Round 1 of Bad Boys Ends With the Men of True Blood, American Horror Story and Vamp Diaries

We’ve come to the end of Round 1 in our TV’s Ultimate Bad Boy Bracket Tournament, and when the polls finally close, half of our initial combatants will have fallen by the wayside.

Today’s matchups find True Blood‘s Eric Northman up against American Horror Story‘s Tate Langdon, and The Vampire Diaries‘ Damon Salvatore battling True Blood‘s Russell Edgington.

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!

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  1. Gilda says:

    Damon and Eric. Just so pretty.

  2. River says:

    Clearly not enough people watched American Horror Story. Tate is about as good as bad gets.

    • Alf says:

      You clearly have not seen eric

      • SAMM says:

        I’m a lover of both shows, but Tate is way more basass. Eric is just another vampire – albeit sexy as sin, Tate is truely a disturbed and original character.

    • Captain says:

      They’re not voting based on the characters, they’re voting based on abs.

      • ^This. True Blood is incredibly overrated in my opinion. Hated the books, yawn to the show. It’s like Twilight for adults with actual sex in it. /shrug

        • Britta Unfiltered says:

          *This. Though I call it CW drama with HBO porn. I made it through 3 episodes and quit. I’m no prude, but I couldn’t stand that there wasn’t a single story on the show that didn’t revolve around sex. I could not believe Alan Ball was the showrunner of it. I loved Six Feet Under, but True Blood…ugh, I do not see the point of that show. Too many pasty, depressed vampires in this contest, not enough men in cowboy hats.

          • GDV says:

            If you had bothered to watch the first full season, you would have realized that the entire season story arc was about a serial killer who went after “fang bangers” (humans who have sex with vampires). So, yeah, the story lines were about sex, because that’s what the season story arc was about!

        • Julie says:

          And sex is just the worst! Ugh! Eyeroll…

    • Alex says:

      There was no “good bad” in Tate. There’s no “good bad” in spree-kiler turned homicidal spirit turned rapist. All the emo music in the world couldn’t make that guy appealing. He was sick, selfish, and really, really annoying.

    • Britt says:

      indeed, and not enough people watch True Blood, because honestly, Damon is like a puppy compared to Russell

      • Rachel says:

        But the vote is for who you prefer, not who is the most evil. Of course Russell is more villainous than Damon. He’s supposed to be.

    • Rain says:

      I’m so upset with this one. Tate so deserves to be winning!

  3. lostie48 says:

    Russell Edgington should win this whole thing!!

  4. Lauren says:

    I went for Tate and Russell, just because I knew they would be losing and I love them both. This round is painful!!

  5. Talia says:

    this isnt about who is cute or hot…. no way damon salvatore is more bad than russel edgington. russel would rip that whimp of a vampire to shreds

  6. Karen says:

    Eric Northman. no doubt!

  7. JUSTICE! says:


  8. blaster freak says:

    Denis O’Hare is a fantastic actor, but these polls are always beauty contests, so of couse I voted for Damon.

  9. Tate was just so flippin’ scary!

  10. Temis says:

    Tate is just about the best bad buy in the whole contest. But let’s face it, whoever goes up against Damon next round is DOOOOMED!

  11. DeeKayTee says:

    When I think “bad boy” I think of someone with an edge but still redeemable. Someone who IS sexy and you could imagine riding off into the sunset with. I DO NOT imagine bat **** crazy sociopath killers!! So no, I am not voting for Tate or Russell.

    • Alex says:

      Exactly, it’s bad boys, not who’s the most evil.

    • Lyria says:

      Thank you! With all the comments about how people shouldn’t be voting based on “hotness,” I was starting to wonder if the definition of “bad boy” had changed. Glad to know you are defining it the same way I am! :)

    • TheBeach says:

      Exactly my thoughts. The term “bad boy” to me has the connotation of someone a bit younger who is sexy and somewhat dangerous. Eric and Damon fit that to a tee. While I think of characters like Russel and J.R. as deliciously evil and conniving and “bad” to the bone, I don’t think of them as “boys”.

