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[[caption-width-right:300:Be my bad boy. Be my man. Be my weekend lover, but don't be my friend.]]

->''Why do girls always prefer the distant, aloof, handsome, dangerous dudes instead of cheerful chaps like me?''
-->-- '''Creator/RogerEbert''', ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081119/REVIEWS/811199997 review]].

Maybe Hollywood is tapping into the ancestral female animal instinct to choose [[WomenPreferStrongMen the mightiest, strongest, toughest genes]] for their offspring. Maybe it's just because GoodIsBoring and EvilIsSexy. Whatever the reason -- in Hollywood, it's the ''bad boys'' the girls want.

The "bad boy" targets the strongest womanly instincts: [[TheQuietOne the stoic, silent guy]] is a mystery waiting to be solved; the TroubledButCute youth with a [[DarkAndTroubledPast tragic past]] is a [[TheWoobie woobie]] needing comfort; he's tough enough to be a girl's [[BodyguardCrush protector]], but vulnerable enough to [[LoveRedeems need her]] as well. Add to that the fact that EvilIsCool, the AntiHero ranks as Bachelor of the Month.

All this, of course, tends to gloss over the fact that [[ShapedLikeItself bad boys are]] ''[[CaptainObvious bad]]'', meaning criminally inclined, [[{{Jerkass}} not good as friends]], [[SanityHasAdvantages probably not too mentally stable]], potentially abusive/physically violent, might have trouble keeping a legal job, and will most likely be more interested in the physical (read: ''sexual'') aspect of a relationship than anything else. He's also probably not going to be that concerned with fidelity, either. So what if he can't be trusted? It's an honor for girls in media to be chosen by him, to walk into prom night with him on her arm, to ride on the back of his motorcycle with her arms around his waist, to stick her tongue out at the AlphaBitch from the passenger's seat of his stolen convertible.

Depending on the nature of the Bad Boy and whether he's redeemable or not, use of this trope may cause the viewer to question the character's sense or intelligence, particularly if it's immediately obvious to everyone from the outset of the relationship that the man is a thoroughly nasty piece of work. Don't count on ReformedRakes if the ''bad boy'' is a OneShotCharacter. If the ''bad boy'' and or the ''girl'' are unimportant characters, they have a tendency to be [[StrawCharacter Straw Characters]].

This portrayal can sometimes be the product of EntitledToHaveYou, StandardHeroReward or NiceGuysFinishLast on the part of good guy we're supposed to root for or the audience or [[AuthorAppeal the author]]. This bad boy is made to be a {{foil}} and show how "undesirable" the other options are. This can backfire if there are [[PeripheryDemographic female audience]] members who have something else in mind. Ironically, their FixFic is likely to 1.)[[DracoInLeatherPants make the bad boy look better]] and 2.) [[RonTheDeathEater make the nice guy look worse]].

Sometimes the badness is an InformedAttribute, such as with the LoveableRogue. It all depends on what the author wants to use this trope for. It's entirely possible for someone to [[FaceOfAThug look like]] a ''bad boy'' but not fit the above description. Sometimes a supposed ''bad boy'' who really isn't has to deal with the advances of a hyperactive FanGirl who doesn't know when to [[NoGuyWantsToBeChased cut-it-out]] resulting in comedy at [[TheComicallySerious the ''bad boy's'' expense]].

Interestingly, younger women are often portrayed as prone to this trope, while older, more mature, and wiser women (meaning 35 and older) seem much less receptive to "bad boy" vibes (maybe they learnt their lesson through painful experience), although there are always exceptions. Can be portrayed as being either GenreSavvy or if the ''bad boy'' falls into the ''[[WrongGenreSavvy not really a bad boy]]'' category (especially if he is a main character) as a [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer overly protective but well meaning mother figure]] for the girl.

The [[SpearCounterpart SpearCounterparts]] are TheVamp, FemmeFatale, DefrostingIceQueen, [[{{Tsundere}} Tsundere]], BelligerentSexualTension, DatingCatwoman, and HighHeelFaceTurn - showing that just as many boys want ''bad girls''.


For [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk really bad]] ''bad boys'', the Girl (either intentionally or not) may find herself becoming a MonsterFangirl or a LoveMartyr at worst. The girl may also go to the other end and find what they are looking for is the NiceGuy because SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan -- particularly as a SecondLove, and often via JustFriends, when they've been burned their previous boyfriend.

See SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan for a typical inversion. A popular subversion is to make the guy ''look'' like a bad guy but revealing himself as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold with little to no criminal record.

Related to ICanChangeMyBeloved, which often follows after this. The fandom reaction version of this is DracoInLeatherPants. In high school settings often found alongside AllGuysWantCheerleaders. Contrast {{Adorkable}} and WeaknessTurnsHerOn, where more timid, sweet, and "uncool" characters are seen as attractive.

[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hybristophilia Hybristophilia]] is this trope taken UpToEleven.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** This version of Mamoru plays with this dynamic, since he's given a motorcycle and an AgeLift from high-schooler to college student while dating a middle-schooler. He's a snarky jerk to Usagi for a long time, ''but'' they don't progress beyond BelligerentSexualTension until he shapes up.
** Played straighter with Naru and [[spoiler: Nephrite]] Naru knows he isn't a good person and is aware that he has tried to use her, particularly since he tells her as much. Yet she admits to a worried Usagi that she can't help loving him. [[spoiler: Then Nephrite turns out to not be a monster... [[RedemptionEqualsDeath only to die in her arms]].]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Even after everything he's done, Sakura still has feelings for Sasuke. In Sakura's case though, it's a DeconstructedTrope: she's aware that he's broken and ruined beyond belief, and that the gruff yet inwardly kind-hearted boy she fell in love with is long gone... yet still can't help having feelings for him.
** [[DarkChick Karin]]. [[StalkerWithACrush Dear God]], [[{{Yandere}} Karin]]. Although at the end of the Kage Summit arc Karin ditched Sasuke after he tried to kill her, [[spoiler: in manga chapter 574 we see her torn between fawning over and bashing a hand-made portrait of him]]. Time will tell if this was just an act, since [[spoiler:she has lockpicks hidden in the picture]].
*** [[spoiler:Turns out Sasuke [[EasilyForgiven need only make the briefest of apologies to get her back on his side]]. She does vent her angst by pounding the snot out of Suigetsu though]].
* Bad boy Yusuke in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is the object of good girl Keiko's desires. It helps that they are childhood friends. Being a {{Tsundere}}, Keiko also isn't really attracted to his bad boyness, never hesitating to bitch slap him when he acts bad in her presence. Keiko is the ''only'' girl attracted to Yusuke. The other girls in Sarayashiki are afraid of him, and more than once, they ask her "Keiko-chan, just [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim what do you see in him]]?!" It helps that (delinquent rebelliousness aside), Yusuke is actually surprisingly nice most of the time, especially as he matures as the series goes on.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Light Yagami, a sociopathic KnightTemplar. In series, he has both kinds of girls that like him. The type that is infatuated with his goody-two-shoes Mr. Perfect personality on the outside, and the type that is obsessively in love with him ''because'' he's the brutal, condescending killer Kira.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Tenshinhan and Launch in [[Manga/DragonBall the original manga]]. Launch falls in love with him because of how ruthless he was in fights.
** Bulma: Yamcha was a former bandit, until his Anti-Hero streak reached its expiry date. She also went head over heels when she first saw General Blue from the Red Ribbon Army and Zarbon from Frieza's army, ''before'' breaking up with Yamcha. Vegeta, the mass-murdering, [[KiAttacks ki-blast happy]] [[HumanAliens alien]] and SociopathicHero of the group actually managed to get Bulma knocked up, and she gave birth to their son Trunks (she eventually married Vegeta and they had a second child). Even after that, when Dr. Gero attacked her, Vegeta, instead of tending to them like [[FutureBadass Future Trunks]] requested, said he doesn't care so much about "that foolish woman and her blasted child" before he punched him. The only two moments where he showed any substantial love for his family came during the Cell Games, when he witnessed Cell kill Future Trunks with a Death Beam and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge promptly went crazy on]] BeamSpam, and in the Buu Saga, [[RedemptionEqualsDeath when he killed himself to try to destroy Buu on their behalf]]. [[HopeSpot Both]] [[SenselessSacrifice failed]].
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': In a gender-inversion, Krillin, an all-around good guy, married Android No.18, a killer cyborg and someone who stated she wanted to kill his best friend, simply for giving him a kiss on the cheek. Justified by the fact that 18 and her brother were AntiVillain FriendlyEnemy types rather than the cold-blooded killers of Future Trunks' time. Otherwise, he and the other Z-Fighters would all be dead. And, [[GentleGiant 16]] aside (who would later change his tune anyway), they didn't take the Goku hunt all too seriously.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' parodied this in a chapter where otaku fangirl Renge attacked nearly every club member for not being angsty enough, and declared that filming all of them wallowing in some form of angst would increase their appeal. She was crazy but apparently right, as evidenced by the huge demand for the video.
* Tomoya from ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'' is a bad boy who is often outright nasty towards the girls he meets, confronting them with his sarcastic attitude and making snide remarks at their expense. He also loves to play pranks on them (especially on Fuko), but that doesn't stop most of the girls from swooning over him toward the end of the series. He ends up with the good girl, Nagisa.
** Though he starts like this ([[ChickMagnet with girls falling for him left and right]]), he gets considerable character development in the anime.
* ''Manga/LovelyComplex'': Koizumi's love interest, Otani, has a real attitude problem and Koizumi often has to endure quite a bit of verbal abuse. It doesn't prevent her from [[DoggedNiceGuy pursuing him relentlessly]], competing with the other girls who like him--which includes his neighbor Mimi, a fashion model. Then again, she is [[{{Tsundere}} not always lovey-dovey herself]].
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', every female in the class swoons over cigarette-smoking, dynamite-throwing, foul-mouthed juvenile delinquent Gokudera Hayato, including main love interest Sasagawa Kyoko --much to TheHero, Sawada Tsuna's chagrin...Ironically, Gokudera spends time fanboying ''[[HoYay over Tsuna himself]]''.
* Played with in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. When [[spoiler:Mytho, former ExtremeDoormat]], goes through a FaceHeelTurn in the second season, he picks up a new girl almost every episode, but it's because he's casting a spell on them so he can manipulate them into being a sacrifice for the BigBad, not because they're suddenly attracted to him now that he's a Bad Boy.
* ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'': this is Hiroyuki Tokumori's curse. When he was a kid, [[spoiler:Miwako chose Arashi instead of him]]. Series heroine Yukari was in love with him for who knows how long, until she met [[{{Jerkass}} George]] and fell for him on the spot. [[spoiler:In the end, it's subverted when Yukari ends up marrying him, since both she ''and'' George realized that [[TheMasochismTango their relationship wasn't going anywhere]].]]
* Sousuke Sagara of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. A highly-skilled military specialist who works for a mercenary company, who knows half-a-dozen ways to kill you before you hit the floor, and who's been an assassin since he was ''eight'', with enough of a DarkAndTroubledPast for two or three protagonists, is prime bad-boy material. And yet the qualities for which he's best loved, both in the series and in real life, are his loyalty, dedication to duty, determination, stalwart protectiveness (in a good way), {{chast|eHero}}ity, and frequently naive earnestness. Furthermore, his tendency to seek violent solutions whether or not they are appropriate drives off prospective matches (except [[VillainousCrush Gauron]], but that's because [[StalkerWithACrush he's]] [[InLoveWithYourCarnage Gauron]]).
* ''Anime/CoyoteRagtimeShow'': This is essentially Angelica Barnes's reason for chasing the rogue Mister.
* Both played straight and inverted in ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'', with the ''same character''. More than one girl falls for the main character, who is exactly everything a Bad Boy is NOT. He is, however, seen as one by everyone else in the cast. ''Also'' either played straight or inverted with most other cast members. At one point, king of the IdiotBall Kuroda tries to "save" Ryoko from Kitano, because he ''thinks'' she's suffering from this trope, and sees himself as the good guy. Ryoko, of course, likes Kitano because he's a AllLovingHero and despises Kuroda (who ''poses'' as a bad boy). Oh, and Ryoko is quite the bad girl herself, but poses as mostly harmless. Confused yet? Because that's just the start of it.
* Good lord, Freya from ''Manga/ImmortalRain''. She has no interest in Rain, who stays by her side to comfort her, plants a garden of beautiful flowers to cheer her up, and generally does everything chivalrous and gentlemanly when it comes to her. And just to add to how horrible her taste is, she goes after Yuca, who is not actually all that friendly towards her, and [[spoiler: is actually ''jealous'' of how Rain liked her, being [[HoYay unhealthily obsessed with Rain himself]].]] (Seriously, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/immortal_rain/v03/c013/8.html how could she not notice?]]) This ends ''very'' badly for Freya, as Yuca [[spoiler:ends up murdering her - presumably as a form of MurderTheHypotenuse, and ''feeds her flesh to a paralyzed, unconscious Rain'']].
* ''Manga/ShugoChara'' milks this trope for all it's worth with Ikuto, the NotEvilJustMisunderstood / TroubledButCute / TallDarkAndSnarky / JerkWithAHeartOfGold / PunchClockVillain who has [[MrFanservice hordes of swooning fangirls]] in the real world and manages to [[LuminescentBlush fluster the heck]] out of the heroine, even though she officially has a crush on [[BettyAndVeronica another boy]].
* Van of ''Anime/GunXSword'' is rude, lazy, and oblivious to other people most of the time. He still gathers an UnwantedHarem. One suspects that his harem members like him at least in part because of this trope. (In the series' comic {{omake}}, the puppet version of Wendy explicitly invokes this trope, claiming that "girls are more attracted to bad boys.")
* Karim of ''Manga/JyuOhSei'' is madly in love with her superior, Zagi, despite his role as the psychotic murdering bastard with not a hint of respect for either his opponents or his allies. He hits her, manipulates her emotions, and completely rejects her when she disobeys a single order.
* Not quite invoked in ''Anime/EurekaSeven''. The trope is referenced in one of Renton's men's magazines, which advises readers to be a little wild with girls and not to come across as ''too'' friendly. Renton just keeps on being nice to Eureka, however, since romance in the series mostly works on the principle of SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan. The sole exception is Talho's relationship with Holland, but even that is tempered by her insistence that he act more maturely.
* This is subverted in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', where Mamiya falls for Rei only after Kenshiro redeemed his violent attitude by saving his long-lost sister, Airi, and revealing him as actually [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan a good person]]. Sadly... Rei dies before he can share the romance with her.
* [[Manga/HimechanNoRibon Hime-chan]], while disguised as Daichi (a boy with a huge fanbase in the school due to his dequilent nature), tries to tell Hikaru, his number one fan, to stop liking him because he's dangerous...which only makes her like him even more and declare that he is extremely "cool".
* In the "Cupid's Day" episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Shirley says that it is her duty to [[ICanChangeMyBeloved "reform" Lelouch]] because she believes that he's "a failure as a person".
* In ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'', Weboshi admits to liking Nakanojou, the boy with the mohawk. What she doesn't know, nor believes when told, is that Nakanojou is actually a very sweet guy. His mohawk is simply his natural hairstyle.
* Christie from ''{{Dramacon}}'' falls for [[TallDarkAndSnarky Matt]]. A subversion, as he's really not a bad guy at all -- just socially inept and very cynical.
* It's more or less the same deal in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', when Tohru falls in love with Kyo -- also socially inept and terribly cynical, but then, he may have a ''right'' to be, just a little (not only was he was born under the influence of a curse that turns him into a cat whenever a girl embraces him -- [[spoiler:or into a monstrous cat-like ''beast'' if he ever removes his Buddhist rosary -- as soon as he graduates from high school, his own family is going to lock him up for the rest of his life]]). As a result, a good part of his "bad boy" attitude comes from genuine psychological problems rather than him being mean.
* Gender flipped in ''Anime/SeireiNoMoribito'', when softhearted healer Tanda pines after fierce female bodyguard Balsa. And she likes him too!
* ''Manga/KyoKoiOHajimemasu'' has Tsubaki Kyota. Despite acting like a delinquent and switching girls like he switches shirts, he is ''the'' most popular guy at school.
