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22nd Feb '18 6:53:37 PM nombretomado
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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. Officer Trey Sellars wants to be a CowboyCop, or at least play one on TV.

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* Detective Mitch Preston (RobertDeNiro) (Creator/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. Officer Trey Sellars wants to be a CowboyCop, or at least play one on TV.
6th Dec '17 4:16:17 PM DrOO7
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** [[Series/LawAndOrderUK Matt Devlin]] once arrested a ''friend'' of his after the guy snorted cocaine [[WhatAnIdiot right in front of him]]. This foreshadows his actions in a later episode where he insists on investigating another detective's murky account of a shooting, despite the fact that the man is a very good friend of his partner Ronnie.
2nd Dec '17 7:14:24 AM RobTan
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* ''Film/RoboCop'', which is understandable since he literally has The Book programmed into his brain. He's more violent than a typical example, but that's more a reflection of the [[CrapsackWorld world he lives in]].
30th Nov '17 2:22:45 PM Discar
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* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', Nale is very careful to follow the laws of whatever country he's in. He doesn't necessarily follow the spirit of these laws, nor show respect to the people who wrote them, but he does follow what's written down. His true purpose seems to be to kill people with Surgebinding abilities, but he'll only do so if he can get a legal writ of execution for some crime they committed. When someone thinks to pardon his current quarry, he has no choice but to leave her alone. It's also implied that this is true of every Skybreaker (the Radiant Order Nale founded). Their Second Oath is revealed by WordOfGod to be "I will put the law before all else".

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* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', Nale is very careful to follow the laws of whatever country he's in. He doesn't necessarily follow the spirit of these laws, nor show respect to the people who wrote them, but he does follow what's written down. His true purpose seems to be to kill people with Surgebinding abilities, but he'll only do so if he can get a legal writ of execution for some crime they committed. When someone thinks to pardon his current quarry, he has no choice but to leave her alone. It's also implied that this is true of every Skybreaker (the Radiant Order Nale founded). Their Second Oath is revealed by WordOfGod Many of them choose to be "I will put follow the law before above all else".else for their Third Ideal, though they can choose to follow something else (many swear to follow Nale himself, for example).
7th Oct '17 3:49:05 PM eroock
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[[caption-width-right:350:Benefits include: Throwing the book at criminals, literally.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Benefits [[caption-width-right:350:[-Benefits include: Throwing the book at criminals, literally.]]
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30th Sep '17 8:07:43 PM Adeon
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** The Arbitrators generally 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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** The Arbitrators generally fall . fall into this. The book they follow is very draconian (and they follow it to the letter) but ''TabletopGame/{{Dark Heresy}}'' mentions that committing vigilante justice is among the worst heresies an Arbitrator can commit.
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.
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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.''"
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