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-->'''Bobby:''' Agent Wallace. ''(beat)'' No, Garth, not ''me'' the FBI, the '''real''' FBI! How are you still alive?

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-->'''Bobby:''' Agent Wallace.Willis, FBI. ''(beat)'' No, Garth, not ''me'' the FBI, the '''real''' FBI! How are you still alive?
4th Mar '17 10:52:24 PM AthenaBlue
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* Ostap Bender tries to do this with the underground millionaire Koreiko in ''Literature/TheLittleGoldenCalf''. Ostap wants Koreiko to admit that a large sum of money was indeed stolen from him, to confirm that he's richer than he seems. However, it's a PaperThinDisguise consisting of only a police hat, and the hat has a coat of arms of the wrong city, to boot. Koreiko later points that out.
* ''Literature/TheThreeInvestigators'' has a ClassyCatBurglar have one of his men dress up as a police officer. When the cops show up and try to use that as a charge, he points out the the fake cop is in fact wearing a New York Police uniform (the series is set in California), and as such cannot be accused of impersonating the local police.

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* Ostap Bender tries to do this with In ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', Rue Ryuuzaki is really [[spoiler: the underground millionaire Koreiko in ''Literature/TheLittleGoldenCalf''. Ostap wants Koreiko to admit that a large sum of money was indeed stolen from him, to confirm that he's richer than he seems. However, it's a PaperThinDisguise consisting of only a police hat, notorious SerialKiller and the hat has a coat of arms of the wrong city, to boot. Koreiko later points that out.
* ''Literature/TheThreeInvestigators'' has a ClassyCatBurglar have one of his men
former Wammy's kid, Beyond Birthday]]. He poses as an "unprivate detective", as well as copying [[Manga/DeathNote L's]] dress up as a police officer. When the cops show up and try to use that as a charge, he points out the the fake cop is in fact wearing a New York Police uniform (the series is set in California), and as such cannot be accused of impersonating the local police.mannerisms.



* In ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Iron Fist]]'', the Wraiths are nearly captured in the first chapter by Imperial agents disguised as local security forces who have a confederate start a BarBrawl with them. [[GuileHero They]] use the tactic themselves later, as part of a complex infiltration of a military base: to whit, two Wraiths start a fight with some pilots, the rest show up [[DressingAsTheEnemy dressed as stormtroopers]] to "arrest" them, and then they flag down a real military police patrol, saying their vehicle broke down.
* In ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', Rue Ryuuzaki is really [[spoiler: the notorious SerialKiller and former Wammy's kid, Beyond Birthday]]. He poses as an "unprivate detective", as well as copying [[Manga/DeathNote L's]] dress and mannerisms.

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* Ostap Bender tries to do this with the underground millionaire Koreiko in ''Literature/TheLittleGoldenCalf''. Ostap wants Koreiko to admit that a large sum of money was indeed stolen from him, to confirm that he's richer than he seems. However, it's a PaperThinDisguise consisting of only a police hat, and the hat has a coat of arms of the wrong city, to boot. Koreiko later points that out.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
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In ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Iron Fist]]'', the Wraiths are nearly captured in the first chapter by Imperial agents disguised as local security forces who have a confederate start a BarBrawl with them. [[GuileHero They]] use the tactic themselves later, as part of a complex infiltration of a military base: to whit, two Wraiths start a fight with some pilots, the rest show up [[DressingAsTheEnemy dressed as stormtroopers]] to "arrest" them, and then they flag down a real military police patrol, saying their vehicle broke down.
* In ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', Rue Ryuuzaki is really [[spoiler: the notorious SerialKiller and former Wammy's kid, Beyond Birthday]]. He poses as an "unprivate detective", as well as copying [[Manga/DeathNote L's]] ''Literature/TheThreeInvestigators'' has a ClassyCatBurglar have one of his men dress up as a police officer. When the cops show up and mannerisms. try to use that as a charge, he points out the the fake cop is in fact wearing a New York Police uniform (the series is set in California), and as such cannot be accused of impersonating the local police.
4th Mar '17 10:51:06 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Film/MiamiBlues'' Junior Frenger impersonates Det. Hoke Moseley after stealing his gun, shield, and false teeth (long story), in order to carry out a one-man crime wave around Miami.
* ''Film/TheUntouchables'': Frank Nitti disguises himself as a police officer to assassinate the book-keeper the Untouchables have persuaded to testify.
* An early comedic example of this ploy in play is ''Film/TheWrongArmOfTheLaw'', where a gang of Australian crooks upsets the established rules of the cops and robbers game in London. Shortly after this gets taken too far when a couple of paranoid lower-level criminals unwittingly attack actual police officers, the criminal underworld decides to forge a temporary alliance with the police to capture the IPO mob.
* In ''Film/TheStreetfighter's Last Revenge'', shortly after being double-crossed by the Owada clan, Terry Sugury intercepts a group while disguised as a highway patrol officer. He directs them to pull over in a car crushing lot and then reveals himself. He then sends a lone assassin, Wolf, back to the Owada clan alive to tell the patriarch that he should fight Sugury for the money he had stolen.
* As seen in a flashback, Chow pulling one off sets the plot of ''Film/TheHangover Part III'' in motion.
* Film/InspectorGadget, meet your EvilTwin Robo-Gadget, who's not so much impersonating a police officer as he is downright smearing the police officer's good name by committing all sorts of crimes.
* ''Film/ThingsToDoInDenverWhenYoureDead'' had two main characters pose as police officers to stop their mark. Given that one of the criminals had a short fuse, it went FromBadToWorse very fast for everybody involved, putting into motion the main plot of the movie.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': Clearly the favorite form for the T-1000 Terminator to take is that of a Los Angeles patrolman. Not surprisingly, an LAPD cop was the first person the T-1000 encountered upon arrival from its time-travel. That form also avails the T-1000 to plentiful information and resources.
* ''Film/DickTracy''. Several of Big Boy Caprice's henchmen dress up as police officers, "arrest" Lips Manlis and take him to a warehouse to be murdered.
* The main villain of the ''Film/ManiacCop'' slasher movie franchise is an [[RevenantZombie undead]] former police officer who was framed for PoliceBrutality and still dresses in his old uniform while he carries out his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* ''Film/PsychoCop'' has a similar premise, although the killer is mortal (or as close to it that your average slasher villain gets).

