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27th Apr '16 9:30:09 PM MarcInGA
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* In Alien Nation, a human cop who breaks all the rules is paired with a new detective from an alien race that has assimilated on Earth. At first the alien follows all the rules but them finds out the danger to his own people and goes off on his own. When the human mentions following procedure the alien says [[spoiler: "Fuck procedure"]]
13th Apr '16 12:56:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WhoCensoredRogerRabbit?'': Toon police Captain "Clever" Cleaver, working on the Rabbit murder case doesn't want any loose cannons (e.g. Eddie Valiant) wrestling the long arm of the law away from him. In the not-quite-sequel ''Who Plugged Roger Rabbit?'', Sargeant "Bulldog" Bascomb takes a similar role, but somewhat more similar to DaChief. (though Cleaver is still mentioned as the one who habitually hounds Eddie).

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* ''WhoCensoredRogerRabbit?'': ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit?'': Toon police Captain "Clever" Cleaver, working on the Rabbit murder case doesn't want any loose cannons (e.g. Eddie Valiant) wrestling the long arm of the law away from him. In the not-quite-sequel ''Who Plugged Roger Rabbit?'', Sargeant "Bulldog" Bascomb takes a similar role, but somewhat more similar to DaChief. (though Cleaver is still mentioned as the one who habitually hounds Eddie).



* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''[[Literature/NightWatch New Watch]]'', Staff Sergeant Dima Pastukhov of the Moscow Police considers himself an honest cop, by Russian standards. Granted, he'll occasionally accept a small bribe (e.g. more change than what he paid) from a cafe owner when stopping by for lunch or rough up a drunk or two when they get roudy and refuse to go to a sobering-up station. However, he will also chase down any perp without a second thought, won't harass store owners, and will let those who are only a little drunk go home (provided they don't drive). However, he avoids the Others like the plague, having been accidentally granted the ability to see them by Anton's carelessness in the first novel (he's one of the two cops he tells to go get drunk on his first case, nearly costing them their careers).

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* In SergeyLukyanenko's Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''[[Literature/NightWatch New Watch]]'', Staff Sergeant Dima Pastukhov of the Moscow Police considers himself an honest cop, by Russian standards. Granted, he'll occasionally accept a small bribe (e.g. more change than what he paid) from a cafe owner when stopping by for lunch or rough up a drunk or two when they get roudy and refuse to go to a sobering-up station. However, he will also chase down any perp without a second thought, won't harass store owners, and will let those who are only a little drunk go home (provided they don't drive). However, he avoids the Others like the plague, having been accidentally granted the ability to see them by Anton's carelessness in the first novel (he's one of the two cops he tells to go get drunk on his first case, nearly costing them their careers).
13th Apr '16 12:55:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted in Miami Blues, in which Detective Sanchez gives Detective Moseley a detailed explanation as to how he happened to track down the psycho Fred Frenger to use in his report. (And which is in total contradiction to what actually happened -- [[spoiler:which is that Moseley was stalking Frenger to get his false teeth back]]). Moseley answers, "Yeah, something like that." Sanchez insists, "No -- EXACTLY like that."

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* Inverted in Miami Blues, ''Film/MiamiBlues'', in which Detective Sanchez gives Detective Moseley a detailed explanation as to how he happened to track down the psycho Fred Frenger to use in his report. (And which is in total contradiction to what actually happened -- [[spoiler:which is that Moseley was stalking Frenger to get his false teeth back]]). Moseley answers, "Yeah, something like that." Sanchez insists, "No -- EXACTLY like that."
7th Apr '16 10:58:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* Your squad in ''SWAT4'', the best score will be awarded to players who follow this trope--handcuff and report all suspects and civilians, subdue suspects with non-lethal methods and bring them in alive unless they're openly hostile, and confiscate all firearms and other evidence.

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* Your squad in ''SWAT4'', ''VideoGame/SWAT4'', the best score will be awarded to players who follow this trope--handcuff and report all suspects and civilians, subdue suspects with non-lethal methods and bring them in alive unless they're openly hostile, and confiscate all firearms and other evidence.
29th Mar '16 11:04:49 AM tickingclocks
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* ''Film/OsmosisJones''. Drix is the BTBC, Osmosis is the CowboyCop.


