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13th Jul '16 7:57:56 AM TomTheEducator
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* Played Straight but eventually Subverted in ''Discworld/Discworld'' series. When the Watch is introduced in Guards!Guards!, they're a pathetic, vestigial joke, comprised of exactly ''three'' men, one of whom is a drunk and the others being... less than enthusiastic, shall we say. However, under Vimes' savvy leadership and with Vetinari's support, the Watch undergoes some massive, long-term and collective CharacterDevelopment. In later books, they're a well-organized, cohesive, diverse and motivated law-enforcement organization capable of handling pretty much any threat that pops up. Two visiting career criminals in TheTruth even remark that they're not "acting like Watchmen", because they ''just don't give up''.
19th Jun '16 11:46:57 PM gewunomox
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* [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on the GM]], it can happen and be {{justified|Trope}} in the ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'' Urban Arcana setting, by the fact that the police/army are not being properly trained/equipped against supernatural threats. (Even highly trained Navy Seals will have a hard time bypassing a {{lycanthrope}} Damage Reduction 15/{{Silver|Bullet}} without, well, SilverBullet, which are not standard issued in any military force.)

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* [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on the GM]], it can happen and be {{justified|Trope}} in the ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'' Urban Arcana setting, by the fact that the police/army are not being properly trained/equipped against supernatural threats. (Even highly trained Navy Seals will have a hard time bypassing a {{lycanthrope}} lycanthrope Damage Reduction 15/{{Silver|Bullet}} without, well, SilverBullet, which are not standard issued in any military force.)
19th Jun '16 2:32:14 AM Morgenthaler
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** One episode of ''WebOriginal/AfterHours'' {{discussed}} this, with Katie's irrational hatred (and confused slurs) towards police was caused by this trope's prevalence in movies.

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** One episode of ''WebOriginal/AfterHours'' ''WebVideo/AfterHours'' {{discussed}} this, with Katie's irrational hatred (and confused slurs) towards police was caused by this trope's prevalence in movies.
2nd Jun '16 2:31:42 PM rafi
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* In the world of {{Hentai}}, at least 25% of all cases of sexual intercourse would qualify as sex offenses. And yet the only times the police can be said to be involved in the case is when a policewoman is the victim, or a policeman is the perp.
* The Paradigm City police on ''Anime/TheBigO'' are confounded by their uselessness in the face of HumongousMecha attacks on their beloved town; the day is generally saved by self-styled "negotiator" Roger Smith as pilot of the title mech. This is a somewhat more realistic case as trying to take down a HumongousMecha with a measly tank just won't fly. They're sometimes shown to be quite good at their jobs when not being attacked by giant monsters.
* 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.
** Meanwhile, the Japanese police aren't exactly useless and are competent, but they're pretty ineffective at dealing with the sudden rash of explosions and massacres that occur during the Tokyo arc.