* Toyed with in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. Marco from the Hakushu dinosaurs wants to impress his CuteSportsClubManager Maria badly enough that he's more than willing to use Gaou as a weapon, turn Kisaragi into a psycho, and break other team's quarterbacks in order to win... but she actually loves him for the NiceGuy he used to be, and is so conflicted over his "bad boy" attitude that she becomes an EmotionlessGirl [[spoiler: and is willing to secretly give tips to others so they can defeat Marco and Co., and knock him down his pedestal]]. It's only ''after'' Marco straights his act that Maria shows him her feelings for him.
* In ''Manga/KingOfThorn'', Kasumi develops a crush on Marco Owen, who is a [[PrisonsAreGymnasiums muscular]], [[SirSwearsALot foul-mouthed]], {{Tattooed Crook}}. Several of the other survivors notice Kasumi's crush and comment on it, but it's hard to tell what Marco thinks, as he's somewhat hard to read. [[spoiler:Although he ''does'' come back from the dead in order to save Kasumi]]...
* In ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'', every male student of Ishiyama High who has a love interest counts.
* Deconstructed in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' where Quess Paraya falls for the ruthless Char Aznable, only for her to be manipulated into becoming a psychotic killing machine. Amuro Ray even calls him out for it.
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. [[ActionGirl Casca]] becomes the love interest of the towering, brooding, rugged and usually [[NoSocialSkills maladjusted]] [[BlackKnight Guts]]. However, Guts isn't really a bad guy, he just ''looks'' like one. You just have to get to know him to know that.
** Sonia, the resident MissionControl of the Neo-Hawks, plays this straighter. She is childishly infatuated with [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Griffith]], and later with [[TheHunter Irvine]]. The first is the story's BigBad. The other is an Apostle, which means a member of the LegionsOfHell.
* Jotaro Kujo of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' gets [[ChickMagnet far more female attention]] than he's comfortable with. He tries to rectify this by bluntly telling any girl who approaches him to piss off. This has worked exactly zero times.
-->'''Girl:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint He talked to me!]]
* Unavoidable in ''Manga/GekkanShoujoNozakiKun'', which is an AffectionateParody of ShoujoGenre manga.
** Also why Nozaki decided to come up with a "bad boy" character at Chapter 30, because they seem more appealing
** Parodied in Chapter 32 when Nozaki received an [[StylisticSuck over the top]] OtomeGame from his editor and decided to play it with Hori and Wakamatsu. The trio soon became amazed by the persistence of the female lead in chasing the cast of largely JerkAss [[{{Bishounen}} guys]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Played with in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour''; Sue Storm is endlessly pursued by BadBoy AntiHero Prince Namor the Comicbook/SubMariner of Atlantis, who isn't exactly shy about letting her know that he has the hots for her, but consistently turns him down in favor of geeky, slightly clueless Reed Richards. Needless to say, the two men don't exactly have a warm friendship. Depending on who's writing her, Sue reacts to Namor's attentions with either barely-concealed interest (which is closer to the spirit of the trope, although she nevertheless continues to spurn him out of loyalty to Reed) or outright irritation. Interestingly, sometimes Reed ''is'' on the badboy side, though when Reed is bad, he's more of a CorruptCorporateExecutive than a 100% Bad Boy. There are times when Sue admits that she feels attraction for Namor.
* Arguably, the reason so many of the females in Franchise/{{Batman}}'s rogues gallery (and superteams) wind up having so much subtext with him. For the villain females, he's just good enough to spark that bit of "I could have something better" but definitely dark enough and bad enough to be NotSoDifferent. The same is true in reverse for the hero females...he's a hero, obviously, but of a very different variety than the primary-colored icons they're otherwise surrounded by.
** Batman is also an example of this trope inverted; he tends to go for Bad Girls (Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}, Talia Al Ghul, etc). [[spoiler: In fact, this tendency was enough to convince him in "Batman RIP" that the woman he was becoming attracted to was TheMole out to betray him to the bad guys - she was a bit too nice for him...]]
** Depending on the writer, this is the definition of Comicbook/HarleyQuinn's attraction to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'': the original five have this kind of thing going on. [[WonderGirl Donna]] could choose between the nice and shy Aqualad, funny Kid Flash, dashing Robin, and badboy Speedy. Guess who did wind up with her. Note, back then, Dick Grayson was pretty clean cut. Now, all girls flock over his dark looks, messy hair, and issues with his daddy (Bats). In short, he didn't got booty until he dropped out of college, grew his hair, and started to talk back to Batman.
** It still bears noting that while Dick copies his mentor's dark look, he is otherwise remarkably well-adjusted (for a superhero anyway), and gets along well with literally every single superhero in the DCU, which is something even Superman isn't always capable of doing.
* Jean Grey in ''Comicbook/UltimateXMen'' flat out tells Wolverine that, regardless of Xavier's belief in redemption, she doesn't trust him or want him at the Mansion: he's been scarred by the horrors of his DarkAndTroubledPast and his work as a former government assassin, and she can't read his mind to confirm her obvious suspicions that he's not nearly as committed to Xavier's cause as he pretends to be. Wolverine doesn't really have to say much else: two panels later, they're making out and she's in bed with him in the next issue.
** Cyclops, while a boy scout in general, definitely fits the 'troubled aloof stoic' bad boy criteria, and is the first to point out he's dangerous to be around. Even before his recent descent into AntiHero badassery, he's had a steady stream of women pursuing him, including Jean Grey, Madelyn Pryor, Psylocke, and Emma Frost.
** Averted with Colossus. Kitty Pryde has pursued him pretty much from day one, and he's [[NiceGuy as good]] [[GentleGiant a boy]] [[IncorruptiblePurePureness as can be found.]]
** Kitty did also fall into this trope with her brief romance with Pete Wisdom during his time with ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}''.
** ChrisClaremont had her attracted to the Neo [[NamesTheSame (no, not that one)]] Seth around X-Men #100.
* In ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', Fiona Fox performs a FaceHeelTurn because she prefers Sonic's AlternateUniverse EvilTwin Scourge over the real hero.
** Many female characters have shown some form of attraction towards Shadow the Hedgehog by now, even if he hasn't had a real girlfriend.
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', the gender-flipped version applies. Laid-back Clark Kent is head-over-heels for sharp-tongued, moody army brat Comicbook/LoisLane and ignores cheerful, flirtatious blonde Cat Grant and sweet, caring GirlNextDoor Comicbook/LanaLang. Of course, Lois's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] turns out to be far sweeter than those of either of the other two, so Clark's probably just very perceptive.
* Parodied in ''ComicBook/WidgeyQButterfluff'', where the closest the comic's SugarBowl setting has to a bad boy is [[PokeThePoodle poodle-poking]], [[BadButt overgrown juvenile delinquent]] Buster, and Widgey still finds herself inexplicably attracted to him.
* Discussed in ''JourneyIntoMystery'' when Kid Loki gets jealous of the attention his BFF shows WalkingShirtlessScene Daimon.
-->'''Loki:''' What is ''wrong'' with the pair of you?
-->'''Leah:''' Bad boys. Everyone loves a bad boy.
-->'''Loki:''' I'm a bad boy!
-->'''Leah:''' Not ''actual'' boys.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/SinCity'' with Shellie. She dumps the abusive boyfriend Jackie Boy and goes for the much nicer Dwight [=McCarthy=]. But as readers know, Dwight's no angel either, and he even killed a former FemmeFatale girlfriend in a previous issue�but he's still a far cry from the misogynistic scumbag that Jackie-Boy was.
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[[folder:Documentary]]
* The BBC documentary ''The Human Animal'' proposes a reason this trope exists in simple biological terms. The short of it is that the dangerous aspects of the target are sexual advertisements. According to the documentary, on a biological level, women are looking for signs of protective prowess (IE: who will help protect and rear offspring). Displays of aggressive behavior are then read as signs of this prowess (cultural signs of this vary greatly, but the intended messages are the same). Once partnered up, however, the female will actively work to prevent the male from displaying further (the 'redeeming' aspect of this trope), so as to prevent the male from gathering further attention from the opposite sex. There's a lot more to human courtship, of course, mostly because, unlike other primates alive today, sex among humans lasts more than 8 seconds.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* In [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/93809/a-pleasant-surprise A Pleasant Surprise]]'', this trope is zig-zagged. It's an inferred reason that he has little experience with girls. An aversion of this trope is why he and his love interest get together.
* ''Fanfic/DemonOfJustice'' Zigzags and plays with this trope. Rami pines after the scary handsome demon and gets dressed up to say goodbye to him...because it's just like what's in the stories. She doesn't mind that he's going, though, because she can't picture him settling down and having kids with her. Wufei is just thankful to get away from her, and is, in fact, prone to hiding in Nantaku until he left the village.
* ''Fanfic/ForGood'', a ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' series, is perhaps best known for the romance between Erin, the protagonist, and Warp Darkmatter, the Evil Emperor's right-hand man. In the introductory fic, ''Breakaway'', their relationship actually begins innocently enough, at least on Erin's part. Warp comes off as less of a villain and more as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4267279/1/Hero-High-Sphinx-Academy Hero High: Sphinx Academy]], Gwen is shown to still be in love with the now revealed BigBad. However this is deconstructed as she is in love with him because despite being the BigBad, he was one of the few people outside of her family to be nice to her, accepting of who she was, and even encourage her.
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', several nameless girls and [[OCStandIn Michikyuu Kanae]] react like this when [[spoiler:Kyon is in delinquent mode, breaking up an illegal photography ring with {{Yakuza}} links.]]
* ''Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'': anyone who asks themselves how it's remotely possible for ''any'' woman to crave [[DoggedNiceGuy Shinji]] [[ButtMonkey Ikari]], whether in the S&[=WH40K=] world or any other, directly invokes this trope in reverse, by definition. Then comes [[HolyShitQuotient their reaction]] after [[MemeticBadass reading it]].
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', Makoto Kagami, a shapeshifting [[ParodySue SUE]] in [[MaiHime Mai]]'s image, takes an interest in [[ManipulativeBastard Nagi]], convinced that there's good in him and that [[LoveRedeems her love will change him]], even as he plans on using her to [[spoiler:betray the Usurper, who has possessed his master, the Obsidian Lord]]. Makoto's superficial attraction to Nagi ends up having severe repercussions... [[spoiler:for Nagi, who gets killed when Makoto's Child is destroyed as a result of her own death]].
* Have a TroubledButCute or otherwise dark and edgy AntiHero[=/=]AntiVillain in your story? Just look up fanfiction, and nine times out of ten, you ''will'' find many fanfics of self-insert MarySue [=OC=]s romancing him.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10256543/1/Nymphadora-s-Beau Nymphadora's Beau]]'' Tonks' {{Genre Savvy}} mother uses Tonks' tendency toward this trope to encourage her to gravitate toward Harry instead of Remus by making Harry ''seem'' like a "bad boy" and pretending to disapprove of him.
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* Brought up in song in ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'':
-->He's a tramp\\
He's a scoundrel\\
He's a rounder\\
He's a cad\\
He's a tramp\\
But I love him\\
Yes, even I have got it really bad...
* Kiara with Kovu from ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride''. Justified, since she isn't aware that he's bad, [[spoiler:and he eventually has a HeelRealization, thanks to [[LoveRedeems his love for her]].]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', Cindy has the hots for local skateboarder Nick Dean...that is, until he encounters Poultra and ScreamsLikeALittleGirl.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WonderWoman'' film, Steve suspects this with Hippolyta and Ares. Hard to get badder than the God of War.
* Gender-Flipped in ''{{Disney/Hercules}}''. The titular hero is sweet, innocent, {{Adorkable}}, and head over heels for the sexy, sarcastic, jaded {{Anti Villain}}ess Megara. The feeling turns out to be quite mutual, and LoveRedeems in its classic form kicks in. Definitely something different, especially for a Disney movie.
* ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' concludes that Lupin III, GentlemanThief that he is, has stolen the heroine's heart.
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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Anne in ''TheFisherKing''.
-->'''Anne:''' I think men was made in the Devil's image, and women were created outta God. 'Cause, after all, women can have babies, which is kinda like creating. And which also accounts for the fact that women are so attracted to men. 'Cause let's face it, the Devil is a helluva lot more interesting. I've slept with some saints in my day, and believe me, I know what I'm talking about. Egh-boy!
* ''Film/DaysOfBeingWild:'' The main character Yuddy/York played by LeslieCheung.
* ''Film/BachelorParty'' (Creator/TomHanks). The band they get for the party sings the song, "Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys?"
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** In the original trilogy, Leia Organa goes for Han Solo (a near-perfect storm of bad-boy beauty) over Luke Skywalker. Then, of course, we find out the true nature of Luke and Leia's relationship, and breathe a collective sigh about the [[SurpriseIncest "ewww" moment]] from which this trope has saved us. She still kissed him, though.
** In the prequel trilogy's ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', slaughtering the Tusken Raiders didn't stop Padmé Amidala from being in love with Anakin. Ultimately leads to tragedy in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' [[FallenHero where he turns to the Dark Side]].
* Subverted in ''Film/SpiderMan3'': when he [[spoiler:gets possessed by the symbiote and]] becomes a 'bad boy', Peter Parker ''thinks'' that he's God's gift to women, but the various looks of exasperation and even disgust he gets from most of the women he encounters tell a very different story - probably because, [[EvilIsCool contrary to expectations]], he's still a clueless geek, only, now that he's 'evil', he's just an obnoxious and arrogant one. The seventies disco moves and overparted hair style don't particularly help matters. Ironically, all of the women he ''does'' manage to charm were already attracted to the 'good' Peter anyway.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' plays with it, in that Good Girl Elizabeth has a Good Boy (Norrington), a dyed-in-the-wool bad boy (Captain Jack Sparrow), and Will, who falls somewhere between them, to choose from. By choosing Will, she gets the best of both worlds.
* In the crime epic, ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', Karen admits that[[spoiler: seeing Henry pistol-whip her neighbor with a loaded handgun turned her on, where as most women she knew would've gotten out of the relationship quick.]]
* Ginger proves to be this in ''Film/{{Casino}}''. While it's debatable if Sam 'Ace' Rothstein was a bad boy or not, [[spoiler:Ginger definitely disrespects him in favor of genuine bad boys. First: her ex-pimp, Lester Diamond. Later: Sam's best friend, gangster Nicky Santoro.]]
* In the comedy ''Don't Tell Her It's Me'', Shelley Long helps her nebbish brother, Steve Guttenberg, construct an identity as a "dangerous" biker from New Zealand in an effort to sweep another woman off her feet.
* In the classic 80s teen movie ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', popular 'princess' Claire falls for rebellious 'criminal' Bender. Throughout the whole film he abuses her and calls her all sorts of obscenities, belittling her shamelessly in front of everyone else...which is of course why [[DracoInLeatherPants she ends up passionately kissing him at the end]].
* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera''. Amber Sweet has resolved sexual tension with Grave-Robber and unresolved sexual tension with [[BrotherSisterIncest Luigi]], who is also [[KnifeNut undeniably]] [[PsychopathicManchild bad]]. [[spoiler:Shilo isn't immune to Grave-Robber's bad-boy charms either. It's implied in [[CutSong Needle Through A Bug]] that he's grooming her to be his protege.]]
* Gender-inverted in ''Crazy/Beautiful.'' In this film, it's the poor Latino kid who's the responsible one with the promising future, and the wealthy Anglo girl who has the bad drug habit and truckload of emotional problems. Every adult in the film warns the former to stay away from the latter -- including the girl's own father -- but, of course, she turns out to simply be a LonelyRichKid and everything works out, thanks to ThePowerOfLove.
* Jenny from ''Film/ForrestGump'' is a rather blatant example of this. For much of the movie, she keeps moving from one abusive lowlife to another, before returning to [[ChildhoodFriendRomance the protagonist]].
* ''Film/JamesBond'' series:
** Bond. However, he also steals girls from guys (and {{psycho lesbian}}s) who're definitely worse.
** Deconstructed in ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' with Solange, the wife of Bond's target Demitrios. She has a fling with Bond, lamenting as she does that she had "so many chances to be happy" with "nice guys" but keeps finding herself drawn to "bad men" like Demitrios and Bond instead. Her connection to the two of them gets her tortured to death not long afterwards.
