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* ''Literature/ScarlettUndercover'': Scarlett solves crimes in the town of Las Almas. She's also a teenager, meaning she isn't always taken seriously by adults.


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•Podcast Rex Rivetter: Private Eye is a Detective Drama. Part homage/part tongue-in-cheek send up of the old radio shows, he's got contacts in the department and utters lines like "If I get out of this alive, remind me to have a talk with the voice in my head", and "I may not be able to bring light to man, but I can take away some of the darkness" in his Private Eye Monologue. He has a sarcastic wit, and ability to take and dish out a punch or two and often finds himself in over his head, as things spiral out of control.
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* ''Rex Rivetter: Private Eye'' is a Detective Drama. Part homage/part tongue-in-cheek send-up of the old radio shows, he's got contacts in the department and utters lines like "If I get out of this alive, remind me to have a talk with the voice in my head", and "I may not be able to bring light to man, but I can take away some of the darkness" in his Private Eye Monologue. He has a sarcastic wit, and ability to take and dish out a punch or two and often finds himself in over his head, as things spiral out of control.


* ''SheZow'' has moments where, aside from delivering justice from evildoers faster than the police, [=SheZow=] can get some "She-tective work" done.

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* ''SheZow'' ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'' has moments where, aside from delivering justice from evildoers faster than the police, [=SheZow=] can get some "She-tective work" done.


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A professional detective not directly affiliated with a police department in any official sense (although many will have [[FriendOnTheForce contacts in the department]], and it's not uncommon for members of this profession to have been either police officers or previously worked in law-enforcement, as many of the skill sets overlap), a Private Detective takes on cases that private citizens bring to them - however, whilst they aren't ''supposed'' to investigate crimes (which are official matters for the police, who often look dimly upon private detectives sticking their noses in - both in fiction and in [[TruthInTelevision real life]]), they usually [[MysteryMagnet find themselves knee-deep]] in murders, robberies and kidnappings by the end of the story. They may be doing this because the PoliceAreUseless and/or unconcerned about solving the case, meaning our detective is [[TheOnlyOne the only person]] who is actually willing or capable of solving it. However, this is often justified (especially in classical FilmNoir) by the detective starting off with a seemingly simple case, such as [[Film/{{Chinatown}} finding out if a woman's husband is committing adultery]] or [[Film/AngelHeart investigating the disappearance of a man who vanished twelve years ago in order to resolve a debt he had with a wealthy businessman]], only for things to [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot spiral out of control]] to the point that the only way for the detective to get out is to solve the case.

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A professional detective not directly affiliated with a police department in any official sense (although many will have [[FriendOnTheForce contacts in the department]], and it's not uncommon for members of this profession to have been either police officers or previously worked in law-enforcement, as many of the skill sets overlap), a Private Detective takes on cases that private citizens bring to them - however, whilst they aren't ''supposed'' to investigate crimes (which are official matters for the police, who often look dimly upon private detectives sticking their noses in - both in fiction and in [[TruthInTelevision real life]]), they usually [[MysteryMagnet find themselves knee-deep]] in murders, robberies and kidnappings by the end of the story. They may be doing this because the PoliceAreUseless and/or unconcerned about solving the case, meaning our detective is [[TheOnlyOne the only person]] who is actually willing or capable of solving it. However, this is often justified (especially in classical FilmNoir) by the detective starting off with a [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot seemingly simple case, case]], such as [[Film/{{Chinatown}} finding out if a woman's husband is committing adultery]] or [[Film/AngelHeart investigating the disappearance of a man who vanished twelve years ago in order to resolve a debt he had with a wealthy businessman]], only for things to [[MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot spiral out of control]] to the point that the only way for the detective to get out is to solve the case.


* ''VideoGame/{{Judgment}}'' has Takayuki Yagami, a former defense attorney whose promising career was torpedoed when a client he got acquitted was arrested again and convicted of murder. With his reputation in shambles, he takes to private detective work to make ends meet.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Judgment}}'' has Takayuki Yagami, a former defense attorney whose promising career was torpedoed when a client he got acquitted was arrested again and convicted of murder. With his reputation in shambles, he takes to private detective work to make ends meet. His background in law, combined with the freedom his new profession affords him, makes him very well suited for getting to the bottom of any mystery.