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* In ''Film/MiamiBlues'' Junior Frenger impersonates Det. Hoke Moseley after stealing his gun, shield, and false teeth (long story), in order to carry ''Film/TheArtOfWar'' (2000). Wesley Snipes character is checking out a one-man crime wave around Miami.
* ''Film/TheUntouchables'': Frank Nitti disguises himself as a police officer to assassinate the book-keeper the Untouchables have persuaded to testify.
* An early comedic example of this ploy in play is ''Film/TheWrongArmOfTheLaw'', where a gang of Australian crooks upsets the established rules of the cops and robbers game in London. Shortly after this gets taken too far
Triad hangout when a couple of paranoid lower-level criminals unwittingly attack actual police officers, the criminal underworld decides to forge a temporary alliance with the police to capture raid it. He apparently evades them, but a black FBI agent starts moving in the IPO mob.
* In ''Film/TheStreetfighter's Last Revenge'', shortly after being double-crossed by
same direction he did, gun at the Owada clan, Terry Sugury intercepts a group while disguised as a highway patrol officer. He directs them to pull over in a car crushing lot and then reveals himself. He then sends a lone assassin, Wolf, back to the Owada clan alive to tell the patriarch that he should fight Sugury for the money he had stolen.
* As seen in a flashback, Chow pulling one off sets the plot of ''Film/TheHangover Part III'' in motion.
* Film/InspectorGadget, meet your EvilTwin Robo-Gadget, who's not so much impersonating a police officer as he is downright smearing the police officer's good name by committing all sorts of crimes.
* ''Film/ThingsToDoInDenverWhenYoureDead'' had two main characters pose as police officers to stop their mark. Given that
ready. Later one of the criminals had a short fuse, it went FromBadToWorse very fast for everybody involved, putting perps is getting in the face of several officers when that same agent appears, slams the man's head into motion the main plot table, then hauls him outside to the amusement of the movie.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': Clearly the favorite form for the T-1000 Terminator to take is that of a Los Angeles patrolman. Not surprisingly, an LAPD cop was the first person the T-1000 encountered upon arrival from its time-travel. That form also avails the T-1000 to plentiful information and resources.
* ''Film/DickTracy''. Several of Big Boy Caprice's henchmen dress up as police officers, "arrest" Lips Manlis and take him to a warehouse
officers. It turns out to be murdered.
* The main villain of
Wes wearing the ''Film/ManiacCop'' slasher movie franchise is an [[RevenantZombie undead]] former police officer who was framed for PoliceBrutality FBI man's cap and still dresses raid jacket.
* Blake and Fenderbaum
in his old uniform while he carries out his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* ''Film/PsychoCop'' has a similar premise, although the killer is mortal (or as close to
''Film/CannonballRunII''. We never see how effectively it that your average slasher villain gets).works.



* When we first meet Harry in ''Film/HomeAlone'', he poses as a cop, check in on all the houses in the neighborhood, seeing who will be leaving for the holidays, allow him and Marv to rob them later.
* In ''Film/RunningScared1986'', the drug dealer Julio Gonzalez has his men capture the police officers guarding a government building and put on their uniforms to masquerade as them. He then uses the building as the location to trade a woman he captured for the cocaine the protagonists seized.
* In ''Film/IronMan3'' Ellen Brandt tries to impersonate a Homeland Security agent to cover her abduction of Tony. It fails rather spectacularly when the local sheriff (rightly) states that flashing a badge and trying to brush it off are not sufficient to get him to back down.
* In ''Film/MidnightRun'' Walsh and Mardukas pretend to be FBI agents so they can "confiscate some counterfeit money".
* The hitman in ''Film/TheStarChamber'' does this, unless he really ''is'' a police officer.
* Blake and Fenderbaum in ''Film/CannonballRunII''. We never see how effectively it works.
* Variation: In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', a NoodleIncident in Jack Sparrow's list of charges has him impersonating an officer of the Royal Navy (who did double duty as colonial law enforcement in those days, especially where piracy was concerned). Another has him impersonating a clergyman of the Church of England (he smiles at the memory).
** Later, in the fourth movie of the series, he impersonates a ''judge''.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. Nick Fury is targeted for a ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination -- his SUV is [[CarFu rammed on all sides by police cars]], then a SWAT van pulls up discharging a team with assault rifles who open fire on him, then try to force their way into his bulletproof car with a hydraulic ram. The intent is two-fold -- to get close to Fury (when he sees the 'police' staring at him, he assumes it's because he's a black man driving an expensive vehicle) and to delay anyone calling the police given the time they need to get past Fury's defenses (the SUV is both armoured and weaponised).
* ''Film/{{Runaway}}'': The villain Charles Luther dresses as a policeman to enter the department and hack into their database for information on Ramsey. Strangely, everybody on the force is on the lookout for this maniac, but no one in the station recognizes his face.

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* When we first meet Harry in ''Film/HomeAlone'', he poses ''Film/DickTracy''. Several of Big Boy Caprice's henchmen dress up as a cop, check in on all the houses in the neighborhood, seeing who will be leaving for the holidays, allow police officers, "arrest" Lips Manlis and take him and Marv to rob them later.
a warehouse to be murdered.
* In ''Film/RunningScared1986'', the drug dealer Julio Gonzalez has his men capture film version of ''Film/{{Dragnet}}'', stolen police cars and PAGAN cult members disguised as officers are used to keep the locals away from the site where the Virgin Connie Swayle is due to be sacrificed.
* The title characters in ''Flame and Citron'' (2008) sometimes pose as
police officers guarding a government building and put on when carrying out their assassinations for LaResistance, thanks to their {{handler}} who's a police solicitor and can get them official badges. This backfires when they dress in police uniforms to masquerade as them. He then uses the building assassinate a Gestapo chief only to be arrested on sight, as the location to trade a woman he captured for the cocaine the protagonists seized.
* In ''Film/IronMan3'' Ellen Brandt tries to impersonate a Homeland Security agent to cover her abduction of Tony. It fails rather spectacularly when the local sheriff (rightly) states that flashing a badge
Germans are rounding up and trying to brush it off are not sufficient to get him to back down.
* In ''Film/MidnightRun'' Walsh and Mardukas pretend to be FBI agents so they can "confiscate some counterfeit money".
* The hitman in ''Film/TheStarChamber'' does this, unless he really ''is'' a
deporting all Danish police officer.
* Blake and Fenderbaum in ''Film/CannonballRunII''. We never see how effectively it works.
* Variation: In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', a NoodleIncident in Jack Sparrow's list of charges has him impersonating an officer of the Royal Navy (who did double duty as colonial law enforcement in those days, especially where piracy was concerned). Another has him impersonating a clergyman of the Church of England (he smiles at the memory).
** Later, in the fourth movie of the series, he impersonates a ''judge''.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. Nick Fury is targeted for a ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination -- his SUV is [[CarFu rammed on all sides by police cars]], then a SWAT van pulls up discharging a team
officers, replacing them with assault rifles who open fire on him, then try to force their way into his bulletproof car with a hydraulic ram. The intent is two-fold -- to get close to Fury (when he sees the 'police' staring at him, he assumes it's because he's a black man driving an expensive vehicle) and to delay anyone calling the police given the time they need to get past Fury's defenses (the SUV is both armoured and weaponised).
* ''Film/{{Runaway}}'': The villain Charles Luther dresses as a policeman to enter the department and hack into their database for information on Ramsey. Strangely, everybody on the force is on the lookout for this maniac, but no one in the station recognizes his face.
own collaborationist units.



