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The Best Native American Characters In Movies & TV

Looking for the best Native American characters in film and TV history? When it comes to fair representation in pop culture, Native Americans are pretty scarce. However, of the small percentage of these characters in entertainment, most are known for leaving a lasting impression.

Not simply limited to historic roles in films like Dances With Wolves, this list features superheroes, detectives, crime fighters, and more. In fact, most of these characters feature leading roles - which is a far cry from the olden days where most Native American actors were only reserved for Westerns. Every character on this list brings something special to the table, whether they’re in animated form, historical garb, or superhero attire. Do you have a favorite character?

Vote up the best Native American characters on this list or add your own favorites who aren't listed but deserve to be acknowledged.

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  • 1
    Dances with Wolves
    140
    14

    Played By: Graham Greene

  • 2
    Dances with Wolves
    120
    14

    Played By: Rodney A. Grant

  • 3
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    123
    20

    Played By: Will Sampson

  • 4
    The Last of the Mohicans
    108
    13

    Played By: Russell Means

  • 5

    Walter Crow Horse

    Thunderheart
    88
    7

    Played By: Graham Greene

  • 6
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    93
    16

    Played By: Adam Beach

  • 7

    Little Bear

    The Indian in the Cupboard
    92
    19

    Played By: Litefoot

  • 8

    Victor Joseph

    Smoke Signals
    88
    19

    Played By: Adam Beach

  • 9

    Suzy Song

    Smoke Signals
    74
    11

    Played By: Irene Bedard

  • 10
    Young Guns, Young Guns II
    80
    19

    Played By: Lou Diamond Phillips

  • 11

    Thomas Builds-the-Fire

    Smoke Signals
    70
    12

    Played By: Evan Adams

  • 12

    Maggie Eagle Bear

    Thunderheart
    74
    16

    Played By: Sheila Tousey

  • 13

    Virgil White

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    69
    15

    Played By: Gil Birmingham

  • 14
    Inspector Gadget, The Lone Ranger
    75
    22
  • 15
    X-Men: Days of Future Past, Marvel Universe
    61
    14

    Powers & AbilitiesFlight, Superhuman speed

    Played By: Booboo Stewart

  • 16

    Billy Sole

    Predator
    71
    22

    Played By: Sonny Landham

  • 17
    Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek
    65
    22

    Played By: Robert Beltran

  • 18
    57
    18

    Played By: Zhan McClarnon

  • 19
    Dances with Wolves
    62
    29
  • 20

    John Redcorn

    King of the Hill
    52
    31

    Voiced By: Victor Aaron (Season 1), Jonathan Joss (Season 2–13)

  • 21
    Mortal Kombat 2: Annihilation
    32
    15

    Powers & AbilitiesShapeshifting

    Played By: Litefoot

  • 22
    Pocahontas, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
    46
    33

    Voiced By: Irene Bedard

  • 23

    Fern White

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    30
    16

    Played By: Sheri Foster

  • 24
    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
    44
    39

    Powers & AbilitiesShapeshifting, Healing factor

    Played By: Taylor Lautner

  • 25
    DC Universe
    31
    25

    Voiced By: Regis Cordic (The All-New Super Friends Hour, Episode 1 ), Michael Rye (remaining episodes), Maurice LaMarche (Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law)