History Main / DetectivesFollowFootprints

13th Jan '17 3:26:18 AM StFan
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''Disney/DonaldDuck'' comics also get a lot of playing with this trope. For instance, the comics have a whole subtrope for characters exploiting the trope, knowing they are being followed and manipulating the footprints to mislead the pursuers.
* ''{{ComicBook/Tintin}}'': Thompson and Thomson once thought they were saved from the desert when they found car tracks. It never occurs to them as they find ever more tracks and even a jerrycan that they might be following their own tracks (even when they find the jerrycan, they celebrate their good fortune since they find out they've lost their own).

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* ''Disney/DonaldDuck'' ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' comics also get a lot of playing with this trope. For instance, the comics have a whole subtrope for characters exploiting the trope, knowing they are being followed and manipulating the footprints to mislead the pursuers.
* ''{{ComicBook/Tintin}}'': ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'': Thompson and Thomson once thought think they were are saved from the desert when they found find car tracks. It never occurs to them as they find ever more tracks and even a jerrycan that they might be following their own tracks (even when they find the jerrycan, they celebrate their good fortune since they find out they've lost their own).



[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Played straight in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', where Simba and Haiba simply follow Shocker's paw prints to find him in his debut story.

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* Played straight ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' has done this in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', where Simba and Haiba simply follow Shocker's paw prints to find him in his debut story. at least 1 cartoon.



[[folder: Film]]
* In the animated intro to ''Film/ThePinkPanther1963'', the detective is following the Panther's footprints offscreen. The Panther rushes back the other way, wiping his prints with a broom as he does so.

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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the animated intro to ''Film/ThePinkPanther1963'', the detective is following the Panther's footprints offscreen. The Panther rushes back the other way, wiping his Played straight in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', where Simba and Haiba simply follow Shocker's paw prints with a broom as he does so.to find him in his debut story.



[[folder: Literature]]
* The ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' stories showcase Holmes' ability to ascertain several physical traits and describe the actions/mindset of the perpetrator of a crime by analyzing the footprints at a crime scene - in fact, Holmes claims to have published several papers on the subject.
* Literature/HerculePoirot, on the other hand, has been known to disparage other detectives by saying they spend all their time running around looking at footprints, when all they need to do is stop and think for a moment.

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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' stories showcase Holmes' ability In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'':
** Basil uses a magnifying glass
to ascertain several physical traits follow Fidget's clearly visible foot and describe peg prints in the actions/mindset of the perpetrator of a crime by analyzing the footprints at a crime scene - in fact, Holmes claims to have published several papers on the subject.
* Literature/HerculePoirot, on the other hand, has been known to disparage other detectives by saying they spend all their time running around looking at footprints,
toy store.
** Played with
when all they need to do is stop and think for we first see the GreatDetective's laboratory; there's a moment.RubeGoldbergContraption endlessly printing bootprints on paper, perhaps as a "have you seen these bootprints?" WantedPoster.



[[folder: Live Action Television]]
* Oddly enough, used in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' in ''The Reichenbach Fall''. A kidnapped child splashes a chemical that glows under ultraviolet light, which Sherlock deduces by smell and the boy's collection of spy novels. The ultraviolet reveals the footsteps of the kidnapper, who stepped in the liquid, and while the trail of course [[RealityEnsues dries up]] not too far down the hall, it does provide Sherlock with the man's height, gait, stride etc.
* In the original series of ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', a tracker is called in by the aliens. He wears an EyepatchOfPower containing sensors which pick out a (thermal?) image where our heroes have walked, tracking them to an AbandonedWarehouse.

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[[folder: Live Action Television]]
* Oddly enough, used in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' in ''The Reichenbach Fall''. A kidnapped child splashes a chemical that glows under ultraviolet light, which Sherlock deduces by smell and the boy's collection of spy novels. The ultraviolet reveals the footsteps of the kidnapper, who stepped in the liquid, and while the trail of course [[RealityEnsues dries up]] not too far down the hall, it does provide Sherlock with the man's height, gait, stride etc.
[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the original series of ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', a tracker is called in by animated intro to ''Film/ThePinkPanther1963'', the aliens. He wears an EyepatchOfPower containing sensors which pick out detective is following the Panther's footprints offscreen. The Panther rushes back the other way, wiping his prints with a (thermal?) image where our heroes have walked, tracking them to an AbandonedWarehouse.broom as he does so.



[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' has done this in at least 1 cartoon.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' The ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' stories showcase Holmes' ability to ascertain several physical traits and describe the actions/mindset of the perpetrator of a crime by analyzing the footprints at a crime scene - in fact, Holmes claims to have published several papers on the subject.
* Literature/HerculePoirot, on the other hand,
has done this in been known to disparage other detectives by saying they spend all their time running around looking at least 1 cartoon.footprints, when all they need to do is stop and think for a moment.



[[folder: Video Games]]
* A series of sidequests in ''EpicMickey'', given to you by the detective, involves you following footprints to the same guy every time, where you have to buy back stolen objects.

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[[folder: Video [[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Oddly enough, used in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' in "The Reichenbach Fall". A kidnapped child splashes a chemical that glows under ultraviolet light, which Sherlock deduces by smell and the boy's collection of spy novels. The ultraviolet reveals the footsteps of the kidnapper, who stepped in the liquid, and while the trail of course [[RealityEnsues dries up]] not too far down the hall, it does provide Sherlock with the man's height, gait, stride, etc.
* In the original series of ''Series/{{V|1983}}'', a tracker is called in by the aliens. He wears an EyepatchOfPower containing sensors which pick out a (thermal?) image where our heroes have walked, tracking them to an AbandonedWarehouse.
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[[folder:Video
Games]]
* A series of sidequests in ''EpicMickey'', ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', given to you by the detective, involves you following footprints to the same guy every time, where you have to buy back stolen objects.



