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1st Feb '16 4:52:34 PM Generality
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The basic premise of ''VideoGame/NelsonTethersPuzzleAgent'' and its sequel is that the title character is the sole member of the FBI's Puzzle Division. While this sounds silly in principle, the game manages to make it at least partly justified for several reasons: firstly, because although solving puzzles is seldom integral to detective work, the same kind of analytical approach to problems is useful in some types of crime; secondly, the game works on the basis that the FBI is a VastBureaucracy and has a department for everything, just in case (one of Nelson's colleagues works in the department of Vegetable Crimes). Further, the plot centers around a town in which strange events have affected the minds of the citizens, making them obsessed with puzzles.
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* The basic premise of ''VideoGame/NelsonTethersPuzzleAgent'' and its sequel is that the title character is the sole member of the FBI's Puzzle Division. While this sounds silly in principle, the game manages to make it at least partly justified for several reasons: firstly, because although solving puzzles is seldom integral to detective work, the same kind of analytical approach to problems is useful in some types of crime; secondly, the game works on the basis that the FBI is a VastBureaucracy and has a department for everything, just in case (one of Nelson's colleagues works in the department of Vegetable Crimes). Further, the plot centers around a town in which strange events have affected the minds of the citizens, making them obsessed with puzzles.
1st Feb '16 4:52:19 PM Generality
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[[AC: VideoGames]] The basic premise of ''VideoGame/NelsonTethersPuzzleAgent'' and its sequel is that the title character is the sole member of the FBI's Puzzle Division. While this sounds silly in principle, the game manages to make it at least partly justified for several reasons: firstly, because although solving puzzles is seldom integral to detective work, the same kind of analytical approach to problems is useful in some types of crime; secondly, the game works on the basis that the FBI is a VastBureaucracy and has a department for everything, just in case (one of Nelson's colleagues works in the department of Vegetable Crimes). Further, the plot centers around a town in which strange events have affected the minds of the citizens, making them obsessed with puzzles.
19th Dec '15 5:35:04 PM nombretomado
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* During her time with ''Comicbook/TheFantasticFour'', SheHulk investigated a photographer who was taking pics of her sunbathing on the Baxter Building by helicopter. At one point she commented, "Well, I'm a lawyer, which makes me 25% detective." When the sleaze-bag journalist told her that the pictures were being processed and the negatives were in his safe and that if she took the negatives, ''she'd'' be in violation of the law, she simply crushed the safe down to where it couldn't be opened by anyone. Unfortunately for the journalist, the lab color-corrected the prints, making it appear that She-Hulk was just an unnamed, tall woman, preserving her privacy, ''from a certain point of view''.
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* During her time with ''Comicbook/TheFantasticFour'', SheHulk ComicBook/SheHulk investigated a photographer who was taking pics of her sunbathing on the Baxter Building by helicopter. At one point she commented, "Well, I'm a lawyer, which makes me 25% detective." When the sleaze-bag journalist told her that the pictures were being processed and the negatives were in his safe and that if she took the negatives, ''she'd'' be in violation of the law, she simply crushed the safe down to where it couldn't be opened by anyone. Unfortunately for the journalist, the lab color-corrected the prints, making it appear that She-Hulk was just an unnamed, tall woman, preserving her privacy, ''from a certain point of view''.
7th Dec '15 2:33:51 PM margdean56
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* During her time with ''Comicbook/TheFantasticFour'', SheHulk investigated a photographer who was taking pics of her sunbathing on the Baxter Building by helicopter. At one point she commented, "Well, I'm a lawyer, which makes me 25% detective." When the sleaze-bag journalist told her that the pictures were being processed and the negatives were in his safe and that if she took the negatives, ''she'd'' be in violation of the law, she simply crushed the safe down to where it couldn't be opened by anyone. Unfortunately for the journalist, the lab color-corrected the prints, making it appear that She-Hulk was just an unnamed, tall woman, preserving her privacy, ''in a certain point of view''.
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* During her time with ''Comicbook/TheFantasticFour'', SheHulk investigated a photographer who was taking pics of her sunbathing on the Baxter Building by helicopter. At one point she commented, "Well, I'm a lawyer, which makes me 25% detective." When the sleaze-bag journalist told her that the pictures were being processed and the negatives were in his safe and that if she took the negatives, ''she'd'' be in violation of the law, she simply crushed the safe down to where it couldn't be opened by anyone. Unfortunately for the journalist, the lab color-corrected the prints, making it appear that She-Hulk was just an unnamed, tall woman, preserving her privacy, ''in ''from a certain point of view''.

