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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: "Blood Relations" has a short passage about a pizza delivery boy breaking into a high-tech company apparently investigating something. This is actually a subversion when a later chapter reveals the delivery boy to be Frank (missing during the events of the case) himself.




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* NoodleIncident: One of the Digests alludes to how Joe confused a dog bowl for one of Phil's inventions, but it 's never really been clarified.

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* TheLostLenore: Rare is a volume of ''Casefiles'' that does not mention how Iola was blown up by a bomb meant for the Hardys, or how much Joe still misses her.


* FamedInStory: equally famous for his adventures as a New York cop and as a world-renowned private eye. A RunningGag in the original series would be how Frank and Joe would introduce themselves to some random city's local law enforcement, and they would be immediately asked if they were in any way related to him.
* MasterOfDisguise: even his own sons are fooled until Fenton willingly gives himself away.

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* FamedInStory: equally Equally famous for his adventures as a New York cop and as a world-renowned private eye. A RunningGag in the original series would be how Frank and Joe would introduce themselves to some random city's local law enforcement, and they would be immediately asked if they were in any way related to him.
* MasterOfDisguise: even Even his own sons are have been fooled on occasion. At least until Fenton willingly gives himself away.



* WorkingTheSameCase: the mysteries that the boys are involved with sometimes overlap with his own work.

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* WorkingTheSameCase: the The mysteries that the boys are involved with sometimes overlap with his own work.



* StayInTheKitchen: By choice; she wasn't the adventurous type and rarely seemed to venture out of the house.
** This is averted in the two most recent series, though, in which she has a job: in ''Undercover Brothers'', she is the head research librarian at the Bayport public library, and in ''Adventures'', she is a real estate agent.
** Played completely straight in all series prior to these two, in which she was a stay-at-home wife/mom.

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* StayInTheKitchen: StayInTheKitchen:
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By choice; she wasn't the adventurous type and rarely seemed to venture out of the house.
house. She was a stay-at-home wife/mom in all of the series until ''Undercover Brothers''.
** This is averted in In the two most recent series, though, in which series she has a job: works outside the home: in ''Undercover Brothers'', she is the head research librarian at the Bayport public library, Public Library, and in ''Adventures'', she is a real estate agent.
** Played completely straight in all series prior to these two, in which she was a stay-at-home wife/mom.



* AgeLift: in the Undercover Brother graphic novels, "Trudy" is drawn younger than in other works.

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* AgeLift: in In the Undercover Brother graphic novels, "Trudy" is drawn younger than in other works.



* TheAllegedCar: an old yellow jalopy he calls ''Queen''. A RunningGag in the earlier books would involve characters would complain about the pain they have to endure when riding it.
* AudienceSurrogate: in the "Detective Handbook", he's the one the Hardys teach in various police procedures (except for one chapter, where it's instead Tony who was the surrogate).

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* TheAllegedCar: an An old yellow jalopy he calls ''Queen''. A RunningGag in the earlier books would involve characters would complain about the pain they have to endure when riding it.
* AudienceSurrogate: in In the "Detective Handbook", he's the one the Hardys teach in various police procedures (except for one chapter, where it's instead Tony who was the surrogate).



* BigFriendlyDog: in ''Secret Warning'', Biff won a ''Great Dane'' during a contest, which he christens Tivoli, and the Hardys offer to take care of him when the Hoopers are on vacation. An AngryGuardDog [[EpicFail he's not]], but Aunt Gertrude eventually warmed up to the mutt after being convinced Tivoli's heart is in the right place.

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* BigFriendlyDog: in In ''Secret Warning'', Biff won a ''Great Dane'' during a contest, which he christens Tivoli, and the Hardys offer to take care of him when the Hoopers are on vacation. An AngryGuardDog [[EpicFail he's not]], but Aunt Gertrude eventually warmed up to the mutt after being convinced Tivoli's heart is in the right place.



* VitriolicBestBuds: with Joe. Callie started practicing women's lib at the same time Joe was convinced she would just StayInTheKitchen. HilarityEnsues.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: with Joe.VitriolicBestBuds:
** With Joe in the ''Casefiles'' series.
Callie started practicing women's lib at the same time Joe was convinced she would just StayInTheKitchen. HilarityEnsues.




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** Becomes less vitriolic and more protective when you realize Callie started becoming more proactive with the Hardys after her best friend Iola's death. Joe acts out towards her because he doesn't want something to happen to the girl his brother loves.



