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"Detective Hammer Logan III woke with a start, images of the bizarre bayou murder still fresh in his mind's eye — a dame in trouble, body covered with bloody toothprints and saliva—but as sleep lifted, the grizzled detective remembered that he was a dog and the dame a coyote, so he spun on the bed three times and slept the rest of the day."
Jacob Smith, Dallas, TX, The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2016

He may be the Funny Animal, the Intellectual Animal, or maybe even the Speech-Impaired Animal, but if there's one thing that he's incredibly good at, it's solving any kind of mystery that comes his way. He can be either a Hardboiled Detective, an Inspector Oblivious, or a Defective Detective. Whether he does it on his own, or with a friend, or with a group of humans, expect him to help solve the case with ease. This character may or may not work in a World of Funny Animals.

Compare: Animal Superheroes.


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  • Advertising PSA McGruff the crime dog has that whole Columbo thing going for him.
  • An Australian ad for blood donors had a bloodhound acting in much the same way. Due to the shortage of blood donors (voluntary in that country), said bloodhound had to be a detective to find one.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Animal Detectives Kiruminzoo: The main protagonists use devices named "Kirumin", which makes them able to transform into animals. They use them to get clues a normal human couldn't get, as well as communicating with animals and understanding their feelings.
  • Billy Bat: The main character writes a comic book about a detective Bat.
  • Sherlock Hound is an anime where various Sherlock Holmes characters are Funny Animals.

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    Comic Books 
  • Batman: In the few stories that he narrates himself, Batman's dog Ace the Bat-Hound was shown to be an expert detective.
  • Blacksad is about a feline Private Detective who gets involved in Film Noir-like stories.
  • Grandville: Detective-Inspector Archie LeBrock, the badger lead character, and his sidekick Roderick Ratzi.
  • Joey Fly: Joey Fly and Sammy Stingtail, a housefly and scorpion respectively.
  • Rex the Wonder Dog from DC Comics has issues where he demonstrates his capabilities as a detective. He's even best friends with Detective Chimp, although they rarely if ever work on cases together.

    Comic Strips 
  • Slylock Fox is a puzzle strip featuring a fox who solves crimes while dressed as Sherlock Holmes. Most of the other characters are anthropomorphic animals, too.

    Films — Animation 
  • Zootopia: Judy Hopps is very methodical in trying to uncover clues and potential leads on the missing animals case.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Tailchaser's Song is a Mature Animal Story about an older kitten named Tailchaser and his Tagalong Kid Pouncequick going on a quest to find out why cats in their clan (and neighboring clans) are disappearing.
  • Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann is a murder mystery that gets solved by a flock of sheep.
  • Wizard: Catseye Gomez is a thaumagene tomcat addicted to old hard-boiled detective archetypes, who plays a key role in investigating murder cases in two of the novels.

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  • Big Finish Doctor Who: The Doctor's companion Frobisher is an alien called a Whifferdill that can change shape. His favorite shape, and the one he adopts in his day job as a detective, is penguin.

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  • El Goonish Shive: The cat-like Writer's Block plays a detective during the "Detective Block" storyline.

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  • Cream Heroes: "Don't Trust Kitties" has Lulu turn detective to uncover who raided the kitchen at night and made a mess with the trat box to get a reward. After interviewing witnesses (Momo and Chuchu) he learns the suspect has 'long, white fur.' Lulu fingers Coco and captures him. However, this turns out to be a frame up. The suspect with the long, white fur was Lala and Lulu was her accomplice. As such Lulu not only got away with his crime but was actually rewarded for it.

    Western Animation 
  • Jabberjaw featured the eponymous shark who helped his human friends, Biff, Shelly, Bubbles and Clamhead, solve mysteries in a futuristic underwater world.
  • Snooper and Blabber: The titular due is a cat-and-mouse detective team.
  • The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, although it's mostly accidental. The bickering among Sylvester, Tweety and often Hector causes clues to appear in front of Granny, who then solves the mysteries herself.