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16th Sep '17 9:56:35 AM Malady
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* BernieRhodenbarr can't go anywhere or [[GentlemanThief steal anything]] without stumbling across a murder. Sometimes this is justified by Bernie trying to steal the {{MacGuffin}} other characters are killing each other over. Other times, there's no reason at all.

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* BernieRhodenbarr ''Literature/BernieRhodenbarr'': The titular character can't go anywhere or [[GentlemanThief steal anything]] without stumbling across a murder. Sometimes this is justified by Bernie trying to steal the {{MacGuffin}} other characters are killing each other over. Other times, there's no reason at all.



* Literature/TheBoxcarChildren trip over mysteries on all of the vacations that they take during their [[ComicBookTime apparently endless summer vacation]].

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* Literature/TheBoxcarChildren ''Literature/TheBoxcarChildren'': The titular group trip over mysteries on all of the vacations that they take during their [[ComicBookTime apparently endless summer vacation]].
26th Jun '17 7:55:01 PM MichaelKatsuro
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* ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles''. While Kindachi is occasionally recruited by the police to look into cases, it seems that the guy can't even go on a field trip without stumbling across some intricate plot to avenge the slight/death of a crazed person's loved one.

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* ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles''. While Kindachi is occasionally recruited by the police to look into cases, it seems that the guy can't even go on a field trip without stumbling across some intricate plot to avenge the slight/death of a crazed person's loved one. Amusingly enough, when he does get suspected of committing a murder in "Kindaichi the Killer," the police suspect that he also was the real killer in all those cases he previously solved and that his clever deductions were there to cover up his guilt.
31st May '17 5:08:32 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Series/Matlock'': Matlock is a defense attorney specializing in murder cases, so ''most of the time'' its natural the murderer will contact him. However, sometimes it seems Matlock can't go anywhere without stumbling over a corpse . . . independent of his practice of law.

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* ''Series/Matlock'': ''Series/{{Matlock}}'': Matlock is a defense attorney specializing in murder cases, so ''most of the time'' its natural the murderer will contact him. However, sometimes it seems Matlock can't go anywhere without stumbling over a corpse . . . independent of his practice of law.



** Another time, Matlock attends a wedding. He witnesses a murder from his hotel room. Because of his obvious conflict-of-interest, Leanne represents the accused murderer.

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** Another time, Matlock attends a wedding. He witnesses a murder from his hotel room.room window. Because of his obvious conflict-of-interest, Leanne represents the accused murderer.
31st May '17 5:07:42 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Series/Matlock'': Matlock is a defense attorney specializing in murder cases, so ''most of the time'' its natural the murderer will contact him. However, sometimes it seems Matlock can't go anywhere without stumbling over a corpse . . . independent of his practice of law.
** Virtually any time Matlock goes on vacation. Matlock goes to his home town to attend a family reunion? Matlock ends up defending an accused murderer in court. Matlock goes on vacation at a seaside resort? Matlock ends up defending an accused murderer in court. ''This actually happens twice.''
** Another time, Matlock attends a wedding. He witnesses a murder from his hotel room. Because of his obvious conflict-of-interest, Leanne represents the accused murderer.
** Matlock gives a talks to a group of undergraduates in a law club. One of them is murdered immediately thereafter.
** Matlock conducts his ''church choir''. A member of the choir is murdered, another is wrongly accused.
20th Jan '17 12:05:47 AM JakesBrain
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** In the first chapter of ''Literature/ThreeActTragedy'' some of the characters actually discuss the trope. They remark that one man may travel all over the world and experience absolutely nothing bizarre, while another may live in a London suburb and yet [[WeirdnessMagnet find himself caught up in all sorts of intrigues]]: "In the same way, men like your Hercule Poirot don't have to look for crime; it comes to them."
11th Jan '17 7:14:10 PM nombretomado
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* LordPeterWimsey thinks this has happened to him at one point in ''Gaudy Night''. He is rowing down the river with the female lead, Harriet Vane, when noxious smells bubble up out of the water. "Honestly, Harriet, it's indecent, the way corpses follow me about!" Fortunately, it happens to be just a local spot of water pollution.

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* LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey thinks this has happened to him at one point in ''Gaudy Night''. He is rowing down the river with the female lead, Harriet Vane, when noxious smells bubble up out of the water. "Honestly, Harriet, it's indecent, the way corpses follow me about!" Fortunately, it happens to be just a local spot of water pollution.
6th Jan '17 7:08:15 PM nombretomado
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*** Just to emphasise; the reason why Monk was in that cabin in the first place was because he was in '''''Witness Protection''''' for witnessing a ''completely'' unrelated homicide ''completely'' by chance. So basically, it's homicide[[{{Inception}} ception]].

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*** Just to emphasise; the reason why Monk was in that cabin in the first place was because he was in '''''Witness Protection''''' for witnessing a ''completely'' unrelated homicide ''completely'' by chance. So basically, it's homicide[[{{Inception}} homicide [[Film/{{Inception}} ception]].
6th Dec '16 8:25:42 AM PKFire
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** By extension, the same goes for his elementary school friends. One has to wonder why their parents still let them hang out with Conan with the amount of times they have been abducted or involved in murders.
6th Nov '16 7:18:48 PM intastiel
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* Ernst Stockinger, on ''{{Stockinger}}''. Often lampshaded by his boss Dr Brunner, who laments how ever since Stockinger was assigned to the region there's been an influx of bizarre crimes.

