->''"We're ready to believe you!"''
-->-- ''Advertising slogan of the Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''

A genre with characters who specialize in investigating reports of paranormal activity - in other words, {{Occult Detective}}s.

The paranormal occurences can be a hoax or the real thing.

When actual supernatural forces are in play, the characters can either be no physical match for them, or they can fight the supernatural on equal terms, either physically, or technologically.

According to [[http://web.archive.org/web/20061216160748/www.gwthomas.org/athenodorus.htm Ghostbreakers website]] the genre is in fact OlderThanFeudalism starting with the letter ''[[http://www.bartleby.com/9/4/1083.html To Sura]]'' by Pliny the Younger.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Literature/KaraNoKyoukai'': This seems to be Touko's business.
* ''{{Karas}}'': Kure and Sagisaka work as Shinjuku's sole paranormal police task force, making them a bit of a joke to the rest of the police.
* ''DetectiveConan'': There are several story lines that fit into this genre.
* ''Manga/GhostHunt'': ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''Anime/YuugenKaisha'', 'aka' ''Phantom Quest Corp.'', is exactly what it sounds like: a privately run agency that investigates the paranormal and the supernatural. Many of their assignments are commissioned from U Division's [[OccultDetective Detective Karino]], as a personal favor to Phantom Quest's president, [[LoveInterest Ayaka]] [[ChristmasCake Kisaragi.]]
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream'': [[WhiteHairedPrettyGirl Misaki]] [[{{Dominatrix}} Saiki]] has had the ability to see spirits, since childhood, and eventually learned she was a medium[[note]]a spiritual conduit by which the deceased can communicate with the living[[/note]]. As such, spirits are naturally drawn to her. She doesn't have a firm of her own, so she accepts assignments from the Livelihood Preservation Group, as an excorsist. But she mainly does it so the spirit in question will move on [[ReluctantHero and leave her alone.]]
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''{{Trese}}''
* ''ParanormalMysterySquad''
* [[http://www.comicvine.com/fort-prophet-of-the-unexplained/49-37357/ Charles Fort]]
* Doctor Thirteen, the Ghost Breaker. A die-hard skeptic, originally every haunting he investigated turned out to be fake, but then Thirteen started teaming up with ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger and became part of the DCUniverse, and his skepticism has been played for laughs ever since.
** DependingOnTheWriter he may or may not have some kind of unconscious AntiMagic power that turns actual supernatural monsters into mundane things.
* ''Hoax Hunters'' is about a group of paranormal experts who investigate supernatural activity -- and cover it up by using their TV show to present it all as a hoax or a tall tale that got out of hand. They have an obscure connection to the government, and have been operating in some form for decades.
* The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense ({{BPRD}}) of the Mignolaverse, former employer of ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}, is an entire government agency dedicated to paranormal investigation.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Film/{{Ghostbusters}} --> Who you gonna call?
* ''Film/TheFactsInTheCaseOfMisterHollow'' revolves around an unseen investigator researching a MysteryCult that worships Greco-Roman death-goddesses, exploring whether the cult and its gods are real.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheHauntingOfHillHouse'' by Creator/ShirleyJackson.
* ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite'' by Creator/WilkieCollins
* ''[[Literature/NewAmsterdamBooks New Amsterdam]]'' by Elizabeth Bear
* Many of the CthulhuMythos stories start with this -- a scholar or academic type investigating a legend or occult artifact.
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'': ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'' crosses into this territory with the mysterious and apparently otherworldly hound roaming the moors.
* The standard plot of the ''Literature/CarnackiTheGhostFinder'' stories by Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson, a contemporary of Conan Doyle.
* In the ''Literature/KittyNorville'' series, Kitty is successful, a rising star in the radio culture. Her radio show, ''The Midnight Hour'', has become an overnight sensation, providing outre music, observations about the bizarre, and call-in radio advice for the loners, the odd, and the unusual. Initially she doesn't investigate the supernatural herself, merely research, discuss, and theorize about it, but as time goes on she ends up having to to some degree in order to protect herself and those she cares about from the various supernatural threats she encounters. She also meets an actual cable TV show in book six, ''Paradox PI'', that is very much modeled after ''GhostHunters''.
* ''Literature/MorrisAndChastainInvestigations''.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. The trope title is even part of Harry Dresden's yellow pages ad. A running deconstructive conceit of the series is that while the {{Muggles}} call in Harry to investigate weird stuff, the Fey and other creatures call on him to investigate mundane things like murder, theft, missing persons etc.
* ''Literature/{{Haunted 1988}}''
* ''Literature/LockwoodAndCo''
* ''Literature/{{Paranormalcy}}''
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[[folder: Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/BecomingHuman'': Does it count if it is the paranormal doing the investigating themselves?
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
** ''Buffy'''s spinoff, ''Series/{{Angel}}'': A vampire as the head of a team of private investigators in LA.
* ''Series/DestinationTruth'': A "reality" TV series. Usually half of the episode segments feature a haunting investigation while the rest deal with cryptids. In an effort to distinguish itself from other paranormal shows like ''Series/GhostHunters'' or ''Series/GhostAdventures'', Destination Truth focuses investigating more exotic and interesting locations like the Great Wall of China or the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia.