* ''Film/{{Grease}}'': starts out as a Classic Good Girl Wants Bad Boy. Sandy is as wholesome and sweet as possible; Danny is ''not''. Then it's played with, as he tries to become a jock to get her, while she's learning how to be a bad girl to get him...
** ''Film/{{Grease 2}}'', "Cool Rider". Michelle Pfeiffer's character somehow resists the charms of the sweet British boy, because she's "...lookin' for a dream on a mean machine/ With hell in his eyes/ I want a devil in skin tight leather..."
* ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'' plays with this in a scene in which the titular character is calling out his friends with a slightly angry attitude, at the same time, a girl he met earlier observes him from a distance and swoons over him while telling another girl: "He is such a ''Bad Boy''." Earlier, she fell for him when he was following his friend's advice to act like "David Caruso in ''Film/{{Jade}}''".
* Parodied/subverted in ''Film/MysteryMen'': Roy (a.k.a Mr. Furious) would very much ''like'' to be a bad boy, and struts around making a fool of himself acting like one in the hope of impressing Monica, the waitress on whom he has a crush. Monica, for her part, is never anything less than dismissive of him...until the point where he finally just starts acting like the sweet nice, guy he ultimately is at heart, at which point she begins to warm to him.
* ''Film/StepUp'': Played straight with Tyler in the first film.
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}}''; Alison says how she wants a sensitive man who can understand her feelings. The Devil agrees to make Elliot the most sensitive man on Earth. Then [[spoiler:she ditches him for a {{jerkass}}]].
* In ''Film/PlunkettAndMacleane'', Lady Rebbecca falls for notorious highwayman Macleane.
* ''Film/IronMan'': Tony is a rich jerk who goes through women like candy. And yet women keep on coming after him. Because he's rich. And he looks like Creator/RobertDowneyJr. He could be a saint and he'd still be beating them off with a stick, this trope is just a bonus for him.
** Subverted with Pepper Potts, who keeps pre-CharacterDevelopment Tony at arm's length while she works for him. The two become closer after she sees him becoming a much less selfish person, but then she becomes disgusted with him when he goes back to acting irresponsibly in the second movie. (She doesn't know that [[spoiler:it's his way of coping with the fact that he's dying]]) In the third movie, she starts to leave in disappointment when it looks like he's going back to his old behavior, but comforts him when he opens up and explains why he's acting the way he is. While they stay in a steady relationship, she doesn't hesitate to call him out on his stupid moves (like [[spoiler:announcing his home address on live air, daring the Mandarin to stop by and fight him]]).
* ''Film/TopGun'', with Charlie falling for Maverick, definitely invokes this, considering...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, his nickname says it all]].
* ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. Apparently, even some boys want bad boys, even if they're a CreepyCrossdresser wearing fishnets and high heels.
* ''Film/LegallyBlonde'': "Dorky" David, who has a Masters degree in Russian Literature, a PHD in biochemistry, is going to Harvard Law ([[FridgeLogic strange mixture...]]), gives homes to Somalian orphans, and is fairly attractive, is getting turned down by a girl. Elle overhears and comes over, pretending to be a WomanScorned, screaming at him about how he never called her back and broke her heart. The girl is immediately more interested (although how much of that is because Elle claims David broke her heart and how much of it is because Elle claims David is ''very'' good in bed is open to debate).
** Elle herself ultimately subverts it when she ends up with Emmett, who was always nice and supportive of her, over her ex, who dumped her and tried to pick her up again as was convenient to him.
* Heavily deconstructed in ''Film/{{Heathers}}''. In this case, the bad boy is a complete psycho, murdering three of the popular kids and intending to [[spoiler:blow up the entire school and pass it off as a group suicide]]. The girl who wants the bad boy soon realises the mess she's got herself into and how much better her life would have been without him.
* Discussed in ''Film/RogerDodger''
-->'''Roger''': "Ask any woman, What's the single most attractive quality a man can possess? And what do they invariably answer? - Sense of humor... And yet, if two lean, mean, play-by-their-own-rules... motorcycle-riding men strolled up to this booth... and beat the shit out of us two humorous guys, right, and asked you out for a ride, you would be weak at the knees."
-->'''Andrea''': "Well, actually, guys who ride cycles are pretty sexy. "
* In ''Film/OneTwoThree'', the daughter of a Coca-Cola executive falls in love with a Commie from UsefulNotes/EastGermany. And, during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, no one was worse than a Commie.
* ''Film/BatmanForever'' has the [[GirlOfTheWeek movie's designated girlfriend]] Dr. Chase Meridian flip-flopping between Bruce Wayne and Batman, depending on who she thought was more fucked in the head at the time (and getting a twofer? HUGE bonus for her).
* ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'': Pitts remarks on this trope to try and get Knox to forget Chris: "All the good ones go for jerks. You know that."
* The cops in ''Film/{{Superbad}}'' "arrest" [=McLovin=] after the party, remarking, "That's gonna get you so much ass!"
* Irene in ''Film/{{Drive}}'' had a husband who was sent to jail before getting involved with the protagonist, who is a criminal and has some serious anger management issues as she and some Mook [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown find out]].
* During the ''Getaway (1994)'', starring Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Tilly plays a wife who falls in love with one of the main villains after he kidnapped her and her husband. It got so bad, that she openly has sex with him in front of her husband and begins to insult him. [[spoiler:It eventually causes the husband to [[DriventoSuicide commit suicide.]]]]
* Invoked in-universe in ''Film/TheGreenHornetSerials''. Lenore Case (who is '''not''' the Hornet's SecretKeeper in this version) spends both serials convinced for no apparent reason that the Hornet is "a modern Robin Hood". Several male characters suggest her reason for this belief is that she is attracted to him.
* Played straight and then subverted in ''Film/{{Kalifornia}}''. Adele is deeply in love with [[TheSociopath Early]], because she believes he protects her from [[RapeAsBackstory badder men]], even though Early treats her like a slave and beats her the moment she steps out of line. However, after she makes friends with Brian and Carrie on the road trip to California, she finally accepts Early for the evil man that he is and breaks up with him. [[spoiler: Early kills her as a result. It's made even sadder after the [[TearJerker happy]] message Adele left on Brian's recorder before she was killed, which is played before the ending credits.]]
* In ''Film/{{Cherrybomb}}'', Michelle is in a LoveTriangle with Luke and Malachy, who commit various crimes to get her attention.
* In ''Film/WereTheMillers'' Tattooed bad boy Scotty P. attracts the attention of Casey.
* In ''Film/YouthInRevolt'', the reason why Nick creates Francois is because Sheeni requests that Nick be "very, very bad." [[spoiler: He complies and she wants him more than Trent after burning down half his town]].
* ''Film/AngelHeart'': The dead occultist Johnny Favourite was a real ladies man. Subverted with Epiphany's mother however, who according to her daughter eventually realized with a monster Favourite was.
-->'''Epiphany:''' You know what they say. It's always the badass that make a girl's heart beat faster.
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* Lampooned in Creator/RickRiordan's ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' with Narcissus's nymphs. Team Leo!
* In Erika Griffin's novel, ''The One Who Waited'', the main characters, Alice and the Boogeyman.
* In ''The Outsiders'', Cherry Valence is afraid of Dally, the worst delinquent in the Greasers' gang, because she knows that he's the type of guy she might fall in love with.
* Creator/AnthonyTrollope uses this in several of his novels. The most well-known is probably in the Palliser series, where Lady Glencora falls in love with ne'er-do-well Burgo Fitzgerald, leading her guardians to arrange a marriage between her and stodgy Plantagenet Palliser. However, at least three other novels have a wealthy refined girl fall in love with a rogue.
* Subverted, or at least rather well Justified, in the romantic subplot running through Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Brothers in Arms'', ''Mirror Dance'', and ''Memory''. Elli Quinn is deeply in love with the marginally sane mercenary Admiral Miles Naismith and will leap at the chance to marry him, while the prospect of becoming the consort of Lord Vorkosigan of Barrayar horrifies her, even though she knows both men are one and the same. The twist is that Lord Vorkosigan's comparatively subdued public persona is the ''least'' of her problems with the latter fate (the phrase "[[FeudalFuture Dirtball barely out of Feudalism]]" came up in response to the first marriage proposal).
* In ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'', the Countess Persephone is clearly drawn to Reynard for this reason.
** Rukenaw initially finds Tybalt attractive because, as Reynard puts it, Tybalt is a magnificent bastard. [[MagnificentBastard He's not that kind, though.]]
* In ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', Natasha is engaged to Good Boy Prince Andre. But after Andre puts the marriage off for a year to please his father, Natasha is seduced by Bad Boy Anton, causing her to break off her engagement with Andre and also to very nearly elope with Anton. Though Anton's plans are foiled, it does succeed in permanently wrecking Natasha's relationship with Andre.
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/WutheringHeights''; the all-consuming love between Catherine Earnshaw and brooding bad-boy ByronicHero Heathcliff is intensely passionate, but it's also clearly depicted as being quite unhealthy for the two (not least because the two are [[NotBloodSiblings almost]] brother and sister) and intensely destructive. Especially because, when he is rejected in favor of another man, Heathcliff's response is to embark on a single-minded crusade of vengeance that ends with the ultimately pointless ruination of not only both lovers, but almost everything and everyone else around them. Meanwhile, Catherine's marriage to the kind and loving Edgar Linton (whom she does not love) is described as being reasonably happy - at least, until Heathcliff shows up. There is also Isabella Linton, who wanted a bad boy, married Heathcliff, and got what she wanted in spades...
* ''Literature/JaneEyre'': it works out well for Jane and Mr Rochester, probably because he's not as much of a Bad Boy.
* Deconstruction in ''Literature/{{Clarissa}}'', as the titular character gets sick and bored of Lovelace's bad traits extremely quickly and he ends up harming her very badly, [[spoiler: ending in her suicide and his guilt-ridden, death-seeking personality]].
* ''Literature/TheTenantOfWildfellHall'': Helen Huntingdon (Graham), the heroine of Anne Bronte's novel, marries the libertine Arthur Huntingdon, in part because she believes that she can save him from himself. She quickly discovers otherwise. In the process, Bronte makes some pointed jabs at both [[Literature/WutheringHeights Heathcliff]] and [[Literature/JaneEyre Mr. Rochester]]. Anne Bronte had more experience of real life than her two elder sisters put together being the only one who could actually manage to hold down a job for more than a few months.
* Zachary Gray, the thinking woman's Bad Boy, turns up in multiple Creator/MadeleineLEngle novels.
* ''Literature/TheChangeover'': Subtly deconstructed. The male character's initial behavior is not portrayed as being right, okay, or even wanted, and as he changes, the female lead becomes fonder of him.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden is very disappointed to find out his friend, Karrin Murphy, is like this when she becomes attracted to mercenary Kincaid in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Blood Rites'', and it continues into the next book ''Dead Beat''. Harry also realizes that Molly, his best friend's daughter, has these feelings for him -- after all, he's the mysterious stranger in the [[BadassLongcoat duster]] who shows up out of nowhere, deals with dark things, and is the snarky badass to her dad's stodgy crusader. Harry then swiftly drives home that it won't be working like that. With some cold water.
* ''Literature/HandOfMercy'''s Clemael's temper allows him to backhand a semi-disabled woman into the nearest wall, but said woman is oddly ambivalent as to whether she'll end up with him.
* In the short story collection ''Literature/TheBloodyChamber'' by Angela Carter, GenreSavvy Puss-in-Boots is well-aware of this trope and suggests that the best way to woo an unattainable woman is to: "convince her her orifice will be your salvation, and she's yours!"
* In the Mexican novel ''El Zarco: The Blue-Eyed Bandit'' from Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, a beautiful young woman called Manuela is futilely courted by a [[DoggedNiceGuy nice, decent, and hard-working man called Nicolás]], when, in reality, she is in love with the eponymous character, who is the leader of a notorious gang of murderous bandits called "Los Plateados". Later, she decides to run away with him, and it's then that she [[NoHonorAmongThieves sees all the atrocities they commit]].
* Often used in Creator/AgathaChristie's novels, but particularly ''Taken at the Flood'' (1948), to the point where the heroine, Lynn, appears downright insane. She is engaged to Rowley, a simple farmer, but is attracted to newcomer David and his rudeness, aggression, and general ass-holery. However, [[spoiler:when she goes to inform Rowley that she's going to elope with David, Rowley is so furious that he ''almost strangles her to death''. When it turns out that David has been the real killer all along, Lynn resumes her engagement to Rowley, having been rather turned on by his murderous impulses.]] There's a good chance Christie is poking fun at this trope.
** Christie returns to this trope in ''Nemesis'', in which she has Miss Marple state:
--> ''Young women like bad lots. They always have. They fall in love with bad lots. They are quite sure they can change them. And the nice, kind, steady, reliable husbands got the answer, in my young days, that one would be "a sister to them" which never satisfied them at all.''
** Another Christie character who fits into this trope is Patricia Fortescue from ''A Pocket Full of Rye'' who has married not just one but three different bad boys. Her first husband, Don, was a "arrogant, insubordinate" pilot who died in the Battle of Britain and whom she doesn't think could have handled peacetime. Her second husband was an aristocrat with an unsavoury reputation who committed suicide before the law could catch up with him. Her third husband was the BlackSheep of the wealthy Fortescue family at the heart of the book's plot. In fairness to Pat all three seem to have treated ''her'' beautifully.
** Mr. Parker Pyne advises a client to ''pretend'' to be this. "Your wife is a lovely and high minded girl and the only way she is going to get any fun out of being married to you is by thinking she's reformed a rake."
* In the SherlockHolmes story , the Bad Boy in question is an aristocrat with a sulfurous reputation, who's charmed the girl into denying all allegations of misconduct on his part as jealousy and slander. His disfigurement by an ex doesn't help, as it only seems to prove that interpretation right. Holmes snaps her out of it in the end by [[spoiler:bringing her a diary the man kept of his sexual conquests.]]
* Creator/VictorHugo's ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is all about this. A beautiful girl has a choice between a beautiful temperament (Gringoire), a beautiful mind (Claude Frollo), a beautiful heart (Quasimodo), and a beautiful face (Phoebus). She goes for Phoebus, even after he demonstrates [[{{Jerkass}} that he may not be marrying material]], on the grounds that he is good looking and he [[CoolHorse rides a horse]].
* [[TroubledButCute Rook]] from ''Literature/{{Havemercy}}'', and maybe even [[AxCrazy Caius]] [[MindRape Greylace]], if the fan base is anything to go by.
* Rachel from ''Literature/TheHollows'' is subject to this trope time and again.
* Dulcinea Anwin from TadWilliams ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' would like to be a Bad Girl. She's a [[TheCracker Cracker]], considers herself a seasoned veteran of the criminal underground, and has been lacking in physical company for a while now. Then she meets [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast John Dread]], who is baddest of the bad. So what should she do but fall in love with him and follow him around, sinking deeper and deeper into his web? After all, [[TemptingFate how bad can he really be]], right? Until she manages to hack into his system and find out [[AxCrazy what]] [[PsychoForHire he's]] [[SerialKiller really like]]. [[spoiler:At which point, she has a HeroicBSOD and tries to turn him in, only to be [[TheFarmerAndTheViper shot in the stomach]] and left to die.]]
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' (and the film adaptation), the AlphaBitch Chris dates the bad-boy delinquent, Billy. The novel explains her attraction as Chris being used to wrapping boys round her little finger and Billy is the only boy she hasn't been able to control.
* ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' has this, with Marianne having to choose between the somewhat shy, music-loving, thirty-five year-old Col. Brandon or the younger, dashing, and adventurous Willoughby. She, of course, chooses Willoughby, who eventually [[spoiler:dumps her to marry some other girl for money]], causing her to [[spoiler:try to commit suicide by getting ill. Marianne eventually agrees to marry [[FirstGuyWins Col. Brandon.]]]]
* Austen's ''Literature/MansfieldPark'' may be tied with ''Literature/TheTenantOfWildfellHall'' as the ultimate TakeThat at this trope. [[ShipperOnDeck Everyone]] expects the heroine to be flattered by the HandsomeLech Henry Crawford's [[StalkerWithACrush attention]]. Isn't she excited to become his conscience and redeemer, to be the one who fixes him, and turns TheHedonist into a LadykillerInLove? No. Her cousin, however, ''did'' fall for the bad boy, and RealityEnsues.
