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19th Jul '16 10:01:41 PM Adept
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One common variety is a retired detective, such as [[Creator/AgathaChristie Hercule Poirot]] or Nick Charles. Other specific varations are the LittleOldLadyInvestigates, the KidDetective and the MysteryWriterDetective. Some {{Hardboiled Detective}}s will be amateur sleuths, though this is rare. Compare PrivateDetective.

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One common variety is a retired detective, such as [[Creator/AgathaChristie Hercule Poirot]] Literature/HerculePoirot or Nick Charles. Other specific varations are the LittleOldLadyInvestigates, the KidDetective and the MysteryWriterDetective. Some {{Hardboiled Detective}}s will be amateur sleuths, though this is rare. Compare PrivateDetective.



* Creator/AgathaChristie's Literature/MissMarple, an elderly woman.

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* Creator/AgathaChristie's Literature/MissMarple, an elderly woman.Creator/AgathaChristie has several:



** The final solution to the crime in ''Literature/TowardsZero'' was exposed by Andrew [=MacWhirter=], a random passer-by who unwittingly got involved in the investigation through a chance encounter with one of the suspects, whom he believes to be innocent.
** In ''Literature/ThreeActMurder'', the murder investigation was initiated by Sir Charles Cartwright, a retired actor, Miss Hermione "Egg" Lytton Gore, his much younger LoveInterest, and Mr. Satterwhite, an art critic of sorts. They were eventually joined by Hercule Poirot.



* JackReacher, the character Lee Child's Reacher novels are based around. A freelancing drifter who solves murders, and various other mysteries, living off a payout received at the end of his military days, and money obtained from bad guys or in gratitude for solving cases.

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* JackReacher, Literature/JackReacher, the character Lee Child's Reacher novels are based around. A freelancing drifter who solves murders, and various other mysteries, living off a payout received at the end of his military days, and money obtained from bad guys or in gratitude for solving cases.
17th Jul '16 5:29:31 AM Adept
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** LordPeterWimsey, an independently wealthy aristocrat whose hobby is detection; except for once moonlighting as an advertising copywriter, he has never held a job -- he's too rich to actually ''need'' one.
** Sayers also wrote a number of short stories featuring a traveling salesman with the unlikely name of Montague Egg; when he's not acting in his capacity as a broker for a London firm of wine merchants, he finds himself [[TheCorpseStopsHere occasionally stumbling across crime scenes]] and offering his common-sense expertise.

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** LordPeterWimsey, Literature/LordPeterWimsey, an independently wealthy aristocrat whose hobby is detection; except for once moonlighting as an advertising copywriter, he has never held a job -- he's too rich to actually ''need'' one.
** Sayers also wrote a number of short stories featuring a traveling salesman with the unlikely name of Montague Egg; Literature/MontagueEgg; when he's not acting in his capacity as a broker for a London firm of wine merchants, he finds himself [[TheCorpseStopsHere occasionally stumbling across crime scenes]] and offering his common-sense expertise.
20th May '16 6:06:53 PM BobTanaka
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** Christie's Ariadne Oliver is a bit of a parody of this trope: she's a mystery writer who occasionally ends up helping Literature/HerculePoirot on real murders. She frankly admits that her writing experience gives her very little practical investigating skills and always guesses the wrong person (or, alternatively, guessing every possible suspect in turn before declaring that she always suspected the real killer).

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** Christie's Ariadne Oliver is a bit of a parody of this trope: she's a mystery writer who occasionally ends up helping Literature/HerculePoirot on real murders. She frankly admits that her writing experience gives her very little practical investigating skills and always guesses the wrong person (or, alternatively, guessing guesses every possible suspect in turn before declaring that she always suspected the real killer).
20th May '16 6:06:32 PM BobTanaka
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** Christie's Ariadne Oliver is a bit of a parody of this trope: she's a mystery writer who occasionally ends up helping Literature/HerculePoirot on real murders. She frankly admits that her writing experience gives her very little practical investigating skills and always ends up guessing the wrong person (or, alternatively, guessing every possible suspect in turn before declaring that she always suspected the real killer).

