->''"TheButlerDidIt! With a death curse! From space! Take him away, Troll Patrol!"''

A sister trope of "neo noir" or {{cyberpunk}}, fantastic noir is a relatively small {{subgenre}} that blends the setting, characters (it usually stars a HardboiledDetective) and plot structure of a FilmNoir mystery story with the more colorful elements of {{fantasy}} and ScienceFiction. The genre seemed to arrive all at once in TheEighties and remains strong today, with the publication of such books as ''Literature/AnonymousRex'', ''WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'', ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Sweet Silver Blues]]'', ''[[Literature/AFableOfTonight Stalking The Unicorn]]'', and ''The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse''.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''TheBigO''
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Jeff Smith's ComicBook/{{RASL}} is a science fiction series with significant noir influence.
* The ''Marvel Noir'' line, including SpiderManNoir, has this feel, especially for Spider-Man.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/CastADeadlySpell''. [[Creator/HPLovecraft Phillip Lovecraft]] is a detective who doesn't use magic in a world where everyone else does.
** also it's sequel ''Witchhunt''
* The ''[[Anime/TheAnimatrix Animatrix]]'' short "A Detective Story".
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.
* Preeminent on the SF side, ''Film/BladeRunner''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Stalking the Unicorn'' and the other books in the ''Literature/AFableOfTonight'' series by Mike Resnick. Many of the stock noir characters show are given a fantasy twist. For example [[HardboiledDetective John's]] partner, who often acts as TheWatson is a famous semi-retired monster hunter, his "secretary" who also plays the part of the classic FemmeFatale is a CatGirl, and John's persistent enemy and local crime boss The Grundy is a demon.
* ''WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'' has human detective Eddie Valiant solving crimes in a world where cartoon characters are a living, breathing people (some of whom happen to work in comic strips, television and movies) [[FantasticRacism discriminated against]] by the more numerous humans.
* The ''GarrettPI'' series is practically a TropeCodifier for this one, telling hard-boiled detective stories in a world of classic fantasy races.
* ''Literature/AnonymousRex''. The detective Vincent Rubio is a velociraptor in a world where dinosaurs aren't dead [[HesJustHiding but hiding]].
* ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald''. Literature/SherlockHolmes isn't noir, technically speaking, but this short story is a near-perfect snapshot of this subgenre.
* ''NurseryCrime'' blends [[FairyTale fairy tales]] with a PoliceProcedural / 70's-style CopShow aesthetic. To a degree, ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' qualifies, too.
* Many of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' books especially the earliest ones. Hard-boiled detective monologue running smack up against wizards, faeries and vampires. Results in many tons of awesome.
* Vlad Taltos in the {{Dragaera}} novels is an (ultimately former) human assassin in a fantasy world where [[OurElvesAreBetter eleves]] are in charge, and narrates in a hardboiled FirstPersonSmartass tone. The plots of all of the novels involve mysteries solved through detection, and Vlad has the traditional SassySecretary in two nontraditional forms, his Dragaeran (elf) sidekick Kragar and his pet jhereg (more or less a ShoulderSizedDragon), Loiosh, a sapient animal that snarkily communicates with Vlad telepathically.
* Nigel Findley's Dirk Mongomery, a PrivateInvestigator in over his head in two ''ShadowRun'' novels, ''[=2XS=]'' and ''HouseOfTheSun''. Both are set in a GenreBusting world of CyberPunk, {{Magitek}}, and [[FilmNoir Noir]].
* Alex Bledsoe's Eddie LaCrosse books are basically hard-boiled detective novels in a sword and sorcery setting.
* SimonRGreen's work, particularly his {{Nightside}} and ''Hawk & Fisher'' novels, has elements of this.
* ''Literature/UndeadOnArrival'': Noir with Zombies.
* ''Literature/MrBlank'' features little green men, chupacabras, brainwashed super-killers, and pretty much every conspiracy under the sun.
* ''Literature/CityOfDevils'' is a noir mystery. The cops are all werewolves, the studio heads are crawling eyes, the machinists are gremlins, the blue collar folks are zombies, the actors are doppelgangers, and so on.
* Idriel Ramirez spends all of ''Literature/NerveZero'' in a noir plot. Despite being in the distant future in a false planet with no gravity.
* The ''Literature/LeagueOfMagi'' novella "Coldheart" in the collection of the same name, is a noir story that uncovers monsters, mages, possessed people.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Joyland'' blends this with MagicRealism as it's about a search for a serial killer at a haunted amusement park.
* Tad Williams ''Literature/BobbyDollar'' series about an angel advocate caught between the forces of Heaven and Hell.
* Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Literature/DirkGently'' series is a parody of this genre.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* {{Fringe}} has a Noir style detective story with definite fantasy elements in the episode [[Recap/FringeS02E20 Brown Betty]]
* Series/{{Angel}} was very much this, especially the first four seasons.
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[[folder:Tabletop Gaming]]
* TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} is geared towards that kind of play, amongst others. Even including a prestige class for it.
** The style is workable (albeit spookier) in {{Ravenloft}} also.
* TabletopGame/NewWorldofDarkness is made for this trope. Most of the gamelines are very suited for GothicPunk noir, with TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil probably being best for it (due to the BadassNormal nature of the PCs), and TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent goes straight into {{cyberpunk}} territory with an even more noir-influenced style.
* TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} in general lends itself to this style of campaigns.]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' from TelltaleGames is a noir tale set in the ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' universe, focusing on Sheriff [[TheBigBadWolf Bigby Wolf]] as he tries to solve a series of murders.
* ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'' is a more humorous take on the entry, as you'd expect from the [[Literature/{{Discworld}} source material]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series is a classic example of this and gets quite creative with some of the associated tropes.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' set in a dark and gritty setting, Corvo is on a quest for vengeance against people who betrayed him.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' mixes this with a WorldOfChaos and a flavorsome combination of [[CrazyAwesome awesome and weirdness]].
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* Episode 50 of ''SamuraiJack'', "The Tale of X9," distinctly follows this route despite it set in the far future. X9 is a robotic assassin wielding a laser Tommy and driving a hover-Hudson who, by gaining sentience, grew disillusioned with his job and was the first of Aku's robots to quit. The episode begins when Aku forces him out of retirement to fight Jack, X9 knowing he won't make it out alive.
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