History PoliceAreUseless / VideoGames

14th Apr '17 9:38:52 PM gophergiggles
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* In ''VideoGame/CostumeQuest'', when Wren/Reynold calls the police to report their sibling's kidnapping, their reaction is to sigh and say "Your report has been logged." (These calls act as {{save point}}s in the main game.) Given that the report is from a fourth-grader on Halloween claiming that their twin sibling has been kidnapped by monsters, it's understandable that the police don't exactly consider it a priority.

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* In ''VideoGame/CostumeQuest'', when Wren/Reynold calls the police to report their sibling's kidnapping, their reaction is to sigh and say "Your report has been logged." (These calls act as {{save point}}s in the main game.) Given that the report is from a fourth-grader on Halloween claiming that their twin sibling has been kidnapped by monsters, it's understandable that the police don't exactly consider it a priority.priority.
* Fire up ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsHitAndRun'', cause a ruckus to attract the cops, and sit back and watch them tear across the grass, run over pedestrians and through obstacles, and even ''crash and explode'' as they obsessively try to crash into you for a ''$50 dollar fine''. One wonders if this is the result of dodgy [=AI programming=], but considering how inept the cops are in the show itself this was very at least a case of ThrowItIn but much more likely entirely intentional.
27th Feb '17 12:42:18 PM Gosicrystal
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** Good gravy, where to begin? There are criminal bases that are in plain sight, in the middle of town in broad daylight with police all around, doing nothing. They are letting 11 year olds sprint into a crime zone, and somehow they do a better job than the cops. A blatant example of this trope.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', police officers are rare trainers who are only fought at night, as they will spot the player and assume he or she is a criminal, then unleashes his Growlithe. It is only after the child beats his Growlithe to death over the course of a 5-minute battle that the officer realizes you're a child. [[FridgeHorror Let's not get in to what would happen if the child weren't a Pokemon trainer]]. And then there's the remakes; after your rival steals one of the starters at the beginning of the game, upon your return, the policeman flat out mistakes you for the one who stole the starter, only for Lyra/Ethan to enter and tell the policeman that you are innocent and explains the details of the real thief, your rival.
** Most triumphant example has to be in ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', where you go into the house that Team Rocket have just ransacked. The police are still there, and you see there's a giant hole in the wall which they're ignoring. Go outside through the hole...and you see that ''the thief is still sitting in the garden.'' What. There's also the Saffron City guards who serve as a weird BrokenBridge. They don't seem interested at all in the fact that Team Rocket has taken over Silph Co. Instead they just prevent anyone from entering the city until you bring them a drink because they're thirsty -- including a class of schoolchildren who seem to accept this as normal. Not that this matters ''too'' much because for some reason there are tunnels under the city that let you get to the other side -- as if this is so normal and expected that the city dug a bypass.
** Even [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Deputy Sherles]] would {{facepalm}} at the disgrace of the Eternia Jenny depicted much higher on this page. Then again, he isn't much better; only Interpol's Looker and the [[VideoGame/PokemonRanger Ranger Corps]] have had any success at snuffing out crime without having to resort to an external prepubescent battle prodigy, and yet neither of them dare to think about Orre at all. Sherles and Officer Johnson both patrol [[ViceCity Pyrite Town]] and yet are unable to make a lasting dent in the horde of hoods that inhabit that town, much less the rest of the region.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Unova]] is just as guilty of this trope as the rest. You'd think someone who listened to one of Ghetsis' numerous speeches would have voiced objections to liberation, but the Unova League only acts against them when [A] they are acting overtly criminal (Nacrene, Castelia, Driftveil) or [B] their big plan has come out into the open (Icirrus onward). At least unlike the other leagues (bar the Champions) they get their act together period, but there's a reason "those who forget history are doomed to repeat it" is an effective phrase. Speaking against Team Plasma back at Accumula had the potential to derail Ghetsis' entire plot at the station. On the other hand, Looker is pretty competent, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass even though the player]] has been led to believe otherwise, and takes down multiple crime syndicates despite not owning any battling Pokemon, albeit with the player's help. As for some of the other examples, several teams are [[VillainWithGoodPublicity well liked by the public]] and others are seemingly paying off cops. To be fair, people do voice objections to liberation--the game [[ManipulativeBastard very]] [[AnimalWrongsGroup clearly]] doesn't want us to agree with Ghetsis or Team Plasma, but just speaking out about owning Pokemon isn't illegal. That goes out the window after they steal the Dragon Skull and then Bianca's Munna, but...
** Looker plays with this trope a bit. In ''Platinum'', he's fairly useless against Team Galactic for most of the game, either showing up too late or being there but letting the player character do most of the work, until [[spoiler:the ''very end'' of the game where he manages to arrest Charon]] with his Croagunk. Then in ''Black and White'', although he does arrest the stray Plasma sages, he still lets the player do all the work of tracking the sages down in the first place. And in ''X and Y'', he is there to investigate the doctor helping Lysandre and the mysterious Poke Ball thief, but the player actually does most of the work again. Perhaps somewhat justified this time, as he has no Pokemon of his own since his Croagunk was killed.

