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18 Reasons Phryne Fisher Is The Badass TV Detective You Need In Your Life

The Queen of crime solving.

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For those who don't know, Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) is the title character of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, an Australian TV series based on a series of novels by author Kerry Greenwood.

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Alongside her companion Dorothy Williams (Ashleigh Cummings) and policemen Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) and Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt), Phryne investigates and solves a different murder in each episode. But she's not just an investigative genius — she's also "able to speak a million languages and shoot a gun and drive a fast car and throw a dagger and climb a building."

Naturally, Phryne (pronounced FRY-knee) is a flawless human being who must be celebrated endlessly. Here's why you absolutely need her in your life.

1. She is fiercely feminist and has no intention of waiting for the men of society to catch up.

2. And she mixes feminism with humor flawlessly.


3. When she is expected to teach women "proper" social graces, she realizes instead that teaching them social change is most important.

4. She refuses to apologize for actions and beliefs that others might find objectionable.

5. She's fearless when it comes to taking matters into her own hands.

6. And she understands and empathizes with the feeling of being different.


7. She has absolutely NO qualms about taking pride in her sexuality.

8. And she has no shame in her many other indulgences.

9. For example, she is a connoisseur of the finest alcohols and knows just when to imbibe.

10. THIS is how she poses for a mug shot.


11. From foreign languages to martial arts, she's got a wide array of talents and abilities.

(Seriously: Look. At. Her. GO.)


14. Even when faced with the man who killed her sister, she refuses to get flustered.

15. If you try to come at her with your sexist crap, she'll put you in your place.

16. Because she knows the value of being able to speak her mind.


18. Phryne is, and will forever be, the biggest badass around.

Seasons 1 and 2 of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries are streaming on Netflix, and Australian audiences can catch the third season airing now on ABC.