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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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