Top Ten Fictional Detectives

The greatest fictional detectives/investigators of all time.

The Top Ten

1 Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes

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.

WHY the heck is Benedict Cumberbatch's picture up there instead of the iconic silhouette?!

This makes me a bit angry. (Don't get me wrong, I love Benedicts portrayal; I just think the classic should always come first)

His way of investigation is peculiar, his knowledge about chemistry, anatomy,logical and analytical skills and immense raw intelligence makes him the greatest detective ever in fictional world

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2 Batman Batman Batman aka Bruce Wayne is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27. In film, he has been portrayed by Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, more.

"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.

In my opinion he is the worst detective ever...

Well, there's not really any deducting in Batman... - Silverfroststorm

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 - Thevcrewgeeks

3 L Lawliet L Lawliet L Lawliet, exclusively known by the mononym L, is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata .

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.

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 detective EVER!

4 Hercule Poirot Hercule Poirot

Of course the famous detective poirot should make this list he is way smarter than batman and he should be 2 to Sherlock Holmes

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!

He has the greatest stories

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5 Shinichi Kudo Shinichi Kudo

Way better than...Batman

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

Who thinks John Constantine is better than him!?
If I would like to choose :-
5. Batman
4. Hercule Poirot
3. L Lawliet
2. Shinichi Kudo
1. Sherlock Holmes

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6 Rorschach Rorschach

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."

7 John Constantine
8 Scooby-Doo

Amazing guy.

9 Tintin

Totally tintin he boss he cool and smart for a kid!

10 Bruce Wayne Bruce Wayne

What's the difference between Batman and Bruce Wayne? O_O - Goku02

The Contenders

11 Inspector Gadget
12 Fox Mulder
13 Professor Layton Professor Layton
14 The Doctor
15 Max Payne
16 Lord Peter Wimsey
17 Dana Scully
18 Watson
19 Sam Spade Sam Spade Sam Spade is a fictional private detective and the protagonist of Dashiell Hammett's 1930 novel, The Maltese Falcon. Spade also appeared in three lesser-known short stories by Hammett. Spade combined several features of previous detectives, most notably his detached demeanor, keen eye for detail, and more.
20 Will Graham
21 Philip Marlowe Philip Marlowe
22 Columbo Columbo

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!

23 Jack Reacher
24 Miss Marple
25 Dick Grayson Dick Grayson
26 Skulduggery Pleasant
27 Kyoko Kirigiri Kyoko Kirigiri
28 Shuichi Saihara Shuichi Saihara

Shuichi’s basically the Ultimate Detective.

29 Barbara Gordon Barbara Gordon
30 Remington Steele
31 Laura Holt
32 Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr., also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.

From the 13 book series by John Connolly

33 Lei Wulong

A hilarious, funny, clumsy Jackie Chan clone who investigates everyone he needs to and is so obsessed with his police job, that it is all he does

34 Looker
35 Jessica Fletcher
36 C. Auguste Dupin
37 Conan Edogawa Conan Edogawa
38 Adrian Monk
39 The Shadow

The Shadow knows!

40 Chacha Chaudhary

His brain works faster than computer.

41 Inspector Clouseau

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.

42 Jim Rockford
43 Victorique de Blois Victorique de Blois
44 Keisuke Itonokogiri
45 Alex Cross
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