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the detective and the monster by dan-sch the detective and the monster by dan-sch
Sherlock Holmes could totally take Dracula.

Yeah, I said it.

He was the world's greatest detective, and the fourth smartest man in the world*. He was strong enough to bend an iron bar with his bare hands (no, really, he did it). He killed the biggest crime boss in history by JUDO FLIPPING HIM OFF THE SIDE OF A CLIFF INTO A WATERFALL. Come on, he was a 19th century Englishman who knew oriental martial arts. That's a damn cool cat.

Plus, he did it all while smoking heavily and strung out on cocaine. He was GOOD.

Dracula, meanwhile, was killed by a crazy college professor who was pushing seventy at the time. Nice.

So; the Great Detective vs the Prince of Darkness. Place your bets.



*Behind Professor Moriarty (3rd), Dr. Fu Manchu (2nd) and Captain Nemo (1st). That’s how I rate it, anyway.
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samvadar Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Let us not also forget that in the original novel it was not Van Helsing who killed Dracula, but Jonathon Harker and his American friend Quincy
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samvadar Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
No offense to any hardcore SH fans, but i would just like to remind everyone of the five advantages Dracula has over Holmes

1. he's super strong
2. he's super fast
3. he can shape shift
4. he can vanish at will by turning into mist or fog
5. he can climb on walls and ceilings

Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, but I am also a huge Dracula fan, and I don't think your giving the Count enough credit. Bottom line, I think they both stand a decent chance.[link]
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samvadar Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
But with all that said, this is a pretty interesting piece.
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Egg-Zilla Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
I would call Holmes the fifth smartest man in the world, pushed further back by Prof. Challenger as number one (assuming the laws of physics which govern the universe Challenger lives in would allow him to exist in the same world as Holmes...... the presence of ether and the fact that Challenger's planet Earth is a giant sea urchin creates problems......).

Dracula wouldn't stand a chance. Holmes would beat him senseless with a riding crop before shattering the vampire's skull with a well-placed punch. If Dracula tried to drink any of Holmes' blood, he would just get stoned on all the acid pumping through his victim's veins and collapse in violent hallucinations......
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Ha! Drug abuse as a vampire deterrent. I love it.
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Egg-Zilla Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Holmes has a reason for all his actions- few can walk the streets of Victorian England with such confidence, unless they have some protection against the blood-sucking undead no doubt hiding behind every corner. And what better way to fend them off but with a heavy supply of mind-altering chemicals coursing through your blood stream?
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pipilo Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
May I please point out someone you are missing from your smart list? Surely Mycroft is up there at the top?
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
Fair point. Perhaps I ought to explain my thought process.

I ranked them in terms of what they were able to accomplish with their smarts. Holmes, genius though he was, generally only helped or hindered one person at a time, his cases rarely affecting more than a dozen people (with a few notable exceptions, such as in "Scandal in Bohemia" or "the Final Problem"). Moriarty, on the other hand, organized the greatest criminal empire before or since, pulling off crimes of unparalleled scope and originality. The man’s paper on the dynamics of an asteroid was so advanced, there wasn’t a mathematical critic alive smart enough to review it. This, in my mind, gives him something of an intellectual edge on the great detective (I think Holmes triumphed over Moriarty in the end because he had muscle and guts as well as intellect. Book smarts is good, but Holmes had street smarts as well).

Now in Mycroft’s case, his lethargy is what keeps him out of the top four. His raw IQ might have been higher than Sherlock’s, but he accomplished less (it is hinted that he did more behind the scenes, which has been elaborated upon in other fiction, but since it's never really built up in the Doyle stories, I don't take it into account). So I rank him number five, just below his little brother.