* ''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.
*** They arrest a recurring character, [[WanderingMinstrel Nando,]] as a suspect, despite the fact that Officer Jenny saw the robbers (Team Rocket, naturally), of which there were two of, on the roof, ''who looked nothing like their arrested suspect''. And this was an accusation being made by the same Officer Jenny.
*** 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).
*** The police do not bother to search anyone else in the building. Lampshaded by the Jenny from Viridian City, who came to the museum because it was her day off.
*** In the interrogation room, Jenny refuses to listen to anything Nando says.
*** And finally, in one moment when Team Rocket are fleeing the building, there is a massive crowd of police there waiting for them, but due to Team Rocket being previously sprayed by a Stunky, the smell emitting from them makes all the officers block their noses and ''they move into what looks like a guard of honor position'' allowing Team Rocket to run through and escape. [[FlatWhat What.]] It wasn't just this idiot Jenny. In a ''lot'' of Pokémon episodes, the Jennies can't or don't do anything to stop whatever crime is happening. And quite a few times, they do more harm than good. They've let Team Aqua escape once, and on many occasions, Team Rocket.
** They ''do'' seem somewhat competent whenever Butch and Cassidy are involved in something. In fact, probably the one thing that James and Jesse are better at than most other Rockets, including them, is staying out of jail.
* 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.
* In ''Anime/RealDrive'', the only police presence seen are rather unintimidating, cone-shaped robots. Even when a madman runs amok in a shopping mall, mugging passbyers with impunity, no authority figure makes an effort to stop him.
* In ''Manga/{{Mouse}}'', the titular protagonist's success as a thief can be mostly attributed to the police's inability to do anything except stand around and curse his name. For instance, in the very first scene in the first episode, he steals a valuable mask by ''lifting the whole museum and flying it away'' with helicopters. The police never think of maybe following the hovering building being carried off very slowly by a large, loud vehicle? Maybe in a police helicopter? Or with a car, even? Later he also steals a tower that conveniently has a floating base by breaking its foundations and towing it out of the harbor with boats. While the police stand in the docks and marvel at Mouse's wondrous "water-traveling contraptions" that they apparently haven't figured out. ''Seriously'', people!
* The Paradigm City police on ''Anime/TheBigO'' are confounded by their uselessness in the face of HumongousMecha attacks on their beloved town; the day is generally saved by self-styled "negotiator" Roger Smith as pilot of the title mech. This is a somewhat more realistic case as trying to take down a HumongousMecha with a measly tank just won't fly. They're sometimes shown to be quite good at their jobs when not being attacked by giant monsters.
* The police in ''Franchise/LupinIII'' sometimes come across this way, but it's more to do with who they're chasing. [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Inspector Zenigata]], for example, is usually shown as being good at his job, it's just that Lupin is even better at his... Zenigata doesn't stand much of a chance of success, but it's strongly implied that he's the only guy who has ''any chance at all'' against Lupin.
* ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity''. For all the crazy stunts Krauser pulls off in public (which includes inadvertent assault on a police officer), the police never seem to bother with following it up or taking any of the band members into custody.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is Ultimately {{subverted|Trope}} 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,
''Manga/CatsEye'': while the police force make some truly awful mistakes.
*** They arrest a recurring character, [[WanderingMinstrel Nando,]] as a suspect, despite the fact that Officer Jenny saw the robbers (Team Rocket, naturally), of which there were two of, on the roof, ''who looked nothing like their arrested suspect''. And this was an accusation being made by the same Officer Jenny.
*** 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).
*** The police do not bother to search anyone else in the building. Lampshaded by the Jenny from Viridian City, who came to the museum because it was her day off.
*** In the interrogation room, Jenny refuses to listen to anything Nando says.
*** And finally, in one moment when Team Rocket are fleeing the building, there is a massive crowd of police there waiting for them, but due to Team Rocket being previously sprayed by a Stunky, the smell emitting from them makes all the officers block their noses and ''they move into what looks like a guard of honor position'' allowing Team Rocket to run through and escape. [[FlatWhat What.]] It wasn't just this idiot Jenny. In a ''lot'' of Pokémon episodes, the Jennies can't or don't do anything to stop whatever crime is happening. And quite a few times, they do more harm than good. They've let Team Aqua escape once, and on many occasions, Team Rocket.
** They ''do'' seem somewhat competent whenever Butch and Cassidy are involved in something. In fact, probably the one thing that James and Jesse are better
''seems'' useless at than most other Rockets, including them, is staying out of jail.
* 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.
* In ''Anime/RealDrive'', the only police presence seen are rather unintimidating, cone-shaped robots. Even when a madman runs amok in a shopping mall, mugging passbyers with impunity, no authority figure makes an effort to stop him.
* In ''Manga/{{Mouse}}'', the titular protagonist's success as a thief can be mostly attributed to the police's inability to do anything except stand around and curse his name. For instance, in the very first scene in the first episode, he steals a valuable mask by ''lifting the whole museum and flying it away'' with helicopters. The police never think of maybe following the hovering building being carried off very slowly by a large, loud vehicle? Maybe in a police helicopter? Or with a car, even? Later he also steals a tower that conveniently has a floating base by breaking its foundations and towing it out of the harbor with boats. While the police stand in the docks and marvel at Mouse's wondrous "water-traveling contraptions" that they apparently haven't figured out. ''Seriously'', people!
* The Paradigm City police on ''Anime/TheBigO'' are confounded by their uselessness in the face of HumongousMecha attacks on their beloved town; the day is generally saved by self-styled "negotiator" Roger Smith as pilot of the title mech. This is a somewhat more realistic case as trying to take down a HumongousMecha with a measly tank just won't fly. They're sometimes shown to be quite good at their jobs when not being attacked by giant monsters.
* The police in ''Franchise/LupinIII'' sometimes come across this way, but
first, it's more to do with who because [[OvershadowedByAwesome they're chasing. [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Inspector Zenigata]], for example, is usually dealing with the titular thieves]], and we're later shown as them (mostly the same cops who continue getting humiliated by Cat's Eye) proving themselves truly competent against other crooks, with the crowner being good a criminal discovering the people at a coffee house egging him to confess his job, it's just that Lupin is even better at his... Zenigata crimes were police officers, one of which being an old man who had earlier ''stolen the magazine of his gun and lured him there for arrest purpose''.
* ''Manga/CityHunter''
doesn't stand much of a chance of success, but it's strongly implied have useless cops. Their problem is that he's they're limited by the law and Japanese conventions, so there are things that only guy who has ''any chance at all'' against Lupin.
* ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity''. For all the crazy stunts Krauser pulls off in public (which includes inadvertent assault on
Ryo (who is a police officer), the police never seem to bother with following it up or taking any of the band members into custody.criminal) can do.