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** Christie's Ariadne Oliver is a bit of a parody of this trope: she's a mystery writer who occasionally ends up helping Literature/HerculePoirot on real murders. She frankly admits that her writing experience gives her very little practical investigating skills and always ends up guessing guesses the wrong person (or, alternatively, guessing every possible suspect in turn before declaring that she always suspected the real killer).
20th May '16 6:05:52 PM BobTanaka
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%%* Creator/AgathaChristie's Literature/MissMarple, an elderly woman.

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%%* * Creator/AgathaChristie's Literature/MissMarple, an elderly woman.woman.
** Christie's Ariadne Oliver is a bit of a parody of this trope: she's a mystery writer who occasionally ends up helping Literature/HerculePoirot on real murders. She frankly admits that her writing experience gives her very little practical investigating skills and always ends up guessing the wrong person (or, alternatively, guessing every possible suspect in turn before declaring that she always suspected the real killer).
19th May '16 4:58:21 PM nombretomado
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Often a MysteryMagnet. If so, despite the amazing number and variety of murders that occur wherever he or she happens to be, the Amateur Sleuth is rarely -- if ever -- suspected of any complicity. This notwithstanding, the possibility that the Amateur Sleuth is in fact a very clever serial killer is a common joking assertion among some viewers. As one stand-up comedian once said of Jessica Fletcher from ''MurderSheWrote'', "Wherever dat little white woman goes, somebody dies!" Another stand-up comedian remarked that "giving this woman a plane ticket is like giving Manson parole."

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Often a MysteryMagnet. If so, despite the amazing number and variety of murders that occur wherever he or she happens to be, the Amateur Sleuth is rarely -- if ever -- suspected of any complicity. This notwithstanding, the possibility that the Amateur Sleuth is in fact a very clever serial killer is a common joking assertion among some viewers. As one stand-up comedian once said of Jessica Fletcher from ''MurderSheWrote'', ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', "Wherever dat little white woman goes, somebody dies!" Another stand-up comedian remarked that "giving this woman a plane ticket is like giving Manson parole."
14th May '16 9:36:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* Charlie Eppes on ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}''. Plausibly justified in his case.
** Charlie is employed by the FBI as a consultant and he got his start by accident when his FBI agent brother was working a serial killer case. Charlie developed a system that would predict where the killer lives based on where the victims are killed after seeing a map of the locations. He also has sufficient security clearance given his past work with the NSA, which was sufficiently classified that his brother didn't know.
14th May '16 9:36:02 AM Morgenthaler
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** And the aforementioned Saguru Hakuba is ''the'' Amateur Sleuth in another series by Gosho Aoyama, ''Manga/MagicKaito''.

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** %%** And the aforementioned Saguru Hakuba is ''the'' Amateur Sleuth in another series by Gosho Aoyama, ''Manga/MagicKaito''.



** This trope would also apply to the kids from [[SchoolForScheming Wammy's House]].

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* The titular ''Literature/PsychicDetectiveYakumo'', a college student who [[ISeeDeadPeople can see dead people]].
* Kyuu Renjou and his friends in ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'' attend an ''academy'' for those.
* Nishigami of ''Manga/ShindereShoujoToKodokuNaShinigami'' is rapidly developing into this role.

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* %%* The titular ''Literature/PsychicDetectiveYakumo'', a college student who [[ISeeDeadPeople can see dead people]].
* %%* Kyuu Renjou and his friends in ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'' attend an ''academy'' for those.
* %%* Nishigami of ''Manga/ShindereShoujoToKodokuNaShinigami'' is rapidly developing into this role.



* [[ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre The Sandman]]; that is, the Golden Age Sandman, not the guy with the dark hair and pale skin.

