FBI

The Best Fictional FBI Agents  

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357 votes 46 voters 35 items

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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Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
The X-Files, The X Files 2, The X-Files
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 ...more
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Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Silence! The Musical
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
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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
The X-Files, The X Files 2, The X-Files
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 ...more
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Seeley Booth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Bones
Seeley Joseph Booth is a fictional character in the US television series Bones, portrayed by David Boreanaz. Agent Booth is a co-protagonist of the series with his wife Dr. Temperance Brennan, ...more
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Dale Cooper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Twin Peaks, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
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 ...more
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Jason Gideon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Criminal Minds
Jason Gideon is a fictional character from the TV series Criminal Minds.
7
Temperance
Bones
Temperance "Bones" Brennan, Ph.D. is a fictional character portrayed by Emily Deschanel in the American Fox television series Bones. An anthropologist, forensic anthropologist, and ...more
8
Olivia Dunham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Fringe
FBI agent Olivia Dunham (played by Anna Torv) is a fictional character in the American television show Fringe. Assigned to the Fringe Division, Olivia is a loner and dedicates almost all of her ...more
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Johnny Utah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Point Break
Johnny Utah is a fictional character from the 1991 film Point Break.
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Melvin Purvis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Public Enemies
Melvin Purvis is a fictional character from the 1975 film The Kansas City Massacre.
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Lincoln Lee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Lincoln Lee Fringe
Lincoln Lee is a fictional character on the Fox television series Fringe. Lincoln first appeared in the season two finale on May 13, 2010. He is portrayed by actor Seth Gabel. Initially, Gabel ...more
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Gracie Hart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, Miss Congeniality
Gracie Hart is a fictional character from the 2000 film Miss Congeniality and 2005 film Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.
13
Eliot Ness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
The Untouchables
Eliot Ness is a fictional character from the 1987 film The Untouchables.
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Holden Ford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Holden Ford Mindhunter
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Sean Archer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Face/Off
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Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard The Siege
Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard is a fictional character from the 1998 film The Siege.
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Carl Hanratty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Catch Me If You Can, Catch Me If You Can
Carl Hanratty is a fictional character from Catch Me If You Can.
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Alex Parrish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Alex Parrish Quantico
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Bill Tench is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Bill Tench Mindhunter
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Richie DiMaso is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Richie DiMaso American Hustle
Richie DiMaso is a fictional character from the 2013 film American Hustle.
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Charlie Francis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Fringe, Evolution: The Genesis of 'Fringe Season 1', Fringe Season 1 Visual Effects
FBI Special agent Charlie Francis (played by Kirk Acevedo) is a fictional character in the American television show Fringe. He is a close friend and colleague of Olivia Dunham, who often comes ...more
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Frank Gaad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
The Americans
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Don Eppes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Numbers
Donald "Don" Eppes is a fictional character and one of the protagonists of the CBS crime drama Numb3rs. He is portrayed by Rob Morrow. Don is an FBI Special Agent who runs the FBI ...more
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Kate Macer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Kate Macer Sicario
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Owen Hall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional FBI Agents
Owen Hall Quantico