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What’s better than a sexy bad boy like The Vampire Diaries Damon Salvatore or True BloodEric Northman? A sexy, crime-fighting good guy, naturally.

From Castle’s mystery novelist-turned-murder investigator Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) to Supernatural’s bad-ass brotherly duo of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), the following crime fighters heat up the small screen while keeping the evildoers at bay.

But here’s where it gets tough: Of these heroic hotties, who is the absolute hottest?