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

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

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

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

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

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Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

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James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
James Gordon Batman: The Animated Series, Batman, Gotham

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Nicholas Angel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Nicholas Angel Hot Fuzz

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Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Lennie Briscoe Law & Order

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Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jeff Jake Jacobs added Leroy Jethro Gibbs NCIS, NCIS

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Lt. Vincent Hanna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

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Chief Inspector Lee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

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Lt. Frank Drebin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Lt. Frank Drebin The Naked Gun

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Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Virgil Tibbs Heat of the Night

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

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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
LauraCannon added Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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John Munch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
John Munch Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Homicide: Life on the Street, Homicide: The Movie

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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
RoboCop RoboCop, RoboCop 2, RoboCop

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

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Detective James Carter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

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

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Frank Columbo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Tom Stephens added Frank Columbo

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

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Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle The French Connection

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Chief Wiggum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Chief Wiggum The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons

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

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Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Detective John Kimble Kindergarten Cop

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Andy Sipowicz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Andy Sipowicz NYPD Blue

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Blade Runner Rick Deckard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Blade Runner Rick Deckard

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Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jimmy McNulty The Wire

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Martin Brody is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Martin Brody Jaws, Jaws 2

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Kate Beckett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Kate Beckett Castle

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Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Schmidt 21 Jump Street

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

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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Kojak Kojak: The Price of Justice

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

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Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Gil Grissom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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Jim Rockford is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Jim Rockford The Rockford Files

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Detective Allen Gamble is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Detective Allen Gamble The Other Guys

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Jenko is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jenko 21 Jump Street

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Danny Reagan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Danny Reagan Blue Bloods

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Thomas Magnum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Thomas Magnum Magnum, P.I.

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Remington Steele Remington Steele, Bonds Are Forever

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Joe Friday is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Joe Friday Dragnet, Dragnet, Dragnet

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Sonny Crockett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Sonny Crockett Miami Vice, Miami Vice

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Joe Mannix is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Joe Mannix

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Frank Cannon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Frank Cannon

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Barney Miller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Barney Miller Barney Miller

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Sheriff Andy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jared Butler added Sheriff Andy Taylor The Andy Griffith Show, Return to Mayberry, Return to Mayberry

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Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Rick Grimes The Walking Dead