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5th Sep '17 12:26:51 AM Ominae
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A staple of the CriminalProcedural when the writers want to create a "This Time, ItsPersonal" episode. Pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a criminal kills a cop and the dead officer's colleagues have to avenge him. These episodes frequently end with PoliceBrutality, as cop killing is a rather serious business. When the cops find the cop killer, they don't treat him very well. Not to mention that they're more likely to [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident have "accidents" or be "driven to suicide" at some point between arrest, trial, and imprisonment]]. Or even just [[TakeNoPrisoners make no effort to capture the cop killer alive in the first place]]. Conversely, a cop killer will likely be [[VillainCred regarded as particularly notorious by fellow criminals]].%%Do not hotlink SeriousBusiness from here. That's misuse.

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A staple of the CriminalProcedural when the writers want to create a "This Time, ItsPersonal" episode. Pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a criminal kills a cop and the dead officer's colleagues have to avenge him.him via CopKillerManhunt. These episodes frequently end with PoliceBrutality, as cop killing is a rather serious business. When the cops find the cop killer, they don't treat him very well. Not to mention that they're more likely to [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident have "accidents" or be "driven to suicide" at some point between arrest, trial, and imprisonment]]. Or even just [[TakeNoPrisoners make no effort to capture the cop killer alive in the first place]]. Conversely, a cop killer will likely be [[VillainCred regarded as particularly notorious by fellow criminals]].%%Do not hotlink SeriousBusiness from here. That's misuse.
2nd Sep '17 11:37:59 AM DanielBenner8891
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* In the first ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' game, the titular protagonist's real problems start not when he loses his family but when he is framed for the murder of his fellow DEA agent Alex Balder, setting the cops after him when he already has the mob baying for his blood when his cover is blown. [[spoiler:The guy who pulled the trigger on Alex and framed him is fellow DEA agent B.B., who Max then has to kill]].

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* In the first ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' game, the titular protagonist's real problems start not when he loses his family but when he is framed for the murder of his fellow DEA agent Alex Balder, setting the cops after him when he already has the mob baying for his blood when his cover is blown. [[spoiler:The guy who pulled the trigger on Alex and framed him is fellow DEA agent B.B., who Max then has to kill]]. In the second game, Max kills fellow NYPD detective Valerie Winterson when she tries to kill Mona Sax. She was the BigBad Vladimir Lem's lover, but Max still feels guilt over it. Plus in the third game, Max has to kill an entire squad of Sao Paulo's UFE squad, they were corrupt, so it's actually justified here.
31st Aug '17 5:08:58 PM SSJMagus
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A staple of the CriminalProcedural when the writers want to create a "This Time, ItsPersonal" episode. Pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a criminal kills a cop and the dead officer's colleagues have to avenge him. These episodes frequently end with PoliceBrutality, as cop killing is a rather serious business. When the cops find the cop killer, they don't treat him very well. Not to mention that they're more likely to [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident have "accidents" or be "driven to suicide" at some point between arrest, trial, and imprisonment]]. Conversely, a cop killer will likely be [[VillainCred regarded as particularly notorious by fellow criminals]].%%Do not hotlink SeriousBusiness from here. That's misuse.

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A staple of the CriminalProcedural when the writers want to create a "This Time, ItsPersonal" episode. Pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a criminal kills a cop and the dead officer's colleagues have to avenge him. These episodes frequently end with PoliceBrutality, as cop killing is a rather serious business. When the cops find the cop killer, they don't treat him very well. Not to mention that they're more likely to [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident have "accidents" or be "driven to suicide" at some point between arrest, trial, and imprisonment]]. Or even just [[TakeNoPrisoners make no effort to capture the cop killer alive in the first place]]. Conversely, a cop killer will likely be [[VillainCred regarded as particularly notorious by fellow criminals]].%%Do not hotlink SeriousBusiness from here. That's misuse.



The [[InvertedTrope inverse]] of KillerCop, a cop who is a murderer, although in some cases they do overlap. See also PoliceBrutality and PayEvilUntoEvil, possible reactions by the police when they find the cop killer.

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The [[InvertedTrope inverse]] of KillerCop, a cop who is a murderer, although in some cases they do overlap. Particularly with cases of a DirtyCop killing an honest one who's discovered his crimes. See also PoliceBrutality and PayEvilUntoEvil, possible reactions by the police when they find the cop killer.
23rd Aug '17 10:10:12 PM VioletVisions
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** ''DarkMatter'' is a show with ex-criminal AntiHero protagonists being hunted by, among others factions, the Galactic Authority (read: police InSpace!). At one point, Five - the teenage and most innocent protagonist (she'd just been a pickpocket) - orders the Android to kill a whole room full of cops who'd been holding the two of them prisoner. This is treated as a heroic act by the writers, or at least as not particularly bad or something she should be conflicted over later. Partially [[JustifiedTrope justified]], in so far as that the lead officer, after several failed normal interrogation attempts, was [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique holding a gun to Five's head]] to make her betray the rest of her (much more violently criminal) crew. But the rest of the victims were just [[WhatMeasureIsAMook random low-ranking cops doing their job.]]

