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28th May '16 11:13:11 PM BURGINABC
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* Hellboy, Liz, Abe, and Krauss do this at the end of ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy''.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Picard denies Worf a leave of absence to complete a mission regarding his Klingon honor, so he resigns his Starfleet commission. A mildly annoying example, because when the mission is over, he walks back to his post on the Enterprise with no explanation, and nary a comment from Picard or the rest of the crew.
** Subverted in an earlier episode, where Worf kills Duras, a member of the Klingon High Council in a duel. Granted, Duras has just killed the mother of Worf's child (aboard the ''Enterprise'', no less), but this, at the very least, should have cost him his commission. The only thing that saves him is the fact that the Klingon High Council considers the matter closed (that and the fact that they don't even want to acknowledge Worf's existence after his discommendation). Picard also points out that a letter of admonishment will be appended to his service record, so Worf's promotion prospects were pretty dire until the Dominion War came around.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Picard denies Worf a leave of absence to complete a mission regarding his Klingon honor, so he resigns his Starfleet commission. A mildly annoying example, because when the mission is over, he walks back to his post on the Enterprise with no explanation, and nary a comment from Picard or the rest of the crew.
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''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Subverted in an earlier episode, where Worf kills Duras, a member of the Klingon High Council in a duel. Granted, Duras has just killed the mother of Worf's child (aboard the ''Enterprise'', no less), but this, at the very least, should have cost him his commission. The only thing that saves him is the fact that the Klingon High Council considers the matter closed (that and the fact that they don't even want to acknowledge Worf's existence after his discommendation). Picard also points out that a letter of admonishment will be appended to his service record, so Worf's promotion prospects were pretty dire until the Dominion War came around.
28th May '16 11:10:10 PM BURGINABC
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': After Officer Judy Hopps appears to have failed in her investigation, which she was to solve within 48 hours or resign, Chief Bogo demands her badge. Subverted when Nick Wilde speaks up, reminding the chief that she still has ten hours left.
** [[spoiler: She eventually turns in her badge on her own terms when she feels that she tore the city apart with her statements at the press conference.]]
13th May '16 5:55:19 PM luiz4200
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** During the ending credits of "Sky Police", Chief Wiggum turns in his badge, his gun and the jetpack. The last item smashes Mayor Quimby.
4th May '16 5:05:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* Worf does this on an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Picard denies him a leave of absence to complete a mission regarding his Klingon honor, so he resigns his Starfleet commission. A mildly annoying example, because when the mission is over, he walks back to his post on the Enterprise with no explanation, and nary a comment from Picard or the rest of the crew.
** Averted in an earlier episode, where Worf kills Duras, a member of the Klingon High Council in a duel. Granted, Duras has just killed the mother of Worf's child (aboard the ''Enterprise'', no less), but this, at the very least, should have cost him his commission. The only thing that saves him is the fact that the Klingon High Council considers the matter closed (that and the fact that they don't even want to acknowledge Worf's existence after his discommendation). Picard also points out that a letter of admonishment will be appended to his service record, so Worf's promotion prospects were pretty dire until the Dominion War came around.

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* Worf does this on an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
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Picard denies him Worf a leave of absence to complete a mission regarding his Klingon honor, so he resigns his Starfleet commission. A mildly annoying example, because when the mission is over, he walks back to his post on the Enterprise with no explanation, and nary a comment from Picard or the rest of the crew.
** Averted Subverted in an earlier episode, where Worf kills Duras, a member of the Klingon High Council in a duel. Granted, Duras has just killed the mother of Worf's child (aboard the ''Enterprise'', no less), but this, at the very least, should have cost him his commission. The only thing that saves him is the fact that the Klingon High Council considers the matter closed (that and the fact that they don't even want to acknowledge Worf's existence after his discommendation). Picard also points out that a letter of admonishment will be appended to his service record, so Worf's promotion prospects were pretty dire until the Dominion War came around.
4th May '16 5:03:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}} book ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', when Lord Vetinari takes Vimes off the case and demands that he turn in his badge. It eventually becomes clear to the reader that [[ExploitedTrope he is doing this to make ]]''[[ExploitedTrope sure ]]''[[ExploitedTrope Vimes solves it]], though Vetinari goes a bit too far and drives Vimes into a TenMinuteRetirement. The trope was played more or less straight in the earlier novel ''Discworld/GuardsGuards!'', when Lupin Wonse takes Vimes' badge.
** Additionally, in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', all the senior officers of the Watch do this when threatened by Lord Rust, Vetrinari's stand in during his TenMinuteRetirement.
*** ''Everyone'' -- Vimes, the senior officers, ''Lord Rust''... -- proceed to act as if Vimes is still Commander of the Watch (once he gets out of the door, at least).
** Parodied in ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'', when Vimes treats going on a two-week holiday arranged by his wife like being suspended (or forcibly retired), and says "My badge, just like Vetinari ordered. I put it down. It won't be said they took it off me!"
*** And what's actually in the envelope he turns over is an old snuff tin.

