Bad Boys Bracket Finds Revenge Vs. Downton Abbey, Julian McMahon Against…Himself?

Julian McMahon fans might find themselves in a special quandary on Day 12 of TV’s Ultimate Bad Boy Bracket Tournament.

Indeed, two of the actor’s most popular characters — Nip/Tuck‘s Dr. Christian Troy and Charmed‘s Cole Turner — will do battle in a first-round matchup, with the winner going on to face the survivor of today’s second bout, a matchup of Revenge‘s Daniel Grayson and Downton Abbey‘s Thomas Barrow.

Every day for the next month, we’ll kick off a new set of matchups in a single-elimination format that will whittle our field of 64 down to one ultimate champ. So make sure the right choice is made by heading down to our polls to vote for your favorites (Round 1 voting will be open for 72 hours), and hit the comments to justify your picks.

If you’re wondering what criteria we used to pick our players, we cast our net rather wide — including fellas who are dark and a little bit dangerous, truly good guys with naughty, maybe even promiscuous streaks, and actual evildoers who are nevertheless tough to root against. (We also put a cap of two cast members per show for the bracket, which meant some fan favorites had to warm the bench this time around.)

And if you’re interested in the match-ups we’ve got planned for the coming weeks, CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE ENTIRE 64-PLAYER BRACKET (then click again for a zoomed-in view) — and sign up to follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.

Now ready, set, vote!

Comments (38)

  • Hard to even vote for any of these. I guess the definition of “bad boy” is kinda broad lol. Where is Omar Little? Rick Grimes? John Locke? Det. Holder? Michael Weston? Archer? Tommy Gavin? Man I could go on and on. Please tell me you are saving the best for last!

    Comment by AJ – July 6, 2012 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • nm just saw the bracket. I think you could have made a lot better picks than many of these. How Michael Weston doesn’t make it when the kid from Revenge does is tragic.

      Comment by AJ – July 6, 2012 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m pretty sure Slezak took suggestions a few weeks ago. Did you contribute then?

        Comment by Danyelle – July 6, 2012 10:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sterling Archer gets my vote for Numero Uno. And that is coming from a Capt Mal fangirl :P

      Comment by Kirstin E. Jewell – July 6, 2012 02:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cole Turner actually turned into the source of all evil, how can he not be the baddest of the two characters? I don’t watch Downton Abbey, so the vote in the other was easier although I don’t really see Daniel Grayson as a real baddie, at least not yet. Right now he’s more of just a jerk.

    Comment by Melody Paris – July 6, 2012 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Cole is the best bad boy there is! if he doesn’t win this whole thing I’m gonna be pretty disappointed tbh

      Comment by Maris – July 6, 2012 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Thomas from Downton Abbey is the perfect bad boy. I loath him for all the vile things he has done, but then they show a quiet shred of vulnerablity and I start to feel badly for him. It speaks to the actor’s talent for me to feel any sympathy for this dispicable character.

    Comment by D – July 6, 2012 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I haven’t wathced Charmed, but Christian Troy was a selfish sociopath in Nip/Tuck.

    Comment by Lubomir Raykov – July 6, 2012 10:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Picture that plus having magical powers to use for your own evil pursuits nd you get a good picture of what Cole ended up being.

      Comment by Sarah – July 6, 2012 12:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • But in one moment,he was good!Luv him!

        Comment by you know – July 7, 2012 04:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m out. Bowd Crowder loses to some motorcycle punk!? Don’t care anymore.

    Comment by nehope – July 6, 2012 10:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I HATE Thomas. Like he’s just so evil, he’s a despicable character. I don’t wanna vote for him.

    Comment by Rrrrrr – July 6, 2012 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thomas handily beats Daniel Grayson, But on a lesser watched show. Cole and Christian both just wanted to be loved. I’m just not sure.

    Comment by Deion – July 6, 2012 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cole vs Christian is SOOOOO unfair. No way these characters should meet in the 1st round, never mind the fact they are both played by the gorgeous/sexy/bad-boy-perfectionist Julian McMahon. I demand a rebracketing!

    Comment by Deena – July 6, 2012 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^THIS^

      Comment by yippity – July 6, 2012 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Considering Pacey didn’t have to go against Peter in the first round I think it’s only fair that Cole vs. Cristian shouldn’t have happened. I voted for Cole because he was an actual demon, but it’s so hard.

