Top Ten Most Loved Fictional Detectives

Fictional detectives and their stories are just great to watch! Here are the best fictional sleuths from anime, movies and books. Vote for the detective with the best ways of deduction and personality. You may also vote them based on your favorites.

The Top Ten

1 Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Referring to himself as a "consulting detective" in the stories, Holmes is known for his proficiency with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs more.

Although as soon as I was clicking on the link for this list, I knew I was going to vote for Sherlock, but then I saw L, and all the episodes from Death Note flashed in front of me and how intelligent he was. But we must not forget that Sherlock Holmes was written in era when there was no technology, no finger print analysis and no gizmos like all those. That's what put him above everyone else.

He is the boss - zxm

I knew he was going to be first. - Catacorn

He's cool - Ananya

2 L (Death Note) L (Death Note) 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 is one of the best anime detectives in my opinion - TwilightKitsune

3 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 Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael more.

A great detective. That's why he's both a dark hero and a SPY - Neonco31

He deserves to be number one because he's Batman - Richkid101

4 Hercule Poirot Hercule Poirot

Christie's masterpiece... - Ananya

5 Shinichi Kudo / Conan Edogawa Shinichi Kudo / Conan Edogawa
6 Charlie Chan Charlie Chan
7 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.
8 Jules Maigret Jules Maigret
9 Father Brown Father Brown
10 Cole Phelps Cole Phelps

He was highly praised by public of LA. He is a character of video game L.A. Noire - zxm

The Contenders

11 Inspector Clouseau

Get this to 1. - TwilightKitsune

12 Hajime Kindaichi Hajime Kindaichi
13 Houtarou Oreki (Hyouka) Houtarou Oreki (Hyouka) Houtarou Oreki is the protagonist of Hyouka. He is a student of Kamiyama High School belonging to class 2-A (class 1-B earlier) and a member of the mystery-solving Classics Club. Despite being a passive character who prioritizes energy conservation above all else, Hōtarō possesses brilliant deduction more.
14 Columbo Columbo

Never fails, never stops caring, never gets tired of outplaying his opponent.

15 Inspector Gadget
16 Philip Marlowe Philip Marlowe

Poodle Springs is amazing. - Britgirl

17 Victorique de Blois Victorique de Blois

She's very intelligent! - SiriusPhoenix

18 Yuko Shionji Yuko Shionji
19 Shinjuurou Yuki Shinjuurou Yuki
20 Yakumo Saitou Yakumo Saitou
21 Kouichi Zenigata Kouichi Zenigata
22 Kyuu Renjo Kyuu Renjo
23 Rustin Cohle Rustin Cohle

Never heard of him,no? definitely.just watch true crimes. - zxm

24 Roy Grace

Peter James certainly knew what he was doing when he created him. - Britgirl

25 Bunk Moreland
26 Lester Freamon
27 Jimmy McNulty

Aka Mcnuttie - Billyv

28 Jim Rockford
29 Andy Sipowicz
30 Derrick Derrick

Derrick is a German T.V. crime series (Krimi in german) produced between 1974 and 1998 starring Horst Tappert as Detective Chief Inspector (Oberinspektor) Stephan Derrick, and Fritz Wepper as Harry Klein, his loyal assistant.
For the first time here, I'm not adding an item because I appreciate the artist. I was never able to watch a whole episode of this... Sorry if there are fans around, although there are parodies of him that are really hilarious, the real images with other dialogues, it exists in France, don't know if it's the case elsewhere, but I think he's worldwide known, no?
Yes, I must say I have been traumatised by this man (I mean, take a look at his pictures! ), It is necessary to say that here we were entitled to non-stop reruns on numerous channels, and that no matter the hour, you could always cross Derrick's scary look behind his outdated glasses. Anyway, in 2013 it was revealed that Horst Tappert had joined the infamous Waffen SS in 1943... first impression, ...more - Lotuscandy

31 Holly Barker
32 Mike Lowery

Reckless Miami PD detective from the Bad Boys movies

33 Adrian Monk
34 Dick Gumshoe - Phoenix Wright
35 Ema Skye
36 Near (Death Note) Near (Death Note) Nate River, exclusively known by the mononym Near, is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
37 Rorschach Rorschach Rorschach is a fictional anti-hero who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. He first debuted in the graphic novel Watchmen, published from 1986-1987. Rorschach was created by writer Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

Get him in the top ten!

He is a good detective but all the other characters are better - SilverArcticWolf

38 Sandman (Wesley Dodds)
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Top Remixes

1. Sherlock Holmes
2. L (Death Note)
3. Batman
1. Sherlock Holmes
2. L (Death Note)
3. Batman


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