Created By: jaytee on August 26, 2011

A Cop's Partner is His Only Friend

A career cop's personal life is in shambles, but he has a rock solid relationship with partner.

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Couldn't find this anywhere. We have Buddy Cop Show, but that's not quite it. For one, that's a complete genre, while this describes the actual relationship. Plus, this shows up on ensemble cop shows just as often as buddy cop shows. Lots of other subtle differences and distinctions, I can go into them if needed.

Basically, a cop's partnership is the most stable relationship they have. If they have a spouse, expect them to be slightly jealous. By the time they realize how close they are, it may be too late (maybe they let a criminal get away in order to save their partner).

Needs a Better Description and Title. Just throwing this up for ideas while i finish up on some other YKTT Ws.

  • only example off the top of my head is Eliot and Olivia on SVU. clearly not a Buddy Cop Show. I know I've seen this elsewhere though...
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  • August 26, 2011
    • This is also the case for Goren in Law And Order Criminal Intent as well. Eames is pretty much the only person who comes close to a friend (especially after his insane mentor kills everyone else in his life, even his arch nemesis). Similarly, Eames grows quite attached to him too. By the time they both leave the show (Eames accepting a promotion, firing Goren to save him a humiliating tribunal and resigning herself) she's been damned by association with him, but doesn't really care.
    • In Discworld Nobby Nobbs and Fred Colon have this dynamic; apart from one (brief) girlfriend, a possible tsundere and the amature dramatics society he's a member of, Nobby has no known friends apart from Colon. The only known person in Fred's life is his wife (who he rarely sees, since they're awake/working at different times of day).
  • August 27, 2011
    • Subverted in the Sin City story That Yellow Bastard, Hartigan is betrayed and framed by his partner. When he is released from prison years later, the same partner picks him up and gives him a ride, explaining to him in detail how his life has been ruined since he went to prison.
  • August 27, 2011

    • Walker and Pilgrim in ''Powers fit this trope. The two have been through hell and back, survived many horrible/failed relationships and seen worse for wear. Yet, they still rely on each other through it all.
    • Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner have evolved into this in Green Lantern. When Rayner reinstated the Corps, the Guardians eventually assigned he and Guy Gardner as partners. Since then, the two have become like brothers.
    • Agent J and Agent K in Men In Black. Justified since the rest of the world isn't allowed to know that they exist.
    • Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine in Resident Evil. It's not clear what the extent of their relationship is, but Chris was traumatized by Jill's "death", and she sacrificed herself without a second thought to save him. In Marvel Vs Capcom 3, if Chris and Jill are on point against each other, Chris's pre-battle quote indicates that Jill is more important than whatever he was just doing.
      Chris: "Something's come up. I'll call back."
  • August 27, 2011
    In Seeking Truth, the only person Zeke Strahm gets along with is his partner Lizzie. Even then, their relationship can get strained at times because of Zeke being a general asshole. Lizzie is also his Morality Chain; once she gets killed in the warehouse, Zeke has no qualms about killing people.
  • August 27, 2011
  • August 27, 2011
    ^ gonna need more than that.
  • August 27, 2011
    On NYPD Blue this was the case with Spiowitz as of the first episode. The only friend he had anywhere was his partner John Kelly.
  • August 28, 2011
    Karrin Murphy from The Dresden Files doesn't have much of a romantic life that is not her UST with Harry.
  • August 30, 2011
    Quick bump. Will roll in updates and add to description soon.
  • August 30, 2011
    Nick Angel in Hot Fuzz fits this trope for most of the movie, but his situation improves by the end.
  • December 2, 2011
    Dojima from Persona 4 fits this trope to a tee
  • December 2, 2011
    ^ You have to explain better than that. That example is a form of X Just X.
  • December 2, 2011