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30th Jul '16 2:07:12 AM Morgenthaler
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[[caption-width-right:250:Being a private Dick in this town was hungry work... and he was all out of bananas.]]A sister trope of "neo noir" or {{cyberpunk}}, fantastic noir is a relatively small {{subgenre}} that blends the setting, characters (it usually stars a HardboiledDetective who sometimes doubles as an OccultDetective) and plot structure of a FilmNoir mystery story with the more colorful elements of {{fantasy}} and ScienceFiction. The genre seemed to arrive all at once in TheEighties and remains strong today, with the publication of such books as ''Literature/AnonymousRex'', ''WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'', ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Sweet Silver Blues]]'', ''[[Literature/AFableOfTonight Stalking The Unicorn]]'', and ''Literature/TheHollowChocolateBunniesOfTheApocalypse''.

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[[caption-width-right:250:Being a private Dick in this town was hungry work... and he was all out of bananas.]]A sister trope of "neo noir" or {{cyberpunk}}, fantastic noir is a relatively small {{subgenre}} that blends the setting, characters (it usually stars a HardboiledDetective who sometimes doubles as an OccultDetective) and plot structure of a FilmNoir mystery story with the more colorful elements of {{fantasy}} and ScienceFiction. The genre seemed to arrive all at once in TheEighties and remains strong today, with the publication of such books as ''Literature/AnonymousRex'', ''WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'', ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'', ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Sweet Silver Blues]]'', ''[[Literature/AFableOfTonight Stalking The Unicorn]]'', and ''Literature/TheHollowChocolateBunniesOfTheApocalypse''.
28th Jul '16 11:41:19 AM Dravencour
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* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' is a fairy-tale noir series about a werewolf (or more accurately, a wolfwere) whose job is to keep the peace among his fellow Fables and keep them from killing each other, as well as keeping things in Fabletown from spilling over into the mundane world.
17th Jul '16 9:14:17 AM MellyOHara
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* ''Webcomic/WalkingInTheDark'' fits this perfectly. Ben Westford is a vampiric tabloid reporter/detective in a '30s-style city; he spends his nights solving supernatural mysteries along with his sidekicks, an overenthusiastic Tengu and a journalism professor-turned-witch.
14th Jul '16 12:40:07 PM Nightsky
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* ''Literature/ShadowPolice'': {{Occult Detective}}s patrol a horrifying hidden London.
15th Jun '16 6:55:11 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' from TelltaleGames is a noir tale set in the ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' universe, focusing on Sheriff [[TheBigBadWolf Bigby Wolf]] as he tries to solve a series of murders.

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* ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' from TelltaleGames Creator/TelltaleGames is a noir tale set in the ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' universe, focusing on Sheriff [[TheBigBadWolf Bigby Wolf]] as he tries to solve a series of murders.
10th Jun '16 10:34:27 AM TheFantasyChronicler
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* DC's ''Comicbook/AngelAndTheApe'', about a HardBoiledDetective gorilla in New York City.



* DC's ''Comicbook/AngelAndTheApe'', about a HardBoiledDetective gorilla in New York City.



* ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' short "A Detective Story".
* Preeminent on the SF side, ''Film/BladeRunner''.



* ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' short "A Detective Story".

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* ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' short "A Detective Story".''Film/LordOfIllusions'' is an adaptation that Creator/CliveBarker did based off his Harry D'Amour stories. Here, Harry is an OccultDetective who has been involved in exorcisms and has to stop an EvilSorcerer from returning from the grave.



* Preeminent on the SF side, ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* ''Film/LordOfIllusions'' is an adaptation that Creator/CliveBarker did based off his Harry D'Amour stories. Here, Harry is an OccultDetective who has been involved in exorcisms and has to stop an EvilSorcerer from returning from the grave.



* ''Stalking The Unicorn'' and the other books in the ''Literature/AFableOfTonight'' series by Mike Resnick. Many of the stock noir characters are given a fantasy twist. For example [[HardboiledDetective John's]] partner, who often acts as TheWatson, is a famous semi-retired monster hunter, his "secretary" who also plays the part of the classic FemmeFatale is a CatGirl, and John's persistent enemy and local crime boss The Grundy is a demon.
* ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'' has human detective Eddie Valiant solving crimes in a world where cartoon characters are a living, breathing people (some of whom happen to work in comic strips, television and movies) [[FantasticRacism discriminated against]] by the more numerous humans.
* The ''Literature/GarrettPI'' series is practically a TropeCodifier for this one, telling hard-boiled detective stories in a world of classic fantasy races.



* ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'': ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' isn't noir, technically speaking, but this short story is a near-perfect snapshot of this subgenre.
* ''Literature/NurseryCrime'' blends [[FairyTale fairy tales]] with a PoliceProcedural / 70's-style CopShow aesthetic. To a degree, ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' qualifies, too.

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* ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'': ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' isn't noir, technically speaking, but this short story Tad Williams ''Literature/BobbyDollar'' series about an angel advocate caught between the forces of Heaven and Hell.
* ''Literature/CityOfDevils''
is a near-perfect snapshot noir mystery. The cops are all werewolves, the studio heads are crawling eyes, the machinists are gremlins, the blue collar folks are zombies, the actors are doppelgangers, and so on.
* ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI'' adds horror motifs and a hefty dose of humor into the mix.
* Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Literature/DirkGently'' series is a parody
of this subgenre.
genre.
* ''Literature/NurseryCrime'' blends [[FairyTale fairy tales]] Vlad Taltos in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels is an (ultimately former) human assassin in a fantasy world where [[OurElvesAreBetter eleves]] are in charge, and narrates in a hardboiled FirstPersonSmartass tone. The plots of all of the novels involve mysteries solved through detection, and Vlad has the traditional SassySecretary in two nontraditional forms, his Dragaeran (elf) sidekick Kragar and his pet jhereg (more or less a ShoulderSizedDragon), Loiosh, a sapient animal that snarkily communicates with a PoliceProcedural / 70's-style CopShow aesthetic. To a degree, ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' qualifies, too.Vlad telepathically.



* Vlad Taltos in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels is an (ultimately former) human assassin in a fantasy world where [[OurElvesAreBetter eleves]] are in charge, and narrates in a hardboiled FirstPersonSmartass tone. The plots of all of the novels involve mysteries solved through detection, and Vlad has the traditional SassySecretary in two nontraditional forms, his Dragaeran (elf) sidekick Kragar and his pet jhereg (more or less a ShoulderSizedDragon), Loiosh, a sapient animal that snarkily communicates with Vlad telepathically.

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* Vlad Taltos in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' Alex Bledsoe's ''Literature/EddieLaCrosse'' books are basically hard-boiled detective novels is an (ultimately former) human assassin in a sword and sorcery setting.
* The ''Literature/ElementalAssassin'' novels are about a magic-wielding ProfessionalKiller who operates out of a WretchedHive in a version of modern day earth that includes elemntals, vampires, dwarfs and giants.
* The ''Literature/GarrettPI'' series is practically a TropeCodifier for this one, telling hard-boiled detective stories in a world of classic
fantasy races.
* Creator/RobertRankin's ''Literature/TheHollowChocolateBunniesOfTheApocalypse'' takes place in a ClockPunk
world where [[OurElvesAreBetter eleves]] nursery-rhyme characters are in charge, real and narrates [[LivingToys toys are alive]], but only in Toy City. The protagonist ends up getting recruited by a jaded, hard-drinking private detective who just happens to be a teddy bear to solve a series of murders, including the bear's late partner, Wee Willie Winkie.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Joyland}}'' blends this with MagicRealism as it's about a search for a serial killer at a haunted amusement park.
* The ''Literature/LeagueOfMagi'' novella ''Coldheart'' in the collection of the same name, is a noir story that uncovers monsters, mages, possessed people.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's novella "Magic, Inc." directly deals with an investigator's pursuit into the workings of a sinister organization,
in a hardboiled FirstPersonSmartass tone. The plots parallel version of the modern urban world where magic is commonplace -- including flying carpet taxicabs.
** To a similar extent, RAH's "Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag," also surrounding a man-and-wife PI team investigating the titular character, although the magic in that story is more of the divine sort. (Sort of.)
* ''Literature/MrBlank'' and the sequel ''Literature/GetBlank'' feature little green men, chupacabras, brainwashed super-killers, and pretty much every conspiracy under the sun.
* Idriel Ramirez spends
all of ''Literature/NerveZero'' in a noir plot. Despite being in the novels involve mysteries solved through detection, and Vlad has the traditional SassySecretary distant future in two nontraditional forms, his Dragaeran (elf) sidekick Kragar and his pet jhereg (more or less a ShoulderSizedDragon), Loiosh, a sapient animal that snarkily communicates false planet with Vlad telepathically.no gravity.