* ''Literature/FatherBrown''; the title character uses his priestly knowledge of human evil - acquired mainly from hearing confessions to help him solve crimes.
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* ''Literature/FatherBrown''; the title character uses his priestly knowledge of human evil - -- acquired mainly from hearing confessions to help him solve crimes.

* ''Surviving the Applewhites'' has an InUniverse example --Debbie Applewhite writes a series of books about a florist who solves mysteries.
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* ''Surviving the Applewhites'' has an InUniverse example --Debbie -- Debbie Applewhite writes a series of books about a florist who solves mysteries.

* In Fred Vargas' novels, there's Matthias Delamarre, who is an archaeologist specializing in prehistory. Since he's exceptionally good at analyzing the soil (with nothing but his five senses), Adambserg enlists his help in ''This Night's Foul Work'', to investigate profaned graves. In a way, Danglard is an inversion : although he is a policeman, the vast expanse of knowledge he has accumulated in other fields (especially literature and history) is sometimes essential in solving the cases.
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* In Fred Vargas' novels, there's Matthias Delamarre, who is an archaeologist specializing in prehistory. Since he's exceptionally good at analyzing the soil (with nothing but his five senses), Adambserg Adamsberg enlists his help in ''This Night's Foul Work'', to investigate profaned graves. In a way, Danglard is an inversion : although he is a policeman, the vast expanse of knowledge he has accumulated in other fields (especially literature and history) is sometimes essential in solving the cases.
29th Oct '14 4:08:39 PM MitchellTF
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** It is, however, noted that he had to go through quite a few lengths to become an OFFICIAL private investigator, including an apprenticeship. So, he's actually a qualified detective.
10th Jul '14 5:58:53 PM foxley
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* Literature/SimonArk claims he gains a lot of his investigative talent from his time as Coptic priest.
12th May '14 10:41:50 PM XFllo
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* Patrick Jane in ''{{The Mentalist}}''. * Shawn Spencer in ''{{Psych}}'' doesn't really qualify, but his partner Gus's day job as a pharmaceutical rep occasionally helps solve the MysteryOfTheWeek.
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* Patrick Jane in ''{{The Mentalist}}''. ''Series/TheMentalist''. * Shawn Spencer in ''{{Psych}}'' ''Series/{{Psych}}'' doesn't really qualify, but his partner Gus's day job as a pharmaceutical rep occasionally helps solve the MysteryOfTheWeek.

* On ''TheXFiles'', Scully started out as a doctor before she switched tracks to the [=FBI=]. {{Fanon}} has Mulder starting out as a psychologist before a similar career shift, which isn't a huge leap since he's a behavioral profiler. It's just that the paranormal elements of most of their cases overshadows this skill.
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* On ''TheXFiles'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', Scully started out as a doctor medical student/doctor before she switched tracks to the [=FBI=]. {{Fanon}} has Mulder starting out as a psychologist before a similar career shift, which isn't a huge leap since he's a behavioral profiler.profiler and studied psychology in Oxford. It's just that the paranormal elements of most of their cases overshadows this skill.
24th Mar '14 6:43:18 AM TrustBen
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* On ''TheXFiles'', Scully started out as a doctor before she switched tracks to the [=FBI=]. {{Fanon}} has Mulder starting out as a psychologist before a similar career shift.
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* On ''TheXFiles'', Scully started out as a doctor before she switched tracks to the [=FBI=]. {{Fanon}} has Mulder starting out as a psychologist before a similar career shift.shift, which isn't a huge leap since he's a behavioral profiler. It's just that the paranormal elements of most of their cases overshadows this skill.
2nd Feb '14 1:52:47 PM johnnye
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** This at least is far more plausible then some variations of this trope. The RealLife FBI probably uses mathematicians too.
21st Jan '14 4:02:22 AM Divra
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A subtrope of AmateurSleuth. Compare {{Superhero}} and TheExoticDetective. Contrast MundaneUtility. See also MysteryFiction.
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A subtrope of AmateurSleuth. If the talent is magic, the character is an OccultDetective. Compare {{Superhero}} and TheExoticDetective. Contrast MundaneUtility. See also MysteryFiction.
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