* ''Film/{{Looker}}'': In the climax, Dr. Roberts incapacitates two police officers who are working for the bad guys and dons the uniform of one of them so that he can infiltrate the Digital Matrix exposition.
* In the film version of ''Film/{{Dragnet}}'', stolen police cars and PAGAN cult members disguised as officers are used to keep the locals away from the site where the Virgin Connie Swayle is due to be sacrificed.
* ''Film/TheArtOfWar'' (2000). Wesley Snipes character is checking out a Triad hangout when the police raid it. He apparently evades them, but a black FBI agent starts moving in the same direction he did, gun at the ready. Later one of the perps is getting in the face of several officers when that same agent appears, slams the man's head into the table, then hauls him outside to the amusement of the officers. It turns out to be Wes wearing the FBI man's cap and raid jacket.

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* ''Film/{{Looker}}'': In As seen in a flashback, Chow pulling one off sets the climax, Dr. Roberts incapacitates two police officers who are working for the bad guys and dons the uniform plot of one of them so that he can infiltrate the Digital Matrix exposition.
* In the film version of ''Film/{{Dragnet}}'', stolen police cars and PAGAN cult members disguised as officers are used to keep the locals away from the site where the Virgin Connie Swayle is due to be sacrificed.
* ''Film/TheArtOfWar'' (2000). Wesley Snipes character is checking out a Triad hangout when the police raid it. He apparently evades them, but a black FBI agent starts moving
''Film/TheHangover Part III'' in the same direction he did, gun at the ready. Later one of the perps is getting in the face of several officers when that same agent appears, slams the man's head into the table, then hauls him outside to the amusement of the officers. It turns out to be Wes wearing the FBI man's cap and raid jacket.motion.



* ''Film/TheNightFlier'': At one point Dees poses as an FBIAgent to get the details about a grisly double murder from a local sherrif.

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* ''Film/TheNightFlier'': At one point Dees When we first meet Harry in ''Film/HomeAlone'', he poses as an FBIAgent to get a cop, checking in on all the details about houses in the neighborhood, seeing who will be leaving for the holidays, allow him and Marv to rob them later.
* Film/InspectorGadget, meet your EvilTwin Robo-Gadget, who's not so much impersonating
a grisly double murder from a local sherrif.police officer as he is downright smearing the police officer's good name by committing all sorts of crimes.



* The title characters in ''Flame and Citron'' (2008) sometimes pose as police officers when carrying out their assassinations for LaResistance, thanks to their {{handler}} who's a police solicitor and can get them official badges. This backfires when they dress in police uniforms to assassinate a Gestapo chief only to be arrested on sight, as the Germans are rounding up and deporting all Danish police officers, replacing them with their own collaborationist units.

to:

* The title characters in ''Flame and Citron'' (2008) sometimes pose as ''Film/{{Looker}}'': In the climax, Dr. Roberts incapacitates two police officers when carrying out their assassinations who are working for LaResistance, thanks to their {{handler}} who's a the bad guys and dons the uniform of one of them so that he can infiltrate the Digital Matrix exposition.
* The main villain of the ''Film/ManiacCop'' slasher movie franchise is an [[RevenantZombie undead]] former
police solicitor officer who was framed for PoliceBrutality and can get them official badges. This backfires still dresses in his old uniform while he carries out his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** In ''Film/IronMan3'' Ellen Brandt tries to impersonate a Homeland Security agent to cover her abduction of Tony. It fails rather spectacularly
when they dress in the local sheriff (rightly) states that flashing a badge and trying to brush it off are not sufficient to get him to back down.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. Nick Fury is targeted for a ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination -- his SUV is [[CarFu rammed on all sides by
police uniforms cars]], then a SWAT van pulls up discharging a team with assault rifles who open fire on him, then try to assassinate force their way into his bulletproof car with a Gestapo chief only hydraulic ram. The intent is two-fold -- to be arrested on sight, as get close to Fury (when he sees the Germans are rounding up 'police' staring at him, he assumes it's because he's a black man driving an expensive vehicle) and deporting all Danish to delay anyone calling the police officers, replacing them with their own collaborationist units.given the time they need to get past Fury's defenses (the SUV is both armoured and weaponised).
* In ''Film/MiamiBlues'' Junior Frenger impersonates Det. Hoke Moseley after stealing his gun, shield, and false teeth (long story), in order to carry out a one-man crime wave around Miami.
* In ''Film/MidnightRun'' Walsh and Mardukas pretend to be FBI agents so they can "confiscate some counterfeit money".
* ''Film/TheNightFlier'': At one point Dees poses as an FBIAgent to get the details about a grisly double murder from a local sheriff.
* Variation: In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', a NoodleIncident in Jack Sparrow's list of charges has him impersonating an officer of the Royal Navy (who did double duty as colonial law enforcement in those days, especially where piracy was concerned). Another has him impersonating a clergyman of the Church of England (he smiles at the memory).
** Later, in the fourth movie of the series, he impersonates a ''judge''.
* ''Film/PsychoCop'' has a similar premise, although the killer is mortal (or as close to it that your average slasher villain gets).