* Alex Bledsoe's ''Literature/EddieLaCrosse'' books are basically hard-boiled detective novels in a sword and sorcery setting.

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* Alex Bledsoe's ''Literature/EddieLaCrosse'' books are basically hard-boiled detective novels in ''Literature/NurseryCrime'' blends [[FairyTale fairy tales]] with a sword and sorcery setting. PoliceProcedural / 70's-style CopShow aesthetic. To a degree, ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' qualifies, too.



* ''Stalking The Unicorn'' and the other books in the ''Literature/AFableOfTonight'' series by Mike Resnick. Many of the stock noir characters are given a fantasy twist. For example [[HardboiledDetective John's]] partner, who often acts as TheWatson, is a famous semi-retired monster hunter, his "secretary" who also plays the part of the classic FemmeFatale is a CatGirl, and John's persistent enemy and local crime boss The Grundy is a demon.
* ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'': ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' isn't noir, technically speaking, but this short story is a near-perfect snapshot of this subgenre.



* ''Literature/MrBlank'' and the sequel ''Literature/GetBlank'' feature little green men, chupacabras, brainwashed super-killers, and pretty much every conspiracy under the sun.
* ''Literature/CityOfDevils'' is a noir mystery. The cops are all werewolves, the studio heads are crawling eyes, the machinists are gremlins, the blue collar folks are zombies, the actors are doppelgangers, and so on.
* Idriel Ramirez spends all of ''Literature/NerveZero'' in a noir plot. Despite being in the distant future in a false planet with no gravity.
* The ''Literature/LeagueOfMagi'' novella ''Coldheart'' in the collection of the same name, is a noir story that uncovers monsters, mages, possessed people.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Joyland}}'' blends this with MagicRealism as it's about a search for a serial killer at a haunted amusement park.
* Tad Williams ''Literature/BobbyDollar'' series about an angel advocate caught between the forces of Heaven and Hell.
* Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Literature/DirkGently'' series is a parody of this genre.
* ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI'' adds horror motifs and a hefty dose of humor into the mix.
* The ''Literature/ElementalAssassin'' novels are about a magic-wielding ProfessionalKiller who operates out of a WretchedHive in a version of modern day earth that includes elemntals, vampires, dwarfs and giants.



* Creator/RobertRankin's ''Literature/TheHollowChocolateBunniesOfTheApocalypse'' takes place in a ClockPunk world where nursery-rhyme characters are real and [[LivingToys toys are alive]], but only in Toy City. The protagonist ends up getting recruited by a jaded, hard-drinking private detective who just happens to be a teddy bear to solve a series of murders, including the bear's late partner, Wee Willie Winkie.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's novella "Magic, Inc." directly deals with an investigator's pursuit into the workings of a sinister organization, in a parallel version of the modern urban world where magic is commonplace -- including flying carpet taxicabs.
** To a similar extent, RAH's "Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag," also surrounding a man-and-wife PI team investigating the titular character, although the magic in that story is more of the divine sort. (Sort of.)

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* Creator/RobertRankin's ''Literature/TheHollowChocolateBunniesOfTheApocalypse'' takes place ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'' has human detective Eddie Valiant solving crimes in a ClockPunk world where nursery-rhyme cartoon characters are real a living, breathing people (some of whom happen to work in comic strips, television and [[LivingToys toys are alive]], but only in Toy City. The protagonist ends up getting recruited movies) [[FantasticRacism discriminated against]] by a jaded, hard-drinking private detective who just happens to be a teddy bear to solve a series of murders, including the bear's late partner, Wee Willie Winkie.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's novella "Magic, Inc." directly deals with an investigator's pursuit into the workings of a sinister organization, in a parallel version of the modern urban world where magic is commonplace -- including flying carpet taxicabs.
** To a similar extent, RAH's "Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag," also surrounding a man-and-wife PI team investigating the titular character, although the magic in that story is
more of the divine sort. (Sort of.)numerous humans.



* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' has a Noir style detective story with definite fantasy elements in the episode [[Recap/FringeS02E20BrownBetty "Brown Betty"]].



* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' has a Noir style detective story with definite fantasy elements in the episode [[Recap/FringeS02E20BrownBetty "Brown Betty"]].



* ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' from TelltaleGames is a noir tale set in the ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' universe, focusing on Sheriff [[TheBigBadWolf Bigby Wolf]] as he tries to solve a series of murders.

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* ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' from TelltaleGames If patently impossible sci-fi counts as fantasy, then ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' qualifies with its {{Steampunk}} flying city that the jaded private-detective protagonist didn't even know existed.
** The DownloadableContent ''BioShockInfinite/BurialAtSea'' [[spoiler:a [[StealthSequel Stealth Prequel]] to the original VideoGame/{{BioShock 1}}]]
is a noir tale even more this, especially in the first chapter, which heavily emphasizes the HardboiledDetective aspect.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}''
set in the ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' universe, focusing a dark and gritty setting, Corvo is on Sheriff [[TheBigBadWolf Bigby Wolf]] as he tries to solve a series of murders.quest for vengeance against people who betrayed him.



* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' is Creator/LucasArts' take on the noir genre, as set in a Land of the Dead inspired by Mexican folklore and Aztec mythology. Year 2 especially.



* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' set in a dark and gritty setting, Corvo is on a quest for vengeance against people who betrayed him.
* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' is Creator/LucasArts' take on the noir genre, as set in a Land of the Dead inspired by Mexican folklore and Aztec mythology. Year 2 especially.
* If patently impossible sci-fi counts as fantasy, then ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' qualifies with its {{Steampunk}} flying city that the jaded private-detective protagonist didn't even know existed.
** The DownloadableContent ''BioShockInfinite/BurialAtSea'' [[spoiler:a [[StealthSequel Stealth Prequel]] to the original VideoGame/{{BioShock 1}}]] is even more this, especially in the first chapter, which heavily emphasizes the HardboiledDetective aspect.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' from TelltaleGames is a noir tale set in a dark and gritty setting, Corvo is on a quest for vengeance against people who betrayed him.
* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' is Creator/LucasArts' take on
the noir genre, ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' universe, focusing on Sheriff [[TheBigBadWolf Bigby Wolf]] as set in he tries to solve a Land series of the Dead inspired by Mexican folklore and Aztec mythology. Year 2 especially.
* If patently impossible sci-fi counts as fantasy, then ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' qualifies with its {{Steampunk}} flying city that the jaded private-detective protagonist didn't even know existed.
** The DownloadableContent ''BioShockInfinite/BurialAtSea'' [[spoiler:a [[StealthSequel Stealth Prequel]] to the original VideoGame/{{BioShock 1}}]] is even more this, especially in the first chapter, which heavily emphasizes the HardboiledDetective aspect.
murders.
15th May '16 9:26:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} Daredevil]]'' starts off leaning towards more mundane noir (bar the presence of Matt's super-powered radar-like "vision") and gradually introduces the more fantastic MarvelCinematicUniverse elements like [[spoiler: the Japanese gangsters actually being ninjas, and a Chinese drug baron who's ''possibly'' from an extradimensional city of mystical kung-fu masters.]]

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* ''[[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} Daredevil]]'' ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'' starts off leaning towards more mundane noir (bar the presence of Matt's super-powered radar-like "vision") and gradually introduces the more fantastic MarvelCinematicUniverse Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse elements like [[spoiler: the Japanese gangsters actually being ninjas, and a Chinese drug baron who's ''possibly'' from an extradimensional city of mystical kung-fu masters.]]
17th Mar '16 1:25:42 PM KeithTyler
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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's novella "Magic, Inc." directly deals with an investigator's pursuit into the workings of a sinister organization, in a parallel version of the modern urban world where magic is commonplace -- including flying carpet taxicabs.
** To a similar extent, RAH's "Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag," also surrounding a man-and-wife PI team investigating the titular character, although the magic in that story is more of the divine sort. (Sort of.)
29th Oct '15 2:26:26 PM MasterNecromancer
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* Alex Bledsoe's ''EddieLaCrosse'' books are basically hard-boiled detective novels in a sword and sorcery setting.

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* Alex Bledsoe's ''EddieLaCrosse'' ''Literature/EddieLaCrosse'' books are basically hard-boiled detective novels in a sword and sorcery setting.
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