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** Good gravy, where to begin? There Over the games, there are criminal bases that are in plain sight, in the middle of town in broad daylight with police all around, doing nothing. They are letting 11 year olds sprint into a crime zone, and somehow they do a better job than the cops. A blatant example of this trope.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', police officers are rare trainers who are only fought at night, as they will spot the player and assume he or she is a criminal, then unleashes his Growlithe. It is only after the child beats his Growlithe to death over the course of a 5-minute battle that the officer realizes you're a child. [[FridgeHorror Let's not get in to what would happen if the child weren't a Pokemon trainer]]. And then there's the remakes; after your rival steals one of the starters at the beginning of the game, upon your return, the policeman flat out mistakes you for the one who stole the starter, only for Lyra/Ethan to enter and tell the policeman that you are innocent and explains the details of the real thief, your rival.
** Most triumphant example has to be in ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', where you ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'':
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go into the house in Cerulean City that Team Rocket have just ransacked. The police are still there, and you see there's a giant hole in the wall which they're ignoring. Go outside through the hole... and you see that ''the thief is still sitting in the garden.'' What. There's also the What.
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Saffron City guards who serve as a weird BrokenBridge. They don't seem interested at all in the fact that Team Rocket has taken over Silph Co. Instead they just prevent anyone from entering the city until you bring them a drink because they're thirsty -- including a class of schoolchildren who seem to accept this as normal. Not that this matters ''too'' much because for some reason there are tunnels under the city that let you get to the other side -- as if this is so normal and expected that the city dug a bypass.
** Even [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Deputy Sherles]] would {{facepalm}} at the disgrace of the Eternia Jenny depicted much higher on this page. Then again, he isn't much better; only Interpol's Looker and the [[VideoGame/PokemonRanger Ranger Corps]] have had any success at snuffing out crime without having to resort to an external prepubescent battle prodigy, and yet neither of them dare to think about Orre at all. In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Colosseum]]'', Sherles and Officer Johnson both patrol [[ViceCity Pyrite Town]] and yet are unable to make a lasting dent in the horde of hoods that inhabit that town, much less the rest of the Orre region.
** In [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Unova]] is just as guilty of this trope as the rest. You'd Unova games]], you'd think someone who listened to one of Ghetsis' Ghetsis's numerous speeches would have voiced objections to liberation, but the Unova League only acts against them when [A] they are acting overtly criminal (Nacrene, Castelia, Driftveil) or [B] their big plan has come out into the open (Icirrus onward). At least unlike the other leagues (bar the Champions) they get their act together period, but there's a reason "those who forget history are doomed to repeat it" is an effective phrase. Speaking against Team Plasma back at Accumula had the potential to derail Ghetsis' entire plot at the station. On the other hand, Looker is pretty competent, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass even though the player]] has been led to believe otherwise, and takes down multiple crime syndicates despite not owning any battling Pokemon, albeit with the player's help. As for some of the other examples, several teams are [[VillainWithGoodPublicity well liked by the public]] and others are seemingly paying off cops. To be fair, people do voice objections to liberation--the game [[ManipulativeBastard very]] [[AnimalWrongsGroup clearly]] doesn't want us to agree with Ghetsis or Team Plasma, but just speaking out about owning Pokemon isn't illegal. That goes out the window after they steal the Dragon Skull and then Bianca's Munna, but...
** Looker plays with this trope a bit. In ''Platinum'', ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Platinum]]'', he's fairly useless against Team Galactic for most of the game, either showing up too late or being there but letting the player character do most of the work, until [[spoiler:the ''very end'' of the game where he manages to arrest Charon]] with his Croagunk. Then in ''Black and White'', although he does arrest the stray Plasma sages, he still lets the player do all the work of tracking the sages down in the first place. And in ''X and Y'', he is there to investigate the doctor helping Lysandre and the mysterious Poke Ball thief, but the player actually does most of the work again. Perhaps somewhat justified this time, as he has no Pokemon of his own since his Croagunk was killed.
25th Feb '17 11:49:12 AM Sammettik
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** And for you "League is government" crackpots out there, [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Unova]] is just as guilty of this trope as the rest. You'd think someone who listened to one of Ghetsis' numerous speeches would have voiced objections to liberation, but the Unova League only acts against them when [A] they are acting overtly criminal (Nacrene, Castelia, Driftveil) or [B] their big plan has come out into the open (Icirrus onward). At least unlike the other leagues (bar the Champions) they get their act together period, but there's a reason "those who forget history are doomed to repeat it" is an effective phrase. Speaking against Team Plasma back at Accumula had the potential to derail Ghetsis' entire plot at the station. On the other hand, Looker is pretty competent, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass even though the player]] has been led to believe otherwise, and takes down multiple crime syndicates despite not owning any battling Pokemon, albeit with the player's help. As for some of the other examples, several teams are [[VillainWithGoodPublicity well liked by the public]] and others are seemingly paying off cops. To be fair, people do voice objections to liberation--the game [[ManipulativeBastard very]] [[AnimalWrongsGroup clearly]] doesn't want us to agree with Ghetsis or Team Plasma, but just speaking out about owning Pokemon isn't illegal. That goes out the window after they steal the Dragon Skull and then Bianca's Munna, but...

