I'm currently writing a Fantasy / Noir novel with a gumshoe golem. I was intrigued to see how my character Clay stacks up against this list:
Clay is a self-aware golem who comes from somewhere else and uses his perspective as an outsider to shake up a staid medieval Fantasy city.
A being of animated clay, our hero has a photographic memory and uses his attention to detail to solve crimes and acts as a gadfly in the side of a particularly powerful underworld. He's a scrapper who isn't afraid of anything or anyone.
Clay doesn't hit it off well with the Rhone Thann, the king's brother who serves as the de facto mayor of the city while his brother is busy ruling the country.
Clay only truly cares about one person - Pyrynne Thann, the daughter of Rhone Thann. Everyone knows Pyrynne, an energetic and whip-smart young woman whose future as a diplomat is all but assured. When the mob kidnaps Pyrynne, the king enlists the help of our hero to find her and bring her home.
Clay is witty, quippy, scrappy, and uses his identity as an outsider to move through the various social strata of the magical city.