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6th Apr '18 5:22:59 PM crazysamaritan
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* Henry, of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/BlackWidowers'' mysteries, can solve any mystery after hearing it described over dinner.

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* Henry, of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/BlackWidowers'' mysteries, can Literature/BlackWidowers story, "{{Literature/Northwestward}}", where the only information that the Black Widowers have is what Mr Wayne is able to convey about the mystery. This is quite enough for Henry to solve any mystery after hearing it described over dinner.the problem.
25th Mar '18 12:01:22 AM petewarrior
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* Kazahaya Kyoko from the Japanese drama ''Series/KeishichouNashigorenKa'' despises legwork and solves cases from crime scene recordings and news reports. Averted in her cameo on ''[[Series/MajisukaGakuen Cabasuka Gakuen]]''.
2nd Dec '17 2:17:47 PM ThomasProofreader
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You have an AmateurSleuth or [[TheExoticDetective an exotic detective.]] And to prove just how smart he is, not only can he solve any case just by scanning the crime scene, he can also solve crimes without ever having to visit the scene. The Phone-In Detective is the detective who is able to do some of his sleuthing over the phone due to being away for some reason. Full time Phone-In Detectives are rare, often the detectives will only have to phone in very few of their cases their whole life and will only do so for special cases. It is not completely necessary for any phones to be involved, however, the detective might get the information from telegrams, newspapers, e-mail, or regular reports from TheWatson or the police.

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You have an AmateurSleuth or [[TheExoticDetective an exotic detective.]] detective]]. And to prove just how smart he is, not only can he solve any case just by scanning the crime scene, he can also solve crimes without ever having to visit the scene. The Phone-In Detective is the detective who is able to do some of his sleuthing over the phone due to being away for some reason. Full time Phone-In Detectives are rare, often the detectives will only have to phone in very few of their cases their whole life and will only do so for special cases. It is not completely necessary for any phones to be involved, however, the detective might get the information from telegrams, newspapers, e-mail, or regular reports from TheWatson or the police.
2nd Dec '17 2:17:15 PM ThomasProofreader
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You have an AmateurSleuth or an ExoticDetective. And to prove just how smart he is, not only can he solve any case just by scanning the crime scene, he can also solve crimes without ever having to visit the scene. The Phone-In Detective is the detective who is able to do some of his sleuthing over the phone due to being away for some reason. Full time Phone-In Detectives are rare, often the detectives will only have to phone in very few of their cases their whole life and will only do so for special cases. It is not completely necessary for any phones to be involved, however, the detective might get the information from telegrams, newspapers, e-mail, or regular reports from TheWatson or the police.

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You have an AmateurSleuth or [[TheExoticDetective an ExoticDetective. exotic detective.]] And to prove just how smart he is, not only can he solve any case just by scanning the crime scene, he can also solve crimes without ever having to visit the scene. The Phone-In Detective is the detective who is able to do some of his sleuthing over the phone due to being away for some reason. Full time Phone-In Detectives are rare, often the detectives will only have to phone in very few of their cases their whole life and will only do so for special cases. It is not completely necessary for any phones to be involved, however, the detective might get the information from telegrams, newspapers, e-mail, or regular reports from TheWatson or the police.



Not to be confused with detectives who are "phoning it in", ie doing an incredibly lazy half-assed job.

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Not to be confused with detectives who are "phoning it in", ie i.e. doing an incredibly lazy half-assed job.
1st Dec '17 10:06:56 AM CrypticMirror
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* An extreme case in ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' where not only was our hero in a hospital bed but a coma. Done by his friends asking themselves [[WhatWouldXDo "what would Quincy do?"]], with some of their answers verging on telepathy.

