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The Best Fictional FBI Agents

Updated March 26, 2020 1.4k votes 169 voters 3.0k 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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  • Fox Mulder1
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    Fox Mulder

    The X-Files, The X Files 2
    Fox William Mulder is a fictional character in the Fox science fiction-supernatural television...  more
  • Dana Scully2
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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
  • Dale Cooper3
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    Dale Cooper

    Twin Peaks, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
    FBI Special Agent Dale Bartholomew Cooper, portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan, is a fictional...  more
  • Clarice Starling4
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    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
  • Spencer Reid5
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    10

    Spencer Reid

    Criminal Minds
    Dr. Spencer Reid is a fictional character from the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, portrayed...  more
  • Eliot Ness6
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    Eliot Ness

    The Untouchables
    Eliot Ness is a fictional character from the 1987 film The Untouchables....  more
  • Seeley Booth7
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    Seeley Joseph Booth is a fictional character in the US television series Bones, portrayed by...  more
  • Holden Ford8
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    Holden Ford

    Mindhunter

    Places LivedJonathan Groff

  • Jason Gideon9
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    Jason Gideon

    Criminal Minds
    Jason Gideon is a fictional character from the TV series Criminal Minds....  more
  • Johnny Utah10
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    Johnny Utah

    Point Break
    Johnny Utah is a fictional character from the 1991 film Point Break....  more
  • David Rossi11
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    David Rossi

    Criminal Minds
    David Rossi is a fictional character from the 2005 tv series Criminal Minds....  more
  • Temperance "Bones" Brennan12
    Temperance "Bones" Brennan, Ph.D. is a fictional character portrayed by Emily Deschanel in the...  more
  • Olivia Dunham13
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    FBI agent Olivia Dunham (played by Anna Torv) is a fictional character in the American...  more
  • 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...  more
  • Lincoln Lee15
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    Lincoln Lee

    Fringe
    Lincoln Lee is a fictional character on the Fox television series Fringe. Lincoln first...  more
  • Bill Tench16
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    Bill Tench

    Mindhunter

    Places LivedHolt McCallany

  • George Huang17
    Special Agent George Huang, M.D. is a fictional character on the TV drama Law & Order: Special...  more
  • Melvin Purvis18
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    Melvin Purvis

    Public Enemies
    Melvin Purvis is a fictional character from the 1975 film The Kansas City Massacre....  more
  • Sean Archer19
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    Sean Archer

    Face/Off
  • Carl Hanratty20
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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 Francis21
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    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...  more
  • Agent Mike Warren22
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    Agent Mike Warren

    Graceland
  • Agent Paul Briggs23
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    16

    Agent Paul Briggs

    Graceland
  • Donnie Brasco/Joseph D. 'Joe' Pistone24
    Joseph D. 'Joe' Pistone is the fictional representation of former FBI agent Joseph Dominick...  more
  • Kate Macer25
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    Kate Macer

    Sicario

    Places LivedEmily Blunt