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''Kommissar Rex'', known as '''''Inspector Rex''''' in English-speaking countries, is an Austrian live-action police detective series. The title character, Rex, is a highly-trained German Shepherd dog who works with a team of homicide detectives in the Austrian Kriminalpolizei, initially led by detective Richard Moser.

The series originally ran from 1994 to 2004. In 2008 it was revived as an Italian co-production, with Rex being adopted by a visiting Italian policeman and going to live in Rome. Those Italian seasons lasted until 2015. It also produced a short-lived spinoff, ''Stockinger'', in which Richard Moser's first sidekick is transferred to Salzberg.
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!!''Inspector Rex'' provides examples of:

* AlasPoorVillain: Kurt Hauff in [[spoiler:"Moser's Death"]]. Even if he [[spoiler:killed Moser]] you can see he feels some kind of genuine remorse for what he has just done. There's also the way he [[spoiler:looks Rex in the eyes before being DrivenToSuicide.]]
* AllPartOfTheShow: In one episode, the villain plans to invoke this trope by replacing a prop knife in a play with the real thing.
* AmicableExes: "La Casa degli Spiriti" shows an ex girlfriend of Davide who gets along very well with him.
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Rex is a brilliant detective and a cunning dog.
* BackForTheFinale: Filippo Gori returns in the last chapter.
* BadassAdorable: Rex is repeatedly seen as a cute dog in and out-of-universe, but is a cunning dog who has outsmarted many antagonists.
* BadassBeard: Marco Terzani eventually grows a short beard, although he has always had facial hair. Some police officers in both Vienna and Rome sport beards.
* BadassGrandpa: Filippo Gori is not very active, but has a good physical condition and is perfectly willing to engage in active work. He eventually gets a BigDamnHeroes moment.
* {{Bookends}}: Lorenzo Fabbri's seasons begin with his right hand being transferred and Morini starting to fill that hole. At one of Fabbri's last chapters, Morini goes to Milan and gets replaced by Monterosso.
* BraggingThemeTune: The series has three bragging songs about the titular HeroicDog. "A Good Friend" from the Austrian series comments that Rex is a very reliable dog. "My Friend Rex" (Italian series) also calls Rex a reliable friend who helps the police. "My Name is Rex" has Rex "sing" how he is a great detective.
* TheBusCameBack: Kunz reappears alongside Dr. Graf in "L'ultima partita" after Rex's departure to Rome. When Rex alongside Terzani and Monterosso go to a new base, Filippo Gori returns to be a temporary DaChief to replace Fiori.
* CanineCompanion: Rex; the tale of a crime-solving police dog and its owner.
* ChekhovsSkill: If Rex demonstrates a new trick at the beginning of an episode, you can bet it will come in handy later on.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: In a few occasions, Rex has switched masters without explanation because the former occupant of that role disappears without justification. This happens to [[spoiler:Brandtner, Hoffmann and Rivera]]. There is no explanation to why Rex became a dog without owner when the series becomes Italian. This also happened to some sidekicks. Christian Böck is written out to give the slot to Niki Herzog, who herself disappears in the last chapters despite her actress Elke Winkens being on the opening credits. Tomasso Bizzarri and Maddalena de Luca also disappeared.
* ConnectTheDeaths: One episode features a satanic cult that murders women and leaves their bodies so that they form a giant pentagram.
* ContinuityNod: Some elements from Moser's time were reminded while Fabbri was Rex's master, namely, that Moser called Rex "champion" and that Rex didn't allow Moser to get in a relationship.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In "Il Lato Oscuro" Gori punishes Monterosso and Bizzarri by forcing them to eat bananas with the peel because they [[spoiler:had delayed Gori's squad by putting bananas in the motor]].
* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter:
** Unlike Moser and Brandtner, who had multiple love interests that don't stick, Hoffmann is only interested in Niki. Hoffmann is less experienced than them and has a lawyer phase.
** Lorenzo Fabbri is blonde in contrast to the brunettes that predate and subsitute him. He is of mixed descent (Austrian and Italian) unlike the three full-Austrian ones, and the first Italian owner of Rex. Like with Moser, Rex is his ShippingTorpedo, but Moser was never involved with close colleagues. Marc was teased with Niki (a police detective) while Lorenzo was teased with Katia (a forensic scientist).
