History Main / GoodCopBadCop

6th Feb '18 6:00:12 PM nombretomado
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A SubTrope of GentleTouchVsFirmHand. {{Not to be confused with}} the Canadian film ''Film/BonCopBadCop''. See also TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay and RudeHeroNiceSidekick.

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A SubTrope of GentleTouchVsFirmHand. {{Not to be confused with}} JustForFun/NotToBeConfusedWith the Canadian film ''Film/BonCopBadCop''. See also TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay and RudeHeroNiceSidekick.
6th Feb '18 10:35:14 AM Linda58
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** You can also smack him around a few times, and then say you and Thane are ''both'' the good cop, with the real bad cop outside.
-->'''Thane:''' I say we let him in, Elias doesn't need fingers to talk.
2nd Feb '18 5:05:25 PM StarTropes
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** Gibbs and Vance also play this when they interrogate Ziva (and later Malachi ben Gidon) about a massacre aboard the ship ''Damocles''. Vance is direct and borderline ruthless in his questioning -- and he's the ''good'' cop. Gibbs is, well, ''Gibbs''.

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** Gibbs and Vance also play this when they interrogate Ziva (and later Malachi ben Gidon) about a massacre aboard the ship ''Damocles''. Vance is direct and borderline ruthless in his questioning -- and he's the ''good'' cop. Gibbs is, well, ''Gibbs''. (And how appropriate it is that the episode in question is called "Good Cop, Bad Cop".)
19th Jan '18 8:45:09 AM Duffan
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'', Batman and Superman swap Good Cop and Bad Cop roles because Supes was tired of being the Good Cop. He proves to be a bad Bad Cop.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'', Batman and Superman swap Good Cop and Bad Cop roles because Supes was tired of being the Good Cop. He proves to be a bad Bad Cop.
16th Jan '18 11:11:06 AM StarTropes
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** The Cardassian "[[KangarooCourt justice system]]" uses this at the trial itself. Instead of an actual defense attorney, the accused (who has already been found guilty and sentenced to death) is assigned a "public conservator" who functions as the Good Cop, while the arbiter acts as the Bad Cop (and no, there's no jury).
14th Jan '18 3:55:18 PM nombretomado
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* In the novel ''[[Literature/MarcusDidiusFalco The Iron Hand of Mars]]'' by LindseyDavis, Ancient Roman detective Falco and his friend Justinus are interrogating a barmaid about her missing boyfriend. She loses her temper and throws Falco out, but Justinus comforts her and she gives him the required information. Afterwards Falco mentions this technique and jokes that "the nice guy is supposed to be a fake!"

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* In the novel ''[[Literature/MarcusDidiusFalco The Iron Hand of Mars]]'' by LindseyDavis, Creator/LindseyDavis, Ancient Roman detective Falco and his friend Justinus are interrogating a barmaid about her missing boyfriend. She loses her temper and throws Falco out, but Justinus comforts her and she gives him the required information. Afterwards Falco mentions this technique and jokes that "the nice guy is supposed to be a fake!"
13th Jan '18 6:23:04 PM MagiMecha
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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'', Batman and Superman swap Good Cop and Bad Cop roles because Supes was tired of being the Good Cop. He proves to be a bad Bad Cop.
12th Jan '18 7:47:24 PM donwarr1995
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* ''Series/TheGreatBritishBakeOff'': Mary and Paul, respectively (and very effectively) as a judging team. They only rarely disagree on the actual quality of a bake, but when critiquing it Paul comes across as much more brusque and insistent on the flaws, while Mary adopts a more sympathetic tone.
12th Jan '18 3:12:21 AM jormis29
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* ''The Take'' (1974). Billy Dee Williams' character goes to interrogate a suspect, who lampshades the trope. As a ScaryBlackMan, Williams makes some [[DissonantSerenity quietly spoken threats]] instead and the suspect breaks down; saying he was beaten by a policeman as a youth and is still traumatized by it.

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* ''The Take'' ''Film/TheTake'' (1974). Billy Dee Williams' character goes to interrogate a suspect, who lampshades the trope. As a ScaryBlackMan, Williams makes some [[DissonantSerenity quietly spoken threats]] instead and the suspect breaks down; saying he was beaten by a policeman as a youth and is still traumatized by it.
24th Dec '17 2:56:07 PM Tightwire
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* In Comicbook/MoreThanMeetsTheEye'' Whirl, an ex-cop, catches one of the little enemy robots running away, and without being asked, simply beats him up in private until he promises to answer the questions of the other Autobots.
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