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!




Comments (67)

  • Damon and Eric. Just so pretty.

    Comment by Gilda – July 11, 2012 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Eric and Russell. True Blood rules!

      Comment by Stranger – July 11, 2012 04:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The 2 ULTIMATEEEE BAD BOYS!! And some of the sexiest men alive.

      Comment by Danielle H – July 11, 2012 04:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes. But that’s not the point. The title isn’t ‘Pretty boys’

      Comment by Keenan – July 11, 2012 06:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • They are bad boys too….just pretty bad boys :)

        Comment by rachelleet – July 11, 2012 10:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Sadly, Damon hasn’t been bad since season 2. Here’s hoping he gets his balls back in season 4.

          Comment by Jennifer – July 12, 2012 07:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • He did snap Bonnie’s moms neck….

            Comment by Shaun – July 12, 2012 09:12 AM PDT  
          • Damon’s not as bad as he used to be, but he still qualifies as a bad boy.

            Comment by Rachel – July 14, 2012 02:36 PM PDT  
  • Clearly not enough people watched American Horror Story. Tate is about as good as bad gets.

    Comment by River – July 11, 2012 03:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You clearly have not seen eric

      Comment by Alf – July 11, 2012 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by SAMM – July 12, 2012 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They’re not voting based on the characters, they’re voting based on abs.

      Comment by Captain – July 11, 2012 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • ^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

        Comment by Kirstin E. Jewell – July 11, 2012 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • *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.

          Comment by Britta Unfiltered – July 11, 2012 10:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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!

            Comment by GDV – July 12, 2012 10:41 AM PDT  
        • And sex is just the worst! Ugh! Eyeroll…

          Comment by Julie – July 12, 2012 05:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Alex – July 11, 2012 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Tate wasn’t really a bad boy though, he was just a villain.

        Comment by Brendan – July 12, 2012 11:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • indeed, and not enough people watch True Blood, because honestly, Damon is like a puppy compared to Russell

      Comment by Britt – July 11, 2012 10:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Rachel – July 14, 2012 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m so upset with this one. Tate so deserves to be winning!

      Comment by Rain – July 12, 2012 07:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Russell Edgington should win this whole thing!!

    Comment by lostie48 – July 11, 2012 03:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Russell is a complete BAMF, that I will admit to gladly. However, when I think of the term “Bad Boy” he does not come to mind. Sex appeal comes into play in this competition. Thus, I feel that Eric and Damon are more qualified for this category.

      Comment by Maddie Shook (@MaddieShook) – July 11, 2012 05:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I went for Tate and Russell, just because I knew they would be losing and I love them both. This round is painful!!

    Comment by Lauren – July 11, 2012 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Me too!
      I knew they’d lose by a long shot so I thought I’d throw them both a wee bone.

      Comment by davey – July 11, 2012 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Talia – July 11, 2012 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • People are voting based on hotness it seems. Oh well…

      Comment by davey – July 11, 2012 06:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • i don’t watch True Blood. so i picked the character i know. and he just happened to be hot.

        Comment by Elyse – July 12, 2012 04:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eric Northman. no doubt!

    Comment by Karen – July 11, 2012 03:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • IT’S SO UNFAIR TO PUT TATE AGAINST ERIC. SO UNFAIR.

    Comment by JUSTICE! – July 11, 2012 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Denis O’Hare is a fantastic actor, but these polls are always beauty contests, so of couse I voted for Damon.

    Comment by blaster freak – July 11, 2012 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tate was just so flippin’ scary!

    Comment by Denise@americanhorrorstoryfan – July 11, 2012 05:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Temis – July 11, 2012 05:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by DeeKayTee – July 11, 2012 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly, it’s bad boys, not who’s the most evil.

      Comment by Alex – July 11, 2012 06:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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! :)

      Comment by Lyria – July 11, 2012 09:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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”.

      Comment by TheBeach – July 11, 2012 10:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i see where u going with ur train of thought and i concur

      Comment by blacksheeplost – July 12, 2012 04:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Devon – July 11, 2012 06:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Zomg….Damon and Eric. So beautiful

    Comment by mia – July 11, 2012 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damon Salvatore WISHES he was Russell Edgington. But yeah, I understand that pretty will win this one.

    Comment by cass – July 11, 2012 07:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damon Salvatore is without a doubt, the BEST bad boy there is!!!! Him and Tim Riggins. ;)

    Comment by soarin829 – July 11, 2012 08:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ha !!!! Eric ….

    Comment by Cathy – July 11, 2012 09:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Couldn’t’ve put Tate with one of the people I didn’t even care to vote for?

    Comment by Miranda – July 11, 2012 10:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by August – July 11, 2012 10:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Ally – July 12, 2012 08:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Dumb autocorrect. I meant Alex Karev–not Alex Marsh.

        Comment by Ally – July 12, 2012 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by fangtabulous – July 11, 2012 11:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Eric & Russel FTW – July 12, 2012 12:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by holeigh – July 12, 2012 06:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • eric and rusel because Damon is not anymore a bad boy now he is only the pathetic puppy of Elena Gilbert

    Comment by elenaserrani (@eleitaliana) – July 12, 2012 06:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eric and Russell!!!!

    Comment by ripleyaeryn – July 12, 2012 07:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damon. Bad boy with a heart. And blue, blue eyes and that smirk!

    Comment by Sara – July 12, 2012 07:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damon & Eric obviously *sigh*

    Comment by Loes – July 12, 2012 08:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Finally we get an easy one! Eric and Damon!

    Comment by KBC – July 12, 2012 08:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damon Salvatore!

    Comment by Natali – July 12, 2012 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Sunrise – July 12, 2012 09:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TATE VS ERIC? well f-ck you tv line ):

    Comment by Florence – July 12, 2012 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TATEEEEEEEEE !

    Comment by Dudss – July 12, 2012 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damon is awesome and all but HEY it’s Russel Edington, the ultimate anarchist…

    Comment by mac – July 12, 2012 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hate saying this, but people are dumb. Tate is scarier than any vampire HBO can throw at you.

    Comment by allison – July 12, 2012 01:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eric beats up all of them!!! No one mess w/ the viking!!!!!

    Comment by Shelli – July 12, 2012 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eric and Russell.. Nuff said

    Comment by viking5girl – July 12, 2012 03:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eric is not a bad boy. And next to Russell Damon is a newborn child.

    Comment by Nahuel – July 13, 2012 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Jessica – July 13, 2012 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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