* ''Film/{{Runaway}}'': The villain Charles Luther dresses as a policeman to enter the department and hack into their database for information on Ramsey. Strangely, everybody on the force is on the lookout for this maniac, but no one in the station recognizes his face.
* In ''Film/RunningScared1986'', the drug dealer Julio Gonzalez has his men capture the police officers guarding a government building and put on their uniforms to masquerade as them. He then uses the building as the location to trade a woman he captured for the cocaine the protagonists seized.
* The hitman in ''Film/TheStarChamber'' does this, unless he really ''is'' a police officer.
* In ''Film/TheStreetfighter's Last Revenge'', shortly after being double-crossed by the Owada clan, Terry Sugury intercepts a group while disguised as a highway patrol officer. He directs them to pull over in a car crushing lot and then reveals himself. He then sends a lone assassin, Wolf, back to the Owada clan alive to tell the patriarch that he should fight Sugury for the money he had stolen.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': Clearly the favorite form for the T-1000 Terminator to take is that of a Los Angeles patrolman. Not surprisingly, an LAPD cop was the first person the T-1000 encountered upon arrival from its time-travel. That form also avails the T-1000 to plentiful information and resources.
* ''Film/ThingsToDoInDenverWhenYoureDead'' had two main characters pose as police officers to stop their mark. Given that one of the criminals had a short fuse, it went FromBadToWorse very fast for everybody involved, putting into motion the main plot of the movie.
* ''Film/TheUntouchables'': Frank Nitti disguises himself as a police officer to assassinate the bookkeeper the Untouchables have persuaded to testify.
* An early comedic example of this ploy in play is ''Film/TheWrongArmOfTheLaw'', where a gang of Australian crooks upsets the established rules of the cops and robbers game in London. Shortly after this gets taken too far when a couple of paranoid lower-level criminals unwittingly attack actual police officers, the criminal underworld decides to forge a temporary alliance with the police to capture the IPO mob.



* In an episode of ''Series/TimeTrax'' Lambert's police badge is stolen and is later used for a FlashedBadgeHijack by the guy who stole it.
* ''Series/SevenDays'': Two inner city hoods steal Frank's and Olga's NSA [=IDs=], and are later seen at a bar demanding that the bartender give them a bottle of some expensive alcohol, but the bartender isn't buying it. "OK, if you're with the NSA, [[OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass what does 'NSA' stand for?]]"
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'': Earl stole a cop's badge and used it to get free food and other stuff. Then someone stole it from him.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Sam and Dean regularly go undercover as FBI agents (as do several other hunters), with Bobby backstopping their aliases if someone wants to call their superior. One episode shows Bobby has a whole wall of phones labeled with each alias, though in the same episode the trope fails because it turns out the sheriff they're talking to knows Bobby. In another episode it's played for laughs when Bobby advises a Hunter to call the FBI as he's apparently stumbled across a non-supernatural crime. Moments later, he gets a call on his FBI phone.
-->'''Bobby:''' Agent Wallace. ''(beat)'' No, Garth, not ''me'' the FBI, the '''real''' FBI! How are you still alive?
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'':
** {{Stupid crook|s}} Dewey Crowe decides to rob two toughs who stole a large amount of drugs from the Dixie Mafia. When the local clothing store does not have any ski masks in stock, he instead buys a suit and a cowboy hat. He then proceeds to impersonate US Marshal Raylan Givens and successfully pulls off the robbery. When the real US Marshal Raylan Givens finds out about it, he is quite pissed and tracks Dewey down. It does not help matters that the two toughs have also tracked Dewey down and when Raylan identifies himself, they open fire on him since they will not be fooled by the same trick twice.
** In season four, a Detroit hitman is tasked with killing Drew Thompson but no one knows what identity Drew is currently using. The hitman disguises himself as a sheriff's deputy and goes to the houses of men who could be Drew and shoots them dead. He is exposed when he tries to arrest Boyd Crowder and Raylan Givens is present. Raylan just spoke to the sheriff and the sheriff would have mentioned if he sent someone to arrest Boyd. Before Raylan can check in with the sheriff, the hitman panics, draws his gun and is shot dead by Raylan.



* Alluded to a few times on ''Series/ItTakesAThief2005''. Some of the homeowners who signed up for the show were either police officers or married to police officers. Matt always made a point of talking about what would have happened if a real burglar, instead of Jon, had walked off with police uniforms, badges, and firearms.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheListener'' a gang of robbers use fake cop uniforms to gain access to secure locations like high end jewelery stores and rob the place. Their disguises are very good and they even make sure that their getaway car looks like an authentic police vehicle. Later in the episode they steal an ambulance and commit a robbery disguised as paramedics.

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* Alluded ''Series/{{Angel}}'': In one episode Angel manages to a few times on ''Series/ItTakesAThief2005''. Some of extract information from the homeowners who signed up for the show were either police officers or married to police officers. Matt always made at a point of talking about what would have happened if crime scene by acting like a real burglar, instead of Jon, had walked off pissed-off plainclothes man - largely through scowling and demanding coffee.
* ''Series/{{Banshee}}'' combines this
with police uniforms, badges, DeadPersonImpersonation. Lucas Hood was the sheriff of a backswoods town in Oregon who decides to take the job offer of sheriff in Banshee, Pennsylvania. However, on his way into town he stops at a bar on the outskirts of Banshee and firearms.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheListener'' a gang of
is killed by two robbers. The robbers use fake cop uniforms to gain access to secure locations are then killed by the protagonist, a master thief who just got out of prison and is in Banshee looking for his old girlfriend. The thief realizes that the only person in Banshee who actually knew what Hood looked like high end jewelery stores recently died of cancer, so he assumes Hood's identity and rob becomes the place. Their disguises are very good and they even make sure that their getaway car looks like an authentic new sheriff. He has no police vehicle. Later in training but his brutal methods are quite effective against the episode they steal an ambulance and commit local toughs so people just assume that he is a robbery disguised as paramedics.CowboyCop.



* ''Series/OrphanBlack'' has petty criminal Sarah witness the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her - who ends up being a seemingly loaded police detective. Wanting the money for her daughter, Sarah impersonates her and attempts to ingratiate herself into her life - it works, for the most part, until [[spoiler:the other cops catch on]]. Of course, since she and the woman were clones, it's not like Sarah had a particularly hard time of it.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Phoebe finds a cop's badge and pretends to be a cop. This works well until she tries it on [[ConfrontingYourImposter the cop to whom it belongs]].
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' we have the Doctor's psychic paper, a business card of sorts that appears to the reader as whatever form of ID he requires at the time. He's done everything from a simple BavarianFireDrill to more involved impersonations of plainclothes law and military officers.
** When the Doctor first meets Amy Pond as an adult, she pretends to be a [[FairCop policewoman in her kissogram outfit]], our CelibateHero failing to register the extreme brevity of her hemline.
* In ''Series/MissionImpossible'' members of the IM Force often impersonated police officers...as well as soldiers, security personnel and other officials.
* ''Series/{{Banshee}}'' combines this with DeadPersonImpersonation. Lucas Hood was the sheriff of a backswoods town in Oregon who decides to take the job offer of sheriff in Banshee, Pennsylvania. However, on his way into town he stops at a bar on the outskirts of Banshee and is killed by two robbers. The robbers are then killed by the protagonist, a master thief who just got out of prison and is in Banshee looking for his old girlfriend. The thief realizes that the only person in Banshee who actually knew what Hood looked like recently died of cancer, so he assumes Hood's identity and becomes the new sheriff. He has no police training but his brutal methods are quite effective against the local toughs so people just assume that he is a CowboyCop.

