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The Greatest Fictional Fighters of All Time

Updated May 15, 2019 3.2k votes 615 voters 15.1k views20 items

List RulesCharacters must either be employed as professional fighters or have a storyline that focuses on their fighting.

There's nothing quite like a good fight movie or TV show. The tale of a man or woman having to fight his way to victory with his bare hands is about as timeless as it gets. Fighter characters also usually have an underdog or tale of redemption story that really make you appreciate what you have. So who are the best fighters in movies and TV?

Whether it's a movie that revolves around the fights (Never Back Down), a movie that's more of a family drama that uses the fighting as a profession (Southpaw), or even an action movie sprinkled with fantastic hand to hand fights (Lethal Weapon) there's certainly something for everyone and all these films feature some of the greatest fictional fighters.

So you is your pick? Will it be one of the all time great boxers (Rocky)? An incredible mixed martial artist (Tommy Conlon of Warrior)? Maybe an insane nihilist who actually loves the fight itself and has nothing to lose (Tyler Durden/Bronson)?

The choice is in your hands! Vote up your all time favorite fictional fighters below and any other great fighters from movies and television who aren't already listed, male or female.
  • As played by Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky films.

    Balboa is an everyman who simply fights, trains, and works a little harder than everyone else to achieve his lofty goals. He's not the smartest, but he's tough as nails.
    Great fighter?

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  • As played by Brad Pitt in Troy.

    Achilles is perhaps the greatest hand to hand combatant to ever live (but that's for your votes to decide). With a spear and shield, no man could best him on the battlefield. Ever. At least as long as he's covering his heel.
    Great fighter?
  • As played by Carl Weathers in the Rocky films.

    Creed was the man to beat. He was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and, as such, Rocky Balboa's nemesis (whom Balboa respects greatly).
    Great fighter?
  • As played by Keanu Reeves in The Matrix franchise.

    Neo is an ex-hacker turned savior of humanity. In addition to knowing every possible fighting style, he's evolved to the point where the laws of man and physics no longer apply.
    Great fighter?