** Other "reality" TV series include:
** The aforementioned ''Series/GhostAdventures'' and its SpinOff ''Paranormal Challenge'' on the Travel Channel.
** ''Series/GhostHunters'' and its SpinOff shows ''Ghost Hunters International'' and ''Ghost Hunters Academy'' on the Syfy Channel.
* '' Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'': The heirs of an antique dealer who sold cursed items chase around trying to get them back.
* In ''TheInternationalSexyLadiesShow'' in the UK, sexy ladies (what else) go to a haunted house, where the first thing they do is strip down to their undies. Invariably, it's too scary and they all run back to the bus without dressing.
* ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'': Both incarnations. A reporter.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': Constantly, and always a red herring. Obviously the police aren't going to go through the trouble of consulting a psychic AmateurSleuth unless something ''really'' wacko is going on.
* ''SecretInvestigationRecord''' aka ''Joseon X-Files''
* ''Series/SpecialUnit2'': a series about a secret division of the Chicago Police Department that dealt with paranormal crimes. The rest of the police department was completely in the dark about what SU-2 was.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Top secret, beyond the government, funded by the crown alien investigators and weapons stockpilers (based on a rift in space in time in the middle of the craziness that is [[AliensInCardiff Cardiff]] in the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} to boot).
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Many many episodes. Of course, the FBI is ''supposed'' to investigate things, but they happen to keep throwing two specific agents at certain cases.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* ''Pinball/AmericasMostHaunted'' has a team of four ghost hunters as part of its AffectionateParody of RealityTV shows like ''Series/DestinationTruth''.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'': Pretty much the whole point of the game was paranormal investigation.
** ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen''
* ''{{Chill}}'' has an organization called S.A.V.E. dedicated to this trope, and it is assumed the characters are members of, or at least associated with the organization.
* ''TabletopGame/DarkMatter'', a modern-day setting of [[ConspiracyTheory Conspiracy Theories]] and ParanormalInvestigation.
** Similarly in the ''TabletopGame/ConspiracyX'' you investigate all matter of paranormal occurrences along with alien threats.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/AloneInTheDark'': Carnby investigates the paranormal in [[Videogame/AloneInTheDark2 the second]], [[Videogame/AloneInTheDark3 third]], and [[Videogame/AloneInTheDarkTheNewNightmare fourth]] games in the series.
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'': Patrick's current profession is paranormal investigator. Despite possessing the Gel'ziabar Stone and knowing some magic, he's rarely come across anything that couldn't be explained by mundane causes. Until now.
* One of the passengers on the ''[[NancyDrew Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon]]'' is the host of a ParanormalInvestigation TV show, and apparently does believe in ghosts.
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[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''WebComic/ParanormalMysterySquad'' is self-explanatory. Nonetheless, Stephanie and co. hunt and eliminate cryptids for a living, just as their parents did before their untimely demise. By vol.3, they begin to [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/keep_the_kids_safe capture and detain cryptids instead]], as a result of Stephanie coming to accept that all cryptids [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/my_dark_passenger weren't inherently evil.]]
* ''Webcomic/AdlersWatch'' features two girls named 23 and Sam who investigate reports of paranormal monsters across Austin, Texas.
* In ''HannaIsNotABoysName,'' the [[ThePollyanna title character]] and [[OurZombiesAreDifferent his partner]] are paranormal private eyes.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''{{LIS_DEAD}}'' has hints of this, especially around the investigation of 'His' powers.
* Part of ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' is Jay looking through tapes of his friend Alex getting stalked by a [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos tall creature with no face]].
* ''WebVideo/TheCartoonMan'' begins with an investigation into the disappearance of an occultist animator. Various supernatural phenomena take place in his apartment, causing the main character to start transforming into a cartoon.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* All ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' all the time. Mystery Inc. seems to specialize in this kind of thing.
* The WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes film ''Daffy Duck's Quackbusters'' is a compilation of classic shorts with the bridging story that Daffy Duck opened a ParanormalInvestigation service to rid other people of ghosts like the one who has been plaguing him and taking his money.
-->'''Daffy:''' You say the Loch Ness Monster is living in your jacuzzi?
-->[rolls eyes]
-->'''Daffy:''' Well, call [[GhostHunters Roto-Rooter]]!
* ''TheRealGhostbusters''
* The 1937 Disney animated cartoon ''Lonesome Ghosts'' featuring Mickey, Donald and Goofy as Ghostbusters.
* On ''InvaderZim,'' eleven-year-old [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] aspires to being a paranormal investigator, and is [[OnlySaneMan the only person]] to realize that [[VillainProtagonist Zim]] is an alien. Other paranormal investigators appear in the series (Bill, the Swollen Eyeballs), but they tend to be [[AdultsAreUseless fairly useless]].
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