taylor – Terra Nova

    Anthony Geary – Luke – General Hospital

  29. Guilhermo says:

    Sylar from Heroes
    Lex Luthor from Smallville

  30. Josh says:

    Dan from One Tree Hill
    John Locke/Man in Black from LOST
    Russell Hantz from Survivor
    Lucifer from Supernatural
    Ben Linus from LOST

  31. Alternate Peter says:

    House. He’s a huge badass.

  32. Meghan says:

    Mark Pelligrino (I think that’s the correct spelling) as Lucifer and Jared Padalecki as soul-less Sam Winchester from Supernatural.

  33. mary says:

    Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl!!!

  34. KL says:

    Ben Linus – Lost
    Alex Krycek – The X-Files
    Ba’al – Stargate SG-1
    Gaius Baltar – BSG

  35. brandizzle918 says:

    Logan – VM or Josef – Moonlight
    Spike – Buffy
    Jax – SOA
    Boyd – Justified
    Klaus – TVD
    Lex – Smallville
    Dylan – 90210
    Chris Keller – OTH

  36. Sophie says:

    Cole Turner (Julian McMahon) or Barbas (Billy Drago) from Charmed :)

  37. Tania says:

    Logan and Spike

  38. Darlene says:

    Klaus – The Vampire Diaries
    Jayne – Firefly
    Zane – Eureka

  39. Shannon says:

    Hands down no contest Spike from Buffy is the best bad boy ever.

  40. Ali says:

    Harvey- Suits
    Neal- White Collar
    Dean – Supernatural
    Damon- The Vampire Diaries
    Angel- Buffy
    Spike- Buffy
    Jayne- Firefly
    Danny McCoy- Las Vegas [Dont know if anyone else ever watched that show lol ]
    Wade- Heart of Dixie
    Elijah- Vampire Diaries
    Lucifer- Supernatural

  41. Red says:

    Julian Sark x 1,000,000. My allegiances are flexible. So excellent.

  42. Jake Green – Jericho
    Spike – BtVS
    Captain Jack Harkness – Torchwood/Doctor Who
    Dexter Morgan – Dexter
    Dylan McKay – Beverly Hills 90210
    Lex Luthor – Smallville

  43. Sara says:

    Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) -Veronica Mars
    Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) -Smallville
    Operations (Eugene Robert Glazer) -La Femme Nikita
    Dan Scott (Paul Johansson) -One Tree Hill
    Dave Karofsky (Glee) -Max Adler (he’s a reformed bad boy!)
    The Master (John Simm) -Doctor Who
    Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) -Doctor Who/Torchwood (reformed bad boy with a heart of gold)
    Dylan McKay (Luke Perry) -90210
    Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) -Sherlock
    Moriarty (Andrew Scott) -Sherlock
    Mitchell (Aiden Turner) -Being Human
    Brian Kinney (Gale Harold) -Queer as Folk

  44. znachki says:

    Weren’t enough people who saw this, but Adrian Pasdar as Jim Profit – from Profit. Really bad.

    • FourTeller says:

      ITA – the man was irredeemably heartless and ruthless, yet so charming and cunning in how he went about his schemes.

  45. Giulia says:

    Brian Kinney from Queer as Folk …

  46. emma russo says:

    there are just so many
    -Jess Mariano
    – or should we talk about Sherlock’s James Moriarty or Luther’s (I know she’s a girl, but she’s amazing!) Alice Morgan?!?

    I mean.. the “bad guys” in a tv show are what make people hooked, since they’re the most compeling! People don’t watch for the protagonists: they wouldn’t even be rooting for their heroes if the “good guys” weren’t constantly challenged by their enemies!
    And the better the bad boy character’s written, the more quality the show has!

  47. Applesdefinitely says:

    Jim Moriarty (Sherlock BBC), Lex (Smallville), Spike, Barney (HIMYM) and Chuck Bass (GG)! :DDD

  48. fivecapes says:

    JAX TELLER (Sons)
    SPIKE (Buffy)
    Sark (Alias)
    Tim Riggins (FNL)
    Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica)
    Aiden (Being Human)
    MAYHEM (yes it’s tv commercials, but it’s still TV)

  49. Karen says:

    Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia) from Gilmore Girls – one could also throw in a Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry).
    Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) True Blood
    Eric Nothman (Alexander Skargård) True Blood
    Simon Cowell from American Idol
    Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) from Veronica Mars
    Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) from The O.C.
    Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) from Breaking Bad
    Evan Chambers (Jake McDorman) from Greek
    Dr. Ray Barnett (Shane West) from E.R.
    Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson) That 70’s Show
    Bright Abbott (Chris Pratt) Everwood
    Wade Kinsella (Wilson Bethel) Hart of Dixie
    Don Draper (Jon Hamm) Mad Men
    Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) Grey’s Anatomy
    Bobby Cobb (Brian Van Holt) Cougar Town
    Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) How I Met Your Mother

  50. V says:

    Tim Riggins – FNL
    Jax Teller – SOA
    Dean Winchester – Supernatural
    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Damon Salvatore – TVD
    Boyd Crowder – Justified
    Spike – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Tate – American Horror Story
    Shane Vandrel – The Shield
    Tommy Gavin – Rescue Me
    Logan Echolls – Veronica Mars

    • V says:

      I would also like to add

      Sam Swarek – Rookie Blue
      Lex Luthor – Smallville
      Ryan Atwood – The O.C.
      Jesse Pinkman – Breaking Bad