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* An extreme case in ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' ''Series/QuincyME'' where not only was our hero in a hospital bed but a coma. Done by his friends asking themselves [[WhatWouldXDo "what would Quincy do?"]], with some of their answers verging on telepathy.
27th Nov '17 7:03:01 PM nombretomado
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** Don Isidro [[MeaningfulName Parodi]] is a DeconstructiveParody of this (and many others mysteries) tropes combined with a juvenalian {{Satire}} of Argentinean society: All the ''"friends"'' who consult him are truly {{Jerkass}}es whom could not care less about Parodi's MiscarriageOfJustice [[GovernmentConspiracy being falsely accused and judged by]] a KangarooCourt [[FrameUp only to save a]] SleazyPolitician mook (TruthInTelevision in all LatinAmerica). It's implied that all the consultants have enough intellect to discover the crime for themselves, but they can't because they are {{Hypocrite}}s who don't want to face the truth about themselves. One of the consultants lampshades [[DefectiveDetective that an imprisoned man could not be the right person to solve crimes,]] [[HypocriticalHumor only to immediately explain Parodi his case]]. One third of the cases Parodi gets the consultants try to make him his DetectivePatsy, [[DudeWheresMyReward no one pays him]] or try to [[ClearMyName Clear His Name]], and given his situation as everyone's ButtMonkey, the only triumphs he has is to be the DoomedMoralVictor and tries to make things ForHappiness.

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** Don Isidro [[MeaningfulName Parodi]] is a DeconstructiveParody of this (and many others mysteries) tropes combined with a juvenalian {{Satire}} of Argentinean society: All the ''"friends"'' who consult him are truly {{Jerkass}}es whom could not care less about Parodi's MiscarriageOfJustice [[GovernmentConspiracy being falsely accused and judged by]] a KangarooCourt [[FrameUp only to save a]] SleazyPolitician mook (TruthInTelevision in all LatinAmerica).UsefulNotes/LatinAmerica). It's implied that all the consultants have enough intellect to discover the crime for themselves, but they can't because they are {{Hypocrite}}s who don't want to face the truth about themselves. One of the consultants lampshades [[DefectiveDetective that an imprisoned man could not be the right person to solve crimes,]] [[HypocriticalHumor only to immediately explain Parodi his case]]. One third of the cases Parodi gets the consultants try to make him his DetectivePatsy, [[DudeWheresMyReward no one pays him]] or try to [[ClearMyName Clear His Name]], and given his situation as everyone's ButtMonkey, the only triumphs he has is to be the DoomedMoralVictor and tries to make things ForHappiness.
2nd Nov '17 7:17:29 PM SteveMB
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* An extreme case in ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' where not only was our hero in a hospital bed but a coma. Done by his friends asking themselves "what would Quincy do?", with some of their answers verging on telepathy.

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* An extreme case in ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' where not only was our hero in a hospital bed but a coma. Done by his friends asking themselves [[WhatWouldXDo "what would Quincy do?", do?"]], with some of their answers verging on telepathy.
25th Oct '17 2:24:50 PM DaibhidC
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* ''WesternAnimation/KingLeonardoAndHisShortSubjects'': Officer Flim Flanagan will often arrive on the scene of a crime committed by the Fox after The Hunter has solved it.
* Similarly, the animated ComicStrip/DickTracy shows up right after one of his irregulars (Hemlock Holmes, Go Go Gomez, Joe Jitsu, Heap O'Calorie) wraps up a case.
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13th Jan '17 4:21:49 PM GMon
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* ''Manga/{{Remote}}'' was about such a detective--he'd developed agoraphobia, so was assigned a young policewoman with a two-way radio who did the leg work.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': L has been in hiding his entire career, and communicates via phone, computer and his intermediary Watari, emerging only on special occasions for particularly complex crimes [[spoiler: or particularly helpful assistants]].
* Victorique from ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'' isn't allowed to leave the Academy until later in the story, so she often solves crimes based on descriptions of the circumstances given to her by witnesses.





















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* The manga ''Manga/{{Remote}}'' was about such a detective--he'd developed agoraphobia, so was assigned a young policewoman with a two-way radio who did the leg work.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': L has been in hiding his entire career, and communicates via phone, computer and his intermediary Watari, emerging only on special occasions for particularly complex crimes [[spoiler: or particularly helpful assistants]].
* Victorique from ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'' isn't allowed to leave the Academy until later in the story, so she often solves crimes based on descriptions of the circumstances given to her by witnesses.
* Shinchi from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' pretends to be this sometimes when Conan reveals the answer to a case, but is actually there at the crime scene himself (as Conan).

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4th Dec '16 1:02:54 PM dotchan
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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': By using his voice changer, Conan has had "Shinichi" (i.e. himself) solve cases over long distances; his father has also solved cases by reading/watching the news, and when his mother repeated his deductions on TV (without divulging where she got the information), she was the one given credit when the cases eventually broke the way she "predicted".
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