->''"Welcome to Ancient Studies. I'm not really a stickler for attendance, from time to time I'm called away from the classroom myself."''
-->-- '''Sydney's''' Season Two pre-credits introduction.

Relic Hunter is a television series that ran for three seasons in UsefulNotes/{{syndication}} from 1999-2002. Relic Hunters are adventurers who travel the globe to track down lost or stolen objects and return them to their owners or donate them to museums, sometimes for a fee but never working entirely for profit - unless they're this week's bad guy who'll get their comeuppance at the end.

The [[ActionGirl tough girl]] heroine, Sydney Fox (Creator/TiaCarrere), is a renowned Relic Hunter, but also has a day job as a university professor of Ancient Studies. She somehow manages to keep her job despite taking a ridiculous amount of unscheduled time off to Relic Hunt (occasionally this is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by a boss who complains Sydney is never in, or justified by having her employer send her off on a relic hunt).

Her Hugh Grantesque teaching assistant Nigel Bailey (Creator/ChristienAnholt) accompanies her on hunts and largely gets used as the comic relief, whilst secretaries Claudia (seasons one and two) and Karen Petruski (season three) hold the fort back at Trinity College. The latter two are respectively played by Lindy Booth and Tanja Reichert.

The show sometimes features bursts of cheesy dialogue and various national stereotypes. There is a large amount of (innocous) {{Fanservice}} but all violence is carefully [[DiscretionShot filmed around]] with no visible blood for reasons of transmission time.

