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24th Jul '17 10:57:21 PM Bek-359
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}, despite the fact that the Harmonium is supposed to be most appealing to LawfulGood types, there are so many LawfulEvil members walking the beat who use their power as Sigil's police force as an excuse to extort, beat, threaten and otherwise harass anyone they don't like that every Sigil native presumes they're ''all'' dirty. Especially because the Faction is the game's posterboy for OrderIsNotGood and the rot goes all the way up to the top, meaning that even good Harmonium members will close ranks to protect their corrupt members, under the justification that solving such problems is a matter for internal affairs.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}, ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'', despite the fact that the Harmonium is supposed to be most appealing to LawfulGood types, there are so many LawfulEvil members walking the beat who use their power as Sigil's police force as an excuse to extort, beat, threaten and otherwise harass anyone they don't like that every Sigil native presumes they're ''all'' dirty. Especially because the Faction is the game's posterboy for OrderIsNotGood and the rot goes all the way up to the top, meaning that even good Harmonium members will close ranks to protect their corrupt members, under the justification that solving such problems is a matter for internal affairs.
24th Jul '17 4:30:42 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/VirtualCombat'': The hero turns in his badge to track down the people who killed his partner. The *only* person he is shown to keep in touch with is the Chief, while the bad guys keep finding him wherever he goes. Obviously, it turns out the Chief is actually TheMole, though the hero doesn't figure it out until his boss attacks him with a knife.

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* ''Film/VirtualCombat'': The hero turns in his badge to track down the people who killed his partner. The *only* person he is shown to keep in touch with is the Chief, DaChief, while the bad guys keep finding him wherever he goes. Obviously, it turns out the Chief is actually TheMole, though the hero doesn't figure it out until his boss attacks him with a knife.
24th Jul '17 4:29:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/LethalWeapon 4'', Riggs suspects Murtaugh of being on the take, pointing out that he has spent ''way'' more money than a police sergeant nearing retirement should. Not an unreasonable suspicion, considering that Murtaugh has rebuilt his house twice (after a hitman drove a car into the living room in the first installment and another one blew up the bathroom in the second), bought a new boat and sent two kids to college. The whole thing is compounded by the fact that Murtaugh refuses to offer other explanations. It turns out that his wife has written several MillsAndBoonProse-heavy {{Romance Novel}}s (Riggs describes them as "the cheesy sex novels") that sell ''extremely'' well, and he's been embarrassed about where the money comes from.
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* In ''Film/LethalWeapon 4'', ''Film/LethalWeapon4'', Riggs suspects Murtaugh of being on the take, pointing out that he has spent ''way'' more money than a police sergeant nearing retirement should. Not an unreasonable suspicion, considering that Murtaugh has rebuilt his house twice (after a hitman drove a car into the living room in the first installment and another one blew up the bathroom in the second), bought a new boat and sent two kids to college. The whole thing is compounded by the fact that Murtaugh refuses to offer other explanations. It turns out that his wife has written several MillsAndBoonProse-heavy {{Romance Novel}}s (Riggs describes them as "the cheesy sex novels") that sell ''extremely'' well, and he's been embarrassed about where the money comes from.
]]* ''Film/VirtualCombat'': The hero turns in his badge to track down the people who killed his partner. The *only* person he is shown to keep in touch with is the Chief, while the bad guys keep finding him wherever he goes. Obviously, it turns out the Chief is actually TheMole, though the hero doesn't figure it out until his boss attacks him with a knife.
18th Jul '17 2:56:43 PM Divra
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** [[spoiler:Played straight with Superintendent Pendrew, who built his career off of cooperating with the Sun On Yee's current Chairman and sent Wei in undercover to erase all evidence of his corruption from the inside out before his upcoming promotion to Interpol.]]

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** [[spoiler:Played straight with Superintendent Pendrew, who built his career off of cooperating with the Sun On Yee's current Chairman and sent Wei in undercover to erase all evidence of his corruption from the inside out before his upcoming promotion to Interpol. Pendrew seems to believe in some version of IDidWhatIHadToDo; he has been offered a wide variety of goods and services, but never accepted anything from the Chairman other than information.]]
17th Jul '17 8:35:51 AM skotavatar
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* There are several in ''Literature/DanceoftheButterfly'', but the two local detectives Alec and Quain share much of that spotlight along with the Interpol agent Duilio.
12th Jul '17 8:57:31 PM infernape612
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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has a cop who has a ''[[HeroismAddict hero homicide complex]]'', he sets ups a shooting so he can make himself a hero by being the first to respond. [[spoiler: He attacked Garcia fearing that she could find out about his murders.]]

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' has a cop who has a ''[[HeroismAddict hero homicide complex]]'', he sets ups up a shooting so he can make himself a hero by being the first to respond. [[spoiler: He attacked Garcia fearing that she could find out about his murders.]]



