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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })A device used to introduce a detective character and his skills. The detective mentions some fact about the person he's just met, something that is not immediately obvious and he has no way of knowing ("Quitting cigarettes appears to have been good for you", "How's the wedding planning going?", "You've holidayed in Italy recently"). The other character looks skeptical or surprised, then the detective describes his reasoning from a set of minor clues (state and style of clothes, marks on skin, tan, etc.) and consequent assumptions.
This is often not connected directly to the main plotline, but just to show "This is how the detective's mind works, and yes, the detective is That Good." The obvious subversion is to play this out, then have the detective admit that he was told the fact, or else for the other person to insist the detective is utterly wrong.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })This is often cited as a demonstration of deductive reasoning (reaching a conclusion that is true by definition based on its premises) but is actually an example of inductive reasoning (reaching a conclusion that has some probability of being true based on its premises). In general, deductive arguments produce only trivial truths in a field like detective work, so induction is all you can use. Due to the laws of probability this means that a detailed scan should be extremely likely to err on a few details, but this almost never happens in fiction. You will, however, find that once a character begins a Sherlock Scan their vision magically adjusts to 20/20, so that they can pick up every visual clue and expound on it without an unsightly squint.
A common parody of this is to have the detective note these details before drawing attention to the blindingly obvious clue, or occasionally notes the obvious clue immediately.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })Compare the Scarily Competent Tracker, who is like a Sherlock Scan done on footprints, and the Batman Cold Open. See also Hyper-Awareness and Awesomeness by Analysis. When this kind of reasoning makes no sense but still works, it's a Bat Deduction. When the above subversion of performing one of these before noting an obvious hint occurs, it's Clue, Evidence, and a Smoking Gun. If there's a "psychic" bent to the scan, it's Cold Reading. If a criminal does this to the detective interrogating him, then it might be part of a Hannibal Lecture. In Video Game settings this can manifest as Enemy Scan against enemies, especially if done without the help of magic or a device. For when one uses this to find a location, see GPS Evidence. See also Eagle-Eye Detection.
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Sherlock, unsurprisingly, uses this at least once an episode.
"A Study in Pink" contains 3 different types of scans to establish just how Crazy Awesome the titular detective is. Though in a bit of a departure from the usual trope, he's not always quite right — when he first meets Watson, he deduces that Watson has an estranged alcoholic brother named Harry who has recently left his wife. He's right about the troubled sibling relationship, the alcohol, and the break-up... but Harry is short for Harriet.
A Double Subversion in "The Blind Banker". Sherlock tells a college acquaintance familiar with his deductive scans that he's been around the world twice in the last month. When asked how he knew, Sherlock says the secretary mentioned it, which John knows to be untrue. Sherlock later explains to John that he deduced it from looking at the man's watch and seeing the date changes, but felt like messing with the guy's head.
Subverted in "The Great Game" when Sherlock, having pronounced Molly's new boyfriend Jim gay, follows up a long list of subtle, ambiguous clues about Jim's personal grooming habits with the fact that he has just given Sherlock his phone number. And after all that, he still misses the fact that Jim's last name is Moriarty.
Subverted to the point of parody in "A Scandal in Belgravia", when Irene Adler flummoxes Sherlock by giving him nothing to scan. To add to the humor, Sherlock immediately looks over at John and confirms he's not going insane by scanning him effortlessly (the subtitles point out "new toothbrush" and "going out on date tonight"), then he glances right back at Irene's mischievous smile... and all he can get is "??????"
In the same episode, because he wants to show off and impress Irene, we see his Sherlock Scan enter Bullet Time, breaking the combination of a safe in under 8 seconds! She later references the act as proof of his abilities, so he succeeded in impressing her. And he realizes the combination is her measurements—so he did pick up relevant information on her after all, he just didn't know what it was relevant to until he was told to open the safe.
At another point in the episode, the scan is used to highlight Sherlock's hidden anger, as it becomes a litany of ways to inflict pain and injury on the operative who had worked over Mrs. Hudson.
Mycroft's Scanning abilities are shown to be superior in "The Great Game". Sherlock asks John (who has just spent a night at his girlfriend's house but not in her bed) "How was the lilo", only for Mycroft to immediately correct him: "Sofa, Sherlock, it was the sofa." Although after a second or two of focus, Sherlock apparently sees the evidence and admits the mistake, although you can see he's a bit annoyed that Mycroft was correct more quickly.
In "The Empty Hearse" Sherlock and Mycroft have a Scan-off with a hat left behind by one of Sherlock's clients, volleying deductions back and forth until Sherlock runs out of fresh details to analyse. However, Sherlock offers an insight into the subject's social isolation overlooked by Mycroft, who cannot perceive loneliness in himself or in others. Non-verifiable deduction so Sherlock loses the battle... but he wins the broader war by completely flummoxing Mycroft.
Hilariously subverted in "The Sign of Three", when Sherlock is called out on a case while messily drunk. When he tries to scan the crime scene, all of the deduction subtitles are blurry, inaccurate, and slurred, like "egg chair sitty thing", "???", and "sleep".
Also subverted in "The Six Thatchers", when Mary goes on the run for It's Not You, It's My Enemies reasons and bases her entire route on die rolls, knowing that not even Sherlock can predict total randomness. Sherlock shows up on her doorstep anyway, and makes a long-winded speech about how nothing is truly random and people always leave a string of psychological clues as to where they're going... before revealing that he was just making it up and he put a tracker on her.
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In Worm, the character of Tattletale, whose superpower is basically enhanced intuition, is very good at using this along with the Hannibal Lecture to blackmail her enemies by revealing all their secrets and weaknesses. It goes a bit farther than normal since her power lets her make impossible deductions such as determining someone's PIN number from the way they dress. It isn't perfect though: she is still capable of drawing wrong conclusions, and the chances of doing so increase the further the leaps in logic her power makes. Furthermore, if she starts from false information, she will of course draw false conclusions based on it.
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In Zoey 101 one-off character Miles Brody does this when Zoey comes to ask him for help in the episode Robot Wars. It's used to establish his cred as "the guy who knows everything".
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Control Z: Sofia does several of these to detect clues other people would miss.
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Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes (2009):
In addition to putting it to its conventional use, Sherlock also weaponizes it, using it to meticulously plan out how he will thoroughly beat the crap out of someone. The fight is shown in Bullet Time as he plans and then realtime when he follows through. Guy Ritchie calls this "Holmes-O-Vision".
He also uses it on Mary Morstan (at her eager request). His observations are bang-on, down to the tan-line on her finger speaking of a prior betrothal, but when he rather cattily speculates that she broke off the engagement to find better prospects (i.e., Watson), she tosses her drink in his face. Turns out, the guy died before they could marry. Earlier in the scene, when Holmes is alone at the table, it's implied that he suffers from hyper-awareness, and can't turn it off.
Dr. Watson has been working with Holmes so long, he's picked up on the talent himself. Holmes invites him to examine a pocket watch as evidence, to which Watson accurately deduces the previous owner was a drunk and bought it second hand from a pawn shop.
In the sequel, the Holmes-O-Vision fights are both derailed mid-follow-through. The first time, the assassin he's kicking the ass of gets a knife to his body armour, forcing Holmes to improvise. The second time, it's revealed that Moriarty can do the same thing - and they both realize that Holmes is going to lose in a proper fight. Holmes ends up pulling a Taking You with Me and showing that Moriarty's scan has a fatal flaw
Once, when Holmes is put on a Blindfolded Trip, he delivers a turn-by-turn account of the entire route his carriage took just based on various smells and jolts in the ride.
There is a scene in the sequel where Sherlock and Mycroft banter by making astute observations about each other. Watson interrupts them by making a deduction of his own.
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Occasionally done in Detective Conan, such as the first episode, where Conan comes up with a different justification.
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Played straight and lampshaded in Loaded Weapon 1. When the detectives are talking to Dr. Leecher, he does a brief Sherlock Scan on Colt and appears to do it to Luger too... until he admits he saw a family photo in Luger's wallet.
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X-23 possesses a very disturbing form of this. As in the Sherlock Holmes (2009) example below, whenever Laura walks into a room, her brain immediately begins to analyze the situation and everyone in it, performing threat analysis, formulating multiple attack plans, and calculating the best method with which to kill everyone in the room. Her thoughts in Avengers Arena reveal that she can't turn it off, so she even does this to her friends!
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The Great Mouse Detective, being an Affectionate Parody of Sherlock Holmes, also does this. Basil is able, for example, to deduce that Dawson is not just a doctor, but a surgeon that just came from military service in Afghanistan, all from merely glancing at the way he mended a rip on his coat. Basil also constantly mentions that Fidget has a crippled wing when trying to describe the bat, much to everyone's confusion. It plays no part until Fidget ends up tossed off a blimp shouting "I can't fly! I can't fly!"
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In Ravenor Rogue, Big Bad Zygmunt Molotch demonstrates his Hyper-Awareness to a skeptical Leyla Slade by identifying various details about the patrons of a café based on their appearances and actions. He identifies the bartender as an Imperial Guard veteran based on a wrist tattoo (down to the specific regiment he served in), and several other patrons as government officials by their brooches or signet rings.
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RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse: Subverted in "Dinky and the Blanks", where Grey Hoof tries doing this to the Element Bearers. Trixie shoots him down by pointing out his observations are completely obvious - such as Ditzy's strabismus or Carrot Top being a farmer.
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Alias: This happens frequently, done by almost all protagonists and villains alike, given that everyone is an agent or terrorist. In Detente, an op is almost aborted when they realise the mark they have very little intel on is staying in to watch his football team on the telly. Nadia and Sydney come up with an infiltration plan from a single glance at his hotel room through a surveillance camera, which gives them all the clues they need to immediately conclude the man has a long-term girlfriend who lives off his money, likes to party, is bored and angry with him, and is currently in the hotel bar looking for some fun at her boyfriend's expense.
