Supernatural Vs. Firefly! Sherlock Vs. Fringe! Round 2 of TV's Best Bad Boy Continues!

best tv bad boysA trio of sexy sci-fi guys and a crime solver who might as well be an alien take center stage as TV’s Ultimate Bad Boy Bracket Tournament hits Round 2, Day 3.

Yes, folks, we’ve got Dean Winchester of Supernatural fame facing Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds of Firefly, and Sherlock‘s titular sleuth battling Fringe‘s Peter Bishop.

Every day for the next several weeks, 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 2 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 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. Thea says:

    I love you Dean. But it’s the Captain. #BrowncoatForever

  2. Lila says:

    Dean all the way. He’s perfection.

  3. Megan B. says:

    Dean vs. THE Captain?!? That’s just mean. I love Dean and “Supernatural”, but sorry… Oh Captain, my captain. :)

  4. Amy says:

    Dean vs. Mal…NOT FAIR!!! How in the world am I supposed to choose!!

  5. Amy says:

    And looking ahead we have Neal vs. Harvey!! Man, this “fun” tournament is gonna get tough :)

  6. Kate M. says:

    That’s not fair. Captain Tightpants versus Dean Winchester would be an impossible final showdown, but to be forced to send one of these men home in only the second round is criminal. I’ve got to vote for Mal, but it hurts. Maybe Dean needs a hug…

  7. Ashley says:

    Mal and Sherlock. Easy-peasy round for me!

  8. Amber says:

    this is a horrible choice to have to make! Arg!

  9. This says:

    I love Sherlock, but I wish John had been included; I think he’s more of a “bad boy.”

  10. This category is evil. Can both Dean Winchester and Captain Tightpants win?

  11. Elmeco says:

    Nooo! Both Dean & Sherlock are losing D:

  12. tvaddict says:

    Come on people! Dean went to hell and back and was just sent to purgatory and we know he will be back. Dean FTW

    • J says:

      Well, you could argue that Mal went to cancellation-Hell and back to the big screen…

      Man, tough calls all around.

  13. DEAN WINCHESTER OBVIOUSLY!!!! Come on baby, beat this dude!

    • TheHeroOfCanton says:

      If you can make that call so easily, I’m betting you’ve never even seen Firefly. While I love Dean and all of his exploits, my loyalty rests with my gorram crew. Good luck Cap’n.

  14. Allie says:


  15. murley says:

    wow tough round! loyalty has to go to the captain but it is a tough call. and as much as it pains me to vita against Joshua Jackson Sherlock is the badder boy.

  16. murley says:

    wow tough round! loyalty has to go to the captain but it is a tough call. and as much as it pains me to vote against Joshua Jackson Sherlock is the badder boy.

  17. AT says:

    This is quite possibly the most unfair tournament you have ever come up with. How in the world are we supposed to vote???

    • Kvivik says:

      You think this one is bad, wait until you have Angel v Spike and Sylar v Rumplestiltskin. While Spike wins the battle of Buffy for me, Sylar v Rumple is already causing me grief and it isn’t here yet. BTW Mal and Sherlock for the WIN!!!

  18. Sal says:

    Sherlock vs. Peter Bishop??? NOOOOO!!! I’m a total Fringie and I love Josh Jackson, but Benedict Cumberbatch makes Sherlock such a fascinating character…arg… I’ll go with Sherlock. With reservations.

  19. Ali says:

    Dean vs Mal?!! That is just cruel….

  20. Andie says:


  21. Arielle Lamaute says:

    Love yah Captain Hammer but Dean all the way all day every day.

  22. Irish says:

    Meanest. Bracket. Ever.

    I love all four too much to pick!

  23. Temis says:

    Mal is beating Dean? This place sure is different from eonline, where the contest would come down to Damon Salvatore vs Dean Winchester.

    • km says:

      I had pegged the final round for either Spike or Damon v. Dean. Shows what I know.

    • Ivana says:

      Fortunately, people here seem to know more than just the current shows. ;)

      (Personally, I don’t think Damon holds a candle to a bunch of characters in this bracket, including Spike, Mal, Logan Echools, Angel, Rumpelstilskin, Gaius Baltar [who’s already gone!], Tony Soprano and quite a few others I’m too lazy to list.)

  24. Teri robertson says:

    Oh my god! Why are u ppl voting against dean?????????? Seriously has saved the world several times takes on angels demons leviathens purely with a commical give them hell attidude!! Also who is mel???? Also even if I knew nobody can beat dean winchester ever! He even made god say sorry to him! ;)

    • TigerNightmare says:

      If you saw Firefly, you would vote for Mal, or at the very least have trouble making a decision. No, you would. Read the other comments.

