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->''" I'm the one who steps from the shadows, all trenchcoat and cigarette and arrogance, ready to deal with the madness. Oh, I've got it all sewn up. I can save you. If it takes the last drop of your blood, I'll drive your demons away. I'll kick them in the bollocks and spit on them when they're down and then I'll be gone back into darkness, leaving only a nod and a wink and a wisecrack. I walk my path alone... who would walk with me?"''
-->-- '''John Constantine''', ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}''

A detective who investigates paranormal mysteries. Like traditional {{fantasy}} genre, occult detective fiction also contains magic and supernaturality, albeit in a more contemporary time and setting. It may even be like ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' in a modern city like New York. The most common image of an occult detective is that of a member of the TrenchcoatBrigade, as [[BadassLongcoat long coats]] are the most popular and badass item in the occult detective's arsenal. May or may not be a BlueCollarWarlock. The protagonist of a VampireDetectiveSeries or a ParanormalInvestigation show tends to be this.

See also TheHunter, whose occupation is to hunt the paranormal.

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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
%%%* ''MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro''
%%%* ''{{Nightwalker}}''
* ''Anime/YuugenKaisha'': Dective Karino, of U Division, is a paranormal investigator who has a working class relationship with [[ChristmasCake Ayaka]] [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Kisaragi]], the president of Phantom Quest Corp. As such, he often commissions his extra assignments to her as a personal favor, which lightens his workload. Of course, that's not the ''[[LoveInterest only reason]]'' he does it.
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream'': Misaki Saiki is a [[OnlyInItForTheMoney freelance]] [[MagneticMedium medium]], who occasionally works with Kadotake Souichiro, a liasons officer from the Livelihood Preservation Group[[note]]a government agency that [[ParanormalInvestigation investigates paranormal activity]] and performs exorcisms, in the interest of public safety[[/note]]. Their assignments involve investigating murders and suicides in order to allow the victims' restless spirits to move on.
* Asou Daisuke, the main character of ''HanakoAndTheTerrorOfAllegory''.
* The Spirit Detective, Yusuke Urameshi from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''.
* [[spoiler: Ayase Yue]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' became one after the TimeSkip.
* L from ''Manga/DeathNote''. Although the supernatural isn't his pros in the story, he still nonetheless fights supernatural foes. He succeeded in the film version.
* Muhyo & Roji, the main characters of ''Muhyo & Roji: Bureau of Special Investigators''. Neighbors are skeptical at first, but initially come to reply on them, particularly Nana the reporter and early client. Nearly all rival characters or villains are also occult detectives, eldritch abominations, or some combination of the two.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' features the Newspaper Club, who do on occasion investigate supernatural occurences. Since all the students attend a Monster academy (ecept for Tsukune, the normal highschooler pretending to be a disguised vampire or other creature) most of the culprits are fairly obvious and much of the real plot centers on harem-based romantic comedy.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/DylanDog'', a penniless nightmare investigator ("L'indagatore dell'incubo") who defies the whole preceding horror tradition with a vein of surrealism and an anti-bourgeois rhetoric.
* Creator/MarvelComics had an entire ''agency'' of these in the 1990s series ''{{Nightstalkers}}''. It was called Borderline Investigations and was run by [[InTheBlood Frank Drake]], [[{{Dhampyr}} Blade]], and [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Hannibal King]].
* Dr. Occult from Franchise/TheDCU. He debuted in ''New Fun Comics'' #6 in 1935. He was a supernatural detective, whose detecting style was very much in the style of Sam Spade, only with supernatural abilities. He was assisted by his butler Jenkins in one adventure. His girlfriend/partner called Rose Psychic appeared in his first adventure and then returned again later in the series.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'': John Constantine, TropeCodifier for the most common occult detective accessory, the [[TrenchcoatBrigade trenchcoat]] -- though in the DCU alone, fellow Trenchcoat Brigadiers Dr. Occult, the Phantom Stranger, and MisterE all rocked the look decades earlier.
