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- Gotham Central manages to put a standard Detective Drama into the world of superheroes within a comic book. Their foes might be Batman and The Flash supervillains, but the storylines are straight drama involving normal police detectives going about their work. Everybody said it would not work, but it wound up wining critical acclaim and several awards (but was still too good to last, the sales numbers never quite matched the praise).
- Resident Alien stars Amateur Sleuth Harry Vanderspiegle, who also happens to be a stranded alien.
- The Crusader chronicles the adventures of a Nazi fighting detective.
- The Three Apples, a story from Arabian Nights, is the Ur-Example. Basic setup; a crime occurs and Ja'far ibn Yahya has three days to solve it. However, it differs in that, not only does Ja'far not care about solving the case, he doesn't. The case is solved when the killer reveals himself. And during another case, Ja'far only solves the case at the very last second thanks to some blind luck.
- Edgar Allan Poe's C. Auguste Dupin stories are the Trope Maker.
- Sherlock Holmes is the Trope Codifier
- For the rest of the examples, see Detective Literature
- Toppatakkeja Ja Toledon Terasta A Finnish concept album with detective drama story.
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