* CynicismCatalyst: while Joe has yet to get over it (even after meeting [[SecondLove Vanessa]]) it's Iola's death that inspired the Hardy boys to give up their "usual cases" and start their crusade against bigger crimes.

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* CynicismCatalyst: while While Joe has yet to get over it (even it, even after meeting [[SecondLove Vanessa]]) Vanessa]], it's Iola's death that inspired the Hardy boys to give up their "usual cases" and start their crusade against bigger crimes.


* HeterosexualLifePartners: He and Joe may be brothers, but they're definitely this as well. They're closer than ''many'' real-life siblings and have basically mastered non-verbal communication with each other, and any girl in Frank's life will always come second after Joe on Frank's list of priorities.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: HeterosexualLifePartners:
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He and Joe may be brothers, but they're definitely this as well. They're closer than ''many'' real-life siblings and have basically mastered non-verbal communication with each other, and any girl in Frank's life will always come second after Joe on Frank's list of priorities.



* IKnowMaddenKombat: before the writers decided to give him a black belt, football skills he practiced with his brother and their friends seem to do a good job. And Frank is the team ''captain''.

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* IKnowMaddenKombat: before Before the writers decided to give him a black belt, football skills he practiced with his brother and their friends seem to do a good job. And Frank is the team ''captain''.



* SurpassedTheTeacher: in the first issue of the Undercover Brother comics, while Fenton's trying to decode a password, Frank suggests to him the probabilities, logarithms, and anagrams of finding the six most popular numbers that Fenton can probably use. Joe chides Frank that he shouldn't be giving pointers to the man who taught them everything they knew. After the boys were heralded to bed by their mother, Fenton absentmindedly tries Frank's suggestion...and was quite amused that it ''worked''.

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* SurpassedTheTeacher: in In the first issue of the Undercover Brother comics, while Fenton's trying to decode a password, Frank suggests to him the probabilities, logarithms, and anagrams of finding the six most popular numbers that Fenton can probably use. Joe chides Frank that he shouldn't be giving pointers to the man who taught them everything they knew. After the boys were heralded to bed by their mother, Fenton absentmindedly tries Frank's suggestion...and was quite amused that it ''worked''.


* BodyDouble: In the finale of the original series' "The Wailing Siren Mystery", Sam pretended to be captured as a smokescreen for Mr. Hardy. The villains really thought that they captured Fenton Hardy (it helps that they didn't even know what he looked like) until he sprung a trap for them.



* BigBrotherInstinct: In Casefiles he can be just as much of a GrumpyBear as Collig, dissuading the brothers from getting into police business, but most of the time it's because he worries about the dangers they would get into. Joe has also mentioned that he and Frank can always count on Con to look out for their friends should they get into trouble.



** In Case 1: ''Dead on Target'', when an innocent airplane stewardess is taken hostage, the Gray Man offers himself as a hostage instead, though it was likely more of an effort to give Frank an opening to attack.



** In Case 1: ''Dead on Target'', when an innocent airplane stewardess is taken hostage, the Gray Man offers himself as a hostage instead, though it was likely more of an effort to give Frank an opening to attack.


* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In his earlier appearances, he was portrayed as less competent, with crooks easily getting the drop on him and subduing him (see Worf had the Flu below), but actually had a greater air of superiority and was more condescending to the Hardys. He becomes much more competent and {{Badass}} in the later books (starting with Case 10 ''Hostages of Hate'' and ''especially'' Case 14 ''Too Many Traitors''), and forms a sort of genuine friendship with Frank and Joe.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In his earlier appearances, he was portrayed as less competent, with crooks easily getting the drop on him and subduing him (see Worf had the Flu below), but actually had a greater air of superiority and was more condescending to the Hardys. He becomes much more competent and {{Badass}} badass in the later books (starting with Case 10 ''Hostages of Hate'' and ''especially'' Case 14 ''Too Many Traitors''), and forms a sort of genuine friendship with Frank and Joe.


He was actually popular enough to have the StratemeyerSyndicate consider giving him his own series in 1965, but it [[WhatCouldHaveBeen never got past the planning stage]].

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He was actually popular enough to have the StratemeyerSyndicate Creator/StratemeyerSyndicate consider giving him his own series in 1965, but it [[WhatCouldHaveBeen never got past the planning stage]].


