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11th Jun '17 5:29:18 PM Taskmaster123
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* A detective tried to come off as one of these during an encounter with ThePunisher. Averted, as Frank has been around the block numerous times and knows the score.
--->'''Punisher''': "Give me your gun."
--->'''Detective''': "This is a prisoner transport van. We're not allowed to carry our guns in here when transporting someone. It's against the rules."
--->'''Punisher''': "You're a plainclothes detective. You've been on the force long enough to know what rules to ignore. ''Now hand it over.''"
4th Jun '17 7:51:30 PM DoctorCooper
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* ''Series/InspectorRex'': Chief Filippo Gori admires Lorenzo Fabbri and his successor Davide Rivera for being skillful policemen but hates their willingness to bypass the law.
19th May '17 1:01:07 PM BWHComics
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* Detective Lechter, who sits across from Cedric in ''Webcomic/TheLettersOfTheDevil'', is "too big a straight-edge."
21st Apr '17 7:56:57 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The police chief in [[https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/20/police-chief-gets-caught-speeding-writes-himself-a-ticket/22048231/ this story]] takes it a little far by ''giving himself a ticket'' for speeding.
15th Apr '17 1:57:18 AM Dragon101
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The By-the-Book Cop is a stock character in [[CopShow police shows]] and crime fiction in general. They're the older cop, who believes in following the law as it is written, playing by the rules even when the criminal scum they're after does not. A stickler for procedure, the By-the-Book-Cop is quick to chide their rookie partner for playing fast and loose out in the streets, and when they're DaChief, you'll see them constantly threaten to [[TurnInYourBadge suspend]] the loose cannon for their impulsive heat-of-the-moment shoot-first-ask-questions-later behavior. If they deem that the situation warrants it, they may ''bend'' the rules slightly, but they'll never go so far as to break them; they are, after all, honest and incorruptible.

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The By-the-Book Cop is a stock character in [[CopShow police shows]] and crime fiction in general. They're the older cop, cop who believes in following the law as it is written, playing by the rules even when the criminal scum they're after does not. A stickler for procedure, the By-the-Book-Cop is quick to chide their rookie partner for playing fast and loose out in the streets, and when they're DaChief, you'll see them constantly threaten to [[TurnInYourBadge suspend]] the loose cannon for their impulsive heat-of-the-moment shoot-first-ask-questions-later behavior. If they deem that the situation warrants it, they may ''bend'' the rules slightly, but they'll never go so far as to break them; they are, after all, honest and incorruptible.
2nd Apr '17 11:56:05 AM nombretomado
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* Katsuya from ''{{Persona 2}}'' is by-the-book to a ridiculous degree, even in supernatural situations where the law shouldn't really apply. (In a reversal of the usual way of this trope, he's quite young; his rule-breaking, dubious-method-using foil, Baofu, is much older.)

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* Katsuya from ''{{Persona ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' is by-the-book to a ridiculous degree, even in supernatural situations where the law shouldn't really apply. (In a reversal of the usual way of this trope, he's quite young; his rule-breaking, dubious-method-using foil, Baofu, is much older.)
11th Mar '17 9:29:13 AM nombretomado
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* From ''{{Fillmore}}'': Wayne Ligget, Fillmore's old partner, was said to be the good cop to Fillmore's CowboyCop.

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* From ''{{Fillmore}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'': Wayne Ligget, Fillmore's old partner, was said to be the good cop to Fillmore's CowboyCop.



* Renee Montoya from "WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries"

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* Renee Montoya from "WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries"''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
2nd Mar '17 4:28:41 AM LentilSandEater
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* Detective Mitch Preston (RobertDeNiro) in ''Film/{{Showtime}}'' is a typical example. His first scene has him explaining his job to a class of little kids, dispensing with all the CowboyCop tropes they might know from Hollywood. However, he fairly quickly breaks rules when necessary (or if he's pissed). For example, the act that results in him being forced to participate in a reality TV show involves shooting a video camera mere inches from the cameraman's head (to be fair, his justification that he's a good enough shot to hit exactly what he wants is later proven true). Officer Trey Sellars wants to be a CowboyCop, or at least play one on TV.

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* Detective Mitch Preston (RobertDeNiro) in ''Film/{{Showtime}}'' is a typical example. His first scene has him explaining his job to a class of little kids, dispensing with all the CowboyCop tropes they might know from Hollywood. However, he fairly quickly breaks rules when necessary (or if he's pissed). For example, the act that results in him being forced to participate in a reality TV show involves shooting a video camera mere inches from the cameraman's head (to be fair, his justification that he's a good enough shot to hit exactly what he wants is later proven true).head. Officer Trey Sellars wants to be a CowboyCop, or at least play one on TV.
23rd Feb '17 4:43:02 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Parodied in ''[[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook That Mitchell and Webb Sound]]'' in a sketch about a cop who's dragged in to DaChief's office for a dressing down because he's ''too'' strictly by the book, and spends more of his time reporting other officers for minor uniform infractions and filling in meaningless HR paperwork about how effective his meetings have been than investigating the serial killings he's been assigned to solve.
2nd Feb '17 2:59:13 AM SebastianGray
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the {{Literature/Ultramarines}} take this approach to warfare. Their founder wrote the ''[[BigBookOfWar Codex Astartes]]'' which laid out both the organization and tactics of the Space Marines, and it is no exaggeration to say they try and follow his tenets [[WarriorMonk religiously]]. A recurring theme of the book series is the difficulty in balancing the Ultramarines' dedication to the ''Codex'' with the realities of the present - their founder never wrote any tactics for dealing with [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] or [[SkeleBot9000 Necrons]], after all.
** The Arbitrators generally fall here as well. The book they follow is very draconian but ''TabletopGame/{{Dark Heresy}}'' mentions that committing vigilante justice is among the worst heresies an Arbitrator can commit.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the {{Literature/Ultramarines}} take this approach to warfare. Their founder wrote the ''[[BigBookOfWar Codex Astartes]]'' which laid out both the organization and tactics of the Space Marines, and it is no exaggeration to say they try and follow his tenets [[WarriorMonk religiously]]. A recurring theme of the book series is the difficulty in balancing the Ultramarines' dedication to the ''Codex'' with the realities of the present - their founder never wrote any tactics for dealing with [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] or [[SkeleBot9000 Necrons]], after all.
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** The Arbitrators generally fall here as well.fall . The book they follow is very draconian but ''TabletopGame/{{Dark Heresy}}'' mentions that committing vigilante justice is among the worst heresies an Arbitrator can commit.
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