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}, more or less -- he investigates occult occurrences, despite being one himself.
%%%* Marvel's Dr. Druid in WarrenEllis' ''Druid'' miniseries.
* Cal Macdonald from SteveNiles' ''CriminalMacabre'', as well as series of novels. Cal takes illicit drugs, and befriends a network of ghouls to assist him in his cases. Policemen do not really care to be involved with Cal.
* Ambrose Bierce from the ''ComicBook/StanleyAndHisMonster'' mini-series in Franchise/TheDCU, who was himself created as a CaptainErsatz version of Constantine, along with others such as Rasputin and Willoughby Kipling; It's since been established that the four of them (Constantine included) pretty much do the eact same sort of work as one another, and Kipling has met and compared notes with Constantine.
* Dr. Terrence Thirteen, a.k.a. the Ghost-Breaker, investigates and debunks seemingly-occult events. He has been appearing in DC Comics on and off since the 1950s, originating before DC formally combined all its titles into Franchise/TheDCU, and the fact that he is now pursuing his debunking career in a world that contains genuine superpowers and supernatural beings is frequently lampshaded.
* ''UsagiYojimbo'':
** Usagi occasionally acts in this capacity, like when he frees the town from a ghost of fallen general... by assisting him in finishing his {{Seppuku}}.
** Recurring character Sasuke the Demon-Queller, who's much more experienced at this.
* The characters in ''Caballistics Inc.'', a strip appearing in ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD''. Cabbalistics, Inc. was formed when Department Q, a Ministry of Defence department originally created in the 1940s to combat Nazi occult warfare, is privatised by the British government.
* ''HieronymusBorsch'' by Danish comic creator Mårdøn Smet is a FunnyAnimal example -- though a decidedly [[DarkerAndEdgier adult]] one. Imagine Disney creators making a comic for Vertigo.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange ... sometimes. He has a number of artifacts which make this much easier, particularly the Eye of Agamotto.
* Sara Pezzini from ''Comicbook/{{Witchblade}}''. While she gets to fight against countless demons, monsters and supernatural creatures lurking inside New York, everybody at the NYPD thinks she just happens to be a detective who gets too many weird cases.
%%%* ''Hellstorm: Son of Satan''.
* ''TheGoon'', although he's more of a thug whose "detective work" usually amounts to "beating information out of zombies and redneck werewolves."
* ''{{Zatanna}}'': The Zatara family can be this on occasion, either investigating odd events involving magical creatures, or being asked in by cops who know when things go out of their realm and into theirs.
* The ''HoaxHunters'' investigate supernatural phenomena and cryptids. Then, after finding them (they usually do), they do their best to cover them up, using their TV show to denounce whatever it is as a hoax.
* In his 2014 series, ComicBook/MoonKnight delves into this, especially in his role as [[BadassInANiceSuit "Mister Knight"]]. He's not an official detective in the idea that he knows law well, but helps the New York police through his [[ThouShaltNotKill knowledge]] [[AvertedTrope of murder]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* "Who you gonna call? Film/{{Ghostbusters}}! Sorry, make that "Professional Paranormal Investigation and Elimination!"
* [[Creator/HPLovecraft H. Phillips "Phil" Lovecraft]] from ''Film/CastADeadlySpell'', although he hates magic and refuses to use it at all costs.
%%%* William Sebastian from ''Spectre''.
* Played with in ''Film/SherlockHolmes''. Basically everybody but Holmes thinks [[BigBad Lord Blackwood]] actually has magical powers, but Holmes remains devoted to logic. "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth", and all that.
* Franchise/IndianaJones is an [[AdventurerArchaeologist adventurer]] rather than an official detective, but he uses his skills as a historian and archaeologist to find [[MacGuffin MacGuffins]] that are almost always occult in power. [[Film/TheLastCrusade the Holy Grail]], [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom the Sankara stones]], [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk the Ark of the Covenant]], [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull the Crystal Skull]], etc.\\
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''Temple of Doom'' resembles an occult detective story the most, with the theft of the holy Sankara stones, the perpetrators being an evil cult who brainwash people by forcing them to drink a liquid, one of them harming Indy by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppet harming a doll]] of him, etc.
