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. Klaus & Damon [TVD]
    Eric [True Blood]
    Chuck Bass [GG]

  2. Ellie says:

    J.R. Ewing
    Dean Winchester
    Hal (Being Human)

  3. Lucy says:


  4. Nick says:

    Vic Mackey
    Ari Gold
    Dan Scott (dude shot and killed his own brother, because people liked him)

  5. Stiles says:

    Charles from the secret circle lol lol ;)
    Or of course sexy angel from buffy phaaa season 3 of course

  6. bklyngirl says:

    Crockett and Tubbs (Miami Vice)

  7. JohnnySueded says:

    Agree with lots of the suggestions above (esp Sawyer, JR, Jesse Pinkman)!

    What about Esteban from Weeds, David Addison from Moonlighting and who can forget The Fonz! Does Boston Rob from Survivor count since he’s a real person? He was the ultimate bad boy on about 4 seasons of Survivor…

  8. Alex Krycek from The X-Files. OMG was he a bad boy and HOT!!!

  9. Lenora says:

    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Dexter Morgan – Dexter
    Mr. Reese – Person of Interest
    Leroy Jethro Gibbs – NCIS

    • Sasha Fierce says:

      This is what I’m talking about. Not to pick on this post, I like a lot of the nominees. But Gibbs isn’t a bad guy. If he was, I wouldn’t like him to be frank. So that seems more like a badass sort of nominee as opposed to bad. Same with Reese, who is awesome, btw. Dexter makes the most sense here as he does bad, he kills and takes the law into his own hands, but he only kills bad guys. So he straddles the line and is still likeable. If that’s what we’re going for here.

  10. dessy111 says:

    Peter Bishop on FRINGE
    Eric Northman on True Blood
    Klaus on TVD

  11. Juan says:

    Can we just all agree that by the time we lay all of these out, Sawyer will win?

  12. ladyhelix says:

    Spike!! -then Logan, Mr. Gold, & Sawyer (a very distant 2nd 3rd & 4th)

    “Death is on your heels, baby, and sooner or later it’s gonna catch you. And part of you wants it… not only to stop the fear and uncertainty, but because you’re just a little bit in love with it.” -S5 ffl

  13. Alli says:

    What about George Clooney’s Dr. Doug Ross on the first few seasons of ER? Cheated on girlfriends, bucked the system, tried to break up Carol’s relationships even though he wasn’t emotionally prepared to be with her, but cared about his patients enough that you could root for him. The fact that he looked as good as he did certainly didn’t hurt either.

  14. Juan says:

    Daniel Desario (played by James Franco) from Freaks and Geeks.

  15. daisykary says:

    Neal Caffrey (White Collar) – but is he actually a bad guy?
    Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)
    Boyd Crowder (Justified)
    Eric Northman (True Blood)

  16. Stamanah says:

    Chuck Bass! (from Gossip Girl, but of course you already know that.)

  17. maniac_maniac19 says:

    Jayne Cobb Firefly
    Mal Reynolds Firefly
    Uncle Jesse Full House
    Tommy Gavin Rescue Me
    Michael Scofield Prison Break
    Lincoln Scofield Prison Break
    Michael Westen Burn Notice
    Jarek Wysoki The Chicago Code
    Joe Persons Unknownj

  18. Andrea says:

    The Good Wife

    Colin Sweeney
    David Lee

    Thank you to those who already listed Ari from NCIS. He definitely should make the cut!

  19. Tate!!! American Horror Stories

  20. Bad Boys are my favorite! Here are my choices:

    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Spike – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Logan Echols – Veronica Mars
    Sylar – Heroes
    Sawyer – Lost
    Puck – Glee
    Damon Salvatore – Vampire Diaries

  21. Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)
    Dylan McKay (Beverly Hills, 90210)
    Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
    Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder (Justified)
    Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars)
    Jess Mariano (Gilmore Girls)
    Ryan Atwood (The O.C.)
    Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother)
    Tim Riggins (Friday Night Lights)
    Jeff Winger (Community)
    Tate (American Horror Story)
    Mal (Firefly)

    Not entirely sure how the “bad boy” qualification works. Are we talking true villians or guys with a bad reputation? Kind of a broad category, but if these qualify they are my picks!

