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Famous Fictional Detectives

Monday, Aug 17, 2020, 6:59 pm

1.Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy is of course set back in the 30s, but he is a fantastic detective who is not afraid to take on the bad guys and of course he will always win. The movie version may not have been as good as it was hoped, but the novels are a fantastic read and you cannot help but love this character.

2.Perry Mason

Perry Mason has been around for some time as he has been in around 100 novels, TV series, movies, and even on the radio, so there is no doubt that you will have heard about him. He is hard hitting, he tackles the hardest cases possible, and ultimately he manages to get results making him not only one of the most famous, but also one of the best.

3.The Scooby gang

Who could ever forget the Scooby gang and their ability to solve various crimes even though they were just pesky kids. Of course the star was Scooby Doo himself, but overall they were a great team that were capable of doing amazing things even though they had no formal police training whatsoever.

4.Sam Spade

This detective appeared in a number of novels and he was also played by Humphrey Bogart on the big screen. He is not seen as being completely up front and honest, but instead bends the rules slightly, but this just makes him more appealing to a number of people.

5.Jessica Fletcher

This character was the main one in Murder She Wrote and she was basically a writer who had a habit of being able to solve various crimes. She was like your favorite granny who just so happened to work out who did what and when, but there did seem to be a habit of people being murdered everywhere she went.

6.Inspector Clouseau

The best part about Inspector Clouseau was that he thought he was good, but we know he was lucky and generally a bit rubbish. However the way in which he went about trying to solve cases was certainly entertaining, so perhaps we should cut him some slack for not being the best detective out there.

7.Jim Rockford

Rockford was certainly a guy who did things differently. He always appeared to be stressed and harassed, so how he then managed to get his man was a bit of a mystery. However, he was certainly very popular for a number of years.



This detective was played by Terry Savalas and there was more to him than a bald head and sucking a lollipop. He was intriguing, not afraid to get his hands dirty, and of course he did manage to solve the case and that is undoubtedly the key thing.


Columbo was of course played by Peter Falk and he was brilliant at it. This was a detective where you always wondered how he managed to solve cases, but he had an eye for detail and at the end of the day he always managed to get the criminal.


10.Miss Marple

This has to be the most famous female detective ever because the way in which she can piece together things really is rather clever. She may be small and elderly, but she is certainly not somebody that you should mess with.


This detective was created by Agatha Christie and he has been in a number of movies and TV series. This Belgian detective with the finely tuned moustache has certainly been a favorite due to his quiet style.


12.Sherlock Holmes

This has to be one of the most famous fictional detectives as he has been in countless movies, TV dramas, and books. He is seen as being quite elegant, exceptionally clever, and his sidekick Dr Watson is the perfect foil. He may have appeared in the 19th century, but he is still brilliant.


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