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** ''DarkMatter'' * ''Series/DarkMatter'' is a show with about amnesiac ex-criminal AntiHero protagonists being hunted by, among others other factions, the Galactic Authority (read: police InSpace!).InSpace). At one point, Five - the teenage and most innocent protagonist (she'd just been a pickpocket) - orders the Android to kill a whole room full of cops who'd been holding the two of them prisoner. This Contrary to the normal application of this trope, this is treated as a heroic act by the writers, or at least as not particularly bad or something she should be conflicted over later. Partially [[JustifiedTrope justified]], in so far as that the lead officer, after several failed normal interrogation attempts, was [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique holding a gun to Five's head]] to make her betray the rest of her (much more violently criminal) (formerly mass-murdering) crew. But the rest of the victims were just [[WhatMeasureIsAMook random low-ranking cops doing their job.]]
23rd Aug '17 10:04:44 PM VioletVisions
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** ''DarkMatter'' is a show with ex-criminal AntiHero protagonists being hunted by, among others factions, the Galactic Authority (read: police InSpace!). At one point, Five - the teenage and most innocent protagonist (she'd just been a pickpocket) - orders the Android to kill a whole room full of cops who'd been holding the two of them prisoner. This is treated as a heroic act by the writers, or at least as not particularly bad or something she should be conflicted over later. Partially [[JustifiedTrope justified]], in so far as that the lead officer, after several failed normal interrogation attempts, was [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique holding a gun to Five's head]] to make her betray the rest of her (much more violently criminal) crew. But the rest of the victims were just [[WhatMeasureIsAMook random low-ranking cops doing their job.]]
20th Aug '17 10:50:30 PM GrammarNavi
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* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': Part of Corran Horn's backstory in the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' is that his father Hal Horn, a Corellian Security Force officer like his son, was gunned down by the Trandoshan BountyHunter Bossk (who was after a confidential informant of Horn's, a smuggler whom he was meeting at the time). In ''Literature/IJedi'' he explains to Luke Skywalker that after he caught Bossk, he literally could've frog-marched him into the lobby of One [=CorSec=] Plaza and shot him resisting arrest, and nobody in the building would've batted an eyelash.

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* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': Part of Corran Horn's backstory in the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' is that his father Hal Horn, a Corellian Security Force officer like his son, was gunned down by the Trandoshan BountyHunter Bossk (who was after a confidential informant of Horn's, a smuggler whom he was meeting at the time). In ''Literature/IJedi'' ''[[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy I, Jedi]]'' he explains to Luke Skywalker that after he caught Bossk, he literally could've frog-marched him into the lobby of One [=CorSec=] Plaza and shot him resisting arrest, and nobody in the building would've batted an eyelash.
20th Aug '17 8:21:19 AM ChaoticQueen
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** The T-800 in ''Film/TheTerminator'' massacres an entire police station in an attempt to get to Sarah Connor. Radio reports later reveal that quite predictably a nationwide manhunt was started for the mysterious gunman. The LAPD are still looking for the shooter seven years later in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' to get justice for the officers who were killed on that night.

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** The T-800 in ''Film/TheTerminator'' massacres an entire police station in an attempt to get to Sarah Connor. Radio reports later reveal that quite predictably a nationwide manhunt was started for the mysterious gunman. The LAPD are still looking for the shooter seven mote than ten years later in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' to get justice for the officers who were killed on that night.
20th Aug '17 8:16:34 AM tropower
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** The T-800 in ''Film/TheTerminator'' massacres an entire police station in an attempt to get to Sarah Connor. Radio reports later reveal that quite predictably a nationwide manhunt was started for the mysterious gunman. The LAPD are still looking for the shooter more than ten years later in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' to get justice for the officers who were killed on that night.

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** The T-800 in ''Film/TheTerminator'' massacres an entire police station in an attempt to get to Sarah Connor. Radio reports later reveal that quite predictably a nationwide manhunt was started for the mysterious gunman. The LAPD are still looking for the shooter more than ten seven years later in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' to get justice for the officers who were killed on that night.
20th Aug '17 8:14:07 AM tropower
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* Music/IceT created a lot of controversy with his HeavyMetal song "Cop Killer," which he claimed was a ProtestSong against PoliceBrutality. After a firestorm of criticism he ultimately withdrew the song from circulation. (Ironically, the singer went on to play a cop himself on shows including ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.)

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* Music/IceT created a lot of controversy with his HeavyMetal song "Cop Killer," Killer,"[[note]]Done as part of his heavy metal side project Music/BodyCount.[[/note]] which he claimed was a ProtestSong against PoliceBrutality. After a firestorm of criticism he ultimately withdrew made the decision to withdraw the song from circulation. circulation [[note]]Including removing the song from later copies of Body Count's SelfTitledAlbum.[[/note]]. (Ironically, the singer rapper went on to play a cop himself on shows including ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''.)
27th Jul '17 12:41:40 PM AdamC
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* The AntiVillain Scar in ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist'' very rapidly built up a reputation for murdering State Alchemists. Scar is a greatly sympathetic example (to the point of being given a Face turn), as the State Alchemist don't just service as an elite polite force but are also soldiers and Gestapo within Amestris, and were crucial in annexing Scar's home country of Ishval (and massacring a large portion of the population). Scar's reputation is so fearsome that State Alchemists tend to transfer en masse out of areas where he's known to be operating.
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