* John Film/{{Constantine}} is definitely an occult detective and an exorcist to boot, a demon hunter...
* Dr. Zimmer, from ''Kiss of the Vampire'', is an expy of Abe Van Helsing.
* In ''Film/TheFactsInTheCaseOfMisterHollow'' an unseen viewpoint character who is the recipient of a photo from Mister Hollow, during an active investigation of paganism in Ontario.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* An UrExample OlderThanFeudalism is found in Pliny the Younger's "[[http://www.bartleby.com/9/4/1083.html Letter to Sura]]", about the philosopher Athenodorus investigating a haunted house.
* Dr. Martin Hesselius from ''In a Glass Darkly'' by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (author of ''Literature/{{Carmilla}}''). Credited as the first embodiment of the trope in fictional literature, and thus, the TropeMaker.
* [[{{Dracula}} Dr. Abraham van Helsing]] is the TropeCodifier. Although he doesn't start this way, he quickly becomes one.
%%%* Dr. Raymond from Arthur Machen's ''Literature/TheGreatGodPan'', who doubles as a MadScientist.
%%%* Flaxman Low from ''Real Ghosts'' by E. and H. Herron.
%%%* Algernon Blackwood's Dr. John Silence.
* David from ''Literature/{{Haunted 1988}}'' investigates ghosts though he doesn't believe in their existence.
* Creator/MarkGatiss' character Lucifer Box turns into one despite a ([[PlanetEris relatively]]) straight first book. In the sequel, ''The Devil in Amber'', suddenly he's stopping Satan from manifesting on earth.
* The [[Literature/CarnackiTheGhostFinder Thomas Carnacki]] stories by Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson. Some of Carnacki's cases are not occult at all; it is Carnacki's trick that he is open to both possibilities.
* ''Literature/DirkGently'' is a subversion, as he doesn't believe in the occult or paranormal; to him it's just an elaborate con. He is repeatedly frustrated to find his cons coming true, however.
* Harry D'amour from Creator/CliveBarker's ''The Last Illusion'', ''The Great and Secret Show'', ''Everville'', and the forthcoming ''The Scarlet Gospels'', in which he gets to uh, "detect" Pinhead from ''Hellraiser''. Good luck with that, Harry.
* Creator/KimNewman's works include several:
** Sally Rhodes, heroine of "Organ Donors" and ''The Quorum''. In one story it mentions she trained under D'amour.
** The agents of the Literature/DiogenesClub, including the psychic Richard Jeperson, his also psychic assistant Vanessa, and the non-psychic but handy-to-have-around Fred Regent; in an earlier period of the Club's 'history', the detective role is taken by Edwin Winthrop and his assistant is Catriona Kaye.
** Winthrop also appears (along with Newman's vampire heroine Genevieve) in a small role in ''The Big Fish'', in which a hard-boiled pulp fiction detective (who enjoys reading hard-boiled pulp fiction) investigates a case that mixes organised crime and the CthulhuMythos. His actual name is never revealed, though he does bear a striking resemblance to Literature/PhilipMarlowe from the novels by Creator/RaymondChandler. (WordOfGod has been ambiguous about whether he's actually Marlowe or just some guy with a similar shtick.)
* Several of Creator/ManlyWadeWellman's recurring characters; Judge Pursuivant and John Thunstone are two of the more prominent.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. With the added twist that not only does he know that all the occult stuff is completely real, but he also cheerfully [[IncendiaryExponent uses it]] [[DestructiveSavior to blow stuff up]]. He provides the page image for a reason, and in recent books he's more of a magical cop, having joined the White Council's wardens. He provides the current page image because, aside from maybe Abraham Van Helsing, he is possibly the best known. He even manages to make the BadassLongcoat practical instead of just a fashion statement - it's enchanted to be magical Kevlar.
