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The Best Fictional FBI Agents

Updated March 26, 2020 1.4k votes 159 voters 2.8k views38 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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  • Dana Scully1
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    Dana Scully

    The X-Files, The X Files 2
    Dana Scully is a fictional character in the Fox science fiction-supernatural television series... more on Wikipedia
  • Fox Mulder2
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    22

    Fox Mulder

    The X-Files, The X Files 2
    Fox William Mulder is a fictional character in the Fox science fiction-supernatural television... more on Wikipedia
  • Clarice Starling3
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    30

    Clarice Starling

    The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal
    Clarice M. Starling is a fictional character and the protagonist of the novels The Silence of... more on Wikipedia
  • Dale Cooper4
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    30

    Dale Cooper

    Twin Peaks, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
    FBI Special Agent Dale Bartholomew Cooper, portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan, is a fictional... more on Wikipedia
  • Spencer Reid5
    22
    7

    Spencer Reid

    Criminal Minds
    Dr. Spencer Reid is a fictional character from the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, portrayed... more on Wikipedia
  • Seeley Booth6
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    37
    Seeley Joseph Booth is a fictional character in the US television series Bones, portrayed by... more on Wikipedia
  • Holden Ford7
    27
    19

    Holden Ford

    Mindhunter

    Places LivedJonathan Groff

  • Eliot Ness8
    20
    10

    Eliot Ness

    The Untouchables
    Eliot Ness is a fictional character from the 1987 film The Untouchables.
  • Jason Gideon9
    28
    21

    Jason Gideon

    Criminal Minds
    Jason Gideon is a fictional character from the TV series Criminal Minds.
  • David Rossi10
    15
    5

    David Rossi

    Criminal Minds
    David Rossi is a fictional character from the 2005 tv series Criminal Minds.
  • Johnny Utah11
    27
    23

    Johnny Utah

    Point Break
    Johnny Utah is a fictional character from the 1991 film Point Break.
  • Olivia Dunham12
    26
    21
    FBI agent Olivia Dunham (played by Anna Torv) is a fictional character in the American... more on Wikipedia
  • Temperance "Bones" Brennan13
    Temperance "Bones" Brennan, Ph.D. is a fictional character portrayed by Emily Deschanel in the... more on Wikipedia
  • Gracie Hart14
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    Gracie Hart

    Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, Miss Congeniality
    Gracie Hart is a fictional character from the 2000 film Miss Congeniality and 2005 film Miss...
  • Bill Tench15
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    Bill Tench

    Mindhunter

    Places LivedHolt McCallany

  • George Huang16
    Special Agent George Huang, M.D. is a fictional character on the TV drama Law & Order: Special... more on Wikipedia
  • Sean Archer17
    12
    19

    Sean Archer

    Face/Off
  • Carl Hanratty18
    10
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    Carl Hanratty

    Catch Me If You Can, Catch Me If You Can
    Carl Hanratty is a fictional character from Catch Me If You Can.
  • Charlie Francis19
    9
    16

    Charlie Francis

    Fringe, Evolution: The Genesis of 'Fringe Season 1'
    FBI Special agent Charlie Francis (played by Kirk Acevedo) is a fictional character in the...
  • Melvin Purvis20
    10
    18

    Melvin Purvis

    Public Enemies
    Melvin Purvis is a fictional character from the 1975 film The Kansas City Massacre.
  • Lincoln Lee21
    9
    17

    Lincoln Lee

    Fringe
    Lincoln Lee is a fictional character on the Fox television series Fringe. Lincoln first... more on Wikipedia
  • Agent Mike Warren22
    5
    14

    Agent Mike Warren

    Graceland
  • Agent Paul Briggs23
    5
    14

    Agent Paul Briggs

    Graceland
  • Kate Macer24
    6
    17

    Kate Macer

    Sicario

    Places LivedEmily Blunt

  • Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard25
    6
    17

    Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard

    The Siege
    Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard is a fictional character from the 1998 film The Siege.