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18th Sep '17 1:18:20 PM ProfessorDetective
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->''"I'm the one who steps from the shadows, all trenchcoat and cigarette and arrogance, ready to deal with the madness. Oh, I've got it all sewn up. I can save you. If it takes the last drop of your blood, I'll drive your demons away. I'll kick them in the bollocks and spit on them when they're down and then I'll be gone back into darkness, leaving only a nod and a wink and a wisecrack. I walk my path alone... who would walk with me?"''

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->''"I'm the one who steps from the shadows, all trenchcoat trenchcoat, and cigarette and arrogance, ready to deal with the madness. Oh, I've got it all sewn up. I can save you. If it takes the last drop of your blood, I'll drive your demons away. I'll kick them in the bollocks and spit on them when they're down and then I'll be gone back into darkness, leaving only a nod and a wink and a wisecrack. I walk my path alone... who would walk with me?"''



* ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'': Detective Karino, of U Division, is a paranormal investigator who has a working class relationship with [[ChristmasCake Ayaka]] [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Kisaragi]], the president of Phantom Quest Corp. As such, he often commissions his extra assignments to her as a personal favor, which lightens his workload. Of course, that's not the ''[[LoveInterest only reason]]'' he does it.
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream'': Misaki Saiki is a [[OnlyInItForTheMoney freelance]] [[MagneticMedium medium]], who occasionally works with Kadotake Souichiro, a liasons officer from the Livelihood Preservation Group[[note]]a government agency that [[ParanormalInvestigation investigates paranormal activity]] and performs exorcisms, in the interest of public safety[[/note]]. Their assignments involve investigating murders and suicides in order to allow the victims' restless spirits to move on.

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* ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'': Detective Karino, of U Division, is a paranormal investigator who has a working class working-class relationship with [[ChristmasCake Ayaka]] [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Kisaragi]], the president of Phantom Quest Corp. As such, he often commissions his extra assignments to her as a personal favor, which lightens his workload. Of course, that's not the ''[[LoveInterest only reason]]'' he does it.
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream'': Misaki Saiki is a [[OnlyInItForTheMoney freelance]] [[MagneticMedium medium]], who occasionally works with Kadotake Souichiro, a liasons liaison officer from the Livelihood Preservation Group[[note]]a government agency that [[ParanormalInvestigation investigates paranormal activity]] and performs exorcisms, in the interest of public safety[[/note]]. Their assignments involve investigating murders and suicides in order to allow the victims' restless spirits to move on.



* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' features the Newspaper Club, who do on occasion investigate supernatural occurences. Since all the students attend a Monster academy (except for Tsukune, the normal highschooler pretending to be a disguised vampire or other creature) most of the culprits are fairly obvious and much of the real plot centers on harem-based romantic comedy.
* ''Anime/OccultAcademy'' involves a time traveller and the head of the titular Occult Academy finding the source that would cause the end of the world. When they're not busy working on the apocalypse case, they will spend some time solving supernatural cases around the city.

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* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' features the Newspaper Club, who do on occasion investigate supernatural occurences. occurrences. Since all the students attend a Monster academy Academy (except for Tsukune, the normal highschooler pretending to be a disguised vampire or other creature) most of the culprits are fairly obvious and much of the real plot centers on harem-based romantic comedy.
* ''Anime/OccultAcademy'' involves a time traveller traveler and the head of the titular Occult Academy finding the source that would cause the end of the world. When they're not busy working on the apocalypse case, they will spend some time solving supernatural cases around the city.



* Cal Macdonald from SteveNiles' ''CriminalMacabre'', as well as series of novels. Cal takes illicit drugs, and befriends a network of ghouls to assist him in his cases. Policemen do not really care to be involved with Cal.

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* Cal Macdonald from SteveNiles' ''CriminalMacabre'', as well as series of novels. Cal takes illicit drugs, drugs and befriends a network of ghouls to assist him in his cases. Policemen do not really care to be involved with Cal.



* Dr. Terrence Thirteen, a.k.a. the Ghost-Breaker, investigates and debunks seemingly-occult events. He has been appearing in DC Comics on and off since the 1950s, originating before DC formally combined all its titles into Franchise/TheDCU, and the fact that he is now pursuing his debunking career in a world that contains genuine superpowers and supernatural beings is frequently lampshaded.

