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17th Jun '17 5:06:26 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/TheZeroEffect'': Arlo makes it explicit that Darryl Zero is both the world's greatest detective as well as a complete loser when he's not on a case. He seems to spend all of his time in a squalid condo chugging Tab and making terrible songs on his acoustic guitar.
14th May '17 12:23:03 PM mutents
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* Holland March in ''Film/TheNiceGuys''. His wife is dead, [[spoiler:lost in a fire that was partly Holland's fault.]] He's also kind of a bumbling idiot; but, he is damn good at his job.
4th May '17 6:40:35 PM azul120
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Not to be confused with CluelessDetective; he's ''definitely not'' clueless, though not quite {{great|detective}} either.

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Not to be confused with CluelessDetective; he's ''definitely not'' clueless, though not quite {{great|detective}} {{great|Detective}} either.
13th Apr '17 5:57:47 PM nombretomado
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* Zeke Strahm of ''Blog/SeekingTruth'' has issues. He's grumpy, anti-social, and has no significant relationships outside of the one with his partner[=/=][[{{FWB}} friend with benefits]] Lizzie. Dealing with [[spoiler:a [[TheSlenderManMythos certain]] [[MindRape mind-shattering]] EldritchAbomination]] doesn't help.

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* Zeke Strahm of ''Blog/SeekingTruth'' has issues. He's grumpy, anti-social, and has no significant relationships outside of the one with his partner[=/=][[{{FWB}} friend with benefits]] Lizzie. Dealing with [[spoiler:a [[TheSlenderManMythos [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos certain]] [[MindRape mind-shattering]] EldritchAbomination]] doesn't help.
18th Mar '17 1:11:43 AM erforce
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* ''Tom Of T.H.U.M.B.'' was a segment of the 1966 ''Main/KingKong'' cartoon. He started out as a janitor and for some reason became a secret agent after getting hit by a shrink ray.

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* ''Tom Of T.H.U.M.B.'' was a segment of the 1966 ''Main/KingKong'' ''WesternAnimation/KingKong'' cartoon. He started out as a janitor and for some reason became a secret agent after getting hit by a shrink ray.
22nd Jan '17 3:33:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* Benton Fraser on ''Series/DueSouth'': Lost his mother to a killer at age 6. Lost his father to another killer as an adult. His father (now a ghost) takes an intrusive interesting in spending time with him post-mortem. Framed for murder by vengeful ex girlfriend (who he had previously put in prison after they fell in love with each other).

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Benton Fraser on ''Series/DueSouth'': Fraser: Lost his mother to a killer at age 6. Lost his father to another killer as an adult. His father (now a ghost) takes an intrusive interesting in spending time with him post-mortem. Framed for murder by vengeful ex girlfriend (who he had previously put in prison after they fell in love with each other).
22nd Jan '17 3:32:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* DCI Tanner in the series ''Second Sight'': being ambitious, he attempts to conceal the fact that he's losing his vision from everyone but his detective partner.

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* DCI Tanner in the series ''Second Sight'': ''Series/SecondSight'': being ambitious, he attempts to conceal the fact that he's losing his vision from everyone but his detective partner.
22nd Jan '17 3:31:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* Frank Pembleton and Tim Bayliss on ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' come to mind. Pembleton's single-minded drive for justice leads him to renounce his Catholic faith and leave his wife, at least for a while, and he has a stroke that sidelines him for much of the fifth season. Bayliss has to deal with an unsolved child-murder that haunts him throughout the series, the trauma of being sexually molested by his uncle, and a gunshot wound that changes his entire outlook on life.

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Frank Pembleton and Tim Bayliss on ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' come to mind. Pembleton's single-minded drive for justice leads him to renounce his Catholic faith and leave his wife, at least for a while, and he has a stroke that sidelines him for much of the fifth season. Bayliss has to deal with an unsolved child-murder that haunts him throughout the series, the trauma of being sexually molested by his uncle, and a gunshot wound that changes his entire outlook on life.
22nd Jan '17 3:31:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': The central character is the TropeNamer. He's a detective with obsessive–compulsive personality disorder, along with a plethora of smaller issues like a laundry list of phobias orbiting it. (Occasionally other characters and the promos even call him "the Defective Detective"). In the Russian dub, the name of the show is ''The Defective Detective''!

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The central character is the TropeNamer. He's a detective with obsessive–compulsive personality disorder, along with a plethora of smaller issues like a laundry list of phobias orbiting it. (Occasionally other characters and the promos even call him "the Defective Detective"). In the Russian dub, the name of the show is ''The Defective Detective''!
22nd Jan '17 3:30:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the novel ''Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu'', Lee Goldberg takes this UpToEleven by having Monk during the titular Blue Flu working with three other detectives who have been involuntarily retired -- each bonkers in a different way, and each with his or her minder. Natalie finds that their issues make Monk look normal. It should be noted that the mayor hired these four (Monk and the other three detectives) because of the labor shortage. And Natalie only needs to see one look at Monk to realize that the reason the mayor wants him to lead them is because even if he doesn't know them, he probably understands their troubles better than anyone else (besides their shrinks).
** They are Jack Wyatt, a very Film/DirtyHarry [[CowboyCop like detective]] with anger management problems who was fired after the city lost a number of lawsuits caused by his tactics. His anger management counselor Arnie is his helper. Wyatt uses these effectively in that we see him lead a SWAT team raid to capture a serial killer without any difficulty.
** Then there's Cynthia Chow, a paranoid schizophrenic who sees conspiracy theories everywhere, who was relieved of her badge due to her condition getting pretty severe. Her "curse" becomes a "gift" in that it allows her to tie together seemingly unrelated cases. Jasper Perry, her shrink, is her helper.
** Also, there is Frank Porter, an ex-detective helped by his granddaughter Sparrow, who has senility issues.



** In the novel ''Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu'', Lee Goldberg takes this UpToEleven by having Monk during the titular Blue Flu working with three other detectives who have been involuntarily retired -- each bonkers in a different way, and each with his or her minder. Natalie finds that their issues make Monk look normal. It should be noted that the mayor hired these four (Monk and the other three detectives) because of the labor shortage. And Natalie only needs to see one look at Monk to realize that the reason the mayor wants him to lead them is because even if he doesn't know them, he probably understands their troubles better than anyone else (besides their shrinks).
*** They are Jack Wyatt, a very Film/DirtyHarry [[CowboyCop like detective]] with anger management problems who was fired after the city lost a number of lawsuits caused by his tactics. His anger management counselor Arnie is his helper. Wyatt uses these effectively in that we see him lead a SWAT team raid to capture a serial killer without any difficulty.
*** Then there's Cynthia Chow, a paranoid schizophrenic who sees conspiracy theories everywhere, who was relieved of her badge due to her condition getting pretty severe. Her "curse" becomes a "gift" in that it allows her to tie together seemingly unrelated cases. Jasper Perry, her shrink, is her helper.
*** Also, there is Frank Porter, an ex-detective helped by his granddaughter Sparrow, who has senility issues.
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