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12th Apr '17 3:22:16 AM JonVonBass
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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' has been [[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a288/Gugenheimer/batman-alignment.jpg all over the map]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' has been [[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a288/Gugenheimer/batman-alignment.jpg [[http://gallery.burrowowl.net/images/59/599b2541b6e1fc324a403da63f682206 all over the map]].
28th Jan '17 9:02:47 AM Varia_Heimt
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At the other end of the scale, the [[BlackAndGreyMorality closest thing]] to a "good cop" is a KnightTemplar RabidCop. Most cops are [[DirtyCop corrupt]] and [[PoliceBrutality brutal]] thugs who enjoy terrorizing and brutalizing the civilian populace. If they fight against crime at all, it is either [[EvilVersusEvil a clash]] of [[LawfulEvil Lawful]] and [[NeutralEvil other]] [[ChaoticEvil evil]] or for the bidding of a rival crimelord. In milder versions of this, [[PoliceAreUseless cops are generally portrayed as bumbling, corrupt, and ineffectual]], as well as LawfulStupid, but generally well meaning, with occasional [[InspectorJavert Inspector Javerts]] and [[RabidCop Rabid Cops]] peppering the mix. There are also settings that [[BadCopIncompetentCop mix the two]], with the cops that aren't useless being dirty as all get out.

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At the other end of the scale, the [[BlackAndGreyMorality closest thing]] to a "good cop" is a KnightTemplar RabidCop. Most cops are [[DirtyCop corrupt]] and [[PoliceBrutality brutal]] thugs who enjoy terrorizing and brutalizing the civilian populace. If they fight against crime at all, it is either [[EvilVersusEvil a clash]] of [[LawfulEvil Lawful]] and [[NeutralEvil other]] [[ChaoticEvil evil]] or for the bidding of a rival crimelord. In milder versions of this, [[PoliceAreUseless cops are generally portrayed as bumbling, corrupt, and ineffectual]], as well as LawfulStupid, but generally well meaning, with occasional [[InspectorJavert Inspector Javerts]] and [[RabidCop Rabid Cops]] peppering the mix. There are also settings that [[BadCopIncompetentCop mix the two]], with the cops that aren't useless being dirty as all get out.
out. Quite a lot of media from the counterculture movement or groups with similar opinions in the 60's and 70's tend to fall firmly on this side.


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* Music/ArloGuthrie tends to slide between center of the scale and cynical, with officer Obie/Odie in "Alice's Restaurant" being competent and a freind though ultimately useless to the system when it comes to convicting Arlo and friends for littering, and the unnamed cop later in the song being a little abrasive at worst. "The Motorcycle Song" (the long version) features Arlo telling the audience that he landed on a cop car and squishing the cop (he just fell 50 feet off a cliff on a motorcycle) inside without [[PlayedForLaughs showing a grain of remorse or guilt]], though this is somewhat debateable due to the "you've got to sing [The Motorcycle Song] with that kind of enthusiasm, like you just squished a cop!" line, which can be taken as either nervousness or... well... actual enthusiasm.

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29th Oct '16 12:24:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Surprisingly, a very nuanced take on law enforcement in spite of its hero being a fascistic JudgeJuryAndExecutioner serving a dystopian PoliceState. The Judges' portrayal as an institution varies between brutally repressive bullies and dedicated law enforcers who ''can'' be fair (often dependent on [[SympatheticPOV whether the story focuses on them or the citizens]]). It's made clear that without having the Judges around, the city would simply tear itself apart and ''has'' from time to time. And while Judge Dredd himself is memetically known for his blind obedience to THE LAW, he has had many PetTheDog moment throughtout his career and even resigned when he started to doubt the system.
29th Oct '16 12:14:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* Gene Hunt of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''AshesToAshes''. Very big fan of "Kicking in nonces," as he'd say. The show oscillates widely around the mid-point of the scale; sometimes Gene Hunt is perfectly willing to do bad things in a good cause, but sometimes he's so willing to do bad things that he doesn't need a cause beyond feeling like hurting someone. The other regular officers stake out points all along the scale, with modern officers Sam Tyler and Alex Drake at the more heroic end, while Ray Carling tends to be the lower end of the range - excepting occassions when Gene overshoots him. There are also some ''really'' bent coppers, which helps the viewer see Gene as being a ''bad'' cop, but not an ''evil'' one.

