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Who are your favorite fictional detectives of literature, film or TV?

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Jack Regan in the Sweeney.

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Shinzo Abe in the hilarious comedy, "Screwing Japan."

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Sherlock Holmes, John McLane ("Die Hard"), Martin Riggs ("Lethal Weapon"), Columbo, Kojak and Dirty Harry ("he doesn't solve murder cases, he smashes 'em!" - I still remember the tagline.)

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Both Saga Norén and Martin Rohde from the excellent joint Danish-Swedish original production of 'The Bridge' (Broen/Bron).

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Inspector Roy Slater ( Bulldog) from Only Fools And Horses.

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Inspector (Sledge) Hammer. Dirty Harry. Riggs from Lethal Weapon although later went of Mel gibson and so the liking faded a bit.

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Hank Schrader (that bathroom scene!)

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Inspector Cluesou!

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Inspector Zenigata

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Favorite P.I. is Harry Dresden.

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Jack Frost, Poirot, Miss Marple, Columbo, Sherlock Holmes, DCI Barnaby, not necessarily in that order but Jack Frost is tops.

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All the police characters in the Ed McBain 87th (?) Precinct novels.

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Inspector Gadget ....

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Columbo.

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I'm with Jerseyboy: Columbo every time!

Jeremy Brett's Holmes is a close second.

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Cordelia Gray (An Unsuitable Job for a Woman), Dirk Gently (and his Holistic Detective Agency), Jane Tennison (played by Helen Mirren); and Inspector Morse along with all the ones named by Cleo. And I also pick Jack Frost for number 1.

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Mike McNeil played by Denis Leary in the short-run show, 'The Job'

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alex cross ( james patterson ) & harry bosch ( michael connelly ).

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Fletch

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Bruce Wayne/Batman and Sherlock Holmes....

thought not an criminal detective... Dr. Gregory House

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The pioneer ones: Poirot and Ms. Maple. More modern: Kay Scarpetta (from Patricia Cornwell's earlier books).

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Columbo !

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Tom Magnum

Frank Drebin (Yes. Well, when I see 5 weirdos dressed in togas stabbing a guy in the middle of the park in full view of 100 people, I shoot the bastards. That's my policy.)

Harry Callahan

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Rust Cohle - True Detective, I don't see how anyone can even compete with him.

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WOW! lots of thumbs down. Someone's damn serious about their detective stories.

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I'm with Kurobune - Columbo! "Oh, just one more thing..." ha ha And Columbo had that adorable beagle...

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I'm also a big Columbo fan. I liked his later shows the best. And I thought his dog was a basset, not a beagle.

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Columbo - they still work after all these years and are shown around the world.

i think people from every country can identify with a Columbo type character, which is why they get shown so widely.

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Master Keaton. Ex SAS, part-time Lloyds investigator and Archeology professor.

Best manga I've ever read (not that I read that many)

A damn good read.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_Keaton

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Sydney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs in "In the Heat of the Night." "Ah got the motive which is money and the body which is daid!"

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Well, I suppose that depends on how we're defining "Detectives". If we're talking only about the Sherlock Holmes type, then he is indeed the only detective I've encountered in literature. That said, if we're including "detectives" from Lethal Weapon and Dirty Harry, then I would argue that the Butei (armed detectives) of Aria the Scarlet Ammo count, in which case my favourite detective is Reki. Now watch me get downvoted for liking anime.

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Hanzo "The Razor"- I guess i'm just a softy for his unique interrogative technique!!!

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Lonnie Spackle,

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