Throwing Away The Badge YKTTW Discussion

Throwing Away The Badge
Resignation letters are for pansies. Real men quit the police force by tossing away their badge in disgust.
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(permanent link) added: 2012-09-01 04:06:58 sponsor: darkjezter edited by: Arivne (last reply: 2015-01-30 21:44:33)

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So you've got a movie or TV show about police officers, and one of the characters becomes disillusioned and decides to quit the force. What better way to show them deciding to quit the force than by throwing away their badge in disgust?

  1. Turn in Your Badge: Da Chief orders the loose cannon to do it, probably due some reckless action.
  2. Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: In a more strict setting, like on the military or some other highly hierarchical organization, turning in the badge is Serious Business, with a whole ceremony for such dishonor, probably because of a big failure or breaking an important rule withing the organization, not only he loses the badge, but his reputation, honor, credibility, privileges and his library pass.
  3. This trope: A way for the loose cannon to say "F*ck You" when demanded to turn in the badge.

A favorite of Cowboy Cops.


  • At the end of Point Break, Johnny Utah tosses his FBI badge into the ocean.
  • Dirty Harry also does this.
  • In The Dark Knight Rises, Officer Blake throws his badge away after being shot at by his fellow police officers.
  • In the 2000 Shaft film, the title character is so disgusted when a guilty-as-Hell suspect is granted bail that he throws his badge like a ninja star, causing it to embed itself in the wall of the courtroom.
  • This happened at the end of High Noon, where Will Kane takes off his sheriff's badge and drops it in on the ground in front of the town that's abandoned him.
  • At the end of the Tek War Made-for-TV Movie Tek Justice Jake tosses his private security ID badge and gun down before walking out in disgust over his boss's actions. His boss assures everyone that he'll be back.

  • The entire Ankh-Morpork City Watch does this in the Discworld novel Jingo, rather than work for Lord Rust. Well, except for Sergeant Detritus, who also quits but points out his badge is carved on his arm.

Live-Action TV

Western Animation
  • Stinky Diver does this in the Action League Now episode, "Turkey of Terror", when he doesn't believe The Mayor has gone good by inviting them to a Thanksgiving dinner at his mansion. Turns out, Stinky was right about The Mayor, and he later comes to The Mayor's mansion to rescue the League after Justice brings him his badge.

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