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* Gene Hunt of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''AshesToAshes''.''Series/AshesToAshes''. Very big fan of "Kicking in nonces," as he'd say. The show oscillates widely around the mid-point of the scale; sometimes Gene Hunt is perfectly willing to do bad things in a good cause, but sometimes he's so willing to do bad things that he doesn't need a cause beyond feeling like hurting someone. The other regular officers stake out points all along the scale, with modern officers Sam Tyler and Alex Drake at the more heroic end, while Ray Carling tends to be the lower end of the range - excepting occassions when Gene overshoots him. There are also some ''really'' bent coppers, which helps the viewer see Gene as being a ''bad'' cop, but not an ''evil'' one.



* The old [[TheNineties 90's]] ''ActionMan'' cartoon was rife with examples at the more positive end of the scale.

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* The old [[TheNineties 90's]] ''ActionMan'' ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'' cartoon was rife with examples at the more positive end of the scale.
29th Oct '16 12:14:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* 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.

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* Similarly, Film/TheDarkKnightSaga ''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.
29th Oct '16 12:14:03 AM Morgenthaler
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** Don't forget throwing a masochist who pretended to be a costumed villain in order to get beatings from heroes into an elevator shaft, presumably killing him.
*** Well, that last one may have been a bit of BlackComedy by Nite Owl.



* ''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]].
** Characters at times mention that there are good cops out there, but they can only survive by keeping a low profile and turning a blind eye to their colleagues' activities.

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* ''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]].
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dearly]]. Characters at times mention that there are good cops out there, but they can only survive by keeping a low profile and turning a blind eye to their colleagues' activities.



* On ''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.

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29th Oct '16 12:12:55 AM Morgenthaler
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29th Oct '16 12:11:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* The old [[TheNineties 90's]] ''ActionMan'' cartoon was rife with examples at the more positive end of the scale.
* ''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.
* 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.
* ''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.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' tends to sit towards the positive side, as the police themselves are generally background characters.
* ''Series/AlienNation'' had an LA Precinct overcome racism and embrace an alien cop as one of their own, and thus sits largely toward the more positive end of the middle, given that the whole show was [[{{Anvilicious}} an allegory to the struggles of minorities, immigrants, freed slaves, and homosexuals]] set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. However, there were some corrupt cops, other cops who were racist jerks, and the Captain of the Precinct was a bureaucratic prick given to alternating fits of condescending and sucking up to his two more noble Buddy Cop subordinates.

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* The old [[TheNineties 90's]] ''ActionMan'' cartoon was rife with examples at the more positive end of the scale.
* ''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.
* 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.
* ''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.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' tends to sit towards the positive side, as the police themselves are generally background characters.
* ''Series/AlienNation'' had an LA Precinct overcome racism and embrace an alien cop as one of their own, and thus sits largely toward the more positive end of the middle, given that the whole show was [[{{Anvilicious}} an allegory to the struggles of minorities, immigrants, freed slaves, and homosexuals]] set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. However, there were some corrupt cops, other cops who were racist jerks, and the Captain of the Precinct was a bureaucratic prick given to alternating fits of condescending and sucking up to his two more noble Buddy Cop subordinates.
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* ''Series/ColdCase'' is a relatively positive portrayal, as the main characters are detectives, but issues like institutional sexism, racism, and anti-homosexual sentiment are still brought up, as is the problem of corruption (particularly during past eras) and police incompetence. They tend to be fairly good about PoliceBrutality, too, at least compared with ''SVU''.
* Crime Dramas in Hong Kong usually place cops on several sides of the scales of justice; on one hand there are few Corrupt Cop stories, while in others, the cops are seen to have an excellent track record and their free time activities aren't just drinking beer or coffee but outings with some Camp elements.
* Gene Hunt of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''AshesToAshes''. Very big fan of "Kicking in nonces," as he'd say. The show oscillates widely around the mid-point of the scale; sometimes Gene Hunt is perfectly willing to do bad things in a good cause, but sometimes he's so willing to do bad things that he doesn't need a cause beyond feeling like hurting someone. The other regular officers stake out points all along the scale, with modern officers Sam Tyler and Alex Drake at the more heroic end, while Ray Carling tends to be the lower end of the range - excepting occassions when Gene overshoots him. There are also some ''really'' bent coppers, which helps the viewer see Gene as being a ''bad'' cop, but not an ''evil'' one.