!This programme provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Sydney Fox. Relic hunting can be dangerous business, and Sydney is an expert in various martial arts. Even when she's back at her office we frequently see her practicing her kicks and punches.
* ActionDressRip: At a garden party held by the Greek minister of culture, Sydney gets into a fight with two goons and tears a slit in her cocktail dress in order to be able to kick properly. Later in the same episode, she tears off most of her skirt so she can climb a building, leaving only just enough material to prevent a PantyShot as the camera [[MaleGaze zooms in on her from below]].
* {{Adorkable}}: Nigel Bailey
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Guess who?!?
* AllNaturalGemPolish: Averted. In the episode "Afterlife and Death", a diamond from 1500 B.C. has an irregular shape and the fact that it has to be cut and polished now to be considered beautiful plays a big part in the plot.
* AncientConspiracy: Quite often such conspiracies center around the relics Sydney is looking for.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Episode 13 features the diamond of Thutmose III, which is revealed to have a refractive index so high that it "absorbs light and doesn't allow it to escape". Apparently, this mostly means it fires a [[FrickinLaserBeams big exploding laser]] when you shine bright light on it.
* BadassBookworm: Sydney.
* BadHabits: Sydney and Nigel dress up as monks/nuns more than once.
* BaseballEpisode: In "Diamond in the Rough", Sydney has to find the lucky glove of a legendary player that was stolen during the 1946 World Series.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Many of the plots revolve around a mysterious artifact that granted a historical figure amazing powers.
* BulletDancing: Sydney does this to Reiner in "Diamond in the Rough". After Sydney gets Reiner's gun away from him, he grabs Nigel and holds him hostage. Sydney proceeds to empty the gun at Reiner's feet; forcing him to jump while delivering a lecture about why she DoesNotLikeGuns.
* CaughtInASnare: Happens to Sydney and Nigel in "The Emperor's Bride" (triggered by Nigel of course). [[ShipTease After much squirming]], Sydney is able to draw Nigel's knife and cut them free.
* CowardlySidekick: Nigel isn't always one but has his moments.
* DisguisedInDrag: Episode 63 involves Sydney and Nigel dressing as harem dancers to infiltrate a Persian palace.
* DistressedDude: Nigel, more than once.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Sydney doesn't.
%% * EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys
* EvilIsNotAToy: In one episode a monk tricks Sydney and Nigel into helping him unleash a demon which promptly kills him. The "evil" abbot who tried to prevent it happening turned out to have been the good guy all along.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Sydney doesn't have much of a nudity taboo and needs surprisingly little encouragement to take her clothes off, which leads to a large number of {{Lingerie Scene}}s, as well as some ToplessnessFromTheBack and some nude scenes with {{Scenery Censor}}s.
** Her first scene has her teaching introducing a class on tribal culture by demonstrating pacific island styled dance in a bikini. She spends most of the next scene in her bra, changing clothes in front of Nigel who she's known for all of ten minutes.
** The season one credits even include a shot of her taking her top off.
** Even when fully dressed she tends to wear tight and rather skimpy clothing.
** Nigel also gets {{ShirtlessScene}}s, though he's far more reluctant than Sydney to take his shirt off.
** Claudia often wears skimpy and revealing clothes, though unlike Sydney she tends to keep them on.
* {{Flashback}}: Every episode begins with one, set in the distant or not-so-distant past.
* FoodSlap: In "Diamond in the Rough", Sydney dumps a glass of water into the lap of Nigel's boorish friend Tony (having just flicked hot cigar ash on him).
* HollywoodNerd: Nigel and to a lesser extent Sydney.
* HotLibrarian: Even though she's not a librarian, Sydney affects this look at her university job.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: "Run Sydney Run".
* IdenticalGrandson: The Thief of Baghdad was apparently an identical distant ancestor of Sydney's. She also had an identical grandmother who was a singer at the Moulin Rouge.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: In "Diamond in the Rough", Sydney knocks out a fleeing bad guy with a perfectly pitched baseball to the head.
* ImprobableAge: Sydney looks like she's about 30 years old in the first season (Tia Carrere was 32 when it was shot), yet she is already a full professor with her own secretary.
* IncrediblyConspicuousDrag: Nigel's harem dancer disguise in episode 63 is not particularly convincing, even with the veil over his face.
* ItBelongsInAMuseum: Most of the relics do. Sydney's mission often is to ensure they end up there.
* JobTitle: Relic hunter may not be Sydney's official job description, but it is how most people describe her.
* LargeHam: Many of the differing villains might fit this.
* LingerieScene: Sydney gets quite a few of these. One of the most ludicrous examples (which is played mostly for laughs) is when she and her companions hide from their pursuers in a German Laundromat. The proprietor insist that they actually wash something, or leave. Sydney takes off her overshirt and puts it in a machine, but that doesn't satisfy the proprietor. The entire party ends up standing there in their underwear surrounded by other customers.
* MacGuffin: Many of the relics Sydney is hunting.
* MegaCrossover: Part of the epic crossover fanfic "Chicago Convergence".
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Sydney's old teacher who first gave her an interest in relics was murdered to obtain one. Twenty years later. Sydney caught up with the killer.
* MudWrestling: Check it out [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymxt4dmARNg&feature=player_embedded here]].
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Episode 8 contains a scene at a Swedish nudist spa, with about 5 minutes of continuous SceneryCensor, as well as Nigel DiggingHimselfDeeper while attempting to talk to a sunbathing girl.
* NoNudityTaboo:
** Sydney obviously doesn't have a problem with strangers seeing her in her underwear.
** As the nudist resort episode shows, she has no problems with them seeing her completely naked either.
** In episode 2 of season 1, Sydney insists on sharing a shower with Nigel (there is no sexual intent, she is just really dirty and needs to clean up quickly). The scene ends up with a wet and miserable-looking towel-clad Nigel standing outside the bathroom door, with Sydney calling for him to come back in.
-->"The Carthaginians believed that communal bathing between the sexes was a soothing extension of friendship. Quite platonic."
* NumberOneDime: In "Diamond in the Rough", Sydney is hired to find the lucky baseball glove of 'Smiling' Jimmy Jonesboro, which was stolen during the 1946 World Series. Essentially worthless (Jonesboro bought for one dollar at a garage sale), he was willing to pay $5000 to get it back in 1946. In the present day, a current major league player is willing to pay a seven figure sum to locate it, [[MagicFeather in the hope it will give him the same mojo Jonesboro had]].
%% * OireLand
* OneTrueSequence: More often than not, the bad guys and Sydney turn up more or less simultaneously at the place where the relic-of-the-week is hidden. Usually this is not by coincidence: sometimes one party shadows the other, and other times both parties react to a clue that's suddenly made public.
* ParentalAbandonment: Sydney's mother is dead and her father rarely around, Nigel is an orphan.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: In "The Emperor's Bride", Sydney disarms the woman who is holding her at gunpoint. The woman (who is quite the Amazon) then casually grabs Sydney's wrist. Sydney then throws several punches with her free hand which have no effect (except for gradually irritating her captor).
* PunctuatedPounding: "Didn't your mother ever teach you to play! NICE?!"
* SexySilhouette: Nigel (and the audience) are treated to a backlit silhouette of Sydney undressing in a tent during a rainstorm in "The Emperor's Bride".
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl:
** Sydney doesn't seem to mind taking her clothes off in front of strangers.
** In episode 8, Sydney and Nigel must enter a Swedish [[NakedPeopleAreFunny nudist spa]] to search for a medieval runestone. Sydney doesn't appear to have any problem with this at all, while Nigel is plainly uncomfortable and agrees to the plan only after [[UnresolvedSexualTension Sydney promises not to look]].
** Then in episode 13 she's forced to undress inside a taxi in order to remove a less-obvious-than-[[IncrediblyObviousBug usual]] listening device, while the driver watches. She does eventually force him to wait outside, at least.
* ShootTheMoney: Whenever Sydney and Nigel travel to foreign locales, particularly the castles.
* SiblingRivalry: Nigel and Preston.
%%* SpiritualAdaptation: Wears the influence of ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' on its sleeve, right down to its similar title and ActionGirl AdventurerArchaeologist protagonist.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Claudia replaced with Karen.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Other than her field outfit, Sydney seems to have one. So do her secretaries.
* {{UST}}:
** Sydney and Nigel - played for laughs when they have to go undercover in a [[NakedPeopleAreFunny nudist colony]].
** To a lesser degree, Karen and Nigel.
* ValleyGirl: Claudia, who at one point confuses astrology and astronomy.
-->'''Sydney:''' For her, history starts with Marilyn.\\
'''Nigel:''' Monroe?\\
'''Sydney:''' Manson.
* VineSwing: In "Diamond in the Rough", Sydney has just retrieved a pair of daggers when rival relic hunter Kurt Reiner swings in on a vine and knocks her down in an attempt to steal them.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: In "Diamond in the Rough", Nigel wakes up after a boozy night to find himself in a trashed living room. Thinking he had demolished the room during vigorous sex with Sydney. After an {{Adorkable}} attempt to apologise for not remembering and saying how much respected her as a woman, Sydney tells him that he had passed out and the room got trashed when she fought off an intruder during the night.