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26th Sep '16 5:38:14 PM FungusFromYuggoth
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* The protagonist of ''[[{{Literature/Fatherland}} Fatherland]]'', set in an [[{{AlternateHistory}} alternate universe]] where Nazi Germany won WWII, Kripo investigator Sturmbannführer Xavier March is a [[{{IntelligenceEqualsIsolation}} socially isolated]], rather taciturn workaholic, with hardly any social contacts except for two friends ([[spoiler: one of whom turns out to be a betrayer at the novel's end]]), a marriage in total shambles (his wife either divorced or separated, which is not made clear in the novel, but living with another man at any rate) and a son who hates him - being a fanatical young Nazi while March is [[{{TheCynic}} utterly disillusioned with the regime and the ideology]], actively resisting Party membership, not participating in any "national events" and being a borderline dissident. As if that were not enough, he seems to have a mild (at least) case of [[{{ShellShockedVeteran}} PTSD]] from his service in the war and some unresolved father issues, seeing as his father -like March- had been in the Kriegsmarine and had died at sea, with March feeling pressured to follow in his footsteps. Nevertheless, he seems to be one of the best investigators the Kripo has, with the [[{{AnimalMotifs}} "cunning of a fox"]] and [[{{Determinator}} a determination that seems to border on the maniacal]]. This trait, together with his cynical, disillusioned outlook and the fact that despite having grown up in the Third Reich, [[{{DefectorFromDecadence}} he has a very well functioning moral compass]], and his persistent drive to find out what happened to the previous owners of his apartment ([[spoiler: who were Jews, [[{{FinalSolution}} so it's quite clear to the reader what happened to them]] ]]) both causes March a huge amount of problems and serves as the catalyst and main drive for the novel's plot.
22nd Sep '16 4:19:29 PM trixus
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* ComicBook/InspectorCanardo takes pretty much every type of detective work (murder investigation for the police, discovering infidelity for private clients, finding where the dying men hid the gold etc.) with the same bored look on his face. His personal life consists solely to drink in a bar alone. While he has a good heart despite being jaded his investigations rarely ends with arrests (either the villain escape or he is dead) which doesn't bother him.

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* ComicBook/InspectorCanardo takes pretty much every type of detective work (murder investigation for the police, discovering infidelity for private clients, finding where the dying men hid the gold etc.) with the same bored look on his face. His personal life consists solely to drink in a bar alone. While he has a good heart despite being jaded his investigations rarely ends with arrests (either the villain escape escapes or he is dead) dies) which doesn't bother him.him after his fourth drink.
18th Sep '16 1:09:53 PM trixus
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* ComicBook/InspectorCanardo takes pretty much every type of detective work (murder investigation for the police, discovering infidelity for private clients, finding where the dying men hid the gold etc.) with the same bored look on his face. His personal life consists solely to drink in a bar alone. While he has a good heart despite being jaded his investigations rarely ends with arrests (either the villain escape or he is dead) which doesn't bother him.
5th Sep '16 4:50:25 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** Kogoro is horribly bad with money; is often seen drinking or gambling and can't fix his relationships with his estranged wife. Before Conan/Shinichi helped him gain some success as a detective, he was completely down on his luck, but even now he clearly has issues. Alternately PlayedForLaughs or [[PlayedForDrama Drama]].

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** Ran's father Kogoro is horribly bad with money; is often seen drinking or gambling and can't fix his relationships with his estranged wife. Before Conan/Shinichi helped him gain some success as a detective, he was completely down on his luck, but even now he clearly has issues. Alternately PlayedForLaughs (because he's also quite the ButtMonkey) or [[PlayedForDrama Drama]].Drama]] (since it's been implied more than once that he's kind of a SadClown).
31st Aug '16 3:18:59 PM johnnye
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* ''[[Literature/ThursdayNext The Well of Lost Plots]]'': Subverted. Thursday is hiding out in a very bad police procedural novel, and the protagonist, DI Spratt, is forced to have a dysfunctional family on the point of breaking up because the novel is so cliched. Thursday helps him out by making him subtly change the narrative. It turns out that the dreadful police procedural is an poor early draft of [[Literature/NurseryCrime another Fforde novel]], and when that novel is published Spratt and his family have become perfectly functional.

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* ''[[Literature/ThursdayNext The Well of Lost Plots]]'': Subverted. Thursday is hiding out in a very bad police procedural novel, and the protagonist, DI Spratt, is forced to have a dysfunctional family on the point of breaking up because the novel is so cliched. Thursday helps him out by making him subtly change the narrative. It turns out that the dreadful police procedural is an a poor early draft of [[Literature/NurseryCrime another Fforde novel]], and when that novel is published Spratt and his family have become perfectly functional.
30th Aug '16 9:48:55 AM dmcreif
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* Jimmy [=McNulty=] of ''Series/TheWire'' is shown to be a supremely talented detective, but is also a foul-mouthed, alcoholic, arrogant, self-loathing womanizer who has a tendency [[CowboyCop to give a fuck when it ain't his turn to give a fuck]]. It's repeatedly shown that he has little-to-no life outside of detective work, and only shines as a person when he [[spoiler:takes a leave of absence from detective work as a beat cop]].

