Top Ten Fictional DetectivesThe greatest fictional detectives/investigators of all time.
Sherlock Holmes is basically shorthand for "brilliant detective" at this point. He's one of the most frequently adapted characters in all of fiction, and for good reason: he's a pretty good detective (and also never craps, according to something my brother used to say to me a lot). He's a mostly emotionless, calculating, analytical, deduction-obsessed super genius who solves crimes out of no sense of justice, but more or less to prove how brilliant he is. Practically every fictional detective has drawn upon Sherlock Holmes as an influence since. Modern audiences have THREE separate Sherlock Holmes being made - CBS's Elementary, BBC's Sherlock, and the Sherlock Holmes Shirtless Karate movies. But there's apparently one detective even greater than Sherlock. It's...
Sherlock is obviously the best detective since his is the most well known, he wouldn't have gotten to number 1 without his observational skill and his powers of deduction.
There is no way you could claim otherwise that Sherlock Holmes is the #1 fictional detective.
Batman was never the greatest detective of all time Sherlock was.
"The World's Greatest Detective" is appropriately the world's greatest detective. He solves his crimes through a variety of ways: headbutting, using his cave's supercomputer, punching, kicking, dangling thugs off of roofs, punching more, and occasionally throwing things. Well, usually at least. Sometimes he actually does do detective work - trying to determine the true identity of the Holiday Killer, the identity of Hush, and... Well, there's more, but even the times he did do detective work, it was a lot of punching and gadgets solving things for him. Still, the results speak for themselves - he's put away more criminals than pretty much any other detective in history. Sure, most of them escape regularly, but that's really more of an Arkham Asylum security issue.
Batman is a master in all martial arts, he has the same IQ as Albet Enstein, he beat the god superman, he can come up with a solution to any problem in less then a minute, he is a billionaire with the top gadgets and be vechiles. He can beat pretty much anyone, he can maintain his pain and not fell it. He had the biggest rogues gallery in all of comics, and the best mythos out of all comics. He also has the title "world's greatest detective" which should make him the top of this list
Well, there's not really any deducting in Batman...
In my opinion he is the worst detective ever...
L took a case where the murder weapon was unknown to man (not to mention also one of the deadliest fictional weapons ever), the killer himself was a brilliant sociopath with influence over the police, and that anyone in the entire WORLD was a possible suspect, and he still figured out who the killer was in less than a year. Meanwhile, Sherlock Holmes was struggling to catch a dog with paint on his face and Batman couldn't figure out who was the Holiday Killer, even though that could've been solved quite easily if he would just preform basic forensics on Alberto Falcone's "corpse". Enough said.
Unlike Holmes, L became a master detective when he was very young instead of waiting to become a detective when he was older. When L sees Light Yagami as a suspect of being Kira he watches him and sees that light looks innocent but when L sees someone acting innocent he knows that they're too innocent to be innocent. Right when he saw Light at the very beginning, he knew that Light was Kira but didn't tell the police force because they wouldn't believe him because he has no proof but even without proof L managed to find out that Light was Kira.
Death Note (2006 Anime)
L (also known as: Hideki Ryuga, Ryuzaki, Eraldo Coil, and Deneuve, at times when he's not going by a single letter) is the (fictional) world's greatest detective - constantly at odds with Light Yagami, aka a mass murdering genius megalomaniac known as "Kira." While he looks like an antisocial weirdo who eats wayyy too much candy, L's actually the most brilliant person alive - constantly analyzing and deducing things, and catches onto Light's out-of-control murder spree pretty quickly, although before he can do anything about it... Well, don't wanna spoil anything here (even a several years old manga), so just go check it out for yourself.
Wasn't expecting to see my boi L up so high, but at the same time I feel he deserves it. He is the worlds greatest detective and has solved some of the most difficult cases of the 20th century. enough said
He is the best fictional detective of all time.
He can solve a case without leaving the room.
No one can beat the gray cells of hercule poirot
His stories are so great and creative. Poirot is a very funny but smart character, and he deserves to be in the top 3
No one comes close to the greatest detective of all time with the little grey cells!
The only one that could top Poirot is Holmes.
Adrian Monk is definitely in the top 5. He is considered to be like Sherlock Holmes in the show. He solves so many impossible cases. He is one of the most famous detectives.
Who thinks John Constantine is better than him!?
If I would like to choose :-
4. Hercule Poirot
3. L Lawliet
2. Shinichi Kudo
1. Sherlock Holmes
Who thinks Batman have more intelligence than Kudo...
Where is Yusaku Kudo / Booker Kudo he is slightly smarter than his son...
One of the best detective
Should be second
Sherlock is his idol he deserves first spot
Rorschach solved a lot of mysteries - who was behind the murder of costumed heroes, what was the secret behind Dr. Manhattan's supposed cancer victims, who was locked up in here with whom, etc. But his greatest achievement was (probably) solving the mystery of how to ruin world peace. Pretty impressive for a guy who calls blood "human bean juice."
He was able to price together a murder and was also able to expose who killed 4 million people
He is always smarter than the average crook, pretends to be dumb just to mess with everybody's mind, and has an awesome voice. Peter Falk is the best! Oh, and just one more thing...I like the way he says "Oh, and just one more thing..."
20 what? Are you joking? He should be at the top on this list!
Would have been really disappointed if Jacques didn't receive mention. Gotta go pump up the parrot and take a long walk off a short pier.
Just for the memes. But this man is secretly a genius, despite how idiotic he appears. He may be clumsy but he sure has talent
The other comment says it all. Has busted literally THOUSAND of criminals. Saved millions of dollars from schemes and plots. Is able to deduce who someone is using a single obscure detail. Oh yeah, and he's a DOG. Suck on that Batman
Um, not a detective.
Totally tintin he boss he cool and smart for a kid!
Who doesn't agree Dupin must take the first place never read his stories. He beats Sherlock Holmes any day.