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6th Apr '16 10:37:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* On ''TopGear'', the "rozzers" (along with nearly every other form of invasive traffic control, such as speed cameras) are mildly annoying petty villains, whose main role is to interfere with the presenters. While some ''Top Gear'' challenges include alleged traffic stops thrown in [[RuleOfFunny entirely for humor]] (in one memorable sequence, The Stig was actually arrested), other races have been delayed or interrupted when a presenter is held up by a traffic stop.

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* On ''TopGear'', ''Series/TopGear'', the "rozzers" (along with nearly every other form of invasive traffic control, such as speed cameras) are mildly annoying petty villains, whose main role is to interfere with the presenters. While some ''Top Gear'' challenges include alleged traffic stops thrown in [[RuleOfFunny entirely for humor]] (in one memorable sequence, The Stig was actually arrested), other races have been delayed or interrupted when a presenter is held up by a traffic stop.



* ''SinCity'', with its WretchedHive setting and criminal protagonists, sits squarely on the negative end of the scale. As Marv, one of the criminal protagonists in question, notes, "everyone knows who they work for and what it takes to keep them happy." The cops in Sin City are so bad that they even have a ''death squad'' that deals with those who know too much about stuff those in charge want hidden. The only ''good'' cop of the bunch is Detective John Hartigan, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished and he pays for it quite dearly]].

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* ''SinCity'', ''ComicBook/SinCity'', with its WretchedHive setting and criminal protagonists, sits squarely on the negative end of the scale. As Marv, one of the criminal protagonists in question, notes, "everyone knows who they work for and what it takes to keep them happy." The cops in Sin City are so bad that they even have a ''death squad'' that deals with those who know too much about stuff those in charge want hidden. The only ''good'' cop of the bunch is Detective John Hartigan, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished and he pays for it quite dearly]].
19th Dec '15 7:49:57 PM nombretomado
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Portrayals of the men in blue vary greatly across history, cultures and nations. From [[Literature/TheBible governors under pressure by rabid religious groups to engage in persecution against a Jewish prophet in ancient Palestine]], to [[TheShield borderline]] {{Sociopathic Hero}}es [[TheShield engaging in regular]] PoliceBrutality against criminal suspects, views of society on law enforcement are influenced by both political climate and the present news.

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Portrayals of the men in blue vary greatly across history, cultures and nations. From [[Literature/TheBible governors under pressure by rabid religious groups to engage in persecution against a Jewish prophet in ancient Palestine]], to [[TheShield [[Series/TheShield borderline]] {{Sociopathic Hero}}es [[TheShield [[Series/TheShield engaging in regular]] PoliceBrutality against criminal suspects, views of society on law enforcement are influenced by both political climate and the present news.



* Similarily, Film/TheDarkKnightSaga looks to be sitting in the middle. Corruption is present in the police force, but idealists like Gordon earn promotions and praise, [[spoiler:even the cop that sells out Rachel Dawes gets mention of being pressured for her mother's hospital bills]], and the police are more portrayed as misguided with occasional elements of corruption within their midst.
* ''TheShield'', of course, as aforementioned, sits at an [[VillainProtagonist unusual]] negative end of the scale. Given that it was inspired by the breathtakingly awful RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rampart_scandal Rampart scandal]], it really couldn't be expected to go any other way.

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* Similarily, Similarly, Film/TheDarkKnightSaga looks to be sitting in the middle. Corruption is present in the police force, but idealists like Gordon earn promotions and praise, [[spoiler:even the cop that sells out Rachel Dawes gets mention of being pressured for her mother's hospital bills]], and the police are more portrayed as misguided with occasional elements of corruption within their midst.
* ''TheShield'', ''Series/TheShield'', of course, as aforementioned, sits at an [[VillainProtagonist unusual]] negative end of the scale. Given that it was inspired by the breathtakingly awful RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rampart_scandal Rampart scandal]], it really couldn't be expected to go any other way.
5th Nov '15 2:50:16 AM StFan
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* Chief Clancy Wiggum on the {{Simpsons}} is a [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid text]] [[PoliceAreUseless book]] example of a sliding scale. He and his department are often the [[ButtMonkey butt]] of jokes about Police inefficiency. Wiggum himself often makes up laws as he goes along. Although it's a defining trait of Wiggum and the entire SPD, however, the scale shifts quite often depending on what the episode calls for. Sometimes they can be helpful, though it's usually dependant on the circumstances of the episode. The departments' corruption fluctuates as well, though generally it's not malicious.
** The entire Springfield Police Department's undergone the effect of Flanderization big time.
*** It really depends on what the episode calls for. There is an instance of an SPD Officer [[ImprobableAimingSkills shooting Homer with a pistol as he runs over a rooftop several stories off the ground]] (the cops were on the ground), while there is also the time several SPD Snipers [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy are unable to hit a passed out woman laying motionless on the floor]].

