Created By: EddieValiant,Jr. on March 12, 2011
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Fantastic Noir

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A noir / detective story with some fantastical elements. Pretty self-explanatory. :)

I've noticed that several work / series pages here (Anonymous Rex, The Steel Remains, Who Censored Roger Rabbit??) fit the bill and even make reference to the genre, but the genre itself doesn't have its own page. Should it? What say you, tropers?
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  • March 12, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    As far as I know, Fantastic Noir isn't a genre. But *shrug* I dunno, maybe we could coin one right here.
  • March 12, 2011
    foxley
    Stalking The Unicorn by Mike Resnick. A hardboiled private eye is hired by an elf to find a stolen unicorn.
  • March 13, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Cast A Deadly Spell. Phillip Lovecraft is a detective who doesn't use magic in a world where everybody else does.
  • March 13, 2011
    JCCyC
    The Animatrix short "A Detective Story".
  • March 15, 2011
    hobbitguy1420
    Many of The Dresden Files books - especially the earliest ones. Hard-boiled detective monologue running smack up against wizards, faeries, and vampires. Results in many tons of awesome.
  • March 16, 2011
    doorhandle
    Problem Sleuth mixes this with Chaos World and a flavorsome combination of awesome and weirdness
  • March 16, 2011
    chihuahua0
    Sister Trope of Neo Noir (or Cyberpunk).
  • July 28, 2012
    darkclaw
    Darker Than Black fits this with a noir world with superpowered sociopaths.
  • July 28, 2012
    SharleeD
    • The Vampire Files plays this especially straight, being set in gangster-plagued Chicago of the 1930s.
  • July 29, 2012
    abk0100
  • July 29, 2012
    JonnyB
    Not to be confused with Fantastic Four.
  • July 30, 2012
    JonnyB
    This is ringing a bell... I know a comic like this but I can't think of the name of it. It was a noir comic about a blond bimbo-type girl, usually dressed in Fan Service clothing, who had a partner who was an intelligent gorilla who wore a fedora. Anyone know the one I'm thinking of?
  • July 30, 2012
    Rognik
    Emerald City Confidential is an adventure game produced for Play First by Wadjet Eye Games of a detective working in Oz. Not only is Oz a whimsical land of magic and mystery, the main character, Petra, learns some spells to be used to solve problems along the way.
  • July 30, 2012
    Arivne
    ^^ @Jonny B: You're remembering Angel And The Ape.
  • July 30, 2012
    JonnyB
    Bingo. Thanks! (I knew I wasn't going crazy...)
  • July 30, 2012
    JonnyB
    This might even make a good page image (now that I've had a chance to google it). Very noir, very... fantastic.


  • July 30, 2012
    arromdee
    Does Blade Runner count?
  • July 30, 2012
    JonnyB
    I don't think Blade Runner would count. I don't know of any fantasy elements in it.
  • July 30, 2012
    DaibhidC
    Comic Books:
    • Spider Man Noir, in which the only fantastic element is Spidey's powers (which are more low-key than normal).

    Film:
    • The upcoming Henson Studios film The Happytime Murders about a hardboiled private eye tracking down a serial killer. Oh, and detective and victims are all living puppets.

    Video Games:
  • July 30, 2012
    robinjohnson
    Many Star Trek The Next Generation episodes were a sort of sci-fi noir set in malfunctioning detective-story games on the holodeck.
  • July 30, 2012
    robinjohnson
    Some Discworld stories, especially the City Watch ones, tend towards this. The TV adaptation of Going Postal has very noir visuals.
  • July 30, 2012
    Rognik
    Just out of curiosity, is there a Sci Fi Noir trope by some name? If so, it should be made clear the difference between this one and that. (Namely, Sci-Fi focuses on Technology while this has more magical elements... right?)
  • May 20, 2014
    jormis29
    Bump
  • May 21, 2014
    DAN004
    Scifi flavored noir is covered by The Future Is Noir.

    Ergo, this should stay fantasy instead of scifi.
  • May 21, 2014
    robinjohnson
    ^ From the description of The Future Is Noir, that's about "noir" lighting rather than "noir" plot tropes (gritty detective stories), though they often overlap.
  • May 21, 2014
    DAN004
    Wait a minute, we have Fantastic Noir...
  • May 21, 2014
    robinjohnson
    Aaah. Presumably created at some point in the two years since this proposal...
  • May 21, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Looking at the history it was created not long after this ykttw was (March 12 2011), by Eddie Valiant Jr himself (per his contributor page).
  • May 21, 2014
    JonnyB
    I'm guessing perhaps there were two identical YTKKW's; one got launched, the other forgotten. Until now.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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