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- Carrie Stetko from the Whiteout comics and movie. (In Real Life, U.S. Marshals actually do have jurisdiction in Antarctica, although as of 2008, none are permanently stationed there.)
- Several U.S. Marshals appear in the "Apokolips Road" story arc of Birds of Prey escorting metahuman prisoners. They do pretty well, considering they're way out of their weight class on Apokolips.
- Wynonna Earp from the comic book of the same title. Wynonna is a descendant of the famous lawman Wyatt Earp, and she's the top special agent for a special unit known within the US Marshals known as The Monster Squad.
- In The DCU, the 21st century 'Pow-Wow' Smith, descendant of the 19th century lawman of the same name, is a US Marshal.
- J.D. Hart from Jonah Hex.
- Sam Gerard from The Fugitive movie and its sequel U.S. Marshals.
- Clint Eastwood's character in Hang 'Em High.
- Artemus Gordon in Wild Wild West. And, as it turns out, Coleman the train engineer.
- Karen Sisco from Out of Sight. She gets her man, in more ways than one.
- Outland. The protagonist played by Sean Connery is a Federal Marshal, though his character resembles more The Sheriff in this Space Western inspired by High Noon.
- Marshal Strickland in Back to the Future Part III, who looks almost exactly like Wild Bill Hickok.
- Stockburn of the Clint Eastwood Western film Pale Rider is a corrupt, villainous variant.
- Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, which is Truth in Television. He was supposed to serve warrants for the cowboys who killed his brother Morgan, but it proved to be legal cover for his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger in Eraser, working on the Witness Protection program.
- Con Air.
- In Iron Man 2 Tony and Happy find an attractive woman standing by his new car. When Tony asks who she is, she replies "Marshal". It's only when she informs Tony he's being Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee that we realise it's not her name.
- One shows up in Django Unchained, in Daughtry. He is a reasonable and conscientious lawman, contrasted with the town sheriff who is in fact a wanted fugitive with a bounty on his head.
- In Breakheart Pass, Pearce is a deputy U.S. Marshal who more less forces his way aboard the train with his prisoner. Pearce is actually a Dirty Cop, and his prisoner is an undercover Secret Service agent.
- In the later Anita Blake novels Anita, Edward (Or rather his legal identity, Ted Forrester) and other licensed vampire slayers are granted federal marshal status, mainly to take care of the legal hassles of a slayer chasing a vamp over state lines. Actually one of her more plausible upgrades.
- Morgan Kane, protagonist of the most commercially successful Norwegian book series to date, is a US marshal for most of his career.
- Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck Aule in Shutter Island (and its film adaptation). Or is it?
- Elmore Leonard has written several prominent Marshal characters, many of whom have appeared in other media, including Raylan Givens, Karen Sisco and her father Marshall (retired, and yes, he was "Marshal Marshall Sisco.")
- Rooster Cogburn from True Grit and its two adaptations, "the meanest one, double-tough, knowing no fear".
- Deputy Marshal Custis "Longarm" Long, of the long-running Longarm paperback series. The Marshal himself in the stories is William Vail, and sometimes lends a hand.
- In the Waco series by J.T. Edson, Waco - having held a variety of law enforcement positions - ends his career as a U.S. Marshal.
- Deputy U.S. Marshal Solomon Wisdom 'Solly' Cole appears a supporting character in several of Edson's novels.
- In Portlandtown, The Marshal was one most of his life, and people still respectfully address him as such.
- In River of Teeth, Gran Carter is a U.S. marshal, but seems to be rather unimportant to the events other than introducing information about Adelia Reyes, whom he is pursuing for murder. Turns out he is behind requesting from the federal agent that Adelia be added to the crew in order to bring her to the Harriet and into easy reach of Carter, since she's managed to slip his pursuit for years now.
Live Action TV
- Matt Dillon of Gunsmoke.
- Frank Ragan of The Dakotas is a US Marshal. He has three deputies.
- Jack Carter was a US Marshal before he became Sheriff of Eureka.
- The Red Shirt traveling with Kate in Lost, Marshal Edward Mars as portrayed by Fredric Lehne.
- Mary Shannon and Marshall Mann of In Plain Sight.
- First Sam Cain and then Teaspoon Hunter of The Young Riders. They had a habit of deputizing the entire cast, which meant they could have a lot more action plots than if the express riders had stuck to delivering the mail.
- Raylan Givens of Justified. He basically thinks he's a modern-day Wyatt Earp and actually pulls it off very well.
- A&E has Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force a documentary show about the Joint Fugitive Task Force of New York/New Jersey.
- The title character of Karen Sisco and her father Marshall, a retired Marshal.
- Breakout Kings
- The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.: Brisco County, Sr. was a US Marshal.
- Chase (NBC)
- In Time Trax, Lambert's cover in present day was as a U.S. Marshal, as it is the role of that office to apprehend fugitives.
- One episode of Dangerous Roads showed US Marshals who drove a prisoner-transport shuttle bus.
- The US Marshals are seen in Person of Interest, guarding HR's boss prior to his trial. Reese goes through them like a knife through butter. Even their SWAT Team.
- An option for player characters (detailed in the Law Dogs source book) in Deadlands.
- Jake Marshall takes Cowboy Cop to new levels in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and actually dresses up as a stereotypical Western federal marshal.
- Marshal Johnson in Red Dead Redemption. His actual role in the plot is that of The Sheriff of Armadillo, and he doesn't act much like a real U.S. Marshal would. At one point he even says that he can't do anything about early game Big Bad Williamson because he commits his crimes in the next county over. This is despite real Marshals having jurisdiction over the entire state or territory they're deployed in. Presumably the game designers confused him with the "town marshal" who only has jurisdiction in one locality.
Famous Real Life Marshals
- Frederick Douglass. Yes, that Frederick Douglass.
- Dallas Stoudenmire (1845-1882), successful City Marshal who tamed and controlled the remote, wild and violent town of El Paso, Texas; became U.S. Marshal serving West Texas and New Mexico Territory just before his death.
- Virgil and Wyatt Earp, Deputy Marshals for the Arizona Territory (Virgil first, Wyatt after his brother's death.) Virgil was also the town marshal for Tombstone.
- James "Wild Bill" Hickok, Deputy Marshal of Fort Riley, Kansas.
- Bat Masterson, later in life, was appointed a Deputy Marshal for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan, the Bronx, and the lower Hudson Valley) by Theodore Roosevelt, to give him a relatively peaceful post where he'd still be a lawman.
- Bass Reeves, Deputy US Marshal for the Western District of Arkansas. Credited with over 3,000 arrests, Reeves is often considered one of the greatest Marshals to ever serve.