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24th Apr '16 8:29:30 PM TARINunit9
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* Usually not applicable to police, but ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' caught one once, when the murderer was the commissioner. He specifically requested Columbo for the case, having somehow failed to notice that the bumbling detective had only failed to close one case in his entire career.

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* Usually not applicable to police, but ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' caught one once, when the murderer was the commissioner. He specifically requested Columbo for the case, having somehow failed to notice that the bumbling "bumbling" detective had a nearly spotless track record, having only failed to close one ''one'' case in his entire decades-long career.
5th Apr '16 11:20:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Taken to the extreme in ''SinCity'' where Eva Lord hires private eye Dwight [=McCarthy=] to get evidence on her supposedly abusive husband who may be plotting to kill her. [[spoiler: It ends up being a setup; she manipulates Dwight into killing her husband himself.]]

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* Taken to the extreme in ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' where Eva Lord hires private eye Dwight [=McCarthy=] to get evidence on her supposedly abusive husband who may be plotting to kill her. [[spoiler: It ends up being a setup; she manipulates Dwight into killing her husband himself.]]
26th Jan '16 1:33:23 PM LentilSandEater
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** A VillainBall situation even by this trope's standards, since most people would have the brains to pin the crime on one of the many, many detectives who are ''not'' invulnerable.
14th Nov '15 5:45:49 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheRockfordFiles'' seemed to do this a lot, but all shows about private detectives will do one eventually.

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* ''TheRockfordFiles'' ''Series/TheRockfordFiles'' seemed to do this a lot, but all shows about private detectives will do one eventually.
9th Oct '15 9:43:48 PM azul120
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* {{Inverted|Trope}} in the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "Jackie Khones and the Case of the Overdue Library Book", when Mac hires Jackie Khones to find out who stole his library card to check out a book that has since become overdue. The culprit? [[spoiler:Jackie.]]



8th Oct '15 7:19:53 PM nombretomado
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* Randall Banticoff does this to [[LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] in ''Luke Cage Noir'', hiring Cage to investigate his wife's murder while arranging for him to take the rap for the crime - and die before a trial could potentially expose it as a frame job.

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* Randall Banticoff does this to [[LukeCageHeroForHire [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] in ''Luke Cage Noir'', hiring Cage to investigate his wife's murder while arranging for him to take the rap for the crime - and die before a trial could potentially expose it as a frame job.
1st Jun '15 7:35:11 AM DaibhidC
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* In the first ''Literature/SisterFidelma'' story, "The High King's Sword", the abbot is encouraged to request Fidelma by the murderers, who realise that unless a clever and scrupulous ''dalaigh'' is involved, one of them will be condemned as the most likely suspect without anyone really investigating enough to find their carefully planted frame-up.

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* In the first ''Literature/SisterFidelma'' story, "The High King's Sword", the abbot is encouraged to request Fidelma by the murderers, criminals, who realise that unless a clever and scrupulous ''dalaigh'' is involved, one of them will be condemned as the most likely suspect without anyone really investigating enough to find their carefully planted frame-up.
1st Jun '15 7:23:43 AM DaibhidC
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* In the first ''Literature/SisterFidelma'' story, "The High King's Sword", the abbot is encouraged to request Fidelma by the murderers, who realise that unless a clever and scrupulous ''dalaigh'' is involved, one of them will be condemned as the most likely suspect without anyone really investigating enough to find their carefully planted frame-up.
23rd Apr '15 6:00:57 PM eroock
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-->'''Adrian Monk:''' ''[distracted by Natalie drinking a bottle of mouthwash]'' Will you please? And thatís why they chose me. Adrian Monk, the perfect patsy! They knew about my problems. They knew Iíd never take a good look at the guy. So, there never really was a leper except for the guy you were making out with all night.
-->--''Series/{{Monk}}'', "Mr. Monk and the Leper"


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-->'''Adrian ->'''Adrian Monk:''' ''[distracted by Natalie drinking a bottle of mouthwash]'' Will you please? And thatís why they chose me. Adrian Monk, the perfect patsy! They knew about my problems. They knew Iíd never take a good look at the guy. So, there never really was a leper except for the guy you were making out with all night.
-->--''Series/{{Monk}}'', -->-- ''Series/{{Monk}}'', "Mr. Monk and the Leper"

17th Apr '15 8:20:03 PM nombretomado
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* Another police example is the ''{{CSI}}'' fourth season episode ''Suckers'' where a casino owner attempts to fake a huge robbery for the insurance money.

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* Another police example is the ''{{CSI}}'' ''Series/{{CSI}}'' fourth season episode ''Suckers'' where a casino owner attempts to fake a huge robbery for the insurance money.
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