      Comment by Mary – July 6, 2012 12:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • AGREED 100% Why does Joshua Jackson get a pass? His bad boys aren’t even as fun as Cole & Christian!

        Comment by Deena – July 8, 2012 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with whoever said Daniel Grayson doesn’t strike me as a badboy, maybe because he’s never been much of an underdog or darkhorse, something that usually is part of the badboy persona. Until recently, he was pretty much a good boy and even his recent character change has more to do with family loyalty and playing by those rules than anything else.

    Comment by Ally – July 6, 2012 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I would never have classified Daniel as a badboy, heck Nolan is more of a bad boy than Daniel.

      Comment by Mary – July 6, 2012 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • yes Nolan as bad boy ok, but Daniel? is just a spoiled kid who has chosen to side with his momy against dady…

        Comment by instaflex – July 7, 2012 02:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree. Nolan is more of a bad boy than Daniel, but Tyler took the cake, though he was more of a guest star to participate in a bracket tournament.

          Comment by Rae Bradshaw – July 9, 2012 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. I don’t watch Downton Abby but I had to vote for Thomas just because Daniel Grayson is NOT what I consider to be a “bad boy”. Damon Salvatore to win the whole thing! The epitome of a bad boy!!

      Comment by DeeKayTee – July 6, 2012 04:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • well, Thomas is doing well considering Daniel Grayson is all the rage these days. good on ya mate!

    Comment by cjeffery7 – July 6, 2012 12:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tyler was the real bad boy on Revenge but since they killed him off, I guess he doesn’t qualify. I don’t see Daniel as a bad boy but rather a rich kid with a good heart that is easily manipulated. My vote goes to Thomas.

    Comment by TheBeach – July 6, 2012 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cole is the only caharcter I’m familiar with here, so I only voted for him.

    Comment by Miles – July 6, 2012 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As much as I love josh bowman, I don’t really think of grayson as much of a bad boy. Ok, he kind of turned bad by the end of the season, but he was fairly sweet for most of the season. My vote goes to thomas, who is so entertainingly evil!

    Comment by Nicole – July 6, 2012 02:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why isn’t the tournament pic updated with the results from the last closed polls?

    Comment by Nelson – July 6, 2012 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Omg. I had such a crush on Cole when I was a teenager….he was so beautiful and dangerous.

    Comment by mia – July 6, 2012 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cole is my favorite male TV character of all time, so really an easy choice there!

    Comment by Kate McKenna (@Katemadeleine) – July 6, 2012 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Julian Mcmahon needs to be back on TV. I voted for Cole!

    Comment by Linda – July 6, 2012 05:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thomas vs. Daniel is not okay with me.

    Comment by darcywilson – July 6, 2012 07:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Funny. I voted for Christian, but once I thought about it, Cole was the demon in the end. Though Christian was deliciously deviant. Christian Grey wishes he was Christian Troy.

    Comment by Rosie (@saxyroro) – July 6, 2012 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • why would anyone vote for thomas?! i hate him so much that i refuse to even consider voting for him even though i’m not sure if daniel could be considered a bad boy. he’s really just a rich boy.

    Comment by airhead – July 6, 2012 10:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • JULIAN MCMAHON <333333

    Comment by NiKi (@Phoebe1_) – July 7, 2012 05:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love that Thomas is on here!!! I really love his character almost as much as I do Matthew on “Downton Abbey”. LOL I feel myself rooting for him even with him being so mean sometimes. They’ve shown his caring side and Rob does such a great job playing him!!! The way I feel about Thomas is exactly how I feel about Loki in “Thor” and “The Avengers”, as well as Don in “Mad Men”. So to me Rob’s doing an amazing job if I can relate him to Tom Hiddleston and Jon Hamm!!! I can’t wait to see what happens to Thomas next season and I wish I didn’t ship him with Edith but I do, even if the character is gay. LOL

    Comment by Amanda – July 7, 2012 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cole Turner is my favorite demon! Of course I voted for him!

    Comment by Celia Faria – July 8, 2012 04:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Charmed! And Cole effin rules!

    Comment by Karen – July 8, 2012 08:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I always liked Cole even though he was a demon.

    Comment by Velvet – July 9, 2012 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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