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6th Oct '17 8:46:52 AM sgamer82
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* The Roanapur police in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' are totally corrupt and impotent to the point that they can't stop crime at all, and so turn a blind eye to practically everything while taking bribes.

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The Roanapur police in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' are totally corrupt and impotent to the point that they can't stop crime at all, and so turn a blind eye to practically everything while taking bribes.



* The [=AD Police=] from ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' could save a lot of money by firing everyone except [[CowboyCop Leon]] and Daley. And [[PlayfulHacker Nene]], since they'd still need a dispatcher.
** Really, they just need Leon. Daley only exists to hint at Leon's closeted homosexuality, and Nene doesn't need to dispatch anyone because Leon just goes off to fight Boomers whenever. Then they could use the extra helicopter budget to fund his ridiculous [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver that can kill Boomers.]]

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* The [=AD Police=] from ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' could save a lot of money by firing everyone except [[CowboyCop Leon]] and Daley. And [[PlayfulHacker Nene]], since they'd still need a dispatcher.
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dispatcher. Even then, they just need Leon. Daley only exists to hint at Leon's closeted homosexuality, and Nene doesn't need to dispatch anyone because Leon just goes off to fight Boomers whenever. Then they could use the extra helicopter budget to fund his ridiculous [[RevolversAreJustBetter revolver that can kill Boomers.]]



* ''Manga/DeathNote'': The Police are discouraged to chase Kira, after he killed the false L, and he forces the FBI to surrender after he killed several FBI agents. Only a few police officers try to chase him, but they are not smart enough how to do it. They need the help and lead of people who do ''not'' work for the police, but by their own. That includes the anonymous master detective L, the college student Light (who ''is'' Kira), both for the Japanese Special Unit, [[spoiler:and the teenage L-wannabe Near for the SPK. And many states surrender to Kira]].

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The Police are discouraged to chase Kira, after he killed the false L, and he forces the FBI to surrender after he killed several FBI agents. Only a few police officers try to chase him, but they are not smart enough how to do it. They need the help and lead of people who do ''not'' work for the police, but by their own. That includes the anonymous master detective L, the college student Light (who ''is'' Kira), both for the Japanese Special Unit, [[spoiler:and the teenage L-wannabe Near for the SPK. And many states surrender to Kira]].



* The police in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' certainly mean well, and they seem generally competent at dealing with street-level crime. But they still end up relying on a high school kid to solve every murder case in town. Most cases involve the cops missing obvious clues, which Conan has to point out to them, and then standing around dumbfounded at the end while Conan reveals the killer's identity. On the rare cases when they do make an arrest on their own, it's usually the wrong guy, and then Conan has to save the accused by finding the real culprit.
** Subverted in the second case of the Osaka Double Mystery when Hattori Heiji's father rips into him over not stopping a second murder despite the police making the same failure, only for it to turn out that he already knew who the murderer was and was using Heiji as bait in a BatmanGambit to catch the perp of a far earlier crime.

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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
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The police in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' certainly mean well, and they seem generally competent at dealing with street-level crime. But they still end up relying on a high school kid to solve every murder case in town. Most cases involve the cops missing obvious clues, which Conan has to point out to them, and then standing around dumbfounded at the end while Conan reveals the killer's identity. On the rare cases when they do make an arrest on their own, it's usually the wrong guy, and then Conan has to save the accused by finding the real culprit.
** Subverted in the second case of the Osaka Double Mystery when Hattori Heiji's Heiji Hattori's father rips into him over not stopping a second murder despite the police making the same failure, only for it to turn out that he already knew who the murderer was and was using Heiji as bait in a BatmanGambit to catch the perp of a far earlier crime.



* Inverted in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': The police and local law enforcement are ''always'' portrayed as being utterly useless in dealing with all of the [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed threats to the Earth]], but that is only because their opponents have [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower become so powerful]] that silly little things like [[ImmunetoBullets guns]] and [[RedshirtArmy tanks]] can't even [[OneManArmy scratch them]].

