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22nd Jul '16 12:12:38 PM tropesinreadiness
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* John Strock, hero of the Creator/JulesVerne thriller ''Literature/MasterOfTheWorld'', is an experienced police agent willing to do his duty and play by the rules, even when it means risking his own life.
11th Jun '16 4:34:21 AM Morgenthaler
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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"]]

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* In Alien Nation, ''Film/AlienNation'', 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"]]
1st Jun '16 11:38:00 PM poptartspower
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[[caption-width-right:350:Benefits include: Throwing the book at criminals, literally.]]
23rd May '16 9:00:36 PM Anddrix
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* Commissioner James Gordon from Franchise/{{Batman}}, if it was not for his frequently calling upon the services of an unofficial masked vigilante to help police his city. ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' and ''ComicBook/DarkVictory'' track his growing relationship with Batman and rising position in the Gotham City Police Department, and they all reiterate his commitment to Law & Order and refusal to compromise his integrity and the rules, even to convict criminals he knows are guilty. He slips once when SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker was on death row for a crime he might not have committed [[spoiler:and didn't]]. He suggested to Batman that they let Joker fry despite the possibility that he's innocent of this particular crime. Batman tells Gordon that he's going to pretend he didn't say that, and the matter is dropped.

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* Commissioner James Gordon from Franchise/{{Batman}}, if it was not for his frequently calling upon the services of an unofficial masked vigilante to help police his city. ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' and ''ComicBook/DarkVictory'' track his growing relationship with Batman and rising position in the Gotham City Police Department, and they all reiterate his commitment to Law & Order and refusal to compromise his integrity and the rules, even to convict criminals he knows are guilty. He slips once when SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker was on death row for a crime he might not have committed [[spoiler:and didn't]]. He suggested to Batman that they let Joker fry despite the possibility that he's innocent of this particular crime. Batman tells Gordon that he's going to pretend he didn't say that, and the matter is dropped.
18th May '16 2:27:31 PM pi4t
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** Vimes himself also fits this trope - see, for example, the ending of Night Watch.
18th May '16 11:37:49 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The ''Series/{{CSI}}'' franchise can both play this straight and subvert it. Brass in the original series and Mac in ''{{CSI NY}}'' are usually very by-the-book. But, lately, Mac in particular, and Brass to a smaller extent will break rules if it comes to it.

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* The ''Series/{{CSI}}'' franchise can both play this straight and subvert it. Brass in the original series and Mac in ''{{CSI NY}}'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' are usually very by-the-book. But, lately, Mac in particular, and Brass to a smaller extent will break rules if it comes to it.
8th May '16 5:10:18 PM Willbyr
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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."
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