* Dyson and Hale from ''Series/LostGirl'' are a twist on this concept, as they are not so much corrupt as they have different loyalties than they should as police officers: they're big on the whole "protect and serve" thing, but their main job is to cover up Fae (psrticularly Light Fae) involvement in human crimes. There's a second level to this as well, as Dyson is actually more loyal to Trick (the former[[spoiler: Blood King]], but in practice nothing more than the owner of a Fae way point) than he is to the Ash, the leader of the Light Fae, and both he and Hale are more than willing to turning a blind eye to Bo breaking Fae law ( as much as Fae law actually applies to Bo in the first place). Hale is also willing to ignore Kenzi's occasional brushes with human law(as well as spring her when she's incorrectly suspected of a crime), although he does stop short of actually helping her to receive stolen property.

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* Dyson and Hale from ''Series/LostGirl'' are a twist on this concept, as they are not so much corrupt as they have different loyalties than they should as police officers: they're big on the whole "protect and serve" thing, but their main job is to cover up Fae (psrticularly (particularly Light Fae) involvement in human crimes. There's a second level to this as well, as Dyson is actually more loyal to Trick (the former[[spoiler: Blood former [[spoiler:Blood King]], but in practice nothing more than the owner of a Fae way point) than he is to the Ash, the leader of the Light Fae, and both he and Hale are more than willing to turning a blind eye to Bo breaking Fae law ( as (as much as Fae law actually applies to Bo in the first place). Hale is also willing to ignore Kenzi's occasional brushes with human law(as law (as well as spring her when she's incorrectly suspected of a crime), although he does stop short of actually helping her to receive stolen property.
12th Jul '17 8:53:20 PM infernape612
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** Danny Reagan is a borderline case. He's not the "plant evidence" or "kill unarmed criminals" type, but he ''has' done illegal things that in real life would get him swiftly terminated from the NYPD, and has faced [[KarmaHoudini little comeuppance for his behavior]]. Examples include ''intentionally'' stopping a medical tube for an old man because he ''thought'' he had information, threatening to put a bullet in the back of a robber's head -- ''when the said robber was cuffed and unarmed'', and putting a suspect in the trunk of his car and driving like crazy to get said suspect to talk. And the list goes on.

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** Danny Reagan is a borderline case. He's not the "plant evidence" or "kill unarmed criminals" type, but he ''has' ''has'' done illegal things that in real life would get him swiftly terminated from the NYPD, and has faced [[KarmaHoudini little comeuppance for his behavior]]. Examples include ''intentionally'' stopping a medical tube for an old man because he ''thought'' he had information, threatening to put a bullet in the back of a robber's head -- ''when the said robber was cuffed and unarmed'', and putting a suspect in the trunk of his car and driving like crazy to get said suspect to talk. And the list goes on.
9th Jul '17 1:56:55 AM Divra
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** In ''Discworld/NightWatch'' it is stated that a major part of the reason why Ankh-Morpork Watchmen have such a good reputation is that they don't take bribes much, and the ones they ''do'' take are never larger than the occasional free pint and/or doughnut, which even Vimes thinks of as part of the grease that keeps the wheels of justice turning.

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** In ''Discworld/NightWatch'' it is stated that a major part of the reason why modern, Vimes-trained Ankh-Morpork Watchmen have such a good reputation is that they don't take bribes much, and the ones they ''do'' take are never larger than the occasional free pint and/or doughnut, which even Vimes thinks of as part of the grease that keeps the wheels of justice turning.
8th Jul '17 3:33:41 PM Divra
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* In ''Film/LethalWeapon 4'', Riggs suspects Murtaugh of being on the take, pointing out that he has spent ''way'' more money than a police sergeant nearing retirement should. Not an unreasonable suspicion, considering that Murtaugh has rebuilt his house twice (after a hitman drove a car into the living room in the first installment and another one blew up the bathroom in the second), bought a new boat and sent two kids to college. The whole thing is compounded by the fact that Murtaugh refuses to offer other explanations. It turns out that his wife has written several MillsAndBoonProse-heavy {{Romance Novel}}s (Riggs describes them as "the cheesy sex novels") that sell ''extremely'' well, and he's been embarrassed about where the money comes from.
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** In ''Discworld/NightWatch'' it is stated that a major part of the reason why Ankh-Morpork Watchmen have such a good reputation is that they don't take bribes much, and the ones they ''do'' take are never larger than the occasional free pint and/or doughnut, which even Vimes thinks of as part of the grease that keeps the wheels of justice turning.
4th Jul '17 11:51:54 PM WanderingBrowser
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}, despite the fact that the Harmonium is supposed to be most appealing to LawfulGood types, there are so many LawfulEvil members walking the beat who use their power as Sigil's police force as an excuse to extort, beat, threaten and otherwise harass anyone they don't like that every Sigil native presumes they're ''all'' dirty. Especially because the Faction is the game's posterboy for OrderIsNotGood and the rot goes all the way up to the top, meaning that even good Harmonium members will close ranks to protect their corrupt members, under the justification that solving such problems is a matter for internal affairs.
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