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* Chief Clancy Wiggum on the {{Simpsons}} ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is a [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid text]] [[PoliceAreUseless book]] textbook example of a sliding scale. He and his department are often the [[ButtMonkey butt]] of jokes about Police inefficiency. Wiggum himself often makes up laws as he goes along. Although it's a defining trait of Wiggum and the entire SPD, however, the scale shifts quite often depending on what the episode calls for. Sometimes they can be helpful, though it's usually dependant dependent on the circumstances of the episode. The departments' corruption fluctuates as well, though generally it's not malicious.
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The entire Springfield Police Department's undergone the effect of Flanderization big time.
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time. It really depends on what the episode calls for. There is an instance of an SPD Officer [[ImprobableAimingSkills shooting Homer with a pistol as he runs over a rooftop several stories off the ground]] (the cops were on the ground), while there is also the time several SPD Snipers [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy are unable to hit a passed out passed-out woman laying motionless on the floor]].
26th Jun '15 1:00:16 PM MarkLungo
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* While ThirdWatch leans heavily towards the cynical side on [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism That Other Scale]], it is much more positive on its portrayal of law enforcement. While virtually all the cop characters engage in a questionable activity over the course of the show, they are generally portrayed as good people doing a tough job. Even the blatantly crooked [[WellIntentionedExtremist Sergeant Cruz]] is shown to have a strong moral reasons for her actions, even if her actions are [[ShootTheDog morally reprehensible]]. If anything, the show's message is that cops don't get enough credit for the good that they do, and that bad cops are the exception rather than the rule.

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* While ThirdWatch ''Series/ThirdWatch'' leans heavily towards the cynical side on [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism That Other Scale]], it is much more positive on its portrayal of law enforcement. While virtually all the cop characters engage in a questionable activity over the course of the show, they are generally portrayed as good people doing a tough job. Even the blatantly crooked [[WellIntentionedExtremist Sergeant Cruz]] is shown to have a strong moral reasons for her actions, even if her actions are [[ShootTheDog morally reprehensible]]. If anything, the show's message is that cops don't get enough credit for the good that they do, and that bad cops are the exception rather than the rule.
17th Apr '15 8:59:35 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{CSI}}'' tends to sit towards the positive side, as the police themselves are generally background characters.

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* ''{{CSI}}'' ''Series/{{CSI}}'' tends to sit towards the positive side, as the police themselves are generally background characters.
23rd Mar '15 2:48:32 PM nombretomado
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* Since ''{{Firefly}}'' focuses on a motley collection of outlaws and fugitives, the police are generally considered a danger and threat. However, while the cops are ''enemies'', they aren't presented as particularly evil, but range from decent local sherrifs willing to look the other way to no-nonsense federal marshals to corrupt officers running cloned body parts.

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* Since ''{{Firefly}}'' ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' focuses on a motley collection of outlaws and fugitives, the police are generally considered a danger and threat. However, while the cops are ''enemies'', they aren't presented as particularly evil, but range from decent local sherrifs willing to look the other way to no-nonsense federal marshals to corrupt officers running cloned body parts.
28th Jan '15 11:36:37 AM genisgone
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* ''HotFuzz'' sits in the middle, leaning towards the positive side. While the police are portrayed as ineffectual and bureaucratic, [[spoiler:they do end up coming for the criminals in the AncientConspiracy at the end]] and Angel is portrayed less as a contrast to a world of bad and corruption and more of a lighthearted contrast to the ineffectual, [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad politically correct]] [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucracy]] of the other bobbies.

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* ''HotFuzz'' ''Film/HotFuzz'' sits in the middle, leaning towards the positive side. While the police are portrayed as ineffectual and bureaucratic, [[spoiler:they do end up coming for the criminals in the AncientConspiracy at the end]] and Angel is portrayed less as a contrast to a world of bad and corruption and more of a lighthearted contrast to the ineffectual, [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad politically correct]] [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucracy]] of the other bobbies.
19th Oct '14 10:54:50 PM Ptorquemada
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* ''Series/{{House}}}'' is largely neutral-to-positive on police generally, but Detective Tritter was portrayed as a vengeful jerkass. He [[JerkassHasAPoint was right that House was an addict in a position that should not be held by an addict]], and did get to deliver one really solid justifying speech to Cuddy[[note]]"[...] it's not being dealt with by doctors. Doctors are covering it up. The whole point of the criminal justice system is to make things right when everything else fails. With all due respect, you have failed."[[/note]], but he still came across as vindictive and petty, and the fact that he was going up against Our Favorite Jerkass didn't help.

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* ''Series/{{House}}}'' ''Series/{{House}}'' is largely neutral-to-positive on police generally, but Detective Tritter was portrayed as a vengeful jerkass. He [[JerkassHasAPoint was right that House was an addict in a position that should not be held by an addict]], and did get to deliver one really solid justifying speech to Cuddy[[note]]"[...] it's not being dealt with by doctors. Doctors are covering it up. The whole point of the criminal justice system is to make things right when everything else fails. With all due respect, you have failed."[[/note]], but he still came across as vindictive and petty, and the fact that he was going up against Our Favorite Jerkass didn't help.
19th Oct '14 10:54:20 PM Ptorquemada
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* ''Series/{{House}}}'' is largely neutral-to-positive on police generally, but Detective Tritter was portrayed as a vengeful jerkass. He [[JerkassHasAPoint was right that House was an addict in a position that should not be held by an addict]], and did get to deliver one really solid justifying speech to Cuddy[[note]]"[...] it's not being dealt with by doctors. Doctors are covering it up. The whole point of the criminal justice system is to make things right when everything else fails. With all due respect, you have failed."[[/note]], but he still came across as vindictive and petty, and the fact that he was going up against Our Favorite Jerkass didn't help.
8th Oct '14 11:54:56 AM PatBerry
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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' has been [[http://www.myconfinedspace.com/wp-content/uploads/tdomf/45644/Batman_Alignment.jpg all over the map]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' has been [[http://www.myconfinedspace.com/wp-content/uploads/tdomf/45644/Batman_Alignment.[[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a288/Gugenheimer/batman-alignment.jpg all over the map]].
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