* Subverted in ''Making History'' by Stephen Fry; a quiet, shy college boy is set up on a date with a girl who eventually dumps him for the resident JerkJock. Except the quiet shy boy is actually gay and in the closet, and rather relieved that he doesn't have to keep up the awkward pretense of being interested in her.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Daenerys swoons over the dashing badboy Daario even though she realizes that he's a murderous, opportunistic sellsword. On the other hand, she repeatedly fends off the advances of her devoted and loyal bodyguard Jorah because he's middle-aged, plain and not particularly exciting.
* The Carrie and Bone subplot of Ander Monson's ''Other Electricities'' plays with this, going into detail about Carrie's motivations for wanting Bone, the community's reaction, and the tragic results.
* In Shanna Swendson's ''Literature/EnchantedInc'', Katie muses on this trope when she sees how powerful Owen is, and how attractive it makes him. She's never been attracted to bad boys, but maybe the thrill is the dangerousness, not the actual evil; she explicitly wonders if the potential is enough or you have to do actual bad things to qualify as a bad boy.
* ''Literature/The39Clues'': [[ShrinkingViolet Amy Cahill]] falling for [[HandsomeDevil Ian Kabra]].
* Irial from ''Literature/WickedLovely''.
* The tongue-in-cheek book ''Nice Guys Don't Get Laid'' has this as its central thesis. It's basically a FauxToGuide for [[NiceGuysFinishLast nice guys]] on how to become a bad boy.
* The landlord's daughter, Bess, from Alfred Noyes' poem ''Literature/TheHighwayman'' has a StarCrossedLovers relationship with the titular character. Downplayed as he's utterly devoted to her, despite his dodgy occupation.
* Snowfur and Thistleclaw in ''Literature/{{Warrior|Cats}}s''.
* ''Literature/InDeath'': Eve and Roarke's relationship seems to be this. Fortunately, he returns her feelings and does have good qualities to go with the bad. Coltraine and Alex Ricker had a relationship like this, but she broke it off when she realized that he considered his criminal business more important than her.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: in the book ''Final Justice'', two characters are introduced, and their names are Little Fish and Stu Franklin. Both of them are genuine bad boys. Countess Anne de Silva forms a relationship with Little Fish, and Isabelle Flanders forms a relationship with Stu Franklin. By the book ''Cross Roads'', however, it becomes painfully clear that both relationships are falling apart, because Little Fish and Stu Franklin are becoming increasingly cold, distant, and disinterested in their girlfriends. The Vigilantes discover that the two men are with Henry "Hank" Jellicoe. They also find out that the two men are cold-blooded murderers who have killed a number of people. The Vigilantes are more than happy to have them punished!
* Carol Birch's theory about Margaret Catchpole, the real-life eighteenth-century servant-turned-criminal, in ''Scapegallows.'' Margaret spends the entire novel pining over her beloved, William Laud, a smuggler who is terrible with money, increasingly violent, and often absent. Even she occasionally recognizes that he's not worth the effort.
* This trope is discussed a overall three times in the novel ''Literature/YouthInSexualEcstasy'', first with the protagonist and his friends when they notice that while women tend to fall over the rough-looking dangerous types, ultimately what wins out is being considerate, treating them "like a lady" and sweet-talking (all of which may or may not be sincere), later the doctor in sexual dysfunctions outright denies it, and then the protagonist's mother admits that there is a grain of truth in the trope as she experienced it on her youth.
* In the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' story "The Spot of Art", Bertie {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this trope with regard to his romantic rival, [[spoiler:who, sure enough, ends up engaged to the girl by the end of the story]].
--> "Moreover, this bloke is one of those strong, masterful men. He treats Gwladys as if she were less than the dust beneath his taxi wheels. He criticizes her hats and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking says nasty things about her chiaroscuro.]] For some reason, I've often noticed, this always seems to fascinate girls, and it has sometimes occurred to me that, being myself more the parfait gentle knight, if you know what I mean, I am in grave danger of getting the short end."
* Jay in the ''Literature/{{Spaceforce}}'' series is a compulsive womanizer and all-round ManipulativeBastard in a society where such behaviour is actually illegal, not merely amoral. He has no difficulty drawing women to him, both of his own species (Taysan) and alien - including Ashlenn, heiress to a clan chiefdom, who gives up everything to be with him.
* At the end of ''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow'', Katrina van Tassel (the girl schoolteacher Ichabod Crane falls in love with) ends up marrying hunter Brom Bones (who constantly made fun of Ichabod) after Ichabod was mysteriously carried off by the Headless Horseman one night.
* Edward is this for Bella in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. However soft he is as a vampire, he is still a brooding predator who could kill her in seconds - and often wants to. She prefers him to the good ol' boy Jacob, until he takes a change for the dangerous and then she's conflicted.
* ''Literature/TrappedOnDraconica'': Discussed by Ben, "Girls are all the same: You claim to like Nice Guys but you can't resist a bad boy" however its defied by Daniar, who honestly can't stand them.
* Ultimately averted in the ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' books. Beka Cooper, a cop, is friends with Rosto the Piper, the head of [[ThievesGuild organized crime]] in Corus. They are attracted to each other and Rosto flirts with Beka, and he's the honorable kind of thief, but "he is a rusher, a criminal, the kind of man she has sworn never to involve herself with." WordOfGod [[http://tpwords.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/why-bekarosto-wouldnt-last-and-development-of-humanity/ holds]] that the DatingCatwoman thing just wouldn't have worked in this case. [[spoiler:The man she does eventually marry is a Kennel mage.]]
* In Creator/SarahAHoyt's ''Literature/DrawOneInTheDark'', Tom has a bad history, and a history of attractiveness to women. Kyrie wrestles with it.
* Shows up in the Literature/{{Discworld}} series whenever HumanityEnsues for Greebo. Being the epitome of CatsAreMean gives his human form an aura of raw sex that can be felt from the next room.
** According to ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', women in Ankh-Morpork really like Assassins. While the Assassins [[EvenEvilHasStandards have standards]], they're still assassins. Additionally, most of them who've been given characterization and lines are [[SmugSnake smug snakes]], with the exceptions of Vetinari, who's [[AntiVillain still not a nice person]] and Pteppic, who [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything doesn't kill people]]. But they just look so damn good in black silk.
* Played with in the book ''Losers in Space'' by John Barnes. Both Susan and [[spoiler: Emerald]] have relationships with Derlock, who's described as a sociopath. Susan doesn't love him and knows he's unfixable--she just thinks he's hot, partially because he scares her a little. [[spoiler: Emerald]], on the other hand, is a more straightforward example, despite her original protests that she's only in it for the sex. It...doesn't turn out well for her.
* Every girl at court, Corie included, is a little in love with the wild, handsome, {{Jerkass}} Prince Bryan in ''Literature/SummersAtCastleAuburn''.
* James Stark from ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'', what with his name sake being the main character of ''RebelWithoutACause''. He is idealized by his fans.
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* ''Series/HappyEndings'' turns this into "All gay gays want bad boys" in the episode "You Snooze you Bruise". Dave runs afoul of a bully at his new gym. He thinks the guy is Invoking this trope to show off for girls, but it turns out he's a StraightGay Jerkass. Max plays this trope straight by becoming attracted to the guy (whose attraction he previously dismissed-despite others thinking he was basically Max's ceiling), especially after he punches Dave. When Dave stands up for himself and gives a RousingSpeech that inspires CampGay Derrick to punch the bully out, Max instantly switches his attraction to Derrick.
-->'''Max''': I love bad boys. Like Will Smith in the movie ''Film/BadBoys'', or even Martin Lawrence in [[BaitandSwitchComment BigMommasHouse]].
* [[BreakoutCharacter Fonzie]], token bad boy of ''Series/HappyDays'' and girl magnet. Of course, he became less and less "bad" as time went on, due to the writers twigging to the fact that he was becoming a role model.
* ''Series/FullHouse'': Jesse nurtured the bad boy/nomad musician persona until he settled down and got married.
* Creator/WillSmith, ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', got a lot of his [[GirlOfTheWeek Girls of the Week]] thanks to his Philadelphia street cred as a breath of fresh air in a world of rich, preppy good boys. He was only "bad" by contrast, though, being otherwise a pretty standard protagonist.
** In one rather hilarious episode, Will actually tries to be as "bad" as possible to get a really hot girl who's obsessed with dating the meanest, baddest guy around. This episode seemed to be making fun of this trope as well the concept of an overprotective father, as the girl seems, at least partly, to have developed this fixation due to the extremely limited interaction she has with boys her age (her father, a professor of psychology, is known as 'Mr. No' when it comes to his daughter).
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' features an episode where textbook {{Nerd}} Eric becomes popular (especially among the girls) after a rumor spreads that he beat up Drake.
* Every one of the Camden girls' boyfriends on ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', with few exceptions (none prominent enough for this contributor to name), were bad boys. The Camden boys were even aware of (and made their own love lives difficult over) this trope.
* ''Series/GirlCode'': The "Bad Boys" segment treats this as a given. By the end of the segment, the consensus is that while all girls want bad boys, it's ultimately a bad idea to end up with one.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Spike once tried to kill his girlfriend (Harmony) because he found her annoying. He spent most of their relationship either manipulating her, threatening her with violence, insulting her, or forgetting about her completely (except when he wanted something from her). He was arguably less of a bastard with Buffy and Drusilla (although still a bad boy), but both women were manipulative and abusive towards him (not to mention, possibly stronger than him) and he probably wouldn't have been able to get away with it. Buffy seems attracted to him mostly for this reason and Drusilla ditches him specifically because she doesn't think he's evil enough.
** Angel is a perfect example of this, too. He has the broody bad boy look, a DarkAndTroubledPast, and if he's truly happy, even for a second, he's going to start mass murdering people. Spike might be a SerialKiller, too, and goes on about how EvilFeelsGood, but even without his soul, there are limits to how evil he is willing to be. Angel doesn't have any such limits and his re-ensoulment was less stable than Spike's.
** In the pilot episodes, Xander's friend, Jesse, was a clueless geek who could never get Cordelia to notice him...until he was turned into a badass evil vampire, at which point, she couldn't keep her eyes off him.
** And didn't Vampire Xander from the AlternateUniverse seem hotter?
** Not to mention Riley Finn, who specifically avoided this trope...and hell had no fury like the InternetBackdraft that came from THAT.
*** Riley's attempts to get DarkerAndEdgier only hastened the downfall of their relationship. Hearing Dawn say that Buffy doesn't get all miserable over him the way she did over Angel + whatever the frak was going on in Riley's head = visiting disgusting vampire brothels.
** Buffy is pretty much an extreme case of this trope. The main character only ever seems to date two guys who remains on the human side of "unholy, AlwaysChaoticEvil abomination against God", one who is pretty much [[TheScrappy loathed by the fanbase]], and one she almost completely ignored[[note]]His name was Scott Hope. Remember him? No? Look him up. We'll wait[[/note]]. It's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by both Buffy herself and Spike, especially when she dated wholesome Riley.
*** Spike delivers his own take on this after their DestructiveRomance in Season 6.
--->"You like men who hurt you. You need the pain we cause you. You need the hate. You need it to do your job, to be the Slayer."
** Buffy herself noted her attraction to bad boys in "Something Blue" when she worries that a nice, safe relationship would lack the intensity.
** Subverted with Robin Wood, who Buffy dated briefly. A genuine NiceGuy, the attraction was more HotForTeacher. Wood however is the son of a Slayer Spike killed, and he's prepared to defy Buffy for revenge. He ended up with [[OppositesAttract Faith]] but remains a loyal friend when Buffy needs him.
** When [[BadassBookworm Giles]] was younger, he was a smoking, drinking, violent, vicious mage called Ripper. This side of him crops up from time to time, such as when he uses the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique or displays his skills as a crook, and when a spell reverts him back to his Ripper days, Joyce is all over him.
* Subverted in ''Series/TheTenthKingdom''. {{Wolf|Man}} does get the girl in the end, but being a bad boy didn't help, and after his disastrous initial encounter with Virginia, he spends a good part of the series reading self help books to reform himself.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', the female characters, including Elena, Bonnie, and Caroline all seem to be attracted to a mysterious, brooding loner (Stefan) and a dark, charming, rebellious bad boy (Damon).
** Caroline plays it straight in the first season; she's attracted to the Salvatore brothers because of how "sexy" and "dangerous-looking" she thinks they are. Stefan bluntly rejects her, and then she meets Damon, who she wastes no time getting in bed with. However, this is subverted when Damon reveals that he's a vampire and feeds on Caroline. She hypnotizes her into being his girlfriend and obeying his every command, and abuses her both physically and emotionally during their entire time "together". Then Elena forces him to leave Caroline alone so he makes her forget the whole abuse. Think that's it? No, because in season 2 Caroline gets turned into a vampire by Katherine, thus getting back all the memories Damon took from her. It's notable that because of this, Caroline eventually subverts the trope, in that he doesn't think of Damon as "sexy" anymore because of his bad-boy attitude and ''knows'' he's a psychopath, which is why she spends her time talking Elena out of being with him.
** Elena, however, plays it straight when it comes to Damon. In fact, Elena just gets more and more into this trope as the series progresses (possibly because her life gets crappier and her character darker).
*** In fairness, but the time Elena and Damon are together, Damon has come a very long way from the unrepentant, murdering asshole he was in the first two seasons (he even saved Caroline's life on more than one occasion, and defended her to her mother when Liz found out she was a vampire). Caroline, meanwhile, remains completely blinded by Stefan's 'Good Brother' facade (he is, after all, the same person who was so determined to 'fix' his ex-girlfriend that he willingly activated her brother's hunter gene, which nearly led to him killing Elena), to the point where she says "Say what you want about Ripper Stefan, but at least he wasn't a manwhore." Elena, in contrast, sees and knows every facet of Damon, good and bad, and loves him ''because'' she knows all of him, meanwhile growing and learning more about herself and that it's ok to be a little selfish in the process. Really, Damon and Elena are a deconstruction of this trope (after all, she didn't start to actually fall for him until he started becoming a better man through his love for her).
* In ''Series/VeronicaMars'', after seeing that he does have [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a softer side]], Veronica finds herself making out with her high school's "obligatory psychotic jackass", Logan. Their relationship redefines the phrase "on-again, off-again", especially in the third season. Particularly jarring is the finale, where Veronica still appears interested, despite the fact that he only recently beat the stuffing out of her current, genuinely nice boyfriend, "Piz", for ''suspecting'' that he posted a sex tape online...despite Piz having no reason or inclination to do so. Logan's response to any situation is to start hitting it, really. Veronica's renewed interest in Logan isn't so much because he's beating someone up, but that he's beating up a man to avenge Veronica's honour when he has absolutely nothing to gain doing so (and plenty to lose). She's clearly turned on by the whole thing, hence her guilty look to Piz.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': in-story, we have Kate as an example of how girls want bad boys, with Sawyer playing the Veronica to Jack's Betty, although Kate herself is the distilled female version of TroubledButCute.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': taken to hilarious extremes in the show proper: [[spoiler:Maya]] doesn't seem to think of Mohinder in that way when he's a nice guy scientist, but when he [[spoiler:injects himself with a SuperSerum that gives him an array of superpowers]] and starts giving off a dangerous aura, she wastes no time getting into bed with him!
* ''Series/{{House}}'', being at best a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, gets this a lot. Out of the four women in his life who were on the show, three had some form of romantic interest in him (not counting Amber. [[ShipTease Maybe]]). Stacy was his girlfriend. Cuddy had sex with him in college, and apparently carried a torch for him for twenty years. Interestingly, [[TheHeart Cameron]]'s crush on him may be a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], since her occasional YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre moments with House suggest that she's drawn to the HiddenHeartOfGold that she sees within him, rather than the prickly exterior surrounding it. She's also the only one of these women who definitely [[spoiler:leaves the show because House does something she finds unforgivable. Cuddy presumably feels the same way, but the series never explicitly details her reaction to House's... unique method of breaking up with her]].
