Fictional Characters The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote for who you think are the best fictional cops ever imagined.

Criminals should beware of these great fictional cops, as they almost always get the perp in the end. From movies, TV shows, and more, these are the best fictional cops to have ever worn a badge. No matter what media they first appeared in however, they have proven themselves to be excellent at fighting crime. But when it comes to greatness, which one of these make-believe cops stands at the top? To find out, fans of law enforcement have voted on their favorites.

Some of these fictional cops are normal people from historical dramas while others are futuristic crime-fighting robots from another planet. So to compare them, you’re simply going to have to do it the way old gumshoes solved crimes… gut feeling. Still not sure? Then think of the fictional cops you’d most want help from or to be patrolling your neighborhood.

Some popular choices include science fiction movie icons such as Robocop and small-town deputies like Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith Show. While they’re not on equaling footing physically, you’re more likely to ask Deputy Fife for help against some hooligans. If you don’t see your favorite fictional police officer below, then add him or her so that others may vote on them. Otherwise, vote up who you think are the best fictional cops across any media.

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159 53
Harry Callahan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Dirty Harry Franchise

2
179 59
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Die Hard

3
136 52
Martin Riggs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Lethal Weapon Franchise

4
91 58
Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Lethal Weapon Franchise

5
101 50
Axel Foley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Beverly Hills Cop Franchise

6
73 32
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Law & Order

7
66 46
Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

8
52 46
Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Heat of the Night

9
86 42
James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, Batman, Gotham

10
46 26
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
LauraCannon added Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

11
54 29
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jeff Jake Jacobs added NCIS, NCIS

12
38 16
Frank Columbo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Tom Stephens added Frank Columbo

13
81 57
Nicholas Angel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Hot Fuzz

14
80 52
Lt. Frank Drebin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Naked Gun

15
51 52
Lt. Vincent Hanna is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

16
71 55
Chief Inspector Lee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

17
59 34
Lt. Frank Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Lt. Frank Bullitt

18
47 32
Andy Sipowicz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
NYPD Blue

19
68 42
RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
RoboCop, RoboCop 2, RoboCop

20
48 55
Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Training Day

21
58 34
John Munch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Homicide: Life on the Street, Homicide: The Movie

22
82 75
Chief Wiggum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons

23
45 58
Frank Serpico is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Serpico

24
42 46
David Mills is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Seven

25
68 67
Detective James Carter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

26
47 43
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The French Connection

27
45 43
Vic Mackey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Shield

28
48 42
Blade Runner Rick Deckard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Blade Runner Rick Deckard

29
19 8
Thomas Magnum is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Magnum, P.I.

30
49 52
Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Kindergarten Cop

31
15 4
Joe Friday is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Dragnet, Dragnet, Dragnet

32
39 33
Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Wire

33
39 33
Martin Brody is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jaws, Jaws 2

34
24 21
Kate Beckett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Castle

35
41 51
Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
21 Jump Street

36
35 41
Robert Goren is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

37
14 7
Jim Rockford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added The Rockford Files

38
13 6
Kojak is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Kojak: The Price of Justice

39
21 16
Jim Malone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jan Kulas added The Untouchables

40
36 46
PC Danny Butterman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

41
35 38
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

42
40 56
Detective Allen Gamble is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Other Guys

43
11 7
Joe Mannix is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added

44
46 47
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Walking Dead

45
14 11
Sheriff Andy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jared Butler added The Andy Griffith Show, Return to Mayberry, Return to Mayberry

46
31 34
Detective Jake Peralta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

47
36 52
Jenko is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
21 Jump Street

48
20 22
Danny Reagan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Blue Bloods

49
10 7
Frank Cannon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added

50
10 8
Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Remington Steele, Bonds Are Forever