** Davide Rivera isn't seen dating any woman unlike the other Rex's owners. He had a romance with a woman, but they now are AmicableExes. Talking about that, it contrasts with Moser who had come from a far from amicable separation. Another difference is that he is much more poetic and more irascible than the other inspectors. His predecessors lack his OralFixation to liquorice.
* TheCoroner:
** In Vienna, Leo Graf is the elderly forensic doctor who helps the Criminal Police.
** In the Italian seasons (at least the six earlier ones) Katia Martelli does both chemical studies and forensic medicine. After [[spoiler:Fabbri's death]], she appears less frequently and other women also take her role. Giorgio Gaiba, who has a similar role to that of Leo Graf, also works in that aspect.
** In the latest seasons, Giorgio Vettori and Sonia Randalli are the ones who analyze the bodies.
* DaChief: Averted in the Austrian seasons, but in the Italian seasons there is Filippo Gori, who often scolds his team, especially the main inspectors, and wants the cases to be deemed as closed as soon as possible even if the real murderer has not been discovered.
* DemotedToExtra: After [[spoiler:Fabbri's death]], Katia appears with less frequency and another women sometimes replace her as TheCoroner.
* DetectiveAnimal: Rex is a skillful dog who has been helpful to solve many crimes.
* TheDollEpisode: Der Puppenmörder/ The Doll Murderer from Season 3.
* DyingToBeReplaced: This happened to two of Rex's owners, namely [[spoiler:Richard Moser and Lorenzo Fabbri]]. . For the other owners, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome they just disappear as though they have never existed]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The first time we see Alex, he takes off his jacket and jumps into a river to retrieve evidence. As you might have guessed, he's very dedicated, isn't afraid of taking risks and very sporty.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Happens quite often.
* EvilBrit: Many a VillainOfTheWeek has a Northern German accent.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Morini starts with a well combed hair, but since he gets a more active role, his hair becomes [[MessyHair messy]].
* FadeToWhite: First, it was used after the ending of [[spoiler:"Moser's Death"]]. The Italian seasons used the effect for flashbacks and some scene changes.
* FatAndSkinny: The sidekicks. First, Stockinger is the skinny and Hollerer is the fat. The former is replaced with Böch when he goes and some time after, the latter is replaced with Kunz. When Nikki comes, it is averted. When Monterosso comes to replace Morini in Rome, he is the fat while the three commisars he knows do the skinny role.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Excluding [[spoiler:Richard Moser]], the dead inspectors die to be replaced and are not mentioned ever since. And even [[spoiler:Moser]] is not mentioned that much after his death.
* FriendToAllChildren: Whenever a child or children are in a story, Rex earns their heart and gets along with them. In some cases, Rex plays with them at the ending of the episodes.
* GondorCallsForAid: In "L'ultima partita" Kunz calls Lorenzo and Rex to Vienna because of the want of a dog.
* HeroicDog: Rex is a police dog who often does as much hard policing as the rest of his team put together.
* HeroicDolphin: In "Morte tra i delfini", one of the dolphins takes the gun from the murderer.
* HeroicPetStory: This series about a cop-canine partnership combines the the Heroic Pet Story and BuddyCopShow genres, as the titular canine cop fights crime with his human handler.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: In the episode "Snapshot", a young boy interested in becoming a photographer comes with his girlfriend to a damaged building. The case is that they bring a pistol to the scene, which they wrongly believe to be unusable. When the young boy is indicating her how to shoot, he accidentally shoots a tramp. The tramp was a former boxer who wasted his money and the pistol was from a criminal band. [[spoiler:The girl's father turns out to be a member of that criminal band]].
* IdenticalLookingAsians: This stereotype is present in the chapter "Ombre cinesi" (Chinese shadows). A bus driver who helped Shu Lin to escape from the villain tells Morini that all Chinese are similar, but the girl [Shu Lin] is beautiful. Fabbri is not content with that stereotype.
* IntroductionByHookup: Marc Hoffman and Nikki Herzog have a one-night stand the morning before they start their new jobs. The next morning, they not only discover that they are both police officers, but they are now partners.
%%* KidnappedScientist
* {{Leitmotif}}: Davide Rivera has the song "Angel on your shoulder", which was sung while he was befriending Rex.