** First a detective, then a cop, now a supernatural [[spoiler: knight, warden,]] and by all indications, [[spoiler: ChosenOne]].
** Karrin Murphy is this for Special Investigations. [[spoiler: So was her late father, back when they were called the "black cat" files.]]
%%%* ''{{Nightside}}'': John Taylor, Private Eye.
* ''TheHollows'': Morgan, Tamwood, and Jenks though Rachel tends to do more fighting than investigating.
* An awful lot of Literature/NancyDrew's and Literature/TheHardyBoys' investigations ''appear'' to be supernatural at first, although they generally wind up busting smugglers or industrial spies or whatever.
** {{The Three Investigators}} had a fair amount of them as well.
%%%* Vicki Nelson of ''BloodBooks'' (also in the [[Series/BloodTies TV show]]).
* Many of Creator/HPLovecraft's protagonists could be thought of as "non-professional" Occult Detectives, in that they are highly educated, academic types (geologists, folklorists, librarians, 90% of them graduates of or professors at [[LovecraftCountry Miskatonic University]]) -- with at least a cursory knowledge of cults, dark legends, occult practices and [[TomeOfEldritchLore that terrible old book in Armitage's library]]. Most of them get thrown in the midst of some terrible supernatural happening, [[CosmicHorrorStory usually with less than great results]].
* RepairmanJack, although not technically a detective, keeps running into spooky stuff he must protect his vigilante-for-hire clients from. Fortunately he's getting pretty good at it, and packs more heat than most of the above examples.
* In the ''Literature/SimonArk'' short stories by Edward D. Hoch, Simon looks to be an ordinary man in his sixties but claims he is actually over 2000 years old, a Coptic priest who travels the world looking for evil--specifically Satan. It is said that he is cursed by God, that when Jesus carrying the cross wanted to rest, Ark refused him and in turn has never known rest himself, doomed to wander the globe forever. However the immortality element is not played up in any way and is just incidental. The Simon Ark stories have supernatural themes, although the crimes in them are always found to have been committed by mundane means.
* Harper Blaine from Kat Richardson's ''{{Greywalker}}'' series, who actually was a qualified P.I. even before she began having supernatural experiences.
* Literature/OctoberDaye is, roughly speaking, Harry Dresden's female Fae counterpart, down to the PI's license and the Volkswagen Beetle. She also serves as a Knight for the local Fae Duke, having earned the position through investigative prowess.
* ''Literature/FoucaultsPendulum'' is a darkly satirical {{Deconstruction}} of this trope.
* AnitaBlake: In addition to raising the dead, she's a Federal Marshal, and consults with the local police force's preternatural task force.
* FelixCastor: An exorcist rather than a detective by trade, but he usually ends up having to solve some mystery or another.
* Subverted in ''Eater of Souls'', a period mystery set in ancient Egypt. While the crime turned out to be [[spoiler: the work of a mortal serial killer]], sleuth/spymaster Lord Meren pursues it under the presumption that something supernatural ''could'' be to blame, even going so far as to remind his son to wear protective amulets while investigating.
%%%* ''Literature/{{Haunted 1988}}'': David Ash in several books by James Herbert.
* Inverted in the ''Literature/GarrettPI'' novels, as Garrett is a BadassNormal from a world where the fantastic isn't hidden at all, and he frequently discovers that a crime had been committed for completely mundane reasons, even if its methods of commission were magical.
* ''Literature/LordDarcy'' (although he exists in a world where magic is real and is fully understood).
* The protagonists of ''TheLongingOfShiinaRyo'' may become this, depending on their sensei's mood.
* [[KidDetective Nelly Rapp]] in the Swedish childrens' book series ''Monsterakademin''. She works for a secret society, and while her title is "monster agent" she rarely does anything violent and often acts more like an occult social worker -- DarkIsNotEvil, and some "monsters" mostly need help. She is a KidDetective because the Academy starts training very early.
* The TitusCrow series of books by Creator/BrianLumley, in which the protagonist enters the world of H.P.Lovecraft and kicks ass.