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House MD—then again, House is pretty much "Cranky(-er) Sherlock Holmes in a hospital, with drug addiction switched from cocaine to prescription Vicodin and name changes (Holmes-> House; Dr. Watson-> Dr. Wilson)". House is also more prone to being wrong, usually letting his misanthropy cause him to misinterpret clues.
A prime example in "Occam's Razor", with a clinic patient:
The mystery writer in the episode "Unwritten" pulls this on Chase, figuring out his recent divorce among other things.
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Shawn Spencer of Psych does this, but since he's feigning psychic powers he usually doesn't tell the subject how he knew. Though we do see what objects/spots he focuses on to make his deductions, we don't always get an explanation. Another fake psychic calls him out on the obvious glances at the clues. She's usually a little more subtle about it.
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Castle: Richard Castle regularly uses this on suspects, sometimes to gloat, sometimes to lure a confession, and sometimes to Break Them by Talking since he doesn't carry a weapon. Against serial killer 3XK, this is almost, but not quite, a Hannibal Lecture; while Castle is tied up and at the killer's mercy, he is not being interrogated. Averted several times when Castle's theories turn out to be plausible but wrong. He even pulls this on Beckett in the pilot, as a sort of attempted Let's Get Dangerous! moment to prove that he can actually help. It's played with in that Castle realizes as he's doing it that he's hurting her and digging up painful memories, and so apologetically stops, without taking any satisfaction in being correct.
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Mike Ross of Suits is a genius able to do this. combined with a photographic memory. It's shown in the first episode where he passes a bellhop and a man talking and can tell both are undercover cops. Mike asks what time the pool is open and the bellhop giving the hours but Mike remembers passing a father and son talking of the pool closed for cleaning. This lets Mike know the cops are setting up a sting for the drug deal he's about to walk in on.
When he's arrested in season 5, Mike finds himself threatened by a burly man in his cell. Mike, however, remembers seeing the man's photo on a wall of agents and knows the guy is a federal agent trying to scare Mike into incriminating himself.
When a federal prosecutor tries to claim she doesn't have video of Mike being interrogated without a lawyer, Mike fires back by reciting the serial number of the camera that was used. The judge tells the prosecutor to either drop her motion to have Harvey removed as Mike's lawyer or she'll subpoena the camera and catch the prosecutor in perjury.
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In Lie to Me, Cal Lightman will do this pretty much every episode, though usually to the ends of letting whoever he's questioning know that he'll know if they're not telling the truth, and is almost always right. One time he's giving a presentation to a group of college kids. He tries to scan one and fails miserably. His conclusion? The guy's a psychopath. He turns out to be right, although it's left ambiguous whether the guy would've acted on his impulses if Lightman hadn't pushed him in that direction.
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Reconstructed in Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken, where Sherlock Holmes scans the crime scenes, but is somewhat off the mark with the details. It's up to the main character to fix his mistakes and get to the correct deduction. Iris Watson, on the other hand, does a much better job at it.
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Weaponised in Umineko: When They Cry by Furudo Erika's (ab)use of the concept of The Detective [of a mystery story] and Knox's Laws. Knox's 9th (All evidence must be presented to the reader [by the detective]) combined with her 'role' in the story allows her the ability to look over any crime scene and instantly note all important details. And then use these details to turn everyone on the island against a completely innocent woman just for her and her master's enjoyment.
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In The Detective and the Diplomat, Holmes pulls a Sherlock Scan on Commander Vimes — but far from being impressed and awed, Vimes just resents him with the burning intensity of a thousand desert suns for the rest of the story ("Between you, me, and the cot, Mr. Holmes, I get enough of that crap from the Patrician"). After that, Holmes' entire first day in Ankh-Morpork is a comedy of missed deductions; he pegs Carrot as the son of a farmer, Angua as a dog-lover (basically true, but...), Nobby as a Watch mascot, and Detritus as part of the statuary — this last nearly gets him killed. Holmes gets along a lot better with Ponder — once they iron out a compromise on the "no such thing as magic" issue.
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In Laurie King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Holmes' female apprentice demonstrates her credibility to Inspector Lestrade by doing this to one of his officers. She and Holmes do it to each other when they first meet. She's at a disadvantage, though, because she's read all Dr. Watson's books — which leaves her with nothing to deduce.
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The two-part Bravestarr episode, where Sherlock ends up in Bravestarr's time.
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Hustle. Albert, the most experienced con artist on the team, does this to a potential mark on several occasions. Explained in full detail in "Gold Mine" when Albert gives Danny a lesson in the art of the 'cold read'.
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In the Star Trek: Picard episode "Nepenthe", Picard refuses to tell Riker the full story behind Soji as he’d earlier noted his old crew would insist on helping. Riker quickly works it out anyway.
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In Unto the Breach, Jay does this to Katya when he's first introduced to her. He doesn't, however, reveal how he deduced the assessment, which the reader only knows to be true from previous info given about her.
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Darkwing Duck tries to do this to impress the police or the victim, but he almost always arrives at the completely wrong conclusion. He usually replies with a "I knew that!" or "I was just testing your honesty."
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In Community episode "Environmental Science", Jeff uses one to deduce Chang's wife left him (Chang wore the same shirt twice in a week, taught the Spanish word for "wife" meant "liar" in class, and has a post-it note saying "enjoy it while it lasts" on his office's framed photo of him and his wife). Jeff explains he used to read juries like this as an attorney, to figure out the best angles to use in court.
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Rendered as a Patter Song, "It's So Simple," in the musical Baker Street.
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Jamie Madrox does this to Rahne/Wolfsbane in the first issue of his miniseries (the prelude to X-Factor), lampshading in the narration that this Holmes schtick should quiet her doubts about his detective skills. Subverted in the fact that he didn't deduce anything, he just had duplicates of himself follow her all day.
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In Seventeen Moments of Spring, these are usually delivered by the solemn narrator's (Yefim Kopelian's) voice telling us what Stirlitz noticed and what train of thought he conducted from that.
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In The Divine Comedy, Virgil can read Dante's thoughts just by looking at his face, once boasting that he receives Dante's inner being faster than a mirror could receive his outer being. These powers aren't supernatural like Beatrice's Telepathy (as Mark Musa argues), but rather show a mastery of wisdom available to pagan philosophy.
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The Pink Panther
In the Steve Martin The Pink Panther (2006), Inspector Clouseau attempts this as someone enters a room, and gets it completely wrong. It actually has some significance, since the guy he tries it on is the murderer.
Parodied in the sequel, where Clouseau and Inspector Pepperidge try to out-sherlockscan each other.
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The Investigator and the Consigliere in Town of Salem are presumably able to determine what role a player is through this, with the Investigator narrowing it down to three to five possible choices while the Consigliere is able to know what role they are directly. Their results will be murky if their target was framed or doused in gasoline, however.
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Parodied on Scrubs when JD deduces that Turk is naked over a watchie-talkie (a watch with a built in walkie-talkie) because his voice is always higher when he's naked. This immediately prompts Dr. Cox to remark on how disturbing it is that he knows that.
In one episode, JD considers himself stronger in diagnosing than Elliot and tries to coach her on how to put clues together in this manner by using a nearby example on display. The example being an odd, precise stack of sugar packets on the floor, which JD deduced was a ploy by The Todd to get a nurse in search for sugar for her coffee to bend down and reveal her thong.
Played straight on yet another episode. Turk (a surgeon) and Dr. Molly Clock (a psychiatric doctor) challenge each other on instant diagnosis of a succession of people walking into the hospital. We never really know if either of them are right, but Dr. Clock's diagnosis of alcoholism for a man who walks in wearing a beer hat is probably on the money (and, to her credit, she concedes that that one was a gimme). Molly then turns this game around on Turk, who is ignoring the classic symptoms of diabetes that he himself is exhibiting.
And let's not forget that Clock became a psychiatrist because of her innate ability to immediately discern the one thing a person most hates about themselves.
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Attack on Titan: Science Hero Hange Zoe manages to solve a murder within moments of happening upon the scene, picking up on several details all while acting the part of a hysterical, grieving friend. After being chased off by the Military Police already handling the investigation, Hange reveals the act was a ruse to check the murderer's hands for bruised knuckles — confirming his guilt and the robbery-gone-bad being a cover for Cold-Blooded Torture to silence the victim because He Knows Too Much. Furthermore, that all the victim's fingernails were removed prior to death proves he didn't break and his killers likely didn't get a single thing out of him.
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Freefall:
When looking for purified water to fill a contract to resupply reaction mass to satellites, Florence is subjected to one of these by a sales representative.
Flo does a Sherlock Sniff on Niomi, making an analysis of her family just from the scents on her.
She does another one later on the police chief and figures out that he's a human using a mobility rig (which itself is every bit as intelligent as the other robots on the planet).
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Averted in The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton. In The Absence of Mr Glass, some characters involve a brilliant criminologist in a domestic case, where he concludes with a sinister and dramatical interpretation of some facts. Dramatic and totally false. The apparent killer is only a magician, so that the cards, the knives, the swords and the mysteriously large top hat have a very simple explanation. At the end of the tale, everyone (also the criminologist) is laughing.
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Sunset Boulevard: Joseph Gillis says that Rudy can tell the state of a person's financial problems by the quality of their shoes.
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In The Dresden Files, wizard and Occult Detective Harry Dresden pulls these off, though they tend to be more subtle than most examples. For example, he's able to determine that a particular faerie queen was not responsible for a particular murder by simply analyzing her behavior and comparing it to details of the murder. At one point in Turn Coat, however, the scan is used to disturbing effect by Thomas, a White Court vampire, who has Harry do a few scans of some nearby human bystanders to see what he sees when he looks at them. Harry does so, providing detailed information on each group of people, at which point Thomas just points each group and says, "Food," one after the other, to demonstrate how different he is from Harry.
