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Ununnilium: I don't quite understand what the most recently added sentence means. Does it explain why Javert is pursuing the fugitive? Does it explain why Javert is stopping and helping the town in lieu of pursuing the fugitive?
Gus: Cut some stuff because, as Janitor would say, it was "all over the place". Here is the stuff:
  • When the fugitive hero has defeated a villain, Inspector Javert is usually willing to be the de facto cleanup crew to arrest the offender in lieu of continuing the chase for now. Since the Inspector is officially credited for it, this can be used to explain why he is still on the case pursuing the fugitive because its proving productive even if it is not their primary goal.

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  • When the fugitive hero has defeated a villain, Inspector Javert is usually willing to be the de facto cleanup crew to arrest the offender in lieu of continuing the chase for now. Since the Inspector is officially credited for it, this can be used to explain why he is still on the case pursuing the fugitive because its proving productive even if it is not their primary goal.

I higly doubt Smoker relly deserves his place on this list. Especially after he refuses the promotion.
Do the prosecutors from Phoenix Wright really count? After all, they pretty much all keep pushing their side of the case as far as they can, even after it becomes obvious the defendant is innocent.

Ununnilium: Not really. Don't trial lawyers have to push their side of the case as far as possible?

Jefepato: The defense does, because it's the defense's job to force the prosecution to prove their case. The prosecution's job is to prove criminals guilty — pushing a case against a defendant they know is innocent is an abuse of their discretion. Of course, the law is very different in the PW world, but the fact remains that the prosecutors there are not well-intentioned at all. For a real-world example of why you can't act like they do, see Mike Nifong...who was disbarred.
Isn't there a variation of Inspector Javert when the persuer is the victim or a relative of the victim chasing the Wrongfully Accused? The difference being that for the persuer it is personal instead of professional. Should there be a new entry for that?
Psyclone: I have serious doubts that Detective Tritter deserves to be on this list: judging by his actions he wasn't trying to do the right thing, he was pure and simply out to get House. Or do policemen go around freezing suspects associates' bank accounts for the flimsiest reasons and bribing them with releasing incarcerated relatives (like he did to Foreman) to get addicts?

Caswin: I agree... that, and unlike most of the examples on this page, in many ways, he was right about House.

Caswin: Removing for the reasons described above.
  • Detective Michael Tritter, House

slowroasted: I'm really not seeing why Danny Concannon from the West Wing is on this list.
Does Rorschach count?

Shadow of the Sun: I think that Rorschach would fit very well. He's an Inspector Javert who succeeds at his goals before moving on. But I'm not going to add him without some go-ahead.