* The police in ''WebVideo/KateModern'' are generally fairly incompetent, provoking one SerialKiller to remark "What does a person have to do to get arrested around here?" When they ''do'' arrest anyone, it's always the wrong person, and the whole legal system is manipulated by an evil secret society anyway. Interestingly, it's only the English police who are portrayed this way; the French police, while still incompetent, aren't corrupt.



* Since ''{{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.
* Chief Clancy Wiggum on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is a 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 dependent 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]].
* On ''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.
** The police did come out in full force when demonstrating proper police procedure in the Police Car Special. There was also the Bonneville episode, where Richard and Jeremy are stopped by a policeman after loudly revving the engines on their muscle cars (they do it specifically to set off car alarms, and the police officer is portrayed as being completely in the right and refuses to believe that they were "Just fooling around").




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* ''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.
* 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.

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* ''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.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' tends to sit towards the positive side, as the police themselves are generally background characters.
* ''Series/AlienNation'' had an LA Precinct overcome racism and embrace an alien cop as one of their own, and thus sits largely toward the more positive end of the middle, given that the whole show was [[{{Anvilicious}} an allegory to the struggles of minorities, immigrants, freed slaves, and homosexuals]] set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. However, there were some corrupt cops, other cops who were racist jerks, and the Captain of the Precinct was a bureaucratic prick given to alternating fits of condescending and sucking up to his two more noble Buddy Cop subordinates.
* ''Series/ColdCase'' is a relatively positive portrayal, as the main characters are detectives, but issues like institutional sexism, racism, and anti-homosexual sentiment are still brought up, as is the problem of corruption (particularly during past eras) and police incompetence. They tend to be fairly good about PoliceBrutality, too, at least compared with ''SVU''.
* Crime Dramas in Hong Kong usually place cops on several sides of the scales of justice; on one hand there are few Corrupt Cop stories, while in others, the cops are seen to have an excellent track record and their free time activities aren't just drinking beer or coffee but outings with some Camp elements.
* Gene Hunt of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''AshesToAshes''. Very big fan of "Kicking in nonces," as he'd say. The show oscillates widely around the mid-point of the scale; sometimes Gene Hunt is perfectly willing to do bad things in a good cause, but sometimes he's so willing to do bad things that he doesn't need a cause beyond feeling like hurting someone. The other regular officers stake out points all along the scale, with modern officers Sam Tyler and Alex Drake at the more heroic end, while Ray Carling tends to be the lower end of the range - excepting occassions when Gene overshoots him. There are also some ''really'' bent coppers, which helps the viewer see Gene as being a ''bad'' cop, but not an ''evil'' one.
* Since ''{{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.
* On ''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.
** The police did come out in full force when demonstrating proper police procedure in the Police Car Special. There was also the Bonneville episode, where Richard and Jeremy are stopped by a policeman after loudly revving the engines on their muscle cars (they do it specifically to set off car alarms, and the police officer is portrayed as being completely in the right and refuses to believe that they were "Just fooling around").



* The ''VideoGame/{{SWAT}}'' game series leans very heavily to the idealistic end, given its focus on being a simulation of a ByTheBookCop {{SWAT team}}. Police brutality can occur if the player approaches challenges carelessly, but he's always heavily penalised for not following protocol. The use of less-lethal weaponry is particularly emphasized in the [[VideoGame/{{SWAT 4}} fourth game]]. (That installment's tutorial even mentions that SWAT functions primarily as a life-saving organisation, not an armed cleanup force.) Getting a civilian killed by provoking a suspect or shooting a civilian dead results in an instant mission failure, while abusing deadly force against suspects (especially without warning) adds penalty points.


