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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172 58
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
191 67
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Die Hard

3
140 62
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
94 67
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
107 58
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
72 53
Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

7
81 39
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Law & Order

8
57 49
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
47 18
Frank Columbo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Tom Stephens added Frank Columbo

10
56 33
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
64 35
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
57 58
Lt. Vincent Hanna is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

13
90 48
James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, Batman, Gotham

14
89 64
Nicholas Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Hot Fuzz

15
86 60
Lt. Frank Drebin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Naked Gun

16
67 37
Lt. Frank Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Lt. Frank Bullitt

17
77 61
Chief Inspector Lee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

18
54 36
Andy Sipowicz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
NYPD Blue

19
54 61
Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Training Day

20
75 47
RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
RoboCop, RoboCop 2, RoboCop

21
51 63
Frank Serpico is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Serpico

22
64 42
John Munch is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
45 53
David Mills is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Seven

24
84 85
Chief Wiggum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons

25
72 74
Detective James Carter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

26
50 49
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
49 48
Vic Mackey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Shield

28
54 46
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
26 13
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
20 7
Joe Friday is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Dragnet, Dragnet, Dragnet

31
20 7
Kojak is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Kojak: The Price of Justice

32
52 59
Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Kindergarten Cop

33
43 39
Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Wire

34
27 18
Jim Malone is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jan Kulas added The Untouchables

35
39 45
Robert Goren is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

36
42 40
Martin Brody is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jaws, Jaws 2

37
40 52
PC Danny Butterman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

38
29 28
Kate Beckett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Castle

39
40 40
Detective Jake Peralta is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

40
43 61
Detective Allen Gamble is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Other Guys

41
42 60
Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
21 Jump Street

42
16 12
Jim Rockford is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added The Rockford Files

43
19 16
Sheriff Andy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 43 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

44
39 44
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

45
25 27
Danny Reagan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Blue Bloods

46
51 54
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Walking Dead

47
36 42
Cadet Carey Mahoney is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, Police Academy, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol

48
39 60
Jenko is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
21 Jump Street

49
12 10
Sam Spade is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added The Maltese Falcon, The Maltese Falcon

50
37 55
Joe Swanson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Family Guy, Family Guy Universe