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Sure, most of these guys have killed people and probably wouldn’t hesitate to do it again but they’re more than just tortured souls with sordid pasts (and presents): They’re pretty darn hot.

And we like ’em hot.

From Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) hypnotic gaze on The Vampire Diaries to Alcide’s (Joe Manganiello) eight-pack on True Blood to Jax’s (Charlie Hunnam) tough guy vibe on Sons of Anarchy, the following bad-boy TV characters have some undeniably good traits.

Of this stable of potentially lethal men, which one would you take a chance on in real life, consequences be damned?