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The Best Fictional Snipers

Updated April 12, 2019 620 votes 109 voters 3.5k views27 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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    17

    Played ByMark Wahlberg

    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, Time...  more
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    29
    12

    Played ByMark Harmon

    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 for...  more
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    33
    19

    Chris Kyle

    American Sniper

    Played ByBradley Cooper

    Chris Kyle is a fictional character from the 2015 film American Sniper....  more
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    10

    Private Jackson

    Saving Private Ryan

    Played ByBarry Pepper

    Private Jackson is a fictional character from the 1998 film Saving Private Ryan....  more
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    8

    Agent 47

    Hitman

    Played ByBorislav Parvanov

    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 the...  more
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    34
    25

    The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Played BySebastian Stan

    Winter Soldier is a fictional character from the 2014 film Captain America 2....  more
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    22
    13

    Sniper Wolf

    Metal Gear Solid
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    20
    12

    Punisher

    Punisher: War Zone, The Punisher

    Played ByRay Stevenson, Dolph Lundgren

    The Punisher (Francis "Frank" Castle, born Castiglione) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Gerry Conway and...  more
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    16
    15

    Ellie

    The Last of Us
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    9
    8

    Vasily Zaytsev

    Enemy At The Gates

    Played ByJude Law

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    13
    14

    Bullseye

    Daredevil

    Played ByColin Farrell, Damien Colletti

    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 to...  more
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    8
    9

    Sergeant First Class Randy Shughart

    Black Hawk Down

    Played ByJonny Strong

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    8
    9

    Thomas Beckett

    Sniper, Sniper 2

    Played ByTom Berenger

    Thomas Beckett is a fictional character from the 1993 film Sniper and the 2002 film Sniper 2....
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    6
    8

    Erwin König

    Enemy At The Gates

    Played ByEd Harris

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    9
    14

    Merle Dixon

    The Walking Dead

    Played ByMichael Rooker

    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 was...  more
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    John Rambo

    Rambo III, Meet the Spartans

    Played BySylvester Stallone

    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, in...  more
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    7

    Master Sergeant Gary Gordon

    Black Hawk Down

    Played ByNikolaj Coster-Waldau

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    2
    7

    Waxman

    Silent Trigger

    Played ByDolph Lundgren

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    2
    7

    Roland Deschain

    The Dark Tower

    Played ByJavier Bardem

    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 of...  more
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    2
    7

    Charlie

    Jack Reacher

    Played ByJai Courtney

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    5
    13

    James Barr

    Jack Reacher

    Played ByJoe Sikora

    James Barr is a fictional character from the 2012 film Jack Reacher....
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    7

    Shane Matthews

    The Wall

    Played ByJohn Cena

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    Played ByJake Gyllenhaal

    Anthony Swofford is the fictional representation of the writer and U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford....  more
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    2
    10

    Sasha

    The Walking Dead

    Played BySonequa Martin

    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 the...  more
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    Sgt Brandon Beckett

    Sniper: Reloaded

    Played ByChad Michael Collins

    Sgt Brandon Beckett is a fictional character from the 2011 film Sniper: Reloaded....