* To a point, Danny on ''Series/{{CSINY}}''� he wasn't a complete bad boy, but had some bad boy qualities surfacing in his backstory and onscreen now and then. Granted, he'd settled a lot by the time he married Lindsay.
* ''Series/TheITCrowd'' featured an episode in which Roy tried to demonstrate the validity of this trope after a bad date, by posting an online lonely hearts ad consisting largely of abuse. He later struggled to maintain his bad boy persona during a date with the woman who answered. Then a genuine bastard showed up. Guess who the woman left with?
* In ''Series/GrowingPains'', it's the Seaver parents who are convinced that other parents would not like their children to hang around their troublesome son. In latter seasons, partially due to the actor's religious conversion, Mike's "bad boy" persona has been toned down considerably. One may see it as Mike becoming mature.
* Sean Slater on ''Series/EastEnders''; he's an unpleasant, bullying, smug, and vicious borderline sociopath with hardly any redeeming qualities whatsoever�who, despite pretty much being an openly nasty piece of work, has to beat women off him with a stick.
* Charlie Stubbs on ''Series/CoronationStreet'' who, if not quite as sociopathic, was nonetheless a thoroughly obvious nasty piece of work whom women seemed to find irresistible. Unluckily for him, he ended up with a woman who ''was'' a full blown sociopath.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls''. Rory Gilmore, over the course of the series, seems determined to date the baddest boy in the series - first dumping wholesome Dean for Jess. After Jess leaves town, she ends up back with Dean, who is a significantly darker character, given that he's cheating on his wife with Rory. Later, she again dumps Dean for Logan, who is a member of a secret society and a rebel against the wealthy society of his upbringing.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
** Upstanding farmboy Clark Kent puts on his new class ring and gets a rebellious attitude, which the new girl, Jessie, loves and even Lana falls for.
** In season nine, [[spoiler:Chloe Sullivan ends up with [[AntiHero Oliver]]. [[StrangledByTheRedString Somehow.]]]]
** In season ten, "Luthor", [[spoiler:alternate-universe Tess is apparently in a relationship with Clark Luthor a.k.a. [[EvilCounterpart Ultraman]].]]
* Hyde and Jackie in ''Series/That70sShow''.
* Gender-reversed in the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Little Jerry", where George falls for a female prison inmate. Of course, he's desperate and, simultaneously, afraid of commitment. On the plus side: conjugal-visit sex. And eventually, one better than that: "''fugitive'' sex!"
** There is also the episode "The Little Kicks", where Elaine forbids an intern or temp working for her to get close to George, which immediately turns him into a forbidden fruit to her. He picks up on this and starts pretending to be a bad boy in order to get into her pants, and it all works out for him, until they get caught filming a bootlegged movie and he starts crying as they are arrested.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Lampshaded by [[NiceGuy Chandler]].
--> Chandler: "You're such a nice guy" means "I'm gonna be dating leather-wearing alcoholics and complaining about them to you."
** Ironically, and luckily for him, his best friend-later-girlfriend-come-wife Monica is SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan, and outright rejects a few mean guys before they get together. Rachel plays it straight though when she dates [[JerkAss Paolo]].
* ''Literature/GossipGirl'': Blair's true love was made out to be Chuck, who takes bad to another level - he did try to rape two separate characters in the pilot episode. In the later half of the season, after [[spoiler:Lily and Rufus]] become official, Jenny deflects Chuck's mean comments by reminding him of what he did to her, including a mild threat of what would happen should she ever chose to tell Rufus. This does prompt an apology from Chuck but, contrary to what one might expect, Jenny receives this not with a gushing sentiment that all is forgiven, but with a stony (if stunned) silence.
** Also, Carter Baizen in seasons two (Blair) and three ([[spoiler:Serena]]), though the latter season seems to be pushing for Carter as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold rather than a true bad boy
* Series/{{Dexter}} picks up a stalker who is in love with him largely because he is an unrepentant serial killer.
** Rita and her first husband. To a lesser extent, Rita and Dexter. Apart from being a serial killer, he had an affair and was constantly too busy working and murdering people to commit to her. Lila and Lumen both seemed attracted to Dexter specifically because they knew there was something not quite right with him.
* Molly in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' hangs a lampshade on this trope.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Carly Shay highlights this trope in some of the episodes.
** The central plot of "iDate a Bad Boy". Griffin is a delinquent who stole the motorcycle that Carly bought for Spencer. After having a short SlapSlapKiss incident, Carly falls in love with him, much to Spencer's chagrin and Freddie's jealousy. Carly and Sam even gush at the fact that Griffin is full of scars and he punched a hole in the wall due to anger. But all of his bad boy rep went downhill when Carly discovered his deep obsession with plush toys.
** In "iStage an Intervention", Carly is impressed that goody-two-shoes Freddie "could be so bad" when not only does he inform her that he already knows all the "bad luck" he's been having was caused by Sam, but that he managed to pull a secret prank on Sam as revenge.
** Inverted in "iPear Store", when Carly goes after one of Freddie's co-workers with gusto because he's a nerdy guy - but when he turns into a CasanovaWannabe and tries to make a move on her, it turns her off completely.
** GenderFlip in "iMake Sam Girlier". Sam asks Carly to teach her how to behave like a real girl to catch the attention of her eye-candy, Pete. While Sam does a good job in behaving "girly", Carly gets attacked by a bully, which triggered Sam's UnstoppableRage. Unfortunately, Pete saw how Sam wrestled with the bully, but it turns out he likes a girl "who kisses well and kicks butt as well".
* The Good Doctor Sara Tancredi of ''Series/PrisonBreak'' is the poster girl for this trope, both in-series and in her back story.
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook''
** A sketch featuring a 'wacky' popular historian whose wife wishes he would be more like the "angry, edgy young historian" he was in his youth. After a brief flashback, in which we see the younger version of the historian in all his {{wangst}}y, leather-jacketed glory, the historian not unreasonably protests that he was a "tosspot" back then.
** In another sketch, Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac "helps" a reluctant NiceGuy seduce a chavvy woman by acting like a sexist douche. It works too well and by the time he realizes he doesn't want to be with someone who's attracted to that kind of thing, she's dragging him into her house.
** Possibly the darkest take is in the sketch where a male librarian suddenly starts mocking a lonely woman's choice in books, moving on to her intellect and personality and quickly reducing her to tears, then successfully asks her out.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Space Seed". Ship's Historian Lieutenant Marla [=McGivers=] falls in love with the charismatic and forceful former dictator Khan Noonien Singh, even though he mistreats and uses her.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Garak was [[RetiredMonster ruthless]], [[MagnificentBastard dangerous]], a ConsummateLiar with a MysteriousPast, his alliances were [[DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent hard to keep track of]], and he wasn't the type to [[CombatPragmatist fight fair]]. He was also Gul Dukat's [[ArchEnemy most hated enemy]]. Despite all this, Dukat's daughter [[NonhumanHumanoidHybrid Ziyal]] still fell in love with him. Defying all expectations, Garak always treated her gently and respectfully and, while GenreSavvy in many other ways, clearly did not have a handle on this trope as he never could understand why she was in love with him.
* Alex and Dean in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', although, it being a Creator/DisneyChannel show, [[BadButt his badness is limited to wearing a leather jacket, liking fast cars, and going to class when he feels like it]]. In fact, Alex is arguably "badder" than him on several levels.
** Alex is a good gender swapped example of this. All of her CoolLoser AntiHero status moves put her closer to the standard male example than the usual DefrostingIceQueen label, since she hits every (G-rated) High School trick that a boy would have to pull to be this, especially during Season 2.
** In ''Alex vs. Alex'', we have this:
--> '''Alex:''' "Dominic is evil?"
--> '''Harper:''' "Is it weird he's even more attractive now?"
* Jax and Tara in ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy''.
** Basically the entire male cast benefits from this at some point in the series.
* Discussed in one episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'':
-->'''Calleigh:''' Bad boys aren't so cute up close, are they?
* The women on ''Series/TheSopranos'' have a bad-boy compulsion that's virtually suicidal, [[spoiler:especially for Tracee and Adriana]].
* Barney Stinson of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' consciously plays with this trope so much.
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/19590/saturday-night-live-the-phil-donahue-show sketch parodied]] the Phil Donahue Show, with all the guests as women with abusive boyfriends. The sketch ends with a nice man in the audience telling them they should find a man who truly appreciates them, but they tell him to sit down because they're more interested in the {{jerkass}} behind him who's berating his girlfriend. When he grabs the mic and starts bad-mouthing them, they immediately fall for him, including the lesbian guest, who asks if he has any sisters like himself.
** During the sketch Phil, lists all the wrongs one woman's boyfriend committed. She still defends him:
-->'''Phil Donahue:''' Now, your last boyfriend... [reads cards] ....got drunk, totaled your car, with you in it! Which left you in intensive care for over a year and... [Phyllis starts to cry] ...during your painful convalescence he never visited you, he withdrew your life savings, spent the money on other women! Held orgies in your apartment, got you evicted... [lifts his head, stares effortlessly and shakes it in disgust] ...and yet I understand you still live with this man.
-->'''Phyllis Sykes:''' [Suddenly smiles] Well... you would really have to meet him!
** There was a joke in one of the news report segments in which Bahrain was cited for women's rights abuses. The joke ended with the reporter saying, "So, look out Bahrain, 'cause the more Bahrain treats women like dirt, the more women will love Bahrain."
* Cook from ''Series/{{Skins}}'' is made of this trope, although there are more than a few instances where it's suggested that he deliberately plays up to this image.
** And Tony from the 1st generation, who is a complete {{jerkass}} towards his girlfriend, Michelle. Also, he sleeps with another girl AND tries it on with Maxxie in the episode where they go on a school trip to Russia, yet Michelle still can't stop herself and goes back to him.
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' plays this straight time and again, but subverts it when ''bad'' goes too far. Sean, Craig, Jay, Spinner, Lucas, Johnny, and Eli have all carried the badboy image at one point. Most of them lose the girl when they are too bad (Sean, Jay, Lucas, Johnny, almost Eli), or the girl was trying to save them in the first place (Craig, Spinner, Johnny).
** Emma seems to only want bad boys. There's Sean, Peter, Jay, and Spinner.
* On ''Series/YesDear'', Jimmy advises his eldest son, Dominic, to stop catering to his date's desires, after witnessing the first date, in which Jimmy sees him being treated as less than equal. When Jimmy's wife finds out about this, Jimmy states this trope as his belief, whereas his wife disagrees.
* On ''DarkOracle'', this is the cause of NiceGirl Cally's relationship with SmugSnake and ex-BigBad [[EvilSorcerer Omen]]. Luckily, she's far from blind to his many, many failings, and calls him on them all, eventually leading to RedemptionEqualsDeath. Thoroughly averted by BigBadWannabe Vern, whose {{Goth}} look, [[LonersAreFreaks bad attitude]], and [[NoSocialSkills lack of social ability]] make him an outcast, completely unable to get a date.
* Hilariously parodied on ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''. In the episode "Everybody Hates Bad Boys", nice guy Chris tries to woo his crush, Tasha, by emulating Slava Slav, a misogynistic rapper and obvious {{Expy}}. He mistreats and utterly insults nearly ever girl he encounters, and they all show sudden interest in him, and he even manages to get Tasha to go out to a family dinner. All was going well with his "bad boy" plan until he accidentally yells at his mother, and [[AssShove proceeds to regret it immensely]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGZZfRwiMFI&feature=related You really have to see it for yourself]].
* Played with in ''Series/TheMonkees'' episode "The Wild Monkees". The four boys try to adopt "tough" personas in order to impress some female bikers. They immediately become cowards again once the girls' actually tough biker boyfriends enter the picture.
* In ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'', Cassandra claims that she doesn't like that Rodney drinks and is violent. She is quickly seen through and smiles when asked if she fancies Rodney.
** In an earlier episode, Del Boy manages to convince Rodney that the GirlOfTheWeek likes bad boys, so he dresses like [[Series/HappyDays the Fonz]] and acts like Creator/JamesDean on their date, only to terrify her to the point of tears when they get chased in the van.
* Invoked in ''SecretGirlfriend'' by Chad, the current boyfriend of Jessica, the titular character. His {{Jerkass}} behavior turns out to be a JerkassFacade that he doesn't like putting up, but thinks he needs to because of this trope. Apparently, it's working, or at least not hurting -- he's been Jessica's boyfriend for two years, and may have lasted longer if not for the protagonist's arrival, relegating him to RomanticFalseLead status.
* This is a major story arc in the UK version of ''Series/{{The Office|UK}}'', as well as the first couple seasons of the [[Series/TheOfficeUS US version]], with Dawn engaged to Lee and Pam engaged to Roy.
** In Pam's case, it's less this trope than her simply believing she doesn't deserve anyone or anything better for herself.
* In ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', Ann was dating irresponsible, lazy, and dimwitted Andy, despite the fact that Andy frequently and obviously takes advantage of her. When they finally do break up, he then starts drawing the attention of April. Since then, Andy has experienced CharacterizationMarchesOn and become more of a cheerful ManChild.
* TheHighwayman in the ''Series/YoungBlades'' episode "Four Musketeers and a Baby" [[InvokedTrope builds his image around this trope]] by targeting coaches with women in them, flirting, and giving them scarves as keepsakes. It reaches the point where women write ballads about him and ride around in a carriage, trying to get robbed. It's implied that he [[spoiler:gets pardoned in the end]], in part because Queen Anne herself fell into this mindset.
* ''NoahsArc'': This was Eddie's motivation for [[spoiler:cheating on Chance with a more "thuggish" guy.]]
* ''Series/TrueBlood'' - the most obvious use of this trope is probably Bill and Sookie: Bill is a controlling, manipulative, partially reformed serial killer who broods a lot and identifies Sookie as his property on more than one occasion. Sookie is instantly more attracted to him than the approximately equally good looking Sam, who treats her with a lot more respect and is a much nicer guy (despite doing creepy things now and then). Then there's Eric (of course), who (as well as being an unreformed serial killer) is a drug-dealing former nazi who tortures people in his basement. Sookie and the female fanbase seem to be exceedingly attracted to him, especially after his hotness upgrade in seasons two and three. And Franklin is a psychotic mass murderer who repeatedly raped one of the most vulnerable characters on the show, but out of the show's universe, the female fans have sewed him up a nice pair of [[DracoInLeatherPants leather pants]].
** To a lesser extent, this trope fits almost every male character on the show except Hoyt and Terry. Jason is a chronic womanizer, Sam sexually harasses the female barstaff and has no compunction about stalking Sookie (in canine form), Lafayette deals drugs and looks down at everybody, and no vampire on the show has ever completely stopped murdering people.
** Luna lampshades this when she admits to Sam that she "became a cliche" when she fell in love with her ex-husband and babydaddy Marcus, a biker werewolf.
* Played with to the point of inversion in ''Series/{{Castle}}''; Richard Castle has the public reputation of a bad boy who lives a playboy rock-star life, but it's gradually made clear that this is mostly an act and he's a genuinely good and decent man when you get down to it. Kate Beckett, however, has the appearance of an upright and solid ByTheBookCop, but is gradually revealed to have wilder HiddenDepths than would not be suspected from the initial appearances, and the more the fallout from her mother's murder is examined, the more a {{broken|Bird}} and darker character begins to emerge. It's also subverted in that, while it's hinted several times that Beckett may have a bit of a thing for bad boys, she only really begins to seriously warm to Castle when he shows his more mature and decent sides.
** One episode, "Food To Die For", plays with this. The victim had a reputation for being a bad boy that slept around. [[spoiler:He also got his foster brother's girlfriend pregnant. However, she rejected him ''because'' he was a bad boy. In her words, if she couldn't trust him as a man, she certainly couldn't trust him as a father. In this case, he was truly in love with her, to the point where he planned to quit his successful career as a chef, and spent two weeks in the cafe near where she worked, trying to get up the nerve to propose to her. Unfortunately, his foster brother found out and killed him.]]
* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' both played this straight and averted it. It's played straight with Dylan, the bad boy that several leading ladies pined for over the years (Kelly and Brenda as the most prominent examples). Originally Dylan was even planned to only be the troubled-kid-of-the-week, but the audience took to him so much, that he was brought back as a regular. Averted with Brandon, who had a different girl pining over him nearly every week during the first seasons despite being one of the nicest guys ever...