* LongRunnerCastTurnover: There have been a lot of changes on all the police teams on the series. The first one has been since Stockinger left to do his own series and was replaced by Christian Böck, who had ChuckCunninghamSyndrome to leave the slot to Niki Herzog. Peter Höllerer retires to care after his ailing mother and gets replaced by Fritz Kunz. [[spoiler:Moser dies,]] Brandtner disappears and it is unknown what happened to Hoffmann [[note]]it is rumored he died while fighting a drug cartel[[/note]]. Barring Rex, Leo Graf was the only RegularCharacter who was constant in the Austrian series. Then the series moves to Italy; Hoffmann's role in Vienna is taken by [[RememberTheNewGuy Erika Hedl]] and in Italy, the commissar is Lorenzo Fabbri. [[spoiler:The latter dies]] and is replaced by Davide Rivera, who disappeared without reason and is replaced again by Marco Terzani. Morini [[spoiler:moved to Milan in secret from Lorenzo]] and is replaced by Monterosso; Tommaso Bizzarri is almost exclusive to Davide Rivera's tenure. Rex goes to Merano to solve a cast with its own team and then he, Terzani and Monterosso work at a new base.
* LongBusTrip: All characters that have departed from the teams haven't returned ever since, not even once.
* MoodDissonance: It's got cheesy theme music, a cute dog acting human, chocolate-box Vienna locations: everything points to a fun family show. And then you realise you're watching a plot about kids being kidnapped from the fair and forced to make child porn... This changes in the Italian seasons, which begin with shots making the shape of a dog footprint and while the series still is a dramedy for a long time, the two later seasons of Terzani's tenure are serious.
* MoodWhiplash: For a show that on one level is tonally very much akin to a cute, kid-friendly "[[HeroicDog heroic animal]]" show like ''[[Series/SkippyTheBushKangaroo Skippy]]'' or ''Series/{{Lassie}}'', complete with delightfully corny humour and sometimes implausibly anthropomorphised behaviour by Rex, on the other hand the crimes they investigate are generally murders, and can be quite horrific in nature, not to mention occasionally featuring full frontal nudity.
* MrFanservice:
** One episode has Brandtner stripping down to his underwear so show he has no concealed weapons. When asked how he feels about being so exposed, he replies "...Sexy".
** Moser goes skinny dipping in "Ein mörderischer Sommer".
** Lorenzo Fabbri, who could perform an arrest in a ModestyTowel and changed his shirt in a scene.
** Marco Terzani has a few shirtless appearances and is somewhat muscular. His shape of beard/stubble style may help. Francesco Arca, his actor, used to be a model.
* MurderSuicide: The killer of [[spoiler:Moser's death]] shoots himself after [[spoiler:fatally shooting Moser.]]
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Rex often has a "My master is off-limits!" approach to his masters, especially Moser and Lorenzo. Rex has been willing to do anything to avoid the relationship. If this does not happen, Rex gets angry and destructive. In "Gelosia", Rex gets angry that Terzani had sex with Josephina and it is thought that it is just his protective attitude. [[spoiler:It turns out Josephina was helping his brother to escape, since he is the murderer.]]
* NobodyTouchesTheHair: PlayedForDrama; molested children in an orphanage freak out when their hair is being touched.
* NonHumanSidekick: Although much of the time it's more like Rex has human sidekicks.
* OnceAnEpisode: At least one joke involving ham rolls.
* OldHeroNewPals: Rex moves to Rome, so he had a new team. He and Lorenzo do a travel to Vienna and meet Kunz and Dr. Graf. It happens again when Rex and his master Marco Terzani are transferred; Monterosso goes with them and Gori does two visits to the new base, but Rex and Terzani have a new cast of colleages.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Moser has a very [[UsefulNotes/GermanDialects High German]] (theatre) accent when alone, but when speaking to other humans or swearing he slips into Viennese. He is supposed to be Viennese so this is more a case of his accent slipping when he is ''alone''.
* OralFixation: Davide Rivera has the habit of chewing liquorice sticks. More often than not he is with one of those in his mouth.
* ProtagonistTitle: The series is named after Rex, its protagonist.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: It is a very common situation at the climaxes. The captor threatens the inspectors to kill the victim if they do not put down their pistols in the floor and move said weapons away from them. More often than not Rex catches the captors from behind.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Erika Hedl was not visible in the Austrian series, but she can talk about cases she solved alongside Richard Moser.