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* Subverted in Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}} Literature/{{Discworld}}:
** Subverted in the
book ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', when Lord Vetinari takes Vimes off the case and demands that he turn in his badge. It eventually becomes clear to the reader that [[ExploitedTrope he is doing this to make ]]''[[ExploitedTrope sure ]]''[[ExploitedTrope Vimes solves it]], though Vetinari goes a bit too far and drives Vimes into a TenMinuteRetirement. The trope was played more or less straight in the earlier novel ''Discworld/GuardsGuards!'', when Lupin Wonse takes Vimes' badge.
** Additionally, in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', all the senior officers of the Watch do this when threatened by Lord Rust, Vetrinari's stand in during his TenMinuteRetirement.
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TenMinuteRetirement. ''Everyone'' -- Vimes, the senior officers, ''Lord Rust''... -- proceed to act as if Vimes is still Commander of the Watch (once he gets out of the door, at least).
** Parodied in ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'', when Vimes treats going on a two-week holiday arranged by his wife like being suspended (or forcibly retired), and says "My badge, just like Vetinari ordered. I put it down. It won't be said they took it off me!"
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me!" And what's actually in the envelope he turns over is an old snuff tin.



* Danny Messer on {{CSI NY}}, once in the third season, played relatively straight, although Danny didn't actually kill the guy-his DNA just ended up on a cigarette his brother swiped and tossed in a hole with the guy-and averted more recently in season 8.
* Used with Wayne Rigsby on ''Series/TheMentalist'', but quickly taken back once Patrick Jane realized that he had been hypnotized and wasn't responsible for his actions.

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* Danny Messer on {{CSI Series/{{CSI NY}}, once in the third season, played relatively straight, although Danny didn't actually kill the guy-his DNA just ended up on a cigarette his brother swiped and tossed in a hole with the guy-and averted more recently in season 8.
* ''Series/TheMentalist'':
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Used with Wayne Rigsby on ''Series/TheMentalist'', Rigsby, but quickly taken back once Patrick Jane realized that he had been hypnotized and wasn't responsible for his actions.
23rd Apr '16 3:38:29 PM Willbyr
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* A military version (since the military are the police, and the entire government for that matter) in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', when some of the lower-level soldiers decide to stop following orders from the corrupt High Command; they tear the insignia off of their uniforms and drop it at a General's feet.

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
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A military version (since the military are the police, and the entire government for that matter) in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', when some of the lower-level soldiers decide to stop following orders from the corrupt High Command; they tear the insignia off of their uniforms and drop it at a General's feet.
29th Mar '16 6:26:54 PM Kartoonkid95
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** [[spoiler: She eventually turns in her badge on her own terms when she feels that she tore the city apart with her statements at the press conference.]]
29th Mar '16 2:33:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* They try to do this to DirtyHarry in ''Film/SuddenImpact''. After his harassment of an old mobster at his daughter's wedding results in a heart attack they order him to take a vacation. While on vacation some punks try to take him down with a molotov cocktail and he forces them off a pier to their deaths. They end his vacation, but send him out of town on another case.

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* They try to do this to DirtyHarry Dirty Harry in ''Film/SuddenImpact''. After his harassment of an old mobster at his daughter's wedding results in a heart attack they order him to take a vacation. While on vacation some punks try to take him down with a molotov cocktail and he forces them off a pier to their deaths. They end his vacation, but send him out of town on another case.
28th Mar '16 6:36:01 AM Morgenthaler
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A video montage of this trope's use in fiction: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dK0Hbf5rEY Gun and Badge]].
20th Mar '16 5:37:09 PM nombretomado
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* ''AngryBeavers'', "Dagski and Norb" (parodying ''Series/{{Starsky and Hutch}}''). The titular cops report to their superior about seeing a car that looked just like theirs... and end up turning in their badges anyhow because there was a report about "something bad going down" and their car being seen leaving the scene of the crime.

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* ''AngryBeavers'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', "Dagski and Norb" (parodying ''Series/{{Starsky and Hutch}}''). The titular cops report to their superior about seeing a car that looked just like theirs... and end up turning in their badges anyhow because there was a report about "something bad going down" and their car being seen leaving the scene of the crime.
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