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* Dr. Terrence Thirteen, a.k.a. the Ghost-Breaker, Ghost-Breaker investigates and debunks seemingly-occult events. He has been appearing in DC Comics on and off since the 1950s, originating before DC formally combined all its titles into Franchise/TheDCU, and the fact that he is now pursuing his debunking career in a world that contains genuine superpowers and supernatural beings is frequently lampshaded.



** The main characters. Cabbalistics, Inc. was formed when Department Q, a Ministry of Defense department originally created in the 1940s to combat Nazi occult warfare, is privatised by the British government.

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** The main characters. Cabbalistics, Inc. was formed when Department Q, a Ministry of Defense department originally created in the 1940s to combat Nazi occult warfare, is privatised privatized by the British government.



* ''ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}'': The Zatara family can be this on occasion, either investigating odd events involving magical creatures, or being asked in by cops who know when things go out of their realm and into theirs.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}'': The Zatara family can be this on occasion, either investigating odd events involving magical creatures, creatures or being asked in by cops who know when things go out of their realm and into theirs.



* In his 2014 series, ComicBook/MoonKnight delves into this, especially in his role as [[BadassInANiceSuit "Mister Knight"]]. He's not an official detective in the idea that he knows law well, but helps the New York police through his [[ThouShaltNotKill knowledge]] [[AvertedTrope of murder]].
* In ''ComicBook/RobynHood'', Robyn and Marian found Nottingham Investigations; a P.I. firm that specialises in investigating supernatural cases.

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* In his 2014 series, ComicBook/MoonKnight delves into this, especially in his role as [[BadassInANiceSuit "Mister Knight"]]. He's not an official detective in the idea that he knows the law well, but helps the New York police through his [[ThouShaltNotKill knowledge]] [[AvertedTrope of murder]].
* In ''ComicBook/RobynHood'', Robyn and Marian found Nottingham Investigations; a P.I. firm that specialises specializes in investigating supernatural cases.



* ''Literature/DirkGently'' is a subversion, as he doesn't believe in the occult or paranormal; to him it's just an elaborate con. He is repeatedly frustrated to find his cons coming true, however.
* Harry D'amour from Creator/CliveBarker's ''[[Film/LordOfIllusions The Last Illusion]]'', ''The Great and Secret Show'', ''Everville'', and the forthcoming ''Literature/TheScarletGospels'', in which he gets to uh, "detect" Pinhead from ''Franchise/Hellraiser''. Good luck with that, Harry.

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* ''Literature/DirkGently'' is a subversion, as he doesn't believe in the occult or paranormal; to him him, it's just an elaborate con. He is repeatedly frustrated to find his cons coming true, however.
* Harry D'amour from Creator/CliveBarker's ''[[Film/LordOfIllusions The Last Illusion]]'', ''The Great and Secret Show'', ''Everville'', and the forthcoming ''Literature/TheScarletGospels'', in which he gets to uh, uhm, "detect" Pinhead from ''Franchise/Hellraiser''.''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}''. Good luck with that, Harry.



** Sally Rhodes, heroine of "Organ Donors" and ''The Quorum''. In one story it mentions she trained under D'amour.

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** Sally Rhodes, the heroine of "Organ Donors" ''Organ Donors'' and ''The Quorum''. In one story it mentions she trained under D'amour.



** Winthrop also appears (along with Newman's vampire heroine Genevieve) in a small role in ''The Big Fish'', in which a hard-boiled pulp fiction detective (who enjoys reading hard-boiled pulp fiction) investigates a case that mixes organised crime and the Franchise/CthulhuMythos. His actual name is never revealed, though he does bear a striking resemblance to Literature/PhilipMarlowe from the novels by Creator/RaymondChandler. (WordOfGod has been ambiguous about whether he's actually Marlowe or just some guy with a similar shtick.)