* RescueRomance: In "Gelosia", Terzani saves Josephina from shootings. They fall in love and [[RescueSex have sex in the night of that day]]. [[spoiler:She exploits that relationship to help his brother to escape]].
* RoleReprisal: After the hiatus, Martin Weinek and Gerhard Zemann return to the Italian series to reprise Fritz Kunz and Leo Graf respectively.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: In a brochure for ''Rex: Special Unit'', there is [[ShouldersUpNudity a shoulders-up image]] of a shirtless Marco Terzani [[http://www.betafilm.com/media/files/pdf/Rex_Special_Unit_brochure_web.pdf pointing with his pistol]].
* {{Seppuku}}: The victim of the chapter "Affari di famiglia", Count Alfonso Borromini, seemingly used this to commit suicide, but Morini discovers that the method was incorrectly done. Fabbri concludes it was a murder.
* SequelGoesForeign: ''Inspector Rex'' was an Austrian series, but when it was revived in 2008, the setting of the majority of cases was Rome.
* ShaggySearchTechnique: In "Il Grigio", Bizarri finds a spying device when he falls over with the chair. That spying device was used to be ahead of the dectectives.
* ShooOutTheClowns:
** Giandomenico Morini, a funny, childlike character, transfers to Milan and is replaced by Alberto Monterosso, a more serious character, before [[spoiler:Fabbri is killed]]. However, Monterosso would later become more comical and emotional.
** Tomasso Bizzarri was also a comedic character, but disappears without reason when Marco Terzani appears. Terzani's seasons were mostly devoid of comedy aside from some earlier episodes and Andreas Mitterer's special.
* SympatheticMurderer: A murdered businessman was revealed to be a pedophile and was killed by his teenage daughter who he had been abusing for years and had started to move on to her younger brother instead, which caused her to snap. The episode is even called "[[AssholeVictim Finally The Monster Is Dead]]".
* SpinOff: Sidekick Stockinger got his own series after he transfers to Salzburg. It lasted two seasons.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To other HeroicDog tv series, such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie.
* SpoilerTitle:
** The last chapter with Stockinger is called "Stockinger's Last Case".
** Moser's final appearance is titled "[[spoiler:Moser's Death]]"
* SuperWindowJump: In the Austrian openings, Rex begins jumping on a window and breaking it.
* TarotMotifs: An episode featured a SerialKiller who would "use" a Tarot deck to choose how to kill his victims. "Use" since he would not use any of the cards' actual meaning and instead just interpret them in the most literal way possible: Three of Swords? Stab victim three times. The Tower? Toss the victim off a tall building. The Chariot? Run the victim over. And so on.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Ham rolls, for both Moser and Rex. Later, Davide Rivera is mostly seen chewing a liquorice stick.
* TeamDad: Filippo Gori is a father figure for the team. He is fond of his team and will compliment his fellow policemen, but will call them out on their CowboyCop or annoying tendencies.
* TemporarilyAVillain: In the chapter ''The Dark Side'' Rex [[spoiler:is drugged with the same elements of a fighting dog so his captors could exploit him for stealing. It turns out that he pretended his madness to avoid being killed.]]
* TitleThemeDrop: The incidental music during the climax of most of the earlier episodes incorporates the piano motif from the theme song (this is separate from the end credits, which also use the title theme).
* WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis: The killer in one episode was a former high powered executive who was fired and had his career ruined when a female employee framed him for AttemptedRape by going into his office, ripping off her own clothes and screaming. The guy then went on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the woman and her co-conspirators. When he's caught, they point out that since he at no point touched the woman, her clothes had no forensic evidence linking it to him and thus if he had simply gone to the police, he could have them all arrested and gone back to his job.
* WickedToymaker: One episode featured an author whose story about a criminal toymaker was rejected by a publishing company, so he used toys to hunt down and destroy the editors who rejected his work, one by one. Much use was made of radio-guided vehicles/aircraft, with simple plunger-triggered bombs on board.
* WireDilemma: Subverted in an episode where [[spoiler:the character facing the dilemma takes too long to decide and runs out of time -- but his colleague had pulled the detonator out of the explosives]]. Later played straight with Fabbri, who sucessfully cuts the right wire to deactivate the bomb.
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