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* Brendan Frye, the teenaged protagonist of ''Film/{{Brick}}''.
* Jeffrey Beaumont in ''Film/BlueVelvet''.

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* %%* Jeffrey Beaumont in ''Film/BlueVelvet''.



* ''Film/TheNorthAvenueIrregulars''
* Melsa Manton from the film, ''Film/TheMadMissManton''.

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* %%* Melsa Manton from the film, ''Film/TheMadMissManton''.



* Creator/AgathaChristie's Literature/MissMarple, an elderly woman.

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* ''Literature/NancyDrew'', a schoolgirl.

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* The priest ''Literature/FatherBrown'', in the Father Brown stories of G.K. Chesterton.
* ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'', schoolboy.

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* %%* ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'', schoolboy.



* ''The Happy Hollisters'', a family with five children.

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* Creator/EllisPeters' Literature/BrotherCadfael, a monk and herbalist.

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* ''Groucho Marx, Master Detective'', by Ron Goulart.

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* Brother William of Baskerville from ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose''.

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* Trixie, Honey and their friends in the ''Literature/TrixieBelden'' series.
* Kate Appleton from Janet Evanovich's ''Literature/LoveInANutshell''
* Fisk and Michael in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries''.

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* %%* Trixie, Honey and their friends in the ''Literature/TrixieBelden'' series.
* %%* Kate Appleton from Janet Evanovich's ''Literature/LoveInANutshell''
* %%* Fisk and Michael in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries''.



* ''Literature/TheNorthAvenueIrregulars''

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* Jonathan on ''Series/BoredToDeath''. (He's not good at it.)
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Mystery writer Richard Castle. (He's very good at it.)

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* %%* Jonathan on ''Series/BoredToDeath''. (He's not good at it.)
* %%* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': Mystery writer Richard Castle. (He's very good at it.)



* Dr. Mark Sloan, a surgeon, in ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'', which is also blended with the MedicalDrama.
* Father Dowling of the ''Series/FatherDowlingMysteries''.
* The Harts (a self-made millionaire and a journalist) in ''Series/HartToHart''

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* %%* Dr. Mark Sloan, a surgeon, in ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'', which is also blended with the MedicalDrama.
* %%* Father Dowling of the ''Series/FatherDowlingMysteries''.
* %%* The Harts (a self-made millionaire and a journalist) in ''Series/HartToHart''



* Jessica Fletcher, a crime author, in ''Series/MurderSheWrote''.

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* %%* Jessica Fletcher, a crime author, in ''Series/MurderSheWrote''.



* Shirley from ''Series/TheAdventuresOfShirleyHolmes''. Of course.

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* %%* Shirley from ''Series/TheAdventuresOfShirleyHolmes''. Of course.



* Laura Thyme and Rosemary Boxer of ''Series/RosemaryAndThyme''.
* ''Series/ElleryQueen''
* ''Series/FatherBrown''

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* In a more obscure example, The Learning Company's ''VideoGame/SuperSolvers'' edutainment games.
* Jake and Jennifer Eagle of the ''VideoGame/EagleEyeMysteries'' series.

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* %%* In a more obscure example, The Learning Company's ''VideoGame/SuperSolvers'' edutainment games.
* %%* Jake and Jennifer Eagle of the ''VideoGame/EagleEyeMysteries'' series.



* Creator/HumongousEntertainment gives us VideoGame/FreddiFish and her friend Luther.

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** Similarly, Hajime Hinata from the sequel, ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2''.

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** %%** Similarly, Hajime Hinata from the sequel, ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2''.



* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''
** And, by extension, all of the [[RecycledINSPACE recycled]] [[FollowTheLeader clones]] thereof.

