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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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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]].
19th Feb '16 9:47:57 PM danlansdowne
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**Averted with Inspector Baynes in "The Adventure of Wysteria Lodge", whom Holmes gives high praise.
13th Feb '16 7:28:09 AM ironballs16
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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.
4th Jan '16 10:30:02 AM catmuto
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* ''Literature/TheBusinessOfDying'' has the London police force not be bad, since they are doing their jobs with the material and information given to them. But they do get lazy when they get Mark Wells, the dead prostitute's pimp, into custody and are a little too intent on convicting him of the crime.
13th Dec '15 1:56:56 AM MachRider1985
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* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': When the Section-2 agents (the security detail tasked with watching and protecting the pilots) are not busy with harassing, torturing or assassinating witnesses, they are highly incompetent. Asuka can very easily slip her bodyguards, even without her superpowers. And a terrorist group was capable of abducing Shinji despite of them.



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2nd Dec '15 10:34:35 PM Anddrix
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* The police in ''Literature/HushHush'' are laughably useless. While some of it can be attributed to many of the characters [[ItWasHereISwear making Nora hallucinate some of the stuff she reports]], but it doesn't explain some of the random conclusions they come to (the first book has a detective argue that Nora and Patch must be dating, because [[InsaneTrollLogic Patch gave Nora a ride home]]), various uncalled-for remarks (the second book has the detective flat-out tell Nora, "I think you're crazy", in response to her telling him she was drugged and chased), unprofessional behavior (in the third book, the police handle a girl going missing for months and showing up out of nowhere with no memory whatsoever of her abduction by releasing her without taking statements or examining her mental health/bringing up the possibility of therapy), and enforcing OnlyBadGuysCallTheirLawyers. Of course, given that we really only see one particular detective [[spoiler:who is actually an angel undercover]], it's possible that it's just him who's a terrible cop.

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* The police in ''Literature/HushHush'' are laughably useless. While some of it can be attributed to many of the characters [[ItWasHereISwear making Nora hallucinate some of the stuff she reports]], but it doesn't explain some of the random conclusions they come to (the first book has a detective argue that Nora and Patch must be dating, because [[InsaneTrollLogic Patch gave Nora a ride home]]), various uncalled-for remarks (the second book (''Crescendo'' has the detective flat-out tell Nora, "I think you're crazy", in response to her telling him she was drugged and chased), unprofessional behavior (in the third book, ''Silence'', the police handle a girl going missing for months and showing up out of nowhere with no memory whatsoever of her abduction by releasing her without taking statements or examining her mental health/bringing up the possibility of therapy), and enforcing OnlyBadGuysCallTheirLawyers. Of course, given that we really only see one particular detective [[spoiler:who is actually an angel undercover]], it's possible that it's just him who's a terrible cop.
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