* This is something of a recurring theme with Britta Perry in ''Series/{{Community}}'', whose past romantic involvements seem to involve a long line of 'bad-boys', weirdoes and damaged goods:
** In the early seasons of the show, she had something of a WillTheyOrWontThey vibe with Jeff, an AmoralAttorney and allround {{Jerkass}} (albeit one [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a deeply hidden heart of gold]]) culminating in the revelation that they'd been having a FriendsWithBenefits relationship in season two. They later dropped it, however.
** In [[Recap/CommunityS2E18CustodyLawAndEasternEuropeanDiplomacy "Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy"]], she has a brief fling with a guy who turns out to be a Balkan war criminal. Subverted, however, in that even for Britta this is going a bit too far.
** "Competitive Wine Tasting" sees her begin to develop urges towards Troy after he makes up a story about being molested by his uncle to avoid feeling left out in drama class ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]).
** {{Deconstruct|ion}}ed in "Origins of Vampire Mythology", where Britta -- previously established to have a thing for bad boys and messed-up losers - discovers an old boyfriend who works with a carnival is in town and ends up having to be restrained to prevent herself from flinging herself into an ill-advised sexual encounter which she will only end up regretting. Over the course of the episode, it's gradually suggested that Britta's urgings stem from severe self-esteem issues and that she initiates these relationships as a self-destructive way of validating her own lack of self-worth; when her friends are texting her as her boyfriend to try and throw her off, their increasingly nasty and dismissive text messages serve only to prompt increasingly pathetic and desperate responses from Britta, until a 'nice' text message serves to break the spell and cause her to dismiss the boyfriend as a 'loser'. Unfortunately, she happened to say this in earshot of Troy, [[DoggedNiceGuy who actually sent the message]], hurting his feelings and prompting a [[WhatTheHellHero calling out]] over how fucked up she and her relations with men both are by Annie.
*** Also deconstructed with the boyfriend, who -- when we encounter him -- turns out to be a fairly pleasant, laid-back and amiable guy, on the surface at least. It's suggested that this is why people are drawn to him despite [[InformedFlaw the fact that he's apparently a jerk]], since his laid-back attitude conceals his inner flaws and makes him a lot more engaging than he would be if he was just an asshole up front, as is common with a lot of depictions in this trope. [[spoiler: It's also revealed that he brain damage which means he is literally incapable of feeling shame, meaning that he also literally cannot help being an asshole whenever he feels like it.]]
** Given her oft-seen crush on Jeff, it's fairly safe to say that Annie has tendencies towards this trope as well (although that said, in the above example she's utterly bewildered by Britta's response to the text messages). She is, however, a lot more perceptive, self-aware and self-critical of it than Britta, acknowledging at several points that she knows that ultimately her and Jeff aren't a very good match and that she's trying to 'change' him more because she's frightened of ending up alone and unloved than because of genuine feelings.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' - KidAnova Shawn has a troubled home life and somewhat of a "bad boy" image. However, the bad boy aspect of his character became less prevalent as the series went on, and was basically dropped by the time he gets a steady girlfriend in season five. There are also several times when Cory tries to impress girls by acting "dangerous", usually failing at it.
* ''I Married A Mobster'' deconstructs this '''hard''' as the future wife starts off relatively ok (more or less) before being swept off her feet by the bad boy mobster to effectively live the "Push It To The Limit" montage from Film/{{Scarface 1983}} then [[RealityEnsues the mobster is caught, sent to jail for life or close to it, leaving his spouse with a mountain of debt, bad rep and having to actually ''work'' again after years of living in a mansion with fast cars, parties, etc. to support herself and remaining family.]]
* On an episode of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' Lilith writes a book called "Good Girls, Bad Boys" and is invited on a women's talk show. She brings along Sam as an example of a "Bad Boy" and her husband Frasier as a "Good Boy" women should be attracted too. The audience full of women go crazy for Sam and want him to take his shirt off. Lilith at first is clinical as she describes all the dangerous qualities that make Sam desirable to these sensible women but then she gets aroused and lunges at him to take his shirt off herself! Frasier is humiliated by this and goes to great lengths to prove that he can be a bad boy too, starting with taking a pair of scissors and running around the bar yelling "I am running with scissors!"
* Played with on an episode of ''Series/ADifferentWorld''. Lena James (Jada Pinkett Smith) is tempted when her 'bad boy' ex-boyfriend (played by Music/TupacShakur) visits her on campus and tries to convince her to leave the college and live with him. She ultimately refuses, even after most of her women friends claimed they would have accepted without hesitation. TruthInTelevision as well. Jada Pinkett Smith revealed that she knew and had a bad boy crush on Tupac before she met and ended up marrying Creator/WillSmith.
* Played for laughs on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. Bud Bundy tries to use different bad boy persona's to convince women to have sex with him. His most commonly used persona being Grandmaster B, a rapper born in the Hood. Most of the time, he's convincing enough to lead the women back to his house, only for one of the family members to expose what a square he really is. Ironically, his first steady girlfriend ends up liking him because he's {{Adorkable}}.
** Also in a Gender-Inversion. Bud becomes a contestant on a dating show and ends up losing to the bad boy, Rodrigo, who plays the spoiler on the show. This was despite promising what a good man he would be to the female guest. Afterwards, many women end up feeling sorry for Bud and beg to date him, including a nerdy good girl who promised Bud the same love and loyalty. What does Bud do in the end? Rejects the nerdy woman for the more slutty looking one behind her.
* On ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Belle's curse persona Lacey is drawn to Gold's villainous ways.
* Laurel Lance from ''Series/{{Arrow}}''. Even lampshaded by Tommy in episode thirteen.
-->'''Tommy:''' We both know that she has a pretty strong track record of being attracted to guys who are dangerous, who break the rules. Show me a more dangerous rule breaker than the Hood.
** Thea who falls for Roy - the guy who stole her handbag.
** Felicity's crush on Oliver.
* In ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Hawkeye and Trapper are surrounded by nurses who can't stop sleeping with them, even knowing they're complete man-whores (and Trapper is married). Maybe justified by the environment and the fact that women dig doctors.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20)]], Deans revels in their fugitive status declaring "chicks dig the danger vibe".
* In ''Series/{{Power}}, Tasha loves James, her husband, ''because'' he's a major drug dealer and his attempts at getting out of the criminal life style turn her off. Meanwhile Holly initially tells Tommy(James' partner) that she won't sleep with him on their first date, but after witnessing him beat the hell out of a patron in a bar who was flirting with her, very eagerly changes her mind.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Barbara Mandrell's "Angels Love Bad Men," a top 20 country single from 1986 about a girl falling for a career robber; guest backing vocals were provided by Waylon Jennings.
* [[Music/FallingInReverse So why do good girls like bad guys? I've had this question for a really long time! I've been a bad boy and it's plain to see! So why do good girls fall in love with me?]]
* Music/{{Garbage}} has a song titled 'Bad Boyfriend', featuring lyrics such as "And if you can't love me honey, come on, just pretend", and "It may not last but we'll have fun till it ends". The lyrics seem to be from the perspective of a bad girl, too.
* Music/PetShopBoys song "West End Girls".
* Music/BackstreetBoys had a song with the title, "If You Want It To Be Good Girl (Get Yourself A Bad Boy)".
* Angel and the Reruns performed a song called "Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys?" in ''Film/BachelorParty''.
* The (hilarious) Music/{{DMX}} song "Good Girls, Bad Guys."
* "Leader of the Pack", sung by girl group The Shangri-Las was a Billboard #1 hit in 1964.
** Music/TwistedSister did a gender-flipped cover of it in 1985, sung from Jimmy's POV. In this one, it's the girl who drives off and dies in an auto accident.
* It's part of the reason why the groupie goes off with the hot mega-rock star Pink in ''The Wall''. And then, of course, HilarityEnsues as she finds out just ''how'' bad he really is, [[spoiler: as he proceeds to trash his hotel room and nearly kill her in the process]].
* Stephanie's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUTbmmTv2j4 Irresistible]]:
-->''I know he's wrong''
-->''But his arms feel so right''
-->''He's a magical potion''
-->''Tearing up my emotions''
-->''What if I see what this boy does to me?''
-->''Can't I simply forget him''
-->''Cause I know I'll regret him''
-->''I can't fight anymore''
* Music/NoDoubt's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzSGQ-mNvP8 Bathwater]]:
-->''Wanted and adored by attractive women''
-->''Bountiful selection at your discretion''
-->''I know I'm diving into my own destruction''
-->''So why do we choose the boys that are naughty?''
-->''I don't fit in, so why do you want me?''
-->''I know I can't tame you, but I just keep trying.''
* MC Lyte's "Ruffneck".
* Music/TaylorSwift 's "The Way I Loved You" is about a girl who dates a nice guy but is incredibly bored with him and misses the way she and her ex would "scream, fight and kiss in the rain."
* Cobra Starship's "Nice Guys Finish Last":
-->''Listen kid you hear them sirens coming for me''
-->''But when I get downtown she will already be''
-->''Posting bail in her favorite dress''
-->''Smiling at me because I'm no good''
** Cobra Starship also has "Good girls go bad"
* The Music/CheerUpCharlieDaniels song "Too Damn Rock and Roll" plays with the trope. The girl ''wants'' him, but she won't follow through.
* Music/{{Ludo}}'s Roxy has a theme like this, although it's more like "All Girls Want {{Jerkass}}es":
--> ''Oh Roxy, why won't you love me?''
--> ''Is it because I'm American?''
--> ''Or maybe it's because- I don't grope you and your friends''
--> ''Like the fool behind you now dancing halfway down your pants.''
* Music/AlexandraBurke likes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li_nzTVYpk8&feature=related Bad Boys]].
* The song "Bad Romance" by Music/LadyGaga could be interpreted this way.
* Music/BritneySpears' "Toxic" practically defines this trope. "You're toxic, I'm slipping under, a taste of your poison paradise", clearly from the perspective of a bad boy wanter!
** Followed by "Criminal", although its refrain sounds more like DatingWhatDaddyHates.
* Professor Green's song "Just be Good to Green" invokes this.
--> ''I'm a bad boy, something every good girl needs.''
* Music/KylieMinogue has a song called ''"Better the Devil you know".''
--> I'll forgive, and forget. If you say you'll never go. Cause its true. What they say, its better the devil you know.
* Jewel's song ''Foolish Games'' is a {{Deconstruction}} that analyzes this from the perspective of a girl who's been deeply hurt by her {{Jerkass}} of a boyfriend, who's described as having many of the aspects of this trope.
* ''Good Girls Like Bad Boys'' by Jadyn Maria.
* Music/BowlingForSoup has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGRxmYXi4Io Girl All the Bad Guys Want]]", which is about an uncool guy who likes a bad girl who dates bad boys. So...PlayedStraight ''and'' two or three kinds of {{inverted|Trope}}?
* ''Can't Leave 'Em Alone'' by Ciara.
-->''I can't leave 'em alone''
-->''Tried that good boy game''
-->''But the dope boy's turning me on''
-->''So bad, I love that, I can't leave 'em alone''
* ''Bad Boys'' by Wham!.
-->''Boys like you, are bad through and through/Still, girls like me, always seem to be with you!''
* ''Be Hit'' by Smog.
-->''It seems that my sensitive touch''
-->''Could be given by any old schmuck''
* "Becoming More Like Alfie" by The Divine Comedy is about a former Nice Guy who's decided to become a Bad Boy after striking out once too often with girls who like the latter over the former.
* "Biker Like An Icon" by Music/PaulMcCartney is about a girl who's infatuated with a rough-and-tough biker and follows him around, hoping to meet him. It's deconstructed, however, since "the biker doesn't like her", and when they finally meet up, it's implied he [[DownerEnding rapes and murders her]].
* ''Rule Breaker'' by Ashlee Simpson is this.
* ''Judas'' by Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga admitted this was about her then-exboyfriend, a notorious bad boy. The video is also clearly about the bad boy--the betrayer--in the group.
* ''Mr.Wrong'' by Mary J. Blige. In the song, she gets along with her "bad boy" boyfriend good but he hurts her a lot. She tries to leave but can't get herself to do it because she loves him. This can be interpreted either as a love song or sad song.
* {{Gender Flip}}ped in Apache's "Gangsta Bitch".
* Cascada's "Bad Boy" is sung from the POV of girl who's had her heart broken by a bad boy and doesn't want to be involved with him again-but still wants to have sex with him.
* Theory of a Dead Man's "Gentleman." is this trope with a dash of TakeThat
--> ''Girls don't want a gentleman,''
--> ''They say they do but in the end,''
--> ''Girls don't want a gentleman,''
--> ''They want a [[SelfDeprecation loser like me.]]''
* [[http://thedoubleclicks.bandcamp.com/track/oh-mr-darcy "Oh, Mr. Darcy"]] by the Doubleclicks is about someone trying to overcome this tendency, inspired by early exposure to the 1995 version of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''.
** Their song [[http://thedoubleclicks.bandcamp.com/track/lasers-and-feelings "Lasers and Feelings"]] advances the "bad boy" concept to the level of super-villain.
* Music/CelticThunder's Ryan Kelly, especially in the songs ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYaE7xV_drA That's a Woman]]'' and ''Heartbreaker''. The latter even provided his FanNickname of 'The Dark Destroyer'.
* Music/RichardThompson seems to enjoy playing with this trope. For example, his "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" is about a passionate romance between FieryRedhead Red Molly and BadassBiker James, which ends when the latter is gunned down during an armed robbery (leaving the former his bike). Or there's his "I Feel So Good", about a newly released ex-con hitting the town with "a half-naked woman with her tongue down my throat". For that matter, Thompson's tongue-in-cheek but straight-faced cover version of Music/BritneySpears's "Oops I Did It Again" turns that song into a faintly sinister evocation of this trope.
* Bad Boy by the [[Music/GloriaEstefan Miami Sound Machine]]
--> Bad, bad, bad, bad boy! You make me feel so good!
* BillyJoel's "You May Be Right" explores this trope, from the perspective of the bad boy.
** "Only The Good Die Young" does so to an extent, too.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* In ClassicalMythology, Aphrodite's passionate (and lasting) affair with the dangerous, bloodthirsty war-god Ares makes this trope OlderThanFeudalism. Though the fact that her husband Hephaestus was hella ugly and the marriage wasn't even her idea probably helped too.
* [[NorseMythology Loki]] (yes, the guy who tricked a blind god into killing his own brother) is married to the giantess Sigyn. For his crime, he was bound with the entrails of his sons to three rocks, and a snake constantly drops venom in his eyes. But Sigyn still stands by him and catches the venom in a bowl. Sometimes, she has to empty it, then we get earthquakes. Doesn't that sound like a hybristophile following her object of affection into prison?
** Kind of, but not really. It's more like the wife of a rebel trying to ease her husband's pain when he gets sentenced to an eternity of punishment by the "evil" state.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* FunkyWinkerbean: In the mid-1990s, the romance between then-high school sweethearts Wally Winkerbean and Becky Blackburn. Becky was heavily involved with music and drama, but her heart fell for a guy that struggled in school and often drank and partied on the weekends. Years later, in 2010, Becky reflects back on how she came to fall in love with Wally [[note]]� in the concluding chapter of a storyline where Wally, thought to have died several years earlier in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan was revealed to readers to be alive �[[/note]] and admits that it was his "bad boy" attitude that drew her to him.
* Played with in [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/1997-05-28/ these]] [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/1997-05-29/ two]] ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comics.
* ''ComicStrip/InkPen'''s Scrappy Lad spends a week trying go bad to win over Moxie. He and Hammock [[http://www.gocomics.com/inkpen/2008/06/26 discuss the trope.]]
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* If a woman in ''Wrestling/{{WWE}}'' ever undergoes a FaceHeelTurn, there are good odds that this is how she'll do it. Examples include:
** Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, who turned heel after marrying Wrestling/TripleH. In her post-heel-turn promo, she admitted that she was always attracted to him, but her feelings were only spurred on by her desire to spite [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon her father]].