* DCI Nightingale, and Detective Constable Peter Grant, from the ''RiversOfLondon'' books, are official Occult Detectives.
* ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'' has the Special Other Forces (SOF), which deals with all paranormal threats and crimes. Fully-funded, non-secret government agency as the book is setting is TheUnmasquedWorld.
* In James D. Macdonald's ''Bad Blood'' series, Freddie Hanger fights supernatural dangers with a research-and-deduction-oriented method.
%%%* James William Butler "SandmanSlim" Stark.
%%%* The Iron Druid, Atticus O'Slulivan, of the ''IronDruidChronicles''.
* MercedesLackey's character Diana Tregarde isn't officially a detective, but a Guardian's job description includes finding out whether the Bad Stuff Going On is mystical, and ending it if it is.
* Seabury Quin's Jules De Grandin defended New Jersey from monsters and mad scientists.
* The Twenty Palace Society tries to track down spell books and monster summoners.
* Diana Rowland's ''KaraGillian'' series features a detective for a small-town Louisiana police department... who summons demons and ends up dealing with assorted arcane threats to said town.
* The title character of the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'', among other jobs, hunts down and catches illegal monster-slayers for a living.
* A group of Dutch children's book writers called Het Griezelgenootschap (The Horror Society) wrote two ChooseYourOwnAdventure-style books featuring a boy who takes over his uncles business of being a private detective specialized in supernatural problems, like demons and vampires.
* The titular character of ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant''. He's a living skeleton with magic who basically works as as P.I. for magicians. When he's not busy saving the world.
* Theodore "Teddy" London, star of at least eight books by C. J. Henderson (though the original six were published under the name Robert Morgan), used to be a normal private investigator, until he discovered Fate had chosen him to be the latest to bear the mantle of "The Destroyer", the one man chosen to stop Q'talu, an extra-dimensional EldritchAbomination that's trying to break into our world. Since then, he has confronted vampires, werewolves, ghosts and the devil himself... though none of them are exactly like the myths that inspired them.
* Creator/SimonRGreen loves this trope, having given us John Taylor of the ''{{Nightside}}'' series as a solo example, a trio of haunting-investigators in the ''GhostFinders'' series, the fantasy beat-cops Hawk and Fisher from the ''Haven'' stories, and Eddie Drood from the ''SecretHistories''.
* Daniel Gonzalez uses this trope in three different novels; anthropologist Zarate Arkham in ''Un grito en las tinieblas'', cryptozoologist duo Isabel Walsh and Montserrat Le Febre in ''Algo se oculta en la oscuridad'' and the entire Raven Corporation in ''Ravencraft''
* Henry Darger wrote a spinoff Vivian Girls mystery called ''Crazy House: Further Adventures in Chicago''. Here the little girls and their companion/secret brother Penrod investigate a house where several people, including children, have been found horribly murdered. The house is either haunted or possessed; it's like the Overlook in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheShining''.
* Acatl, main character of ''Literature/ObsidianAndBlood'', is a High Priest of the Dead in pre-Colombian Tenochitlan (modern day Mexico City). He uses BloodMagic to solve supernatural crimes, ones which often turn out to have the machinations of gods behind them.
* John Justin Mallory in Mike Resnick's ''Stalking the Unicorn'', ''Stalking the Vampire'' and ''Stalking the Dragon''. The crimes he investigates take place in an alternate reality where everything from leprechauns to cat-people really exists.
* ''Literature/DanShambleZombiePI'' was originally a human investigator who specialized in working cases in the Unnatural Quarter. Then he got shot in the head, rose from the grave, and is now just as much an "unnatural" as his clients.
* There are whole agencies of them in ''Literature/LockwoodAndCo'' to deal with the Problem--a sudden influx and infestation of ghosts and ghostly activity.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Agents Mulder and Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles''. The show largely consists of their special FBI unit (that is, just the two of them) investigating bizarre, inexplicable things. Very frequently what they run into does involve the supernatural, or mutants, or aliens, or especially the government conspiracies.