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FBI agent Carl Hanratty in Catch Me If You Can. He's able to determine a lot about Frank Abagnale from their telephone calls. For instance, he realizes that Frank is from New York because he mentioned the Yankees and that he's a kid because he used "Barry Allen" as an alias.
Frank himself is no slouch either. While waiting in the principal's office, he sees a student about to hand in a supposed note from her parents excusing her for the day. He points out to her that it's an obvious fake because there's no crease (from putting it in her pocket) on it.
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Supernatural: Done once in season 10 by a member of the Stynes family when a "bad boy" tried to buliy him for being a nerd and calling him a virgin, he then turns it around and describes him perfectly: You look like the kind of dude who wants people to think he's hood, but, no. See, the $100 haircut, the hybrid keys? I'd say you grew up in a white-bread wonderland. Your dad's probably a dentist, your mom's mostly Botox, and they both bang the pool boy. Oh, and you like rap, but you're scared of black people, even Will Smith.
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In Queen of Thieves, Nikolai Stirling's introductory scene has him making a series of observations about the heroine's background, personality, and current situation based on the display of artwork she's trying to sell.
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In Big Game, the Establishing Character Moment for Herbert is him working out the way terrorists have taken down Air Force One. He's correct on every point albeit this may be because he masterminded the operation.
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In the Discworld series, Vimes complains about those a lot, as seen here where he takes apart a very specific instance from the beginning of The Red-Haired League.
Nonetheless he occasionally does it himself, and he only notes that said evidence is out of place, withholding judgement until he knows more—for example, in Feet of Clay he finds a smear of white clay on the floor, which he notes is odd because Ankh-Morpork is on black loam.
He does a subversion in Jingo when he takes a look at a single clove and gives an impossibly precise description of the man who last touched it. Of course, he knows who it is because there's only one man in Ankh-Morpork who chews on cloves.
Vimes also has a Holmes-esque knowledge of the streets of Ankh-Morpork (due to patrolling them for so long) and uses it to similar effect.
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Elementary uses this, as you'd except from a Sherlock Holmes adaptation. It's subverted in the first episode when he explains the intricate basis for several inductions in a row, ending with one that he simply knew beforehand thanks to Google.
And again in season two.
The series also includes the part of Holmes genius' for the stories that is often overlooked in adaptations; sitting around for hours looking for some critical detail in the evidence that'll break the case. One Running Gag is Sherlock waking Joan up in some amusing fashion after his sleepless night of such deductions.
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In Final Fantasy XIV, this is the Establishing Character Moment for Sherlock Expy Consulting Inspector Briardien. The Warrior of Light first sees the inspector accusing a man of being a murderer. The man protests that he's just a humble merchant and the victim in question was killed by an Amalj'aa archer. Brierdien picks apart the argument by pointing out that the Amalj'aa are notorious slavers who would kidnap a helpless traveler rather than kill them. He also notes that the man he's accusing doesn't have the hand calluses of a merchant, but a skilled archer. Knowing a little of the man's history, he deduced that he murdered the victim with an Amalj'aa bow and arrow either for money or because the victim bedded the man's sister. When he confesses to the later motivation, Briardien shows irritation because he would have guessed the motivation to be money.
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Subverted and parodied when Sheldon tries this on Leonard in an episode of The Big Bang Theory, and fails miserably (and hilariously):
Incidentally, this conversation foreshadows the cold nature of Leonard's mum. Sheldon doesn't fail that badly. His first piece of analysis is bang on: Leonard feels little emotional attachment to his iceberg of a mother. So is his second—Leonard does find her visits uncomfortable and unpleasant, which is why they are so infrequent. Sheldon only fails because he loves his own mother but hates invasive medical procedures. The final "not a lot of room" is just a confirmation bias. So he was reading the right signals, he just came to the wrong conclusion from it due to his own biases.
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Reiji in the Kara no Shoujo adaptation immediately deduces much about Touko's character on first meeting. Probably for the sake of compression, as the trope was averted in the VN.
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In The Last Laugh Murders, an episode of the Nero Wolfe radio series (not an adaptation of any of the books), Archie challenges Wolfe to perform this on a random person passing by their front door, and Wolf grudgingly obliges. Subverted in that the person immediately declares him wrong in every respect. Archie is very amused and Wolfe is furious. Double-subverted in that Wolfe was actually completely correct, and the person in question was lying and pretending to be someone else. Wolfe immediately starts investigating just to soothe his bruised ego.
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Karst, from Golden Sun: The Lost Age. She claims that she can gauge a man's strength at a single glance — then proceeds to say that Felix wouldn't be able to kill Saturos and Mernardi even if he doubled his strength.
This is, however, laughed at when one plays through on easy — and is therefore a higher level than is necessary to defeat Karst and Agatio. Genre Blindness mayhaps?
In normal circumstances though (that means no level-grinding...), she's right — at that point in the game, you're probably under half the level Isaac's party will have when you meet them.
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In an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman met Sherlock Holmes, who deduced just about everything about Batman's identity/history, just from a quick once over. He even knew the occupations of Bruce's parents.
Batman himself has a tendency to figure out a lot about someone just by looking at them, his main conceit being a detective.
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The Flaw In All Magic: Tane managed to fake being a diviner for years despite not actually being a mage at all by being very attentive and good at reading people. Even his magical teachers grudgingly admit that he has the best understanding of runes in the world.
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In Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Poirot is somehow able to tell who the cook is because he "has, perhaps, a nose for fine dining". Perhaps it should be counted simply as a Hand Wave instead?
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Done by obvious Holmes-parody Sherlock Jones in the DuckTales (1987) episode "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Duck". After Huey Dewey and Louie's attempt to search the home of a deceased scientist finds nothing, Jones notices a painting of the inventor above the mantle depicting the room they are now in, with a door that is not present in the actual room. This, of course, means the door is in the actual room, but is concealed. Sure enough, the secret door hides what they were looking for.
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Spoofed in the Bulldog Drummond parody Bullshot when our hero deduces from some oil on the grass about the kidnapping that's just occurred, even down to the vehicle used — failing to notice said vehicle abandoned in a nearby ditch until it's pointed out by his faithful manservant.
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The Order of the Stick: Vaarsuvius assumes that Kubota is a major villain because otherwise Elan would not have him tied up. Elan's reaction lampshades the shakiness of the Sherlock Scan.
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Fitz displays an emotion-based version on this trope in Cracker, able to break down somebody's deepest neuroses very quickly. He occasionally displays a more traditional version of this too. Though Fitz's greatest fear is that he was once wrong in his summation, possibly destroying a man's life and letting the murderer of a schoolchild get away.
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He does a subversion in Jingo when he takes a look at a single clove and gives an impossibly precise description of the man who last touched it. Of course, he knows who it is because there's only one man in Ankh-Morpork who chews on cloves.
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On Loveline, Dr. Drew (through years of experience) has become almost frighteningly good at detecting trauma in people who call into the show - going off of nothing but their tone of voice. It's not at all uncommon to hear him ask a caller, "So who molested you between the age of 7 and 10 years old?" and have the caller describe how they were abused when they were eight years old.
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Schlock Mercenary:
The eponymous Comedic Sociopath amorph demonstrates his keen observational ability here with a scan of the circus manager he was talking to, using his really good sense of smell - earlier stated by Kevyn to be superior to a Bloodhound's - and combined this with some basic reasoning and experience dealing with humans. Later on, he determines the person he's speaking with has recording ocular implants based on the fact she came out of a room (where they were secretly implanted by nanomachinery) smelling like surgery, crying and corneas.
Karl Tagon while exchanging tales with Kathryn held his "big" story here. After she told him she was an analyst in military intelligence. So it ends here with "General, I got tired of waiting for your story, so I cheated..."
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Black Butler has a curious subversion with Vicar Jeremy (first seen in Chapter 45 of the manga). He demonstrates several different Sherlock Scans, all of which are accurate and logical once he explains his trains of thought, but most of which are ultimately a way to maintain the cover of Sebastian Michaelis, devil of a butler and Not Quite Dead. He ends up being the inspiration for Arthur (author of A Study in Scarlet) to continue writing professionally. His scans include:
Identifying a particular guest of Ciel's party as Karl Woodley.
Identifying Arthur as an author (while praising him for saving the Vicar his breath).
The classic Holmesian "drunkard's pocketwatch" scan, combined with The Nose Knows.
Identifying a faked-death-turned-backstab via the aforementioned nose-knowing and a knowledge of poisons.
Dissolving suspicions of actress Irene Diaz being a vampire after said actress was found to be twelve years older than her lover and possessing a bottle of dark red liquid.
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Turnabout Storm has Sonata, who pulls these off occasionally thanks for her talent of having a keen eye for detail. For example, she's able to tell quite of bit of both Phoenix's personality and his current situation by looking at him, and figures out Twilight is from Canterlot because she still carries over some of the smugness present in its inhabitants. She made use of this ability to pull a productive blackmailing scheme with the case's victim.
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In Rounders, when Mike is reading the poker table at his law school professor's round, impressing everyone.
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In Exalted, Solars with the charm "Evidence-Discerning Method" can do something like this. It allows a character to gather up to twenty minutes worth of evidence (and the conclusions drawn therein) to be condensed into an action that takes five or six seconds.
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Done by the M.O.D.O.K. Captain Ersatz Think Tank in The Venture Bros. when he deduces from the soot on Dean's shoe that Wide Wale drilled through his lobby and from the pollen on his sleeve and smell of antiseptic that he brought flowers to the hospital.