    • blacksheeplost says:

      i see where u going with ur train of thought and i concur

  12. Devon says:

    no badboys from boss?no christopher from the sopranos,matt lablanc in episodes,no one from greek,boardwalk empire(jimmy and nucky).this poll its just woman,admit it.damon over russel its just crazy,its like chosing chisora over m.tyson

  13. mia says:

    Zomg….Damon and Eric. So beautiful

  14. cass says:

    Damon Salvatore WISHES he was Russell Edgington. But yeah, I understand that pretty will win this one.

  15. soarin829 says:

    Damon Salvatore is without a doubt, the BEST bad boy there is!!!! Him and Tim Riggins. ;)

  16. Cathy says:

    Ha !!!! Eric ….

  17. Miranda says:

    Couldn’t’ve put Tate with one of the people I didn’t even care to vote for?

  18. August says:

    Russel ripped a man’s spine out on television then said, and I quote, “I will eat your children.”

    Yeah. I think he wins by a mile

    • Ally says:

      We are voting for who the best “bad boy” is, not who the baddest person is. A bad boy is someone who goes against the grain and breaks the rules, someone who is willing to get his hands dirty to achieve a necessary goal, but someone with enough redeemable qualities in them to be a good person. A badboy also is usually an underdog or or a darkhorse, someone who has to fight from the bottom-up or someone who exceeds expectation (people don’t expect good from them but the good does show itself). I think Damon fits that to a T. Damon Salvatore, Pacey Witter, Logan Echolls and Alex Marsh are my ultimately favourite badboys.

  19. fangtabulous says:

    Tate is a messed up homicidal teen, eric is a hot 1000 year old vampire, damon hardly drinks blood and can eat normal food, russell ripped out a mans spine on ‘live telly’
    Can you guess who two bad boys i voted for?

    Eric and russell

  20. Eric & Russel FTW says:

    World is full of pretty boys. Eric Northman is not a pretty boy. He eats them. That’s why he gets my vote. And Russel of course with all his crazyness. Also both actors bring their incredible charisma to the characters they are playing.

  21. holeigh says:

    Damon Also ripped someone’s heart out with his bare hands. And killed Jeremy. And used caroline as a play thing, in all definitions. He’s had a sordid past for sure.

    And yeah, bad boys are hot and naughty but with an undeniable loveable streak. Russell is still awesome, just not the best within the confines of this tournament.

  22. eric and rusel because Damon is not anymore a bad boy now he is only the pathetic puppy of Elena Gilbert

  23. ripleyaeryn says:

    Eric and Russell!!!!

  24. Sara says:

    Damon. Bad boy with a heart. And blue, blue eyes and that smirk!

  25. Loes says:

    Damon & Eric obviously *sigh*

  26. KBC says:

    Finally we get an easy one! Eric and Damon!

  27. Natali says:

    Damon Salvatore!

  28. Sunrise says:

    Ok, only Tate have made a girl fall in love, helped her to terrify a girl, killed lots of students, set his stepfather on fire, impregnanted the girl’s mother who was married, killed the gay couple, killed the invaders, made Violet suicide and he never did it because of a broken heart.

  29. Florence says:

    TATE VS ERIC? well f-ck you tv line ):

  30. Dudss says:


  31. mac says:

    Damon is awesome and all but HEY it’s Russel Edington, the ultimate anarchist…

  32. allison says:

    I hate saying this, but people are dumb. Tate is scarier than any vampire HBO can throw at you.

  33. Shelli says:

    Eric beats up all of them!!! No one mess w/ the viking!!!!!

  34. viking5girl says:

    Eric and Russell.. Nuff said

  35. Nahuel says:

    Eric is not a bad boy. And next to Russell Damon is a newborn child.

  36. Jessica says:

    1. True Blood sucks because it is NOTHING like the books it is “based” off of.
    2. Vampire Diaries sucks because the acting is total crap.
    3. Tate/Evan is sexy as Hell because he is a screwed up murderer rapist guy who is ALSO super sweet, romantic and sensitive!