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14th Aug '17 1:58:30 PM nighttrainfm
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** Vimes himself also fits this trope, most obviously at the end of ''Discworld/NightWatch''. While he's far more cynical than Carrot, that same cynicism is basically what makes him TheFettered.

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** Vimes himself also fits this trope, most obviously at the end of ''Discworld/NightWatch''. While he's far more cynical than Carrot, that same cynicism is basically what makes him TheFettered. He's willing to bend the rules somewhat and tolerates bribes on the level of beer and donuts, but has cast-iron principles he will not break.
5th Aug '17 1:25:53 PM nighttrainfm
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* Captain Carrot of Literature/{{Discworld}}, the LiteralMinded adoptive son of dwarfs, who is so consistently by the book that it even rubs off on the otherwise deeply cynical city of Ankh-Morpork.
** "The Book" in this case being ''The Laws and Ordinances of The Cities of Ankh and Morpork'', published some six generations previously. Carrot isn't just the only copper who follows the book, he's probably the only one who's ''read'' it, since the equally by the book, but much more pragmatic, Commander Vimes got the Librarian to hide it because it was just causing trouble.
** Also it's quite heavy, so if Captain Carrot threatens to "throw the book at you", duck.
** Vimes himself also fits this trope - see, for example, the ending of Night Watch.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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Captain Carrot of Literature/{{Discworld}}, Carrot, the LiteralMinded adoptive son of dwarfs, who is so consistently by the book that it even rubs off on the otherwise deeply cynical city of Ankh-Morpork.
** "The Book" in this case being ''The Laws and Ordinances of The Cities of Ankh and Morpork'', published some six generations previously. Carrot isn't just the only copper who follows the book, he's probably the only one who's ''read'' it, since the equally by the book, but much more pragmatic, Commander Vimes got the Librarian to hide it because it was just causing trouble.
** Also
trouble. Also, it's quite heavy, so if Captain Carrot threatens to "throw the book at you", duck.
** Vimes himself also fits this trope - see, for example, trope, most obviously at the ending end of Night Watch.''Discworld/NightWatch''. While he's far more cynical than Carrot, that same cynicism is basically what makes him TheFettered.
25th Jul '17 12:18:46 PM MiinU
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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 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 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 [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure warrants it, it]], they may ''bend'' ''[[LoopholeAbuse bend]]'' the rules slightly, but they'll never go so far as to break them; they are, after all, honest and incorruptible.



Can sometimes overlap with LawfulStupid if certain laws are downright ridiculous.

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Can sometimes overlap with ReasonableAuthorityFigure if they acknowledge that occasional breaches of procedure can be acceptable, or even necessary, depending on the circumstances. But it can just as easily crossover into LawfulStupid if certain laws are downright ridiculous.
they adamantly insist on adherring to protocol no matter what.
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''
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