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** And for you "League is government" crackpots out there, [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Unova]] is just as guilty of this trope as the rest. You'd think someone who listened to one of Ghetsis' numerous speeches would have voiced objections to liberation, but the Unova League only acts against them when [A] they are acting overtly criminal (Nacrene, Castelia, Driftveil) or [B] their big plan has come out into the open (Icirrus onward). At least unlike the other leagues (bar the Champions) they get their act together period, but there's a reason "those who forget history are doomed to repeat it" is an effective phrase. Speaking against Team Plasma back at Accumula had the potential to derail Ghetsis' entire plot at the station. On the other hand, Looker is pretty competent, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass even though the player]] has been led to believe otherwise, and takes down multiple crime syndicates despite not owning any battling Pokemon, albeit with the player's help. As for some of the other examples, several teams are [[VillainWithGoodPublicity well liked by the public]] and others are seemingly paying off cops. To be fair, people do voice objections to liberation--the game [[ManipulativeBastard very]] [[AnimalWrongsGroup clearly]] doesn't want us to agree with Ghetsis or Team Plasma, but just speaking out about owning Pokemon isn't illegal. That goes out the window after they steal the Dragon Skull and then Bianca's Munna, but...
15th Jan '17 10:45:19 AM superkeijikun
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FridayThe13thTheGame'': while the police can't kill Jason, calling them in and running to them as a counselor is one way to escape Jason's wrath alive, since the police will fire at Jason and knock him out if he gets too close.
8th Jan '17 2:36:48 AM Hanz
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** Played with in ''Videogame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with Nanu, who is both a police officer and an [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Island Kahuna]], meaning he's one of the four toughest trainers of Alola. He's also apathetic enough towards Team Skull that he lets them run amok and even tolerates them taking an entire town for their own, though he does keep an eye on them.

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** Played with in ''Videogame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with has Nanu, who is both a police officer and an [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Island Kahuna]], meaning he's one of the four toughest trainers of Alola. He's also apathetic enough towards Team Skull that he lets them run amok and even tolerates them taking an entire town for their own, though he does keep an eye on them.even living next to them because the rent is cheap.
29th Dec '16 6:09:07 PM MissMokushiroku
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* In ''VideoGame/CostumeQuest'', when Wren/Reynold calls the police to report their sibling's kidnapping, their reaction is to sigh and say "Your report has been logged." (These calls act as {{save point}}s in the main game.) Of course, given that the report is from a fourth-grader on Halloween claiming that their twin sibling has been kidnapped by monsters, it's understandable that the police don't exactly consider it a priority.

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* In ''VideoGame/CostumeQuest'', when Wren/Reynold calls the police to report their sibling's kidnapping, their reaction is to sigh and say "Your report has been logged." (These calls act as {{save point}}s in the main game.) Of course, given Given that the report is from a fourth-grader on Halloween claiming that their twin sibling has been kidnapped by monsters, it's understandable that the police don't exactly consider it a priority.
29th Dec '16 6:08:44 PM MissMokushiroku
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* Played with in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. The police haven't gotten anywhere with the string of deaths surrounding Hinamizawa, but this turns out to mostly be due to their investigative efforts being stifled by local government authorities (some of whom are in on Hinamizawa's secret). The main police character, Kuraudo Ooishi, is frustrated by this and is acting against orders in order to actually ''do his job'', and while the main characters are off-put by his attitude, he does become a valuable ally in many different scenarios.

