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21st May '17 7:17:38 AM JackG
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* ''The Take'' (1974). Billy Dee William's character goes to interrogate a suspect, who lampshades the trope. As a ScaryBlackMan, William's starts voicing 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'' (1974). Billy Dee William's Williams' character goes to interrogate a suspect, who lampshades the trope. As a ScaryBlackMan, William's starts voicing 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.
21st May '17 7:15:42 AM JackG
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* ''The Take'' (1974). Billy Dee William's character goes to interrogate a suspect, who lampshades the trope. As a ScaryBlackMan, William's starts voicing 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.
17th Apr '17 12:51:33 PM Archimedes
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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Lt. Boyd, playing the "passive-aggressive, sarcastic cop" hires you to be her "bad cop" and help interrogate a captured centurion from Caesar's Legion. She wants you, a civilian contractor unhindered by the NCR's pesky "proper treatment of [=POWs=]" laws, to [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique beat the crap out of him until he cracks]], but with a little smarts you can get the centurion to sing without even touching him, netting a better reward.

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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Lt. Boyd, playing the "passive-aggressive, sarcastic cop" hires you to be her "bad cop" and help interrogate a captured centurion from Caesar's Legion. She wants you, [[LoopholeAbuse a civilian contractor unhindered by the NCR's pesky "proper treatment of [=POWs=]" laws, laws]], to [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique beat the crap out of him until he cracks]], but with a little smarts you can get the centurion to sing without even touching him, netting a better reward.
12th Apr '17 1:51:41 PM DrOO7
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* ''Series/HomicideHunter'': Lt. Joe Kenda likes to take the ''first'' role when questioning suspects (surprising, as it's a complete 180 from his persona). He's found that people are more likely to slip up and say something incriminating--or confess outright--if they think that he's on their side.
4th Apr '17 1:39:14 PM HotelCalifornia
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* Episode 74 of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' has an example of this. The Chaotix and Dr. Eggman are arrested by the Demons and imprisoned on Maledict's flagship. Beelzebub plays the bad cop and Maledict himself plays the good cop. When Vector calls them out on this, Beelzebub stops playing around and starts torturing Charmy (until Maledict stops him).
18th Feb '17 11:08:55 AM DrOO7
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** Similarly, in "Doppelganger", when he and his civilian counterpart grill a guy, the man's lawyer sarcastically asks, "What is this? "Bad Cop, Bad Cop"?"



* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK''. Matt and Ronnie would often alternate these roles and play them to varying degrees, sometimes within the course of a single interrogation, depending on the situation and/or what kind of a person they were dealing with. At least two noteworthy scenes have them playing ''both'' roles--they're both very gentle and supportive of a young prostitute suspected of murder and they both grill an officer suspected of leaving his partner to die. Matt's short-tempered replacement Sam Casey took the latter role without any prompting, but ''his'' replacement Joe Hawkins seems to like alternating with Ronnie much like Matt did.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK''. Matt and Ronnie would often alternate these roles and play them to varying degrees, sometimes within the course of a single interrogation, depending on the situation and/or what kind of a person they were dealing with. At least two noteworthy scenes have them playing ''both'' roles--they're both very gentle and supportive of a young prostitute suspected of murder and they both grill an officer suspected of leaving his partner to die. die (and they put a nice twist on it by letting the guy--and the viewer-- think that Matt will be the "Good Cop" by having him initially sit silently while Ronnie browbeats him). Matt's short-tempered replacement Sam Casey took the latter role without any prompting, but ''his'' replacement Joe Hawkins seems seemed to like alternating with Ronnie much like Matt did.
23rd Jan '17 5:38:21 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* Played with in the ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' episode "Red Queen". The interrogation of the missing security guard is initially an apparent reverse of the Good Cop/Bad Cop formula but quickly becomes Bad Cop/Worse Cop when the security guard insults the police to Barnes's face. Bullock wastes no time lampshading this sudden shift to Bad Cop/Worse Cop.
-->'''Bullock''': I thought ''I'' was supposed to be the Bad Cop?

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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'':
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Played with in the ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' episode "Red Queen". The interrogation of the missing security guard is initially an apparent reverse of the Good Cop/Bad Cop formula but quickly becomes Bad Cop/Worse Cop when the security guard insults the police to Barnes's face. Bullock wastes no time lampshading this sudden shift to Bad Cop/Worse Cop.
-->'''Bullock''': --->'''Bullock''': I thought ''I'' was supposed to be the Bad Cop?Cop?
** In "Smile Like You Mean It", the Bad Cop/Worse Cop game is played against a traitor on the force, with Bullock reprising his role as Bad Cop, and Gordon playing Worse Cop due to Barnes being long incapacitated since the last game of Bad Cop/Worse Cop. Bonus points for a hefty helping of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor, as the traitor had just told them it'd have been at least more interesting if they played against type.
--->'''Gordon''': You know what? You're right. ''[cue the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique]''
23rd Jan '17 10:02:02 AM Noah1
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Not to be confused with the Canadian film ''BonCopBadCop''. See also TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay and RudeHeroNiceSidekick.

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Not A SubTrope of GentleTouchVsFirmHand. {{Not to be confused with with}} the Canadian film ''BonCopBadCop''. See also TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay and RudeHeroNiceSidekick.
20th Jan '17 1:07:38 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Cersei and the small council use this trope to manipulate Sansa, with Pycelle insisting that treason must be punished while the other councillors act firm but supportive.
** Theon's temporary escape turns out to be a very twisted version of this, as the deception leads the target to give up information the interrogator would never have thought to ask about.
** There is no hint of it being deliberate but during Littlefinger's interrogation in "The Mountain and the Viper," Lord Royce is relentless while Lady Waynwood remains reserved and polite.
17th Jan '17 7:47:20 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has a straight performance of Bad Cop/Worse Cop in "The Patriot" when Talbot is interrogating a HYDRA lone wolf who managed to survive the final devastation of HYDRA. Talbot leaves to get a hammer and comes back with Simmons. Three seasons before, she would've been most likely to play the Good Cop, but having done an undercover stint with HYDRA in the second season she proves herself capable of inflicting psychological terror more unbearable than any physical pain Talbot could inflict, beginning with [[spoiler:Aida's severed head in an icebox]].
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