History WesternAnimation / COPS

26th Aug '16 5:24:38 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* StealTheSurroundings: What the Ultimate Crime Machine does in the pilot; the bad guys use it to steal the City Mint, although the heroes predicted it. (Criminals go after loot, what building has the most of that?)
25th Aug '16 6:37:42 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* FairCop: Pretty much all of them, seeing as in most cases here, BeautyEqualsGoodness.



* {{Gonk}} Pretty much all the bad guys except Nightshade aren't too good-looking. Ms. Demeanor is a rare example of a female character in such a cartoon who fits.



* PoliceAreUseless: Defied.



* TheStarscream: Ms. Demeanor in the comics.

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* TheStarscream: Ms. Demeanor in the comics. (Even in the cartoon, when she asks Big Boss if he trusts her, [[BlatantHonesty he specifically says no]].)
12th Aug '16 2:45:05 PM Nevermore2002
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* BeautyContest: Big Boss send Nightshade and Ms. Demeanor in a beauty pageant to get his hands on the prizes. He also had the judges replaced with his goons. The COPS had Mainframe enter the contest to stop the ploy. [[spoiler:In the aftermath, the real judges declared Nightshade the winner. [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin Unfortunately, because her accomplices tempered with the process, she was disqualified.]]]]

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* BeautyContest: Big Boss send Nightshade and Ms. Demeanor in a beauty pageant to get his hands on the prizes. He also had the judges replaced with his goons. The COPS had Mainframe enter the contest to stop the ploy. [[spoiler:In the aftermath, the real judges declared Nightshade the winner. [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat Unfortunately, because her accomplices tempered with the process, she was disqualified.]]]]
12th Aug '16 1:58:23 PM Nevermore2002
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* BeautyContest: Big Boss send Nightshade and Ms. Demeanor in a beauty pageant to get his hands on the prizes. He also had the judges replaced with his goons. The COPS had Mainframe enter the contest to stop the ploy. [[spoiler:In the aftermath, the real judges declared Nightshade the winner. [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin Unfortunately, because her accomplices tempered with the process, she was disqualified.]]]]
3rd Jul '16 5:30:50 AM DeepthroatGhoul
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** Perhaps the worst case is the two-parter where Big Boss kidnaps the President of the United States, forces the COPS into prison, and runs Empire City as his own personal domain. In the episode he's merely beaten and humiliated, with the incident eventually forgotten. In real life he'd have had the Secret Service and the US military on him so fast his head would spin, and AT BEST he'd have ended up in prison for life on multiple charges of terrorism and treason(among a pile of other charges) for even trying it.

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** Perhaps the worst case is the two-parter "The Case of Big Boss' Master Plan" where Big Boss kidnaps the President of the United States, forces the COPS into prison, and runs Empire City as his own personal domain. In the episode he's merely beaten and humiliated, with the incident eventually forgotten. In real life life, he'd have had the Secret Service and the US U.S. military on him so fast his head would spin, and AT BEST he'd have ended up in prison for life on multiple charges of terrorism and treason(among a pile of other charges) for even trying it.



* [[EveryCarIsAPinto Every Skateboard Is a Pinto]]: "The Case of the Bogus Justice Machines" has two kids fall off their skateboards which run into a stack of boxes ''and explode.'' Seriously.

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* [[EveryCarIsAPinto Every Skateboard Is a Pinto]]: "The Case of the The Bogus Justice Machines" has two kids fall off their skateboards which run into a stack of boxes ''and explode.'' Seriously.



* MotorMouth: Again, Airwave.

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* MotorMouth: Again, Airwave.Airwave in "The Case of The Invisible Crime".



* SharedUniverse / {{Rewrite}} / PlotHole: Hasbro recently decided that ALL of their 1980s cartoon franchises took place on the same planet. That may be fine for the G.I. Joe side of things(at least one character is stated to be the son of a G.I. Joe member, at least in the file cards- though the cartoon never explicitly states it, it never denies it, either), but it does create a BIG problem with the Transformers, namely that one episode where the Crooks dress up as aliens and try to claim to be alien invaders. That episode states in no uncertain terms that Earth has never had any contact with aliens prior to that event(and since it was just the Crooks, they still had not). One could take that to mean that giant robots from another planet had also never stepped foot on the Earth in this series. Not that this recent retcon by Hasbro didn't have numerous issues between the other shows as-is(G.I. Joe and Transformers had some connections established even in the 80s thanks to season 3 of Transformers, but even that had certain plot problems, too), but this one pretty blatantly goes against prior established canon in a big way.

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* SharedUniverse / {{Rewrite}} / PlotHole: Hasbro recently decided that ALL of their 1980s cartoon franchises took place on the same planet. That may be fine for the G.I. Joe side of things(at things (at least one character is stated to be the son of a G.I. Joe member, at least in the file cards- though the cartoon never explicitly states it, it never denies it, either), but it does create a BIG problem with the Transformers, namely that one episode where the Crooks dress up as aliens and try to claim to be alien invaders. That episode states in no uncertain terms that Earth has never had any contact with aliens prior to that event(and event (and since it was just the Crooks, they still had not). One could take that to mean that giant robots from another planet had also never stepped foot on the Earth in this series. Not that this recent retcon by Hasbro didn't have numerous issues between the other shows as-is(G.as-is (G.I. Joe and Transformers had some connections established even in the 80s 80's thanks to season Season 3 of Transformers, but even that had certain plot problems, too), but this one pretty blatantly goes against prior established canon in a big way.



** In the flashback origin episode, Berzerko and Turbo are driving a van labeled "Laughing Fish Movers"(the series predates WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries by several years, meaning it's a reference to the original Detective Comics story).

