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12th Oct '17 7:53:53 AM CosmicFerret
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* Parodied in ''TheAreasOfMyExpertise'' with a list of ridiculous detectives, including one who was his own worst enemy, one who was a Satanist, and one who never got out of his bathtub.

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* Parodied in ''TheAreasOfMyExpertise'' ''Literature/TheAreasOfMyExpertise'' with a list of ridiculous detectives, including one who was his own worst enemy, one who was a Satanist, and one who never got out of his bathtub.
19th Sep '17 3:21:42 PM Thande
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* Literature/DrThorndyke was written as a very deliberate aversion of this trope according to his author R. Austin Freeman, who felt that the trope had become overused, clichéd and exaggerated in many authors inspired by Sherlock Holmes. Thorndyke is a brilliant but humble and pleasant man whose only vice is a particularly disgusting variety of cigars.
11th Aug '17 12:54:33 AM PaulA
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** Literary adaptations too-- In Creator/MichaelKurland's ''Moriarty'' series, Literature/SherlockHolmes is portrayed as a bit more defective than in the original series, especially when it comes to his ability to think rationally about what Moriarty says and does.

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** Literary adaptations too-- * In Creator/MichaelKurland's ''Moriarty'' series, beginning with ''Literature/TheInfernalDevice'', Literature/SherlockHolmes is portrayed as a bit more defective than in the original series, especially when it comes to his ability to think rationally about what Moriarty says and does.
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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* ''Series/DueSouth''
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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.
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