  25. Dean Forever. No brainer for me. I don’t even watch Firefly, though I like Nathan. I’m still a Dean-Girl. Always. <3

  26. Betsy says:

    I hate you. I hate you so much for making me choose between Dean and Mal.

  27. Rachel says:

    Obviously Sherlock and Dean, without a second thought!

  28. Robyn says:

    As much as it pained me, I had to vote for Dean. He had the crappiest childhood ever (absent father figure, no stable home, had to raise his little brother, etc) and he’s not a true leader of anyone, whereas Capt. Mal is a natural leader. Man I wish both could win, though.

  29. I voted for Dean although I don’t consider him a bad boy. He’s a hero. There’s nothing bad about him, in any sense of the phrase, IMO.

  30. Gilda says:

    Peter vs Sherlock? NOOOO

  31. pook says:

    dean -dean and more dean

  32. magali says:

    Browncoats Forever! Captain Mal for the win!

  33. Sonia says:

    Got to support my Canadian Boys!!! Not to mention I love both of them… Go Nathan and Joshua!!!

  34. ben says:

    Mal & Sherlock. Love Peter Bishop, but I can’t really vote for him over Sherlock in a ‘bad boy’ contest. Josh will just have to survive in his other incarnation.

  35. km says:

    I love Mal as much as the next girl, but Dean Winchester spent the equivalent of thirty years as a torturer in hell. There’s no comparison. You don’t get badder than Dean while miraculously still being a hero.

  36. Ally says:

    I voted for Dean and Peter but SERIOUSLY there needs to be a Wildcard round for those battle that end closely.

  37. Jade says:

    Dean is the obvious choice! Come on ladies! :)

    • Jude says:

      How about if they post a photo of chubby (portly) OLD Nate Fillion as he looks now ??? Instead of how he looked 10 years ago???!!!! Yech! Nooooooo way could he beat gorgeous Dean….

      All the Mal fans are living in the past…….

  38. Ella says:

    HOW is Jensen not OWNING this? I love Nathan but come on!

  39. Stephanie says:

    Dean Winchester: There’s Mal Girls and Dean Girls and- What’s a slash fan?
    Mal Reynolds: As in Mal-slash-Dean. Together.
    Dean Winchester: Like “together” together?
    Mal Reynolds: Yeah.
    Dean Winchester: [Horrified] They do know we’re competing in a bracket tournament, right?
    Mal Reynolds: Doesn’t seem to matter.
    Dean Winchester: Oh, come on, that… that’s just sick.

    Teehee I vote for both at the same time.

  40. Krithika says:

    ugh…painful choice but had to go with Captain Mal!! Captain Tightpants FTW!!

    • Jude says:

      With the way Fillion’s weight has increased over the past few years those tight pants would split in two……………heheheh

  41. L c says:

    Peter has to win

  42. Rain says:

    While I love Dean, I’m a Browncoat till death! Captain Tightpants for the win!!

  43. Kate says:

    Can we just acknowledge the fact that it’s been 10 years since it was cancelled, and Firefly is still winning this poll. We love our Captain <3

  44. Cassidy says:

    Love Dean, But we’re still flying <3

  45. Emily says:

    Oh, no. I am a diehard Fringe fan, but Cumberbatch’s Holmes is so amazing, I think I have to sit this one out. But Dean vs. Mal Reynolds is a no brainer. I sat through Supernatural between Fringe and Doctor Who at Comic Con and they did a fantastic job of making me never want to watch the show, ever. O Captain! My Captain!

  46. Rebecca says:

    The annoying thing about the end result of the Dean vs. Mal poll, is that there is no way it’s going to be an accurate reflection of the fan base or the characters. It’s going to end up being SPN fans reloading the webpage 900 times a day until it closes so that their precious show wins.

    That makes me so sad. Mal & Firefly SO deserve this!

    • Amy says:

      You can only vote once per IP address. If you try and vote twice it tells you “Thanks we already counted your vote”. So multiple votes are not allowed. That said, this was Sophies Choice for me, soooo hard, but in the end I voted for the Captain. I agree that he deserves it!!!

  47. MoxieSue says:

    Love Dean, but gotta go with Captain Tightpants!

  48. Britta Unfiltered says:

    C’mon Mal, leave this guy in your dust. You can do it.

  49. perfume2010 says:

    Dean Winchester!

  50. well this is easy for me since i am not watching firefly or sherlock