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* ''Series/OrphanBlack'' has petty criminal Sarah witness the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her - who ends up being a seemingly loaded ''Series/TheBill''. The police detective. Wanting are raiding a pornographer, who accuses the money for her daughter, Sarah impersonates her and attempts to ingratiate herself into her life - it works, for the most part, until [[spoiler:the other cops catch on]]. Of course, since she and the woman were clones, it's not like Sarah had a particularly hard time of it.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Phoebe finds a cop's badge and pretends to be a cop. This works well until she tries it on [[ConfrontingYourImposter the cop to whom it belongs]].
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'' we have the Doctor's psychic paper, a business card of sorts that appears to the reader as whatever form of ID he requires at the time. He's done everything from a simple BavarianFireDrill to more involved impersonations of plainclothes law and military officers.
** When the Doctor first meets Amy Pond as an adult, she pretends to be a [[FairCop policewoman in her kissogram outfit]], our CelibateHero failing to register the extreme brevity of her hemline.
* In ''Series/MissionImpossible'' members of the IM Force often impersonated
police officers...as well as soldiers, security personnel and other officials.
* ''Series/{{Banshee}}'' combines this with DeadPersonImpersonation. Lucas Hood was the sheriff
of a backswoods town in Oregon who decides to take the job offer of sheriff in Banshee, Pennsylvania. However, on his way into town he stops at a bar on the outskirts of Banshee and is killed by two robbers. The robbers are then killed by the protagonist, a master thief who just got harassing him. Inspector Monroe points out of prison and is in Banshee looking for his old girlfriend. The thief realizes that the only person two raids in Banshee who actually knew what Hood looked like recently died of cancer, so he assumes Hood's identity and becomes the new sheriff. He has no three years is hardly harassment. Turns out several 'fake' police training but officers had earlier confiscated his brutal methods are quite effective against stock. Monroe's comment tips the local toughs so people just assume that pornographer off about what happened, and he is a CowboyCop.goes after them.



* Seen repeatedly in ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
** John Reese has repeatedly used the badge of Detective Stills, a DirtyCop he [[DeadPersonImpersonation killed in the first episode]] (this backfires on him when a VictimOfTheWeek sees a Missing poster of the real Stills in a police station). He has also used the ID of Jennings, a wife-beating U.S. Marshal he deposited in a Mexican prison.
-->'''Criminal:''' Leon stole more than enough, in fact to make it worth us killing a cop so maybe we can make a deal. You leave Leon here with us and you can keep looking for your friend.
-->'''Reese:''' You know, the [[DirtyCop guy who owned this badge]] would probably have accepted that deal. But I'm not him.
-->'''Criminal:''' So who are you?
-->'''Reese:''' [[BadassBoast The guy who shot him and stole his badge.]] ''(Violence ensues)''
** [[TheDon Carl Elias']] number two, Anthony "Scarface" Marconi, was first seen impersonating a patrol officer. He continues to enact this trope when needed, [[EvilCounterpart something he has in common with Reese]].
** One episode had a pair of ex-FBI agents who had been forced out for corruption, but were now pretending to be FBI while acting as hitmen.
** In season 3 [[TheCracker Root]] shows up as FBI Special Agent Augusta King. In her case, the credentials technically belong to her, or at least belong to a fake identity based around her. [[spoiler: She got it with help from The Machine, which means it's as real as can be]].
--->'''Fusco:''' ''[to Reese]'' She had a warrant--a real one. What was I supposed to say? "Sorry, boss, Agent King is actually a superpowered nutball. Just ask my buddy, the urban legend."
* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'':
** One episode of the '60s series had a pair of scam artists going about impersonating Federal Reserve bank inspectors. Gannon poses as a mark and asks the fake inspectors if they're carrying identification.
---> '''Con artist:''' We always carry it. ''(gets out fake credentials)''\\
'''Joe Friday:''' ''(comes in from the next room with his badge out)'' So do we. You're under arrest.
** Another Frauds Division episode involved a scam artist claiming to be representing the LAPD's Widows and Orphans Fund. Donations supposedly meant you could just tear up any traffic tickets and ignore them. That one got Friday seriously pissed off because it meant people distrusting the department when {{Reality Ensue|s}}d.
** Yet another episode had a Gideon Dengle impersonating an officer and doing the job despite not being one. He then switches jobs and is arrested while impersonating a firefighter.
* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'': Shane Casey escapes from jail during a prison riot by getting a friend on the outside to smuggle him an NYPD uniform, which he uses for several episodes afterwards.
* ''Series/{{Threshold}}'': Agents of the eponymous agency usually pretend to be working for a federal agency whose [[NoSuchAgency very existence isn't classified]], most often the FBI or the Department of Agriculture. However, they have authorization to do this.

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* Seen repeatedly in ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
** John Reese has repeatedly used
In ''Series/BurnNotice'' the badge of Detective Stills, a DirtyCop he [[DeadPersonImpersonation killed in the first episode]] (this backfires on him when a VictimOfTheWeek sees a Missing poster of the real Stills in a police station). He has also used the ID of Jennings, a wife-beating U.S. Marshal he deposited in a Mexican prison.
-->'''Criminal:''' Leon stole more than enough, in fact to make it worth us killing a cop so maybe we can make a deal. You leave Leon here
heroes do this with us and you can keep looking for your friend.
-->'''Reese:''' You know, the [[DirtyCop guy who owned this badge]] would probably have accepted that deal. But I'm not him.
-->'''Criminal:''' So who are you?
-->'''Reese:''' [[BadassBoast The guy who shot him and stole his badge.]] ''(Violence ensues)''
** [[TheDon Carl Elias']] number two, Anthony "Scarface" Marconi, was first seen impersonating a patrol officer. He continues to enact this trope when needed, [[EvilCounterpart something he has in common with Reese]].
** One episode had a pair of ex-FBI agents who had been forced out for corruption, but were now pretending to be FBI while acting as hitmen.
some regularity.
** In season 3 [[TheCracker Root]] shows up as FBI Special Agent Augusta King. In her case, the credentials technically belong "Identity" Fiona and Sam impersonate Detectives Cagney and Lacey to her, or at least belong to get a fake identity based around her. [[spoiler: She got it with help from The Machine, which means it's as real as can be]].
--->'''Fusco:''' ''[to Reese]'' She had a warrant--a real one. What was I supposed to say? "Sorry, boss, Agent King is actually a superpowered nutball. Just ask my buddy, the urban legend."
* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'':
** One episode of the '60s series had a pair of
couple wannabe scam artists going about impersonating Federal Reserve bank inspectors. Gannon poses as a mark and asks the fake inspectors if they're carrying identification.
---> '''Con artist:''' We always carry it. ''(gets out fake credentials)''\\
'''Joe Friday:''' ''(comes in from the next room with his badge out)'' So do we. You're under arrest.
** Another Frauds Division episode involved a scam artist claiming
to be representing the LAPD's Widows and Orphans Fund. Donations supposedly meant you could just tear up any traffic tickets and ignore leave town so their boss won't kill them. That one got Friday seriously pissed off because it meant people distrusting the department (This doubles as an ActorAllusion to Sharon Gless, who plays Michael's mom on ''Series/BurnNotice'' and played Cagney on ''Series/CagneyAndLacey''.)
** In "Hot Property" Michael combines this trope with a BavarianFireDrill
when {{Reality Ensue|s}}d.
** Yet another episode had a Gideon Dengle impersonating an officer and doing
he breaks into the job despite not being one. He then switches jobs and is arrested while impersonating a firefighter.
* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'': Shane Casey escapes from jail during a prison riot by getting a friend on the outside to smuggle him an NYPD uniform, which he uses for several episodes afterwards.
* ''Series/{{Threshold}}'': Agents of the eponymous agency usually pretend to be working for a federal agency whose [[NoSuchAgency very existence isn't classified]], most often the FBI or the
Miami-Dade Police Department of Agriculture. However, they have authorization to do this.steal intel. When his intrusion is discovered, he breaks a second-floor window, borrows a police jacket, and then acts authoritative to play on a rookie's "obey superiors" gene and send the cops on a wild goose chase.



