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* Oddly enough, used in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' in "The Reichenbach Fall". A kidnapped child splashes a chemical that glows under ultraviolet light, which Sherlock deduces by smell and the boy's collection of spy novels. The ultraviolet reveals the footsteps of the kidnapper, who stepped in the liquid, and while the trail of course [[RealityEnsues dries up]] not too far down the hall, it does provide Sherlock with the man's height, gait, stride, etc.

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* Oddly enough, used in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' in "The Reichenbach Fall". A kidnapped child splashes a chemical that glows under ultraviolet light, which Sherlock deduces by smell and the boy's collection of spy novels. The ultraviolet reveals the footsteps of the kidnapper, who stepped in the liquid, and while the trail of course [[RealityEnsues [[SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome dries up]] not too far down the hall, it does provide Sherlock with the man's height, gait, stride, etc.

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* In ''VideoGame/GhostOfTsushima'', many, many quests require you to follow someone's footprints. Fortunately, no one you're tracking ever walks through the grass, instead staying entirely on the dirt roads and trails at all times.

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* ''Film/SherlockHolmes1932'': On Holmes instruction, Billy uses a powder that brings up the footprints on Erskine's carpet. The footprints lead to a blank wall and then away again. The footprints are deeper going to the wall than away from it, indicating the killer carried Erskine's body to a secret compartment behind the wall and left it there.

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* In episode 4 of ''Anime/JewelpetSunshine'', Ruby takes up the job of a detective to investigate the mysterious disappearance of items in the school campus and follows a track of rectangular footprints to Sapphie's secret laboratory.


* In one ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' story, Pooh is following a set of tracks on the snow, wondering who or what made them. Piglet joins him, and soon discover a second set of tracks. Then they keep going and find ''two more'' set of tracks. What they don't realize is that they've been walking in circles, following their own tracks.

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* In one ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' story, Pooh is following a set of tracks on the snow, wondering who or what made them. Piglet joins him, and they soon discover a second set of tracks. Then Then, they keep going and find ''two more'' set of tracks. What they don't realize is that they've been walking in circles, following their own tracks.


* ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' uses this visual in it's second season opening with Fujiwara (in her "Detective Chika" persona), Ishigami, Iino, and Osaragi following a trail of hearts that leads to [[DuelOfSeduction Kaguya and Shirogane]] in the Student Council room.

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* ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' uses this visual in it's its second season opening with Fujiwara (in her "Detective Chika" persona), Ishigami, Iino, and Osaragi following a trail of hearts that leads to [[DuelOfSeduction Kaguya and Shirogane]] in the Student Council room.

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-->'''Daffy''': Nothing's impossible to Duck Twacy!


[[quoteright:350:[[Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/basil_footprints.png]]]]

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* In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'':''WesternAnimation/TheGreatMouseDetective'':


* ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' uses this visual in it's second season opening with Fujiwara (in her "Detective Chika" persona), Ishigami, Iino, and Osaragi following a trail of hearts that leads to Kaguya and Shirogane in the Student Council room.

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* ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' uses this visual in it's second season opening with Fujiwara (in her "Detective Chika" persona), Ishigami, Iino, and Osaragi following a trail of hearts that leads to [[DuelOfSeduction Kaguya and Shirogane Shirogane]] in the Student Council room.

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* ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' uses this visual in it's second season opening with Fujiwara (in her "Detective Chika" persona), Ishigami, Iino, and Osaragi following a trail of hearts that leads to Kaguya and Shirogane in the Student Council room.
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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' has done this in at least 1 cartoon.

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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' has done this ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'': A strip shows a detective tracking a murderer's footprints at the scene of the crime, then noting that it's useless in at least 1 cartoon.terms of evidence because they are both chickens and everyone's feet look exactly alike.

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* In the ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'' season ''The Little Detective'', Weslie the KidDetective sometimes pays attention to and follows footprints on the ground when he's trying to solve a mystery.
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* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAndTheDeadlyNecklace'', Holmes points out a trail of bloody footprints to Inspector Cooper that lead to the buried clothes.


[[caption-width-right:350:Tracks are easier to find when half of them are the size of your head.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Tracks are easier to find when half of them are the size of your head.head, and the other half are the size of your body.]]


[[caption-width-right:350:Tracks are easier to find when half of them are bigger than you.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Tracks are easier to find when half of them are bigger than you.the size of your head.]]

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