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[[caption-width-right:250:Being a private Dick in this town was hungry work... and he was all out of bananas.]]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 who sometimes doubles as an OccultDetective) 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'', ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'', ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Sweet Silver Blues]]'', ''[[Literature/AFableOfTonight Stalking The Unicorn]]'', and ''Literature/TheHollowChocolateBunniesOfTheApocalypse''.

See also: CyberPunk, DarkFantasy, DungeonPunk, UrbanFantasy
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/TheBigO'': Roger Smith is a hardboiled private investigator in a futuristic CityNoir city. His SassySecretary is a robot.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* DC's ''Comicbook/AngelAndTheApe'', about a HardBoiledDetective gorilla in New York City.
* Jeff Smith's ''ComicBook/{{RASL}}'' is a science fiction series with significant noir influence. RASL's an art thief on the run from his past, but he's running to alternate universes - and that's just the beginning.
* The ''Marvel Noir'' line, including ''ComicBook/SpiderManNoir'', has this feel, especially for Spider-Man. ''Iron Man Noir'' is a bit misnamed, since it's more of a pulp action story.
* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' is a fairy-tale noir series about a werewolf (or more accurately, a wolfwere) whose job is to keep the peace among his fellow Fables and keep them from killing each other, as well as keeping things in Fabletown from spilling over into the mundane world.
* ''ComicBook/{{Absalom}}'' features an alcoholic DefectiveDetective who is charged to uphold the pact between the British crown and the forces of Hell.
* ''ComicBook/{{Fatale}}'': It's set in the 1950s with a bunch of detectives investigating a series of ritualistic murders, with a supernatural FemmeFatale at the center of it who's fighting demonic eldritch forces.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' short "A Detective Story": a private detective on a seemingly routine case starts to discover that his entire world is a lie.
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* Preeminent on the SF side, ''Film/BladeRunner''. In a future CityNoir city, a hardboiled detective complete with a PrivateEyeMonologue tracks down rogue androids.
* ''Film/CastADeadlySpell''. [[Creator/HPLovecraft Phillip Lovecraft]] is a detective who doesn't use magic in a world where everyone else does.
** Also its sequel, ''Witchhunt''.
* ''Film/LordOfIllusions'' is an adaptation that Creator/CliveBarker did based off his Harry D'Amour stories. Here, Harry is an OccultDetective who has been involved in exorcisms and has to stop an EvilSorcerer from returning from the grave.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. Eddie Valiant is a private eye in a version of 1940s Los Angeles where living cartoons exist and work alongside humans.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/AnonymousRex''. The detective Vincent Rubio is a velociraptor in a world where dinosaurs aren't dead [[HesJustHiding but hiding]].
* Tad Williams ''Literature/BobbyDollar'' series about an angel advocate caught between the forces of Heaven and Hell.
* ''Literature/CityOfDevils'' and [[Literature/FiftyFeetOfTrouble its sequel]] are noir mysteries crossed with a MonsterMash. 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.
* ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI'' adds horror motifs and a hefty dose of humor into the mix.
* Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Literature/DirkGently'' series is a parody of this genre. Dirk Gently doesn't believe in the supernatural, but he's happy to pretend he does in order to fleece people who do, and then it turns out that the supernatural does believe in Dirk Gently.
* Vlad Taltos in the ''Literature/{{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.
* 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.
* Alex Bledsoe's ''Literature/EddieLaCrosse'' books are basically hard-boiled detective novels in a sword and sorcery setting.
* The ''Literature/ElementalAssassin'' novels are about a magic-wielding ProfessionalKiller who operates out of a WretchedHive in a version of modern day earth that includes elemntals, vampires, dwarfs and giants.
* The ''Literature/GarrettPI'' series is practically a TropeCodifier for this one, telling hard-boiled detective stories in a world of classic fantasy races.
* ''Literature/GunWithOccasionalMusic'' is a hardboiled private eye novel set in a future where {{Uplifted Animal}}s are common, and the PI's role as the outsider who asks the uncomfortable questions is exaggerated by the circumstance that in this society asking a direct question is a major social taboo, so ''all'' questions are uncomfortable; police and detectives have Inquisitor's Licenses permitting them to ask questions in the line of duty, but they tend to make people uneasy all the same.
* Creator/RobertRankin's ''Literature/TheHollowChocolateBunniesOfTheApocalypse'' takes place in a ClockPunk world where nursery-rhyme characters are real and [[LivingToys toys are alive]], but only in Toy City. The protagonist ends up getting recruited by a jaded, hard-drinking private detective who just happens to be a teddy bear to solve a series of murders, including the bear's late partner, Wee Willie Winkie.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Joyland}}'' blends this with MagicRealism as it's about a search for a serial killer at a haunted amusement park.