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Inverted in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': The police and local law enforcement are ''always'' portrayed as being utterly useless in dealing with all of the [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed threats to the Earth]], but that is only because their opponents have [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower become so powerful]] that silly little things like [[ImmunetoBullets guns]] and [[RedshirtArmy tanks]] can't even [[OneManArmy scratch them]].



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': While the governments do have safety nets to deal with rogue ninjas, these are incredibly inadequate. The people in charge of taking out rogue ninjas are [[NominalImportance Nameless]] FacelessGoons that get slaughtered by anything stronger than a stiff breeze while said rogues are, almost without exception, THE strongest ninjas in the world.

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While the governments do have safety nets to deal with rogue ninjas, these are incredibly inadequate. The people in charge of taking out rogue ninjas are [[NominalImportance Nameless]] FacelessGoons that get slaughtered by anything stronger than a stiff breeze while said rogues are, almost without exception, THE strongest ninjas in the world.



* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' most marines are completely incapable of stopping main heroes or any other more notorious criminals running around. Straw Hats and Whitebeard Pirates seem to do a better job helping distressed citizen. However, itís justified, because most of said criminals can turn into elemental forces at will, have SuperStrength and SuperSpeed or are otherwise beyond ability of normal soldier to handle. Only people who can fight them are others with similar abilities (mainly other criminals like Staw Hats). Whitebeard, on the other hand, is TheDreaded whose sole name and declaration of ownership of an island is enough to keep it out of harmís ways. This trope is also subverted by most of the marine officers, who posses superpowers or are {{Badass Normal}}s themselves and proved they are more than competent when it comes to chasing down the criminals.
** For the most part, marines in high positions of power such as the admirals or the CP9 are every bit as effective as the other spotlight characters, the main differences is out of anyone else, the marines have the largest disposable mook army which is what makes this trope take effect more often than not and that mooks are usually the ones sent to deal with problems not directly affecting the higher ups. One major straight aversion comes in at the end of Ennis Lobby where one slightly above average marine mook with rust powers manages to destroy one of Zoro's swords permanently (something no one has done since Mihawk). He still got beaten about as quickly as any mook but he still landed a surprising and permanent blow to one of the most powerful members of the main crew.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is in love with this trope, probably to ensure that TheMainCharactersDoEverything.
** One early episode involves Ash and his friends helping a lone Officer Jenny investigate the disappearance of over a dozen children who've been missing for three days. That's right, a ''lone'' Officer Jenny who, apparently, hasn't done squat since the children vanished. (Neither have the ApatheticCitizens, for that matter, about the children or the Pokémon who've spent those three days losing energy.) Eventually, the children are found--[[FailedASpotCheck in a public park]]. [[EpicFail Where they've been for the last three days.]] [[SarcasmMode Great work, everybody.]]
** In another episode, the Sinnoh police are trying to stop a robbery in the Eterna museum. The stolen object in question was the Adamant Orb. However, the police force make some truly awful mistakes.

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marines are completely incapable of stopping main heroes or any other more notorious criminals running around. Straw Hats and Whitebeard Pirates seem to do a better job helping distressed citizen. However, itís justified, because most of said criminals can turn into elemental forces at will, have SuperStrength and SuperSpeed or are otherwise beyond ability of normal soldier to handle. Only people who can fight them are others with similar abilities (mainly other criminals like Staw Hats). Whitebeard, on the other hand, is TheDreaded whose sole name and declaration of ownership of an island is enough to keep it out of harmís ways. This trope is also subverted by most of the marine officers, who posses superpowers or are {{Badass Normal}}s themselves and proved they are more than competent when it comes to chasing down the criminals.
** For the most part, marines law enforcement in high positions of power such as the admirals or the CP9 [=CP9=] are every bit as effective as the other spotlight characters, the main differences is out of anyone else, the marines have the largest disposable mook army which is what makes this trope take effect more often than not and that mooks are usually the ones sent to deal with problems not directly affecting the higher ups. One major straight aversion comes in at the end of Ennis Lobby where one slightly above average marine mook with rust powers manages to destroy one of Zoro's swords permanently (something no one has done since Mihawk). He still got beaten about as quickly as any mook but he still landed a surprising and permanent blow to one of the most powerful members of the main crew.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
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''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime is in love with this trope, probably to ensure that TheMainCharactersDoEverything.
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TheMainCharactersDoEverything. One early episode involves Ash and his friends helping a lone Officer Jenny investigate the disappearance of over a dozen children who've been missing for three days. That's right, a ''lone'' Officer Jenny who, apparently, hasn't done squat since the children vanished. (Neither have the ApatheticCitizens, for that matter, about the children or the Pokémon who've spent those three days losing energy.) Eventually, the children are found--[[FailedASpotCheck in a public park]]. [[EpicFail Where they've been for the last three days.]] [[SarcasmMode Great work, everybody.]]
** "A Secret Sphere of Influence!"
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In another this episode, the Sinnoh police are trying to stop a robbery in the Eterna museum. The stolen object in question was the Adamant Orb. However, the police force make some truly awful mistakes.