* GrumpyBear: the ''Casefiles'' and Digests series often depict him as having a bit of a temper, especially when Frank and Joe decide to butt into police business.



A veteran officer of the Bayport Police, Riley, like many adults, underestimated the Hardy brother's severely, and in the early books was often aggravated by their and their friends' antics. He has evolved into a much more competent, patient character over the years and has come to regard the brothers as a reliable ally in solving crimes around Bayport.

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A veteran officer of the Bayport Police, Riley, like many adults, underestimated the Hardy brother's brothers severely, and in the early books was often aggravated by their and their friends' antics. He has evolved into a much more competent, patient character over the years and has come to regard the brothers as a reliable ally in solving crimes around Bayport.


* RunningGag: in winter-themed adventures, Joe will ''always'' be a victim to thin ice.




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* VitriolicBestBuds: with Joe. Callie started practicing women's lib at the same time Joe was convinced she would just StayInTheKitchen. HilarityEnsues.
-->'''Callie''': Ever heard of Lizzie Borden, genius? Vanessa, when are you going to knock some sense into this guy?


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* CynicismCatalyst: while Joe has yet to get over it (even after meeting [[SecondLove Vanessa]]) it's Iola's death that inspired the Hardy boys to give up their "usual cases" and start their crusade against bigger crimes.

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* FamedInStory: equally famous for his adventures as a New York cop and as a world-renowned private eye. A RunningGag in the original series would be how Frank and Joe would introduce themselves to some random city's local law enforcement, and they would be immediately asked if they were in any way related to him.

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* SurpassedTheTeacher: in the first issue of the Undercover Brother comics, while Fenton's trying to decode a password, Frank suggests to him the probabilities, logarithms, and anagrams of finding the six most popular numbers that Fenton can probably use. Joe chides Frank that he shouldn't be giving pointers to the man who taught them everything they knew. After the boys were heralded to bed by their mother, Fenton absentmindedly tries Frank's suggestion...and was quite amused that it ''worked''.


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* AudienceSurrogate: in the "Detective Handbook", he's the one the Hardys teach in various police procedures (except for one chapter, where it's instead Tony who was the surrogate).

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* AgeLift: in the Undercover Brother graphic novels, "Trudy" is drawn younger than in other works.


* IKnowMaddenCombat: before the writers decided to give him a black belt, football skills he practiced with his brother and their friends seem to do a good job. And Frank is the team ''captain''.

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* IKnowMaddenCombat: IKnowMaddenKombat: before the writers decided to give him a black belt, football skills he practiced with his brother and their friends seem to do a good job. And Frank is the team ''captain''.


* KidDetective / AmateurSleuth: He and Joe are one of the most famous examples in fiction.

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* KidDetective / AmateurSleuth: IKnowMaddenCombat: before the writers decided to give him a black belt, football skills he practiced with his brother and their friends seem to do a good job. And Frank is the team ''captain''.
* KidDetective[=/=]AmateurSleuth:
He and Joe are one of the most famous examples in fiction.



* KidDetective / AmateurSleuth: He and Frank are one of the most famous examples in fiction.

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* KidDetective / AmateurSleuth: KidDetective[=/=]AmateurSleuth: He and Frank are one of the most famous examples in fiction.


* WorfHadTheFlu: Hunting down the Assassin that tried to kill the Hardy Boys is his case. However, he couldn't see it to the end (which he immediately lampshades upon contacting Frank and Joe when the crisis is over) because [[spoiler:he got caught in a explosive booby trap that puts him in a coma (had Frank not pushed him away, it could've been worse) for roughly half of the book.]]

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* WorfHadTheFlu: In his first three appearances (see Characterization Marches On above), excluding his brief radio-only cameo in Book 3:
** Book 1:
Hunting down the Assassin that tried to kill the Hardy Boys is his case. However, he couldn't see it to the end (which he immediately lampshades upon contacting Frank and Joe when the crisis is over) because [[spoiler:he got caught in a explosive booby trap that puts him in a coma (had Frank not pushed him away, it could've been worse) for roughly half of the book.]]]]
** Book 2: He only appears a couple of times at the beginning of the book, but when the Hardys first meet up with him, they do so by rescuing him from a couple of low-life street punks who cornered him in an alley.
** Book 4: Frank and Joe each easily jump him once in the book at different times, and [[spoiler:he is left tied up and helpless by the bad guys who have captured him and the Hardys]].

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