* Kramer exhibits this in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' in "The Statue"
-->'''Ray:''' Are you a cop?\\
'''Kramer:''' Yeah I'm a cop. I'm a good cop, I'm a damn good cop!!
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'' the heroes do this with some regularity.
** In "Identity" Fiona and Sam impersonate Detectives Cagney and Lacey to get a couple wannabe scam artists to leave town so their boss won't kill them. (This doubles as an ActorAllusion to Sharon Gless, who plays Michael's mom on ''Series/BurnNotice'' and played Cagney on ''Series/CagneyAndLacey''.)
** In "Hot Property" Michael combines this trope with a BavarianFireDrill when he breaks into the Miami-Dade Police Department to steal intel. When his intrusion is discovered, he breaks a second-floor window, borrows a police jacket, and then acts authoritative to play on a rookie's "obey superiors" gene and send the cops on a wild goose chase.



* ''Series/MajorCrimes'' episode "Return to Sender" has Rusty's stalker pretend to be an undercover officer in order to find out the details of Rusty's police protection [[spoiler:and lure him into an easy place to kill him]]. It helped that they did not reveal to him all the members of the undercover team.
* The ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Pick Me Up" features a serial killer called Wheeler who drives a truck around the woodlands to look for victims. If anyone asks Wheeler too many questions or questions his credibility, he just shows them a sheriff deputy's ID to convince them that he's actually an off-duty officer.
* In ''Series/MobCity'' two mob hitmen infiltrate a police safe house dressed as LAPD patrol officers and murder a witness and a police detective. They had authentic uniforms and were posing as the regular shift change so it is clear that they were helped by {{Dirty Cop}}s inside the department. As a result of this incident the mayor authorizes the formation of the LAPD's first InternalAffairs department.

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* ''Series/MajorCrimes'' episode "Return ''Series/{{CSINY}}'': Shane Casey escapes from jail during a prison riot by getting a friend on the outside to Sender" smuggle him an NYPD uniform, which he uses for several episodes afterwards.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor's psychic paper, which (usually) appears to the viewer as whatever kind of ID will get him past them,
has Rusty's stalker pretend been used to pull off impersonations of police, as well as other authority figures.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E7TheUnicornAndTheWasp "The Unicorn and the Wasp"]]: The Doctor pretends
to be an undercover officer in order to find out inspector from Scotland Yard because he doesn't want anyone calling the details ''real'' police, especially once he discovers evidence of Rusty's police protection [[spoiler:and lure him alien involvement in the murder that's just happened.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]]: When the Doctor first meets Amy Pond as an adult, she pretends to be a [[FairCop policewoman in her kissogram outfit]], our CelibateHero failing to register the extreme brevity of her hemline. [[spoiler:She later uses the costume to get
into an easy place to kill him]]. It helped that they did not reveal to him all the members closed-off top floor of the undercover team.
hospital after Prisoner Zero attacks.]]
* The ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'':
** One
episode "Pick Me Up" features a serial killer called Wheeler who drives a truck around of the woodlands to look for victims. If anyone '60s series had a pair of scam artists going about impersonating Federal Reserve bank inspectors. Gannon poses as a mark and asks Wheeler too many questions or questions the fake inspectors if they're carrying identification.
---> '''Con artist:''' We always carry it. ''(gets out fake credentials)''\\
'''Joe Friday:''' ''(comes in from the next room with
his credibility, he just shows them badge out)'' So do we. You're under arrest.
** Another Frauds Division episode involved
a sheriff deputy's ID scam artist claiming to convince them that he's actually an off-duty officer.
* In ''Series/MobCity'' two mob hitmen infiltrate a police safe house dressed as LAPD patrol officers and murder a witness and a police detective. They had authentic uniforms and were posing as the regular shift change so it is clear that they were helped by {{Dirty Cop}}s inside the department. As a result of this incident the mayor authorizes the formation of
be representing the LAPD's first InternalAffairs department.Widows and Orphans Fund. Donations supposedly meant you could just tear up any traffic tickets and ignore them. That one got Friday seriously pissed off because it meant people distrusting the department when {{Reality Ensue|s}}d.
** Yet another episode had a Gideon Dengle impersonating an officer and doing the job despite not being one. He then switches jobs and is arrested while impersonating a firefighter.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Phoebe finds a cop's badge and pretends to be a cop. This works well until she tries it on [[ConfrontingYourImposter the cop to whom it belongs]].



* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': In one episode Angel manages to extract information from the officers at a crime scene by acting like a pissed-off plainclothes man - largely through scowling and demanding coffee.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In "Static", when investigating murders at the docks, Clark Kent claims to be an officer to the coroner, who believes him.
** In "Bulletproof", when investigating whether a DirtyCop was the one who shot his friend John Jones, Clark goes undercover as an officer, complete with forged papers claiming he is "Joe Fordman". His assigned partner Dan Turpin eventually figures out he's a fake and tries to arrest him, but Clark and Green Arrow manage to convince him that they are the good guys and they arrest the corrupt cops.
* ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'': In "Rogue Element", Happy borrows Cabe's ID and uses it to gain access to a crime scene by posing as Homeland Security agent.
* ''{{Series/Tracker}}'' liked this. Mel and Cole once used old police badges to get info and another time, Cole was looking for a fugitive in London and played along with a guy who thought Cole was an inspector.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': In the third season, Keith Mars, who was the former Sheriff of Neptune, dons his old uniform to grill two women for information. It fails when one of their friends recognizes him as the previous Sheriff and berates the other two for their ignorance. Later, there's a hilarious bit when Keith drives past the incompetent current Sheriff and gives him a mocking nod.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': In one episode Angel manages Alluded to extract information a few times on ''Series/ItTakesAThief2005''. Some of the homeowners who signed up for the show were either police officers or married to police officers. Matt always made a point of talking about what would have happened if a real burglar, instead of Jon, had walked off with police uniforms, badges, and firearms.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'':
** {{Stupid crook|s}} Dewey Crowe decides to rob two toughs who stole a large amount of drugs
from the officers at Dixie Mafia. When the local clothing store does not have any ski masks in stock, he instead buys a crime scene by acting like a pissed-off plainclothes man - largely through scowling suit and demanding coffee.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
a cowboy hat. He then proceeds to impersonate US Marshal Raylan Givens and successfully pulls off the robbery. When the real US Marshal Raylan Givens finds out about it, he is quite pissed and tracks Dewey down. It does not help matters that the two toughs have also tracked Dewey down and when Raylan identifies himself, they open fire on him since they will not be fooled by the same trick twice.
** In "Static", when investigating murders at the docks, Clark Kent claims to be an officer season four, a Detroit hitman is tasked with killing Drew Thompson but no one knows what identity Drew is currently using. The hitman disguises himself as a sheriff's deputy and goes to the coroner, houses of men who believes him.
** In "Bulletproof",
could be Drew and shoots them dead. He is exposed when investigating whether a DirtyCop was the one who shot his friend John Jones, Clark goes undercover as an officer, complete with forged papers claiming he is "Joe Fordman". His assigned partner Dan Turpin eventually figures out he's a fake and tries to arrest him, but Clark Boyd Crowder and Green Arrow manage Raylan Givens is present. Raylan just spoke to convince him that they are the good guys sheriff and they the sheriff would have mentioned if he sent someone to arrest the corrupt cops.
* ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'': In "Rogue Element", Happy borrows Cabe's ID and uses it to gain access to a crime scene by posing as Homeland Security agent.
* ''{{Series/Tracker}}'' liked this. Mel and Cole once used old police badges to get info and another time, Cole was looking for a fugitive
Boyd. Before Raylan can check in London and played along with a guy who thought Cole was an inspector.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': In
the third season, Keith Mars, who was sheriff, the former Sheriff of Neptune, dons hitman panics, draws his old uniform to grill two women for information. It fails when one of their friends recognizes him as the previous Sheriff gun and berates the other two for their ignorance. Later, there's a hilarious bit when Keith drives past the incompetent current Sheriff and gives him a mocking nod.is shot dead by Raylan.



* The ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger" concerned a police officer seen running away after seeing Sidney Teal get shot. Turns out it was an actor in a cop costume that Teal had hired as part of [[EngineeredHeroics a scheme with his killer Archie Modine designed to impress Modine's date]].
* ''Series/TheBill''. The police are raiding a pornographer, who accuses the police of harassing him. Inspector Monroe points out that two raids in three years is hardly harassment. Turns out several 'fake' police officers had earlier confiscated his stock. Monroe's comment tips the pornographer off about what happened, and he goes after them.



* An early episode of ''Series/WhiteCollar'' first implies this when Neal requests an FBI jacket for his part of the investigation. Then subverted when Peter makes Neal promise not to wear it and impersonate an FBI agent. Neal assures Peter he wouldn't do that. Double subverted when we cut to ''Mozzie'' wearing the jacket.

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* An early In an episode of ''Series/WhiteCollar'' ''Series/TheListener'' a gang of robbers use fake cop uniforms to gain access to secure locations like high end jewellery stores and rob the place. Their disguises are very good and they even make sure that their getaway car looks like an authentic police vehicle. Later in the episode they steal an ambulance and commit a robbery disguised as paramedics.
* ''Series/MajorCrimes'' episode "Return to Sender" has Rusty's stalker pretend to be an undercover officer in order to find out the details of Rusty's police protection [[spoiler:and lure him into an easy place to kill him]]. It helped that they did not reveal to him all the members of the undercover team.
* The ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Pick Me Up" features a serial killer called Wheeler who drives a truck around the woodlands to look for victims. If anyone asks Wheeler too many questions or questions his credibility, he just shows them a sheriff deputy's ID to convince them that he's actually an off-duty officer.
* In ''Series/MissionImpossible'' members of the IM Force often impersonated police officers...as well as soldiers, security personnel and other officials.
* In ''Series/MobCity'' two mob hitmen infiltrate a police safe house dressed as LAPD patrol officers and murder a witness and a police detective. They had authentic uniforms and were posing as the regular shift change so it is clear that they were helped by {{Dirty Cop}}s inside the department. As a result of this incident the mayor authorizes the formation of the LAPD's
first implies this when Neal requests InternalAffairs department.
* The ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger" concerned a police officer seen running away after seeing Sidney Teal get shot. Turns out it was
an FBI jacket for his actor in a cop costume that Teal had hired as part of the investigation. [[EngineeredHeroics a scheme with his killer Archie Modine designed to impress Modine's date]].
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'': Earl stole a cop's badge and used it to get free food and other stuff.
Then subverted someone stole it from him.
* ''Series/OrphanBlack'' has petty criminal Sarah witness the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her - who ends up being a seemingly loaded police detective. Wanting the money for her daughter, Sarah impersonates her and attempts to ingratiate herself into her life - it works, for the most part, until [[spoiler:the other cops catch on]]. Of course, since she and the woman were clones, it's not like Sarah had a particularly hard time of it.
* Seen repeatedly in ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
** John Reese has repeatedly used the badge of Detective Stills, a DirtyCop he [[DeadPersonImpersonation killed in the first episode]] (this backfires on him
when Peter makes Neal promise a VictimOfTheWeek sees a Missing poster of the real Stills in a police station). He has also used the ID of Jennings, a wife-beating U.S. Marshal he deposited in a Mexican prison.
-->'''Criminal:''' Leon stole more than enough, in fact to make it worth us killing a cop so maybe we can make a deal. You leave Leon here with us and you can keep looking for your friend.
-->'''Reese:''' You know, the [[DirtyCop guy who owned this badge]] would probably have accepted that deal. But I'm
not to wear it him.
-->'''Criminal:''' So who are you?
-->'''Reese:''' [[BadassBoast The guy who shot him
and impersonate an FBI agent. Neal assures Peter he wouldn't do that. Double subverted stole his badge.]] ''(Violence ensues)''
** [[TheDon Carl Elias']] number two, Anthony "Scarface" Marconi, was first seen impersonating a patrol officer. He continues to enact this trope
when we cut needed, [[EvilCounterpart something he has in common with Reese]].
** One episode had a pair of ex-FBI agents who had been forced out for corruption, but were now pretending
to ''Mozzie'' wearing be FBI while acting as hitmen.
** In season 3 [[TheCracker Root]] shows up as FBI Special Agent Augusta King. In her case,
the jacket.credentials technically belong to her, or at least belong to a fake identity based around her. [[spoiler: She got it with help from The Machine, which means it's as real as can be]].
--->'''Fusco:''' ''[to Reese]'' She had a warrant--a real one. What was I supposed to say? "Sorry, boss, Agent King is actually a superpowered nutball. Just ask my buddy, the urban legend."