*** When Ash and co. try to protest Nando's innocence, Jenny produces a picture of a Sunflora (a Pokemon that Nando owns, and that ran off during his arrest) making off with the Adamant Orb, and essentially declares "Ta da! All the evidence we need!", despite the fact that A: a picture like that is not enough incriminating evidence and B: anyone who would compare this picture with one of a real Sunflora could see that the one in the surveillance photo is clearly Meowth in a Sunflora costume (he didn't even bother to cover the coin on his forehead).

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*** When Ash and co. try to protest Nando's innocence, Jenny produces a picture of a Sunflora (a Sunflora, a Pokemon that Nando owns, and that ran off during his arrest) arrest, making off with the Adamant Orb, and essentially declares "Ta da! All the evidence we need!", despite the fact that A: a picture like that is not enough incriminating evidence and B: anyone who would compare this picture with one of a real Sunflora could see that the one in the surveillance photo is clearly Meowth in a Sunflora costume (he didn't even bother to cover the coin on his forehead).



* In ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', Byron outright says that normal police can't handle evil terrorist organizations, though [[{{Foreshadowing}} an Interpol agent would make a difference]]. The Gym Leaders and the kids who are strong enough to challenge them do that instead.

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* ** In ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', Byron outright says that normal police can't handle evil terrorist organizations, though [[{{Foreshadowing}} an Interpol agent would make a difference]]. The Gym Leaders and the kids who are strong enough to challenge them do that instead.
6th Oct '17 6:57:48 AM sgamer82
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** Marcus Parks gets especially worked up in the second Robert Pickton episode because of this trope. In the case of Pickton, not only did the Vancouver Police Department not investigate the disappearance of Pickton's sex worker victims and even ignore evidence of possibly up to ''four'' serial killers in the particular slum Pickton hunted in, they were plagued by petty infighting as they actively bullied and undermined the one cop who ''was'' trying to do something because his efforts and just successes made them look bad.

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** Marcus Parks gets especially worked up in the second Robert Pickton episode because of this trope. In the case of Pickton, not only did the Vancouver Police Department not investigate the disappearance of Pickton's sex worker victims and even ignore evidence of possibly up to ''four'' serial killers in the particular slum Pickton hunted in, they were plagued by petty infighting as they actively bullied and undermined the one cop who ''was'' trying to do something because his efforts and just other successes made them look bad.
6th Oct '17 6:55:24 AM sgamer82
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** Marcus Parks gets especially worked up in the second Robert Pickton episode because of this trope. In the case of Pickton, not only did the Vancouver Police Department not investigate the disappearance of Pickton's sex worker victims and even ignore evidence of possibly up to ''four'' serial killers in the particular slum Pickton hunted in, they were plagued by petty infighting as they actively bullied and undermined the one cop who ''was'' trying to do something because his efforts and just successes made them look bad.
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** Another issue the hosts bring up frequently is the fact that police precincts never speak to one another regarding local crimes, which causes killers to go on longer than if they just pooled information. This is understandable in the case of drifter killers whose crimes take place entire states apart or in times when long distance communication was not the norm. It's less so in the case of the Boston Strangler, in the 1960s, when police and district attorneys ''within the same city'' kept information to themselves in the hopes of being the ones who will crack the case.
5th Sep '17 12:30:20 PM Iris
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* ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'' has an [[PsychologicalHorror appropriately]] dark example. Not only are the police helpless enough to either believe or be unable to refute John's increasingly flimsy excuses for why he's always around when bad things happen and always manages to survive, even when he's outnumbered or outclassed, the FBI agent who investigates the Clayton killer case in ''Literature/MrMonster'' [[spoiler:is trying to find the SerialKillerKiller to ''stop'' them because he's even worse than the now-dead killer.]]
** This trend continues in the second trilogy-John and the rest of the slayers only work with the local force because they have to, and have clear contempt for them. Even when repeatedly warned by [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Ostler]], [[FriendOnTheForce Kelly]], and [[TeenGenius John]], they refuse to stay out of an obviously strange and dangerous case. Predictably, it bites them in the ass.
3rd Sep '17 12:40:49 PM Peteman
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** That said, it's brutally subverted at the end of the Teleporter arc - [[spoiler:the Teleporter's solution to the problem of an entire planet in peril is not to teleport each person off it individually. It's to teleport the entire planet to a different orbit. One which happens to be in a system which has laws against the exact activities that X-Tel was doing in order to get Godot to play nicely with them. And the Teleporter then teleports the space station that the X-Tel executive in question is on at the time to the same system]].

