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21st Apr '18 5:38:09 PM nombretomado
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* Will Graham in ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' is odd and unsocial and is hinted to have an AmbiguousDisorder. To top it off, he has the gift of "pure empathy" which allows him to get into the minds of the criminals he hunts and causes him to experience nightmares and crippling anxiety. [[spoiler:Not to mention the encephalitis (which causes hallucinations, disassociative episodes, and severe headaches) and his psychiatrist not only kept this from him but is [[ImAHumanitarian Hannibal]] [[SilenceOfTheLambs Lecter]].]]

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* Will Graham in ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' is odd and unsocial and is hinted to have an AmbiguousDisorder. To top it off, he has the gift of "pure empathy" which allows him to get into the minds of the criminals he hunts and causes him to experience nightmares and crippling anxiety. [[spoiler:Not to mention the encephalitis (which causes hallucinations, disassociative episodes, and severe headaches) and his psychiatrist not only kept this from him but is [[ImAHumanitarian Hannibal]] [[SilenceOfTheLambs [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Lecter]].]]
8th Apr '18 2:49:41 PM KDreader02
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* ''Webcomic/DrFrost'': The titular Frost himself. Although he's not a true detective, this still applies to him. While his inability to emphasize with others helps solve cases, it's also shown that it places him into just as much trouble as it does help, particularly through miscommunication.
11th Mar '18 3:27:00 AM jormis29
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* ''Film/{{Cop}}'': The main character, an LAPD detective played by James Woods, is a workaholic and a bit of a lech. His wife leaves him halfway through the movie because of his erratic behavior (like telling his young daughter a "bedtime story" about a gruesome murder case he had to deal with).

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* ''Film/{{Cop}}'': The main character, an LAPD detective played by James Woods, Creator/JamesWoods, is a workaholic and a bit of a lech. His wife leaves him halfway through the movie because of his erratic behavior (like telling his young daughter a "bedtime story" about a gruesome murder case he had to deal with).
10th Mar '18 6:17:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Cop}}'': The main character, an LAPD detective played by James Woods, is a workaholic and a bit of a lech. His wife leaves him halfway through the movie because of his erratic behavior (like telling his young daughter a "bedtime story" about a gruesome murder case he had to deal with).
16th Feb '18 10:16:54 AM XFllo
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* ''Series/TheInspectorLynleyMysteries'': ''Oh my God.'' Lynley and Havers, both of them. One is a [[MarriedToTheJob workaholic]] with a personal life worthy of a soap opera; the other is a BrokenBird who has raised antisociality and [[JerkassFacade self-protection via jerkassery]] to an art form. Somehow, they become [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple incredibly]] [[TrueCompanions close]] [[TheNotLoveInterest friends]] anyway, which spawns an absolutely glorious amount of CharacterDevelopment for both of them. And [[ThePowerOfFriendship it]] [[ThePowerOfTrust is]] [[ThePowerOfLove beautiful]].

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* ''Series/TheInspectorLynleyMysteries'': ''Oh my God.'' Lynley and Havers, both of them. One Lynley is a [[MarriedToTheJob workaholic]] with a personal life worthy of a soap opera; the other opera. Havers is a BrokenBird who has raised antisociality and [[JerkassFacade self-protection via jerkassery]] jerkassery to an art form. Somehow, they become [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple incredibly]] incredibly [[TrueCompanions close]] [[TheNotLoveInterest friends]] anyway, which spawns an absolutely glorious amount of CharacterDevelopment for both of them. And [[ThePowerOfFriendship it]] [[ThePowerOfTrust is]] [[ThePowerOfLove beautiful]].both.
14th Feb '18 1:58:10 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''KurtWallander'': Kurt has diabetes, an alcohol problem which is not quite alcoholism but always verges on it, no contact with his ex-wife, bad contact with his father and daughter, no friends, etcetera etcetera. (Fridge Brilliance: Shouldn't a limited third person narrative describe an actual alcoholic as a borderline alcoholic?) And in the end, [[spoiler:for all his troubles, he gets to retire... with Alzheimers.]]

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* ''KurtWallander'': ''Literature/KurtWallander'': Kurt has diabetes, an alcohol problem which is not quite alcoholism but always verges on it, no contact with his ex-wife, bad contact with his father and daughter, no friends, etcetera etcetera. (Fridge Brilliance: Shouldn't a limited third person narrative describe an actual alcoholic as a borderline alcoholic?) And in the end, [[spoiler:for all his troubles, he gets to retire... with Alzheimers.]]
15th Jan '18 12:25:42 AM Cryoclaste
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* Jack Vincennes in ''LAConfidential'' is a capable enough detective but he's also a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who once shot two innocent people under the influence. In something of a subversion, getting back on the wagon ''does not'' make him a superb crime solver but pretty much screws his life up.

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* Jack Vincennes in ''LAConfidential'' ''Literature/LAConfidential'' is a capable enough detective but he's also a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who once shot two innocent people under the influence. In something of a subversion, getting back on the wagon ''does not'' make him a superb crime solver but pretty much screws his life up.
3rd Jan '18 9:04:38 PM Vilui
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* ''Literature/GorkyPark'': Arkady Renko is a workaholic, very cynical (especially in regards towards the Communist Party and their declarations), and is a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking chain smoker]]. Guess which one gets him in trouble while working a triple-homicide case in [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Moscow in the 1980's]]. His wife is having an affair behind his back, and while that is going on, he falls in love with a political dissident who is involved in the murder case he is investigating.