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* The ''VideoGame/{{SWAT}}'' game series leans very heavily to the idealistic end, given its focus on being a simulation of a ByTheBookCop {{SWAT team}}. Police brutality can occur if the player approaches challenges carelessly, but he's always heavily penalised for not following protocol. The use of less-lethal weaponry is particularly emphasized in the [[VideoGame/{{SWAT 4}} fourth game]]. (That installment's tutorial even mentions that SWAT functions primarily as a life-saving organisation, not an armed cleanup force.) Getting a civilian killed by provoking a suspect or shooting a civilian dead results in an instant mission failure, while abusing deadly force against suspects (especially without warning) adds penalty points.

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* The police in ''WebVideo/KateModern'' are generally fairly incompetent, provoking one SerialKiller to remark "What does a person have to do to get arrested around here?" When they ''do'' arrest anyone, it's always the wrong person, and the whole legal system is manipulated by an evil secret society anyway. Interestingly, it's only the English police who are portrayed this way; the French police, while still incompetent, aren't corrupt.

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* The old [[TheNineties 90's]] ''ActionMan'' cartoon was rife with examples at the more positive end of the scale.
* Chief Clancy Wiggum on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is a 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 dependent 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]].
9th Oct '16 5:33:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* The police in ''KateModern'' are generally fairly incompetent, provoking one SerialKiller to remark "What does a person have to do to get arrested around here?" When they ''do'' arrest anyone, it's always the wrong person, and the whole legal system is manipulated by an evil secret society anyway. Interestingly, it's only the English police who are portrayed this way; the French police, while still incompetent, aren't corrupt.
* In ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', all cops save for one exception are knuckle-dragging, corrupt thugs who care about nothing but their paychecks and the power their badges bring, and a chance to regularly beat up or shoot peaceful protesters and other freaks.

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* The police in ''KateModern'' ''WebVideo/KateModern'' are generally fairly incompetent, provoking one SerialKiller to remark "What does a person have to do to get arrested around here?" When they ''do'' arrest anyone, it's always the wrong person, and the whole legal system is manipulated by an evil secret society anyway. Interestingly, it's only the English police who are portrayed this way; the French police, while still incompetent, aren't corrupt.
* In ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', all cops save for one exception are knuckle-dragging, corrupt thugs who care about nothing but their paychecks and the power their badges bring, and a chance to regularly beat up or shoot peaceful protesters and other freaks.
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* The ''VideoGame/{{SWAT}}'' game series leans very heavily to the idealistic end, given its focus on being a simulation of a ByTheBookCop {{SWAT team}}. Police brutality can occur if the player approaches challenges carelessly, but he's always heavily penalised for not following protocol. In the fourth game, getting a civilian killed by provoking a suspect or shooting a civilian dead results in an instant mission failure, while abusing deadly force against suspects (especially without warning) adds penalty points. The use of less-lethal weaponry is particularly emphasized in the [[VideoGame/{{SWAT 4}} fourth game]]. (That installment's tutorial even mentions that SWAT functions primarily as a life-saving organisation, not an armed cleanup force.)

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* The ''VideoGame/{{SWAT}}'' game series leans very heavily to the idealistic end, given its focus on being a simulation of a ByTheBookCop {{SWAT team}}. Police brutality can occur if the player approaches challenges carelessly, but he's always heavily penalised for not following protocol. In the fourth game, getting a civilian killed by provoking a suspect or shooting a civilian dead results in an instant mission failure, while abusing deadly force against suspects (especially without warning) adds penalty points. The use of less-lethal weaponry is particularly emphasized in the [[VideoGame/{{SWAT 4}} fourth game]]. (That installment's tutorial even mentions that SWAT functions primarily as a life-saving organisation, not an armed cleanup force.) Getting a civilian killed by provoking a suspect or shooting a civilian dead results in an instant mission failure, while abusing deadly force against suspects (especially without warning) adds penalty points.
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