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** That said, it's brutally subverted at the end of the Teleporter arc - [[spoiler:the Teleporter's solution to the problem of an entire planet in peril is not to teleport each person off it individually. It's to teleport the entire planet to a different orbit. One which happens to be in a system which has laws against the exact activities that X-Tel was doing in order to get Godot to play nicely with them. And the Teleporter then teleports the space station that the X-Tel executive in question is on at the time to the same system]].
24th Aug '17 12:02:11 PM sgamer82
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** They also note occasions when a killer was caught by dumb luck or mistakes rather than anything police did. Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, for instance, were only found out when Lake was held for questioning for an act of compulsive shoplifting by Ng, and never suspected anything serious until Lake killed himself while in custody.

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** They also note occasions when a killer was caught by dumb luck or mistakes rather than anything police did. Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, for instance, were only found out when Lake was held for questioning for an act of compulsive shoplifting by Ng, and police never suspected anything serious until Lake killed himself while in custody.
24th Aug '17 11:58:59 AM sgamer82
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** They also note occasions when a killer was caught by dumb luck or mistakes rather than anything police did. Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, for instance, were only found out when Lake was held for questioning for an act of compulsive shoplifting by Ng, and never suspected anything serious until Lake liked himself while in custody.

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** They also note occasions when a killer was caught by dumb luck or mistakes rather than anything police did. Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, for instance, were only found out when Lake was held for questioning for an act of compulsive shoplifting by Ng, and never suspected anything serious until Lake liked killed himself while in custody.
24th Aug '17 10:54:48 AM sgamer82
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* ''Podcast/TheLastPodcastOnTheLeft:''
** The hosts often note times when police ineffectiveness is a major factor in how long a serial killer goes without getting caught. For example, in the Dean Coril series, they note the Huston police were underfunded and understaffed so much that, as a result, they actively avoided investigating things like homicides and shut down a victim's family when they provided a letter written by their missing son that they suspect was faked, but which Missing Persons took as evidence he was no longer missing.
** They also note occasions when a killer was caught by dumb luck or mistakes rather than anything police did. Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, for instance, were only found out when Lake was held for questioning for an act of compulsive shoplifting by Ng, and never suspected anything serious until Lake liked himself while in custody.
23rd Aug '17 4:44:11 PM Jacob175
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* ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' subverts it as the story goes on. Initially, the police are useless because they didn't have the weaponry or experience to take on Robot Masters. As the story progresses, we see they're still perfectly good at fighting regular crimes and eventually upgrade their gear to fight Dr. Wily. Mega Man collaborates with the police to minimize casualties and the cops even saved Mega Man's life once when the Mega Man Killers were about to live up to their name.



* WorldOfDarkness has shades of this, and sometimes jumps headlong into it. While it can be justified, there are other times that are extremely questionable.

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* WorldOfDarkness Franchise/WorldOfDarkness has shades of this, and sometimes jumps headlong into it. While it can be justified, there are other times that are extremely questionable.



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