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* ''Literature/GorkyPark'': Arkady Renko is a workaholic, very cynical (especially in regards towards the Communist Party and their declarations), and is a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking chain smoker]]. Guess which one gets him in trouble while working a triple-homicide case in [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Moscow in the 1980's]].1980s]]. His wife is having an affair behind his back, and while that is going on, he falls in love with a political dissident who is involved in the murder case he is investigating.
2nd Dec '17 9:45:26 AM xcountryguy
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* ''KurtWallander'': Kurt has diabetes, an alcohol problem which is not quite alcoholism but always verges on it, no contact with his ex-wife, bad contact with his father and daughter, no friends, etcetera etcetera. (Fridge Brilliance: Shouldn't a limited third person narrative describe an actual alcoholic as a borderline alcoholic?) And in the end, [[spoiler: for all his troubles, he gets to retire... with Alzheimers.]]

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* ''KurtWallander'': Kurt has diabetes, an alcohol problem which is not quite alcoholism but always verges on it, no contact with his ex-wife, bad contact with his father and daughter, no friends, etcetera etcetera. (Fridge Brilliance: Shouldn't a limited third person narrative describe an actual alcoholic as a borderline alcoholic?) And in the end, [[spoiler: for [[spoiler:for all his troubles, he gets to retire... with Alzheimers.]]



*** And he ''still'' has the small matter of [[spoiler: the demon-brand of the Summoning Dark on his arm]] to worry about occasionally.

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*** And he ''still'' has the small matter of [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the demon-brand of the Summoning Dark on his arm]] to worry about occasionally.



** Harry Dresden has serious woman troubles. His first love is [[MindRape Mind Raped]] into betraying him in the backstory (and he doesn't find out it was due to MindRape until later in the series), and she pretends to be dead so he thinks he killed her. His second love is half turned into a vampire and forever suffers serious temptation - which he blames himself for. His third love turns out to have been mind controlled into being with him, and doesn't actually have any (romantic) feelings for him. And to top it all off his second love comes back in ''Changes'' and reveals that [[spoiler: she had his kid without telling him. And then he's forced to ''kill'' her.]] Various obstacles [[spoiler:including his own death]] keep getting in the way of him and a female friend taking their relationship to the next level. To top things off, his best friend's daughter (who became his apprentice and ward for complicated reasons) is also in love with him, something which he has tried and failed to discourage.
** Harry also develops severe pyrophobia after a close-range encounter with a flamethrower leaves him with a severely burnt left hand. In the following books, a lot of bad guys suddenly start using fire-based attacks...and that's without considering his ''own'' usual reliance on fire spells as part of his combat repertoire. (For a while it's indeed bad enough that he can't even bring himself to light a candle with magic.) Then in ''Literature/TurnCoat'', his encounter with an EldritchAbomination incapacitates him completely whenever he so much as ''remembers'' bits of the experience. Creator/JimButcher does love to torture Harry.

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** Harry Dresden has serious woman troubles. His first love is [[MindRape Mind Raped]] into betraying him in the backstory (and he doesn't find out it was due to MindRape until later in the series), and she pretends to be dead so he thinks he killed her. His second love is half turned into a vampire and forever suffers serious temptation - which he blames himself for. His third love turns out to have been mind controlled into being with him, and doesn't actually have any (romantic) feelings for him. And to top it all off his second love comes back in ''Changes'' and reveals that [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she had his kid without telling him. And then he's forced to ''kill'' her.]] Various obstacles [[spoiler:including his own death]] keep getting in the way of him and a female friend taking their relationship to the next level. To top things off, his best friend's daughter (who became his apprentice and ward for complicated reasons) is also in love with him, something which he has tried and failed to discourage.
** Harry also develops severe pyrophobia after a close-range encounter with a flamethrower leaves him with a severely burnt left hand. In the following books, a lot of bad guys suddenly start using fire-based attacks... and that's without considering his ''own'' usual reliance on fire spells as part of his combat repertoire. (For For a while it's indeed bad enough that he can't even bring himself to light a candle with magic.) magic. Then in ''Literature/TurnCoat'', his encounter with an EldritchAbomination incapacitates him completely whenever he so much as ''remembers'' bits of the experience. Creator/JimButcher does love to torture Harry.



* 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.

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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 ([[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 ([[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.



** Plus he has [[spoiler: the body of a criminal he had previously hunted buried in his backyard. Something that gives him troubling flashbacks and allows The Company to blackmail him]].

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** Plus he has [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the body of a criminal he had previously hunted buried in his backyard. Something that gives him troubling flashbacks and allows The Company to blackmail him]].



* Detective Kate Beckett on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' plays with the trope; she's clearly got issues surrounding the murder of her mother, but has apparently managed to more or less put it behind her at the beginning of the series ... until Castle unwittingly digs it all up again, leading to her eventually falling back 'down the rabbit hole' into her obsession with solving it over the course of the series. Season 4 further piles on [[spoiler: by giving her psychological trauma following being shot in the chest in the Season 3 finale, leading to a complete PTSD breakdown in one episode.]] This aside this, even in the early episodes it's pretty clear that her mother's murder has left her more or less a [[TheCynic cynical]] workaholic with little capacity to enjoy life outside of her job until Castle shows up.

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* Detective Kate Beckett on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' plays with the trope; she's clearly got issues surrounding the murder of her mother, but has apparently managed to more or less put it behind her at the beginning of the series ...series... until Castle unwittingly digs it all up again, leading to her eventually falling back 'down the rabbit hole' into her obsession with solving it over the course of the series. Season 4 further piles on [[spoiler: by [[spoiler:by giving her psychological trauma following being shot in the chest in the Season 3 finale, leading to a complete PTSD breakdown in one episode.]] This aside this, even in the early episodes it's pretty clear that her mother's murder has left her more or less a [[TheCynic cynical]] workaholic with little capacity to enjoy life outside of her job until Castle shows up.



** 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.]]

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** Henrik Sabroe: FunctionalAddict [[spoiler: whose [[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.]]



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.
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