The internet is split: which of these legendary detectives is better — and which could solve a mystery faster?
A little Belgian man with a bald egg-shaped head, a passion for method and perfection, and a deep interest in what makes someone a murderer.
Tall, English, and the image of the ultimate detective, finding height from a marking on the wall and names from a special brand of cigarettes.
The overall character – which is the one who stands out more, which is the one the public sees when thinking of the word “detective”?
POIROT | Known as the “funny little foreign man with an egg-shaped head”, he’s easily recognizable anywhere — and evokes a certain feeling of nostalgia when a seasoned reader recognizes him in a book. Poirot’s character is very much complete; there is nothing left to a reader’s imagination (except perhaps his love life, for which we’re given hints at a certain Vera Rossakoff). A downside to his character is that it’s painfully one sided; at the end of his detective career, it was even considered by some as stereotypical — there seemed to be no other side to him than his OCD and methodical mind! However, there were instances where his feelings bled through his seemingly perfectly-organized persona: when in a certain book (which will remain unnamed for the risk of spoilers, but will appear if you were to google the title “Murder In Retrospect” — the book isn’t called that anymore, so you’d probably only recognize it if you were a die-hard fan or if you’d read the book before), the murderer was a girl who had given all her heart to one man who never felt the same, and who consequently turned her into a cold unforgiving statue, incapable of loving another. “She is young, that one,” Poirot had said about the girl. “I pity her.” She had gone all in and the cards had broken her heart.
HOLMES | “No sh*t, Sherlock.” At least one in five people knows who Sherlock Holmes is. This detective was the pinnacle of sleuths, the quintessential detective — yet his portrayal and description ranges from a dashing brown-haired young man to an elderly but able gentleman; most of his stories are completely devoted to a case and not his personal affiliations to it, and sagas or revisits from a character in different novels are rare. However, Agatha Christie took inspiration for Poirot and Hastings from Holmes and Watson, and much of the two detectives — and their companions’ — psyches are alike. That being said, Holmes is “the original detective”, having been created more than 50 years before Poirot — but first isn’t always the best.
WINNER OF THIS TAB: POIROT