* Two of the most famous roles of Creator/HumphreyBogart form the TropeCodifier for the HardboiledDetective variant: Sam Spade in ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' and Phillip Marlowe in ''Film/TheBigSleep''.
* A 1975 film, ''Film/TheBlackBird'', is a comedy sequel to ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' with George Segal playing Sam Spade, Jr.

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* Two of the most famous roles of Creator/HumphreyBogart form the TropeCodifier for the HardboiledDetective variant: Sam Spade in ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' ''Film/{{The Maltese Falcon|1941}}'' and Phillip Marlowe in ''Film/TheBigSleep''.
* A 1975 film, ''Film/TheBlackBird'', is a comedy sequel to ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' ''Film/{{The Maltese Falcon|1941}}'' with George Segal playing Sam Spade, Jr.

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* ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}'' features two, both holders of the title “Ultimate Detective”, [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc Kyoko Kirigiri]] and [[VisualNovel/DanganronpaV3KillingHarmony Shuichi Saihara]]. As they’re locked in killing games with 15 other people each and have to solve the murders done by their fellow captives in hopes of escaping so they don’t all die for that one person to escape, they tend to be extremely helpful.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Judgment}}'' has Takayuki Yagami, a former defense attorney whose promising career was torpedoed when a client he got acquitted was arrested again and convicted of murder. With his reputation in shambles, he takes to private detective work to make ends meet.

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* ''Fanfic/HalfPastAdventure'' has private detective Cash Daniels, a [[ParodiedTrope parody]] of noir detectives. She seems to mostly [[HeroOfAnotherStory have her own adventures]] which [[NoirEpisode occasionally intersect the main plot]].
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* While Morgan Harding in ''Literature/{{ATLStoriesfromtheRetrofuture}}'' is decidedly an AmateurSleuth, Morgan's older sister Marge Eisenhower is a tried and true private detective. She's even got the suit and tie, trenchoat and fedora style going on. Even when she's not investigating anything...

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* Carl Faubert in ''VideoGame/{{Kona}}'' is a private investigator who's been called to Northern Canada by industrialist William Hamilton.


Although it's more common for a Private Detective these days to be treated as just one step away from the AmateurSleuth (or often, particularly if seen from the point of view of the police, as rather sleazy bottom-feeders usually involved in some kind of criminal activity and frequently ex-cops kicked off the force for some kind of corruption), the classic {{Archetype}} of the Private Detective - and the one that has generally stuck in the mind of people when they think of the profession - is either the GreatDetective or the HardboiledDetective. In RealLife, the PrivateDetective is often viewed as a PunchClockVillain for his or her use of SinisterSurveillance. The fact that they are officially licensed to go on a StalkingMission to track whoever they are hired to investigate (often for non-criminal activity like [[YourCheatingHeart adultery]]) puts them firmly in the camp of SociopathicHero, or a PsychoForHire with no respect for other individuals' privacy, depending on who you ask. In RealLife, some private investigators may also function as a BountyHunter, as the two professions are incredibly similar (although a BountyHunter will usually confront the individual he or she is tracking directly - a PrivateInvestigator typically will ''not'' if he or she can help it). Private investigators are more likely to get hired for skip traces (tracking down bail jumpers, people evading service, people hiding from warrants, and similar parties), and that part of the job is typically nowhere near as exciting and involves lots of social media hunts and public record searches.

