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The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked 

Kenny Miller
Updated October 8, 2019 5.6k votes 423 voters 270.8k views 120 items

List of famous fictional spies with pictures where possible. Who are the best fictional spies? Famous spies, especially female spies, are a favorite among fans across all mediums. From classic characters like James Bond to new hot shots like Jason Bourne and Jack Ryan, this famous spies list will clue you in to all the most famous men and women with secret identities. Spy names are listed here, with a note about which movie or TV show they appeared in. 

Who are the most famous spies on TV and in movies? A spy is a master of infiltration. The clandestine operations involved in spying are the thing of legends, black ops by secret agents you wouldn't believe. Small wonder then that spy stories are so popular, with their gadgets, subversion, and dual identities. Today, they can be found in movies, tv, books, comics, and games. This list of fictional spies contains many of them.

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James Bond is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
James Bond universe
Commander James Bond RN—code number 007—is a fictional character created by the British journalist and novelist Ian Fleming in 1952. The character appeared in a series of 12 novels and two short ...more

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#680 of 3,534 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time #10 of 20 The Manliest Action Movie Heroes Of All Time #7 of 141 The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes

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Simon Templar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
The Saint, The Fiction Makers, The Saint
Simon Templar is a fictional character from the 1997 film The Saint.
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Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Ultimatum
Jason Charles Bourne is a fictional character and the protagonist of a series of novels by Robert Ludlum and subsequent film adaptations. He first appeared in the novel The Bourne Identity, ...more

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All the Jason Bourne Books, Ranked Best to Worst #59 of 3,534 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time #8 of 141 The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes

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Number Six is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Battlestar Galactica, Razor
Caprica-Six is a fictional character from the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series. She is played by actress Tricia Helfer.

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#523 of 1,022 The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time #895 of 1,428 The Greatest TV Characters of All Time #24 of 323 The Best TV Villains Of All Time

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Harry Tasker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
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Jack Bauer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
24, Journeys Below the Line: The Editing Process of 24, 24: Redemption
Jack Bauer is a fictional character and the lead protagonist of the Fox television series 24. His character has worked in various capacities on the show, often as a member of the Counter ...more
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Secret Squirrel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
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Perry the Platypus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Phineas and Ferb, Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
Perry the Platypus, also known as Agent P or simply Perry, is an anthropomorphic platypus from the animated television series Phineas and Ferb. Perry is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker and created ...more

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#274 of 1,428 The Greatest TV Characters of All Time #88 of 325 The Greatest Cartoon Characters in TV History #22 of 194 The Greatest Fictional Pets You Wish You Could Actually Own

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Sydney Bristow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Alias, Animated Alias: Tribunal, Alias
Sydney Anne Bristow is a fictional character and the protagonist of the television series Alias. She is an American woman with Russian-Canadian family background who works as a spy for the CIA. ...more

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#973 of 1,428 The Greatest TV Characters of All Time #93 of 1,034 The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time #11 of 22 22 TV Couples Who Got Together In Real Life

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Maxwell Smart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
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Jane Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Jane Smith is a fictional character from the 2005 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
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Michael Westen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Burn Notice, Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe
Michael Alan Westen is a fictional character played by Jeffrey Donovan in the television series Burn Notice, created by Matt Nix. Michael, a spy and former Army Ranger, is/was widely known as ...more
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Sterling Archer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Archer
Sterling Archer is a fictional character from the tv program Archer.
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Agent 99 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Get Smart, Get Smart's Bruce & Lloyd Out of Control
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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
The Sum of All Fears, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger
John Patrick Ryan, Sr. is a fictional character created by author Tom Clancy and featured in his Ryanverse novels, which have consistently topped the New York Times bestseller list over 30 ...more

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All the Jack Ryan Books, Ranked Best to Worst #403 of 3,534 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time #69 of 141 The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes

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Johnny English is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Johnny English Reborn, Johnny English
Johnny English is a fictional character from the 2003 film Johnny English and the 2011 film Johnny English Reborn.
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Emma Peel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
The Avengers, The Avengers
Emma Peel was a fictional spy played by Diana Rigg in the British 1960s adventure television series The Avengers, by Diane Appleby in the South African radio series of The Avengers and by Uma ...more
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Agent Kay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Men in Black 3, Men in Black II, Men in Black
Agent K is a fictional MIB agent in the film Men in Black, its sequels Men in Black II and Men in Black 3, and Men in Black: The Series. Agent K is portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones in the three ...more

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#336 of 3,534 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time #1 of 54 The Best Tommy Lee Jones Characters of All Time #4 of 75 50+ Spies from Movies and TV

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Austin Powers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Austin Powers 4, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Sir Augustine Danger "Austin" Powers, KBE, is a fictional character from the Austin Powers series of films, and is created and portrayed by Mike Myers. He is the protagonist of Austin ...more

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#265 of 787 The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever #682 of 3,534 The Best Movie Characters Of All Time #19 of 19 Beloved Movie Characters Who Should Make a Comeback

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Nicholas Brody is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
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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#1,062 of 1,428 The Greatest TV Characters of All Time #161 of 205 The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes #5 of 13 13 TV Shows That Continued Without Their Main Characters

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Elektra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Daredevil, Elektra, Marvel Universe

Powers & Abilities: Telepathy

Elektra Natchios, usually referred to only by her first name Elektra, is a fictional character appearing in publications from Marvel Comics. Elektra is a kunoichi – female ninja assassin – of ...more

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#95 of 311 The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time #84 of 188 The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe #70 of 189 The Top Marvel Comics Superheroes

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Natasha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Blood, Bullets, Buffoons
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Boris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Being Human
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Punished Snake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Metal Gear
Big Boss is one of the central characters of Konami's Metal Gear series of video games. He was introduced in the original Metal Gear series as the commanding officer and subsequent nemesis of ...more
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The Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Spies, Ranked
Millions
The Man is a fictional character from the 2004 film Millions.