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30th Apr '16 12:40:39 PM bt8257
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The hardboiled detective is generally a KnightInSourArmor or even an AntiHero who lives in a world of BlackAndGreyMorality. He's a PrivateDetective or AmateurSleuth--usually the former. His services are required because the police are [[PoliceAreUseless useless]], [[DirtyCop corrupt]] or [[BadCopIncompetentCop both]], so he'll never be a cop, though he may be a [[RetiredBadass retired]] one. Expect him to keep a [[INeedAFreakingDrink bottle of scotch]] in his desk, which is probably located in an office in the [[TheCityNarrows low rent district]]. Recent depictions typically include the trademark [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]] and [[NiceHat fedora]] over a rumpled suit, made popular by Creator/HumphreyBogart. While always cynical, the more heroic ones will usually abide by a rigid code that sees them solve the case, or at least fulfill their obligation to their client, regardless of how tricky it gets for them due to HonorBeforeReason.

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The hardboiled detective is generally a KnightInSourArmor or even an AntiHero who lives in a world of BlackAndGreyMorality.BlackAndGrayMorality. He's a PrivateDetective or AmateurSleuth--usually the former. His services are required because the police are [[PoliceAreUseless useless]], [[DirtyCop corrupt]] or [[BadCopIncompetentCop both]], so he'll never be a cop, though he may be a [[RetiredBadass retired]] one. Expect him to keep a [[INeedAFreakingDrink bottle of scotch]] in his desk, which is probably located in an office in the [[TheCityNarrows low rent district]]. Recent depictions typically include the trademark [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]] and [[NiceHat fedora]] over a rumpled suit, made popular by Creator/HumphreyBogart. While always cynical, the more heroic ones will usually abide by a rigid code that sees them solve the case, or at least fulfill their obligation to their client, regardless of how tricky it gets for them due to HonorBeforeReason.
23rd Apr '16 9:19:26 PM Monessi
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* Mina Davis of ''[[Literature/HungoverAndHandcuffed Hungover and Handcuffed]]'' and ''[[Literature/AssholeYakuzaBoyfriend Asshole Yakuza Boyfriend]]'' is something of a DistaffCounterpart for Spade and Marlowe.
18th Apr '16 6:10:11 AM DoctorNemesis
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The hardboiled detective is generally a KnightInSourArmor or even an AntiHero who lives in a world of BlackAndGreyMorality. He's a PrivateDetective or AmateurSleuth--usually the former. His services are required because the police are [[PoliceAreUseless useless]], [[DirtyCop corrupt]] or [[BadCopIncompetentCop both]], so he'll never be a cop, though he may be a [[RetiredBadass retired]] one. Expect him to keep a [[INeedAFreakingDrink bottle of scotch]] in his desk, which is probably located in an office in the [[TheCityNarrows low rent district]]. Recent depictions typically include the trademark [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]] and [[NiceHat fedora]] over a rumpled suit, made popular by Creator/HumphreyBogart.

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The hardboiled detective is generally a KnightInSourArmor or even an AntiHero who lives in a world of BlackAndGreyMorality. He's a PrivateDetective or AmateurSleuth--usually the former. His services are required because the police are [[PoliceAreUseless useless]], [[DirtyCop corrupt]] or [[BadCopIncompetentCop both]], so he'll never be a cop, though he may be a [[RetiredBadass retired]] one. Expect him to keep a [[INeedAFreakingDrink bottle of scotch]] in his desk, which is probably located in an office in the [[TheCityNarrows low rent district]]. Recent depictions typically include the trademark [[BadassLongcoat trenchcoat]] and [[NiceHat fedora]] over a rumpled suit, made popular by Creator/HumphreyBogart.
Creator/HumphreyBogart. While always cynical, the more heroic ones will usually abide by a rigid code that sees them solve the case, or at least fulfill their obligation to their client, regardless of how tricky it gets for them due to HonorBeforeReason.
13th Apr '16 1:38:23 AM Mdumas43073
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* Sara Paretsky's VIWarshawski is a distaff version of the (usually) male hardboiled detective.