As for Fu Manchu and Captain Nemo, they’re in a league of their own. I don’t think we need to argue over their places on the list!
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pipilo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fair enough.
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glancesherlock Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
This is epic. There's actually a book called Sherlock Holmes vs Dracula by Loren D. Estleman. It's really good, if you haven't read it yet.
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Oh, really? No, I didn't know -- I'll check it out.
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Flame-G102 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
It's DEFINITELY worth the read. Epic book, for two highly epic characters.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Student General Artist
GO HOLMES!
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Jaclynhyde Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
He totally could.
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GreatMik Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Filmographer
cool! i love SH!
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KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008   Traditional Artist
Of course Holmes can take Dracula. Dracula's as easy to kill as a simple wooden stake through his heart. xD

Nice pic, and nice idea. :D
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DTakersGurl Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
This is wonderful! Holmes vs. Dracula! I'll turn into Don king and take bets! :D

This is very good! Very good indeed.

Moonstone comics is still producing Sherlock Holmes Comics and they are beautifuly done. I wish you two could hook up and get this made into a graphic novel. That would be sweet!!
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
Sweet indeed, my friend. Thanks for the kind words, and the swell idea.
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Silvre Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
He could TOTALLY kick Dracula's butt. Go Sherlock, Go Sherlock! XD
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Sherlockrulez Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Also, Sherlock Holmes is just as smart as Moriarty, not less. In 'The Final Problem' Holmes described Moriarty as being 'on the same intellectual plane' ergo, how he managed to kill Moriarty, and take down his entire organization. His older brother, Mycroft Holmes however (introduced in 'The Greek Interpreter';) had a higher sense of observation and deduction than Sherlock did himself. I suggest you change it. Thanks! :handshake:
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Interesting points. Perhaps I ought to explain my thought process.

I ranked them in terms of what they were able to accomplish with their smarts. Holmes, genius though he was, generally only helped or hindered one person at a time, his cases rarely affecting more than a dozen people (with a few notable exceptions, such as in "Scandal in Bohemia" or "the Final Problem"). Moriarty, on the other hand, organized the greatest criminal empire before or since, pulling off crimes of unparalleled scope and originality. The man’s paper on the dynamics of an asteroid was so advanced, there wasn’t a mathematical critic alive smart enough to review it. This, in my mind, gives him something of an intellectual edge on the great detective (I think Holmes triumphed over Moriarty in the end because he had muscle and guts as well as intellect. Book smarts is good, but Holmes had street smarts as well).

Now in Mycroft’s case, his lethargy is what keeps him out of the top four. His raw IQ might have been higher than Sherlock’s, but he accomplished far less. So I rank him number five, just below his little brother.

As for Fu Manchu and Captain Nemo, they’re in a league of their own. I don’t think we need to argue over their places on the list!
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Sherlockrulez Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
Haha, quite so, and a discussion that I relish. One must not forget Holmes's own accomplishments however. He created his own profession, and perfected it to its piercing point. The people who's lives he did effect, he saved. And he gave people hope. The Baker Street Irregulars wouldhave had a very tough time of it, without Holmes there to pay them funds, and give their minds a task. True, Moriarty did do amazing things, built the greatest criminal organization that has never been rivaled sinse, and only at the age of 21 did he write his paper that gained him great acclaim around the world. However, he was forced out of the university, thwarted by Holmes, and killed in the end. Quite an intersesting problem I think. =)

It's really not fair to rule Mycroft out. He is after all, at times, the government. In the public's eye, he's but the founder of an eccentric club. I do agree however. Mycroft's lack of ambition, and physical means of solving a problem costs him some.

haha indeed. (but I'll never admit it =)) I like having these Sherlockian discussions. It's so hard to find people who know what they're talking about!
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
I hear you. I'll have to post more contiversial Holmes pics so we can do it again!
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Sherlockrulez Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
*waits patiently* :juggle: haha

So then, who's your favorite character in the canon?
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
No contest; Irene Adler. The only woman alive who got under Sherlock's impermeable armor. To be such an incredibly strong woman in an age where the suffrage movement had yet to get on it’s feet, well, I think that’s pretty damn cool. Holmes though so, too.

Runners up: Mrs. Hudson (on whom I based much on one of my own characters, Polly) and of course the Great Detective himself.
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Sherlockrulez Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
I adore Irene Adler as well. Do you think he loved her? It's very impressive that Holmes gave her, a woman, her own respectable name. Have you noticed that? He has a name for everyone prominent, Watson=boswell, Mycroft=the queerest man in London,(haha old verbal mannerisms crack me up) Moriarty=The Napoleon of Crime even Mrs. Hudon gets the 'long suffering landlady" title. And Irene Adler is The Woman. I wonder if he loved her? If he did it must have been really sad when he was the witness to her wedding. Makes me want to cry.

