History Characters / TheHardyBoys

14th May '15 3:26:21 AM SeptimusHeap
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He was actually popular enough to have the StratemeyerSyndicate consider giving him his own series in 1965, but it [[WhatCouldHaveBeen never got past the planning stage]].

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He was actually popular enough to have the StratemeyerSyndicate Creator/StratemeyerSyndicate consider giving him his own series in 1965, but it [[WhatCouldHaveBeen never got past the planning stage]].
26th Feb '15 12:32:48 AM BagonsBeBagons
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* GrumpyBear: the ''Casefiles'' and Digests series often depict him as having a bit of a temper, especially when Frank and Joe decide to butt into police business.



A veteran officer of the Bayport Police, Riley, like many adults, underestimated the Hardy brother's severely, and in the early books was often aggravated by their and their friends' antics. He has evolved into a much more competent, patient character over the years and has come to regard the brothers as a reliable ally in solving crimes around Bayport.

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A veteran officer of the Bayport Police, Riley, like many adults, underestimated the Hardy brother's brothers severely, and in the early books was often aggravated by their and their friends' antics. He has evolved into a much more competent, patient character over the years and has come to regard the brothers as a reliable ally in solving crimes around Bayport.
20th Feb '15 7:21:08 PM BagonsBeBagons
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* RunningGag: in winter-themed adventures, Joe will ''always'' be a victim to thin ice.




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* VitriolicBestBuds: with Joe. Callie started practicing women's lib at the same time Joe was convinced she would just StayInTheKitchen. HilarityEnsues.
-->'''Callie''': Ever heard of Lizzie Borden, genius? Vanessa, when are you going to knock some sense into this guy?


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* CynicismCatalyst: while Joe has yet to get over it (even after meeting [[SecondLove Vanessa]]) it's Iola's death that inspired the Hardy boys to give up their "usual cases" and start their crusade against bigger crimes.
10th Feb '15 7:42:21 AM BagonsBeBagons
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* FamedInStory: equally famous for his adventures as a New York cop and as a world-renowned private eye. A RunningGag in the original series would be how Frank and Joe would introduce themselves to some random city's local law enforcement, and they would be immediately asked if they were in any way related to him.
10th Feb '15 7:34:00 AM BagonsBeBagons
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* SurpassedTheTeacher: in the first issue of the Undercover Brother comics, while Fenton's trying to decode a password, Frank suggests to him the probabilities, logarithms, and anagrams of finding the six most popular numbers that Fenton can probably use. Joe chides Frank that he shouldn't be giving pointers to the man who taught them everything they knew. After the boys were heralded to bed by their mother, Fenton absentmindedly tries Frank's suggestion...and was quite amused that it ''worked''.


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* AudienceSurrogate: in the "Detective Handbook", he's the one the Hardys teach in various police procedures (except for one chapter, where it's instead Tony who was the surrogate).
8th Feb '15 8:52:22 PM BagonsBeBagons
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* AgeLift: in the Undercover Brother graphic novels, "Trudy" is drawn younger than in other works.
8th Feb '15 8:46:24 PM BagonsBeBagons
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* IKnowMaddenCombat: before the writers decided to give him a black belt, football skills he practiced with his brother and their friends seem to do a good job. And Frank is the team ''captain''.

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* IKnowMaddenCombat: IKnowMaddenKombat: before the writers decided to give him a black belt, football skills he practiced with his brother and their friends seem to do a good job. And Frank is the team ''captain''.
8th Feb '15 8:45:36 PM BagonsBeBagons
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* KidDetective / AmateurSleuth: He and Joe are one of the most famous examples in fiction.

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* KidDetective / AmateurSleuth: IKnowMaddenCombat: before the writers decided to give him a black belt, football skills he practiced with his brother and their friends seem to do a good job. And Frank is the team ''captain''.
* KidDetective[=/=]AmateurSleuth:
He and Joe are one of the most famous examples in fiction.



* KidDetective / AmateurSleuth: He and Frank are one of the most famous examples in fiction.

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* KidDetective / AmateurSleuth: KidDetective[=/=]AmateurSleuth: He and Frank are one of the most famous examples in fiction.
2nd Feb '15 1:20:19 AM GottaHaveFaith
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* WorfHadTheFlu: Hunting down the Assassin that tried to kill the Hardy Boys is his case. However, he couldn't see it to the end (which he immediately lampshades upon contacting Frank and Joe when the crisis is over) because [[spoiler:he got caught in a explosive booby trap that puts him in a coma (had Frank not pushed him away, it could've been worse) for roughly half of the book.]]

