It’s probably a safe bet to say that most of us have had a thing with a fictional TV bad boy. Whether you love to hate ‘em (or love to love ‘em), they can be hard to resist. My first of many TV bad boys crushes started whilst watching Alias back in 2001 when Julian Sark (played by David Anders) captured my heart. Yes, Michael Vaughn is a babe, but sometimes it’s fun to imagine what life would be like on the wild side. Even though, I’ll admit, I was only 12 at the time.
Things progressed rapidly from there, and – more often than not – I found myself loving the bad boys as I experienced TV. It’s just not the same without them! Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, I’m sure no one can deny that these bad boys certainly made their mark on the entertainment world.
Check out my Top 10 TV bad boys, and let me know who makes your list!
10. Wade Kinsella – Hart of Dixie
This is a bad boy who knows how to be charming, making him all the more dangerous. There are so many reasons why I shouldn’t like Wade, but I forgot every single one of them when he took his shirt off. (Just kidding! As a strong, independent female, I’m not letting him get away with that.)
9. Neal Caffrey – White Collar
What kind of a bad boy list would this be if Neal Caffrey didn’t make it? The superior high class criminal, he reminds me of turtlenecks and ski chalets (don’t ask me why), but in a good way. He’s the type of bad boy you don’t feel so guilty about loving. I mean, seriously, he’s reformed(ish).
8. Logan Echolls – Veronica Mars
I admit it. I’m a marshmallow. Logan Echolls was my kind of bad boy. Anger problems, a wee bit violent, and way too sarcastic for his own good…Logan was an asshole. However, he was an onion of an asshole, and when you peel away those layers, you can find somewhat of a decent human being underneath.
7. Eric Northman – True Blood
Please don’t hate me, but I never liked Bill Compton on True Blood. He was boring, his accent annoyed me, so when Eric came on the scene I was thrilled. Who’s a better bad boy than a tall, blonde, gorgeous Viking-turned-vampire?
6. Grant Ward – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
I cannot tell you how much I hated Grant Ward. WHY, Ward, WHY? Why could you do this to me? How could you betray us? In his awesome leather jacket with that smug smile, ohhh…I wanted to slap him. I have to keep reminding myself that his character wouldn’t be nearly so interesting if he had a heart of gold, but dang! This bad boy surprised me, and for that I’ll never forgive him.
5. Damon Salvatore – The Vampire Diaries
Damon Salvatore practically invented the bad boy smolder. If it existed previously, then he took it to a whole new plane of existence. Although, I won’t lie…Stefan without a conscience? Kinda loved it even more than Damon’s bad boy act.
4. Niklaus Mikaelson – The Vampire Diaries/ The Originals
Let’s be honest. The CW has the whole ‘bad boy formula’ nailed down. Even before it was The CW (rest in peace, The WB), these guys knew how to make a bad boy great. Or horrible, depending on how you look at it. Klaus stepped into TVD as an amazing villain, and the way his character evolved? Amazing.
3. Spike – Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel
Spike is pretty much the epitome of a bad boy. British accent, lots of leather, tendency to bite things. What could go wrong? When he finally joins forces with Buffy after non-stop badness, I think I lost my mind.
2. Chuck Bass – Gossip Girl
It’s safe to say that I absolutely hated Chuck Bass when Gossip Girl started. Arrogant, slimy, he was definitely a “mother-chucking bass-hole”, as Blair Waldorf might so aptly put it. Sure, he reformed (eventually), but part of why I hated/loved Chuck was because sometimes…he couldn’t resist being the bad boy.
1. Moriarty – Sherlock
Did you really think I’d forget to include arguably one of the greatest villains television has ever seen? Andrew Scott’s Moriarty actually gave me shivers. He terrified me, and I loved it. Seriously, I watched Season Two, Episode Three of BBC’s Sherlock in my flat in the UK, alone, and it was the worst decision I could have made. This bad boy…he’s not one you’ll easily forget.
Bonus Movie Bad Boy: Loki
Loki, Loki, Loki. Arguably the best villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Loki is the king of bad boys. Ironic, that the bad boy would end up having the face that would launch a thousand fangirl ships, but with a character like Loki – what’s not to love? He’s got it all. Long hair? Check. Lots of leather? Check. Daddy issues? Check. Loki is the ultimate bad boy.
Plus, part of what makes Loki’s bad boy character so tragically appealing is that it’s utterly preventable. If only he’d waited for the throne, he probably would’ve gotten it.
So, that being said, who makes your list? Leave me a comment below!