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It had been a long night and Private Detective Ruby Rocket needed a stiff one... Then he walked in.

Ruby Rocket, Private Detective is a series of Film Noir-style shorts created by and starring Stacey Hallal and animated by Sam Neimann.

Rocket is woken in her office by a man knocking on the door, wanting to hire her.

Following an initial short, viewable here, five more short were made, viewable here and here. In 2020, following a successful Kickstarter, "Ruby University," the first issue of a Ruby Rocket Private Detective comic series was launched.



  • Blackmail: Mrs. Van Door is being blackmailed, so she hires Ruby to find out who is behind it and why.
  • Blatant Lies: In his victory speech, Mayor Wheekly credits his success to his upbringing, in a poor family with seven siblings. A flashback shows he was an only child in a wealthy family.
  • Chandler American Time: Set in 1939 in a No Communities Were Harmed version of Chicago, with all the usual trappings.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Ruby stalks the blackmailer she's been hired to uncover, but he stops and turns around, causing her to crash into him.
  • Cuteness Proximity: In episode two, a client, Mrs. Van Door, wears a fox stole, which Ruby spends most of the time trying to nuzzle.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: In the pilot, Ruby focuses on the client so much she doesn't hear a word he says. In episode three, she forgets why she was visiting Rick once she sees him naked and tries to get him to remove his bedsheet.
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  • Friend on the Force: Rick Bellows. Ruby visits him in the middle of the night in episode three.
  • Hardboiled Detective: Ruby.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Ruby.
    It'd been a long night. Night that stretched into day then back into night then back into day. Least I thought it was day. All I knew for sure is that I was hungover. I was so hung over, I was still drunk.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode of the webseries starts with "The Big..." as a nod to The Big Sleep.
  • Landslide Election: Mayor Wheekly is reelected in a landslide to a sixth consecutive term, which likely indicates his huge popularity with the city, much like real life Chicago mayor Richard Daley.
  • Man on Fire: Well, woman anyway. Ruby accidentally sets her hair on fire while lighting her cigarette.
    My assistant, Pixie Stick was taking a well-deserved vacation, leaving me to take care of myself. And I wasn't doing a very good job of it.
  • Metaphorgotten:
    I watched him put the cigarette in his full, round lips. I could have lit it with my soul. Because it was on fire. My soul was on fire not his cigarette. Well his cigarette was on fire too but after I lit it. Not on fire but lit, it was lit.
    • And
      Looking at him was like stealing candy from a baby. I like candy. I like chocolate turtles with pecans. I don't like babies as much, they're too small and you can't eat them. Well, I guess some people might eat them, but that's just plain sick.
  • Newspaper-Thin Disguise: Ruby uses one when stalking a blackmailer. She not-so inconspicuously rips a hole in the front to look through.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Mayor Wheekly, reelected for a sixth term, is based on Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, Sr., who served six consecutive terms as mayor from 1955 to 1976.
  • No Communities Were Harmed: Ruby lives in Cashigo, a stand-in for Chicago.
  • Pretty in Mink: Grande Dame Mrs. Van Door wears a fox stole when meeting with Ruby. Ruby becomes so distracted by the fox she constantly tries to nuzzle its face.
  • Private Eye Monologue: Just about every cliché you can name. Ruby's office is grimy, with half-open Venetian blinds, a door with a frosted window, and a bottle of booze on the desk. She eventually spends so much time monologuing that she hadn't heard a word the client said.
  • Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Ruby stumbles over words and metaphors. Possibly because she's hung over and still a bit drunk.
  • Slipping a Mickey: While following a blackmail suspect, Ruby follows him into a bar and loses him, so she orders a dirty martini. The blackmailer is hiding under the counter and slips something in her drink, knocking her out.
  • Smoking Is Cool
  • Talks like a Simile
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Where Ruby keeps her cigarettes. A Grande Dame client is less than enthusiastic about reaching for one when offered.
  • Weapon Stomp: Subversion. In the opening, one of the men on the floor reaches for a gun. Ruby jabs him in the head with her Combat Stilettos.
  • With Catlike Tread: In episode three, Ruby visits a friend for information in the middle of the night, and loudly smashes through a window to get in. After he sees her out, she remembers why she visited him and loudly smashes through another window.