History PlayingWith / PoliceAreUseless

30th Sep '17 12:01:49 AM AHI-3000
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'''Basic Trope''': The police or other authorities figures are incompetent, skeptical of the main character's claims, and generally ill-equipped to handle the problems the characters are facing despite it nominally being their job.

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'''Basic Trope''': The police or other authorities authority figures are incompetent, skeptical of the main character's claims, and generally ill-equipped to handle the problems the characters are facing despite it nominally being their job.
21st Aug '17 1:15:22 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Rachel was GenreSavvy enough to instead report, [[MetaphoricallyTrue "There's some nutjob dressed up like Dracula going around attacking people."]] The police would consider "a dangerous and delusional person" more plausible that "a real-life vampire".

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** Rachel was GenreSavvy enough to instead report, reports [[MetaphoricallyTrue "There's some nutjob dressed up like Dracula going around attacking people."]] The police would consider "a dangerous and delusional person" more plausible that "a real-life vampire".
10th Aug '17 10:03:49 AM AHI-3000
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** [[ThereAreNoPolice The police are NEVER around to respond to any crimes or emergencies]].
6th May '17 11:57:44 PM AgentKyles
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** There aren't any cops around because [[ClosedCircle the crime takes place in the middle of the woods on an uninhabited island in deep space]]. Don't ask.

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** There aren't any cops around because [[ClosedCircle the crime takes place in the middle of the woods on an uninhabited island in deep space]]. Don't ask.[[AnthropicPrinciple Don't]] [[RuleOfDrama even]] [[NecessaryWeasel ask]].



** The failure of the police to act on Rachel's report leads to Rachel considering to become a VigilanteMan and [[PayEvilUntoEvil murder criminals on her own]], people can no longer trust the police.

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** The failure of the police to act on Rachel's report leads to Rachel considering to become a VigilanteMan and [[PayEvilUntoEvil murder criminals on her own]], and other people can no longer trust the police.
4th Mar '17 8:17:12 AM AgentKyles
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* '''Downplayed''': The police have good intentions, and do their jobs well, [[OutsideGenreFoe but are woefully unprepared to deal with]] {{supervillain}}s, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], {{alien abduction}}s, {{eldritch abomination}}s, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] {{leprechaun}}s.

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* '''Downplayed''': '''Downplayed''':
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The police have good intentions, and do their jobs well, [[OutsideGenreFoe but are woefully unprepared to deal with]] {{supervillain}}s, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], {{alien abduction}}s, {{eldritch abomination}}s, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] {{leprechaun}}s.{{leprechaun}}s.
** SelectiveEnforcement



* '''Inverted''': The police are all [[BadassArmy hyper-competent]], [[OneManArmy nigh-unstoppable]] professionals that can always be expected to do things better than the [[FakeUltimateHero main characters.]]

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* '''Inverted''': The police are all [[BadassArmy hyper-competent]], [[OneManArmy nigh-unstoppable]] professionals [[IFoughtTheLawAndTheLawWon professionals]] that can always be expected to do things better than the [[FakeUltimateHero main characters.]] characters]], to the point of always [[TheCavalry being the ones to rescue them]].
14th Sep '16 2:15:43 PM AHI-3000
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* '''Downplayed''': The police have good intentions, and do their jobs well, [[OutsideGenreFoe but are woefully unprepared to deal with]] {{supervillain}}s, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], {{alien abduction}}s, {{eldritch abomination}}s [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] {{leprechaun}}s.

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* '''Downplayed''': The police have good intentions, and do their jobs well, [[OutsideGenreFoe but are woefully unprepared to deal with]] {{supervillain}}s, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], {{alien abduction}}s, {{eldritch abomination}}s abomination}}s, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] {{leprechaun}}s.



** Rachel's claims involve supernatural creatures or phenomena (i.e supervillains, vampires, werewolves, aliens, leprechauns, etc.) which the police are unlikely to believe because very few other rational people would.

