Entertainment 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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200 67
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
216 89
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Die Hard

3
161 77
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
105 89
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
69 58
Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Heat of the Night

6
99 51
Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Law & Order

7
65 28
Frank Columbo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Tom Stephens added Frank Columbo

8
122 74
Axel Foley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Beverly Hills Cop Franchise

9
78 67
Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

10
100 61
James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Batman: The Animated Series, Batman, Gotham

11
73 49
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
70 72
Lt. Vincent Hanna is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

13
100 79
Nicholas Angel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Hot Fuzz

14
89 56
RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
RoboCop, RoboCop 2, RoboCop

15
77 50
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jeff Jake Jacobs added NCIS, NCIS

16
60 72
Frank Serpico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Serpico

17
64 48
Andy Sipowicz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
NYPD Blue

18
96 69
Lt. Frank Drebin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Naked Gun

19
79 45
Lt. Frank Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Lt. Frank Bullitt

20
59 75
Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Training Day

21
84 73
Chief Inspector Lee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

22
95 95
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
60 47
Detective Jake Peralta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

24
34 21
Thomas Magnum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Magnum, P.I.

25
76 48
John Munch is listed (or ranked) 25 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