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* Jimmy [=McNulty=] Many of the police characters in ''Series/TheWire'' are flawed to some degree:
**Bunk Moreland is a pretty competent by-the-book detective, but does have problems staying faithful to his wife.
**Cedric Daniels is fairly competent, but has a past corruption allegation from his time in the Eastern District hanging over him.
**Jimmy [=McNulty=]
is shown to be a supremely talented detective, but is also a foul-mouthed, alcoholic, arrogant, self-loathing womanizer who has a tendency [[CowboyCop to give a fuck when it ain't his turn to give a fuck]]. It's repeatedly shown that he has little-to-no life outside of detective work, and only shines as a person when he [[spoiler:takes a leave of absence from detective work as briefly demotes himself down to a beat cop]].cop.
13th Aug '16 4:14:15 PM nombretomado
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* Ben Shockley in ''Film/TheGauntlet'', Creator/ClintEastwood's Deconstruction of Film/DirtyHarry, is a heavy drinker and a PunchClockHero, with even fewer friends than the usual CowboyCop.

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* Ben Shockley in ''Film/TheGauntlet'', Creator/ClintEastwood's Deconstruction of Film/DirtyHarry, ''Film/DirtyHarry'', is a heavy drinker and a PunchClockHero, with even fewer friends than the usual CowboyCop.



*** They are Jack Wyatt, a very 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.

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*** They are Jack Wyatt, a very DirtyHarry 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.
3rd Aug '16 10:42:45 PM PaulA
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* Ewart Backstrom in the ''Series/{{Backstrom}}'' novels, an overweight boorish alcoholic of little ability and inflated ego. Also his American TV adaptation.

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* Ewart Backstrom in the ''Series/{{Backstrom}}'' ''Literature/{{Backstrom}}'' novels, an overweight boorish alcoholic of little ability and inflated ego. Also his American TV adaptation.ego.


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* Everett Backstrom in ''Series/{{Backstrom}}'', an overweight boorish alcoholic of little ability and inflated ego.
27th Jun '16 3:55:12 AM rafi
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* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': Lunge's obsession with Tenma verges on psychosis and ruins both his personal and professional life, [[PrivateDetective Richard Braun]] is recovering alcoholic and Jan Suk is naive and trusting (which is a HUGE defect in a series with people with split personalities and/or false names, violent psychopaths and shady ex-intelligence operatives all out to try and control Johan, bystanders be damned).
* ''Manga/MPDPsycho'': The story is about Tokyo police inspector Yosuke Kobayashi, who receives a box at work containing his still-living but dismembered girlfriend. The gruesome sight, along with the culprit's insane unrepentance when captured, causes Kobayashi [[GoMadFromTheRevelation to snap]] and develop Dissociated Identity Disorder ([[SplitPersonality split personalities]]), which becomes the focus of the story.



* Ken Edmundo in ''Anime/HeatGuyJ''
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': Shinichi Kudo is a fantastic detective, but he's [[NoSocialSkills extraordinarily socially inept]] in many areas, particularly in picking up blindingly obvious cues that Ran is getting exasperated with his nonstop [[ShoutOut Hol]][[Literature/SherlockHolmes mes]] trivia ([[ShipTease and that she may be flirting with him]]). Oh, and he's spent most of the series [[OlderThanTheyLook shrunk to the body of a child]], which lends itself to more than a few hardships.

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* Ken Edmundo in ''Anime/HeatGuyJ''
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
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Shinichi Kudo is a fantastic detective, but he's [[NoSocialSkills extraordinarily socially inept]] in many areas, particularly in picking up blindingly obvious cues that Ran is getting exasperated with his nonstop [[ShoutOut Hol]][[Literature/SherlockHolmes mes]] trivia ([[ShipTease and that she may be flirting with him]]). Oh, and he's spent most of the series [[OlderThanTheyLook shrunk to the body of a child]], which lends itself to more than a few hardships.hardships.
** Kogoro is horribly bad with money; is often seen drinking or gambling and can't fix his relationships with his estranged wife. Before Conan/Shinichi helped him gain some success as a detective, he was completely down on his luck, but even now he clearly has issues. Alternately PlayedForLaughs or [[PlayedForDrama Drama]].
%%* Ken Edmundo in ''Anime/HeatGuyJ''
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': Lunge's obsession with Tenma verges on psychosis and ruins both his personal and professional life, [[PrivateDetective Richard Braun]] is recovering alcoholic and Jan Suk is naive and trusting (which is a HUGE defect in a series with people with split personalities and/or false names, violent psychopaths and shady ex-intelligence operatives all out to try and control Johan, bystanders be damned).
* ''Manga/MPDPsycho'': The story is about Tokyo police inspector Yosuke Kobayashi, who receives a box at work containing his still-living but dismembered girlfriend. The gruesome sight, along with the culprit's insane unrepentance when captured, causes Kobayashi [[GoMadFromTheRevelation to snap]] and develop Dissociated Identity Disorder ([[SplitPersonality split personalities]]), which becomes the focus of the story.
27th Jun '16 3:45:23 AM AgProv
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* Ewart Backstrom in the ''Series/Backstrom'' novels, an overweight boorish alcoholic of little ability and inflated ego. Also his American TV adaptation.

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* Ewart Backstrom in the ''Series/Backstrom'' ''Series/{{Backstrom}}'' novels, an overweight boorish alcoholic of little ability and inflated ego. Also his American TV adaptation.
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