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Series / Mystery Hunters

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Our intrepid Mystery Hunters and Doubting Dave.
"Remember, things aren't always what they seem!"

Mystery Hunters is a Discovery Kids program starring Araya Mengesha and Christina Broccolini, two teens who investigate mysteries of things that go bump in the night and try to find both the rational scientific explanation and the mysterious explanations of the unknown. Their investigations have included ghosts, aliens, vampires, werewolves and so on. In his own segment, David Acer AKA Doubting Dave explains situations scientifically and shows you labs of how to create your own experiments and craft projects based on the mystery of the week.

It has an Indian counterpart called, naturally, "Mystery Hunters India." It aired in 2012, years after the original ended. Unlike the original series where the show explore mysteries around the world, it is more local, looking at Indian myths.

Tropes used by Mystery Hunters:

  • Agent Scully: Doubting Dave, Araya, and Christina all have this as their default mode.
  • Alien Abduction: A frequent subject.
  • Cat Scare: One episode featured a viewer ask about a plane he saw go into a cloud and not come back out; an annoying news crew interrupts Dave before he can answer, instead sending Captain Ben Bishop (who spoke with an inexplicable Sean Connery accent) into the cloud. He reports something coming right for him as static engulfs the radio...only for it to turn out to be a Bee in the cockpit.
  • Clip Show: The first and second season finales "The Best of Mystery Hunters" has the team discussing their favorite moments from the mysteries, alongside some bloopers.
  • Doppelgangers: Investigated.
  • Death by Falling Over: Doubting Dave fell over a case of stairs in a V-File talking about ghosts, briefly leaving his body. He gets better when he gets back into his body.
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  • Edutainment Show
  • Fanservice: Yes, even in this show. As Christina Broccolini matured physically, her outfits went from casual t-shirts and regular jeans to painted-on pants and tight tank tops that hugged every curve.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Everything has a rational explanation. There are never any supernatural events without a mundane explanation. No matter how afraid the hosts act while it's happening.
  • Identical Stranger: Doubting Dave discussed this in a V-File that there would be someone else that might look like you. He brings an example of him looking like musical Weird Al.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Sometimes, the hosts would be unable to conclusively explain everything rationally, leaving the possibility of the supernatural.
  • Near-Death Experience: Dave went into some pretty good detail describing how this works.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The lead up to the Tom Thomson segment started off talking about his ghost...only for the vast majority of it being an investigation into Thomson's death, the ghost hardly being brought up.
  • No Ending: Most of the investigations are often left unsolved.
  • One We Prepared Earlier
  • Our Fairies Are Different: In the V-Files where Doubting Dave discuses about fairy rings, he states that there are different kinds of fairies, some that are good, evil, mischievous and can give you various types of luck.
  • Pungeon Master: Dave and Araya both get groans.
  • Rake Take: Doubting Dave hits himself with a rake a few times when discussing about fairies.
  • Scare Chord: Added to personal accounts
  • Science Show
  • Shout-Out: One episode dealing with the power of suggestion featured a fictional serial killer named Eduard Delacroix.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Most of the mysteries Christina and Araya investigate are separate ones that don't connect, though some might be related to a certain topic.
  • Unnaturally Blue Lighting: Used for a "creepy" effect with personal accounts.
  • You Look Like You've Seen a Ghost!


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