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[[caption-width-right:350:[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrie_Craig,_Confidential_Investigator Detective Drama Radio Drama]]]]

Detective Drama is a type of MysteryFiction that follows the cases of a central detective character as he investigates a crime, usually from from initial investigation to arrest. The character is usually a police detective or PrivateDetective, but can also be an AmateurSleuth or even a KidDetective with acute sleuthing skills.

There are two varieties of Detective Drama, which correspond to the two basic types of mystery: closed and open. In a "closed" mystery, the viewer is as in the dark as the detective (and maybe moreso), and only learns the answer to the mystery when the detective reveals it. In an "open" mystery (ReverseWhodunnit), the viewer has an omniscient view of the plot and knows the solution to the mystery; the entertainment value comes from watching the detective unravel it.

For common types of detectives, see CopsAndDetectives.

For a list of related tropes, see MysteryTropes and CrimeAndPunishmentTropes. For a list of creators, see MysteryStoryCreatorIndex.

[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Anime/TheBigO''
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis''
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan''
* ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ''
* ''Anime/{{EL}}''
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream''
* ''{{Gosick}}''
* ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles''
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}''
* ''Manga/MPDPsycho''
* ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp''
* See also MysteryAndDetectiveAnimeAndManga


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' manages to put a standard Detective Drama into the world of superheroes within a comic book. Their foes might be Franchise/{{Batman}} and Comicbook/TheFlash 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).


[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* ''[[FanFic/CoruscantNoir Coruscant Noir]]''
* ''[[FanFic/TheVinylAndOctaviaSeries Vinyl and Octavia in 'Dial D for Detectives']]'' is/parodies one.


[[folder: Film ]]

* MysteryAndDetectiveFilms


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''The Three Apples'', a story from ''Literature/ArabianNights'', is the UrExample. 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.
* EdgarAllanPoe's Dupin stories are the TropeMaker
* Literature/SherlockHolmes is the TropeCodifier
* For the rest of the examples, see DetectiveLiterature


[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/ToppatakkejaJaToledonTerasta A Finnish concept album with detective drama story.


[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* See CrimeAndPunishmentSeries.DetectiveDrama


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Videogame/LANoire''
* ''Videogame/TheSpaceBar''
* ''Videogame/TexMurphy''


[[folder: Visual Novel ]]
* ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' (PlayStationPortable adaptation)
* ''Franchise/{{Dangan Ronpa}}'': Specifically:
** ''VisualNovel/{{Dangan Ronpa}}''
** ''VisualNovel/{{Super Dangan Ronpa 2}}''
** ''VisualNovel/{{New Dangan Ronpa V3}}''
* ''JakeHunter''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Jisei}}''
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': A deconstruction, along with many other tropes.


[[folder: Webcomics]]

* ''Webcomic/VampireCheerleaders''[[note]]after being merged with ''Webcomic/ParanormalMysterySquad''[[/note]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cops}} C.O.P.S.]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''
* ''WesternAnimation/RubyRocketPrivateDetective''