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** Winthrop also appears (along with Newman's vampire heroine Genevieve) in a small role in ''The Big Fish'', in which a hard-boiled pulp fiction detective (who enjoys reading hard-boiled pulp fiction) investigates a case that mixes organised organized crime and the Franchise/CthulhuMythos. His actual name is never revealed, though he does bear a striking resemblance to Literature/PhilipMarlowe from the novels by Creator/RaymondChandler. (WordOfGod has been ambiguous about whether he's actually Marlowe or just some guy with a similar shtick.)



%%%* ''Series/ShadowChasers'' Mackensie and Benedek.
* The characters of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' investigate strange happenings as caused by Dopants, humans-turned-monsters by use of [[FantasticDrug Gaia Memories, giant USB sticks from the centre of the Earth]]. The show is technically science fiction, but it's soft enough to be considered UrbanFantasy, particularly considering how much [[TheHero Shoutaro]] is concerned with being [[HardboiledDetective hardboiled]].
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}''. Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt of the Portland Police Bureau learns he is descended from a line of "guardians" known as "Grimms", charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world, called ''Wesen''.
** It's worth noting that Nick is actually fairly unique in this regard. It's all but stated that most Grimm tend to act as occult ''[[HunterOfMonsters hunters]]'' rather than detectives, who'd gladly kill ''any'' Wesen, regardless of whether they've done anything to warrant it, whereas Nick only goes after Wesen who commit crimes and leaving the peaceful ones like [[TheBigBadWolf Monroe]] and [[FantasticFoxes Rosalee]] alone. Understandably, this throws a lot of Wesen for a loop when they meet him.

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%%%* ''Series/ShadowChasers'' Mackensie Mackenzie and Benedek.
* The characters of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' investigate strange happenings as caused by Dopants, humans-turned-monsters by use of [[FantasticDrug Gaia Memories, giant USB sticks from the centre center of the Earth]]. The show is technically science fiction, but it's soft enough to be considered UrbanFantasy, particularly considering how much [[TheHero Shoutaro]] is concerned with being [[HardboiledDetective hardboiled]].
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}''. Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt of the Portland Police Bureau learns he is descended from a line of "guardians" known as "Grimms", charged with keeping the balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world, called ''Wesen''.
** It's worth noting that Nick is actually fairly unique in this regard. It's all but stated that most Grimm tend to act as the occult ''[[HunterOfMonsters hunters]]'' rather than detectives, who'd gladly kill ''any'' Wesen, regardless of whether they've done anything to warrant it, whereas Nick only goes after Wesen who commit crimes and leaving the peaceful ones like [[TheBigBadWolf Monroe]] and [[FantasticFoxes Rosalee]] alone. Understandably, this throws a lot of Wesen for a loop when they meet him.



** [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] can also have such occupations as Police Detective, Private Investigator and Parapsychologist. Although some campaigns feature [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] stumbling across the occult, others have them actively investigate it from the word go.

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** [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] can also have such occupations as Police Detective, Private Investigator Investigator, and Parapsychologist. Although some campaigns feature [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] stumbling across the occult, others have them actively investigate it from the word go.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has two classes that can function as this: The Investigator[[note]]Think "Fantasy Franchise/SherlockHolmes" and you're on the right track[[/note]], and the Occultist, a psychic mage whom uses items to channel his power. The latter is a much more clear-cut example, as the description of the class even mentions using their powers to research things.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has two classes that can function as this: The Investigator[[note]]Think "Fantasy Franchise/SherlockHolmes" and you're on the right track[[/note]], and the Occultist, a psychic mage whom who uses items to channel his power. The latter is a much more clear-cut example, as the description of the class even mentions using their powers to research things.



* One of the pre-gen characters in the ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' quick-start adventure is Eilish Garrity; Arcanist/Investigator, knowledgeable in matters arcane, mundane and forensic while still able to blast someone's face off at twenty-paces. He's also a subversion of ArmorAndMagicDontMix thanks to his suit of tailored plate armour.

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* One of the pre-gen characters in the ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' quick-start adventure is Eilish Garrity; Arcanist/Investigator, knowledgeable in matters arcane, mundane and forensic while still able to blast someone's face off at twenty-paces. He's also a subversion of ArmorAndMagicDontMix thanks to his suit of tailored plate armour.armor.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}} Cthulhu'', there is the investigator-class. Given the setting, they also investigate the Occult, more precicely the horrors of [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecrafts works]].

