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Who is your favorite Fictional Detective?

Updated on September 17, 2014

Pick your favorite Sleuth, Crime Fighter and Amateur Detective

Do you like to flex your little grey cells?

Do you think the answer is Elementary, my Dear Watson?

Who do you think is the best fictional Detective of all time?

You can pick any fictional character from TV, Film or Novel in our fun Poll.

Cast Your Vote - and Help Solve the Mystery!

Watching the Detectives
Watching the Detectives

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If you select Other from the list, please leave a comment giving the name of your preferred fictional Detective and why? Even if you have made a selection from the list, please join the debate and let us know why.

We look forward to seeing the results.

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Who is your favorite fictional Detective?

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Here's a selection of my personal favorite detectives.

Magnum PI: The Complete Series, Seasons 1-8
Magnum PI: The Complete Series, Seasons 1-8

Magnum was funny and he had that great mustache too. He always seemed to land on his feet and smooth talk himself of any situation.

 

Who will come out on top?

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And the Winner is...

Top Sleuth voted by you

So the clear winner is everyone's favorite Detective super sleuth SHERLOCK HOLMES. I'm not surprised, are you? The original detective that set the bar for all other detectives to reach and he's also been around a very long time.

As you read the Conan-Doyle stories, watch the TV show or watch the movies you can't help but feel in awe at this great man and his computer like logical brain.

However, lets just remind ourselves that Mr Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective but inspires us to use our brain and tap into its power. We may not have super-brain to out-wit those fiendishly clever misfits and tyrants that Sherlock encounters but it should inspire us to at least use our brain for good and unlock the power of our mind if we allow it.

Thank you so much for voting and if you disagree with the outcome, then please continue to vote on who you think should be the greatest detective of all time. Maybe I will review this again and see if Sherlock has in fact been knocked off the top slot.

It will be interesting to review this in a few months or years.

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      PinkstonePictures 2 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Thanks Carla, Columbo is one of my top favorites too. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Carla G 2 years ago

      Fun quiz...one more thing...I love Columbo (can you tell) :-D

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      Phillip Marlowe would have been another to add. Thanks for sharing.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @goldenrulecomics: Thanks. Yes Philip Marlowe is a good one. It was tricky compiling the list and I had to leave out a few.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Good idea for a lens. I might have added Philip Marlowe to the list if I were compiling it, but maybe that's too old...

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @anonymous: Monk is definitely one of a kind. He has such a quirky but clever way of deducing the facts. Thanks for voting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I voted for Monk, because his O.C.D is so interesting and he is an fascinating.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Ikey4088: Looks like Sherlock Holmes is winning the polls for sure, so thanks for helping keep him at the top. Yes, the films are very good and are closer to the books I believe.

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      Ikey4088 4 years ago

      I voted for Sherlock Holmes, but I like the modern day version portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @howards522: Thanks for visiting. Yes, they are interesting.

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      howards522 4 years ago

      Love a good detective mystery!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @stick-man lm: Yes Monk is quirky for sure and very funny too.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @BuckHawkcenter: Poirot is fantastic. I like a lot of them and they all have different styles, so picking just one is very hard

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      stick-man lm 4 years ago

      Poirot is the best, though Monk is pretty impressive too.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Mellithorpe: Nice choices

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Swisstoons: You'll enjoy them, Holmes is portrayed slighly differently in the books. Thanks for stopping by and taking the poll.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 4 years ago from Michigan

      I confess to never having read any of AC Doyle's Holmes books. But I've been a big fan of the Holmes movies. When I think Holmes, I think Basil Rathbone...and Nigel Bruce as Watson. In your poll, I was torn between Holmes and Peter Falk's Columbo...and finally opted for the latter. Your inclusion of Clouseau made the choice even harder!

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      Mellithorpe 4 years ago

      Love your lens but I guess I'm more TV detectives and would vote for Magnum or Jessica Fletcher on Murder She Wrote.

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      I have to stick with Poirot, but some of the others are so much fun. I'm an avid mystery reader and love those fictional detectives.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Sylvestermouse: Thanks for taking part. I know, they all have their own style

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      While I did make a choice for the poll, it is really hard to choose an absolute favorite for these great fictional detectives!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @julieannbrady: Thanks for taking part

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Well, you have made me realize that the genre I like most involves detectives and sleuths! Poirot got my vote.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I love a good detective novel or movie with a twisted plot that takes an unexpected turn at the end.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @SteveKaye: Glad you enjoyed it

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Thank you for the reminder. This was a fun lens to visit.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @flashkid: Thanks for voting. Great choice

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      flashkid 4 years ago

      Sherlock Holmes was my childhood hero. The BBC Series was on air when I was a teenager. Hercule Poirot is cuter and Perry Mason is kind of cool too. I dont know many of the names on the list. Have to investigate them.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Nightcat: Thanks for sharing, I've never heard of Skulduggery, I'll be sure to check it out. The Dresden Files was interesting but they only did one season and it wasn't renewed which was a shame. Thanks for voting.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      Really difficult choice, but liking Skulduggery right now. He is sort of like Batman, where he takes on a young charge, but he is darker than most detectives, and magical. Can't beat magical skeleton detectives, you really can't. I love all the others as well of course, but I'm not spending extra to import their books right now either.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @RuralFloridaLiving: It's a difficult choice. Thanks for your vote

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      I like Sherlock Holmes and Monk!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @ChroniclesofaWa: Thanks for taking part

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      ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

      Sherlock Homes is my favorite detective. :)

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @SusanDeppner: Monk makes me laugh - have you read any of the the books too? I can recommend them if you're a fan.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @takkhisa: A classic choice - thanks for voting.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @anonymous: I've heard of the series but haven't had chance to catch any yet. Thanks for tip and for voting, I'll check it out sometime.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Good candidates for the poll, I thought I would go for Castle, love the series.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Great lens and My favorite fictional detective is Sherlock Holmes :)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We adore Adrian Monk, but I'll admit, your list is a good one with some other great candidates!