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Problem Sleuth is the hard-boiled protagonist of the Problem Sleuth adventure. He is purportedly one of many Problem Sleuths in the city. The adventure starts with you in control of Problem Sleuth, who is standing in the center of his office, awaiting your commands. As shown in the image, it appears that he is missing some arms to defend himself.


Problem Sleuth seeing himself as a hard boiled detective.

Problem Sleuth tends to see himself as a hard-boiled prohibition-era detective, getting calls from Hysterical Dames while lazing about on his desk. He's has a penchant for monologuing in old 30's noir style at times, and it's a bit difficult to figure out what he's talking about occasionally. Initially in the beginning of the game, Problem Sleuth has trouble doing simple tasks, and tends to spend a lot of time doing absurd things such as stubbing his toe on cinder blocks, wrapping himself up in recording tape as a mummy, throwing his phone out the window, peeing on clown paintings, building Forts, committing suicide, and is seemingly inept at accomplishing anything meaningful. He is very jealous of Ace Dick, as Ace Dick is able to get all the "good cases". This is most likely due to Problem Sleuth's own inability, or more probable that it's just because he's locked in his own office. When you first start playing Problem Sleuth it is quite obvious that Problem Sleuth isn't nearly as capable as he believes he is or just a guy who has a fairly decent imagination. As you progress through the game, and he achieves a few Victorious Moments, leveling up from successful battles, he proves to be the effective straight man compared to the other two heroes, actually carrying out some of those hard-boiled lines as he's dealing effective attacks and final blows.


While the other members of Team Sleuth have a lot of clones and duplicates to do their work for them while they're wasting a lot of time doing stupid commands and not getting a whole lot done, Problem Sleuth has none that have come directly from him. Due to this, his progression through the game involves his attacks coming directly from himself and his ability to use his Pulchritude to his advantage. Rather than having alter-egos being created, Problem Sleuth uses his own Combat Operandi, Battle techniques, Pulchritude, and Gambit Schema to engage in battle and solve Weird puzzle shit.

Despite being the straight man, it's not to say that he does not have quirks, as he does have an unhealthy obsession toward stone busts carved to resemble celebrities in so much that he'll willingly attempt to sacrifice himself to ensure their survival.

He also has a rather strange but perfectly understandable obsession with candy corn, refusing to give up a piece to throw some angry clowns off his trail when he ran off with their pie during his Quest of Spirit.

Problem Sleuth's Statistics:

Problem Sleuth's Statistics.

Problem Sleuth is the most well-rounded of the three main characters. He dabbles in fantasizing, although his Imagination is more prone to be used in subtle ways rather than pure outlandishness like Pickle Inspector. His Vim is average, enabling him to be able to lift most weapons. Most notable of his main statistics is his Pulchritude stat, which is the highest of the three, allowing him to be involved in high caliber tasks that grant him more powerful abilities. The last of his known stats are an Insulin Level, an Animal Communion Horseshoe, and last but most importantly his Health is represented through a Health Aegis, which is carried on through a Pluck Reliquary that holds Vitality Carats.

Admiral Sleuth[]

AS redirects here. You may be looking for Adored Sovereign.

Admiral Sleuth is the Nautical version of Problem Sleuth. He wears a PEPPERMINT MYTHRIL COAT given to him by Future Pickle Inspector.

Candy Corn Vampire[]


Candy Corn Vampire Transformation

Candy Corn Vampire Problem Sleuth is an alter ego of Problem Sleuth that appears when Problem Sleuth uses his Gambit Schema. Conveniently posted on October 31, Problem Sleuth, Ace Dick and Pickle Inspector acquired a Schema Pumpkin and carved their Gambit Schemas into its mysterious flesh. Problem Sleuth transformed into the Candy Corn Vampire and received an incredible Speed boost that allowed him to move as a blur, easily evading DMK's embarrassing flagella (though a barrage of Clown shoes were enough to make contact). This came at a cost to his Defense, which was slightly below average compared to his sturdy companions.


The Candy Corn Vampire was first mentioned while Problem Sleuth was still trapped in his office. In an effort to scare his dim nemesis Ace Dick, Problem Sleuth used the candy corn as vampire teeth and shoved his face right up against Ace Dick's peephole, terrifying him. Ace Dick would later try to repeat this action, but sadly fortunately the greedy lout ate his wonderful disguise.

Candy Corn Vampire's Statistics:

Teaspoon scythe

The Candy Corn Vampire has a very high speed stat, and moderate defense and strength stats. The Candy Corn Vampire gave Problem Sleuth access to the Armistyx technique, allowing him temporary use of Death's beloved Scythe. The following onslaught of attacks were kick-ass enough to destroy one of DMK's health bars single-handedly, as well as demolishing the weapon he was using in the process. Unfortunately, DMK's Vexatious Glower caught Problem Sleuth unawares, and the Candy Corn Vampire was no more.