* In the world of {{Hentai}}, at least 25% of all cases of sexual intercourse would qualify as sex offenses. And yet the only times the police can be said to be involved in the case is when a policewoman is the victim, or a policeman is the perp.
* 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]].
** Subverted by the time of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Why? Krillin, the strongest pure human on the planet, joined the police force. Normal criminals really don't have much they can do to him. Still played straight when gods and such are on the table, though.



* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
** Meanwhile, the Japanese police aren't exactly useless and are competent, but they're pretty ineffective at dealing with the sudden rash of explosions and massacres that occur during the Tokyo arc.
* ''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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* 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
A recurring element 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 ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', 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.
* The police in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' certainly mean well, and they seem generally competent at dealing with street-level crime. But they still end
especially played 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.
* 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.
** Meanwhile, the Japanese police aren't exactly useless and are competent, but they're pretty ineffective at dealing with the sudden rash of explosions and massacres that occur during the Tokyo arc.
* ''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.original manga and the ''Re: Cutey Honey'' series, where generic cops are always being depicted as literal clueless, cheering children, more concerned with setting up their own {{Funny Background Event}}s than doing their jobs.



* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'':
** The Trope was played straight at first. The police were usually portrayed as antagonists, and usually as {{Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain}}s (or lowlifes who [[EvenEvilHasStandards sickened even the other villains]], like Takatsu). By the end of the first season and into the second, however, a few police did prove helpful (Ushio officially making a HeelFaceTurn) although it was rare when they could actually do anything heroic.
** There was also the matter of the [[MarkOfShame criminal marks]], special tattoos applied to a criminal's face after conviction that would let the police track an escaped convict or one who had violated probation or parole. [[InformedAbility Supposedly.]] The only time the viewers saw them try to track someone using these marks, the quarry eluded them by jamming the signal or having someone else do it; indeed, it seemed every average Joe with a laptop was able override it and render these marks worthless, making one wonder who was in charge of their computers.