** Tori, when she ditched Wrestling/{{Kane}} for [[Wrestling/SeanWaltman X-Pac]].
** Years later, Wrestling/{{Lita}} would leave Kane for Wrestling/{{Edge}}.
** Wrestling/TrishStratus, who turned on Wrestling/ChrisJericho in favor of Wrestling/{{Christian}} ''after'' Jericho did a HeelFaceTurn for her sake.
** Wrestling/{{Lay|Cool}}la choosing Wrestling/WilliamRegal over Jamie Noble is another example, though she never really turned face in the first place.
** Subverted, though, by Wrestling/MollyHolly's heel turn in 2001. Despite the fact that it showed all the qualities of the above angles, the fact that she left Spike Dudley for ''[[Wrestling/GregoryHelms The Hurricane]]'' undermines the "bad boy" aspect since he's...well, a superhero. It didn't help that neither of them really did anything heelish at all beyond disapproving of The APA drinking beer, and immediately turned out-and-out face after the WCW/ECW Invasion angle ended. A much more definitive heel turn occurred for Molly the following year, with no bad boy in sight.
* A quite frankly, bizarre example is with Wrestling/AJLee, who pursued not one, but three men who each fit the bad boy criteria to different degrees. Her main interest focused on AntiHero Wrestling/CMPunk, wearing his shirts and mimicking his mannerism to a degree. Then there's {{Jerkass}} [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], her ex who she admitted she wasn't quite over yet, and was possibly just trying to make jealous. And finally there's [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Kane]], who she made dreamy eyes at, and apparently thought he had a heart [[DracoInLeatherPants buried under his tormented soul]], and who she notably kissed with considerably more passion than she showed towards the other two. The one thing all three men appeared to agree on is that AJ is [[LoveMakesYouCrazy out of her damn mind]]. After a stint as RAW GM, she began an on screen relationship with WWE's good boy, Wrestling/JohnCena. Then she topples a ladder with him on top and ends up with bad boy Wrestling/DolphZiggler.
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[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Creator/JeffFoxworthy mocked and Deconstructed this trope at the same time. He said that when women say they want a "dangerous" guy, they're usually thinking of some Franchise/JamesBond-type of dude, but if a woman ''did'' end up with a "dangerous" man, then the likeliest outcome would have them on an episode of ''Cops'' with her hanging out of the trailer in a tube top, screaming ''"Lock his ass up!"''
* Creator/BillHicks has a routine about this trope in which the "bad boy" is Satan and the woman believes ICanChangeMyBeloved. He has also recorded a song about it: "Chicks Dig Jerks". Both have a decidedly bitter tone.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Assassins'' plays this for laughs by having Lynette Froome wax lyrical about how amazingly smart and beautiful Charles Manson is. Based on RealLife, as she was infatuated with Manson and tried to kill the President in his name.
* In ''Film/{{Grease}}'', the "cool" girls, especially Rizzo, are attracted to bad boys, and the male lead, Danny Zuko, is a bad boy who resembles Arthur Fonzarelli. The main conflict in the plot is over Danny's "badness" and the "goodness" of Sandy, the lead female. Eventually, they end up meeting somewhere in the middle.
* In ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest'', Cecily falls madly in love with Jack's wayward brother [[LoveBeforeFirstSight without ever having met him]] because "a man who is very much talked about is always very attractive. One feels there must be something in him after all."
* In ''SpringAwakening'' Thea declares, "Melchi Gabor, he's such a radical! You know what the whisper is? He doesn't believe in anything! Not in God, not in Heaven, not in a single thing in this world!" Cue the other girls on stage sighing dreamily.
* Stella in ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' chooses to stay with Stanley, who is violent, abusive, and beneath her social class. She reasons that what goes on between the sheets makes everything unimportant. Even her sister Blanche flirts with him.
* "Mack The Knife" Macheath in Kurt Weills ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' is an all-out sociopathic criminal. But that does not stop at least ''four'' girls from going crazy over him.
* ''Theatre/ZombieProm'' sort of parodies this with TheHero, Jonny Warner. He has a motorcycle (like many bad boys), but the most rebellious thing he does is take the "h" out of his name, then tell Miss Strict he'd prefer to keep it out. Miss Strict and Toffee's parents still insist she break up with him. When she does, he is DrivenToSuicide, then comes back as a zombie. Interestingly, once he does, it is ''suggested'' that he might have been a bit more rebellious than we thought (telling Miss Strict that he "used to hate [her]" and "could not be reached"), but, as a zombie, all he wants to do is return to school and take Toffee to the prom.
* Sarah of ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire'' is a lot more interested in the vampire Count von Krolock than she is in Alfred, the quintessential (human) DoggedNiceGuy. She spends the musical longing for the Count's bite even as Alfred sings of his love for her.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', when the [[EvilutionaryBiologist evil]] [[MadScientist scientist]] Hojo is surrounded by women at the beach. Played straight when you are told the reasons Sephiroth and Vincent exist. This is especially notable in that Hojo is never shown to be handsome at ALL. In fact, he's as close as you can get to the stereotypical mad scientist look, complete with evil laughs he doesn't even bother to hide.
* Karen in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' explicitly states this trope.
* In the original ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' [[TheAnimeOfTheGame mini-scenario]] that was included in the ''VideoGame/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' fandisc, Chrono played the role of the villain and Nanoha [[OfficialCouple eventually ended up with him]].
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': Bastila in the first game will fall for the male PlayerCharacter regardless of alignment, and has some comments before the kiss about how attractive his strength (of personality, we assume) is.
* This trope accounts for at least some of [[JerkassFacade Squall's]] appeal to [[RebelliousPrincess Rinoa]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', although a lot of it also has to do with the fact that Squall is profoundly ''broken'' and Rinoa is strongly motivated to help people. Rinoa also dated [[TheRival Seifer]] in the game's backstory, but considering Seifer's aspirations to heroism and the fact that Rinoa herself was a member of LaResistance, he may not necessarily have come across as a bad boy at the time.
* Chillingly deconstructed in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''. A young, naive girl falls desperately in love with a dark, mysterious stranger covered in scars...[[spoiler:whose every word is calculated to manipulate her into being willing to do anything for him, because he needs a tool to sacrifice herself for him. He feels nothing for her but irritation for using his time. He is, after all, Practical.]] It's not until after she dies that she realizes the kind of guy he really was, ''[[LoveMartyr yet still]] [[MoreThanMindControl loves him anyway]]''...
* [[CasanovaWannabe Oghren]] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' lampshades this, joking that [[BloodKnight Berserkers]] can get all the women they want because women are attracted to men who are mysteriously angry and sulk in the shadows. (Not that it works in his case...)
** The trope is {{discussed|Trope}} in a conversation between [[NiceGuy Alistair]] and Leliana, where Alistair ponders why [[AnythingThatMoves Zevran]] is so successful with the ladies.
--->'''Alistair''': Do women go for that sort of thing?\\
'''Leliana''': [[EvilIsSexy Where I come from they do, oh yes]].\\
'''Alistair''': Huh. Really? I see.
** In the expansion, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', Oghren comments that Nathaniel Howe's tall, dark, and broody appearance must make him very popular with women.
* Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Hawke of either gender can comment on Anders' "sexy, tortured look", upon learning about his experiences with the spirit of Justice; there's also a dialogue option for telling him "I love it when you go all hot-headed revolutionary" (marked "You're cute when you rebel"). Varric tells Fenris that if he looked any more broody, women would swoon at his feet.
** The Anders romance arc could be seen as [[spoiler: a deconstruction. The bad boy ends up a tragic FallenHero gradually being corrupted from within; he essentially goes insane, manipulates his lover into helping him blow up the Chantry and start a war, and Hawke is eventually forced to either kill his/her own beloved, send him away, or run off with him to spend the rest of his/her life a wanted fugitive, also losing and greatly angering a close friend in the latter two cases (who swears vengeance not only on Hawke and Anders, but on ''everyone in Kirkwall'').]]
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] can invoke this trope to explain why [[BridgeBunnies Kelly]] finds [[HitmanWithAHeart Thane]] alluring. If Shepard is male, Kelly says that that's a dirty stereotype, which just happens to be true in her case. If Shepard is female, Kelly asked if that includes her. Female Shepard can reply that dangerous men fit right into her dangerous life.
** It can be gender reversed with a Paragon male Shepard romancing Jack.
** Also averted when Kelly says something along the lines of: "Oh I don't know, good guys are pretty nice too." Of course, this is Kelly Chambers we're talking about. [[AnythingThatMoves It's not like she's picky]].
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', mook types known as Skulls are often shown with girlfriends who you can't attack, however, if you initiate combat with the Skulls, the girlfriend will almost immediately dump them.
* Avoided entirely in the female route of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} [[UpdatedRerelease Portable]]''. Of the men the female protagonist can romance, [[TheBigGuy Akihiko Sanada's]] [[AloofBigBrother aloof]] nature has caused him to be pegged as a Bad Boy with plenty of fangirls, while he is, in fact, a generally all-around nice guy (as well as being [[{{Adorkable}} hopelessly awkward when it comes to girls]]), Ken is [[TokenMiniMoe eleven]], Ryoji is a LadykillerInLove [[spoiler:and, while he's supposed to bring about [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The Fall]], he ''really'' [[AntiAntiChrist doesn't want to]].]] And [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Shinjiro Aragaki]]? Is not only nice to her from the very start of his Social Link, a good part of said Social Link is showing that he's [[HiddenDepths not really]] [[JerkassFacade a jerk]] [[StoicWoobie at all]]. [[spoiler:His love scene is not only completely optional (available ''after'' maxing his Social Link out), but a rare male case of ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt. The female protagonist has to be ''very'' persistent with her feelings.]]
* In ''GuiltyParty,'' both dialogue and cutscenes seem to suggest that nefarious Mr. Valentine, the "Shakespeare of Crime", does not lack for feminine affection. He even seduces one female culprit into working for him! Several others seem to have crushes on him.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' opens with Benny shooting the PlayerCharacter in the head. Later on, if the player character is female and has the [[ReallyGetsAround Black]] [[FemmeFatale Widow]] perk, they can give this trope as an excuse while seducing him. It should be noted that he is (understandably) {{Squick}}ed out by the offer, but eventually relents.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' largely averts this. Some of the girls you can flirt with may ''say'' they like Jimmy's rough side, but if you so much as hurt their feelings they'll cool on you immediately and [[LaserGuidedKarma the Prefects will quickly jump on your ass]]. Zoey plays it mostly straight in-story, but abusing her in the game proper will yield equally bad results. You want some action with the ladies, you've gotta play nice.
* Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/LastWindow''. [[spoiler:Margaret]] fell in love with [[spoiler:her husband George]] knowing fully that he was an evil man. Eventually, [[spoiler:he became a criminal and the only thing keeping them together was their shared guilt of his crimes. When he murdered a friend of theirs, she decided she'd had enough and planned to kill him, only to be beaten to the punch. Her knowledge of his crimes and the fact she allowed them to happen haunts her to this day.]] At one point, she describes herself as alternately loving and loathing him.
* Marin from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' seems to be this. If the player attacks a Cucco enough times while she's with you, she will scream out different remarks such as "Ohh! Link, you're a bad boy!" as if she's orgasaming over Link's badness.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', Ashara Zavros and the Male Sith Inquisitor. Played straight in the Dark Side route, where the relationship has a heavy dose of psychological manipulation and outright torture, while subverted if Light Side, where the Inquisitor is more of a NobleDemon and Ashara becomes their MoralityChain.
* Interestingly toyed with in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. Henry is [[PrettyBoy a beautiful]] [[WhiteHairBlackHeart white haired youth]] [[BlueandOrangeMorality with some screws loose]] due to a DarkAndTroubledPast, and as a result he's a merciless BloodKnight with quite the LackOfEmpathy. However, when a girl falls for him it's NOT due to his badassery and bad attitude... but because despite his craziness in the battlefield, outside of it he tries to help them in their daily lives - he joins Cherche in her vigilance rounds, fixes the plates Sumia broke, tries to help Lissa catch some sleep, etc. ''And'' he also turns out to be a surprisingly loving and dedicated father to any child he has.
* Amy Rose's attraction to Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog - basically the progenitor of the MascotWithAttitude trope - definitely has shades of this. Despite her being a Bad Girl, Rouge's frequent flirting with Shadow is also ultimately this.
* The former queen of the Night Elves Azshara from ''Franchise/{{Warcraft}}'' entranced everyone around her with her beauty and power. The one man she considered worthy of her? The Burning Titan Sargeras, who is essentially ''the Devil'' in the Warcraft mythos. Many of Azeroth's magic-related problems can be directly attributed to Azshara's twisted desire to bring Sargeras into the world and rule alongside him.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': Nirya, one of the mages at the College of Winterhold, says that [[EvilSorceror Ancano]] is clearly up to no good, but he's "rather handsome" anyway. Of course, if you read the Skyrim KinkMeme at all, you know that many, many people agree with her, as Ancano and various other male Thalmor (especially Ondolemar) feature prominently in the fills.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Roommates}}'', Anne going for Max fits the trope to a t. She describes him as being the kind of guy her parents warned her about, despite the fact that there were no guys like him within miles of her hometown. Anne's GayOption Isabella ''also'' counts. Flipping the player's gender, Max going for Sally could be seen as counting in a way, as while Sally isn't as sheltered as Anne, she's not nearly as wild as Max, either.
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* Toyed with in ''VisualNovel/CrescendoEienDatoOmotteItaAnoKoro''. Ryo, the main character, is a gruff guy with a bad reputation and a troubled past who sleeps through school enough to put his graduation in jeopardy. However, the girls like him... because [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold he's a kind-hearted guy who stands by them when they need support]], not the fact that [[BadAss he can beat up 3 guys at once]].
* ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo'' has [[BloodKnight Tatsunami Ittosai]] as one of your possible options. He actually [[spoiler:betrays the heroine to the villains, becoming TheMole for a substantial section of the game]], but can be [[LoveRedeems redeemed]] courtesy of the PowerOfTrust, and has some of the most emotional endings in the game.
* ''VisualNovel/DiabolikLovers'' is all about a girl who is abused by a group of {{Bishonen}} vampire brothers. One of them even calls her 'Bitch-chan'. It's intended to be FetishFuel for girls who do want bad boys.
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* In ''Webcomic/RasputinBarxotka'', Camello and his muscles seem to attract beautiful women on a regular basis, even if though he is an arrogant jerk and a smuggler.
* [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/13 This strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}''.
** [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/130 And this one]] offers something of an explanation.
* Used in a gay sort of way with ''Webcomic/AbeAndKroenen'', because, while Kroenen's not that mean of a guy, he's still an undead Nazi assassin.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Belkar kisses a girl, in the middle of massacring her party. End result: she's lying among dead bodies, saying, "My name's Jenny! ... Just in case you ever ... you know" Later, they do...[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0622.html you know.]]
** Inverted [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0794.html here]], along with SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan. [[HornyDevils Sabine]] explains why demons are attracted to heroes.
* [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01089.htm This strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' proposes a brilliant theory that not only explains this trope, but explains why there are so many of the jerks prowling the planet in the first place.
* Yeon from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', who slowly falls for Viole, a candidate FUG Slayer terrorist who wishes to kill her king, and by extension, wage war against the entire Zahard empire .
* Discussed and subverted on [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp02142004.shtml this]] ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' strip and those that follow it; Mike complains about this trope when seeing a girl he tried to go out with date another guy. Davan points out that, far from her being attracted to a jerk, it's more likely that she's dating him because he actually went to the trouble of asking her out -- and furthermore, guys who misrepresent their intentions by pretending to be a girl's friend solely in order to date (or just have sex with) her, and then passive aggressively whine when she doesn't 'reward' them for being her friend (as Mike is currently doing) are hardly ''that'' great an improvement over the 'jerks' they complain about.
** Interestingly, another storyline has Davan learn that same lesson himself in a {{Flashback}}.
* Used in a gender-reversed form in ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}''. [[spoiler: The first-born of Ed and his 'wife' Blood-eyes dies, as is normal for hyenas (go look them up on Wikipedia and you'll see why). However, Ed had himself been a rare surviving first-born, and had been encouraging hope in her. Afterward, she started beating him, while he refused to flee from the situation (as was his right) because he ''still loved her''. It gets worse, though. Eventually, she and Ed conceive again; this child is born successfully, but she starts beating it, as well. Ed is now thoroughly exhausted, and rips Blood-eyes' throat out while she sleeps, leading to the destruction of his previous name and exile from the tribe.]]