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* Sara Paretsky's VIWarshawski V.I. Warshawski is a distaff version of the (usually) male hardboiled detective.
13th Apr '16 1:37:24 AM Mdumas43073
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* Creator/MickeySpillane's ''Literature/MikeHammer'' was an early, over-the-top, ultraviolent, KnightTemplar example who is often credited with helping turn the genre into a parody of itself.

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* Creator/MickeySpillane's ''Literature/MikeHammer'' Mickey Spillane's Literature/MikeHammer was an early, over-the-top, ultraviolent, KnightTemplar example who is often credited with helping turn the genre into a parody of itself.
11th Apr '16 9:37:01 PM Orbiting
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-->Arthur: Hey you guy. The dames, eh? Yeah the dames. Stupid dames. Do you have any luck with the horses? No, the horses are all idiots. You know between the dames and the horses sometimes I don't even know why I put my hat on. That's how we talk in bars, isn't it?
-->Douglas: No, Arthur. That's not how anyone talks...anywhere.

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-->Arthur: -->'''Arthur:''' Hey you guy. The dames, eh? Yeah the dames. Stupid dames. Do you have any luck with the horses? No, the horses are all idiots. You know between the dames and the horses sometimes I don't even know why I put my hat on. That's how we talk in bars, isn't it?
-->Douglas: -->'''Douglas:''' No, Arthur. That's not how anyone talks...anywhere.
28th Mar '16 5:20:07 AM deathcock
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* In ''Series/{{Brooklyn 99}}'', one of Jake's idols was one of these- a HardBoiledCop from the 1970s whose memoir was his favourite book ever. Then Jake met him, only to discover that the guy was [[BrokenPedestal as corrupt, racist, sexist and homophobic as one would expect for the time period]].

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* In ''Series/{{Brooklyn 99}}'', ''Series/{{BrooklynNineNine}}'', one of Jake's idols was one of these- a HardBoiledCop from the 1970s whose memoir was his favourite book ever. Then Jake met him, only to discover that the guy was [[BrokenPedestal as corrupt, racist, sexist and homophobic as one would expect for the time period]].
28th Mar '16 5:19:01 AM deathcock
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* In ''Series/{{Brooklyn99}}'', one of Jake's idols was one of these- a HardBoiledCop from the 1970s who's memoir was his favourite book ever. Then Jake met him, only to discover that the guy was [[BrokenPedestal as corrupt, racist, sexist and homophobic as one would expect for the time period]].

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* In ''Series/{{Brooklyn99}}'', ''Series/{{Brooklyn 99}}'', one of Jake's idols was one of these- a HardBoiledCop from the 1970s who's whose memoir was his favourite book ever. Then Jake met him, only to discover that the guy was [[BrokenPedestal as corrupt, racist, sexist and homophobic as one would expect for the time period]].
24th Mar '16 5:41:12 AM NozzDogg
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* Although ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' acknowledges that regular [[PrivateDetective PIs]] exist, the writers state outright that if you are playing as a member of the Wolfgang & Long Detective Agency you should essentially be playing as Humphrey Bogart.
11th Feb '16 4:06:09 AM AdamKeller
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-->''I'm a licensed private investigator and have been a while. I'm a lone wolf, unmarried, getting middle aged, and not rich. I've been in jail more than once and don't do divorce business. I like liquor and women and chess and a few other things. The cops don't like me too well, but I know a couple I get along with. I'm a native son, born in Santa Rosa, both parents dead, no brothers and sisters, and when I get knocked off in a dark alley sometime, if it happens, at it could to anyone in my business, nobody will feel the bottom has dropped out his or her life.''

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-->''I'm a licensed private investigator and have been a while. I'm a lone wolf, unmarried, getting middle aged, and not rich. I've been in jail more than once and don't do divorce business. I like liquor and women and chess and a few other things. The cops don't like me too well, but I know a couple I get along with. I'm a native son, born in Santa Rosa, both parents dead, no brothers and sisters, and when I get knocked off in a dark alley sometime, if it happens, at as it could to anyone in my business, nobody will feel the bottom has dropped out his or her life.''
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