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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Film/OsmosisJones''. Drix is the BTBC, Osmosis is the CowboyCop.
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29th Mar '16 11:04:08 AM tickingclocks
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* Foremost General Hardness (the D is silent) in ''Fanfic/IceIceBaby''. He plays by the rules and the citizens of Sochi thank him for it.

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* ''Film/OsmosisJones''. Drix is the BTBC, Osmosis is the CowboyCop.



* Foremost General Hardness (the D is silent) in ''Fanfic/IceIceBaby. He plays by the rules and the citizens of Sochi thank him for it.

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* ''Film/OsmosisJones''. Drix is the BTBC, Osmosis is the CowboyCop.
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* Foremost General Hardness (the D is silent) in ''Fanfic/IceIceBaby. He plays by the rules and the citizens of Sochi thank him for it.

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* ''Film/OsmosisJones''. Drix is the BTBC, Osmosis is the CowboyCop.
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29th Mar '16 11:03:30 AM tickingclocks
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* Foremost General Hardness (the D is silent) in ''Fanfic/IceIceBaby. He plays by the rules and the citizens of Sochi thank him for it.
18th Mar '16 11:29:22 AM ObsidianFire
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* Inspector Ginko from ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' plays with this: most of the times he's this trope, [[GenreSavvy but only because otherwise the criminals will be able to loophole their way out of prison]], and, when the book has failed, shows his true temper as a CowboyCop.

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* Inspector Ginko from ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' plays with this: most of the times he's this trope, [[GenreSavvy but only because otherwise the criminals will be able to loophole their way out of prison]], prison, and, when the book has failed, shows his true temper as a CowboyCop.



* ''Series/{{Community}}'' parodies this in "The Science of Illusion" when Annie and Shirley become temporary campus security guards. They end up getting into an argument about which one of them should be the By-the-Book Cop and which one should be the CowboyCop despite the fact that both of them are equally suited to both roles, and GenreSavvy Abed, who is following them around, ends up invoking a whole load of tropes based on this.

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' parodies this in "The Science of Illusion" when Annie and Shirley become temporary campus security guards. They end up getting into an argument about which one of them should be the By-the-Book Cop and which one should be the CowboyCop despite the fact that both of them are equally suited to both roles, and GenreSavvy Abed, who is following them around, ends up invoking a whole load of tropes based on this.
4th Mar '16 8:16:31 AM 69BookWorM69
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** Percival Giles, particularly when interacting with Murdoch and Brackenreid. After [[spoiler: the escape of Ava Moon]], he is routinely critical of Murdoch and Brackenreid's methods.

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** Percival Giles, particularly when interacting with Murdoch and Brackenreid. After [[spoiler: the escape of Ava Moon]], he is routinely critical of Murdoch and Brackenreid's methods. When they go to another jurisdiction and remove a corpse back to Toronto, he insists they return the body to the other department and write letters of apology to the other cops and coroner.
4th Mar '16 8:11:51 AM 69BookWorM69
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* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Various officers take this role:
** Murdoch himself is very devoted to following evidence and doing a thorough job of investigating. Inspector Brackenreid will occasionally criticize him for this, saying things like, "I know you have only two speeds, Murdoch: slow and dead slow." For his part, Murdoch will sometimes express objections or discomfort with Brackenreid's propensity to use his fists to get information, though [[FairForItsDay such hands-on methods were commonly accepted at the time]].
** Brackenreid himself will take a stand on regulations and the law when one of Murdoch's new-fangled methods seems to push the limit, or when Murdoch is taking a long time to do his job. He'll mention ''habeas corpus'' if someone is in custody too long without a charge.
** Percival Giles, particularly when interacting with Murdoch and Brackenreid. After [[spoiler: the escape of Ava Moon]], he is routinely critical of Murdoch and Brackenreid's methods.
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