Fictional Characters

The Best Fictional Snipers  

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112 votes 25 voters 27 items

There's something exciting about seeing sniper characters in action. Maybe it’s because they do their best work from afar, or maybe it’s the fact that most sniper stories tend to be a bit quieter and way more intense. While we’re constantly inundated with films depicting overpowered superheroes who love to get up close and punch goons in the face, the greatest sniper characters are rarely hulking WWE rejects who only know how to use brute force. Instead, they’re well-trained, resourceful, and extremely well-equipped. In fact, the best snipers win battles by being just a bit smarter - and stealthier - than their opponents.

Whether you prefer steadfast snipers like Private Jackson Saving Private Ryan or cocky characters like Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead, there’s no denying the fact that a good sniper can always be counted on to turn the tide in any battle. Which of these fictional snipers do you think never misses their mark?

Vote up the best sniper characters. Are there any snipers we forgot? If so, add them to the list!

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Winter Soldier is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier is a fictional character from the 2014 film Captain America 2.
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Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
NCIS, NCIS
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is a fictional character of the CBS TV series NCIS, portrayed by Mark Harmon. He is an ex-Scout Sniper for the United States Marines turned Special Agent who commands a team ...more
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Bob Lee Swagger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Shooter
Bob Lee Swagger is a fictional character created by Stephen Hunter. He is the protagonist of a series of books that relate his life after and during the Vietnam War—Point of Impact, Black Light, ...more
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Chris Kyle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
American Sniper
Chris Kyle is a fictional character from the 2015 film American Sniper.
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John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Rambo III, Meet the Spartans, First Blood
John James Rambo is a fictional character in the Rambo saga. He first appeared in the 1972 novel First Blood by David Morrell, but later became more famous as the protagonist of the film series, ...more
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Sniper Wolf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Metal Gear Solid
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Punisher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Punisher: War Zone, The Punisher, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
Frank Castle is a fictional character from the 2004 action film The Punisher.
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Merle Dixon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
The Walking Dead
Merle Dixon is a fictional character from the horror drama television series The Walking Dead, which airs on AMC in the United States and is based on the comic book series of the same name. He ...more
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Bullseye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Daredevil
Bullseye is a fictional supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. A psychopathic assassin, Bullseye uses the opportunities afforded by his line of work to exercise his homicidal tendencies and ...more
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James Barr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
James Barr Jack Reacher
James Barr is a fictional character from the 2012 film Jack Reacher.
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Vasily Zaytsev is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Vasily Zaytsev Enemy At The Gates
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Private Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Saving Private Ryan
Private Jackson is a fictional character from the 1998 film Saving Private Ryan.
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Anthony Swofford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Jarhead
Anthony Swofford is the fictional representation of the writer and U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford.
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Ellie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
The Last of Us
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Shane Matthews is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Shane Matthews The Wall
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Sergeant First Class Randy Shu... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Sergeant First Class Randy Shughart Black Hawk Down
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Agent 47 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Hitman
Agent 47 is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Hitman franchise, created by the Danish company IO Interactive. The franchise currently consists of six Hitman video game titles and ...more
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Erwin König is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Erwin König Enemy At The Gates
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Roland Deschain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
The Dark Tower
Roland Deschain of Gilead is a fictional character and the protagonist of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. He is the son of Steven and Gabrielle Deschain and is descended from a long line ...more
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The Caller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Phone Booth
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Thomas Beckett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Thomas Beckett Sniper, Sniper 2
Thomas Beckett is a fictional character from the 1993 film Sniper and the 2002 film Sniper 2.
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Nicholas Brody is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Homeland
Nicholas "Nick" Brody, played by actor Damian Lewis, is a fictional character on the American television series Homeland on Showtime, created by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. Brody was ...more
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Sgt Brandon Beckett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Sgt Brandon Beckett Sniper: Reloaded
Sgt Brandon Beckett is a fictional character from the 2011 film Sniper: Reloaded.
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Sasha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
The Walking Dead
Sasha is a fictional character from The Walking Dead, an AMC television horror drama series. The character was created by Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead comic book series which ...more
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Charlie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Snipers
Charlie Jack Reacher