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.

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 V 1 Comment
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 more.

Dashiell Hamlet’s Sam Spade, although is sometimes corrupted by greed and self-interest, he was determined to pursue the killer no matter what! Sam was noble throughout the entire story. He has the sharpness of a detective and great eyesight. His actions can be argued as to whether he just wanted to save his tail or avenge the death of his colleague. Little information is given about his background and so it’s hard for the readers to figure out. - LightningBlade

8 Jules Maigret Jules Maigret

Inspector Maigret is yet another unchallengeable sleuth with exceptional eyesight created by author Georges Simenon. Unlike most other fictional detectives, Maigret rejects reasoning and rather relies on his intuition and exceptionally great perception. No matter what, in the end, he always makes the perpetrator confess or overwhelms the guilty party.

More humanly characteristics make him appear more emotional and expressive of his feelings than the deemed “unemotional” Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. He’s a great hearted human being and a man of sympathy.

As Giles Cooper said, “His methods are different from those of the usual police inspector. He much prefers calling on the person to be interviewed or interrogated to having him brought to his office. He goes, he looks, he smells, touches, senses, gets the feeling of the situation and the people he has to deal with. As a result, he becomes inevitably involved in the action, suspense, ...more - LightningBlade

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 Inspector Clouseau V 1 Comment

The Contenders

11 Hajime Kindaichi Hajime Kindaichi
12 Cole Phelps Cole Phelps

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

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 more.
19 Yakumo Saitou Yakumo Saitou
20 Kouichi Zenigata Kouichi Zenigata
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1. Sherlock Holmes
2. L (Death Note)
3. Batman
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2. L (Death Note)
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