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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.
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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* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'':
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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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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': ''Series/{{Monk}}'':
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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.
22nd Jan '17 3:29:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* Fitz in ''{{Series/Cracker}}'', an overweight alcoholic adulterer with a gambling addiction. For extra irony, he's a hypercompetent criminal psychologist who is capable of deducing anybody's issues in a heartbeat... including his own. He's just powerless to do anything about it.
** He does try, when it becomes obvious that his marriage and his relationship with his children is at stake. However, he finds he likes the way he is too much.

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* Fitz in ''{{Series/Cracker}}'', an overweight alcoholic adulterer with a gambling addiction. For extra irony, he's a hypercompetent criminal psychologist who is capable of deducing anybody's issues in a heartbeat... including his own. He's just powerless to do anything about it.
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it. He does try, when it becomes obvious that his marriage and his relationship with his children is at stake. However, he finds he likes the way he is too much.



* Mac Taylor of ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' lost his wife to 9/11. Framed for murder by a killer who committed suicide in custody. Shot and left for dead but survived.

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* Mac Taylor of ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' NY}}'':
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lost his wife to 9/11. Framed for murder by a killer who committed suicide in custody. Shot and left for dead but survived.
22nd Jan '17 3:28:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Blind Justice''. Jim Dunbar is a blind NYPD detective who was allowed to carry a gun.

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* ''Blind Justice''.''Series/BlindJustice''. Jim Dunbar is a blind NYPD detective who was allowed to carry a gun.
22nd Jan '17 3:27:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* Austin James in ''Probe'' is a genius in the Literature/SherlockHolmes mold, and also socially awkward, callous, and, by self-admission, mildly schizophrenic.

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* Austin James in ''Probe'' ''Series/{{Probe}}'' is a genius in the Literature/SherlockHolmes mold, and also socially awkward, callous, and, by self-admission, mildly schizophrenic.



* Subverted in ''FoylesWar'' - even taking into account the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII setting, DCS Foyle is usually one of the most well-adjusted people around at the time. His assistant, Sergeant Milner, is closer to the trope, as he has to deal with having had his leg shot off in the Battle of Norway, but even he's got his head screwed on tighter than some of the others making this list.

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* Subverted in ''FoylesWar'' ''Series/FoylesWar'' - even taking into account the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII setting, DCS Foyle is usually one of the most well-adjusted people around at the time. His assistant, Sergeant Milner, is closer to the trope, as he has to deal with having had his leg shot off in the Battle of Norway, but even he's got his head screwed on tighter than some of the others making this list.



* Tony Hill of ''WireInTheBlood'' is very socially awkward and eccentric, prone to getting lost in his own tangents and neglecting practical matters. The fact that he's better at relating to the serial killers he profiles than to normal people has surely been lampshaded more than once.

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* Tony Hill of ''WireInTheBlood'' ''Series/WireInTheBlood'' is very socially awkward and eccentric, prone to getting lost in his own tangents and neglecting practical matters. The fact that he's better at relating to the serial killers he profiles than to normal people has surely been lampshaded more than once.



* Actively subverted with DCI Tom Barnaby of ''MidsomerMurders'', an easy-going, well-adjusted family man who is by far the most stable and sane character presented in the series, given that he lives in the deadliest rural county in England.

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* Actively subverted with DCI Tom Barnaby of ''MidsomerMurders'', ''Series/MidsomerMurders'', an easy-going, well-adjusted family man who is by far the most stable and sane character presented in the series, given that he lives in the deadliest rural county in England.



* The American version of ''TouchingEvil'' starred a police officer who'd lost most of his impulse control after a gunshot-induced brain injury.

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* The American version of ''TouchingEvil'' ''Series/TouchingEvil'' starred a police officer who'd lost most of his impulse control after a gunshot-induced brain injury.



* ''WakingTheDead'': Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd, who believes that every problem can be solved by just shouting loudly enough. Violence prone, estranged from his son, and occasionally everyone else. Story arc in which he undergoes anger management therapy has somewhat predictable results.
* ''TheUnusuals'' (as its name implies) features a whole bunch of quirky detectives, but the two who deserve special mention are Banks and Delahoy, who are partners:

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* ''WakingTheDead'': ''Series/WakingTheDead'': Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd, who believes that every problem can be solved by just shouting loudly enough. Violence prone, estranged from his son, and occasionally everyone else. Story arc in which he undergoes anger management therapy has somewhat predictable results.
* ''TheUnusuals'' ''Series/TheUnusuals'' (as its name implies) features a whole bunch of quirky detectives, but the two who deserve special mention are Banks and Delahoy, who are partners:



* ''[[{{Suikoden}} Suikoden V]]'''s Oboro apparently has a GuiltComplex the size of a small planet regarding all the underhanded crap he had a hand in as Nether Gate's intelligence director, and it's heavily implied one of the reasons he hasn't chosen RedemptionEqualsDeath is his desire to help those who've been scarred (mentally and physically) by his from his former organization. It's also more openly made aware that Fuyo, Sagiri, and Shigure double as his MoralityChain, and a living reminder of his guilt in the case of the latter two.

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* ''[[{{Suikoden}} Suikoden V]]'''s ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'''s Oboro apparently has a GuiltComplex the size of a small planet regarding all the underhanded crap he had a hand in as Nether Gate's intelligence director, and it's heavily implied one of the reasons he hasn't chosen RedemptionEqualsDeath is his desire to help those who've been scarred (mentally and physically) by his from his former organization. It's also more openly made aware that Fuyo, Sagiri, and Shigure double as his MoralityChain, and a living reminder of his guilt in the case of the latter two.
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