The Nice Guy vs The Bad Boy

My last post got me thinking about this, but I think it merits a post all of its own. We’ve all heard of the saying ‘nice guys finish last’ and when they’re up against the toxic bad boys, they generally do. Call them what you want, dickheads, arseholes, fuckwits, players – they have women salivating over them. I myself am probably a bit guilty of this. So why do we do it? And what about poor old Mr Nice Guy?


The fact is, a bad boy is exciting. He leaves you breathless. You never know where you stand, where you’re going or when you’ll get there. He’ll charm the pants off you and even while this is happening, you’ll know he’s dangerous from the start. I’ve come across a few, the most recent being a few weeks ago. This guy was gorgeous. Blonde haired, tanned and he had more than the normal twinkle in his eye. His opening line to me when he came over to where I was chatting with his friend was ‘and who are you?’. He gave me a good coat of looking at (as a friend of mine says) and I replied ‘you’re a cocky c*nt aren’t you?’. He grinned back but he didn’t deny it. I could smell his toxicity a mile off, but I still found myself thinking ‘what if?’.

Bad boys will lay the banter on thick and fast. They’ll maintain eye contact with you in a way that makes it clear they’re undressing you in their head. They’re the kind of guy who’d have your clothes off in the cab on the way home, give you the best sex of your life and disappear way before the sun comes up.


The nice guy on the other hand is sweet, caring, considerate but predictable. He wants the 2.4 kids, he wants the Volvo and comfy slippers. He’s the guy that will wine and dine you, open car doors for you and give you a polite peck on the cheek on a first date. He oozes stability and therein lies the problem. We love a challenge. No matter how many times we see it in films, read it in books or hear our mates crying over the latest fuckwit, we all think we can tame the beast. The guy you met at the club told you point blank, he doesn’t do relationships. Doesn’t want them, but if you ever want to hook up, he’s yours. I can guarantee you, 99.9% of women will be thinking, ‘I can change that.’

Sigh. We never learn. We want the bad boy, but we don’t want him to be as bad once we’ve got him. Once he’s ours, we want him to fall in line. Confusing, I know, but there is no reason for a nice guy not to be able to dip his to into the bad boy waters, and if they do, it’s win/win all round. Why do you think every woman in the world has gone crazy for Christian ‘Fifty Shades’ Grey?

This is the first thing a girl will pick up on with the bad boy. He’ll strut into the bar like he owns the place. He probably won’t have made much of an effort with his clothes and will probably look like he’s just shagged someone in the bush round the corner, which could well be true. He won’t make puppy dog eyes at a girl from across the room, he’ll give her the ‘fuck me’ eyes instead. He’s confident and arrogant enough not to put the woman on a pedestal – she’ll either shag him or she won’t, and if she won’t, there’s no drama. He’s got any number of girls he can call on if he needs to.

Confidence. It. Is. Key. I cannot stress this enough. All Mr Nice Guy has to do is imitate. People will notice you if you go around thinking you’re the dogs bollocks. The key bit is to know when confident becomes arrogant and make sure you don’t cross that line. If you want to pull the hottie, make it clear. You’re fit, she’ll go for you. Job done.

This goes hand in hand with confidence I think, but so many guys seem to have lost the art of masculinity these days. This has nothing to do with style. You can be the guy who rocks eyeliner and skinny jeans with a neon pink t-shirt and still have an air of masculinity about you.

Women want a man to be a man. A protector, a provider (to some extent). If you’re the kind of guy who uses cleanser, toner, moisturiser and buffer then for gods sake don’t tell her. Don’t tell her that you get emotional watching Eastenders either. We love guys who take care of themselves or can show their emotions but to be made aware of these types of things early on is a turn off. Avoid.


This is the draw. Master this and you’re pretty much done. Women like to know what their man is thinking, even if it’s something totally stupid. With a bad boy, you just never know, aside from when he’s blatantly eyeing up his current conquest that is. He is emotionally unavailable and practically impenetrable. He won’t tell her what his plans are for the weekend, probably because it involves sleeping with other women. The point is that a woman will have no idea what he thinks or feels about her. The thing with the bad boy is, this is not an act. He’s got his own life to live. Playing football, paintballing, drinking, working – she doesn’t need to feature in his plans unless he’s got the horn, which is when she’ll hear from him again.

It goes without saying that if you’re actually trying to woo a lady rather than just sleep with her, you shouldn’t go to this extreme. What you need to do, is keep your cards close to your chest. Don’t tell her your whole life story straight away. Ask about hers instead. It’ll make you seem more interested in us (brownie points) and the next day we’ll be thinking ‘actually, I don’t know what he thinks about XYZ’ and have us coming back for more. As tempting as it is to drop everything to be on demand for your woman, don’t do it. Even if we say we want you to, because it’s a trap. We want a man to pursue his own interests. Don’t be a leech. I can’t stress how un-sexy it is.

Finally, control. With a bad boy, the woman is never in control. Ever. Even if she thinks she is, she’s not. It’s always on his terms. It’s plain selfish, so you don’t want to push it this far, but seriously, grow some balls and control your woman. If she’s the type of girl who gets emotional because you’re off to the pub for a pint while you watch the game, go anyway. Let her have a hissy fit and tell her to grow up. Most women love to be dominated in some way or another and when you’re having a tantrum and your man point blank tells you to sort yourself out, he’s asserting control, and that is sexy. When it comes to sex, yes we like romance, we like to be stroked and kissed, but not all the time. Order her about, get all assertive with her. Bad boys do this like no other, because they don’t care. They want an easy life, they have no time for drama and they want good sex. The trick is not to seem like you really don’t give a hoot. She’s special to you, but sometimes she needs to be kept in line. And please don’t worry about coming across as a chauvinistic womaniser. We women employ tactics too, you’re not alone. A fellow blogger, Tripp, has done a pretty sterling job with some advice here:

Bad boys are toxic. They’re ultimately not what we want long term. What we want is a mixture of the two. Having said that, I do think every girl needs to have a dalliance with a bad boy at least once. It’s a kind of badge of honour, and, it makes you realise what you should and shouldn’t put up with in a relationship.


2 thoughts on “The Nice Guy vs The Bad Boy

  1. Hmm. Not that they’re unattractive physically. It’s more that a bad boy possesses a certain amount of danger – that’s a thrill for most women. It’s the classic case of trying to tame the constant bachelor. I do agree that men who have that bad boy persona are likely to get the girl in the short term, but at the end of the day, we want to marry the nice guy. Nice guys might finish last but they do finish. When you look at the typical bad boy bachelor, The Fonz, George Clooney (lol) they usually end up staying that way and it’s really quite sad…

  2. This is absolutely mind-boggling to me.


    Chics generally never admit that badboys and assholes are more attractive that the wussy-nice guy.

    All men should take heed.Become the badboy(persona)in order to get laid like a Rockstar.

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