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Parodied on the Smosh video "If TV Shows Were Real 2." A police officer asks Sherlock Holmes how he knows the identity of the killer, which prompts Sherlock to explain in long and great detail. However, Sherlock's explanation makes little, if any sense. When asked by the officer if he really thinks so, Sherlock instead calls the officer an idiot and points out that the killer was holding a knife the whole time.
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Law & Order: Criminal Intent:
Bobby Goren is quite well-known for this, although this makes sense as he is based on Sherlock Holmes.
A suspect does it to him in "Badge." He asks Terry Randolph (Viola Davis) how she can afford an expensive private school for her two daughters; she responds that she's frugal. He says that he's frugal and still could not afford to send children to the school; she says that he wears pricey clothing (because nothing in his size is ever on sale), goes on a lot of dates (because he wears no wedding ring), and is intelligent (and therefore he has expensive hobbies). He looks impressed and congratulates her on her perceptiveness. Then he says that she never answered his question.
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Dragon Age: Origins: While he's never given much chance to demonstrate it in-game, the prequel novel The Stolen Throne establishes Loghain's ability to do this in the first chapter when he correctly deduces Maric (who hasn't introduced himself yet) as having come from a well-off upbringing based on his clothes and how he carries himself, and when Maric introduces himself with a false name Loghain immediately spots it as a lie, but goes along with it anyway.
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A rare audio version in the pilot for Deception (2018). Magician Cameron and FBI agent Kay are called up by the mysterious woman who's been selling illusions to criminals. She gloats on how "the game is starting" and they have no idea where to start looking for her.
A later episode has Cameron noting this as the main trick of a psychic to make her predictions.
Kay and Cameron are following a thief to a subway station, Kay saying it's just them. Cameron points out how the janitor seems to be avoiding actually sweeping trash; a teenager is clearly a guy in his 30s who's not really playing a handheld game; a "homeless" woman has a brand-new manicure; another woman is talking on her cell phone despite the fact the underground station has terrible coverage; and a woman in a fancy suit is pushing a cheap stroller. He can't quite figure why a suited man is staring at them until Kay states it's her ex-boyfriend and they've walked into a CIA sting.
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Downplayed in TwoKinds; Madelyn, a Basitin intelligence officer, immediately realizes that main characters Keith and Natani have gotten a Relationship Upgrade to an Official Couple by spotting that Natani has looped his tail around Keith's. The rest of the cast don't figure it out until Natani gives Keith a Smooch of Victory in front of them, several dozen comics later.
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The X-Files:
This is sometimes played straight by Mulder, who can sometimes tell that the person he's interviewing at the moment happens to BE the monster of the week. However, after years of getting shut down for his wild and crazy theories he's made a habit of being not always being so forthcoming to anyone about his actual deductions, and only ends up narrating his logic to Scully. It's sometimes forgotten that Mulder acquired his nickname of "Spooky Mulder" back at the FBI academy way before he got involved with the paranormal — his skill at building quick and in-depth profiles was so good that people thought it was spooky. Senior FBI agents were already talking about him while he was still a cadet.
Spoofed in the episode "Humbug". A little person, in a town full of circus performers, gets offended when Mulder asks if he's done any circus work. He performs a Sherlock Scan on Mulder, to make a point about stereotyping, but he accidentally stereotypes Mulder as an FBI agent.
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New Tricks: Brian turns the tables on a fake psychic in "Dead Man Talking"; using cold reading techniques to reveal all kinds of incriminating information about him.
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In Granada TV's Sherlock Holmes adaptation, one of the key ways that the producers attempted to perform a Character Rerailment on Dr. Watson and demonstrate that he wasn't the dunce that popular belief had Flanderized him into was to give Holmes the breathtakingly sudden moments of Sherlock Scan insight — however, it would then be Watson who would explain the clues to the astonished recipient, suggesting that he was intelligent enough to gradually take on board Holmes' methods but wasn't quite as quick or insightful about them.
Subverted/Inverted in another one of Jeremy Brett's attempts to counteract the Flanderization of Watson. Watson is given the opportunity to perform a Sherlock Scan on Holmes himself, to explain Holmes's apparent bad mood and unexpected presence. Sherlock responds with a list of plausible alternate explanations for the clues that Watson picked up on, but finally he grudgingly admits that Watson was, in fact, right all along.
In the adaptation of "The Devil's Foot", Holmes plays with this schtick a bit. He meets a country pastor and does his usual observation and deduction of the man which is of course amazingly accurate, including the subject of his last sermon. When the impressed pastor asks how he could possibly have known, Holmes explains what he observed. As for the sermon, he playfully revealed that he had read a copy of the local church's last Sunday service program beforehand.
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In Shadow of the Conqueror, Daylen uses his Lifebinding powers to enhance his perception, enabling him to find a hidden compartment. He has to use the power sparingly, however, as it both hurts his hurt and floods his mind with more information than he can process.
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The specialty of former detective Carl Hickman in Crossing Lines. In a subversion of the detective explaining, Tommy McConnel demonstrates he's not particularly impressed when he points out the clues and reasoning Hickman used to determine McConnel was a successful bare-knuckle fighter.
Subverted in the first episode when Carl has a crisis of confidence after a case goes bad. Louis tries to pep him up by relating how Carl perfectly knew the history of a young woman he saw at the carnival. Scoffing, Carl relates he'd actually overheard the woman talking about her life in the dozen previous times she'd been at the carnival and he was just trying to impress Louis.
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Parodied mercilessly in the first series of Dead Ringers, with a medical doctor supposedly able to discern everything about a patient just by looking at them, only for her assistant to reveal to her and the audience that she's misdiagnosed a married man hit by a car as a woman stabbed to death, or she's looking at her lunch, or her birthday cake, at which point the doctor stubbornly insists she's never wrong.
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Berserk: When the Holy Iron Chain Knights catch up to Guts' trail of corpses in the Lost Children chapter, Sir Azan says the bodies look like they were blasted apart by cannon fire and supposes the Black Swordsman must have been leading a group of soldiers. Serpico corrects him by stating he thinks it was done by one man, noticing that the wounds appear on closer inspection to have been caused by some kind of massive blade swung at incredible speed. Seeing that the bodies are all in the same state he guesses they were killed with the same kind of blade, and that it would seem unnatural to propose that more than one man exists who could handle such a freakish weapon. This is one of many clues that Serpico is far more competent than he pretends to be.
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In the 1st and 2nd games, the player character has an ability that can be activated by hitting the Triangle button. With it, all objects in a room worth checking out are highlighted, making the investigation go smoother.
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In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Statistical Probabilities", a group of genetically augmented (and mentally unstable) humans manage to glean many details of the Dominion's representative from Cardassia, Legate Damar, from watching a speech. Even though they knew nothing about Damar beforehand, they were deduce that he, a "pretender to the throne" who seized power from the "king", Gul Dukat, was racked with guilt over killing an "innocent princess", Dukat's daughter Ziyal, and was under the thrall of a "dark knight", the Dominion's Weyoun.
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The Bene Gesserit of Dune are capable of doing this due to their extensive training in minute observation (occasionally enhanced through psychoactive drugs) and, in the case of the higher ranking ones, assisted by access to their ancestral memory (which will often include other Bene Gesserit). They are also capable of variations, such as being able to observe architecture and determine the intentions behind its design. Those who are unfamiliar with the Bene Gesserit techniques often assume their abilities derive from magic or trickery (a notion the Bene Gesserit do little to assuage). Their observational techniques are also less effective when employed against another who has been trained in them and knows how to conceal or mislead the observed factors.
Also a staple of the Mentats in the series, both schools train extensively in observation, but the Mentats process data based more on statistics and probabilities. There are a few examples of individuals of both disciplines, such as Reverend Mother Anteac and Reverend Mother Bellonda.
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Mordin does this when you first meet him in Mass Effect 2, figuring out both why you're talking to him and who you're working for very quickly, even if you don't interrupt him to explain yourself.
While he seems like he's off on one point, he technically isn't—Shepard is the only human Spectre, and as far as anyone knew was dead at the time (and in fact may not have had Spectre status reinstated at the time—and even if you did get reinstated, word of it probably didn't get from the Citadel to Omega by then).
He also does this soon afterwards, when faced with the Normandy's AI. While these are the most obvious instances of this, he does it several other times, most of them optional.
He immediately spots and disables the various bugs Cerberus put in his lab. He's not even bothered by them. Possibly owing to his intelligence background.
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In All You Need Is Love, a Sherlock Scan is performed by 4-year old Duck Sherlock Penber, deducing Kira's identity as Light Yagami via stuff like the way he writes and how he seems to be constantly protecting something.
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Special Agent Dale Cooper of Twin Peaks fame. He can deduce upon first meeting that one character is in love with and/or dating another, and figured out a home movie had been shot by a biker by seeing the reflection of the motorcycle in Laura Palmer's eye.
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Zootopia: Nick performs a minor one on Judy when they first meet. From observing that she's a bunny cop in a meter monitoring outfit, he correctly deduces that she came to Zootopia with big dreams, but got shunted to a low position due to her status as a bunny and that she originally comes from a carrot farm. He also accurately predicts that she will give up her dreams and go home, though it's only temporary and not exactly for the reasons he anticipated. And although he doesn't reveal it until later, he also noticed that she was carrying a fox repellent.
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Victorique, one of the protagonists of Gosick, is about as close to actually being Sherlock Holmes as a teenaged girl in a frilly dress can be, and as such is naturally prone to Sherlock Scanning. Perhaps more impressively, she's also capable of making these kinds of deductions based on details reported to her secondhand by her Watson, Kujo (since she rarely leaves the library in which she lives). And she's right, despite all the potential for error in such a setup.
