Detective Animal

Detective Hammer Logan III woke with a start, images of the bizarre bayou murder still fresh in his mind’s eye—a dame in trouble, body covered with bloody toothprints and saliva—but as sleep lifted, the grizzled detective remembered that he was a dog and the dame a coyote, so he spun on the bed three times and slept the rest of the day.
Jacob Smith, Dallas, TX, The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2016

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


  • Advertising PSA McGruff the crime dog has that whole Columbo thing going for him.
  • An Australian ad for blood donors had a bloodhound acting in much the same way. Due to the shortage of blood donors (voluntary in that country), said bloodhound had to be a detective to find one.

Anime and Manga
  • 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.

Comic Books
  • 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.
  • Detective-Inspector Archie LeBrock, the badger lead character of Grandville and his sidekick Roderick Ratzi.


  • 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 and its sequel, 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.
  • Hettie Bagshott and her sidekick Tilly in The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency by Mandy Morton.

Live-Action TV

Newspaper Comics
  • 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.

Puppet Shows
  • 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.

  • In the Big Finish Doctor Who serials, the Doctor's companion Frobisher is an alien called a Whifferdill that can change shape. His favorite shape, and the one he adopts in his day job as a detective, is penguin.

Video Games

Western Animation