* ''Series/LostGirl'' has succubus Bo reluctantly becoming an Occult Detective, who specializes in cases involving the fae.
* ''Series/SapphireAndSteel'', if you stretch the definition to include nonhuman entities investigating ''other'' nonhuman entities.
* ''Series/RandallAndHopkirkDeceased'' more the [[TurnOfTheMillennium Noughties]] remake than the original 1969-70 series; there the cases were more usually normal crimes... it's just that one of the detectives was a ghost.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. It's the entire premise of the show, although it occasionally riffs on Angel being better at battling evil than actual detective work. At one point he's reduced to hiring another private detective with a FriendOnTheForce, his own police insider having left the show.
* Averted in ''Series/PushingDaisies'', where the hero is an investigator with a superhuman power, but all the crimes he investigates are non-occult, though still incredibly weird.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'': Special Agent Olivia Dunham, along with MadScientist Walter Bishop and his son Peter, doesn't really investigate "occult" stuff, but rather incredibly strange and bizarre incidents.
* ''TheSection13CaseFiles'' has an entire secret division of [[NewYorkCityCops NYPD]] officers to investigate the supernatural. Some members of their ranks aren't even human.
%%%* ''TwinPeaks''
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' brothers Sam and Dean, and other Hunters are dedicated to hunting down supernatural menaces.
* The Chicago Police Department had an entire division devoted to supernatural investigations. It was designated ''Series/SpecialUnit2''.
%%%* ''ShadowChasers'' Mackensie and Benedek.
* The characters of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' investigate strange happenings as caused by Dopants, humans-turned-monsters by use of [[FantasticDrug Gaia Memories, giant USB sticks from the centre of the Earth]]. The show is technically science fiction, but it's soft enough to be considered UrbanFantasy, particularly considering how much [[TheHero Shoutaro]] is concerned with being [[HardboiledDetective hardboiled]].
* ''{{Grimm}}''. Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt of the Portland Police Bureau learns he is descended from a line of "guardians" known as "Grimms", charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world, called ''Wesen''.
* ''Dark Intruder'' (a failed pilot movie for the TV series ''The Black Cloak'') was set in Victorian Era San Francisco. It featured Leslie Nielsen (of all people) as a ([[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadAss seemingly]]) happy go lucky playboy who solved Occult-related mysteries in his spare time.
* ''KolchakTheNightStalker'' (and the later remake) featured Carl Kolchak, who kept stumbling over supernatural doings. In the original series, he usually ended up working alone, and there were never any witnesses when he finally defeated the Monster of the Week.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Lord Zimbabwe, the protagonist of ''Radio/{{Ectoplasm}}'' is a "walker in the ether", or occult investigator.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* All the [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] in ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' are "investigators" of the {{Cosmic Horror}}s, of course.
** [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] can also have such occupations as Police Detective, Private Investigator and Parapsychologist. Although some campaigns feature [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] stumbling across the occult, others have them actively investigate it from the word go.
** The ''Call of Cthulhu'' card game also has The Agency, a faction made up of police and government investigators of strange happenings. They're the ones most likely to be [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu trying to punch out Cthulhu]]. Sometimes, [[BadassNormal they succeed.]]
* Bureau 13 from ''Bureau 13: Stalking the Night Fantastic'', which also spawned a series of novels and a video game.Bureau 13 (the 13th Bureau of the Justice Department) was founded in 1862 by Abraham Lincoln to deal with supernatural and paranormal threats to the Union (and suppress any public knowledge of them). The original agents were a motley crew of military personnel, Pinkerton detectives, civilian consultants, freed slaves, paroled criminals, and even Confederate prisoners of war. The job of Bureau 13 is as it has always been. Investigate the strange or unusual, analyze the evidence to see if there is a supernatural or paranormal cause, and assess whether the cause is hostile or dangerous.
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' has the Null Mysteriis, or: The Organization for Rational Assession of the Supernatural. The other organizations are more interested in [[TheHunter hunting and destroying the supernaturals]] than uncovering facts about them.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'': Rudolph van Richten, an {{Expy}} of Van Helsing.