* The ''Literature/LeagueOfMagi'' novella ''Coldheart'' in the collection of the same name, is a noir story that uncovers monsters, mages, possessed people.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's works:
** The novella "Magic, Inc." directly deals with an investigator's pursuit into the workings of a sinister organization, in a parallel version of the modern urban world where magic is commonplace -- including flying carpet taxicabs.
** "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" surrounds a man-and-wife PI team investigating the titular character, although the magic in that story is more of the divine sort. (Sort of.)
* ''Literature/MrBlank'' and the sequel ''Literature/GetBlank'' feature little green men, chupacabras, brainwashed super-killers, and pretty much every conspiracy under the sun.
* Idriel Ramirez spends all of ''Literature/NerveZero'' in a noir plot. Despite being in the distant future in a false planet with no gravity.
* Nigel Findley's Dirk Mongomery, a PrivateInvestigator in over his head in two ''TabletopGame/ShadowRun'' novels, ''[=2XS=]'' and ''House Of The Sun''. Both are set in a GenreBusting world of CyberPunk, {{Magitek}}, and [[FilmNoir Noir]].
* ''Literature/NurseryCrime'' blends [[FairyTale fairy tales]] with a PoliceProcedural / 70's-style CopShow aesthetic. To a degree, ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' qualifies, too.
* ''Literature/ShadowPolice'': {{Occult Detective}}s patrol a horrifying hidden London.
* Creator/SimonRGreen's work, particularly his ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' and ''Hawk & Fisher'' novels, has elements of this.
* ''Stalking The Unicorn'' and the other books in the ''Literature/AFableOfTonight'' series by Mike Resnick. Many of the stock noir characters 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.
* ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'' has Sherlock Holmes in a world stalked by Lovecraftian monstrosities. ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' isn't noir, technically speaking, but this short story is a near-perfect snapshot of this subgenre.
* ''Literature/UndeadOnArrival'': Noir with Zombies.
* The anthology ''Weird Detectives'' is all about this.
* ''Literature/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.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' was very much this, especially the first four seasons when the eponymous vampire was running his own private detective agency.
* ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'' starts off leaning towards more mundane noir (bar the presence of Matt's super-powered radar-like "vision") and gradually introduces the more fantastic Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse elements like [[spoiler: the Japanese gangsters actually being ninjas, and a Chinese drug baron who's ''possibly'' from an extradimensional city of mystical kung-fu masters.]]
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' has a Noir style detective story with definite fantasy elements in the episode [[Recap/FringeS02E20BrownBetty "Brown Betty"]].
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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, [[http://eberron.wikia.com/wiki/Master_Inquisitive Master Inquisitive]].
** The style is workable (albeit spookier) in ''TabletopGame/{{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'' going straight into {{cyberpunk}} territory with an even more noir-influenced style.
** There's a historical supplement for ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' called "Mage Noir", set in 1940s America, which aims to evoke classic noir.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' in general lends itself to this style of campaigns, being set in a world that blends {{Cyberpunk}} with magic.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' qualifies with its {{Steampunk}} flying city that the jaded private-detective protagonist didn't even know existed.
** The DownloadableContent ''BioShockInfinite/BurialAtSea'' [[spoiler:a [[StealthSequel Stealth Prequel]] to the original VideoGame/{{BioShock 1}}]] is even more this, especially in the first chapter, which heavily emphasizes the HardboiledDetective aspect.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' set in a dark and gritty setting, Corvo is on a quest for vengeance against people who betrayed him.
* ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'' is a more humorous take on the entry, as you'd expect from the [[Literature/{{Discworld}} source material]].
* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' is Creator/LucasArts' take on the noir genre, as set in a Land of the Dead inspired by Mexican folklore and Aztec mythology. Especially Year 2, which has Manny doing his best Creator/HumphreyBogart impression while investigating what is effectively a murder mystery.
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* ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' from Creator/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.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* ''WebOriginal/ThereWillBeBrawl'' is a mix of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', and many others all in the Nintendo universe.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'' mixes this with a WorldOfChaos and a flavorsome combination of [[CrazyAwesome awesome and weirdness]].
* ''Webcomic/WalkingInTheDark'' fits this perfectly. Ben Westford is a vampiric tabloid reporter/detective in a '30s-style city; he spends his nights solving supernatural mysteries along with his sidekicks, an overenthusiastic Tengu and a journalism professor-turned-witch.
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[[folder:WebAnimation]]
* ''WebAnimation/DimensionalProphecyOfZoharRedux'' features Neo Noir lighting mixed with CyberPunk and Horror
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* Episode 50 of ''WesternAnimation/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.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' strays into this sometimes, usually if the episode in question features Broadway (who's a fan of Film Noir) or Matt Bluestone.
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