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Spoofed in Murder by Death, where several of the world's greatest detectives are invited together. Two of them get into a Scanning contest, but one quickly loses and accidentally reveals in front of the man's wife that he's cheating on her.
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This is how Flynn Carsen gets his job in The Librarian — he scans his boss, determining that she was recently divorced from the depth of the ring-line on her finger and noting that she had three cats by being able to tell their hairs apart on her jacket. He occasionally does this to other characters as well.
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In The Super Mario Bros Super Show! episode "The Adventures of Sherlock Mario", there's a parody of the famous detective named Herlock Solmes, with King Koopa playing the role of his nemesis, Kooparity. While Kooparity's scheme is underway, he asks for Solmes's reaction, with the result doubling as "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
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On The Flash (2014), the gang recruit Sherloque Wells, one of the many multiverse versions of Harrison Wells who is his world's greatest detective. Naturally, he does this a lot.
Notable is that Wells appears to figure out the secret identity of Cicada so the team arrest him. However, it turns out he's not Cicada and Sherloque was actually going off the fact that in 37 different Earths, Cicada was always the same guy.
Sherloque has mentioned having seven ex-wives who are all other-Earth versions of Renee Adler. When he meets the Earth-1 version of Renee, Sherloque instantly figures out her past as a ballet dancer, her job as a librarian and more. Renee's reaction is to naturally assume he's been stalking her and warning him off.
In the pilot episode, Barry does this to determine the make/model of a bank robber's getaway vehicle at a crime scene, complete with Sherlockian onscreen figures to show his work. It only happened the once though, and was never used in the series again.
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The Assignment (1997): As part of his training in espionage, the protagonist has to enter a room and work out from what he sees if the woman who owns it is having an affair. This becomes a Chekhov's Skill later in the movie, when he uses similar clues to establish that the woman he's meeting has slipped out to make contact with a hostile surveillance team.
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Speaking of Batman, when a detective in one storyline hired to (and long since defeated by) the task of finding the killer of the Waynes told Batman that after enough years on the force he can just look at a guy's face and immediately know that he's guilty, Batman said he can identify.
Years of experience, Commissioner Gordon is an expert of this trope. And so is his hard-as-nails lieutenant Harvey Bullock.
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The Mrs. Hawking play series: In part I: Mrs. Hawking, Mrs. Hawking deduces that Mary came from India by her dress, and that she has experience caring for an invalid by her skills.
In part III: Base Instruments, she asks Miss Zakharova “And how often do you require the laudanum?” immediately upon meeting her.
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Grand Admiral Thrawn, the titular character of The Thrawn Trilogy, is able to look at a piece of artwork and gauge not only a lot about species' physical makeup (number of fingers, joints in the arm, etc.), but about their culture—and he can formulate strategies and tactics that take advantage of flaws in their psyches based on those. Very occasionally he drops hints about how he figured some of these things out. He can also make very good guesses about someone based on their tastes in art or how they regard it. His Number Two, Pelleaon, speculates that this may be done just to impress people, and he does his actual tactical analysis privately. Either way, it's still impressive.
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In Poolhall Junkies, Johnny deduces that Mike is a pool player by the crease in his pants, citing that it's at the height of a pool table so is likely caused by either pool or bad dry cleaning, and sensing that Mike is rich, Johnny doesn't suspect he gets bad dry cleaning. He then admits to noticing blue chalk.
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Murdoch Mysteries: Early in "A Study in Sherlock", Murdoch is responding to an armed robbery and is distracted by a bearded man commenting on a dead robber's cirrhosis of the liver. When the constables bring along a man they found with a mask and a safe deposit box, the bearded man speaks up again, noting the red marks on the bridge of the man's nose and the fact that one hand is markedly cleaner than the other before stating he works a machinist. He goes on to state the nearby machine shop's shift change happened half an hour after the robbery, so he cannot possibly be involved in the crime. Murdoch demands to know how he knows all this, and the man peels off his false beard and introduces himself as Sherlock Holmes. Murdoch is later chagrined to learn the man was right about all the details. note Sir Arthur Conan Doyle exists in this universe, and had appeared in two prior episodes, and shows up to persuade the man he's not Sherlock. Well, he tries to.
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Vinland Saga: Askeladd can read a man, can tell if a man is brave, cunning or a coward at a single glance, after living forty years of a wicked life.
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Played straight in (surprisingly) Big Momma's House 2, where Martin Lawrence's character has to dress up as Big Momma again, this time to be employed by the Fullers (whose patriarch is a prime suspect in a case) as a housekeeper. From a glance at the teenage daughter's room, he figures out that she was chatting online to dubious guys and not doing her homework like she just told her mom.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi does one of these in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope when he and Luke encounter a group of dead Jawas:
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L from Death Note is a master of this. He managed to deduce Kira's identity and nationality by just studying the psychology of the crime and the order of victims.
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Bardock, of all people, pulls one off in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Within a minute he not only figures out Frieza is going to blow up the planet, but his reasoning as to why (he fears the Legendary Super Saiyan myth).
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Gambling Emperor Legend Zero: In The Anchor gamble, Koutaro shows Zero a handful of coins he dumped out of his wallet, and then turns the camera away from the pile. Koutaro then grabs one of the coins, and asks Zero which of the coins is in his fist. Zero uses a myriad of clues to deduce that it wasn’t a Japanese coin at all, but in fact an American coin, either a penny or dollar coin, that was hidden under the pile Koutaro showed him. Zero then incorrectly guesses that it was a penny, when it was a dollar coin. Koutaro was still daunted nontheless.
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NCIS:
Ziva David appears to do this to Tony DiNozzo on their first meeting; subverted in that it turns out later she's done profiles on the NCIS team.
Abby does it to a somewhat snotty grad student who questions whether she's qualified to teach them about forensics based solely on her manner of dress.
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Monk does this, but since he's incredibly socially inept, he doesn't always know which details not to bring up. Just a tip: If you know that a woman is lying about her age, don't call her out on it. Or if you know that the judge at the probate hearing is sleeping with his secretary. Or that a widow is having sex if her daughter is also standing there.)
The judge version hangs a lampshade, as the judge had been skeptical of Monk's ability to Sherlock Scan a person. The judge made the mistake of having Monk turn around and being asked to describe his shirt. Monk proceeded to ask which one; the one he was wearing, or the one his court reporter was wearing. He proceeded to talk about his Sherlock scan, including the blouse of the court reporter being in her bag with a button missing, the cushion on the couch the wrong way in, etc. Plus, the judge ruled in his favor, having been completely satisfied of Monk's ability.
Parodied when a rival detective, played by Jason Alexander, is able to tell more details than Monk can as soon as he walks into a scene. Monk thinks the reasons he gives are ridiculous (and they do so sound to a viewer as well), but the other characters don't think so because they've seen Monk do equally incredible stuff. Subverted as this detective's mother overheard the criminals bragging about what they'd done while they were on hold (since she was a quality control operator) and told him what she'd heard. He was faking the whole thing.
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Batwoman is capable of a downplayed version of this. She can identify whether or not someone is military based on how they move and fight, and used this to determine that Batman was not. She also managed to piece together Batman's real identity this way, when Bruce invited her to lunch a few days after Kate shot him in the leg, and had a limp in the same leg (combined with how similar their own pasts and current lives were).
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In one Law & Order episode, a woman is able to tell twins apart — then reveals that it's because she is a nurse, and was able to tell things about their health (the one who was actually suspected was a drinker).
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Sherlock Holmes of Meitantei Holmes (released in the US as Sherlock Hound) is able to ascertain where a client came from because he recognizes the mud on her shoes and where it comes from.
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Danganronpa:
In the 1st and 2nd games, the player character has an ability that can be activated by hitting the Triangle button. With it, all objects in a room worth checking out are highlighted, making the investigation go smoother.
Meanwhile, the franchise's Ultimate Detective, Kyoko Kirigiri, makes frequent use of this trope nearly every time she appears in the series. Her quick work at crime scenes has her constantly putting forth theories that tend to be correct. She also manages to deduce the Mastermind's psychology, motives, intentions, and several exploitable weak points with no more information than the player is given. She goes on to casually work out the entire purpose behind the Killing School Life and drops several heavy hints about the game's major plot twists chapters before they are revealed. It is even seriously implied that she predicted exactly how the Mastermind would react to some of her edgier investigating later on in the game, as she can be seen preparing for the inevitable retaliation days in advance. How did she do all of this? Why, simple observation, of course! She had no more advantages than anybody else in the game.
Kirigiri also displays the unique ability to "hear the Reaper's footsteps" throughout the series. She can sense when death is upon her or a loved one with a kind of gut feeling. She used this ability to rescue Makoto Naegi the moment the Mastermind had snuck into his room, intent on stabbing him to death. In Danganronpa: Kirigiri, it is theorized that this ability stems from her deductive skills. When somebody is in grave danger, Kirigiri naturally turns her Sherlock Scan Up to Eleven and jumps through most of the intermediary steps involved in a typical deduction to arrive at the conclusion almost instantaneously, with even her unsure how she got there. The details she has been passively collecting through her surroundings just raise a red flag and tell her to respond in a specific way.
Ironically enough, she will later go on to criticize this entire trope down as unrealistic in the final investigation of the first game as she lays out her methods to the player.
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Part and parcel for Sara Futaba, otherwise known as Miss Sherlock. An early example would be how she figured out that Wato Tachibana came from a medical mission from Syria by examining her luggage, and the surgeon's thread tied to the handle.
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The Naturals: Cassie and Dean have a natural ability (yes, that's where the name of the series comes from) to learn about a person from small details. They're recruited by the FBI as profilers and use this skill to help solve crimes.
