Fantômas is the first famous film criminal mastermind. Like all criminal masterminds, he is pursued by a shrewd and determined detective - Inspector Juve. But unlike other police detectives in film, Juve is no hero, no pompous know-it-all. Yet, unlike noir private detectives, Juve isn't portrayed as an antihero. Juve is simply a loser - a loser who is unstylish, and tends toward despondence and chain-smoking. In short, Juve is the soul of this flick, giving it its uniquely modern feel, and the only detective worth cheering for - because you know he will lose.