* One of the pre-gen characters in the ''IronKingdoms'' quick-start adventure is Eilish Garrity; Arcanist/Investigator, knowledgeable in matters arcane, mundane and forensic while still able to blast someone's face off at twenty-paces. He's also a subversion of ArmorAndMagicDontMix thanks to his suit of tailored plate armour.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Gabriel Knight, the titular character in the ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'' series of adventure games, who investigates murders related to things such as Voodoo, Werewolves, and Vampires.
* Despite the subtitle of 'Phantom Detective', Sissel of ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' originally subverts this. It's only in pursuit of his own identity and murderer that he solves the multitude of mysteries around him. [[spoiler: And all of them turn out to be related to his identity anyway.]]
%%%* Patrick Galloway, the player character in ''[[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt Clive Barker's]] [[VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying Undying]]''.
%%%* The Startling Developments agency in ''PennyArcadeAdventures''.
%%%* Edward Carnby from every version of ''AloneInTheDark''.
%%%* "Witch Hunters" in fourth episode of ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi''. It's a ShoutOut to the FanTranslation, [[http://witch-hunt.com Witch Hunt]].
* Phoenix Wright of ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' isn't occult himself (nor, technically, a detective), but his assistant Maya is a spirit medium who channels her [[SpiritAdvisor sister Mia.]] In the second and third games he also carries a Magatama, a device that lets him see the 'locks' around people's hearts when they keep secrets.
%%%* Raidou Kuzunoha, from the Shin Megami Tensei spinoff ''RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy''.
* The protagonists of both ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and ''JadeEmpire'' end up very frequently investigating and/or fighting ghosts, [[RecycledINSPACE Force]] ghosts, demons and the like.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has The Sealing Club duo: Marybery Hearn (student of Relative Psychology), and Renko Usami (student of Super-unifying Physics). They mainly give a glimpse of how dangerous and terrifying Gensokyo is from the view of a {{muggle}}.
* Hawke from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', due to Kirkwall being a hotspot for demonic possession, blood magic and all manner of the arcane.
--> '''Hawke''': Someday I'd like to go ''one week'' without meeting an insane mage... just one!
** In Varric's companion quest in Act 3, Varric calls on Hawke to help him investigate a haunting at Bartrand's mansion, because having grown up in a household full of magic users (and potentially being a mage him/herself), s/he has a ''lot'' of experience with all kinds of "[[BuffySpeak weird shit.]]"
** Emeric, an ageing Templar and one of the few in Kirkwall still concerned about actually protecting people. Hawke meets him while he's investigating a spate of 'disappearances' he believes are linked. [[spoiler: He's right.]]
* A popular trend in {{Hidden Object Game}}s is to frame the FeaturelessProtagonist as a detective who gets drawn into the supernatural plots of the games. For example:
** While the first two ''VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles'' games lacked supernatural elements, the Master Detective's investigations since the third game, ''Ravenhearst'', have pitted her against ghosts, curses, and dangerous mystical artifacts.
** The detective in ''Mystery Trackers'' by Creator/ElephantGames works for an agency that specializes in this sort of case.
** The player character of the ''Videogame/DarkParables'' is a variant of the trope. She works for a detective agency that specifically solves mysteries connected to ''fairy tales'', and thus naturally she encounters a plethora of magical items, characters, and disasters.
** Dupin and the player character in ''VideoGame/DarkTales'' may not consider themselves to be this; however, roughly half of the cases they solve in the course of the series have some sort of supernatural genesis. Usually this takes the form of a ghostly encounter of some kind, although ''The Fall of the House of Usher'' takes the weird factor UpToEleven.
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* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' after [[PunnyName Agent Ben and Agent Jerry]] had investigated a number of bizarre phenomena for the FBI, they were promoted to the status of a "paranormal taskforce". Jerry despises the situation and pines for the days when he was a "real cop", and not stuck investigating FishPeople reports [[CosmicHorror in Innsmouth]] and similar such nonsense.