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This a talent of Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow. In "The Sin Eater", from a quick study his able to determine the surname of his captor, his lineage, his occupation, and that he is a Freemason.
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A similar scene is done in Young Sherlock Holmes, when a school-aged Watson transfers to a new boarding school and meets Holmes for the first time. Holmes deduces Watson's name, home county, father's occupation, and Watson's love of writing and pastries. He only gets Watson's name wrong (he guesses James instead of John) because he only saw "J. Watson" on Watson's luggage and decided to go with a common name starting with J (John would have been his second guess).
This is actually a reference to the fact that Doyle himself got Watson's first name wrong in some of the later stories, using James.
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In Edict Zero Fis, Nick Garrett does this with peoples' behavior. It is to do this that he often behaves in a manner that others find irritating.
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A sketch on The Two Ronnies has one of them explaining to the other how he can tell that a 5 pound note is counterfeit. The first two clues are to do with the placement of the lettering and the colouration. Then he turns it over and says "Besides, it says 'Bank of Toyland', on the back."
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A villainous example is used in Mulan, when Shan-Yu's generals are able to figure out that the Imperial Army was waiting for them in a village merely by examining a doll Shan-Yu's hawk brought back. It unfortunately helps the Huns get the drop on the Army and kill everyone, including Shang's father.
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In Star Wars: Kenobi, Shopkeeper Annileen is skilled at evaluating a new customer by their purchases. Through what he buys, she can tell that Ben is a new arrival, didn't pack heavily on the way in, lives alone, and has a permanent dwelling and not a campsite, where he intends to stay long-term, and which needs to be heavily cleaned.
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In The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School, Inspector Naisbitt does this to Amy, reeling off a detailed account of what she's been up to for the last few days. Naisbitt has Super Speed, which in her case includes an ability to observe and think quickly that she finds more useful than the usual running-around-quickly. It also makes her too impatient to explain the thought process behind her sherlock scans, so all we get is "Coats tell stories".
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Used to introduce Dani in Necessary Roughness. Based on her husband taking a shower, misaligned pillows, and the corners of the guest room bed linens, she determined he was having an affair. The pictures on his phone were just icing on the cake.
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In Murder, She Wrote Jessica Fletcher uses this method when she begins teaching a criminology course to convince a skeptical cop that she has something to teach him.
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In "Clubland Heroes", the precocious Kid Detective shows off by subjecting the heroine to a very thorough scan that covers what she had for breakfast, where she grew up, where she lives now, what's wrong with her typewriter, the origins of her clothes and accessories, who tried to kill her most recently, and her marital status — at which point she firmly changes the subject.
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Parodied in an episode of Jonathan Creek, in which a police inspector comes across two bodies who have been decapitated in a motorcycle accident:
Considering that the titular hero of this series frequently uses observation of minutia as a modus operandi, this only comes up infrequently with him.
Parodied further in "The Letters of Septimus Noone", in which a college-age Jonathan fanboy does this a lot—complete with camera angles parodying Sherlock—and is completely wrong about everything.
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Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, of course.
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Due South has this as almost being a mountie-superpower.
At least for Frasiers Sr. and Jr. and Buck Frobisher. It's more of an arctic superpower that lead people to become Mounties.
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In Mr. Holmes, the aged Sherlock Holmes is having serious memory troubles, but his continued ability to perform the Sherlock Scan is used (even in-universe) to show he's not become stupid.
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Stalker. In the pilot Detective Jack Larsen, after making a poor first impression to his new boss, makes up for it by using this to great effect in noting a victim's anti-stalker measures in her home.
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The sequel reprises it as Cage figures out he's being tested when a strange man sits by him at a village square and somehow knows Xander speaks English as he talks. Xander also notices a teenager wearing too expensive headphones, a woman running to a bus that won't leave for a while and a "cop" paying for a drink with foreign currency.
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Get Smart, Again! has a similar scene where Max deduces the identity of the man who escaped over the fence leaving his pants behind. He rattles off three or four obscure clues before pointing out Major Waterhouse's name on the label.
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Detective Ryo MacLean from FAKE has demonstrated this a few times. He just looks around a crime scene and can tell what happened by just a few clues lying around.
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In the original Mage: The Ascension, a simple application of the lowest levels of Mind and Entropy magic would allow a primitive version of this, and switching to a higher level of Entropy would also allow confirmation, generally through an act of random chance. 'The killer was 6 foot tall, weighed 160 pounds and was.. *flips coin* left-handed'
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In the episode "The Parking" from The Amazing World of Gumball, Anais uses the Sherlock Scan on three guys leaving the mall in order to guess which one would leave their parking spot first so the Wattersons wouldn't lose the spot to another car. Her analysis was totally right, but by the time she stopped talking he had already left and another car parked there.
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This is the title character's default setting in Call Me Sherlock, made doubly irritating by the fact that likely no one would ever come to the conclusions he does.
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has this in part two. The protagonist, Joseph Joestar uses this on and off by hiding it behind his goofy personality When it comes to fighting he becomes a tactical genius and can gain an advantage from just scanning his surroundings and his enemies. He then takes it a step further by predicting what his enemies will say, throwing them off even further than before.
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On Saturday Night Live, Watson (Phil Hartman) throws a surprise birthday bash, which Holmes (Jeremy Irons) proceeds to completely spoil by anticipating the "surprise", announcing the locations of everyone in the room, and correctly guessing the contents of their gift boxes.
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In one Horatio Hornblower short story, it's actually Bush who points out all the strange attributes on a pair of French prisoners they've found on a raft: their skin is too sunburnt, they're far too thin, and their clothes are too ragged for ordinary escaped prisoners. They soon explain that they and the rest of their comrades were dumped by the Spanish on an island to starve. (Although Bush is frequently noted to have little abstract imagination, though, he is very observant and perceptive about what's in front of him.)
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Nonetheless he occasionally does it himself, and he only notes that said evidence is out of place, withholding judgement until he knows more—for example, in Feet of Clay he finds a smear of white clay on the floor, which he notes is odd because Ankh-Morpork is on black loam.
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Game of Thrones:
Tywin Lannister immediately recognizes that the disguised Arya is actually a girl. Jaqen H'ghar does too. Tywin also quickly works out that Arya is a highborn posing as a commoner.
Robb doesn't take long to realize Talisa is actually a noblewoman and not a simple nurse.
Tyrion Lannister:
In Season 2, he correctly figures out Lancel is sleeping with Cersei due to some choice phrasing Lancel uses and because he smells of lavender oil, Cersei's favourite scent.
When talking with Cersei in Season 7, he's quickly able to deduce she's pregnant by the way she touches her belly and because when he pours some wine, Cersei doesn't reach for it.
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Aggressive Retsuko: Fenneko pulls off one in figuring out where Retsuko has gone that she's thrice turned down Haida's invitations to dinner, to the latter's bewilderment. Haida guesses that perhaps Retsuko had found a guy to date, but even though Fenneko says Retsuko doesn't discuss her love life with her Fenneko doesn't think it's a guy, then needs all of five seconds to prove it by showing Haida a social media selfie of some unrelated flamingo lady at a yoga session with Retsuko in the background. Fenneko then goes into a spiel (complete with deerstalker cap and pipe) about how she figured it out: Retsuko walking in the opposite direction of the train station twice a week after work when she normally goes straight home (so too close for a train ride), complaints about sore muscles (so something physical), not a kickboxing type so Fenneko guessed pilates or yoga, combined with limiting social media posts to nearby locations meant the search was brief enough to find Retsuko quick.
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Silver Spoon tries this in The Cadanceverse in order to impress her father. She meets with moderate success.
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Daily Grind: Howlett Creager deduces that a cup that a random customer ordered appraised is actually a test on how good Howlett's appraisal skill is, based on how the owner put it in a shoddy box but handled the cup with extensive care around the brittle white glazes. He then proceeds to deduce that a supposedly legendary $250,000 antique 11th-century cup is actually worth less than $80,000 based on the pattern of the white glaze - nobody in the supposed age the cup came from used noncontinuous swirly strokes, but the fact that it's still so old (the noncontinuous pattern was popular in the 12th century and 13th century) means that the cup is worth a pretty penny. The owner is impressed and gives the cup to Daily Grind as a down payment for an even bigger job.
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Spoofed in Tintin in America. Tintin hires a private detective after his beloved dog Snowy goes missing. The detective examines the scene and quickly produces a detailed scenario of the dog-napping. Tintin wonders if this man is a Sherlock or a charlatan — it's unfortunately the latter as he repeatedly turns up with every kind of dog except Snowy.
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In Without a Clue, Dr. Watson has this ability, because he's the real detective and "Holmes" is just an actor he hired to perpetuate the illusion that the detective he has been writing about in the third person is real. However, when Watson tries to give a scan of a prospective client to prove himself capable of tackling the case alone, he's met with the response that it's no time for games. When "Holmes" appears and is given the same details to reveal, or indeed when he even says something quite inane, he's hailed as a genius every time. He also tries to learn the method himself, but the best he can ever do is "deduce" that someone reads the Times. In the same scene, when "Holmes" claims to have deduced a bunch of other things about the person, all of which are wrong, you can see Watson looking puzzled and quickly scanning the target with his eyes.
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Zits: Pierce can tell what someone had for breakfast just by smelling their breath.
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Senator Troche believes that Ezio has done this when he mentions the Senator's whoring on their first meeting in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. The truth is much simpler - Ezio owns the Senator's favorite brothel, which is run by his sister.
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In the Timeless episode "Mrs. Sherlock Holmes", Grace Humiston is able to tell that Wyatt and Lucy are in a complicated relationship the moment they walk in. She also manages to identify the real murderer by asking the suffragettes to vote on whether they should march. She notes which one raises her left hand, as she previously deduced that the killer is left-handed.