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'':
**
The Trope 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.
** Inspector Yamamura is the poster boy for police incompetence, but, to Conan's chagrin, is elevated to the rank of Inspector solely on the basis of having closed some cases Conan actually solved behind the scenes.
* ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity''. For all the crazy stunts Krauser pulls off in public (which includes inadvertent assault on a police officer), the police never seem to bother with following it up or taking any of the band members into custody.
* 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]].
** Subverted by the time of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Why? Krillin, the strongest pure human on the planet, joined the police force. Normal criminals really don't have much they can do to him. Still
played straight at first. The police were usually portrayed as antagonists, and usually as {{Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain}}s (or lowlifes who [[EvenEvilHasStandards sickened even the other villains]], like Takatsu). By the end of the first season and into the second, however, a few police did prove helpful (Ushio officially making a HeelFaceTurn) although it was rare when they could actually do anything heroic.
** There was also
gods and such are on the matter of the [[MarkOfShame criminal marks]], special tattoos applied to a criminal's face after conviction that would let table, though.
* In ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls'',
the police track an escaped convict or make a mess of two situations - the first one who had violated probation or parole. [[InformedAbility Supposedly.]] The only time is when Rin is assisting a crying boy, and they assume Rin is harassing the viewers saw them try to track someone using these marks, boy, and the quarry eluded them by jamming second one is when they attempt to apprehend the signal or having someone else do it; indeed, it seemed every average Joe with a laptop was able override it and render these marks worthless, making one wonder who was in charge of their computers.producer after he's repeatedly spotted near Rin's school.



* The police in ''Franchise/LupinIII'' sometimes come across this way, but it's more to do with who they're chasing. [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Inspector Zenigata]], for example, is usually shown as being good at his job, it's just that Lupin is even better at his... Zenigata doesn't stand much of a chance of success, but it's strongly implied that he's the only guy who has ''any chance at all'' against Lupin.
* In ''Manga/{{Mouse}}'', the titular protagonist's success as a thief can be mostly attributed to the police's inability to do anything except stand around and curse his name. For instance, in the very first scene in the first episode, he steals a valuable mask by ''lifting the whole museum and flying it away'' with helicopters. The police never think of maybe following the hovering building being carried off very slowly by a large, loud vehicle? Maybe in a police helicopter? Or with a car, even? Later he also steals a tower that conveniently has a floating base by breaking its foundations and towing it out of the harbor with boats. While the police stand in the docks and marvel at Mouse's wondrous "water-traveling contraptions" that they apparently haven't figured out. ''Seriously'', people!
* ''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.
* 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.
*** They arrest a recurring character, [[WanderingMinstrel Nando,]] as a suspect, despite the fact that Officer Jenny saw the robbers (Team Rocket, naturally), of which there were two of, on the roof, ''who looked nothing like their arrested suspect''. And this was an accusation being made by the same Officer Jenny.
*** 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).
*** The police do not bother to search anyone else in the building. Lampshaded by the Jenny from Viridian City, who came to the museum because it was her day off.
*** In the interrogation room, Jenny refuses to listen to anything Nando says.
*** And finally, in one moment when Team Rocket are fleeing the building, there is a massive crowd of police there waiting for them, but due to Team Rocket being previously sprayed by a Stunky, the smell emitting from them makes all the officers block their noses and ''they move into what looks like a guard of honor position'' allowing Team Rocket to run through and escape. [[FlatWhat What.]] It wasn't just this idiot Jenny. In a ''lot'' of Pokémon episodes, the Jennies can't or don't do anything to stop whatever crime is happening. And quite a few times, they do more harm than good. They've let Team Aqua escape once, and on many occasions, Team Rocket.
** They ''do'' seem somewhat competent whenever Butch and Cassidy are involved in something. In fact, probably the one thing that James and Jesse are better at than most other Rockets, including them, is staying out of jail.
* 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.
* In ''Anime/RealDrive'', the only police presence seen are rather unintimidating, cone-shaped robots. Even when a madman runs amok in a shopping mall, mugging passbyers with impunity, no authority figure makes an effort to stop him.
* Subverted in ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco''. They're not actually useless, it's just that they tend to overlook many smaller crimes (like jaywalking and smoking in public) because it takes time from dealing with more serious crimes. The apathy is the reason protagonist Masayoshi takes up the Samurai Flamenco act. He can deal with the criminals that the police can't, or won't, deal with themselves.



