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

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.

I've read six Holmes books...Doyle is obviously one of my favorites - Ananya

He is the boss - zxm

I knew he was going to be first. - Catacorn

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 Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, ...read 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

Earl Derr Biggers’ Charlie Chan is a Hawaiian detective. Although he is a good sleuth, he has been a subject of controversy. As it is often heard, some people consider the character to be a positive role model while others consider him to be an offensive stereotype. - LightningBlade

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 ...read more.
8 Jules Maigret Jules Maigret
9 Father Brown Father Brown

G.K. Chesterton’s character Father Brown is based on a real Irish Roman Catholic Priests, Fr. O’ Connor of St. Cuthbert’s. The character is developed in such a way that he does not know anything about priesthood but more about crime and criminals. But later, it was converted be more dogmatic and less of fun. Fr. Brown may look like a clumsy man but amiable. He is a little clergyman who has a shrewd understanding of human behaviour. - LightningBlade

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 Columbo Columbo

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

14 Philip Marlowe Philip Marlowe

A man lacking humour but quick-witted, the tough guy is one of the best sleuths in fiction. He is noble and hard-boiled and strives to do his best to survive in a dishonest society. He works independently for himself alone and not directly for the law. Marlowe is also sensitive and sentimental unlike classical detectives. - LightningBlade

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15 Victorique de Blois Victorique de Blois

She's very intelligent! - SiriusPhoenix

16 Yuko Shionji Yuko Shionji
17 Shinjuurou Yuki Shinjuurou Yuki
18 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 ...read more.
19 Yakumo Saitou Yakumo Saitou
20 Kouichi Zenigata Kouichi Zenigata
21 Kyuu Renjo Kyuu Renjo
22 Rustin Cohle Rustin Cohle

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

23 Roy Grace

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

24 Bunk Moreland
25 Lester Freamon
26 Jimmy McNulty

Aka Mcnuttie - Billyv

27 Jim Rockford
28 Andy Sipowicz
29 Inspector Gadget
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

Get him in the top ten!

38 Sandman (Wesley Dodds)
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Top Remixes

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