The Best Fictional FBI Agents

While CIA agents are out gallivanting across the world causing coups and destabilizing regions, the Federal Bureau of Investigation frequently concerns itself with what's actually happening on American soil. They don't usually carry quite as much baggage, and so FBI characters are often perfect pop culture heroes. The greatest FBI characters in film and TV are the Donnie Brascos and the Johnny Utahs, hunting down criminals and making sure we can sleep safely knowing that someone, somewhere, is out there protecting us. Crime stands no chance against the FBI's best and brightest.

But even though they're all working for America, surely some of them are better at keeping us safe than others. After all, Taken's Bryan Mills had already retired from the FBI when he successfully tracked down his daughter's captors. Does that qualify him as the greatest FBI agent of all time, or should that honor go to someone like Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs for going toe-to-toe with the creepiest serial killer ever?

It's up to you to decide! Vote up the best fictional FBI characters you think are the best at safeguarding your security. Is there somebody we missed? Add them to the list!

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  • Dana Scully
    1
    The X-Files, The X Files 2, The X-Files
    183 votes
    Dana Scully is a fictional character in the Fox science fiction-supernatural television series The X-Files, played by Gillian Anderson. Scully is an FBI agent, partnered with fellow Special Agent Fox ...more
  • Fox Mulder
    2
    The X-Files, The X Files 2, The X-Files
    182 votes
    Fox William Mulder is a fictional character in the Fox science fiction-supernatural television series The X-Files, played by David Duchovny. An FBI Special Agent, Mulder's peers consider his theories ...more
  • Clarice Starling
    3
    The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Silence! The Musical
    142 votes
    Clarice M. Starling is a fictional character and the protagonist of the novels The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal by Thomas Harris. In the film adaptation of The Silence of the Lambs, she was ...more
  • Spencer Reid
    4
    Criminal Minds
    120 votes
    Dr. Spencer Reid is a fictional character from the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, portrayed by Matthew Gray Gubler. Reid is a genius with an IQ of 187 and can read 20,000 words per minute with an ...more
  • Dale Cooper
    5
    Twin Peaks, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
    144 votes
    FBI Special Agent Dale Bartholomew Cooper, portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan, is a fictional character and the protagonist of the ABC television series Twin Peaks. He briefly appears in the prequel film ...more
  • Eliot Ness
    6
    The Untouchables
    79 votes
    Eliot Ness is a fictional character from the 1987 film The Untouchables.