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* WorfHadTheFlu: In his first three appearances (see Characterization Marches On above), excluding his brief radio-only cameo in Book 3:
** Book 1:
Hunting down the Assassin that tried to kill the Hardy Boys is his case. However, he couldn't see it to the end (which he immediately lampshades upon contacting Frank and Joe when the crisis is over) because [[spoiler:he got caught in a explosive booby trap that puts him in a coma (had Frank not pushed him away, it could've been worse) for roughly half of the book.]]]]
** Book 2: He only appears a couple of times at the beginning of the book, but when the Hardys first meet up with him, they do so by rescuing him from a couple of low-life street punks who cornered him in an alley.
** Book 4: Frank and Joe each easily jump him once in the book at different times, and [[spoiler:he is left tied up and helpless by the bad guys who have captured him and the Hardys]].
2nd Feb '15 1:10:44 AM GottaHaveFaith
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* BigBrotherInstinct: Averted; Frank does worry about Joe, but he knows his younger brother is capable of taking care of himself.

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* BigBrotherInstinct: Averted; Averted for the most part; Frank does worry about Joe, Joe and is always there if Joe needs him, but he knows his younger brother is capable of taking care of himself.himself. Really, both brothers are equally protective of each other.



* GirlOfTheWeek: Mostly only in the spin-off series (''Casefiles'', ''UB'', ''Adventures''). Normally, the girl either goes for Joe or is a platonic friend, but if she does fall for Frank, either a) he'll turn her down because he's dating Callie (in the Casefiles), b) he returns the feelings, but she turns out to be one of the bad guys, or c) both. Interestingly, every ''single'' time he clearly returns the feelings and pursues it, she turns out to be a bad guy; Frank's track record in this area, ratio-wise, is actually much worse than Joe's.



* GirlOfTheWeek: Mostly only in the spin-off series (''Casefiles'', ''UB'', ''Adventures''). In the ''Casefiles'' and ''Adventures'', if the girl isn't just a platonic friend, she'll usually fall for Joe, but this is inverted in the ''UB''s (much to his annoyance). Occasionally, one of these girls Joe likes will turn out to be one of the villains, but interestingly, this actually happens to Frank much more often than it does to Joe.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In his earlier appearances, he was portrayed as less competent, with crooks easily getting the drop on him and subduing him (see Worf had the Flu below), but actually had a greater air of superiority and was more condescending to the Hardys. He becomes much more competent and {{Badass}} in the later books (starting with Case 10 ''Hostages of Hate'' and ''especially'' Case 14 ''Too Many Traitors''), and forms a sort of genuine friendship with Frank and Joe.



** In Case 3: ''Cult of Crime'', since the boys have been charged with murder, he mentions that he cannot get the Network involved when they try to contact him for help. He does, however, accept their request to pick up the Hardys' black van (which had to be left behind when on the run), and ends the transmission wishing Frank and Joe good luck.

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** In Case 3: ''Cult of Crime'', since the boys have been charged with murder, he mentions that he cannot get the Network involved when they try to contact him for help. He does, however, accept their request to pick up the Hardys' black van (which had to be left behind when on the run), and ends the transmission wishing Frank and Joe good luck. luck.
** In Case 1: ''Dead on Target'', when an innocent airplane stewardess is taken hostage, the Gray Man offers himself as a hostage instead, though it was likely more of an effort to give Frank an opening to attack.
** Similarly, in Case 100: ''True Thriller'', when the Assassins kidnap Joe's girlfriend and SecondLove Vanessa (after previously killing his FirstLove Iola) and demand the Gray Man in exchange for her, he doesn't hesitate to agree to the trade, even though doing so would be almost certain death for him.



* WorfHadTheFlu: hunting down the Assassin that tried to kill the Hardy Boys is his case. However, he couldn't see it to the end (which he immediately lampshades upon contacting Frank and Joe when the crisis is over) because [[spoiler:he got caught in a explosive booby trap that puts him in a coma (had Frank not pushed him away, it could've been worse) for roughly half of the book.]]

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* WorfHadTheFlu: hunting Hunting down the Assassin that tried to kill the Hardy Boys is his case. However, he couldn't see it to the end (which he immediately lampshades upon contacting Frank and Joe when the crisis is over) because [[spoiler:he got caught in a explosive booby trap that puts him in a coma (had Frank not pushed him away, it could've been worse) for roughly half of the book.]]
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