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* Ernst Stockinger, on ''{{Stockinger}}''. the ''Series/InspectorRex'' spin-off ''Stockinger''. Often lampshaded by his boss Dr Brunner, who laments how ever since Stockinger was assigned to the region there's been an influx of bizarre crimes.crimes.
* Phryne of ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'' runs across so many [[AlwaysMurder suspicious deaths]] that she's often at the crime scene before the police. Occasionally lampshaded:
-->'''Hugh:''' Miss Fisher's gone on holiday, sir.\\
'''Jack:''' Anyone dead yet?\\
'''Hugh:''' ...Only one [[TemptingFate so far]], sir.
30th Sep '16 7:59:39 AM Gosicrystal
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A MysteryMagnet attracts mysteries, usually murders, with the occasional case of kidnapping, extortion and fraud for variety. Wherever they go, people drop dead at their feet, often with a cryptic dying message. This behaviour isn't planned by anyone -- there is no killer stalking the magnet, nor is the magnet responsible for the deaths -- it's just pure coincidence.

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A MysteryMagnet '''Mystery Magnet''' attracts mysteries, usually murders, with the occasional case of kidnapping, extortion and fraud for variety. Wherever they go, people drop dead at their feet, often with a cryptic dying message. This behaviour isn't planned by anyone -- there is no killer stalking the magnet, nor is the magnet responsible for the deaths -- it's just pure coincidence.



If the MysteryMagnet stays in one spot, such as [[Series/MurderSheWrote a little town called Cabot Cove, Maine]], long enough, enough corpses will soon accumulate that one would expect people to wonder why exactly their quiet-sleepy-little-town is so unlucky. If this happened in real life the police would suspect the magnet of being a serial killer and would question them frequently; in fiction there may be some LampshadeHanging about the unlikelihood of it all, but it seldom goes beyond that.

The MysteryMagnet will generally become an AmateurSleuth in self defence. If not, they'll be a sidekick of the police detective who solves all the cases they stumble into. Some are cases of [[LittleOldLadyInvestigates little old ladies investigating]]. Others are {{Kid Detective}}s. Not all amateur sleuths are mystery magnets, however. Some amateurs, and most professionals, deliberately go to the crime scene and investigate. With mystery magnets, it's the exact reverse; the crime scene comes to them, by seeming chance.

Sometimes an entire ensemble can be a MysteryMagnet. When professional detectives are on BusmansHoliday, they can often temporarily become mystery magnets, but this trope is only for those who are like that ''all the time''.

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If the MysteryMagnet Mystery Magnet stays in one spot, such as [[Series/MurderSheWrote a little town called Cabot Cove, Maine]], long enough, enough corpses will soon accumulate that one would expect people to wonder why exactly their quiet-sleepy-little-town is so unlucky. If this happened in real life the police would suspect the magnet of being a serial killer and would question them frequently; in fiction there may be some LampshadeHanging about the unlikelihood of it all, but it seldom goes beyond that.

The MysteryMagnet Mystery Magnet will generally become an AmateurSleuth in self defence. If not, they'll be a sidekick of the police detective who solves all the cases they stumble into. Some are cases of [[LittleOldLadyInvestigates little old ladies investigating]]. Others are {{Kid Detective}}s. Not all amateur sleuths are mystery magnets, however. Some amateurs, and most professionals, deliberately go to the crime scene and investigate. With mystery magnets, it's the exact reverse; the crime scene comes to them, by seeming chance.

Sometimes an entire ensemble can be a MysteryMagnet.Mystery Magnet. When professional detectives are on BusmansHoliday, they can often temporarily become mystery magnets, but this trope is only for those who are like that ''all the time''.



* A stranger example than others, each ''Literature/SammyKeyes mystery usually takes place within a month. Other MysteryMagnet stories aren't as regulated.

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* A stranger example than others, each ''Literature/SammyKeyes mystery usually takes place within a month. Other MysteryMagnet '''Mystery Magnet''' stories aren't as regulated.



* DCI Barnaby of ''Series/MidsomerMurders''. Seriously, that relatively small English county must be swiftly running out of citizens by now. In most episodes the actual MysteryMagnet is Barnaby's wife. One gets the impression that the reason Tom is never enthusiastic about Joyce picking up a new hobby is that [[GenreSavvy he knows]] he'll be looking at a corpse within five minutes screentime and half her social circle will be dead soon after.

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* DCI Barnaby of ''Series/MidsomerMurders''. Seriously, that relatively small English county must be swiftly running out of citizens by now. In most episodes the actual MysteryMagnet Mystery Magnet is Barnaby's wife. One gets the impression that the reason Tom is never enthusiastic about Joyce picking up a new hobby is that [[GenreSavvy he knows]] he'll be looking at a corpse within five minutes screentime and half her social circle will be dead soon after.
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