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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149 47
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
172 56
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Die Hard

3
131 49
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
89 54
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
99 48
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
68 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
62 45
Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

8
51 44
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
81 39
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
41 22
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
51 27
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
77 54
Nicholas Angel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Hot Fuzz

13
35 15
Frank Columbo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Tom Stephens added Frank Columbo

14
50 50
Lt. Vincent Hanna is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

15
78 51
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
70 53
Chief Inspector Lee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

17
58 32
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
45 30
Andy Sipowicz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
NYPD Blue

19
66 41
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
57 32
John Munch is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
46 52
Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Training Day

22
68 62
Detective James Carter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

23
45 56
Frank Serpico is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Serpico

24
78 71
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
39 43
David Mills is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Seven

26
46 41
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
44 41
Vic Mackey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Shield

28
46 40
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
48 50
Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Kindergarten Cop

30
37 31
Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Wire

31
37 32
Martin Brody is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jaws, Jaws 2

32
15 6
Thomas Magnum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Magnum, P.I.

33
14 5
Jim Rockford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added The Rockford Files

34
12 3
Joe Friday is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Dragnet, Dragnet, Dragnet

35
41 49
Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
21 Jump Street

36
23 19
Kate Beckett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Castle

37
34 39
Robert Goren is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

38
12 5
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
20 15
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
20 19
Danny Reagan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Blue Bloods

41
33 44
PC Danny Butterman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

42
40 54
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
10 5
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, Bonds Are Forever

44
10 5
Frank Cannon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added

45
10 5
Joe Mannix is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added

46
33 36
Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

47
36 50
Jenko is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
21 Jump Street

48
10 10
Sonny Crockett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Miami Vice, Miami Vice

49
9 6
Barney Miller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Barney Miller

50
43 45
Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
The Walking Dead