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Occurs in an early radio conversation with The Boss in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, where she is able to tell that Naked Snake has lost weight by his voice. As one may expect, The Boss is both an Ace and almost absurdly badass.
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El Goonish Shive:
Shown a lampshaded instance by Diane, who previously was introduced as the Alpha Bitch.
Also, in a later strip, Susan uses one to come to a slightly unusual, but completely correct conclusion. Her explanation is finished here
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The trope is played with in this joke: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go on a camping trip. After a good dinner, they retire for the night, and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see." "I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes" replies Watson. "And what do you deduce from that?" Watson ponders for a minute. "Well, astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful, and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe. What does it tell you, Holmes?" Holmes is silent for a moment. "Watson, you idiot!" he says. "Someone has stolen our bloody tent!"
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Houtarou Oreki from Hyouka has a knack for the Sherlock Scan. For example, in Ep. 3, he deduced that an upperclassman was illegally smoking in a club room, and used that information to blackmail him into giving them the materials they needed.
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Also parodied in I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again in their The Case of the Workington Shillelagh sketch, where the Holmes character gets it spectacularly wrong:
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Hellboy: Done by Abe Sapien to Agent Myers during the former's introduction to the audience. Of course, the twist is that Abe is psychic and can gather information about objects simply by touching or being near them.
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Murder Rooms portrayed Joseph Bell, the real life inspiration for Holmes, as a reluctant detective with Arthur Conan Doyle as his Watson. He demonstrated the Sherlock Scan several times, including a version of the watch scene from The Sign of the Four.
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Normally Jeremiah Cross, the protagonist of This Bites!, uses his knowledge as a Self-Insert to get the information he needs. But he's Genre Savvy and observant enough to get clues on things he doesn't know about like Filler Arcs. When he first met Yoko, he asked Mayor Fabre which of her parents died, how violently, and when. When asked how he guessed her Freudian Excuse, he notes that while Yoko is dirty and injured all over, the Marine cap and coat she's wearing are immaculate. This means they're very important to her, likely belonging to a late parent whom she lost to pirates, thus her intense hatred of all pirates.
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The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3..." shows that Rainbow Dash trained herself to do this unconsciously when she's flying. This proves vital in the episode itself, which has focused on Rainbow's complete inability to retain information she needs for a test with conventional study methods.
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Doctor Who:
"The Shakespeare Code" has the Bard himself be very good at picking out the unusual details about the Doctor and Martha, which he uses to work out who they are at the end of the episode.
"Human Nature": John Smith, the Doctor in human form with Fake Memories, does this instinctively to notice several things about to go wrong which will result in a piano falling on a Baby Carriage, and stops it.
In "The Eleventh Hour", the Doctor does one of these on a park full of people with camera phones.
In "The Beast Below", the Doctor's able to work out the intimate details of an entire society this way.
He goes very Sherlock on the Scrooge of the 2010 Christmas Special, "A Christmas Carol".
He tries to do this while pretending to be Sherlock Holmes in "The Snowmen"... and fails miserably at it. However, he was probably deliberately being foolish to annoy Simeon and put him off guard, or stalling for time while he figures out what's afoot in the room.
In "The Day of the Doctor", the Tenth Doctor attempts one of these to explain to the person in front of him, who looks like Queen Elizabeth, why he knows she's a shapeshifting imposter. Then he finds out it's the real Queen Elizabeth. This happens at least twice.
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In Men in Black, when J and other potential MIBs are being tested, the other recruits unhesitatingly shoot the model aliens in the shooting gallery, whereas J plugs a harmless-looking little girl's model. Questioned, he explains the various subtle clues he'd noticed that the "monsters" were just innocent bystanders, despite their weird looks; the "little girl", on the other hand, is carrying an advanced physics text and is unfazed by the aliens surrounding her, suggesting she's yet another alien, concealing her nature for nefarious purposes.
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Parodied in the Flashman novella Flashman and the Tiger where Flashman is observed disguised as a bum in an alley by a pair who are obviously Holmes and Watson. While Holmes makes fairly astute conclusions, they are completely wrong, demonstrating the limits of this technique.
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The title character in Young Dr. Kildare by Max Brand does this. Though he usually sticks to medical diagnosis from observation, at one point Dr. Kildare is called upon to treat a suicide attempt survivor. He's able to deduce from his examination and a few words she mutters her age, social standing, wealth level, education, the fact that she's been in France recently and that she is not, in fact, insane (though actually proving that last one takes most of the rest of the book). After that, Dr. Gillespie points out what everyone else in the room noticed at first glance — the woman is physically attractive.
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In Pushing Daisies, the series' resident Private Detective doesn't generally do this, but two other characters can Sherlock Scan by smell.
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Though The Wire typically avoids this trope in the name of realism, an early episode has a memorable instance where Sydnor prepares to go undercover as a homeless junkie, and Kima asks Bubbles (the actual homeless junkie) to evaluate his disguise. Though the disguise seems flawless, Bubbles points out that he would instantly be able to spot him as an undercover cop because the soles of his shoes are clean, and he's wearing a wedding ring; as he points out, a real junkie would have broken glass on his shoes from walking over discarded heroin vials, and he would have long since pawned off his wedding ring to pay for drugs.
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In How I Became Yours, Hana is able to tell that an amnesiac Azula is from the Fire Nation because she has amber eyes and an undergarment typically worn by women from the Fire Nation.
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AQUA: The First Step: Alexander is able to quickly deduce that General Ironwood is a cyborg due to his Conspicuous Gloves, the smell of hydraulic fluid, and the sound of gears when he moves.
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Criminal Minds: There's a scene where Hotch is on the witness stand being grilled by the defense attorney, who scornfully derides forensic profiling in order to discredit the profiler's testimony, concluding that Hotch "couldn't even tell what colour socks I'm wearing with any degree of accuracy." Hotch, using a combination of profiling and this technique, then goes on to reveal not only what colour his socks are (charcoal grey, incidentally), but completely deconstructs the attorney and reveals that he's a gambling addict who's in deep debt. However, this was completely irrelevant to the challenge that the profilers weren't as good as usually presented (which included several real-life failures of the technique) or the challenge that they were faking it using techniques a carnival psychic would (this is a common trick for phony psychics). It does, however, both completely undercut the lawyer's argument that Hotch couldn't accurately profile him and place him in the position of either dropping that line of questioning or being forced to publicly admit to everyone in the court that he was a gambling addict.
In another episode, Gideon tells a college student that the student's girlfriend (who isn't even present at the time) thinks he is about to break up with her, based on a necklace the guy is wearing. Later, it turns out that the girlfriend had very good reason to think so, as the student tells Gideon he has left her for another guy.
In "Lo-Fi", Prentiss does a (we assume) very accurate analysis of a detective based on subtle clues, although she had been working with him for a little while before she came out with it. One item of note is his tendency to constantly hit on attractive women, except Prentiss figures out that he's actually a devoted husband, and the only reason he hits on women is because he knows they won't go for it. Had Prentiss taken him up on his offer, he would've immediately "run for the hills".
In the finale of season 2 Hotcher tries this on Chief Strauss. It doesn't work because she's not questioning his skills as a profiler; she's questioning his skills as a leader.
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Used briefly in The Dark Tower novel, The Drawing of the Three. Upon being released from Airport Security for suspected drug smuggling, Eddy Dean knows that they will have people observing him and manages to spot one. Roland, riding along in his mind, takes one "glance" and spots another five, despite the fact that Roland comes from a completely different world. Later, we learn that part of Roland's training was to pick up on tiny details as as quickly as possible, although he mainly uses it to kill people.
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In Babel-17, people often think Wong is telepathic from the way she answers unasked questions and seems to know exactly what they're thinking. She explains it as simply that her extraordinary gift for languages extends to body language, and at one point, gives a lengthy, detailed, and very Sherlockian explanation of the subtle clues that led her to anticipate what someone was about to say.
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Baker Street: As the setting's equivalent of Sherlock Holmes, Sharon Ford makes a habit of this. On her first meeting with Susan, she performs one very similar to the one Holmes performs on Watson on their first meeting in A Study in Scarlet.
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Colin Dexter, the author of the acclaimed Inspector Morse detective series, rewrote Conan Doyle's story A Case of Identity and gave it a different ending: all Holmes's deductions follow from the evidence, but Watson has some extra information and provides the real answer. One would suspect that Dexter thought the ending of the original story was a bit far-fetched.
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In Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Mole is such a dirt expert that by examining a piece from under Milo's fingernail, he was able to deduce he was a linguist, much to his anger for some reason.
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Mocked on South Park, when Stan tries to explain how John Edwards ("The Biggest Douche in the Universe") uses Cold Reading to fake the ability to talk to the dead. Stan explains how he's doing it as he's doing it but, being South Park, the adults think he's psychic anyway.
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Parodied in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door by the penguin-like detective Pennington. Despite the red clothes, the short stature and the red hat with a clear M upon it...he STILL mistakes Mario for Luigi.
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Voyagers!, "Jack's Back": Arthur Conan Doyle is presented as having the same ability his character Sherlock Holmes did; he deduces Nellie Bly's nationality and profession from her clothing, behavior, and articles. Later, he shows off his deductive skills to the police chief so as to prove that he's right in saying the evidence declares Bogg is innocent.
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Given the fact that Spidey and Bats had met years before in the Disordered Minds crossover, the wall-crawler was probably using his aforementioned sense of humor to stop the scan and give a not-so-veiled Shout-Out.
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All Master Builders in The LEGO Movie are instantly able to recognize what parts they need to build whatever they need at the moment and construct the item in question in a matter of seconds. They actually see the LEGO part number. Emmet becomes one as well at the end of the film.