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* Played with in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. The police haven't gotten anywhere with the string of deaths surrounding Hinamizawa, but this turns out to mostly be due to their investigative efforts being stifled by local government authorities (some of whom are in on Hinamizawa's secret). The main police character, Kuraudo Ooishi, is frustrated by this and is acting against orders in order to actually ''do his job'', and while the main characters are off-put by his attitude, he does become a valuable ally in many different scenarios.scenarios.
* In ''VideoGame/CostumeQuest'', when Wren/Reynold calls the police to report their sibling's kidnapping, their reaction is to sigh and say "Your report has been logged." (These calls act as {{save point}}s in the main game.) Of course, given that the report is from a fourth-grader on Halloween claiming that their twin sibling has been kidnapped by monsters, it's understandable that the police don't exactly consider it a priority.
21st Dec '16 9:20:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', the police mean well and do their best to figure out what's going on, but most still are pretty incompetent. Granted a lot of their confusion stems from the fact that there's ghostly activities going on, but the detective Lynne is still quick to point out particularly bad performances (for example, the one cop failing to notice a very suspicious notebook ''right in front of him'', or realize that if the suspect tries to phone for someone, it's best to notify a higher-up). Lynne herself is the only cop to take on a difficult case to save a fellow officer from death row [[spoiler:or so we think]], but she still manages to die [[spoiler:five times]] (to be fair, she does put herself in danger mainly to protect others) and Sissel comments that her job as a detective doesn't look long, when she says she has trouble remembering names and faces. Inspector Cabanela, meanwhile, seems to be very laid-back and has a tendency to randomly do Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves, but still has a "natural genius" for investigating [[spoiler:and is secretly putting vast amounts of time and research into clearing his friend's name]]. Inspector Jowd, meanwhile, is pretty {{badass}}, but spends most of the first part of the game in prison. There's also the matter of [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]]...[[spoiler:which set the entire plot of the game into motion.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', the police mean well and do their best to figure out what's going on, but most still are pretty incompetent. Granted a lot of their confusion stems from the fact that there's ghostly activities going on, but the detective Lynne is still quick to point out particularly bad performances (for example, the one cop failing to notice a very suspicious notebook ''right in front of him'', or realize that if the suspect tries to phone for someone, it's best to notify a higher-up). Lynne herself is the only cop to take on a difficult case to save a fellow officer from death row [[spoiler:or so we think]], but she still manages to die [[spoiler:five times]] (to be fair, she does put herself in danger mainly to protect others) and Sissel comments that her job as a detective doesn't look long, when she says she has trouble remembering names and faces. Inspector Cabanela, meanwhile, seems to be very laid-back and has a tendency to randomly do Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves, but still has a "natural genius" for investigating [[spoiler:and is secretly putting vast amounts of time and research into clearing his friend's name]]. Inspector Jowd, meanwhile, is pretty {{badass}}, badass, but spends most of the first part of the game in prison. There's also the matter of [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]]...[[spoiler:which set the entire plot of the game into motion.]]
29th Nov '16 1:28:52 AM Hanz
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** Played with in ''Videogame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' with Nanu, who is both a police officer and an [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Island Kahuna]], meaning he's one of the four toughest trainers of Alola. He's also apathetic enough towards Team Skull that he lets them run amok and even tolerates them taking an entire town for their own, though he does keep an eye on them.
24th Sep '16 3:50:22 PM tyouker
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* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'': The entire plot of the game depends on the local police being utterly incompetent. The police detective in charge of the Origami Killer seems to think that police work consists entirely of beating people until they say what he wants to hear, and fails to look into basic things like alibis, suspicious mail, and the fact that [[spoiler: most of the victims' fathers disappeared around the same time that their sons died]]. The one cop who isn't useless, FBI Agent Norman Jayden, never gets any backup from the locals which can lead to his death on three separate occasions. One of which after ''he discovers the body of a murdered local cop that they don't even know about.'' [[spoiler:The Killer, posing as a private detective, manages to collect and destroy most of the evidence against him because apparently ''the police never even asked for it.'']]

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* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'': The entire plot of the game depends on the local police being utterly incompetent.insanely bad at their jobs. The police detective in charge of the Origami Killer seems to think that police work consists entirely of beating people until they say what he wants to hear, and fails to look into basic things like alibis, suspicious mail, and the fact that [[spoiler: most of the victims' fathers disappeared around the same time that their sons died]]. The one cop who isn't useless, FBI Agent Norman Jayden, never gets any backup from the locals which can lead to his death on three separate occasions. One of which after ''he discovers the body of a murdered local cop that they don't even know about.'' [[spoiler:The Killer, posing as a private detective, manages to collect and destroy most of the evidence against him because apparently ''the police never even asked for it.'']]
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