* Subverted in ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco''. They're not actually useless, it's just that they tend to overlook many smaller crimes (like jaywalking and smoking in public) because it takes time from dealing with more serious crimes. The apathy is the reason protagonist Masayoshi takes up the Samurai Flamenco act. He can deal with the criminals that the police can't, or won't, deal with themselves.
* Ultimately {{subverted|Trope}} in ''Manga/CatsEye'': while the police ''seems'' useless at first, it's because [[OvershadowedByAwesome they're dealing with the titular thieves]], and we're later shown them (mostly the same cops who continue getting humiliated by Cat's Eye) proving themselves truly competent against other crooks, with the crowner being a criminal discovering the people at a coffee house egging him to confess his crimes were police officers, one of which being an old man who had earlier ''stolen the magazine of his gun and lured him there for arrest purpose''.
* ''Manga/CityHunter'' doesn't have useless cops. Their problem is that they're limited by the law and Japanese conventions, so there are things that only Ryo (who is a criminal) can do.
* A recurring element in ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', which is especially played up in the original manga and the ''Re: Cutey Honey'' series, where generic cops are always being depicted as literal clueless, cheering children, more concerned with setting up their own {{Funny Background Event}}s than doing their jobs.
* In ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls'', the police make a mess of two situations - the first one is when Rin is assisting a crying boy, and they assume Rin is harassing the boy, and the second one is when they attempt to apprehend the producer after he's repeatedly spotted near Rin's school.

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* Subverted in ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco''. They're not In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'':
** The Trope was played straight at first. The police were usually portrayed as antagonists, and usually as {{Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain}}s (or lowlifes who [[EvenEvilHasStandards sickened even the other villains]], like Takatsu). By the end of the first season and into the second, however, a few police did prove helpful (Ushio officially making a HeelFaceTurn) although it was rare when they could
actually useless, it's just do anything heroic.
** There was also the matter of the [[MarkOfShame criminal marks]], special tattoos applied to a criminal's face after conviction
that they tend to overlook many smaller crimes (like jaywalking and smoking in public) because it takes time from dealing with more serious crimes. The apathy is the reason protagonist Masayoshi takes up the Samurai Flamenco act. He can deal with the criminals that would let the police can't, track an escaped convict or won't, deal with themselves.
* Ultimately {{subverted|Trope}} in ''Manga/CatsEye'': while the police ''seems'' useless at first, it's because [[OvershadowedByAwesome they're dealing with the titular thieves]], and we're later shown them (mostly the same cops who continue getting humiliated by Cat's Eye) proving themselves truly competent against other crooks, with the crowner being a criminal discovering the people at a coffee house egging him to confess his crimes were police officers,
one of which being an old man who had earlier ''stolen the magazine of his gun and lured him there for arrest purpose''.
* ''Manga/CityHunter'' doesn't have useless cops. Their problem is that they're limited by the law and Japanese conventions, so there are things that
violated probation or parole. [[InformedAbility Supposedly.]] The only Ryo (who is a criminal) can do.
* A recurring element in ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', which is especially played up in
time the original manga and viewers saw them try to track someone using these marks, the ''Re: Cutey Honey'' series, where generic cops are always being depicted as literal clueless, cheering children, more concerned quarry eluded them by jamming the signal or having someone else do it; indeed, it seemed every average Joe with setting up a laptop was able override it and render these marks worthless, making one wonder who was in charge of their own {{Funny Background Event}}s than doing their jobs.
* In ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls'', the police make a mess of two situations - the first one is when Rin is assisting a crying boy, and they assume Rin is harassing the boy, and the second one is when they attempt to apprehend the producer after he's repeatedly spotted near Rin's school.
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2nd Jun '16 2:15:56 PM skteosk
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** The situation in one of Blyton's other series, ''Literature/FiveFindOuters'', is even worse: The local constable, Goon, detests the young protagonists (and children in general) and spends most of his time befriending the real criminal while arresting the innocent. (One novel has the villains using him to clear out the innocent bystander who's moved in on top of their stash by tipping him off that the man has a criminal record.) The rest of the police, notably ReasonableAuthorityFigure Inspector/Superintendent Jenks, do at least respect and work with the children, even if they don't seem to do much without them.
3rd May '16 1:34:32 AM TomTheEducator
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* Played Straight but eventually Subverted in ''Discworld/Discworld'' series. When the Watch is introduced in Guards!Guards!, they're a pathetic, vestigial joke, comprised of exactly ''three'' men, one of whom is a drunk and the others being... less than enthusiastic, shall we say. However, under Vimes' savvy leadership and with Vetinari's support, the Watch undergoes some massive, long-term and collective CharacterDevelopment. In later books, they're a well-organized, cohesive, diverse and motivated law-enforcement organization capable of handling pretty much any threat that pops up. Two visiting career criminals in TheTruth even remark that they're not "acting like Watchmen", because they ''just don't give up''.
28th Apr '16 2:24:29 PM ImaginaryMetroid
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** Inverted by the time of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Why? Krillin, the strongest pure human on the planet, joined the police force. Normal criminals really don't have much they can do to him. Still played straight when gods and such are on the table, though.

