It’s so fun being a detective – you get to solve cases with wit and unorthodox methods, but you don’t have to deal with the red tape of being a police officer (and all the paperwork that comes with it too!). It’s our ultimate fantasy, and the closest we can come to being real-life superheroes without superpowers. That’s why detective stories are so popular, because we wish we could be one too, and we all secretly roleplayed as detectives when we were kids!

So here’s five of the greatest detectives in fiction. Which ones did you pretend to be when you were young?

1. Sherlock

Benedict Cumberbatch is Sherlock. Credit: BBC America

Benedict Cumberbatch is Sherlock. Credit: BBC America

Sherlock may be unquestionably brilliant, but he’s also got a fatal flaw in his near psychotic focus on solving cases, as well as his substance abuse. That hasn’t stopped us from loving him, because what’s more relatable than a tragically flawed hero? He’s always able to see cases from a perspective that we can’t, and his ability to connect the dots among disparate incidents makes him one of the greatest detectives alive.

Bet you forgot that Robert Downey Jr. also played Sherlock before, hm?

2. Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy. Credit: DVD Talk

Dick Tracy. Credit: DVD Talk

The unforgettable thing about Dick Tracy is his yellow outfit. How does he sneak into places and conduct secret surveillance on people in that bright yellow trenchcoat? Nevertheless, it’s not Dick Tracy that made him so popular – it was his rogues gallery that was as colourful as his outfits.

Sometimes it’s more fun to play the bad guy than the hero!

3. Hajime Kindaichi

Kindaichi. Credit: The Kindaichi Case Files Wiki

Kindaichi. Credit: The Kindaichi Case Files Wiki

Kindaichi is just like all of us (OK, most of us) in that he’s lazy, clumsy, and hedonistic at times. But deep within that unlikely exterior lies the brilliance and cunning of a master detective, which he uses to solve crimes that nobody else can. It’s what we secretly hope to be too, that we have a heretofore undiscovered skill that will allow us to save the world, one case at a time.

Although the manga started in 1992, it’s still running today – an impressive feat for any manga series!

4. Scooby-Doo

Scooby-Doo, where are you? Credit: Charlie's Dog Blog

Scooby-Doo, where are you? Credit: Charlie’s Dog Blog

A talking dog that also solves mysteries is a detective too! While his human friends do most of the legwork, it’s Scooby-Doo who always ends up saving the day, exposing the criminal, and getting a Scooby Snack as a reward! He’s the reason why most of us got dogs when we were young, and also how disappointed we were when we found out our dogs couldn’t really talk or solve mysteries.

He’s also got a really cool van, The Mystery Machine, but the real mystery is – who allowed them to paint it in such garish colours?

5. Conan Edogawa

Conan Edogawa. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Conan Edogawa. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

And finally, we have Detective Conan himself – Conan Edogawa! While his original name was Shinichi Kudo, back when he was a strapping high school student detective, he had to adopt the name Conan Edogawa to hide from his enemies. Why? Because they poisoned him with a formula that made him young again. While most ladies would die for such a formula, it’s not so useful when you’re a tiny little boy trying to solve mysteries in a world full of grown ups!

Bet he’ll never need wrinkle cream when he grows up (again).

Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

So what’s Detective Conan up to in his latest movie? Well, Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare sees the eponymous detective at work, thwarting the Black Organisation’s latest plan. But not everything is as it seems, and this could the Black Organisation’s most nefarious scheme yet!

Catch Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare to find out whether he manages to crack this case!

Credits: BBC America, DVD Talk, The Kindaichi Case Files Wiki, Charlie’s Dog Blog, Golden Village Cinemas