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}} Cthulhu'', there is the investigator-class. Given the setting, they also investigate the Occult, more precicely precisely the horrors of [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecrafts Lovecraft's works]].



** Charles Carr, perhaps the foremost occult detective and investigator in the setting. No real mystic power to speak of, though he has a strange way of being able to affect mystic creatures with mundane attacks when such actions are needed. He got into occult investigations because of an encounter with a truly horrific demon when he was a child. He is known in the mystic community as a knowledgeable scholar of the occult, and as an effective exorcist and monster-fighter, to the point that most supernatural "monsters" fear encountering him when they wouldn't otherwise fear a high-powered superhuman.
** Nicholas Chandler, age 14, is perhaps the only "monster slayer" more feared than Charles Carr. At age eight he used a baseball bat to kill a menacing spirit he still considers as "the Boogeyman" to this day. Nick is considered the "creepy little kid" in his neighborhood, and is distrusted by parents and children alike... until the children come to him telling stories of strange things bumping around their windows at night. He lives with his parents, and has said he wants to be a museum curator when he grows up.

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** Charles Carr, perhaps the foremost occult detective and investigator in the setting. No real mystic power to speak of, though he has a strange way of being able to affect mystic creatures with mundane attacks when such actions are needed. He got into occult investigations because of an encounter with a truly horrific demon when he was a child. He is known in the mystic community as a knowledgeable scholar of the occult, and as an effective exorcist and monster-fighter, to the point that most supernatural "monsters" fear encountering to encounter him when they wouldn't otherwise fear a high-powered superhuman.
** Nicholas Chandler, age 14, is perhaps the only "monster slayer" more feared than Charles Carr. At age eight he used a baseball bat to kill a menacing spirit he still considers as "the Boogeyman" to this day. Nick is considered the "creepy little kid" in his neighborhood, neighborhood and is distrusted by parents and children alike... until the children come to him telling stories of strange things bumping around their windows at night. He lives with his parents, parents and has said he wants to be a museum curator when he grows up.



* Austin Jones, protagonist of ''Literature/{{Antlers Colorado}}'' ends up helping the police of the titular small town with a series of supernatural crimes. His family also runs a secret government organization known as the Department of Paranormal Research, which is pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

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* Austin Jones, the protagonist of ''Literature/{{Antlers Colorado}}'' ends up helping the police of the titular small town with a series of supernatural crimes. His family also runs a secret government organization known as the Department of Paranormal Research, which is pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.



* Joe Nickell sometimes known as "the real life Scully" or "the modern Sherlock Holmes", a skeptic and forensic authentication expert who describes himself as "the world's only full-time professional paranormal investigator".
* Charles Fort bordered on this. He wrote several satirical books on news stories from around the world that were ignored by Western scientists. Many of the supposedly "impossible" phenomena he wrote on, deemed too ridiculous to warrant inquiry by mainstream scientists, later turned out to be true - for instance: blood-red rains, fish and frogs falling from the sky, and ball lightning. They weren't supernatural, though.
* Creator/DavidIcke has made a career out of researching the British Royalty, the Trilateral Commission, the Council for Foreign Relations, and the Bilderburg Group. He concludes that the movers and shakers behind international banking and governments are in fact [[EmotionEater suffering-eating]] reptilians from another dimension. In his defense, no one has ever held the Baron de Rothschild down for long enough to take a DNA sample, and Nancy Pelosi ''does'' appear to be a lizard.

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* Joe Nickell was sometimes known as "the real life real-life Scully" or "the modern Sherlock Holmes", a skeptic and forensic authentication expert who describes himself as "the world's only full-time professional paranormal investigator".
* Charles Fort bordered on this. He wrote several satirical books on news stories from around the world that were ignored by Western scientists. Many of the supposedly "impossible" phenomena he wrote on, deemed too ridiculous to warrant an inquiry by mainstream scientists, later turned out to be true - for instance: blood-red rains, fish and frogs falling from the sky, and ball lightning. They weren't supernatural, though.
* Creator/DavidIcke has made a career out of researching the British Royalty, the Trilateral Commission, the Council for Foreign Relations, and the Bilderburg Bilderberg Group. He concludes that the movers and shakers behind international banking and governments are in fact [[EmotionEater suffering-eating]] reptilians from another dimension. In his defense, no one has ever held the Baron de Rothschild down for long enough to take a DNA sample, and Nancy Pelosi ''does'' appear to be a lizard.



