Created By: luckylucky on August 7, 2011 Last Edited By: janto8430226 on October 21, 2012

Crimestoppers In Love

Two crimestoppers whose UST is a major plot point.

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Together, they fight crime...and their sizzling, raging, off-the-wall, jealousy-fueled, Aw Look They Really Do Love Each Other UST.

A common trope of crime or cop shows, in which the two leads will have a tension that becomes a crux of the plot. It can apply to cops, medical examiners, helpful civilians, or anyone else who cleans up the streets for a living. Other exceptions include large ensemble casts of cops with regular hookups--the main definition of this one is when two people who are clearly the leads stretch it out for at least several seasons, and are the main ship of the series from the start.

Expect banter, even in a close-friend type situation, and thinly-hidden parallels to the couple in cases. Common obstacles to the big hookup might include one of them getting put in mortal danger, Girls of the Week related to the case, or just the rationalization of "our job is too dangerous for romance". To fuel the shipper's fire without solving anything, there might be a Fakeout Makeout along the way.

This trope can be done well and can...well, not. The first few seasons of the dance often go swimmingly, drawing additional viewers with the logic of "even if the case sucks, they'll still have a cute moment at some point!" But as with other UST, it's ending it that's the tricky part. Getting them together removes all that lovely viewer bait; stretching it out means they loose interest.

Examples: Straight: The X-Files, Moonlighting, Bones, Castle, Fringe

Aversions: Warehouse 13
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • August 7, 2011
    Falco

  • August 8, 2011
    NetMonster
    In The Mentalist, Van Pelt and Rigsby were in a Will They Or Wont They state for ages before they finally got together... and then broke up again.
  • August 8, 2011
    Bisected8
    • Subverted in Law And Order Special Victims Unit; there's some Ship Tease between Stabler and Benson (and the partner he has when Bendon's working under cover) when he's seperated from his wife, but eventually they get back together.
  • August 8, 2011
    cityofmist
    'Crimestoppers' has two Es.
  • August 8, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • NYPD Blue: John Kelly & Janice Licalsi, Andy & Sylvia, Andy & Connie, Bobby & Diane. Also Detectives Medavoy & Martinez with squad receptionists Donna Abandando and Gina respectively.
  • August 8, 2011
    WarlordofFryingPans
    Shin Chan... except the two officers are gay.
  • August 8, 2011
    Antheia
    Rather than describing a good side and a bad side to the trope, it might be better to say it can be done well or badly (like all tropes). It's not the trope itself that's good or bad, after all, but its execution. The rest of that paragraph is fine, though.
  • August 8, 2011
    Antheia
    Anime/manga example:

    • Dee and Ryo in FAKE. Described on the back of the manga cover as "two New York City cops with an attraction for action - and each other!" Dee makes it clear he wants Ryo within the first few pages, and the story focuses as much on the relationship between them as on the cases they work on.
  • August 8, 2011
    TippyToeZombie
    Might be a better idea to say something about crime-fighters in love as the title, that way it includes the "Non-Cop" individuals.
  • August 8, 2011
    Micah
    Needs less X Just X in the examples.
  • August 8, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    Harry Dresden and Karen Murphy of The Dresden Files are a perfect example, and the series has kept them right on the edge of a real romance.
  • August 8, 2011
    AFP
    JAG counts, at least once Mac joined the cast in after the mild Re Tool in Season 2. They may be lawyers, but they do seem to do much of the legwork in investigating things from time to time.
  • August 8, 2011
    KingZeal
    Comics
    • Ship Teased to hell and back in Powers between Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim.
    • Averted in Nightwing while Dick Grayson was a cop. His partner invites him over to her place, and his imagination gets carried away. I turns out that she's Happily Married with kids and she wanted her new partner to meet her family.
  • September 14, 2011
    whereismytea
    • In Yellow, Taki and Goh are drug snatchers on the payroll of the police. The UST stems from Taki being straight but slowly realizing it's okay if it's Goh.
  • September 14, 2011
    jatay3
  • September 15, 2011
    AnEditor
    Contrast Bonnie And Clyde.
  • September 15, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Remington Steele and Laura Holt.
  • September 15, 2011
    kyeo
  • September 15, 2011
    jadmire
    Silk Stalkings, Lance Lorenzo and Rita Lance, during the first five seasons (it was almost unnoticeable at first but came out into the open as time went by).
  • September 15, 2011
    Falco
    Ok you can't use Rizzoli And Isles- it might be overflowing with Les Yay but its not this trope.
  • October 21, 2012
    collex
    We already have this tropes. It,s called Just Partners. Simply add more examples to it, that's all.
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