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In Casino Royale (2006), Bond pulls this off after dining with Vesper Lynd: he deduces that she's aggressive, probably an orphan, overcompensates for her attractiveness by wearing masculine clothing, and as a result doesn't get much respect from her male superiors. Unusually, Lynd does it back, realizing that Bond himself is likely an orphan, and went to Oxford on someone else's charity, "hence the chip on your shoulder".
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Ace Attorney:
Luke Atmey from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations insists on doing this to everyone he meets, although the clues he uses are rather less than hidden, meaning his conclusions are not particularly spectacular. It's suggested that Atmey's deductions are based on obvious clues (like Phoenix's Attorney's Badge and Maya's distinctive Kurain clan uniform) and then he invents preposterous 'clues' to use as the supposed basis of his findings.
Similarly parodied with Richard Wellington in the second game, when asked how he knew how the victim was a police officer.
Reconstructed in Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken, where Sherlock Holmes scans the crime scenes, but is somewhat off the mark with the details. It's up to the main character to fix his mistakes and get to the correct deduction. Iris Watson, on the other hand, does a much better job at it.
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Star Wars Legends:
Grand Admiral Thrawn, the titular character of The Thrawn Trilogy, is able to look at a piece of artwork and gauge not only a lot about species' physical makeup (number of fingers, joints in the arm, etc.), but about their culture—and he can formulate strategies and tactics that take advantage of flaws in their psyches based on those. Very occasionally he drops hints about how he figured some of these things out. He can also make very good guesses about someone based on their tastes in art or how they regard it. His Number Two, Pelleaon, speculates that this may be done just to impress people, and he does his actual tactical analysis privately. Either way, it's still impressive.
In Star Wars: Kenobi, Shopkeeper Annileen is skilled at evaluating a new customer by their purchases. Through what he buys, she can tell that Ben is a new arrival, didn't pack heavily on the way in, lives alone, and has a permanent dwelling and not a campsite, where he intends to stay long-term, and which needs to be heavily cleaned.
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In the sequel, the Holmes-O-Vision fights are both derailed mid-follow-through. The first time, the assassin he's kicking the ass of gets a knife to his body armour, forcing Holmes to improvise. The second time, it's revealed that Moriarty can do the same thing - and they both realize that Holmes is going to lose in a proper fight. Holmes ends up pulling a Taking You with Me and showing that Moriarty's scan has a fatal flaw
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In A Cure for Love Near deduces the following about Kira from just talking with Light on the phone:
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In Mage: The Awakening, there is a group of mages called "the Eleventh Question" who are able to do this (among other things, including being able to take evidence, make a guess at what it means, and then magically confirm if they are correct). They are generally considered among the fandom to be awesome.
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Will Zimmerman of Sanctuary is able to do this continually. It's hinted that the ability is intensified by his training in psychology, but the show seems to go back and forth about if its base is an abnormal trait or not.
Watson (whom Sherlock Holmes was supposedly based on) hints that he also has this ability, and it was the abnormal awakening which allows it.
It's initially implied that Will's ability is the main reason Magnus hired him. Except later we learn that Will's Identical Grandfather, an army captain, saved her life during World War II at the cost of his own, so it's possible her hiring him is way to pay Captain Zimmerman back for his sacrifice.
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The modus operandi of The Mentalist's Patrick Jane, which he used to use to pretend to be psychic.
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How I Met Your Mother has an example of this in "No Tomorrow": Barney is able to (or at least believes he is able to) deduce the area code of a woman and the fact that she doesn't have any children.
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On Breaking Bad Hank begins to suspect Lydia's involvement in the meth operation when he notices she mismatched her shoes, suggesting that the investigation is causing her more stress than she lets on.
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The main character of Forever, Dr. Henry Morgan, uses this and his position as an NYPD medical examiner to assist a detective in solving unusual murders. He developed this ability from observing human behavior for over 200 years (he's immortal). Morgan's coworker notes to Jo (the detective) that Morgan can sometimes tell what happened to a body before even cutting it open. But, as Morgan notes in his voiceover, he's had plenty of time to practice. In the second episode alone he uses it to rule an apparent ax murder as accidental death and two apparent suicides as murders. Aside from having a long time to observe he's also had first-hand experience in dying. He can often tell at a glance what caused a death because he's probably been killed that way at least once.
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Also a staple of the Mentats in the series, both schools train extensively in observation, but the Mentats process data based more on statistics and probabilities. There are a few examples of individuals of both disciplines, such as Reverend Mother Anteac and Reverend Mother Bellonda.
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Elevated to gameplay mechanic in Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments: whenever you meet an NPC, time stops and you can look around his/her model and highlight certain hotspots assigned to one of his/her characteristics (age, status of his/her clothes, build, etc). In certain conversations, you're asked to pick out among these characteristics to challenge the NPC (for example, negating a stationmaster's assertion that he is the sole responsible of his train station by pointing out that he looks young enough to be barely out of school).
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Very near the beginning of Artemis Fowl, Teen Genius Artemis does one of these to their waiter—whom, he effortlessly deduces, is their informant.
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Katawa Shoujo
Both Rin (in the first act) and Hideaki (in Lilly's route), use this in an attempt to determine what sort of disability Hisao has. Hideaki, realizing that there's no external deformities and hearing from his cousin Lilly that Yamaku doesn't take mentally disabled students, makes a lucky guess that Hisao has a heart problem. Rin, however, using the same evidence, concludes that "The problem must be in your pants!"
Jigoro references this tropes, saying there was a time when you could tell a man's character just by a glance. Hisao, fed up with Jigoro's attitude, gives a snarky guess in his narration.
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In Limitless Brian is able to do this while under the effects of NZT, most notably during his run from the FBI. Not only does he perfectly dodge traffic, he's able to quickly deduce which route gives him a better chance at getting away immediately after.
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The Thinking Machine: Although not Van Dusen's usual stock-in-trade (possibly the author was trying to avoid comparisons with Holmes), in "My First Experience with the Great Logician", he is able to deduce that his patient's name, address and profession; that he smokes; that he is wearing his clothes for the first time that winter; that he was widowed a few months earlier; that he kept house then; and that the house was infected with insects.
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Fuyuki of Sgt. Frog, expert on the occult and brilliant detective, can somehow factor in an unidentified woman standing in the rain somewhere when investigating misplaced concert tickets.
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Jason Bourne, in The Bourne Series, has this as part of his abilities, demonstrated in a diner when he was talking with Marie Kreutz.
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Subverted in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. When chasing down a group of vampire hunters, Beckett comments that they must be in a monastery outside Santa Monica, because he found beach sand and smelled a very specific type of incense at the scene of their latest operation. When asked, he shrugs and admits that he actually find any clues, he found a hunter waiting for a vampire representative to investigate and dangled him over the side of the roof by his leg until he talked.
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Steve Rogers pulls this off when he steps onto a SHIELD elevator in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The elevator fills up but just with what look like regular SHIELD personnel on everyday business. However Steve takes a quick glance around and notices things out of place, such as tensing hands and sweat, as if the people in the elevator with him are expecting a confrontation. Moments later all hell breaks loose as the entire elevator attempts to subdue him (which they soundly fail at). Steve even offers them a way out as a way of demonstrating that he caught on before they realized it.
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In a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, Data solves three Holodeck mysteries in seconds while imitating a Sherlock Scan, but in reality he is simply recalling Sherlock Holmes plotlines that he has read. This prompts Geordi to ask the Holodeck to create a new Sherlockian mystery that will challenge Data, with disastrous results.
Though it does turn out that Data is quite good at this even with original mysteries to the point that he works his way out of Moriarty's Platonic Cave trap in "Ship In a Bottle". Though it's probably more amazing that the Holodeck was sophisticated enough that neither Data nor Picard noticed anything amiss until Data saw Geordi favoring the wrong hand.
Data does this again in "Cause and Effect". The single clue he has time to send his future self to avoid catastrophe is the number 3 implanted in his subconscious—which the future Data is able to surmise (correctly) means that they should listen to Riker because he has three rank pip/pins on his uniform. As Data does as well—and Data is the other one making suggestions—he's making a pretty big leap of deduction based on a single number, although Data does have the advantage that he would know "Yes, that's how I would think if I had to send a message back to the past from X future scenario." He's much more self-aware (in that sense) than any biological being. Given that he's an android, he has also probably run thousands if not millions of calculations and probabilities on what that 3 could have meant in the span of a few seconds.
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seeAlso
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 Legend of the Five Rings (Tabletop Game) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Bullshot
seeAlso
Sherlock Scan
 Bullshot Crummond (Theatre)
seeAlso
Sherlock Scan
 Mrs Hawking (Theatre) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Sherlock Holmes (Theatre) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 The Secret of Sherlock Holmes (Theatre) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Video Game) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (Video Game) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Disco Elysium (Video Game) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Return of the Obra Dinn (Video Game) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 The Wolf Among Us (Video Game) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken (Visual Novel) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Visual Novel) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 RWBY Chibi (Web Animation) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Turnabout Storm (Web Animation) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Call Me Sherlock (Web Video) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Chris Stuckmann (Web Video) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Doom House (Web Video) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Door Monster (Web Video) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Epic Rap Battles of History (Web Video) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Jacksfilms (Web Video) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Gunnerkrigg Court (Webcomic) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 How I Became Yours (Webcomic) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Atlantis: The Lost Empire / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Batman: The Brave and the Bold / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Beware the Batman / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 How to Train Your Dragon / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Mr. Peabody & Sherman / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 The Great Mouse Detective / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Zootopia / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 xXx: Return of Xander Cage / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 The Roman Mysteries / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Appleseed (Manga) / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Get Smart / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan
 Seventeen Moments of Spring / int_3ec18c6f
type
Sherlock Scan