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** %%** And, by extension, all of the [[RecycledINSPACE recycled]] [[FollowTheLeader clones]] thereof.
6th May '16 7:09:20 PM MsChibi
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** This trope would also apply to the kids from [[SchoolForScheming Wammy's House]].
4th May '16 6:28:06 PM DoctorCooper
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Often a MysteryMagnet. If so, despite the amazing number and variety of murders that occur wherever he or she happens to be, the AmateurSleuth is rarely -- if ever -- suspected of any complicity. This notwithstanding, the possibility that the AmateurSleuth is in fact a very clever serial killer is a common joking assertion among some viewers. As one stand-up comedian once said of Jessica Fletcher from ''MurderSheWrote'', "Wherever dat little white woman goes, somebody dies!" Another stand-up comedian remarked that "giving this woman a plane ticket is like giving Manson parole."

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Often a MysteryMagnet. If so, despite the amazing number and variety of murders that occur wherever he or she happens to be, the AmateurSleuth Amateur Sleuth is rarely -- if ever -- suspected of any complicity. This notwithstanding, the possibility that the AmateurSleuth Amateur Sleuth is in fact a very clever serial killer is a common joking assertion among some viewers. As one stand-up comedian once said of Jessica Fletcher from ''MurderSheWrote'', "Wherever dat little white woman goes, somebody dies!" Another stand-up comedian remarked that "giving this woman a plane ticket is like giving Manson parole."



** And the aforementioned Saguru Hakuba is ''the'' AmateurSleuth in another series by Gosho Aoyama, ''Manga/MagicKaito''.
* Subversion: Yagami Light in ''Manga/DeathNote'' -- although he used to be an amateur sleuth, he is now a very clever serial killer.
** Played straight by L, who takes on interesting cases for the challenge.
*** L is a little subverted in that he does accept payment for the cases he solves, particularly under a couple of his other aliases. There's a reason he can afford to build skyscrapers.

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** And the aforementioned Saguru Hakuba is ''the'' AmateurSleuth Amateur Sleuth in another series by Gosho Aoyama, ''Manga/MagicKaito''.
* Subversion: Yagami Light in ''Manga/DeathNote'' -- although he used to be an amateur sleuth, but now he is now a very clever serial killer.
** Played straight by L, who takes on interesting cases for the challenge.
*** L is a little subverted in that he does accept payment for the cases he solves, particularly under a couple of his other aliases. There's a reason he can afford to build skyscrapers.
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* WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, believe it or not. Building on traditions from the newspaper strip by FloydGottfredson, and the later Mickey/Goofy adventure comics by PaulMurry, Mickey often appears as an AmateurSleuth in comics, in some stories even being presented as a licensed private eye.

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* WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, believe it or not. Building on traditions from the newspaper strip by FloydGottfredson, and the later Mickey/Goofy adventure comics by PaulMurry, Mickey often appears as an AmateurSleuth Amateur Sleuth in comics, in some stories even being presented as a licensed private eye.



* Subverted by Patrick Jane on ''Series/TheMentalist''. He checks all the boxes on the AmateurSleuth checklist - [[PhonyPsychic former conman]] using his skills at [[SherlockScan getting inside the minds]] of criminals and suspects to crack cases that leave trained detectives stumped - except that he's actually on the police payroll as a consultant.

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* Subverted by Patrick Jane on ''Series/TheMentalist''. He checks all the boxes on the AmateurSleuth Amateur Sleuth checklist - [[PhonyPsychic former conman]] using his skills at [[SherlockScan getting inside the minds]] of criminals and suspects to crack cases that leave trained detectives stumped - except that he's actually on the police payroll as a consultant.



* Fletcher (and the future IntrepidReporter George) in the Internet {{Deconstruction}} of the noir genre [[http://www.bjfletcherprivateeye.com B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye]] is a surprisingly effective AmateurSleuth.

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* Fletcher (and the future IntrepidReporter George) in the Internet {{Deconstruction}} of the noir genre [[http://www.bjfletcherprivateeye.com B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye]] is a surprisingly effective AmateurSleuth.Amateur Sleuth.
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