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** In the flashback origin episode, episode "The Case of C.O.P.S. File #1", Berzerko and Turbo are driving a van labeled "Laughing Fish Movers"(the series predates WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries by several years, meaning it's a reference to the original Detective Comics story).



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: ''C.O.P.S.'' had four major female characters, [[TwoGirlsToATeam two each]] for the C.O.P.S. and Big Boss' gang. None of them was [[ToylessToylineCharacter ever made as an action figure]], nor were they even planned for the unreleased third series. And to make matters worse, most of them had very few appearances(Mirage had a measly FOUR).

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: ''C.O.P.S.'' had four major female characters, [[TwoGirlsToATeam two each]] for the C.O.P.S. and Big Boss' gang. None of them was [[ToylessToylineCharacter ever made as an action figure]], nor were they even planned for the unreleased third series. And to make matters worse, most of them had very few appearances(Mirage appearances (Mirage had a measly FOUR).



* VerySpecialEpisode: The DrugsAreBad episode, where the cops and crooks team up to fight the distributors of [[GRatedDrug Crystal Twist]]. Big Boss agrees to help because "DRUGS KILL!" [[FridgeLogic Apparently he forgot that he was quite willing to attempt to kill the C.O.P.S. when they foiled his own crime schemes]].

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* VerySpecialEpisode: The DrugsAreBad episode, episode "The Case of The Lowest Crime", where the cops and crooks team up to fight the distributors of [[GRatedDrug Crystal Twist]]. Big Boss agrees to help because "DRUGS KILL!" [[FridgeLogic Apparently he forgot that he was quite willing to attempt to kill the C.O.P.S. when they foiled his own crime schemes]].
19th May '16 10:41:50 PM whateveryousay21
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* SharedUniverse / {{Rewrite}} / PlotHole: Hasbro recently decided that ALL of their 1980s cartoon franchises took place on the same planet. That may be fine for the G.I. Joe side of things(at least one character is stated to be the son of a G.I. Joe member, at least in the file cards- though the cartoon never explicitly states it, it never denies it, either), but it does create a BIG problem with the Transformers, namely that one episode where the Crooks dress up as aliens and try to claim to be alien invaders. That episode states in no uncertain terms that Earth has never had any contact with aliens prior to that event(and since it was just the Crooks, they still had not). One could take that to mean that giant robots from another planet had also never stepped foot on the Earth in this series. Not that this recent retcon by Hasbro didn't have numerous issues between the other shows as-is(G.I. Joe and Transformers had some connections established even in the 80s thanks to season 3 of Transformers, but even that had certain plot problems, too), but this one pretty blatantly goes against prior established canon in a big way.



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: ''C.O.P.S.'' had four major female characters, [[TwoGirlsToATeam two each]] for the C.O.P.S. and Big Boss' gang. None of them was [[ToylessToylineCharacter ever made as an action figure]].

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: ''C.O.P.S.'' had four major female characters, [[TwoGirlsToATeam two each]] for the C.O.P.S. and Big Boss' gang. None of them was [[ToylessToylineCharacter ever made as an action figure]].figure]], nor were they even planned for the unreleased third series. And to make matters worse, most of them had very few appearances(Mirage had a measly FOUR).
6th May '16 8:02:37 PM whateveryousay21
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Well, yeah. It was a 1980s cartoon series made to sell toys, not a David Simon police drama. Every Crook, regardless of their sentence, was out by the next episode and Big Boss roamed free despite everyone knowing he was a criminal, to maintain the status quo. Empire City barely has more crime than Mayberry because one crime lord runs all the crime in the city and barely does more than bank robberies or technology thefts.
** Perhaps the worst case is the two-parter where Big Boss kidnaps the President of the United States, forces the COPS into prison, and runs Empire City as his own personal domain. In the episode he's merely beaten and humiliated, with the incident eventually forgotten. In real life he'd have had the Secret Service and the US military on him so fast his head would spin, and AT BEST he'd have ended up in prison for life on multiple charges of terrorism and treason(among a pile of other charges) for even trying it.
26th Apr '16 12:50:01 PM whateveryousay21
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** In the flashback origin episode, Berzerko and Turbo are driving a van labeled "Laughing Fish Movers"(the series predates WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries by several years, meaning it's a reference to the original Detective Comics story).
25th Apr '16 3:49:28 PM whateveryousay21
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the initial episodes, Big Boss was a known criminal to the general public and would make open threats against the entire city using public broadcast monitors. Later on, he was regarded as a legit businessman with merely suspected but unproven criminal ties, and his own mother was unaware of any of this--which even Big Boss begged the COPS to keep quiet because the knowledge could've upset or even killed her.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
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In the initial episodes, Big Boss was a known criminal to the general public and would make open threats against the entire city using public broadcast monitors. Later on, he was regarded as a legit businessman with merely suspected but unproven criminal ties, and his own mother was unaware of any of this--which even Big Boss begged the COPS to keep quiet because the knowledge could've upset or even killed her.her.
** The initial character concept artwork, used on the toy packages, gives Bulletproof a purple coat and black pants, and Dr. Badvibes has a normal-sized brain with a small dome over it. The Larry Hama file cards also have a superficial connection with the cartoon at best.


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*** Not that he ever actually killed ''anyone'' in the cartoon, the closest to the Crooks coming was Bulletproof's initial injury, which was an accident.
20th Apr '16 6:28:50 PM ztyran
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* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: While a bit more hi-tech, given the setting, all the guns shown shoot real bullets. Mace's laser bazooka is the exception.
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