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6th Mar '16 10:05:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* Brian 'Memory' Lane in ''NewTricks''.
* Jimmy [=McNulty=] of ''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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* Brian 'Memory' Lane in ''NewTricks''.
''Series/NewTricks''.
* Jimmy [=McNulty=] of ''TheWire'' ''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]].
27th Feb '16 5:02:03 PM bombadil211
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* DI Chandler from ''Series/{{Whitechapel}}'' has OCD. Normally it manifests itself in a need to have everything neat and orderly (to the point where he makes sure clean clothes and soap are near at hand), but the stress of the job can have Chandler going into a full-blown breakdown. He's been shown stuck in his office going through a counting compulsion, repeatedly turning the lights on and off in a sequence as his panic increases because he knows he has to stop and leave but he compulsion prevents him from doing so.
14th Jan '16 2:14:06 AM LondonKdS
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** Saga Norén: ByTheBookCop with NoSocialSkills (according to WordOfGod, she is '''definitely''' on the autistic spectrum) and a tragic backstory that unfolds over the course of the show. Endures a TraumaCongaLine in series 3 when [[spoiler:her protective boss is murdered and replaced by a new one who is well-intentioned but completely fails to understand her disability and thinks she can be bullied into "normality", and her abusive mother commits suicide and [[SuicideNotMurder frames her for matricide. By the end of the season she's suspended from the police and in serious danger of being prosecuted for murder, leading to a suicide attempt]].

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** Saga Norén: ByTheBookCop with NoSocialSkills (according to WordOfGod, she is '''definitely''' on the autistic spectrum) and a tragic backstory that unfolds over the course of the show. Endures a TraumaCongaLine in series 3 when [[spoiler:her protective boss is murdered and replaced by a new one who is well-intentioned but completely fails to understand her disability and thinks she can be bullied into "normality", and her abusive mother commits suicide and [[SuicideNotMurder frames her for matricide.matricide]]. By the end of the season she's suspended from the police and in serious danger of being prosecuted for murder, leading to a suicide attempt]].
14th Jan '16 2:13:33 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/BronBroen'':
** Saga Norén: ByTheBookCop with NoSocialSkills and a tragic backstory that unfolds over the course of the show. Endures a TraumaCongaLine in series 3.
** Martin Rohde: his fatal flaws break him over time.
** Henrik Sabroe: FunctionalAddict [[spoiler: whose family disappeared several years ago.]]

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* ''Series/BronBroen'':
''Series/BronBroen'' deconstructs this, as all of its detective characters eventually find the effects of their flaws [[RealityEnsues catching up with them]]:
** Saga Norén: ByTheBookCop with NoSocialSkills (according to WordOfGod, she is '''definitely''' on the autistic spectrum) and a tragic backstory that unfolds over the course of the show. Endures a TraumaCongaLine in series 3.
3 when [[spoiler:her protective boss is murdered and replaced by a new one who is well-intentioned but completely fails to understand her disability and thinks she can be bullied into "normality", and her abusive mother commits suicide and [[SuicideNotMurder frames her for matricide. By the end of the season she's suspended from the police and in serious danger of being prosecuted for murder, leading to a suicide attempt]].
** Martin Rohde: his fatal flaws break him over time.
He appears to be more functional than Saga, but [[spoiler:his inability to be faithful to women proves to have partially caused the murders of the first season, and at the end of the second season he despairingly murders the first season's killer and is imprisoned himself]].
** Henrik Sabroe: FunctionalAddict [[spoiler: whose family disappeared several years ago. By the end of his season he has been suspended from the police after his drug abuse is discovered.]]
26th Dec '15 3:05:39 PM AliceM
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* ''Series/BronBroen'':
** Saga Norén: ByTheBookCop with NoSocialSkills and a tragic backstory that unfolds over the course of the show. Endures a TraumaCongaLine in series 3.
** Martin Rohde: his fatal flaws break him over time.
** Henrik Sabroe: FunctionalAddict [[spoiler: whose family disappeared several years ago.]]
12th Dec '15 8:59:17 PM galaxyeyes
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* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne''. Yes. Yes that's what the title character has.

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* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne''. Yes. Yes that's exactly what the title character has.
17th Nov '15 11:36:49 PM Noelemahc
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* ''Series/TheMethod'' has an alcoholic SerialKillerKiller with brain damage that causes hallucinations accept an apprentice for PassingTheTorch before his hallucinations make him unable to work. Unfortunately, his [[TitleDrop method]] drives her to drinking too, among other things.
16th Nov '15 8:14:18 PM NothingUnusualHere
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->''"Look who’s here – the [[TropeNamer defective detective]]."''
-->-- '''Lt. Randy Disher''' on meeting ''Series/{{Monk}}'' for the first time, pilot episode
13th Nov '15 10:33:29 AM dotchan
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* [[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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* [[Manga/DetectiveConan ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': Shinichi Kudo]] 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.
12th Nov '15 2:56:59 PM eroock
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* Robert Downey, Jr. plays Film/SherlockHolmes this way even more than his written characterization. He is unable to "turn off" his SherlockScan, which may play a part in his addictions, and he is an extreme narcissist.

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* Robert Downey, Jr. plays Film/SherlockHolmes ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' this way even more than his written characterization. He is unable to "turn off" his SherlockScan, which may play a part in his addictions, and he is an extreme narcissist.
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