* ''HannaIsNotABoysName'' centers on the cases of the eponymous Hanna, paranormal investigator, and his new, somewhat decomposed, partner. These cases do not always turn out well.
* Agents Wolf and Cranium of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' are this, each being a CaptainErsatz of AgentMulder and AgentScully, respectively.
* In the ''{{Flare}}'' webcomic, [[http://www.heroicpub.com/flareonline/?id=35 Lady Arcane's aunt wants to start an occult detective agency]].
* In the ''Webcomic/SpareKeysForStrangeDoors'' universe, these are called "specialists".
* ''[[http://strangeinvestigations.smackjeeves.com/ strange investigations]]'' has a detective taking over the family business and a secretary that should be dead.
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* ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'':
** Charles Carr, perhaps the foremost occult detective and investigator in the setting. No real mystic power to speak of, though he has a strange way of being able to affect mystic creatures with mundane attacks when such actions are needed. He got into occult investigations because of an encounter with a truly horrific demon when he was a child. He is known in the mystic community as a knowledgeable scholar of the occult, and as an effective exorcist and monster-fighter, to the point that most supernatural "monsters" fear encountering him when they wouldn't otherwise fear a high-powered superhuman.
** Nicholas Chandler, age 14, is perhaps the only "monster slayer" more feared than Charles Carr. At age eight he used a baseball bat to kill a menacing spirit he still considers as "the Boogeyman" to this day. Nick is considered the "creepy little kid" in his neighborhood, and is distrusted by parents and children alike... until the children come to him telling stories of strange things bumping around their windows at night. He lives with his parents, and has said he wants to be a museum curator when he grows up.
* In ''WebVideo/TheCartoonMan'', Roy and Karen work at an agency that investigates unusual phenomena. The Oswald Sherzikien case is their first encounter with real magic.
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* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'': The Mystery Gang. Well, sort of. They try investigating, but they mostly just run around. Only Velma really searches for any clues.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'''s Dib considers himself a paranormal investigator. Several other paranormal investigators appear throughout the series with varying degrees of sanity.
* ''WesternAnimation/MartinMystery'': Martin and his stepsister Diana work for the covert organization "The Center", which secretly protects the people of Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats.
%%%* Dipper and Mabel from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''.
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* Charles Fort bordered on this. He wrote several satirical books on news stories from around the world that were ignored by Western scientists. Many of the supposedly "impossible" phenomena he wrote on, deemed too ridiculous to warrant inquiry by mainstream scientists, later turned out to be true - for instance: blood-red rains, fish and frogs falling from the sky, and ball lightning. They weren't supernatural, though.
* DavidIcke has made a career out of researching the British Royalty, the Trilateral Commission, the Council for Foreign Relations, and the Bilderburg Group. He concludes that the movers and shakers behind international banking and governments are in fact [[EmotionEater suffering-eating]] reptilians from another dimension. In his defense, no one has ever held the Baron de Rothschild down for long enough to take a DNA sample, and Nancy Pelosi ''does'' appear to be a lizard.
* Psychologist Ian Stevenson was so impressed by the claims of illiterate Hindu children in India that he devoted the rest of his life to studying [[NearDeathExperience Near-Death experiences]] and {{Reincarnation}}.
* John Lilly was a medical doctor and psychoanalyst who patented many inventions including the sensory deprivation tank. He began to experiment with long periods in the tank, causing vivid hallucinations(?) of communication with extra-terrestrial entities. He began to experiment with Ketamine, a dissociative aenesthetic, and was firmly convinced he could talk with dolphins. The movie AlteredStates is based on his life and experiences, and Wonko the Sane from the Hitchhiker's Guide is an AffectionateParody.
* James Randi, a scientific skeptic and former stage magician, describes himself as an 'investigator' in the occult, paranormal and supernatural (which he collectively refers to as "woo-woo"). He claims that up-to-date, his search for ''true'' woo-woo has been unsuccessful.
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