I think Mrs. Hudson is the most underrated character in the canon. She's like a mother figure. And she's fine with giving Holmes what-for and remains loyal to him even though he could 'try the patience of a saint.'

I feel sorry for Watson, what with the picture people have of him now. Watson was amazing. Without him, i don't think there'd be a Sherlock Holmes.

Who's your favorite SH actor?
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
Did Sherlock love Irene? I don’t think Holmes is capable of romantic feeling. There’s the tragedy; he definitely felt something for her, but since his cold mind is unable to love, he just felt this great… emptiness. Yes, that must have made him very sad. I imagine more than one seven percent solution was injected to keep her off his mind.

I think you’re right about Watson. It’s sad how everyone thinks of him as this bumbling dope nowadays… he was as sharp and able as any man. Plus, he packed the heat on those dangerous adventures. Without him to remind Holmes to be human every now and again, the detective would have self-destructed. Not only that, but without Watson he wouldn’t have been able to make rent!

Favorite SH actor? Is that even a question? Jeremy Brett, hands down. His theatrical gestures, those creepy stares, and that wonderful, rich voice… he’s the Holmes I grew up with. Whenever I think of the great detective, I see Jeremy Brett.

Here’s a toughie; what’s your favorite Holmes story?
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Sherlockrulez Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
I agree completely. My bet is sooo on Sherlock Holmes. He's just about the coolest guy ever. I do love Dracula to death, but he doesn't hold a candle to Sherlock. YOU FRICKIN ROCK!!!!

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dan-sch Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Why, thank you.
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WonderCow Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
Hey hey, no dissing Prof. Van Helsing. That guy was a huge badass. Keep in mind that he, a doctor, a cowboy and an insurance salesman had to fight a horde of evil gypsies just to get to Dracula.

However, assuming that the same literature Van Helsing got his vast knowledge of vampires from existed in Holmes' universe, I would think it'd be safe to say that Sherlock would emerge the victor.
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
Who's dissing? Van Helsing was a badass. He was one of my idols when I was younger. But the fact remains that he was a few years away from the nursing home at the time, and STILL was able to take out the Count. You just know the other vampires were laughing their arses off at Dracula after that.
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samvadar Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Hey, let's not forget the the professor caught Dracula at a disadvantage in that movie. He caught him during the day. If it weren't for that, Dracula might have easily destroyed the guy, so long as he did it quickly. And if you go by the hammer films, Dracula never stays dead for long. again, no disrespect to you and your interests.
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Orontes Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
Go, sherlock, go! ..a-ehm.. :blushes: er.. beautiful style!

(I think somebody made a B-movie about sh vs. dracula many years ago :) )
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007
Really? How very peculiar. Thanks for the kind words!
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PDInk Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
another great piece, great contrast and a just lovely image
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2007
Well, thank you sir.
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pyrokai Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Dude, Holmes could take Dracula with his arms tied behind his back.

There is no contest!

And great picture. Very epic. I would love to see a Holmes v. Dracula comic =D
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Ah! A man of intelligence. Thank you.
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pyrokai Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Well outside of looking creepy and seducing women how effective can Dracula really be?

Holmes is the man.
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DocG Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
I'd pay money to see that fight.
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Hell yeah. Who would you bet on? (don't let my personal bias influence you)
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DocG Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Hmmm......It'd be tough to choose a winner.
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Kazze Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Very nice!
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Thank you kindly.
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CubaNectie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Simple, dear Watson, vampires do not exist."

very nice pic, man. could so be a cover to a comicbook or something. nice job.
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dan-sch Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
I would love to do a Holmes vs Dracula comic. Somebody call Dark Horse; I've got gold here!

(Thanks)
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CubaNectie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha :D np
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Gaston25 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
This looks great man, and I agree with you Holmes was the man. This drawing would look even moodier with a dark background. Maybe more black or some more crosshatching like the jacket.
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