He may be the Funny Animal
, the Intellectual Animal
, or maybe even the Speech-Impaired Animal
, but if there's one thing that he's incredibly good at, it's solving any kind of mystery that comes his way. He can be either a Hardboiled Detective
, an Inspector Oblivious
, or a Defective Detective
. Whether he does it on his own, or with a friend, or with a group of humans, expect him to help solve the case with ease. This character may or may not work in a World of Funny Animals
Compare: Animal Superheroes
Anime and Manga
- Advertising PSA McGruff the crime dog has that whole Columbo thing going for him.
- Inevitable anime example: Sherlock Hound.
- Averted by Goro in Detective Conan - the clues he gives to Kogoro in The Cat Sitting Case / Secret of the Russian Blue (Manga / Anime titles respectively) were set out by Conan placing cat treats.
- Detective Chimp from DC Comics.
- In the few stories he narrated himself, Batman's dog Ace the Bat-Hound was shown to be an expert detective.
- Joey Fly and Sammy Stingtail of the Joey Fly series, a housefly and scorpion respectively.
- Rex, The Wonder Dog from DC Comics had issues where he demonstrated his capabilities as a detective. He's even best friends with the aforementioned Detective Chimp, although they rarely if ever work on cases together.
- Fish Police. It's pretty much there in the titles.
- In Anonymous Rex, a velociraptor in disguise as human is a Hardboiled Detective. (But the book is set In a World where there are dinosaurs living among us, so he's not unique.)
- The title character of the Mrs. Murphy Mysteries.
- Akif Pirincci's Felidae series features, as you might guess from the title, a cat detective who solves cat crimes. Not as silly as it sounds.
- Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann is a murder mystery that gets solved by a flock of sheep.
- The titular hero of the Basil of Baker Street series is a Mouse World version of Sherlock Holmes. These books were the source material for The Great Mouse Detective.
- The Midnight Louie series of novels, Midnight Louie being a cat.
- Catseye Gomez is a thaumagene tomcat addicted to old hard-boiled detective archetypes, who plays a key role in investigating murder cases in two of Simon Hawke's Wizard novels.
- In the Sherlock Chick children's books, the hero is a chick who was born with detective gear and a deerstalker hat. In his adventures, he solves cases for the other farm animals.
- Chet Gecko is a Big Eater lizard Private Detective whose activities are limited to his elementary school, where the students and staff are all Funny Animals.
- Bug Muldoon of Bug Muldoon and the Garden of Fear is a beetle private eye who takes jobs from insect clients in the garden where he lives.
- Similar to the Bug Muldoon example, Incognito Mosquito, Private Insective, Ace Lacewing, and Spider Kane.
- 'Private I. Guana, which features an iguana detective who tries to find a missing Hollywood Chameleon for a client.
- Detective Dinosaur - the title character is a Clueless Detective assisted by his pterosaur Hypercompetent Sidekick and Da Chief, a Tyrannosaurus rex.
- In Walter Brooks' Freddy The Pig series, one of said character's hobbies was running a detective agency.
- The Chet and Bernie detective stories, about private detective Bernie Little, narrated by his dog Chet.
- In City of Devils, the LAPD and local Sheriff's Departments are entirely staffed by werewolves.
- The Joe Grey series, featuring a pair of cats with the unique ability to speak and think like humans. After finding out "whodunnit," they phone in anonymous tips to the local police force.
- The Sherlock Hound novel series by Brenda Sivers. Unrelated to the anime version, beyond "Sherlock Holmes parody".
- Left ambiguously open by Lilian Jackson Braun in her The Cat Who... series - Koko gives clues that in hindsight point directly at the criminal, though it is never made clear whether the clues are coincidental.
- Slylock Fox is a puzzle strip featuring a fox who solves crimes while dressed as Sherlock Holmes. Most of the other characters are anthropomorphic animals, too.
- Colambo in Sesame Street is an ovine Columbo parody.
- Roland Rat once starred in a series called Tales of the Rodent Sherlock Holmes.
- Episode 103 of The Muppet Show had a Sherlock Holmes spoof starring Rowlf.
- In Muppets Tonight, episode 206, there's a sketch in which Sherlock Holmes is a whale.
- Scooby-Doo, most of the time.
- Brain from Inspector Gadget.
- Darkwing Duck, like his inspiration Batman, is a Badass Normal Animal Superhero who also does detective work from time to time.
- Mumbly, though he is said to be an Expy of Muttley.
- Clue Club featured two dog characters, Woofer and Wimper. However, Woofer is a bit of a Know-Nothing Know-It-All and Wimper is his Hypercompetent Sidekick.
- Jabberjaw featured the eponymous shark who helped his human friends, Biff, Shelly, Bubbles and Clamhead, solve mysteries in a futuristic underwater world.
- Subverted with Hong Kong Phooey, who may be "number one super guy", but the mysteries that he encounters are actually solved by his cat, Spot.
- The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, though it's mostly accidental. The bickering among Sylvester, Tweety and often Hector causes clues to appear in front of Granny, who then solves the mysteries herself.
- Snooper and Blabber are a cat-and-mouse detective team from The Quick Draw McGraw Show.
- The Hunter from King Leonardo And His Short Subjects.
- Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb.
- Danger Mouse. He's a secret agent but he still does yeoman's detective work.
- Chip of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers does most of the detective work for the group.
- Ace Yu/Ace Hart from Dog City.
- Daffy Duck in Looney Tunes shorts:
- Fish Police, the In Name Only adaptation of the comic book mentioned above. They're fish, and they're police.