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24th Jun '16 3:07:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''HongKongPhooey'' needs help from his cat Spot in both the brains and brawn department.

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* ''HongKongPhooey'' ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' needs help from his cat Spot in both the brains and brawn department.
7th Jun '16 11:40:29 PM MarcInGA
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* Robert L. Fish wrote parodies about "Shlock Holmes" an incompetent detective. In one instance he "deduced" that their visitor had been a toothless diabetic because he discarded a cigar with a dry end and no teeth marks. When he returns you see he uses a cigar holder.


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* The police in Perry Mason might seem like it, since they kept arresting Mason's innocent clients. However, he had respect for them. In one episode he tricked a killer into planting evidence by claiming the police had missed it, leading to his arrest. His explanation was, if the police hadn't found it, then it wasn't there.
24th Mar '16 9:04:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[JohnCandy Who's Harry Crumb?]]'' Largely this trope. Though he does have some moments of deductive prowess.

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* ''[[JohnCandy Who's ''Who's Harry Crumb?]]'' Crumb?'' Largely this trope. Though he does have some moments of deductive prowess.
24th Mar '16 9:03:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* Detective Greeley from ''TheBoondockSaints.'' He manages to get one shooting down right ("What if it was one guy with six guns?"), but is shot down by Agent Smecker due to his past track record.

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* Detective Greeley from ''TheBoondockSaints.''Film/TheBoondockSaints.'' He manages to get one shooting down right ("What if it was one guy with six guns?"), but is shot down by Agent Smecker due to his past track record.
27th Feb '16 9:28:58 PM Willbyr
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* Hanpei Hattori from ''{{Kikaider}}''. Dressed like Sherlock Holmes and bragged about being a descendant of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hattori_Hanzo Hattori Hanzo]], but never managed to do much of anything (course, he was somewhat upstaged by the {{a|rtificialHuman}}ndroid HenshinHero who was the star of the show...).

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* Hanpei Hattori from ''{{Kikaider}}''.''Series/{{Kikaider}}''. Dressed like Sherlock Holmes and bragged about being a descendant of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hattori_Hanzo Hattori Hanzo]], but never managed to do much of anything (course, he was somewhat upstaged by the {{a|rtificialHuman}}ndroid HenshinHero who was the star of the show...).
29th Nov '15 4:26:03 AM LentilSandEater
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If they're just trying to solve an entirely different case and accidentally succeeding at foiling an actual criminal scheme, it's just InspectorOblivious at work. Not to be confused with DefectiveDetective. Compare CluelessDeputy.

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If they're just trying to solve an entirely different case and accidentally succeeding at foiling an actual criminal scheme, it's just InspectorOblivious at work. Not to be confused with DefectiveDetective. Compare CluelessDeputy.
CluelessDeputy. And finally, sometimes this trope is invoked as a way of getting suspects to lower their guards, for this see ObfuscatingStupidity.
27th Sep '15 2:33:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Literature/SacreyasLegacy Ben Mason]] accomplishes very little actual detective work on his own, being outsmarted by the villain at almost every turn and learning the truth primarily through luck and the help of the people around him.

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* [[Literature/SacreyasLegacy ''Literature/SacreyasLegacy'': Ben Mason]] Mason accomplishes very little actual detective work on his own, being outsmarted by the villain at almost every turn and learning the truth primarily through luck and the help of the people around him.
27th Sep '15 2:32:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the DiamondBrothers mystery series, Tim Diamond thinks he's a great detective, but all his cases are actually solved by his [[KidDetective little brother]], Nick.

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* In the DiamondBrothers Literature/DiamondBrothers mystery series, Tim Diamond thinks he's a great detective, but all his cases are actually solved by his [[KidDetective little brother]], Nick.
19th Aug '15 4:51:44 AM pvsage
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The entire Seattle PD in ''Series/JohnDoe'' would have trouble solving their way out of a wet paper bag without the show's eponymous [[EncyclopaedicKnowledge savant]]. A couple serial killers even latch onto Doe as a WorthyOpponent, outright stating that the police don't provide them with any challenge.

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& The entire Seattle PD in ''Series/JohnDoe'' would have trouble solving their way out of a wet paper bag without the show's eponymous [[EncyclopaedicKnowledge savant]]. A couple serial killers even latch onto Doe as a WorthyOpponent, outright stating that the police don't provide them with any challenge.
19th Aug '15 4:51:20 AM pvsage
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The entire Seattle PD in ''Series/JohnDoe'' would have trouble solving their way out of a wet paper bag without the show's eponymous [[EncyclopaedicKnowledge savant]]. A couple serial killers even latch onto Doe as a WorthyOpponent, outright stating that the police don't provide them with any challenge.
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