* Parodied (along with two of this trope's biggest popularisers) in [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=202 this]] strip from ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'', in which there is ''clearly'' something wrong with Anne Bronte.
* ''[[http://mimiandeunice.com/2011/01/26/relationships-explained/ Mimi and Eunice]]'' explain the logic behind the trope.
* ''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'': [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2003/06/21/ it's hard to blame her...The evil ones give me a jump-start too.]]
* After working for the Labs in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' for a while, Dave is [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=48473&name=narbonic_plus#strip3 starting to have this effect]] on some ladies. (It helps that he has a special bond with computers, and he's talking to an A.I.)
** His main love interest, the titular dr. Narbon, shows this to an extreme degree. This becomes very amusing during Dave's HeelFaceTurn.
* Ashley in ''Webcomic/SoulSymphony'' has a thing for local bad boy metalheads Charlie and Tom.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2006-07-18 Satan's TV ad promises "Evil: chicks dig it!"]]
* Heavily deconstructed in ''[[http://twilightcomic.com/ When Dawn Breaks, So Too, Shall You.]]'' The women and girls who have become fans of the ''Literature/{{Twil|ight}}yte'' series seek to gain boyfriends like Edward Cullin.[[note]]this name is not a misspelling; it is how his name is spelled in-universe[[/note]] However, they instead end up horrifically abused and mistreated by their boyfriends who they believe are their "true loves", [[LoveMartyr still staying with them and putting up with every second of the abuse because they believe that their boyfriends are doing it out of love.]] This results in overflowing numbers of women being sent to women's shelters, including the one the protagonist works at, and even the shelter's therapist is unable to convince them that they are being used instead of loved. Compounded by the in-universe Liberatist Feminist movement, created by Stephanie Mayer[[note]]her name is spelled this way in the webcomic itself[[/note]] built around the idea that women are nothing without men and need men to "complete" them.
* Most of the male characters in ''{{Homestuck}}'' qualify as bad boys, so this trope comes into play quite a lot. Aradia and Feferi both had redrom flings with [[PlayfulHacker Sollux]], and Feferi was once [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Eridan's]] moirail. Nepeta and Terezi both had red feelings for [[GrumpyBear Karkat,]] to say nothing of Terezi's blackrom with [[MonsterClown Gamzee]]. On the human side of things, Terezi also had a brief redrom with Dave.
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* Subverted in an issue of ''Literature/TheDescendants'' that goes so far as having the same name as this trope.
* In ''FanFic/ImAMarvelAndImADC'', Harley Quinn says that she wants a physically and emotionally abusive guy. She was trying to justify her canon love for the Joker, which is depicted as extremely unhealthy and, by the end of this season, [[spoiler: ends up with the Green Goblin, who is an a-hole to everyone else but treats her well.]]
* In ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', Rosa Fiametta's attraction to JJ Sturn, despite the fact that he's pretty much an asshat (whilst they're dating, at least). This backfires on her in a major way.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/video_15814_the-being-jerk-method.html The Being a Jerk Method]] of picking up women.
* [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1945481 This]] parody from ''Website/CollegeHumor'', showing what [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] and [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Princess Peach]] discuss when the heroes aren't around.
** And again in [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/5664104/adam-and-eve-in-the-friend-zone this]] video with Adam, Eve, and the Snake.
* In one Literature/WhateleyUniverse story, Loophole's student advisor warns her about Kodiak, pointing out that, no matter how romantic the bad boys seem, they're still bad, and it takes more than one girl's love to make them good - so if she's trying to change him, she needs to be bloody careful (especially considering that Kodiak is one of the most dangerous people at Whateley, at least among the student population). Loophole takes it to heart and later informs Kodiak that she knows he only really respects people who can stand up to him - and she proceeds to fight him and (almost) win so he'll ''really'' respect her. It works.
* Gender-inverted with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. He likes aggressive women so much that he would be happy for the prison characters of ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' to ''kill him'', he picked up a psycho StalkerWithACrush partner when he was a teenager because he broke up with them three times, his prom date ended up raping him, he has a complicated relationship with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, and he keeps getting with Rapey![[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]].
** And now that we mentioned her, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. She gets manipulated into sex with Spoony, can't stop dating drunk guys, has a "history" with the Critic, and keeps on fawning over an [[WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows asshole with no interest in her]]. Both of these can be considered deconstructed though, as the Critic's a "glutton for punishment" with very little power and the Chick herself is a BastardGirlfriend with issues.
*** Also shows up on her list of the top ten hottest animated guys, where most of the list fall under this trope, whether into the "brooding tortured loner" version or the "horrible, horrible person that may or may not have a heart of gold in there somewhere who [[ICanChangeMyBeloved girls can have sexy fun rehabilitating]]" version.
* Parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfeys7Jfnx8 this]] Creator/{{Nigahiga}} video. It shows Ryan and Kevin trying to pick up girls by acting like total jerks.
* The whole point of websites like ''[[http://www.hotchickswithdouchebags.com Hot Chicks with Douchebags]]''.
* The website ''Website/TheArtOfManliness'' debunks this in a few articles and podcasts, explaining that women tend to go for confident guys and, often times, bad boys are more confident. It also mentions that those same bad boys don't last long and that a confident, yet well-mannered man is something for the guys to strive for. The site also critisizes the supposed DoggedNiceGuy for not being nearly as nice as he claims.
* Inverted in an article at Website/{{Cracked}}. One of the writers went undercover on a dating site, posing as a woman with model looks who spends "her" entire profile making racist jokes, displaying bad manners, admitting to breaking the law, gladly admitting she lies about being pregnant to get what she wants, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and showing horrible grammar and spelling.]] Many men still messaged this person, asking for dates. The writer decided to up the ante by messaging them back, boasting about bullying young children, lying to a judge to avoid charges, and even making stupid demands of the men if they wanted to have sex with her, which included but was not limited to, [[BodyHorror allowing her to yank out one of their teeth]]. At one point, she freely explained that she only has sex with men so she can pretend to be pregnant and get money from them. Despite this, many men were gravitating toward her. And yes, it was all real.
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* WesternAnimation/KimPossible admits to Ron (in the appropriately titled episode "[[Recap/KimPossibleS3E4BadBoy Bad Boy]]") that she likes the TroubledButCute type. Ron sees a pattern, and attempts to cultivate a bad boy persona as date-bait. This coincides with a TransformationRay that makes him a genuine supervillain. Ironically, not Disney, but Nickelodeon would grant Kim's wish in one of their [[http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e296/moxie13/KimandZuko2.jpg magazine's prank comic books]] that announced she was dating...
* Prince Zuko of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', who has the scars, the attitude, and the fangirls to qualify, not to mention [[NamesTheSame a familiar name]]. Even well before his HeelFaceTurn however, the more he is seen outside of battle, the clearer it is that he is much less a bad boy than a [[HeroicBSOD brooding]] [[{{Adorkable}} dork]].
** Katara also was quite goo-gaa over Jet in his first episode. [[spoiler: At least, until she saw for herself that Jet and his gang were about to destroy an occupied Earth Kingdom village.]]
** The titular character in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' naturally falls for the dark, brooding, distant Mako instead of his cheerful, approachable younger brother Bolin. [[spoiler:It doesn't last]].
* Extreme badass characters on various shows such as Brock Samson on ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' and Korgoth from ''WesternAnimation/KorgothOfBarbaria'' seem to have an almost supernatural ability to court women. Even though both of them are kind of ugly, physique aside.
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''
** Kitty (Shadowcat) is attracted to and dates the TroubledButCute Lance (Avalanche), even though he tried to kill her in an earlier episode. The whole relationship was an homage to Claire and Bender from the 80s teen movie ''The Breakfast Club''. Avalanche looks exactly like an animated version of Judd Nelson's Bender.
** Also note that Pietro is the biggest jerkass in the Brotherhood, has repeatedly bullied and tormented the X-Men, primarily Evan, and, later, teased Kitty, was an irredeemable DirtyCoward, and, in some episodes, seemed like a budding sociopath. This has not stopped him being able to date FOUR girls at the same time.
* Spoofed briefly in ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}''; Alice gets involved with a prison inmate. When his appeal goes through and he is found innocent, she promptly dumps him.
** Similarly spoofed in the episode where Alice falls head over heels for Bob Bastard, a disfigured and evil testing engineer. That is, until Dilbert (somewhat unwittingly) reveals what he's really like...At the very least, everyone (save Dilbert) fell for him.
* Yin of ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' ignores Coop the chicken when he's in his normal geeky state, but when he's tainted with evil, she's mad about him [this also goes for other males in their world. She finds evil "dreamy"].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'',
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS13E4AHunkaHunkaBurnsInLove A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love]]" Mr. Burns acquires a girlfriend who is attracted to "bad boys", and finally dumps him for her former boyfriend - pretty criminal Snake Jailbird, causing much confusion for Mr. Burns: "I don't understand, Simpson! I'm a ''bad boy''! I'm completely evil! [[ContinuityNod I once blotted out the sun!]]"
** {{Discussed|Trope}} on the DVDCommentary for "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E7LisasDateWithDensity Lisa's Date with Density]]", with those present ruefully concluding for all the nice guys out there that, 'it's nice to be a nice guy, but with the ladies... steal a hood ornament... otherwise you'll have to wait to be someone's second husband'.
** In the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E7BartsGirlfriend Bart's Girlfriend]]", Rev. Lovejoy's daughter, Jessica, is attracted to Bart's "Bad Boy" status after a dinner from the Lovejoys have gone awry:
-->'''Jessica''': [Walking up] You're 'bad', Bart Simpson.
-->'''Bart''': [Plaintive] No I'm not! I'm really -
-->'''Jessica''': Yes you are. You're bad... and I like it.
-->'''Bart''': [Suave] I'm bad to the bone, honey.
** Subverted as Jessica is actually worse than Bart, as she was willing to steal from the Church collection plate while Bart was not. Jessica had Bart set up as a patsy all along, so if they got in trouble, everyone would look at him instead of her.
** When Kirk van Houten was imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, he found himself becoming an object of affection to a group of women who thought he was guilty.
** Bart invoked this to make himself popular at a new school. In exchange for attending Ralph's birthday party, Chief Wiggum pretended to take Bart into custody in front of the entire school, calling him a rebel who follows his own rules. One girl promptly swoons after hearing this.
* This trope is inverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where Amy is in love with the sensitive Kif. Her parents disapprove of the fact that Kif isn't "manly enough" and try to hook her up with the more stereotypical bad boys. After failing to impress Amy's parents, Amy assures Kif that it's a ''good'' thing that Amy's parents don't like him, which raises the question, is it the trope that's inverted, or the meaning of 'bad'?
** In "Proposition Infinity" (quite possibly a case of DependingOnTheWriter as it was after Comedy Central picked up the series), it turns out that Amy still can't keep her eyes off of bad boys or flirting with them. This causes Kif to break up with her and Amy starts a "robosexual" affair with the biggest bad boy she knows, '''Bender'''.
* Gender inverted in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' with the relationship between Bob and Mouse. Early episodes showed a certain degree of {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST between them, but we knew Bob's {{O|neTruePairing}}TP was with Dot and Mouse found her love interest with Ray Tracer, the web surfer.
* Jazz in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' fell for the motorcycling Rebel-Without-A-Cause type Johnny 13 after he rescued her, the results of which had her acting rebellious as well. [[spoiler: Of course, he's really a ghost planning to entrap his equally dead girlfriend in Jazz's body. Creepy.]]
* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' where Buttercup develops a crush on Ace from the Gangreen Gang who, naturally, upon noticing, decides to suck up to her to get her on his side while the rest of his gang try to kill her sisters.
** In a later episode which shows the girls as teenagers, all three flirt with the [[ThePsychoRangers Rowdyruff Boys]].
-->'''Bubbles:''' We can't talk to them! They're ''bad''.\\
'''Blossom and Buttercup''' (''excited'')''':''' We know!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', Courtney [[spoiler: and Gwen]] both dig Duncan.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
-->'''Wonder Woman:''' No. No dating for the Batman. It might cut into your brooding time.
-->'''Batman:''' One: dating within the team always leads to disaster. Two: you're a princess from a society of immortal warriors; I'm a rich kid with issues... lots of issues...
** Franchise/GreenLantern falling for EnsembleDarkHorse Hawkgirl, however, is nearly a {{Gender Flip}}ped version of this.
* Rather extreme example: Comicbook/HarleyQuinn in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' is [[MadLove crazy in love]] with ''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker''. Even before he slowly takes her sanity, Dr Harleen Quinzel is attracted to the Joker. It's hard to get more "Bad Boy" than a sociopathic, mass-murdering clown...
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** Quagmire (who is only a ChivalrousPervert towards [[ButtMonkey Meg]] and is an implied rapist otherwise) [[DiscussedTrope explains]] that the more a woman is treated like crap, the more interested she'll be in you.
** In one episode, Stewie realises the way to get Olivia to go out with him is to treat her like crap. It works.
** The trope is also {{subverted|Trope}} in one episode when Chris gets a girlfriend and Peter tells him to treat her like crap so that he'd be "cooler than the other side of the pillow." [[NiceJobBreakingItHero She dumps him almost immediately for it.]]
* In one ''WesternAnimation/SlackerCats'' episode, Eddie seduces a female cat by pretending to be a hardcre bad boy, this proves too much for him because, while he was always a bit of a jerk, he was never as bad as she wanted. Eventually, he tries to prove how evil he is by robbing a baby panda, but it backfires and, eventually, she leaves him to date [[spoiler:Dooper, the local homeless cat]] (who she considered more "bad"). But due to the ResetButton, this never lasted after the episode.
* In ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Lana Lang dates Lex Luthor in "My Girl" and tells him she likes bad boys...[[SubvertedTrope but]] given the choice, she'd much prefer {{Nice Guy}}s like Clark Kent. Played straight in "[[Recap/SupermanTheAnimatedSeriesS3E8SupermansPal Superman's Pal]]" when Jimmy's crush Tina [[spoiler: turns out to be involved with Metallo.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'', Kick has a crazy stalker in Wacky Jackie. He also has gotten Kendall (who has a boyfriend already) to fall hard for him.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad,'' one episode has Hayley fall for a Saudi terrorist who is torn between his mission and his love for her. [[spoiler:Actually an InvokedTrope--he isn't a terrorist at all, he just uses that schtick to get American girls to sleep with him]].
* Gwen in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' gets one towards Kevin, someone she wouldn't even considered talking to before her GirlinessUpgrade. Partially subverted in that she seems more appreciating of his softer side, and usually gets pissed off by him acting like a jerk or doing illegal deals.
* The ending of ''The Barn Dance''. Poor MickeyMouse.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', when Bugs [[PleaseDumpMe tried to find a way to break up]] with [[StalkerWithACrush Lola Bunny]], he disguised himself as a woman warning Lola to break up with him or have her heart broken. Rather than being scared away, as Bugs had hoped, [[GoneHorriblyWrong she's intrigued by it]], and outright calls him one with glee.
* Most of the girls at [[WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan Sherman High School]] seem to be crushing on [[TroubledButCute Lance]].
* Discussed in ''WesternAnimation/BabyBlues''. Were Daryl bemoan that his babysitter is going out with a complete jerk who acted like he was 'hurting inside. They try and set her up with a nice boy but she displays no interest in him and runs back to the jerk at the episodes end. The jerk boyfriend even threatens Daryl to get Dizzy together with him again. Despite the threat of violence he refuses and gives the guy a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about how nice guys like him are the ones hurting inside because girls flock to utter assholes like him who treat them like crap.
** Daryl is also the victim of this, since in high school he lost the girl he had a crush on two a guy playing the bad boy to get girls. He's vindicated years later when it turns out that guy became an overweight, balding janitor at not even thirty.
* Gender reversed on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. Both Comicbook/BlackCanary and ComicBook/{{Huntress}} throw themselves at Franchise/{{Batman}}, but he's solely interested in "reforming" Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime with'' ''[[GenderFlip Fionna and Cake]]'': Marshall Lee believes that Fionna likes him because of this.
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