Top Ten Fictional DetectivesThe greatest fictional detectives/investigators of all time.
The Top Ten
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)
Batman was never the greatest detective of all time Sherlock was.
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.
L is the best. He literally went up against gods and supernatural things.
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.
He is probably the smartest character in all of anime, maybe even smarter than light, and he stood toe to toe with light, someone who possessed the death note, so ya, I’m pretty sure he’s better than Sherlock holmes
"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
No one comes close to the greatest detective of all time with the little grey cells!
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
He has the greatest stories
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
2...Shinichi Kudo / Jimmy Kudo / Conan Edogawa
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.
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!
Um, not a detective. - MrKite
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
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 should be in the top 5
Totally tintin he boss he cool and smart for a kid!
What's the difference between Batman and Bruce Wayne? O_O - Goku02
This guy is highly intelligent
Come on guys vote he's the doctor
Shuichi’s basically the Ultimate Detective.
From the 13 book series by John Connolly
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
The Shadow knows!
His brain works faster than computer.
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.