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** Rachel's claims involve supernatural creatures or phenomena (i.e e. supervillains, vampires, werewolves, aliens, eldritch monsters, leprechauns, etc.) which the police are unlikely to believe because very few other rational people would.
28th Aug '16 12:37:04 AM Mhazard
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* '''Downplayed''': The police have good intentions, and do their jobs well, [[OutsideGenreFoe but are woefully unprepared to deal with]] {{supervillain}}s, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], {{alien abduction}}s, {{EldrichAbomination}}s [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] {{leprechaun}}s.

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* '''Downplayed''': The police have good intentions, and do their jobs well, [[OutsideGenreFoe but are woefully unprepared to deal with]] {{supervillain}}s, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], {{alien abduction}}s, {{EldrichAbomination}}s {{eldritch abomination}}s [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] {{leprechaun}}s.



** The failure of the police to act on Rachel's report leads to Rachel considering to become a VigilateMan and [[PayEvilUntoEvil murder criminals on her own]], people can no longer trust the police.

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** The failure of the police to act on Rachel's report leads to Rachel considering to become a VigilateMan VigilanteMan and [[PayEvilUntoEvil murder criminals on her own]], people can no longer trust the police.
28th Aug '16 12:35:20 AM Mhazard
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* '''Downplayed''': The police have good intentions, and do their jobs well, [[OutsideGenreFoe but are woefully unprepared to deal with]] {{supervillain}}s, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], {{alien abduction}}s, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] {{leprechaun}}s.

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* '''Downplayed''': The police have good intentions, and do their jobs well, [[OutsideGenreFoe but are woefully unprepared to deal with]] {{supervillain}}s, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], {{alien abduction}}s, {{EldrichAbomination}}s [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] {{leprechaun}}s.



* '''Deconstructed''': The failure of the police to act on Rachel's report means that a criminal gets away with a crime. Rachel is murdered by the criminal to keep her silent.
* '''Reconstructed''': It later turns out that Rachel faked her death in order to call attention to the incompetence of the law enforcement system. This allows a new commissioner to be elected to clean things up and get personnel to take crime reports more seriously.

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* '''Deconstructed''': '''Deconstructed''':
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The failure of the police to act on Rachel's report means that a criminal gets away with a crime. Rachel is murdered by the criminal to keep her silent.
** The failure of the police to act on Rachel's report leads to Rachel considering to become a VigilateMan and [[PayEvilUntoEvil murder criminals on her own]], people can no longer trust the police.
* '''Reconstructed''': '''Reconstructed''':
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It later turns out that Rachel faked her death in order to call attention to the incompetence of the law enforcement system. This allows a new commissioner to be elected to clean things up and get personnel to take crime reports more seriously.seriously.
** But then Rachel decides to [[StartMyOwn join the police]] and build a competent role model for the others.
14th Jul '16 4:38:26 PM Discar
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* '''Downplayed''': The police have good intentions, and do their jobs well, [[OutsideContextVillain but are woefully unprepared to deal with]] {{supervillain}}s, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], {{alien abduction}}s, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] {{leprechaun}}s.

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* '''Downplayed''': The police have good intentions, and do their jobs well, [[OutsideContextVillain [[OutsideGenreFoe but are woefully unprepared to deal with]] {{supervillain}}s, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], {{alien abduction}}s, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] {{leprechaun}}s.
2nd Jul '16 12:26:42 PM mariic
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** Rachel was GenreSavvy enough to instead report, "There's some nutjob dressed up like Dracula going around attacking people." The police would consider "a dangerous and delusional person" more plausible that "a real-life vampire".

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** Rachel was GenreSavvy enough to instead report, [[MetaphoricallyTrue "There's some nutjob dressed up like Dracula going around attacking people." "]] The police would consider "a dangerous and delusional person" more plausible that "a real-life vampire".
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