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22nd Aug '16 5:17:18 PM SirSapphire
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* The title character of the GarrettPI series is one, but prefers the term "confidential agent" since he often takes jobs not related to investigations such as private negotiations and consultations on the handling of kidnappings. Since he lives in a fantasy world there are technically no such things as detectives and the closest thing are the Watch's secret police.
16th Aug '16 4:28:13 AM I_love_dragons
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A {{seeker|s}} character frequently used in DetectiveDrama. A professional detective not directly affiliated with a police department in any official sense (although many will have [[FriendOnTheForce contacts in the department]], and it's not uncommon for members of this profession to have been either police officers or previously worked in law-enforcement, as many of the skill sets overlap), a Private Detective takes on cases that private citizens bring to them - however, whilst they aren't ''supposed'' to investigate crimes (which are official matters for the police, who often look dimly upon private detectives sticking their noses in - both in fiction and in [[TruthInTelevision real life]]), they usually [[MysteryMagnet find themselves knee-deep]] in murders, robberies and kidnappings by the end of the story. They may be doing this because the PoliceAreUseless and/or unconcerned about solving the case, meaning our detective is [[TheOnlyOne the only person]] who is actually willing or capable of solving it. However, this is often justified (especially in classical FilmNoir) by the detective starting off with a [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot seemingly simple case]], such as [[Film/{{Chinatown}} finding out if a woman's husband is committing adultery]] or [[Film/AngelHeart investigating the disappearance of a man who vanished twelve years ago in order to resolve a debt he had with a wealthy businessman]], only for things to [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot spiral out of control]] to the point that the only way for the detective to get out is to solve the case.

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A {{seeker|s}} character frequently used in DetectiveDrama. A professional detective not directly affiliated with a police department in any official sense (although many will have [[FriendOnTheForce contacts in the department]], and it's not uncommon for members of this profession to have been either police officers or previously worked in law-enforcement, as many of the skill sets overlap), a Private Detective takes on cases that private citizens bring to them - however, whilst they aren't ''supposed'' to investigate crimes (which are official matters for the police, who often look dimly upon private detectives sticking their noses in - both in fiction and in [[TruthInTelevision real life]]), they usually [[MysteryMagnet find themselves knee-deep]] in murders, robberies and kidnappings by the end of the story. They may be doing this because the PoliceAreUseless and/or unconcerned about solving the case, meaning our detective is [[TheOnlyOne the only person]] who is actually willing or capable of solving it. However, this is often justified (especially in classical FilmNoir) by the detective starting off with a [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot seemingly simple case]], case, such as [[Film/{{Chinatown}} finding out if a woman's husband is committing adultery]] or [[Film/AngelHeart investigating the disappearance of a man who vanished twelve years ago in order to resolve a debt he had with a wealthy businessman]], only for things to [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot spiral out of control]] to the point that the only way for the detective to get out is to solve the case.
13th Aug '16 4:54:37 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''[[ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max]]'' universe, the main characters are rather atypical private detectives (though they prefer the term "freelance police"), while their neighbor Flint Paper is a more stereotypical, two-fisted, DirtyHarry type.

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* In the ''[[ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max]]'' universe, the main characters are rather atypical private detectives (though they prefer the term "freelance police"), while their neighbor Flint Paper is a more stereotypical, two-fisted, DirtyHarry Film/DirtyHarry type.
7th Aug '16 8:16:01 PM DrOO7
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* An episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has the team working with a private investigator. Gibbs expresses his contempt for the fellow by repeatedly referring to him as a "private dick," emphasis on the second word.

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* An episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has the team working with a private investigator. Gibbs expresses his contempt for the fellow by repeatedly referring to him as a "private dick," emphasis on the second word. [[spoiler: Given that he turned out to be the killer, it may also have been Gibbs' famous gut instinct telling him something]].
30th Jul '16 11:41:47 AM ProfessorDetective
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* ProfessorLayton is ''not'' this, but he's constantly mistaken for one.

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* ProfessorLayton [[ProfessorLayton Professor Hershel Layton]] is ''not'' this, but he's constantly mistaken for one.one.
** His daughter [[VideoGame/LadyLaytonTheMillionaireAriadonesConspiracy Catriel 'Lady' Layton]], however, ''is'' this.
24th Jul '16 8:24:56 AM matt_shade
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* In ''[[Anime/Nightwalker Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective]]'' Shido Tatsuhiko is a ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin vampire with a detective agency]]''. Some FilmNoir mixed in with the Literature/InterviewWithAVampire.

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* In ''[[Anime/Nightwalker ''[[Anime/{{Nightwalker}} Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective]]'' Shido Tatsuhiko is a ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin vampire with a detective agency]]''. Some FilmNoir mixed in with the Literature/InterviewWithAVampire.
24th Jul '16 8:21:52 AM matt_shade
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* In ''Anime/Nightwalker Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective'' Shido Tatsuhiko is a ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin vampire with a detective agency]]''. Some FilmNoir mixed in with the Literature/InterviewWithAVampire.

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* In ''Anime/Nightwalker ''[[Anime/Nightwalker Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective'' Detective]]'' Shido Tatsuhiko is a ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin vampire with a detective agency]]''. Some FilmNoir mixed in with the Literature/InterviewWithAVampire.
24th Jul '16 8:18:07 AM matt_shade
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* In ''Anime/Nightwalker Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective'' Shido Tatsuhiko is a ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin vampire with a detective agency]]''. Some FilmNoir mixed in with the Literature/InterviewWithAVampire.
19th Jul '16 10:26:15 AM ScrewySqrl
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* ''WesternAnimation/InchHighPrivateEye'' - right there in the title, one of several 1970s Hanna Barbera mystery solving cartoons
17th Jun '16 10:56:47 AM JonnyB
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* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe is generally credited with being the TropeMaker of Private Eye fiction, with his character C. Auguste Dupin (''The Murders in the Rue Morgue'', ''The Purloined Letter'').

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* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe is generally credited with being the TropeMaker of Private Eye fiction, with his character C. Auguste Dupin (''The Murders in the Rue Morgue'', ''The Purloined Letter'').Literature/CAugusteDupin.
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