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The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV

Updated April 2, 2019 557 votes 60 voters33 items

When it comes to conspiracy theories, it’s the characters that make these movies and shows so great. No matter how many twists, cliffhangers, or double-agents, these characters constantly brave the odds to expose the truth - even if it means putting their own lives at risk.

Whether you like a complex, series-long conspiracy in the vein of Homeland or something more episodic along the lines of Law & Order and the X-Files, there's no denying that the characters on this list will guide you through all the wild twists and turns of any good conspiracy with charm and style to spare. FBI agents Mulder and Scully are out to expose the truth, but Eleven packs some serious superpowers. Which character is your favorite?

Check your hotel room for listening devices, dust for fingerprints, and vote up the best conspiracy characters in film and TV. And if you notice your favorite character isn't listed, add them!

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    Steve Harrington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Steve Harrington

    Stranger Things

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    Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Sherlock Holmes

    Sherlock, The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Powers & AbilitiesNatural deduction, Disguise

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    Eleven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Eleven

    Stranger Things

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    Agent K is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Agent K

    Men in Black: The Series, Men in Black
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    Agent Jay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Agent Jay

    Men in Black: The Series, Men in Black
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    Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Dana Scully

    The X-Files, The X Files 2

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    Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Fox Mulder

    The X-Files, The X Files 2

    Powers & AbilitiesEidetic memory

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    Robert Langdon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Robert Langdon

    The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol

    Powers & AbilitiesEidetic memory

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    Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Jason Bourne

    The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity

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    Dean Winchester is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Dean Winchester

    Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural
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    Michael Scofield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Michael Scofield

    Prison Break
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    Spencer Reid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Spencer Reid

    Criminal Minds
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    Jack Bauer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Jack Bauer

    24, Journeys Below the Line: The Editing Process of 24

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    Sam Winchester is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Sam Winchester

    Supernatural The Animation, Supernatural

    Powers & AbilitiesPsychokinesis, Precognition

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    Rust Cohle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Rust Cohle

    True Detective
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    John Locke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    John Locke

    Lost, Lost

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    Frank Serpico is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Bryan Mills is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Bryan Mills

    Taken, Taken 2

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    Nicholas Van Orton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Nicholas Van Orton

    The Game
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    Mitch McDeere is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Mitch McDeere

    The Firm, The Firm
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    Raymond 'Red' Reddington is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Carrie Mathison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    9
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    Lincoln Burrows is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Lincoln Burrows

    Prison Break, Prison Break: The Final Break
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    Richard Kimble is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    Richard Kimble

    The Fugitive
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    J. J. Gittes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Conspiracy Characters In Movies & TV
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    J. J. Gittes

    Chinatown
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