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Although it's more common for a Private Detective these days to be treated as just one step away from the AmateurSleuth (or often, particularly if seen from the point of view of the police, as rather sleazy bottom-feeders usually involved in some kind of criminal activity and frequently ex-cops kicked off the force for some kind of corruption), the classic {{Archetype}} of the Private Detective - and the one that has generally stuck in the mind of people when they think of the profession - is either the GreatDetective or the HardboiledDetective. In RealLife, the PrivateDetective is often viewed as a PunchClockVillain for his or her use of SinisterSurveillance. The fact that they are officially licensed to go on a StalkingMission to track whoever they are hired to investigate (often for non-criminal activity like [[YourCheatingHeart adultery]]) puts them firmly in the camp of SociopathicHero, or a PsychoForHire with no respect for other individuals' privacy, depending on who you ask. In RealLife, some private investigators may also function as a BountyHunter, as the two professions are incredibly similar (although a BountyHunter will usually confront the individual he or she is tracking directly - a PrivateInvestigator typically will ''not'' if he or she can help it). Private investigators are more likely to get hired for skip traces (tracking down bail jumpers, people evading service, people hiding from warrants, and similar parties), parties so that the police and courts can do their thing), and that part of the job is typically nowhere near as exciting and involves lots of social media hunts and public record searches.


Although it's more common for a Private Detective these days to be treated as just one step away from the AmateurSleuth (or often, particularly if seen from the point of view of the police, as rather sleazy bottom-feeders usually involved in some kind of criminal activity and frequently ex-cops kicked off the force for some kind of corruption), the classic {{Archetype}} of the Private Detective - and the one that has generally stuck in the mind of people when they think of the profession - is either the GreatDetective or the HardboiledDetective. In RealLife, the PrivateDetective is often viewed as a PunchClockVillain for his or her use of SinisterSurveillance. The fact that they are officially licensed to go on a StalkingMission to track whoever they are hired to investigate (often for non-criminal activity like [[YourCheatingHeart adultery]]) puts them firmly in the camp of SociopathicHero, or a PsychoForHire with no respect for other individuals' privacy, depending on who you ask. In RealLife, some private investigators may also function as a BountyHunter, as the two professions are incredibly similar (although a BountyHunter will usually confront the individual he or she is tracking directly - a PrivateInvestigator typically will ''not'' if he or she can help it).

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Although it's more common for a Private Detective these days to be treated as just one step away from the AmateurSleuth (or often, particularly if seen from the point of view of the police, as rather sleazy bottom-feeders usually involved in some kind of criminal activity and frequently ex-cops kicked off the force for some kind of corruption), the classic {{Archetype}} of the Private Detective - and the one that has generally stuck in the mind of people when they think of the profession - is either the GreatDetective or the HardboiledDetective. In RealLife, the PrivateDetective is often viewed as a PunchClockVillain for his or her use of SinisterSurveillance. The fact that they are officially licensed to go on a StalkingMission to track whoever they are hired to investigate (often for non-criminal activity like [[YourCheatingHeart adultery]]) puts them firmly in the camp of SociopathicHero, or a PsychoForHire with no respect for other individuals' privacy, depending on who you ask. In RealLife, some private investigators may also function as a BountyHunter, as the two professions are incredibly similar (although a BountyHunter will usually confront the individual he or she is tracking directly - a PrivateInvestigator typically will ''not'' if he or she can help it). \n Private investigators are more likely to get hired for skip traces (tracking down bail jumpers, people evading service, people hiding from warrants, and similar parties), and that part of the job is typically nowhere near as exciting and involves lots of social media hunts and public record searches.


While the comparison with the AmateurSleuth is common, in many ways the stories work the opposite ways. The AmateurSleuth, such as Literature/MissMarple, tend to cozy locked room mysteries, where everything starts complicated and uncertain, but slowly works its way down as a logic puzzle, with a tidy solution where the killer is unmasked. The PrivateInvestigator tends to start simple, but as the investigation will unravel an ever more complicated plot, and the ending is rarely tidy. MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot is a common thread. The killer may be unmasked, but larger problems tend to stay unsolved.

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While the comparison with the AmateurSleuth is common, in many ways the stories work the opposite ways. The AmateurSleuth, such as Literature/MissMarple, tend to cozy locked room mysteries, where everything starts complicated and uncertain, but slowly works its way down as a logic puzzle, with a tidy solution where the killer is unmasked. The PrivateInvestigator tends to start simple, but as the investigation will unravel an ever more complicated plot, and the ending is rarely tidy. MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot is a common thread. The killer may be unmasked, but larger problems tend to stay unsolved.
unsolved. The HardboiledDetective is this guy made even tougher.

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