[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has a non-detective example, where [[TheDitz Fighter]] shows off his tracking skills by describing the footprints he's following. [[spoiler: They're his and Black Mage's own trail.]] When it becomes clear they're lost, he then suggests following this same trail to safety. Not surprisingly, Black Mage's response is to desperately suppress his urge to kill.

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[[folder: Web [[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has a non-detective example, where [[TheDitz Fighter]] shows off his tracking skills by describing the footprints he's following. [[spoiler: They're [[spoiler:They're his and Black Mage's own trail.]] When it becomes clear they're lost, he then suggests following this same trail to safety. Not surprisingly, Black Mage's response is to desperately suppress his urge to kill.



[[folder: Western Animation]]

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* The intro animation to ''SylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'' features this very prominently.
* In one Franchise/WinnieThePooh story, Pooh is following a set of tracks on the snow, wondering who or what made them. Piglet joins him, and soon discover a second set of tracks. Then they keep going and find ''two more'' set of tracks. What they don't realize is that they've been walking in circles, following their own tracks.

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* The intro animation to ''SylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'' ''WesternAnimation/SylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'' features this very prominently.
* In one Franchise/WinnieThePooh ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' story, Pooh is following a set of tracks on the snow, wondering who or what made them. Piglet joins him, and soon discover a second set of tracks. Then they keep going and find ''two more'' set of tracks. What they don't realize is that they've been walking in circles, following their own tracks.



* In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'':
** Basil uses a magnifying glass to follow Fidget's clearly visible foot and peg prints in the toy store.
** Played with when we first see the GreatDetective's laboratory; there's a RubeGoldbergContraption endlessly printing bootprints on paper, perhaps as a "have you seen these bootprints?" WantedPoster.
15th Oct '16 4:11:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the original series of ''Series/{{V}}'', a tracker is called in by the aliens. He wears an EyepatchOfPower containing sensors which pick out a (thermal?) image where our heroes have walked, tracking them to an AbandonedWarehouse.

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* In the original series of ''Series/{{V}}'', ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', a tracker is called in by the aliens. He wears an EyepatchOfPower containing sensors which pick out a (thermal?) image where our heroes have walked, tracking them to an AbandonedWarehouse.
9th Oct '16 3:54:10 PM LentilSandEater
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* In ''Videogame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'', Geralt often finds himself tracking footprints as part of a quest. His enhanced senses make this easier and he can also make a good guess at the species.
4th Sep '16 4:36:52 AM erforce
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* DonaldDuck comics also get a lot of playing with this trope. For instance, the comics have a whole subtrope for characters exploiting the trope, knowing they are being followed and manipulating the footprints to mislead the pursuers.

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* DonaldDuck ''Disney/DonaldDuck'' comics also get a lot of playing with this trope. For instance, the comics have a whole subtrope for characters exploiting the trope, knowing they are being followed and manipulating the footprints to mislead the pursuers.



* Franchise/ThePinkPanther. In the animated intro to the first Pink Panther movie, the detective is following the Panther's footprints offscreen. The Panther rushes back the other way, wiping his prints with a broom as he does so.

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* Franchise/ThePinkPanther. In the animated intro to the first Pink Panther movie, ''Film/ThePinkPanther1963'', the detective is following the Panther's footprints offscreen. The Panther rushes back the other way, wiping his prints with a broom as he does so.
21st May '16 8:04:26 AM ThatBitterTase
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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has a non-detective example, where [[TheDitz Fighter]] shows off his tracking skills by describing the footprints he's following. [[spoiler: They're his and Black Mage's own trail.]]

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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has a non-detective example, where [[TheDitz Fighter]] shows off his tracking skills by describing the footprints he's following. [[spoiler: They're his and Black Mage's own trail.]]]] When it becomes clear they're lost, he then suggests following this same trail to safety. Not surprisingly, Black Mage's response is to desperately suppress his urge to kill.
22nd Mar '16 4:21:52 AM Cifer
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Much like ThiefBag is about an image summarizing a profession, someone following footprints (preferably with a magnifying glass) is a detective or investigative sort. A common gag in cartoons is for the character to ''pick up'' one of the footprints for a better look or to end up following their own footprints around.

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Much like ThiefBag is about an image summarizing a profession, someone following footprints (preferably with a magnifying glass) is a detective or investigative sort. A common gag Common gags in cartoons is for include the character to ''pick ''picking up'' one of the footprints for a better look or look, to end up following their own footprints around.
around or to follow the footprints to their owner and only noticing they're standing there when examining their foot with the magnifying glass.
8th Feb '16 11:07:33 PM Chabal2
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* ''{{ComicBook/Tintin}}'': Thompson and Thomson once thought they were saved from the desert when they found car tracks. It never occurs to them as they find ever more tracks and even a jerrycan that they might be following their own tracks (even when they find the jerrycan, they celebrate their good fortune since they find out they've lost their own).
18th Jan '16 2:35:26 PM DaibhidC
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* Literature/HerculePoirot, on the other hand, has been known to disparage other detectives by saying they spend all their time running around looking at footprints, when all they need to do is stop and think for a moment.
16th Jan '16 10:40:32 PM nombretomado
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* TheFarSide has done this in at least 1 cartoon.

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* TheFarSide ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' has done this in at least 1 cartoon.
6th Jan '16 7:16:17 AM Morgenthaler
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