Follow TV Tropes


Detective Animal

Go To

"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.



    open/close all folders 

  • 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 
  • The main protagonists from Animal Detectives Kiruminzoo 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.
  • Sherlock Hound is an anime where various Sherlock Holmes characters are Funny Animals.
  • In the manga Billy Bat, the main character writes a comic book about a detective Bat.
  • Averted by Goro in Case Closed — the clues he gives to Kogoro in "The Cat Sitting Case"/"Secret of the Russian Blue" (Manga/Anime titles respectively) were set out by Conan placing cat treats.

    Asian Animation 

    Comic Books 
  • Detective Chimp from DC Comics.
  • In the few stories he narrated himself, Batman's dog Ace the Bat-Hound was shown to be an expert detective.
  • Joey Fly and Sammy Stingtail of the Joey Fly series, a housefly and scorpion respectively.
  • Rex the Wonder Dog from DC Comics had issues where he demonstrated his capabilities as a detective. He's even best friends with the aforementioned Detective Chimp, although they rarely if ever work on cases together.
  • Fish Police. It's pretty much there in the titles.
  • Detective-Inspector Archie LeBrock, the badger lead character of Grandville, and his sidekick Roderick Ratzi.
  • Blacksad is about a feline Private Detective who gets involved in Film Noir-like stories.
  • Sam Spayed, one of the eponymous cat's former incarnations in Garfield: His 9 Lives.

    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 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In Anonymous Rex, a velociraptor in disguise as human is a Hardboiled Detective. (But the book is set In a World… where there are dinosaurs living among us, so he's not unique.)
  • The title character of the Mrs. Murphy Mysteries.
  • Akif Pirincci's Felidae series features, as you might guess from the title, a cat detective who solves cat crimes. Not as silly as it sounds.
  • Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann is a murder mystery that gets solved by a flock of sheep.
  • The titular hero of the Basil of Baker Street series is a Mouse World version of Sherlock Holmes. These books were the source material for The Great Mouse Detective.
  • The Midnight Louie series of novels, Midnight Louie being a cat.
  • 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 Simon Hawke's Wizard novels.
  • In the Sherlock Chick children's books, the hero is a chick who was born with detective gear and a deerstalker hat. In his adventures, he solves cases for the other farm animals.
  • The titular character in Chet Gecko is a Big Eater lizard Private Detective whose activities are limited to his elementary school, where the students and staff are all Funny Animals.
  • Bug Muldoon of Bug Muldoon and the Garden of Fear is a beetle private eye who takes jobs from insect clients in the garden where he lives.
  • Similar to the Bug Muldoon example, Incognito Mosquito, Private Insective, Ace Lacewing, and Spider Kane.
  • 'Private I. Guana, which features an iguana detective who tries to find a missing Hollywood Chameleon for a client.
  • Detective Dinosaur — the title character is a Clueless Detective assisted by his pterosaur Hypercompetent Sidekick and Da Chief, a Tyrannosaurus rex.
  • In Walter Brooks' Freddy the Pig series, one of said character's hobbies was running a detective agency.
  • The Chet and Bernie detective stories, about private detective Bernie Little, narrated by his dog Chet.
  • In City of Devils and its sequels, Fifty Feet of Trouble and Wolfman Confidential, the LAPD and local Sheriff's Departments are entirely staffed by werewolves.
  • The Joe Grey series, featuring a pair of cats with the unique ability to speak and think like humans. After finding out "whodunnit," they phone in anonymous tips to the local police force.
  • The Sherlock Hound novel series by Brenda Sivers. Unrelated to the anime version, beyond "Sherlock Holmes parody".
  • The Cat Who... Series: Left ambiguously open — Koko gives clues that in hindsight point directly at the criminal, though it is never made clear whether the clues are coincidental.
  • Hettie Bagshott and her sidekick Tilly in The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency by Mandy Morton.
  • Old Toffer's Book of Consequential Dogs, an authorised sequel to Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, has a poem about "Dobson, the Dog Detective"; opposite number to the criminal cat Macavity.
  • Sam the Cat: Detective: Sam is a calculating cat who is good at sniffing out clues about animal and human criminals and has an information network from other cats.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 

    Puppet Shows 
  • Colambo in Sesame Street is an ovine Columbo parody.
  • Roland Rat once starred in a series called Tales of the Rodent Sherlock Holmes.
  • Episode 103 of The Muppet Show had a Sherlock Holmes spoof starring Rowlf.
  • In Muppets Tonight, episode 206, there's a sketch in which Sherlock Holmes is a whale.
  • In Muppets Most Wanted, Sam the Eagle is a CIA agent on the trail of a stolen painting.

  • In the Big Finish Doctor Who serials, 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.

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 

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

     Web Videos 
  • The Cream Heroes episode 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