However, had Problem Sleuth not used the Teaspoon Scythe, the battle against DMK wouldn't have taken so incredibly long.

Chosen Arbitor[]


Chosen Arbitor is Problem Sleuth's Ultimate Form. He has large white wings, and wears a gladiator's chest plate. His primary weapon is called Tectrix of the Arbitor, aka: Tectrixcalibur. He also uses the Smith Corona Blotspitter given to him by the Demimonde Semigoddess. He uses it to type one rather upleasant note to DMK. He then loads the scathing document into the Blotspitter's cartridge and uses Pax Probliscum.


Problem Sleuth was first called to use his diplomatic skills to unite the four kingdoms. In the last chapters of Problem Sleuth, the Chosen Arbitor is summoned to combat Demonhead Mobster Kingpin. During the final Comb Rave called Sepulchritude, the resplendent light of divine pulchritude consumes Problem Sleuth's spirit and causes him to ascend to Arbitor status.


His power comes from the bottle of Ink of Squid Pro Quo that has the innocuous double of a sheath for his Tetrixcalibur. When the ink bottle runs out after his flip out, CA unleashes a conflagration of all-consuming holy charisma. The charm spreads throughout the cosmos and delivers the final blow to Demonhead Mobster Kingpin. The Chosen Arbitor gains the title Champion of Pulchritude for saving the universe.

CA turns back into his normal Sleuth self after his Pulchritude is drained.

Battle Techniques[]

Problem Sleuth's Battle Menu.

Throughout the adventure, Problem Sleuth garners a multitude of Battle techniques and Combat Operandi. His well-rounded versatility gives him reach in all aspects, allowing him to be a hard-boiled detective mowing down bad guys with high-powered weaponry or deal an imaginative assault using a touch of silliness combined with candy, which is lethal on the imaginary plane. To top it off, his biggest strength is his Pulchritude, which is highly useful in of dealing with all kinds of weird puzzle shit. It's range of utility gives him even greater reach in all aspects, including destruction.

Problem Sleuth's true and final attack is enabled when he runs out of his ammunition for his Tectrixcalibur, the Ink of Squid Pro Quo. The massive pulchritude built up inside him releases and the true Sepluchritude begins, causing the entire universe to experience his personal charm.

Problem Sleuth, by the mettle of his personal charm alone, saves the universe.



Problem Sleuth's Inventory Maximized.

Problem Sleuth has five general inventory slots to hold items. He also has a coat pocket and a hat for extra space, and a slot to wield a weapon. Any item placed in that slot will be used in the manner of a weapon, as he attempted to wield his flask, and smashed himself upside the head. His hat, however, has been reserving four pieces of the "precious" candy corn. If you manage to hold onto all four of the Candy Corn, you can add the final touch to his Candy Corn Vampire Gambit Schema, granting you an incredible boost in stats. The four pieces of Candy Corn are also needed to deal a final blow to Demonhead Mobster Kingpin, so you can't use any of them if you want to complete the game. If you manage to lose one you may as well reset and start all over.


The Medium Height Prospitian that isn't really Sleuth[]

Don't be fooled by those different proportioned Prospitians in Openbound, they aren't really Team Sleuth but rather an alternate universe versions of them. Meenah implies that Team sleuth are Prospitians, just not those ones.

Homestuck^2 (Dubiously Canon)[]

Problem Sleuth makes small appearances in two of the bonus adventures.

He first appears in Catnapped, where upon the arrival of Jasprosesprite^2 and a bunch of other political figures into Midnight City, we briefly switch perspectives to our beloved hard boiled sleuth, hot on his trail for a new case to solve. However, just as he is about to answer his phone, we get pshyced out back to Jasprose while she's in a bar. At the end of the short adventure, we cut back to Problem Sleuth, who seems to be once again having trouble with getting out of his office.

His second appearance is in Diamonds, Dames, and Dads, where Dad Crocker and Diamonds Droog hire our beloved sleuth to find Jane Crocker, who was catnapped. Problem Sleuth is found in a self made fort, much like the one he made in the original comic.


Problem Sleuth Characters
Team Sleuth
Problem Sleuth - Ace Dick - Pickle Inspector
Hysterical Dame - Nervous Broad
Four kingdoms
Elves - Hogs - Weasels - Clowns
The Four Heroes
Mobster Kingpin - Madame Murel - Demonhead Mobster Kingpin
Death - Godhead Pickle Inspector - Demimonde Goddess - The Devil
The Whale - Candy Mecha - Hearst - Hired Muscle - Honeybee Professor
Beasts - Whores - Thugs - Worker Bees - Courtesan Angels
Midnight Crew (Spades Slick - Diamonds Droog - Hearts Boxcars - Clubs Deuce)
Laborer Wasps - Professor Wasp - Zombie Astronaut - Little White Cat - Fuzzy Man Bear and Sarah