  22. Lex says:

    Ok so how about Jack Bauer from 24 and Lex Luthor from Smallville

  23. marge says:

    John Casey-Chuck

  24. Heather says:

    Aiden – Being Human (US)
    Pacey Whitter – Dawson’s
    Chris Keller – OTH
    Dan Scott – OTH
    Crowley – Supernatural
    Sam and Dean Winchester – Supernatural
    John Winchester – Supernatural
    Lex and Lionel Luthor – Smallville
    Clark Kent (on red kryptonite) – Smallville
    Oliver Queen – Smallville
    Neal Caffrey – White Collar
    Spike – Buffy/Angel
    Sark – Alias
    Sam Swarek – Rookie Blue
    Mick St. John and Josef Kostan – Moonlight

  25. nikki says:

    The Vampire Diaries – Damon
    BtVS – Spike and Angelus
    The Good Wife – Peter Florrick
    Revenge – Conrad Grayson
    FNL – Tim Riggins
    Arrested Development – GOB Bluth
    Dawson’s Creek – Pacey Witter
    Dexter – Dexter Morgan
    Gossip Girl – Chuck Bass
    Heroes – Noah Bennet
    Sex and the City – Mr Big
    Supernatural – Dean
    The Walking Dead – Shane
    True Blood – Eric
    Veronica Mars – Logan

  26. JMic says:

    Angel, Spike, Ares from Xena!

  27. Becca says:


  28. Rachael says:

    Jax Teller Sons of Anarchy

    Vic Mackey The Shield

  29. Gabrielle says:

    Jayne, Firefly
    Angelus, Buffy/Angel
    Chuck Bass, Gossip Girl
    Damon and Klaus, The Vampire Diaries

  30. Nicole says:

    How about Michael Rosenbaum – Lex – on Smallville

  31. Carmichael says:

    This list is invalid without Spike from Buffy or Jayne Cobb from Firefly. More importantly though, will we ever get a Bad Girls tourney?

  32. Deena says:

    Jesse from Glee

    Tommy Gavin & Franco Rivera from Rescue Me

  33. Merideth says:

    Dexter Morgan(Dexter)
    Jax teller(SOA)
    Eric northman(true blood)
    Jesse pink man(breaking bad)
    Lip Gallagher(shameless)
    Mr big(sex and the city)
    Raylan givens and Boyd crowder(justified)
    Jordan catalano( my so called life)
    Dylan McKay ( Beverly hills 90210)

  34. cecilie says:

    Lassiter from Psyche :)

  35. kristen says:

    Jax Teller – SOA
    Gaius – Spartacus
    Damon Salvatore – TVD
    Eric Northman – True Blood
    Jesse Pinkman – Breaking Bad
    JR Ewing – Dallas
    Tate – American Horror Story

  36. rebecca says:

    I forgot…..

    Death– Supernatural
    Bishop– Being Human (U.S.)

  37. Daria says:

    Damon of course ;D

  38. tigles76 says:

    Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) from Suits!

  39. L says:

    Cole from Charmed

  40. hopeashleigh says:

    SPIIIIIIIIIIIKE! Be still my heart. …no pun intended.

    But seriously. SPIKE.

  41. B says:

    Klaus and Damon – Vampire Diaries
    Jax Teller – Sons of Anarchy
    Sawyer – LOST
    going back a bit…Jordan Catalano – My So-called Life

  42. Stephanie says:

    Dan Scott from One Tree Hill
    Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl
    Spike from Buffy
    Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries
    Alex from Grey’s Anatomy
    Sawyer from Lost
    Logan and Aaron Echolls from Veronica Mars
    Dylan McKay from 90210
    Fonzie from Happy Days
    Jess Mariano from Gilmore Girls
    Sylar from Heroes
    Puck from Glee

  43. katty says:

    Puck from glee definitely
    Jamie lanister game of thrones
    Jess Gilmore girls

  44. Cheryl says:

    Spike from Buffy, PLEASE!!

  45. manders says:

    Alex Karev – Greys Anatomy

  46. Amanda says:

    I nominate..

    Duke from Haven (Eric Balfour)
    Damon from Vampire Diaries(Ian Somerhalder)
    Erik from True Blood (Alexander Skarsgard)
    Mr. Gold from OUAT (Robert Carlyle)
    Dexter Morgan from Dexter (Micheal C Hall)

  47. Lucy says:

    Eric Northman (True Blood)

    Steve/Jimmy (Shameless)

    Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars)

    Spike (Buffy)

    Neil Caffrey (White Collar)

    Eliot Spencer (Leverage)

    Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)

    Dean Winchester (Supernatural)

    Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead)

    Jake Armstrong (The Secret Circle)

    Robert Carlyle (Once Upon A Time)

    August W. Booth (Once Upon A Time)

    Henry Dunn (Harper’s Island)

  48. Spikesgrl says:

    The ultimate bad boy has to be Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer!!

  49. davey says:

    OMAR from The Wire…SHANE from The Walking Dead…SAWYER from Lost