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** Inverted Subverted by the time of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Why? Krillin, the strongest pure human on the planet, joined the police force. Normal criminals really don't have much they can do to him. Still played straight when gods and such are on the table, though.
27th Apr '16 7:20:31 AM TheRichmaster
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* This is subverted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11265467/1/Petrification-Proliferation Petrification Proliferation]]'' where it is actually illegal to NOT report the presence of a Basilisk to the Ministry, due to them being considered as Weapons of Mass Destruction. The Department of Magical Law Enforcement promptly shuts down the school in order to check for other potential threats.
24th Mar '16 4:49:48 PM Kereea1
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** Inverted by the time of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Why? Krillin, the strongest pure human on the planet, joined the police force. Normal criminals really don't have much they can do to him. Still played straight when gods and such are on the table, though.
15th Mar '16 11:05:23 AM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', 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/PokemonSpecial'', ''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.



* The police in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' are an interesting case. While never shown to explicitly [[KickTheDog kick any dogs]], they are generally included in Lelouch's "all Britannian authorities are corrupt and must be obliterated" mindset. This is implied in Lelouch and Suzaku's debate in an early episode about whether the Black Knights are heroes for Justice, or whether they are vigilantes who should just join the police force and work from within the system if they want to enact change (Lelouch comments that they'd simply be absorbed and corrupted by the system). They're not shown to protect or serve the Numbers in the Ghettos, and it's implied that they may have been involved in the smuggling of Refrain. The episode in which they gain the most (and any positive) coverage is when [[spoiler: Lelouch geasses them into shooting Mao after Lelouch beats him using that tape trick]].

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
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The police in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' are an interesting case. While never shown to explicitly [[KickTheDog kick any dogs]], they are generally included in Lelouch's "all Britannian authorities are corrupt and must be obliterated" mindset. This is implied in Lelouch and Suzaku's debate in an early episode about whether the Black Knights are heroes for Justice, or whether they are vigilantes who should just join the police force and work from within the system if they want to enact change (Lelouch comments that they'd simply be absorbed and corrupted by the system). They're not shown to protect or serve the Numbers in the Ghettos, and it's implied that they may have been involved in the smuggling of Refrain. The episode in which they gain the most (and any positive) coverage is when [[spoiler: Lelouch geasses them into shooting Mao after Lelouch beats him using that tape trick]].
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