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12 of the best TV bad boys of all time

Everybody loves a bad boy, and we’ve seen our fair share on some of our favorite TV shows throughout the years. Even if they get a little soft throughout the seasons, they still keep their devilish charm. Here are a few of our favorite TV bad boys of all-time.

1. Eric Northman, True Blood

Along with his progeny, Pam, Eric served as one of the most charming (OK, Pam wasn’t that charming) and dangerous vamps on TV. Is he our favorite of all-time? We wouldn’t say no.

2. Damon Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries

For seven seasons this vampire has stolen the hearts of the TVD fandom, and for good reason. For the upcoming — and final — eighth season of the show, it’s promised that we’ll get more of the blood-thirsty Damon we all fell in love with. #ThatSmolderTho

3. Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel

For our BtVS fans, we’re just gunna leave this one right here. #TheKingOfAllTVVamps

4. Klaus Mikaelson, The Originals

He paints, he soliloquy-s like a motherf*cker, and every time he says “whilst” an angel gets its wings. Klaus Mikaelson, we love you.

5. Malcolm Merlyn, Arrow/DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

OK, so this should actually read, “John Barrowman”, but we love everything he plays on screen. Isn’t he the best?

6. James Sawyer, Lost

We all wished we could have a nickname from the infamous Sawyer. His southern charm and con-man ways made him a forever fan-favorite of Losties. Fun fact: Ian Somerhalder modeled his character Damon Salvatore after Sawyer. #ItMustBeTheEyes

7. Derek HaleTeen Wolf

Oh, the brooding! We’ll see Tyler Hoechlin return to TV this fall in Supergirl as Superman, but we will always know him as our Alpha, Derek Hale.

8. Daryl DixonThe Walking Dead

Not showering never looked so good. A bad boy with a heart of gold, Daryl Dixon is everyone’s favorite on The Walking Dead.

9. The Winchester BrothersSupernatural

OK, so they’re not really bad, but they’ve been possessed/demons at one point, so that kind of counts. We just wanted a reason to add a GIF of them to this list. You’re welcome.

10. Captain Hook, Once Upon a Time

We don’t remember Captain Hook looking this good when we were kids. We guess we should queue up Once Upon a Time on Netflix?

11. Jaime Lannister, Game of Thrones

Sure, he bangs his sister, but he’s (sort of) started to redeem himself the last couple of seasons. #TeamJaime

Read our theories for next season!

12. Bellamy BlakeThe 100

Oh, how we love to hate this guy. No matter who you ship on the show, there’s no doubt that Bellamy is 100% swoon-worthy.


Who are your favorite TV bad boys? Sound off in the comments below and share with us on Twitter @Pure_Fandom!


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Pure Fandom was created by fangirls and best friends, Liz (Pochop) Prugh and Lindi Smith. Their site - along with several other expert fan contributors! - brings you updates and breakdowns on shows like 'The Walking Dead,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Originals', and more. Liz & Lindi have written for Entertainment Weekly, AOL, HelloGiggles, and frequently host Comic-Con panels around the country. They are dedicated to putting a comedic and fun twist on all things fandom.

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