* John Lilly was a medical doctor and psychoanalyst who patented many inventions including the sensory deprivation tank. He began to experiment with long periods in the tank, causing vivid hallucinations(?) of communication with extra-terrestrial entities. He began to experiment with Ketamine, a dissociative aenesthetic, and was firmly convinced he could talk with dolphins. The movie ''Film/AlteredStates'' is based on his life and experiences, and Wonko the Sane from the Hitchhiker's Guide is an AffectionateParody.

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* John Lilly was a medical doctor and psychoanalyst who patented many inventions including the sensory deprivation tank. He began to experiment with long periods in the tank, causing vivid hallucinations(?) of communication with extra-terrestrial entities. He began to experiment with Ketamine, a dissociative aenesthetic, anesthetic and was firmly convinced he could talk with dolphins. The movie ''Film/AlteredStates'' is based on his life and experiences, and Wonko the Sane from the Hitchhiker's Guide is an AffectionateParody.
21st Aug '17 5:11:34 AM IchigoMontoya
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-->-- '''John Constantine''', ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''

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-->-- '''John Constantine''', '''ComicBook/JohnConstantine''', ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''
21st Aug '17 1:24:36 AM PaulA
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* Seabury Quin's Jules De Grandin defended New Jersey from monsters and mad scientists.

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* Seabury Quin's Creator/SeaburyQuinn's Jules De Grandin defended New Jersey from monsters and mad scientists.
21st Aug '17 1:23:57 AM PaulA
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* Creator/MercedesLackey's character Diana Tregarde isn't officially a detective, but a Guardian's job description includes finding out whether the Bad Stuff Going On is mystical, and ending it if it is.

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* Creator/MercedesLackey's character Diana Tregarde Literature/DianaTregarde isn't officially a detective, but a Guardian's job description includes finding out whether the Bad Stuff Going On is mystical, and ending it if it is.
1st Aug '17 12:29:14 AM Qrow
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** It's worth noting that Nick is actually fairly unique in this regard. It's all but stated that most Grimm tend to act as occult ''[[HunterOfMonsters hunters]]'' rather than detectives, who'd gladly kill ''any'' Wesen, regardless of whether they've done anything to warrant it, whereas Nick only goes after Wesen who commit crimes and leaving the peaceful ones like [[TheBigBadWolf Monroe]] and [[FantasticFoxes Rosalee]] alone. Understandably, this throws a lot of Wesen for a loop when they meet him.
19th Jun '17 11:36:12 AM Ciabella
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* The Talamasca from ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' is a secret organization dedicated to the investigation and documentation of the supernatural. They gather documents and artifacts, work to hide evidence of paranormal activities from the public and often help people troubled by such phenomenon. Many members of the organization possess supernatural abilities like telepathy. Among Talamasca's many interests are, of course, also the vampires. Unfortunately for them, agents who have a brush with vampirism tend to end up turned and leave the order.
28th May '17 4:35:27 PM nombretomado
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%%%* Marvel's Dr. Druid in WarrenEllis' ''Druid'' miniseries.

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%%%* Marvel's Dr. Druid in WarrenEllis' Creator/WarrenEllis' ''Druid'' miniseries.
16th May '17 4:40:23 PM nombretomado
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%%%* ''TwinPeaks''

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%%%* ''TwinPeaks''''Series/TwinPeaks''
28th Apr '17 1:47:09 PM thekeyofe
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* In ''TabletopGame/Shadowrun'' 4th and 5th editions, one of the "archetypes" (example characters) is the Occult Investigator.

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* In ''TabletopGame/Shadowrun'' ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' 4th and 5th editions, one of the "archetypes" (example characters) is the Occult Investigator.
28th Apr '17 1:46:16 PM thekeyofe
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* In ''TabletopGame/Shadowrun'' 4th and 5th editions, one of the "archetypes" (example characters) is the Occult Investigator.
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