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* ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'': In "Rogue Element", Happy borrows Cabe's ID and uses it to gain access to a crime scene by posing as Homeland Security agent.
* Kramer exhibits this in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' in "The Statue"
-->'''Ray:''' Are you a cop?\\
'''Kramer:''' Yeah I'm a cop. I'm a good cop, I'm a damn good cop!!
* ''Series/SevenDays'': Two inner city hoods steal Frank's and Olga's NSA [=IDs=], and are later seen at a bar demanding that the bartender give them a bottle of some expensive alcohol, but the bartender isn't buying it. "OK, if you're with the NSA, [[OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass what does 'NSA' stand for?]]"
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** In "Static", when investigating murders at the docks, Clark Kent claims to be an officer to the coroner, who believes him.
** In "Bulletproof", when investigating whether a DirtyCop was the one who shot his friend John Jones, Clark goes undercover as an officer, complete with forged papers claiming he is "Joe Fordman". His assigned partner Dan Turpin eventually figures out he's a fake and tries to arrest him, but Clark and Green Arrow manage to convince him that they are the good guys and they arrest the corrupt cops.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Sam and Dean regularly go undercover as FBI agents (as do several other hunters), with Bobby backstopping their aliases if someone wants to call their superior. One episode shows Bobby has a whole wall of phones labeled with each alias, though in the same episode the trope fails because it turns out the sheriff they're talking to knows Bobby. In another episode it's played for laughs when Bobby advises a Hunter to call the FBI as he's apparently stumbled across a non-supernatural crime. Moments later, he gets a call on his FBI phone.
-->'''Bobby:''' Agent Wallace. ''(beat)'' No, Garth, not ''me'' the FBI, the '''real''' FBI! How are you still alive?
* ''Series/{{Threshold}}'': Agents of the eponymous agency usually pretend to be working for a federal agency whose [[NoSuchAgency very existence isn't classified]], most often the FBI or the Department of Agriculture. However, they have authorization to do this.
* In an episode of ''Series/TimeTrax'' Lambert's police badge is stolen and is later used for a FlashedBadgeHijack by the guy who stole it.
* ''{{Series/Tracker}}'' liked this. Mel and Cole once used old police badges to get info and another time, Cole was looking for a fugitive in London and played along with a guy who thought Cole was an inspector.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': In the third season, Keith Mars, who was the former Sheriff of Neptune, dons his old uniform to grill two women for information. It fails when one of their friends recognizes him as the previous Sheriff and berates the other two for their ignorance. Later, there's a hilarious bit when Keith drives past the incompetent current Sheriff and gives him a mocking nod.
* An early episode of ''Series/WhiteCollar'' first implies this when Neal requests an FBI jacket for his part of the investigation. Then subverted when Peter makes Neal promise not to wear it and impersonate an FBI agent. Neal assures Peter he wouldn't do that. Double subverted when we cut to ''Mozzie'' wearing the jacket.
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-->'''Bobby:''' Agent Wallace. ''(beat)'' No, Garth, not ''me'' the FBI, the real FBI! How are you still alive?

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-->'''Bobby:''' Agent Wallace. ''(beat)'' No, Garth, not ''me'' the FBI, the real '''real''' FBI! How are you still alive?
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* In the ''Series/Rescue911'' episode "911 He's Not an Officer," a young man in a Mustang honks at a woman driving her car and flashes a badge in an attempt to get her to pull over. Suspicious of his behavior, she calls 911 on her car phone -- a rarity in 1991, when the segment takes place -- and tails him when he tries to flee. And yes, it turns out he was not a police officer, and was using a stolen badge.
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-->'''Bobby:''' Agent Wallace. ''(beat)'' No, Garth, not ''me'' FBI, the real FBI! How are you still alive?

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-->'''Bobby:''' Agent Wallace. ''(beat)'' No, Garth, not ''me'' the FBI, the real FBI! How are you still alive?
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* According to Brock Yates' book ''Cannonball! World's Greatest Outlaw Road Race'', one driver tried this to get out of a ticket. It failed miserably. The police officers who pulled him over saw right through it and his team lost three hours before getting let off with a warning.
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* An early episode of ''Series/WhiteCollar'' first implies this when Neal requests an FBI jacket for his part of the investigation. Then subverted when Peter makes Neal promise not to wear it and impersonate an FBI agent. Neal assures Peter he wouldn't do that. Double subverted when we cut to ''Mozzie'' wearing the jacket.
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* A military variant is used in ''FanFic/OriginStory'', where in order to rescue Louise from a secure military base, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/SpiderMan, and [[ComicBook/{{Avengers}} The Wasp]] dress up in military uniforms and use forged IDs and orders to get in. (It turns out that Captain America's uniform is real.)
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* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** The debut episode for Sailor Mars includes a heroic example. When Usagi finds out that the disappearing buses had been hijacked by Dark Kingdom agents, she boards one disguised as a cop and tries to arrest the driver. It backfires on her as she ends up being forced into another dimension along with the bus.
** Three episodes later, this gets subverted when it turns out the security guards attacking the Sailor Soldiers are not only fake cops, they're also fake ''humans''! That's right, Jedite created them from scratch and sent them to attack the Sailor Soldiers as part of a backup BatmanGambit in case they ended up defeating him. Unfortunately for him, after his defeat, an impatient Queen Beryl committed [[YouHaveFailedMe an act]] of BondVillainStupidity, and he became just another case of DeathBySecretIdentity.
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